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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Early Voting Begins Today

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Elections Director DeLaina Green, right, and Deputy Kim Jenkins, left, wait on a steady stream of voters on the first day of early voting at the elections commission office this morning. Early voting continues through February 23 in each county in Tennessee. Hours will be: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Wirgau, County Mayors Study Marina Taxes

Nashville, Tenn.-The past two weeks the Local Government Committee at the State Legislature has spent time focusing on marina property taxes, as there are many marinas throughout the state. The committee is chaired by State Rep. Tim Wirgau, who said it had the opportunity to hear from several county Mayors, including: Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Benton County Mayor Barry Barnett, Humphreys County Mayor Jesse Wallace, Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan, Dekalb County Mayor Jim Stribling, and Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis. Wirgau said the committee was also able to hear from David Connor, the Executive Director of Tennessee County Services Association.


USDA: Springville Water District A Key Accomplishment

Denise Evans and USDA Director Bobby Goode at last year's dedication of the Springville Water Tower. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

 Nashville, Tenn. — USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode has released USDA’s 2015 Progress Report that provides an overview of RD’s accomplishments in 2015. A key accomplishment cited in the report was the development of the Springville utility district in Henry County.

“USDA Rural Development continues to be an effective partner for economic growth in rural Tennessee,” Goode said. “Rural Development invested more than $1.2 billion into our rural communities in 2015 and along with our partners, improved the lives of rural Tennesseans.”

The report includes many examples of ways USDA helps finance infrastructure improvements and promotes rural economic development. Tennessee’s Rural Utilities Program is highlighted with its assistance to help bring water to about 1,300 rural West Tennessee families and businesses.

In rural eastern Henry County, the communities of Springville and Sandy Beach did not have the economic resources to build an expensive public water system to provide safe, reliable water to their residents and businesses. To find a solution, community members from both towns worked with the State to form a utility district to oversee water service in Springville. From there, the towns worked with USDA RD and other partners to secure affordable financing. Their efforts paid off when the public water system began service in February 2015.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted in the report that one of the keys to USDA’s success in rural areas is its partnerships with private lenders, non-profit organizations and community-based groups. USDA is partnering with rural telecommunications utilities, for example, to bring high-speed broadband to rural communities.

In addition to USDA’s support for rural infrastructure such as broadband, RD helped nearly 150,000 families buy, refinance or repair their homes last year. Eleven thousand people lived in affordable apartments because of USDA programs to build or provide subsidies for rental housing.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Tennesseecontact the Tennessee State Office at 615-783-1300. Visit us online at


UTM Invites Students For Tour, Belmont Game


Martin, Tenn. – High school juniors and seniors are invited to get the full Skyhawk experience during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Junior/Senior Day event Feb. 15. Students can tour campus and meet with professors in their areas of interest, as well as attend a UT Martin basketball game against Belmont University.

Students should register online to let the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions know they plan to attend, but there is no fee to participate. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 15, and a departmental introduction will start at 9:30 in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium. At 10 a.m., participants will meet with faculty members in their academic areas of interest and potentially attend a class in that department.

Lunch will be provided at noon and campus tours begin at 1 p.m. The women’s basketball game vs. Belmont University is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. An administrative fair, including the offices of admissions, financial aid, housing and dining, will be conducted during the game, where students and parents can have any additional questions answered.

Students interested in attending UT Martin’s Junior/Senior Day may register Those specifically interested in studying music should access a separate registration form using the link provided.

The Boling University Center is located at 11 Wayne Fisher Drive in Martin.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email


Indoor Youth Tennis Offered

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Parks and Recreation Department along with the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club will be providing a Tennis Training Program for kids 11-14 yrs. of age. This program is designed as an introduction to tennis for this age group, as well as, to improve and develop those who already participate in the sport.

Coach J.F. Kirk, with more than 35 years teaching and coaching experience, will be directing the program with the assistance of several HCHS Varsity Tennis Team players.

The Program will be located indoors, full court, at the Paris Civic Center gymnasium. It will run each Saturday from 5pm - 7pm, beginning, February 20th and ending March 12th. There will be a limited amount of kids allowed to participate in this program.

Sign ups are being taken now. The cost is $5 payable to the Paris Parks and Recreation Dept. Additional information is available by calling the Parks Office at [731] 644-2505 or Coach Kirk at [731] 441-2155.

Armed Robbery Of Domino’s Employee Investigated

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police are investigating a report of a pizza delivery employee being robbed in gunpoint Tuesday night.

Officer Chris Finch was dispatched to Arbor Gables Apartments on Hillsboro St. around 10:40 p.m. in reference to a 911 call concerning an aggravated robbery.

When officers arrived they spoke with a Domino’s Pizza delivery employee who said he   was delivering a pizza to an apartment when he was approached by three male subjects wearing hoodies and with their faces covered.

The Domino’s employee said one of the subjects then pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the employee’s money bag and wallet. The suspects then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The incident is under investigation and no suspects have been named at this time. If anyone has any information concerning this crime please call Martin Police Dept. at 731-587-5355 or Crimestoppers at 731-587-2611 or 877-364-TIPZ. (8479)

Stewart County Schools Opening Two Hours Late

Dover, Tenn.-Stewart County Schools will be opening on a two hour delay today, due to hazardous road conditions that still exist in the back roads of the district.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Kroger Fuel Center Nears Completion

Paris, Tenn.-The new Kroger Fuel Center in Paris will be open in two to three weeks, with workers moving right along on the project in recent weeks. The fuel center is located at the front of the shopping plaza at 1059 Mineral Wells Ave. where the Kroger store is located. Kroger is in the process of hiring fuel clerks for the new gas station. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Multiple Wrecks Reported On Slick Roadways

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Roadways in our area are slick and hazardous, with multiple injury accidents being reported. Within a short span of time this morning, accidents were reported on Hwy. 641, Hwy. 79 and Hwy. 54 in Henry County.

