Surrounded by his parents and city commissioners, Q'Vonte Jumper receives a certificate from Mayor Carlton Gerrell. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-It was story time at the Paris City Commission Thursday night as commissioners listened to a book read by Rhea School Elementary Student Q’Vonte Jumper, who has made great strides in his reading proficiency thanks to the collaborative teaching program at Rhea.
Q’Vonte was accompanied to the meeting by his parents, Nykkeisha and Robert Jumper and Assistant Rhea Principal Sandra Paschall and Interventionist Olivia Smith.
Q’Vonte was presented with a certificate from Mayor Carlton Gerrell proclaiming him a “Super Reader”, along with some bling from the city, notably an Eiffel Tower lapel pin and a bronze reading medallion from W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain.
McSwain also presented information on the “Read to be Ready” program, along with all the resources that are available to everyone for free at the library, including free educational programs, training on use of computers and other devices, free videos, video games, ebooks, preschool story hour, job searches, computer lab, tutoring, free books given to the jail, assisted living and other facilities.
She also reported the local library has the most ebooks taken out by juveniles in the region. She also noted all of the free educational programs presented at the library.
Following a presentation by Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley, the commission approved an increase wastewater rates.The new rate schedule will apply to wastewater service to commercial, industrial, governmental and other customers not classified as residential.
The new rates will be effective over three years. The new rates are the result of a consent order issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. All the violations were self-reported by BPU. Wimberley said most of the local violations occur when there is heavy rainfall. He said TDEC began issuing consent orders on municipalities beginning a few years ago.
At the request of BPU, Mayor Gerrell was authorized to sign the consent order. The new rates will help pay for changes needed to be made to improve the local facilities.
Even with the increases, Wimberley said local rates compare favourably with other public utilities in the area.
City Commissioner Terry Fuller noted, “No one likes to increase rates, but we’re at the point where we have to do this.” Fuller is also on the BPU board.
The new rates were discussed in detail at last month’s BPU meeting and covered by WENK/WTPR.
Missing Teen Found Safe
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Henry teen who had been reported missing has been found safe and sound in Milan.
Jasmine Nicole Perry, age 16, had been missing from her home
since early Wednesday.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the
Milan Police Department notified them that the teen had been found in their
A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office said around 5 p.m.
today, “The Milan PD is holding her for us and one of our deputies is en route
there right now.”
The sheriff’s office earlier today issued a press release on
the missing teen, with her description. At the time, Investigator Gary Vandiver
said she was believed to be in Milan
as of Wednesday.”
TVA Board Prohibits New Floating Houses
Huge Turnout For TVA Meeting Today
The TVA board listens to comments from the public. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
huge crowd was on hand for today’s meeting of the Tennessee Valley Authority
Board of Directors at ParisLandingState
TVA officials said it was the largest turnout ever for a TVA
board meeting and it was the first meeting ever to be held at Paris Landing.
The large turnout was attributed to the board’s
consideration of a new policy concerning floating houses. A public comment
section was held at the beginning of the meeting, which drew dozens of people
from all over the region covered by the TVA, some coming from as far away as North Carolina.
After hearing dozens of comments, the board approved a
policy which: prohibits new floating houses, requires all floating houses to
get permits from TVA and meet TVA standards, and requires removal of all
floating houses by the end of a 30-year sunset period.
Owners of floating houses and people who represent
coalitions for the floating houses were on hand to request that the board not
ban their use. Several people who commented said they realized that the homes
should be regulated, but not banned altogether.
In other business:
Chief Financial Officer John Thomas reported that TVA has
maintained healthy financials despite lower revenues. “So far this year,
consumers are benefiting from mild weather and much lower costs for fuel and
purchased power,” he said. “We are maintaining good discipline in managing our
costs, even with lower sales, and focusing on the bottom line to keep our rates
low.” For more complete financial information go to: www.tva.com/investors.
TVA is cutting its monthly fuel cost adjustment in May to
the lowest level in six years. The overall system average fuel rate is
approximately 34 percent lower than the thee-year average. The lower cost is
driven by recent mild weather and lower natural gas prices.
Strong financial management also includes evaluating asset
needs today and in the future and making the decisions necessary to adjust for
continued flat demand in electricity. At the meeting, the board voted to
surplus the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant property in northern Alabama so it can be offered for sale and
potentially put to better use. TVA has been preserving the property as an
option for future nuclear generation. TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan shows that
large-scale power generation sources will not be needed for at least 20 years.
And, the board approved:
·A fleet-wide non-nuclear maintenance and
modifications contract with G•UB•MK
·Three long-term service agreement contracts with
General Electric International Inc., the original equipment manufacturer, for
TVA’s Caledonia, Magnolia and Southaven
Combined Cycle Sites
·Delegation of authority to management to execute
large generator interconnection agreements
Henry Teen Reported Missing
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in locating a missing juvenile.
Jasmine Nicole Perry, age 16, of Henry, has been missing since the early morning hours Wednesday, according to Investigator Gary Vandiver.
She is 5 foot 4 inches tall, 120 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.
Vandiver said there is an unknown clothing description other than tan NIKE shoes with black spots. She was possibly carrying a red NIKE drawstring bag.
“She left her home in Henry during early morning hours of Wednesday May 4,” Vandiver said. “She was believed to have been in Milan on morning of May 4. She may have been with unknown persons in a black Impala.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672.
Vince Gill Tentatively Set For Soybean Festival
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Martin, Tenn.-Legendary performer Vince Gill is
tentatively scheduled to appear at this year’s Soybean Festival in Martin.
Martin Councilman David Beloate said this morning, “It looks
good, but it’s tentative right now. We’re working through it now. The contracts
are not signed yet, but we’re hopeful it can happen. We’re at a good point.”
The 23rd Annual Soybean Festival will be held
September 2-11 and this year’s theme is “Homegrown”. Kick-off events are set
for the weekend before and are tentatively scheduled for August 27, Beloate
“We have a really strong line-up of performers for the
festival this year,” Beloate said, “but we’re not ready to announce all of it
Over 1,320 Attend Recent Goodwill Job Fairs
Union City, Tenn.-More than 1,320 people attended
Goodwill-hosted job fairs in west and middle Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday,
and hundreds more are expected to participate in job fairs and other events as
Goodwill Week celebration continue through Friday.
At least 260 employers, such as Heckethorn Manufacturing,
ERMCO and General Cable, participated in the events held so far this week in
cities including Milan, Dyersburg,
Clarksville, Lawrenceburg and Gallatin.
Every year during the first full week of May, independent
Goodwill agencies across the U.S.
celebrate the power of work through local activities. This year, Goodwill
Industries of Middle Tennessee is ramping up events that support its mission of
changing lives through education, training and employment across Middle and West Tennessee.
A job fair at the National Guard Armory in Dyersburg Tuesday featured 20 employers and
attracted 213 applicants. Another at the National Guard Armory in Milan drew more than 170
job-seekers. Courtney Kennedy, a human resources assistant for D&S
services, which provides in-home services for clients with mental disabilities,
was among the recruiters representing 20 different employers in Milan.
Goodwill Week activities continue in West
Tennessee through Friday.
New Quota officers for 2016. (Martha McFadden photo).
Paris, Tenn.-New Officers for the Paris Quota Club
were installed at the club’s recent meeting. Officers are: President – Donna
Winders; President-Elect – Beth Watkins; Vice-President – Cheryl Wilson;
Recording Secretary – Carman Wright; Corresponding Secretary – Kayla Nation;
Treasurer – Patricia Bailey; Assistant Treasurer – Beverly Wood;
Parliamentarian – Gina Olds; Directors – Stephanie Tayloe, Sharon Hale, Brenda
Hosford, Mary Alice Campbell and Susan Pemberton.
