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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stolen Car Recovered From Kentucky Lake

Deputy Monte Starks dives to recover car. (Matt Spellings photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation after a stolen car was recovered from Kentucky Lake earlier today. The car was recovered by Reserve Deputy Monte Starks, who also is a diver with the County Rescue Squad.

Matt Spellings of Paris called dispatch to report seeing what he thought was a car submerged in the lake.

Corporal Terry Williams responded and upon further investigation, Sheriff Monte Belew said, “It was found to be a car. A call was put in to Monte Starks, who dove into the water and secured the car so it could be pulled out of the water.”

The car found in a cove on Port Road near Springville.

Carroll Lake Revitalization Moving Forward

Carroll Lake has been dry for some two years. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

McKenzie, Tenn.-The project to repair and begin the revitalization of Carroll Lake is moving forward.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Biologist Tim Broadbent said a successful bidder has been awarded the contract to build and install the gates at the lake, which was destroyed by flooding two years ago. The gates are expected to be installed in late summer.

With no water in the lake for the past couple of years, vegetation and trees have enveloped the area. The next step will be to aerial spray the vegetation in the lake bottom before reflooding, Broadbent said in a press release.

“In the next few months, the heavy equipment crew will determine if additional peninsulas can be installed,” Broadbent said. “This step will depend upon soil consistency.”

In early fall, the gates will be closed and crews will begin refilling and stock bluegill and catfish when the lake is refilled. Largemouth bass will be stocked in the spring.

Fishing at Carroll Lake will not be allowed for at least three years to allow growth of stocked species, he said. “Of course, all this depends upon weather and schedules of parties involved.”


Tennessee Promise Hard At Work

Buchanan, Tenn.-Volunteers with the Tennessee Promise Saturday morning hard at work at Paris Landing State Park today to get their community hours for scholarships. Gina Lowry of Paris Landing State Park said they are working eight hours today. “We are working on all of our garden areas and adding new plants to them while cleaning them out,” she said. (Gina Lowry photo).

Talking Things Over At Business Matters

Union City, Tenn.-Black Oak Elementary Principal Travis Johnson, right, and Center Point Business Solutions Owner Tim York talk things over during this week’s July Business Matters event with the Obion County Chamber of Commerce. Phyllis Rauchle spoke to some 40 community members and business leaders about Obion County Adult Leadership. She also brought past class members to speak about the lasting impact. Anyone interested in applying for the Adult Leadership class is asked to email (Obion County Chamber photo).


Murray Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

Murray, Ky.-A 28-year-old Murray man was arrested on numerous felony drug charges involving heroin, cocaine and liquid marijuana when the Murray Police executed a search warrant at his residence on Lowe’s Drive.

Taken into custody was William Hon.

During the search, officers found and seized .9 grams of heroin, 48.4 grams of cocaine, 115 dosage units of liquid marijuana, and 64.5 grams of marijuana. Also seized were two pistols, one rifle and $4,125 cash.

Hon was charged with trafficking in controlled substance, first degree felony for the heroin; trafficking in the first degree for the cocaine; trafficking in marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

Lightning Strike Causes Barn Fire

Bruceton, Tenn.-A lightning strike Friday afternoon started a barn on fire on Hebron Church Rd., near Bruceton.

A spokesperson for the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department said firefighters were quickly able to put the fire out. She also said all the animals which were in the barn when the fire started were safely taken out of the barn.

Firefighters from the Carroll County Department and Grant Norwood of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department in Henry County were at the scene to help with the blaze.

The fire did not spread to any other buildings.


Friday, July 22, 2016

McKenzie Man Arrested By TBI, Local Law Enforcement

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Following an investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Henry County Metro Crime Unit and the McKenzie Police Department, a McKenzie man was arrested on drug charges and is in the Carroll County Jail.

Arrested was Tanner Scott Workman, age 18, of 530 Paw Paw Lane.

Following a tip, TBI Special Agents began investigating a complaint against Workman and executed a search warrant at his home. During the course of the search, agents seized marijuana, hashish oil, diverted prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm from the residence.

Workman has been charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, one count of possession of Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to sell, one count of theft and underage possession of alcohol. Bond was set at $6,500.


Early Voting Totals Low Due To Confusion?

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Voters in Henry County—and perhaps other counties as well—still seem to be confused over the current ballot.

Henry County Elections Administrator DeLaina Green said many voters who have come in during the early voting period are upset over having to declare their party. The early voting period for the August primary election is currently underway through July 30.

Green said, “They just don’t understand that declaring a party is for state offices only and they get the full county general ballot” for the election underway.  

Green said she’d like to clear up the confusion before the last week of early voting begins. “I think people could possibly be putting off voting because they think they have to choose party on the county level,” she said.

Voting numbers are down all over our area and the state during early voting.

