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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 

Freed-Hardeman Cancels Cosby Appearance
Dr. Ben Carson Scheduled To Appear

Henderson, Tenn. - As recent developments have overshadowed the FHU Benefit Dinner’s mission of helping students, Freed-Hardeman University has canceled Dr. Bill Cosby’s appearance and received confirmation that Dr. Ben Carson will speak at the dinner. Carson will address more than 2800 individuals for the dinner’s 50th anniversary Friday, Dec. 5.

FHU President Joe Wiley commented, “I thank our board and administrative team, who have sought wisdom in carrying out this milestone celebration. I appreciate the prayers and encouragement many have offered for those who have been problem solving and handling details behind the scenes. Of course, we are grateful to Dr. Carson for adding this commitment to his busy calendar on short notice. More than 90% of our students receive financial aid, and the scholarships this event funds are a vital component of that aid.”

“As important as this event is to our students,” Wiley continued, “we know that names we have seen in the media represent real people who will be affected long after FHU’s dinner has passed. Please join us in praying for healing and peace for those involved.”
Following dinner, tribute band 1964 will perform Beatles’ songs from the era the Freed-Hardeman Benefit Dinner was established. Carson will then headline the evening and meet sponsors at a reception.

Carson is a noted pediatric neurosurgeon, author and president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. Carson grew up in a single-parent home in an impoverished home with a childhood dream of becoming a physician.  Young Carson persevered and today is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years.  

Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctoral degrees and has received hundreds of awards and citations.  

The award-winning movie “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” premiered on TNT Feb. 7, 2009. “Gifted Hands,” “Think Big,” “The Big Picture” and “Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk” were Carson’s first four books. A fifth book, “America The Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great,” was released in early 2012 and made the New York Times Bestseller List in 2013. His sixth book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future,” was released May 20, 2014, and also has made the New York Times Bestseller List.

"Small Business Saturday" Encourages Shopping Right Here

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-The Obion and Paris-Henry County Chambers of Commerce are joining with small businesses to promote “Small Business Saturday” the day after Thanksgiving November 29.

It is a nation-wide promotion that emphasizes the importance of shopping at your local businesses. 

But local Chamber officials stress it not only helps the local economies. Shopping local provides shoppers with much more unique opportunities.

At the Obion County Chamber, Membership Director Katie Keathley said, “We stress five points. Number one, it keeps the money in the local community. It also celebrates the uniqueness of our community, it supports local jobs, encourages the Obion Co. economic community and it makes us a shopping destination.”

Paris-Henry County Chamber Member Carlton Gerrell--who provided the impetus for the “Be Local” Campaign--agreed and said, “Any time you can support our local retailers and keep the money you spend circulating in the local community, it’s a good thing.”

Keathley said, “You can find everything you’re looking for right here. We have a lot of stores with very unique items here, like the Chocolate Bunny, which is a local family-owned women’s clothing business; and All Dolled Up and the Five Seasons Men’s Shop, which has been in business here for decades.”

The Obion County Chamber is challenging shoppers “to spend at least $50 here locally during the holiday season,” Keathley said. “Of course, we’d like you to spend more, but at least that much. It will support and strengthen our businesses and keep our tax revenues up.”

In Henry County, Gerrell said the “Be Local” Campaign has been a real success. “I think it’s one of the things that has helped our economy. Our retail sales have been up for nine or 10 months straight and I think encouraging local businesses has been part of that success.”

The important part of the campaign, Gerrell said, “is just increasing awareness. We want people to give the local businesses their first shot at holiday shopping--and your last shot. I know lot of people like the excitement of going to a big mall and driving somewhere else to shop, but we would ask that you shop at our local businesses, too.”

Gerrell said last holiday he made up gift baskets of locally-made products, including Clifty Farm hams, Allegro marinade and Sally Lane’s Candy Farm candies. “I sent them to all my out-of-town relatives with a note explaining why I was doing it and I plan to do that this year, too.”

Autumn Leaves Continue To Fall

Paris, Tenn.-Each autumn, the gravesite of former Governor Thomas C. Rye in Maplewood Cemetery in Paris is an especially impressive sight surrounded by the fallen yellow ginko leaves. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Walker Indicted On Perjury, Tampering Charges
Was Murray State Arson Defendant

Paducah, Ky.-A former Paducah assistant principal who a few years ago stood trial for the arson death of a student at Murray State University is in trouble with the law again.

Jerry Wayne Walker, 39, who is a former Paducah Middle School Assistant Principal, was indicted by a McCracken County Grand Jury on charges of perjury, tampering with evidence and tampering with a witness.

Walker was arrested on arson and manslaughter charges after a 1998 fire on the Murray State campus that resulted in the death of student Michael Minger and injuries to other students. Walker was also a student at the time of the fire.

After two trials, Walker was acquitted of the charges but did plead guilty to tampering with evidence.

Earlier this week, Walker turned himself in to Paducah Police, who said the current charges relate to lies he allegedly told during a termination appeal. In 2013, Walker was terminated as assistant principal for immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming a teacher.

HCMC Staff Vaccination Deadline Nears; Some Hold-Outs

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The deadline for employees at Henry County Medical Center to receive flu vaccinations is drawing near and there still are some staff members who have not been vaccinated. And that may not be good news for the hold-outs.

HCMC Administrator Tom Gee said at Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees meeting that for the vast majority of staff the vaccination policy “has not been a big deal”. But, he said, “We still have a few hold-outs and that may result in the loss of some staff by the end of the year.”

Henry County Medical Center Nursing Home staff “has been outstanding, with 100 percent of their staff getting the vaccine,” he said.

Gee also reported that with the election now over, it is anticipated that some actions regarding the expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee will be brought forward in the legislature.

“This may take the form of pressure from a broad coalition of business, industry, and healthcare providers and insurers,” he said. Recent discussions with Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate that the organization might be closer to receiving approval for the Governor’s alternative “Tennessee Plan” which would use the federal government’s health exchange to enroll Medicaid’s population.

“All of this will of course be contingent upon legislative approval in a Republican-controlled legislature,” Gee said.

HCMC is seeing its penalties for readmission increase as orthopedic care and COPD patients have been added to those diagnoses that are included in the penalty program, Gee said. 

“These populations are going to be very difficult to deal with as many of these patients have either chronic conditions where they are often non-compliant regarding medications, smoking, etc (COPD) or have difficult issues around their recovery due to pain control, accidental falls, and dislocations (joint replacements),” Gee said.

Unfortunately, hospitals are penalized for any readmissions for these patients, he said, “even if we are not directly responsible for the cause of readmission. We have assembled a team of staff who will be implementing screening tools to identify at risk patients and strategies to help these patients post hospital discharge from returning to the inpatient setting.”

Area Lifeline Bloodmobile Visits For December Listed

The following are dates for Lifeline Bloodmobile visits in our area during December:

Dec. 2 Gibson Co. Courthouse, Trenton 12-5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 First United Methodist Church, Paris, 12-6 p.m.
Cash Saver, Huntingdon, 1-6 p.m.
Dec. 6 Bumpus Harley Davidson, Blood Drive 12-4 p.m.
Dec. 8 E.W. James, Martin, 12-6 p.m.
Dec. 9 Dr. Nathan Porter Library, Greenfield , 2-6 p.m.
Dec. 10 Methodist Fayette Hospital , Somerville, 12-6 p.m.
Dec. 11  Family Assistance Services Center, McKenzie 10a.m. -12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Dec. 12  Baptist Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, 1-5 p.m.
Dec. 16  Reelfoot Bank, Union City, Battle of the Banks Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 1:30 -4:00 p.m.
 Dec. 19  Lowe’s, Union City, 1-6 p.m.
Dec. 22 Healthquest, Union City, 12-7 p.m.
Dec. 23  Weakley Co. Library, Dresden, 12-4:45
Dec. 30 Henry County Medical Center, Paris, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Dec. 31 Volunteer Community Hospital, Martin, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

LBL Small Game Hunting Seasons To Begin

Golden Pond, KY – Small game hunting seasons open at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area beginning December 1.

Season dates and regulations are different from state-wide dates and regulations. Hunters should be sure to check for details in the Land Between The Lakes Small Game & Waterfowl Hunting Information sheet available at (click on See and Do, Outdoor Recreation, and Hunting).

All hunters age 16 and older must have a Land Between The Lakes Hunter Use Permit, an appropriate state license, and observe Land Between The Lakes rules and applicable state laws regarding hunting zones and safety precautions. Small game hunters with dogs should be aware of information regarding Land Between The Lakes' mid-January trapping season, also included in the small game publication. Night-time coyote hunting is not permitted at Land Between The Lakes.

Information is also available at the Golden Pond Visitor Center year-round, or North and South Welcome stations, Wednesday through Sunday during November. Hunters can also call 270-924-2000 or 800-525-7077 and follow the prompts for hunting information.

North and South Welcome stations will close for the season beginning December 1. Golden Pond Visitor Center will remain open daily, 9am-5pm (CST).

Paris PD Traffic Safety Initiative

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said his department has planned an enforcement initiative for the Thanksgiving weekend beginning today through December 1.

The initiative will target three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding, he said.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO), the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), and the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association (TSA) have joined forces to strengthen and support traffic enforcement nationwide.  
“Ultimately,“ Elizondo said, the initiative “is about saving lives and reducing injuries.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 

BPU Honors Culley, Says Goodbye To Lackey

BPU General Manager John Etheridge, left, gives reports to the board, while (from left) Member John Vandyke, Board Attorney Steve Greer, Board President David Flowers and Member Ralph Anderson listen. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting for the first time since the death of long-time board member Bill Culley, the Paris Board of Public Utilities shared a moment of silence and spoke about their former colleague.

Board President David Flowers said, “We need to recognize the empty chair here. We’re going to miss him. He was a valuable member of this board. He had a lot of expertise to bring. Rest in peace, Bill Culley.”

Culley’s death “was a real loss”, Board Member Ralph Anderson said. “I’m really going to miss him.”

Board Members said also said goodbye to Pete Lackey, who was attending his last meeting on the board. Lackey recently retired as a Paris City Commissioner and had served on the BPU for 14 years. Flowers told Lackey, “We’ve really appreciated your service”.

Lackey said, “I really have enjoyed being on this board and seeing how efficiently the BPU is run.”

Both Culley and Lackey were appointed to the board by the city of Paris. Culley was appointed as a community member and Lackey as a city commissioner. 

Paris City Manager Carl Holder said Tuesday afternoon that an appointment to replace Culley will not be on the city commission agenda when it meets in early December. “It’s customary as a show of respect to wait an additional month to appoint someone when there is a death,” Holder said.

Whether the city appoints a replacement for Lackey at the December meeting will be the decision of whoever is elected mayor of Paris, he said. Commissioners will be electing the mayor as the first order of business at the December meeting. The appointment to replace Lackey will be a mayoral appointment with commission approval, Holder said.

In new business, the BPU approved the pre-pay policy for electric customers that has been under discussion for some time. BPU General Manager John Etheridge said, “We’re ready to roll with this.”

Business Manager Beverly Underwood said the live date for activation of the program will be December 22. The program will apply to residential electric customers only, she said.

“We’ve had three months of testing and everything is working extremely well,” Underwood said. “It’s been an easy software to implement. It’s truly an automated system.”

In other business, the board approved purchase of voltage regulators for the Henry Substation from Westco Utility for $91,200 under a 30-year cost of ownership. The equipment will regulator the voltage levels of the lines coming out of the Henry Substation, Etheridge said.

Santa To Arrive In Paris Friday 

Santa's house is all decorated and cozy, just waiting on his arrival (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Santa, Rudolph and the elves will roll into downtown Paris on the big, red fire engine at 10 a.m. Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving. Santa’s appearance will kick off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA). 

With more than a dozen free activities, the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“I can’t wait to see all of the good little boys and girls in Henry County,” Santa said in an exclusive satellite interview from the North Pole. “Rudolph, the elves and I love our gingerbread house on the Court Square. We’ll be visiting with the youngsters each Saturday and Sunday throughout the holiday season and the Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand to take photos.

There’s plenty to do after children visit with Santa, including four free craft tables with “make and take” holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club and located outside stores throughout downtown. Kiddos can also enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10 am until noon. Every half hour (10:30, 11:00, 11:30; 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30), members of the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express at the beautifully decorated Old Depot on Fentress Street, now Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service. “Miss Vicky even gives away free train whistles to all of the youngsters,” Santa said.

There’s trackless train rides for adults and children sponsored by Dr. Blake Chandler of the West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and other games on the courthouse lawn. Also on the lawn is a petting zoo and pony rides courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association.

The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at Flyers are available from many downtown merchants.

Christmas By The Lake Arts and Crafts This Weekend 

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Christmas By The Lake Arts And Crafts Festival will be held at the Paris Landing State Park Inn this weekend, from Friday though Sunday.
Hours are: Friday, November 28 3 pm-8 pm; Saturday, November 29 8 am-5 pm; and Sunday, November 30 8 am-5 pm

Arrests Made In Camden Burglary

         Walter Kenniston

Camden, Tenn.-Two Camden residents have been arrested and a third is still being sought following a burglary of a home on Mimosa Street in that city. 

After an investigation conducted by Patrolmen Bailey and Boyd, Walter Kenniston was arrested and the stolen property was retrieved and returned to the owners.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of Karen Kenniston and Bradley Teague, both of Camden. Since the initial press release was issued, Camden Police announced that Karen Kenniston also has been arrested.

Any information on this case can be delivered to the investigating officers at 731-584-4622.  

Refuge To Hold "Trim A Tree" Event Saturday 

Springville, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Henry County is inviting the public to a new event called “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” to be held Saturday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm at the new visitor center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

This event will feature opportunities to take items from nature and make craf...ts for the Christmas season. From making ornament owls out of pine cones, to making snowmen from tree slices, these crafts will be fun for the whole family!

According to Refuge Manager Barron Crawford, “The event will be tailored for families with children or for people looking for something fun to do with visiting relatives. So come on down, check out the new interactive exhibits, shop at the Blue Heron Bookstore and take home some cool ornaments for the season.” Some of the craft ornaments available to make are designed to decorate the inside of your home, but some can be hungt on an outside tree to help attract wild birds to your backyard.

As always, the event and entry to the visitor center is free. The refuge would like to thank the sponsors of this event, the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. They will also have the Blue Heron Bookstore open for business from 10 a.m.-4pm on Saturday. For more information about this event or the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please call 731-642-2091.
Whereas the new refuge visitor center is always open Monday - Saturday from 8:00 – 4:00 pm, please note the center will be closed at noon the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It will remain closed through each holiday and will reopen on the Friday after each holiday.

LBL Planetarium To Present Holiday Shows 

Golden Pond, KY – The Golden Pond Planetarium celebrates the holiday season with several Holiday shows – Let it Snow, Season of Light, and Laser Holidays from November 28 to December 23. The Planetarium will also be open for daily shows. Admission to the Golden Pond Planetarium is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under.

The newest show, Let it Snow, features a variety of high resolution scenes and artistic animations suitable for all ages. Season of Light traces the celestial reasons behind many of our holiday traditions that involve light: yule logs, lighted trees, luminaries, and Menorahs. Laser Holidays features lasers dancing to popular holiday music and songs by Bing Cosby, Burl Ives, and many others. The final laser shows of the season will take place December 27, at 5pm and 6pm, and will include Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Pink Floyd laser shows are $7 per seat, per show.

“Our programs include astronomy education on popular winter constellations,” explained Ross Workman, Planetarium Manager. “These seasonal shows also explain why we have seasons and teach us about the earth’s tilt and orbit around the sun.”

Groups of 10 or more may schedule shows after hours and receive group rates. Call 270-924-2020 for more information. Evening shows continue in December on Saturdays only. The Planetarium will be closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31, and New Year's Day. The Golden Pond Planetarium will reopen on January 2, 2015, providing shows seven days a week.

For more information on planetarium shows visit, click on See and Do, Attractions, and Planetarium Theater Shows. For Holiday laser shows click on Calendar and search for “Holiday laser shows.”

Monday, November 24, 2014 

Items Being Collected For Fire Victims

The burned-out shell is all that remains of the home at 240 Eagle Creek Rd. (Photo courtesy of Katie Shambo, WBBJ-TV).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-Neighbors and friends of the family which lost their home and everything they owned Sunday are collecting clothing and other items for the family.

The home at 240 Eagle Creek Rd. was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours Sunday. The home is a two-story frame house with basement. Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Chief Tammy Hinson said Sunday morning that the home is occupied by seven people, all of whom got out safely. The home is owned by Barbara Farmer.

The family needs clothing for family members in these sizes:

Woman's Clothes Sizes = 1, 12, & 14
--Women's Shoe Size = 7-8 
--Men's Jeans/Pants = 31" x 34"
--Men's Tops = Medium
--Men's Shoes = 11 ½

There also are two toddler boys, who wear sizes 12-18 month sizes and size 5-6 shoes. The little boys are in need of any items for little ones of that age, including toys.

Donation points for the items are Eastside Auto Repair on Muzzall St., Paris, or next door to the burned-out home on Eagle Creek Rd., where a family member lives.

The full story on the fire was published on our website and Facebook pages on Sunday.

Power Outages in Obion, Gibson Counties Today

Obion County, Tenn.-Strong winds have caused power outages to about 2,000 Gibson Electric Membership Corporation members’ homes and businesses in Obion and Gibson counties this morning. The first outage occurred at 3:36 a.m. in Gibson County; this outage is affecting 105 members between Trenton and Dyer. The second outage occurred in Rives at 4:14 a....m. and is affecting 4 members.

The third outage began at 4:48 a.m. and is affecting 1,885 members served by the Union City substation (from north of Kenton to the Kentucky line). Gibson County Electric Vice President Rita Alexander said, “Crews were immediately dispatched and are working to restore power ask quickly as they safely can.”

Learning More About Civil War At Our Parks 

"Prelude To Johnsonville" sign by the old Scott Fitzhugh bridge section. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-Visitors to Paris Landing State Park in recent days have been seeing newly-installed educational signs informing the public about the Civil War campaigns that happened along the Tennessee River near the park. 

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the area Civil War battles, installation of the signs is a joint effort of the Tennessee State Parks and the National Park Service, according to Paris Landing Park Manager Joan Williams. 

There are two signs at Paris Landing. One near the section of the old Scott Fitzhugh Bridge located by the marina is titled “Prelude To Johnsonville” and it highlights the Fort Heiman campaign. The other is located near the old beach close to Paris Landing Inn and it is titled, “That Devil Forrest”, and it highlights Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s raids along the Tennessee River.

There also are signs at Fort Heiman, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Fort Donelson National Military Park and Johnsonville State Park.

Sign by the old beach about Forrest campaigns. (Joan Williams photo).

"Turkey Bowl" Alumni Football Set For Saturday

Union City, Tenn.-Obion Central Alumni have been busy practicing for Saturday night’s “Turkey Bowl” alumni game with former Union City football players. The game will be held at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Union City. Tickets are $10 each. They are available at the gate on Saturday or in advance at Wood Communications and Charlie T's, both in Union City. Obion Central team still need alumni to sign up. Price is $100 per person and includes equipment, DVD of the game and an alumni shirt. Here is the number to call for more information: 731-335-3838.

Lakewood Speech Team Brings Home Gold

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Middle School Laker Invitational at Calloway County Middle School over the weekend and placed 2nd overall with 14 finalists. 

The following students won in their individual events:
Natalie Clark – 1st in Oratory, 1st in Declamation and 3rd in Broadcasting
Drew Culbreath – 1st in Prose, 4th in Poetry
Sylis Allen – 2nd in Poetry, 4th in Prose
Collin Smith – 2nd in Storytelling, 5th in Duo Improv
Jessica Whalen – 2nd in Solo Acting
Janet McFadden – 6th in Prose
Casey Burkhart – 6th in Declamation
Faith Hutson – 6th in Oratory and 5th in Duo Improv.

The team will be travelling to Western KY University on December 6th to compete in the Jr. Hilltopper Invitational which draws schools from across KY, TN and other parts of the Eastern US.

UTM Faculty Member To Head Area Special Olympics

Martin, Tenn.-A University of Tennessee at Martin faculty member is the newly named director of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee. 

Dr. Clinton Smith, assistant professor, Department of Educational Studies, will lead the region that includes Lake, Obion, Weakley and Henry counties.

Smith’s goals are to increase local collaboration with schools and businesses to support Special Olympics and to increase the number of Special Olympics sports offered in the area. 

"Area 7 has a rich history of strong support and leadership, and I’d like to see that build and continue so that we can provide opportunities for involvement for children and adults with disabilities in our communities,” he said. 

The mission of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The experience gives participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Full participation is granted to every athlete regardless of his or her economic circumstances. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition. Special Olympics also increases the public's awareness of participants’ capabilities and needs.

Smith has been a certified Special Olympics coach in basketball and athletics since 1993 and has also served as a coach and a volunteer in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He has attended the Special Olympics National Games and served as an assistant coach for athletics in 2006, head basketball coach for Team Tennessee in 2010 and head athletics coach for the 2014 National Games. 

Smith’s 2010 team won a gold medal in Division I men’s basketball, and his Unified Basketball teams from Shadowlawn Middle School in Bartlett won four state championships in their division in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. 

LBL Offers Cedar Tree Permits 

Golden Pond, KY – Free Christmas tree permits for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available online at, under Reservations and Permits beginning November 28. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime. The public may also obtain a permit from the Land Between The Lakes Administrative Office, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday between December 1 and noon on December 24. Permits are not available at Golden Pond Visitor Center.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 28 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except within sight of US68/KY80, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, cemeteries, Nature Watch Areas, campgrounds, or other mowed areas. Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found online under Quick Links, Print on Demand, Info Sheets.

"Taking the family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree,” suggested Forester, Dennis Wilson. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between The Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.”

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas.

Cedar Christmas tree permits and regulations can be found at 

Call 270-924-2065 or 800-525-7077 for more information.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 

"Dooms Chapel Horror" To Premiere In Paris

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-News that many have been waiting for: “The Dooms Chapel Horror”, the movie which was filmed in part in Paris and the surrounding area, will premiere at the Parisian Theatre Thursday evening, December 11.

The movie was filmed on location in Paducah and Symsonia, Kentucky; and Paris from May to August of 2013. Over 500 local extras, 31 locations and a multitude local actors were used during the making of the film giving it a very hometown local feel. 

The Paris location scenes were filmed on the Henry County Court square and hundreds of local people showed up as extras for the filming.

When the AGS Production team sat down to decide where to film the feature-length movie, there was only one place in mind, according to the press release issued by the movie’s producers. 

Director John Holt, writer Jason Turner, and producer Christopher Bower have called western Kentucky and Tennessee home for the last decade, and there was no better landscape for their newest horror flick to be filmed. 

Production on the “The Dooms Chapel Horror,” ended last summer and has been in the process of post-production leading up to its premiere next month. The movie features local actors Austin Madding, Abby Murphy and Joshua Robinson (Clock Out, Burning Kentucky), along with Los Angeles heavyweight Bill Oberst, Jr. (Abraham Lincoln Zombie Hunter, CBS’s Criminal Minds ) and Shaun Gerardo (X-men: First Class, Clock Out). 
Tickets and more information can be found at The show starts at 7pm. 

Springville Home Destroyed By Fire 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-A Springville family is homeless this morning after their two-story house was destroyed by fire early this morning.

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Chief Tammy Hinson said her department was called to a fire at 240 Eagle Creek Rd. around 3 a.m. this morning. When her personnel arrived, the home was already engulfed in flames, she said.

The home is owned by Barbara Farmer and is occupied by seven people, Hinson said. “Six of the people were home last night and everybody got out safely,” she said. The home is a two-story wood structure with basement.

Firefighters were called to return to the scene at 6:50 a.m. this morning. “All the wind blowing got the fire rekindled in several places, so we went back out and extinguished that,” Hinson said.

Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, she said. “All we know now is that it started in the basement,” Hinson said. 

Christmas In Paris Draws Huge Crowds; Continues Today

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand Saturday for the Christmas In Paris Extravaganza at the Paris Convention Center (behind Quality Inn). Lori Barrow of the Paisley Poppy in Paris, top photo, was one of over 60 vendors at the show, which continues from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Barrow will be teaching children’s crafts at Lee Academy for the Arts beginning the first week in January. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Lisa and Roggerio Ciarrocchi of the Paris Winery stand in front of a selection of their wines and gift baskets that they sell at the winery. With free wine tasting, their booth was one of the most popular. 

Diane McCord of Odd Fodder Designs in Paris answers questions about all her creations, which includes hand-painted rain barrels. 

Register Now For 8 Mile Run At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour, with the eight mile “Over the River” race planned for 11 am on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Park. Walkers will begin at 10 am.

The course starts in the parking lot of Paris Landing State Park Inn. Approximately half the course is in the park, with the other half on Highway 79, crossing over the McWherter Bridge, with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department overseeing safety on Highway 79. Runners will be able to run in the emergency lane and one driving lane while on Highway 79. 

Runners may register beginning at 9:30 am at the park. Awards and trophies will be given for various age groups.

Meal tickets will be available for runners and their supporters for $7.50 each for the buffet lunch at the Park Inn.

“Bringing this running event to Paris Landing has been a cooperative effort of the tour, the race director, Paris Landing State Park, the Friends of Paris Landing State Park, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and the Chamber,” according to Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley.

For more information or to volunteer to help work the race, call the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 731.642.3431 or go to To register for the race or to learn more about the Tennessee State Park Running Tour, go to

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Man Arrested For Terroristic Threats Toward Murray State

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Hopkinsville, Ky. -Kentucky State Police have arrested a 23-year-old Paducah man on charges of terrorist threatening. The man threatened to harm law enforcement and individuals at Murray State University.

Naysan Khadem  was arrested was arrested on a warrant issued by the Christian County Attorney for one count of terroristic threatening 2nd degree and one count of terroristic threatening 3rd degree.

Khadem is in the Christian County Jail on a $7,000 cash bond.

This evening, Murray State University President Bob Davies released a statement to university staff, students and the media:

“I am writing to inform you of a serious situation we have dealt with over the past 24 hours.
We were informed that an individual, who was in custody at the Calloway County Jail following his arrest on an unrelated charge, made violent threats against authorities.
He was then transferred and admitted to Western State Hospital for a psychological evaluation. During this process he made additional and specific threats against Murray State and these threats were deemed credible by hospital personnel. 
Once we were made aware of these threats we worked with law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and other campus visitors. In addition, we worked directly with law enforcement at all levels (local, county, state and federal) and we were able to obtain felony charges against this individual based on the additional threats.
He remains in custody and will remain in custody and stand trial for these felonies in multiple jurisdictions.
I want to be clear, that while we actively worked this situation, since he was always in custody, there was no time or opportunity he would have been able to carry out his threats against Murray State.
This situation, and other across the country, reinforces the need for us to be diligent in our efforts of being prepared and aware of circumstances that may lead to tragic events.
I want to thank the efforts of Interim-Chief Dunaway, members of the Murray State Police Department, and the other law enforcement officers, who worked together and cooperated across lines by sharing information to ensure the safety of all members within our community at all times.
Very Respectfully,
Bob Davies”

On The Beaches Of Kentucky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.-With Kentucky Lake at its winter pool, interesting pieces of drift wood are emerging on the beaches at Paris Landing State Park. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Union City Moves On To Semi-Finals
Henry County Season Over

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Golden Tornadoes ran all over another opponent Friday night, beating Lake County 56-6 in the Class 1A quarterfinals. The Golden Tornadoes are the reigning state champs and are undefeated on their season.

During the game Ricky Henry, who is a finalist for Mr. Football Back of the Year, rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns.

The Golden Tornadoes now will face Nashville Christian in the semi-finals. Nashville Christian also is unbeaten and are ranked No. 2. They beat Columbia Academy on Friday.
It was a bad night for other local teams, however. Henry County was defeated by Memphis Ridgeway 48-23; and McKenzie was beat by Trenton Peabody 42-0. Trezevant did beat Crockett Co. 20-17.

Chris Thile Wins MSU Outstanding Alumnus 
Of Nickel Back, Punch Brothers Fame

Chris Thile's parents Scott and Kathy Thile accept award from Dr. Pam Wurgler (right), chair of the MSU department of music.

Murray, Ky. — Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile of Murray won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts award, presented at the sixth annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction at Murray State University in October. 

Thile, of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist.  The MacArthur Foundation named Thile one of its 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2012.  

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek. Thile also won a 2012 Grammy for Best Folk Album for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Stuart Duncan and bassist Edgar Meyer. As a soloist, Thile has released five albums, including his most recent solo recording released in 2013, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1.

Thile’s parents, Scott and Kathy Thile of Murray, accepted the award on behalf of their son. In a taped acceptance speech, Thile credited Murray State with influencing his identity as a musician. He praised the department of music as an environment that fostered and encouraged curiosity, and he noted the faculty’s open-mindedness, mentioning specifically his time with Dr. Stephen Brown. Thile described this award as incredible and emotional because of how much his time at Murray State means to him. Thile is working with the university to coordinate a visit to campus in 2015.

More than $23,000 was raised in support of arts scholarships at the campus event. 
For more information on A Taste of the Arts or on this award, contact Tina Bernot, director of development for the college of humanities and fine arts at Murray State University at 270.809.3250 or

Carroll County Man Killed In Accident

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A Cedar Grove man was killed in a head-on collision Friday evening in Carroll County.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Harold Breeden of Cedar Grove was killed in the crash and his passenger, Wanda Breeden, was injured. The report does not indicate the extent of Mrs. Breeden’s injuries.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 70 about 10 miles west of Huntingdon. According to the report, a pickup truck driven by Ralph Carroll of Cedar Grove crossed into the eastbound land and struck the Breeden vehicle head-on.

Carroll also was injured, but the report does not indicate the extent of those injuries.

A dispatcher at the THP said the report does not indicate whether Carroll will be charged in the accident.

McKenzie Police Seek Help Finding Bank Burglary Suspect

McKenzie, Tenn. -- McKenzie Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who burglarized the McKenzie Banking Company’s main office around 6:20 p.m. Friday night.

McKenzie Police say the man gained access to the bank by breaking a window. Surveillance cameras videotaped him as he ransacked offices in the bank.

A Ford Taurus was seen driving away from the bank as officers arrived. Officers said the car had a temporary license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call McKenzie police at 731-352-2264. 


Friday, November 21, 2014 

Attorney In Bobo Case Suspended

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-An attorney for one of the men accused of the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo has been suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court but it is unclear now what impact that may have on the case.

John Herbison of Nashville was suspended Thursday by the Supreme Court. Herbison and Fletcher Long are partners in Long and Herbison of Nashville and both represent Jason Autrey of Decatur County, who is charged in the Holly Bobo case.

A spokesperson for District Attorney Matt Stowe told WENK/WTPR that their office is aware of the suspension of Herbison, “but we’re not sure yet what impact that will have”.
Herbison’s suspension also may impact the Vanderbilt rape case, since he is on the team defending former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg. Vandenburg is one of four players accused of raping a woman in a campus dorm room.

According to the Supreme Court Board of Professional Responsibility, Herbison was suspended from practicing law for 18 months, 60 days of which will be on active suspension and the rest on probation. The suspension involves misconduct in failing to communicate with clients and not filing an appeal for another. He also is required to pay around $4,000 in fines.

Two Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse, Neglect

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris residents have been arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after a baby tested positive for narcotics.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Vicky Bradley, age 27, of Old McKenzie Highway, who gave birth to the baby on May 27. According to Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson, the child tested positive for the presence of narcotics and has experienced health issues due to the narcotics.

Also arrested was Steven Pendlebury, age 31, of the same address, who Watson said provided the mother with the narcotics during her pregnancy “knowing that she was pregnant with the child”. He also was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Both Bradley and Pendlebury were transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and were placed on bonds of $100,000 each. They will appear in General Sessions Court November 25.

The child has been placed in state custody.

CVS Is Coming Right Along

Paris, Tenn.-Construction at the CVS Pharmacy in Paris is coming right along, with the signage for the new store now installed. The store is located at the intersection of Mineral Wells and Memorial Avenues. Paris city officials said the word from the contractor is the new store may be open sometime around the first of the year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Kirklands Win "You Made It Happen" Award

Jenny Kirkland accepts the award from Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy. (Obion Chamber photo).

Union City, Tenn.-It was a big night at Discovery Park of America Thursday evening for the Obion County Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation annual banquet. Over 200 business leaders and individuals crowded the main hall of Discovery Park for the event.

Winners of the “You Made It Happen Award” were given to Robert and Jenny Kirkland of Union City, whose philanthropy is responsible for the creation of Discovery Park and many more projects in the area. Discovery Park itself was presented with the Obion County Business Partner Of The Year award.

Other winners: Volunteer of Year Dr. Leland Davis of Reelfoot Animal Hospital;  Ambassador of the Year Debbie and Trent Ams of Union City Carpet; Board Member of Year Todd Petty of Terry Petty Chevrolet; Business of the Year Sullivan Dentistry and Business Partner of the year Hampton Inn.

A huge crowd was on hand at the banquet. (Amy Keathley photo).

Antique Bell Installed In Lee Bell Tower

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Lee Academy for the Arts now has a bell in its bell tower--and not just any bell. 

The belfry at the historic former Robert E. Lee School is now outfitted with an antique steam locomotive bell that is a long-term loan from Baker, Dottie and Karol Kendall and was part of the collection of the late Joe and Ann Kendall.

The building now houses the Lee Academy for the Arts and Ray Harding said the bell is the first commercial bell to be placed in the belfry. He said, “We’ve used an old farm bell up there for awhile, but this is the first bell of this type.”

Lee School records indicate that a bell was donated to the original school in 1849 “and we assume that it was destroyed in the 1880 fire because there’s no sign of it since then,” Harding said. “That’s when this building was built and there is no evidence this building ever had one.”

The installation of the bell involved a lot of manpower, mainly handled by Paul Lindsay and Brad York, who slowly lifted the tell into the bell tower.

Harding said, “Although the bell weighed in at 270 pounds, it was a light load for the chain hoists, which are normally used to lift automobile engines. Earlier, a platform had been constructed in the tower to hold the bell. A small cable was routed to the entrance foyer to allow the bell to be rung from there.”

The bell can be run from the building foyer, Harding said, and most probably will be run for special events at the Lee Academy.

Three Business Owners Cited For Violations

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Three Paris business owners were given a choice of fines or suspension of their licenses after they were found in violation of the state beer laws for selling beer to underage individuals.

Meeting Thursday night, the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board heard evidence from the city and the business owners during a mini-hearing during the meeting. 

Fuel Pro, 1008 Tyson Ave., was given a choice between a $1,000 fine or 14 days suspension of its license, while both Eagle Foods, 907 East Wood St., and Smoke Shack, 1055 Mineral Wells Ave., were given a choice between $500 fine or seven day suspensions.

Under questioning by City Law Director Fred McLean, testifying during the meeting were Henry County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michelle Brewer and Corrections Officer William Whitaker. Brewer supervised the operation, while Whitaker made the buys at the three businesses. Whitaker is over 18, but under 21 years of age.

The owner of Fuel Pro was not at the hearing. According to City Manager Carl Holder, the other two owners said they had tried to train their employees properly, but that the clerks at the stores were busy.

In other business, the board approved permits for Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 1021 Mineral Wells Ave., (for Siu Fan Cheung); and Paris Moose Lodge 1915, 3003 Dinkins Lane (for Claudette Lindahl). Both those requests are for on premises use.

Volunteers Sought For "Chimes For Charity" Event

Union City, Tenn.-Volunteers are being sought for this Sunday’s “Chimes For Charity” shopping tour. Over 300 underprivileged children will be provided with clothing and shoes from the shopping tour.

Organizers said all local organizations and individuals are encouraged to help the children with their shopping. The event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Wal-Mart in Union City.

All volunteers are given a shopping list with sizes and needs for each child. Each child is allotted $115 for their shopping needs. The children were nominated by the Obion County Schools and Head Start.

Attending WestStar 25th Anniversary

Martin, Tenn. –Ramay Winchester, WestStar Class of 1992, of Paris; Brooxie Carlton, WestStar Class of 2014, of Nashville; and Frankie McCord, WestStar Class of 1997, of Humboldt, were among many who attended the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s 25th anniversary celebration at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Approximately 200 program alumni and guests gathered to celebrate the leadership program that includes 710 graduates since its beginning. The program’s board of trustees recently selected the 26th class that begins its WestStar experience in December.

LBL “No Hunting” Zones Open to Archery Deer Hunting

Golden Pond, Ky.– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will open areas typically marked as “No Hunting” zones to archery deer hunting December 1. Kentucky areas will be open to archery hunting through January 19 and include Hillman Ferry and Energy Lake campgrounds. Tennessee areas will be open to archery hunting through January 4 and include Brandon Spring Group Center and the South Nature Watch Demonstration Area in the eastern portion of Hunt Area 16 south of Ft. Henry Rd. Piney Campground will remain closed.

Hunters are encouraged to harvest antlerless deer in these areas to maintain healthy deer populations. Hunting is not permitted within 150 yards of any road, facility, building, occupied area, or within 200 yards of any wildlife refuges. Hunters must possess all state required licenses and permits for the state being hunted. Deer hunters age 16 and older must purchase a $25 Land Between The Lakes Hunter Use Permit or $35 with a combination Back country Camping Permit. Permits can be purchased online 24/7 under Reservations and Permits, Golden Pond Visitor Center and Wranglers Campground year-round, or at stores that sell state hunting licenses.

Hunting in forested areas within campground boundaries, away from campsites, is permitted. Maintenance staff will continue working throughout the winter at facilities. Hunters are advised to use extra caution when hunting in these areas. Camping will be available at Wranglers Campground, at Self-service Camping Areas, and in Backcountry Areas.

For more information go to, and click Stewardship, and Hunting, or call 270-924-2065. For information on hunting regulations click on General Hunting Regulations on the hunting page.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dresden Man Arrested On Rape Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Dresden, Tenn.-A 40-year-old Dresden man was arrested today by Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with three counts of rape, three counts of rape by an authority figure and three counts of incest.

Arrested was William Leland Frazier of Evergreen St.

Weakley County Captain Randall McGowan said the victim in the case is a mentally-challenged 14-year-old relative of Frazier. McGowan said Frazier confessed to the crime following interviews and the execution of a search warrant at the residence. 

Frazier will be arraigned in Weakley County General Sessions Court.

Homemaker's Holiday Continues Today 

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Pleasant Hill Homemakers Mary Lou Walker, Carolyn Shankle, Lynn Toombs and Gail Perkins were among members of the county’s Family Community Education (FCE) Clubs who greeted visitors to the Homemaker’s Holiday last night. Sponsored by the Henry County Extension Service, Homemaker’s Holiday continues today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds. In addition to the treats and homemade crafts for sale, the ladies will be serving dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Soup or chili and sandwich, dessert and drink for $5. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Cosby Appearance At Freed-Hardeman Still Scheduled 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Jackson, Tenn.-Officials at Freed-Hardeman University in Jackson have announced that the upcoming appearance by Comedian Bill Cosby will go on as planned.

There had been speculation the past few days that Cosby’s appearance might be in doubt in the wake of continuing allegations of past sexual assaults being made against him. On Wednesday, NBC announced it will not continue its plans for a new Cosby show on the network and TV Land has pulled the Cosby show reruns from its lineup.

Cosby is scheduled to appear at Freed-Hardeman’s 50th Benefit Dinner on Friday, December 5.

In a statement the University posted on its Facebook page, it said the dinner and speaker remain scheduled “to focus on our main goal--providing an avenue for donors to invest in the students’ lives.”

“We committed to a contract with Bill Cosby many months ago after soliciting input from alumni and friends. While recent developments have drawn attention to our event because of the speaker, we hope that people will remember: 1.) this dinner is about helping students, and 2.) while we are reading stories in the media, they represent real people whose lives will be affected long after FHU’s dinner has passed. Please join us in praying for healing and peace for those involved.”

Freed-Hardeman is a private, Church of Christ University.

Vaughn Appointed Grand Jury Foreman 

Paris, Tenn.- – Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Parish has announced the appointment of Robert D. Vaughn of Paris to serve as the regular Henry County Grand Jury Foreperson, also commonly known as Foreman of the Grand Jury, for a two year term.

Vaughn graduated from UT Martin in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree and from UT Memphis in 1978 where he completed his Master of Science degree in social work. Vaughn is the executive director of Carey Counseling Center of Paris and has served in that capacity for thirty years.

His wife Donna, is the director of the Pre-kindergarten program for the Paris Special School System.

Vaughn follows William ‘Bo’ Caldwell of Paris who completed a four year appointment as foreman. Caldwell said, “I enjoyed my time as grand jury foreman and am glad to see others serve in this important role.”

Judge Donald Parish said, “I appreciate the service of Mr. Caldwell to the community for the last four years and am looking forward to working with Robert Vaughn in this capacity.”

The Henry County Grand Jury recently met on Monday, November 3, and will meet again on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Holly Jolly Parade Entrants Sought 

Paris, Tenn.-Entrants are being sought for the Eighth Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. Grab something with wheels and an armful of Christmas lights and get your entry ready for the parade. This holiday tradition takes place in Historic Downtown Paris on Saturday afternoon, December 13 at 4:30 p.m. It immediately follows the Christmas Festival, which is from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. Both events are sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).

“We have invited a group of special folks to be our grand marshals and help us celebrate year. We will be making that announcement soon,” according to Parade Committee Member Jennifer Morris.

As with all parades, the best way to take part is to be in the parade. “The DPA encourages organizations, neighborhoods, businesses and churches to decorate anything from golf carts to floats to pets and come spread Christmas cheer throughout the town,” said Committee Member Vickey Roberts.

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Best Decorated Float, Most Christmas Spirit, and Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor. The coveted Clark Griswold Award will be given to the brightest, most lit entry. 

Many of the festive shops will be open till 8:00 p.m. on parade night, and Santa will be in his house to visit with youngsters. Parade trophies will be awarded on the courthouse steps following the parade.

Entry forms are available at Paris City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and the DPA office at 203 North Fentress Street or online at For more information call Jennifer Morris at 731-644-4539 or Vickey Roberts at 731-336-0278.

HCHS Marching Patriots Fruit Sale Time 

Paris, Tenn.-It is that time of year again. Time for the Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band fruit sale, as well as other goodies from Sally Lane’s Candy Farm and the Popcorn Factory. The sale is sponsored by Henry County Band Boosters.

See any band/color guard student (or parent) for your order. Money is due at time of order, orders are due December 1. Orders are expected to be in December 18. Checks payable to HC Band Boosters.

Hazel Man Charged With Assault, DUI

Murray, Ky.-Murray Police Department officers responded to a report of a fight at 1501 North 16th Street around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses reported a firearm had been brandished during the altercation. 

Officers located Darrell Broach, 45, of Hazel, in the parking lot of a nearby business. 

Broach was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd Offense, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage, No Registration Plates, Driving DUI Suspended License, Attempted Murder, Assault 2nd Degree, and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

Dylan Adams Transferred To Weakley County Jail

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-One of the men charged for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo has been booked into the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.

Dylan Adams, 26, of Decatur County, was transferred from the Robertson County Jail, but officials with District Attorney Matt Stowe’s office earlier declined to say where he was being taken.

Stowe did say, however, that Adams was being transferred to a jail closer to his attorney. His attorney is Matt Maddox of Huntingdon.

Adams was booked into the Weakley County Jail around 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

Adams is charged with two counts of rape of Bobo, who went missing in April of 2011 from her Decatur County home. 

He is being held in isolation at the Weakley County Jail for his safety.

Adams’ brother Zach and their acquaintance Jason Autrey, both of Decatur County, are charged with first-degree murder in the Bobo case.

Couple Who Hid Meth In Teddy Bear Waive Hearing


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-In an appearance in Henry County General Sessions Court Tuesday, a couple arrested after they allegedly hid crystal meth in teddy bears in their home waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. Their case now will be presented to the county grand jury when it meets March 2.

Arrested at a home at 6400 North St., Puryear, last June, were Chris Barcio, whose address was listed as 85 Old Paris Murray Rd. and his girlfriend, Melissa Axley of 4378 Danville Rd., Big Sandy.  

A search warrant was executed by the Metro Crime Unit, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police, Henry Police and Puryear Police and K9s were used to sniff out the meth hidden in the teddy bear. Paris PD’s K9 “Kenzie” and a Sheriff’s Office K9 “Droid” were used in the search.

 Barcio and Axley were charged with possession with the intent to sell, manufacture and deliver of a felony amount of meth--in this case, 39 grams.

According to officials at General Sessions Court, both Axley and Barcio are free on bonds of $15,000 each.

During their arrest, a fugitive wanted in Benton and Cheatham Counties also was found on the property. Charles Felts was found in a camper on the property and was arrested on charges of evading, child neglect and contempt of court.

UTM Discontinues Equestrian Program 

Martin, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin officials met with the Skyhawk equestrian team on Sunday, Nov. 16 to notify them that the 2015-16 academic year would be their last year of varsity competition.

“This was a very difficult decision for our university but upcoming changes within the NCAA necessitated this move,” UT Martin athletics director Julio Freire said. “We have to be proactive in protecting our Division-I status within the NCAA. Moving forward, we will honor the scholarship of each equestrian student-athlete through their fourth academic year.”

UT Martin athletics department participates in the NCAA at the Division-I level and sponsors the minimum number of sports (14) to remain at this level. UT Martin officially added equestrian in 2005 as an NCAA-recognized emerging sport, which means the sport has 10 years to accumulate 40 school-sponsored teams. Only two universities (Southern Methodist in 2009, Baylor in 2006) have officially added equestrian since the Skyhawks joined, bringing the current list of teams to 21. Kansas State officially discontinued equestrian in October of this year.

“In anticipation of the Committee on Women’s Athletics’ recommended legislation, we believe that at this time it is in our university’s best interest to discontinue equestrian from our list of sponsored sports after the 2015-2016 academic year,” Freire said. “This move has been resisted for over a half a year but unfortunately it is time to act. We just do not believe that there is a realistic path to add enough schools to achieve sustainability as a fully recognized NCAA championship sport.”

UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and the university leadership team are working with Freire and other athletics administrators to formalize the plans related to UT Martin’s next women’s varsity athletic team, which will begin competition in the 2016-17 academic year.

“Our equestrian team has the very best student-athletes who represent UT Martin academically, athletically and socially,” Freire said. “They represent everything that is good and right within intercollegiate athletics. I’d like to thank the coaches and student-athletes who have made this program one of our finest here at UT Martin. A special thank you goes out to head coach Meghan Corvin, who started the program and kept it running smoothly. She is a wonderful mentor and we would never have reached the heights we did without her leadership and guidance.”

Dylan Adams Transferred From Robertson County Jail

Springfield, Tenn.-A key suspect in the Holly Bobo kidnapping and murder case was transferred to a new jail overnight. 

Dylan Adams of Decatur County was moved from the Robertson County Jail, reportedly so he can be closer to his court-appointed attorney. A representative of District Attorney Matt Stowe’s office said she did not know where Adams was taken.

Adams is charged with two counts of rape. His attorney is Matt Maddox of Huntingdon.

Adams’ brother Zach and an acquaintance of theirs, Jason Autrey, also from Decatur County, are both charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in the case. 

Hale, Arant Win "Advocate Of Year" Honors 

Martin, Tenn.-The Tennessee Council on Children and Youth (TCCY) recently held its annual Fall Conference at the University of Tennessee at Martin. One of the highlights of the conference is the announcement of nominees and the winner of the regional “Child Advocate of the Year.” This year, Weakley County Schools and the City of Martin Police Department were proud to claim the overall winner of the award and the runner up. Joyce Hale, of the Weakley County Alternative School was selected “Advocate of the Year” and SRO Jason Arant, who is assigned to Westview High School, was named as the first runner up.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

PSSD Receives Good Report Card

New PES Strings Teacher Gioia Fazzini and the 5th Grade PES Advanced Strings perform at tonight's board meeting. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The report card for the Paris Special Schools District is a good one, with achievements seen in all areas. That was the word to the board of education from Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Leah Watkins at Tuesday night’s meeting, held at Paris Elementary School.

The State Report Cards are out and Watkins said PSSD has shown marked improvement in math scores, reading, science and social studies. Watkins said the focus areas for the future will include growth in literacy and science achievement in grades 3-5 and achievement in 6-8 reading. The next steps will include a system-wide focus on writing to support literacy, quality feedback on teacher observations, teacher collaboration and target needs with tutoring, intervention and other means.

Board Member Kim Foster said the PSSD report card “is wonderful. I’m so excited about this.”

Monday’s meeting began with a presentation by the 5th grade Paris Elementary Advanced Strings class, led by new Strings Teacher Gioia Fazzini. Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray introduced Fazzini to the board. Fazzini played strings at Paris Elementary herself, studied violin with Joe Routon, was on the Murray State Orchestra and graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University. Fazzini returned home last December and is in the Bethel University master’s program.

