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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Helping Hand Total Now At $63,785

 

Homemade coconut meringue pie, one of many goodies sold today. (Helping Hand photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The grand total raised thus far in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $63,785, with the $8,374 raised today by local banks: Commercial Bank and Trust, Foundation, Regions, First Bank and Carroll Bank and Trust.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

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

Thursday’s items will be donated by the Oakland community, Junior Livestock, W.G. Rhea Library, Lee School Association and Ray of Hope Fellowship.

Friday’s items will be donated by the Palestine community, Central Point community, First Church of the Nazarene and Bridge of Hope Church.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Whitlock community and Volunteer Fire Department.

Monday’s items will be donated by Henry County employees, Trinity United Methodist Church, Master Gardeners and the Arts Council.

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

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

Auction phone is 644-1695.

 

Nine To Compete For Hostess Princess

Paris, Tenn.-Nine young ladies will be competing this Saturday for the title of Hostess Princess over the 64th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

In the event of inclement weather, the reschedule date will be released via the Fish Fry Facebook page and local news media.

According to Committee Chair Lisa Stone, many local business again are sponsoring prizes for the Hostess Princess and her court, along with Commercial Bank & Trust, which will awrd the $1000 scholarship to the winner.

KPAC will open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Children are five and under are free with an adult.

Contestants for this years event in alphabetical order are:

*Aleece Marie Passman, 19 year old daughter of Gary and Tina Passman of Springville. Attends Murray State University and is sponsored by Attitudes Salon.

*Calista Herrera, 17 year old daughter of Cathy Herrera. She is a Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by The Animal Doctor.

*Ashton Lynn Thompson, 19 year old daughter of Chris and Jill Thompson. She attends Jackson State Community College and is sponsored by PARIS Magazine.

*Julia Dye, 16 year old daughter of Anisha Page and Brad Dye. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Paint Plus Flooring.

*Sophie Carter, 17 year old daughter of Tim Carter and Heather Stone. She is a  Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Pot O’ Gold Pawn Shop.

*Kyla Parker, 17 year old daughter of Craig and Christie Parker. She is a Senior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Ms. Dana’s Diamonds.

*Jasmine Jones, 16 year old daughter of Kevin and Melony Jones. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Ace’s Pizza

 *Alison Reagor,17 year old daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor. She is a Junior at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford.

*Roezona Godbott, 16 year old daughter of Greg and Valerie Godbott. She is a Freshman at Henry County High School and is sponsored by Queen’s of Paris.

 

Eiffel Tower In A Purple Haze

 

Paris, Tenn.-With all the drizzle falling all day yesterday, Eiffel Tower Park was in a purple haze after sundown. Thanks to the lighting system installed by Dill Audio in Jackson and operated by city officials, the Eiffel Tower changes colors most every night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

UC Looks Ahead To New City Hall

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City City Council last night authorized the purchase of the Simmons Bank Operations Center, the Old Farmers Exchange/First American Bank Building, plus all its furnishings and the outbuilding behind it at a cost of $1,000,050.

Council will borrow the money from Regions Bank at 2.7 percent interest. Mayor Terry Hailey said although the city could have easily paid cash, the interest rate is favorable to borrow the money instead.

The building will be either a new City Hall or a new police station.

At the close of the meeting, a citizen asked about Veterans’ Pond. Council affirmed it has authorized the deepening of the pond and that work will be done this spring, making the lake deeper for fishing around the bank.

Reelfoot Pond has been a big success as far as fishing is concerned and Council hopes the same will be true for the much larger Veterans’ Park Lake.

State Commissioner Congratulates Educators

 

Paris, Tenn.-On a recent visit to Paris, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen congratulated Henry County School System leaders for successfully completing the Governor's Academy for School Leadership (GASL).Tim Mason, along with twenty three administrators from across Tennessee, completed the year long program designed to strengthen the skills and increase the knowledge of emerging school leaders. The program is a joint venture of Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education. Amy Veazey served as Mason's mentor for the GASL program. (Photo by Sam Miles).

 

Two Boxers Advance To Nationals

 

Little Rock, Arkansas—The Downtown Paris Boxing Club had another good showing, this time at the Region 6 Qualifier in Little Rock, with two of its members advancing to the National Silver Gloves tournament. Advancing are Cortavious Patton and Demarccus Howard. They will compete in the national tournament in Independence, Mo., in early February. Cam’ron Patton, Elijah Wellington, and Isaiah Hutcherson made it through to the finals before being eliminated. Coach Derik Moon said he is very proud of the young men. In photo, front row from left, Isaiah Hutcherson, Demarccus Howard, Elijah Wellington; back row, Cortavious Patton, Cam’ron Patton, Coach Moon. (Photo by Brianna Wilson).

 

Martin PD Citizens Academy Set

Martin, Tenn.—The Martin Police Department will be hosting a new Citizen Police Academy Class soon and registration is open.

This year’s class will begin at 6 p.m. March 9. Captain Phillip Fuqua said, “We’re very excited to begin a new class and encourage anyone in the area who has not participated before to join us this time. Come join us in learning what we do on a daily basis and what you can do to be a better partner within your own community.”

Cost is $20, which includes purchase of a class shirt.

Anyone with questions may contact Fuqua at pfuqua@martindps.org or 731-587-5355, ext. 241.

To apply online, go to www.martindps.org/police/cpa-registration or to print an application, go to www.martindps.org/…/wp-…/uploads/2014/01/CPA-Application.pdf

         

Cooking Classes With Tennessee Products

Camden, Tenn.-The Benton County Public Library will be hosting Adult Cooking Classes in February and the time to sign up is now.

The cooking classes will be held every Tuesday evening in February at 6 p.m. This year’s theme: Tennessee products. The classes will be held at the main library in Camden.

Also in February, the library will host Life 101 for high school age kids: learning things you need to know before you leave home, such as dorm cooking, how to do laundry, organizing your space. This will be held every Thursday night in February at 6 p.m.

You must pre-register for these by February 3. Call 731 584 4772.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eagle Scout Project Gives Back To School

Edwards Is Honored

 

Board member Bill Jelks, left, congratulates Board President Richard Edwards on 25 years of service. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At its Tuesday night meeting, the Paris Special Schools District board of education applauded the Eagle Scout project by a former Rhea student who “wanted to give back to the school.”

Ethan Jackson, who now is a student at Henry County High School, constructed two “Nine Square in the Air” structures for the students, as well as a cart to easily carry the equipment from place to place.

Teacher Steve Springer said all students at the school “have benefitted from what he has done. We’re the very lucky recipients of this.” Jackson noted that to purchase the equipment would have cost the school $800 per structure.

Jackson noted that in the Eagle Scouts, “It’s your project from the ground up and I knew I wanted the project I picked to give back to the community.” Jackson volunteers for the Rhea after-school Kids Club.

