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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

KSP Investigating Accidental Shooting By Deputy

Hickory, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police is investing an accidental shooting involving a Graves County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy’s teenage stepdaughter was injured and transported to a Paducah hospital.

The KSP was called to a residence in Hickory, Ky. At 12:45 p.m. today, on a report of an apparent accidental shooting. The preliminary investigation shows that Graves County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Warner returned home at the end of an overtime shift and as he was unloading an off-duty firearm, accidentally discharged one round.

His 17-year-old stepdaughter, who was standing in the path of the projectile, was struck by the bullet. According to the KSP, her injuries were non-life threatening. She was transported by Mayfield Fire and EMS to Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah. She is reported in stable condition.

Graves Co. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon requested the KSP handle the investigation, due to it involving a member of his department.


Large Turnout For Downtown Cruise-In


Paris, Tenn—If you like classic cars and good hospitality the first Downtown Cruise-In of the season in downtown Paris was the place to be Tuesday evening. A large crowd—and a large number of classic cars—were on hand for the event. Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “I’m thrilled with this turnout.” Randall French provided musical entertainment and food was available from Perry’s BBQ and Cajun Sno-cones. Ray said the Cruise-Ins are held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesdays in May, June, August, September and October. In addition, an antique car show will be held at the 7th annual Ice Cream Social July 30. Photo by Shannon McFarlin.


Woman Charged With Aggravated Arson Held On $75,000 Bond

 By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

 Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has located and arrested a Henry woman accused of aggravated arson and aggravated burglary of a Lake Street home in Paris last week.

Paris Police had issued a warrant for the arrest of Valerie E. Morgan, age 30 of Repogle Rd. in Henry last Thursday evening following an incident at 106 N. Lake St.

Morgan is being held in the Henry County Jail on $75,000 bond.

According to the police report, Morgan reportedly forced her way into the home unannounced, began throwing food around and took some, then began pouring gasoline onto the carport and set it on fire.

According to the Paris Fire Department, when they arrived at the scene, the carport was engulfed in flames. The resident of the home was able to get out of the house unharmed.


UTM Enrolling For Kid College

Addie Roberts, daughter of Jason and Beth Roberts, of Martin, participates in a karate class during Kid College 2015. (UTM photo.)

Martin, Tenn. – Enrollment is now open for the annual Kid College hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. This five-day interactive learning camp will take place June 13-17 on the UT Martin main campus. Children who will be in kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2016 are eligible to participate.

Registration is first-come, first-served and must be paid in full prior to the first day of camp. Children may be enrolled in up to five courses. Registration is $30 for the first course and $25 for each additional class, which includes a camp T-shirt. Some courses also include supply fees which must be paid to the course instructor on the first day of camp.

Course options for students in kindergarten through second grade include cheerleading, French, simple machines, Spanish, dinosaurs and woodworking. Students in grades three through five can learn about chemical reactions, space, Spanish, computers, and simple and powered machines, among many other topics.

June 15 will be picture day, and all students are encouraged to wear their Kid College T-shirts. Parents should pack a lunch and drink each day. Additional information will be sent to parents via email the week before camp begins. 

An open house will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 17. Parents, family and friends are welcome to meet the Kid College instructors, view displays and watch demonstrations during this time.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at


Benton County Libraries To Serve Kids’ Meals In Summer

Camden, Tenn.-Kids can eat free at the Benton County Public Library all summer. Through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, the Main Library will serve breakfast (cereal, milk, juice, and more) and lunch (PB & J sandwiches, PB cups with crackers, Hot lunches: Beef & Mac Casserole, Chicken tenders, Flame broiled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, taco boats, loaded taco potatoes, all come with fruit, vegetable, milk, juice, and more!)

Meals are served every week day. Breakfast will be served 9 am until 10:30 and lunch will be Noon until 1 pm.

Anyone 18 & UNDER is welcome.

The Big Sandy Branch Library, with the help of its Friends group, will also serve breakfast and lunch every day. Great activities like Movie Monday, Try it Tuesday, Wii Wednesday, Tech free Thursday, and Fun Friday will be offered during meals. For more information, call 584-4772.

 Tickets On Sale For Chamber Banquet

Paris, Tenn.-“There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” will be the theme of the 66th annual membership banquet of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for 6 pm on Friday, June 24th at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are on sale now at $25 each. A table of six is $140. Call the Chamber office at 642-3431 to purchase tickets.

The Chamber’s Business of the Year and Person of the Year awards will be presented, along with the installation of officers. Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park, will receive his red jacket as he becomes the new Chamber president.

Chamber President Tony Lawrence will deliver his remarks on the past year and said “This year we will also debut the new community video that includes our dance sequence shot at Eiffel Tower Park.”


HCHS Teachers’ Reunion Set

Paris, Tenn.-Those who taught at Henry County High School in the mid-1980s are invited to attend a brunch in their honor in the Commons Area of HCHS beginning at11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. Tours of HCHS will be available.

This occasion will be one of several events that are part of the 30th Reunion of the Class of 1986, capping off with a dinner later that evening at the Paris Convention Center. According to David Webb, a member of the planning team, "The Teacher Reunion will be an opportunity for former teachers and staff of HCHS to reconnect with each other and with some of the members of the Class of '86. We look forward to seeing our teachers again and to thank them again for their commitment to our education."

Those who would like to attend the reunion are asked to RSVP by contacting Webb in one these ways: Message him on Facebook; text or call 336-8920 or email


Paris City Pool To Offer Swimming Lessons

 Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Pool will be offering swimming lessons through June and July.

Level I will cost $40, Level II $50 and Infant swimming classes will be $35. In July, an accelerated class (only four days) will be offered for Level 1 at $35, as well as the regular Level II classes.

For the schedules, call the city pool at 644-2698.

Students in swimming classes will be exempt from pool fees on the day of their classes. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Private instruction is considered. Call Pool Manager Amanda White for information.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wimberley Is New Paris BPU General Manager

Terry Wimberley at his desk this morning. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) unanimously voted Tuesday morning to hire Terry Wimberley as the new General Manager.

Wimberley will replace General Manager John Etheridge, whose retirement after 35 years with the utility is effective in October.

Wimberley currently is Assistant General Manager and Director of Water and Wastewater. Wimberley has worked for BPU for 20 years.

In recommending the hiring of Wimberley for the position, Board Chairman David Flowers noted Wimberley’s experience and education. Flowers said, “It’s always good to be able to promote from within. That’s the way we like to do it if at all possible.”

Wimberley thanked each board member personally and said, “I want to thank you all so much. I’m looking forward to working with all of you.”

The board approved a three-year contract for Wimberley.

Wimberley said after the meeting that BPU will post the opening for his vacated position—Director of Water and Wastewater—today. “We’ll post it within the BPU and see who is interested in serving in that capacity,” he said.

