Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation Thank Board Members, Elect New Officers, and Recognize Plumley Scholarship Winner at June Meeting

CUTLINE 1:  Pictured is outgoing President Michele Atkins recognizing Tony Lawrence, outgoing board member and Vice President at the June meeting.

CUTLINE 2:  Pictured is outgoing President Michele Atkins recognizing Bill Neese, outgoing board member at the June meeting.

CUTLINE 3:  Pictured is outgoing President Michele Atkins recognizing Emily Ann Smith with her parents James and Tas Smith for being the 2020 recipient of the Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship.

PARIS, TN – The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation recognized its outgoing board members and welcomed new members and officers at its June meeting.  Outgoing members recognized for their years of service.  They were Tony Lawrence, Vice President of the Foundation Board, and Bill Neese were both recognized with plaques for their six years of service to the board.  Michele Atkins was also recognized as outgoing President.

Additionally, new officers were welcomed.  Immediate Past President Michele Atkins recognized James Smith as incoming President, Emily Watkins as Vice President, and Angela Nichols as Secretary/Treasurer.  New members Ashli Newcomb, Ellen Adams, and Josh Biggers were introduced at the meeting as well.

“Bill and Tony have been such an asset to our board,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC.  “We will miss them, but know they will continue to serve the health of our community through our fundraising efforts.”

The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation was also pleased to recognize Emily Ann Smith as our Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship winner for the class of 2020 during the meeting.  Smith plans to attend Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama majoring in exercise science on a pre-physical therapy track.  At Henry County High School she was in the top 5% of her class and an honor graduate, participating in volleyball, student ambassadors, French Club, Science Club, and dance while in school.  She is the daughter of James and Tas Smith.

The Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship is given annually to a student who plans to pursue a healthcare career. The scholarship is a four year, $6,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior from Henry County.

Also, at the June board meeting, the Healthcare Foundation members discussed their upcoming annual Casino Night fundraiser set for Saturday, October 24, 2020 with the theme Maskuerade.  Be on the lookout for more details about the event as well as sponsorship opportunities.

The Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation has continuously provided improvements in care to Henry County Medical Center, the Henry County Healthcare Center, Henry County EMS, and other Ancillary Services.  We ask that you continue to support us so we can provide that “mission of healing” to the community and region.

When you become a sponsor or purchase tickets to attend the 7th Annual Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s Casino Night, you’re helping Henry County Medical Center offer our community the highest quality of health care, the most innovative technology, right here at home. It is even more important this year because many fundraiser activities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

To learn more, contact the Foundation at 731-644-8266 or by e-mail at or go online at

About the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation

The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994. The Foundation was established to enhance and improve the health of all citizens of Henry County through philanthropic support of the programs and services of Henry County Medical Center. There is a particular emphasis placed on wellness education, community outreach, scholarships for students pursuing a health care career, and support of health improvement programs that otherwise could not be implemented.

About Henry County Medical Center

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: