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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Paris Woman Arrested On Sex Charges Involving Juveniles


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman is being held on $250,000 bond in the Henry County Jail after being charged with aggravated rape and other related charges involving sexual contact with a mentally challenged 14-year-old boy.

Sheila Howard Caldwell, age 48, of 345 Harrison St. was arrested by Paris Police earlier today, charged with aggravated rape, two counts of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson said the suspect goes by both names (Howard and Caldwell) with her maiden name being Howard.

He said the charges stem from an incident that occurred around April 18, in which she had unlawful sexual penetration with a mentally challenged 14-year-old in the presence of a ten-year-old child.

He said she also allowed the children to watch sexually explicit video while allegedly giving them alcohol and cigarettes. The investigation continues and other charges are pending, he said.

Her first court date is June 6.

Annual Linemen Rodeo To Be Held At Paris Landing

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-If you’re wondering why all the electric poles have been set up at Paris Landing State Park, wonder no further.

The 19th annual Tennessee Valley Linemen Rodeo will be held at the state park on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11.

The event draws public utility workers from all over the region who will compete in arduous events over the two days.

The event is sponsored by the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the first time ever for BPU to host the event. BPU Director of Electric Department Cole Edwards said this morning, “This is a very big deal. We have 1000 people coming and they’re from all over, six different states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky.”

A total of 207 linemen are signed up to compete and Edwards said that is the most to have registered ever for the event.

Twelve lineman from BPU will be competing, he said. “Our guys always do well at this event every year. We’ve had guys who have placed in the top 3.” Categories include hurt man rescues, transformer change-out and obstacle course.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday and competitions will occur through 5 or 6 p.m. that day. The event will begin again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continue through the day.

The public is invited to attend and bleachers will be set up so that the public can watch the competitions, he said. A Kids’ Zone will be set up and that will include face-painting, climbing events, the Birds of Prey from Paris Landing and more. Air Evac will be setting up on the grounds.

A golf tournament and motorcycle ride also will be held in conjunction with the event and those will be held Thursday.

Edwards said, “We’re doing something here that nobody has done before. Every other year, the event is held in a big venue, like Gatlinburg. This the first time it’s been held at a smaller place and everybody really is looking forward to it.”

He said the motels in Paris and Dover already are booked for the event. “This is bringing a lot of people to our area,” Edwards said.


Rossville Man Killed In Henry County Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A young Rossville man was killed in a head-on two-vehicle accident early this morning in Henry County. Three people from McKenzie in the other vehicle were injured.

Caleb Kenyon, age 20, of Rossville in Fayette County was killed when his pickup truck crossed the centerline of Highway 22 near McKenzie, striking the other pickup truck head-on, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Kenyon was driving southbound.

The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m.

Injured in the accident were Eva Giles, age 20, and 12-year-old Michael Tyler Sexton and Jase Evans, age 3, all of McKenzie. Giles was driving the second pickup truck. According to the THP, all three were properly restrained, but were injured and taken to the local hospital for treatment.

According to the report, Kenyon was driving at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.

No condition report is available on the injuries of Giles and the two children.


Free Kids Fishing Derby Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-A free Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 3815 Foundry Hill Rd. near Puryear. The event will be held at a private pond brimming with largemouth bass and bluegill to ensure a full stringer.

The event is sponsored by theTennessee National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Friends of Tennessee NWR. Derby registration will begin at 9:30 am with fishing from 10 a.m.– noon. All hooks out of the water at noon at which time prizes will be awarded.

This event will be free for kids ages 12 and under, but children must have an adult with them. On the walk to the pond refuge staff and Friends members will host a Fishing Clinic in which kids will be able to learn how to cast, the best knots for tying on hooks, the best ways to hold a caught fish and safely remove the hook, as well as local fish identification.

It is recommended that participants bring their own fishing gear and tackle, however, fishing gear will be provided for those who don’t have any available. Bait will also be provided by the Friends group. It is also recommended if you want to keep the fish you catch, to bring a stringer or a bucket to take the fish home. For those that don’t want to keep the catch, we will have a cooler to donate your catch to help feed the critters at the LBL Nature Station.

Studies have shown that a person will likely not take up the fun sport of fishing if they have not been exposed to it before their teenage years. So come on out, bring a chair and a pole and help your child get hooked on fishing!

