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Monday, June 27, 2016


911 Board Approves Budget; Says Farewell To Norwood, Carter


Photo: 911 Director Mark Archer, left, and IT Director Chad Howard, right, present reports as board members County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins, Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams and Sheriff Monte Belew look on. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.—Meeting in busy session Monday evening, the Henry County 911 board passed the 2016-2017 budget, accepted the retirement from the board of long-time member Ray Norwood, and heard reports on mapping of fire hydrants in the county and city.


The budget includes total income of $471,491.96; expenses of $450,564.00, with net income of $21,127.96.


In reviewing the budget, 911 Director Mark Archer noted that medical insurance was up nine percent, $6,000 was added for training, while building insurance went up a little and insurance on the 911 vehicle decreased a little.


911 Board President John Etheridge noted that state law requires the budget be in the black each year. “And we’ll be in positive net income. We’re actually in a better cash positive at the end of the year than we were in the beginning of the year and that’s where we need to be,” he said.


Norwood announced that the meeting would be his last meeting. Norwood is retiring as Henry County Road Supervisor and also retiring from the 911 board. Norwood was one of the original 911 board members, serving since 1989.


911 Technical Director Chad Howard presented information on the new mapping of fire hydrants for the city and county. Data has been collected on all the fire hydrants and will be an immeasurable help to fire departments in Paris and the county. It maps all the hydrants and all the information for each hydrant, 


including water pressure, types of connectors on each and photos of each. It will be especially be a big help to firefighters when they are fighting a fire at night and time is of the essence in finding all the hydrants they need.


Archer said, “There are a lot of hydrants out in the county and this is good information that we need.”


Howard said the mapping also includes all water sources available to fire departments, including ponds. “If a hydrant can connect to it, it’s on the map.”


Howard and Archer both said the maps available on the 911 website have been a big hit with the public.


In other business:

The board approved an interlocal agreement with the sheriff’s office which entails a cooperative agreement for use of 911 dispatch. The agreement notes that the sheriff’s office acts as the backup for the 911 center and defines the relationship between the 911 center and sheriff’s office and who is responsible for what and who pays for what.
The board approved a resolution honoring Bettye Carter for her service to the board. She had served on the board for 13 years.


Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of Stealing Money From Fund


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-A trial date has been set for a former Martin Police Officer who has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a child’s cancer fund.

The trial for Guy Pryor will begin October 19 in Weakley County Circuit Court. He is alleged to have stolen some $18,000 from a fund that had been set up for Anna Kate Wenz. The two-year-old girl passed away on May 2.

A hearing was held in Weakley County Court this morning to set the trial date. Several members of the Martin Police were in the courtroom, as were the parents of Anna Kate. Anna Kate’s father, Michael Wenz, is a Martin Police officer, and her mother is a teacher at Westview.

Pryor is represented by Jackson Attorney Mark Donohoe.


Union City To Host Cal Ripken Tourney This Week

Teams From Henry County, Martin UC To Play

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Cal Ripken league is playing host to the Cal Ripken 12 & Under West Tennessee State baseball tournament Tuesday through Thursday this week.

There are three teams that elect to play in the 50 foot mound & 70 foot base line division of Cal Ripken Baseball in what is considered the Tennessee West Section - Henry County, Martin & Union City. 

The games will be played in Graham Park in Union City on Field #3. Tuesday night's games include Henry County facing Union City at 6 pm with the winner playing Martin at 8  pm. 

The two losing teams from Tuesday's games will face off Wednesday night at 7 pm with the winner moving on to the tournament championship Thursday at 6 pm. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Union City will host the 12 & Under Cal Ripken Southeast Regional tournament in 2017.

In late July this summer, the Union City Babe Ruth League will host the 15 year old Southeast Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament on Thompson Field & Elam Stadium @ LH Ladd Field.



Tourism Authority Approves Event Requests

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—At a meeting Monday morning, the Henry County Tourism Authority approved requests for funding for several organizations that hold tournaments or events in the county. The tournaments bring thousands of people and thousands of dollars to the local area each year.

Approved for $20,000 was the annual Boss Hoss event, which will be held in September. The popular event always includes a drive-through around the court square in Paris and entertainment at Paris Landing State Park that includes events for the public.

Also approved was $14,000 for an American Crappie Tour tournament, which is new to the local area. The event will be sponsored by Lucas Oil and will include a boat give-away. It is a two-day tournament in May of 2017.

Other requests approved:

StrikeKing Writer’s Conference, November 6-8, $6,500.

Two Rivers Bass Club, one day local tournament to be held July 30 of this year, $2,000.

Narcotics Drug Dog Conference, held in the fall, $5,000.


Armed Robbery—With Knife—Draws Arrest

Murray, Ky..-A Lexington, Kentucky, man was arrested by Murray Police and charged with first-degree robbery after he reportedly used a knife to rob a Murray business this morning.

Arrested was Ricky D. Turner, who also was charged with second degree fleeing or evading police, third degree assault on a police officer, third degree terroristic threatening, and theft of more than $500.

Murray Police were called to a business on 12th Street at 8:40 a.m. on a report of a shoplifter fleeing the scene. Shortly before officers arrived, Turner brandished a knife at a store employee.

According to witnesses, Turner left the store with a substantial amount of merchandise. Police apprehended him a short distance from the store. After speaking with witnesses and investigating the incident, Turner was taken into custody.

Downtown Cruise-In Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-A Downtown Cruise-In will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 in downtown Paris. The Old Spirits band will provide live musical entertainment. Perry’s BBQ will have food and drinks. The Downtown Paris Association will hold prize giveaways for the classic car owners.

