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Monday, February 10, 2017

Arts Council Moves To Lee Academy


Arts Council Director Amy Jones. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—In her second year as Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council, Amy Jones said her major focus is on consolidating the efforts of local arts programs.

The Arts Council’s move to the Lee Academy for the Arts has been a big part of accomplishing that goal, she said.

“What we want to do is work together with the other arts programs in Henry County and having our office in this building has really helped with that,” Jones said.

For several years, the Arts Council office had been located at Paris City Hall. Jones said, “We really appreciated all that the city of Paris did for us, allowing us to have our office there. We were already thinking we needed to consolidate and the city needed that space, so this move just makes so much sense.”

Jones said she spoke to Lee Academy board members about how to accomplish more coordination between the programs and they agreed, offering an office in the historic two-story former Lee School.

“It has really helped us to partner with the Lee Academy more directly,” she said. “And it has really helped me being here, where there are artistic programs and classes going on all the time. The Arts Council is really making a lot of good contacts being here. It’s really helped communicating between the programs.”

Jones, who is from Louisville, Ky., lives in Paris with her husband, Leland, and four children. She and her husband met at Murray State and she has past experience as stage manager at Ballet Memphis and the Arkansas Childen’s Theater in Little Rock.

The Arts Council can be contacted by calling 642 -3955.


Martin Man Cited For Gun Discharge

Martin, Tenn.—A Martin man will appear in court this week on charges of reckless endangerment charge and discharging a handgun within the city limits after an incident at his apartment Friday night.

Martin Police responded to 528 Ellis St., Apt. 1124 on a gunshot call around 8:30 p.m. Friday. It was determined a handgun had been discharged when Lamont Harris, age 24, of Martin, had picked up his Glock 9mm handgun from a bar in the kitchen and pulled the trigger.

The round passed through his own exterior wall, through the wall of the adjacent apartment, through the headboard of a bed, through a dresser on the opposite side of the room, through an interior wall and in to a closet.  The spent round was located in the closet floor. 

Captain Phillip Fuqua said, “No one was harmed during the incident, but initially, Mr. Harris did hide his weapon under his mattress and told officers that he did not know anything about the incident.  After further investigation, Mr. Harris did admit to firing the shot and completed a written statement explaining the event.”


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Investigation Ongoing After Fatal Shooting

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—An investigation is ongoing into the shooting death of a Henry County man Friday night.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Jonathan Tyson Goodlow was killed during an altercation at a home at 75 Turkey Lane around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to that residence by 911, with the caller saying that an intruder had been shot.

According to the press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies found Goodlow dead at the scene and that a resident, John Marcus Green, had shot him.

Upon preliminary investigation, it was determined by the Criminal Investigation Unit that Goodlow found his estranged wife’s vehicle there due to a tracking device placed on her car by a third party. Goodlow approached the car and retrieved the tracking device, then went to the front door, according to the press release.

At that time, the press release states, Goodlow allegedly forced his way into the home and during a struggle with his estranged wife and Green, he was shot by Green.

County Coroner Danny Tucker declared Goodlow deceased. Chief Deputy Damon Lowe said the deputies were assisted at the scene by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Rescue Squad.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The sheriff’s office is in continuous contact with the District Attorney’s office and once all the evidence has been filed, it will be turned over to the DA’s office.

Shooting Info To Be Released Today

Paris, Tenn.—Information on a shooting that occurred Friday night on Turkey Lane in Henry County will be released later today by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Monte Belew said Saturday night there is no suspect at large and no arrests have been made in the shooting.

The shooting occurred near Hwy. 218.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Helping Hand Grand Total Now $257,056

Framed autographed Marcus Mariota jersey was donated by Air Evac for today's auction. (Helping Hand photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.—With a week and a half left to go in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction, the grand total raised is now at $257,056.

Saturday’s total raised was $6,393, including the $861 raised during a silent auction. Items today were donated by the Henry County Medical Center employyes, auxiliary, Healthcare Center, EMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.

A highlight of Saturday’s auction was the sale of a framed Marcus Mariota jersey donated by Air Evac. The jersey was sold for $400 to Chris Martin.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Next week’s schedule is:

Monday’s items will be donated by Point Pleasant Baptist Church, 4-H Clubs of Henry County, Henry County No Fly Zone, Eiffel Gardens and HCHS Madrigals.

Tuesday: Paris City employees, Como community BPU, Project Help.

Wednesday: VanDyke/ROuton communities; VanDyke Church of Christ and Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Thursday: Maplewood Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Peppers Automotive.

Friday: Springville community, Paris Healthcare, Henry County Republic Party and Women, Doghouse Rescue.

Saturday: Tennessee Valley Community Church.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.
Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.

Huge Crowd Turns Out For Mt. Zion Benefit

Paris, Tenn.—A huge crowd was on hand today for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church fundraiser held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Paris. Good music, good food and plenty of activities kept everyone busy all day. With the building in disrepair, the Mt. Zion congregation has been unable to meet in its church for some time and they are raising funds to build a new church. In photos, everyone enjoys music, while bottom photo, Reggie Caldwell shows the autographed football from Vanderbilt Head Football Coach Derek Mason, courtesy of Bill and Andrew Jelks. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

HCMC Interviews Casteel For CEO Position

ParisTenn.-At a special meeting, the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees interviewed Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Current CEO Thomas Gee will retire in October after 25 years of service to the hospital.

Gee was unable to attend the meeting, but provided a letter of support for Casteel that Board Chair Phil Wichlan shared with the group. The interview process, which lasted about 1 ˝ hours, gave Casteel the opportunity to discuss her leadership qualities and vision for HCMC.

 According to Director of Marketing Tory Daughrity, Casteel has served the hospital as Chief Financial Officer for 11 years. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor in business administration and earned her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care administration in 2014 from BethelUniversity.

