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Friday, November 27, 2015

Huge Crowd Greets Santa And The Gang Today

Santa and his entourage ready to leave for downtown. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand Friday morning to greet Santa as he arrived in downtown Paris for North Pole Family Fun Day. As always, Santa stopped by the Paris Fire Department first and was escorted into downtown on a fire truck. He was accompanied by Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the elves and immediately went to his house on the courthouse lawn where he began hearing what the girls and boys want for Christmas.
Santa’s entourage today included the elves Megan and Abigail Richardson, Daniel Pardon and Jonathan Beasley as Rudolph.

Santa will be in his house all weekend. His hours this weekend and until December 20 are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

North Pole Family Fun Day continues through 2 p.m. today, with all sorts of activities including trackless train rides, face painting, “Polar Express” readings, crafts by the 4-H Clubs, petting zoo, and pony carousel rides. Everything is free, except pictures with Santa by the Henry county High School Band Boosters cost $5.

Santa and Mrs. Claus share a moment at the Paris Fire Department.
(McFarlin photo).

Renaissance Choir Performs With Bill Gaither

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Renaissance Choir from Bethel University was in concert with Bill Gaither this past week, The Gaither Vocal Band, and the Homecoming Tour at First Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The choir opened the show and accompanied the artists on multiple songs. 

“To be on the platform with some of our industry’s top artists was an experience that our students will cherish for the rest of their lives,” according to Steve Hurst, Renaissance Choir Director. “For me personally, this was one of those ‘bucket-list’ moments where I realized we were on the stage with the people who wrote and recorded the Gospel classics that I grew up listening to.”

In addition to the Gaither Vocal Band, the students met and performed alongside Buddy Greene, The Isaacs, Charlotte Ritchie, and Gene McDonald. 

"What a great night for Bethel University to have our Renaissance Choir as part of the Gaither Christmas Show,” Bethel University’s President Dr. Walter Butler said. ‘We are so honored that Bill Gaither included Bethel University on the program. It was a night our students will remember forever."

Pictures and videos from this event can be found on the Renaissance Facebook Page. For more information about the Renaissance Program visit their website

TWRA: Remember Your Orange

Jackson, Tenn.-Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Region 1 has issued a reminder to deer hunters that 500 square inches of daylight flourescent orange must be worn on the upper body along with something on your head. Orange MUST be worn at ALL times including while walking to the stand, in the stand or shooting house, and returning from the hunt. At no time shall anyone remove their orange.

The only exemption to this law is a person hunting on that person's own property. A landowner is defined as the individual's name that is listed on the tax record. Children & grandchildren of landowners MUST wear orange. Son-in-law's and daughter-in-law's are required to wear orange.

Shop Local Small Business Saturday

The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Obion County Chamber of Commerce reminds everyone to Be Local and support Small Business Saturday on November 28th.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Christmas Tree Permits Available At LBL

Land Between The Lake, Ky. And Tenn. – Free Christmas tree permits for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available online at November 27-December 24. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime. Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, November 30 through December 23.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 27 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except:

· Within sight of US68/KY80

· Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway

· Cemeteries

· Nature Watch Areas

· Campgrounds

· Other mowed areas

Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found at under Fact Sheets and Information.

"Taking the family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree,” suggested Forester, Dennis Wilson. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between The Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.”

Cedar Christmas tree permits and regulations can be found at Call 270-924-2065 for more information.


Youth Orchestra Winter Concert Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Youth Orchestra will present its Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 1 at the First Baptist Church in Paris. Admission is a $5 donation that will be used to help fund scholarships. Attendees will be treated to a night of festive music while helping to support the arts in Paris-Henry County.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Full Moon Lights Up Downtown  

Paris, Tenn.-Last night’s full moon seemed to illuminate downtown Paris as shops and businesses were closing and people were hustling to get home or do more Thanksgiving shopping. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Big Daddy’s Coming To Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Plans are for a Big Daddy’s BBQ in the future for Paris. A sign announcing Big Daddy’s BBQ will be locating in Paris was recently placed on an empty lot on Tyson Ave. The site most recently was where the Hart’s Fresh Produce truck was located. According to City Economic Director Jennifer Morris, Big Daddy’s owners informed the city they will be locating a food truck there on a semi-permanent basis but did not say when. Big Daddy’s presently operates a BBQ restaurant in McKenzie. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Obion County Decking Out For Holidays

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.--A lot is happening in Union City and Obion County during the holidays, from the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade in Union City on Monday, to Christmas parades in every town in Obion County coming up and the Festival of Trees at the Obion County Public Library.

Main Street Union City will present the “A Christmas Celebration: Community Christmas Tree Lighting” at the Obion County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30, followed by the parade through downtown at 7 p.m.

Other Obion County Christmas parades will be held on this schedule: Obion, 7 p.m. December 4; Samburg, 6 p.m. December 6; Kenton, 6:30 p.m. December 5; Hornbeak, 7 p.m. December 11; and Troy, 7 p.m. December 12.

Meanwhile, beginning now, the Obion County Library is hosting the annual Festival of Trees. Any group, business or organization can begin furnishing and decorating their trees for display at the library during the holiday season.

Paris FFA Excels At National Event

Louisville, Ky.- Members of the Paris FFA Chapter in Tennessee were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Laura Moss, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 166 other participants. Allie Jo Shankle received a Gold emblem, Kasey Pickle received a Silver emblem, Tiffany Clark received a Bronze emblem, and Courtland Hester received a Silver emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the dairy cattle evaluation and management event are sponsored by Allflex U.S.A. Inc.

The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE is a competitive event that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle, herd record evaluation and dairy management team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo. 

Bob Valentine To Perform As Mark Twain For Fundraiser

Murray, Ky. — Murray State Professor Robert Valentine of Paris, a senior lecturer of advertising and guest director of the theatre will be performing his one-man show “Mark Twain Remembers” Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the fine arts building.

Valentine has been performing as Mark Twain for more than 40 years. He got his start when he was a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. His interest in Twain began when he read “The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival Crime in Connecticut.” Soon after he and his brother Richard Valentine started to compose a script of Twain stories. 

This performance will take place on the 180th anniversary of Samuel Clemens’ birth and Valentines 40 year anniversary of portraying Twain in his two-act one man show. 

“My goal during the performance is to help people understand the era from which Twain came. He was a man of the horse-and-buggy era, but he also saw motion picture and used the telephone,” Valentine said. “Twain’s pieces always focused on the human experience. Though he lived in a different era, much of his social criticisms can resonate with people today.”

