From News Director Cheryl Allen
Huntington Town Council Meets
Huntingdon, Tenn - At Tuesday evening’s meeting of Mayor Kelley and the Huntingdon Town Council, Mayor Kelley began the meeting by thanking all those who attended and participated in the Christmas Parade on Saturday evening. He also announced to the board that Christmas Open House would be held at City Hall on Friday December 13th from 11 am to 1 pm and urged everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities. Mayor Kelley went on to say that since the last meeting that both the aerial ladder fire truck and the knuckle boom truck have been delivered.
In new business, Mayor Kelley asked the board to consider proposals for administrative and engineering services relating to the 2014 Community Development Block Grant. The first was proposals was for engineering from Tegrah Engineering and the other was for Community Development Partners. Both were approved and the motion was adopted.
The board also approved a motion to consider the cancellation of the December 24th council meeting due to the Christmas holiday. This motion was also approved by the board.Mayor Kelley asked the board for Suspension of rule on agenda items, and the council approved the request. Mayor Kelley brought to the board to a recommendation from the Planning Commission to amend the zoning ordinance to allow Day Cares in the B-2 District as a use on appeal, and this was approved by the board. Also on the first reading, Ordinance No.555, an ordinance amending the official zoning ordinance of Huntingdon, Tennessee, to allow Day Care uses in B-2 (General Business) Districts, and the council adopted this ordinance on the first reading.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Kelley expressed his compliments to the board for all the hard work they each done this year, and was ready to see what 2014 had in store for the town of Huntingdon.
Rebels Win Over West Carroll
McKenzie, Tenn - In McKenzie Rebel Basketball action on Tuesday evening the Rebels were victorious over West Carroll with a final score of 70 to 27. The top scorers of the game for the Rebels was Tyree Owen with 17 points and Ed Dudley with 14 points.
The Rebels will be playing Thursday evening December 12th with a makeup game that was canceled last Friday due to the weather, and school being canceled. They will be traveling to Big Sandy and tipoff is at 6 pm. Then on Friday evening, the Rebels will be traveling to Huntingdon to play against Carroll Academy and tipoff for that game is at 6 pm as well.
Trial Date Set for Yarbrough
HCSD Photo-Jiles Yarbrough
Paris, Tenn - Jiles Yarbrough age 21 of Huntingdon is scheduled to appear in court for his involvement in the murder of Eric Kinley of Paris at the Farinheight 101 Night Club in Paris in August of 2012. The trial date is set for March 24th 2014 in Henry County. In November, Tevin Lumpkin was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement with charges of first degree murder. Cody Harmon of Lexington plead guilty to his charges of aggravated assault, and also testified against Lumkin during his jury trial in November.
McKenzie, Tenn - A call came into the McKenzie police department that unknown persons were attempting to take items from a garage on Oaklawn drive. When officers arrived at the residence, the suspects had already left. At the time of the report, the homeowner was checking to see if any items were missing.
A theft was reported to the McKenzie Police department that while a vehicle was parked at a local convenience store, approximately $200 worth of Avon products was stolen from the vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle was unlocked at the time.
Huntingdon, Tenn - Officers with the Huntingdon Police department were dispatched to a local retailer in regards to a shop lifter. Upon arrival, Officer Whitworth spoke with loss prevention who stated the subject he had in custody had made an attempt to take items without paying for them. Mr. Jerry Newell of Ridge Road in Medina was charged with theft under $500 and cited into Carroll County General sessions court.
Hometown Christmas in McKenzie
McKenzie, Tenn - Even though the weather was quite cold on Saturday, it did not hold back on the festivities at the McKenzie Hometown Christmas. Fun was had by all who attended and the parade was a great success. The McKenzie Lions Club are already in the planning stage for next year’s parade and festivities, so be sure to come out and show you support once again.
Bethel Graduation Postponed
McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University's Fall 2013 Commencement scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 7 has been postponed due to icy weather conditions. It will be rescheduled and an announcement will be made in early January regarding a new date.
Christmas with Renaissance Canceled
McKenzie, Tenn - After much thought and consideration, Bethel Renaissane have decided to cancel our Christmas shows for this weekend Dec. 6 and 7th . They apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like to be refunded for any purchased tickets please contact the Bethel Bookstore once they have re-opened, 731-352-4094.
WINTER COAT DRIVE
McKenzie, Tenn - Please help the McKenzie High School FFA and cheerleaders gather coats for needy individuals this winter. Donated coats will go to families in McKenzie and Carroll County who are in need of them. They are accepting all sizes from newborn up and can be dropped off at McKenzie High School. For more information, contact the McKenzie High School at 352-2133.
Friday Events Canceled
McKenzie, Tenn - As of early Thursday evening, the McKenzie Lions Club has canceled all of the events for the McKenzie Hometown Christmas activities for Friday Dec 6th in McKenzie. Events are still scheduled to take place on Saturday Dec 7th as of this time.
Breakfast with Santa
McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday morning The Beta Sigma Phi will be hosting their "Breakfast with Santa" from 8 am to 11 am at the First Methodist Church in McKenzie. The cost of the breakfast is $3.00 per person and advance ticket can be purchased from any Beta Sigma Phi member or they can be purchased at the door.
Final Performance This Weekend
McKenzie, Tenn - Christmas with Renaissance" will conclude this weekend with performances Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. These performances will be at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Campus of Bethel University. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children.
*If inclement weather does occur and any changes to the schedule are made, they will post any information on their Facebook page.