She worked as a CPA for Deloitte and Touche in Memphis, for KPMG in Nashville and Shreveport, and as controller and compliance officer for Gateway Health System in Clarksville.

According to Daughrity, the Board of Trustees hopes to have a decision at the next board meeting, set for Thursday, February 23.


Register Now For Free Trees

ParisTenn.-Register now for free trees for next week’s 100K Tree Day and pledge to plant yours on February 25.

The Tennessee Environmental Council will be providing bare-root tree seedlings at no cost to participants—although donations are encouraged. All you have to do is agree to pick them up Friday, February 24, and plant them on Saturday, February 25.

The Henry County pickup site for trees will be at the Paris Civic Center parking lot on Volunteer Drive.

For more information and to register for trees go to:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Helping Hand Total Now $250,659


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised so far in the Helping Hand Radio Auction has now reached $250,659, with the $2,893 raised today by the REAL Hope Youth Center, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County Prevention Coalition, St. John’s CDS and Literacy Council.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Saturday will be a big day, with items donated by the Henry County Medical Center employees, auxiliary, Healthcare Center, EMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.

Next week will be the last full week in the Helping Hand auction. 

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.

Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.

Sgt. Cagle Honored On Retirement


Sgt. Cagle, left, accepts plaque from Chief Elizondo. (PPD photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Retiring Paris Police Sgt. Gerry Cagle was honored at a reception Friday after a lifetime of law enforcement in Henry County—34 years, seven months, to be exact.

Gagle worked seven years with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in 1982, and was hired in 1990 by the Paris Police Department by former Chief Richard Dunlap, where he has stayed for 27 years and one month.

At the reception, held at Paris City Hall, Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said Cagle has worked as a deputy, patrolman, patrol corporal and patrol sergeant, working six yeas as a Paris Special Schools District DARE Officer.

Elizondo presented Cagle with a plaque, as well as a ‘retirement badge’. Cagle said he plans to enjoy retirement with his wife of 17 years, Juanita, and his twin, Terry, who is also retiring as a jailer from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.


Huntingdon Woman Faces Drug Charges


Huntingdon, Tenn.—A Huntingdon woman was arrested on multiple drug charges Thursday after Huntingdon Police officers executed a search warrant at 159 Williams Street.

Arrested was Beverly Cole, age 44, charged with several counts of manufacturing/delivery/selling and possessing narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigator Joey Hedge obtained the warrant after being informed of a high volume of traffic in and out of the residence.

During the search, officers found 7.4 grams of ice or crystal meth, five grams of cocaine, oxycodone pills, Xanax pills, pipes, spoons, scales and other paraphernalia.

Cole is free after posting on the $10,000 bond. She will be arraigned February 22.


Five Area Hunters Lose Licenses For One Year

Two Others Waive Preliminary Hearing


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—Five hunters lost their hunting privileges as a result of an order handed down in Henry County General Sessions Court Thursday, with two more opting for another hearing in the local Circuit Court in the future.

Five hunters—one of whom is the Benton County Director of Schools—appeared for their preliminary hearing Thursday. They were charged with exceeding their daily bag limit of ducks, specifically illegal taking, possessing and destroying of wildlife.

The five were: Mark Florence, Camden (Benton County Director of Schools), Jake Ballard Lumpkin, Camden; Timothy Sanders, Springville; Kody Owen, Gleason, and Gary Troutt, Camden.

The two who waived their right to a preliminary hearing and are seeking a hearing in Circuit Court are Andrew Troutt, who owns the land where the hunting took place and Allen Douglas of Camden.

The charges against the five were brought by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), with Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing representing the TWRA. The seven hunters were all represented by Attorney Neil Thompson of Paris.

According to Greg Barker of the TWRA, all seven were hunting in an area off of Little Benton Rd. along the Big Sandy River in Henry County.

He said Andrew Troutt also is charged with baiting.

Under the order, the case was continued for a year and Florence, Lumpkin, Sanders, Owen and Gary Troutt lost their hunting licenses for a year and fined a total of $485 ($200 fine and $285 court costs). The five still do have their fishing privileges.



Louisiana Hunter Loses Privileges For Two Years

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A hunter from Louisiana lost his hunting license for two years after being found guilty of killing deer over the legal limit in Henry County General Sessions Court Thursday.

William Hunter Benton of St. Francisville, La., was sentenced by Judge Vicki Snyder to a fine of $350 ($50 for each of the seven deer killed); $285 in court costs and ordered that he lose his hunting privileges for two years. Benton also paid restitution of $1500 to TWRA.

TWRA Officer Greg Barker said Benton was charged with five counts of illegal taking and possession of deer, hunting without a license and not wearing blaze orange.

He said it is important to note that when someone loses their hunting license in Tennessee, they automatically lose it in 45 other states at the same time, due to the Wildlife Violator Compact that TWRA belongs to.

Benton was caught with the deer in his truck while hunting on Little Benton Rd. in Henry County.

First-Ever National Signing Day Held At TCAT


Instructor Ricky French and Counselor Hallie Blount watch as HCHS Senior Ricky French signs his letter of intent for collision repair. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The first-ever National Signing Day was held Thursday at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Paris, with 23 high school students from Henry, Benton, and Carroll Counties signing letters of intent to attend college classes at TCAT in several fields of study.

The students, parents, guidance counsellors and instructors attended the ceremony at TCAT, located on Wilson St. in Paris, and a live feed of the signings were televised at other TCAT locations. A live feed of the ceremony was televised at other TCAT locations and 40 technical institutions around the country hosted ceremonies tied together with live, nationwide simulcasts.

Words of encouragement were presented by Paris-Henry County Chamber Director Mark Johnson and Henry County High School Principal Michele Webb.

