PARIS!

IN THE WINTER 2022

On The Cover: Genevieve Hayes made a snow “brother sandwich” with her siblings Wade (middle) and Lee (bottom) last year. They are the children of Matt and Stacy Hayes.

Paris for the Holidays 2021 cover
Smantha and daughters at Paris Winery

   Editor’s Notes

Starting the New Year off right with PARIS Magazine!

By the time you read this, 2022 will be in full swing. The kids will be
back in school, we’ve already had our first snow with more on the way, and the days seem a little longer after the fast pace of the holiday season is over. But that can be a good thing. With no more gardens to tend, leaves to rake or presents to buy, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past and look to the future. With this issue of PARIS! you can do just that.

As always, Shannon McFarlin never disappoints with her vast knowledge of Henry County history. She tells of a sweet love story in Reminiscence. And as part of our ongoing series celebrating the county’s bicentennial, she has some wonderful old photos to share in Remember When and a tale of how one vote really can make a difference.

Bill Neese entertains with an explanation of how Birds Creek got its name in Back In The Day. Speaking of birds, Joan Howe writes about winter bird watching and all the different species you can find in your own backyard.

Karen Geary shares an idea for making the winter days shorter as she writes Getting Jiggy with Puzzles. She also had a sit-down with a couple of great men. Read all about Chef Andy Yeomans, owner of The Family Table in Henry and his generosity in Paris Cuisine and check out her Spotlight on Bruce Carlisle.

Looking to the future, read about Cherry Jones in Our Neighbors and her new project, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Interesting enough, she ran into an old childhood friend from Paris on the set, which you can read more about in Arts & Entertainment

Want to give back? Why not volunteer to help when the fine folks with Keep The Tennessee River Beautiful come to town or donate to Imagination Library as Travis McCleese explains the need for this wonderful program.

Henry County is full of surprises and PARIS! is kicking off 2022 with a new series, Unusual Pets. You’ll never believe the unique furry friends that call Paris home.

There’s so much more to read in this issue, but let’s not forget what winter in Henry County means. That’s right, Helping Hand is in full swing! Check out the calendar on pages 22-23. Whether you donate items or volunteer your time, remember to bid high and bid often!

Happy Winter!

In This Issue

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ONE VOTE MATTERS
ONE VOTE MATTERS

By Shannon McFarlin

We have all heard about the power of one vote. There are instances of one vote shaping the course of American history. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States by one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the Electoral College. In 1876, Samuel Tilden won the presidential popular vote but came up one electoral vote short and lost to Rutherford B. Hayes. But did you know that one vote made all the difference in the election of the Mayor of Paris in 1867? And that one vote was cast by the mayoral candidate himself.
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REMEMBER WHEN
REMEMBER WHEN
Photos celebrate the 200 year Bicentennial of Paris and Henry County.
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REMINISCENCE: Sula and the Governor
REMINISCENCE: Sula and the Governor

By Shannon McFarlin

To say that the wedding of Sula Sheeley and James Nance McCord was a big event in the lives of the people of Paris would be an understatement. It wasn’t just a wedding. It was historic. Sula Sheeley of Paris married former Tennessee Governor James Nance McCord on November 3, 1954, and it made history not just in Paris but the entire state.
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BACK IN THE DAY: Birds Creek, or How the Redbirds Flew
BACK IN THE DAY: Birds Creek, or How the Redbirds Flew

By Bill Neese

There is a country church in the Whitlock Community of Henry County, Tennessee, that was founded about the same time as the county, between 1820 and 1822. That is about the time my mother’s ancestors arrived here from Virginia. One of my great grands, Asa Cox, was an early preacher of that church. It was a Baptist church, named for a nearby tributary of the North Fork of the Obion River, Birds Creek.Read More >>
FEATURE: Winter Birding
FEATURE: Winter Birding

By Joan Howe

Irish writer Robert Lynd once wrote, “In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. One has to sit still like a mystic and wait. One soon learns that fussing, instead of achieving things, merely prevents things from happening. To be passive is in some circumstances the most efficient form of activity.”
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UNUSUAL PETS: Rex's Wild, Shady Grove Kingdom
UNUSUAL PETS: Rex's Wild, Shady Grove Kingdom

