Paris, Tennessee

Welcome to the website of Paris, Tennessee. PARIS, Tennessee is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Jackson and 80 miles west of Clarksville.  It is located in Henry County.  The trade area attracts people  from four Tennessee counties and borders the Kentucky state line. Paris / Henry County has a large tourist base with Historic Downtown Paris,  Paris Landing State Park and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Center on Kentucky Lake drawing 1.25 million visitors a year.  Henry County has approximately 20 hotels, 500 rooms and 6 marinas. Paris/Henry County offers one of the largest medical communities in West Tennessee with people coming from the surrounding trade area. Henry County Medical Center employs 649 people and has 142 beds.  Henry County Healthcare Center has 172 beds.  Henry County School System and Paris Special School District have a combined student enrollment of approximately 4,700. The economic base is diversified with a mix of manufacturing, retail, transportation and recreation.  Industrial payroll totals more than $160 million annually in Henry County and employs over 11,000 people.  Approximately 20% of the supply is skilled, 60% semi-skilled and 30% of the estimated 230 high school graduates enter the labor force in Henry County.  The city and county governments work well together on improving the area as a whole.

Paris Fire Department Announces Promotions and New Hire

chuck wade  Charles Wade promoted from Fire Marshal to Assistant Chief

greg andrews  Greg Andrews promoted from Lieutenant to Fire Marshal

richie bomar   Richard Bomar promoted from Lieutenant to Captain

Chris Fletcher   Chris Fletcher promoted from Lieutenant to Captain

brandon bell   Brandon Bell promoted from Firefighter to Lieutenant

craig barrow    Craig Barrow hired as Firefighter

For More Information on Fire Department personnel click here.


Landfill Superintendent Johnny Berry Retires


Landfill Superintendent Johnny Berry Retires after 25 years service with the City of Paris.  Johnny began employment with the City of Paris as an Equipment Operator I on September 1, 1989.  On September 24, 1990, Johnny was promoted to Equipment Operator I.  After working at the Landfill he was promoted to Landfill Superintendent on June 25, 1993. Johnny has served in that capacity since that time.  

Johnny’s work ethic and knowledge of the day to day operations of the Landfill will be sorely missed.  In anticipation of Johnny Berry’s retirement, Chris Moseley has been promoted to Landfill Superintendent.

  Paris Police Department Tree
“Most Original”

DPA/Heritage Center Festival of Trees!

PPD Christmas Tree Winner

It was announced at the Grand Opening of the “Festival of Trees” that the Paris Police Department sponsored Christmas tree won Most Original.  Created by Parking Control Officer Tammy Walker, the tree is complete with boots, badge, belt, hat and handcuffs.  
The event featuring 25 trees or arrangements is sponsored each year by the Downtown Paris Association and the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.  Festival of Trees  is open to the public at the Heritage Center on North Poplar Street (parking available from North Market Street).  Hours for the event are: Tuesday-Friday 11:00-5:00; Saturday 10:00-2:00; and Sunday 1:00-4:00 through December 21.  
Saturday, December 13, The Paris Photography Club will offer a professional photo for a fee of $10.00 as a fundraiser.   Hours will be 10:00-2:00.  For information contact the Heritage Center at 731-642-1030.
Paris Police Department Participates in Christmas Shopping Tour
On Saturday, December 6th, 2014, the F.O.P., Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 treated  250 less fortunate children to a Christmas shopping trip.  Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriffs Department, Henry County High School DECA Class, Criminal Justice Class and the Knights of Columbus, assisted in this cause.

The shopping trip began at Henry County High School where the children were paired with a shopping guide and bused to Wal-Mart Supercenter.  Each child was given seventy five dollars to spend on Christmas presents.

Upon their return to HCHS, they also received a stuffed animal of their choice.  F.O.P. President and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo stated on behalf of the F.O.P. they would like to say, “Thank You Paris and Henry County for your support. As a result of your generosity, 250 children will have a better Christmas.”

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Downtown Christmas Festival is a  Huge Success

The 2014 Downtown Christmas Festival and Holly Jolly Christmas Parade was a huge success this year.  Below is the Paris Fire Department preparing smores for the visitors to the Festival.


Results of December City Commission Meeting

Create Changes in City Government

Three commissioners were sworn into office before a full City Courtroom on Thursday evening, December 4.  Commissioner Sam Tharpe was sworn in for his sixth term of office while Carlton Gerrell was sworn in for his second term in office.  Robert Sleadd took the oath of office for the first time.  Each Commissioner serves a term of four years.

Commisioners Oath of Office

(left to right) Commissioners Robert Sleadd, Sam Tharpe and Carlton Gerrell
as they Accept the Oath of Office.

Commissioner Carlton Gerrell was elected Mayor by the Board of Commissioners as provided in the City of Paris Charter.  Gayle Griffith was sworn in for another term as Vice-Mayor.


 Mayor Carlton Gerrell

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 Vice Mayor Gayle Griffith

In addition, the Commissioners voted to hire current Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Kim Foster (photo below) to fill the position as City Manager upon the retirement of current City Manager Carl Holder.  City Manager Holder will be retiring in May, 2015.  Ms. Foster will assume the City Manager duties at that time.

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courthouse at Christmas

A photograph taken  this year on the courtsquare in Downtown Paris by Shannon McFarland

City of Paris Events and Schedules



To view City and Community Events go to the Community Calendar:

Note:  From this calendar you may download events to your computer or smartphone!


City Meetings for February:

Paris City Commission – Thursday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Paris Planning Commission – Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.


City to Observe President’s Day

Monday, February 16, 2015

Emergency Services will remain open and on regular schedules

Sanitation Department Closed:  Note – Monday (1/16 & 1/17) Routes will be run on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Landfill Closed:  Will reopen Tuesday (1/17/15 at 7:00 a.m.)

Animal Shelter Closed: Will reopen Tuesday (1/17/15 at 12:30 p.m.)

City Business Office Closed:  Will reopen Tuesday (1/17/15 at 7:30 a.m.)

Parks Department Closed:  Reopen Tuesday at Regular Hours