Webb told the crowd, “I’m excited that we now have signing days for academics, much like we do for athletics.” She noted, “This is the third year that students from Henry County High School have been able to attend classes at TCAT” and get a head start on their college education.

The event is posted on youtube at:

Students signed their letters of intent to pursue coursework in cosmetology, collision repair, early childhood education, practical nursing, health information management, industrial maintenance, machine tool, motorcycle and ATV repair, welding and other fields.


As HCHS Principal Michele Webb and Counselors Jackie Gardner and Hallie Blount look on, Henry County High School Student Tyrell Teague signs his letter of intent. (McFarlin photo).

Henry County Industries Create 107 New Jobs

Paris, Tenn.--Existing industries in Henry County invested more than $19 million in new equipment and facility upgrades and added 107 new jobs to Henry County’s economy during the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, according to statistics released by the Henry County Alliance. 

The number of jobs increased from 1,658 full-time company positions to 1,765, according to Alliance CEO David Hamilton.

 “70% of the new jobs created in manufacturing come from local industry expansions,” Hamilton said. “We are fortunate to have strong, growing industries in Henry County and supporting our existing industries is our number one priority.”

These job growth figures only include manufacturing jobs and do not take into account the new jobs created in the retail, medical and commercial business sectors.  “We have seen growth in our retail, medical and commercial sectors as well,” Hamilton said. 

The most recent unemployment figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows Henry County’s unemployment rate is 6.7%, a 1.9% decrease from the same period a year ago.  There are 13,970 people in Henry County’s labor force, 13,040 people are employed and 930 people remain unemployed.

 “We are working hard to create opportunities for the 930 people still unemployed in HenryCounty,” Hamilton stated.


Couple Robbed At Gunpoint In Their Home

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are seeking two suspects in the aggravated armed robbery which injured two people at a Union City residence early this morning.

According to the police report, two black males with masks on forcibly entered a home at 516 N. Dobbins St. and robbed a man and woman at gunpoint. The suspects struck both in the head with their guns, causing minor injuries.

Stolen was $200 in cash and a cell phone.

Judge Issues Decision In Criminal Sentencing

Paris, Tenn.–  Following a lengthy hearing held last week in Henry County Circuit Court regarding the effects of a new law concerning criminal sentencing, Judge Donald Parish has issued his decision.

Defendants Victor Sims and A. B. Price, both of Paris, intend to plead guilty to pending charges pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement with the sentence to be served partly in jail but with the remainder served on supervised probation.

According to a press release from Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson, the cases presented similar legal issues arising as a result of changes in Tennessee sentencing and probation statutes which became effective January 1.  The collective effect of the statutes was to transfer from the trial judge to a probation officer the power to sanction a probationer for the violation of the most commonly disobeyed conditions of probation – like illegal drug use. Judges routinely impose restrictions or conditions on probationers at the time of sentencing.

In a 44- page Order filed February 16, Judge Parish clarified some parts of the new statutes. The Judge decided that the legislature could not transfer the authority to make probation violation decisions from a court to a probation officer because those decisions were exclusively the duty of a judge, according to the Tennessee constitution. 

Judge Parish also concluded that an attempt to sanction a probationer from an alleged violation of probation, which involved a significant impact on their life, like being ordered to mental health treatment, required advance notice to the probationer and a fair hearing of the circumstances by a judge before the action could be taken, unless the action was knowingly agreed to by the probationer.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Holt Pays Ticket With Monopoly Money

Nashville, Tenn.-- On Thursday, Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) took to Facebook Live where he paid two traffic camera tickets with Monopoly money and a photographed image of a $50 bill. On one of the payments, Holt wrote “In the spirit of justice,” before sending it off to processors. Holt says he did the video in an effort to raise awareness for new legislation, aimed at traffic cameras, he’s introducing along with Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Senate Transportation Chairman Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta).

“Cities across the state, in concert with photo-enforcement companies, continue to skirt the law and take advantage of our taxpayers, and I won’t rest until everyone knows the truth about this,” says Holt.

The proposed legislation will require all unmanned traffic cameras be used only from a marked police car with the lights blazing, and will require the suspect to be pulled over by the law enforcement officer operating the manned photo-enforcement device.

“Every traffic camera proponent I’ve talked to says it’s all about safety, yet we have unmarked cars with cameras hidden inside of them which do absolutely nothing to slow a driver down,” said Holt. “It’s entrapment, plain and simple. You know what does slow a speeding vehicle down? A marked police car on the side of the road. Therefore, I don’t expect any resistance to this proposed legislation, since it is about safety, after all.”

The legislation will also have other elements. One such element is to require all communications to a violator expressly state that non-payment of the citation cannot affect your credit score, driver's license or car insurance rates.

“We already passed this law last year, but cities continue to knowingly ignore state law in order to collect more money from people,” says Holt. “They are also issuing citations that say ‘PAYMENT IS REQUIRED BY LAW’, well, that’s not true and the cities know it’s not. Traffic violations fall under criminal statute within state law, and there is no state law on the books saying you have to pay a traffic camera citation disguised as a civil violation. Also, by saying payment is required, the citation assumes you’re guilty when you haven’t been found guilty of anything. The legislation will outlaw this predatory language.”


Paris Man Lands In Kentucky Jail After Pursuit


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.--A Paris man is in custody in the Calloway County Jail after leading Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies—and Sheriff Monte Belew—on a high speed chase which was terminated due to safety reasons at the state line.

During the pursuit, the suspect hit Belew’s patrol car and once the pursuit crossed the state line, two Kentucky patrol cars were crashed.

Marcus Etheridge, age 26, will be charged with numerous new charges once he is extradited back to Henry County, according to Captain Adam Jenkins. For now, according to Calloway County Jail officials, Etheridge is charged with assault on a police officer, wanton endangerment of a police officer, reckless driving, fleeing police, disregarding stop signs, driving on suspended license, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving a motor vehicle while using a mobile device.

