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McKenzie Passes False Alarm Ordinance


McKenzie City Council (Cassie Walsh photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- On Thursday night the McKenzie City Council  passed the False Alarm Ordinance, which states that commercial and residential areas in McKenzie must get a permit. This ordinance is in response to the amount of false alarm calls that the McKenzie Fire Department has responded to and each time the MFD responds to a false alarm it costs them $150.

With this ordinance if you get a permit and you have a false alarm then you won’t have to pay the $150, but if the MFD receives three false alarm to the same place then you will be billed $150. If the MFD responds to a false alarm and you do not have a permit, then you will be billed $150. There will be about a six-month grace period after the ordinance passed that you will be able to get a permit before the ordinance takes effect.

McKenzie's Stonewall Sidewalk Project Stopped by TDOT

McKenzie, Tenn.- Mayor Holland updated the city council on the status of the Stonewall Sidewalk project at Thursday night's city council meeting.

Mayor Holland said that TDOT has stopped the Stonewall Sidewalk project that was going to connect the McKenzie Middle School to McKenzie Elementary School, because TDOT found a technicality in the bids which TDOT initially approved. TDOT found that the bids were in violation of the original contract with the city’s application for the grant. The city will now have to open bids again for the Stonewall Sidewalk project in 2017.


MPD Given the OK to Purchase Two New Vehicles


McKenzie City Council (Cassie Walsh photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie City Council met Thursday where they passed a resolution that authorizes the McKenzie Police Department to purchase two new police cars for the department.

The McKenzie Police Department currently have several vehicles that need to be taken out of service due to the potential of safety issues and maintenance costs for the vehicles are currently costing the police department $200 over their monthly budget. The MPD will be buying two 2012 Dodge Charger that has 55,000 miles on each vehicle for $12K per vehicle.

The MPD received a $15K grant that will be used to purchase one of the vehicles and the rest of the grant will be used to put the rest of the equipment on the vehicle. The second vehicle will be paid for out of the capital outlay.

The police department needs three vehicles, but currently there is not enough money in the capital outlay to purchase a third vehicle because of unforeseen costs of putting police recruits through the academy. Leasing vehicles was another option for the MPD and leasing vehicles would cost MPD about the same, but leasing the vehicles the police department needs would cost McKenzie too much money upfront that the city doesn’t have.

McKenzie City Employees Will Receive a Cash Bonus

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie City Council passed a resolution for city employees to receive a $100 cash bonus. On the agenda, there was a resolution that city employees would receive McKenzie Bucks for their bonus instead of having a cash bonus.

Councilman Hochreiter said making employees get McKenzie bucks would take competition out and employees should be able to use their bonus where they want plus the city would be overreaching their bounds of personal finance of their employees.

Councilman Callahan along with Mayor Holland said that giving the employees McKenzie Bucks as a bonus will keep the tax money local in McKenzie, which helps local businesses. But the council decided that it was better to give city employees a cash bonus instead of McKenzie Bucks.

HSSD Pass Updated Policy on Using Online Fundraising Sites


Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education (Cassie Walsh pics)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The HSSD Board of Education passed a fundraising activities resolution which addresses concerns with sites like Go Fund Me. This policy allows for the use of online fundraising sites under certain circumstances.

Board member, Dr. Tim Tucker also wanted to remind the public that a percentage of donations on these sites goes to the fundraising sites. Currently the HSSD has not used online fundraising sites yet, so this policy is being set up so that no conflicts arise in the future regarding the HSSD using online sites for fundraising efforts.

HSSD Pass Several Resolutions at Thursday Meeting


Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education (Cassie Walsh pics)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Board of Education passed Students in Foster Care resolution which states that the school system will provide all students in foster care and those awaiting foster care placement with free and appropriate public education. 

This new policy states that previously students in foster care were treated similarly to homeless students. After these new amendments, there are separate processes of governing the placement and transportation of students in foster care or students awaiting foster care placement.

