Monday, November 21, 2016

Just Fishin and Chillin

It's a "little" cooler now - but ...
November 17 2016 79° caught 8 crappie!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hello November

It's unseasonably warm here, 87 today.  More time to play in Kentucky Lake.  
The lake is calm and pretty this afternoon at  Buchanan Resort
Photo courtesy of Buchanan Resort

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Buchanan Resort Sunrise

Buchanan Resort says:  "Good morning everyone! We hope you are enjoying this fall weather! Thanks for the beautiful sunrise picture Reeves Smith."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Enjoy The Last Of The Warm Days

Photo by Kathi Stofel

It's still in the high 80s and low 90s here at Paris Landing - flip flop and t-shirt weather.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Noon On Square Starts This Friday

Noon On The Square starts this Friday on Courthouse Square in downtown Paris, Tennessee.  
This is one of the coolest things about small town-living in Paris.  Every Friday in September at 11:00 folks bring a lawn chair and gather under the shade trees to listen to music, eat and hang out with friends, neighbors and other acquaintances. 

Photo by Shannon McFarlin


Noon On The Square Line-Up Announced
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-Yes, it’s that time of year already. Time for a local favorite—the month-long Noon on the Square festivities in downtown Paris. And this year there will be some changes.

The annual event is held each Friday through September—and this year there are five Fridays--and is sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust and features live musical entertainment, good food and fellowship. The event is held on the court square.

Bank Senior Vice President Clint Davis said the times for the entertainment have been expanded this year by an hour and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday.

Lunch is available for purchase and the Downtown Paris Association provides drinks. Henry County Medical Center also will provide free blood pressure checks.

This year’s line up is:

  • Friday, September 2: Music by The Local Strangers. Perry’s BBQ will provide lunch.
  • Friday, September 9: Music by The Legends, a country band. Lunch will be available from Cash’s Pizza to support the Paris Quota Club’s projects.
  • Friday, September 16: Music by The Ray Lewis Band with a variety of country, classic rock and blues. This also will be the Friday that the Boss Hoss Motorcycle parade comes through downtown Paris. Perry’s BBQ will provide lunch.
  • Friday, September 23: Music by The Chill Tonics and Perry’s BBQ will provide lunch.
  • Friday, September 30: Music from John Austin McDaniel with his original tunes and country classics. Cash’s Pizza will be providing lunch to support Quota.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Buchanan Resort 4th of July Golf Cart Parade

It's almost time for the Buchanan Resort 4th of July Golf Cart Parade! The parade is going to be Saturday, July 2nd at 6:00pm! If you have any questions you can call the resort office at 731-642-2828 or message them on Facebook!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Farmers Market

Please visit the Farmers Market in downtown Paris, Tennessee for fresh, locally grown produce, honey and meats.   Opens 3:00 pm Tuesdays and Fridays at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cool Old Photo

Paris Landing State Park , Henry County - 6/14/1949 
Featured are members of the Tennessee Valley HO! cruise having a conversation at the boat harbor at Paris Landing Park , Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River. The Lake was constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 , to date serves as one of the most valuable commerce producing and recreational waterways in Tennessee.#parislanding #vintagephotos #kentuckylake

From Tennessee Good Old Days on Facebook at

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thank You Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee

On June 18th, the reign of "Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison" will come to an end and another lucky girl will be crowned.  
Hannah has been an outstanding Miss Tennessee and a wonderful representative for Henry County and the Paris Landing area.  I have followed her Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison Facebook Page religiously and I think I have "liked" every post for the past year.  

