Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Traffic Being Re-Routed Around Paris Accident
The Henry County Rescue Squad, Highway Patrol, Paris Police and Paris Fire Department are on the scene of the accident. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Traffic is being re-routed around the scene of a serious accident on Veterans’ Drive in which an SUV overturned. Paris Police ask that motorists avoid the area as emergency personnel are busy at the scene.
Two people are seriously injured in the wreck and as of 5 p.m., emergency personnel were working to extricate one of the people from the vehicle.
The accident occurred on Veterans’ Drive, between the Sonic restaurant and Dunlap Street.
We will report more details as they are available.
Festival of Trees Opens Today
Library Display Wins "Most Original"
W.G. Rhea Public Library won "Most Original" for its creative tree of books. With the tree are Library Youth Director Kayla Nation and Library Director Connie McSwain. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The annual Festival of Trees opens today at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center and the festive display of decorated trees will be available for viewing until December 23.
Winners of the tree-decorating contest were announced at Tuesday morning’s Chamber Coffee. Winning Most Original was the creative tree of books put together by W.G. Rhea Public Library.
Other winners were Best in Theme: first place, First United Methodist Church of Paris; second, Henry County officials; and third, Henry County High School State Champions.
The Peoples’ Choice winner will be voted upon by visitors to the display and will be announced after December 23. Some 20 trees decorated by community members, businesses and officials are in the display, which is co-sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.
A highlight of the Chamber Coffee this morning was the State 5A Football Trophy that was won by the Henry County Patriots on Friday night. People at the coffee took photos of it and wanted their pictures taken with it.
Theme of the display this year is “A Storybook Christmas”. The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday each week from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers from the DPA will man the event. The Heritage Center is located at 614 North Poplar Street.
Henry County Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder just had to touch the State 5A Football Trophy on display at the Festival of Trees this morning. The gold trophy was won by the Henry County Patriots Friday night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Union City Christmas Parade a Cold, But Crowded Affair
Union City, Tenn.-Despite the blistery temperatures Monday night, a good crowd was on hand for the annual Christmas Parade in Union City. Some 60 entries were in the parade this year and the evening included the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the court square. A highlight of the parade was the appearance of the Union City High School Football Team, which won the state Class 1A championship Friday. Top photo shows the Union City High School Band getting ready for its appearance in the parade, while the bottom photo shows the people of David's Chapel Baptist Church in Hickman, Ky. as they try to stay warm in the parade. (Photos by Mitzi Hailey).
Stewart County Christmas Parade Reset for Sunday
Dover, Tenn.-The Stewart County Christmas parade has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15. Lineup begins at noon at First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Other events will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14...The Lighting of the Dover Christmas Tree will take place at the City Park on Colson Road at 5 p.m.(along with Christmas in the Park, which is being lit up from 5-8 p.m. each night beginning tonight), Stewart County Middle School will have its chili supper, First Baptist Church will have its "Starry Night" event from 5-9 p.m. and Taylor's Chapel will have its "Follow the Star" from 5:30 - 8 p.m. (also on the 12th and 13th).
The Historical Society Brier Rose Festival of Trees will open on Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon until 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, same hours. The display will remain open for Sat/Sun throughout December from noon to 3 p.m. the following weekends.
Two Sentenced to Jail For Bus Garage Break-In
Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris residents were sentenced to Henry County Jail for breaking into the Henry County Schools bus garage in February of 2013.
Tracy Bell Robins and Josh James Harris, both of 413 Routon St., were sentenced in Henry County Circuit Court Monday to 30 days in jail each. They had been charged with the break-ins and had been found guilty during a trial in October to an amended charge of criminal trespassing.
Excavator Specs, Herbicide Demo Set for January
Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in short and routine session Monday night, the Henry County Highway Department Board (Road Board) decided to wait until the January meeting to make a decision on the purchase of an excavator.
Board members have been discussing the need for a new excavator and Department Head Ray Norwood said he will bring the specs to the next meeting for a decision.
A representative from Chem Pro was at the meeting and said he would like to perform a roadside demonstration for board members. He said his company could apply herbicide that would reduce the need for mowing and reduce wear and tear on equipment. He will perform the demo in January.
Board members approved a quit claim request from James Ivey for property on Walker Loop. The board will recommend approval by the Henry County Commission.
The 30-day work plan was approved and includes widening the curve at Herrondale West Rd.; cutting roots out of the board on India Rd.; fixing culvert at Dale Cemetery Rd. and Jones Bend Rd.; cutting limbs in the Buchanan area; fixing potholes in Sparks Rd., Herrondale Rd. and Henry-Midway Rd.
UC Police Investigating Truck, 4-Wheeler Theft
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating the theft of a truck and a four-wheeler from the parking lot of a local business over the weekend. According to the police report, the owners of a truck and four-wheeler parked at the Tenn Title Loan Co. 121 W. Reelfoot Ave. reported they parked the vehicles there Friday and when they returned Sunday, they were gone.
A witness said he saw someone in a blue S-10 truck placing the four-wheeler from one truck to the other.
Obion Police called Sunday night to report finding the truck on Spring Valley Dr.
Steele Speaks to Quotarians
Norma Steele, center, speaks to the Quota Club, while Brenda Hosford and Stephanie Tayloe listen. (Martha McFadden photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Paris-Henry County Heritage Director Norma Steele spoke to the Paris Quotarians about “Women”, who she said “all have a goal, meaning and purpose in life.”
Paris, she said, is a special place to be and she said she enjoys walking down the sidewalks and recalling her childhood days. She read the Quota objectives to the group and reminded members that the phrase, “To promote high ethical standards” is an important part of the Quota objectives.
Pecans are still available for sale at $10 for one-pound bag.
Qualifying Petitions Being Accepted in Benton
Camden, Tenn.-Upcoming Democrat and Republican Primaries will be held in Benton County on May 6 and the elections will be busy, with all county offices included on the ballots except tax accessor.
Qualifying petitions will be accepted until February 20. To qualify to be on the ballot each candidate must obtain 25 signatures of registered voters in Benton County. Petitions must be turned in to the Benton County Election Commission Office by noon on Feb, 20.
Winners of the County Primary Election, along with any independent candidates, will go on to the County General and State Primary election to be held on Aug. 7, 2014. At that time, candidates for the Benton County Commission and School Board will also be elected. Winners of the County General Election in August will take office in September.
For further information, or for qualifying information, contact the Benton County Election Commission Office at 584-6144.
Erin Tree Lighting Rescheduled
Erin, Tenn.-The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Craft Fair in Erin has been rescheduled to Friday, December 13. The event was postponed from December 6 due to the ice storm that day.
The Craft Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in City Hall with country ham giveaways during the day. Pictures with Santa will also be available from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., the Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held outside on the court square.
Monday, December 9, 2013
"Paschall's Magical Christmas" Opens For the Season in Hazel
Paschall's Magical Christmas is all lit up for the season. (Photo courtesy of Murray Ledger & Times).
Hazel, Ky.-Once again, Paschall’s Magical Christmas has opened for the season with its huge display that draws visitors from far and wide. Barbara and John Paschall begin weeks ahead of time to put up the 70,000 computerized lights that are in sync with Christmas music.
The display is located at 404 State St in Hazel and runs Sunday through Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 until 10 p.m. The display is located right on the state line and is one block from 641N.
The massive display takes up the Paschall’s front and side yards and the Paschalls try to bring new creations into the display each year.
The “Tree of Hope” will be on display this year, in which visitors can buy a flag to put in the display for a $5 donation to recognize a loved one who has won or lost their battle with cancer. Last year the display netted some $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
Once again, the Paschalls are collecting canned goods for the Murray Need Line at the display, too.
HCHC to Celebrate 50 Years with Events This Week
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County
Healthcare Center will celebrate a milestone on Monday, December 9 – 50 years
of service to the Henry County community.
To recognize this exciting anniversary, HCHC will host two events open
to the community.
December 9, join HCHC staff for a celebration reception in the Plumley
Rehabilitation lobby from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
HCHC will serve cake and punch and give away their new, 50th
anniversary bags to the community in attendance. Door prizes will also be given away at the
on Wednesday, December 11, join the HCHC staff again in the Plumley
Rehabilitation lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free cookout event. The 50th anniversary bags will
also be available and door prizes awarded including tickets to the new Hobbitt
movie on December 19 at 6:30 p.m.
also plan to deliver anniversary cookies to various patients at HCMC during the
week. Visitors to HCHC are welcome to
tour the facility during the events and to check out our new Stroke
Rehabilitation program at HCHC.
information on the anniversary activities call 731-644-3863 or call the
Healthcare Center at 731-642-5700.
Santa Claus Confirms He Will Be at Santa’s Village
Martin, Tenn. – For the past 28 years, Santa Claus has made the trek to Martin and enjoyed his stay at Santa’s Village. This year will be no different. The big man in the red suit confirmed he will be here for Santa’s Village, Dec. 12-15, at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex.
“I love talking to children and being myself around them,” Claus said. “I want to spread good cheer.”
Santa said he has always asked children what they want for Christmas. “Sometimes they just nod their head, and I ask them to tell me one thing they want.”
A couple of years ago during the Friday preview day, two first-graders, about 20 minutes apart, asked Santa for something real simple.
“They wanted Bibles,” Claus said. “It just about brought tears to my eyes. And I have heard everything. A year ago, a young man in his early twenties didn’t know if he wanted to see me or not. He finally came up to me and asked for a new pair of blue jeans …
“I had a little girl sit in my lap not long ago and all she wanted was her daddy to come home for Christmas from Afghanistan.”
Santa Claus did cry. He said, “We will see what we can do.”
As the little girl walked away, Santa grabbed a candy cane and got up out of his chair. He walked toward the little girl and said, “Here is a candy cane for your daddy. Give it to him with a big hug and tell him I said thank you for what he does.”
Santa said he has heard some great stories with some simple wishes and the only thing he can say is, “We will see if we can make that happen.”
Santa Claus knows he has some non believers, but he is quicker than a ho-ho-ho. “I am real.”
Santa’s Village is slated for 6-9 p.m., Dec. 12-13; all day Dec. 14 and from 1-5 p.m., Dec. 15. Santa and the enchanted forest will be at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on the UT Martin campus.
Gingerbread House Workshop on Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.-A Sugar and Spice Family Gingerbread House Workshop will be held from 5-7 p.m. December 10 at the W.G. Rhea Library. The event is free.
Register at the circulation desk or call the contact number 642-1702. Kids must bring an adult to help construct and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. Please bring at least one store bought edible embellishment to share with the group.
Free Drama Workshop Offered at The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center has announced the return of The Dixie Youth Theater classes to begin in January. The Center will kick start the semester with a free drama workshop Thursday, December 19, at 5 p.m.
Children in grades K-12th are invited. The workshop will include improvisation, stage etiquette, interpretive play and should last about an hour. The classes will be taught by Stephen and Brittney Williams. For more information, call 731-986-2100. RSVP by December 20. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land Between The Lakes Re-Opens
Golden Pond, Ky.~Land Between The Lakes reopened on Monday, December 9. Christmas tree permits will be available as planned at the Administrative Office from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
Many back roads at Land Between The Lakes received little to no sunlight due to tree coverage. Visitors are asked to use caution while driving, as patches of ice still exist in these areas.
Democrat Women To Meet
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will hold its annual installation ceremony at its meeting this month. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Tom’s Steak House.
Glenda Carter, West Tennessee Vice President for the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women will install officers for 2014.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Cottage Grove Man in Stable Condition Following Wreck
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-A young Cottage Grove man is in stable condition in the trauma unit of Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville today after he was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident.
Austin Satterfield, 18, of Cottage Grove, was driving a pickup truck on Lampkins Rd. outside of Cottage Grove Sunday morning when the truck reportedly overturned. The young man was in his vehicle for an hour before he was found and reportedly is suffering from a collapsed lung and head injury.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident and local emergency medical personnel responded. Because of the hazardous road conditions Sunday morning, emergency personnel were hampered in getting to the vehicle for a time.
Ice Storm is For the Birds
Paris, Tenn.-The remnants of Saturday night's freezing rain remain on a bird feeder on Park Street in Paris Sunday morning, and trees, bushes and the eaves of roofs also are encased in ice. It may be pretty to look at, but the ice storms over Friday and Saturday night have made travel hazardous, with numerous wrecks reported in our local area. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Two Found Dead After Big Sandy Fire
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Big Sandy, Tenn.-Two people were found dead Saturday morning in the charred remains of a fire that destroyed a mobile home overnight Saturday.
According to both Benton County Sheriff Tony King and Big Sandy Fire Chief Larry Waters, the fire occurred overnight but no one was aware of it until a neighbor found the fire had happened Saturday morning.
"I know it sounds odd," King said, "but it's a remote country road, a gravel road, with just a few trailer homes on it and the neighbors aren't close by, so no one even knew there had been a fire during the night".
Fire Chief Waters said the landlord found the aftermath of the fire Saturday morning when he dropped by and called 911. "It had completely burned up by the time we were called," Waters said, "It wasn't even burning anymore. The fire had completely gone out."
King said it appears the victims were adults, but authorities aren't ready to release any identifications. "We know who lived there, but we can't be sure that is who was in the trailer when the fire started," he said. The remains have been sent to the Tennessee Medical Examiner's office for identification, he said.
The investigation is continuing into the fire, with help from the sheriff's investigators, Big Sandy Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's arson investigators, King said.
"It's just a tragic accident," King said. "At least we're hoping we find out that's all it was."
Family Homeless After Fire Destroys Home
Puryear, Tenn.-A family lost everything they owned in a fire Saturday morning at their home on Rowe School Road. A collection is being organized for the family to meet their immediate needs.
Puryear Fire Chief John Wolters said the fire was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the one-story frame home around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, He said the home was 100 years old.
Wolters said everyone got out of the home safely. Puryear Volunteer Firemen were assisted by the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department, he said, and stayed on the scene until 4:30 p.m. He said the fire flamed up once and firefighters returned to damp it out again.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, he said, and an investigation continues.
Residents of the home were Michael Roberts, son Cody and fiancée Brittney Kohler.
Friends of the family are organizing a collection of items for them. Items can be taken to S&R Feed Store Tack and More at 45 Muzzall St. (off of Hwy. 79N) and the Paris Veterinary Clinic on Hwy. 79N.
Friends report that Kohler wears a size 12 pant, large shirt, size 10 shoes and medium to large women's scrubs for work. Roberts wears large shirt, 34-35 pants and size nine shoes. Cody wears a boy's size 12 pants and size four shoes.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Crowds Greet Patriots' to Celebrate at Patriot Stadium
Mike Wilson of Paris took the photos of the football team celebrating with the state title trophy at Patriot Stadium early Saturday morning when the team returned.
Paris, Tenn.-There are many weary and bleary-eyed Henry Countians today, hoarse (and maybe even still cold) from a long day of traveling in bitter cold and dangerous driving conditions to cheer on their Henry County Patriots' football team, which late Friday night won the State Class 5A Championship in Cookeville. In a hard-fought battle that went down to the final seconds of the match, the Patriots defeated Knoxville West by a score of 28-27.
When the team buses and caravan of fans arrived back in Henry County early Saturday morning, they were greeted by hundreds of fans waiting for them in Patriot Stadium. With the gold trophy in hand, the Patriots football team, coaches and fans passed the trophy around and posed with it for photographs.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office escorted the team and caravan to and from the game and were aided along the way by other local law enforcement departments and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Two band buses returned earlier in the evening after two students became ill. We posted a story about the band buses' return with our Friday stories.
Patriots' Coach James Counce said after the game, "It was a great game with two great teams." It is Henry County's second state title in three years.
Nativity at New Harmony on for Tonight
Paris, Tenn.-The 'live' nativity at New Harmony Baptist Church, 7050 Hwy 69s, Paris, will take place as planned tonight, Saturday, December 7, from 6-9 p.m.
Church officials said, “We invite you to experience the story of Christmas from the comfort of your warm car and without charge. You will be blessed!”
A decision about Sunday’s production will be made by noon tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 8 depending on weather conditions at that time. A similar message will be sent at that time. Weather permitting it will be presented.
Further questions may be asked by calling the church today at 731-593-5276.
LBL Major Roadway May Open Monday
Golden Pond, Ky.-The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area anticipates opening Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway on Monday, December 9. Other Forest Service system roads will potentially remain hazardous for driving due to icy conditions.
Management will re-evaluate conditions on Monday to decide when facilities can re-open to the public. Visitors are urged to use caution when traveling through Land Between The Lakes. If planning to visit a facility, call to check conditions first.
Shoplifting Spurs Arrests
Union City, Tenn.-A Hickman, Ky., man was arrested by the Union City Police after he collided into another vehicle while trying to elude officers who were trying to arrest him on a shoplifting charge.
The police were called to Wal-Mart on the report of a shoplifter and were in the process of apprehending him in the parking lot when he ran into his car, drove through the lot without his lights on and crashed into a pickup truck which was travelling westbound on W. Reelfoot Ave. The perpetrator then continued on westbound himself. He was finally tracked down in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on West Reelfoot.
Arrested was Whitney Hendrix, 29, 1106 4th St., Hickman, on charges of shoplifting and leaving the scene of an accident. In the shoplifting incident, he was charged with stealing $144 worth of electronic items.
Henry County Proud of State Champs
Memories by Moe Photography created the photo commemorating the 2013 State Champion Patriots.
