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Thursday, October 23, 2014 

It's Pelican Time Again In Our Area

Buchanan, Tenn.-This weekend may be time for the Pelican Festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park, but pelicans also are in abundance on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park. Photographer Richard Graves captured these pelicans in flight with his camera while on his kayak at the park. 

Henry Man Killed In Carroll County Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

McKenzie, Tenn.-A Henry County man was killed Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler in McKenzie.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Jeremy Allen, age 41 of Henry, died in the crash.

The THP investigated the accident since it involved a commercial truck. The accident occu...rred at the intersection of U.S. 79 and Oak Street in McKenzie.

According to the THP report, the 18-wheeler was traveling south on the highway when it made a turn onto Oak Street. Allen reportedly failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the truck’s trailer. Allen was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the truck was Andy Williams of Huntingdon and he was not injured.

Downtown Paris Spooktacular Is Saturday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.-The ninth annual Downtown Paris Spooktacular promises a howling good time on the Henry County Courthouse lawn this Saturday afternoon, October 25. 

Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions from noon until 4:00 p.m. Downtown merchants invite children to trick or treat during Spooktacular which is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).

Throughout the day children can visit DPA booth partners including Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey & Halloween Owls; Children’s Theater with two spooky booths, Chuck-a-Duck and Eyeball Soup; W.G. Rhea Library booth; Head Start’s Slide of Terror; PARIS! Magazine’s ghost pops; First Christian Church’s Halloween Putt Putt and free coffee; Henry County Young Farmers and Ranchers tractor hunt in the corn bin; REAL Hope Youth Center’s bean bag toss; Paris Police Department with bags n' badges plus face painting; Inman Band and County School Musicians live music; 911’s Red E Fox; Kroger’s scary face painting and spooky cookie decorating; Madrigals’ face painting and candy corn guessing game; TARP bounce house; and Caring Hearts toss games. The Paris Photography Club will take scary photos for $5 each.  The DPA’s famous Pumpkin Patch Pete will be on hand so you can guess Pete’s weight and win DPA bucks. On Halloween day, the winner will be announced and will receive $100 in DPA bucks, just in time for Christmas Open House weekend, November 7-9.

Along with downtown's variety of restaurants serving delicious fare, Perry's BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters will be on site with concessions.

The fun isn’t limited just for children. The Henry County High School Madrigals, a Spooktacular partner, include adults and pets in their costume contests. Other fun contests include broom races, the Monster Mash Limbo, and creaking door contest.  

Don’t have a costume? “It’s fun to come out and just enjoy the show,” according to DPA President Kathy Ray. “There are hundreds of costumed children on parade, dancing, howling, delicious food, music and other activities, all in a fabulous setting, Downtown Paris!”
There is still time for groups or businesses who would like to participate in the Downtown Spooktacular to take part. Call Spook Meister Rick Conger at (731) 642-7425 or Kathy Ray at (731) 653-7274 for information. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. 

Spooktacular Schedule of Events
Noon Game booths open. Registration for costume contests begins. 
12:15-12:45 pm Inman Band and county ensembles perform.
12:45 pm       “Thriller” performed by Children’s Theater
1:00-1:30 pm Broom Races, Monster Mash Limbo, Creaking Door Contest.
1:45 pm Costume Contest for ages birth to five-years-old.
2:15 pm Pet Costume Contest.
2:30 pm Costume Contest for six to twelve-year-olds. 
3:00 pm Costume Contest for teens and adults. 
3:30 pm Costume Contest for a group theme.

Johnsonville Battle Anniversary Nears 

New Johnsonville, Tenn.-Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, a grant that will allow a local group to retrieve, restore and display Civil War artifacts has been approved.

State Rep. John Tidwell announced a $42,000 grant for the Johnsonville State Historic Park, which is the remaining part of the original $250,000 grant to the Raise the Gunboat organization.

This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville and to commemorate the event, Johnsonville State Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park will host several events in October and November.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the actual date of the Battle of Johnsonville, there will be an 11 a.m. commemoration ceremony and a 1 p.m. walking tour at Johnsonville. The tour will include visits to many of the original Union defenses that saw action during the Battle of Johnsonville 150 years to the day.

WWI Scholar To Speak At UTM

Martin, Tenn. —Dr. Vincent Sherry, a World War I expert and English scholar, will present “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War” at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. 

The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. 

His books include “The Uncommon Tongue: The Poetry and Criticism of Geoffrey Hill” (1987), “The Radical Modernism of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis” (1993), “James Joyce: ULYSSES” (1995, 2nd ed. 2004), “The Great War and the Language of Modernism” (2003), and coming in November, “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence.” 
The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at and select “Academic Speakers Program.”

Seats Still Available For Memphis Competition

Paris, Tenn.-Seats are still available on the charter bus carrying family and fans of the Henry County High School Marching Patriots to the Bandmasters competition in Memphis.

The Marching Patriots will be competing in their final competition of the school year Saturday, October 25, at the Liberty Bowl Stadium of the University of Memphis.

Some 30 bands from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas are expected to compete.

The Band Boosters reserved a charter bus. For available seats, contact Susie Anderson 731-707-8534 to reserve yours. $30 a ticket to ride (roundtrip).  

Camden Cruise-In Set For Saturday

Camden, Tenn.-The Camden Cruise-In will be Saturday, October 25, on the Camden Courtsquare beginning at 3 p.m. You can bring out your classic cars, trucks, hot rods and motorcycles. And, you can register for over $2,000 in cash and prizes. 

No admission or entry fee. Dash plaques will be issued to the first 80 entrants. Call 731-584-2472 for more info.

Pumpkins In The Park At Union City

Union City, Tenn.-The Junior Auxiliary of Obion County’s Crown Club will present its “Pumpkins In The Park” event from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City. Face-painting, door prizes, candy and a free pumpkin for the kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  

Adams' Bond Set At $25,000

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Decaturville, Tenn. -- At his arraignment in a Decatur County courtroom today, the man charged with rape of nursing student Holly Bobo pleaded not guilty to both charges. His bond was set at $25,000.

John Dylan Adams, 26, of Holladay, was charged with two counts of forcible rape of Bobo, who went missing in April of 2011 in Decatur County. Adams had been initially charged with tampering of evidence when he admitted to investigators he destroyed evidence in the case on the day that Bobo disappeared.

Upon request by Adams’ Attorney Matthew Maddox of Huntingdon, Judge Creed McGinley set bond at $25,000.

Adams’ older brother, Zach Adams, and an acquaintance of theirs, Jason Autrey, are also charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in the case. All three will be back in court in December.

Haslam Visits Henry County Medical Center

Governor Haslam at right of table and HCMC Administrator Tom Gee discuss rural health. State Rep. Tim Wirgau and State Sen. John Stevens at end of table. (Tory Daughrity photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited Henry County Medical Center (HCMC) Tuesday--the first time a governor has visited the local facility.

Haslam held a listening session with HCMC staff, board of trustees members, State Sen. John Stevens and State Rep. Tim Wirgau for a discussion on rural health care and its needs.

HCMC Marketing Director Tory Daughrity said Haslam took the opportunity to learn more about rural health care and the vital role it plays in local communities. “He asked all of us a lot of good questions. He wanted to know what things we pride ourselves on most here and he wanted to know about how much we have to offer, about the technology and care we provide.”

Daughrity said Haslam also asked what the biggest needs the hospital has and what he could help with the most.

Haslam toured the 3rd Tower nursing unit, spoke with nursing staff and physical therapy staff while he was at the hospital.

After the HCMC visit, Haslam was guest of honor at a campaign stop for Wirgau at Paulette’s Restaurant in Paris.

Governor Haslam speaks to nursing staff on a tour of the facility. (Tory Daughrity photo).

Large Crowds On Hand For Small Business Expo

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew's K9 "Si" is always a popular attraction. Standing behind them is Capt. Damon Lowe. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand for Tuesday's Small Business Expo sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Some 55 vendors from all over the area set up booths at the Henry County Fairgrounds for the event. Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley said she was not only happy with the large numbers of people who came to the expo, but in the steady flow throughout the day. Theme of the event was "The Price Is Always Right" and Foundation Bank was chosen as winner of Best Use of Theme. Built by Kaley Ballou, the booth featured a punch game and Tyler Boyd as Bob Barker.

Co-Owner Jonathan Lodge of Perrylodgic Brewing Co. hands out samples of homemade root beer the company will be selling. Seated next to Lodge is co-owner Randall Perry. (McFarlin photo).

From WLJT-TV in Martin, Manager of Individual Giving Mandy Hinson and Marketing Director David Sudberry greet visitors to their booth. (McFarlin photo).

Discovery Park To Present "Spooky Science"

Union City, Tenn.-    Discovery Park of America’s Education Department is bringing a “Spooky Science” program to the ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall on Saturday, October 25th. 

 There are two opportunities to attend, as Mr. Science, Jason Lindsey, demonstrates the science behind what makes Halloween spooky!  The first show is at 1 p.m. and the second show begins at 2:30.  Tickets are $3.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members with park admission.

During the demonstration, Lindsey, from Hooked on Science, will put a ghost in a bubble, create giant spooky clouds, use a leaf blower to create a toilet paper ghost, make an aluminum rod sing and more!  Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now at the ticket counter at Discovery Park or by calling 731-885-5455.  

Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN and is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday.  It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, other upcoming events and “Spooky Science,” visit the website at 

Reminder: Fuqua Benefit Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for Micah Fuqua will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, October 24, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Micah is the son of Henry Co Sheriffs Officer Wayne Fuqua who is the K-9 handler of Cisco. Micah is 14 years old.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently traveling to Maryland to see a specialist in this field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with these expenses.

Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches/Chips and Drink will be served for $8. You can Pre Order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 6421672.

Halloween Party For Kids At Library 

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Public Library will be holding a Kids Halloween Party from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and is for kids from birth to 12 years old.

It will feature face-painting, spooky stories, prizes, games, crafts, snacks and entertainment. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Rites Set For Ana Randoll

Anastasia Mae “Ana” Randoll, age 4, of Buchanan, Tenn., died Friday, October 17. She was the victim of an accidental shooting at her home.

She is survived by her parents, Morgan and Jessica Randoll of Buchanan, TN; maternal grandparents, Roney and Debbie McMackin of Paris, TN; paternal grandparents, Gregory and Maureen Randoll of Buchanan, TN; paternal great grandmother, Jayne Randoll of El Dorado Springs, MO; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ana was in Ms. Candy McDaniel’s Pre-k Class at W. G. Rhea School. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, Tenn., where the Memorial Visitation will be from 4 – 6 pm Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Memorial Service will be at Ridgeway Funeral Home at 6:00 PM Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mike Wimberley will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to: The Ana Randoll Family, c/o Ridgeway Funeral Home, P.O. Box 788, 201 Dunlap St., Paris, TN 38242

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival Is This Weekend 

Tiptonville, Tenn. – Reelfoot Lake State Park invites visitors to attend the upcoming Pelican Festival, held Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful fall colors at the park while enjoying the sights of the pelicans as they make their stop at Reelfoot Lake on their journey south for the winter. 
The family-friendly, fun-filled weekend will include pelican viewing canoe floats, pontoon boat tours, arts and crafts, photo contests, geocaching and a silent auction.

On Friday, Oct. 24, special school programs will be offered. Public and private schools should register by contacting 731-253-9652.

Guided tours are $10 per person. Reservations are required for the pontoon and canoe tours by contacting 731-253-9652. 

Designated a national natural landmark, Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of violent New Madrid fault zone earthquakes in northwest Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812. Reelfoot Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational activities, such as wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The park is located in Lake and Obion counties near Tiptonville. The park’s 280 acres are divided into 10 segments along 22 miles of the Reelfoot Lake shoreline. The park’s visitor and interpretive centers, auditorium, picnic and camping areas are located along State Highways 21 and 22. For more information, visit

KPAC Winter Workshop Set 

Paris, Tenn.-The KPAC Young Artists’ Theatre Winter Workshop will be held November 1 for children and youth ages 5 - 18 (undergraduate). Registration is from 9-11 a.m.

KPAC Director Rhonda Stanton said, “Target rehearsal dates for winter workshop are four Saturdays: Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6 and Dec 20. (One of the directors for the older group will change Dec 6 because of college graduation.) Then during the second week of Christmas break we rehearse every day (including New Year's Day). Those dates are Dec 29 through Jan 2. The Winter Workshop show is Saturday, January 3.”

The 5-8 year olds have a musical show called "Share Bears." It will rehearse on Saturday mornings at 9 am. 

The 9 and older group will have two different shows. “We have four short non-musical plays to choose from. Once we have our performers in place, we'll fit the number of roles in the possible plays to the number of people who will participate,” she said.

“Winter theatre is a good time for our older students to flex those acting muscles. We're not relying on music to carry a show....we have to really act to pull it off. Everyone has at least a few lines. Everyone HAS to study at home to know all their lines by the time Christmas break comes,” Stanton said.

The cost is $40 per participant. Please ask for a discount if there are multiple performers in your family.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Set 

Paris, Tenn.-Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held as follows: 

E.W. Grove School: Thursday, October 23rd from 3:30-6:30 pm.
Henry County High School: Tuesday, October 28th from 4-7 pm.

Advanced Photography Class Offered 

Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is now offering an advanced digital photography course, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 11 – 25, on the UT Martin campus. 

Advanced digital photography is designed to follow up the basic digital photography course but is open to anyone familiar with digital camera operations and basic photography skills. This is a new class offering and students will take a deeper look at impressive photographic techniques, such as light painting, high dynamic range (HDR) photography, panoramic photography and aacro (close-up) photography. Students will take all of these shots during class, but a special camera is not required. Students are encouraged to bring their own camera and tripod, as students start shooting the very first class period. 

Advanced digital photography is offered for $99 per person.

For more information about advanced digital photography visit or call Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies 731-881-7082.

Love Lights A Tree Lights Can Be Purchased Now

Paris, Tenn.-The Bass Lipford Relay for Life Team will host its annual Love Lights A Tree on Friday, November 7 on the Court House Lawn.

A brief presentation and reading of the names will take place at dusk as part of the tree lighting ceremony. 

Lights may be purchased in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer for a $5.00 donation. Memorials may be mailed 

To: Relay for Life, POB 1505, Paris, TN., 38242. Please make checks payable to Relay for Life. For more information please 

Contact Joyce Bass at 707-0506 (mobile), 644-9680 or via email at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Taking It To The Streets" A Great Success

Rhea Principal Scott Owens speaks to the board and visitors about "Taking It To The Streets". (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The “Taking It To The Streets” program initiated by Rhea School has been a success in many ways and will continue. That was the word from Rhea Principal Scott Owens, Teacher Lynne Searcy and others involved with the program, speaking at Tuesday night’s Paris Special Schools board of education meeting at Rhea School.

Owens told the board he envisioned “Taking It To The Streets” as a way to “get us out into the community. And it’s been a great thing for the students, for the parents, and gives the teachers a different view.”

Under the program, Rhea personnel go to various neighborhood parks within the community, performing skits and reading to the students, visiting with parents and students and having cook-outs.

Searcey said, “Our goals have been to motivate children and parents to read together and it’s been a fun way to build relationships.” She said it’s her hope that the concept “goes viral and spreads to the other schools in the city and the county. I hope it spreads as far as it could.”

Elder James Travis (who also is a county commissioner) has attended several of the programs and said, “It’s important to understand that relationships matter and these can accomplish a lot. Coming to the different neighborhoods gives the opportunity to see teachers in places other than the classrooms. It has had a tremendous effect on the kids and the community.”

Owens said Rhea School has 100 percent participation in its parent-teacher conferences because “we either hold them here in the school or we go to them.” He said Rhea is one of the few schools in the state that can say that.

WENK/WTPR has been covering the “Taking It To The Streets” programs since they began in the spring.

In other business:

--The board approved tenure for Teachers Whitney Bucklew, Brian Webb, Jonathan Lankford, Alicia Jones and Kelly McEntire.

--PSSD Director of Schools Mike Brown reported that security upgrades will be made at Rhea and Paris Elementary totalling $13,000. He said buzz-in systems will be implemented or enhanced at both buildings. Some $9,000 from the school’s safety grant will be used, plus a local match.
--The board approved the mathematics textbook committee made up of staff members Leah Watkins, Kelley Lassiter, Rebecca Peale, Ashley James, Becky Wilson, Debbie Moon, Teresa Baker, Lynnette Smith, Becky Cate, Christy Buckelew, Cassie Essary, Devona May and parent Maurie Ann Mitchell.

Paris Man Charged With Impersonating Attorney

Union City, Tenn.-A Paris man was charged with impersonating an attorney by the Obion County Sheriff’s Office when he appeared for a County General Sessions Court hearing, claiming to represent a client.

Ramiah Tamah McDougal, 32, was charged with felony impersonation of a licensed professional.

Obion County Chief Deputy Kent Treece said McDougal has been “presenting himself as an attorney” in other area counties and was previously charged with the crime in Weakley County, too. “It seems to be a money racket for him. He’s done it all over the area, not so much in Henry County, but in other counties, like Weakley, Dyer,” Treece said.

Treece said McDougal “even has business cards made up” claiming he is an attorney. “Some of these guys who are locked up in jail tell their friends and family, you got to get me an attorney and they reach out to him.”

Security changes at the Obion County Courthouse were already in the planning stages, but the episode with McDougal has sped that up for the sheriff’s office and court personnel, he said.

Options under discussion include requiring that attorneys who frequent the courthouse have ID cards and that out-of-town attorneys be required to show official ID cards, such as proof of Bar Association membership and also be required to pass through the security checkpoints like the public is now.

Treece said, “We’re in discussion with one of the judges and we’re talking with defense attorneys, prosecutors, court staff and try to develop a reasonable plan that also ensures everyone’s safety and security.”

Marching Patriots Do Well At Murray Competition

Murray, Ky.-The HCHS Marching Patriots competed in their fourth competition on Saturday, appearing at the Festival of Champions at Murray State.  For the first time in recent memory, the Marching Patriots made the finals at the contest. In the preliminary round, the band placed 3rd in Class AAAAA (6th band overall) and qualified for finals. In finals, the band finished 7th overall.  

UTM To Honor Three At Homecoming

Martin, Tenn. — An accomplished television news anchor and reporter, a legendary basketball coach, and a former dean, college president and co-founder of the WestStar Leadership Program will be honored during Homecoming 2014 at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Oct. 24-26. 

WPSD Local 6’s Jennifer Horbelt, retired WNBA coach Lin Dunn and Dr. Bob Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, will be honored during the 2 p.m. Homecoming football game against Austin Peay State University, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. 

The individual awards are:

•Jennifer Horbelt, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the recipient’s chosen profession (recipient must not be more than 40 years of age)
•Lin Dunn, Outstanding Alumni Award, recognizing an alumnus or alumna for outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession
•Dr. Robert M. Smith, Chancellor’s Award for University Service, recognizing outstanding service to UT Martin. 

Horbelt, who was raised in Houston, Texas, and received her communications degree in 2007, is the co-anchor of WPSD Local 6’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Faulkner.  

Dunn, a Dresden, Tenn., native, received her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and English in 1969 from UT Martin and a master’s degree in 1970 from UT Knoxville. Regarded as a pioneer in women’s basketball history, her coaching career preceded passage of Title IX legislation in the 1970s and includes trips to the NCAA Final Four and WNBA finals. 
Smith holds degrees from Temple University, Ohio University and Wichita State University. He served for nine years as president of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania after serving three years as the university’s provost. 

TBI Program Helps Officers Exposed To Fentanyl

Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program to provide a potentially life-saving resource to its Special Agents who might come into contact with fentanyl.

In recent years, law enforcement agencies across the country have reported an increase in exposure to the powerful and potentially deadly painkiller, primarily in heroin recoveries. In recent months, TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin. In powder form, fentanyl, a drug classified as an opioid, can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled. The effects of overdose can range from breathing problems to death. 

In April, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device called Evzio. When administered correctly, the handheld auto-injector delivers a dose of naloxone, a known antidote for opioid overdose. The medicine has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medications. 

TBI spent more than two months developing its naloxone program. Initially, the device will be provided to Agents in the TBI’s Drug Investigation Division, along with specified Forensic Scientists. The agency plans to expand the program in 2015 to include Agents in the Criminal Investigation Division.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”

In order to carry Evzio, TBI personnel must complete an extensive online training, which includes policies for storing, administering and reporting use of the device, in addition to the related Tennessee law. In the most recent legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers approved a bill allowing the use of naloxone in specified circumstances and providing civil immunity for those who administer it in good faith.

Fire Destroys Another Carroll County Firehouse

Vale, Tenn.-Fire destroyed the Carroll County Fire Department, District Two, firehouse Monday afternoon.

The firehouse is located in the community of Vale, near Bruceton.

Fire officials said the blaze is under investigation. This is the second firehouse to be destroyed in Carroll County in the past six weeks. The first was in Bruceton.

Sulphur Well Hayride, Chili Supper This Saturday 

Springville, Tenn.-The Sulphur Well Church of Christ will be hosting a Hayride, Trunk or Treat and Chili Supper beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

The event will include games, chili and hot dogs, hayride, a fire for s’mores, pumpkin decorating, prizes, cake walk and more.

The church is located at 1760 Oak Grove Rd., Springville.

Paris PD To Conduct Child Seat Checks

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department has announced it will be conducting a check point in the back parking lot of the Henry County Health Department on Joy Street from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. 

The event will check for infant and child car seats. The 911 Fox and the Paris Fire Department’s Fire Safe House will be on hand to provide helpful information for children and their parents. 

Henry County GOP To Discuss Common Core

Paris, Tenn.-Laurie Cardoza-Moore will be the guest speaker at this week’s Henry County Republican Party meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23 at the County Courthouse.

Cardoza-Moore speaks on issues related to Common Core. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

County Requests Funding Restored To River Basin Authority

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer (center at podium) addresses the commission. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting for a short and sweet session Monday night, the Henry County Commissioners unanimously approved a request to Governor Bill Haslam and the General Assembly to restore funding to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said the River Basin Authority does a “tremendous job” and is a “valuable resource” for Henry and the other 19 counties that it serves, which includes Obion, Weakley, Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Lake, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy and Tipton Counties.

Due to recent budget cuts, the ability of the River Basin Authority to provide services has been greatly diminished, Greer said.

The request will be sent as a joint one to include all the counties served, he said. 

County Commissioner and Director of the W.G. Rhea Library Connie McSwain said again that the library is in the process of sending library cards to all students in Henry County to allow them to participate in the TutorTennessee online tutoring program.

McSwain said library cards have now been sent to all the students in the city, with cards for the students in the county system being worked on now. “By Christmas, we’ll have library cards to all students in the county,” McSwain said.

Volunteers are needed to expedite the process, she said. Anyone wishing to volunteer can call the library or the county commission office.

McSwain said Henry County was one of few chosen for the pilot program and said it is “a great honor”.

Greer said, “This is a great program and it was great work getting it here.”

In other business, the commission approved changes in the capital projects fund to allow purchase of vehicles for the sheriff’s office.

Joint Meeting Set On Sales Tax

Paris, Tenn.-A joint work session will be held with the City of Paris, Henry County Commission, Paris Special School District board, and the Henry County Schools board to discuss the possibility of considering a sales tax referendum with a special election for the spring of 2015.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. November 6 in Paris City Hall.

Revenue and funding issues will be discussed and the possible combined approach to addressing these matters.

Unlicensed Contractor Held In Jail On Theft Charges

           Joshua Damesworth

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A rural Paris man is being held in Henry County Jail on charges of impersonating a licensed professional and conducting unlicensed activity following his arrest for allegedly stealing $197,000 from a local resident for building a house that he did not complete.

Joshua L. Damesworth, age 26, of 5968 Hwy. 79N, is being held on $75,000 bond. According to the arrest warrants issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Damesworth agreed to construct a house for $200,000. He was paid $197,000 and began working on the home in December of 2012 and stopped working on the home on May 14.

According to the paperwork at the sheriff’s office, Damesworth did not have a valid contractor’s license when he accepted the payment.

Specifically, he is charged with theft of property, impersonation of a licensed professional, misapplication of contract payments and unlicensed activity building without contractors’ license.

Obion Commissioners Approve Resolutions For MIA Seating

Union City, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Monday morning, the Obion County Commissioners unanimously okayed financial resolutions for the MIA (Made in America) seating company.

The first two resolutions approve $3.25 M and $400,000 for the Union City Industrial Board and a third amends the county general budget for $162,500 for the MIA factory.

County Mayor Benny McGuire said the $400,000 is for money MIA already borrowed from the county and the $3.25 M is for the land and building.

In other business, the commissioners approved payment of $3,400 for cutting down dead and dying trees at the Obion County Library. The city of Union City will be paying $1,700.

Morning Has Broken

Paris, Tenn.-The rays of the sun burst through the trees at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris early Sunday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

More Details Released On Shooting Death Of Four-Year-Old

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has provided more information on the accidental shooting death of a four-year-old girl on Friday evening at a home near Buchanan.

According to a press release issued this morning, a 911 call was received at the dispatch at 8:52 p.m. When deputies arrived at the home on Mt. Pleasant Freeland Rd., they found the little girl deceased.

Investigator David Doyle spoke to the father who was at home at the time of the shooting. Doyle determined that the girl was able to gain access to the loaded handgun without her father realizing and was able to discharge the weapon.

According to the press release, the girl was struck by a single gunshot. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Henry County Coroner Danny Tucker.

WENK/WTPR published another article on the tragic accident on Sunday.

Reba Is Singing For A Home

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter Volunteer Melissa Bomar shows off “Reba”, a bloodhound mix who is one of the good dogs that are available for adoption at the shelter. The shelter set up a booth at the S&R Feed Store anniversary celebration Saturday. Bomar said she was named Reba because she sings all the time. Bomar said there are some 15 dogs and puppies at the shelter now for adoption at 731-641-8090. Also at the S&R anniversary was a pet show which featured a wide variety of animals, including a rooster; BBQ from Grillin' And Chillin', an animal trade day and animal vaccinations by Paris Veterinary Clinic. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Motorcyclist In Critical Condition After Crash

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Troy, Tenn.-A Troy man is in critical condition this morning at The Med in Memphis following a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon on Campground Rd. near Troy.

Mikey Fowler was airlifted to The Med following the accident, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Obion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident and found that Fowler had suffered a severe leg injury when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the road and into a ditch. The motorcycle landed on top of him. He was airlifted from the scene around 2:24 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Book-Signing Set Thursday In Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Lt. Col. Tom C. McKinney, author of the book “Jack Hinson’s One-Man War” will be signing two of his books in downtown Paris from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Jack’s Java. His appearance is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

As co-author, he will be signing The Sniper Anthology, which includes his story of Bert Kemp, marksman of Henry County and master sniper of World War II, as well as the book about Jack Hinson, a Civil War story that happened locally on the Tennessee River.

Colonel McKenney plans to have Rick and Pam Tenan from Tallmadge, Ohio join him.  They portray Jack and Elisabeth Hinson.  The Tenans have the only replica of the famous Hinson rifle in the world and it will be on display during the book signing.

Colonel McKenney is a decorated veteran.  He is a retired infantry and special operations officer, and parachutist in the United States Marine Corps.  Having served in Korea and Vietnam, Tom is an advocate for American prisoners of war and has appeared on CBS radio, the 700 Club, Fox News, the Today Show, and CBS Morning News. 

Colonel McKenney’s own war stories are featured in the book Spite House: The Last Secret of the War in Vietnam.   The rights to his life story have been purchased by Columbia Pictures.

Suspect Found Hiding In Empty Apartment

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police found a suspect wanted for violating an order of protection and resisting arrest hiding in an empty apartment on Friday. 

Police arrested Demone Caprice Bufford, 616 Exchange St., was arrested in the apartment at 1089 Elm St. Since he had no legal reason to be in the apartment, police also charged him with burglary.

According to three different police reports on the incident, Bufford had reportedly violated an order of protection but was not in the area when police arrived. Police saw Bufford walking on Webster Street later and while attempting to arrest him, he took off running.

Jim Witter To Perform Coffee House Show

Union City,-Jim Witter, a favorite of members of the Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, will be returning to Union City this month. He is set to perform his Coffee House show, celebrating the folk favorites of the ’60s and ’70s, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Union City Civic Auditorium. 

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Witter is an award winning country music and Christian music singer/songwriter. Ten of Witter’s songs reached the top 10 on Canadian country radio. 

His debut album, “Jim Witter,” was released in 1993. The first single, “Everything and More,” entered the National Country Chart at No. 40 at the time — a first for a debut Canadian single. Every single released from the album reached the top 10 on the Canadian country singles charts.
Witter signed a songwriting deal with Curb Records in 1999. That resulted in a record deal and the release of his second album, “All My Life,” in both Canada and the United States.  
Family memberships are only $95 each, with individual adult memberships being $45, senior memberships $40 and student memberships $25. Patron sponsorships are available for individuals and businesses — eighth notes are $100-$249, with purchasers receiving two memberships; quarter notes are $250-$499, and four memberships are provided; half notes are $500-$999, with six memberships offered; and full notes are $1,000 and above. They receive 10 memberships. Corporate sponsorships are also still available. 
Non-members may purchase individual concert tickets at the door for $20 each. To purchase memberships or more information, call association president Mike Cox at (731) 536-4569 or visit 

Howl-O-Ween Is Set For Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between The Lakes invites the public to the 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween children’s program from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Woodlands Nature Station. 
Take a guided hike along a ¼-mile woodland trail and meet costumed animal characters like “Betty the Bat” and “Tracy the Tree Frog” during this non-scary, daytime event. Visit with the animals as they prepare superhero costumes for their Halloween party and learn about their special super powers of survival. Collect some goodies along the way! Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Tickets go on sale at 12 pm and cost $5 per person; Nature Station admission included.

Howl-O-Ween offers children a great opportunity for outdoor fun and entertainment while learning about some of Land Between The Lakes' wildlife. Visitors can partake in crafts, face painting, and see live animals. "The event is fun for kids of all ages and is a great way for families to spend time together while enjoying a lighthearted outdoor experience," says Shannon Brockway, a naturalist at Nature Station.

The first tour leaves at 1pm, and the last tour leaves at 4pm. For more information call 270-924-2299. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

Quad State Strings Festival Is Friday

Murray, Ky. — The 68th annual Quad State String Festival, hosted by the string unit of Murray State University’s department of music, culminates in a concert featuring the Murray State orchestra and four school-age student orchestras at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24,    in Lovett Auditorium.

A longstanding musical tradition in Murray, the festival will be attended by a 400 string students from five states for the all-day event. The students will gather to rehearse, attend a master class and perform.

This year’s guest conductors include Dr. Yeong Su Kim, conductor of The Washington Korean Symphony in Washington, D.C.; Pam Wilensky, chair of the fine arts department and director of orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Schaffner, conductor of the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra; and Dennis Johnson, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestras at Murray State.

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Four-Year-Old Killed By Accidental Gun Discharge

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A four-year-old was accidentally killed Friday night after a gun discharged at 1310 Mt. Pleasant Freeland Rd. 

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, "This was a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Williams was first on the scene around 8 p.m. Friday, Belew said, with the Henry County EMS also called to the scene. The sheriff department's Criminal Investigation Division investigated the incident, he said.

Belew said more information will be released by the sheriff's office Monday morning.

Huntingdon PD Seeks Public's Help In Softball Field Vandalism

A portion of the fencing destroyed by vandals. (Huntingdon PD photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever vandalized the softball field owned by the city of Huntingdon, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
Coach Jay Lowry called the police department Saturday to report that the fence at Fillies Field softball facility on Hillcrest Drive had been vandalized. 

Lt. Walter Smothers responded at the scene and found at least 120 ft. of chain link fence had been pushed over with the support posts broken off at ground level. The property is owned by the town of Huntingdon and is leased to the Huntingdon Special School District. 

According to Superintendent of Schools Ms. Pat Dillahunty the fence had been installed at the expense of several thousand dollars. It is unknown at the time of this report what the expense cost will be to clean-up and reinstall new fencing. 

While investigation is continuing into this matter the Huntingdon Police Dept. is asking anyone that may have information about this crime to contact them. They will remain anonymous and can contact the department at 731-986-5310.

Celebrating Fall At 7Sisterz Festival

Paris, Tenn.-Michele Parker of Paris, top photo, helps her son try on a ‘hat’ at the 7Sisterz Fall Festival Saturday, while Vendor Jack Watkins of Hazel looks on. Parker and her family were among a large crowd who attended the festival, which featured numerous artisans, artists and vendors, old-fashioned games, unique baked goods and more. Bottom photo, Martha Taylor of Paris entertains everyone with her dulcimer. 7Sisterz is located in the former Sunnyside one-room school house on County Home Rd. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Corker To Appear In Benton County Tuesday

Chattanooga, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will visit five West Tennessee counties next week, including Benton County, to meet with Tennesseans and provide an update on his work to solve the big issues facing the nation.

On Tuesday, October 21, Senator Corker will meet with business and community leaders in Benton and Perry Counties. In Benton County, he will meet for a roundtable discussion at the Country and Western Steakhouse, 189 Extension Street in Camden, at 3:15 p.m.

The Perry County event will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Bank of Perry County in Linden.

On Wednesday, he will meet at the West Tennessee Mayor’s Association at 8:30 a.m. in Jackson, followed by a Freed-Hardeman University Chapel Service address in Henderson at 10:30 a.m. and a Fayette County Chamber reception in Somerville at 12:30 p.m.

In 2012, Tennesseans overwhelmingly re-elected Bob Corker to his second term in the U.S. Senate, where he is ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an active member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Corker has gained a reputation as a pragmatic thought leader in the Senate, particularly on fiscal and financial issues. Corker was a successful businessman before serving as Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and as Mayor of Chattanooga.

Lamon Listed In Stable Condition

Nashville, Tenn.-A Cottage Grove man who was severely burned in a gas explosion at his home Friday morning is now in stable condition, according to staff at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Derek Lamon of 500 Grainger Road was airlifted to Vanderbilt early Friday morning after a gas fireplace exploded while he was trying to light logs in it. The fireplace had just been installed the day before.

The Lamon home also suffered extensive damage. None of the other family members were injured in the blast.

Discovery Park Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Union City, Tenn.-Performer Jason D. Williams rocked the house Saturday night at the one-year anniversary celebration for Discovery Park of America in Union City. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Stewart County To Provide Dover Fire Protection

Dover, Tenn. – Despite vocal objections from citizens, the Dover Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to enter into a contract in which the Stewart County Fire and Rescue will provide fire protection within the city limits.

The vote was not unanimous. Alderman Robert “Boo” Beecham abstained and acknowledged that the city “dropped the ball” by not informing citizens of the possible merger. 

City Administrator Kim Wallace said the city will see a net savings of some $31,635 per year with the contract. Dover would pay $27,500 per year for the service and would still own all of its equipment, land, buildings, and vehicles. Under the contract, one city fire truck will remain in the city at all times.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fall Colors In Full Bloom At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to visit and enjoy the cooler days and changing seasons while enjoying the autumn colors of your national forest. Drive the public access roads that wind through Land Between The Lakes. Visitors can also hike, bike, ride on horseback or ATVs on hundreds of miles of designated trails.

Temperature, light, and water supply trigger the natural process that cause leaves to turn from green to the stunning display of colors seen during the fall. These factors also influence the degree and duration of fall colors. The timing of the color changes varies by species. Blackgums and sumacs usually turn first. Tulip poplars, sweetgums, sassafras, and maples follow soon after. Oak leaves turn last, long after other species have already shed their leaves.

With more than 151,000 acres of primarily hardwood forest, Land Between The Lakes is a great place to enjoy the autumn colors. Certain colors of leaves are characteristic of particular species. Blackgums, sumacs, and Virginia creepers turn bright shades of red; sassafras turns a brilliant orange; tulip poplars and hickories turn shades of yellow; oaks turn red, brown, or russet; while maples and sweetgums display the most vibrant colors including fiery reds, yellows, and oranges. 

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Henry County Jury Summonses Mailed Friday

 Clerk Mike Wilson

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson announced today that the next term of Jury Duty in Henry County will be November 2014 – February 2015, and the summonses for that session were mailed Friday.

Wilson said the two hundred and fifty (250) potential juror’s names are chosen at random using the Department of Safety’s drivers license records.  In Henry County this has been the source for the mailing for over 35 years.  The system advanced manual selection to a computerized system in 2010 when Wilson took office.

The mailing sent out Friday will contain documents explaining the jury duty process.  More information can be obtained by calling the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at (731) 642-0461 or by visiting and clicking on the ‘Jury Duty’ tab.

“We are very fortunate in Henry County to have very few jury trials,” Wilson said.  “During my first term as Clerk we have typically had between 3-6 jury trials per year so the burden on our jurors is very moderate.”

Week 8 Friday Night Football Finals

Union City 49, Humboldt 0
Dresden 54, Gleason 6
Mayfield 69, Fulton County 0
Stewart County 26, Lewis County 15
Martin Westview 60, Obion County 22
South Fulton 40, Gibson County 15
Graves County 35, Christian County 14
Caldwell County 31, Murray 24
Waverly Central 34, Camden Central 31
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 19, West Carroll 12
Milan 28, Dyersburg 21
Hardin County 42, Dyer County 17
Crockett County 50, South Gibson 14
McKenzie 34, Huntingdon 13

"Pink Out" Day At Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-Friday was Pink Out Day at Discovery Park of America. Park employees all paid to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All the funds collected will be donated to promote the fight against Breast Cancer. (Discovery Park of America photo).


Large Number Of Vendors On Tap For Small Business Expo

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, at the Henry County Fairgrounds and a large number of vendors will be on hand.

This year’s Expo theme will be “The Price Is Always Right”.

“The Chamber’s Small Business Expo is a community event that will be lots of fun this year,” according to Expo Committee Chair Tory Daughrity. “We will have a game with a prize basket for our visitors and opportunities to learn about Henry County’s small businesses.”

The Chamber will also have a Business After Hours for members the night before the expo, October 20th, 5 pm to 7 pm.

Vendors already registered include UTM REED Center, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Toggery, Rutledge Advertising, Indoor Air Solutions, Morningside Assisted Living, K and B Supplies for Success, Carey Counseling, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Civic Center, Tennessee Career Center, Behavioral Health, Hamilton-Ryker, My Favorite Things, West Tennessee Printing, Meo Mio’s, PerryLodgic Brewing, FirstBank, Henry County Medical Center, Eiffel Gardens, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Paris Family Chiropractic, Bethel University, Commercial Bank, Campbell Therapy, Wofford’s Nursery, Foundation Bank, Flex Fitness, Robbie to the Rescue, Pepsi Mid-America, CareAll Home Care, Advantage Promotional Products, Cindy’s Catering, Public Utility District, Clean Air Solutions, Benefits First, Tri County Publishing, Peddler Advantage, A Place Called Home and WLJT.

State Unemployment Down To 7.3 %
Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.3 percent, one tenth of one percentage point lower than the 7.4 August revised rate. 

The U.S. preliminary rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August.

Economic Summary
Tennessee's September unemployment rate declined to 7.3 percent after four consecutive months of increasing rates. 
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent. 
Total nonfarm employment increased 7,200 jobs from August to September. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, education/health services, and government. 
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 60,700 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cottage Grove Man Seriously Injured In Gas Explosion

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-A Cottage Grove man was seriously injured this morning when a gas explosion rocked his home at 500 Grainger Road.

Derek Lamon was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where a spokesperson said this morning no condition report was available.

Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Weiher said his department was called to the scene by the 911 dispatcher around 6:55 a.m. He said it was his understanding that gas logs had been installed in the family’s fireplace yesterday and he was attempting to light the logs when the fireplace exploded.

Weiher said the home suffered extensive damage. “The structure did not collapse, did not fall down, but the explosion blew the bricks off the outside of the house, blew the door frames out, shattered the windows…there was a chair in the garage that was blown out the door.”

Weiher said when firefighters arrived at the scene, there was smoke in the house, but no fire.

None of the other family members were reportedly injured in the blast.

101st Preparing For Liberia Deployment

101st  Airborne Division at colors casing ceremony. (Fort Campbell Courier photo)                                                                        

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Clarksville, Tenn.-To prepare for its upcoming deployment to Liberia, members of the 101st Airborne Division have been undergoing medical training as well as taking other preparations for what they will encounter.

The 101st Airborne Division headquarters and about 700 Fort Campbell Soldiers will be deploying by the end of October as the Joint Force Command for Operation United Assistance. Also deploying are sections of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the 716th Military Police Battalion and other units across Fort Campbell.

On Tuesday, the Fort Campbell community gathered for a colors casing ceremony for the 101st.

Last week, soldiers underwent specific medical training on combating and preparing for the Ebola virus and other diseases prevalent in Africa.

During the training Oct. 9 at Dreyer Field House, instructors with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases shared medical threat information and countermeasures necessary to protect the health and safety of all personnel.

Fort Campbell officials have said they want to ensure that the soldiers are properly trained and equipped to face the epidemic they will encounter.

While in Liberia, the Soldiers will be supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development and the government of Liberia in efforts to contain the Ebola virus. Fort Campbell officials have made clear the soldiers will not be treating infected patients, but rather they will be helping with infrastructure and training.

Members of the 101st, with its engineers and equipment, will be constructing Ebola treatment units and its medical professionals will be training the local health care workers.

Mary Sue Looney To Celebrate 100th Birthday


Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman on Monday will reach a milestone that few of us can hope to achieve.

McEvoy Funeral Home President Mary Sue Looney will celebrate her 100th birthday.

Born October 20, 1914, Mary Sue is regarded by many Henry Countians as a local institution. For decades, whenever family and friends arrived in the front lobby of McEvoy Funeral Home, the first face they saw was that of Mary Sue, who always greeted them with warm hands and kind words.

Mary Sue was born in the family home in Elkhorn, which in those days was regarded as “way out in the country”. She is the daughter of E.L. Thompson and Carrie Kendall Thompson. 

Her people are descendants of Peter Kendall, a surveyor, milliner and state legislator, who was one of Henry County’s earliest citizens. The family still owns the land that the family settled so long ago.

According to Mary Sue’s daughter, Suzanne Richter, Mary Sue met her future husband, William Curtis Looney, not long after she was graduated from Grove High School. “She and her mother went to a viewing, a visitation, at a friend’s home and they saw Daddy working. She was very impressed.”

By that time, Looney was working for the Spicer-McEvoy Funeral Home. The two fell in love and eloped--all the way to Henry. 

Richter said, “They were married by Brother Chunn from the Church of Christ and they must have told some people they were getting married, because they did have attendants and some family there.”

McEvoy Funeral Home was established in 1901 by J.R. Spicer.  His business originally was located in the Opera House block at 209 W. Washington St. and then moved to 104 N. Market St. (where Wallin Hardware is now). In that era, funerals were conducted from family homes and churches with portable equipment and horse-drawn hearses.

In 1924, P.S. McEvoy began a partnership with Spicer and they formed the Spicer-McEvoy Funeral Home, moving it to its present location at 507 W. Washington St. At that time, he was located in a large Victorian home. 

In 1948, McEvoy became owner of the firm and changed the name to McEvoy Funeral Home. At that time, he also took as partners Looney, Clyde Cates and PL Sykes. Looney had been employed at McEvoy’s since 1933. Cates and Sykes also were long-time employees.

After McEvoy’s death in 1949, the firm continued operation with his wife Isabelle as partner. Over time, Looney became the main stockholder in the firm, maintaining the McEvoy Funeral Home name for the firm.

The new current home for McEvoy Funeral Home was dedicated in 1960.

Meanwhile, Mary Sue was happy being a housewife, mother of Suzanne and Bill Looney and steadfast member of the Church of Christ. 

Richter said her mother “was a very traditional homemaker. She did help out Daddy at the funeral home with visitations, but she didn’t take an active role at the funeral home until Daddy died at the age of 1964 in 1978.”

After Looney’s death, Mary Sue was named President of the funeral home, which was owned and operated by she and her son Bill.

“Mother has always been a person who cared a lot about people, a very generous person who has given a lot of her time to the community,” Richter said.

Mary Sue has been active in the East Wood Church of Christ (and before that, when it was located on Ruff Street) in several capacities, including being in charge of organizing meals for funeral parties at the church. “The church was a very, very important part of her life. We were always there growing up and she enjoyed it, felt strongly about it.”

Mary Sue also has been an active member of the Paris Quota Club, Blossomway Garden Club and the local chapter of the UDC. “And she played bridge regularly; she always loved her bridge games,” Richter said.

Mary Sue’s health has been failing in recent years and there will not be a full-blown party for her this year. The family will receive friends at Mary Sue’s home at 326 Jackson St. beginning at 1 p.m., with cake and punch in the foyer. “And, of course, she would enjoy cards if people want to send her birthday cards,” Richter said.

Since the deaths of Mrs. McEvoy and Mr. Looney, the firm has been owned and operated by its presdent Mrs. W. C. (Mary Sue) Looney and her son William T.Looney.

McEvoy Funeral Homes celebrates in 2001 its 100 year of continuous family owned business service to Paris and Henry County.

Bluegrass, Folk Artists And More At Fall Folk Jamboree

Milan, Tenn.-If you’re into history, bluegrass and traditional artisans, the Fall Folklore Jamboree on Saturday, October 18, at West Tennessee Agricultural Museum will be right down your alley.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree features more than 130 friendly folk artists demonstrating traditional farming, cooking and home life skills. You can see a blacksmith in action, watch mules plow a field, and shop for unique items like homemade soaps, candles and brooms. Plus, a long lineup of award winning gospel and bluegrass bands will be making music all day on an outdoor stage.

There are lots of activities for children at Fall Folklore. Kids will enjoy riding in a horse-drawn wagon, picking and ginning their own cotton, and taking a tractor ride around the Research Center grounds.

If you get hungry, there's no need to worry about a limited menu here. Options include grilled tenderloin, homemade chili, hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos. You can also sample fresh apple cider and old-fashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds.

Once you've hit all the outdoor attractions, come inside the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum and tour one of the largest collections of agricultural artifacts in the country. With more than 15,000 items on display, the museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Fall Folklore Jamboree starts on October 18, at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. Parking is free.

For more information, please contact the Research and Education Center at Milan, (731) 686-7362, or e-mail

KSP Mayfield Post Welcomes New Commander

Mayfield, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police Post 1 Mayfield welcomed Lyon County native Janet L. Barnett as its new post commander. Captain Barnett is a 15 year veteran of the KSP and has held several assignments within the state police.

Captain Barnett said, "It is both an honor and a privilege to serve the Mayfield Post District and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It is the agency's goal to be responsive to the public's needs and to cultivate partnerships with other agencies and entities that serve within our area."

Captain Barnett is a 1997 graduate of Murray State University and a 2013 graduate of the Southern Police Institute. She currently resides in Eddyville, KY.

The Mayfield Post serves the following counties: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg.

Free Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library in Paris will host basic computer classes from 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 29, Jameson Winston will be teaching the class.

The classes are free to the public, but registration is required. 

Only twelve places are available. Students may bring their own lap tops (windows 7 only) or use the library computers.

Please call the library at 642-1702 to register.

Man Locks Himself Out Of Car Trying To Steal

Murray, Ky.-A Murray man was arrested on 13 counts of theft after he locked himself out of a car that he was stealing, according to Murray Police.

Murray Police Department responded to a report that a vehicle had been broken into in the vicinity of 5th and Elm in Murray. 

Gerald Ellsworth, 37, of Murray, told officers someone had broken a window out on his Dodge Durango. Upon further investigation, it was determined that this vehicle matched one observed on video in conjunction with a theft of a golf cart battery at David Taylor Chrysler on North 12th Street. 

It also was determined that Ellsworth locked himself out of the vehicle while committing the theft, and broke the window to get in. Further investigation revealed that Ellsworth had committed similar crimes at Taylor’s and two other area businesses. Ellsworth has been charged with 13 counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count of falsely reporting an incident.

MSU Offers Online Masters Ag Program

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University is offering an online master of science in agriculture program through the Hutson School of Agriculture so that adult learners can have access to postgraduate education in an easier and more convenient way.

Individuals sometimes cannot go back to school for a postgraduate degree due to life circumstances. Careers and family responsibilities can exclude them from pursuing a master’s degree. The Hutson School of Agriculture has addressed this specifically by creating an online graduate degree program that will allow adult and professional learners to gain a degree beyond the baccalaureate level.

This online program will operate the same as the current traditional master of science in agriculture, with two exceptions. There is no thesis option and students will be required to complete a scholarly or creative component as part of their enrollment in AGR 700: Research in Agriculture.

The online master of science in agriculture gives enrolled students five program — agricultural science (no emphasis), agribusiness economics, agricultural education, sustainable agriculture and Veterinary Hospital Management Certification.

Most requirements for any of the options in this degree can be completed at a distance. Taking two courses each semester can earn a graduate degree in two years. However, students can always proceed at a pace that fits them best.

There is no application deadline for this program. The online program is catered to working professionals to fit their needs according to their busy lifestyles.

“While serving as graduate coordinator, I received many requests from job and family committed alumni to initiate an online agriculture master’s. Our aim with this new initiative is to provide an online master’s program with the same academic excellence, professional touch and service for which the Hutson School of Agriculture is known. Our students can now benefit in their career advancement by choosing one of our five agriculture program options,” Dr. Dwayne Driskill, assistant dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, said.

For more information on the online master of science in agriculture program, go online at Additional information on the program, including application information, can also be obtained by emailing the Hutson School of Agriculture online graduate coordinator at or by calling 270.809.3936.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Charges Dismissed Against Bobo Case Defendants

           John Dylan Adams                             Mark Pearcy

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Decaturville, Tenn. - 24th Judicial District Attorney General Matt Stowe announced Wednesday that some charges were dismissed against two of the suspects in the Holly Bobo kidnapping and murder case. Stowe also said his office discussed the decision and the reasons for it with Bobo’s family.

