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From News Director Cheryl Allen

 

 

 

(Thursday, May 26th)

Heavy Rains Cause Temporary Road Closures

Stranded motorist on Highland Avenue in McKenzie after heavy rains (Tammy Trevathan photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The Wednesday afternoon storms and heavy rain that blew through McKenzie wrecked havoc on streets in the area, flooding South Main Street by Block City Pizza and Highland Drive near the underpass.

South Main Street in McKenzie (Tammy Trevathan photo)

Roads were temporarily closed until the water subsided.

McKenzie Fire Department Providing FREE Smoke Alarms to Citizens

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Fire Department urges citizens not to be a statistic, Get Alarmed about Fire Safety.  Smoke alarms should be installed both inside and outside of sleeping areas, and on every level of your home, including the basement. All smoke alarms installed before January 7, 2003 should be replaced.

Smoke alarms will be provided and installed by members of the McKenzie Fire Department, and this is a free service to all of the citizens of McKenzie.  For more information on the smoke alarm program or to request a FREE smoke alarm, call the McKenzie Fire Department at 352-3306.

McKenzie Police Department Enforces, "Click It or Ticket"

Sgt. Andy Weaver adding finishing touches to newly erected sign (David Jackson photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie Police Sergeant Andy Weaver put the finishing touches on the Click or ticket sign in front of city hall yesterday, reminding citizens to fasten their seat belts at all times but especially in their upcoming Memorial Day travel.

The THP along with local officers across the state will be encouraging everyone to be safe and fasten your seat belt when behind the wheel.

"It is annoying to get a ticket for not having a seat belt fastened but far better than having a serious injury or death in an accident where the seat belt wasn't used. If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes they'll tell you they wish their love ones had buckled up." stated Sgt. Weaver.  

According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 343 individuals killed in traffic crashes last year were not wearing seat belts.

Juliet & The Romeo's Opens Nights on Broadway Saturday Night

Juliet and the Romeo’s (L-R) Vernon Keith Brown, Bill Ashley, Carl Byars, Rita Mac, Julie Beaird Daniels, Steve Short and Joe Wallace.(photo credit Juliet & The Romeo's)

McKenzie, Tenn - Nights on Broadway kicks off this Saturday night at 7 pm in downtown McKenzie. Entertainment for the evening will be the musical group Juliet and the Romeo’s. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes for a great evening at Nights on Broadway.

Courtesy of Main Street McKenzie, there will also be family activities to enjoy. Vendors will be set up selling burgers and drinks. So come on out to McKenzie Saturday evening, bring your friends and family for a complete night of fun on Broadway in McKenzie.  

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Park Theater.

Benefit Carwash, Cookout and Bake Sale Saturday June 4

Paris, Tenn - There will be a benefit Carwash, cookout, bake sale on June 4th at Advance Auto / Paris Pharmacy on Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris from 8am - ?

Donations will be accepted a car wash, and hamburgers and hotdog will be for sale for $6.00, which includes chips, drink, and a homemade cookie.

All proceeds raised will go towards Colby Duke, FCCLA State Winner for National Competition in San Diego California July 2-8, 2016 to help offset the expenses.

 

TDOT to Halt Construction for Memorial Day Weekend

Nashville, Tenn - Motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 27 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re expecting nearly 700-thousand drivers to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “To help travelers reach their destinations safely, we are suspending construction-related lane closures to reduce congestion and delays on our major highways.”

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Our primary focus is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Currently, we are seeing an increase in unrestrained fatalities.  We hope seat belt enforcement will help positively affect driver behavior and increase voluntary seat belt compliance across the state.”

AAA estimates more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, a 1.8% increase over last year’s numbers.  This marks the second-highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday and includes a record setting 89% travelling by automobile.  In Tennessee, AAA predicts that 690,180 will travel by automobile and 56,876 by air.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. 

(Wednesday, May 25th)

Window Tint Violation Reveals Suspended License

McKenzie, Tenn - Jennifer Carroll of Meadows Road in Henry was cited into General Sessions court of Carroll County for violation of the window tint law and for driving on suspended license 1st offense.