To get to the Kids Fishing Derby from Paris, take Highway 641 N. At mile marker 19 turn left onto Park Hill Road. At the end of the road, turn left onto Foundry Hill Road. At the fork, bear left and the derby location will be .5 mile past the fork on the right. Directional signs will be available leading your from Highway 641.

To RSVP, or for more information on this event or other activities at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please call the refuge office at 731-642-2091, or email at

UC Fire Hydrants To Be Flushed

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Public Works Department has announced it will begin the annual flushing of fire hydrants this week.

Hydrants will be flushed Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2.

Public Works Director Steve Ladd said residents may experience low water pressure while the hydrants are being flushed, but just briefly.

Urgent Blood Need For Paris Drive Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Lifeline Blood Mobile will visit downtown Paris this Thursday, June 2 for the regular monthly drive. The mobiles will be here noon to 6 p.m. and will be located at First United Methodist Church.

There is an urgent need for O negative and A negative blood types at this time. As summer arrives, more donors are taking trips and out of town for different reasons. So if you can, come and help make up for those who are off their regular schedules. Remember to bring your photo ID. And if you are pressed for time, you can register on line and save a few minutes before you come.


Kids Fishing Derby Set For Martin

Martin, Tenn.-The Martin Parks and Recreation Department and Martin Kiwanis Club are hosting its annual fishing derby for kids this Saturday. The event is for kids aged five to 14.

The event is held at the pond next to Westview High School. Participants should bring pole, bait, bucket and parents are invited to encouraged to attend.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Huge Crowd For Memorial Day Ceremonies

MIA Flag Honors William Wood Jr.

Gary Garner played "Taps". (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand for Henry County Memorial Day observance Monday morning. The new handicapped-accessible walkway around the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn was dedicated and an MIA flag was raised in honor of William “Bill” Wood Jr. of Paris, who has been missing in action since the Vietnam War.

Wood’s wife Janice Wood, helped County Veterans Services Director Bob Nolan raised the flag. Wood’s story was told by Leo Horne, Commander of the American Legion Post 89, which is named for Wood. The MIA flag was raised on a new flagpole on the Veterans Memorial. Horne said the money for the flagpole was donated by “a generous donor”.

Speaker for the ceremony was World War II Veteran Elmer “Scott” Welch of Springville, who was a bomber pilot for the 379th bomb group. Welch served in the European Theater, including on D-Day, and was wounded in action and returned to combat. A strong military, Welch said, “is essential to our freedom.”

Emcee for the ceremony was Rich Eckenrode, Commander of Amvets Post 45. Other commanders present were Disabled American Veterans David Holt and VFW Post 1889 Dale Routon.

Highlights of the commemoration included a reenactment of a military funeral, complete with a white horse-drawn hearse. The Henry County High School Madrigals performed and the colors were presented by the Tennessee State Guard. Gary Garner performed “Taps” and Ed Smith performed “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes.


Janice Wood, wife of William "Bill" Wood, who is MIA helped raise the new flag. (McFarlin photo).

Horse-drawn white hearse for the military funeral reenactment. (McFarlin photo).

Local Post Commanders lay wreaths at the Veterans Memorial. (McFarlin photo).


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fortner Family In Need Of “Everything” After Fire


Family, friends and firemen at the scene of yesterday's fire. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The family that was displaced by Saturday afternoon’s fire on Manleyville Road needs literally everything and several neighbors—and even people who do not know them—are helping to collect donated items for them.

Josh and Tauryannah Fortner family was thankfully playing outside with their kids when the fire started and were not injured. But their home at 2130 Manleyville Road is a total loss, as WENK/WTPR reported on Saturday.

Tauryannah Fortner said the family has a great need for clothes and said these are the sizes: Girls size 7-8 and size 6 and shoes size 2 and 12. Boys size 4/5 t and 11-12 shoes and size 18-24 months and 2t clothes and 7/8 shoes. Men's size 10 shoes and size 31-32 pants and large shirts and women's xl.

People who are helping the family have posted information on our FB pages and said the family needs ‘literally everything’, from a crib to an air mattress and all other household items. They also are needing a place to live.