Winders’ theme for the next two years is “Make A Difference With Quota”. She
asked that Quotarians continue to recruit new members and that we share new
ideas for making a difference in our community. Club members presented Tayloe
with a gift and a past president’s pin in appreciation for her two years of
service as president.
Pemberton was named Quotarian of the Year. She was presented a tiara, roses and
The next meeting will be Derby Day on May 11th, and everyone is urged to wear
their fanciest derby hat.
Commercial Bank & Trust Adds Members To Board
Tenn.--Commercial Bank and Trust
announces the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors. (Pictured
top, left to right) Gordon Bruff, Chuck Doss, Lynn Jenkins and Doug Latimer
have joined the Board and are excited to see what's ahead for Commercial Bank
"We can't wait to see what our new Board members bring to the table. Their
diverse backgrounds and experiences are sure to complement the work of
Commercial Bank and Trust," said Tim Shanks, CBTCCommunityPresident-UnionCity.
Gordon Bruff is president and co-owner of Alliance Application Equipment, with
stores in Troy, TN;
and Forrest City, AR. He is married to his wife, Amanda, and
has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Abby.
Chuck Doss is the owner of Inco Ag Irrigation and Well Services, The Tunnel
Tanning Salon and Purchase Point Partners. He is the co-owner of Center Point
Business Solutions, Center Point Professional Services, Mahindra of KenTenn and
Ag Drainage Works. Chuck is married to his wife, Suzanne; they have two
daughters: Gracie and Katy Lane.
Lynn Jenkins is vice president and co-owner of Herman Jenkins Motors -
Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep. He is married to his wife,
Amy, and they have two daughters, Mimi Vance and Bertie.
Doug Latimer is the project manager with Bill Latimer Investments and the
educational director of the Bill and Carol Latimer Charitable Foundation. He is
married to his wife, Nancy, and they have six adult children: three boys and
Other current board members include Philip Pinion, John Clendenin, MD, Wright
Jernigan, MD, Scott Rainey, Jim Harris, Jim Glasgow, Jr. and Jack Parker.
Commercial Bank and Trust was chartered in 1877. The bank has operations in Jackson, Memphis, Paris and Union
City, TN. Mott Ford is the Chief Executive Officer of
Commercial Bank and Trust. In Union
City, the bank has offices downtown at 127 South First Street
and at 815 East Reelfoot Avenue.
For more information on Commercial Bank and Trust Company, visit www.cbtcnet.com.
UC Supper For Band Set
Tenn.-The E.W. James Band Supper
for the Union City High School Band will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the
parking lot at the UC store. Tickets are $8 for the barbecue plate which
includes drink and dessert. Get tickets from band students. The UCHS Band will
perform during the supper.
Martin Family Night Out Is Saturday
Downtown Martin and Martin Parks and Recreation invite the public to celebrate
the start of great events in FestivalPark.
The first Family Night Out of the season will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday. Nikki Lee Concessions will be serving. Hair chalk, face painting,
White Bear jewelry and the Splash Pad will be open. Games of laser tag and game
theatre will feature state of the art electronics.
Dresden-Westview Alumni Football Game
second annual WestviewHigh School versus Westview High School Alumni
Football Game will be held at DresdenHigh School at 7 p.m.
Get advance tickets from Blake Alexander at Weakley County Motors in Martin.
Proceeds benefit Westview and Dresden
Jolly Women’s Club Fundraiser
Paris, Tenn.-The Jolly Women’s Club will host its annual bake sale Saturday at E.W. James Supermarket in Paris, beginning at 7 a.m. All baked goods are from scratch. Proceeds benefit Tomorrow’s Hope.
Wednesday, May 3, 2016
Union City Businesses Cited For Selling To Minors
Tenn.-Four Union City businesses
were cited for selling beer to minors during a recent compliance check.
According to the press release issued by the Union City
Police, an undercover minor purchased alcohol from Marathon Food Mart on South Miles Ave.,
Kwik Mart on North Clover Street,
Pockets Shell on West Reelfoot
Ave., and Phillips 66 Food Plaza on West Reelfoot Ave.
Clerks from the four businesses were cited into General Sessions Court
on charges of unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor.
The holders of the beer licenses are required to appear
before the city beer board.
Popovich Couple Gives Back
Paris, Tenn.-On Patti and Robert Popovich presented
a check to Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo to go toward the purchase of
Bullet Proof Vest for officers of the department. The Popovich couple completed
the last CitizensPoliceAcademy
and wanted to give back the the police department for all they do for the
community. (Paris Police photo).
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Is Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-- Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee
Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management
are preparing for the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be
held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the HenryCountyRecyclingCenter located at 450 Recycling Drive, off East Wood St in Paris. This event is free and open to any household.
According to Ron Watkins, Henry County
Solid Waste Manager, the mobile collection program was established to provide a
safe means of disposal for household hazardous wastes. There are many reasons
to properly dispose of household hazardous waste. One reason is that improperly
stored hazardous products in the home may increase the risk of poisoning or
injury. Also, disposing of hazardous waste in ordinary trash may injure
sanitation workers because some products are chemically incompatible and may
cause fires in dumpsters or garbage trucks. Examples of these are household
cleaners, oil based paint, aerosols, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, used
automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and many more household products that are no
mercury thermometers and thermostats, TV’s, computer equipment, and other household
electronic equipment will be accepted.
The usual recyclables such as used motor oil, antifreeze, aluminum,
scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and number 1 and 2 plastics will
be accepted as well.
Tires will not be
accepted at this year’s event, however, tires can be taken to the Paris Henry
County Landfill for disposal.
The State Division of Solid Waste
has contracted with Clean Harbor Environmental Services to accept your
materials. To prepare for transporting
your materials, pack your vehicle carefully to prevent spills and make sure
liquids are labeled if possible. You can
stay in your car while CleanHarbor employees unload
your household hazardous wastes.
Excluded wastes include:
medical and infectious wastes, ammunition and explosives, radioactive wastes, including smoke detectors, ANY
EMPTY CONTAINERS, and wastes from
non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc., and
For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Event or to learn of permanent used oil collection sites call the HenryCountyRecyclingCenter
at (731)642-5170 or visit the countyweb site at www.henrycountytn.org
Libation Station To Open At DiscoveryPark
Singer Olivia Faye performing at last year's Libation Station. (DPA photo).
Union City, Tenn.- Libation Station is opening on May 5th
at Discovery Park of America’s Train Depot with a big party. This is the third year for Libation Station
to be open at the park, and according to organizers, they have special plans
for the first night.
“We have two
of our favorite entertainers, Keith Brown and Steve Short providing music on
May 5th,” Lauren Jones, Special Event Director, said. “Our members will just pay one price of
$25.00, with non-members paying $30.00 for the evening.” This is the only night that Libation Station
will have a cover charge, ordinarily the venue is open to both members and
non-members and there is no admission charge.
night, organizers plan to create a festive atmosphere, with fruit and cheese
trays, a grilling station with several meat selections, and a wide variety of
wine and beer, nestled among tiki torches and wooden barrels. “All the food and drinks are included in the
admission price on May 5th,” Jones added. “The plan is to have seven different
varieties of Kendall Jackson wine available that evening, giving our guests the
opportunity to taste new varieties, which is kind of a fun twist,” Jones
night special celebrates the first night of Libation Station 2016. The train bar will be open on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday evenings, unless there is a concert at the park, or
inclement weather. Up to date
information about Libation Station can be found on the park’s website,
including nightly entertainment.