All school districts in our area, with the exception of Union City City Schools, are closed today due to hazardous conditions.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo cautioned drivers this morning that roads in both Paris and Henry County are “slick and hazardous especially outside the city of Paris corporate limits. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Henry County Sheriff’s units are backlogged, working vehicles in ditches and off the roadway.”

The problem is black ice which is catching motorists off guard. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Bradley, working dispatch this morning while the phones were ringing off the hook said, “People just need to drive slow. They’re not doing that. We’ve got wrecks all over the place.”

It’s the same story in Obion County, where the dispatcher at the sheriff’s office also reported multiple wrecks. Weakley County 911 Official Jamison Peevyhouse reports multiple accidents and slick roadways, including the main routes, in Weakley County, too.

Vital Farms Looking For 50-100 Egg Farms

A large crowd was on hand for the Vital Farms meeting. (Chamber photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Over 90 area farmers and their families packed the meeting room at Farm Bureau Insurance recently to learn about Vital Farms Pasture-Raised egg program at a meeting late last week.

Vital Farms Recruiter Terry Osborne presented a detailed outline of the requirements and benefits of participating in the Vital Farms egg program. The Chamber’s Agriculture Committee organized the event and said they were pleased with the interest from area farmers.

“The meeting was a huge success,” Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton. “The Chamber’s Agriculture Committee is always looking for ways to promote agriculture and opportunities for area farmers to supplement their farm income.”

Vital Farms is the largest national distributor of pasture-raised eggs in the U.S. producing pasture-raised USDA Certified Organic eggs under the brands Vital Farms and Pasture Verde. By creating the category of ‘pasture raised’, Vital Farms has established the first-ever scalable and sustainable pastured farming model with more than 90 independent producers and growing.

Vital Farms is working to locate 50-100 pasture-raised egg farms in Henry and surrounding counties in Tennessee and southwest Kentucky. “We are very excited about bringing this opportunity to the area, and we believe this is a great opportunity to diversify any family farming operation,” according to Dennis Yoder, Area Recruiter for Vital Farms. “We would also like to thank the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee on behalf of Vital Farms for their efforts in coordinating this event.”

Vital Farms’ stakeholder model is unparalleled in supporting, empowering and compensating their crewmembers, clients, customers and their farmers and the communities they represent. With their core mission being to bring ethically and sustainably produced food to the table with a more humane and ethical approach to farming, Vital Farms raises healthy, happy egg-laying hens outside on fresh pastures producing an authentic pasture-raised product.

To learn more about Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs program visit their website at To set up an appointment to discuss this program one-on-one with a Vital Farms recruiter, please contact Dennis Yoder at 731-336-4131or



Reminder: Early Voting Begins Wednesday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Wednesday will be the first day for Early Voting for March 1 primaries throughout Tennessee. Early voting will run from February 10 through 23, which includes two Saturdays.

Early voting occurs in the county election commission offices in each county and the hours will be: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

In Henry County, the local contested race is on Republican ballots with Richie Chilcutt and Steve Kuykendall running for county road supervisor. The third candidate for that position, Brian Soloway, is running as an Independent and will be on the August ballot along with the Republican candidate.

Incumbent Charles Van Dyke is running for County Property Assessor in the Democratic primary, while Catherine Gore Herrera is running as a Republican candidate for that position.

In Obion County, Judy Smith qualified as an Independent candidate for the county property assessor but won’t be on the ballot until August.

Tracey Westbrooks is the Democratic candidate for County Trustee, with no opposition.

Also on the ballot is the South Fulton City Ward 2 race, with James Pierce and Terry Taylor running.


Set Free Ministry Women’s Housing To Be Considered

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of Zoning Appeals will consider a request from Set Free Ministries for Women’s Housing to be located at 305 S. Brewer St. during a meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Paris City Hall.

That meeting will be immediately followed by the regular meeting of the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission. On the commission’s agenda are a major site plan for Phillips Mini-Storage on Mockingbird Lane and a major site plan for the Rhea School addition.

Both meetings are open to the public.


Five Arrested, $14,000 Worth Of Meth Seized

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-Investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office and the Obion County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Monday in Palmersville which resulted in five arrests on drug and theft charges and the recovery of stolen property. Some $14,000 worth of crystal meth was also seized.

The search was conducted at 1252 Webb Rd., north of Palmersville. A Polaris ATV that was stolen from Obion County was recovered.

During the search, officers observed items that led to a second search warrant which resulted in the discovery of over five ounces of crystal meth, 11 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan said officers also seized $3,836 in cash, two vehicles and two firearms. The street value of five ounces of crystal meth is about $14,000 dollars.

Since no one in the house would claim the stolen property or the drugs, all five people were charged with theft for being in possession of the stolen ATV. All were also charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested was: Willie Clyde Pate, age 40 of 1217 Norwood in Union City; Jerry Wayne Pate, age 35 of South Hollis St., Sharon; Leanna Renee Autrey, age 34, of 110 Gates Drive, Troy; Hubert Edward Pugh, age 52, of 310 E. Second St. in Finley; and Misty Dawn Haynes, age 28, of 405 W. Moffatt in Troy.


Dems To Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women and Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at Paris City Hall. New officers will be installed and County Property Assessor Charles Vandyke will be the speaker.


New Charge For Union City Burglar


Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested twice in two days, this time for theft, apparently stemming from the same burglary spree over the weekend.


Charles Rice of 2810 Lynn St., was already charged with breaking into and burglarizing a car, house and other property on Old Rives Rd. The new charge involves the theft of a tire and wheel from a car on Rutledge Lane.

The car’s owner left it at a business over the weekend and when she arrived Monday, the car was sitting on a jack with the wheel and tire missing.

