Deputy Monte Starks dives to recover car. (Matt Spellings photo).
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Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation after a
stolen car was recovered from Kentucky Lake earlier today. The car was
recovered by Reserve Deputy Monte Starks, who also is a diver with the County
Matt Spellings of
Paris called dispatch to report seeing what he thought was a car submerged in
Williams responded and upon further investigation, Sheriff Monte Belew said,
“It was found to be a car. A call was put in to Monte Starks, who dove into the
water and secured the car so it could be pulled out of the water.”
The car found in a
cove on Port Road near Springville.
Carroll Lake Revitalization Moving Forward
Carroll Lake has been dry for some two years. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
McKenzie, Tenn.-The project to repair and begin the revitalization of Carroll Lake is moving forward.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Biologist Tim Broadbent said a successful bidder has been awarded the contract to build and install the gates at the lake, which was destroyed by flooding two years ago. The gates are expected to be installed in late summer.
With no water in the lake for the past couple of years, vegetation and trees have enveloped the area. The next step will be to aerial spray the vegetation in the lake bottom before reflooding, Broadbent said in a press release.
“In the next few months, the heavy equipment crew will determine if additional peninsulas can be installed,” Broadbent said. “This step will depend upon soil consistency.”
In early fall, the gates will be closed and crews will begin refilling and stock bluegill and catfish when the lake is refilled. Largemouth bass will be stocked in the spring.
Fishing at Carroll Lake will not be allowed for at least three years to allow growth of stocked species, he said. “Of course, all this depends upon weather and schedules of parties involved.”
Tennessee Promise Hard At Work
Buchanan, Tenn.-Volunteers with the Tennessee Promise Saturday morning hard at work at Paris Landing State Park today to get their community hours for scholarships. Gina Lowry of Paris Landing State Park said they are working eight hours today. “We are working on all of our garden areas and adding new plants to them while cleaning them out,” she said. (Gina Lowry photo).
Talking Things Over At Business Matters
Union City, Tenn.-Black Oak Elementary Principal Travis Johnson, right, and Center Point Business Solutions Owner Tim York talk things over during this week’s July Business Matters event with the Obion County Chamber of Commerce. Phyllis Rauchle spoke to some 40 community members and business leaders about Obion County Adult Leadership. She also brought past class members to speak about the lasting impact. Anyone interested in applying for the Adult Leadership class is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Obion County Chamber photo).
Murray Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charges
Murray, Ky.-A 28-year-old Murray man was arrested on numerous felony drug charges involving heroin, cocaine and liquid marijuana when the Murray Police executed a search warrant at his residence on Lowe’s Drive.
Taken into custody was William Hon.
During the search, officers found and seized .9 grams of heroin, 48.4 grams of cocaine, 115 dosage units of liquid marijuana, and 64.5 grams of marijuana. Also seized were two pistols, one rifle and $4,125 cash.
Hon was charged with trafficking in controlled substance, first degree felony for the heroin; trafficking in the first degree for the cocaine; trafficking in marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.
Causes Barn Fire
lightning strike Friday afternoon started a barn on fire on Hebron Church Rd.,
A spokesperson for
the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department said firefighters were quickly
able to put the fire out. She also said all the animals which were in the barn
when the fire started were safely taken out of the barn.
the Carroll County Department and Grant Norwood of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire
Department in Henry County were at the scene to help with the blaze.
The fire did not
spread to any other buildings.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Arrested By TBI, Local Law Enforcement
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an investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,
the Henry County Metro Crime Unit and the McKenzie Police Department, a
McKenzie man was arrested on drug charges and is in the Carroll County Jail.
Tanner Scott Workman, age 18, of 530 Paw Paw Lane.
Following a tip, TBI
Special Agents began investigating a complaint against Workman and executed a
search warrant at his home. During the course of the search, agents seized
marijuana, hashish oil, diverted prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, and a
stolen firearm from the residence.
Workman has been
charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance,
one count of possession of Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to
sell, one count of theft and underage possession of alcohol. Bond was set at
Early Voting Totals Low Due To Confusion?
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Voters in Henry County—and perhaps other counties as well—still seem to be confused over the current ballot.
Henry County Elections Administrator DeLaina Green said many voters who have come in during the early voting period are upset over having to declare their party. The early voting period for the August primary election is currently underway through July 30.
Green said, “They just don’t understand that declaring a party is for state offices only and they get the full county general ballot” for the election underway.
Green said she’d like to clear up the confusion before the last week of early voting begins. “I think people could possibly be putting off voting because they think they have to choose party on the county level,” she said.
Voting numbers are down all over our area and the state during early voting.
In Henry County, Green said, “We are currently at 1055 total voters. That is 799 Republicans, 217 Democrats and 39 general.”
In Obion County, the total is 457, with 351 voting Republican and 97 Democrats.