Libation Station will be open most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through
August 27th, and will continue to be open on Thursdays evenings
through October. “We are excited about
our opening night event,” Jones said.
“We hope that lots of people will come out and help us celebrate
Libation Station 2016 on opening night,” she added.
Libation Station is sponsored by Williams
Sausage, Davis Wealth Services and Snappy Tomato Pizza. For more information about Libation Station
including who will be performing each night, visit the park’s website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com. DiscoveryPark is a unique blend of history,
science, education and fun, and is located at 830 Everett Blvd., in Union City, TN.
Car Strikes Martin Burger King
Martin, Tenn.-No one was injured Tuesday afternoon
when a car struck the Burger King restaurant in Martin.
At approximately 1:09 pm officers responded to Burger King
on University St. in reference to a vehicle striking the west side of the
Officers made contact with Sheryl McNeal of 320 Red Hill Rd. in
Dresden. McNeal was driving a white 2002 Ford Windstar
van. McNeal was attempting to park her vehicle in a parking space and
accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake causing the vehicle to
lunge forward striking the building.
Neither McNeal nor her passenger or anyone inside the
business was injured as a result of the collision. Officers reported there was
minor damage to the vehicle.
The accident is still under investigation.
Enjoy Derby Day At The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn. – Wear your finest Derby attire, cheer on
your favorite horse, and enjoy an afternoon of food, good fellowship, and live
music at the 5th Annual Derby Day at The Dixie Saturday, May 7.
The afternoon begins with pre-race tailgates and music at 3
This year’s featured entertainment is presented by the local
talent of some fine country musicians, Don Bartholomew and Sam Butler. The
outdoor music will run from 3-5p.m. beside The Dixie.
After the entertainment, The Dixie welcomes folks to enjoy
the greatest two minutes in sports on the big screen in the Hal Holbrook
Theater. Television coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins at 5 p.m.
The Dixie will award prizes
for Best Hat, Best Derby Attire, and Best Tailgate.
If you’re interested in hosting a tailgate party, contact
The Dixie at 731.986.2100. Invite your friends, decorate your themed tent, and
provide traditional Derby
fare. Individuals are also welcome and may bring a lawn chair to enjoy the
Huntingdon Animal Clinic is sponsoring Derby Day.
For more information, stop by The Dixie box office in
downtown Huntingdon, call 731-986-2100, or visit the website at www.dixiepac.net.
Springtime In Paris
Luncheon Is Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The annual Springtime in Paris Luncheon will be
held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 6 at First United Methodist Church at 101
E. Blythe St. Lunch is $10 and will consist of world acclaimed chicken
casserole, Methodist green beans, salad, rolls, homemade desserts and a drink.
Eat-in and take-out are available. A casserole/bake sale will also be held.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Bethel Students Visit With Justice Stephens
McKenzie, Tenn.-BethelUniversity students and faculty members traveled to Washington University School of Law in St. Louis on April 25 to see Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Stevens is a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who served from December 1975 until his retirement in June 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest Justice then serving, the second-oldest serving Justice in the history of the Court, and the third longest-serving U.S. Supreme Court Justice in history. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to replace the Court's longest-serving justice, William O. Douglas. Pictured here with Douglas are students Gabrielle Darden of McKenzie and Hannah Patrick of Milan; next row: Bethel graduate and Washington University Law School student Sasha Arnold, Bethel students Lindsey Hensley of Camden and Kaylie Passen of Hendersonville and Bethel faculty members Teresa Rose and Todd Rose.
American Idol Finalist To Perform At DiscoveryPark
Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America’s first “Southern Nights” music festival is Saturday, May 7th on the great lawn with gates opening at 6 p.m.. American Idol Star Clark Beckham will be taking the stage at 7 p.m. Plan to come early, because there will be a wide variety of food, a wine garden, a beer garden, a cigar bar and yard games.
“We are excited about the new festival atmosphere of our concert series this year,” said Katie Jarvis in the Marketing Department. “And, with Clark Beckham singing for us, it is going to be a super fun night,” she added.
Clark Beckham is a singer-songwriter musician from White House, Tennessee. He was the runner-up of "American Idol's" season 14. Born in Nashville, Clark was introduced to music by his mother as a young boy, as the two of them listened and sang along to classic soul and R&B songs of the ‘60s and '70s. At the age of eight, Clark began singing with his parents in a gospel trio.
Clark graduated with honors from LeeUniversity in 2014 with a degree in history. Clark is actively working toward the recording of his first album, writing songs with some of his favorite songwriters across the country.
The Southern Nights music festivals will continue through the summer with Olivia Faye and 24 Seven performing on July 2nd, Jason D. Williams performing on July 23rd, and the Wanna Beatles taking the stage on August 6th.
Tickets are priced at $10.00 for everyone and are available online or at the door.
DiscoveryPark 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, visit the website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.
New State Arboretum At UTM
Nashville, Tenn.. - The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) has certified ten new arboreta throughout the state, including one at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
These ten arboreta share the honor of being certified by the Council along with seventy-four others in the state. Each arboretum contains many different species of trees for the purpose of education and/or research.
The new arboreta include: Columbia Academy (Columbia), Cordova Library (Cordova), Glenview Park (Memphis), Knoxville Zoological Gardens (Knoxville), Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro), Middleton (Middleton), Sam Davis Home (Smyrna), Tusculum College (Tusculum), University of Memphis, Lambuth Campus (Jackson), University of Tennessee (Martin).
Each arboretum must meet strict criteria to become certified. Universal standards for arboreta include: trees must be properly labeled for public educational purposes and the site must be properly maintained over the certification period. Other standards may include providing a map for self guided tours or staff for public educational programs.
Dresden, Tenn.-The 37th annual Iris Festival in Dresden is underway all week and activities will include a grand parade, all-week carnival, BBQ cook-off, pet show, quilt show, music festival and many other activities.
The carnival is set up all week at McCauley’s Chevy parking lot through Saturday, May 7. Students from all of the Dresden schools will be visiting the carnival through the week as a special treat.
Wednesday will be a big day, with the Renaissance Quartet set to perform at 7 p.m. atDresdenFirstBaptistChurch, a baking contest, pancake supper and more scheduled.
The grand parade as always will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday through downtown Dresden.
Most of the week’s activities are concentrated in the downtown area.
Union City, Tenn.-Saturday’s Drug Take-Back event in ObionCounty was an unqualified success.
Over 221 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were accepted from local citizens for disposal at BaptistMemorialHospital. The event was sponsored by Union City Police, Obion County Prevention Coalition and Civil Air Patrol.
Drug Take-Back events were held all over the state on Saturday.
Career Coach Coming To Paris
Paris, Tenn.-The Career Coach of West Tennessee will visit the W. G. Rhea Public Library inParis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, in the library parking lot. The Career professionals will be helping people with resumes, on line job searches and applications. “This is another free service that is so helpful to those searching for jobs,” Library Director Connie McSwain said.
OC Library Staff To Be Considered CountyEmployees
Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Public Library employees are a step closer to once again being considered county employees as regards their future retirement and raises.
The county budget committee passed a resolution Monday that will allow the full commission consider the issue this month.
The library is funded two-thirds by the county and one-third by the city of Union City, based upon population.
The budget committee also passed a resolution that would transfer almost $600,000 from theObionCounty account with the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System to the Obion County Library account, as required by state law.
Huntingdon Fire & Rescue Benefit For St. Jude
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Fire & Rescue will have a benefit hamburger and hot dog sale this Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. All profits will go to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event will take place at the Cash Savers Store on East Main Streethere in Huntingdon.