Officers remembered several tires in the back seat and trunk of the car that Rice was driving. Rice’s car is impounded and officers will be getting a search warrant to recover the tire from his car.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Meeting On Big Sandy Mercury Advisory Draws Large Crowd

TDEC Official Gregory Denton addresses the crowd at Monday's meeting. (McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-Speaking before a packed house Monday night at Paris Landing State Park, officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) said public health advisories have been posted at the Big Sandy embayment of Kentucky Lake because testing has revealed that mercury levels in large mouth bass have been consistently at or above the accepted levels since 2008.

The advisories are a result of fish tissue levels of mercury that exceed the trigger point of 0.3 parts per million and only are in effect for large mouth bass. The affected Big Sandy area is in Henry, Benton, Carroll and Henderson counties.

TDEC Manager Gregory Denton of Nashville said the advisories were not posted without adequate testing by the agency and were posted with public health in mind. “We want to protect our waters and protect our public health,” Denton said. “As a public health agency, our job is to identify potential pathways of pollutants or contaminants.” Also present at Monday's meeting were TWRA officials.

Denton said, “We knew the importance of Kentucky Lake to this area as a resource, so we wanted to be absolutely certain before we issued the public advisory. It’s not unusual for levels to bounce around year to year so we wanted to ensure the levels were consistent for several years in a row before the advisory was posted.”

The Big Sandy River and its embayment on Kentucky Reservoir was recently added to Tennessee’s list of precautionary fish advisories. The advisory does not caution the public about wading or swimming; only eating the bass.

The Big Sandy embayment “was on our radar for several years”, Denton said, because of the test results being collected by TDEC. Denton cautioned that the advisory only applies to large mouth bass and does not apply to other fish. Crappie, for instance, does not concentrate mercury at same level as big mouth bass, he said. “We have not sampled crappie at Big Sandy and neither has TVA but crappie does not come back with elevated levels historically.” 

There are two types of advisories: Do not consume advisories and precautionary advisories. Denton said the advisories posted locally are precautionary He said, “Just occasionally eating a fish even at 0.3 level is not going to do a great deal of harm to an adult. That is why our advisory signs always warn pregnant and nursing women and children not to eat the fish” with higher than the accepted mercury levels in them.

In answer to questions from the audience, Denton said TDEC has not been able to determine where the mercury is coming from. “We cannot find any facility in the Big Sandy Watershed that discharges mercury,” he said. “We have seen this in other parts of the state, though, where bodies of water have these levels, just because of its chemistry.”

The advisories will not be taken down any time soon, Denton said. “Unfortunately, it took awhile for the levels to get to this point and it will take awhile for them to be reduced.”
Denton said the mercury levels do not pose any threat to the bass tournaments which are held at Kentucky Lake “because they are catch and release.”

Mercury, Denton said, “is a toxic element and its affects are well-known. It’s a very serious contaminant which is why we have to be diligent about informing people.”

In response to requests from audience members, Denton said it would sample local crappie but repeated that crappie historically does not test with elevated levels of mercury. There is no problem with mercury levels in catfish, he said.

Local fishermen voiced concern with the effect the posted advisories would have on local bass tournaments and on public use of local waterways.

Assault Victim Treated At Vanderbilt


               Chace Kesterson

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Dresden, Tenn.-A 60-year-old man is being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after he was assaulted by a Dresden man.

Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chace Adam Kesterson, age 31, of Dresden, on a charge of aggravated assault. Kesterson allegedly hit the victim in the head with a wooden chair and then kicked him several times in the head and neck. The assault occurred at a Palmersville residence.

The victim was taken to Vanderbilt with head and facial injuries.

Kesterson is being held in the Weakley Co. Jail on $25,000 bond.

Two Arrested For Aggravated Assault


Dresden, Tenn.-Weakley County Sheriff’s investigators have charged two young men with aggravated assault after they attacked another man at a party late last year.

Arrested are Logan Thomas, age 20, of Dresden, and Matthew Mathis, age 20, of Hollow Rock. They reportedly attacked two Huntingdon men at a party in Dresden in December of 2015.

According to Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan, the 23-year-old victim was hit from behind then hit several more times while on the floor, resulting in a broken nose and broken jaw that required surgery.

At the same party, a 24-year-old victim was hit from behind then kicked in the head causing a broken nose and fractured eye socket.

Both subjects will appear in court March 30.

Sharon Man Charged With Rape, Solicitation

                   Addison Ingle


 Sharon, Tenn.-A Weakley County man has been arrested and charged with rape of a juvenile and solicitation of another juvenile

Addison G. Ingle, age 22, of Sharon, was charged with one count of rape and one count of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct.

Ingle turned himself in at the Weakley County Detention Facility ths morning.

The offenses took place between July 2015 and January 2016. The rape charge stems from a ‘consensual’ sex act with a 14 year old in which coercion was used to accomplish the act. The solicitation charge stems from exchanges of nude photographs with a 16-year-old.


Paris Youth Wins National Silver Gloves Tournament

Cam'ron Patton with his title belt. (Photo by Miranda Moon)

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Independence, Missouri—Young Paris Boxer Cam’ron Patton won the National Silver Gloves Championship at the conclusion of the three-day tournament in Independence, Missouri, last week.

Patton also was named outstanding boxer of the tournament. He defeated Eduardo Valenzuela from Eagan, Minnesota, to win the championship. Patton fights in the 10-11 year old age bracket and weighs 107 pounds. There were over 50 fighters in his age group.

The Paris Downtown Boxing Club travelled to the tournament, which is a ranking tournament for amateur boxers aged 8-15.

Cam’ron and his brother Demarcus attained state and regional championships before advancing to the nationals. Demarcus made it to the semi-finals in the tournament. Demarcus is eight years old and has been in the gym less than a year. Both are the sons of Fran Patton and Nicholas Howard and attend Paris Elementary School.