The school board presented an award to Board Chairman Richard Edwards in recognition for his 25 year service to the board. Board Member Bill Jelks presented the award from the Tennessee School Board Association to Edwards and said, “You’re in the quarter century club.”

Jelks noted that Edwards “has been a fantastic servant for the district”. Edwards said he was appointed to the board originally to fill someone’s unexpired term. “I had no idea that 25 years later, I’d still be here.”

As selected by teachers and staff, the PSSD board approved the 2017-2018 school calendar, in which the first day for students (abbreviated) will be August 4; fall break will be October 9-13; Thanksgiving break November 22-24; Christmas holiday December 19-January 4; Spring Break March 26-30; and last day of school May 24.

In other business:

Architect Ben Witt and Contractor Cary Henson said the Rhea construction project is on schedule. Witt said, “The contractors continue to do quality work” and said there are no issues going forward. “I believe when completed, it will be a facility you will be proud of,” Witt said.

Director of Facilities Jason Coffield said construction of the Inman Athletic Building also is progressing well. “We just need dryer weather so we can pour concrete,” he said.

 

Ethan Jackson presents information on his Eagle Scout project. (McFarlin photo)


County Supports Naming Of TBI Building

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At a short and sweet meeting of the Henry County Commission Tuesday night, commissioners joined in a resolution that will be sent to the State General Assembly requesting that the planned Tennessee Bureau of Investigation facility in Madison County be named for the TBI agent who was killed in the line of duty last year.

De’greaun Frazier was the first and only TBI agent to be killed in the line of duty. The resolution notes that the $25M TBI facility is already planned and the commemorative naming of the facility would add no extra cost.

In other business, the commissioners approved its annual appointments of citizens and commissioners to boards and positions.

The following citizens were named to the agriculture committee: Sarah Brewer and Glenn Lee, along with Commissioner Randy Gean. Paris City Commissioner Jackie Jones was named to the Henry County Airport Committee.

County Attorney Rob Whitfield was reappointed, as was County Historian David Webb. Dr. Charles Walker was named Medical Examiner and Dr. Scott Portis was appointed as Assistant Medical Examiner.

Beer Board members will be Commissioners Don Jones, Kreg Kyle, Paul Mathenia, Dell Carter and Greg Carter and the budget committee will be Commissioner Bobby Freeman, Citizen Terry Evans and second alternate Marty Visser.

Courthouse committee members are Gean, Kyle, Mathenia, Webb, Dell Carter and Greg Carter. Emergency Communications Board members are Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams, County Schools representative Norma Gerrell and John Etheridge.

 

Helping Hand Total Now $55,411

Volunteer Jimmy Madison hard at work today. (Helping Hand photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The grand total raised thus far in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $55,411, with the $15,021 raised today by Security Bank and White and Associates, the Wimberley Agency.

 Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

On Wednesday, items will be donated by the local banks: Commercial Bank and Trust, Foundation, Regions, First Bank and Carroll Bank and Trust.

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

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

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

Auction phone is 644-1695.

 

Fulton Victim Autopsy Results Released

Fulton, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police has released preliminary autopsy results for the man shot and killed by Fulton Police during an altercation Monday.

According to the KSP, preliminary results show that Charles “Chris” McClure, age 43, of Union City, died as a result of two gunshot wounds to the torso. Toxicology results are still pending.

As reported earlier, McClure was shot by Fulton Police after he allegedly threatened them and others with a pole and a knife and had been shattering windows on passing cars near the park in Fulton.

 

Bailey Wins World Bull Riding Title

 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—After a hard-fought battle at the international competition, Corey Bailey of Puryear was named the 2016 World Champion Bull Rider over the weekend.

Bailey, age 26, has been bull riding for 12 years, and entered the pro circuit a couple of years ago.

Bailey won the title at the three-day 47th Annual International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Contestants numbering 127 from all across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, competed in a wide range of rodeo events, including bareback and saddle bronc riding, team, calf and breakaway roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding.

Bailey said, “I wanted to come out here, win all four rounds and win the average, but you know, winning the third round, especially being the high marked ride of the weekend. It feels great, and being able to win the world championship feels even greater. It’s a blessing.”

On his Facebook page, Bailey thanked everyone for all the support. “I am so blessed to be able to say I am a world champion. I could not have done this without God leading and protecting me every step of the way. Also, thank you to my beautiful wife, family and friends for being behind me 100 percent of the way.”

Bailey was the Tennessee Junior Rodeo Bullring Champion and a three-time state champ.

 

KSP Releases More Details On Fulton Shooting

Fulton, Ky.—The Kentucky State Police has released more details on the shooting death of a Union City man by Fulton Police on Monday afternoon.

The KSP is investigating the incident, which resulted in the death of Charles Christopher McClure, age 43.

The KSP is conducting interviews with eye witnesses and processing evidence at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning at Madisonville, Ky. Following the autopsy, it is possible more information could be released.

According to the latest press release from the KSP, preliminary evidence shows that officers responded to the intersection of Commercial Avenue and East State Line Street (near Pontotoc Park) after receiving several 911 calls regarding a disorderly male subject swinging a pole at vehicles in the area.

Upon their arrival, officers discovered McClure armed with a pole and a knife. When officers attempted to detain him, the incident escalated, resulting in McClure being shot by police. McClure was later pronounced dead at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

 

Martin, UTM Honor MLK

Chancellor Keith Carver speaks at MLK Day events in Martin. (UTM photo).

Martin, Tenn.--A morning of celebration, reflection and remembrance highlighted the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Breakfast held Jan. 16 in the Duncan Ballroom of UT Martin’s Boling University Center. The event is sponsored by the city of Martin and the university’s Black Student Association to honor the memory of slain Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An overflow crowd included community members, local elected officials, university faculty and staff, and UT Martin students.

Martin Alderman David Belote, also a staff member in the university’s Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement, emceed the event and introduced Martin Mayor Randy Brundige and UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver for words of welcome and opening remarks. Corri Chanel Oliver, UT Martin Black Student Association president, added her welcome and was followed by Jackie Thomas, Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church pastor, who offered the invocation.

Following the meal, Student Kameron Echols and Weakley County Educator Beverly Claybrooks served as keynote speakers.

The Harold Conner City of Martin Award was presented by Mayor Brundige to Martin resident Clara Hamilton. The award recognizes longtime service and dedication to the community and is named for the Rev. Harold Conner, the first African American administrator employed by UT Martin after the university was desegregated in 1969.

 

Tickets On Sale For Pancake Supper

Paris, Tenn.—The Paris-Henry County Arts Council is hosting a Pancake Supper at First United Methodist Church from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, January 26 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Tickets for all you can eat pancakes are only $8 and all of the proceeds will be used to continue to promote the arts here in our community.

Tickets can be purchased from any board member or through the Arts Council on our website at www.phcarts.com.

Take-out or eat in available.

 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Union City Man Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting

 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Fulton, Ky.-A Union City man was shot and killed by Fulton Police officers during an altercation earlier today in which he allegedly began striking cars, including police cars, with a pole and threatened officers.