Paris, Tenn.-Plenty of Henry Countians have a lot to be proud of today and many have taken to creating photographic images to commemorate the Patriots' state title win, including Memories by Moe Photography in top photo. Bottom photo, taken by Jon Davidson at the game in Cookeville, shows the enthusiastic and large crowd of Henry Countians at the game.
Festival of Trees Opens Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Festival of Trees opens Tuesday, December 10, at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center and will be available for viewing there until December 23. It is co-sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.
The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas”. DPA President Kathy Ray said there will be some 20 decorated trees from businesses, groups and organizations in the community. Decorations also will fill mantles, fireplaces, display cases, as well as the grand stairway at the entrance.
The Festival of Trees begins on Tuesday with the Chamber Coffee. Awards will be presented for the “Most Original” as well as first second and third place winners for the “Best Theme.”
The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday each week from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers from the DPA will man the event. The Heritage Center is located at 614 North Poplar Street.
HCMC Offers Online Records Access
Paris, Tenn – Henry County Medical Center is now offering patients instant access to their health information at any time. Officials say the opportunity is now offered through the use of a secure internet portal. Using this portal, patients will be able to access your health information online.
Director of Information Systems Pam Ridley said, “All you need to activate this service is a valid email address. You will then be able to access information from your visit or hospital stay including allergies, procedures, lab and radiology results, vitals, and more—all in one place.”
“As part of our movement to a complete electronic medical record and to meet governmental requirements, HCMC is pleased to be able to offer this service to our patients through the RelayHealth online patient portal,” she said. “Patients will be able to access their medical records following their visits at HCMC with a valid e-mail address.”
Getting access to your medical records is a very simple process that begins when you register at HCMC. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide a valid email address, which upon discharge from the hospital, you will receive an email with a link to Patient Portal. Open the email and click to launch the online Patient Portal, where you will be prompted to enter you date of birth to confirm your identity.
Once your identity has been confirmed, you will be prompted to verify your demographic information, create a User ID, and add security questions. Once you have done this simple process, your online Patient Portal will be complete and ready to access your health information in a secure format.
This new service adds to the online capabilities at HCMC including online bill pay as well as online pre-registration for outpatient services and procedures. For more information on the patient portal or other online services, call the HCMC Find Line at 731-644-3463.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Henry County Wins State 5A Championship
Cookeville, Tenn.-It was an extremely long and cold day, but in a game that came down to the final seconds, the Henry County Patriots were victorious over Knoxville West to win the State 5A Championship late Friday night by a score of 28-27.
Union City Tornadoes Win State Football 1A Trophy
Cookeville, Tenn.-The Union City Golden Tornadoes won their second State Football 1A title Friday morning, defeating South Pittsburg by a score of 23-14. The team is pictured with the trophy after their victory. (Robin Francis photo).
Update: Band Buses Arrived Home Safely Around 7:30 p.m.
Henry County Band Buses on Way Home
Paris, Tenn.-Two buses containing the Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band are returning home to Paris because students became ill on the trip to Cookeville.
Becky Davenport, a chaperone on the trip, said that combined with the delay in the Henry County-Knoxville West game would have delayed the time the band buses arrived back home to past 2 a.m. and made the trip home even more hazardous.
The band should arrive at the Henry County High School parking lot by 7:30 p.m., she said.
The Band Directors will stay at the school until all kids are picked up. “The Band Directors will stay at the school until all kids are picked up. Some parents may be on the Fan Bus and some that are in the county right now may not be able to get to town,” she said. The Band Directors will keep the kids until morning if need be, when their parents can pick them up, she said.
Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies are meeting the buses on Hwy. 641 “to get us home safe,” she said.
Davenport said the students are fine and watching a Batman movie and having a ball.
“Henry County should be thankful for our Band Director and his Assistants. Talk about dedication . Bottom line is, we are fine and believe it or not having a pretty good time!!”
All the chaperones are willing to take the kids home with them, if need be, she said.
McWherter Bridge Hazardous
Dover, Tenn.-The Dover Police Department is warning motorists that the Ned McWherter Bridge over the Tennessee River is very hazardous at this time. Police officials say, "The bridge is not closed but we do not recommend anyone to be out on the roads unless it is emergency. The roads are very hazardous at this time."
Meanwhile, in Clarksville, the 101st Airborne Division Parkway Bridge over Wilma Rudolph Boulevard has been closed by Clarksville Police due to icing. Traffic is being redirected.
Bethel Graduation Postponed
McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel University's Fall 2013 graduation scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, December 7, has been postponed due to icy weather conditions. It will be rescheduled and an announcement will be made in early January regarding the new date.
New Harmony Nativity Cancelled for Tonight; Weekend Unsure
Paris, Tenn.-The New Harmony Baptist Church Live Nativity program has been cancelled for tonight.
The programs for both Saturday and Sunday evenings are still scheduled, but organizers will decide if they go forward with them, pending weather considerations.
Cops For Kids Shopping Trip Postponed
Paris, Tenn.-The Cops For Kids Christmas Shopping Trip that had been scheduled for Saturday morning has been postponed until Saturday, December 14.
Shelters On Standby
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins said First United Methodist Church in Paris has taken delivery of 50 additional cots and have shelter managers on standby, if needed. First Baptist Church in Paris on standby as is Inman Safe Area at Inman School in Paris.
In Cottage Grove, Mayor Mike Waddey said First Baptist Church is available as a warming center and a shelter, if needed.
Scenes from the Caravan to Cookeville
On the road to Cookeville, Tenn.-Our listeners (and readers) are sharing photos with us of the Henry County Patriots' caravan to the Class 5A state finals. Top photo shared by Melissia Maupin shows Henry County Cheerleaders traveling in style in a limo, thanks to a donation from a cheerleader parent. Among those in the limo are: Kaitie Maupin, Staci Ridley, Rita Prosser, Shelby Prosser, Pam McCord, Misty Hassell, Ally Bland and Teresa Lovelace. Bottom photo by Jon Davidson shows the help the caravan is getting along the way from law enforcement. In photo, the caravan was traveling through Benton Co. and receiving help from the Benton County sheriff's office.
Roll, Red, Roll: Cheering the Patriots to State Final
Player Griffin Wood thanks the crowd for its support at Thursday night's pep rally. Players took turns speaking to the crowd. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-A large, enthusiastic crowd filled the Henry County High School gymnasium Thursday night for a rousing community pep rally to cheer the team to its Class 5A state final match Friday.
With the cheerleaders cheering and band playing, fans of the Henry County Patriots showed the football team their support. High School Principal Lennis McFerrin said, “A lot of teams wish they were sitting where you are now. Thanks to these guys (the football team), you are.”
Speaking to the team, McFerrin said, “You will never forget this for your whole lives. This shows you how much people here love you: even with the weather we’re going to have, all these people are going to travel to the game and it’s because of you that they are.”
Head Football Coach James Counce said, “People ask me what is special about Henry County. I tell them, we have one high school and we all believe in each other. This is the greatest place in the world. We love it and we love Henry County football.”
The players threw red footballs into the crowd at the end of the rally.
Football players huddle at the end of the pep rally, while Head Football Coach James Counce looks on. (McFarlin photo).
Head Patriots' Football Coach James Counce addresses the crowd. (McFarlin photo).
Henry County Sheriff Units Escorting Team
Paris, Tenn.-In a telephone interview with Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew around 9:15 a.m. today, Belew said the sheriff’s office is escorting the team and band buses to the state championship game today. The Henry County Patriots play at 7 p.m. tonight against Knoxville West in Cookeville.
The team buses left this morning around 9 a.m. from Henry County High School and the caravan had made it to 641S by Camden during the interview. He said, “The roads are pretty good so far, but freezing rain is beginning to fall and it’s inevitable we’re going to have ice on the roads soon.”
The band buses will be leaving at 10:30 a.m. and the sheriff’s department will be escorting them, as well.
Belew said, “Myself and one other unit will be going with everyone all the way and we’ll be escorting them back later tonight, as well.”
Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Standby, Ready to Help
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is on standby and is ready to assist citizens in the county during the forecasted ice storm, according to Sheriff Monte Belew.
Belew said, “If we do have power outages, I would urge our citizens to be neighbourly and good Henry Countians and remember to check on the elderly and anyone in urgent need of medical attention.”
The sheriff’s department is going door-to-door in many areas of the county and Belew said, “We’ll be more than happy to do welfare checks on people and check on property. We are working with the Henry County EMA and anyone needing transportation to a shelter, we can do that.”
Capt. Damon Lowe has placed the entire department on standby to serve its citizens, Belew said. “We can have a big force ready when people need us.”
The roads are becoming slicker “as we speak”, Belew said. “Be especially careful of black ice, invisible ice, and drivers need to drive extremely slow and a further distance from the other cars.”
Belew advised everyone to stay indoors if possible during the forecasted storm. “The best thing to do is stay off the roads if you can. And if you do have to be on the roads, make sure you have an emergency pack with flashlights, blankets, food, with you.”
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 731-642-1672.
Murray State Main Campus Closes
Murray, Ky. — The main Murray State University campus will close at 10:30 a.m. today (Friday, Dec. 6). This includes all classes and administrative offices. Students who had classes scheduled for this afternoon and need information for final exams next week should contact their professors by email or other means.
Also, the MSU Paducah, Hopkinsville and Henderson Regional Campuses remain closed today; MSU classes at Madisonville Regional Campus are cancelled for the day.
For continued updates, check Murray State’s online platforms (website, Facebook and Twitter) at www.murraystate.edu, www.facebook.com/murraystateuniversity and /twitter.com/murraystateuniv.
W.G. Rhea Library to Close Today, Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library will close at 11am on Friday, December 6 and will be closed all day Saturday, Dec 7 due to inclement weather.
MSU Libraries Giving Out Books Across Region
Murray, Ky. — Murray State University Libraries is helping children in the region by putting on the 2013 Book Bonanza on Monday, Dec. 9.
The MSU Library has more than 2,000 new children’s books for all ages and wants to give them to local schools and children in need. Invitations were sent to local school districts to invite 16 students, grades K-12, to pick out 200 books for their school libraries. The books will be packed and loaded that same day for the students to take them back. Additionally, Murray State is providing up to $200 toward transportation costs and the office of regional outreach will provide a boxed lunch for everyone attending.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and book “shopping” will begin 10:30 a.m. After students have the opportunity to pick out the books they would like for their school, the group will break for lunch and take a tour of MSU’s campus, weather permitting. Finally at 2 p.m., after each student has received their MSU gift bag, the groups will go back home to share all the new literature they picked out.
For more information on the Book Bonanza event, contact Erin Passmore at email@example.com or call the Murray State Libraries at 270.809.2230.
Big Sandy Christmas Parade Postponed
Big Sandy, Tenn.-The annual Big Sandy Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of the impending winter storm warning.
Big Sandy Chamber president Dennis Watson said that a decision on when the parade would be held would be made soon.
Access Roads to LBL are Closed
Golden Pond,Ky— Due to inclement weather moving into the area, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area all major access roads to the National Recreation Area, including Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, were closed late Thursday.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be maintaining US68/KY80 to the best of its ability throughout these winter storms. The public should use caution on all roadways, as icy conditions may exist.
“Following today’s Paducah Weather Service briefing, and consulting with both the Kentucky and Tennessee transportation departments, we have decided to close Woodlands Trace and other accesses to Land Between The Lakes at 5pm today,” according to Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor, Tina Tilley. She said, “We fear that with hazardous conditions predicted and limited mobile telephone coverage, individuals could easily get stranded within Land Between The Lakes. We ask that drivers respect the barricades.”
Officials with the Forest Service plan to open Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and other roads as soon as it is safe to travel.
For updated information, check our official website at www.lbl.org – Alerts & Notices Page, follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes, or check with your local media.
Murray State Paducah Campus Closed, All Other MSU Campuses Open
Murray, Ky. -- The Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus will be closed today due to weather conditions. At this time, ALL other MSU campuses WILL be operating on their regular schedules today.
Union City City Hall, Obion Offices Closed
Union City, Tenn.-In Union City, City Hall and all non-essential city services are closed today. The Obion County Courthouse is also closed, along with the Obion County Health Department.
Paris-Henry County Landfill to Close Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-Paris City Hall officials have announced this morning that the Paris-Henry Co. Landfill will be closed Saturday.
Fan Buses to Depart Earlier Today
Paris, Tenn.-Due to the possibility of travel problems this afternoon, the fan buses to Cookeville will depart at 11 a.m. for the Henry County Patriots state title game later tonight.
Buses will arrive at the tennis courts at Henry County High School at 10:30 to begin loading.
The fan buses are available through West Tennessee Motorcoach. A fourth fan bus was added due to overwhelming interest in the game.
A few seats are still available for $30. Call 642-0860 or stop by the office at 901 Industrial Rd. to pay before 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Bethel University to Close Friday
McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel's College of Arts and Sciences will be closed Friday, Dec. 6 due to the weather forecast. Offices on the McKenzie campus will also be closed. College of Arts and Sciences exams scheduled for tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) will continue as planned. Exams scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, will be rescheduled.
At this time, graduation ceremonies are still scheduled for 10:00 and 2:00 this Saturday, Dec. 7. Check Bethel's weather hotline at 731-352-6450 for further updates.
Murray State Campus to Close Early Tonight
Murray, Ky. — As a precautionary measure, all Murray State University classes scheduled for today, Thursday, Dec. 5, at all campuses (main Murray campus, and the MSU Henderson, Madisonville, Ft. Campbell, Paducah and Hopkinsville sites) will adjourn by 8 p.m. (or before) this evening.
The MSU Library will also close this evening at 8 p.m. to allow staff and students to safely arrive home.
The Wellness Center will also close tonight at 8 p.m. and will not open before 8 a.m. in the morning (all times are CST – Central Standard Time).
At this point no impact on Friday, Dec. 6, course offerings has been determined. However, in order to assure the continued safety of all students, staff, faculty, and especially commuters, precaution should be taken on classes tomorrow (Friday) should we incur significant inclement weather overnight. Should we encounter such, we would ask that each faculty, staff and student use their own judgment as to their ability to travel to any of our campus locations.
A decision for next week’s final exam schedule has not been made. Please be aware that if we experience more inclement weather, the decision to adjust Monday’s final exam schedule will be made by Sunday at 3 p.m. (CST). Please check official university platforms (website, Facebook, Twitter and general news outlets) for updated information.
For further information on main and regional campus operations for Friday, Dec. 6, please stay tuned to MSU email or official news outlets including our official university Facebook page (www.facebook.com/murraystateuniversity) and our Twitter account (twitter.com/murraystateuniv).
Area Under Winter, Ice Storm Warnings
Our entire area is currently under a winter storm warning that is calling for accumulations of freezing rain and sleet. An Ice Storm warning is in effect for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The Winter Storm Warning for northwest Tennessee is in effect from midnight Thursday to 6 pm Friday and calls for snow, sleet and ice accumulations. The Weather Channel prepared this graphic to show areas at highest risk for power outages, due to accumulation of ice on power poles.
Government officials in our area have been holding emergency meetings to map out how each city is preparing for the coming storm. Schools, offices and events have already begun to be cancelled. Earlier today, we posted articles on events cancelled and/or rescheduled, as well as tips for winter weather preparedness.
More Shelters On Standby in Henry County
In the latest update from Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins, Watkins indicates more shelters are on standby in Henry County, if needed.
Here is Watkins' update: "Timeline indicates icing may start as early as 12 a.m. tonight/6 a.m. Friday Morning through 6 p.m. Friday with sleet/snow following up to 1/2 inch on top of ice. Ice accumulation has been updated to 1/2 to 1 inch of ice.
Two River Red Cross is coordinating shelters for Henry County. They have First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church on standby for community shelters along with Inman Tornado Safe area if needed. Cottage Grove Baptist Church has agreed to open if needed as well. Emergency Management Office will advise when to open shelters.
Travel will be hazardous tonight into tomorrow night and the weekend and motorist should stay off the roadways to prevent accidents or getting stranded. Emergency responders may have a reduced response time to reach those in need due to hazardous travel conditions during this event. Be aware and slow down for there could be falling tree limbs and downed power lines.
Residents should prepare for possible power outages and falling temperatures. Use caution if operating generators. Use only outside. Use caution using alternate heat sources such as fire places, kerosene heaters, space heaters. Monitor local radio and NOAA Weather Radio for information. Other information may be obtained through social media on Facebook, Twitter or Alert FM receivers and smartphone apps from Henry County EMA."
Noel Night in Martin Rescheduled
Martin, Tenn.-Organizers of the Noel Night that was scheduled for Saturday, December 7, have rescheduled the event to Friday, December 20, due to the coming winter storm.
Organizers of the event issued a press release saying the decision was made in the best interest of citizens’ safety.
The rescheduled event will include Santa Claus, horse and carriage rides and caroling and will be held from 5-8 p.m.
Union City Police Release More Information on Missing Man Case
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police have released more details on the discovery of the body of Jeff Bannister, who had been missing since November 30. According to the press release, the body was found by an employee of a local concrete plant. The body was located in a ditch which was partially filled with water adjacent to the plant property.
The body was transported to Memphis for autopsy.
The police department was assisted by both local and state law enforcement agencies, members of the Obion and Dyer County Rescue squads, members of the fire department and citizens who provided support with aerial search, canine search and the use of other needed equipment.
The press release said, “The department is saddened by the outcome of the search but wants to express our gratitude as well as that of the family for all the hard work and countless hours that were spent in bringing this to a conclusion.”
More information is contained with articles posted earlier on this website.
