Paris, Tenn.-Gary McIntire is presented with the honorary red jacket as the new Chamber President at Friday night's 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet, which had an Hawaiian luau theme. McIntire is manager of the Paris Landing Inn. More information and photographs on the Chamber banquet were posted Friday night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Hazel Man Charged With Hitting Pedestrian
Murray, Ky.-A Hazel, Kentucky, man was arrested Friday evening after reportedly hitting a pedestrian with his car in Murray.
Leonard Martin, age 61, of Hazel, was charged by Murray Police with first-degree assault.
He is charged with hitting Jared Tabers, age 29, of Murray. Police responded to the Fox Meadows subdivision on a report of a wreck with injuries around 6 p.m.
According to the press release, officers found Tabers lying in the roadway with visible serious injuries. Tabers was transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital by the EMS.
Witnesses at the scene told officers that the driver of the vehicle was still at the scene. They identified Martin as the driver. After speaking with witnesses and investigating the accident scene, Martin was taken into custody.
Dresden Offering Reward For Vandalism Information
Dresden, Tenn.-The city of Dresden is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who vandalized the new Wilson Park mural. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Dresden Police Department at 731-364-2255.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Jerry Pearson Named Person Of Year
Norwood Family, Allegro Receive Awards
Willie Ruth Pearson, left, takes photos of her husband, Jerry Pearson, as he is awarded Person of the Year. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris Police Officer Jerry Pearson was named Person of the Year, Allegro Fine Foods was awarded Business of the Year and Norwood Family Farms was named Conservationist of the Year at Friday evening’s 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet.
A large crowd was on hand at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building for the banquet, at which the community video “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” was debuted.
In his career, Pearson served as Paris patrolman and shift sergeant during his 30 years on the police force. Since retirement, Pearson has been working as security guard at the Social Security office and continues to coach youth baseball teams.
In announcing the Person of the Year, last year’s Person of the Year Mark Johnson noted that Pearson has been married to his wife Willie Ruth for 42 years and that the 2008 Fish Fry souvenir book was dedicated to him.
Pearson said the honor was a complete surprise to him and noted, “I couldn’t have done it without my family in blue” and his family members.
Thomas Harrison accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of Allegro. In presenting the award Jeff Mahan—whose business won the award last year—noted that Allegro began as an experiment by a husband and wife in 1955 and that the business has now grown to have a nationwide and worldwide reach.
Mahan noted that Allegro “is a homegrown business” with 75 employees. He also noted that the company’s first full-time employee is still employed there today.
The Conservationist of the Year award was accepted by the entire Norwood family. Emory Bradley presented the award and noted that the Norwood farm is 4000 acres, all no-till. He also noted that no-till is a practice first pioneered “right here in Henry County” which is good for the environment and conservation of resources. The Norwood family also is active with the community, namely the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department, Farm Bureau and other organizations and they also coordinate farm tours and safety demos.
Gary McEntire, manager of the Paris Landing Inn, was named new Chamber President and presented with the red jacket by current President Tony Lawrence.
The Norwood Family with Tony Lawrence. (McFarlin photo).
Coleman In Stable Condition After Hit By Vehicle
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Nashville, Tenn.-Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman, who is a native of Union City, is in stable condition at VanderbiltMedicalCenter after being struck
by a vehicle while he was mowing.
Vanderbilt officials said this morning that Coleman is in
the trauma unit at the hospital.
Details are sketchy, but Coleman reportedly was hit while he
was mowing at his home Wednesday.
Coleman has been a hit songwriter since moving to Nashville, having penned
songs for Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and other artists. Coleman formerly
worked at a disc jockey for WENK in Union
“Safe Exchange Zone” Now At HC Sheriff’s Office
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is
now providing a new “Safe Exchange Zone” for any exchanges of items purchased
over the internet and Craig’s List, child custody exchanges or any meeting with
other persons in which the public feels the need for a safe environment.
Sheriff Monte Belew is strongly encouraging the use of the new zone by the
public. It is located at the sheriff’s office at 210 ForrestHeights
and there is a sign and marked parking spots to highlight the area. And, of
course, it is under 24-hour surveillance. In photo, Sheriff Belew, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean point to signage marking the new safe zone. (HCSO photo).
LBL Attendance Setting Records
Land Between The Lakes—Attendance at The Land Between The
Lakes Recreation Area is on pace to set new attendance records.
Compared with last year, attendance at The Homeplace and
Nature Station are up more than 20 percent, while viewings at The Planetarium
have increased by 15 percent. Visitation at the Elk and Bison Prairie is up by
LBL officials said visitation at the area’s campgrounds and
day-use facilities have increased, too, with Piney Campground looking like it
may achieve its best year on record. Last year’s visitation at Piney was
270,107, and officials said it appears there will be even more campers there
Ice Cream Social Looking For More Vendors
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Young Professionals are honored to
partner with the Downtown Paris Association for the Ice Cream Social and
Antique Car Show that will be held on Saturday, July 30th in downtown Paris.
Some 11 vendors have already signed up, but more are being
A portion of HCYP's
share of the money raised will be donated to HenryCounty's
Imagination Library. Imagination Library
is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.
Henry County Young Professionals Chair Jennifer Collins
Mosley stated that "This is a great event that helps the Henry County
Young Professionals gain recognition and give back to the community."
Arm bands will be sold for $10 each and can be purchased at
the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and from HCYP members.
Carroll South Relay For Life Tonight
17th annual Carroll South Relay for Life will be held Friday, June
24, at the CarrollCountyCivicCenter in Huntingdon. The
event will begin at 4 p.m. and will finish with the Fight Back Ceremony at
Co-Chairs of the event are Dianne Edwards and Jorge Perez.
As always, the event will include live music, contests, and entertainment.
Fourteen teams have already signed up.
New Brush Schedule In Paris
Paris, Tenn.-Beginning July 2016 the City of
Paris Street Department will pick up brush one week out of each month. Please call 731-641-1485 to have your name
added to the monthly pick up list. Your
name must be on the list in
order to have brush picked up.
