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Huntingdon Special School District Approves 2016-17 Budget

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday evening.

The 2016-2017 budget was approved and removed the tuition cost for non-resident students.

The Board acknowledged the resignation of Erika Coomer, Daniel Duncan Kacee Reynolds, and Madenline Matheny.

The employment of Kathryn Adams, HHS and Christal Reed, WTSD was also acknowledged, along with Joe Davis, HMS -Band, AJ Hall, HMS - 6th Grade, Leah Patridge, HPS - 3rd Grade, and Brandy Teague, HHS - Spanish.

The Board also acknowledged the transfer of Jeaneen Blackman to 3rd Grade and Sherry McGe to 2nd Grade.

A leave of absence was also approved for Jamie Sanders for August 29th - October 21st, 2016.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 7 p.m.


Bassmaster Releases Tenative Times For Jr. Championship

Carroll County, Tenn. - Bassmaster has released the tentative times for 2016 Costa Bassmaster Junior Championship which is being held at the Carroll County Thousand Acre Lake. The Championship will be held August 1-3. On August 1 Bethel University in McKenzie will host a Banquet and Welcoming Ceremony for both the Costa Bassmaster High School & Junior Championships, 750 anglers and boat captains are expected to be in attendance.

 

“Bethel University is happy to join with other financial supporters in bringing this tourism event to Carroll & Henry Counties” said Dale Kelley Athletic Director, Bethel University “The partners are the State of TN Department of Tourism, Bethel University, Village of Paris & Paris Landing, and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce”.

 

According to the tentative schedule, anglers will launch at 6 a.m. at the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday and return at 1p.m. Weigh-in for the Junior Tournament will be at 1:45 p.m. at the Billy Cary Park in Huntingdon.

 

 “This makes the third year the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has been a partner in this tourism endeavor” said Brad Hurley, President “This is an excellent example of a regional partnership between the State of TN Department of Tourism, Bethel University, Village of Paris & Paris Landing, and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce”.

 

For more information concerning the tournament, please contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce office at 731-986-4664.


Carroll County Among Recipients Of Tourism Grant

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that 29 communities will receive over $999,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist communities with tourism infrastructure assets.


“We want to congratulate all 29 communities on receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Haslam said. “These grants showcase how great the partnership is between tourist development and economic development. With the support of these grants, each community will be better equipped to succeed in our state and I look forward to seeing these Tennessee communities thrive.”


The grants assist counties and cities in improving local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism.


“I am pleased to announce these 29 communities that have been awarded the Tourism Enhancement Grant,” Boyd said. “It is always exciting when communities choose to invest in economic development initiatives to grow and succeed in our state. Tourism development is economic development, and with the assistance of the Tourism Enhancement Grant and our partnership with Commissioner Kevin Triplett and the Department of Tourist Development, each community will be able to invest in their assets and grow their local economy.”


The Tourism Enhancement Grants were jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 61 grant applications.

Carroll County was awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000.

Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.


McKenzie Special School District Year Begins August 4th

McKenzie, Tenn. - Students in the McKenzie Special School District will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, August 4th at 8 a.m. and will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

Students will begin a regular 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule on Friday, August 5th.

The school cafeterias will open for breakfast on Thursday, August 4th. Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning Friday. Lunch prices will be $1.75 for grades K-4 and $2.00 for grades 5 -12. Reduces priced meals will be $0.40 for all grades. Extra milk will be $0.50 per carton.

Students who were eligible for free or reduced priced lunch last year will remain eligible until new applications are processed, which takes about one week.

Breakfast will be provided for all students in grades K-12, free of charge, from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.


TN Homeland Security/McKenzie PD Conducting Seminar

McKenzie, Tenn. - Tennessee Homeland Security and the McKenzie Police Department are conducting a seminar, on Tuesday, July 26th, beginning at 8 a.m. The seminar is entitled “Sudden Violence – Surviving an Active Shooter” and will be held at the Park Theatre, in Downtown McKenzie.

The seminar will provide vital information about mitigating the threat posed by individuals who carry out acts of violence. The informational session will address intervention and how to respond to the situation. This is not a tactical course.

The 1.5 hour session is open to the public and free of charge. There will be time allotted for questions and answers with Homeland Security personnel.

For more information, contact Sgt. Andy Weaver at 731-352-2265.


Atwood Church Of Christ To Hold Gospel Meeting

Atwood, Tenn. - Atwood Church of Christ invites you to attend a Gospel Meeting, Sunday, July 24th through Thursday, July 28th. Sunday’s meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday’s meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Song leader is Stan Penny and Speaker Andy Keizer.

Atwood Church of Christ is located at 1435 East Main Street, in Atwood.


First Dixie Student Art Exhibit On Display In August

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The very first Dixie Student Art Exhibit wil be on display in the Ballroom Gallery of The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center, beginning in August.

The exhibition is a collection of student work from studio art classes taught at The Dixie during the 2015-2016 season. Students who participated in Photography, Drawing and Pottery, were given the opportunity to participate in the show.

Students range from ages 4 years old to adult, from Carroll and surrounding counties.

Photography Instructor, Jim Veneman, Pottery Instructor, Lori Nolen and Drawing Instructor, Laura DeVille, encouraged their students to share the results of their hard work, outside the classroom.

Instructors hope to make a student exhibit an annual part of the Ballroom Gallery lineup.


Murray State Univ. To Offer Peace Corp. Program

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career. Murray State is the first academic institution in the state of Kentucky to offer the Peace Corps Prep program.

Although completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance nor require a commitment into the Peace Corps, the program will help Murray State graduates build on key competencies that the Peace Corps looks for in their applicants. Students will be able to apply for enrollment to the new Peace Corps Prep program beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. The program is open to all Murray State undergraduate students with any major and pairs selected courses with leadership and community service opportunities.

Students interested in participating in the Peace Corps Prep Program are required to meet with the program coordinator. An application process for students will be reviewed by the Peace Corps Prep advisory board. Applicants are asked to articulate their personal goals that will lead to the completion of preparation courses, foreign language skills, intercultural competence, and examples of leadership development.

Kick out Child Abuse Kickball Tourney Set for Aug. 6th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The second annual “Kick Out Child Abuse” Kickball Tournament is set for August 6th 8am at Edwards Park in Huntingdon on Murray Lane, all players must sign in 30 minutes prior to game time. Registration is due by August 4th at 5pm, and its $50 a team in a double elimination style of tournament.

Prizes are for the top three teams with first winning $100, second $75, and third $50. There is a minimum of seven players per team with at least two under the age of thirteen. Ten player maximum on the field at one time, games will be seven innings or one hour in length, with a ten run rule after five innings. You can mail registration to 50 Stone Ridge Cove, Huntingdon; Checks can made to the Carl Perkins Center.  

Local Shooting Clubs Do Well at National Competition

Marengo, Ohio- The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation National Championships was completed over the past week in Marengo, Ohio. Local competitors from the Henry County No Fly Zone team and from McKenzie Shooting Sports squads did very well in the competition.

Notably in the Scholastic Clay Target competition Henry County No Fly Zone members Shelby Summers finished 4th in Intermediate Girls, Skye McClain finished 15th in Senior Girls. Dalton Dodd 20th and Braden Tosh finished #1 in the Rookie Division. McKenzie Shooting Sports members Shooter Nelson finished ninth in Rookie division, Emily Bell 12th in Senior Girls, and Drew Beeler finished 5th in Intermediate boys division. The National Competition attracted teams from all over the country from Junior High through College levels.