Murray State University Town and Gown sponsors this performance. Admission is $15 for the public and $5 for students with a valid student ID at the door. All proceeds from the performance will benefit Murray State Theatre and Murray’s playhouse in the park program. 

David Johnson Chorus To Perform In Dresden

Dresden, Tenn.-Among the many things that people associate with the Christmas season, most everyone agrees that Christmas music helps set the tone for the holidays. For the past seventeen years the David Johnson Chorus has been bringing the joy of Christmas in song to audiences throughout the south.  

The 2015 edition of “Come Celebrate Christmas” promises to be no different.

DJC will present "Come Celebrate Christmas!" at Dresden Elementary School on Saturday, November 28, at 7 PM.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Adult admission will be $10.00; children and students admitted free of charge.  A reception will follow.

For more information, contact General Manager, Gail Dyer, at 731-514-0167, and follow DJC on Facebook.

Christmas Wreath Workshop Set

Union City, Tenn.-The Northwest Tennessee Master Gardeners will present a Christmas wreath workshop at 6 p.m. December 3 at the Obion County Fairgrounds Women’s Building.

Fee is $10. Register by December 1 by calling Kate 270-627-0786 or Phyllis 270-210-6602.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Project Roundup Has Awarded Over $1M Since 2002

BPU General Manager John Etheridge, left, presents reports at today's meeting.

(McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Paris, Tenn.-Since it began in 2002, the Paris Board of Public Utilities’ Project Roundup has awarded $1,125,514 to a long list of non-profit organizations in Paris and Henry County.

Created while Charles Perry was General Manager of BPU, the concept of Project Roundup is very simple: when customer’s bills are rounded up to the nearest whole dollar, the extra amount is put in the Roundup fund for distribution to organizations which help local people.

The Project Roundup board is a separate state-chartered organization, according to current General Manager John Etheridge, with a seven-member board that meets quarterly.

“The money stays in Henry County and Paris”, Etheridge said, “and there are no expenses for the organization. It’s operated at no cost, but an awful lot of good comes from it.”

Most of the grants awarded through the organization are under $5,000, Etheridge said.

According to a list of Roundup recipients distributed at Tuesday’s meeting of the BPU board of directors, non-profits which have received the monies over the years have included Friends of Paris Landing, Downtown Paris Association, Henry County High School Quarterback Club, Henry County Archives, Henry County DARE program, local volunteer fire departments, the Heritage Center, Hoof Beats of Hope and many more.

A recent audit of Project Roundup’s books resulted in no findings, “and that’s the way it’s been every year,” Etheridge said. “It has never had anything but a clean audit.”

Likewise, the audit of the BPU showed no findings “and that’s always nice and that’s the way it’s been eight of the last nine years,” Etheridge said.

In other business during the meeting, the board approved a recommendation by Etheridge to continue its contract with Alexander Thompson Arnold, which includes a $700 increase. “I think we’re getting a good price for all they do,” Etheridge said. “And we need to be on the same page as the city of Paris and when we both use the same auditing firm, it makes it more simple.”

Driver Injured Driving Stolen Bad Bob’s Van

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Bad Bob’s BBQ delivery van stolen in Union City didn’t get very far. And the person driving it is recovering in The Med in Memphis from injuries he suffered when he wrecked the van.

The van that was earlier reported stolen from Union City was observed by Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sanders on Main Street in Martin, driving with no headlights or taillights.

Deputy Sanders attempted to stop the vehicle, which then fled north on Hwy 45 toward South Fulton, Tennessee. 

According to Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan, the vehicle then made several turns and drove back and forth between Martin and South Fulton. 

Joining the pursuit, deputies from Obion County, South Fulton officers and Troopers from the Kentucky State Police also attempted to stop the vehicle before it crashed on State Line Rd near Roberts road east of Dukedom. 

McGowan said the driver of the vehicle was identified as Greg Birchem of Lindell St. in Martin. He was flown by helicopter to The Med in Memphis for treatment of injuries received in the wreck. several charges will be pending in Weakley County.

Historical Society Unveils Justice Jackson Portrait

Hears Program On Camp Tyson Book


Historical Society President David Webb with portrait of Justice Howell Jackson, left. Brig. Gen. Roland Parkhill with painting of Camp Tyson he helped save. The painting was painted by a former Camp Tyson soldier and hangs at the Heritage Center. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-At a busy meeting of the Henry County Historical Society Monday night,  a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Paris Native Howell Jackson was unveiled and members heard chapters of the book, “As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson, America’s Only WWII Barrage Balloon Training Facility” read by the author Shannon McFarlin of Paris.

The portrait of Jackson will be hung in the Henry County Courthouse and will join other portraits of prominent Henry Countians, including Christine Reynolds, Pearl Routon, Mordecai Johnson and Joe Routon Sr. The portraits of Reynolds and Routon also have already been unveiled. The portraits of Johnson and Routon will be unveiled at future meetings.

The program on Jackson was provided by Historical Society President David Webb, who said Jackson was born in a home near Barton Field in Paris in 1832 and in addition to serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, was also a State Senator and served on the Circuit Court and the 6th District Circuit Court of Appeals.

Webb said, “To have one U.S. Supreme Court Justice is exceptional and to have one born in our county and stay in Tennessee is even more exceptional.”

Jackson was married twice, first to Sophia Malloy, who died of yellow fever, and then to Mary Elizabeth Harding, the daughter of the owner of the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville.

Jackson took office in the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1881, and served for five years. Jackson resigned from the Senate on April 14, 1886 to accept appointment by President Grover Cleveland to the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit. In 1892, he served with future President William Howard Taft on the reorganized United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  

Jackson was appointed as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Benjamin Harrison. At the age of 60, Jackson was confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote,

Jackson died in August of 1895 and is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

McFarlin read a few chapters from her Camp Tyson book, including ones about the formation of the camp, the day Movie Star Jeanette MacDonald appeared at the camp, runaway barrage balloons and a chapter about Artist Paul Soik, who was a soldier at the camp. Soik painted the oil painting, “Haul ‘Er Up” which is on permanent display at the Heritage Center and which Roland Parkhill of Paris helped to save.

Newly-acquired artifacts, including several from Camp Tyson, were on display at the Heritage Center. The artifacts were bought at the recent Jim and Emily Cox auction by the Historical Society. Webb said, “This is one of the most significant collections in Henry County. We obtained everything we wanted to, if not more.” The Historical Society spent some $3,000 on the collection.