Lt. Lance Perry spotted Etheridge driving early Thursday morning and knew there were multiple outstanding warrants out for his arrest. Etheridge ignored Perry’s emergency lights and siren and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit along Hwy. 641N, Sheriff Belew joined Perry as the two attempted to box in Etheridge. During the attempt, Etheridge’s car hit Belew’s, causing minor damage to his patrol car.

Capt. Jenkins said after this, Etheridge began to drive even more erratically, running two vehicles off the road. Belew made the call to end the pursuit due to the risk of the suspect vehicle causing harm to innocent travelers or pedestrians, Jenkins said.

After the pursuit was ended, Calloway County officers spotted the vehicle and initiated their own pursuit, finally apprehending him after crashing two of their own patrol units in the process.

In a related press release from the Kentucky State Police, it states that Trooper Donald Bowman located the vehicle on 641 and attempted to stop it three miles south of Murray. The vehicle failed to stop and continued toward Murray.

Once in Murray, the vehicle slowed and turned down several streets and then rammed aCalloway County sheriff’s vehicle operated by Deputy Richard Palmer at the intersection of Fairlane and South 9th Street, ending the pursuit.

KSP was assisted by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Murray Police Department, Murray Fire Department, and the Murray Calloway County EMS.

A-P Neighborhood Planning “Free Little Library”


Sara Simonis, right, presents the plan for the Free Little Library. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association has taken the first steps toward installing a Little Free Library in the neighbourhood—a spot where children and adults alike can find free books to read.

At last night’s meeting of the Association, Board of Directors Member Sara Simonis said a Little Free Library will be constructed and will be installed near the Atkins-Porter Dog Park at the corner of Highland and Walnuts Streets. The dog park and Atkins-Porter Recreational Center are centrally located for everyone in the neighborhood.

Last night’s meeting was held at the Paris Campus of Bethel University on Lake Street.

The Little Libraries are normally decorated wooden boxes with doors on them in which people can take a free book and leave another free book in its place. They are open to everyone.

Simonis said the Little Library will be constructed so that there can be a shelf for books for adults and another shelf for children’s books.

The Association approved payment of $50 so that the A-P library can be registered on the national organization’s Little Free Library register.

In other business:

--The Association set another neighbourhood yard sale for May 13, with the rain date of June 3.

--Association members discussed whether to participate in this year’s Historic Home Tour and began planning speakers for this year’s monthly meetings.

UC Woman Registers .221 BAC With Kids In Car

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.—A Union City woman who tested at a .221 blood alcohol level was arrested for DUI and reckless endangerment after she hit another care with three young children in her vehicle. A search of the woman’s car found a half bottle of tequila and two mason jars full of alcohol.

Jayda Marie Lopez, age 24, of 1901 Morningview Dr., was charged with DUI first offense, three counts of reckless endangerment, violation of open container laws and lack of insurance. Three childen aged seven, four and two were in the vehicle.

According to the police report, Union City officers were already at the scene of a four-vehicle accident in the 800 block of W. Reelfoot Ave., when Lopez hit one of the vehicles involved in the accident, clipping its side mirror and kept driving.

The officer caught up with her in the Zaxby’s parking lot at 2005 W. Reelfoot Ave. and smelled an odor of alcohol. The officer asked her if she knew she had struck the other car’s mirror and she said no. The officer then pointed out that her own side mirror was damaged and pushed in.

According to the report, Lopez was confused and had a hard time speaking. When the officer asked her to exit the vehicle, she couldn’t stand up and had to be held up by the officer.

A half full bottle of tequila and two mason jars containing some type of alcohol were found on the floor board and front seat.  

The officer said Lopez could not perform a field sobriety test safely and they gave her a breathalyser test when they got to jail. She registered a .221 BAC.


Former Officer On Trial For Theft


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.—The trial of a former Martin Police Officer accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a fundraising account for a girl with cancer has begun in Weakley County Circuit Court.

Guy Pryor, age 35, was arrested in Georgia last year and charged with stealing some $19,000 from the account for Anna Kate Wenz, a little girl who later died of cancer.

Most of the opening day Wednesday was taken up with jury selection followed by opening statements from the attorneys. In his opening statement, Pryor’s attorney, Mark Donahoe of Jackson argued that none of the money was really stolen and all the funds were later returned to the account.

Pryor was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) after an investigation into the theft. Pryor was arrested in Glynn County, Georgia, and extradited back to Weakley County.

“Raisin In The Sun” To Be Performed

McKenzie, Tenn.—Alexis Ward of Paris will star in the Bethel University Academic Theater’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun” starting next week, February 23-25.

The production will be performed at the Bouldin Auditorium on campus. General admission is $7 and is free to Bethel students and faculty.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. February 23, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. February 25.


UTM Junior/Senior Day Set

Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will host its annual Junior/Senior Day beginning at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 20. High school juniors and seniors are invited to tour the campus, meet with professors and students in areas of interest and experience college life inside the classroom.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium with an official welcome following at 9. An administrative fair featuring representatives from the offices of undergraduate admissions, financial aid and scholarships, housing and dining services will be open during the registration period.

Students will be introduced to the various academic departments at 9:30 and will be able to attend a college course later in the morning. From 10 a.m.-noon, participating students will visit classrooms, meet with faculty in their chosen departments or attend a question-and-answer discussion panel.

Lunch will be taken at noon with members of the chosen department, and students will return at 1 p.m. to tour the rest of the UT Martin campus.

Students interested in studying music will participate in a separate Junior/Senior Day event, which includes an introduction to the various campus ensembles and performance groups, as well as the opportunity for high school seniors to audition on-site. Students attending this event will also meet at 8:30 a.m. in Watkins Auditorium.

