PARIS!

IN THE SUMMER 2020

 

On The Cover: An avid photographer for two years, Henry County High School senior, Brayden Cook, captured fellow classmate, Victoria Owen, tossing her graduation cap. Cook plans to attend UT Martin in the fall to pursue a degree in Marketing.

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Editor’s Notes

Great Summers Current and Past

It’s summer! And although this year is going to look a bit different from years past, it’s still going to be warm and green with bright blue skies and a parade of fluffy white clouds that stretch the imagination of all who remember to look up.

PARIS! in the Summer is filled with seasonal remembrances. Bill Neese recollects the joy of being a child and running through wet grass. Barry Hart helps us remember the Boys of Summer – area baseball players from the 30s and 40s – while Charles Cate vividly remembers the first jet that flew over Henry County.

The Class of 2020 is in the Spotlight as HCHS Principal Dr. Michelle Webb chronicles the joys and tears of multiple celebrations of this unflappable class. Don’t miss the accompanying photo pages with candid shots.

Kathy Ray is also being celebrated in this issue as we recount the stellar work of this Downtown Paris Association executive director and community cheerleader. Kathy is retiring this summer, but we predict she will continue to move and shake Paris in a positive direction for a long time.

COVID-19 has cast a wide and somber shadow over the world and our community, but Shannon McFarlin has found plenty of goodness that has come from the quarantine. These articles will lift your spirits and make you proud of your friends and neighbors.

Meanwhile, Susan Jones offers an inspiring way to social distance while helping to keep our beloved Tennessee River clean. John Watkins does what John does best – he makes us laugh as he shares a timely interview with a mighty oak and his house and yard plants.

And finally, for something completely different, Shannon fills us in on an exciting musical project called the Puryear Pickin’ Parlor, a place that promises talented musicians and a great time!

Enjoy your summer and enjoy PARIS!

In This Issue

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BACK IN THE DAY | WET GRASS
BACK IN THE DAY | WET GRASS

By Bill Neese

At 73 years old, I can still recall certain sensations and joys I experienced as a young child, even though I may not remember a specific time, place or event. One such remembrance is the feeling of lying on my father’s chest as a small child. While I do not recall specific instances, I clearly remember the feeling of warmth and security.
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FEATURE | COPING
FEATURE | COPING

By Shannon McFarlin

We’ve all experienced isolation, worry and even fear in this unprecedented time. The rules of our collective existence changed overnight. We’re apart but together at the same time. With businesses and schools closed, one day flows into another. Many of us are having trouble even remembering what day it is. >>>>
IN THE GARDEN | AN INTERVIEW WITH PANDEMIC PLANTS
IN THE GARDEN | AN INTERVIEW WITH PANDEMIC PLANTS

By John Watkins

My, what a strange and frightening time we are living in. Who would have thought that words like “pandemic,” “social-distancing,”or “Zoom conferencing” would be part of our new normal vocabulary.
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A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | FUN, GAMES, & ADOPTING A RIVER
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | FUN, GAMES, & ADOPTING A RIVER

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

The Two Travelers, like many folks, have been staying close to home and social distancing while also looking for ways to make a difference. Numerous opportunities have been cancelled or postponed, but we’ve found a fun way to bridge the gap by adding a little stewardship, friendly competition and even adoption to our adventures on Kentucky Lake.
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AROUND OUR TOWN | JOYFUL RINGING
AROUND OUR TOWN | JOYFUL RINGING

What began as a conversation between neighbors and church members has turned into a way for people to stay connected while remaining apart during the troubling times we all find ourselves living in now.
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SPOTLIGHT | ONE OF A KIND HCHS CLASS OF 2020
SPOTLIGHT | ONE OF A KIND HCHS CLASS OF 2020

By Dr. Michele Webb

As the first class to be graduating in the midst of a pandemic during our lifetime, the Henry County High School Class of 2020 is truly one of a kind. These seniors have responded with remarkable maturity to this unexpected season. Without a doubt, they will have a story to tell like no others!   >>>>
FEATURE | KATHY RAY HANGS UP HER SUNGLASSES AS DPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FEATURE | KATHY RAY HANGS UP HER SUNGLASSES AS DPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By Susan Jones

Paris, Tennessee is covered up in Kathy Ray. Not literally, of course, but figuratively speaking, her desire to make this community an extraordinary place to live, work and play enfolds Paris. Kathy will retire this summer from her job as the Downtown Paris Association executive director, a role she’s filled as if she’s trained for it since birth, and in some ways, she has. >>>>
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | THE PARLOR - PLAYIN' AND PICKIN' IN PURYEAR
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | THE PARLOR - PLAYIN' AND PICKIN' IN PURYEAR

By Shannon McFarlin

If you build it, they will come’’ could be the motto to live by for Mike Hogan. Whether you call it “The Puryear Pickin’ Parlor” or just “The Parlor,” it was fast becoming the place to be on Friday nights until all our lives were put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic. >>>>
FEATURE | THE OLD BOYS OF SUMMER
FEATURE | THE OLD BOYS OF SUMMER

By Barry Hart

If I were to mention names like Mark Stewart, Jimmy Moore and Tom Winsett, you may not recognize the subject of this article, but if I toss the name Chick King into the mix, then you will certainly know that Major League Baseball players from the Henry County vicinity is the subject. >>>>
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | CAPTAIN D.F. ALEXANDER
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | CAPTAIN D.F. ALEXANDER

By Larry Ray

Don Francisco Alexander, the son of Dr. Marion and Delilah (Crutchfield) Alexander, was born in Henry County on July 27, 1838. After receiving an education in Paris, he clerked at a dry goods store in Salisbury, Tennessee. He was better known as “ D.F.”, or in later years, “Captain.”

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REMINISCENCE | FIRST JET IN HENRY COUNTY?
REMINISCENCE | FIRST JET IN HENRY COUNTY?

By Charles Cate

Wikipedia describes the The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star “as the first jet fighter used operationally by the United States Army Air Forces. Designed and built by Lockheed in 1943 and delivered just 143 days from the start of the design process, production models were flying, and two pre-production models did see very limited service in Italy just before the end of World War II. Designed with straight wings, the type saw extensive combat in Korea and with the United States Air Force.” >>>>

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