Webb thanked Rachel Terrell for staying at the auction for two days to bid on the items. “If not for her, we wouldn’t have as many as we have.”


Rhea Students Learn About Electricity

Paris, Tenn.-Rhea Teacher Kim Underhill's second grade class gets a lesson from Zach Underhill, a lineman, about electricity safety. The students were exposed to the various dangers electricity can cause. They were amazed to learn about how electricity can travel through things, such as water, despite not being able to see it. The students read a book about electricity prior to the demonstration, and they were able to ask Zach questions. The students then made connections between the book that was read and the demonstration. (Rhea School photo).

Bad Bob’s Delivery Van Stolen

Union City, Tenn.-This stolen vehicle shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

Someone stole a Bad Bob’s delivery van with the words “Bad Bob’s BBQ” prominently displayed on the sides from the back of the BBQ restaurant at 616 E. Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.

The proprietor of the restaurant said the van was there late Saturday night but was gone by Monday morning. The van is a 2000 Dodge Caravan with Kentucky license 877TCR and is worth $3,000.

The van’s information has been entered into NCIC.

Young Professionals Sponsor Food Drive

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Young Professionals group is sponsoring a food drive for the Back Pack programs of Henry County. These programs do amazing things for the children in our community and any donation you can make is greatly appreciated. They are asking for donations to send extra food home over the long Christmas Break. There will be several drop off locations throughout the city from now until December 7th. The group will donate all items on December 8th, 9th, and 10th. 

Please help send some extra food home with local children for their Christmas Break. Any monetary donations can be made to the Chamber of Commerce. Feel free to contact Brittney Plowman with any questions about the programs or how to make a donation.

Trim A Tree For Wildlife Event Set

Springville, Tenn.-Have the family in for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and looking for something to do, especially something that is free? Do you really need a place that is designed for kids of all ages? Then come on down to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 28th  for a fun day with the whole family. The refuge is hosting “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” a day that will focus on making Christmas ornaments out of things from nature as well as suggestions on how to trim your outdoor tree for wildlife. 

Located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, the refuge Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Fully interactive wildlife exhibits combined with experiencing a beautiful bay of Kentucky Lake can make for a pleasant day in itself. But during this event the entire center will be filled with kid-friendly craft tables. The Blue Heron Book Store will also be open with plenty of newly stocked items for the unique Christmas gift. Entrance to the Visitor Center and events are always free to the public.

The Refuge Discovery Series is a monthly free program held at the refuge that attempts to connect people with nature. For more information about upcoming Refuge Discovery Series programs or about the refuge in general, please call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 731-642-2091 or see the website at or on facebook at 

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 51,358 acres of water, forests, farmland and grasslands, is located on and around Kentucky Lake. Established in 1945, the refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds. The refuge’s three units, the Duck River, Big Sandy and Busseltown stretch along 65 miles of the Tennessee River.

Santa’s Hours For Christmas Season

Paris, Tenn.-Santa Claus will be in his house on the Henry County Courthouse lawn beginning Friday. His hours this weekend are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

After this weekend, Santa will be in his house Saturdays 10 to 2 and Sundays 2 to 4 through Sunday, December 20th.

Register For Free Computer Classes At Library

Paris, Tenn.-Free Computer class for Excel I to be held Monday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 in W.G. Rhea Public Library computer lab. Registration required Call 642-1702 to register limited space.

Free Computer class for Excel II to be held Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the library computer lab. Registration required. Call 642-1702 to register--limited space.

Free Computer class for Job and workplace skills among other career research to be held Wednesday, December 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the library computer lab. Registration required Call 642-1702--limited space.

Tickets On Sale for “Yes, Virginia The Musical”

Paris, Tenn.-This holiday season, Krider Performing Arts Center will present “Yes, Virginia the Musical,” a Macy’s original production based on the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon, an eight-year old girl who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus.  

This musical program debuted in 2012 as a part of Macy’s “Believe” Campaign which supports the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.  The “Believe” program encourages children of all ages to write a letter to Santa to be dropped off at the red Santa Mail letterbox at a Macy’s store or to be emailed directly to the Macy’s “Believe” website.  For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, up to $1 million, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. Tickets are on sale now at Paris Civic Center and Merison’s Furniture in Paris.  Seating is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children ages three and up.  Tickets will be available at the door as well.  

Paris Thanksgiving Closings Announced

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris has announced its Thanksgiving closings and schedule changes for this week.

The city of Paris Public Works Department will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. That means on Wednesday, trash will be picked up for both Wednesday and Thursday. Please have trash out by 7 a.m. Public works will reopen Monday, Nov. 30.

The landfill will be closed Thursday through Saturday and will reopen Monday.

The animal shelter will be closed Thursday through Saturday and reopen Monday at 11:30 a.m.

City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday and reopen Monday at 7:30 a.m.

The Paris Civic Center will be closed Thursday and will reopen on Monday at 6 a.m.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mayfield Man Arrested In Quadruple Homicide

Mayfield, Ky.– After interviewing numerous people and executing several search warrants, the Kentucky State Police arrested a relative to the family in connection to the quadruple homicides that occurred last week a few miles outside of Murray.  

Killed in the quadruple murder were Marisol Hernandez and Bulmaro Arellano and their two small children. Preliminary results of the autopsies show Marisol Hernandez and Bulmaro Arellano died as a result of gunshot wounds. It is believed both children succumbed to smoke inhalation; however further testing is being conducted for verification. The investigation shows that the fire in the residence was intentionally set to cover up the murders. 

Arrested was Pascasio Y. Pacheco Arellano, age 21, of Mayfield.

Kentucky State Police Detectives meet with Arellano on Saturday, November 21. Detectives immediately noticed Arellano was injured and took him to a local hospital for treatment. Arellano was admitted to the hospital for injuries he sustained during the crimes. 

Arellano was released from the hospital on Monday, November 23, and was taken into custody at 2 P.M. without incident. Arellano was arrested and charged with Burglary 1st degree, four counts of Murder, Arson 1st degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Arellano was lodged in the Calloway County Jail. 

Kentucky State Police Detective Trey Green continues the investigation. KSP was assisted by the Calloway County Sherriff’s Office and the Mayfield Police Department. 

A New Entrance For The Heritage Center

Interim Heritage Center Director Sandee Green and County Mayor Brent Greer at the new entrance ramp. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-In the days ahead, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center will be utilizing a much-need improvement: a new handicapped-accessible ramp entrance into the building.