 

Human Blood Products Now Onboard Air Evac Flights

Paris, Tenn.-After months of planning and preparation, the Air Evac air ambulance bases in both Henry and Weakley Counties will now have human blood products onboard on each flight. The helicopters will be equipped with both packed red blood cells and plasma.

When given to a hemodynamically unstable trauma or medical patient will help to expand fluid volume, restore critically needed oxygen to the body’s tissues and promote clot formation in the trauma/medical patient.

In Henry County, the Air Evac headquarters is at the Henry County Airport at Cottage Grove. In Weakley County, Air Evac is located in Martin.

 

Quota Hears About Local K9 Officers

                 

Sheriff Monte Belew and Si, at left; and Deputy Stacey Bostwick and Rowdy, right, at the Quota meeting. (Martha McFadden photos.)


Paris, Tenn.-Two of Henry County’s K9 Officers—Si and Rowdy—were guests of the Paris Quota Club at its recent meeting. Si is a black lab who belongs to Sheriff Monte Belew and Rowdy is a bloodhound who belongs to Deputy Stacey Bostwick.

The K9s are trained to find drugs, including meth, marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Bostwick told how bloodhounds can track suspects and said that Rowdy has caught six criminals in recent weeks.

Captain Damon Lowe and Deputy Adam Jenkins were also present for the meeting.

New yearbooks are still available for $5 each and tickets are available on a handmade double wedding ring quilt donated by Wanda Hughes.  The quilt will be given away at the November 9th meeting and all proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund.

The Community Service Committee will furnish and serve refreshments at the G.E.D. reception following graduation on Tuesday, June 28th.

Melanie Townsend told about the fundraiser and estate auction to benefit ongoing operations for Lee Academy for the Arts.  The event will take place on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 9am – 2pm; rain or shine.  If anyone has items to donate, the City Auditorium will be open from 10am – 12pm on June 25th and July 30th.

 

Jackson Generals To Appear At Library

Paris, Tenn.-The Jackson Generals mascot, along with some of the players, will appear at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Wednesday as part of the Summer Reading Program 2016. The appearance will be held at 10 a.m. This year’s summer reading program is open to both children and adults and includes numerous activities, including animal acts, movies and yoga and exercise classes for adults.

 

UTM Registration Is Set For July 15

Martin, Tenn. – Any students planning to begin their college career at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall 2016 semester who have not yet registered for classes must attend Summer Orientation and Registration on July 15. SOAR is required for all incoming freshmen, and students will not be permitted to register for classes outside of these sessions.

The cost to attend SOAR is $45 per student and $20 for each additional person. No tuition will be due until the start of the fall semester. SOAR registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Students must have received a tentative or final acceptance letter to register. Visit www.utm.edu/soar for more information and for registration instructions.

Each SOAR session begins with check-in and an administrative fair from 7:30-8:30 a.m., with an official welcome to follow. At 9 a.m., students will meet with their orientation leaders and begin a rotation of informational sessions on academic options, financial aid and scholarships, housing, student life and other important topics.

Students will begin registering for classes at 1:30 p.m., at which point parents and families can attend a parent panel session.

If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from attending the July 15 session, contact Mary Wiggins, Office of Student Engagement, at 731-881-7740 as soon as possible.

For information on the admissions or registration process, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by email at admitme@utm.edu.

 

Obion County Graduation Dates To Be Moved

 

Union City, Tenn.-At a short special meeting Friday, Obion County Schools board members agreed to a proposal from School Director Russ Davis to move the graduation date and the last day of school for the coming year.

Board members did not agree on a specific date at this time, however.

Davis said the proposed school calendar will include Seniors being dismissed on May 12, with graduation ceremonies on May 19 or 20.

Board members discussed whether to have both South Fulton and Obion County Central graduation dates on the same day or at separate dates. Those decisions will be made at the August meeting.


Sunday, June 26, 2016


Coleman Remains In Stable Condition

Nashville, Tenn.-The family of Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman has provided more details on last week’s accident which left Coleman in stable condition in Vanderbilt Medical Center. Coleman, who is originally from Obion County, remains in the trauma unit at Vanderbilt since the accident on Tuesday.

The family posted a message to everyone on the WENK/WTPR Facebook page with Coleman’s permission.

According to the message, Coleman had pulled over to the side of the road to secure his trailer late Tuesday afternoon. A passerby stopped to help and both Coleman and the passerby were struck by a driver who reportedly was under the influence. According to the message, the driver who struck them left the scene, but was later apprehended.

Coleman has sustained pelvic fractures and his right femur was fractured. He has undergone two surgeries so far and another will be performed next week.

“Phillip is going to have a long road to recovery. We are thankful that he is alive along with this unfortunate accident not being worse. We are asking for prayers for Phillip along with the other man who was hit. For the sake of heaven, please do not drive impaired. Thank you from the Coleman family,” the message said.

Coleman has written songs that have been recorded by several Nashville artists, including Kenny Chesney and Brooks and Dunn. He formerly worked as a disc jockey at WENK in Union City.

 


Saturday, June 25, 2016


McIntire Tapped As New Chamber President



Paris, Tenn.-Gary McIntire is presented with the honorary red jacket as the new Chamber President at Friday night's 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet, which had an Hawaiian luau theme. McIntire is manager of the Paris Landing Inn. More information and photographs on the Chamber banquet were posted Friday night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Hazel Man Charged With Hitting Pedestrian

Murray, Ky.-A Hazel, Kentucky, man was arrested Friday evening after reportedly hitting a pedestrian with his car in Murray.

Leonard Martin, age 61, of Hazel, was charged by Murray Police with first-degree assault.

He is charged with hitting Jared Tabers, age 29, of Murray. Police responded to the Fox Meadows subdivision on a report of a wreck with injuries around 6 p.m.