8th Congressional District Candidate Forum Held At KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Republican Forum held Friday evening for the 8th Congressional District had a decent turnout filling up half the auditorium in support for the Candidates campaigning for the vacated seat left by Stephen Fincher. The forum opened up by first introducing the Moderator of the Forum, the Honorable Vicki H. Hoover and then the panel which consisted of Ms. Pam Hughes, Dr. Andrew Lundberg, and Ms. Elizabeth Phillips. Ms. Pam Hughes graciously said the prayer, followed by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew starting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vicki Hoover started off by stating that it was the first time certain local seats were being contested by Republicans Catherine Herrera and Richie Chilcutt. All of the Candidates but two, Brian Kelsey and Dave Bault, were able to make it to the Forum Friday evening. Vicki Hoover went over the rules of the Forum, explaining to the Candidates and the citizens that each Candidate would have a minute and a half for an opening statement, and a minute and a half to answer questions from the panelists, with an additional seven seconds to finish their sentence if they went over their allotted time.

With each Candidate answering the questions competently and straight forward, the 8th Congressional District will have a great chance to be represented in Washington.

Important dates to know:

July 15 – 30 Early voting for August 4th Primary and General Election

August 4 Primary and General election

August 10 First day to request Absentee Ballot for November 8th General Election

Octobern11 Last day to register to vote in November 8th General Election

Oct. 19 – Nov 3 Early voting for November 8th General Election

November 8 General Election

MSU Announces New Peace Corp. Program to Begin in Fall

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career. Murray State is the first academic institution in the state of Kentucky to offer the Peace Corps Prep program.

Although completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance nor require a commitment into the Peace Corps, the program will help Murray State graduates build on key competencies that the Peace Corps looks for in their applicants. Students will be able to apply for enrollment to the new Peace Corps Prep program beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. The program is open to all Murray State undergraduate students with any major and pairs selected courses with leadership and community service opportunities.

Students interested in participating in the Peace Corps Prep Program are required to meet with the program coordinator. An application process for students will be reviewed by the Peace Corps Prep advisory board. Applicants are asked to articulate their personal goals that will lead to the completion of preparation courses, foreign language skills, intercultural competence, and examples of leadership development.

“Empowering personal, community and global change through experiential learning, outreach and international learning opportunities is central to both the Murray State University experience and Peace Corps Prep,” said Dr. Renae Duncan, Murray State University acting provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Therefore, bringing Peace Corps Prep to Murray State is a win for the University, our students, and our community.”

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Murray State University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.”

More than 25 leading academic institutions nationwide offer Peace Corps Prep programs. Established in 2007, the program aims to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students.

“Because we consider internationalization and experiential learning to be central to our university culture, we believe that the experiences of students working toward earning the Peace Corps Prep certificate will help them grow as people while also helping them learn the powerful impact they can have on both local and international communities,” said Duncan.

“Students who successfully complete the Peace Corps program will not only position themselves for an international service career, but will be assisted greatly in terms of both personal and professional development,” said Katie Mantooth, internship coordinator with Murray State University Career Services.

For more information on Murray State’s new Peace Corps Prep program, please call (270) 809-3744 or email rduncan@murraystate.edu.

LBL Cool Critters Day July 16th

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes will host Cool Critters Day Get an up-close look at live tropical birds, check out reptiles from around the world, touch a tarantula, and visit with domestic petting zoo animals during Cool Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station.

The event lasts from 10am-4pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016. “If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool Critters Day,” says Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of interesting, exotic critters and see them up-close.”

Visitors will enjoy a variety of live animal programs and exhibits. Staff also feature kids’ games, a puppet show, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities throughout the day. For the first time at Cool Critters Day, the Nature Station hosts Molly’s Ark Mobile Petting Zoo. Children may learn about and pet a goat, bunny, and other barnyard animals. Additional guests include live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Society and Austin Peay’s Biology Department, aquatic animals from Murray State’s Hancock Biological Station, and more.

Admission is $5 per person; ages 4 and under are free. All programs included with admission. On-site food vendors offer lunch and beverages.  

Deadline for HC BBQ Cook is July 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Friday July 15th is the last day to register for 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook set for August 5th and 6th at Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. Entry is $160 per team whether you enter one category or all categories. Categories include Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribeye. Cash prizes will be available for 1st thru 4th in each category and Grand Champion wins $1000, Reserve Champion $500.

Chairman of the event Donna Milam said 18 teams have confirmed to be at the cook and 8 more are tentatively scheduled to appear as well. For more information contact Donna Milam at 336-1966.

Nights On Broadway To Continue July 30th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The sounds of music will be heard throughout McKenzie, the last weekend of every month, starting May 28th through September 24th. The Tennessee River Band will be playing July 30th on Broadway Street in McKenzie, August 27th will be Matt, Short, and Parks, and September 24th will be the Skyliters.

So bring your lawn chairs, and those dancing shoes and come on down to Broadway in McKenzie for a family night full of good music and good times.

Paris HC Chamber Water Run This Sat. July 16th

Buchanan- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has their Water Fun Run set for this Saturday July 16th where players have three chances to win $500.

The theme this year is “Lucky on the Lake” and sponsoring resorts include Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park Marina, Leatherwood Resort, Breakers Marina, and Cypress Bay.

Players pay $20 each, or $25 on Saturday, to collect stamps at area resorts. Five stops are required and cards will be dealt based the number of stamps collected. The best hand dealt at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm will each win $500.

Two “Fun Run” pontoons will be traveling the water during the day where an extra stamp can be collected. All watercraft are invited to participate and all players must be check in at the dock at Paris Landing State Park by 4pm, but extra playing times of 2pm and 3pm are available.

Packets are available now at the Chamber office, visit their website at paristnchamber.com, or call 642-3431 for more information. T-shirts are also available for $12 each.

TWRA Hunter's Safety Class Begins July 18

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a Hunter’s Safety Class beginning Monday July 18th. Sessions will begin at 6pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students can register that first night at the class or can pre-register online at www.tnwildlife.org. After classroom work a live firing session will be held July 25th.

"No Fly Zone" Group Heads To National Championships

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation National Championships will be held July 9-16, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Among approximately 3,000 competitors, 10,000 coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators during championship week will be 35 representatives from the McKenzie Shooting Sports group and the Henry County “No Fly Zone” group. The McKenzie group is an open group allowing individuals from neighboring counties to participate as well as Carroll County students. Young men and women will be competing in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Traps, and Pistol and Rifle competitions. The Carroll County and Henry County representatives are programs that were initially begun around 2002, making them the oldest in the state. Tennessee has nearly 600 participants and the largest program in the U.S.

According to Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, who will be attending with family as his son Will, who is a defending National Champion. “Sport shooting has really taken off in the last few years. We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility in our Shooting Sports complex to host the Southeast Regional Championships for the last two years. We’ve had teams from Texas A & M, Eastern Kentucky, Michigan State, Eastern Illinois and our own local Bethel University compete here.”

This event is, of course, the culmination and the celebration of all the hard work put forth all season long by the athletes, coaches, parents, and state advisors. Updates on the competition can be found online by going to the www.sssfonline.org site.

Investigation Of Counterfeit Pill Leads To Arrest Of Murfreesboro Man

Nashvillle, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other Middle Tennessee law enforcement agencies into the distribution of fake Percocet pills has resulted in the arrest of a Murfreesboro man.

TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division joined detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in tracking the source of pills that have contributed to multiple drugs overdoses that have occurred in the Murfreesboro area in the past week. Counterfeit Percocet pills laced with Fentanyl have resulted in the deaths of three individuals, and have accounted for as many as 15 other drug overdoses in Rutherford County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Johnny L. Williams, 30, was an individual responsible for selling the fake pills.

On Friday night, Agents arrested Williams at his home on Mason Pike in Murfreesboro. Williams was charged with one count of Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance and was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges and subjects are anticipated.

Pat Summit Celebration Of Life Service Set For Live Webcast July 14

Martin, Tenn.- The public is invited to attend a live webcast of a celebration of life service honoring the life and legacy of Pat Head Summitt beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 14, in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Watkins Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the first floor of the Boling University Center.

The event will be webcast from Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Summitt, head coach emeritus of the UT Lady Vols, passed away June 28 at the age of 64 following a five-year battle with early onset dementia. Summitt played college basketball and earned her undergraduate degree at UT Martin.