The longer ramp was recently completed by Sundstrom Millwork of Buchanan and is located on the North Market St. entrance of the building. The new entrance will move easily into the Heritage Center from the sunroom. 

It will replace an entrance which had a ramp that was much steeper and harder to navigate for persons on wheelchairs or walking with rollators and walkers. At that entrance, there also was a second ramp that had to be navigated on the inside of the building.

The slope of the new entrance is much easier to navigate and patrons can move easily into the interior of the building.

Interim Director Sandee Green said the project will be complete shortly, as soon as the city of Paris tears down the old ramp and the building’s security alarm is moved to the new entrance.

Other improvements are visible, as well, with outdoor landscaping financed by the Paris Board of Public Utilities round-up grant. The new handicapped entrance was paid for by various grants which the Heritage Center receives, as well as monies from the city, county, Helping Hand and other sources, Green said.

One Vehicle Crash Cuts Utilities, Blocks Traffic

One-vehicle crash in Martin causes extensive damage to electric pole, school zone

sign, blocks traffic. (Photo provided by Martin Police Capt. Phillip Fuqua).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A one-vehicle crash in Martin early Sunday morning caused extensive damage to a city utility pole and school zone flashing light, knocked out city utilities for a time and traffic was blocked for several hours.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, however he was trapped inside the vehicle until the Weakley County Electric Company could arrive and make the electrical lines inactive. The crash did cause extensive damage to his vehicle.

Driver John F. Tubbs, age 45, of Sharon, was cited by Martin Police for failure to exercise due care and for having no insurance.

The accident happened at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Hwy. 54 near Martin Westview High School.

Upon arrival at the scene, Martin Patrolman James Brown discovered that a red 1994 Ford F150 being driven by Tubbs had left the right side of the roadway as it traveled south and struck a utility pole.   

An investigation of the incident revealed that Tubbs became distracted and left the roadway causing the crash.  Traffic was completely blocked for approximately one hour and then officers were able to open all but one north bound lane for the next three hours until workers could repair the damage to utilities.

Tubbs was cited following the incident for Failure to Exercise Due Care and for No Insurance.  He will appear Weakley County General Sessions Court to answer for those charges.

Santa Comes To Town Friday

Elf On Shelf Is Saturday


Paris, Tenn.-Santa, Rudolph and the elves roll into downtown Paris on the big, red fire engine at 10 a.m. Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA). With more than a dozen free activities for busy little hands, the fun lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in West Tennessee’s festive downtown shopping hub.

“I can’t wait to see all of the good little boys and girls in Henry County,”  Santa said in an exclusive satellite interview from the North Pole. “Rudolph, the elves and I love our gingerbread house on the Court Square. We’ll be visiting with the youngsters each Saturday and Sunday throughout the holiday season and the Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand to take photos. I am also bringing Mrs. Claus with me this year!”

There’s plenty to do after children visit with Santa, including four free craft tables with “make and take” holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club and located outside stores throughout downtown. 

Kiddos can also enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10 am until noon.  Every half hour (10:30, 11:00, 11:30; 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30), members of the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express at the Old Depot on Fentress Street, now Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service.  “Miss Vicky even gives away free train whistles to all of the youngsters,”  Santa said.

There also will be trackless train rides for adults and children and other games on the courthouse lawn. Also on the lawn is a petting zoo and a four-pony carousel ride courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association.  

The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at Flyers are available from many downtown merchants. 

On Saturday, November 28, the Elf on the Shelf will be at Jack’s Java on the court square, from noon to 2 p.m. Elizabeth Cook Photography will provide families the opportunity to have their picture taken with "Elf" and you can can access your complimentary photos on the Downtown Paris Association Facebook page.

Lakewood MS Speech Team Competes At Murray

Murray, Ky.-The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Tiger Invitational hosted by Murray High School over the weekend and placed 7th out of 13 schools from across the state of Kentucky and Tennessee. The competition consisted of primarily high schools and several students placed individually. Abigail Littrell placed 3rd in Original Oratory, Faith Hutson placed 6th in Humorous Interpretation and Nadia McFadden placed 5th in Declamation. The team will next compete in the Marshall County High School Invitational on December 5th. They are coached by David Weatherly. (Photo courtesy of David Weatherly).

“Be Local” Shirts Available At Chamber 

Paris, Tenn.-In time for the Christmas shopping season, the staff of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Alliance - Jennifer Wheatley, Monica Smith, Tara Wilson and David Hamilton - show off the new Be Local shirts available at the Chamber for $15. (Chamber of Commerce photo).

Quota Welcomes International President

International President Karen Murphy with Paris President Stephanie Tayloe.

(Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Quota International of Paris had a special called evening meeting recently at at Fresh Market to welcome Quota International’s President, Karen Murphy, on her visit to Paris.  

Murphy is from Quota International of Beenleigh, Region 13, Queensland, Australia.  Murphy is serving as President for the 2014-2016 year and is proud to lead a team with a difference!  She believes that members working together will develop strong clubs and encourage others to join us on our mission.

Karen has a passion for Quota – she enjoys helping others, working as a team with members, making sure that Quota’s ideals are upheld, while moving forward with new ideas and new projects to build an even stronger organization.  She says, “Let’s put our hearts into Quota, and put Quota in our hearts, and let’s do it together!”

Karen has been a dedicated member of Quota International of Beenleigh since 1996.  She launched the “QuoCKa Reading” Program (Quota, Cops and Kids, Reading Together).  At Convention in 2006, she presented the “Service-on-Sound” project, which provided musical items to disadvantaged children.


After hearing about Murphy’s experiences as International President, Paris Quota members shared the functions of the different committees in the local organization.

Murphy presented President Stephanie Tayloe with a boomerang, which is her theme.  She says, “It always comes back.”

The club presented Murphy with a mini scrapbook of pictures of the Paris club’s activities, along with other Paris gifts.

LBL Camping Applications Accepted 

Land Between The Lakes– Applications now being accepted for the 2016 Seasonal Camping Program at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The program allows members of the public to participate in a lottery process to stay on a campsite for an extended period of time through a special-use permit during the March-November season.

Members of the public can apply for one of the 123 campsites in the seasonal camping program. Campsites are available for two to nine months at Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds. Cravens Bay and Taylor Bay campgrounds have a total of 23 one to six months campsites available. 

