PARIS!

IN THE WINTER 2021

On The Cover: Most people would agree that Henry County has a beautiful courthouse square, but add a dusting
of snow, and it becomes picture-postcard perfect! This aerial photo was captured by drone videography wizard Sam Hutson, president of Crove Media.

Paris! in Winter 2021
Smantha and daughters ready for winter.

Editor’s Notes

A Wintry Read

Winter can seem dreary, but we’ve had a nice smattering of sunny days. This issue of PARIS! gives readers even more reason to perk up with interesting reads about the people and places Henry Countians love.

A great example is our Spotlight on Charlie Atkinson. Karen Geary describes this remarkable lady who’s been loving her post office job, her fellow employees, and customers for a half century.

Ever wonder how local leadership continues to work its way through COVID? Travis McLeese, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, offers a birds-eye view of the process, plus some sage advice.

COVID may be the subject matter for more than one entry in the Arts Council’s upcoming writing contest. Everyone has a story. Here’s your chance to tell yours!

Bill Neese has reams of stories, and fortunately, PARIS! readers get to experience many of them through Bill’s eyes. Don’t miss his new one, “Duke and the Skunk Dog.”

If you’ve ever thought of creating a bucket list, Barry Hart offers a great read that explains the beauty of the bucket list and why we all should have one.

If “hosting a winter hummingbird” is on your bucket list, you’ll enjoy this Q and A with master bird bander Cyndi Routledge. Spoiler alert, it could happen in your yard! Speaking of nature, Garden Guru John Watkins has learned to appreciate the elegance of winter’s berries, bark and blooms and shares how to create a lawn of winter wonder. 

And Cat McGavin tells us how she fell for this community from 2,000 miles away in “Falling in Love with Home,” available on Paris Podcast. 

There’s plenty more fun with Reminiscence, Paris Cuisine, A Couple of Travelers, the Dining Guide and Faces & Places.

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2021 and a great read!

In This Issue

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BACK IN THE DAY: Duke and the Skunk Dog
BACK IN THE DAY: Duke and the Skunk Dog

By Bill Neese

Hunting has always been popular in Henry County. Over the years, the prey has changed. Read More >>

AROUND OUR TOWN: Covid Positive
AROUND OUR TOWN: Covid Positive

By Travis McLeese

After writing countless press releases, Facebook posts, emails, and other types of communication that relayednegative or disappointing information, I decided to take a pause and reflect on the positive that I have experienced throughout 2020 during the Covid crisis.
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FEATURE: What's On Your Bucket List?
FEATURE: What's On Your Bucket List?

By Barry Hart

A “bucket list” is defined as “a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.”
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: PHC Arts Council Sponsors Writing Contest
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: PHC Arts Council Sponsors Writing Contest

By Karen Geary

When COVID-19 struck Henry County last year, many government offices and civic organizations quickly had to adjust their schedules and activities to assure public safety. And as the virus spread, one-after-one of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s yearly events were canceled.
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A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS: Your Winter Destination is Just Across the River
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS: Your Winter Destination is Just Across the River

By Susan Jones and John Nichols

You don’t have to go far for an entertaining, winter jaunt; there’s plenty to see just across the Tennessee River in Stewart County. The two of us often marvel at how much Stewart County has to offer, especially in winter. Read More >>

FEATURE: Playing Host to Winter Hummingbirds
FEATURE: Playing Host to Winter Hummingbirds
Hanging a hummingbird feeder during the winter feels counter intuitive to most folks. After all, by the time it gets chilly in Tennessee the hummingbirds are all in Mexico or Central America, right? Not according to Cyndi Routledge.
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IN THE GARDEN: The Winter Gardener
IN THE GARDEN: The Winter Gardener

By John Watkins

Ah, Winter. When gardeners get to catch their breath and anxiously await those first warm days of Spring. I have to admit that I used to think that winter was the ugliest season for the garden.
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SPOTLIGHT: Charlie Atkinson, Loving Her Job for 50 Years
SPOTLIGHT: Charlie Atkinson, Loving Her Job for 50 Years

One thing is for certain, floors don’t clean themselves. Neither do countertops, glass doors, or brass fixtures. If you frequent the Paris Post Office and noticed the number of people who are in and out of the building, the thought of keeping the facility clean all day would seem like a daunting task. But Charlie Atkinson kept the post office floors shining and the lobby tidy for 50 years. Read More >>

OUR NEIGHBORS: Falling in Love with HOME
OUR NEIGHBORS: Falling in Love with HOME

By Susan Jones

Over six-decades I’ve only moved a handful of times, and each undertaking was traumatic. The first time was when I began college. After helping me move into the dorm, my parents were so certain I’d have second thoughts that when my mother started the car, my father reportedly yelled, “Gun it, Joanie, before she grabs the bumper!”
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FACES AND PLACES: People & Events About Town
FACES AND 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.
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PARIS CUISINE: Hearty Soups to Love
PARIS CUISINE: Hearty Soups to Love

Taking stock of what makes soup so soothing and satisfying is simple. A warm bowl of soup is a classic comfort food, especially when the weather turns chilly or you have a cold. There’s a strong association between soup and comfort and often a reminder of loving care.
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REMINISCENCE: National Register Sites in Henry County
REMINISCENCE: National Register Sites in Henry County

By Shannon McFarlin

In 1966, the National Register of Historic Places was established as an official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.
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