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TBA BBQ Cookoff at Henry County Fair
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Paris, Tenn - The 4th Annual Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff is set for August 1-2 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The deadline to register your cooking team is this Friday July 25th. The grand champion team will win $1000 and the Reserve Champion will take home $500 plus there will be cash payouts for Top 3 placings in each category with trophies.
The Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff is a Tennessee BBQ Association state qualifying event. Categories include chicken, ribs, shoulder, brisket, chef’s choice, and dessert. For more information call Donna Milam at 336-1966 and entry forms are available at tbabbq.org.
During the Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff, the public is invited to come and meet the cookers. They being cooking at 5pm Friday night August 1st and continue until 11am Saturday August 2nd. On Saturday, the public will be able to purchase items from BBQ vendors that will be on hand at the fairgrounds.
Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday
Nashville- Tennessee's annual Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school shopping will run from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3.
State sales taxes (and local sales taxes where applicable) will be suspended on clothing $100 or less per item, school and art supplies $100 or less per item, and computers priced at $1500 or less.
While geared toward back-to-school shoppers, anyone in Tennessee can take advantage of the tax breaks.
For more specific information on what is and isn't tax exempt this coming weekend, head to www.tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday
250 Graduates Scheduled to Graduate at Bethel University Aug. 2
Commencement Speaker Rev. Lisa Anderson
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McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday August 2nd, Bethel University will be having their 2014 summer commencement services at 2 pm in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena on the McKenzie Campus with approximately 250 earning their degrees. The guest speaker for the services will be the Rev. Lisa Anderson, who is the 184th moderator for the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Serving as pastor in Memphis at Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Anderson is also active as the Chaplin with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also active with Room in the Inn-Memphis, which is a ministry for homeless in Memphis, and she is the founder of this organization.
Those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10am and graduate degrees at 2pm. The arena will be open for seating one hour prior to the commencement services. For more information about the Summer graduation, you are asked to contact Myra Carlock at firstname.lastname@example.org
College Bass Fishing National Championship Begins Thursday
McKenzie, Tenn - Ten anglers from Bethel University’s bass fishing club will be competing in the College Bass Fishing National Championship July 31st thru August 2nd in Young Harris, Georgia.
The anglers qualified to compete in the National Championship by doing well in the regional and wild card events held earlier this Spring and Summer. The anglers will compete as two man teams: Zach Parker and Matt Roberts, Hunter Loudon and Matthew Palmer, Brandon Koon and Blake Welch, Dalton Wilson and Randall Morris and Cody Ross and Dewey Swims. Good luck to these Bethel Anglers in the upcoming Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship.
The Huntingdon Police department received a call in reference to a subject walking down the middle of High Street in Huntingdon. Sgt. Joey Hedge located the suspect, Mr. John Joyner of 5th Avenue in Huntingdon at the Church located on High Street. Hedge noticed that Joyner had cans in his pocket, and had information that Mr. Joyner had been stealing from Fred’s. Upon talking with the manager from Fred’s, she advised him that Mr. Joyner had just left the store but didn’t buy anything. Upon advising him of his rights, Mr. Joyner did admit to taking the items at which time Mr. Joyner was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail where he was charged with theft under $500.
Breaking and Entering Reports in McKenzie and Atwood Area
McKenzie, Tenn - Two cases of Breaking and entering were reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department. A homeowner on Field School Road in McKenzie contacted the sheriffs department and when deputies arrived the homeowner stated that someone had broken into the residence, making entry into his house by breaking out a window. Items that were taken were in value of $200 and according to the report cost of repair to the residence was unknown at the time of the report.
Atwood, Tenn - A homeowner on Brooks Road in Atwood also reported breaking and entering. When officers arrived and spoke with the homeowner he stated thatweh he returned home he found the front door of the residence had been kicked in. The victim stated that only items that were missing at the time of the report was a heart pendant and a quartz watch.