UTM Approves New Tuition Model
– A new “Soar in Four” tuition model, designed to speed progress toward degree
completion, was approved for the University
of Tennessee at Martin on
Thursday by the UT Board of Trustees. The new model encourages students to take
15 hours per semester and complete their undergraduate degrees in four years.
The new model will also fund new initiatives beneficial to student success,
including a completely revamped and upgraded Career Development and InternshipCenter.
The tuition model is supported by UT Martin’s Student
Government Association, which used student input to decide investment
commitments for the new funds. Other improvements include new faculty positions
to meet scheduling bottlenecks and gateway courses, new degree auditing and
planning software, new living-learning communities, and increased tutoring and
Completing college in four years offers financial benefits
for students. The fifth year in college and beyond results in the typical
student adding $8,735 in debt. The student’s average annual cost to attend is
$22,058, so graduating in four years will result in significant savings.
The new tuition structure immediately impacts 36 percent of
UT Martin students and will be phased in from fall 2016 through summer 2020, at
which point 78 percent of students will be affected. The amount of tuition paid
will be based on academic hours already earned by a current student.
Most students will enter the university under the new
tuition structure and pay a $3,840 flat per-semester rate, plus mandatory fees
as full-time students. Part-time and online students will remain on the
traditional per-hour model. UT Martin does not charge for enrolled hours above
12, which is the threshold for full-time students for financial aid, tuition
and fee purposes.
Mandatory fees at the university will not increase this
academic year. Additionally, the university is reducing the overall residential
housing rates and increasing private scholarship assistance.
Students enrolled for online courses will pay more for
courses in 2016-17. The undergraduate online course fee increased 2.2 percent
for in-state and out-of-state domestic students, while graduate online course
fees increased 3 percent.
For freshmen attending UT Martin this fall, a final Summer
Orientation and Registration session is set July 15, followed by the final
Transfer Orientation and Registration session for transfer students on July 22,
both at the main campus. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 22.
Active Shooter Seminar Set
Homeland Security and the McKenzie Police Department are conducting a seminar
called “Sudden Violence: Surviving an Active Shooter” at 8 a.m. July 26 at the
Park Theater in McKenzie.
The presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Homeland Security personnel will be available to answer questions.
The McKenzie Police said they are notifying the public ahead
of time so that people can make plans to attend, especially school, city and
county officials and industry and business leaders.
For more information, call Sgt. Andy Weaver at 731-352-2265.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Pickup Truck Total Loss After Fire
Henry, Tenn.-A portion of U.S. 79S was shut down for a time Wednesday afternoon as Henry firefighters fought the blaze that caught this pickup truck on fire. Fire Chief Keith Qualls said the pickup truck was carrying a load of straw or wheat and caught fire. The U.S. Forestry Department was called to assist when the load was thrown on the highway and parts of the pavement started on fire. The incident is still being investigated. (Joel Washburn photo).
Paris Council Approves Budget, Tax Rate
Councilman Gayle Griffith explains his 'no' vote on the budget and tax rate. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.—At a special meeting Thursday morning,
the Paris City Commission adopted the 2017 budget and a property tax rate which
is the same as it has been for several years.
Councilman Gayle Griffith voted no on both the 2017
budget and the new tax rate. Griffith said in all the years he has been on
council, the tax rate has stayed the same even with the cost of doing business
increasing and the city having needs such as street maintenance and at some
point, the tax rate will have to begin to increase.
The budget includes general fund revenue of
$11,770,763 and expenditures of $11,651,752 and includes a two percent raise
The Paris Board of Public Utilities budget also was
approved which shows $4,218,500 in revenues in water/sewer; $46,709,000 in
electric; expenditures in water/sewer of $3,634,700 and in electric of
The property tax rate was approved at $.6314 per $100
of assessed valuation.
In other business, council:
Appointed the following people to boards: Andy Collins
to the Industrial Development board to replace Jimmy Tubbs; and both Bo
Caldwell and Charles Wilson were reappointed to the Industrial Development
Approved rezoning of property located on Tyson Avenue.
Jerry Hayes, on behalf of Hayes Development Co., submitted the request to have
the parcels zoned B-1 from R-2-M. Larry Winchester of Paris asked what impact
the rezoning would have his daughter’s Spruce Street property. City officials
said the rezoning would not have any effect on that.
2016 WestStar Class Is Graduated
Martin, Tenn.-After weeks of hard work, the 2016 WestStar Leadership Class was graduated Tuesday. The class includes two persons from Paris (Mayor Carlton Gerrell and County Clerk Donna Craig); one person from Union City (Art Sparks Jr.); one from WeakleyCounty(Shawn Francisco) and one from CarrollCounty (Dr. Brock Martin).
Graduation ceremonies were held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson.The University of Tennessee at Martin sponsors the WestStar Leadership Program.
Members of the 2016 WestStar graduating class are: front row (l to r) Carrie Ann Knox, Jackson; Jennifer Travis, Lexington; Kelly Codega, Memphis; Donna Craig, Paris; Elizabeth Pritchett, Martin; Beth Parnell, Jackson; Achana Jarrett, Brownsville; Mary Ann Sharpe, Brownsville; Shelly Matthews, Henderson; and Shawn Francisco, Dresden; back row (l to r) Joseph Crone, Memphis; Dr. Brock Martin, Huntingdon; Jason Griggs, Milan; Mayor Justin Hanson, Covington; Greg Dozier, Rives; Joel Howard, Covington; Mayor Maurice Gaines Jr., Ripley; Mayor Chris Young, Trimble; Erric Kellum, Jackson; Mayor John Holden, Dyersburg; Whit Ashe, Savannah; Ron Gant, Rossville; Michael Overbey, Jackson; Bobby Williams, Rossville; Art Sparks Jr., Union City; Brooks McDonald, Bartlett; Ross Mitchell, Selmer; Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, Martin; Virginia Grimes, WestStar coordinator, Martin; and Mayor Carlton Gerrell, Paris.
