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Monday, October 5, 2015 

Elderly Woman Missing In Calloway County

Murray, Ky.-The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Maxine G Jones, who has been missing since Sunday morning. She has been diagnosed with dementia and has diabetes.

She is a White Female 81 years of age, about 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 160 lbs. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

She was driving a Blue 2002 Ford Escape License plate KY-003CXX

She was wearing a Cream Colored Sweater, Brown Slacks, Brown Sandals and Carrying a Tan Purse. 

She may be disoriented and confused because of her health conditions conditions. She was last seen leaving the Charley miller road area (northern Calloway County) and was heading to church at Brooks Chapel in Dexter KY. 

If you have seen her please contact Calloway County Sheriff's Office at 270-753-3151, your locale Law Enforcement Agency or dial 911. 

Fort Campbell Soldier Charged In Undercover Operation


Clarksville, Tenn.- – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Clarksville man in connection to an investigation into illicit online activity.  

On September 16th, while working in an undercover capacity, TBI Agents began an investigation on social media websites in search of individuals attempting to make contact with underage individuals for the purpose of sex. During the course of the investigation, Agents identified a posting by an adult that expressed interest in a sexual relationship with a child. Investigators traced the posting to the Clarksville residence of James Alexander West.   

Agents, acting with the assistance of the Clarksville Police Department, executed a search of West’s house on October 1st. During the search, agents identified images of child pornography on West’s digital devices. On October 2nd, Agents arrested the 25-year-old and charged him with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was subsequently booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where he was later released after posting a $75,000 bond.

Discovery Park’s 500,000th Visitor Celebrated

Union City, Tenn.-Shane & Ashleigh Hartman, with their 6-month-old son Logan, from Dyersburg, walked into Discovery Park of America Saturday, October 3rd for the first time ever. They were surprised to find out that Ashleigh was the 500,000th visitor to the park. 

Shane said they were headed to Reelfoot Lake to the Arts & Crafts festival, but could not find a parking place, so they decided to come on to Union City and visit Discovery Park. When the Hartmans walked through the door, the staff of Discovery Park was waiting to throw confetti, wave banners and blow noise makers. 

There was a large drum roll, and then an announcement was made: “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls….please pause with us to celebrate our 500,00th visitor!” Over a round of applause and celebration, the song “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang played throughout Discovery Center. In addition to free admission, the couple received complimentary annual membership passes and a Discovery Park gift basket full of goodies from the Discovery Park Gift Shop. 

“This is a real milestone,” CEO Jim Rippy said. “In under two years, Discovery Park of America has now had over ½ million visitors!” The Harman’s were surprised and excited to be the 500,000th visitor. Discovery Park of America is located in Union City, TN and is a unique blend of history, science, education and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park, visit the website at

Decorating Downtown Paris For Fall

Paris, Tenn.-The little elves from the Downtown Paris Association were up bright and early Saturday morning to create mini-masterpieces with fall decorations around the court square. From left are: Gaines Hedges, Rick Conger (trying to hide behind the straw), Carl Holder and Susan Jones. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris Man Arrested On Child Rape Charge

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A 49-year-old Paris man remains incarcerated in the Henry County Jail on $250,000 bond after his arrest for rape of a child.

A.B. Price, age 49, of 219 Patterson St., was arrested by Paris Police Investigator Greg Underwood.

Underwood said the arrest followed an investigation after the child reported the rape to her father. He said the child is under the age of 13.

Underwood said Price will appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on Tuesday.

“Taking It To The Streets” Set For Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The second “Taking it to the Streets” event of the school year will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, at Ogburn Park in Paris.

The Paris Special School District will welcome special guests from W. G. Rhea Library. The new “Spanish” curriculum will be spotlighted, with teachers and staff presenting a bilingual reading of Rubia and the Three Osos. 

The Paris-Henry County community is welcome to attend. There will be craft activities for students, special give-aways, and food.

$4,350 Raised For "Team Morgan"

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A total of $3,800 was raised at the “Team Morgan” fund-raiser in Huntingdon over the weekend, with an additional $850 raised by the softball team.

The funds are being raised for Morgan Fuller, a Huntingdon High School student who is undergoing extensive cancer treatment at a Nashville hospital.

On Saturday October 3, members of the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue sponsored a hamburger and hotdog fund raiser at Cash Savers Supermarket in Huntingdon to help "Team Morgan". The total amount of funds raised from the sale and donations was $3800.

Huntingdon Public Safety Director Walter Smothers said, “We were assisted in our event by members of the Huntingdon High Girls Softball Team. The softball team also collected $850 in concession sales at the HHS Alumni Softball Classic that was held on Saturday.”