According to the press release, officers found Tabers lying in the roadway with visible serious injuries. Tabers was transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital by the EMS.

Witnesses at the scene told officers that the driver of the vehicle was still at the scene. They identified Martin as the driver. After speaking with witnesses and investigating the accident scene, Martin was taken into custody.

 

Dresden Offering Reward For Vandalism Information

Dresden, Tenn.-The city of Dresden is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who vandalized the new Wilson Park mural. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Dresden Police Department at 731-364-2255.


Friday, June 24, 2016


Jerry Pearson Named Person Of Year

Norwood Family, Allegro Receive Awards


Willie Ruth Pearson, left, takes photos of her husband, Jerry Pearson, as he is awarded Person of the Year. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris Police Officer Jerry Pearson was named Person of the Year, Allegro Fine Foods was awarded Business of the Year and Norwood Family Farms was named Conservationist of the Year at Friday evening’s 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet.


A large crowd was on hand at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building for the banquet, at which the community video “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” was debuted. 


In his career, Pearson served as Paris patrolman and shift sergeant during his 30 years on the police force. Since retirement, Pearson has been working as security guard at the Social Security office and continues to coach youth baseball teams.


In announcing the Person of the Year, last year’s Person of the Year Mark Johnson noted that Pearson has been married to his wife Willie Ruth for 42 years and that the 2008 Fish Fry souvenir book was dedicated to him.


Pearson said the honor was a complete surprise to him and noted, “I couldn’t have done it without my family in blue” and his family members.


Thomas Harrison accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of Allegro. In presenting the award Jeff Mahan—whose business won the award last year—noted that Allegro began as an experiment by a husband and wife in 1955 and that the business has now grown to have a nationwide and worldwide reach.


Mahan noted that Allegro “is a homegrown business” with 75 employees. He also noted that the company’s first full-time employee is still employed there today. 


The Conservationist of the Year award was accepted by the entire Norwood family. Emory Bradley presented the award and noted that the Norwood farm is 4000 acres, all no-till. He also noted that no-till is a practice first pioneered “right here in Henry County” which is good for the environment and conservation of resources. The Norwood family also is active with the community, namely the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department, Farm Bureau and other organizations and they also coordinate farm tours and safety demos. 


Gary McEntire, manager of the Paris Landing Inn, was named new Chamber President and presented with the red jacket by current President Tony Lawrence.


The Norwood Family with Tony Lawrence. (McFarlin photo).



Coleman In Stable Condition After Hit By Vehicle

 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman, who is a native of Union City, is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle while he was mowing.

Vanderbilt officials said this morning that Coleman is in the trauma unit at the hospital.

Details are sketchy, but Coleman reportedly was hit while he was mowing at his home Wednesday.

Coleman has been a hit songwriter since moving to Nashville, having penned songs for Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and other artists. Coleman formerly worked at a disc jockey for WENK in Union City.


“Safe Exchange Zone” Now At HC Sheriff’s Office

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is now providing a new “Safe Exchange Zone” for any exchanges of items purchased over the internet and Craig’s List, child custody exchanges or any meeting with other persons in which the public feels the need for a safe environment. Sheriff Monte Belew is strongly encouraging the use of the new zone by the public. It is located at the sheriff’s office at 210 Forrest Heights and there is a sign and marked parking spots to highlight the area. And, of course, it is under 24-hour surveillance. In photo, Sheriff Belew, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean point to signage marking the new safe zone. (HCSO photo).


LBL Attendance Setting Records

 

Land Between The Lakes—Attendance at The Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area is on pace to set new attendance records.

Compared with last year, attendance at The Homeplace and Nature Station are up more than 20 percent, while viewings at The Planetarium have increased by 15 percent. Visitation at the Elk and Bison Prairie is up by 10 percent.

LBL officials said visitation at the area’s campgrounds and day-use facilities have increased, too, with Piney Campground looking like it may achieve its best year on record. Last year’s visitation at Piney was 270,107, and officials said it appears there will be even more campers there this year.

 

Ice Cream Social Looking For More Vendors

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Young Professionals are honored to partner with the Downtown Paris Association for the Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show that will be held on Saturday, July 30th in downtown Paris.

Some 11 vendors have already signed up, but more are being sought.

 A portion of HCYP's share of the money raised will be donated to Henry County's Imagination Library.  Imagination Library is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.

Henry County Young Professionals Chair Jennifer Collins Mosley stated that "This is a great event that helps the Henry County Young Professionals gain recognition and give back to the community."

Arm bands will be sold for $10 each and can be purchased at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and from HCYP members. 

 

Carroll South Relay For Life Tonight

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The 17th annual Carroll South Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 24, at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will finish with the Fight Back Ceremony at 11:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs of the event are Dianne Edwards and Jorge Perez. As always, the event will include live music, contests, and entertainment.

Fourteen teams have already signed up.

 

New Brush Schedule In Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning July 2016 the City of Paris Street Department will pick up brush one week out of each month.  Please call 731-641-1485 to have your name added to the monthly pick up list.  Your name must be on the list in order to have brush picked up.

 

UTM Approves New Tuition Model

Martin, Tenn. – A new “Soar in Four” tuition model, designed to speed progress toward degree completion, was approved for the University of Tennessee at Martin on Thursday by the UT Board of Trustees. The new model encourages students to take 15 hours per semester and complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. The new model will also fund new initiatives beneficial to student success, including a completely revamped and upgraded Career Development and Internship Center.

The tuition model is supported by UT Martin’s Student Government Association, which used student input to decide investment commitments for the new funds. Other improvements include new faculty positions to meet scheduling bottlenecks and gateway courses, new degree auditing and planning software, new living-learning communities, and increased tutoring and advising.