In Henry County, Green said, “We are currently at 1055 total voters. That is 799 Republicans, 217 Democrats and 39 general.”

In Obion County, the total is 457, with 351 voting Republican and 97 Democrats.

Byford To Be Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame

Martin, Tenn.-Dr. Jim Byford of Martin is one of 16 individuals selected to join the national 4-H Hall of Fame for his service and dedication to the organization. Byford is dean emeritus of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Before beginning his career with UT Martin in 1987, Byford spent more than 20 years serving as an extension wildlife specialist in both Georgia and Tennessee. A certified wildlife biologist, he holds a doctoral degree from Auburn.

Byford’s involvement with the national 4-H program, which in Tennessee teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to more than 168,000 youth in grades 4-12, goes far beyond classroom instruction. During his 18-year tenure with UT Extension, he initiated the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Project, the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Judging contest and the Tennessee 4-H FACE contest. He also started the Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Conference. He has received multiple awards during his tenure and has given 60 presentations in 28 states.

The induction ceremony will take place October 7 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.


WLJT Hosting Loretta Lynn Concert

Paducah, Ky..-Join WLJT for “Loretta Lynn Live” at the Carson Center in Paducah. Tickets are on sale for the event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 12.

Tickets are $42 for first row balcony and other prices for other locations in the Carson Center. Call Mandy Hinson at 1-881-7561 or 1-800-366-9558. Seating is limited.

WLJT-TV is the public broadcasting station in Martin.


Fenton Boat Ramp To Be Closed

Land Between The Lakes—Starting at 1 a.m. Monday, July 25, the Fenton Board Ramp and its dock and jetty will be closed to any use until demolition work is completed on the old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.

For more information, log onto the official website at


Carroll County Nets $50,000 Tourism Grant

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd have announced that 29 communities will receive over $999,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist communities with tourism infrastructure assets.

In our area, only Carroll County is on the list to receive monies. According to the press release, Carroll County will receive a grant for $50,000.

The grants are designed to assist counties and cities with improvements that will increase tourism.

Haslam said, “We want to congratulate all 29 communities on receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants. These grants showcase how great the partnership is between tourist development and economic development.”


High School Students Invited To UTM Bash

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin is throwing a party July 29, and high school students from all areas are invited.

The 2016 End of Summer Bash will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by official welcome at 1:30 and campus tours at 2. Students who have already taken a campus tour are still invited to Recreation Rampage from 3-5 p.m. in the UT Martin Student Recreation Center.

Students and their families are invited to learn more about UT Martin programs of study; meet faculty, staff and current students; and participate in a variety of recreation activites.

Register at There is no charge to attend.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Good Times At City Appreciation Day

Paris, Tenn.-A good (and hot) time was had by all at the City of Paris Employee Appreciation event Thursday afternoon in the parking lot behind city hall. Tents and huge fans were set up to stave off the heat of the afternoon and employees were served ice cream and homemade brownies with toppings by Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Commissioners Terry Fuller and Jackie Jones. City Manager Kim Foster said, “We wanted to have this event so that all the departments could get together. We’re all on the same team.” A cornhole tournament also was held, with winners Lynn Banks and Cody Benson accepting the trophies. Top photo, Mayor Gerrell and Commissioner Fuller stay cool while serving ice cream. Bottom photo, Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence presents trophies to Banks and Benson. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Atkins-Porter Association Begins Planning For Clean Sweep Day

City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris addresses members of the Atkins-Porter Association. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The next city of Paris Clean Sweep Day will be held August 27 and will cover a portion of the Atkins-Porter Historic Neighborhood. The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood encompasses such a large area that its Clean Sweep Days will have to be divided into sections.

The August 27 event will begin at 8 a.m. and will be in the area covering Thompson, Blakemore, Aden, and East Blythe Streets, down to Dunlap Street.

City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris appeared at Wednesday night’s Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association meeting and discussed the upcoming event. There are approximately 75 properties that will be included in the August 27 Clean Sweep Day, she said.

Participants should bring yard equipment, gloves, rakes, bug spray, and sun protection. The city will supply water and dumpsters.

The event will be organized much the same way as the first Clean Sweep Day that was held in the Lee School Neighborhood earlier this year.

Morris said more churches want to be involved this time around and the Realtors’ Association also will be involved again.

More information on the event will be released in August.

In other business:

--The Association continued discussion of its newsletter which is being prepared by Kelli Zwayer and will be distributed online. The newsletter will be done quarterly.

--The Association voted that meetings will always be open to everyone, but voting memberships will cost $20 a year (lifetime memberships will be $200). Dues will go toward expenses for events and also for money needed to apply for a 501c non-profit status.

--Association members also firmed up plans for the Atkins-Porter booth at the upcoming Ice Cream Social from 4-7 p.m. July 30 in downtown Paris.