Sgt. Trey Boucher of the McKenzie Police department performed a traffic stop on Carroll’s vehicle on Highland Drive for the window tint estimated to be at 17 by a tint meter. A check on Carroll’s drivers license revealed  they were in a suspended status out of Henry County for Failure to Appear for Trial.

Passengers Fled After Traffic Stop

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie Police Officer Frank McGee, while on patrol, observed a vehicle that failed to stop at the intersection of Main and Walnut Avenue. Officer McGee activated the blue lights and the driver started to pull over, but made a left turn onto Banner Street.

Upon stopping, the driver was identified as Jose Becerra of Magnolia Avenue in McKenzie. Two females, existed the vehicle and took off running and were later apprehended a few minutes later, according to the report. He was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, the financial responsibility law, and drivers license required.

Driving On Revoked & Seatbelt Violation

Huntingdon, Tenn - Officer Brian Bennett of the Huntingdon Police Department, while on patrol observed a male driver not wearing his seat belt traveling down East Main Street.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver was identified as John Hollingsworth of Mebane Cemetery Road in Huntingdon. Dispatch did advise Officer Bennett that Hollingsworth’s drivers license  was currently revoked for failure to pay fines and cost on a criminal offense, and this was his 3rd offense.

According to the report, at that time, Hollingsworth was placed under arrest for driving while on revoked 3rd offense, and violation of the seat belt law.

Stolen Item Recovered at Local Pawn Shop

Huntingdon, Tenn - Warrants were issued for Kenneth Sherrill for theft under $500 after a resident on Jones Street in Huntingdon reported to the Huntingdon Police department that his mother had witnessed Kenneth Sherrill take a weed eater from their porch.

The report noted that Sherrill had pawned the item at Pot of Gold. Lt. Angie Barker went to Pot of Gold and it was verified that Sherrill did pawn the item for $30. A picture of the item was taken, and the victim verified that it was indeed his weed eater.   

Tennessee State Parks Announces 2016 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators

55 participants across the state to assist parks this summer

Nashville, Tenn – Tennessee State Parks announced the participants for the 2016 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators (SIR) program. SIRs provide interpretive programs such as guided tours, hikes, slide shows, demonstrations, campfires and other outdoor activities for park visitors during the peak season, which is late spring through summer.

  “Our SIR staff help create a meaningful connection for visitors to the land and its history,” said Director of Interpretive Programming Jeff Wells. “This program is designed to strengthen the knowledge and abilities of our seasonal staff so they can carry those skills with them throughout their careers.”   Most of the summer staff are college students studying natural resource, recreation, history, or biology-related fields.

Tennessee State Parks offers a one-week intense training in interpretive techniques. The goal is to help visitors build emotional and intellectual connections to the park. Based upon Freeman Tilden's Principles of Interpretation, participants learn to develop thematic programs on the primary and secondary park themes.

  “In addition to developing skills in park interpretation, our Seasonal Interpretive Recreator’s add value to each Tennessee State Park guest’s experience,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “The knowledge they share of our park’s natural and culture assets provides a deeper understanding and appreciation for what Tennessee has to offer.”  

SIRs also work closely with the park rangers to assure that park facilities, buildings, grounds and equipment are safe and secure. As most full-time state park rangers start out as SIRs, this program provides a great starting point for a state parks career.  

Following is a list, by region, of all 2016 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators.  

