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Friday, July 1, 2016

Money Stolen From St. Jude Box; Suspect Arrested

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A Sharon man was arrested by Martin Police and charged with stealing money from a St. Jude’s donation box at a local restaurant.

Arrested was James Austin Foust, age 28, after he was identified from video surveillance footage.

Martin Police Officers James Brown and Adam Harrison responded to Little Caesars Pizza on Commons Drive on Tuesday on a report that someone had stolen an undetermined amount of money from the donation box intended for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Video footage was collected and was posted on Facebook by the owner of the business. Foust was positively identified by several people as the suspect.

A warrant for his arrest was issued and members of the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant on Foust, who was booked into the Weakley County Detention Center. He will be arraigned July 7.

Oak Grove Baptist Church Vandalized; Reward Offered

Puryear, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering up to a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who vandalized Oak Grove Baptist Church on Jones Mill Crossland Rd. in Puryear.

Vandalism to the church was extensive.

The Sheriff Office’s Criminal Investigative Division is actively pursuing leads in connection with the case.

Anyone with information please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the HCSO crime tips hotline at 642-0929.

Even K9s Are Ready For The Holiday

Paris, Tenn.-Si, the K9 belonging to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, was decked out in his patriotic best at Thursday night’s Henry County Commission meeting. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Henry County All Stars Win District Tourney

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County 10-year-old All Stars won the district tournament Thursday night in Camden with its win over Huntingdon. The team will play in the state tournament next week in Union City.

In photo, from left, back row: Seth Green, Carson Tucker, Brice Donaldson, Hayden Hixson, Carter Hedges, Truitt Webb. Front row: Jeremy Thornton, Ryan Bradley, Jesse Klutts, Javion Boyd, Ben Puckett, Jayce Kendall. Not pictured are Head Coach Brian Webb. Assistants are Michael Puckett and Jess Hedges.


Exercising With Sarge

Paris, Tenn.-Sarge, the Jackson Generals mascot, participated in some exercises with children Wednesday in the Summer Reading Program at W.G. Rhea Library in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Be On Lookout For Purple Golf Cart

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle. It shouldn’t be too hard to spot: it’s a purple golf cart with the words “Union City Sports Turf” on the front.

The purple Club Car Carryall golf cart was reported stolen Thursday night from Union City Turf Management at 1803 E. Church St. The golf cart is valued at $9,000 and it was stolen from the storage shed by the ball field.

On the back of the cart was a dump cart with table and work cones that were stolen, too.

According to the police report, all employees left at 8:45 p.m. and the club car was in the shed when an employee went back to work on the fields. When he came back to the Turf Building around 10:50 p.m., the cart was gone. He said he thought the other employees were pulling a trick and had hidden it from him, but no one had hidden it. He said the garage door to the shed was open while he was in the fields.

Dispatch received a call later that a purple cart matching the description was seen on Lilac Street headed toward Florida Street, but officers checked the area and were unable to locate it.


Reminder: Paris Farmer’s Market

Paris, Tenn.-The public is reminded that the Paris Farmer’s Market is open in downtown Paris on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. until the produce is sold out. The market is located at the corner of Ruff and North Market Streets in the parking lot.

Items available at the Farmer’s Market include: baked goods, pies, cookies, rolls, bread, jams, jellies, honey, Canola oil, USDA packaged meat, chicken and pork that area all-natural grass-fed; blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, peaches, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, corn, tomatoes, squash, onions radishes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, beets, cantaloupe and bell peppers.

Each Friday, sample recipes for various salads will be given away from 3-4 p.m.

Reminder: Obion County Farmer’s Market

Union City, The Obion County Farmers’ Market is open three days a week: Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Grab local fruit and vegetables from local vendors. And stop by the UT/TSU Extension Obion County table for free culinary items, bags, food preservation information, recipes and free recipe samples. Call the Chamber office for more information at 731-885-0211. 


LBL Homeplace To Host Old-Fashioned Holiday

Land Between The Lakes—Visitors searching for a traditional family-oriented celebration for the holiday may visit the The Homeplace 1850s Farm on the Fourth of July at the Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area.

Celebrate Independence Day from 1-4 p.m. Monday, July 4, with races, skillet tossing, horse shoes, music, toys, and games. Admission is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under and includes all the activities.

The Homeplace 1850s Farm represents a two-generation family farm. Visitors mingle with interpreters clad in period attire going about their daily chores. for more info.


HCMC Receives Marketing Awards

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center’s Marketing and Public Relations Department has been awarded two Gold Awards and one Bronze Award from the Aster Awards, recognizing them for excellence in medical marketing. HCMC received the gold awards for the Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN logo design as well as a “tuneintuesday” social media campaign. The bronze award was given for the Physician Referral Marketing Campaign for Vestibular Rehabilitation.

The 2016 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the U.S. and several foreign countries.

HCMC Director of Marketing Tory Daughrity said, “I am very proud of the work we do at Henry County Medical Center.”


City Of Paris Holiday Closings

Paris, Tenn.-The City of Paris has announced its holiday closings.

City Hall will be closed Monday and reopen 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Public Works Department will be closed Monday, July 4. All Monday sanitation routes will run Tuesday.

The landfill will be closed Monday and reopen 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The animal shelter will be closed Monday and reopen 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Civic Center will be closed Monday and reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.


