Mormon volunteers to work in Paris and Reno on Saturday — moving brush and limbs to curbside

    'Mormon Helping Hands' group is shown clearing downed trees after Hurricane Katrina.

‘Mormon Helping Hands’ group is shown clearing downed trees after Hurricane Katrina.

The Mormon Helping Hands of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be volunteering in Paris and Reno on Saturday.

City of Paris code enforcement supervisor Robert Talley said volunteer work in Paris will begin at 8 a.m. and consist of cutting and dragging brush and limbs from residential lots and placing the debris at the curb for pick-up.

Volunteers will be wearing orange vests and white T-shirts with the logo Mormon Helping Hands and will be accompanied by City of Paris employees, Talley said.

The Mormon Helping Hands have volunteers from seven different LDS churches from Gilmer, Texas to Idabel, Okla., and and have participated in numerous clean-up efforts including Hurricane Katrina.

“Please welcome and thank The Mormon Helping Hands for lending a helping hand to Paris,” Talley said.

For more information, contact Talley at 903.784-9219.

Mormon Helping Hands of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will also be volunteering in Reno Saturday, Mayor William “Buddy” Heuberger said. Anyone needing assistance can do so by contacting Reno City Hall at 903.785.6581.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.