Byford To Be Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame
Martin, Tenn.-Dr. Jim Byford of Martin is one of 16
individuals selected to join the national 4-H Hall of Fame for his service and
dedication to the organization. Byford is dean emeritus of the University of
Tennessee at Martin’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
Before beginning his career with UT Martin in 1987,
Byford spent more than 20 years serving as an extension wildlife specialist in
both Georgia and Tennessee. A certified wildlife biologist, he holds a doctoral
degree from Auburn.
Byford’s involvement with the national 4-H program,
which in Tennessee teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to more than
168,000 youth in grades 4-12, goes far beyond classroom instruction. During his
18-year tenure with UT Extension, he initiated the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife
Project, the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Judging contest and the Tennessee 4-H FACE
contest. He also started the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Conference. He has received
multiple awards during his tenure and has given 60 presentations in 28 states.
The induction ceremony will take place October 7 at
the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
WLJT Hosting Loretta Lynn Concert
Paducah, Ky..-Join WLJT for “Loretta Lynn Live” at
the Carson Center in Paducah. Tickets are on sale for the event, which will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 12.
Tickets are $42 for first row balcony and other prices
for other locations in the Carson Center. Call Mandy Hinson at 1-881-7561 or
1-800-366-9558. Seating is limited.
WLJT-TV is the public broadcasting station in Martin.
Fenton Boat Ramp To Be Closed
Land Between The Lakes—Starting at 1 a.m. Monday, July
25, the Fenton Board Ramp and its dock and jetty will be closed to any use
until demolition work is completed on the old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.
Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic
and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd have announced that 29
communities will receive over $999,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist
communities with tourism infrastructure assets.
In our area, only Carroll County is on the list to receive
monies. According to the press release, Carroll County will receive a grant for
The grants are designed to assist counties and cities
with improvements that will increase tourism.
Haslam said, “We want to congratulate all 29
communities on receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants. These grants showcase how
great the partnership is between tourist development and economic development.”
High School Students Invited To UTM Bash
Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin is
throwing a party July 29, and high school students from all areas are invited.
The 2016 End of Summer Bash will begin with check-in
at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by official welcome at 1:30
and campus tours at 2. Students who have already taken a campus tour are still
invited to Recreation Rampage from 3-5 p.m. in the UT Martin Student Recreation
Students and their families are invited to learn more
about UT Martin programs of study; meet faculty, staff and current students;
and participate in a variety of recreation activites.
Register at www.utm.edu/summerbash. There is no charge
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Good Times At City Appreciation Day
Paris, Tenn.-A good (and hot) time was had by all at
the City of Paris Employee Appreciation event Thursday afternoon in the parking
lot behind city hall. Tents and huge fans were set up to stave off the heat of
the afternoon and employees were served ice cream and homemade brownies with
toppings by Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Commissioners Terry Fuller and Jackie
Jones. City Manager Kim Foster said, “We wanted to have this event so that all
the departments could get together. We’re all on the same team.” A cornhole
tournament also was held, with winners Lynn Banks and Cody Benson accepting the
trophies. Top photo, Mayor Gerrell and Commissioner Fuller stay cool while
serving ice cream. Bottom photo, Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence
presents trophies to Banks and Benson. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Atkins-Porter Association Begins Planning For Clean Sweep Day
City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris addresses members of the Atkins-Porter Association. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-The next city of Paris Clean Sweep Day will be held August 27 and will cover a portion of the Atkins-Porter Historic Neighborhood. The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood encompasses such a large area that its Clean Sweep Days will have to be divided into sections.
The August 27 event will begin at 8 a.m. and will be in the area covering Thompson, Blakemore, Aden, and East Blythe Streets, down to Dunlap Street.
City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris appeared at Wednesday night’s Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association meeting and discussed the upcoming event. There are approximately 75 properties that will be included in the August 27 Clean Sweep Day, she said.
Participants should bring yard equipment, gloves, rakes, bug spray, and sun protection. The city will supply water and dumpsters.
The event will be organized much the same way as the first Clean Sweep Day that was held in the Lee School Neighborhood earlier this year.
Morris said more churches want to be involved this time around and the Realtors’ Association also will be involved again.
More information on the event will be released in August.
In other business:
--The Association continued discussion of its newsletter which is being prepared by Kelli Zwayer and will be distributed online. The newsletter will be done quarterly.
--The Association voted that meetings will always be open to everyone, but voting memberships will cost $20 a year (lifetime memberships will be $200). Dues will go toward expenses for events and also for money needed to apply for a 501c non-profit status.
--Association members also firmed up plans for the Atkins-Porter booth at the upcoming Ice Cream Social from 4-7 p.m. July 30 in downtown Paris.
Isaiah Canaan Signs With Bulls
Chicago, Ill.-Former Murray State University
basketball standout Isaiah Caanan has now signed to play with the Chicago
Bulls. The Bulls announced the signing Wednesday but have not yet released the
details of his contract.
Canaan played for the last two seasons with the
Philadelphia 76ers. Canaan earlier tweeted that he had signed a two-year deal
with the Bulls. He will be playing guard position.