Piney and Hillman Ferry

· Completed applications due: January 8

· Drawing for campsites: January 16

o Piney: 9am at Brandon Spring Group Center

o Hillman Ferry: 1pm at Grand Rivers Community Center

Wranglers, Cravens Bay, and Taylor Bay

· Completed applications due: December 31

· Drawing for campsites: January 9

o Wranglers: 9am

o Camping at Land Between The Lakes ~ Forest Service staff photo Cravens Bay and Taylor Bay: 11am

Wranglers, Cravens Bay and Taylor Bay drawings held at the Administrative Office, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY.

The selection process for seasonal site reservations is designed to allow for the maximum amount of participation in the program. All applicants must be present during the selection process, and payment is required in full upon site selection.

For complete details on camping regulations, information regarding the seasonal campsites and the application process, or to download an application, visit, or contact the Land Between The Lakes Customer Service Department at 270-924-2044.

Sunday, November 22, 2015  

Ed Roberts Dinner for Cancer Survivors Set

Paris, Tenn. Cancer patients have to go through so much from diagnosis to treatment, the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is happy to offer something to help put a smile on their face. The Caring Hearts Fund hopes that its Annual Ed Roberts Caring Hearts Fund Cancer Survivor Dinner will do just that for cancer survivors and their special guests.

This event was established by the late Ed Roberts in the basement of the HCMC Cancer Center in 1989 with only a few dollars and 20 guests. The event was then taken over by his wife Barbara after his passing, until it merged with the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. Having now grown to over 300 guests, the event has been hosted at numerous locations throughout Henry County.

I would love to encourage everyone to continue to help with his event,” Casey Brown, Caring Hearts Fund Liaison, said. “No one knows more than Barbara Roberts and myself how much this meal means to every survivor. For some, it is the only time they get to dress up and go out to eat. For others, it may be the only gift they receive for Christmas.”

The Caring Hearts Fund continues to need your support to help make this meal a special evening for cancer survivors. With over 300 guests expected at this years dinner, the only way they are going to be able to offer a great meal and nice gifts are through donations from individuals and businesses.

This year the event will be held at Fairview Baptist Church (across from Lowes) in Paris, TN, on Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at the event will be Wire and Wood.

If you are interested in attending the meal or making a donation, contact Brown at the Cancer Care Center at (731) 644-3522.

Dr. Collard Receives Proclamation From Holt

Martin, Tenn.– State Representative Andy Holt (right) presented Dr. Teresa Collard, associate professor of communications at the University of Tennessee at Martin, with an official proclamation Nov. 10 in recognition of her status as the Tennessee Communication Association’s Outstanding Communication Educator of the Year for 2015. Collard accepted this award during a joint conference of the Tennessee and Kentucky Communication Associations held at Montgomery Bell State Park near Dickson. Collard has been a member of the TCA since she began teaching at UT Martin in 1993. She also serves as faculty adviser to the UT Martin chapter of Women in Communications and is director of the UT Martin Women’s Center.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Missing Henry County Woman Found

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County woman who had been missing since Tuesday of this week has been found and has been returned to her home.

Brooke Vaughn-Walker, age 34, had been missing since Tuesday evening when she left a friend's home on Henry-Mansfield Rd.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the woman was found today along Hwy. 77, sitting in a lawn chair hiding under a blue tarp. He said she was found by a deer hunter.

Belew said Vaughn-Walker left her friend's home in the middle of a storm.

Vaughn-Walker refused all medical treatment when she was found, he said.

"We want to thank the Tennessee Highway Patrol for the use of their helicopter in the search, although they were hampered by the windy conditions," Belew said.

"And we really want to thank the deer hunter who found her," he said. "Thank Goodness for him."

The sheriff's office had issued an alert for the public to be on the lookout for Vaughn-Walker.

Hard Night For Area Football Fans

Dresden was one of the local teams suffering losses last night. (Robin Francis photo).

The Henry County Patriots suffered a huge loss to Centennial, with Centennial dominating 25-0. In Class 5A, Centennial will face Independence next Friday.

In 1A, Dresden lost to Trenton Peabody 35-14 and Peabody will play Nashville Christian next Friday night.

Also in Class 2A, McKenzie was defeated by Trinity Christian 28-12.  

Ridgemont Receives Donation For McTeacher Night

Union City, Tenn.-The McWorth Corporation presented a check Thursday to Ridgemont Elementary School for the donation they received for participating in McTeacher Night at the McDonald's in Union City On November 12th. The teachers and Principal Kerr worked in the restaurant taking orders and serving customers for 3 hours that evening and a portion of sales were donated to the school.

They received a check for $665.50 which was presented yesterday during the school's Pep Rally. Presenting the check was the McDonald's General Manager Hunter Powers and crew member Shemecka Harrell to Ridgemont Elementary teachers Annette Ferguson and Katie Ramsey who both worked during the McTeacher Night event.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Martin PD Search Uncovers Meth, Cocaine

Martin Police execute a search warrant this morning. (Martin PD photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A Martin man was arrested this morning on drug charges after a search uncovered quantities of meth and cocaine at his residence.

Arrested was Jeffrey Lee Davis of 217 Sterling St., Apt. B. He was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to sell. 

The search warrant was executed at approximately 9:30 a.m. today by multiple officers and investigators from the Martin Police Department. During the search, approximately 5-6 grams of substances that field tested to be methamphetamine and cocaine were located inside the residence.

Davis was booked and transported to Weakley County Detention Center.  He will have an arraignment on November 23,  in Weakley County General Sessions Court.

                Jeffrey Davis

Henry County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Missing Person

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.

Brooke Vaughn-Walker, age 34, has been missing from Henry County since Tuesday evening.

Capt Damon Lowe said Vaughn-Walker was last seen by her co-workers Tuesday afternoon. Then, on Tuesday evening, she and her estranged husband were riding around and went to a friend’s home on Henry-Mansfield Rd. in the southern part of Henry County.

According to Lowe, it was reported to the sheriff’s office that Vaughn-Walker stayed at the home until she walked away. “Brooke has not been heard from nor seen since that time,” he said.

Brooke Vaughn-Walker is a white female, 34 years of age. She is 5’1” tall and weighs 110 lbs. She has hazel eyes and brown hair.  

The Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who has any information or knows anything about Brooke or may have seen her to please contact the sheriff’s office at 731-642-1672 or you can call the tip line at 731-642-0929.

Missing Huntingdon Teens Found Safe 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The juvenile female missing from Huntingdon has been found and is safe and the juvenile male with whom she was with has been transported to a juvenile facility in Nashville. 

