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FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2023

On The Cover: During a winter trek last year, Addy Kate Parker captured this peaceful scene of two deer in the snow behind Emerald Lake on Volunteer Drive.– Photo by Addy Kate Parker

Winter 2024 magazine cover
Smantha and daughters' faces in holiday clip art bodies

Editor’s Notes

It’s Winter time! Cozy up with PARIS! magazine

We can’t say we didn’t see it coming! The days when the winter sky looks like frozen marshmallows are here….and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

What a great time of year to cuddle up and catch up with PARIS! I learned a lot in this issue from our feature articles. For example, the Athena Delphian Club has a new take on an old project in “Le Petit Bazaar: Shop for GOOD!” The ladies behind the counter of the Henry County Court Clerk’s office are saving lives one duck at a time. And our friends at the Tennessee Valley Authority offer insight on new ways to go green in “Build A New Year’s Green Routine.”

Speaking of green, Garden Guru John Watkins’ “Garden Trends for the Coming Year” is a must read. But if you’re still seeking a winter escape, Steve McAdam’s has the right idea in his outdoor piece, “Winter Giving you the Blues? Try the Catalog Cure!”

My New Year’s resolution was to try something new, and Paris Arts Academy has the ticket. Meredith Verda’s article, “Weaving: New Local Classes on an Ancient Craft” will have you ready to start the class ASAP. Don’t forget that the PAA offers other classes from pottery to yoga.

History is always on our minds as we turn the calendar to a new year. Few counties are more enthusiastic about their history than Henry Countians. In Around Our Town, “Deeply Etched in Time: Fourth Generation Leads Business into Next Century” celebrates a fourth generation business that is a century old. Remember When is filled with photos from memorable snows at iconic places, and Reminiscence tales of renowned Puryear educator, Rosamond Clark Christenbery.

There’s lots more in this issue, so grab that cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

Happy New Year!

In This Issue

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REMEMBER WHEN: WINTER SNOWS From Henry County’s Past
REMEMBER WHEN: WINTER SNOWS From Henry County’s Past

By Shannon McFarlin

Snow, snow, snow! We may be in the South, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have snow. Let’s face it, for many people, winter isn’t complete without snow.
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REMINISCENCE: Rosamond Clark Christenberry, Renowned Tennessee Educator
REMINISCENCE: Rosamond Clark Christenberry, Renowned Tennessee Educator

By Shannon McFarlin

For decades, the portrait of Rosamond Clark Christenbery looked down upon the hustle and bustle in the hallways of Puryear School. But how many students knew that they had Rosamond to thank for their school in the first place? Read More >>

AROUND OUR TOWN: Deeply Etched in Time; Fourth Generation Leads Business Into Next Century
AROUND OUR TOWN: Deeply Etched in Time; Fourth Generation Leads Business Into Next Century

By Susan Jones

The first thing that Jay Travis ever wanted in life was to keep his family business going, building on the relationships and the service that his father, Dr. David Travis; grandfather, Barton Travis; and great grandfather, James Marvin “Mac” McCutchan gave this community. For Travis, taking the business into the next century was a sentimental mixture of family tradition and assisting people when they need you most. Read More >>

GREAT OUTDOORS: Winter Giving You the Blues? Try the Catalog Cure!
GREAT OUTDOORS: Winter Giving You the Blues? Try the Catalog Cure!

By Steve McCadams

Gloomy days of winter playing games with your mind? Cloudy, dreary weather for an extended period sort of turns a smile upside down. Too many back-to-back days of gray skies has been known to give the viewer a case of the winter blues. A seasonal cure won’t arrive until March 19 when the first day of Spring may chase away the woes of winter. Read More >>

FEATURE: Wanna Save a Life? Office of Henry County Clerk Joins Forces with Donate Life Tennessee
FEATURE: Wanna Save a Life? Office of Henry County Clerk Joins Forces with Donate Life Tennessee