Canaan was drafted to the NBA in 2013. He was
graduated from Murray State in 2013.
Clothing, Household Items Collected For Fire Victims
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Routon, Tenn.-A collection of items is being taken up
for Casey Crosser’s family, which lost everything in the fire at their home in
Routon early Wednesday morning.
Nikki Anne Holland is accepting donations on his
behalf and she can be contacted through Facebook. She said Crosser would
appreciate anything for the kids of the house.
Eli wears size 5 in little boys, Cadence wears size
7/8 in little girls, Serenity wears a size 16 and girls or medium in juniors.
Shoe sizes are 13 in little boys, 3 in little girls, 7 in women’s or girls.
Crosser wears 3XL, size 12.5 shoes in mens.
Crosser would appreciate all items for his house.
Holland said people can contact her through Facebook. She said Crosser is
overwhelmed right now and that she will put donated items in storage to give to
Corn Relish Samples At Friday’s Farmers Market
Paris, Tenn.-At the Downtown Paris Farmers Market this
Friday, free samples of corn relish salad (and the recipe cards) will be given
away free. The Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. in the
parking lot at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets. The Farmers Market Fresh
samples are a new attraction on Fridays, thanks to the Henry County UT
Two Apartment Complexes Renovated By USDA
Union City, Tenn.-USDA Rural Development Area Director
Joel Howard today celebrated the completion of two multi-family housing
rehabilitation projects in Northwest Tennessee at events in Union City and
In Union City, Reelfoot Apartments, a 48-unit complex
with 29 units designed for rental assistance owned by The Hallmark Companies,
has completed renovations. And in South Fulton, Eaglewood Estates, a 40-unit
apartment complex with full rental assistance owned by Maco Management Co.,
also is completed.
Both of the properties were completely gutted and
reworked to include new roofs, windows, doors, energy efficient HVAC systems,
paint, cabinets and floor coverings. Also, handicap accessibility issues were
Others participating in the events were Hallmark and
Maco representatives, South Fulton Mayor Ed Cassetty, Chamber Representative
Lauren Bennett and other state and local officials.
Finding affordable rental housing can pose a challenge
to many individuals, Howard said. “With the two newly-renovated apartment
complexes, our agency hopes to help more rural families obtain upgraded housing
to improve quality of life in Northwest Tennessee.”
For more information
on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the
Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4.
Visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/TN.
Babe Ruth Southeast
Tournament Hosted By Union City
Union City, Tenn.-The
Union City Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball League is hosting the 13 to 15-year-old
Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament July 26 through July 30. Next
week’s tournament will be played at Elam Stadium at LH Ladd Field and Thompson
This marks the 7th
Southeast Regional Tournament played in Union City. There will be eight teams
from four states converging onto Graham Park for a chance to move on to the
World Series in Williston, North Dakota.
The teams are scheduled
to arrive in Union City Tuesday with a welcome ceremony and cookout. The
tournament itself will begin Wednesday afternoon. The teams will be divided
into two divisions for three days of pool or round robin play. The top seeds
from the two divisions will then play in the single elimination championship
round Saturday. Tournament Director is Brian Searcy 731-446-9266.
Huck’s Beer Permit Is Denied
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Beer Board took a
rare step by denying a request for a beer permit for Huck’s Food and Fuel
convenience store located on Veterans Drive North, near Walmart.
The denial came at a public hearing on Huck’s request,
which was attended by some 20 people opposed to the permit for off-premises
Opponents were concerned with the proximity to
residential areas. Huntingdon’s city code states no permit shall be grated to a
place of business to sell such veverages within 300 feet of a residential
Attorney Michael King, who represents Huck’s, said the
city stands to lose some $18,000 a year in tax revenue because of the denial.
Carroll County Approves Budget, New Tax Rate
Tenn.-At its meeting this week, the Carroll County Commission approved a $23.5
M budget for the new fiscal year and also approved a new tax rate of $1.5819
per $100 assessed value. That’s an increase from last year’s rate of $1.4854.
According to the commissioners, the tax rate increase
reflects an error in calculating the tax base last year by the state of
UTM Equestrian Team Tryouts Set
Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin
equestrian team is holding open tryouts August 23, Head Coach Meghan Corvin has
Interested participants must get paperwork for a
physical exam from the coach. Participants must also receive a physical prior
to the tryout date and return to the Skyhawk athletic training room with proof
of their primary health insurance coverage.
Potential student-athletes also need to have prior
experience in either hunter seat equitation of western horsemanship (reining
preferred). Participants are responsible for contacting the coaching staff to
arrange a tryout time at 731 881 7273 or email@example.com
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Martin PD Continues Tactical Training
Martin, Tenn.-Officers from the Martin and the
University of Tennessee at Martin Police Departments participated in tactical
training, which has become essential for law enforcement across the U.S. The
officers trained at Martin Elementary School on proper active shooter methods.