Flag Burning Ceremony Held Recently
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Elks Lodge 816 held their annual Flag Day Ceremonies on Saturday, June 18. The annual retiring of the American Flags is done by burning them and there are only two organizations in the United States that may do this, it is the Military and the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouts from Troop 28 along with the FirstUnitedMethodistChurch and Elks Lodge 816 came together for the ceremony.
Cub Scouts, Webelos Scout and Boy Scouts present from Pack 28, were: Avery Jackson, Jayson DeLuca, Jameson Hancock with their leaders Taylor Thomas and Landon Wilson.
Boy Scouts from Troop 28 were Lee Hayes, with leaders Kathy Steele, Daphine Jackson and Tony Jackson.
The Ceremony was conducted by: Elks’ Exalted Ruler, Robby Miller and Acting Chaplin Bill Reed, the impressionable Ceremony concluded with a hot dog meal served by the Lodge to the young scouts and their leaders.
TWRA To Enforce “Operation Dry Water” This Weekend
Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has announced it will be participating in “Operation Dry Water”, a national campaign aimed at boating under the influence.
From Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26, TWRA officers will be keeping a sharp eye out for anyone boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign is always held the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday.
The TWRA will be teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Last year, officers checked more than 2,800 vessels during the campaign and issued 141 citations.
Industrial Appreciation Breakfast Well-Attended
Troy, Tenn.-Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Economic Development Council, left, talks things over with Janice Bone and Kevin Johnson, both of MIA Seating in Union City, during the recent Obion County Chamber’s Industrial Appreciation Breakfast. A large crowd was on hand for the breakfast, which was sponsored by the city of Troy and held at the Moffatt Centre in Troy. (Chamber photo).
People Found Smoking Meth In Shed
Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested on drug charges after he and two other people were found smoking meth in a shed on South Second St. in Union City.
Arrested was Richard Goodsell, age 39, of 1008 South Second Street, and charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police officers found three persons in the shed. Along with Goodsell, there was a Union Citywoman and a man from Paducah.
Officers also found 0.5 grams of meth, three grinders, a glass pipe and digital scales. Goodsell told officers that all of the items belonged to him.
Juvenile Arrested On Theft, Vandalism Charges
Martin, Tenn.-The Martin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division has made an arrest of a Martin juvenile for attempted burglary and vandalism at The Tobacco Barn, located at 316 North Lindell Street.
Investigators were called out on Sunday after a burglary alarm was activated. After an investigation, it was determined that the juvenile offender was responsible for the incident. The juvenile offender was located a short time after receiving the alarm and he did admit to investigators that he was responsible for breaking the glass door.
Investigators were also actively investigating the theft of a White 2012 Kia Optima on 06/15/2016 from 508 Fonville Street in which the same juvenile was a suspect. This vehicle was later recovered in Union City and was valued at $18,000. Upon interviewing the juvenile offender, he did admit to investigators that he did steal the vehicle. The juvenile offender also stated that he burglarized two additional vehicles the same evening from the area that he had stolen the vehicle.
Following the investigation, the juvenile offender had Juvenile Petitions signed in Weakley County Juvenile Court for theft of property-$10,000-$60,000, burglary of a motor vehicles times 3, joyriding, no driver’s license, and curfew violations for his actions from June 15th. Additionally, Juvenile Petitions were signed the morning of June 19th, 2016 for Attempted Burglary and Vandalism for his actions at The Tobacco Barn.
Free Arthritis Exercise Program Offered
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County UT Extension will be offering a free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program beginning July 12. The six week program is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability. Arthritis sufferers of all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course. Extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks from 9-10 a.m. at the UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue. Michele Atkins, UT Extension Director, will be the instructor.
For more information or to sign up for the program, please call the UT Extension Office at 642.2941.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Heritage Center Quilt Show Winners Announced
Heritage Center Acting Director Sandee Green with quilts on display. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center 2016 Quilt Show have been announced. Over 70 homemade and decorative quilts—several of which are heirloom quilts—are displayed in the show, which is ongoing at the Heritage Center through July 2.
There still is time to vote for the Peoples’ Choice award, which will be announced July 2.
Winners of Best Bed Quilt are: first, Denise Evans; second, Judith Putnam; third, Sylvia Badger. Winners of the Best Quilted Item are: Denise Evans; second, Doreen Bates; and third, Kathy Doane.
Each quilt has a story and in the case of several of the heirloom quilts, the stories date back decades. One example: A quilt owned by Alverda Moore was quilted years ago by the Henry County Homemaker’s Club and people paid a nickel to have their names stitched into it. The quilt, which is designed with purple wheels, includes hundreds of names that are stitched into the spokes of the wheels.
The show is free of charge. The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Two Motels To Be Constructed Near Discovery Park
Union City, Tenn.-Plans were announced Tuesday for construction of two chain brand motels near Discovery Park of America.
The two hotels will be Choice Hotel and Holiday Inn Express and both will be constructed south of Discovery Park, thanks to Newell and Bettie Graham and their son and daughter-in-law Richard and Anna Graham of Hoosier Creek Hospitality LLC.
The Grahams announced that ground will be broken for the 77-room Choice Hotels facility in the fall. It will be a combined Mainstay Suites and Sleep Inn motel.
Once that motel is complete, in 2017, construction of the Holiday Inn Express will begin.
The Graham family’s plan also includes construction of retail shops and restaurants.
Friends And Franks Celebration Set
Tiptonville, Tenn.-The Friends of Reelfoot Lake are hosting a "Friends and Franks" Day to celebrate its new partnership with Reelfoot Lake State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the state park office.
The ceremony will be held at noon, with franks, chips and drinks selling for $4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Birds of Prey will be on display and community and state leaders will be on hand. Pontoon rides also will be available.
Mayfield Trooper Named Detective Of Year
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders and Governor Matt Bevins award John Sims Detective of the Year. (KSP photo).
Lexington, Ky.-A Mayfield Kentucky State Trooper was named Detective of the Year at a ceremony in Lexington. John Sims of Mayfield is a 13-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. Sims worked multiple Internet Crimes Against Children cases that led to the arrest and prosecution of multiple child predators. Detective Sims also worked multiple theft cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen or misappropriated funds. At the same ceremony, The Governor’s Medal of Valor was posthumously awarded to Cameron Ponder, a Kentucky State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty in Lyon County in 2015.