Tauryannah Fortner told WENK/WTPR that people with items to donate can leave them at Furniture Exchange in Paris or take them to 485 Bob Richardson Rd. There also is a campaign being set up for the family.

The fire was battled by the Oakland Fire Department, which called for mutual aid from Mansfield volunteer firefighters and water from the Paris Fire Department.


 Member Of UTM Rodeo Team Fatally Injured During Rodeo


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn. – A member of the University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo team was fatally injured Saturday night while competing at the Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, N.J.

Coy Lutz, age 19, had recently completed his freshman season on the UT Martin team. He was majoring in criminal justice at UT Martin, where he registered points in seven different rodeos in 2015-2016.


He set career-highs across the board in bareback riding at the 48th Annual UT Martin Spring College Rodeo on April 14-16, tallying 78 points in the first round and 76 points in the short go for a 154 average. His opening round total was best in the field while his average score was tied for the top total in the event.

In a press release, the UTM athletics department said it was saddened to make the announcement. Lutz is from Howard, Pa.

“Coy was just an outstanding kid who had a real bright future,” UT Martin head coach John Luthi said. “He was a good student and he came from a great family. Even though he was only here for one year, his impact will always be felt here at UT Martin. He was a super human being who always took care of his business. It’s hard to imagine why something like this had to happen but we have faith that God is in control.”

The Cowtown Rodeo posted the following message on Sunday morning on its Facebook page: “Cowtown Rodeo and The Harris Family extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Lutz Family for the tragic loss of their son, Coy. During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved him.”

According to, Lutz was competing in the bareback bronc riding event when Lutz was bucked off and fell to the arena floor under the horse’s hooves and was stepped on several times.

His mother and father were in the audience and witnessed the tragedy. Arena staff were able to get the horse away from Lutz and came to his aid and the local EMS treated him at the scene.


Large Crowd For Cardboard Boat Regatta


The fun was seeing how long the cardboard boats could stay afloat. (Brent Hinson photo).

Union City, Tenn.-There was a lot of splishing and splashing going on at Discovery Park of America Saturday for the third annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Since its inauguration three years ago, the Cardboard Boat Regattas have become a highlight of the Memorial Day weekend in the area.

First place was awarded to Lightning Boat II from Vaughn Electric; second place to the SS Banana IV from the National Banana Pudding Festival; third place to Dreamcatcher from Walmart in Martin.

The Team Spirit Award was given to South Fulton High School. The Most Special Sinking was given to the Pond Jumpers and the Van Gogh Award to Team Ferrell.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Arrangements Set For Clifty Farm President Dan Murphey


Funeral arrangements have been announced for Clifty Farm President Dan Murphey of Paris who died Saturday morning at his residence. He was 73.  

Murphey was the current President of Clifty Farm Country Meats where he began work with his father in 1964 when it was a small family business and worked there for over 50 years.  Clifty Farm has grown to be a nationally and internationally recognized company.  He was also known for his Clifty Farm TV commercials filmed with County Music Stars like Grandpa Jones and Roy Acuff but his favorite ones were filmed with his family in his home on the farm.  He also served on the Board of The National Country Ham Association.  

Murphey was a former member and chairman of the Henry County Schools board of education and former Tennessee School Board Association Chairman.

He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon and Youth Sunday School teacher.  He was a longtime Paris Optimist Club Member where he also helped with their Boy Scout Troop.  

He was a former pilot and enjoyed flying.  He also enjoyed cattle farming on his family farm. 

He was born December 19, 1942 in Detroit, MI to the late Truman Murphey and the late Agatha Donaldson Murphey.

He was married on September 7, 1963 to Jane Burnett Murphey and she survives.  He is also survived by his one Daughter,  Beth Harrod of Paris, Tenn;  one Son,  Michael (Susannah) Murphey of Paris, Tenn;  one Sister,  Marilyn (Bob) Beach of Springfield, Mo;  nine Grandchildren,  Shaun Harrod, Jordan Harrod, Davy Harrod, Aiden Harrod, Janna Harrod, Jesse Harrod, Sam Murphey, Ben Murphey, and Emma Jane Murphey;  and Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn.  Visitation will be at First Baptist Church from  1 – 3 pm Sunday, May 29, 2016 with the Funeral Service at First Baptist Church at 3:00 pm Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Dr. Trent Bullock will officiate and Pallbearers will be Grandsons, Shaun Harrod, Jordan Harrod, Davy Harrod, Aiden Harrod, Jesse Harrod, Sam Murphey, and Ben Murphey.