Wimberley’s first important task as new General Manager will be to oversee the BPU budget. Budget materials were handed out to the board members for their review. Wimberley noted that the proposed budget includes a one percent wage increase in all labor categories. He also said the planned rate increases are included and capital expenditures will total just under $700,000. He said right of way clearing also will continue in the new budget.

In his report, Etheridge noted that the electrical department has gained some 200 customers over the past year. “Some utilities have been losing customers, but we’ve never gotten to that point. In fact, we’ve gained customers,” he said.

He did note that in the electrical department, per customer usage has gone down locally, with the average electrical customer using 110 kilowatts less than last year. He said customers are using new technology to save on energy.

In other business, the board terminated both the Voya and Mass Mutual Financial Group 457B retirement plans, which have been offered through payroll deductions. Etheridge said, “It wasn’t widely used. We only had 15 people on it.”

He recommended the plans be closed to save on audit costs. The money will be released to the individuals on the plans so they can invest it as they please.


 Rhea School Has A New Look

Paris, Tenn.-Rhea Elementary School has a totally new look today, as workers with the J.R. Hayes company are completing tearing out the trees at the front and side of the building to make way to the new building project. New classrooms and cafeteria, along with a new entrance and parking lot areas, will be constructed in time for the next school year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

2016 Benton County Hall Of Fame Inducted

2016 Hall of Fame inductees. (Benton County Hall of Fame photo).

Camden, Tenn.-A new class of inductees are now a permanent part of the Benton County High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees are: Cliff Sturdivant, Jack Franks, Danny Brandenburg, Jerry McKelvy, David Dulin, Jim McPeake, Mark Florence and Dale Woodard.

The induction ceremonies were held at Lakeshore Camp and the speaker for the evening was Jackie McGee.

Big Sandy Spring Festival Is This Weekend

Big Sandy, Tenn.-An annual Memorial Day weekend event, the 41st annual Big Sandy Spring Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. The theme this year is “The Circus” because the festival ‘is the greatest show in Big Sandy’.

Festivities kick off Friday night with a dance to the tunes of the Tennessee River Band. Saturday, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the annual car show, carnival, concessions, crafts and music will be ongoing all day.

Saturday night, Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks will perform and fireworks will be set off in the evening.


Obion County Walk Of Hope Schedule Set

Union City, Tenn.-Organizers of the Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope have announced the schedule for this year’s event, which will be held June 4 at War Memorial Stadium in Union City. The event benefits cancer patients in Obion Co.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the parade of teams at 4:30 and the Survivor Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

A cornhole tournament will be held at 4:45 p.m., with the obstacle course at 5 and a pedal car race at 5:30 p.m.

The survivors’ lap will begin at 6 p.m., with a scavenger hunt at 7 p.m., t-shirt contest at 7:30 p.m., Name That Tune contest at 8, followed by a lip sync contest at 8:45 p.m.

The Lights of Hope will be illuminated at 9:45 p.m., the womanless beauty revue—always a hit—at 10:30 p.m. and awards given out at 11:30 p.m.

The Walk of Hope will end with its final lap at midnight.


Paris Police Seeing Increase In Thefts From Autos

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said his department has been working an increase in auto burglaries within the city of Paris recently. He said most of the vehicle burglaries could be prevented by doing something as simple as locking your vehicles. Items stolen have included purses, laptop computers, cell phones, billfolds, guns, cash, GPS, and prescription medication.

Elizondo issued safety tips which include: Don’t trust your vehicle remote to lock your car doors; keep car doors locked and secure; close car windows and sunroofs; park where your vehicle is visible; mark your belongings with IDs or initials and keep track of serial numbers of belongings.


Click It Or Ticket Checkpoints To Be Enforced

Area law enforcement will be taking part in the 2016 national Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up.

Specifically, the Union City, Paris Police and Murray Police Departments have issued press releases notifying the public they will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout those cities.

During the checkpoints, officers will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations and motor vehicle equipment violations.

In Murray, over a dozen location may be utilized by police for their checkpoints, including U.S. 641 through town, Glendale Road, Olive Street, Main Street, Chestnut and other main thoroughfares.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Obion County Woman Killed, Husband Seriously Injured In Wreck

Dyer, Tenn.-An Obion County woman was killed and her husband was transported to The Med in Memphis following a wreck in Dyer County just after 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Marcie L. Gray, age 42, of Troy, was killed in the accident and her husband Shane Gray, also age 42, was seriously injured.

The Grays were traveling north on Hwy. 51 when they were rear-ended by a truck driven by Zachary R. Owsley, age 29, of Newbern.  The impact caused Gray to lose control of his vehicle, cross the center line and turn over. Mrs. Gray was ejected into southbound traffic where she was hit and died instantly.

Criminal charges are pending.

Union City Business Owners Arrested On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Managers and owners at three Union City businesses were charged with a long list of drug and gambling charges during compliance checks conducted last week by Police Chief Perry Barfield and police officers.

The businesses involved are: The Uptown Store at 1315 Martin Luther King Blvd.; The Tobacco Barn at2300 E. Reelfoot Ave., and Phillips 66 convenience store at 2031 W. Reelfoot Ave.

Saleh Altareb of 300 Royal in Union City was arrested at The Uptown Store at 1315 Martin Luther King Blvd. on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gambling device.

Union City Chief Perry Barfield and two officers conducted a walk-through of the Uptown Store. According to the police report, it had been awhile since the store was open and officers had just noticed that it had re-opened.

As Barfield and the officers spoke to the clerk, they observed “a display case of drug pipes, marijuana grinders, some marked with marijuana leaves, drug detox drinks, drug test kits, rolling papers, gambling dice, playing cards, and digital scales. These items are known to be used for the use, preparation and concealment of narcotic use. The dice and playing cards are known to be used for gambling in this area of town. None of these items has a legitimate use”.  

Both Usha and Vasadev Patel, both of Lilly Pond Dr. in Martin, and Jia Weng of Dyersburg were arrested at The Tobacco Barn and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the compliance check officers observed 3 glass display cases stocked with bongs, glass drug pipes, metal drug pipes, detox drinks, marijuana grinders (some marked with marijuana leaves), drug tests, digital scales, one hitter boxes and pipes, pipe cleaning solution and paraphernalia cases. “These items were being sold for the use, processing, and concealment of narcotics,” according to the report.

During a later compliance check at the business, officers also observed 2 glass display cases and store shelves stocked with bongs, glass drug pipes, metal drug pipes, detox drinks, marijuana grinders (some marked with marijuana leaves), synthetic urine, drug tests, digital scales, one hitter boxes and pipes, pipe cleaning solution and paraphernalia cases. “These items were being sold for the use, processing, and concealment of narcotics,” according to the police report.

At the Phillips 66, officers arrested Vijay Rana of Sunswept Dr. in Union City, and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gambling device.

During the compliance check there, officers observed a display of Detox drinks on the front counter by the register. According to the report, “These items are used in an attempt to clean out your system from the use of narcotics.”