Parking is available in lots on either side of Wayne Fisher Drive outside the Boling University Center and Paul Meek Library on Mt. Pelia Road. Chris Brinkley, voice of the UT Martin Skyhawks, will offer brief remarks to open and close the webcast.  

A reception will be held in the university’s new welcome center following the webcast. Photos and memorabilia from Summitt’s life and coaching career will be displayed. The welcome center is located just outside the Watkins Auditorium lobby. The reception is also open to the public.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Development, 731-881-7620, or the Office of University Relations, 731-881-7615.

Job Fair To Be Held in Dresden

Dresden, Tenn.- At least nine employers with more than 140 positions to fill will participate in a job fair at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Dresden from 9 a.m.-1 p.m on Thursday, July 14.

Goodwill Career Solutions will host the hiring event at 6525 State Route 22. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement for fifty five years free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2015, Goodwill served 36,081 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 15,412 people in jobs.

Employers include the Tennessee National Guard, Hamilton-Ryker, Northwest Correctional Complex, Manpower, Greenfield Products, Senior Community Service Employment, Cracker Barrel, MVP and A Place
Called Home. Openings include welder, material handler, painter, fabricator, production, manufacturing, clerical, personal care attendant, forklift and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.

The Tennesssee Career Coach and Bethel University will also be on hand to provide resources to job-seekers.

 

National Guard Protect Act Improves Security

Nashville- The National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 10th in a ceremony at the War Memorial Building in Nashville. The Act provides 1.5 million dollars to improve the security of National Guard facilities throughout the state.

This bill requires the department of military to implement force protection enhancements at national guard facilities to include AI Phones, shatter resistant film, cameras, magnetic locks, barriers and mobile ballistic shields among other security enhancements.

The bill was initiated following the tragic shootings in Chattanooga at military Recruiting Stations and the Naval Reserve Center, leaving 4 Marines and 1 Sailor dead in 2015. "We are very pleased that the Legislature took action to better protect our Tennessee Soldiers and Airmen", said Maj. Gen. Max Haston. "This will give us the resources to bolster the security at our armories, bases and maintenance and training facilities across the state."

UT Martin Nursing Program Awarded $20K Grant

Martin, Tenn.- Genex Services, a provider of managed care clinical services, has awarded the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Nursing $20,000 in scholarship funding through its fifth annual Case Manager Scholarship Program.

Each year, Genex Services asks case managers, supervisors and branch managers within the company to nominate nursing programs at colleges and universities which they believe deserve additional funding. Susie Moore, a 1987 UT Martin alumna, nominated the UT Martin program for the award. “The Department of Nursing at UT Martin has a proud and successful history in nursing education,” wrote Moore in her nomination letter. “I am very proud of my Alma mater.”

Five programs are selected each year, and the funds are intended to “recognize program alumni, strengthen awareness of the case management profession and invest in a new generation of graduates to fulfill a growing industry need.”

Genex Services focuses primarily on handling workers’ compensation claims and managing the care of injured workers. “The scholarship award is very special to Genex because it’s through this initiative that we’re really helping to develop the future professionals who will continue our mission to help injured workers return safely to their jobs,” said Delphia Frisch, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Genex Services. “We’re very proud of this program and our case managers.”

The UT Martin Department of Nursing’s scholarship award committee will accept student applications in the fall semester, and awards will be announced in the spring for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. Award criteria and amounts have yet to be determined. “All college students can benefit from financial aid, of course, but nursing majors have the added expenses of uniforms, shoes, stethoscopes and other equipment, as well as travel to various clinical sites.

This gift will be very beneficial in helping them cover these costs in addition to tuition and books,” said Dr. Mary Radford, chair, UT Martin Department of Nursing. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.; the University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif.; the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., also received awards from Genex Services this year.

Warrants Lead to Drug Charges on Local Man

Hollow Rock, Tenn.- According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Michael Smith was on patrol on Hwy 70 and Hwy 114 in Hollow Rock.

Deputy Smith observed a white Nisan turn in front of his patrol car and identified the driver as Alan Jastrzembski which Deputy Smith knew had a warrant out of Benton County. Deputy Smith got behind the vehicle on Hwy 114 and pulled over Jastrzembski on Main Street.

A computer check did confirm a warrant out of Benton County and a revoked license. Deputy Smith and Officer Ethan Lee of the Hollow Rock Police Department approached the vehicle and noticed a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance in the driver’s door handle in plain view. During a search of the vehicle another bag was recovered with a crystal like substance in the driver’s door pocket that did field test positive for methamphetamine. Deputy

Smith also recovered $358 in the driver’s side door pocket where the narcotics were found. Deputy Smith also found a set of digital scales in the console. Mr. Jastrzembski was placed under arrest for Possession of Schedule II with intent, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and driving on revoked.

County Unemployment Rates for May Released

Nashville- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development released County Unemployment rates for May last week and found the rate decreased in 58 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, increased in 11 counties, and remained the same in 26 counties.

Two counties in our listening area continue to have some of the highest rates in the state, with Houston County actually coming in with the highest rate in the state for May at 6.6% unemployment. That means 210 of Houston County’s estimated workforce of 3,230 were looking for work. The 6.6% rate is down from 6.8% in April and also down from 8.8% in May of last year.

Benton County’s unemployment rate for May came in as the 8thhighest rate in the Volunteer State at 5.8%. That numbers means of the estimated labor force of 6800 in Benton County, 390 were looking for work in May. The rate for this May is down from 6.0% in April and down from 7.8% in May of last year.

Henry County’s May unemployment rate is 4.5%, down from April’s rate of 4.3% and down from May of 2015’s rate of 6.6%. Of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,020 the number looking for work in May was 620.

Carroll County’s May unemployment rate remained the same as April at 5.4% with 660 people looking for work. The estimated workforce is 12,200 in Carroll County. The rate for May is down from 8.9% at this time last year.

Stewart County’s unemployment rate was 5,4% for May, which is down from 5.5% in April and 7.5% in May of last year. Weakley County’s rate for this May was 4.6%, down from April and last May as well.

Kickball Tournament Set For August

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The second annual “Kick Out Child Abuse” Kickball Tournament is set for August 6th 8am at Edwards Park in Huntingdon on Murray Lane, all players must sign in 30 minutes prior to game time. Registration is due by August 4th at 5pm, and its $50 a team in a double elimination style of tournament. Prizes are for the top three teams with first winning $100, second $75, and third $50.

There is a minimum of seven players per team with at least two under the age of thirteen. Ten player maximum on the field at one time, games will be seven innings or one hour in length, with a ten run rule after five innings.

You can mail registration to 50 Stone Ridge Cove, Huntingdon; Checks can made to the Carl Perkins Center.

HPD Arrest Man For DUI And Resisting Arrest

Huntingdon, Tenn.-According to a report from the Huntingdon Police Department, the HPD responded to Northwood Drive in regards to a reckless driver that was all over the road and that had almost struck another vehicle. When HPd arrived, a William Hollowell of Huntingdon, was found trying to leave the scene of the incident. When Mr. Hollowell exited his vehicle it was visible he as unsteady on his feet. A witness stated that Mr. Hollowell almost hit them and Mr. Hollowell had run off the road and struck two mailboxes on the left side of the roadway. 

Mr. Hollowell stated that his brakes had locked up and that he hadn’t had anything to drink. When asked for his license he fumbled through his wallet trying to find it and was unable to. Dispatch found that Mr. Hollowell’s license was revoked for DUI with restrictions, in which Hollowell stated he left the restrictions at home. During the Field Sobriety test, Hollowell’s eyes jumped during the HGN, and was unable to perform the nine step walk and turn test without losing his balance. Hollowell was placed under arrest for Driving under the influence 2nd offense and driving on revoked.

After handcuffing Hollowell he became very combative, Hollowell refused to get into the police car and fought until placed into the police vehicle. Hollowell began to try and break the handcuffs and kept struggling in the back seat. Once transported to the Carroll County Jail to be booked, Hollowell also became combative with the jailers at the jail, Hollowell was also charged with Resisting Arrest.

