25 years ago
Lyman Black of Liberty Federal Savings Bank spoke to the Quota club about Habitat for Humanity. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate simple, decent and affordable housing, he told the club. Black had been involved with Habitat for a number of years.
Bobby Swayne of the Small Business Council was pictured presenting Jim and Jackie Bundy the December Business of the Month award for Jim’s Discount Pharmacy from the Chamber of Commerce.
Barry Webb downed 43 Girl Scout cookies in 5 minutes to take the winning award in an annual cookie crunch contest. After the victory he asked, “What’s for supper?” Other contestants pictured were Forrest Kemp, Tom Gee, Carl Holder and Dan Patterson.
Steely Belle West celebrated her 102nd birthday at Henry County Nursing Home. She was pictured with her great-grandson, Roland Alexander, and her daughter, Grace Underwood.
50 years ago
The State Building Commission in Nashville approved adding 40 additional guest rooms at Paris Landing Inn and renovation of the dining room, kitchen and banquet room. The additional rooms would make the inn a 100-room hotel.
Commercial Bank & Trust Co. named three new directors: Jimmy Adams, Charles Wilson and Richard Dunlap III.
A new auxiliary station on Tyson Avenue was in operation. Pictured at the station were Keith Veazey and Robert Sinclair of the Henry County Ambulance Service and firemen Phillip Moore and Albert Quinn and driver Wendell Flanagan.
The Junior Bowling League team sponsored by Tank Lining Corp. won first place in the city Association Bowling Tournament. Team members pictured were Tommy Myers, Lee Vaughn, Doug Steele and Joe Mitchell, along with team sponsor John Myers.
75 years ago
Headquarters of the 12th Air Force in Italy announced that a B-25 Mitchell bombardment group was cited by the War Department as a Distinguished Unit for sinking the Italian cruiser Taranto with no American casualties. Maj. Richard
H. Nash of Paris Route 6 was serving as the group gunnery
officer. The brilliant action frustrated German attempts to move the ship into position to block the entrance to a critical harbor.
During Boy Scout Week, a display of projects by Paris Scouts was in the window of the JC Penney store. Scouts participating were Glenn Gentry, Jimmy McGehee, Tom Fisher, K.B. Humphreys, Joe Ed Casey, Bryant Brummitt and Alan Lasater.
A trial was to be held for several men involved in a melee at the Airflow Tourist Courts. Arresting officers were Curtis Hall, Wesley Owens, B.S. Enoch, G.C. Hastings and Carl Eaker.
100 years ago
Hays & Olds of Cottage Grove had received a carload of International Harvester farm tractors. Five of them had already been sold.
The Paris Motors Co. were in their new headquarters on West Wood Street at the corner with the NC Railroad. It took them only 12 hours to wash up and straighten up their new home.
Mrs. John R. Rison received word that three of her relatives in Gary, Ind., had died almost at the same time from influenza. Included were a nephew and niece and their little daughter.
Mrs. Pearl Claxton, age 24, died of tuberculosis at her home near Chickasaw. She was survived by her husband, Will Claxton, her father and mother, two sisters and three brothers.
Hancock & Humphreys Bakery & Cafe was planning to refurbish their building, which had been severely damaged when a boiler exploded. The only employee in the store at the time was Crawford Chambers, along with four customers, who were thrown to the floor by the concussion.