The man who was killed is Charles "Chris" McClure, age 43.  According to his Facebook page, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator and was graduated from Fulton County High School.

The Kentucky State Police announced the identity of the man at a press conference after notifying his next of kin. The press conference at Fulton City Hall was still underway as of 6 p.m. tonight.

Officers were called to the Pontotoc Park area in Fulton on a report of a man with a pole and a knife, who had struck a vehicle. When officers arrived, onlookers reported the man began striking police cars, shattering the windows, and then threatened officers with a weapon.

 

Helping Hand Total Now $40,390

One of today's goodies. (Lori Barrow photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The grand total raised thus far in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $40,390, with the $2,645 raised today by Quinn Chapel, Civil Air Patrol and Inman Beta Club.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

On Monday, items will be donated by Quinn Chapel AME, Civil Air Patrol and Inman Beta Club.

On Tuesday, items will be donated by Security Bank, and White and Associates, the Wimberley Agency.

On Wednesday, items will be donated by the local banks: Commercial Bank and Trust, Foundation, Regions, First Bank and Carroll Bank and Trust.

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

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

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

Auction phone is 644-1695.


Breaking News: Officer-Involved Shooting In Fulton

Fulton, Ky.--Kentucky State Police investigators are currently conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Fulton, KY, involving the Fulton Police Department. 

The incident occurred today between 12:25 and 12:35 p.m.  At this time, the names of the parties involved are not being released until we can ensure that the appropriate family members have been notified. 

Atkinson Presented With Loyal Patriot Award

Local law enforcement at the lead of today's march to the courthouse. (McFarlin photos).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-Long-time Henry County Educator Roland Atkinson was presented with the Loyal Patriot Award—the highest award that can be bestowed in Henry County—at today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.


Atkinson also was presented with the “Drum Major For Justice” award by the Henry County Ministerial Association.


Atkinson presented the keynote address at this morning’s program, held at the county courthouse. The program followed a prayer breakfast and march to the courthouse. The theme for today’s program was a recognition of the music that was such a integral part of the Civil Rights Movement and a luncheon was held this afternoon at Ketcham Hall to honor the local church musicians and choir directors.

Atkinson received a standing ovation following the award presentations—as well as after his speech. In introducing Atkinson, Rev. Thomas Taylor noted that Atkinson was a teacher for 38 years and still is a substitute teacher, as well as the minister of music for the Union Grove Missionary Church for 40 years.


In his speech, Atkinson told the crowd, “We ourselves have to lift the standards of our community to the other level. We have to come together as one. Let the past die. Replace hatred with love and hope over fear. You have to stop looking for purpose and be the purpose.”


Atkinson noted, “It takes both the black and white keys to play to ‘Star Spangled Banner’” and honored the music of the movement, which he said “gave us power. It was a tool for peace and it unified black America with a common goal.”


At the outset of today’s program, the Henry County High School Madrigals sang and marchers were greeted at the courthouse door with cookies and coffee supplied by County Clerk Donna Craig, County Trustee Randi French and Register of Deeds Pam Martin.


County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys, left, presents the Loyal Patriot Award to Roland Atkinson.

Welcoming Bethel Students To Paris



Paris, Tenn.—The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association hosted a potluck dinner for the new class of physician assistants at the Bethel University Paris campus Friday night. A large group of students were in attendance for the get-together and city officials, including Paris City Manager Kim Foster and Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris welcomed the students to the community. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Helping Hand Total Now $37,745

 

One of the scrumptious chocolate pies donated today. (Helping Hand photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Let’s give a big round of applause to the Pleasant Hill community, which raised a total of $17,241 at the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction today. With that, the grand total raised in the first week of the auction is $37,745.

Volunteer Michael Barnhart said, “Pleasant Hill really showed out today. They donated 310 items and it was mostly homemade food items—from big dinner to cakes and cookies.” Pleasant Hill had 31 slates of items today and the auction took up most of the afternoon.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

On Monday, items will be donated by Quinn Chapel AME, Civil Air Patrol and Inman Beta Club.

On Tuesday, items will be donated by Security Bank, and White and Associates, the Wimberley Agency.

On Wednesday, items will be donated by the local banks: Commercial Bank and Trust, Foundation, Regions, First Bank and Carroll Bank and Trust.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. Listen to KQ 105.5 for Saturday night auctions. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

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

Photos of the items donated each day are posted on the Helping Hand Facebook page.

Auction phone is 644-1695.

 

Customer Leaves Taxi Driver Hanging

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Patriot Taxi Company driver in Paris was left holding the bag when a customer wouldn’t pay his fare.

The taxi drove the customer, who said he was from Murray, to 819 Curtis St. and the customer told the driver that he needed to go in and get the money and would come back. He never came back.

The driver knocked on the door and got no answer, then called 911. Paris Patrolman Tyrail Jackson also knocked on the door—for several minutes—and no one responded.

The driver said there are surveillance cameras in the taxis and the video will be looked over to try to identify the customer. He described him as black, skinny and tall.

The fare came to $25.


New WestStar Class Is Underway

 

Members of the new WestStar class listen to presentations. (Amy Keathley photo).


Union City, Tenn.--Session I of the 2017 Westar Leadership Class of Obion and Weakley County took place today at Discovery Park of America and included a tour of Tyson Foods in Union City.

Nearly 30 members of the class heard presentations on the impact and future of agriculture in West Tennessee; the future of the regional transportation including the airport; the Port of Cates landing and an update on I-69. 

Union City Mayor Terry Hailey and Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire both welcomed the class and gave short remarks on the city and the county, then Obion County Joint Economic Development Director Lindsay Frilling gave updates on I-69 and the Port at Cates Landing and Regional Airport.

Former U.S. Congressman John Tanner was the luncheon speaker, and Dr. Keith Carter, Chancellor of UT Martin, was special guest speaker.

Thursday programs at the University of Tennessee at Martin included presentations from Jamey Tosh of Tosh Farms in Henry and Bill Latimer, CEO of the Latimer Foundation. Members were welcomed by Weakley Co. Mayor Jake Bynum and Martin Mayor Randy Brundige.

 

Gospel Showcase To Feature Local Performers

 

Paris, Tenn.-The Relay for Life Team—“Elizabeth’s Cancer Crushers”—will present a Gospel Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, January 20.

The Showcase is named for Elizabeth Cronin, an 8th grade student at Inman School in Paris and cancer survivor.

The Showcase will feature an outstanding group of talented performers: The Shepherd Family, Wire and Wood, Rhonda Stanton, Mike Holden, Chuck Haney, Angela and Terry Alton, and Ervin and Andrea Dutton and Friends.

Tickets are $8 for adults and students 12 and over. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the door and in advance at The Iron Place and Merison’s Furniture.

 

Reception For Kustoff Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘meet and greet’ for new Congressman David Kustoff of Memphis from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, at the Chamber office at 2508 E. Wood St.