“We want to thank everyone that contributed desserts, helped us at the scene and especially the people that came by and purchased our food, many of which also made generous donations! Its another reminder for us to be thankful that we live in a supportive community that come together for a worthy cause,” Smothers said.

UC Man Cited For Cruelty To Animals

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested for cruelty to animals after the Animal Control Officer found that he had abandoned a dog in his home after he moved.

Antwon Cotton, who now lives at 201 Royal St., was cited by Animal Control Officer Amanda Hayslett.

Hayslett was contacted by the owner of property at 618 N. Second St., reporting that Cotton had left a dog abandoned in a kennel inside the duplex. Hayslett took the dog to the animal shelter.

According to the police report, Hayslett located Cotton and he said he did leave the dog there. On her first attempt to give him the citation, Cotton ran out of the animal control office and told her she could keep the dog.

Hayslett then contacted him at his new address and gave him the citation.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Discovery Park Hosts McDonald's 5K Saturday Morning

Brent Hinson from our radio stations participating in 5K run Saturday. (Mandy

Hinson photo).

Union City, Tenn - Despite some chilly early morning temperatures, a large crowd of runners gathered at Discovery Park of America for the 5K to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis on Saturday morning.

Runners completed two full laps around the campus of Discovery Park to complete the 3 mile course. There was also a 1 mile run held held after the race.

Ronald McDonald walked the grounds and took pictures with runners and their families inside pumpkin village at Discovery Park too.

WENK/WTPR partnered with Discovery Park and McDonald's to co-sponsor Saturday's  event.

Learning All About Farming

Paris, Tenn.-Farmer Don Jones of Hico, at right, gives a presentation on his family farm’s tobacco production operation at Friday’s annual Henry County Farm Tour. Jones is also a Henry County Commissioner. Fifty-five people attended the Farm Tour, which also included Tosh Farms in Henry; Brannon Farms in Puryear and Kevin Bomar’s farm in Cottage Grove. Tosh Farms grow row crops and have a hog operation; Brannon grows a variety of crops and energy production crops, and Bomar talked about his production which includes corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. The Farm Tour is sponsored each year by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. (Henry County Extension Service photo).

KIDS COUNT Rankings Released

Carroll County Ranks Highest, Henry Lowest In Our Area

Nashville, Tenn.- For the first time, the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s annual KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee ranks the state’s counties based on 11 key indicators of child well-being. Profiles of each county in the report include 34 indicators, with the 11 most outcome-oriented used for the rankings. The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today shows 

Nationally, Tennessee ranks 36th in the country for child well-being, the same as in 2014 

In our area, Carroll County ranks highest, at seven percent, with Stewart at 15 percent and Weakley at 22 percent. Obion is right in the middle at 58 percent and Benton is at 68 percent. Ranking the lowest in our area is Henry County, at 75 percent.

The 11 indicators include such items as percent of children in poverty; percent of child abuse/neglect cases; children with no health insurance, rate of teen pregnancy, infant mortality rate; graduation rate, youth unemployment and TCAP readings.

Tennessee ranks 36th in this year’s national ranking.

Counties with the best rankings are distributed across the state. Middle Tennessee had the most counties with better rankings, while the Southeast region had no counties in the top 25 rankings. Rankings for the state’s four urban counties were Knox, 8th; Hamilton, 49th; Davidson, 87th; and Shelby, 93rd. (A complete list with rankings for every county overall and on each of the 11 indicators is available at

Whether counties are ranked at the top or bottom, there are still too many children in Tennessee whose opportunities are limited. With a 36th national ranking, there is clearly room for improvement. In every county, concerted local efforts can reduce unnecessary deaths, child abuse, adolescent pregnancy, school suspensions and other negative outcomes. All Tennesseans have a vested interest in improving the future for our children.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent state agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cougar Spotted In Obion County?

TWRA has received a picture of what appears to be a cougar (mountain lion) on September 19th in west Tennessee. A TWRA official has confirmed the location to be in Obion county but were unable to recover any tracks, hair, or other physical evidence. Cougars are a protected species which cannot be hunted or killed in Tennessee.

Union City Tailgate Party Draws Crowd

Union City, Tenn. - The Union City Elementary School PTO hosted a tailgate party right before the Union City/Greenfield football game on Friday night. The event include hamburger dinners, a bake sale, spirit wear sale, a performance by the UCMS cheerleaders and live music from students. The most popular attraction was the teacher "pie-in-the-face" competition. Students, teachers and parents put money in the canister of the teacher they wanted to see get hit by a pie. Among the teachers, Ms. Gilliam from 3rd grade and Ms. Brown from 1st grade were the winners as chosen by monetary votes. Vice Principal Denning was also the recipient of a pie to the face courtesy of Principal Flood.

