From News Director Cheryl Allen
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Have a Safe and Enjoyable 4th of July. If you drink, please don't drink and drive!! Happy 4th of July from all of us here at WHDM.
(Friday, July 3rd)
Freedom Festival in McKenzie July 4th
Kids, remember, the water slide; get your $3.00 bracelet for hours of fun. Bring the kids to the Masonic Lodge booth to get a CD with your child's identifying traits to help identify them in the event of a kidnapping.
McLemoresville 4th of July Celebration
After the parade, the festivities begin with cakewalks, and the band The Right Combination at the Activity Building. Hamburgers will be available for purchase beginning at 5pm until the end of the event. At dark, will be the fireworks show.
PLSP Has Plenty of Activities for 4th of July Weekend
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park has several events planned around the upcoming 4th of July Holiday weekend that will culminate with the Fireworks Display at 9pm on Saturday.
On Thursday July 2nd at 11am there will be a flower making station at the Campground Lower Bath House. All ages are invited to take part in the program that should last a couple of hours.
On Friday July 3rd, Paris Landing State Park’s bird rehabilitation program will present Birds of Prey at 6pm at the hotel. Bring your camera then enjoy a meal at the State Park Restaurant.
Saturday July 4th has several activities including allowing visitors to paint a canvas with signatures at the Campground Lower Bathhouse. Sign the canvas and allow the park to display it for years to come.
The summer in the park concert series will continue Saturday at 7pm with a DJ and various kinds of music performed at the Ampitheatre. The music will end around 9pm and then the fireworks display will begin. Fireworks are put on by the Paris Henry County Jaycees and can be seen via boat on the water or around the park on land or in car on the highway.
The holiday weekend will wrap up with making bird seed ornaments at the lower bathhouse on Sunday beginning at 11am. For more information on all the activities at Paris Landing this weekend call the park office at 641-4465 or like them on Facebook.
Tennessee State Fire Marshal: “Let The Pros Handle Fireworks This Year.”
Stay Safe on the Fourth of July By Attending Professional Fireworks Events
Nashville, Tenn - The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has a simple message for Tennesseans this Fourth of July: Let the pros handle the fireworks. With numerous professional displays scheduled for the Fourth including the nation’s largest in Nashville, there’s no shortage of festive and colorful fireworks to enjoy in Tennessee.
State fire officials urge Tennesseans to take part in these professionally run events instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves. “The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We encourage Tennesseans to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence.”
Using fireworks at home can have tragic consequences. A fireworks-related tragedy has already struck Tennessee this year after a 12-year-old Nashville boy was killed by an exploding firework Sunday night. The State Fire Marshal's Office is still making inquiries about where the mortar-style shell was purchased and what type and size of shell was involved in the incident. Unfortunately, fireworks-related fatalities and injuries happen frequently. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 11 people were killed and more than 10,000 were injured last year by fireworks.
In addition to injuries, fireworks can devastate homes and property. Tennessee fire departments responded to 859 fires that were caused by fireworks which caused $1.78 million in property damage from 2010-2014, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System. Shooting fireworks at home requires that consumers learn their local fireworks laws. Tennessee’s counties and most of its cities have ordinances and restrictions regarding fireworks usage. Before detonating any firework, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to check with local police and fire department to determine the local laws about fireworks.
A 2007 Tennessee law prevents children under 16 from purchasing fireworks; and those who are age 16 or 17 must present a photo ID to purchase them. State legislation passed in 2011 reclassified sky lanterns as special fireworks exclusively for use by individuals with a professional license (certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator). The general public cannot purchase or use sky lanterns. If a sky lantern is found in the possession of someone who does not have a professional license issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the device can be confiscated and later destroyed.
A new law passed this year prohibits flying a drone (unmanned aircraft) above an outdoor ticketed event with more than 100 people, or in the vicinity of a fireworks display site, without the permission of the event operator.
If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
· Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.
· Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
· Wear eye protection.
· Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. · Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
· Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
· Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
· Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
· Sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1,200° F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave or play with – so, don’t give a child a sparkler.
Restaurant Health Scores Now Available Via App
Nashville- The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture have partnered to develop a mobile app that allows users to check any Tennessee restaurant inspection score no matter where they are located.
It also includes scores for hotels, hospitals, schools and food trucks’ central kitchens. Users will have access to the last three inspection scores for each business and if any violations were cited, the app provides information about what was not in compliance with the Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act.
(Thursday, July 2nd)
Reports of Theft From Vehicle
Huntingdon, Tenn - Patrolman Drake Whitworth of the Huntingdon Police Department took a report of theft when he responded to Carroll County Motors. After speaking with the victim, she informed Ptl. Whitworth that she had a leopard print wallet containing $800.00 missing from her vehicle.
