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Paris, Tennessee - Home of the World's Largest Fish Fry!

Updated on April 23, 2016
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

A 60-Foot Replica Of the Eiffel Tower In Memorial Park

Paris TN has its own Eiffel Tower! It was constructed in 1993 by engineers at Christian Brothers University. See video below for more.
Paris TN has its own Eiffel Tower! It was constructed in 1993 by engineers at Christian Brothers University. See video below for more. | Source

Christian Brothers University Eiffel Tower Project

  • CBU, founded in Memphis in 1871, was named one of the Best Southeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review beginning in 2010. Engineers and students at the university decided to build and contribute a replica of the Eiffel Tower to the city. Their original wood structure was replaced in metal.
  • Annual Eiffel Tower Day, March 31 - This holiday is a great festival tradition in the city to commemorate the Original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France with that built by Christian Brothers University leaders in Paris, Tennessee. The local tower stands in Memorial Park, where many outdoor activities and facilities are located. The city is known for its support of the arts, as is Paris, France.

Christian Brothers University Project, 1993

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A markerEiffel Tower Park -
1020 Maurice Fields Dr, Paris, TN 38242, USA
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B markerChristian Brothers University -
650 E Pkwy S, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
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Paris Then and Now

Paris, Tennessee, with a population of 10,100+ in 2012, has been named among the Top 10 Best Places (out of 100) To Retire by, but the city is just plain fun and a good place to live. Known for its many surrounding attractions, its giant Fish Fry is probably Number One for visitors as ell as residents.

The city has some pretty interesting history. For example, The son of the frontiersman Davy Crockett, John W. Crockett, is buried in the Paris city cemetery and Crockett descendents live in Paris. Many houses and other buildings are on the US National Register of Historic Places.

Bennett Herrington, Chickasaw in Space


Chickasaw Homeland

Before Paris became a city and the county seat of Henry County, named after Patrick Henry, the area was the homeland of the Chickasaw Nation. In 1818, however, Andrew Jackson purchased a large tract of the land and divided it between Tennessee and Kentucky. The Chickasaw moved westward to Oklahoma as Tennessee became the 16th State of the Union. Interestingly, NASA astronaut John Bennett Herrington, a registered Chickasaw, was the first enrolled member of a Native American Nation to fly in space - US Space Shuttle Mission STS-113 in 2002, in which crew exchange and major assembly for the ISS was accomplished.

Considering modern times. many in America in the 2010s ask where manufacturing can be found in our nation. Manufacturing is big in Paris TN, including extracting local clay for kitty litter. Other local plants manufacture brake parts, power tools, rubber parts, electric motors, metal doors, laboratory furniture, and ceramic lighting fixtures. About 28% of the working population is employed in manufacturing.

Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation is a federally recognized tribal nation that first lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, before moving westward. They functioned well among the Europeans that settled om the South, but they were forced out to move to Oklahoma during the Indian Removal movement in the 1830s.

This forced move is unfortunate, because Chickasaw warriors had allied themselves with the United States after the American Revolution and fought successfully under General "Mad" Anthony Wayne against attacking natives in the Northwest Territory. Other Chickasaw served with Andrew Jackson during the Creek Wars of 1813 - 1814. Forcing them to a reservation was not good thanks - during the Civil War, they largely sided with the South.

The Chickasaw sold their lands for $3 million in 1837, but did not receive their payment from the federal government until 30 years later.

The large Chickasaw reservation is in Ada, Oklahoma, but a state recognized group lives in South Carolina.

"Official Best Of" Tour of Paris TN

Location: 85 Miles Northwest of Nashville On the Northern Border

A markerParis TN -
Paris, TN 38242, USA
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Both Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles are seen at Big Sandy, just four miles east of Paris. The area is full of wildlife of all kinds.

Paris TN Attractions

Downtown Paris, Tennessee Association - The Downtown Paris district includes a town square and many shops of various kinds, as well as parks and historic sites. Special events occur monthly, including many types of festivals and musical celebrations. December is a big month of celebrations with a Christmas Parade, candlelight walks, choral singing, pageants, shows, contests, a tree festival, and other activities related to Christmas and New Year's.

The Krider Performing Arts Center is located at 650 Volunteer Drive among homes and Senior Retirement Facilities so that all may enjoy the many musical and theater productions presented throughout the year.

The iconic catfish fry begins the West Tennessee festival season each year throughout the final week of April with a a rodeo, a golf tournament, a carnival, parades, catfish races, five beauty contests, and in 2012 at least 12,000 pounds of fried catfish.

