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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lewis And Clark At Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park of America in Union City has been transformed this weekend to allow visitors to walk back in time--all the way back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. Reenactors have set up tents and, along with many vendors and artisans, are all over the grounds at Discovery Park.

Trimble Woman Killed In Obion County Crash

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Obion County, Tenn.-Charges are pending against a Tiptonville man involved in a crash in Obion County Saturday that resulted in a passenger on a motorcycle being killed.

Killed in the collision was Judy Stafford, age 68, of Trimble. She was a passenger on a Goldwing motorcycle driven by John Stafford, age 72. .

According to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol released Sunday, charges are pending against the other driver, John Perkins, age 38, of Tiptonville. The report indicates that Perkins was tested for alcohol after the crash.

According to the report, the accident occured on U.S. Highway 51. The Staffords were northbound in lane 1 and veered to lane 2 to pass a semi. Perkins saw the motorcycle and applied brakes, but hit the rear of the motorcycle and the passenger was thrown off the bike. Both of the Staffords were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Etheridge Reception Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will host a reception for retiring General Manager John Etheridge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the BPU on E. Washington St. Tuesday's meeting of the BPU will be Etheridge's last as General Manager.

Etheridge is retiring after a lengthy career at the BPU and well-wishers are invited to attend.

Debate Watch Party Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Republican Party will be holding a Presidential Debate Watch Party Monday at its headquarters at 200 S. Market St. The party will be tailgate-style and is free and open to the public.

The party begins at 7:30 p.m., with the televised debate between Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hundreds Gather For ARTS Event

Paris, Tenn.-Musician and Artist Dan Knowles of Paris does a bit of serenading at today's Arts 'Round The Square event in downtown Paris, top photo, while Martin Paschall joins Steve Short and Scott Myatt for a rendition of "Walking The Dog" in bottom photo. Paschall's pottery also was on display today at the event, which drew dozens of area artists and musicians and hundreds of visitors to Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Loading Up For Fall

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand today for the Henry County High School FFA's annual Mum-a-Looza. A lot of people were there, loading up on mums, kale, straw and other fall decorations. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Friday Night Football Scores

Union City 49, Humboldt 46

Henry County 38, Clarksville 0

Camden 20, Westview 12

Huntingdon 44, McKenzie 15

Ripley 21, Obion County 12

Dresden 54, South Fulton 0

Friday, September 23, 2016

Enjoying Good Music, Food

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand Friday to hear good music from The Chill Tonics and eat good food from Perry's BBQ at the Noon on the Square in downtown Paris. Noon on the Square is held every Friday in the month of September and is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin).

Mum-A-Looza Is Saturday

Pumpkins and gourds ready for Saturday. (Laura Moss photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The 5th annual Mum-a-palooza will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the greenhouses at Henry County High School. The greenhouses are located behind the stadium.

The Paris FFA will be selling mums (red, orange, yellow), ornamental kale (white, purple and red), pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalks and straw. All proceeds to toward the Paris FFA.

Prices are:

Kale: $5 or $7; large mums, $15; corn stalks, $5; pumpkins, $5 or $7; wheat straw, $5; and Indian corn, $3.


Firefighters Explain Burn Regs After Fires

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters were called to 309 Aden Street last night on a report of an outbuilding on fire. 

When they arrived, they found the resident attempting to control the fire behind the house with a garden hose. Fire crews extinguished the outbuilding fire and also extinguished a fire on a small tree next to it.

The resident said he had been attempting to burn the tree earlier and thought he had put the fire out.

Firemen informed the resident of outdoor burning regulations within the city limts.

Paris Firemen were also called to 2000 E. Wood Street on Friday morning on a report of smoke coming from behind Arrowhead Homes. Firefighters found three piles of rubbish on fire and extinguished them. Fire Marshal Freg Andrews explained to owners of the property the process of how to obtain a burn permit.


Saturday Arts Round Square Schedule

Paris, Tenn.-Music is a large part of the Arts Round The Square activities that are set for all day Saturday in downtown Paris, with live performances throughout the day on stage from 9  a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is: 

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. The Old 23rd District

10:15 – 11:15  Scott Myatt and Steve Short 

11:30 – 12:15  Renaissance Theatre from Bethel University

12:15-12:30 KPAC Young Artists “Dinosaurs Before Dark”  

12:30 – 1:30 Band called BEN duo

1:30-1:45 KPAC Young Artists Legally Blonde

1:45 - 2:45 Shepherd Family 

2:45-3:00 KPAC Young Artists Solos

3:00 – 3:45 Bethel University Vocal Authority Group 

3:45-4:00 KPAC Young Artists Solos

Henry County Unemployment Again Lowest In Area

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-The unemployment rate in the State of Tennessee for August was 4.4 percent, with rates decreasing in 26 counties, increasing in 58 and remaining the same in 11 counties.

Several of our local counties are listed as having the highest unemployment rates in the state, with Weakley County listed as 88th of the state's 95 counties; Benton as 90th; Houston as 92nd and Obion County as 93rd.

In our local area, Henry County continues to show the lowest amount of unemployment, at 6.0 percent, which is a slight increase from July at 5.9 percent.

Other counties show: Gibson at 6.2 percent, up from 6 percent in July; Carroll County holding steady at 7.1 percent; Stewart County at 6.7 percent, an increase from 6.6 percet in July; Benton County at 7.4 percent, up from 7 percent in July; Obion at 7.8 percent, up from 7.7 percent in July; Houston at 7.8 percent, up from 7.5 percent.

In our area, the county showing the most improvement is Weakley County, which now is at 7.3 percent, a sharp decrease from 8.0 percent in July.

Bethel Students Tested For TB

McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel University is urging some students to be tested for tuberculosis after a former student tested positive for TB. 

Any risk of contagion is minor, however, since the former student is not a Tennessee resident.

The Tennessee Department of Health said there are no confirmed cases of TB on campus. Both Bethel President Dr. Walter Butler and the State Health Officials said the tests are being given as a precautionary measure. Testing is taking place in the campus student center.

Martin Man Sought For Burglaries

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Martin, Tenn.—A Martin man has been formally charged for a series of burglaries and thefts that have occurred in Martin over the past month.

Warrants have been drawn by the Martin Police Department for Doyle Wayne Cruce, age 46, of Crestview Street in Martin. He has been charged with one count of aggravated burglary, three counts of burglary, four counts of theft, and one count of vandalism.

According to Capt. Phillip Fuqua, the charges stem from various thefts on McGill, Edgewood, and Todd Streets in Martin. The total amount of items stolen is estimated at $5,500. Fuqua said some $1,625 in stolen property has been recovered thus far by investigators with the Martin Police, Weakley County Sheriff’s Office and Obion County Sheriff’s Office.

The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office yesterday announced it had also filed theft charges against Cruce and his wife.

Fuqua said this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges could be pending. Anyone with information on Cruce is asked to call Martin Police at 731-587-5355.

UC Woman Charged After Dog Attack

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City woman was cited for harboring a vicious animal and ordered to have her dog vaccinated after an incident Thursday afternoon on East Main St.

A 12-year-old girl was walking her small dog when a pit bull attacked her dog and when she attempted to break up the fight, the pit bull bit her left hand and right elbow. Her dog was bitten on its face and ear.

Tamika Jones at 1532 East Church St. was cited. Her pit bull is being quarantined at the Animal Control Center for 10 days. The little girl was treated at Baptist Hospital emergency room and her dog was taken to the veterinarian.