Fish Fry Fundraiser Set For Powell
Paris, Tenn.-A meet and greet event for State Representative Candidate Daniel Powell will be held from 4-8 p.m. saturday, June 25, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
The fish fry dinner fundraiser will include music, silent auction and fish dinners. Cost is $10 per person.
Powell is a corrections officer at the Henry County Sheriff's Office and is a Democratic candidate for the 75th District.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Honoring Veterans All Year-Long
Tenn.-The Veterans’ Memorial Park
in downtown McKenzie is a site of both beauty and remembrance. The Memorial
Park honors CarrollCounty’s veterans and the tree-lined area in the town
square includes a gazebo, a monument to the late Dusty Carroll who died in
service in the Iraq
war, and names of veterans inscribed in the sidewalks. (Shannon McFarlin
Car Show Set Saturday
Union City, Tenn.-The Second Annual Discovery Park of
America Car Show is set for Saturday, June 25th with
gates opened to the public at 10 a.m. Entrance to the Discovery Park grounds
will be free that day. The event is sponsored by Herman Jenkins Motors of Union
City. Participants are asked to have their cars at the park by8 a.m. the
morning of the show. Registration is available online or at the park up
to the day of the car show. Gates will open at10 to
the public and entrance to the Discovery Park Grounds will be free that
day. Tickets into DiscoveryCenter will be just $10
plus tax for everybody.
Trails Conference Set This Week At Paris Landing
A conference to examine the economic benefits of adding bicycling, walking and
paddling trails to the local area will be held this week at ParisLandingState Park.
Sponsored by the Tennessee River Trail Association (TRTA), it will be held
Wednesday and Thursday June 22 and 23. The purpose of this conference is to
hear stories of real-world success that will inspire community leaders to think
about trails and ways to focus attention on our great outdoor recreation
opportunities in the nine county area along the Tennessee
HenryCounty was chosen as the site for the
conference due to its active leadership in the TRTA over the years and the
efforts of the Paris Parks Department to expand trail possibilities for its
citizens. The conference is free and anyone interested in finding out more
about the positive benefits of trails in the area is welcome to attend.
The speakers will include a representative from the first TrailTown in Kentucky, Dawson Springs, whose assets
include bike riding, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. We will hear from
the TN Department of Health on their initiative to build healthy communities
and to get Tennesseans heathier through exercise. A representative from a
bicycle club in Minnesota will relate how he
created, funded and has sustained a trail in the abandoned iron mine fields of Minnesota. We will hear
a panel of local bicycle riders tell the group where they ride, and what they
see the needs are to make the experience safer and more accessible for
beginning riders. Funding agencies for developing trails in Tennessee and elsewhere will be onsite.
The conference is funded the by a grant from TDOT and National Scenic Byways
program. This grant enabled TRTA to hire transportation consultants to look at
the types of non- motorized trails, or those that do not necessarily take the
visitor on the main driving trail that is the Tennessee River Scenic Byway.
The Tennessee River Trail Association is made up of the nine counties along the
Tennessee River, Benton, Henry, Stewart, Hardin,
Perry, Humphreys and Houston.
The primary mission of TRTA is to assist these nine counties in strengthening
their economic development potential through enhancing outdoor recreation.
Monday, June 20, 2016
CountyBudget Of $138M Presented
Henry County Commissioners look over proposed budget. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-At Monday night’s Henry County Commission
meeting, a proposed county budget totalling $138,686,989 was presented for
review. It includes a county general fund of $12,100,223.
The commission meeting was recessed and County Mayor Brent
Greer asked the commissioners to review the budget until the meeting re-opens
at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30.
Also included in the proposed budget: The Henry County Medical
Center fund totals $87,568,481; County Education funds at $30,666,671; Debt
Service fund of $2,313,606; Drug Control fund, $36,500; General Capital
Projects fund $174,250; Highway Fund, $5,212,697; and Solid Waste $614,561.
Greer said, “Along with this budget, I’m pleased to be able
to present to you the same tax rate as last year at $2.06.”
Greer also noted that the hospital had submitted a budget
that requires no local tax increase. “We appreciate that. The history of our
hospital is that it has been able to do that for many years without a tax
burden on our citizens and we’re very happy with that.”
Likewise, he noted that Henry County Schools presented a
balanced budget “with no use from its debt fund and that’s historic in our
county and we do appreciate that.”
Greer commended County Finance Director Pat Hollingsworth,
who he said spent “many, many, many hours of preparation into the budget and
the department heads and officials who answered all of our questions during
this budget process. I think they’ve done an excellent job.”
In other business, County Attorney Rob Whitfield reported
that the county will gain $500,000 from the recent delinquent property tax
sale. “We’re very pleased with that and we’re looking forward to having all
that confirmed. All the sales are in the process of being signed. This was the
first time we’ve done this in several years and we’re very happy with how it
At the request of Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder, the
Henry County Commission appointed a judicial assistant to perform secretarial
duties. At the close of the policies and Snyder said Wetherington ‘wears two hats’ by working for Snyder
and juvenile court Snyder’s office and also under the Circuit Court heading. Snyder
said under the new resolution, Wetherington will be compensated with a stipend
of $200 a month for the duties she performs for her.
The commission appointed several citizens to various boards
Frankie Hosford was appointed to the Civil Service board for
a three-year term; Martha Sanders, Kathy Page and Justin Rawls were appointed
to the county library board for three-year terms; Wayne Hicks, Danny Robbins
and Bobby Myrick were appointed as Judicial Commissioners for four-year terms.
The commission approved first reading of appropriations of $94,085 in funds for non-profit and civic
organizations, to be divided among 20 organizations including: volunteer fire
departments; Aspell Recovery Center; Community Development Center; Habitat for
Humanity; Henry Co. Fair Association; Henry County Youth Baseball Association;
JACOA; Kentucky Lake Girls Association; Lee School Association, Arts Council;
Heritage Center; Rescue Squad; Star Center; Tennessee Technology Center; TARP;
Carl Perkins Center; SWAG; WRAP; Paris Downtown Boxing; and West Tennessee
Hearing and Speech.