Officers also observed 10 packages of small bags in a case on the counter that are commonly assoicated with the sale of narcotics as packaging. “On top of this case there was a partial box of dice, which are commonly used for gambling. These items have been confiscated from other stores while being sold for those purposes,” according to the report.

Warrants Issued On Paris Aggravated Arson Charge

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued warrants for the arrest of Valerie Morgan, age 30, of 80 Repogle Rd., in Henry, on charges of aggravated arson and aggravated burglary following an incident last week on Lake Street in Paris.

According to the Paris Fire Department, firefighters were called to 106 N. Lake St. on a report of a fire at the residence. When they arrived, they found flames coming from the carport area of the house.

Firefighters alerted Paris Patrolman Tyrell Jackson that they found something suspicious on the carport while extinguishing the blaze.

During investigation, witnesses told officers that Morgan had forced her way into the house and that they then saw her pour gasoline from a gas can onto the carport and light it on fire.

No one was injured during the incident. According to the fire department report, most of the damage was to the exterior, with a little smoke damage inside the home.


Portrait Of Joe Routon To Be Unveiled Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The public is invited to the unveiling of a portrait of the late long-time Henry County Schools Superintendent Joe Routon at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.

A presentation will be made on the life of Routon and his significant contribution to education in Henry County during his 33 years as superintendent. Based on a photograph of Routon, the unsigned oil painting will be hung permanently in the Henry County Courthouse. 

The unveiling will be conducted during the Historical Society’s regular quarterly meeting. Refreshments will be served.  

The brief meeting will also include proposals to help sponsor a historic home tour in the Lee School historic district, provide funds to matte an old map of Paris recently donated by the City of Paris (which will be on display at the meeting), and the possibility of acquiring furniture and other items that are original to Cavitt Place--the former home of O.C. Barton.

The home which houses the Heritage Center will be 100 years old this year, and the museum's board wants to celebrate this milestone in the fall  with an exhibit focusing on Cavitt Place and the Barton family.
Annual society dues of $5 are payable at the meeting or may be mailed to Donna Winchester, treasurer, at 715 Old Union Road, Paris, Tennessee 38242.

First Downtown Cruise-In Of Season Is Tuesday

Classic cars on hand at last year's Cruise-Ins. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association's Downtown Cruise-In season will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.

Music by Randall French and Perry's BBQ will be available.

All classic cars and trucks are welcome.


Two Arrested At UC Motel On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Two people who have been staying at the Magnum Inn in Union City were arrested on drug charges early this morning after officers found the man passed out in the driver’s seat of their car at the motel.

Arrested for possession of meth were Kimberly Lytton of Water Valley, Ky., and Terry Green of Shelbyville, Tenn. They told officers they were homeless and have been staying at the motel.

Police found Green in the car around 1:55 a.m. today. Officers went to their room and after asking if they could step inside, saw a hypodermic needle with the cap off the needle lying in plain view in the bathroom sink. Officers also could see a small baggie of what appeared to be wet cotton lying on the table at the foot of the bed and could see a green glass pipe.

Lytton was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia as well as drug possession. According to the report, the cotton tested positive for meth.


Congressional Candidate To Speak To Henry County GOP

Paris, Tenn.-At its meeting this week, the Henry County Republican Party will hear from State Senator Brian Kelsey of Memphis, who is running for the 8th District Congressional Seat being vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher.

Kelsey is one of several people running for Fincher’s seat. Fincher announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election.

The Republican Party meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Paris Civic Center on Volunteer Drive.


Guns Stolen From UC Residences

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating the theft of guns from two Union City residences.

A pistol and a socket set was stolen from a truck that was parked at a Highland Ave. residence.

The owner of the truck said when he left for work, he saw his son’s backpack lying on the ground with items scattered all over. He then noticed his 9MM pistol was missing, along with his socket set.

In the other incident, weapons were stolen from an East Cheatham St. residence. The back fence gate was damaged and the back door kicked in. Stolen was a Sig 380 pistol, a Smith and Wesson 686 nickel 4 inch revolver and a Smith and Wesson 5906 9 MM pistol with an extra 17 round clip along with a leather shoulder holster.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Triton Boat Owners’ Tournament A Success

First place winners at Saturday's final weigh-in. (Triton Boat Owners photo).

Buchanan, Tenn.-Another Triton Boat Owners Southern Open at Kentucky Lake is in the books and from all reports, it was a complete success. Hundreds of boat owners and their families attended the tournament this week at Paris Landing State Park.

First place went to the team of Kevin Meunier/Kenneth Heckel with 30.62 pounds (six fish) and second place went to David Brown/Brad Kell with 30.51 pounds (six fish).

According to the Triton Boat Owners’ Facebook page, a total of 1,581 fish were weighed and 1,569 were safely released back into Kentucky Lake.

Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton said Friday a total of 400 boats were signed up to participate “which is the largest number we’ve had here for this.” On Saturday morning, a total of 347 boats were launched at Paris Landing.

The dates for next year’s tournament are June 1-3.

The results of the tournament are posted here:

101st Combat Brigade Partners With MSU

Murray, Ky. — Ten representatives from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell visited Murray State University’s campus on May 13. The event included a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter landing on campus, as well as a special commissioning ceremony for two Murray State graduates.

The brigade’s visit was part of a larger initiative to develop a partnership between Fort Campbell, Murray State and the city of Murray. The goal was to help students and community members gain an understanding of what happens at Fort Campbell while finding opportunities to support the community as well as the University’s ROTC program.

“When you’re inside the gates of Fort Campbell, it seems very restrictive and exclusive, but we’re trying to actually show, ‘Hey, we’re not only part of the community, but we’re here to give back anything that we can,’” said Lt. Col. Kenrick Smith, who oversees an aviation support battalion on the base.

The helicopter was available for viewing by University and community members, and pilots were accessible to answer questions. The brigade hoped the event helped ROTC students by allowing them to see equipment they will use in the United States Army. The Blackhawk UH-60M is the newest model and is considered a utility helicopter, which means it can carry troops or equipment while also being used for Medevac rescue.

Members of the brigade also participated in a commissioning ceremony in the Collins Industry and Technology Center to honor Murray State graduates Donovan Alexander and Adam Phelps, each of whom were commissioned to second lieutenant, United States Army. Alexander is a native of Hopkinsville, Ky. and earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in military science. Phelps, who is from Calvert City, Ky., received his degree in telecommunications systems management with a minor in military science. He was also named a Distinguished Military Graduate.

The brigade’s visit also included a meeting with Mayor Jack Rose to discuss potential collaborative projects with the city of Murray.

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade is part of the 101st Airborne Division, which is the Army’s only Air Assault Division, and operates under the command of Col. Craig Alia. The Fort Campbell military base, which spans both Kentucky and Tennessee, is home to approximately 24,000 active-duty soldiers and their families.


