PARIS!

IN THE WINTER 2019

 

On The Cover: John Christopher Sage, son of Christopher and Carrie Sage, is experiencing “kid bliss” making
snow angels with his sister, Allie. He is the grandson of Arthur and Mary Lodge. — Photo by Carrie Sage

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Editor’s Notes

Br-r-r-r…it’s Winter in Paris! Winter can be tough. After all the excitement of Christmas and ringing in the New Year, it’s a bit of a letdown. But this issue of PARIS! has some stories that will lift your spirits. They are funny, inspiring and informative.

Bill Neese, who I have dubbed the town’s wittiest attorney, has an amusing piece in “Back in the Day.” By all
accounts, Bill had a comical youth, full of mischief and crazy antics, and we love that he shares it with PARIS!

While we’re on funny articles, don’t miss “In the Garden.” Guru John Watkins has some gardening trivia that
could make a pot of petunias laugh. Finally, Karen Geary’s piece on “What is Love?” has answers compiled from
a group of two- and three-year-old kiddos. Spoiler alert, you may find out things you never knew!

Shannon McFarlin offers a moving “Reminiscence” about a remarkable African American music educator who taught opera and piano to many students who attended Henry County Training School. Oma and Nellie Bass share their memories of this talented lady. Another story to warm readers’ hearts is from Karen Geary, who relates how a hometown artist reached out with love and a warm, comforting quilt to a couple suffering from the aftermath of last year’s Las Vegas tragedy.

Plenty of inspiration can be found in this issue, starting with Parisian Nathan Hart. The son of Ronda and
Barry Hart, Nathan is using his problem-solving skills plus research from his master of economics degree to change the trajectory of lives in Haiti. FYI, you can help!

From new downtown businesses to the newly restored Krider Steinway, to a wintery visit at the Golden Pond
Planetarium, there is plenty to enjoy in this issue.

Don’t forget to save the Helping Hand Calendar – bid often and bid high!

In This Issue

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BACK IN THE DAY | The Whitlock Telephone Office
BACK IN THE DAY | The Whitlock Telephone Office

By Bill Neese

When I was a youngster, Whitlock had a very old-fashioned telephone system. All phones were on “party lines.” That means there were four to six homes on one “line.” Which meant that any time you were on the phone, everyone else on your line could listen and often did. >>>>
REMINISCENCE | LAURA MAYE HUBBARD, An Everlasting Inspiration
REMINISCENCE | LAURA MAYE HUBBARD, An Everlasting Inspiration

By Shannon McFarlin

She was beautiful, elegant and sophisticated. She left the world too young, but she touched many lives along the way. And she is still an inspiration to those who knew her. She was Laura Maye Hubbard; teacher, artist,
pianist, singer.  >>>>
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | How Grand!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | How Grand!

By Shannon McFarlin

The Paris Athena Delphian Club members are very persistent. And that has paid off – twice
– for the music lovers of Paris, Tennessee.  >>>>
AROUND OUR TOWN | Dream. Work. Thrive.
AROUND OUR TOWN | Dream. Work. Thrive.

By Shannon McFarlin

The north side of the court square in Downtown Paris has been buzzing with activity, thanks to three new businesses that have opened: the Paris Christian Book Store, The Toggery at Bo & Co. and the Golden Cypress.  >>>>
FACES & PLACES |
FACES & PLACES |
Must-see snapshots of people and places about town.  >>>>
FEATURE | With Love From a Neighbor in Paris, Tennessee
FEATURE | With Love From a Neighbor in Paris, Tennessee

By Karen Geary

Facebook can be a good thing in the modern age. Its platform is the perfect place to catch up with friends, view cat videos, and share selfies. But for one Nevada couple, Facebook was their last resort to locate a very special Paris resident.  >>>>
FEATURE | Love Is...Preschoolers Define One of Life's Greatest Mysteries
FEATURE | Love Is...Preschoolers Define One of Life's Greatest Mysteries
Philosophers have pondered it for centuries, and fools have squandered it since the beginning of time. For hundreds of years, musicians have written scores of tunes and lyrics about it. Poets have tried to capture it in words to no avail. But for the preschoolers at the Paris First United Methodist Church’s Mothers Day Out Program, they know just what love is! And for them, love can be pretty simple.  >>>>
SPOTLIGHT | Nathan Hart and Econnext, A Catalyst for Economic Development in Haiti
SPOTLIGHT | Nathan Hart and Econnext, A Catalyst for Economic Development in Haiti
The year was 2004, and of the handful of kids in Future Problem Solvers’ after-school program at Paris Elementary, Nathan Hart was perhaps the only child who knew how he wanted to put his special skills to work. “I wanted to help people in developing countries” he explained with a smile. And he was serious.  >>>>
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | Golden Pond Planetarium, Where the Sky Opens Up
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | Golden Pond Planetarium, Where the Sky Opens Up

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

Winter stargazing is phenomenal. The stars appear to shine more brightly in winter, thanks to snow and mud that trap dust particles, which makes the starlight more visible.  >>>>
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Corporal Alexander Lankford, A True Volunteer
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Corporal Alexander Lankford, A True Volunteer

By Larry Ray

Henry County is called the “Volunteer County of the Volunteer State” due to our small county providing over 2,500 volunteers during the Civil War.  >>>>
IN THE GARDEN | More From the Trivial Gardener
IN THE GARDEN | More From the Trivial Gardener

By John Watkins

Winter. Hard to get real excited about gardening when the ground is frozen and the skies are gray.
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PARIS CUISINE | Cooking HOT!
PARIS CUISINE | Cooking HOT!
If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” While this phrase is rarely referring to an actual kitchen or a literal rise in temperature, it has its basis in fact.  >>>>
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