Carnival Cancelled At Discovery Park; Other Activities Planned

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America has learned that Popes Rides and Concessions will not be setting up on the Great Lawn for the 4th of July weekend as planned. “This is an unfortunate change of plans,” CEO Jim Rippy said. “However, we have contracted with a couple of different inflatable vendors to set up their bounce houses, obstacle courses and basketball goals on the Great Lawn throughout the weekend.” Rippy went on to add that there will be no additional charge for children to enjoy the inflatables and train rides on the Great Lawn, they will be free with park admission. “We are disappointed about the Carnival, but we are glad that we have found the inflatables and some special food trucks to fill in throughout the weekend,” Rippy added.

The Fourth of July weekend is packed at the park. This is the planned schedule:

• Saturday, July 2nd
10  a.m. – 5  p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.- Inflatables on the Great Lawn (FREE with park admission)
2 p.m.- Special “Missing Man Chair” Ceremony at Magnolia Place Liberty Hall in Freedom Square (Provided by the local Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter VI)
5 p.m.- Park Closes for one hour
6 p.m.- Gates open on the Great Lawn for the Second “Southern Nights” music festival featuring a Wine Garden, Beer Garden, Cigar Bar and special food tents and trucks. 
7 p.m.- Olivia Faye 
8:30 p.m.- 24-Seven 

• Sunday, July 3rd

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.- Inflatables on the Great Lawn (FREE with park admission)

• Monday, July 4th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.- All General Admission tickets just $10.00, plus tax
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.- Inflatables & food on the Great Lawn (FREE with park admission)
2 p.m.- Ringing of the Liberty Bell 13 times for the 13 colonies, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of Magnolia Place Liberty Hall by local story-teller, John Hall
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.- FREE Admission to the Great Lawn
7:30 p.m.- Live music by Avonlea (Music sponsored by Tennessee National Guard)
9 p.m.- FIREWORKS (Sponsored by the City of Union City)

Park officials say that it is “all hands on deck” as the park prepares for a big crowd this weekend. “We have added food vendors, food tents and lots of free, fun inflatables for the children,” Rippy said. “We are hoping that this year, with the bounce houses, fun food, live music and free admission after 5:00 to the Great Lawn, that our friends and neighbors will park and come into the park for the Fourth of July Celebration,” he added.

Discovery Park is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN. You can find out more about the park by visiting the website . The park is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is a unique blend of history, science, architecture, art and fun.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nine Paris Police Officers Promoted During Ceremony

New Lieutenant Ean Reed smiles for the camera. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Nine members of the Paris Police were promoted  during a first-of-its-kind ceremony held tonight at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said it has been a dream of his to broaden the rank structure of the police department and with the approval of City Manager Kim Foster and the current Paris City Commission, “This has become a reality.”

Elizondo said the department has never promoted so many officers at the same time. “They’ve earned this. Every one of them does a good job. They work long hours to keep this community safe and they make sacrifices for their families,” he said.

His aim as chief has been to “hire the best, give them the best training and give them the best equipment possible and I think we’ve been doing a good job.”

The new Lieutenants in the Paris Police Department are: Tony Elkins, who has been with the department for 29 years; Ean Reed, 16 years; Michael Ramos, 20 years; Josh Frey, 17 years.

Promoted to Sergeants are: Tony Hutcherson, 29 years of service; Eric Long, 21 years of service; Jeramye Whitaker, 11 years; and Greg Underwood, 22 years.

Patrolman Amanda Forrest was promoted to Patrolman II. She has been with the department for 10 years. Elizondo said she is the first female officer to be promoted at the Paris Department.

City Manager Kim Foster and Mayor Carlton Gerrell congratulated all the officers. Foster said Elizondo had come to her with the suggestion of increasing ranks within the department so that there was more capability within the system to reward good work.

Also in attendance at tonight’s ceremony were family members of the officers.



The nine officers promoted receive applause. (McFarlin photo).

New Lieutenant Tony Elkins receives his new insignia from his wife, Sharon. (McFarlin photo).


Henry County Budget, Tax Rate Approved

The rose bushes at the Henry County Courthouse have been transplanted into the ground from wooden planters and seem to be thriving. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in recessed session Thursday night, the Henry County Commission approved the 2016-2017 budget and set the property tax rate at $2.0621, the same as last year.

In the county budget is the county general fund of $12,096,933, of which $1,789,107 is in county government; $94,085 for non-profit organizations; $26,365,810 in the general purpose school fund; and $87,568,481 in the Henry County Medical Center fund. Other departments included are $614,561 for solid waste; $2,313,606 in debt service; $1,992,141.87 in central cafeteria fund; $174,250 in capital projects; PSSD appropriations $2,308,719; and county highway fund, $5,212,697.

Twenty non-profit organizations received funding. Receiving the largest amount are the county’s volunteer fire departments at $31,200, with the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center receiving $10,000; both the Henry County Fair Association, Kentucky Lake Girls Assn., and Henry County Youth Baseball Association receiving $5,250 each; Lee School Association, $5,000; Rescue Squad, $4,800; Tennessee Tech, $3,235; Carl Perkins Center, $3,500; Community Development, $4,000; JACOA, $3,500; Aspell Recovery Center, $2,000; Paris Downtown Boxing, $1,200; West Tenn Hearing, $1,000; Arts Council, $2,000; TARP, $2,500; Habitat, $2,000; Star Center and SWAG, $500 each; WRAP, $1,500.

County Mayor Brent Greer praised County Finance Director Pat Hollingsworth and budget committee members for “their fine work” on the budget.


Grocery Stores In Paris, Union City To Sell Wine Starting Tomorrow

Wine is stocked at the Paris Kroger, with Paris Winery products in prominent display. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Grocery stores in Paris and Union City are stocked and ready for the new Tennessee state law allowing the sale of wine and liquor. The new law allowing the sale of wine in licensed grocery stories takes effect Friday, July 1.

