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Rebels Win Over Union City 37-14

McKenzie, TN - Even though it was a wet, dreary evening the McKenzie Rebels took care of business Friday night with a 31-14 victory over their Region foe, the Tornados of Union City. Union City opened things up with a score in the first quarter but the Rebels responded with a Joseph Miller run for a touchdown and PAT conversion to give the Rebels a 7-6 lead. Union City came back with a touchdown and two point conversion to lead 14-7. The Rebels Eli Surber connected with Joseph Miller for a 79 yard pass and catch for a touchdown and Miller would run for another touchdown for the Rebels to lead at the end of the half 21-14. Diego Calderon would have a great night kicking all PAT's and adding a 3rd quarter field goal to stretch the Rebel lead to 24-14. Miller would captializeThe Rebel defense was stingy all night long holding the Tornados to 266 yards while 201 yards passing and 140 yards rush on the night. Surber would go 9/17 on the night passing. Miller would have 85 yards on 25 attempts and three touchdowns. Eli Surber would pick up 53 yards on 3 carries. Bryston Diggs would have 2 carries for 2 yards.

Hunter Stafford, Bryston Diggs, and Tyler Spivey would lead the Rebel defense with 8, 7, and 6 tackles respectively. Hunter Stafford and DaShun Woodson both recovered Union City fumbles on the night while as a whole the defensive unit had one of the best nights of the season. If was the first time in several years that the Rebels have beaten Union City. The Rebels will host the Pioneers of Gibson County next Friday night in McKenzie for what could be the determining factor of the Rebels continuing into playoff action.


Odd Ending For McKenzie High School Soccer

The McKenzie Lady Rebel soccer team had an unusual to say the least, ending to their region championship soccer game on Thursday night. With under 4 minutes to go in the contest and Martin Westview in control with a 6 to 1 lead.  Game of ficials stopped the game and left the field of play leaving fans confused and bewildered.  Martin would be declared the winner of the contest. McKenzie Lady Rebels will be in competition on the road Saturday and take on Memphis East High School.

Carroll County Habitat For Humanity Gala Success

The Carroll County Habitat for Humanity Gala brought a huge crowd to the Carroll County Civic Center Thursday night. Emcee for the event Tim McBride welcomed all in attendance before the meal. Kelly Cash Shepherd, former Miss Tennessee and Miss America provided musical entertainment during the program. A silent auction as well a live auction was conducted to help raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity. Board members, donors, and even Habitat For Humanity home owners were recognized during the event. Board Chairman Andrew Stokes presented volunteer of the year plaques to two individuals who have done great things for the local Habitat for Humanity. Billy Smith, who is known by many in Carroll County for his construction efforts was unable to be in attendance but Orbra Gurley, who according to Stokes has contributed many hours in the completion of the houses was given the opportunity to address all in attendance following his award presentation but humbly declined to comment.

Dr. Lee Carter and Kelly Cash Shphard perform duo "Anything You Can Do".

Board Chairman Andrew Stokes presents volunteer of the year plaque to Obra Gurley while emcee Tim McBride looks on.

Auditions For Dixie Christmas Program

Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie Fine Arts Center on the square in Huntingdon is gearing up for this years "Christmas on Broadway" and have announced open auditions Monday November 5 from 6 until 8 pm. Anyone 18 years of age or older that is currently a touring professional or serious student in music or performance is invited to audtion and become a part of the cast.  Please have prepared 16 bars of a song and bring your track on CD or ready to plug in by phone.  The performance will be Saturday December 15 at 7 PM. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center. 

Huntingdon Board of Education Meeting

Huntingdon, TN - The Huntingdon Board of Education will hold a meeting Thursday October 18th at 7:00 A.M. at the Superintendent's Office 585 High Street in Huntingdon.

Carroll County Chamber Membership Dinner

Huntingdon, TN - The 36th annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce membership dinner will be held Monday evening, October 22nd at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.  A silent auction will be conducted at 6:15 P.M. with program and dinner to follow at 6:30.  Tickets are on sale for $22.00 per person and can be reserved by calling the Carroll County Chamber Office at 986-4664.

Honorees for the year include Carroll Countian of the Year Glendon Rich,  Business Person of the Year John Wright, Agri-Business/Farmer of the Year Brent Rice and Carroll County Business of the Year Block City Pizza. Special recognition will be given to Kirsten Sass.

Carroll Countian of the Year, Glendon Rich worked for 37 years as Operations Manager of Norandel, now Granges of North America.  During those years he was actively involed in youth sports in Carroll County coaching an mentoring 100's o young men in recreational baseball leagues.  According Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley, "Glendon has a passion for hunting and fishing and has help mold a lot of young men into model citizens."

