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The Parisian. : (Paris, Tenn.) 1907-1962
Alternative Titles:
  • Weekly Parisian
Place of publication:
Paris, Tenn.
Geographic coverage:
  • Paris, Henry, Tennessee  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Parisian Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
  • -v. 65, no. 46 (Nov. 14, 1962).
  • Began in 1907.
Weekly July 6, 1955-Nov. 14, 1962
  • English
  • Henry County (Tenn.)--Newspapers.
  • Paris (Tenn.)--Newspapers.
  • Tennessee--Henry County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01221712
  • Tennessee--Paris.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01221711
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Daily ed.: Paris post-intelligencer, July 1, 1955-Nov. 14, 1962.
  • Description based on: Vol. 15, no. 49 (Aug. 12, 1910).
  • Purchased by: Paris Pub. Co., publishers of Paris post-intelligencer, July 1, 1955.
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The Parisian

The first issue of the Parisian was published in Paris, Tennessee, on January 2, 1900. The paper was printed each Friday and served Henry County, a predominantly agricultural region growing mainly tobacco and cotton. The Parisian competed with the area's first newspaper, the Paris Post-Intelligencer, which was established in 1884 by publisher John R. Rison through the merger of the Paris Post and the Weekly Intelligencer.

Frank Cheek served as publisher and editor of the Parisian for several years, and in 1903 he oversaw the paper's merger with the Paris Press, when it became the Press-Parisian. The Paris Publishing Company purchased the newspaper in 1907, and changed the name back to the Parisian. John R. Rison stepped in as publisher and editor of the Parisian, and held financial interests until 1912 when J. Taylor Gatlin, the owner of a local tobacco factory, purchased the newspaper.

Despite its modern look, which featured many of the hallmarks of Hearst and Pulitzer's new journalism such as bold headlines, photographs, and cartoons, the seven-column Parisian circulated to a modest 1,700 readers in 1912, approximately half as many as its competitor, the Post-Intelligencer. In 1914, the Parisian supported Paris resident, Democrat General Thomas C. Rye, in his successful bid to become governor of Tennessee. On January 15, 1915 - the day that Rye took his seat in Nashville - the Parisian's front page bore a photograph of the new governor, alongside details of the forthcoming inauguration ceremony and a list of several Paris citizens who were invited to attend.

In 1918, John R. Rison, Jr., became managing editor at the Parisian. While the paper included regional and national news and ads, overall it reflected the interests of the community, prominently incorporating local voices and community news such as obituaries and church announcements. By 1920, the Parisian's circulation had increased to 4,000.

In 1955, the Parisian was purchased by the Paris Publishing Company, owners of rival paper the Paris Post-Intelligencer. In November 1962, the Parisian ceased publication.

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