Coach Derik Moon said, “I hope everyone realizes what a huge accomplishment this is. This is a National Ranking Tournament. You have to fight multiple times in your state and then your region, which is comprised of several states, to even qualify. I don’t know if anyone from Henry County has ever won a Silver Gloves Championship before. We have amazing kids with outstanding in our gym.”

At Nationals Demarcus Patton defeated his opponent from Altona, NY to compete in the Semi-Finals. Demarcus lost by decision to Aldo Blancas from Wisconsin in his second bout.

Cam'ron and Demarcus Patton with Coach Moon. 

Gleason Man Confesses Starting Fire With Wife Inside

                  David Watkins


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-A Gleason man who confessed to investigators that he set fire to his former home knowing that his wife was inside sleeping has been arrested and charged with arson.

Arrested was David Cody Watkins, age 25. At the time of the fire, Watkins and his family lived on Winstead Rd. north of Dresden. The fire occurred in 2015.

Weakley County Sheriff Capt. Randall McGowan said the charge will be upgraded to aggravated arson once the case is heard in General Sessions Court. He said the aggravated arson charge will be filed because someone was in the structure when it was set on fire. Aggravated arson is a Class A felony.

According to the press release, Watkins confessed to Investigator Marty Plunk and Dresden Fire Chief Paul Hutcherson that he set fire to the mobile home knowing his wife was inside asleep. He also told investigators that prior to starting the fire he placed the couple’s infant in a car seat and after starting the fire he and the infant went to church.

Luckily, someone noticed the fire and called 911. The Dresden Fire Department responded and put the fire out before Watkins’ wife could be harmed.

Union City Woman Assaulted; Suspect Jailed


           Leonard Ray Ferguson

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City woman was taken to the hospital following a terrifying ordeal which resulted in a suspect being arrested for a long list of charges, including aggravated sexual battery, false imprisonment and aggravated kidnapping.

Arrested was Leonard Ray Ferguson of 521 Nash St. He is being held in the Obion County Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Union City Police were called to 523 Nash St. on a report of a domestic disturbance. According to Officer Benjamin Hudson, when officers arrived they knocked on the door and a male voice asked who it was. Officers said they were the police.

Officer Brandon Adams looked through the front window and said, “He’s got something in his hands”. Hudson said officers could hear yelling and screaming through the partially open door and when they tried to open the door, they felt resistance on the other end. Hudson said he kicked the door and it was slammed shut.

With his weapon drawn, Hudson forced the door open and ordered Ferguson to get on the ground and place his hands behind his back. Hudson said Ferguson got on his knees but refused to place his hands as ordered. The officers forced his hands behind his back and handcuffed him.

When officers arrived, the victim was nude and told them that Ferguson had been texting her to bring him clothes. When she walked in the door, he began hitting her on the face with his fists. He took her to the bedroom, began choking her and told her she was going to die tonight.

Hudson said the victim said he then ordered her to pack his clothes, ordered her to lie down and not move until he said so, picked up a hammer and knife then ordered her to take off her clothes and get in the bathtub. He then ordered her to ‘smoke a blunt with him’ and hit her in the buttocks with the hammer.

Officers saw the hammer, knife and a cigar with marijuana in it in the apartment, a broken lamp and visible injuries to the victim.


Full House For Gun Permit Class


Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Captain Damon Lowe teaches a full house of participants in Saturday’s gun permit class. Over 40 people signed up for the class. The eight-hour class was taught at the Henry County sheriff’s office and included shooting range shooting. The next class will be March 5. Call the sheriff's office at 642-1672 to sign up. (Shannon McFarlin photo).



Rhea Students Receive Preview Performance

Paris, Tenn.-Students at Rhea Elementary School in Paris received a preview performance of “Once Upon A Dream” by Bethel University Renaissance performers Friday afternoon. Renaissance performed the musical Saturday at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Included in the Saturday performances, the Inman Middle School Chorus were special guests. (Renaissance photo).


UC Man Charged In Burglary

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested on charges of breaking into and burglarizing a car, house and other property Saturday afternoon.

Charles Rice of 2810 Lynn St., was charged with aggravated burglary and burglary.

Union City Police were called to 1729 Old Rives Rd. on a report of a break-in and found the suspect and another man still on the scene. They found a break-in of a vacant house with items stolen from a car, a trailer, a bus and a camper on the property.

The other man said he had just been given a ride by Rice.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Buchanan Man Among Those Arrested For Cockfighting

Lynn Grove, Ky.-A Buchanan man is among 19 individuals arrested at a cockfighting event in Calloway County, Ky.

Bobby Denton, age 58, of Buchanan, was among the individuals cited for cruelty to animals, a second degree Class A misdemeanor. 

The Kentucky State Police was called to a building off of Protemus Rd. in Lynn Grove Saturday night on a report of cockfighting taking place. When Kentucky State Police Troopers arrived th...ey found over 30 dead gamecocks as well as over 35 live roosters and hens. Troopers located 22 individuals on scene. 

The owner of the building, Jack Morgan, age 53, of Benton, Ky., was also arrested for cruelty to animals.

Of the others arrested at the scene, one man, Marvin Roberson, age 55, was from Murray. The others were from Mayfield, Dexter, Ashland City, Charlotte, Nashville, Water Valley, Franklin, Springfield, Whitehouse, Goodlettsville and Harlan, Ky., and range in age from 27 to 64 years old.

Additionally, 23 year-old Seth Burnett of Murray, KY was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) (a Class D Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a Class A Misdemeanor), and also charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd Degree (a Class A Misdemeanor). 

A small camper and box trailer were located on scene. These trailers were being used to house the live poultry. The camper and box trailer along with approximately $4,000 in cash were seized from the scene. The poultry have been turned over to the Humane Society of Calloway County. The investigation continues by Trooper Aaron Jestes. 

KSP was assisted on scene by The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of Calloway County.

KSP has a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or criminal activity.