Business Person of the Year, John Wright is owner of Wright CPA in Huntingdon and McKenzie.

Carroll County Business of the Year, Block City Pizza.  Founded by Marvin and Shelly Lane, the family owned and operated business has three locations in Carroll County: Bruceton, Huntingdon and McKenzie.

Special Recognition Award will be presented to Kiersten Sass.  According to Hurley the Chamber created the "Special Recognition Award" to recognize individuals who chould have been a success anywhere in the world but the recepient chooses to remain in Carroll County."  It is special because it's not presented every year.  Kristen is known as a world class tri-athelon athlete with participation and wins wolrd wide. Hurley pointed out in comments, "For Kristen to achieve the success she has in tri-athelons world wide and still remain here in Carroll County says a lot about her as well as our community.  We are proud of her success and recognize her as an ambassador of Carroll County on a world wide stage."  Sass is a native of McKenzie and works as a physician assistant at McKenzie Medical Center.  Kirsten won her 10th 35-39 age group competition in Australia in September.

McKenzie Rebels Fall to Peabody 55-7

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels didn't fair well on Friday night in Trenton as they gave up 41 points in the first half and only picked up 7 themselves.  Peabody coming off a loss last week to Gibson County made up that loss with a vengance as they scored every posession with the exception of their last one in the final minutes of the game.  A stingy Peabody defense held the Rebels to 126 yards on the night.  The Rebels will host Union City next Friday night in McKenzie.



The MHS ladies soccer team joined both golf teams to bring home District gold by defeating Westview Thursday nightat the Martin Recreational Complex to claim the District 13A championship.

McKenzie led 1-0 at the half. Ten minutes into the second period, the teams swapped a pair of goals and McKenzie still led 3-2. Westview scored a goal a few minutes later to tie the game at 3.

The last 20 minutes of regulation, two 10 minute extra periods, and two 5 minute extra periods weren't enough to decide a champion, so penalty kicks would decide the title.

The first 5 kicks still didn't decide a winner as each team connected on 3 of their 5 attempts, forcing sudden death penalty kicks.

The sudden death penalty kick round started with each team trading goals. After a stop by the Rebel ladies on the second goal attempt by Westview, the Rebels connected on their attempt to claim the title!

The ladies earn a bye in the Region semifinals as the other District only has one team. The ladies will play in the Region championship next Thursday. Site, time, and opponent to be determined later, but possibly will play in McKenzie.  Congratulations to the Lady Rebels soccer team.

  Picture and information from McKenzie High School Golf Facebook

Zline Kitchen and Bath Locating Distribution Center in Carroll County

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ZLINE Kitchen and Bath officials announced today the company will locate its new distribution headquarters in Bruceton. The kitchen range and hood manufacturer and distributor will create 74 new jobs and invest $3 million in Carroll County.

“I want to thank ZLINE for creating more than 70 new jobs in Carroll County,” Rolfe said. “There are more than 16,000 Tennessee businesses in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector, and I appreciate ZLINE for choosing to locate its new distribution headquarters in Carroll County, a Tier-4 county, and for expanding this industry in Tennessee.”

Founded by Andy Zuro, ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the industry leader in the manufacturing and distributing of range hoods and kitchen cooktops. ZLINE is a family-owned company with its corporate headquarters locations in Nevada and Ohio.

“ZLINE is incredibly proud to launch its new Bruceton facility. We have been thrilled with the level of support from the local community and the State of Tennessee. We are the industry-leader in range hoods, and our investment in this 205,000-square-foot facility affords us the opportunity to scale our operations in a way that we could only imagine previously,” ZLINE CMO Galen Bradford said. “We chose Tennessee because of its strategic location, exceptional quality of life, and the skilled labor pool. We eagerly look forward to making an influence on the Bruceton community by adding well-deserved, quality careers and creating a lasting, positive impact."

ZLINE’s new operations in Bruceton will function as its Southeast distribution hub and will be the company’s distribution headquarters.

“ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the newest company to select Bruceton and Carroll County for its new operation,” Brad Hurley, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce president, said. “During the nine-month search process, we needed the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, along with numerous local agencies—Carroll County government, Town of Bruceton, Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District, Carroll County Highway Department—to come together to finalize this deal.”

“On behalf of the Town of Bruceton, I want to welcome ZLINE and think they will be very pleased with their decision to locate here,” Bruceton Mayor Robert T. Keeton III said. “I also want to thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Carroll County Industrial Development Board, and the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District for partnering with the Town to make new jobs a reality for Bruceton.”