There will be a Private Family Interment in the Murphey Family Cemetery on the family farm south of Paris, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to:  First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN  38242  or    The Charity of Your Choice.


Manleyville Road Home Destroyed By Fire


Oakland Firefighters Lt. Justin Silvestra and Tyler Irwin carry ladder back to their truck at the fire scene. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Manleyville Road home was destroyed by fire today, but all the residents of the home—including children—were uninjured. A Henry County EMS ambulance was called to the scene to monitor firefighters who had become overheated, however.

The two-story frame home at 2130 Manleyville Road is a total loss, according to Oakland Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Martin.

Martin said at the scene that his department was called to the fire at 12:08 p.m. “and when we got here, there was thick smoke. The flames had not broke through yet.”

The home is owned by Sarah Brewer and the Josh Fortner family are the residents of the home, he said. “Thankfully, no one was in the home when it started,” Martin said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said. “We won’t know the cause until we get in there and poke around some more.”

The Oakland Fire Department called for mutual aid from the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department and for water from the Paris Fire Department. The Oakland department had two trucks and seven firefighters at the scene and the Mansfield department had two trucks and nine firemen.

The EMS was called mostly as a precaution because a couple of firefighters were overheated and emergency personnel were monitoring them.


Local Groups Remember Veterans


American Heritage Girls group placing flags at Hillcrest Cemetery this morning. Top row, from left, Anna Daigle, Stella Hart, Emma Collins, Shannon Daigle, Michael Collins, Jessica Sutton; bottom row, Corbin Winston and Annabelle Collins. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Local groups have been busy this morning ensuring that our veterans are not forgotten.

Boy Scout Troop 28 was at Maplewood Cemetery and the American Heritage Girls and Trail Life were at Hillcrest Cemetery in Paris placing flags at the graves of all veterans. Both groups came prepared with plenty of flags and lists of all the veterans buried in the cemeteries.

Shannon Daigle of American Heritage Girls said, “We keep finding some veterans who aren’t on the list and we put flags on their graves, too.”



Levi Hamilton, Nate Lair and Brian Tower of Boy Scout Troop 28 placing flags at Maplewood Cemetery. (McFarlin photo).

Clifty Farms President Dan Murphey Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Clifty Farms President Dan Murphey died early this morning at his residence. Murphey was 73. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home. A full obituary will be provided as soon as arrangements are completed.


Memorial Day Events Planned At Fort Donelson

101st Airborne Fife And Drum Band To Perform


Flags adorn the graves of veterans at Fort Donelson National Cemetery. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Dover, Tenn.-This weekend’s Memorial Day ceremonies at Fort Donelson National Battlefield will include a performance by the 101st Airborne Fife and Drum Band on Sunday night as well as the annual commemorative events on Monday, Memorial Day.

The Monday Memorial Day commemoration begins at 11 a.m. at the National Battlefield Cemetery. The event is sponsored by Stewart County Veterans Service Office, VFW 4730, and local scouts as a remembrance ceremony, according to Park Superintendent Brian McCutchen.

"We invite everyone to join us as we remember the millions of servicemen and women who have honorably served and died in the defense of our nation," McCutchen said. Seating is not provided.

Other commemoration events will also take place in the days leading up to and after Memorial Day. Local Girl Scouts remembered the Veterans buried in the National Cemetery with flags at their gravesites.

On Sunday, May 29th at 6:00 pm visitors are encouraged to enjoy the unique, patriotic music of the 101st Airborne Fife and Drum Band at the National Cemetery.

In addition, on June 4th at 3:00 pm the Cumberland Winds concert band will perform at the Stewart County Visitor Center. These free concerts will provide beautiful music that pays tribute to our Veterans. Any location changes will be posted on or


Dream Factory, Volunteers Pitch In For Union City Boy

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City boy has had his dream come true.

Six-year-old Hudson Hayes has a rare form of skeletal dysplasia syndrome. Doctors says it’s the only case they know of and it causes his bones to be soft and will not allow him to walk on his own.