The board was also introduced to Jessica Hart, who is coordinating the Paris Elementary Advanced Student Education program which meets after school and which will be producing the monthly school newspaper “Paw Prints”.
In other business:

--Director of Schools Mike Brown reported that of 204 employees eligible for health coverage, 136 are now enrolled, with 14 of those being new enrollees.

--Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough reported on the Association of Middle Level Education Conference held in Nashville, which was attended by district teachers.

Fatality Discovered Today

                                 --Calloway County Sheriff's Office photo.

Murray, Ky.-A 34-year-old Murray man was killed as a result of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident that was discovered today in Calloway County. 

Corey T. Wallis was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Rick Harris.

According to the press release from the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Butterworth Rd. around 7:30 a.m.

Investigation revealed that someone after dark on Monday, Wallis was travelling south on Butterworth Road. Wallis was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer which dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway striking a guardrail. The vehicle became airborne striking an earth embankment and came to rest in the West Fork Clarks River. 

Wallis was ejected from the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Calloway County Fire Rescue, the Murray Calloway County Ambulance Service and The Murray Fire Department. 

Graves Wins Best Of Show At Paris Landing Photo Contest

Richard Graves' Best of Show and First Place Winning Photo of a blue heron at Paris Landing State Park.

Buchanan, Tenn.-Richard Graves of Buchanan won Best of Show and also took home two first place awards at the Paris Landing State Park and Friends of Paris Landing Photo Contest. Graves’ photographs are published frequently on the WENK/WTPR website. His photos also have graced several covers of Paris! magazine.

The judge was Dr. Danny Kimberlin and the awards were presented at a reception at Paris Landing Inn on Sunday. 

Graves won first place in the wildlife and plant life categories and took home a second place award in the sports category.

The list of winners:

Plant Life: first, Richard Graves; second, Beverly Hicks, Camden; third, Debbie McDorman, Springville.

People In Parks: first, Hicks; second, McDorman and third, Donnie Carson of Paris.

Scenery: first, Hubert Steve Cole, Menomonie, WI.; second, Hicks; third, Gaile Berrier, Buchanan.

Sports: first, Hicks; second, Graves; third, McDorman.

Black and White: first, Berrier; second, Carson; third, Cole.

Wildlife: first, Graves; second, Teresa Townley, Buchanan; third, Berrier; and Honorable Mention, Alexis Caldwell, Henry.

Help Needed With Horse Rescue

Mayfield, Ky.-The Graves County Sheriff's Office is looking for someone to help with the rescue of three horses that are not being cared for. The sheriff’s office currently has a cruelty to animals case open on these horses and they need to relocate them to someone who will care for them properly while the case is progressing.

Charges are pending against the owner...s of the horses; however the sheriff’s office said it can not guarantee that the person who takes the horses will be reimbursed for feed, medical care and other expenses or that they will get to keep the horses after the case has concluded.

If you would be interested in helping them out please send us a Facebook message of contact the case officer, Captain Jeremy Prince, at 270-247-4501.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

Paris, Tenn.-Thanksgiving is still over a week away, but downtown Paris is already into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas tree and Santa Claus house are in their places on the court square and holiday decorations are everywhere. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Henry County Will Play Ridgeway At Crump Stadium

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County-Ridgeway playoff football game will be played at the historic Crump Stadium in Memphis at 7 p.m. Friday, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Most all of Ridgeway’s home games are played at Halle Stadium on Mt. Moriah, according to Jon Davidson of the Henry County Quarterback Club. However, due to the poor field conditions, Ridgeway administrators had been working to find a venue which had adequate field turf, he said.

The Henry County Patriots are the defending Class 5A state champs.

TVA Reports $469M Net Income, Highest Since 2010

Knoxville, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority reported Monday more than $11 billion in operating revenues in fiscal 2014, resulting in $469 million in net income. TVA overcame a 2.4 percent decline in total sales to record its highest net income year since 2010.

“We had a strong financial year in 2014 highlighted by further improvements in TVA’s operating and maintenance costs, an area we have been acutely focused on over the last two years,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said.

Sales to local power companies were moderately higher in 2014 as compared with 2013, as weather favorably impacted retail demand, particularly in the polar vortex last winter. This increase was also due to some underlying economic activity and a modest general rate increase. Growth in sales to local power companies partially offset lower sales to directly served industrial customers, as TVA saw the final year-over-year impact from the loss of U.S. Enrichment Corp.’s operations in Paducah, Ky., formerly TVA’s largest directly served customer.

Total revenues advanced nearly 2 percent in 2014 compared with the prior year. The increase was primarily due to higher base revenues attributable to more sales volume to local power companies and a non-fuel base rate increase that became effective Oct. 1, 2013. Somewhat offsetting the increase were lower fuel revenues resulting from the decrease in sales to directly served industries.

Fuel expense decreased $90 million in 2014 compared with 2013 primarily due to the timing of TVA’s fuel cost recovery mechanism and a reduction in sales volume, but was somewhat offset by higher purchased power costs in 2014.

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Closed For Week

Hickman, Ky.-The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed for at least one week while the tugboat  is outfitted for a new barge. The ferry is one of the few remaining riverboat ferries in the United States and the only operating ferry crossing the Mississippi River, connecting Kentucky and Missouri.

Please call the ferry at 731-693-0210 for updates on when the ferry will be back in service.

Christmas In Paris Extravaganza Set For This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-The 7th Annual Christmas in Paris Shopping Extravaganza will be held this weekend at the Paris Convention Center. Admission is free for the event, which will feature over 60 vendors, many of whom are locally-owned, selling a wide variety of unique and creative goods.

It will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The Dana Corporation Relay for Life team will be selling consessions at the two day event. Burgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, ribeye steak sandwiches, nachos, banana pudding, funnel cakes, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, among other things.

The Extravaganza will be held on both sides of the Paris Convention Center. For more info, call Megan Amburgey at 731-363-5170.

Tickets On Sale For Marty Stuart Performance

Huntingdon, Tenn.– Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will return to The Dixie Carter Center for the Performing Arts December 13 and tickets are on sale now.

Marty Stuart is a five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and country western historian who has been making music for more than 40 years. Born in the small town of Philadelphia, Miss., Stuart caught the music bug early, displaying prodigious talent on every stringed instrument he picked up. 

“When you attend a Marty Stuart show, you not only experience a legendary performer, but he brings so much knowledge of country music history with him and shares that,” according to Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director of The Dixie. “He puts on an incredible show.”

Stuart has recruited musicians Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson, and Paul Martin for his “legacy band,” and together he and His Fabulous Superlatives have released acclaimed albums like Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, Souls’ Chapel, and their latest Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. 
Their Dixie Live Concert Series show begins at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731-986-2100, and online at

Discovery Park Booking Holiday Parties

Union City, Tenn.-It is not too late to book your holiday party or event at Discovery Park of America in Union City.  Until recently, the park had been without an Event Director.  Rick Adams is now on board, and he has extensive experience, having worked in the hospitality industry in Nashville for the past 25 years.  

Although the December calendar looks pretty full at Discovery Park, Adams is certain that by being creative, multiple events can be held on the same evening.  So, he is encouraging anyone who might like to have a holiday party or event at Discovery Park to give him a call to see if he can work it out.  He can be reached at Discovery Park’s main number:  731-885-5455 extension 22.  

UTM To Hold "Empty Bowls" Fundraiser 

Martin, Tenn. — David McBeth and his UT Martin ceramics students aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to address the region’s hunger issues. For the 11th year, they will produce the bowls for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to support the hunger-relief efforts of We Care Ministries Inc. in Martin. 

This year’s event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, in the university’s Fine Arts Building. The event will be held in the Little Theatre and is sponsored by the university’s Department of Visual and Theatre Arts, Martin Area Ministerial Alliance churches and other community organizations. 

For a $10 donation at the door, participants receive an original bowl made by McBeth, professor of art, and his students. Bowls are filled with homemade soup, and all proceeds go to We Care Ministries to help fight hunger. Tables and chairs will be set up in the Little Theatre so that participants can enjoy the meal. 

Making the bowls is no small feat, starting with the clay. McBeth and a student recently spent some five hours producing clay to use for this year’s bowls. That’s just to make the clay – the real work begins when each individually handcrafted bowl is made. 

Besides his ceramics students, university graphic design students are assisting with publicity and have created a poster that’s being distributed for display and also finding its way to social media. Student potters will also receive T-shirts bearing an original design that recognizes their work. 

Persons wanting to support Empty Bowls but not needing another bowl are encouraged to make donations for hunger relief and then donate their bowls to a women’s shelter or other organization. 

Obion County Finance Body To Meet

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Finance Body will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the Obion County Courthouse. On the agenda are reports on the Made In America, Tyson and Ethanol plants.

The meeting is open to the public.

Paris Quota Pecans Are Available

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota pecans have arrived and are available at several businesses in town and from any Quota member.  They are $10 for a 1 pound bag and are available in halves or pieces.

Quota’s Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 11th; with the social hour at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6pm.  The party will be at Lee Academy Lunchroom and members are asked to bring a donation for the angel tree.

The club voted to contribute to the E.W. Grove “Save A Heart” Day.  Donna Winders reported that the McDonalds’ Burger Bash was very well attended, was a fun night and was very successful; with the proceeds going to the club’s scholarship fund.

The Mental Health committee will serve Thanksgiving lunch at the Paris Outreach Center on Thursday, November 20th.  Members were asked to purchase a ladies’ or man’s sweat suit to be sent to Western State Mental Hospital for their Christmas and bring them to the November 26th meeting.

Members were also reminded that Helping Hand is coming up in January, 2015 and Quotarians will again answer phones and record bids each Thursday during the auction.  Quota also has a day for members to donate items for the auction.

Quota anniversaries for November are Dolores Harvie – 27 years and Lois Hudspeth – 43 years; for a total of 70 years of service to Quota.

Pearcys Plead Guilty To Federal Charges

Jackson, Tenn.-Two men who have been peripherally involved in the Holly Bobo case pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Jackson on gun charges.

Mark Lynn Pearcy of Decatur County pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a felon.

His uncle, Joe Pearcy, also of Decatur County, also pleaded guilty to one count of selling a firearm to a known felon.

They accepted the plea deal in U.S. District Court and sentencing is set for February 19.

Mark Pearcy remains in the custody of federal marshals. He previously faced charges of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in Bobo’s kidnapping and murder case and his uncle was implicated in that, as well. Prosecutors dismissed the charges--involving allegations of possession of a tape of Bobo after she was kidnapped--but reserve the right to refile them later.

MSU To Perform "South Pacific"

Murray, Ky. — The classic musical theatre production, South Pacific, will open at Murray State University’s Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Produced jointly by the departments of theatre and music, South Pacific includes the classic songs I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Head, Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, Younger than Springtime and Happy Talk.

Based on James A. Michener’s 1947 book, Tales of the South Pacific, the show opened on Broadway in 1949 and won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. 

The cast includes Gabrielle Wibbenmeyer as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Wibbenmeyer is a music major from Fenton, Mo. The role of Emile de Beque is played by Kenneth Percell, who is a music major from Murray, Ky. Taylor Davis, a theatre major from Owensboro, Ky., portrays Bloody Mary. 

Luther Billis is played by Lane Northcutt, a senior music major from Frankfort, Ky. The role of Lt. Joe Cable is played by Jacob Paul and Collin Anderson. Paul is from Murray and Anderson is from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

There are approximately 35 additional students involved in the show, both on and off stage.

In addition to the opening of South Pacific on Thursday, Nov. 20, performances will be presented on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are also available for a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.
All performances will be held at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the Doyle Fine Arts Building, located on Murray State’s campus at the corner of 15th Street and Olive Boulevard. Tickets can be reserved by calling 270.809.4421 or online at

Monday, November 17, 2014 

"Miss Pearl" Portrait Donated To County

County Mayor Brent Greer, left, and County Commissioner David Webb with portrait of "Miss Pearl" Routon. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-When the Henry County Commissioners arrived for their regular meeting Monday night, there was a new portrait gracing the main hall of the county courthouse. A portrait of the late Mrs. S.J. “Miss Pearl” Routon of Paris was unveiled at a reception Sunday at her former home on South Dunlap Street. The portrait, painted by her grandson Joseph Routon Jr., was donated by him to the county in her honor.

The portrait is based on a family photo of her taken around 1927. “Miss Pearl” achieved much in her lifetime, as an artist, musician, horticulturist, and local business woman. She was responsible for the iris being selected as the state flower of Tennessee.

County Commissioner David Webb, who also is the County Historian, accepted the portrait on the county’s behalf. He told the commissioners that the Historical Society has three more portraits of Parisians in the works--that of Howell Jackson, who was an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court; former Howard University President Dr. Mordecai Johnson; and former Commissioner of Public Welfare Christine Reynolds.

They will join portraits of former Governors Isham G. Harris, James D. Porter, and Tom C. Rye, as well as Congressmen J.D.C. Atkins and John Wesley Crockett, all of which were secured by the Historical Society.

At Sunday’s reception, Webb presented to the Routon family the Marquis de Paris Award on behalf of Mayor Sam Tharpe and the Loyal Patriot Award on behalf of Mayor Greer in honor of Mrs. Routon.

At Monday night’s meeting, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said, “We’re proud to have Miss Pearl gracing our halls.”

In other business during the meeting, Greer said the county is proceeding with efforts to place a sales tax referendum on the ballot in the spring. Greer said two readings on a resolution will be required for placement. 

--The commissioners appointed Phil Wichlan to another five-year term on the Henry County Medical Center board.

--Statutory bonds were set for Road Board Commissioner Cody Craig and newly-elected Constables James D. Chappell, Jason McCord, Chris Coley, Neely Owens and Charles Jacques Jr.

Alcoholic Beverage Board To Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The meeting of the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday night, not Wednesday night this week. The agenda sent out last week reported the correct date, but an incorrect date.

The meeting will include hearings on beer law violations filed recently against three businesses for selling beer to underage individuals: Eagle Foods, 907 East Wood St.; Smoke Shack, 1055 Mineral Wells; and Fuel Pro, 1008 Tyson Ave. Hearings on all three of the violations will be held during the meeting.

In addition, requests for new beer permits will be heard from Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 1021 Mineral Wells Ave., (for Siu Fan Cheung); and Paris Moose Lodge 1915, 3003 Dinkins Lane (for Claudette Lindahl). Both those requests are for on premises use.

New Concord Man Dies Of Crash Injuries

                                              --Calloway County Sheriff's Office Photo

Calloway, Ky.-A 79-year-old New Concord, Ky. Man died in a one-vehicle crash this morning in Calloway County. Kenneth Post was declared dead at the scene at the County Coroner after he was extricated from his vehicle by the Murray-Calloway County Rescue Squad. 

At approximately 10:50 am, the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle collision with possible injuries on Ky. 121 South, near Cherry Corner Road. Emergency personnel were dispatched along with Calloway Sheriff‘s Office. 

First units on scene advised that the vehicle had apparently rolled over and the driver was trapped inside. Investigation by Captain Richard Steen revealed Post was northbound on KY 121 South when he failed to negotiate the corner at Cherry Corner Road. The vehicle appeared to have dropped off the right shoulder of the road way went into a ditch at which point it overturned, at least three times, before coming to rest in upright in a yard. 

EMS attempted to resuscitate the victim at the scene.

TBI Forensic Facilities Internationally Accredited

Nashville, Tenn. – After a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville. 
For the first time, the TBI facilities are now internationally accredited in Breath Alcohol Calibration and as a testing facility, TBI has upgraded its accreditation as a testing laboratory from “Legacy” to “International,” which now includes Crime Scene Processing. The upgrade signifies the highest-possible accreditation available to forensic laboratories and is the culmination of years of effort and planning on the part of TBI’s Forensic Services Division.

“These are no small accomplishments,” according to Dan Royse, Assistant Director of Forensic Services. “They convey to the public a measure of assurance that the quality of work that we produce is second to none.”

The accreditation process involved a detailed application, followed by a thorough, impartial review of documentation, along with a comprehensive on-site evaluation of TBI personnel, facilities, and all aspects of the laboratory’s operations. All TBI laboratories were previously accredited in the disciplines of Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biology. The Memphis Regional Crime Laboratory and Nashville Crime Laboratory also hold accreditation in Firearms Toolmarks. In addition, the Nashville Crime Laboratory also holds accreditation for Latent Prints and Trace Evidence.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of the dedicated staff in our Forensic Services Division,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “These recognitions continue to demonstrate our commitment, as the state’s lead law enforcement agency, to accuracy in the testing of evidence and its role in furthering justice.”

31-Year-Old’s Death Investigated

Benton, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police is conducting a death investigation into the death of Micah D. Puckett, 31 of Benton, KY. Mr. Puckett walked away from his residence on November 6, 2014. Mr. Puckett was found deceased approximately a quarter mile from his residence on Sunday, November 16 at 1:04 p.m. Benton Police Department responded and requested KSP to investigate the death. 

KSP was assisted on the scene by the Benton Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be conducted today in Louisville today. Detective Trevor Pervine is continuing the investigation. 

Tickets On Sale To “Welcome To Our Neighborhood”  

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Krider Performing Arts Center presents “Welcome to Our Neighborhood,” from the award-winning children’s program, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Show times are Saturday, November 22, at 3 pm and Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm.

In the play, Mr. Rogers and the Friendly Neighborhood Trolley journeys to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, according to KPAC Manager Rhonda Stanton.  There they meet Queen Sara Saturday, King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger, O the Owl, Mr. McFeely, and a host of other citizens of Make-Believe.  Songs include: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”; “Let’s Think of Something to Do”; “It’s You I Like”; and several more well-loved songs.  

“Welcome to Our Neighborhood” includes entertaining learning concepts designed especially for children from preschool through grade 2, but the whole family will delight as the cast sings and dances through a fun-filled hour.   A few lucky boys and girls will get to be on stage, too, according to Stanton.

“I view Mr. Rogers as a kind of national treasure,” Stanton said in a press release.  “The show was in national production for 33 years and regionally for 5 years before that.  Not only did I grow up with Mr. Rogers, but I’ve been able to share his gentle curiosity and wise words with my own sons.”

Fueled by a desire to provide “a big theatre experience” for younger children, Stanton found “Welcome to Our Neighborhood” to be the perfect vehicle to reach out.  Her hope is that boys and girls will develop a love of the arts at a young age, both as theatre-goers and through the active KPAC Young Artists program.  Tickets are on sale now at Paris Civic Center, Merison’s Furniture, and Leach’s Music.  All seats are $5.00.  

 For more information about what’s happening at Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris, TN, visit  

Homemakers Holiday Is This Week

                                                                     --Photo by Michele Atkins

Paris, Tenn.-A two-day event that many people wait for all year is this week: The Henry County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs will present Homemakers Holiday on Wednesday and Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The clubs work hard and a huge variety of homemade baked goods, including casseroles, pies, cakes, cookies and other sweets; white beans and cornbread, fried pies, chicken and dressing, soups, chicken and dumplings and much more will be for sale.

Many handcrafted items also will be for sale and make great Christmas gifts.

The event will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Enoch Building. Admission is free.

Also, dinner will be served by the ladies from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. Soup or chili and sandwich, dessert and drink for $5.

UC Woman Victim Of Armed Robbery In Driveway

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are seeking the man responsible for the armed robbery of a woman in her own driveway on Saturday evening.

According to the police report, the victim said she was pulling into her driveway on E. Church St. around 6 p.m. and saw a black male walking on the street. When she got out of her van, she said hi to him and while she was getting her grandkids out of the van, she heard something behind her.

She turned around to find the man pointing a gun to her head and demanding her purse. She told him she didn’t have a purse but her wallet was on the floorboard of the van. The man took the wallet and ran toward South Adams St.

A grandson also witnessed the incident and said the man pointed the gun at him before his grandmother turned around.

She described the man as 6 feet tall, slender, wearing a black hoodie with black gloves and pants and tennis shoes.

Showing Civil War Collection

Buchanan, Tenn.-Dan Griggs of Dover, right, shows his collection of local Civil War memorabilia at this weekend's Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-Off and Civil War Living History event at Paris Landing State Park. More photos and a story on the weekend's activities was posted on Sunday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Lakewood Does Well At Murray Tournament

Paris, Tenn.-The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Murray High School Invitational over the weekend and placed 5th out of 14 middle and high schools from across Kentucky. Lakewood took 5 students with 10 entries and Natalie Clark placed 1st in Original Oratory as well as 3rd place in Declamation. The team will be traveling to Calloway County Middle School this weekend to compete in the Middle School Laker Invitational. 

Youth Orchestra Concert Set Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Youth Orchestra Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at First Baptist Church. It will be a joint concert, with the Henry County High School Madrigals.

School Closings, Delays

Schools in our area that are closed today: Stewart County, Calloway County, Fulton County, Lake County.

Benton County Schools are on a two-hour delay.

Paris Lioness Luncheon Set For Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Lioness Club Annual Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday November 21 at Ketchum Hall (Grace Episcopal Church; 406 N. Poplar St., Paris).

Soup, sandwich, dessert, drink (All You Can Eat) will be available. The cost is $8. Also, a Country Store will be set up with food and craft items. Tickets are available at the door and from any club member. For further information please call 731-642-1299. 

Former Owner Of Volunteer Log Homes Larry Bell Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Former Volunteer Log Homes Owner Larry Joe Bell, age 63, of Henry, Tenn., died Saturday, November 15, 2014, at his residence in Henry, Tenn. 

Bell married Tammy Forbus Bell July 30, 1993 and she survives. 

He was a founding member of New Life Baptist Church in Henry and attended Tennessee Valley Community Church. Larry was a longtime construction contractor and had owned Volunteer Log Homes for several years. He was currently the Farm Manager for Pete Desocio's farm in Henry Co.. .

He was born October 25, 1951 in Cottage Grove, TN to the late Baudry Bell and the late Ruby Atkins Bell.

Besides his wife Tammy, Larry is also survived by his Four Sons, Brian (Bobbi) Bell of Goodlettsville, Tenn, Brandon (Jennifer) Bell of Paris, Tenn, Zachary Bell & Special Friend Kayla Hargrove of Henry, Tenn, Steven Snider of Murray, Ky; Five Grandchildren, Shelby Bell, Chloe Bell, Jayden Powers, Bryant Bell, and Scarlett Meadows. 

Larry was also preceded in death by a Brother, Eddie Lynn Bell. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Monday, November 17, 2014. Visitation will continue at TVCC-Tennessee Valley Community Church from 12 - 2:30 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The Funeral Service will be at TVCC-Tennessee Valley Community Church at 2:30 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Brian Anderson and Steve Gallimore will officiate. 

Interment will be at Henry City Cemetery in Henry, Tenn.

MSU To Perform “South Pacific”

Murray, Ky. — The classic musical theatre production, South Pacific, will open at Murray State University’s Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Produced jointly by the departments of theatre and music, South Pacific includes the classic songs I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Head, Some Enchanted Evening, There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, Younger than Springtime and Happy Talk.

Based on James A. Michener’s 1947 book, Tales of the South Pacific, the show opened on Broadway in 1949 and won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto.  
The cast includes Gabrielle Wibbenmeyer as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Wibbenmeyer is a music major from Fenton, Mo. The role of Emile de Beque is played by Kenneth Percell, who is a music major from Murray, Ky. Taylor Davis, a theatre major from Owensboro, Ky., portrays Bloody Mary. 

Luther Billis is played by Lane Northcutt, a senior music major from Frankfort, Ky. The role of Lt. Joe Cable is played by Jacob Paul and Collin Anderson. Paul is from Murray and Anderson is from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

There are approximately 35 additional students involved in the show, both on and off stage.

In addition to the opening of South Pacific on Thursday, Nov. 20, performances will be presented on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are also available for a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.
All performances will be held at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the Doyle Fine Arts Building, located on Murray State’s campus at the corner of 15th Street and Olive Boulevard. Tickets can be reserved by calling 270.809.4421 or online at

Sunday, November 16, 2014 

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Our Area

Our area is under a Winter Weather Advisory, which will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Monday. Winter weather will impact our area, with rain changing to snow. Some sleet possible and accumulating snow is likely. Meteorologists are calling for our area to receive at least one inch of snow. Counties in the warning include Henry, Dyer, Gibson, Carroll, Weakley, Benton, Lauderdale, Crockett and includes the cities of Paris, Martin, Dresden, McKenzie, Huntingdon, Bruceton, Camden, Milan, Trenton.

Making History Come Alive

Buchanan, Tenn.-Preston Holmes of Paris, left, along with Brady Robison of Selmer; and Billy and Brett Alton of Clarksburg, top photo, are a few of the Civil War Reenactors that you could find at this weekend's Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-Off and Civil War Living History event at Paris Landing State Park. Events included a hayride, a talk on local Civil War history by Larry Ray of Paris and a display of area Civil War memorabilia collected by Dan Griggs of Dover. Bottom photo, Chaz Durham of Big Rock and Robert Fuchs of Bradford, were among those firing the antique cannon throughout the weekend. The cannon was loaned by George Wallace of Dover for the event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Ky Court Of Appeals To Hear Cases At MSU

Murray, Ky. — The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hold court on Murray State University’s campus on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the auditorium of the Wrather West Kentucky Museum. The court will hear two cases in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Members of the court will have lunch with MSU students from the Student Law Association. Dr. Ihsan Alkhtib, assistant professor of political science, helped in the coordination of the event on behalf of the students. Alkhtib teaches in the department of political science and sociology, which is located in the college of humanities and fine arts at Murray State. He is the adviser for the pre-law program and the Student Law Association.
Nearly all cases that are heard by the Kentucky Court of Appeals come from a lower court.

Fourteen judges, two elected from seven appellate court districts, serve on the Court of Appeals. The judges are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority determining the decision. The panels do not sit permanently in one location, but travel about the state to hear cases.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 

Union City, Henry County Move On To Third Round in Playoffs


Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Both Union City and Henry County High Schools defeated their opponents in football playoff action Friday night and will move on to the third round in the TSSAA playoffs.

In Class 1A, the Union City Golden Tornadoes beat Dresden by a score of 49-14. Defending State Champs Union City is undefeated and has been ranked No. 1 throughout the season. They will face Lake County next Friday. Lake County beat Hollow Rock-Bruceton last night, 36-27.
In Class 5A, Henry County beat Millington, 26-16, to advance. The Henry County Patriots also are defending state champions in their division and will face Ridgeway next Friday night in Memphis. Ridgeway defeated Hardin Co. last night, 47-21.

Hearings On Beer Sale Violations Set For Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-Hearings for violation of beer regulations will be held on three local businesses when the Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meets on Wednesday evening, November 19. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Three businesses were cited recently for selling beer to underage individuals: Eagle Foods, 907 East Wood St.; Smoke Shack, 1055 Mineral Wells; and Fuel Pro, 1008 Tyson Ave. Hearings on all three of the violations will be held during the meeting.

In addition, requests for new beer permits will be heard from Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 1021 Mineral Wells Ave., (for Siu Fan Cheung); and Paris Moose Lodge 1915, 3003 Dinkins Lane (for Claudette Lindahl). Both those requests are for on premises use.

Vanderbilt Medical Center, University To Split

Nashville, Tenn.-Officials at Vanderbilt University today announced plans to split the medical center from the university.

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced the institution is embarking on a process to reconfigure Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a not-for-profit academic medical center that is financially distinct from the university. 

The move will give the medical center increased financial independence while preserving and growing the collaboration that has resulted in Vanderbilt's research, education and medical excellence, according to the announcement on Vanderbilt’s website.

The primary goal of the restructuring, which was the result of a yearlong study by the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, is to provide the medical center with a greater ability to adapt to health care's rapidly changing financial environment. Currently the medical center is part of the university's administrative structure, with the same governing board, legal, financial and other shared services. 

The medical center will continue to have seamless integration with the university in all present and future academic missions, programs and initiatives, including faculty appointments, teaching and research, while creating increased capacity to obtain capital that will create growth. 
The restructured VUMC will continue to support the research and educational activities of the School of Medicine's clinical departments, Graduate Medical Education programs, and clinically related centers and institutes, while the university will play a greater role in supporting the M.D. and Ph.D.-granting programs of the School of Medicine, its basic science programs and the academic programs in the School of Nursing. 

Thompson Awarded Silver Emblem

Louisville, Ky.- Ashton Thompson of the Paris FFA Chapter, left, was one of 28 participants in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Handlers' Activity and she was awarded a Silver emblem. With her in photo is FFA Advisor Laura Moss. The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.  

Friday, November 14, 2014 

TWRA Cracking Down On Wildlife Violations

Camden, Tenn.-The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been cracking down on fishing and hunting violations and the latest example occurred in Benton County earlier this week when three Florida residents appeared in General Sessions Court there on eight wildlife violations.

According to a press release, TWRA Wildlife Officers checked Joshua Gibb on November 9; he had just harvested a doe. Gibb did not have a hunting license and was not wearing the proper hunter orange clothing. 

Officers began searching for other members of the hunting party and found Travis Simmons hunting in a baited area. Simmons did not have a hunting license or hunter education and was not wearing any hunter orange clothing. Another member of the party, Joseph Thomas was also found hunting without any hunter orange clothing. 

All three out of state hunters were arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail, where Gibb and Simmons posted $1,500 dollar bonds and Thomas posted a $500 dollar bond.

Benton County General Sessions Judge Whitworth accepted a plea deal from all three individuals, according to the press release. 

Gibb’s total fines and court cost were $779 dollars, 30 days in jail all suspended, forfeiture of weapon, and loss of hunting privileges for one year..

Simmons’ total fines and court cost were $779 dollars, 30 days in jail all suspended, forfeiture of weapon, and loss of hunting privileges for one year. 

Thomas’ total fines and court cost were $339.50 dollars.

To report wildlife violations call 1-800-831-1173.

More New Jobs Coming To Hickman Area

Hickman, Ky.-The City of Hickman, Ky., had more good economic news this week with the announcement Thursday that another company is locating there.

During a ceremony at the Hickman-Fulton County Riverport, Pipe Plus Inc. of Willow Springs, Mo., was welcomed to the community.

Owner Gaylon Thibodeaux was at the ceremony and announced he and his wife Karen hav...e purchased the former Hickman Pipe and Tube site. Pipe Plus is a steel distributor and fabricator and Thibodeaux said the location is a perfect complement to Pipe Plus.

He said plans are for possible expansion of the existing plant, with the potential for 20-40 new jobs.

Thibodeaux said the Hickman site will be known as the Tube Division of his company, which began in 1997.

Earlier this week, Riverine Fisheries International announced it would be opening a business to combat Asian Carp. That business will mean 110 new jobs.

LBL Accepting Applications For Seasonal Camping 

Golden Pond, Ky.– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is now accepting applications for the 2015 Seasonal Camping Program. There are a total of 113 campsites in the seasonal camping program available for two to nine months at Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds. Cravens Bay and Taylor Bay campgrounds have a total of 21 short-term (one to six months) sites available. 
Piney and Hillman Ferry

Completed applications due: January 2

Drawing for campsites: January 10
Piney: 9am at Brandon Spring Group Center
Hillman Ferry: 1pm at Grand Rivers 
Community Center
Wranglers, Cravens Bay, and Taylor Bay

Completed applications due: January 9
Drawing for campsites: January 17
Wranglers: 9am
Cravens Bay and Taylor Bay: 11am

Both drawings held at the Administrative Office, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY

The selection process for seasonal site reservations is designed to allow for the maximum amount of participation in the program. All applicants must be present during the selection process, and payment is required in full upon site selection.

For complete details on camping regulations, information regarding the seasonal campsites and the application process, or to download an application, visit, click on See & Do, then Camping, then Group and Seasonal Camping, or contact Land Between The Lakes Customer Service Department at 270-924-2044.

Auditions For “BIG: The Musical”

Huntingdon, Tenn.– Auditions for The Dixie Player's Production of “BIG: The Musical” will be held at The Dixie on: Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. and Monday, December 8 at 6 p.m., with call-backs on Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. 

The show requires a wide variety of characters from ages 10 to adult. Those auditioning for speaking roles will be asked to read from the script. Everyone needs to wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and be prepared to sing in a group. If you are trying out for a solo singing role you need to be prepared with a 16-32 bar excerpt to sing. You may bring a track, but no sheet music. 

Finally, everyone should also be prepared to be vocalized and have your range assessed. Auditions are open to anyone in our community and surrounding areas. 

The production also will have a need for people who wish to help with the production including props, set, and costumes. 

Please contact The Dixie administrative office at 986-2100x224 if you wish to help. 

Performances of BIG The Musical are on February, 20, 21, 27, and 28, 2015. Tickets are available at The Dixie Box Office for $15 including tax. For more information please visit or call us at 731-986-2100.

State To Check For Traceability Compliance 

Nashville– The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The rule went into effect last year and requires the identification of livestock being transported across state lines. 

“The federal rule is an effective way to trace the movement of livestock in an animal disease event so that appropriate action can be taken to limit the impact on producers,” state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “The rule only applies to livestock being moved interstate, but it’s important that Tennessee farmers work with their local veterinarian to obtain proper documentation.”

The ADT rule requires all livestock, including cattle, equine, sheep and goats, swine and poultry, being moved interstate to be officially identified, unless specifically exempted. Livestock must be accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates. 

Brands, tattoos and brand registration can also be used as official identification when accepted by the shipping and receiving states. Backtags are accepted as an alternative to official eartags for cattle moved directly to slaughter. 

Animal health documentation is still required by the state under certain circumstances for livestock being moved within Tennessee. Additionally, some states have documentation requirements that go beyond the federal rule. Producers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure that any livestock that is transported complies with all regulations.

TDA is working to implement a user-friendly online system already adopted by 20 other states that will allow private veterinarians to submit and access documents electronically in order to help with compliance. Veterinarians interested in participating should contact the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120 or 
For more information, visit USDA’s website at or for details about Tennessee’s animal health programs. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 

Planning Commission Approves Hardee's Site Plan
Construction To Begin Late January

City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris, left, goes over the plan with (from left) Derek Brown of Vertical Construction Management and Planners Dan Veazey, Terry Wimberley and Jim Hayes. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission Thursday evening gave the green light for development of a Hardee’s Restaurant at 1005 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris.

Derek Brown of Vertical Construction Management of New Orleans said after the meeting that if all goes according to plan, construction of the restaurant will begin in late January. The restaurant should be completed in 120 days, he said.

The site of the new Hardee’s is the location of the former Swifty’s Gas Station and Brown said removal of the gas tanks at the site will be according to EPA regulations. “We’re working with an environmental company on mediation of that. We’ll be performing all the necessary testing required” for proper removal of the tanks, he said.

The existing structure will be demolished and ingress and egress will remain the same as it was when Swifty’s was operating.

Approved was a 3,037-square foot building with a seating capacity of 54 seats, with a total site area of just under one acre. Thirty-four parking spaces are required and 42 are proposed by Hardee’s.

City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris said staff recommended the plan be approved contingent on the grading, erosion control, drainage and utility plans receiving approval from the appropriate entities.

The only sticking point among planners at the meeting were questions involving drainage. Commission Member Terry Wimberley moved that the site plan be approved contingent upon approval by TDOT of the drainage plans proposed by Hardee’s, which was seconded by Carlton Gerrell.

The commission also approved a mobile home park at 409 E. Blythe St., at the same location where a mobile park had been previously located.

The total area for the development is 2.09 acres and the owners are proposing nine lots. Morris said, “This will be a private development for rental. These lots are not presented for the development of a subdivision for resale.”

Commission members questioned where the dumpster would be located. Morris said the city’s public works department requested it be located by the entrance, but the developer would prefer it not be located there.

City Manager Carl Holder suggested that the developers be required to have a turnaround for city garbage trucks, with the dumpster located at the end of the turnaround.

In other business:

--The commission approved an expansion of the parking lot for the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church at 1915 Lone Oak Rd.

--Morris presented revisions that have been made through discussion with the commission on the city’s sign ordinance. Since some members were absent, the revisions will be discussed at the next meeting, with a meeting with interested citizens to be called following that.

TSSAA Announces New Football Alignments

Nashville, Tenn.-The Division I regional football alignments for the 2015 and 2016 season were approved by the TSSAA Board of Control today.

Under the new alignments, Union City High School will be playing in Class 1A Region 7 along with Dresden, Gleason, Greenfield, Humboldt, Lake County High School in Tiptonville, Peabody  High School in Trenton, South Fulton and West Carroll High School.

Henry County High School will play in Class 5A Region 7 along with Brentwood High School, Centennial High School in Franklin, Clarksville High School, Dickson Co. High School, Northeast High School,  Rossview High School and West Creek High School

In Class 3A, Region 6, Stewart County will play Camden Central, Cheatham County Central, Ashland City, East Hickman, Lyles Fairview, Harpeth High School, Kingston Springs, and Sycamore High School.

For the complete list of regions, see the TSSAA website at:

New Business To Combat Asian Carp, Create 110 Jobs 

Hickman, Ky. – Riverine Fisheries International will build a fish processing operation in Fulton County that will create 110 new jobs for our area. And, the company will focus its attention on the Asian Carp that are invading our waterways.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that  Riverine Fisheries will catch, clean, process, package and transport various species of Asian carp found in Kentucky’s waters. The company plans to create 110 new jobs and invest $18.7 million into the project. 

“Not only will Riverine Fisheries create new jobs and boost Kentucky exports, but it also will help to control Asian carp,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “I want to thank the company for locating in the Commonwealth, and I look forward to seeing its operation in action and its products being shipped around the world.”

The company has purchased a 75,000-square-foot industrial building and also is mooring a self-contained processing vessel in the Mississippi River harbor in Hickman. 

Riverine Fisheries plans to catch Asian carp using equipment and technologies that have proven successful in the challenging Pacific Northwest and Alaska fishing industries. Once the carp are harvested, the company will use the ship to process the fish into commercially viable products, such as surimi (imitation seafood), fishmeal, fish oil, mince and fillets. These products will be shipped to every major market in the world.

“Riverine Fisheries is extremely excited to be locating in Hickman,” said Joe Gillas, president of Riverine Fisheries. “We are very thankful to Eddie Crittendon and the Fulton County- Hickman County Economic Development Partnership for their help over the last several months and their commitment to finding a solution to any obstacle that arose, while also working with our company to make this project happen. We have been very pleased with the level of support that we have received from federal, state and local officials, and we look forward to being a part of the community.” 

Riverine Fisheries will focus on Asian carp that are invading Kentucky Lake, the Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Cumberland River and Tennessee River. In addition to targeting Asian carp the company will also process other seafood products brought in from other areas of the U.S. 

“We are excited that Riverine Fisheries will soon open in Kentucky,” said Ron Brooks, fisheries director with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. “Almost three years ago, Joe reached out to Kentucky for assistance with his plans of harvesting Asian carp. We look forward to Riverine Fisheries helping us with our efforts to save our native fish.” 
Founded in 2013, Riverine Fisheries was created to capitalize on the prolific growth of the invasive Asian carp throughout the U.S. and the potential invasion into the Great Lakes.  

“I want to thank Joe Gillis and Riverine Fisheries for locating their facilities in Hickman,” said Hickman Mayor David Lattus. “We welcome Riverine to Hickman, and I hope we can have a long and rewarding association.” 

To encourage the investment and job growth in Hickman, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives of up to $3.8 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Fatal Fire Ruled Accidental 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A fire that killed a Union City man early Wednesday morning has been ruled accidental, caused by smoking inside the home at 602 S. Third St.

The victim was Brian Schmidt, age 61, of that address. According to a Union City police report, Schmidt was found unresponsive in the home and the coroner ruled cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Roxanne Kreimar was injured in the fire and Union City Fire Department Chief Kelly Edmison said this morning that she was treated and released from the local hospital later in the morning. 

When the fire department arrived, portions of the home were already fully engulfed in flames. Kreimar told firefighters at the scene that the fire started in the north side of the house and that Schmidt, her ex-husband, was still in the home.

The department was assisted by the South Fulton and Martin Fire Departments. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene since it involved a fire fatality.

Riders In The Sky To Perform At The Dixie 

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Grammy Award-winning cowboy quartet Riders In The Sky return to the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 15 for the second installment in The Dixie Live Concert Series.

Riders In The Sky has spent the last 30 years keeping the spirit of the Singing Cowboy alive, remaining true to the integrity of Western music while becoming modern-day icons by branding the genre with wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at The Dixie box office in Huntingdon, by call 731-986-2100 or online at

Goodwill To No Longer Accept Older TVs

Union City, Tenn.-Goodwill Industries of Middle and West Tennessee Wednesday announced that starting November 30, the charity will no longer accept donations of older televisions, such as picture tube, wooden console or projection televisions at its stores or express centers.

Goodwill of Middle Tennessee CEO Matthew Bourlakas said, “As the supply of these older televisions diminishes, we will no longer sell them in our 34 stores. We will continue to accept and sell working flat-screen televisions (such as LCD, LED and plasma models). “

For decades, the donation of these analog TVs to Goodwill “filled our stores with useful merchandise and funded our mission of changing people’s lives through the power of work,“ he said. “The declining demand for these analog TVs, the increasing volume of donated analog televisions to Goodwill and the skyrocketing costs to recycle them have forced us to adjust our policy on the acceptance and sale of older televisions.”
 For those seeking to recycle older model TVs after Nov. 30, we suggest contacting your local municipal or county solid waste department for more information or visiting the website,, for a referral list. 

Hazel Christmas Open House This Weekend 

Hazel, Ky.-The town of Hazel will be aglow with the spirit of Christmas this weekend. The annual Christmas open house will be held Saturday and Sunday, with shopping, home décor, refreshments, music, giveaways and more.

Helping Hand Applications Due Friday

Paris, Tenn.-Reminder: Applications for the 2015 Helping Hand Radio Auction are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Applications are being accepted at the Paris Post-Intelligencer office in Paris.

WestStar Celebrates 25th Anniversary

From left, Charley Deal, the program’s executive director and UT Martin assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations; Dr. Bob Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania; Virginia Grimes, WestStar coordinator; and Dr. Nick Dunagan, UT Martin chancellor emeritus. Smith and Dunagan are credited as WestStar co-founders, and both are former executive directors of the program

Union City, Tenn. — Discovery Park of America in Union City provided the backdrop Nov. 6 for the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s 25th anniversary celebration. 

Approximately 200 program alumni and guests re-connected and mingled amid Dinosaur Hall exhibits as they celebrated a leadership program that includes 710 graduates since its beginning. The program’s board of trustees recently selected the 26th class that begins its WestStar experience in December. 

Among those attending the event were Dr. Bob Smith and Dr. Nick Dunagan, credited as WestStar co-founders and both former program executive directors. Smith is president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and Dunagan is UT Martin chancellor emeritus. Charley Deal, the program’s current executive director and UT Martin assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations, and Virginia Grimes, longtime WestStar coordinator, also attended along with members of the program’s board of trustees, alumni council and event planning committee. 

WestStar is the state’s oldest and largest regional leadership program and was created in 1989 to serve West Tennessee by offering leadership development and education for selected participants. Class members typically come from diverse professions and have varied volunteer leadership experiences. Chamber of commerce and economic development professionals, bankers, government personnel, health-care professionals, educators, business professionals, and elected officials are regularly represented in classes. 

In its 25-year history, WestStar graduates have taken leadership roles for the growth and development in their communities, counties and the state. Graduates have gained elected office, been driving forces in many local and regional initiatives, and have taken volunteerism to a higher level. Still others have made it a priority to see that the networks and collaborations formed by class members during the program thrive and that WestStar continues to prepare participants to assume future leadership roles. 

Local UTM Students To Perform With Piano Ensemble

Martin, Tenn. — The UTM Piano Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Elaine Harriss, professor of music, will present a program at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Blankenship Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

Performers include UT Martin students Sarah Miller, of Clarksville; Amy McLemore, of Ripley; John Alex Warner, of Union City; Jayelon Carr, of Memphis; Stephen Downing, of Hendersonville; Patrick Hill, of Trenton; and Hannah Morton, of Springfield. 
Additional performers include Linda Farmer and Anna Johnson, of Dresden; Gian Garma and Nathan Williamson, both of Martin; William McDonald, of McKenzie; Madison Butner, of Union City; Alex Quinn, of South Fulton; Helen Kendall, of Troy; and Macy Yates, of Hickman, Ky.

Music to be presented includes works for one piano, four hands; one piano, six hands; two pianos, four hands; and two pianos, 12 hands. The ensemble will present Milhaud’s “Scaramouche Suite,” Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” “Sonatina in G” by Vanhal, “Bolero” by Streabbog, “Five Images” by Dello Joio, “Valse Noble” by Gurlitt, Field’s “Nocturne No. 5” arranged by Liszt, and a newly published work, “Three Waltzes for Two Pianos,” by Anderson.

There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend.

Tickets Selling Fast For Renaissance Christmas

McKenzie, Tenn.-“Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that showcases the talents of the Renaissance Program at Bethel University. This “fun for the whole family” performance will boast a wide variety of genres of music all focused on the Christmas theme. The concert will feature all aspects of Renaissance including the Renaissance, The Renaissance Quartet, Vocal Authority, Renaissance Theatre, The Renaissance Bluegrass Bands, The Renaissance Orchestra and The Renaissance Revolution. Also this year, the group will be joined by special guest “The Little Rebel Singers”.

Performances are November 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus in McKenzie. Shows begin at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 Adults and $5 Children (12 and younger). Tickets can be purchased at the Renaissance Office located at 28 Lee Ave in McKenzie.

The office will be open from 9-4:30 Monday through Friday. Call the Renaissance Office (731) 352-6980 for more information.

Available at this years performance, the group will release their “Christmas with Renaissance” CD& DVD recorded LIVE at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. If you are unable to attend the performance, but would like to order your copy, contact the Renaissance office.

Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students will receive free tickets. Please reserve those tickets in advance by emailing April Dodd, Renaissance Administrative Coordinator, at and they will be available for you at will call the night of the performance.

Like in the past, the group anticipates sold out crowds for each performance.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 

Champion Indicted For Murders; Victim Also Implicated

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Cadiz, Ky.-The man at the center of the quadruple killing in Cadiz, Ky., in October was indicted on charges of capital murder and capital kidnapping by a Trigg County Grand Jury today. The KSP also has shed more light on the murders, identifying on of the victims as being complicit in the murders, too.

Ryan Champion of Cadiz was charged with three counts of complicity to commit capital murder, one count of capital murder and one count of complicity to capital kidnapping after the Kentucky State Police presented its evidence to the grand jury.

Champion is charged with killing his parents, his sister and an actuaintance Vito Riservato, age 22 of Hopkinsville, at his parents home on Old Dover Rd. in Cadiz on October 26.

For the first time, the KSP also has identified Riservato as being a suspect in the murders and kidnapping of the sister.

According to the KSP press release, after hearing testimony from a Kentucky State Police Detective, the grand jury returned true bills on the charges. 

Indictment warrants were issued and served on Champion by KSP Detectives later in the day after Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall, III issued indictment warrants against Champion following the Grand Jury’s action. 

Ryan Champion remains lodged in the Christian County Jail in lieu of a $5 million bond. KSP Detectives are continuing their investigation. 

Two Union City Players Are Mr. Football Finalists

Nashville, Tenn.-Two of Union City High School’s Golden Tornadoes are finalists for the coveted title of the Tennessee Titans’ Mr. Football.

The Tennessee Titans today announced the awards will be presented to the top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, December 1.

Among the linemen finalists is Tristan Jernigan and among the back finalists is Ricky Henry, both in the Class A classification. The presentation will be made at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2014 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
For the thirteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award. There are three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification.

This is the 30th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. Plaques will be presented to 22 other finalists.
Approximately 600 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2014 luncheon.

Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream of the awards will be provided for free by the NFHS Network. Those interested can watch the awards by going to The Tennessee Titans will also stream the event live on their website,

Paris City Manager Candidates Narrowed To Two

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris has narrowed the field to two final candidates for the position of City Manager to replace Carl Holder, who is retiring next year after 22 years with the city.

The Paris City Commission concluded interviewing candidates yesterday. The process began with 50 applicants.

Holder said, “The Commission has issued me a set of instructions related to final vetting and preliminary negotiations concerning salary, and other employment related factors.” 

Holder said further that “the Commission has maintained our initial schedule which calls for the Commission to vote on a final selection in January or February.” 

L&N Steam Engine Bell Presented to Lee School

Paris, Tenn.-The family of Joe and Ann Kendall has made a long-term loan of an antique L&N steam engine bell to the Lee Academy for the Arts to be used in the bell tower. The Academy is located in the former Robert E. Lee School in Paris.

Baker, Carol and Dottie Kendall made the loan, according to Ray Harding of the Lee School Association.

Harding said, “When steam engines were phased out in the 1950's, L&N presented bells from the retired engines to churches. The Kendall’s bell was in a small church on Tyson Ave. when Joe Kendall bought the property. He stored the bell at his home for many years.” A beauty salon is now located in the former church on Tyson Ave.

The bell is surprisingly large to have been on a moving engine, Harding said.  
“The Robert E. Lee School Association is excited about having the bell. It is especially appropriate to have an L&N bell, since Lee School always had a large number of children from homes of railroad work,” Harding said.

