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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wal-Mart Evacuated After Bomb Threat

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Wal-Mart store was evacuated for about 40 minutes Monday night after two bomb threats were called into the store.

The calls came to the store around 9:22 p.m., one right after the other.

According to Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, the employee that took the first call said the caller told her a bomb was in the store and everyone had 20 minutes to get out. The second call was made to a different department in the store and the caller relayed the same message.

Patrolman Jamie James said in his report that the phone calls came from the same number.

Customers who were in the store at the time said an announcement was made over the intercom for everyone to leave the store immediately and carts with groceries were left in the aisles as customers evacuated the building.

Store managers checked the store but did not find anything suspicious.

Elizondo said the incident is being investigated by the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division.


TWRA Considers Crappie Limit On Kentucky Lake

Knoxville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will consider a request on lowering the creel limit on crappie on Kentucky Lake when it meets this week in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has requested that TWRA lower the creel limit on crappie on Kentucky Lake from 30 to 20 fish per day. TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss will present information about the lake’s crappie fishering at the lake.

The meeting will be held Thursday through Friday at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville.


Man Steals Wallet, Leads Officers On Chase

Paris, Tenn—After positive identification of the suspect, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department is expected to issue a warrant for the man who stole a woman’s wallet in a Paris store and then led deputies and Paris Police officers on a chase that ended in Carroll County.

The incident occurred on Friday night at Wal-Mart when a man grabbed a woman’s wallet and the victim chased him through the store and parking lot yelling that he had taken her money.

The suspect drove off in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and he was described as wearing dark jeans, gray shirt and camouflage hat.

Deputy Cpl. Jim Sanders chased the suspect from the 218 bypass to Henry and on into McKenzie and Trezevant in Carroll County. The chase was suspended when traffic made continued pursuit too dangerous.

The car was found still running in a yard in Atwood. The owner of record of the car told officers she had sold it awhile back and gave officers the name of the person she had sold it to.

Costume Contest Set For Discovery Park


Union City, Tenn.-If you are looking for something fun and friendly for your little ghosts and goblins to do on Halloween, head out to Discovery Park of America on Sunday for the Halloween costume contest.

All children ages 12 and under who come in costume will be admitted to Discovery Park free, when accompanied by an adult. The park requests that children do not dress as clowns this year and no masks are allowed.

Children are asked to pre-register for the contest in the foyer of Discovery Park between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The contest will take place in Dinosaur Hall beginning at 2 p.m.

There will be three trophies awarded in each category.

Jason Lindsey, “Mr. Science” will be presenting “Spooky Science” from 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., free with park admission.

Saturday will be one of the last chances to see McDonald’s Pumpkin Village this year. Little ones can climb on hay bales, ride on tractors made of hay and get their pictures taken with a giant hay bale lion.

Union City Halloween Set For Downtown

Union City, Tenn.-Main Street Union City will be hosting a community Halloween event from 3-5 p.m. Monday, October 31, in downtown Union City.

The event will include costumes, candy and more and is free.

Call the Main Street Union City office at 731-885-8330 for more info.


Potato, Salad Bar Luncheon

Paris, Tenn.-A potato and salad bar luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, October 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. The event is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church.

Tickets are on sale at The Toggery and Paris Florist and at the door.


More Spooktacular Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.-More winners from Saturday’s Spooktacular in Paris have been announced.

Broom Race winner was Brailee Smith; Senior Corn Hole winners were Grahm and Sam Sleadd, Junior Corn Hole Winners were Xavier Jones and Devin Stone; Musical Chairs winners were Lexie Sheppard, Aaron O’Daniel, Tshun Davis, and Latrell Brown.


Aggravated Burglary Reported

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at a residence on Sectionline Road Monday afternoon.

According to the report, forcible entry was gained to the residence and items were stolen from one of the bedrooms of the home sometime between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stolen were 15 gold rings, six pair of gold earrings and $150 in cash.

Police said pry marks were on the top of the back door and the door jamb was cracked.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Driver Taken To The Med Following Wreck


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Huntingdon Fire and Rescue crew members used the Jaws of Life to extract a driver out of his vehicle following an accident Sunday afternoon. 

The driver, Jacoby Haynie, age 19, of Lexington, Tenn., was airlifted to The Med following the crash.

The vehicle was eastbound on Buena Vista Road and left the roadway on the left side of the road, jumped a ditch and struck a large tree, coming to rest upside down in a ditch. The accident occurred about five miles outside the city limits.

Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers said Huntingdon Fire & Rescue was called to the scene, as was the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department in case there was a fire.