Kustoff is a Republican who represents the 8th District in West Tennessee.

Trivia Night Set For Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Arts Council will host its next Trivia Night on Tuesday, January 17, at the Perrylodgic Brewing Co. on Hwy. 79N. Admission at the door will be $10 per player. You can come with a team of six or come alone and a team will be found for you.

Admission will be on a first come-first serve basis.

Ribeye sandwiches and other refreshments available for purchase beginning at 5:30, and of course Perrylodgic will be serving up delicious brews. Trivia will commence at 6:30.

 

IRS Forms At Library

Paris, Tenn.--The W. G. Rhea Public Library has received some tax forms, according to Director Connie McSwain. The forms sent from the IRS so far are 1040EZ,1040, 1040A.  The only instruction books received are for the 1940EZ forms.   McSwain said many different forms have been ordered and the library is waiting on the IRS to provide them.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Helping Hand Total: $20,407

 

A new sign in memory of William Patterson looks over Helping Hand this year. 


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Helping Hand Radio Auction has now raised a total of $20,407, with $4,725 raised Friday with items donated by the Paris Rotary Club, Osage/Airport community and the newspaper in Paris.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Pleasant Hill community.

On Monday, items will be donated by Quinn Chapel AME, Civil Air Patrol and Inman Beta Club.

On Tuesday, items will be donated by Security Bank, and White and Associates, the Wimberley Agency.

On Wednesday, items will be donated by the local banks: Commercial Bank and Trust, Foundation, Regions, First Bank and Carroll Bank and Trust.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. Listen to KQ 105.5 for Saturday night auctions. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

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

Auction phone is 644-1695. 

Camp Tyson Pictorial History Now On Sale

 

Paris, Tenn.-A pictorial history of Camp Tyson is the newest release in the “Images of America” series. Camp Tyson, located in the tiny town of Routon a few miles outside of Paris, was the only WWII barrage balloon training facility in the United States.

The book is now available for purchase at several area locations: Lura Lee’s Gift Shoppe and My Favorite Things Gift Shop, both in downtown Paris; Promise Land Books and Gifts at 3850 Hwy. 79N, Dixieland Antiques at 2360 Hwy. 79S, and two locations in McKenzie: The McKenzie Banner and the Gordon Browning Museum.

Arcadia Publishing this week set up displays for the books at those locations.

The book was written by Shannon McFarlin of Paris and contains over 160 never-before-published photos of the camp.

The 2,000 acre camp was named for Knoxville WWI veteran Brig. General Lawrence Tyson and while active, was a small city, consisting of 450 buildings including barracks, offices, a hospital, theater, and churches. Over the course of the war, the camp grew to about 6,000 acres in size and served as a training ground for as many as 25,000 servicemen. It also was a POW camp for German and Italian prisoners.

While in operation, Camp Tyson employed hundreds of local and area citizens. At the camp, soldiers were trained to construct, maintain and operate barrage balloons, which were successfully used to provide anti-aircraft protection during the war.

Camp Tyson also was home to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only all-African-American unit at D-Day.

McFarlin currently is News Director at WENK/WTPR. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Murray State University. She has worked at newspapers in Ohio and Tennessee and in 1991 won the annual Ohio Associated Press first-place award for Investigative Journalism.

She also is author of another book on Camp Tyson, “As If They Were Ours”, which was published by Merriam Publishing in 2016.

Both books also can be ordered on amazon.com and on the websites for both publishers.

 

Tenured Teachers Honored

 

Paris, Tenn.-The newest tenured teachers in the Henry County Schools district were honored with a reception and recognition at Thursday night’s board of education meeting. Newly-tenured teachers are: Lakewood—Lindsay Craig, Lora McCampbell, Joey Sam; Harrelson School—Chris Watson, Julie Jackson; Henry County High School—Laura Moss, Steve Summers, John Harrison, Kim Bynum. In other business, Maintenance Supervisor John Akers updated the board on the ongoing bus garage construction project. (Photo by Susan Burton).

 

Kennedy Named UC Schools Director

Union City, Tenn.-At a special Thursday morning meeting, the Union City Schools Board of Education unanimously named Wes Kennedy as new Director of Schools.

Kennedy has been Union City High School principal for eight years and with the district for nine. He will begin serving as Director effective July 1, following the retirement of current Director Gary Houston.

 

Da Vinci Machines Exhibit To Open Sunday

Union City, Tenn.--Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee is bringing another world class traveling exhibit to the park, all the way from Italy.  The Da Vinci Machines and Robotics is set to open to the public on Sunday, January 15th, and is sure to entertain visitors from near and far. 

The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year-old designs.  Many of the exhibits are interactive, giving visitors the opportunity to see the inner workings of some amazing inventions.  The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “Air Screw”, a precursor to the helicopter.  The exhibit presents models grouped in themes:  War Machines, Flying Machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines and well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics.  Visitors can touch and handle many of the models, giving them a first-hand appreciation of how they work.  Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. 

As Da Vinci is best known for his masterpiece works of art, guests will be delighted to find that reproductions of many of his most famous paintings add flavor to the exhibit of inventions and machines. 

After park admission, the price to go through the exhibit is $5.00 for all students, $6.00 for Discovery Park members and groups of 20 or more, and $7.00 for all others.  Pre-kindergarten children are free. 

Discovery Park of America is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday.  It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun.  To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.

 

Holt Lambasts Tennessee Lottery Commercials

Nashville, Tenn.—State Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden is lambasting the Tennessee Lottery commercials, calling them “predatory, disgusting, and way out of hand.”

Holt represents Weakley and parts of Obion and Carroll Counties.

In his weekly column, Holt writes, “By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard and the Tennessee Lottery commercials constantly piercing our eyes and ears on television and radio. These commercials, which are targeted to Tennessee’s most economically disadvantaged, are increasingly predatory, disgusting, and out of hand.

One such commercial features a husband and wife who could not afford to buy Christmas presents for one another. However, her husband reveals he got her a gift anyways. The gift in question? A lottery ticket. And it just so happens to be a winning one. With odds far exceeding one in ten million, what a surprise… Their plans for the winning lottery ticket? A college fund for their unborn baby whose nursery they were supposed to building with their Christmas money. Selling this type of false hope to people who cannot even afford to buy Christmas presents and plan a nursery for their unborn child at the same time is appalling.

Another commercial features a hungry man who visits a gas station to purchase some biscuits and gravy. The clerk tells him he should put back the food and buy a “biscuits and gravy” lottery game ticket instead. The man argues back telling the clerk how hungry he is and would rather just eat. Then, the clerk convinces him to buy the ticket instead of eating because once he wins, he’ll be able to buy all the biscuits and gravy he wants. Clearly, the Tennessee Lottery thinks it’s appropriate to send a message to people who do not have enough disposable income to buy a $2 lottery ticket and a $2 serving of biscuits and gravy at the same time without having to sacrifice that they should just go with the lottery ticket instead of feeding themselves."