The only time Hudson can play without restriction is in a swimming pool. The Dream Factory in Dyersburg heard his story and decided to do something about it. They sent the family to Six Flags in St. Louis for the week while a small army of contractors and volunteers built an in-ground pool in his backyard. The family came home to a crowd of their family and friends and dozens of workers who helped make Hudson’s dream a reality.

For three days and nights, workers from all around the Midsouth put the pool in. Twenty-four different companies and organizations donated everything needed including the pool, a chair lift for Hudson, heaters and furniture.

Drugs, 75 Firearms Found In Greenfield Home

Greenfield, Tenn.-Drugs and 75 firearms were found in a home on Warsaw Street Greenfield when Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant.

Arrested was Jonathan Floyd, age 34. He was charged with possession of meth with intent to resell, possession of drug paraphernalia and use of a firearm during a felony. Also arrested was James Bruce, age 34, also of Greenfield, who was charged with possession of meth.

Deputies recovered nine grams of meth in two plastic baggies, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, along with the 75 firearms.

Equestrian Trail Open House, Discussion Set

Land Between The Lakes—Horse trail riders are invited to attend an open house at Wranglers Campground Pavilion from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Land Between The Lakes. The topic of discussion will be the Equestrian Trail 11 re-route. Forest Service staff will be available to answer questions and take comments. A map of the proposed route will be available for viewing.

This equestrian trail re-route is a mitigation for the trail that was eliminated during the US68/KY80 highway expansion project. For more information, contact Jamey Thweatt at 270-924-2097.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Let There Be Light


Paris, Tenn.-Street lights turned on early on the Henry County Court Square as darkness began falling before Thursday’s severe thunderstorm. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Portrait Of Late Joe Routon Is Unveiled


Stephanie Tayloe and Susan Pemberton with portrait of their grandfather, Joe Routon. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The portrait of former long-time Henry County Superintendent of Schools Joe Routon was unveiled at the quarterly meeting of the Henry County Historical Society Thursday evening.

Routon was a teacher for 19 years and Superintendent for 33 years. During his tenure as Superintendent, he worked with the local school board and Dr. E.W. Grove to ensure the founding of the first high school for Henry County, which was named E.W.Grove High School.

Susan Pemberton of Paris, a granddaughter of Routon, gave a presentation of Routon’s life and an overview of the Routon family, which was one of Henry County’s first pioneer families. Pemberton credited her cousin, Stephanie Routon Tayloe with providing much of the history and anecdotes for the presentation.

While Superintendent, Routon was introduced the first agricultural classes in the state, added speech, dramatics and art to the curriculum and worked with his brother, Senator S.J. Routon, to pass child labor laws in Tennessee. Also during his tenure, the Paris school district was created.

The portrait of Routon will be hung in a permanent location in the Henry County Courthouse along with other portraits that were unveiled previously of Former State Welfare Commissioner Christine Reynolds, former Associate Supreme Court Justice Howell Jackson and former Howard University President Mordecai Johnson. The portraits will be hung together at a later date. All of the portraits were painted by a local artist who wishes to remain anonymous.

Quota Presents Scholarships To Local Students

Back Row L-R: Hunter Lacy, Andrew Bigham, Whitney Rawls, Kendall Wimberly
Front Row L-R: Savannah Walker, Mallory Norwood, Rachel Hale, Peyden Valentine
Not pictured: Imari Thompson and Alex Watkins


Paris, Tenn.-Ten $1,000 Scholarships were presented to students at Quota’s May 25th luncheon at noon at Lee Academy lunchroom. 

Suzanne Richter, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, explained the process of choosing Quota Scholarship recipients to members and guests. 

2016 high school graduates receiving scholarships and their guests are: Peyden Valentine with his mother, Genese; Alex Watkins, who was unable to attend; Kendall Wimberly with her mother, Jenni Carroll and grandmother, Becky Page; Savannah Walker with her grandmother, Wanda; Hunter Lacy (receiving the Ruth Reynolds memorial scholarship) with his parents, Tony and Kristi Lacy and his grandmother, Quotarian Brenda Hosford. College students receiving scholarships and their guests are: Whitney Rawls with her mother, Tina; Mallory Norwood, with her mother, Natalie; Rachel Hale, with her daughter, Paris and her mother, Quotarian Sharon Hale; Andrew Bigham (receiving the Mary Sue Looney memorial scholarship) with his mother, Pam. Imari Thompson was unable to attend, but his mother, April, was there to accept the Routon Scholarship for him. 