FUMC Raises $31,642 For Helping Hand
Car Among Items Donated

Auctioneer Fred McLean (at microphone) surrounded by volunteers Saturday afternoon. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The grand total raised so far this year in the Helping Hand Radio Auction has now reached $186,980, thanks to the whopping $31,642 raised Saturday by the First United Methodist Church in Paris.

Two auctions were held Saturday with items donated by First United Methodist, with $17,373 raised during the afternoon auction and $14,264 raised in the evening.

A highlight of Saturday’s sessions was the donation by Granville Cooley of a car to be auctioned off. It was the first time for a car to be donated to Helping Hand in all the years it has been operating.

The car, a 1988 Lincoln Town Car with 87,943 miles on it which Cooley said did need work on the air conditioning, radio, and speedometer, was purchased for $450. The car was on site at the fairgrounds for people to look over before the auction.

Historically, the First United Methodist Church has over the years developed a friendly rivalry with the First Baptist Church at the Helping Hand Auction, with both churches going all out to bake and make items to donate to the auction. With First Baptist Church having its afternoon and evening auctions next Saturday, February 13, look for the Baptist Church members to try to raise even more.

Fred McLean was the afternoon auctioneer, with Doug Taylor serving as auctioneer for the evening session.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

Monday’s items will be donated by First Christian Church, Habitat for Humanity and CHAMPS. On Tuesday, items will be donated by local veterans organizations and Wednesday by Tomorrow’s Hope, Kurt Ostrom Counseling Center and Wal-Mart.

The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Over $4,380 Raised At Mardi Gras Ball

The 2016 Mardi Gras Court, with King and Queen Grant and Montana Guinn in middle. (Judy Garner photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Over $4,380 was raised for the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center at Friday night’s annual Mardi Gras Ball. A huge crowd was in attendance at this year’s event. Arthur Lodge served as emcee and the Magi of Memphis provided entertainment. A photo booth was set up by the Paris Photography Club.

The couple crowned Mardi Gras 2016 King and Queen were Grant and Montana Guinn. Also on the court were Dukes and Duchesses Jonathan and Paula Bell, Bruce & Rebecca Griffey, and Travis & Jessica McLeese.

Henry Man Charged In Prostitution Sting Operation

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry man was arrested for soliciting for prostitution following an undercover sting operation by the Metro Crime Unit and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late last week.

Arrested was Charles Renn of 1585 Macedonia Rd., Henry. In addition to the patronizing prostitution charge, he also was charged with violation of the sex offender registry.

Renn was arrested at the Quality Inn in Paris and is set to appear in local court February 9.

Bond of $20,000 was set and Renn was bonded out from Henry County Jail.

Henry County Teachers Of The Year Awards Presented


From left, E.W.Grove Assistant Principal Michele Webb, Teacher of the Year Jammie Adkisson, Principal Sam Tharpe and Math Teacher Karen Dukes. (Henry County Schools photos.)


Paris, Tenn.-Henry County’s Teachers of the Year were announced at programs at the district schools Friday. Teachers of the Year are: PreK-4th Grade, Becky White of Lakewood Elementary; 5th-8th Grade, Patsy Barrow of Henry Elementary; and 9th-12thgrade, Jammie Adkisson of E.W. Grove School.

The teachers’ names will be submitted for the Northwest CORE Teachers of the Year awards. Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said, “Every nominee is an outstanding educator and worthy of the honor of Teacher of the Year.”

School-level teachers of the year awards were also given out Friday:


Harrelson:  PreK-4th grade-Lauren Nash; 5th-8th grade-Amber Ryan

Henry:  PreK-4th grade-Lisa Olive; 5th-8th grade-Patsy Barrow

Lakewood:  PreK-4th grade- Becky White; 5th-8th grade-Lisa Ray;

Grove:  Jammie Adkisson

HCHS:  Kayla Berryhill


Lakewood Principal Amy Veazey with Becky White.




Freed-Hardeman/Nashville State Sign Agreement

Dickson, Tenn.—Freed-Hardeman University President Joe A. Wiley and Nashville State Community College President George H. Van Allen have signed a joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. The agreement, which begins with the Spring 2016 semester, provides a seamless pathway toward associate and baccalaureate degrees at FHU|Dickson.

The agreement allows students to be jointly admitted to both institutions and to enroll in classes offered by both schools concurrently. Access to facilities and programs offered jointly by NSCC and FHU include advising, registration, access to computer labs, Internet accounts, libraries, student identification cards, sporting events and online transcripts with degree plan analyses.

In addition, students will be able to receive federal financial aid based on combined enrollment. One institution will serve as the "home" institution and the other will be designated the "host."

"We are delighted to join Nashville State in offering this dual enrollment program. It is our hope that this collaboration will help students complete their degrees more efficiently," Wiley said.

Van Allen stated, "Since the beginning of the partnership FHU has been focused on the student achievement and the success of our partnership. The program reminds us of the University's commitment to them and the citizens of the region."

Students must meet the following conditions to apply for dual admission: plan to pursue an associate degree and a bachelor's degree, meet current admission criteria for NSCC and have earned 29 or fewer college-level semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

At the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Nashville State offers courses leading to an associate degree, and FHU offers baccalaureate degree completion in six programs: business management, education, nursing, social work, criminal justice and psychology.

Additional information about the dual enrollment program may be obtained by contacting Ben Selbe at or Leslie Lewis at




“Show Only” Tickets Offered


Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Arts Council is also now offering “show only” tickets for the event. Dinner and show tickets cost $75 per couple or $40 per person. For the ‘show only’, tickets sell for $20.


February 8th is the deadline to purchase your Dinner and Show tickets, which included a catered meal, dinner music by the Shepherd Family, and the comedy show.


Tickets can be purchased at Commercial Bank and Security Bank downtown, Boutique MariMac, Iron Place, and My Favorite Things. Or you can contact the Arts Council at 642-3955.