Isaiah Canaan Signs With Bulls

Chicago, Ill.-Former Murray State University basketball standout Isaiah Caanan has now signed to play with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls announced the signing Wednesday but have not yet released the details of his contract.

Canaan played for the last two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Canaan earlier tweeted that he had signed a two-year deal with the Bulls. He will be playing guard position.

Canaan was drafted to the NBA in 2013. He was graduated from Murray State in 2013.


Clothing, Household Items Collected For Fire Victims

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Routon, Tenn.-A collection of items is being taken up for Casey Crosser’s family, which lost everything in the fire at their home in Routon early Wednesday morning.

Nikki Anne Holland is accepting donations on his behalf and she can be contacted through Facebook. She said Crosser would appreciate anything for the kids of the house.

Eli wears size 5 in little boys, Cadence wears size 7/8 in little girls, Serenity wears a size 16 and girls or medium in juniors. Shoe sizes are 13 in little boys, 3 in little girls, 7 in women’s or girls. Crosser wears 3XL, size 12.5 shoes in mens.

Crosser would appreciate all items for his house. Holland said people can contact her through Facebook. She said Crosser is overwhelmed right now and that she will put donated items in storage to give to them.


Corn Relish Samples At Friday’s Farmers Market

Paris, Tenn.-At the Downtown Paris Farmers Market this Friday, free samples of corn relish salad (and the recipe cards) will be given away free. The Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets. The Farmers Market Fresh samples are a new attraction on Fridays, thanks to the Henry County UT Extension Office.


Two Apartment Complexes Renovated By USDA

Union City, Tenn.-USDA Rural Development Area Director Joel Howard today celebrated the completion of two multi-family housing rehabilitation projects in Northwest Tennessee at events in Union City and South Fulton.

In Union City, Reelfoot Apartments, a 48-unit complex with 29 units designed for rental assistance owned by The Hallmark Companies, has completed renovations. And in South Fulton, Eaglewood Estates, a 40-unit apartment complex with full rental assistance owned by Maco Management Co., also is completed.

Both of the properties were completely gutted and reworked to include new roofs, windows, doors, energy efficient HVAC systems, paint, cabinets and floor coverings. Also, handicap accessibility issues were addressed.

Others participating in the events were Hallmark and Maco representatives, South Fulton Mayor Ed Cassetty, Chamber Representative Lauren Bennett and other state and local officials.

Finding affordable rental housing can pose a challenge to many individuals, Howard said. “With the two newly-renovated apartment complexes, our agency hopes to help more rural families obtain upgraded housing to improve quality of life in Northwest Tennessee.”

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4.  Visit us online at


Babe Ruth Southeast Tournament Hosted By Union City

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball League is hosting the 13 to 15-year-old Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament July 26 through July 30. Next week’s tournament will be played at Elam Stadium at LH Ladd Field and Thompson Field.

This marks the 7th Southeast Regional Tournament played in Union City. There will be eight teams from four states converging onto Graham Park for a chance to move on to the World Series in Williston, North Dakota.

The teams are scheduled to arrive in Union City Tuesday with a welcome ceremony and cookout. The tournament itself will begin Wednesday afternoon. The teams will be divided into two divisions for three days of pool or round robin play. The top seeds from the two divisions will then play in the single elimination championship round Saturday. Tournament Director is Brian Searcy 731-446-9266.


Huck’s Beer Permit Is Denied

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Beer Board took a rare step by denying a request for a beer permit for Huck’s Food and Fuel convenience store located on Veterans Drive North, near Walmart.

The denial came at a public hearing on Huck’s request, which was attended by some 20 people opposed to the permit for off-premises use.

Opponents were concerned with the proximity to residential areas. Huntingdon’s city code states no permit shall be grated to a place of business to sell such veverages within 300 feet of a residential dwelling.

Attorney Michael King, who represents Huck’s, said the city stands to lose some $18,000 a year in tax revenue because of the denial.


Carroll County Approves Budget, New Tax Rate

 McKenzie, Tenn.-At its meeting this week, the Carroll County Commission approved a $23.5 M budget for the new fiscal year and also approved a new tax rate of $1.5819 per $100 assessed value. That’s an increase from last year’s rate of $1.4854.

According to the commissioners, the tax rate increase reflects an error in calculating the tax base last year by the state of Tennessee.


UTM Equestrian Team Tryouts Set

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team is holding open tryouts August 23, Head Coach Meghan Corvin has announced.

Interested participants must get paperwork for a physical exam from the coach. Participants must also receive a physical prior to the tryout date and return to the Skyhawk athletic training room with proof of their primary health insurance coverage.