Stowe said the state is no longer pursuing charges of tampering with evidence that had been filed against both John Dylan Adams and Mark Pearcy and an additional charge of accessory after the fact that Pearcy faced.

The press release issued by Stowe’s office said, “The State retains the right and discretion to refile any charges against these individuals in the future. This decision is based on a number of variables the State cannot discuss due to the ongoing investigation and active prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Holly Bobo.” 

Stowe said in the press release, “The District Attorney General’s Office would respectfully request that all those concerned with this decision please refrain from unsubstantiated speculation.”

 John Dylan Adams was charged earlier this week with two counts of forcible rape of Bobo that allegedly happened the day after Bobo disappeared from her Decatur County home. Those charges remain. 

Pearcy and his brother, Jeff, earlier were charged after they allegedly showed a TBI informant a video recording of Bobo made after she had been kidnapped.

Mark Pearcy is still charged with accessory after the fact, along with federal gun charges. Jeff Pearcy also is charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

The federal gun charges, however, “requires the State to wait until the conclusion of any federal proceedings before the State can obtain custody of Mr. Pearcy to proceed with state charges against him.”

The preliminary hearings in Decatur County General Sessions Court scheduled Monday, October 20 for Pearcy; and Wednesday, October 22, for Adams have been cancelled. However, Dylan Adams is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court in Decaturville, Wednesday, October 22, at 9 am before Circuit Court Judge C. Creed McGinley for his initial appearance on the new charges. 

Dorena-Hickman Ferry On Winter Schedule

Hickman, Ky.-The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has resumed service on its regular winter schedule.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Ky., with the Missouri Routes A and 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

On the winter schedule, the ferry departs Kentucky on its first run at 7 a.m. and last run at 5:15 p.m.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates from the Hickman Landing with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $14 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. There are discounts for vehicles making return crossings.
The ferry is not only a critical route for people who live and/or work on either side of the river, it also is a popular and lucrative tourist attraction.

Early Voting Totals Are Down

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Numbers of early voters are down all around our area, possibly due to the chilly weather that greeted potential voters on the first day of early voting Wednesday.

In Henry County, the total who voted at the Elections Commission was 201, with 62 absentee ballots counted. Deputy Administrator Delaina Green said, “That’s much lower than usual”.

In Obion County, the total of votes cast at the Elections Commission was 199, with three absentee ballots counted.

Early voting continues through October 30 for the general election, which is November 4.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kentucky Lake To Host 2015 FLW Championship

Minneapolis, Minn. – Fishing League Worldwide has announced Thursday that the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American championship will be held on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tennessee in 2015. 

The tournament, slated for June 18-20, will feature the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner qualification into bass fishing’s most lucrative world championship – the FLW Forrest Wood Cup.

“The All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments in our sport,” according to Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “It is one of the hardest tournaments in the world to qualify for, so we strive to provide competitors with an optimal tournament location, and Kentucky Lake certainly fits the bill. We look forward to returning to Henry County in 2015.”

Anglers and their families as well as staff, sponsors and spectators, will descend upon Henry County before, during and after the event. These visitors will stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and shop at local stores. Henry County will also benefit from national publicity, as the BFL All-American will be covered in many of the nation’s top newspapers, FLW Bass Fishing magazine, the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and on Coverage of the 2015 All-American will also be broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide.

“We are honored to host the 2015 FLW BFL All-American tournament at beautiful Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake,” Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton said. “Kentucky Lake is considered one of the top fisheries in the world for bass and will provide the perfect setting for the All-American next summer.”

The BFL features a boater/co-angler format and anglers compete in five regular-season tournaments – four one-day events and one two-day event. Top boaters and co-anglers after the five regular season events qualify for one of six regional tournaments. The six regional events along with the BFL Wild Card each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American. 

The BFL is the nation’s largest and most lucrative weekend bass-fishing circuit. No other circuit offers more opportunities to win. The Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year from each division earn $1,000 and $500, respectively. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division also receive priority entry into the Rayovac FLW Series while All-American champions may advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour, the world’s top professional bass-fishing circuit.

Complete rules and entry dates will be announced soon. For more information about getting started in tournament fishing or to find a tournament near you visit

Early Voting Off To A Slow Start

Paris, Tenn.-With the weather chilly and wet, the first day of early voting for the November general election has been slow in our area today. At the Henry County Elections Commission, Paris Attorney Jim Fields was getting ready to cast his vote as intern Gage Hainley handled his paperwork. At her desk at left was Deputy Clerk Delaina Green. The early voting period runs through October 30. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Fall Brings A Change Of Colors

Hollow Rock, Tenn.-Fall weather has brought with it a change in the colors we see around us. Since his retirement from the Paris Police Department, Charlie Allen spends a lot of time on country drives with his camera. He captured this fall photo at a lake near Hollow Rock.

Manhunt Suspect Held Without Bond
Camden PD Praises Fuqua, Cisco

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Camden, Tenn.-Camden Police this morning are contemplating all the charges that will be filed against a Camden man who led area law enforcement on a manhunt that stretched over several hours.

Officers said Joseph Forest, 24, kidnapped his ex-wife and child before releasing them and fleeing into a wooded area. Forest was captured Tuesday evening hiding in the closet of a friend. He is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

Camden Police Officer John Bailey said this morning that Forest right now is charged with aggravated domestic assault but that other charges, such as kidnapping, could be pending. “Right now we’re making sure we have a complete investigation before we file all the charges against him. We may end up taking it before the grand jury. There also are burglaries that have occurred in Benton and Humphreys County that he may be involved in, too.”

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Fuqua, his K9 bloodhound Cisco and the Tennessee Department of Corrections K9 were involved in the search, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and its helicopter, and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Bailey said conditions were far from perfect Tuesday for the dogs or the helicopter. “We had heavy winds all day and it was difficult even for the helicopter. Both sets of dogs carried us to the road were he had been.”

Bailey praised Fuqua and Cisco. “We couldn’t thank them enough. They were awesome. We greatly appreciated their help. We had a real multi-agency coalition over here. Everyone played a vital role in successfully apprehending” Forest, he said.

Forest did not put up a struggle when he was apprehended and he did not have any weapons with him when arrested. “We believe he dropped those along the way as he was running. We also believe he may have been picked up on the road by someone.”

Forest was apprehended in the closet of a friend’s home on Dotty Rd. in Camden. Bailey said that is some 10 miles from where he first fled into the woods.

Forest will make his first appearance in Benton County General Sessions Court this morning.

Semi Driver Injured When Truck Overturns

Emergency personnel respond at the scene. (Calloway County Sheriff's Office photo).

Midway, Ky.-A driver for Kimbro Farms of Murray was treated at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital emergency room after the semi he was driving overturned on Midway Road just across the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The driver had to be extricated by emergency personnel.

According to the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Wesley Green was pulling a trailer loaded with sawdust around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, traveling west bound on Midway Road when the vehicle tire dropped off the roadway on the right hand side. Green over corrected, and the vehicle crossed the roadway and dropped off into a ditch on the left side of the road. The semi and trailer overturned. Green was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Murray Fire Department R-1. He was the transported by EMS to the Murray Calloway County Hospital Emergency Room. Calloway County Fire Rescue assisted at the scene. 

7Sisterz Fall Festival Is This Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The chill is in the air and that means it’s time for the annual 7Sisterz Fall Festival, set for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at the 7Sisterz antiques and collectibles shop at 2035 County Home Rd. 7Sisterz is located in the former Sunnyside one-room schoolhouse.

Over a dozen vendors including stained glass, repurposed items, painted gourds, mixed media and more will be on hand, along with old-fashioned kids’ games; and food including Cincinnati chili, pulled pork, and baked goods.

Sheriff's Animal Shelter To Promote Pet Adoptions

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will have its pet adoption booth set up at the S&R Feed Store second anniversary celebration this Saturday, October 18 at 45 Muzzall Street, off Hwy 79 N (lake highway).

A free pet ID tag and dog food sample will be given away with each adoption. 

An animal trade day begins at 8 a.m., followed by a pet show at 9 a.m. The Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ team will be serving BBQ and a mechanical bull will be on site. 

Celebrate My Drive Sponsored By State Farm For UC Schools

Union City, Tenn.-A teenager getting their driver’s license is a celebration. It means new found freedom and the need to make smart choices while behind the wheel. 
Celebrate My Drive, powered by State Farm Insurance is spreading the message of 2N2, 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel and asking for safe driving commitments from our local teens. 

With the prompting of Agent Phyllis Edwards, Union City High School and Obion County Central High School have registered for a Celebrate My Drive party, giving them the chance to win some great prizes such as a $100,000 or $25,000 Grant for the high school as well as a grand prize concert featuring The Band Perry. 

The Union City State Farm will be promoting Celebrate My Drive with the high schools but need the public’s help with spreading the word throughout the community to vote. Between October 15-24, safe driving commitments can be made for a registered high school. 

The 100 high schools with the most commitments made can win some pretty amazing prizes, with the two top schools winning grand prize concerts by GRAMMY® Nominated The Band Perry.

Meth Found In Car During Traffic Stop

Martin, Tenn.-An Obion County man was arrested on a drug charge after meth was found in his car following a traffic stop in Martin.

Doyle Wayne Cruce, age 44 of Rives, was stopped for a window tint check by Patrolman Patrick Dilday. 

According to the police report, when Dilday asked if he could search the vehicle, Cruce said there was no reason for that.

Patrolman Dilday’s K9 “Samo” gave two positive hits on the outside of the car, to the driver’s side door.

A search of the vehicle revealed meth to be stashed in the side panel. Cruce is being held in the Weakley County Jail.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Subject Of Benton County Manhunt In Custody

Camden, Tenn. -- The subject of today’s manhunt in Benton County has been found.

Joseph Forest of Camden was taken into custody by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office around 5:30 p.m. The Camden Police Department will be releasing more information this evening.

With the help of Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 bloodhound Cisco, law officers with the Camden Police and Benton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search all afternoon for Forest, who allegedly abducted his ex-wife and her child for a short time and then took off on foot.

The mother and child were released by Forest and were taken into protective custody by law enforcement.

When contacted earlier by WENK/WTPR, a spokesman for the Camden Police Department said it had not been confirmed through the search for Forest whether he had a weapon or not.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter also was used in the search.

As WENK/WTPR was the first to report on Monday, October 6, Deputy Fuqua and Cisco also were instrumental in the capture of the suspect in the group home murder in Martin.

Benton County Manhunt Underway
Fuqua, Cisco Called On Again

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Camden, Tenn. -- Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K9 Cisco are assisting in the search taking place this afternoon in a wooded area near Camden for a man who earlier abducted his ex-wife and child.

A dispatcher at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said the department is not ready to release the name of the individual being sought. But he did say that the man’s ex-wife and child are safe now and the man is the only one for whom authorities are searching.

The search is taking place in a wooded area on Eggville Road and the Benton County sheriff’s office said the man is armed with a knife. 

Henry County Sheriff Deputy Capt. Damon Lowe said the Henry County department got the call earlier this afternoon from Benton County authorities wanting to use Deputy Fuqua and Cisco in the search. Cisco is a bloodhound who is highly regarded for his tracking abilities.

“We got the call after the man had released the woman and the child and had run off on foot,” Lowe said.

As we first reported on Monday, October 6, Deputy Fuqua and Cisco were instrumental in the capture of the suspect in the group home murder in Martin.

John Dylan Adams Indicted In Bobo Case
Allegedly Admits Involvement To TBI

Jackson, Tenn.– Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment against a Decatur County man the TBI says has admitted he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo at a residence in Holladay, Tennessee. 

Indicted is John Dylan Adams, age 26, of Holladay. He is the younger brother of Zach Adams, who already has been charged and is being held in connection with Bobo’s kidnapping and murder.

Since Holly disappeared from her home on April 13, 2011, TBI Special Agents, collaborating with the 24th District Attorney General’s office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, have been investigating the disappearance of the 20-year old nursing student. 

Through information developed over the course of the investigation, TBI agents learned last month that John Dylan Adams of Holladay disposed of items he knew to be of evidentiary value to the case. Adams was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. 

Additionally, on September 17, 2014, Adams admitted to TBI agents that he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo on April 13, 2011, at the address of 235 Adams Lane in Holladay, TN, in Decatur County. 

This morning, the 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe convened a special Grand Jury in Decatur County. The panel returned indictments against Adams on two counts of Rape. Adams was served with a capias in the Robertson County jail, where he has been held since being transported from the Madison County jail. He is currently being held without bond. 

Fan Bus To Be Chartered To Memphis Competition

Paris, Tenn.-For the first time ever, the Henry County High School Band Boosters have reserved a charter bus (with bathroom) to take family, and friends to the Oct 25 BandMasters competition. 

This is the last competition of the season. Cost is $30 per seat, paid by Monday, Oct 20. Bus will depart, and return with the band schedule. This bus will not be allowed to park in the lot with band buses. Each person is still responsible for cost of admission. Current band students will not be allowed to ride fan bus.

For an additional $5 ($35) you can eat dinner in the lot with the kids (Hamburger, chips, drink, dessert). Please keep in mind; you may have to walk a little or a lot, to get to where the kids are. No way to know in advance.

Fan bus seats 56. Please call or text Susie ASAP to reserve seats. 731-707-8534.
Departure Times TBA

UTM Awarded $1.9 M Grant
Grant Will Enhance Veterinary Program

Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and assistant professor of animal science, is pictured in this file photo with former UT Martin students Jessica Phelps and Justin Hatler, both second-year students in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  

Martin, Tenn. — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,972,725 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The grant was awarded through the Title III Strengthening Institutions program and represents the second such award that UT Martin has received in the past 10 years. Funding for the program begins this month and continues through September 2019. 

The university’s “Soaring Toward Success Project” will enhance students’ post-secondary success and improve productivity. Both goals align with two of the five UT System Strategic Plan goals of enhancing educational excellence and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. 

“Sponsored funding increasingly provides essential financial resources to campuses in the UT System as costs continue to increase and state appropriations continue to flatten or decrease,” according to UTM Provost Dr. Jerald Ogg. “This Title III program is especially helpful in that it enables us to think innovatively and to implement new initiatives without fear of undercutting resources from existing programs and services.” 

One of the grant’s intended outcomes is to create a “culture of evidence” that results in data-driven decision making on issues of resource allocation and student success. Other activities funded through the program will include developing a comprehensive, student-centered advising system, leadership development, and Faculty Teaching and Learning Communities, as well as the enhancement of the university’s veterinary science program. 

Program implementation objectives will benefit from collaboration between the divisions of academic and student affairs. Sociology professor Michelle Horton will serve as project director, and Dr. George Daniel, coordinator of student affairs program evaluation, will serve as project co-directors. 

The funding will also help to expand the veterinary health technology option in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Capacity is currently 80 total students, but demand has run as high as 200 students applying to pursue the option. 

“UT Martin offers the only four-year public (veterinary health technology) program of its kind in Tennessee, and we have already met our enrollment capacity based on our existing facilities,” according to Dr. Jason Roberts, veterinarian and UT Martin assistant professor of animal science, who also oversees the newly accredited option. “This grant will fund the expansion of our enrollment through necessary renovations to expand classrooms, laboratories, office space and companion animal kennels.” 

HCHS Marching Patriots Bring Home Hardware From Tourney

HCHS Marching Patriots mug for the camera. (Photo by Sherry Hutchinson).

Paragould, Arkansas-The Henry County High School Marching Patriots brought home a lot of hardware from the 32nd Annual Paragould Marching Invitational in Paragould, Arkansas, over the weekend. 

The band placed first place and received superior awards in several categories. This was the third competition for HCHS this school year. 

HCHS Band Public Relations Officer Sherry Hutchison said, “We were delighted as parents, friends, family and even recent alumni also traveled to see the competition. There were 18 bands in attendance. The Marching Patriots represented Henry County well!”

Field Commander
1st Place
Field Commander
Class AAAA Grand Champion
2nd Place High Visual
2nd place High Effects
4th Place Overall Band
3rd Place Over all Guard
2nd Place Overall Field Commander
1st Place Overall Percussion

Pair Indicted For Armed Robbery

                    Jesse Hailey                                  Kristi Copeland

Union City, Tenn.-Secret indictments issued by the Obion County Grand Jury last week have now been made public. Indicted were Jesse Leon Hailey, 29, Mayfield, Ky.; and Kristi Carol Copeland, 33, of Wingo, Ky., for their involvement in an armed robbery at the Maverick convenience store in Union City on August 13.

Hailey and Copeland fled the area following the robbery and were later involved in a deputy-involved shooting in Central City, Ky.

According to a Kentucky State Police spokeswoman this morning, Hailey is being held at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, Ky., and Copeland is being held in the Kentucky State Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley, Ky.

Troy Man Sought For Assaulting At Gunpoint

Fulton, Ky.-Fulton Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a Tennessee man who assaulted a woman at gunpoint Sunday.

Bobby Joe Williams, age 22, of Troy, Tenn., should be considered dangerous, according to Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell.

Williams is being sought on charges of attempted murder, first degree burglary and first degree wanton endangerment. The incident occurred at the Kingsway Motel on Highway 45.

Three Arrested, One Sought In Aggravated Burglary

Union City, Tenn.-Four people have been arrested so far and a fifth is still being sought, all on charges of aggravated burglary and forcible entry from a residence on South Second Street in Union City.

Arrested were Edward Butler and Jennifer Richards, both of Trenton; Chesley Joe Scobey of Jackson and Tina Powell of Dyer. Still being sought is Finas Hundley of Dyer.

The incident began when a neighbor saw one person handing items over a fence to another. The neighbor said the two claimed they lived there, but that he told them he was calling police. The two ran off and the neighbor was able to identify the car they were in.

Warrants were then issued for Butler and Richards and Union City Police picked them up at the Kenton Police Department and brought them back to Obion County for booking into jail.

According to the police report, Butler and Richards then gave police information on the other three that were involved. 

LBL To Host "Snap Apple Night"

Golden Pond, Ky. – Early Scots-Irish settlers’ traditions come to life when Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area presents Snap Apple Night at The Homeplace, from 6:309 p.m. Saturday, October 18. Doors open at 6 pm.

During Snap Apple Night, The Homeplace takes on a magical and mysterious atmosphere. The evening begins around a blazing bonfire where storytellers entertain with eerie tales. Visitors can join an old-time Snap Apple play party and participate in fortune telling games from the 1850’s—be prepared for the unexpected.

"Snap Apple Night is a fun way to learn and experience the traditions of the early Pryor Creek settlers of this region," according to Cindy Earls, Lead Homeplace Interpreter. "It’s a great way for families to get outdoors and celebrate the fall season.”
Warm spiced cider will be served. Participants should dress appropriately for a brisk fall evening. Bring chairs and blankets. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under with their family. 

For more information, call 931-232-6457 or visit This program is ideal for home educators.

The Homeplace is located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes and features 16 restored or reconstructed log buildings, as well as interpreters in period clothing demonstrating the daily lives and customs of mid-19th century era farm families.

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Going To Be A Bumpy Night
HC Storm Shelters To Be Open 

Dark clouds beginning to roll into Paris around 4:30 p.m. today. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-With our entire area under a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch today, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be opening several tornado safe shelters in the county today from 4-8 p.m.

The shelters at Inman, Lakewood and Puryear Schools will be open from 4-8 p.m. for anyone who needs shelter. According to the dispatcher at the sheriff’s office, a School Resource Officer will be on duty at each shelter.

Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey said the basement at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church will be open to anyone needing shelter tonight.

In Obion County, a wave of thunderstorms hit around 3:30 p.m. with no damage reported.

Paris PD, BPU Warn Of Phone Scam

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police and Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today issued press releases notifying the public of a phone scam in Henry County.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said,” A male subject with a foreign accent is calling businesses and advising them to call 888-610-4445 Ext#1 in order to pay their overdue utility bill over the phone. If they... do not pay, their power will be cut off. The Board of Public Utilities is aware of the scheme. The two business contacted that we know of are El Vaquero and Lepantos.”

Elizondo said that when Sgt. Michael Ramos called the phone number and advised them he was with the police department, the people on the other end of the phone hung up.

Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said, “On Monday, October 13, some Board of Public Utilities customers were fraudulently contacted by phone in an effort to collect payment for delinquent electric bills. The customers are being asked to call a toll free number and wire the payment within the next thirty minutes to prevent their power from being disconnected.”

Wimberley stressed, “The BPU is not making these calls. Under no circumstances will BPU request its customers to wire money for payments. BPU customers who receive this fraudulent call are asked to report the incident to the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.”

Heartfelt Surprise Reunion Captured In Photos

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Photographer Jason Aldridge just happened to be in just the right spot Saturday night to capture fantastic photos of a heart-warming reunion between cousins at the Union City Invitational Band Contest. 

Aldridge’s son is in the Union City High School drumline and he takes photos at all of the competitions. He said, “Usually, I see these types of events only online, but played witness to my first one tonight.”

The cousin of Gibson County Student Hannah Hunt is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and had promised her that he would see her in action on the field at some point during the school year, Aldridge said.

As a surprise to her, Saturday night was the big night. Her cousin, Noah Maxwell, was standing at the end of the line waiting to greet her and her reaction, as everyone can see from Aldridge’s photos, was emotional and heartfelt.

Addi Cate Named HCHS Homecoming Queen

Paris, Tenn.-Senior Addi Cate, center, was named Henry County High School Homecoming Queen at Friday night’s football game at Patriot Stadium. This year’s Homecoming Court included (left to right): Sophomore Calista Herrera; Senior Bria Woodruff; Senior Hailey Frizzell; and Junior Manning Boley. The Patriots celebrated Homecoming in style, beating Clarksville High by a dominating score of 44-14. Bottom photo, HCHS cheerleaders gather for a photo. (Pam McCord photos).

Early Voting Begins Wednesday
Constitutional Amendments Outlined

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Early voting for the November 4, general election begins on Wednesday, October 15, and continues through October 30.

The November 4 general election will have several items on the ballots, including Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives and four state constitutional amendments. 

In Henry County, voters also will be voting on Paris city commission, Henry and Puryear city elections. 

In Obion County, there will be a crowded ballots. Voters in Union City will be voting on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. Elsewhere in the county, Kenton will be voting on mayor, aldermen and city judge; the city of Obion will vote on mayor and council; Samburg will vote on aldermen; the city of Fulton will vote on commissioners in Wards 2 and 3; Troy will vote on mayor and aldermen; Union City will vote on councilman-at-large in Wards 1 and 4 and the Union City school board will have members up to election. 

The four constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot will encompass abortion law changes, how judges a chosen, the state income tax and games of chance.

Amendment 1: Abortion law changes

Currently the state does not have power to change abortion rules. Amendment 1 would give the state the power to change rules governing abortion, giving the legislature power to change or repeal current rules involving the procedure. The amendment would add in the Constitution that an abortion would not be 'a right' by law.

Amendment 2: How judges are chosen

In Tennessee currently, it is up to voters to choose judges in the Supreme and Appellate Courts, but Amendment 2 would call for that to change. Language in the measure says judges would first be chosen by the governor, followed by two-thirds majority approval by both state houses. As the amendment is written, voters would have their say as to retain the judge after his or her eight-year term.

Amendment 3: State income tax

Tennesseans do not pay income tax and Amendment 3 would ensure that stays the same, just on paper. 

Amendment 4: Charities & Games of Chance

The state lottery supports education and the state’s schools are one of the many groups that are classified as 501 (c) (3) by the IRS, and can use games of chance for revenue. If Amendment 4 passes, the legislature would vote on which non-profit organizations that support veterans could host gambling events.
You can contact the Henry County Board of Elections at 731-642-0411 and the Obion County Elections Office at 1-731-885-1901.

Library Cards Being Distributed To HC Students

Paris, Tenn.-In conjunction with the pilot program for all Henry County citizens provided by the Secretary of State, W.G. Rhea Public Library has been in the process of supplying library cards to each student whose parents have requested a library card through their schools. 

Library Director Connie Swain said the requested library cards have now been delivered to all schools in the Paris Special Schools district and the library staff “is working diligently to enter the cards into the system for the county schools”.

If you have a child in the city system and find an issue with your child’s library card, please bring all information to the W. G. Rhea Public Library. Please do not refer your questions to your school or the teachers, McSwain said.

If for some reason your child did not request a library card, please come to the W. G. Rhea Public Library on 400 West Washington Street during library hours and request a card for your child.

State Wildlife Refuge Celebration Is Saturday

The view of the Tennessee River from the new Visitor's Center. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold a special celebration Saturday, October 18, to cap off this week’s observance of National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-18.

Staff at the local refuge said this will be the perfect opportunity to see the new Visitor Center. The week’s celebrations will end with a special event planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Visitors will be invited to use things from nature to create something that the family can take home and enjoy. 

Beginning at 1 pm will be a special program, “The Clean Green Algae Machine”. Courtney Anderson will be talking about the unique properties of algae and how we depend on it and use it in many products. 

After the program, refuge staff invites the public to hike the newly rocked Britton Ford Hiking Trail that is located one mile from the visitor center. This 2.5 mile moderate trail trail winds through the forests near the water’s edge and is a favorite with hikers in the fall.

 The new refuge Visitor Center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Admission and special events are always free.

For more information about the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and its opportunities, see, or to volunteer call 731-642-2091. For more information about Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge see 

UTM To Host High School Science Bowl

Martin, Tenn. — High schools are invited to send teams to the 2014 Science Bowl, Nov. 8, at the University of Tennessee at Martin, sponsored by the university’s award-winning Student Members of the American Chemical Society chapter. Teams can register by e-mail at or by calling 731-881-7450-/7454. Registration is free, and the deadline is Oct. 20.

Competition begins with a written test covering biology, chemistry and general science. The written test will have 25 questions from each of the three categories. There is no limit on the number of student entries from each school.

Eight schools will then be chosen from the written test for the afternoon bowl competition. Selection is based on comparing the average total score of two of each school’s highest-scoring students. Competition rules are similar to “The G.E. College Bowl,” a classic TV quiz show that originally aired from 1958-70. 

Prizes include trophies for champion and runner-up schools and gold, silver and bronze medallions for all team members. Each participating school will receive a copy of The Merck Index, an internationally recognized handbook of chemical, pharmaceutical and biomedical information. The Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society and Merck & Co., Inc. provide the handbook copies. 
Science Bowl rules can be found at, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HC March Of Dimes Raises $23,000 So Far This Year

This year's Henry County March of Dimes Ambassador Levi Carter with his mother Leslie and big brother Logan, along with Bernice Holt at left and Jeannie Patrick at right. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-With the money raised at Saturday’s March For Babies, the Henry County March of Dimes has now raised some $23,000 toward its goal of $30,000 for the year.

Senior Community Director Jeannie Patrick from the Jackson March of Dimes office said, “Henry County is one of the sites that we can usually count on to make its goal” and praised the work of fundraisers and volunteers in Henry County.

This year’s Ambassador Levi Carter and his mother, Leslie, lead the march along with Levi’s big brother Logan, who was the 2007 Henry County Ambassador. 

Before the march, Leslie told the crowd of Levi’s medical history. Despite his handicaps, she said, he has exceeded all expectations by the medical field. He has 14 separate diagnoses, she said, including chronic lung disease. “He’s still very small for his age,” she said, “but he is here and he’s doing fine.”

A big reason why Henry County is so successful at its March of Dimes drives is Volunteer Bernice Holt, according to both Patrick and Henry County Chairperson Danyel Harber.

Holt herself has raised $10,000 this year and she has exceeded her career goal already. She had set an ultimate goal of raising $100,000 and has already raised $136,000.

Before Saturday’s march, the prayer was led by Rev. Emily Walker of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Meredith Roberson sang The National Anthem and the Inman School cheerleaders led everyone in cheers and stretch exercises.

Race to the Canal Returns to Land Between The Lakes

Golden Pond, KY – Mountain bikers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Race to the Canal at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on Sunday, October 19. This is a point to point mountain bike race travelling north from Golden Pond on the North/South Trail to the Canal Loop Trail. Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive will be closed to the public all day. 

"This event has been held for many years; the challenging and varied terrain makes it very popular with the mountain biking community,” said Kyle Varel, Assistant Manager of Trails. “Justin Harrison and his staff at Endurance-Plus has done a great job coordinating this and other bike events at Land Between The Lakes.” 

Race to the Canal is sanctioned by USA Cycling (USAC). Registration will be available through and closes October 17. Participants may register the day of the race on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. Races will be held weather permitting and will end near the Between the Rivers Memorial Bridge on Canal Loop Trail. 

For race information, contact Justin Harrison at 270-703-1893, email, or see the event website 

Buchanan Resort Co-Owner Dies

Buchanan Resort Co-Owner Carolyn Williams, age 74, of Springville, Tenn., died Saturday, October 11, at Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Center in Nashville, Tenn. 

She was married to John William "Johnny" Williams in May of 1957 and he survives. She owned and operated Buchanan Resort with Johnny since the mid 60's and she was a member of Russwood Baptist Church.

Carolyn was born October 14, 1939 in Springville, TN to the late John David Buchanan and the late Mable Williams Buchanan.

Besides her husband, she is also survived by her one daughter, Pam (Rusty) Robison of Springville, Tenn; one son, John D. (Vonda) Williams of Springville, Tenn; five grandchildren, Rebecca (Clint) Stewart, Derrick Williams, Leah, Rachel and Hannah Robison; two great grandchildren, Caroline and Cora Stewart; one niece, Kim (Tom) Wilson of Springville, TN and one nephew, Randy Scarbrough of Paris. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, where the visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Sunday, October 12, 2014 and from 9 – 11 am Monday, October 13, 2014. The Funeral Service will be at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Monday, October 13.

Interment will be at Williams Cemetery in Springville, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, GA 30384-9410

Quota/Grove Class To Present $1000 Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota Club will present a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a 2015 Henry County High School senior in the name of long-time Quotarian Martha McFadden which will include a matching $500 from the E.W. Grove Class of 1964.

The E.W. Grove Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th reunion last month and honoured McFadden for working on five out of seven class reunions by donating a $500 scholarship to a 2015 senior. The Quota Club chose to match that amount, making for the $1,000 scholarship.

The Quota Club honoured ladies having October birthdays, including Mary Sue Looney, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 20.

Pat Bailey announced that pecans should arrive around the first of November and will sell for $10 for a one-pound bag.

Linda Foulks, chairman of the Mental Health Committee, gave a report of activities that happen each year, such as Christmas gifts to Western State Mental Hospital and the lunch at the Outreach Center, along with various other activities.

President Stephanie Tayloe thanked many members who worked on the Membership Tea which was held on September 30th  at the First Presbyterian Church.

Kathryn Moore and Peggy Owen chose to give the third quarter pocket change to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry.  Connie Garrett and Peggy Adams will choose the recipient of the fourth quarter Pocket Change.

Melanie Townsend reminded everyone that the annual Hog Killing Party will be at her home on Dresden Highway on Tuesday, October 14th.  The Country Store will open at 5:30pm and a potluck dinner will be at 6pm.  She also reminded everyone to bring serving spoons for their dishes and bring their pigs fat with quarters.

The McDonalds Burger Bash is scheduled for November 4th from 4pm-7pm.

The Christmas Party is scheduled for December 11th at Lee Academy Lunchroom.

Elks Golf Tourney Registration Extended

Paris, Tenn.-Registration for the Paris Elks Club 816 Charity Golf Tournament has been extended to October 13. The tournament will be held Saturday, October 18 at the Paris Landing State Park golf course.

Entry fee for teams is $150. Call 731-333-9084 for more info.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reelfoot Rural Ministries Cupboards Are Bare

Obion, Tenn.-The food pantry at Reelfoot Rural Ministries in Obion is drastically low and officials there are asking for the public’s help in collecting food items that can be distributed to the disadvantaged in our area.

Reelfoot Rural Ministries needs canned food items or monetary donations to purchase food. “We have witnessed a substantial increase in the need for household assistance in our four county service area,” according to the organization. “We are averaging 279 families per month for the first three months of our fiscal year. That is an increase of 50 families per month for the same period in 2013.”

 For more than fifty years, Reelfoot Rural Ministries has been discovering ways to encourage those who struggle in life. Today, the organization has eighteen different ways in which RRM tries to aid its neighbors in their time of need. Some ministry areas include: Food Services, Work Camp home repairs, Dental Clinic, Vision Clinic, Senior Adult Services, Homebound Meal Delivery, Day Care, and Thrift Store. 

Reelfoot Rural Ministries is located at 6923 Minnick-Selbridge Rd., Obion, 1-731583-9970.

MSU President Donates $117,000 To University

Murray, Ky.-Murray State University president Dr. Bob Davies, along with his wife, Cindy, and their daughter, Katie, made a $117,000 gift to support student scholarships, academic enhancements and other student needs at Murray State. For them, the $117,000 gift is an important symbolic one.

Upon his arrival in July, Dr. Davies was researching the university’s history and learned that university founder, Dr. Rainey T. Wells, raised nearly $117,000 to provide the seed funds to found the university in 1922.

“This is a symbolic and generous gift and displays President Davies’ and his family’s support for our university and its students. We are very grateful for this support and very pleased with the leadership that he is providing,” Harry Lee Waterfield, Murray State University board of regents chair, said.
Davies loves history and is pleased to make this gift that provides a unique tie to the university’s founding.  

Dr. Rainey T. Wells and a campaign committee comprised of James Glasgow, Robert Broach, O.T. Hale, Nat Ryan, Thomas Stokes and Ben Grogan raised nearly $117,000 from more than 1,100 donors in 1922. The gifts ranged from $5 to $2,500. These gifts secured the location and initial funds needed for the new normal school.

Week 7 High School Football Final Scores

Union City 63, Greenfield 0
Chester County 52, Obion Central 0
Henry County 44, Clarksville 14
Martin Westview 41, Dyer County
East Hickman 55, Stewart County 47
Crockett County 59, West Carroll 2
South Fulton 14, Halls 7
Lake County 32, Humboldt 8...
Graves County 48, Ohio County 7
Murray 69, Crittenden County 0
Owensboro 50, Calloway County 7

Lane Closures, Bridge Repairs For Next Week In Our Area

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced lane closures, bridge replacement and other construction work in counties in our area for the weekend and next week:

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over an overflow and the Big Sandy River.  Wednesday October 09 through Saturday October 11:  There will be lane closures in both directions on State Route 424, going into Yuma from Clarksburg, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a temporary signal, for duration of the project.

CARROLL COUNTY, SR-424:  Bridge Replacement on State Route 424 over the Rutherford Fork Obion River and overflows. Wednesday October 8 through Wednesday October 15:  A signal system is being utilized and will reduce traffic to one lane with a 9.5’ lane restriction. 

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from South Market Street to State Route 54/West Wood Street.

HENRY COUNTY, SR-69 (US-641):  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from State Route 69A to US-79 (State Route 76).

OBION COUNTY, SR-431:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the North Fork Obion River bridge to US-51 (State Route 3).

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-22:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the ramp from State Route 431 to north of the ramp from State Route 43.

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-118:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from the Mud Creek bridge to the Kentucky State Line.  Flagmen will be present.

WEAKLEY COUNTY, SR-431:  Resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from Glenwood Drive to the Obion County Line.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some 100 Tickets Still Available For Jazz Ambassadors

Paris, Tenn.-The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform a free concert Saturday, October 18, in Paris, and there are only some 100 tickets still available for the performance.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Ticket-holders must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be given away at 6:50 p.m. 

Tickets can be picked up at the Paris Post-Intelligencer office at 208 E. Wood St., Paris.

The concert is sponsored by KPAC and the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

Hoofbeats Festival Postponed Due To Weather

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-With even more rainy weather in the forecast, Saturday’s annual Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival has been postponed. Tentative date for the rescheduled festival is November 1. 

One of the organizers, Jan Foy, said it is the first time the festival has ever been postponed due to weather. The festival is a benefit for the Hoofbeats of Hope therapeutic horseback riding program and involves a full day of activities.

Foy said, “If you have made cakes for the cake walk, we can make arrangements to pick them up and freeze them or if you have freezer space and can save them for the new date.” Call 731-782-6141.

Cherry Jones Cast In Movie About Hank Williams Sr.  

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris Native Cherry Jones has been cast to play the mother of Hank Williams Sr. in the upcoming biopic about the country music legend, “I Saw The Light”.

And that’s not the only Henry County connection to the upcoming feature: Rodney Crowell is serving as the film’s executive music producer. Crowell is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and has family roots in the Buchanan area.  Hank Williams Jr. lives in Henry County.

“I Saw The Light” is being filmed this month through December in Louisiana.

Jones calls her part “a teensy weansy” part but said she looks forward to it.

Cast to play Hank Sr. is Tom Hiddleston, the English actor best known for the movies “Thor” and “The Avengers”. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Hiddleston road-tested his musical performance as Hank Sr. with a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan recently. He appeared alongside Crowell.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen has been cast to play Audrey Williams, Hank Sr.’s wife. Olsen is the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, and gained critical acclaim in the movies “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Kill Your Darlings”.

The casting choice of Hiddleston to play Hank Sr. has not been without controversy. Hank Williams III has objected to the choice, saying he feels an American--and preferably Southern--actor should have been cast.

According to Rolling Stone, fans of Williams can expect to hear much of his most legendary material.  The film's producers have already obtained rights to songs like "Hey Good Lookin,'" "Your Cheatin’ Heart," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

“I Saw The Light” is largely based the 1994 biography by Colin Escott. The film is set for release in 2015.

Three Arrested, Four Pounds Of Marijuana, Crystal Meth Seized

Henry County Deputies Stacey Bostwick and Tyler Norris look over the four pounds of marijuana seized. (HCSO photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A convicted felon hiding from Carroll County deputies and two people who were harboring him were arrested Thursday in Henry County by members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Metro Crime Unit and the 24th Judicial District.

The joint operation converged on 1635 Copper Springs Rd. after receiving information that Johnny Arnold, age 38, whose last known address was in Eva, was hiding at the residence. Carroll County authorities had warrants on Arnold and he had been eluding deputies for some time, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator Adam Jenkins.

Arrested in the operation were Arnold, along with Roxanne Fisher, age 49, and Gary Fisher, age 51, both of that address. Arnold was taken into custody by Carroll County deputies. The Fishers were taken into custody by Henry County deputies. 

Deputies took positions around the residence and approached the carport door. While speaking with Roxanne Fisher at the door, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the residence. 

Jenkins said a Carroll County deputy recognized Arnold in the rear of the residence and he was taken into custody.

The officers executed a search warrant at the home and found several items stolen out of Carroll County, as well as two bags of crystal meth and four pounds of marijuana.

Each of the Fishers were charged with accessory after the fact, possession of Schedule II and Schedule VI drugs with intent to sell and theft of property over $10,000.

The Fishers are scheduled to appear in Henry County General Sessions Court October 21.

Charges are also pending in Henry County against Arnold, including felony possession with intent and criminal impersonation. 

   Johnathan Arnold                      Roxanne Fisher                                   Gary Fisher

"Breaking Bad" Star To Appear At MSU

Murray, Ky.-One of the stars from the critically-acclaimed television series “Breaking Bad” will appear November 12 at Murray State University.

RJ Mitte will be speaking at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Curris Center Ballroom. Mitte, age 22, played Walt Jr., the son of Walter White, the cancer-stricken teacher turned meth manufacturer on the Emmy-winning show.

Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although he suffers from a milder form of the disability. Mitte has become involved with several organizations that raise awareness about disabilities and diversity. He is a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. 

On college and high school campuses, Mitte delivers inspirational presentations and speaks openly about how he has overcome obstacles, including bullying.

Mitte's appearance is sponsored by the MSU Student Government Association and is free to the public.

HC Patriots, UC Golden Tornadoes Observe Homecoming Tonight

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Both Henry County and Union City High Schools will be celebrating their Homecomings tonight--and both schools should expect extremely wet conditions.

As Henry County High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete said this morning, “If you’re coming to the game, you better bring a boat.”

The Union City Golden Tornadoes will be playing a “white out game”, at which all the players will be wearing white. WENK/WTPR Sports Commentator Mike Hutchens said the theme of the evening will be “throw back night” and there will be several class reunions ongoing.

The Golden Tornadoes will have reason to be in an upbeat mood tonight, since the team was the unanimous choice at Number 1 in the State AP Poll for the first time this season. Hutchens said, “Union City has been ranked No. 1 all year, but this is the first time it’s been unanimous.”

Union City will face Greenfield.

The Henry County Patriots will face Clarksville tonight.

Both the Golden Tornadoes and the Patriots are the reigning state champions in their respective divisions.

Henry County Native To Receive Outstanding Award

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University’s dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, Dr. Tony Brannon, will receive the Outstanding Service Citation at the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) convention in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 18-22.

Brannon is a native of Henry County.

“I am extremely humbled by having been selected for the Outstanding Service award by the National Association of Agricultural Education,” Brannon said. “Some of the best times of my career were spent as a beginning high school agriculture teacher. Since that time, I have devoted myself as a teacher educator and an administrator to striving to serve the profession, teachers and the students of agricultural education and FFA. I truly appreciate their recognition of my efforts.”

The Outstanding Service Citation award recognizes a member from each of the six NAAE geographic regions with a plaque at the 2014 NAAE Convention. It is given to members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional and national levels.

PES Cook-Out, Bake Sale Still On Today

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Elementary School PTO cookout and bake sale is still on for today, despite the continuing rainfall.  Lunch will be served picnic style in the gym and PTO President Kim Patterson said there are many good baked goods waiting to be purchased.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Harrelson School Enrollment On The Increase

Henry County Clerk Donna Craig administers oath of office to re-elected Board Members James McCampbell and Doug Braden. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Puryear, Tenn.-Meeting at Harrelson School in Puryear Thursday night, the Henry County Schools board of education learned that enrollment is on the increase at Harrelson and that the newly-finished storm safe spaces at the school are well appreciated not only by the staff but by the students.

At its last meeting, the board decided it would begin holding its monthly meetings at district schools and Thursday’s meeting was its first outing.

Harrelson Principal Daniel Armstrong told the board enrollment at the school currently is 592, up from 563 in August 2013 and from 568 in August 2009. “In some parts of the building, we’re bursting at the seams,” Armstrong said.

“We’re proud of our school,” he said. “We have a lot of good things going on here.”

Armstrong noted that many citizens do not realize that the schools are the community’s largest employers. Harrelson School employs 81 people altogether, including 48 faculty, with 28 of those including classroom teachers. “We’ve got a lot of good people here,” he said. “I’ve been blessed.”

The storm safe shelters “are awesome”, Armstrong said. “We’ve got one in each of the hallways. This is really going to be a blessing for us and the kids are happy with how much room they have in the shelter spaces.”

Braden praised Armstrong for his report, noting, “I feel I know a lot more about the work you all do.”

Early in the meeting, the board unanimously re-elected Tom Beasley as Chairman and Doug Braden as Vice Chair. At the meeting’s outset, County Clerk Donna Craig administered the Oath of Office to newly-reelected Board Members Braden and James McCampbell.

Middle School Athletic Director Mike Bell updated the board changes made in the district since some of the sports were consolidated. Currently, four fall sports are consolidated. Bell said the district is looking at consolidating soccer, but will not be consolidating basketball.

In other business:

--The board heard a report on academic progress reports by Elementary Instruction Supervisor Dr. Renea Wade which she said keeps parents informed of student progress through the year.

 --Director of Schools Sam Miles said he is planning short trips with board members to visit schools in other communities which are the same age as Henry County Schools. He’s looking to visit Dyersburg and Montgomery County Schools.

Harrelson School Principal Daniel Armstrong presents a report on the school to the board.

Paris Realty To Close; Send-Off Planned October 28

Mark Johnson of Paris Realty

Paris, Tenn.-Mark Johnson, principal broker and co-owner of Paris Realty Company recently announced that the company will be closing at the end of November. One of the area’s oldest real estate firms, Paris Realty has been in business since 1959.

“We’re busier than we’ve been since the recession started,” Johnson said in a press release which announced the closing, “which makes this a hard time to close, but an exciting time for the new venture that I’ll be announcing soon.”

“A Toast to Paris Realty” will be held from 4-6 p.m.Tuesday, October 28, at the company’s location at 503 Tyson Avenue. “We’re planning a great send off,” said Johnson. “We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends, colleagues and customers.”

Jimmie and Cookie Johnson bought Paris Realty from Charlene Dean in 1983 when Paris Realty was located on Mineral Wells Avenue at the current location of NAPA Auto Parts, according to the press release. Their son, Mark joined them in 1984 as an affiliate broker. Four years later, they purchased the Tyson Avenue location. In 1989 Mark took over for his dad as managing broker of the firm with a mission of promoting the quality of life in Henry County to retirees, businesses and the community at large.

“After Paris Manufacturing closed in the late ‘80s, Henry County had a case of the blues,” according to Johnson, who realized early on that the community had to create its own good press and “sell itself, not only to outsiders but to locals, as well.” As a Jaycee, Johnson helped publicize the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry throughout the state. “When I aged out of the Jaycees, I transitioned into the Chamber of Commerce.” He served for six years on the board and eventually served as chamber president. “Community involvement has been key to our success,” he said in the press release.

“While our family has been the face Paris Realty for over 30 years, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the folks who came before us,” said Johnson. “Pat Chapman and Velma Frommel opened the office in the late ‘50s when real estate was one of the few ways that career women could make a good living. They were go-getters and, along with Charlene Dean, left high standards for those of us who followed. 

Of course, this community has been incredibly supportive,” Johnson said. “Our family cherishes the fond memories, the funny stories and the great times we’ve had serving our fellow-Henry Countians. Our 'Toast to Paris Realty' is the perfect way for us to celebrate our community, our history and our business."

Passenger Killed, Driver In Critical Condition

New Concord, Ky.-A 21-year-old New Concord man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-car accident this morning on KY Hwy 444 near New Concord and the 18-year-old driver is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Eric Schoppe was pronounced deceased by the Calloway County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the vehicle, Erica Rogers, age... 18, of Murray, was airlifted by Air Evac to Vanderbilt. Both Schoppe and Rogers were extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel called to the scene.

According to the Kentucky State Police accident report, Rogers was westbound on KY 444 and in the process of passing a vehicle. Just as Rogers cleared the vehicle she was passing, she lost control , ran off the roadway, struck a tree and came to final rest upside down in a creek bed.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Calloway County Sheriff's Department, Calloway County Coroner's Office, Calloway Fire Rescue and Murray Fire Department. The investigation continues by Trooper Jody Cash.

Two Cases Of Enterovirus D-68 Confirmed In State

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now confirming two cases of enterovirus in the state. Both cases involve young children, one in West Tennessee and the other in East Tennessee.

The West Tennessee case is in Shelby County. Shelby County health officials confirmed a child is being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital for enterovirus D-68.

No further details have been released about the patient's condition.

Henry County Medical Center in Paris treated a child with the enterovirus, but could not confirm that it was the enterovirus D-68 because the necessary tests were not conducted to confirm that diagnosis. Hospital officials did say, however, they felt sure it was the D-68 strain.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms and can cause some children to experience breathing problems.

It is now confirmed in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Historical Smokey Bear Prints On Display At LBL

Golden Pond , KY – Celebrating Smokey’s 70th birthday in 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service produced two complete sets of Smokey Bear historical prints for distribution to Forest Service offices throughout the Nation. Visitors to Land Between The Lakes Golden Pond Visitor Center in Western Kentucky will be able to see two replicas of Smokey Bear paintings by the artist who softened and humanized Smokey’s features, making the character more appealing to children.

Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service’s popular icon of wildfire prevention, was created during World War II to publicize the need to protect a critical natural resource—wood. To combat the incidence of human-caused forest fires, the U.S. Forest Service established the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program in 1942. The CFFP adopted Smokey as its official symbol two years later. Smokey Bear’s famous slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” was added in 1947 by the Wartime Advertising Council, known today as the Ad Council. 

The first artist’s rendering of Smokey was created by Albert Staehle ( in 1944. Staehle was followed by numerous other Smokey artists. Prominent among these artists was Rudolph (Rudy) Wendelin (, whose paintings of Smokey spanned his career with the Forest Service from 1949 to 1973 and continued into his retirement. 

Smokey’s message is still relevant today, asking everyone to use fire responsibly. Smokey understands that fire serves as one of the most important natural agents of change and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy, forests. 

The following link will take you directly to the photos included in this news release, along with captions and additional photos for downloading: 

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes.

Vehicular Homicide Case Goes Directly To Grand Jury

Clarksville, Tenn. – The vehicular homicide case against a young Dover man was sent directly to a Montgomery County grand jury without a hearing. 

Jonathan Olson, age 18, appeared in court in Clarksville today, but his hearing was waived. His bond was reduced from $1.065 M to $50,000.

Olson is charged with the vehicular homicide of Steven Gibson, age 29, who driving his motorcycle on Madison Street when Olson struck him last weekend. Gibson’s wife, Francesca Caterisano, age 26, was his passenger and is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police reports indicated that Olson admitted to consuming one beer and smoking marijuana prior to driving.  Cellophane and a sandwich bag with marijuana residue was found in Olson’s vehicle. The items tested positive for THC, according to the report.

Olson was charged also with vehicular assault, violation of implied consent, simple possession, failure to exhibit driver’s license, failure to yield-resulting in death or injury and reckless endangerment. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $1,065,000 bond.

Olson pleaded guilty to violation of implied consent. His driver’s license was suspended for a year.
Through an agreement with the state, his bond was reduced to a total of $50,000 and he waived his right to have a preliminary hearing.

Gibson was a U.S. soldier serving in the U.S. Army at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife and three children.

Oakland FD To Hold Hog Wild Fundraiser Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Hog Wild Fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the fire department at 4435 Hwy. 69S.

The crew will be serving BBQ and smoked ham cooked with Backwoods Grillin’ Sauce, made right in Henry County. Smoked for 12 hours.

Sandwich, chips and a drink for $5, by the pound for $7; family pack including chips and buns for $14.