New Pick Tennessee Mobile App
Nashville, Tenn - The Pick Tennessee mobile app helps you live local on the go! Use this easy app to find the farms, farmers markets, foods and fun closest to you, wherever you are. Search by item (for example, “apples”), by region of the state, or by season. Pick Tennessee will get you where you’re going through direct GPS mapping.This free mobile app keeps track of your favorites and links you to seasonal recipes, handy tips and fun facts as well as the full Pick Tennessee Products website, PickTnProducts.org. Some of the great farm direct and local items you can find on this app include local fruits and vegetables, wineries, greenhouses and plant nurseries, Christmas tree farms, plus local honey.
You can find the farms where they’re produced, or the markets where they’re sold.Pick Tennessee Products is the longstanding statewide campaign by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to connect customers to locally grown or made products and farm-related activities. The completely free service currently lists about 2,000 farmers with about 10,000 items.
Turned License Plate Leads to Arrest
Huntingdon, Tenn - A report from the Huntingdon Police department stated that Jonathan C. Burke of Old State Route 22 in McKenzie was operating a vehicle on Veterans Drive in Huntingdon when a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle for having a non functioning headlight.
Upon pulling behind the vehicle it was observed that the motor vehicle did not have a license plate. It was later discovered that the license plate was turned around so that it could not be viewed.
A computer check with dispatch confirmed that the license plate was not registered to that motor vehicle. Mr. Burke advised officers that he turned the plate around. A computer check with dispatch confirmed that Mr. Burkes license was suspended, 1st offense. Mr. Burke was unable to provide proof of insurance, and due to the discrepancy in Mr. Burkes story, ownership of the motor vehicle could not be confirmed and was towed. Mr. Burke was cited into Carroll County General Sessions for Driving while suspended, Unlawful removal of registration decal or plate, lights required on motor vehicle and Violation of financial responsibility.
Missing Money after Overnight Stay
McKenzie, Tenn - According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s department, officers responded to a residence on Hwy 423 in regards to stolen property. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated that she was staying the night with friends and that she had locked her vehicle with $250.00 dollars inside the vehicle. She stated that she believes that while she was asleep, someone took her keys and got into her vehicle and stole the cash. The case is still being investigated.
Report of Mailbox Tampering
Huntingdon, Tenn - A resident on Woodlawn Street in Huntingdon spoke with Officer Brian Bennett of the Huntingdon Police department and gave a written statement that stated that she witnessed Brooksey Wadley of Lexington Street in Huntingdon come to her residence and hit her mailbox causing it to fall over. Officer Bennett observed the mailbox that was pushed over and the the victim stated that Brooksey Wadley comes by multiple times honking the horn and yelling. The offense in this case is mailbox tampering.
Indentity Fraud Being Investigated
McKenzie, Tenn - A resident on Kesterson Way in McKenzie notified the Carroll County Sheriffs department that she received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service requesting verification that she had filed a tax return for 2013. The victim did not file a tax return and after contacting the IRS concerning the matter she learned unknown person and or persons had used her name and social security number to file a tax return. Credit agencies were contacted concerning this matter and a report filed with the Carroll County Sheriffs department in the event other attempts are made in the future to obtain unauthorized goods or service using the victims identity.
Update on Drowning Victim at 1000 Acre Lake
Huntingdon, Tenn - According to the Jackson Sun, the identity of the man who drowned Saturday morning at the 1000 Acre Lake near Huntingdon has been identified as 27 year old, Brandon Webb of Henning in Lauderdale County.
Man Drowns at 1000 Acre Lake
Huntingdon, Tenn - A 27 year old man drowned at the 1000 Acre Lake in Huntingdon on Saturday according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s department. It was stated that the man along with his girlfriend and her daughter were swimming at one of the two beach areas when the drowning occurred. According to the Sheriff’s department witnesses stated that the victim was swimming near the buoys, when he went under the water.
Officials from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene within minutes, and divers were able to locate the body a short time later. Without certainty that all members of the victims’ family were notified of the tragic accident, the victims name has not yet been released.
Ribbon Cutting at Beyond the Ivy
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Huntingdon, Tenn - A good crowd was in attendance for the Ribbon Cutting at Beyond the Ivy on Saturday morning. Ashley Dillahunty owner/operator the gift boutique, surrounded by family, cut the ribbon to Beyond the Ivy.