Potential student-athletes also need to have prior experience in either hunter seat equitation of western horsemanship (reining preferred). Participants are responsible for contacting the coaching staff to arrange a tryout time at 731 881 7273 or


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Martin PD Continues Tactical Training

Martin, Tenn.-Officers from the Martin and the University of Tennessee at Martin Police Departments participated in tactical training, which has become essential for law enforcement across the U.S. The officers trained at Martin Elementary School on proper active shooter methods. The training gives officers the ability to become familiar with the layout of the school and to train with various shooting scenarios. Martin Police Capt Phillip Fuqua said it also was a good opportunity for the two agencies to work together. The training was part of an eight-hour training session during which the officers were all recertified with tasers and OC spray.

Routon Farmhouse Destroyed By Fire

Firefighters attack the blaze that destroyed the Crosser home. (Debbie Tummins photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Routon, Tenn.-An historic old farmhouse in Routon was destroyed in a fire early this morning and the Henry Volunteer Fire Department is still trying to determine the cause.

A two-story frame home owned by Casey Crosser on Hwy. 79S was destroyed in the blaze, which started around 12:30 a.m. today while no one was home, according to Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls. “Five of my guys are out there now again,” he said.

Qualls said this morning around 8:30 a.m. that the last of the firefighters had just left the scene around 7 a.m. when they were called back because the fire had rekindled. “It’s a total loss. It’s not likely anything can be saved, even possessions,” Qualls said.

The Henry Fire Department received mutual aid from the Mansfield Fire Department. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office water tanker also was utilized. Qualls said he also called the Henry County EMS to be on standby at the scene.

A neighbor called dispatch to report the fire and when the first firefighters arrived, the flames were already shooting through the roof of the home, Qualls said.

The Crosser home engulfed in flames. (Debbie Tummins photo).


Benefit For Izzy Polin Set For Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.-A cancer benefit for Izzy Polin will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Puryear Methodist Church at 114 W. Chestnut St.

Izzy will be a third grader at Harrelson in the fall but at this time she is still at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, having undergone stem cell surgery. Several churches in the area are helping with this benefit. 100 percent of proceeds go toward Izzy.

To be served are burgers, hot dogs, BBQ bologna, Boston butt, chips, dessert and drink. There will be music, games, cakewalk, and silent auction.


Obion County Studying Sales Tax Issue

Union City, Tenn.-Obion County is facing the possibility of having to pay back a substantial amount of sales tax dollars to the city of Samburg.

At this week’s Obion County Commission meeting, Commissioner Jerry Grady (District 5) told his fellow commissioners that the county had collected some $200,000 in taxes that were supposed to be directed for Samburg.

County Mayor Benny McGuire said the commission is waiting for guidance from the County Attorney since he was just recently made aware of the sales tax being directed to the county instead of Samburg.

County Attorney Steve Conley said he hopes to report back to the commission at its August meeting after he reviews all the documentation.


Wilson Achieves Public Administrator Certification

Paris, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee has honored Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson as a Certified Public Administrator during graduation ceremonies at Montgomery Bell State Park.

To achieve certification, Wilson completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program. The course is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and is made available to county officials.

Wilson said, “I have always taken the responsibility of my specific duties as court clerk very seriously. State law, regulations and expectations are ever-changing, so I believe in a continuing effort to learn as much as I can when the opportunity is presented.”

The course is designed to provide specialized, technical and managerial training to help run local government offices more effectively. Course topics include ethics, budgeting, leadership, records management, risk management and more.

Wilson thanked his office staff and family for their efforts which made it possible for him to dedicate his time to the classes over the last several months.


Duane Allman Tribute Band To Perform

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for a concert by a Duane Allman tribute band that will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

The band is called Idlewild South and it features the iconic Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie fame, who is known for the song “Keep on Smilin’”.

Camden Native Paula Bridges and her Bandstand Revue will be opening the act.

Tickets including VIP “Meet and Greet” packages are on sale and can be purchased online and Leach’s Music in Paris. For more information, call the Civic Center at 644-2517.


“Legally Blonde Jr” To Be Performed

Paris, Tenn.-“Legally Blonde, Jr.” will be performed by the KPAC Young Artists Theater this weekend at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Volunteer Dr. in Paris. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

City Of Paris Receives $350,000 Housing Grant

With 'big check', from left: City Commissioner Terry Fuller, City Manager Kim Foster, Commissioner Jackie Jones, Mayor Carlton Gerrell, THDA Official Amy Schaftlein, Commissioner Gayle Griffith. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris now has a $350,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency which will assist local families with much-need home repairs. Amy Schaftlein of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency presented a big check to city officials at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Schaftlein said, “I’m really excited to present this to the city to help residents with their housing.”

The grant is specifically for families of low income, seniors and individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to bring their homes up to code. City officials anticipate helping ten or more households with issues such as leaking plumbing, unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, damaged roofs and more.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said, “The majority of homeowners in Paris are over 65 years old and many live on a fixed income that leaves no money for home repairs, which means problems sometimes go neglected for years. We’re going to put this money to good use helping our neighbors who are living in unsafe conditions because they can’t afford to do anything about it.”