Pre-order is available by calling 731-336-6042.

Tour de Paws Benefit Bike Ride Is Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Carroll County Humane Society will be holding the first annual Tour de Paws charity bicycle fun ride at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 11.

The ride will begin in McKenzie and travel through the scenic backroads of Carroll, Henry and Calloway counties. Surfaces are well paved with moderate elevations for the longer distances. Ride lengths will include a century, metric century, 32, 20 and 6 mile fun ride. All proceeds will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society.

On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. at McKenzie City Park at 570 Como St. You also may pre-register from 4-8 p.m. October 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. as well as pick up pre-registration packets at  the Carroll County Humane Society, 21822 Highway 22 South,
McKenzie. Registration information also is on the Humane Society’s website and Facebook pages.

Benefit For Micah Fuqua To Be Held

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for Micah Fuqua will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, October 24, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Micah is the son of Henry Co Sheriffs Officer Wayne Fuqua who is the K-9 handler of Cisco. Micah is 14 years old.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently traveling to Maryland to see a specialist in this field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with these expenses.

Ribeye or Chicken Sandwiches/Chips and Drink will be served for $8. You can Pre Order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 and ask for Amy. Deliveries will be made on orders of five or more.

Bull Blowout in Murray This Weekend

Murray, Ky. — The Bull Blowout is bringing its action, excitement and fun to Murray again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18. The event will take place in the William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center at Murray State University, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

Featured events include bull riding and barrel racing. There will also be activities for children beginning at 7:30 p.m. that include a calf scramble (up to 10 years of age) and mutton busting (up to 6 years of age).

Tickets are available at the door and are $14 for the general public, $12 for Murray State University students with a valid ID, and $5 for children age 12 and under.

Parsons & Milam Rough Stock Contractors and Promoters of Buchanan, Tenn., are hosting the event. For more information, contact them at 731.642.8346.

Dana Relay To Sponsor Pumpkin Carving Contest

Paris, Tenn.-Dana Corporation’s Relay for Life Team will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest at noon Saturday, October 18, in the Dana Corporation Parking Lot (Bldg 26), across from the National Guard Armory.

The cost is $10 per pumpkin carver and pumpkins will be furnished.

Please contact Marsha Carlton at 336-6207 to sign up or for more information. 
Trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 carvers.

Grill hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TBI Adds Juvenile To Top Ten Wanted List

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a 17-year-old to its Top Ten Most Wanted List.

De’Mario Fisher of Nashville is believed to be armed and was one of 32 juveniles who escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville. Fisher is the lone escapee still at large.

Fisher is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI on an escape charge. On September 2, 2014, 32 juveniles escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville. Two guards were injured in the process of the escape. 

Fisher is an African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 foot 1 inch tall and weighs about 163 pounds. Fisher is believed to be armed. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of De’Mario Fisher is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Several Arrested On Drug Charges In Henry County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Several Henry Countians were arrested on multiple drug charges following searches at their residences by the Metro Crime Unit, along with the Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry and Puryear Police Departments.
Three search warrants were executed resulting in the seizure of over a pound of marijuana, five grams of crystal meth, drug paraphernalia, a weapon and $1,110 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales. The search warrants were executed beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, October 8.

On Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant on Rison Street where Jason McCain was arrested for possession of over a half pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, officers searched a home on Mark 1 Drive in Henry and arrested Daniel Western and Felicia Mesavage and charged them with possession of over a half pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Additionally, a weapon was seized and Western was charged with possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous felony.

Also on Wednesday, officers searched a residence on Henderson Drive in Paris. Arrested were Donald Ashby for possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Michelle Ridgway was also arrested there for drug paraphernalia possession.

Sheriff Monte Belew’s K9 Si aided officers in the searches.

Helping Hand Applications Available Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Helping Hand applications will be available starting Monday, October 13, for organizations wishing to participate in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction this year. Each year, the Helping Hand auction raises thousands of dollars for numerous local organizations.

Bowling Named TSSAA Coach Of The Year

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City High School Football Coach Darren Bowling has been named Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) for the 2013-2014 season.

TSSAA also has nominated Bowling for the Sectional Award in football. Those finalists will be submitted for the National Federation Coach of the Year award.

Bowling was notified Tuesday by TSSAA Assistant Executive Director Gene Menees, who congratulated the coach and Union City High School for the “outstanding achievement.”

Union City High School’s Golden Tornadoes won the State Class 1A Championship last year with an undefeated season. The Golden Tornadoes are undefeated this football season, as well.

In his letter to Bowling, Menees said, "This is to inform you that you have been selected as the 2013-2014 State of Tennessee Football Coach of the Year. Your name has been submitted to the National Federation of High School Associations and you should be receiving a certificate recognizing this distinguished honor soon. 

“We would also like to nominate you for the Sectional Award winner in your sport. This includes the eight Southeastern states and finalists will be submitted to the National office for consideration as National Federation Coach of the Year in your sport."

Bowling said he was honoured by the award, but gave praise to his players.

Bowling also was named Titans High School Coach of the Year for 2013.

Paychecks For Patriots' Goal: Find Jobs For Veterans

Nashville, Tenn.-The third annual Paychecks For Patriots hiring event will be held Thursday, October 9.

The State of Tennessee is partnering with Dollar General to hold the event for veterans at 10 locations including Nashville, Fort Campbell, Columbia, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, and Tullahoma. It will involve several major employers in Tennessee.

Major General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General who leads the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard, feels it was a perfect fit when Dollar General approached the state departments of Labor & Workforce Development and Military three years ago to put together the Paychecks for Patriots hiring event for veterans. The Tennessee Military Department is involved again this year, and Haston said employers who have taken part previously would attest to the success of the statewide job fair.

Tennessee has been the fourth largest state in deployments since 9/11, the general said, with nearly 30,000 going to war. He said some of these young men and women coming back have never had a job, having gone straight out of high school into basic training and advanced individual training, then deployment. 

The Paychecks for Patriots event allows employers to talk face-to-face to a soldier or an airman. The event is designed for veterans and is more streamlined than a normal hiring process. It is a bridge strategy to facilitate military to civilian employment.
To learn more about the Paychecks for Patriots event on October 9, including details for the 10 locations across the state, please visit the TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development website for the event at 

Civil War Days Set For Columbus-Belmont Park

Columbus, Ky.-Civil War Days will be held this weekend at Columbus-Belmont State Park, which is always a huge gathering for Civil War re-enactors from across the country. In addition to the re-enactment of the battle that occurred there, the weekend will include encampments and living history presentations.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, October 10-12.

Friday is "education day". Schools, scouts, groups & clubs are encouraged to schedule field trips. 

Battles will be held at 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. Battle narration and music by Rick Revel of Paris.

There will be a Ghost Walk on Friday evening through the historic earthworks and a Civil War Ball on Saturday night featuring The 52nd Regimental String Band. 

Sunday morning services will be led in period style by Rev. Alan Farley followed by a memorial ceremony at Columbus Cemetery. 

Sutlers and food vendors will be on site to serve the needs of the re-enactors and visiting guests.

Cavalry and artillery by invitation, all infantry welcome. Straw, wood, powder ration and a meal will be provided to re-enactors.

There is no registration fee or admission charge.

For more information and pre-registration of sutlers and re-enactors, call park office (270-677-2327) or email

The event is sponsored by Columbus-Belmont State Park, Hickman County Judge Executive/Fiscal Court & Civil War Days Committee.

$250,000 Gift Will Complete MSU Champion Hall

     Dr. Bob Burton

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University announced a $250,000 gift from Alumnus Dr. Bob Burton to complete the Hall of Champions, which will highlight the university’s great collegiate athletics history. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. 

The proposed facility, The Burton Family Hall of Champions, will highlight men’s and women’s sports, including football and basketball, and will showcase championship teams, All-American players and Hall of Fame members.

“This is a generous gift by one of our most distinguished alumni, Dr. Bob Burton. Dr. Burton was a nationally recognized collegiate football player and has distinguished himself in business. Currently, he serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Cenveo Inc., a multi-billion dollar company and leader in the printing and publishing industries,” according to MSU President Dr. Bob Davies. “We are very grateful to Dr. Burton, his wife, Paula, and his family for this very generous gift.”

The new Hall of Champions will provide more than 2,300 square feet of display and interactive media space that will be adjacent to the CFSB Center and will highlight the many successes of Racer athletics.

UC Council Decides Against Speed Bumps

Union City, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, Union City City Council decided against installing speed bumps on three streets--Burrus, Fairway and Vernon. Although residents in the area were surveyed and a majority wanted the bumps to slow traffic down, council members thought it would set a bad precedent in which they would be asked to make special arrangements for streets throughout the city.

Council also voted to allow the Tennessee Municipal League represent it in the liquor by the drink tax lawsuit filed against the city by the Obion County School Board. TML is representing several other cities in the same circumstance.

In other business, Council voted to pay $6,000 for asbestos removal at the old Central Elementary Building before it can be demolished.

LBL To Host Outdoor Kids Fest This Weekend

LBL Woodlands Nature Station (LBL photo).

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites families to “tame the wild” at the Outdoor Kids Fest Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 11, 12, and 13, 2014. This new event will take place at Woodlands Nature Station from 10am-4pm each day. Spend Columbus Day holiday weekend learning outdoor skills, both old-fashioned and modern. 

"We want to give families a weekend full of fun outdoor activities. We think these activities will spark a new interest or hobby that will help kids and adults grow and learn during fall break," according to John Pollpeter, Naturalist at Woodlands Nature Station. "We are offering a wide range of programs to help people learn geocaching, spear throwing, kayaking, cooking on a campfire, and much more."

General admission to Nature Station is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. The following is a complete program schedule. For more information, call 270-924-2299.

Saturday, October 11
· All Day Meet Smokey Bear (scheduled appearances)
· All Day CSI: Campsite Scene Investigators
· All Day Hunting the Wooly Mammoth
· 11am Nature Series for Adults: Bountiful Hike
· 11:30am Venom!
· 1pm Cunning Coyotes
· 2pm Geocaching 101
· 2-4pm Make your own Animal Track Guide
· 3:30pm Critters in the Campground
Sunday, October 12
· All Day CSI: Campsite Scene Investigators
· 10am-4pm Free Kayak Demonstrations (Hematite Lake)
· 11:30am Kid vs. Wild
· 1pm Monster Month: I Wish I Was a Werewolf
· 2-4pm Make Your Own Tree ID Guide
· 3:30pm Rut and Strut
Monday, October 13
· 11am For Goodness Snakes
· 11am-2pm Cooking on a Campfire Demonstration
· 1:30pm Tree-mendous Hike

Leadership Henry County Applications Available

Paris, Tenn.-Applications are now available for Leadership Henry County, a community awareness and skill building program sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at LHC offers one-day classes to people who have demonstrated leadership potential. 

Each session is taught by a community leader. The sessions include team building, government, education, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. Cost is $325. Emory Bradley is the program chair. Jennifer Hayden is the vice president of Membership Development and Training for the Chamber.

"Leadership Henry County is a staple for our organization and we are proud of our program," according to Hayden. "We are consistently building the group of community leaders."

For more information, call the Chamber office at 731.642.3431.

PES Bake Sale, Fall Cookout Set Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Elementary School will be a busy place on Friday, with the PTO Bake Sale and Fall Family Cookout happening there at the same time. 

The Cookout will be held at 11 a.m. Friday and parents are invited to eat with their children during the outdoor festivities.

Third graders will eat at 11 a.m.; fourth graders at 12:20 p.m. and fifth graders at 11:40 a.m.

The Bake Sale will be held at 10 a.m. and the public is invited, as always. To donate items for the bake sale, drop them off at the school from 3-5 p.m. Thursday or 7-9 a.m. Friday.

Rally, March Set For Ogburn Park Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Second Wave Ministry and Work N Progress of Church of the Living God Temple #72 will hold a rally, march, BBQ and chalk demonstration from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Ogburn Park. Purpose of the event is to eulogize interpersonal violence.

The same day at 6 p.m. a simulated funeral service will be held at the Church of the Living God at 718 Gwen St. Rawls Funeral Home will host and Pastor Lynn Hayes of Allen Temple CME will perform the service.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Marching Patriots Do Well At Competition

Percussion band members get ready before the competition. (Photo submitted by Sherry Hutchinson).

Dyer, Tenn.-The Henry County Marching Patriots took home some gold at the Gibson County Marching Invitational held over the weekend at Gibson County High School. It was the second competition for the Marching Patriots this year.

In the preliminary competition (with 25 bands competing), the band was awarded second place in class, field commander, percussion, and guard competition. In the finals competition (with 10 bands competing), the band ranked in sixth place.

Obion School Board Approves Non-Discrimination Policy

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

South Fulton, Tenn.-The Obion County Schools board of education Monday night adopted an updated policy calling for non-discrimation of religious beliefs, customs and holidays and approved tenure for several teachers.

The meeting was held at South Fulton Middle School and included a new employee reception.

Director of Schools Russell Davis recommended the board adopt the policy on religious beliefs recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association. 

“Since our current policy has not been updated since 2004, it is my opinion that the Board should adopt TSBA's proposed policy to replace our current policy in totality,” Davis said. The updated policy states that no religious belief or nonbelief shall be promoted or belittled by employees or the school system and that all students and staff shall be tolerant of others’ beliefs.

The board approved the recommendation of Davis and district principals to approve tenure for the following teachers: Hillcrest Elementary--Laminda Coursey, Laura Robinson, Demanda Whitmore; Lake Road Elementary Madilyn Brown; Obion County Central High--Kim Crews, Robert Lyle LaRue; South Fulton Middle, Nicholas Ritter.

In other business:

--The board approved the district’s extended contract program proposal for the new school use. Davis said, “The total amount allocated to our System by the State for the 2014 – 2015 school year is $33,070. All activities within the proposal represent the most effective and efficient use of our extended contract resources in meeting the highest priority needs of our students.”

--It was announced fall break will be held October 14-17.

80,000 Pounds Of Pumpkins Donated For Pumpkin Village

From left, Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy, with Bob Cartwright, President of Tri State, Tab Ross and Jeff Crabtree, both Vice Presidents of Tri State International, in front of Discovery Park.

Union City, Tenn.-Tri State International recently delivered over 80,000 pounds of pumpkins to Discovery Park of America in Union City, as part of its new partnership agreement valued at over $100,000. 

The pumpkins are being used to create “Pumpkin Village” located behind the Train Depot at Discovery Park. The village features pumpkin houses, straw horses, hay bale spiders and a pumpkin stream and will be on display at Discovery Park throughout October. 

“What better time to announce our new partnership than when Tri-State delivered two semi truck loads full of pumpkins to Discovery Park,” Rippy said. “We are so glad to have Tri-State as our newest business partner.” To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at 

This Year's Krider Idol In Memory Of William Gray

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale for this year’s Krider Idol, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Arts Council office at City Hall, Leach’s Music, or Paris Elementary School.

This year’s program will be in memory of Musician William Gray, who died in 2013 at the age of 33. He was the son of Barbara and Johnny Gray of Paris.

As the primary fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund, Krider Idol brings students aged 9-18 to the stage to compete for the crown of Krider Idol 2014. Since 2009 the Enrichment Fund has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to students in grades 3-12 as well as local schools. This year’s program will be in memory of William Gray.

The Youth for the Arts Enrichment fund provides resources for youth art education by supporting both schools and community organizations that educate the youth though the arts. The Enrichment Fund provides money for meaningful projects both in the classroom and in the community, private lessons for undergraduate level students, capital expenses (ex. keyboards, lighting, microphones, paint supplies, etc), bringing artists into the schools to provide workshops, art related field trips, and endeavors that further a youth’s art education.

For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit its website 

Hoofbeats Of Hope Fall Festival Is Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The annual Hoofbeats for Hope Fall Festival will be held all day Saturday at Cardinal Park in the heart of Cottage Grove. If you like fancy cars, talented pets, cake walks, live music and more, it will be the place to be.

The day will be jam-packed with activities, beginning with the car and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to noon; cake walk and kids’ games starting at 10 a.m.; corn hole tournament at noon; agility dog demo at 12:30 p.m.; pet show at 1 p.m.; and bingo at 3 p.m. 

The day will be capped off just right at 5 p.m. with chili and chili dogs served in the pavilion and the band Wire and Wood from Paris will perform.

The event will benefit the good works by the Hoofbeats for Hope therapeutic horseback riding program. Any questions, call 731-782-6141.

Registration Still Open For March For Babies This Saturday

       March of Dimes Ambassador Levi Carter

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Henry County March for Babies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11 at the Paris Civic Center. The walk begins and ends at the Civic Center and will encompass four miles.

Levi Carter, 17-month-old son of Royce and Leslie Carter, is this year’s March of Dimes Ambassador. WENK/WTPR published an article on little Levi and the struggles he has faced on Friday, September 26.

Registration information is available by calling 731-668-1023 or logging on to the website

Public Defender Appointed For Murder Suspect

Martin, Tenn. -- The 32-year-old Memphis man accused of beating a fellow resident to death at a group home in Martin was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial.
Marcus Freeman appeared in Weakley County General Sessions Court for his arraignment Monday. He has been charged with second degree murder for the death of Ollie Grandberry, age 59, also of Memphis.

Public Defender Joe Atnip was appointed to represent Freeman during the hearing..

With the help of Henry County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Cisco, Freeman was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he fled from the scene of the homicide. Cisco’s handler is Deputy Wayne Fuqua.

 Freeman is being held without bond.

Weakley Deputies Arrest Three On Drug Charges

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three men on a variety of drug charges: Brian Mitchell McPeak, 40, of Palmersville; Tyson Eugene Wright, 25, of Dresden; and Richard Lee Harrison of Martin.

According to the press release from the department, Wright is being held without bond after an undercover informant bought crack cocaine from him. A search warrant was served at his residence and more crack cocaine packaged for resale was recovery.

At the time of his most recent arrest, Wright had been out on bond pending another case in Weakley County Circuit Court involving crack cocaine sales, according to the sheriff’s department. 

Wright is charged with sale of crack and possession of crack.

Deputies arrested McPeak at his residence after an undercover informant purchased crystal meth from him at his residence. He was charged with the sale of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $25,000 bond.

Deputies also executed a search warrant at the home of Harrison and recovered nearly one and a half pounds of marijuana and $1200. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Free Winter Storm Prep Workshop Set

Union City, Tenn.- Last year’s winter storms brought more ice and snow to our area than expected. Would you like to make sure that you and your home are adequately prepared for this winter and the storms it might bring? You are invited to a Free Winter Storm Preparedness Workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11, at Discovery Park of America. 

The workshop will be held in the LEC room at Discovery Park. Admission to the workshop is free to the public. The doors will open 15 minutes prior to the workshop. (Entrance to Discovery Park is not included.)

MSU Career Fair This Week

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University career services has two major career events coming up for students this semester — an All Majors Career Fair and a Teacher Fair. More than 100 employers and organizations came to campus last semester to connect with Murray State students and alumni to discuss job, internship and advanced degree opportunities. Students from all majors... are encouraged to take advantage of these networking events.

The All Majors Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8. Currently, 80 regional and national employers and graduate programs are registered to attend the fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third floor of the Curris Center. Organizations are recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Students should review the list of participating organizations online at and prepare to network with employers prior to attending. Participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés.

The Teacher Fair is slated for Friday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, also on the third floor of the Curris Center. Education majors are invited to attend this networking event. A list of participating schools and districts is available here online at Participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés.

For more information about career events, visit the website at Organizations interested in attending events should go online at

The career services office is located in 100 Oakley Applied Science Building. Students seeking help with résumés or navigating Racer Tracks may take advantage of walk-in hours, Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or call 270.809.3735 to schedule an appointment.

Career services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about events, contact Ray Karraker at 270.809.3117 or

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tobacco Barn Near Hazel Destroyed By Blaze

Tobacco barn on Stateline Rd. destroyed by fire. (Calloway Co. Fire-Rescue photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Hazel, Ky.--A tobacco barn on Stateline Rd. near Hazel, Ky. that had been used for 35 years by the same family was a total loss after a fire Sunday night.

The fire was the second one to destroy a tobacco barn in Calloway County this fall.

Calloway County Fire and Rescue Chief Thomas Morgan said Monday that the barn is owned by the Grogan family and is located five miles east of Hazel on the state line. “It sits in the woods all by itself and someone saw the fire and called it in,” he said.

Fire personnel were called to the scene around 9 p.m., he said, “and we had no chance to save that barn. When we got there it was already falling in. It was already collapsing.” The barn was a two-acre structure, he said.

The owner “was on his last firing” in the barn, Morgan said. “We don’t really know what caused it except that the tobacco is really dry right now and it was really windy last night, so it could have been the winds that started it. The barn is an older barn.”

Last weekend, another tobacco barn a few miles outside of Murray was destroyed by fire, Morgan said. 

Henry County K-9 Credited With Tracking Murder Suspect

      Marcus Donte Freeman

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-With the help from Henry County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cisco, Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Marcus Donta Freeman, age 32, of Memphis, for the murder of another resident of the Generations mental health group home north of Martin.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Investigator Randall McGowan credited Cisco with finding Freeman, who fled from the scene through a window. McGowan said, “Cisco went right to him”. Cisco’s handler is Henry County Deputy Wayne Fuqua. Freeman was found a short time after the incident on Hutchens Rd.

After Freeman fled, McGowan said, the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter also was employed during the search.

Freeman is charged with second-degree murder and will be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in Weakley County General Sessions Court. 

Deputies were called to the group home at 370 Haygood Rd. a few minutes after midnight Saturday and found one of the residents deceased from head trauma. The victim is Ollie Grandberry, age 59, also of Memphis.

Today Last Day To Register For General Election
Election Voting Begins Next Week

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th election. The November 4 general election will have several items on the ballots, including Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives and four state constitutional amendments.

In Henry County, voters also will be voting on Paris city commission, Henry and Puryear city elections.

In Obion County, there will be a crowded ballots. Voters in Union City will be voting on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. Elsewhere in the county, Kenton will be voting on mayor, aldermen and city judge; the city of Obion will vote on mayor and council; Samburg will vote on aldermen; the city of Fulton will vote on commissioners in Wards 2 and 3; Troy will vote on mayor and aldermen; Union City will vote on councilman-at-large in Wards 1 and 4 and the Union City school board will have members up to election.

Early voting will be held from October 15 through October 30.

Voters who will be needing an absentee ballot have until October 28 to request one. 

Voters who have had a change of address since the last election will also need to change their address at their respective election commission.

Both of the Obion and Henry County Election Commissions are open until 4:30 p.m. today.

Reelfoot Arts Festival Enjoys One Of Biggest Turnouts

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Thousands poured into Reelfoot Lake State Park for its annual arts and crafts festival over the weekend. State Park officials said this year’s turnout was one of its largest, especially on Saturday. The arts and crafts festival is one of the three biggest in the state of Tennessee each year, with some 45,000 visitors attending the event. (Reelfoot Lake State Park photo).

"Funniest Professor" To Appear At The Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn. – “America’s Funniest Professor” Carl Hurley returns to The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hurley grew up in a two-room cabin ...built by his father in the Appalachian foothills of Laurel County, Ky. His childhood was spent swapping yarns in a family of colorful storytellers, working his way through college by working on dairy farms and becoming a professor.

His ability to enliven his college lectures with humor led to invitations to speak outside the classroom, and soon he was traveling widely to entertain audiences of every variety. After earning tenure as a professor, he resigned the classroom to become a full-time speaker and entertainer, earning the moniker of “America’s Funniest Professor.”

“I didn’t leave teaching,” Carl says. “I just expanded my classroom.”

“We are excited to have Carl Hurley returning to The Dixie,” according to Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director of The Dixie. “Carl puts on one of the funniest clean comedy acts out there. He has a true gift for pulling the humorous out of everyday life, making his comedy relatable to everyone.”

Tickets for Carl’s return to The Dixie are $25 plus tax each and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731.986.2100, or online at

Wirgau To Host Campaign Rally

Paris, Tenn.-State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris) will host a campaign rally from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Wirgau is seeking re-election.

Free fish, hush puppies and all the trimmings will be served. Campaign materials will be available.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kangaroos, Camels And Brats, Oh My!

From Henry County Medical Center, left to right: RN Toni Gordon, Kayla Vasser, EMS Director Twila Rose and Student LPN Rhonda Coffelt. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-What do kangaroos, camels and bratwursts have in common? You could find all of them Saturday at the 32nd annual Oktoberfest sponsored by Holy Cross Catholic Church. Huge crowds filled the Henry County Fairgrounds for the event, which featured a petting zoo from Hooker Farms in Milan, tours of the Fire Safety Trailer by the Paris Fire Department, visits with barred owls and other birds with the Paris Landing State Park raptor rehab personnel, and dozens of vendors selling everything from dog treats to fall gourds and candy. 

The ladies from Wags Barkery of Paris, AJ Wimberley, left, and Sarah England serve up gourmet dog treats to customers.

Tim Caldwell of Paris Landing State Park with one of the park's rehabilitated barred owls.

Martin To Participate In National Night Out

Martin, Tenn.-The Martin Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out from 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday October 7. National Night Out is billed as a national crime and drug prevention event, but it's much more. 

Martin Police Chief David Moore said, “It's also a great chance to meet those who we may wave to every day without ever knowing their names. Neighborhoods throughout Martin will be participating, I encourage you to find your local group and join in.”

The National Association of Town Watch, the main national sponsor of the event, describes it as “an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.” 

Local law enforcement, who are co-sponsoring the event, see it as a great display of community involvement and support. 

“This is an opportunity for Martin to stand together as a community and show its intolerance for drugs and crime in the community,” according to Martin Police Chief David Moore. “The National Night Event highlights the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer Town of Martin Tennessee.” 

The formal goals of National Night Out in Martin (and points beyond) are to: 
» Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; 
» Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; 
» Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; 
» Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

From 4:30 to 8 p.m. residents are asked to open their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Suspect Seen In Bruceton Friday Night

Camden, Tenn.-The suspect who Camden Police say is armed and dangerous was seen Friday night in Bruceton.

Camden Police have provided more information on Zachariah J. Collison, who they say is potentially armed with a semi-automatic pistol and dangerous at this time. Police said Saturday afternoon that Collison burned a house down and assaulted an individual with a pistol in Camden. “That’s the weapon he still has,” according to the police dispatcher.

Friday night Camden Police issued a plea to the public to be on the look out for a young man wanted on felony aggravated assault and other charges.

According to the press release, Collison is possibly suffering from psychological problems. They caution that the public should not approach him, but instead call their local law enforcement officials immediately.

Camden Police have issued a national BOLO for Collison and said he could possibly be traveling to Paris, Florida, Texas or Colorado.

Collison is a white male, 5’11”, 175 pounds with various tattoos on the majority of his body.

Any information on his whereabouts can be passed along to the Camden Police Department at 731-584-4622.

Murder Suspect Identified

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police have identified the suspect arrested in the beating death of a man at the Generations group home early this morning.
Arrested was Marcus D. Freeman, age 32 of Shelby County. He is charged with second degree murder of another resident of the group home. Freeman reportedly has been a resident of the group home since June.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of his family.

For the full story, see the article we posted earlier today.

Updated: Weakley County Homicide Investigated

The group home was the scene of an early-morning homicide.

Martin, Tenn.-A suspect is in custody in Weakley County following a homicide early this morning at the Gaithers Generations mental health group home at 370 Haygood Rd. The suspect was charged with second-degree murder.

The suspect has been identified as Marcus D. Freeman, age 32 of Shelby County. He is charged with second degree murder of another resident of the group home. Freeman reportedly has been a resident of the group home since June.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of his family. 

Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residential facility shortly after midnight on a report of an assault. Deputies found one of the residents deceased from an apparent head trauma.

The suspect reportedly changed clothes, fled from the home through a window, but was caught by deputies a short time later on Hutchens Rd.

Contacted this morning, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said more information will be forthcoming Monday.

Springville Man Found Guilty Of Solicitation

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Jackson, Tenn.-A Springville man was found guilty of solicitation of a minor by a Madison County Circuit Court jury this week.

Darrin Murphy, age 45, had pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

A clerk at the Madison County Court said the court document did not indicate how long the jury deliberated, only that a guilty verdict was issued in Murphy’s case.

A sentencing hearing before Judge Roy Morgan has been scheduled in Jackson for November 10, she said.

WENK/WTPR reported in January that Murphy had been arrested by Jackson Police after he contacted a male minor online and had arranged to meet the youth at a Jackson motel. When he arrived, he was arrested by investigators from the Jackson Police Department.

Murphy also is facing first-degree vehicular homicide and DUI charges in Georgia stemming from an accident in which a young man was killed in May of 2011. The case has been ongoing as Murphy’s attorney in Georgia is contesting prior rulings and the case is being appealed in the State Supreme Court.

Paris FD Contains Basement Fire

Paris, Tenn.-A fire at 507 Park St. was contained to the basement by Paris Firefighters Friday night. Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Wade said the department was called to the residence around 7:20 p.m. where they extinguished a small fire in the basement.

The home is owned by Marlene Dillion. Wade said the fire apparently was caused by a wiring issue.

Week 6 High School Football Scores

Henry County 21 Springfield 20
Crockett County 48, Obion County 16 
Humboldt 21, South Fulton 14 
Dyersburg 38, Westview 26
Dresden 20, West Carroll 8 
Huntingdon 42, Gleason 13 
Camden 34, Hickman Co. 13
Huntingdon 61, Gleason 0
McKenzie 30, Bruceton 26

Friday, October 3, 2014

Camden Police Warns Of Dangerous Suspect

Camden, Tenn.-Camden Police Friday night issued a plea to the public to be on the look out for a young man wanted on felony aggravated assault and other charges.

According to Camden Police, Zachariah J. Collison is potentially armed with a semi-automatic pistol and is dangerous at this time. According to the press release, Collison is possibly suffering from psychological problems. They caution that the public should not approach him, but instead call their local law enforcement officials immediately.

Collison was last seen in Camden and possibly was traveling to Paris, Tenn.; Texas, Florida or Colorado.

Collison is a white male, 5’11”, 175 pounds with various tattoos on the majority of his body.

Any information on his whereabouts can be passed along to the Camden Police Department at 731-584-4622.

Henry County Tax Bills Contain Misprints

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Trustee Randi French is advising that the recent property tax mailings from her office contained an error. French said, “The recent mail out for the current 2014 taxes were erroneously misprinted by our vendor Presto Services Inc… the decimal is in the wrong location of the calculated acres.”

However, she said, all the notices have been checked by her office “and the dollar amount in the property tax due is correct.”

French said her office already has received numerous calls from property owners on the misprints and she apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Henry County Hit Hard By Storm

Stong winds blew a portable carport into a chicken barn on New Boston Rd. (Everett Yoder photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County experienced extensive storm damage as a result of strong straight line winds that swept through the county overnight.

Henry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Ron Watkins said this morning that the EMA, sheriff’s deputies, highway crews and the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) were kept busy though the night as trees were felled, power lines were knocked over and flying debris caused extensive damage.

One of the worst-hit areas was the Cottage Grove-Osage area of the county, he said. A farm at 6265 Jones Bend Rd. was hit hard, he said, with roofs on barns and silos being blown off. 

A portable carport blew into a chicken barn on New Boston Rd., debris damaged Oak Hill Church on Hwy. 69 near Osage and a tree blew onto a car, also on Hwy 69, he said.

BPU reported five power poles were brought down last night either by the wind or trees falling on them, which caused sporadic outages, Watkins said.

Watkins estimated that winds had to have been from 50-60 mph during the storms and even higher in the Cottage Grove-Osage area.

Reelfoot Arts And Crafts Festival Opens Today

Vendors have been busy all week setting up their tents. (Reelfoot State Park photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The 43rd Annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival begins today and runs through Sunday, October 5, at Reelfoot Lake State Park. 

Ranger Warren Douglas said last night's storm was hard on several vendor booths that were already set up for the event, but that the rest of the weekend's weather is looking clear for the festival.

The festival is held right on the banks of historic Reelfoot Lake and draws some 45,000 visitors each year. Over 300 vendors are signed up for this year's event, coming from over 17 states across the country. The booths will display a wide variety of arts, crafts, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and more, and there will be numerous food vendors.

The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

The weekend also features 100 miles of yard sales from Union City to Dyersburg, nature walks through the park, and old-fashioned string music throughout the weekend. The festival is regarded as one of the top three festivals in Tennessee.

HC Sheriff Animal Shelter Open House Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-In honor of October being Adopt A Dog Month, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will hold an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday October 4.

The shelter invites the public to see all the animals (and hopefully adopt one or more) and the shelter facility.

They will be grilling hotdogs and serving Wendy’s chili as well. They invite all of their former dogs that have been adopted to come back and visit, too. 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Road.

Nichols Appointed To Houston County Election Commission

John Nichols (Photo courtesy of The Stewart-Houston Times)

Erin, Tenn. – John Nichols of Erin has been appointed to serve on the Houston County Election Commission on behalf of both the Tennessee and Houston County Democratic Party.

Nichols will replace Dewain Pryor, who died suddenly Sept. 20 while visiting family in Naperville, Illinois. Pryor also served as the secretary of the board.

Nichols is married to Susan Jones of Paris and worked over 30 years in law enforcement, including as an investigator with the Clarksville Police, five years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and five years as a Houston County deputy. He also has volunteered as a poll worker in local elections.

Nichols told The Stewart-Houston Times, “It will be a privilege to work with the Election Commission. Dewain leaves a large void to fill. He was a well-respected man in Houston County.”

Small Business Expo Applications Available

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Expo will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.Tuesday, October 21 at the Henry County Fairgrounds, with a game show based “The Price Is Always Right” theme.

“The Chamber’s Small Business Expo is a community event that will be lots of fun this year,” according to Expo Committee Chair Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center. “We will have a game with a prize basket for our visitors and opportunities to learn about Henry County’s small businesses.”

The Chamber will also have a Business After Hours for members the night before the expo, October 20th, 5 pm to 7 pm.

Applications are available at or at the Chamber office.

Vendors already registered include UTM REED Center, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Toggery, Rutledge Advertising, Indoor Air Solutions, Morningside Assisted Living, K and B Supplies for Success, Carey Counseling, Downtown Paris Association, Paris Civic Center, Tennessee Career Center, Behavioral Health, Hamilton-Ryker, My Favorite Things, West Tennessee Printing, Meo Mio’s, PerryLodgic Brewing, FirstBank, Henry County Medical Center, Eiffel Gardens, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Paris Family Chiropractic, Bethel University, Commercial Bank, Campbell Therapy, Wofford’s Nursery, Foundation Bank, Flex Fitness, Robbie to the Rescue, Pepsi Mid-America, CareAll Home Care, Advantage Promotional Products, Cindy’s Catering, Public Utility District, Clean Air Solutions, Benefits First, Tri County Publishing, Peddler Advantage, A Place Called Home and WLJT.

HCHS Zombie Fun Run Registration Is Open

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Class of 2015 will be holding a Zombie Fun Run later this month and registration forms are now available.

The fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 25 at the high school. Cost for runners is $35 each and cost for Zombies is $25 each. First 75 runners receive a long sleeve t-shirt and first 25 Zombies to sign up receive a long sleeve t-shirt.

Registration forms are available on Facebook at HCHS Class of 2015 Zombie Fun Run, at the high school or at Paris fitness centers. Forms can be dropped off at high school or mailed to HCHS, Attn Buford Taylor, 315 S. Wilson St., Paris, 38242. 

MSU Named A “Military Friendly School”

Murray, Ky. — Once again, Victory Media has named Murray State University to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“We are proud and honored to be included in this ranking. Our goal is to support our military in all their higher education needs, and it is a privilege for us to provide programs and services that enhance the experiences our veterans have with Murray State University,” Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State president, said.

The survey results that comprise the 2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

The veterans affairs office at Murray State is primarily responsible for the administration of veteran’s educational benefits programs. The office serves as a liaison between MSU student veterans and dependents and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and also provides resource information to students.

Also, the VA designated Murray State a “Yellow Ribbon School,” meaning that Murray State and the VA can provide matching funds for a portion of established charges not covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

Murray State offers a wide variety of programming for the members of the military including peer-to-peer mentoring, a veteran student organization, personalized advising, career planning and placement, flexible scheduling, counseling, tutoring and more.
For information on Murray State University’s programs for veterans, contact the veterans affairs office at 270.809.3754 or by e-mail at

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Paris Borrows $2 M For Capital Projects
45 Apply For City Manager Post

City Manager Carl Holder, left, speaks as Mayor Sam Tharpe and Commissioners Carlton Gerrell and Gayle Griffith listen. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris City Commission approved a resolution which authorizes the city to borrow up to $2 million for planned public works projects including Bailey Fork drainage repair and improvements, public works equipment, part of the planned construction of a transfer station and improvements to the city hall exterior.

City Manager Carl Holder said, “We anticipate borrowing the funds only as needed.  The amount is not to exceed $2 million. We actually don’t expect to spend any more than $1.85 million.”

The Bailey Fork project may include repair and/or drainage work including possible mitigation on Clifty Creek tributaries, Holder said.

The design work on the transfer station project has been completed for the most part, Holder said, and the city has begun site preparation. It is hoped that site preparation will be completed before winter.

Assistant City Manager Kim Foster said she has been working with the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) to structure a repayment plan. 

With Holder’s retirement pending, he reported some 45 applications have been received for the city manager’s position. Foster is one of those applying and Holder has recommended she be hired reo place him.

Each commissioner will rank their picks for top candidates by next Friday. 

Holder said six to eight of the candidates look solid on paper. After the meeting, Holder said of the 45, four candidates are local (including Foster) and two have local connections. The interview process will begin the week of October 19.

In other business:

--Holder said he will return with a proposed drug testing policy at the next meeting. He said dt a recent Department Head Meeting, we discussed the need to broaden our drug testing policy to include all permanent and part-time permanent employees on a random basis.  Currently, 30 CDL holders are subject to testing under USDOT standards, he said. The consensus of department heads is that as a matter of fairness all employees should be subject to testing. Holder said he concurred with that recommendation.

--Holder reported that the Insurance Service Organization (ISO) is still giving Paris a ‘4’ rating, despite all the improvements that have been performed in the city. “We’ll be analyzing the letter we received from them”, he said.

--The commission approved an update to the city’s fire code, as presented by Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Wade.

City Of Paris Retail Sales Remain Strong

Paris, Tenn.-Assistant Paris City Manager and Finance Director Kim Foster reported that retail sales remain strong and ahead of the same month as last year. July 2014 showed a 2 ½ percent increase in retail sales. This represents eight straight months of positive growth, she said.

Although sales were ahead in the last two months, Foster said, don’t forget that tax dollars remitted to the city were down as compared to the previous year due to repayment to the county of sales tax dollars credited to the city in error. The last of the repayment to the county was made this month, she said.

The ESN 122 fire district billing went out at the end of August and payments have been pouring in all month, she said. “I will update you next month on the progress of collections.”

City tax bills were mailed out this week and Foster said, “We printed out our own property tax notices and it went really well.”

Fuel Spill Following Wreck Contained

Emergency crews respond to wreck. (Reggie Coles photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-A fuel spill following a traffic accident on Hwy. 79N involving a semi and a dump truck brought multiple Henry County emergency agencies to the scene Thursday afternoon. 

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said his department was dispatched to the accident around 1:30 p.m. Arriving units found a semi truck involved with a dump truck, Coles said. No injuries were reported. 

The passenger side fuel tank on the semi was ruptured and a quantity of diesel fuel leaked onto the highway near a storm drain. Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins requested the Paris Fire Department respond to the scene with its hazardous response trailer and the spill was contained, Cole said.

Paris Landing Fire Department was on the scene for two hours with two truck and three personnel. Other agencies that responded were Henry County Emergency Management, Henry County EMS,  Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and TEMA, Cole said. 

The dump truck was owned by Wayne Craig of Springville and driven by Bobby Huffman. The semi was owned by Vitran Express of Ontario, Canada.  

The accident occurred near the intersection with McGhee Lane.

Emergency personnel work on containing spill. (Reggie Coles photo).

Entero Virus Treated At HCMC, But Entero 68 Not Confirmed

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center doctors have not confirmed that the patient with the Entero Virus who was treated at the local hospital was suffering from Entero Virus 68, according to Hospital Director Tom Gee.

Reports from a Nashville television station have been incorrectly reporting that local doctors had confirmed that diagnosis and the incorrect information has been spreading through other news media outlets and social media.

WENK/WTPR reported last Friday that a patient with the Entero virus had been treated and released from the hospital. Gee reiterated the same information he provided earlier: that the confirming second test was not performed on the local patient. “It was a type of Entero virus, but we can’t confirm it was Entero Virus 68.”

Gee said last Friday the initial lab tests performed on the patient determined it was the Entero Virus and they do believe it was Entero Virus 68, but that has not been confirmed. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) requires a second test be conducted to make the diagnosis conclusive, but Gee said that was not performed, “so the CDC will still not be showing that Tennessee has had a patient with the virus, but we believe it was and we treated the patient for it.” 

The hospital board did vote last Thursday night to expand its flu vaccination policy to be mandatory for all staff, effective December 1. Gee also said that the hospital recommends that the public be vaccinated for the flu.


Pumpkin Village Opens At Discovery Park of America

A Pumpkin Stream is one of the attractions at Pumpkin Village (DPA photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-The grounds crew at Discovery Park of America has been busy creating a “Pumpkin Village” for visitors to stroll through during the month of October.

The Pumpkin Village is located behind the train depot at Discovery Park and even Park Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant said, “It is really cool”.

It’s created with straw horses, hay bales, giant spiders and a pumpkin river, complete with bridges. “It’s a work in progress,” Bondurant said, “and it’s free with admission.”

The Pumpkin Village will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sundays (closed on Mondays) same as park hours through October.

On October 31, Discovery Park will be holding a Halloween Costume Contest at the Libation Station. Libation Station is open from 5-9 p.m. at the Train Depot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on Halloween, guests are invited to dress up. The contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. with three grand prizes awarded.

Scarecrows abound at Pumpkin Village. 

Millionaire: Civil War Edition At Paris Elementary

Students in Fifth Grade Teacher Lisa Williams' class eagerly offer their answers on the Civil War. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Doug Richardson from Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover had an enthusiastic audience Wednesday at Paris Elementary School for “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Civil War edition.”  

Richardson, who is Chief of Resource Education at Fort Donelson, spoke to the fifth graders at the school to prepare them for their upcoming field trip to Fort Donelson. The fifth graders are currently learning about the Civil War.

Richardson said after the programs, “The students did wonderfully. They took me for every imaginary dollar I had.”

Students at PES “are always well prepared and their teachers always have them exceptionally prepared,” he said. “Always a pleasure to be there.”

Local Communities Awarded CDBG Funds

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn. – Several communities in our area have been awarded thousands of dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for various infrastructure needs and improvements.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in CDBG funds to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.

Among those in our area receiving the largest awards are the city of McKenzie, Houston County and the city of Erin.

McKenzie has received $500,000 for sewer plant improvements. With a local match of $44,000, the total project is for $544,000.

Erin has received $525,000 in CDBG funds for water system improvements. With the local match of $45,655, the total project is for $570,655.

Houston County is receiving $525,000 in CDBG monies for waterline extension. With its $27,633 local match, that total project is for $552,633.

Puryear is set to receive $122,880 for sewer plant improvements, with a local match of $5,120, making for a total project of $128,000.

Gleason was awarded $157,000 in CDBG funds for fire protection, with no local match.

“Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.”

Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

KSP Seeks Public's Help In Locating Suspect

Ledbetter, Ky. –The Kentucky State Police and the Paducah City Drug and Vice Enforcement are seeking the public’s help in locating the man they believe shipped 1.1 pounds of crystal meth from California to Ledbetter, Ky., on September 30.

In a joint operation, KSP and Paducah officers seized the shipment. The investigation has lead to arrest warrants being issued for Aaron Blake Colson, 34 of Calvert City, Ky. Aaron B. Colson is described as a white male, 6’1”, 220 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. 

The investigation continues by Trooper TJ Williams. Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous.

High Schools Can Register For UTM Science Bowl

Martin, Tenn. — High schools are invited to send teams to the 2014 Science Bowl at the University of Tennessee at Martin, sponsored by the university’s award-winning Student Members of the American Chemical Society chapter. Teams can register by e-mail at or by calling 731-881-7450-/7454. Registration is free, and the deadline is Oct. 20.

Competition begins with a written test covering biology, chemistry and general science. The written test will have 25 questions from each of the three categories. There is no limit on the number of student entries from each school.

Eight schools will then be chosen from the written test for the afternoon bowl competition. Selection is based on comparing the average total score of two of each school’s highest-scoring students. Competition rules are similar to “The G.E. College Bowl,” a classic TV quiz show that originally aired from 1958-70. 

Prizes include trophies for champion and runner-up schools and gold, silver and bronze medallions for all team members. Each participating school will receive a copy of The Merck Index, an internationally recognized handbook of chemical, pharmaceutical and biomedical information. The Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society and Merck & Co., Inc. provide the handbook copies. 

Science Bowl rules can be found at, and information from past Science Bowls can be found at

HCHS To Hold Patriot Peddlers Yard Sale

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School presents “Patriot Peddlers and Pickers Yard Sale & Flea Market” from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the high school atrium across from Patriot Field House.

The event will be held rain or shine since it will be indoors. There will be over a dozen booths with yard sale treasures. Homemade treats and concessions. Event benefit’s the Grove and HCHS Student Organizations.

Benefit Cookout For Jennifer Andres

Paris, Tenn.-A Cervical Cancer Benefit Cookout for Jennifer Andres will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the Kroger Store on Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris. All money raised with help the family of Jennifer Andres with medical bills and expenses. 

The event will include food, bake sale and auction. The auction begins at 2 p.m. All donated items for the auction come from local businesses in Henry County. For more details call Summer Allison 336-2648.

Progressive Baptist To Host Choirs

Paris, Tenn.-The Voices of Praise Choir of the Progressive Baptist Church will observe its annual choir day at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 5. Several choirs will appear on the program along with the church’s choirs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Audit IDs Significant Problems In Lake County Government

Lake County, Tenn.-State auditors reported 13 findings that should provide serious concern for the Lake County government, according to a news release from state Comptroller Justin Wilson. A key finding involves a conflict of interest with one of the county commissioners. Eight of these findings were also identified in last year’s report.

Financial management problems include expenses exceeding budget appropriations, unreconciled accounts, and misclassification of expenditures. Additionally, audit adjustments totaling $316,498 were required to make the financial statements of the General Fund materially correct at year-end.

Other findings include the County purchasing $3,910 in auto repairs and maintenance from County Commissioner Charles Stewart’s business, which violates the conflict of interest statute. 

Purchases from Stewart’s Garage now total $28,293 for 2008-2014. The county also purchased a lawn mower totaling $12,335 without soliciting competitive bids. Furthermore, there were issues with travel reimbursements paid to the former director of schools.

Although the findings and recommendations were reviewed with county leaders, they did not provide responses for inclusion in the final report.

“I find it troubling when we find the same problems within a county year after year,” according to Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “All of our audit reports include recommendations on how to correct weaknesses and deficiencies. County leaders and the Audit Committee are responsible for making the necessary changes.” 
To view the audit online, go to:

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-5454, or file a report online at: Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT

Injured Airman To Receive Trackchair At Freedom Celebration
Col. Jim Harding Of Huntingdon To Speak

Col. Mark Devine, commander, 164th Airlift Wing, left, awards Air Force Tech. Sgt. Russell Logan the Meritorious Service Medal. (Air National Guard photo by Air Force Staff Sgt Allan Eason.)

Milan, Tenn. – On Saturday, October 4, the third annual Freedom Celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Milan City Park Amphitheater located at 7001 Ellington Drive. This event honors those who have served in our armed forces and is open to the public.

For the first time during the Freedom Celebration, an Action Trackchair will be donated to a deserving injured service member. Retired Air Force hero, Tech Sgt. Russell Logan, will be the recipient of the brand new all-terrain action Trackchair. He currently lives in Millington, Tenn. with his wife and two children.

Sgt. Logan was a member of the 164th Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron from Memphis and was injured when he stepped on a landmine at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in May 2011. He sustained an amputated left leg below the knee and other injuries to his right leg and abdomen. 

Due to issues with his new prosthetic, he’s had to spend much more time than anticipated in his wheelchair. The Trackchair comes just in time for Sgt. Logan, who’s an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and hunting. “This chair will mean I won’t have to miss hunting season,” he commented.

The evening also includes a full retirement of U.S. flag retirement by a local Boy Scout troop and the Air Force JROTC from North Side High School. USAF retired Col. Jim Harding of Huntingdon will lead the ceremony. Col. Harding is the 24th most decorated soldier in US history.

Over the past two years, Freedom Celebration has sent approximately 280 care packages through Freedom Alliance’s “Gifts from Home” project to our troops overseas. Items included nonperishable food, travel size toiletries, clothing and more. If you are interested in donating items for our heroes, please contact Shawn Rochelle at 731.618.9450. The care package list:

For more information about Freedom Alliance visit Media should RSVP to Donnie Gallagher of Vistra Communications at 813.321.3314 or

Wheatley Tours WLJT Remodeled Offices

Martin, Tenn.-Paris-Henry County Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley made a membership visit to WLJT public broadcasting station in Martin recently and said she had a great tour of the station’s newly-remodelled facilities. “Our public television station is a long-standing Chamber member and supporter and learning more about their operation was lots of fun,” Wheatley said. WLJT will also have a booth at next month’s Small Business Expo in Paris. With Wheatley in photo are Mandy Hinson, left, and Monica Cochran, center, of WLJT. 

