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From News Director Cheryl Allen

(Thursday, May 28th)

Huntingdon Fire Donated Money to St. Jude Wednesday

Fire Marshal Steve Price presenting the check to Ms. Williams. (Photo courtesy of W. Smothers)

Huntingdon, Tenn - On Wednesday May 27th Fire Marshal Steve Price and Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety  traveled to St. Judes Childrens Hospital in Memphis and met with Ms. Linda Williams who works in the Donor Care Division for St. Judes.

They presented her with a check in the amount of $1,450.00, money that was raised at our Grilling For St Judes cookout on May 2nd at Cash Savers Grocery Store here in Huntingdon.

Ms. Williams gave them a warm welcome to St. Judes and stated that St. Judes was very appreciative of the donation and honored that our group had chosen them as their charity. 

Henry Man Arrested in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn - A Henry resident was arrested at WalMart in Huntingdon after store security noticed an individual concealing items on his person and placing things under other items in the buggy that he was pushing around.

Officers of the Huntingdon Police Department made contact with the individual, Mr. James McMullin of Peeble Street in Henry, and Mr. Mullins began to pull some of the items off of his person and hand them over to the store loss prevention officer.

While speaking with Mr. McMullins, officers asked him if he had any other stolen merchandise or other illegal items in his vehicle, to which McMullins informed officers that he did have a marijuana joint in his truck. Officers were able to locate the joint in the vehicle and Mr. McMullin admitted on his own free will that it was in fact marijuana and it was for his personal use.

Mr. McMullin was then taken into custody and transported to the Carroll County Jail for Theft of Property Under $500 and Simple Possession of Schedule VI.

Victim of Wire Fraud Cancels Transaction

Huntingdon, Tenn - According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriffs Department,  a victim of Wire Fraud notified the sheriffs department that someone had contacted the victim claim to be a relative and was needing the victim to wire him $1200.00.

The individual stated for the victim to send the money to and Abel Hernan Dez Diaz in the Dominican Republic. The victim stated that she did go to a local western union and send the money, but she misspelled the individuals name.

After returning home, the victim contacted another family member to check on the matter. Later the victim was contacted by a Paul Fenner claiming he was with the Carroll County Court System and was using a 778 area code phone number. He was inquiring about the transaction.

Western Union was contacted placing the transaction on hold.

In an unrelated incident another victim of debit card theft reported that someone used his debit card without his permission.

(Wednesday, May 27th)

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage Film Live DVD at Bethel University

Rhonday Vincent and the Rage (Randy Crews Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage were on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25 and Tuesday May 26th filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music.

Both nights the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie was full to capacity. Those who were able to attend stated that it was a wonderful performance and were so glad to be part of such a special opportunity.


Casting for a Cure 2014 at McKenzie City Park Lake (CAllen photo)

Hungry fish are calling!!!! McKenzie’s City Park Lake is the place to be for great fishing fun when the 15th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns on the morning of Saturday, June 6th.

The popular event is free and open to boys and girls age 15 and under. Registration will be held from 7-9 a.m. on-site at The Barn, a pavilion adjacent to the lake. Kids will fish from 9-11 a.m. An awards presentation will follow the weigh-in.

“After last year’s flood destroyed Carroll Lake on the eve of the rodeo we had to postpone it at the last minute,” said event spokesman Steve McCadams. “We already had stuff set up but Mother Nature dealt us a severe blow. The future of the event looked grim.”

“I looked around for an alternative site and thanks to the assistance of Mayor Jill Holland and the McKenzie City Parks and Recreation staff we pulled it off a month or so later. The little lake worked out great and we’ll be back again, returning to our traditional first Saturday in June,” continued McCadams.

Steve McCadams

The lake will be stocked with catfish courtesy of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency who will again partner with McCadams for this special event which benefits The American Cancer Society.

“Each year I ask folks to make a donation to help introduce a kid to the great sport of fishing and battle cancer at the same time. Thanks to donors who open their hearts and pocketbooks we make sure every kid goes home with some sort of door prize. I’d like to think we send them all home a winner,” said McCadams, himself a cancer survivor.

“After the expenses of the event, I donate whatever is left to ACS and it helps the Carroll County North Relay for Life’s total. A concession trailer complete with hamburgers, chips and cold soft drinks donated by local merchants and Pepsi will be on site and operated by local Relay volunteers.”

Kids are asked to bring their own bait and tackle. However, a few loaner rod and reel combos will be available.

Special prizes such as engraved plaques and bicycles will be awarded in four separate age brackets for the youngster catching the biggest and most fish. Age brackets will be 5 and under, 6-9, 10-12, and 13-15.

The rodeo will coincide with Free Fishing Day in Tennessee.