Wine in Grocery Stores One of 82 New Laws that Start Friday

Nashville- This Friday July 1st not only signifies the start of a new month on the calendar and the new fiscal year for many government entities, both at the local and state level, it is also a day where many new state laws are set to come into effect. The state legislature during their last session passed 82 new laws that will begin on Friday.

One of the most talked about new laws that affects many citizens is that starting Friday retail food stores can sell wine in their stores. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission can issue a license to sell wine to retail food stores in counties and municipalities where a referendum has passed where a majority of voters have voted yes to allowing grocery stores to sell wine and where the locality has a full time sheriff’s department or police department. Both of those scenarios are the case and in Henry County citizens will be able to purchase wine in retail food stores beginning Friday.

The law does prohibit stores from selling wine between the hours of 11pm Saturday to 8am Monday of each week, between 11pm and 8am each weeknight, and on the following holidays Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

LBL To Host Cool Critters Day July 16th

Golden Pond, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes will host Cool Critters Day Get an up-close look at live tropical birds, check out reptiles from around the world, touch a tarantula, and visit with domestic petting zoo animals during Cool Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station. The event lasts from 10am-4pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

“If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool Critters Day,” says Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of interesting, exotic critters and see them up-close.”

Visitors will enjoy a variety of live animal programs and exhibits. Staff also feature kids’ games, a puppet show, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities throughout the day.

For the first time at Cool Critters Day, the Nature Station hosts Molly’s Ark Mobile Petting Zoo. Children may learn about and pet a goat, bunny, and other barnyard animals.

Additional guests include live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Society and Austin Peay’s Biology Department, aquatic animals from Murray State’s Hancock Biological Station, and more.

Admission is $5 per person; ages 4 and under are free. All programs included with admission. On-site food vendors offer lunch and beverages.

Davis Appointed to Leg. Comm. Position

Nashville- Jeremy Davis has been appointed assistant commissioner for legislative affairs for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this role, Davis will direct and oversee the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. He will also coordinate with and assist legislators in public health-related issues and departmental legislative proposals. Davis comes to this new role after serving as a legislative liaison for TDH since 2011. He succeeds Valerie Nagoshiner, who has been promoted from assistant commissioner to chief of staff at TDH.

“Jeremy has extensive experience in public policy and in working with our legislators, and has served us well during his time with our legislative affairs team,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner. “I am excited to have him take on the additional responsibilities of leading our legislative projects.”

As assistant commissioner for legislative affairs, Davis will develop the department’s annual legislative package and work with key members of the Tennessee General Assembly to ensure passage of key departmental initiatives. He will coordinate all TDH reports mandated by the legislature and facilitate departmental advisory committee appointments.

Davis joined TDH after serving as executive assistant for policy and research for Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. He has also served as research analyst with the Tennessee General Assembly’s Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee and as an executive staff member for Sen. Ward Crutchfield.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue working with the Department of Health to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of Tennesseans, and look forward to advocating and promoting healthy living across the state of Tennessee,” said Davis.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

 

Area Events Upcoming

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Huntingdon High School Class of 1966 is planning a 50 year class reunion. Anyone who was a student, or know someone who was at that time and are interested, contact Martha Lewis Williams at 731.415.5800.

The Gleason Rotary Senior Center, at 120 S. Cedar St is holding events like, “The Gleason Pickers” a traditional Country, Gospel and Bluegrass band every second and fourth Tuesday at 6pm.

The VFW Post 4939 hosts a veteran support group meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The meeting is open to all veterans and family members.

McKenzie Carroll County United Neighbors Accepting Winter Clothes

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie Carroll County United Neighbors is accepting winter clothing at this time. Please be sure they are clean and in good condition. If the bin is full please take items to other donation boxes. Food accepted is, crackers, cereal, ravioli, spaghetti noodles, and evaporated milk. Personal Hygiene accepted is, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, bar soap and shampoo.

6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cookoff

McKenzie, Tenn.-The 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off is coming August 5th and 6th and teams must be registered by no later than July 15th. The entry fee is $160 and covers any and all categories. The Cook off will be held at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane.

Contest categories include Pork Ribs (no country style), Pork Shoulder/Boston Butts, Chicken, and Ribeye. Each category will pay out four places $200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd, and $75 for 4th. The Grand Champion Cooking Team will win $1000 and a Trophy and the Reserve Champion will win $500 and a Trophy. The schedule for judging the meats on Saturday August 6th will be Ribeye turned in at 11am, Chicken at Noon, Ribs and 1pm, and Shoulder at 2pm. Awards will be announced at 4pm or sooner.

All meat must be inspected before cooking and in a cooler maintained at 40 degrees or cooler. Meat may be trimmed but no pre-marinated or seasoning prior to cooking. After cooking, competition meat should be maintained at 140 degrees or higher and in a covered container. On Friday night August 5th, teams have an option of competing in the Dwayne Byard Pitmaster Challenge for an additional $10 entry fee. You will be given two main ingredients that must be used in preparing a dish for judges. A trophy and cash will be given to the winner. The event is put on by the Henry County Tennessee BBQ

Association and sponsorships are appreciated. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1000. Teams interested in competing can email applications and payment to Henry County BBQ Attn: Donna Milam 1615 Oak Grove Road South Springville, TN 38256. For more information contact Donna at dmilam64@yahoo.com or call or text at 336-1966.

LBL Hosting Cool Critters Day At Woodlands Nature Center

Paris, Tenn.- Land Between the Lakes will host Cool Critters Day Get an up-close look at live tropical birds, check out reptiles from around the world, touch a tarantula, and visit with domestic petting zoo animals during Cool Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station. The event lasts from 10am-4pm, Saturday, July 16, 2016.

“If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool Critters Day,” says Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of interesting, exotic critters and see them up-close.”

Visitors will enjoy a variety of live animal programs and exhibits. Staff also feature kids’ games, a puppet show, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities throughout the day.

For the first time at Cool Critters Day, the Nature Station hosts Molly’s Ark Mobile Petting Zoo. Children may learn about and pet a goat, bunny, and other barnyard animals.

Additional guests include live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Society and Austin Peay’s Biology Department, aquatic animals from Murray State’s Hancock Biological Station, and more.

Admission is $5 per person; ages 4 and under are free. All programs included with admission. On-site food vendors offer lunch and beverages.

City Commission Passed Agenda To Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie City Commission met in a called meeting Thursday afternoon and approved by the Commission to talk about the repair of the water tank and antennas. It was brought up that it will cost $9400 to move the police and fire antennas while the water tower is sandblasted and repainted and then to be put back on top of the water tower in a more secure fashion. The meeting to see if this agenda will be passed completely will be held next Thursday, June 30th at 6 pm.

The First Reading and Approval of the 2016-17 budget was passed by the Commission as well. Mayor Jill Holland also thanked the citizens for shopping local which helps bring up property value with money staying within the city. It was stated that city employees will be receiving a $.20 raise for cost of living and a pending $.10 raise based on evaluation, for a total of a $.30 total raise pending for city workers.

Approval of City of McKenzie Internal Policy was passed to next Thursday as well, with it being a state mandated policy.

 

Henry County Adds Safe Exchange Zone

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to let the citizens of Henry County know about a new “Safe Exchange Zone” located at the sheriff’s office at 210 Forrest Heights .  There is a sign and marked parking spots to highlight the area which is under 24 hour video surveillance.  We hope the public will utilize this safe exchange zone for any internet exchanges, child custody exchanges or any meeting with other persons in which you feel the need for a safe environment.

Duathalon At Eiffel Tower Park June 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Race Like there is No Tomorrow Duathlon will be held at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday June 25th. Registration begins at 8am with the race starting at 9am. For more information call 642-0600.

Bethel University Holding Annual Junior PA Program

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program will hold its annual Junior Physician Assistant Day on Saturday June 25th from 10am to 1pm at the Bethel PA Program Building across from Henry County Medical Center.