Woods Named Fulton County Interim Sheriff

Fulton, Ky.-Robby Woods has been named interim Fulton County Sheriff to replace the late Sheriff Bobby Hopper, who died Saturday.

Woods was selected by the Fulton County Fiscal Court. Woods will serve the remaining two years of Hopper's term.

Woods has served for several years with the sheriff's department, prior to which he served with the Fulton City Police.

Bluegrass Concert Set For Bethel


McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel University will welcome Rhonda Vincent and The Rage to campus at 7 p.m. October 7. Special guests at the concert is the Renaissance Bluegrass Band. Proceeds from the event go toward the Renaissance program.

General Admission $15; VIP Purple Pass $25 and VIP Gold Pass $100.

Tickets can be purchased at 731-352-6980 or go to

HCHS College App Meet Next Week

Paris, Tenn. - In an effort to promote college awareness and access, Henry County

High School will participate in College App Week, part of the statewide Path to College initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and, on September 26-30.

The goal of Tennessee College App Week is to provide all Tennessee seniors the opportunity to complete and file college applications with the support of their school. Seniors will also be encouraged to complete Tennessee Promise applications during the event.

While much of the focus of College App Week is geared toward first-generation college students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, Henry County High School will also offer college-focused activities for sophomores and juniors, as well as seniors who have already applied to college. 

School Counselors will be available to assist students and parents in filing college applications or completing the Tennessee Promise online. This will take place next Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29 in HCHS Computer Labs 16-17, from 3:15-4:30pm. All seniors and parents are welcome!

For more information or assistance, please contact the Henry County High School Counseling Office at 731-642-5232.

Small Business Course At UTM 

Martin, Tenn. – Current and prospective business owners interested in the fundamentals of small business development are encouraged to register for a four-week course offered from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 4-25, at the University of Tennessee at Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center.

Small Business Basics Boot Camp, led by small business experts and business owners, is designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship. Each session will focus on topics such as business planning, financial awareness and accountability, advice on legal issues and ideas for business marketing. 

The course features GrowthWheel, a visual tool that provides structure and direction in order to allow business owners to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel works for all businesses in all stages and industries. 

The registration fee for this course is $25 and all materials are provided. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333 or register online at

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Warrants Drawn For Union City Man

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.—Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a Union City man in connection with a theft earlier this month.

Brandon Hill, age 32, of Union City, is wanted on charges of aggravated burglary and theft. Another man, Doyle Cruce, also was involved and is already in the Weakley County Jail on charges of burglary and theft in another case.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Marty Plunk, along with investigators from the Martin Police and the Obion County Sheriff’s Office, recovered a television set stolen from a Latham resident on September 12.

The television was found at a house between South Fulton and Martin after the thieves sold it to a man at that address. The man told investigators who sold it to him.

 Carver Tapped As UTM Chancellor

Martin, Tenn.-Keith Carver has been selected by UT President Joe DiPietro to serve as the next Chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Carver currently is executive assistant to the president of the University of Tennessee system.

DiPietro will recommend Carver’s selection to the UT Board of Trustees at its October 13-14 meeting in Knoxville.

DePietro said Carver “brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and love for UT Martin to this role. He understands the culture and communities of Northwest Tennessee and has extensive relationships on campus, in the community and across the state.”

Pending approval by the board, Carver’s effective start date will be Jan. 3. He will replace Tom Rakes, who announced he is returning to the classroom. The search for the next UTM Chancellor began in March.

Carver has held roles at UT campuses at Knoxville, Martin and Memphis.

Cash Saver Store Opening In Paris

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

 Paris, Tenn.,-In the coming days, the E.W. James Supermarket in Paris will close and reopen as a Cash Saver store. The Cash Saver will still be owned by E.W. James.

E.W. James Supermarkets, which are headquartered in Union City, already own two Cash Savers: one in Huntingdon and another in Waynesboro.

The move is seen as a cost-saving measure for the E.W. James chain of stores. 

In the coming days, the E.W. James store will close for three days, during which time it will be cleaned and remodeled. It will reopen as Cash Saver on Sept. 29. E.W. James has been running advertisements which call the change "A New Way To Buy Groceries."

One major change is that Cash Saver stores do not carry customer's groceries to their cars.

The store is located at 1301 W. Wood St. in Paris.

Atkins-Porter Association Proceeds With Crime Watch

A-P Association President Ed Roberts addresses the meeting. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-After hearing a presentation on the success of the Peden Hill Neighborhood Watch program, members of the Atkins-Porter Historic Neighborhood Association Wednesday night voted to proceed with forming a Neighborhood Watch of their own.

Peden Hill Association Secretary Geneva Tharpe told the group of the successes achieved by Peden Hill since its Crime Watch was initiated in 2001. She said people in the Peden Hill neighborhood in Paris began their group when they began noticing increased traffic and suspicious behavior. She said the neighborhood was also becoming run-down and neighbors were concerned about that. 

Initially, that organization was begun to protect the Sparks Street Church of Christ and surrounding neighborhood and it grew from there. She said their group was given a code phone number to call by Paris Police to report suspicious behavior. She said the calls--along with the Neighborhood Watch street signs that were installed--have done a lot to decrease crime and drug activity in the neighborhood.

She said the Peden Hill group, working with the city of Paris, received a Community Block Grant which was used to build new houses and demolish others in the neighborhood. The city has put up new speed limit signs in the neighborhood, too, she said.

"We've seen a reduction in crime, speeding traffic has decreased," she said. The group pitched in to purchase the Neighborhood Watch signs, which were installed for free by the city, she said. "It really works. Put them at the main entrances of your neighborhood and let people know they're being watched."

In other business, Atkins-Porter Association Secretary Annette Douglas said the group has applied for non-profit status and has applied to the Board of Public Utilties (BPU) for a round-up grant to help with expenses for programs.

Ray Harding provided a history of the Mandle/Harding house on Walnut Street. 

Walgreen's Employee Arrested For Theft

Union City, Tenn.-An employee of the Union City Walgreen's Store has been arrested on a theft charge after an investigation revealed employee theft over a period of several weeks.

Cheri Wright, age 24, of 434 Maple St., Union City, was charged with theft of over $1,000, and booked into the Obion County Jail.

Union City Police were notified by Walgreen's Asset Protection Manager Jonathan McGraw of the possibility of fraudulent purchases by an employee of the Union City store.

An investigation revealed that Wright had been conducting returns on products she did not purchase and placing refund money on gift cards. The fraud began in July and continued for several weeks through August. The total amount stolen was $4,510.

According to the police report, Wright admitted the thefts during interrogation by officers.

Marching Patriots Do Well At Competition

Union City, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Marching Patriots participated in the Union City Invitational over the weekend. The Invitational is an annual gathering of some of the state's top marching band programs and it involves a full day of performances.

Twenty bands performed in preliminary competition Saturday morning and the top ten were selected to perform that evening in the finals competition. The Marching Patriots were named among the elite finalists and earned ninth place overall.

This was the band's first competition of the 2016 season, which continues this weekend with two appearances in Graves and Marshall County's Marching Invitational.

Chill Tonics At Noon On Square

Paris, Tenn.-The popular band The Chill Tonics will appear at Friday's Noon on the Square in downtown Paris. Perry's BBQ will serve lunches and the Downtown Paris Association will serve sodas and water. Noon on the Square is held each Friday in September from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust.

Sinnema Given Stars Of Our Crown Award

Jane Sinnema with President Donna Winders (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are still available for the homemade quilt that is being raffled off by the Paris Quota Club. The quilt was made by Wanda Hughes’ mother and donated by Hughes to benefit Quota’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and the quilt will be given away November 9.