Large Crowd on Hand for Advent Walk
Rev. John Dandridge of Quinn Chapel AME leads the crowd in prayer. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-With unseasonably warm temperatures Wednesday night, a large crowd was on hand for the annual Advent Walk in downtown Paris. First stop for the event was Quinn Chapel AME Church and attendees walk to all the downtown churches, where they listen to music and short sermons. This was the first year to involve music students from Henry County High School and Event Co-Coordinator Elaine Conger said, “They did greater than a fabulous job. From the Madrigals to the Chamber Music and Percussion Ensemble students, quality music was heard throughout downtown Paris.” The event is sponsored each year by churches in the Paris-Henry County Ministerial Alliance and the Downtown Paris Association.
The Henry County High School Percussion Ensemble performs. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Body of Missing Man Found
Union City, Tenn.-After a five-day search, the body of a missing Union City man has been found.
The Union City Police Department confirmed that the body of Jeffrey Bannister, age 42, was found Wednesday afternoon at the concrete material plant on barnham Road.
Union City Police said the cause of death has not been determined at this time, but the body will be transported to Memphis for an autopsy.
Bannister has been the subject of an intensive search since late Saturday night. Law enforcement officers, Obion County Rescue Squad members, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation helicopter and K-9 Units were involved in the search, which included dragging a pond.
Bannister was last seen November 30 at approximately 7 p.m. in the Mosswood Drive area, near his home.
Cpl. Brian Bennett Given Medal of Valor
Captain Damon Lowe congratulates Cpl. Brian Bennett on his Medal of Valor award.
Paris, Tenn.-Awards were presented to deputies and employees of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at its annual Christmas party at the Henry County Fairgrounds this week.
Presented the Medal of Valor was Cpl. Brian Bennett, who Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew credited with apprehending a murder suspect.
Named Officer of the Year was Deputy Wayne Fuqua, who works with his K-9 officer Sisco. Named School Resource Officer of the Year was Sgt. Buford Taylor, who works at the Henry County High School.
The Dispatcher of the Year award was given to Keith Fertig and the Correctional Officer of the Year was Sgt. Jerry Wilson. Named Administrator of the Year was Patricia Byars.
Life-saving Awards were presented to Deputy Milt Webb and Jail Nurse Debbie Wiles.
Reserve deputies given community service awards were Jamie Orr, Steve Thomas, OC Nichols, Chad Howard and Derrico Hornbuckle.
Hearing Set for Former Pastor Charged With Murder Plot
Former Union City Pastor Edward Mallonee
Union City, Tenn.-A hearing has been set in Obion County Circuit Court Friday morning in the case of a former Union City minister who has been charged in a plot to kill his wife.
Edward Paul “Eddie” Mallonee, 54, was indicted in June by an Obion County Grand Jury and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempt to commit first-degree murder and facilitation to commit murder.
Indicted along with Mallonee was Shelley Moran, 40, on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. She has been described as Mallonee’s former girlfriend and a former member of his congregation. The pair reportedly had plotted to poison Mallonee’s wife on a mission trip overseas. The investigation occurred over 2011 and 2012.
Both pleaded not guilty. Mallonee served as pastor of the 2nd Baptist church in Union City from 1997 until February of 2013.
Mallonnee’s hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Rural Ministries Weather Information Released
Obion, Tenn.-Weather conditions for the Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) area are uncertain for Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7), and maybe part of Sunday (Dec. 8). The forecast is for rain/sleet/ice.
Since RRM is in the midst of setting up its annual Christmas Toy Store and is receiving toy and food deliveries this week, RRM officials want to ask all who are traveling to its offices, to please phone the office before traveling to make sure we are open.
Call throughout the day on Friday and until noon on Saturday. If there is no answer, bad weather has caused the office to shut down.
If it shuts down, you may deliver toys and food on Monday or Tuesday (Dec. 9-10), but please call Monday morning to confirm it is open.
Phone numbers are 731-538-9970 and 731-538-3900 and 731-538-9973.
Volunteers are still needed to set up the toy store this week and to work during the toy store next week. Contact Susan Dozier at any of the above phone numbers if you or your group would like to help with this vital ministry.
Helpful Tips Issued by Paris BPU
Paris, Tenn.-The weather forecast for the next few days includes low temperatures and a prediction of ice accumulations. This has potential for downed power lines and downed trees. Paris Board of Public Utilities Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards has released these helpful hints:
· Make sure you stay clear of all downed power lines and trees. Call the BPU to notify us of all downed lines.
· Generator Use: As you see our crews pull up in your driveway, please notify them if you are using a generator.
· Please install the generator with safety and install correctly. This will prevent back-feed onto the lines and increase the safety of our lineman.
· BPU linemen are trained to look and be cautious of generators in use.
· Please be patient with our guys as they will be working long hours and through the night. We know and will be working as safely and as quick to restore the power to Paris and Henry County.
Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Paris, Tenn.-The weather forecast for the next few days includes highs that are below freezing and lows in the single digits. With extreme cold temperatures comes the possibility of frozen water pipes.
Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home, as released by Paris BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Terry Wimberley:
· Make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed
· Disconnect garden hoses
· Leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit)
· Make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve. If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage.
These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired.
Puryear Lighting Ceremony Cancelled
Puryear, Tenn.-The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that had been scheduled for the city of Puryear on Friday night has been cancelled, due to impending bad weather. The Puryear Lions Club has not rescheduled the event.
Henry County Circuit Court to Remain Open
Paris, Tenn.-While other businesses and offices are closing Friday for the state football championship, the Henry County Circuit Court Clerk's Offices will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said, “We have some circuit court scheduled and other business on that day that would prohibit closing. We don't want anyone to misunderstand and not show up for court because of other closings. Inclement weather would be the only reason we would close early.”
Lee Bazaar Rescheduled
Paris, Tenn.-Due to the impending bad weather, the Lee Academy for the Arts Holiday Bazaar has been rescheduled. It will be held next Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jammin’ For The Kids
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Jaycees will hold Jammin’ for the Kids at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Paris Moose Lodge, 3003 Dinkins Lane (behind Ann and Dave’s in the Lakeway shopping center).
Admission is $10 and proceeds will go toward the Jaycees’ underprivileged kids Christmas shopping event. Entertainers include Vince Dodd, Jimmy Stewart, Ishmael and the Sproul Heights Band.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Search Continues for Missing UC Man
Union City, Tenn.-The search continues for a 42-year-old Union City man missing since Saturday.
Jeffrey Allen Bannister was last seen near his home in the Mosswood Dr. area around 7 p.m. Saturday.
The search has included dredging a pond near Todd Rd. and searches with use of a helicopter and K-9s. Union City Police and the Obion County Rescue Squad have conducted the searches.
Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield said Monday that Bannister’s cell phone was found broken in half in railroad tracks in the northern section of Union City and they found his box of cigarettes. They also searched ditches along the tracks, but found no further sign of him.
Bannister had been arrested Saturday night in Martin on alcohol and drug charges, but was released on bond.
He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes.
Predicted Winter Storm Prompts LBL to Close for Visitor Safety
Golden Pond, Ky.-Due to inclement weather moving into the region, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will close all facilities by 5pm Thursday, December 5. All visitors will be asked to leave, including campers in backcountry areas.
Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails will close at 5pm, Wednesday, December 4.
Land Between The Lakes is in the process of notifying individuals that their camping and other program reservations are cancelled for this weekend.
Closed facilities and activities include:
Backcountry and Self-Service Camping
Brandon Spring Group Center
Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory
Golden Pond Target Range
Golden Pond Visitor Center
Trails and Scenic Roadways
Turkey Bay OHV Area - closes Wednesday
According to Tina Tilley, Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor, "The safest decision is to close Land Between The Lakes due to hazardous road conditions with freezing rain, sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures predicted for our area. When conditions allow, we will reopen."
Fulton County to Hold Emergency Preparedness Meet
Hickman, Ky.-The Fulton County Office of Emergency Management has called a meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday in the county’s fiscal court room to update county agencies on the preparations being made for the forecasted ice storm.
“This will be an opportunity for each agency to update everyone on the plans they have made and to identify gaps that may exist,” according to Director Hugh Caldwell.
Shelters on Standby for Potential Winter Storm
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins issued a warning for citizens to be prepare for “a possible significant weather event” beginning Thursday evening into Friday evening. The timing of the forecasted storm could not be any worse, with local high school football fans set to travel to Cookeville for the state football championship games on Friday.
Watkins said up to one-half inch of ice is possible with the event and three inches of rain is possible through Sunday evening with freezing rain forecasted again on Sunday.
He said the Two Rivers Red Cross has a shelter location at First Baptist Church in Paris on standby if needed and Paris Special Schools District Director Mike Brown said the storm/emergency shelter at Inman school also is available to house dislocated people in case of power outages, etc.
Watkins said rain and freezing temperatures will likely cause hazardous road conditions as well as tree limbs in roadways and on power lines. Flash flooding also may pose hazardous conditions.
Still Time to Enter Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
Free carriage rides will be featured at this year's Downtown Christmas Festival. (DPA photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Entries for the 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade are being accepted until Tuesday, December 10. The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas” and the Downtown Paris Association asks that Santas not be on parade entries since the DPA will be hosting Santa’s appearance in the parade.
The parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, and will be held following the Downtown Paris Christmas Festival, which will be held from 2-4 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded in several categories, including the Clark Griswold Award. Entries can include trailers, golf carts, cars, floats, walkers and pets.
Free carriage rides are being included in the festival this year, as well as arts and crafts and games, Reindeer goats, S’mores from the Paris Fire Department, Christmas stories at Jack’s Java, the trackless train and more.
UC Council Hears Properties Report
Union City, Tenn.-At its regular meeting Monday night, the Union City City Council heard from Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire on properties now owned by the county due to recent tax sales.
The county wanted to give those properties to the city which would mean the city would be responsible for maintenance. The city declined ownership of the properties, but did charge off mowing that the city had done at the properties.
The city is prohibited by state law from forgiving taxes on the properties. Council also renewed the health insurance program for employees with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee. It was reported the cost actually went down .25 percent.
Council also approved a resolution to support the Union City School System to encourage amending state law relative to the distribution of public school funds and appointed Grant Blair to the city’s parks and cemeteries board.
Community Christmas Concert Sunday
Paris, Tenn.-The 46th annual Paris-Henry County Community Christmas concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at First United Methodist Church. The concert is free and is directed by Peggy Williams.
In addition to singing, the concert will include the annual performance by the hand bells carolers.
Santa is Coming to Discovery Park
Union City, Tenn.-Santa Claus will be coming to Discovery Park of America three Sundays through December.
Children (and adults) can visit will Santa in the First Bank Childrens’ Gallery inside the park from 1-4 p.m. on December 8, 15 and 22.
Once inside the park, there is no additional charge to see Santa.
Two Arrested in Burglary Attempts
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police arrested two young men following burglary attempts at two convenience stores/service stations Monday night.
The first call came from the Sudden Service Store, at which a glass breaking alarm went out. Police found the front glass broken out and a chunk of asphalt in front of the door.
With the manager, a surveillance video was shown showing two black males threw the asphalt at the door three times and kicked the door four times between 9:39-9:50 p.m. One was wearing a gray hoodie, black pants, white tennis shoes and purple backpack. The other was wearing a black sweatshirt, light blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.
Shortly after that, a call from the Little General on NW Main St. came in that glass had been shattered there. The surveillance video showed the same two males shattering that glass.
Police apprehended the two: Anthony Harris of 625 N. First St., Union City; and Tyrelle Jones of 604 Pierce St., Union City. Harris was charged with burglary and Jones was issued a juvenile petition for burglary.
Burger Bash Set at McDonald’s
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota will hold a Burger Bash from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at McDonald’s restaurant. Twenty percent of all sales go toward the Quota Scholarship Fund.
Stewart-Houston Industrial Board Eyes Deadline
Cumberland City, Tenn.-Members of the Stewart-Houston County Industrial Development Board are becoming impatient with construction of a 'spec' building in the industrial park before a January 31 deadline. At its last meeting, board members heard an update from Project Manager Jimmy Highers, who said Contractor Pride Concrete and Construction of Erin, had finished items on a final 'punch list' of tasks, but a few minor jobs still remain to be done.
Highers told board members that Pride Concrete is disputing some of the remaining jobs, claiming the company is not responsible for them.
The Stewart-Houston Times reported that Board Member Marty Grasty said, “In my notes for the August meeting, I have that the building was supposed to be finished in September. Here it is the end of November, and it’s still not finished.”
The board voted to have Highers send Pride a letter to finish the project by Dec. 17, which is the board’s next meeting, and to remind owner Matthew Pride that the construction has exceeded the 180-day contract, which also calls for a $400 per day penalty for each day beyond the 180 days, according to the newspaper.
What concerns the board is a Jan. 31 deadline from TVA to close out the $550,000 loan for the project. They had already been granted an extension on closing the loan because of delays.
“This needs to be done by Jan. 15,” Board chairman Cass Rye said. “We shouldn’t have to get anywhere near the Jan. 31 deadline.”
TVA is supplying a major portion of funding for the project with the $550,000 loan, which is a 10-year note. Additional funding is coming from the state via a $413,600 infrastructure grant, and the park board is adding $285,000, which includes the match for the grant. Another $250,0000 is being borrowed from the Bank of Dover, according to the newspaper.
Bethel Fall Commencement is Saturday
McKenzie, Tenn. – More than 500 students are scheduled to graduate at Bethel University’s Fall 2013 Commencement, which will be Saturday, Dec. 7, with two commencement services.
The Rev. Leonard Turner, minister of the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn., will be the Commencement speaker.
All those earning an undergraduate degree will graduate at 10 a.m., with seating beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the processional lineup for both students and faculty beginning at 9 a.m. All students earning a graduate degree will graduate at a 2 p.m., ceremony with seating beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the processional lineup beginning at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Wildcat Lane on the McKenzie campus.
For more information about Bethel University’s Fall 2013 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Junior Staggs Wins State Bid Calling Title
Junior Staggs with his winning plaque. (Submitted photo).
Nashville, Tenn.-Auctioneer Junior Staggs of Puryear recently won the title of 2014 Tennessee State Bid Calling Champion at competition during the Tennessee Auctioneer’s Association Winter Convention in Nashville.
Staggs is an auctioneer with Doug Taylor Auction Service.
Staggs said, “This is a milestone moment in my career as an auctioneer. It is an honor to have been chosen by some of the greatest in the industry to represent Tennessee and the Tennessee Auctioneers Association.”
Thirteen of the state’s top bid calling auctioneers competed and were judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, interview answers and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. Since the competition was created, Tennessee champions have been considered by industry professionals to be the best bid-calling auctioneers in the region.
As Champion, Staggs received a $500 cash award, trophy plaque, VIP passes to a Mecum Collector Car Auction and paid entry fee into the International Auctioneer Championship, where he will represent the state of Tennessee at next year’s National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show in Louisville.
In 2005, while attending the University of Tennessee-Martin, Staggs started working part-time at Doug Taylor Auction Service, as a member of the auction prep staff. In August 2007, he attended Nashville Auction School and was elected class president.
He has since become a licensed Tennessee auctioneer as well as Affiliate Real Estate Broker, having conducted over 200 personal property, real estate and charity auctions throughout West and Middle Tennessee.
Human Remains Found in Houston County
Erin, Tenn.-Human remains have been found in a remote, densely-wooded area of Houston County and Houston County Sheriff Darrell Allison declined to speculate whether the remains are those of Leamon Luffman, who has been missing since October 7.
The remains were found Thanksgiving Day and have been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) lab in Nashville. Allison has said that it could take several weeks for identification of the remains.
The remains reportedly extensively decomposed.
Luffman is 65 and is Houston County's only open missing person case.
The discovery was made by a hunter in the wooded area off of Hwy. 231, also known as McEwen Highway. The area in which the remains were found are a hunting reserve and Luffman's home is two miles north of where the remains were found.
Henry County Schools, PSSD to Dismiss Early Friday
Paris, Tenn.-In order that students, staff, and parents can have adequate time to safely travel to Cookeville to support the HCHS Patriot Football Team, the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District will dismiss early on Friday, December 6.
Dismissal times are as follows:
Harrelson 11:00 am
Henry 11:00 am
Lakewood 11:00 am
Rhea Elementary 11:15 am
Paris Elementary 11:20 am
Grove 11:20 am
Inman Middle 11:30 am
HCHS 11:40 am
Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools.
"Roll, Red, Roll" Graphic Spotlights Patriots' Championship Rings
Paris, Tenn.-Puryear Photographer Lisa Green designed the "Roll, Red, Roll" graphic above as part of a senior class photography session. "The hand and ring belong to Sam McCadams," she said. "I had never seen one of the championship rings and I figured others probably hadn't either." The Henry County Patriots won the state football championship in 2011 and are going for their second win on Friday at 7 p.m.
State Title Games to Air on Television, Online
Cookeville, Tenn.-Fans of the Henry County Patriots and the Union City Golden Tornadoes who are unable to attend the state championship games later this week in person will still be able to watch the games.
All the 2013 BlueCross Bowl Football state championship games will be aired on several television stations across the state and the games can be viewed on the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association website.