She stated that sometime throughout the day, the wallet and the money went missing. The offender will be charged with Theft Over $500 according to the report.
Another report of theft was reported from Barnes Lane in McKenzie when the victim informed officers of the Carroll County Sheriff’s department that someone had stolen $229.00 out of their vehicle that was parked in their driveway.
Both cases are under investigationAnother victim reported to the CCSD that someone had stolen his 22 caliber 9 shot pistol revolver and holster from his residence without his permission. All these cases are currently under investigation
Drug Charges Follows Traffic Stop and Search
Huntingdon, Tenn - The Carroll County Sheriffs department received a call about a small black car that was weaving on the road way traveling form Jackson. Inv. Joey Hedge observed the vehicle weaving over the center line several time and upon stopping and talking with the driver, Ms. Connie Jo Brandon of Rushmeade Road in Jackson, she appeared to have slurred speech and glassy eyes.
Inv. Hedge asked Ms. Brandon to exit the vehicle at which time she seemed unsteady on her feet.According to the report Ms Brandon performed poorly on the sobriety test, and did appear to be under the influence of a narcotic. At that time Inv. Hedge advised her of the consequences if the refusal of the Implied Consent Law. Upon requesting her to submit to a chemical test to determine the alcohol/and or drug content of her blood, Ms. Brandon did refuse. She was taken into custody, and did give consent to search her vehicle.
Discovered in the search was a pill bottle with three (3) different pills in it. One and a half Percocet, Two and a half Adderall and Four Oxycontin. All were identified as Schedule II narcotics. She was then transported to the Carroll County Jail and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Violation of Implied Consent, Possession of Schedule II (Adderall) Possession of Schedule II (Percocet) and Possession of Schedule II (Oxycontin).
Cooking Teams Sought for 5th Annual HC BBQ Cook
Paris, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off will be held Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st and its will be moving back to its original location at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. All cooking teams are welcome to enter and entry fee is $160 and that covers any and all categories.
Event organizer Donna Milam said “11 teams have paid and secured their spot in the Henry County BBQ Cook Off already for this year and no local teams have registered as of Monday. Milam said teams from East Tennessee, Memphis, and Paducah will make the trip to be part of the cook off.”Teams must be pre-registered by Friday July 17th and the entry fee must be paid in full prior to the event date.
Entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis. The maximum number of teams allowed is 25. Checks or money orders can be made payable to Henry County BBQ.Categories include: pork ribs, pork shoulder or Boston Butts, Chicken, and Chef’s Choice, which is defined as any variety of meat except ribs, shoulder, and chicken. Bacon wrapped items are acceptable for Chef’s Choice.
Judging of categories begins at 11am on Saturday August 1st and prizes will be awarded for the following: Grand Champion $1K and trophy, Reserve Champion $500 and trophy; 1st thru 4th in each category chicken, ribs, shoulder, and chef’s choice with 1st place paying $200, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100, and 4th place $75.The public is invited to come and meet and greet the BBQ teams and purchase some food Saturday August 1st.
Any profits from the BBQ cookoff will be donated to the Henry County Food Bank. Along with monetary donation being given, all teams have been asked to bring canned food items to donate to the Food Bank.
For more information contact Donna Milam at 336-1966 or mail applications and payments to Henry County BBQ Attn: Donna Milam, 1615 Oak Grove Road South Springville, TN 38256.
(Wednesday, July 1st)
Paris Hardee's Will Open at 7am July 1st
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Hardee's Restaurant will open for the first time at 7am on Wednesday July 1st. After that 7am opening, Hardee's plans to stay open 24 hours in both the drive thru and the lobby.
Hardee's will make their famous made from scratch biscuits and serve breakfast from 4am to 10:45am. Lunch and Dinner menu will be served the rest of the day and all night until 4am. In addition to the biscuits, Hardee's also makes their hamburger buns fresh as well.
Hardee's is located on Mineral Wells Avenue and has the seating capacity for 64 inside the lobby. For a full menu visit hardees.com. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Several Items Stolen at Family Estate
McKenzie, Tenn - Deputy Ethan Parham of the Carroll County Sheriffs department responded to a call on Turkey Ridge Road in McKenzie in regards to theft. The victim stated that multiple items were stole at his father in laws estate and that his wife is the owner of the property.
The items listed on the report consisted of 160 US quarters, 1 chainsaw with a value placed at $100.00, 1 Surround sound Home Stereo system with a value of $500.00, 1 set of 3 collectable swords valued at $1,000.00, 1 security camera, foot massager, samurai sword, and a box of collectable knives.