Smothers said rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to extract the young man who was entrapped in the car. The man was taken first to Baptist Hospital in Huntingdon and then airlifted to The Med in Memphis.

Woman Kills Husband In Self-Defense

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A Weakley County woman shot and killed her estranged husband in self-defense Sunday evening.

The body of Stephen Delauter, age 45, died of a gunshot wound. His body was sent to the Shelby County Medical Examiner for autopsy.

According to Captain Randall McGowan of the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office, Lee Ann Delauter, age 33, of Hyndsver Road, returned fire when her estranged husband broke into her home and shot at her. She had received an order of protection prohibiting him from contacting her.

Deputies had been called to the home, which is located between Martin and Dresden, after two calls were received by 911 dispatchers. Delauter was found in an upstairs bedroom.

McGowan said Delauter had been living in the Rutherford area after he was arrested in September by Weakley County deputies for a domestic assault against his wife. He had pleaded guilty to the charge and the order of protection was issued for his wife.

Investigation showed that Delauter parked his vehicle over a half mile from the home, broke into the house and assaulted his wife with a knife and fired more than one shot at her with a semi-automatic firearm.


Reelfoot Refuge Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Tiptonville, Tenn.-A large crowd and state wildlife officials were on hand Saturday for the 75th anniversary of the Reelfoot Lake National Refuge and grand opening of the new visitor’s center. The festivities included the public’s first viewing of the new exhibits in the new center, the release of a young Bald Eagle that was rehabilitated at Reelfoot Lake State Park, hay rides, canoe rides, youth archery, and other activities. (Brent Callicott photo).


Big Sandy Dedicates New Fire House

Big Sandy, Tenn.-The dedication of the new fire house was held Sunday at Big Sandy and Fire Chief Larry Waters received the surprise of his life at the ceremony. When he unveiled the plaque that will be placed on the fire house, he learned that his fellow firefighters have named it for him. The new fire house will be called “Larry Waters Station Number One”. The Big Sandy Volunteer Fire Department raised most of the money for the new station with fund-raising events. In photo, the Air Evac helicopter flies over the new fire station during the ceremony. (Garry Mason photo).


Traffic Accident Leads To Drug Charge

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A minor traffic accident in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Union City led police to arrest a South Fulton man on a drug charge.

Police were called to the parking lot at 1601 W. Reelfoot Ave., to investigate the accident on Sunday afternoon. An officer could see a marijuana roach in the ashtray of a pickup truck and asked the owner about it.

The owner, Ryan Christopher Watts, age 21, said he had more in the truck and showed the officer a small white jar with loose marijuana leaves. Upon further search, the officer found a larger jar with more marijuana behind the driver’s seat. In all, a total of 2.6 grams of marijuana was found.


Nominations Open For Chamber Awards

Union City, Tenn.-The annual Obion County Chamber of Commerce banquet has been set for Thursday, November 17, and Chamber officials are seeking nominations for awards.

Nominations will be accepted through November 1 for Volunteer of the Year; Ambassador of the Year; Board Member of the Year; Industry of the Year; Business of the Year; Small Business of the Year and the You Made It Happen Award.

The banquet will be held at Discovery Park of America and tickets are on sale now for $30 each. Nominations can be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce.

Please RSVP by November 1 by calling 731-885-0211 or at

Saturday, October 22, 2016

5000 Attend Spooktacular

A ghoulish Rick Conger and Susan Jones at today's event. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A record-setting 5,000 people crowded the Henry County Court Square Saturday afternoon for the 11th annual Spooktacular and organizers were ecstatic.

Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “Our 11th year and it’s been bigger than ever. We had beautiful weather and creative costumes by everyone and we’re just thrilled.”

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo kept watch over the event and made the official estimate of the crowd. Ray said 275 people entered the costume contests “and that was also a record.”

Winning People’s Choice in the Scarecrows on the Square contest was Patrolman Crow from the Paris Police Department, while other winners of that contest were: Best Construction, Tosh Farms; Best In Show, Henry School Peace Pirate; Most Original, Doreen Bates.

There were all manner of ghosts, goblins, dinosaurs, princesses and pirates on hand throughout the afternoon. Even “Jake from State Farm” was there—actually, his name is Jake Smith, son of James and Jolene Smith—and won First Place in the costume contest for ages 8-11.

Complete list of winners of the costume contests:

Ages 0-3: first, Calvin and Xavier Conner; second Paxton McClain; third, Zikeria Darcus.