Huntingdon Public Safety Director Walter Smothers said deputies in Hardeman County received a tip last night and located 14-year-old Kourtney Faye Taylor. The girl was transported back to Huntingdon by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and she was released to the custody of her mother, as per the county juvenile court office. 

Smothers said it is his understanding that Daniel Frye, age 16, was taken to a juvenile facility in Nashville after he gave Hardeman County deputies some trouble when they found the pair. 

Frye's family lives in Hardeman County. 

Deputies For Hungry Giving Away Rifle

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry will be giving away a Ruger 270 Rifle this deer season. At the end of the deer season, the sheriff’s office gives away deer meat to the public. The program is accepting donated deer everyday of the week until the end of the season. Every deer you donate enters you in a chance to win a Ruger 270 Rifle, donated by Jamie Orr, Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Tickets will be given when a deer is dropped off at the Sheriff Department and should be taken to Hulme Sporting Goods and put in the drawing bucket. The drawing will take place after the season is over and the winner will be announced. Deer must be field dressed and donated the same day as killed. Please call the Sheriff’s Office with any questions @ 642-1672.

Donations Accepted For FOP Cops and Kids Shopping Trip

Paris, Tenn.-The Fraternal Order of Police is already planning its 2015 FOP Cops and Kids Shopping Trip for the underprivileged children in Henry County. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said 100 percent of the money raised remains in Henry County for the program.

This year’s shopping trip is December 5 at Wal-Mart, he said. Each year, local law enforcement officers take a large group of children shopping for clothing and other items.

Contributions may be mailed to the FOP at PO Box 755, Paris, Tenn., 38242 or dropped off at the Paris Police Department of Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, call the sheriff’s office at 642-1672 or 641-1413.

KSP Seeks Info On Calloway Quadruple Murders 

Murray, Ky.– The Kentucky State Police is actively investigating the quadruple homicides that occurred in Calloway County on November 17. Preliminary results of the autopsies show Marisol Hernandez and Bulmaro Arellano died as a result of gunshot wounds. It is believed both children succumbed to smoke inhalation; however further testing is being conducted for verification. The investigation shows that the fire in the residence was intentionally set to cover up the murders.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous or report a tip on the KSP mobile App. 


Shopping, Sweets And Gingerbread House Competition


Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Arts Council and Lee Academy for the Arts are joining forces to bring a fun, arts inspired Christmas event this year. 

On Saturday, December 5th, the doors of Lee Academy will be opened for its annual Christmas Bazaar which features vendors with fine art goods including paintings, ornaments, baskets, stained glass, pottery and much more.  

At the same time, starting at 9 a.m., a Gingerbread House Competition will be taking place during the Bazaar, providing lots of laughs, entertainment, and fun. You can compete in one of five categories either using a provided kit or build your own from scratch. 

On site construction will begin at 9 am and run until noon. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the arts in Henry County. There will also be cookies, cocoa and a Gingerbread Man decorating room for kids and parents. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Burns Arrested In Big Sandy Shooting Death

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Big Sandy, Tenn.-The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a young Big Sandy man and charged him with one count of second degree murder in the shooting that occurred earlier this week in downtown Big Sandy.

George Burns, age 21, of New Hope Rd. in Big Sandy, is being held on $500,000 bond in the Benton County Jail.

Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher told WENK/WTPR around 6:30 p.m. that the sheriff’s office made the arrest a short time ago. 

Burns’ arraignment will be held in the Benton County Court on Wednesday, Christopher said.

The arrest follows the shooting Monday afternoon of Michael Nuzzo, age 21, of Big Sandy, after an altercation between the two which occurred in the parking lot of Dougherty’s convenience store. Christopher said at the time that witnesses told investigators an argument occurred between the two and punches were thrown while Nuzzo was outside of his vehicle and Burns was sitting in the passenger side of another vehicle.

In the course of the altercation, witnesses told investigators that Burns pulled out a gun and shot Nuzzo. Christopher said Nuzzo was shot one in the right chest area.

Christopher said the investigation led investigators to the second degree murder charge “based on all the circumstances involved with the case.


Christopher said assisting the Benton County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation is the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Big Sandy Police Department and the CERT Team from Jackson.


Road Closing Today In Martin

Martin, Tenn.-TDOT is tearing out the railroad crossing on North Lindell St. at Southern Milling Company today.  North Lindell St. will be closed today until approx. 3 pm.  The road will reopen and the street will be closed again during a similar time frame tomorrow while they complete the repairs.  Traffic will be diverted north of that location to Jackson St. and south of that location to Church St. (Martin Police Department Photo).

Shining A Light On African-American Monument

Paris, Tenn.-In the aftermath of Wednesday’s storms, Mother Nature produced a spectacular show in the sky in our area. None more so than at the historic Paris City Cemetery, where the monument to Mordecai Johnson and African-Americans buried in unmarked graves in the city cemetery seemed to be illuminated against the dark sky. The late Mordecai Johnson of Paris was the first African-American President of Howard University.  In the background is Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Gibson, Hickman-Fulton Electric Companies Merge

More than 200 Gibson EMC members give their unanimous approval to the merger proposal.  (Gibson EMC photo).

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Member-owners of Gibson Electric Membership Corporation made history this week when they voted in favor of merging with Hickman-Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation at a Special Meeting in Tiptonville. 

The unanimous “yes” vote of 208 Gibson EMC members follows the HFRECC vote in which their members overwhelmingly approved the merger with an 88 percent “yes” vote. The merger will become effective January 1, 2016.

The electric systems of Gibson EMC and HFRECC connect along the Tennessee and Kentucky border. HFRECC serves about 3,700 homes and businesses in Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle and Graves counties in Western Kentucky and portions of Obion and Lake counties in Northwest Tennessee. Gibson EMC serves about 35,000 members in parts of eight Northwest Tennessee counties (Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion and Madison).

Gibson EMC will serve HFRECC members and the Hickman, Kentucky office location will remain open and operate as one of Gibson EMC’s five member service centers. Gibson EMC President and CEO Dan Rodamaker will lead the merged cooperative and all of HFRECC’s and Gibson EMC’s employees will keep their jobs.

“We’re very pleased our members have voted in favor of the merger,” Gibson EMC Board Chairman Steve Sanders said. “This is a decision that will benefit our members in the long-term and benefit Hickman-Fulton’s members immediately.”

David Kimbell, HFRECC Board Chairman, agreed. “Our board is happy with the outcome too,” Kimbell says. “We look forward to 2016 and all of the positive changes the merger will bring for our members.” 