All money raised from the event benefited the UCES PTO. (Photo Mandy Hinson)

UC Man Injured, Flees Scene Of Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Fulton, Ky.-A Union City driver received multiple injuries following a one-car accident near Fulton, Ky. and was cited with multiple charges by the Kentucky State Police. The driver fled the scene and was transported to the hospital after he was found near the accident site.

On October 3, 2015 at approximately 12:47 a.m.., David Reyna, age 20, of 355 Thompson St., Union City, was travelling eastbound on KY 125  when he lost control of his vehicle, leaving the roadway and rolling over at least one time. 

Reyna was ejected from the vehicle through the driver side window. He then fled the scene and hid in a nearby field.  

Trooper Hale with Kentucky State Police as well as Fulton Deputies Fultcher and Thomas arrived at the scene. After receiving verbal commands from the officers, Reyna revealed himself and was taken into custody.

Reyna was transported by Tri-City Ambulance Service to Lourdes Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries. 

Reyna is charged with the following; Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Operating vehicle with expired operator’s license, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance, Leaving the scene of an accident, and Failure to wear seat belt. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Hale. 

Nominations Accepted For Chamber Banquet Awards

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Chamber annual banquet will be held at 6 p.m. October 27 at Discovery Park. Award nominations are being accepted in the categories of Volunteer, Ambassador, Board Member, Industry, Business, Small Business, Business Partner of the Year and the You Made It Happen award.

Deadline is Friday, October 16, 

Chamber officials ask that on the nominations, you explain why you are nominating this business, industry, and/or educator (you can nominate one in each category): history of the business, its contributions to our community, extraordinary customer service, dedication, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, etc. 

 To RSVP and send in nominations call 885-0211 or email

Former Buchanan Principal, Commissioner Gordon Taylor Dies

Buchanan, Tenn.-Former long-time Buchanan School Principal and two-term County Commissioner Gordon Browning Taylor, age 78, of Buchanan, died Friday, Oct. 2 at Murray Calloway Co. Hospital.

Taylor served a total 58 years in education. He was principal at Buchanan School for 32 years and had taught and coached there before becoming principal. He later served as Athletic Director for Henry County Middle Schools.

He also was a two-term Henry County Commissioner, a deacon at Point Pleasant Baptist Church and was an avid fisherman, former fishing guide and former marshal at Paris Landing golf course.

He was an outstanding basketball player at Springville and Trezevant Schools as well as Bethel College. He once scored 80 points in a Trezevant win over Puryear.  Buchanan coached the Buchanan Girls to a 3rd place finish in the State in 1959. He was Inducted into the Henry Co., Carroll Co., and Bethel Hall of Fames. 

Besides his wife Joyce, he is also survived by his Two Daughters, Sheri Bragg of Buchanan, Tenn, Debbie (Dwayne) Barrow of Paris, Tenn; One Brother, Paul (Phyllis) Taylor of Memphis, Tenn; One Half-Sister, Nancy Johnsey of Jackson, TN; Four Grandchildren, Jeremy Bragg, Craig Barrow, Whitney (Brad) Gates, and Kane Barrow; One Great Grandchild, Maddisyn Gates; and several Nephews. 

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home Paris, where the visitation will be from 4 – 8 pm Saturday, October 3. Visitation will continue at Point Pleasant Baptist Church from 1 – 2 pm Sunday, October 4. Funeral Service will be at Point Pleasant Baptist Church at 2:00 pm Sunday, October 4

.Interment will be at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Buchanan, Tenn. 

Memorials may be made to Point Pleasant Baptist Church, 13700 Hwy 79 North, Buchanan, TN 38222.

Friday, October 2, 2015 

Search Warrant Executed: Drugs, Gun, Over $21,000 Seized

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A 30-year-old Huntingdon man was arrested on drugs and gun charges and $21,000 cash found in his trunk was seized during execution of a search warrant at his home Thursday by Huntingdon Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies. 

Arrested was Daniel Harris of 419 Bridgeman St.

According to Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, the search warrant was executed at the Bridgeman Street address after receiving information that drugs were at that location. 

During the execution of the warrant,  a 2004 Nissian belonging to Harris was found to contain a loaded handgun and marijuana in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Officers also discovered $21,000 in cash in the trunk of the vehicle. 

Harris is charged with felony possession of marijuana with at least two prior convictions, and also charged with felony possession of a weapon. He was also found to possess over $300 on his person. Total of all cash confiscated from Harris was in excess of $21,800 which was seized with the drugs, handgun and 2004 Nissian Maxima, Smothers said.

Another subject at the residence, Chris Harris (Huntingdon) was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Huntingdon Officers Johnny Hill, Joey Hedge, Angie Barker, and Randy Kelley were assisted by Deputies Ethan Parham, Chris Byrd, Terry Dickey and Mike Verner in the execution of the search warrant. 

