Paris Post-Intelligencer

Paris Post-Intelligencer The Paris Post-Intelligencer is the oldest business in Henry County, TN. Owned and operated by the family of the late W. Percy Williams. The Paris Post-Intelligencer is the oldest business in Henry County.

Percy Williams, it is one of the five oldest businesses still owned and operated by the same family. Currently it is under the control of Michael Williams who is the fourth generation editor and publisher. The P-I's ancestor paper, The Weekly Intelligencer, is thought to have been first published on April 14, 1866. A few years later, it merged with The Paris Post, and for about 60 years The Paris Post-Intelligencer was a weekly paper. Three years after buying The P-I in 1927, Williams changed it to a daily. W. Percy Williams was born April 19, 1892, in Louisville, Miss. He began his journalism career at the age of 12 as a carrier for The Birmingham (Ala.) News in 1904. He became one of the daily paper's youngest district carrier route managers at 18 in 1910. He married the former Lucy Cowan in 1912 and accepted the position of circulation manager at The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News in 1914. Williams eventually bought an interest in the daily and became the youngest editor-publisher in its history. When the paper was sold to someone else, he moved to The Florence (Ala.) Times, in which he also became part-owner. While there, Williams bought a competitor, The Florence Daily News, and published it daily as The Florence Times-News. Williams bought The P-I from then-owner Wallace Edwards, now deceased. Bryant Williams, second oldest of seven children, now retired as editor and publisher, was 13 years old when Williams bought The P-I. The weekly P-I then was located on the west side of the court square next to the present location of Wallin Hardware. Its equipment consisted essentially of one battered Linotype machine and an ancient hand-fed sheet press to print about 1,000 copies a week. Making a success of The P-I was a family affair , Mrs. Williams said. "They never got paid -- we just didn't have it. But they were a part of it." Bryant, had a series of "printer's devil" jobs afternoons and Saturdays, sweeping, folding papers, casting "cuts" (pictures formed from molten lead), mailing and tying bundles. Other employees included a Linotype operator, a society writer and some part-time workers to fold the papers once a week. During the next couple of decades, the family faced tough competition from The Parisian, another weekly which had twice The P-I's circulation. Its publisher predicted it would be the Williams' first and last Christmas dinner in Paris. The Great Depression "...made it doubly hard," Mrs. The failure of First State Bank and Trust Co., where The P-I kept what little money it had, "added to our troubles." Bryant said, "There was no money as we know of it today. We took a lot of exchanges from farmers and others for advertising and subscriptions." Kroger, at that time on the court square, paid for part of its advertising with scrip books good for buying groceries, he said. "Pawpaw (as grandchildren and great-grandchildren called Williams) would use that on payday to pay employees." People bartered live chickens, meat and peanuts for advertising and subscriptions. A bushel of potatoes sold for 10 cents if you returned the basket, Mrs. People also traded potatoes and sorghum. Mrs. Williams inherited one-fifth of her uncle James Cowan's estate upon his death, in the form of a monthly income for more than a year. "It saved our lives. It just saved us." Seven months into the Depression, Mr. Williams converted The P-I to a daily paper. His competitor remained a weekly. It turned the tide. Bryant said, "The P-I then printed four pages a day, except Thursdays when it was six or eight pages." Bryant graduated from Grove High School in 1932 and went to work full time in advertising, bookkeeping and circulation. He gradually got into news writing and finally became a general newsman, covering county court and city aldermen meetings and going to the courthouse to cover police news. The year after his graduation, Bryant married the former Julia Sensing