Ages 4-7: first, Eva Coleman; second Ford Carter; third, Adalynn Wade.

Ages 8-11: first, Jake Smith; second Slayden Hosford; third, Serenity Day.

Ages 12-14: first, Alexis Gough; second, Madeleine Griffey; third, Emma Millard.

Family/Theme: first, Pillow family (dinosaurs); second, Shannon Jones family (Peanuts characters); and third, Katherine York family (Mario Brothers).

"Jake Of State Farm" winning first place (actually Jake Smith).

Tammy Walker accepting People's Choice for "Officer Crow" scarecrow.


Jackson State To Offer Classes In Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell announced Saturday that Paris/Henry County and adjacent counties will have a full community college presence in Paris, beginning next year.

Gerrell said Jackson State has committed to invest in the local community “so that everyone can have an opportunity to better themselves with an associate degree or continuing education.”

Classes begin in January 2017 and will be held at the Central Service Center on Jones Bend Road Extended. Gerrell said they are in the process of hiring faculty.

Call 1-800-355-JSCC for more information or to enroll.


Early Voting Totals High 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Early voting totals posted in Henry and Obion Counties continue to break local records.

The total of early voters in Henry County now at 2,907, according to Elections Administrator DeLaina Green, with 304 voting Saturday.

In Obion County, the total is 2,829 with 863 voting Wednesday, 783 on Thursday and 825 on Friday and 258 on Saturday.

Early voting in Tennessee began Wednesday and goes through November 3. Both elections offices are open weekdays and Saturdays during the early voting period.

Security, Reelfoot Banks To Merge

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Security Bank and Trust Company of Paris and Reelfoot Bank announced Friday they will merge. Reelfoot has offices in Union City, Martin, Fulton and Hornbeak.

The combined Bank will have approximately $350 M in assets and eleven branches in all.

The corporate offices will be located in Paris.

Reelfoot Bank Branches will continue to operate under the Reelfoot name. There are no closures of branch banks.

Serving as CEO, President and Board Chairman will be Barry P. McIntosh. Steven Trask will continue as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Laurie Ragsdale, Interim President of Reelfoot Bank, will become Chief Accounting Officer. Lee Fry of Union City and David Hogan of Lakeland will join Security Bank’s board of directors.


Union City Blasts Lake County

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Tornadoes came storming onto the field Friday night in their “Pink Out” gear in a game which saw Union City blank Lake County by a score of 35-0. Union City players were decked out in pink, as was the field, in honor of Breast Cancer awareness. (Robin Francis photo).

Other Friday Night Football Scores

Henry County 13, Brentwood 38

Obion Central 19, Crockett County 49

South Fulton 54, Gleason 0

Camden 14, Fairview 28

West Carroll 14, Greenfield 25

Dresden 50, Humboldt 14

Gibson County 13, Jackson Christian 41

McKenzie 48, Riverside 17

Friday, October 21, 2016

Carter Sentenced To 24 Years In Prison

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Springville man was sentenced in Henry County Circuit Court to serve 24 years in a state prison after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a Clarksville man in 2014.

Toby Carter, age 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder following an agreement reached today by Carter and the District Attorney’s office.

Carter had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Bobby Dozier and the case was set to go to trial beginning Monday. Five-seven days had been set aside in the local courtroom for the trial.

Carter pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree murder late Friday and Judge Donald Parish imposed the agreed-upon sentence of 24 years, of which 100 percent will be served in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

According to Court Clerk Mike Wilson, members of the Dozier family as well as relatives of Carter were present when Carter entered the guilty plea.

Early Voting High In Obion, Henry Counties

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Early voting totals posted in Henry and Obion Counties continue to be high as interest in the November 8 presidential election is at a fever pitch.

The total of early voters in Henry County is 2,603, according to Elections Administrator DeLaina Green, with 764 voting Friday (754 in person and 10 by mail).

In Obion County, the total is 2,471, with 863 voting Wednesday, 783 on Thursday and 825 on Friday.

Early voting in Tennessee began Wednesday and goes through November 3. Both elections offices are open weekdays and Saturdays during the early voting period.


Attorney General Speaks To Rotary

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Attorney General Hubert Slatery III spoke to the Paris Rotary Club today about the services his office provides for the state. The Rotary Club meets regularly at The Lunchroom at the Lee Academy for the Arts. (David Hamilton photo).


Paris Man Arrested On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested today on drug charges at the same home where several other people were arrested recently for the same offenses.