Unlike previous years, WLJT-TV in Martin will not be airing the games locally. WLJT General Manager and CEO Monica Reese Cochran said, “No, we will not be covering the TSSAA games. This was a decision made by Play On Sports that produces for TSSAA, not WLJT’s decision. I want everyone to realize that. We are just as disappointed as everyone else is about not being able to cover them.“
Games will be broadcast on the following network affiliates across Tennessee:
Nashville – WUXP (MyNetwork) / WNAB (CW)
Memphis – WLMT (CW) / WPXX (MyNetwork) / WPTY (ABC)
Knoxville – MyVLT (MyNetwork)
Chattanooga – WFLI (CW) / MyTV Chattanooga (MyNetwork) / WDSI (FOX)
Tri-Cities – WAPK (MyNetwork)
Jackson – WJKT (FOX) / JEA Cable
The TSSAA website is at http://www.tssaa.org. The link to view the games can be found on the home page on the “TSSAA Network” logo. There is a fee to view the games of $10 for a 24-hour pass.
Both the Golden Tornadoes and the Patriots play on Friday, December 6. The Golden Tornadoes play at 11 a.m. and the Patriots play at 7 p.m.
Henry Students Go "Under the Dome"
Pre-Schoolers enter the dome at Henry School. (Photo submitted by Susan Burton.)
Henry, Tenn.- Thanks to a Plus Endowment grant, Henry Elementary students Monday had a unique opportunity to experience 3-D travel through space and the effects of tornadoes and earthquakes inside a Dome IMAX theatre/planetarium that was set up at the school.
School Counselor Regena Lindsey said, “The Dome presentations encourage reading, research, the use of math and writing skills.” Linsey was the recipient of a William Atchison Plus Endowment grant that funded the Dome.
"Our teachers have chosen presentations that align with their curriculum and hope that students will gain more understanding of the material through experiencing the virtual presentations,” she said.
Teachers were able to choose from several presentations that take students on a journey in Astronomy, Physical Science, Space Science, Earth Science, Social Studies, or Biology. The Dome is a 16' x 16' space with a 10' ceiling and allows 30-45 students to rotate through and view videos in a planetarium-style theatre.
Optimist Christmas Tree Sale Discontinued
Paris, Tenn.-For the first time in several years, there will be no Optimist Club Christmas Tree sales this year. According to a club spokesperson, the annual sale was discontinued this year due to declining sales over recent years.
Meetings on New Director to be Held December 19
Union City, Tenn.-With the recent resignation of Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, the County Board of Education has set a series of meetings for December 16 to seek input from community members, personnel and school officials on what type of candidate they are looking for in the next school director.
Huss began a new job as Director of Business Affairs for Bethel University in McKenzie on December 1.
Obion County Assistant Director of Schools Nancy Hamilton said she and Assistant Director Dale Hollowell will share duties as co-directors until a permanent director can be hired.
Hamilton said the Tennessee School Boards Association will be helping in the search process. “We haven’t decided on the timeline, but we do hope to have a permanent director hired by April,” she said.
Christmas Bazaar to Feature Works of Local Artists
Paris, Tenn.-A Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Lee Academy for the Arts on Saturday, December 7. The bazaar will benefit the scholarship program at the Lee Academy.
Hours for the bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it will be held in the lunchroom at Lee. The bazaar will feature artwork by local artists in a variety of media, such as oils, acrylics, China painting, jewelry, photography, stained glass, needlework, pottery and basket weaving. There also will be baked goods for sale.
For more information call Sandee Green at 731-644-2056.
Monday, December 2, 2013
One Injured in Accident
Union City, Tenn.-At least one person was injured in an accident earlier today in which a car reportedly drove through a guardrail on Hwy. 22 east of Union City and possibly into the Obion River.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. and involved an injury, but could not say how serious the injury was. The dispatcher did say the injured party was transported by helicopter to Baptist Memorial Hospital.
The dispatcher at the Obion County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on the accident.
Henry County Patriots’ Pep Rally, Send-Off Set
Henry County Patriots' huddle and referees do the same before the state quarterfinals' game at Patriot Stadium against Memphis Ridgeway two weeks ago. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Fans of the Henry County Patriots will have opportunities this week to show the team their support. The Patriots will compete for the State Class 5A Football Championship at 7 p.m. at Cookeville. The Patriots’, which have a perfect season and are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A, will play Knoxville West.
Henry County High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete said a community-wide rally has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school. The weather will dictate whether the rally is held inside or outside. The high school band and cheerleaders will be at the rally.
A send-off for the team will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the high school. Poteete said the band and student body will be outside the high school to help send off the team.
Tickets for the State Championship game in Cookeville will be available at Henry County High School beginning Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. School officials and the Quarterback Club ask that if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets from the school since the Henry County High School program gets a larger share for all pre-solds, Admission tickets are $12 each.
Union City High School Sets Pep Rally for Golden Tornadoes
Union City, Tenn.-A pep rally will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday for the Union City High School Golden Tornadoes as they prepare for their State Football Championship match in Class 1A. The Golden Tornadoes will play at 11 a.m. Friday in Cookeville against South Pittsburgh.
The pep rally will be held in the high school gym and will be followed by a send-off as the team leaves at 10:30 a.m.
Mansfield Man Charged with Animal Cruelty
Mansfield, Tenn.-A 51-year-old Mansfield man has been charged with animal cruelty after he reportedly allowed a horse to die.
Mark Tharpe of 3445 Vale Rd., was arrested late last week by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the horse was found starved to death, lying in its own feces, in a barn on Vale Rd. Belew said Tharpe was supposed to be caring for the animal for someone else and that he told deputies he had put the horse down, but no signs of bullet holes were found on the animal.
Belew said, “It appears he had not fed or given the horse water and that the horse suffered for a significant amount of time.”
The investigation is ongoing, with assistance from the Henry County University of Tennessee Extension office. Tharpe was released from jail with payment of the $5,000 bond and will appear in court Dec. 3.
Woman Charged with Leaving Scene, Other Charges
Paris, Tenn.-A rural Buchanan woman was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges after she reportedly left the scene of an accident on foot to evade arrest.
According to the police report, Sgt. Michael Ramos was called to the scene on Volunteer Dr. and caught up with the driver. She began to run away again and Sgt. Ramos told her he would use the taser on her if she didn’t stop.
The woman continued being uncooperative, at which point Sgt. Ramos did use the taser on her, after which she pulled one of the taser wires out of her body and began to run again.
Arrested was Melinda J. Miller, 38, 165 Carl Chandler Rd., Buchanan. She is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, evading arrest, resisting arrest, simple possession, driving on a revoked license and failure to show proof of insurance.
UC Police Looking for Missing Man
Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in finding a missing person.
Jeffrey Allen Bannister, 42, was last seen around 7 p.m. Saturday, November 30 in the area of Mosswood Drive in Union City. He is white, 6 feet, weighing 190 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing an OD green jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 731-885-1515.
No Change in Juvenile Judge Position
Union City, Tenn.-Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire said there will be no change in the position held by Juvenile Judge Sammy Nailing Jr.
He said the commission has been discussing the matter recently, but no action will be taken. He said confusion arose surrounding the wording of state legislation governing the pay afforded juvenile judges and the commission will be working to pass new legislation to clarify the issue.
He said the legislation as worded now indicates that juvenile judges will receive a minimum $20,000 a year with an additional $20,000 on top of that. “We already knew the minimum pay was $20,000, but you can read into it the way it’s worded now that you’re supposed to pay the judges another $20,000.”
The commission is hopeful the legislation would be amended in January or February, he said, and the commission will bring the matter up again after that.
Union City, Tenn.-A bicyclist was injured and taken to the local emergency room following a collision with a vehicle Friday in the area of West Reelfoot Ave. and Everett Street. No condition report is available.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle said she was attempting a turn when the bicycle suddenly appeared in front of her. Witnesses corroborated her account. Another driver came forward and told officers that the bicyclist did the same thing to her a few moments before but she was able to avoid a collision.
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a break-in at the Uptown North Convenience Store in Union City on Friday. According to the police report, an anonymous caller reported the door was busted and police found that the glass door was busted in when they arrived at the scene.
The owner reported the store had been closed for a month and when he surveyed the scene he reported beer, cigarettes and candy was taken.
Wednesday's Candlelight Advent Walk Ushers in Season
Paris, Tenn.-The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. December 4. Worshippers will hear the message of Advent in a walking journey to seven locations while proceeding by candlelight through the historic downtown area.
“This is a unique and wonderful way to usher in the Advent Season,” according to Elaine Conger, Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church who chairs the 2013 Advent Walk Committee. “It’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian downtown while embarking on a reverent Advent Journey. Music will be provided by the Henry County High School Band and Choral groups as well as participating Church Choir groups.”
The service begins at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street at 6:30 pm. Participants will be guided to sit inside Quinn Chapel for a brief welcome and instructions before embarking on their Advent Journey. The ushers will assist in dismissing people 20-25 at a time where a designated leader will be waiting on them outside.
Youth from Grace Episcopal will assist in the lighting of candles outside Quinn Chapel as groups begin their Advent journey. The Advent Walk includes seven stations from Quinn Chapel, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, and Grace Episcopal Church. A reception will be held at the final stop, Grace Episcopal Church, in Ketchum Hall.
Murray Festival of Lights Begins
Murray, Ky.-The popular--and colorful--Festival of Lights in Murray opened Sunday at the Murray-Calloway County Central Park. The event continues through December 29 and is open from 5-10 p.m. each day. Admission is with cash donations or canned goods.
LBL Accepting Camping Applications
Golden Pond, Ky.-Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area is now accepting applications for the 2014 seasonal camping program.
There are a total of 114 campsites in the seasonal camping program available for two to nine months at Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds. Fenton, Cravens Bay, Taylor Bay, and Redd Hollow campgrounds have a total of 32 short-term (one to six months) sites available.
Hillman Ferry and Piney
Completed applications due: January 3
Drawing for campsites: January 11
Piney: 9am at Brandon Spring Group Center
Hillman Ferry: 1pm at Grand Rivers Community Center
Wranglers and Backcountry
Completed applications due: January 10
Drawing for campsites: January 18
Both drawings at Administrative Office,
100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY
The selection process for seasonal site reservations is designed to allow for the maximum amount of participation in the program. All applicants must be present during the selection process, and payment is required in full upon site selection.
For complete details on camping regulations, information regarding the seasonal campsites and the application process, or to download an application, visit www.lbl.org, or contact LBL’s Customer Service Department at 270-924-2044.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Murray Armed Robbery Reported
Murray, Kentucky--Murray Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect in an armed robbery at the Los Portales Restaurant in Murray Saturday night.
Police officers report that one suspect entered the restaurant around 8:20 p.m., displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspect fled the area on foot. Murray Police said they are seeking a suspect described as an Hispanic male.
The restaurant is located in the 500 block of North 12th street. Anyone with information is asked to call Murray Police at 270-753-1621.
Cold Temperatures Make for Fewer People at Kentucky Lake
Buchanan, Tenn.-With cold temperatures and in the off-season, Paris Landing State Park appears rather lonely--but picturesque nonetheless. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Magic Valley Christmas Begins Saturday
Camden, Tenn-The Benton County-Camden chamber of Commerce is presenting “A Magic Vally Christmas!“ this year and the Christmas Tree Walk will be open beginning December 7 for businesses, churches, organizations or individuals to compete and the public to view.
Chamber officials are inviting the public to “Get your Warm ‘N Fuzzy On” on Saturday December 14, when festivities begin at 3 pm on the court square with Christmas shopping from vendors selling food, crafts and Christmas presents.
Santa will bring the annual parade to town at 4 pm and immediately following the parade, the official “Lighting of the Tree,” Christmas caroling, ugly sweater contest, pictures with Santa, and current Top 5 announcement of the competition in the Christmas Tree walk will take place.
Don’t miss this fun-filled evening of holiday spirit to kick off the Christmas Season. For basic individual event information, go online to www.BentonCountyCamden.com.
Public viewing and voting days for the Christmas Tree Walk are: Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, December 8, 1-4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, December 9-13, 3-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. until the event is over.
Admission to view the trees on display is $1 per adult and children ages 12 and under admitted free.
Bethel Presents Christmas Concert
McKenzie, Tenn. – The Bethel University Percussion Ensemble will present the first Annual Community Percussion Christmas Concert, a family-friendly event featuring a variety of favorite Christmas carols and hymns.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Hall. Milk and cookies will also be served.
Big Sandy Christmas Parade is December 7
Big Sandy, Tenn.-The Christmas season in Big Sandy will officially kick off Saturday, December 7, with a parade and visits with Santa.
The Big Sandy Community Chamber will host Breakfast with Santa Saturday from 7-9:30am at the Big Sandy Senior center. Proceeds will go to fund the annual Spring Festival. The cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Parents should bring the kids to meet Santa and give him their Christmas list and have pictures taken.
The parade begins at 1 pm with line-up at the school at noon. After the parade, Santa will be at the gazebo in the town square. For more information call Dennis Watson at 593-5345.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Scoreboard Tells The Story
Clarksville, Tenn.-With 54 seconds to go, the scoreboard at Friday night's game between the Henry County Patriots and Clarksville Northeast High School tells the story, with the final score at Henry County 43, Clarksville Northeast 14. And with that, the Patriots once again advanced to the state finals in Class 5A. Henry County fans coming home to Paris last night were greeted with an escort from the Henry County Sheriff's Department at the Ned McWherter bridge at Paris Landing State Park. (Paula Byars-Stockdale photo).
Game Times Announced
Cookeville, Tenn.-The times of next Friday's state finals for Henry County High School and Union City High School have been announced. Henry County Patriots will play Knoxville West at 7 p.m. The Union City Golden Tornadoes will play South Pittsburg at 11 a.m.
With last night's wins, Henry County advances to the state championship game in Class 5A, while Union City advances to the state title match in Class 1A.
Games will be played in Cookeville.
Patriots' Ticket Information
Paris, Tenn.-Tickets for the State Championship game in Cookeville will be available at Henry County High School beginning Monday morning at 8:30. School officials and the Quarterback Club ask that if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets from the school since the Henry County High School program gets a larger share for all pre-solds, Admission tickets are $12 each.
State Title Games To Be Televised
The statewide broadcast affiliate network will televise the 2013 BlueCross Bowl Football Championships.
Games will be broadcast on the following network affiliates across Tennessee:
- Nashville – WUXP (MyNetwork) / WNAB (CW)
- Memphis – WLMT (CW) / WPXX (MyNetwork) / WPTY (ABC)
- Knoxville – MyVLT (MyNetwork)
- Chattanooga – WFLI (CW) / MyTV Chattanooga (MyNetwork) / WDSI (FOX)
- Tri-Cities – WAPK (MyNetwork)
- Jackson – WJKT (FOX) / JEA Cable
Friday, November 29, 2013
Henry County Advances to State Class 5A Finals
Cheerleaders keep the fans shouting at the Henry County Patriots' game Friday night. Photo courtesy of Melissia Maupin.
Clarksville, Tenn.-For fans of the Henry County Patriots, the road to Cookeville is paved in red.
Henry County once again advanced to the State Class 5A Finals with a 43-14 victory over Clarksville Northeast Friday night. Henry County will play Knoxville West at the state finals December 6. Knoxville West beat Cleveland Friday night by a score of 49-14.
Henry County is unbeaten and is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A in the state.
As has been the case throughout the season, the Henry County fans once again outnumbered their opponents' fan base. Even though the game was played at Clarksville Northeast, the number of Henry County fans filled the stadium and lined around the field.
It was a sea of red at the Henry County-Clarksville Northeast game. (Melissia Maupin photo).
Union City Tornadoes Advance to State Class 1A Finals
Nashville, Tenn.-The Union City Golden Tornadoes won their game Friday night and will be headed to the Class 1A state finals on December 6. Final score Union City 42, Nashville Christian, 34. They will be playing South Pittsburg, which beat Coalfield tonight by a score of 43-22.
The Man in Red Arrives in Paris to Great Fanfare
Paris, Tenn.-Santa Claus, top photo, waves to the crowd of young and not-so-young who were eagerly awaiting his arrival at the North Pole Family Fun Day Friday morning in downtown Paris. Santa immediately entered his warm home on the courthouse lawn and began hearing the Christmas lists of all the children who were gathered. Santa arrived on the front of a Paris Fire Truck with his elves and Rudolph. Other activities entertaining the crowd included a petting zoo, trackless train, readings of The Polar Express, face-painting and more. In bottom photo, Charles Hopkins of The Toggery welcomes the elves and Rudolph to Paris. From left are: Whitney Rawls, Hopkins, Rudolph, Ashley Shankle and Kristen Corey. Santa will be in his house on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 2-4 p.m. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Henry County, Union City in Semifinals Tonight
Paris and Union City, Tenn.--Fans of the Henry County Patriots and the Union City Golden Tornadoes will be traveling this afternoon to Clarksville and Nashville to play in semifinals of the state playoffs in their respective divisions.
The Patriots--ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A--will face Clarksville Northeast. The Golden Tornadoes will face Nashville Christian in Class 1A.
Many Patriots fans will be leaving Henry County today at 2 p.m. for tailgating in the Clarksville Northeast parking lot before game time.
Murray Woman Killed in Fatal Accident; Arrest Made
Collection Drive Organized for Children
Aurora, Ky.-A young Murray mother was killed in a two-vehicle fatal accident in Aurora Thanksgiving Day and her co-workers have organized a fund drive for her children, as well as collecting clothing and other items for them.
Megan McCoy, 23, was killed when Jeffrey Nelson of Murray collided into her car while driving the wrong direction on the westbound lane of Hwy. 80. Nelson was arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter and DUI. He is being held at the Marshall Co., Kentucky, jail.