Theft at Rental Trailer near Bruceton
Huntingdon,Tenn - Mr. Billy Joe Roberts of Eva Road in Camden, reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department that someone had stolen the coil and condenser from a central unit at his rental trailer on Hwy 70 near Bruceton. According to the report, approximately $750.00 in damages was done to the unit.
Fraudulent Charges After Victim Checks Bank Account
Huntingdon, Tenn - Another incident of fraudulent charges was reported to the sheriffs department. The victim stated that she used her bank card to make a purchase and the transaction cleared her account.
When the victim checked her account later another transaction was made of the same amount later that day. The report stated that the second transaction was not authorized by the victim nor did she receive and benefits for the transaction. The case is under investigation.
Fees for Birth, Death Certificates to Increase July 1
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates. Effective July 1, 2015, each type of certificate will cost $15 per copy for both first and additional copies.
(Tuesday, June 30th)
TCAT McKenzie Brings Home Bronze at SkillsUSA Competition
McKenzie, Tenn - Last week three students from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie attended Skills USA in Louisville Kentucky bringing back with them to the McKenzie Campus the Bronze medal in the Community Service division.
The week long event where approximately 6000 students who won the contest in their home state attended the competition. Students were on a set time line as to performs certain duties, showing their knowledge in areas such as electronics, precision machining, medical assisting, as well as arts in culinary.
Those students who attended this week long event and represented TCAT-McKenzie were Jason Mercer, John Billingsby, Steven Page.
Working with a partnership between students, teachers, along with industry, SkillsUSA tries to make certain that everyone excels in their specific area of learning. This will ensure that when they enter into the workforce that they become strong workers, as well as leaders, and able to take accountability as a citizen of America.
Freedom Festival at McKenzie Recreational Park July 4th
McKenzie, Tenn - The City of McKenzie is inviting everyone to come to the McKenzie City Park on Saturday July4th for the Freedom Festival.
The evening will start off with the flag waving parade, so be sure to set your lawn chairs up on your favorite spot along Stonewall Street and get ready for the parade! The parade gets started in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church located at 619 Stonewall Street. If you are entering the parade, they ask that you be there no later than 5:15pm.
The parade begins promptly at 6pm. Grand Marshall this year is our premier fireworks sponsor Phipps Pharmacy. The parade will travel down Stonewall Street, turning right onto Anderson Drive and ending at the entrance of the McKenzie Recreational Park. Transportation will be available at designated areas near the park entrance and along Como Street from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm.
Transportation will resume again immediately after the fireworks show. Handicapped parking is at the top of Liberty Lane behind the softball field.Once you get to the park, the smell of the food vendors will get you strolling the area for BBQ plates, all American hot dogs and hamburgers, BBQ bologna, and who knows what else! For the sweet tooth, get a fried pie or funnel cake. Cool off with home-made ice cream, shaved ice or snow cones. Kids, remember, the water slide; get your $3.00 bracelet for hours of fun.
During the opening ceremonies, you will find out just who has the “Most Patriotic Window” display and whose yard screamed “pick me” for the Patriot Yard of the Month! Parade winners will also be announced at this time.Bring your lawn chairs or spread your favorite quilt and enjoy the music of Cooper the Band while you relax, eat, visit with friends and enjoy the evenings exciting finale of the spectacular fireworks show under the stars in the best place in the world….our hometown!!!
The 4th in McKenzie is always a wonderful family event, so join us in McKenzie on July 4th at City of McKenzie Recreational Park, located at 570 Como Rd. Let’s celebrate living in McKenzie!!!
Record Number Of UT Martin Students To Attend Vet School
Martin, Tenn.- Eighteen students from the University of Tennessee at Martin have been accepted into veterinary school programs beginning this fall. This number breaks the previous record of 10 students, set in 2013.
“The large number of students accepted to veterinary school exemplifies the quality of instruction through experiential learning from our animal and veterinary science faculty,” said Dr. Todd Winters, professor and dean, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. “Great students result from great faculty, and with this success our student numbers in this area should continue to grow.”Seven students have been accepted into the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Students attending at the flagship campus are Andrew Jordan, of Lewisburg; Brandon Newton, of Greenbrier; Kaylee Penick, of Martin; Zachary Ragland, of Whitehouse; Leslie Serrano, of Drummonds; Kelley Wigington, of Adams; and Jason Wolf, of Sevierville. Four students will attend Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate.