The training gives officers the ability to become familiar with the layout of
the school and to train with various shooting scenarios. Martin Police Capt
Phillip Fuqua said it also was a good opportunity for the two agencies to work
together. The training was part of an eight-hour training session during which
the officers were all recertified with tasers and OC spray.
Routon Farmhouse Destroyed By Fire
Firefighters attack the blaze that destroyed the Crosser home. (Debbie Tummins photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Routon, Tenn.-An historic old farmhouse in Routon was destroyed in a fire early this morning and the Henry Volunteer Fire Department is still trying to determine the cause.
A two-story frame home owned by Casey Crosser on Hwy. 79S was destroyed in the blaze, which started around 12:30 a.m. today while no one was home, according to Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls. “Five of my guys are out there now again,” he said.
Qualls said this morning around 8:30 a.m. that the last of the firefighters had just left the scene around 7 a.m. when they were called back because the fire had rekindled. “It’s a total loss. It’s not likely anything can be saved, even possessions,” Qualls said.
The Henry Fire Department received mutual aid from the Mansfield Fire Department. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office water tanker also was utilized. Qualls said he also called the Henry County EMS to be on standby at the scene.
A neighbor called dispatch to report the fire and when the first firefighters arrived, the flames were already shooting through the roof of the home, Qualls said.
The Crosser home engulfed in flames. (Debbie Tummins photo).
Benefit For Izzy Polin Set For Saturday
Puryear, Tenn.-A cancer benefit for Izzy Polin will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Puryear Methodist Church at 114 W. Chestnut St.
Izzy will be a third grader at Harrelson in the fall but at this time she is still at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, having undergone stem cell surgery. Several churches in the area are helping with this benefit. 100 percent of proceeds go toward Izzy.
To be served are burgers, hot dogs, BBQ bologna, Boston butt, chips, dessert and drink. There will be music, games, cakewalk, and silent auction.
Obion County Studying Sales Tax Issue
Union City, Tenn.-Obion County is facing the possibility of having to pay back a substantial amount of sales tax dollars to the city of Samburg.
At this week’s Obion County Commission meeting, Commissioner Jerry Grady (District 5) told his fellow commissioners that the county had collected some $200,000 in taxes that were supposed to be directed for Samburg.
County Mayor Benny McGuire said the commission is waiting for guidance from the County Attorney since he was just recently made aware of the sales tax being directed to the county instead of Samburg.
County Attorney Steve Conley said he hopes to report back to the commission at its August meeting after he reviews all the documentation.
Wilson Achieves Public Administrator Certification
Paris, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee has honored Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson as a Certified Public Administrator during graduation ceremonies at Montgomery Bell State Park.
To achieve certification, Wilson completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. The course is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and is made available to county officials.
Wilson said, “I have always taken the responsibility of my specific duties as court clerk very seriously. State law, regulations and expectations are ever-changing, so I believe in a continuing effort to learn as much as I can when the opportunity is presented.”
The course is designed to provide specialized, technical and managerial training to help run local government offices more effectively. Course topics include ethics, budgeting, leadership, records management, risk management and more.
Wilson thanked his office staff and family for their efforts which made it possible for him to dedicate his time to the classes over the last several months.
Duane Allman Tribute Band To Perform
Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for a concert by a Duane Allman tribute band that will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.
The band is called Idlewild South and it features the iconic Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame, who is known for the song “Keep on Smilin’”.
Camden Native Paula Bridges and her Bandstand Revue will be opening the act.
Paris, Tenn.-“Legally Blonde, Jr.” will be performed by the KPAC Young Artists Theater this weekend at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Volunteer Dr. in Paris. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
City Of Paris Receives
$350,000 Housing Grant
With 'big check', from left: City Commissioner Terry Fuller, City Manager Kim Foster, Commissioner Jackie Jones, Mayor Carlton Gerrell, THDA Official Amy Schaftlein, Commissioner Gayle Griffith. (McFarlin photo).
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city of Paris now has a $350,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development
Agency which will assist local families with much-need home repairs. Amy
Schaftlein of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency presented a big check to
city officials at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m really excited to present this to the city to help residents with their
The grant is
specifically for families of low income, seniors and individuals with
disabilities who cannot afford to bring their homes up to code. City officials
anticipate helping ten or more households with issues such as leaking plumbing,
unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, damaged roofs and more.
Carlton Gerrell said, “The majority of homeowners in Paris are over 65 years
old and many live on a fixed income that leaves no money for home repairs,
which means problems sometimes go neglected for years. We’re going to put this
money to good use helping our neighbors who are living in unsafe conditions
because they can’t afford to do anything about it.”