Beth Watkins said the Noon on the Square September 9, at which Quotarians served Cash’s Wood Fired Pizza and dessert, was a huge success, with 250 people served. Quota will do the same on September 30.

Linda Foulks said sweat suits are in stores and now is a good time to purchase them for the Western State Mental Hospital Christmas. Patients will need both men and women’s in sizes XL through 3X and asked that the suits have no strings in the waistband.

Another collection for the Henry County Food Bank will be held September 28. Needed are jams/jellies; large jars of juice and spaghetti and other pasta.

The Stars of Our Crown award was won by Jane Sinnema for all the work she does sending out emails to members to keep them informed.

UTM Fall Preview Day Set

Martin, Tenn.-The University of Tennessee at Martin encourages high school students to visit the campus during one of three Fall Preview Days. Students can choose to attend this Saturday, Sept. 24, or on Oct. 29 or Nov. 12.

Each day begins with check-in at 9 a.m. A panel of current students will answer questions and discuss college life at 10, with visitation of academic departments at 10:45 and full campus tours at 11:30.

Fall Preview Day is an ideal place to have questions answered about academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, student activities and residence life. There is no charge. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Register online at Contact UTM at 731-881-7020 or email at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Area Women Charged With TennCare Fraud

Aleisha Wagner Amanda Pope

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-A Benton County woman has been indicted for TennCare fraud by the Davidson County Grand Jury and this is the fourth time she has been charged with it. In July, she was arrested in Henry County on the same charge.

And in Weakley County, a Martin woman has been charged with 15 counts of TennCare fraud and 19 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Aleisha Wagner, age 31, of Holladay, was charged with using TennCare for doctor shopping for prescription drugs. Specifically, she is charged with visiting multiple providers for Hydrocodone and using TennCare to pay for it. The doctor visits were conducted over a short period of time.

According to the press release from the Office of Inspector General, Wagner was arrested in July in Henry County, charged with doctor shopping for the painkiller Hydrocodone. She also has been charged in Montgomery County. Investigators were looking into all the cases at the same time.

As of July, TennCare fraug was changed to a Class D felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrests of other area residents:

In Weakley County, Amanda Pope, 37, of Martin, is charged with 15 counts of TennCare fraud and 19 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Authorities say she used TennCare to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone, in both her name and the name of her boyfriend.

Ashley Ditto, 29, of Yorkville in Gibson County is charged in nearby Weakley County with four counts of TennCare fraud. An indictment accuses her of using TennCare to obtain prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycodone, while failing to disclose to the doctor that she was pregnant.
District Attorney General Thomas A. Thomas is prosecuting both cases.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,726 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

Tickets For Dr. Jones' Concert On Sale Oct. 1

Rev. Andre Richardson, far end of table, conducting last night's meeting. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets will go on sale on October 1 for the upcoming "An Evening In Paris" benefit concert by Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones. The concert is a benefit for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Building Fund and will be held Saturday, November 5, at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

The steering committee which is organizing the concert met for its regular weekly meeting Tuesday night at Paris City Hall. At the session, it was decided that advance general admission tickets will cost $20 and tickets sold at the door will be $25.

Tickets will be sold locally at all Commercial Bank & Trust branches, including the drive-throughs. The VIP tickets will only be sold at the Commercial Bank's main branch. Tickets also will be sold through the Vendini ticket sales website. 

Dr. Jones is a native of Henry County and now lives in Nashville. He is retiring from his BET programs and other appearances.

Plans for the event include a Friday night private, invitation-only reception that Dr. Jones will host at the Paris Convention Center. On Saturday, a matinee will be held from KPAC from 12-2:30 p.m., with various local artists performing. Admission for that will be $5.

The Saturday evening performance with Dr. Jones and his gospel singers and musicians will begin at 6 p.m. VIP seating is $30 and a Gold Package (VIP seating, backstage pass, free souvenir booklet and photo with Dr. Jones) will be $50.

A Facebook page for the event has been set up under the heading "Dr. Bobby Jones In Paris"

Steering Committee Chairman Rev. Andre Richardson said, "Helping our church helps the entire community because each church has an impact on this community. I pray when we get a building to call home, it will further enhance our impact on the community, young and old."

The historic Mt. Zion Church on Rison Street is deteriorating and church members have been meeting for the past few years at KPAC. A building fund has been set up to collect monies to build a new church.

Eye Full Of Paris Is This Weekend

Artists Gene McWherter and Ann Stapp at a previous event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, TN - It’s music. It’s theater. It’s art. It's the annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend in Historic Downtown Paris, September 23-25. Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA), the 2016 celebration features five spectacular events over three days.


The weekend kicks off with two events scheduled for Friday. Noon on the Square sponsored by Commercial Bank opens Eye Full of Paris weekend with the music of The Chill Tonics on stage on the courthouse lawn. Bring a lawn chair, come early and enjoy a great time. Lunch will be served by Perry’s BBQ, and the DPA will serve drinks for a donation. This is a FREE event.

“Downtown’s 20+ merchants, including clothing boutiques, gift shops and eateries will have their doors wide open with Eye Full of Paris Sales on Friday and Saturday,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. 

The excitement continues Friday evening at Lee Academy of the Arts from 7 pm to 10 pm with “Wine to Share, Water for All”, sponsored by the First Christian Church and all proceeds providing clean water wells in rural areas in Zimbabwe.  The evening includes dancing, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, live entertainment, locally brewed Perrylodgic beer, and a silent auction including local artists. 

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at The Iron Place, Cindy’s Catering, and First Christian Church, or from any First Christian Church member.  Call 731-642-3181 for more information.  


Saturday, September 24th, the courthouse lawn becomes the crossroads of art, music and food for grown-ups and children alike when Arts ‘Round the Square, opens at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the DPA, this FREE event will fill the lawn with approximately 25-juried artists creating and selling their pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, mixed media, fiber art, photographs, sculptures and canvas art including paintings from members of the Tennessee River Fine Arts League. 

Children can also get in touch with their inner artist at Arts ‘Round the Square at the KidsZone Live! a special area for interactive children’s projects. These projects are FREE and help children connect their work with the professional work that is taking place around them that day. 

Music is a large part of ARTS with live performances throughout the day on stage from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The schedule includes: 

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. The Old 23rd District

10:15 – 11:15  Scott Myatt and Steve Short 

11:30 – 12:15  Renaissance Theatre from Bethel University

12:15-12:30 KPAC Young Artists “Dinosaurs Before Dark”  

12:30 – 1:30 Band called BEN duo

1:30-1:45 KPAC Young Artists Legally Blonde

1:45 - 2:45 Shepherd Family 

2:45-3:00 KPAC Young Artists Solos

3:00 – 3:45 Bethel University Vocal Authority Group 

3:45-4:00 KPAC Young Artists Solos

ARTS wraps up at 4 pm just in time for visitors to grab a blanket or lawn chair and head to the Paris Winery on Harvey Bowden Road for Concert in the Vineyards. Live music runs from 6 until 10 pm. Bring a lawn chair, picnic basket and enjoy this FREE evening of music and wine tasting under the stars. Visit or call 731-644-9500.


The Eye Full of Paris Weekend finale, Downtown Churches Rejoice! takes on a new sound this year as the Bethel Renaissance Blue Grass band performs Sunday evening at 6 pm at the First Christian Church in downtown Paris.

Find out more at, Downtown Paris Association office at 731-653-PARIS (7274).