Dupree, Ballard Lobby For Change In Whiskey Labeling Law

Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupress. (Mighty Loud photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-Jesse James Dupree, who wears many hats as a reality television star, musician and businessman, appeared before Tennessee state senators, urging them to repeal the Tennessee Whiskey Labeling Law.

Why is Dupree concerned with that, you ask?

In addition to starring in Full Throttle Saloon and being the front man for the band Jackyl, Dupree also is the owner of the S’loonshine Distillery in the tiny town of Trimble, Tenn., where they plan to make Jesse James Bourbon. Trimble is located in Obion and Dyer Counties.

Dupree and his partner Michael Ballard already have been making the whiskey in Kentucky and recently have moved the distillery to Trimble, which is Ballard’s hometown.

Ballard wanted to locate in Trimble to create jobs and boost the local economy and to brand their product as “Tennessee Whiskey”.

However, the Jack Daniels Co. influenced the Tennessee state legislators to enact the Tennessee Whiskey Labeling Law, which requires that in order to be labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey”, the product has to be made with only the methods that are used by Jack Daniels.

At the hearing, Dupree and Ballard protested the law, which they said shows favoritism to Jack Daniels and exceeds the state's authority. 

Dupree said, "[This law] defies the [federal] Constitution.“

No individual state can define whiskey." Ballard said, "'Whiskey' is a word that cannot be trademarked. Tennessee is a geographical location.“

Veterans Honored At HCHS Program

Sgt. First Class Angela Davis speaks to veterans and students. (Lisa Fitzsimmons photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Veterans were honored at a special program Tuesday morning at Henry County High School. 

Speakers were Sgt. First Class Angela Davis and High School Teacher and former Sgt. Rusty Wiles. After presentation of the colors by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the high school band performed Taps and played patriotic music. The Madrigals performed The National Anthem.

A poem was read by Michael Hargrove and Grace Paschal spoke about the meaning of the Prisoner of War or Missing in Action ceremonial table. A slideshow of military past and present was shown. A reception for the veterans followed the program.

The program was coordinated by Teacher and Military Specialist Patrick Hopp and the school’s Military Club.

Battle Of Paris Landing Chili Cook Off Event Set

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook Off and Civil War Living History event will be held this weekend at Paris Landing State Park.

Sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League, it will be held November 15 and 16 and will include a chili cook off, hay rides, face painting, vendors, a chili tent featuring bowls of chili, chili dogs and chili pies, story telling by Local Civil War Historian Larry Ray.

The Co. G 7th TN Cavalry : Civil War reenactors will be on site both days for demonstrations: Infantry, Cavalry & Artillery! Sunday morning church service at 8:30 a.m. with Bro. Joe Ed Smith at the Large Pavilion, the Q & A session duo will lead the worship music.

Events on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include the chili cookoff and Civil War demonstrations. Sunday’s events are from 9:30-2 p.m. and include story telling at 10 a.m. $100 giveaway at 1 p.m.

Freedom Festival Prepares For 40th Anniversary 

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-In 2015, the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival will have its 40th anniversary and the city’s Legislative Council on Tuesday agreed it will begin planning for the event in January. The Freedom Festival is held on the 4th of July each year.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Mike Waddey discussed more options for a permanent home for city hall. Waddey will prepare a skeleton plan for the December meeting.

Councilman John Weiher reported the Locust Street sign is missing.

Treasurer Carolyn Kaminski read the financial report, showing revenues for October at $4,455.73 and expenses were $463.64. 

Refuge Series To Explore "Backyard Wildlife"

Springville, Tenn.-Are you fascinated by nature’s creatures or have you ever wondered what that was in your back yard? Join the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge for this month’s Refuge Discovery Series as guest naturalist Brooke Gilley from the Land Between the Lakes Nature Station presents “Backyard Wildlife” at 1 p.m. Saturday November 15 at the new Refuge Visitor Center at 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256. Filled with live animals, this program should prove to be educational as well as entertaining for all ages.

The Refuge Discovery Series was created by the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to help the public enjoy and interact with the refuge and its wildlife. Each considered a good family activity, the series presents different wildlife related topics and guest speakers to help the public connect with nature. Hosting the program at the new Refuge Visitor Center is a perfect fit as families can come early or stay to enjoy our new exhibits. While there we encourage folks to see the waterfowl, pelicans and other birds that are already starting to be present off the back patio.

For more information about the Refuge Discovery Series, how to become a member of the Friends of Tennessee NWR or about the refuge in general, please call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 731-642-2091 or see the website at 

"The Owen Family" To Perform In Henry

Paris, Tenn.-”The Owen Family” will appear at the Henry Civic Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 15 for gospel singing. Free admission and everyone welcome.

MSU Amnesty To Host Death Row Exoneree

Murray, Ky. — Amnesty International at Murray State University and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky are co-hosting a speaker for the Witness to Innocence Tour. Kirk Bloodsworth, a death row exoneree, will speak on Friday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Freed Curd Auditorium in the Collins Industry and Technology Center on campus.

In 1984, Bl...oodsworth was arrested for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl and sentenced to death in Maryland the following year. In 1992, Bloodsworth read about a new forensic breakthrough called DNA fingerprinting. From these tests, Bloodsworth was proven innocent and released from prison in June 1993. He is the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row by DNA testing.

The ACLU of Kentucky organizes events at churches and colleges, and through civic groups all over Kentucky, to allow someone who was wrongly convicted of a crime, sentenced to death and later released the opportunity to share the story.

Following the address, there will be a question-and-answer session. Students studying political science, criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, social work, psychology and those interested in attending law school would particularly benefit from attending this event.

It is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Benjamin Linzy, student coordinator for Amnesty International at Murray State, at

UT Application Deadline Is Dec. 1

Knoxville, Tenn.—The application deadline for freshmen who want to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the fall is Dec. 1.

All students who apply are automatically considered for institutional scholarships including the new Volunteer Scholarship.

Applying students are encouraged to submit transcripts, their personal statement and letters of rec...ommendation before the deadline.

"Grade point averages and ACT scores are important in demonstrating academic preparedness, but our admissions process is holistic, which means we also value and consider the whole student. Leadership and service experience, the student's personal statement and letters of recommendation help to tell the student's story beyond test scores and transcripts. We truly want to identify students who are a great fit for the Volunteer family," said Kari Alldredge, assistant dean and director of undergraduate admissions.

To apply online, students can create a log-in on the Undergraduate Admissions VIP website at or use the Common Application at

Admitted students will be notified soon after applying if they qualify for funding through the Volunteer Scholarship program. New for fall 2015, this program will award UT scholarship monies to students who have at least a 3.8 UT-weighted core GPA and a superscored ACT of at least 28 or SAT score of at least 1250.

Learn more about the Volunteer Scholarship program at

Deadlines for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), application deadlines for transfer students and international students, and deadlines for admitted students to confirm their attendance by paying their deposit can be found at

James Wilson Benefit Set

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for James Wilson, retired National Guard Sergeant and Eurotranciatura employee will be held Saturday, November 15 at the National Guard Armory from noon to 5 pm. James is battling colon and liver cancer. BBQ plates are $7.

Event includes bake sale and silent auction.

KSP Accepting Trooper Applications

Hickory, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications for Cadet Class 93 which is tentatively scheduled to start on May 24, 2015. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at and click on the Career 

Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How to Become a Kentucky State Trooper link. 
Information on the site includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, and a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required, a downloadable study guide for the written test and a list testing dates, times and locations. 

If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can call toll-free1-866-360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.

All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 by the application deadline. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 

HCHS Students Conduct Food Drive

Paris, Tenn.-The Family Resource Center Henry County High School Student Advisory Council is conducting a November Food Drive to help stock the Henry County Food Bank. The SAC is asking all high school students to bring food items until November 19. Prizes will be given to the homeroom with the most food items donated. In photo left to right: Kaity Beth James, Lillie Akers, Kendall Wimberley, Libby Farmer, Alex Watkins, Jackson Griffey (hidden), Cody Hunter, Matthew Counce.

Hannah Robison Crowned UTM Homecoming Queen 

Martin, Tenn.- Hannah Robison (center), a senior chemistry major from Springville, Tenn., and representing Alpha Omicron Pi, was crowned queen for Homecoming 2014 on at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Joining Robison in the homecoming court were (left to right) Alley Hargrove, of Dickson, a senior health and human performance major representing Chi Omega; Brittany Berry, of Collierville, a senior agriculture major representing Zeta Tau Alpha; Rashunica Holland, of Covington, a junior integrated studies major representing Alpha Kappa Alpha; and Kayla Harmon, of Lewisburg, a junior studying pre-physical therapy and representing Alpha Delta Pi. The homecoming theme was “Streaking Back to Martin” as students, alumni and friends celebrated the event with 1970s TV show themes. Activities included rope pull, pyramid competition, the 10th annual Quad City and the homecoming football game with Austin Peay State University. Additional information about UT Martin alumni activities can be found at  

KSP To Raffle Calipari Custom Harley

Mayfield, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police, Post 1 Mayfield is selling tickets on the Official Coach Calipari Custom Harley. The raffle will benefit The Trooper Project and The Calipari Foundation, both Non-Profit Organizations. 

The Kentucky State Police partnered with The Calipari Foundation and Man O’War Harley Davidson in Lexington, KY to raffle off a custom built Harley Davidson Road King. The winning ticket will be drawn on April 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT at Man O’War Harley Davidson of Lexington, KY. 

The Custom Built Road King features a one of a kind Kentucky Wildcat custom paint job, signed by UK head basketball coach John Calipari. The bike has custom front and rear wheels, V/H big shot true dual exhaust with fish tail end cap, KIT-EFI super race tuner, chrome H-bar controls, FLT chrome front end pack, lowered suspension, CVO rear fender kit, chrome inner primary KIT, extended saddle bags, daymaker LED headlights, custom mirrors, and swint LED light KIT. Tickets can be purchased at any of the 16 KSP posts located throughout the state. Only 100,000 tickets will be sold. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees.

To purchase a $10.00 ticket you may stop by the Kentucky State Police Post located at 8366 ST RT 45 North, Hickory or by contacting any Kentucky State Police Trooper or Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer.

All proceeds go to The Trooper Project and The Calipari Foundation. The Trooper Project is an effort to build a permanent tribute to the Troopers and Officers of the Kentucky State Police. It will represent those who have served, those who serve today, and those who have died in the line of duty. 

Twenty-seven Kentucky State Troopers and Officers have been killed in the line of duty since inception in 1948. For more information about the Trooper Project and The Calipari Foundation please visit and both are non-profit organizations. Charitable Gaming # ORG0002393.

Helping Hand Applications Due Friday

Paris, Tenn.-Reminder: Applications for the 2014 Helping Hand Radio Auction are due by 5 p.m. Friday at the Post-Intelligencer Office in Paris. For more information, contact Susan Bell at 642-7519.

Deadline For 'Technicolor Dream Coat' Tickets 

Nashville, Tenn.-Deadline to purchase tickets and ride to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" at TPAC is December 5th. The Paris-Henry County Arts Council has plenty of room on the bus and it costs $85 per person, including ticket and coach bus ride to and from Nashville! Please contact the PHCARTS Council at 731-642-3955 if interested. See the website at

Lakewood Speech Team Does Well At Invitational

Paris, Tenn.-The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Krider High School Invitational over the weekend at Henry County High School and placed 4th overall out of 15 schools. Several students placed in their individual events. Drew Culbreath - 1st in Prose Interpretation, Sylis Allen - 3rd in Poetry Interpretation, and Natalie Clark - 4th in Original Oratory. LMS will next be competing in tournaments at Murray High School, Calloway County Middle School and Western KY University in the next few weeks. The team is coached by David Weatherly. 

LBL Thanks Personnel, Paschall Truck Cos. For Donation

Golden Pond, Ky. – Personnel Truck Leasing of Murray, Kentucky, has donated a 48-foot, dry van trailer to Friends of Land Between The Lakes. The trailer will be used to store and transport recyclable materials to processing centers as part of the recycling program conducted by the U.S. Forest Service at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Friends of Land Between The Lakes also thanks Paschal Truck Lines of Murray for their assistance in acquiring this donation.

John Rufli, Executive Director of Friends of Land Between The Lakes, received the donation from David Graham of Paschall Trucking Lines on behalf of the Forest Service. “Currently, visitors to Land Between The Lakes can recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and steel cans at several locations. In the future, we hope to be able collect more types of materials, such as paper and cardboard, from visitors as we solve challenges surrounding collection and transport. This generous gift from Personnel Truck Leasing and Paschall Trucking Lines will help expand our recycling efforts,” he said.

“This donation resolves several challenges we’ve had in dealing with waste paper and cardboard generated in the operations of the Recreation Area. Last year we recycled 4,000 pounds of cardboard and 4,700 pounds of paper. This large trailer will reduce the amount of material handling and allow for fewer trips to the recycling center, enabling us to recycle even more materials that would otherwise get thrown away,” said Darrin Samborski, Environmental Education Specialist at Land Between The Lakes. “I also want to thank Trigg County Road Department for helping transport the trailer from Paschall Trucking Lines to our location.”

Land Between The Lakes is a member of a multi-county partnership called West Kentucky Regional Recycling Corporation that formed in the 1990s to divert several materials from local landfills. Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon, and Trigg counties, Land Between The Lakes, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the West Kentucky Correctional Complex all participate. Residents of these counties and visitors to Land Between The Lakes participate in this recycling program.

“In 2012, West Kentucky Regional Recycling Corporation recycled nearly 895,000 pounds of material including cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic, and glass,” said Casey Major, recycling program manager at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex.
Improved technology has made it possible to utilize materials once considered trash. Products made from recycled materials have improved in quality. Land Between The Lakes anticipates an increase in their ability to recycle as a result of Personnel Truck Leasing and Paschall Trucking Lines' generous donation.

More Fake Bills Passed In Union City 

Union City, Tenn.-Five counterfeit $20 bills were reported passed at the Wal-Mart in Union City on Sunday. According to the police report, it is not known at this time which registers or who was working the registers where the fake bills were passed.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Camden PD Seeks Help With Child Rape Information

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Camden, Tenn.-The Camden Police Department is asking for the public’s help for what it has termed “one of the worst scenarios” facing the Camden community.

Brian L. Webb, 24, was arrested over the weekend, charged with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. Webb is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

In a press release, the Camden Police said, “We commend our law enforcement professionals with the handling of this case, but the work is not yet complete.”

Law enforcement is not positive whether Webb has had any other contact with minor children other than the abused child. “If the community has information related to this case or any other we ask that you please come forward,” according to the press release. “We have had one of the worst scenarios that we experience in law enforcement come to light in our community.”

Hardee's Site Plan To Be Presented To Planners

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris may soon have another popular fast food restaurant from which to choose.

The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission on Thursday will consider approval of a site plan for a Hardee’s Restaurant which would be located at 1005 Mineral Wells Ave., the former site of Swifty Gas.

Shawn Burkett of Vertical Construction Management of New Orleans is set to present the plans at the planning commission meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at city hall.

Calloway County Student Injured In Fall From Bus

Murray, Ky. - A Calloway County High School student was hurt Monday morning when student fell out of the back of the bus while it was still moving.

Calloway County Schools Public Relations Coordinator David Dowdy said the bus was approaching Southwest Calloway Elementary when the student opened the rear emergency door and fell out.

In a press, Murray Police Department Sgt. David Howe says the bus was moving at 40-45 miles per hour when the incident happened.

Emergency responders, Police, district transportation officials, and a CCHS administrator responded to the scene of the incident. Dowdy said the condition of the student who fell is unknown.

No other students on the bus were injured.

Goodwill Honors Area Employees, Employers

Representatives from Goodwill's Community Partners of the Year, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council and Bethel University, and Regional Partner of the Year, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, gather for a photo Friday at Goodwill's Impact Luncheon in Jackson. From left are Katie Keathley and Lindsay Frilling of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council; John Cloar, Donna Hastings, Donnie Walton and James Daniels of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology; and Kristie Lancaster of Bethel University.

Jackson, Tenn.— A Union City woman, Bethel University, the Obion County Joint Economic Council and Cox Oil of Union City are among those receiving awards at the annual Goodwill Industries Impact Luncheon last week. 

Tonia Brown, who now lives in Paris, received a Graduate Of The Year Award from Goodwill Career Solutions, one of only four to receive the award this year.

When the single mother of two and grandmother of one first came into the Union City Career Solutions Center in April, things were not going well. The company where she had worked in human resources had relocated to Massachusetts, leaving her jobless.

Now she is the human resources manager for Jones Plastic and Engineering. At Goodwill, she got training in job-readiness, computer use, resume-building and more. She quickly found a seasonal job through a placement service, but the pay was low and she was falling behind on her bills. She applied for several different positions, got interviews and went back to Goodwill for more career counseling.
After four months in her new position, Tonia is excelling, and she and her children have moved into a new home in Paris. Now, Tonia is paying her good fortune forward. Her employer has partnered with Goodwill to host three job fairs. And the new HR director now hires directly through Career Solutions to give others the same opportunities she received.

The Community Partner Awards were given to Bethel University of McKenzie and Obion County’s Joint Economic Development Council.

Bethel has embraced Goodwill’s mission, partnering with Goodwill for three job fairs in two West Tennessee counties, assisting 295 job-seekers and 23 local employers. Bethel serves as a referral point for Goodwill’s resources, routinely directing university students and others to Career Solutions Centers, and has invited Goodwill counselors into its classrooms.
Goodwill has found an enthusiastic partner in the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council. The council routinely shares job notices and information about new and expanding companies with Career Solutions, and it has invited Goodwill representatives to speak at meetings of business leaders and the public.

The Regional Partner Award was given to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which has welcomed Goodwill career counselors into its classrooms across West Tennessee.
Employer Partner Awards were given to Cox Oil of Union City, Max Trans of Humboldt and Advantage Staffing, all of which have significantly contributed to the success of Career Solutions by hiring many of its clients this year.

In his opening remarks at the luncheon, Goodwill President and CEO Matthew Bourlakas announced that Goodwill’s 28 Career Solutions centers have already surpassed their 2014 goals of providing employment assistance to more than 20,000 people and finding jobs for 6,000. So far this year, nearly 25,000 people have been served and 7,600 of those landed jobs. 

Driver Arrested After Fleeing Scene
Other Driver In Serious Condition 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Warrants are pending against an Obion man after he ran from the scene of a two-car accident Friday in Union City in which a Martin woman was seriously injured.

Natalia Serrano, 63, was transported by medical helicopter to The Med in Memphis with serious internal injuries following the accident.

Neal Kimmons, 34, of 419 Main St., Obion, fled from the scene on foot and was found a few minutes later on South Sunswept Dr., near the parks and recreation building. He was taken to The Med by the Obion County Ambulance Service.

Warrants pending against Kimmons include DUI 2nd, driving on a revoked license 3rd offense, involvement in an accident involving death or personal injury and driving with no insurance.

Union City Police were called to the scene around 6:30 p.m. at the 1900 block of East Main Street and found Serrano’s car with extensive damage to the front. She was transported to the local hospital immediately with serious injuries. Union City Police were notified around 9 p.m. that she had been transported to The Med with serious internal injuries.

Police found the other vehicle 40-50 feet further west, with severe damage to the front. Witnesses told police which direction the driver ran and police were able to pick Kimmons up a few minutes later.

According to the police report, Serrano was driving without a license and insurance.

Free Admission For Veterans, Spouses, Kids At Discovery Park 

Union City, Tenn.-All veterans, their spouses and children will have free admission to Discovery Park of America all day Tuesday, November 11, for Veterans’ Day. Free flags will be given away at Magnolia Place Liberty Hall, where there also will be a moment of silence observed at 11 a.m., followed by the playing of The Star Spangled Banner.

HCHS Veterans Program Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Military Club will be holding a program for veterans at the high school around 10 a.m. Tuesday, on Veterans’ Day. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office honor guard will be on hand and veterans will be served biscuits, sausage and coffee.

Bethel To Hold Inauguration Of New President

McKenzie, Tenn. – The Bethel University Board of Trustees will hold inauguration ceremony for the school’s 40th president, Dr. Walter Butler on Thursday. Butler officially became President this past June after serving as Interim President since August 2013. The inauguration ceremony will be held in Crisp Arena in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. It will begin at 11 a.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Butler, who holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Bethel, was recently presented an honorary doctor of humane letters by the school’s trustees. Butler’s Bethel career actually began in 1975 when he began work as an admissions counselor – a position he held for three years until he ran for the Office of Carroll County Trustee and won. He served as Carroll County Trustee for 16 years, being re-elected in 1982, 1986, and 1990. In August of 1994, he ran successfully for the Office of Carroll County Executive (now Carroll County Mayor). Butler served in this capacity until 1996 when Governor Don Sundquist asked him to become Tennessee’s Director of State Parks. As Director of State Parks, Butler oversaw 54 parks, 1,600 employees and a budget of more than $57 million. Governor Sundquist went on to appoint Butler the Deputy Commissioner of Personnel and then as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Butler then served as Commissioner of Personnel, a position he held to the end of Governor Sundquist’s term in office.

Butler later returned to Bethel as the Director of Business Affairs where he eventually held positions as Executive Vice President for the College of Liberal Arts and as Vice President for the College of Criminal Justice. 
For more information, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at

Hearing On Use Of Industrial Hemp Set

Nashville, Tenn.–The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. CST to gather input on the permitting and regulation of industrial hemp. 

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment on the department’s commitment to fulfill the requirements of Public Chapter 916, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly, to develop a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. 

Industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. However hemp has a significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. You will find industrial hemp in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. Current industry estimates show that U.S. importation and retail sales of hemp-based products may exceed $300 million annually.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 10 a.m.
Where: Ellington Agricultural Center, Ed Jones Auditorium
416 Hogan Rd.
Nashville, TN 
Contact: David Waddell, Consumer and Industry Services 615-837-5331 

A copy of the rules and additional information may be obtained on the department’s webpage at 

Sunday, November 9, 2014 

Bill Culley Dies; Was Mayor, Businessman, BPU Member

Paris, Tenn.-Former Paris Mayor and long-time local businessman Bill Culley died last night at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at McEvoy Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 48 p.m. Tuesday and after 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

Culley, 77, had a long career in business and local civic He had been mayor and a member of Paris City Commission and a long-time member of the Paris Board of Public Utilities, on which he was serving at the time of his death.

He was CEO of the Ellis Heating Co., a Charter Captain of the Henry County Rescue Squad and was instrumental in developing the Pop Warner program in Henry County.

Culley’s full obituary will be published later.

Roosevelt Letter Donated To Discovery Park
Kirklands Honored For Philanthrophy At Annual Gala

Jackson, Tenn.-A letter signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was donated to Discovery Park of America in Union City as part of the West Tennessee Healthcare Charity Gala at the Civic Center in Jackson.

The letter belongs to the Allison Family and it expresses a sad moment in their family history.

It is a letter of condolence mailed by the President to the family of two brothers who died on the U.S.S. Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.They were distant uncles of Chris Allison.

The letter has been in the family for more than seventy years. They're one of twenty three sets of brothers who died on the ship, and the only ones from Tennessee.

Jenny and Robert Kirkland, who financed Discovery Park of America, said they were excited about the donation. The Kirklands also were honored at the gala with the Tigrett Award for outstanding philanthropy.

"Ollie Otter" Visits Huntingdon Schools

Students pictured are front row left to right: Chesney Baker, Rhianna Wilkes, Allie Kate Smith, Grand Champion Brady Warbritton, Quinn Kelley and Emily Tippitt. Not pictured is Taijon Willis. Back row left to right: Lt. Walter Smothers, Assistant Principal Christy Carey, Mayor Dale Kelley, Public Safety Director Joe Parker and Principal Alan Eubanks.

Huntingdon, Tenn.-”Ollie Otter” from the Huntingdon Police department visited the Huntingdon Primary School second grade students for both education and fun.

Michele Wright from the Governors Highway Safety Office accompanied Ollie and spoke to the students during the 45 minute presentation.Ms Wright was assisted by Ms. Faith Scott and Ms. Rebekah Gilbreath.

The students learned about the importance of seat belt safety and the importance of using a booster seat. They also learned that its okay to tell adults to "Please Buckle Up" and if they are in a construction zone to "Please Slow Down". Letters written to Ollie from the students will eventually be posted on his website.

Along with the visit was a seat belt safety coloring contest, the "Make It Click Contest" held annually by the Huntingdon Police Dept. The entries were judged by Ms. Emily Ezell of Knoxville TN. One winner was selected from each of the 6 second grade rooms as well as 1 Grand Champion. On Wednesday Nov.5th the winners were presented with a trophy, their framed picture and a draw string backpack, the Grand Champion was also given a backpack bearing the logo of the Governors Highway Safety Office. The awards were presented by Mayor Dale Kelley and Public Safety Director Joe Parker.

Tickets Available For Christmas With Renaissance

McKenzie, Tenn.–Bethel University’s Renaissance Program is announcing the schedule for “Christmas with Renaissance.”

“Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that showcases the talents of the Renaissance Program at Bethel University. This “fun for the whole family” performance will boast a wide variety of genres of music all focused on the Christmas theme. The concert will feature all aspects of Renaissance including the Renaissance Choir, The Renaissance Quartet, Vocal Authority, Renaissance Theatre, The Renaissance Bluegrass Bands, The Renaissance Orchestra and The Renaissance Revolution. Also this year, the group will be joined by special guests “The Little Rebel Singers.” 

Performances are November 21, 22 and 23 at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus in McKenzie, Tenn. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and younger). Tickets can be purchased at the Renaissance Office located at 28 Lee Ave. in McKenzie. The office will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (731) 352-6980 for more information. 

Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students will receive free tickets. Please reserve those tickets in advance by emailing April Dodd, Renaissance Administrative Coordinator, at and they will be available for you at will call the night of the performance.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 

Celebrating The Service Of Our Veterans

Grand Marshal Barney Knight, accompanied by Larry Winchester. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.--Patriotism was in the air Saturday morning as Henry County celebrated Veterans Day with a parade filled with music, flags, military honor guards--and of course, veterans.

Numerous citizens lined East Wood with flags to cheer on the parade. Leading the parade was the Tennessee State Guard honor guard, followed closely by the Henry County Marching Patriots playing their best patriotic songs.

WWII Veteran Barney Knight was the grand marshal, while the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police, Henry County Emergency Medical Services, as well as the fire departments from Paris, Springville, Oakland and Paris Landing also participated.

Cub Scout Pack 22 from Springville/Buchanan, as well as the VFW, American Legion and Moose Lodges were participants, along with a car full of other WWII veterans.

Honor Guard Members (from left): First Sgt. Carl Minor, Private First Class Marion Hart, Sgt. James Phillips; Corp. Cassandra Took, Staff Sgt. Jason McCord. (McFarlin photo).

Henry County High School Marching Patriots.

Camden Player Breaks Leg During Game

Camden, Tenn.-Camden Central Lions Football Player Seth Wood broke his leg Friday night during Camden’s win over Lewis County in the playoffs Friday night.

Wood is a senior and was set to undergo surgery today at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Game officials joined players in praying on the field for Wood as the high school trainers and Benton County Rescue Squad members assisted Wood after his injury.

High School Football 1st Round Playoff Results:

Henry County 24 , Munford 6
Milan 28 , Westview 14
Lake County 38 , South Fulton 24
Dresden 56 , Humboldt 14
Camden 41 , Lewis County 0
Peabody 49 , Huntingdon 27
Dyersburg 37 , Liberty Magnet 35
Crockett County 69 , Raleigh Egypt 27...
Mayfield 63, Caverna 24
Bethlehem 52, Fulton City 12
Holy Cross 58, Fulton County 16
Murray 71, Union County 37
Graves County 56, Barren County 13

Next week in the 2nd round:

Dresden at Union City
Millington at Henry County
Lake County at Hollow Rock-Bruceton
Trenton Peabody at Trinity Christian
Carver at McKenzie
Milan at Camden Central
Dyersburg at Trezevant

Annual Love Lights A Tree Event Draws Crowd

The Inman Band entertained. (Dana Allen photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Love Lights A Tree drew a large crowd in downtown Paris Friday night to kick off the holiday season. This is the single largest fundraiser for the Bass Lipford Family Team each year and all proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Henry County.

Joyce Bass opened the ceremony by reading cancer survivors' names, as well as names of those who lost their battles to cancer. She followed the memorial names with a prayer before lighting the tree on the Courthouse Lawn.

The Inman Middle School Band was on hand to get the crowd into the Christmas spirit with their rendition of "Deck the Halls" as well as many other musical selections including some honoring our veterans. 

Spokesman Dana Allen said, "Relay for Life of Henry County is honored to kick off the downtown holiday season each year with Love Lights a Tree. We sincerely appreciate the support of our community and area businesses."

Memorials may still be purchased through Christmas for a $5 donation by contacting Joyce Bass or any Relay for Life Committee member.

Joyce Bass read memorial and survivors' names. (Dana Allen photo).

"The Dome" Returns To Henry School For Family Night

Tim Caldwell brought the Birds of Prey from Paris Landing. (Regena Lindsey photo).

Henry, Tenn.- The “Dome” returned to Henry School this week, for a family event attended by not only students but families and community members. Students visited the “Dome” during the day to learn about the weather, solar system, dinosaurs and more. Families joined them after school to view another show inside the “Dome”.

The event also included opportunities to make their own crafts, bird feeders out of pine cones, complete a leaf rub, visit “Critter Crates” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, view the Birds of Prey from Paris Landing State Park, as well as enjoy board games and face painting.

Henry School Counselor Regena Lindsey said, “Students will be able to take the information that was learned during the day and night activities and apply them in the classroom.” Lindsey was awarded a Plus Endowment grant to fund the day’s activities. 

Students line up to see "The Dome". (Regena Lindsey photo).

Road Projects For Next Week In Henry, Obion and Carroll Counties

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced projects that will be ongoing next week on roadways in our area. Some may affect traffic flow. They include projects in Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties:

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over an overflow and the Big Sandy River.  Wednesday November 5 through Wednesday November 12:  Roadway is OPEN to traffic but there will be possible lane closures in both directions on State Route 424, going into Yuma from Clarksburg, for the duration of the project.

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over the Rutherford Fork Obion River and overflows. Wednesday November 5 through Wednesday November 12:  A signal system is being utilized and will reduce traffic to one lane.

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from South Market Street to State Route 54/West Wood Street.

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from State Route 69A to US-79 (State Route 76).

HENRY COUNTY, SR-140:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from west of Rex Jackson Loop to State Route 76.

OBION COUNTY, SR-431:  Resurfacing work will cause possible temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the North Fork Obion River bridge to US-51 (State Route 3).

Friday, November 7, 2014 

Paris Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide following the death Wednesday night of a Mansfield woman in Carroll County.

Michael Aldridge, 1017 Reynolds St., Paris, was arraigned in Carroll County General Sessions Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI 4th offense and habitual offender violation.

Aldridge was the driver in a one-vehicular rollover accident that killed Tammy Smith of Mansfield. As WENK/WTPR reported Thursday morning, the accident occurred on Highway 77 near Huntingdon.

Aldridge reportedly was injured in the crash, but the dispatcher at the Tennessee Highway Patrol said she had no information on the extent of his injuries.

A public defender was assigned for Aldridge, who will appear before Judge Larry Logan again on November 13.

Moment Of Silence For Student

Lake County, Tenn.-A moment of silence will be held at tonight's Lake County High School football playoff game for an 8th grade football player who was accidentally shot and killed.

Dylan Scott of Ridgely attended Lake County Junior High. Details of the shooting were unavailable from the Ridgely Police Department. The Lake County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said that office took the 911 call about the shooting, but did not have reports on it.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office Encourages Gun Safety

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, right, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean display two types of gun safes. (HCSO photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging gun owners to keep their guns secured in their homes with the use of gun safes.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “If people feel the need for a loaded weapon in the home for home protection and security, we encourage that you keep it safe and locked down and away from children.”

Gun safes come in a variety of price ranges and models, Belew said. “Some are as inexpensive as $5 and some involve just having a gunbolt running through the barrel or the magazine well to secure the weapon. Other gun safes are very elaborate and can only be opened with your particular fingerprint.”

Whichever means gun owners use, Belew said, “The whole idea is to keep them safe and secure and away from children.”

The sheriff’s office will again be using Eddie Eagle to visit schools and talk to children about four steps they should take if they see a gun. “First, they should stop, don’t touch, leave the room and tell an adult,” Belew said. “Four easy steps.”

Belew said, “Parents should never think it’s safe to put a gun on top of a cabinet as a way to keep it away from children because kids can always get something on top of a cabinet.”

Anyone needing advice or having questions should call the sheriff’s office at 642-3372, Belew said. “We’ll even come out to your home to see if the set up you have is safe and secure.”

Pancakes, Anyone?

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stand at the ready to flip pancakes at the annual Flapjack Fundraiser Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Paris. The event benefits the Carl Perkins Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and it replaced the annual Pancake Day that was sponsored by the Kiwanis. From left are Investigator David Doyle, Captain Damon Lowe, Sheriff Monte Belew, Crime Scene Investigator Katherine Tosh, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Maintenance Officer Chris Thompson. Bottom photo, Henry County High School Madrigals Director Blair Chadwick directs the group as they serenade the crowd at the event. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Titans Great Speaks At Quarterback Club Steak Night

Paris, Tenn.-Former Tennessee Titans Star Brad Hopkins spoke Thursday night at the Henry County High School Quarterback Club’s Annual Steak Night at the Paris Convention Center. Over 200 Patriots fans were at the event, which is held each year as a ‘meet and greet’ opportunity between football players and fans. The tradition has been in place since the late 1970s. It was a busy night for local athletes, since 16 Patriots also were inducted into the National Honor Society Thursday night and several players capped off the evening by getting post-season Mohawks at either the field house or Harrison and Co. salon. (Jon Davidson photo).

TVA Makes Final Payment On Original $1B Investment

Knoxville, Tenn. ̶ The Tennessee Valley Authority has made the final scheduled payment on Congress’ original $1 billion investment in building TVA’s power program decades ago.

“This may be as close to a mortgage-burning milestone as you can have in the federal government,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “TVA has now repaid the U.S. Treasury for the cost of its creation while continuing to invest in improving the quality of life for the people of the Tennessee Valley every day.”

The federal government’s original investment in TVA amounted to “venture capital” in what came to be known as “the Great Experiment” in the Tennessee Valley,” Johnson said. “It showed that the unified development of a region’s resources could help bring the region out of the Depression. Today, more than 80 years later, we continue to serve the people of the region through our work in energy, environmental stewardship and economic development.”

The payment terms were part of an amendment to the TVA Act in 1959 that ended federal appropriations to TVA’s power program, while giving TVA authority to secure its own financing for capital expansion under a statutory debt limit.

“We encounter folks who still believe we receive taxpayer funding,” Johnson said. “The reality is that TVA has been sending money back to Washington for more than five decades.”

TVA has made payments of $10 million to $20 million a year – plus interest – to the U.S. Treasury since 1961. The final $10 million payment came in the closing days of fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30. Payments totaled more than $3.6 billion.

“It is worth noting that despite the many changes that have occurred at TVA over the years, we have never wavered in meeting this financial commitment to, effectively, our one shareholder ̶ the federal government,” Chief Financial Officer John Thomas said.
TVA has not received any appropriations from Congress for any activities since 1999. Since that time, TVA has funded stewardship activities, which include oversight of public lands, reservoirs and cultural resources, primarily with power revenues.

LBL Presents Program On Binoculars, Telescopes

Golden Pond, Ky.-Golden Pond Planetarium and West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers present “Choosing and Using Binoculars and Telescopes” following the 5:30pm planetarium program Saturday, November 8, in the Golden Pond Visitor Center at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This program introduces various binoculars and telescopes, and teaches basic skills required to use them. Visitors can also bring their own telescopes to learn how to use them better. Binoculars and telescopes will also be available for purchase at the Golden Pond Gift Shop.

The planetarium show Back to the Moon for Good is at 5:30pm and costs $5 for ages 13 and up, and $3 for children 5-12. The “Choosing and Using Binoculars and Telescopes” program begins at 6pm in the lobby of the Golden Pond Visitor Center and is free of charge.

“This event is a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests. In addition, people can learn how to use telescopes and binoculars to view the moon and stars. Plenty of experts from the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers club will be available to offer assistance,” said Planetarium Manager Ross Workman.

Information about the event can be found at or by calling the Golden Pond Visitor Center at 270-924-2233. Learn more about the Western Kentucky Amateur Astronomers club at

Thursday, November 6, 2014 

County, City, Schools Eye Sales Tax Increase

Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson, center, reports on the cost of a special election at the joint work session. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A proposed local option sales tax increase of .5 cents would generate a total $1,790,751 for Henry County. That would mean an increase in available funds for the city of Paris and county government entities and the two school districts of: $137,000 for the Henry County general fund, $758,370 for the city of Paris; $590, 948 for the Henry County Schools; and $304,427 for Paris Special Schools.

At a joint work session Thursday night, those entities made their cases for the need for more funding.  It was the first meeting of its kind held in Henry County and since it was a work session, no action could be taken.
Paris City Manager Carl Holder said, “This is critical to all four of our entities. That is why it is critical to move forward. This is important enough to ask people to go to the polls to make this decision.”

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “I’ve been preaching (the revenue needs) to our board for three years. We all knew what was coming.”

 The purpose of the meeting, Greer said,  was to start a dialogue between the different entities “to see what we want to do going forward.” If a referendum will be pursued, he said, it would benefit the city and county “to work hand in hand.”

Paris City Manager Carl Holder said in the last four years, expenditure growth for the city has been 1.7 percent, with 2.2 percent inflation rate and only .8 percent revenue growth.

A big reason for revenue losses for the city is the changes in liquor laws in adjacent communities in Benton and Carroll Counties, he said, to the tune of $60,000 less dollars coming in to Paris each year.

There also are added federal/state mandates that have been costing the city money, Holder said.

To try to balance the budget, City Finance Director Kim Foster said, the city has cancelled much needed public improvement projects, deferred purchase of capital equipment and not kept pace with technological changes.

Without additional revenues, Holder said, the city will depend on property tax increases for increased revenue, deplete fund balances, reduce benefits for employees and services to the public and possibly get into debt with further borrowing.

Greer said key revenue losses for the county also include a major decrease in wholesale beer tax, which declined 55 percent or $253,111. Clerk fees have declined by six percent or $35,266, he said, local option sales tax has declined by $40,371 and the county has lost $160,277 or property tax revenues due to greenbelt and forestry property conversion. 

To balance the county budget, the county has had no cost of living increase for employees in four of the past six years, he said, has postponed capital projects, increased fund balance usage and reduce medical insurance costs by increasing deductibles and getting gap coverage.

Key revenue needs for the county include replacing the .02 cents from the general fund that was re-appropriated to solid waste. Education will need $500,000-$600,000 for general purpose school fund and will need $150,000 for debt service, with highway department needing additional revenue of at least $100,000 to meet the five-year average for local revenue required by state law, Greer said.

Henry County Director of Schools Sam Miles said, “It’s easy for a leader to take the easy way out. Easy thing to do would be to say let’s let it ride. The hard thing to do is to take actions to maintain the high quality of services.”

The schools are not needing money for new buildings, Miles said. “It’s for operating costs, even though both the county and city schools do have building needs.”

PSSD Director Mike Brown said the city schools have expected increases in health care costs, unfunded mandates “and are looking at real needs in our facilities. We have two buildings that are 50 plus years old. We’re facing some real needs there.”

Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson said the cost for a special election would be in the range of $18,000. 

Greer noted that to allow the county commission to hold a first reading at its December meeting, the earliest possible time for the special election would be late March or early April.

Lackey Honored For His Service To Paris

Retiring City Commissioner Pete Lackey, center, at a reception in his honor before the regular meeting. From left are fellow commissioners Carlton Gerrell, Terry Fuller, Gayle Griffith and Mayor Sam Tharpe. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Commission said a heartfelt goodbye to long-time Commissioner Pete Lackey Thursday night. 

The evening began with a reception for Lackey prior to the regular meeting, at which Mayor Sam Tharpe presented him with a plaque of appreciation. During the meeting, a resolution honouring Lackey was presented and Tharpe said that the city of Paris had benefited “immeasurably” from Lackey’s service.

Lackey was elected to the commission in 1999 and he thanked the citizens of Paris for the opportunity to serve for 16 years. At the reception, Lackey said, “This really is bittersweet for me. I really thought I would be looking forward to retiring from the commission, but I’m actually sad about it. There have been a lot of good memories.”

Commissioner Terry Fuller thanked Lackey for serving and welcomed newly-elected Commissioner Robert Sleadd “to our group of distinguished gentlemen.”

Tharpe also honoured Herbert Ray Hill for his service to the City Board of Zoning Appeals. Hall is retiring after serving for 42 years of what Tharpe termed “faithful service rendered to the people of Paris.” A resolution was presented to Hill’s wife, Ann.

In other business:

--City Manager Carl Holder said the city is continuing its efforts toward a higher ISO rating. “If we can practially obtain a higher rating with minimal cost, I think we should,” Holder said.

--Commissioners reappointed Aaron Dobbs to the Americans With Disabilities board and appointed Darrin Robinson to the Board of Zoning Appeals to replace Hill.

Foster Provides City Finance Report

Paris, Tenn.-City Finance Director Kim Foster said at Thursday's meeting that retail sales continue to be strong as compared to last year.  For the month of August, she said, “We are 7.95 percent ahead of August 2013.”

“Calendar year to date,” she said, “We are ahead of 2013 by 4.17%.  This is encouraging, but I want to caution against a huge sense of relief.  If you will recall, 2013 was a bad year for retail sales with sales figures falling below the previous years' every   month except three, and in those three months,  sales  barely surpassed the corresponding month from 2012.  Conversely, 2012 was an exceptional year for retail sales, and we ended the year 2.84% ahead of the previous year.  If you compare2014 year to date numbers against the same time frame from 2012 we are only .7% ahead.”

“Expenditures in our General Fund are still outpacing our revenues, this month to the tune of $234,000.  The majority of this can be contributed to the paving and some drainage system improvements that were done in September.  On the bright side, the Solid Waste fund continues to be the opposite scenario with revenues continuing to run ahead of expenses.  We have collected just over $100,000 in ESN122 membership fees.  This is just slightly ahead of what we had collected through the end of September last year.  The deadline for enrolling was September 30, but several will continue to enroll throughout the year.”

Four Shops In One To Open In McKenzie

The new sign was recently erected. (PMB photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

McKenzie, Tenn.-Residents of McKenzie, Carroll County and beyond will soon have much more shopping options open to them when the Boyd’s, Merison’s, Street Dynamics and Eagle Buildings open in the former Rural King building.

When Rural King closed last year, it was a major blow to the economy, but Laura Dougherty, Marketing Director for PMB, Inc. of Paris said, “We want to give people different options.” 

Having all four businesses in one location, she said, will be a boon to the community. “They can buy new furniture for their house at Merison’s and then go over to Boyd’s and buy the light bulbs for that new lamp,” she said.

PMB owns Boyd’s General Store, Merison’s Furniture, Street Dynamics automotive accessories and Eagle Buildings. 

All four of those businesses have separate locations in Paris and Boyd’s also has a Cottage Grove location. Additionally, PMB also has opened Boyd’s and Merison’s in Mayfield, with Street Dynamics to open there in February, too.

Dougherty said PMB is working hard to open the McKenzie locations by December 1. “We’ll be open before Christmas for sure,” she said.

The interior of the old Rural King facility has received a complete makeover, she said. Merison’s will be located in the left side of the building, with Boyd’s in the right and Street Dynamics in the back. Eagle Buildings will be located in the parking area.

The Merison’s side especially will give a whole new look to the building, she said. “We have sheet rock on the walls, track lighting. It looks totally different than before.”

The businesses will be utilizing the entire building. “We have some 12,000 square foot of space. And the Boyd’s store there will carry even more merchandise than we have in Paris because we’ll have more space. We’ll have general merchandise with more hardware and farm elements, more feed and seed and all that.”

The Mayfield location is located at 901 Paducah Rd. 

Henry County Woman Killed In Carroll County Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn. -- A Henry County woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Carroll County Wednesday night. The driver, from Paris, was injured in the crash.

Tammy Smith of Mansfield was a passenger in a car which experienced a rollover on Highway 77 near Huntingdon.

Driver of the vehicle was Michael Aldridge of Paris, who was injured in the crash. The report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol does not indicate the extent of his injuries nor does it say if he was transported to a hospital. The dispatcher at the Highway Patrol said this morning she had no information on his injuries.

According to the report, the accident occurred around 9 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle was traveling west on the highway, left the roadway and struck a culvert, causing it to overturn.

Veterans Day Parade Set For Saturday
Barney Knight To Serve As Grand Marshal

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Paris, Tenn.-World War II Veteran Barney Knight of Paris will be the grand marshal of the annual Veterans’ Day parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, November 8, in Paris.

Born in Stewart County, Knight worked as a farm hand until he joined the U.S. Army in November of 1942. He took his base training in Oglethorpe, Ga., and was in the motor gunner and combat infantryman corps. Knight served in the Aleutian Islands, Southern Philippines and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater of the war.

He was awarded the AP Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Service Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, Philippies Liberation Ribbon and two Bronze Stars and WWII Victory Ribbons and a good conduct medal.

According to Veterans Service Office Director Bob Nolan, when Knight was discharged from the Army in November of 1945, he made Paris his home.

Knight has served as commander of the VFW Post 1889 in Paris and he still is active in the post. 

The parade will begin at Fairgrounds Rd., move along East Wood Street and then onto Pennsylvania Ave.

City Of Paris To Hold Two Meetings Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris will conduct back-to-back meetings tonight. Paris City Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the joint work session with the Henry County Commission, Paris Special Schools board of education and Henry County Schools board to discuss consideration of a sales tax referendum.

The referendum is eyed for a special election in the spring of 2015. Revenue and funding issues will be discussed and the possible combined approach to addressing these matters.

No action will be taken at the joint work session. The meetings are held at Paris City Hall the public is welcome to attend.

Obion County School Board To Hold Special Meeting

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 7 a.m. Friday in the board office conference room. The following items will be on the agenda: approval of an ag barn bid, technology bid and field trips.
The public is invited to attend this meeting.

City Manager Field Narrowed To Three

Paris, Tenn.-The field of candidates for the position of Paris City Manager has been narrowed to three by members of the city commission. Interviews with the three will be conducted next week by the commission.

Current City Manager Carl Holder will be retiring sometime next year. He said yesterday of the three candidates, one is Assistant City Manager Kim Foster, another is from West Tennessee and the third is from elsewhere in the state. Holder has recommended that Foster be hired as his replacement.

Christmas On Broadway Auditions Set

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center is announcing auditions for singers to perform at Christmas on Broadway. Auditions will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 beginning at 6 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Auditions will be held in The Dixie’s Hal Holbrook Theatre, please enter through the Box Office. You must be 18 years or older. 

A resume is required and you must have professional singing experience. Be prepared to sing 32 - 48 measures of music from a song of your choice that is either a Christmas or Musical theatre song. Also you must either provide a track or have a link to a YouTube track available for playback. A karaoke track will be fine. No sheet music, a piano will not be provided for this audition. Please arrive at 5:30 in the main lobby to fill out an audition form, get a number and a head shot taken. This will be a closed audition in front of a panel of judges. 

About the show: Christmas on Broadway is on Saturday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person for an evening of Broadway and holiday favorites performed by a myriad of talent, from touring professionals to the serious student, all from the surrounding area! For more information on this or other programs please contact the Box Office at 731-986-2100, online at, or visit us in person at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon, TN.

Twinkle Ball Tickets On Sale

McKenzie, Tenn.. – Tickets for Bethel University’s 3rd Annual Twinkle Ball, the ultimate Mommy & Me Christmas extravaganza, go on sale this week beginning Nov. 5. The Twinkle Ball will be on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. 

The Twinkle Ball gives young girls and their mothers (or someone who is motherly to them) the chance to dress up and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the girliest ways imaginable. This year’s theme is “Twinkle has Frozen” with most activities centered around the “Frozen” movie theme. Some of the planned events include: “Frozen” manicures by the Edge Hair Salon; a make and take “Olaf” character, a make your own “Frozen” popcorn ball, silhouette portrait sittings, a bracelet making station, a Christmas ornament station, a photo booth station and photos made with some surprise guests.

Tickets are $25 for a mother/daughter ticket. Mothers with more than one daughter can purchase additional tickets for $7 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore. But they must be purchased in advance by Monday, Dec. 1. For more information about the Twinkle Ball, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094 or Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090.

Beekeepers Club To Form

Paris, Tenn.-Anyone interested in forming a Beekeeping Club in Henry County is asked to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, November 7, at Paris City Hall.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 

Whites, Hospital Auxiliary Win Volunteers Of Year Awards

Linley and Becki White along with Paris City Commissioner Carlton Gerrell (in middle). (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A long-standing volunteer organization and a couple who have made their mark in volunteering in the short time since they moved to Henry County were honoured at the Henry County Volunteer Center’s annual appreciation luncheon Wednesday afternoon.

The Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary was named Volunteer Site of the Year and Becki and Linley White were named Volunteers of the Year. 

In announcing the auxiliary won this year’s top honor for site of the year, Hospital Director of Marketing Tory Daughrity said the group of some 50 members “is dear to my heart. It’s filled with women and men who have given so much of their time” to the local community.

Auxiliary members donate “over 60,000 hours of service in any given year”, Daughrity said, making them “an incredible force at the hospital. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

The auxiliary has been in existence for 60 years and was in existence even before the hospital doors were opened, she said.

In announcing that the Whites were named Volunteers of the Year, Paris City Commissioner Carlton Gerrell said it is appropriate that when the Whites were seeking a retirement community that they chose Henry County, which is the Volunteer County of the Volunteer State.

“I’ve not seen a couple come in and take on as much as they have,” Gerrell said. The Whites have been instrumental in the development of the REAL Hope Youth Center. Gerrell noted that Linley is also very involved with the Paris Rotary Club.

Paris Native Candise Farmer was speaker for the event and talked about the integral role that volunteerism has played in the formation of the United States. Speaking to the volunteers gathered for the luncheon, Farmer said, “I encourage you to realize your impact, recognize you are greatly appreciated and resolve to continue your volunteering.”

Members of the HCMC Hospital Auxiliary along with Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe. (McFarlin photo).

Drumwright Cold Case To Be Reopened

McKenzie, Tenn.-District Attorney Matt Stowe has set a press conference for 11 a.m. Firday, November 7, at Carroll Memorial Gardens to announce that his office will be reopening the cold case involving a 15-year-old Carroll County youngster who died in 1999.

Tony Drumwright was found dead in his home on August 25 of that year. A spokesperson at Stowe’s office said today that he will order the body of Drumwright be exhumed in order to begin reopening of the case. 

Obion Central Football Coach Fired

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Obion County, Tenn.-Obion Central High School Football Coach Kevin Goltra has been fired.

Obion County Director of Schools Russ Davis confirmed to WENK/WTPR this morning that Goltra will be replaced as coach. “We just wanted to go in a different direction,” Davis said.

Goltra, who coached at Kenwood Schools before accepting the Obion County position, will remain as a teacher in the system, Davis said. Goltra has been coach at Obion Central for two years.

The decision was made yesterday, he said. 

“We have no timetable” for replacing Goltra, Davis said. “We’ll be accepting applications and conducting interviews. It could be one month, three months. We don’t know yet.”

Davis said he did not want to elaborate on his decision. “I just want to say that we’re going in a different direction,” he said.

Paris Police Nab Sturdivant

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A man being sought by Paris Police on numerous theft warrants was arrested last night following an anonymous tip. 

Darrin Sturdivant, age 50, of 1028 Reynolds St., Paris, is being held in the Henry County Jail on a total $25,000 bond. Paris Police Detective Ricky Watson said $20,000 was tacked on to the $5000 probation violation that had already been set for him.

Paris Police last week issued a press release requesting the public’s help in locating Sturdivant.

According to Watson, an anonymous tip led officers to a home in west Paris. “Someone called and said they thought they saw him go into a house,” he said. “Officers surrounded the house and he was taken into custody without incident.”

Watson said Corp. Greg Underwood was in charge of the operation.

Sturdivant is being held on three theft warrants and one probation violation warrant. 

Obion Chamber Banquet Set; Nominations Sought 

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet will be held Thursday, November 20, and Friday is the deadline to nominate businesses and individuals for awards that are always presented that night. 

Awards presented include Ambassador of the Year, Board Member of the Year, Industry of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Partner of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and You Made It Happen Award.

To be nominated the individual or business must be in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce, or Industrial Development Corporation; the business must be in Obion County, or recipient must work in Obion County; and the nominee must demonstrate community leadership and involvement, and innovation in products or services.

The banquet will be held Discovery Park of America with the cash bar starting at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30.

Holland Re-Elected McKenzie Mayor

McKenzie, Tenn.-In a hotly-contested race, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland held off a challenge from former Mayor Walt Winchester at Tuesday’s election. Holland won by 789-500.

McKenzie voters also approved wine being sold in grocery stores, by a vote of 755 for, 530 against.

First-Ever Alumni Football Game Planned

Union City, Tenn.-For the first time ever, an alumni football game that will pit former players from Union City High School and Obion County Central High School is being planned.

The event will be held November 29 at War Memorial Stadium in Union City and it is being called “The Turkey Bowl”.

All former players are invited to participate. They must be 18 years of age and have attended the high schools involved.

Organizers said admission is $100 to play, which covers all equipment, a DVD and alumni shirt.

Pre-sale tickets to the game are $10 each, with half of the money going into each school’s football program.

All tickets bought at the gate will go directly to Alumni Football USA, which is the sponsoring organization.

For more information for playing on the Obion County team, contact Paul Stroud at 731-335-4015, or Matthew Thompson at 731-796-0759.

Other contact for either the Obion or Union City Teams are 731-335-3838.

LBL Fall Frolic Is This Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to celebrate the arrival of autumn during Fall Frolic, at Woodlands Nature Station, November 8, from 10am-4pm. Nature Station admission is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. 

Fall Frolic features a variety of fall nature events and fun filled activities, including hayrides, live music, and appearances by Smokey Bear. “Bring the whole family to enjoy the fall season and participate in a variety of family-friendly outdoor programs and activities,” says Aviva Yasgur, Naturalist at Nature Station.

Sign up that day for an old-fashioned hayride. Hayrides are 30-minutes long, $2 per person, and leave regularly throughout the day. Staff-led rides include fun nature activities and great wildlife-viewing opportunities!
Fall Frolic activities: 
· Scheduled appearances all day Smokey Bear
· Ongoing throughout the day Fall Nature Craft
· 10am-4pm Old-Fashioned Fall Hayrides 
· 11am Forecasting Folklore
· 12 & 2pm Fall Music Concert—featuring, Brio Youth String Ensemble
· 12:30pm Signs of the Season Hike
· 2:30pm Bedtime for the Beasts

Stewart County Races Were Few

Dover, Tenn.-Stewart County voters had few local races on their ballots at Tuesday’s election. Actually, only voters in Cumberland City did and they voted for David Dunlap for Cumberland City Council Ward 1 and Linda Gunson for Ward 2.

The total of votes cast in Stewart County was 3,086.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 

Robert Sleadd Elected To Paris City Commission
Now Sits On Three Local Boards

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Henry County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson posts results at the elections office. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A local candidate made a bit of history today. With his election to the Paris City Commission, Robert Sleadd hit the trifecta of sitting on three local boards at the same time. Sleadd already is a member of the Henry County and Paris Special Schools boards of education. And Sleadd received the second highest number of votes of the four that were running for three seats on commission.

It appears Paris voters were still not ready to elect a woman to the city commission, with Catherine Herrera again coming up short in her bid to serve on the commission.

Mayor Sam Tharpe was re-elected with 1,153 votes, as was Carlton Gerrell with 1,077    votes. Sleadd received 1,099 and Herrera with 844.     

Paris voters made their voices known on the issue of wine in grocery stores by overwhelmingly approving the sale of the adult beverages in stores.

The city of Henry will see a new mayor with the start of the new year. Long-time Mayor Joe Qualls was defeated by challenger Michael Gross, by a vote of 54-45.

On the Henry Board of Aldermen, Carl Wayne Koch Jr. received the most vote with 63, followed by Cindy Rainey with 50 and Faye Lowery with 45.

In Puryear, members of the Board of Aldermen are Mackie Gallimore, with 111 votes and Bryan Hall 98 votes.

On the Constitutional issues, Henry County voters followed the rest of Tennessee by approving all four issues. Issue 1: voting yes, 4,013, no 3118; Issue 2: 4,561; no, 2,507; Issue 3, yes 4,806,; no 2075; and Issue 4, 4,602 yes and 2,172 no.

The total of Henry Countians voting in the election was 7,482, with 3911 of those voting on Election Day.

Obion County Election Results Tallied
Wine In Grocery Stores Overwhelmingly Approved

Union City, Tenn.-Obion County election results have been tallied, with 7,136 votes cast on Election Day, compared with 3,164 cast during the early voting period. Registered voters in Obion County total 20,138.

In Union City, voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of wine in grocery stores, with 1,332 voting for the sale and 806 against.

In Obion, Rodney Underwood beat Glen Parnell for the office of mayor, by a vote of 115-137.

For Obion Council, six were elected: Patsy Barker, 186; James DePriest, 184; Bob Anderson, 183; Gracie Ashley, 202; John Wherry, 158,  and W. Polk Glover, 164. Also on the ballot was Mike Miller 128

For Union City School Board, Dylan Bondurant was overwhelmingly elected to the board with 913votes. Others on the ballot: Doug Durkee, 360; Anna Graham, 457; Barry Adams 322.   

Union City Councilman-At-Large, Mayor Terry Hailey was overwhelmingly re-elected with 1,552. His opponent Jeffrey Gabbert received 460 votes.

For Troy Mayor, Deanna Chappell was elected. She received 219 votes, with Ronnie Johnson receiving 159.

In Kenton, Virginia Davidson was elected Mayor, with 92 votes. Faye Sharp received 81 votes.

Henry County Early Voting Results

Results are in from early voting:

Paris City Commission
Gerrell 596
Herrera 462
Sleadd 614
Tharpe 670
Wine Referendum for Paris
Yes 653
No 382

Henry Mayor
Michael Gross 26
Joe Qualls 11

Henry Aldermen

Carl Koch 23
Faye Lowery 24
Cindy Rainey 14
Mackie Gallimore 19
Bryan Hall 19

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 1
Yes 2019
No 1373

Amendment 2
Yes 2238
No 1105

Amendment 3
Yes 2385
No 861

Amendment 4
Yes 2244
No 964

Man Indicted For Rape Of Child
'No True Bill' Issued In Child Shooting Death

                     Dustin J. Baker

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Grand Jury indicted a Paris man for rape of a child, while also issuing two rare ‘no true bills’ in two other cases during its all day deliberations.

The grand jury also indicted a former employee of the Paris Board of Public Utilities in a stalking case.

Indicted on a charge of rape of a child was Dustin J. Baker, 27, 205 Wright St., Paris.

The grand jury issued a ‘no true bill’ in the case involving the accidental shooting death of Ana Randoll, age 4. The office of District Attorney Matt Stowe had charged the little girl’s father, Morgan James Randoll, with criminally negligent homicide in the death. 

A ‘no true bill’ also was issued for Denzel Doron Cook, who had been charged with theft.

A ‘no true bill’ means that the grand jury determined there was insufficient cause to indict them.

Former BPU Employee George Atkinson, age 51 of 625 N. Wilson St., Paris, was indicted on a charge of stalking and violation of the sexual offender registry. 

Indicted on kidnapping and domestic assault charges was Brett Wayne Garland, age 23. The case involves charges filed by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office that he held his girlfriend against her will.

The grand jury issued a total of 34 indictments in a wide range of cases, most of which, as usual involve theft, drugs and alcohol charges.

Other indictments include: 

Andrew Adams, age 19, Swor Rd., Springville; and Blake Stone Roberts, age 18 of Bruceton, charged in a string of four-wheeler thefts. Adams was charged with five counts of theft and Roberts with one. 

Ray Arrested For Possession

Dresden, Tenn.-UT Martin sophomore running back Najee Ray of Paris was arrested Sunday and charged with marijuana possession, according to a report in today’s Jackson Sun.

Ray, 21, was pulled over at 5:13 p.m. Sunday on W. Main Street in Dresden on a window tint violation by Police Officer Gary Eddings.

Ray is scheduled to appear at the Weakley County Sheriff's Department Wednesday.

In a statement, UTM Football Coach Jason Simpson said, "We are aware of the situation concerning Najee Ray. Najee made a mistake and has owned up to it. At this moment, Najee is still a member of the UT Martin football team but is suspended indefinitely."

Ray played quarterback at Henry County High School and helped the Patriots win the 2011 Class 5A state championship. 

He shifted to running back for the Skyhawks.

Tipton County Mayor Charged With Using City For Personal Work

Memphis, Tenn. – An investigation by agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of the Brighton, TN mayor who is accused of using city resources for work on his son’s home.

At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant and following an audit by investigators with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, TBI special agents began investigating Jeffrey Scott on June 17, 2014. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that from October 28th to October 30th, 2013 Scott used city personnel and equipment to assist with construction work of his son’s house.

On Monday, the Tipton County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Scott, 53, with three counts of Official Misconduct and one count of Theft Over $1000. Scott was booked into the Tipton County Jail today on a $5,000 bond. 

Today Is Election Day

Today is Election Day and voters who have not already voted early have until 7 p.m. to cast their ballots.

Tennesseans will be deciding races for governor, U.S. Senate, the General Assembly and changes to the state constitution. Each county has numerous races including city council, school board and other races. Additionally, several of our local communities, including Paris, Union City and McKenzie, have issues on the ballot asking voters whether wine should be served in grocery stores.

$5M Bond Set For Ryan Champion

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Cadiz, Ky.-Bond of $5 million was set Monday for the man accused of killing his parents, sister and an acquaintance in Cadiz last week.

Ryan Champion, 36, appeared in Trigg County District Court for his arraignment on four counts of capital murder and one count of capital kidnapping. Judge Jamison Redd read the charges to Champion in court and informed him that, if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Champion is charged with killing his parents, Lindsey and Joy, his sister Emily and an acquaintance Vito Riservato in the Champion home.

According to WKDZ in Cadiz, affidavits filed by Kentucky State Police Detective Brett Miller in order to obtain search warrants were introduced in court. According to the affidavits, Champion used a .45 caliber handgun to kill his victims.

The affidavits also claim that Champion shot his mother and sister in the head and shot Riservato in the face. 

Additionally, the charge of capital kidnapping was filed because Champion reportedly restrained his sister using duct tape to bind her hands, feet and face before she was shot.

Judge Redd set a preliminary hearing for November 13.

Stowe Hires Assistant District Attorneys

Huntingdon, Tenn. -- District Attorney Matt Stowe has added new members to his prosecution team, especially since one of his first cases will be a major one: the murder and kidnapping charges filed against Zach Adams and Jason Autry in the Holly Bobo case.

Stowe has said he will consider the death penalty against the two, who were charged with Bobo’s 2011 disappearance and death.

Stowe has hired Jennifer Nichols to assist in the Bobo case. She is currently the Chief Assistant District Attorney in Memphis. Carthel Smith of Lexington was sworn in Monday as another assistant district attorney.

Stowe indicated he will hire at least one more new assistant for his office.

Downtown Paris Open Houses Are This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association will host Christmas Open Houses in Historic Downtown Paris Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7, 8 and 9. “This is the kickoff event of Downtown Unwrapped - 2014, a festive slate of activities that runs from early November until the last package is wrapped on Christmas Eve,” according to DPA President Kathy Ray. 

The festivities begin Friday morning with First Presbyterian Church’s French Bazaar where delicious food and craft items can be purchased from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. That evening, shoppers can browse and shop in downtown stores from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The moving Love Lights a Tree ceremony takes place on the Court House lawn at dusk followed by the Inman Middle School Band performing holiday tunes. 

On Saturday, the W.G. Rhea Library hosts “Cornucopia of Talent” from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. which includes 11 local and regional authors, signing and discussing their books.  Candlelight Open House festivities run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Downtown shops will be open throughout the day. 

On Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., shoppers can continue to enjoy Christmas Open Houses in stores throughout Downtown. Free carriage rides will be offered that day courtesy of Commercial Bank, FirstBank and Security Bank. Rides will load at 2:00 p.m. at the northeast corner of Poplar Street and Washington. The Henry County High School Madrigals will welcome the season by performing in various shops throughout the afternoon. 
The open house weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 7th
· First Presbyterian Church French Bazaar, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the church. 
· Candlelight Open Houses in downtown shops from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
· Love Lights a Tree – dusk on the north side of the Courthouse Lawn
· Inman School Band – Christmas music at 6:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn

Saturday, November 8th
· Cornucopia of Talent at the W.G. Rhea Library from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
· Candlelight Open Houses in downtown shops from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday afternoon, November 9th
· Afternoon Open House in downtown shops from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
· Madrigals – strolling and singing holiday favorites
· Free carriage rides from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., departing from the corner pf Poplar and Washington Streets.

Veterans Free Admission At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will join all federal agencies in honoring veterans this Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday-Tuesday, November 8-11, 2014, with free admission to:

· The Homeplace; Sat., Nov. 8

· Woodlands Nature Station; Sun., Nov. 9

· Free 1pm Golden Pond Planetarium show; Mon. and Tue., Nov. 10 and 11

Active and retired members of the armed forces that present their military ID at each attraction will receive free entry for themselves and their families during Veteran’s Day weekend.

“This is our way of saying thank you to our military members who visit Land Between The Lakes,” says Brian Beisel, Customer Service Manager. “We appreciate the service and sacrifices made by all military members across the country.”

As always, access to boat ramps, hiking, biking, scenic driving, and many other outdoor adventures are free for everyone.

Marijuana Growing Operation Found In Benton County

Camden, Tenn. --Rabbit hunters found a marijuana growing operation in the woods of Benton County Saturday and Benton County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the owners.

Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher said 31 marijuana plants were found, which would have a street value of some $8,000. He said deputies have had their eye on the patch over the weekend in hopes that the owners would show up.

Christopher said to compound matters for the owners, the marijuana was being grown on land owned by the TVA, which could mean additional charges being filed.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at (731) 584-4632. 

New Scams Circulating In Henry County

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about phone and email scams which have been circulating throughout the county recently.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office, scammers claim they are with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In an example cited by the sheriff’s office, scammers call victims and say the victim owes the IRS money. The scammer will then tell the caller that if they do not provide payment, the IRS will have the police arrest them.

According to the press release, citizens should be aware that the IRS will never call about a payment or taxes without first sending out a bill or notice in the mail. The IRS will never demand payment without providing an opportunity to question or appeal it and will never require you to use a specific payment method such as prepaid debit card, nor will they ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.

Scammers also have been sending out emails, also claiming they are with the IRS and that if you click on the link, it will go to a bogus website that looks like the IRS website.

In another scam currently circulating, the scammer calls a victim claiming to be their favorite grandchild. When the victim says the name of the grandchild, the scammer uses that name and says they are in jail and need money wired to them so they can get out.

According to the press release, citizens are used to verify their facts before sending or wiring any money to anyone.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Zaxby's Opens In Martin

Martin, Tenn.-The lines were long for today’s opening of a Zaxby's Restaurant in Martin.

Zaxby’s celebrated its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and customers were already lined up waiting for the doors to open. The new restaurant is located on Commons Drive in Martin. 

The Zaxby’s menu includes chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads. The chain is located mostly in the Southeast United States and has more than 600 locations. The nearest Zaxby’s in our area is in Murray.

"Letters Home" To Be Performed At The Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn. – Soldiers serving in the Middle East provide the inspiration and monologues for the critically acclaimed Letters Home presented by Griffin Theatre Company at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home, and additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books, Voices From the Front, Letters Home From America’s Military Family, Faith of Our Sons, and Keeping Faith. 

The play without politicizing gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war. The initial production was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Outstanding New Play.”

Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the piece includes a small number of correspondences from parents – their words, being no less important. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. One theme seems to unite their diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you are. 

The production uses minimal props and set pieces to dramatize the letters. It employs the use of images and video projected behind the actors as they perform the letters as dramatic monologues. The photos and video used in the production are taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs and websites. 

The Griffin Theatre Company was established in 1988. It is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company located in Chicago. 

Tickets for Letters Home are $20 each plus tax with discounts available for veterans. To purchase tickets, visit The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, call 731.986.2100, or go to

UTM To Host Home-School Brainstorm Session

Student workers Luke Studard, of Dyersburg, a junior electrical engineering major, and Liocia Bass, of Whiteville, a senior social work major, are pictured in the Paul Meek Library.

Martin, Tenn. — Ideas, information and resources for home schooling will be presented at a “Home-School Brainstorm” event, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Paul Meek Library on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The brainstorm is for individuals interested in learning more about lesson plans, teaching resources, instructional aids, Ellison dies (for bulletin board art and cutouts for graphics) and digital resources to enhance the home-schooling experience. 
Reservations are required no later than Nov. 5 by calling Sara Rachels, 731-881-7083, or Cindy Gaylord, 731-881-7078. Reservations can also be made via e-mail at or 

Flapjack Fundraiser Is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-You can have breakfast for lunch and dinner and even breakfast for breakfast at the annual Flapjack Fundraiser all day Thursday this week at the First Baptist Church in Paris. It will be held from6 a.m.-7 p.m.

The event formerly was the Kiwanis Pancake Day and uses the same large circular grill. The event is for the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Paris. 

Tickets are available for purchase for $8 from Merison's, Leach's Music, Jack's Java, any board member or at the Carl Perkins Center.  For additional information please call 731-642-8455.

Arts Council Corrects "Messiah" Location

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Arts Council has corrected the information it released earlier on the open casting call for the Community Concert that will perform Handel’s “Messiah” in December. The performance will be 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7.

Practices start Tuesday, November 3 at the First Baptist Church in Paris from 6:30-8:30 p.m. continuing every Tuesday in November and December. All are welcome. It is under direction of Amy Martin.

For more info, call 642-3955 or

Burst Of Fall Colors At Cottage Grove School

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove School, home to generations of schoolchildren, is graced with a burst of fall color. Even though closed as a public school, the Cottage Grove School is now a private Christian School. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Panera Bread To Locate In Murray

Murray, Ky.-The Murray Ledger & Times is reporting that Panera Bread plans to open a restaurant next year in Murray.
Amanda Burns, public relations manager for Panera Bread, confirmed to the Ledger & Times that the company is targeting a spring 2015 opening for the bakery-cafe. David Roberts, director of planning and engineering for the City of Murray, said the company had submitted site plans and drawings to Building Official Keith Miller for review. 

Panera reportedly plans to build on N. 12th Street in front of Office Depot and near the Shoppes of Murray.

Murray Mayor Bill Wells told the Murray newspaper that the city and Chamber had been in talks with Panera for some time, but didn’t want to announce it until it was finalized.

UTM To Present "Birth Of A Nation" Program

Martin, Tenn. — Dr. Paul McEwan will present “‘The Birth of a Nation,’ Racism, and the Nature of Cinema: 100 Years of Controversy” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. 

McEwan is associate professor of media and communication and director of film studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. He specializes in the history of film and will discuss the landmark film “The Birth of a Nation” directed by D.W. Griffith that was released almost 100 years ago. The film is noted for its groundbreaking film techniques and also for its overt racism and positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan. 

He is the author of a forthcoming volume on “The Birth of a Nation” in the BFI Classics series, as well as articles and essays on the film that have appeared in “Film History and Cinema Journal.” He also wrote an article on the legacy of Griffith’s “Intolerance” for the forthcoming “Companion to D.W. Griffith” and other books and essays on Canadian cinema and film pedagogy. 

The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. 
The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at and select “Academic Speakers Program.”

Helping Hand Ministry Collecting Items For Families

Union City, Tenn.-Helping Hand Ministry will be collecting items for needy Obion County families from 1-5 p.m. November 7-9 at the Peddler’s Mart.

They will accept baby food, diapers, children’s underclothing, non-perishable food and other items. Helping Hand Ministry provides free food, 25 pounds per family of five, to Obion County families in need of assistance.

Peddler’s Mart is located at 222 S. First St., Union City.

Holiday French Bazaar Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The First Presbyterian Church annual French Holiday Bazaar will be held this Friday. The popular event features cakes, cookies, pies, bread, candies, soups, sides, casseroles, craft items, stainless steel cutlery, utensils, Christmas decorative and miscellaneous items.

The event is held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

UC Man Arrested For Aggravated Burglary

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man is being held in the Obion County Jail on charges of aggravated burglary and robbery after he broke into a home Saturday afternoon.

According to the police report, James Fitzgerald, 610 Glendale, was arrested by police on the porch of his home. Police had responded to a report from another Glendale St. address, where he reportedly used a knife to pry a door open at his ex-girlfriend’s house after she wouldn’t let him in.

He grabbed her phone when she tried to call 911 and broke the phone after he told her she had property of his under the sink that he wanted.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014 

Update: KSP Announce Missing Man Located 

Kentucky Police Seek Public Help In Missing Man Case

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Graves County, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Graves County man. Kevin Skinner has been missing from the Dublin, Kentucky, area, since earlier today. Calloway County Deputy Debbie Boaz said Skinner is reportedly on foot.

Family members stated that Skinner sent a text message stating that he had fallen and was in a field across from his house. Troopers responded and searched the area, but were unable to locate him. His family reported that Skinner may be suffering from a mental illness.

KSP was assisted by Graves County Sheriff Office, McCracken County Sheriff office, Graves County EMS and Calloway County Deputy Debbie Boaz and her blood hounds. If anyone has contact with Kevin Skinner, please contact Kentucky State Police, Post 1 at 270-856-3721.

Skinner was a past winner of "America's Got Talent".

Raising Funds For Hoofbeats Of Hope

Jeff Darnell of Mayfield, right, looks over the Dodge Viper 200 owned by Billy Waddell, who was just finishing shining it up. (Shannon McFarlin photo). 

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-It was windy and cold but that didn’t stop hardy souls from attending the annual Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove Saturday. A full day of activities including children’s games, a car and motorcycle show, pet contest, music by Jim Merrell and Friends, cake walk and supper of chili, burgers and hot dogs. 

Hoofbeats is a therapeutic horseback training facility near Cottage Grove.

David Foy and Kenny Erwin manned the grill. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Colby Brandon and his sons Sawyer and Jennings look over the 1940 Ford owned by Bob Trompower of Medina. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Christina Hutson Wins $100 In Downtown Bucks

Paris, Tenn.-Christina Hutson of Puryear came closest to correctly guessing the weight of “Pumpkin Pete” at this year’s Spooktacular and won $100 in Downtown Paris bucks. The guess-the-weight contest is part of the annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. (Photo by Rick Conger).

Saturday, November 1, 2014

High School Football Brackets Announced

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) brackets for high school football were released today.

Number one seed Union City and number two seed Hollow Rock-Bruceton received first round bye next week in Class 1A. Also in Class 1A, Humboldt will host Dresden and Lake County will host South Fulton.

In Class 2A, number two seeded McKenzie received a first round bye next week. Trenton Peabody will host Huntingdon on Friday night.

Number one seeded Camden Central host number eight seed Lewis County on Friday night in Class 3A. Four seed Martin Westview will host five seed Milan.

Henry County, with a number two seed, will host Mumford at home on Friday night in the first round of Class 5A.

Beauty Of Nature Is All Around

Big Sandy, Tenn.-The beauty of nature abounds. Charlie Allen of Paris captured the beautiful yellow colors at a creek near Big Sandy. Allen said the colors were that vivid naturally--no retouching at all on the photo.

MSU Receives Major Research Grant For $149,940 

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University’s department of chemistry was awarded a highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $149,940 to purchase a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA).

Three chemistry faculty members will serve together at the helm of the grant — Dr. Kevin Miller, assistant professor, serves as the principal investigator, while Dr. Daniel Johnson, associate professor, and Dr. Rachel Allenbaugh, assistant professor, are the co-principal investigators.

The DMA allows for the mechanical testing of polymeric films, fibers and liquid crystalline materials under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. Such testing is important in order to determine if the mechanical strength of newly developed materials match or exceed those that are currently used in commercial products. Application areas that may be directly affected include coatings, adhesives, electromechanical devices such as actuators, separation membranes, microfluidics and liquid crystalline devices.

Additionally, the overall suite of instruments will enhance the education of students who enroll in the new polymer and materials science track in the chemistry. The new degree track was offered for the first time in the fall of 2014 and emphasizes the industrial and engineering aspects of chemistry.

Week 10 High School Football Finals:

Henry County 42, West Creek 28
Hickman County 47, Stewart County 20
Fairview 21, Waverly Central 7
Milan 49, Obion County 21
McKenzie 20, West Carroll 18
Crockett County 42, Martin Westview 18
Huntingdon 34, Dresden 6
Dyersburg 27, South Gibson 7...
Trenton Peabody 31, Humboldt 14
Graves County 38, Marshall County 6
Mayfield 40, Caldwell County 12
Murray 48, Fulton County 6
Crittenden County 36, Fulton City 14

Open Casting Call For "Messiah" 

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Arts Council has issued an open casting call for the Community Concert that will perform Handel’s “Messiah” in December. The performance will be 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7.

Practices start Tuesday, November 3 at First United Methodist Church in Paris from 6:30-8:30 p.m. continuing every Tuesday in November and December. All are welcome. It is under direction of Amy Martin.

For more info, call 642-3955 or

Friday, October 31, 2014 

Breaking News:

Son Charged In Quadruple Murder

Cadiz, Ky.- Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged 36-year-old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister last week in their Cadiz home.

He is also being criminally charged with the death of Vito Riservato, who also was found dead in the home.  State Police has been actively investigating the murders of Joy Champion, Lindsey Champion, Emily Champion and Vito Riservato since they were found at the Champion's residence in Cadiz on October 26th.  Since that time, investigators have been gathering evidence and speaking to a number or people culminating enough probable cause for an arrest warrant.


State Police have formally charged Ryan Champion with (4) counts of Capital Murder and (1) count of Capital Kidnapping.  Champion is currently being processed at the Christian County Detention Center.    

The investigation is ongoing.  Kentucky State Police has been assisted by Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Sheriff's Office, Christian County Sheriff's Office, and Hopkinsville Police Department.

Fugitive Missing For 10 Years Found Dead In Benton County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Holladay, Tenn. - A federal fugitive who had been declared dead 10 years ago was found after he committed suicide Wednesday in his home in Holladay in Benton County.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced in a news release that William D. “Worm” Hunter, age 75, was found hanging in his mobile home by a neighbor who knew him as “Kenneth Hamilton”.

Hunter had disappeared in 2004 and his family had him declared dead in 2013.

Hunter had been convicted in April of 2004 on gun and drug charges. He had been scheduled for sentencing in July of that year but had already fled.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms had been investigating Hunter and found six firearms, approximately 40 pounds of marijuana, 60 gallons of "moonshine" liquor, and approximately $53,000 in cash. None of the 234 quart-jars of liquor had tax stickers affixed to them. The $53,000 in cash was found hidden in a bathroom. 

After he was arrested, he was released on $75,000, and disappeared despite an intensive search for him.  

Commercial Bank Celebrates Halloween In Style 

Paris, Tenn.-The ghouls and goblins are all over Paris today for the Halloween holiday and no more so than at local businesses. At Commercial Bank and Trust, the bank directors and employees were dressed up in costume at the main office and the branches today. At the main office, these folks dressed up like the characters from the Wizard of Oz, with Community President Clint Davis as Oz; Corporate President David Flowers and Olivia Rice as Scarecrows, Kathleen Turner as Cowardly Lion; Lola Teague as the Wicked Witch; Georgia Smyth as Glinda the Good Witch, Janet Bomar as the Tin Man and Amber Long as Dorothy. Other groups coming together with costumes at the main bank and its branches were “The Spice Girls”, “101 Dalmations” and “The Nerds”. (Commercial Bank photos).

The 101 Dalmations and Cruella DeVille from Commercial Bank main office in Paris.

The gang at Commercial Bank And Trust in Union City got into the act, too, dressed like dominoes.

Discovery Park Spotlighted In Washington Post

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America is now in the national spotlight. With an Associated Press article written about the popular attraction, Discovery Park was given prominent play in The Washington Post on Thursday.

The AP article highlights Discovery Park’s immense success and the new exhibits that are still to come which will attract even more visitors.

The article opens with this: “When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a “mini-Smithsonian” to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year. They exceeded that goal by 120,000, with a total of 270,000 people visiting since the museum opened Nov. 1, 2013.”
For the article, the AP reporter interviewed Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy, Union City Elementary School Guidance Counselor Susan Searcy and took photos at the park. The article describes the rural atmosphere in Union City and how unlikely it may have seemed to some that such an attraction would be located here. 

Rippy said for the article that the exhibits are of such quality that the word about the ‘mini-Smithsonian’ has spread far and wide.

Discovery Park has much to offer everyone. Sitting on 50-acres, it features exhibits that allow young and old to look both at the past and into the future. There is an old train depot, 100-year-old church, grist mill, log cabins, plenty of gardens and more that provide a glimpse of rural America through the ages. There also is an earthquake simulator, 120-foot glass observation tower and exhibits about natural history, Native Americans, energy, transportation, science, the military, space flight and the ever-popular dinosaurs.

Rippy said Discovery Park intends to produce future exhibits on the Titanic and a moon simulation. “You can’t do it all in one day,” Rippy said.

Huge Turnout For Sheriff's Office Turnip Greens Giveaway

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and a few inmates from the jail were at the ready to hand out free turnip greens this morning at the sheriff's office. The greens were grown in the inmate gardens. A huge crowd was on hand and Captain Damon Lowe said although the giveaway began at 8 a.m., cars started lining up at 7:10 a.m. “We had 242 bags to give away and gave all of them to people,” Lowe said. Cars were lined up all the way out of the parking lot and into the road. (Sheriff’s Office photo).

Wilson Cautions Public About License Revocation Law

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson has cautioned the public that drivers in Tennessee are surprised each day by what is still a fairly unknown law. 

In July of 2011 the state legislature passed a law that revokes the driver’s license of any Tennessee licensed driver with unpaid court costs, fees, fines or litigation tax that are not paid within one year of the case being completed, Wilson said.

In Henry County, he said, the revocation list recently transmitted to the DOS had over 150 driver’s licenses listed to be revoked immediately.  The amounts owed ranged from $22 to $5000.

Wilson said, “Those impacted by this new law do not receive any warning from the Department of Safety (DOS) prior to being revoked.  The only notification comes after the revocation is placed, by mail to the last known address.”

Driving on a revoked license is an arrestable offense in most states and you could go to jail.  The law does not apply to juvenile court cases, traffic offenses, civil cases or restitution, he said, but it does apply to criminal cases.

 “We encourage anyone who may suspect they owe any type of fees, fines or costs in a Henry County Criminal Court, to visit our office on the second floor of the courthouse and inquire about any cases they may fall within the boundaries of this law.  You can pay them in full or request to be considered for a court approved payment plan in order to avoid revocation of their driver’s license.”

Thursday Night Week 10 Football Finals:

Camden Central 21, Creek Wood 7
Union City 70, Halls 0
Lake County 52, Gibson County 14
South Fulton 32, Greenfield 6
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 48, Gleason 16
Jo Byrns 49, Houston County 0

$400M In Transportation Projects Put On Hold
Carroll, Benton, Gibson Projects Affected

Washington, D.C.– Tennessee’s Highway Director John Schroer has notified state lawmakers that he is delaying $400 million in road projects until fiscal 2016 due to what he called “instability in the flow” of federal dollars.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Director John Schroer said in a letter dated today that 12 construction projects and 21 right-of-way acquisitions will be affected. All were set to be finished in fiscal 2015.

"While these projects are only delayed and not canceled, they represent almost $400 million in transportation investments that could be helping to modernize our transportation network and reducing congestion and making Tennessee a more attractive destination for economic expansion," Schroer said in the letter, which was released to the media.

In our area, the projects that have been put on hold include two Carroll County projects and one in Gibson County, all of which involve planned improvements to State Route 76; and a project in Benton County which was to construct a westbound truck climbing lane on I-40.

Schroer advised state lawmakers to lobby the Tennessee congressional delegation for a long-term federal transportation bill. Federal money makes up about half of TDOT's annual budget.

"The instability in the flow of these dollars is certainly having an impact on Tennesseans today," he said.

"Our competition in the developing markets of China, India and Brazil, among others is making the investments in infrastructure that we are not making what will ultimately impact our ability to be economically competitive on the world stage," Schroer said in his letter.

UTM Honors Three At Homecoming

Martin, Tenn.- Retired WNBA coach Lin Dunn, WPSD Local 6’s Jennifer Horbelt and Dr. Robert M. Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, received awards Oct. 25 during a program in the Paul Meek Library as part of UT Martin’s Homecoming 2014 celebration. Dunn, of Dresden, Tenn., received the Outstanding Alumni Award; Horbelt, of Paducah, Ky., received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and Smith, of Franklin, Tenn., received the Chancellor’s Award for University Service. The three recipients were recognized during halftime of the UT Martin and Austin Peay State University football game at Hardy M. Graham Stadium.

Henry School Family Night Set For Tuesday

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Elementary School will host a Family Night from 3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 at the school. It will feature “The Dome”, an indoor 3-D IMAX Theater funded by the Henry County Plus Endowment Grant. Students will visit the show inside the Dome during school hours and parents/guardians, family members and community members are invited during the Family Night event.

Here is the list of show times:

o 3:00-3:30 “Earth’s Wild Ride”- Take a canyon ride through a volcano.

o 3:30-4:00 “Force Five” -View extreme weather conditions.

o 4:00-4:30 “Night of the Titanic”- Explore facts about the Titanic.

o 4:30-5:00 “Passport to the Universe”-Journey into the Solar System.

o 5:00-5:30 “Earth’s Wild Ride”- Take a canyon ride through a volcano.

o 5:30-6:00“Force Five”- View extreme weather conditions.

o 6:00-6:30 “Night of the Titanic”- Explore facts about the Titanic.

o 6:30-7:00 “Passport to the Universe”-Journey into the Solar System.

o 7:00-7:30 “Earth’s Wild Ride”- Take a canyon ride through a volcano.

· Students and parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to:

o Complete A-R reading in the Library and computer lab and enter your name for free Book Fair items. 

o Participate in board games together.

o Have their face painted, make a mini Dome, make pine cone bird feeders, and complete a leaf rub.

o View “Critter Crates” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

o View “Birds of Prey” brought by the Paris Landing State Park.

The Healthy Henry School Team will be distributing free popcorn and water with healthy eating tips at the concession stand.

Bussell Town Unit To Be Closed For Refuge 

Parsons, Tenn.-Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Manager Barron Crawford has announced today that the Bussel Town Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge outside of Parsons, will be closed to all public access from November 15, 2014 through March 15, 2015 for waterfowl sanctuary.  This closure was discussed as a strategy in the Comprehensive Conservation Plan that was approved in October of 2010.

The refuge is the only waterfowl sanctuary locally surrounded by six state WMAs within a 10-mile radius that allow waterfowl hunting.  Waterfowl sanctuary is a critical part of annual waterfowl conservation and management.  Sanctuary provides areas where birds can rest, gain fat, and develop pair bonds that improve the likelihood of successful nesting in the spring and summer.

Waterfowl need sanctuary from human disturbance, especially during winter whick is an important season in the life of waterfowl.  Disturbance-free habitat enables some species of waterfowl to prepare biologically for spring migration and reproduction   Disturbance can interrupt resting and feeding bouts resulting in a loss of energy and lowering of body weight.  

The refuge has an objective of producing a minimum of 350 acres of corn with an average 100 bushels per acre.  

This closure will impact some anglers that access the Tennessee River at the old pump station before March 16th.   The refuge staff hopes for public understanding that this closure is necessary to ensure that we meet our stated waterfowl objectives for the refuge.  The refuge does plan to develop a waterfowl observation area that will allow visitors an opportunity to observe birds on the refuge during the sanctuary period.

If anyone has any questions they can call the refuge office at 731-642-2091.  The Service regrets any inconvenience this may cause the visiting public.

Thursday, October 30, 2014  

Lakes Region Coalition Receives Federal Grant

Paris, Tenn.-The Land Between The Lakes Regional Coalition received $7,500 in federal support today from USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode and Congressman Stephen Fincher. The grant is designed to help with marketing efforts to boost tourism in the area  around Land Between The Lakes. The presentation took place at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured left to right are Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Development Vice President Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension; Bill Stevens, Trigg County Kentucky Tourism; Greg Barnes, Land Between the Lakes; Brian Mc Cutcheon, Fort Donelson; Tyler Hayes, USDA Rural Development; Scott Turner, Land Between the Lakes; Jennifer Wheatley, Chamber Director; Goode; Fincher; Tina Tilley, Land Between the Lakes; Senator Lamar Alexander representative Matt Varino; Harriet Cannon, USDA; Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park; and Blake Swaggart, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. (Chamber photo).

Ribbon-Cutting Held At White Squirrel Winery

White Squirrel ribbon-cutting (Amy Keathley photo).

Kenton, Tenn.-The eagerly-awaited ribbon-cutting at the White Squirrel Winery and Vineyard was held today at the 90-acre family farm. Owned and operated by the Sanderson family, there are 18 acres of vineyards, as well as peach, apple and pear orchards and blueberry and blackberry brambles, all of which are used to create the White Squirrel wine. 

The Sandersons already are producing nine different types of wine and the grounds include the winery with large custom-made tasting room and a bed and breakfast suite built above the winery.

Customers can look out on the lush fields from the tasting room, where they can enjoy their wine with an assortment of cheese and crackers, gourmet sausages and award-winning Nashville chocolates. The gift shop also sells a large assortment of sweets, sauces, salsa, jams and jellies and butters, as well as gift sets.

Kenton is home to the largest colony of albino squirrels, which is how the Sandersons hit on the name for the Winery.

The White Squirrel s open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 4385S Hwy 45W, Kenton. Phone 731-796-1713.

Lindsey Frilling and Katie Keathley from Obion Chamber of Commerce. (Amy Keathley photo).

Motorists Still Steered Around Grain Spill

Union City,  Tenn.-Motorists are still being steered around the grain spill at The Anderson’s Grain facility in Union City. Thousands of bushels of corn spilled out onto the streets after a building at The Anderson’s Grain facility on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd ruptured Tuesday. (Amy Keathley photo).

Today Last Day Of Early Voting

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Today is the last day of early voting for the general election and turnout so far is low in our area.

Henry County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson said Wednesday “was the first day we broke the 300 mark” of voters. “It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we end up with fewer voters for this election than we did in August.” 

As of 9:50 a.m. today, the total of early voters was 3,070, Thompson said.

The Henry County Elections Office will be open until 7 p.m. tonight for the convenience of last-minute early voters.

In Obion County, the story is the same, with Elections Director Leigh Schlagel reporting low voter turnout there, too. She echoed Thompson‘s remarks and said, “We’re not even getting as many voters as we had in August.”

The Obion County Elections Office will be open until 4:30 p.m. today.

"Shop Local" Campaign A "Great Success"

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The “Shop, Eat, Live and Be Local Initiative” launched a year ago by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce has been a great success, according to Chamber Member Carlton Gerrell, who initiated the campaign.

“We have experienced eight months of positive retail sales growth in our community,“ Gerrell said, and thanked the community for its participation. The campaign stresses the importance of shopping and doing business on a local level.

Gerrell said the success of the campaign “all comes from you, the great citizens of Henry County. We want to encourage you to keep up the good work, think before you make that next purchase, is this something that I can buy in Henry County? Remember Shop-Eat - Live and Be Local. We are better together.”

Farm Hands Quartet To Perform At Pleasant Valley 100th Celebration

Union City, Tenn.-Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Union City will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its sanctuary Sunday, November 2, with a guest speaker and award-winning bluegrass quartet.

Guest speaker Rev. Harrell Nation, superintendent of the Brownsville and Dyersburg District will address the church at 10:30 a.m. during services.

The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. The Farm Hands are veterans of the Grand Ole Opry and Grammy Award winners.

The church was established in 1875 with the initial services conducted in a brush arbor near its current location. Eight women felt the need for a church to serve those who lived in the country and were a long wagon ride from the Methodist church located in Union City.

Seats will fill fast. Bring your own comfortable chair. Meet in the gym of the Christian Life Center. A love offering will be taken.

Pleasant Valley UMC is located at 1422 Pleasant Valley Ave., Union City, Tenn. 
More information: Contact the church office at 731-885-5203 or Rev. David Sauer at 731-592-9347.

Shepherd Family To Be Featured At "Fish Tunes" Event

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a new event called “Fireside Tunes and Tales” set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, November 1 at the new visitor center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. 

The event will feature roaring fires, gorgeous views of Kentucky Lake, live music, storytellers, hot apple cider and s’mores all free to the public.

Bring the family out on a beautiful fall weekend to enjoy the new visitor center exhibits and stay for this unique event! Against a backdrop of nature, the day features live music out on the refuge visitor center back patio played by The Shepherd Family, a local marvel of talent all in one family. The music style will range from folk music to bluegrass to gospel. 

While keeping warm by a roaring fireplace, our visitors will enjoy some “tall tales” told by storytellers Bob Valentine, Mark Johnson, and Bill Williams. Come hear about the antics of “brer Rabbit and brer Fox”, hear harrowing tales of the “harry man” as well as mixed up fairytales such as “Rindercella”. Free hot apple cider and s’mores will help to enhance the perfect fall afternoon. 

The refuge would like to thank the sponsors of this event, the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. They will also have the Blue Heron Bookstore open for business all Saturday. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the fireplace inside the visitor center lobby.

The new refuge visitor is always open Monday – Saturday 8:00 – 4:00 pm except on government holidays. For more information about this event and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please call 731-642-2091.

"Black Out" Show Friday At Patriot Stadium

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will be performing its annual “Black Out” show at t...he football game this Friday night. According to the band public relations officer Sherry Hutchison, the band will perform a special performance of its show, “The Dark Side of the Moon”, performed entirely in the dark, with the band and instruments covered in glow sticks.

Patriot Stadium lights will be turned off after the game and the field is cleared for the performance. “Be sure to say and watch,” Hutchison said. “It’s something to see!”.

It's also Senior Night and the last game of the regular season. The Patriots play West Creek from Clarksville.

"Igniting Innovation" Set At UTM

The speakers at the inaugural event: Bryan Huddleston , Robbie Goldsmith, and Daniel Burke.

Martin, Tenn. — The inaugural class of the Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation includes a political science major from Huntingdon and they will put their leadership skills to work by hosting a UT Martin-sponsored event called Igniting Innovation, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1. The event will be held in the university’s Student Life Center located at 199 Moody Street. 

Caroline Parish, junior political science major from Huntingdon, is among the inaugural "McWherter Innovators" class. “I think the main purpose of Igniting Innovation is to inspire the students’ entrepreneurial spirit,” she said. “We know that there’s a wealth of opportunity here at the university, and our hope is to really engage the student population in innovative thinking.”

Three speakers will discuss their backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship. The speakers are Bryan Huddleston, Nashville Technology Council president and CEO, Robbie Goldsmith, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s director of community engagement and music, and Daniel Burke, owner and president of Burke Financial Group, LLC. Burke holds a finance degree from UT Martin.

Founded on the example set by Ned Ray McWherter, former governor and speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, the Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation provides students with opportunities to build upon their experiences in leadership and innovation while attending UT Martin. 

Igniting Innovation is free and open to the public. 

HCHS Band Chili Supper And Auction Is November 4

Paris, Tenn.-The Annual Henry County Marching Band Chili Supper and Silent Auction will be held November 4 at the First Methodist Church in Paris. Since that is Election Day, band members invite everyone to “Go Rock the Vote” and then stop by and have some tasty chili and homemade desserts. 

On the menu is all you can eat chili, pimento cheese sandwich or hotdog with ALL the fixings, homemade dessert and drink (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Water). $8 Ticket. Tickets available from any band student and at the door.

Lunch 11am – 2pm, Supper 4pm – 6:30pm

Lunch time delivery is available of eitht or more meals (please specify sandwich or hotdog and drink) Please preorder deliveries by Friday October 31, 2014 so that all deliveries and walk-ins can be fulfilled. Please email your delivery orders to mgo2251@gmail or you can fax to 731-642-4331.

Costume Party At Discovery Park 

Union City, Tenn.-Friday, October 31st, is the last night of Libation Station at Discovery Park of America for the season, and they’re planning a Halloween Shindig.

Libation Station will be open from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Train Depot. Although adult beverages will be served, it will be a family friendly evening, with kid friendly drinks available, too.

Childr...en are welcome to "trick or treat" and check out the pumpkin patch! The Halloween Costume Contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. with small prizes awarded. Don't forget your camera because they’re having a "Bring Your Own Camera" photo booth.

Come as a witch, princess, pirate, ghost...or, just come as you....everyone is welcome and admission is FREE.

Phillipy Named Director Of State Ag Museum

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of Gregory Phillipy as director of the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

“We’re excited to have Greg lead our museum at this critical juncture when we’re trying to expand our efforts to better educate and inform children and adults about the importance of agriculture’s past, present and future,” Johnson said. “Along with his Tennessee roots, he brings extensive experience and knowledge.”

Phillipy’s appointment is effective immediately as he assumes responsibilities previously performed by Anne Dale who served the museum for 25 years. In this role, Phillipy will oversee the collection and care of more than 3,500 artifacts.  He will also head the educational and outreach programs for the organization.

Phillipy’s background in museum management, preservation and education is extensive.  

He grew up in the Crieve Hall neighborhood of Nashville.  He graduated from John Overton High School and went on to obtain an undergraduate degree in Sculpture/Art History and a master’s degree in Public History/Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.  Phillipy also earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Zach Adams Indicted Again

Chester County, Tenn.-The main suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo has been indicted on another charge.