In Paris, two stores will be selling wine: the Kroger Store and the Walmart Supercenter, both on Mineral Wells Ave.

Two stores also will be selling wine in Union City: the Walmart Supercenter and the E.W. James Store. However, E.W. James reportedly may be delayed, but no one at the store's corporate office was available for comment.

No stores in Stewart County have been licensed to sell one. Piggly Wiggly on Hwy. 79 is the only grocery store left in the county and a representative of the store said they have not sought a license to sell wine.

In Carroll County, two stores have applied to the McKenzie Alcoholic Beverage Commission to be allowed to sell wine: E.W. James Supermarket and the Hwy. 22 Food Mart. Representatives of both stores will appear at tonight’s meeting of the McKenzie ABC board to seek permission. If approved locally, the applications will advance to the state board sometime later in July.


Getting Ready For The Fourth Of July


Paris, Tenn,--Members of the Paris Masonic Lodge on East Blythe Street were busy Tuesday placing red, white and blue banners on the front of the Lodge to get ready for the Fourth of July holiday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Area To Celebrate Fourth Of July 

Discovery Park Celebration

Union City, Tenn.-The City of Union City and Discovery Park of America are teaming up to bring you one of this area’s largest firework displays beginning at 9  p.m. on Monday, July 4th

From the smell of funnel cakes, to the laughter of children and the music  of Avonlea, there’s nothing quite like the ambience of Discovery Park and the majesty of The Tower to make a great setting for the 4th of July firework celebration.

Admission onto the grounds of Discovery Park is free beginning at 5 p.m. There will be carnival food and rides, yard games, an open bar and live music.

The park is usually closed on Mondays, but since it is the 4th of July, Discovery Park will be open all day long.  From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., guests will pay just $10 each for a general admission ticket.  Then, beginning at 5, admission to the Grounds will be free! 

Pope’s Concessions and Rides will be selling $15 unlimited ride armbands good from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  This year, Pope’s will bring more carnival rides than ever.   

For more information about 4th of July, or any upcoming event, visit the park’s website at


Cottage Grove: Parade, Games, Food, Fireworks

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Fourth of July will be celebrated in a big way in Cottage Grove for its 41st annual Freedom Fest, with a parade, old-fashioned games, food, a motorcycle run, auction and fireworks.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m., with Grand Marshals Freddy Wade and Homer Maddox and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office color guard leading the way. In the afternoon, the country store will open, European cuisine will be served, and other activities will include a cake walk, dunking booth, hay rides, archery and auction.

Two bands will perform and a motorcycle run will be held. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department.


Fireworks, Music, Activities At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park will once again be the site for a Fourth of July celebration which will include fireworks, music and more.

Fourth of July activities will begin at 1 p.m. with a Birds of Prey presentation at the new habitat next to the park office and a flag craft activity at 2 p.m. in the park office area.

Fireworks begin at dusk in the beach area, which will be closed at 2 p.m. to allow the Jaycees to set up the display and equipment.

A DJ from C&C Music will begin at 5 p.m. at the pavilion. Sponsored by the Jaycees each year, the event is free.

Other weekend activities at Paris Landing include an origami class for all ages at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, at the park office area.


Reelfoot Lake Fireworks

Tiptonville, Tenn.-Reelfoot Lake will light up with fireworks on Saturday, July 2.

The Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council will be holding day-long activities at the park, complete with flea market, a pontoon cruise, canoe floats and fireworks. Parking is at the Tourism office (formerly White’s Landing).

Call 731-253-9652 for more information.


 “Lighting Up The Cumberland” Set For Saturday

Cumberland City, Tenn.—The Stewart County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to “Lighting Up The Cumberland”, an all-day event Saturday, July 2, that will include a parade, activities and fireworks in Cumberland City.

Opening ceremonies and parade begin at 10 a.m., with a motorcycle, car and tractor show, vendor area with food, arts and crafts all day, Civil War camp all day, and a “fun area” with photo booth and water games from 4-9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 a.m.

Call city hall for more info at 931-827-2000.

Murray Freedom Fest, MSU Concert

Murray, Ky.-The Murray State University Town and Gown Community Band, Town and Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, July 4, inside Lovett Auditorium on campus. As part of the Murray community Freedom Fest, the free concert is open to the public.

The 95-member community band is under the direction of Todd Hill of Paris, music professor at Murray State. The band will perform patriotic music.

The concert will be held just prior to the Freedom Fest fireworks.


Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited In Paris

Paris, Tenn.-With the long Fourth of July weekend starting Friday, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has issued his annual public reminder that the discharge of fireworks in the city limits of Paris is prohibited.

Paris Municipal Code 7-401 states: “The manufacture, distribution, sale, storage, possession, use or discharge of any fireworks is expressly prohibited within the corporate limits of Paris”. Elizondo said violators will be cited and fireworks will be seized.


Juveniles Break Into Union City School

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Juveniles, one of whom as young as age 11, were found to be breaking into Union City Middle School, causing damage and stealing and eating candy bars.

Principal Michael Paul Miller reported the incident to the Union City Police Wednesday. According to the police report, kids went into the gym and broke into the concession stand room by breaking the hasp to the padlock. They discharged a fire extinguisher all over the room, including the sound system and 40 one-liter drinks. The kids took approximately 40 candy bars and were eating them in the gym. They were caught on camera as they were on the way out.

The kids were identified and are ages 14, 13 and 11. Two more kids were listed on the police report, but their ages were not included.


Union City Residence Vandalized

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating costly instances of vandalism to property at 1612 Stonehedge Street.

