Saturday, November 4, 2017

Beautiful Paris Landing Photos by Randy Collins of

I love it when someone discovers the beauty of Paris Landing in everyday scenes.  Local businessman Randy Collins of Collins Land Clearing ( does that in these gorgeous photos.

Red sky during Civil War Living History weekend.
© 2017 Randy Collins/

Oklahoma bound early AM on 10/5/17.
© 2017 Randy Collins/

Sunset over Sulphur Creek Bay
© 2017 Randy Collins/

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Early Morning Reflection

Nothing like a little early morning reflection by one of my favorite local photographers, Paul Hosford.

Please visit his Facebook Page for more beautiful photographs.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

July 4th Festivities At Paris Landing State Park

Come out and celebrate Independence Day at Paris Landing State Park with our "4th of July" Fireworks show. Join us at the ampitheatre starting at 4pm for music,activities and food vendors. Then stay after dark for a great fireworks display. The event is free and open to all ages. Seating and viewing areas are first come, first serve.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Vietnam War Moving Wall Headed To Paris

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Vietnam War Moving Wall Headed To Paris
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.—The Vietnam War Moving Wall will be in Paris over Labor Day weekend, from August 31-September 4, and Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Johnson said, “We’re so proud to have the Moving Wall come to our community.”
The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for over 30 years. The Moving Wall was in our area in 2013, at Camden, and it drew huge crowds.
Johnson said, “It’s so appropriate that the Wall should come to Paris in this year, with the 100th anniversary of our National Guard unit and other military anniversaries. It’s an important year in the nation’s military history and in our military history. It’s special and exciting for us.”
The Chamber began planning for the event years ago, making the request with the Moving Wall organizers that the local community be placed on the schedule.
The Moving Wall will be placed at the Eiffel Tower Park, in the large field between the swimming pool and Memorial Park Cemetery. “It’s a perfect location for it,” Johnson said. “There will be plenty of solitude there. It’s removed from most of the activities of the park. It’s handicapped accessible. There is plenty of parking there.”
The Moving Wall must be staffed 24 hours a day for all five days and local veterans’ groups will be volunteering for that.
A public ceremony will open the Moving Wall August 31 and details will be announced later, Johnson said.
According to the Moving Wall schedule, it will be on display in Savannah, Tenn., September 7-11.
Photo: Bagpiper Ed Smith of Paris performed at the opening ceremonies when the Moving Wall was in Camden in 2013. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

To those who courageously gave their lives ...
And those who bravely fight today ....
Thank you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Water Dropping!

The water is dropping! Right now it is down to 361. 
Most areas of the park are back open!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lakefront Property For Sale

SweetValley Is For Sale
About Sweetvalley:  When I was a kid my mother took my sisters and me to Grandma's house on Kentucky Lake. It was a waterfront 2 bedroom cabin back then with cracks in the walls you could see through. We ran up and down the hill to the lake to swim and ski. We fished, had weeny roasts, got sun-burned and more than anything we had great times together and made great memories. There a thousand stories my sisters and cousins and friends could tell about the times we spent there....  SweetValley is like that too. I bought it years ago to have a place on the lake near Grandma and Mom. We've had a lot of great times there too. Lots of fun, boating, swimming, cookouts, hangin' with friends and children. I never had children but a lot of my friends kids have fond memories of SweetValley and the good times we had.  My friends and family, like Grandma's house, made a lot of great memories there together. Grandma and Mom are gone now and I'm not a kid anymore so I'm ready to "pass the torch" so to speak. I'm hoping someone with kids or grand kids will get this place and build family love and memories like we did.

For more information:

Contact: John Peddy       Email: 
Phone: 731-571-5940


Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or vacation rental property  Sweetvalley is for you.

This privately owned waterfront property is located in a quiet little valley on a secluded beach near Paris Landing on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Sweetvalley offers all the amenities of home. Bordered by water, trees and nature - occasional sightings of turkey, deer, eagles etc. Everyday is an adventure. Great fishing for Bass, Crappie and more.

My home for over twenty years. My friends, their kids and I had a great time growing up here. Now you can enjoy it too!

Click on any of the photos on this page to get a closer look and open a photo slide show.

Lots of deck space (3 levels) for get-togethers and outdoor enjoyment.