Channel Catfish, Tennessee State Commercial Fish

Hello from the World's Biggest Fish Fry!
Hello from the World's Biggest Fish Fry! | Source

Fish Fry HQ - Henry County Fairgrounds

A markerThe Fish Fry -
880 Industrial Rd, Paris, TN 38242, USA
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Civil War Historic Sites

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A markerLand Between the Lakes -
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Golden Pond, KY 42211, USA
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B markerParis Landing State Park -
Paris Landing State Park, 16055 U.S. 79, Buchanan, TN 38222, USA
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Land Between The Lakes

This area is a part of both Kentucky and Tennessee, formed by the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River and the dammed off reservoir, Kentucky Lake, as well as Barkley Lake. During the American Civil War, Fort Henry of the Confederacy was built in Tennessee near Lake Kentucky in 1861. General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army arrived in February 1862 and they, along with rising waters, caused Fort Henry to sink almost completely into Kentucky Lake. Today, the area is filled with 30 miles of hiking trails (see link below).

A rehabilitated landscape called the Elk & Bison Prairie is a native habitat restored from over 100 years ago. New elk and bison roam freely inside a 700-acre section of enclosed land. Other wildlife can be seen here as well, including wild turkeys, many birds, butterflies, dragon- and damselflies, small game animals, and prairie animals. Native grasses, wildflowers, and other local plant life are abundant.

The National Recreation Area between the lakes also offers planetarium shows and events, Turkey Bay off road vehicle and camping grounds, and other activities and events.

The State Park at Paris Landing is just outside Paris TN and is part of the 1800's history of the region. This Tennessee River landing was critical for delivery of goods into the area and shipping farm crops out. During the Civil War, blocking this river and landing harmed Confederacy strategies and prevented supplies from reaching them.


Relocation and Housing For Seniors

Retirement Centers

  • Chateau Maurice. 1101 Volunteer Dr, Paris TN 38242-5432.
  • Eiffel Gardens - Assisted Living by Americare. 1025 Volunteer Dr, Paris TN 38242
  • Jackson Meadow. 25 Max Lane Drive, Jackson TN 38305. Independent Living. About $1,400/month.
  • Morningside of Jackson. 1200 North Parkway, Jackson TN 38305. Assisted Living and Memory Care.
  • Paris Residential Care Center. 1101 Volunteer Dr., Paris TN 38242
  • RoseStone Retirement Community. 4089 Hwy 218 Bypass, Paris TN 38242

If you would like to purchase a residence, Zillow and Trulia provide us the following information for the Paris Area:

  • Number of single-family residences and similar for sale: 95
  • Price Range: From $ 19,900 to $293,000
  • Median Price: $89,000

Hospitals and Medical Centers

Henry County Medical Center is the major hospital in the community, located about 0.5 mile from Volunteer Drive and the several retirement centers built there. Volunteer Drive itself is named after the Volunteer Militia of Tennessee during the American Revolution.

The medical center is a certified Pink Ribbon facility, earned for its research and treatment of cancer. This is not the only specialty of the hospital, however, and dozens of dedicated departments make health more accessible to Henry County.

Henry County Medical Center

A markerHenry County Medical Center -
Henry County Medical Center, Paris, TN 38242, USA
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Highest Demand Jobs Within 25 Miles of Paris

Manufacturing positions are still tops in job listings for Paris, right after some important medical care jobs that needed to be filled in December 2012, increasing to 1,600 job opening in December 2014, and 1,600+ by May 2016.

The fact that Manufacturing, Sales, and Insurance & Finance jobs are among those in highest demand speaks to the economic stability and growth of the Paris Area economy.

  1. Truck Drivers - CDL License
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Manufacturing Jobs
  4. Insurance and Finance Account Representatives
  5. Retail Salespeople
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Process and Application Engineers
  8. Warehouse and Logistics
  9. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  10. Physical Therapists

Largest employers in and around Paris are Henry County Medical Center, Lennox, Dana, Occidental Petroleum, Rush Trucking, New York Life, Regions Life Insurance, Army National Guard.

A technical college is supported by Paris TN - Tennessee Technology Center At Paris. Administration and production/manufacturing training are the specialties that fit the job market of Paris; other programs are offered.

Paris Area Companies Now Hiring

  1. DTL Transportation
  2. Cox Oil Co and Maverick Inc.
  3. Dollar General
  4. Barr-Nunn Transportation
  5. Koch Trucking Marine
  6. McDonalds, Domino's Pizza, SONIC® Drive-In
  7. P&S Transportation
  8. Butler Transport
  9. Big M Transport
  10. Travel Centers Of America
  11. National Strategic Transport
  12. Stage Stores (Gas/Convenience); Minit Mart

© 2012 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Hi drbhj - It's too bad that I can only retire to one plce at a time in the future. Those folks in gtravel rogs that spend a few months in each city may have the answer! I hope you enjoy Paris - in Tennesses. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      So Paris, Tennessee with a population just over 10.000 has its own Eiffel Tower! Who knew? Not me until I read this interesting article, Patty. I'll have to keep the last week in April open now that I know Paris has the World's Biggest Fish Fry then. Thanks for the newsflash and these fascinating facts, m'dear.