Completing college in four years offers financial benefits for students. The fifth year in college and beyond results in the typical student adding $8,735 in debt. The student’s average annual cost to attend is $22,058, so graduating in four years will result in significant savings.

The new tuition structure immediately impacts 36 percent of UT Martin students and will be phased in from fall 2016 through summer 2020, at which point 78 percent of students will be affected. The amount of tuition paid will be based on academic hours already earned by a current student.

Most students will enter the university under the new tuition structure and pay a $3,840 flat per-semester rate, plus mandatory fees as full-time students. Part-time and online students will remain on the traditional per-hour model. UT Martin does not charge for enrolled hours above 12, which is the threshold for full-time students for financial aid, tuition and fee purposes.

Mandatory fees at the university will not increase this academic year. Additionally, the university is reducing the overall residential housing rates and increasing private scholarship assistance.

Students enrolled for online courses will pay more for courses in 2016-17. The undergraduate online course fee increased 2.2 percent for in-state and out-of-state domestic students, while graduate online course fees increased 3 percent.

The new tuition schedule is available at https://www.utm.edu/departments/bursar/tuition.php.

For freshmen attending UT Martin this fall, a final Summer Orientation and Registration session is set July 15, followed by the final Transfer Orientation and Registration session for transfer students on July 22, both at the main campus. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 22.

 

Active Shooter Seminar Set

McKenzie, Tenn.-Tennessee Homeland Security and the McKenzie Police Department are conducting a seminar called “Sudden Violence: Surviving an Active Shooter” at 8 a.m. July 26 at the Park Theater in McKenzie.

The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Homeland Security personnel will be available to answer questions.

The McKenzie Police said they are notifying the public ahead of time so that people can make plans to attend, especially school, city and county officials and industry and business leaders.

For more information, call Sgt. Andy Weaver at 731-352-2265.

 


Thursday, June 23, 2016


Pickup Truck Total Loss After Fire

HenryTenn.-A portion of U.S. 79S was shut down for a time Wednesday afternoon as Henry firefighters fought the blaze that caught this pickup truck on fire. Fire Chief Keith Qualls said the pickup truck was carrying a load of straw or wheat and caught fire. The U.S. Forestry Department was called to assist when the load was thrown on the highway and parts of the pavement started on fire. The incident is still being investigated. (Joel Washburn photo).

 

Paris Council Approves Budget, Tax Rate

Councilman Gayle Griffith explains his 'no' vote on the budget and tax rate. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—At a special meeting Thursday morning, the Paris City Commission adopted the 2017 budget and a property tax rate which is the same as it has been for several years.

Councilman Gayle Griffith voted no on both the 2017 budget and the new tax rate. Griffith said in all the years he has been on council, the tax rate has stayed the same even with the cost of doing business increasing and the city having needs such as street maintenance and at some point, the tax rate will have to begin to increase.

The budget includes general fund revenue of $11,770,763 and expenditures of $11,651,752 and includes a two percent raise for employees.

The Paris Board of Public Utilities budget also was approved which shows $4,218,500 in revenues in water/sewer; $46,709,000 in electric; expenditures in water/sewer of $3,634,700 and in electric of $44,636,950.

The property tax rate was approved at $.6314 per $100 of assessed valuation.

In other business, council:

Appointed the following people to boards: Andy Collins to the Industrial Development board to replace Jimmy Tubbs; and both Bo Caldwell and Charles Wilson were reappointed to the Industrial Development Board.

Approved rezoning of property located on Tyson Avenue. Jerry Hayes, on behalf of Hayes Development Co., submitted the request to have the parcels zoned B-1 from R-2-M. Larry Winchester of Paris asked what impact the rezoning would have his daughter’s Spruce Street property. City officials said the rezoning would not have any effect on that.


2016 WestStar Class Is Graduated

MartinTenn.-After weeks of hard work, the 2016 WestStar Leadership Class was graduated Tuesday. The class includes two persons from Paris (Mayor Carlton Gerrell and County Clerk Donna Craig); one person from Union City (Art Sparks Jr.); one from Weakley County(Shawn Francisco) and one from Carroll County (Dr. Brock Martin).


Graduation ceremonies were held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson.The University of Tennessee at Martin sponsors the WestStar Leadership Program.

  
Members of the 2016 WestStar graduating class are: front row (l to r) Carrie Ann Knox, Jackson; Jennifer Travis, Lexington; Kelly Codega, Memphis; Donna Craig, Paris; Elizabeth Pritchett, Martin; Beth Parnell, Jackson; Achana Jarrett, Brownsville; Mary Ann Sharpe, Brownsville; Shelly Matthews, Henderson; and Shawn Francisco, Dresden; back row (l to r) Joseph Crone, Memphis; Dr. Brock Martin, Huntingdon; Jason Griggs, Milan; Mayor Justin Hanson, Covington; Greg Dozier, Rives; Joel Howard, Covington; Mayor Maurice Gaines Jr., Ripley; Mayor Chris Young, Trimble; Erric Kellum, Jackson; Mayor John Holden, Dyersburg; Whit Ashe, Savannah; Ron Gant, Rossville; Michael Overbey, Jackson; Bobby Williams, Rossville; Art Sparks Jr., Union City; Brooks McDonald, Bartlett; Ross Mitchell, Selmer; Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, Martin; Virginia Grimes, WestStar coordinator, Martin; and Mayor Carlton Gerrell, Paris.

 

Flag Burning Ceremony Held Recently

ParisTenn.-Paris Elks Lodge 816 held their annual Flag Day Ceremonies on Saturday, June 18. The annual retiring of the American Flags is done by burning them and there are only two organizations in the United States that may do this, it is the Military and the Boy Scouts of America.