Obion County UT Team Members Do Well At Contest

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Extension Service Wildlife Team members did well in the Western Region Contest this week. Kylie Hutchison, a fifth grader at Lake Road School, earned second place; Nathan Hamilton, a fifth grader at Lake Road, was Top Individual in the Junior Division and Davin Perkins, 6th grader at Union City Middle School, improved his score from last year.


Chamber Golf Tourney Winners Announced

Winning team from Union City Urgent Care poses after the tournament. (Obion County Chamber photo).

Union City, Tenn.-The recent annual Obion County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament was a success, with 27 teams playing.

First place winners were the team from Union City Urgent Care, while second place was Union City Insurance and third, Hale’s Commercial Cleaning.

Prize Hole Winners were: Straightest Drive, Todd Petty; Closest to the hole, David Hutchens; Longest Drive, Mike Rauchle.


Henry County Schools Summer Meals Program Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County School System will provide free lunches to children throughout the summer at several locations so that they do not go hungry while school is not in session. There is no income requirement or registration and any child under the age of 18 may eat at the locations.

The meals will be served June 1-July 22 with the exception of July 4. They are served five days a week at the following locations: Henry County High School, Crestview Manor, Central School, Church of the Living God and Puryear Methodist Church.

For information on what time the meals are served at each location call 642-7956.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

270 Seniors Receive Diplomas From HCHS

Receiving their diplomas at graduation ceremonies last night. (Photo courtesy of Kendra McCuiston).

Paris, Tenn.-Despite rainy weather earlier in the day, the skies were clear for graduation ceremonies at Henry County Patriot Stadium last night. 270 Seniors received their diplomas. Valedictorian was Aubrey Buttrey; Salutatorian was Shan Patel. Honorable Mention to Andrew Minor and Class President was Jackson Griffey. 

Union City High School Ceremonies Set For 8 p.m.

Union City, Tenn.-82 Seniors will walk on Sunday night and become graduates of Union City High School at ceremonies at 8 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The seniors have been offered $3.4 M in scholarships. Class Valedictorian Alex Parks and Salutatorian Kizer Harris will address their classmates.


Paris Looks At Raises For City Employees, City Budget

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Commission met for a budget session Thursday night with all the department heads and determined that the city will plan for a one to three percent increase in funding for city departments in the next year, with a two percent COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) increase for employees.

City Manager Kim Foster said the commission asked her to include the two percent raise in the budget in addition to the planned salary adjustment that was set in place last year. The major impetus for this request is because health insurance premiums will rise by 9.35 percent, she said, “and this increase would wipe out salary adjustments for several of our employees.”

Some small adjustments were requested by donation recipients and the commission asked Foster to place increases in line items for the Veterans Service Office, the County Genealogy Room and Judicial Commissioners.

Foster said the library requested an increase of 21.8 percent to its current budget. “It was discussed that it would be unfair to grant their request when the city is only planning a slight (one to three percent) increase in our own,” Foster said. “The commission asked that I figure a two percent increase in funding for the library.”

Commissioners also asked Foster to increase the amount of hours earned for vacation and sick days for employees with over 20 years of services. “There are several details that accompany this request, but the bottom line impact to the budget was estimated at approximately $14,000 per year,” Foster said. “The Commission was positive regarding the request and asked that I put that into the budget as well.”

Additionally, the commission asked Foster to increase its line item for paving by $50,000 since the city has gotten woefully behind in street paving. That would mean a total $100,000 increase from two years ago and Foster said, “It still won’t go all that far, but it’s a move in the right direction.”  

Friday, May 20, 2016

Domestic Assault Incident Leads To Other Charges

Martin, Tenn.-A 39-year-old Martin man has been arrested on a long list of charges involving aggravated domestic assault, gun and drug charges.

Peter A. Graves is being held in the Weakley County Jail on charges of aggravated domestic assault, unlawful carrying or possessing a weapon, theft of property, resisting arrest, possession of Schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday May 19th officers of the Martin Police Department responded to Tennova Healthcare emergency room to investigate a domestic assault. After speaking with the victim, the investigation led them to N. McCombs St. in Martin.

At approximately 8:40 pm officers located Graves sitting on the porch of 325 N. McCombs St. When police engaged Graves he attempted to walk away. Officers were able to secure him and take him into custody without further incident.

A search of the surrounding area and the residence was conducted and officers located a handgun and various amounts of illegal narcotics.


Dozens On Hand For Flash Mob Videotaping

Paris, Tenn.-The Eiffel Tower in Paris was a perfect backdrop—not to mention the beautiful blue sky—for taping of a flash mob video Thursday afternoon in Eiffel Tower Park. Dozens of people showed up for the taping. Leading the choreography was Donna Craig and Caleb Grissom with everyone dancing to the tune of “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be”. Kevin Buie and Drew Wheatley got up in the Paris Board of Public Utilities bucket truck, bottom photo, to videotape from different camera angles. The video will be shown at the Paris-Henry County Chamber banquet and posted to Youtube. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Main Street Union City Awarded $100,000 Grant For Improvements

Union City, Tenn.-Main Street Union City has recently been awarded a $100,000 state grant for exterior façade improvements to buildings in the downtown business district. This is a 75/25 matching grant.

Approved projects include painting, lighting, signage, windows, doors, awnings, etc. Applications are available at the Main Street office. Building owners are encouraged to apply.

You may contact Main Street Director Kristi Townes at 885-8330


Senior Walk Through Rhea Elementary

Paris, Tenn.-Colson Conger is shown leading Henry County High School Seniors through the halls at Rhea Elementary School, while the kindergarten through second grade students applaud. Seniors recently made walk-throughs at all the elementary schools and Grove in Henry County. (Photo by Scott Owens).


Hazel Resident Completes KSP Training

Mayfield, Ky.-Hazel-resident Amanda Coles (center), a dispatcher at Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield, received her KSP Telecommunications Academy diploma from KSP Deputy Commissioner Alex Payne (right) and Shelly Clark, KSP Post 5-Campbellsburg Telecommunicator and KSP Telecommunications Academy adjunct instructor (left), on May 13 in Frankfort. The training included 236 hours of instruction during a six-week period. A 2002 graduate of Calloway Co. High School, Coles is the daughter of Janna and Richard Schroader of Hazel, Ky. and Kenny and Tammy Chadwick of Murray, Ky.


Sale Of Hydrocodone Pills Draws Arrest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was cited for selling hydrocodone pills by Union City Police while they were investigating another incident.

Arrested was James Burnett Sumpter, age 46 of 607 N. Second St.

Officers had arrived at the residence on a report of someone causing a disturbance. They noticed a large bulge in Sumpter’s right pocket and asked him what it was since they had a report of a possible drug transaction.

Officers determined that the prescription of hydrocodone had been filled that day and it was supposed to contain 60 pills, but instead it only contained 30. Sumpter reportedly admitted he sold the pills but would not say to whom.

