PARIS!IN THE WINTER 2020
On The Cover: When avid nature photographer Jean Owens saw this cold, puff ed up yellow finch dining on a sunflower seed outside her window last winter, she grabbed her camera. Owens is a member of the Paris Photography Club and a volunteer at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.
Happy New Decade!
One of my favorite things about winter in Henry County is that we usually get several beautiful snows, but they rarely stay long enough to become tiresome. In fact, it’s just the opposite. A snow in our neck of the woods is a license to close schools for a day or two, perhaps leave work a little early, cook a big pot of chili, and build a snowman. Then, before you can say “Abominable Snowman,” that warm Tennessee sun pops out and it’s business as usual.
So this year, I say, “Embrace it all!” Enjoy those sunny days, but don’t shy away from playing in that gorgeous snow. The City of Paris does an amazing job of getting the streets cleared, which makes it easier to get with your friends for a little sledding, canvas the area for gorgeous, snowy photos or take a moonlit walk among the diamonds.
Having said that, a group of people who NEVER slack off in a snow are the fine folks at Helping Hand. That means that no matter what it looks like outside, there will be items for sale, an auctioneer at the microphone and volunteers manning the phones so the auction can hit the airwaves of 97.5 FM or 1000 AM daily (see calendars on pages 34 and 35) at 12:30 pm. In short, the show must go on. So, take a page out of the Helping Hand book.
Don’t hunker down with the arrival of Old Man Winter, get out there and enjoy. Be it sun or snow, it’s great to be in Henry County.
If you do find yourself inside with a cup of hot chocolate on a blustery day, then snuggle in and peruse the Winter issue of PARIS! Magazine. It’s full of good reads this time – from Barry Hart’s snowman article to what’s great to cook in your crockpot on busy days. Also, there’s more to read about Bob Hope and Sherlock Holmes visiting our fair town, a spotlight of Lorene Miles, First Christian Church’s upcoming fundraiser, Kitty Litter’s history in Henry County, Bob Neese’s hilarious antics, a little Crockett family history, and so much more!
Happy New Year! Happy Reading!
BACK IN THE DAY | My First Car
By Bill Neese
AROUND OUR TOWN | Be Counted! US Census 2020
and recruitment for Census takers underway. >>>>
SPOTLIGHT | Lorene Miles, A Life Well Lived
By Shannon McFarlin
There’s something about a life well lived, and nobody knows that better than Lorene Miles who at 100 years old knows more than a little about life. “You know what I know?” she asked. “I just know that my life has been a blessing. I have a good, big family. A good family. And they were a part of history and that’s good, too.”
REMINISCENCE | When Sherlock Holmes Visited Paris
By Shannon McFarlin
The game was definitely afoot in Paris in the fall of 1955, when famed actor Basil Rathbone made an appearance in Paris. In addition to making an appearance, he also made quite an impression on the Parisians of the 1950s, who
weren’t used to being around someone of his stature
FEATURE | Thanks For The Memories
By Shannon McFarlin
The people of Henry and Carroll Counties said “Thanks for the memories” to Bob Hope after his appearance here in May of 1975. Especially, the people of McKenzie and Bethel College, as it was known then, who owed everything to
the Hollywood legend.
FEATURE | Hot Potato! First Christian Church Serves Fundraiser Lunch For Missions
FACES & PLACES | People & Events About Town
FEATURE | I'm A Little Snowman
By Barry Hart
“Frosty the Snowman,” was written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson and first recorded by Gene Autry in 1950. It has
been a winter staple ever since. >>>>
FEATURE | Kitty Litter - Scratching The Surface Of Henry County's Clay Industry.
By Shannon McFarlin
true that is. W.G. Rhea Library Bookstore Manager, Darcy Louer, sees a quite of few books cross her threshold everyday. She goes through each one, checking for torn pages and trying to assess prices. >>>>
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | John Wesley & Robert Hamilton Crocket, Son & Grandson of Davy Crockett
By Larry Ray
David “Davy” Crockett was a legendary humorist, adventurer, politician, backwoods orator and war hero. Davy
Crockett was elected to represent the 12th Congressional District, which included Henry County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served three terms between 1825 and 1835.
IN THE GARDEN | Garden Tech 1.0
By John Watkins
PARIS CUISINE | Warm Up With A Slow Cooked Meal
Are you busy? Just too tired to cook after work and helping the kids with homework? Slow cooking enables you to
prepare hearty, homemade meals early in the morning and let them cook all day long in a crockpot.
HELPING HAND | Radio Auction 2020
Neighbors helping neighbors! Get your sweet tooth on for a good cause.
Pick up your copy at one of these locations:
- Alexander, Thompson & Arnold
- All Temp Heating & Cooling
- Attitudes Hair & Nail Salon
- Paris Board of Public Utilities
- Campbell Therapy
- Coast To Coast Tinting
- Cornerstone Re/Max
- Edward Jones
- First Baptist Church
- Foundation Bank
- Frame Makers
- Grace Episcopal Church
- Henry County Medical Center
- Henry County Monument Works
- Henry Co Sheriff’s Dept
- Joe Mahan Ford
- Lakeway Animal Clinic
- Lakeway IGA
- Landmark Realty
- LPL Financial
LuraLee’s Gift Shoppe
- McEvoy Funeral Home
- Mineral Wells Animal Clinic
- Moody Realty
- Moon’s Jewelry
- Neese Law Firm
- Paris Civic Center
- PARIS! Distribution
- Paris First United Methodist Church
- Paris Insurance Agency
- Paris Pharmacy
- Parisian Theatre
- Peppers Automotive
- Serra of Jackson
- Servall Restoration
- Sight to See Family Eye Care
- Silverwood Cabinetry
- State Farm Insurance
- Tennessee Valley Community Church
- The Toggery at Bo & Co Boutique
- Twin Lakes Dental Associates
- Wells Fargo Advisors
- West Tennessee Bone & Joint
- Wimberley Agency
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