West Tennessee

Chickasaw State Park –Sharon Blackstone

Fort Pillow State Park – Noah Sinz

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park – Robert Dehoriety

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park – Kendall Wynant

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park – Joshua Justice

Paris Landing State Park – Regina Lowr

yPickwick Landing State Park – Rachel Grigsby

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area – Hailey

RaynorReelfoot Lake State Park – Morgan Sanders

Reelfoot Lake State Park – Trey Richardson

T.O. Fuller State Park – Decoda Muller 

Middle Tennessee

Sergeant Alvin C. York State Park – Joseph Gamble

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – Claire Casey

Bledsoe Creek State Park – Amber Wolfe

Burgess Falls State Park – Ethan Davis

Cedars of Lebanon State Park – Kristina Hurley

Cedars of Lebanon State Park – Nia Davis

Cumberland Mountain State Park – Benjamin Smith

Cumberland Mountain State Park – Holly Ingram

David Crockett State Park – Colton Garner

Dunbar Cave State Park – Gordon Counts

Edgar Evins State Park – Tyler Coleman

Fall Creek Falls State Park – Jazmin Kennedy

Fall Creek Falls State Park – Kayley Kempton

Henry Horton State Park – Todd Childress

Johnsonville State Park – Cain Robertson

Long Hunter State Park – Abigail Morrison

Montgomery Bell State Park – Rachel Ramaswamy

Mousetail Landing State Park – Taylor Gibbons

Natchez Trace State Park – Flint Perkins

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park – Sean McKay

Radnor Lake State Natural Area – Laurie Campbell

Rock Island State Park – Destiny Greenarch

South Cumberland State Park – Benjamin Sadler

Standing Stone State Park – Russell Fulcher

Tims Ford State Park – Aaron Ross

 East Tennessee

Indian Mountain State Park – Stewart McNealy

Warrior’s Path State Park – Heather Hatcher

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site – Steven Knapp

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site – Corbin Hayslett

Seven Islands State Birding Park – Mark Armstrong

Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park – William Tarver

Cove Lake State Park – Jacob Mayfield

Fort Loudon State Park – Aaron Woods

Booker T. Washington State Park – Jacob Hardin

Norris Dam State Park – Josh Powell

Big Ridge State Park – Jordan Cross

Norris Dam State Park – Brittany Perryman

Roan Mountain State Park – William Miller

Roan Mountain State Park – Kyle Whitson

Panther Creek State Park – Shane Lawson

Pickett State Park – Ole Ragnstad

Harrison Bay State Park – John Bratton

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park – Joshua Suttles 

Tennessee's 56 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For additional information, visit the website atwww.tnstateparks.com.

 

 

(Tuesday, May 24th)

Out Building Total Loss After Monday Fire Near Trezevant

(Barron Robinson photo)

Trezevant, Tenn - A mid morning fire broke out at a residence on New Zion Road near Trezevant on Monday. Responding fire departments from Carroll County District #11 and #16 responded to the small out building, and were on the scene approximately 2 hours, to ensure any hot spots reigniting.

(Barron Robinson photo)

The owner of the structure was not home at the time of the incident, and the building was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Over $3,600 Worth of Items Reported Stolen Near Cedar Grove

Huntingdon, Tenn - In a report from the Carroll County Sheriffs Office, a resident on Hwy 424 near Cedar Grove reported to Deputy Ethan Parham that some person or persons had stolen his 12 ft Blue Trailer, Cub Cadet Lawnmower, Husquvarna weed eater, green leaf blower and two gas containers.

The victim informed Dep. Parham that the items were last seen on May 17th. The combined value of the stolen items was placed at over $3,600 and the case is currently under investigation.

Money Stolen From Debit Card

Huntingdon, Tenn - Inv. Tommy Decanter of the Carroll County Sheriffs department took a report of theft, after the victim reported that over $600.00 was used off her debit and child support card. 

The report stated the only person who had access to her card was her home health nurse. The card was used to make purchases totaling over $600 without the victims consent.

 

In a separate incident, Sgt. Lee Bates of the sheriff’s office is investigating the case of vehicle that was attempted to have entry gained in to it. The report stated that the rubber seal had been pulled out to one side on the rear passenger window glass to gain entry into the vehicle. At the time of the report, nothing was reported missing.  

CC EMA Trailer Vandalized

Huntingdon, Tenn - A report of vandalism on Mustang Drive was reported to Ptl. Paul Huguely of the Huntingdon Police Department. The Carroll County EMA Director informed Ptl. Huguely that the driver’s side window of the Mobile Command Center Travel Trailer had been broken out. Upon investigation, Ptl. Huguely found a large rock inside the trailer that appeared to have been the projectile thrown to break the window. The case is under investigation and the offender will be charged with vandalism under $500

Nights on Broadway Kicks Off Saturday in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - Just a reminder, Nights on Broadway kicks off this Saturday night at 7 pm in downtown McKenzie. Entertainment for the evening will be the musical group Romeo and Juliet. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes for a great evening at Nights on Broadway. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Park Theater.