Those students are Kathleen Alford, of Dyersburg; Mallory Martin, of Union City; Jamie Franks, of Hohenwald; and Emma Sanders, of Chattanooga.Lauren Cain, of Thompson’s Station, and Katherine Sanders, of Franklin, will both attend Mississippi State University. Laura Croom, of Greenfield, will begin her studies at Auburn University, and Crystal Climer will study at the University of Missouri. Danielle Fuller, of Pocahontas, has accepted a position at Kansas State University. Trey Drinkard, of Old Hickory, and Justin Goodrum, of Hornsby, will both travel to the island nation of St. Christopher and Nevis to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Goodrum graduated from UT Martin with a bachelor’s degree in 2010 before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.“I am proud of these students and how hard they worked, both in the classroom and in experiential learning opportunities, to accomplish their goal of attending veterinary school,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, associate professor of animal science. “I know they are well prepared for the challenges they will face while in veterinary school.”
The UT Martin pre-veterinary curriculum is a concentration under the animal science major, housed in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources. For more information on this degree program, contact the department at 731-881-7211.
Construction Won't Slow 4th of July Travelers on TN Roads
Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at midnight on Thursday, July 2, 2015 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“We always anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes during the July 4th holiday,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We will be suspending lane closures for this holiday travel period to help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.
While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums."Drivers can expect increased law enforcement patrols surrounding the 4th of July weekend," said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. "If you've been celebrating with alcohol, don't make the decision to get behind the wheel. Each time you travel, remember that buckling up is your best defense in the event of a crash. We want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely."
According to AAA projections, 41.9 million Americans, that’s 0.7 percent more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. Nearly 85 percent of them will drive. AAA estimates more than 844,000 Tennesseans will hit the roadways.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity 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 andKnow 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.
(Monday, June 29th)
Cooler Temperatures For NOB
McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland welcomes the crowd and introduces Bullettown
(Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie, Tenn - The weather was perfect for Nights on Broadway Saturday evening featuring Bullettown in McKenzie. There was a huge crowd welcoming the band and people enjoyed the music while dancing in the streets.
Tommy and Laurel Hardin dance the night away at NOB
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Mr. Tommy Hardin and his lovely wife Laurel made sure that the heat on Broadway did not cool down, they danced to almost every song. While speaking with WHDM Mrs. Hardin stated “ we come every year to Nights on Broadway, we love to dance and love the music as well as a great time to meet new people and old friends. She went on to say that tomorrow, Sunday June 28, will be her and Tommy’s 19th wedding anniversary as well as his birthday, so this is something that they always like to do to celebrate both occasions.
Bullettown entertains the crowd Saturday evening (Cheryl Allen photo)
Folks of all ages enjoyed the music of Bullettown (Cheryl Allen photo)
Randy and Melody Long of Paris enjoy the sounds of Bullettown (Cheryl Allen photo)
Bullettowns Carl Byars cuts a smile, meanwhile never missing a beat to the tunes. (Cheryl Allen photo)
Bullettown play a variety of music that includes Pop, Rock n Roll, Blues, and Dance. Members of the band include Allan Davis, founder of the Bullettown Band and Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, vocals and harmonica,
A typical mobile pantry provides one to two weeks of groceries to approximately 250 families, distributing 15,000 pounds of food. Each Mobile Pantry is coordinated with a partner agency, such as a church, senior center or help center.This program is one of the most effective ways for Second Harvest toprovide food for needy families in the community.
Founded in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee by providing food to these families.
Carroll Bank & Trust is sponsoring a mobile pantry in Huntingdon on July 18, 2015, at Carroll Bank & Trust. The Huntingdon Church of Christ is working with Carroll Bank to help with this good project for the community. If you know of someone who this will benefit, please let them alsot hey have to show proof that they live in Carroll County.
McKenzie Man Suffers Fatal Heart Attack Before Accident
The F-150 belonging to Leegan is loaded onto the flatbed after the accident on Thursday. (Cheryl Allen photo)
Henry, Tenn. - According to the report, it is believed that Mr. John Leegan of McKenzie suffered a heart attack while driving his Ford F150 near Henry on Hwy 79 towards McKenzie, causing the vehicle to exit the right side of the roadway, rolling over and coming to a stop on the roof of the vehicle early Thursday morning.
May 2015 County Unemployment Rates
Nashville, Tenn. - County unemployment rates for May 2015, released Thursday, show the rates increased in 92 counties, decreased in one county and remained the same in two. Specific county information for May is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/labor/attachments/LaborMAY2015.pdf
Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in May at 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in April. Knox County was 4.7 percent in May, up from 4.3 the previous month. The Hamilton County May rate was 5.5 percent, up from 4.9 in April. Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, up from 6.1 percent the previous month.Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 5.8 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the April revised rate of 6.0 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for May was 5.5 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point higher than the prior month.
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