The following is a reprint from the official Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant website  about Hannah and what she's been up to this past year.  
"Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee 2015
Hannah Robison was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime when she was crowned Miss Tennessee on June 20, 2015, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tennessee. As the newly crowned Miss Tennessee, Kirkland’s Inc. sponsors Hannah as she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 schoolchildren about the Character Education Trait: Responsibility. Throughout her year of travels, Hannah also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals across the state. She also holds positions as an Arthritis Foundation Ambassador, Official Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Board Intern and as Volunteer Tennessee’s Honorary Board Chair.
Hannah is a senior at The University of Tennessee at Martin pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. At UTM, Hannah has been on the Dean’s List, a recipient of
the HOPE Scholarship for four years, has worked on Organic Chemistry Research projects under a UTM Professor, and is a member of the American Chemical Society and The National Society of Leadership and Success. She has enjoyed working for UTM as a General Chemistry Recitation leader and presented her Organic Chemistry Research project at the 2014 American Chemical Society Southeastern Regional meeting.  For her outstanding leadership and success at UTM, Hannah was honored with the UTM Chancellor’s Ambassador Award for academics and service.
Hannah has been awarded over $46,000 in college scholarships from her participation in the Miss America program. She received the coveted Miss Tennessee Quality of Life Award 2015, was presented Tennessee’s first ever Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal, and was a Preliminary Talent Winner and a Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Winner this year as she captured the Miss Tennessee crown.  Thanks to these scholarships from the Miss Tennessee and Miss America Organizations, Hannah will be able to earn her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology debt-free!
For the past several years, Hannah has been dedicated to promoting and fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation. Hannah has raised over $20,000 for arthritis and continues her fundraising efforts today.  This organization is incredibly meaningful to Hannah personally because she has had five close family members diagnosed with this debilitating disease. Hannah has worked as a volunteer intern for the Tennessee Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, allowing her to be on the production side of several fundraising events. Hannah was also a session leader at Camp AcheAway in Nashville, a Juvenile Arthritis Camp that allows children who are suffering with the same disease to come together and become “Champions of Yes”!
Hannah is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation’s Washington D.C. office to lobby Tennessee’s U.S. Congressional leaders as an official Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. She is urging our leaders to join the Arthritis Caucus and to cosponsor bills that support lowering the cost of prescription drugs and increasing access to pediatric rheumatologists.
On UTM’s campus, Hannah recently served as Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority whose national philanthropy is the Arthritis Foundation. Her responsibilities included coordinating service projects for 100 members. She organized and chaired AOII’s 1st annual “Attack Arthritis Week” that raised $5,500 for the Arthritis Foundation. In addition to her on-campus fundraisers, Hannah has conducted various fundraisers on her own that have allowed her to raise over $20,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. Some of these fundraising events include: “Axe Arthritis” Cut-A-Thon, Henry County Fish Fry with Mayor Greer, Arthritis Auto Challenge for a Cure, Benefit Concert, Strike Out Arthritis Softball Tournament and serving as Team Captain of National Arthritis Foundation fundraisers like the Jingle Bell 5k and the Walk to Cure Arthritis.
As a Chemistry major and an advocate for STEM, Hannah helped launch STEM programs in several Tennessee counties this year. She loves Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is why she has chosen to be a promoter of STEM Education throughout her year of service. Hannah has been employed as UTM’s Representative for the West Tennessee STEM Hub, served on the committee to bring STEM to the UTM campus and filmed a promotional video for bringing a new Science and Engineering building to UTM’s campus.
Over the past year, Hannah has traveled to each of the CMN hospitals across the state of Tennessee, science experiment in hand, promoting her “STEM Day at CMN”. During the children’s hospital visits, patients join Hannah in the playroom to conduct their own science experiments. If patients are too ill to leave their room, Hannah takes the science experiment to their bedside so they can participate. She allows the children to have fun, learn about STEM, and take their minds off of being in the hospital. Hannah has also held many of her own fundraisers for CMN, including: the Buchanan Resort 4th of July Golf Cart Parade, Cupcakes & Crowns with Miss Tennessee, and a local business donation drive for CMN in Henry County.
In addition to her fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network, Hannah has volunteered for Dairy Queen’s CMN Miracle Treat Day, IHOP’s CMN National Pancake Day, Queen/Superhero for a Day Events, and Musicians On Call for the past few years. Hannah also volunteered by participating in the opening of Speedway Gas Stations with proceeds going to CMN, as well as volunteering for the Nashville’s Channel 5 Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital CMN telethon.
Hannah traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey in September 2015 to compete for the title of  Miss America and placed in the Top Seven!  She is the first Miss Tennessee to win America’s Choice at the Miss America Pageant and is also the first Miss Tennessee to be awarded one of five $5,000 STEM Education Scholarships at the Miss America Pageant.  Hannah is also the first Miss Tennessee to be recognized by a separate panel of judges as 1st Runner Up to the National Quality of Life Award for her work with the Arthritis Foundation, winning an additional $9,000 in scholarships.  Hannah is honored, humbled and blessed to have the unique opportunity to be a role model and mentor to thousands of students across the state of Tennessee."

Thank you Hannah for making us so proud!
Hannah is the daughter of Pam and Rusty Robison, owners of Buchanan Resort here in our neighborhood at Paris Landing. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Scott Fitzhugh Bridge -1940

Courtesy of "Tennessee Good Old Days"
Paris Landing Tennessee - Scott Fitzhugh Bridge -1940
We were asked to post this photograph again. Kentucky Lake was formed in 1938 when the Tennessee Valley Authority built the dam in Kentucky. The lake water did not reach Paris Landing here on the Tennessee River until 1944. Notice the homes that have not been moved as of this date. This photograph is in really good condition for it's age. Please feel free to copy this ,we may not post it again. The quality is very printable and is of nice size. It will make a wonderful conversation piece for your wall.
Scott Fitzhugh Bridge -1940
#parislanding #henrycounty #tennessee #TGODs

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer In The Park Concert Series Begins

Courtesy of WENK/WTPR

The Summer In The Park series begins this Saturday at Paris Landing State Park with a musical performance by Mike Holden of Paris.

The concerts are held at the park amphitheater from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a blanket.

Pretty Sunset

Photo courtesy of Buchanan Resort

Pretty Sunset over at Buchanan Resort.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


It was a beautiful morning for kayaking! For inquiries about kayak rentals call the Buchanan Resort Dock store at (731)642-7708 or visit their Facebook page at:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Fun On The Lake

Doesn't this look like fun?

Beautiful sky coming back to the dock at Buchanan Resort Sunday afternoon.