Commissioners approved an increase in litigation taxes for
the General Sessions Court.
It was determined that the $6 litigation tax no longer generates sufficient
revenue to fund the increases in the judge’s compensation as mandated by state
law. The tax goes directly into the general fund. The tax will be increased by $19 for a total of $25.
Five Arrested On Drug Charges
Pam Canada Dylan McAlpin
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
people were arrested on drug charges at two WeakleyCounty
residences over the weekend. Three of the people were from WeakleyCounty,
one from HenryCounty
and another from ObionCounty.
Two search warrants were executed by the Weakley County
The first search warrant was executed at the resident of
J.B. Doster at 7392 Highway 45 south of Martin and resulted in the recovery of
meth, marijuana, pills, digital scales, pipes and needles.
Four people at the residence were charged with possession of
meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia: J.B.
Doster, age 35; Pamela Canada, age 29 of Springville; Andrew Blake Stout, age 22 of Dresden; and
Dylan McAlpin, age 27, of Kenton.
A second search warrant was executed at the home of James
David (Porky) Wilson,
age 37, at 304 West Street
in Gleason. A small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia was recovered and Wilson was charged with
possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sharon Man Killed In Tractor Accident
Sharon, Tenn.-A 77-year-old rural Sharon man was killed earlier today when he fell off a tractor.
Dead at the scene was Prentice Ary of North Durham Road.
According to Weakley County Sheriff’s Captain Randall McGowan, Ary was driving a tractor that was pulling a trailer with an estimated 1000 pounds of water in a container. After he fell of the tractor, he was run over by the trailer.
The incident occurred near the intersection of North Durham and Mt. Vernon Roads shortly before noon today.
Gleason Man Arrested On Drug Charges
18-year-old Gleason man was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop
Sunday in WeakleyCounty.
John Devon Kerr of Johnson Lane was charged with possession
of marijuana with intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia by the
Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.
He was stopped on the Gleason Como Road after he was observed
weaving back and forth across the center line. During the stop, he was asked to
exit his vehicle and during a pat down, two bags of marijuana and scales were
found in his pants’ pocket. According to the press release, he admitted to the
deputy he was selling marijuana.
Two Henry Countians
Charged With Thefts
Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s
Office has arrested two young men for a number of recent thefts from unlocked
vehicles in the county area.
Arrested were Phillip Nelson, age 18; and Benjamin Fields,
age 19, both from the lake area. They are being held in the Henry County Jail
on bonds of $25,000 each.
According to the press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s
Office, both admitted to the thefts and said they would always check door
handles, only taking items from unlocked vehicles.
Fields was arrested late last week and Nelson was arrested
during a traffic stop on Saturday.
Paris Water Tower Exterior Painting Commences Today
Containment curtains on the water tower give it a new look. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-You may have noticed something different about the Paris water tower today. Workmen have installed containment curtains—which look like the biggest tarps anyone ever saw—on the tower in order to enable them to sandblast and repaint the 200 foot tall water tower.
The water tower actually resembles either a huge ghost or a very tall woman wearing a pink shower cap and a white dress.
Margarito Romero of the Tank Pro Co. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said at the site this morning that his three-man crew will be installing the curtains early in the morning and bringing them down every night.
Paris Board of Public Utilities Water Department Assistant Director Tony Brown said the crew is finished painting the interior of the water tower and now will be sandblasting and repainting the exterior.
“They installed those containment curtains as an environmental measure,” Brown said. “It keeps all the materials from sandblasting contained right there.”
Working with Romero are Yobany Romero and Rene Saenz. Margarito Romero said it should take the crew about three or four months to complete the job. “It all depends on the weather. If it’s windy or raining, we can’t do anything,” he said. “Even if the wind is 10-15 mph we can’t raise the tarp.”
From left, Yobany Romero, Rene Saenz and Margarito Romero inside the water tower this morning. (McFarlin photo).
And Let There Be Walls At Trinity UMC
progress has been made in construction of the new TrinityUnitedMethodistChurch
on Wilson Street.
The frame for the walls has been erected and workers have been on site every
day, including weekends, despite the heat. The former church was destroyed by
fire in April of 2015 and it is hoped that the new church will be completed by
Thanksgiving. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Tiptonville, Tenn.-Reelfoot Lake’s famed cypress trees are dying, thanks to an infestation of cormorants and resort owners are strongly encouraging both state and federal wildlife officials to do something about it before it’s too late.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal featured a story about the problem in its Saturday edition and quoted three well-known local outdoorsmen: Mike Hayes, owner of Blue Bank Resort at Reelfoot; Jim Perry of Buchanan, who was director of tourism for that area for several years; and Garry Mason, outdoor guide and coach of the nationally-acclaimed Bethel University fishing team. Mason also is founder of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Cormorants are fish-eating migratory bids that have roosted at Reelfoot Lake. The birds can strip a tree of its bark in just days and its guano is destroying the soil’s chemistry of the resort area. Once cormorants build their nests, trees die within five to 10 years.
Hayes told The Commercial Appeal, "I believe we're going to lose all our cypress trees in the next five years. What makes it so bad here at Reelfoot Lake is that once these birds kill a tree, they move on to a new roosting area and they just keep on moving around from tree to tree. I can't imagine Reelfoot Lake without cypress trees, but it could happen unless something is done and it is done quickly."
Hayes and other resort owners have reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, since Hayes said it is a federal problem. But they also are enlisting the help of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to speak to the Fish and Wildlife officials.
Perry told The Commercial Appeal it is time for the USFW to decide what is more important — the lives of several fish-eating birds or saving habitat that can never be replaced.
"They (cormorants) have destroyed these old cypress trees (estimated to be 200 to 600 years old) on Reelfoot and Kentucky Lake," he said. "They have destroyed trees and vegetation on the islands up and down the (Tennessee) river. (I say) Open season on cormorants."