E.W. Grove Class Of 1964 Holds 50th Reunion

Paris, Tenn.-The E.W. Grove Class of 1964 held its 50th Reunion over the weekend at Paris Landing Inn and all reported a good time with fellowship and reminiscing with their classmates. Martha McFadden shared the class photo from the reunion and identified those in the photo:

Front Row Seated L-R: Sherry Hudson Mustain, Donna Tyler Ellis, Meredith Province Saer, Anna Faye Holland Bowden, June Watkins Venghaus, Barbara Raymer Thompson, Delores Ann Jackson, Cherrie Workman Barber, Kay Sykes Cupples, Martha McFadden.

2nd Row Standing L-R:  Patty Hamlet Marschel, Edmond Arnett, Mike Braswell, Dr Edward “Butch” Covington, Reggie Brockwell, Tommy Ellis, Jacqui Robison Pingree, Pat Smith Haney, Judy Cain Wallis, Linda Comer Clark, Pat Crowe McDavid, Helen Harding Henderson, Pat Hopkins, Judy Muzzall Garner, Jackie Holland Jones.

Back Row L-R: Tici Chambers, Andy Russell, Bobby Winchester, Phillip Boyd, Charles Bennett, Ron Moody, Bill Foutch (partially hidden), Sam Lemons, Roger Buffington, Larry Miller, Phillip Williams, Terry Younger Watts, Skip Compton, Joyce Cooper Thomas, Ken Steele, Susan Richardson Nielsen, Mack Shell, Marilyn Upchurch Tomlinson, Janet Inlow McCutcheon, Shirley Lowry Cooper, Jim Price, Ron Banta, John Lee, John Dale, Sid Kemp, Randy Wimberly, Ronnie Boyd, Lavelle Davidson, Joel Penny, Callis Childs.

Holy Cross Oktoberfest Planned For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Holy Cross Catholic Church will be hosting its 32nd Annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, October 4, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The event will include petting zoo, pony rides, music and entertainment, silent auction, games, inflatables, arts and crafts and a bake sale. Both German and Mexican meals will be served.

House Rummaged, Several Items Taken

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are looking for whomever broke into a home on South Third Street and rummaged through the house, stealing a number of items, including flat screen Tvs and computers.
The resident told officers sometime during the day Tuesday someone entered her home and stole televisions, phones, DVD players, money, collectible items, gaming systems, computers and computer equipment, movies, jewellery and even laundry detergent.

Police said the house appeared to have been rummaged through, as all the doors and cabinets were open. The suspect entered through a door by kicking or pushing it in after cutting the screen. They also removed a piece of vinyl fencing upon entering and exiting the property.

School Board Meeting Set

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday October 6 at the South Fulton High School Library. Before the board meeting, a new employee reception will be held at 6 p.m.

Board orientation is set for 7 a.m. at the board office on Friday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

101st Airborne Headed To Liberia For Ebola Fight

Fort Campbell, Ky.-The Pentagon announced today that some 1,400 soldiers, including the 101st Airborne Division, will head to Liberia in October to support the battle against the Ebola virus that is spreading across West Africa.

The Army’s 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of those soldiers, while the other 700 will be mostly combat engineers pulled from Army units across the force, Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

The soldiers will be among the total of 3,000 U.S. troops which the Pentagon plans to send into West Africa this fall.

The U.S. military mission will include building 17 100-bed hospital facilities and a health care facility for infected physicians and health care workers.

U.S. troops will not provide direct care to patients infected with the Ebola virus, according to the Pentagon.

The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will form a headquarters element for the 3,000-troop mission that is estimated to last about six months.

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) said, “The Fort Campbell community has shown time and time again that their unique capabilities remain essential to our national security. The U.S. has a vital role to play in leading the global response to defeat this deadly outbreak, and I could not be more proud of our men and women in uniform who are always willing to answer the call to protect U.S. interests both at home and abroad.”

Paris Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

       Tammy Freeland

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris homeowner was arrested today on drug charges following a search of her home after a marijuana-growing operation was found there.

Tammy (Hollingsworth) Freeland, 46, 289 Vaughn Rd., Paris, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, with additional charges pending against her, according to Paris Police Investigator Sgt. Ricky Watson. Watson said additional charges are pending against other suspects.

The Metro Crime Unit, along with the Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry Police and Puryear Police conducted a search warrant at the address and found seven marijuana plants in various stages of growth, processed marijuana, digital scales, several pills and drug paraphernalia.

Watson said the plants had a potential street value of approximately $5,600 when completely processed.

Freeland was not at home during the search. However, she was picked up by officers at General Sessions Court.

Free Tutoring Available For Grove, HCHS Students

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning October 1, tree tutoring will now be available to Grove and Henry County High Schools.

Federal Programs Director Dr. Susan Burton said Patriot XL (Patriot eXtra Learning) is coming to the libraries of E. W. Grove School and Henry County High School, free of charge to all students grades 9-12. This opportunity is made available by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

Both schools will be offering morning tutoring:
HCHS - 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
Grove - 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

After school extended learning activities will be available from 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at HCHS for students in grades 9-12.

Patriot XL offers the following learning opportunities:
computer/internet access, make up work, make up tests, study hall, book check-out, database research, TutorTN, Compass Learning, and ACT preparation in the library. Teachers from subject areas will be available to help students master concepts and complete homework. Exciting programs that enhance learning connections to the real world of work and recreation will be offered every month. Patriot XL has something for everyone!
Parent consent forms are available in the front office of each school.

"It is our goal to make school an inviting and enriching part of your student's life. We will be starting October 1st and expanding our program throughout the year,“ according to Patriot XL Directors Lisa Fitzsimmons and Amanda Mason.

Taste Of Ken-Tenn Moved To Fairgrounds
Paris Winery, Purple Toad Winery At Wine Tasting

Union City, Tenn.-With rain in the forecast, Thursday night’s Taste Of Ken-Tenn event has been moved to the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City.

The Rotary Club of Union City is sponsoring the event, set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. this Thursday. The event benefit’s the Masquerade Theatre, Main Street Union City an...d the Boys and Girls Club.

Fifteen restaurants from the West Tennessee and West Kentucky area will be sharing their specialties. A wine tasting will be set up in the Rotary Tent and both the award-winning Purple Toad Winery from Paducah and Paris Winery from Paris will be serving their wines this year.

The popular band Blind Red Rooster will be playing their favorites.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and can be purchased at the Main Street office at 212 S. First St. Call Phyllis Rauchle, Main Street Director, at 731-885-8330 or Holly Turner, Event Chair, at 731-446-7295 for more info.

$27,000 In Plus Endowment Grants Awarded

Grant recipients gathered at last night's banquet. (Susan Burton photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At Monday night‘s annual Plus Endowment banquet, $27,000 in grants were awarded for a number of creative projects proposed by teachers in both the Henry County Schools and Paris Special Schools Districts. The banquet was held at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

As always, the grant proposals were for a wide variety of projects planned by local teachers in all manner of subject matter: from writing to biology to math, and represent all schools in Henry County in all grade levels.
This year, the large city grant of $2000 was awarded to Karen Peale and the teachers at Rhea School to continue their “Taking It To The Streets” events. The large county grant of $2000 was awarded to Henry School for “School and Community Become One Under The Dome.”

The blended city and county grant of $1500 was awarded for 8th Grade Reality Day at Lakewood, Harrelson and Inman Schools.

Plus Endowment is a non-profit organization which raises funds throughout the school year to fund creative projects thought up by local teachers. It has no employees and its only expenses are for promotion of the program. The organization is governed by a volunteer board.

Kay Foust To Retire From Commercial Bank & Trust

Paris, Tenn.-Commercial Bank & Trust in Paris has announced the pending retirement of Senior Vice President Kay Foust, who has worked for the bank for 40 years. Foust said working at the bank has been a wonderful part of her life.

She currently works with the corporate Human Resources/Marketing Department. Her retirement will be effective January 1.

Upon Foust’s retirement, Paris Community President Clint Davis will be promoted to Foust’s position. Vice President and Loan Officer Andy Collins will be promoted to Davis’ position.

Free Plane Rides For Youth At Henry County Airport Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Chapter 734 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be conducting a Young Eagles Day which will include free airplane rides at the Paris/Henry County Airport on Saturday, October 4.

The airplane rides will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Parents and/or legal guardians must be present.

Murder-Suicide In Dover Investigated By TBI

Dover, Tenn.--The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is investigating a possible murder-suicide in Dover.

TBI Public Information Officer Susan Niland told WENK/WTPR that the Dover Police responded to a welfare check Saturday night on Castle Lane in Dover. Upon arrival, they found the bodies of two individuals, James Burgess, 57, and Christy Rorie, 30, inside the home.

She said the TBI is investigating it as a murder-suicide and the investigation is ongoing.

Murray State Posts Highest Enrollment In Its History

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University has, for the third consecutive year, posted an all-time high enrollment. A 2.5 percent increase on last fall’s number (10,891) moves the Murray State enrollment figure to an estimated 11,166 students, the highest in its history.

Final enrollment data will be provided to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in late October. 

Categories of students experiencing the most growth include first-time transfers, new graduates (master’s level), and international students. National trends suggest that the number of students attending community college for the first two years will increase. Additionally, research indicates that adult students are seeking flexible options to further their educations. In response, Murray State University continues to offer an excellent transfer experience and online degree programs for adult learners. 

“Our enrollment of over 11,000 students is an indication that we are providing a valuable product to our students and we will continue to do so by offering them the highest quality of educational programs,” according to Dr. Bob Davies, president at MSU. “I believe that we have reached record enrollment goals because of Murray State’s quality and value and the commitment of students and parents toward their investment with Murray State. Additionally, recruiting and retaining students represents a team effort and I personally wish to acknowledge our faculty and staff for the exceptional work that they do.”

UT Martin Fall Preview Days Set

Martin, Tenn. — Fall Preview Days are set for Oct. 4 and Nov. 15 at the University of Tennessee at Martin main campus. Current high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend with family members, but all students with an interest in UT Martin are welcome. 

Both Fall Preview Days include informational sessions, campus tours and academic fairs. Student organization representatives will also be on hand to discuss opportunities for campus involvement. The Oct. 4 preview day will be held in the Boling University Center, while the Nov. 15 event will be held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. 

Register online at and select “Register for Fall Preview Day” under the “Discover” menu. Additional information is also available by calling the Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.


UC High School Yearbook Places Third At MSU Workshop

Murray, Ky. — The Union City High School yearbook “Tornado” won third place and the Fulton County “Pilot” won fourth overall at the annual High School Media Workshop sponsored by Murray State University September 26.

The workshop drew 316 students and advisers the campus from regional high schools in Kentucky including Calloway County, Carlisle County, Murray, Graves County, Paducah Tilghman, McCracken County, Ft. Campbell, Ballard Memorial, Caldwell County, Fulton County, Christian Fellowship School, and Union City in Tennessee.

The sessions covered yearbook design and production, advertising sales, photojournalism, feature writing and interviewing, sports writing, TV production, public relations, opinion writing, website design and careers in the media.

In the high school yearbook competition, the staff of the Ft. Campbell Falcon won 10 awards including first place for sports feature, non-sports feature, sports section, school life section and cover design to win the best overall yearbook title. Its staff also had two second-place awards, one third and one honorable mention.

The Caldwell County Tiger took second place for sports section, cover design and in the best overall competition.

The Union City Tornado was third in the overall competition and the Fulton County Pilot finished fourth overall.

Awards were also given in the television production/programming competition and website design.

The annual one-day workshop is conducted by the MSU department of journalism and mass communications and co-sponsored by the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, the MSU office of regional outreach and the MSU office of recruitment. 

Arrest Warrant Issued On Assault

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police have issued an arrest warrant for David Hewson, age 30, of 122 S. Keller St., Apt. 11, on a charge of aggravated assault.

Officers were called to the residence last night on a report of an altercation involving a knife. When officers arrived, they found the victim who said Hewson was an ex-boyfriend watching her child while she was at work. When she returned home, he did not leave as asked. She said she asked a friend to come over to help get him to leave and Hewson put a knife to her throat and said, “I will cut them, too.” He then left the residence.

Juvenile Arrested For Storefront Vandalism

Martin, Tenn.-A juvenile has been arrested for breaking windows on storefronts in Martin during August.

Martin Police made the arrest over the weekend. On August 21 and August 22, several businesses had reported the front windows of their stores had been broken in the area of South 12th Street.

Following investigation, a juvenile suspect has been identified and charges have been filed. A total of over $1700 in damages was reported by the businesses involved. 

Martin Police Charge Three on Burglary Charges 

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police charged three individuals on burglary and theft charges over the weekend after officers responded to the Reserve Apartments on West Peach St. to take reports for multiple apartment burglaries. 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, officers responded to seven separate apartments at the Reserve in reference to burglary. They were met by victims stating their apartments had been burglarized where cash and property had been taken. 

Investigators Guy Pryor and Drew Vernon responded to the scene and through investigation were able to arrest two of the three individuals. 

Arrested were 18-year-old Clay Elliot of Milan, and 19-year-old William Brown also from Milan. 19-year-old Devin Sparks of Medina has yet to be arrested. 

Each has been charged with seven counts of burglary and theft of property. 

UTM Reelfoot Station Open House Set Saturday

Samburg, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station in Samburg, will be hosting the third annual bioblitz and open house on Saturday, October 4th . 

The bioblitz will be in the morning and is designed mostly to provide an opportunity for biology students to survey and record animal and plant species at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Anyone is welcome to participate in this friendly competition, so come out and join us for the bioblitz if you can. The open house at the field station in Samburg is a family-friendly event and will include opportunities to observe (and hold!) some of the plants and animals common to the Reelfoot Lake area. We’ll feast on fried fish, hushpuppies, and slaw from 4-5 p.m. 

The event is free and is a great opportunity to tour the facility and to learn about the classes that are offered at the station and about some of the student research projects that have been conducted in the Reelfoot Lake area. Additionally, if you would like to develop a course/workshop or would like to use the facility for an existing course, this is a great chance to see what is available at the station.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty As A Picture

Paris, Tenn.-On a recent morning, the perfect blue sky was a perfect backdrop to Paris, Tennessee’s own Eiffel Tower, located--where else?--in the Eiffel Tower Park on Patriot Ave. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival Is This Weekend

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The festival that thousands of people wait all year for is set for this weekend: the 43rd annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival. 

The festival begins Friday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 5, at Reelfoot Lake State Park. The festival is located right on the banks of the historic Reelfoot Lake and draws some 45,000 visitors each year. 

Anna Crocker, one of the organizers of the festival, said that as of today, 296 vendors are signed up for the event. “And what that means is that by Friday, we’ll have well over 300 vendors,” she said.

Crocker said the vendors are coming from over 17 states across the country and they will be displaying a wide variety of arts and crafts, from pottery to jewellery to woodworking and even homemade children’s clothes.

There also are numerous food vendors that will be set up throughout the park, she said. “We always have wonderful food. Funnel cakes, bbq, the usual burgers and hot dogs and one of the vendors this year is serving dipped cheesecake on a stick,” she said.

The weekend also features 100 miles of yard sales from Union City to Dyersburg, nature walks through the park, and old-fashioned string music throughout the weekend. The festival is regarded as one of the top three festivals in Tennessee.

The festival is hosted by the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Association, which is a non-profit corporation promoting tourism in northwest Tennessee.  

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days

Admission and entertainment are free for anyone to enjoy; you can enjoy old-time string music all three days.  For more information please contact Anna Crocker at (731) 885-7295, visit their website, or email

UC Police Look For Perpetrator Of Not-So-Funny Stunt

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are still looking for the person or persons who pulled off an apparent stunt that was definitely not funny.

A white male wearing a camo mask and holding a gun walked into The Locker Room at 317 W. Reelfoot Ave. Friday afternoon, walked behind the counter and into the doorway of one of the offices, looked at the woman working there and said, “Pow”.

According to the victim, the man then turned and ran out the door and jumped into a car. The victim said the man called The Locker Room after the incident and asked if they were o.k.

Witnesses told police they saw the man get in a gray or silver car, possibly a Pontiac.

The Locker Room did not have surveillance cameras facing in the direction of where the man left the building.

Other witnesses told police the car with two younger males inside was speeding down the street and he yelled at them to slow down because there were children playing in the area.

In another incident, Union City Police arrested a Gleason woman and charged her with aggravated assault Sunday. Police responded to 811 West Reelfoot Drive on a report of a fight and found a victim had been hit in the head with a bowling trophy, bit on the lip and a patch of hair pulled from her head.

Arrested was Ashley Wright of 3 Circle Dr., Gleason.

Tickets On Sale For Friends' "Salad Spectacular"

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale for this week’s Salad Spectacular lunch fundraiser for the Friends of Rhea Library. Only 200 tickets will be sold to the event, which is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, October 3 at Grace Episcopal Church.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at the library, Maggie’s, Security Bank and Commercial Bank, as well as Perkins Pharmacy.

A choice of salads--with everything from chicken salad, pasta salad, honeymoon coleslaw which is made with crushed pineapple and nuts and mixed greens, and fruit salad--will be available for dine-in or take-out. That includes French bread, ice tea or water and cookies.

According to Friends officials, cookbooks from the Friends group also will be on sale for $1-$3.

To become a member of the Friends group, applications are available online on the Friends page on the W.G. Rhea Library website. Membership fees are $5 for both students and seniors, $10 for individuals and $20 for families.

Taste Of Ken-Tenn Is Set For Thursday Night

Union City, Tenn.-The Rotary Club of Union City is sponsoring the Taste Of Ken-Tenn event for the fourth year from 5:30-7:30 p.m. this Thursday, October 2, at Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City.

The event benefit’s the Masquerade Theatre, Main Street Union City and the Boys and Girls Club.

Fifteen restaurants from the West Tennessee and West Kentucky area will be sharing their specialties. A wine tasting will be set up in the Rotary Tent and both the award-winning Purple Toad Winery from Paducah and Paris Winery from Paris will be serving their wines this year.

The popular band Blind Red Rooster will be playing their favorites. An added attraction this year will be the giving away of a patio set from Aloha Pools and Spas. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and can be purchased at the Main Street office at 212 S. First St. Call Phyllis Rauchle, Main Street Director, at 731-885-8330 or Holly Turner, Event Chair, at 731-446-7295 for more info.

The event will be held at the Obion County Fairgrounds in the event of inclement weather.

Huntingdon Business Shuts Down Without Warning

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A clothing manufacturing company that has been in business since 1983 has closed without warning, leaving some 40 employees without jobs and with no explanation why.

Sillco, Inc. was located on Mustang Drive in Huntingdon and shut its doors on Friday without giving any notice to employees. Calls to Sillco by WENK/WTPR were not answered.

Sillco began as a family owned and operated manufacturer of sportswear in 1983, and had expanded its production capabilities to manufacture ATV accessories for leading U.S. companies for the hunting and outdoor markets.

Three From McKenzie Charged With Weakley Burglaries

Martin, Tenn.-Three people from McKenzie were arrested by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a series of five residential burglaries that occurred in the northeastern part of Weakley County beginning August 4.
Arrested are: William Chase Brock, 29, and Keith Edward Knight, 32, both charged with five counts of aggravated burgl...ary, four counts of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft over $10,000.

Sabrina Eden Richardson, 24, was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft over $10,000.

Several firearms and a Polaris Ranger valued at $10,000 and allegedly stolen in one of the break-ins was recovered near Macon, Mississippi.

The case is still under investigation. The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or anyone who purchased items from these three to call them at (731) 364-5454.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

18-Year-Old Dover Man Held For Vehicular Homicide

Clarksville, Tenn. – An 18-year-old Dover man is being held on $1.065 million bond in the Montgomery County Jail tonight after his involvement in a crash that killed a motorcyclist and seriously injured the passenger in his vehicle. He has been charged with multiple counts including vehicular homicide and drug usage before the accident.

Jonathon Olson of 145 Botany Lane, Dover, made a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle on Madison Street in Clarksville, according to the police report. 

The motorcycle driver, whose name has not been released, was killed in the crash, and the passenger in Olson’s car was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center with serious injuries.

Olson was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, simple possession, failure to exhibit driver’s license and failure to yield, resulting in death or injury.

Olson admitted to police that he consumed one beer and smoked marijuana before the accident. Olson took a breathalyzer test, which showed a .071 blood alcohol level.

Additionally, cellophane and a sandwich bag with marijuana residue was found in Olson’s vehicle. The items tested positive for THC, according to the report.

Large Crowds Flock To Eye Full Of Paris

Gene McWherter and Ken Alexander, both of Paris, created new artworks on the courthouse lawn. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Large and steady crowds came early and stayed late into the afternoon Saturday for the annual Eye Full of Paris Arts ‘Round The Square festival in downtown Paris. Artists, artisans, craftsmen and musicians gathered on the court square to display their talents and the crowds enjoyed every minute of it. 

Some 25-juried artists were on hand to display and sell their pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, mixed media, fiber art, photographs, sculptures and canvas art including paintings from several members of the Tennessee Fine Arts League who also created new art work on the lawn. 

The weather was perfect and the crowds also enjoyed music from the Henry County Marching Patriots, who marched into the court square; Scott Myatt of Paris and Steve Short of Jackson; the fanciful Jamaica Me Happy Steel Drum Band from UT Martin; Renaissance Theater troupe from Bethel; the Shepherd Family of Paris; and the Bethel Bluegrass Band. Kids could create art in the Kids Zone and the KPAC Children’s Theater performed.

Martin Paschall of Paris drew a crowd with his pottery skills and his story telling during the day.

Scott Myatt of Paris and Steve Short of Jackson entertained.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smile! You're On Camera

Paris, Tenn.- Bonnie and Ella French of Paris are among those who wee having fun in the photo booth hosted by the Paris Photography Club Saturday during the Eye Full of Paris festivities Saturday. Dell Ezell is at the camera and Mark Duncan holding the light defuser. The Eye Full event continues Saturday night at the Paris Winery and on Sunday with Downtown Churches Rejoice at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. We'll publish more photos from the event throughout the weekend. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Union City Tailgate Party A Big Hit

Union City, Tenn.-Friday night’s Tailgate Party at Union City High School was a big hit, with large crowds on hand for the food, fellowship and fun before the game. The event was sponsored by the Union City Elementary PTO and featured games and t-shirt sales, with the Golden Tornadoes cheerleaders on hand to greet everyone, top photo. And the evening was made even sweeter as the Golden Tornadoes beat Dresden by a score of 49-13. The reigning state champ Golden Tornadoes are having another undefeated season so far. Bottom photo shows volunteers making the t-shirt table ready for customers. (Brent Hinson photos).

Week 5 High School Football Scores:

Union City 49, Dresden 13
Henry County 70, Kenwood 21
Creek Wood 40, Stewart County 28
West Carroll 28, Lake County 20
Obion Central 54, Calloway County 25
Gibson County 49, Fulton County 0
Huntingdon 28, Camden Central 14
McKenzie 39, Humboldt 6...
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 49, Greenfield 25
Graves County 55, Apollo 20
Mayfield 42, Marshall County 0

Carter Installed As New Quota Member

Valerie Carter, left, with Quota President Stephanie Tayloe and Susan Pemberton. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library Employee Valerie Carter was installed as a new member of the Paris Quota Club at its meeting this week. She was sponsored by Susan Pemberton.

A membership tea will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday, September 30th at The First Presbyterian Church.  All members are urged to attend and bring a prospective member.

Quota pecans will be ordered soon and should be available by the end of October or first of November.  One pound bags will again sell for $10 per bag.
Donna Winders announced a Salad Spectacular luncheon fundraiser, sponsored by The Friends of The Library, from 11am to 1:30 pm on Friday, October 3rd at Ketchum Hall.  Quotarians were urged to support the local library by purchasing a ticket and attending the luncheon.

Melanie Townsend reminded everyone that Hog Killing will be at her home on Hwy 54 in Paris on Tuesday, October 14th.  The Country Store will open at 5:30 pm and a potluck dinner will be at 6pm.  There will be sign-up sheets at the next meeting.

Members and guests enjoyed the annual in-house auction with Geraldine Sykes as auctioneer.

The next meeting will be October 8th.

Carroll, Weakley Still On High Unemployment List

Nashville, Tenn.-Latest unemployment statistics released by the State of Tennessee show a decrease overall among the state’s 95 counties, with 83 showing a decrease. 

All of the counties in our area also showed a decrease, however, Weakley and Carroll are still on the list of the ten counties with highest unemployment. Good news for Obion County is that it is now off that list, but bad news is that it still is reporting double-digit unemployment.

Weakley County is 93rd out of the 95 counties, with 11.3 percent, which was down from 14.1 percent the previous month. Carroll County is ranked 89th, with 10.4 percent unemployment, down from 11.1.

Obion County in August posted 10.1 percent unemployment, which is a big drop from its July percentage of 11.4.

In Henry County, August unemployment was at 9.1 percent, down from 9.9 the previous month.

Benton County posted 9.7 percent in August, down from 10.1 in July and Stewart is the lowest in our area at 8.0 percent in August, down from 8.8.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in August at 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 in July. Knox County was 6.3 percent in August, down from 6.6 in July. The Hamilton County August rate was 7.4 percent, down from 7.7 in July. Shelby County was 8.9 percent in August, down from 9.0 in July. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Road Closing For Monday Announced

Paris, Tenn.-Weather permitting, Old State Route 76 south of Henry will be closed Monday, September 29, for culvert replacement. The Henry County Highway Department said the alternate route is the southern entrance of Old State Route 76.

Old State Route 76 is expected to be open for afternoon traffic.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Enjoying The Great Outdoors For Story Hour

Paris, Tenn.-With the W.G. Rhea Library closed Thursday, the pre-school story hour was taken to the great outdoors. A number of children and their parents enjoyed the location for story hour at the Eiffel Tower Park. With the beautiful weather Thursday, the kids had an opportunity to play and listen to good stories. Top photo, Gail Cherry reads to the children and in bottom photo, Cherry plays 'store' with Evie Figurelli and Scarlett Yaeger. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Levi Carter Is March Of Dimes Ambassador
March For Babies Set October 11

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-This year’s March of Dimes Ambassador for Henry County is Levi Carter, 17-month-old son of Royce and Leslie Carter and his family says when you see his big smile, you would never guess the drawbacks he’s already faced and overcome.

Little Levi and his family will be among those who will be attending the annual March for Babies in Paris at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11 at the Paris Civic Center. Registration time is 9:30 a.m.

The walk begins and ends at the Civic Center and will encompass four miles. Registration information is available by calling 731-668-1023 or logging on to the website

Levi‘s mom Leslie said, “He’s doing better than they ever said he would do. The doctors said he wouldn’t walk until he was three or four; he’s walking around my living room as we speak.”
According to the bio that Levi’s parents submitted to the March of Dimes personnel in Jackson, her first son was premature, too, but she said her second pregnancy was going well until doctors discovered during her 14-week check that her cervix was shortened, a condition that has been known to cause premature birth.

“At nineteen weeks I was sent to a high risk unit for scans,” she said. “The doctor did an anatomy scan and from there, everything went downhill.”

She was urged by doctors to terminate the pregnancy. They said the baby “appeared to have a severe abnormality in its chromosomes which was stunting his development,” according to the March of Dimes press release.

At 20 weeks, Levi was four-five weeks behind expected growth and was thought to have lethal skeletal dysplasia. “My doctor said there was little hope that the baby would survive,” she said.

Levi was born nearly six weeks early after scans showed he had shrunk. He was 3 pounds, 6 ounces when he was born on April 22, 2013.

During a five-week stay in the hospital, Levi had to learn to suck, swallow, breathe while eating and breathe without the help of additional oxygen. 

After a five-week stay during which Levi had to learn to suck, swallow, breathe while eating and breathe without help, he was allowed to go home on May 25, 2013, at a weight of four pounds, 12 ounces. 

Leslie Carter credits the expertise of the neonatal intensive care unit in which Levi stayed for five weeks with saving his life. She also credits the March of Dimes for its research that she believes saved Levi’s life.

Little Levi continues to face huge obstacles and he still is extremely small at 17 months.

Doctors can tell Carter only that her son has some type of undiagnosed genetic disorder, but his mother has a different take. “I say he has ‘Levism’,” she said.

Along with being small, she said her son is also behind on his speech — he still babbles instead of saying words — but is working with a speech and feeding therapist as well as a physical therapist. 

“He has come far with the help of his therapists and teacher, and still has a lot to overcome,” Carter said. “He is a happy, active little boy who brightens our day and keeps us on our toes.”

HCMC Treats First Entero Virus Patient

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center treated its first patient with the Entero Virus this past week, according to Hospital Director Thomas Gee, and the board of trustees Thursday night voted to require that all hospital employees receive flu vaccinations.

Gee said this morning the patient with the virus “fully recovered and was released from the hospital”. He said the initial lab tests performed on the patient determined it was the Entero Virus, but the confirming test to determine if it was Entero 68 was not conducted. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) requires a second test be conducted to make the diagnosis conclusive, but Gee said that was not performed, “so the CDC will still not be showing that Tennessee has had a patient with the virus, but we believe it was and we treated the patient for it.”

Gee said the Entero Virus 68 has been in the news in recent weeks, as it has spread over the country. “This is a flu-like virus that is especially hard on children. It has been in most of the states surrounding us and is now in Tennessee. It is typically not fatal but can be dangerous to kids with asthma.”

The board of trustees expanded its flu vaccination policy to be mandatory for all staff, which Gee said will be implemented by December 1.

The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) passed a resolution to recommend all hospitals in Tennessee require mandatory vaccinations of all employees, he said. “We currently have an 89 percent vaccination rate and rank 35th among the 10 or so hospitals.”

The hospital also “certainly recommends” that the public be vaccinated for the flu. “It’s important for all to be vaccinated and it’s especially encouraged for the young and the elderly,” he said.

Gee also recommended that the size of the board be expanded to seven members. Potential increase of the board’s size has been discussed on and off for quite some time at the board meetings and Gee said the board should firm up the decision next month.

“The main reason we need a bigger board is to include more expertise on the board. With health care becoming more complex, but could use more expertise from people with financial, legal, insurance backgrounds,” Gee said.

The board also needs more diversity with female and minority members. “We just need a bigger representation of the community,” he said.

Gee also told the board that the hospital plans to expand the Lake Haven psychiatric unit. Lake Haven now is on the 4th floor and Gee said the architects have been asked to draw up plans that would expand it to include 3 West. A proposal will be brought to the board in the next 30-60 days, he said.

In other business:

--Gee reported that Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Cutright is “up and going”, having performed 17 surgeries in the partial first month of his practice. Psychiatrist Dr. Hamm will begin his new practice this week. 

--The board heard a good audit report from the LBMC accounting firm in Nashville.

Discovery Park Anniversary Celebration Tickets On Sale

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America has a lot to celebrate as its first-year anniversary draws near and it will celebrate in grand style.

Performer Jason Williams will be performing at the grand celebration at the park on October 18. The celebration will begin with a BBQ dinner and culminate with--what else--fireworks.
Tickets are to be pre-sold and must be purchased by October 17. 

The show begins at 7 p.m. and gates will be open at 5:30 p.m.Ticket prices are $20 for Discovery Park members and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket counter at the park, by calling 731-885-5455 or online at 

“Thanks to several sponsors including Little General Stores, Reelfoot Bank, Southern Machinery and Tri State International, we were able to keep the ticket prices very affordable,” CEO Jim Rippy said. “This is going to be a great night of entertainment and with the meal included, $20 for our members and $25 for non-members is a really good price,” he said

Williams plays in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis and has spent a lifetime behind the piano connecting with country and rock 'n' roll greats while creating a persona that's 100 percent original. The rock 'n' roll history of Memphis looms large in Williams' world. He recorded for RCA and Sun Records in the 1980s and '90s, and returned to the recording fold in 2010 and has continued steady since.

A few reserved VIP tables might still be available. For more information about reserved tables, call the marketing department at Discovery Park. Most tickets will be general admission, with Discovery Park of America members paying $20 and non-members paying $25. The ticket price includes a BBQ meal with tea, the concert and the fireworks. Other beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag chair or a blanket and will pick their BBQ meal up at the food tent to eat “picnic style.” 

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

Woman Injured When Pinned Beneath Vehicle

Union City, Tenn.-A Hornbeak woman was injured when she was pinned underneath her vehicle in the Tyson Foods parking lot around 11 a.m. Thursday.

According to the police report, Mary Adams, age 66, was attempting to get out of her 2001 Ford Ranger and she failed to put the vehicle into park, causing it to roll backward. The vehicle door knocked her to th...e ground and the front left tire rolled between her legs and pinned her to the ground.

The Union City Fire Department extricated her and she was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital by the EMS. She was not admitted to the hospital.

According to the report, the open door did strike a vehicle driven by Jennifer Davis of Sharon and it received a small dent.

Angel Tree Interviews Are Set

Paris, Tenn.-This year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree interviews are scheduled for
October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm at the Family Resource Center in Paris.

Becky Holland of the Family Resource Center said interviews will be conducted on a first come first served basis. Two hundred children can be served in this year’s Angel Tree program.

Parents and guardians must provide proof of income at the interview. Any questions call 642-2938.

The Family Resource Center is located at the Central Services Building at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Extended.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

'Tis The Season For Thistle In Bloom

Buchanan, Tenn.-To some, it may appear to be a weed, but to Buchanan Photographer Richard Graves, thistle in bloom is a photo opportunity. And even as good as Graves is, he said thistle in bloom makes for a great photo challenge. But as you can see, Graves was up to the task. Look closely and you can even see the dew on the thistle in this photo.

Huntingdon Heritage Day To Honor Rock And Roll
Carl Mann To Perform

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The 60th anniversary of Rock and Roll will be celebrated at the One Way Music and Arts Festival as part of the 22nd Annual Huntingdon Heritage Day all day Saturday, September 27. Among the performers set to entertain are the legendary Carl Mann, the Wire and Wood musical group of Paris and the Bethel Renaissance troupe.

Festival hours on the Court Square begin at 9 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. and includes a full scheduled of music, arts and crafts, classic cars, games, storytelling and more.

All day, arts and crafts vendors, food, classic cars and small town cruisers of West Tennessee will be set up at the court square. From 10:30-6 p.m., there will be pottery demonstrations, an oversize Jenga game, corn hole games for adults and children, pony rides and train rides.

At 10 a.m., the Heritage Ceremony will be held on the bandstand stage, celebrating Outstanding Citizen Pat Rich; Pioneer Family Award to be given to The Hilliard family and a tribute to the 1920s bandstand.

Storytelling will be held at City Hall at 11 a.m., with Attorneys Steve West, Mark Maddox, Newspaper Editor Shirley Nanney and others.

Bands will perform all day, beginning with Wire and Wood at 10:30 a.m. Carl Mann will perform at 1:30 p.m. Mann wrote the rockabilly version of “Mona Lisa”.

Bethel Renaissance will perform “Dance With Disney” at 2:30 p.m. 

Best Retrievers In Country To Gather In Obion County

Union City, Tenn.-Obion County will be going to the dogs this weekend. Specifically, retriever dogs as the Tennessee River Hunting Retriever Club Grand will take place in Union City and the county. The best retriever dogs from over 30 states will be gathering for the event.

This is the second time that the club has held its main event in Obion County. In 2009, the event generated $1.5 million for the local economy. This year, club organizers said they are hoping for even better results.

The Hunter Retriever Club International Grand Hunt, which is considered a top-flight event for hunting retrievers and their trainers, is set for Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at various sites in Obion County.

Five years ago, the event attracted more than 425 dogs — along with their handlers — with 38 states and Canada represented.

“The event we hosted last time was the largest in the history of the Grand Hunt and remains the largest,” according to Dr. Leland Davis, a local veterinarian who is serving as the event chairman again. “And we’re hoping for more this year.”

The hunt tests will be run on the Powers Farm in the Midway community and at Quail Haven, a local hunting preserve.

It will include will include two water tests, two land tests and one upland test, which will take place at Quail Haven, and all of them will be strictly hunting scenarios.
The dogs have to pass each day’s tests to move on to the next day.

Organizers said the JC Penney store on Reelfoot Ave. in Union City and that is where maps will be with the locations of various sites.

Check-in for the events will take place at Discovery Park of America in Union City on Sept. 26.

HCHS Seniors Raise $5,000 So Far At Noon On Square

Paris, Tenn.-Friday will be the last Noon On The Square of the season and the Henry County High School Senior Class has already raised $5,000 for its projects during the events over this September.

Spokespersons with the Class of 2015 said the response from students, parents and others has been “awesome”. The Senior Class has been providing the sack lunches this year to raise money for its projects.

Singer John Austin McDaniel will be performing Friday at Noon On The Square, which is held every Friday in September on the court square in Paris. The event is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust.

Obion, Weakley Employers Seek Personnel At Job Fair

Martin, Tenn. – Goodwill Career Solutions has partnered with City of Martin to host a job fair for four employers looking to fill a variety of positions in Obion and Weakley Counties. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30 at City Hall in Martin.

Employers present include Hamilton Ryker, Cox Oil, Tyson Foods and Williams Sausage.

Representatives from these employers will be on site and interviews are possible, so dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate. 

When: Tuesday, September 30
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: City Hall
109 University Street
  Martin, TN  38237

For more information, visit 

Rhea Library Hosts Handy Manny Goes Ninja 

Paris, Tenn.-Handy Manny will be going Ninja this Friday night at W.G. Rhea Library and a few spots are still open for boys age four through eight.

If the child doesn't have an adult male able to attend with him, the library has volunteers willing to step in. Ninja Training will be provided by Rick Conger, with games and crafts through the evening. Evening starts at 6 p.m.

Library To Be Closed Today

Paris, Tenn.-The Pre-School Story Hour will be held outdoors at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eiffel Tower Park in Paris. The W.G. Rhea Library will be closed all day for staff training.

Reelfoot Rural Ministries Receives Huge Grant

Obion, Tenn.-The Dr. John W. Talley Dental Clinic at Reelfoot Rural Ministries is one of 13 clinics to which Delta Dental of Tennessee has donated $567,500 this year.

Based in Obion, Tenn., Rural Ministries provides a variety of services to the underprivileged in Lake, Obion and Dyer counties in Tennessee and Fulton County in Kentucky.

It is an agency of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. Its services that include food and household item distributions, dental and vision clinics, home repair and more.

Rural Ministries’ dental clinic will use the grant money to install a digital x-ray and a panoramic diagnostic system. According to the organization’s newsletter, staff will use the remaining funds for operation costs and for providing one client per month with more comprehensive oral health care. It also has received a large supply of oral hygiene products, a desktop computer and a laptop computer.

“The generosity of (Delta Dental) enables our clinic to treat our clients more quickly, accurately and more comfortably with up-to-date equipment,” according to the newsletter.

The gift is part of Delta Dental’s “Smile180” philanthropic initiative.  

Obion Friends Of Library Book Sale

Union City, Tenn.-The Friends of the Obion County Public Library will hold its book sale this weekend at the meeting room of the library. Hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday, September 26, and 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27.

National Public Lands Day Trail Maintenance Work Day

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will host a volunteer trail maintenance day to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-12pm. To sign up, volunteers can call 270-924-2007 or email Everyone will meet at the North Welcome Station at 9am. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. Bug spray, tools, and additional water will be provided by Friends of Land Between The Lakes.

“Volunteering is a great way to give back to your National Public Lands,” according to Emily Cleaver, Volunteer Coordinator with Friends of Land Between The Lakes. “It’s a fun way to get outside, socialize, meet new people, and help maintain some of our most used trails.”

After a morning of trail work, visit The Homeplace where you will receive free admission in honor of National Public Lands Day. Experience many wonderful programs The Homeplace has to offer.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Public Defender Appointed For Toby Carter

              Toby Carter

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Murder Suspect Toby B. Carter at his initial appearance Wednesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Carter, 37, of 383 Russwood Dr., was arrested over the weekend and charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping of Bobby Dozier, age 80, of Clarksville.

Dozier’s body was found on a remote area of Tennessee Trail last week. His dog was found a few miles away on Port Rd. and his car was found at Progressive Baptist Church on Rison Street in Paris.

Carter is still being held in the Henry County Jail. Weakley County Judge Tommy Moore continued the $1 million bond previously set by Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish. Judge Moore was presiding in the local court yesterday for Henry County Judge Vicki Snyder.

Carter’s case was continued until October 21. 

His arrest was announced at a press conference Monday by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.

Eye Full Of Paris Is This Weekend

Local artists Ann Stapp and Gene McWherter painting on the courthouse lawn during last year's event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn. - It’s music. It’s theater. It’s art. It's the annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend in Historic Downtown Paris, this weekend September 26-28. Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA), the 2014 celebration features six events over three days.

The weekend kicks off with three events scheduled for Friday. Noon on the Square opens Eye Full of Paris when Commercial Bank will bring the music of John Austin McDaniel to the stage on the courthouse lawn. (Check him out at Bring a lawn chair, come early and enjoy a great time. Lunch will be served hot off the grill, and the DPA will take donations for drinks. This is a FREE event.

“Downtown’s 25+ merchants, including seven clothing boutiques, ten gift shops and five eateries will have their doors wide open with Eye Full of Paris Sales on Friday and Saturday,” according to DPA President Kathy Ray. Log on to access an online tour of many of these shops.

The excitement continues Friday evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm with the Tennessee Fine Arts League's art show, sale and reception. This FREE event features many of the area's most celebrated artists and is located at the Lee Academy of the Arts on Lee Street. Afterwards, it's time to head over to a new Eye Full of Paris Event.

Wine to Share, Water for All is sponsored by the First Christian Church with proceeds benefiting clean water in East Africa.  The evening includes dinner, wine, live entertainment, and a silent art auction and will be hosted at the historic home of Governor James Porter, now owned by Dr. and Mrs John T. Van Dyck. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Jack's Java, Jaspe, Boutique MariMac, Revolving Door and Cindy's Catering.  Call 731-642-3181 for more information.

Saturday, September 27 the courthouse lawn becomes the crossroads of art, music and food for grown-ups and children alike when Arts ‘Round the Square (ARTS), opens at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the DPA, this FREE event will fill the lawn with approximately 25-juried artists creating and selling their pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, mixed media, fiber art, photographs, sculptures and canvas art including paintings from members of the Tennessee Fine Arts League. 

Renowned plein air artist R. David Boyd Jr. of Newnan, Georgia will be on hand to demonstrate with fellow painters. Michael Freeland, author of Blood River to Berlin, Time and the River, and To Teach to Love will be selling and signing his books during the event. 

Children can also get in touch with their inner artist at Arts ‘Round the Square at the KidsZone Live!, an special area for interactive children’s projects. These projects, sponsored by Dr. Stephanie C. Dunagan, are FREE and help children connect their work with the professional work that is taking place around them that day. 

Music is a large part of ARTS with live performances throughout the day on the lawn. The schedule includes: 
9:30 - Henry County High School Marching Band will start the music program as they march into the downtown court square.
10:15 - Scott Myatt and Steve Short of Jackson 
11:30 - Jamaica Me Happy Steel Drum Band from UT Martin  
12:45 - Renaissance Theatre from Bethel University on stage and on Washington Street
2:00   - Shepherd Family 
2:45   - Bethel University Bluegrass Band 
The Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC) Children’s Theater will perform several times throughout the afternoon.

ARTS wraps up at 4 pm just in time for visitors to grab a blanket or lawn chair and head to the Paris Winery on Harvey Bowden Road for Concert in the Vineyards. Live music runs from 6 until 10 pm. featuring T. R. Crooks Unplugged which includes musicians Jimmy & Ricky Stewart and Ryan & Mark Holladay.  Bring a picnic basket and enjoy this FREE evening of music and wine tasting under the stars. Visit or call 731-644-9500.

The Eye Full of Paris Weekend finale, Downtown Churches Rejoice! takes on a new look and sound this year as the Bethel Renaissance Choir performs Sunday evening at 6 pm at the First Baptist Church in downtown Paris. Serving as the foundation of the Renaissance Vocal Program, this group of 115 singers performs a variety of music ranging from praise and worship to classical. The Renaissance Choir is under the direction of Steve Hurst who promises an electrifying evening of various styles of gospel music."  

The DPA invites visitors to stay overnight Friday and Saturday at downtown’s Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast or with other local innkeepers. The historic downtown churches welcome visitors for Sunday services. Find out more at, or call the Downtown Paris Association office at 731-653-PARIS (7274).

WLJT Gospel Showcase To Feature The Shepherd Family

Martin, Tenn.-It was a gorgeous spring day in May 2014 when eleven gospel music groups-including The Shepherd Family of Paris--joined the WLJT production team at First Baptist Church – Martin to tape WLJT’s first gospel performance series -- Gospel Showcase. It’s now fall and WLJT is excited to announce the premiere of Gospel Showcase at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25.

“This thirteen part series – eleven individual performances plus two “best of” shows – is an answer to the many requests we get each year from our viewers for more gospel music” according to WLJT General Manager & CEO Monica Cochran. “We’ve been airing the Gaither’s Classic Gospel for several years now and hope everyone will enjoy Gospel Showcase’s addition to the line-up. There are some very talented people in our area and we are excited to be able to showcase their talents in this way.”

What does the future hold for Gospel Showcase? Season Two, of course! Be sure to watch WLJT’s website – – as well as Facebook and Twitter for more information, coming soon, regarding how you and your gospel group can apply to be featured at the next taping in the spring of 2015.

Gospel Showcase will air Thursday nights at 8:30 and 9 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. on WLJT – your public television station for West Tennessee.

Discovery Park Has Hosted 267,557 Guests

Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park of America opened last November 1 and as of this past weekend, has played host to 267,557 guests.

Discovery Park officials are hopeful the Park will reach 300,000 guests by its first anniversary date. October should be a great month with cooler temperatures and fall break for area schools.
Go to for a list of upcoming events.

MSU Music Students To Perform At Carson Four Rivers Center

Murray, Ky. — Music will literally fill the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah on Thursday, Sept. 25, during a free pops concert, “A Celebration of Music,” featuring student musicians from Murray State University’s department of music. A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Murray State’s Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Choir, the University Chorale, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Racer Band will treat the audience to large-scale performances. Many of the university’s smaller ensembles — the Trumpet, Percussion, Piano and Flute Ensembles; the Guitar and Saxophone Quartets; the Racer Men’s Choir; and the MSU Jazz Orchestra — will take their performances into the aisles with audience members.

Well-recognized music such as The Star-Spangled Banner, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Nearer My God to Thee joins classic standards by the masters including Bach’s Organ Fugue in G Minor and the jazzy, swinging, modern Why Can’t We Have Nice Things by Gordon Goodwin. This eclectic mix of music makes the concert accessible to music lovers of all tastes.

While the attendance to the concert is open to everyone, regional high school students and their musical directors, along with guidance counselors, are particularly encouraged to attend to get a feel for the breadth of musical opportunities available at Murray State University. The wide range of musical groups offer involvement both to students majoring in music and those whose study takes them to other areas of interest.

Endurance Mountain Bike Race At LBL Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosts 12-Hours of the Canal Loop Endurance Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-9pm. Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive will be closed to non-participants Friday & Saturday, September 26 and 27.

This endurance mountain bike event, hosted locally by Land Between The Lakes and Endurance + (Plus), is sanctioned by USA Cycling. The race covers challenging and varied terrain along the Canal Loop Trail. Each race lap is 11.3 miles. There are several race categories that accommodate individuals or teams. Cash awards will be given. 

For race information, visit On-site registration will take place at race location on Friday, September 26 on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. 

Stewart County School Board Backs Away From Raises

Dover, Tenn.-After meeting twice in two weeks, the Stewart County Board of Education finally decided to back off from asking the County Budget and Finance Committee to recommend raises for district personnel.

Director of Schools Leta Joiner told the Stewart-Houston Times that she determined that asking for enough money to finance raises for everyone in the school system would involve a change in the budget as well as a tax increase.

If the budget was changed at this point, she said, there would not be time to follow all the state requirements for a tax increase or budget change by the Oct. 1 deadline, including posting the new figures for 10 days and bringing it before the budget and finance committee and the county commission and allowing them to publish proper notice of the meetings.

If the state deadline was not met, then the county government would be forced to shut down, and the schools would lose their state funding for the days they were closed. They would not recoup that money.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BPU Approves Verizon Lease Agreement For Tower Space

Board Member John VanDyck (foreground) looks over a report during Monday's BPU meeting. General Manager John Etheridge and Board Member Bill Culley are on other side of table. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless for space on the city water tower at its meeting Tuesday. 

BPU Assistant General Manager Terry Wimberley said, “We were approached by Verizon and it was never our intent in the past to allow this, but in talking to others” and through negotiations with Verizon, “we really couldn’t see a downside to this.”

For BPU, Wimberley said, “It will be an opportunity for an additional $18,000 revenue for the water department. And Verizon agreed to everything we wanted in the contract.”

The 20-year contract calls for a 10 percent increase in revenue for BPU every five years, he said.

The board also approved a proposal from Utility Technologies of Murfreesboro to reinstall and maintain six BPU flow monitors and two temporary monitors to provide monthly data reporting for a 12-month period at a cost not to exceed $76,400.

General Manager John Etheridge said the monitoring and data reporting “will help us gauge where infiltration problems may be occurring in the monitors.” BPU is looking to install another basin, since the last one installed was four years ago on Lone Oak Rd.

“We need to contract with this company so they can do the monitoring and tell us where our next project will be,” he said.

In other business:

----Etheridge also reported to the board that financial data released by the TVA has showed BPU ranked 22nd lowest among 155 municipal companies.

--The board amended the Fiscal 2015 budget to delete $80,000 for a knuckle boom truck and add $80,000 for a contract with McKenzie Tree Service to provide tree trimming. Etheridge said the work already done by McKenzie Tree Service has been good and will be a benefit to customers.

Union City Tailgate Party Set For Friday Night

Union City, Tenn.-Come hungry and ready for fun from 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 26, in front of the Turf Building for the Tailgate Party of the Year at Union City High School. The Union City Elementary School PTO will have dinner ready.

For $5, you have choice of hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog dinner with chips and can of soft drink. 

