Several local groups and government agencies have canceled or postponed upcoming events, taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The City of Paris issued a press release Monday announcing closures of local parks. The closures include playgrounds, picnic pavilions, the dog park, tennis courts, basketball courts and the skate park.

These precautionary closures do not apply to walking tracks, but the city encourages those using the walking tracks to practice the recommended social distancing of staying six feet apart.


Henry County Circuit Court  Clerk Mike Wilson and Chancery Court Clerk and Master Mary Burns announced Monday the suspension of all local in-person court proceedings will be extended through April 30.

Court clerk offices will remain open, but in-person court proceedings, including local and state courts, will be suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This simply means we will continue to operate our court clerk business offices, but will not hold any court sessions unless it’s … an emergency and falls within the Supreme Court’s exceptions or a judge’s discretion,” Wilson said.

Henry County Chancery and Probate Court dockets scheduled for motion days this Monday and on April 23 have been canceled and rescheduled for May 6 and May 27.

Henry County Circuit Court dockets scheduled for April 9 and April 27 have been canceled and rescheduled for 9 a.m. May 13. The May 13 docket previously set will remain as planned.

All Henry County Juvenile Court dockets scheduled through April 30 have been canceled.

Those represented by an attorney should contact that attorney about their new court dates. Those not represented by an attorney may call the General Sessions Court Clerk’s office at 642-0461 or the Henry County Juvenile Court Clerk’s office at 642-5271.

“If you have any questions about an upcoming court date, please follow up with your attorney or call the appropriate court clerk’s office,” Wilson said.


The Downtown Paris Association has canceled and postponed some upcoming events.

The DPA has canceled the Bill Williams Catfish Races as well as the Chalk Crawl for Kids originally scheduled for April 25.

The DPA also has decided to reschedule its first Downtown Cruise-In of the year. The new date for the cruise-in will be May 26.

The April in Paris event, normally scheduled the first weekend in April, also will be rescheduled. The date for the new version of the event, An Evening in Paris, will be announced at a later time.

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