PARIS!

IN THE SPRING 2019
 

On The Cover: A collection of covers celebrating our 15 year anniversary where “it’s all good” in Paris and
Henry County.

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Editor’s Notes

When a vibrant, giving member of our community leaves us, it is sad, but when that person is Gaines Hedges, it is heartbreaking. Gaines had a special place in the hearts of the staff of PARIS! because without him, this magazine might have never gotten off the ground.

“Gaines Hedges was the magazine’s first account representative,” said Susan Jones, co-founder and former editor/publisher of PARIS! “But he was so much more than that. Our mission of ‘Showcasing the Best of Paris,’ had been his personal mission for years, and he took it far beyond reach of PARIS! magazine.”

With a combination of terrific energy and infectious enthusiasm, Gaines Hedge’s was arguably the best salesperson that our region has ever had. Why do I say “region?” Because Gaines
intuitively knew that to be successful, we had to work together as something larger, not just another small town in Northwest Tennessee.

From scouts to little league, the Arts Council to the Downtown Paris Association, Helping Hand to the blood mobile, our library, churches, city and county, Relay for Life, historic neighborhoods or Master Gardeners, Gaines served on boards, sent hundreds of press releases and made  thousands of Facebook posts to tout the good things that were happening here and in surrounding counties. And when he supported a worthwhile organization with his time and talent, he wanted you to support them, too.

Among his treasured honors was that of the 2010 Person of the Year from the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. He won this award because of his continuous efforts to
make our community and Northwest Tennessee not just a better place, but the best place.

So long, Gaines Hedges, and thank you for showing us how to spread the word about this wonderful region that will always be beholden to you.

In This Issue

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BACK IN THE DAY | The Hog Ropin'
BACK IN THE DAY | The Hog Ropin'

By Bill Neese

As a kid, I spent most every summer with my grandparents in Whitlock. My parents came up from Memphis about every other weekend, so I wouldn’t get homesick. Life was good. I had a horse and the two neighbor boys, Danny and Gary, had several. To be honest, I’m surprised we all survived those summers. We did every stunt we could think of. >>>>

REMINISCENCE | BETHEL WILLIAMS Reflecting Back On 101 Years
REMINISCENCE | BETHEL WILLIAMS Reflecting Back On 101 Years

By Shannon McFarlin

Bethel Williams came in with a roar on a winter’s day in February 1918 and has been a whirlwind as she’s traveled through her life ever since.  >>>>
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Tennessee River Jam June 28-30
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Tennessee River Jam June 28-30

By Shannon McFarlin

It’s finally here. In a few short months, production crews, vendors, and countless volunteers will be making final preparations for the first annual Tennessee River Jam, a three-day Music Festival in the Paris area June 28-30th.   >>>>
AROUND OUR TOWN | History Comes Home
AROUND OUR TOWN | History Comes Home

By Shannon McFarlin

The city of Paris’ former 1927 American LaFrance made its way back home in January, arriving on the back of a trailer hauled by Joe Jackson of the Walt Flowers Co. of Springville, all the way from Oregon, where it had been tracked down by Henry County Historical Society President David
Webb.   >>>>

FACES & PLACES |
FACES & PLACES |
Must-see snapshots of people and places about town.  >>>>
FEATURE | Favorites Through The years
FEATURE | Favorites Through The years

By Susan Jones

PARIS! first rolled off the press in the spring of 2004, and as the co-founder and editor, I’ve written for each issue. When current Editor/Publisher Smantha Parker asked me to write about three of my favorite articles, I knew that it would be a fun challenge. I encourage readers to visit
the archives at www.MyParisMagzine.com and enjoy them in their entirety.   >>>>
FEATURE | Footbar Walker; Not Just a Business But A Ministry
FEATURE | Footbar Walker; Not Just a Business But A Ministry
To put it simply, it’s an example of when ‘putting your foot down’ leads to great things for others. Nancy Morris said, “We set out to help one couple and then that led to helping other friends. It’s just grown. We really think of it more as a ministry than a business.”  >>>>
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | THE ARBORETUM AT MURRAY STATE A Glorious Surprise!
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | THE ARBORETUM AT MURRAY STATE A Glorious Surprise!

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

In February, when the weather briefly turned unseasonably warm, the Two Travelers went in search of a new, outdoor activity. Pointing the car north, we headed for The Arboretum at Murray State, just over a half-hour away.  >>>>
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | LIEUTENANT EDWIN H. RENNOLDS Our local history owes him a great debt
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | LIEUTENANT EDWIN H. RENNOLDS Our local history owes him a great debt

By Larry Ray

Edwin Rennolds was a true hero of the Civil War. He fought bravely and honorably in many famous battles, but is better known for the detailed accounts given in his publication, Henry County Commands. Our local history owes him a great debt.   >>>>
IN THE GARDEN | THE LOW-DOWN GARDENER
IN THE GARDEN | THE LOW-DOWN GARDENER

By John Watkins

Everyone knows that landscaping presents numerous challenges and each site has its own unique personality (much like their owners). There’s the sunny, optimistic sites that seem to thrive that nothing can keep them down and the shady types that can be dark and mysterious and sometimes difficult to work with…
  >>>>

PARIS CUISINE | EASTER DINNER
PARIS CUISINE | EASTER DINNER
If your childhood was anything like mine, Easter morning meant a plastic-grass-lined basket packed with a diverse array of candy: a rainbow of jelly beans, foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies and more. Maybe you still get a basket like that or you dip into the sweets received by your kids or grandkids. While it can be tempting to over-indulge in these delights, don’t.  >>>>
Welcome to the 66th WORLD'S BIGGEST FISH FRY
Welcome to the 66th WORLD'S BIGGEST FISH FRY

April 20-28. Go here for dates, times and events.  >>>>

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