Bouncy slide and obstacle course will be set up and participants can have their picture taken with a cheerleader and buy a Union City Tailgate T-Shirt, not to mention get a face tattoo.

Kids get in free to the game if they wear purple and gold. Adults who spend $10 at the gate also get in free.

Ben Smith Rd. To Be Closed Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Highway Department has reported that Ben Smith Rd. South of Henry will be closed at Hwy. 79S for culvert replacement on Wednesday. The alternate route to Henry from Ben Smith is Dorsey Rd. to Radford Lake Rd. Detour signs will be placed. The road should be open for evening traffic.

It's Fall Y'All: Time For Mum-A-Palooza

Kasey Pickle (middle) and Allie Jo Shankle (right) assist a customer at the 2013 Paris FFA 
Mum-a-palooza.  Paris FFA photo.

Paris, Tenn.-It’s Fall y’all and that means it’s time for the annual Paris Future Farmers of America Mum-a-palooza. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Henry County High School greenhouse, behind the stadium. Various colored mums will be sold, priced from $4-$7. In addition, pumpkins will be sold for $5 and straw bales for $4.

According to Holly Williams, Paris FFA Reporter, burlap wreaths and other fall decorations also will be for sale.

There are 200-plus members of the local FFA and the class has become an affiliate chapter, which means every student enrolled in an agriculture class is automatically an FFA member, Williams said. “They do not have to pay dues because of the funds raised during Mum-a-palooza.  Our advisors have seen a significant jump in the number of FFA members who participate in contests and conferences after the implementation of our affiliate status,” she said.

CVS Coming Right Along

Paris, Tenn.-Much progress has been made in recent days as the walls of the new CVS Pharmacy in Paris are being constructed. The new pharmacy will be located at the intersection of Mineral Wells and Memorial Avenues. Contractor is Levine and Poor of Memphis. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Marking Ceremony Set At Sykes Museum In Dover

Dover, Tenn.-The public is invited to the “Historical Marking Ceremony” at Brandon-Sykes Showboat House at the W.D. Sykes Memorial Museum in Dover. The ceremony will be conducted by the Captain Charles Barham Chapter of the Colonial Dames 17th Century at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 27.

A tour of the home and refreshments will follow the ceremony. The home is located at 178 Cedar Street in Dover.

Annie Moses Band To Appear At KPAC

Paris, Tenn.-The renowned classical crossover ensemble Annie Moses Band will be performing their show, Rhapsody in Bluegrass, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, at 5 p.m. October 5.

Tickets are available at Tickets are $10 reserved and $15 the day of the show.

With recent debuts at Carnegie Hall & the Grand Ole Opry as well as a hit PBS special to their credit, the Annie Moses Band is wowing audiences with their distinctive blend of roots, classical, and jazz. Fiery strings, beautiful vocals, and a rocking rhythm section make this a perfect event for the music lover. 

Golf Tournament To Benefit REAL Hope

Paris, Tenn.-The 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus golf tournament to benefit REAL Hope Youth Center will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Paris Landing State Park.

4 Person Scramble at $260 per team. $50 hole sponsorship. Cash prizes will be awarded, beginning with $500 for first place.
Hole-in-one sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford. Includes: Golf/Cart/Complimentary Lunch/Prizes/Closest to the pin/Longest drive/Mulligans for purchase/and much more.

Call Dustin Smith at 731.336.1524 or email at

DWI Offender Causes Damage To Apartment Complex

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested for DWI after he struck the side of his apartment complex and another vehicle when he attempted to back out of the driveway. 

Arrested was Curtis Lusk, 705 W. Washington Ave.

According to the police report, Lusk told officers he was trying to go to a convenience store, started to back up and the accelerator stuck when he put the vehicle in reverse. He struck the wooden stairway on the south side of the apartment complex, continued in reverse and hit a vehicle and struck the north side of the apartment complex, causing significant damage.

Officers said they could smell alcohol on his breath and he was unsteady on his feet. He admitted to officers he had drunk beer and taken prescription drugs. Lusk could not perform a field sobriety test due to the level of intoxication.

Lusk was taken into custody and transported to Baptist Hospital where a blood draw was taken.

Punt, Pass And Kick Event Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the annual NFL / PEPSI Punt, Pass and Kick event. This year the competition will be at Grove stadium in Paris, Tenn. 

The Event is for boys and girls 6-15 yrs old.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday September 27. Participants are required to have a copy of birth certificate and no cleats to participate. Contact Tony Lawrence for additional information @ 644-2517.

Stowe, Wirgau To Speak To GOP

Paris, Tenn.-The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Henry County GOP will be held at 7p.m. Thursday Sept. 25th in the Chancery Court Room of the Henry County Court House (main floor).

Guest speakers for the meeting will be newly elected District Attorney for the Twenty-fourth Judicial District of Tennessee, Matt Stowe. This includes the counties of Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry.

Also speaking will be State Representative Tim Wirgau who is launching his campaign for re-election to the House of Representatives.

Corn Maze, Games At Fall On The Farm

Murray, Ky. — The 11th annual Fall on the Farm will be hosted Saturday., Sept. 27, by Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture’s Agriculture Leadership Council.

Fall on the Farm is held at the Murray State Pullen Farm Complex, located on the corner of Highway 94W and Doran Road. Guests are asked to park at Murray Elementary School and a shuttle to the farm will be provided.

Activities include the corn maze, corn play pit, barn slide, climbing walls, water balloon slingshots, milk cow demonstrations, butter making, pumpkin painting, swings, pedal tractors, inflatable horse races and an animal show. “Animal Tales” show times are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. There will also be concessions, t-shirts and pumpkins available for purchase. Admission will be $5 per person.

Fall on the Farm is for children, particularly those who did not grow up around agriculture, to understand where their food comes from and why agriculture is important in people’s daily lives. It is designed to be educational and entertaining.

Fall on the Farm is made possible by the faculty, staff and students of the Hutson School of Agriculture. They set up and run the activities each day at the farm to ensure that children and adults have a great experience. Numerous sponsorships also help to make the event possible.

For more information on the Hutson School of Agriculture, go online at

Monday, September 22, 2014

New ESN Created For Henry/Carroll Section
Bone Marrow Donor Match Found For Shankle

Henry County 911 Board listens as Director Mark Archer (at end of table) gives reports. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-With the establishment of the new ESN 150 (Emergency Service Network) adjoining parts of both Henry and Carroll Counties, Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said he will be meeting October 10 with Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson, Carroll County’s 911 Director and City Fire Chiefs.

Archer said at Monday night’s meeting of the Henry County 911 Board that the new ESN was formed since the area is “a multi-jurisdictional area”. It is located along the Hwy 22-Caledonia Rd.-Perry Schoolhouse Rd. section.

With the new ESN, Archer said after the meeting, “Even though it’s located in Henry County because of where it’s located, when people there call 911, it will go to Carroll County. If they need the fire department, their calls will go to either McKenzie or Henry-we haven’t decided yet on that.”

Archer said, “This will just reduce confusion in that area.”

EMS Director Twila Rose shared the good news that a bone marrow donor has been found for former EMS Director Mike Shankle. Rose said Shankle will be facing “a long, hard road. This is a long process and a bad process. It takes about a month and it involves about 10 days of chemo.“

A bone marrow drive was held in recent months for Shankle and other local people needing bone marrow. Rose said, “We never will know if the donor came from our local drive, but we do have a match for him.”

Board Chairman John Etheridge said, “We’ll be keeping Mike in our thoughts and prayers.”

The 911 systems in West Tennessee were in the news last week, with problems reported in neighboring counties. Wireless callers were unable to connect with 911 and the state EMA sent out emergency alerts to cell phones notifying them of alternate numbers to call.

Archer said , “What happened was strictly about wireless phones and they weren’t just having problems with calling 911, but with regular cell phone calls getting the circuits mixed up.“

Henry County did not experience problems and all of the county’s cell calls are now being routed through Chattanooga instead of Memphis, where the problems originated, Archer said. However, after the alerts were sent out to cell phones, “We received over 100 calls to our 911 center from people starting to panic, not knowing what was going on.”

The problem is still not fixed, but is being worked on, he said.
Hopefully, the state will have a different system when it needs to send out alerts in the future that do not alarm people, he said.

In other business:

Archer reported the training room at the 911 office is now equipped with 18 new computers that were donated by Commercial Bank and Trust. “The room has been set up and ready for the police, sheriff, fire departments--anyone who wants to use our facility for training.”

Buchanan Man Arrested In Dozier Murder

               Toby Carter

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A 37-year old Russwood Drive man is being held on $1 million bond, charged with the death of Bobby Dozier, 80, who was found dead last week on a remote section of Tennessee Trail Rd.

At a press conference Monday morning, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew announced the arrest of Toby B. Carter, 383 Russwood Dr. on charges of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping. He will appear in Henry County General Sessions Court Tuesday morning. Other charges are possible against Carter.

Belew said he was taken into custody along with his parent by sheriff deputies and the Metro Crime Unit on Hwy. 641 shortly after they left a business establishment along the Lake Highway.

Dozier, of Clarksville, was found last Tuesday afternoon on Tennessee Trail. Dozier had a lake house in New Concord. His body was found a short distance from the road on a remote gravel road, his car was found at Progressive Baptist Church in Paris and his dog was found on Port Rd.

Belew attributed the quick work of the investiation to four reasons: the hard work of the sheriff’s office, Paris Police and Metro Crime Unit investigators, the work of the newly-formed Crime Scene Technician unit at the sheriff’s office, the cooperation of the investigative agencies involved, including District Attorney Matt Stowe’s office and the fast examination of the DNA evidence by the TBI lab.

Belew said investigators determined the identity of Dozier’s attacker and developed information that he was inside a business establishment on the Lake Highway Friday night and after he left, officers made a traffic stop.

Belew said Carter was arrested without incident. His step-father Billy Ray Schafer, 63, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and his mother Kathleen, both of the same address, charged with public intoxication.

Bond of $500 was set on each of the Schafers and both posted bond and were released from jail.

Belew said the new Crime Tech Unit consists of Sgt. Eddie Forrest, Deputies Katherine Tosh and Wes Bradley. He said the unit has been working for a month on other cases, but this is the unit’s first murder case.

“As Mr. Dozier is being laid to rest today,” Belew said, “we are happy that we are able to arrest a career criminal and put him behind bars.” Carter recently was released from an Illinois penitentiary. His arrest record includes arson and thefts.

Captain Damon Lowe said the family has lived in the local area for several years.

Belew declined the comment on the manner of Dozier’s death or the motive and said the investigation continues.

Lowe said although the investigators are continue to follow leads in the case, “We are 100 percent confident that we have the killer of Mr. Dozier.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew (at podum) announces arrest in Dozier murder. From left, Chief Deputy Randy Gean, Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing and Investigator Adam Jenkins. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Tina Turner Museum To Open Friday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Brownsville, Tenn.--The long-awaited Tina Turner Museum will open September 26 in Brownsville, near the tiny town of Nutbush, where Turner was raised.

The museum devoted to one of the premier queens of rock and roll will be housed in the restored Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse the singer attended as a child. The Flagg Grove School began its days in the rural Flagg Grove community and was moved to the site of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in 2012.

Turner has fully sanctioned the new museum and has donated a monetary contribution as well as a large amount of memorabilia which has not been previously seen by the public. She also has been helping the museum’s organizers for several years, sharing her personal memories of growing up in Nutbush.

The museum will feature Turner’s stage costumes, video, audio and commentary that has been personally contributed by her and her team.

Delta Heritage Center Executive Director Sonia Outlaw Clark said a number of Turner's childhood classmates will be in attendance at the opening, which will begin with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. The museum will be open to the public starting at noon.

The museum opening will kick off the 2014 edition of Tina Turner Heritage Days, an annual two-day celebration for Turner which is held in and around Brownsville. The event includes walking tours, a photo contest, a tribute contest, and a fan gathering and picnic. Visit for more information.

Anna Mae Bullock was born November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, which is located way off the beaten path in Haywood County.

Until the late 1960s, Flagg Grove School served African-American students in the northwest portion of Haywood County. It began as a subscription school, with each student paying $1 a month, then became part of the public school system. The school was restored in recent years.

Tina Turner's childhood school. (Photo courtesy of Tina Turner Museum).

Semi Driver Arrested For Hit And Run At Church

Martin, Tenn.-A church was heavily damaged after a semi truck smashed into it and left the scene Friday in Martin. The driver was later found and arrested on charges of striking a fixed structure and vandalism, with further charges pending.

Reginald McKenzie of Port St. Lucie was arrested after witnesses saw the truck smash into the Miles Chapel Church on Jackson Street and drive off.  Martin Police made contact with him later and determined that the damage to his trailer was consistent with the substantial damage to the structure.

Martin Police read him his Miranda rights, after which he admitted he had hit the church. He also said he had three weeks experience.

According to the police report, the driver was acting disoriented and acting odd and he voluntarily agreed to drawing blood for a toxicology test. Martin Police said further charges may be pending after results of the test are received.

UC Driver Arrested After Colliding With Car, Tree, Mailbox

Union City, Tenn.-The driver of a car that struck a parked car, along with a mail box and a tree, was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Renesha Moffat of Union City was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital by the EMS after the accident, which occurred on South Fifth Street in Union City.

According to the police report, she ...was traveling north on South Fifth, entered a yard, struck a mail box, continued through the neighboring yard, crossing Florida Street and into another yard there, striking a parked vehicle and then going on to strke a tree, then crossing Sixth Sreet before finally coming to rest.

Moffat’s blood was taken by officers following the accident.

FUMC To Host "Noon Time In Paris"

Paris, Tenn.-The First United Methodist Church in Paris will host “Noon Time In Paris With Bishop William McAlilly” at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27.

The 42nd annual gathering is sponsored by the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church. It will feature photos by the Eiffel Tower, lunch in the Bon Appetit Café, browse the boutiques that will be set up at the church and enjoy French pastries.

To register, call 901-747-4432.

MSU Family Weekend Begins Friday

Murray, Ky. — Students and their family members can feel right at home during Murray State University’s upcoming Family Weekend starting Friday, Sept. 26. There will be a wide range of events all weekend sure to cater to everyone in the family.

Family Weekend is a free event held by Murray State to encourage family members to be involved with their students on campus. MSU’s first home game will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to join in on tailgating before the game. Each family can reserve up to six tickets when they register for Family Weekend online.

Registering for Family Weekend is simple. Online registration is open until Friday, Sept. 19; walk-up registrations will be accepted during Family Weekend. Registration for each family is $10, which includes access to the Welcome Reception Friday evening, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday and tickets to the MSU football game against Jacksonville State University.

For the complete schedule of events and more information on Murray State’s Family Weekend, go online at

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spreading Cheer At Noon On The Square 

Paris, Tenn.-Kay Foust of Commercial Bank and Trust is always a welcome sight at the Noon On The Square events which are held every Friday in September. At Friday's event, which included the Boss Hoss parade downtown, Foust greeted everyone and handed out free pens. The full story and more photos from Friday's Boss Hoss parade were posted on our website and two Facebook pages on Friday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Unoccupied Home Destroyed In Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-An unoccupied home on North Market Street in Paris was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Paris Firefighters responded to the call around 9:30 p.m. and found the property at 1315 N. Market Street fully involved in fire when they arrived.

Firefighter Jason Osbron said the home was unoccupied with no electricity. It is a single story frame home. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Osbron said firefighters returned to the scene three of four times during the night when it rekindled.

Great Time At PES Fall Kickoff

Photo: Principal Chip Gray, Becky Cate and Sanna Anderson having fun at the whipped cream eating contest. (Kim Patterson photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A great time was had by all at the annual Paris Elementary School (PES) Fall Kickoff event Friday night. PTO Spokesperson Kim Patterson said there was a great turnout with many highlights of the night.

Principal Chip Gray and some teachers ended up with whipped cream on their faces at the evening’s whipped cream eating contest. Art Teacher Jessica Hart was the winner of the competition and Patterson said, “Fun was had by all”.

The Adrenaline Rush Inflatable Obstacle course was a kid favorite for the evening, she said, as was the Inman Bulldog. The Inman School Watchdogs organization volunteered during the night and provided PES with “much appreciated support”, Patterson said.

The Book Swap booth also was a big hit--as well as providing a lesson in the environment and reading. PES students could bring in five books and swap them for five other books.

The Inman Bulldog was a big hit with the kids from PES.

Hungry For Goodies At Hazel Day

Hazel, Ky.-One of the busiest tables at today's Hazel Day Celebration was the one at which the ladies from Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Puryear were selling baked goods. More photos from Hazel Day were posted Saturday on our website and two Facebook pages. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Armed Robbery Suspect Extradited
Kevil, Ky.-The Paducah man wanted in connection to the Ballard County Bank armed robbery last week has been extradited to Kentucky and lodged in the Ballard County Detention Center. 

Haywood "Wesley" Jones waived extradition before a Missouri judge on Saturday evening and was immediately transported to Ballard County, where he faces robbery and handgun charges for his role in a Wednesday bank robbery in Kevil. 

Jones was developed as a suspect in the robbery after review of additional surveillance footage as well as tips from the public. Haywood Jones was on probation for drug offenses at the time of the robbery.

As we reported Saturday, Jones was wounded by gunfire while being arrested.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

News Conference Set on Dozier Murder

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew has scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. Monday morning to update the media on the latest in the investigation into the homicide earlier this week of Bobby Dozier, 80, of Clarksville.

Dozier's body was found Tuesday morning in a remote area of Tennessee Trail Rd. His car was found earlier Tuesday at Progressive Baptist Church on Rison Street in Paris, and his dog was found on Port Rd. 

Dozier had been staying at his lake house in New Concord.

Hazel Crowded For Annual Celebration

Hazel, Ky.-A large crowd filled Hazel all day Saturday for the 25th annual Hazel Day Celebration. Top photo, the Grove School cheerleaders taught the crowd how to “Roll, Red, Roll”. In photo are: Abigail Wilson, Alyssa Hughes, Haylee Valentine, DaeShuana Aldrige, Shaelynn Rogers, Brylyn DeMarini, Sarah Luna, Madison Aiosa and Julia Dye. Bottom photo Stephanie Kennedy and Olivia Rice sold mums and pumpkins for Kennedy Farms of Puryear. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested, Wounded By Gunfire

Cairo, Ill.-A Paducah man wanted in connection to a Ballard County Bank armed robbery has been located and detained. 

Just after noon on September 20, Cairo Illinois Police and the Illinois State Police responded to a reported shooting in the city limits of Cairo. Upon their arrival, officers located 25-year-old Haywood Jones. Jones was a party to the shooting and received multiple gunshot wounds. Jones was transported by ambulance to a Southeast Missouri hospital for treatment. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be jailed on the Kentucky Warrant and await extradition. The Illinois State Police are investigating the Cairo shooting incident.

The Kentucky State Police earlier obtained warrants on Haywood W. Jones for Robbery 1st degree (class B felony), and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon (class C felony).  
He was considered armed and dangerous.  

Week 4 Friday Night Football Scores:

Union City 65, South Fulton 8
Martin Westview 15, Milan 14
Dresden 26, Hollow Rock-Bruceton 13
McKenzie 52, Gleason 6
Camden Central 40, Lewis County 22
Gibson County 42, Halls 26
Henry County 42, Rossview 20
Humboldt 27, Greenfield 0...
Peabody 56, Lake County 14
South Gibson 34, Obion County 3
Murray 44, Marshall County 3
Mayfield 21, Graves County 0
Caldwell County 55, Fort Campbell 7
Eldorado 42, Fulton City 6

Discovery Park Hosts Lewis And Clark Event This Weekend

Ed Eller, Carol and Phil Hesley are just a few of the participants in period costume this weekend. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park in America is hosting the Lewis and Clark Expedition Period Campsite and Demonstration this weekend and crowds are already touring the sites and getting a feel for the time period in the early 1800s in which Lewis and Clark embarked on their historic--and treacherous--expedition.

The event is still going on today and Sunday. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Discovery Park invites the public to visit the period campsite and learn what life was like for these now famous explorers from 1803-06 on their journey west. 

Each day opens and closes with raising and retiring of the colors, a special presentation of the Star Spangled Banner as our nation’s flag’s history and meaning are explained. 
A replica of the 55’ Keel Boat that completed every river mile the Expedition covered will be on site at Discovery Park throughout the weekend. 

This boat is thought to be the only boat that has ever replicated the Journey of the Cops of Discovery over 200 years ago. 

Period Keelboat being set up on the DPA grounds. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Boss Hoss Vehicles Draw Attention

Paris, Tenn.-Another Boss Hoss vehicle that attracted a lot of attention at Friday's parade in downtown Paris was this contraption. The 15th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss National Rally is in Henry County this weekend and its activities shift to Paris Landing State Park today. The full story and more photos were posted Friday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

State Unemployment Rate Increases

Nashville, Tenn.– Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

Economic Summary
· Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.4 percent to 7.4 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent.
· Total nonfarm employment increased 6,700 jobs from July to August. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, and durable goods manufacturing.
· Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 59,000 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

Quota To Contribute Billboard For Imagination Library

Stephanie Tayloe and Quota Woman Of The Year Peggy Adams. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota Club will be contributing to a Dolly Parton Imagination Library billboard. The billboard was requested by the Friends of the Library in honor of the Imagination Library’s anniversary.

At the recent meeting of the Quota Club, it also was reported the club presented a book to the W.G. Rhea Library in honor of Peggy Adams, 2014 Quotarian of the Year. The book is “Majolica” by Marilyn G. Karmason with Joan B. Stacke.

Ladies celebrating Quota Anniversaries were honored:  Mary Kathryn Moore – 23 years and Jane Wilson – 3 years; for a total of 26 years of service.

Melanie Townsend reminded everyone of the annual Hog Killing to be held at her house on Tuesday, October 14th.  She will have sign-up sheets at the next meeting.

The Membership Committee will host a Membership Tea at 5 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, September 30th.  Quotarians are asked to come and bring a prospective member.

The McDonald’s Burger Bash will be November 4th for 3 hours.
The club is contributing to a Dolly Parton Imagination Library billboard, which was requested by 

The next meeting will be an in-house auction on September 24th.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Boss Hoss Roars Into Henry County For Festival
Zaricor: "We Love Henry County"

Gary Ries from outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, in his custom-made vehicle. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The unique Boss Hoss motorcycles roared into Paris today and this year some of the vehicles were even more unique than usual.

Over 500 motorcyclists are in Henry County for the 15th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss National Rally this weekend at Paris Landing State Park. 

Boss Hoss Spokesman Doug Zaricor said the Boss Hoss participants “love Henry County. We think Henry County is wonderful, from the government to the police to the people we meet here. Every agency we deal with when we’re here is super easy to work with. The Paris Landing people, the sheriff’s department, the local police. Everyone bends over backwards to accommodate our annual visit.”

With some 500 expected this year, he said, “this will be one of the highest numbers we posted since we started coming here.” Contributing to that, he said, is the beautiful weather expected for the weekend.

Each year, a highlight of the motorcycle festival is the parade of Boss Hoss vehicles through downtown Paris to coincide with the Noon On The Square festivities that are held every Friday in September. Noon On The Square is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust.

New this year for the Boss Hoss event is a Hoss 5K run to be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Paris Landing. Cost is $15 and registration is at 7 a.m.

Other activities at Paris Landing include the BBQ CookOff, bike show, musical entertainment and nightly social functions. During the day, inflatable jumpers, face painting and trinkets will be available for the children.

“Any activity we have this weekend is open to the whole community,” Zaricor said.

A check of the license plates on the motorcycles this year found people coming from as far as Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, George, Louisiana, South Carolina and Maryland.

One man who traveled from outside St. Paul in Minnesota is Gary Ries, who came in one of the more unique vehicles seen here. His custom-made vehicle resembled a silver space ship and it quickly was surrounded by people wanting to hear all about it and take photographs of it.

Boss Hoss motorcyclists lining up after the parade into town. (McFarlin photo).

Springville Man Injured In Kentucky Collision

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Bardwell, Ky.-A 66-year-old Springville man was injured this morning in Carlisle County, Ky., when the semi he was driving overturned on U.S. 51.

Thomas Seabaugh was transported by ambulance to the Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield. No report on his condition is available.

According to the report released by the Kentucky State Police, Seabaugh was traveling north on Hwy 51 when he said he met another tractor-trailer traveling south that crossed the center line. Seabaugh veered off the shoulder of the roadway and lost control. His tractor-trailer, loaded with logs, overturned.

One lane of the highway was shut down for four hours while crews cleared the scene. 

Kentucky State Police was assisted on the scene by the Carlisle County EMS, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Bardwell Police Department, Bardwell Fire Department, and the State Highway Cabinet.

Lane Closures Expected In Henry, Obion County Next Week

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Motorists in Henry and Obion Counties can expect some temporary lane closures next week, according to the West Tennessee Construction Report released by the Tennessee Department of Transportaion.

In Henry County, resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily on Hwy. 641, from South Market St. to State Route 54 (West Wood Street). Also, resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily from State Route 69A to State Route 76.

In Obion County, resurfacing work will cause temporary lane closures in both directions daily, from North Fork Obion River bridge to U.S. 51 (State Route 3).

MSU Breathitt Veterinary Center Breaks Ground

Murray, Ky. — Thursday’s groundbreaking for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center (BVC) began a project that will lead to increased opportunities for the facility to continue and expand its support of the agriculture industry, not just in West Kentucky, but also throughout the state, the region and the nation.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with MSU President Bob Davies, and Linda Breathitt, who is a member of the Kentucky Public Service Commission and a family member of former Kentucky Gov. Ned Breathitt for whom the facility is named.

“This is a day we have all looked forward to,” Beshear noted. “One of my top priorities throughout this administration was to strengthen our agricultural economic growth in the commonwealth and folks, we are finally going to build the MSU Breathitt Veterinary Center.”

The new facility will replace the existing BVC, which at 40 years old has become functionally outdated. The Breathitt Veterinary Center, a part of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University, is a nationally preeminent animal disease diagnostic laboratory dedicated to protecting the assets of Kentucky’s equine, livestock and poultry industries by providing the fastest, most accurate and most dependable diagnostic service possible.

The new BVC laboratory, to be located on the MSU Hopkinsville Regional Campus, will be a $32.4 million, 53,000 square feet facility and will feature expanded laboratory space to support testing, research and student learning.

The veterinary center is certified by the Centers for Disease Control to test for “high impact” diseases of concern to the state, region and nation. This new facility will have a Biological Safety Level 3 laboratory suite for the safety of lab personnel and the community when working with specimens of high concern to animals and humans. In fact, the BVC is the only BSL3 animal diagnostic lab in Kentucky.

Lewis & Williams, Knott's Landing Buildings Sold At Auction

Paris, Tenn.-Both the former Knott’s Landing Restaurant and former Lewis and Williams grocery store properties on N. Poplar Street were sold at auction Thursday, along with all of the equipment inside Knott’s Landing. A huge crowd was on hand.

Doug Taylor of Doug Taylor Auction Service said Friday morning the Lewis and Williams building sold for $10,000 to a couple who are in England right now. The property, which most recently housed ReSale History, was heavily burned by fire in December of last year. 

He said the new owners intend to remodel it. The building is still structurally sound, Taylor said, and auctioneers opened it up for prospective buyers to look through. It has been boarded up for several months.

All of the Knott’s Landing equipment was sold Thursday, Taylor said, as was the building. The building was sold to B&R Properties, he said. “I know they won’t be reopening it as a restaurant since we sold all the equipment separately. I think they might be planning to remodel the building, maybe make two buildings out of it and rent it out.” 

Taylor declined to comment on the sale price for now. “I hate to say right now because we haven’t closed on it yet,” he said.

Huntingdon Native Serves On Zumwalt

Bath, Maine – A 2003 Huntingdon High School graduate and Huntingdon, Tenn. native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships: the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. 

According to an article written by Lt. Chad Murphy of Navy Outreach, Petty Officer 1st Class John Hastings is an cryptologic technician aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. Once the Zumwalt is commissioned, it will receive the familiar United States Ship (USS) designation and become USS Zumwalt.

Built with a stealth-like design intended to reduce the ship’s radar profile, the Zumwalt’s futuristic appearance seems fitting given that the ship’s commanding officer is Capt. James Kirk.

The ship has advanced technologies in every area – engines, power systems, weapons systems, shipboard electronics and sensors – making it one of the world’s most capable ships. When at sea, Zumwalt will perform a variety of missions including attacking targets on land with gunfire and cruise missiles, hunting and tracking submarines, airspace surveillance and support to special operations forces.

Zumwalt is named in honor of Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations, the Navy’s most senior uniformed officer, from 1970-1974.

Hastings said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, helping to build a crew and a ship from scratch, something he never expected to be doing just a couple years ago. He also said he is proud of the work he is doing to help commission and man one of the Navy’s newest ships. As a 29 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Hastings said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. “When I joined the Navy I was 20 and ‘leadership’ wasn’t in my vocabulary,” said Hastings. “Now I’m part of something that is bigger than I could ever be on my own. I’ve been reading about the idea of this ship since before I joined. I thought about what an honor it would be if I ever got picked to be part of something so new.”

Reelfoot Rural Ministries Distribute Supplies To Over 600 

Obion, Tenn.-Reelfoot Rural Ministries recently distributed school supplies for 612 students in northwest Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky. According to Rural Ministries officials, that is 57 more students than it served last year.

An agency of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rural Ministries offers a variety of services to those in need within the span of four counties. This includes dental clinics, clothing and food distributions and children’s day care. In 2004, the ministry began soliciting school supply donations from United Methodists within the conference and then giving them to children in need.

“Each pack of pencils or backpack helps a child achieve the ultimate goal of graduation,” RRM Executive Director Rev. Robert Craig said before the 2014 donation drive began.

He explained that parents and grandparents had difficulty providing these items for many reasons ranging from health problems and unemployment to rising utility bills during summer breaks. RRM school supply gifts equip children to learn while also taking financial pressure off their families.

For more information about RRM or its services, visit

Local WestStar Alums Attend Soybean Luncheon

Martin, Tenn. – Local alumni of the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program attended the ninth Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival Barbecue Luncheon sponsored by Mayor Randy Brundige on Sept. 5 in Martin. Each year, Brundige invites WestStar alumni to attend the event and also visit the Tennessee Soybean Festival in downtown Martin. The luncheon is held at First State Bank. Pictured left to right from Henry County are Emory Bradley, Michele Atkins and Tony Lawrence. (UTM photo).

Chamber Hosts Tourism Training

Paris, Tenn.-Rose Owens, left, of Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast, and Linda Zanaty, of Eiffel Gardens, participated in a geography map challenge as part of a culture heritage tourism customer training seminar at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce facilitated by Lose and Associates, a firm working with the Tennessee River Trail Association, a coalition of counties along the Tennessee River. (Chamber photo).

Tickets On Sale For Roots Of Rhythm

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Roots of Rhythm performance Tuesday, September 30 at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and begins at 7 p.m.

The musical experience tells the history and geography of where our musical heritage came from. Performed by UT Martin Percussion Group and joined the HCHS Madrigals, the evening promises to be a body moving, hand clapping, fun filled learning event for all ages. 

Students are $5 and adults are $10 for tickets which can be bought at the PHCARTS office, from any Council Member, any Friends of the Arts Member, Leach’s or Merisons. 

All proceeds from this event benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit our website 

Quinn Chapel Women's Day Set For Sunday

Paris, Tenn.-The Quinn Chapel Church annual women’s day will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 21. Guest speaker will be Janice Payne McClain.

Chairpersons for the event is Mrs.Freddie Williams, Ms. Katherine Pittman and Mrs. Wanda Todd.

According to Todd, the annual women’s day banquet was held last weekend and Katherine Pittman was crowned the Woman of the Year.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ohio Authorities Set $1 M Bond On Froman

Dayton, Ohio--WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, is reporting that bond was set at $1 million Thursday for a man police say killed his ex-girlfriend and her teenage son and led police on a multi-state search that began in Paducah, then onto Mayfield, Ky., and ended on I-75 outside of Dayton.

Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport, Ill., appeared Thursday through video arraignment from the Warren County Jail before Lebanon Municipal Court Judge Mark Bogen, according to WHIO.

He was released from a Dayton area hospital on Tuesday evening where he had been a patient since Sept. 12, when he shot himself after shooting and killing Kim Thomas, 34, of Mayfield, in his vehicle that had been stopped by the Ohio Highway Patrol in I-75. Before killing Thomas, he had killed her teenage son Michael Mohney, age 17, in a home in Mayfield.

While still in the hospital, Froman was charged with aggravated murder. Additional murder and kidnapping charges have also been filed against Froman in Kentucky, according to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon.

Froman has an arrest history for domestic violence, kidnapping and stalking charges in  in McCracken County, Ky. He also has a 2005 arrest for domestic assault in Tennessee, but the charges in that case were later dismissed.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told WHIO this is a possible capital murder case, which means that if convicted Froman could face the death penalty penalty case.

Kentucky authorities say Froman went the morning of Sept. 12 to Thomas’s Mayfield, Ky., home. When he was approached by Thomas’s son, Froman shot him twice at close range, according to Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain.

The coroner in Ohio told WHIO that Thomas was shot multiple times. 

KSP Names Suspect In Armed Robbery

Hickory, Ky. –The Kentucky State Police has named a suspect in the armed robbery of the bank at Kevil, in Ballard County, Ky., earlier this week. 

The KSP has obtained warrants on Haywood W. Jones 25 of Paducah, for Robbery 1st degree (class B felony), and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon (class C felony). 

Jones is a black male, 5’6” and weighs approximately 160 lbs. Jones may be operating a white Ford Crown Victoria, unknown year, with temporary tags and possibly in the area of Cairo, IL. The Toyota Avalon was located earlier this date and is no longer being sought by KSP. 

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. If you spot this vehicle notify police and do not try to approach the suspect. Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous.

TBI Makes Another Arrest In Holly Bobo Case

Decaturville, Tenn. – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged Dylan Adams, the brother of Zach Adams, in connection with the ongoing case involving the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo. Zach Adams is one of the main suspects in Bobo's kidnapping and murder.

TBI Special Agents began their investigation into Bobo’s disappearance on April 13, 2011, the same day the 20-year old nursing student disappeared from her home.

In the years since her disappearance, there has been an ongoing and collaborative effort among TBI Agents, the 24th District Attorney General’s Office, and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department to thoroughly follow all leads surrounding her disappearance. 

Recently, during the course of the investigation, TBI Agents developed information that on April 13, 2011, John Dylan Adams disposed of items he knew to be of evidentiary value to the case. 

John Dylan Adams is the brother of Zachary Rye Adams, who faces Felony Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping charges in connection to Bobo’s death.

On Wednesday evening, TBI Agents arrested the 26-year-old Decatur County man without incident and charged him with one count of Tampering with Evidence. He was booked into the Madison County Jail, where at the time of this release, he was being held without bond.

Hazel Day Celebration Begins Friday

Hazel, Ky.-The 25th Annual Hazel Day Celebration will be held this weekend and Organizer Alli Hillard said this year’s event will offer a blend of new and familiar activities.

Under the heading of new a...ctivities, this year’s festivities begin on Friday night with the Siren and Strings event, set for 5:30-8 p.m. downtown. The event will offer live music and food, with the greatest hits of all time to be featured.

Hazel Day is Saturday, which is highlighted by the annual parade set to begin as always at 10 a.m. and wind through downtown. The classic car show will be held in the morning at the Dees Street lot, with judging at 11:15 a.m.

The band The Albino Follicles will perform downtown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the cake walk will be held from 11 to 1 and the petting zoo from 11 to 3 p.m.

Hillard said more new activities include the pie eating contest at 1 p.m. at the Center Street stage and an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. at The Cabin. Prizes awarded to winners. Hillard said contestants should bring their own bibs!

All the antique shops in town will be open with sidewalk sales and there will be vendors selling baked goods, food, lemonade, wind chimes, dolls and more.

To see the schedule go to or the Hazel Day page on Facebook.

Tennessee State Wildflowers In Bloom

Springville, Tenn.-The Tennessee State Wildflower-the passion flower-- is in bloom right now and Buchanan Photographer Richard Graves captured a perfect photograph of one on Swayne Point Rd. just outside of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge. The state recognized the passion flower as the official state flower in 1919 and in 1939, thanks to the efforts of the late Pearl Routon of Paris, the iris also was named the state flower. In 1973, legislation was passed designating the passion flower as the state wildflower and the iris as the state cultivated flower.

UTM Ag Prof Awarded Highest FFA Honor

Martin, Tenn. – The National FFA Organization has named Dr. James Butler, agricultural education professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin, a National VIP. The honor is the highest in the organization and recognizes Butler’s significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education. 

Butler has a 25-year association with the National FFA Organization. During this time, he has served as a national proficiency judge and a national career development event judge. For the past 12 years, he has served as the co-coordinator for the national meats evaluation and technology career development event.

He has received the honorary state FFA degree and the Tennessee VIP Association VIP award. Butler has also served as a member of the career and technical education state staff in Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee FFA Board of Directors and technical education state staff in Tennessee. Butler is the collegiate FFA board advisor and coordinates regional and state FFA career development events in livestock, equine and vet science. 

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to almost 580,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Bethel Opens Cleveland Campus

McKenzie, Tenn.-A first-of-its-kind education initiative specifically targeting improvement of skills of workers in nursing centers all across the country is being launched through a partnership between Life Care Centers of America and Bethel University. The result will be a newly established Bethel satellite campus in Cleveland, Tenn. 

The announcement is made by Forrest L. Preston, founder and chairman of Life Care, and Walter Butler, president of Bethel this week.

The Cleveland satellite campus will be housed in the former First Tennessee Bank property on Raider Drive, which Life Care is donating to Bethel.

While Bethel will focus on online curriculum development for this initiative, some courses require hands-on training, which can be accomplished in the Raider Drive building. But since Life Care has more than 230 buildings in 28 states, from Massachusetts to Hawaii, and because other long-term care companies can also participate, Bethel will establish linkage with other colleges and universities in key geographic locations to meet the instructor-student requirement.

Washburn Elected Tennessee Press Association President

Knoxville, Tenn.-McKenzie Banner Managing Editor Joel Washburn is the newly elected president of the Tennessee Press Association. He was elected by the Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of Jason Taylor, who vacated the position when he assumed the position of president and publisher of the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger and regional president of the U.S. Community Publishing Group.

Washburn served in various positions with TPA boards, including director of TPA, treasurer, and vice president of non-dailies. He also serves on the Tennessee Press Association Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

Washburn is a native of McKenzie, Tennessee. 

Washburn holds a bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson and an MBA from Bethel University in McKenzie. He works as an adjunct professor for Bethel University, teaching business and photography at campuses in Clarksville, Jackson, and McKenzie.
Beside working in the newspaper industry and teaching, he also serves his community through elective office. He was recently re-elected to his third term as a commissioner in Carroll County and recently appointed to the McKenzie Industrial Board. 

Swan Products in McKenzie To Shut Down

McKenzie, Tenn. -- Swan Products in McKenzie is set to be shut down and all of its 40 employees will lost their jobs. It’s another blow to the already shaky economy of McKenzie, which a few months ago lost Rural King.

Swan Products had been planning an expansion, but due to losing a market share in the northeast, the company instead will be closing.

Swan Products manufactures garden and industrial hoses and it is located at 343 Airport Lane.

City officials were in the midst of negotiating the Swan executives on a plan to move from the company’s present location to a new facility to expand.

On Swan’s Facebook page, its last posts were announcing that the McKenzie team hit all its numbers for the second month in a row, with production at 102.5 percent and congratulating the McKenzie workforce on its good job.

New Online Permit Sales for Land Between The Lakes

Golden Pond, KY – Due to recent technical upgrades to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area camping and reservation system, permits will now be available for purchase online. 

Permits available online include:

• Hunter Use/Backcountry Camping Combo--$35

• Hunter Use--$25

• Annual Backcountry Camping--$30

• 3-Day Backcountry Camping--$7

• Horse Day-Riding--$7

To access online permits, go to the Reservations and Permits page,, and follow the links.

“We are excited to offer this 24/7 convenience to the public,” says Gary Hawkins, Recreation Specialist at Land Between The Lakes. “People can purchase their permits ahead of their visit so they are ready to camp, hunt, or horseback ride when they arrive. Permits are still available for purchase at Welcome Stations, Golden Pond Visitor Center, and after 5pm at campground gatehouses.”

For more information about these permits, please visit 

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

GOP Women To Host Gathering

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Republican Women is hosting a monthly gathering with guest speaker State Senator John Stevens at noon Friday at the home of Rebecca Griffey, 140 Paul Dr., Paris.

Senator Stevens represents the 24th Tennessee Senate District, which includes Henry, Benton, Carroll, Obion, Weakley and Gibson Counties. 

Everyone is invited to the gathering.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Law Enforcement On Lookout For Armed Robber

Kentucky State Police released a surveillance photo of the car used in today's armed robbery.

Kevil, Ky. –The Kentucky State Police responded to a bank robbery by an armed gunman at the First Community Bank in Kevil at approximately 11:41 a.m. Wednesday. An unknown male approximately six feet tall, entered the bank dressed in camo pants, black and white tennis shoes and a black hoodie. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. 

The suspect left with an unspecified amount of money and unknown direction of travel. It is believed that the suspect’s vehicle is a late 90’s model Toyota Avalon, bluish or grayish in color with damage on the front passenger side and missing the rear passenger hubcap. 

Kentucky State Police Detective John Sims is leading the investigation and was assisted on the scene by the Ballard, and McCracken County Sheriff’s Departments. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. 

If you spot this vehicle notify police and do not try to approach the suspect. Anyone with information can contact the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous.

Arrest Made For Pella Bomb Threat In Murray

Murray, Ky.-Kentucky State Police responded to a bomb threat at the Pella company in Murray at approximately 10:30 a.m. today. After an investigation, Kentucky State Police Detective Trevor Pervine charged Jacob V. Scott, 24 of Benton, with two counts of Terroristic Threatening second degree (Class D felony).

The charges stem from a bomb threat that was received on Tuesday, September 16 that KSP was currently investigating and the bomb threat received on Wednesday. Scott was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

Detective Pervine was assisted on the scene by the McCracken County Sherriff’s K9. The investigation continues by Detective Pervine.

Clarksville Man Found Murdered In Henry County

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, middle, along with Capt. Damon Lowe, left and District Attorney Matt Stowe at this morning's press conference. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-An 80-year-old Clarksville man who went missing from his cabin in Calloway County on Sunday was found dead in a secluded wooded area of the Tennessee Trail Tuesday afternoon. 

At a press conference at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and District Attorney Matt Stowe said investigators have developed solid leads but need the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for the homicide.

Bobby Dozier was from Clarksville, but had a cabin in New Concord. His body was found a short distance from the road, which Belew described as “a remote gravel road with no houses in sight.“

His car, a 2010 Ford Focus with Tennessee tag K6229H, was found at the Progressive Baptist Church on Rison Street Tuesday morning. Dozier’s dog was found on Port Road near the new boat ramp on Sunday.

Belew said the local sheriff’s office received a call from the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office Monday asking for help in a missing person case. Belew said the Calloway County authorities said they had been looking in the lake area and had used cell phone tracking technology and determined the missing man could be in the area of the Tennessean Golf Course.

Henry County deputies searched the area until dark Monday and began searching again Tuesday morning. Paris Police Investigator Ricky secured the scene where the car was found. A short time after that, Belew said, Deputy Haley Ramos sent out a dispatch saying that Mr. Dozier’s body had been found.

“At that point, we had to switch gears from a missing person case to a homicide investigation,” Belew said. “The search and investigation have been intense and we were working until late last night with DA Matt Stowe and Assistant DA Paul Hessing.”

Investigators “are pursuing leads aggressively”, Belew said. The victim’s body will be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville this morning.

“We’ll be offering a substantial reward in this case,” Belew said.

Stowe said the public needs to understand, “If anyone thought it was a good idea to commit a murder in the 23rd District, thinking that we were too busy with the Holly Bobo case, they’re sadly mistaken.”

People who are involved even peripherally in the case, Stowe said, “need to come forward now because if they wait until later we can’t promise leniency to them.”

Stowe said Belew and he “will do everything we can to bring closure to this family.”

Belew said anyone with information needs to call either the sheriff’s main number, 731-642-1672 or the confidential hotline at 642-0929. 

                   Bobby Dozier

Union City Budget Includes Raise

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City City Council Tuesday night approved the budget for Fiscal 2015 on second and final reading. The budget does not include a tax increase and provides a three percent raise for city employees.

Council also approved on first reading a new franchise agreement with Atmos Energy, natural gas supplier for the city. The city receives a five percent franchise fee from Atmos.

Commissioners Delay Juvenile Judge Position Decision

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Commission met Monday and again delayed a decision on what to do with the office of Juvenile Judge. The county is seeking to do away from the position when current Judge Sammy Nailing Jr. retires and turn those duties over to the General Sessions Court.

According to commissioners, there is a problem with the wording of the resolution which they hope to have fixed by the next meeting.

The commission also approved a contract with Red River Waste Solutions which will allow Red River to pick up county trash.

A Look Back At The Banana Festival

Fulton, Tenn.-With the annual Banana Festival in Fulton underway this week, we thought it would be a good time to look back at the Banana Festival grand parade of 1964. The Banana Festival each year offers unique activities, including a banana split eating contest and free banana pudding for all. Carnivals are held every night this week, with the grand parade set for Saturday evening. The complete schedule is at (Photo from Tennessee State Library and Archives).

Henry County EMA To Host Free Storm Spotter Training

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Emergency Management Office will host a free training workshop aimed at local citizens, emergency responders, amateur radio operators, schools, businesses, and industrial facilities in Henry and surrounding counties. 

The National Weather Service- Memphis will be conducting a “SKYWARN® Storm Spotter Course” to teach participants how to recognize hazardous severe weather conditions and where to report hazardous conditions for emergency management officials. 

SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and hazardous weather impacting their community. 

EMA Director Ron Watkins said, “Storm Spotters are the eyes in the field for the National Weather Service and for local emergency management. A trained storm spotter can pass along vital information about a severe storm Doppler radar may miss or cannot see. This can save lives by triggering a warning to the community.”  

With the Fall Severe Weather Season soon approaching, this is a great opportunity for schools, businesses, and industrial personnel to learn to recognize potentially hazardous severe weather. Watkins said, “The Weather Service has begun limiting the number of courses they are presenting locally, so I really appreciate the NWS traveling to Paris to present this important course.” 

The free course is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 23 at the emergency management office located at 204 N. Brewer St in Paris. No pre-registration is required. 

Tennessee Volunteers In the War of 1812 Explored

Dr. David Coffey (UTM photo).

Martin, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee at Martin history professor will explore the role Tennesseans played in the War of 1812 in a Sept. 18 presentation in the Paul Meek Library. 
Dr. David Coffey, professor and chair of the university’s Department of History and Philosophy, will address “More Than Volunteers: Tennessee and the War of 1812” at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in the J. Houston Gordon Museum’s reading room located in the library. 

Coffey will also focus on how the 1812 conflict was a war of expansion and as much an Indian war as a conflict with the British. 

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Museum’s exhibit “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812,” which features period artifacts from the era, such as a 7th U.S. infantry soldier’s uniform and a book that was on the USS Constitution, swords, muskets, and other weapons owned by those who fought in the war. 
Also on display are a broad variety of documentary art, maps and illustrations that have been selected to recreate a flavor of the times. The exhibit is on view through Oct. 31.
Coffey's presentation and the exhibition are free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately following the Sept. 18 lecture. 

For more information about museum hours, directions and parking locations, visit the library’s website at or call Samuel Richardson or Karen Elmore at 731-881-7094. For more information about Coffey’s presentation, call Richardson or e-mail him at

Paris Tri Racers Qualify For Ironkids

Alpharetta, Ga.-Three racers with the Paris Tri club competed Sunday, Sept 14, in Alpharetta, Ga., in a race in which over 1000 racers attended. 
According to Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence, this race was an Ironkids qualifier for next years championship. All three racers qualified by earning top 15 slots in each age group. 

In photo are Turner McSwain 1st place in 6 year old boys; Audrey Hill 1st place in 7 year old girls, and Emma Hill 6th place in 12 year old girls.

UCPD To Host Free Child Car Seat Event

Union City, Tennessee – The Union City Police Department announced today that car seat inspections and education will be available to the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 20, at Terry Petty Chevrolet. 

The free event is part of “National Seat Check Saturday” and will include car seat inspections by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Technicians will be on-hand to teach parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats for their children and how to install and use them correctly.

“Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts are often used incorrectly,” according to Lt. Melvin Dowell, “and one child under age 13 is involved in a crash every 34 seconds. No parent wants to ever get it wrong when it comes to their children’s safety. That’s why we’re hosting this consumer education event during National Seat Check Saturday.
Parents can come out and know for sure that their kids are as safe as possible when riding in a car.”

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. He added that using age- and size-appropriate child restraints is the best way to reduce these deaths. “In 2012, over one-third of child passengers killed in car crashes weren’t in car seats, booster seats, or wearing seat belts. Those kids could have survived if they had been buckled up.”
All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this free event. For more information on child car safety, as well as how to find other car seat check events, go to

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Couple Arrested On Child Endangerment, Drug Charges

                    Jason Creasy                                        Heather Walters

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris couple was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies on numerous charges, including child endangerment, Monday night following an incident at their home on Jackson Drive.

Arrested were Jason Creasy, age 35, charged with reckless endangerment, child endangerment, drug possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; and Heather Walters, age 27, charged with child endangerment, resisting arrest, possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies were called to their home at 448 Jackson Dr. after a 911 call. When they arrived they found Creasy at the window yelling and hitting the glass with a hammer. The glass shattered on Deputy Clyde Sulcer in the process and Creasy was told to put the hammer down, according to the police report.

Deputies said he appeared to be under the influence of meth.