Photos by Kathi Stofel

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

30 Things You Know To Be True If You Grew Up Going To The Lake

I "borrowed" this article from "Odyssey Online" and I hope those good folks will forgive me.  But - This article is so dead-on to growing up on Kentucky Lake, I just had to put it somewhere so that I could find it again in the future.  The author, Haley Spaldin, really nailed it like a true lake girl.  

Here is a link to the original article at Odyssey Online:  I hope you will visit their website.

30 Things You Know To Be True 
If You Grew Up Going To The Lake
There Is Nothing Like Summertime At The Lake

By Haley Spalding in The List on Mar 29, 2016 

If you're anything like me, you have spent every summer at the lake, on the boat, fishing off the dock, tanning, and skiing. When it starts getting warm, the first thought that crosses your mind is, "man I wish I was at the lake," and the worst time of year is when you pull the boat out for the winter.

Here's a list of things that are true if you've spent your summers on the water:

1. You know how to bait a hook. DUH.

2. You're no longer scared of ticks. You still hate them, but you check when you shower at the end of the day.

3. Even though you've been told a thousand times, you still don't wear shoes on the dock. Honestly, splinters aren't that big of a deal, but the dock does get really hot!

4. You've had to swim the boat or jet ski back to the dock because it broke down. You probably forgot to put the plugs in, need to change the spark plugs, hit the kill switch on accident or have a dead battery. It happens.

5. You know the best time to ski is after 4:00 when the water is smooth as glass. When everyone else on the water goes in for dinner, you're itching to get on the skis.

6. You're an expert at spotting the water patrol. "Hide your drinks and don't point!"

7. You can tie just about any kind of knot. Tying off boats to the cleats on the dock is something that you know how to do like a prof.

8. There's no tube ride you can't survive. Donuts, figure eights and having a mouth full of water are the usual when you go tubing. You may be sore and bruised, but you can bet you'll be tubing tomorrow anyways.

9. You know the names of everyone at the closest marina. The marina isn't just a place to get gas.

10. You know exactly where Party Cove is. And it's the place to be!

11. You have a boat hat. This is your go-to hat. It's most likely faded from the sun and fits just right.

12. You learned how to drive a boat before you knew how to drive a car. And the permit test to get your boating license was much harder than the one for your driver's license was.

13. There is nothing prettier than sunset on the lake. A sunset over the water never gets old.

14. "Checking the prop" is a phrase that doesn't need to be explained. If someone doesn't know what that means, they shouldn't be at the lake.

15. Being on the boat when it starts to rain is PURE TORTURE. You may as well be being pelted by BB guns.

16. Who needs a shower when you can just bring your shampoo down to the dock? Am I right or am I right?

17. You have most likely lost something of importance to the lake. This is most likely your sunglasses, wallet, or phone, but never your keys because you've put a floatation device on them.

18. When the sun goes down, it means it's time for a fire. The smell of fire is practically unavoidable at the lake. S'mores are without question part of any weekend at the lake.

19. Waking up early to go fishing is always a good idea, the night before anyways. It takes some serious dedication to wake up early to fish, it's always worth it, but always a struggle.

20. There is a "right" side of the lake to be on. Just like the road is split down the middle, so is the lake. Newbies don't know this and are usually driving on the wrong side of the lake.

21. The boaters that don't wave back probably haven't been going to the lake for long. That, or they're just rude. Everyone does the boaters wave!

22. You've learned to wear cheap sunglasses on the boat or invest in a pair of "Croakies." The wind can whip your sunglasses right off your face!

23. You know how to hook up a trailer. After watching your dad or mom do it for years, you've got it down to a science.

24. You'd never admit it, but you totally have a favorite spot on the boat. It is unspoken that this is your spot even though everyone knows, but when you have a guest, you willingly give it up.

25. The weight limit on the boat is a suggestion. "We have room! Hop on in!"

26. You can never get "bored" at the lake. Who needs WiFi?

27. You know where all the best cliff jumping spots are. If you aren't the one jumping, you're the one hollering from the boat!

28. You're always jealous of those people with the really loud speakers on their boats. You turn it up as loud as you can on your boat, though!

29. You don't mind when fish start to nip at your feet.You may even like it?!

30. You keep a fishing pole on the boat at all times.There's never a bad time to fish!

Let the countdown to boating season begin!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Amazing Mirror Image

John Peddy from Sweetvalley Cabin Rental was out on his deck at just the right moment to capture these amazing mirror images.  Click on photo for a closer look.

You just never know what our Kentucky Lake has in store for you.

For more beautiful photos of The Lake click here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Good Morning From Kentucky Lake

Our Lake this morning.  If you look down at the bottom you can still see some snow.

Photo by Beth Taylor.

Friday, January 22, 2016

One More Snow Photo

One more snow photo from the Winter Storm on 1/22/2016 ...
By Kathi Stofel

Winter Storm 01/22/2016

There's a really big lake out there somewhere.

John Peddy had to put on his boots to get this photo.

There's the lake.  If you look really close you can see a TVA tower right in the middle.

Special thanks to John Peddy from Sweetvalley  for putting on his boots and taking these photos.