Scouts from Troop 28 along with the First United Methodist Church and Elks Lodge 816 came together for the ceremony.

Cub Scouts, Webelos Scout and Boy Scouts present from Pack 28, were: Avery Jackson, Jayson DeLuca, Jameson Hancock with their leaders Taylor Thomas and Landon Wilson.

Boy Scouts from Troop 28 were Lee Hayes, with leaders Kathy Steele, Daphine Jackson and Tony Jackson.

The Ceremony was conducted by: Elks’ Exalted Ruler, Robby Miller and Acting Chaplin Bill Reed, the impressionable Ceremony concluded with a hot dog meal served by the Lodge to the young scouts and their leaders.

 

TWRA To Enforce “Operation Dry Water” This Weekend

NashvilleTenn.-The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has announced it will be participating in “Operation Dry Water”, a national campaign aimed at boating under the influence.

From Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26, TWRA officers will be keeping a sharp eye out for anyone boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign is always held the weekend before the Fourth of July holiday.

The TWRA will be teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Last year, officers checked more than 2,800 vessels during the campaign and issued 141 citations.

 

Industrial Appreciation Breakfast Well-Attended


TroyTenn.-Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Economic Development Council, left, talks things over with Janice Bone and Kevin Johnson, both of MIA Seating in Union City, during the recent Obion County Chamber’s Industrial Appreciation Breakfast. A large crowd was on hand for the breakfast, which was sponsored by the city of Troy and held at the Moffatt Centre in Troy. (Chamber photo).

 

People Found Smoking Meth In Shed

Union CityTenn.-A Union City man was arrested on drug charges after he and two other people were found smoking meth in a shed on South Second St. in Union City.

Arrested was Richard Goodsell, age 39, of 1008 South Second Street, and charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police officers found three persons in the shed. Along with Goodsell, there was a Union Citywoman and a man from Paducah.

Officers also found 0.5 grams of meth, three grinders, a glass pipe and digital scales. Goodsell told officers that all of the items belonged to him.

 

 Juvenile Arrested On Theft, Vandalism Charges

MartinTenn.-The Martin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division has made an arrest of a Martin juvenile for attempted burglary and vandalism at The Tobacco Barn, located at 316 North Lindell Street.


Investigators were called out on Sunday after a burglary alarm was activated. After an investigation, it was determined that the juvenile offender was responsible for the incident. The juvenile offender was located a short time after receiving the alarm and he did admit to investigators that he was responsible for breaking the glass door. 


Investigators were also actively investigating the theft of a White 2012 Kia Optima on 06/15/2016 from 508 Fonville Street in which the same juvenile was a suspect. This vehicle was later recovered in Union City and was valued at $18,000. Upon interviewing the juvenile offender, he did admit to investigators that he did steal the vehicle. The juvenile offender also stated that he burglarized two additional vehicles the same evening from the area that he had stolen the vehicle. 


Following the investigation, the juvenile offender had Juvenile Petitions signed in Weakley County Juvenile Court for theft of property-$10,000-$60,000, burglary of a motor vehicles times 3, joyriding, no driver’s license, and curfew violations for his actions from June 15th.
Additionally, Juvenile Petitions were signed the morning of June 19th, 2016 for Attempted Burglary and Vandalism for his actions at The Tobacco Barn.

 

Free Arthritis Exercise Program Offered

ParisTenn.- Henry County UT Extension will be offering a free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program beginning July 12. The six week program is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability. Arthritis sufferers of all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course. Extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks from 9-10 a.m. at the UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue. Michele Atkins, UT Extension Director, will be the instructor.

For more information or to sign up for the program, please call the UT Extension Office at 642.2941.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Heritage Center Quilt Show Winners Announced

Heritage Center Acting Director Sandee Green with quilts on display. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center 2016 Quilt Show have been announced. Over 70 homemade and decorative quilts—several of which are heirloom quilts—are displayed in the show, which is ongoing at the Heritage Center through July 2.

There still is time to vote for the Peoples’ Choice award, which will be announced July 2.

Winners of Best Bed Quilt are: first, Denise Evans; second, Judith Putnam; third, Sylvia Badger. Winners of the Best Quilted Item are: Denise Evans; second, Doreen Bates; and third, Kathy Doane.

Each quilt has a story and in the case of several of the heirloom quilts, the stories date back decades. One example: A quilt owned by Alverda Moore was quilted years ago by the Henry County Homemaker’s Club and people paid a nickel to have their names stitched into it. The quilt, which is designed with purple wheels, includes hundreds of names that are stitched into the spokes of the wheels.

The show is free of charge. The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Two Motels To Be Constructed Near Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-Plans were announced Tuesday for construction of two chain brand motels near Discovery Park of America.

The two hotels will be Choice Hotel and Holiday Inn Express and both will be constructed south of Discovery Park, thanks to Newell and Bettie Graham and their son and daughter-in-law Richard and Anna Graham of Hoosier Creek Hospitality LLC.

The Grahams announced that ground will be broken for the 77-room Choice Hotels facility in the fall. It will be a combined Mainstay Suites and Sleep Inn motel.

Once that motel is complete, in 2017, construction of the Holiday Inn Express will begin.

The Graham family’s plan also includes construction of retail shops and restaurants.


Friends And Franks Celebration Set

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The Friends of Reelfoot Lake are hosting a "Friends and Franks" Day to celebrate its new partnership with Reelfoot Lake State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the state park office.


The ceremony will be held at noon, with franks, chips and drinks selling for $4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Birds of Prey will be on display and community and state leaders will be on hand. Pontoon rides also will be available.