Lewis And Clark Return To Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-There is nothing quite like a re-enactment to get children—and adults, too—truly engaged in history.

Discovery Park of America believes that people learn best by seeing, touching and experiencing. The Park is once again hosting the Lewis and Clark Expedition campsite and demonstration this weekend, September 23-25. The park first hosted it in September of 2014 and over 4,000 people visited.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Park guests are invited to visit the campsite and learn what life was like for the famous explorers on their journey west from 1803-1806.

A replica of the 55’ Keel Boat that completed every river mile of the Expedition will be on site at Discovery Park.

Each day, there will be demonstrations of medicine and medical procedures of the era; weapons displays; uniforms and clothing, Captain’s orderly tent discussions and women’s clothing from the early 1800s. Demonstrations of fire starting, rope making, corn grinding and blacksmithing will be held.

A special display tent will be set up that provides the opportunity to see furs and interactive stations for children. The Café at Discovery Park will be on the grounds selling bowls of chili and stew through the weekend.

Discovery Park of America is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday. It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at   

Oakland VFD To Hold Fundraiser

Oakland, Tenn.-The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a BBQ fundraiser for the fire department from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at the fire station.

BBQ sandwiches and plates will be sold. The Oakland Fire Department thanks Tosh Farms and Backwoods Grillin' Sauce for their help with the event.

Huntingdon Heritage Day Is Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.-When the town of Huntingdon celebrates Huntingdon Heritage Day Saturday, September 24, the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center will once again team up to offer performances for the whole family.

The all-day festival will feature music, storytelling, food and arts vendors and a variety of activities. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on the court square, with Thirty-Wonderful, a duo from Trenton, taking the stage at 11 a.m.

The Renaissance Bluegrass Band follows at noon, with 24 Seven, a Huntingdon band, playing at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., Dixie favorite Terry Mike Jeffrey takes the stage for a performance of Elvis’ hits. A variety of performances for kids will be held on the Children’s Stage beginning at 11 a.m.

During the festival, the court square will be closed to traffic.

‘Backyard Life’ To Be Presented Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Refuge Visitor Center in Springville will host a “Backyard Life” program at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 24. The center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive.

The Refuge Discovery Series was created by the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to help the public enjoy and interact with the refuge and its wildlife. Each considered a good family activity, the series presents different wildlife related topics and guest speakers to help the public connect with nature. Hosting the program at the new Refuge Visitor Center is a perfect fit as families can come early or stay to enjoy our new exhibits. While there we encourage folks to see the waterfowl, pelicans and other birds that are already starting to be present off the back patio.

For more information about the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, how to become a member of the Friends of Tennessee NWR or about the refuge in general, please call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 731-642-2091 or see our website at

Calvin Jones To Perform At KPAC

Paris, Tenn.-Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris will present world class solo piano with international composer and pianist Calvin Jones on Saturday, September 24

The performance is at 7 p.m. at KPAC at 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris.

Jones is on a rare break from his worldwide orchestral performances and recording schedule.  

Tickets are Adults: $10: Students and Seniors: $5 – available at Leach’s Music, 122 E. Washington St., Paris. For more info: (731) 644-2517 or

Vendor Applications Open For Expo

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Expo will be Tuesday, October 18th, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Henry County Fairgrounds, with a “Small Business Superheroes” theme.

The Chamber will also have a Chamber Coffee for members prior to the Expo, beginning at 8 am on the day of the event.

Applications for vendors are available at For more information, contact Monica Smith at 731.642.343 or

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cherry Jones To Appear In "American Crime"

Los Angeles, Calif. - Emmy-winning actress Cherry Jones of Paris has signed on for Season 3 of ABC's "American Crime".

Jones will have a recurring role as the matriarch of a large family agricultural operation. The third season will focus on worker's rights and reproductive rights and will be set in North Carolina.

She joins previously announced returning cast members Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Connor Jessup, Lili Taylor, as well as Regina King -- who just won her second Emmy Award for her work in the series. Benito Martinez, who appeared in the first season, is returning as well, but in a larger role this time around.

Jones most recently has been appearing in a production of "The Glass Menagerie" in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the same role in which she starred on Broadway. Jones is now also starring in Amazon's "Transparent," which bows its third season on Sept. 23.

More Shots Fired In Union City

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating more reports of shots fired. The East Gate Village Apartments security guards again reported more shots fired inside the complex around 12:30 a.m. today. 
Police officers happened to be nearby and also heard some 9-10 shots.
Earlier, officers also were called to East Gate on a report of a gun shot through an apartment window. A resident of Apartment 13 reported that she was in her bathroom on Monday evening and heard shots. When she went out into the living room, she found a hole in her front window.
Officers said the gun shot went through a double pane window and ricocheted off the wall. 
A resident of E. Vine Street also reported that while he was in East Gate on Sunday night, stray bullets from gunshots that night hit the Chevy Malibu he was driving. He said the car was rented from Enterprise. Officers found two dents on the left side of his car.

Huntingdon Principal Wins "Dancing"

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Huntingdon High School Principal Jonathan Kee is the winner of the second annual Dancing With Our Local Stars held over the weekend at The Dixie Center for Performing Arts in Huntingdon.

Kee was declared the winner after votes were cast by audience members, on-site judges, and pre-event judging for $1 per vote.

2015 Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan, and her professional dance partner, David Buckmaster, were tied for first with Kee ultimately winning through pre-voting through donations in his honor.

Six local “celebrities” vied for the mirror ball trophy during the Saturday competition. Each practiced with their professional dance partners during the week prior to the Saturday competition.

Professional dancers were from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. The touring dancers perform more than 100 shows annually. After the local dancers competed, the professionals entertained the audience. The event was the opening show of the 2016-17 season at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon.

Local dancers included: Dr. Jonathan Kee, Hannah Robison, Ahmad Hicks, Libby Lynch, County Mayor Kenny McBride, and Eliza Forbes.

Paris Landing Sets Public Lands Hike

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park will be celebrating National Public Lands Day Saturday, September 24, by opening up its newly-refurbished walking trail. The event will be held at 9-11 a.m.
Park Employee Gina Lowry said, "We invite everyone to join us for a moderate hike through the woods of Paris Landing State Park and along the shore of beautiful Kentucky Lake. We expect to see a variety of wildlife along the 
the trail, such as deer, coyotes, snakes, birds and more", she said.

Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Meet Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center on Highland Street in Paris.

Ray Harding will report on the history of the Mandle/Harding house and a presentation from representatives of the Peden Hill Neighborhood Watch will be held. A discussion of speed limits and the possibility of starting an Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Watch will be held.

A social time will begin at 6:30 p.m., with snacks. All residents of the Atkins-Porter Neighborhood are invited.

Campers' Fair This Weekend

Piney Campground, LBL--Piney Campground will host its 43rd Annual Campers' Fair this week from September 21-25. The Campers' Fair will include entertainment and a flea market and showcase the newest in RVs, camping equipment, golf carts and boats. The event is free and open to the general public Saturday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m..

Piney Campground Manager Rick Daughtery said the fair is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer. "Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts," he said.

Campers and visitors also can enjoy a variety of entertainment including dancing, games and music and the flea market will include arts, crafts and other items for sale. Campsites and shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, go to

Monday, September 19, 2016

McCadams Honored; Gean Announces Retirement

Velvet Arnold Elected To Road Board

Steve McCadams, left, given a plaque by Wade Bourne of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Long-time Outdoorsman Steve McCadams was presented a plaque recognizing his induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame at Monday night’s meeting of the Henry County Commission.