McCoy lived in Murray and worked at the McDonald’s in Draffenville. Co-workers have been donating hours to ensure her family has a full pay check. They also are organizing a fund and collection drive for her children.
If you would like to help out, donations can be dropped off at the Draffenville McDonalds on US Highway 68. Her children's sizes are 12-18 months and 3T. While you are out shopping this evening and tomorrow and if you can, pick up a little something(s) for this family and drop them off at her work.
Turkey Day Marred by Power Outage
Union City, Tenn - Thousands of customers of the Gibson Electric Membership Corp. were affected by a power outage in Union City on Thanksgiving Day.
The outage affected about 2,000 Gibson Electric Membership Corporation members' homes and businesses.
The outage began at 11:18 a.m.and power was restored by 12:14 p.m. The Gibson Electric corporation has apologized to its customers.
Chamber Open House and Tree Trimming Set
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas open house from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at the Chamber office, 2508 East Wood St., Paris.
The afternoon will include refreshments and member businesses are invited to bring an ornament to add to the Chamber tree.
Chamber President Andrea Lamb said, “We hope everyone will stop by and visit. If you do not have an ornament that represents your business or industry, we will write your company name on one while you are here and add it to the tree.”
Twinkle Ball Set Next Week
McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University will again present the Twinkle Ball, the ultimate Mommy & Me Christmas extravaganza, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 until 8 p.m.
The Twinkle Ball gives young girls and their mothers (or someone who is motherly to them) the chance to dress up and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the girliest ways imaginable. Held in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment, the Twinkle Ball will include holiday braids from The Edge Salon, an ornament or tumbler station with Summer Davis, a design your own patch-pocket station with Crystal Mize, a gingerbread house decorating station, a make your own Twinkle snack mix station, a visit from Santa Claus, light refreshments and other surprises. There will also be some surprises for mom including chair massages by Abby Tharp. Note: There will be extra costs for items at the patch pocket shirt station. Shirts ordered the night of the Twinkle Ball can be picked up in the BU Bookstore on Dec. 12 or after.
Tickets are $20 for a mother/daughter ticket. Mothers with more than one daughter can purchase additional tickets for $7 each. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore. But they must be purchased in advance by Monday, Dec. 2. For more information about the Twinkle Ball, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094 or Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090.
LBL Small Game Hunting Begins Sunday
Golden Pond, Ky.-- Small game hunting seasons open at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area beginning December 1, 2013. Small game hunting offers great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during winter months.
All hunters, age 16 and older, must have an LBL Hunter Use Permit, an appropriate state license, and observe LBL rules and applicable state laws regarding hunting zones and safety precautions.
Details of specific small game hunting season dates, bag limits, and other information can be found in the LBL Small Game & Waterfowl Hunting Information sheet available on the Internet at www.lbl.org, click on See & Do, then Hunting. Hunters can also pick up the information at the Golden Pond Visitor Center (year-round), North and South Welcome Stations (open Weds-Sun during Nov. and closed for the season beginning Dec. 1), or by calling 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Small game hunters who hunt with dogs should be aware of information regarding LBL's mid-January trapping season, also included in that publication.
Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Paris Landing Fall Photo Contest Winners Announced
Richard Graves' photo won first place in the Plant Life category.
Buchanan, Tenn.-Winners of the Friends of Paris Landing and Paris Landing State Park Fall Photo Contest have been announced. The awards ceremony was held November 17 at the Paris Landing Inn; Danny Kimberlin was the judge and handed out the awards. A total of 202 photos were submitted in six categories.
Best of Show was won by Beverly Hicks of Camden.
Other winners in various categories were:
Plant life: Richard Graves of Buchanan, first; Emily Leonard of Paris second; Donnie Carson of Paris, third.
Scenery: David Zarecor of Milan first; Gaile Berrier, Buchanan, second; Robert McDonald, Buchanan, third and Linda carson of Paris honorable mention.
Wildlife: Beverly Hicks, first, Graves, second, Linda carson third, Linda Haag of Buchanan, honorable mention.
Sports: Hicks, first and second; McDonald third.
Black and white photos: Donnie Carson of Paris, first; Teresa Townley of Buchanan, second; Hicks, third; Debbie McDorman of Springville, honorable mention.
People in Parks: Hicks, first; Beverly Houser of Dover, second; and McDorman, third.
Discovery Park of America Drawing Thousands of Visitors
Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park of America is attracting thousands of visitors to the educational/technology center since its opening in October.
To date, through this past weekend, Discovery Park has seen 18,607 visitors which CEO Jim Rippy says is outstanding. Saturdays are the biggest days and they are expecting big crowds this Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says publicity across the region and even across the country has been really good. Discovery Park has received coverage in California, in Michigan and in many other states.
Officials are very pleased with attendance and with restaurant and gift shop sales as well. Rippy says that the park should be of great benefit to sales tax collections for the city of Union City as there is a tax on ticket sales.
Discovery Park of Americaoffers visitors a world-class educational and entertainment experience with more than 70,000 square foot of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art.
Discovery Park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Discovery Center is the centerpiece of the park and is a 100,000 square foot building showing ten exhibit galleries.: Children’s Exploration, Energy, Enlightenment, Military, Native Americans, Natural History, Regional History, Science/Space/Technology, and Transportation. In addition, a Special Exhibit Gallery features traveling exhibits.
AT&T Enhances Internet Cell Sites in Stewart County
Dover, Tenn.-AT&T announced that it has activated two new 4G Internet cell sites in Dover and elsewhere in Stewart County. The move has been hailed by local and state politicians and AT&T says it will enhance coverage and provide faster internet speeds
The launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.
According to a press release, AT&T said in the first half of 2013, AT&T invested more than $175 million in its wireless and wired networks in Tennessee. The 2013 year-to-date network investment builds on the nearly $1.4 billion that AT&T has invested in its Tennessee wireless and wired networks from 2010 through 2012.
State Sen. Mark Green said, “Better wireless service will have an immediate impact on businesses and consumers in Stewart County. This investment is about bringing new technology to Dover and raising the overall quality of life for all who live and work here.”
State Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris, who also represents Stewart County, said, “This is an investment in our future. In an information-driven economy, the ability for our Stewart County residents in Dover to have access to the latest communications technology here in Strewart County is critical.”
Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner said the announcement "is simply great news."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
High School Class Gives Thanks for Donated Equipment
Commercial Bank and Trust officials Andy Collins and Shannon Daigle (both in red) with Students Christina Nichols and Bailey Sherrod with new stove donated by the bank. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
News Director WENK/WTPR
Paris, Tenn.-Thanks to donations of kitchen equipment from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and Commercial Bank and Trust, the Henry County High School Independent Living Skills class has much to be thankful for this year.
To show its thanks, the class hosted a huge Thanksgiving feast Tuesday. The turkey, ham, and a large amount of side dishes and desserts were all made by the students in the class.
Teacher Ascenith Luker was emotional as she thanked the representatives from Commercial Bank and Lowe’s at the feast, as well as others on hand, which included parents, teaching assistants, peer tutors and others.
The stove that the class was using was 12 years old and a parent overheard Luker talking about its limitations one day and said she would talk to officials at the bank about a possible donation. Within 24 hours, Luker said, the bank said they would purchase a new stove. “I was so excited, I cried,” she said.
While she was purchasing the stove at Lowe’s, a manager suggested that she write a small grant application for more donated items that the class needed. Luker said she took a photo of what the work station used to look like and submitted it with the Lowe’s Hero Grant application that same afternoon. Two weeks later, she received word from Lowe’s that they would donate materials for a new kitchen work station. “I cried again,” she said. “It was overwhelming to receive a Christmas present in the summer. Now I can teach all three of the different levels of students at the same time.”
She said the students had been working on the meal for two weeks and they designed the menu, cooked everything and each of the students made a cookbook with all of the menu and recipes in them.
Lowe's officials with Teacher Ascenith Luker and students with new kitchen equipment donated by Lowe's. From left: Joann Christopher, Luker, Christina Nichols, Lowe's Manager Chris Ray, Bailey Sherrod, Semaj Olive and Alex Woeste. (McFarlin photo).
Paris Man Claims $1.24 M Lottery Prize
Nashville, Tenn.-The Paris man who won a $1.24 million lottery prize in the Tennessee Cash drawing, claimed his prize on Tuesday at the Tennessee Lottery’s Nashville offices.
According to an article posted on the Tennessee Lottery’s website, John Low of Paris is the winner of the prize and said his legs felt wobbly when he realized he had won.
“I’m not going to blow this,” said John, who works at a delivery company. “When I realized I won, I had to sit down because my legs were like noodles.”
Low actually won a total $1,244,856 playing Tennessee Cash, which is a drawing-style game.
Low claimed his prize with his father and a family friend in tow.
Low purchased his ticket at JB’s Express Mart on the Hwy. 218 bypass outside of Paris. JB’s will receive a $5,000 prize for the purchase of the winning ticket at its establishment.
The Tennessee Lottery website is at http://www.tnlottery.com.
Henry County Runaway Inmate Back in Custody
Paris, Tenn.-Runaway Inmate Charles J. Delk, 32, of 622 Powell St., is back in custody at Henry County Jail after he walked away from a work detail earlier this week.
Capt. Damon Lowe of the Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Delk was at a Hardy Street residence and Delk was picked up there last night.
Delk had completed his two-year sentence for felony vandalism at the local jail and was awaiting pick-up from Kentucky to answer charges for possession of anhydrous ammonia. Delk had been a jail trustee since May 2013.
Capt. Lowe said Delk now faces a new charge of escape locally and will have his first hearing on that charge in the local court next week. It is unknown when he’ll be transported to Kentucky to face those charges.
Arson Charges Dismissed Against Radford, Underwood
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Following a three and one half hour pre-trial, Carroll County General Sessions Judge Larry Logan dismissed arson charges against Christien Radford and Spencer Underwood, both of Paris. They were charged by Carroll County law enforcement after a fire destroyed the Impressions Gift Store in downtown McKenzie. Radford was owner of the shop.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Logan said, “I cannot in good conscience send this case to the grand jury. There’s no substantive evidence that Christien Radford was involved in committing arson in regard to the burning of her store on December 10, 2012.”
An emotional Radford told the McKenzie Banner outside the courtroom, “I am so relieved. I’m ready to put this behind me and move forward.”
Radford wept and hugged her attorney, Shon Johnson of Paris, after the judge dismissed the case. Assistant District Attorney Adam Jowers appeared for the state.
HCMC Board Welcomes Buttrey, Honors Neighbors
Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, the board of trustees of the Henry County Medical Center welcomed Troy Buttrey to the board. Buttrey is the president of FirstBank in Paris and was appointed to the board last week by the Henry County Commissioners.
He will serve a five-year term and replaces Beverly Neighbors as the community representaive on the board. Neighbors is INVEST manager at Commercial Bank and Trust in Paris.
Hospital CEO Tom Gee said, “We want to recognize the ten years of service provided by Beverly Neighbors to the Medical Center. Her input and service has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.”
Gee also reported the hospital has hired James Caldwell as the Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital. He comes to HCMC from Baptist Memorial hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas and will begin his duties December 9.
Gee reported that the Tennessee Hospital Association is beginning a push this month to have hospitals meet with their legislators about the need to expand the Medicaid population by January. The failure to expand these services will result in economic hardship to hospitals and their ability to provide care for their local communities, Gee said.
Sign-up for the Health Exchange continues, although at a slow pace due to the federal website issues. Gee said an event on the insurance exchange at the Henry County Fairgrounds was poorly attended.
Gee reported the hospital has seen excellent growth in its cardiology testing services since the hospital expanded its coverage to five days a week. Gee said the hospital also has negotiated a change in its imaging contract to allow the cardiologist to read and interpret its nuclear medicine studies.
In other business--
--Gee said he and Finance Director Lisa Casteel and other personnel attended training on Lean Leadership at the THA last week.
--HCMC was recognized as a high performing hospital on quality indicators by the Joint Commission for the second year in a row, Gee said.
BPU Congratulates Hunt on First Place in Rodeo
By Shannon McFarlin
News Director WENK/WTPR
Paris, Tenn.-At a short and sweet session Tuesday afternoon, the Paris Board of Public Utilities congratulated an employee for his first place win at a recent competition and awarded the low bid for material to construct the North Paris Substation.
Journeyman Lineman Jacob Hunt competed in the Indiana Lineworkers Rodeo in Richmond, Ind. And placed first overall in the individual competition. He competed in four events against other linemen from other states.
Hunt also received awards for finishing in the top three in each of the four events. BPU General Manager John Etheridge said, “This is a great accomplishment.”
Hunt also competed in Memphis at the Tennessee Lineman Rodeo, finishing third overall in one of the events there.
Upon recommendation of Director of Metering and Engineering Jeff Thompson, the board awarded the bid to Substation Products of Birmingham, Ala., for materials to supply the planned North Paris Substation. The bid of $120,650 was the low bid of three presented.
In other business:
--In his financial reports, Etheridge reported the electric department showed a positive net income of some $63,000 for the past four month period, although sales continue to be down. “We’ve had a moderate summer,” he said, “but we still have positive net income. I doubt if we will be in as good of shape at the end of this fiscal year than we have in others, but we’ll still be in a positive position.”
The water department showed a negative net income of $8,987.62, he said. Director of Water and Wastewater Terry Wimberley said the water department is down 13 ½ percent over the same period a year ago and down six percent from two years ago. Water consumption continues to decline steadily, he said, and is at its lowest over the past 10 years.
The wastewater department is down nine percent from last year, but overall in good financial shape, Etheridge said.
--As required by the IRS, the board approved a restatement of its pension plan, which Etheridge noted is a housekeeping measure.
--Wimberley reported that new customers who had been on the South Paris water system are reporting low water pressure, which he said is due to the high elevation at their residences. He said BPU is exploring options to fix the problem. “We want them to get their water pressure back to the way they’re used to, “ he said.
Marijuana Found in Donated Items at Stewart County School
Dover, Tenn. —Stewart County High School received something extra in donated growing equipment from the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force in October.
As it turned out, when Task Force Agent Shawn Noble delivered boxes of confiscated grow lights and hydroponic growing equipment that had been seized as part of drug arrests, it contained a bag of cannabis inside.
Noble, agriculture teacher Jordan McMillan and a few students unloaded the boxes of equipment that is to be used in the school’s greenhouse. When McMillan returned later to inventory the items, he found the bag of marijuana.
He took the contraband to the school’s resource officer, who contacted the Task Force.
Task Force Director David Hicks said the equipment had been seized from a pot-growing operation, and apparently a small amount of marijuana was missed in their inventory.
School officials said none of the students had contact with the marijuana.
McMillan said he's happy with the donated equipment, which will be used in the school's greenhouse. He estimated all the equipment is probably worth about $20,000, and a small portion of the equipment, which includes about 20 grow lights, has been set up in a room in the Vo-Tech wing.
Fulton Woman Arrested on Cancer Scam
Fulton, Ky. -- Fulton City Police have arrested a 45-year-old Fulton woman for scamming people in the community with a bogus claim that she had cancer. Delores “Faye” Sampson was charged with theft by deception over $500, criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of medical records.
After she told family and friends she had cancer, a fund-raiser for Sampson was held at the Keg Bar and Grill in Fulton and people donated $1,100 for her. She had told people she was seeking treatment at a cancer center in Union City, but when an employee cross referenced her patients, Sampson was not on the list.
When contacted by police, Sampson reportedly confessed to the crime, which included her forging medical records.
If you donated money to Sampson, you are asked to call the Fulton City Police Department so they can compile a list in order to refund those who gave.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Inman Students Donate 10,798 Items to Food Bank
With Inman students are: (back row, left to right) Sgt. Michael Ramos, Patrolman Jordan Klutts, and Food Bank officials Cathy Bullington, Bill Bailey, Carlton Gerrell and Pam Harrington. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, department police officers and representatives of the Henry County Food Bank on Monday helped students from Inman School load 10,798 canned goods and food items for the food bank.
The items were collected by the students as part of the school’s annual food drive. According to Educational Assistant Charlotte Robertson, the students have been working on collecting the items for three weeks. This year's total was another record, with 10,300 being collected last year.
Elizondo said the annual drive used to be a school 4-H project, but in recent years, the drive has been sponsored by the Paris Police Department.
The classes that are the top collectors in all three grades at the school are treated to pizza parties, thanks to the Paris Police.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, left, and Patrolman Jordan Klutts help students load up canned goods. (McFarlin photo).
Inmate Walks Away From Work Detail
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating an inmate who walked away from his work detail. Charles J. Delk, 34, 622 Powell St., had been serving time at the local jail for felony vandalism and had completed his sentence. He was only there awaiting pick-up from Kentucky to answer charges for possession of anhydrous ammonia.
Delk had been a trustee since May 2013, while serving the latter part of his two-year sentence at the Henry County Jail. At the time he walked away, he was on a work detail on the grounds of the jail. Delk was awaiting transport November 25 when he was discovered missing from his work assigment; he was last seen five minutes prior to leaving the grounds.
Warrants have been drawn on Delk for escape. Even though his time was complete November 25 with Henry County, he still had outstanding charges in Kentucky.
Anyone with information on Delk’s whereabouts, contact the sheriff’s office at 731-642-1672 or the Henry County hotline at 642-0929.
