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Visitors to downtown Paris, Tennessee can now use an app on their mobile device to find shopping and dining, find events or go on an audio-assisted walking tour.

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The City of Paris, Tennessee is offering empty lots to people who qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s single family housing program.

The city will accept as little as $1 from qualified loan holders for the seven available lots.

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Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris, Tennessee, offers traditional classes in ceramics, painting, dramatic art, yoga and more on a weekly basis. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Kaylan Buteyn about the organization's Art Jam this Saturday, featuring live music, kids crafts, art auction and a wildlife animal show.

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The Downtown Paris Association hosts the 4th annual Downtown Paris Week this week, with dining events, an art walk, carriage rides, historical tours, music on the square and more. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the Association's Executive Director Kathy Ray about the event.

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Paris City Commissioners have unanimously pledged to repeal an 8 cent property tax increase that went into effect in the current fiscal year if voters there approve a local option sales tax this March.  City Manager Carl Holder says one motivation for the commissioners decision last week was a long-held belief that a local option sales tax is the fairer route. 

According to Holder, backing the property tax repeal isn't just a matter of good faith.  "It'll be about $640,000 net that would be produced," he said, "if the half-cent local option sales tax does pass."

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

City commissioners in Paris, Tenn., are narrowing down their list of applicants for the position of City Manager. Current City Manager Carl Holder is retiring after 40 years in city management and will serve his last day July 1st, 2015.

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Submarine Force Pacific Fleet's Force Master Chief Cash Caldwell, raised in Paris, Tennessee, has retired after a three decades in the U.S. Navy. He joins us during Sounds Good to talk about his career -- lauded with a Legion of Merit Award.

Downtown Paris Week kicks off this Sunday and continues until June 14. Downtown Paris Association invite visitors to come and experience a taste of Paris - dining at local restaurants, Music on the Square featuring the Chill Tonics, a guided tour highlighting historical places downtown, an art walk including several locations, carriage rides and more. Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray gives the details on Sounds Good.

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A Paris, Tenn. man who says he was beaten and robbed last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor perjury.

Joe Williams had been charged with a Class D felony of a false report of arson or robbery. Williams’ attorney, Sunny Eaton of Nashville, said her client still stands by his account and merely admitted to omitting details in his original report which he later told police.

Get Healty with Jackie Hays, Facebook

Retirement from a storied television news career didn't last long for Paris, Tennessee native Jackie Hays. She likes to think of it as dispelling the notion that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Emmy Awards, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and now, a new career that spans Facebook, blogging, and video production. Kate Lochte speaks with Murray State alumna Jackie Hays, now with Norton Healthcare in Louisville.

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