Davis Thanks Teachers For Preparing For Testing
Union City, Tenn.-At Monday night’s regular meeting of the Obion County Schools board of education, Director of Schools Russ Davis thanked the supervisors and teachers for all their preparations for the state testing that never materialized.
School districts state-wide spent a great amount of time and energy preparing for the tests, which in the end were not delivered by the company hired (and paid) by the state to provide them.
Davis also announced that with today (Tuesday) being Teacher Appreciation Day, teachers in the district will be recognized with special meals served to teachers and support staff in all the buildings.
In other business during the routine session, the board approved tenure for Teacher Laura Murphy of LakeRoadElementary School.
The board also recognized the Black Oak Girls’ Basketball Team for its exceptional season this year.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Huntingdon Youth Dies Of Accidental Gunshot Wound
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Huntingdon, Tenn.-An 18-year-old Huntingdon youth has died of what investigators are calling an accident gunshot wound to the head.
Pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville was Peyton Gates of 605 Tate School Rd. in Huntingdon.
Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers said, “On Saturday April 30th at approximately 1:49 a.m. officers from the Huntingdon Police Department responded to Apartment 15 at the Hunter Ridge Apartment Complex to investigate a gun shot call.”
Once at the scene they found Gates inside the apartment with a gunshot would to his head. Lying beside him was a .38 Smith & Wesson Revolver. Gates was still breathing and taken by ambulance to Baptist in Huntingdon. He was then transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m.
Investigation into the matter was conducted by Huntingdon Officers and the T.B.I. “The conclusion was that it was a self-inflicted gunshot that is believed to be accidental,” Smothers said.
An autopsy was performed by the State Medical Examiner in Nashville on Monday May 2nd.
Fire At Norandal Plant Extinguished
The ladder truck deployed at Norandal fire. (Walter Smothers photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Thanks to the use of the ladder truck by the Huntingdon Fire and Rescue, a fire at the Norandal Aluminum plant was quickly extinguished Saturday night and the building was saved from further destruction.
According to Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, the fire and rescue squad was called to a fire at the Norandal plant at 400 Bill Brooks Drive at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
“Upon arrival they found the roof of the north cast house to be on fire,” he said. “The Huntingdon Ladder 1 truck was used to quickly extinguish the fire. Without the ladder truck it would have taken much longer to extinguish the fire which would have increased the potential risk of losing the building.”
In addition to the ladder truck, two other units of the Huntingdon Fire and Rescue responded to the scene along with 25 firefighters from the squad.
Police Chief Thanks Law Officers, City For Successful Fish Fry
Law enforcement leads the way at Friday's grand parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has issued a public thanks to all law enforcement, emergency personnel, and city crews who helped make the World’s Biggest Fish Fry a success all last week.
“The crowds were up and crime was down’, Elizondo said. “I attribute this to the professional law enforcement and emergency services presence.”
Elizondo publicly thanked:
Captain John Brewer and the Paris Police Department for an awesome job,
Sheriff Monte Belew, Henry County Sheriff Deputies and Reserves
Captain Danny Tucker, Paris Henry County Rescue Squad
Captain Sammy Liles, Martin Police Department
Asst. Chief Reynard Buchanan, Humboldt Police Department
A big special thanks to
Paris Public Works Director Philip Jesse and his staff for all the
work they do closing streets, putting up barricades, making signage and making
Paris look clean and manicured before and after the parade for our visitors.
TVA Board To Meet At Paris
Houseboats To Be Key Agenda Item
Unpermitted houseboats will be discussed at the TVA meeting. (TVA photo).
Buchanan, Tenn.-The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of
Directors will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 5, at Paris Landing State
Park, marking the first time the TVA board has met in Henry County.
The meeting will be held at the Paris Landing Inn, ConferenceCenter, Room C, 400 Lodge Road, Buchanan. The meeting
begins with a public listening session at 9 a.m., at which the public may
comment on any agenda item.
A key item on the agenda is consideration of a TVA proposal
to remove floating houses from TVA reservoirs in Tennessee and other states. The TVA has
said, the recent growth of unpermitted floating houses has raised concerns
about potential environmental and safety impacts.
Several local and state officials and houseboat owners are
opposed to the proposal.
Buchanan girl has qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association
contest set for this summer in Lebanon,
Tenn., this year.
Delaney Thomas, an eighth grader at LakewoodSchool,
has been the Miss Tennessee Junior Rodeo Queen for the past two years. She
qualified for Nationals in barrel racing and ribbon roping.
The Nationals will be held June 19-20 and is the second
largest rodeo in the world. It involves students in sixth through eighth grade
from all 50 states, Canada
and Austrailia. The top four in each event compete.
Delaney is the daughter of the late Mark Thomas and Heidi
Thomas of Buchanan.
UC Man Cited After Leaving Dog In Hot Car
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Union City, Tenn.-A
Union City man was cited for animal cruelty after his left his dog in a hot car
for over an hour while he was shopping.
Union City Police cited Randall Keith Mallard, age 55, on
Saturday. Police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot where they found the
dog had been locked in a hot car with the windows up. The temperature outside
was 82 degrees. The dog was in distress and panting inside the car.
Truck Stolen On “Test
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Union City, Tenn.-A
truck stolen from a Union City car lot was
recovered in LakeCounty and one member of
the couple who stole it has been arrested.
The truck was stolen by a couple who told proprietors of the
Car Mart on E. Reelfoot Ave.
that they were taking it for a test drive. The couple never returned and the
employees of Car Mart said they did not get the couple’s ID or names.
They took a white 1992 Chevy truck valued at $4,000.
The truck was recovered in LakeCounty
after a crash. Officers apprehended the driver Stephanie Beal, age 47, at the
scene. Her passenger, Gerall D. Beal, fled on foot and was not captured. No
addresses were available for the couple.
Warrants for the return of the couple to Union City have been issued.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Storm Closes Roads,
Knocks Out Power In Paris
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News
Paris Landing area was hit hard by an isolated severe thunderstorm Sunday
afternoon, causing collapsed trees which temporarily closed Hwy. 79N and other
Henry County EMA Director Ron
Watkins said several trees were down on Cypress Rd. and Riverdale Dr. in the Buchanan area and
trees and power lines were down on Hwy. 79N. near the ParisLandingState Park area, causing
the highway to be temporarily closed to traffic.
Watkins said the Weather Service
sent out an alert of a severe thunderstorm warning calling for 60 mph winds and
the warning siren was set off at Paris Landing.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said
sheriff’s deputies, BPU, ParisLandingState Park
rangers, TWRA, the County Highway Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and StewartCounty sheriff’s office responded to the
In a possibly weather-related
incident, the deck of a house collapsed in the 2000 block of Buchanan Rd. Belew
was one of several first responders who responded to the scene and said two
persons were transported to the HenryCountyMedicalCenter by EMS
with minor injuries.
World’s Biggest Fish Fry Wraps Up For Another Year
8700 Pounds Of Catfish Served, 58,000 Hush Puppies
Dignitaries from all over Tennessee attend the grand parade. In photo, Former State Rep. Don Ridgeway of Paris, right, talks things over with Crockett County Mayor Gary Reasons, Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire and his wife, while Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride in in background. (McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-There are plenty
of bleary-eyed folks in HenryCounty today, now that
the 63rd annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry has been wrapped up. On and
off rain the last couple days of the annual event did not damper everyone’s
Paris-Henry County Jaycees thanked all the volunteers who
helped every day and every night of the fish fry. A small army of volunteers
manned the fish tent every day, helping with the cooking and the serving.