Bethel Nursing Students Present Donation to Caring Hearts
Pictured at the check presentation are: (standing left to right) Audrey Johnson with the Cancer Care Center, Ms. Edna Billingsley (Bethel nursing faculty) students Christina Aguirre, Stefanie Kemp, Sarah Baker, Ashley Peterson, Wendy Cude, Melesa Lassiter, and Elizabeth McCrory, and Casey Brown with the Cancer Care Center. Seated left to right are: Deseray Washington, Brittany Dyer, Kayla Watson and Ashton Carnahan. (Bethel photo).
McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University’s senior nursing students presented a check for more than $1,300 to the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, an organization that assists uninsured and under-insured patients with medical bills, prescriptions and transportation expenses to and from treatment.
In addition to financial assistance, the Caring Hearts Fund offers cancer survivors and caregivers a cancer support group which meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County.
Bethel nursing students raised the money by selling t-shirts.
For more information about Bethel University’s nursing program, call 731-352-6499 or contact Keisha Norwood at email@example.com. For more information about the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County, contact Casey Brown at 731-644-3522 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dill Chosen as Grand Marshal of Christmas Parade
Chamber President Madison Campbell, left, with Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Frank Dill. (Chamber photo).
Dover, Tenn.-Piggly Wiggly Owner Frank Dill has been chosen as the grand marshal of the 2013 Stewart County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade this year.
Chamber President Madison Campbell said, “It was an honor to deliver the news to Frank Dill.“ Campbell said Dill’s friendly approach to customer service is still felt daily at the story. “The place is in great hands with his son Brien running the day to day business. Frank, his wife Phyllis, and their family have had such a positive influence on so many in this county. Whether you bagged groceries as your first job or shop at Piggly Wiggly daily, make sure when you see Frank to tell him congrats on this honor.“
The Christmas Parade is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7. Entry fee is one toy donation for the Special Children’s Christmas program. Santa will arrive on the Chamber float and the theme for entries this year will be “Christmas Movies”.
UT Martin Set to Revoke Alpha Tau Omega Registration
Martin, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin will revoke university registration for the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity chapter at the Martin campus, pending an appeal option available to the chapter. The chapter was notified of the university’s decision Nov. 25, following an internal investigation of an alleged Nov. 7 hazing incident.
The university’s investigation found violations of student conduct, including endangering another person and participation in hazing. The chapter has five days from receipt of notification to either accept the university’s action or request an administrative hearing. Acceptance of the penalty will mean that the chapter will cease operations for 18 months and can reapply for university registration in June 2015.
A year of probation will follow, if the university again registers the chapter.
A vehicle struck a member of the fall 2013 pledge class early Thursday morning, Nov. 7, while the individual walked along a rural road with three other pledge class members in Weakley County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the university’s Office of Greek Life and Office of Student Conduct investigated the incident.
The chapter was initially placed on interim suspension by the university, pending the outcome of the investigation. The Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity also ordered the immediate suspension of chapter operations until its own investigation is complete.
The national fraternity has not announced further disciplinary action for the chapter.
Bald Eagle Standing Proud
Paris, Tenn.--Charlie Allen got a bird's eye view of a bald eagle (pun intended) for several minutes when he was out sightseeing the other day. Allen took the photo at a private lake off of Hwy. 54. Allen is a retired from the Paris Police Department and said he has been enjoying his photography hobby since he retired.
Santa Coming to Paris Friday
Paris, Tenn.- Santa's arrival, crafts, stories and live animals are just a
sampling of the festive activities for North Pole Family Fun Day that is set for Friday, November 29.
The community tradition kicks off at 10 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and
runs until 2 p.m. A Sketch Crawl will be led by Ann Stapp from 10 am to
noon and will begin at front steps of the Courthouse.
Contacted from the North Pole for an exclusive satellite interview, Santa Claus said, "I can't wait to see all of the good little boys and girls in Henry County,"
"Rudolph, the elves and I love our gingerbread house on the court square.
We'll be visiting with the youngsters each Saturday and Sunday throughout
the holiday season and Project Graduation will be on hand to take photos."
The Santa Claus house already was set up on the courthouse lawn a few weeks ago, awaiting Santa’s arrival.
"There's plenty to do after children visit with me, including four, free
craft booths, thanks to the 4H Honors Club. Little ones can hear The Polar
Express read by Mrs. Wilson's high school speech students inside a real
train depot at Vicky Muzzall's Tax Service every half hour," Santa said.
"Miss Vicky even gives away free train whistles to all of the youngsters."
"There's a trackless train for adults and children and other games on the
courthouse lawn. Also on the lawn is a petting zoo and pony rides," said
Kids can also enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10 am
The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown
Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at
www.VisitDowntownParis.com. Flyers are available from many downtown
Union City Tax Revenues for October Up Slightly
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Mayor Terry Hailey has announced that tax revenues for the month of October were $268,041, which is just a little less than a one percent increase compared to last October.
A comparison of year-to-date totals from 2012 and 2013 indicates that tax revenues remain less at this time than last year by 3.57%, but the margin between the two years is closing as the city of Union City slowly regains earnings. Union City was hit especially hard by the closing of the Goodyear plant, but has been regaining momentum with the opening of Discovery Park of America and announcements of more industry and jobs moving to Union City.
Celebrate Christmas at The Dixie; Several Events Planned
Huntingdon, Tenn. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center. Celebrate the season with a full slate of music and fun during the happiest month of the year.
The Dixie kicks off its holiday fare Friday, Dec. 6 with A Sanders Family Christmas presented by Cumberland County Playhouse and sponsored by Carroll Bank and Trust. A Sanders Family Christmas is a nostalgic comedy set to music and the second of three installments of the Sanders family’s life.
Tickets for the World War II-era comedy are $20 each plus tax.
The following afternoon, return to The Dixie for A Main Street Christmas, sponsored by Dr. Lee Carter, in correlation with the Town of Huntingdon Christmas Parade.
Before the parade, enjoy an afternoon of performances by area choirs and our Nativi-Tea, a tea and display of hundreds of nativity scenes. The fun begins at 1 p.m. with choir performances starting at 2. The first annual gingerbread contest will be held in the main lobby. Jolly old St. Nick will be on hand to take pictures with the children, and The Dixie will be offering a 10-percent discount on upcoming main events. Local businesses will also be open on and around the Court Square some with activities and some with refreshments.
A Main Street Christmas is a free community event.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, The Dixie welcomes popular bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent for a special “The Spirit of Christmas Concert” in the bluegrass version of The Dixie Live Concert Series.
The concert begins at 2 p.m., and tickets are $30 plus tax each.
The Dixie puts a bow on its Christmas series of events Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. with Christmas on Broadway sponsored by Firstbank, WLJT, and Noranda, an evening of Broadway and holiday favorites performed by a myriad of talent from touring professionals to serious students.
Tickets are $15.
Get your tickets to your favorite Christmas shows or buy your friends and family a Dixie gift Card at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, call 731-986-2100, or purchase online at www.dixiepac.net.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Paris Man Killed in Calloway County Accident
Hazel, Ky - A Paris man was killed in a two-vehicle car crash Monday morning on US 641 near Hazel, Ky. Tony C. Teague, age 66, was traveling northbound on US 641 when he reportedly traveled off the right side of the road and over-corrected, striking another car in the southbound lane.
Coroners called to the scene pronounced Teague dead. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The investigation is ongoing.
Teague's funeral arrangements are incomplete at Rawls Funeral Home in Paris.
Hazardous Weather in the Forecast
Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Highway crews have been busy treated the roadways in anticipation of hazardous weather that is forecast for our area. Sleet has already began falling in our area, making driving hazardous.
The National Weather Service is predicting additional wintry precipitation is possible Tuesday morning and Tuesday night across most of the Midsouth.
In Henry County, basketball games at the county’s schools have been cancelled for tonight.
“Team Junction” Has Busy, Fulfilling Visit
Summer Crockett Moore and Tony Glazer visit WENK/WTPR and KF99 for on-air interviews. (B Photography photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Editor
Paris, Tenn.-Actress/Producer Summer Crockett Moore has every reason to be tired today. A Paris native, she and her husband and co-producer Tony Glazer, as well as a few fellow actors from the film “Junction” had a whirlwind trip to Paris, Murray, Union City, and McKenzie for a local premiere, red carpet reception and to promote the film.
While here, Moore said, “We spoke at Henry County High School, Paris Rotary, Bethel University, Murray State, the Paris Kiwanis and we also scouted locations for our next film.”
Friday night’s Paris premiere was followed by a well-attended red carpet reception at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center “While we were here, we also did some downtown shopping and made sure to wear our ‘Shop Local’ t-shirts,” Moore said.
Moore also got to visit her parents, who still live in Paris.
“Junction” is playing currently at The Parisian Theater in Paris, as well as the theaters in Murray and Martin.
“We can’t thank Paris enough for the wonderful reception we received to the movie and our visit,” Moore said.
"Team Junction" setting up the after-party at the Heritage Center. With Moore are, from left Bryan Richard Deehring, Tony Glazer, Robby Miller and Clint McCoy. (B Photography).
Kentucky Lake at Winter Pool Levels
Buchanan, Tenn.-With Kentucky Lake at its winter pool currently, the shoreline at Paris Landing State Park looks different than usual in recent days. The lake does look lower than usual, but Paris Landing State Park Manager Joan Williams said, "We actually are right at normal winter pool right now." (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are looking for two subjects who broke into Kizer’s Pharmacy. The break-in and robbery was discovered this morning. The break-in occurred through a double-pane window beside the drive-through that was broken out.
The owner of the business checked the surveillance video which showed two subjects inside the store. One had on a gray hoodie, dressed in black and wearing gloves. The other subject was wearing all black and had on gloves. One of the subjects was carrying a black Rubber Maid tub.
An inventory will be taken to determine how much was taken during the robbery.
Christmas By The Lake Arts and Crafts Festival This Weekend
Buchanan, Tenn.-The annual Christmas By The Lake Arts and Crafts Festival will be held this weekend, Friday, November 29, through Sunday, December 1, at the Paris Landing State Park.
Russwood To Hold Christmas Parade
Springville, Tenn.-The Russwood Baptist Church will hold its first Christmas parade at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 7. The church is located at 4480 E. Antioch Road, Springville. Turn at the Dollar General store and follow Antioch Road approximately two miles. The church is on the left.
There will be decorated golf carts, Santa Claus telling the Christmas story and refreshments. It is scheduled at 5 PM. Call 731-644-0318 if you want to have an entry in the parade.
Stewart County Historical Society Hosts Trees Event
Dover, Tenn.-The Stewart County Historical Society will hold its annual Trees of Christmas event that begins December 7, the same day as Dover’s Christmas Parade.
Any individual, church, business, organization or youth group is eligible to decorate a tree if they would like. This year's theme is Christmas Movies. Anyone interested in putting up a tree may call Tana Sheets at 232-7468, or message her through Facebook.
The parade will be held in the afternoon.
MSU Dean Named President of National Association
Dr. Brian Van Horn
Murray, Ky. —Dr. Brian Van Horn of Benton, Ky., dean of Murray State University’s Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach, was elected president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
The Association for Continuing Higher Education began in 1939 as the Association of University Evening Colleges (AUEC). Today, it has become an organization dedicated to serving the entire spectrum of continuing higher education in the United States and internationally. ACHE is divided geographically into eight regions and has approximately 1,500 members representing 400 institutions and organizations.
One of the primary goals of the association is to emphasize the importance of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education.
“ACHE is an international organization that represents the growing masses of adult students who return to college campuses every year. Gone are the days of traditional students only. Adult students make up about half of all college students today and serve a major role in universities,” Van Horn said. “It’s imperative that we continue to serve the traditional student, but we also have to adapt to the unique needs of the non-traditional learner as well. ACHE embraces this challenge and serves as the premier organization for this work.”
Van Horn resides in Benton, Ky., with his wife, Dr. Laurel Van Horn, and their two children, Will, 9, and Ella, 3. For more information about ACHE, go online at www.acheinc.org.
UT Martin Theatre to Perform “The Little Rose”
Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Vanguard Theatre will premiere Sheri Fink’s No. 1 best-selling, award-winning children’s book as a play adapted by Leon Scioscia and Sheri Fink.
The Little Rose will debut at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 and 7, in the newly renovated Fine Arts Building’s “Little Theatre.” Admission is free. General seating will be available. Seating for performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 731-887-7090 for information.
The Little Rose, Fink’s first children’s book, enjoys massive popularity because of its heartfelt central message: be yourself, even in the face of bullying.
Vanguard Theatre is part of the department of visual and theatre arts at UT Martin. The department provides educational, artistic and cultural opportunities for the students of the university and the people of West Tennessee. The faculty and students serve the area through a quality undergraduate professional arts program with performances and exhibits enhancing the aesthetic and cultural awareness of the campus and region while preparing students for careers in the arts, teaching and for advanced study.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Reprieve from High Gas Prices
Buchanan, Tenn.-Motorists looking for a reprieve from high gas prices can find it at at least two locations in the lake area. Dodd's Country Store on Hwy. 79S is currently selling gas at $2.89, while Kirk's Trading Post across the road is selling for $2.92. Gas prices a few miles down the road in Paris are much higher, at $3.14-$3.19 per gallon. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Corker to Visit Jackson Monday
Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will be in Jackson on Monday, November 25, to meet with business and community leaders.
Corker will begin the day at a lunchtime meeting of the Rotary Club of Jackson-Old Hickory, where he will discuss his work to solve the big problems facing our country.
Later, at an event co-hosted by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and the Central West Tennessee Association of Realtors, Corker will discuss his legislation to strengthen America’s housing finance system. The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayers Protection Act, S. 1217, would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a privately capitalized system that preserves the availability of desirable mortgage products to creditworthy borrowers and fully protects taxpayers from future economic downturns.
W.G. Rhea Library Closings
Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library will be closed later this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be closed Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29.
State Park Restaurants to Serve Thankgiving Dinner
Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee State Parks have announced that all eight state park restaurants, including Paris Landing Inn, will be open Thursday, November 28, for their annual Thanksgiving feasts.
Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, along with an assortment of desserts, will be available at 11 a.m. until closing at state park restaurants. Selections and prices may vary depending on location, ranging from $13.50 to $15.95. Group reservations are recommended.
State Park Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner include Paris Landing Inn 731-642-4311; Montgomery Bell State Park 615-797-3101; Natchez Trace Park 731-968-8176; David Crockett Park (Lawrenceburg) 931-762-9541.
Stewart County Saves $500,000 on Refinancing
Dover, Tenn.-Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner and representatives from the Tennessee County Services Loan Program last week finalized paperwork that resulted in Stewart County saving over $500,00 over the life of refunded county bonds.
Earlier, Stewart County refunded two notes that saved the county a total of $160,000 over the life of the loans and reportedly will refund one more next year that will save the county about $100,000 over the life of the loan.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
FBI Not Investigating Healthy Thyme Attack
Paris, Tenn.-Despite the reports provided by a Nashville television station, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not actively investigating the beating of a health food store owner last week.
A co-owner of the Healthy Thyme health food store at 803 E. Wood St. was robbed, beaten and homophobic insults were scrawled on his forehead. After the beating, the perpetrators started a fire at the business.
The owner was transported to the hospital by local ambulance after the beating for treatment.
Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson said the FBI is not actively investigating the incident at this time. "We are investigating the aggravated arson and robbery. The FBI has been notified, but is not actively investigating it at this time," Watson said.
Meanwhile, the Healthy Thyme co-owner is seeking the public's help in identifying the perpetrators. On the business' Facebook page, he is asking anyone who can identify the men to call the police. He said they were three men, wearing black jackets and two had on ski masks.
Healthy Thyme has been closed since the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Paris Police at 731-642-2424
Area Teams Move On To State Semifinals
At the Henry County Patriots game Friday night, the Henry County High School Madrigals, directed by Blair Chadwick, lead the crowd in the national anthem. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
In addition to Henry County and Union City, other teams in our area will be moving on to state semifinals contests in their divisions. In Class 3A, Lewis County beat Westview and will be facing CPA at CPA next Friday night. In Class 4A, Fulton will face Knoxville Catholic at Fulton and Giles Co. will face Trezevant at Giles Co.
For more information on the Henry County and Union City games, see Friday's articles.
Patriot Stadium was jumping Friday night as the Patriots beat Memphis Ridgeway to move on to the state semifinals. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Chimes for Charity to Ring Out Sunday
Union City, Tenn.-Over 300 children will receive new clothes when they are taken on holiday shopping trips Sunday as part of the annual Chimes for Charity event.
Chimes Secretary Regina Hendon said 310 children aged 4-14 will participate in the event, which will be held at 1 p.m. at Wal-Mart Supercenter.
She said the event is sponsored by the Jaycees and Jaycettes and many volunteers are needed each year for it. "We pair the volunteers with the kids, all of whom have a size sheet, and then they go shopping. For each child, $115 will be spent on clothes," she said.
She said funds for the program are raised from a variety of sources, include fundraisers at local businesses, including Wal-Mart and school events. She said Santa's Village in Martin also does a lot for the event.
Feeding of 5,000 Set for Tuesday
Union City, Tenn.-The 15th annual Feeding of the 5,000 will be held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in union City, an event to which people of all faiths are invited.
Church Member Hattie Lou Brown said over 5,000 people will be fed this year and remarked how much progress has been made since the event began 15 years ago. "We've gone from feeding less than 300 to now feeding over 5,000," she said. "And that's just remarkable."
The name of the event derives from Scripture which described Jesus' feeding miracles, feeing multitudes with loaves and fish.
