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 Chaucer and Shakespeare both used slang to liven up their writing.  
 Even the title of The Canterbury Tales is slang. 
 A “Canterbury tale” was a tall tale. 
 Shakespeare relied heavily on slang and double meanings and even coined some new words of his own.

Religion, Spiritualism, etc

Eduzendium articles 2009

Group 1 - article: Mashup

Group 2 - article: Online document services, including Google_Docs_vs._Microsoft_Word

Group 3 - article: speech recognition

Group 4 - article: Online dating and possibly several smaller, related articles as needed

Group 5 - article: Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Group 6 - article: Adaptive learning (forwarded from Intelligent tutoring)

Group 7 - article: Web browser media plugins, in particular Silverlight vs. Flash

Group 8 - article: Google Android, plus a brief introductory article: Smartphone and enhancements to existing article IPhone

Group 9 - articles: Ajax and Ajax framework

Orphan images

  • Two works in the Water Garden at Grounds for Sculpture in 2008
  • Bruce Beasley's 1986 Dorian at Grounds for Sculpture in 2008

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Gertrude Stein


about Paris, Tennessee

Tennessee Heritage Protection Act

The Tennessee Heritage Protection Act was initially enacted in 2013 and amended in 2016 and 2018. The Tennessee Heritage Protection Act limits the removal or changing of historical memorials. "prohibits the removal, relocation, or renaming of a memorial that is, or is located on, public property"

stuff from Mar. 15, 21 search

Henry County, Tennessee: Including its History, The Eiffel Tower, The Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery, The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, and More Paperback – August 2, 2012

reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1998. Digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes a list of legislative petitions from residents of Henry County covering the years 1821 to 1855.]

DEEDS under "Land and Property Recrods"

  • Salant & Salant "shirt factory" from at least 1940 until ?

Emerson Electric (Vincent Traver?), located on Industrial Park Road off Highway 77 south of Paris Holley Carburetor plant (~1955 to early or mid 80's) Markel Lighting Tecumseh Products at 2700 W Wood St

  • The carburetor plant, the Emerson building and Markel Lighting are all owned

by someone other than the city and the county. (PI as of 2006)

  • PI 2008:

The former Dynamic Machine Plastics building on Mockingbird Avenue in Henry is set to be sold to Paris construction company TNC Rentals. Tom Myers, Henry Industrial Board chairman, told the Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen at its Tuesday meeting that the deal should be closed by the end of next week.

  • 2009:

Skykits Corp. aircraft factory at Paris airport (gone by 2019)

  • PI Nov 2, 2015:
    • A Paris factory was evacuated after security officers there received a bomb threat early today.

The threat was reported at Euro Tranciatura USA, formerly known as Tecumseh Products, at 2700 W. Wood St.

    • Paris Police Sgt. Ean Reed reported the security guard on duty at the plant received a call from

a female with a soft-spoken voice around 1 a.m. The woman told him her boyfriend had planted a package bomb on the premises sometime during the weekend, which was set to go off at 2 a.m.

    • The caller hung up before the guard could get any additional information. The guard immediately
began evacuating employees to a safe distance from the plant and called 911 to report the incident.
    • The building was cleared by the time Paris Police and Fire department officers arrived. They,

along with Emergency Medical Service workers, remained at the staging area at a nearby business for about two hours. A bomb officer and bomb dog with the Jackson Police Department arrived about 3 a.m. and did a sweep of the plant. It was declared safe about 4 a.m.

press etc (recent)