McKenzie Man Charged with Aggravated Burglary

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie Police Officers were asked to respond to the Forrest Circle area of McKenzie in regards to an incident that happen the previous evening. The report stated that the previous evening, a man had forced his way into a residence and was wandering around in the trailer park, and then gone across the street to Casey’s where he was blowing kisses at the residents.

Ptl. Kyle Beauchamp along with Ptl. Boaz and Sgt. Trey Boucher responded to the area, and spoke with a the victim. It was noted in the report that the victim was visibly shaken, and stated that at approximately 7pm on the night of May 16th,  Mr. Michael Johnson showed up at her door. The victim stated that she cracked open the door to tell him that shw was sick and she did not want anyone inside.

Before she could speak, Mr. Johnson pulled the door out of her hand and almost caused her to fall out of the residence, and walked inside, stating that he was staying there because he had been kicked out of his home. The daughter of the victim, according to the report, stated that she had told Johnson that her husband was not there so he could not stay.

At that point, Johnson gave her a strange look but did leave the residence, and both the victim and her daughter were terrified of Johnson and his actions, according to the report. An aggravated burglary warrant was issued for Michael Johnson, and he was located at the ER and arrested on the warrant.

Theft Under Investigation On Walnut Circle Area

McKenzie, Tenn - In a separate incident concerning aggravated burglary and theft was reported to the McKenzie Police department from the Walnut Circle area. In the report from Ptl. Mark Boaz, the victim informed Ptl. Boaz that he had been in Jackson at the hospital , and when he had returned home, the first thing that he noticed was his flat screen tv was gone.


The victim stated that he gave two people permission to stay at his residence while he was gone. The victims brother had stated that the two people had stolen some other belongings of the victims, but were unable to prove that they had stole the items.

The victim stated that he went through the rest of his house and nothing else was missing, and also stated that the Park Management was in the process of moving him to another apartment inside Walnut Circle and they could have possibly moved it.

Ptl. Boaz spoke with the victims brother and had asked him if they had seen the tv in the victims new apartment and he stated that the tv was not at the residence. The case is currently under investigation.

(Monday, May 23rd)

Bethel University to Hold Junior Physician Assistant Day

 

McKenzie, Tenn – Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program will hold its annual Junior Physician Assistant Day on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bethel University PA Program Building at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.

Children will have the opportunity to explore ambulances and fire trucks, to learn about 911, to get their photo made with TV show character Doc McStuffins and to take part in a teddy bear clinic. Each child will also receive a stethoscope and other takeaways.

According to Laraine O’Day-Buchanan, event spokesperson, proceeds from Junior PA Day will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tickets are $10 at the door per child.

“There is a $20 family maximum,” O’Day-Buchanan said. “In other words, if you have three children, the maximum you will pay for the three to participate will be $20.”

O’Day-Buchanan said that any additional donations for St. Jude will be accepted and appreciated.

“We really want to make this a fun event where we peak children’s interests in serving in the medical field and at the same time we raise money for an organization that positively impacts so many individuals.” O’Day-Buchanan said.

For more information about Junior PA Day, contact O’Day-Buchanan at lodaybuchanan32@bethelu.edu or at 775-378-7236.

     

Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., Bethel University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. In 2017, the school, which is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will celebrate 175 years of service. Bethel University offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms including traditional face to face instruction and online as well.

Of late, the school has been recognized for a number of its programs. The Bethel University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (which is a face-to-face program) was recently recognized as one of the top 6 programs in the nation for employment in rural settings.

    

Centennial Bank Celebrates 100 Years

Rylan, the nephew of Jenny Mimms of Centennial Bank enjoys feeding the baby goats (Jenny Mimms photo)

Trezevant, Tenn - Centennial Bank in Trezevant celebrated their 100th anniversary Saturday with a carnival for the entire community and patrons to enjoy. There was something for all ages from a petting zoo, carnival rides, eating contests, a dunking booth, corn hole, bingo, potato sack races, and balloon toss.

Kids enjoying the rides at the 100th Anniversary celebration Saturday (CB Photo)

The first 500 to visit received a special treat, free food.  The first 100 kids that attended the event, received a 2016 gold dollar, and the first 100 adults, received a gold penny.

Centennial Bank, formerly known as Farmer’s Merchants Bank, hosted Saturdays event to commemorate 100 year of service in Carroll County.

