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UPDATE: Charles Richards, eParisExtra.com columnist, addresses Rotary Club of Paris

UPDATE: Charles Richards, eParisExtra.com columnist, addresses Rotary Club of Paris

eParisExtra.com reporter and columnist Charles Richards was the program Friday at noon at the Paris Junior College ballroom, where he spoke to the Rotary Club of Paris and guests on “My 50 years as a Reporter.” “During his career Charles has written about every topic you can...

01/30/2014 by eParisExtra

Paris City Council expresses concern over lane blockage in front of Grand Theater

Paris City Council expresses concern over lane blockage in front of Grand Theater

District 3 City Councilman John Wright expressed concern at Monday’s council meeting over the prolonged lane closure in front of the Grand Theater. Where workers recently finished replacing the roof and now are working on refurbishing the marquee sign. Parts of the street have been...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Sue Lancaster is Paris City Council's appointee to airport marketing subcommittee

Sue Lancaster is Paris City Council's appointee to airport marketing subcommittee

Mayor AJ Hashmi has appointed District 2 Councilwoman Sue Lancaster as the council’s representative on a seven-member subcommittee that will begin an aggressive marketing of Cox Field Airport. Lancaster, who is the council’s liaison to the Airport Advisory Board, will join Jack...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Paris city manager will begin search for a public works director

Paris city manager will begin search for a public works director

Paris City Manager John Godwin has been asked to begin a search for a public works director. The city has gone without that position for the past year, following the retirement of Ron Sullivan. Godwin noted that the city had saved money by leaving the job vacant, and he said he had no plans to...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Costly improvements to Paris Fire Department are needed, chief tells council

Costly improvements to Paris Fire Department are needed, chief tells council

Fire Chief Larry Wright, who has now been at the helm for 13 months, presented to the Paris City Council on Monday his assessment of the needs of the Paris Fire Department. He thanked the council for buying a new fire engine last summer, but said the city has basically gone a number of years...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

City council OK's two tax incentive packages for Campbell Soup

City council OK's two tax incentive packages for Campbell Soup

By unanimous vote, the Paris City Council on Monday approved two economic incentive agreement between the Paris Economic Development Corporation and Campbell Soup. The PEDC forwarded to the council two incentive agreements  – $100,000 for a product storage facility and a solar array; and...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Hundley updates council on efforts to stop flow of drugs into Paris

Hundley updates council on efforts to stop flow of drugs into Paris

Police Chief Bob Hundley gave the Paris City Council a report Monday night on a citizen committee’s discussions regarding what can be done to curtail drug trafficking and usage. Hundley said there is an interest in shifting the emphasis from arresting people using the drugs to stopping...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Low bidder on removal of Paris' curbside storm debris says it could do the job in three weeks

Low bidder on removal of Paris' curbside storm debris says it could do the job in three weeks

The Paris City Council awarded a contract Monday night to an Alabama company that said it can remove the storm debris from the city’s streets in three weeks. Twenty-two companies submitted bids Friday for the contract. TNT Disaster Services, based in a suburb of Mobile, Ala., submitted...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

Paris City Council appears ready to pass city-wide smoking ban for restaurants and bars

Paris City Council appears ready to pass city-wide smoking ban for restaurants and bars

More than 100 people crowded into the Paris City Council chambers Monday night, most of them in favor of a city-wide ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public areas. The council meeting lasted for three hours, and almost an hour — from 6:10 p.m. to 7:06 p.m. — was...

01/28/2014 by Charles Richards

PRMC shows off new robotics surgical technology during weekend visit from U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall

PRMC shows off new robotics surgical technology during weekend visit from U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall

Paris Regional Medical Center showed off its new da Vinci robot surgical system during a visit last weekend by U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall. After speaking for almost an hour on Friday to an invitation-only gathering of community leaders, Hall toured some of PRMC’s most recent advancements,...