Mayfield Trooper Named Detective Of Year


Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders and Governor Matt Bevins award John Sims Detective of the Year. (KSP photo).


Lexington, Ky.-A Mayfield Kentucky State Trooper was named Detective of the Year at a ceremony in Lexington. John Sims of Mayfield is a 13-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. 
Sims worked multiple Internet Crimes Against Children cases that led to the arrest and prosecution of multiple child predators. Detective Sims also worked multiple theft cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen or misappropriated funds.
At the same ceremony, The Governor’s Medal of Valor was posthumously awarded to Cameron Ponder, a Kentucky State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty in Lyon County in 2015.

Fish Fry Fundraiser Set For Powell

Paris, Tenn.-A meet and greet event for State Representative Candidate Daniel Powell will be held from 4-8 p.m. saturday, June 25, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The fish fry dinner fundraiser will include music, silent auction and fish dinners. Cost is $10 per person.

Powell is a corrections officer at the Henry County Sheriff's Office and is a Democratic candidate for the 75th District.

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Honoring Veterans All Year-Long

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Veterans’ Memorial Park in downtown McKenzie is a site of both beauty and remembrance. The Memorial Park honors Carroll County’s veterans and the tree-lined area in the town square includes a gazebo, a monument to the late Dusty Carroll who died in service in the Iraq war, and names of veterans inscribed in the sidewalks. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Discovery Park Car Show Set Saturday

Union City, Tenn.-The Second Annual Discovery Park of America Car Show is set for Saturday, June 25th with gates opened to the public at 10 a.m. Entrance to the Discovery Park grounds will be free that day. The event is sponsored by Herman Jenkins Motors of Union City.  Participants are asked to have their cars at the park by 8 a.m. the morning of the show.  Registration is available online or at the park up to the day of the car show.  Gates will open at 10  to the public and entrance to the Discovery Park Grounds will be free that day.  Tickets into Discovery Center will be just $10 plus tax for everybody. 

 

Trails Conference Set This Week At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.– A conference to examine the economic benefits of adding bicycling, walking and paddling trails to the local area will be held this week at Paris Landing State Park


Sponsored by the Tennessee River Trail Association (TRTA), it will be held Wednesday and Thursday June 22 and 23. The purpose of this conference is to hear stories of real-world success that will inspire community leaders to think about trails and ways to focus attention on our great outdoor recreation opportunities in the nine county area along the Tennessee River


Henry County was chosen as the site for the conference due to its active leadership in the TRTA over the years and the efforts of the Paris Parks Department to expand trail possibilities for its citizens. The conference is free and anyone interested in finding out more about the positive benefits of trails in the area is welcome to attend. 


The speakers will include a representative from the first Trail Town in Kentucky, Dawson Springs, whose assets include bike riding, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. We will hear from the TN Department of Health on their initiative to build healthy communities and to get Tennesseans heathier through exercise. A representative from a bicycle club in Minnesota will relate how he created, funded and has sustained a trail in the abandoned iron mine fields of Minnesota. We will hear a panel of local bicycle riders tell the group where they ride, and what they see the needs are to make the experience safer and more accessible for beginning riders. Funding agencies for developing trails in Tennessee and elsewhere will be onsite.


The conference is funded the by a grant from TDOT and National Scenic Byways program. This grant enabled TRTA to hire transportation consultants to look at the types of non- motorized trails, or those that do not necessarily take the visitor on the main driving trail that is the Tennessee River Scenic Byway. 


The Tennessee River Trail Association is made up of the nine counties along the Tennessee River, Benton, Henry, Stewart, Hardin, Decatur, Wayne, Perry, Humphreys and Houston. The primary mission of TRTA is to assist these nine counties in strengthening their economic development potential through enhancing outdoor recreation.

 


Monday, June 20, 2016


County Budget Of $138M Presented For Review

Henry County Commissioners look over proposed budget. (McFarlin photo).

 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, a proposed county budget totalling $138,686,989 was presented for review. It includes a county general fund of $12,100,223.

 

The commission meeting was recessed and County Mayor Brent Greer asked the commissioners to review the budget until the meeting re-opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

 

Also included in the proposed budget: The Henry County Medical Center fund totals $87,568,481; County Education funds at $30,666,671; Debt Service fund of $2,313,606; Drug Control fund, $36,500; General Capital Projects fund $174,250; Highway Fund, $5,212,697; and Solid Waste $614,561.

Greer said, “Along with this budget, I’m pleased to be able to present to you the same tax rate as last year at $2.06.”

Greer also noted that the hospital had submitted a budget that requires no local tax increase. “We appreciate that. The history of our hospital is that it has been able to do that for many years without a tax burden on our citizens and we’re very happy with that.”

Likewise, he noted that Henry County Schools presented a balanced budget “with no use from its debt fund and that’s historic in our county and we do appreciate that.”

Greer commended County Finance Director Pat Hollingsworth, who he said spent “many, many, many hours of preparation into the budget and the department heads and officials who answered all of our questions during this budget process. I think they’ve done an excellent job.”

In other business, County Attorney Rob Whitfield reported that the county will gain $500,000 from the recent delinquent property tax sale. “We’re very pleased with that and we’re looking forward to having all that confirmed. All the sales are in the process of being signed. This was the first time we’ve done this in several years and we’re very happy with how it went."

At the request of Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder, the Henry County Commission appointed a judicial assistant to perform secretarial duties. At the close of the policies and Snyder said Wetherington ‘wears two hats’ by working for Snyder and juvenile court Snyder’s office and also under the Circuit Court heading. Snyder said under the new resolution, Wetherington will be compensated with a stipend of $200 a month for the duties she performs for her.

