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.
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.
FEATURE | OPERATION RESCUE
By Susan Jones
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | RACHEL ALLISON Textile Artist and Designer
By Meredith Vajda
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.
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.
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.
AROUND OUR TOWN | MORE CATFISH HOOKED FOR HENRY COUNTY
By Shannon McFarlin
grace our fair city and county. >>>>
REMINISCENCE | World's Biggest Fish Fry Memories
FACES & PLACES | People & Events About Town
FEATURE | STAYCATION The NEW Spring Break
By Barry Hart
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
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.
BACK IN THE DAY | A TRACTOR FOR A REAL MAN
By Bill Neese
farm machinery and, for a kid, got pretty good at it. >>>>
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
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.
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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