Metro Crime Unit Director Lt. Ricky Watson said officers have been conducting surveillance at the home at 622 Powell Street in Paris after hearing several complaints from citizens.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence today and located a significant amount of crystal meth, a large amount of Percocet and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested during the search was Christopher Crosser, age 23, and charged with possession of Schedule II drugs with intent, possession of Schedule VI with intent, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. 

Crosser is being held at the Henry County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Preparing For Tonight’s “Pink Out”

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Turf Management has been busy this week preparing the football field for tonight’s game to support the Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”. The field is being painted pink and the Union City Golden Tornadoes will be wearing pink when they meet the Lake County Falcons Also wearing pink will be the Obion Central Rebels when they meet the Crockett County Cavaliers. (Union City Turf Management photo). 

Henry County Man Charged With Rape, Incest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—A Henry County man has been arrested on charges of rape and incest and is being lodged at the Henry County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Billy Michael Somerville, age 40, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s deputies after a polygraph was administered by Investigator David Doyle on Thursday afternoon at the sheriff’s office and following questioning by investigators.

Somerville is charged with rape, incest, aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child.

Captain Damon Lowe said the sheriff’s office received a report of a minor child being touched sexually and began the investigation with the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Childrens’ Services and the Carl Perkins Center in Paris.

Investigation revealed unlawful sexual contact with the minor between 2010 and the summer of 2016 at different locations in Henry County, Lowe said.



Murray Man Reported Missing

Murray, Ky.-Murray Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person.

Wesley Gibson, age 29, of Murray, was last seen around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, October 19. Gibson requires medication for seizures and has been suffering from severe paranoia of late.

Gibson’s sister told police that her brother has not been diagnosed with mental health issues, but recently has been expressing paranoia that this area is doomed and people need to get out.

Gibson is described as a white male with short dark hair, approximately 5’7” and weighing 154 pounds.

He was last seen on the 300 block of South 15th Street and was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue shirt, brown work boots and aviator sunglasses. His sister believes he may be heading to see his ex-wife who he believes is in Benton, Ky.


Dollar General Beer Permit Suspended

Paris, Tenn.-One of the four businesses which were recently cited for underage beer sales was given a stiffer than usual punishment Thursday night by the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Hearings were held by the beer board on citations issued against: Dollar General, 2609 E. Wood St., Twice Daily, 2504 East Wood St., IGA gas station, 2603 E. Wood St. and Patriot Express Mart, 1330 E. Wood Street.

The punishment for the Dollar General violation was stiff—suspension of its beer permit for six months—because it was the second violation for that establishment within this year.
With the other three violators representing first time offenses, all the permit holders were given the same choice: a $500 fine or 30-day suspension. All three permit holders chose to pay the fine.

All four were cited as part of an operation conducted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, which used two undercover personnel, both of whom were underage, to attempt to purchase beer at local establishments in September.


Three Arrested On Drug Charges

Martin, Tenn.-Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputies executed two search warrants at separate locations that resulted in the arrest of three people on drug charges on Thursday.

The first search warrant was executed at the Eagle Inn in Martin. Two Martin residents were arrested: Beth Nicole Nevil, age 32, who also goes by the name Beth Totty; and Robert Adam Macy, age 23.

Both were charged with possession of meth with intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia. 7 ½ grams of meth was recovered from the room packaged in 12 individual baggies for resale along with digital scales and pipes used to smoke meth.

The second search was at 515 Old Fulton Rd., also in Martin. Arrested was Billy J. Smith, age 61, of that address. He was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent and possession of marijuana with intent. Both crack and marijuana was recovered from the house along with a shotgun and loaded .40 caliber pistol and a small amount of power cocaine.

Smith is a convicted felon and will also be charged with being in possession of firearms illegally. A total $5,743 also was seized.


Active Shooter Class Moved

Paris, Tenn.-The upcoming Active Shooter Class sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce has been moved to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology meeting room due to space concerns. The class is set for 10 a.m. Friday, October 28, and is free to the public. TCAT is located at 312 S. Wilson St., Paris.

For more information, contact Monica Smith 642-3431 or

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Carter Murder Trial To Commence Monday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Unless it is rescheduled again, the first-degree murder trial for Toby Carter of Springville will commence Monday morning, October 24, in Henry County Circuit Court. This is the third time the trial has been set; the other two times it was rescheduled to allow more time for evidence to be presented and because of unavailability of witnesses.

Carter, age 40, was arrested in September of 2014 for the shooting death and kidnapping of 80-year-old Bobby Dozier. Dozier of Clarksville, was staying at his cabin in New Concord, Ky., when the incident happened.