The board also approved the English Learners resolution with this policy being retitled to align with the ESSA. Under ESSA, students whom English is a second language are no longer referred to as ESL students. Instead, these students are referred to as English Learners and districts must ensure that parental notification requirements are met.

The HSSD Board of Education also passed an updated medical and family leave amendment that adjusts and clarifies the language of the policy.

Park Theatre Bingo Fundraiser is December 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Park Theatre Bingo Fundraiser will be on Friday December 9th from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at Connie’s Place located at 17 Broadway Street in McKenzie. The cost is $1 per card with a five-card playing minimum. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Park Theatre.

12th Annual Toy and Coat Drive Now Thru Dec. 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The 12th Annual Coat and Toy Drive for the Children sponsored by Cash Express is going on now through Thursday, December 15th. Cash Express is pairing up with the local food bank and the family resource center to bring a little kindness and aid to the families in the community.

They will be accepting toys, coats, shoes(washable), clothing and non-perishable food items may be drop off at any of the Cash Express locations in the area. Donations need to be in by Thursday, December 15th in order to have the items delivered to the families in time for Christmas.

If you can’t donate items, monetary donations are also accepted. You can also purchase a Christmas stocking for $1 that will be hung in the store. Money collected will be used at the end of the drive to purchase the items previously listed. Make a difference and donate a coat, toy or food to help those in need throughout Carroll County. For more information about the coat and toy drive you can call 731-209-4220.

Christmas on Broadway Set for December 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Christmas on Broadway at the Dixie in Huntingdon will be on Friday, December 16th at 7pm. This will be an evening of Broadway and holiday classics performed by local artists from the surrounding areas.

Tickets cost $15 per person and you can purchase your tickets in person at the Dixie box office, online at dixiepac.net, or by calling the Dixie at 986-2100.


MSSD Board of Education Approve Resolutions at Meeting

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday night, where the board adopted several resolutions that were on the agenda.

The McKenzie Special School District board approved a Procurement Plan for the Child Nutrition Program, which opens competition for bids and provides transparency in transactions for products and service that the school system needs. The Procurement Plan for the Child Nutrition Program will be implemented this month until it is amended and all procurements must adhere to free and open competition.

The board also approved the English Learners resolution that states that if a student is unable to speak or understand English and this excludes the student from participation in educational programs then the school district will take the appropriate actions to help provide the student with equal access to their programs.

The McKenzie Special School District Board of Education passed Students in Foster Care resolution which states that the school system will provide all students in foster care and those awaiting foster care placement with free and appropriate public education.


McKenzie Boys and Girls Basketball Now 1-0 in District Play

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the West Carroll Lady War Eagles at home Tuesday night winning 51-31. Anna Comer led the Lady Rebels to victory with 17 points. The Lady Rebels are 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the West Carroll War Eagles at home Tuesday night 62-50. Tyler Keaton led the Rebels to victory with 21 points. The Rebels are 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in district play. The Rebels and Lady Rebels will play at Big Sandy on Friday, December 9th starting with the girls game at 6pm.

Bethel's Commencement is Saturday, December 10th


Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 10. Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College, will be the commencement speaker.

Logan Hampton was named the 10th President of Lane College by the Lane College Board of Trustees on June 12, 2014. Dr. Hampton has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master's degree in student personnel services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., and a bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas Tech University.

He also is a graduate of the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education. Before UALR, Hampton held positions at Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Prior to coming to Lane College, Dr. Hampton served in numerous student services capacities at UALR. His most recent appointment at UALR was Vice Provost for Student Affairs. In this position, Dr. Hampton served as the chief student affairs officer and led the student development and student life programs, including judicial affairs, budgetary and administrative services.

In addition to working as a higher education administrator, Dr. Hampton was a member of the Board of Trustees for Arkansas Baptist College.Hampton and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three children: Elise, Crystal and Logan III.

One service for both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates will take place at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena which is located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus.

Guest seating for commencement will begin one hour prior to the ceremony and line up of graduates will begin at that time as well.