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce also supported ZLINE’s new location in Bruceton.

Bruceton and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R - Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R - Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R - Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

"Fall For McKenzie" Saturday Oct. 13th

McKenzie, TN - Scavenger Hunt, Scarecrow Grove, Movie @ Wildcat Stadium, Cornhole contest, City Wide Yardsale and Treasures in the Trunk are just a few of the events that will be going on in downtown McKenzie this Saturday.  For more information be sure and contact the city hall in McKenzie.

McKenzie Rebels Compete Well at State Level

Manchester, TN - The McKenzie Rebels completed their season in the state tournament at Manchester, TN's WillowBrook Country Club. With a total of 43 ladies participants and 63 gentlemen participants in the tournament, the ladies finished with 4th place in the state tournament. Maggie Glass concluded her sophomore season with an individual tie for 10th place, shooting 86/84 over the two days. Julie French ended her high school golf career with a 20th place individual finish after her two day scores of 96/87. The ladies improved their 2nd day team score by 11 strokes, the 2nd most improved of any ladies team from day one as well as having the 2nd best girls team score on day two. They had the tournament's 4th best second day team score, ladies or gentlemen. Their 4th place finish was 8 strokes ahead of 5th place TCA and only 8 strokes behind 3rd place Sale Creek. The ladies were only 10 strokes out of finishing in a tie for 2nd in the State. Summertown won the ladies championship.

The gentlemen finished as 7th place in the state. Senior Ben Austin finished his high school golf career tied for 15th individually with a 78/80 two day performance. Johnathan Moore finished his second season on the team with tournament scores of 88/84, placing him in a tie for 42nd. Like the ladies, the gentlemen's second day performance was 2nd most improved among their male competitors, with a 14 stroke better team score. Signal Mountain won the gentlemen's championship with a close 3 stroke win over defending State champion, Alcoa.

To put our golf teams' State Tournament and season's performance in perspective..... In the TSSAA sport of golf, there are 160 schools classified as Small Division, 97 of which field a ladies golf team. Our ladies finished 4th in the State. Of those same 160 Small Division schools, 107 field a gentlemen's golf team. Our gentlemen finished 7th. Those numbers elevate the success of our golf teams this season.

The 2018 season concludes with the ladies posting a final season record of 50-11-2. The gentlemen end their season with a record of 64-11, with both teams claiming District and Region Championships this season and the gentlemen not losing a 9 hole match the entire season.

Seniors Ben Austin, Mallory Cole, Julie French, Will McBride, and Olivia Wright ended their high school career with their performance in Manchester.

  (Edited from the McKenzie High School Rebels Golf Facebook page)

Tough Conditions on Day One

Manchester,TN - According to the McKenzie High School Rebels Golf

Facebook page yesterday the Rebels had to compete witn an overcast and

sometimes blustery day but the Rebel linksters competed in the first day of

the two day TSSAA Small Division State Golf Tournament.

The ladies team total was 182 with the gentlemen's team total at 359.

Both teams will tee off today to complete the event. 

A full report on the tournament will be given tomorrow evening after it concludes.


               (Picture by Regina Green)

Sophomores Logan Green, Nathan Nanney, and Johnathan Moore get ready

for start of second day of competition in state golf thournament.

Rebels Practice for Real Thing Today!

McKenzie, TN - Rebel golfers Ben Austin and Will McBride got in a practice round of golf at Willow Brook Golf Course over the weekend to prepare for todays first round of the TSSAA state tournament. The Rebel ladies and men both won the district and regional competetion to advance to the state tournament that begins this morning.

Fall for McKenzie Saturday October 13th

McKenzie, TN - Even though temperatures have felt like summer, the fall season of the year is here.  Saturday will be "Fall for McKenzie" with various activites all over town.  Participants can register Saturday morning at the Famers Market on Cedar Street for a "Scavenger Hunt Around McKenzie" at 10:00 AM.  There's no charge for 4 person teams to participate and all that is required is someone who can drive and a cell phone or camera is a must.  It's sure to be fun had by all.

Fall for McKenzie will also include a Scarecrow Grove, Snowcones, Chilli Cook-off as well as cornhole contest and City Wide Yardsale.  More information can be obtained by contacting city hall in McKenzie.

Bethel Wildcats Return Home With Victory

McKenzie, TN - The Bethel Univeristy Wildcat football team moved from 14th in the nation ranking for NAIA football to #10 prior to their game with Campbellsville, Ky on Saturday. They stand to move up even higher as they continue their unbeaten streak with a 49-13 win on the road against the Tigers.