While the residents were on vacation, vandalism occurred to their swimming pool liner and trampoline. The homeowner told police that the person who was watching his property reported to him that the swimming pool water level had dropped about one foot and then noticed that the trampoline had been cut. She then checked the pool and saw that the liner had been cut in two places.

Another neighbor reported that someone also placed several political signs and a for sale sign on the lawn at the property.

The homeowner said a new pool liner will cost about $6,000 and the trampoline will cost $500 to replace.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tributes To Pat Summitt At UTM

Martin, Tenn.-Fans of Legendary Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt have been leaving flowers and other tributes at her statue on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin since word of her death was announced early Tuesday morning. Summitt attended and played basketball at UTM. University of Tennessee at Martin Director of University Relations Bud Grimes told WENK/WTPR this morning that the items were moved inside when rain threatened late Tuesday afternoon but have been placed back at the statue today. (Jared Anderson photo).


Public Celebration Of Life For Summitt Is Set

Knoxville, Tenn.-A public Celebration of Life Service honoring the life of Tennessee Legend Pat Summitt will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.

The celebration will be open to all and no tickets are required.

Summitt died at the age of 64 early Tuesday morning after a battle with early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has ordered flags at the State Capitol and all state buildings to be flown at half-staff in Summitt’s honor until sunset Thursday.

Fans of Pat Summitt have been leaving flowers and mementoes at the statues of her at both the University of Tennessee main campus and at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Summitt attended UT Martin and played basketball on the women’s team.

A private funeral and burial for Summitt will be held in Middle Tennessee.


Barfield: Fireworks Illegal In Union City

Union City, Tenn.-With the Fourth of July upon us, Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield is reminding the public that setting off fireworks in the city limits is illegal—not to mention dangerous.

Despite the illegality and danger, Barfield said, “Every year, people are injured and cited for breaking the law. Union City Ordinance No. 7-502 says it is illegal to ‘store, sell, transfer or use or explode any fireworks within the municipality.’ Calls for services and emergency room visits are significantly increased on the Fourth of July more than any other holiday of the year.”

Barfield said any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation of the city ordinance and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine and costs and the fireworks shall be seized.

“Both the police and fire departments are working hard to help Discovery Park of America make this year’s Fourth of July celebration safe so that Union City and Obion County and its families can celebrate America in one of the nation’s best parks,” Barfield said.


Newcomb Wins Entrepreneurial Award

Paris, Tenn.-Ashli Scott Newcomb of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Paris recently won the firm’s Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Newcomb said, “It truly is an honor to be recognized for building relationships with those clients we serve. And it is quite inspirational to receive an award named after a firm legend such as Ted Jones who was so innovative and recognized the need for quality financial advice for long-term individual investors.”


HC All-Stars Doing Well In District

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County 10-year-old All-Stars began district play last night in Camden. The All-Stars beat Benton County 15-0 in the first game and McKenzie 11-1 in the second game. The team will play Huntingdon tonight at 8 p.m. In photo, Jeremy Thornton on the mound. (Jess Hedges photo).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shankle Participates In Governor’s School At UTM

Martin, Tenn,-Allie Jo Shankle of Paris spent the month of June as a student in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin. Shankle is a student at Henry County High School and was chosen to participate after a rigorous application process. Selected students earn six hours of college credit in the agricultural sciences and participate in hands-on, real-world learning opportunities both in and off campus to gain in-depth looks at career fields in agriculture.

Downtown Cruise-In Cancelled Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Cruise-In scheduled for tonight in downtown Paris has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

BPU Board Approves 2017 Budgets

Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley, left, presents reports at today's meeting. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting Tuesday morning, the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved budgets for Fiscal Year 2017 that show healthy incomes for the electric, water and wastewater departments.

Director of Metering and Engineering Jeff Thompson also announced he will be retiring from BPU and returning to work part-time for Weakley Co. Electric System. Thompson is from Buchanan originally and was hired by BPU after having a 35-year career at the Weakley Co. system.

General Manager John Etheridge said Thompson’s duties will be divided up among the current staff.  Etheridge also is retiring, with his retirement effective in October.

In presenting the budgets, Assistant BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley noted that although sales are flat in the electric, water and wastewater departments, a $1M net income is projected in the electric department, a $345,000 income is projected for the water department and income of $238,800 is projected for the wastewater department.

In the electric department, Wimberley noted that BPU has budgeted $200,000 for contract tree trimming to keep electric lines clear. “We’re really fighting a battle with that and we’ve been contracting with McKenzie Tree Service to continue with that,” he said.

Wimberley noted that although flat sales are projected in the water department, by the 2017 fiscal year BPU will be in the second of a three-year rate increase that was previously approved. Likewise, sales in wastewater are flat but there will be increased revenue and expenses slightly reduced.

The board also approved a revolving loan application of $500,000 to help with the design phase of the ongoing new water treatment plant construction. Wimberley said formal approval of the amount will be necessary later and the approval will merely seek authorization from the Paris City Commission. Wimberley noted that the loan may or may not end up being needed.

The board also approved the low bid of $626,498 to Kentucky Glass Lined Tank Systems of Lexington, Ky., for clearwell replacement. Wimberley said this was the only bid and that Jacobs Engineering is negotiating for a reduction in that amount.

The clearwell is leaking and Wimberley said that was one of the drivers of the water treatment plant project. He said one clearwell will be built during Phase One of the project. He said the county provided its CDBG designation to help pay for the Clearwater replacement.

Legendary Coach Pat Summitt Dies

Knoxville, Tenn.-Legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has died after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 64.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, said in a statement, "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

Pat is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head; son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt (AnDe); sister, Linda; brothers, Tommy (Deloris), Charles (Mitzi) and Kenneth (Debbie).

