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A magazine the quality of PARIS! may be an anomaly in a small, rural town, but thanks to the individuals below, it’s published five times a year by Parker Publishing. These professionals, many of whom are volunteers, provide direction, editorial and /or photographic content for each issue.

Editorial Departments & Staff

Smantha Parker, Editor and Publisher

Native Henry Countian Smantha Parker assumed the position as editor and publisher of PARIS! in 2013. She and husband Kyle have two daughters, Savannah and Addy Kate.

Susan Jones, Editor Emeritus

Susan Jones is a native Henry Countian, a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a former educator and local business owner. She delights in promoting her home county through PARIS! magazine, which was co-founded with her business partner, the late Art Nellen.

Driving Divas - Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend is a Henry Countian who teaches Automotive Technology at the Tennessee Technology Center’s McKenzie campus. It’s rumored that Dan has forgotten more about automotive repair than most people will ever know.

In the Garden - John Watkins

This department is written by landscape designer and Certified Grounds Manager John Watkins. With each issue, Watkins brings his special brand of humor and expertise to all of the garden lovers who call Zone 6 home. 

School of Thought - Dawn Poole, Dr. Norma Gerrell

This department focuses on schools in the Henry County School System (HCSS) and Paris Special School District (PSSD). Contributors Dawn Poole, HCSS Service Learning Coordinator and Dr. Norma Gerrell, PSSD Supervisor of Instruction co-produce this column that keeps readers up to date with what’s new in classrooms across the county.

Paris Cuisine   - Lisa Ciarrocchi

Lisa Ciarrocchi and husband, Roggero, own Paris Winery. An amazing cook and baker, Lisa has plenty of mouth watering recipes to share. She also enjoys gathering delicious ideas from Henry County cooks and using them in her column.


This department is written by a variety of writers. It was introduced by Paris native Elise Wright who penned a piece entitled "Paradise Found on Boundbrook Drive." Upcoming articles will be historical features about Henry County's interesting people and places.


This department is dedicated to those who make a difference in Henry County. They may be movers and shakers or quiet achievers, but their common bond is helping friends and neighbors in their community. It is created by a variety of writers.

Thoughts of Home - Julie Perry

Julie Perry is a lover of family, pets, cooking, music and small but beautiful touches. In short, Julie enjoys everything that goes into creating a welcoming home environment, and she’s willing to share them.

Features - Shannon McFarlin

Shannon McFarlin graduated from Murray State University with a degree in public history and she hasn’t looked back. McFarlin is a prolific writer who has seen to it that hundreds of Henry County’s best stories and its history have been preserved through her articles that appear not only in PARIS! but in other publications, as well. She is currently working on a book about the history of Camp Tyson. Email her at

Photographers & Artists

Lisa Green

Walking into Lisa Green’s studio in downtown Puryear, Tennessee, is an experience like no other. Behind the turn of the century storefront is a mix of creative genius, cutting edge technology and a passion for our county’s past. Since the spring of 2004, Lisa has supported the magazine by providing many of our most popular covers.

Dr. Eugene Gulish

When he’s not replacing hips and knees, Gene Gulish enjoys photographing nature in his backyard and around the world. His fine work can be viewed throughout his office, at local photography exhibits and on several covers of PARIS! magazine.

Ann Stapp

Not all of the covers of PARIS! are photographs.
A member of the Tennessee Fine Arts League, Ann’s Cardinal in Winter was selected as the cover for the Winter 2008 issue.

Al Gengler

A self described computer geek, Al worked in the Tampa Tribune's Information Services Department. After a liver transplant, he and his wife, Judy retired to Puryear, Tennessee. The couple enjoys the outdoors, where Al takes some of his most inspiring photographs, several of which have graced the cover of PARIS!.

Jean Owens

A native Henry Countian, history buff and enthusiastic photographer, Jean enjoys recording local events and activities through her lens. Many of her shots can be seen in Faces and Places, however, this March, her work will grace the cover of PARIS! in the Spring.

Mike Wilson

Perhaps one of the county’s most prolific and generous amateur photographers, Mike’s works appears on a number of local web sites. When traveling, he never fails to bring home promotional ideas for his community via his photos.

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