Walters was found holding a four year old and a one year old in her arms and she told deputies there were eight people crawling under the house. Deputies saw two bags of a crystal substance in the home and two glass pipes and told her to put the children down.

According to the report, Walters refused and held onto the children tightly. After a struggle, deputies were able to free the children and in the process, Sulcer was injured with a minor cut on his face.

Walters reportedly began screaming and resisted being placed in the squad car and according to the report, yelled for the four year old child to run.

The Department of Children’s Services was contacted and the children were placed in the custody of a family member.

Experience Lewis And Clark Expedition This Weekend

Union City, Tenn.-The Lewis and Clark Expedition was one of the monumental events in United States history and you can experience it first-hand as Discovery Park of America hosts the Lewis and Clark Expedition Period Campsite and Demonstration Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 19-21.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  It consisted of a select group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark. 

Their perilous journey lasted from May 1804 to September 1806. The primary objective was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, find a practical route across the Western half of the continent, and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.  

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Discovery Park invites the public to visit the period campsite and learn what life was like for these now famous explorers from 1803-06 on their journey west.  

Each day opens and closes with raising and retiring of the colors, a special presentation of the Star Spangled Banner as our nation’s flag’s history and meaning are explained.  

A replica of the 55’ Keel Boat that completed every river mile the Expedition covered will be on site at Discovery Park throughout the weekend.  This boat is thought to be the only boat that has ever replicated the Journey of the Cops of Discovery over 200 years ago.  

Each day, there will be demonstrations including:
· Medicine and medical procedures of the era;
· Weapons displays and demonstrations of the early 1800’s;
· Uniforms and clothing of the Expedition
· Captain’s orderly tent discussions
· Women’s clothing in the early 1800’s

Primitive life skills will be shown and demonstrated including primitive fire starting, rope making, corn grinding and blacksmithing.  
Part of the encampment includes a special display tent sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management that provides educational panels and the opportunity to see furs, primitive corn grinding and a replica of Captain William Clark’s signature carved in the rock at Pompey’s Pillar.  This tent will offer interactive stations for children. 
Dixie Gun Works, Inc. and Penny Hill Shoppe of Union City are sponsoring the Lewis and Clark weekend, so the event is free to members and all Discovery Park guests throughout the weekend.  Camp will break down around 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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

Patterson Sentenced In Federal Court On Local Gun Charges

Henry County Sheriff's Investigators Gary Vandiver and David Doyle look over stolen guns. The guns will be returned to their owners now that the case is concluded. (Capt. Damon Lowe photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County man arrested on firearms charges was convicted in federal court in Jackson last week and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jerry Patterson, age 43 of Swor Rd. in Mansfield, was arrested by Henry County deputies for his involvement in the theft of guns from two properties in 2013.

In order to maximize his sentence, local investigators took the charges to federal court, where they hand out tougher penalties and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said they intend to continue doing that.

Belew told WENK/WTPR on Friday that his office and the Metro Crime Unit are working hard to insure tougher sentences for what Belew called “career criminals”. To that end, he said, both agencies are working cooperatively with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to bring federal charges against local offenders where applicable.

Belew said federal court can impose stiffer sentences than the local court against offenders who have lengthy criminal histories.

Captain Damon Lowe said the guns will now be returned to their owners now that the case has been concluded.

In another case, sheriff’s deputies, the Metro Crime Unit, the TBI and ATF arrested Markia Patton, age 29 of McSwain St. in Paris, last Friday at the courthouse, where he was to appear on other charges.

Belew said Patton had a lengthy criminal history in Henry County, dealing with drug and other charges. Patton also is charged with the shootings in Ogburn Park which occurred in April.

WENK/WTPR published a story on Patton’s arrest on Friday morning.

Henry County Not Experiencing 911 Problems

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee 911 Board and TEMA sent out alerts to West Tennessee counties warning of cellular calls being misrouted to the 911 centers.

As WENK/WTPR reported Monday, Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said, “As of right now the 911 center in Henry County is working properly and citizens are advised to dial 911 in an emergency, not the alternate number.”

Other area counties, notably Weakley County, have been experiencing problems.

Bridge Dedication Will Have Meaning For Buchanan Woman

    Peay in Vietnam. 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Franklin, Tenn.-For Dotty Crockett of Buchanan, a ceremony next month to name a bridge in honor of the late James Peay of Franklin will be especially bittersweet.

Peay was her first husband and he died in the Vietnam War while they were still newlyweds. Peay was a decorated Army radioman who died while trying to save another serviceman’s life during battle.

A memorial bridge crossing Leiper’s Creek will be dedicated to Peay after two of his classmates approached the Williamson County Commission with the request.

Peay died January 7, 1968, in Cuchi, Vietnam, according to Crockett. “He was drafted, entered the service in September, 1967, and went to Vietnam,” she said. “He was in the 25th Infantry.”

Crockett said their platoon was ambushed “and one of the men was out in the open and was hit. Jim put down his radio in a safe place and ran out to rescue him when he was shot by a sniper.” Peay was only 22 years old.

Peay earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and Crockett said she still has both of his medals.

Crockett said although she and Peay were only married a few months when he was killed, she and he had gone out together since 1964. They met while at Franklin High School together, she said.

After his death, Crockett met and married Robert Crockett of Paris and they have been married for 44 years. “Our first child was named for Jim. We named him Jim Bob Crockett in Jim’s honor,” she said. “There are two other namesakes for Jim. His sister named her second child after him, as did one of his other family members.”

Peay said, “God willing”, she and her husband will be at the ceremony, as will Peay’s other family members, including three sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.

Dotty and Robert Crockett attend Sulphur Well Church of Christ.

The bridge dedication is set for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. 

City Manager Search Is Progressing

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris’ search for a replacement for retiring City Manager Carl Holder is progressing, with over 30 applications received to date. Holder said the city is scheduled to continue receiving resumes through the end of the month and then begin evaluating them for consideration.

Holder said four candidates are local, including current Assistant City Manager Kim Foster, who Holder has recommended for the job.

He said the next step is for the city commission to agree on a method for narrowing the field of candidates.

Henry Pioneer Day This Weekend

Henry, Tenn.-If you like parades, cake walks, bingo and even a mechanical bull, then Henry Pioneer Day all day Saturday will be the place to be.

Henry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Keith Qualls said the parade begins at 10 a.m. and will follow the same route as usual, beginning at Henry School and moving to the Civic Center, where the rest of the day’s activities will be concentrated.

Activities include bingo, jumpers, cake walk, mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall and more. Qualls said the Henry Riding Club will hold a horse show around 7 p.m. and wrestling will be held at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. All events during the day will benefit the fire department.

UCPD Investigating Break-In

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a break-in and theft at a home that is being remodelled on Julie Street. According to the police report, someone drive in the backyard, leaving tire marks and entered the house through the back door, taking a set of ‘new in the box’ gas logs, a box fan, a complete set of wine-colored bedding removed from the bed, other sets of bedding, a cordless drill, several electric tooks, screw drivers, and supplies.

UC Man Arrested On Assault Charges

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested after a domestic assault at his residence Monday night. 

Arrested was Troy Berry of 1814 High School Dr. on charges of aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection. Union City Police arrived at that address late Monday night on the call and found the victim who said he had engaged in a domestic dispute with Berry.

The two were arguing over a cable box and Berry reportedly pushed the victim and threw boiling water on him, causing visible burns to his chest.

In the course of the investigation, police determined there was an active order of protection through Obion County against Berry and that the victim was already listed on that order of protection, including others who also were present at the home.

The victim was taken to the emergency room for treatment.

Monday, September 15, 2014

County Approves Purchase Plan For Sheriff Office Fleet

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, right, and Captain Damon Lowe make their presentation to the commission, as County Attorney Rob Whitfield and County Mayor Brent Greer listen in background. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Commission Monday night approved a four-year capital outlay plan presented by County Sheriff Monte Belew under which the sheriff’s office would purchase the fleet of 15 vehicles for the department at the same time, saving the county money and freeing up capital funds for other capital expenses by the county government.

Belew said the sheriff’s office already was allotted $100,000 for vehicles this year and were looking at vehicles to purchase when Deputy Blake Jenkins suggested that the sheriff’s office might look at leasing vehicles as they do in the Murray Police Department.

Belew said Captain Damon Lowe began looking into that possibility and meanwhile he met with County Mayor Brent Greer who suggested the sheriff’s office look into a purchase plan.

After investigating both options, Lowe and Belew presented the information to the commission.

A four-year lease program, Belew said, would involve 5.8 percent interest, four payments of $95,000 a year, and three year warranties.

A three-year purchase agreement, he said, would involve 1.5 percent interest, two remaining payments of $114,700 a year, three year warranties and in the fourth year, a payment of $0.

“In that fourth year,” Belew said, “we would have to make no capital request for vehicles at all, unlike how we do now.”

With the current fleet, Lowe said, the sheriff’s office receives its vehicles from the Missouri Highway Patrol and the newest that can be acquired are 2011 vehicles which have a minimum of 55,000 miles, no warranties, and the cheapest vehicle that can be purchased costs $16,000. 

Lifetime maintenance is $4,500 and the average life of the vehicles now is four years.

Belew pointed out with the purchase plan, the sheriff’s office would be able to have new vehicles and when all is said and done, could save $60,000 on maintenance and $60,000 on equipment. 

The lower interest rate would save thousands of dollars and fuel savings using new cars would be “very substantial”, Belew said.

“We would hope to go through local banks for the purchases and we would open it for bids on the cars,” he said.

Greer said after the meeting that he will take the proposal to the comptroller and ask for permission to complete the transaction, which would hopefully happen in November.

In a separate action, the commission authorized the issuance, sale, and payment of capital outlay notes not to exceed $235,000.

In other business:

--The commission approved the sale of a servicing platform from the sheriff’s office as surplus property.

--The commission approved appointments to committees, delegating Greer as chairman of the commission and Paul Matheny as vice-chair. Other appointments: Greer to the board of health; Matheny to the tourism committee; Greer to the veterans’ service committee and Don Jones to the budget committee.
Newly-elected Commissioner Randy Gean was appointed to serve on all the committees which had been served by Dan Paschall, who retired, except for the budget committee.

Greer Pledges "Open Process" On Sales Tax Question

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said at the outset of Monday night’s meeting of the County Commission that the county will be conducting work sessions to discuss the potential for a sales tax referendum, as has been discussed previously by the city of Paris.

“We’ll invite the school boards, the city of Paris and the other municipalities to the work sessions, which would be held in late October or November,” Greer said.

The county “has no intention of putting a referendum on the November ballot”, Greer said, “but we do intend to have open discussion on the question of whether we intend to raise taxes with sales tax revenue and we plan to have an open process.”

State Issues Alternate Emergency Numbers For Cell Users

Nashville, Tenn. – Several West Tennessee Counties, including Obion and Henry Counties, have been experiencing disruptions in cellular calls to 911 centers. Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer said today the Henry County system is not experiencing problems as of this time.

The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency have issued a series of Wireless Emergency Alerts for the counties due to a disruption of routing for cellular calls to 9-1-1 centers for
emergency services.

When using a cell phone during an emergency when in affected counties, the public should usea 10-digit phone number to reach a local 9-1-1 center.

“Local 9-1-1 center directors requested the state alert the public to the disruption and provide
alternate numbers to contact emergency services,” according to Curtis Sutton, executive director of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. “The 911 centers are still functioning, but we need the public to use the alternative numbers to ensure help is received as quickly as possible until this disruption is resolved.”

The current list of affected counties and their 10-digit phone numbers are as follows:
Counties Alternate 10-Digit
Number for 9-1-1 County Alternate 10-Digit
Number for 9-1-1
Benton (731) 279-4280 
Haywood (731) 772-1215
Chester (731) 989-2787 
Henderson (731) 425-6202
Crockett (731) 696-2104
 Henry (731) 642-2424
Decatur (731) 852-3911
 Madison (731) 424-9677
Dyer (731) 285-4019 
McNairy (731) 645-3406
Fayette (901) 465-3456
 Obion (731) 885-3316
Gibson (731) 562-8176 
Weakley (731) 364-5454
Hardeman (731) 658-5101 
Shelby (901) 543-6333
Hardin (731) 925-9007

People traveling in West Tennessee may receive multiple Wireless Emergency Messages on
their cell phones as they enter new counties.

“The state, local government and the private sector telecommunications providers are working with our partners to mitigate any disruption to the public and hope to quickly restore normal services,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security said. 

Tennessee River Trails Hosts Business Roundtables
Henry County Session Is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.The Tennessee River Trails Association (TRTA) will host a series of business roundtable discussions during the week of September 15, to identify ways to meet the training needs of front-line employees in local businesses that would benefit from additional tourism. The Henry County session will be at 2 pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris, Tennessee.

The TRTA’s Heritage Tourism Working Group is working in the nine counties served by the state scenic byway in the region of West and Middle Tennessee defined by the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake). Counties participating are Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Perry, Stewart, and Wayne. 

The byway follows two-lane roads through more than 4,200 square miles. The area is located a short 60 miles west of Nashville and 100 miles east of Memphis and has a population of around 150,000.

Currently, the region’s tourism is based on hunting, fishing, and boating. An emphasis on heritage tourism will help to diversify the region’s offerings and enlarge spending in small towns, supporting community economic development. The Heritage Tourism Working Group was formed by the TRTA to lead regional planning and training to help develop a new emphasis on heritage tourism. It is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which supports the state’s scenic byways. The program also includes the design of gateways along the corridor within each county. Design ideas and locations will also be a focus of the meeting. 

The mission of the Tennessee River Trails Association (TRTA) is to develop a driving trail system that will enhance recreation and tourism in the middle and west Tennessee counties bordering the river along the Tennessee River from Kentucky to Alabama. The Tennessee River Trail covers nine Tennessee counties, four development districts and tourism councils nestled along the beautiful Tennessee River. The TRTA is focused on economic and community development. TRTA works to bring increased economic development to the region by expanding tourism and recreation opportunities. For more information, visit

Former BPU Employee Fired After Stalking Arrest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A former long-time employee of the Paris Board of Utilities (BPU) faces charges of stalking and violation of the sex offender registry. Once BPU learned of his arrest, according to BPU General Manager John Etheridge, “We parted company that same day. You cannot work for BPU and violate the public trust”.

George Atkinson of Wilson Street in Paris, was arrested for stalking a woman while he was on duty for BPU, where he had worked for 25 years.  Etheridge said that BPU trucks are equipped with GPS units and after BPU officials checked Atkinson’s driving route for that day “and his erratic driving pattern was verified,” his employment was terminated. 

Paris Police Lt. Tom Lankford said Lt. John Brewer arrested Atkinson on the stalking arrest and in the course of an investigation, it was determined that Atkinson had been convicted of a sex offense in 1987 in Martin.

“Everything appears that he should have been registering as a sex offender”, Lankford said, but Atkinson reportedly had not been.

The stalking arrest occurred on September 4 and the arrest for violation of the sex offender registry was on September 11. Atkinson was released from the Henry County Jail on bond in both arrests.

The case is currently in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Etheridge said BPU took action “as soon as we were made aware of the stalking arrest. We took care of the situation immediately.” Etheridge said he told Atkinson, “You just can’t violate the public trust and work for BPU.”

Boss Hoss Roars Into Area This Weekend
Activities Include Parade, BBQ Cook Off, 5K Run

Steve and Elaine Robinson from Fredericksburg, VA. and Wally and Sue Roberts from Northampton, PA, already arrived over the weekend for the Boss Hoss activities. (Sara Jo Sutherland photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-It’s that time of year again, the weekend that the colorful and unique Boss Hoss motorcycles come roaring into downtown Paris.

The 15th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival & Boss Hoss National Rally will be held this September 18-20 at Paris Landing State Park.

A highlight of the rally each year is when the Boss Hoss cycles parade around the court square in Paris to coincide with Noon On The Square sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust. The parade is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Sack lunches are always available for sale and The Barons will be performing.

Other downtown events Friday include judging for the bike and trike show and the awards presented at 1 p.m. Registration also will be held for the $1,000 Dice Run which runs from 1:15-5:30 p.m. Friday.

A Hoss 5K run will be held this year at 8 a.m. Saturday at Paris Landing. Registration will be held at 7 a.m. Cost is $15 and the race includes all age groups and door prizes.

The Boss Hoss rally always brings motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country to Henry County and the downtown parade is an attraction for the public and the Boss Hoss members, too.

At Paris Landing, thousands of dollars in prize money will be up for grabs in the daily motorcycle events, according to Boss Hoss spokesman Doug Zaricor. He said the Boss Hoss members  will enjoy vending, parades, bike show, musical entertainment and nightly social functions at the rally. 

“Topping off the weekends events a drawing supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children will make one lucky individual the proud new owner of a 2014 Boss Hoss Trike,“, he said.

Friday night at Paris Landing, the band Johnny Mac And The Heart Attacks will be performing at 7 p.m. and on Saturday night, the Allen Warren Band will perform from 6-10 p.m.

For more information and to register for the event visit or or call 731-286-4915. 

A Boss Hoss Cook Off also will be held this weekend at Paris Landing. Organizer Sara Jo Sutherland of Buchanan said 10 teams have signed up so far. 

Grand champion will win $900. Three categories: pulled pork, chicken and ribs and cash prizes in each will be first place, $100; second place, $75; and third, $50. Also, there will be a Best Team Spirit category and winners receive $50 and a trophy.

For more info, call Sutherland at 731-819-6362.

Banana Festival Is Underway This Week

Fulton, Tenn.-The town of Fulton, Tenn., is going bananas this week. 

The week-long 52nd annual Banana Festival in Fulton is underway today with plenty of unique activities to entertain young and old. Today’s activities include the Banana Bonnet contest, light pole competition judging and fashion show, with each day finding more and more festivities scheduled.

The highlight of each festival is the grand parade and free banana pudding for everyone on Saturday evening. A kiddie parade will be held Thursday evening and daily carnivals begin Wednesday.

Here is the schedule:

Monday, Sept. 15:
1-5 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel,410 Lake Street
4:45p.m. - Cutoff for Entries into Banana Bonnet Contest
5:00 p.m. - Banana Bonnet Contest, The Keg Bar & Grill 
5:00 p.m. Store Front Decorating Contest Judging, 
12:00 p.m. -Light Pole Competition Judging, Downtown - $25/pole
6:00 p.m. - Fashion Show, Buck’s Celebration Center-$20/ticket available at Cissy's & The Leader Store before September 8th Buy a Table for 8 for $150! NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER SEPT. 8th
Tuesday, Sept. 16:
School Art Contest at Fulton City and South Fulton Schools, Sponsored by Fulton Family Connection & Fulton/South Fulton Chamber of Commerce
11-5 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel – Lake Street
6:00 p.m. - Bunco, The Keg Bar & Grill - $10/ticket 
Wednesday, Sept. 17:
11-5 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel – Lake Street
5:00 – 10 pm Carnival 
5:00 p.m. - Greased Pig Contest, Lot at Corner of Washington and Main Streets (former Huddleston’s)
5:45- Announce Winners of the Photo Contest
6:00-7:30 p.m.- Faith & Family Night - Sponsored by Twin Cities area churches, Pontotoc Stage, SFBC if Rains 
Thursday, Sept. 18:
9:00 a.m. - Vendors, Downtown 
9:00 a.m. - Senior Citizens Rook Tournament, Senior Citizens Center
11-5 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel – Lake Street
5:00 p.m. - Church Bean Supper, Pontotoc Building - Sponsored by Pentecostal Church - $4/plate
5:00-10:00 p.m. - Carnival, Behind Fulton Post Office (ticket booth)
6:00 p.m. - Kiddie Parade, Downtown
7:00 p.m. - Children’s Olympics - Pontotoc
8:00-11:00 pm –27B Stroke 6– Grand Stage – Pontotoc Park
Friday, Sept. 19:
7:30-9:00 a.m. Banana Bake-off entry drop off times, Senior Citizens Center
9:00 a.m. Banana Bake-off judging begins, Senior Citizens Center
8:00-10:00 a.m. - Health Fair - Sponsored by Parkway Regional Hospital, Pontotoc Building
9:00 a.m. - Vendors, Downtown
11am –5 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel – Lake Street
11:00a.m. - 9:00 p..m.- Senior Citizens Concessions/ Fundraiser, Senior Citizens Center
5:00 p.m. - Banana Split Eating Contest @ Seven Coffee Shop on Lake St
5:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. Carnival, Behind Fulton Post Office (ticket booth)
6:00 Bar-B-Que on Broadway South Fulton Municipal Complex.
6:30 p.m. - Fulton’s Got Talent, Grand Stage, Pontotoc Park
9-12 – Street Dance – First State Bank Parking Lot South Fulton
9:30 p.m. –Olivia Faye, 2013 Fulton’s Got Talent Winner, Grand Stage- Pontotoc Park
Saturday, Sept. 20:
7:30-11:30 a.m. - Fulton/South Fulton Rotary Club Car Show Entry Registration, Downtown - $20-$25
8:00 a.m. - Rotary Car Show, Downtown
7:30 a.m. - 5-K Color Run Registration – Fulton Public Library - $20 pre-reg.; $10 for fun run
8:00 a.m. - 5-K Color Run Gun Shot Start – Fulton Public Library
9:00 a.m. - Vendors, Downtown
9:00 am – Registration begins for Cornhole
9:00 a.m. - Pistol Shoot - Sponsored by Fulton Police Department, Police Dept. Firing Range - $20/class
10am-3 pm - View Photographs from Photo Contest, Brooks Chapel – Lake Street
9:00 a.m. - 1 Mile Fun Run(Children 10 & under Fulton Public Library - $10 pre-reg, $13 late reg 
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Senior Citizens Concessions/ Fundraiser, Senior Citizens Center
10:00 a.m. - Cornhole Tournament – Bucks Celebration Center - $30/team
12:00 pm - Doggy Beauty Pageant, Pontotoc Stage
12:00-11:00 p.m. Carnival, Behind Fulton Post Office (ticket booth)
1:00 p.m. - Banana Brawl Wrestling, across from Pontotoc Park in South Fulton, TN
3:30 Bar-B-Que on Broadway winners announced 
5:00 p.m. - Grand Parade, Downtown
Free Banana Pudding, Downtown after Grand Parade
7:30 p.m. - Fulton’s Got Talent Winner Performance, Grand Stage Pontotoc Park
8:00 p.m. – Tracy Lawrence Concert - Grand Stage- Pontotoc Park
Events are FREE to the public unless fee is noted on Schedule.

Patriots' Marching Invitational Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Marching Patriots present the Henry County Marching Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the stadium at 315 S. Wilson St.

Gates open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is $7, with children under six free.

Nineteen school bands from across the Southeast are set to perform and there will be an exhibition performance by the Murray State University Racer Band.

Concessions and face painting will be available through the afternoon.

Tennessee River Trails Hosts Business Roundtables

Paris, Tenn.The Tennessee River Trails Association (TRTA) will host a series of business roundtable discussions during the week of September 15, to identify ways to meet the training needs of front-line employees in local businesses that would benefit from additional tourism. The Henry County session will be at 2 pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris, Tennessee.

The TRTA’s Heritage Tourism Working Group is working in the nine counties served by the state scenic byway in the region of West and Middle Tennessee defined by the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake). Counties participating are Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Perry, Stewart, and Wayne. 

The byway follows two-lane roads through more than 4,200 square miles. The area is located a short 60 miles west of Nashville and 100 miles east of Memphis and has a population of around 150,000.

Currently, the region’s tourism is based on hunting, fishing, and boating. An emphasis on heritage tourism will help to diversify the region’s offerings and enlarge spending in small towns, supporting community economic development. The Heritage Tourism Working Group was formed by the TRTA to lead regional planning and training to help develop a new emphasis on heritage tourism. It is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which supports the state’s scenic byways. The program also includes the design of gateways along the corridor within each county. Design ideas and locations will also be a focus of the meeting. 

The mission of the Tennessee River Trails Association (TRTA) is to develop a driving trail system that will enhance recreation and tourism in the middle and west Tennessee counties bordering the river along the Tennessee River from Kentucky to Alabama. The Tennessee River Trail covers nine Tennessee counties, four development districts and tourism councils nestled along the beautiful Tennessee River. The TRTA is focused on economic and community development. TRTA works to bring increased economic development to the region by expanding tourism and recreation opportunities. For more information, visit

PES Fall Kickoff Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Elementary School Fall Kickoff Festival will be held Friday, September 19, from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets are 50 cents at the door.

Activities include jumpers, sewer plunge, gaga, ladder golf, tattoos, with pizza, cotton candy and much more.

BZA To Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at noon Wednesday, September 17, at city hall. The only item of new business on the agenda is a request for variance of setbacks at 402 E. Blythe Street.

The meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holbrook Returns To The Dixie Stage As Mark Twain

Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight". (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Legendary actor Hal Holbrook returned to the stage of The Dixie Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon Saturday night to a sold-out crowd which included a former governor, two Tennessee State Supreme Court Justices, State Representatives, a contingent from Bethel University, area county mayors, and plenty of other dignitaries. Also included in the audience were family members of both Holbrook and his late wife, Dixie Carter, for whom the center is named. 

Former Governor Donald Sundquist and his wife were among family and a few patrons who greeted Holbrook after the performance.

The Dixie Executive Director Lori Nolen said the event was sold out the same morning the tickets were made available.

Holbrook shared his command performance in “Mark Twain Tonight”, a showcase of selections of Twain’s recitations and writings that Holbrook has perfected in his decades of peforming as Mark Twain. The performance included a recitation from Tom Sawyer.

Holbrook’s performance kicked off the 10th Season of The Dixie, which is also home to The Hal Holbrook Theatre. Both Carter and Holbrook were instrumental in founding and maintaining The Dixie. 

The Dixie Performing Arts Center also includes a museum devoted to Carter and Holbrook, which includes many of Carter’s costumes from various stage performances she presented in her lifetime, as well as Holbrook’s costumes from his past Twain performances.

Hal Holbrook with former Tennessee Governor Donald Sundquist and his wife backstage. (McFarlin photo).

CornFest 2014 Ends On High Note

Union City, Tenn.-CornFest 2014 ended on a definite high note Saturday night, with good weather, good crowds, a performance from American Idol Finalist Paul Jolley of Palmersville, top, and a myriad of other activities all over downtown. A large crowd also was on hand for the annual Tyson Free Community Feed, bottom. (Brent Hinson photos).

Ten Teams Already Signed Up For Boss Hoss BBQ Cook Off

Buchanan, Tenn.-The 6th Annual Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cookoff will be held next weekend, September 19-20 at Paris Landing State Park in conjunction with the 15th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Mid-South Motorcycle Festival coming to Paris and Paris Landing.

Cookoff Organizer Sara Jo Sutherland said 10 teams have signed up so far. They are from the local area as well as Mississippi and the Reelfoot areas.

Grand champion will win $900. Three categories: pulled pork, chicken and ribs and cash prizes in each will be first place, $100; second place, $75; and third, $50. Also, there will be a Best Team Spirit category and winners receive $50 and a trophy.

For more info, call Sutherland at 731-819-6362.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paul Jolley Visits Our Studios; To Appear Tonight In Concert

Union City, Tenn.-American Idol Finalist Paul Jolley of Palmersville, left, visited the WENK/WAKQ studios in Union City for on-air interviews with DJ Brent Hinson, right. Jolley will be providing a free concert at 5:30 p.m. tonight along with Lauren Adelle in downtown Union City as part of the CornFest 2014 festivities. 

Over 250 Attend HCHS Career/College Night

Paris, Tenn.-A Bethel University recruiter speaks to one student as several others complete information cards at this week‘s Career/College Fair at Henry County High School. Approximately 250 people came to the event which hosted 36 vendors from post-secondary schools in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky as well as recruiters from every branch of the military. At every half hour, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation's (TSAC) representative Abby Nichols presented an information session on financial aid and the Tennessee Promise and Lottery Scholarships. Ann Massa from Tennessee Achieve assisted students by helping them sign up for Tennessee Promise. School Counselor, Misha Adams, said "I had so many compliments about our students from the recruiters who attended. They expressed how they always look forward to coming to Henry County because of how nice the students are and that they seem genuinely interested in their futures." (Susan Burton photo).

Large Crowd For Master Gardener Luncheon

Union City, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for the Master Gardener Luncheon at the Soleil Garden Center to hear Author Troy Marden, the star of the Volunteer Gardener TV show, share his knowledge. Marden spoke about his new book, “Plant This Instead” and gave small group demonstrations. The appearance was part of CornFest 2014, which continues through today with bed races, BBQ Cook Off, Pets in the Park, Car Show, Petting Zoo, Pedal and Bed Races and the annual Free Tyson Feed. (Brent Hinson photo).

Suspect Arrested in Chile In Murder of Murray Woman

Santiago, Chile-Police in Chile have arrested a suspect in the killing of a woman from Murray, Kentucky.

The body of Erica Faith Hagan, age 22, was found in the bathroom of her apartment in the city of Temuco on Sept. 6. According to the Murray-Ledger & Times, Hagan was a 2010 Calloway County High School valedictorian and 2014 graduate of Georgetown University in Georgetown, Ky.

She is the sister of Kimberly Hagan Underhill, a teacher at Harrelson School in Puryear.

Chilean officials say a poker was used to strike her.

Hagan was in Temuco working as a teaching assistant at a local school. Officials say a security guard at the school named Domingo Cofre was arrested Friday night.

Hagan was scheduled to return home to Murray in December.

Week 3 High School Football Finals

Union City - 35, Huntindon - 7
Dresden - 46, Obion County - 21
Memphis Ridgeway - 22, Henry County - 15
Camden Central - 17, East Hickman - 7
Waverly Central - 53, Stewart County - 14
West Carroll - 45, Greenfield - 14
Martin Westview - 18, Ripley - 15
Gleason 40, Gibson County - 33...
Hollow Rock-Bruceton - 35, Scotts Hill - 8
McKenzie - 49, Lake County - 30
South Fulton - 50, Fulton County - 0
Caldwell County 50, Trigg County 20
Mayfield 21, Murray 10
Paducah Tilghman 36, Graves County 22

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mayfield Mother, Son Dead Following Hostage Situation

Mayfield, Ky.-A 17-year-old teen and his mother from Mayfield are dead and their abductor is in the hospital in Ohio after he shot himself during a kidnapping and hostage situation which played out all day today across several states.

The Ohio Highway Patrol confirmed to Graves County Sheriff Dwayne Redmon that Kim Thomas of Mayfield had died in a car on I-75 near Middletown, Ohio, after she was abducted by her former boyfriend, Terry Froman.

Her 17-year-old son was found dead earlier at a Mayfield residence. Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

WHIO-TV in Dayton reported that Froman shot himself and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he remains. All four lanes of I-75 were shut down during the incident, which began when Froman abducted Jackson from a convenience store in Paducah.

Law enforcement in several states were alerted to the vehicle--a white SUV with Illinois plates--that Froman was driving.

Trial Date in Ogburn Shooting Case Set

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Trial dates were set today in Henry County Circuit Court on three cases involving Markia Patton of Paris, who was taken into custody on federal indictments when he appeared in court on his local charges.

A trial on the aggravated assault charge against him stemming from the Ogburn Park shootings in April has been set for December 3. A trial on two drug charges has been set for November 20.

Patton, age 29, of McSwain Street, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two charges: felony possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and drug trafficking in marijuana. He was taken into custody by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, local deputies and the Metro Crime Unit Friday morning. The original story on his arrest was posted earlier.

Patton Nabbed On Federal Charges
Arrest Follows Foot Chase From Courthouse

Sheriff Monte Belew takes Markia Patton (in blue shirt and tie) into custody this morning along with (from left) Henry Police Chief David Andrews, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Deputy Jamie Myrick. (Investigator Adam Jenkins photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris resident whom Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew calls a “career criminal” was taken into custody Friday morning on federal charges after a foot chase by sheriff’s deputies.

Markia Patton, age 29, of McSwain Street, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two charges: felony possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and drug trafficking in marijuana.

Sheriff Belew said the indictments was the result of a three-year investigation by the Metro Crime Unit, sheriff’s office, Paris Police, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted us greatly in the investigation,” Belew said. 

Investigator Adam Jenkins said deputies arrived at the Henry County Courthouse where Patton was scheduled to appear on charges of selling and controlling drugs and aggravated assault this morning.

Jenkins said, “We were there to take him into custody for federal authorities and he took off and ran down to street. We apprehended him at a barber shop on Poplar Street.”

Patton will be transported to federal court in Jackson today by U.S. Marshals, Jenkins said. “He’ll be arraigned on the new charges next week in federal court.”

Belew said the U.S. Attorney’s Office is assisting local authorities in prosecute local career criminals at a federal level. “They’ll get a lot longer jail sentence and it will make Henry County a better place,” Belew said.

Patton was arrested in connection with the Ogburn Park shootings that occurred in April of this year and those charges are still pending in Henry County Circuit Court. Three people were injured in that incident. He also has been arrested on drug-related charges several times over the years.  

Great Crowd For CornFest Parade
Paul Jolley, Free Community Feed, BBQ Cook Off Rest of Weekend

Pride of Obion County David Harris in lead car, with American Idol Finalist Paul Jolley in next during parade. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Despite overcast skies and drizzle, a great crowd was on hand for Thursday night’s 2014 CornFest Parade through downtown Union City. The parade was the first to be held with CornFest in several years and the size of the crowd showed organizers that people were ready for a parade.

Due to the off and on rain showers all day Thursday, the CornFest Chalk Art contest for kids was cancelled in the afternoon.

CornFest continues through Saturday with plenty of activities, including the fashion show and lunch at 11:30 a.m. today at the Eddie Cox Center. The show will benefit the Westover Center for the Arts.

The two-day BBQ Cook Off gets underway today and continues through Saturday evening. The Cook Off this year will be held in the parking lot next to the Obion County Chamber office. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. on the stage near Kiwanis Park.

Saturday will be a big day for the event, with the annual Day In The Park activities which includes a fun run that begins at Union City High School and features ‘zombie chasers’. The petting zoo will be set up and an all day chair auction and cake walks begin at 9 a.m. in Kiwanis Park downtown. Arts, craftspeople, and organizations will open their booths and exhibits for the public.

At 10 a.m., the car show will welcome visitors and the Pumpkin Painting for kids starts at 11, as well as the Pedal Car Race.

The annual bed race begins at 1 p.m., and the corn hole tournament and corn eating and corn shucking contests are from 25 p.m. Corn Idol begins at 3 p.m.

Tyson Food’s annual Free Community Feed begins at 4 p.m. and the concert featuring American Idol finalist Paul Jolley from Palmersville begins at 5 p.m. 

The Obion County Central High School band entertains in the parade. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Thanking School Bus Drivers At HCHS

Paris, Tenn.-In honor of National Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Henry County High School students had something special in store for the school’s bus drivers. Several students met the drivers in front of the school early in the morning and thanked each driver, provided breakfast for them and gave them all a Patriot bag. Students involved were: Josh Todd, Imari Thompson, Holly Peavy, Mariah Smith, Allison Tate, Ally Bland, Keely Gregory, Kristen Chenoweth, Kris Collums, Hannah Nichols, Katie Owen, Sakura Horiuchi, Addi Cate, Cody Hunter, and Jake Hunter. (Photos by Pam McCord).

UTM To Host Business Innovation Seminar Next Week

Martin, Tenn. — A group of organizations and individuals dedicated to sparking entrepreneurship in Northwest Tennessee is hosting a business innovation symposium in September at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

“Innovating for Profit: Building Rural Businesses from the Ground Up” is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Watkins Auditorium, located in the Boling University Center on the university’s main campus. The symposium is designed to inform the public about the current state of rural innovation and business growth. 

The UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the Mid-South School of Advanced Agricultural Lending, the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking and the Gill Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture, both at UT Martin, and the NextFarm Agricultural Innovation Accelerator are sponsoring the event. 

Featured at the symposium is a panel discussion of regional ag-based business leaders speaking on building businesses from the ground up. Participating in the panel are Jimmy Tosh of Tosh Farms, Kelley Powers of Final Flight and Powers Farms, Chuck Doss of INCO Irrigation Systems, M.J. Anderson of The Andersons, Inc., and Neil Mylet of LoadOut Technologies. 

Bryan Huddleston, president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council, is also speaking at the symposium.

Also included are presentations by AgSmarts and Fertility Focus, two of the companies from the 2013 NextFarm Ag Innovation Accelerator class. Participants in NextFarm include entrepreneurs with new ag-based technology ideas—“AgTech”—in the startup mode, as well as existing companies that are developing new technologies or innovations.

The event concludes with a free Ag Innovation Lunch, featuring keynote speaker Dr. David Millhorn, University of Tennessee executive vice president and president of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

Free registration for the “Innovating for Profit” symposium and information and an application for the NextFarm accelerator can be found at

Fulton Police Officers Honored

Fulton, Ky.-Fulton Police officers Sgt Justin Purcell, Patrolman Doug Love, and Officer Brandon Mayo have been commended by Chief Terry Powell for their actions in handling a dangerous situation that occurred July 7, 2013.

According to Powell, Officer Doug Love, Sgt Justin Purcell and Officer Brandon Mayo were responsible for apprehending a male suspect who attemp...ted to commit suicide and fired shots at the officers.

The suspect had barricaded himself inside his apartment and was refusing verbal commands to come outside. After a brief stand off the suspect exited his apartment and fired shots at the officers.

According to Powell, Sgt Justin Purcell, Officer Love, and Officer Brandon Mayo “demonstrated a courageous act by standing and dealing with the incident at hand with professionalism and concerns for the citizens of Fulton. Their actions are indicative of the level of character, training and experience which this officer possesses and is indicative of the caliber of personnel employed by the Fulton Police Department.”

MSU On U.S. News List 24th Straight Year

Murray, Ky. – Murray State University has taken its top rankings streak into its 24th consecutive year of being recognized by U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges as one of the top schools in the country. The 2015 rankings have just been released and Murray State is in ninth place among the top public regional universities in the South.
Murray State continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Kentucky in the Regional Universities-South category, which contains both private and public schools.

“The rankings confirm what we know to be one of the core strengths of Murray State — our commitment to providing the highest quality educational opportunities while remaining student centered. It doesn’t surprise me that our dedication continues to be recognized nationally. We will continue to build on these strengths and provide our students with opportunities to compete and succeed,” according to MSU President Dr. Bob Davies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eleven Henry County Schools Teachers Awarded Tenure

Board members congratulate Lakewood School Teacher Jenny Cooper. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-At a busy meeting Thursday night, the Henry County Schools Board of Education approved tenure for eleven district teachers and gave the go-ahead for an Eagle Scout project that will improve Henry School property and for renovations for the We Care Thrift Store operated by Henry School teachers.

Approved for tenure were: from Harrelson School, Rebecca Chambers, Karla Klingenberg, Amber Powell, and Jeannie Russell; from Lakewood School, Jenny Cooper, Kim Nance, Trudy Pryor,  and Brandi Thach; from Grove: Jeannie Johnson; and from Henry County High School, Leah Nolen and Suzan Wolski.

Principals from each school presented the teachers with certificates and spoke about their achievements and a reception was held for them before the meeting.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said, “As all of you know, this is a landmark in a teacher’s career and a lot of respect should go to the teachers who have achieved this status.”   

The board approved a request from Henry Schools for renovations to the We Care Thrift Store which will double its size. The store is located in the former Commercial Bank Building which was donated to the district and is operated by Henry teachers.

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers said the renovations will enclose the former drive-through area of the building and turn it into another room. “We’ll be taking about the deposit box, safe and window and haul it off,” he said. 

Helping Hand is helping to finance the project and it also will involve in-kind contributions, Miles said.

The board also approved an Eagle Scout project proposed by Austin Lindsey, son of Clay and Regena Lindsey. He told the board he would like to build a walkway at Henry School at the kids’ corner entrance to make it easier to student to get to the room. Lindsey presented the board with binders prepared with the project description.

In other business:

--Federal Programs Director Dr. Susan Burton reported that the school district has been awarded a $43,844.95 grant for the school year which is intended to be used to improve conditions for learning. She said previous grants were used to improve security at the schools and this one will be used in that manner, too.

--High School Students Anna Martino and Haly Northington gave a power point presentation findings of the Youth Engagement Summit surveys on improving quality of school life.

--The board approved the Family Life curriculum which Dr. Renea Wade said will be available for parents’ review. The board earlier approved the policy and now needed to approve the curriculum to be used.

Eagle Scout Austin Lindsey received approval for his project to build a walkway at Henry School. (McFarlin photo).

HCHS Program Remembers September 11, 2001

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo speaks, as fellow speakers Sheriff Monte Belew, Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams and other First Responders listen. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris and Henry County First Responders came together at Henry County High School this morning for a solemn remembrance of 9/11 organized by the school’s Criminal Justice class.

First Responders in attendance at the program included members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police, Paris Fire Department, Henry County EMS and Rescue Squad and the Springville and Paris Landing volunteer fire departments. The program was opened with the presentation of the flag and playing of taps. The high school Madrigals also sang.

Speakers were Sheriff Monte Belew, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams, all of whom encouraged the auditorium full of students to never forget what happened September 11 thirteen years ago.

Belew told the students that he became involved in law enforcement 23 years ago “because I wanted to help people and wanted to help the community. The best feeling I know is to be able to help your own hometown community.”

There are three kinds of people: wolves, sheep and those who protect the sheep from the wolves, Belew said. “And I feel that’s what we do. 9/11 changed our country forever and I’m proud to be a Henry Countian, Tennessean and American.”

Williams reminded the students of how many lives were lost on 9/11, which included over 300 firefighters, plus hundreds of other first responders. “Post 9/11 has brought many changes for first responders,” he said, namely a greater awareness and preparedness.

“We should never forget all the lives lost on 9/11,” he said. “We just need to keep the faith.”

Elizondo recalled his memories from that day, noting, “It was an eerie feeling we experienced and it changed us forever. We can never go back to the way it was.”

The job that first responders have is to be prepared for all emergencies, he said. “When others are running away from danger, we’re the ones who are running into it. That’s just part of the job.”

At the end of each day, Elizondo said, “I want to go home knowing I helped somebody and made a difference.”

The First Responders were invited to a lunch prepared by the criminal justice class after the program.

First Responders salute the flag as it is presented at today's program. (McFarlin photo).

MSU Professor Awarded $459,998 Research Grant

Dr. Howard Whiteman (fifth from right) is shown with students and collaborators at his field site in Colorado during this past summer. The group includes several current and former Murray State University researchers: Melanie Torres, M.S. watershed science student (third from left); Christian Brown, B.S. wildlife and conservation biology graduate (fourth from left); Morgan Geile, B.S. wildlife and conservation biology graduate (fifth from left), Dr. Alycia Lackey, Watershed Studies Institute postdoctoral associate (fourth from right); and Michael Moore, M.S. watershed science graduate, (third from right). (MSU photo).

Murray, Ky. — Dr. Howard Whiteman, professor of biological sciences and director of the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University, has been awarded $459,998 from the National Science Foundation for his research.

Whiteman and his collaborator, Dr. Cy Mott of Valdosta State University, are studying how size variation in a top predator affects both the production of new predators and their effects on other members of aquatic food webs.

He is using salamanders as the top predator in his research, in part because they provide an excellent model system for the questions he is studying, and also because the proposed research is built upon more than two decades of research on salamander ecology in Whiteman’s lab. 

During the next four summers, Whiteman and Mott will conduct observational and experimental studies at the Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado.

Three undergraduate students — one each from Murray State, Valdosta State and Kentucky State University, will be collecting data with Whiteman and Mott each summer. Additionally, students from Murray and Valdosta will conduct research in the lab throughout the year and analyze data collected during the project. All of the involved students will have opportunities to present their research at scientific meetings and potentially publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Ministerial Association To Host Town Hall Meeting

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Minister’s Alliance and Association is hosting a Town Hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, September 14, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

President M.A. Richardson said special guests will be members of the Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Office, local and county officials, religious leaders, local pastors and focus youth groups.

Purpose of the meeting is to discuss improving community and police relations through racial harmony.

Lego League Is Underway At Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library is once again hosting the Lego League on a regular basis through the school year. The League meets on the second Monday of each month, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The next two meeting dates are October 13 and November 10.

Lego donations are always needed. Just drop them off at the circulation desk at the library.

Registration Open For Archaeology Field School At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes will host an Archaeology Field School for youth ages 10 through 13 years during fall break. This 3-day outdoor classroom will be held from 9am to 3:30pm Wednesday through Friday, October 8, 9, and 10. Six openings exist. This archaeological experience is FREE of charge. Parents need to call Jamie Bennett at 270-924-2015 for more information and to register by Tuesday, September 30. 

“Students will learn how to read a topographical map, use a GPS, find locations through orienteering, and excavate an historical site during the field school,” says Jamie Bennett, Heritage Program Manager at Land Between The Lakes. “This is a fun way for participants to learn how we preserve our history.”

Participants and their parents will meet each morning at Hillman Ferry Campground at 9am. From there, participants will be transported to various locations around Land Between The Lakes. Participants need to pack a lunch, snacks, and water with them each day. Extra water, all tools, and equipment will be provided. Parents will pick up their children each day at 3:30pm at Hillman Ferry Campground.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to 

Baptist Memorial To Host Grief Counseling

Union City, Tenn.-Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City is sponsoring Grief Share, a grief support group, on Wednesdays for five weeks beginning October 8 and continuing through November 5 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Participants will meet in the hospital’s administrative conference room located at the east entrance. If you have lost a loved one, please attend. There are no fees. For more information, contact Bro. Mike Osment, BMH-UC chaplain, at 884-8210.

UTM Program To Benefit Post 9/11 Veterans 

Martin, Tenn. – Post-9/11 veterans will benefit from new technology provided to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The university has received a laptop computer, complete with Microsoft Office software and a Jabra voice headset made possible from an award through Syracuse University. The award also includes access to free courses toward industrial certification for any post-9/11 veterans, not just those currently enrolled at UT Martin. 
The Veterans Career Transition Program is operated under a grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. The program is delivered entirely online at no cost to veterans or spouses. 

The award to UT Martin, which is part of the Veterans Career Transition Program, has been opened to non-students and their families and includes various courses from business to human relations and many others. A complete list of courses offered can be found at 

The computer and headset are located in Clement Hall, accessible through the Student Services and Success Mentoring Center. Registration is currently open for the seminars launching in January 2015. Those interested can apply at, or persons can e-mail Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls at

Veteran Suicides Increase In Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. – Veteran suicides are on the rise in Tennessee, state officials announced today.

According to Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney and Tennessee Department Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, veteran suicides increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013. 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month which is an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic trend and the resources available to offer support.

“Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” Varney said. “They must always know they are never alone.”
Since 1990, more than 4,200 Veterans have committed suicide in Tennessee, making up 21 percent of all suicide deaths in the state. The counties with the highest rate in 2013 include Shelby County with 25, Davidson County with 19 and Knox County with 15.

Marine Veterans Stephen Cochran served in Afghanistan and Daniel Dean served in Iraq. Both are currently partnering with the TDMHSAS and TDVA to improve suicide prevention. Both Cochran and Dean are country music artists. Dean starred in Cochran’s music video which highlights the reality of Post-Traumatic Stress called “Pieces”. 

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services offers a crisis hotline that offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-855-CRISIS-1.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs offers a crisis line that also offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255, or send a text to 838255. Other online resources from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs are offered at and

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paris Police Department Awarded New Patrol Car

From left: Paris Parking Officer Tammy Walker, Sgt. Ricky Watson, Lt. John Brewer, Brenda Jones and Chief Chuck Elizondo. Jones is the Governor’s Highway Safety Office Liaison for West Tennessee Law Enforcement. (Paris PD photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-In what Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson called “a once in a lifetime opportunity”, the Paris Police Department won a fully-equipped 2014 Ford Taurus valued at $54,000.

The car will be used as a patrol vehicle, according to Watson, and came equipped with a computer already installed. “I was the first one to drive it after it was delivered,” Watson said, “but I won’t be using it. It will be used for patrol.”

Watson explained that the Paris Police Department compiled a book on enforcement and education for the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) which made it eligible to win the car. At a recent conference, all the eligible departments were placed in a bowl and ten were picked and asked to come forward. Of those ten, Watson was the one who picked the lucky piece which allowed the department to win the car.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 10th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge this week and several departments in our local area won awards.

Other winners of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Challenge were: 

For departments having one to 10 officers: Dover Police won first place and Dresden won second place.

For departments having 26 to 45 officers: Union City Police won second place and Brownsville won first place.

Beyond the Traffic Stop Winners were Officers Jonathan Crouch and Anna Carol Cantu of the Dyersburg Police Department.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state. Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about the dangers of driving impaired and speeding, as well as the importance of occupant protection. The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdictions. To receive national recognition, agencies participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge. 

“The Law Enforcement Challenge honors the good work of our law enforcement agencies,” according to Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “It also provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to reach new heights, set comprehensive goals, and share their experiences. These enforcement and education efforts help keep our roads safe and help nurture better drivers.”

Qualifying agencies were eligible to win two fully equipped police vehicles. This year’s vehicle winners were the White House Police Department and the Paris Police Department. Agencies that participated in the S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) campaign were eligible for a third fully equipped police vehicle. The winner of the S.A.F.E vehicle was the Oliver Springs Police Department.

Union City Man Arrested For Solicitation Of Minor

Union City, Tenn.-A 50-year-old Union City man was arrested Tuesday morning on charges involving solicitation of a minor.

James Vessels, assistant plant manager at Tyson Foods, posted bond of $30,000 Tuesday afternoon and was released from the Obion County Jail.