A West Tennessee family, the Heads sent their daughter, Pat to the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she played basketball and set records that still stand.

Tyler's statement continued, "She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure."

The obituary on the Pat Summitt Foundation website, read, "A private service and burial for family and friends will be held in Middle Tennessee. A public service to celebrate her life will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Details for the celebration of life will be shared at a later date."

The obituary read, "On Tuesday, June 28 2016, Pat passed away peacefully, following a courageous battle with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type." This disease attacked a lifetime of precious memories, memories that she has now won back as she rests in her eternal home. Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life."

The obituary continued, "This is one simple statement that Patricia Sue Head Summitt embodied, lived by and passed on to so many throughout her 64 years of life. She ‘won’ every day of her life because of the relationships she developed, nurtured and cherished. Relationships with her family and friends. Relationships with players, coaches, and fans. And most importantly, a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in 2012 after 38 seasons. She notched 1,098 career victories and eight national championships.

Pat Summitt during her playing days at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She set numerous records there.


“Southern Nights” Music Festival Set For Saturday

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America’s second “Southern Nights” music festival is Saturday, July 2nd on the Great Lawn with gates opening at 6 p.m. A Discovery Park favorite and rising star, Olivia Faye will take the stage at 7. 
Gates open at 6p.m. with a wide variety of food, a wine garden, a beer garden, a cigar bar, carnival rides and yard games. 

If you haven’t heard of Olivia Faye, don’t worry, you will soon! This 18 year old country pop singer/songwriter and actress is from Murray, KY. Olivia has a smooth bluesy voice and has performed at such places at Tootsie’s and The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork. Olivia opened for Mark Chesnutt when she was only 16 years old.

After Olivia performs, a regional favorite 24-Seven will take the stage. Members of 24-Seven are: Brooke King Cooper, lead vocals; Leslie Cooper, guitar/vocals; Frank Dodd, drums/vocals; Bo Bodiford, keyboard; Kyle Carnett, bass; and Daniel Eubanks, audio. The band is based out of Huntingdon, TN. 

In addition to all the great music, food and festivities, Pope’s Concessions & Rides will be set up on the Great Lawn preparing for the 4th of July. According to park officials, the carnival rides will be available from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Saturday and from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. that evening. A $12 unlimited ride armband will be good all afternoon and all evening, however, guests returning at 6:00 p.m. must purchase a $10 ticket to get into the Southern Nights festival. 

The Southern Nights music festivals will continue through the summer with Jason D. Williams performing on July 23rd, and the Wanna Beatles taking the stage on August 6th. “The music will be great, but this year, we want the evening to be about even more than the music,” Jarvis explained. “That’s why we have worked hard on having a variety of food and a fun and festive atmosphere. We hope that friends will all get together and decide to spend the evening at Discovery Park during our Summer Music Festivals,” she added. Tickets are priced at $10.00 

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


Union City Man Charged With Possession

Union City, Tenn.-After a search by Union City Police found 8.3 grams of marijuana and a large amount of cash, a Union City man was charged with possession with intent to sell.

Arrested was Torrian Bishop, age 30, of 2505 Burrus St. He was charged with both possession with intent to sell and criminal trespass.

A police officer was standing at Eastgate Village and saw Bishop walking behind a Nash St. property. Since the officer knew that Bishop had been barred from Eastgate, he arrested him and in the process of the arrest, found 8.3 grams of marijuana and $1,158 in five bundles of cash on him.


James Poe Meet And Greet Set

Paris, Tenn.-A meet and greet event for State Representative Candidate James Poe of Springville will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Free BBQ and all the trimmings, along with hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. There also will be live musical entertainment.



Monday, June 27, 2016

911 Board Approves Budget; Says Farewell To Norwood, Carter

Photo: 911 Director Mark Archer, left, and IT Director Chad Howard, right, present reports as board members County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins, Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams and Sheriff Monte Belew look on. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—Meeting in busy session Monday evening, the Henry County 911 board passed the 2016-2017 budget, accepted the retirement from the board of long-time member Ray Norwood, and heard reports on mapping of fire hydrants in the county and city.

The budget includes total income of $471,491.96; expenses of $450,564.00, with net income of $21,127.96.

In reviewing the budget, 911 Director Mark Archer noted that medical insurance was up nine percent, $6,000 was added for training, while building insurance went up a little and insurance on the 911 vehicle decreased a little.

911 Board President John Etheridge noted that state law requires the budget be in the black each year. “And we’ll be in positive net income. We’re actually in a better cash positive at the end of the year than we were in the beginning of the year and that’s where we need to be,” he said.

Norwood announced that the meeting would be his last meeting. Norwood is retiring as Henry County Road Supervisor and also retiring from the 911 board. Norwood was one of the original 911 board members, serving since 1989.

911 Technical Director Chad Howard presented information on the new mapping of fire hydrants for the city and county. Data has been collected on all the fire hydrants and will be an immeasurable help to fire departments in Paris and the county. It maps all the hydrants and all the information for each hydrant, 

including water pressure, types of connectors on each and photos of each. It will be especially be a big help to firefighters when they are fighting a fire at night and time is of the essence in finding all the hydrants they need.

Archer said, “There are a lot of hydrants out in the county and this is good information that we need.”

Howard said the mapping also includes all water sources available to fire departments, including ponds. “If a hydrant can connect to it, it’s on the map.”

Howard and Archer both said the maps available on the 911 website have been a big hit with the public.