There is no charge to attend either event, but pre-registration is required. Visit to register online, or contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 for more information.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paris PD Seeks Help To ID Suspect

Paris, Tenn.—The Paris Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman in the surveillance photo.

Lt. Ricky Watson said the woman is the alleged suspect in a crime which occurred at a local store over the past week. As the photo indicates, the crime was committed at the Fred's Discount Store on Volunteer Drive.

If you have any information please contact Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker @ 731-641-1437 or Lt. Watson @ 731-641-1478.

Skyhawks To Play Season Opener At UC

Union CityTenn.--The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team will play its season opener this weekend at L.H. Ladd Field in Union City. Renovations are still ongoing at Skyhawk Field in Martin.

The team will host Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo.

The season begins with a 2 p.m. first pitch time on both Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18, followed by a 12 p.m. start time on Sunday, Feb. 19.

UT Martin will head into its third season under the direction of head coach Rick Robinson The Skyhawks return 13 players while adding 19 newcomers in 2017.  


Curd Named Coach Of Year

ParisTenn.—Henry County High School Girls Basketball Coach Cliff Curd has been named the 10AAA Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year and four of his players were named to the All-District Team.

Henry County High School Girls’ Basketball Players named to the team are: Gracie Osbon, Natiya Jumper, Emily Gilstrap and Elizabeth Wood.

The 2017 Girls’ Basketball All-District Team Recognition ceremony will take place at Tuesday, February 21, at the conclusion of the championship game at 7:30 p.m. at NorthwestHigh School in Clarksville.

Lee Academy Seeks Program Director

ParisTenn.-The Lee Academy for the Arts is now accepting resumes for the position of Director of Programs and Events.

The position is part-time, at 15 hours per week. The Director of Programs and Events would be responsible for the operational success of Lee Academy. Specifically, duties would include development of creative academic classes, programs, workshops and community events; oversee the website and social media promoting the Lee Academy; and issue press releases.

Interested persons should send their resumes to Lee Academy for the Arts, P.O.Box 667,ParisTenn.38242.

The Lee Academy for the Arts is located at 402 Lee Street in Paris, and is located in the renovated historic former Lee School.


UTM Program To Assist Future Teachers


Clifford Jones (right) is shown assisting a local student during one of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s summer STEM camps. Jones is an educational studies major from Memphis.

MartinTenn. – A program which provides tuition assistance, room and board for future teachers will begin at The University of Tennessee at Martin beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

UT Martin will be home to an official branch of the “Call me MiSTER” program. Applications are being accepted and will be considered until the program is full.

The “Call me MiSTER” program, originally founded at Clemson University in 2000, is a leadership program that seeks to provide future teachers from diverse backgrounds with the tools and support needed to pursue successful careers in elementary and middle schools across the nation.

“MiSTER” stands for “Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models,” and the program is geared toward future teachers from under-served, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Program participants are provided with UT Martin tuition assistance and room and board.

Applicants must be Tennessee residents and be accepted to UT Martin and enrolled to study early childhood education, special education or middle grades education. Students must also have a composite ACT score of at least 21, be eligible for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship Program and complete an application process.

MiSTER Scholars are required to live on campus with fellow program participants as part of the “Call Me MiSTER” living-learning community and maintain a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a full-time course load. Program graduates are also required to teach one year in a Tennessee public school for each year of assistance provided by the “Call Me MiSTER” program.

UT Martin is the first and only chartered provider of the “Call me MiSTER” program in Tennessee. A complete list of required application materials can be found at

For more information, contact the UT Martin College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences at 731-881-7125 or by email at


Two South Fulton Men Face Child Sex Charges

Union CityTenn.—Two South Fulton men are in the Obion County Jail on charges of rape and sexual abuse of children—involving separate cases.

Sidney Houston Tripp, age 39, is charged with rape of a child, while John Seth Bailey, age 49, was arrested on 10 felony counts charging him with sexual abuse of a child.

Tripp was extradited from Kentucky after being arrested by the Fulton County Police on the rape charge. In the Obion County indictment, Tripp is charged with knowingly and unlawfully having sex with a child less than 13 in June 2015.

A $50,000 bond was set in his case.

Bailey is charged with 10 felony counts, stating that he “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly engaged in sexual abuse of a child” between April and September of 2016. Specifically, he is charged with felony rape, aggravated statutory rape and sexual battery.

His bond also is set at $50,000.


Helping Hand Grand Total Now $239,070


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


ParisTenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $239,070, with the $3,519 raised Tuesday by the Sunnyside/Country Wood area, Scenic Hills/Castleton Cove, Henry County Food Bank, Extendicare and Ladies With SWAG.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Wednesday’s items will be donated by Paris Landing and resort areas, Country Club Estates/Nelson/Shady Grove, Salvation Army and Friends of McNeill Park.

Thursday’s items will be donated by the Elkhorn community, Friends of the Wildlife Refuge, CHHAMPS, and Henry Farmers Co-op.

Friday’s items will be donated by the REAL Hope Youth Center, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, HC Prevention Coalition, St. John’s CDS, and Literacy Council.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Henry County Medical Center employyes, auxiliary, Healthcare CenterEMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.
The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.
Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.


Former Samburg Clerk Charged With Theft

Union CityTenn.-A former Samburg City Recorder has been arrested on a charge of felony theft, charged with stealing $31,759 from the city during her tenure there.

Mary Ann Swain, age 54, now living in UnionMo., appeared before Obion County Judge Jeff Parham for her arraignment Tuesday.

Swain had turned herself in to Obion County authorities and posted the $5,000 bond set in her case.