Short Meeting for Huntingdon Special School District Board

Mandy Drewery explains health screenings to HSSD board (Cheryl Allen photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn - The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met on Thursday evening with a very brief meeting. Mandy Drewery, Carroll County  Coordinator for School Health gave a brief presentation to the board stating that overall, there is a decline of .7% in obsesity in Carroll County Schools.

Ms. Miller's 5th grade class at Huntingdon Primary School (Cheryl Allen photo)

Go Noodle winners were the 5th grade class of Ms. Miller’s at HPS. Go Noodle is the physical activity to keep students alert during class, with breaks of stretching and exercises.

The board approved the Staff Development Calendar and approved the following assignments;

Alan Eubank              Principal Primary School

Scott Carter               Principal Middle School

Jonathan Kee            Principal High School

Angie Bunn               Supervisor of Instruction and Special Education

Steve Peery              Supervisor of Federal Projects and Attendance

Jean Caton                Food Service Supervisor

Ben Martin                 HHS Band

Kathryn Kreuziger     Educational Assistant HMS 

The next meeting of the board is scheduled for June 16th at 7pm.

Driver Strikes Utility Pole on Purdy Road

Huntingdon, Tenn - According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, Elaina King of Crocker Lane in Huntingdon was the driver of a red Mazda that was traveling North toward Huntingdon on Purdy Road when she came over a hill and left the road way, striking a utility pole head on.

When Dep. Scotty Davis arrived and spoke with King, a smell of alcohol was coming from her person. The report stated that King did admit she had been drinking earlier. After failing a series of field sobriety test, she was charged with driving under the influence.

Altercation At Local Bank Leads to Charges

McKenzie, Tenn - David Ward Long Jr of Hwy 69A in Big Sandy was charged with Driving on Suspended/Revoked license after officer Jeff Winberry of the McKenzie Police Department was dispatched to go to Regions Bank for a fight in progress.

While enroute to the bank, the teller gave a description of the vehicles that had left the scene that was in the altercation. Officer Winberry located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop.

A computer check on Long’s license revealed his license were suspended for failure to appear out of Snellville Georgia, at which time, Officer Winberry cited Long into general sessions court.

Driver Charged With DWR #2

Inv. Joey Hedge of the Huntingdon Police Department witnessed James Brown of Buena Vista Road near Huntingdon in control of a motor vehicle. The report stated that when Inv. Hedge lost sight of the vehicle, it was located minutes later on Mustang Drive at the park across from Pot of Gold.

According to the report, Brown voluntarily told Inv. Hedge that he had a small bag of marijuana on his person. A computer check was performed which confirmed his driving status as revoked with one prior conviction. Brown was charged with Driving While Revoked #2 and Simple Possession Sch. VI

Memorial Day Ceremony May 30th in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - The City of McKenzie will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30th at 10am in the downtown park. In case of rain, all activities will move to the Park Theater.

This year’s honoray speaker will be David Jarrett, Master Sergeant with the Tennessee National Guard. Music will be provided by Juliet & Jocelyn Romines. Other participants will be Cub Scout Pack 78, Randy McCadams, Dana Deem, Junior Milam, S.T. Holmes, Beta Sigma Phi, the VFW Auxiliary and McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland.

In addition to the program, the Gordon Browning Museum will be open until 1pm. They are delighted to have recently acquired the Adron McLemore collection of WWII memorabilia that he brought home at the end of the war.

The most exciting part of the contribution is the autographs of 15 of 22 Nazis that was tried and sentenced during the Nuremburg Tribunals in 1945 and 1946. A few of the autographs include Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Joachim Ribbentrop, and Albert Speer. Goring was a leading member of the Nazi Party and usually referred to as Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man.

Casting for a Cure Fishing Rodeo to be held June 11th

8-year old Evan Blakeman of McKenzie shows off his catch (2015 Casting for a Cure photo-CA/SM photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The 16th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to McKenzie City Park Lake on Saturday, June 11th. The event is free for kids age 15 and under and will benefit The American Cancer Society.

Registration from 8-9 a.m.; Fishing 9-11 a.m. Concessions available. For additional info or to make donations/memorials contact Steve McCadams at 731-642-0360 or email stevemc@charter.net.

 

 

 

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