There will be activity at the church all day Tuesday, she said, with volunteers preparing and packing up meals beginning at 6 a.m. Meals are served at the church itself around 11 a.m., but are also delivered to eight satellite locations during the day. The locations include the Reelfoot Ministry, Obion County Senior Citizens center, local housing projects, etc.
Community Thanksgiving Services to be Held Sunday
Union City, Tenn.-The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held this year at the First United Methodist Church, 420 E. Main St. Sponsored by the Obion County Ministerial Association, the service will begin at 6 p.m., with the sermon by Rev. Ron Gray.
During the service, the welcome will be presented by Dr. Tim Atkins, scripture by Rev. Chuck McMillen, benediction by Rev. Jack Long and the community choir under the direction of John Easley will perform, as will the Joy Ringers hand bells group.
The annual service rotates from church to church. Proceeds raised during the service will go toward the Boys and Girls clubs, The Bridge and the Helping Hands Ministry.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Henry County Patriots Move On to State Semifinals
The Henry County Patriots football team runs onto the field at beginning of Friday night's game. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-With a 42-21 win over Memphis Ridgeway Friday night, the 13-0 Henry County Patriots will move on to the state semi-final game in Division 5A next Friday night, November 29. Henry County will travel to Clarksville to face Clarksville Northeast, which beat Gallatin Friday.
At the Henry County game, Patriot Chase Henderson set a school record for most touchdowns in one game, with six.
Union City Beats Humboldt, Moves into State Semifinals
Union City, Tenn.-With its victory over Humboldt Friday night, the Union City Golden Tornadoes move onto the state semifinals in Division IA. They will travel to Nashville and face Nashville Christian next Friday night, Nov. 29. Nashville Christian beat Columbia Academy tonight.
Breaking News Update:
Lumpkin Found Guilty in Nightclub Murder
Paris, Tenn.-After deliberating for some four hours Friday, a Henry County Circuit Court jury found Tevin Lumpkin, 21, of Milan, guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Eric Kinley, 41, of Paris. Lumpkin was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Donald Parish.
Kinley was killed at the Farenheit 101 Nightclub in August of 2012. Four men were arrested in connection with Kinley’s death: Lumpkin, Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon; Cody Harmon, 25, Lexington; and Charles Liphford, 23 of Milan. Yarbrough and Harmon were charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Liphford was charged with possession of a handgun.
Lumpkin is the first to be tried in the case. After the verdict was read, Lumpkin's family members left the courthouse crying.
This week’s trial was conducted amid heavy security both inside and outside the courtroom and the courthouse, with Henry County sheriff’s deputies, Paris Police and undercover law enforcement on duty.
The jury consisted of 12 jurors, with two alternates.
During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall presented several witnesses who testified they saw Lumpkin shoot Kinley. Jurors were also shown videos several times during the course of the trial which showed the inside of the nightclub that evening, a scuffle among the parties and the shooting, as well as the parking lot area where the parties and patrons scattered after the shooting.
Defense Attorney Terry Leonard of Camden elicited testimony from Co-Defendant Yarbrough, who insisted that he did not see Lumpkin shoot Kinley. Co-Defendant Harmon testified for the state.
Lumpkin and Harmon are being held at the Henry County Jail. Yarbrough is being held at a state prison. Liphford is free on bond.
Tiffany Windows Restored at Grace Church
The newly-restored Tiffany windows at Grace Church. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-The stained glass windows at Grace Episcopal Church are looking a lot brighter these days, thanks to a restoration of the original Tiffany windows that look down on the congregation. Grace Church was founded in 1898 and is the oldest church in Paris. It is located at 103 S. Poplar St.
The windows are a work of art and a source of great pride for the church and they have a story to tell all their own.
The windows were built at the Tiffany plant in Versailles, France, and each piece was separately wrapped in straw and placed in wooden kegs for shipment to Philadelphia. Father Matt Greathouse, pastor of the church, explained the window--still in pieces--were transported by horse-drawn wagon to the Berghause Company in Lancaster, Pa., where the window put together in its present form.
Once constructed (much like a puzzle being put together), the window was suspended on steel rods in a vertical position, wrapped in heavy sheets of wool and put on a flat rail car and brought to Paris by railroad.
According to a history of the windows written by the church members, upon arrival in Paris, the window was suspended on a rope-made bed drawn by six horses and brought to the intersection of Blythe and Fentress Streets. Berghause employees then carried the window the remaining two and a half blocks to Grace Church on North Poplar Street.
Installation of the window took five days and the cost at that time was $1,800.
Father Greathouse said, “There have been a couple of restoration efforts over the years, but this is the first complete overhaul and it just amazes me how much brighter it is now. The window looks so beautiful with the sun coming through it.”
The Grace Church itself was completed in 1904, thanks to funds from the famous financier J.B. Morgan, who donated money for the roof. Father Greathouse said the church itself was built in 1898, and three of the female founders had heard that Morgan was Episcopalian. “So they just wrote a letter to him telling him they were trying to complete the church and he donated money for the roof.”
The windows on the side of the sanctuary are also Tiffany glass and the Rose windows at the west end of the vestibule are historic, also. The individual pieces for those windows were rescued from great cathedrals of Europe that were destroyed during WWI and WWII. Those windows were installed in 1966 and some of the glass in them date to the 15th century.
The restoration was financed through an ongoing fundraiser at the church. The restoration was arduous in itself, requiring the Emmanuel company in Nashville to take it apart, restore it and put the pieces back together.
What is most compelling for Father Greathouse is the image of the Second Coming of Christ that is depicted in the main Tiffany windows. “That image of Christ shows he returned for us and that has been a great influence on our church. This church has been shaped by the hope it represents.”
Father Matt Greathouse with the restored Tiffany windows. (McFarlin photo).
Jury Begins Deliberating First-Degree Murder Case
Co-defendant Testifies for Defense
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-The jury in the first-degree murder case against Tevin Lumpkin of Milan began deliberating this morning in Henry County Circuit Court. Lumpkin is one of four men charged in the shooting death of Eric Kinley, 41, of Paris, in August of 2012, at the Farenheit 101 nightclub on Hwy. 79S outside of Paris. Lumpkin is the first to be tried in the case.
Defense Attorney Terry Leonard of Camden presented one witness during his case Thursday--Jiles Yarbrough of Huntingdon, who is a co-defendant with Lumpkin. Yarbrough’s testimony took much of the day, with lengthy cross-examination from Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall, who is presenting the state’s case.
It was a long, exhausting day for the jury. After the defense rested, the jury heard lengthy closing arguments from Hall and Leonard and heard jury instructions from Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish.
It appeared the jury might begin deliberating last evening, but instead selected a foreman and decided to recess for the night and begin deliberating today. The trial began on Monday amid heavy security both inside and outside the courtroom and courthouse.
During his impassioned testimony and cross-examination, Yarbrough said he did not know Lumpkin before the night of the shooting and that he didn’t see Lumpkin shoot Kinley.
Yarbrough was one of the performers at a rap show at the nightclub that night. He said likewise that he did not know Kinley.
He said one of the other witnesses in the case told him that night that Kinley had touched her hair and that he said to her in jest, “Do you want me to whup him?” He said when he and fellow co-defendant Cody Harmon walked up to where Kinley was standing, they were only going to get a drink, not to start a fight.
He said a scuffle did start and that Kinley hit Harmon, who was knocked down, and that Kinley also hit himself and Lumpkin during the scuffle.
Yarbrough insisted repeatedly that he did not see Lumpkin shoot Kinley. “The video shows there was no way I could have seen who had a gun,” he said.
He also insisted that he himself had nothing to do with the shooting. Under questioning by Leonard, he said he has turned down three offers from the state for a plea bargain in exchange for a guilty plea and in exchange for testifying against Lumpkin.
Leonard asked, “Why have you turned down the deals from the state?”, to which Yarbrough said, “Because I didn’t do anything and the video shows it.”
The jury once again was shown videos from the night of the shooting, but from different perspectives--from behind the bar and in the parking lot after the shooting.
Arrested in the case in addition to Lumpkin, Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon, and Cody Harmon, 25, Lexington. Yarbrough and Harmon are charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Harmon testified at the trial on behalf of the state this week.
Also arrested was Charles Liphford, 23 of Milan, charged with possession of a handgun.
Lumpkin and Harmon are being held at the Henry County Jail. Yarbrough is being held at a state prison. Liphford is free on bond.
Henry County, Union City Play in Quarterfinals Tonight
Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Local teams are playing in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs tonight and hopefully the cold rain will ease off by kick-off time.
In Class 5A, the Henry County High School Patriots will host Memphis Ridgeway at Patriot Stadium in Paris.
Henry County is the number one ranked team in Class 5A in the state and has a perfect season.
In Class 1A, Union City will host Humboldt.
Reelfoot Ministry Looking for Volunteers, Donations
Obion, Tenn.-Reelfoot Rural Ministry is asking for donations to its annual Christmas Toy Store. The ministry needs toys and plastic shopping bags as well as volunteers. Reelfoot Rural Ministry (RRM) is a mission program of the Memphis Conference that serves four counties: Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky.
Last year, RRM’s toy store served nearly 1,700 children from 675 families. During the event, parents pay $3 to “buy” five new toys for younger children or three new toys for teens. No family pays more than $15. Executive Director Michael Blake says parents consider it very important to pay for their family’s presents.
Toy donations are now being received at RRM’s main office at 6923 Minnick Elbridge Road in Obion, Tenn., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.
All toys donated to the store should be new, unwrapped and delivered to the RRM office by Dec. 6. The ministry will also be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 7 for last-minute deliveries.
RRM needs volunteers Dec. 2-Dec. 6 and for half a day on Dec. 7 to help sort toy donations and set up. It will then need volunteers Dec. 9-Dec. 12 to help run the store.
The store will be open for scheduled appointments by eligible families.
RRM will also need volunteers to sort items at its food bank and thrift store.
RRM needs plastic shopping bags for its Toy Store. Blake asks everyone to pass along and recycle those plastic retail shopping bags that collect in most homes.
Christmas Preview Concert Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The David Johnson Chorus, Henry County High School Madrigals, and The Paris Henry County Youth Orchestra will perform at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. this Saturday evening, November 23, for a Christmas Preview Concert.
Free Admission; donations will go to support the Paris Henry Co. Youth Orchestra.
Free Christmas Tree Permits Available at LBL
Golden Pond, Ky-—Beginning December 2, free Christmas tree permits will be available at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.
A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between December 2 and 24. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained from the LBL Administrative Office, 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday. On December 24, Christmas Eve, visitors need to obtain permits before noon.
Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except areas within sight of US68/KY80 or Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, cemeteries, the Nature Watch Areas, campgrounds, lawns, or other mowed areas.
Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events.
Benefit for King Family Set
Camden, Tenn.-A benefit for the family of Kenneth King will be held Friday, December 6 at Birdsong Community Center, 255 Marina Rd., Camden. Advance tickets are available and carryouts will be available. Fundraiser is to help the family with expenses following the unexpected death of Mr. King.
White beans and cornbread will be served for $5 from 5-8 p.m.; silent auction bids at 8 p.m. and karaoke from 8-11 p.m. Donations can be made directly to Oakdale Funeral Home.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Healthy Thyme Robbed, Burned
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police detectives and the Paris Fire Department fire marshal are investigating a robbery and fire at The Healthy Thyme store on E. Wood Street Wednesday night.
According to reports with both departments, Healthy Thyme store at 803 E. Wood St. was robbed, the store proprietor was beaten and the perpetrators started a fire in the establishment.
Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said the department was alerted to the fire at 6:16 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, the front part of the building was on fire.
Meanwhile, Paris Police were dispatched to the store on a report of a robbery in progress. The victim told investigators he was robbed and beaten by three black men who wrote a homophobic insult on his forehead as well as called him homophobic names while they were beating him.
According to the police report, the victim was badly beaten and Williams said he was transported to Henry County Medical Center by the county emergency medical services ambulance.
The report indicates that a total of $1500 was stolen from the store and recovered a gallon milk jug with gasoline in it.
Williams said the fire department stayed at the scene until 7:30 p.m.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Paris Police Department at 731-642-2424.
State Rests Its Case at Murder Trial; Jury Tours Crime Scene
Defendant Tasered; Huntingdon Woman Arrested
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-The state rested its case Wednesday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Tevin Lumpkin of Milan, charged in the shooting death of Eric Kinley of Paris at a local nightclub in August of last year.
Lumpkin, 21, is one of four men arrested in connection with Kinley’s shooting death. The shooting occurred at the Farenheit 101 nightclub on Hwy. 79S outside of Paris.
Before the state rested its case, the jury was transported to Farenheit 101 to witness the crime scene.
The trial began Monday amid heavy security inside and outside the courtroom and courthouse. Lumpkin’s is the first trial in connection with the case and there has been plenty of emotion and drama involved with the trial.
After reportedly becoming beligerent in the prisoner detention area of the courtroom at the end of the day Tuesday, Lumpkin was tasered by Henry County Sheriff’s deputies. According to reports filed by Deputy Cpl. Clyde Sulcer and Deputy Sgt. Bryan Hall, Lumpkin refused to put his hands behind his back when they were readying him to go back to jail.
Lumpkin reportedly told the deputies they would ‘have to taser me’ for him to comply with their request. After being tasered, Lumpkin told the officers they were ‘soft white boys’ and they wouldn’t be able to subdue him if he didn’t have on the handcuffs.
On Wednesday, a Huntingdon woman was arrested on a charge of coercion of a witness. Arrested was Sharmaine Algee, 27.
Shortly before the incident with Lumpkin, one of his co-defendants, Cody Harmon, 25, of Lexington, had testified against Lumpkin.
In testimony Wednesday, more witnesses testified that they saw Lumpkin shoot Kinley after a rucus between Lumpkin, Harmon and Yarbrough and Kinley after Kinley reportedly spoke and/or flirted with one of their female friends.
Witnesses have said they saw Lumpkin, Harmon and Yarbrough surround Kinley and that after a scuffle broke out, the shots were fired. Witnesses have agreed there were four shots and they have identified Lumpkin as the shooter, saying he pulled his gun from his waistband.
In testimony Tuesday, Medical Examiner Dr. David Zimmerman used a mannequin to demonstrate how the shots were fired. He said the entrance wounds were in Kinley’s back and exit wounds in the front of his body.
Lumpkin is being defended by Camden Attorney Terry Leonard, who began his case Wednesday afternoon. His first witness was co-defendant Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon.
Lumpkin is one of four men arrested in connection with Kinley’s shooting death. Others arrested were: Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon; and Cody Harmon, 25, Lexington, both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Charles Liphford, 23, of Milan, was charged with possession of a handgun. Lumpkin, Harmon and Yarbrough are still being held in the Henry County Jail.
Photo: "Ms. Pacman" pictured with Koby Jones, Danielle Stafford, and Hannah Bethune, was the winning food can display.
Grove School Sponsors Food Drive
Paris, Tenn.-E. W. Grove School sponsored a food drive for the Henry County Food Bank as a service-learning project for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America club. Students donated a total of 654 cans of food. Teacher Susan Woods’ class was the winner for ‘most cans brought’ with 86 cans and Teacher Janet Pearce’s class won for the best display of their cans of food. In photo: Koby Jones, Danielle Stafford, and Hannah Bethune with their winning display. (Submitted photo).
Perkins Awarded a Silver FFA Emblem
Melinda Perkins and Laura Moss (Submitted photo).
Louisville, Ky.- Melinda Perkins of the Henry Co-Paris FFA Chapter in Tennessee was one of 43 participants in the National FFA Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The participant, led by advisor Laura Moss, was awarded a Silver emblem.
The top eight individuals will receive cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the job interview event are sponsored by CSX Transportation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Tori Kaplan, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility states, "CSX is proud to support the Job Interview CDE as it prepares students with the necessary skills of interviewing and resume writing needed to stand out among the crowd."
The job interview CDE is a competitive event that tests student's ability to perform effectively throughout the entire job application process. The participants prepare a resume, cover letter and complete an online application. They also participate in phone, one-on-one and panel job interviews as part of the competition.
The event, held at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.
Area Youth to Dance with Moscow Ballet
Paducah, Ky.-Paducah youth ages 7 to 16 years will perform alongside the Moscow Ballet company of 40 professionals in the Great Russian Nutcracker to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 25, at the Carson Center for the Arts.
On each leg of the Moscow Ballet’s tour, soloists audition local young dancers for roles that are exclusive to children and work with them in rehearsal.
Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program has benefited youhg ballet students giving them the rare opportunity of auditioning, rehearsing and performing with a professional and international touring company.
For tickets go to www.nutcracker.com
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Grades are Good for Paris Special School District
Dr. Leah Watkins presents the board with information on the state report cards. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-The state grade report has been released and the grades for the Paris Special School District are good. Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Leah Watkins presented the local results at the board of education’s regular meeting Tuesday night, noting that overall improvements were made in key areas while progress still needs to be made in others. Last night’s meeting was held at Rhea School.
District Superintendent Mike Brown said, “I know the data is complex, but what I want the board to know is there is really good news in this report We are traditional people and we’re used to getting traditional grades, and these grades show consistent improvement year to year.”
District teachers “are working hard and we increase the number of students every year who are at proficiency level. You saw on the data that we raised grades in math and science all the way to an “A” in some grade levels and that is not easy to do.”
Moving all the way to an “A” is more than a year’s worth of growth, Brown said, “but that was done here in a year. I’d like us to focus on the good thing here and that is that our teachers are working extremely, extremely hard.”
The grades, Dr. Watkins pointed out, show achievements in areas for students with disabilities, while work still needs to be done in the areas of African-American/Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.