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dairy Queen, New Urgent Care Approved

 

Planners look over agenda at tonight's meeting. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris will have both a Dairy Queen and a new urgent care facility in its future, following action by the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission meeting Thursday night.

Final approval was given for the Dairy Queen, to be located on Mineral Wells Ave. between Murphy Oil and Taco Bell.

The preliminary plan was submitted and approved at an earlier meeting for the shared drive with Murphy Oil, which also was approved by TDOT. City Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris said although the total area of the development is only .69 acres, MS4 (municipal storm sewer regulations) will be required since the use (restaurant) is considered a ‘hotspot’. Morris said according to regulations, hotspot designations must be reviewed regardless of the disturbed area.

The Fourteen Foods Co. plans to develop a 2,232 square foot Dairy Queen at the location. Approval was given, contingent on receipt of the engineering report.

The site plan also was approved for a Fast Pace Medical Clinic at the corner of Mineral Wells and Fairview Street. Fast Pace is a chain of urgent care facilities. Other nearby clinics are in Union City, Martin, Huntingdon, Camden, Murray and Mayfield.

The clinic will be 3,600 square feet and will be located near the Walgreen’s and AT&T stores. Morris said residential structures on that location will need to be demolished to prepare the property for redevelopment.

Morris said, “When the property for the AT&T store received approval from TDOT, they required only one entrance/exit between the Walgreen exit and Fairview Street. Based on that the Fast Pace developers are required to utilize an easement from the AT&T developers for shared access from Mineral Wells.”

There also is an entrance and exit proposed from Fairview Street.

The developer is working with the AT&T store to share the existing dumpster that is located on the north property line of the Fast Pace property, Morris said.

In other business, the commission approved an accessory building to be included in the site plan for the water plant property on West Blythe Street. The proposed structure will be 4,000 square feet.

 

Helping Hand Total: $15,682

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Helping Hand Radio Auction has now raised a total of $15,682, with $4,320 raised today with items were donated by the Henry County Orthopedic Clinic, Paris Surgical Specialists, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, East Wood Clinic and Kentucky Lake Urologic Association.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

Thursday’s items will be donated by Woodmen of the World, Civitan Club, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Quota, and Kentucky Lake Chapter of Quail Forever.

Friday’s items will be donated by the Paris Rotary Club, Osage/Airport Community, and the Paris newspaper.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Pleasant Hill community.

On Monday, items will be donated by Quinn Chapel AME, Civil Air Patrol and Inman Beta Club.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. Listen to KQ 105.5 for Saturday night auctions. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

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

Auction phone is 644-1695. 

State Education Commissioner Tours PES

 

Paris, Tenn.—State Education Commissioner Dr. Candice McQueen came closer to her goal of visiting every school system in Tennessee today when she toured classrooms at Paris Elementary School. McQueen was greeted when she arrived by 5th grade students Ava Harrison, Fisher Lawrence and Tiana Howard, and was also accompanied on the tour by Paris Special School District Superintendent Mike Brown, PES Principal Chip Gray and PSSD Supervisor of Instruction Norma Gerrell. Dr. McQueen is also attending today’s Paris Rotary Club meeting. In photo, Dr. McQueen speaks with students in the 5th grade classroom of Cassie Essary. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

“The Shed” Provides For The Needy

 

Michelle Brewer and Colsyn Edwards at The Shed. (Stacy Hayes photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—What do you call a place that helps people down on their luck, for free, with no questions asked and no paperwork involved? In Henry County, you call it “The Shed”, and it’s the catalyst for it is Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Brewer.

The idea for The Shed began when Brewer, who is a School Resource Officer, noticed children in need of even the most basic items, such as proper clothing. She began talking to her friends about the need for a spot where the needy could go to get clothing, blankets, sheets, hygiene products, baby needs and more.

With donated items, Brewer began giving out clothing and other items to people she knew to be in need. Friends of hers began donating more and more and the next thing she knew, Brewer needed a bigger site for the items.

Her friends began collecting money to buy her a shed where she could store all the donated items and looking for a safe and secure spot for it to be located. The Shed is now located in the back parking lot of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Having The Shed located there is a big help in that deputies and sheriff’s office personnel are often are more aware of local people in need, Brewer said. “They’re always telling me about people who need this and need that and we try to get it for them.”

The Shed now stays full of donated items, which Brewer has neatly organized: from sheets, blankets, comforters, toys, hygiene products such as toilet paper, soap and detergent, children’s books and all sorts of clothing—even shoes.

The Shed is having an impact in other ways, too: Little Colsyn Edwards, son of Cole and Bethany Edwards, asked his friends to donate items to The Shed rather than give him birthday presents.

With help from Stacy Hayes, Brewer maintains a Facebook page for The Shed and notifies people when she’s in need of more items or when she needs volunteers to help her organize the donated items.

Brewer said The Shed has been especially helpful to people during the frigid temperatures being experienced this winter.

An article on The Shed is also featured in the latest issue of Paris! Magazine.

Anyone who is in need or who wants to donate items for The Shed can contact Brewer through the sheriff’s office at 642-1672.

 

Sanderson Introduces “In God We Trust” Bill

Nashville, Tenn.-State Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton has introduced a bill in the House that would require all state license plates to carry the phrase “In God We Trust.” The Republican legislator represents District 77, which includes Dyer, Lake and part of Obion Counties.

The bill calls for a redesign of all of the state’s license plates and be replaced with ones containing the phrase as registration is renewed or new vehicles are purchased. He said the phrase would only be added to standard state license plates, not specialty plates.


Sheridan Wins Discovery Park Showcase Contest

Union City, Tenn.-A reception will be held tonight at Discovery Park of America for David Sherian of Martin, the third winner of its Local Artist Showcase competition.

The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight and will include light hors’d’oeuvres and an opportunity to view the new art display.

Sheridan is a photographer whose works are part of a series that will be featured in a forthcoming book of his photos and poetry. The photographs on display at Discovery Park are part of a series that Mr. Sheridan describes as attempting to capture, “not only the beauty of Reelfoot Lake, but also a sense of its remoteness, and even, the violence of its creation.” 

Chris Gunlefinger, Assistant Education Director, heads up the Local Artist Showcase for the park.  “The local Artist Showcase gives artists who reside in Benton, Carroll, Crocket, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties in Tennessee; or Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken in Kentucky, an opportunity to submit original work into competition,” Gunlefinger explained.  He went on to say that each six months there will be a new winner.  The winner will have his or her work on display at Discovery Park for six months on Art Wall located in the lower level of Discovery Center.  A complete packet of information about submitting artwork can be found on the Park’s website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com under Exhibits. 

Entries for the next contest must be received by April 30th, 2017.

 

Obion, Weakley Hospitals Help With UTM Program

 

Dr. Elizabeth Lund (right), a physician with the Surgical Associates of Martin, shows Catrina White (center), a second-year Pre-Med Scholar, how to examine a patient. (UTM photo).