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The store is filled with gifts for people of all ages, candles, baby items, and art work and much much more. Mayor Dale Kelly along with Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, welcomed Beyond the Ivy to the Huntingdon community, and was glad to be a part of the Ribbon Cutting.
Beyond the Ivy is located just off the court square in Huntingdon at 12834 Paris Street.
Motor Vehicle Break In Reported
McKenzie, Tenn - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department theft from a motor vehicle was reported in the Paris Pike Area. It was reported that someone had removed a radar detector and three money orders from the vehicle was it was parked in front of the residence. The case is under investigation.
Grim State Unemployment Figures for June
Nashville- We reported last week that Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose slightly from May to June, breaking a long downward trend even as the national unemployment average continued to fall.
On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released a detailed breakdown of June unemployment figures, showing a rise in unemployment in all 95 Tennessee counties, with some of the highest in the state surrounding Henry County.
Henry County’s unemployment rate jumped significantly from May to June, rising from 7.8% to 8.9% unemployed.
Weakley County now has the fourth highest unemployment rate in Tennessee, after a 2.6% jump from 9.1% in May to 11.7% in June.
Benton County saw a 1.4% increase as well, from 8.4% to 9.8%.
Carroll County’s unemployment rate shot up 1.3%, from 9% to 10.3%.
Stewart County’s rate also rose a percentage point from 8.1% to 9.1%.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development did note that, while the state and national unemployment averages are seasonally adjusted, county rates are not. This means that influences from weather, school openings and closings, holidays and other recurring seasonal events are not eliminated from the data.
The lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee were Lincoln County at 5.2% and the Nashville metropolitan area of Williamson, Davidson, Cheatham, Rutherford, Sumner and Robertson counties, all between 5.4% and 6.1% unemployed.
Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea Festival Plans Underway
McKenzie, Tenn - Satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for fried pickles, fried green tomatoes and Mama’s Sunday Dinner fried chicken, then wash it all down with sweet iced tea! Mark your calendar for McKenzie’s “Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival” Friday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The festival will take place in downtown McKenzie at the Veterans Memorial Park.
This is your chance to sample those fried Oreos, fried bacon and grits cakes and many other novelties that will be featured. Enjoy this mainstay of Southern fare as you wander the craft booths and listen to a variety of music reflecting southern culture. Activities will be available for children.
For more information about the vendor application process and the competition for “Best Fried Dessert”, “Best Fried Vegetable”, and “Best Fried Main Dish” contact Stefanie Clericuzio 731-336-2727, email@example.com, Angela Hugueley at 731-363-9057, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Jennifer Waldrup at 731-352-2292, Jennifer.email@example.com.
This festival is a fund raiser for the restoration of the historic Park Theatre.
McKenzie Students Return to Class August 5th
McKenzie, Tenn - Schools in McKenzie will be back in session on Tuesday, August 5th at 8am and students will be only attending half a day will being dismissed at 11:15am. The regular day of school will begin on Wednesday August 6th from 8am to 3pm. Breakfast will be served on Tuesday and beginning on Wednesday, both breakfast and lunch will be served. Prices for meals this year are: Breakfast for grades K-12 are free and will be served between 7:15am and 7:45am. Lunch will be $1.75 for grades K-4, $2.00 for grades 5-12. The price for reduced meals will be .40 for all grades. If a student wishes to purchase another milk, the charge will be .45 . Any student who received reduced or free meals last year will continue to do so this year until the application process is completed.
Orientation for Parents as Well as Students
McKenzie, Tenn - Orientation for parents of students in the McKenzie Special School District will be held on July 31st from 5 to 7 pm for McKenzie Elementary School, on July 31st for 5th gradeat the McKenzie Middle school and the high school will be held on Tuesday July 29th beginning at 6:30pm. Students at McKenzie High school can pick up their class schedule for the 2014/15 school year on Friday July 25th.
Students who are new to the school system are asked to register on July 24th & 25th from 8-12 for grades K-4, at the elementary school. Grades 5-6 July 24 & 25 at the middle school and at the high school on July 25th - Hours to register at all schools is from 8am till noon. You are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, and social security card, along with a copy of the child’s immunizations certificate.
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