In a busy meeting, it also was announced that Henry County Chief Deputy Randy Gean will be retiring next week and Velvet Arnold was elected by the commission to serve on the county road board.

A native of McKenzie, McCadams has been a long-time resident of Henry County and is an Outdoors Commentator for WENK/WTPR.

Wade Bourne of the Hall of Fame made the presentation and noted that McCadams was inducted by acclimation by members of the selection committee. “That’s rare,” he said. “Many are nominated from all around the country, but few are selected. I just wanted you to know how much he is recognized nationally.”

Bourne said McCadams was selected for his many community activities and achievements, including the annual Casting for a Cure tournament he hosts.

McCadams received a standing ovation from the commissioners and he thanked Bourne for the honor. “This is precious,” he said. “I really appreciate this. I caught my first fish 58 years ago and fortunately, I’ve made my living doing something I love.”

Later in the meeting Sheriff Monte Belew announced that Gean will be retiring and said a reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. September 30 in his honor at the fairgrounds. “We’ll serve snacks, punch and cake and tell stories,” Belew said.

Belew asked that the commissioners approve a resolution which would authorize the sheriff to award an office his service weapon upon retirement. “Randy has 27 years of service in and he definitely falls in the category” of deserving the honor, Belew said.

In other business, the commission conducted an election to fill the road board vacancy in the 4th district that was left with the retirement of Keith Hopkins. Two candidates put their names in for it: Velvet Arnold and Jeff Thompson.

Both spoke before the commission before the vote. Arnold is a secretary at Henry County High School, before which she was secretary at the Grove School. Arnold noted that she previously was a member of the road board after her father, Dell Carter, resigned from the board and she filled his seat.

Arnold said, “I understand the importance of the road board and the importance of caring about your community and your district.”

Thompson said he has been a lifelong resident of the 4th district and is a farmer and that he would be honored to serve. “I would do my best for the people and the safety of people,” he said.

The vote was 11 for Arnold and 2 for Thompson.

After the vote, Dell Carter, who also serves as county commissioner, said that Thompson called him a few days ago and Carter told him he would be abstaining from the vote. “Jeff told me, ‘No, you need to support your daughter’. I just wanted you to know that about Jeff,” Carter said.

The commission also approved the sale of a tract of land on Sparks Street to the Sparks Street Church of Christ for $2,500. The property was available due to tax delinquency. The land was appraised at $2,500.

County Sheriff Monte Belew, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean share a laugh after the meeting. Gean announced his pending retirement. (McFarlin photo).

Velvet Arnold, right, sworn in to the board road by County Clerk Donna Craig. (McFarlin photo).


Weapons, Drugs Seized In Drug-Free Zone


Capt. Damon Lowe and Deputy Jamie Myrick look over seized items. (HCSO photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man has been arrested and charged with possession of drugs and weapons in a “Drug-Free School Zone” and local law enforcement anticipates more arrests and indictments to follow as the investigation continues into a local “marijuana distribution ring”.

Arrested was Josh Enoch, age 33, of 213 N. Lake Street, which is across the street from Ogburn Park.

Officers with the Metro Crime Unit conducted a search warrant at his home and found a felony amount of high grade marijuana, packaging materials, digital scales and drug paraphernalia, along with a stockpile of weapons. The officers also found numerous baggies of marijuana packaged for re-sale.

According to a press release issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, officers seized rifles, a handgun, shotgun and an SKS assault rifle, along with ammunition and extra magazines.

Enoch was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to re-sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

And because two small children were present in the home, Enoch was charged with child neglect and abuse.

Bond was set at $5,000.


Paris Man Charged With Shooting At Vehicle


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man is being held in the Henry County Jail on $50,000 bond on felony assault and theft charges after he allegedly stole a car trailer and then later in the day shot at a vehicle on Old Paris-Murray Rd.

Billy Blankenship, age 67, of 7745 Old Paris-Murray Rd. was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s deputies Friday night on Hwy. 641 N near the Highway 140 intersection. Blankenship is charged with aggravated assault and theft.

According to the report from the sheriff’s office, deputies were called to a Foundry Hill home earlier in the day where a relative of Blankenship’s reported the theft of a 20-foot trailer. The report indicated the trailer’s owner suspected Blankenship of the theft and told deputies that Blankenship had been acting irrationally in recent days.

Deputy Jim Higgins found the trailer at Blankenship’s home, but did not find Blankenship.

The search for Blankenship was continued later that night and Sgt. David Powell was notified that a man driving a red pickup had fired a shot at another vehicle on Old Paris-Murray Rd. The description of the truck matched Blankenship’s.

As deputies searched the area, Blankenship pulled onto Highway 641 in front of the deputies. As deputies tried to take him into custody, Blankenship struggled and was subdued by a taser by Sgt. Clyde Sulcer.

Deputies seized a Remington rifle and two 9 mm Ruger handguns from Blankenship’s truck.


Shots Fired Throughout Union City


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating gunshots at two locations in the city Sunday night and in the early morning hours Monday.

Officers were first called to the East Gate Village Apartments on Nash Street around 7 p.m. Sunday by the security guard at the apartment complex. The guard said he heard shots and when he and his partner went outside to investigate, they heard several more.

Officers found six spent 9 mm shell casings in the northbound lane of the 400 block of Nash St. and seven shell casings in the southbound lane in the 600 block. They also found two bullet holes in the fence surrounding the apartments.

At least one witness had to take cover in the parking lot as the shots were being fired.

At 1:40 a.m. today, officers were called to the 600 block of Pierce St. on a report of more shots fired in the area of the Summer Street Apartments.

Several witnesses heard shots and officers did locate spent rounds between 612 and 614 Pierce St. and another in the street.


Couple Arrested On Meth Possession Charges


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A couple were arrested on charges of possession of meth after Weakley County Sheriff’s Office deputies obtained a search warrant for the room in which they were staying at a Martin motel.

Arrested was Kayla Nicole Copeland, age 28, of Martin; and Dewond Estes of Battle Creek, Michigan. They were arrested in the back seat of a car at the intersection of Lindell and Jackson Streets.

Events began to unfold as deputies arrived to execute the search warrant and saw the pair leaving the room and walk to a convenience store nearby. After being in the store a short time, they came out and got into the rear seat of a parked car. The car was driven by another person and deputies followed it to the Lindell Street intersection.

Deputy Chris Crocker observed a ziplock bag under a baby’s car seat in the rear seat that contained what appeared to be meth. A child was in the car seat at the time.

The driver gave permission to search her car. 9½ ounces of crystal meth was recovered from the back seat of the car.

The driver was determined to be not involved. She said she was approached by Estes who told her he needed a ride to the other side of town and said he had $20 and a knife.

Average selling price for a gram of meth is $100 a gram on the street, according to Capt. Randall McGowan. At that price, 9 ½ ounces would be worth $27,000.

Both were charged with possession of meth with intent to resell.

Two Charged With Break-In Near Martin

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with a break-in and theft last week near Martin.

Arrested are: Bradley D. Wiles, age 41, of Union City; and Tristian Macnair Ezell, age 32, of Martin.

Wiles is charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 and was charged in Dyer County with evading arrest after he ran from deputies there when they attempted to take him into custody. He will be returned to Weakley County after the Dyer County charges are dealt with.

Ezell was charged with theft over $1,000.

The break-in occurred Wednesday on Newsome Road near Martin and taken were several items, including a television and firearms. On Friday, Investigator Marty Plunk recovered the television in Dyer County.