According to the Union City Police report, Vessels was arrested in the area of 1196 Sunswept Drive on charges of solicitation of a minor, soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The narrative which accompanies the police report states that Vessel solicited a person whom he believed to be a 15-year-old female “to meet for sex, while sending a nude photograph of himself to said female. Mr. Vessels also provided an alcoholic beverage for the underage female constituting the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

Kentucky Fugitive Caught in Nashville
Assaulted Mayfield Policeman, Probation Officer

Hickory, Ky.– A fugitive wanted by the Kentucky State Police has been apprehended by authorities in Nashville. Joshua Fox has been on the run from police since July when he assaulted a Mayfield Police Officer and a Probation Officer in Mayfield Kentucky. 

Kentucky State Police have been working with the United States Marshals Service in an attempt to locate Fox. Information was received in late August allowing authorities to narrow their search and on September 10th, Marshals located Fox in a Nashville apartment complex. 

Fox was in possession of a firearm upon his capture and is facing local weapons charges. Joshua Fox will be extradited back to Kentucky where he will face charges of Assault 3rd Degree, Escape 1st Degree, and Theft by Unlawful Taking.

The Beauty Of Nature Is All Around Us

Buchanan, Tenn.-Photographer Richard Graves had not seen a Monarch butterfly in two years when he spotted this one the other day. Naturally, he pulled out his camera and captured this breathtaking photo to share with all of us. 

UTM Sets Grand Re-Opening Of Dining Hall

The newly remodeled dining hall at UT Martin has reopened. UTM photo

Martin, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin will celebrate the grand re-opening Thursday of two widely used areas on the main campus. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will officially recognize the newly upgraded Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall. The ceremony will take place in the first-floor lobby between the dining hall and bookstore. The university community and public are invited to attend. 

Beginning during the spring 2014 semester, the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore began moving from its longtime second-floor location in the Boling University Center. Now on the first floor, the bookstore has expanded and increased the amount of merchandise and textbooks. New to the store is a study area called the POD. More about the bookstore is available at 

Across the hall from the bookstore is the newly renovated dining hall and brand new coffee shop, The Hanger, which serves Starbucks Coffee. The Sodexo Skyhawk Dining Hall has a larger seating capacity and new dining options that include the 360 Degrees grill, Magellan international food option and an Italian food option, Bella Trattoria. Staple dining options include the salad bar, now called Fresh From the Fields, the hot plate option called Daily Dish, the Basic Kneads sandwich station, and the Ignite Grill. Desserts can be found near each food station, and soda fountains are placed in three different locations. 

To celebrate the grand re-opening ceremony, special dining hall pricing is available through Friday, Sept. 12, with lunch costing $5 and dinner costing $7. For more information about UT Martin Dining Services, visit


Hear Elk Bugling At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky. – Every fall, beginning in September, mature bull elk in the Elk & Bison Prairie at Land Between The Lakes begin their mating season. Bugling actually sounds more like a loud squeal. The Elk & Bison Prairie is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. The prairie features a 3.5-mile paved loop road. Interpretive stops help visitors view wildlife and learn more about this native habitat. Prairie passes cost $5 per vehicle and are available at the Elk & Bison Prairie entrance or any Land Between The Lakes facility.

Biologists introduced elk into the 700-acre prairie in February 1996. “The peak of bugling season usually occurs from mid-September to mid-October,” says Curtis Fowler, Range and Wildlife Technician at Land Between The Lakes. “This is one of the most exciting times to drive through the prairie.” Currently the prairie has 55 to 60 elk and 75 bison.
“Late afternoon provides the best chance to hear the unusual bugling sound and see the elk calves,” explains Fowler. “Take some time to stop at the prairie's interpretive stops or along the road, turn off your vehicle engine, and listen for 15 to 20 minutes for the sounds of elk and other wildlife while remaining in your vehicle. Visitors often drive the loop more than once.”

Land Between The Lakes asks visitors to observe the Elk & Bison Prairie rules to be safe. Elk and bison can be unpredictable. Visitors are to remain in their vehicle when these large animals are nearby.

Cottage Grove Sees Improvements

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The city of Cottage Grove is seeing many new improvements lately, with new stop signs, a flashing caution light, newly-painted stop letters and new city limit signs, thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

This is in addition to the new LED lighting installed on all the city light poles by the Paris Board of Public Utilities earlier.

Mayor Mike Waddey reported on the improvements at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council. Waddey said several citizens also have requested additional poles and lights in dark areas.

Waddey reported that the electricity has been turned off at the old city hall building, since it is not in use now as a meeting place, and the vending machine has been removed from the sidewalk.

Boyd’s General Store in Cottage Grove will hold its grand opening Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m.-1 pm.

Upon motion by Councilman John Weiher, council voted to purchase additional pavement sealer for the Boyd’s parking lot.

Kentucky Man Bolts Checkpoint

Wingo, Ky.-A Paducah man was arrested on multiple charges after he bolted from a routine checkpoint in Graves County on Monday.

According to the press release from the Kentucky State Police, KSP conducted a traffic safety checkpoint on US 45 south at the Brush Creek Bridge in Graves County. During the checkpoint Martin J. Kendall, 37 of Paducah, drove up to the checkpoint. During routine questioning Kendall fled the checkpoint. 

Trooper Adam Mattingly and Trooper Kory McDonald pursued Kendall for approximately two miles at which point Kendall pulled over and ran on foot in another attempt to get away from the Troopers. 

Trooper McDonald gave verbal commands to stop and was ignored. Trooper McDonald used his agency issued taser on Kendall. After Kendall was apprehended, he was transported by ambulance to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for chest pain, Kendall treated and cleared by the medical staff and was then lodged in the Graves County Jail. 

Kendall was charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree Motor Vehicle, Fleeing Evading Police 2nd degree on Foot, two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, resisting arrest, Driving under the Influence 3rd with aggravated circumstances, Driving on DUI Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 MPH or Greater, and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Puryear Lions Club Dissolved; Puryear Day Discontinued

The start of the 2014 Puryear Day parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Puryear, Tenn.-At an emotional meeting Monday night, the Puryear Lions Club voted to surrender its charter and with it the historic annual Puryear Day will be discontinued along with other services provided by the organization in its lengthy tenure.

Puryear Lions Club Official Mackie Gallimore said Tuesday afternoon the club decided to surrender its charter for several reasons: “Number one, the age of the members and some of us are not in good health. And, our numbers are going down drastically. As of the first of the year, we’ll have six members and you can’t put on Puryear Day with only six members.”

Puryear Day has grown into a major event for Henry County since the Puryear Lions Club was chartered in 1961 and it’s become too big for the tiny organization to handle. The 2014 Puryear Day was its 53rd annual celebration for the city.

“Sure, we were sad to make this decision,” Gallimore said. “I’ve been a member for 40 years myself and we’ve got members who’ve been in for 30 or more. But it was a decision we had to make.”

Gallimore thanked the Puryear community for all the support it has given to the event in the past. “Puryear is a great community,” he said.

The Puryear Lions Club has held membership drives in the past, but hasn’t been able to generate new members, he said.

Other services provided by the Lions Club include spending “thousands of dollars on glasses”, donating money to Hoofbeats of Hope, the Boy Scouts and the Harrelson School in Puryear. 

Another organization could organize a Puryear Day of their own in the future, Gallimore said. “They’re more than welcome, but they can’t do it under the name of the Puryear Lions Club.”

The decision, Gallimore said, marked “a sad time for us. We know our services are going to be lost, but it’s a decision that had to be made.”

HCHS To Host 9/11 Remembrance

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Criminal Justice Class will present a program commemorating 9/11 in front of the high school at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, September 11. The program has become an annual event at the high school.

Many community members have been invited to the program, which will include the Henry County Sheriff’s Department honor guard. The High School Madrigals will perform.

Teacher Diane McCord said the program is designed “to show remembrance of the events of 9/11 and appreciation for those that are risking their lives in service to Henry County each day.”  

After the September 11th program, local emergency response professionals are invited to attend a brunch hosted by the Criminal Justice students.  

Counce To Appear on High School Sports Page TV Show

Coach Counce displays the Patriots' 2011 state trophy at the high school locker room. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Nashville, Tenn.-Henry County High School Head Coach James Counce will be on The High School Sports Page television show with Murphy Fair and Terry Merrell this Wednesday, Sept 10. 

The show begins at 8 pm on News Channel 5+. The station number varies depending on your cable provider (250 on Comcast and 150 on Charter). You can also follow the link on the News Channel 5 website to watch 5 plus live -

More information will be available on the Facebook page - The High School Sports Page with Murphy Fair and Terry Merrell.

Bobo Family Issues Statement After Remains Identified

Decaturville, Tenn.-Through their attorney, the family of Holly Bobo issued a statement spoke of their heartbreak since she disappeared in 2011. “We’ve lost a precious daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. However, those responsible have lost their souls,” their attorney Steve Farese of Memphis said.

Bobo’s parents and other family members decided at the last minute not to speak during the news conference, which was called after the announcement last night by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that Bobo’s remains had been identified.

Newly-elected Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd, who also is a friend of the Bobo family, said at the news conference that law authorities still believe that there are more people involved in Holly's disappearance.

"More arrests will be forthcoming," Byrd said. "They can run, but they can't hide."

Forensics experts from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, are “trying to find as much evidence as they can,” Byrd also told NBC News. 

Newly-elected District Attorney Matt Stowe of Huntingdon said, “The time to talk is over. It’s time to do our jobs.”

Two Injured In Morning Semi Collision

Hazel, Ky. – Two people were injured in the collision involving an overturned semi on Hwy 641 this morning near Hazel. The collision and investigation by the Kentucky State Police blocked the highway for some four hours.

According to the report from the KSP, the accident occurred around 7 a.m.

Initial investigation revealed Summer D. Pilkington, 27 of Selma, NC, was driving a 2014 Volvo semi, traveling north on 641 S. Summer ran off the right side of the roadway for an undetermined reason and then overcorrected, which caused the semi-truck and empty trailer to overturn. 

Michael W. Pilkington, 47, of Selma, NC, was a passenger in the sleeper birth of the semi at the time of the collision. Summer and Michel were transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

The investigation continues by Trooper Jody Cash. KSP was assisted on scene by Calloway County Fire Rescue, and Murray- Calloway County EMS. 

HCHS College Fair Is Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School College Fair for Juniors and Seniors will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in the high school commons area.

Representatives from numerous schools, colleges/universities, military and technical schools will have displays for students and parents to visit.  One on one interaction with these representatives will allow you to gather information on schools and ask any important questions that you might have.  Now is the time to begin your post-secondary plans if you have not already started.  

There will also be a TSAC (Tennessee School Assistance Corporation) representative on hand giving presentations on the Lottery Scholarship, financial aid and the new TN Promise scholarship.  The presentation will be presented 4 times starting at 6:30 and will last for approximately 30 minutes in the Little Theatre.  The HCHS computer lab will be open for students to complete the application for the TN Promise scholarship if they are interested after each presentation.

The event is free.  

TBI Confirms Remains Belong To Holly Bobo

Decaturville, Tenn.-Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn announced last night that the TBI has confirmed that the remains found over the weekend in Decatur County are of Holly Bobo, the nursing student who has been missing since 2011.

Gwyn, 24th District Attorney Matt Stowe and Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd held a news conference in Decaturville Monday night in a room filled with family and friends of Bobo’s, as well as news reporters. 

Those close to Bobo cried out at the announcement by Gwyn, who also said, “It has been my prayer and the prayers of many others that Holly Bobo would be found. I assure you this is not over by any means.”

The TBI and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has “been working tirelessly and thoroughly on this, following all leads,” Gwyn said.

Stowe said he had just arrived from having “a very difficult conversation with the family of Holly Bobo” to tell them of the confirmation. He asked that “everyone please respect their privacy.”

Stowe said the Bobo family will make a statement today, around noon or 1 p.m.

He also indicated the state intends to seek the death penalty against those involved in Bobo’s death.

“The TBI has been working exhaustively on this case for years and the evidence is voluminous,” Stowe said. “We are ready, willing and able to seek the death penalty.”

Byrd said he also spoke with the Bobo family and said after all this time the news was a “relief” to the family, to finally have some bit of closure.

On Sunday, September 7, two hunters discovered the possible human remains and alerted authorities.
The 20-year old nursing student disappeared from her home the morning of April 13, 2011. In the years since her disappearance, there has been an on-going and collaborative effort among TBI agents and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department to thoroughly follow all leads surrounding her disappearance.

In March of this year, Zachary Adams was indicted on charges of First Degree Felony Murder and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping in connection to the death of Holly Bobo. A month later, Jason Autry was also indicted and charged with one count of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and First Degree Felony Murder.

Two other men, Mark and Jeffrey Pearcy, have also been charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact. Both men are alleged to have owned or have knowledge of a video which shows Bobo tied up and crying after her disappearance.

Hwy 641 Closed Following Semi Accident

Hazel, Ky.-A semi has overturned on Hwy. 641 near Hazel and the highway will be closed for at least two hours.

The Kentucky State Police is on scene as of 9 a.m. and will be releasing more information later this morning on the accident, according to the KSP office in Mayfield.

A spokesman for the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office said traffic is being rerouted both on the Kentucky and Tennessee side of the state line.

“The county fire department are out at the scene, too, helping direct traffic,” he said.

Holbrook to Portray Twain Again At The Dixie 

Huntingdon, Tenn.– When Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director of The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center, began planning the 10th anniversary season, one of her first calls was to Actor Hal Holbrook, husband of the late Dixie Carter.

Holbrook, a legend of stage and screen, is bringing Mark Twain Tonight! back to the stage he helped design Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. 

“He is such a master at his craft that you will not want to miss this opportunity to see a living legend right here in the theatre that bears his name,” Nolen said. “He is truly magical, and I couldn't think of a better way to open our season.”

Holbrook created his celebrated one-man show in college and has spent the past six decades perfecting his tribute to the iconic author. In 2001, The New York Times called Holbrook “the undisputed monarch of Mark Twain impersonators.” 

His ability to breathe new life into the dynamic Twain launched Holbrook’s Hollywood acting career, which includes television and film roles. He earned Emmy awards for Pueblo and Lincoln and was nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 82 for his work in Into the Wild.

Mark Twain Tonight! also earned Holbrook Tony and Drama Desk awards. He has written two books about his experiences as the literary giant: Mark Twain Tonight! An Actor’s Portrait and his memoirs Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain. 

Holbrook has performed Mark Twain Tonight! at The Dixie three times, and each show has been wildly popular. Tickets are $75 each and a waiting list has started because this show sold out quickly. Purchase tickets at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731.986.2100, or online at

Martin PD Receives Ballistic Shields

Front row, from left: Middle School SRO Adam Stringer and Westview SRO Jason Arant
Back row: Chief David Moore, Mayor Randy Brundige, CPA Board members Susan Lemond, Paula Garner, CPA President Steve Lemond, Bobby Brown, and David Sudberry.

 Martin, Tenn.-School Resource Officers from the Martin Police Department were recently presented with new ballistic shields. Westview High School SRO Jason Arant and Martin Middle School SRO Adam Stringer were present at the Martin Police Department on Monday to receive the new equipment. The Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards are everyday instructor’s tools which also provides emergency armor protection. 

The equipment was purchased for the officers by the Martin Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. The association continues to provide assistance and support to the department and its members. 

Campsites Available For Campers' Fair At Piney

Golden Pond, Ky. – Piney Campground at Land Between The Lakes will host its 41st Annual Campers’ Fair September 17-21, and campsites and shelters are available now on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Campers’ Fair will showcase the newest in RVs, camping equipment, golf carts, and boats. The flea market will include arts, crafts, and other items for sale. The event is open and free to the general public on Saturday, September 20th from 8am-4pm, and on Sunday, September 21st from 10am-2pm. Guests can also enjoy a variety of entertainment, dancing, games, and music.

“Campers’ Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer,” according to Campground Manager Derrick Washington. “Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you're considering getting into camping or upgrading, Campers’ Fair provides the perfect event to check out the different types of gear available.”

Campsites and shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made 24/7 at, or by calling 1-800-525-7077 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm CST. Piney Campground campers will have access to the entire event all week, including live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 

Piney Campground offers scenic lake front and wooded sites, capable of accommodating tents and large RVs, ranging from primitive to full hookups. Rustic camping shelters are also available. Hiking and biking trails, ball courts and fields, a playground, and a pavilion are also available to campers.

Point Pleasant Invites Public To Program

Buchanan, Tenn.-The ladies of Point Pleasant Baptist Church at Buchanan invite everyone to a Beth Moore Simulcast this Saturday, September 13.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and muffins. The simulcast begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 (checks to PPBC). A lunch break will be for one and a half hours and the church’s outreach ministry SERVOLUTION, will be offering a lunch deal: grilled hamburger, chips, drink and cookie for $5.

Proceeds from the day will benefit the church’s outreach ministry.

To reserve a spot, sign up for lunch or ask questions, call Karen Dukes at 731641-6450 or Emily Daniel 731-363-0013 or

Patton To Speak At Dem Meeting

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Paris City Hall. Speaker will be Randy Patton of Camden, a candidate for State Representative. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paris-Henry Co. Rescue Squad Conducts Extrication Training

Rescue Squad members concentrating on their training. (Carol Tedford photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad had a busy weekend of training in basic extrication certification. Carol Tedford of the Rescue Squad said the squad trains as much as it can “to keep our skills up and to be more proficient. We recertify every two years.”

The rescue squad was chartered in 1955 and is one of the oldest squads in Tennessee. Tedford said the squad is made up of volunteers from all walks of life. Members are trained in vehicle extrication, emergency driving, first aid, CPR, disaster response, big rig and school bus rescues, water searches, and rope and trench rescues.

Conducting the training this weekend was Ross Guy and Kathy Clark. New members Kenny Medlock, Jim Perkins, Amanda Foss, John Barron, Michael Haggman and Matt Waugh completed their first basic extrication class.

Members who were recertified were Brayton Edlin, Austin Willoughby, Second Lt. Eddie Hayes and First Lt. Fred Vanderpool.

Rescue squad services are provided to Henry County free of charge. Tedford said, “We like for the public to know what their donations are going for.”

TBI Analyzing Remains Found in Decatur County

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Public Information Officer Josh DeVine said Monday morning that the human remains found by hunters Sunday morning in Decatur County have been transported to the TBI’s Memphis lab for analysis.
The discovery of the skull found in a remote wooded area near the family home of Zach Adams, one of the prime suspects in the murder and kidnapping of Holly Bobo, have raised hopes that her remains have been found. Bobo disappeared from her home in 2011.

DeVine Said, “The remains were taken to our Memphis lab for further analysis, where they will first be tested to confirm whether they’re human. After that, our Forensic Scientists will begin the process of trying to identify to whom they belong. We cannot speculate on a timeline for that process.”

WENK/WTPR published a story about the discovery on Sunday.

Enjoying Nature At Kentucky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.-The picture of serenity, a couple enjoys the beautiful scenery at Paris Landing State Park over the weekend. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

CornFest 2014 Begins This Week
Parade, Concerts, BBQ, Zombies And More

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Obion County CornFest 2014 begins in earnest this week with plenty of activities in Union City and elsewhere in the county. Activities include the Thursday evening parade in downtown Union City, chalk art contest, fashion show, BBQ cookoff, cake walk, pet show, chair auction, zombies and more. American Idol Contestant Paul Jolley of Palmersville will perform in concert Saturday night.

On Tuesday, September 9, the Library Kids Concert will be held at the Obion County Library, with Cowboy Dan performing at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Pride of Obion County luncheon will be held at the Hampton Center to honor David Harris, manager at Walmart and active in civic affairs. “This is always a highpoint of the CornFest celebration, according to Pride Committee Chair Janie Alexander, “and we know many people will want to be on hand to honor David.”

The Master Gardener Luncheon is set for Thursday, September 11, and it will feature Author and Garden Designer Troy B. Marden. Marden is the star of TV’s Volunteer Gardener program. A sack lunch will be available at the event, set for noon at Soleil Garden Center.

The CornFest Chalk Art Contest also will be held Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. on South First Street in downtown Union City. The free event is for students from kindergarten through 12th grade to showcase their creativity on the sidewalks of the city.

Pizza will be provided by Snappy Tomato and cold drinks from Union City Coca-Cola.

The CornFest Parade beins at 5:30 p.m., down First Street and through the downtown area. Cash prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information call 731881-7561.

The CornFest Fashion Show and Lunch will be held September 12 at the Eddie Cox Center and it benefits Westover Center For the Arts. Tickets are $15 and is set for 11:30 a.m.

Later that day at the Wynridge Golf Course in Troy will be a Four-Man Golf Scramble. All funds raised go to Obion County hometown walk of Hope. Teams who pay the $100 registration will enjoy a free lunch at noon at the course. The 18-hole event follows lunch.

The CornFest BBQ Cook Off is held September 12 and 13 in downtown Union City, in the parking lot next to the Obion County Chamber office. Organizers said they wanted to combine the contest and Tyson Food’s annual free Family Feed in one location.

Tyson also will provide all the chicken for the contestants to prepare on site. 

The Day In The Park is set for Saturday, September 13, with a Fun Run featuring Zombie Chasers this year. Pets in the Park, Junior Auxiliary Petting Zoo, a Chair Auction, Cake Walks get underway at 9 a.m. in Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City.

Artists, craftspeople, hobby artists and non-profits will have booths and exhibits. At 10 a.m., a car show begins, as well as pumpkin painting for kids. At 11 a.m., the Pedal Car Race begins, with the bed race at 1 p.m., corn hole tournament, corn eating and corn shucking contests from 2-5 p.m.

The Corn Idol Contest will begin at 3 p.m.

The Tyson Foods Free Community Feed is from 4-6 p.m., followed by the free Paul Jolley concert at 5:30 p.m. 

Booklets with the CornFest schedule are available at the library and throughout the community. The schedule also is on the CornFest website.

Obion Library Kids Concert is Set Tuesday

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Library Kids’ Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, with music and entertainment from Cowboy Dan.

The concert is part of the CornFest festivities and will be held in the parking lot. Admission free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

WestStar Leadership Program Applications Accepted

Martin, Tenn. – Applications are being accepted to participate in UT Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program. The program is the largest and oldest regional leadership development program in Tennessee and serves the 21 counties of West Tennessee. The program has produced 710 graduates in its 25-year history. 

For application and additional information, contact WestStar at 731-881-7298 or online at The application deadline is Oct. 15. Anyone can apply to participate in the program, and nominations are accepted but not required. Class members will be competitively selected to participate in the 2015 program.

The WestStar program consists of eight specially designed seminar programs addressing contemporary major issues important to West Tennessee’s development. Each seminar takes place over one-and-a-half days. The program begins Dec. 11 with an opening one-day retreat and ends June 18, 2015, with an evening graduation ceremony.

The WestStar mission is to identify, encourage and equip community-minded people who want to become more involved, want to help West Tennessee become a better place and are willing to accept assertive and dynamic leadership roles.

Participants learn new leadership skills and develop strategies for assisting communities in solving problems and maximizing potential. Participants also become part of a growing network of other leaders who, through mutual support and assistance, shape West Tennessee’s future.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Human Remains Found In Decatur County
Stowe Said Identification Will Take 24-48 Hours

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Decatur County, Tenn. --Newly-elected District Attorney Matt Stowe has confirmed to WENK/WTPR that human remains were found early Sunday in a wooded area near property owned by the family of Zach Adams. Adams is one of two murder suspects arrested earlier this year in the case of Holly Bobo, who has been missing since 201l.

Stowe vowed that investigators will keep looking for more remains. “We have not recovered all the remains and no one will be leaving the scene until we do,” he said.

Stowe and other investigators have been at the scene all day. He confirmed that a human skull was found by hunters and said the remains still must be identified. “It will take 24 to 48 hours to do that,” he said.

Some media  reports are indicating that the remains were found only some 10 miles from the Adams family home. Stowe could not confirm that, however. “I don’t have a map in front of me and honestly can’t say how close we are to that property,” he said.

Stowe did say that the area where the remains were found is so remote “no one could end up here by accident.”

The discovery comes as two newly-elected officials take over the reins of the case: both Stowe and Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd.

The TBI, Decatur County deputies and other agencies pored over Adams’ property earlier this year.

Both Zach Adams and Jason Autry, also of Decatur County, were indicted earlier this year and charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping. Two more men, Mark and Jeffrey Pearcy, have also been charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact. Both men are alleged to have owned or have knowledge of a video which shows Bobo tied up and crying after her disappearance.

Arts and Crafts Festival Continues Today

Buchanan, Tenn.-Dustin Smith of the Knights of Columbus, top photo, was one of several volunteers working at the annual Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Lakeway Kiwanis Club of Paris Saturday at Paris Landing State Park. Over 100 vendors from all over (with some from as far away as Ohio) were sharing their wares with the large crowd that flocked to the park. The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. One of the most popular stands was that of Scott Green of Atwood, who was selling good cinnamon roasted nuts of all varieties, bottom. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Career Center Open House Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The public is invited to the Tennessee Career Center Customer Appreciation Open House next week. It will be a good opportunity for job seekers and employers to learn more about job searches and employment.

The open house is set for 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, September 9 at the Central Administration Building at 55 Jones Bend Rd. Extended. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Patriots Football Team Helps Firefighters Install Smoke Alarms

Gunner Osborn (on ladder), Luke Reed and Andrew Minor at work. (Captain Chris Mustain photos).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department and Henry County Football Team installed 67 smoke alarms in homes in Paris Saturday afternoon as part of the State Fire Marshal’s “Get Alarmed” pilot program.

Twenty-five seniors and juniors on the football team went out with crews from the fire department in five department trucks through several neighborhoods that are considered at-risk to install the fire alarms for free.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is on a mission to prevent home fire deaths in Tennessee and with grant funds awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was able to purchase 20,000 smoke alarms to be distributed to fire departments.

Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said he picked up 120 fire alarms from State Fire Marshal Claire Marsalis for use in the program. “Our kick off today was very successful,” Williams said. “We had several areas targeted and we were very happy with 67 smoke alarms being installed on our first day doing this.”

Williams said he was very proud of the Henry County Patriots’ football team and Coach James Counce for wanting to partner with the fire department for the program.

“Tennessee is in the top 5 states in the United States in fire deaths and that’s not good,” Williams said. “This is a program that is intended to save lives.”

Captain James Mustain was in charge of coordinating the program on Saturday. 

Williams said the fire alarms are intended to be installed outside the sleeping areas on every level of the homes. 

According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Get Alarmed program has been credited with saving the lives of 52 Tennesseans so far, demonstrating that working smoke alarms can and will save lives. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants all Tennesseans to have these vital devices in their homes.  

Hayden Walker and Ethan Dicus installing an alarm.

Rockin' To The Little River Band

Martin, Tenn.-A huge and enthusiastic crowd was on hand Friday night for the performance of Little River Band at the Tennessee Soybean Festival in Martin. Several photos taken from the stage are posted on the Little River Band’s Facebook page with the message, “Hey Martin! What a great night with all of you at the Festival. Hot and sweaty and fun! Rock and roll! See you next time.” There are many activities today at the festival, including the sidewalk sales, 5K race, car and bike show, disc golf tournament, BBQ cookoff, street fair and carnival, pet show and the Lee Brice concert tonight.

Quota Learns About Plus Endowment, Celebrates Anniversary

Brother Randy Stephens at Quota. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-As the Paris Quota Club celebrated its 54th birthday at this week’s meeting, members learned about the Plus Endowment program in the Henry County Schools system.

President Stephanie Tayloe presented each past president and each past district governor in attendance with a long stemmed red rose in honor of Quotas birthday. She also presented a rose to Bethel Williams, 50-year member of Quota.

Susan Hayes, Steve Blount and Brother Randy Stevens shared facts about the Plus Endowment program. Plus Endowment is funded by teacher payroll deductions and contributions from the community. Other funds come from interest from a nest egg started by William Atchison.

Funds are used for grants to teachers. They gave $22,500 in 2013, and plan to give more this year. They are now doing bank drafts and the 5 for 5 program, which is $500 for 5 years. They will be on the Chamber of Commerce website and Facebook soon.

With Plus Endowment grants, Regena Lindsey, guidance at Henry Elementary presented The Dome to students and Laurine Greathouse, Paris Special School District teacher taught an after school reading program this year.

They said they want Plus Endowment to be equal to Helping Hands and Relay for Life and they want education to be equal to athletics. They gave out the newsletter to those present.

Melanie Townsend reminded Quotarians that the annual Hog Killing will be at her house on Tuesday, October 14.

A thank-you note was read from Family Resource Center and The Veterans Committee received a generous anonymous donation to be applied to the activities at the Tennessee State Veterans Home. The donor is a Paris Vietnam veteran who owns a local business operating in Paris since 1929.

Beth Watkins, sponsored by Martha McFadden was installed as a new member.

UTM Hires Alan Youngerman as Director

Martin, Tenn. – Alan Youngerman, most recently district executive for the Boy Scouts of America, is the new director of the UT Martin McNairy County Center/Selmer.

Youngerman succeeds Deidra Beene who died in March following a long illness. She had served as center director since 2001. Youngerman began his new duties Sept. 2.

“I’ve always loved education,” Youngerman said of his appointment. “I’d like to see the university continue and expand its successes here.” He added that his long and varied business background would help him move the center forward.

Before his position with the Boy Scouts, Youngerman was co-owner and vice president of Stan’s Home Center Inc. in Jackson and the Home Center Inc. in Lexington and Henderson. He was previously associated with the McNairy County/Selmer Center from 2009-11 as an adjunct faculty member teaching geology.

Youngerman holds an associate degree in physical chemistry from Jackson State Community College, a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and a master’s degree with a major in economic geology from the University of Nevada, Reno - Mackay School of Mines.

Youngerman and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and live in Selmer.

UT Martin opened the McNairy County/Selmer Center in cooperation with McNairy County and the city of Selmer. The university began offering lower-division courses at the center in summer 1998.

In fall 2004, the center began offering courses leading to the Education K-6 degree. Then in fall 2008, the center offered courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in history and social work. Four new classrooms were completed in fall 2009.

In addition to previous offerings, a major in criminal justice is now available, and a major in psychology is new for this fall semester. The center also offers a full rotation plan of general-education courses, upper-division courses and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Also available are non-credit classes, and the center can design training curriculums to meet the individual needs of local business and industry. The UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies is the university’s administrative reporting channel for the center. 

Rhea Library Resumes Pre-School Story Hour 

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library began its pre-school story hour this week and will continue meeting at 10 a.m. each Thursday.

The story hour follows the Paris Special Schools calendar and only meets when school is in session.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Crowd Shows Up Early For Noon On The Square

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighter Fred Reed, front, and Paris Special Schools Board Member John Steele work the grill at today's first Noon on the Square of the season. The large crowd showed up early for the sack lunches and musical entertainment by the Ray Lewis Band. Bottom photo Drummer Steve Greer warms up for the performance. Sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust each year, this year's lunches are provided by the Henry County High School Senior Class. The Downtown Paris Association provides bottled water. Noon on the Square is held each Friday in September. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Exhibit Explores "Volunteer State" in War of 1812

The traveling exhibit will be at the University of Tennessee Martin through October 31. (UTM photo).

Martin, Tenn. — The War of 1812 was a defining moment in Tennessee’s history, thrusting the state into the spotlight of American political and military history. Many Tennesseans emerged as important American figures, including Andrew Jackson, David Crockett, Sam Houston, Edmund Gaines (Act of Congress Medal winner) and Sequoyah. 

To explore this long overlooked war, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s J. Houston Gordon Museum presents the Tennessee State Museum’s traveling exhibition “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812.” The museum is located in the Paul Meek Library, and the exhibit is on view now through Oct. 31.

The Tennessee State Museum collaborated with the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission on organizing the exhibition. 

The War of 1812, fought against Great Britain, culminated in the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. The American public often overlooks this conflict, but it was incredibly important in establishing the American national identity. Some noted historians believe that it was the “second American Revolution,” which marked true independence from Britain for the United States.

The war in the South was particularly a Tennessee war, waged predominately by Tennessee militia, volunteers or regular army units raised in the state. When the British threatened the Gulf Coast, Tennesseans contributed to the defeat of the Red Sticks at Horseshoe Bend and the British at New Orleans. Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans propelled him to the White House and established Tennessee at the forefront of American politics. So many Tennesseans volunteered for service that the state soon began to be known by its now-famous nickname, the “Volunteer State.”

On display are period artifacts from the era, such as a 7th US infantry soldier’s uniform and a book that was on the USS Constitution, swords, muskets, and other weapons owned by those who fought in the war, as well as a broad variety of documentary art, maps and illustrations that have been selected to recreate a flavor of the times.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Gordon Museum will present a talk by Dr. David Coffey at 3 p.m. on September 18. Coffey is a professor and chair of the UT Martin Department of History and Philosophy. 

For more information on museum hours, directions and parking locations, visit the library’s website at or call Samuel Richardson or Karen Elmore at 731-881-7094.

Paris Landing To Host BASSfest 2015

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn. — The Bassmaster Elite Series schedule has been announced for 2015 and Paris Landing State Park will be the location of the BASSfest next June.

Bassfest will be held on Kentucky Lake, June 3-7 and will include seminars, photo and autograph sessions. Paris Landing has already hosted four Elite tournaments, two of which required more than 90 pounds to win.

According to Bassmaster, Kentucky Lake is one of the most consistent bass fishing destinations in the country, which led to its ranking of 18th by Bassmaster Magazine. Watch out for Kevin VanDam to regain his winning form — he’s already won two Elite tournaments here, Bassmaster said.

In 2015, B.A.S.S. celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Bassmaster Elite Series with a schedule that commemorates some of the greatest events in bass fishing history. “Six of the sites have hosted Elite tournaments in the past decade, and all eight fisheries are among the finest venues the sport has to offer for the best anglers in the business“, according to Bassmaster.

The season begins March 19-22 in Orange, Texas, at the Sabine River. From the Sabine, the best bass anglers in the world head east to Alabama and Lake Guntersville, April 9-12.  Later in the month, the Elite Series reconvenes in California at the Sacramento River, April 30-May 3. 

Upon leaving Sacramento, the Elite pros will travel approximately 600 miles to Lake Havasu City, host of the fourth Elite event of the season, to be held May 7-10 on Lake Havasu. 

After a summer hiatus, the Elites are back in action on the St. Lawrence River, July 30-Aug. 2, out of Waddington, N.Y. Then on August 13-16, the series moves to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The  2015 Elite Series regular season wraps up in Detroit, Mich., on Lake St. Clair Sept. 24-27. 

Enrollment for B.A.S.S. Nation and Life members begins Oct. 7 online and Oct. 9 by telephone. Registration for other B.A.S.S. members begins online Oct. 14 and by phone Oct. 16. All entries start at 9 a.m. CT.

Dixie Children's Chorus Auditions Are Monday
Amy Martin Returns As Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Auditions for The Dixie Children’s Chorus will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 8 at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Amy Martin of Paris will be returning as Director of the chorus.

Auditions will be held in The Dixie’s Hal Holbrook Theatre; please enter through the Box Office. Children must be going into the second through sixth grade in the fall 2014 semester. At the audition, the students will need to sing one song from memory without accompaniment, much like what you see on TV singing shows. 

Make your child aware that they may only get to sing a portion of their song due to time constraints, but they should be prepared for the song in its entirety. Students will also be briefly tested on their ability to match pitch and to echo clap simple rhythmic patterns. 

The Dixie Children’s Chorus is FREE activity but does require rehearsal and performance attendance and specific performance attire which will be explained to Chorus members. 

Rehearsals will occur on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Performances expected to include The Dixie Children's Chorus are: The Dixie Live Concert Series Riders in The Sky, Mainstreet Christmas, and a Recital. Chorus does not meet in the Spring, only the Fall. 

The Dixie also is announcing the return of Amy Martin as chorus director. She previously directed this group during its first year in 2011. Martin is a lifelong musician with experience as a singer, pianist, organist, flutist, and choir director. 

Since 1986 she has been teaching music to people of all ages in church and community choirs, daycare classes, piano lessons and Kindermusik classes at the Lee Academy in Paris. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music and Master of Sacred Music and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting. 

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information on this or other programs please contact the Box Office at 731-986-2100, online at, or visit us in person at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon, TN.

Little River Band, Lee Brice To Appear at Soybean Festival

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Tennessee Soybean Festival in Martin is winding down in style, with big names in concert and a flurry of activities to entertain.

The Friday night concert will feature the Little River Band at 9 p.m. tonight and the Saturday night concert will feature Lee Brice.

Friday events begin with the Children’s Street Fair at 9 a.m., the Friends of the Library book sale at 9 and sidewalk sales that continue through Saturday.

The Street Fair and Carnival begins at 5 p.m., with the Cancer Crash Car Bash, Bluegrass in the Park, BBQ Cookoff and Bacon-Eating contest also in the afternoon. 
Saturday’s activities include the American Legion pancake breakfast, a North End Crossing Juke and Junkin’ Fest, which is a communitywide yard sale which features musical entertainment that begins in the morning and continues through the afternoon.

The 5K road race and fun run and the car and bike shows are in the morning, as is the 5th annual disc golf tournament. The pet show begins at 4 p.m. followed by another Cancer Crash Car Bash at 5 p.m. and the Saturday night concert.

The complete schedule can be found on the festival’s website

Garage Destroyed in Mansfield Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Mansfield, Tenn.-Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Webb said Friday morning that firefighters “had our work cut out for us” battling a blaze at a garage until the wee hours of the morning.

A garage at 1340 Vale Rd. owned by J.W. Carter is a total loss following the fire, which began around 10:45 p.m. Webb said the Mansfield and Pleasant Hill fire ...departments called for mutual aid from the Paris and Oakland Departments. The Forestry Department also assisted. The firefighters were on the scene until 3:30 a.m.

Webb said the garage is adjacent to the home and firefighters successfully kept the fire from spreading to the home. The fire was an especially dangerous one since the garage was full of several cars and the combustible materials in the garage kept blowing up.

“It burned half a dozen cars in there and all those things inside there kept blowing up. The whole roof fell in at one point,” Webb said. “We had a real hard time with it.”

Carter fixes cars as a sideline, Webb said. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Huckabee To Speak, Perform At Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.-Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee will be the speaker at Bethel University September 18 and tickets are on sale now.

Huckabee, who is a guitarist, will speak and perform musical numbers with members of Bethel Renaissance. A dinner will precede his speech. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to come early for picture-taking sessions.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Linda hearn at 731-352-4003 or at Tickets are $200 each.

The event will be held at the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.

Union City Arson Investigated

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police and Fire Department personnel are investigating an arson on the front porch at 714 Glendale St. around 3 a.m. Friday morning. Police personnel are calling the resident lucky that he noticed the fire and put it out so quickly or it would have spread through the home.

The resident told officers he was inside the house and noticed illumination on the front porch. When he looked out the front window, he saw that a piece of exercise equipment he kept there had been set on fire. He used a pan of water to extinguish the blaze.

According to the police report, it appears that someone used an accelerant on the padding area of the equipment to set the fire.

The resident told officers he did not hear anyone outside before the fire started. 

Police personnel said the exercise equipment was the only item damaged. The house was not damaged but most likely would have been if the resident had not put the fire out so quickly.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

City Receives 21 Resumes For City Manager Post

Commissioners listen to reports from City Manager Carl Holder, third from left. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris City Manager Carl Holder told the city commission Thursday night that since the city has already received 21 resumes for the City Manager’s position from which he will be retiring.

Holder has recommended to the commission that Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Kim Foster be placed in that position and her training for that position commenced this month.

According to the timeline established by the commission earlier, applicants will be narrowed down in October and interviews will begin in November.

Holder said after the meeting that of the 21 resumes, two are from Henry Countians, with the rest from other parts of Tennessee, the Midwest and East Coast. He said of the resumes received so far, five or six have viable city management experience.

At the request of Commissioner Terry Fuller, Holder presented a revised drawing of the proposed city hall renovations, which specifically show how access to the police department will be configured. 

Further discussion of the proposed renovation is moot at this time, however, since the city has suspended further consideration of the renovations until such time as appropriate revenue sources can be identified.

Foster presented the July operating statement, which shows retail sales for the city have remained ahead of the same month last year, but the loss of beer and liquor taxes continues to be problematic for the city of Paris. Those taxes are down because neighboring cities now also have retail outlets that sell beer and liquor.

“Our revenues in the general fund were behind expenditures by $155,000,” Foster said, “and were down by approximately $47,000 when compared to July 2013.” She said the loss is attributable to two major areas: beer and liquor tax down by almost $22,000 and the chance that the state has recently implemented for business tax collections.

Foster said since the restructuring of business tax collections the city now will receive “probably 90 to 95 percent of these dollars in May as opposed to receiving portions intermittently throughout the year.” 

 In other business:

--Following a public hearing at which no one appeared, the commission enacted an ordinance governing building permit fees, inspection fees, sign permit fees and planning commission fees on second reading.

--The commission made appointments to boards: David Webb again on the Historic Zoning Board; and Traci Wilson, Aaron Dobbs and Sue Quinn were appointed to the Americans With Disabilities Board.

--The commission welcomed newly-hired Administrative Assistant Kathy Horner.

Tennessee Soybean Festival In Full Swing

Martin, Tenn.-The Tennessee Soybean Festival has been going strong this week, with large crowds pouring into Martin for the many activities, contests and concerts that are ongoing. Thursday's events include continuation of the sidewalk sales, street fair and carnival, book sale, Cancer Crash Car Bash, baking contest and UT Martin Student Night. (Brent Hinson photo).

Public Input Hearing, Reception Set At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park will be hosting a reception and public input hearing from Tuesday, September 9 at the Paris Landing Inn. 

Paris Landing Inn Manager Gary McEntire said the reception begins at 5 p.m., which will mostly be a meet-and-greet opportunity with local park staff and personnel from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  

The hearing itself begins at 6 p.m. and will provide the public the opportunity to offer input about the park. It may last until 7:30 p.m., depending on how many people attend.

TDEC officials have been conducting the hearings at state parks around the state.

Krider Idol Auditions Are Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-This year’s Krider Idol auditions will be held Saturday, September 6, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Auditions are mandatory and are held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Contestants must be age nine through 18 years old and the competition is open to all in West Tennessee. The contest is sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council.

 If you have any questions please contact Diane Lowery at 731-414-3295: # or Mary Lodge (731)644-1018 Or visit the website for updates and further information.

CornFest 2014 Set To Begin This Weekend

Union City, Tenn.-Yes, it’s that time of year: CornFest 2014 starts this weekend and continues through six days of non-stop activity in Union City from September 6-14.

The event includes an evening parade on Thursday, plus contests and activities including the CornFest Idol Contest, the Day in the Park, a Zombie run, Cornhole tournament, Pet Parade, and Creative Chair Auction.

Here are the highlights:

Chalk Art: Thursday, September 11th
It’s that time again, time for kids to leave their mark on Union City. LITERALLY! It’s The CornFest’s Chalk art Contest. This is a free event for children in Kindergarten up to 12th grade. The fun starts at 3:30 at Merchants Park. Bring your kids hungry - free pizza from Snappy Tomato and soda’s from Coke for everyone entering the contest! Each child will receive three pieces of chalk, but you are welcome to bring more for your little piscso, for bigger, brighter pictures! Then stick around for the CornFest parade starting at 5:30!

CornFest Parade: Thursday, September 11th
The parade is coming!!! The parade is coming!!! Obion County CornFest is bringing back the CornFest parade Thursday, September 11th at 5:30pm in downtown Union City! We are inviting all Beauty Queens, Clubs, organizations, sports teams, Churches, Daycares, businesses, senior citizens centers and dignitaries to be part of the fun! There will be cash prizes for best float, best decorated car and best decorated tractor or ATV! Get your parade application at and sign-up today for FRREEEEEEEE!

Day in the Park: Saturday, September 13th 
How would you like to win cash and prizes for pitching a bag in a hole, for eating lots of corn, for chasing down a greased pig or having the fastest bed in town? It’s all part of this year’s Obion County CornFest’s Day in the Park! Join us on Saturday, September 13th at Kiwanis Park starting at 9am for a day of family fun and entertainment. And did I mention a free chicken dinner with all the trimmings, compliments of Tyson! Then stick around for great music from American Idol finalist Paul Jolley! You can get all the details on their website 

Cornhole: Saturday, September 13th
Who knew winning 250 bucks could be so much fun! That is the grand prize for the 3rd annual CornHole Tournament at this year’s Obion County CornFest! Show up on Saturday, September 13th to get in on the action. Twenty dollar entry fee per team and you can register the day of the tournament. First place prize, 250 dollars, Second place wins 125 dollars and third place is 50 bucks! The Cornhole tournament starts at 2:00 in Kiwanis Park on Saturday, September 13th. For more information call Trey Wood at (731)335-0222

CornFest Idol, Saturday, September 13th
Do you have what it takes to be an idol? Now is your chance to prove it! Come and showcase your skills at the CornFest idol competition during Obion County CornFest Day in the Park! The talent show will take place on Saturday, September 13th at 3pm in Kiwanis Park. There are two age groups are competing for $100 grand prize – Youth is 15 and under, adult is 16 and over. You must register at Day in the Park. There is a 10 dollar entry fee and the number of participants is limited! Please bring your music on a CD! And Don’t worry, if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket – sit back relax and watch your friends and neighbors as they compete for CornFest Idol! 

J’Cette Zombie Run, September 13th
Zombies are invading Union City at this year’s J’Cette Zombie Run 5K. It’s all part of this year’s Obion County CornFest. You can participate in a one mile fun run or a 5K on Saturday, September 13th! Registration will start at 8am at Union City High School, and the race starts at 9. Everyone is encouraged to pre-register by going to . Preregistered runners get a free t-shirt and the cost is only $15. Race day registration is $20. 

Pet Parade, Saturday, September 13th
Dogs, Cats, pigs, miniature ponies and stuffed dinosaurs are all welcome at CornFest’s annual Pet Parade! If it’s your pet, alive or stuffed - it is welcome! Every year children and adults alike come to show off their favorite buddies! The parade of fun starts at 9am! There is a $5 entry fee and free t-shirts will be given away to the first 50 people to enter. 

Creative Chair Auction, September 13th
Obion County is plentiful with creative people! That’s what makes CornFest’s Creative Chair silent auction so much fun! You are invited to create a chair to go into our silent auction. Or if you would like to add a unique piece of art to your home – come out to Day in the Park on September 13th and bid on your favorite! Money raised goes to a local non-profit! Creative Chairs can be dropped off at The Gallery in Union City anytime until Friday, Sept. 12th. Chairs will be judged on Best of Show, Most Creative and Most Artistic. Kids are also invited to get in on the fun with prizes going to the best chairs from children ages 3 to 7 and children ages 8 to 13. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.

Six Arrested in Martin On Drug Charges

                 John Miller

Martin, Tenn.-Weakley County Sheriff’s Department investigators have been busy the last few days, executing search warrants that resulted in the arrests of six persons on a long list of drug charges.

On Thursday August 28, investigators arrested John William Miller, age 59, of 129 Todd Street in Martin and Stacey Renee Clouse, age 27, of 1300 Mathis Road on charges of manufacture of schedule 6 marijuana and possession of meth. 

According to the police report, their arrests occurred when the investigators found the pair in a vehicle in a bean field off of Ralston Road. Investigators said marijuana plants were found growing nearby and a small amount of crystal meth was found in the vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle belonged to Miller.

On Monday September 1,  investigators executed two search warrants.

The first was served at an address on Hwy 45 north near Martin and resulted in the arrest of Cory Lee Bell age 33 of 12379 Highway 45 and Rachel Lynette Henry, age 32, of 238 Charger Lane in Martin. 

Bell and Henry were charged with possession of meth and initiation of meth manufacturing. Bell was also charged with tampering with evidence after he attempted to destroy part of a meth cooking operation in the house.

According to the report, a search warrant was then served at 134 Mt Pelia Road in Martin and resulted in the arrest of Sierra Morgan Bennett, age 21, and Lijah Vantaze Hurst, age 25, both of 113 Beaumont in Martin. 

They were charged with possession of marijuana with intent for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia when deputies uncovered two bags of marijuana and scales.  

EMA To Host Free Child Care Emergency Training

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Emergency Management will host a free training workshop for local child care providers in Henry and surrounding counties. 

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins said the State Dept. of Human Services- Child Care Licensing Division enacted new requirements for child care providers requiring them to have a written multi-hazard emergency preparedness plan for the protection of children. 

The two hour approved training will assist providers in developing an emergency plan meeting the outlined child care provider guidelines in Public Chapter 216. 

Watkins said, “The new guidelines require child care providers to create a multi hazard plan. This is taking their existing plans and expanding them with consideration of additional hazards that may threaten the community such as earthquakes, severe weather, and hazardous chemical spills. The workshop will assist the daycares in creating a written document they can tailor specifically for their operation. Regional child care facility specialists and emergency managers will be on hand to assist them in this process.” 

The free workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11 at the emergency management office located at 204 N. Brewer St in Paris. Materials will be provided for each site and certificates of completion will be issued. Any child care operator is encouraged to attend, including those in surrounding counties. 

Please contact 731-222-5145 to register. 

MSU Students To Help With Mammoth Cave "Bat Night"

Mammoth Cave, Ky. — Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate its 4th annual Bat Night on Saturday, Sept. 6, with the assistance of Murray State University wildlife biology students.

Visitors to Bat Night will have the opportunity to learn about bats, talk to bat researchers and gain hands-on experience using the scientific equipment that resear...chers use to study bats. All of the event activities are free and open to everyone.

“We hope the overall Bat Night experience will help people appreciate these small, nocturnal creatures, which often go unnoticed,” according to Sarah Craighead, superintendent at Mammoth Cave. “They are important on farms, in town and here in the park as the number one predator of night-flying insects.”

Special bat-related displays will be set up at the visitor center from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. At dusk, the bats begin to wake up and fly out for a night of foraging. At that point, the activities move to the Historic Entrance of the cave.

Murray State anticipates sending 7-10 students from the Wildlife Society to Bat Night. The students will be manning environmental education tables during the day and will assist with night vision goggles and forward-looking infrared cameras at the Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave.