Martin, Tenn. – In fall 2011, two Martin-area physicians approached faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Martin to find out how they could become more involved with students hoping to go to medical school. The answer became known as the UT Martin Pre-Med Scholars Program, a two-year job shadowing plan for selected pre-medical students.

Today, 14 students are participating in the program during the 2016-17 academic year, and they rotate among two area hospitals and nine local physicians in a variety of specialties. Some students have even been able to observe major procedures such as pacemaker placement and childbirth.

The program now is facilitated by physicians and hospitals in both Obion and Weakley Counties.

Dr. Nikhil Patel, a Martin-based gastroenterologist and one of the program’s founding physicians, believes this hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience is vital to help students get a glimpse into life after medical school.

Many participating physicians also serve as unofficial mentors and advise students on topics such as preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and medical school interviews. Patel and others have also contributed MCAT study materials for student use.

For more information on UT Martin’s Pre-Med Scholars Program and the application process, contact Kristina Pitz, pre-professional programs coordinator, at 731-881-7478 or by email at kpitz1@utm.edu.

 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Helping Hand Total: $11,362

Vasectomies Among Today's Donated Items

 

Sign on display at Helping Hand headquarters this year. 


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-It was another unique day at the Henry County Helping Hand Radio Auction, with coupons for vasectomies among the items bid on today.

On its third day, the Henry County Helping Hand Radio Auction raised $3,389 today, bringing the grand total to $11,362.

Today’s items were donated by the local medical community and as happened last year, vasectomies were among the items donated. And the bids were high, with one of the vasectomy coupons going for $375 and the other for $370. Auctioneer today was Junior Staggs, who said, “I’ve sold a lot of things in my time, but this was the first time for vasectomies.”

Today’s items were donated by the Henry County Orthopedic Clinic, Paris Surgical Specialists, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, East Wood Clinic and Kentucky Lake Urologic Association.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

Thursday’s items will be donated by Woodmen of the World, Civitan Club, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Quota, and Kentucky Lake Chapter of Quail Forever.

Friday’s items will be donated by the Paris Rotary Club, Osage/Airport Community, and the Paris newspaper.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Pleasant Hill community.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. Listen to KQ 105.5 for Saturday night auctions. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

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

Auction phone is 644-1695. 

Second Person Charged In Shooting

     

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A second person has been charged in the shooting last week of a man in Henry County.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Horace McNeary, age 31, of  2190 Old Paris-Murray Rd., with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder. Captain Adams Jenkins said the arrest was made after continuing the investigation and new information was uncovered.

McNeary is being held in the Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office earlier had arrested Brianna Norsworthy, age 19, of Paris, with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She is still being held in the jail on $100,000 bond.

The two are charged with the shooting of a 48-year-old Watson Lane man at his residence last Thursday. The victim was critically wounded and airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Jenkins said the victim now is in good condition.

As reported earlier, deputies were called to the Watson Lane address on a report of a man being shot. Deputies arrived to find the victim laying outside the residence and unresponsive. He had been shot in the hand and thigh and was bleeding profusely, according to Chief Deputy Damon Lowe at the time.

On the way to Watson Lane, deputies received a second emergency call from an address on Old Paris-Murray Rd. in which a caller said he had been assaulted. Deputies had said earlier that a confrontation had occurred at the Watson Lane address and that the victim had beat up McNeary.

McNeary and Norsworthy then returned to Watson Lane to confront the victim and the shooting occurred, Jenkins said. Norsworthy was charged also with aggravated child abuse because she took her six-month-old baby with her.


Atkinson To Be MLK Day Keynote Speaker

 

Roland Atkinson, at organ, along with Brother Andre Richardson at 2014 MLK Day program. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A musical celebration is planned to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in Paris. As usual, the event includes a prayer breakfast, march to the courthouse, speeches and a luncheon.

The theme for this year’s event is: “Sing To The Power Of The Lord Come Down: The Impact of Music on the Struggle For Civil Rights.”

Brother Andre Richardson of Mt. Zion Baptist Church said Monday’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a prayer breakfast at the Central Community Service Center, followed by the march to the courthouse at 10 a.m., beginning at Mt. Zion Church.

Long-time Henry County Teacher Roland Atkinson will be keynote speaker for the program at the courthouse, which should begin around 10:30 a.m.

A luncheon will be held for local musicians and pastors at 12:30 p.m. at Ketcham Hall at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Paris.

A musical will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Quinn Chapel AME Church.

 

Arrest Made After Owner Spots Stolen Pickup

 

               Brandy Baker


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman was arrested after the owner of the pickup truck she allegedly stole spotted her driving the truck and blocked her from leaving the parking lot of a local business.

Brandy Baker, age 34, of 75 Tanglewood Lane, was charged with theft and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found a syringe and tourniquet in her purse.

According to Henry County Sheriff’s Captain Adam Jenkins, Baker was arrested in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Hwy. 79N near Paris Landing.

Jenkins said the truck was stolen from a local hunter who had parked it along Dogwood Thicket Rd. near Buchanan over the weekend. Jenkins said the truck was spotted as Baker drove it along Hwy. 79N. The pickup truck owner’s wife pulled her car in front of it to keep Baker from leaving the parking lot until sheriff’s deputies arrived, he said.

Baker is being held in the Henry County Jail on a bond of $7,500.

 

Mexican War Veteran To Be Honored

   Dr. Bill Schell

 

Murray, Ky.-The Jackson Purchase Historical Society is holding a special commemoration of Lt. Nathaniel G. Hale, a member of the Calloway County National Guard, who died in combat when his unit fought in the Mexican Expedition of 1916.

Retired Murray State University History Professor Dr. Bill Schell will provide an overview of the military action, and local historian Greg Miller will describe the role of the local National Guard unit. The quarterly meeting of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 14, at the National Guard Armory, 1501 Hwy 121 West, in Murray, Kentucky. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

Dr. Bill Schell is a retired Professor of History at Murray State University who specializes in Mexican and Latin American history. Greg Miller holds a Master’s degree in History from Murray State University and has been actively pursuing the commemoration of Lt. Hale and the local unit in the Mexican Expedition with the National Guard and state and local government.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818. It publishes the award-winning Jackson Purchase Historical Society Journal annually. The Society is especially interested in the history of all Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River as well as Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry counties in Tennessee.Meetings are held four times per year at locations throughout the region. Membership is open to the public. Information about the Society, future events, and membership is available at the meetings, on Facebook at Jackson Purchase Historical Society, or online at http://jacksonpurchasehistory.org/.


Winders Named To 2016 All-State Team

 

Paris, Tenn.--Titus Winders has been named to the 2016 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Cross Country All-State Team for the Class AAA boys. Winders is a junior at Henry County High School and he was also recently named to the 2016 Nashville Tennessean All-Mid State Cross Country Team.