Garry Mason told The Appeal that he found several hundred cormorants recently while he was fishing on Kentucky Lake. He said the islands near Lick Creek and Granny’s Branch are starting to show lost foliage and that trees are dying or dead.
Mason said in The Appeal’s article, “There used to be an island near Pace Point and now it’s gone because of the loss of trees which allowed the island to hold its ground against floods and boat wakes.”
Manning Honored By Sports Hall Of Fame
Tenn.-The Tennessee Sports Hall
of Fame annual Champion Within Luncheon Peyton Manning was presented with the
2016 Tennessean of the Year award by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at its
Champion Within luncheon.
Officials said, “In this the 50th Anniversary of
the Hall of Fame what better person to be honored with this prestigious award
than Manning. After 18 outstanding years in the NFL, setting most passing and
touchdown records and winning his second Super Bowl, Peyton retired from the
game he loved.”
The Tennessean of the Year is the premier honor of the
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame that is presented to the individual or
organization that has made significant contributions to the state through
sports or other methods, demonstrating outstanding character and leadership.
Thieves Steal Decorative Vases From Motel
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating the theft of two large and expensive decorative
vases from the lobby of the conference area of the Quality Inn on West Reelfoot Ave.
Officers were called to the motel on the complaint. The
motel manager told officers that the glass doors to the conference area are
locked but can be opened from the inside. He said there also are hallway doors
that go to and from the front lobby area that were unlocked.
According to the police report, it is most likely that
someone entered the area by the unlocked doors and opened one of the glass
doors from the inside and exited with the items out the glass doors.
The vases were about four feet tall and three feet wide.
According to the report, the vases were too heavy for one person to move unless
they used a dolly to move them. The vases are light orange.
The vases are valued at $500 each.
Republican Candidates’ Forum Set Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Republican Party is
sponsoring a Candidates’ Forum for Republican Candidates running for the 8th
Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher. The
event is set for 6 p.m., July 15, at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC)
Admission is free and the public is invited.
Reminder: Summer Reading Programs This Week
Tenn.-Several programs will be held at the W.G. Rhea Library as part of the
Summer Reading program.
Mr. Bond The Science Guy will appear from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
tonight and the HenryCountyMedicalCenter will host a
program for people of all ages with healthy games at 10 a.m. Tuesday. On
Friday, there will be popcorn and movies: at 10 a.m., The Karate Kid will be
shown and at 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Lights will be shown.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Collection Begins For Fire Victims
Family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon after the fire. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-A collection has been started for the family who lost everything in a fire in Paris Saturday afternoon.
The two-story frame home at 206 Routon Street was a total loss and the cause of the fire still has not been determined. The home is owned by Robert Medlin and the fire caused $30,000 loss to the property and $20,000 loss to contents.
The family of Crystal King lives in the residence and friends, including a group of Henry County High School basketball parents, have been collecting items for the family since last night. The older boy wears adult medium shorts and large shirt. The younger boy wears adult small shorts and shirt.
But according to people who are collecting items for them, the family needs everything. People with items to donate can contact Take Me Back Café. Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams also has contacted the Red Cross to help the family.
According to the Paris Fire Department, the first call came in to dispatch around 3 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire already coming from the front of the home.
Firefighters utilized the ladder truck and positioned the stream of water onto the roof. Firemen also conducted an exterior attack from both sides of the house and from the front. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters made entry into the home and tried to salvage items for the family.
Six fire vehicles, including the ladder truck, were utilized in all.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fire Destroys Paris Home
An afternoon fire destroyed the home at 206 Routon St. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-A home at 206 Routon Street was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon and the family was left homeless.
Residents of the home at the scene said everyone got out of the house safely but most everything they own was destroyed in the fire.
The Paris Fire Department had just gotten back to the fire station around 7 p.m. and had not completed the report on the fire when contacted by WENK/WTPR. More details on the fire will be available when the report is complete.
General Store Opens
Henry, Tenn.-The newest Dollar General Store in the
area has now opened in Henry. The 7,500-square foot store, located on Hwy. 79N,
is still hiring. (Shannon McFarlin
Frilling Earns National Recognition
Union City, Tennessee
- Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council
in Union City, earned
the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition
that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional
attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
has facilitated the recruitment and retention of over 1,000 jobs in Obion
§Institutional Casework, Inc.: Laboratory Equipment Manufacturer ($6.2M/200 new
§MIA Seating: Office Seating
Manufacturer ($39.5M/510 new jobs)
§Greenfield Products: Custom Heavy
Equipment Manufacturer ($6.3M/100 new jobs)
§MVP Brands: Candle Manufacturer ($2M/100
Sausage: Food Manufacturer
($3M/150 new jobs)
CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council
June 11-12, 2016 in Tulsa, OK
at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.
With seven years of economic development experience,
Friday, June 17, 2016
Two Arrested On Vandalism Charges
Alex Kessler Jacob Hollingsworth
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Two young men were arrested on charges of vandalism by Paris Police this week after surveillance video allegedly showed them spray painting signs and vehicles, causing several thousand dollars in damage.
The pair are accused of spray painting "FTP" in numerous locations, which is reportedly an obscenity aimed at police.
Arrested were Alex Kessler, age 18, Hwy. 69A, Big Sandy, and Jacob Hollingsworth age 20, Campbell Lane, Paris. Both have been released from the Henry County Jail after posting the bonds of $5000 each.
Paris Police received numerous complaints about vandalism June 14 at the Volunteer Drive and Memorial Drive areas. Investigator Greg Underwood began his investigation by reviewing video from security systems in the area. According to Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, Underwood was able to determine the time of events to be approximately 3:30 a.m. June 14.
He also found that Corp. Eric Long had stopped two suspicious persons at the intersection of Volunteer and Memorial Drive. With that information and the video evidence from four different locations, Underwood was able to identify Kessler and Hollingsworth as the vandals.
Underwood filed seven warrants on both subjects. Underwood and Lt. Ricky Watson found the two at Hollingsworth’s residence and arrested them. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court June 21.