Pat Stephens and Wilda Martin were also guests at the meeting. Pat Bailey installed a new member, Karen Kelly, whom she is also sponsoring.

Henry Countians Graduated From TOPS

By Lori Barrow

Henry County students Austin Barnes and Krislen Sherrill were graduated from the Tennessee Online Public School, based in Bristol, TN, on May 20. The Tennessee Online Public School had a graduating class of fifty-eight students this year, and thirty student attended the graduation ceremony in Bristol, TN.

Barnes is the son of Justin and Charlene Barnes, of Springville, and Lori and Troy Barrow, of Paris. Barnes had been with TOPS since its inception in 2012 and plans to study Nursing at Austin Peay State University. While at TOPS, Barnes has won the Service Learning Award. 

Sherrill is the daughter of Norris and Fran Sherrill of Paducah, Ky. and Larry and Elaine Conger of Paris, TN.. Sherrill graduated with honors and was recognized as being in the top 5 in her class and receiving the Physical Science Award. Ms. Sherrill will be moving to New York City in June to serve as a production assistant at Choice Films and Theatricals and will attend the T. Schreiber Acting Conservatory in September.

Principal Dr. Jason Horne said in his commencement address, "For parents, graduation means the end of a major worry, and for many of the these kids it's a worry they've had since these children were little children- wondering if they would make it to graduation or not, wondering if they would come home from school bruised physically or emotionally."

TOPS is a statewide public virtual school serving grades 9-12 in the state of Tennessee. It is our mission to prepare students for life in a flexible learning environment that values high achievement in all pursuits. TOPS is accredited by AdvancED, and its courses are certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center for Division I athletes. In addition, TOPS uses Google Apps for Education to provide students with cloud-based services and email and Canvas by for its Learning Management Service. TOPS was founded in 2012 and is part of the Bristol, TN City Schools system.

FOP Awards Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.-The Fraternal Order of Police Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 has announced the recipients of the 2016 college scholarships. Each graduating senior or college student will receive a $500 scholarship.

The recipients are: Jessica Alexander, Mason Crosser, William Gean, Jenny Howard, Justin Ramos, Savannah Stewart, Ashton Thompson, Clay Wyrick and Coltin Wyrick.


Summer In The Park Concert Series Begins

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Summer In The Park series begins this Saturday at Paris Landing State Park with a musical performance by Mike Holden of Paris.

The concerts are held at the park amphitheater from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a blanket.


Junior Ranger Day Camp Set

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Paris Landing State Park Junior Ranger Day Camp will be held June 6-10. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day for age groups six through 14. You may call the park office at 641-4465 or email for an application.


UC Man Charged With Stealing Gun, Evading Arrest

Union City, Tenn.-Following a foot pursuit by Union City Police Thursday evening, a Union City man on several charges, including possession of a stolen gun.

Arrested was Nedrick Jones of 621 N. Division St., Union City. He was charged with theft over $500, unlawful possession of a weapon and evading arrest.

Officers were called to the 500 block of East Main St. on a report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, they saw three black males on the sidewalk. When officers approached, Jones reportedly began walking away then began running. After a brief foot pursuit, Jones was taken into custody on the 700 block of E. Vine St.

During a search, officers found a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver which was stolen from a Union City resident on May 20.

Rites For Robert Wood Set

Union City, Tenn.-Long-time Union City Businessman and WWII veteran Robert Wilford Wood, 97, of Union City died May 25, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev.Drew Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Friday at White-Ranson Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials be made to Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He was born Dec. 25, 1918, in Union City, son of the later H.S. and Velma (Fisher) Wood, and he spent most of his life in Union City. He was a graduate of Union City High School. He married the former Ann Elizabeth “Betty” Burdick June 6, 1952. She passed away Oct. 9, 2003.

 He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was aboard a sub chaser from 1942-45 in the Pacific. At the time of his discharge, he was a Chief Petty Officer.