THDA Executive Director Ralph Perry said, “The city earned this grant by putting together a smart plan that’s going to make a real difference in the lives of several local families in need. This is a wonderful project, and we’re proud to support it.”

All homeowners approved for the program will be required to contribute at least $500 of their own money toward the repairs, officials said, “to help ensure they are emotionally and financially invested in the upkeep of their home. The total value of home repairs is limited to $33,400 per household.”

City officials will host a public meeting to hear from potential applicants before finalizing the rule and requirements of the program. That meeting has not yet been scheduled.


Funeral Services Set For Kenton Mayor Davidson

Jowers To Serve As Interim Mayor


Funeral arrangements for Kenton Mayor Virginia Nell Davidson have been set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Kenton Church of God. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Kenton.

Mrs. Davidson died Monday morning at Tennova Healthcare Regional Hospital in Jackson. She had been hospitalized for a couple of weeks after gallbladder surgery. She was 77.

Kenton Vice Mayor Danny Jowers will serve as interim mayor. Jowers also is the director of Obion County Emergency Management.

Mrs. Davidson had served two terms as mayor. Before that, she served as Kenton City Clerk and City Recorder for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Davidson, two children, Penny (Jimmy) Petty and Bill (Nina) Davidson, one brother, Bobby, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Kenton Church of God. Karnes and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Getting That Perfect Shot—Any Way You Can

Dover, Tenn.—Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover is the place to be for Bald Eagle lovers—and shutterbugs. If you ever doubt how many camera lovers gather at Fort Donelson to capture photographs of the Bald Eagle family that nests there, just take a gander at this photo taken for Lori Hailey. Even when they don’t have their tripods with them, dedicated shutterbugs can always find a way to capture that perfect shot. (Lori Hailey photo).


Early Voting Totals Low In Area So Far

Early voting totals are low all over our area—and statewide, for that matter—according to figures released by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

Early voting for the August 4 primary began Friday and will continue through July 30 across the state.

In Henry County, 235 voted on Friday, with 58 on Saturday. In Obion County, 100 turned out the first day, with only 17 on Saturday. Weakley County turnout was 183 on Friday and 24 on Saturday; Carroll County was 77 Friday and 19 Saturday and Benton County 144 on Friday and 42 on Saturday.


WTPR Off The Air 

Paris, Tenn.-If you’re wondering why you can’t hear your favorite radio station, it’s because we’re off the air! The FM and AM broadcasts for WTPR are off the air, thanks to a lightning strike at the Dover transformer over the weekend. The stations will be back on the air as soon as needed equipment is installed.


Juveniles Charged With Shed Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Two Union City juveniles have been charged with reckless burning following a fire that destroyed a shed behind the Sunswept Baptist Church on East Church Street.

Union City Police Sgt. Brandon Adams received information that the shed was burned down by two juveniles and was given their names. Officers went to the home of one of the juveniles on East Main Street and he said he and the other juvenile were playing in the shed and he placed the blamed on the other juvenile for setting the fire. Officers then went to the home of the other juvenile on East Church Street and he placed the blame on the first juvenile. Officers then went back to the first juvenile’s home and when he was asked about setting the fire, he just put his head down and admitted to setting the box on fire inside the shed. He said he was not trying to burn the shed down but that he was just trying to set the box on fire because he thought it would be funny.

Total damage is $10,000.


Jason D. Williams To Perform At Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-The Summer Nights Festival continues at Discovery Park this weekend with the appearance of Entertainer Jason D. Williams. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online or at the gate.

The event includes music, beer garden, wine garden, cigar bar, food and games.


 Surviving Active Shooter Event Set

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Special School District will host “Sudden Violence—Surviving An Active Shooter” at The Dixie Performing Arts Center at 9 a.m. Monday, July 25.

It will be a 90 minute non-tactical training for local businesses, individuals and educators. There are no tickets for the event and seating is first-come, first-served. The presentation is provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to offer vital information about mitigating possible threats by people who carry out acts of violence.

The Dixie is located at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon and seats 471. You may contact The Dixie for information at 731-986-2100, or


 “Legally Blonde Jr” To Be Performed

Paris, Tenn.-“Legally Blonde, Jr.” will be performed by the KPAC Young Artists Theater this weekend at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Volunteer Dr. in Paris. The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Interlocal Agreement Approved By County

Commissioners met in routine session Monday evening. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At a routine session Monday night, the Henry County Commission ratified an interlocal cooperative agreement between the Henry County Emergency Communications office and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The agreement already was passed at the last 911 board meeting.

911 Director Mark Archer said, “This solidifies the state law requiring interlocal agreements when 911 equipment is used by another agency.”

Sheriff Monte Belew thanked the 911 board for allowing the use of its equipment by sheriff’s office dispatchers and other personnel. “They’ve really stepped up to the plate and helped us and we’re very thankful for it,” Belew said.