Children will have the opportunity to explore ambulances and fire trucks, learn about 911, and get their photos made with Doc McStuffins. They can also take part in a teddy bear clinic and each child will receive a stethoscope and other takeaways.

Tickets for the Junior Physician Assistant Day are only $10 at the door and proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There is a maximum charge of only $20 for a family, so if you have more than two kids, you still will just pay $20.

For more information about Junior PA Day call 775-378-7236.

McKenzie Inn Marijuana Bust

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, it was reported at the McKenzie Inn that someone was inside one of the rooms that wasn’t supposed to be there. The manager of the McKenzie Inn lead police officers to room #124 which was thought to be the room where someone was, but no one was found. While standing in front of the door to the room a strong odor of marijuana was coming from room #123.

After knocking on the door of room #123 the door was opened at which time the occupant was in possession of what was estimated .16 ounces of marijuana.

Marijuana Bust In McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department had an open line 911 call that pinged at the residence of Brittany Hills age 25 of McKenzie. Upon the arrival of police officers, the resident opened the door to the police that were knocking. Officer stated that when the door was opened they could immediately smell an odor that they knew through training and experience to be marijuana coming from inside the house. Once it was determined that it was an accidental call Ms. Hills was asked about the marijuana.

Ms. Hill handed over an ashtray that contained loose tobacco and a small amount of marijuana residue inside a pipe like device that resembled a broken e-cigarette. All items were confiscated and Ms. Hill was charged with possession of schedule VI.

VFW Post 4939 To Hold Cookout

McKenzie, Tenn.- The VFW Post 4939 in McKenzie, will hold a cookout June 25th from 11:30am until supplies run out. $7 a plate for BBQ chicken halves, slaw, baked beans, and bread. $5 for a BBQ chicken half.

Archery Day at the Refuge On Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event focusing on archery at the new Visitor Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville Saturday June 18th from 10am to 3pm. It will consist of instructions on beginning archery, a practice archery range, demonstrations on making your own bows, and identification of local mammals.

A challenge 3D safari course will also be available to participants feeling adventurous. The event is free to the public and the refuge will provide all equipment for the day and asks that no personal archery equipment be used during the event. The unveiling of the refuge’s new hiking trail that leads from the Visitor Center and follows the shoreline will be held Saturday also.

The trail is about a half mile along the shore and hosts an amazing array of wildlife and birds. The new trail will be used for environmental education instruction during student field trips and refuge events. The trail is yet unnamed and the public is invited to help give it a name by placing a name in the suggestion box at the event.

For more information on the events at the Refuge Visitor Center call 642-2091 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/tennessee.

Relay For Life June 24th At Carrol South


McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carrol South Relay For Life is set for June 24th at the Carroll County Civic Center and Fairgrounds. The event will start at 4pm and go through midnight. Food will be available, along with the opening ceremony, team recognition, survivor recognition, and caregiver recognition.

The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United States. Of every dollar, 72 cents goes towards fighting cancer, it takes money to fund research, advocacy, provide education, and service programs that make a difference to millions of people. 21 cents of every dollar is used to raise mission critical funds, which is honoring survivors and remembering loved ones lost to cancer. With just 7 cents going towards general costs and overhead, The Relay For Life is a huge source of funds from special events.

Passenger Taken Into Custody

McKenzie, Tenn - Troy Puckett of Main Street in McKenzie was placed under arrest for violation of probation and also a jail Mittimus order to serve 10 days for failure to pay child support, after Officer Mark Boaz of the McKenzie Police Department observed Puckett as a passenger in a vehicle. The report stated that Officer Boaz contacted dispatch who stated that Puckett did indeed have warrants for his arrest.

Officer Boaz performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and approached the passenger side of the vehicle, and the identity was confirmed to be Puckett. Officer Boaz explained to Puckett that he had warrants and was asked to exit the vehicle, at which point Puckett was taken into custody.

REMINDER: Casting For A Cure Saturday June 11

McKenzie, Tenn - Just a reminder, The 16th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to McKenzie City Park Lake on tomorrow, Saturday, June 11th.

The event is free for kids age 15 and under and will benefit The American Cancer Society. Registration from 8-9 a.m.; Fishing 9-11 a.m.  Weighing in of the fish will begin at 11am with prizes to be awarded out for each age group.  Each child is to bring their own rod and reel as well as bait. There will be a few loner rod and reels for those who do not have one for the event.

Concessions will be  available, and for additional info or to make donations/memorials contact Steve McCadams at 731-642-0360 or email stevemc@charter.net.

Driver Cited for Drugs - Warning on Light Law

Huntingdon, Tenn - Deputy Michael Smith of the Carroll County Sheriffs Office while on patrol on Hwy 70 observed a white jeep pulling a boat with no tail lights. Dep. Smith performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver, Thomas Ward  of Kee Street near Hollow Rock did give consent to search the vehicle, according to the report.

During the pat down a bag fell out of Ward’s pocket containing a green plant like material believed to be marijuana. Ward was cited for possession of Sch. VI (6) and given a verbal warning for the light law violation.

TBI Releases Hate Crime/School Crime Reports

Nashville, Tenn - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports this week, detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and crime occurring in the state’s schools. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to the TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies, through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, or TIBRS.

Findings from the “Tennessee Hate Crime 2015” report show that number of victims of reported bias-motivated offenses increased 48.1% in 2015. Males were victimized by a higher rate than females 57% to 43%, according to the report.

The number of damage, destruction, vandalism, offenses indicated as a being a hate crime increased nearly 5% from the previous year according to the report. TBI’s School Crime Report 2013-2015 shows the number of offenses occuring in schools decreased 15.6% from 9,961 offenses reported in 2013 to 8,408 reported in 2015.

Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense at 36.4% of all reported offenses. Males were reported to be the offender nearly 64% of the time and the highest frequency of school crimes occurred in the month of April.

Full reports along with similar studies dating back to 2001, are available online for review at tn.gov/tbi/article/recent-publications.

(Thursday, June 9th)

Proceeds Raised Will Help McKenzie Youth Baseball League on June 24th

McKenzie, Tenn - The Dollar General in McKenzie will be sponsoring a customer appreciation day on Friday June 24th from 11am to 2 pm. All proceeds raised will help sponsor the McKenzie Youth Baseball league. One of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be at the store to visit with kids and parents, and grilled hotdogs, chips and drink will be served for a dollar.

Store Manager Gerry Sharp stated, “We have a great customer base and want to give back as much as possible”. Children and adult goody bags will be given out to the customers, as well as door prizes given away during the time of the event.

They ask that you please come and show your support for the McKenzie Youth Baseball league on Friday June 24th at the McKenzie Dollar General Store.

Erratic Driver Charged With DUI

McKenzie, Tenn - While on stationary patrol, Officer Cody Coleman and Sgt. Nick Lowe of the McKenzie Police department observed the citation camera next to the McKenzie Church of Christ flashed twice and seen an older model camero approaching them on Highland Drive.

The report stated that the camero swerved in front of McDonald’s and then turned in. Moments later, the same camero spun tires out of McDonald’s drive and turned right. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop in front of the old Eagle gas station, and a male subject later found to be Timothy Blake Jones of Pioneer Road in Henry exited the vehicle  and stumbled to the other side of the vehicle.

According to the report, Jones got back in the vehicle before officers could perform a traffic stop. Once the traffic stop was initiated, Jones put the car in reverse and started to back up towards Officer Coleman’s patrol car but finally came to a stop.

Upon making contact with Jones, the report noted that his speech was slurred and very unsteady. Officer Coleman asked Jones if he had been drinking, and he stated he had not, according to the report. Jones agreed to performing field sobriety tests, but did not perform the tests. Jones stated that he had taken his Suboxone and that he had smoked a marijuana blunt 30 minutes prior to being pulled over. 