Movie Night Cancellation

Paris, Tenn.-The movie night scheduled to celebrate Black History Month at the W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris on February 8 has been cancelled.  The movie "Freedom" will instead be shown on February 15 instead.


Helping Hand Total Now $$155,334

Paris, Tenn.- The total raised Friday in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction was a whopping $10,334, bringing the grand total so far this year to $155,334.

Friday’s items were donated by Holy Cross Catholic Church, Chapel Hill/Guthrie Rd., Last Mango in Paris and TARP Center for Independent Living.

 The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

On Saturday, First United Methodist Church in Paris will be donating items at both the afternoon and evening in-house sessions.

Monday’s items will be donated by First Christian Church, Habitat for Humanity and CHAMPS.

The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Huge Crowd For Deer Meat Giveaway


Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand Friday morning for the deer meat giveaway at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Over 100 cars came through the line, with deputies giving away close to 5,000 pounds of deer meat. There were so many cars, in fact, that the giveaway started a bit early because the cars were lined up all the way from the sheriff’s office on Forrest Heights and way past West Wood Street, blocking traffic. Dan Hill was the winner of the Ruger 270 rifle donated by Jamie Orr of Edward Jones. The giveaway was a project of Deputies for the Hungry. In top photo, Sheriff Monte Belew helps give away free deer meat and bottom, Belew, Orr and Deputy John McElroy. (Henry County Sheriff’s Office photos).


Goodwill Donations Needed In Wake Of Winter Storm

Last week’s winter storm, which brought one of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade to much of Middle and West Tennessee, also put a chill on donations to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

Thus far in January, donations have declined by about 14 percent compared to last year. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s store funds its mission of providing education, training and employment to people across 48 Tennessee counties. Last year, Goodwill assisted 36,081 people in their search for work. Of those, 15,412 found a job.

“We are hoping our generous donors will help us make up for those lost days now,” according to Scott Crites, Goodwill’s director of donations.

Goodwill’s retail sales also have been affected by last weeks’ storm, as many customers were snowed in and could not travel to shop.

“Some of our stores were also forced to close temporarily,” said David Jenkins, vice president of retail. “Our stores are back to normal operations this week and loaded with great merchandise at great prices. This is good news for our treasure-seeking shoppers.”

Tennesseans can make an immediate impact by donating gently used clothing, shoes, household goods and accessories and shopping in Goodwill’s stores. The locations and hours of Goodwill’s 75-plus Donations Express Centers and 36 stores can be found at

CPR Class To Be Offered


Paris, Tenn.-A CPR training class will be offered at Henry County High School from 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 9.

The class is open to all students, parents and staff. To sign up, call 644-3205.

The class is free, although it costs $5 to receive your certification card.


Tickets Available For Love & Laughter Event

Paris, Tenn.-Are you looking for love and laughter in Paris with someone special this Valentine’s Day? Then plan to attend the Paris Henry County Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Love & Laughter event at the Paris Convention Center on Saturday, February 13. The evening begins with a social time at 5:30 with the Paris Winery, followed by a catered meal by Show Thyme Catering with dinner music provided by the Shepherd Family, then the evening is finished with a family friendly comedy show by David Ferrell. Purchase your tickets today at the downtown branches of Commercial Bank, Security Bank, Foundation Bank on East Wood, and at Boutique MariMac, My Favorite Things, and The Iron Place. Dinner and show tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per person. Thank you to our Silver Sponsors, Commercial Bank, Foundation Bank, and Security Bank and our Bronze Sponsors, Boutique MariMac, Holley Credit Union, and My Favorite Things. The Arts Council is looking forward to spending an entertaining evening with you. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit our website

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Signals At Adams/Volunteer Drive Intersection Move Forward

"Preserve Paris" Project Initiated

Heritage Center Board Chairman David Webb addresses the city commission. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Installation of stop lights at the intersection of Jim Adams and Volunteer Drives has moved one step ahead, with authorization by Paris City Commission for Mayor Carlton Gerrell to sign a contract for that project. City Manager Kim Foster said the next step is to move forward with the contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), which should be received within the next few days. 

Foster said the city will be using its STP (Surface Transportation Program) funds for the signalization.

Also at Thursday night’s meeting, commissioners learned that the city has been approached by USDA Rural Development to serve as one of three pilot communities for a neighborhood preservation project.

The project will be called Preserve Paris and it seeks to revitalize, preserve and clean up local neighborhoods. A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, at city hall to seek input from citizens on the project, which is scheduled to begin later this year.

Foster said, “The project will combine various funding and municipal resources as well as community involvement to address neighborhood needs. We are excited to be one of the first communities to participate in this pilot program, but it means we need to select a neighborhood and gather some data on what citizens view as priorities.”

Foster anticipates the first projects will be exterior improvements to individual homes in a three to five block radius off a main road combined with municipal projects such as sidewalks. One of the first tasks will be to identify a starting place and listen to what citizens feel would be most beneficial, she said.

Paris-Henry County Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “Wherever this project starts, it is good for all of us.”

In a presentation before the commission, Paris-Henry County Heritage Center Board Chairman David Webb requested that the city apply for historic preservation grants to help restore Cavitt Place to its original 1916 appearance. Cavitt Place is headquarters for the Heritage Center and the mansion is 100 years old this year. Cavitt Place is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We want to celebrate by repairing and restoring the building, creating new public spaces and installing new exhibits,” Webb said. The board has approved restoration projects as repairing doors and windows, replacing broken tiles, repairing a leaking chimney and cleaning and repairing the original wooden floors. Bids have also been sought for painting the exterior and interior of the center.

The Heritage Center also plans to acquire more museum cases and significantly expand the exhibits onto the second floor of the building.

Approached by two different agencies because of our history and performance in the past in the arena of home rehabilitation

Northwest Development District wants to apply for the HOME grant program this year. They approached city because city of Paris scores well and has shown prior commitment to housing-related needs. The grant would allow the district to make home repairs to homeowners meeting the eligibility requirements which includes income limits. This grant program could be used city-wide as opposed to the CDBG program which is limited to certain targeted areas.