Cottage Grove Council Approves Lease For Store

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-It looks like the town of Cottage Grove will have a new tenant for the former Boyd’s store.

During Thursday night’s Legislative Council meeting, council unanimously voted to lease the retail property to Larry Niemi, chairman of the newly-formed JT General Store. It will be a one-year lease and proof of insurance will be provided at the signing of the lease. There will be no rent paid for the first year in the lease per agreement.

Boyd’s recently closed its store in the former bank building which is owned by the town.

In other business, council approved first reading of the 2016-2017 proposed budget for the general fund and the state street aid. Second hearing will be held at the June meeting.


New Scam In Area

Mayfield, Ky.- Kentucky State Police has received information on a scam that is going on in the Post 1 area. Scammers are calling local residents and claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. The scammers are telling the targeted person they have won a large sum of money and, in some instances, a new car. As part of the scam, the person who is being led to believe they are the recipient of these winnings must pay one-percent (1%) of the cost, which is typically a sum exceeding $20,000.

The phone numbers associated with this scam appear to be coming from Jamaica, and the scammers typically have strong accents which could indicate this to be the case. If you receive a call such as this one, or any phone call indicating you have won any type of sweepstakes or lottery which you do not recall entering, Kentucky State Police investigators encourage the public to hang up and contact your phone company to have the number blocked.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sex Offender Registry Violator Arrested


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a 41-year-old man for violation of the sex offender registry earlier today.

Arrested was Shane Travis Phillips of 410 Routon Street in Paris. He is lodged in the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond, with his first court date Tuesday, May 24, in General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Investigator Greg Underwood received information from a concerned citizen of a registered sex offender on Routon Street in Paris and in violation of the sex offende registry. 

Underwood confirmed that Phillips was indeed found to be an absconder from Rhea County, Tennessee, and had not reported as a sex offender since 2010.  Underwood issued a warrant for his arrest.  Investigator Underwood and Cpl. Jeremy Whitaker located Phillips on Routon Street and placed him under arrest 


McCartney Produce Expansion Lauded At Grand Opening


McCartney Vice President of Sales Raymon Randolph leads a tour of the facilities. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd of state and local dignitaries were on hand Thursday morning to help usher in a new era for the McCartney Produce Co. at its new location.

McCartney Produce held its grand opening at its expanded facility on Culley Dr., and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said, “Since 1947, McCartney Produce has always been about community. All of Henry County takes great pride in this new facility and we’re so glad that Henry County, the city of Paris and the state were able to partner together with such a fine organization. The future of Henry County “is based on companies like this.”

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell echoed Greer’s sentiments, noting, “This is a partnership and it further exemplifies what we do here.”

Looking back at the beginnings of the McCartney Produce Co., McCartney Official Jeff Perkins remembered Harlan McCartney, David McCartney and Larry Crawford and said he “wished they were here today to see all this.”

Perkins thanked the county, state and local officials for working together to ensure that the company could expand locally. “And the employees are the most important piece of what you see. A building is just a building, but the important part is the people inside.”

Blake Swaggart, Regional Director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development thanked McCartney for investing in Tennessee, Paris and Henry County.

For decades, McCartney Produce was located in downtown Paris and some 10 months ago began construction of the new facility, which includes its offices and distribution center. During a tour of the facility, Vice President of Sales Raymon Randolph said noted that the McCartney company has a much larger distribution area than most people might think.

 “Many people seem to think of McCartney Produce as a small company with a small distribution area, but we’re not,” Randolph said. “Our area includes all the way to Asheville, N.C., New Orleans, Atlanta, Evansville, Cape Girardeau, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Mississippi—we’re all over. We distribute products to stores, restaurants, retail, restaurant chains.”

Randolph also noted that McCartney is moving beyond just produce, with partnerships with the Allegro Co. in Paris and other companies. McCartney now offers cole slaw, vinegar, dry rubs, dairy, eggs, cheese, sauces, marinades and more. “We’re not just about produce anymore,” he said.

Officials speak in front of the new building. (McFarlin photo).

Trees Coming Down At Rhea Elementary


Paris, Tenn.-Rhea Elementary School is already taking on a new look as the upcoming construction project has begun its earliest phase. Workmen have been tearing out trees on the side of the building and the photo shows one of the first trees to go down as the project begins. The project will include 26 new classrooms, a new cafeteria and changes in pick-up and drop-off lanes. (Scott Owens photo).


Miss Tennessee At DARE Graduation


Martin, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan was the special guest for the DARE graduation for 5th graders at Martin Elementary School Wednesday. Robison is seated in front row at right. 

Commencement Still Planned For Patriot Stadium Friday

Ceremony Begins at 7:30 p.m.

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said Thursday afternoon that plans are going forward for graduation ceremonies Friday evening in Patriot Stadium.

“After conferring with school officials and looking at the latest weather forecasts,” Dr. Norton said, it appears the weather forecasts looking favorable for an outdoor ceremony. “Forecasts earlier in the week were making a possible move inside likely but as we approach Friday, the forecast appears to be in our favor.” 

People planning to attend are encouraged to bring your umbrella and a towel to ensure a dry seat. 

Dr. Norton said, “Should weather take a turn for the worse and involve lightning, we will be forced to move indoors or delay the ceremony until the danger passes.    If a move requires us to move into the gymnasium, each student will receive four tickets to distribute to family/guests.”

Commencement begins at 7:30 pm Friday.

Lelan Statom To Speak At Quinn Chapel

Paris, Tenn.-Quinn Chapel AME Church at 216 Church St. in Paris will host Men’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker will be News Channel 5’s Meteorologist Lelan Statom. Everyone is invited.

DeLaina Green Installed As New Quota Member


Melanie Townsend pins DeLaina Green as a new member. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota’s New President Donna Winders presided at the recent Derby Day Quota meeting.  

Beverly Wood announced that the club is awarding five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and five to college students and each recipient and a parent will be invited to the May 25 the meeting.

Winders explained about the Tennessee Achieves Program for freshmen that allows job shadowing and community service. She also mentioned that the High School Equivalency Program may need assistance and proposed the development of an Education Committee. Members voted to establish the new committee and offer help where needed.

The club received a thank you note from the young lady who received the hearing aids and also from the Sam’s store where the aids were purchased. The club voted to put all Pocket Change in the Hearing and Speech fund for future needs, including a possible attendee to a Hearing Impaired Camp.

Cheryl Wilson installed a new member, DeLaina Green, who is County Elections Director. She is sponsored by Melanie Townsend.

Derby Day hat winners were Geraldine Sykes for Most Original Hat and Stephanie Tayloe with Prettiest Hat. Five members were wearing hats belonging to member, Bethel Williams.

Music Jam In The Park Saturday

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Public Library invites everyone to the Music Jam In The Park behind the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Come listen to music or come to showcase your talents. Call the Obion County Library at 885-7000 for more info.