Member Earns Air Evac Wings
Burks, faculty member at the University
of Tennessee at Martin,
recently earned her wings to serve as a flight nurse with the Air Evac
Lifeteam. Air Evac is headquartered in Martin with a station at the HenryCountyAirport.
Burks is a nursing lecturer and is beginning her third year at UTM. She teaches
two classes, mentors student advisees and helps monitor clinical students in
the nursing program. But even with both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
nursing, she still finds new things to learn while flying with the Air Evac
She said she will be receiving more training in advanced critical care
certification and her EMT license.
Air Evac Team 31 is located on Baker
Road off Skyhawk
Parkway in Martin.
Reminder: Archery Event Set Saturday At Refuge
and volunteers at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge are shown practicing
with the Refuge’s new archery equipment ahead of Saturday’s public event.
Refuge Spokesperson Joan Stevens is overseeing it, at right. The event will be
held at the refuge’s new visitor center at 1371 Wildlife Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and the Friends of the Refuge will be selling lunches. A new hiking trail also
will be unveiled during the event. Stevens said this is a new event for the
refuge and will consist of instructions on beginning archery, a practice
archery range, demonstrations on making your own bows, and identification of
local mammals. If participants are feeling adventurous, a challenge 3D “safari”
course will be available to test their skills. It is free to the public. (Photo
by Carl Wirwa.)
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Paris Man Charged With Aggravated Child
Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested today on aggravated child abuse and neglect
charges after investigation by Paris Police and the Department of Children’s
David S. Stepp, age 26, of 1401 Hwy. 641
South, is being held at the Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Stepp was arrested at his apartment where
the alleged incident took place on Tuesday night.
According to Paris Lt. Ricky Watson, the
charges were filed after it was determined that Stepp had disciplined his
five-year-old son and in the process had choked the child, causing bruising and
redness to his neck.
Watson said the child is in the care of
his mother and is receiving assistance from the Department of Children’s
He also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
BPU To Repair Water Main Friday
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of
Public Utilities water department will be repairing a water main Friday morning
on East Wood Street near Peppers Automotive. Crews will be on the scene
around 8 a.m. Water will be off for approximately four hours beginning
any time after 8:30 a.m. Water customers affected by the outage include
those on East Wood Street between Delta Contracting and The Loft as well as
customers on Lakeway Circle.
BPU Assistant General Manager Terry
Wimberley said, “We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding. Please use caution when traveling along that portion of
Wood Street on Friday morning.”
Graham Park Closed To Repair Storm Damage
Wednesday's storm uprooted several trees. (Union City Turf Management photo).
Union City, Tenn.-Graham Park in Union City remains closed today as Union City Electric Services and other crews work to repair damage caused by Wednesday afternoon’s strong storms.
Damage was widespread and includes trees that have been uprooted and overturned, tarp from ball parks blown all around, damage to the roofs of shelter houses and damage to batting cages and some of the ball parks.
Graham Park is located in the east side of Union City, includes 195 acres and is the hub of outdoor recreation in the area.
Paris Police Memorabilia On Display At City Hall
Meter Reader Tammy Walker with a portion of the new display. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.---A new display case in the lobby of the Paris Police Department has a collection of memorabilia about the police department and its officers—and is looking for even more to add to the assortment.
Thanks to the hard work of Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Meter Reader Tammy Walker, several unique items are now on display in the lobby, along with the framed photographs of every former police chief and several of the department photos as far back as the 1970s.
Walker, who works on the displays in her free time, has been collecting the old photos for some three years now. “I just love history and I love local history. I just have a lot of fun with this.”
The display case contains an old billy club that once belonged to former Chief Tip Bowden, a riot helmet used by the Paris department in the 1980s, an old fingerprint machine, an old siren, an old city court docket from the 1940s which shows the fines and charges (most of which seem to revolve around drunk and disorderly cases).
One very unique item is a kit which officers used when they made accident reports, complete with little stamps they used to illustrate cars on the reports.
The pride and joy is a large framed copy of the original blueprint for the former City Jail along with one of the cell keys used there. The City Jail was located within the City Hall building which now contains Paris Police offices.
Elizondo said the old jail contained “two large drunk tanks, as they called them back them, cells for women and cells for juveniles. The juveniles in those days were mostly kept in solitary confinement.” The old city jail was first occupied in May of 1961.
Walker said the large blueprint and key were framed by Fitzhugh Framing. The display case was donated to the city by the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center and City Building Inspector Mike Brown built the base for the case.
“We’re still collecting things for the displays,” Elizondo said. “We’re interested in old badges, photos. Hopefully at some point, we’d like to have enough for a small museum.”
Walker said she is specifically looking for a tall standing display case to hold a mannequin where she’d like to display an old Paris Police uniform.
The lobby area is open to the public and the displays can be viewed by anyone when city hall is open. If anyone has items to donate, they can call 642-1413 or email Walker firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jumping Into Summer At Library
Paris, Tenn.—Despite the heat, an exuberant crowd of youngsters enjoyed both watching and participating in a jump rope demonstration from the Hot Shot Jump Rope Team of Memphis on Wednesday at the W.G. Rhea Library in Paris. The presentation was part of the library’s summer reading program. Mr. Bond The Science Guy will appear at the library on Monday evening. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Isolated Storm Damage Reported This Afternoon
A large portion of a 300-year-old oak tree came down at the home of Jean and Rick Owens on Guthrie Rd. (Jean Owens photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Wednesday afternoon’s strong storms
caused isolated damage in Henry County and electrical outages in Obion County
and other counties in the Gibson Electric Membership Corporation.
In Henry County, a large portion of a 300-year-old oak
tree came down at the home of Rick and Jean Owens on Guthrie Rd. The tree
destroyed the couple’s chicken houses and some equipment stored outside, but
thankfully did not fall on their house.
All of the couple’s chickens are o.k., Owens said, but
clean-up work will take some time and the chicken houses will have to be
Elsewhere in Henry County, a couple of trees destroyed
cars and roadways were closed for a short time when trees fell across them.
The afternoon’s storms caused 19 outages affecting
1,010 Gibson Electric Membership Corporation members’ homes and businesses in
Obion County, Fulton, Hickman and Graves Counties. Crews were dispatched and as
of 4:45 p.m., power was still out.