of Paris. She worked at The P-I in the job printing shop and as society editor who wrote the "We Hear" column, which Joan Bell later inherited, and as the main proof reader. In 1934, The P-I bought a new press, a second-hand eight-page web press. Later it bought an automatic folder. At about that time, Julia Williams recalled, the paper bought its first comic strip, "DorothyDarnit." There were few cartoons because they were expensive. The P-I moved Sept. 1, 1937, from the court square to the building at the corner of Poplar and Blythe streets now occupied by law offices of Greer and Greer. It was the first occupant of the building, erected by John Kane Currier Jr. on land formerly occupied by the H.D. Timmons boarding house. In that location the paper started an office supplies business which was to continue for years until it was sold to Virgil Clark as Clark's Office Supplies. The P-I was not long in that location before it started getting Associated Press wire stories by telegram, basically just a digest of news events. W.P. Williams bought The Murray (Ky.) Ledger and Times in 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor was attacked. His four oldest sons, a son-inlaw and the man who operated the Murray paper all went off to war. So Mr. Williams had to spend all of his time at the Murray paper for two or three weeks, leaving his wife to run the paper in Paris. "I wrote everything that went in The P-I. I sold every ad that went in The P-I. I sold every paper," Mrs. Bryant said, "I went back to work on the paper (in November 1945), I guess as advertising manager." The Murray newspaper, then operated by another son, Jim, was converted to a daily in 1946. Bryant said, "... we incorporated in 1947 as the Paris Publishing Company. I was named publisher and Dad was editor and president of the corporation." The P-I was usually six to eight pages a day then, with Thursday issues often two sections. Today it has eight to fourteen pages daily, with twoor three sections several times a week. In 1948, Mr. Williams bought The Fulton (Ky.) Daily Leader, until recently published by the family of a daughter, Eunice Mitchell Clark. Organizational connections with the Kentucky papers have since been severed. The P-I's current building at 208 E. Wood St. was completed by Frank Barrett in 1949, with the move taking place on the Fourth of July weekend. Since then, The P-I has converted to offset presses and photocomposition equipment, computer terminals for typing stories, and finally to building pages on computers. In 1955, The P-I purchased its old competitor, the weekly Parisian. It has since been discontinued. In 1960, Bill returned to The P-I as the one-man news department. Today, the news staff numbers eight. Williams retired in 1967 and died in 1970. Bryant served as editor and publisher from his father's retirement until his own retirement in 1981, when his son Bill succeeded him. For years after retirement he continued his local history column, "Post Mortems," which has been turned into two booklets published by Henry County Historical Society with more in planning. In 1984, The P-I's family corporation purchased The Camden Chronicle, which it operated for several years before selling it. Today The P-I has no business interest in any other company. Michael Williams joined The P-I news staff in 1984 after interning at The Tennessean in Nashville and working as news editor of the LaFollette (Tenn.) Press. He became editor in 1992 and, upon the retirement of his father in 1999, publisher as well. In retirement, Bill Williams continues to be the paper's primary editorial writer. Michael's wife, Evonne, is now business manager. Also, their oldest son, Daniel Williams, was a paper delivery boy until he left for college at Freed-Hardeman University in August 2003. The P-I has gone from using one battered Linotype and a hand-fed press to computerized, photocomposition equipment, computers, scanners, digital cameras, Internet, an image-setter and a high-speed press and inserter. Newspapers or related professions have occupied most of W. P. Williams's seven children, several grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren.