By Karen Geary

When you walk into the Henry County Clerk’s Office, you expect to pay taxes, get a fishing license, or pick up a new car tag, but you don’t expect to be flocked by little yellow rubber duckies. That’s right, little duckies…lining the shelf in front of the customer service staff . But why?Read More >>

FEATURE: Le Petit Bazaar: Shop for Good
FEATURE: Le Petit Bazaar: Shop for Good

By Marie Ciciarelli Berryman

Several years ago, I was invited to join the Athena Delphian Club. I was new to Henry County and not yet familiar with the club. After some research, I found that the Club originated in 1963, and its membership was limited to 30 Henry County women. Their primary objective was to promote interest among its members to actively work in the community focusing on positively impacting Henry County’s cultural, art, and educational endeavors. Similar in my mind to a big city Junior League, it sounded wonderfully philanthropic! So, I gratefully accepted. Read More >>

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Weaving - New Local Classes on an Ancient Craft
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Weaving - New Local Classes on an Ancient Craft

By Meredith Vajda

Paris Academy for the Arts’ many classes have included pottery, painting, drawing and sketching, music and
dance instruction, yoga, sewing and quilting, writing, beading and jewelry-making, children’s summer camps, and even instruction in sushi. The one discipline the academy has never offered is weaving. Read More >>

HELPING HAND: January 8 - February 28
HELPING HAND: January 8 - February 28

The annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is a BIG DEAL in Henry County! Donated items are accepted until 9:00 am at th Halping Hand headquarters located at Paris Convention Center #1, 1510 East Wood Street, in Paris. Read More >>

FACES & PLACES: People & Events About Town
FACES & PLACES: People & Events About Town

Don’t miss this fun section chock full of the latest happenings in Paris and Henry County. In one of many scenes in this edition, Riley Jenkins of Paris performing for the Downtown Paris Association’s Christmas Open House. He is an award-wining Elvis Tribute Artist and currently portrays Elvis in “The Million Dollar Quartet” in Branson. Read More >>

JUST FOR FUN: Winter Crossword Fun
JUST FOR FUN: Winter Crossword Fun

Test your word skills and join our snowmen friends for crossword puzzle fun in the winter issue of PARIS!
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HEALTHY IDEAS: Meditation - Pathway to Peace of Mind
HEALTHY IDEAS: Meditation - Pathway to Peace of Mind

In the fast-paced world we live in, finding moments of peace and calm can be a rare treasure. This is where meditation steps in, offering a pathway to tranquility and inner balance. Let’s embark on a journey to understand what meditation is, explore its myriad benefits, and learn how you can begin this transformative practice in your own life. Read More >>

FEATURE: Build a New Year's Green Routine
FEATURE: Build a New Year's Green Routine

Looking to green up your routines in the New Year? Tennessee Valley Authority friends have some ideas to help, whether it’s caring for your own yard, adopting new ways to think green, or adventuring year ’round across the Valley region. Read More >>

IN THE GARDEN: Gardening Trends for the Coming Year
IN THE GARDEN: Gardening Trends for the Coming Year

By John Watkins

I personally have never been much of a “Trend Setter” (Leigh, I hear you snickering over there). However, I can certainly follow a trend as well as the next person. Nobody rocked that mullet and bell-bottom jeans better than me in the 70’s.
Staying up late watching the newest videos on MTV in the 80’s. Flip-up sunglasses and trying to figure out just what this “Internet” thing really was all about in the 90’s, etc., etc. … Read More >>

PARIS CUISINE: Warm and Cozy Winter Meals
PARIS CUISINE: Warm and Cozy Winter Meals

Though we obviously love cooking year-round, there’s something extra special about creating kitchen magic during the wintertime. Our ovens warm up the kitchen, and the meals that come out of them are beyond comforting. Creamy soups, easy casseroles, and hearty baked pasta dishes that give us all the cozy feelings are the name of the game. To help you warm up this winter, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite easy dinner recipes. While cold winds blow outside, stay home and stay warm with these four winter dinners to keep the whole family happy and satisfied. Read More >>

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