about slavery

  • HRK, who lives out of his car a lot and moves about from place to place, was backpacking in 2020 out West as he does every summer. He made it to Utah, but before that, for my amusement, he stopped over in Paris, Idaho, and sent me a bunch of photos of that place, which is actually quite interesting. From those photos, I got to reading about Paris, Idaho (small, unincorporated), which was founded by a Mormon named Charles Coulson Rich. He was born in Kentucky and after converting to Mormonism, tried living for a while in Missouri. And then the local population in Missouri fought a war (okay, illegally and unsanctioned, but not hindered either) to drive Mormons out of Missouri. The local non-Mormon population really got riled with hatred of the Mormons, possibly because their daughters were in danger of being married off to a Mormon extended family. After being chased out of Missouri, Rich and friends tried to go to Utah and make that place pretty much their own. But they accidentally founded Paris over in Idaho because nobody knew in those days exactly where the state line was. Charles Coulson Rich, this highly successful early Mormon who had six wives, also owned, as it turned out, six slaves--which might be another reason people in Missouri were trying to drive the Mormons out. I hadn't realize how much violence was against the Mormons back in the 1800's. And Mormonism itself is such a mixed bag of Goodness and Badness, with the polygamy thing being again both good and bad. And these ultra religious ultra righteous seeming folks owned slaves. Yep, it's a huge mess. [ I emailed this to Randall in 2020 ]
  • The following is from Petra Vaughn's Facebook post on Sept. 22, 2020

“In 1866, one year after the 13 Amendment was ratified (the amendment that ended slavery), Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina began to lease out convicts for labor (peonage). This made the business of arresting Blacks very lucrative, which is why hundreds of White men were hired by these states as police officers. Their primary responsibility was to search out and arrest Blacks who were in violation of Black Codes. Once arrested, these men, women and children would be leased to plantations where they would harvest cotton, tobacco, sugar cane. Or they would be leased to work at coal mines, or railroad companies. The owners of these businesses would pay the state for every prisoner who worked for them; prison labor. It is believed that after the passing of the 13th Amendment, more than 800,000 Blacks were part of the system of peonage, or re-enslavement through the prison system. Peonage didn’t end until after World War II began, around 1940.

The 13th Amendment declared that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." (Ratified in 1865) Lawmakers used this phrase to make petty offenses crimes. When Blacks were found guilty of committing these crimes, they were imprisoned and then leased out to the same businesses that lost slaves after the passing of the 13th Amendment. This system of convict labor is called peonage.

The majority of White Southern farmers and business owners hated the 13th Amendment because it took away slave labor. As a way to appease them, the federal government turned a blind eye when southern states used this clause in the 13th Amendment to establish laws called Black Codes. Here are some examples of Black Codes:

  • In Louisiana, it was illegal for a Black man to preach to Black congregations without special permission in writing from the president of the police. If caught, he could be arrested and fined. If he could not pay the fines, which were unbelievably high, he would be forced to work for an individual, or go to jail or prison where he would work until his debt was paid off.
  • If a Black person did not have a job, he or she could be arrested and imprisoned on the charge of vagrancy or loitering.
  • In South Carolina, if the parent of a Black child was considered vagrant, the judicial system allowed the police and/or other government agencies to “apprentice” the child to an "employer". Males could be held until the age of 21, and females could be held until they were 18. Their owner had the legal right to inflict punishment on the child for disobedience, and to recapture them if they ran away.

This (peonage) is an example of systemic racism - Racism established and perpetuated by government systems. Slavery was made legal by the U.S. Government. Segregation, Black Codes, Jim Crow and peonage were all made legal by the government, and upheld by the judicial system. These acts of racism were built into the system, which is where the term “Systemic Racism” is derived.



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    • Bissett, Thaddeus (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). 2013. RE-ASSESSING BIG SANDY, AN EARLY MIDDLE ARCHAIC SHELL MIDDEN IN HENRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE. Big Sandy was one of several Archaic shell middens excavated in the lower Tennessee Valley during the Great Depression. In the decades since, it has been mostly relegated to footnote status, but recent work suggests that Big Sandy is unique among Middle Archaic shell-bearing sites in the Midsouth. New radiocarbon dates and analyses of artifacts and original field documentation indicate that intact strata at the site (previously thought to represent sequential occupations) were in fact contemporaneous, and that Big Sandy contains clear evidence for both residential occupation and an associated, but spatially segregated, cemetery during the early Middle Archaic period.

intro ideas

The history of this town and this county is missing. Oh, we know a few random facts, but most of what heppened in the past has been deliberately forgotten, not recorded, actively discouraged from being talked about, or plain old ignored. And that ignoring happened so consistently that most of it can now no longer be recovered. Still, I want to try to find out what there is that can still be determined. Because without knowing what was, we're basically living a kind of lie, that pretends that things in the past were okay, things in the present are okay, and things in the future will be okay without our needing to make any course corrections.