In other business, the commission approved the reappointment of Danny Tucker as Henry County Coroner and M.L. Bailey as Assistant Coroner. 

This Year’s Water Run Is Bigger Than Ever

Carol Strobl selling t-shirts at the water run. (Chamber photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run reached a new participation high this year, with over 540 players. The three $500 winners for best hands drawn at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. were Charlene Garrett, Leslee Quinn and Carney West.

Chamber Vice President Michele Atkins said, “Staging a mobile, multi-site outdoors event requires an incredible level of cooperation and volunteer support. We had a great year and are so grateful to all of the players, resorts, sponsors and volunteers.”

Resorts included The Breakers, Mansard Island, Cypress Bay, Cypress Springs, Buchanan Resort, Leatherwood, Pleasant View, Fat Daddy’s, and Paris Landing State Park. There also were two pontoon stops hosted by Dr. Jeff and Jennifer Morris and Dr. Jeff Seaton. T-shirt sponsors were Paris Landing State Park, The Loft, Lakeway IGA and Blues Landing.

Volunteers included Atkins, Donna Craig, Caleb Grissom, Stacia Puckett, Randi French, Shawn Markham, Dan Bundy, John Wambles, Wayne Powers Sr., Brenda Powers, Michael Puckett, Wayne Powers Jr., Will Powers, Tony Wheatley, Angela Jones, Kevin Buie, Gary McEntire, Tyler Boyd, Betty Dye, Paul Mathenia, Fredda Perkins, Lisa Lemons, Joel Washburn, Pam Chmelik, Susan Burton, Linley and Becki White, Tina Robbins, John Nichols, Susan Jones, Tobe and Amy Spain, Allison Reagor, Brittany McCoy, Mark Johnson and Kenitha Ferguson.


Kenton Mayor Dies

Kenton, Tenn.-Kenton Mayor Virginia Davidson died this morning. Funeral arrangements at Karnes and Sons Funeral Home in Kenton were incomplete around noon today.

Mrs. Davidson was a life-long resident of Kenton and was elected to the position of mayor after having been the city of Kenton’s clerk-recorder for some 30 years.

Funeral arrangements will be posted on our website and Facebook pages when they are complete.

Three Historic Buildings Receive Restoration Funding


The Heritage Center in Paris will receive $21,000 in grant money for restoration projects. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-Three area restoration projects—one in Henry County and two in Obion County—have been funded through the federal Historic Preservation Fund. They are among 31 grants awarded through the Tennessee Historical Commission.

In Paris, $21,000 has been awarded to fund the restoration of the historic Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. Henry County Historical Society President David Webb said the grant award is indeed welcome news for the Heritage Center.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Cavitt Place, which is the home of the Heritage Center, and restoration and repairs will be conducted. He said the work will include interior and exterior painting, repair of tile on the front porch, and window repairs.

The Heritage Center will hold an event commemorating the building’s 100th anniversary in October which will include exhibits on Cavitt Place, E.W. Grove, and Camp Tyson.

In Union City, $9,078 was awarded to fund the restoration of the historic Obion County Courthouse and $15,507 was awarded for the restoration of the historic Westover Center Building.

The former Westover School is located in downtown Union City and was built in the late 1800s. It was a functioning school until the late 1960s. The building is now owned by Westover Center for the Arts and is in the process of restoring the building.

The grants were awarded across the state for projects that support the preservation of historic and  archaeological resources.

Awarded annually, 60 percent of the project funds are from the federal Historic Preservation Fund and 40 percent from the grantee. The Tennessee Historical Commission reviewed 55 applications.

The former Westover School will be used as an arts center. (Westover Center photo).


UTM Student Logos Selected For Field Day Event

Kassie Hooks (seated) of Fulton is one of two UTM students whose logos were selected for the Milan No-Till Field Day this year. With her is Sarah Haig, assistant professor of graphic design. (UTM photo).

Milan, Tenn.-Logo designs by University of Tennessee at Martin students from Fulton and Bruceton have been selected for the Milan No-Till Field Day this year. Once every two years, the University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Milan hosts the event, which is one of the largest crop production field days in the nation.

Event planners were approached by the UTM Department of Visual and Theater Arts to see if they would open a logo design contest. AgResearch Center officials said they had misgivings—until they saw the students’ designs.

In the end, they chose two. The logo designed by Kyle Birdwell of Bruceton will be featured on the field day caps, while the design submitted by Kassie Hooks of Fulton, Ky., will be used on all other materials. Both Birdwell and Hooks were graduated from UT Martin in May.

Students were tasked with researching the AgResearch Center and the Milan No-Till Field Day, creating ten sketches using the proper color palette and text elements and narrowing their work to one final logo.