“I fish a lot throughout the year but this is indeed my favorite fishing day,” said McCadams, a native of McKenzie who has been a professional fishing and hunting guide on Kentucky Lake for over 39 years. “I made a promise to myself to keep this rodeo going back when I was undergoing chemotherapy. Seeing small fish deliver big smiles to these kids not only fosters future fishermen but brings awareness to the battle on cancer.”

Make plans to attend and bring those young anglers to a fun filled morning. If you’d like to support the event and perhaps honor a survivor or rekindle a memory of someone special send your tax-deductible donation to Steve McCadams, 655 Anderson Drive, Paris, TN 38242. All donors will receive a receipt from the Jackson office of the American Cancer Society.

For additional information on the rodeo contact McCadams at 731-642-0360

Army Guard Aviation Moves to Nashville's Berry Field

Tennessee Army National Guard UH60 Blackhawk helicopters on the tarmac at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville. (ANG Photo)

NASHVILLE - If you have noticed increased helicopter traffic around the Nashville International Airport you may have wondered what's going on. The first UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters belonging to the Tennessee Army National Guard touched down last week at Joint Base Berry Field in Nashville.

The helicopters are part of the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron (ACS) formerly headquartered at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Smyrna. Berry Field has been the home of the Air National Guard's 118th Wing for more than 90 years. Since losing the C-130 Hercules aircraft due to the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission, the base became a C-130 training site for Allied aircrew members, and has since transitioned to a dominant force in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and support missions.

The last C-130 left Nashville in December 2012. Losing the C-130's left an empty ramp and a multi-million dollar hanger only a few years old without any aircraft to use it. Immediately upon learning of the loss of the C- 130's, planning began on the efficient utilization of the facility. The perfect fit was Army Aviation who were operating in antiquated facilities, just a few miles down the road.

Tennessee Army National Guard UH60 Blackhawk and UH-72 Lakotas fill the main hanger at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville.( ANG Photo)

In Smyrna, UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters belonging to the Army National Guard were housed in World War II era buildings needing renovations that would cost the American taxpayers more than 70 million dollars. To Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General, the prudent choice was obvious. Move the helicopters to Nashville and utilize an existing facility saving the taxpayers 70 million dollars. - MORE - 2-2-2 Army Guard Aviation Moves to Nashville's Berry Field "Moving the helicopters to Berry Field utilizes a state of the art facility that is less than 12 years old," said Maj. Gen. Haston.

"We have an obligation to the citizens of Tennessee to be good stewards of taxpayer monies, and using an existing facility in a joint Army and Air Operation does just that." The National Guard began planning for this transition more than 5 years ago, but sometimes the Air Force and Army Aviation don't mix, so after crossing many bureaucratic hurdles, environmental studies and other administrative obstacles, final approval was received earlier this year. "Renovation of the existing Smyrna facilities and new construction was just not feasible under the current budget," continued Haston.

"The reality to move to an existing facility that was not being fully utilized and sitting just a few miles down the road made perfect sense." "Increased traffic during this time is due to the training the pilots receive on approach and departure lanes in and out of the airport," said Lt. Col. Gene Reece, the Army Guard State Aviation Officer. "This training will continue through May when you will see the helicopter traffic dramatically reduce."

For further information, contact the Tennessee Military Department Joint Public Affairs Office at 615-313-0633.

(Tuesday, May 26th)

Memorial Day Celebration in McKenzie Monday

Cub Scout #78 member Andrew Johnson prepares to Present Colors at Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony in McKenzie. (CAllen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The City of McKenzie held their annual Memorial Day Ceremonies in honor of those who are still continuning the fight and for those who gave the  ultimate sacrifice for us to continue to be free in America.

Cub Scout Troop # 78 McKenzie with Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride and McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Kamholz)

The Presentation of Colors was done by Cub Scout Troop #78 of McKenzie with Andrew Johnson posting the American Flag while posting the State of Tennessee Flag was done by  Nathan Damron both of McKenzie.

McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland welcomes the standing room only Coucil Room at McKenzie City Hall. (CAllen photo)

McKenzie Mayor, Jill Holland led the Pledge of Alligence, while Melissa Herris sung the National Anthem. Bro. Bud Merwin who served in the TN Army National Guard from 1952-1960 led the standing room only  council room at McKenzie City Hall.

Mayor Holland welcomed those in attendance and spoke of what Memorial Day represents.

Melissa Herris (CAllen photo)

Holland first stated that she wanted to thank all those who have faught defending our great country, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. She reminded those in attendance that if it wasn’t for those in our armed services, past and present we would not be able to ring the bell of freedom from sea to shining sea. Holland expressed her gratitude to all the members present to the ceremony, and thanked each of them for their service.

Patriot Pen Winner Emily Bolin (CAllen)

Ms. Emily Bolin was the guest speaker, winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot Pen essay contest that was held by the McKenzie VFW. Emily is the daughter of Stephanie Archer Bolin and the late James Bolin, and will be a freshman at McKenzie High School this fall.

