A magazine the quality of PARIS! may be an anomaly in a small, rural town, but thanks to the individuals below, it’s published five times a year by Parker Publishing. These professionals, many of whom are volunteers, provide direction, editorial and /or photographic content for each issue.
Editorial Departments & Staff
Smantha Parker, Editor and Publisher
Native Henry Countian Smantha Parker assumed the position as editor and publisher of PARIS! in 2013. She and husband Kyle have two daughters, Savannah
and Addy Kate.
Susan Jones, Editor Emeritus
Susan Jones is a native Henry Countian, a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a former educator and local business owner. She delights in promoting her home county through PARIS! magazine, which was co-founded with her business partner, the late Art Nellen.
Divas - Dan Townsend
Townsend is a Henry Countian who teaches Automotive
Technology at the Tennessee Technology Center’s
McKenzie campus. It’s rumored that Dan has forgotten
more about automotive repair than most people will
Garden - John Watkins
department is written by landscape designer and
Certified Grounds Manager John Watkins. With each
issue, Watkins brings his special brand of humor and
expertise to all of the garden lovers who call Zone
School of Thought - Dawn Poole, Dr. Norma Gerrell
department focuses on schools in the Henry County
School System (HCSS) and Paris Special School
District (PSSD). Contributors Dawn Poole, HCSS
Service Learning Coordinator and Dr. Norma Gerrell,
PSSD Supervisor of Instruction co-produce this
column that keeps readers up to date with what’s new
in classrooms across the county.
Cuisine - Lisa Ciarrocchi
Lisa Ciarrocchi and husband, Roggero, own Paris
Winery. An amazing cook and baker, Lisa has plenty
of mouth watering recipes to share. She also enjoys
gathering delicious ideas from Henry County cooks
and using them in her column.
This department is written by
a variety of writers. It was introduced by Paris
native Elise Wright who penned a piece entitled
"Paradise Found on Boundbrook Drive." Upcoming
articles will be historical features about Henry
County's interesting people and places.
This department is dedicated to
those who make a difference in Henry County. They
may be movers and shakers or quiet achievers, but
their common bond is helping friends and neighbors
in their community. It is created by a variety of
Thoughts of Home -
Perry is a lover of family, pets, cooking, music and
small but beautiful touches. In short, Julie enjoys
everything that goes into creating a welcoming home
environment, and she’s willing to share them.
Features - Shannon
Shannon McFarlin graduated from
Murray State University with a
degree in public history and she
hasn’t looked back. McFarlin is a
prolific writer who has seen to it
that hundreds of Henry County’s best
stories and its history have been preserved through her articles that appear not only in PARIS! but in other publications, as well. She is currently working on a book about the history of Camp Tyson. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographers & Artists
Walking into Lisa Green’s studio in
downtown Puryear, Tennessee, is an experience like
no other. Behind the turn of the century storefront
is a mix of creative genius, cutting edge technology
and a passion for our county’s past. Since the
spring of 2004, Lisa has supported the magazine by
providing many of our most popular covers.
When he’s not replacing hips and
knees, Gene Gulish enjoys photographing nature in
his backyard and around the world. His fine work can
be viewed throughout his office, at local
photography exhibits and on several covers of PARIS!
Not all of the covers of PARIS! are
A member of the Tennessee Fine Arts League, Ann’s
Cardinal in Winter was selected as the cover for the
Winter 2008 issue.
A self described computer geek, Al
worked in the Tampa Tribune's Information Services
Department. After a liver transplant, he and his
wife, Judy retired to Puryear, Tennessee. The couple
enjoys the outdoors, where Al takes some of his most
inspiring photographs, several of which have graced
the cover of PARIS!.
A native Henry Countian, history buff
and enthusiastic photographer, Jean enjoys recording
local events and activities through her lens. Many
of her shots can be seen in Faces and Places,
however, this March, her work will grace the cover
of PARIS! in the Spring.
Perhaps one of the county’s
most prolific and generous amateur photographers,
Mike’s works appears on a number of local web sites.
When traveling, he never fails to bring home
promotional ideas for his community via his photos.
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Whether your a native Henry Countian, looking to move to our top-rated locale, or just passing through, PARIS! is a pleasant read.