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City of Paris posts opening for Public Works Director

City of Paris posts opening for Public Works Director

The City of Paris on Wednesday posted the job of Public Works Director, which has gone unfilled for about one year. The posting is as follows: PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR Directs and oversees all aspects of Public Works.  The Director plans, organizes and oversees activities related to Water...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata vs. John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle vs. Cleonne Drake in District 6

Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata vs. John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle vs. Cleonne Drake in District 6

Shown is a map of the seven Paris City Council districts.(TYPE CTRL “+” TO ENLARGE) Benny Plata … files against John Wright for District 3 council seat Edwin Pickle … files against Cleonne Drake for District 6 council seat Former Paris city councilman Benny Plata, a...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards
Police chief's annual report spotlights need for more pay, benefits for officers

Police chief's annual report spotlights need for more pay, benefits for officers

Police Chief Bob Hundley What caught the attention of the Paris City Council on Monday night as Police Chief Bob Hundley gave an annual report of his department via a PowerPoint presentation was the number of police officers who stay in Paris for awhile, then leave to join law enforcement...

02/12/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata-John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle-Cleonne Drake in District 6

UPDATE: Paris City Council now has two races -- Benny Plata-John Wright in District 3 and Edwin Pickle-Cleonne Drake in District 6

Shown is a map of the seven Paris City Council districts.(TYPE CTRL “+” TO ENLARGE) Benny Plata … files against John Wright for District 3 council seat Edwin Pickle … files against Cleonne Drake for District 6 council seat Former Paris city councilman Benny Plata, a...

02/11/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council to appoint citizen committee 'to tweak' proposed anti-smoking ordinance

Paris City Council to appoint citizen committee 'to tweak' proposed anti-smoking ordinance

The Paris City Council decided Monday night against passing a No Smoking ban, opting to have a citizens’ committee comprised equally of those for and against a ban to try to work out an agreeable compromise. A standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people filled the City Council chambers...

02/11/2014 by Charles Richards
Public hearing scheduled at Paris City Council tonight on proposed city-wide no-smoking ordinance

Public hearing scheduled at Paris City Council tonight on proposed city-wide no-smoking ordinance

A proposal to prohibit all smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs, as well as other places frequented by the public will be considered by the Paris City Council tonight. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers at 107 E. Kaufman St. It will be near the top of the...

02/10/2014 by Charles Richards
Paris City Council to revisit Swints' $100,000 donation for development of Lake Crook Park

Paris City Council to revisit Swints' $100,000 donation for development of Lake Crook Park

The Paris City Council tonight will revisit a $100,000 contribution from Dr. Richard Swint and his wife, Susan, “for restoration of Lake Crook Park.” Members of the Paris City Council came out front on Jan. 13 as Dr. Richard Swint and his wife, Susan, came to the podium to present a...

02/10/2014 by Charles Richards
Veteran Paris police officer Curtis Garrett is candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2

Veteran Paris police officer Curtis Garrett is candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2

Curtis Garrett Veteran Paris policeman Curtis Garrett is one of three candidates for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2 (Paris and Reno), in the March 4 Republican primary. He opposes Gene C. Hobbs Jr., who was appointed in October 2012 to fill the last 27 months of Ernie Sparks’...

02/05/2014 by Charles Richards
Candidate forum scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday for Lamar County candidates in March 4 GOP primary

Candidate forum scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday for Lamar County candidates in March 4 GOP primary

Photo from the 2012 Lamar County GOP forum Candidates for local office on the March 4 Republican Primary ballot in Lamar County have been invited to a candidate forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the district court room of the county courthouse in Paris. The forum is for Republican...

02/03/2014 by Charles Richards
UPDATE: Charles Richards, eParisExtra.com columnist, addresses Rotary Club of Paris

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

Charles Richards 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...

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

City Councilman John Wright 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...

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

City Councilwoman Sue Lancaster 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...

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

City Manager John Godwin 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...

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 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...

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 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...

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

Students at Crockett Middle School, accompanied by their Socrates sponsor, Debb Fleming, went to the podium at Monday’s meeting of the Paris City Council to talk about the dangers of second-hand smoke. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards) More than 100 people crowded into the Paris...

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

PRMC chief executive officer Stephen Grubbs presents a memento to U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (right) as Paris Mayor AJ Hashmi looks on. 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...

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