UC Police Seek Suspects In Aggravated Robbery


                 Marcus Taylor                                                    Vernon Cotton

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are seeking two men who they say beat and robbed a Union City man last night. The victim is being treated at the Med in Memphis.

Warrants have been issued for Marcus Taylor of 403 S. 6th St., Union City; and Vernon Cotton of 509 Melrose St., Union City, for aggravated robbery.

According to a press release issued this morning, Union City officers responded to the Baptist Memorial Hospital emergency room where the victim was being treated after being beaten. The victim was later transported to The Med.

The victim told officers he was gambling with several other subjects in the East Gate Village Apartment complex at 500 Nash St. and after winning an unknown amount of money, he walked away from the game.

As he did, the victim said Cotton ran up from behind him and pushed him down. As he attempted to get up and go after Cotton, Taylor struck him in the back of the head with a pistol.

The victim told officers he again fell to the ground and six or seven males started punching and kicking him. As he was lying on the ground, the subjects went through his pockets, taking his money.


Full Day In Store At Discovery Park Saturday

Race, Beer, Brats, Music, Pumpkins

Union City, Tenn.-Saturday will be a busy day at Discovery Park of America in Union City, with a 5K and fun run, the pumpkin village and Beer, Blues and Brats planned.

The 5K and fun run are sponsored by McDonald’s and WENK/WTPR and will be held at the McDonald’s Pumpkin Village at the park. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the fun run at 9 a.m.

Ronald McDonald will be on hand until noon and McDonald’s will be offering free photos with Ronald for all children who participate in the race. Plus, participants get free admission to Discovery Park for that day. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis. 

As part of a year-long partnership that began June 1, McDonald’s is sponsoring the month long McDonald’s Pumpkin Village near the Train Depot on the Discovery Park Grounds.  

The gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race, and people can register at that time for $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Run, which also includes the free park admission for the day. 

Beer, Blues & Brats will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 3 on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park. Free admission and free beer samples. 

Guests can purchase loaded brats, hamburgers or hot dogs. 

Live blues music by Little Boys Blue at 5:30, then Lew Jetton & 61 South will take the stage at 7:30. 

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on.

“Color Out Malaria” 5K, Fun Run Set

Paris, Tenn.-Paris First United Methodist Church is sponsoring an event this Saturday, Oct. 3 that promises to be fun, healthy, and give participants a chance to help others in another part of the world. 

The "Color Out Malaria 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk" will be held at Eiffel Tower Park in Paris. Registration begins at 5 p.m.. The 5K run/walk will begin at 6 p.m. with members of the Inman School Cross Country team leading the way. 

All other participants will be given a flyswatter to "chase the mosquitoes (Inman cross country team) out of town." Every participant will also receive two glow bracelets, a mask to cover their mouth and nose if desired, and an event t-shirt.

The 1-mile fun run/walk will begin at 6:15. Those registrants will also get the same items as those who participate in the 5K. All finishers will enjoy snacks and beverages and will be given a packet of colored powder to throw in celebration with other finishers. 

People can register onsite. The cost for children 12 and under is $20 on race day and $25 for everyone else. Participants are encouraged to wear white or light colored t-shirts. Colorful bandanas will be available for those who want to protect their hair. 

This event is aimed at saving the lives of innocent children who die each day of malaria, a disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While malaria was virtually eliminated in the U.S, in the 1950's, a child in sub-Saharan Africa dies every 60 seconds. Malaria is a disease that is preventable, treatable, and beatable. A mere $10 can purchase an insecticide-covered mosquito net that can protect 3 children from mosquito bites and also pay for diagnostic tests and treatment for those testing positive. In addition, a portion of every $10 goes to train workers in the area medical clinics to educate, diagnose, and treat those afflicted, and even goes to help with the removal of contaminated water as well as communication (via radio) to villages about malaria. 

Annual Friends Of Library Book Sale Next Week

Paris, Tenn.-The Friends of the Library bookstore at the W.G. Rhea Library will be holding its annual book sale next week. The sale will be held from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10.

Over 13,600 books will be on sale. Times for the sale are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday.

50 percent off for Friends of the Library members and 25 percent off to non-members.

Republican Women Host Event On Meth Education

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Republican Women are hosting an event at 6 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 6 at the home of Bruce and Rebecca Griffey (140 Paul Drive, Paris). The meeting will focus on the manufacturing, distribution and use of meth in our community and what can and is being done to combat it. 

Dr. Suzanne Thomas and District Attorney General Matt Stowe will be guest speakers. 

Dr. Thomas is a  lobbyist in the State of Tennessee for laws and programs to help combat drug addiction with a special focus on chemically sick children, who are the innocent and voiceless victims of drug abuse in our communities. Dr. Thomas is also an Addiction Counselor and an author. Dr. Thomas is also the founder of “Women Involved for Enrichment”, an organization devoted to the needs of underprivileged and incarcerated women. 