A Chester County Grand Jury indicted Zach Adams of Decatur County on a charge of introducing countraband into a jail. 

Adams was arrested earlier this year in Decatur County, but transferred to Chester County shortly after his arrest. According to the indictment, Adams was found with meth in his pocket when he was booked into the Chester County Jail.

Bobo was abducted outside her home in 2011 and skeletal remains identified as belonging to her were found in recent weeks. Both Adams and Jason Autrey, also of Decatur Co., have been charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping of Bobo.

Free Turnip Greens 

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office will be giving away free turnip greens grown at the inmate gardens this year on Friday morning.

Capt. Damon Lowe said the turnip greens will be handed out at the sheriff's office on Forrest Heights beginning at 8 a.m. He said the greens will be handed out until they are all gone.

Rescheduled Hoofbeats Festival Is Saturday 

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The annual Hoofbeats for Hope Fall Festival will be held all day Saturday at Cardinal Park in the heart of Cottage Grove. If you like fancy cars, talented pets, cake walks,live music and more, it will be the place to be.

The day will be jam-packed with activities, beginning with the car and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to noon; cake walk and kids’ games starting at 10 a.m.; corn hole tournament at noon; agility dog demo at 12:30 p.m.; pet show at 1 p.m.; and bingo at 3 p.m. 

The day will be capped off just right at 5 p.m. with chili and chili dogs served in the pavilion and the band Jim Merrell and Friends from Paris will perform.

The event will benefit the good works by the Hoofbeats for Hope therapeutic horseback riding program. Any questions, call 731-782-6141.

It was originally scheduled for earlier but cancelled due to weather conditions.

Train Derails In Gibson County

Milan, Tenn. -- Still another train has derailed in our area; this time on the Milan Arsenal property.

Milan Police said a train belonging to the Arsenal derailed Wednesday afternoon. The site has been cleared and traffic in that area is open again.

Earlier, traffic was backed up on Highway 104 as a result of the derailment on the grounds of the former Milan Army Ammunition Plant, according to police.

Quarter Moon Lights Up Sky

Paris, Tenn.-The historic White House in Whitehall Circle looks especially impressive when highlighted by the quarter moon. The family of Dr. James Hudson now lives in the antebellum home. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Reelfoot Rural Ministries Pantry No Longer Bare

Obion, Tenn.-Thanks to donations from individuals and churches in our area, the cupboards at Reelfoot Rural Ministry are no longer bare.

Reelfoot Officials said there is now enough food in the pantry to meet the needs of their clients for nearly a month, thanks to the donations of both food and money.

They also thanked adult volunteers from Martin, Union City, Paris, and Dyersburg First United Methodist Churches and all the help from students and leaders from Dyersburg First United Methodist and the Union City First Assembly of God youth groups.

The Ministry is located in Obion and serves underprivileged families and individuals in our local area.

Union City Family Among Those Receiving UTM Awards

Martin, Tenn. — A Union City family are among five who received Small Business Awards from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center. The awards were given at a reception held at the university’s Holland McCombs Center.

 Awards announced were: John Clark, First State Bank, Tennessee Financial Services Champion Award; Darlene Adkins, UT Martin, Faculty Star Award; Davis Automotive, Charlie and Karen Davis, Success Story Star Award; Monograms & More, Anita Allen Bell, Rising Star Award; and Final Flight Outfitters, Kelly Powers, Rising Star Award.

 Awards information includes the following:

  •Kelly, Tripp and Ed Powers own Final Flight Outfitters in Union City and also received the Rising Star Award. Final Flight is a mail-order catalog company, E-commerce site and waterfowl retail store that specializes in high-end hunting products. The family business, which started in 1998 out of a storage trailer, now offers a product showroom covering more than 25,000 square feet. Final Flight currently has more than 30 employees.

  •Charlie and Karen Davis are the owners of Davis Automotive in Martin. The Success Story Star Award honors one of the region’s small business successes and its role in the local economy. Davis Automotive, located at 709 Lindell Street, is Weakley County’s largest auto repair business. In October 2011, Charlie and Karen purchased and remodeled the former IGA/Save-A-Lot building located across from the former location, converting it into an auto facility with the latest equipment and diagnostic technology. As the business grew, the TSBDC at the UT Martin REED Center provided guidance and consultation for improving the online experience for Davis Automotive customers.

•Anita Bell is owner of Monograms & More in Martin. The Rising Star Award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated high growth potential and job creation to create a positive economic impact in the region. Monograms & More is an embroidery, screen-printing and specialty gift shop. This year, the TSBDC at the UT Martin REED Center assisted Bell in obtaining financing to complete a major interior renovation of the Monograms & More building.

•John Clark is president/CEO of Community Bancshares, Inc., and president/CEO of First State Bank. The statewide Tennessee Financial Services Champion Award goes to an individual who assists small businesses through exemplary efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services. Under Clark’s leadership, First State Bank was a significant contributor and supporter of the UT Martin REED Center, which helps individuals start or improve small businesses.

•Darlene Adkins is a UT Martin accounting lecturer. The Faculty Star Award honors a UT Martin faculty member who provides time and expertise to TSBDC’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Adkins, who has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing positions, serves as an accounting consultant and teaches QuickBooks classes for the TSBDC at the UT Martin REED Center.

166 Graduated From DARE

Paris, Tenn.-166 fifth graders were graduated from the DARE program today in ceremonies held at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC). Guest speaker was Brenna Smith of the Tennessee DARE Officers Youth Advisory Board. Paris Police Officers Jeremye Whitaker and Patrolman Jordan Klutts are DARE Officers for the local department. DARE essay winners were Tayor and Austin Dunegan. In photo in front row are Taylor and Austin Dunagan; second row, Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker, Paris Special Schools Director Mike Brown, DARE Mascot Daren, Patrolman Jordan Klutts and Brenna Smith. (Paris PD photo).

Robert Nunley To Speak

Martin, Tenn.-Artist, world traveler, and documentarian of local history Robert Nunley will show his photographs and talk about his travels and experiences at the quarterly meeting of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society, Saturday, November 1, in Martin. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the Weldon Public Library, 100 Main Street. 

Nunley’s presentation begins at approximately 11 a.m.. Jackson Purchase Historical Society meetings are open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

Robert Nunley is the Student Center Program Coordinator at the Martin Housing Authority and a lifelong resident of Weakley County. He is a graduate of the Ball State University School of Fine Arts and has displayed his paintings, drawings, prints and other works at festivals and invited gallery shows around the nation in a career that spans more than four decades. He uses photography to document his travels and life at home in Martin, Tennessee. He has restored many historic photographs of his family and the African American community in Weakley County. He has also spent more than 30 years as a youth development specialist.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. It publishes the award-winning Jackson Purchase Historical Society Journal annually. The Society is especially interested in the history of all Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River as well as Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry counties in Tennessee. 

Meetings are held four times per year at locations throughout the region. Membership is open to the public. Information about the Society, future events, and membership is available at the meetings or online at

Grain Spills From Ruptured Building

Union City, Thousands of bushels of corn spilled out onto the streets of Union City after a building at The Anderson’s Grain facility on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd ruptured yesterday.

The Anderson’s Union City facility has 3.8 million bushels of storage facility. 

Officials at The Anderson Group said the spill does not pose a health hazard.

Train Derails In Carroll County

Carroll County, Tenn.-A second train derailment in two days has occurred in our local area.

The new derailment happened at the Bruceton train yard and CSX officials said it involved one locomotive and five rail cars.

A tank on the locomotive ruptured and was leaking for a time. The Bruceton Fire Department sent a hazmat team to clean the spill.

The derailment was much smaller than the one in Benton Co. earlier. That one involved 15 train cars on the CSX track and occurred when a levee broke, flooding the area.

Wildlife Refuge Closures at Land Between The Lakes

Golden Pond, Ky.– On November 1, 2014, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will close nine wildlife refuges to human entry and all activities including hunting, fishing, and bo...ating. These areas will remain closed through March 15, 2015.

The wildlife refuge closures include portions of Duncan Bay, Smith Bay, and Rushing Bay on Kentucky Lake; Fulton and Honker Bays on Lake Barkley; the western one-third of Energy Lake; and Long Creek Refuge at the back of Elbow Bay. These areas are marked with buoys or signs. Entry is prohibited from November 1 to March 15.

The refuge closures provide undisturbed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles. Human activity must be minimized while migratory birds are present. Land Between The Lakes’ staff asks for public cooperation with refuge regulations designed to provide needed sanctuary.

Hematite Lake and Honker Lake, two inland bodies of water, also carry the November 1 to March 15 closure dates for fishing and boating. Trails around these two lakes remain open for hiking and wildlife viewing during the refuge period. All of Energy Lake and Bards Lake are closed to hunting; however, the eastern two-thirds of Energy Lake and all of Bards Lake remain open to fishing.

Hunters should be aware that no hunting is permitted within 150 yards of any Land Between The Lakes facility, and waterfowl hunting is not permitted within 200 yards of a refuge boundary.

Fake $100 Bill Passed In UC

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a counterfeit $100 bill that was passed at a local business.

Police were called to Commercial Bank on a report that the fake bill came in with the J.C. Penney deposit. The manager at Penney’s told police it would be impossible to determine who may have used it at the store. The bill was uneven on the sides and faded.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 

Stephen Fincher To Appear In Paris Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-U.S. Congressman Stephen Fincher will be Paris for a USDA check presentation at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce office. USDA Director Bobby Goode and other officials from his office are also expected for the presentation that will involve the Land Between The Lakes area.

Earlier in the day, Fincher will appear speak at a luncheon hosted by the Paris-Henry County Republican Women at noon at the Paris Country Club.

Lunch can be purchased from a special "Pick 2 for $10" Menu; however, lunch purchase is not required for participation. The Paris Country Club is located at 195 Country Club Road. 

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Griffey at or at 731-407-8181. 

BPU To Begin Johnson Park Sewer Project

Paris, Tenn.-At the regular meeting of the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Tuesday, board members hired Jacobs Engineering to perform field and engineering services for the sewer inspection of Johnson Park on Rison Street.

The contract is not to exceed $222,000. Jacobs Engineering will subcontract with Sani-Tech for the sewer cleaning and video inspection and will review and compile inspection data and make general recommendations for the next steps of the sewer rehab project.

BPU General Manager John Etheridge reported McKenzie Tree Service, which is contracted to clean-cut BPU right-of-way, is working in Henry and has almost completed their work on the system. 

The Board also was informed BPU is waiting to hear on the State Revolving Funds before any further decisions will be made on building a new water plant facility. 

Director of Metering and Engineering Jeff Thompson reported concrete work will be done in the next few weeks at the North Paris substation. Much of the work to be done by the BPU has been completed and the substation should be energized by the end of the year. 

Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards reported most of the warehouse building has been completed. Doors and windows are being installed and painting done this week and the drop ceiling and lighting will be completed next week.

Etheridge informed the goard the pre-pay program is being tested at the present time and should be available to the public in December. This program should decrease the amount of the quarterly write-off since there is no risk for bad debt from those who choose to participate.

Puryear Trunk Or Treat Set For Friday

Puryear, Tenn.-A Puryear Community Trunk or Treat will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, October 31, on Front Street in Puryear for everyone. The Puryear United Methodist Church will be serving hot dogs for the event.

Kids are asked to wear their costumes and be ready for trick-or-treating and adults are asked to enter for a chance at the prize of Most Creative Trunk.

The event is sponsored by Gary and Laurie Paschall.

Billy Graham's My Hope For America Coming To Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Billy Graham's My Hope America is coming to the Krider Performing Arts Council (KPAC) at 6:30 p.m. November 8. The event is free. 

According to the organizers, the event will show how Christians can share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using one of several evangelistic video programs featuring life-changing testimonies and powerful messages from Billy Graham. How can your church grow? For questions please call (731) 642 3278. 

Work Continues At Scene Of Train Derailment

Camden, Tenn.-Employees of the CSX Railroad are still cleaning up the damage from Sunday’s train derailment which injured employees and caused 15 empty cars to run off the tracks west of Camden. The derailment was caused when a levee at a newly-built pond broke, causing flooding on Highway 70W. In this photo taken by Charlie Allen of Paris you can clearly see the levee in the distance while a CSX employee works near a derailed train car.

Marching Patriots Perform Well At Bandmasters 

Henry County Marching Patriots at the Liberty Bowl. Photo submitted by Sherry Hutchison.

Memphis, Tenn.-The Henry County Marching Patriots did their usual great job at the Bandmasters Competition at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis over the weekend. 

Thirty bands were in attendance and the Marching Patriots placed 1st place Percussion Class AAA (6th overall), received an Excellent Rating, 5th place Color Guard (9th overall), and 5th place Band (15th overall).

Band Public Relations Officer Sherry Hutchison said, “The weather was nice and it was great having all the friends family and fans there and seeing the fan bus roll in with us! Very inspiring to the band.” 

Girl Scouts Attend National Convention

From left, Mallory Livingston of Southaven, Miss., Jassmine Dickson of Southaven, Shelia Little of Trezevant, Kennedy Binkley of Paris, Tenn., and Georgia McGee of Tupelo, Miss., pause a moment outside the Salt Palace Convention Center. (Lesley Jones photo).

Salt Lake City, Utah--A young lady from Paris was among area girl scouts attending the 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention earlier this month. The convention theme was “Girls Change The World.”

Kennedy Binkley represented Paris at the convention, while Mallory Livingston and Jassmine Dickson of Southaven, Miss.; and Georgia McGee of Tupelo were there as Heart of the South Council delegates. Also attending was Shelia Little of Trezevant.

All five girls participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute where they learned to develop in-depth Take Action Projects, which are sustainable community and global service projects. The girls also spread the word about the HOS initiative "National Stand Beside Her" Week Oct. 25-31, to mentor, support and develop girls and women by ending comparison and competition and creating collaboration and support for one another.

Shelia and Kennedy were chosen to go to convention through application for a scholarship provided by the Heart of the South West Tennessee Community Advisory Board that paid for the trip.

Chaperones were Lesley Jones, Henry County Girl Scout Service Unit director and public relations/social media manager, of Paris; Myra Little of Trezevant; and Myra Collins, Heart of the South director of outdoor GS Leadership Experience and Properties, of Tupelo. The girls also met HOS CEO Melanie Schild and other council members, GSUSA National Woman of Distinction Catherine Riordan, inventor/founder of, female Harlem Globetrotters/Girl Scouts Fatima “TNT” Maddox, Tammy “T-Time” Brawner and Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu, and more.

Speakers included: Alison Levine, captain of the first American Women's Evert Expedition and founder of the Climb High Foundation; kidnap survivor Elizabeth Smart, who founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation; GSUSA National CEO Anna Maria Chavez; Dr. Tererai Trent, president/founder of Tererai Trent International Foundation which works to provide quality education and improve livelihoods of communities in rural Zimbabwe; Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil McGraw's wife and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, television personality and founder of Robin McGraw Revelation lifestyle brand and When Georgia Smiled charitable foundation; Ann Romney, First Lady of Massachusetts; USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon; GoldieBlox founder/CEO Debbie Sterling; Candice Kislack, who helped launch, grow and run TOMS' One for One brand; and SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, who wore his "Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout" shirt.

Monday, October 27, 2014 

KSP Releases Statement On Trigg Co. Deaths

Cadiz, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police (KSP) has been releasing few details on the possible motive involved in the quadruple deaths in Cadiz over the weekend, but the KSP tonight did release a statement on incident.

The statement reads: “While the Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the four deaths that occured in Trigg County on Sunday, a number of outlets are reporting that the deaths were a result of a murder suicide plot. This scenario has never been reported by the Kentucky State Police.”

The KSP is still processing the crime scene and has released the names of those killed: Lindsey Champion, 62; Joy A. Champion, 60; Emily K. Champion, 31, all of the home in Cadiz; and Vito Y. Riservato, 22, of Hopkinsville, Ky.

Storage Building Damaged By Fire

Rear of the structure. (Reggie Coles photo).

Springville, Tenn.-A storage building at 195 Dinkins Road was damaged by fire around 12:35 p.m. Monday.

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said his department was dispatched on a report of a structure fire. Arriving units found a 24 x 30 storage building with smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure. 

The owner Suzanne Weiffenbach was not at home at the time of the incident, Coles said. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but appears to be accidental. 

Damage is estimated at $15,000.00. Three trucks and six firefighters were on the scene for two hours. 

The Paris Fire Department was called for mutual aid but was cancelled enroute when Paris Landing Units were able to get the fire under control.

Fog Creeps In On Little Cat Feet

Paris, Tenn.-As Poet Carl Sandburg said, fog creeps in like little cat feet and it enveloped our entire area for several hours Sunday morning. The fog made the trout pond at Eiffel Tower Park II in Paris seem rather spooky. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Preacher, Wife Killed In Accident; Three Others Injured

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Obion County, Tenn.-A Wynnburg Baptist Church preacher and his wife were killed in a two-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon in Obion County.

Killed were Rev. Larry Byassee, age 71, his wife, Shirley Byassee, age 69, both of Wynnburg.

Three people were injured in the accident. They are: Jeremy Lyell, age 43, Hermitage, the driver of the car that the Byassee couple were in; Kara Lyell, age 41, of Hermitage, and Darrell Garrett, age 48, of Dyersburg, who was the driver of the other vehicle.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lyell was driving a 2008 Chevy Equinox and Garrett was driving a 1988 GMC. 

Lyell was southbound on Hwy. 78 and Garrett was northbound on the same highway and both were heading toward Beaver Arm Rd. An unknown vehicle attempted a right turn onto Beaver Arm when Garrett attempted to pass it and crossed the center line, striking the Lyell vehicle head-on.

The injured were reportedly transported to The Med in Memphis, but no condition reports were available.

Paris PD Seeks Public Help In Locating Suspect In Thefts

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a Paris man with a lengthy criminal history who is wanted on theft charges.

Paris Police are seeking the whereabouts of Darren Sturdivant, who has listed several addresses on Wynn Street as his residences on booking information at the jail. Paris Investigator Greg Underwood said the Paris Police currently has two theft of property warrants on file for him.

Paris Police attempted to arrest Sturdivant on the warrants a few weeks ago and we unable to catch him following a foot chase.

According to information at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sturdivant has been arrested 18 times since 2001 on a variety of charges, including theft, burglary, resisting arrest, evading arrest, failure to appear, shoplifting, criminal trespass and possesion.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Paris Police Dept at 1-731-653-0446. 

CSX Employees Injured In Train Derailment

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Camden, Tenn.-Employees of the CSX Railroad were injured when a train derailed in Benton County Sunday night.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office said as many as 15 empty cars went off the tracks after a levee for a newly built pond broke, causing flooding along Highway 70 West.

According to the press release, the sheriff’s office received a call at 9:56 p.m., informing them of flooding at a residence on Hwy. 70W. While the dispatcher was gathering information from the caller, a train came through town and derailed due to the flooding.

The injured employees were treated by EMS and taken to Camden General Hospital. Their injuries reportedly are minor.

Crews from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the Camden Police Department, the Benton County Rescue Squad, the Morris Chapel Fire Department, the Chalk Level Fire Department, Jackson Medlink EMS and Benton County EMA responded.

CSX officials are still on scene investigating.

Fort Heiman Bus Tour Is Set For Tuesday

Buchanan, Tenn.-Fort Donelson National Battlefield is sponsoring a bus tour of local Civil War sites to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s 1864 Tennessee River and Johnsonville Campaign.

The tour will be held Tuesday and will mark the anniversary of Forrest’s occupation of Fort Heiman, which is near Buchanan in Henry County.

A free bus tour will take you to Fort Heiman, explain the significance of the site, and will take you to Johnsonville State Historic Park to learn their incredible story. Call (931)232-5706 to register, as space is limited. Visitors are advised to bring a snack or lunch.

The bus leaves at 10 a.m. meeting at Paris Landing State Park Conference Center Parking Lot.

PML Relay Team Presents Jimmy Church Band

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for the PML Relay Team’s presentation of the Jimmy Church Band on Saturday, November 8 at the Paris Convention Center (behind Quality Inn). The event is from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $20 per person and reservations will be accepted for those who purchase eight or more tickets in advance.

To purchase tickets or for more information during business hours, please call PML 642-7398 ext. #221 or visit them at 75 County Home Road in Paris. After 4:00 p.m., please call 336-0314.

The Jimmy Church Band plays the greatest hits of Motown and disco.  

"Changing Perspectives" Showcased At The Dixie

"Islands Below Pilot Knob" by Joan Greengrass

Huntingdon, Tenn.-”Changing Perspectives”, an art show featuring the works of Joan Greengrass of Bruceton, will be on display at The Dixie Center For the Performing Arts from November 1-January 24.

Greengrass was born in New York City and her family moved to Bruceton when she was six. She was graduated from Central High School in 1968.

She took art classes at the University of Miami and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked at art galleries in the New York City area and was involved in art publishing for 28 years.

By a twist of fate, she returned to Bruceton in 2013 and has found inspiration in the scenery of West Tennessee and Kentucky Lake.

A reception for the exhibit will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, November 8. For more info email

Quota Hears About Norwood Family Farm

New member Cheryl Connor, right, with Quota President Stephanie Tayloe and Donna Winders. (Martha McFadden photo). 

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota heard a report from Crystal Norwood on local agriculture at its meeting last week. She and her family farm several farms (3,000 acres) in the southern part of Henry County and their main products are corn, wheat and soy beans.

Norwood said products that used to be transported by rail are now transported by truck. The family uses computers to track it. She said when consumers purchase Martha White and Lilly flour, they are supporting West Tennessee farmers. 

The Quota Club installed Cheryl Connor as a new member. She is the director of Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center.

Susan Pemberton gave a short report on activities of the Veterans Committee.   It has provided sweat suits for the veterans home in Humboldt and are now requesting knit hats. They are also planning a party for veterans at the Henry County Nursing Home.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 

Spooktacular Winners Announced

Little Felicity Bright dressed like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for the day's events and posed with her mother, April Bright. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin).

Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the contests at Saturday’s Spooktacular event in Downtown Paris have been announced. Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray said there was a record-breaking crowd on hand with record-breaking numbers of booth partners and events.

The contest winners are as follows:
Broom Races: Latrell Brown
Monster Mash Limbo: Amelia Northam
Pumpkin Putt Putt: Case Wimberly
Creaking Door Contest: Madeleine Griffey
Group Theme Costume Contest: Britain and Brevin Hutson as Pac Man
Pet Contest Winner: “Vadele” dressed as a Spider and owned by Cathy Bullington
Costume Contest for ages Birth to 5: 1st Place: Hayden Hughes
2nd Place: Eva Coleman
3rd Place: Ford Carter
Costume Contest for ages 6 to 12: 1st Place: Thomas Holcomb
2nd Place: Jamie Arnold
3rd Place: Townes Boyd
Costume Contest for Teen and Adults: 1st Place: April McGahey
2nd Place: Duke Adams
3rd Place: Kate Shannon

Pumpkin Patch Pete winner will be announced Friday, October 31 and will win $100 in DPA Bucks.

The main story on the event with other photos was posted earlier this morning.

Updated: Three Of Four Victims Released 

Cadiz, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police released an update on the quadruple shooting in Cadiz at 6:20 p.m.:

The Kentucky State Police are still processing the crime scene in Trigg County. KSP has identified three of the shooting victims, B Lindsey Champion (62), Joy A. Champion (60), and Emily K. Champion (31). The fourth name will be released after the next of kin has been notified.

KSP remains on the scene and continues the investigation.

The family were members of the Cadiz Church of Christ and had just returned home when the shootings occurred. Lindsey was an elder at the church, and his wife, Joy, was a retired teacher. Their daughter, Emily, was also shot and killed. Their son Ryan reportedly is in the hospital.

Four People Killed At Cadiz Residence

Cadiz, Ky.– The Kentucky State Police (KSP) investigators are at the scene of a shooting at a residence on Old Dover Road in Trigg County this afternoon.

 KSP was called to the scene on Sunday October 26, at 11:44 a.m and found four people shot to death in and around the residence.

KSP is not currently seeking a suspect, as the suspect is believed to be one of the deceased that was found. All names are currently being withheld but will be released at a later date, after further investigation.

KSP is being assisted at the scene by the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County EMS, and the Trigg County Coroner. Detectives with the Kentucky State Police are continuing their investigation.

Having A Spooktacular Good Time

Susan Jones, right, slaps the cuffs on Denise Barnhill, at the Downtown Paris Association jailhouse, where you could also have your mug shot taken. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd filled the Henry County Courtsquare all afternoon Saturday for the annual Spooktacular event. Young and old dressed in their Halloween best, with all sorts of goblins, ghouls and such strutting their stuff--at times literally, during the various contests like the Monster Mash Limbo and the “Thriller” presentation by the Children’s Theater.

Members of the Inman Band performed in costume and the people who manned the numerous booths also were dressed for the occasion.

The Downtown Paris Association (DPA) sponsored the event and also hosted a friendly jail where the bad guys could spend some time and have their mug shots taken.

An all-time high count of contestants signed up for the costume and other contests for kids, adults and pets, according to DPA President Kathy Ray.

Games, photo booths, and bouncy houses filled the grounds of the courthouse lawn and children (and maybe even some adults) also were welcome to trick or treat at the downtown stores.

Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray, with Pumpkin Pete. (McFarlin photo).

Paris-Henry County Arts Council President Kat Tolley and Volunteer Linda Watson at the arts council booth. (McFarlin photo).

Camden Woman Dies In Crash 

Camden, Tenn. - A Camden woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday night when her car collided into the side of an 18-wheeler on Hwy. 641.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brenda A. Kelley, age 68, died in the accident. The report indicates her Nissan sedan drove into the side of the semi near the intersection of Hwy. 641 and Cedar Drive in Camden

Dog Thrown From Truck

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were unable to locate the person or persons who threw a pit bull from a moving truck Friday night at Ogburn Park in Paris.

A call to 911 at 6:51 p.m. reported that a pit bull dog had been thrown from a dark black or green truck, which then sped off. 

According to the dispatcher at the Paris Police, the truck was not located. There was no report on the condition of the dog.

UTM Has Great Homecoming

Martin, Tenn.-University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawk cheerleaders leading the crowd in rooting for their team at Homecoming Saturday. For the Skyhawks, it was a perfect Homecoming, with a 37-7 win over Austin Peay. (Brent Hinson photo).

Listening To Those Spooky Stories 


Union City, Tenn.-Obion County Public Library staff read “spooky stories” to a group of young listeners during the library’s Kids’ Halloween party Saturday. (Brent Hinson photo).

American Queen Stop Today at Fort Donelson Cancelled 

Dover, Tenn.-The American Queen Paddlewheel stop in Dover, scheduled for Sunday at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, has been cancelled because of problems the boat is experiencing in Nashville.

The steamboat docked at Fort Donelson last week and had planned a return trip to Dover today.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 

Pretty As A Picture

Mansfield, Tenn.-An old barn-and the beautiful sky-on Vale Rd. south of Mansfield made for a picturesque photo by Charlie Allen of Paris. Allen said with the lower gas prices and the pleasant weather, he’s been getting out and about on the back roads of our area for his photography hobby. 

Week 9 High School Football Finals:

Henry County 30, Northeast 6
Union City 42, Trenton Peabody 16
Camden Central 40, Stewart County 19
Martin Westview 36, McKenzie 10
Milan 27, Huntingdon 0
Greenfield 27, Gibson County 21
Lake County 34, South Fulton 14
Humboldt 13, Halls 0...
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 50, Houston 0
Dyersburg 35, Ripley 21
Dyer County 51, Fayette Ware 12
Scotts Hill 54, Gleason 20
Graves County 56, Hopkinsville 14
Mayfield 16, Russellville 8

Missing Juveniles Located

Murray, Ky.-The Calloway County Sheriff's Office announced overnight that both juveniles who were missing have now been located.

Calloway County law enforcement officials had been seeking Clayton Author Williams, 14, in the Lynn Grove area, all day, and had announced later in the evening that Shaneeve Alejandro, age 17, was also missing in the Calloway or Graves County areas.

In a press release issued overnight, the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office thanked the public for its assistance, along with the Calloway County Fire Rescue Squad, Kentucky State Police, Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Fuqua and Cisco, and Calloway County Emergency Management.

State Unemployment Down, But Local Counties Still High

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-County unemployment rates for September 2014, released Friday, show the rate decreased in all but one of Tennessee‘s 95 counties. However, in our area, four counties are still on the list with the state’s highest unemployment: Obion, Weakley, Carroll and Gibson.

The state’s unemployment rate for September was 7.3 percent, a smidgeon lower than the 7.4 percent August rate. Nationally, the rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August.

In our area, the county with the lowest unemployment rate was Stewart with 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent in August. Other counties rates were Henry, at 8.3 percent, down from 9.1 percent; Benton at 8.6 percent, down from 9.5 percent; Carroll 9.3 percent, down from 10.4 percent; Obion at 9.3 percent, down from 10 percent; Weakley at 9.5 percent, down from 11 percent; and Gibson at 9.9 percent, down from 10.8 percent.

Scott County has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.3 percent. In other area, Gibson is 92nd highest, Weakley is 89th, Carroll is 88th and Obion is 87th.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate for September at 5.4 percent, down from 6.3 in August. Davidson County was 5.5 percent, down from 6.2 in August. The Hamilton County September rate was 6.6 percent, down from 7.4. Shelby County was 8.4 percent in September, down from 8.9.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hundreds Turn Out For Fuqua Benefit

Sheriff Monte Belew (middle), Captain Damon Lowe and Deputy Bryan Hall at the grill. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd of hundreds gathered at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday for the benefit for Micah Fuqua, the 14-year-old son of Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Fuqua. Fuqua is the handler for K9 Cisco.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and the Fuqua family is currently traveling back and forth to Maryland to see a specialist in the field for his care. 

The benefit was coordinated by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, which grilled sandwiches for sack lunches. Jamey Tosh of Tosh Farms provided the huge grill that was used.

Wayne Fuqua greeted everyone who came to the benefit and thanked them personally for attending.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “The crowds all day were steady and they came from all over. Even law enforcement officials from Weakley and Benton County came over. We’re so thankful for everyone’s support. We were truly amazed at the number of people who came out.”

Belew said just as the benefit was ready to wrap up today, Fuqua and Cisco were called out on another search--this one in Calloway County, to help the sheriff’s office search for a missing juvenile.

Wayne Fuqua (in red) greeted everyone and thanked them for their support. (McFarlin photo).

Numerous volunteers helped with the benefit. (McFarlin photo).

Public's Help Needed In Missing Juvenile Search
Henry County Deputy Fuqua and K9 Cisco Assisting

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Lynn Grove, Ky.-The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in finding a missing juvenile.

Fourteen-year-old Clayton Author Williams has been missing since Friday morning. He was last seen wearing a red pullover hoodie, gray and black cargo pants and black and white high top shoes.

The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Henry County Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K9 Cisco, who have been successfully used in numerous other searches.

A Calloway County Sheriff’s deputy said law enforcement and search and rescue personnel are searching in the Lynn Grove area.

Springville Water Tank Now Operational

BPU General Manager John Etheridge, foreground, talks to Engineer Donnie Lancaster of Paris, with Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton and State Rep. Tim Wirgau at left. (Photo provided by BPU).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-A dream that began several years ago is now a reality with the completion of the new 150,000 gallon elevated water tank for the Springville Utility District. 

The water tank is located on Poplar Grove Road and will serve 450 customers. Paris Board of Public Utilities General Manager John Etheridge said the water tank is now operational but “with a few things that still need to be done”.

Development of a utility district for the Springville area was initiated by the late Amon Evans. After his death a couple of years ago, his widow Denise Evans, took up the project in his honor.

Etheridge said construction was funded in part by a CDBG grant to Henry County. Construction was performed by Caldwell Tanks.

American Queen Docks At Fort Donelson For Tours
Will Return Sunday Afternoon

The American Queen docking on the Cumberland at Dover. (Doug Richardson photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Dover, Tenn.-The American Queen Steamboat was docked all day Thursday at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and will be returning Sunday.

Fort Donelson Chief of Visitor Services Doug Richardson said the steamboat arrived at Fort Donelson with some 252 visitors who were taken on tours around Dover and Fort Donelson during the afternoon.

Richardson said the visitors “were from all over. There had to be at least 25 states represented and a couple of people were from Great Britain.”

The American Queen Steamboat Co. is headquartered in Memphis and takes tour groups up and down the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

Richardson said he finally had the opportunity to go aboard the American Queen while it was there. “It’s like a luxury hotel,” he said, including a grand staircase, parlors, a Mark Twain sitting room and other accomodations.

“Mother Nature was very cooperative while it was here with the visitors,” he said. “Even our American Eagles made an appearance for everyone to take pictures.”

He said the American Queen will be docking there late morning on Sunday. “It docks north of the old Dover Hotel, behind the courthouse,” he said.

The American Queen’s appearance is sponsored by the Dover-Stewart County Chamber of Commerce.

"Dooms Chapel Horror" To Be Premiered November 6 
Partially Filmed In Paris In 2013

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paducah, Ky.-The eagerly-awaited premiere of The Dooms Chapel Horror, the movie which was partially filmed in Paris, will be held Thursday, November 6, at the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah.

The movie is a horror flick based in a small western Kentucky town, with a documentary feel, much like “The Blair Witch Project” and other features. 

Scenes from the movie were filmed in Henry County and Western Kentucky, including an almost all-night shoot that occurred on the Henry County Courthouse lawn in June of 2013 and included hundreds of local extras.

Producers said at the time the movie is about revenge and a painful homecoming. According to the description provided by the production team, in the movie Kyle Cole travels home, with a documentary team in tow, to see his family for the first time in a decade. When he gets home, a string of events set in place a decade ago begins to unfold.

The doors open at the Maiden Alley Cinema at 6 pm. The movie will be shown at The Rivers Edge International Film Festival and some of the stars of the movie will be on hand for a mixer that precedes the showing. 

The show starts at 7 pm followed by a Q&A session with the cast and crew. Producers said tickets are free and are first-come, first-served, with no reservations.

The movie stars Bill Oberst, Jr., Austin Madding, Abby Murphy, Shaun Gerardo, Josh Robinson, Josh Cornelius, Steve Crowley, Allan Walters, Wendy Keeling and more. It is directed by John William Holt. Many of the actors and producers of the film are from the Nashville area.

April Sykes Case To Be Featured On Television Program

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
One of the most horrific crimes in Henry County history will be featured on the “Surviving Evil” program on the Investigation Discovery channel next week. 

“From Dire To Deadly” will spotlight the story of April Sykes of Henry County, who was abducted, raped and taken to a cemetery near Van Dyke Grove Rd., where she was locked in the trunk of a burning car. The incident happened in 2005 when she was 18.

Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said his office received a request for documents pertaining to the case a few weeks ago. The documents were to be used to help with the documentary about the case, he said.

Sykes suffered multiple injuries as a result of the attack and was awarded a civil judgment of $21.5 million by Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish.

Her attacker, Virgil Samuels Jr. was sentenced to serve 35 years in state prison. 
The “Surviving Evil” program spotlights women who have fought back against assaults and survived. 

The program featuring the April Sykes case will be on the Investigation Discovery Channel on October 29 at 8 p.m. Central Time. The Investigation Discovery Channel is on Channel 126 on the Charter line-up.

HCMC Will Be Prepared For Ebola Virus--If Necessary

Paris, Tenn.-However unlikely it may be that the Ebola virus touches Henry County, the Henry County Medical Center will be prepared for it.

That was the word from HCMC Administrator Tom Gee at Thursday night’s meeting of the Board of Trustees. Gee said due to the high profile of the Ebola scare on a national level, the hospital “is actively putting extra training into effect to make sure we are prepared in the unlikelihood that a case were to present in our facilities.”

Gee said, “We have added screening questions to our assessments for treatment and have the appropriate gear available” for health care staff. Gee said the hospital also has policy and procedures “being written on how to isolate the patient, families and others in contact with the patient in preparation for transfer and further CDC guidance.”

Gee also reported the administration has finalized the hospital’s flu vaccination policy requiring all staff members be vaccinated and over 50 percent of the staff has already received their shots.

Continuing a discussion from earlier meetings, the board also passed a resolution asking the county commission to make changes to the “private act” which would allow the board to add two more members to the trustees board. 

As Administrator Tom Gee explained earlier, the hospital is seeking to expand the board from its current five to seven members. The board is asking that all seven members would serve in staggered terms.

After approval by the county commission, the request would also need General Assembly approval.

In other business, Finance Director Lisa Casteel reported that total capital requests for the current year total $188,377, including requests involving information systems, surgical equipment and plant operations.

Jakes Day Is Saturday At Holly Forks 

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a Jakes Day and Big Buck and Big Doe contest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Holly Forks Shooting Complex on Hwy. 79N.

Cash prizes for top three deer, from $150 to $50. Free photo with each deer check in.

Activities include Duck flush, Steel targets, BB guns, and Archery. Trophies awarded for each age division.

Door prizes will be given at noon. Free lunch for everyone.

Questions call Sheriff Monte Belew at the sheriff’s office 642-1672. 

UTM Prof Named To State Initiative 

Knoxville, Tenn. – Three University of Tennessee faculty members, including one at UT Martin, have been appointed by the State Board of Education to serve Gov. Bill Haslam’s initiative to review Tennessee’s K-12 academic standards in English language arts and math. 

Stephanie Kolitsch, professor of mathematics and director of the West Tennessee STEM Center for Learning at UT Martin, has been appointed to serve on the Mathematics Standards Review and Development Committee and to the role of advisory team leader for the Mathematics Advisory Team for grades 9-12. 

Susan Groenke, associate professor of English education and director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at UT Knoxville, has been appointed to serve on the English Language Arts Standards Review and Development Committee and to the role of advisory team leader for the English Language Arts Advisory Team for grades 9-12. 

Jo Ann Cady, UT Knoxville associate professor of math education, has been appointed to serve on the Math Advisory Team for grades K-5. 

Haslam asked the State Board of Education to appoint two committees, the English Language Arts Standards Review and Development Committee and the Mathematics Standards Review and Development Committee, and three advisory teams for each of those committees. The advisory teams will review Tennessee’s current standards and gather input to make recommendations to the two committees, which will then propose possible changes to the State Board of Education.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Update On Log Truck Accident: Highway Still Closed As Of 4:30

Hazel, Ky.-U.S. Highway 641 near Hazel is still shut down, as of 4:25 p.m. Thursday, after a log truck lost control and overturned over the side of the highway. A dispatcher at the Calloway County Sheriff's Office said the roadway will still closed at least another hour.

Dusty Carter, 32, of Lexington, Tenn., was driving north on 641S when the accident happened. According to the press release issued by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, he was operating a 2007 International semi truck hauling logs. 

The back wheel of the trailer dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The semi truck turned over spilling the logs onto the roadway, according to the press release. 

Carter was ejected from the vehicle and transported to the Murray Calloway County Hospital for treatment of injuries. 641 was partially blocked resulting in Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call being notified. 

The roadway was shut down for approximately four hours allowing for investigation of the accident and clean up of the logs. The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Calloway County Fire and Rescue, the Murray Fire Department, the Murray Calloway County Ambulance Service, Hazel Fire Department and two Puryear Volunteer Firefighters.

Hwy 641 Shut Down After Log Truck Overturns

Photo shows log truck after it had been put upright. (Calloway County Fire and Rescue photo).

Midway, Ky.-U.S. Highway 641 South will be closed at least until 3:30 p.m. or longer as crews clean up after a log truck overturned on the roadway. 

The dispatcher at the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office said the highway is closed from Green Plains Rd. to Midway Rd. as of 2:15 p.m. and will remain closed at least another hour.

“We have a detour set up in Hazel so anyone coming through here from the Puryear or Paris direction will have to detour around the area,” he said.

The driver of the truck was injured and transported to Murray-Calloway Co. Hospital “but I don’t know the extent of the injuries,” he said. 

“Logs are scattered all over and it’s going to take awhile to get the scene straightened up” for traffic again, he said.

The sheriff’s office is being assisted by the Calloway County Fire and Rescue and Hazel Police and Fire Departments.

It's Pelican Time Again In Our Area

Buchanan, Tenn.-This weekend may be time for the Pelican Festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park, but pelicans also are in abundance on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park. Photographer Richard Graves captured these pelicans in flight with his camera while on his kayak at the park. 

Henry Man Killed In Carroll County Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

McKenzie, Tenn.-A Henry County man was killed Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler in McKenzie.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Jeremy Allen, age 41 of Henry, died in the crash.

The THP investigated the accident since it involved a commercial truck. The accident occu...rred at the intersection of U.S. 79 and Oak Street in McKenzie.

According to the THP report, the 18-wheeler was traveling south on the highway when it made a turn onto Oak Street. Allen reportedly failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the truck’s trailer. Allen was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the truck was Andy Williams of Huntingdon and he was not injured.

Downtown Paris Spooktacular Is Saturday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.-The ninth annual Downtown Paris Spooktacular promises a howling good time on the Henry County Courthouse lawn this Saturday afternoon, October 25. 

Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions from noon until 4:00 p.m. Downtown merchants invite children to trick or treat during Spooktacular which is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).

Throughout the day children can visit DPA booth partners including Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey & Halloween Owls; Children’s Theater with two spooky booths, Chuck-a-Duck and Eyeball Soup; W.G. Rhea Library booth; Head Start’s Slide of Terror; PARIS! Magazine’s ghost pops; First Christian Church’s Halloween Putt Putt and free coffee; Henry County Young Farmers and Ranchers tractor hunt in the corn bin; REAL Hope Youth Center’s bean bag toss; Paris Police Department with bags n' badges plus face painting; Inman Band and County School Musicians live music; 911’s Red E Fox; Kroger’s scary face painting and spooky cookie decorating; Madrigals’ face painting and candy corn guessing game; TARP bounce house; and Caring Hearts toss games. The Paris Photography Club will take scary photos for $5 each.  The DPA’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 7-9.

Along with downtown's variety of restaurants serving delicious fare, Perry's BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters will be on site with concessions.

The fun isn’t limited just for children. The Henry County High School Madrigals, a Spooktacular partner, include adults and pets in their costume contests. Other fun contests include broom races, the Monster Mash Limbo, and creaking door contest.  

Don’t have a costume? “It’s fun to come out and just enjoy the show,” according to DPA President Kathy Ray. “There are hundreds of costumed children on parade, dancing, howling, delicious food, music and other activities, all in a fabulous setting, Downtown Paris!”
There is still time for groups or businesses who would like to participate in the Downtown Spooktacular to take part. Call Spook Meister Rick Conger at (731) 642-7425 or Kathy Ray at (731) 653-7274 for information. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. 

Spooktacular Schedule of Events
Noon Game booths open. Registration for costume contests begins. 
12:15-12:45 pm Inman Band and county ensembles perform.
12:45 pm       “Thriller” performed by Children’s Theater
1:00-1:30 pm Broom Races, Monster Mash Limbo, Creaking Door Contest.
1:45 pm Costume Contest for ages birth to five-years-old.
2:15 pm Pet Costume Contest.
2:30 pm Costume Contest for six to twelve-year-olds. 
3:00 pm Costume Contest for teens and adults. 
3:30 pm Costume Contest for a group theme.

Johnsonville Battle Anniversary Nears 

New Johnsonville, Tenn.-Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, a grant that will allow a local group to retrieve, restore and display Civil War artifacts has been approved.

State Rep. John Tidwell announced a $42,000 grant for the Johnsonville State Historic Park, which is the remaining part of the original $250,000 grant to the Raise the Gunboat organization.

This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville and to commemorate the event, Johnsonville State Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park will host several events in October and November.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the actual date of the Battle of Johnsonville, there will be an 11 a.m. commemoration ceremony and a 1 p.m. walking tour at Johnsonville. The tour will include visits to many of the original Union defenses that saw action during the Battle of Johnsonville 150 years to the day.

WWI Scholar To Speak At UTM

Martin, Tenn. —Dr. Vincent Sherry, a World War I expert and English scholar, will present “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War” at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. 

The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. 

His books include “The Uncommon Tongue: The Poetry and Criticism of Geoffrey Hill” (1987), “The Radical Modernism of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis” (1993), “James Joyce: ULYSSES” (1995, 2nd ed. 2004), “The Great War and the Language of Modernism” (2003), and coming in November, “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence.” 
The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at and select “Academic Speakers Program.”

Seats Still Available For Memphis Competition

Paris, Tenn.-Seats are still available on the charter bus carrying family and fans of the Henry County High School Marching Patriots to the Bandmasters competition in Memphis.

The Marching Patriots will be competing in their final competition of the school year Saturday, October 25, at the Liberty Bowl Stadium of the University of Memphis.

Some 30 bands from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas are expected to compete.

The Band Boosters reserved a charter bus. For available seats, contact Susie Anderson 731-707-8534 to reserve yours. $30 a ticket to ride (roundtrip).  

Camden Cruise-In Set For Saturday

Camden, Tenn.-The Camden Cruise-In will be Saturday, October 25, on the Camden Courtsquare beginning at 3 p.m. You can bring out your classic cars, trucks, hot rods and motorcycles. And, you can register for over $2,000 in cash and prizes. 

No admission or entry fee. Dash plaques will be issued to the first 80 entrants. Call 731-584-2472 for more info.

Pumpkins In The Park At Union City

Union City, Tenn.-The Junior Auxiliary of Obion County’s Crown Club will present its “Pumpkins In The Park” event from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City. Face-painting, door prizes, candy and a free pumpkin for the kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  

Adams' Bond Set At $25,000

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Decaturville, Tenn. -- At his arraignment in a Decatur County courtroom today, the man charged with rape of nursing student Holly Bobo pleaded not guilty to both charges. His bond was set at $25,000.

John Dylan Adams, 26, of Holladay, was charged with two counts of forcible rape of Bobo, who went missing in April of 2011 in Decatur County. Adams had been initially charged with tampering of evidence when he admitted to investigators he destroyed evidence in the case on the day that Bobo disappeared.

Upon request by Adams’ Attorney Matthew Maddox of Huntingdon, Judge Creed McGinley set bond at $25,000.

Adams’ older brother, Zach Adams, and an acquaintance of theirs, Jason Autrey, are also charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in the case. All three will be back in court in December.

Haslam Visits Henry County Medical Center

Governor Haslam at right of table and HCMC Administrator Tom Gee discuss rural health. State Rep. Tim Wirgau and State Sen. John Stevens at end of table. (Tory Daughrity photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited Henry County Medical Center (HCMC) Tuesday--the first time a governor has visited the local facility.

Haslam held a listening session with HCMC staff, board of trustees members, State Sen. John Stevens and State Rep. Tim Wirgau for a discussion on rural health care and its needs.

HCMC Marketing Director Tory Daughrity said Haslam took the opportunity to learn more about rural health care and the vital role it plays in local communities. “He asked all of us a lot of good questions. He wanted to know what things we pride ourselves on most here and he wanted to know about how much we have to offer, about the technology and care we provide.”

Daughrity said Haslam also asked what the biggest needs the hospital has and what he could help with the most.

Haslam toured the 3rd Tower nursing unit, spoke with nursing staff and physical therapy staff while he was at the hospital.

After the HCMC visit, Haslam was guest of honor at a campaign stop for Wirgau at Paulette’s Restaurant in Paris.

Governor Haslam speaks to nursing staff on a tour of the facility. (Tory Daughrity photo).

Large Crowds On Hand For Small Business Expo

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew's K9 "Si" is always a popular attraction. Standing behind them is Capt. Damon Lowe. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand for Tuesday's Small Business Expo sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Some 55 vendors from all over the area set up booths at the Henry County Fairgrounds for the event. Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley said she was not only happy with the large numbers of people who came to the expo, but in the steady flow throughout the day. Theme of the event was "The Price Is Always Right" and Foundation Bank was chosen as winner of Best Use of Theme. Built by Kaley Ballou, the booth featured a punch game and Tyler Boyd as Bob Barker.

Co-Owner Jonathan Lodge of Perrylodgic Brewing Co. hands out samples of homemade root beer the company will be selling. Seated next to Lodge is co-owner Randall Perry. (McFarlin photo).

From WLJT-TV in Martin, Manager of Individual Giving Mandy Hinson and Marketing Director David Sudberry greet visitors to their booth. (McFarlin photo).

Discovery Park To Present "Spooky Science"

Union City, Tenn.-    Discovery Park of America’s Education Department is bringing a “Spooky Science” program to the ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall on Saturday, October 25th. 

 There are two opportunities to attend, as Mr. Science, Jason Lindsey, demonstrates the science behind what makes Halloween spooky!  The first show is at 1 p.m. and the second show begins at 2:30.  Tickets are $3.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members with park admission.

During the demonstration, Lindsey, from Hooked on Science, will put a ghost in a bubble, create giant spooky clouds, use a leaf blower to create a toilet paper ghost, make an aluminum rod sing and more!  Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now at the ticket counter at Discovery Park or by calling 731-885-5455.  

Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN and is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday.  It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, other upcoming events and “Spooky Science,” visit the website at 

Reminder: Fuqua Benefit Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for Micah Fuqua will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, October 24, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Micah is the son of Henry Co Sheriffs Officer Wayne Fuqua who is the K-9 handler of Cisco. Micah is 14 years old.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently traveling to Maryland to see a specialist in this field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with these expenses.

Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches/Chips and Drink will be served for $8. You can Pre Order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 6421672.

Halloween Party For Kids At Library 

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Public Library will be holding a Kids Halloween Party from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and is for kids from birth to 12 years old.

It will feature face-painting, spooky stories, prizes, games, crafts, snacks and entertainment. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Rites Set For Ana Randoll

Anastasia Mae “Ana” Randoll, age 4, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Friday, October 17. She was the victim of an accidental shooting at her home.

She is survived by her parents, Morgan and Jessica Randoll of Buchanan, TN; maternal grandparents, Roney and Debbie McMackin of Paris, TN; paternal grandparents, Gregory and Maureen Randoll of Buchanan, TN; paternal great grandmother, Jayne Randoll of El Dorado Springs, MO; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ana was in Ms. Candy McDaniel’s Pre-k Class at W. G. Rhea School. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the Memorial Visitation will be from 4 – 6 pm Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Memorial Service will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 6:00 PM Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mike Wimberley will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to: The Ana Randoll Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival Is This Weekend 

Tiptonville, Tenn. – Reelfoot Lake State Park invites visitors to attend the upcoming Pelican Festival, held Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful fall colors at the park while enjoying the sights of the pelicans as they make their stop at Reelfoot Lake on their journey south for the winter. 
The family-friendly, fun-filled weekend will include pelican viewing canoe floats, pontoon boat tours, arts and crafts, photo contests, geocaching and a silent auction.

On Friday, Oct. 24, special school programs will be offered. Public and private schools should register by contacting 731-253-9652.

Guided tours are $10 per person. Reservations are required for the pontoon and canoe tours by contacting 731-253-9652. 

Designated a national natural landmark, Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of violent New Madrid fault zone earthquakes in northwest Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812. Reelfoot Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational activities, such as wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The park is located in Lake and Obion counties near Tiptonville. The park’s 280 acres are divided into 10 segments along 22 miles of the Reelfoot Lake shoreline. The park’s visitor and interpretive centers, auditorium, picnic and camping areas are located along State Highways 21 and 22. For more information, visit

KPAC Winter Workshop Set 

Paris, Tenn.-The KPAC Young Artists’ Theatre Winter Workshop will be held November 1 for children and youth ages 5 - 18 (undergraduate). Registration is from 9-11 a.m.

KPAC Director Rhonda Stanton said, “Target rehearsal dates for winter workshop are four Saturdays: Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6 and Dec 20. (One of the directors for the older group will change Dec 6 because of college graduation.) Then during the second week of Christmas break we rehearse every day (including New Year's Day). Those dates are Dec 29 through Jan 2. The Winter Workshop show is Saturday, January 3.”

The 5-8 year olds have a musical show called "Share Bears." It will rehearse on Saturday mornings at 9 am. 

The 9 and older group will have two different shows. “We have four short non-musical plays to choose from. Once we have our performers in place, we'll fit the number of roles in the possible plays to the number of people who will participate,” she said.

“Winter theatre is a good time for our older students to flex those acting muscles. We're not relying on music to carry a show....we have to really act to pull it off. Everyone has at least a few lines. Everyone HAS to study at home to know all their lines by the time Christmas break comes,” Stanton said.

The cost is $40 per participant. Please ask for a discount if there are multiple performers in your family.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Set 

Paris, Tenn.-Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held as follows: 

E.W. Grove School: Thursday, October 23rd from 3:30-6:30 pm.
Henry County High School: Tuesday, October 28th from 4-7 pm.

Advanced Photography Class Offered 

Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is now offering an advanced digital photography course, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 11 – 25, on the UT Martin campus. 

Advanced digital photography is designed to follow up the basic digital photography course but is open to anyone familiar with digital camera operations and basic photography skills. This is a new class offering and students will take a deeper look at impressive photographic techniques, such as light painting, high dynamic range (HDR) photography, panoramic photography and aacro (close-up) photography. Students will take all of these shots during class, but a special camera is not required. Students are encouraged to bring their own camera and tripod, as students start shooting the very first class period. 

Advanced digital photography is offered for $99 per person.

For more information about advanced digital photography visit or call Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies 731-881-7082.

Love Lights A Tree Lights Can Be Purchased Now

Paris, Tenn.-The Bass Lipford Relay for Life Team will host its annual Love Lights A Tree on Friday, November 7 on the Court House Lawn.

A brief presentation and reading of the names will take place at dusk as part of the tree lighting ceremony. 

Lights may be purchased in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer for a $5.00 donation. Memorials may be mailed 

To: Relay for Life, POB 1505, Paris, TN., 38242. Please make checks payable to Relay for Life. For more information please 

Contact Joyce Bass at 707-0506 (mobile), 644-9680 or via email at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Taking It To The Streets" A Great Success

Rhea Principal Scott Owens speaks to the board and visitors about "Taking It To The Streets". (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The “Taking It To The Streets” program initiated by Rhea School has been a success in many ways and will continue. That was the word from Rhea Principal Scott Owens, Teacher Lynne Searcy and others involved with the program, speaking at Tuesday night’s Paris Special Schools board of education meeting at Rhea School.

Owens told the board he envisioned “Taking It To The Streets” as a way to “get us out into the community. And it’s been a great thing for the students, for the parents, and gives the teachers a different view.”

Under the program, Rhea personnel go to various neighborhood parks within the community, performing skits and reading to the students, visiting with parents and students and having cook-outs.

Searcey said, “Our goals have been to motivate children and parents to read together and it’s been a fun way to build relationships.” She said it’s her hope that the concept “goes viral and spreads to the other schools in the city and the county. I hope it spreads as far as it could.”

Elder James Travis (who also is a county commissioner) has attended several of the programs and said, “It’s important to understand that relationships matter and these can accomplish a lot. Coming to the different neighborhoods gives the opportunity to see teachers in places other than the classrooms. It has had a tremendous effect on the kids and the community.”

Owens said Rhea School has 100 percent participation in its parent-teacher conferences because “we either hold them here in the school or we go to them.” He said Rhea is one of the few schools in the state that can say that.

WENK/WTPR has been covering the “Taking It To The Streets” programs since they began in the spring.

In other business:

--The board approved tenure for Teachers Whitney Bucklew, Brian Webb, Jonathan Lankford, Alicia Jones and Kelly McEntire.

--PSSD Director of Schools Mike Brown reported that security upgrades will be made at Rhea and Paris Elementary totalling $13,000. He said buzz-in systems will be implemented or enhanced at both buildings. Some $9,000 from the school’s safety grant will be used, plus a local match.
--The board approved the mathematics textbook committee made up of staff members Leah Watkins, Kelley Lassiter, Rebecca Peale, Ashley James, Becky Wilson, Debbie Moon, Teresa Baker, Lynnette Smith, Becky Cate, Christy Buckelew, Cassie Essary, Devona May and parent Maurie Ann Mitchell.

Paris Man Charged With Impersonating Attorney

Union City, Tenn.-A Paris man was charged with impersonating an attorney by the Obion County Sheriff’s Office when he appeared for a County General Sessions Court hearing, claiming to represent a client.

Ramiah Tamah McDougal, 32, was charged with felony impersonation of a licensed professional.

Obion County Chief Deputy Kent Treece said McDougal has been “presenting himself as an attorney” in other area counties and was previously charged with the crime in Weakley County, too. “It seems to be a money racket for him. He’s done it all over the area, not so much in Henry County, but in other counties, like Weakley, Dyer,” Treece said.

Treece said McDougal “even has business cards made up” claiming he is an attorney. “Some of these guys who are locked up in jail tell their friends and family, you got to get me an attorney and they reach out to him.”

Security changes at the Obion County Courthouse were already in the planning stages, but the episode with McDougal has sped that up for the sheriff’s office and court personnel, he said.

Options under discussion include requiring that attorneys who frequent the courthouse have ID cards and that out-of-town attorneys be required to show official ID cards, such as proof of Bar Association membership and also be required to pass through the security checkpoints like the public is now.

Treece said, “We’re in discussion with one of the judges and we’re talking with defense attorneys, prosecutors, court staff and try to develop a reasonable plan that also ensures everyone’s safety and security.”

Marching Patriots Do Well At Murray Competition

Murray, Ky.-The HCHS Marching Patriots competed in their fourth competition on Saturday, appearing at the Festival of Champions at Murray State.  For the first time in recent memory, the Marching Patriots made the finals at the contest. In the preliminary round, the band placed 3rd in Class AAAAA (6th band overall) and qualified for finals. In finals, the band finished 7th overall.  

UTM To Honor Three At Homecoming

Martin, Tenn. — An accomplished television news anchor and reporter, a legendary basketball coach, and a former dean, college president and co-founder of the WestStar Leadership Program will be honored during Homecoming 2014 at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Oct. 24-26. 

WPSD Local 6’s Jennifer Horbelt, retired WNBA coach Lin Dunn and Dr. Bob Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, will be honored during the 2 p.m. Homecoming football game against Austin Peay State University, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. 

The individual awards are:

•Jennifer Horbelt, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the recipient’s chosen profession (recipient must not be more than 40 years of age)
•Lin Dunn, Outstanding Alumni Award, recognizing an alumnus or alumna for outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession
•Dr. Robert M. Smith, Chancellor’s Award for University Service, recognizing outstanding service to UT Martin. 

Horbelt, who was raised in Houston, Texas, and received her communications degree in 2007, is the co-anchor of WPSD Local 6’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Faulkner.  

Dunn, a Dresden, Tenn., native, received her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and English in 1969 from UT Martin and a master’s degree in 1970 from UT Knoxville. Regarded as a pioneer in women’s basketball history, her coaching career preceded passage of Title IX legislation in the 1970s and includes trips to the NCAA Final Four and WNBA finals. 
Smith holds degrees from Temple University, Ohio University and Wichita State University. He served for nine years as president of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania after serving three years as the university’s provost. 

TBI Program Helps Officers Exposed To Fentanyl

Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program to provide a potentially life-saving resource to its Special Agents who might come into contact with fentanyl.

In recent years, law enforcement agencies across the country have reported an increase in exposure to the powerful and potentially deadly painkiller, primarily in heroin recoveries. In recent months, TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin. In powder form, fentanyl, a drug classified as an opioid, can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled. The effects of overdose can range from breathing problems to death. 

In April, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device called Evzio. When administered correctly, the handheld auto-injector delivers a dose of naloxone, a known antidote for opioid overdose. The medicine has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medications. 

TBI spent more than two months developing its naloxone program. Initially, the device will be provided to Agents in the TBI’s Drug Investigation Division, along with specified Forensic Scientists. The agency plans to expand the program in 2015 to include Agents in the Criminal Investigation Division.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”

In order to carry Evzio, TBI personnel must complete an extensive online training, which includes policies for storing, administering and reporting use of the device, in addition to the related Tennessee law. In the most recent legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers approved a bill allowing the use of naloxone in specified circumstances and providing civil immunity for those who administer it in good faith.

Fire Destroys Another Carroll County Firehouse

Vale, Tenn.-Fire destroyed the Carroll County Fire Department, District Two, firehouse Monday afternoon.

The firehouse is located in the community of Vale, near Bruceton.

Fire officials said the blaze is under investigation. This is the second firehouse to be destroyed in Carroll County in the past six weeks. The first was in Bruceton.

Sulphur Well Hayride, Chili Supper This Saturday 

Springville, Tenn.-The Sulphur Well Church of Christ will be hosting a Hayride, Trunk or Treat and Chili Supper beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

The event will include games, chili and hot dogs, hayride, a fire for s’mores, pumpkin decorating, prizes, cake walk and more.

The church is located at 1760 Oak Grove Rd., Springville.

Paris PD To Conduct Child Seat Checks

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department has announced it will be conducting a check point in the back parking lot of the Henry County Health Department on Joy Street from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. 

The event will check for infant and child car seats. The 911 Fox and the Paris Fire Department’s Fire Safe House will be on hand to provide helpful information for children and their parents. 

Henry County GOP To Discuss Common Core

Paris, Tenn.-Laurie Cardoza-Moore will be the guest speaker at this week’s Henry County Republican Party meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23 at the County Courthouse.

Cardoza-Moore speaks on issues related to Common Core. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

County Requests Funding Restored To River Basin Authority

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer (center at podium) addresses the commission. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting for a short and sweet session Monday night, the Henry County Commissioners unanimously approved a request to Governor Bill Haslam and the General Assembly to restore funding to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said the River Basin Authority does a “tremendous job” and is a “valuable resource” for Henry and the other 19 counties that it serves, which includes Obion, Weakley, Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Lake, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy and Tipton Counties.

Due to recent budget cuts, the ability of the River Basin Authority to provide services has been greatly diminished, Greer said.

The request will be sent as a joint one to include all the counties served, he said. 

County Commissioner and Director of the W.G. Rhea Library Connie McSwain said again that the library is in the process of sending library cards to all students in Henry County to allow them to participate in the TutorTennessee online tutoring program.

McSwain said library cards have now been sent to all the students in the city, with cards for the students in the county system being worked on now. “By Christmas, we’ll have library cards to all students in the county,” McSwain said.

Volunteers are needed to expedite the process, she said. Anyone wishing to volunteer can call the library or the county commission office.

McSwain said Henry County was one of few chosen for the pilot program and said it is “a great honor”.

Greer said, “This is a great program and it was great work getting it here.”

In other business, the commission approved changes in the capital projects fund to allow purchase of vehicles for the sheriff’s office.

Joint Meeting Set On Sales Tax

Paris, Tenn.-A joint work session will be held with the City of Paris, Henry County Commission, Paris Special School District board, and the Henry County Schools board to discuss the possibility of considering a sales tax referendum with a special election for the spring of 2015.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. November 6 in Paris City Hall.

Revenue and funding issues will be discussed and the possible combined approach to addressing these matters.

Unlicensed Contractor Held In Jail On Theft Charges

           Joshua Damesworth

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A rural Paris man is being held in Henry County Jail on charges of impersonating a licensed professional and conducting unlicensed activity following his arrest for allegedly stealing $197,000 from a local resident for building a house that he did not complete.

Joshua L. Damesworth, age 26, of 5968 Hwy. 79N, is being held on $75,000 bond. According to the arrest warrants issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Damesworth agreed to construct a house for $200,000. He was paid $197,000 and began working on the home in December of 2012 and stopped working on the home on May 14.

According to the paperwork at the sheriff’s office, Damesworth did not have a valid contractor’s license when he accepted the payment.

Specifically, he is charged with theft of property, impersonation of a licensed professional, misapplication of contract payments and unlicensed activity building without contractors’ license.

Obion Commissioners Approve Resolutions For MIA Seating

Union City, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Monday morning, the Obion County Commissioners unanimously okayed financial resolutions for the MIA (Made in America) seating company.

The first two resolutions approve $3.25 M and $400,000 for the Union City Industrial Board and a third amends the county general budget for $162,500 for the MIA factory.

County Mayor Benny McGuire said the $400,000 is for money MIA already borrowed from the county and the $3.25 M is for the land and building.

In other business, the commissioners approved payment of $3,400 for cutting down dead and dying trees at the Obion County Library. The city of Union City will be paying $1,700.

Morning Has Broken

Paris, Tenn.-The rays of the sun burst through the trees at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris early Sunday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

More Details Released On Shooting Death Of Four-Year-Old

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has provided more information on the accidental shooting death of a four-year-old girl on Friday evening at a home near Buchanan.

According to a press release issued this morning, a 911 call was received at the dispatch at 8:52 p.m. When deputies arrived at the home on Mt. Pleasant Freeland Rd., they found the little girl deceased.

Investigator David Doyle spoke to the father who was at home at the time of the shooting. Doyle determined that the girl was able to gain access to the loaded handgun without her father realizing and was able to discharge the weapon.

According to the press release, the girl was struck by a single gunshot. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Henry County Coroner Danny Tucker.

WENK/WTPR published another article on the tragic accident on Sunday.

Reba Is Singing For A Home

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter Volunteer Melissa Bomar shows off “Reba”, a bloodhound mix who is one of the good dogs that are available for adoption at the shelter. The shelter set up a booth at the S&R Feed Store anniversary celebration Saturday. Bomar said she was named Reba because she sings all the time. Bomar said there are some 15 dogs and puppies at the shelter now for adoption at 731-641-8090. Also at the S&R anniversary was a pet show which featured a wide variety of animals, including a rooster; BBQ from Grillin' And Chillin', an animal trade day and animal vaccinations by Paris Veterinary Clinic. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Motorcyclist In Critical Condition After Crash

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Troy, Tenn.-A Troy man is in critical condition this morning at The Med in Memphis following a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon on Campground Rd. near Troy.

Mikey Fowler was airlifted to The Med following the accident, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Obion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident and found that Fowler had suffered a severe leg injury when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the road and into a ditch. The motorcycle landed on top of him. He was airlifted from the scene around 2:24 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Book-Signing Set Thursday In Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Lt. Col. Tom C. McKinney, author of the book “Jack Hinson’s One-Man War” will be signing two of his books in downtown Paris from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Jack’s Java. His appearance is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

As co-author, he will be signing The Sniper Anthology, which includes his story of Bert Kemp, marksman of Henry County and master sniper of World War II, as well as the book about Jack Hinson, a Civil War story that happened locally on the Tennessee River.

Colonel McKenney plans to have Rick and Pam Tenan from Tallmadge, Ohio join him.  They portray Jack and Elisabeth Hinson.  The Tenans have the only replica of the famous Hinson rifle in the world and it will be on display during the book signing.

Colonel McKenney is a decorated veteran.  He is a retired infantry and special operations officer, and parachutist in the United States Marine Corps.  Having served in Korea and Vietnam, Tom is an advocate for American prisoners of war and has appeared on CBS radio, the 700 Club, Fox News, the Today Show, and CBS Morning News. 

Colonel McKenney’s own war stories are featured in the book Spite House: The Last Secret of the War in Vietnam.   The rights to his life story have been purchased by Columbia Pictures.

Suspect Found Hiding In Empty Apartment

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police found a suspect wanted for violating an order of protection and resisting arrest hiding in an empty apartment on Friday. 

Police arrested Demone Caprice Bufford, 616 Exchange St., was arrested in the apartment at 1089 Elm St. Since he had no legal reason to be in the apartment, police also charged him with burglary.

According to three different police reports on the incident, Bufford had reportedly violated an order of protection but was not in the area when police arrived. Police saw Bufford walking on Webster Street later and while attempting to arrest him, he took off running.

Jim Witter To Perform Coffee House Show

Union City,-Jim Witter, a favorite of members of the Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, will be returning to Union City this month. He is set to perform his Coffee House show, celebrating the folk favorites of the ’60s and ’70s, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Union City Civic Auditorium. 

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Witter is an award winning country music and Christian music singer/songwriter. Ten of Witter’s songs reached the top 10 on Canadian country radio. 

His debut album, “Jim Witter,” was released in 1993. The first single, “Everything and More,” entered the National Country Chart at No. 40 at the time — a first for a debut Canadian single. Every single released from the album reached the top 10 on the Canadian country singles charts.
Witter signed a songwriting deal with Curb Records in 1999. That resulted in a record deal and the release of his second album, “All My Life,” in both Canada and the United States.  
Family memberships are only $95 each, with individual adult memberships being $45, senior memberships $40 and student memberships $25. Patron sponsorships are available for individuals and businesses — eighth notes are $100-$249, with purchasers receiving two memberships; quarter notes are $250-$499, and four memberships are provided; half notes are $500-$999, with six memberships offered; and full notes are $1,000 and above. They receive 10 memberships. Corporate sponsorships are also still available. 
Non-members may purchase individual concert tickets at the door for $20 each. To purchase memberships or more information, call association president Mike Cox at (731) 536-4569 or visit 

Howl-O-Ween Is Set For Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between The Lakes invites the public to the 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween children’s program from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Woodlands Nature Station. 
Take a guided hike along a ¼-mile woodland trail and meet costumed animal characters like “Betty the Bat” and “Tracy the Tree Frog” during this non-scary, daytime event. Visit with the animals as they prepare superhero costumes for their Halloween party and learn about their special super powers of survival. Collect some goodies along the way! Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Tickets go on sale at 12 pm and cost $5 per person; Nature Station admission included.

Howl-O-Ween offers children a great opportunity for outdoor fun and entertainment while learning about some of Land Between The Lakes' wildlife. Visitors can partake in crafts, face painting, and see live animals. "The event is fun for kids of all ages and is a great way for families to spend time together while enjoying a lighthearted outdoor experience," says Shannon Brockway, a naturalist at Nature Station.

The first tour leaves at 1pm, and the last tour leaves at 4pm. For more information call 270-924-2299. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

Quad State Strings Festival Is Friday

Murray, Ky. — The 68th annual Quad State String Festival, hosted by the string unit of Murray State University’s department of music, culminates in a concert featuring the Murray State orchestra and four school-age student orchestras at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24,    in Lovett Auditorium.

A longstanding musical tradition in Murray, the festival will be attended by a 400 string students from five states for the all-day event. The students will gather to rehearse, attend a master class and perform.

This year’s guest conductors include Dr. Yeong Su Kim, conductor of The Washington Korean Symphony in Washington, D.C.; Pam Wilensky, chair of the fine arts department and director of orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Schaffner, conductor of the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra; and Dennis Johnson, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestras at Murray State.

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Four-Year-Old Killed By Accidental Gun Discharge

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A four-year-old was accidentally killed Friday night after a gun discharged at 1310 Mt. Pleasant Freeland Rd. 

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, "This was a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Williams was first on the scene around 8 p.m. Friday, Belew said, with the Henry County EMS also called to the scene. The sheriff department's Criminal Investigation Division investigated the incident, he said.

Belew said more information will be released by the sheriff's office Monday morning.

Huntingdon PD Seeks Public's Help In Softball Field Vandalism

A portion of the fencing destroyed by vandals. (Huntingdon PD photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever vandalized the softball field owned by the city of Huntingdon, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
Coach Jay Lowry called the police department Saturday to report that the fence at Fillies Field softball facility on Hillcrest Drive had been vandalized. 

Lt. Walter Smothers responded at the scene and found at least 120 ft. of chain link fence had been pushed over with the support posts broken off at ground level. The property is owned by the town of Huntingdon and is leased to the Huntingdon Special School District. 

According to Superintendent of Schools Ms. Pat Dillahunty the fence had been installed at the expense of several thousand dollars. It is unknown at the time of this report what the expense cost will be to clean-up and reinstall new fencing. 

While investigation is continuing into this matter the Huntingdon Police Dept. is asking anyone that may have information about this crime to contact them. They will remain anonymous and can contact the department at 731-986-5310.

Celebrating Fall At 7Sisterz Festival

Paris, Tenn.-Michele Parker of Paris, top photo, helps her son try on a ‘hat’ at the 7Sisterz Fall Festival Saturday, while Vendor Jack Watkins of Hazel looks on. Parker and her family were among a large crowd who attended the festival, which featured numerous artisans, artists and vendors, old-fashioned games, unique baked goods and more. Bottom photo, Martha Taylor of Paris entertains everyone with her dulcimer. 7Sisterz is located in the former Sunnyside one-room school house on County Home Rd. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Corker To Appear In Benton County Tuesday

Chattanooga, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will visit five West Tennessee counties next week, including Benton County, to meet with Tennesseans and provide an update on his work to solve the big issues facing the nation.

On Tuesday, October 21, Senator Corker will meet with business and community leaders in Benton and Perry Counties. In Benton County, he will meet for a roundtable discussion at the Country and Western Steakhouse, 189 Extension Street in Camden, at 3:15 p.m.

The Perry County event will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Bank of Perry County in Linden.

On Wednesday, he will meet at the West Tennessee Mayor’s Association at 8:30 a.m. in Jackson, followed by a Freed-Hardeman University Chapel Service address in Henderson at 10:30 a.m. and a Fayette County Chamber reception in Somerville at 12:30 p.m.

In 2012, Tennesseans overwhelmingly re-elected Bob Corker to his second term in the U.S. Senate, where he is ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an active member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Corker has gained a reputation as a pragmatic thought leader in the Senate, particularly on fiscal and financial issues. Corker was a successful businessman before serving as Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and as Mayor of Chattanooga.

Lamon Listed In Stable Condition

Nashville, Tenn.-A Cottage Grove man who was severely burned in a gas explosion at his home Friday morning is now in stable condition, according to staff at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Derek Lamon of 500 Grainger Road was airlifted to Vanderbilt early Friday morning after a gas fireplace exploded while he was trying to light logs in it. The fireplace had just been installed the day before.

The Lamon home also suffered extensive damage. None of the other family members were injured in the blast.

Discovery Park Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Union City, Tenn.-Performer Jason D. Williams rocked the house Saturday night at the one-year anniversary celebration for Discovery Park of America in Union City. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Stewart County To Provide Dover Fire Protection

Dover, Tenn. – Despite vocal objections from citizens, the Dover Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to enter into a contract in which the Stewart County Fire and Rescue will provide fire protection within the city limits.

The vote was not unanimous. Alderman Robert “Boo” Beecham abstained and acknowledged that the city “dropped the ball” by not informing citizens of the possible merger. 

City Administrator Kim Wallace said the city will see a net savings of some $31,635 per year with the contract. Dover would pay $27,500 per year for the service and would still own all of its equipment, land, buildings, and vehicles. Under the contract, one city fire truck will remain in the city at all times.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fall Colors In Full Bloom At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to visit and enjoy the cooler days and changing seasons while enjoying the autumn colors of your national forest. Drive the public access roads that wind through Land Between The Lakes. Visitors can also hike, bike, ride on horseback or ATVs on hundreds of miles of designated trails.

Temperature, light, and water supply trigger the natural process that cause leaves to turn from green to the stunning display of colors seen during the fall. These factors also influence the degree and duration of fall colors. The timing of the color changes varies by species. Blackgums and sumacs usually turn first. Tulip poplars, sweetgums, sassafras, and maples follow soon after. Oak leaves turn last, long after other species have already shed their leaves.

With more than 151,000 acres of primarily hardwood forest, Land Between The Lakes is a great place to enjoy the autumn colors. Certain colors of leaves are characteristic of particular species. Blackgums, sumacs, and Virginia creepers turn bright shades of red; sassafras turns a brilliant orange; tulip poplars and hickories turn shades of yellow; oaks turn red, brown, or russet; while maples and sweetgums display the most vibrant colors including fiery reds, yellows, and oranges. 

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Henry County Jury Summonses Mailed Friday

 Clerk Mike Wilson

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson announced today that the next term of Jury Duty in Henry County will be November 2014 – February 2015, and the summonses for that session were mailed Friday.

Wilson said the two hundred and fifty (250) potential juror’s names are chosen at random using the Department of Safety’s drivers license records.  In Henry County this has been the source for the mailing for over 35 years.  The system advanced manual selection to a computerized system in 2010 when Wilson took office.

The mailing sent out Friday will contain documents explaining the jury duty process.  More information can be obtained by calling the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at (731) 642-0461 or by visiting and clicking on the ‘Jury Duty’ tab.

“We are very fortunate in Henry County to have very few jury trials,” Wilson said.  “During my first term as Clerk we have typically had between 3-6 jury trials per year so the burden on our jurors is very moderate.”

Week 8 Friday Night Football Finals

Union City 49, Humboldt 0
Dresden 54, Gleason 6
Mayfield 69, Fulton County 0
Stewart County 26, Lewis County 15
Martin Westview 60, Obion County 22
South Fulton 40, Gibson County 15
Graves County 35, Christian County 14
Caldwell County 31, Murray 24
Waverly Central 34, Camden Central 31
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 19, West Carroll 12
Milan 28, Dyersburg 21
Hardin County 42, Dyer County 17
Crockett County 50, South Gibson 14
McKenzie 34, Huntingdon 13

"Pink Out" Day At Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-Friday was Pink Out Day at Discovery Park of America. Park employees all paid to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All the funds collected will be donated to promote the fight against Breast Cancer. (Discovery Park of America photo).


Large Number Of Vendors On Tap For Small Business Expo

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, at the Henry County Fairgrounds and a large number of vendors will be on hand.

This year’s Expo theme will be “The Price Is Always Right”.

“The Chamber’s Small Business Expo is a community event that will be lots of fun this year,” according to Expo Committee Chair Tory Daughrity. “We will have a game with a prize basket for our visitors and opportunities to learn about Henry County’s small businesses.”

The Chamber will also have a Business After Hours for members the night before the expo, October 20th, 5 pm to 7 pm.

Vendors already registered include UTM REED Center, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Toggery, Rutledge Advertising, Indoor Air Solutions, Morningside Assisted Living, K and B Supplies for Success, Carey Counseling, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Civic Center, Tennessee Career Center, Behavioral Health, Hamilton-Ryker, My Favorite Things, West Tennessee Printing, Meo Mio’s, PerryLodgic Brewing, FirstBank, Henry County Medical Center, Eiffel Gardens, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Paris Family Chiropractic, Bethel University, Commercial Bank, Campbell Therapy, Wofford’s Nursery, Foundation Bank, Flex Fitness, Robbie to the Rescue, Pepsi Mid-America, CareAll Home Care, Advantage Promotional Products, Cindy’s Catering, Public Utility District, Clean Air Solutions, Benefits First, Tri County Publishing, Peddler Advantage, A Place Called Home and WLJT.

State Unemployment Down To 7.3 %
Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.3 percent, one tenth of one percentage point lower than the 7.4 August revised rate. 

The U.S. preliminary rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August.

Economic Summary
Tennessee's September unemployment rate declined to 7.3 percent after four consecutive months of increasing rates. 
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent. 
Total nonfarm employment increased 7,200 jobs from August to September. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, education/health services, and government. 
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 60,700 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cottage Grove Man Seriously Injured In Gas Explosion

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-A Cottage Grove man was seriously injured this morning when a gas explosion rocked his home at 500 Grainger Road.

Derek Lamon was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where a spokesperson said this morning no condition report was available.

Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Weiher said his department was called to the scene by the 911 dispatcher around 6:55 a.m. He said it was his understanding that gas logs had been installed in the family’s fireplace yesterday and he was attempting to light the logs when the fireplace exploded.

Weiher said the home suffered extensive damage. “The structure did not collapse, did not fall down, but the explosion blew the bricks off the outside of the house, blew the door frames out, shattered the windows…there was a chair in the garage that was blown out the door.”

Weiher said when firefighters arrived at the scene, there was smoke in the house, but no fire.

None of the other family members were reportedly injured in the blast.

101st Preparing For Liberia Deployment

101st  Airborne Division at colors casing ceremony. (Fort Campbell Courier photo)                                                                        

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Clarksville, Tenn.-To prepare for its upcoming deployment to Liberia, members of the 101st Airborne Division have been undergoing medical training as well as taking other preparations for what they will encounter.

The 101st Airborne Division headquarters and about 700 Fort Campbell Soldiers will be deploying by the end of October as the Joint Force Command for Operation United Assistance. Also deploying are sections of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the 716th Military Police Battalion and other units across Fort Campbell.

On Tuesday, the Fort Campbell community gathered for a colors casing ceremony for the 101st.

Last week, soldiers underwent specific medical training on combating and preparing for the Ebola virus and other diseases prevalent in Africa.

During the training Oct. 9 at Dreyer Field House, instructors with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases shared medical threat information and countermeasures necessary to protect the health and safety of all personnel.

Fort Campbell officials have said they want to ensure that the soldiers are properly trained and equipped to face the epidemic they will encounter.

While in Liberia, the Soldiers will be supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development and the government of Liberia in efforts to contain the Ebola virus. Fort Campbell officials have made clear the soldiers will not be treating infected patients, but rather they will be helping with infrastructure and training.

Members of the 101st, with its engineers and equipment, will be constructing Ebola treatment units and its medical professionals will be training the local health care workers.

Mary Sue Looney To Celebrate 100th Birthday


Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman on Monday will reach a milestone that few of us can hope to achieve.

McEvoy Funeral Home President Mary Sue Looney will celebrate her 100th birthday.

Born October 20, 1914, Mary Sue is regarded by many Henry Countians as a local institution. For decades, whenever family and friends arrived in the front lobby of McEvoy Funeral Home, the first face they saw was that of Mary Sue, who always greeted them with warm hands and kind words.

Mary Sue was born in the family home in Elkhorn, which in those days was regarded as “way out in the country”. She is the daughter of E.L. Thompson and Carrie Kendall Thompson. 

Her people are descendants of Peter Kendall, a surveyor, milliner and state legislator, who was one of Henry County’s earliest citizens. The family still owns the land that the family settled so long ago.

According to Mary Sue’s daughter, Suzanne Richter, Mary Sue met her future husband, William Curtis Looney, not long after she was graduated from Grove High School. “She and her mother went to a viewing, a visitation, at a friend’s home and they saw Daddy working. She was very impressed.”

By that time, Looney was working for the Spicer-McEvoy Funeral Home. The two fell in love and eloped--all the way to Henry. 

Richter said, “They were married by Brother Chunn from the Church of Christ and they must have told some people they were getting married, because they did have attendants and some family there.”

McEvoy Funeral Home was established in 1901 by J.R. Spicer.  His business originally was located in the Opera House block at 209 W. Washington St. and then moved to 104 N. Market St. (where Wallin Hardware is now). In that era, funerals were conducted from family homes and churches with portable equipment and horse-drawn hearses.

In 1924, P.S. McEvoy began a partnership with Spicer and they formed the Spicer-McEvoy Funeral Home, moving it to its present location at 507 W. Washington St. At that time, he was located in a large Victorian home. 

In 1948, McEvoy became owner of the firm and changed the name to McEvoy Funeral Home. At that time, he also took as partners Looney, Clyde Cates and PL Sykes. Looney had been employed at McEvoy’s since 1933. Cates and Sykes also were long-time employees.

After McEvoy’s death in 1949, the firm continued operation with his wife Isabelle as partner. Over time, Looney became the main stockholder in the firm, maintaining the McEvoy Funeral Home name for the firm.

The new current home for McEvoy Funeral Home was dedicated in 1960.

Meanwhile, Mary Sue was happy being a housewife, mother of Suzanne and Bill Looney and steadfast member of the Church of Christ. 

Richter said her mother “was a very traditional homemaker. She did help out Daddy at the funeral home with visitations, but she didn’t take an active role at the funeral home until Daddy died at the age of 1964 in 1978.”

After Looney’s death, Mary Sue was named President of the funeral home, which was owned and operated by she and her son Bill.

“Mother has always been a person who cared a lot about people, a very generous person who has given a lot of her time to the community,” Richter said.

Mary Sue has been active in the East Wood Church of Christ (and before that, when it was located on Ruff Street) in several capacities, including being in charge of organizing meals for funeral parties at the church. “The church was a very, very important part of her life. We were always there growing up and she enjoyed it, felt strongly about it.”

Mary Sue also has been an active member of the Paris Quota Club, Blossomway Garden Club and the local chapter of the UDC. “And she played bridge regularly; she always loved her bridge games,” Richter said.

Mary Sue’s health has been failing in recent years and there will not be a full-blown party for her this year. The family will receive friends at Mary Sue’s home at 326 Jackson St. beginning at 1 p.m., with cake and punch in the foyer. “And, of course, she would enjoy cards if people want to send her birthday cards,” Richter said.

Since the deaths of Mrs. McEvoy and Mr. Looney, the firm has been owned and operated by its presdent Mrs. W. C. (Mary Sue) Looney and her son William T.Looney.

McEvoy Funeral Homes celebrates in 2001 its 100 year of continuous family owned business service to Paris and Henry County.

Bluegrass, Folk Artists And More At Fall Folk Jamboree

Milan, Tenn.-If you’re into history, bluegrass and traditional artisans, the Fall Folklore Jamboree on Saturday, October 18, at West Tennessee Agricultural Museum will be right down your alley.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree features more than 130 friendly folk artists demonstrating traditional farming, cooking and home life skills. You can see a blacksmith in action, watch mules plow a field, and shop for unique items like homemade soaps, candles and brooms. Plus, a long lineup of award winning gospel and bluegrass bands will be making music all day on an outdoor stage.

There are lots of activities for children at Fall Folklore. Kids will enjoy riding in a horse-drawn wagon, picking and ginning their own cotton, and taking a tractor ride around the Research Center grounds.

If you get hungry, there's no need to worry about a limited menu here. Options include grilled tenderloin, homemade chili, hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos. You can also sample fresh apple cider and old-fashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds.

Once you've hit all the outdoor attractions, come inside the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum and tour one of the largest collections of agricultural artifacts in the country. With more than 15,000 items on display, the museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree starts on October 18, at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. Parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Research and Education Center at Milan, (731) 686-7362, or e-mail

KSP Mayfield Post Welcomes New Commander

Mayfield, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police Post 1 Mayfield welcomed Lyon County native Janet L. Barnett as its new post commander. Captain Barnett is a 15 year veteran of the KSP and has held several assignments within the state police.

Captain Barnett said, "It is both an honor and a privilege to serve the Mayfield Post District and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It is the agency's goal to be responsive to the public's needs and to cultivate partnerships with other agencies and entities that serve within our area."

Captain Barnett is a 1997 graduate of Murray State University and a 2013 graduate of the Southern Police Institute. She currently resides in Eddyville, KY.

The Mayfield Post serves the following counties: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg.

Free Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library in Paris will host basic computer classes from 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 29, Jameson Winston will be teaching the class.

The classes are free to the public, but registration is required. 

Only twelve places are available. Students may bring their own lap tops (windows 7 only) or use the library computers.

Please call the library at 642-1702 to register.

Man Locks Himself Out Of Car Trying To Steal

Murray, Ky.-A Murray man was arrested on 13 counts of theft after he locked himself out of a car that he was stealing, according to Murray Police.

Murray Police Department responded to a report that a vehicle had been broken into in the vicinity of 5th and Elm in Murray. 

Gerald Ellsworth, 37, of Murray, told officers someone had broken a window out on his Dodge Durango. Upon further investigation, it was determined that this vehicle matched one observed on video in conjunction with a theft of a golf cart battery at David Taylor Chrysler on North 12th Street. 

It also was determined that Ellsworth locked himself out of the vehicle while committing the theft, and broke the window to get in. Further investigation revealed that Ellsworth had committed similar crimes at Taylor’s and two other area businesses. Ellsworth has been charged with 13 counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count of falsely reporting an incident.

MSU Offers Online Masters Ag Program

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University is offering an online master of science in agriculture program through the Hutson School of Agriculture so that adult learners can have access to postgraduate education in an easier and more convenient way.

Individuals sometimes cannot go back to school for a postgraduate degree due to life circumstances. Careers and family responsibilities can exclude them from pursuing a master’s degree. The Hutson School of Agriculture has addressed this specifically by creating an online graduate degree program that will allow adult and professional learners to gain a degree beyond the baccalaureate level.

This online program will operate the same as the current traditional master of science in agriculture, with two exceptions. There is no thesis option and students will be required to complete a scholarly or creative component as part of their enrollment in AGR 700: Research in Agriculture.

The online master of science in agriculture gives enrolled students five program — agricultural science (no emphasis), agribusiness economics, agricultural education, sustainable agriculture and Veterinary Hospital Management Certification.

Most requirements for any of the options in this degree can be completed at a distance. Taking two courses each semester can earn a graduate degree in two years. However, students can always proceed at a pace that fits them best.

There is no application deadline for this program. The online program is catered to working professionals to fit their needs according to their busy lifestyles.

“While serving as graduate coordinator, I received many requests from job and family committed alumni to initiate an online agriculture master’s. Our aim with this new initiative is to provide an online master’s program with the same academic excellence, professional touch and service for which the Hutson School of Agriculture is known. Our students can now benefit in their career advancement by choosing one of our five agriculture program options,” Dr. Dwayne Driskill, assistant dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, said.

For more information on the online master of science in agriculture program, go online at Additional information on the program, including application information, can also be obtained by emailing the Hutson School of Agriculture online graduate coordinator at or by calling 270.809.3936.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Charges Dismissed Against Bobo Case Defendants

           John Dylan Adams                             Mark Pearcy

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Decaturville, Tenn. - 24th Judicial District Attorney General Matt Stowe announced Wednesday that some charges were dismissed against two of the suspects in the Holly Bobo kidnapping and murder case. Stowe also said his office discussed the decision and the reasons for it with Bobo’s family.

Stowe said the state is no longer pursuing charges of tampering with evidence that had been filed against both John Dylan Adams and Mark Pearcy and an additional charge of accessory after the fact that Pearcy faced.

The press release issued by Stowe’s office said, “The State retains the right and discretion to refile any charges against these individuals in the future. This decision is based on a number of variables the State cannot discuss due to the ongoing investigation and active prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Holly Bobo.” 

Stowe said in the press release, “The District Attorney General’s Office would respectfully request that all those concerned with this decision please refrain from unsubstantiated speculation.”

 John Dylan Adams was charged earlier this week with two counts of forcible rape of Bobo that allegedly happened the day after Bobo disappeared from her Decatur County home. Those charges remain. 

Pearcy and his brother, Jeff, earlier were charged after they allegedly showed a TBI informant a video recording of Bobo made after she had been kidnapped.

Mark Pearcy is still charged with accessory after the fact, along with federal gun charges. Jeff Pearcy also is charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

The federal gun charges, however, “requires the State to wait until the conclusion of any federal proceedings before the State can obtain custody of Mr. Pearcy to proceed with state charges against him.”

The preliminary hearings in Decatur County General Sessions Court scheduled Monday, October 20 for Pearcy; and Wednesday, October 22, for Adams have been cancelled. However, Dylan Adams is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court in Decaturville, Wednesday, October 22, at 9 am before Circuit Court Judge C. Creed McGinley for his initial appearance on the new charges. 

Dorena-Hickman Ferry On Winter Schedule

Hickman, Ky.-The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has resumed service on its regular winter schedule.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Ky., with the Missouri Routes A and 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

On the winter schedule, the ferry departs Kentucky on its first run at 7 a.m. and last run at 5:15 p.m.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates from the Hickman Landing with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $14 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. There are discounts for vehicles making return crossings.
The ferry is not only a critical route for people who live and/or work on either side of the river, it also is a popular and lucrative tourist attraction.

Early Voting Totals Are Down

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Numbers of early voters are down all around our area, possibly due to the chilly weather that greeted potential voters on the first day of early voting Wednesday.

In Henry County, the total who voted at the Elections Commission was 201, with 62 absentee ballots counted. Deputy Administrator Delaina Green said, “That’s much lower than usual”.

In Obion County, the total of votes cast at the Elections Commission was 199, with three absentee ballots counted.

Early voting continues through October 30 for the general election, which is November 4.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kentucky Lake To Host 2015 FLW Championship

Minneapolis, Minn. – Fishing League Worldwide has announced Thursday that the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American championship will be held on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tennessee in 2015. 

The tournament, slated for June 18-20, will feature the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner qualification into bass fishing’s most lucrative world championship – the FLW Forrest Wood Cup.

“The All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments in our sport,” according to Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “It is one of the hardest tournaments in the world to qualify for, so we strive to provide competitors with an optimal tournament location, and Kentucky Lake certainly fits the bill. We look forward to returning to Henry County in 2015.”

Anglers and their families as well as staff, sponsors and spectators, will descend upon Henry County before, during and after the event. These visitors will stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and shop at local stores. Henry County will also benefit from national publicity, as the BFL All-American will be covered in many of the nation’s top newspapers, FLW Bass Fishing magazine, the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and on Coverage of the 2015 All-American will also be broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide.

“We are honored to host the 2015 FLW BFL All-American tournament at beautiful Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake,” Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton said. “Kentucky Lake is considered one of the top fisheries in the world for bass and will provide the perfect setting for the All-American next summer.”

The BFL features a boater/co-angler format and anglers compete in five regular-season tournaments – four one-day events and one two-day event. Top boaters and co-anglers after the five regular season events qualify for one of six regional tournaments. The six regional events along with the BFL Wild Card each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American. 

The BFL is the nation’s largest and most lucrative weekend bass-fishing circuit. No other circuit offers more opportunities to win. The Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year from each division earn $1,000 and $500, respectively. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division also receive priority entry into the Rayovac FLW Series while All-American champions may advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour, the world’s top professional bass-fishing circuit.

Complete rules and entry dates will be announced soon. For more information about getting started in tournament fishing or to find a tournament near you visit

Early Voting Off To A Slow Start

Paris, Tenn.-With the weather chilly and wet, the first day of early voting for the November general election has been slow in our area today. At the Henry County Elections Commission, Paris Attorney Jim Fields was getting ready to cast his vote as intern Gage Hainley handled his paperwork. At her desk at left was Deputy Clerk Delaina Green. The early voting period runs through October 30. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Fall Brings A Change Of Colors

Hollow Rock, Tenn.-Fall weather has brought with it a change in the colors we see around us. Since his retirement from the Paris Police Department, Charlie Allen spends a lot of time on country drives with his camera. He captured this fall photo at a lake near Hollow Rock.

Manhunt Suspect Held Without Bond
Camden PD Praises Fuqua, Cisco

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Camden, Tenn.-Camden Police this morning are contemplating all the charges that will be filed against a Camden man who led area law enforcement on a manhunt that stretched over several hours.

Officers said Joseph Forest, 24, kidnapped his ex-wife and child before releasing them and fleeing into a wooded area. Forest was captured Tuesday evening hiding in the closet of a friend. He is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

Camden Police Officer John Bailey said this morning that Forest right now is charged with aggravated domestic assault but that other charges, such as kidnapping, could be pending. “Right now we’re making sure we have a complete investigation before we file all the charges against him. We may end up taking it before the grand jury. There also are burglaries that have occurred in Benton and Humphreys County that he may be involved in, too.”

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Fuqua, his K9 bloodhound Cisco and the Tennessee Department of Corrections K9 were involved in the search, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and its helicopter, and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Bailey said conditions were far from perfect Tuesday for the dogs or the helicopter. “We had heavy winds all day and it was difficult even for the helicopter. Both sets of dogs carried us to the road were he had been.”

Bailey praised Fuqua and Cisco. “We couldn’t thank them enough. They were awesome. We greatly appreciated their help. We had a real multi-agency coalition over here. Everyone played a vital role in successfully apprehending” Forest, he said.

Forest did not put up a struggle when he was apprehended and he did not have any weapons with him when arrested. “We believe he dropped those along the way as he was running. We also believe he may have been picked up on the road by someone.”

Forest was apprehended in the closet of a friend’s home on Dotty Rd. in Camden. Bailey said that is some 10 miles from where he first fled into the woods.

Forest will make his first appearance in Benton County General Sessions Court this morning.

Semi Driver Injured When Truck Overturns

Emergency personnel respond at the scene. (Calloway County Sheriff's Office photo).

Midway, Ky.-A driver for Kimbro Farms of Murray was treated at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital emergency room after the semi he was driving overturned on Midway Road just across the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The driver had to be extricated by emergency personnel.

According to the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Wesley Green was pulling a trailer loaded with sawdust around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, traveling west bound on Midway Road when the vehicle tire dropped off the roadway on the right hand side. Green over corrected, and the vehicle crossed the roadway and dropped off into a ditch on the left side of the road. The semi and trailer overturned. Green was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Murray Fire Department R-1. He was the transported by EMS to the Murray Calloway County Hospital Emergency Room. Calloway County Fire Rescue assisted at the scene. 

7Sisterz Fall Festival Is This Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The chill is in the air and that means it’s time for the annual 7Sisterz Fall Festival, set for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at the 7Sisterz antiques and collectibles shop at 2035 County Home Rd. 7Sisterz is located in the former Sunnyside one-room schoolhouse.

Over a dozen vendors including stained glass, repurposed items, painted gourds, mixed media and more will be on hand, along with old-fashioned kids’ games; and food including Cincinnati chili, pulled pork, and baked goods.

Sheriff's Animal Shelter To Promote Pet Adoptions

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will have its pet adoption booth set up at the S&R Feed Store second anniversary celebration this Saturday, October 18 at 45 Muzzall Street, off Hwy 79 N (lake highway).

A free pet ID tag and dog food sample will be given away with each adoption. 

An animal trade day begins at 8 a.m., followed by a pet show at 9 a.m. The Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ team will be serving BBQ and a mechanical bull will be on site. 

Celebrate My Drive Sponsored By State Farm For UC Schools

Union City, Tenn.-A teenager getting their driver’s license is a celebration. It means new found freedom and the need to make smart choices while behind the wheel. 
Celebrate My Drive, powered by State Farm Insurance is spreading the message of 2N2, 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel and asking for safe driving commitments from our local teens. 

With the prompting of Agent Phyllis Edwards, Union City High School and Obion County Central High School have registered for a Celebrate My Drive party, giving them the chance to win some great prizes such as a $100,000 or $25,000 Grant for the high school as well as a grand prize concert featuring The Band Perry. 