WBFF General Manager Loria Plunk said Sunday, "It was overall a great year despite the some bouts with rain. Thankful to live in a community filled with people with volunteer spirit which helps makes the WBFF a success. Saturday night rodeo had 601 adult tickets and 71 children. The fish tent was up 891 tickets overall. The rodeo ticket sales were about the same overall. I am very pleased with the attendance of this year event and very thankful for sponsor who help make this event possible."
“Tater” Hayes of the Jaycees said
a total of 7400 people ate at the fish tent, 8700 lbs of fish were served and
58,000 hush puppies.
Most of Saturday’s events were held, despite some rain and a
lot of drizzle. We posted a story Saturday with photos about the Small Fry
parade, along with a list of winners. The Junior Fishing Rodeo winners are
listed below. The rodeo was held as scheduled Saturday evening.
The first annual Kids’ Chalk Crawl, sponsored by the
Downtown Paris Association, was postponed until next Saturday at 10 .m.
Long-time WTPR employee Brad Hosford interviews Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison during our parade coverage Friday. (McFarlin photo).
Former State Rep. Don Ridgeway and Susan Jones anchored our live coverage on WTPR at Friday's grand parade. (McFarlin photo).
Winners Of Junior Fishing Rodeo Announced
overcast skies—but no more rainfall—the World’s Biggest Fish Fry junior fishing
rodeo was held Saturday morning at WilliamsLake.
Winners were announced:
4 and under Biggest Fish: boy /Graham Bruce; girl/
4 and under Most Fish: boy/ Reese Gooden; girl/ Emily Hillard
9-12 Biggest Fish: boy/ Noah Millraney; girl/ Eva Hatcher
9-12 Most Fish: boy/ Nate Case; girl/Eva Hatcher
Smallest Fish: Samuel Bruce
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Drizzle Holds Off For Small Fry Parade
Fish Fry Is Dino-Mite took home three first place trophies. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
morning’s drizzle held off long enough for the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Small
Fry Parade to be held in downtown Paris.
The crowd was smaller than usual and some entries cancelled out, but the show
did go on.
The big winner of the parade was the “Fish Fry Is Dino-mite”
entry which won first place in three categories: Best Character/Costume; Most
Original Float; and Best Decorated. Best Marching Unit this year went to
Joyland and the Coolest Pet was Vadale the dog, with Clarabelle the pig coming
Complete list of winners:
Best Character/Costume: first, Fish Fry is Dino-Mite;
second, TVCC; third, Beau Dunning.
Most Original Float: first, Fish Fry is Dino-Mite; second,
TVCC; third, Danilynn Young.
Best Decorated: first, Fish Fry is Dino-Mite; second TVCC;
third Beau Dunning.
Best Marching Unit: first, Joyland; second, First
Presbyterian and third, TVCC.
Coolest Pet: first, Vadale; second, Clarabelle.
Other morning activities were cancelled for today.\,except for the junior fishing rodeo. The Chalk
Crawl sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association has been rescheduled for 10
a.m. next Saturday on the courtsquare.
All of the other activities for the afternoon and evening will go on as
Joyland won Best Marching Unit. (McFarlin photo).
Haslam Visits Fish Tents; McKenzie Band Wins Top Honor
Governor Bill Haslam at the Dignitaries' Luncheon speaking with State Rep.
Tim Wirgau, left, and Henry County Commissioner Dell Carter, right. (Joel
Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam attended the Dignitaries’
Luncheon and visited the Fish Tent after the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Grand
Parade Friday, giving the fish dinners a thumbs up.
Meanwhile, the McKenzieHigh School marching band
was named the Sweepstakes Award winner during the band contest at Friday’s
parade. The McKenzie band also took honors as first in red class bands and top
Coming in second place in the red class band category was GlencliffHigh School
and best color guard.
CamdenHigh School was first place winner in
the white class category.
Asian Carp Task Force Passes House And Senate
– A bill filed during this year’s general assembly session by Representative
Jay Reedy (R-74) of Erin and Senator Mark Green (R-22) of Clarksville, creating an Asian carp task
force, passed both chambers and is now headed to the Governor for his
“Asian carp” refers to several species of related fish
originating from Asia. Two species of Asian
carp—the bighead and silver carp—were imported into the southern United States
to keep aquaculture facilities clean and to provide fresh fish for fish
markets. Bighead and silver carp escaped from Arkansas
fish farms into the wild in the 1980s and have been swimming northward and
southward ever since, overwhelming much of the Mississippi River drainages
(including the Tennessee and Cumberland
River systems). In some areas like the Illinois
River, the Asian carp now comprise more than 95% of the biomass.
Bighead and silver carp are voracious eaters. This is a
problem because the diet of Asian carp overlaps with the diet of native fish in
the Tennessee, Cumberland,
and MississippiRivers. Asian carp consume
plankton—algae and other microscopic organisms—stripping the aquatic food web
of the key source of food for native fish. Averaging 30-40 pounds, some Asian
carp can grow to be over 100 pounds. An Asian carp is capable of eating 5-20
percent of its body weight each day.
In addition to causing ecological harm, the silver variety
of the Asian carp has caused direct harm to people. The silver carp is skittish
and easily startled by the sound of a boat motor. The sound causes the fish to
leap as high as ten feet out of the water. They land in boats, damage property,
and routinely injure people. While both species of carp are of concern in Tennessee, the silver
carp is of greatest concern due to its potential to negatively impact native
fisheries and injuring outdoor recreationists.
“Asian carp are well established in the Tennessee
and Cumberland river systems, and have traveled upriver as far as Wheeler
reservoir in Alabama,”
said Rep. Jay Reedy. “Given their capacity to harm our native game fish and the
danger they pose to recreational boaters, Senator Green and I felt that this
legislation was necessary to elevate the discussion around how to address the
growth in Asian carp numbers. Throughout the process of passing this
legislation, we have been communicating with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency (TWRA) to keep abreast of their efforts and thinking on this issue as
well. We see the task force as a way to help the good work TWRA is already
doing and provide them with the necessary support to successfully attack this
Another critical aspect of addressing the Asian carp problem
is the negative economic impacts the fish can pose for recreational fishing and
boating. But Rep. Reedy and Sen. Green both feel that the task force can also help
find a positive economic result for parts of rural Tennessee.
“While controlling the numbers of Asian carp will help
protect our rural economies and native fish, this control can also help create
jobs. There are existing foreign and domestic markets for Asian carp. With the
right approach we can look at leveraging these markets as part of the solution
to controlling these destructive fish,” said Reedy.
The task force should be in place to begin its work starting
this July and will conclude its work by January 2017.
Watch the WBFF Parade On WLJT
There were plenty of cameras on hand as both WLJT and WBBJ videotaped the
parade. (McFarlin photo).
If you missed seeing the World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade in person
(and even if you were there and just want to see it again), you'll have two
chances to view it on television.
WLJT-TV in Martin will broadcast the parade at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30,
and again at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8.
WLJT also will broadcast the 48th annual UT Martin College Rodeo Finals at
3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1; the Iris Festival Parade at 9 p.m. Saturda, May 14 and
3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22; and the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Parade at
9 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15.
Friday, April 29, 2016
52,000 On Hand For 63rd Grand Parade
Cub Scout Pack 222 won the General Manager's Trophy. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
ParisTenn.-Thousands lined the route for the 63rd
annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade this morning. Skies were overcast,
but any predicted rain stayed away for the parade, which drew people from far
The official estimate from Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo
is 52,000 people in attendance at the parade. No problems were reported during
the annual event, he said. “We had no problems at all and the rain held off, so
it’s all good,” Elizondo said after the parade.
There were 109 entries in the parade, which included 30
floats, 71 cars and several bands from nearby towns. Presiding over the parade
was Grand Marshal Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan.