01/21/2014 by Charles Richards

PEDC, City Council, Airport Board plot aggressive campaign to attract companies to Cox Field Airport

PEDC, City Council, Airport Board plot aggressive campaign to attract companies to Cox Field Airport

Members of the city’s Airport Advisory Board joined with members of the Paris Economic Development Corporation and other city officials Thursday to begin an aggressive effort to market the advantages of Cox Field Airport. Shawn Napier, who is the city’s director of developent as...

01/17/2014 by Charles Richards

Hashmi denies letter on Musharraf's health was guise to get him out of Pakistan

Hashmi denies letter on Musharraf's health was guise to get him out of Pakistan

Dr. AJ Hashmi denied Thursday that his letter to a Pakistani court asking that Pervez Musharraf be transferred to Paris Regional Medical Center was a guise to get the 70-year-old former president of Pakistan out of the country where he is being tried for high treason. “If they think so,...

01/16/2014 by Charles Richards

Mayor unveils new www.ePortalParis.com site to promote Lake Crook and Cox Field Airport

Mayor unveils new www.ePortalParis.com site to promote Lake Crook and Cox Field Airport

Mayor AJ Hashmi unveiled at Monday’s meeting of the Paris City Council a new website — www.ePortalParis.com — to promote Paris and Lamar County, with an emphasis on future plans for Cox Field Airport and Lake Crook. “Paris is a great place to live and do business, but...

01/15/2014 by Charles Richards

Paris couple donates $100,000 toward redevelopment of Lake Crook

Paris couple donates $100,000 toward redevelopment of Lake Crook

The Paris City The Paris City Council’s plans to rejuvenate long-neglected Lake Crook as a major attraction took a step forward Monday with a $100,000 donation from Dr. Richard Swint and his wife, Susan. The couple came to the Paris City Council podium, where Swint spoke emotionally...

01/15/2014 by Charles Richards

Steve Gilbert stepping down as PEDC executive director

Steve Gilbert stepping down as PEDC executive director

Steve Gilbert on Tuesday announced his resignation as executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation. He said he has accepted a job as a vice president with Harrison, Walker, Harper with his resignation being effective Jan. 28. His new position will continue his work in...

01/14/2014 by Charles Richards

Paris City Council OK's $250,000 from reserves to speed up ice storm cleanup

Paris City Council OK's $250,000 from reserves to speed up ice storm cleanup

The Paris City Council on Monday approved the hiring of private contractors to speed up the process of cleaning away the brush and tree limbs that line virtually every street in Paris as a result of last month’s devastating ice storm. “We don’t have enough people to do this...

01/14/2014 by Charles Richards

Joint meeting set for Jan. 16 between PEDC and city's airport board

Joint meeting set for Jan. 16 between PEDC and city's airport board

A joint meeting has been called for Thursday, Jan. 16, between the city’s Airport Advisory Board and the Paris Economic Development Corporation to discuss further development at Cox Field Airport. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the airport, was agreed upon during a PEDC...

01/09/2014 by eParisExtra

Jan. 22 workshop is announced for input on routes for planned city-wide bus service in Paris and Reno

Jan. 22 workshop is announced for input on routes for planned city-wide bus service in Paris and Reno

United Way announced today that there will be a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. to plan city-wide bus service for Paris and Reno. The workshop will be in the cafeteria on the first floor of the south campus of Paris Regional Medical Center, 820 Clarksville St. The need for a fixed...

01/08/2014 by eParisExtra

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

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

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...

12/23/2013 by Charles Richards

Paris City Council insists that locals get share of airport infrastructure work

Paris City Council insists that locals get share of airport infrastructure work

The Paris City Council has taken a giant step forward toward bringing water and sewer infrastructure to Cox Field Airport, a move that Mayor AJ Hashmi believes will lead to frenzied industrial development. By a 7-0 vote Monday night, the council selected the engineering and planning firm of...

12/22/2013 by Charles Richards