For questions regarding Bethel Commencement, graduates should contact the registrars within their specific colleges. Anyone else with questions may contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

MHS Coat Drive and Stuff the Turkey Going till Dec. 14th

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie High School Coat Drive is going on now until Wednesday, December 14th.  MHS is partnering with Cash Express to put on the coat drive. You can bring your gently used coats to MHS and Cash Express will take the coats to be cleaned and then hand them out to those in need in the community.

Each homeroom will have a collection box and whoever collects the most coats will get a pizza party courtesy of Cash Express. The Stuff the Turkey Food Drive is also going on through Wednesday, December 14th. Bring non-perishable foods to the school & help feed a family. You may also send non-perishable food with students.


MHS Presents A Christmas Story- The Musical on Dec. 10-11

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie High School Theater will be presenting "A Christmas Story -the Musical" murder mystery spoof on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm and on Sunday, December 11th at 2:30 pm at the high school. 

Tickets are $8 per person and for advance tickets you can contact the High School at 352-2133.


McKenzie vs West Carroll in Hoops Action Dec. 6th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the West Carroll War Eagles at home on Tuesday, December 6th. The pregame show with David Jackson and Mitch Evans begins at 5:45pm and the girls tip off at 6pm.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am or online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember standard rates do apply.


Bethel University Taking Applications for MBA Recruiter

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University is currently taking applications for an MBA Recruiter, West Tennessee Area Bethel University College of Professional Studies has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Recruiter position available for the West, Tennessee area.

The MBA Recruiter will recruit students for the graduate degree programs delivered online for working professionals. This position will attend, organize, and execute various recruitment events; including education / career fairs, open houses, information sessions, corporate development activities and relationship marketing.

The recruiter will manage partnership follow-up and maintain record of events and prospect conversions in order to increase student enrollment for the University.The recruiter in this position will be expected to facilitate and develop internal and external partnerships and be able to create and implement new recruitment strategies to assist in the continued growth of the university.

Travel, some weekend and evening work is required. Other duties may be assigned. Qualifications Master's degree and higher education experience are preferred. Outside sales experience a plus. Candidates must have a high level of professionalism with strong communication and presentation skills.

Qualified candidates must have good interpersonal, organizational, and multi-tasking skills having the ability to manage and meet deadlines. A high level of self-motivation and ability to perform without extensive direct supervision is a requirement. Working knowledge of computer programs and customer based software required. 

You may send resume and salary history to cpsresumes@bethelu.edu.


Huntingdon Man Cited for Multiple Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman cited Kevin Ronald Green, age 19 of 2621 McLemoresville Road of Huntingdon, on Monday, November 21st for speeding, driving on a revoked license first offense and failure to show financial responsibility.

While on Patrol, Officer Coleman observed a vehicle speeding 47mph in a 35mph zone on Como Street. Officer Coleman conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, where he found that the driver of the vehicle identified as Green was driving on a revoked license and he was unable to show proof of insurance on the vehicle.

Huntingdon's Main Street Christmas is Saturday, Dec. 10th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Huntingdon’s Main Street Christmas is Saturday, December 10th from 2pm to 5pm on the court square. There will be carolers, a live nativity scene and the added attraction of Children’s Favorite Characters this year.

The tree lighting will be at 5:15pm at City Hall and the Christmas parade will begin at 6:30pm. The Christmas parade will start at Carroll Bank and proceed around the south side of the square, down East Main Street and then turning at Fifth Avenue. So, make plans to join the Town of Huntingdon as they kick off the Christmas Season on Saturday, December 10th.

Patriots Too Much for Rebels to Handle in Hoops Action

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost to the Henry County Lady Patriots at home in Friday night’s basketball game 43-34. Anna Comer led the Lady Rebels with 19 points in the loss to Henry County. The Lady Rebels are now 2-3 on the season.

The McKenzie Rebels lost to the Henry County Patriots at home in Friday night’s basketball game 39-36. The Rebels are now 1-4 on the season.

The Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the West Carroll War Eagles at home on Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm and the pregame show will begin at 5:30pm.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm or online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember standard rates do apply.