By Shannon McFarlin

A kangaroo, lemurs and hedgehogs, oh my! And that’s not to mention prairie dogs, pot belly pigs, chinchillas, and tortoises. Yes, Abby Tucker lives in a real-life menagerie and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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SPOTLIGHT: Bruce Carlisle, Navy Corpsman & Marine Model
SPOTLIGHT: Bruce Carlisle, Navy Corpsman & Marine Model

By Karen Geary

When Bruce Carlisle began his service as a Navy medical corpsman in 1973, little did he know his image would end up in the art collection of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. It was only a twist in fate that landed him in the painting – and in the Marines.
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PARIS CUISINE: Chef Andy, Cooking with Passion
PARIS CUISINE: Chef Andy, Cooking with Passion

By Karen Geary

To say Chef Andrew Yeomans has had an interesting life would definitely be an understatement. He has cooked meals for politicians, sports greats, and a score of musicians and actors. And now he is plating marvelous meals at The Family Table in downtown Henry.
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JUST FOR FUN
JUST FOR FUN
Test your word skills with this fun Christmas crossword puzzle!
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AROUND OUR TOWN: "Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful" is Coming to Town
AROUND OUR TOWN: "Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful" is Coming to Town
January is the perfect time to curl up by the fire and like a hibernating bear, take a long winter’s nap. But in many households, winter is time for planning upcoming activities. TVA has a timely idea that includes Henry County’s beloved Tennessee River.
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HELPING HAND
HELPING HAND
Helping Hand Radio Auction 2022 will be held January 10-March 2, 2022, broadcast daily over WTPR 101.7 FM / 710 AM,12:30 PM Weekdays / 12 Noon on Saturday. Listen to Saturday Night Auctions ON WTPR 101.7 FM (Click to check calendar for times.) Live streamed on radionwtn.com. DONATED ITEMS ACCEPTED UNTIL 9:00 AM. Label all items with Community or Group, Name of Donor, and a description of each item! Headquarters located at Paris Convention Center #1, 1510 East Wood Street in Paris.
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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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FEATURE: Imagination Library Needs Our Help!
FEATURE: Imagination Library Needs Our Help!

By Travis McLeese

Literacy is not a luxury, it’s a right and a responsibility” is by far one of my favorite quotes of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. Politics aside, President Clinton understood the impact that literacy had on childhood development and what impact it makes on one’s life. That wisdom was probably drawn from him serving as Governor of Arkansas, which currently ranks 47th in poverty rate.
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OUR NEIGHBORS: Actress Cherry Jones on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
OUR NEIGHBORS: Actress Cherry Jones on "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"

When Paris native Cherry Jones was home for the holidays, she sat down with Drew Wheatley for Paris Podcast. The two discuss the movie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which Jones portrays the mother of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. The interview also includes conversation about two other projects: Five Days at Memorial, a medical drama television miniseries, and a motion picture entitled The Sky is Everywhere.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Doug Wall, Movie Extra
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Doug Wall, Movie Extra

By Shannon McFarlin

Over the years when you’ve been at the movies, you may have thought to yourself, “Boy, that guy looks like Doug Wall.” And you just may have been right. Paris native Doug Wall has been working as an extra in movies for a few years now, with many unique experiences under his belt. But he really hit the jackpot in his most recent movie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which stars our own Cherry Jones as the third lead.
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FEATURE: Getting Jiggy with Puzzles
FEATURE: Getting Jiggy with Puzzles

By Karen Geary

For some people, the mention of jigsaw puzzles brings back a happy memory of hot cocoa on a cold, winter’s day and assembling a colorful image from tiny pieces of cardboard. For others, those same tiny pieces provoke instant recall of internal frustration and torture. Jigsaw puzzles – you either love them or hate them.
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OUR NEIGHBORS - IT'S CHRISTMAS YEAR 'ROUND with Travis McLeese
OUR NEIGHBORS - IT'S CHRISTMAS YEAR 'ROUND with Travis McLeese

Paris Podcast

There’s no shortage of delicious local dining in our area! Please peruse our restaurant guide and drop in for a meal. *Beer and/or other alcohol available. Check with your restaurant about indoor dining restrictions during the COVID outbreak.
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FACES & PLACES
FACES & PLACES
In this photo, Remi Patterson and her Papa, Larry Smith, shared a super sweet milkshake. Click for more scenes about town!
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