Dozier was reported missing and his body was found the next day in a wooded area along the Olde Tennessee Trail in Springville. He had been shot multiple times.

Carter has been held in the Henry County Jail on $1 M bond. In addition to first-degree murder, Carter is charged with aggravated kidnapping.


A-P Group Hears About Neighborhood Watch


With A-P President Ed Roberts at left, Paris Lt. Ricky Watson and Lt. Ean Reed address the group (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association heard about how to set up a Neighborhood Watch program from Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson and Lt. Ean Reed at its Wednesday night monthly meeting.

Residents of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood been concerned for some time about increasing crime and Lt. Watson said, “Your neighborhood is a high crime area.” Watson said forming a Neighborhood Watch program does help, citing the experience of the Peden Hill program. “Peden Hill used to be a high crime area, too, but it isn’t now because of their Neighborhood Watch.”

Reed emphasized that the program could be utilized for more than crime, however. “It’s also a good way to watch out for your neighbors.  If you know of an elderly resident or someone with handicaps, it’s a good way to keep everyone safe.”

Vickey Roberts has volunteered to head up the program and both Reed and Watson said volunteers would be needed as Block Captains to divide up the Atkins-Porter area for easier communication.

“As I’ve heard Sheriff Monte Belew say a lot, ‘If you see something, say something.’ If you see a house where there is a lot of traffic or you suspect drug activity, call your block captains and the police department,” Watson said.

President Ed Roberts announced that the Atkins-Porter Association’s request for a small grant from the Board of Public Utilities Round Up program was approved and that the group will be applying for other grants to finance activities and programs.


Two Charged With Helping Juvenile Run Away

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris area women have been charged with helping a juvenile run away from home last week.

Dawn Bujak, age 50, and Sharon Bujak, age 65, of Old Blake School Rd. have been charged with harboring a runaway juvenile by the Paris Police Department. Bond was set at $1,000 apiece and both are to appear in court today.

After an alert was issued by the Paris Police, the juvenile, who is 13 and lives in Paris, ran away from home last week and was found in Atwood by Carroll County deputies. Carroll County authorities released the juvenile to Henry County deputies and he was returned home.


MSU To Honor W. Earl Brown

Murray, Ky.-Murray State University will honor Alumnus W. Earl Brown, an actor who has appeared on such television programs as “Deadwood”, “Justified”, and “True Detective”.

Born in Murray, Brown is a 1989 graduate of the Murray State Theatre program. He will be announced as this year’s recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Alumni Award at this year’s Taste of the Arts Dinner Thursday, October 27.

The dinner will be held at the CFSB Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Murray State University office of development at 270-809-3001 or by email  


“Coats For Kids” Starts Next Week

Union City, Tenn.-The Junior Auxiliary of Obion County will hold its annual “Coats For Kids” coat drive again this year. The group will be accepting donations of new or slightly used coats and jackets to be given to kids in need throughout all of Obion County.

So, folks, please clean out your and your kids’ closets and donate those coats to help children stay warm this winter. Drop off locations will be Kizer Pharmacy, Center Stage Dance Studio, and Baptist Rehabilitation (next to E.W. James in Union City).

Donations will be accepted from October 24 through December 2.


Active Shooter Class Offered

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s “Sudden Violence—Surviving an Active Shooter” training at 10 a.m. Friday, October 28, at the Chamber office at 2508 E. Wood St., Paris.

The seminar is not a tactical training course, but is designed for businesses, organizations and individuals and is free. Reservations can be made by calling Monica Smith, 642-3431 or email

It is a 90-minute presentation.


Boat Safety Class Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad is hosting a boat safety class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, at the squad headquarters on Hwy. 218. The class will be conducted by Joe Campbell of the TWRA and is open to the public for free.


THP Simulator At Westview Today

Martin, Tenn.-The No-Zone truck and THP simulator will be at Westview High School from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The truck is part of the Tennessee Highway Patrol “Drive to Zero Fatalities” traffic campaign focusing on several traffic safety enforcement goals, specifically: seat belt usage, impaired driving, and speeding. It will also include enforcement actions against unsafe driving behaviors of large trucks and bus operators. School Resource Office Jason Arant and Martin Police Officer Lt. Eric Reed will be present to coordinate with the THP.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hundreds Turn Out For Early Voting Today

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Both the Obion and Henry County Elections Commissions were especially busy places today, with hundreds of voters lining up for the first day of the early voting period.