The General Manager’s Trophy was awarded to Cub Scout Pack
222, which used the banner “Pack 222 Supports Those Who Protect Us”. There also
were signs in honor of the late Paris Firefighter Jeff Hamlin on the float.
Other winners were:
Most Original Float: First place, Little Prince and
Princess; second, the military; third, the Army.
Best Club or Church: first place, Hands of Praise; second,
Cub Scouts; third, Fisher of Men.Most Beautiful: 50s Style Junior Queen; second, Tiny Tots;
third, Miss Pre-Teen.
Best Out-Of-Town Float: first, HoustonCounty;
second Huntingdon; third McKenzie.
Grand Marshal Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison. (McFarlin photo).
Little Prince and Princesses First Place Most Original Float. (McFarlin photo).
The World’s Biggest Fish Fry—From On High
Paris, Tenn.-The World’s Biggest Fish Fry at the Henry County Fairgrounds is a happening place as you can see from the aerial photo taken by Air Evac helicopter pilots on Thursday afternoon. WBFF General Manager Loria Plunk said the Fish Tent served 1,243 adults and 60 children Thursday, while over 750 people took part in the AT&T Family Night rodeo. “Also, our rodeo was awarded a plaque for 25 years with IPRA presented by Mrs. Pam Treadway” during the festivities, Plunk said.
ObionCounty Attorney Censured
Tenn.-Obion County Attorney Henry
Allen Nohsey has been publicly censured by the Board of Professional
Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
The censure notice was issued late last week. According to
the notice, a public censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but does
not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.
Nohsey is accused of “violating the Rules of Professional
Conduct”dealing with an unrepresented party and conduct involving
According to the notice, Nohsey represented a client who
owned real property as a tenant in common with a relative and wanted to
purchase the relative’s interest in the property. At the request of the client,
Nohsey engaged in a strategy to convince the relative that he represented an
unrelated third party who wanted to purchase the property from both the client
and the relative, which was false.
Nohsey’s client allegedly assigned the relative’s interest
in the property and then the client sold the property to a third party for
$26,000 more than the price to which Nohsey on behalf of his client, agreed
with the relative. The warranty deed transferred the property from the client
and relative to the third party at the higher price. Nohsey allegedly did not
inform the relative of the assignment.
Nohsey also serves as the Union City City Judge.
Former Corrections Officer Sentenced
former CarrollCounty corrections officer was sentenced
to 18 months in federal prison with one year of supervised release after
pleading guilty to a civil rights violation.
Sue Barnes of McKenzie admitted in court to using her taser
in March 2015 on a restrained detainee for 12 seconds even though he posed no
HCMC Hires New Chief Nursing Officer
Paris, Tenn.-At a regular meeting of the Henry
County Medical Center Board of Trustees, Hospital CEO Tom Gee reported that
Cynthia Whitaker has accepted the position of Chief Nursing Officer.
He said she was the first choice of the four candidates
interviewed for the position. She most recently was the CNO at the Swedish
Health System campus in a Seattle
suburb. She will begin her duties in May.
Gee also reported that Paris Surgical Specialists have
notified him they are “seeking a better balance in their lifestyles and will
not be expanding their practice in the future.”
He said two of its members, Drs. Compton and Lundberg, have
requested to drop from active to courtesy staff in order to be in a position to
drop their call requirement. “However, the medical staff bylaws require that
active staff with more than 12 admissions in a calendar year remain on active
staff for the remainder of the year. Both have either exceeded this number or
are very close to exceeding this number.”
Gee said construction of the new psychiatric unit is moving
forward. It recently had its 100 percent physical inspection by the state and
the punch list of items to correct is being completed now.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Listen To WTPR For Live Parade Coverage
Paris, Tenn.-We will broadcast live coverage of the World's Biggest Fish Fry parade on WTPR AM 710 and FM 101.7. Susan Jones and Mary Kate Ridgeway will anchor our coverage right next to the dignitaries' stand on East Wood Street along the parade route. Our coverage begins at 9:45 and the parade begins at 10 a.m. We also will have complete coverage with photos on our website and on both of our Facebook pages after the parade.
Founder Of WENK, WTPR To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
founder of both long-time area radio stations WTPR in Paris
and WENK in Union City will be inducted into the
Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame when induction ceremonies are held May 14 in Murfreesboro.
The late Aaron Robinson Sr. is among 12 new inductees into
the Hall of Fame this year.
Robinson was the Founder and President of The Dixie Network
from 1947-1961 and while working at the Jackson
Sun’s Publishing Co. and managing its radio division, he built a chain of radio
stations that included WCMA Corinth, MS; WENK Union
City, TN; WDXI Jackson, TN; WTPR Paris, TN; WDXE Lawrenceburg, TN;
WDXN Clarksville, TN and WDXL Lexington, TN.
In 1954, he founded WDXI-TV in Jackson (which is now
Robinson will receive a Legacy Award posthumously awarded
toinductees. Others to receive the Legacy honors include: Harry
Chapman, long-time DJ and sales manager; Warren Medley, long-time DJ and host
at WDKN in Dickson; Dave Overton, long-time announcer and news director,
including with Grand Ole Opry as announcer for WSM; Charlie Scott, who was
announcer for the “Pat Boone Show” and long-time Nashville stations announcer; and
Cal Young, Jr., who helped establish one of the nation’s first 24-hour a day
country music stations in 1957.
WUSY-FM in Chattanooga
will be inducted as the year’s Legendary Station.
Six living individuals will be “Career” Inductees: Maxine
Humphreys who worked for 61 years with WGRV in Greenville; Keith Landecker,
program director at WJTT in Chattanooga; Cathy Martindale, long-time morning
air personality; Bill “Dex” Poindexter, from WUSY in Chattanooga; Earl
Freudenberg, news director for WDYN in Chattanooga and 50 years in
broadcasting; and Bart Walker, owner and GM at WGNS in Murfreesboro.
TDOT Worker Killed
County, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of
Transportation is mourning the loss of a worker fatally injured today along
Interstate 40 West near mile marker 156 in HickmanCounty.
The TDOT Operations Technician was with a road crew that had stopped on the
shoulder of the interstate. The crew, including several workers and a caravan
of vehicles, was struck by a commercial vehicle. Three other TDOT workers were
injured in this crash that remains under investigation.
The worker killed in the crash had been with the Department
since 2010. He was hired as a maintenance worker, and was quickly promoted
through the ranks to become an Operations Technician 3. His death is the first
TDOT fatality since 2013. TDOT will release the name of the worker once his
family has been notified.
“Our hearts are broken at the news that we lost one of our
own today and that three others were injured”, said Tennessee Governor Bill
Haslam. “It’s a reminder of the many state employees who work in dangerous jobs
every day to serve our state and their fellow Tennesseans. We are grateful for
them. Crissy and I send our prayers to the families of the victim and those
injured and to the entire TDOT family across the state.”
“We are deeply saddened by the loss, and our hearts and
prayers are with his family”, said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Every day,
our employees work along Tennessee’s
freeways, risking their lives. This is a tragic reminder of how dangerous
highway jobs can be, and how motorists must use extreme caution any time they
see our trucks on the side of the road.”
Counselors will be provided for fellow employees in the
middle Tennessee Region 3 and across the state as needed.
Since 1948, 110 TDOT workers have lost their lives while
working on Tennessee
Large Crowds For Fish Fry Events
“Tater” Hayes displays the giant ball of foil that is shown
off each year during the parade. The foil now weighs over 100 pounds and
represents all the foil that has been saved for the past several years at the
fish fry. (McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Despite some rain in the early evening
Wednesday, crowds were good for the opening of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry
Fish Tent. WBFF General Manager Loria Plunk said 583 adults and 28 children
enjoyed the catfish dinners.