Dr. Watkins reviewed the report card as it showed grades for each building and grade levels in the district and said the staff will adopt strategies to meet areas of needed improvements.
The board also heard a report from Rhea Second Grade Teachers Ashley James and Amanda Neumair on the CHAMPS program being adopted in their classrooms. CHAMPS is an acronym which stands for Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation and it is a new approach to classroom management.
James and Neumair showed the board a video they made of students interacting in class and discussing the CHAMPS program.
The best thing about CHAMPS, they agreed, is that it’s such a positive program, whose underlying message is instilling guidelines for success in the students.
In other business:
--The board authorized Brown, Board Member Amy Cathey and Staff Member Kathy Hart to pick out a new district logo from prototypes that have been prepared. The designs incorporate the Eiffel Tower with the colors of all the schools in the district.
--As usual, there is no board meeting planned in December unless the situation warrants.
FOP Cops and Kids Receives Donations
Paris, Tenn.-The Fraternal Order of Police Cops and Kids program received donations from Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus at a check presentation at the church Tuesday morning. The donations are for $1400 ($700 apiece) for the program. From left are: Dean Lechner, Charlie Brown, Jim Hopper, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and John Baskitis. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Videos Shown To Jurors in Murder Case
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
\Paris, Tenn.-Jurors in the first-degree murder case of Tevin Lumpkin of Milan being tried this week in Henry County Circuit Court were shown videos of the night that Eric Kinley of Paris was killed in a local nightclub in August of 2012 during proceedings on Tuesday.
Witnesses testified as to activities that occurred at the former Farenheit 101 nightclub on Hwy. 79S in the early morning hours when Kinley, 41, was shot and killed. Four men have been charged in connection with Kinley’s shooting death and Lumpkin’s trial is the first in the case. There is heavy security both inside and outside the courtroom and courthouse while the trial is proceeding.
Among those who testified during a lengthy court session Tuesday were Medical Examiner Dr. David Zimmerman; Co-Defendant Cody Harmon of Lexington, who testified against Lumpkin as part of a plea agreement; Tamika Ray, a girlfriend of another co-defendant; and former nightclub bouncer Tommy Taylor.
Representing the state is Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall and representing Lumpkin is Camden Attorney Terry Leonard.
Tamika Ray, a girlfriend of one of the arrested men, testified that Kinley had touched her hair and complimented her on it. She testified that she did not know Lumpkin, but that she and co-defendant Jiles Yarbrough were friends. She pointed out various people she recognized in a surveillance video of that evening.
Under cross-examination, Lumpkin’s attorney Terry Leonard of Camden, asked Ray, “After Mr. Kinley pulled your hair, you stayed upstairs for two minutes before you went to Jiles Yarbough” to tell him about the encounter.
She agreed with Leonard that with the music so loud, it was difficult to communicate with Yarbrough. She also agreed with Leonard that Lumpkin could not hear anything that she was saying to Yarbrough, but agreed that Yarbrough said “he was going to go up and whup him (Kinley)”, as Leonard phrased it.
Leonard asked, “Did you think there was going to be a barroom brawl” as a result and she replied no.
Tommy Taylor of Paris, a bouncer at the nightclub, testified to what he saw the night of the shooting, discussing how the argument between the parties escalated and that he had told them to knock it off twice.
Taylor said men surrounded Kinley during the argument and that shots were fired while he was trying to break up the fight “and everything went crazy”. He said he heard one shot, a pause and then four more shots. He said he tried to perform CPR on Kinley and the shooter and other man ran off. He identified Lumpkin as the shooter.
Under cross-examination, Leonard challenged Taylor’s ability to pick Lumpkin out of the photo array due to the flashing lights inside the nightclub that night and the chaos that erupted with the shooting.
Jurors also were shown a production video that was taken by a professional company the night of the shooting. The video showed rap performances taking place and some of the principles involved were in the video.
Lumpkin is one of four men arrested in connection with Kinley’s shooting death. Others arrested were: Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon; and Cody Harmon, 25, Lexington, both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Charles Liphford, 23, of Milan, was charged with possession of a handgun. Lumpkin, Harmon and Yarbrough are still being held in the Henry County Jail.
Democratic Primary Petitions Can Be Picked Up Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party has officially notified the Henry County Election Commission there will be a Democratic County Primary on May 6, 2014.
The first day to pick up qualifying petitions will be Friday, November 22, 2013. The qualifying deadline for the May 6 primary will be Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon. The qualifying deadline is set for everyone regardless of party affiliation.
The following county offices are to be a part of that primary: Henry County Mayor, Henry County Sheriff, Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, Henry County Court Clerk, Henry County Trustee, Henry County Register of Deeds and Henry County General Sessions Judge/Henry County Juvenile Judge. If you have any questions please call the Henry County Election Commission at 731-642-0411.
Airborne Gymnasts Shine at Meet
Front row left to right: Noe Wilkerson, Lauren Dodd, Allie Veglio, Abbey Watkins. Back row left to right: Coach Sara Burdoine, Ella Crichton, Kate Hughes, Mae Whitby, Londyn Lampkins, Callie Green, Addyson Kemp. (Photo submitted by DeLaina Green.)
Collierville, Tenn.-The Airborne Gymnastics Academy competed Saturday, November 16, at Gymstars Gymnastics Academy in Collierville, for the Shelly Allen Memorial Gymstars Classic 2013. A total of 11 girls competed for AGA Levels 3 & 5.
Child A gymnasts placing in the top three are as follows: Lauren Dodd Bars 2nd, Beam 1st, Floor 2nd; Abbey Watkins Beam 3rd; Noe Wilkerson Vault 3rd, Beam 1st. Child B gymnasts placing in the top 3 are as follows: Ella Crichton Vault 1st, Bars 1st, Beam 1st, Floor 1st; Addyson Kemp Vault 3rd, Bars 3rd, Beam 3rd, Floor 3rd. Junior gymnasts placing in top 3 are as follows: Callie Green Vault 1st, Bars 1st, Beam 1st; Kate Hughes Vault 1st, Bars 2nd, Floor 1st; Londyn Lampkins Bars 3rd, Floor 2nd. Level 5 gymnast Laura Waddey placed first on each apparatus.
All AGA gymnasts placed in the All-Around. Child A: Lauren Dodd 2nd, Noe Wilkerson 4th, Abbey Watkins 5th, Allie Veglio 6th. Child B: Ella Crichton 1st, Addyson Kemp 3rd. Junior: Callie Green 1st, Kate Hughes 2nd, Londyn Lampkins 3rd, Mae Whitby 6th. AGA also placed first in team. Special awards recognized were: Ella Crichton "All Best-AllAround" , Addyson Kemp "Best Feet-Floor" and Callie Green "The Best-Vault" .
City Chick BBQ Spotlighted
Union City, Tenn.-The City Chick BBQ Sauce company in Union City was spotlighted in Saturday's Tennessean. In the column, "Made in Tennessee", City Chick BBQ Owner Lynn Cox said she's been making sauces for about 28 years, beginning when she lived on a military base in Kansas.
She said when the Goodyear Plant in Union City shut down in 2011, she wanted to supplement her income and thought the time was right to bottle her own sauce.
She was able to do that with the help of the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneurship Center, which taught people how to start their own businesses.
Her sauce, she said, "takes meatloaf to a whole new level. It's good on barbecue pizza. We use fresh pepper and garlic, which gives it a home-style taste."
Cox said she manufactures the sauce in her garage, which has been converted into a commercial kitchen. Her sauce is available at Legends in Union City and she has sold it at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds flea market and the Southern Women's Show.
She said she is planning to create different recipes using natural ingredients, like fruit, fresh applies, peaches and pineapples.
GED Re-Take Policy Expanded
Nashville, Tenn.– Tennesseans aspiring to pass the current version of the GED® test before the end of 2013 can take advantage of an expanded test-retake policy just announced by the GED Testing Service, according to Labor & Workforce Development Administrator Marva Doremus. The change enables more people to retake the test before the present GED test version expires December 31, 2013.
“The GED test is given in three forms. People who have taken all three versions of the GED test this year are allowed to retake the test or certain parts as long as it has been 60 days since the test-taker took that particular form of the test,” said Doremus. Previously, test takers were limited to take the GED test three times per year.
The change in the retake policy is especially aimed at assisting those who have started the GED test but have not finished and passed every section. All scores will expire at the end of this year, and test-takers will have to start over with the new revised GED test or the alternative high school equivalency test called HiSET™ that will also be offered in Tennessee.
For details on taking the GED test or retaking certain parts before the close of 2013, contact the Adult Education Division of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development at 1-800-531-1515 or visit the department’s Website at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/AE.
Health Insurance Deadlines Approaching
Paris, Tenn. – There are two important dates to remember if you plan to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and shop for health coverage for yourself and your family. Those dates are Dec. 15, 2013, and March 31, 2014.
In spite of the well-publicized problems with the government’s www.healthcare.gov website—the avenue most Americans who qualify will use to enroll in these insurance exchanges—deadlines for applying for coverage in the first year of the program remain in place at this point in time, according to a press release issued by Henry County Medical Center.
If you intend to enroll and want to have health coverage in place through the exchange beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the deadline for enrollment is Dec.15, 2013. If you want to get coverage any time in 2014, you must complete the enrollment and plan selection process by March 31, 2014.
Given the experience to date with the enrollment process, you should not wait until the last minute to begin the enrollment process. In fact, we urge you to start the process before December 1 if you want to be covered on Jan. 1, 2014, and before the end of February 2014 if you want to have coverage that would begin any time between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.
Here are a few things you should know if you think you might be eligible to participate:
First, you must create an “account” on the Health Insurance Marketplace before you can shop the options that are available. Call 1-800-319-2596 or visit www.healthcare.gov/marketplace to begin the enrollment process. In order to complete that process, you will need to have three things handy: 1) your social security number and the social security numbers for all of the members of your household who will be covered under your policy; 2) W-2 forms or pay stubs for every member of your household who will be covered under your policy; and 3) policy numbers for any health insurance plans in which members of your household presently are enrolled.
Secondly, there may be financial aid available to you to help you afford premiums and co-pays, depending on your household income. However, some of the cost-sharing subsidies only are available under “silver level plans” so you will need to be sure you choose the plan that is right for you and your family.
Finally, you must pay the first month’s premium on the policy before it actually takes effect.
If you are having trouble signing up, or don’t fully understand all your options, feel free to contact one of Henry County Medical Center’s HIM Certified Application Counselors, Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant or Tina Umstead, LPN at (731) 644-8215. They would also be happy to provide you with handouts, brochures, and information that can assist you with the process.
Bomb Threat Prompts Arrests
Murray, Ky.-On Tuesday November 19, 2013 at approximately 9:30 am the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office was again notified of a bomb threat written in a bathroom stall and on a bathroom wall at the Calloway County High School, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Both notes were discovered in a girl’s bathroom. School Resource Deputy Brandon Gallimore immediately began an investigation and notified his superiors. In the threat a reference was made to a time and based on the time frame the deputy had to work with, two individuals were identified as going to the bathroom around the time and in the same area the notes were found.
Two girls were identified and interviewed by school officials and the resource officer/deputy. During this interview an admission was obtained. Both girls are 18 years old and are seniors at Calloway High. Charged with Terroristic Threatening in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony are: Shelby L. Scott of the Almo Community and Kelsea D. Roberts also of the Almo Community.
An investigation into the recent threats earlier discovered at the Calloway Co. High School and the Calloway Co. Middle School is continuing. Both girls were lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center. Sheriff Marcum would like to remind everyone that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
VFW Sign Destroyed by Fire
Paris, Tenn.-The electrical sign at the VFW Post 1889 was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. The Paris Fire Department was called to the scene at 6 a.m. on a report that the sign was on fire. Fire Chief Michael Williams said the sign was a total loss and that the Board of Public Utilities was called to cut off the power to the sign. Williams said the probable cause of the fire is electrical. The VFW is located on East Wood Street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Opening Remarks Presented in Murder Trial
Security is tight at the first-degree murder trial ongoing at the Henry County Courthouse this week. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Under heavy security both inside and outside the Henry County Courthouse, both sides presented their opening remarks Monday on the first day of the first-degree murder trial of Tevin Lumpkin of Milan. Lumpkin is the first defendant to be tried for the shooting death of 41-year-old Eric Kinley of Paris at the former Farenheit 101 nightclub on Hwy 79S outside of Paris in August of 2012.
Jury selection took a full morning and opening remarks occurred right after court resumed following the lunch hour. Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall is representing the state and Camden Attorney Terry Leonard represents Lumpkin.
In her opening remarks, Hall discussed how the incident evolved which led to the shooting of Kinley, telling jurors how a remark Kinley made to a girl inside the nightclub escalated into a confrontation. In his opening, Leonard said the confrontation was not all one-sided, but involved pushing and shoving on both sides.
Taking the stand for the prosecution during the afternoon were former TBI Agent Joe Walker, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Brian Hall, and the former owner of the nightclub.
Lumpkin is one of four men arrested in connection with Kinley’s shooting death. Others arrested were: Jiles Yarbrough, 23, Huntingdon; and Cody Harmon, 25, Lexington, both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Charles Liphford, 23, of Milan, was charged with possession of a handgun. Lumpkin, Harmon and Yarbrough are still being held in the Henry County Jail.
Reelfoot Ministry Still Raising Funds
A Reelfoot Ministries work camp getting ready for a 2012 project. (Reelfoot photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Obion, Tenn.-With its Jubilee Celebration held recently, the Reelfoot Ministry is still raising funds for its programs.
Reelfoot Ministries is a rural ministry of the United Methodist Church which serves Lake, Obion and Dyer Counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky. According to Board of Trustees Chair Beth Brown, Reelfoot Ministries has 18 programs that includes a full-time state-licensed day care center, a seniors program, a food program that serves the hungry, an emergency services program for folks in crisis, a thrift store, and a toy store at Christmas that served 1600 children in poverty last year.
Brown said volunteers are going to be needed soon to assist with this year’s toy store and the program is accepting toys now. The store will be open for qualified families the second week of December.
The Jubilee “was a great day of celebration” and included a sermon by Nashville Area Bishop Bill McAllily, while Yancy and Yancy of Memphis provided music.
Brown also announced at the Jubilee that the ministry’s dental clinic has been officially named the John Talley Dental Clinic after Dr. John Talley of Dyersburg. She said he was the pioneer dentist who began the dental program in 1973. Dr. Talley volunteered his professional services for 18 years, she said. The program has grown and now includes nine dentists who volunteer each month and two eye doctors providing eye care each month.
Reelfoot Ministries is still raising funds for the program and is hopeful that more donations will arrived before the end of 2013, she said.
The Board of Trustees established a goal of $250,000, which would go toward four components: an activities building and safe room with an estimated cost of $80,000; transportation van for $35,000; seed money for building homes for $50,000 and financial security at $85,000.
Toy donations are being received at the Reelfoot Ministry’s main office at 6923 Minnick Elbridge Rd. in Obion, Tenn., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving Week.
All toys donated should be new, unwrapped and delivered to the office by Dec. 6.
Volunteers are needed Dec. 2-6 and for half a day on Dec. 7 to help sort toy donations and set up. It will also need volunteers Dec. 9-Dec. 12 to help run the store.
The ministry also needs plastic shopping bags for the toy store.
Reelfoot Ministry is also collecting gifts for approximately 60 participants in its senior and homebound programs. Call 731-538-9000 for more information.
Youth Summit Draws Large Crowd
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Health Department representative Barbara Kelley was one of the speakers at Saturday's Youth Summit sponsored by the Ladies With Swag (Sisters With a Goal) organization. A large crowd of young ladies heard speakers from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, schools, Carey Counseling and other agencies. (Photo submitted by Paula Byars-Stockdale).
Houston County Historical Society Resumes Veteran Interviews
Erin, Tenn.-The Houston County Archives is celebrating its third anniversary this month and the Historical Society is looking to resume interviews with veterans and other older residents to record the county’s history.
At a recent meeting of the Society, President Jerry Bybee told members the Society has obtained new video equipment. He said the interviews will focus not only on the veterans’ service, but on their family histories.
The Historical Society is soliciting the names of people it can interview for the project.
The Houston County Historical Society can be contacted through its Facebook page.
Bethel Informational Session Set
Paris, Tenn.-A Bethel University Information session will be held on the Bethel Paris Campus, Room 104, 302B Tyson Ave., in Paris, from 2-5 p..m. Tuesday, November 19. Call Toni Bowden 731-363-8322 for undergraduates or Mark Bell 731-358-5324 for gradute students.
Trivia Night to Benefit Youth
Paris, Tenn.-A Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at the First United Methodist Church. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The evening will benefit the church youth service project.
Teams of up to eight will be $25 for each team. Individuals can pay $5 and find a team once they arrive. Concessions will be available.
Arts Council Scholarship Winners
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Arts Council and Youth for the Arts has announced its Fall semester scholarship winners: E.W. Grove Library Art Program, Autumn Price and the R.E.A.L. Hope Art Workshop. E
Each received funds to help continue to the presentation or practice of arts in the area.
Library to Be Closed Friday
The W. G. Rhea Public Library will be closed Friday, November 22 for staff training.
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a burglary of copper electrical wiring from a residence on Harrison Street on Friday. The resident said an unknown person entered his home while it was unoccupied through a crawl space which leads to the basement.
Approximately $2,000 worth of wiring was stolen. An extra watch has been put on the residence.