In Obion County, Elections Administrator Leigh Schlager said people voting there today totaled 723, making an overall total of early voters at 863, counting any paper mail-in ballots received up to this point.

In Henry County, Elections Administrator DeLaina Green reported today’s total of voters was 731, making an overall early voting total of 916 so far.

The early voting period for the November 8 presidential election will be over November 3.

Busy First Day For Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.-The first day of the early voting period in Tennessee has been a busy one for local elections official as a steady stream of voters turned out all day. In photo, Henry County Elections Administrator DeLaina Green, right, and Deputy Administrator Kim Jenkins wait on a people while even more were already at the voting machines. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Superload Could Impact Traffic Thursday 

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be escorting a superload through Tennessee on I-24 eastbound on Thursday night. The load will consume more than two lanes of traffic, which could create significant congestion. Drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

The superload is expected to cross into Tennessee from Kentucky on Thursday evening and travel through the night. North of Nashville, the superload will detour around downtown Nashville via Briley Parkway eastbound before re-entering I-24 via I-40 westbound. The superload will then take I-24 to I-75 to Georgia.

The superload’s maximum travel speed is 60 miles per hour.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be escorting the load as it travels through the state. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be monitoring the superload at its regional Transportation Management Centers in Nashville and Chattanooga. Overhead Dynamic Message Signs and portable message boards will be used to alert drivers of congestion along the route.

Paris Man Arrested After Foot Chase 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Having a Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy stationed at the county courthouse full-time surely came in handy Tuesday.

A Paris man was arrested on several charges after a foot chase from the courthouse. After observing the suspect hiding a container of drugs outside the courthouse for retrieval later, Sgt. Ricky Wade chased the man all the way from the courthouse to the Lee School area several blocks away. 

Steven Boyd Trent, age 30, of 1118 Belmont Street, was charged with evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence after he was caught by Wade.

Sheriff Monte Belew said Wade chased Trent, and other deputies and Paris Police officers established a perimeter around the area. Belew said Trent had run down into a ravine near the Lee Academy for the Arts when he was apprehended.

Bond for Trent is set at $50,000.

Spooks Galore In Downtown Paris Saturday

Susan Jones tells fortunes at last year's event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-There will be Spooks Galore in downtown Paris Saturday for the 11th annual Spooktacular and there will be plenty of activities, from trick or treating at downtown stores, Halloween costume contests, a “Thriller” flash mob, free crafts, live music, concessions and games. The event is set for noon until 4 p.m. on the court square.

Seventeen booths will be on site, including the Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey & Halloween Owls; Children’s Theater with two spooky booths, Pre-K Head Start treats games; First Christian Church’s Halloween Putt Putt and free coffee; REAL Hope Youth Center’s bean bag toss; Paris Police Department/DARE and Carl Perkins Center with bags and goodies and face painting; Inman Band live music; 911’s Red E Fox; Kroger’s scary tattoos and games with a ring toss game; K & B Supplies for Success will have Sewer Splash and crafts; Air Evac will have a Life Team Launch game; and Security Bank will have tic tac toe and coloring activities.

The Downtown Paris Association’s famous Pumpkin Patch Pete will be on hand so you can guess Pete’s weight and win DPA bucks. On Halloween day, the winner will be announced and will receive $100 in DPA bucks, just in time for Christmas Open House weekend, November 4-6. The Lions Club will have contests from 1-3 p.m.

Perry’s BBQ and Inman Band Boosters will be serving food. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. Call 731-642-7425 for more info.

Noon                           Game booths open. Registration for costume contests begins.

12:15-12:45 pm        Inman Band performs.

12:45 – 1:00 pm       “Thriller” flash mob

1:00-1:30 pm                        Spooky games by the Lions Club   

1:30 pm                     Ages birth to 3 years old Costume Contest

2:00 pm                     Ages 4 to 7 years old Costume Contest

2:30 pm                     Ages 8 to 11 years old Costume Contest

3:00 pm                     Ages 12 to 14 years old Costume Contest

3:30 pm                     Family/Group Theme Contest

3:50 pm                     Winners of Scarecrows on the Square announced


Grand Reopening Of Heritage Center Set


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The public is invited to the grand reopening of the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, October 22. The Heritage Center has been closed for a few months while repairs and restoration was made to the facility.

Original furniture belonging to the family of O.C. Barton has been acquired and placed in the Heritage Center. The Bartons owned Cavitt Place, which was the original name of the building where the Heritage Center is now located.

Permanent displays at the Heritage Center include an exhibit on Camp Tyson, Henry County’s former WWII barrage balloon facility and a room dedicated to items from the county Health Department, which used to be located in the facility.