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Todd Hinson (right) with First Baptist Church supplies Randy Marr of Paris with two Thanksgiving meals to take home on h...
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PARIS TN: Sharing meals on Thanksgiving

Todd Hinson (right) with First Baptist Church supplies Randy Marr of Paris with two Thanksgiving meals to take home on his bike on Thursday outside the church building at 313 N. Poplar St. in Paris. The group fixed and handed out about 230 meals to …

Todd Hinson (right) with First Baptist Church supplies Randy Marr of Paris with two Thanksgiving meals to take home on his bike on Thursday outside the church building at 313

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‼ Rural Henry Countians' Wednesday P-I delayed until Friday ‼Major press problems in Murray during the night kept Wednes...
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‼ Rural Henry Countians' Wednesday P-I delayed until Friday ‼

Major press problems in Murray during the night kept Wednesday's Post-Intelligencer from getting onto postal trucks and reaching rural post offices in Henry County.

Those P-I customers will receive their Wednesday paper in the mail Friday with Friday's edition, but may come to The P-I office for a Wednesday paper as long as supplies last.

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PARIS TN: One tree, two tree, red tree, blue tree

The Festival of Trees display can be seen through Dec. 16 inside the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center at 110 W. Washington St. Tuesday was the first day the public could view the display. The Christmas tree collection will be open to the public from 11…

The Festival of Trees display can be seen through Dec. 16 inside the Paris 5 & 10 Event Center at 110 W. Washington St. Tuesday was the first day the

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PARIS TN: Henry County Medical Center begins new COVID-19 outpatient treatment

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It’s time to give thanks and take a break from work for many people this week, as the Thanksgiving holiday has arrived f...
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PARIS TN: Holiday closings for Thanksgiving listed

It’s time to give thanks and take a break from work for many people this week, as the Thanksgiving holiday has arrived for many.

It’s time to give thanks and take a break from work for many people this week, as the Thanksgiving holiday has arrived for many.

High School football fans can purchase tickets to the Class 5A semifinal contest between Henry County-Summit starting at...
11/24/2020
Semifinal playoff tickets available at noon

High School football fans can purchase tickets to the Class 5A semifinal contest between Henry County-Summit starting at noon today.

High School football fans can purchase tickets to the Class 5A semifinal contest between Henry County-Summit starting at noon today.

Alyvia Gream (leaning over, center), Leslie Green (front) and Justin Stutzman (back) load food for one of the 250 famili...
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PARIS TN: Filling bellies before Thanksgiving

Alyvia Gream (leaning over, center), Leslie Green (front) and Justin Stutzman (back) load food for one of the 250 families that received bags of food during a giveaway by the Sulphur Well Church of Christ Saturday morning. More than 20 pallets of fo…

Alyvia Gream (leaning over, center), Leslie Green (front) and Justin Stutzman (back) load food for one of the 250 families that received bags of food during a giveaway by the

The results of the Nov. 3 election in Henry County were made official Monday afternoon as the county Election Commission...
11/24/2020
PARIS TN: On Monday, election commission approves final vote counts

The results of the Nov. 3 election in Henry County were made official Monday afternoon as the county Election Commission certified the results.

The results of the Nov. 3 election in Henry County were made official Monday afternoon as the county Election Commission certified the results.

A Henry man who escaped arrest after a high-speed pursuit was tracked down and arrested by local law enforcement officer...
11/24/2020
PARIS TN: Fugitive caught at Paris motel

A Henry man who escaped arrest after a high-speed pursuit was tracked down and arrested by local law enforcement officers Monday morning.

A Henry man who escaped arrest after a high-speed pursuit was tracked down and arrested by local law enforcement officers Monday morning.

The annual community Thanksgiving meal hosted by First Baptist Church in Paris will be seeing some changes this year bec...
11/24/2020
PARIS TN: Community Thanksgiving meal at First Baptist to be drive-through only

The annual community Thanksgiving meal hosted by First Baptist Church in Paris will be seeing some changes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual community Thanksgiving meal hosted by First Baptist Church in Paris will be seeing some changes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some John Lennon and Paul McCartney lyrics from 1967 came to mind Monday during this month’s Henry County Commission: “Y...
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Some John Lennon and Paul McCartney lyrics from 1967 came to mind Monday during this month’s Henry County Commission: “You say goodbye and I say hello.”

Some John Lennon and Paul McCartney lyrics from 1967 came to mind Monday during this month’s Henry County Commission: “You say goodbye and I say hello.”

Henry County High School senior running back Jermarcus Johnson (left) looks back at the last of a group of Northeast def...
11/23/2020
PARIS TN: Johnson leaves trail of Eagles’ defenders

Henry County High School senior running back Jermarcus Johnson (left) looks back at the last of a group of Northeast defenders who failed to tackle him on a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Patriots’ 39-7 victory in a Class 5A quarterf…

Henry County High School senior running back Jermarcus Johnson (left) looks back at the last of a group of Northeast defenders who failed to tackle him on a 30-yard touchdown

A Henry man is wanted by authorities after leading an officer on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car before escaping on...
11/22/2020
PARIS TN: Henry man wanted after pursuit

A Henry man is wanted by authorities after leading an officer on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car before escaping on foot Sunday.

A Henry man is wanted by authorities after leading an officer on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car before escaping on foot Sunday.