Hog And Lamb Weigh-In Set

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Junior Livestock Association will hold its annual hog and lamb weigh-in Saturday at the Hunter Miller Livestock Barn at the County Fairgrounds in Union City.

The hog weigh-in is from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by the lamb weigh-in from 11 to noon.


Obion County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Recycling Center hopes you will take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, May 21. Bring you automotive and marine products, home maintenance products, home lawn and garden products and other miscellaneous items to the recycling center at 1003B Mount Zion Rd. between 8 a.m. and noon.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Smith, Steffes Named Officer, Dispatcher Of Year

Officer of the Year Patrolman Jeff Smith, right, with Lt. John Brewer. Dispatcher of the Year Lynn Steffes was not at the ceremony. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Patrolman Jeff Smith was named Officer of the Year and Lynn Steffes was named Dispatcher of the Year at a ceremony Wednesday at Paris City Hall.

Police Chief Chuck Elizondo made the announcements at the ceremony, which the Paris Police Department holds each year in conjunction with National Peace Officers Memorial Day, National Police Week and National Telecommunicators Week.

Elizondo said Smith is an officer who is “steady and consistent, works hard, is safe and has fun in the job.” He said Smith “is very good at his job and I’m very proud to have him as a Paris Police Officer.”

Smith has been with the local department for eight years, after serving two years with the Stewart Co. Sheriff’s Office, two years with the Dover Police and two years with the Clarksville Police Department.

Steffes has been dispatching with the local department since 2011 and came to that job from a background in nursing. She received her associate of science in nursing from Union University and went into the health care profession as a registered nurse, then into home health care, then to work at the 911 Emergency Communications Center.

Elizondo said her nursing background is a valuable asset. “She is able to visualize any medical situation that comes over the phone and communicate to all emergency responders. She is professional, proficient, calm and we are blessed to have her.”
Steffes was not present for the ceremony and her award will be presented to her on her next shift.

In his remarks, 911 Director Mark Archer said, “I’ll put our dispatchers up against any in the state. They just do a great job.”

The meeting room at City Hall was decorated with a memorial with empty boots and a shotgun and a table made up in honor of fallen peace officers. The flag outside City Hall was an half-staff.

Both Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell and City Manager Kim Foster voiced appreciation for the city police and 911 staff.

At the close of the ceremony, little Allie Carter handed out treats she had prepared for all the officers and 911 employees.

911 Director Mark Archer gives remarks at the ceremony, while Police Chief Chuck Elizondo looks on. (McFarlin photo).


Union City, Dresden Receive Economic Development Grants

Union City To Receive $450,000

(Artist's rendering of spec building for UC Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center)

Nashville, Tenn.- Fifteen Tennessee communities and counties have been selected to receive state grants to prepare sites for economic development projects, including Union City, Dresden and Gibson County.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced that the 15 communities would receive $5.7 million in Site Development Grants to prepare economic development sites for market.

The grants were also awarded to: Brownsville, Centerville, Coffee County, Humboldt, Lawrence County, Montgomery County, Pulaski, Ripley, Roane County, Shelbyville, Tiptonville, and Washington County.

The projects include water and sewer lines; paving and road building; transmission line relocation; and grading and clearing of properties.

In Union City, the $450,000 grant will go to the Union City Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center for grading of approximately 15.5 acres to create a pad ready site for a 105,000 square foot building that is expandable to 200,000 feet.

In Dresden, $290,700 will go to the Dresden Industrial Development Board Pad Ready Site for paving of the access road to allow the property to be easily accessible and more appealing to industrial prospects.

In Gibson County, $495,000 will go to the county’s Industrial Site South for relocation of transmission lines.

 “We want to help our rural communities build capacity and be ready for investment and economic success, and through the Site Development Grant program, all 15 communities will be able to succeed and grow,” Haslam said. “We’ve embraced change in our approach to workforce readiness with programs like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, and we want to congratulate all 15 communities on receiving these grants. I look forward to seeing each thrive and bring new business to our state.” 


Former Church Secretary Pleads Guilty To Theft

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-An Obion woman pleaded guilty to stealing funds from a church at which she worked and will be sentenced in July.

Nancy Kay Reed of Obion pleaded guilty in Obion County Circuit Court. She was indicted on charges that she stole funds from the First Christian Church in Union City, where she had worked as a secretary.

As part of the plea deal, Reed will serve eight years, but Judge Jeff Parham will determine on July 18 how the eight years will be served. The restitution amount set by the court was $84,499.69.


Large Number Of Vendors At Dresden Farmer’s Market


Dresden, Tenn.-The Dresden Farmer’s Market will be open this Saturday, May 14, with a large number of vendors. The vendors include Earth’s Bounty, Sincerity Farm, Our Green Acres, Five Starr Farms, G and G Feed and Produce, Jo P’s Sweet Treats, Barnes Produce, Northwest Tennessee Beekeepers Association, Paul’s Produce, Utopia Farm, Emma Newbill, Cowen Farms, Jim Crawford, and the Weakley Co. Health Department.

There also will be horse cart rides and live musical entertainment.

The market opens at 8 a.m. and is located at Terry Oliver Plaza on Linden Street in Dresden.

UC Man In Jail For Two Separate Incidents

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested for stealing a car and disorderly conduct involving two different incidents.

Patrick Polk of 1108 Exchange St. was taken to the Obion County Jail on the charges.

He was already in jail on the disorderly conduct charge when officers informed him he also was charged with stealing a car from 209 Royal St. According to the police report, the owner had left the car running in the street when she saw Polk jump in it and drive off. She told officers she already knew who he was because he had been involved with thefts involving her relatives.

Earlier, officers had investigated a call about Polk causing problems at 403 S. Sixth St., an apartment complex, at which he was playing loud music from the vehicle, beating on peoples’ doors and tearing up decorations on doors.


 UC City Council Rezones Property To Industrial

Union City, Tenn.-Union City City Council last night rezoned property owned by Wayne Barker on Highway 21N from R-1 low density residential to planned industrial.

Council also purchased a new dozer for $130,000 and sold several pieces of property including 419 Home Street and 305 N. Taylor to Bryan Cannon, and 221 E. Gibbs to Gary Gill.

Council also authorized solicitation of bids to demolish the property at 617 Harrison St.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PSSD Looks Ahead To Inman Multi-Purpose Facility

Board Recognizes Inman Beta Club

Inman Students Izzy Authers, Emilee Brown, Hailey Prince and Winnie Jones perform for the PSSD board (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-With Inman Middle School sports making great strides in the past two decades, it is coming to the time when a multi-purpose facility is needed, according to Inman Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Bob Markum.

Markum spoke at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Paris Special Schools District board of education meeting, informing the board that Inman now offers ten sports that involve 164 different students. That compares to four team sports that involved 79 students 20 years ago and the facilities have not changed measurably since then.