According to the indictment, Swain illegally obtained the funds from the city between July 1, 2012, and October 31, 2014.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hillcrest Cemetery Now Officially Owned By City


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-After months of negotiation, the city of Paris announced late Tuesday afternoon that the official transfer of ownership of Hillcrest Cemetery to the city is now complete.

City Manager Kim Foster said as of today, the City of Paris Parks and Recreation Department will be maintaining the cemetery. The department, Foster said, “has everything in place to properly care for all aspects of the cemetery.”

At the request of majority shareholders, the city last year accepted ownership of Hillcrest, but negotiations stalled shortly thereafter.

The cemetery is located on Hwy. 79N and stretches over 24 acres fronting East Wood Street and about two-thirds is developed. Parks Director Tony Lawrence had earlier looked over the cemetery and said it could easily be cared for by city crews.

State Department of Commerce officials also earlier said they were in favour of conveying ownership to the city.

Negotiations were reopened recently and Foster said, “The city is pleased that the transfer is complete and that we can now assist the public with any concerns associated with Hillcrest Cemetery”. 

If you are interested in purchasing a cemetery lot, or if you have a question please contact the City Business office at 731-641-1402, or come by 100 N. Caldwell.

Half Million Dollars Stolen From Clarksville Church

Clarksville– Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Clarksville woman accused of stealing approximately half a million dollars from the church for which she worked.

At the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Special Agents began investigating Connie Parker, age 71, on August 18, 2016. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that, while serving as Treasurer for First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville from 2010 to 2016, Parker stole approximately $498,000. The investigation further revealed Parker manipulated accounting reports to the church’s board in an attempt to mask the crime. The church no longer employs Parker.

On February 6th, the Montgomery County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Parker with one count of Theft over $250,000. Today, authorities arrested her and booked her into the Montgomery County Jail on $50,000 bond.


Dyersburg Chimes For Charity Officer Indicted


DyersburgTenn.—Concluding a lengthy criminal investigation into the Dyersburg Chimes for Charity, the chief officer for the organization has been indicted for theft.

The Dyer County Grand Jury on Monday afternoon issued an indictment against Kim Walker Hill, who had served as the chairman of the board. Hill is charged with theft of over $60,000.

The charge is a Class B felony, punishable with a maximum of eight to 30 years’ imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.

The Dyersburg Chimes for Charity abruptly shut down late last year. In December of 2016, it was discovered that the Chimes for Charity foundation had failed to file with the Secretary of State since 2005. In May 2006, the state mailed a notice to the organization revoking its permit.

Despite that, the organization continued to provide toys for children at Christmas for over a decade.

The Dyersburg Police began investigating the operation last October after being contacted by board members worried about financial irregularities.

Reminder: Mt. Zion Fundraiser This Weekend


Andrea Dutton and Reggie Caldwell were handing out fliers for the benefit at Sunday's open house at Trinity United Methodist Church. Dutton is a member of Trinity UMC and of The Duttons singing group and Caldwell is a member of Quinn Chapel AME.

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-There will be a lot of good food and good music at this weekend’s fundraiser, organized to benefit the Mt. Zion Baptist Church building fund by members of the TrinityUnited Methodist Church, Quinn Chapel AME, Olive Branch United Methodist and Cottage Grove Methodist Church.

The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 18, at the Trinity UnitedMethodist Church at 409 North Wilson St.Paris.

One of Henry County’s most historic churches, the Mt. Zion Church is in a state of disrepair and its preacher, Brother Andre Richardson and its members have set up a fundraising drive to construct a new building.

Mt. Zion is located on Rison Street and was the church home of Mordecai Johnson, the first African-American President of Howard University.

The Mt. Zion congregation has been unable to meet at the church for quite some time and currently meets for its services at the Central Services Building (former Central High School) on Jones Bend Rd.

The congregation was founded in 1867 and its Rison Street structure was built in 1916.

An impressive line-up of local musical groups is slated to appear at the benefit, including the Mt. Zion Choir, The Barons, The Chill Tonics, The Local Strangers, The Jones Family, The Duttons and Marley Trosper, with others to be announced.


Mayfield Woman Arrested For Murder

MayfieldKy.—A Mayfield woman has been charged with murder for the stabbing death of a man Friday night.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon has announced the arrest of Tammy Roberts, age 47. She was being lodged in the Graves County Jail after she was named as a person of interest and was earlier arrested on drug charges that resulted from the death investigation.

Graves County deputies were called to 124 Dorothy Lane around 11:40 p.m. Friday night after a female called 911 to report a man was bleeding in the home. On arrival, deputies and the Mayfield/Graves Co. EMS found James Pinion, age 57, laying on the floor of the kitchen.

Pinion was transported to the Jackson Purchase Medical Center emergency room, where he later died. An autopsy performed by the Medical Examiner’s office in Madisonvilledetermined that Pinion died of “sharp force trauma to the chest” resulting from a  stabbing.

Paris Man Held Without Bond

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—A Paris man is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail after arresting officers found more than they bargained for during a search.

Phillip M. Hutcherson, age 23, of 721 Williams St. is charged with possession of a stolen handgun, a long list of drug charges and violation of his probation. Hutcherson was arrested outside a local motel, where Henry County Sheriff’s deputies had been looking for him.

Deputies were called to the motel by Sheriff Monte Belew, who had brought his K9 Si with him. Lt. Lance Perry spotted Hutcherson in a vehicle and Si alerted to the vehicle.

A plastic bag contained a green leafy substance was found, along with drug paraphernalia and a 9 mm Glock handgun where Hutcherson had been sitting in the vehicle. It was determined that the handgun was stolen earlier from a Guthrie Road residence.