 

He won two marquee races this past season, the Louisville Classic and the Brooks Invitational in Memphis. He finished third overall at the state cross country meet. He also finished 15th in the Foot Locker South Region in Charlotte NC in November.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Helping Hand Total: $7,973

 

Cindy Snyder, at the microphone, was today's auctioneer, as Volunteer Linda Fields brings an item to the auction table. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-On its second day, the Helping Hand Radio Auction raised $3,186, making the grand total for two days at $7,973. Donating items today were the Paris Optimist Club, Martha Chapter OES No. 155; Buchanan Lodge No. 772; Masonic Lodge No. #109; Forever Friends Animal Sanctuary; and Henry County Fair Association.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds.

Wednesday’s items will be donated by the local medical community, including the Henry County Orthopedic Clinic, Paris Surgical Specialists, West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, East Wood Clinic and Kentucky Lake Urologic Association.

Thursday’s items will be donated by Woodmen of the World, Civitan Club, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Quota, and Kentucky Lake Chapter of Quail Forever.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. Listen to KQ 105.5 for Saturday night auctions. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.

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

Auction phone is 644-1695. 


Frigid Temperatures Bring Ice Flowers

 

Paris, Tenn.-The recent frigid temperatures have been a good time to go hunting for ice flowers. This ice flower was among many which were found on the Lakewood School walking track early Sunday morning. Ice flowers, which sometimes are called ‘frost flowers’ are formed when thin layers of ice are produced from the bottoms of long-stemmed plants. With the warmer temperatures, the ice flowers will be disappearing for awhile. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Scholarship For Late Teacher Endowed At UTM

Martin, Tenn. – The late Annette Ferguson of Union City had a special love for children. As a first and second-grade teacher in the Obion County School System, she nurtured classrooms full of students from all walks of life and looked forward to the start of each new year. Now, her legacy will help local educators through a scholarship endowment at her alma mater – the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The Obion County native spent 11 years in the local school system before she passed away Sept. 18, 2016, at the age of 57 after a battle with breast cancer. Now, her legacy will help local educators through a scholarship endowment at the couple’s alma mater – the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Annette graduated from UT Martin with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1982, and later returned to earn a master’s degree in education in 2005. She passed her love of life and learning on to students at both Ridgemont and Lake Road elementary schools and was twice selected as the Obion County Teacher of the Year.

Her love of children extended beyond the classroom, however, and encompassed several children’s programs at the family church. 

Scott, who funded the scholarship endowment in his wife’s honor, hopes the funds will help current Obion County schoolteachers pursue master’s degrees at the university he and his wife called home.

“I decided to go ahead and do it for master’s degree (students) because that’s definitely somebody who’s going beyond and is really trying to further their education like she did,” he said.

The Annette Sublett Ferguson Graduate Scholarship Endowment will be used to help finance the education of master’s students pursuing degrees in K-6 education, with first preference given to students focusing on grades K-3. Applicants must be current teachers in the Obion County School System and demonstrate successful academic performance. The UT Martin Scholarship Committee will select two students each year to receive equal awards.

Scott and Annette met at UT Martin and ultimately called the area home after settling on Annette’s family farm near Rives. 

Annette was the second of three generations of UT Martin graduates in the Sublett/Ferguson family. Her father, Kenneth, played basketball at the University of Tennessee Junior College, and her oldest son, Ben, graduated with an accounting degree in 2009. Additionally, her sister Barbara and both of Barbara’s children are also UT Martin alumni.

Scott and Annette Ferguson have three grown sons, Ben, Dan and Joe, and one granddaughter, Andalyn. Annette is the daughter of Wanda and the late Kenneth Sublett, of Union City.

For more information on how to apply for the Annette Sublett Ferguson Graduate Scholarship Endowment, contact the UT Martin Department of Educational Studies at 731-881-7210.

  

Reward Offered Following Church Burglaries

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its active investigation of a series of church burglaries in the county.

Captain Adam Jenkins said the most recent burglaries have occurred at Manley’s Chapel United Methodist, Spring Creek Baptist and New Bethel Baptist Churches.

The sheriff’s office is offering a $500 reward and asking the public’s help in catching the perpetrators, he said.

Jenkins also asked that all churches in Henry County be aware of the ongoing investigation and report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office at 642-1672.


Car Search Yields Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested on drug charges—after he reportedly admitted to officers that he uses more than he sells—during a probable cause of his vehicle.

Arrested was Terry Worrell, age 30, of North Division St., charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. The car he was driving, which belongs to his wife, was also seized.

According to the police report, Union City officers stopped the car he was driving on a possible seatbelt violation and when the car door was opened, they saw digital scales with the blue light still on, on the front seat.

Officers informed Worrell they were conducting a probable cause search at that point and asked him if there was anything illegal in the car, to which he replied no. Officers told him they had just seen the digital scales on the front seat and he said he had forgotten they were in the car.

The front seat passenger was reportedly sitting on a white plastic container which contained two baggies containing crystal meth which weighed 3.2 grams.

In the process of reading him his rights, Worrell told officers that he uses more than he sells.

The two passengers, both of whom were from out of state, were cited for open container violations.

 

Library Book Store Sale

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library Book Store is holding its semi-annual book sale this week, through January 14.

 

Democratic Women To Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Paris City Hall. Speakers for this month are from Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis. They will discuss their calendar of events and answer questions from membership.

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Eiffel Tower All Aglow

Paris, Tenn.-The Eiffel Tower in Paris was all aglow in red Saturday night, with the moon looking on. Since the new lighting system was installed, the Eiffel Tower has become even more of a tourist attraction, with the lights changing color regularly. On any given night, people can be seen taking photos—and, of course, selfies—at the attraction, which is located at the Eiffel Tower Park off of Volunteer Drive. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 

Helping Hand Raises $4,687 First Day

Volunteer Susan Hayes, left, looks over cakes and homemade canned goods auctioned off today. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Helping Hand Radio Auction got off to a good start today, with $4,687 raised from items donated by the Lakeway Kiwanis, and the Paris Lions and Lioness Clubs.

Each year, Helping Hand raises funds for a long list of non-profit organizations through the auction, with items donated—and usually hand-made—by dozens and dozens of local clubs, churches and organizations. Last year, a whopping $350,000 was raised.

There were 25 slates of items bid on today, including a wide selection of homemade casseroles, soups, and more. The auction will run through March 1.

Groups donating items Tuesday will be: Paris Optimist Club, Martha Chapter OES No. 155; Buchanan Lodge No. 772; Masonic Lodge No. #109; Forever Friends Animal Sanctuary; and Henry County Fair Association.

The auction is broadcast live on WTPR-AM 710 daily on weekdays and Saturdays, and on KQ 105.5 on Saturday evenings.

Auction phone is 644-1695.  

Boy Rescued After Falling Through Icy Pond

Police Officer Ben Burnett pulls boy, being held 
by Firefighter Lt. Tim Hopper, from water. (UCPD photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.—A little boy was rescued by a Union City firefighter and police officer after he fell through the ice on a frozen pond.