Director Ralph Perry said, “The city earned this grant by putting together a
smart plan that’s going to make a real difference in the lives of several local
families in need. This is a wonderful project, and we’re proud to support it.”
approved for the program will be required to contribute at least $500 of their
own money toward the repairs, officials said, “to help ensure they are
emotionally and financially invested in the upkeep of their home. The total
value of home repairs is limited to $33,400 per household.”
will host a public meeting to hear from potential applicants before finalizing
the rule and requirements of the program. That meeting has not yet been
Set For Kenton Mayor Davidson
Jowers To Serve
As Interim Mayor
arrangements for Kenton Mayor Virginia Nell Davidson have been set for 2 p.m.
Thursday at the chapel of Kenton Church of God. Burial will follow in Sunnyside
Cemetery in Kenton.
died Monday morning at Tennova Healthcare Regional Hospital in Jackson. She had
been hospitalized for a couple of weeks after gallbladder surgery. She was 77.
Mayor Danny Jowers will serve as interim mayor. Jowers also is the director of
Obion County Emergency Management.
had served two terms as mayor. Before that, she served as Kenton City Clerk and
City Recorder for many years.
She is survived
by her husband, Bruce Davidson, two children, Penny (Jimmy) Petty and Bill
(Nina) Davidson, one brother, Bobby, and several grandchildren and
The family will
receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Kenton Church of God.
Karnes and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Getting That Perfect
Shot—Any Way You Can
Dover, Tenn.—Fort Donelson
National Battlefield in Dover is the place to be for Bald Eagle lovers—and shutterbugs.
If you ever doubt how many camera lovers gather at Fort Donelson to capture
photographs of the Bald Eagle family that nests there, just take a gander at
this photo taken for Lori Hailey. Even when they don’t have their tripods with
them, dedicated shutterbugs can always find a way to capture that perfect shot.
(Lori Hailey photo).
Early Voting Totals Low
In Area So Far
Early voting totals are
low all over our area—and statewide, for that matter—according to figures
released by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.
Early voting for the
August 4 primary began Friday and will continue through July 30 across the
In Henry County, 235
voted on Friday, with 58 on Saturday. In Obion County, 100 turned out the first
day, with only 17 on Saturday. Weakley County turnout was 183 on Friday and 24
on Saturday; Carroll County was 77 Friday and 19 Saturday and Benton County 144
on Friday and 42 on Saturday.
WTPR Off The Air
Paris, Tenn.-If you’re
wondering why you can’t hear your favorite radio station, it’s because we’re
off the air! The FM and AM broadcasts for WTPR are off the air, thanks to a
lightning strike at the Dover transformer over the weekend. The stations will
be back on the air as soon as needed equipment is installed.
Juveniles Charged With
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Union City, Tenn.-Two
Union City juveniles have been charged with reckless burning following a fire
that destroyed a shed behind the Sunswept Baptist Church on East Church Street.
Union City Police Sgt.
Brandon Adams received information that the shed was burned down by two
juveniles and was given their names. Officers went to the home of one of the
juveniles on East Main Street and he said he and the other juvenile were
playing in the shed and he placed the blamed on the other juvenile for setting
the fire. Officers then went to the home of the other juvenile on East Church Street
and he placed the blame on the first juvenile. Officers then went back to the
first juvenile’s home and when he was asked about setting the fire, he just put
his head down and admitted to setting the box on fire inside the shed. He said
he was not trying to burn the shed down but that he was just trying to set the
box on fire because he thought it would be funny.
Total damage is $10,000.
Jason D. Williams To
Perform At Discovery Park
Union City, Tenn.-The
Summer Nights Festival continues at Discovery Park this weekend with the
appearance of Entertainer Jason D. Williams. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday,
July 23. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online or at the gate.
The event includes
music, beer garden, wine garden, cigar bar, food and games.
Active Shooter Event Set
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Special School
District will host “Sudden Violence—Surviving An Active Shooter” at The Dixie
Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. Monday, July 25.
It will be a 90 minute non-tactical training for local
businesses, individuals and educators. There are no tickets for the event and
seating is first-come, first-served. The presentation is provided by the
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to offer vital information
about mitigating possible threats by people who carry out acts of violence.
Paris, Tenn.-“Legally Blonde, Jr.” will be performed
by the KPAC Young Artists Theater this weekend at the Krider Performing Arts
Center on Volunteer Dr. in Paris. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, July 22 and 23.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Interlocal Agreement Approved By County
Commissioners met in routine session Monday evening. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-At a routine session Monday night, the Henry County Commission ratified an interlocal cooperative agreement between the Henry County Emergency Communications office and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The agreement already was passed at the last 911 board meeting.
911 Director Mark Archer said, “This solidifies the state law requiring interlocal agreements when 911 equipment is used by another agency.”
Sheriff Monte Belew thanked the 911 board for allowing the use of its equipment by sheriff’s office dispatchers and other personnel. “They’ve really stepped up to the plate and helped us and we’re very thankful for it,” Belew said.
In other business, the commission approved the reappointment of Danny Tucker as Henry County Coroner and M.L. Bailey as Assistant Coroner.
This Year’s Water Run Is Bigger Than Ever
Carol Strobl selling t-shirts at the water run. (Chamber photo).