Saturday, September 17, 2016


Fair Commercial Booth Winners Announced


Liessa Beecham of Painted Paris, a newly-opened store in Paris. Her booth won Grand Champion President's Choice. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Fair ends tonight and the votes are in for the best booths on display at the Commercial Building during this year’s fair.

Most Entertaining: Grand Champion was Paris Landing State Park, which had a selection of owls and kestrals greeting the public. First place was Security Bank; Second Place New York Life.

The People’s Choice: Grand Champion was First Bank, with First Place being the Paris-Henry County Arts Council; and Second Place Tennessee Department of Forestry.

Best Use Of Theme: Grand Champion Commercial Bank, with First Place Henry County Medical Center and Second Place Cash Express.

President’s Choice: Grand Champion Painted Paris; with First Place, Carroll Bank and Trust; Second Place, TARP Center for Independent Living.

Deneicia Gregson of the Fair Board said, “The Commercial Booths were all excellent and fairgoers enjoyed them. Thanks to all that participated.”


Johnathan Bailey and Amy O'Brien at the Paris Landing State Park booth, which won Grand Champion Most Entertaining.


Air Show Rings In CornFest Finale


Union City, Tenn.-Despite a rainy start to the day, the storm clouds cleared off to make way for the day-long events at the annual Obion County CornFest Festival in Union City. Large crowds turned out for the Great American Air Show Saturday night at Discovery Park of America, the finale for the festivities  In bottom photo, Rebecka Hudgins sings in the youth division of the 2016 CornFest Idol competition today. Hudgins came in second place. (Brent Hinson photos).


Dream Comes True For Garrett


John Garrett steps onto his new boat. (Garry Mason photo).


Mille Lacs, Minn. - Bethel University Bass Team Angler John Garrett recently made history as the youngest collegiate angler to win a berth to the Bass Masters Classic and for his efforts he will ride in style in a brand new Nitro Bass boat fully wrapped in Bethel University Purple and Gold. 

Garrett, along with Bethel University head Bass Fishing Coach Garry Mason, was on hand Friday for a ceremony in which Garrett was presented the keys to the brand new boat at the Angler of the Year Bass Masters Championship. 

A huge crowd gathered at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs parking lot in Minnesota to witness the event that was held just before the events weigh in. 

On hand to witness the festivities were over forty of the nation’s top Elite Tournament Professional Anglers with many offering congratulations to Garrett and the Bethel University program. 

Tournament announcer Dave Mercer told the crowd the Bethel University squad was likened to the New York Yankees as the top program in America. “Bethel is always on top and has become the team to beat in College Bass Fishing,” Mercer said.  

Garrett told the huge crowd that this opportunity was a dream come true for him and he looks forward to fishing the Classic and other tournaments in the new boat. “A big thank you to all who have helped to make this dream come true for me, my teammates, and Bethel University.”

John Stewart of Bass Masters presented Garrett the keys to his new boat and Garrett waved to the crowd of spectators as he was pulled through the venue by a new Tundra crew cab truck which will be wrapped and presented to John at a later date. Also on hand to celebrate the event was John’s Grandad, Johnny Garrett of Union City.


Friday Night Football Scores

Henry County 45, West Creek 9

Union City 62, North Charleston S.C., 6

Camden 42, Harpeth 14

McKenzie 52, Adamsville 56

Chester Co. 42, Obion County 21

Huntingdon 69, Perry Co. 14


Boss Hoss Roars Into Paris


Paris, Tenn.-Downtown Paris was roaring with the sound of the annual parade of Boss Hoss motorcycles arriving for the Noon on the Square festivities. The Boss Hoss rally is ongoing this weekend at Paris Landing State Park and the motorcycle owners always come to Paris to enjoy the Noon on the Square event during the rally. Motorcyclists from all over the country were on hand, from as far away as Oregon, Montana, Minnesota and Florida and points in between. The Ray Lewis Band of Paris performed and Perry’s BBQ provided good eats. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Boxing Club Puts On A Show


The Paris Downtown Boxing Club at work. (Miranda Moon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Despite the heat, the Paris Downtown Boxing Club put on quite a show at the Henry County Fair Friday night. The fair comes to an end tonight like it always does—with a bang—as the Demolition Derby will close out the festivities.

Saturday Fair Schedule

1 p.m. Country Ham Project sale

3 p.m. Tennessee Chili Cook-Off

4 p.m. Doll Shows

5-9 p.m. Exhibits open

5:30 p.m. Henry County Mass Choir

6 p.m. Carnival Opens, Kids Demolition Derby, Cat McGavon Demonstration

6:30 p.m. Bethel Renaissance

6:30 p.m. Monster Truck, with 7 p.m. Demolition Derby

9 p.m. Cash Giveaway


Gotta Love Those Eagles


Union City, Tenn.-Lovers of The Eagles flocked to the concert by Seven Bridges, an Eagles tribute band, at Discovery Park of America Friday night. The concert was part of the annual CornFest festivities ongoing in Union City now. (Brent Hinson photo).


Interactive Reading At Lakewood


Paris, Tenn.-Lakewood Elementary School Second Grade students and their parents participated in an interactive group read-aloud of “What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?” Teacher Roxanne Hendrix taught parents follow-up games and activities related to the story so they could help with reading skills at home. Parents and students are pictured with the door prizes they won during the event. (Pam Young photo).



Friday, September 16, 2016

Big Sandy Man Found Guilty In Shooting Death


Camden, Tenn.-A Big Sandy man was found guilty in the shooting death of his former friend at the conclusion of a jury trial in Benton County Circuit Court today.

George Burns was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Michael Nuzzo in November of 2015. Burns had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing, which occurred in the parking lot of the Dougherty’s convenience store in broad daylight in Big Sandy. Both Burns and Nuzzo were 22 years old at the time of the incident.

The jury deliberated for two hours before delivering the verdict.

Closing remarks were presented by District Attorney Matt Stowe, who claimed the shooting was premeditated; and Defense Attorney Grover Collins, who claimed it was self-defense.

Sentencing is set for October 24.


Paris Dog Park Goes To The Dogs In A Big Way


Chamber President Gary McIntire (in red jacket) speaking at ribbon-cutting. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Atkins-Porter Dog Park in Paris went to the dogs Friday morning—even more than usual. Several dogs and their owners, including Sheriff Monte Belew and Si, and Paris Police Sgt. Michael Ramos and Kinsey, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting to formally inaugurate all of the improvements at the dog park.

Staff from Lowe’s Home Improvement constructed several new pieces of equipment, including ramps and tunnels for the park, which have been enjoyed by canines over the past two weeks.

At today’s ribbon-cutting, several members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce brought their own dogs to the ceremony.

Lowe’s also donated to the Paris Parks Department the miter saw which staff used to construct the equipment. Parks Department Director Tony Lawrence said, “This is the gift that keeps on giving.”

Chamber President Gary McIntire noted that plans for the dog park go all the way back to when David Travis was mayor of Paris and thanked Lowe’s “for all you do for the city.”


Sheriff Belew shows his dog Si how to go over the ramp at the park, while Karen Geary takes a photo. (McFarlin photo).


Fair Steer Proceeds Go To St. Jude


The Wood family at the Fair. (Photo courtesy of Tammy Wood).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The St. Jude Children’s Hospital will benefit from the sale of one of the steer sold at Thursday night’s Junior Livestock Auction.

The $5,992 proceeds from the sale of a steer raised by Britian Hutson will be donated to St. Jude.

