25 years ago
An election resulted in eight new members being elected to the Henry County Commission. They were Mike Brown, Jim Cloar, David Webb, Donald Brown, Jackie Sykes, Prentice Lambert, Dan Paschall and Dale Barker. Sheriff Leon Williams was elected as sheriff in the election.
The Singles Choir of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis presented a public concert at First Baptist Church in Paris. The 50-voice group of single men and women also did Christmas and Easter concerts.
Site preparation for the new Chamber of Commerce building on East Wood Street was under way. Dwayne Barrow was pictured on a backhoe digging footings.
A 2-year-old boy who had a close call in a swimming pool accident was home and doing well. Chase Tillet, son of Cindy and Dana Tillet of Willow Oaks Drive, had been pulled from a pool after being submerged for a short time and had been in the hospital for a while.
50 years ago
Jerry Richardson of Paris smoked 96 of 100 targets to easily outdistance his nearest competitor in a Paris Rod and Gun Club trophy skeet shoot. The shoot featured half of the targets shot with a .410 and the other half with a 20-gauge. Richardson broke all 50 of the 20-gauge targets.
The Uncle Lee store advertised Zebco 202 fishing reels at $1.99 and a 38-quart Coleman ice chest at $8.97.
Hundreds of thousands of cheering people noted President Richard Nixon’s arrival in Bucharest, the first visit ever by a U.S. chief.
A 1967 Grove High School graduate, Bill Greer, was named editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Cardinal and Cream, at Union University in Jackson.
75 years ago
C.C. Pitner was selected as principal of Grove High School at a meeting of the Henry County Board of Education. L.B. Browning was county schools superintendent. Pitner had been mathematics teacher at Grove for three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Gillespie returned from a visit with their son, Pfc. Curtis Gillespie, who was a patient at Kennedy General Hospital. Pfc. Gillespie was seriously wounded at Normandy June 23, when he was hit by a fragment from a German shell.
The Austin Peay Memorial Highway running from Memphis through McKenzie and Paris, was designated federal Highway 79, according to Charles G. Neese of the Young Businessmen’s Club. Neese said a part of the reason was an expected increase in traffic to the new lake to be formed east of Paris when the dam at Gilbertsville, Ky., was completed.
100 years ago
Former Gov. Tom C. Rye was planning to return to Paris, his hometown, and open a law practice with S.P. Fitzhugh. Rye was absent from the city on business, but would begin his practice with Fitzhugh when he returned.
The 15-year-old son of Frank Eaker was hit by a car on Chickasaw Road but suffered only minor injuries. He was riding his wheel when the car struck him, throwing him under the automobile.
Work on the new Christian Church building was going by leaps and bounds. Pledges toward the building had reached $18,000. The building committee consisted of A.B.Lamb, John Arnett, Will Warren, Jack Aclin, W.J. Holman, Connie Frazier and Mrs. Joe Gray.
Anderson Clendenin of the Clifty area was in town recently.