“Musical Adventures Of Flat Stanley” Set

Union CityTenn.-The Masquerade Theater in Union City will present “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” February 13-18. Performances are at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 and students $5.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or emailing

Helping Hand Grand Total Now $235,548

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $235,548, with the $5,342 raised today by the Henry community, Bunns community, Henry Beta Club, UT Supporters and Senior Citizens.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Tuesday’s items will be donated by the Sunnyside/Country Wood area, Scenic Hills/Castleton Cove, Henry County Food Bank, Extendicare and Ladies With SWAG.

Wednesday’s items will be donated by Paris Landing and resort areas, Country Club Estates/Nelson/Shady Grove, Salvation Army and Friends of McNeill Park.

Thursday’s items will be donated by the Elkhorn community, Friends of the Wildlife Refuge, CHHAMPS, and Henry Farmers Co-op.

Friday’s items will be donated by the REAL Hope Youth Center, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, HC Prevention Coalition, St. John’s CDS, and Literacy Council.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Henry County Medical Center employyes, auxiliary, Healthcare Center, EMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.
The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.
Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.

The Dixie Presents “Dreamcoat”


Huntingdon, Tenn.—You can take a rollicking ride through the Old Testament as the Dixie Players present their production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center for four shows beginning this weekend.

Show dates are Friday, February 17 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731-9862100 or online at

The large cast includes area adults and students in lead roles, plus an adult chorus, youth chorus and children’s chorus.

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.


Hunting, Fishing Licenses On Sale Saturday

NashvilleTenn.-Hunting and fishing licenses from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) go on sale Saturday.

The new license will be in effect through February 2018 and represents the primary funding source for the TWRA.

According to the TWRA announcement, licenses can be purchased at TWRA Regional Offices, local licensing agents or on the TWRA website.

Resident license may be purchased by anyone who possesses a valid Tennessee drivers license, along with those who have lived in the state for 90 consecutive days with intent of making Tennessee their home, active duty military personnel and students enrolled in a college or university for at least six months.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Three Charged With Attempted Escape

Paris, Tenn.-Three inmates of the Henry County Jail caught trying to escape last night have been charged with criminal conspiracy to escape and vandalism.

The charges were brought against Everette D. Lamb, Douglas A. Royal and Justin L. Smith.  According to Capt. Adam Jenkins, the three men were found in their cell working on knocking a hole through the wall in an apparent attempt to escape.

The men were caught before the hole was big enough for any of the men to climb through. Jenkins said, “After clearing the cell and evaluating the wall it has been determined that they caused roughly $2000 worth of damage.”

Bond was set at $3000 and all of the men will appear in court Tuesday.

South Fulton Man Arrested On Sex Charge

Dresden, Tenn.—A South Fulton man was arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor while he was in the process of attempting to meet the 14-year-old girl in a park in Dresden.

Arrested was Michael Beamish, age 28.

On February 6, both Dresden and Martin Police Departments opened an investigation involving Michael A. Beamish, 28 of South Fulton, in reference to the possible sexual exploitation of a minor.  This investigation began due to a report of the offender sending an underage female inappropriate messages on Facebook.

The offender was apprehended while he was attempting to meet the fourteen year old female at the City Park in Dresden by officers from both agencies and further evidence was collected after the agencies served a search warrant.  He was taken in to custody without incident at the scene and booked at the Dresden Police Department on the charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Union City Suspect Arrested In Martin

Martin, Tenn.—A wanted suspect from Union City was apprehended in Martin early Sunday morning.

Tyrell Mcelrath, age 18, of Union City, was arrested for resisting arrest and criminal impersonation. He also was arrested on outstanding warrants for aggravated robbery from Obion County and shoplifting in Weakley County.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Martin Patrolman Gallimore made contact with two young males walking on Olive St.  When Ptl. Gallimore attempted to speak with the subjects pertaining to a possible curfew violation, they ran on foot after being told to stop. 

They were located a short time later hiding in a carport on Elm St. and they ran from this location towards Park St.  Officers stopped the subjects behind Simmons Bank.  Upon speaking to the subjects, one of them provided the officers with false information pertaining to his identity. 

Through further investigation, it was discovered that this subject was Mcelrath and that he was wanted in Obion and Weakley Counties. The offender was taken in to custody and formally charged with resisting stop/halt and criminal impersonation


Local $520,000 Lottery Winner Identified

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Lottery officials confirmed to WENK/WTPR this morning that the winner of the $520,000 lottery ticket in Henry County has come forward.

Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said Paul Clendenin of Springville won the February 1 Tennessee Cash jackpot drawing.

Gerlock said Clendenin purchased his ticket at JB’s Express Mart in Paris.

She said Clendenin has requested that there be no press conference or photo to accompany the announcement of his win.

Holt Vocal In Opposition To Gas Tax Increase  


Rep. Andy Holt, right, speaking at Saturday's forum. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—State Rep. Andy Holt told a crowd at a Henry County GOP gas tax forum Saturday morning that Governor Bill Haslam’s proposed gasoline tax increase will come up for a vote this week “and it will be a knock-down, drag-out fight on the floor and I can’t wait.”

Holt voiced his adamant disagreement with the proposal—and judging by the informal hands up vote taken at his presentation, the majority of those present at the forum agreed with Holt. The forum drew people from not only Henry County, but surrounding counties as well.

Holt is a Republican representative of the 79th District, which oversees Weakley County and portions of Obion and Carroll Counties.

He was the guest speaker at the local forum, at which he presented his reasons for strongly favoring an alternative plan presented by Rep. David Hawk, R-Greeneville. According to a hand-out Holt brought to the meeting, Hawk’s proposal provides “a sustainable initiative to fund our roads without raising taxes.”

Hawk’s plan would use an undedicated portion of sales tax dollars already collected by the state and would fully fund the state’s long-term transportation needs, Holt said.