BU Fall Graduation
MSSD Holds Lengthy Board Meeting
McKenzie, Tenn - At the McKenzie Special School District Board meeting Tuesday evening, the meeting began with a presentation from the McKenzie Middle School athletic department coaches, Mr. Zach Renfroe and Mr. Josh Kee, speaking of Extra Curricular Activities and Student Involvement with a slide show presentation. They informed the board that there were 7 Sports groups and 11 Clubs and Activities within the Middle School offered to the students. It was stated that at the present time there were approximately 437 students involved in the sports programs and clubs.
Mr. Josh Kee explained the benefits of these activities such as learning time management and priority, getting involved in diverse interests, learning about long term commitments, making a contribution, raising self esteem, building solid relationship skills, and how it looks great on a college application.
Mr. Zach Renfroe explained other aspects of the programs, stating how it can be time consuming, and at times can be the wrong activity for the student. Also that there is less unstructured play time, that students can over schedule activities, and how it can become a financial burden for some students and their families.
In other business at the meeting, Director of Schools, Lynn Watkins shared with the board, consideration for approval of the budget amendments to the McKenzie Special School District School funds, stating that the need for replacing cameras, and purchasing new 2 way radios was needed. Watkins also shared that CPI Training was needed for the new resource officer at the high school.
On the first reading amendments 3.207 Energy Use and Conservation, is required policy that is conducted in the form of an audit to show the usage of energy and what changes can be done to make the schools more energy efficient.
Amendment 3.208 Facilities Planning, asbestos management, which is a requirement to have done annually. This is deemed necessary for the middle and elementary schools but not the high school. It was stated that areas that contain asbestos are properly labeled, and that Mr. Osbourne will be attending a workshop in January for proper training on this matter, since the passing of the former maintenance person.
4.606 policy, Graduation Activities, Mr. Watkins explained to the board that this piece of legislation is a new requirement and consists of State Honors Recognition at all graduations. Watkins stated that McKenzie already does this by recognizing all 4 benchmarks and student who meet those marks.
Policy 6.4081Safe Relocation of Students is a new legislation policy, stating that school personnel have the authority to physically remove students from an altercation. Watkins stated that school officials have been trained the proper way to act on this policy. He stated that this policy is in order of protection for the protection from litigation, and provides protection for the employees. The board approved all the amendments on the first reading.
McKenzie, Tenn - The board discussed the approval on yet another policy amendment-4.003 Concussion Management. This policy is to help those in any activities where a concussion may occur. Watkins explained that if there are any signs of a concussion, a student will be removed from play. Parents will be asked to sign a form consenting to this policy upon the student participating in any school activity. There will also be a return to play policy once the student has been evaluated by medical personnel. This policy goes into effect January 2014. For more information on this policy, Watkins stated that one should go to the Center of Disease Control-Prevention website. This policy was passed and only required one reading from the board.
In other business, the board gave approval for the construction on the McKenzie Elementary School addition. Mr. Watkins explained that construction should be completed by the beginning of the 2014/15 school year. The board also discussed the request for ceramic equipment for the McKenzie High School art room.
At the close of the meeting, Mr. Watkins also informed the board that several employment openings were available at the high school with Leah Crips retiring and the head Soccer Coach for the girls and boys team resigned.
The next meeting of the school board will be February 4th, 2014.
McKenzie, Tenn - Today from 11am to 2pm The Morning Glory Garden Club Christmas will be hosting a luncheon in the Christian Life Center of the First Baptist Church. Contact any member of the club to purchase tickets.
Lifeline Bloodmobile in Huntingdon
Huntingdon, Tenn - On Thursday December 5th from 1 pm to 6pm, the Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at Cash Saver in Huntingdon. Lifeline blood services are in need of O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood. You never know when you or a friend or relative may need blood, and lifeline blood services are urging people to donate blood during this blood drive. You can save time by filling the needed forms out online at lifelinebloodserv.org.
HPD Report - Forgery Attempt
Huntingdon, Tenn - A call came into the Huntingdon Police department from Tri County Medical Clinic in regards to a forged prescription. Upon arrival Ptl. Chris Cole a representative of the clinic who stated that a patient by the name of Kristen Jenkins, of College Street in McLemoresville who had been seen earlier in the day, had altered a prescription that she given and attempted to get filled at a local pharmacy. Cole was given a copy of the original prescription and a copy of the altered prescription that Jenkins had attempted to get filled for pain medication which is a controlled substance. After making contact with Jenkins, she was taken into custody and transported to the carroll county jail.
Bethel Renaissance Performance
Cheryl Allen photo
McKenzie, Tenn - This past weekend was the first of Bethel University, Christmas with Renaissance performances. Both nights were sold out with standing room only for some. The entire Renaissance done an amazing job on the performance, leaving the crowd filled with the Christmas Spirit.
For those of you who may have not yet seen the performance, another performance is schedule for December 6th and 7th at 7pm as well as a matinee at 2pm on the 7th, and this performance will be held at the Dickey Fine Arts Building located on the Bethel campus. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children. All Bethel students and faculty are admitted free. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094.
Events in McKenzie
2-31 Gifts in the Square-downtown Veteran’s Park
14 Mariah’s Merry Gingerbread House Decorating Extravaganza! Ages 5-12 limited spots-reserve now @ City Hall
Carroll Arts & Renaissance Theater presents “I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” @ Bethel University’s Waddle Recital Hall (matinee, dinner & evening performances-tickets available at Broadway Brew)
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