Some 400 people attended the Christian Concert Wednesday
night and hundreds have enjoyed the midway and carnival, which opened on
Thursday’s events include the arts and crafts show which
begins at 5:30 p.m., the IPRA Rodeo which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday nights. All those events are at the fairgrounds.
The Grand Parade is of course set to begin at 10 p.m. Friday
on East Wood St.
and the Small Fry Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Paris. The fish tent and
carnival will be open through Saturday night.
Other photos from the Fish Tent opening were posted Wednesday evening.
Hostess Princess Tori Starks and her court helped serve fish last night. (McFarlin photo).
Teaching the young’uns: Marty Ann Medlin was showing her
daughter Briley Medlin the fine art of hush puppy making last night. (McFarlin
Last Chance: “Bodies Revealed” At DiscoveryPark
Union City, Tenn.-The public will have its last chance
to see the “Bodies Revealed” display at Discovery Park of America through
Sunday, May 1. The exhibit shows you the inner workings of the human body, and
is an educational opportunity to learn more about how the body works. You can
see the skeletal system, muscular and nervous system, and even compare a
smoker's lung to a healthy lung. It is an additional $7 for adults, $6 for
members, and $5 for all students.
Young Bald Eagles Soaring The Skies
Photographer Richard Graves has been busy the last few days, taking pictures of
the young Bald Eagles that have been flying around ParisLandingState Park during the
current nesting season. This photo was taken at Pace Point, across from Paris
Landing (south of the bridge).
Paris Woman Arrested For Meth Possession
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman was arrested on a new drug charge while being arrested on active warrants by the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Puryear Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Wednesday afternoon.
Arrested was Janice Brown of Peppers Drive although she was apprehended at a Jackson Street residence.
Brown already had active warrants for violation of sentence and failure to appear.
While arresting her, she also was charged with possession of Schedule II with intent to sell because she was located with crystal meth. A bond of $5,000 was set on the drug charge.
Area Archives Receive State Funds
Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee State Library &
Archives has distributed more than $30,000 worth of federal grant funds to 15
organizations across the state to help preserve important historical records.
These funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including purchasing storage
equipment such as shelving and boxes, hiring temporary staff for specialized
records preservation projects, training archives personnel, or creating digital
versions of records.
Area recipients include: HoustonCounty Archives, Erin, $925; Dyer
County Archives, Dyersburg, $925; Stewart County
Historical Society, Dover,
Other recipients of note include the Country Music Hall of
Fame, Nashville, $2,500; the PinkPalaceMuseum, Memphis,
$2,400; and the University of Memphis Special Collections, Memphis, $2,450.
The funding for the grants comes from the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission, which is part of the National
Archives. The Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board reviews grant
applications to determine which groups receive awards each year.
"When historical records are lost, they are
irreplaceable," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "That's why the
projects these 15 organizations are undertaking are so important. They are
taking steps to ensure the historical treasures in their communities are
properly preserved. I commend the work that the grant recipients are doing on
behalf of our state's shared history."
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Happy Hush Puppies, Y’all!
Members of Dr. Morris' "Hushpuppy Posse" making the breading for the hush puppies. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Despite an overcast sky and early evening rainfall, by the
time the first hush puppy was tossed to mark the opening of the World’s
Biggest Fish Fry Fish Tent Wednesday night, there was a long line of
hungry people waiting for a big plate of catfish, hush puppies, slaw,
onions, fries and beans.
Princess Tori Starks made a perfect hush puppy toss to her father, Monte
Starks, to officially open the fish tent for one and all. The Hostess
Princess Court were all there, along with city and county officials to
serve the all-you-can-eat catfish dinners.
Behind the scenes, a
long list of volunteers from the Masonic Lodge in Buchanan and the
Springville community, as well as individual volunteers were battering
the fish and frying the fish, frying the hush puppies (both regular and
jalapeńo), cooking the beans and making the slaw and fries. A different
group of volunteers serves each night that the fish tent is open.
Monte Starks told the crowd on hand, “This has really evolved into something huge and we can’t do it without all our sponsors.”
Tater Hayes of the Paris-Henry County Jaycees thanked all the
volunteers and sponsors for all their help and Paris Mayor Carlton
Gerrell said the fish fry is just one example of how special Henry
The Fish Tent will be open through Saturday evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Chief Deputy Randy Gean kids with volunteers frying hush puppies. (McFarlin photo).
Barry Jones, Chris Damesworth and Kenzie Williams breading catfish. (McFarlin photo).
Elizondo: Please Follow Rules On WBFF Parade Day
The All-Henry County Band performs at last year's parade. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-With the annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade set for Friday, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has issued reminders for the public on the rules that Paris Police Officers will be enforcing this year.
Each year, the parade attracts thousands of people to Paris. As always, the parade route moves along East Wood Street, starting at the East Wood Street Church of Christ and moving along to the fairgrounds.
Once again, no pets of any kind are allowed on the parade route unless it is part of the parade. No bikes, ATVs, skateboards, skates, mini bikes on the route unless it is part of the parade or authorized (such as Jaycees, EMS, Rescue Squad and law enforcement).
Backpacks will be checked by officers for content along the parade route.
Elizondo asked the public to leave a cell phone number on the vehicle dash in case of illegal parking. “We will call before we tow,” he said.
No candy is to be thrown from parade entrants but may be carried to the spectators. No poppers are to be sold or thrown on the parade route, he said.
Parking is allowed on the south side of the parade route at midnight.
Elizondo asked that drivers make sure that private drives and intersections are kept clear. “When the parade ends, make sure all vehicles are moved. If left unattended in a traffic lane, they will be towed,” he said.
Vendors must have a permit to sell on the parade route. Parade entrants must be in possession of a valid driver’s license.
Strong Winds Cause Gibson Electric Outages
Trenton, Tenn.-Strong winds last night caused outages to about 1,150 Gibson Electric Membership Corporation members’ homes and businesses in ObionCounty in Tennesseeand FultonCounty in Kentucky. Crews were immediately dispatched and have restored service to all but 269 members. They will restore service to these members as quickly as is safely possible.
As of this morning, there now are five outages affecting 33 members’ homes and businesses in Obion and Fulton counties. Crews are continuing to work and will restore service to these members as quickly as they safely can.
Members can report an outage by calling Gibson EMC’s Outage Hotline at 1-800-977-4076. If the lines are busy, please leave a message. Members also can report an outage using the free “Gibson EMC” app through the App Store or Android Market. They can access up-to-date outage information through the Outage Map using the app and at www.gibsonemc.com.
Gibson EMC is a not-for-profit, member-owned and member-controlled electric cooperative serving about 39,000 members in eight west Tennessee counties (Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion and Madison) and four Kentucky counties (Carlisle, Fulton, Graves and Hickman).
17-Employer Job Fair Set
Dyersburg, Tenn. — A 17-employer job fair, an Email 101 Workshop and a Dress For Success Fashion Show are among events planned in northwest Tennessee for Goodwill Week, May 2-6.
Every year during the first full week of May, independent Goodwill agencies across the U.S.and Canada celebrate the power of work through local activities. This year, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is ramping up dozens of events that support its mission of changing lives through education, training and employment across Middle and West Tennessee.
In Northwest Tennessee, four special events will be held. The largest will be a job fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the National Guard Armory, 502 James H. Rice Road,Dyersburg. At least 17 employers will participate, and more than 140 positions, including certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, cashier, customer service representative, cook, deli manager, store manager, forklift, assembly, welder and teacher are available.