The commission appointed several citizens to various boards and committees:

Frankie Hosford was appointed to the Civil Service board for a three-year term; Martha Sanders, Kathy Page and Justin Rawls were appointed to the county library board for three-year terms; Wayne Hicks, Danny Robbins and Bobby Myrick were appointed as Judicial Commissioners for four-year terms.

The commission approved first reading of appropriations of  $94,085 in funds for non-profit and civic organizations, to be divided among 20 organizations including: volunteer fire departments; Aspell Recovery Center; Community Development Center; Habitat for Humanity; Henry Co. Fair Association; Henry County Youth Baseball Association; JACOA; Kentucky Lake Girls Association; Lee School Association, Arts Council; Heritage Center; Rescue Squad; Star Center; Tennessee Technology Center; TARP; Carl Perkins Center; SWAG; WRAP; Paris Downtown Boxing; and West Tennessee Hearing and Speech.

Commissioners approved an increase in litigation taxes for the General Sessions Court. It was determined that the $6 litigation tax no longer generates sufficient revenue to fund the increases in the judge’s compensation as mandated by state law. The tax goes directly into the general fund. The tax will be increased by $19 for a total of $25.


Five Arrested On Drug Charges

                        

                       Pam Canada                                                   Dylan McAlpin


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-Five people were arrested on drug charges at two Weakley County residences over the weekend. Three of the people were from Weakley County, one from Henry County and another from Obion County.

Two search warrants were executed by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.

The first search warrant was executed at the resident of J.B. Doster at 7392 Highway 45 south of Martin and resulted in the recovery of meth, marijuana, pills, digital scales, pipes and needles.

Four people at the residence were charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia: J.B. Doster, age 35; Pamela Canada, age 29 of Springville;  Andrew Blake Stout, age 22 of Dresden; and Dylan McAlpin, age 27, of Kenton.

A second search warrant was executed at the home of James David (Porky) Wilson, age 37, at 304 West Street in Gleason. A small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia was recovered and Wilson was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sharon Man Killed In Tractor Accident

SharonTenn.-A 77-year-old rural Sharon man was killed earlier today when he fell off a tractor.

Dead at the scene was Prentice Ary of North Durham Road.

According to Weakley County Sheriff’s Captain Randall McGowan, Ary was driving a tractor that was pulling a trailer with an estimated 1000 pounds of water in a container. After he fell of the tractor, he was run over by the trailer.

The incident occurred near the intersection of North Durham and Mt. Vernon Roads shortly before noon today.

 

Gleason Man Arrested On Drug Charges

Gleason, Tenn.-An 18-year-old Gleason man was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop Sunday in Weakley County.

John Devon Kerr of Johnson Lane was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.

He was stopped on the Gleason Como Road after he was observed weaving back and forth across the center line. During the stop, he was asked to exit his vehicle and during a pat down, two bags of marijuana and scales were found in his pants’ pocket. According to the press release, he admitted to the deputy he was selling marijuana.

 

 Two Henry Countians Charged With Thefts


 Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two young men for a number of recent thefts from unlocked vehicles in the county area.

Arrested were Phillip Nelson, age 18; and Benjamin Fields, age 19, both from the lake area. They are being held in the Henry County Jail on bonds of $25,000 each.

According to the press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, both admitted to the thefts and said they would always check door handles, only taking items from unlocked vehicles.

Fields was arrested late last week and Nelson was arrested during a traffic stop on Saturday.

 


Paris Water Tower Exterior Painting Commences Today


Containment curtains on the water tower give it a new look. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-You may have noticed something different about the Paris water tower today. 
Workmen have installed containment curtains—which look like the biggest tarps anyone ever saw—on the tower in order to enable them to sandblast and repaint the 200 foot tall water tower.


The water tower actually resembles either a huge ghost or a very tall woman wearing a pink shower cap and a white dress.


Margarito Romero of the Tank Pro Co. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said at the site this morning that his three-man crew will be installing the curtains early in the morning and bringing them down every night.


Paris Board of Public Utilities Water Department Assistant Director Tony Brown said the crew is finished painting the interior of the water tower and now will be sandblasting and repainting the exterior.


“They installed those containment curtains as an environmental measure,” Brown said. “It keeps all the materials from sandblasting contained right there.”


Working with Romero are Yobany Romero and Rene Saenz. Margarito Romero said it should take the crew about three or four months to complete the job. “It all depends on the weather. If it’s windy or raining, we can’t do anything,” he said. “Even if the wind is 10-15 mph we can’t raise the tarp.”


From left, Yobany Romero, Rene Saenz and Margarito Romero inside the water tower this morning. (McFarlin photo).



And Let There Be Walls At Trinity UMC

Paris, Tenn.-Much progress has been made in construction of the new Trinity United Methodist Church on Wilson Street. The frame for the walls has been erected and workers have been on site every day, including weekends, despite the heat. The former church was destroyed by fire in April of 2015 and it is hoped that the new church will be completed by Thanksgiving. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Cormorants Killing Reelfoot Lake Cypress Trees

 


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Reelfoot Lake’s famed cypress trees are dying, thanks to an infestation of cormorants and resort owners are strongly encouraging both state and federal wildlife officials to do something about it before it’s too late.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal featured a story about the problem in its Saturday edition and quoted three well-known local outdoorsmen: Mike Hayes, owner of Blue Bank Resort at Reelfoot; Jim Perry of Buchanan, who was director of tourism for that area for several years; and Garry Mason, outdoor guide and coach of the nationally-acclaimed Bethel University fishing team. Mason also is founder of the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.

Cormorants are fish-eating migratory bids that have roosted at Reelfoot Lake. The birds can strip a tree of its bark in just days and its guano is destroying the soil’s chemistry of the resort area. Once cormorants build their nests, trees die within five to 10 years.

