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Distinctive features of Paris[edit]

"artificial catfish"??? Well, duh.... If there are no complaints, (and I remember), I'll remove the word 'artificial'. If I don't get to it, anyone else is free to do it. Thanks. Bunthorne 05:10, 23 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have moved the facts about the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" further down in the article to shorten the introduction a little and to spread the photos at the top of the article. The Eiffel Tower still accompanies the introduction as the showpiece of Paris, Tennessee. The map is next to the geography section and the "artificial" catfish is next to the "World's Biggest Fish Fry". doxTxob \ talk 23:52, 28 May 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OK, I'm not going to add the Honk Tonk capital thing again. but it was widely acclaimed as the Honky Tonk capital of the world in the 50's, 60's & 70's. that is why so many country musicians retired here.Paganize 08:01, 16 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


If someone wants to update the Industry section, the Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce is a good source of information. The previous source looked to be a web site that copies information from another source and never updates it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by C Parish (talkcontribs) 21:47, 3 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • You deleted the information about the manufacture of kitty litter, power tools and brakes, small electric motors, metal doors, rubber parts, school laboratory furniture and ceramic lighting fixtures. Apparently some of it is out of date, but this does not make it wrong. History is encyclopedic. Can you provide information (with sources) about the businesses that formerly were in Paris, but closed? --Orlady (talk) 23:45, 3 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Out of date does equal wrong when the industries listed have left years ago. The industry section is not a history section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by C Parish (talkcontribs) 03:01, 8 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notable people[edit]

I have removed a few of the entries on the list of notable people. Those that have been removed, did also not establish a link to a Wikipedia article about the person or a group they played in. I left Vernon Jarret, he seems to achieve some notability, although he is not linked in the list.

Please do not undo the changes. If you disagree please discuss the issue here.

What is notable is a difficult question in general but there is a good guideline if you are not sure. If they are not mentioned in a Wikipedia article they are probably not notable. In any case you can start an article about the subject.

If you think you, yourself, are notable ... well, you might be. In that case the best idea to avoid a conflict of interest is to wait until someone else unrelated to you adds you to the list.

And: Please add references for your claims, otherwise the entries are virtually useless.

Thank you! doxTxob \ talk 00:19, 18 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Industry section[edit]

I have restored the industry section that was removed on Jan 3 by User:C Parish.

New reference: Paris Chamber of Commerce. If you check the list of industries you will find the industries mentioned in the article. Number of employees in brackets.

  • Brakes: Haldex (110)
  • Tools: 3 companies (23)
  • Electric motors: Tecumseh (225)
  • Metal doors: Windsor (100)
  • Rubber parts: PML (180)
  • School lab funiture: ICI (95)
  • Lighting fixtures: None mentioned
  • Clay mining: Spinks (82)

Tools and lighting fixtures have been removed from the article, the rest is referenced. doxTxob \ talk 01:02, 18 February 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spinks clay is not used for cat litter. —Preceding unsigned comment added by C Parish (talkcontribs) 03:03, 8 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Why is this settlement called a city. It is small (<10,000 inhabitants), seems to have no special historical (e.g. city rights), administrative, or other (e.g. Cathedral) claims to the title city. Agreed it is county seat to Henrcy county, but that county with little over 30,000 inhabitants would in itself not be sufficient to lay claim to a single city. The bottomline is: Why isn't this settlement called town? Arnoutf (talk) 14:22, 9 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Simply because it was incorporated under the name "City of Paris." See the official website. City of Paris, Tennessee website. Frog47 (talk) 14:23, 10 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fish Fry[edit]

I moved the following out of the article because it is not the kind of material that belongs in an encyclopedia article. More significantly, it appears to be copied from a newspaper, which would be a copyright violation. Some of the content belongs in the article, though, after rewriting. --Orlady (talk) 17:16, 28 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

History of the World's Biggest Fish Fry Written by Dwayne Hamm Tuesday, 24 June 2008 11:20 The "Fish Fry" evolved from "Mule Day," which originated in 1938 with the Paris Post Intelligencer as the first sponsor. Farmers came to town on the first Monday in April to trade their mules and other farm products, do their shopping and enjoy the fellowship of their friends. Early in the 1950's, the Chamber of Commerce took over "Mule Day" and the tractors took the place of mules. The Chamber of Commerce started looking for another event to replace "Mule Day."

In 1953, the Chamber of Commerce held the first "Fish Fry." The event was not as successful as hoped. The fish were not taken from Kentucky Lake and just did not please the fish eating public. The parade was short but sweet, and the event was held on Barton Field for one day and night.

In 1961, the Paris-Henry County Jaycees took over the "Fish Fry" from the Chamber of Commerce. The "Fish Fry" was starting to grow too much for the Chamber to handle, so the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) took over the event, taking the name of "World's Biggest Fish Fry," an event that truly lives up to its name.

Since 1961, the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" has grown considerable - from 1,600 pounds to over 5 tons of catfish being cooked and served at the Robert E. "Bobby" Cox Memorial Fish Tent.

Community participation and support of the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" unites the community in many ways. Community involvement by attending one of the five beauty pageants, buying souvenirs, eathing fish dinners, attending the rodeo, entering or watching the Grand Parade or the Small Fry Parade, and going to the carnival makes the event successful.

The history of the "Fish Fry" started with the farmers and their mules. Each past "Fish Fry" makes new history by trying new and different things, increased attendance, more catfish served, and more community involvement.

The Paris-Henry County Jaycees hope to make the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" bigger and better each year.

any songs about Paris?[edit]

List of songs about Paris
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet’s “Memories of Gay Paree was most likely about Paris, Ontario. The video featured a scale model layout of Paris, France.
Civic Cat (talk) 19:55, 6 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Paris, Tennessee song by Kenny Chesney from his 1995 album, All I Need To Know — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:38, 14 November 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Helping Hand[edit]

What do we think about adding a small section under Culture about the Helping Hand radio charity auction? From what I can gather it's an unusual practice, and it raises quite a lot of money for local charitable causes each year and involves the participation of a large portion of the town. I'm sure some background information about it could be found on the PI's website with a little searching. Wantsarevolution (talk) 16:56, 12 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Paris, Tennessee/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.


Mid importance. As a county seat the city is reasonably notable on a local level within the state of Tennessee due to their importance as centers of governance, education, commerce, recreation, and (usually) population, not necessarily of importance, however, outside of Tennessee.


Start class. Structure is present to encourage wikipedians to add new inforation. Images are used to illustrate the topic. Referencing facts - e.g. for the notable people from this town - is necessary to get upgraded in the article rating.

Last edited at 01:09, 22 April 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 02:17, 30 April 2016 (UTC)