Tuesday’s meeting was held at Inman School.

Markum said, “We love it that the kids are so involved and so excited, but there is a down side, too. And that is limited practice space.” Markum said in addition to the gym, the school ‘weight room’ is basically a 24’ by 24’ equipment closet, with as many as 68 athletes conditioning at one time.

“Teams have limited practice space,” he said, and that produces limited options to split time and space, delay practice times until space is available, use off-campus facilities or call off practices because of no availability.

The multi-purpose facility that Markum proposed should consist of restrooms, a practical weight room and open area with retractable netting for space that could be utilized by all teams and students. The phys ed classes also could use it, he said.

The most practical location, he said, would be at the south end of the practice field.

Director of Facilities Richie Chilcutt said the school has had to turn down some equipment donations “because we just don’t have the space”.

Director of Schools Mike Brown said, “We’re not expecting you to take action on this tonight. It’s just to apprise you of the situation and so we can put it in our building plans for the future.”

Board President Richard Edwards asked for Brown, Markum and Chilcutt to get together and come up with some plans and figures for the board to look at at a future meeting.

In other business:

--The board recognized the accomplishments of the Inman Beta Club and heard a musical presentation from Izzy Authers, Emilee Brown, Hailey Prince and Winnie Jones. They placed fourth in the state in group talent show.

Others recognized were: Avery Hatcher, second in state for her oil painting and she will be going to nationals; and students in the math competition: John and Kyle Watkins, tied in the top ten; Rachel Mitchell, first in 8th grade at IMS; Kashaina Nucum, first in Northwest Tennessee and 9th in state.

Beta Sponsors are: Becky Wilson, Karen Goodman and Eric Wilson.

--The Rhea School building expansion is progressing well, according to Contractor Cary Henson and Architect Ben Witt. The project has begun with removal of trees on the side of the building, but will begin in earnest once the school year is over.

Inman Athletic Director Bob Markum addresses the board. (McFarlin photo).

Local Flash Mob Video To Be Filmed At Eiffel Tower


Practicing indoors on a recent rainy day. (Chamber photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will film a choreographed flash mob dance to “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” at Eiffel Tower Park at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 19th, using several videographers and a BPU bucket truck. The video production will be shown at the Chamber’s membership banquet and then shared on YouTube.

Chamber Vice President and Henry County Clerk Donna Craig and Caleb Grissom, Commercial Bank, have choreographed the sequence and will have a rehearsal at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 18th, at Eiffel Tower Park. Craig said “This is easy and lots of fun! We hope everyone will come out and be a part of this community video.”


Reward Offered For Firearms Theft

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of stolen firearms and the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties.

A large number of firearms were stolen from a metal building on property on Jones Bend Rd. The owners are not Henry County residents and use the spot as a vacation get-away and are not there often. The theft occurred between May 6 and May 9.

Stolen items include an American West Arms 45 caliber Peacekeeper revolver, American West Arms model 1873 Colt revolvers, other Western revolvers, Glock, Kimber, Keltec, Taurus, Beretta, Ruger, Navy Arms, Walter, Springer, Sig Sauer, USR, Uberti and HK handguns.

The list includes Mauser, Marlin, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Amisport, Winchester CZ, Browning, JP Custom, Springfield rifles and shotguns, and Rock River Arms AR 15, Bushmaster AR15, Thompson Center 50 caliber black power rifles, other specialty weapons, range finders and accessories.

Call Investigator Gary Vandiver with any information at 642-1672 or the confidential hotline at 642-0929.

Doing The Dab: Henry County High School-Style


Paris, Tenn.-During their walk-through at Lakewood School today, members of the Henry County Class of 2016 took time to do the dab in front of the school building. Seniors did walk-throughs today at the county’s elementary schools and Grove School. (Dana Allen photo).


New Class Is Graduated From Police Academy

Martin, Tenn.-The Martin Police Department recently graduated the 27th Session of the Citizen’s Police Academy. The 2016 members of the Martin community received their diplomas in a special ceremony held at the Martin Recreational Complex. Over 500 citizens have been graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy since its inception in 1993.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a chance for citizens that live or work in Martin to get a first-hand view of the operations of the Martin Police Department. After graduating, citizens have a better understanding of what police officers face every day. The class met one night a week for ten weeks. Topics of instruction included use of force, undercover drug operations, crime scene investigation, DUI enforcement, criminal law, firearms, and other areas.

Also during the ten week class the participants were required to ride with a Martin Police officer at least two times during the course of the class.  



Dover Eagle Fest Set This Weekend


Dover, Tenn.-The 10th annual Eagle Fest will be held this weekend in the town of Dover and the festivities will include fireworks, a military salute, food, games, rides, crafts, inflatables and a mechanical bull.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park will also be operating free shuttle rides from Dover to the park for Eagle Tours on both Saturday and Sunday. The shuttles will leave from Dover beginning at 10 a.m. and leave at the top of the hour through the afternoon on both days. Visitors to the park will be shown the Bald Eagles that have a nest at Fort Donelson, along with their newborn Eagle.

Opening ceremonies for Eagle Fest will be held in Dover at 10 a.m. Saturday and fireworks will be held at 9 p.m. Sunday. On both Saturday and Sunday, the food, games, vendors, rides, inflatables and crafts will be centered in downtown Dover. On Friday, there will be musical entertainment in the evening.


City Budget Work Session Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Commission, City Manager Kim Foster and department heads will be meeting for a budget work session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Emergency Communications Office on Brewer Street.

Foster said, “As we do each year, we will be discussing the proposed budget in an informal and informative way, giving the Commissioners an opportunity to ask questions.”  


Obion County Library Staff Now County Employees

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Commission voted 17-1 Monday to recognize staff of the Obion County Public Library as county employees.

The commission’s Monday morning meeting was the first to be held in the new conference room in the County Mayor’s Complex across from the county courthouse.

The library for years has been operated jointly between Obion County and Union City, with funds assessed according to population.


“Burgers In The Park” Set For Thursday

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Kiwanis Club will host the 11th annual “Burgers in the Park” fundraiser Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park.

Meals of burgers, chips, drinks and dessert will be served for $5, with proceeds benefitting children’s programs. Tickets can be purchased by calling 885-2599 or purchase at the event.

Atkins-Porter Association To Meet

Paris, Tenn.—The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the A-P Recreation Center on Highland St.

USDA Official Mary Hickman will be speaking about Preserve Paris and will share federal grant and loan information.

The planned neighborhood-wide June 11 yard sale also will be discussed.

Monday, May 16, 2016

First Delinquent Tax Sale In A Decade “Definite Success”

Katilyn Farris Honored As “Henry County Reader”

Katilyn Farris is honored by County Mayor Brent Greer as her teacher Pam Young, County Clerk Donna Craig and Deputy Clerk Janet Scott look on. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The first delinquent tax sale in Henry County in over a decade was a definite success, producing over some $373,000 in delinquent tax revenue, according to county officials at Monday night’s meeting of the county commission.

