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!
BACK IN THE DAY | WET GRASS
By Bill Neese
FEATURE | COPING
By Shannon McFarlin
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.
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.
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.
SPOTLIGHT | ONE OF A KIND HCHS CLASS OF 2020
By Dr. Michele Webb
FEATURE | KATHY RAY HANGS UP HER SUNGLASSES AS DPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
By Susan Jones
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | THE PARLOR - PLAYIN' AND PICKIN' IN PURYEAR
By Shannon McFarlin
FEATURE | THE OLD BOYS OF SUMMER
By Barry Hart
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.”
REMINISCENCE | FIRST JET IN HENRY COUNTY?
By Charles Cate
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