Prior to the time of serving his country, he had been manager of the former McElroy 5&10. After the war, he became affiliated with the Sam Shainberg Co. and managed the Pine Bluff, Ark., store before returning to Union City, where he served as manager of the former Black & White Store, later to be known as the former Shainberg’s, for 33 years before retiring in 1983. While manager of Shainberg’s, he hired and trained many managers and executives for the company. He had also managed Reelfoot Shopping Center since its development and was involved in many other civic and professional undertakings in Union City.  

A longtime member of Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he had been an elder and trustee and had been a Sunday school teacher for 40 years. He was also a member of Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar and Goodwill Shrine Club, all in Union City, and of Al Chymia Temple of Memphis. He had been a Boy Scout and was active in Boy Scouts of America for 37 years and was Named Pride of Obion County in 2004.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robin and Pat Wood of Union City; three grandchildren and their spouses, Courtney and Dr. Peter Lund of Chattanooga and Shelly and Jeff Hay and Trey Wood, all of Union City; five great-grandchildren, Dustin Scott, Garrett Hay and Cohen Wood, all of Unon City, and Petra Lund and Callista Lund, both of Chattanooga; two nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Henry County Hunters For The Hungry Are Honored

With their trophy, front row from left are Sheriff Belew and Ricky Ford; back row, Skip Hale, John McElroy, Captain Damon Lowe and Retired Captain Rod Frey. (HCSO photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received an award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation for its outstanding achievement in the “Hunters for the Hungry” program.

Sheriff Monte Belew said “This past deer season, the sheriff’s office was able to process 226 deer which produced approx. 9,000 lbs of meat that was given away to the citizens of Henry County. The “Hunters for the Hungry” program and the ‘Deputies for the Hungry’ program go hand in hand and that’s why we were able receive the ‘Sharing the Harvest’ award this year from the TN Wildlife Federation.”

According to Belew, since this program’s inception there have been a lot of people that have helped make this program a success. “Some of those people are Retired Captain Rod Frey, Skip Hale, Ricky Ford and John McElroy, just to mention a few. We would also like to thank our sponsors this year, Jamie Orr with Edward Jones and Hulme Sporting Goods,” he said.

Before his retirement, Skip Hale was the cook for the jail. Both Deputies Ricky Ford and John McElroy are co-directors of the Hunters for the Hungry program.

Welch To Speak At Memorial Day Event


Elmer "Scott" Welch was grand marshal of the Veterans' Day parade last year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Memorial Day commemoration service will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, May 30, outdoors on the courthouse lawn.

Highlight of this year’s event will be the dedication of the new handicapped-accessible walkway around the Veterans’ Memorial on the courtsquare.

Guest speaker will be Elmer “Scott” Welch, World War II veteran from Springville. Welch was the grand marshal of the Veteran’s Day parade last year.

Bagpiper Ed Smith of Paris will play “Amazing Grace”. The Tennessee State Guard will perform military honors.

The annual fun run will be held at 10 a.m. at the AMVETS Post on Hwy. 79N.

The public is welcome to both events. 

Storm Floods Roads In McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.-The severe thunderstorms that moved through our area flooded roadways in McKenzie, downed trees in Henry County and caused temporary power outages in some areas. Tammy Trevathan took this photo on Main Street in McKenzie during the height of the storm.

Discovery Park Sets Military Living History Event

Veterans And Dependents Admitted Free 

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America wants to bring history to life as they invite you to attend Military Living History on the Great Lawn on Memorial Day Weekend. This Memorial weekend event will pay tribute to these important wars and the people who fought in them. Whether you are a senior citizen coming to reminisce, or a parent hoping to find a unique way to educate your child or teenager, it is an opportunity not to be missed. The three days of Military Living History, May 28th – 30th, will occur on the Great Lawn during regular park hours, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Guests will experience the sights and sounds of these historical conflicts as well as at least two weapon demonstrations daily. The weekend is being sponsored by Union City Coca Cola, Leaders Credit Union and Reelfoot Bank.

Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy said all veterans, military and their dependents will be admitted free on Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day, with all other guests paying just $10 for a ticket that day. (Three and under will be free.) The park, which is usually closed on Mondays, will open regular hours on Memorial Day. Wrapping up the weekend, there will be a special ceremony on Memorial Day at 2:00 p.m. in the ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall. There will be special recognition of our visiting Veterans during this service. Everyone is invited, and it is free for all veterans, military and dependents, as well anyone with park admission.

The historians will be setting up their camps on Thursday and Friday, according to Gunlefinger, with a WWII Stuart Tank arriving around 4:00 p.m. Friday. Saturday, May 28th will be highlighted with weapons demonstrations at 1:30 and 3:30. On Sunday, May 29th,

 there will be a non-denominational Field Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Then, on Memorial Day, the 2:00 p.m. service honoring our veterans and military will complete the scheduled activities. However, all weekend long, guests are invited to visit with the historians, view their exhibits and learn about what life was like for the soldiers during these major historical conflicts.

Several vehicles from each of the wars will be on display on the Great Lawn throughout the weekend including several jeeps, a Vietnam “Mechanical Mule,” a “Mighty Mite,” an M3 Halftrack, a “Deuce and a Half” 2 ˝ ton truck and others.

Additional highlights during Memorial weekend at the park include a Cardboard Boat Regatta in the South Lake on Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 a.m. There will also be live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 until 9:00 at the Libation Station train bar, which is free to the public.

Discovery Park is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN. You can see the 2015 Calendar of Events, including upcoming educational and entertaining events, by visiting the website at . The park is open Tuesdays through Sundays, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is a unique blend of history, science, architecture, art and fun. 

Carroll County To Honor Memorial Day With Two Events

McKenzie, Tenn.-Carroll County will be offering two Memorial Day events, one in McKenzie and one in Huntingdon. Both will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30.

The city of McKenzie ceremony will be held at the downtown park. In case of rain, all activities will be moved to the Park Theater downtown.

Honorary speaker will be David Jarrett, Master Sergeant of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Jarrett is a 1988 graduate of McKenzie High School and he served in Iraq and Kuwait.

Music will be provided by Juliet, Jocelyn and Jessamyn Romines.

The Gordon Browning Museum, also located around the town square, will be open until 1 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Huntingdon’s ceremony will be held at Thomas Park located on East Main Street. Reserved seating and a red carnation will be provided for veterans and active military personnel who register before the ceremony. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

Featured speaker will be Tom O’Bryant, Carroll County Veterans’ Service Coordinator.

Hit And Run Driver Arrested After Accident

Erin, Tenn.-A man is under arrest on child abuse and DUI charges following a hit and run accident in Tennessee Ridge in Houston County on Tuesday.

Adam Caksakker was arrested after the accident which occurred on Main Street. A passenger in his car was airlifted by Air Evac to an area hospital and two small children in the car were not injured.

According to the press release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Caksakker was issued citations for multiple offenses, including child abuse and neglect and DUI.

A deputy was able to locate his vehicle on Hurricane Loop shortly after the accident.

Long-Time Union City Business Leader Dies

Union City, Tenn.-Long-time Union City businessman Robert Wood, 97, died Wednesday evening, May 25 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City. 

Arrangements will be announced by White-Ranson Funeral Home today. 

Dresden Receives $290,700 Grant For Industrial Site

Dresden, Tenn.-The city of Dresden has received a $290,700 grant to make its city industrial site ready for industrial prospects. Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd and Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development Amy New stopped by Dresden City Hall Tuesday to present the Dresden Industrial Board with the site development grant check.

The total project is for $306,000 and the city Industrial Board will supply five percent, or $15,300.

According to Mayor Jeff Washburn, the funds will be used to pave the access road to make the road more easily accessible. A portion of the funds will be used to install foundation gravel for a parking lot for a prospective industry.

Paris City Memorial Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris has announced its Memorial Day closings. City Hall will be closed Monday, May 30, while all emergency services will be on regular schedule.

Also closed: City of Paris Public Works Department. Monday and Tuesday garbage routes will be run Tuesday.

The landfill will be closed Monday and reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The city animal shelter will be closed Monday and reopen 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Paris Civic Center will close Monday and reopen 6 a.m. Tuesday. Gerald Howard Municipal Pool will open for the season on Memorial Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pool is located in Eiffel Tower Park.

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.

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