The Milan No-Till Field Day is set for Thursday, July 28, at the AgResearch Center, with gates opening at 6 a.m. The field day features 40 research presentations, an extensive agricultural trade show and the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. More info is available at or 731-686-7362.

Class Of '66 Holds Reunion

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Grove High School Class of 1966 listen to a presentation from Ray Harding on the history of Lee School during all-day activities Saturday. Members of the class also took a tour of the former Grove School building (now Henry County Schools office building) and met for the reunion in the evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

After Pond Incident, Man Charged With Criminal Trespass

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County man was arrested for criminal trespass after he reportedly swam naked in a private pond. While at the pond, he also reportedly defecated on the pond’s bank.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Toler, age 29 of Herman Roger Road. Deputies responded to a private pond on Hwy. 641S where the homeowner said the man had been swimming naked in the pond and then defecated on the bank and on himself before leaving.

Deputy Chad Lowry found Toler walking down the road and in his report said Toler was wet and smelled. According to the report, Toler appeared to be on something. He told Lowry he defecated on himself and used to pond to wash it off.


Man Arrested For Stealing Girlfriend’s Van

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police arrested a Dyersburg man for stealing his girlfriend’s van while she was going to the bathroom.

Arrested was James Clyde Noble of Dyersburg.

The victim said she and Noble were driving from Metropolis, Ill., where she lives, to visit his mother in Fulton, Ky. They stopped at Murphy Gas Station in Union City so she could use the bathroom and she saw her boyfriend drive off in the 1999 Dodge Caravan, possibly driving toward Fulton.

Officers found the van parked on the side of Highway 22 next to the spillway with the emergency flashers on and then found Noble walking further down the highway. A check with NCIC showed he was wanted on full extradition out of Kentucky on a parole violation. The van had run out of gas and was towed by Buddy’s Wrecker Service.

In another report, a three-wheeler was stolen from behind an outbuilding at 724 Pierce Street sometime between July 10 and July 16. It is a 1986 red and white Honda 200X.


Commodities To Be Distributed This Week

Paris, Tenn.-The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute commodities to eligible area residents this week, Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21.

The food will be distributed at the Central Services Building at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Extended, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each of those days.

All applicants should have a pink commodity card and if you do not, you must sign up no later than Monday, July 18, to get the card. On the days of distribution, you are asked not to line up before 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 642-3132 or visit Central School building.

Atkins-Porter Association To Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center at the corner of Highland and Walnut Streets. The agenda includes representatives from the city who will discuss Clean Sweep Day, which is scheduled for August 27. The association’s booth at the upcoming Downtown Ice Cream Social is also on the agenda.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Clear Skies Make For Perfect Water Run

Buchanan, Tenn.-After a night of rough storms, it was a ‘Chamber of Commerce’ weather day for the annual Paris-Henry County Water Run. This year’s event appeared to be a record-breaker, thanks to good weather and participation from nine Kentucky Lake resorts and marinas. In top photo, these volunteers were out early at Fat Daddy’s. From left, Carla Stepp, John Nichols, Michele Atkins and Donna Craig. Bottom photo, Todd Centers of Cypress Resort got his last stamp at Fat Daddy’s before returning to Paris Landing for the last deal of the day. (Susan Jones photos).


McKenzie High School Teachers Participate In UTM Program

Martin, Tenn.-Jeff Presson of Paris, foreground, along with fellow teachers Logan Hubble and Zach Tippitt, all of whom are McKenzie High School Teachers, measure beam deflections during a training workshop hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. They were among more than 250 West Tennessee teachers who participated in one of 13 different summer workshops. The workshops were funded through UTM’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant which distributed more than $75,000 in stipends and materials. For more info on the grant program contact Tina Harrison at 731-881-7201.


Paris Quota Hears About “Izzy” Fundraiser


New Member Jill Snow, right, with sponsor Jane Sinnema. (Martha McFadden photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota members were encouraged to donate to a fundraiser for a seven-year-old girl who is undergoing treatment at St. Jude. The family desperately needs a new car for transportation back and forth and a fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23 at Puryear Methodist Church.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna, Boston Butt is available for donation only. Anyone wanting to make a donation may make the check out to Olive Branch Methodist Church with “Izzy” on the memo line and sent to Peggy Owen, 312 Oakwood Lane, Paris. Owen will forward funds to Michael Wimberley, who is pastor of the church and is in charge of the event.

Geraldine Sykes announced she has tickets for the double wedding ring quilt donated by Wanda Hughes. They are $5 each or three for $10 and it will be given away November 9.

Beth Watkins installed a new member, Jill Snow, who was sponsored by Jane Sinnema.


Two More McKenzie Stores Seek Wine Permits

McKenzie, Tenn.-Two more McKenzie stores are seeking permits to sell packaged wine at their businesses.

Cornerstone Market at the intersection of Cedar Street and US 79 and Exxon Food Shop on North Highland are seeking the permits. Their applications will be reviewed by the McKenzie Beer Board July 18.