The report stated that Jones did submit a blood test and was transported to the McKenzie Regional Hospital for the blood test. Joes stated to Officer Coleman while at the hospital that he had also taken Benzos. Jones was charged with driving under the influence first offense, and taken to the Carroll County jail.

Huntingdon Man Attempts to Evade Officers

Huntingdon, Tenn - Donald Pruitt of Renfroe Road in Huntingdon was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent, possession of schedule VI, possession of schedule IV, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony evading arrest, driving on revoked license, and violation of registration law, after Deputy Jason Walker of the Carroll County Sheriffs office noticed Pruitt weaving across the center line several times on Hwy 77.

As Dep. Walker attempted to perform a traffic stop, the driver, Donald Pruitt refused to stop and attempted to evade law enforcement for approximately 3 miles before turning into a yard on Renfroe Road. The vehicle then went into a field behind the residence where it came to a stop and Dep. Walker was able to take Pruitt into custody.

The report noted that Sgt. Eric Sawyers also assisted in the pursuit and had prior knowledge that Pruitt’s license were revoked. The report stated that a metal Stanley cut was recovered in the grass approximately 10 feet from where Pruitt had driven his vehicle through the yard.

The metal cup contained approximately 10.5 grams of meth packaged in 3 plastic baggies, 4.8 grams of marijuana packed in 2 baggies, glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine with a white powder residue which field tested positive for meth, a plastic baggie containing approximately 30 Alprazolam pills, 10 capsules with white powder, and a white paper bag containing red and white powder.

All drugs were sent to the TBI crime lab to determine the exact amount and type of drug, and also the glass pipe was sent for DNA analysis, according to the report.

The report noted that after reviewing the patrol unit dash camera, it was visible that Pruitt threw the metal container out of the driver side window of the vehicle. Pruitt was also in possession of $964.00 which was seized by the Carroll County Sheriffs office. 

Woman Charged with Child Abuse and Neglect After Baby Tests Positive for Meth

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated that Metro Crime Unit officers arrested Ashley Jones for aggravated child abuse and neglect on Tuesday. The arrest stemmed from a drug test of her 9 month old child in which the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

The arrest is the 2nd time in less than a year that Jones was arrested for aggravated child abuse and neglect. A bond of $50K has been set and she will appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on Thursday June 9th for arraignment.

(Wednesday, June 8th)

'Casting For A Cure' This Saturday

8-year old Evan Blakeman of McKenzie shows off his catch (2015 Casting for a Cure photo-WHDM/SM photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The 16th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to McKenzie City Park Lake on Saturday, June 11th.

The event is free for kids age 15 and under and will benefit The American Cancer Society. Registration from 8-9 a.m.; Fishing 9-11 a.m. Concessions available. For additional info or to make donations/memorials contact Steve McCadams at 731-642-0360 or email stevemc@charter.net.

Victim Reported Ebay Scam

Huntingdon, Tenn - In a report from the Carroll County Sheriffs department, a victim of scam reported that he tried to buy a vehicle for $1,500 through ebay and the seller told him to purchase three ebay cards and place $500 on each card and she would deliver the vehicle to him within 3 days.

According to the report, the victim done as instructed, and the account was scammed and the victim did not receive the vehicle as promised.

Fraudulent Use of Debit / Credit Card

McKenzie, Tenn - Officer Frank McGee of the McKenzie Police department received a report that a debit card had been taken out of the victims purse. The report stated that the victims brother, Quincy Johnson of Walnut Circle in McKenzie had made multiple charges on the victims account in the amount of $404.50 without her permission.

The report noted that Johnson went to the McKenzie Police department along with a family member and did admit to Officer McGee and Officer Jeff Winberry that he in fact made the purchases with his sisters debit card.

Trespass of Real Property Near Atwood

Huntingdon, Tenn - Alan Hinson of Hames Street near Trezevant was arrested for aggravated criminal trespassing after a resident on Hwy 79 Lane near Atwood contacted the Carroll County Sheriffs office.

The victim stated that Hinson came to her residence and tried to force his way into her house. The victim stated she told Hinson several times to leave in which he would not according to the report.

The victim called the sheriffs office and at that time Hinson did threaten her and told her he was coming back to finish this and left the residence.

Hinson was later found and arrested for Trespass of Real Property.

Item Stolen From Porch on Old McKenzie Road

McKenzie, Tenn - A victim of theft on Old McKenzie Road near McKenzie reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department that when she got home, she noticed that someone had taken a round table off her porch.

The victim stated that the neighbor seen a blue car in her driveway, loading up the table. The value of the table was listed at $100.00 and the case is under investigation.

Insane Inflatable 5K Coming to Nashville

Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the American Cancer Society Relay fo Life of Davidson County

Nashville, Tenn - The Insane Inflatable 5K, a dynamic fun run series made up of inflatable obstacles and taking place in over 115 cities across the United States, is coming to Nashville, TN on June 11th, it was announced today by Stuart Kaul, Director of Events, Insane Inflatable 5K.

The Insane Inflatable 5K is designed to be accessible to everybody - from competitive runners looking for a different type of challenge, to weekend warriors looking for the next great obstacle run, and even those armchair athletes looking to try something fun and new. The course is approximately 3.1 miles long and incorporates 11+ extreme inflatable obstacles throughout the unique terrain of the FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE.

The 11+ obstacles combine imagination, creativity, and most importantly a large dose of fun, coupled with a touch of insanity. The signature inflatables (including six new obstacles added for 2016!) range in size and complexity, including Mad House, where runners climb, weave, and maneuver their way through this intricate and challenging new inflatable, Jump Around, a fan favorite and the largest inflatable of its kind with more than 70 feet of bounce pad, and Finish Line, the most awe-inspiring inflatable of the event where participants dodge wrecking balls, make their way past the tipsy towers, climb the rope ladder, and slide their way to victory.

Beyond the obstacles and the race, the Insane Inflatable 5k will also have a "Midway" where participants can enjoy games, food, beverages, merchandise, and swag from local vendors and sponsors.

Additionally, the event will give back to the community, designating a portion of the proceeds from the race to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement. The Relay For Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with over 6,000 events worldwide.

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer, and supporting education and prevention programs.  

The Nashville event, taking place at the FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE on Saturday, JUNE 11th, will kick off at approximately 8:30 a.m. with the first wave, and additional waves will run concurrently until noon or 1:00 p.m. 

The Insane Inflatable 5k is the fastest-growing and largest obstacle run in the country, and 2016 is going to be Insane Inflatable 5K's biggest, best, and bounciest year yet, said Mr. Kaul. We've listened to the feedback from our fans and updated our inflatable obstacles with crazy new designs. We're taking the obstacle world to a whole new level with this insanity! Not only will there be new obstacles, but the Insane Inflatable 5K is excited to offer over 40 new locations and over 120 locations throughout the country in 2016.

Registration fees, which include an event T-shirt and medal upon completion, range from $49 for advance registration to $75 for day of event registration. Children are welcome to participate, with a minimum height requirement of 42".

For more information about the Insane Inflatable 5K and to register, visit www.insaneinflatable5k.com.

 

(Tuesday, June 7th)

Five McKenzie Businesses In Violation of Beer Permits

McKenzie, Tenn - In a press release from the McKenzie Police Department, on May 25th the McKenzie Police Department and the Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted an “Undercover Operation” to determine if authorized Beer Permit holders and their employees were in compliance with all state and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages.

An underage operative attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from all sixteen businesses that are authorized Beer Permit holders. The underage operative purchased alcoholic beverages from five (5) businesses. The illegal transactions were recorded on video. The remaining eleven (11) businesses refused to sell to the underage operative.

The businesses that sold to the underage operative were:

A&H Quick Stop, Smoke Shack, Pockets, Krazy Wings, and City Wine & Liquor.

Businesses that were found to be in violation of their “Beer Permits” were summoned to appear before the McKenzie Beer Board.

The employees who made the illegal sales to the underage operative were charged with Unlawful Sale of Alcohol to a Minor.

