NewsChannel 5 Weatherman Lelan Statom and General Manager Lyn Plantinga have been named Grand Marshals of the 10th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade. The duo paused last week for a photo on the set of the award-winning, Nashville television station. – photo by Susan Jones Public Relations
NewsChannel 5 Celebs Named Grand Marshals of 10th Annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade
Two dignitaries who are favorites among Henry Countians have been named the 2016 Holly Jolly, Electric, Christmas Parade Grand Marshals. Sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA), the December 10 parade.
News Channel 5 General Manager Lyn Veazey Plantinga and meteorologist Lelan Statom will glide through the historic downtown at 5 pm. Their families will accompany them in a beautiful, lighted Christmas boat. Nobel Automotive of Paris is sponsoring the dignitaries.
Locals will remember Plantinga as Tammy Lyn Veazey, a 1984 graduate of Henry County High School. The daughter of the late Eddie Veazey of Cottage Grove and the late Sandy Noble Veazey of Paris, she was a standout at HCHS and is featured on the school’s Speech and Theatre Wall of Fame.
Statom is a familiar face in Henry County. A native of Dyersburg, he has been a guest in local science classes and recently spoke at the Quinn Chapel AME Church Men’s Day. Statom is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist and has been at NewsChannel 5 since 1993.
“We love that Lyn and Lelan are serving as our parade grand marshals,” said Susan Jones, committee member. “These two professionals are responsible for bringing vital news and weather information to Henry Countians every day. They are outstanding examples for the young people at this event.”
“I am thrilled to be coming home for this parade,” said Plantinga, who grew up with one foot in Paris, where she resided with her mother and grandparents, Fowler and Corrie Noble. The other foot was firmly planted in Cottage Grove, with her father and grandparents, Bob and Becky Veazey.
“I had best of both worlds,” said Plantinga. “Cottage Grove School was little bitty, but we had great teachers and lots of personal attention. HCHS was a larger school, but I got to travel with the speech team and had tremendous help from teachers who got me ready for college. I stepped into Vandy as well prepared as anyone.”
The NewsChannel 5 GM said the things that helped her build a career “all began in Henry County. There were lessons with every job I had,” she said, such as the importance of customer service and attention to detail, which she learned at Commercial Bank. When Plantinga waited tables at Carmack’s Fish Barn, she learned that “a restaurant may be off the beaten path, but people will seek out quality.”
While in Paris, Statom will conduct a Winter Weather Window at White & Associates at 3:45 pm during the Downtown Christmas Festival. The Window will include predictions for Santa, snowfall and school closings. White & Associates and Ridgeway Funeral Home are sponsoring the event.
For more information on the Holly Jolly, Electric Christmas Parade, call the DPA Office at 731-653-PARIS (7274) or log on VisitDowntownParis.com.
The mission of the Downtown Paris Association is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. For more information email DowntownParis@outlook.com or call 731-653-7274.