District Attorney  Stowe will speak to what is being done by the District Attorney’s office to combat meth manufacturing, distribution and use in Henry County through the criminal justice system. 

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Coming To McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved a site plan for a proposed O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store.

The store will be constructed on Hwy. 79 adjacent to the El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant.

The site plan was revised to include changes to parking spaces, lighting, building elevation before approval.

Thursday, October 1, 2015  

Paris Looks Ahead To Green Space, Alley Improvements

Fire Chief Michael Williams, at podium, addresses city commissioners. (McFarlin


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The city commission looked ahead to proposed construction of a green space the city staff recommends being constructed in a downtown Paris lot that has been a sore spot for some time. Paris City Commission looked ahead to repaving and installation of an underground storm water drainage system the alley between West Wood and Washington Streets. 

The lot in the 100 block of West Wood St. has been vacant since March when the so-called “Wallin Building” was demolished. The building was owned by the late E.C. Wallin and was used for storage for many years and had deteriorated over time to the point that a tree was growing through it and the back wall collapsed. The city now owns the lot after liens were paid by family members.

City Manager Kim Foster said the vacant lot has posed somewhat of a hazard since its demolition and proposed creating a green space in that area. The budget for construction of the space, she said, would be between $10,000-$11,000 and most of the work can be done by the city’s Public Works Department. 

Green spaces “are a big plus for cities nowadays”. The green space would include raised dais for outdoor events and benches, as well as electrical outlets for night activities.

Foster said the city staff believes the green space would be attractive for the downtown “and will give us more ‘bang for our buck’ than other uses.” Ongoing expenses for consideration would be the upkeep of grass and landscaping, as well as the cost of electricity for outlets or lighting, she said. The space would be well lit, she said.

Commissioner Gayle Griffith said, “I think it’s a great idea.”  

But Commissioner Terry Fuller said he believes the city should move cautiously on spending money, only to determine there is a need for other things later. And, he said, the location is slightly out of the way. “Do you really think we can make good use of that site?” he asked.

Kathy Ray said she believed the area would be utilized. “We believe we could do a lot with that space,” she said.

The city has been discussing the need for repaving of downtown alleys for the past couple years, Foster noted. “Additionally, we have determined in the last few months that the underground storm water drainage system in this alley in particular is no longer functioning,” Foster said.  “We have put a temporary fix in place to prevent storm water from seeping into the basements of the buildings along this alley, but a permanent solution must be pursued as water seeping under these buildings will undermine their structural integrity.”

With the construction of the green space there, Foster said, “now seems to be the right time to move forward with the needed improvements to this alley” between West Wood and Washington Streets.

City Building Inspector Mike Brown said improvements approved include repaving of alley, for which it will need to be excavated before paving; an underground drainage system will be constructed for which a trench will be installed along the center of the alley that each building’s drain pipes will feed into; dumpsters will be replaced with more aesthetically-pleasing ones; and unnecessary wiring will be cleaned up in the alley.

Foster said the money is in the budget for the alley project, either from the recently-approved bond issue monies or city paving funds.

Fuller suggested the alley improvements should be concluded before the green space project is begun. Commission members asked that the staff continue keeping them updated on the proposals.

In other business:

--Upon recommendation by Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris, the commission recommended to the planning commission that it and the board of zoning appeals consist of the same members. Under the recommendation, two boards will continue to exist, but with the same members.

--In his report, Fire Chief Michael Williams reported the department was approved for the 20152016 Safety Partners grant, with which he has purchased new structural firefighting helmets and gloves at a cost of $7,318.

He said the department also is one of 10 fire departments in the state that will be installing 100 smoke alarms in one day on October 10 in Paris.

Williams also said the fire department will have a new look on the city’s Facebook page shortly, thanks to Assistant Chief Randall Jones, Capt. Barry Farmer and Lt. Brandon Bell.

UC Schools To Dismiss Early For Homecoming Parade


Union City, Tenn.-Union City Schools will dismiss early Friday so that students and teachers may attend the homecoming parade.

Students will be dismissed on the following schedule: pre-k students will dismiss at 1:45 p.m.; students in K-12th grades will dismiss at 2:15 p.m.

The homecoming parade will be held at 3 p.m. in downtown Union City.

Henry County Juvenile Arrested For Threats  

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s office has arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for aggravated assault and harassment due to threats made by phone and social media towards another peer. 

The juvenile threatened bodily harm or death towards the victim to be carried out at a school event. 

An investigation was conducted by School Resource Officers Buford Taylor, Calvin Dumas and Jeff Smith. The juvenile was taken into custody without incident at the Henry County Courthouse. 

The juvenile is set to be arraigned in Juvenile Court on Oct. 2. 

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “Any and all threats of violence on our school campuses will be fully investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of our school administration”. 

New Signs Welcome All To Rhea Library

New signs brighten up the entrances to the library. (Shannon McFarlin


Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library in Paris has a new look with new signage welcoming the public to the library, thanks to a local business and a future Eagle Scout.

Library Director Connie McSwain said, “Clear signage is a part of the New Standards issued by the State of Tennessee for Public Libraries. These are very good standards and your library has met all but a few which are budget related.”

Abbott’s Print Shop made the signs for the library. Trey Vanderpool made the frames, posts, and installed them for the library as his Eagle Scout project. 

“A win win for the library and for scouting,“ McSwain said. “Again no public funds used.”

Troy UMC Kids Collect For Reelfoot Ministries

Obion, Tenn.-Children from the Troy United Methodist Church collected more than 800 food items for the Reelfoot Rural Ministries food bank this summer.

Reelfoot Rural Ministries is a mission agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church in Obion, that provides various services for those in need, including childcare, dentistry and food distribution.

Rural Ministries Executive Director Rev. Robert Craig said the Troy UMC kids collected items as a part of a Vacation Bible School contest. Their leaders, Youth Director Leta Williams and Children’s Ministry Director Bo McEwen, divided the children into two teams for a “pie in the face” challenge. The team that collected the most items got to shove a pie in the face of the opposing group’s leader.

The contest spurred students to collect almost 1,500 pounds of food.  The contest spurred students to collect almost 1,500 pounds of food. In the end, McEwen’s team lost and McEwan got creamed.

“Aside from the month of December each year … July 2015 was the busiest on record at RRM,” he said. “While July 2015 was most demanding on our resources, it was also the lowest July on record of donations. We were in desperate need of many of the items that these young people collected. They were definitely agents of God’s grace for many families in early August.”

Rural Ministries served just short of 400 households in July and 280 households in August.

 Paris Fire Department Hires New Firefighter

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department has announced the hiring of Jon Crenshaw of Buchanan for the position of firefighter. Crenshaw began working for the department Wednesday.

Crenshaw is a graduate of Gateway Christian Academy and has been a member of Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department since 2011.

Crenshaw said this morning he will continue volunteering for the Paris Landing department while working full-time for the Paris department.

UC Holding Tailgate Party Friday Night

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Elementary School will be holding a tailgate party before the game Friday as a Parent Teacher Organization fundraiser. 

The event starts at 5 pm with hamburger, cheeseburger or hot dog dinners for $5. There also will be a bake sale, cotton candy stand and the kids’ favorite – Sandy Candy (Think homemade pixie sticks). 

New this year: live music from Union City students and local talent. So bring your bag chair to enjoy while you eat your delicious dinner. 

Free face tattoos will be given away for people who bring an item to help support the OCUC Backpack program, a joint program where Obion County Schools and Union City schools are teaming up to fight hunger in our community. Items needed include microwave meals that don’t have to be frozen like Hormel meals, mac and cheese, rice a roni meals etc. Also needed breakfast drinks like YooHoos and Sunny Delight. 

Free bouncy houses for the kids. The live music starts at 5 followed by a community Pep Rally that starts at 6:30.

Union City PD Investigates Thefts

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating thefts at two businesses Wednesday.

Dale Bryant Installation on Stad Ave. reported that someone stole three pistols and a cash box containing $100 from the office area.

Rent-A-Center on First St. reported a bank deposit bag with $841.65 in it was stolen from the store. Employees had taken the bag out of the safe to take it to the bank and discovered the bag and bank tag were gone.

The Dixie Features Branson On The Road

Huntingdon, Tenn. – In the mood for Branson style entertainment without the road trip?

The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center has the show for you. The 2015-16 Dixie Live Concert Series kicks off Saturday, Oct. 3 with Branson On The Road, an award-winning, toe-tapping show that brings the best of Branson to audiences across the country. 

Branson On The Road features cast members and weekly performers on the PBS show “Kelly’s Kountry Junction. They are also monthly featured performers and play the opening theme for the RFD television show “Midwest Country.”

Tickets for Branson On The Road, which begins at 2 p.m., are $15 each and are available at the Box Office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731-986-2100, and online at

Downtown Paris Farmer's Market Open Friday 

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association Farmer's Market will reopen Friday, October 2, at the market site at the corner of Market Street and Ruff St. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip greens and more.

Oktoberfest Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The 33rd annual Holy Cross Catholic Church Oktoberfest will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Dozens of vendors will be on hand, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, German and Mexican meals.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ring Recovered, One Suspect Still At Large


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Police Department has recovered an expensive ring that was stolen from a local residence and has issued a warning about the two suspects in the case.

According to Investigator Derrick O’Dell, the two suspects clean houses and perform car cleaning and he warned anyone who has hired them to check their valuables.

Arrested is Jeffery Scales of 513 Nash St., Apt. 43. The other suspect, Judy Crawford of the same address, is still at large. 

The ring was reported missing September 30 and is valued at over $10,000. The ring had been recovered by Sgt. Brandon Adams on September 26, when Judy Crawford tried to sell the ring to a local jeweler for $200. 

Due to conflicting stories, Sgt Adams seized the ring while investigation began as to who the ring belonged to, according to O’Dell.

After the victim notified the Union City Police Department of her missing ring, it was quickly determined that Judy Crawford had been employed by the victim to clean her residence. It is believed that during that time  Crawford and Jeffery Scales obtained the ring and attempted to sell it on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

At the time of this report Jeffery Scales has been arrested for theft over $10,000 and Judy Crawford is being sought. 

O’Dell said, “If anyone has hired either of these two individuals for house cleaning or car cleaning , please check your valuables. If any items are noticed to be missing, or you know where Judy Crawford is located, please contact Union City Police Department 731-885-1515. “

KSP Seek Help Identifying Suspect

Mayfield, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police, Mayfield Post is asking for help in identifying a suspect that knowingly exploited an adult person of over $300. 

On June 29, 2015 a mentally handicapped adult was picked up in Paducah by three males and two females and was taken to stores in Paducah and Mayfield where he went inside with one of the females. The female had the victim set up multiple accounts in his name and purchase multiple iPhones. Because of the victim’s mental capacity, he didn’t realize what the suspects were doing. 

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Johnson Gordon. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect can contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or toll free in KY at-1-800-222-5555 or by texting a tip at 67283 and remain anonymous.

Dorena-Hickman Ferry To Close For Two Weeks


Hickman, Ky.-The Dorena-Hickman Ferry temporarily halted operation Tuesday, and is expected to remain closed for up to two weeks.

According to Ferry Captain Jeremy Newsom, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge is working in the Hickman harbor to maintain navigation and harbor access. Due to limited space at the mouth of the harbor, the ferry will be unable to access the Kentucky landing at Hickman while the dredge is on station.

The dredge expects to be working in the harbor for about two weeks.

The ferry will attempt to provide timely notice when service is able to resume.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry Operates from the Hickman Landing with regular river crossings during daylight hours. Passage for passenger vehicles is $16 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. There are discounts for vehicles making return crossings.

Missouri and Kentucky have the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0.

For more info on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and a schedule of operating hours go to Motorists can also check on the ferry’s operating status by calling (731) 693-0210.

Dresden Police Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspects


        Keith Darnell Roberts                                              Shaun Williams

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-Quick action by the Dresden Police resulted in the apprehension of two armed robbery suspects minutes after they robbed a convenience store in the city.

Arrested were Keith Darnell Roberts, age 28, of Memphis; and Shaun Williams, age 36, of 911 Boydsville Rd., Dresden, originally from Memphis. Both were charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft.

According to the Dresden Enterprise, police responded to a 911 call at 6:30 a.m. reporting an armed robbery at the Q Mart on E. Main St. in Dresden.

Responding officers spotted a black Chevy Impala fleeing from the scene at a high rate of speed. The car was stopped a block away and Roberts and Williams were found in the car with a loaded handgun and money stolen from the store in their possession.

Surveillance video of the robbery reportedly showed that Roberts robbed a female clerk at gunpoint while Williams was the get-away driver. The cashier was not injured in the incident.

According to the Dresden Police, the gun used in the robbery had earlier been stolen from Bartlett. Both suspects are convicted felons.

Plus Endowment Provides Grants For County, City Teachers

Gale Tharpe and Susan Hayes present a check to Teacher Amy Williams. (McFarlin


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR 

Paris, Tenn.-A lot of teachers in the Henry County and Paris Special Schools District went home very happy after Tuesday night’s annual Plus Endowment banquet. Plus Endowment Plus Endowment is a non-profit organization that awards educational grants to educators in the two districts. 

Last night, checks were presented for a total of 81 grants awarded to teachers in every school in both districts for numerous imaginative projects they have planned for their classrooms.

Teachers were awarded a total of $36,327 in grants and Board Member Steve Blount told the teachers, “You are the ones making this happen. We were really impressed with the quality of the applications. If you keep raising the bar every year, we’re not sure what we’ll do.”

Plus Endowment was the brainchild of former Director of Schools William Atchison and has grown since its first award of six grants in 1999 to 81 this year. 

The Atchison large grant winners were: High School Teacher Rusty Wiles from   for "Big Red Hauler" $2,000; and a blended proposal from the school counselors at Harrelson, Henry, Lakewood, and Inman for "8th Grade Reality Day" $1,400.

