Code enforcement crews spread out over Paris, removing curbside ice storm debris

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Five teams of City of Paris code enforcement workers were on the streets of the city on Monday, compacting stacks of curbside storm debris from the recent devastating ice storm. As trailers are loaded, they take the tree limbs at no cost to residents and deposit them on South Collegiate Street into a couple of different drop-off locations, where they are then burned under the watch of Paris Fire Department personnel. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

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City of Paris code enforcement workers Chris Pool (brown coat) and Bobby Brumley look on in 35-degree temperatures as another code enforcement worker (Chris Rhodes) works a compactor on curbside storm debris in the 3800 block of Castlegate Drive on Monday. They are part of one (of five) city crews that were working in different areas of Paris as part of a city-wide cleanup effort under the direction of City Manager John Godwin. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

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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.