Participating employers include CarWashUSA, At Home Healthcare, BethelUniversity, Cox Oil, ERMCO, Express Employment, DyersburgStateCommunity College, Heckethorn Manufacturing, Job World, Manpower, McDowellCenter for Children, Metro Industrial Services, Northwest Correctional Complex, Personnel Placements, TN Career Coach, TN College of Applied Technology, and Tyson Foods.
Representatives from these companies will be on site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.
Union City, Tenn.-Institutional Caseworks Inc., otherwise known as ICI, the new industry onReelfoot Avenue in Union City, is looking to fill positions at their plant.
ICI will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the TennesseeCareerCenter at 204 S. Second St., in Union City.
Positions needed include maintenance, material handlers, welders, spot welders, janitorial, press operators, punch operators, powder coat sprayers and line operators.
Bring resume and references to the ICI Job Fair.
HCHS Class of 76 Reunion Meeting Set
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1976 will hold another reunion meeting at 6 p.m. May 3 at the 911 Building on Brewer Street.
According to Reunion Organizer Vicki Snyder, the reunion will be held Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. On Friday night, events will include tailgating and an HCHS football game and Saturday events will include dinner, disc jockey and festivities at the fairgrounds. Times to be announced later.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
BPU Rates To IncreaseFollowingState Consent Order
Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley reads the consent order at today's meeting, as Director of Engineering and Metering Jeff Thompson and Director of Electrical Operations Cole Edwards look on. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
board of directors of the Paris Board of Public Utilities Tuesday morning authorized
BPU to enter into a consent order and agreement with the state as a result of
violation notices issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and
The consent order is the result of lengthy
negotiations between BPU and TDEC which were culminated just a few minutes
before Tuesday’s meeting. As BPU General Manager John Etheridge said, “We have
been in a state of high level activity in the last couple days and are ready to
make proposals for the board to act on.”
Financing the changes required because of the
violations will mean some increase in wastewater rates paid by customers over
the next five years.
Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley
explained that the total cost will be $12M over the five-year period and
funding will come from low interest state revolving fund loans and through rate
Wastewater rates will be affected in this way:
an average 5,000 gallon residential user will increase $7.80 a month over the
first three years ($2.55 a month in first year; $2.75 a month in second year
and $2.50 a month in third year). Smaller rate increases are expected in the
fourth and fifth years.
Wimberley reviewed the negotiations with board
members individually over the past few days. “This is about wastewater
violations,” he said. “We have a discharge permit with the state of Tennessee and are set to
certain standards. Violations are not abnormal. We report them every month and
they are caused with heavy rainfall events when we get more flow into our
treatment plant than we can handle EPA
changed the rules from how they were when we built the plant and we have always
self-reported since EPA changed those regulations.”
Another aspect of the violations are manhole
overflows, Wimberley said. “We really can’t keep that from happening, but it is
still a violation according to our permit.”
Negotiations have been ongoing since the Notice
Of Violation was issued in April of 2014, Wimberley said. “The state has been
issuing consent orders for a long time, starting with big cities and working
their way down to the smaller cities and towns,” he said.
The consent order requires that BPU has to fix
violations at the plant in first three years and fix problems in collection
system in five years, Wimberley said.
Wimberley noted, “We have been very progressive
about opening the conversation with the state and they’ve been very good to
work with and we’ve negotiated something everyone can work with.”
Throughout the negotiations, Etheridge said,
“We’ve tried to minimize the effect it will have on our customers and we think
The consent order will be taken to the city of Paris for its approval.
In related business, the board also approved a
task agreement with Jacobs Engineering for services related to the consent
In other business, Etheridge reported that the
TVA board will be holding its next meeting (May 5) at the ParisLandingState Park.
BPU Hard At Work
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Board of Public Utilities workers were hard at it Tuesday morning, changing a pole top switch located in the parking lot behind the giant "Welcome to Paris" fish on Ogburn Street. Staff with three bucket trucks were working on changing out the switch after one of the insulators broke, according to BPU Director of Electrical Operations Cole Edwards. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Case Of Genital Assault Bound Over To Grand Jury
Tenn.-The cases of three Obion County men accused
of causing serious genital injury to a 40-year-old Hornbeak man were bound over
to the next grand jury during a hearing in Obion County General Sessions Court
The three men are charged with aggravated
assault and conspiracy. They are: Edwin J. “Joey” Hogg, Jr., 51, Samburg;
Steven Frederick Frazer, age 53, Hornbeak and Hulen L. Thompson, age 46, Union City.
During a lengthy preliminary hearing, the victim
testified for some 50 minutes and described the altercation which resulted in
the men assaulting him. He said it began with an argument that turned violent
and that he was straddling Frazer to hold him down and Hogg pointed a rifle at
his head and told him to get off of Frazer. During the next moments, the three
were pulling his pants down, grabbing and stabbing him.
The victim was able to get away and drove home
and was airlifted to The Med in Memphis.
He said he has undergone five surgeries and that doctors have reconstructed his
genital area but still have some work to do.
The grand jury meets in June.
Martin Student Goes Above And Beyond For UTM Farm Animals
From left, Brittany McClanahan with Beth Maloan family members Jennifer, Colin and Kate Stroh and Mike Maloan. (UTM photo).
Martin, Tenn. – Brittany McClanahan of Martin has received the spring 2016 Beth Maloan Outstanding Student Employee Award from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The award is named for the late Beth Maloan, longtime UT Martin director of budgeting and payroll, who was a strong advocate of student employment. It recognizes exemplary work ethic and commitment to the university.
McClanahan has served as a student worker in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources for the past two years, working primarily in the Graves Stables located in the university’s Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources Teaching Complex. She is responsible for feeding and caring for the university horses used by the equestrian team and the livestock laboratory classes. She also helps instruct animal science students who work in the stables during feeding times as part of class requirements.
Meghan Cunningham, equestrian coach, nominated McClanahan for this award based on her dedication not only in normal working situations, but also in those that require extraordinary effort, noting that McClanahan worked every day during adverse weather conditions last spring to ensure that the animals at the farm were cared for.
McClanahan is a senior studying veterinary health technology. She plans to graduate in May 2017.
First Kids’ Chalk Crawl Set For Saturday
Paris Tenn.-Molly Sue Gillespieis getting ready for the First Annual Chalk Crawl for Kids sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association which will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30 immediately following the Small Fry Parade in downtown Paris. Children receive free chalk to create colorful fish on the sidewalk on the east side of the courthouse (Poplar Street). The Chalk Crawl will be led by local artists Joe Snow, Donna Revelee, and Ann Stapp. Little Molly Sue is the grand-daughter of Lisa Rhodes of Paris. (DPA photo).
Bail Bondsman Scam Reported
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued a public warning about scam bail bondsman calls.
Sheriff Monte Belew said his office has been receiving reports that people recently released from jail are receiving calls from unknown persons claiming to be their bail bondsmen.
The scammer then tells the victim they have to pay an additional $1,500 or their bond will be revoked and they will be jailed.
Anyone with information on who the scammers are is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.
Spaghetti Supper Set In Fulton
Fulton, Ky.-The Fulton County Senior Citizens Group will hold its annual spaghetti supper from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the SeniorCenter at 109 Commercial Ave. in Fulton. Tickets are $6 and take-outs are available.
5th Saturday Singing Is This Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.-The 5th Saturday Singing is this Saturday at the BuchananUnitedMethodistChurch. Enjoy a pot luck dinner at 5 p.m. with the singing beginning at 6 p.m. The church is at 140 Rabbit Creek Rd. at Buchanan.