Tammy Wood of Puryear said her grandson, Britian Hutson, showed his steer and sold it at the auction. Her son Tyler then purchased Hutson’s steer. “Having no idea what was about to take place, Tyler donated the steer back to be resold again,” she said, recalling that her son, Josh Wood had been a patient at St. Jude’s 14 years ago and at that time the Young family donated a lamb to be sold with the proceeds going to Josh Wood and his family.

She said Tyler was very young but remembered what St. Jude did for the family, so he wanted to give back to them. The steer was purchased by the Henry County Farmers Co-Op and proceeds will go toward St. Jude.

“We owe my son Josh’s life to St. Jude”, she said, “and my son Tyler wanted to give back.”


Teen’s Life Saved By Seat Belt, Air Bag


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A 16-year-old Huntingdon teen’s life was likely saved by a seat belt and a side air bag following a wreck with a semi truck Tuesday.

Huntingdon Police and other first responders were called to a serious crash at the Huntingdon By-Pass Tuesday morning. According to Huntingdon Public Safety Director Walter Smothers, “Upon arrival, we found a semi truck had struck a SUV passenger vehicle at the intersection. A witness at the scene reported the semi failed to stop and the driver of the truck said to me that he was looking at his GPS device and failed to see the stop coming up.”

The driver of the SUV was a 16-year-old female student on her way to Huntingdon High School.

“It’s the opinion of all the officers at the scene that her life was very likely saved by her seat belt and a side air bag that deployed,” Smothers said. The teen only had superficial injuries “and we are very, very thankful that this wonderful young person is alive and well.”

Smothers reminded everyone to always use their seat belts and said to be especially careful when going through intersections. “That is where the greatest majority of crashes occur,” he said.

The truck driver, Johnny Hood, age 42, of Sparta, Tennessee, was not injured. Charges have not been announced yet.

Huntingdon PD Begins Using Body Cameras


Officer Chastity Strayhorn shows Officer Brian Bennett how to attach the camera to his uniform. Strayhorn is an officer in both Milan and Huntingdon. Bennett is originally from Henry County.


Huntingdon, Tenn.-Today starts a new chapter in the history of the Huntingdon Police Department. Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers said, “We are now using body cameras to record encounters with the public. This comes as a result of the need for police departments to take steps to help develop transparency and build public trust.”

Smothers said it is a positive step for officers, too, “as the recording can refute complaints against officers and be used as evidence in some cases.”

The body cameras were purchased with a 100 percent grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.


Hard Work Pays Off At Livestock Auction


Murray Perkins shows his Grand Champion lamb. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Hard work by Henry County youngsters paid off as the Junior Livestock Sale brought in $182,289 at the Henry County Fair Thursday night. As always, there was a packed house in the livestock arena at the fairgrounds.

Murray Perkins’ Grand Champion lamb brought in the highest price at $2,603. Tori Hill showed her Grand Champion goat, which brought the top price at $1,358. Top price for steer was for Ben Wilson’s, at $6,720. The top price for a hog was for Ethan Torres’, at $1,440.  

In addition to Perkins’ Grand Champion lamb and Hill’s Grand Champion goat, at the junior livestock shows earlier, Katie Plowman’s steer won Grand Champion, and Garrison Irby won Grand Champion for his hog.

A good-sized crowd was on hand Thursday night for the Henry County High School Patriots’ pep rally, which featured the football team, cheerleaders, band and supporters.

The Moon Pie eating contest drew contestants, including Queen Jayna Nance and First Maid Aleece Passman, and a lot of audience members. Winning the contest was Autumn Starks.



Caleb Grissom and Anna Marie McDougal at Moon Pie contest. (McFarlin photo).


Pep Rally At The Fair


Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School Patriots Football Coach James Counce leads the team in a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” for Dustin Warman at Friday's pep rally at the Henry County Fair. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Friday At The Henry County Fair

Paris, Tenn.-Friday will be another busy day at the Henry County Fair and one full of good eats, too, with the Old Country Store open from noon to 6 p.m. and the Henry County Retiree Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. The Commercial Beef Cattle Show will be at 4 p.m., the Paris Downtown Boxing Demonstration is from 6-8 p.m. and the Downtown Paris Association Fashion Show is at 7 p.m.

Friday Fair Schedule

2 p.m. Retiree Ice Cream Social

4 p.m. Commercial Beef Cattle Show

6 p.m., Carnival Opens, 4-H Fashion Show, Craft Demo.

6-8 p.m. Paris Boxing Club Demo

7 p.m. DPA Fashion Show, USA Pullers Tractor Pull

9 p.m. Cash giveaway


Plenty Of Activities At CornFest This Weekend


Glenda Crisp, Judy Council at CornFest fashion show. (Amy Keathley photo).

Union City, Tenn.-Obion County CornFest gets going in earnest on Friday night with the CornFest Concert at Discovery Park by the Seven Bridges band at 9 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. with food and vendors. The concert is free.

All full day of activities are planned for Saturday, September 17, beginning with the J’Cette Fun Run at Second Baptist Church at 8 a.m.; Day in the Park at Kiwanis Park, Cakes Walks, and the Creative Chair Silent Auction, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pets in the Park begins at 9 a.m., with Pumpkin Painting, the car show in downtown Union City; Jumpers and Corn-Eating and Corn-Shucking at Kiwanis Park, all at 10 a.m.

The Pedal Car Race at Kiwanis Park at noon, as is the Tyson Community Feed in the park. The annual bed race begins at 1 p.m., with the cornhole tournament at 2 p.m., CornFest Idol at 2 p.m., and the Great American Air Show and concert at Discovery Park at 5 p.m.


McKenzie Man Sentenced To Federal Prison

McKenzie, Tenn.-A former truck driver from McKenzie has been sentenced to 190 months in federal prison for using an Internet messaging app to distribute and receive child pornography. The sentence was announced in a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Jackson.

According to information presented in court, Seferino Saldivar, age 42, of McKenzie, using an Internet app to moderate a chat room where sexually explicit images of female minors were shared. In June 2015, an undercover officer in Arizona entered the chat room and observed several users exchange child pornography. After linking Saldivar to the user name, agents obtained his McKenzie address.

Saldivar pleaded guilty in May of this year to one count of knowingly distributing child pornography and he was sentenced Tuesday.

The case was investigated by the Memphis Child Exploitation Task Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Ireland prosecuted the case.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

 Martin To Receive $10M For New Facilities


Martin, Tenn. — USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined City of Martin Mayor Randy Brundige today in announcing a $10 million USDA RD Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant that will be used to build new facilities in Martin that will house the police, dispatch and city court services, FEMA and a new library.

“USDA Rural Development is excited to be a part of a growing rural Tennessee,” Goode said. “The City of Martin will build two new facilities that will improve the safety and quality of life for its citizens.”

 The loan will be used to construct a 16,175 square foot facility to house the city police, dispatch and city court services.  A portion of this building will be built to FEMA specifications to become a community safe room.  A 30,000 square foot, two story building will also be constructed to house a new library as well as serve as a community meeting and education space.

Others participating in the event include Congressman Stephen Fincher Field Representative Heather Waggoner, Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Regional Business Development Consultant Janna Hellums, USDA Assistant to State Director Harriet Cannon, USDA Area Director Joel Howard, USDA Area Specialist Tyler Hayes and USDA Area Specialist Brandon Orr.

USDA Rural Development is moving investments to rural America with housing, business and infrastructure loans and grants to create jobs and strengthen rural economies with an emphasis to assist areas of persistent poverty.  Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $6.6 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4.  Visit us online at


USDA Announces Funding Awards For UTM


Martin, Tenn.—The USDA today announced three funding awards for the University of Tennessee at Martin. The university will receive a total grant amount of $130,000 for its programs.