Two separate traffic accidents last week resulted in deaths in Kentucky. Henry County residents were involved in both, b...
11/22/2020
PARIS TN: Locals involved in Kentucky fatalities

Two separate traffic accidents last week resulted in deaths in Kentucky. Henry County residents were involved in both, but were not the victims in either case.

Two separate traffic accidents last week resulted in deaths in Kentucky. Henry County residents were involved in both, but were not the victims in either case.

An ongoing surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Henry County is putting a strain on community resources, necessitating co...
11/22/2020
PARIS TN: Local COVID cases surge, mask mandate continued

An ongoing surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Henry County is putting a strain on community resources, necessitating continuing the mask mandate for another week.

An ongoing surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Henry County is putting a strain on community resources, necessitating continuing the mask mandate for another week.

Doyle French, age 67, of Springville, died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his residence.
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Doyle French

Doyle French, age 67, of Springville, died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his residence.

Doyle French, age 67, of Springville, died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his residence.

Sandra Lockridge Stewart, 76, of Buchanan died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at her residence.
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Sandra Stewart

Sandra Lockridge Stewart, 76, of Buchanan died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at her residence.

Sandra Lockridge Stewart, 76, of Buchanan died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at her residence.

Mr. Michael David Leach, age 74, of Springville, TN, passed away on November 18, 2020, at his residence. He was born Jan...
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Michael Leach

Mr. Michael David Leach, age 74, of Springville, TN, passed away on November 18, 2020, at his residence. He was born January 15, 1946 in Detroit, MI, to the late Donald and Annette Leach.

Mr. Michael David Leach, age 74, of Springville, TN, passed away on November 18, 2020, at his residence. He was born January 15, 1946 in Detroit, MI, to the late

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Gene Reniker

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📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!HUGE SALELAKEWAY STORAGE #32Thursd...
11/21/2020

📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!

HUGE SALE
LAKEWAY STORAGE #32
Thursday (11/19) 7AM-1PM
Friday (11/20) 7AM-1PM
Saturday (11/21) 7AM-Noon
2 dressers, single beds, fishing poles w/chairs, tools, misc.,
blankets, towels, all household goods, too many to name.
No early sales.

Do you have a yard sale coming up that you would like to have on our next yard sale post?
Please call the P-I at (731) 642-1162 or stop by the P-I office (208 E. Wood Street) and ask about more information on the Yard Sale Package!
Your yard sale will be:
-Published in the paper on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The deadline for having your yard sale ad placed in classifieds is 8:15AM on Tuesday
-Published on the online classifieds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
-AND posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

Senior Jemarcus Johnson ran for 232 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Henry County High School Patriots to a ...
11/21/2020
Patriot football races into Class 5A semifinals

Senior Jemarcus Johnson ran for 232 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Henry County High School Patriots to a 39-7 victory over Clarksville Northeast in a quarterfinal game in the Class 5A state playoffs played on Friday at Patriot Stadium…

Senior Jemarcus Johnson ran for 232 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Henry County High School Patriots to a 39-7 victory over Clarksville Northeast in a quarterfinal game

Verne D. Bendorf, 79, of Puryear died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at The Farms at Puryear nursing home.
11/20/2020
Verne Bendorf

Verne D. Bendorf, 79, of Puryear died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at The Farms at Puryear nursing home.

Verne D. Bendorf, 79, of Puryear died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at The Farms at Puryear nursing home.

James “Pete” Bucy, age 89 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his residence in Paris.
11/20/2020
Pete Bucy

James “Pete” Bucy, age 89 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his residence in Paris.

James “Pete” Bucy, age 89 of Paris, TN, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his residence in Paris.

📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!HUGE SALELAKEWAY STORAGE #32Thursd...
11/20/2020

📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!

HUGE SALE
LAKEWAY STORAGE #32
Thursday (11/19) 7AM-1PM
Friday (11/20) 7AM-1PM
Saturday (11/21) 7AM-Noon
2 dressers, single beds, fishing poles w/chairs, tools, misc.,
blankets, towels, all household goods, too many to name.
No early sales.