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of
Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run reached a new participation high this year,
with over 540 players. The three $500 winners for best hands drawn at 2, 3 and
4 p.m. were Charlene Garrett, Leslee Quinn and Carney West.
Chamber Vice President Michele Atkins said, “Staging a
mobile, multi-site outdoors event requires an incredible level of cooperation
and volunteer support. We had a great year and are so grateful to all of the
players, resorts, sponsors and volunteers.”
Resorts included The Breakers, Mansard Island, Cypress
Bay, Cypress Springs, Buchanan Resort, Leatherwood, Pleasant View, Fat Daddy’s,
and Paris Landing State Park. There also were two pontoon stops hosted by Dr.
Jeff and Jennifer Morris and Dr. Jeff Seaton. T-shirt sponsors were Paris
Landing State Park, The Loft, Lakeway IGA and Blues Landing.
Volunteers included Atkins, Donna Craig, Caleb
Grissom, Stacia Puckett, Randi French, Shawn Markham, Dan Bundy, John Wambles,
Wayne Powers Sr., Brenda Powers, Michael Puckett, Wayne Powers Jr., Will
Powers, Tony Wheatley, Angela Jones, Kevin Buie, Gary McEntire, Tyler Boyd,
Betty Dye, Paul Mathenia, Fredda Perkins, Lisa Lemons, Joel Washburn, Pam
Chmelik, Susan Burton, Linley and Becki White, Tina Robbins, John Nichols,
Susan Jones, Tobe and Amy Spain, Allison Reagor, Brittany McCoy, Mark Johnson
and Kenitha Ferguson.
Kenton Mayor Dies
Kenton, Tenn.-Kenton Mayor Virginia Davidson died this
morning. Funeral arrangements at Karnes and Sons Funeral Home in Kenton were
incomplete around noon today.
Mrs. Davidson was a life-long resident of Kenton and
was elected to the position of mayor after having been the city of Kenton’s
clerk-recorder for some 30 years.
Funeral arrangements will be posted on our website and
Facebook pages when they are complete.
Three Historic Buildings Receive Restoration Funding
The Heritage Center in Paris will receive $21,000 in grant money for restoration projects. (McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Nashville, Tenn.-Three area restoration projects—one in
Henry County and two in Obion County—have been funded through the federal
Historic Preservation Fund. They are among 31 grants awarded through the
Tennessee Historical Commission.
In Paris, $21,000 has been awarded to fund the restoration
of the historic Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. Henry County Historical
Society President David Webb said the grant award is indeed welcome news for
the Heritage Center.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Cavitt
Place, which is the home of the Heritage Center, and restoration and repairs
will be conducted. He said the work will include interior and exterior
painting, repair of tile on the front porch, and window repairs.
The Heritage Center will hold an event commemorating the
building’s 100th anniversary in October which will include exhibits
on Cavitt Place, E.W. Grove, and Camp Tyson.
In Union City, $9,078 was awarded to fund the restoration
of the historic Obion County Courthouse and $15,507 was awarded for the
restoration of the historic Westover Center Building.
The former Westover School is located in downtown Union
City and was built in the late 1800s. It was a functioning school until the
late 1960s. The building is now owned by Westover Center for the Arts and is in
the process of restoring the building.
The grants were awarded across the state for projects that
support the preservation of historic and
Awarded annually, 60 percent of the project funds are from
the federal Historic Preservation Fund and 40 percent from the grantee. The
Tennessee Historical Commission reviewed 55 applications.
The former Westover School will be used as an arts center. (Westover Center photo).
UTM Student Logos Selected For Field Day Event
Kassie Hooks (seated) of Fulton is one of two UTM students whose logos were selected for the Milan No-Till Field Day this year. With her is Sarah Haig, assistant professor of graphic design. (UTM photo).
Milan, Tenn.-Logo designs by University of Tennessee at
Martin students from Fulton and Bruceton have been selected for the Milan
No-Till Field Day this year. Once every two years, the University of Tennessee
AgResearch and Education Center in Milan hosts the event, which is one of the
largest crop production field days in the nation.
Event planners were approached by the UTM Department of
Visual and Theater Arts to see if they would open a logo design contest.
AgResearch Center officials said they had misgivings—until they saw the
In the end, they chose two. The logo designed by Kyle
Birdwell of Bruceton will be featured on the field day caps, while the design
submitted by Kassie Hooks of Fulton, Ky., will be used on all other materials.
Both Birdwell and Hooks were graduated from UT Martin in May.
Students were tasked with researching the AgResearch Center
and the Milan No-Till Field Day, creating ten sketches using the proper color
palette and text elements and narrowing their work to one final logo.