A private reception for Heritage Center members will be held Friday evening with light refreshments.

The Heritage Center is located at 614 N. Poplar St. in Paris.


Tickets On Sale For Bobby Jones’ Concert

Steering committee members at last night's meeting. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-There are now even more ways to purchase tickets for the upcoming concert by Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones.

Jones will be returning to his hometown for “A Farewell To Paris” concert and benefit for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church building fund the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC).

Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at KPAC, all Commercial Bank & Trust locations in Paris or online through You can also purchase tickets by phone by calling Rhonda Stanton at KPAC at 731-644-2517.

By purchasing at, customers also can call a toll-free number for customer service and order the tickets that way. The phone number is 800-838-3006.

Advance tickets prices are: reserved, $20; preferred, $30; and preferred + VIP package, $50. If purchased at the door, tickets are $5 extra.

At a regular steering committee meeting Tuesday night, it was reported that donations for advertising in the souvenir booklets are coming in from several local businesses.

During the evening, awards will be presented to organizations which have positively impacted youth in Henry County, including the Ladies of SWAG (Sisters With A Goal), Pop Warner and Capps youth leagues, and the Paris Boxing Club.

A Facebook page at also provides updated information on the concert.


ABC To Conduct Violations Hearings

Paris, Tenn.-When it meets Thursday night, the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) will conduct four alcohol regulations violation hearings for local establishments. Hearings will be conducted regarding violations reported at: the Dollar General Store, 2609 E. Wood St.; IGA Gas Station, 2603 E. Wood St.; Patriot Express, 1330 E. Wood St.; and Twice Daily, 2504 E. Wood St.

Also at the meeting, Twice Daily will be requesting a new beer permit.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Paris City Hall and is open to the public.


Drug Take Back Event Set For UC

Union City, Tenn. – On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Union City Police Department in conjunction with the Obion County Prevention Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to Baptist Memorial Hospital located at 1201 Bishop Street in Union City, Tennessee. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.


A-P Neighborhood Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.—The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will once again begin its monthly meeting with a snack time at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held tonight at the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center at the corner of Highland and Walnut Streets.

Discussion of forming a Neighborhood Watch program will continue and members also will discuss establishing the organization’s non-profit status.


Men Robbed At Gunpoint

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Three men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night on W. Griggs Street in Union City. The description of the suspects is the same as those involved in an attempted armed robbery Saturday night on E. College St.

According to the police report, three men were sitting in their yard when three black males, dressed all in black and wearing masks approached them, demanding money. At least one of the men poked a gun in the side of one of the victims.

The victims gave them their wallets, which contained cash, credit cards and driver’s licenses. The suspects then ran toward First Street, then to the Old Brown Shoe plant and were last seen by the railroad tracks.

Officers took the path the suspects ran, but did not find them or any stolen items.


Three Arrested On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday with incidents that resulted in the arrest of three people on a variety of drug charges.

A search warrant was executed Monday morning at 170 Kester Rd., south of Dresden and two women—Amanda Dawn Jennings, age 34; and Megan Noelle West, age 24—were arrested on charges of possession of meth with intent to sell and drug paraphernalia possession.

Found during the search was 5 ½ grams of meth that was packaged for resale, digital scales, plastic baggies and phone text messages about selling drugs.

Later Monday, deputies went to 505 Hillsboro Street in Martin with an arrest warrant and while at his door, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the house. After consent to search, deputies found a large bag of marijuana and three smaller bags of marijuana with a total weight of one pound and digital scales were found.

Keith Norris Jr. was arrested for possession with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was out of jail on bond from previous drug charges.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Small Business Super Heroes

Paris, Tenn.-Kevin Buie of K&B Supplies for Success gives a gift to little Charlotte Broman at today’s Small Business Expo at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Little Charlotte is the granddaughter of Sharon Kummerow, also pictured, as is Sam Bates of K&B. A large crowd was on hand for the Expo, sponsored each year by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Theme for this year was “Small Business Super Heroes”. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

A-P Neighborhood Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.—The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will once again begin its monthly meeting with a snack time at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held Wednesday night at the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center at the corner of Highland and Walnut Streets.

Discussion of forming a Neighborhood Watch program will continue and members also will discuss establishing the organization’s non-profit status.