In other business:

The board approved an interlocal agreement with the sheriff’s office which entails a cooperative agreement for use of 911 dispatch. The agreement notes that the sheriff’s office acts as the backup for the 911 center and defines the relationship between the 911 center and sheriff’s office and who is responsible for what and who pays for what.
The board approved a resolution honoring Bettye Carter for her service to the board. She had served on the board for 13 years.

Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of Stealing Money From Fund

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Dresden, Tenn.-A trial date has been set for a former Martin Police Officer who has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a child’s cancer fund.

The trial for Guy Pryor will begin October 19 in Weakley County Circuit Court. He is alleged to have stolen some $18,000 from a fund that had been set up for Anna Kate Wenz. The two-year-old girl passed away on May 2.

A hearing was held in Weakley County Court this morning to set the trial date. Several members of the Martin Police were in the courtroom, as were the parents of Anna Kate. Anna Kate’s father, Michael Wenz, is a Martin Police officer, and her mother is a teacher at Westview.

Pryor is represented by Jackson Attorney Mark Donohoe.

Union City To Host Cal Ripken Tourney This Week

Teams From Henry County, Martin UC To Play

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Cal Ripken league is playing host to the Cal Ripken 12 & Under West Tennessee State baseball tournament Tuesday through Thursday this week.

There are three teams that elect to play in the 50 foot mound & 70 foot base line division of Cal Ripken Baseball in what is considered the Tennessee West Section - Henry County, Martin & Union City. 

The games will be played in Graham Park in Union City on Field #3. Tuesday night's games include Henry County facing Union City at 6 pm with the winner playing Martin at 8  pm. 

The two losing teams from Tuesday's games will face off Wednesday night at 7 pm with the winner moving on to the tournament championship Thursday at 6 pm. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Union City will host the 12 & Under Cal Ripken Southeast Regional tournament in 2017.

In late July this summer, the Union City Babe Ruth League will host the 15 year old Southeast Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament on Thompson Field & Elam Stadium @ LH Ladd Field.

Tourism Authority Approves Event Requests

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—At a meeting Monday morning, the Henry County Tourism Authority approved requests for funding for several organizations that hold tournaments or events in the county. The tournaments bring thousands of people and thousands of dollars to the local area each year.

Approved for $20,000 was the annual Boss Hoss event, which will be held in September. The popular event always includes a drive-through around the court square in Paris and entertainment at Paris Landing State Park that includes events for the public.

Also approved was $14,000 for an American Crappie Tour tournament, which is new to the local area. The event will be sponsored by Lucas Oil and will include a boat give-away. It is a two-day tournament in May of 2017.

Other requests approved:

StrikeKing Writer’s Conference, November 6-8, $6,500.

Two Rivers Bass Club, one day local tournament to be held July 30 of this year, $2,000.

Narcotics Drug Dog Conference, held in the fall, $5,000.

Armed Robbery—With Knife—Draws Arrest

Murray, Ky..-A Lexington, Kentucky, man was arrested by Murray Police and charged with first-degree robbery after he reportedly used a knife to rob a Murray business this morning.

Arrested was Ricky D. Turner, who also was charged with second degree fleeing or evading police, third degree assault on a police officer, third degree terroristic threatening, and theft of more than $500.

Murray Police were called to a business on 12th Street at 8:40 a.m. on a report of a shoplifter fleeing the scene. Shortly before officers arrived, Turner brandished a knife at a store employee.

According to witnesses, Turner left the store with a substantial amount of merchandise. Police apprehended him a short distance from the store. After speaking with witnesses and investigating the incident, Turner was taken into custody.

Downtown Cruise-In Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-A Downtown Cruise-In will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 in downtown Paris. The Old Spirits band will provide live musical entertainment. Perry’s BBQ will have food and drinks. The Downtown Paris Association will hold prize giveaways for the classic car owners.


Human Blood Products Now Onboard Air Evac Flights

Paris, Tenn.-After months of planning and preparation, the Air Evac air ambulance bases in both Henry and Weakley Counties will now have human blood products onboard on each flight. The helicopters will be equipped with both packed red blood cells and plasma.

When given to a hemodynamically unstable trauma or medical patient will help to expand fluid volume, restore critically needed oxygen to the body’s tissues and promote clot formation in the trauma/medical patient.

In Henry County, the Air Evac headquarters is at the Henry County Airport at Cottage Grove. In Weakley County, Air Evac is located in Martin.


Quota Hears About Local K9 Officers


Sheriff Monte Belew and Si, at left; and Deputy Stacey Bostwick and Rowdy, right, at the Quota meeting. (Martha McFadden photos.)

Paris, Tenn.-Two of Henry County’s K9 Officers—Si and Rowdy—were guests of the Paris Quota Club at its recent meeting. Si is a black lab who belongs to Sheriff Monte Belew and Rowdy is a bloodhound who belongs to Deputy Stacey Bostwick.

The K9s are trained to find drugs, including meth, marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Bostwick told how bloodhounds can track suspects and said that Rowdy has caught six criminals in recent weeks.

Captain Damon Lowe and Deputy Adam Jenkins were also present for the meeting.

New yearbooks are still available for $5 each and tickets are available on a handmade double wedding ring quilt donated by Wanda Hughes.  The quilt will be given away at the November 9th meeting and all proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund.

The Community Service Committee will furnish and serve refreshments at the G.E.D. reception following graduation on Tuesday, June 28th.

Melanie Townsend told about the fundraiser and estate auction to benefit ongoing operations for Lee Academy for the Arts.  The event will take place on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 9am – 2pm; rain or shine.  If anyone has items to donate, the City Auditorium will be open from 10am – 12pm on June 25th and July 30th.


