PARIS!

IN AUTUMN 2018

 

On The Cover: Autumn leaves falling in a Paris park become a playground for Eliza, daughter of photographer Amy Bourne.

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Editor’s Notes

It may not feel like autumn outside, but with school back in session, Patriot football ramping up and water levels on the lake dropping to winter pool, it’s time to kiss summer goodbye and embrace fall.

Director of Henry County Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, knows a thing or two about this time of year and getting students back to class. In School of Thought, he shares what’s happening with grants that help Henry County graduates prepare for life after high school.

Speaking of school, every town has its inventors: those gifted individuals who create nifty tools or gadgets. Find out how local School Resource Officer Eddie Crosser and Principal Chip Gray developed an ingenious device to enhance school safety.

Individuals enjoy the change in seasons in myriad ways. This September, buses with folks touring the Land Between the Lakes region will arrive in Paris to discover more about our community. Chamber Director Travis McLeese tells us about these ongoing tours in Around Our Town.

One of the reasons our area continues to thrive is its dedicated residents. The Chamber recently celebrated one of the folks that makes our community a standout – Person of the Year Michele Atkins is in the Spotlight.

Fall may not seem like the time to be swimming, but don’t tell the Paris Swim Team or Coach Brian Williams. This hardworking team placed second in the Mid-South Swimming Conference Championship. Discover their recipe for success.

Did you remember to sign the organ donation on your driver’s license? Nurse Angie Dotson highlights a local organ donor recipient and a 12-year-old donor in Healthy Ideas.

Everyone knows Paris rocks! Discover in Arts and Entertainment that when you mix a little imagination with an ordinary stone the outcome equals a huge amount of human kindness.

There are so many more great articles in this issue, plus our exciting Calendar of Events.

Enjoy autumn in the best place on earth and enjoy PARIS! Magazine,

In This Issue

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REMINISCENCE | Downtown Paris: Stepping Back In Time
REMINISCENCE | Downtown Paris: Stepping Back In Time

By Shannon McFarlin

Have you ever thought you’d like to step back in time? You can – or about as close as you can get – in Downtown Paris. Workmen have uncovered old store signs and advertising murals in three different locations.  >>>>

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT | New School Year, New Initiatives For Henry County School System
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT | New School Year, New Initiatives For Henry County School System

By Dr. J. Brian Norton

The excitement of a new school year is upon us in the Henry County School System and we want to introduce several programs  designed to support our students. >>>>

FEATURE | Crosser Stop Lock
FEATURE | Crosser Stop Lock

By Shannon McFarlin

Long-time Henry County Sheriff’’s Deputy Eddie Crosser says he’s a tinkerer, not an inventor, but there are many out there who would disagree, especially the students and teachers who will be more protected because of his design, the “Crosser Stop Lock.”  >>>>

FEATURE | Henry County High School Swim Team Making A Splash
FEATURE | Henry County High School Swim Team Making A Splash

By Karen Geary

Some high school sport teams play on a field, some play on a court, but the newest team sport at Henry County High School has made a big splash in the region.  >>>>

AROUND OUR TOWN | Tour Buses Are Coming!
AROUND OUR TOWN | Tour Buses Are Coming!

By Travis McLeese

This autumn, we celebrate an endeavor that has been more than a decade in the making, and the exciting thing is that this is just the beginning, thanks to the Lakes Region Coalition (LRC).  >>>>

A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | The Thing About The Irish
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | The Thing About The Irish

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

The Two Travelers generally journey close to home, but recently we ventured to Ireland, home of friendly locals, rugged seascapes, hot tea, fascinating history and summer temps in the 60s…ahhh.  >>>>

SPOTLIGHT | Michele Atkins: Person of the Year for 2018
SPOTLIGHT | Michele Atkins: Person of the Year for 2018

By Shannon McFarlin

Michele Atkins was so surprised and so emotional at being named the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year that she still can’t remember what she said.  >>>>

FACES & PLACES |
FACES & PLACES |

Must-see snapshots of people and places about town.  >>>>

FEATURE | Rest For The Soul Retreat: From Scotland To Paris
FEATURE | Rest For The Soul Retreat: From Scotland To Paris

This October, Enough Grace Ministries, based here in Paris, Tennessee, will be hosting its third Rest for the Soul ladies’ retreat. The founder of the ministry, Candise Farmer, recently sat down with PARIS! Magazine to share the details of this year’s event.  >>>>

HEALTHY IDEAS | The Gift of Life
HEALTHY IDEAS | The Gift of Life

By Angie Gregson Dotson, RN BSN

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), over 114,000 Americans are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant,
with a new name appearing every 10 seconds to this list.  >>>>

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Rocks!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Rocks!

By Shannon McFarlin

Yes, we all know that, but thanks to Janna Stubblefield, Paris is really rocking – with rocks. When Stubblefield had the idea over a year ago to introduce the national Rock Kindness Project to Paris, she had no idea just how great the response would be.  >>>>

PARIS CUISINE | Salad Anyone?
PARIS CUISINE | Salad Anyone?

Salads of all sorts are ideal meals for this time of year. For one, they are wonderful ways to make the most of the best foods that late summer and early fall in the South offers us: sweet, crunchy corn; cool, juicy watermelon; crisp peppers; refreshing cucumber; the bright perfumes of fresh herbs like basil and mint; plus, plump, scarlet tomatoes and pop-in-your-mouth peas.  >>>>

IN THE GARDEN | A Gardener’s Lexicon
IN THE GARDEN | A Gardener’s Lexicon

By John Watkins

So here’s the scene. You’re sitting around on the patio with some friends enjoying a cold beverage when the conversation turns to gardening. As the discussion gets more intense, your friends start throwing around phrases like “vermicomposting” and “xeriscaping”
and you realize that you’re in way over your head.  >>>>

WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Captain John Thomas Irion, M.D.: Soldier, Doctor, Minister and Mason
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Captain John Thomas Irion, M.D.: Soldier, Doctor, Minister and Mason

By Larry Ray

During my research of local families during the Civil War, I discovered some very interesting information on John T. Irion. He was a true hero of the Civil War as well as a medical doctor and minister. Eventually, he became a newspaper editor and postmaster, as well as, the Grand Master of the Tennessee Masonic Order.  >>>>

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