Fire Chief Kelly Edmison told WENK/WTPR that the boy fell through the ice when he noticed that duck decoys he had placed in the water had been stolen. Edmison said the boy saw some beer bottles out on the pond and thought if he could get those they could be used as evidence for the police.

“He wasn’t trying to misbehave,” Edmison said. “He was trying to be helpful.”

Emergency personnel were dispatched to an address on West Main Street. “The residence is in the city limits, but the pond is in the county, so everybody just went for the rescue,” he said.

Firefighter Lt. Tim Hopper walked out onto the pond and fell through, but caught hold of the boy, he said. A ladder was put onto the pond and with help from Police Officer Ben Burnett, the boy was pulled to safety.

Helping Hand Begins Today

Chuck Bucy hands items to Sharon Kummerow, Deborah Moon, Amy Martin and Rita Gean this morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds is abuzz with activity this morning as a small army of volunteers was preparing for the first day of the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction.

There are plenty of homemade goodies—from casseroles to cinnamon buns to chili and taco soup—already placed on tables, just waiting to be auctioned off. Items today are donated by Lakeway Kiwanis, Paris Lions Club and Paris Lioness Club.

As is tradition, the auctioneer for the first day is always Fred McLean.

The auction begins at 12:30 and is broadcast live on WTPR-AM 710. Auction phone is 644-1695.

Photos of the items to be auctioned each day will be posted on the Helping Hand Facebook page.

No Charges In Self-Defense Killing

 

Dresden, Tenn.-A Weakley County Grand Jury has ruled that a Weakley County woman who shot and killed her estranged husband in October of 2016 was acting in self-defense.

 

Janice Leeann Delauter shot her estranged husband Stephen Delauter at a home on Hyndsver Rd. He had violated an order of protection and broke into the home. According to Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan, Delauter had consumed several beers and was armed with a 9mm pistol he had stolen from his boss’ truck. He fired three rounds at her, but missed. She returned fire with a .380 caliber pistol and he was killed.

 

Janice Delauter was not charged in the incident and the facts of the case were presented to the January term of the Weakley County Grand Jury.

 


Shots-Fired Incident Results In Arrest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Arrests were made in two shots-fired incidents over the weekend in Henry County.

A 33-year-old Paris man was arrested for aggravated burglary after the homeowner of the residence he allegedly was burglarizing shot out his tires while he was fleeing the home.

Arrested was Eric Scott Adams of 160 Brown Lane, on charges of aggravated burglary, theft, driving on a revoked license, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

According to the sheriff’s office report, the victim was at a neighbor’s house in the Buchanan area when he saw a car pull into his driveway around 10 p.m. He went home and found Adams with his trunk open and several items that belonged to the homeowner in the trunk. He also saw that the door to his house was open.

After a short confrontation, Adams drove off and the homeowner shot Adams’ tires out with a handgun. According to the report, surveillance video from the residence does show Adams in the driveway and taking the items on several occasions that afternoon and evening.

Upon Adams’ arrest, stolen items were returned to the homeowner.

Monday School Closings

Some area schools have already announced they will not be in session again Monday: Benton County Schools, Decatur County Schools, Carroll County Schools and Carroll Academy.

Four Arrested In Routon On Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-Four people were arrested on multiple drug charges after a search warrant was executed at a home in Routon Saturday night.

Arrested was Jason Mobley, age 36; Lisa Ventrice, age 32; Kyle Nelson, age 36; and Kevin Melton, age 40. The search warrant was executed at 75 Routon Truck Stop Road at 10 p.m. by the Paris Police Department, with assistance from the Paris PD’s FAST Team, Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and the Metro Crime Unit.

Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson said during the search, officers located over one-half ounce of crystal meth, marijuana and a large amount of drug paraphernalia (baggies, digital scales, pipes, etc.).

Watson said the crystal meth was bagged for resale, in several different baggies. Officers also seized $6,770 believed to be in drug proceeds.

 Sunday, January 8, 2017

Murray Man Flees, Leaves Kids In Car

 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tri-City, Ky.-A Murray man and woman were arrested on multiple charges by the Kentucky State Police Saturday after a short foot chase in which the man left two children behind in the car. The woman was arrested later on a hindering prosecution charge.

KSP Trooper Jody Cash conducted a stop on a gold 2000 Mercedes for a traffic violation on KY-94 West of Tri-City, Kentucky.

During the stop, the man exited the vehicle and fled into a field leaving the two children—aged 11 and 3—in the car. Cash at first chased after the man into the field but terminated the pursuit and returned to the vehicle to ensure the safety of the children. The children were later released to their mother, according to the KSP press release.

The KSP began a search for Demetrick R. Rose, age 40, of Murray, and located him hiding in a house on Butterworth Road in Calloway County around midnight Saturday.

Rose was charged him with Speeding 17 mph over the limit, Following Another Vehicle too closely, Possession Of Open Alcohol Container In Motor vehicle, Failure To Wear SeatbeltFailure of Non-Owner Operator To Maintain Insurance (Class B Misdemeanor)Six Counts of Giving Officer False Name Or Address (Class B Misdemeanor), DUI 2nd Offense – Aggravated (Class B Misdemeanor), Driving Dui Suspended License 1st Offense Aggravated (Class A Misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeanor),  Theft Of Identity (Class D Felony)Three Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (Class D Felony)Two Counts of Abandonment Of A Minor (Class D Felony) , And Fleeing Or Evading Police 1st Degree – on Foot – (Class D Felony).

Three Probation Violation Warrants were also served on Rose at that time.

Also arrested at that address was Shanna M. Rose, age 40, of Murray, and she was charged with hindering prosecution, second degree; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana.

KSP was assisted at the scene by the Graves County Sheriff’s Office and Murray PD’s K9; and was assisted at the residence by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky Department of Probation.

The investigation continues by Trooper Jody Cash and Tpr. Paul Berhow.

 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Titans Promote Jon Robinson

Nashville, Tenn.-Less than a year after he was hired as General Manager, the Tennessee Titans promoted Union City Native Jon Robinson to Executive Vice President/General Manager.

The Titans’ front office announced the promotion, noting the ‘great work’ he has done for the team and franchise.

Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk said, “Jon has done great work since his arrival to our organization and this is a way to recognize that fact. His leadership and football acumen helped change our culture and improve our team.”

Strunk said both Robinson and Coach Mike Mularkey “deserve a great deal of credit for our turnaround this year and I am hopeful that will continue this coming year and into the future. This is an acknowledgement of his work and it puts him on equal footing with others in the league who direct football operations.”

Robinson said he was ‘truly humbled and grateful’ for the promotion. “This organization means the world to me and I am working on a daily basis to make it better. I don’t stand alone in this task of improving our team—from ownership, Mike and the coaches, the players who have bought in to our program, scouts and staff. We all have worked together to create a family and hopefully a culture of long-term success.”







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