Jackson Generals To Appear At Library

Paris, Tenn.-The Jackson Generals mascot, along with some of the players, will appear at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Wednesday as part of the Summer Reading Program 2016. The appearance will be held at 10 a.m. This year’s summer reading program is open to both children and adults and includes numerous activities, including animal acts, movies and yoga and exercise classes for adults.


UTM Registration Is Set For July 15

Martin, Tenn. – Any students planning to begin their college career at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall 2016 semester who have not yet registered for classes must attend Summer Orientation and Registration on July 15. SOAR is required for all incoming freshmen, and students will not be permitted to register for classes outside of these sessions.

The cost to attend SOAR is $45 per student and $20 for each additional person. No tuition will be due until the start of the fall semester. SOAR registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Students must have received a tentative or final acceptance letter to register. Visit for more information and for registration instructions.

Each SOAR session begins with check-in and an administrative fair from 7:30-8:30 a.m., with an official welcome to follow. At 9 a.m., students will meet with their orientation leaders and begin a rotation of informational sessions on academic options, financial aid and scholarships, housing, student life and other important topics.

Students will begin registering for classes at 1:30 p.m., at which point parents and families can attend a parent panel session.

If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from attending the July 15 session, contact Mary Wiggins, Office of Student Engagement, at 731-881-7740 as soon as possible.

For information on the admissions or registration process, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by email at


Obion County Graduation Dates To Be Moved


Union City, Tenn.-At a short special meeting Friday, Obion County Schools board members agreed to a proposal from School Director Russ Davis to move the graduation date and the last day of school for the coming year.

Board members did not agree on a specific date at this time, however.

Davis said the proposed school calendar will include Seniors being dismissed on May 12, with graduation ceremonies on May 19 or 20.

Board members discussed whether to have both South Fulton and Obion County Central graduation dates on the same day or at separate dates. Those decisions will be made at the August meeting.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Coleman Remains In Stable Condition

Nashville, Tenn.-The family of Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman has provided more details on last week’s accident which left Coleman in stable condition in Vanderbilt Medical Center. Coleman, who is originally from Obion County, remains in the trauma unit at Vanderbilt since the accident on Tuesday.

The family posted a message to everyone on the WENK/WTPR Facebook page with Coleman’s permission.

According to the message, Coleman had pulled over to the side of the road to secure his trailer late Tuesday afternoon. A passerby stopped to help and both Coleman and the passerby were struck by a driver who reportedly was under the influence. According to the message, the driver who struck them left the scene, but was later apprehended.

Coleman has sustained pelvic fractures and his right femur was fractured. He has undergone two surgeries so far and another will be performed next week.

“Phillip is going to have a long road to recovery. We are thankful that he is alive along with this unfortunate accident not being worse. We are asking for prayers for Phillip along with the other man who was hit. For the sake of heaven, please do not drive impaired. Thank you from the Coleman family,” the message said.

Coleman has written songs that have been recorded by several Nashville artists, including Kenny Chesney and Brooks and Dunn. He formerly worked as a disc jockey at WENK in Union City.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

McIntire Tapped As New Chamber President

Paris, Tenn.-Gary McIntire is presented with the honorary red jacket as the new Chamber President at Friday night's 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet, which had an Hawaiian luau theme. McIntire is manager of the Paris Landing Inn. More information and photographs on the Chamber banquet were posted Friday night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Hazel Man Charged With Hitting Pedestrian

Murray, Ky.-A Hazel, Kentucky, man was arrested Friday evening after reportedly hitting a pedestrian with his car in Murray.

Leonard Martin, age 61, of Hazel, was charged by Murray Police with first-degree assault.

He is charged with hitting Jared Tabers, age 29, of Murray. Police responded to the Fox Meadows subdivision on a report of a wreck with injuries around 6 p.m.

According to the press release, officers found Tabers lying in the roadway with visible serious injuries. Tabers was transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital by the EMS.

Witnesses at the scene told officers that the driver of the vehicle was still at the scene. They identified Martin as the driver. After speaking with witnesses and investigating the accident scene, Martin was taken into custody.


Dresden Offering Reward For Vandalism Information

Dresden, Tenn.-The city of Dresden is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who vandalized the new Wilson Park mural. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Dresden Police Department at 731-364-2255.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Jerry Pearson Named Person Of Year

Norwood Family, Allegro Receive Awards

Willie Ruth Pearson, left, takes photos of her husband, Jerry Pearson, as he is awarded Person of the Year. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris Police Officer Jerry Pearson was named Person of the Year, Allegro Fine Foods was awarded Business of the Year and Norwood Family Farms was named Conservationist of the Year at Friday evening’s 66th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

A large crowd was on hand at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building for the banquet, at which the community video “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be” was debuted. 

In his career, Pearson served as Paris patrolman and shift sergeant during his 30 years on the police force. Since retirement, Pearson has been working as security guard at the Social Security office and continues to coach youth baseball teams.

In announcing the Person of the Year, last year’s Person of the Year Mark Johnson noted that Pearson has been married to his wife Willie Ruth for 42 years and that the 2008 Fish Fry souvenir book was dedicated to him.

Pearson said the honor was a complete surprise to him and noted, “I couldn’t have done it without my family in blue” and his family members.

Thomas Harrison accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of Allegro. In presenting the award Jeff Mahan—whose business won the award last year—noted that Allegro began as an experiment by a husband and wife in 1955 and that the business has now grown to have a nationwide and worldwide reach.

Mahan noted that Allegro “is a homegrown business” with 75 employees. He also noted that the company’s first full-time employee is still employed there today. 