The projects funded run the gamut of subjects from foreign languages, working on writing, learning to read with listening books, wildlife, biographies, and the Taking it to the Streets program.

Plus Endowment is operated by a board of directors made up of community members. Official Susan Hayes thanked all the teachers in the county and city districts “for going above and beyond to reach students”.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Tosh Farms provided the dinners for everyone: BBQ and all the fixins.

Joan Stevens of the Wildlife Refuge announces

winners of wildlife-themed grants. (McFarlin photo).

TWRA Seeking Operator Of Vessel Causing Boating Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking the public’s help in finding the operator of a boat which struck a jon boat with two juveniles in it, causing the jon boat to overturn. The incident occurred in the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area in the Springville area.

According to TWRA District 12 Boating Officer Joe Campbell, the TWRA is investigating the accident which happened in the early morning hours Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Campbell said two juveniles were in a small jon boat traveling in the Holly Fork Creek in the West Sandy Wildlife Management area when a vessel approached from behind. While attempting to pass, the unidentified vessel struck the jon boat which caused it to overturn.

Campbell said the juveniles were wearing personal floatation devices and were able to reach the bank safely and were uninjured. The operator of the other vessel then left the area without offering any assistance.

Tennessee State Law requires the operator of any vessel that is involved in an accident to stop and render assistance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Campbell at 615-339-5581.

Camden Native Serves Aboard USS Wyoming

by Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach

Kings Bay, Ga.-A 2007 Camden Central High School graduate and Camden, Tennessee native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Wyoming (SSBN 742).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Seiber is a fire control technician serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

A Navy fire control technician is responsible for using raw data from sonar equipment to guide sub responsible for weapons systems.

“It’s rewarding to see the crew succed,” said Seiber. “Putting in the work, putting in the training and seeing it come to succession is my favorite part of serving aboard a submarine.”

Measuring 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighing more than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion system helps push the ship through the water at more than 20 knots.

The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles if directed by the President. 

Seiber is part of the boat’s Blue crew, one of the two rotating crews, which allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted Sailors.

Because of the stressful environment aboard submarines, personnel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation. “Overall, being out there we have to support the Navy's goal of nuclear deterence,” Seiber said. “We have the ability to save our country. Being the first line of defense and the tip of the spear for that Navy gives me a sense of significance while being deployed.”

“I joined the Navy when I was 19. I learned to grow up really quickly and learned how to be on my own,” said Seiber. “I became more responsible which has helped me excel pretty quickly. I have a sense of pride in leading as well.”

Reelfoot Arts And Crafts Festival This Weekend

A sure sign of fall. (Charlie Allen photo)

Tiptonville, Tenn.-You know it’s fall when it’s time for the annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival. This year will be the 44th year for the event, which will be held from October 2-5. 

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, there will be over 400 vendors for the event. Free admission and it will feature old-time string music and great food.

The Reelfoot Festival was chosen as one of the top three festivals in Tennessee. It annually attracts crowds of 40,000 people & hundreds of vendors & miles of yard sales!  For more information, see

Water Main Fixed In Union City; No Boil Water Advisory 

Union City, Tenn. - There was another water main break near the water plant on Tuesday night in Union City, but workers repaired the damage overnight. 

Initially, city leaders thought another boil water advisory would be issued, but because the break was caught early enough the advisory was not necessary.

Union City and Obion County Schools will be in session on Wednesday.

“Team Morgan” Fundraiser Set

Huntingdon, Tenn.-On Saturday, October 3 the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue and the Huntingdon High School Softball team will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs at the Cash Savers Supermarket on East Main Street in Huntingdon. All proceeds will go to "Team Morgan", a group that has formed to assist Morgan Fuller and her family. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morgan, who is a student at Huntingdon High School, was recently diagnosed with cancer... and is currently undergoing an extensive treatment period at Vanderbilt.

For $6 you can get either a grilled hamburger or hot dog, chips, dessert and a drink. If you would like you can purchase a hamburger or hot dog individually.

Bloodmobile To Be At FUMC Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be in Paris from noon-6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. There will be a drawing for a “football themed” cooler and 1 lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to the TN Titans football game for Oct. 18th against the Dolphins.

As of right now, the bloodmobile service is CRITICALLY low on types O-, B- and A-, so please share to spread the word. 

There also is a $100 gift card to the Old Hickory Mall with dinner for two to Longhorn’s Steakhouse.

Handy Manny Block Party Set

Paris, Tenn.-Registration is open now for the upcoming Handy Manny Lego Block Party at the W.G. Rhea Library. The event is for boys age 4-8 and will be held from 2-4 p.m. October 10. The boys must be accompanied by an adult male.

Limit is 30 boys. The event will include games, food, fun and crafts.

Registration is at the library and will include a $5 registration fee.

6pm – 5am

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