Dispatchers at the Obion County sheriff’s office said
they could not release information on any storm damage.
Transportation Funding Meeting Set For Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee
will discuss the transportation infrastructure funding dilemma in Tennessee at
10 a.m. Thursday at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce office. The
Chamber is located at 2508 East Wood St. in Paris.
The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee was created
to educate the public and state legislators seek an increase and reform in
Tennessee’s transportation fees. The Coalition consists of representatives from
AAA, Tennessee county highway officials, Tennessee Municipal League and other
Vigil To Be
Held Friday In Downtown Paris
Paris, Tenn.-Set Free Ministries will be holding a vigil
in downtown Paris on Friday evening to raise awareness for local homeless and
drug addiction problems. The vigil will be held at 6 p.m. at the parking lot at
101 Caldwell St. (across from the Paris Fire Department).
Call 731-407-4611 for more information. Ask for Lori Roberts or Malanie Denton.
Titan Missile Arrives At Discovery Park
Union City, Tenn.-Obion County citizens had the opportunity to witness an amazing sight driving into Union City Sunday evening. A very large Titan One Missile was transported from the Huntsville Space Center in Alabama to Discovery Park of America in Union City. For the next few months, the missile will undergo a complete refurbishing. Jeff and David Ursery have been challenged with the task of restoring the Missile to its pristine condition. Once it has been restored, it will be on display in the STEM Landing area near the moon dome at the park. Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy said, “Once I-69 is complete, the Titan Missile will be quite the headturner. People driving down the new I-69 will be even further compelled to stop when they see Discovery Park and this huge missile rising up out of the surrounding cornfields.” Rippy said the missile is projected to be as tall as the current tower at Discovery Park and is a gift from NASA. In photo are the Usery brothers and Rippy. (DPA photo).
Casting For Cure Winners Announced
McKenzie, Tenn.-When the horn sounded Saturday morning kicking off the 16th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo at McKenzie City Park Lake the fish and the fishermen were ready to go.
About 100 boys and girls age 15 and under showed up for the annual event held each year on Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day. The rodeo benefits the American Cancer Society while introducing kids to the great sport of fishing at the same time.
“The only thing hotter than the temperature was the fishing,” Host Steve McCadams said. “These future fishermen were reeling them in and landing some dandy stringers. I believe it’s the most fish we’ve seen caught among the ranks.” McCadams said the event raised from $2,500 to $3,000 that will be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Earning honors in the 5-years and under age bracket for most fish was Ean Bennett. Big fish went to Billy Schultz.
Most fish in the 6-9 year age bracket went to Wyatt Pruitt with Naveah Shaddon landing the big fish prize. In the 10-12 year age group it was Melik Lee catching the most fish and Caleb Carr reeling in the biggest fish.
Tristan Hood, who won his category last year too, returned to the top spot again and landed the big fish for the 13-15 age group. Chloe Rommell had the most fish.
Every youngster participating received a nice door prize, which ranged from rod and reel combos to tackle boxes, gift certificates, t-shirts, caps and assorted tackle.
Those catching the biggest fish and most fish in four separate age brackets earned special engraved plaques and nice bicycles to help make the memory even more special.
Archery Event Set For Refuge Saturday
New Trail To Be Unveiled
Springville, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville will host a public event focusing on archery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at their new visitor center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive. A new hiking trail also will be unveiled during the event.
Refuge Spokesperson Joan Stevens said this is a new event for the refuge and will consist of instructions on beginning archery, a practice archery range, demonstrations on making your own bows, and identification of local mammals. If participants are feeling adventurous, a challenge 3D “safari” course will be available to test their skills.
As always, this event and entry into the refuge Visitor Center are free to the public. All are invited, whether inexperienced with a bow or considered an archer. The refuge will provide all equipment for the day and asks that no personal archery equipment be used during the event.
The event will also be an unveiling of the refuge’s newest hiking trail that leads from the Visitor Center and follows the shoreline for about a half mile. This trail is available to those visiting the refuge or to those who would like to take a stroll off the back patio while at the Visitor Center.
The trail leads to the shoreline of the lake, along a stretch of quiet woods and hosts an amazing array of birds and wildlife. This new trail will also be used for environmental education instruction during student field trips and refuge events. The trail is yet unnamed and the public is invited to help give this trail a name. A suggestion box will be in place during the event to gather the best name for the trail.
The refuge would like to acknowledge several groups and individuals that made this trail and event a reality. The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge has written trail grants, provided rock, built boardwalk and provided untold hours towards the creation of the new trail. Many Friends members will be assisting with the event. The Boy Scouts are providing archery equipment for the event, John Paul Moody of the Covenant Ranch is loaning 3D targets, Tori Starks is earning her Girl Scout Project Gold badge in her help to plan the event and design the new archery course on the trail, Boy Scout Brayden Wilson is earning his Eagle Scout badge by building several bridges for the new trail. Students from UT Martin Wildlife Society will also be assisting with the event.
Union City, Tenn.-A vehicle stolen from Martin was recovered after Union City Police pursued the driver early this morning through city streets. The car was abandoned by the suspect after it struck a street sign.
Martin Police issued a BOLO (Be On The Lookout Order) about the stolen vehicle, which was a white 2012 KIA. While checking Eastgate, officers saw the car exiting Eastgate on Nash St. Officers saw the KIA accelerate northbound on Nash at which point, police began pursing it with lights and sirens activated onto Mercer St.
The KIA crossed Greenwood and then Clover St. at a high rate of speed and police terminated their blue lights. Police found the car abandoned at Mercer and Division Streets and that it had struck the street sign.
According to the police report, the KIA was too far ahead of them to see anyone bail out of the car. The owner of the car was brought to Union City by Martin Police to take possession of their vehicle.
CG To Seek Funding For Freedom Fest
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At its meeting Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council unanimously decided to again request sponsorship from the Henry County Tourism Authority for this year’s Freedom Festival on the 4th of July.
Council also discussed the possibility of getting WiFi for the City Hall office.