The community is invited to the kick-off for the Paris-Henry County Bicentennial Celebrations at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 7, at the Henry County Courthouse lawn.
The event will include proclamations from County Mayor John Penn Ridgeway and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, with Henry County Historian David Webb as emcee.
Paris Special Schools Board President Troy Barrow will read a poem he wrote, “Trees We Will Never Climb” which will be followed by a tree-planting on the south side of the court lawn. The tree-planting will replace the oak tree which fell during severe storms in the spring.
The Community Choir, led by Jeremy O’Neal, will perform three songs, including “The Scene From The Hill” written by the late L.O. Sanderson several decades ago. The Community Choir has been rehearsing for the past several weeks.
Both Henry County and the city of Paris are celebrating their Bicentennials and activities will be held over the next two years. Henry County was formally established Nov. 7, 1821, and Paris was formed Sept. 23, 1823.