Grant application deadline is in March.

In other business:

City commission approved a certificate of compliance for Piyush Patel as new owner of Westwood Wines and Liquor. The required background investigation has been completed by the Paris Police Department and there are no findings.

Springville Repair Shop Destroyed In Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-A small repair shop on Elkhorn Rd. was completely destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

Thompson’s Automotive at 10870 Elkhorn Rd., was a total loss in a fire which was sparked by mechanical work at the shop.

Springville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy Unrah said Thursday night that the shop was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and was still going strong two hours later. The fire began between 2:30 and 3 p.m., he said. 

Unrah said the shop consisted of three bays and a lean-to, all of which was destroyed along with several cars and a tractor which were being worked on. Unrah said the repairman on duty said he was working on a car and had heated something up to work on it. “He said a spark hit the ground and made a trail to the oil barrels. He said when it hit the oil barrels, it was all over.”

Mutual aid was received from the Big Sandy and Oakland Fire Departments, Unrah said. The repairman said he inhaled some smoke and inhaled some fire extinguisher spray when he was trying to put out the fire and Unrah told him to be sure and go to the emergency room to be checked out.

Activitist Martin Luther King III To Appear At MSU Monday

Murray, Ky.-Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King III will be the featured speaker at this year’s Presidential Lecture Series at Murray State University. King is the son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King and was president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Realizing The Dream, Inc.

King’s lecture will be held at 8 p.m. at Lovett Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

“We’re pleased to host this annual event for the Murray State campus and our greater community,” MSU President Dr. Robert Davies said. “This event will be the perfect capstone to our 60th anniversary celebration of desegregation on our campus.”

King will be giving a 45-minute presentation entitled “Continuing The Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century”, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

Murray State’s Presidential Lecture Series is renowned for bringing in internationally and nationally-known speakers

The Presidential Lecture series began in 2005 to commemorate the 50-year Anniversary of Desegregation of Murray State. The first speaker to be featured was Nobel Peace Prize winner and key player in the struggle to end segregation in South Africa, F. W. de Klerk. Other featured speakers include Lech Walesa, Benazir Bhutto, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dr. Richard Allen Smith, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ben Stein, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Spike Lee, Bill Nye, and Chuck Todd.  


TDEC Calls Meeting On Bass Advisories

Paris, Tenn.-    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a public meeting Monday night at Paris Landing State Park to discuss the recent advisory on eating bass on Kentucky Lake on Monday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Paris Landing Inn.

WENK/WTPR published an article on January 28 about signs that have begun appearing along the Big Sandy Basin area of Kentucky Lake which warn the public of “certain contaminants at levels thought to increase the risk of cancer or other serious illness in humans” in bass found in the Kentucky Reservoir.

Although not stated specifically on the signs, the signs pertain to mercury levels and have been placed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).


 Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Is This Weekend

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The 12th Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival is this weekend, running from Friday through Sunday. Currently, there are 35 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles at Reelfoot Lake and more will come as the weather gets colder.
The festival’s events include Eagle tours, Bird of Prey shows, art and photo contests, sunrise photography tours, children’s activities and plenty of vendors including local artists, potters and crafters.

Visit here for more info:

Reelfoot Lake is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and has long been a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts and photographer’s. Formed by the great earthquakes of 1811-1812 the Lake covers approximately 18,000 acres and has an abundance of wildlife, birds and beautiful scenery. The Lake’s unique atmosphere is truly one of Tennessee’s most valuable hidden treasures. Annually, thousands of visitors discover Reelfoot Lake for the first time. Many return again and again to enjoy its pristine waters, colorful scenery and relaxing atmosphere.

Reelfoot Lake is located in the Northwest corner of Tennessee and three miles from the Mississippi River.


D’Carrious Stephens Signs With UTM
18 Players Total Sign With UTM

D'Carrious Stephens signs, along with Union City Coach Darren Bowling. (UCHS photo).

Martin, Tenn. – In conjunction with National Signing Day, University of Tennessee at Martin head football coach Jason Simpson announced the signings of 18 players at a press conference in the Bob Carroll Football Building this afternoon. Included with the 18 is D’Carrious Stephens of Union City.

“This is my 11th recruiting class, and over the years we have probably signed about 250 kids,” said Simpson. “With this class, I’m just as excited as the first. These kids fit our culture, they are great students and great players.” 

The aforementioned 18 players, in addition to seven signees who joined the program on Mid-Year Signing Day in December, were highlighted in short video clips with analysis from Simpson at the press conference.

Overall, Simpson and his staff added 14 players on offense, 10 players on defense and one specialist. The UT Martin coaching staff signed 16 high schoolers and a pair of junior college commitments to make up the decorated class. The Skyhawks signed eight players from the state of Tennessee, five players from Florida, three players from Alabama and two players from Mississippi. Signees also hailed from the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Ohio.

The winningest active coach in the Ohio Valley Conference, Simpson boasts a 65-49 record in his Skyhawk tenure and has posted a .646 winning percentage in OVC games (51-28). The Skyhawks are coming of a 7-4 season while finishing 6-2 in league play, marking the fourth consecutive season that UT Martin finished in the OVC’s top three teams in the final standings.


Helping Hand Total Now $140,534

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now at $140,534, with the $6,608 raised Wednesday by the Mansfield community, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Lutheran and the Carl Perkins Center.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.
Thursday’s items will be donated by the Buchanan community, Lakewood Beta Club, Henry County Democratic Women, Community Action Network and Plus Endowment.

Friday’s items will be donated by Holy Cross Catholic Church, Chapel Hill/Guthrie Rd., Last Mango in Paris and TARP Center for Independent Living.
The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.