Rodamaker describes the outcome as a win-win. HFRECC members are expected to see a cumulative savings of about $12.6 million over the next 10 years. Gibson EMC members also will benefit from the merger by spreading costs over a larger number of members and by eliminating duplication.

Programs On Justice Jackson, Camp Tyson To Be Presented


Paris, Tenn.-Two programs involving Henry County history will be presented during Monday evening’s Henry County Historical Society meeting: the life of the late Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Howell Jackson of Paris and the history of Camp Tyson, the WWII barrage balloon training facility that was located in Routon.

Newly-acquired Camp Tyson artifacts also will be displayed at the meeting, along with the permanent display of Camp Tyson artifacts donated by the family of the late Eilliott Moody, who served at the camp. The new artifacts, along with others, were recently purchased by the Historical Society from the James and Emily Cox estate.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, November 23, at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center at 614 N. Poplar St., Paris.

Society president David Webb will give a program on Howell E. Jackson, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, who was born in Paris in 1832, and Shannon McFarlin of Paris will read chapters from her book about Camp Tyson, “As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson, America’s Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility.“

Sponsored in part by local attorneys, a portrait of Justice Jackson by an unsigned artist will be unveiled, and the oil painting will later be hung in the main lobby of the Henry County Courthouse.

McFarlin will speak about and take orders for the book about Camp Tyson  Thousands of soldiers and POWs were housed at the camp located in Routon, Tennessee, during World War II. As part of her research for writing the book, McFarlin interviewed over 100 people and acquired copies of documents from the Library of Congress. Pre-orders are being taken for the book by Merriam Press by calling the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce office at 731-642-3431 or emailing them at

Annual society dues of $5 are payable at the meeting or may be mailed to Donna Winchester, treasurer, at 715 Old Union Road, Paris, Tennessee 38242.

KSP Continues Quadruple Murder Investigation

Murray, Ky.– The Kentucky State Police are continuing to collect evidence and process the crime scene at a residence on KY 121 south, approximately ½ mile south of Murray. Preliminary investigation shows the fire was intentionally set inside the residence.

Firefighters found Marisol Hernandez inside the residence with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Her husband Bulmaro Arellano and their two children were also found dead inside the residence. Autopsies are scheduled for today in Louisville, Ky. 

Kentucky State Police is being assisted on the scene by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, and the Murray Police Department. Detective Trey Green is leading the investigation. 

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous or report a tip on the KSP mobile App. 

Miss Tennessee Speaks At Paris Quota

Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison enjoying lunch with Quota members. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan was the special guest speaker at the Paris Quota’s recent luncheon meeting at the Lee Academy Lunchroom. 

She spoke to the group about her platform as Miss Tennessee and her experiences being in the Miss America pageant. She is the first ever Miss Tennessee to win America’s Choice at the Miss America Pageant. Her main job as Miss Tennessee is Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and she travels extensively, speaking in schools about Responsibility. Kirkland’s, Inc. sponsors her as she serves in this position. 

She also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and holds numerous other positions. She is on the board for Volunteer Tennessee and promotes STEM education, Childrens’ Miracle Network and Arthritis Foundation. 

She is a senior chemistry major at UT Martin with only 17 hours left; but she is taking a one-year break during her reign as Miss Tennessee. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country. She has raised funds and increased awareness through her platform for Arthritis Awareness. To date, she has raised over $29,000 for the Arthritis Foundation and her goal is $30,000 before December, 2015. She travels 80,000 miles in one year as Miss Tennessee. The club presented Robison with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a $50 donation to her platform for Arthritis Awareness.

Quota anniversaries are Lois Hudspeth – 44 years and Janice Teas – 14 years; for a total of 58 years of service.

Members of the Mental Health committee will be preparing and serving a traditional Thanksgiving lunch at the Outreach Center at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 19th.

Members voted to contribute to Tomorrow’s Hope and the W.G. Rhea Library and Susan Pemberton reminded everyone to donate toward the Angel Tree gifts for the veterans.

Members brought purchased sweat suits for the Western State Mental Hospital Christmas gifts and were reminded that the packing day will be November 30th at 5pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Western will send a truck to pick them up on December 1st.

The Quota Christmas Party will be at 6pm on December 10th at Lee Academy Lunchroom. The theme is “Christmas Around the World” and special guests will be Mexican dancers.

Deer Gun Hunting Season Opens Saturday

Nashville, Tenn.--- One of Tennessee’s long-standing annual outdoors traditions begins Saturday, Nov. 21 with the opening of the 2015-16 gun hunting season for deer. Deer gun season has the permanent opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

The biggest change for hunters in 2015-16 is the statewide bag limit for antlered deer is now two. The number includes those taken during the archery only, muzzleloader, and gun seasons.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency divides the state into three deer hunting units, A, B and & L. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day toward the bag limit. 

For antlerless deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of TWRA’s 2015-16. The bag limit for antlerless deer in Unit L is three per day. An antlerless deer is defined as those deer with no antlers or deer with both antlers less than three inches in length.

A Type 94 permit is required to harvest antlerless deer during this season on all non-quota hunts in Units A, B, & L, except for holders of an Annual Sportsman, Lifetime Sportsman, Senior Citizen License Type 167 Permit, or landowners hunting under the landowner exemption. A Type 94 permit is required for all ages.

TWRA personnel will be collecting data at selected check-in stations and deer processors across the state on opening day. Antlered bucks will be measured and aged for management purposes.

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.

For more information about Tennessee’s 2015-16 deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2015-16 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents, TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville, and Morristown or on the TWRA website at

Christmas With Renaissance Tickets On Sale

McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University “Christmas with Renaissance” tickets are still on sale. Shows are December 4 at 7 p.m., December 5 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., and December 6 at 2 p.m. 

“Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts Program, including the Renaissance Choir, The Renaissance Quartet, Renaissance’s Vocal Authority, Renaissance Theatre, The Renaissance Bluegrass Band, and The Renaissance Regiment.

Tickets are only $10 for Adults and $5 for Children 12 & Under. Credit Cards and Checks are accepted.

You can a “Christmas with Renaissance” CD & DVD, recorded LIVE at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. If you are unable to attend the performance, but would like to order a copy, contact the Renaissance office.

Complimentary tickets are available for Bethel Faculty, Staff, and Students. Bethel Faculty and Staff are also allowed to bring their immediate family (spouse and children). These tickets will need to be reserved through our office and will be available at will call. Any tickets that are not claimed by the start of the performance will be released to the general public. 

