By the time this issue of PARIS! rolls off the press, my oldest daughter, Savannah, will have graduated from Henry County High School and be headed for Bethel University. Savannah was just three when I started working for PARIS! magazine, and I have such fond memories of her helping me throughout the years. Thank you, sweet girl, I’m so proud of you and your classmates!
As the Class of 2019 prepares to move into adulthood, the rest of us are ready for a relaxing summer. In “A Couple of Travelers,” Susan Jones reminds us of the simple pleasures that await us just a few miles down the road on the Tennessee River. Chamber Director Travis McLeese offers a nice addendum with an informative piece on local dining. Spoiler alert, we may need to declare Paris as the Restaurant Entrepreneur Capital of Tennessee.
PARIS! in Summer is full of other fun articles, including two that will make you chuckle. John Watkins, AKA the Plant Whisperer offers tips on listening to plants, and Bill Neese tells a tale about his solo trombone concert aboard an L&N train.
Larry Ray and Shannon McFarlin offer up a summer sampling of history and exploration with articles on adventurer, Richard Haliburton and Civil War Lieutenant John Wesley Callicott. Shannon also shares a story on the artworks of Joel Crosno, as well as Henry County’s whimsical salute to the catfish.
Karen Geary fills us in on a medical device that Physician Assistant Tonya Nash has brought to Paris. Karen brings more good news with the upcoming Arts Council fundraiser featuring one of the funniest, most talented musicians we know, Sammy Goldstein.
To top it all off , there are ice cream recipes to cool you down and perhaps make you a contender at the Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social!
Have a great summer!
BACK IN THE DAY | Music on the Hummingbird
By Bill Neese
One thing younger folks missed is travel by train. Passenger rail service declined as the interstates were built and air travel became common. Until then, railroads had flagship trains with Pullman cars, sleepers, club cars and Duncan Hines diners.>>>>
REMINISCENCE | RICHARD HALLIBURTON World Traveler, Author, Adventurer
By Shannon McFarlinDuring his all-too-short life, Richard Halliburton was one of the most famous people in the world. A world traveler, author and adventurer, Halliburton was one of the most recognized people on the planet. >>>>
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS | Take Me To The River!
By John Nichols & Susan JonesIf there’s one thing the Two Travelers have learned over the years, it’s that we don’t have to travel far to have fun. One of the chief tourism draws in the Southeastern United States is the gorgeous, 652 mile-long Tennessee River, and it’s right in our own backyard. Below is the “Two Travelers’ Sampler Platter” of four, fabulous things that make us say, “Take me to the river!” >>>>
FEATURE | SOMETHING FISHY Going On In Paris
By Shannon McFarlin
There sure is something fishy going on in Paris. Over a dozen catfish statues with individual designs and personalities have
popped up in downtown Paris and beyond, and people sure have been getting excited about it. >>>>
SPOTLIGHT | JOEL CROSNO Hiding In Plain SightAs anyone who has been here for any length of time knows, Paris has many hidden gems. One of those gems, Joel Crosno, has
been hiding in plain sight in the Paris Parks and Recreation Department. His profile has become more noticed lately now that everyone is beginning to realize what a talented artist he is. >>>>
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | In Concert: SAMMY GOLDSTEIN
By Karen GearyOn June 8, the Paris-Henry County Arts Council is “Celebrating Hollywood, Broadway & Beyond” with a program of music and fun,
performed by our favorite piano man, Sammy Goldstein. >>>>
FACES & PLACES | People & Events About TownIn this photo, a group of theater goers left Paris to see Hello, Dolly! at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The bus trip was
organized by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. >>>>
HEALTHY IDEAS | Keeping a COOL HEAD
By Karen GearyFour of the most terrifying words for a woman to hear is “You have breast cancer.” When Tonya Nash, physician assistant
at Eagle Clinic Clinic, received her diagnosis it was a time of mixed emotions and a determination to beat her cancer. >>>>
IN THE GARDEN | Plant Whisperer
By John WatkinsBack when my boys were little, I used to enjoy going to their kindergarten or elementary school classes to give my little talks about plants and the landscape. One of my favorite lessons was convincing the kids that the plants could actually talk to you if you just
paid close enough attention. >>>>
AROUND OUR TOWN | HUNGRY? Experience PARIS!
By John Watkins
One of the best ways to “EXPERIENCE PARIS” is to pull up a chair and enjoy our scrumptious, locally owned, dining options.
From luscious, regional fare to mouth-watering Italian, Mexican, Asian or Contemporary American food, Paris boasts an impressive variety of locally-owned restaurants. >>>>
PARIS CUISINE | CHURN UP SUMMERChurn up one of these new and improved homemade ice cream recipes at your next summer bash. Or why not have the crowd asking for
more at the Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social on July 27. You just might have the prize-winning tasty treat! >>>>
WHEN BULLETS FLEW | Lt JOHN WESLEY CALLICOTT Early Pioneer In Henry County
By Larry Ray
Although Henry County was not formed until 1821, there are many living here whose ancestors fought bravely in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Some of those families came to Henry County after receiving land grants for their military service. Among these early families were the Callicotts. >>>>
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