Murray High Player Signs With Duke

Murray, Ky.-Wednesday was national signing day and Murray High defensive end James Hornbuckle-Smith, known as “Tre” has officially signed with the Duke Blue Devils. Hornbuckle-Smith has been a standout on the Murray High team.


UC Police, U.S. Marshals Nab Milan Man

Union City, Tenn.-A Milan man is in the Gibson County Jail today after he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and the Union City Police at Eastgate Village Apartments in Union City.

Kenneth D’Shawn Cook was apprehended on an arrest warrant out of Gibson County following a home invasion in Medina January 27.


Hudspeth Wins Obion County Bee

Union City, Tenn.-A Lake Road Elementary School student has won the Obion County Spelling Bee.

Jacob Hudspeth is the 8th grade son of Mack and Michelle Hudspeth. He will represent Obion County in the Midsouth Spelling Bee in Memphis in March.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Judge Orders Psychiatric Examination Of Fields

          James "Frog" Fields

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County General Sessions Court Judge Vicki Snyder ordered a forensic psychiatric examination of a man charged with aggravated animal cruelty before the case against him moves forward.

James Robert “Frog” Fields, age 51, of Puryear, is still being held at the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond, charged with aggravated animal cruelty after he stabbed a cat belonging to his former housemate.

The cat was treated for its wounds at The Animal Doctor in Paris and was able to go home late last week.

Fields is a convicted felon, having been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the murder of Mark Stewart of Manleyville. Stewart was killed in May 2010. Fields originally was charged with second degree murder in the death of Stewart. He was sentenced to an 11 year sentence, with 45 percent to be served in jail.

Fields was released from jail in May of 2015 and relatives of the victim have been upset that they were not informed that Fields was released from jail.

At Fields’ first hearing, Public Defender Jeff Fagan was appointed to represent him.

A status hearing in the case is set for March 1.


Martin Landmark Heavily Damaged In Fire

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A Martin landmark will take time to rebuild following a fire Tuesday night.

Damron’s BBQ and Meat Company at 935 Main St., will be closed for an indefinite period of time after last night’s fire.

Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers said the building is still structurally sound but did sustain major damage. “There’s no plans from the business owner right now on what he plans to do,” Summers said. “He’s still trying to wrap his mind around what happened.”

When the fire department arrived on the scene around 6:45 p.m., Summers said, “There was heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof area above the kitchen. Our guys started setting up operations, including the ladder truck and we were able to contain the fire to the rear of the building, where the BBQ pit is.”

There is heavy smoke and water damage throughout the building, he said, and there was fire damage to the kitchen area.”

Cause of the fire is still being determined. Summers said three trucks, including the ladder truck, and 19 firefighters were on the scene.

“It really is too bad,” Summers said. “It’s a real iconic place in Martin.”



Fort Henry Anniversary Commemoration Set

Land Between The Lakes– The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living HistoryMuseum in Land Between The Lakes and Fort Donelson National Battlefield are partnering to remember the 154th Anniversary of the Battle at Fort Henry with a program and walk on Saturday, February 6. 
A program about local Civil War history will be presented from 1-2:30 pm at the Homeplace. A guided ¼ mile walk follows the program from 3-4 pm at the Fort Henry Trailparking area. Participants will drive and meet at the Fort Henry Trail. The walk is weather dependent.

Registration and full deposit for the day is required: $5/adults and $3/children. Call 270-924-2020 to make your reservation. Interpretive Center and gift shop will be open for this program; farm site will be closed. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Invited historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, sets the stage for war “Between the Rivers.” In February of 1862, Confederate forces occupied Fort Henry as federal forces moved up theTennessee River. The program will cover Fort Henry’s construction, battle, and legacy 154 years later. Individuals can relive the siege with a guided walk along the Fort Henry Trailsand Confederate fortifications.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield will also host a Walk at Fort Heiman the same day from 10-11am. Meet park staff and volunteers for a brief walk around the historic features at FortHeiman. For more information, contact 931-232-5706 x110 or visit Program is weather dependent.


Honor A Vet With Your Vote

Nashville, Tennessee – In 2016, Tennessee will play a bigger role than ever before in deciding who will be the next president of the United States.

That’s why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to dedicate their vote this election season to those who are serving or have served our country through the Honor Vote Program.

“The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day. It’s important we honor those who protect that right,” Secretary Hargett said.

The free program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member by visiting The dedication will be posted on the official Honor Vote List as well as the Honor Vote Twitter account: @tnhonorvote. Voters can also share their dedication on their own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts using ‪#‎GoVoteTN.

The Division of Elections will send a packet to each participant with an official Honor Vote button and Voter Information Guide. Voters are encouraged to wear the newly redesigned button and vote early or on Election Day in honor of the veteran or service member they are honoring.


Free Movies Slated For February At Library

Paris, Tenn.-To honor Black History Month, W.G. Rhea Public Library will be showing movies each Monday night in February beginning at 5:30 p.m. The entire community is encouraged and invited to attend. Contact the library at 642-1702 for more information.

This is the lineup: “Freedom” shown February 8; “Captive Heart” on February 15; “The Courage To Love” February 22 and “The Journey of August King” February 29.


Weakley County Scam Alert

Paris, Tenn.-A Weakley County Tennessee resident received a phone call from a telephone number that showed on caller I.D. she was receiving a call from "tax authority".

The caller told the resident she was behind on her property taxes and her house was going to be sold to pay the taxes.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan said, “If you get a call like this do not give out any personal information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, 
checking account numbers or credit card numbers. If you think you are behind on property tax payments simply hang up and call the Weakley County Trustee at 364-3643.”

Stewart County Schools Closed Due To Road Damage

Dover, Tenn.-Due to last night's severe storms, many gravel and secondary roads in Stewart County have become damaged. Some are impassable at this point, according to Stewart County officials.

The county road deparrtment needs time to repair these roads in order to make them safe for travel. As a result, Stewart County Schools will be closed, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 due to damaged roads.

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