The Union City State Farm will be promoting Celebrate My Drive with the high schools but need the public’s help with spreading the word throughout the community to vote. Between October 15-24, safe driving commitments can be made for a registered high school. 

The 100 high schools with the most commitments made can win some pretty amazing prizes, with the two top schools winning grand prize concerts by GRAMMY® Nominated The Band Perry.

Meth Found In Car During Traffic Stop

Martin, Tenn.-An Obion County man was arrested on a drug charge after meth was found in his car following a traffic stop in Martin.

Doyle Wayne Cruce, age 44 of Rives, was stopped for a window tint check by Patrolman Patrick Dilday. 

According to the police report, when Dilday asked if he could search the vehicle, Cruce said there was no reason for that.

Patrolman Dilday’s K9 “Samo” gave two positive hits on the outside of the car, to the driver’s side door.

A search of the vehicle revealed meth to be stashed in the side panel. Cruce is being held in the Weakley County Jail.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Subject Of Benton County Manhunt In Custody

Camden, Tenn. -- The subject of today’s manhunt in Benton County has been found.

Joseph Forest of Camden was taken into custody by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 p.m. The Camden Police Department will be releasing more information this evening.

With the help of Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 bloodhound Cisco, law officers with the Camden Police and Benton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search all afternoon for Forest, who allegedly abducted his ex-wife and her child for a short time and then took off on foot.

The mother and child were released by Forest and were taken into protective custody by law enforcement.

When contacted earlier by WENK/WTPR, a spokesman for the Camden Police Department said it had not been confirmed through the search for Forest whether he had a weapon or not.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter also was used in the search.

As WENK/WTPR was the first to report on Monday, October 6, Deputy Fuqua and Cisco also were instrumental in the capture of the suspect in the group home murder in Martin.

Benton County Manhunt Underway
Fuqua, Cisco Called On Again

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Camden, Tenn. -- Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K9 Cisco are assisting in the search taking place this afternoon in a wooded area near Camden for a man who earlier abducted his ex-wife and child.

A dispatcher at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said the department is not ready to release the name of the individual being sought. But he did say that the man’s ex-wife and child are safe now and the man is the only one for whom authorities are searching.

The search is taking place in a wooded area on Eggville Road and the Benton County sheriff’s office said the man is armed with a knife. 

Henry County Sheriff Deputy Capt. Damon Lowe said the Henry County department got the call earlier this afternoon from Benton County authorities wanting to use Deputy Fuqua and Cisco in the search. Cisco is a bloodhound who is highly regarded for his tracking abilities.

“We got the call after the man had released the woman and the child and had run off on foot,” Lowe said.

As we first reported on Monday, October 6, Deputy Fuqua and Cisco were instrumental in the capture of the suspect in the group home murder in Martin.

John Dylan Adams Indicted In Bobo Case
Allegedly Admits Involvement To TBI

Jackson, Tenn.– Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment against a Decatur County man the TBI says has admitted he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo at a residence in Holladay, Tennessee. 

Indicted is John Dylan Adams, age 26, of Holladay. He is the younger brother of Zach Adams, who already has been charged and is being held in connection with Bobo’s kidnapping and murder.

Since Holly disappeared from her home on April 13, 2011, TBI Special Agents, collaborating with the 24th District Attorney General’s office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, have been investigating the disappearance of the 20-year old nursing student. 

Through information developed over the course of the investigation, TBI agents learned last month that John Dylan Adams of Holladay disposed of items he knew to be of evidentiary value to the case. Adams was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. 

Additionally, on September 17, 2014, Adams admitted to TBI agents that he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo on April 13, 2011, at the address of 235 Adams Lane in Holladay, TN, in Decatur County. 

This morning, the 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe convened a special Grand Jury in Decatur County. The panel returned indictments against Adams on two counts of Rape. Adams was served with a capias in the Robertson County jail, where he has been held since being transported from the Madison County jail. He is currently being held without bond. 

Fan Bus To Be Chartered To Memphis Competition

Paris, Tenn.-For the first time ever, the Henry County High School Band Boosters have reserved a charter bus (with bathroom) to take family, and friends to the Oct 25 BandMasters competition. 

This is the last competition of the season. Cost is $30 per seat, paid by Monday, Oct 20. Bus will depart, and return with the band schedule. This bus will not be allowed to park in the lot with band buses. Each person is still responsible for cost of admission. Current band students will not be allowed to ride fan bus.

For an additional $5 ($35) you can eat dinner in the lot with the kids (Hamburger, chips, drink, dessert). Please keep in mind; you may have to walk a little or a lot, to get to where the kids are. No way to know in advance.

Fan bus seats 56. Please call or text Susie ASAP to reserve seats. 731-707-8534.
Departure Times TBA

UTM Awarded $1.9 M Grant
Grant Will Enhance Veterinary Program

Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and assistant professor of animal science, is pictured in this file photo with former UT Martin students Jessica Phelps and Justin Hatler, both second-year students in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  

Martin, Tenn. — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,972,725 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The grant was awarded through the Title III Strengthening Institutions program and represents the second such award that UT Martin has received in the past 10 years. Funding for the program begins this month and continues through September 2019. 

The university’s “Soaring Toward Success Project” will enhance students’ post-secondary success and improve productivity. Both goals align with two of the five UT System Strategic Plan goals of enhancing educational excellence and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. 

“Sponsored funding increasingly provides essential financial resources to campuses in the UT System as costs continue to increase and state appropriations continue to flatten or decrease,” according to UTM Provost Dr. Jerald Ogg. “This Title III program is especially helpful in that it enables us to think innovatively and to implement new initiatives without fear of undercutting resources from existing programs and services.” 

One of the grant’s intended outcomes is to create a “culture of evidence” that results in data-driven decision making on issues of resource allocation and student success. Other activities funded through the program will include developing a comprehensive, student-centered advising system, leadership development, and Faculty Teaching and Learning Communities, as well as the enhancement of the university’s veterinary science program. 

Program implementation objectives will benefit from collaboration between the divisions of academic and student affairs. Sociology professor Michelle Horton will serve as project director, and Dr. George Daniel, coordinator of student affairs program evaluation, will serve as project co-directors. 

The funding will also help to expand the veterinary health technology option in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Capacity is currently 80 total students, but demand has run as high as 200 students applying to pursue the option. 

“UT Martin offers the only four-year public (veterinary health technology) program of its kind in Tennessee, and we have already met our enrollment capacity based on our existing facilities,” according to Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and UT Martin assistant professor of animal science, who also oversees the newly accredited option. “This grant will fund the expansion of our enrollment through necessary renovations to expand classrooms, laboratories, office space and companion animal kennels.” 

HCHS Marching Patriots Bring Home Hardware From Tourney

HCHS Marching Patriots mug for the camera. (Photo by Sherry Hutchinson).

Paragould, Arkansas-The Henry County High School Marching Patriots brought home a lot of hardware from the 32nd Annual Paragould Marching Invitational in Paragould, Arkansas, over the weekend. 

The band placed first place and received superior awards in several categories. This was the third competition for HCHS this school year. 

HCHS Band Public Relations Officer Sherry Hutchison said, “We were delighted as parents, friends, family and even recent alumni also traveled to see the competition. There were 18 bands in attendance. The Marching Patriots represented Henry County well!”

Field Commander
1st Place
Field Commander
Class AAAA Grand Champion
2nd Place High Visual
2nd place High Effects
4th Place Overall Band
3rd Place Over all Guard
2nd Place Overall Field Commander
1st Place Overall Percussion

Pair Indicted For Armed Robbery

                    Jesse Hailey                                  Kristi Copeland

Union City, Tenn.-Secret indictments issued by the Obion County Grand Jury last week have now been made public. Indicted were Jesse Leon Hailey, 29, Mayfield, Ky.; and Kristi Carol Copeland, 33, of Wingo, Ky., for their involvement in an armed robbery at the Maverick convenience store in Union City on August 13.

Hailey and Copeland fled the area following the robbery and were later involved in a deputy-involved shooting in Central City, Ky.

According to a Kentucky State Police spokeswoman this morning, Hailey is being held at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, Ky., and Copeland is being held in the Kentucky State Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley, Ky.

Troy Man Sought For Assaulting At Gunpoint

Fulton, Ky.-Fulton Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a Tennessee man who assaulted a woman at gunpoint Sunday.

Bobby Joe Williams, age 22, of Troy, Tenn., should be considered dangerous, according to Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell.

Williams is being sought on charges of attempted murder, first degree burglary and first degree wanton endangerment. The incident occurred at the Kingsway Motel on Highway 45.

Three Arrested, One Sought In Aggravated Burglary

Union City, Tenn.-Four people have been arrested so far and a fifth is still being sought, all on charges of aggravated burglary and forcible entry from a residence on South Second Street in Union City.

Arrested were Edward Butler and Jennifer Richards, both of Trenton; Chesley Joe Scobey of Jackson and Tina Powell of Dyer. Still being sought is Finas Hundley of Dyer.

The incident began when a neighbor saw one person handing items over a fence to another. The neighbor said the two claimed they lived there, but that he told them he was calling police. The two ran off and the neighbor was able to identify the car they were in.

Warrants were then issued for Butler and Richards and Union City Police picked them up at the Kenton Police Department and brought them back to Obion County for booking into jail.

According to the police report, Butler and Richards then gave police information on the other three that were involved. 

LBL To Host "Snap Apple Night"

Golden Pond, Ky. – Early Scots-Irish settlers’ traditions come to life when Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area presents Snap Apple Night at The Homeplace, from 6:309 p.m. Saturday, October 18. Doors open at 6 pm.

During Snap Apple Night, The Homeplace takes on a magical and mysterious atmosphere. The evening begins around a blazing bonfire where storytellers entertain with eerie tales. Visitors can join an old-time Snap Apple play party and participate in fortune telling games from the 1850’s—be prepared for the unexpected.

"Snap Apple Night is a fun way to learn and experience the traditions of the early Pryor Creek settlers of this region," according to Cindy Earls, Lead Homeplace Interpreter. "It’s a great way for families to get outdoors and celebrate the fall season.”
Warm spiced cider will be served. Participants should dress appropriately for a brisk fall evening. Bring chairs and blankets. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under with their family. 

For more information, call 931-232-6457 or visit This program is ideal for home educators.

The Homeplace is located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes and features 16 restored or reconstructed log buildings, as well as interpreters in period clothing demonstrating the daily lives and customs of mid-19th century era farm families.

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Going To Be A Bumpy Night
HC Storm Shelters To Be Open 

Dark clouds beginning to roll into Paris around 4:30 p.m. today. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-With our entire area under a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch today, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be opening several tornado safe shelters in the county today from 4-8 p.m.

The shelters at Inman, Lakewood and Puryear Schools will be open from 4-8 p.m. for anyone who needs shelter. According to the dispatcher at the sheriff’s office, a School Resource Officer will be on duty at each shelter.

Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey said the basement at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church will be open to anyone needing shelter tonight.

In Obion County, a wave of thunderstorms hit around 3:30 p.m. with no damage reported.

Paris PD, BPU Warn Of Phone Scam

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police and Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today issued press releases notifying the public of a phone scam in Henry County.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said,” A male subject with a foreign accent is calling businesses and advising them to call 888-610-4445 Ext#1 in order to pay their overdue utility bill over the phone. If they... do not pay, their power will be cut off. The Board of Public Utilities is aware of the scheme. The two business contacted that we know of are El Vaquero and Lepantos.”

Elizondo said that when Sgt. Michael Ramos called the phone number and advised them he was with the police department, the people on the other end of the phone hung up.

Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said, “On Monday, October 13, some Board of Public Utilities customers were fraudulently contacted by phone in an effort to collect payment for delinquent electric bills. The customers are being asked to call a toll free number and wire the payment within the next thirty minutes to prevent their power from being disconnected.”

Wimberley stressed, “The BPU is not making these calls. Under no circumstances will BPU request its customers to wire money for payments. BPU customers who receive this fraudulent call are asked to report the incident to the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.”

Heartfelt Surprise Reunion Captured In Photos

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Photographer Jason Aldridge just happened to be in just the right spot Saturday night to capture fantastic photos of a heart-warming reunion between cousins at the Union City Invitational Band Contest. 

Aldridge’s son is in the Union City High School drumline and he takes photos at all of the competitions. He said, “Usually, I see these types of events only online, but played witness to my first one tonight.”

The cousin of Gibson County Student Hannah Hunt is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and had promised her that he would see her in action on the field at some point during the school year, Aldridge said.

As a surprise to her, Saturday night was the big night. Her cousin, Noah Maxwell, was standing at the end of the line waiting to greet her and her reaction, as everyone can see from Aldridge’s photos, was emotional and heartfelt.

Addi Cate Named HCHS Homecoming Queen

Paris, Tenn.-Senior Addi Cate, center, was named Henry County High School Homecoming Queen at Friday night’s football game at Patriot Stadium. This year’s Homecoming Court included (left to right): Sophomore Calista Herrera; Senior Bria Woodruff; Senior Hailey Frizzell; and Junior Manning Boley. The Patriots celebrated Homecoming in style, beating Clarksville High by a dominating score of 44-14. Bottom photo, HCHS cheerleaders gather for a photo. (Pam McCord photos).

Early Voting Begins Wednesday
Constitutional Amendments Outlined

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Early voting for the November 4, general election begins on Wednesday, October 15, and continues through October 30.

The November 4 general election will have several items on the ballots, including Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives and four state constitutional amendments. 

In Henry County, voters also will be voting on Paris city commission, Henry and Puryear city elections. 

In Obion County, there will be a crowded ballots. Voters in Union City will be voting on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. Elsewhere in the county, Kenton will be voting on mayor, aldermen and city judge; the city of Obion will vote on mayor and council; Samburg will vote on aldermen; the city of Fulton will vote on commissioners in Wards 2 and 3; Troy will vote on mayor and aldermen; Union City will vote on councilman-at-large in Wards 1 and 4 and the Union City school board will have members up to election. 

The four constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot will encompass abortion law changes, how judges a chosen, the state income tax and games of chance.

Amendment 1: Abortion law changes

Currently the state does not have power to change abortion rules. Amendment 1 would give the state the power to change rules governing abortion, giving the legislature power to change or repeal current rules involving the procedure. The amendment would add in the Constitution that an abortion would not be 'a right' by law.

Amendment 2: How judges are chosen

In Tennessee currently, it is up to voters to choose judges in the Supreme and Appellate Courts, but Amendment 2 would call for that to change. Language in the measure says judges would first be chosen by the governor, followed by two-thirds majority approval by both state houses. As the amendment is written, voters would have their say as to retain the judge after his or her eight-year term.

Amendment 3: State income tax

Tennesseans do not pay income tax and Amendment 3 would ensure that stays the same, just on paper. 

Amendment 4: Charities & Games of Chance

The state lottery supports education and the state’s schools are one of the many groups that are classified as 501 (c) (3) by the IRS, and can use games of chance for revenue. If Amendment 4 passes, the legislature would vote on which non-profit organizations that support veterans could host gambling events.
You can contact the Henry County Board of Elections at 731-642-0411 and the Obion County Elections Office at 1-731-885-1901.

Library Cards Being Distributed To HC Students

Paris, Tenn.-In conjunction with the pilot program for all Henry County citizens provided by the Secretary of State, W.G. Rhea Public Library has been in the process of supplying library cards to each student whose parents have requested a library card through their schools. 

Library Director Connie Swain said the requested library cards have now been delivered to all schools in the Paris Special Schools district and the library staff “is working diligently to enter the cards into the system for the county schools”.

If you have a child in the city system and find an issue with your child’s library card, please bring all information to the W. G. Rhea Public Library. Please do not refer your questions to your school or the teachers, McSwain said.

If for some reason your child did not request a library card, please come to the W. G. Rhea Public Library on 400 West Washington Street during library hours and request a card for your child.

State Wildlife Refuge Celebration Is Saturday

The view of the Tennessee River from the new Visitor's Center. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold a special celebration Saturday, October 18, to cap off this week’s observance of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-18.

Staff at the local refuge said this will be the perfect opportunity to see the new Visitor Center. The week’s celebrations will end with a special event planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Visitors will be invited to use things from nature to create something that the family can take home and enjoy. 

Beginning at 1 pm will be a special program, “The Clean Green Algae Machine”. Courtney Anderson will be talking about the unique properties of algae and how we depend on it and use it in many products. 

After the program, refuge staff invites the public to hike the newly rocked Britton Ford Hiking Trail that is located one mile from the visitor center. This 2.5 mile moderate trail trail winds through the forests near the water’s edge and is a favorite with hikers in the fall.

 The new refuge Visitor Center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Admission and special events are always free.

For more information about the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and its opportunities, see, or to volunteer call 731-642-2091. For more information about Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge see 

UTM To Host High School Science Bowl

Martin, Tenn. — High schools are invited to send teams to the 2014 Science Bowl, Nov. 8, at the University of Tennessee at Martin, sponsored by the university’s award-winning Student Members of the American Chemical Society chapter. Teams can register by e-mail at or by calling 731-881-7450-/7454. Registration is free, and the deadline is Oct. 20.

Competition begins with a written test covering biology, chemistry and general science. The written test will have 25 questions from each of the three categories. There is no limit on the number of student entries from each school.

Eight schools will then be chosen from the written test for the afternoon bowl competition. Selection is based on comparing the average total score of two of each school’s highest-scoring students. Competition rules are similar to “The G.E. College Bowl,” a classic TV quiz show that originally aired from 1958-70. 

Prizes include trophies for champion and runner-up schools and gold, silver and bronze medallions for all team members. Each participating school will receive a copy of The Merck Index, an internationally recognized handbook of chemical, pharmaceutical and biomedical information. The Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society and Merck & Co., Inc. provide the handbook copies. 
Science Bowl rules can be found at, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HC March Of Dimes Raises $23,000 So Far This Year

This year's Henry County March of Dimes Ambassador Levi Carter with his mother Leslie and big brother Logan, along with Bernice Holt at left and Jeannie Patrick at right. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-With the money raised at Saturday’s March For Babies, the Henry County March of Dimes has now raised some $23,000 toward its goal of $30,000 for the year.

Senior Community Director Jeannie Patrick from the Jackson March of Dimes office said, “Henry County is one of the sites that we can usually count on to make its goal” and praised the work of fundraisers and volunteers in Henry County.

This year’s Ambassador Levi Carter and his mother, Leslie, lead the march along with Levi’s big brother Logan, who was the 2007 Henry County Ambassador. 

Before the march, Leslie told the crowd of Levi’s medical history. Despite his handicaps, she said, he has exceeded all expectations by the medical field. He has 14 separate diagnoses, she said, including chronic lung disease. “He’s still very small for his age,” she said, “but he is here and he’s doing fine.”

A big reason why Henry County is so successful at its March of Dimes drives is Volunteer Bernice Holt, according to both Patrick and Henry County Chairperson Danyel Harber.

Holt herself has raised $10,000 this year and she has exceeded her career goal already. She had set an ultimate goal of raising $100,000 and has already raised $136,000.

Before Saturday’s march, the prayer was led by Rev. Emily Walker of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Meredith Roberson sang The National Anthem and the Inman School cheerleaders led everyone in cheers and stretch exercises.

Race to the Canal Returns to Land Between The Lakes

Golden Pond, KY – Mountain bikers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Race to the Canal at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on Sunday, October 19. This is a point to point mountain bike race travelling north from Golden Pond on the North/South Trail to the Canal Loop Trail. Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive will be closed to the public all day. 

"This event has been held for many years; the challenging and varied terrain makes it very popular with the mountain biking community,” said Kyle Varel, Assistant Manager of Trails. “Justin Harrison and his staff at Endurance-Plus has done a great job coordinating this and other bike events at Land Between The Lakes.” 

Race to the Canal is sanctioned by USA Cycling (USAC). Registration will be available through and closes October 17. Participants may register the day of the race on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. Races will be held weather permitting and will end near the Between the Rivers Memorial Bridge on Canal Loop Trail. 

For race information, contact Justin Harrison at 270-703-1893, email, or see the event website 

Buchanan Resort Co-Owner Dies

Buchanan Resort Co-Owner Carolyn Williams, age 74, of Springville, Tenn., died Saturday, October 11, at Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Center in Nashville, Tenn. 

She was married to John William "Johnny" Williams in May of 1957 and he survives. She owned and operated Buchanan Resort with Johnny since the mid 60's and she was a member of Russwood Baptist Church.

Carolyn was born October 14, 1939 in Springville, TN to the late John David Buchanan and the late Mable Williams Buchanan.

Besides her husband, she is also survived by her one daughter, Pam (Rusty) Robison of Springville, Tenn; one son, John D. (Vonda) Williams of Springville, Tenn; five grandchildren, Rebecca (Clint) Stewart, Derrick Williams, Leah, Rachel and Hannah Robison; two great grandchildren, Caroline and Cora Stewart; one niece, Kim (Tom) Wilson of Springville, TN and one nephew, Randy Scarbrough of Paris. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Sunday, October 12, 2014 and from 9 – 11 am Monday, October 13, 2014. The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Monday, October 13.

Interment will be at Williams Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, GA 30384-9410

Quota/Grove Class To Present $1000 Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota Club will present a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a 2015 Henry County High School senior in the name of long-time Quotarian Martha McFadden which will include a matching $500 from the E.W. Grove Class of 1964.

The E.W. Grove Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th reunion last month and honoured McFadden for working on five out of seven class reunions by donating a $500 scholarship to a 2015 senior. The Quota Club chose to match that amount, making for the $1,000 scholarship.

The Quota Club honoured ladies having October birthdays, including Mary Sue Looney, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 20.

Pat Bailey announced that pecans should arrive around the first of November and will sell for $10 for a one-pound bag.

Linda Foulks, chairman of the Mental Health Committee, gave a report of activities that happen each year, such as Christmas gifts to Western State Mental Hospital and the lunch at the Outreach Center, along with various other activities.

President Stephanie Tayloe thanked many members who worked on the Membership Tea which was held on September 30th  at the First Presbyterian Church.

Kathryn Moore and Peggy Owen chose to give the third quarter pocket change to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry.  Connie Garrett and Peggy Adams will choose the recipient of the fourth quarter Pocket Change.

Melanie Townsend reminded everyone that the annual Hog Killing Party will be at her home on Dresden Highway on Tuesday, October 14th.  The Country Store will open at 5:30pm and a potluck dinner will be at 6pm.  She also reminded everyone to bring serving spoons for their dishes and bring their pigs fat with quarters.

The McDonalds Burger Bash is scheduled for November 4th from 4pm-7pm.

The Christmas Party is scheduled for December 11th at Lee Academy Lunchroom.

Elks Golf Tourney Registration Extended

Paris, Tenn.-Registration for the Paris Elks Club 816 Charity Golf Tournament has been extended to October 13. The tournament will be held Saturday, October 18 at the Paris Landing State Park golf course.

Entry fee for teams is $150. Call 731-333-9084 for more info.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reelfoot Rural Ministries Cupboards Are Bare

Obion, Tenn.-The food pantry at Reelfoot Rural Ministries in Obion is drastically low and officials there are asking for the public’s help in collecting food items that can be distributed to the disadvantaged in our area.

Reelfoot Rural Ministries needs canned food items or monetary donations to purchase food. “We have witnessed a substantial increase in the need for household assistance in our four county service area,” according to the organization. “We are averaging 279 families per month for the first three months of our fiscal year. That is an increase of 50 families per month for the same period in 2013.”

 For more than fifty years, Reelfoot Rural Ministries has been discovering ways to encourage those who struggle in life. Today, the organization has eighteen different ways in which RRM tries to aid its neighbors in their time of need. Some ministry areas include: Food Services, Work Camp home repairs, Dental Clinic, Vision Clinic, Senior Adult Services, Homebound Meal Delivery, Day Care, and Thrift Store. 

Reelfoot Rural Ministries is located at 6923 Minnick-Selbridge Rd., Obion, 1-731583-9970.

MSU President Donates $117,000 To University

Murray, Ky.-Murray State University president Dr. Bob Davies, along with his wife, Cindy, and their daughter, Katie, made a $117,000 gift to support student scholarships, academic enhancements and other student needs at Murray State. For them, the $117,000 gift is an important symbolic one.

Upon his arrival in July, Dr. Davies was researching the university’s history and learned that university founder, Dr. Rainey T. Wells, raised nearly $117,000 to provide the seed funds to found the university in 1922.

“This is a symbolic and generous gift and displays President Davies’ and his family’s support for our university and its students. We are very grateful for this support and very pleased with the leadership that he is providing,” Harry Lee Waterfield, Murray State University board of regents chair, said.
Davies loves history and is pleased to make this gift that provides a unique tie to the university’s founding.  

Dr. Rainey T. Wells and a campaign committee comprised of James Glasgow, Robert Broach, O.T. Hale, Nat Ryan, Thomas Stokes and Ben Grogan raised nearly $117,000 from more than 1,100 donors in 1922. The gifts ranged from $5 to $2,500. These gifts secured the location and initial funds needed for the new normal school.

Week 7 High School Football Final Scores

Union City 63, Greenfield 0
Chester County 52, Obion Central 0
Henry County 44, Clarksville 14
Martin Westview 41, Dyer County
East Hickman 55, Stewart County 47
Crockett County 59, West Carroll 2
South Fulton 14, Halls 7
Lake County 32, Humboldt 8...
Graves County 48, Ohio County 7
Murray 69, Crittenden County 0
Owensboro 50, Calloway County 7

Lane Closures, Bridge Repairs For Next Week In Our Area

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced lane closures, bridge replacement and other construction work in counties in our area for the weekend and next week:

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over an overflow and the Big Sandy River.  Wednesday October 09 through Saturday October 11:  There will be lane closures in both directions on State Route 424, going into Yuma from Clarksburg, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a temporary signal, for duration of the project.

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over the Rutherford Fork Obion River and overflows. Wednesday October 8 through Wednesday October 15:  A signal system is being utilized and will reduce traffic to one lane with a 9.5’ lane restriction. 

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from South Market Street to State Route 54/West Wood Street.

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from State Route 69A to US-79 (State Route 76).

OBION COUNTY, SR-431:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the North Fork Obion River bridge to US-51 (State Route 3).

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-22:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the ramp from State Route 431 to north of the ramp from State Route 43.

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-118:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Mud Creek bridge to the Kentucky State Line.  Flagmen will be present.

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-431:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from Glenwood Drive to the Obion County Line.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some 100 Tickets Still Available For Jazz Ambassadors

Paris, Tenn.-The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform a free concert Saturday, October 18, in Paris, and there are only some 100 tickets still available for the performance.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Ticket-holders must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be given away at 6:50 p.m. 

Tickets can be picked up at the Paris Post-Intelligencer office at 208 E. Wood St., Paris.

The concert is sponsored by KPAC and the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

Hoofbeats Festival Postponed Due To Weather

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-With even more rainy weather in the forecast, Saturday’s annual Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival has been postponed. Tentative date for the rescheduled festival is November 1. 

One of the organizers, Jan Foy, said it is the first time the festival has ever been postponed due to weather. The festival is a benefit for the Hoofbeats of Hope therapeutic horseback riding program and involves a full day of activities.

Foy said, “If you have made cakes for the cake walk, we can make arrangements to pick them up and freeze them or if you have freezer space and can save them for the new date.” Call 731-782-6141.

Cherry Jones Cast In Movie About Hank Williams Sr.  

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris Native Cherry Jones has been cast to play the mother of Hank Williams Sr. in the upcoming biopic about the country music legend, “I Saw The Light”.

And that’s not the only Henry County connection to the upcoming feature: Rodney Crowell is serving as the film’s executive music producer. Crowell is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and has family roots in the Buchanan area.  Hank Williams Jr. lives in Henry County.

“I Saw The Light” is being filmed this month through December in Louisiana.

Jones calls her part “a teensy weansy” part but said she looks forward to it.

Cast to play Hank Sr. is Tom Hiddleston, the English actor best known for the movies “Thor” and “The Avengers”. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Hiddleston road-tested his musical performance as Hank Sr. with a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan recently. He appeared alongside Crowell.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been cast to play Audrey Williams, Hank Sr.’s wife. Olsen is the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, and gained critical acclaim in the movies “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Kill Your Darlings”.

The casting choice of Hiddleston to play Hank Sr. has not been without controversy. Hank Williams III has objected to the choice, saying he feels an American--and preferably Southern--actor should have been cast.

According to Rolling Stone, fans of Williams can expect to hear much of his most legendary material.  The film's producers have already obtained rights to songs like "Hey Good Lookin,'" "Your Cheatin’ Heart," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

“I Saw The Light” is largely based the 1994 biography by Colin Escott. The film is set for release in 2015.

Three Arrested, Four Pounds Of Marijuana, Crystal Meth Seized

Henry County Deputies Stacey Bostwick and Tyler Norris look over the four pounds of marijuana seized. (HCSO photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A convicted felon hiding from Carroll County deputies and two people who were harboring him were arrested Thursday in Henry County by members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Metro Crime Unit and the 24th Judicial District.

The joint operation converged on 1635 Copper Springs Rd. after receiving information that Johnny Arnold, age 38, whose last known address was in Eva, was hiding at the residence. Carroll County authorities had warrants on Arnold and he had been eluding deputies for some time, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator Adam Jenkins.

Arrested in the operation were Arnold, along with Roxanne Fisher, age 49, and Gary Fisher, age 51, both of that address. Arnold was taken into custody by Carroll County deputies. The Fishers were taken into custody by Henry County deputies. 

Deputies took positions around the residence and approached the carport door. While speaking with Roxanne Fisher at the door, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the residence. 

Jenkins said a Carroll County deputy recognized Arnold in the rear of the residence and he was taken into custody.

The officers executed a search warrant at the home and found several items stolen out of Carroll County, as well as two bags of crystal meth and four pounds of marijuana.

Each of the Fishers were charged with accessory after the fact, possession of Schedule II and Schedule VI drugs with intent to sell and theft of property over $10,000.

The Fishers are scheduled to appear in Henry County General Sessions Court October 21.

Charges are also pending in Henry County against Arnold, including felony possession with intent and criminal impersonation. 

   Johnathan Arnold                      Roxanne Fisher                                   Gary Fisher

"Breaking Bad" Star To Appear At MSU

Murray, Ky.-One of the stars from the critically-acclaimed television series “Breaking Bad” will appear November 12 at Murray State University.

RJ Mitte will be speaking at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Curris Center Ballroom. Mitte, age 22, played Walt Jr., the son of Walter White, the cancer-stricken teacher turned meth manufacturer on the Emmy-winning show.

Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although he suffers from a milder form of the disability. Mitte has become involved with several organizations that raise awareness about disabilities and diversity. He is a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. 

On college and high school campuses, Mitte delivers inspirational presentations and speaks openly about how he has overcome obstacles, including bullying.

Mitte's appearance is sponsored by the MSU Student Government Association and is free to the public.

HC Patriots, UC Golden Tornadoes Observe Homecoming Tonight

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Both Henry County and Union City High Schools will be celebrating their Homecomings tonight--and both schools should expect extremely wet conditions.

As Henry County High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete said this morning, “If you’re coming to the game, you better bring a boat.”

The Union City Golden Tornadoes will be playing a “white out game”, at which all the players will be wearing white. WENK/WTPR Sports Commentator Mike Hutchens said the theme of the evening will be “throw back night” and there will be several class reunions ongoing.

The Golden Tornadoes will have reason to be in an upbeat mood tonight, since the team was the unanimous choice at Number 1 in the State AP Poll for the first time this season. Hutchens said, “Union City has been ranked No. 1 all year, but this is the first time it’s been unanimous.”

Union City will face Greenfield.

The Henry County Patriots will face Clarksville tonight.

Both the Golden Tornadoes and the Patriots are the reigning state champions in their respective divisions.

Henry County Native To Receive Outstanding Award

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University’s dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, Dr. Tony Brannon, will receive the Outstanding Service Citation at the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) convention in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 18-22.

Brannon is a native of Henry County.

“I am extremely humbled by having been selected for the Outstanding Service award by the National Association of Agricultural Education,” Brannon said. “Some of the best times of my career were spent as a beginning high school agriculture teacher. Since that time, I have devoted myself as a teacher educator and an administrator to striving to serve the profession, teachers and the students of agricultural education and FFA. I truly appreciate their recognition of my efforts.”

The Outstanding Service Citation award recognizes a member from each of the six NAAE geographic regions with a plaque at the 2014 NAAE Convention. It is given to members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional and national levels.

PES Cook-Out, Bake Sale Still On Today

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Elementary School PTO cookout and bake sale is still on for today, despite the continuing rainfall.  Lunch will be served picnic style in the gym and PTO President Kim Patterson said there are many good baked goods waiting to be purchased.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Harrelson School Enrollment On The Increase

Henry County Clerk Donna Craig administers oath of office to re-elected Board Members James McCampbell and Doug Braden. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Puryear, Tenn.-Meeting at Harrelson School in Puryear Thursday night, the Henry County Schools board of education learned that enrollment is on the increase at Harrelson and that the newly-finished storm safe spaces at the school are well appreciated not only by the staff but by the students.

At its last meeting, the board decided it would begin holding its monthly meetings at district schools and Thursday’s meeting was its first outing.

Harrelson Principal Daniel Armstrong told the board enrollment at the school currently is 592, up from 563 in August 2013 and from 568 in August 2009. “In some parts of the building, we’re bursting at the seams,” Armstrong said.

“We’re proud of our school,” he said. “We have a lot of good things going on here.”

Armstrong noted that many citizens do not realize that the schools are the community’s largest employers. Harrelson School employs 81 people altogether, including 48 faculty, with 28 of those including classroom teachers. “We’ve got a lot of good people here,” he said. “I’ve been blessed.”

The storm safe shelters “are awesome”, Armstrong said. “We’ve got one in each of the hallways. This is really going to be a blessing for us and the kids are happy with how much room they have in the shelter spaces.”

Braden praised Armstrong for his report, noting, “I feel I know a lot more about the work you all do.”

Early in the meeting, the board unanimously re-elected Tom Beasley as Chairman and Doug Braden as Vice Chair. At the meeting’s outset, County Clerk Donna Craig administered the Oath of Office to newly-reelected Board Members Braden and James McCampbell.

Middle School Athletic Director Mike Bell updated the board changes made in the district since some of the sports were consolidated. Currently, four fall sports are consolidated. Bell said the district is looking at consolidating soccer, but will not be consolidating basketball.

In other business:

--The board heard a report on academic progress reports by Elementary Instruction Supervisor Dr. Renea Wade which she said keeps parents informed of student progress through the year.

 --Director of Schools Sam Miles said he is planning short trips with board members to visit schools in other communities which are the same age as Henry County Schools. He’s looking to visit Dyersburg and Montgomery County Schools.

Harrelson School Principal Daniel Armstrong presents a report on the school to the board.

Paris Realty To Close; Send-Off Planned October 28

Mark Johnson of Paris Realty

Paris, Tenn.-Mark Johnson, principal broker and co-owner of Paris Realty Company recently announced that the company will be closing at the end of November. One of the area’s oldest real estate firms, Paris Realty has been in business since 1959.

“We’re busier than we’ve been since the recession started,” Johnson said in a press release which announced the closing, “which makes this a hard time to close, but an exciting time for the new venture that I’ll be announcing soon.”

“A Toast to Paris Realty” will be held from 4-6 p.m.Tuesday, October 28, at the company’s location at 503 Tyson Avenue. “We’re planning a great send off,” said Johnson. “We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends, colleagues and customers.”

Jimmie and Cookie Johnson bought Paris Realty from Charlene Dean in 1983 when Paris Realty was located on Mineral Wells Avenue at the current location of NAPA Auto Parts, according to the press release. Their son, Mark joined them in 1984 as an affiliate broker. Four years later, they purchased the Tyson Avenue location. In 1989 Mark took over for his dad as managing broker of the firm with a mission of promoting the quality of life in Henry County to retirees, businesses and the community at large.

“After Paris Manufacturing closed in the late ‘80s, Henry County had a case of the blues,” according to Johnson, who realized early on that the community had to create its own good press and “sell itself, not only to outsiders but to locals, as well.” As a Jaycee, Johnson helped publicize the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry throughout the state. “When I aged out of the Jaycees, I transitioned into the Chamber of Commerce.” He served for six years on the board and eventually served as chamber president. “Community involvement has been key to our success,” he said in the press release.

“While our family has been the face Paris Realty for over 30 years, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the folks who came before us,” said Johnson. “Pat Chapman and Velma Frommel opened the office in the late ‘50s when real estate was one of the few ways that career women could make a good living. They were go-getters and, along with Charlene Dean, left high standards for those of us who followed. 

Of course, this community has been incredibly supportive,” Johnson said. “Our family cherishes the fond memories, the funny stories and the great times we’ve had serving our fellow-Henry Countians. Our 'Toast to Paris Realty' is the perfect way for us to celebrate our community, our history and our business."

Passenger Killed, Driver In Critical Condition

New Concord, Ky.-A 21-year-old New Concord man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-car accident this morning on KY Hwy 444 near New Concord and the 18-year-old driver is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Eric Schoppe was pronounced deceased by the Calloway County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the vehicle, Erica Rogers, age... 18, of Murray, was airlifted by Air Evac to Vanderbilt. Both Schoppe and Rogers were extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel called to the scene.

According to the Kentucky State Police accident report, Rogers was westbound on KY 444 and in the process of passing a vehicle. Just as Rogers cleared the vehicle she was passing, she lost control , ran off the roadway, struck a tree and came to final rest upside down in a creek bed.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Calloway County Sheriff's Department, Calloway County Coroner's Office, Calloway Fire Rescue and Murray Fire Department. The investigation continues by Trooper Jody Cash.

Two Cases Of Enterovirus D-68 Confirmed In State

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now confirming two cases of enterovirus in the state. Both cases involve young children, one in West Tennessee and the other in East Tennessee.

The West Tennessee case is in Shelby County. Shelby County health officials confirmed a child is being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital for enterovirus D-68.

No further details have been released about the patient's condition.

Henry County Medical Center in Paris treated a child with the enterovirus, but could not confirm that it was the enterovirus D-68 because the necessary tests were not conducted to confirm that diagnosis. Hospital officials did say, however, they felt sure it was the D-68 strain.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms and can cause some children to experience breathing problems.

It is now confirmed in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Historical Smokey Bear Prints On Display At LBL

Golden Pond , KY – Celebrating Smokey’s 70th birthday in 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service produced two complete sets of Smokey Bear historical prints for distribution to Forest Service offices throughout the Nation. Visitors to Land Between The Lakes Golden Pond Visitor Center in Western Kentucky will be able to see two replicas of Smokey Bear paintings by the artist who softened and humanized Smokey’s features, making the character more appealing to children.

Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service’s popular icon of wildfire prevention, was created during World War II to publicize the need to protect a critical natural resource—wood. To combat the incidence of human-caused forest fires, the U.S. Forest Service established the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program in 1942. The CFFP adopted Smokey as its official symbol two years later. Smokey Bear’s famous slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” was added in 1947 by the Wartime Advertising Council, known today as the Ad Council. 

The first artist’s rendering of Smokey was created by Albert Staehle ( in 1944. Staehle was followed by numerous other Smokey artists. Prominent among these artists was Rudolph (Rudy) Wendelin (, whose paintings of Smokey spanned his career with the Forest Service from 1949 to 1973 and continued into his retirement. 

Smokey’s message is still relevant today, asking everyone to use fire responsibly. Smokey understands that fire serves as one of the most important natural agents of change and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy, forests. 

The following link will take you directly to the photos included in this news release, along with captions and additional photos for downloading: 

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes.

Vehicular Homicide Case Goes Directly To Grand Jury

Clarksville, Tenn. – The vehicular homicide case against a young Dover man was sent directly to a Montgomery County grand jury without a hearing. 

Jonathan Olson, age 18, appeared in court in Clarksville today, but his hearing was waived. His bond was reduced from $1.065 M to $50,000.

Olson is charged with the vehicular homicide of Steven Gibson, age 29, who driving his motorcycle on Madison Street when Olson struck him last weekend. Gibson’s wife, Francesca Caterisano, age 26, was his passenger and is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police reports indicated that Olson admitted to consuming one beer and smoking marijuana prior to driving.  Cellophane and a sandwich bag with marijuana residue was found in Olson’s vehicle. The items tested positive for THC, according to the report.

Olson was charged also with vehicular assault, violation of implied consent, simple possession, failure to exhibit driver’s license, failure to yield-resulting in death or injury and reckless endangerment. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $1,065,000 bond.

Olson pleaded guilty to violation of implied consent. His driver’s license was suspended for a year.
Through an agreement with the state, his bond was reduced to a total of $50,000 and he waived his right to have a preliminary hearing.

Gibson was a U.S. soldier serving in the U.S. Army at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife and three children.

Oakland FD To Hold Hog Wild Fundraiser Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Hog Wild Fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the fire department at 4435 Hwy. 69S.

The crew will be serving BBQ and smoked ham cooked with Backwoods Grillin’ Sauce, made right in Henry County. Smoked for 12 hours.

Sandwich, chips and a drink for $5, by the pound for $7; family pack including chips and buns for $14.

Pre-order is available by calling 731-336-6042.

Tour de Paws Benefit Bike Ride Is Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Carroll County Humane Society will be holding the first annual Tour de Paws charity bicycle fun ride at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 11.

The ride will begin in McKenzie and travel through the scenic backroads of Carroll, Henry and Calloway counties. Surfaces are well paved with moderate elevations for the longer distances. Ride lengths will include a century, metric century, 32, 20 and 6 mile fun ride. All proceeds will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society.

On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. at McKenzie City Park at 570 Como St. You also may pre-register from 4-8 p.m. October 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. as well as pick up pre-registration packets at  the Carroll County Humane Society, 21822 Highway 22 South,
McKenzie. Registration information also is on the Humane Society’s website and Facebook pages.

Benefit For Micah Fuqua To Be Held

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for Micah Fuqua will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, October 24, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Micah is the son of Henry Co Sheriffs Officer Wayne Fuqua who is the K-9 handler of Cisco. Micah is 14 years old.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently traveling to Maryland to see a specialist in this field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with these expenses.

Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches/Chips and Drink will be served for $8. You can Pre Order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 and ask for Amy. Deliveries will be made on orders of five or more.

Bull Blowout in Murray This Weekend

Murray, Ky. — The Bull Blowout is bringing its action, excitement and fun to Murray again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18. The event will take place in the William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center at Murray State University, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

Featured events include bull riding and barrel racing. There will also be activities for children beginning at 7:30 p.m. that include a calf scramble (up to 10 years of age) and mutton busting (up to 6 years of age).

Tickets are available at the door and are $14 for the general public, $12 for Murray State University students with a valid ID, and $5 for children age 12 and under.

Parsons & Milam Rough Stock Contractors and Promoters of Buchanan, Tenn., are hosting the event. For more information, contact them at 731.642.8346.

Dana Relay To Sponsor Pumpkin Carving Contest

Paris, Tenn.-Dana Corporation’s Relay for Life Team will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest at noon Saturday, October 18, in the Dana Corporation Parking Lot (Bldg 26), across from the National Guard Armory.

The cost is $10 per pumpkin carver and pumpkins will be furnished.

Please contact Marsha Carlton at 336-6207 to sign up or for more information. 
Trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 carvers.

Grill hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TBI Adds Juvenile To Top Ten Wanted List

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a 17-year-old to its Top Ten Most Wanted List.

De’Mario Fisher of Nashville is believed to be armed and was one of 32 juveniles who escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville. Fisher is the lone escapee still at large.

Fisher is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI on an escape charge. On September 2, 2014, 32 juveniles escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville. Two guards were injured in the process of the escape. 

Fisher is an African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 foot 1 inch tall and weighs about 163 pounds. Fisher is believed to be armed. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of De’Mario Fisher is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Several Arrested On Drug Charges In Henry County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Several Henry Countians were arrested on multiple drug charges following searches at their residences by the Metro Crime Unit, along with the Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry and Puryear Police Departments.
Three search warrants were executed resulting in the seizure of over a pound of marijuana, five grams of crystal meth, drug paraphernalia, a weapon and $1,110 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales. The search warrants were executed beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, October 8.

On Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant on Rison Street where Jason McCain was arrested for possession of over a half pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, officers searched a home on Mark 1 Drive in Henry and arrested Daniel Western and Felicia Mesavage and charged them with possession of over a half pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Additionally, a weapon was seized and Western was charged with possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous felony.

Also on Wednesday, officers searched a residence on Henderson Drive in Paris. Arrested were Donald Ashby for possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Michelle Ridgway was also arrested there for drug paraphernalia possession.

Sheriff Monte Belew’s K9 Si aided officers in the searches.

Helping Hand Applications Available Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Helping Hand applications will be available starting Monday, October 13, for organizations wishing to participate in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction this year. Each year, the Helping Hand auction raises thousands of dollars for numerous local organizations.

Bowling Named TSSAA Coach Of The Year

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City High School Football Coach Darren Bowling has been named Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) for the 2013-2014 season.

TSSAA also has nominated Bowling for the Sectional Award in football. Those finalists will be submitted for the National Federation Coach of the Year award.

Bowling was notified Tuesday by TSSAA Assistant Executive Director Gene Menees, who congratulated the coach and Union City High School for the “outstanding achievement.”

Union City High School’s Golden Tornadoes won the State Class 1A Championship last year with an undefeated season. The Golden Tornadoes are undefeated this football season, as well.

In his letter to Bowling, Menees said, "This is to inform you that you have been selected as the 2013-2014 State of Tennessee Football Coach of the Year. Your name has been submitted to the National Federation of High School Associations and you should be receiving a certificate recognizing this distinguished honor soon. 

“We would also like to nominate you for the Sectional Award winner in your sport. This includes the eight Southeastern states and finalists will be submitted to the National office for consideration as National Federation Coach of the Year in your sport."

Bowling said he was honoured by the award, but gave praise to his players.

Bowling also was named Titans High School Coach of the Year for 2013.

Paychecks For Patriots' Goal: Find Jobs For Veterans

Nashville, Tenn.-The third annual Paychecks For Patriots hiring event will be held Thursday, October 9.

The State of Tennessee is partnering with Dollar General to hold the event for veterans at 10 locations including Nashville, Fort Campbell, Columbia, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, and Tullahoma. It will involve several major employers in Tennessee.

Major General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General who leads the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard, feels it was a perfect fit when Dollar General approached the state departments of Labor & Workforce Development and Military three years ago to put together the Paychecks for Patriots hiring event for veterans. The Tennessee Military Department is involved again this year, and Haston said employers who have taken part previously would attest to the success of the statewide job fair.

Tennessee has been the fourth largest state in deployments since 9/11, the general said, with nearly 30,000 going to war. He said some of these young men and women coming back have never had a job, having gone straight out of high school into basic training and advanced individual training, then deployment. 

The Paychecks for Patriots event allows employers to talk face-to-face to a soldier or an airman. The event is designed for veterans and is more streamlined than a normal hiring process. It is a bridge strategy to facilitate military to civilian employment.
To learn more about the Paychecks for Patriots event on October 9, including details for the 10 locations across the state, please visit the TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development website for the event at 

Civil War Days Set For Columbus-Belmont Park

Columbus, Ky.-Civil War Days will be held this weekend at Columbus-Belmont State Park, which is always a huge gathering for Civil War re-enactors from across the country. In addition to the re-enactment of the battle that occurred there, the weekend will include encampments and living history presentations.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, October 10-12.

Friday is "education day". Schools, scouts, groups & clubs are encouraged to schedule field trips. 

Battles will be held at 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. Battle narration and music by Rick Revel of Paris.

There will be a Ghost Walk on Friday evening through the historic earthworks and a Civil War Ball on Saturday night featuring The 52nd Regimental String Band. 

Sunday morning services will be led in period style by Rev. Alan Farley followed by a memorial ceremony at Columbus Cemetery. 

Sutlers and food vendors will be on site to serve the needs of the re-enactors and visiting guests.

Cavalry and artillery by invitation, all infantry welcome. Straw, wood, powder ration and a meal will be provided to re-enactors.

There is no registration fee or admission charge.

For more information and pre-registration of sutlers and re-enactors, call park office (270-677-2327) or email

The event is sponsored by Columbus-Belmont State Park, Hickman County Judge Executive/Fiscal Court & Civil War Days Committee.

$250,000 Gift Will Complete MSU Champion Hall

     Dr. Bob Burton

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University announced a $250,000 gift from Alumnus Dr. Bob Burton to complete the Hall of Champions, which will highlight the university’s great collegiate athletics history. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. 

The proposed facility, The Burton Family Hall of Champions, will highlight men’s and women’s sports, including football and basketball, and will showcase championship teams, All-American players and Hall of Fame members.

“This is a generous gift by one of our most distinguished alumni, Dr. Bob Burton. Dr. Burton was a nationally recognized collegiate football player and has distinguished himself in business. Currently, he serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Cenveo Inc., a multi-billion dollar company and leader in the printing and publishing industries,” according to MSU President Dr. Bob Davies. “We are very grateful to Dr. Burton, his wife, Paula, and his family for this very generous gift.”