Items Reported Stolen At Marlboro Church Near Hollow Rock

Huntingdon, Tenn - The pastor of the Marlboro Church of Christ located on Hwy 114 near Hollow Rock, reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department theft and vandalism.

In the report from Cpl. Scotty Davis, forced entry was made through the back door destroying the door and lock. Items known missing at the time of the report were sound system, 2 cordless microphones, lapel mic and a power strip.

Several Sunday school rooms had been vandalized namely going through all the drawers and scattering items. The pastors study, was broken in to causing damage to the door, and locks also. The report noted that inside the pastor’s study, several items were found to have blood on them, namely a folder, white napkins, and  bloody fingerprint on a CD recorder.

Also found in the church office, which is adjacent to the pastors study were additional bloody napkins inside a box where the perpetrator had placed a CD recorder. On the communion table, more blood was discovered along with blood on a door handle to one of the Sunday School rooms, and on a light switch near the back door where entry was made.

An estimated value of missing items was placed at over $1,800.00

Blood samples were taken and the incident is currently under investigation.

Bethel PA Program Among Top 18 at National Medical Challenge Bowl

Pictured left to right are Warren Starrett, Lauren Elkins, Leslie Townsend, Huyen Khoung, and Justin Claire -Members of the Bethel PA Program National Medical Challenge Bowl Team. (BU Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program was among the top 18 schools at the National Medical Challenge Bowl, held during the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual PA conference in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 80 eligible teams competed with Bethel besting 62 of the 80 groups.

The Challenge Bowl started at the 1991 AAPA Annual Conference. It has been held as an annual event every year since. Several states have followed this tradition and hold annual state competitions that use the same format as the national competition. Bethel University has won the Medical Challenge Bowl at the state level for the past three years, and this is the second year the school has competed at the national competition.

The Challenge Bowl is a mashup of a medical game show, rave, and Big 10 football game. Three PA students to a team answered the medical related questions that were asked on a variety of subjects including physical diagnosis, microbiology, anatomy, OB/GYN, pulmonary, cardiology, primary care, emergency medicine, and surgery.

Only AAPA student members currently enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant program with a registered student society are eligible to participate.

    

Those students representing Bethel included Warren Starrett, Lauren Elkins, Huyen Khuong, Leslie Townsend, and Justin Claire. Trent Scates, a member of the Bethel PA Program faculty, served as coach and mentor for the team.

    

Bethel University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. In 2017, the school, which is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will celebrate 175 years of service. Bethel University offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms including traditional face to face instruction and online as well.

Of late, the school has been recognized for a number of its programs. Bethel’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (which is a face-to-face program) was recently recognized as one of the top 6 programs in the nation for employment in rural settings.

   

Cutline: Pictured left to right are Warren Starrett, Lauren Elkins, Leslie Townsend, Huyen Khoung, and Justin Claire -- members of the Bethel PA Program National Medical Challenge Bowl Team.

It's Not Too Late to SIgn Up for Bethel  University's Junior Physician Assistant Day

McKenzie, Tenn – It’s not too late to sign up for Bethel University’s Junior Physician Assistant Day. The event will be held Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bethel University PA Program Building at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.

Children will have the opportunity to explore ambulances and fire trucks, to learn about 911, to get their photo made with TV show character Doc McStuffins and to take part in a teddy bear clinic. Each child will also receive a stethoscope and other takeaways.

According to Laraine O’Day-Buchanan, event spokesperson, proceeds from Junior PA Day will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Tickets are $10 at the door per child. “There is a $20 family maximum,” O’Day-Buchanan said. “In other words, if you have three children, the maximum you will pay for the three to participate will be $20.”

O’Day-Buchanan said that any additional donations for St. Jude will be accepted and appreciated.

“We really want to make this a fun event where we peak children’s interests in serving in the medical field and at the same time we raise money for an organization that positively impacts so many individuals.” O’Day-Buchanan said.

For more information about Junior PA Day, contact O’Day-Buchanan at lodaybuchanan32@bethelu.edu or at 775-378-7236.

(Monday, June 6th)

Beer Board To Meet With Several in Violation

McKenzie, Tenn - On June 23 at 5:00 p.m. there will be a called board meeting of the McKenzie Town Council and McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, for the first reading of budget ordinance.

Then on June 30 at 5:00 beer board will be meeting – the following businesses violated selling to minors: City Wine & Liquors, Smoke Shack, Pockets, Exxon Food Shop, and Krazy Wings (krazy wings is also in violation of paying annual beer fee...not paid 2 yrs.).

Reminder, the beer board is made of the McKenzie Town Council; Charles Pruneau, Kevin Gallimore, Jessie Townes, David Hrochriter, Cassie Allen and Gene Hale. The regular council meeting will take place, following the beer board meeting beginning at 6pm.

The meetings are open to the public, and will be held in the council room of McKenzie City Hall.

Post 4939 To Receive Special Award in Murfreesboro

(L-R) David Pierce, James Spencer, Post Commander, Junior Milam, Williamd Robertson, Earl Sullivan, Bobby House, S.T. Holmes Billy Kuykendall, and seated, Barney Beers) (WHDM photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Saturday morning, the McKenzie VFW Post 4939 held their fundraiser all you can eat breakfast at the post. Post Commander Junior Milam stated, “We have had over 150 people come thru and eat showing their support to the post and what we do in the community. I want to thank several of the veterans who have been here cooking for this event since early this morning.

Several came out early for the all you can eat breakfast Saturday morning (WHDM Photo)

Cookers for Saturdays event (WHDM Photo)

Jud Miller, Bruce Wright, Joe Nicer, Clay Morgan, William Thomas and William Robertson, have been here before 4am this morning cooking up 4 hams, 4 boxes of sausage, 2 large sticks of bologna, as well as 60 dozen eggs , and a lot of gravy and biscuits. This is the first time we have done the sausage, cooking it on the grill, and people’s responses have all been positive",, stated Milam.

(L-R) Robin Thomas, Robbie Barker, Patty Wilson watch as Fay Sampson cooks up some scrambled eggs Saturday morning. (WHDM Photo)

Meanwhile, Earl Sullivan prepped over 60 dozen eggs ready to be scrambled for the breakfast (WHDM photo)

Milam also announced that several from Post 4939 will be traveling to Murfreesboro later this month to receive a very special award from the state. “This is the second year in a row that Post 4939 has received the All State Commander Award, and I have to give credit to God and the people who work very hard here at the post to receive such a high honor. With 187 members, and the great job they do within the community, it makes a Post Commander very honored. Also, the Auxiliary will be receiving an award on the same day as the Post in Nashville. All the credit to the membership; we supply the tools, and the actions is clearly on their part” stated Milam.

BBQ for the Troops Saturday June 11th

Springville, Tenn -  On Saturday, June 11th beginning at noon, the American Legion Post 89 East Antioch, Paris Landing / Springville will be hosting  BBQ for the Troops.

The meal will consist of chicken, rib’s or pulled port plates with all the fixings for $10. Serving starts at noon, and also whole side ribs will be available for $20 and Butts for $20. Ribs and butts must be ordered and paid for in advance by calling 644-1922.

All proceeds raised go to buy and ship supplies to the deployed military and veterans in need.

(L-R) Cleo Hubble, Carolyn Cundiff and Margie Koehler taking donations for F.R.O.M. H.O.M.E. (WHDM photo)

Also, F.R.O.M. H.O.M.E. (Friends & Relative of Our Military Helping Our Military Enlisted) will also be at the BBQ for the Troops, selling chances on 2 beautiful handmade patriotic queen size quilts. The drawing will be held at the July 4th celebration.

This group of parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of veterans, both active and inactive work together to supply deployed military with goodies from home, and the Military Veterans in need, with much need supplies. Carolyn Cundiff, stated, “you would be surprised how many cases of nothing but socks that we ship out. When the soldiers receive their boxes, and find socks, many respond with letters saying, ‘you will never know how much I needed  socks, thank you!”.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post 89 Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.