The Milan No-Till Field Day is set for Thursday, July 28,
at the AgResearch Center, with gates opening at 6 a.m. The field day features
40 research presentations, an extensive agricultural trade show and the West
Tennessee Agricultural Museum. More info is available at milan.tennesse.edu or
Class Of '66 Holds Reunion
Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Grove High School Class of 1966 listen to a presentation from Ray Harding on the history of Lee School during all-day activities Saturday. Members of the class also took a tour of the former Grove School building (now Henry County Schools office building) and met for the reunion in the evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
After Pond Incident, Man Charged With Criminal Trespass
Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County man was arrested for criminal
trespass after he reportedly swam naked in a private pond. While at the pond,
he also reportedly defecated on the pond’s bank.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Toler,
age 29 of Herman Roger Road. Deputies responded to a private pond on Hwy. 641S
where the homeowner said the man had been swimming naked in the pond and then
defecated on the bank and on himself before leaving.
Deputy Chad Lowry found Toler walking down the road and in
his report said Toler was wet and smelled. According to the report, Toler
appeared to be on something. He told Lowry he defecated on himself and used to
pond to wash it off.
Man Arrested For Stealing Girlfriend’s Van
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police arrested a Dyersburg
man for stealing his girlfriend’s van while she was going to the bathroom.
Arrested was James Clyde Noble of Dyersburg.
The victim said she and Noble were driving from Metropolis,
Ill., where she lives, to visit his mother in Fulton, Ky. They stopped at
Murphy Gas Station in Union City so she could use the bathroom and she saw her
boyfriend drive off in the 1999 Dodge Caravan, possibly driving toward Fulton.
Officers found the van parked on the side of Highway 22
next to the spillway with the emergency flashers on and then found Noble
walking further down the highway. A check with NCIC showed he was wanted on
full extradition out of Kentucky on a parole violation. The van had run out of
gas and was towed by Buddy’s Wrecker Service.
In another report, a three-wheeler was stolen from behind
an outbuilding at 724 Pierce Street sometime between July 10 and July 16. It is
a 1986 red and white Honda 200X.
Commodities To Be Distributed This Week
Paris, Tenn.-The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development
Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute commodities to
eligible area residents this week, Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21.
The food will be distributed at the Central Services
Building at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Extended, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each of those
All applicants should have a pink commodity card and if you
do not, you must sign up no later than Monday, July 18, to get the card. On the
days of distribution, you are asked not to line up before 8:30 a.m. For more
information, call 642-3132 or visit Central School building.
Atkins-Porter Association To Meet
Paris, Tenn.-The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will
hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Atkins-Porter
Recreation Center at the corner of Highland and Walnut Streets. The agenda
includes representatives from the city who will discuss Clean Sweep Day, which
is scheduled for August 27. The association’s booth at the upcoming Downtown
Ice Cream Social is also on the agenda.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Clear Skies Make For
Perfect Water Run
Buchanan, Tenn.-After a
night of rough storms, it was a ‘Chamber of Commerce’ weather day for the
annual Paris-Henry County Water Run. This year’s event appeared to be a
record-breaker, thanks to good weather and participation from nine Kentucky
Lake resorts and marinas. In top photo, these volunteers were out early at Fat
Daddy’s. From left, Carla Stepp, John Nichols, Michele Atkins and Donna Craig. Bottom
photo, Todd Centers of Cypress Resort got his last stamp at Fat Daddy’s before
returning to Paris Landing for the last deal of the day. (Susan Jones photos).
McKenzie High School Teachers Participate In UTM Program
Martin, Tenn.-Jeff Presson of Paris, foreground, along with fellow teachers Logan Hubble and Zach Tippitt, all of whom are McKenzie High School Teachers, measure beam deflections during a training workshop hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. They were among more than 250 West Tennessee teachers who participated in one of 13 different summer workshops. The workshops were funded through UTM’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant which distributed more than $75,000 in stipends and materials. For more info on the grant program contact Tina Harrison at 731-881-7201.
Paris Quota Hears About “Izzy” Fundraiser
New Member Jill Snow, right, with sponsor Jane Sinnema. (Martha McFadden photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota members were encouraged to donate to a fundraiser for a seven-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment at St. Jude. The family desperately needs a new car for transportation back and forth and a fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23 at Puryear Methodist Church.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna, Boston Butt is available for donation only. Anyone wanting to make a donation may make the check out to Olive Branch Methodist Church with “Izzy” on the memo line and sent to Peggy Owen, 312 Oakwood Lane, Paris. Owen will forward funds to Michael Wimberley, who is pastor of the church and is in charge of the event.
Geraldine Sykes announced she has tickets for the double wedding ring quilt donated by Wanda Hughes. They are $5 each or three for $10 and it will be given away November 9.
Beth Watkins installed a new member, Jill Snow, who was sponsored by Jane Sinnema.
Two More McKenzie Stores Seek Wine Permits
McKenzie, Tenn.-Two more McKenzie stores are seeking permits to sell packaged wine at their businesses.
Cornerstone Market at the intersection of Cedar Street and US 79 and Exxon Food Shop on North Highland are seeking the permits. Their applications will be reviewed by the McKenzie Beer Board July 18.