Large covered outdoor eating area with lots of seating.

Just a short walk to your own private beach.

Places to sit and ponder life or just hang out with family and friends.

Master bedroom with king size bed, double size sleeper sofa and scenic view of lake.
Hide-a-bed in master bedroom sleeps two.

Second bedroom has two twin beds and a full bath.

Second bedroom has a full bath and laundry room.

View from the lake side.  Lots of decking for outdoor activities.

We saved the best for last.
The view from the beach at Sweetvalley.

Contact: John Peddy       Email: 
Phone: 731-571-5940

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Park Activities For The Summer

All sorts of stuff happening at Paris Landing State Park this summer.  Check out their calendar

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

World War Exhibit In Paris

Just a couple of the photos I took today at the Paris/Henry County Heritage Center.  They are setting up an exhibit on World War I and World War II.

You can see more on my Facebook page at Artist Lee Owenby.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free Smoke Alarms To Be Handed Out Saturday

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Free Smoke Alarms To Be Handed Out Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.—A door-to-door smoke alarm campaign will be conducted Saturday in the Buchanan and Paris Landing area.
It will be held from noon until 4 p.m. and representatives of the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency responders will partner with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office will be going door-to-door handing out the free smoke alarms.
In April, five family members were killed in a house fire in the Buchanan area.
Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said, “We want to spend a few minutes educating our residents about the dangers of fire and offer them free smoke alarms, which we will install while we are there. The smoke alarms are furnished at no charge by the State Fire Marshal’s office. All emergency personnel will be in uniform and all civilian volunteers will have proper documentation with them.”
All emergency services organizations in Henry County, as well as the Red Cross, local dhurches, the Amvets and the American Legion have been invited.
Coles said, “We see this as an opportunity for us to come together as a community to help prevent any further loss of life due to fire.”
The Paris Landing Senior Citizens Center will be offering refreshments for everyone afterward.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Mirror Image

It's a beautiful day in our neighborhood.  Thanks to Carol McCuiston for the photo!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Building Bluebird Boxes

Photo by Jean Owens

Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 pm at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, the Refuge is hosting a program about the Eastern Bluebird. Mitz and LoraAnn Bailey will present a program about this amazing bird and it's historic comeback. Part of the program includes building your own bluebird box, with instructions on how to use this box to attract bluebirds to your backyard. For those that would like, we invite you to stay and help the refuge install a bluebird trail along Wildlife Drive. This program and entrance to the Refuge Visitor Center are always free. We hope you and your family can join us!

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Fishing Is Great! Come On Over!

63.6 surface temp, light and gusty winds, partly cloudy skies, North of Paris Landing - 2 1/2 feet of
David Seaton and friend Jeff Evans, not usual February Fishing

Monday, January 2, 2017

$7,497 Raised At Shiver On The River

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, middle,
 along with County Trustee Randi French
 and Steve Matlock taking the plunge.
(McFarlin photo)
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A total of $7, 497 was raised at this year’s Shiver on the River at Paris Landing State Park. Shiver on the River is held annually on New Year’s Day and raises funds for the REAL Hope Youth Center in Paris.

Twenty-nine people of all ages plunged into the chilly waters Sunday afternoon and were thankful that the temperatures were not as low—and that the wind was not as strong—as it had been in recent days.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, one of the original organizers of the event, handed out awards at a New Year’s brunch at the Paris Landing Inn for participants following the event. 

Winning for raising the most funds was Dawn Hurney, who individually raised $2,212, and coming in second was Henry County Trustee Randi French.

Henry County Clerk Donna Craig, Deputy Clerk Jamie Miles and their kids getting ready for the plunge. (McFarlin photo).

The group prizes for fund-raising were: first, Henry County Clerk Donna Trustee and her group, who raised $3,725; second place, Walking the Plank headed by Susan Jones, raising $300; and third place, Alpha Omega Counseling, $225.

Winners of the outrageous costume awards were: first, Linda Lindsay; second, Walking The Plank; and third, the Matlocks.

Gerrell noted that with more donations set to arrive, the total for the event will be close to $8,000.

Susan Jones and the Walk The Plank group Cruz Dancy, Mae and Megan Dancy, Pat and Mike Johnson.  (McFarlin photo).