PARIS!

IN THE SUMMER 2021

On The Cover: The captain of his own ship, Alex Weiher enjoys a spin on Kentucky Lake. Don’t worry, TWRA! He had adult supervision close by and just beyond the photo image. We thank Alex’s mother, Summer Hawkins, for submitting this photo to us.

PARIS! summer 21 cover
Smantha and daughters

Editor’s Notes

A Summer Dream

Raise your glass of sweet tea if you’re ready for a dreamy, Paris-Henry County summer! The Parker clan is going to soak up everything that our community has to offer.

Make “Around Our Town” your first read. The downtown shops are hopping, gorgeous planters are overflowing with blooms, and the Oak Ridge Boys are coming in June!!

Speaking of downtown, don’t miss Shannon McFarlin’s moving piece “Never Give Up,” the remarkable story of Viviana Rodriguez Londono, the first female firefighter in the City of Paris.

“Reminiscence” takes a summer turn with “Pool-ish Memories,” Chad and Gerald Howard’s hilarious recollections of Gerald’s work at the city pool, now the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool.

I could practically live at Eiffel Tower Park and the Krider Performing Arts Center this summer and never run out of entertainment. The splash park, concerts and new playground, plus musicals for all ages, and even ukulele classes are chronicled in “Our New Happy Place” by Shannon McFarlin, “KPAC’s Busy Summer” by Rhonda Stanton, and “Sweet, Sweet Summer Time!” by Chamber CEO Travis McLeese.

McLeese’s round-up includes more open-air fun, such as Cody Nance’s PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event, the Tennessee River Jam and the Water Fun Run. With so many events at Paris Landing, we’ve added a special article, “Kentucky Lake – A Safe Summer is a Great Summer”.

If you have the urge to hit the road, A Couple of Travelers have recently returned from Bardstown, KY, the Bourbon Capitol of the World. What’s better than bourbon? Gardening Guru John Watkins votes for his wide array of weird and wonderful plants. There’s plenty more summer reading with features on the Glenn Lee Century Farm, teenager talk, cooking with peaches, plus BBQ Queens April and Olivia Perry.

Don’t miss our calendar of events. It’s full of summertime fun. Time to get more tea!

In This Issue

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AROUND OUR TOWN Spruced Up for Summer!
AROUND OUR TOWN Spruced Up for Summer!

By Travis McLeese

Rich history, breathtaking architecture, and unique shopping opportunities make downtown Paris, Tennessee, a true rural travel destination. Sweet treats and shade trees make it that much “cooler” in the summer.Read More >>

SPOTLIGHT: Never Give Up
SPOTLIGHT: Never Give Up

By Shannon McFarlin

This is the story of a life unlike any most of us will ever face. It’s also the story of courage, perseverance and the ability to see blessings in the darkness.
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REMINISCENCE: POOLish Memories
REMINISCENCE: POOLish Memories

By Chad Howard

It’s funny when I think back to May of 1977. While many memories of that year are somewhat faded, I remember the pool. Well, that’s what we called it anyway, but the official title was the Paris City Swimming Pool.
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FEATURE: Blue Cross Healthy Place, OUR NEW HAPPY PLACE
FEATURE: Blue Cross Healthy Place, OUR NEW HAPPY PLACE

By Shannon McFarlin

With the addition of the Splash Park and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Playground, a trip to Eiffel Tower Park is now not only a destination, it’s an experience.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Sweet, Sweet Summertime
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Sweet, Sweet Summertime

By Travis McLeese

Busy summers are nothing new to the Henry County area, but the upcoming summer season is shaping up to be full of new activity. The Tennessee River Jam is returning for its second year with a full list of talented artists and the Water Fun Run looks to welcome participants for an action-packed day on Kentucky Lake.Read More >>

FEATURE: KPAC'S Busy Summer
FEATURE: KPAC'S Busy Summer

By Rhonda Stanton

Summer brings hot, hazy days… and ARTS experiences to Krider Performing Arts Center. Perhaps those are not the words many folks might expect, but at KPAC summer is a very busy season!
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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.
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ON THE WATER: KENTUCKY LAKE, Where a Safe Summer is a Great Summer
ON THE WATER: KENTUCKY LAKE, Where a Safe Summer is a Great Summer

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is hardwired for fun. Tennessee Valley summers bring warm weather with plenty of opportunities to get outside and play the days away.
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A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS: Bardstown, KY
A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS: Bardstown, KY

By Susan Jones and John Nichols

The Two Travelers had heard of Bardstown forever, but never had a chance to visit. Although our time there was brief – an overnight with an afternoon departure the following day – we experienced enough to know that another trip is in order.
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FEATURE: Oh, Dad! Understanding The New Lexicon
FEATURE: Oh, Dad! Understanding The New Lexicon

By Barry Hart

Every generation has its own list of words and phrases that will take you back in time once you hear them. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s – a time when things seemed much simpler.
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OUR NEIGHBORS, Paris Podcast: PERRY'S BBQ, Smokin' Hot and On the Move
OUR NEIGHBORS, Paris Podcast: PERRY'S BBQ, Smokin' Hot and On the Move

When Patrick and April Perry decided to take a delicious hobby and turn it into business, their greatest asset wasn’t their signature special sauce, it was faith and family. No decisions were made without prayer and their family was working right by their side.
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COUNTRY LIFE: The Lee Family's CENTURY FARM
COUNTRY LIFE: The Lee Family's CENTURY FARM

By Shannon McFarlin

Tradition is important in Henry County and it is especially important to our farmers and farmland. Indeed, Henry County is home to 35 Century Farms – farms whose owners have been in the same family for 100 years or more. Of that number, several can date their farms all the way back to the 1830s.
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THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF PLANTS
THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF PLANTS

By John Watkins

After such a weird past year in everyone’s lives, what better time than now to take a look at some truly weird and wonderful plants from around the world. It’s almost as if Mother Nature sat down one day and decided, “You know what, to heck with all these boring, run-of-the-mill plants. Let’s spice things up a little!”
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PARIS CUISINE: Summertime Is Just Peachy
PARIS CUISINE: Summertime Is Just Peachy
Summer is a glorious season to be a cook! Of all the nourishing and natural summer crops, freshly picked peaches are my favorite. Fresh summer peaches are so lovely, their fuzzy skin tinted a gorgeous hue of golden-orange. Their scent, a delicate yet distinctive perfume, is the very essence of perfection.
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