The Conservationist of the Year award was accepted by the entire Norwood family. Emory Bradley presented the award and noted that the Norwood farm is 4000 acres, all no-till. He also noted that no-till is a practice first pioneered “right here in Henry County” which is good for the environment and conservation of resources. The Norwood family also is active with the community, namely the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department, Farm Bureau and other organizations and they also coordinate farm tours and safety demos. 

Gary McEntire, manager of the Paris Landing Inn, was named new Chamber President and presented with the red jacket by current President Tony Lawrence.

The Norwood Family with Tony Lawrence. (McFarlin photo).

Coleman In Stable Condition After Hit By Vehicle


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman, who is a native of Union City, is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle while he was mowing.

Vanderbilt officials said this morning that Coleman is in the trauma unit at the hospital.

Details are sketchy, but Coleman reportedly was hit while he was mowing at his home Wednesday.

Coleman has been a hit songwriter since moving to Nashville, having penned songs for Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and other artists. Coleman formerly worked at a disc jockey for WENK in Union City.

“Safe Exchange Zone” Now At HC Sheriff’s Office

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is now providing a new “Safe Exchange Zone” for any exchanges of items purchased over the internet and Craig’s List, child custody exchanges or any meeting with other persons in which the public feels the need for a safe environment. Sheriff Monte Belew is strongly encouraging the use of the new zone by the public. It is located at the sheriff’s office at 210 Forrest Heights and there is a sign and marked parking spots to highlight the area. And, of course, it is under 24-hour surveillance. In photo, Sheriff Belew, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean point to signage marking the new safe zone. (HCSO photo).

LBL Attendance Setting Records


Land Between The Lakes—Attendance at The Land Between The Lakes Recreation Area is on pace to set new attendance records.

Compared with last year, attendance at The Homeplace and Nature Station are up more than 20 percent, while viewings at The Planetarium have increased by 15 percent. Visitation at the Elk and Bison Prairie is up by 10 percent.

LBL officials said visitation at the area’s campgrounds and day-use facilities have increased, too, with Piney Campground looking like it may achieve its best year on record. Last year’s visitation at Piney was 270,107, and officials said it appears there will be even more campers there this year.


Ice Cream Social Looking For More Vendors

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Young Professionals are honored to partner with the Downtown Paris Association for the Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show that will be held on Saturday, July 30th in downtown Paris.

Some 11 vendors have already signed up, but more are being sought.

 A portion of HCYP's share of the money raised will be donated to Henry County's Imagination Library.  Imagination Library is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.

Henry County Young Professionals Chair Jennifer Collins Mosley stated that "This is a great event that helps the Henry County Young Professionals gain recognition and give back to the community."

Arm bands will be sold for $10 each and can be purchased at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and from HCYP members. 


Carroll South Relay For Life Tonight

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The 17th annual Carroll South Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 24, at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will finish with the Fight Back Ceremony at 11:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs of the event are Dianne Edwards and Jorge Perez. As always, the event will include live music, contests, and entertainment.

Fourteen teams have already signed up.


New Brush Schedule In Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning July 2016 the City of Paris Street Department will pick up brush one week out of each month.  Please call 731-641-1485 to have your name added to the monthly pick up list.  Your name must be on the list in order to have brush picked up.


UTM Approves New Tuition Model

Martin, Tenn. – A new “Soar in Four” tuition model, designed to speed progress toward degree completion, was approved for the University of Tennessee at Martin on Thursday by the UT Board of Trustees. The new model encourages students to take 15 hours per semester and complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. The new model will also fund new initiatives beneficial to student success, including a completely revamped and upgraded Career Development and Internship Center.

The tuition model is supported by UT Martin’s Student Government Association, which used student input to decide investment commitments for the new funds. Other improvements include new faculty positions to meet scheduling bottlenecks and gateway courses, new degree auditing and planning software, new living-learning communities, and increased tutoring and advising.

Completing college in four years offers financial benefits for students. The fifth year in college and beyond results in the typical student adding $8,735 in debt. The student’s average annual cost to attend is $22,058, so graduating in four years will result in significant savings.

The new tuition structure immediately impacts 36 percent of UT Martin students and will be phased in from fall 2016 through summer 2020, at which point 78 percent of students will be affected. The amount of tuition paid will be based on academic hours already earned by a current student.

Most students will enter the university under the new tuition structure and pay a $3,840 flat per-semester rate, plus mandatory fees as full-time students. Part-time and online students will remain on the traditional per-hour model. UT Martin does not charge for enrolled hours above 12, which is the threshold for full-time students for financial aid, tuition and fee purposes.

Mandatory fees at the university will not increase this academic year. Additionally, the university is reducing the overall residential housing rates and increasing private scholarship assistance.

Students enrolled for online courses will pay more for courses in 2016-17. The undergraduate online course fee increased 2.2 percent for in-state and out-of-state domestic students, while graduate online course fees increased 3 percent.

The new tuition schedule is available at

For freshmen attending UT Martin this fall, a final Summer Orientation and Registration session is set July 15, followed by the final Transfer Orientation and Registration session for transfer students on July 22, both at the main campus. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 22.


Active Shooter Seminar Set

McKenzie, Tenn.-Tennessee Homeland Security and the McKenzie Police Department are conducting a seminar called “Sudden Violence: Surviving an Active Shooter” at 8 a.m. July 26 at the Park Theater in McKenzie.

The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Homeland Security personnel will be available to answer questions.

The McKenzie Police said they are notifying the public ahead of time so that people can make plans to attend, especially school, city and county officials and industry and business leaders.

For more information, call Sgt. Andy Weaver at 731-352-2265.


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