PARIS!

IN THE SPRING 2020

 

On The Cover: A girl and her horse – it’s a special bond. Photographer Mary Kate Paschall captures this tender moment between Blaine Lamon, daughter of Derek and Heather Lamon, and her 15-year-old pal, Bandit. The photo was taken at Ann Wilson’s farm in Cottage Grove.

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Editor’s Notes

Happy Hushpuppies, Y’all!!!

Shelley wrote, “…If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

I say, “If March comes, can Fish Fry be far behind?”You can’t get in line at the Fish Tent until the last week in April, but we have your Fish Fry fix with a fun, two-page pictorial that is sure to bring back memories. Staying with the theme, Shannon McFarlin writes about a new school of artistic fish making a splash in town.

Speaking of making a splash, this issue is filled with several local young people who have been turning heads. The Arts Council’s Meredith Vajda introduces us to Henry County native Rachel Allison, who has found her passion in costume design. And Dan Jackson puts Cam’ron Patton in the “Spotlight”as this young boxing champion prepares for more competitions and eyes the 2024 Olympic Games.

Itching to dig in the dirt? Garden Guru John Watkins says, “Hold onto your shovel and lay a good plan before your spring garden shopping spree.” And if you think you’re ready for a bona fide tractor to work your garden, well, wait until you read Bill Neese’s piece in “Back in the Day.” Everyone knows that Henry Countians are a generous bunch, but teacher Ashley James wants to go above and beyond for an end of school gift for Rhea School students. Find out more in “School of Thought.” Don’t miss Barry Hart’s ideas for a spring break staycation, or the Two Travelers’ suggestion for a jaunt that involves kilts, music and perhaps a wee dram. Larry Ray covers the history of another special Henry County family and Karen Geary helps celebrate a local club that’s been horsing around for 60 years. We learn why we should all be saying “y’all” more often and we find out about some rediscovered court and genealogical records that may surprise you.

Happy Hushpuppies!

In This Issue

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FEATURE | OPERATION RESCUE
FEATURE | OPERATION RESCUE

By Susan Jones

What’s more Southern than sweet tea and cornbread? How about that wonderful combo of the words, you and all?
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | RACHEL ALLISON Textile Artist and Designer
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | RACHEL ALLISON Textile Artist and Designer

By Meredith Vajda

A few years ago, when award-winning actress and Paris native Cherry Jones was honored at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, she saluted the culture of “music, performing, and the visual arts” in her hometown, calling it a “haven and hotbed for the performing arts.” >>>>
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT | ONE TEACHER’S VISION FOR EACH STUDENT
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT | ONE TEACHER’S VISION FOR EACH STUDENT

Ashley James, kindergarten teacher at W.G. Rhea Elementary school in Paris, Tennessee, has set an ambitious goal for the end of the 2019-2020 school year – to gift every student at her school with 10 to 20 books to start their home libraries before the summer break.
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SPOTLIGHT | THE CHAMP & THE COACH
SPOTLIGHT | THE CHAMP & THE COACH

By Dan Jackson

Boxing has taken some punches over the last few years. We don’t hear as much from it as we used to. Part of the reason
for that is the rise of mixed martial arts fighting and part of the reason is the tremendous murkiness of the boxing business on the international level.
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FEATURE | SADDLE UP! BY KAREN GEARY Local Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary
FEATURE | SADDLE UP! BY KAREN GEARY Local Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

By Karen Geary

To say that the Henry County Saddle Club is riding high would be an understatement. Not many clubs could boast being
active after 60 years, but the Saddle Club is celebrating their anniversary this year.
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AROUND OUR TOWN | MORE CATFISH HOOKED FOR HENRY COUNTY
AROUND OUR TOWN | MORE CATFISH HOOKED FOR HENRY COUNTY

By Shannon McFarlin

This sure is fishy, but in a good way. They look like a little catfish army and soon they’ll join the other catfish statues that already
grace our fair city and county.   >>>>
REMINISCENCE | World's Biggest Fish Fry Memories
REMINISCENCE | World's Biggest Fish Fry Memories
The pages of old Fish Fry books, spanning from 1959 to 1983, give a glimpse into the past of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry and its festivities. PARIS! is indebted to the late Don Peale for allowing us to use his collection prior to his death for the layout of these memory pages. >>>>
FACES & PLACES | People & Events About Town
FACES & PLACES | People & Events About Town
Don’t miss this fun section chock full of fun, education, music and every good thing in Paris and Henry County.   >>>>
FEATURE | STAYCATION The NEW Spring Break
FEATURE | STAYCATION The NEW Spring Break

By Barry Hart

When I think of planning a trip for spring break, the old song “I’ve Been Everywhere” comes to mind. You may recall the
song – it was recorded by Hank Snow in 1962 and Johnny Cash in 1996. In the lyrics, 92 places are mentioned, and I’ve been to most of them! >>>>
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | GRAB YOUR KILT! IT’S FESTIVAL TIME
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | GRAB YOUR KILT! IT’S FESTIVAL TIME

By John Nichols & Susan Jones

They say that in spring, a young man’s fancy turns to love, but at the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games in Maryville,
Tennessee, the fellows are more interested in sporting kilts and heaving tall logs end over end. This is just one of the festival’s many authentic athletic competitions, but it’s only the tip of log, if you will.
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BACK IN THE DAY | A TRACTOR FOR A REAL MAN
BACK IN THE DAY | A TRACTOR FOR A REAL MAN

By Bill Neese

When I was eleven years old, I spent all the time I could on the family farm near Whitlock, Tennessee. I loved to operate
farm machinery and, for a kid, got pretty good at it. >>>>
IN THE GARDEN | THE GARDEN SHOPPER
IN THE GARDEN | THE GARDEN SHOPPER

By John Watkins

Welcome to Spring! As I sit here writing this article, in mid-February, the rain is pouring outside and temperatures
are supposed to go down to the low teens overnight. Kind of hard for me to imagine that the “future me” will look back and say, “That wasn’t so bad, now was it?” But I’m also sure that “future me” will be itching to get back out and play in the dirt again and for that he’s going to need some plants.>>>>

FEATURE | INVALUABLE HISTORY
FEATURE | INVALUABLE HISTORY

By Shannon McFarlin

When 60 boxes of old Chancery Court records and newspapers found at the courthouse arrived at the Henry County Archives,
it felt like Christmas morning to County Archivist Stephanie Tayloe. “I stayed in the office all weekend just looking over them,” she said.
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WHEN BULLETS FLEW | DR. JOSIAH HORTON PORTER A Prominent Family of Paris
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | DR. JOSIAH HORTON PORTER A Prominent Family of Paris

By Larry Ray

Josiah Horton Porter was born in Paris on December 8, 1824, into a family that would become one of the most famous and infl
uential families in Tennessee. He was the son of Dr. Thomas Kennedy Porter, Sr. and Geraldine Horton.
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WORLD'S BIGGEST FISH FRY
WORLD'S BIGGEST FISH FRY

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