Hayes told The Commercial Appeal, "I believe we're going to lose all our cypress trees in the next five years. What makes it so bad here at Reelfoot Lake is that once these birds kill a tree, they move on to a new roosting area and they just keep on moving around from tree to tree. I can't imagine Reelfoot Lake without cypress trees, but it could happen unless something is done and it is done quickly."

Hayes and other resort owners have reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, since Hayes said it is a federal problem. But they also are enlisting the help of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to speak to the Fish and Wildlife officials.

Perry told The Commercial Appeal it is time for the USFW to decide what is more important — the lives of several fish-eating birds or saving habitat that can never be replaced.

"They (cormorants) have destroyed these old cypress trees (estimated to be 200 to 600 years old) on Reelfoot and Kentucky Lake," he said. "They have destroyed trees and vegetation on the islands up and down the (Tennessee) river. (I say) Open season on cormorants."

Garry Mason told The Appeal that he found several hundred cormorants recently while he was fishing on Kentucky Lake. He said the islands near Lick Creek and Granny’s Branch are starting to show lost foliage and that trees are dying or dead.

Mason said in The Appeal’s article, “There used to be an island near Pace Point and now it’s gone because of the loss of trees which allowed the island to hold its ground against floods and boat wakes.”


Manning Honored By Sports Hall Of Fame

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame annual Champion Within Luncheon Peyton Manning was presented with the 2016 Tennessean of the Year award by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at its Champion Within luncheon.

Officials said, “In this the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame what better person to be honored with this prestigious award than Manning. After 18 outstanding years in the NFL, setting most passing and touchdown records and winning his second Super Bowl, Peyton retired from the game he loved.”

The Tennessean of the Year is the premier honor of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame that is presented to the individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the state through sports or other methods, demonstrating outstanding character and leadership.  

 

Thieves Steal Decorative Vases From Motel

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating the theft of two large and expensive decorative vases from the lobby of the conference area of the Quality Inn on West Reelfoot Ave.

Officers were called to the motel on the complaint. The motel manager told officers that the glass doors to the conference area are locked but can be opened from the inside. He said there also are hallway doors that go to and from the front lobby area that were unlocked.

According to the police report, it is most likely that someone entered the area by the unlocked doors and opened one of the glass doors from the inside and exited with the items out the glass doors.

The vases were about four feet tall and three feet wide. According to the report, the vases were too heavy for one person to move unless they used a dolly to move them. The vases are light orange.

The vases are valued at $500 each.

 

Republican Candidates’ Forum Set Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Republican Party is sponsoring a Candidates’ Forum for Republican Candidates running for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher. The event is set for 6 p.m., July 15, at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC) in Paris. Admission is free and the public is invited.

 

Reminder: Summer Reading Programs This Week

Paris, Tenn.-Several programs will be held at the W.G. Rhea Library as part of the Summer Reading program.

Mr. Bond The Science Guy will appear from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight and the Henry County Medical Center will host a program for people of all ages with healthy games at 10 a.m. Tuesday. On Friday, there will be popcorn and movies: at 10 a.m., The Karate Kid will be shown and at 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Lights will be shown.


Sunday, June 19, 2016


Collection Begins For Fire Victims


Family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon after the fire. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A collection has been started for the family who lost everything in a fire in Paris Saturday afternoon.

The two-story frame home at 206 Routon Street was a total loss and the cause of the fire still has not been determined. The home is owned by Robert Medlin and the fire caused $30,000 loss to the property and $20,000 loss to contents.

The family of Crystal King lives in the residence and friends, including a group of Henry County High School basketball parents, have been collecting items for the family since last night. The older boy wears adult medium shorts and large shirt. The younger boy wears adult small shorts and shirt.

But according to people who are collecting items for them, the family needs everything. People with items to donate can contact Take Me Back Café. Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams also has contacted the Red Cross to help the family.

According to the Paris Fire Department, the first call came in to dispatch around 3 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire already coming from the front of the home.

Firefighters utilized the ladder truck and positioned the stream of water onto the roof. Firemen also conducted an exterior attack from both sides of the house and from the front. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters made entry into the home and tried to salvage items for the family.

Six fire vehicles, including the ladder truck, were utilized in all.




Saturday, June 18, 2016


Fire Destroys Paris Home

An afternoon fire destroyed the home at 206 Routon St. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A home at 206 Routon Street was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon and the family was left homeless.

Residents of the home at the scene said everyone got out of the house safely but most everything they own was destroyed in the fire.

The Paris Fire Department had just gotten back to the fire station around 7 p.m. and had not completed the report on the fire when contacted by WENK/WTPR. More details on the fire will be available when the report is complete.


Henry Dollar General Store Opens


Henry, Tenn.-The newest Dollar General Store in the area has now opened in Henry. The 7,500-square foot store, located on Hwy. 79N, is still hiring.  (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Frilling Earns National Recognition

Union City, Tennessee - Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council in Union City, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. 

Frilling has facilitated the recruitment and retention of over 1,000 jobs in Obion County including:

§         Institutional Casework, Inc.: Laboratory Equipment Manufacturer ($6.2M/200 new jobs)

§         MIA Seating: Office Seating Manufacturer ($39.5M/510 new jobs)

§         Greenfield Products: Custom Heavy Equipment Manufacturer ($6.3M/100 new jobs)

§         MVP Brands: Candle Manufacturer ($2M/100 new jobs)

§         Williams Sausage: Food Manufacturer ($3M/150 new jobs)

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

on June 11-12, 2016 in Tulsa, OK at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. With seven years of economic development experience,

 







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