The recent sale was conducted by Henry County Clerk and Master Mary Burns and her staff, and Burns said after the meeting the amount collected in delinquent tax revenue so far this year is $441,000.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “We stand in better shape on delinquent taxes than in any time in the 18 years since I’ve been in office. We had a very successful sale, with significant funds coming to the county. We have produced a financial windfall for the community.”

County Attorney Rob Whitfield said the sale generated $165,000 to the county and $52,000 for the city of Paris. “We’re very pleased about that,” he said.

Greer noted that the county purchased ‘a significant number of properties and that gave us pause because of the complicated nature of the proceedings.’ Even after all the notices received by the original property owners throughout the proceedings, the original owners still have a period in which they can redeem their properties and Greer said, “We want to make sure we properly handle the revenue through the whole procedure.”

Both Whitfield and Greer said the state tax delinquency laws are ever-changing. Whitfield said the original owners know that there are redemption periods, but “They need to start on it as soon as possible.”

Greer said, “We hoped to have a resolution before you tonight after we determined the proper accounts for the revenue, but we have to talk to the local jurisdictions first and get the most up-to-date information. This is a complex matter.”

Upon Greer’s recommendation, the commission recessed its meeting instead of adjourning and will continue the meeting at a later date once the proper resolutions have been prepared.

At the outset of Monday’s meeting, Lakewood First Grader Katilyn Farris read to the commission and guests. W.G. Rhea Public Library Director Connie McSwain and Greer honored Katilyn as a “Henry County Reader” for her achievements and progress in reading.

She is the daughter of Jeremy and Samantha Farris and was accompanied to the meeting by her parents and Teachers Roxanne Hendrix and Pam Young.

McCartney Produce Grand Opening Set For Thursday


Paris, Tenn.-McCartney Produce will be holding its grand opening in its new location beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19. McCartney Produce’s new location is on Culley Drive just off of Hwy. 641S in Paris.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. with remarks by Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, State Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris and State Sen. John Stephens.

The ribbon-cutting will be held at 10:30 a.m.

McCartney Produce recently completed construction on its new location after decades of being located in downtown Paris.


Triton Boats Owners Tournament Set This Weekend


Buchanan, Tenn.-Triton Boats will host its 17th annual Triton Owners Tournament beginning Thursday, May 19, and ending on Saturday, May 21, on Kentucky Lake. Over 350 boats will launch out of Paris Landing State Park Marina for two days of legendary fishing that Kentucky Lake is known for.


 Triton owners, fishing partners and their families come from across the country to this annual event. Tournament highlights include a banquet on Thursday, May 19 to kick off the event with thousands of dollars in raffle prizes being handed out to participants. Two days of fishing are next in store for participants with lunch on Saturday for anglers. After weigh-in is complete, more raffle prizes handed out and a new TOT Champion is crowned, one lucky Triton owner will go home with a brand new Triton Boat with Mercury Motor. 


 “The Triton Owners Tournament is more than a bass tournament; it's a family reunion.   We anticipate this year's event to be one of the best ever for our Triton owners and their families from across the nation for two days of fun, fellowship and great bass fishing on renowned KY Lake.  The local communities around Paris Landing always welcome our owners with a heart-felt welcome,” according to Adam Adkisson, Vice-President of Marketing, Triton Boats.


 “We look forward to the Triton Owners Tournament each year.  With over 350 boats, it is by far the largest fishing tournament we host at Paris Landing State Park,” according to David Hamilton, CEO, Henry County Alliance.


 Weigh-in for the event will be held at Paris Landing Marina beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Tom Moody Scholarship Available At Triton Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.-Triton Boats is partnering with Bethel University to offer the Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship at the 2016 Triton Owners Tournament. The scholarship will be awarded to the highest finishing eligible team at the tournament this weekend. Bethel will offer a $5,000 per year scholarship and a position on the Bethel University Fishing Team to the winner.

The scholarship opportunity is open to anyone ages 16-19 fishing the Triton Owners Tournament. Eligible participants must be 16, 17, 18 or 19 years old at the time of the event. During tournament registration, persons interested can apply.

Bob Valentine Wins Outstanding Teacher Award


Murray, Ky.-Murray State Senior Lecturer Bob Valentine of Paris has been named the Max Carman Outstanding Teacher for 2016 for Murray State. The award recognizes professors who excel in the classroom and exhibit overall teaching excellence. Professors are nominated by the student body.

Valentine is a senior lecturer in journalism and mass communications. He also has been selected as Murray State’s “Best Faculty Member” in the Best of Murray Student Poll in the Murray State News for the past four years.

Valentine has been a member of the faculty since 1974 and has served as guest director for both the MSU Theater and the Murray Community Theater. He also is editor/publisher for Murray Life magazine and has published two books and has portrayed Mark Twain and Thomas Edison in area productions.


Tornado Relief Funds Set Up For Graves County Victims

Mayfield tornado touches down. (Trey Lancaster photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Mayfield, Ky.-The National Weather Service has declared the storm that hit Mayfield and Graves County, Ky., last week was an EF3 tornado, with winds as high as 140 mph.

Meanwhile, clean-up will continue for some time as Graves County residents try to put the pieces of their lives back together. Millions of dollars in damage was reported as homes and businesses were destroyed and damaged.

For those who want to help, there are several ways to donate.

His House Ministries has established the Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund. You can mail your donation to Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund, c/o His House Ministries, 1250 State Route 303, Mayfield, KY 42066.  The church is also taking calls from individuals, church groups and other organizations wishing to help in cleanup and recovery efforts. Call Pastor Tony Adams at 270-247-7772.

The website is at:

The Mayfield-Graves County Expo Center, located at the county fairgrounds there, also is serving as a drop-off site for items such as non-perishable food, clothing, blankets, furniture, diapers, hygiene supplies and more.

The Paducah Red Cross also has set up cleanup and housing assistance. Graves Co. residents needing assistance, cleanup kits, housing assistance, etc., can call 270-442-3575.


Paris PD Awards Ceremony Set Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo announced that the Paris Police Department will conduct its annual awards ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.

Awards are given each year to the Officer of the Year and Dispatcher of the Year. The ceremony will be held at noon.


Dollar General Literacy Grants Awarded To Local Libraries

Union City, Tenn.-Each year, the Goodlettsville-based Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards millions of dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools and this year’s grant recipients include libraries in our area.

Summer Reading Grants have been awarded to the Friends of the Library of the Obion County Public Library in Union City, the Friends of the Houston County Library in Erin and the Ned R. McWherter/Weakley County Library in Dresden.

The grants provide funding to local organizations in 43 states to help with the implementation and expansion of summer reading programs.

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $110 million in grants that have helped more than 6.8 million individuals.


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