Both E.W. James Supermarket and Highway 22 Food Mart already applied for permits. The Beer Board approved both of those requests and they were forwarded on to the state board for approval.
UC Carey Counseling To Receive USDA Funds
Nashville, Tenn.-A Distance Learning and Telemedicine project in Obion County will receive funding from the USDA Rural Development program. State Director Bobby Goode said it will be one of five programs to receive funding in the state.
These projects will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country, increasing access to health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities.
USDA is awarding $23.4 million in grants to support 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicineprojects in 32 states. In Tennessee alone, nearly $1.07 million will be used to fund various DLT projects across the state.
The following recipients and their respective counties were selected to receive funding:
·Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority – Hamilton County
·Tennessee Rural Education Association (receiving two grants) – Polk and Marion Counties
·Carey Counseling Center, Inc. – Obion County
·Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnson County
Some of the awards will help communities provide services to address opioid misuse, a problem that is especially prevalent in rural areas.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Tennessee contact the State Office at615-783-1300or visit us online atwww.rd.usda.gov/TN, and for information on Rural Development telecommunications programs contact Terry Kokinda at(615) 451-9498orTerry.Kokinda@wdc.usda.gov.
Grove School Freshman Open House
Paris, Tenn.-E.W. Grove School is inviting all incoming freshmen and parents to a Back to School Open House at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28. It will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session afterwhich attendees can take a tour of the school and become familiar with programs offered at the school. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents. For more information, call Grove School at 642-4586.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Early Voting Turnout Is Small
Paris, Tenn.-The word for the day at the Henry County Elections Commission office today is ‘slow’ as the early voting period began with very few voters showing up. Likewise, voter turnout at the Obion County Elections Office today was small. Early voting for the August primary is from today through July 30. Hours for both the Henry County and Obion County Elections offices will be: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. In photo, Elections Administrator Delaina Green and Deputy Clerk Kim Jenkins wait on a prospective voter. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
The TARP Anniversary
Paris, Tenn.-Deputy Ricky Ford and Maintenance Supervisor
Chris Thompson gear up for grillin’ at the TARP Center Anniversary fundraiser
today and tomorrow at the TARP Center at 1027 Mineral Wells Ave. The event will
be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and the public is invited. Today, the sheriff’s office is
grilling burgers and hot dogs and on Saturday, Perry’s BBQ will be served.
(Shannon McFarlin photo).
Only 38 Days Until
Obion County Fair
Tenn.-There are just 38 days until the Obion County Fair begins and the fair
board is already publicizing the competitions that will be held during the
week-long event. This year’s fair will be held from August 22-27, later than it
usually is held.
The fair carnival will
be provided by Amusement Attractions this year, which is the same company
providing the rides for the Henry County Fair this year, too.
Forms and information
are available on the Obion County Fair website at http://www.obioncountyfair.net/ for the
myriad of contests that will be held, including all the pageants, the demolition
derby, truck and tractor pull and a new event this year—“The Voice” contest,
patterned after the television show. Forms for “The Voice” also can be picked
up at Center Point Business Solutions in Union City. “The Voice” will replace
the “Fair Show Musicals” which had historically been held at the fair.
Crockett County Man
Rescued From Reelfoot Lake
Tiptonville, Tenn.-A 66-year-old
Crockett County man was rescued from Reelfoot Lake Wednesday evening, after
having spent all day in the water.
Dennis Westmoreland of
Friendship, Tenn., had fallen into the water around 10:30 a.m. while he was
fishing from a boat at Kirby’s Pocket Landing.
On a report that two
men had found a submerged boat, the Obion County Rescue Squad and sheriff’s
deputies, along with the Lake County Rescue Squad and Samburg Fire Department
personnel were called to Kirby’s around 5 p.m.
Members of the Obion
County squad heard shouts for help and pulled him from the water around 6:45
The rescued man was
reportedly wearing a life jacket and was taken to the Dyersburg Hospital.
Registration Open For
Rest For The Soul Retreat
Tenn.-Registration is open for the second Rest For The Soul Retreat, planned
for October 21-22 at Paris Landing Convention Center in Buchanan. In 2014,
Enough Grace Ministries, based in Paris, hosted its first event.
Enough Grace Ministries
was founded by Candise Farmer of Paris. She said, “Many women today find
themselves under spiritual attack. Time and time again it seems as if we are
fighting a losing battle. Fatigue, discouragement, and apathy are plaguing so
many women. We all are longing and needing to be spiritually recharged and
This year’s featured
speaker will be Stormie Omartian, best-selling author of The Power of Praying
series. Her latest book, Out Of The Darkness, has just been released.
Leading the worship
for the retreat will be Betsy Craig Caswell, native of Paris. She now oversees
worship at Milestone Church in Keller, Texas.
More details and
online registration are available at the event website: http://www.rest4thesoul.com. Downloadable
registration sheets may be printed and mailed to Enough Grace Ministries, P.O.
Box 502, Paris, 38242