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.  

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).

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!

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.  

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).