Both E.W. James Supermarket and Highway 22 Food Mart already applied for permits. The Beer Board approved both of those requests and they were forwarded on to the state board for approval.


UC Carey Counseling To Receive USDA Funds

Nashville, Tenn.-A Distance Learning and Telemedicine project in Obion County will receive funding from the USDA Rural Development program. State Director Bobby Goode said it will be one of five programs to receive funding in the state.

These projects will help connect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country, increasing access to health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities.


USDA is awarding $23.4 million in grants to support 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicine projects in 32 states. In Tennessee alone, nearly $1.07 million will be used to fund various DLT projects across the state.


The following recipients and their respective counties were selected to receive funding:

·         Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority – Hamilton County

·         Tennessee Rural Education Association (receiving two grants) – Polk and Marion Counties

·         Carey Counseling Center, Inc. – Obion County

·         Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnson County


Some of the awards will help communities provide services to address opioid misuse, a problem that is especially prevalent in rural areas.  

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Tennessee contact the State Office at 615-783-1300 or visit us online at, and for information on Rural Development telecommunications programs contact Terry Kokinda at (615) 451-9498 or 


Grove School Freshman Open House

Paris, Tenn.-E.W. Grove School is inviting all incoming freshmen and parents to a Back to School Open House at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28. It will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session afterwhich attendees can take a tour of the school and become familiar with programs offered at the school.
Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents. For more information, call Grove School at 642-4586.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Early Voting Turnout Is Small

Paris, Tenn.-The word for the day at the Henry County Elections Commission office today is ‘slow’ as the early voting period began with very few voters showing up. Likewise, voter turnout at the Obion County Elections Office today was small. Early voting for the August primary is from today through July 30. Hours for both the Henry County and Obion County Elections offices will be: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. In photo, Elections Administrator Delaina Green and Deputy Clerk Kim Jenkins wait on a prospective voter. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Grillin’ At The TARP Anniversary

Paris, Tenn.-Deputy Ricky Ford and Maintenance Supervisor Chris Thompson gear up for grillin’ at the TARP Center Anniversary fundraiser today and tomorrow at the TARP Center at 1027 Mineral Wells Ave. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and the public is invited. Today, the sheriff’s office is grilling burgers and hot dogs and on Saturday, Perry’s BBQ will be served. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Only 38 Days Until Obion County Fair


Union City, Tenn.-There are just 38 days until the Obion County Fair begins and the fair board is already publicizing the competitions that will be held during the week-long event. This year’s fair will be held from August 22-27, later than it usually is held.

The fair carnival will be provided by Amusement Attractions this year, which is the same company providing the rides for the Henry County Fair this year, too.

Forms and information are available on the Obion County Fair website at for the myriad of contests that will be held, including all the pageants, the demolition derby, truck and tractor pull and a new event this year—“The Voice” contest, patterned after the television show. Forms for “The Voice” also can be picked up at Center Point Business Solutions in Union City. “The Voice” will replace the “Fair Show Musicals” which had historically been held at the fair.


Crockett County Man Rescued From Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, Tenn.-A 66-year-old Crockett County man was rescued from Reelfoot Lake Wednesday evening, after having spent all day in the water.

 Dennis Westmoreland of Friendship, Tenn., had fallen into the water around 10:30 a.m. while he was fishing from a boat at Kirby’s Pocket Landing.

On a report that two men had found a submerged boat, the Obion County Rescue Squad and sheriff’s deputies, along with the Lake County Rescue Squad and Samburg Fire Department personnel were called to Kirby’s around 5 p.m.

Members of the Obion County squad heard shouts for help and pulled him from the water around 6:45 p.m.

The rescued man was reportedly wearing a life jacket and was taken to the Dyersburg Hospital.


Registration Open For Rest For The Soul Retreat


        Stormie Omartian

Paris, Tenn.-Registration is open for the second Rest For The Soul Retreat, planned for October 21-22 at Paris Landing Convention Center in Buchanan. In 2014, Enough Grace Ministries, based in Paris, hosted its first event.

Enough Grace Ministries was founded by Candise Farmer of Paris. She said, “Many women today find themselves under spiritual attack. Time and time again it seems as if we are fighting a losing battle. Fatigue, discouragement, and apathy are plaguing so many women. We all are longing and needing to be spiritually recharged and rejuvenated.”

This year’s featured speaker will be Stormie Omartian, best-selling author of The Power of Praying series. Her latest book, Out Of The Darkness, has just been released.

Leading the worship for the retreat will be Betsy Craig Caswell, native of Paris. She now oversees worship at Milestone Church in Keller, Texas.

More details and online registration are available at the event website: Downloadable registration sheets may be printed and mailed to Enough Grace Ministries, P.O. Box 502, Paris, 38242

David Robey
12am – 6am

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