CCHS To Host "A Southern Fix"  June 14th

McKenzie, Tenn - Carroll County Humane Society is very proud to announce a free community event to highlight the over population of companion pets and ways to "fix' this problem.

They are offering a screening of "A Southern Fix" at the Historic Park Theater in McKenzie on Tuesday, June 14th. There will be a reception at 6:00 with light refreshments and the film will start at 6:30. Tickets are free but we are accepting donations towards CCHS' programs that offer low cost spay/neuter services.


Tickets are available at our shelter building at 21822 Hwy 22 South in McKenzie during our regular hours of operation M-F 8:00-1:30 and Saturday 10:00-3:00.

If getting a ticket from the building is difficult, please let us know how we can get one to you! Please - if you do get a ticket and realize that you won't use it, let us know so we can open that seat for another person there. Film material is suitable for children ages 16 and over.

(Sunday, June 5th)

Governer Glad To Be Back At Dixie Carter

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Governor Haslam was proud to be back at Dixie with Tennessee having more jobs than ever and being below the national average for unemployment in the State’s history. This bill was established to “level the playing field” for rural communities like Huntingdon compared to the larger cities in the State. These rural areas have been struggling because the growth in these towns have not had the funding and the backing of the State with how fast larger cities have been growing.

With this bill, the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, these rural towns will have many more opportunities for Entrepreneurs, Industrial sites, and even Tourism making West Tennessee more attractive for all citizens to travel to, work and live at. This is a very conservative way to move forward and helps everyone from the bottom up to move forward and bring more business and jobs to rural Tennessee. The Rural Task Force is looking at new initiatives and larger programs for the progress of rural West Tennessee.

Tennessee New Mobile App For Local Eats

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s “Pick Tennessee” mobile app now offers followers an easy way to feed their love of local foods. Users can search for restaurants committed to serving ingredients sourced from the area, and access GPS mapping to the establishments.

This latest mobile app option is a result of the new Pick Tennessee Farm and Restaurant Alliance. Buyers for restaurants often find it difficult to increase local food options on menus. The Farm and Restaurant Alliance is connecting chefs with farmers, increasing choices for customers who want to know that what went into their meal came from nearby. Meeting that demand will also build farm incomes and support the state’s flourishing local foods movement.

(Saturday, June 4th)

Ceremonial Signing Of The Rural Economic Opportunity Act

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Friday morning, a historical day at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. Governor Bill Haslam along with City and County Mayors, Chambers members, Congress, State workers, Legislative and people from all over Rural West Tennessee were proudly in attendance for the ceremonial signing of the Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2016. Governor Haslam signed a $25,270 to The Dixie Carter PAC helping the growth of Huntingdon and rural Western Tennessee.

This bill establishes the PREP fund as a separate account in the general fund. The PREP fund will be composed of funds appropriated by the general assembly and gifts, grants, and other donations received by the department of economic and community development. Monies in the fund will be awarded as grants to counties where the grants will have a direct impact on employment and investment opportunities in the future as determined by the commissioner of economic and community development.

New commitments made by the commissioner of finance and administration for grants from the PREP fund must not exceed the appropriations made for the purposes of the program. It lowers the threshold for employers in rural communities to attain certain grants and tax credits for adding employees.

(Barron Robinson photos)

 

(Friday, June 3rd)

McKenzie Man Pleads Guilty of Sex Charges

Paris, Tenn - Kevin Smothers of McKenzie appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday, on charges that were placed on him while employed as a teacher with Henry County High School.

Judge Donald Parrish, after Smother plead guilty of sex charges brought on him concerning four students at the high school, sentenced Smothers to one year in Department of Corrections on each count of solicitation charge, with no fines Range 1. On the charge of criminal attempted statutory rape, Judge Parrish sentenced Smothers to three years, with no fines, Range 1.

Smothers will be serving the sentences concurrently, as well as being on supervised probation by the state. He was also ordered to register as a sexual offender, and for 10 years he will remain on the list for 10 years.

Charges stem from an investigation that took place in October of 2015, when reports of Smothers having inappropriate relations with a female student while employed at the high school surfaced. As the investigation continued, further charges were brought on Smothers.

After criminal information was revealed, Smothers appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a special session, where he plead guilty and was arraigned.

Reminder: Grand Opening of Farmer's Market & BBQ and Blues Festival Today

McKenzie, Tenn - The grand opening of the McKenzie Farmer's Market will be happening today in McKenzie, across from City Hall on Cedar Avenue. The hours of operation for the Farmer’s Market will be Fridays 5:00pm to 7pm and on Saturdays 7am till 12 noon.

The market will offer items such as home grown vegetables, jams and jellies, flowers, and meats. If you have an over abundance of produce that you would like to sell at the farmers market, booth space is available for $5.00

For information on a booth call Kenny Herndon at 986-1976. To close out the day Friday, the band, 'Longshot' will be performing on Broadway.

To help welcome the new market, the annual BBQ and Blue Festival will also be taking place, today and tomorrow.

There will be teams from all across the mid south area competing for a cash prize. Categories are chicken, pork, ribs, along with cookers choice. The competition begins at 11am Saturday and several may have items for purchase.

3 Meat BBQ Cookout Saturday in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - Greater Enon Baptist Church will be hosting a 3 meat bbq cookout on Saturday June 4th beginning at 11am at the church fellowship hall, located on Chestnut Avenue in McKenzie.

For an $8 meal, you will get a bbq half chicken, ¼ pound of pulled pork and polish sausage. The meal includes bbq baked beans, cole slaw and a drink. Delivery is available and advance orders are also welcome by calling 415-4396 or 418 – 0200.

George Nolen To Be Honored June 21st at DQ in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - On Tuesday June 21st, the Modern Woodmen will be hosting a FREE ice cream social at McKenzie Dairy Queen from 11am to 1 pm.

You are invited to come and enjoy some free ice cream and also congratulate Minister Nolen on a very special presentation that will be held at 1pm.

Look for the Modern Woodmen table to get your free $3.00 coupon for either ice cream or $3 off your meal purchase.

Ann and Dave's Sat. Breakfast Proceeds to Benefit RFL

Paris, Tenn.- Ann and Dave’s will give a portion of their proceeds to Henry County Relay For Life this Saturday June 4th for breakfast from 6-11am. There will be a bake sale going on to benefit Relay also during this time.

UTM Kid College Offered at PES June 20-24

Paris, Tenn.- Kid College, a five-day learning experience for children who will be in kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2016, will be held June 20-24 at Paris Elementary School.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, Kid College is an interactive program that allows children and parents to choose from a variety of course topics. Each child may register for up to five courses. Registration is $30 for the first class and $25 for each additional course, which includes a camp T-shirt. Some courses include additional supply fees which must be paid to the course instructor on the first day of camp.

Courses for those in kindergarten through second grade include bowling, Spanish, art, karate, space camp, storytelling and wildlife. Topics for children in grades three through five include acting 101, French, wildlife, ocean animals, gardening and superheroes.

An open house will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., June 24. Parents, family and friends are welcome to meet the teachers, view displays and watch demonstrations during this time.

Students must be registered in advance and paid in full before the first day of camp. More information will be sent to parents via email the week before camp begins.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/courses/children/kidcollege.php.

Community Job Fair Planned

Paris, Tenn - Benton/Weatherford Broadcasting (WMUF, WRQR, WLZK, WHDM), the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton-Ryker, Express Employment and Manpower will present a Community Job Fair, 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Paris Convention Center 2B, behind Quality Inn.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology will provide a bank of computers to allow applicants to submit online applications onsite. Gary Benton, Benton/Weatherford Broadcasting, said “We are organizing this as a community service.

Local employers may reserve a table to meet applicants and there are no fees.” Applicants are advised to dress appropriately for onsite interviews and to bring several copies of their resumes. 

Local businesses wishing to reserve a table may do so by calling the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 731.642.3431 or emailing Monica Smith at monicasmith@paristnchamber.com. Space will be provided in order of request.

 

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