The plan proposes allocating one-quarter of one percent of the general sales tax to TDOT, which would generate $291 M for road and infrastructure improvements across the state, Holt said. That money would be divided this way: $194M for state-wide projects; $65M for county-wide projects and $32.5 M for city-wide projects.

Holt said Hawk’s plan also is “revenue neutral and preserves important budgeted spending, such as education, health and public safety.”

On the other hand, the governor had proposed a 7-cent tax increase on gas and a 12-cent tax increase on diesel fuel, with other taxes proposed for new vehicle registration.

Holt cautioned members of the audience not to believe the information the governor has released on his proposal. He said state officials have issued dire warnings about the state’s infrastructure and noted that Tennessee roads are actually rated at the top of the list among other states.

He said roads do need to be maintained, but the question is how should road maintenance be funded and how. “Does anyone here think we really are cash strapped and in need of a new funding system?” Holt asked, noting that he was the only Republican who voted ‘no’ to the state’s current budget.


Trinity UMC Open House Held Sunday


ParisTenn.—Members of Trinity United Methodist Church proudly welcomed the public to see their new church at an open house Sunday. The congregation’s former church was destroyed by fire last year and the new church was built on the same spot following fund-raising efforts by the church. Rev. Dennis Vance noted that the new church has the same amount of square footage, but the space is utilized better. The new church boasts a gymnasium, several meeting rooms, library and tech room, nursery, and a large sanctuary. Vance said, “We’re so happy we have a permanent home again.” In photo, long-time member Jim Hayes, right, speaks with Cyd Travallian. Hayes was on the building committee. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


RV Destroyed By Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—A recreational vehicle owned by a Big Sandy man was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon on the Hwy. 218 bypass.  

Paris Fire Department personnel responded to a report of an RV on fire on Hwy. 218 at the intersection with Hwy. 77 around 12:30 p.m.

The RV was already fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. According to the report, the driver had pulled the RV over onto the shoulder of the highway. The driver was not injured.

Owner of the RV is Damien Stone of New Hope Rd. in Big Sandy.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and washed down the highway, remaining on the scene until 2:30 p.m. The report does not indicate a cause for the fire.


UC Man Charged With Aggravated Assault

Union City, Tenn.—A 19-year-old Union City man was arrested on two charges of aggravated assault following a domestic incident at his home Sunday afternoon.

Drew Walley of 1326 High St., told officers he was just mad and things got out of hand.

The victims said Walley had slapped one of them and that his mother tried to calm him down when he pulled out an aluminum bat and threatened to kill both of them.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Abandoned Truck Destroyed By Fire


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.—A truck which had apparently been abandoned in a parking lot on Hwy. 79N was destroyed by fire early this morning and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The Paris Landing Fire Department responded to a call at 4 a.m. today of a vehicle on fire in the Security Bank parking lot on Hwy. 79N.

Fire Chief Reggie Coles said arriving units found the full-size older model pickup truck fully involved, with no one in or around the vehicle. Coles said bystanders said they saw the fire while passing by on the highway and called 911.

“The vehicle appeared to have left the roadway and crossed the ditch and stopped in the parking lot,” Coles said.

A check of the license revealed the vehicle is registered to Sheila Craig of 125 Buchanan Resort Rd. As of 8 a.m. today, the sheriff’s office is still attempting to locate her and/or the driver of the car.

Coles said a fuel leak is the suspected cause of the fire.  The truck was a total loss and damage is estimated at $2,000.

The fire department succeeded in containing the fire to the vehicle. Coles said with the close proximity of Security Bank and other structures in the strip mall along the highway, additional fire units were brought to the scene.

The Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and the Paris Board of Public Utilities also responded.

FUMC Raises $29,140 For Helping Hand

Grand Total Now $230,206


The Helping Hand Radio Auction was busy Saturday. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The people of the First United Methodist Church came through for the Helping Hand Radio Auction, to the tune of $29,140 raised during afternoon, evening and silent auctions all day Saturday.

That brings the grand total raised so far this year for Helping hand to $230,206.

First United Methodist raised $10,381 during the afternoon auction and $18,759 during the evening.

Each year, the First United Methodist and First Baptist Church members embark on a friendly rivalry, challenging each other to raise the most funds during the auction. First Baptist Church last Saturday raised $28,712. 

Organizers of Helping Hand each year schedule the days for the two churches on back to back weekends and arrange it so that each church takes turns coming on the schedule last—because whichever church is last on the schedule will naturally raise the most money.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.

Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Auction phone is 644-1695.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sandy Minor Retires At Age 81


Murray. Ky. —  Murray State University Nursing Faculty Member Sandy Minor of Paris is retiring at 81, having taught her last semester in the fall of 2016.

Minor said she was a nurse who “fell into teaching.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt University in 1957, a time when there were very few collegiate nursing programs and even fewer master’s programs. After graduating, she worked as a nurse before joining the Murray State University faculty. In January 1982, she was brought on as a clinical instructor in nursing at Murray State by Dr. Ruth Cole, former chair of the nursing department.

During her time at Murray State, Minor saw the nursing department change hands from the College of Human Development and Learning to the College of Science, then to the College of Health Sciences and Human Services before finally forming its own autonomous school, the School of Nursing (now the School of Nursing and Health Professions).

Throughout her entire career as a nurse and an educator, she witnessed an evolution in how women are viewed in the workplace. Today, it’s “much more accepted for women in any field to reach their goals,” she said. 

On top of it all, she has faced major technology changes, most notably computers and cell phones. While these changes were frustrating at times, Minor learned and grew accustomed to the new technology. 

“Students today come in knowing technology and knowing change is inevitable,” she said. This knowledge makes it easier for current students to adapt to future challenges they will inevitably encounter.  

Through all the changes, Minor said she knows the impact of education reaches far beyond the here and now.

“When I teach, I touch the future,” said Minor.

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