Dresden Lions Win First Division 1A Football Championship


Cookville, Tenn.- The Dresden Lions defeated the Greenback Cherokees 62-27 in Cookville on Friday. And the Lions are now the TSSAA Division 1A Football State Tournament Championship Winners.


Dresden and Greenback High School from Loudon County both had their undefeated seasons on the line. In the first quarter, Greenback opened the game with a touchdown as they led Dresden 6-0. Greenback tacked on another touchdown after they ran back a fumble. Greenback then led Dresden 13-0. The Dresden Lions quarterback Dresser Wynn and running back Dillon Yates would turn the game around, scoring 13 points themselves in the first quarter of action. 


Greenback would score again in the second quarter before the Lions would answer to tie the game at 27-27 and with just 4 seconds to go in the 1st half, Dresden's Wynn would connect with Yates for another touchdown to llead the Cherokees 34-27 at half time. 


The Lions defense would hold the Cherokees offense for the rest of the game, while the Lions continued to roll on and win the game with a final score of 62-27. 


Congratulations to the Dresden Lions on their first football state championship. The Lions finished the season 16-0 and took home a state championship win back to Dresden.


Rebels vs Patriots Basketball Game is December 2nd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels will be playing the Henry County Patriots at home on Friday, December 2nd. The pregame show with David Jackson and Mitch Evans will begin at 5:45pm and the girls tip off at 6pm.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm or online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember standard rates do apply.

Covington Man Cited for Speeding and Driving on Revoked

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Kyle Beauchamp cited Taylor Andrew Tindall, age 20 of 207 East Sherrod Avenue of Covington, on Thursday, November 24th for speeding and driving on a revoked license first offense.

Ptl. Beauchamp conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that was following too closely to another vehicle and the vehicle was going 52mph in a 40mph zone on Highland Drive. When Ptl. Beauchamp made contact with the driver identified as Tindall, he found that Tindall was driving on a suspended license.

Ptl. Beauchamp cited Tindall for speeding, driving on a suspended license 1st offense and was warned about following too closely to the vehicle in front of him.

MPD Arrest Ripley Man for Simple Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman cited Nicholas Steven Simpson, age 20 of 308 Sherrin Drive of Ripley, on Monday, November 21st for simple possession and a broken headlight.

Officer Coleman noticed a vehicle driving down Highland Drive with a broken headlight, so Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. When Officer Coleman approached the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Officer Coleman asked the driver and the passenger if they had anything in the vehicle. The driver identified as Simpson handed a small plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. There was 3.5 grams of marijuana in the bag. Simpson was then cited for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and violation of the light law.

Ronnie Milsap Performing at the Dixie on Dec. 3rd


Huntingdon, Tenn.- Six time Grammy winner, Ronnie Milsap will be performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm. This is the third Dixie Live Concert Show series of the year.

In addition to his six Grammy awards, Milsap owns eight Country Music Association awards including Entertainer of the Year and four Academy of Country Music trophies. He is a 40-year member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Chamber is Sponsoring Christmas Parade Competition

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a program to support the four Carroll County Christmas Parades.

Clarksburg’s Christmas parade will be Thursday, December 1st, McKenzie’s Christmas parade will be Saturday, December 3rd, Trezevant’s Christmas parade is scheduled for Monday, December 5th and Huntingdon’s Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th.

The Chamber will be placing all floats and vehicles that participate in all four Christmas parades in a drawing for cash prizes. In order to qualify for the awards, you must contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce office by Thursday, December 1st and you can contact the chamber at 731-986-4664.

In order to be eligible to win prizes in the drawing you must be registered in all four parades. The Chamber will place all the floats and vehicles that participate in the four Christmas parades in a hat and they will draw the winners.  

In the float category the 1st place float will win $150, 2nd place float will win $100 and 3rd place float will receive $50. A float is defined as a trailer, wagon, etc. that is pulled by an animal or gas powered vehicle. And in the vehicle category the 1st place vehicle winner will win $100 and 2nd place vehicle winner will win $50.



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