Summitt Bequeaths Gift To UTM

Martin, Tenn.- Legendary Lady Vols’ Basketball Coach Pat Summitt included the University of Tennessee at Martin in her estate plans with a $200,000 bequest to the women’s basketball program. The gift will establish the Pat Summitt Women’s Basketball Endowment at UT Martin. Summitt played basketball under coach Nadine Gearin from 1970-74 before receiving her degree and accepting a coaching position with the Lady Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She passed away June 16 at the age of 64. Pictured after the announcement are Bettye Giles, former UT Martin women’s athletics director, and Dr. Bob Smith, UT Martin interim chancellor.


Registered Voters Spike In Henry, Obion Counties

Early Voting Begins Wednesday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-On the eve of the early voting period commencing across Tennessee, both Obion and Henry County Elections Officials are reporting a dramatic spike in the number of registered voters.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 19, and ends Thursday, November 3, for the presidential election November 8.

In Henry County, Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said, a record number of countians have registered to vote, at 20,361. Green has conducted a voter registration drive over recent months and anticipates a higher turnout among young voters. Among other appearances, Green also conducted a registration drive at Henry County High School.

In Obion County, Elections Administrator Leigh Schlager said her office experienced “a definite spike” in registered voters, with 19,124 currently registered to vote. “It’s gone up in just the last six weeks,” she said, noting the total in August was 18,636.

“So that’s 488 that registered just since August,” she said.

Schlager said she has noticed an increased interest by younger voters for this election. “We’ve seen a lot of college age kids registering and we’ve seen a lot of parents bringing their 18-year-olds in to register,” Schlager said.

Early voting is conducted at the Elections Commissions offices and both will be mostly open Monday through Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In Henry County, the office will be open the two Saturdays during the voting period from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Obion County, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Her office will also be open until 7 p.m. on both Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28.


Spinning Wheel, Spinning True

Union City, Tenn.-Stephanie Tucker of Union City demonstrates the art of spinning during Saturday’s Music and Arts Festival at the Obion County Public Library. Ten vendors performed on-site demonstrations and live music was played all day in the library’s amphitheater. Library Director Carolina Conner said there were between 250-300 visitors throughout the day. The Friends of the Library also held its biannual book sale. (Amy Keathley photo).


Football Teams To Wear Pink

Union City, Tenn.-Tennessee High School football teams will be wearing pink to support the Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Friday night. Wearing pink will be the Union City Golden Tornadoes when they meet the Lake County Falcons and Obion Central Rebels when they meet the Crockett County Cavaliers. “Pink Out” Night for the Henry County Patriots will be at the last home game later this month.


Elvis Tribute Artist To Perform

Union City, Tenn.-The Community Concert Association will present “The World’s Most Successful Touring Elvis Show” featuring Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Union City Civic Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale for $20 at the door or at Lanzer’s Printing and Office Supplies.

Klush has released five CDs, has performed with Elvis’ closest friends and musicians, such as The Jordanaires and DJ Fontana. He portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”.


Golden Pond Overlook Dedication Set

Land Between The Lakes—The public is invited to the dedication of the Golden Pond Interpretive Overlook at Land Between The Lakes, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22. Light refreshments will be served.

Visitors are encouraged to come early to walk or bike the trail. The Overlook sits just off the main path for the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail and about a third of a mile west from the Sunset Inn Trailhead parking lot. The trailhead is located at the intersection of US68/KY80 and Forest Service Road 160.

An etched, glass panel is placed so visitors can look through to ‘see’ where buildings once stood.


Evening With Patsy Cline Set

Jackson, Tenn.—An Evening With Kellye Cash Sheppard featuring the music of Patsy Cline will be presented next week in Jackson. It is sponsored by the Union University Booster Club and West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic.

The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27, at the Savage Memorial Chapel at Union University in Jackson. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the opportunity to meet Sheppard and choice seating.

Originally from Memphis, Sheppard was crowned Miss Tennessee in 1986 and Miss America in 1987. She was chosen for the lead part of country music legend Patsy Cline in “Always…Patsy Cline”.

For ticket info call 731-661-5130 or go to


Rites Set For Former District Attorney

Martin, Tenn.-Former District Attorney Charles Henry McWherter, age 84, of Martin, died Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Bowlin Funeral Home in Dresden, with private burial in Palmersville Cemetery. Judge Tommy Moore will officiate.

McWherter was born in Palmersville and is survived by his son Joseph McWherter, Austin; and a daughter Carol McWherter of Anderson, S.C.

A graduate of Palmersville High School, he attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a basketball scholarship; the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Vanderbilt School of Law. He received a master’s degree in economics, served in the U.S. Navy and was a former District Attorney for Henry, Benton, Carroll, Decatur and Hardin Counties.

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