To purchase tickets or a “Christmas with Renaissance” CD & DVD, contact the Renaissance office at (731) 352-6980 or email us at Due to a high volume of phone calls, if you do not get an answer, please leave a message and someone will confirm your tickets within 48 hours.

The group anticipates sold out crowds for each performance, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased soon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Escaped Gibson County Inmates Found In Illinois

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Godfrey, Ill.-KMOV-TV in St. Louis is reporting that the Gibson County inmates who escaped last week have been apprehended in Godfrey, Ill.

According to the station, the two were found hiding out at a home in Godfrey today.

After receiving a tip, U.S. Marshals in Godfrey said they captured Jason Clapper and Joseph Isbell who had escaped the Gibson County jail on November 11.

Clapper and Isbell were the subjects of an hours-long manhunt in which two Henry County deputies and their K9s were involved. Deputies Wayne Fuqua and Stacey Bostwick and their K9s Cisco and Rowdy had helped in the search for the pair, but Sheriff Monte Belew told WENK/WTPR last week that the trail ran cold and that it appeared the two used a car to aid in their escape.

KMOV reported that police said Clapper and Isbell may have stolen a car to aid in their getaway.

Marshals told KMOV the men were found inside the house of a family member. They were arrested without incident and transported to a local jail in Tennessee.

Police said both men were in jail for probation and have long criminal histories. Clapper was convicted on criminal sexual abuse charges and Isbell has convictions on aggravated burglary and theft.


Homemakers’ Holiday Continues Thursday 

Paris, Tenn.-Brenda Owen of the Center FCE looks festive with a display of goodies at the annual Homemakers’ Holiday. The event is hosted by the UT Family and Community Education clubs of Henry County and continues from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, November 19th at the Enoch building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. 

On Thursday, lunch will be served for $5 and includes your choice of a variety of homemade soups or chili, pimento cheese or chicken salad sandwich, dessert and drink! FCE clubs will be selling casseroles, cakes, pies, breads, home canned goods, a huge variety of crafts and gifts and many other items. A silent auction will also be taking place. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

KSP Investigating Four Deaths Outside Of Murray

Murray, Ky.– The Kentucky State Police is investigating four suspicious deaths occurring in a residential fire Tuesday night a half mile outside of Murray. The four victims included a five-year-old child and 18-month-old baby.

Autopsies are scheduled tomorrow morning for all four victims.

The KSP was notified of a suspicious residential fire in which a deceased female was found inside at 9:44 p.m. Tuesday, November 17. As firefighters extinguished the fire, three additional bodies were discovered inside the residence. 

The fire occurred on Hwy. 121 South, approximately one-half mile from the Murray city limits.

Once the scene was safe from the fire, detectives with the Kentucky State Police began processing the crime scene. At this time KSP does not have a suspect and is still processing the scene and conducting interviews. 

Bulmaro Arellano 29 years old, Marisol Hernandez approximately 24 years old, a male juvenile approximately 5 years old, and a female juvenile approximately 18 months old were pronounced dead on the scene by the Calloway County Coroner’s Office. 

Kentucky State Police is being assisted on the scene by the Calloway County Fire - Rescue Department, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, and the Calloway County Coroner’s Office. Detective Trey Green is leading the investigation. 

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Kentucky State Police at (270) 856-3721 or toll-free in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555, callers may remain anonymous. The public can also text-a-tip at 67283 and remain anonymous or report a tip on the KSP mobile App. 

Dresden Woman Killed By Tree Falling On Vehicle

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-Tuesday’s storms in our area resulted in a tragic accident in Weakley County in which a Dresden woman was killed when a tree crashed onto her vehicle.

Annette Newsom, age 40, was reportedly killed instantly when the tree fell on her vehicle, crushing the roof. 

The accident occurred on Hwy. 217 around 2:30 p.m. The roadway was reported closed for an hour as law enforcement worked to clear the scene. Responding agencies included the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Martin PD, Firefighters Eat Thanksgiving With Kids

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police Officers and Firefighters attended Thanksgiving lunch today at Martin Primary School. Members ate lunch with the children whose parents could not be there. (Martin PD Photo).

Burger Bash Raises $950

Paris, Tenn.-Joining the Henry County High School Madrigals under the Golden Arches in Paris were Paris McDonald’s general manager Steven Davis, along with Kristy Frisch and Nikki Freeman. They presented the donation check of $950 raised from the Burger Bash held on November 9th which benefited the HCHS Madrigals. (McWorth photo).

UTHSC Dental Clinic Opens

Union City, Tenn.-Bill and Carol Latimer of Union City at Grand Opening ceremony of the UT Health Science Center Union City Dental Clinic in Union City today. They are pictured with Chancellor Steve Schwab & College of Dentistry Dean Tim Hottel

Deer Gun Hunting Season Opens Saturday

Nashville, Tenn.--- One of Tennessee’s long-standing annual outdoors traditions begins Saturday, Nov. 21 with the opening of the 2015-16 gun hunting season for deer. Deer gun season has the permanent opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

The biggest change for hunters in 2015-16 is the statewide bag limit for antlered deer is now two. The number includes those taken during the archery only, muzzleloader, and gun seasons.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency divides the state into three deer hunting units, A, B and & L. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day toward the bag limit. 

For antlerless deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of TWRA’s 2015-16. The bag limit for antlerless deer in Unit L is three per day.  An antlerless deer is defined as those deer with no antlers or deer with both antlers less than three inches in length.

A Type 94 permit is required to harvest antlerless deer during this season on all non-quota hunts in Units A, B, & L, except for holders of an Annual Sportsman, Lifetime Sportsman, Senior Citizen License Type 167 Permit, or landowners hunting under the landowner exemption. A Type 94 permit is required for all ages.

TWRA personnel will be collecting data at selected check-in stations and deer processors across the state on opening day. Antlered bucks will be measured and aged for management purposes.

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.

For more information about Tennessee’s 2015-16 deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2015-16 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents, TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville, and Morristown or on the TWRA website at

UC Man Arrested At Burglary Scene

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police charged a man with aggravated burglary while he was still at the scene Tuesday.

Tyrelle Jones of 604 Pierce St. was arrested at the scene of the burglary, at the Eastgate complex. According to the police report, Jones kicked the back sliding door of the apartment and stole items totalling $2,506 which included a flat screen tv, Macbook laptop, iPhone, two backpacks and xbox console.

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