It's not just this town and this county where that happened. It happened in lots of towns and counties all over the country, and nowhere was history buried and forgotten and glossed over more fully, with more active enthusiasm, than in the Southern United States.

In American, the history of racism is taught like this: "There was slavery and then there was Jim Crow and then there was Martin Luther King Jr. and now it's done." (from Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime", p. 183)



NOTES for this article: (I *think* from the Van Dyke article, but must verify all facts)

  • even before the Civil War, there were pockets of free negroes in the county
  • 1/2 the population were slaves before the war (?)
  • 33% of the local farms had slaves
  • tobacco and cotton farm work were almost all done by slaves
  • 1839: cost of a male slave $900 to $1000
  • 1839: cost of a female slave $700 to $900
  • 1839: cost of a child slave $600 to $800
  • by 1860: $5,000,000 of slaves were in Henry Co.
  • Nat Turner insurrection (Aug 31 - what year?)
  • 1855: first bank
  • 1825: first Masonic Lodge #55
  • 3 general stores, 3 hotels, courthouse
  • "Free and Accepted Masons" #108 in 1845 #96, #130 (???)
  • 1833: 800 people; 12 lawyers, 12 doctors, 2 clergy, 1 church etc
  • Paris historical markers
  • From Chamber of Commerce website: Henry County History
  • Per TN River Valley (w/NatGeo), Paris is a historic site
  • Per the hospital ("Medical Center"), here is the hospital history

Native Amers

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More notes

  • Cottage Grove: 10 mi NW
  • Buchanan: 11.5 mi NE
  • 1850's: Henry, 8.5 mi SW of Paris
    • Henry Station
    • Memphis and Ohio railroad

Tosh says there were lots of:

  • Tharpe names
  • There were also Palmer names

docs to order

From User:Pat_Palmer/sandbox#possible_sources

  • (can order the following docs from?)
    • Henry County, TN Census 1850, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD712-$20
    • Henry County, TN Deed Books Volume 1 - 1822-1825, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2055-$18
    • Henry County, TN Deed Books Volume 2 - 1825-1827, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2056-$18
    • Henry County, TN Deed Books Volume 3 - 1827-1828, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2057-$18
    • Henry County, TN Deed Books Volume 4 - 1828-1830, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2058-$18
    • Henry County, TN Newspaper Abstracts Volume 1 January 15, 1874-December 12, 1878, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2096-$15
    • Henry County, TN Newspaper Abstracts Volume 2 February 1879-October 1883, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2097-$15
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 1 - 1822-1830, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD714-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 10 - 1851-1853, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2212-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 11 - 1853-1855, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2213-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 12 - 1855-1857, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2214-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 13 - 1857-1859, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2215-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 14 - 1859-1860, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2216-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 15 - 1860-1866, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2217-$16
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 2 - 1830-1835, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD715-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 3 - July 1835-March 1838, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD716-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 4 - 1837-1841, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD717-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 5 - 1830-1843, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD718-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 6- 1841-1845, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD719-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 7 - 1844-1845, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD720-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 8 - 1846-1848, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2210-$18
    • Henry County, TN Will Book Volume 9 - 1848-1851, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD2211-$18
    • Henry County, Virginia Census 1820, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD676-$8
    • Henry County, Virginia Census 1830, by SHP. 8½x11";, SB, pages: AD677-$8

Home Automation or Smarthome

Smarthome sub-topics:

  • lighting
  • cameras
  • TV's
  • thermostats
  • blinds
  • hot water heaters

Some wattages (re: phantom or always-ON energy)

  • Desktop computer: 21.13W
  • Laptop computer: 15.77W
  • Laser fax/printer: 6.42W
  • Subwoofer: 10.7W
  • Cable modem: 3.85W
  • Digital cable/DVR set-top box: 43.46W
  • DVD or Blu-Ray players 10.58 W
  • Video game console: 23.34W
  • Garage door opener: 4.48W
  • Microwave: 3.08W

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