Do you have a yard sale coming up that you would like to have on our next yard sale post?
Please call the P-I at (731) 642-1162 or stop by the P-I office (208 E. Wood Street) and ask about more information on the Yard Sale Package!
Your yard sale will be:
-Published in the paper on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The deadline for having your yard sale ad placed in classifieds is 8:15AM on Tuesday
-Published on the online classifieds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
-AND posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

A Henry County woman accused of having drugs in a school zone was among the defendants who pleaded guilty during Wednesd...
11/20/2020
PARIS TN: Henry County woman nets 10 years for drug charge

A Henry County woman accused of having drugs in a school zone was among the defendants who pleaded guilty during Wednesday’s arraignment day in Henry County Circuit Court.

A Henry County woman accused of having drugs in a school zone was among the defendants who pleaded guilty during Wednesday’s arraignment day in Henry County Circuit Court.

Henry County Medical Center has requested more than 1,000 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine being developed by a New Yor...
11/20/2020
PARIS TN: Hospital applies for Pfizer vaccine for frontline workers

Henry County Medical Center has requested more than 1,000 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine being developed by a New York pharmaceutical company in order to protect its front-line medical workers and staff.

Henry County Medical Center has requested more than 1,000 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine being developed by a New York pharmaceutical company in order to protect its front-line medical

When Fran and Paul Holberg moved to Puryear in 2009, they were welcomed by their new neighbor, Darvin Paschall. He stopp...
11/20/2020
PARIS TN: The legacy of 'Whiskers' Paschall lives on in Puryear

When Fran and Paul Holberg moved to Puryear in 2009, they were welcomed by their new neighbor, Darvin Paschall. He stopped by in his pickup truck, greeted them with his hand extended and introduced himself saying, “I don’t know why but everyone call…

When Fran and Paul Holberg moved to Puryear in 2009, they were welcomed by their new neighbor, Darvin Paschall. He stopped by in his pickup truck, greeted them with his

📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!HUGE SALELAKEWAY STORAGE #32Thursd...
11/19/2020

📡 Our local yard sales for this week are listed below! Make sure to go check them out!

HUGE SALE
LAKEWAY STORAGE #32
Thursday (11/19) 7AM-1PM
Friday (11/20) 7AM-1PM
Saturday (11/21) 7AM-Noon
2 dressers, single beds, fishing poles w/chairs, tools, misc.,
blankets, towels, all household goods, too many to name.
No early sales.

Do you have a yard sale coming up that you would like to have on our next yard sale post?
Please call the P-I at (731) 642-1162 or stop by the P-I office (208 E. Wood Street) and ask about more information on the Yard Sale Package!
Your yard sale will be:
-Published in the paper on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The deadline for having your yard sale ad placed in classifieds is 8:15AM on Tuesday
-Published on the online classifieds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
-AND posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

Address

208 E Wood St
Paris, TN
38242

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(731) 642-1162

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in reference to the front story on 15 july 2020 the highway department is going to spray herbicide on 150 miles of henry county roads to save a small sum compared to conventional cutting. currently 'roundup' is paying 10 billion dollars because of cancer from this. Is it wise to spray this like in viet nam and think your not destroying the health of our children and environment. this all ends up in our drinking water and food. not to mention it looks like scorched earth in our communities along once picturesque roads. and one errant cigarette and you will have a huge fire
Looking for obit for Dennis Matlock.
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I went to the awards ceremony last night. I have never been to one to compare to the others, but I had a BLAST! Mike Wilson was pretty funny! Getting the crowd involved like you did was a good touch! Thank you for putting on the ceremony!
When will we see the sidewalks on Wilson St. Going by the schools? There was a grant for it.
When will the Easter Coloring Contest Be in the Paper?
This girl is from Paris. I’m asking all of my friends to PLEASE share this post. If this was your child you would want the world to share it till she was home. I have tagged 100 ppl if everyone shared think about how many ppl we could reach. Plz share. We just want her home.
i want to say i have bought my last copy of your paper i am a trump supporter and for tony kendall to call me the things he did as long as you let someone degrade in your paper i wont buy it again