“The three funding awards presented today illustrate the impact that UTM has on West Tennessee,” USDA Rural Development Director Bobby Goode said. “These awards will provide the funds necessary to assist the university in creating a stronger rural economy for the areas they serve.”

As a recipient of Rural Business Development Grants totaling $30,000, UTM will use $10,000 of RD funds to conduct an economic impact analysis that will be used to determine the impact the university has on the rural regions of West Tennessee.  The study will focus on the specific economic impact in Weakley County.  $20,000 of the grant will be used to conduct leadership and entrepreneur training for the WestStar Leadership Program. This program serves all 21 counties in West Tennessee, many of which are poverty stricken and have high unemployment, and provides participants with new leadership skills and strategies for assisting their communities in problem solving and creating economic opportunities.

 Lastly, UTM will receive a $100,000 Community Facilities Direct Grant to provide the requisite supplies and equipment necessary for the commercial culinary program. This will include catering and food lab space for the UT Martin Hospitality and Food Service Management curriculum. 


Carey Counseling To Receive USDA Funds

Paris, Tenn. — USDA Rural Development Area Office Director Joel Howard today announced funding for a $67,572 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (DLT) to Carey Counseling Center, Inc. (CCC) in Paris. The project funds will be used to establish a telemedicine network that connects Board Certified Psychiatrists at CCC in Paris to three rural counseling centers in Northwest Tennessee.

“These funds will allow Carey Counseling Center to take advantage of new technology and replace existing telemedicine equipment,” Howard said. “This DLT will assist the center in continuing and potentially expanding current services.”

Rural Development funds will assist in the expansion and improvement of an existing telemedicine network that currently serves six rural counseling centers in Tennessee.  With this expanded network, participating rural counseling centers will have access to mental, behavioral and psychiatric care services as well as substance abuse counseling services. 

Others participating in the event include, CCC Executive Director Robert Vaughn, CCC Fiscal Director Richard French, USDA RD Assistant to the State Director Harriet Cannon and Union City Area Office Staff Brandon Orr.


Busy Day At The Fairgrounds


Paris, Tenn.-Today is an especially busy day at the Henry County Fairgrounds, with the Pre 4-H and Junior Market Hog, Goat, Lamb and Steer Shows, as well as the Junior Livestock Sale tonight. It's a family affair as everyone lends a hand getting the animals ready for the shows. In photo, Marly Latta and her sheep Elvira get help from her mother, Tiffany Latta, and grandmother Janet Bomar. (Shannon McFarlin photo).



Fill A Ford For Good Causes Today


Crystal Norwood just waiting to fill up the Ford. (Shannon McFarlin photo).



Paris, Tenn.-You can Fill A Ford today at the Henry County Fairgrounds for two good causes. Crystal Norwood said food and money donated will be given to the Henry County Food Bank and the local school districts’ Backpack Programs.

The event is sponsored by Henry County Farm Bureau and the truck is being loaned by Joe Mahan Ford.

Norwood said, “You can donate food or cash. Food will be weighed to help us compete with Farm Bureaus across the state. Each dollar donated counts as 1 ½ pounds of food.”

The truck is parked outside the Livestock Barn and you can donate all day today.


Trial In Big Sandy Shooting Begins


Camden, Tenn.-A young Big Sandy man is on trial for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his former friend last fall.

George Burns was charged in the shooting death of Michael Nuzzo on November 15, 2015. The shooting followed an altercation between the two men in the parking lot at Dougherty’s convenience store in broad daylight, with several witnesses at the scene.

Nuzzo was shot in the chest during the altercation. Both men were 21 at the time of the shooting.

During the trial’s opening day in Benton County Circuit Court Wednesday, District Attorney Matt Stowe argued that Burns had planned the murder. He said the two had been close friends until Nuzzo started dating Burns’ ex-girlfriend.

Defense Attorney Ben Powers, however, said in his opening statement that Nuzzo hunted down Burns and that Burns shot him in self-defense.

The trial is expected to last through Friday.


Junior Livestock Sale, Pep Rally Tonight At Fair


Paris, Tenn.-Today is a big day at the Henry County Fair, with several popular events scheduled. The Junior Livestock Sale is set for 7 p.m. tonight, prior to which the Juniior Market Goat, Lamb and Steer Shows will be held in the afternoon.

The Henry County High School pep rally will be held at 6 p.m. in the Main Arena, with the football team, cheerleaders, band, students and supporters. The annual Woolies Revue is set for 6 p.m., with a Moon Pie eating contest set for 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday Fair Schedule

9 a.m. -9 p.m. Viewing of exhibits

9 a.m. Junior Market Hog Show

11 a.m. Junior Market Goat Show

11-6 Old Country Store

Noon Rotary Club meeting

1:30 p.m. Junior Market Lamb Show

2:30 p.m. Junior Market Steer Show

5-9 p.m. Commercial exhibits

6 p.m. Carnival Opens, Pep Rally, Woolies Revue

6:30 p.m. Moon Pie Contest

7 p.m. Junior Livestock Sale


Grand Opening For New UTM Facility Is Saturday

Martin, Tenn. — A grand-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new academic classroom space and football press box facility at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Hardy M. Graham Stadium is set for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, inside the new building. Refreshments will follow until 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


The new four-story structure provides a major upgrade to Graham Stadium and a significant addition to the university’s skyline. The ground level will house a renovated visiting team locker room, referee locker room, concession stand and other game-management space. A lobby area and elevator access are also located on this level.


The second level will provide academic space for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and also serve as an academic support area.

The third floor houses the club level, which will provide a unique perspective of the game in a climate-controlled space. This level also includes the Chancellor’s Box for entertaining game-day guests.


The top floor houses a state-of-the-art facility for media, coaching staffs and game-management officials. The working media area will seat up to 25, which more than doubles the former press box’s capacity.


Kickoff for the UT Martin and Bacone College football game will follow at 2 p.m., which is the opening home contest for the Skyhawks in the 2016 season. Bacone College is a member of the Central States Football League and is located in Muskogee, Okla.


The stadium project was completed by Allen Searcy Builder-Contractor, Inc., of Union City.


7 Bridges To Perform At Discovery Park

Union City, Tenn.-Discovery Park of America will play host to “7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience” at 7 p.m. Friday, September 16, as part of this year’s Obion County Cornfest. The concert is free.

You can enjoy delicious food from food trucks and vendors and grab a drink before the concert starts. Bring your bag chairs and picnic blankets. Gates open at 5 p.m.


Stewart Co. Students Celebrate Park’s Birthday

Dover, Tenn.-Teachers and students in Stewart County helped Fort Donelson National Battlefield’s Centennial Celebration. One of the more eye-catching was when the North Elementary School fifth graders grouped together in the gym to form the number “100”.

Students from Stewart County High School and Stewart County Middle School also participated. Over 400 cupcakes were prepared for visitors to the park that day by students.

Students got to enjoy cupcakes and drinks and listen to Civil War music performed by Dan Wallace, Cecil Wallace, and NPS employee Tanner McIntyre.


Relay Dance Tickets On Sale


Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale for the Relay For Life Fundraising Dance featuring the Jimmy Church Band. The event will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight October 1 at the Paris Convention Center.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be bought at the PML Front Office on County Home Rd. Or call 642-7398 extension 221 or after 4 p.m., 336-0214.


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