PARIS!

FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2019

 

On The Cover: Little Demi Jo Dyer, daughter of Savanna and Jon Dyer of Paris, discovers the wonders of
Christmas in this cover photo by Amy Bourne.

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Editor’s Notes

Happy Holidays!

How do you not have a grateful and joyous feeling this time of year? From the Downtown Paris Candlelight Open Houses and Festival of Trees, to the North Pole Family Fun Day and the Holly Jolly Electric Parade, to Santa’s last day in his gingerbread house, our town really gets in the holiday spirit.

And to help our readers, PARIS! is here to cover all the great things happening in our community. Even Santa Claus himself found time from making toys to write a story about all the fun events in Downtown Paris during the season. Another guest writer, Lilly Geary, passes along advice to pet owners for a less pet-stressful holiday. Travis McLeese provides a guide to party venues, places to relax, and shop local ideas in his article.

Arthur and Mary Lodge along with other local ministers share their fond Christmas memories, and Bill Neese recalls his first toy train set under the tree. The delightful smell of cakes baking brings back remembrances and brightens the spirit this time of the year in Paris Cuisine! Yum!

In other articles, Shannon McFarlin introduces us to the new Madrigals director, Deanna Cook, an alumni of the program herself. Susan Jones says, “Birds of a feather flock together,” and so do bird watchers coming to Wings of Winter Birding Festival. John Watkins is re-gifting some of his holiday poetry for us.

Barry Hart reflects on going back to Vietnam with his son, Nathan, and to the battlefields of his youth. Larry Ray pens his 40th article for PARIS! about Asa Cox and his importance to the Battle of Paris. Shannon also has a story about Andrew Jackson visiting the Carter House in Paris.

Yes, PARIS! is packed like a present from Santa! Our staff wishes you and yours a Grateful Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

In This Issue

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BACK IN THE DAY | The Christmas Train: “Billy, Stop Blowing That Whistle!”
BACK IN THE DAY | The Christmas Train: “Billy, Stop Blowing That Whistle!”

By Bill Neese

I think most little boys like trains. Those who do, also like electric trains. For those of you who got an electric train set for Christmas, my bet is that you have a clear memory of that train set no matter how many years ago you received it. I do.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Downtown Holiday Fun
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Downtown Holiday Fun

By Santa Claus

I recently unpacked my jolly red suit in anticipation of my upcoming trip to the warmest little gingerbread house on the Courthouse Square in Paris. I slipped it on – or tried – and it looks like I ate a too many cookies this year. Ho, Ho, Ho! Mama’s going to have to let it out a little more. >>>>
SPOTLIGHT | The Student Becomes The Teacher
SPOTLIGHT | The Student Becomes The Teacher

By Shannon McFarlin

It takes a great deal of talent, time and toil. Being a member of the Henry County High School Madrigals is hard work, plain and simple. But it’s also rewarding, and over the years, it has become a chosen destination for many music-minded students.
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FEATURE | Fond Christmas Memories by Local Ministers
FEATURE | Fond Christmas Memories by Local Ministers

By Arthur & Mary Lodge

For ministers and those who work in the church, the season of Advent and Christmas are a blessed time of the year and an exhausting time, too. But most will tell you the blessings and revelations far outweigh any secular gift they might receive. A few local ministers share with PARIS! some meaningful remembrances from their past.
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AROUND OUR TOWN | Christmas! Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends
AROUND OUR TOWN | Christmas! Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends

By Travis McLeese

Looking for somewhere to host your holiday party, family reunion, or simply somewhere to escape? Check out a few local destinations that are perfect for any occasion.
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ALL ABOUT PETS | Why I Hate The Holidays: Advice From A Nervous Little Dog
ALL ABOUT PETS | Why I Hate The Holidays: Advice From A Nervous Little Dog

By Lilly Geary

Alice Williams’ importance to the Paris Special Schools District, and the Paris community as a whole, cannot be overstated. She was the first African-American teacher to be hired at the Paris Schools and the first African-American kindergarten teacher in the state of Tennessee – in the first integrated kindergarten subsidized by the state board of education.  >>>>
PARIS CUISINE | Holiday Cakes
PARIS CUISINE | Holiday Cakes

By Smantha Parker

Did you know that in its early days, the Atkins-Porter School had no kitchen and meals were transported there
from Lee School everyday? That young people in Paris and Henry County were treated to classical education from a wide variety of foreign noblemen – at the same time that wooden sidewalks were used to get around the downtown area?  >>>>
FACES & PLACES | People and Events About Town
FACES & PLACES | People and Events About Town
Don’t miss this fun section chock full of fun, education, music and every good thing in Paris and Henry County.
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FEATURE | Birders Flocking To Paris: No Pun Intended!
FEATURE | Birders Flocking To Paris: No Pun Intended!
Winter birders are a curious and wonderful bunch. Just when most folks are ready to snuggle in by the fire, winter birdwatchers are ready to head outdoors. Armed with a pair of binoculars and their favorite, dog-eared bird book, they rise well before dawn in search of feathered friends they’ve yet to meet. These are the people who attend the three-day Wings of Winter Birding Festival headquartered in Paris.

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FEATURE | Going Back: A Marine’s Refl ection on Returning to the Battlefi elds of His Youth
FEATURE | Going Back: A Marine’s Refl ection on Returning to the Battlefi elds of His Youth

By Barry Hart

The words, “Fly me away on a green helicopter, I’m going back to Vietnam,” kept running through my mind as I boarded Delta Flight #1269 on June 9, 2019, at Nashville’s airport, heading to Vietnam. Fifty years have passed since
I first stepped foot on the tarmac at the Danang Air Base, and now I was going back!
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WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Asa Cox, Cavalry Scout
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Asa Cox, Cavalry Scout

By Larry Ray

Baptist minister, Asa Cox, a son and grandson of ministers, was born on November 19, 1822, in North Carolina to Gova and Margaret Cox. The Cox family moved to Henry County around 1825 when Asa was about three years old. Except for the Civil War, Asa lived most of his long life in Paris.  >>>>
REMINISCENCE | Carter House: Site of Andew Jackson’s Stay in Henry County
REMINISCENCE | Carter House: Site of Andew Jackson’s Stay in Henry County

By Shannon McFarlin

In the 1820s, Paris was little more than a very tiny oasis in the wilderness, but its founders had big dreams and they knew a good opportunity when they saw one.
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IN THE GARDEN | Holiday Garden Poetry
IN THE GARDEN | Holiday Garden Poetry

By John Watkins

So, the holidays are here again. By the time this article is printed, Christmas trees and decorations have already been
on the shelves for a month or two and many of us may wish the season was over already.
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