In her speech she of how she learned about the many different wars in her history books from school, but the real realization hit home to her when she was able to attend a school trip to Washington D.C., where she stated, “I was truly able to realize the real meaning of what happen during the past and even present wars”.

Bolin went on to say how the “names on the wall made her realize how precious life is to her, while thanking the millions of military who make it possible to continue to be free”. She stated that she has a whole new deeper appreciation of all who serve and who have served.

VFW Post 4939 Commander William Milam Jr. (L) along with Dana Deem American Legion Post 37 present Emily Bolin roses after her speech on Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony in McKenzie. (CAllen photo)

The different branches of the service were recognized, and those in attendance were asked to stand when their branch of the service was played. Those representing the Air Force was 1, Army 12, Navy 4, and Marines 2.

Veterans of the US Army (CAllen)

Dorothy Cook, SSG US Army, Retired (CAllen photo)

The Memorial Day Poem was presented by Dorothy Cook, SSG US Army, Retired, Entitiled Please Remember Me.


Remember me, America, for I was once your son,
I fought and died at Valley Forge with General Washington;

I was there at Gettysburg on that tragic, tragic day.
When brother fought against brother - the blue against the grey.

I went to France with the American Air Force, to bring peace to you, I was twenty-one my time had come, I never saw twenty- two

I am still here at Pearl Harbor, since that December seventh day of Infamy, lying with  my shipmates on the USS Arizona, at the bottom of the sea.

I served on an U.S. submarine, the bravest of the brave,
Until a German depth charge gave us a watery grave.

I bombed the Ploesti oil fields; they blew with one big roar,
But in the attack we were hit with flack - I’ll never bomb anymore.

In Korea I heard the C.O. shout “We’ll make it - I am sure we will.”
I lost my life to try and take a spot called Pork Chop Hill.

Vietnam! Vietnam! When will we ever learn?
I am one of sixty thousand that never will return.

I left my town, my wife, my kids, my home, so cozy and warm;
I was killed in a scud attack in a war called — Desert Storm!

My brother and I went to war, it was God’s will I will not come back, I gave my all, I gave my life in a war to free Iraq

I’ll never forget my America....
I pray she remembers me.

VFW Post 4939 Commander William Milam Jr. (L) along with (R)Dana Deem American Legion Post 37 (CAllen photo)

At the close of the ceremony, remembering those who served, Dana Deem, American Legion Post 37 and William Milam Jr. VFW Post 4939 Commander, placed the Memorial Wreath, Taps was played and Cub Scout Pack #78 of McKenzie performed the Retirement of the Colors.

McKenzie Fire and Rescue Call Summary for April 2015

Total calls for April: 17

Total calls for 2015 (1/1-4/30): 93

April 2015 Calls:

Aircraft Stand By: 4

Chemical Spill/Leak: 1

Commercial Alarm: 1

EMS Assist: 1

Motor Vehicle Accident: 2

Other Fire: 1

Residential Alarm: 4

Residential Fire: 1

Smoke Investigation: 2

Calls paged out during the month: 2

Average firefighters during paged call: 18

Total time in service for month for all calls: 15 hrs & 26 mins

Average response time/call: 5.24 mins

Nights on Broadway Begin Next Saturday May 30th at 7 pm

McKenzie, Tenn - Starting next Saturday, Nights on Broadway return to McKenzie at 7 pm for a summer full of good times, great music and great food. Make plans to attend Nights on Broadway for the kick off while the time will roll back with tunes from the “swing” era featuring “The Boys in the Band” with one of McKenzie’s very own Keith Lindsey.

Nights on Broadway will be held a little different this year, instead of every Saturday, Nights on Broadway will be held on the last Saturday of each month ending September 26th.

So be sure to bring those lawn chairs, put on your dancing shoes and come on out to enjoy and evening with friends family and great music.

Rhonda Vincent set to Record DVD at Bethel Tonight

(Bethel University Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 26th filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music.   

The concerts will take place in the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie, TN.  Seating will begin at 6:00 and the taping will start at 7:00.  Admission is free. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

“Stephen Mougin, our Director of Renaissance Bluegrass, has a working relationship with Rhonda and has been able to build a connection between her and our program,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “The Bethel Performing Arts Center will be a great backdrop for her video, and we look forward to working with an artist of her caliber.”

In September 2014, The Renaissance College Drive Bluegrass Band played at the Dailey and Vincent Bluegrass Festival.  After that concert, Rhonda extended an invitation to the group to travel with her to the Dumplin Valley Festival the next day, and play during her set. 

“Having Rhonda Vincent choose a facility at Bethel University for her live DVD is a tremendous honor,” added Walter Butler, President of Bethel University.  “We look forward to welcoming her, and two incredible nights of music.”



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