TVA Ranks In Top 10 of Utilities

Nashville, Tenn. -- For the ninth consecutive year, Site Selection magazine has ranked the Tennessee Valley Authority among its Top 10 North American utilities for leadership in economic development.

In making their selection, the magazine’s editors noted TVA’s key role in partnering with local power companies and regional, state and local economic development agencies to attract or retain more than 52,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital investment to its seven-state service area during 2013.

“To be one of only three utilities to achieve this recognition for nine straight years is a testament to the partnerships TVA’s Economic Development team has formed with communities and agencies across the area. We are focusing our collective resources on keeping the Valley in the forefront as a most desirable place to locate and grow companies,” according to John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development.

Major companies announcing new facilities or expansions across the TVA region in 2013 included Yokohama Tire in West Point, Miss.; PTC Seamless Tube in Hopkinsville, Ken.; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Huntsville, Ala.; ARAMARK and UBS in Nashville, Tenn., Calsonic Kansei North America in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna, Tenn; and Nike in Memphis, Tenn.

In addition, Site Selection editors highlighted the redesign of and TVA’s work in developing sites for data centers, along with advanced manufacturing facilities, transportation manufacturing and food processing. To date, a total of 23 data center sites have been designated as “ready for development” across the Valley, thanks in part to TVA’s efforts.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reward Offered in Vandalism Case

Vandals trashed the home at 630 Cates Rd. in Routon. (Photos submitted).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the person or persons involved with extensive vandalism to a home at 630 Cates Rd. in Routon this week.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the incident occurred sometime between Sunday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 2 and caused at least $20,000 damage.

Belew said the homeowner was moving out of the residence and no one had been to the home since Sunday. Entry to the home was made by kicking in the back door and a large amount of damage occurred in the basement, where holes had been punched through every wall.

A three by two foot hole was torn out of another wall, Belew said. The vandal or vandals also spray painted names and drawings on the walls and spray painted the toilet.

Belew said anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the sheriff’s office hotline at 731-642-0929.

Henry County Archives Collecting Veteran Photos, Bios

Paris, Tenn.--The Henry County Archive and Genealogy Library located in Weston Hall on Grove Hill in Paris is collecting photos and biographies of Henry Countians who served in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.

The purpose is to establish a free, permanent memorial of all the veterans from Henry County.

Organizers asked if you or someone in your family served in any capacity, you’re invited to submit a short biography and/or photo to add to the memorial. All pictures will be copied and promptly returned.

For further info, call Charlene Carter, 731-333-4248 or or Mary Hershey 731-642-8530

Martin Crowded For Soybean Festival Parade, Street Fair and More
Little River Band, Lee Brice To Perform

Crowds poured into downtown Martin Tuesday night for the parade and other festivities. (Brent Hinson photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The annual Soybean Festival continues with performances by The Little River Band, Lee Brice, more of the street fair and carnival, as well as the city-wide sidewalk sales, library book sale, live bluegrass music, BBQ cook-off and bacon-eating contest.

Thursday activities begin with the senior adult baking contest at 10 a.m. at SAC at North Lindell Street, followed by the Cancer Crash Car Bash at 5 p.m. in downtown Martin for Relay for Life.

The Friends of the Library book sale, sidewalk sales and street fair and carnival are ongoing throughout the rest of the week.

Thursday is UT Martin Student Night with live music at 7 p.m. at the Festival Park main stage.

Friday begins with the children’s street fair at 9 a.m. -1 p.m. downtown, plus another Cancer Crash Car Bash will be held at 5 p.m. downtown, with more bluegrass at Virginia Weldon Park starting at 4:30 p.m.

The 21st annual BBQ Cookoff begins at 5 p.m. in Weldon Park and the first-ever Bacon-Eating Contest will be held at the same time at Sammie’s Restaurant in Martin.

Little River Band will perform at the Friday Night Concert at 9 p.m.

Saturday activities include a community wide yard sale, the Soybean Festival 5K race and one mile walk at 7:30 a.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex, 18th annual Soybean Festival car and bike show at 8 a.m. at the Recreation Complex.

There also will be a softball tournament all day, along with a 5th annual disc golf tournament at 9 a.m. at the Harrison Road Complex, a pet show at 4 p.m. at Virginia Weldon Park and the Saturday night concert with Lee Brice at 9 p.m.

For the full schedule of events, see the Soybean Festival Facebook page and website.

This year's parade was festive, as always. (Brent Hinson photo).

Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Festival is This Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club Arts and Crafts Festival is this weekend--the event for which many area crafters wait all year.

The festival will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7, at Paris Landing State Park.

The event annually draws thousands to the park and the local area. The state park is a perfect location for the festival, with views of Kentucky Lake. A wide variety of arts and crafts is always on display.

Some vendor space is still available and applications are on the event’s Facebook page at Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club Arts and Crafts Festival. In order to sell food of any kind, this includes sweet tea and lemonade, you must contact the Henry County Health Department at: 731-642-4025 ext 120.

For more information on the event, contact Organizer Crissy McCutcheon at 363-7197 or through the Facebook page.

Refuge Discovery Series on Astronomy Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Join the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge as it presents a Refuge Discovery Series program focusing on Astronomy. On Saturday September 6th at 7:30 pm Astronomer Bob Vickers, president of the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers will bring his telescopes to lead an informative program about the night sky. 

This night of family fun will be held outdoors on the back patio of the new refuge visitor center, a perfect spot to see the stars. It is also a special privilege to visit the refuge at night, since the refuge is normally a day use only facility. The visitor center and Blue Heron Bookstore will we open before the program beginning at 6:00 pm to give visitors a chance to explore our new exhibit hall and highlighting a new line of star charts and star guide books. 

The Friends of Tennessee NWR will host the event providing water, chairs and bug repellant for participants. Those attending will also be offered door prizes from the refuge.

To get to the New Refuge Visitor Center take highway 79 North out of Paris, turn right onto Oak Grove Road and follow the directional signs.

For more information about the refuge, please call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 731-642-2091 or see our website at

Women's Leadership Event Set at Murray State

Murray, Ky. — “Leadership Launch Murray State” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to women of all ages and in all walks of life. The event will be held in the Hall of Benefactors in Heritage Hall on Murray State University’s campus (926 N. 16th Street).

Programs throughout the day are designed to help women develop their leadership skills, whether they lead in their families or communities, or in the business or public sectors. Topics to be explored during the day include expectations and objectives, charting a leadership course, defining a work/life balance, generations and the transforming power of social media.

Presented by Leadership Women of Dallas, Texas, the day features Candace O’Keefe Mathis, CEO for Leadership Women; Pamela Owens, programming consultant for Leadership Women; and Debbie Saviano, solopreneur and social media strategist.

Murray State University graduate Trisha Cunningham (B.S. 1986) graduated from the Leadership Texas class in 2010 and the Leadership International class of 2013 in India. She has been on the board of Leadership Women since 2011.

Cunningham has worked with Texas Instruments for 28 years, in five management roles in both Houston and Dallas. “TI provides much leadership training to its employees, so I have taken many throughout the years,” Cunningham noted.

The cost of the Murray workshop is $50; the Town & Gown member rate is discounted to $35. Online registration is available at For group registration or more information, call 214.421.5566.

Ice Cream Eating Contest Benefits Rural Ministries

Union City, Tenn.-The Shady Grove United Methodist Church will host the “SCOOP-ETITION” ice cream eating contest in Kiwanis Park in Union City from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, September 6.

$4 will get you a spoon and all the scoops of homemade ice cream you can eat. Ages four through 10 is $2 and kids three and under are free. Live music and inflatables will be available. All proceeds benefit Reelfoot Rural Ministries.

ACT Prep Workshop Set Saturday

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University will be conducting an upcoming ACT Prep Workshop in the Calloway County Public Library meeting room on Saturday, Sept. 6. The workshop helps prepare students by teaching useful strategies and test-taking tips, while building confidence for this important test.

Topics covered in this workshop include preparing for the test and knowing what to expect, parts of the test, scoring, sample questions/problems, strategies and plenty of tips.

The workshop, taught by Sally Brannen, will also feature greater depth and extra practice in the English and reading portions of the test.

Each student will receive a 350-plus-page book that includes more preparation information, sample problems and a practice test.

The workshop will run from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 710 Main Street in Murray.

Students should bring a pen or pencil, notepaper and calculator (optional), and may also bring a drink and snack.

The cost of the workshop is $55. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To easily register online, go to

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Preliminary Findings: Trezevant Pair Died of Natural Causes

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Trezevant, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced today that its preliminary autopsy findings indicated that a mother and son found dead in their home in Trezevant last week died of natural causes. Meanwhile, a joint funeral service has been set for them.

Alice Baker, 72, and son, Ron Harmon, 46, were found dead in their home August 29 by a family member.

TBI Public Information Officer Josh DeVine told WENK/WTPR that the TBI is still investigating, however. “We are awaiting additional toxicology analysis as our investigation continues,” he said.

A joint funeral service will be held for the pair at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at Chase Funeral Home in Huntingdon. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery. Jackie Smith will officiate the service.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Chase Funeral Home this afternoon and on Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

Harmon was a technician for the Direct TV Company.

His mother was a retired manager for Shoe Show and was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church.

They are survived by daughter and sister Becky Crocker of Huntingdon.

Pair Caught After Officer-Involved Shooting; One Critical

                Jesse Hailey                                         Kristi Copeland

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Central City, Ky. – The pair who were being sought in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store in Union City earlier this month have been found after allegedly attempting to run over a Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Deputy on Saturday. One of the pair is in critical condition after being shot by the deputy and the other is in jail.

Driver Jesse Hailey, 29, of Mayfield, was first transported to Muhlenberg Community Hospital and later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, where he currently remains in critical condition.

Passenger Kristi Copeland, 33, of Wingo, was transported to Muhlenberg Community Hospital and treated for minor injuries she sustained in the altercation. She was released and transported to the Muhlenberg County Detention Center where she is lodged on several active warrants.

The Deputy was not injured and no other injuries were reported. 

According to the press release, the preliminary investigation revealed the deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hailey. During the stop, Hailey attempted to drive the vehicle over the deputy. The deputy fired his service weapon and struck Hailey.

The pair allegedly robbed the Maverick convenience store at 420 E. Reelfoot Ave in Union City at gunpoint. Union City Police distributed a surveillance photo of a suspect during the robbery to the media. Two days later, their vehicle was found in Lone Oak near Paducah by the McCracken County Sheriff Department.

KSP Sergeant Derek Smith is continuing the investigation. KSP Post 2 units, the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Department, Greenville Police Department, Central City Police Department, and Central City Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Major Charter Changes Begin Wednesday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Charter Communications customers who are not prepared will be in for a big shock beginning tomorrow morning. Beginning September 3, Charter is implementing a 100 percent all-digital format.

What that means is: customers who do not have a Charter-issued set-top box on their televisions will not be receiving a television signal tomorrow.

And, the Charter channel lineup will be changing--once again.

Charter mailed notices to customers several weeks ago informing them of the change but Charter officials say they still expect that their phone lines will be flooded tomorrow morning with complaint calls.

For customers who do not already have set-top boxes for their televisions, Charter will supply customers with set-top boxes at no cost for 12 months. 

Customers who already have set-top boxes need take no action.

As for the Channel lineup change, channels can found higher on the dial. For instance, Channel 2 in Nashville can be found at 702, Channel 4 can be found at 704, WGN which normally is found at Channel 9 can be found at 714 and so on. New Channel lineups also were mailed to customers several weeks ago.

Customers who have Tvs without set-top boxes can call 1-877-959-1743 to get a box and installation kit shopped directly to their home at no cost. They also can be picked up from the nearest Charter store.

Charter offices can be found in McKenzie at 24 Circle Drive, and in Martin at 1142 Hwy. 431 N.

Noon On The Square Begins Friday
Senior Class To Provide Lunch

Paris, Tenn.-The popular Noon on the Square will begin this week, with local musicians performing on the court square in Paris every Friday through September. A change from past years: the Henry County High School Senior Class will be serving sack lunches instead of Project Graduation, which has been discontinued.

The senior class will be raising money with a goal of funding a senior trip this year. For the first Friday, the senior class will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs.

Noon on the Square is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust and the Downtown Paris Association always provides bottled water.

The line up of bands this year is: Sept 5 Ray Lewis Band; Sept 12 Premonition; Sept 19 Barons; and Sept 26 John Austin McDaniel.

Labor Day Weekend: Pretty Scenery and Bisons

Golden Pond, Ky.-Labor Day Weekend can be both relaxing and eventful, if you’re lucky. That was the case for Tammy Walker and her family, who camped out at Piney Campground and took a drive through scenic Land Between The Lakes. In top photo, they encountered this picturesque scene at Energy Lake and bottom, they got up close and personal to a group of bison and their babies in the Elk and Bison Prairie. (Tammy Walker photos).

Dick Levesque Dies: Paris 911 Dispatcher, Maritime Painter

Dillon, Montana--Former Paris Police Department 911 Dispatcher and nationally-known maritime painter Richard (Dick) Allen Levesque died August 26 at his home in Dillon, Montana. Services will be held at a later date in Oregon. 

Levesque was born on January 18, 1940 in Oakland, California. He was raised in San Fransisco, California. He joined the Coast Guard in 1957, and developed a love for the sea and the Coast Guard which led to a career later in life as a maritime painter. His paintings were known nationally and have hung in the Coast Guard station at Paris Landing and other venues. 

Levesque also was a local DJ and fully retired in 2002. He wrote and published a children’s book, “Norman”. 

He and his wife, Judy, lived locally in Puryear. Judy died in 2013, after 54 years of marriage, and he left Tennessee to travel with his dog in his recreational vehicle named “Serenity”. 

He is survived by daughter, Pattie Waltner (Phil) of Dillon, Montana, son Richard Levesque of Salem, Oregon, and daughter Tara Levesque of Statyon, Oregon. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services will be at a later date in Oregon. In lieu of flowers, dad requested any donations to be made to Barrett Hospital Hospice in Dillon. A guestbook is available at

Jimi Jamieson Dies; Appeared in Union City Last Month

Memphis, Tenn.--Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of Eighties rock bands Cobra and Survivor, passed away August 31 at his home in Memphis after suffering a heart attack. He was 63. 

Jamison was in Union City just last month for a concert at Discovery Park of America.

Jamison served as Survivor's lead singer from 1984 until 1988, singing the vocals for the band's hits like "The Moment of Truth" from The Karate Kid, "Is This Love," and "Burning Heart" from Rocky IV. As a solo artist, he recorded the track "I'm Always Here," which became the memorable theme song for the TV series Baywatch.

The band had performed in Morgan Hill, California on August 30. They were scheduled to begin another tour on September 12 in Parker, Colorado.

Women's Leadership Event Set For Friday

Murray, Ky. — “Leadership Launch Murray State” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to women of all ages and in all walks of life. The event will be held in the Hall of Benefactors in Heritage Hall on Murray State University’s campus (926 N. 16th Street).

Programs throughout the day are designed to help women develop their leadership skills, whether they lead in their families or communities, or in the business or public sectors. Topics to be explored during the day include expectations and objectives, charting a leadership course, defining a work/life balance, generations and the transforming power of social media.

Presented by Leadership Women of Dallas, Texas, the day features Candace O’Keefe Mathis, CEO for Leadership Women; Pamela Owens, programming consultant for Leadership Women; and Debbie Saviano, solopreneur and social media strategist.

Murray State University graduate Trisha Cunningham (B.S. 1986) graduated from the Leadership Texas class in 2010 and the Leadership International class of 2013 in India. She has been on the board of Leadership Women since 2011.

Cunningham has worked with Texas Instruments for 28 years, in five management roles in both Houston and Dallas. “TI provides much leadership training to its employees, so I have taken many throughout the years,” Cunningham noted.

The cost of the Murray workshop is $50; the Town & Gown member rate is discounted to $35. Online registration is available at For group registration or more information, call 214.421.5566

Leadership Launch Murray State is co-sponsored by the MSU office of development, the Murray State Women’s Center, Town & Gown, and the university libraries.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Did You Feel It? Small Earthquake Hits West Tennessee

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Did you feel it?

A small earthquake hit west Tennessee Sunday evening. According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit at 11:19 p.m. two miles west of Tiptonville and 25 miles west of Union City.

The earthquake hit within the New Madrid seismic zone of southeast Missouri, Tennessee and adjacent states, which the USGS describes as the most seismically active in North America east of the Rockies. 

During the winter of 1811-1812 three very large earthquakes devastated the area and were felt throughout most of the Nation. They occurred a few weeks apart on December 16, January 23, and February 7. Hundreds of aftershocks, some severely damaging by themselves, continued for years. Reelfoot Lake was created by one of those damaging earthquakes.

If you felt it, the USGS wants to know on its website at

MSU Library Creates "Quiet Study Floor"

Murray State students already enjoying the Quiet Study Floor concept. (MSU photo).

Murray, Ky. — Waterfield Library at Murray State University has responded to the need students have for a special designated “quiet” area in the library for study. A refurbishing of the second level has turned it into a “Quiet Study Floor.” The renovation included new flooring, furniture and shelving, and the addition of individual rooms that students may reserve for use for up to four hours for private study.

The “Quiet Study Floor” had its official grand opening on Wednesday night. Attendees included MSU President Bob Davies, administrators, faculty, staff and students.

“The number one service students request of the University Libraries is for study rooms, which we have had none of until now,” according to Dr. Adam Murray, dean of libraries at MSU. “The newly remodeled Quiet Study Floor in Waterfield Library provides students a place where they can study away from the distractions they may have in other locations on campus or even on the other floors of Waterfield Library. In addition, the new study rooms will provide even better spaces for students to focus, fostering student academic engagement.”

To find regular operating hours of the libraries, resources and more, go online at

Career Coach To Be In Paris Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Career Coach will be at the W.G. Rhea Library parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3. 

The Career Coach is a program from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Career Coach is a mobile center with services similar to what you might find in a Tennessee Career Center.  They provide a mobile computer lab with Internet access; create a venue for workshops including résumé assistance and interviewing skills; and serve as a recruitment center for companies moving into the state.

Parade, Midway and More at Soybean Festival

Martin, Tenn.--The annual Soybean Festival really heats up Monday and through the rest of next week. Monday’s activities include the morning Little Miss Soybean Pageant at the UTM Student Life Center, followed by the sidewalk chalk contest at 3 p.m. at the Weldon Library and the bicycle rodeo at 3:30 p.m. at University Street. Monday’s highlight is the 10th Annual Soybean Talent Contest at 6 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for teens.

On Tuesday, the highlight is the Soybean Festival Parade at 6:30 p.m. through downtown Martin. That is followed by the concert by Cadillac Three at 8 p.m. at Festival Park. Other activities include the Adult Rook Tournament at 10 a.m. and the Festival Midway opens at 5 p.m. All events are listed at

Bloodmobile in Paris on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be in Paris Thursday at noon at First United Methodist Church on E. Blythe St. There is a special need of A negative, B negative and O negative blood. Be sure to bring a photo ID

Archery Deer Season Opens in LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.– Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to participate in archery deer season which begins in September. All hunters must possess State Hunting License/Deer Permit, Land Between The Lakes Hunter Use Permit (age 16 and over), and a Hunter Safety Card according to Kentucky or Tennessee state regulations. 


• Archery: September 6-January 19 

• Crossbow: October 1-19 and November 8-December 31 

• Youth Quota Hunt: October 25-26

• Adult Quota Hunt: November 22-23


• Archery/Crossbow: September 27-January 4

• Youth Quota Hunt: October 18-19

• Adult Quota Hunt: November 14-15 and November 29-30

Archery and crossbow hunting is not permitted one day immediately before each quota hunt or during quota hunts.

Reference the 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Information for specific regulations, as well as state regulations. Information is available at visitor facilities and Deer harvested on both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of Land Between The Lakes are bonus deer; they do not count towards statewide deer bag limits. Deer hunting provides a unique recreational opportunity within the region and helps maintain a healthy deer population.

Licensed archers with required state licenses or permits may harvest one turkey (either sex), squirrels, woodchucks, coyotes, and armadillos.

Hunters can hone their archery skills on the archery practice range and the field archery range at the Golden Pond Target Range, located just off US68/KY80. The range is open from dawn to dusk on a first-come, first-served basis and closes on Wednesday mornings until 11am for weekly clean-up.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rural Puryear Home Destroyed By Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Puryear, Tenn.-Fire destroyed a two-story brick home at 835 Robert Paschall Rd. this morning. 

According to Puryear Fire Chief John Walters, the home was a total loss, but the resident-who was home when it started--did make it out safely. She did lose ducks and chickens in the fire, however. “She had the chickens and ducks in cages around the house and some of them were killed,” he said. Walters said he believed one resident lived in the home.

Walters said when he arrived on the scene the home was already fully involved in flames. He called for mutual aid from the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department “and we probably had 15 or 16 firefighters out there.”

It is believed that the fire started in a shed located in front of the house, Walters said.

Firefighters were called around 8 a.m. and remained at the scene until 1 p.m.

Mike Snider to Appear at The Dixie

Huntingdon– When officials at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center asked patrons to recall some of their favorite performers of the past 10 years, Mike Snider’s name kept coming up.

The Gleason native kicks off the 10th anniversary season of The Dixie Live Concert Series Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

“It is always great to have local talent grace the stage at The Dixie,” said Lori Neal Nolen, Executive Director. “Mike Snider is classic West Tennessee entertainment that our patrons always turn out in big numbers to see. He’s a great entertainer and pleasure to work with.”

With his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing, Snider made a name for himself in Nashville in the 1980s appearing on TNN’s Nashville Now and enjoying a seven-year stint on “Hee Haw.”

During that time, Snider and his band entertained crowds at Opryland USA, and his popularity landed him membership in the premier country music family in 1990 when he joined the Grand Ole Opry.

Snider travels with his Mike Snider String Band, a collection of musicians that famed WSM broadcaster and Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs has called the best string band in the nation. The group plays traditional fiddle tunes with fresh, heartfelt arrangements.
With a show that is exciting, funny, moving, easy-going, honest, and straight from the heart, it’s no wonder Dixie fans have invited Snider back to the Hal Holbrook Theatre stage for a fourth time.

Carroll County Newsleader, Camden Chronicle, West TN Public Utilities District, Carroll Bank & Trust, and Dr. Lee Carter.

Tickets are $15 each and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731.986.2100, and online at

Bargain Highway Continues Today, Labor Day

Camden., Tenn--This year’s 30-mile Benton County Bargain Highway has been soggier than usual. But for the 16th year in a row, there have been plenty of bargain hunters at the miles of yard sales that traverse from Big Sandy to Camden.

The event kicked off Friday and will continue today from 1 p.m. until dusk. It also will be held Labor Day from dawn to dusk.

Registration Open for MSU Women's Golf Tourney

Will Snodgrass, the director of golf at Murray State University’s Miller Golf Course, leads participants in the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day during a morning of golf instruction.

Murray, Ky. —Registration is open for the annual AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day on Sept. 11. Held at Murray State’s Miller Memorial Golf Course, this event was developed specifically for women in the telecom industry.

The golfing activities are designed for women at any golfing skill level to come together for a day of networking and fun. AT&T is continuing its past support of this event. The AT&T Women in Telecom Scholarship will be awarded to selected women who are entering the Murray State TSM program for the 2014-15 school year.

The day includes a morning of basic golf instruction with Velvet Milkman, MSU women’s golf coach, and Will Snodgrass, director of golf at the Miller Memorial Golf Course. A lunch sponsored by AT&T with female guest speakers from the telecom industry, golf contests with prizes and nine holes of golf in the afternoon round out the day. Participants playing golf in the afternoon will be placed in groups according to experience level with each group playing off best shot. 

To find out more information about the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, contact Annie Vandiver at or 270.809.3987. Registration for the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, along with times for the day’s activities, can be found at Any professional woman who is interested is encouraged to participate. Golf clubs will be provided, if needed. 

The Center for TSM is asking for a $50 donation from each participant to help fund the AT&T Women in Telecom Scholarship. Companies may offer their support by sponsoring a hole, which also allows one team of female employees to participate in the day’s activities. Also, companies that would like to sponsor prizes for the golf contests or promotional items for the grab bags should contact Vandiver. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

TBI Identifies Bodies Found In Trezevant

Trezevant, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has released the identities of the two individuals found inside a home on Hurt Street late Friday afternoon.

TBI Public Information Office Josh DeVine told WENK/WTPR Saturday afternoon that the individuals are mother and son Alice Baker, age 72; and Ron Harmon, age 46.

DeVine said the causes of their deaths will await autopsies and that the investigation by the TBI, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Trezevant Police continues.

Assault, Arson Case Bound Over to Weakley Grand Jury
Woman Disguises Herself With Helmet, Moustache

Dresden, Tenn.-The case against a Jefferson County woman who allegedly attempted to set fire to a house in Gleason and stab the resident of the home has been bound over to the Weakley County Grand Jury.

Kristie Lynn Cutshall, age 42, was arrested by Weakley County deputies last week and charged with  aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, vandalism and resisting arrest.

Deputies responded to a home on New Valley Road between Gleason and McKenzie and found Cutshall had poured gasoline on parts of the residence belonging to Tony Ball. According to deputies, Cutshall then set bags of charcoal on fire in the carport. When Ball went outside to put out the fire, Cutshall attacked him with a knife stabbing him four times.

Ball reportedly is the father of Cutshall’s daughter. Deputies said Cutshall was dressed all in black, wearing a motorcycle helmet and fake moustache. She was subdued at the scene by several witnesses before deputies arrived.

She was treated for a fractured rib and a broken nose at a local hospital before being transported to the Weakley County Jail.

Several cars at the residence were also found to have had tires cut.

Weakley County deputies were assisted by the Gleason Police Department.

TBI Assists Local Authorities After Bodies Found in Trezevant

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Trezevant, Tenn.-Bodies of two family members were found in a home in Trezevant and a joint investigation has been launched by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Trezevant Police Department to determine the cause.

TBI Public Information Office Josh DeVine told WENK/WTPR Saturday morning that an autopsy on the individuals will be conducted as the investigation continues. “We expect autopsy results to give us important information about how the two individuals died,” he said.

The bodies were found at 120 Hurt Street late Friday afternoon. Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson reported a family member discovered the bodies of a female and male inside the home. The family member knocked at the door and no one answered. After repeated attempts, the door was broken down and the bodies of the family member’s mother and younger brother were found.

High School Football Scores - Week 1:

Union City - 63, McKenzie 13
Henry County - 31, Beech - 21
Martin Westview - 27, Huntingdon - 26
Obion County - 56, MLK Prep - 7
Hollow Rock-Bruceton - 53 , McEwen - 14
Camden Central - 35, Fairview - 20
Trenton Peabody - 42, Dresden - 20
Greenfield - 41, Gleason - 34
Stewart County - 61, Houston County - 12
Lake County - 22, Fulton County - 6
Scotts Hill - 42, Gibson County - 14
Chester County - 19, South Gibson - 12
Milan - 41, Humboldt - 6
Dyer County - 19 , Memphis Overton - 6

Men From HCMC "In Labor" To Raise Money For March Of Dimes

Pictured are participants; from left, front row: Craig Peevyhouse, John Fuqua, and Joe Gwaltney. back row: Roger Veazey, Tommy Hayes, Dennis Wieck, Steve Delaney, James Caldwell, Rhonda Carnell, Roger Crane, Jack Sparks, Russell French and Frank Holcomb. HCMC photo

Paris, Tenn. – Thirteen lucky men are going where few men have gone before; the last trimester of pregnancy. Henry County Medical Center has kicked off its first March of Dimes "Men In Labor" fundraiser at the hospital by strapping sympathy bellies on men. While the program is bound to bring some laughs HCMC also hope it brings awareness to an important issue.

“Men in Labor” is a “spin off” of Jail and Bail, an event that originated with the March of Dimes over 18 years ago. “Men in Labor” highlights the important role of the father before, during and after pregnancy. 

The Men “in labor” from HCMC will endure a 7-week pregnancy with three events representing the three trimesters of pregnancy. The first trimester was represented on Wednesday, August 27, with the Men In Labor kick-off held at Henry County Medical Center. The second trimester will be represented by baby showers where participants will have their “public” reveal and begin to collect donations towards their $500 goal. Finally, the third trimester is represented by the “delivery,” on Thursday, October 9, where our men in labor “deliver” their donations to support the Henry County March of Dimes Walk on Saturday, October 11. 

Henry County Medical Center will post information regarding event details for the “showers” or “reveal” parties as they become available on our social media pages. If you would like to donate to any of the participants, you can do so by attending their shower, contacting them directly or donating online at, under donate now and selecting your designated man in labor.

Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon in the United States. March of Dimes strives to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. They work with expecting mothers to educate them on how to improve their chances of having full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. 

UTM Nursing Center Opens

Ready to cut ribbon are from left Harbert Alexander Jr, chairman of West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation board; Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor; Dr. Kelli Deere, Parsons Center director, Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT president, and Janet and Jim Ayers of the Ayers Foundation. (UTM photo).

Martin, Tenn. – Student Jessica Brownyard has a lot to say about the UT Martin Parsons Center, which opened this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the building’s expansion.

Brownyard spoke at the July 2013 announcement of the center’s new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing. Sometime in the future, she can say that she’s among the first to graduate from the center’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program housed in the facility. 

Brownyard joined University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes, Jim and Janet Ayers of the Ayers Foundation, local and state elected officials and others to celebrate the expansion’s completion. The official opening of the wing came as the Parsons Center has reached an all-time enrollment record of 325 students for fall semester. 

Center Director Dr. Kelli Deere welcomed the overflow crowd and recognized the partnership among the UT Martin Parsons Center, the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and the state of Tennessee for making the expansion possible. She specifically thanked Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly for supporting the project, which was completed by TLM Associates, of Jackson, and Quinn Construction, of Parsons. 

Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 state budget, and a $1 million appropriation was made to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the center. The project received added support when the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation also made a $1 million commitment to the project. The addition includes classrooms, a skills laboratory and a high-fidelity computerized simulation laboratory.

Friday, August 29, 2014

School Bus Driver Injured in Calloway County Collision

Calloway County Sheriff's Office responds to this morning's accident. (Calloway Co. SO photo).

Dexter, Tenn.-A Calloway County School bus driver was injured after the school bus she was driving landed on its side in a single vehicle collision early this morning near the community of Dexter.

According to the press release from the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 6:50 a.m. today when bus driver Terrie Swift, 49 of Murray, swerved to miss a deer, dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected and cross the northbound lane of travel. The school bus came to rest on its right side in a ditch.

Swift had just begun her route and there were no children on the bus at the time of the accident.

Swift was transported to the Murray Calloway County Hospital for treatment of injuries. The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Calloway County Fire and Rescue, Murray Fire Department and the Murray Calloway County Ambulance Service. 

Henry County Officials' Swearing-In Ceremony Draws Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-A courtroom full of family and well-wishers were on hand Thursday night as swearing-in ceremonies were held for Henry County officials. In top photo, Henry County Clerk Donna Craig, left, swears in county commissioners. Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish swore in Sheriff Monte Belew, Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson and the county's constables. Craig also swore in Trustee Randi French, new Commissioner Randy Gean, and County Mayor Brent Greer. After the ceremony, the county officials gathered on the courthouse steps for group portraits, bottom photo. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Annual Homeplace Trades Fair is This Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky. –  The annual Homeplace Trades Fair will be held at the Land Between the Lakes Labor Day Weekend.

The Homeplace 1850’s working farm will gather traditional trades and crafts people to share their knowledge of vanishing folk art skills to visitors to their annual Homeplace Trades Fair. The fair will be Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, from 10am to 4pm, on the farm located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Regular Homeplace admission will be charged and includes both the Trades Fair and farm area. As a reminder, regular admission is $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, and free ages 4 and under with parental guidance.

Children’s activities include their own trades fair where they can learn skills like making a clay pot to take home with them, starting their own 1850’s diary, and sewing using a “sewing card.” Kids can explore the farm, play with dolls, “cluck” at chickens, and “oink” at pigs. Adults can do these too.

Trades include:
· Payton Bakery of Cadiz, KY with homemade breads and baked goods for sale
· Newberry & Sons’ Chairs 5th generation Master Chair Maker from Macon County, TN
· Saturday only ~ Dress maker Dannye Lawson of Calhoun, KY on “what to wear in 1850”
· The Hitching Post of Aurora, KY with an old-time General Store of fun gifts and tasty sweets.
· Historian, Fain Russell of Kevil, KY with early American Indian pottery 
· Sketch Artist. Lennie Fottrell with his wildlife drawings, back by popular demand
· Rhonda Thistlethwaite with hooked rugs 
· Salt Maker, Jim Bordwine of Saltville, VA 
· Mike Holmes of Shawnee Creek Woodworks in Eminence, MO with his hand-carved mandolins
· Sunday only ~ Alethia Prettyman of Bramble & Bee Farm in Bluff Springs, KY with honey products
· Fancy Tatted Lace Maker, Jean Moore from Memphis, TN 
· Hand Spinner Tracey Johnson from Vienna, IL with raw sheep wool
· Fine hand knitter and crochet artist, Lydia Keeling of Symsonia, KY 
· Writer, Geraldine Marshall of Paducah, KY with her 19th century diary writing classes for kids at 11am and 2pm; School is in session.

The Homeplace farm family will be demonstrating quilt making, wood working, and repairs around the farm. In the Double Pen House kitchen at 11am and 2pm, they’ll offer live cooking shows on a wood stove.

This is the day to step back in time on The Homeplace 1850’s farm and support local artists and crafts people as they preserve the skills and trades of handmade living. “Our annual Trades Fair provides a fun activity for all ages. The event also doubles as an open market for talented folk artists, crafts people, and merchant traders to sell their wares to keep these skills and traditions alive and well for generations to come,” explains Cindy Earls, Lead Interpreter at The Homeplace.

For more information about The Homeplace Trades Fair at Land Between The Lakes over Labor Day Weekend, go to 

WENK/WTPR Football Schedules Available Free to Public

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-The handy WENK/WTPR 2014 Football Schedules are now available to the public and as compact as it is, it’s hard to believe they contain 34 football schedules in all. 

The schedules include all of our area high school teams, from the Union City Golden Tomatoes, Henry County Patriots, Obion County Central Rebels, Camden Lions, McKenzie Rebels, West Carroll War Eagles, Fulton City Bulldogs and many more.

Also included are college schedules for Murray State, UT Martin, Austin Peay, Bethel, the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis and the University of Alabama.

And as if that is not enough, schedules are included for the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, and the Denver Broncos (for all the Peyton Manning fans out there).

The schedule booklets can be picked up for free at local gas station convenience stores, as well as at the WENK office at 1729 Nailing Dr. in Union City and the WTPR office at 206 N. Brewer Street in Paris (next to the Henry County 911 office).

Lake Haven May Be Expanded Into Two Units

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center Administrator Tom Gee said at Thursday night’s board of trustees meeting that hospital officials are considering expanding the Lake Haven psychiatric unit.

Gee told the trustees the hospital has recruited a second psychiatrist and are eyeing expanding Lake Haven into two separate units: one for adults and one for geriatrics. He said a recommendation will be presented to the board at a future meeting for official approval.

Gee also reported that wrangling involving the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) has clouded the rate variation issue for Medicare/TennCare. He said four hospitals decided not to sign contracts with MCOs that had agreed to rate reductions in order that rate increases could be passed on to low rate providers like Henry County hospital.

“It now will be up to the state to either decide another option or punish those hospitals”, Gee said. “This puts our rate increase were were planning for on hold.”

Construction manager for the Operating Room renovations will be Waddlington Construction of Jackson, Gee said. “We hope to send final plans to the state for approval in September and bid the project shortly after that time,” Gee said.

In her reports, Director of Finance Lisa Casteel said volumes for the month were mixed, with total patients at 367 versus a budget of 371 and prior year of 335. Average daily census and occupancy rates were lower due to a much lower length of stay.

HCMC posted a gain for the month due to outpatient volumes, while the healthcare center poses a loss for the month from decreases in volume and/or revenue. The Emergency Medical Services posted a loss for the month with lower revenues and higher expenses.

The board approved capital requests totalling $392,963 for equipment in the imaging department, surgery center, Lake Haven and plant operations.

Entries Sought For Cornfest Parade

Union City, Tenn.-The annual Obion County Corn Fest will once again feature a parade and entries are encouraged to sign up now.

The parade will be held Thursday, September 11, and organizers are seeking beauty queens, organizations, church groups, athletic teams, and others to march in the parade.

Cash prizes are awarded for Best Float, Best Decorated Car and Best Decorated Tractor or ATV. There is no entry fee.

Entries line up at 4 p.m., for the parade at 5:30 p.m.

Applications are available at

Discovery Park To Offer Clay Courses

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America is offering two new six week introductory clay classes for both children and adults beginning Thursday, September 4th and continuing through Thursday, October 9. Space is limited and seats will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. 

Introduction to Clay for Children will meet each Thursday from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) at Discovery Park. This six week course is designed to provide children ages 7 - 15 an opportunity to work with clay. Students will study various methods of hand building. No experience is required and all materials will be supplied. At the end of the class, students can keep their creations. The cost is $60 for Discovery Park members and $65 for non-members. 

Introduction to Clay for Adults will meet each Thursday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the LEC. This six week course is designed for adult beginners, ages 16 and up. Participants will learn a variety of techniques working with clay including wheel pottery. Cost is $65 for members and $70 for non-members. The cost includes all supplies.

You can enroll in a clay class at the ticket counter at Discovery Park or by calling 731-885-5455. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd., in Union City, TN and is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday. It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Martin Man Sentenced To 21 Years In Federal Prison

Memphis, TN – Anthony Taylor, age 46, of Martin, received a federal prison sentence of over 21 years, or 262 months, following his conviction earlier this year by a jury on two counts related to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

The sentence was announced today by United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Edward L. Stanton III, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson. 

“Federal and local law enforcement did an outstanding job in bringing the defendant to justice,” according to United States Attorney Stanton. “The Court’s sentence of 262 months sends a strong message that we will aggressively prosecute individuals who illegally possess and sell weapons.” 

“The result of this investigation is more evidence of ATF’s commitment to combating violent crime in Tennessee,” Special Agent in Charge Anderson said. “ATF’s Frontline strategy utilizes every available resource to make our communities a safer place to live.” 

According to the facts alleged in the criminal complaint and revealed in open court, on January 17, 2013, detectives of the Martin Police Department conducted an undercover operation utilizing a confidential informant. The confidential informant purchased what was later determined to be a stolen 12 gauge shotgun from Taylor. Taylor is a previously multi-convicted felon. 

In addition to the prison sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen ordered Taylor to serve two years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the City of Martin, Tenn. Police Department. U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Victor L. Ivy and James Powell represented the government. 

Arrests Made in Marathon Armed Robbery

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A 21-year old Paris resident has been arrested in connection with the August 9 armed robbery of the Marathon Convenience Store at 1111 North Market St.

Paris Police arrested Victor O. Atkins of Warren Street on Tuesday and charged him with aggravated robbery. 

According to Investigator Ricky Watson, this is the third arrest in connection with the robbery. The other two subjects arrested are juveniles.

Atkins posted $7,500 bond and has been released from jail, according to Capt. Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Atkins’ initial court date in Henry County General Sessions Court is 9 a.m. Sept. 25.

McKenzie To Vote on Wine in Grocery Stores

McKenzie, Tenn.-Add the city of McKenzie to the list of area municipalities which will be voting on whether wine can be sold in grocery stores on the November ballot.

Paris and Union City also will have referendums on the issue on their ballots.

In Carroll County, 152 valid signatures on a petition were filed with the Elections Commission. The E.W. James Corp. initiated the petition.

In Paris, the Kroger Co. spearheaded the petition drive and in Union City, E.W. James Corp. also initiated that referendum.

Military Salute, Disney Event Kick Off Soybean Festival

Martin, Tenn.-The annual Soybean Festival in Martin will kick off this weekend with special Disney event on Saturday and a Salute to the Military and concert on Sunday.

The Disney event will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Festival Park in Downtown Martin. It includes pictures with Disney Characters, Bippity Boppity Booth, Dunking Booth, Lasso Clinic, Carriage Rides, Tea Party, Frozen movie, & Disney themed entertainment. There will be food and retail specials throughout the day as well as a raffle prize drawing.  

The Salute to the Military event and a concert will be held on Sunday evening, August 31 at the Martin Recreation Complex.

Salute to Military: Honoring POWs, MIAs & Veterans. Missing man ceremony by Rolling Thunder will be held at 6 pm.

The concert by Surf's Up: Tribute to the Beach Boys will be held at 7 pm. Fireworks will follow directly after the concert.  

Events are free.

The Soybean Festival runs through September 7 and as usual is filled with a variety of activities, including the parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, appearances by the Little River Band and Lee Bice, among others; a Midway, Street Fair and Carnival, sidewalk sales, contests and much more.

The schedule is listed at

New Signage Points Way To Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center

Memphis UMC Conference Photos.

Camden, Tenn.-Visitors can now find Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center more easily thanks to road signs installed this summer in Camden, Tenn.

Lakeshore Director of Development Bill Walker said the center needed new pedestrian and speed limit signs, along with those directing guests toward the center. 

According to the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, which sponsors the camp and retreat center, previous directional signs were confusing and lacked arrows and mileage indications. Two were removed five years ago when construction crews renovated the Camden Court Square.

Walker said Lakeshore began to think seriously about new signs when more groups from Nashville and from the Tennessee Conference began attending camps and meetings at the center. “Google Maps and GPS devices tend to give confusing direction to Lakeshore,” he said.

According to the Memphis UMC Conference, last spring, Lakeshore worked with Benton County Mayor Barry Barnett and County Commissioner Butch Hatler to install new pedestrian crossing markers and to change the speed limit in front of the camp. The Tennessee Department of Transportation installed the new signs.

The directional signs required more effort to have erected. Yet, with the help of Camden Mayor Elvin Johnson and Supervisor for the Street Department Randy Sparks, Walker had two installed—one on the Camden Court Square and another at the corner of Highway 641 and Main Street.

The Benton County Department of Transportation is installing another sign at the intersection of Chalkhill Road and Eva Road.

Paris Fire Protection Billing to be Mailed Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Fire Protection Subscription billing assessed by the City of Paris to property owners located in the ESN122 area of Henry County will be mailed this Friday, August 29. 

ESN122 is the area just outside the city limits which the Paris Fire Department is assigned to protect. According to Assistant City Manager Kim Foster, the city uses data from the State of TN Division of Property Assessments as well as the office of the Henry Co. Assessor of Property to identify property owners within ESN122 and determine the amount they will be assessed for fire service. 

If you own property located within ESN122 and fail to get a letter from the City, or if you receive a letter and no longer own the property referenced, please contact the City of Paris Business office so we can correct our records. The public may also contact City Hall if you are not certain if your property is located in the ESN122 area. You may reach the business office by calling 731-641-1402, or by coming by City Hall at 100 N. Caldwell.

Registration Open For Paris Disc Golf Tournament

Paris, Tenn.-Registration is open for the 8th annual Paris Tennessee Open Disc Golf Tournament which will be held at Eiffel Tower Park September 7.

The tournament is a sanctioned PDGA B-tier for Amateurs and C-tier for Pros. It will include two rounds on the course and the first 50 registered amateur players get the premium players package.

The Eiffel Tower course is a large one--5,960 feet--which moves through the woods and around the trout lake.

Fees are: Pro Divisions, $70; Advanced Divisions, $50; Intermediate, $30; and Recreational Division, $30. Non-PDGA Members pay additional $10.

New players in non sanctioned divisions pay $15.

Register online at 

Law Enforcement To Conduct Safety Checks Through Weekend

Paris and Union City, Tenn.-Motorists can expect an increased law enforcement presence starting today and through the Labor Day Weekend. The Paris and Union City Police Departments are conducting safety and sobriety checks at various locations and other local police departments in the local area are, as well.

The safety checks will target impaired drivers and to ensure that vehicle safety laws are met. All safety and impaired driver violations will be strictly enforced.

Lawn Equipment Stolen From Home

Union City, Tenn.-An Exchange Street resident in Union City reported the theft of lawn equipment from his carport Wednesday.

According to the Union City Police, an edger and weed eater were stolen from the storage room in his carport. The door appeared to be pried open and a pair of pruning shears were left by the door.

The theft occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HCHS Football Team Helps With Smoke Alarm Canvas For Needy

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has agreed to be one of the 10 Tennessee high school football teams to conduct a pilot outreach effort that partners high school football players with their local fire department to do a smoke alarm canvas in September. 

Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said the football team will provide the legwork, going door to door to local disadvantaged neighborhoods, offering free smoke alarms to senior citizens, disabled, and others who need them. The fire alarms will be provided by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Williams said, “We’ve chosen the day of Saturday, September 6, at 1 p.m. for the team members to knock on doors. We’ll be going out with them and we’ll concentrate on neighborhoods that we know are at high risk and do need them.”

High School Football Coach James Counce is coordinating the effort at the high school.

Williams said, “We’ll be spending a few hours that day circulating around neighborhoods where we know people have a need for this.”

Discovery Park Labor Day Festivities Set

Brothers Walker from "The Voice" to appear Labor Day at Discovery Park.

Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park of America will be open Labor Day with a much-discounted price and special programs scheduled all day. The entire park will be open until 8 p.m. with an admission price of $10 for 10 hours to be offered.

The day’s festivities will feature live music, history, food and games.

Rebekah Northern will perform from 1-3 p.m; Brothers Walker from “The Voice” will perform from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; and Bullettown will perform from 6-8 p.m.

A Labor Day Scavenger Hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. And the Obion County “Day of Discovery” will feature demonstrations of quilters, potters, chair canning and painting.

Yard games will be held all day and a variety of food will be offered including BBQ, brats, burgers and hot dogs.

Discovery Park of America is a museum, park and garden located in Union City. The park sits on 50 acres of land off of Everett Boulevard, near the proposed Interstate 69. Phone number 731-885-5455.

Former Attorney Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

Union City, Tenn.-Shelby County Judge James Beasley Jr. has ruled a former Lake County Attorney competent to stand trial for the vehicular homicide deaths of three people in Obion County.

Sitting by assignment in Obion County Circuit Court, Judge Beasley ruled that a trial date could be set for Timothy Clark Naifeh, who had been arrested in 2012 for the vehicular deaths of three people as a result of a three-vehicle accident near Hornbeak.

Killed in the accident were Kenton residents Jack Bell, age 81; his wife Sue Bell, age 82 and their son, David Bell, age 51 of Georgia.

Before making his ruling, Judge Beasley heard testimony from expert witnesses provided by both the state and Naifeh’s attorneys. Judge Beasley ruled that Naifeh’s answers to questions indicate he does understand the proceedings against him. 

The accident investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated the vehicle driven by Naifeh crossed the centerline on Hwy. 21, struck the driver’s side of the Bell vehicle and then collided head-on with a truck driven by Constance Fisher of Obion.

Naifeh himself was severely injured in the crash, suffering head injuries, and was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time. After that, he spent time in a rehab center.

The trial date has not been set in the case yet. Obion County Judge Bill Acree recused himself from the proceedings earlier.

Stewart County Homecoming Set This Weekend At LBL

Golden Pond, Ky, – Former residents from the Stewart County, Tennessee portion of the area now known as Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will gather for their annual Homecoming on Sunday, August 31, at the Bison Range Picnic Area. 

The picnic area is located south of The Homeplace on Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway in Land Between The Lakes. 

The yearly reunion provides a chance for former Between the Rivers residents to celebrate and reminisce. All former residents, relatives, and friends are invited. Those attending should bring food, beverages, lawn chairs, and any other picnic or recreation items they wish. Restrooms, picnic tables, and grills are provided. 

A Between the Rivers Homecoming is also planned for Lyon County, KY, September 20. It is held annually at Star Camp Picnic Area. All former residents, relatives, and friends are invited. 

The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.
To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to 

Charges Against Henry County Businessman Dismissed

Paris, Tenn.-Misdemeanor theft charges have been dismissed in Henry County General Sessions Court against a Henry County businessman.

Lewis, who is associated with the Servall company, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies earlier this year. Deputies were notified by another gutter company that signs advertising their business were removed by Lewis.

Deputies charged Lewis with allegedly removing two signs valued at $25 apiece from the Van Dyke and Bunn School Road intersection.

The charges were dismissed by mutual agreement between the state and defense. Lewis was represented by Paris Attorney Al Wade. 23rd Judicial District Attorney Brooke Orgain of Charlotte was assigned to prosecute the case.

According to court notes, a special prosecutor was appointed because Lewis is related to someone who is interning for the local District Attorney’s Office.

Over $100,000 in Vehicles, Equipment Stolen From UC Business

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating the burglary of over $100,000 worth of equipment and merchandise, including a pickup truck and lawn mowers, from a local business overnight Monday. 

The equipment was stolen from First Choice Farm & Lawn Company on Stad Avenue. The owner told officers that sometime between 6:20 p.m. and around 7:30 a.m. that next morning, someone entered the locked back lot of the business by cutting a chain on the gate.

The merchandise stolen totalled $114,043.05.

The subject or subjects stole a 2007 Chevrolet flatbed pickup truck, a 20-foot trailer, seven riding lawn mowers, a utility vehicle, and various other pieces of equipment. Recovered from the scene was a 24-inch set of bolt cutters and a small black flashlight believed to have been used in the theft.

Trailer, Other Items Stolen From Business

Union City, Tenn.-Several items, including a utility trailer, were stolen from a business on West Reelfoot Ave. in Union City on Monday night. Stolen from MidTown Motors was a 32-foot Haul Mart utility trailer along with $1000 worth of tools, racing helmet, nitrous bottles and other items.

A surveillance video shows an F250 pickup entering the lot overnight with three subjects wearing jackets, gloves and masks. The subjects moved a disabled vehicle that was parked in front of the trailer and moved furniture inside the trailer and placed it on the ground before leaving with the trailer.