The new Hall of Champions will provide more than 2,300 square feet of display and interactive media space that will be adjacent to the CFSB Center and will highlight the many successes of Racer athletics.

UC Council Decides Against Speed Bumps

Union City, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, Union City City Council decided against installing speed bumps on three streets--Burrus, Fairway and Vernon. Although residents in the area were surveyed and a majority wanted the bumps to slow traffic down, council members thought it would set a bad precedent in which they would be asked to make special arrangements for streets throughout the city.

Council also voted to allow the Tennessee Municipal League represent it in the liquor by the drink tax lawsuit filed against the city by the Obion County School Board. TML is representing several other cities in the same circumstance.

In other business, Council voted to pay $6,000 for asbestos removal at the old Central Elementary Building before it can be demolished.

LBL To Host Outdoor Kids Fest This Weekend

LBL Woodlands Nature Station (LBL photo).

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites families to “tame the wild” at the Outdoor Kids Fest Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 11, 12, and 13, 2014. This new event will take place at Woodlands Nature Station from 10am-4pm each day. Spend Columbus Day holiday weekend learning outdoor skills, both old-fashioned and modern. 

"We want to give families a weekend full of fun outdoor activities. We think these activities will spark a new interest or hobby that will help kids and adults grow and learn during fall break," according to John Pollpeter, Naturalist at Woodlands Nature Station. "We are offering a wide range of programs to help people learn geocaching, spear throwing, kayaking, cooking on a campfire, and much more."

General admission to Nature Station is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. The following is a complete program schedule. For more information, call 270-924-2299.

Saturday, October 11
· All Day Meet Smokey Bear (scheduled appearances)
· All Day CSI: Campsite Scene Investigators
· All Day Hunting the Wooly Mammoth
· 11am Nature Series for Adults: Bountiful Hike
· 11:30am Venom!
· 1pm Cunning Coyotes
· 2pm Geocaching 101
· 2-4pm Make your own Animal Track Guide
· 3:30pm Critters in the Campground
Sunday, October 12
· All Day CSI: Campsite Scene Investigators
· 10am-4pm Free Kayak Demonstrations (Hematite Lake)
· 11:30am Kid vs. Wild
· 1pm Monster Month: I Wish I Was a Werewolf
· 2-4pm Make Your Own Tree ID Guide
· 3:30pm Rut and Strut
Monday, October 13
· 11am For Goodness Snakes
· 11am-2pm Cooking on a Campfire Demonstration
· 1:30pm Tree-mendous Hike

Leadership Henry County Applications Available

Paris, Tenn.-Applications are now available for Leadership Henry County, a community awareness and skill building program sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at LHC offers one-day classes to people who have demonstrated leadership potential. 

Each session is taught by a community leader. The sessions include team building, government, education, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. Cost is $325. Emory Bradley is the program chair. Jennifer Hayden is the vice president of Membership Development and Training for the Chamber.

"Leadership Henry County is a staple for our organization and we are proud of our program," according to Hayden. "We are consistently building the group of community leaders."

For more information, call the Chamber office at 731.642.3431.

PES Bake Sale, Fall Cookout Set Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Elementary School will be a busy place on Friday, with the PTO Bake Sale and Fall Family Cookout happening there at the same time. 

The Cookout will be held at 11 a.m. Friday and parents are invited to eat with their children during the outdoor festivities.

Third graders will eat at 11 a.m.; fourth graders at 12:20 p.m. and fifth graders at 11:40 a.m.

The Bake Sale will be held at 10 a.m. and the public is invited, as always. To donate items for the bake sale, drop them off at the school from 3-5 p.m. Thursday or 7-9 a.m. Friday.

Rally, March Set For Ogburn Park Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Second Wave Ministry and Work N Progress of Church of the Living God Temple #72 will hold a rally, march, BBQ and chalk demonstration from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Ogburn Park. Purpose of the event is to eulogize interpersonal violence.

The same day at 6 p.m. a simulated funeral service will be held at the Church of the Living God at 718 Gwen St. Rawls Funeral Home will host and Pastor Lynn Hayes of Allen Temple CME will perform the service.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Marching Patriots Do Well At Competition

Percussion band members get ready before the competition. (Photo submitted by Sherry Hutchinson).

Dyer, Tenn.-The Henry County Marching Patriots took home some gold at the Gibson County Marching Invitational held over the weekend at Gibson County High School. It was the second competition for the Marching Patriots this year.

In the preliminary competition (with 25 bands competing), the band was awarded second place in class, field commander, percussion, and guard competition. In the finals competition (with 10 bands competing), the band ranked in sixth place.

Obion School Board Approves Non-Discrimination Policy

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

South Fulton, Tenn.-The Obion County Schools board of education Monday night adopted an updated policy calling for non-discrimation of religious beliefs, customs and holidays and approved tenure for several teachers.

The meeting was held at South Fulton Middle School and included a new employee reception.

Director of Schools Russell Davis recommended the board adopt the policy on religious beliefs recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association. 

“Since our current policy has not been updated since 2004, it is my opinion that the Board should adopt TSBA's proposed policy to replace our current policy in totality,” Davis said. The updated policy states that no religious belief or nonbelief shall be promoted or belittled by employees or the school system and that all students and staff shall be tolerant of others’ beliefs.

The board approved the recommendation of Davis and district principals to approve tenure for the following teachers: Hillcrest Elementary--Laminda Coursey, Laura Robinson, Demanda Whitmore; Lake Road Elementary Madilyn Brown; Obion County Central High--Kim Crews, Robert Lyle LaRue; South Fulton Middle, Nicholas Ritter.

In other business:

--The board approved the district’s extended contract program proposal for the new school use. Davis said, “The total amount allocated to our System by the State for the 2014 – 2015 school year is $33,070. All activities within the proposal represent the most effective and efficient use of our extended contract resources in meeting the highest priority needs of our students.”

--It was announced fall break will be held October 14-17.

80,000 Pounds Of Pumpkins Donated For Pumpkin Village

From left, Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy, with Bob Cartwright, President of Tri State, Tab Ross and Jeff Crabtree, both Vice Presidents of Tri State International, in front of Discovery Park.

Union City, Tenn.-Tri State International recently delivered over 80,000 pounds of pumpkins to Discovery Park of America in Union City, as part of its new partnership agreement valued at over $100,000. 

The pumpkins are being used to create “Pumpkin Village” located behind the Train Depot at Discovery Park. The village features pumpkin houses, straw horses, hay bale spiders and a pumpkin stream and will be on display at Discovery Park throughout October. 

“What better time to announce our new partnership than when Tri-State delivered two semi truck loads full of pumpkins to Discovery Park,” Rippy said. “We are so glad to have Tri-State as our newest business partner.” To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at 

This Year's Krider Idol In Memory Of William Gray

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale for this year’s Krider Idol, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Arts Council office at City Hall, Leach’s Music, or Paris Elementary School.

This year’s program will be in memory of Musician William Gray, who died in 2013 at the age of 33. He was the son of Barbara and Johnny Gray of Paris.

As the primary fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund, Krider Idol brings students aged 9-18 to the stage to compete for the crown of Krider Idol 2014. Since 2009 the Enrichment Fund has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to students in grades 3-12 as well as local schools. This year’s program will be in memory of William Gray.

The Youth for the Arts Enrichment fund provides resources for youth art education by supporting both schools and community organizations that educate the youth though the arts. The Enrichment Fund provides money for meaningful projects both in the classroom and in the community, private lessons for undergraduate level students, capital expenses (ex. keyboards, lighting, microphones, paint supplies, etc), bringing artists into the schools to provide workshops, art related field trips, and endeavors that further a youth’s art education.

For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit its website 

Hoofbeats Of Hope Fall Festival Is Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The annual Hoofbeats for Hope Fall Festival will be held all day Saturday at Cardinal Park in the heart of Cottage Grove. If you like fancy cars, talented pets, cake walks, live music and more, it will be the place to be.

The day will be jam-packed with activities, beginning with the car and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to noon; cake walk and kids’ games starting at 10 a.m.; corn hole tournament at noon; agility dog demo at 12:30 p.m.; pet show at 1 p.m.; and bingo at 3 p.m. 

The day will be capped off just right at 5 p.m. with chili and chili dogs served in the pavilion and the band Wire and Wood from Paris will perform.

The event will benefit the good works by the Hoofbeats for Hope therapeutic horseback riding program. Any questions, call 731-782-6141.

Registration Still Open For March For Babies This Saturday

       March of Dimes Ambassador Levi Carter

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Henry County March for Babies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11 at the Paris Civic Center. The walk begins and ends at the Civic Center and will encompass four miles.

Levi Carter, 17-month-old son of Royce and Leslie Carter, is this year’s March of Dimes Ambassador. WENK/WTPR published an article on little Levi and the struggles he has faced on Friday, September 26.

Registration information is available by calling 731-668-1023 or logging on to the website

Public Defender Appointed For Murder Suspect

Martin, Tenn. -- The 32-year-old Memphis man accused of beating a fellow resident to death at a group home in Martin was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial.
Marcus Freeman appeared in Weakley County General Sessions Court for his arraignment Monday. He has been charged with second degree murder for the death of Ollie Grandberry, age 59, also of Memphis.

Public Defender Joe Atnip was appointed to represent Freeman during the hearing..

With the help of Henry County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Cisco, Freeman was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he fled from the scene of the homicide. Cisco’s handler is Deputy Wayne Fuqua.

 Freeman is being held without bond.

Weakley Deputies Arrest Three On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three men on a variety of drug charges: Brian Mitchell McPeak, 40, of Palmersville; Tyson Eugene Wright, 25, of Dresden; and Richard Lee Harrison of Martin.

According to the press release from the department, Wright is being held without bond after an undercover informant bought crack cocaine from him. A search warrant was served at his residence and more crack cocaine packaged for resale was recovery.

At the time of his most recent arrest, Wright had been out on bond pending another case in Weakley County Circuit Court involving crack cocaine sales, according to the sheriff’s department. 

Wright is charged with sale of crack and possession of crack.

Deputies arrested McPeak at his residence after an undercover informant purchased crystal meth from him at his residence. He was charged with the sale of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $25,000 bond.

Deputies also executed a search warrant at the home of Harrison and recovered nearly one and a half pounds of marijuana and $1200. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Free Winter Storm Prep Workshop Set

Union City, Tenn.- Last year’s winter storms brought more ice and snow to our area than expected. Would you like to make sure that you and your home are adequately prepared for this winter and the storms it might bring? You are invited to a Free Winter Storm Preparedness Workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11, at Discovery Park of America. 

The workshop will be held in the LEC room at Discovery Park. Admission to the workshop is free to the public. The doors will open 15 minutes prior to the workshop. (Entrance to Discovery Park is not included.)

MSU Career Fair This Week

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University career services has two major career events coming up for students this semester — an All Majors Career Fair and a Teacher Fair. More than 100 employers and organizations came to campus last semester to connect with Murray State students and alumni to discuss job, internship and advanced degree opportunities. Students from all majors... are encouraged to take advantage of these networking events.

The All Majors Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8. Currently, 80 regional and national employers and graduate programs are registered to attend the fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third floor of the Curris Center. Organizations are recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Students should review the list of participating organizations online at and prepare to network with employers prior to attending. Participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés.

The Teacher Fair is slated for Friday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, also on the third floor of the Curris Center. Education majors are invited to attend this networking event. A list of participating schools and districts is available here online at Participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés.

For more information about career events, visit the website at Organizations interested in attending events should go online at

The career services office is located in 100 Oakley Applied Science Building. Students seeking help with résumés or navigating Racer Tracks may take advantage of walk-in hours, Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or call 270.809.3735 to schedule an appointment.

Career services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about events, contact Ray Karraker at 270.809.3117 or

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tobacco Barn Near Hazel Destroyed By Blaze

Tobacco barn on Stateline Rd. destroyed by fire. (Calloway Co. Fire-Rescue photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Hazel, Ky.--A tobacco barn on Stateline Rd. near Hazel, Ky. that had been used for 35 years by the same family was a total loss after a fire Sunday night.

The fire was the second one to destroy a tobacco barn in Calloway County this fall.

Calloway County Fire and Rescue Chief Thomas Morgan said Monday that the barn is owned by the Grogan family and is located five miles east of Hazel on the state line. “It sits in the woods all by itself and someone saw the fire and called it in,” he said.

Fire personnel were called to the scene around 9 p.m., he said, “and we had no chance to save that barn. When we got there it was already falling in. It was already collapsing.” The barn was a two-acre structure, he said.

The owner “was on his last firing” in the barn, Morgan said. “We don’t really know what caused it except that the tobacco is really dry right now and it was really windy last night, so it could have been the winds that started it. The barn is an older barn.”

Last weekend, another tobacco barn a few miles outside of Murray was destroyed by fire, Morgan said. 

Henry County K-9 Credited With Tracking Murder Suspect

      Marcus Donte Freeman

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-With the help from Henry County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cisco, Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Marcus Donta Freeman, age 32, of Memphis, for the murder of another resident of the Generations mental health group home north of Martin.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Investigator Randall McGowan credited Cisco with finding Freeman, who fled from the scene through a window. McGowan said, “Cisco went right to him”. Cisco’s handler is Henry County Deputy Wayne Fuqua. Freeman was found a short time after the incident on Hutchens Rd.

After Freeman fled, McGowan said, the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter also was employed during the search.

Freeman is charged with second-degree murder and will be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in Weakley County General Sessions Court. 

Deputies were called to the group home at 370 Haygood Rd. a few minutes after midnight Saturday and found one of the residents deceased from head trauma. The victim is Ollie Grandberry, age 59, also of Memphis.

Today Last Day To Register For General Election
Election Voting Begins Next Week

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th election. The November 4 general election will have several items on the ballots, including Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives and four state constitutional amendments.

In Henry County, voters also will be voting on Paris city commission, Henry and Puryear city elections.

In Obion County, there will be a crowded ballots. Voters in Union City will be voting on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. Elsewhere in the county, Kenton will be voting on mayor, aldermen and city judge; the city of Obion will vote on mayor and council; Samburg will vote on aldermen; the city of Fulton will vote on commissioners in Wards 2 and 3; Troy will vote on mayor and aldermen; Union City will vote on councilman-at-large in Wards 1 and 4 and the Union City school board will have members up to election.

Early voting will be held from October 15 through October 30.

Voters who will be needing an absentee ballot have until October 28 to request one. 

Voters who have had a change of address since the last election will also need to change their address at their respective election commission.

Both of the Obion and Henry County Election Commissions are open until 4:30 p.m. today.

Reelfoot Arts Festival Enjoys One Of Biggest Turnouts

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Thousands poured into Reelfoot Lake State Park for its annual arts and crafts festival over the weekend. State Park officials said this year’s turnout was one of its largest, especially on Saturday. The arts and crafts festival is one of the three biggest in the state of Tennessee each year, with some 45,000 visitors attending the event. (Reelfoot Lake State Park photo).

"Funniest Professor" To Appear At The Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn. – “America’s Funniest Professor” Carl Hurley returns to The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hurley grew up in a two-room cabin ...built by his father in the Appalachian foothills of Laurel County, Ky. His childhood was spent swapping yarns in a family of colorful storytellers, working his way through college by working on dairy farms and becoming a professor.

His ability to enliven his college lectures with humor led to invitations to speak outside the classroom, and soon he was traveling widely to entertain audiences of every variety. After earning tenure as a professor, he resigned the classroom to become a full-time speaker and entertainer, earning the moniker of “America’s Funniest Professor.”

“I didn’t leave teaching,” Carl says. “I just expanded my classroom.”

“We are excited to have Carl Hurley returning to The Dixie,” according to Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director of The Dixie. “Carl puts on one of the funniest clean comedy acts out there. He has a true gift for pulling the humorous out of everyday life, making his comedy relatable to everyone.”

Tickets for Carl’s return to The Dixie are $25 plus tax each and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731.986.2100, or online at

Wirgau To Host Campaign Rally

Paris, Tenn.-State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris) will host a campaign rally from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Wirgau is seeking re-election.

Free fish, hush puppies and all the trimmings will be served. Campaign materials will be available.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kangaroos, Camels And Brats, Oh My!

From Henry County Medical Center, left to right: RN Toni Gordon, Kayla Vasser, EMS Director Twila Rose and Student LPN Rhonda Coffelt. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-What do kangaroos, camels and bratwursts have in common? You could find all of them Saturday at the 32nd annual Oktoberfest sponsored by Holy Cross Catholic Church. Huge crowds filled the Henry County Fairgrounds for the event, which featured a petting zoo from Hooker Farms in Milan, tours of the Fire Safety Trailer by the Paris Fire Department, visits with barred owls and other birds with the Paris Landing State Park raptor rehab personnel, and dozens of vendors selling everything from dog treats to fall gourds and candy. 

The ladies from Wags Barkery of Paris, AJ Wimberley, left, and Sarah England serve up gourmet dog treats to customers.

Tim Caldwell of Paris Landing State Park with one of the park's rehabilitated barred owls.

Martin To Participate In National Night Out

Martin, Tenn.-The Martin Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out from 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday October 7. National Night Out is billed as a national crime and drug prevention event, but it's much more. 

Martin Police Chief David Moore said, “It's also a great chance to meet those who we may wave to every day without ever knowing their names. Neighborhoods throughout Martin will be participating, I encourage you to find your local group and join in.”

The National Association of Town Watch, the main national sponsor of the event, describes it as “an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.” 

Local law enforcement, who are co-sponsoring the event, see it as a great display of community involvement and support. 

“This is an opportunity for Martin to stand together as a community and show its intolerance for drugs and crime in the community,” according to Martin Police Chief David Moore. “The National Night Event highlights the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer Town of Martin Tennessee.” 

The formal goals of National Night Out in Martin (and points beyond) are to: 
» Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; 
» Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; 
» Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; 
» Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

From 4:30 to 8 p.m. residents are asked to open their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Suspect Seen In Bruceton Friday Night

Camden, Tenn.-The suspect who Camden Police say is armed and dangerous was seen Friday night in Bruceton.

Camden Police have provided more information on Zachariah J. Collison, who they say is potentially armed with a semi-automatic pistol and dangerous at this time. Police said Saturday afternoon that Collison burned a house down and assaulted an individual with a pistol in Camden. “That’s the weapon he still has,” according to the police dispatcher.

Friday night Camden Police issued a plea to the public to be on the look out for a young man wanted on felony aggravated assault and other charges.

According to the press release, Collison is possibly suffering from psychological problems. They caution that the public should not approach him, but instead call their local law enforcement officials immediately.

Camden Police have issued a national BOLO for Collison and said he could possibly be traveling to Paris, Florida, Texas or Colorado.

Collison is a white male, 5’11”, 175 pounds with various tattoos on the majority of his body.

Any information on his whereabouts can be passed along to the Camden Police Department at 731-584-4622.

Murder Suspect Identified

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police have identified the suspect arrested in the beating death of a man at the Generations group home early this morning.
Arrested was Marcus D. Freeman, age 32 of Shelby County. He is charged with second degree murder of another resident of the group home. Freeman reportedly has been a resident of the group home since June.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of his family.

For the full story, see the article we posted earlier today.

Updated: Weakley County Homicide Investigated

The group home was the scene of an early-morning homicide.

Martin, Tenn.-A suspect is in custody in Weakley County following a homicide early this morning at the Gaithers Generations mental health group home at 370 Haygood Rd. The suspect was charged with second-degree murder.

The suspect has been identified as Marcus D. Freeman, age 32 of Shelby County. He is charged with second degree murder of another resident of the group home. Freeman reportedly has been a resident of the group home since June.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of his family. 

Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residential facility shortly after midnight on a report of an assault. Deputies found one of the residents deceased from an apparent head trauma.

The suspect reportedly changed clothes, fled from the home through a window, but was caught by deputies a short time later on Hutchens Rd.

Contacted this morning, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said more information will be forthcoming Monday.

Springville Man Found Guilty Of Solicitation

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Jackson, Tenn.-A Springville man was found guilty of solicitation of a minor by a Madison County Circuit Court jury this week.

Darrin Murphy, age 45, had pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

A clerk at the Madison County Court said the court document did not indicate how long the jury deliberated, only that a guilty verdict was issued in Murphy’s case.

A sentencing hearing before Judge Roy Morgan has been scheduled in Jackson for November 10, she said.

WENK/WTPR reported in January that Murphy had been arrested by Jackson Police after he contacted a male minor online and had arranged to meet the youth at a Jackson motel. When he arrived, he was arrested by investigators from the Jackson Police Department.

Murphy also is facing first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI charges in Georgia stemming from an accident in which a young man was killed in May of 2011. The case has been ongoing as Murphy’s attorney in Georgia is contesting prior rulings and the case is being appealed in the State Supreme Court.

Paris FD Contains Basement Fire

Paris, Tenn.-A fire at 507 Park St. was contained to the basement by Paris Firefighters Friday night. Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Wade said the department was called to the residence around 7:20 p.m. where they extinguished a small fire in the basement.

The home is owned by Marlene Dillion. Wade said the fire apparently was caused by a wiring issue.

Week 6 High School Football Scores

Henry County 21 Springfield 20
Crockett County 48, Obion County 16 
Humboldt 21, South Fulton 14 
Dyersburg 38, Westview 26
Dresden 20, West Carroll 8 
Huntingdon 42, Gleason 13 
Camden 34, Hickman Co. 13
Huntingdon 61, Gleason 0
McKenzie 30, Bruceton 26

Friday, October 3, 2014

Camden Police Warns Of Dangerous Suspect

Camden, Tenn.-Camden Police Friday night issued a plea to the public to be on the look out for a young man wanted on felony aggravated assault and other charges.

According to Camden Police, Zachariah J. Collison is potentially armed with a semi-automatic pistol and is dangerous at this time. According to the press release, Collison is possibly suffering from psychological problems. They caution that the public should not approach him, but instead call their local law enforcement officials immediately.

Collison was last seen in Camden and possibly was traveling to Paris, Tenn.; Texas, Florida or Colorado.

Collison is a white male, 5’11”, 175 pounds with various tattoos on the majority of his body.

Any information on his whereabouts can be passed along to the Camden Police Department at 731-584-4622.

Henry County Tax Bills Contain Misprints

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Trustee Randi French is advising that the recent property tax mailings from her office contained an error. French said, “The recent mail out for the current 2014 taxes were erroneously misprinted by our vendor Presto Services Inc… the decimal is in the wrong location of the calculated acres.”

However, she said, all the notices have been checked by her office “and the dollar amount in the property tax due is correct.”

French said her office already has received numerous calls from property owners on the misprints and she apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Henry County Hit Hard By Storm

Stong winds blew a portable carport into a chicken barn on New Boston Rd. (Everett Yoder photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County experienced extensive storm damage as a result of strong straight line winds that swept through the county overnight.

Henry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Ron Watkins said this morning that the EMA, sheriff’s deputies, highway crews and the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) were kept busy though the night as trees were felled, power lines were knocked over and flying debris caused extensive damage.

One of the worst-hit areas was the Cottage Grove-Osage area of the county, he said. A farm at 6265 Jones Bend Rd. was hit hard, he said, with roofs on barns and silos being blown off. 

A portable carport blew into a chicken barn on New Boston Rd., debris damaged Oak Hill Church on Hwy. 69 near Osage and a tree blew onto a car, also on Hwy 69, he said.

BPU reported five power poles were brought down last night either by the wind or trees falling on them, which caused sporadic outages, Watkins said.

Watkins estimated that winds had to have been from 50-60 mph during the storms and even higher in the Cottage Grove-Osage area.

Reelfoot Arts And Crafts Festival Opens Today

Vendors have been busy all week setting up their tents. (Reelfoot State Park photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The 43rd Annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival begins today and runs through Sunday, October 5, at Reelfoot Lake State Park. 

Ranger Warren Douglas said last night's storm was hard on several vendor booths that were already set up for the event, but that the rest of the weekend's weather is looking clear for the festival.

The festival is held right on the banks of historic Reelfoot Lake and draws some 45,000 visitors each year. Over 300 vendors are signed up for this year's event, coming from over 17 states across the country. The booths will display a wide variety of arts, crafts, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and more, and there will be numerous food vendors.

The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

The weekend also features 100 miles of yard sales from Union City to Dyersburg, nature walks through the park, and old-fashioned string music throughout the weekend. The festival is regarded as one of the top three festivals in Tennessee.

HC Sheriff Animal Shelter Open House Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-In honor of October being Adopt A Dog Month, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will hold an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday October 4.

The shelter invites the public to see all the animals (and hopefully adopt one or more) and the shelter facility.

They will be grilling hotdogs and serving Wendy’s chili as well. They invite all of their former dogs that have been adopted to come back and visit, too. 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Road.

Nichols Appointed To Houston County Election Commission

John Nichols (Photo courtesy of The Stewart-Houston Times)

Erin, Tenn. – John Nichols of Erin has been appointed to serve on the Houston County Election Commission on behalf of both the Tennessee and Houston County Democratic Party.

Nichols will replace Dewain Pryor, who died suddenly Sept. 20 while visiting family in Naperville, Illinois. Pryor also served as the secretary of the board.

Nichols is married to Susan Jones of Paris and worked over 30 years in law enforcement, including as an investigator with the Clarksville Police, five years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and five years as a Houston County deputy. He also has volunteered as a poll worker in local elections.

Nichols told The Stewart-Houston Times, “It will be a privilege to work with the Election Commission. Dewain leaves a large void to fill. He was a well-respected man in Houston County.”

Small Business Expo Applications Available

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Expo will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.Tuesday, October 21 at the Henry County Fairgrounds, with a game show based “The Price Is Always Right” theme.

“The Chamber’s Small Business Expo is a community event that will be lots of fun this year,” according to Expo Committee Chair Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center. “We will have a game with a prize basket for our visitors and opportunities to learn about Henry County’s small businesses.”

The Chamber will also have a Business After Hours for members the night before the expo, October 20th, 5 pm to 7 pm.

Applications are available at or at the Chamber office.

Vendors already registered include UTM REED Center, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Toggery, Rutledge Advertising, Indoor Air Solutions, Morningside Assisted Living, K and B Supplies for Success, Carey Counseling, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Civic Center, Tennessee Career Center, Behavioral Health, Hamilton-Ryker, My Favorite Things, West Tennessee Printing, Meo Mio’s, PerryLodgic Brewing, FirstBank, Henry County Medical Center, Eiffel Gardens, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Paris Family Chiropractic, Bethel University, Commercial Bank, Campbell Therapy, Wofford’s Nursery, Foundation Bank, Flex Fitness, Robbie to the Rescue, Pepsi Mid-America, CareAll Home Care, Advantage Promotional Products, Cindy’s Catering, Public Utility District, Clean Air Solutions, Benefits First, Tri County Publishing, Peddler Advantage, A Place Called Home and WLJT.

HCHS Zombie Fun Run Registration Is Open

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Class of 2015 will be holding a Zombie Fun Run later this month and registration forms are now available.

The fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 25 at the high school. Cost for runners is $35 each and cost for Zombies is $25 each. First 75 runners receive a long sleeve t-shirt and first 25 Zombies to sign up receive a long sleeve t-shirt.

Registration forms are available on Facebook at HCHS Class of 2015 Zombie Fun Run, at the high school or at Paris fitness centers. Forms can be dropped off at high school or mailed to HCHS, Attn Buford Taylor, 315 S. Wilson St., Paris, 38242. 

MSU Named A “Military Friendly School”

Murray, Ky. — Once again, Victory Media has named Murray State University to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“We are proud and honored to be included in this ranking. Our goal is to support our military in all their higher education needs, and it is a privilege for us to provide programs and services that enhance the experiences our veterans have with Murray State University,” Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State president, said.

The survey results that comprise the 2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

The veterans affairs office at Murray State is primarily responsible for the administration of veteran’s educational benefits programs. The office serves as a liaison between MSU student veterans and dependents and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and also provides resource information to students.

Also, the VA designated Murray State a “Yellow Ribbon School,” meaning that Murray State and the VA can provide matching funds for a portion of established charges not covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

Murray State offers a wide variety of programming for the members of the military including peer-to-peer mentoring, a veteran student organization, personalized advising, career planning and placement, flexible scheduling, counseling, tutoring and more.
For information on Murray State University’s programs for veterans, contact the veterans affairs office at 270.809.3754 or by e-mail at

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Paris Borrows $2 M For Capital Projects
45 Apply For City Manager Post

City Manager Carl Holder, left, speaks as Mayor Sam Tharpe and Commissioners Carlton Gerrell and Gayle Griffith listen. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Commission approved a resolution which authorizes the city to borrow up to $2 million for planned public works projects including Bailey Fork drainage repair and improvements, public works equipment, part of the planned construction of a transfer station and improvements to the city hall exterior.

City Manager Carl Holder said, “We anticipate borrowing the funds only as needed.  The amount is not to exceed $2 million. We actually don’t expect to spend any more than $1.85 million.”

The Bailey Fork project may include repair and/or drainage work including possible mitigation on Clifty Creek tributaries, Holder said.

The design work on the transfer station project has been completed for the most part, Holder said, and the city has begun site preparation. It is hoped that site preparation will be completed before winter.

Assistant City Manager Kim Foster said she has been working with the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) to structure a repayment plan. 

With Holder’s retirement pending, he reported some 45 applications have been received for the city manager’s position. Foster is one of those applying and Holder has recommended she be hired reo place him.

Each commissioner will rank their picks for top candidates by next Friday. 

Holder said six to eight of the candidates look solid on paper. After the meeting, Holder said of the 45, four candidates are local (including Foster) and two have local connections. The interview process will begin the week of October 19.

In other business:

--Holder said he will return with a proposed drug testing policy at the next meeting. He said dt a recent Department Head Meeting, we discussed the need to broaden our drug testing policy to include all permanent and part-time permanent employees on a random basis.  Currently, 30 CDL holders are subject to testing under USDOT standards, he said. The consensus of department heads is that as a matter of fairness all employees should be subject to testing. Holder said he concurred with that recommendation.

--Holder reported that the Insurance Service Organization (ISO) is still giving Paris a ‘4’ rating, despite all the improvements that have been performed in the city. “We’ll be analyzing the letter we received from them”, he said.

--The commission approved an update to the city’s fire code, as presented by Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Wade.

City Of Paris Retail Sales Remain Strong

Paris, Tenn.-Assistant Paris City Manager and Finance Director Kim Foster reported that retail sales remain strong and ahead of the same month as last year. July 2014 showed a 2 ½ percent increase in retail sales. This represents eight straight months of positive growth, she said.

Although sales were ahead in the last two months, Foster said, don’t forget that tax dollars remitted to the city were down as compared to the previous year due to repayment to the county of sales tax dollars credited to the city in error. The last of the repayment to the county was made this month, she said.

The ESN 122 fire district billing went out at the end of August and payments have been pouring in all month, she said. “I will update you next month on the progress of collections.”

City tax bills were mailed out this week and Foster said, “We printed out our own property tax notices and it went really well.”

Fuel Spill Following Wreck Contained

Emergency crews respond to wreck. (Reggie Coles photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-A fuel spill following a traffic accident on Hwy. 79N involving a semi and a dump truck brought multiple Henry County emergency agencies to the scene Thursday afternoon. 

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said his department was dispatched to the accident around 1:30 p.m. Arriving units found a semi truck involved with a dump truck, Coles said. No injuries were reported. 

The passenger side fuel tank on the semi was ruptured and a quantity of diesel fuel leaked onto the highway near a storm drain. Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins requested the Paris Fire Department respond to the scene with its hazardous response trailer and the spill was contained, Cole said.

Paris Landing Fire Department was on the scene for two hours with two truck and three personnel. Other agencies that responded were Henry County Emergency Management, Henry County EMS,  Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and TEMA, Cole said. 

The dump truck was owned by Wayne Craig of Springville and driven by Bobby Huffman. The semi was owned by Vitran Express of Ontario, Canada.  

The accident occurred near the intersection with McGhee Lane.

Emergency personnel work on containing spill. (Reggie Coles photo).

Entero Virus Treated At HCMC, But Entero 68 Not Confirmed

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center doctors have not confirmed that the patient with the Entero Virus who was treated at the local hospital was suffering from Entero Virus 68, according to Hospital Director Tom Gee.

Reports from a Nashville television station have been incorrectly reporting that local doctors had confirmed that diagnosis and the incorrect information has been spreading through other news media outlets and social media.

WENK/WTPR reported last Friday that a patient with the Entero virus had been treated and released from the hospital. Gee reiterated the same information he provided earlier: that the confirming second test was not performed on the local patient. “It was a type of Entero virus, but we can’t confirm it was Entero Virus 68.”

Gee said last Friday the initial lab tests performed on the patient determined it was the Entero Virus and they do believe it was Entero Virus 68, but that has not been confirmed. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) requires a second test be conducted to make the diagnosis conclusive, but Gee said that was not performed, “so the CDC will still not be showing that Tennessee has had a patient with the virus, but we believe it was and we treated the patient for it.” 

The hospital board did vote last Thursday night to expand its flu vaccination policy to be mandatory for all staff, effective December 1. Gee also said that the hospital recommends that the public be vaccinated for the flu.


Pumpkin Village Opens At Discovery Park of America

A Pumpkin Stream is one of the attractions at Pumpkin Village (DPA photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-The grounds crew at Discovery Park of America has been busy creating a “Pumpkin Village” for visitors to stroll through during the month of October.

The Pumpkin Village is located behind the train depot at Discovery Park and even Park Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant said, “It is really cool”.

It’s created with straw horses, hay bales, giant spiders and a pumpkin river, complete with bridges. “It’s a work in progress,” Bondurant said, “and it’s free with admission.”

The Pumpkin Village will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays (closed on Mondays) same as park hours through October.

On October 31, Discovery Park will be holding a Halloween Costume Contest at the Libation Station. Libation Station is open from 5-9 p.m. at the Train Depot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on Halloween, guests are invited to dress up. The contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. with three grand prizes awarded.

Scarecrows abound at Pumpkin Village. 

Millionaire: Civil War Edition At Paris Elementary

Students in Fifth Grade Teacher Lisa Williams' class eagerly offer their answers on the Civil War. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Doug Richardson from Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover had an enthusiastic audience Wednesday at Paris Elementary School for “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Civil War edition.”  

Richardson, who is Chief of Resource Education at Fort Donelson, spoke to the fifth graders at the school to prepare them for their upcoming field trip to Fort Donelson. The fifth graders are currently learning about the Civil War.

Richardson said after the programs, “The students did wonderfully. They took me for every imaginary dollar I had.”

Students at PES “are always well prepared and their teachers always have them exceptionally prepared,” he said. “Always a pleasure to be there.”

Local Communities Awarded CDBG Funds

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn. – Several communities in our area have been awarded thousands of dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for various infrastructure needs and improvements.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in CDBG funds to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.

Among those in our area receiving the largest awards are the city of McKenzie, Houston County and the city of Erin.

McKenzie has received $500,000 for sewer plant improvements. With a local match of $44,000, the total project is for $544,000.

Erin has received $525,000 in CDBG funds for water system improvements. With the local match of $45,655, the total project is for $570,655.

Houston County is receiving $525,000 in CDBG monies for waterline extension. With its $27,633 local match, that total project is for $552,633.

Puryear is set to receive $122,880 for sewer plant improvements, with a local match of $5,120, making for a total project of $128,000.

Gleason was awarded $157,000 in CDBG funds for fire protection, with no local match.

“Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.”

Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

KSP Seeks Public's Help In Locating Suspect

Ledbetter, Ky. –The Kentucky State Police and the Paducah City Drug and Vice Enforcement are seeking the public’s help in locating the man they believe shipped 1.1 pounds of crystal meth from California to Ledbetter, Ky., on September 30.

In a joint operation, KSP and Paducah officers seized the shipment. The investigation has lead to arrest warrants being issued for Aaron Blake Colson, 34 of Calvert City, Ky. Aaron B. Colson is described as a white male, 6’1”, 220 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. 

The investigation continues by Trooper TJ Williams. Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous.

High Schools Can Register For UTM Science Bowl

Martin, Tenn. — High schools are invited to send teams to the 2014 Science Bowl at the University of Tennessee at Martin, sponsored by the university’s award-winning Student Members of the American Chemical Society chapter. Teams can register by e-mail at or by calling 731-881-7450-/7454. Registration is free, and the deadline is Oct. 20.

Competition begins with a written test covering biology, chemistry and general science. The written test will have 25 questions from each of the three categories. There is no limit on the number of student entries from each school.

Eight schools will then be chosen from the written test for the afternoon bowl competition. Selection is based on comparing the average total score of two of each school’s highest-scoring students. Competition rules are similar to “The G.E. College Bowl,” a classic TV quiz show that originally aired from 1958-70. 

Prizes include trophies for champion and runner-up schools and gold, silver and bronze medallions for all team members. Each participating school will receive a copy of The Merck Index, an internationally recognized handbook of chemical, pharmaceutical and biomedical information. The Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society and Merck & Co., Inc. provide the handbook copies. 

Science Bowl rules can be found at, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at

HCHS To Hold Patriot Peddlers Yard Sale

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School presents “Patriot Peddlers and Pickers Yard Sale & Flea Market” from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the high school atrium across from Patriot Field House.

The event will be held rain or shine since it will be indoors. There will be over a dozen booths with yard sale treasures. Homemade treats and concessions. Event benefit’s the Grove and HCHS Student Organizations.

Benefit Cookout For Jennifer Andres

Paris, Tenn.-A Cervical Cancer Benefit Cookout for Jennifer Andres will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the Kroger Store on Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris. All money raised with help the family of Jennifer Andres with medical bills and expenses. 

The event will include food, bake sale and auction. The auction begins at 2 p.m. All donated items for the auction come from local businesses in Henry County. For more details call Summer Allison 336-2648.

Progressive Baptist To Host Choirs

Paris, Tenn.-The Voices of Praise Choir of the Progressive Baptist Church will observe its annual choir day at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 5. Several choirs will appear on the program along with the church’s choirs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Audit IDs Significant Problems In Lake County Government

Lake County, Tenn.-State auditors reported 13 findings that should provide serious concern for the Lake County government, according to a news release from state Comptroller Justin Wilson. A key finding involves a conflict of interest with one of the county commissioners. Eight of these findings were also identified in last year’s report.

Financial management problems include expenses exceeding budget appropriations, unreconciled accounts, and misclassification of expenditures. Additionally, audit adjustments totaling $316,498 were required to make the financial statements of the General Fund materially correct at year-end.

Other findings include the County purchasing $3,910 in auto repairs and maintenance from County Commissioner Charles Stewart’s business, which violates the conflict of interest statute. 

Purchases from Stewart’s Garage now total $28,293 for 2008-2014. The county also purchased a lawn mower totaling $12,335 without soliciting competitive bids. Furthermore, there were issues with travel reimbursements paid to the former director of schools.

Although the findings and recommendations were reviewed with county leaders, they did not provide responses for inclusion in the final report.

“I find it troubling when we find the same problems within a county year after year,” according to Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “All of our audit reports include recommendations on how to correct weaknesses and deficiencies. County leaders and the Audit Committee are responsible for making the necessary changes.” 
To view the audit online, go to:

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-5454, or file a report online at: Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT

Injured Airman To Receive Trackchair At Freedom Celebration
Col. Jim Harding Of Huntingdon To Speak

Col. Mark Devine, commander, 164th Airlift Wing, left, awards Air Force Tech. Sgt. Russell Logan the Meritorious Service Medal. (Air National Guard photo by Air Force Staff Sgt Allan Eason.)

Milan, Tenn. – On Saturday, October 4, the third annual Freedom Celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Milan City Park Amphitheater located at 7001 Ellington Drive. This event honors those who have served in our armed forces and is open to the public.

For the first time during the Freedom Celebration, an Action Trackchair will be donated to a deserving injured service member. Retired Air Force hero, Tech Sgt. Russell Logan, will be the recipient of the brand new all-terrain action Trackchair. He currently lives in Millington, Tenn. with his wife and two children.

Sgt. Logan was a member of the 164th Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron from Memphis and was injured when he stepped on a landmine at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in May 2011. He sustained an amputated left leg below the knee and other injuries to his right leg and abdomen. 

Due to issues with his new prosthetic, he’s had to spend much more time than anticipated in his wheelchair. The Trackchair comes just in time for Sgt. Logan, who’s an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and hunting. “This chair will mean I won’t have to miss hunting season,” he commented.

The evening also includes a full retirement of U.S. flag retirement by a local Boy Scout troop and the Air Force JROTC from North Side High School. USAF retired Col. Jim Harding of Huntingdon will lead the ceremony. Col. Harding is the 24th most decorated soldier in US history.

Over the past two years, Freedom Celebration has sent approximately 280 care packages through Freedom Alliance’s “Gifts from Home” project to our troops overseas. Items included nonperishable food, travel size toiletries, clothing and more. If you are interested in donating items for our heroes, please contact Shawn Rochelle at 731.618.9450. The care package list:

For more information about Freedom Alliance visit Media should RSVP to Donnie Gallagher of Vistra Communications at 813.321.3314 or

Wheatley Tours WLJT Remodeled Offices

Martin, Tenn.-Paris-Henry County Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley made a membership visit to WLJT public broadcasting station in Martin recently and said she had a great tour of the station’s newly-remodelled facilities. “Our public television station is a long-standing Chamber member and supporter and learning more about their operation was lots of fun,” Wheatley said. WLJT will also have a booth at next month’s Small Business Expo in Paris. With Wheatley in photo are Mandy Hinson, left, and Monica Cochran, center, of WLJT. 

E.W. Grove Class Of 1964 Holds 50th Reunion

Paris, Tenn.-The E.W. Grove Class of 1964 held its 50th Reunion over the weekend at Paris Landing Inn and all reported a good time with fellowship and reminiscing with their classmates. Martha McFadden shared the class photo from the reunion and identified those in the photo:

Front Row Seated L-R: Sherry Hudson Mustain, Donna Tyler Ellis, Meredith Province Saer, Anna Faye Holland Bowden, June Watkins Venghaus, Barbara Raymer Thompson, Delores Ann Jackson, Cherrie Workman Barber, Kay Sykes Cupples, Martha McFadden.

2nd Row Standing L-R:  Patty Hamlet Marschel, Edmond Arnett, Mike Braswell, Dr Edward “Butch” Covington, Reggie Brockwell, Tommy Ellis, Jacqui Robison Pingree, Pat Smith Haney, Judy Cain Wallis, Linda Comer Clark, Pat Crowe McDavid, Helen Harding Henderson, Pat Hopkins, Judy Muzzall Garner, Jackie Holland Jones.

Back Row L-R: Tici Chambers, Andy Russell, Bobby Winchester, Phillip Boyd, Charles Bennett, Ron Moody, Bill Foutch (partially hidden), Sam Lemons, Roger Buffington, Larry Miller, Phillip Williams, Terry Younger Watts, Skip Compton, Joyce Cooper Thomas, Ken Steele, Susan Richardson Nielsen, Mack Shell, Marilyn Upchurch Tomlinson, Janet Inlow McCutcheon, Shirley Lowry Cooper, Jim Price, Ron Banta, John Lee, John Dale, Sid Kemp, Randy Wimberly, Ronnie Boyd, Lavelle Davidson, Joel Penny, Callis Childs.

Holy Cross Oktoberfest Planned For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Holy Cross Catholic Church will be hosting its 32nd Annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The event will include petting zoo, pony rides, music and entertainment, silent auction, games, inflatables, arts and crafts and a bake sale. Both German and Mexican meals will be served.

House Rummaged, Several Items Taken

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are looking for whomever broke into a home on South Third Street and rummaged through the house, stealing a number of items, including flat screen Tvs and computers.
The resident told officers sometime during the day Tuesday someone entered her home and stole televisions, phones, DVD players, money, collectible items, gaming systems, computers and computer equipment, movies, jewellery and even laundry detergent.

Police said the house appeared to have been rummaged through, as all the doors and cabinets were open. The suspect entered through a door by kicking or pushing it in after cutting the screen. They also removed a piece of vinyl fencing upon entering and exiting the property.

School Board Meeting Set

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday October 6 at the South Fulton High School Library. Before the board meeting, a new employee reception will be held at 6 p.m.

Board orientation is set for 7 a.m. at the board office on Friday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

101st Airborne Headed To Liberia For Ebola Fight

Fort Campbell, Ky.-The Pentagon announced today that some 1,400 soldiers, including the 101st Airborne Division, will head to Liberia in October to support the battle against the Ebola virus that is spreading across West Africa.

The Army’s 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of those soldiers, while the other 700 will be mostly combat engineers pulled from Army units across the force, Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

The soldiers will be among the total of 3,000 U.S. troops which the Pentagon plans to send into West Africa this fall.

The U.S. military mission will include building 17 100-bed hospital facilities and a health care facility for infected physicians and health care workers.

U.S. troops will not provide direct care to patients infected with the Ebola virus, according to the Pentagon.

The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will form a headquarters element for the 3,000-troop mission that is estimated to last about six months.

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) said, “The Fort Campbell community has shown time and time again that their unique capabilities remain essential to our national security. The U.S. has a vital role to play in leading the global response to defeat this deadly outbreak, and I could not be more proud of our men and women in uniform who are always willing to answer the call to protect U.S. interests both at home and abroad.”

Paris Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

       Tammy Freeland

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris homeowner was arrested today on drug charges following a search of her home after a marijuana-growing operation was found there.

Tammy (Hollingsworth) Freeland, 46, 289 Vaughn Rd., Paris, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, with additional charges pending against her, according to Paris Police Investigator Sgt. Ricky Watson. Watson said additional charges are pending against other suspects.

The Metro Crime Unit, along with the Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry Police and Puryear Police conducted a search warrant at the address and found seven marijuana plants in various stages of growth, processed marijuana, digital scales, several pills and drug paraphernalia.

Watson said the plants had a potential street value of approximately $5,600 when completely processed.

Freeland was not at home during the search. However, she was picked up by officers at General Sessions Court.

Free Tutoring Available For Grove, HCHS Students

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning October 1, tree tutoring will now be available to Grove and Henry County High Schools.

Federal Programs Director Dr. Susan Burton said Patriot XL (Patriot eXtra Learning) is coming to the libraries of E. W. Grove School and Henry County High School, free of charge to all students grades 9-12. This opportunity is made available by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

Both schools will be offering morning tutoring:
HCHS - 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
Grove - 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

After school extended learning activities will be available from 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at HCHS for students in grades 9-12.

Patriot XL offers the following learning opportunities:
computer/internet access, make up work, make up tests, study hall, book check-out, database research, TutorTN, Compass Learning, and ACT preparation in the library. Teachers from subject areas will be available to help students master concepts and complete homework. Exciting programs that enhance learning connections to the real world of work and recreation will be offered every month. Patriot XL has something for everyone!
Parent consent forms are available in the front office of each school.

"It is our goal to make school an inviting and enriching part of your student's life. We will be starting October 1st and expanding our program throughout the year,“ according to Patriot XL Directors Lisa Fitzsimmons and Amanda Mason.

Taste Of Ken-Tenn Moved To Fairgrounds
Paris Winery, Purple Toad Winery At Wine Tasting

Union City, Tenn.-With rain in the forecast, Thursday night’s Taste Of Ken-Tenn event has been moved to the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City.

The Rotary Club of Union City is sponsoring the event, set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. this Thursday. The event benefit’s the Masquerade Theatre, Main Street Union City an...d the Boys and Girls Club.

Fifteen restaurants from the West Tennessee and West Kentucky area will be sharing their specialties. A wine tasting will be set up in the Rotary Tent and both the award-winning Purple Toad Winery from Paducah and Paris Winery from Paris will be serving their wines this year.

The popular band Blind Red Rooster will be playing their favorites.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and can be purchased at the Main Street office at 212 S. First St. Call Phyllis Rauchle, Main Street Director, at 731-885-8330 or Holly Turner, Event Chair, at 731-446-7295 for more info.

$27,000 In Plus Endowment Grants Awarded

Grant recipients gathered at last night's banquet. (Susan Burton photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At Monday night‘s annual Plus Endowment banquet, $27,000 in grants were awarded for a number of creative projects proposed by teachers in both the Henry County Schools and Paris Special Schools Districts. The banquet was held at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

As always, the grant proposals were for a wide variety of projects planned by local teachers in all manner of subject matter: from writing to biology to math, and represent all schools in Henry County in all grade levels.
This year, the large city grant of $2000 was awarded to Karen Peale and the teachers at Rhea School to continue their “Taking It To The Streets” events. The large county grant of $2000 was awarded to Henry School for “School and Community Become One Under The Dome.”

The blended city and county grant of $1500 was awarded for 8th Grade Reality Day at Lakewood, Harrelson and Inman Schools.

Plus Endowment is a non-profit organization which raises funds throughout the school year to fund creative projects thought up by local teachers. It has no employees and its only expenses are for promotion of the program. The organization is governed by a volunteer board.

Kay Foust To Retire From Commercial Bank & Trust

Paris, Tenn.-Commercial Bank & Trust in Paris has announced the pending retirement of Senior Vice President Kay Fo