Bethel spoiled the Campbellsville homecoming outgaining the Tigers 527-343 in total yardage. The Wildcats will return home this Saturday for a 1:30 kickoff against Kentucky Christian Universtiy at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats will honor military personnel and first responders on Saturday with Football's Military & First Responders Appreciation Day.  A badge or military ID will give first responders a free admission to the game and military personnel and first responders will be saluted throughout the game.

Fans are invited and encouraged to join the tailgating fun which begins at 11 a.m. The Cat Walk takes place at 11:45 a.m. in front of Crisp Arena.

Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. as the Wildcats host KCU in another Mid-South Bluegrass Divisional match-up.

Bethel has won the last three games in the series and is 6-2 all-time versus the Knights.


McKenzie Rebels Fighting Back

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football team got their season back on track last week with a win over Halls High School and this week built up momentum heading into the final three games of the season with a win over region contender Adamsville High School. The Rebels scored three times in the first half, missed two, point after attempts and converted one to lead 19-0 at the end of the first half. The Rebels were strong on the ground with two touchdown runs by Joseph Miller, who had been absent from the line up for several weeks, and one by Bryston Diggs, quarterback Eli Surber, Murphy Watkins and freshmen Caleb Gil would also have good runs in the win.

The Rebel defense created a goal line turn over with a fumble recovery by Kyle Maxwell, as the Cardinals were trying to get into the endzone for the first time at the end of the first half.   Adamsville was plagued with penaltys that stopped several drives including a long return for a touchdown that was nullified by a block in the back. The Rebels would also have the same to happen to them as Tyler Spivey would return for 80 yards but would be called back. Hunter Stafford would scoop up a Cardinal fumble and race into the endzone for the final Rebel score. Murphy Watkins would create a fumble turnover as a blitzing linebacker and big Sephone Haynes would recover it for the Rebels.

Adamsville offense looked a little more powerful in the second half and would score on a 40 yard pass play and again late in the game for another touchdown pass from 10 yards out. The Rebels would hold on for the 26-14 victory.

The final three games will determine the Rebels playoff hopes due to losses by Gibson Co. to Union City Friday night and Peabody's loss to Gibson Co. last week. The Rebels only other loss is to TCA. Peabody, Union City and Gibson Co. are all now tied for first at 3-1. The Rebels trail 2-1. Lots could happen over the last three games to determine final standings.



The Rebel golf teams again made school history Monday as both the ladies and gentlemen will return to the State tournament for the second consecutive year as they each won the Region 7 tournament at Sharon.

The ladies were led by Maggie Glass, whose 78 earned her tournament medalist honors. Julie French added an 89, earning her a 3rd place individual finish in a playoff and giving the team a total of 167 and a 7 stroke victory over Milan.

The gentlemen were led by Ben Austin and Johnathan Moore, who each shot 77. Logan Green's 85 and Nathan Nanney's 88 gave the team a 327 total and a 14 stroke win over Union City.

The gentlemen also had a playoff for tournament medalist that included Austin and Moore. Once it had concluded, Austin prevailed after 5 holes to claim the top individual honor with Moore claiming 3rd after the 3rd playoff hole.

Missing from the ladies team photo is Jayden Tucker and absent from the gentlemen's photo are Lane Horton, RC Wilson, and Colin McLearen.

The ladies will carry a 46-8-2 record to the State tournament, while the gentlemen will go with a 63-5 record.

The State tournament will take place at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester next week, with the practice round on Monday and the 2 day tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you see any of these players or Coach Smith, congratulate them on this historical season and wish them well next week as they represent our school and community as one of the top 8 Small Division golf programs in both


McKenzie Rebels Get First Win in Region

McKenzie, TN- The McKenzie Rebel football squad finally got their first victory of the season in an all important game at Halls High School this last weekend. The Rebels, who are now 1-1 in the region, will host Adamsville High School this Friday night in McKenzie for a 7:30 game time.

The Rebels defeated Halls 21-7 leading from the get go. Halls scored their only touchdown on a "trick" hook and laderal play. McKenzie defense was strong for most of the night. The Rebels are now 1 and 5 but still have playoff hopes dependent upon how they perform in the rest of the season region play. In other games of interest. Union City defeated Trinity Christian Academy, and Peabody lost to Gibson Co. Gibson Co. is now in the lead in region 7.


The McKenzie Rebels had 289 total yards offense Friday night against Halls High Schools 222. McKenzie had only 1 turnover to Halls 3 and 2 penalties to Halls 8.

Quarterback Eli Surber was 8/13 passing for 2 TD's and 106 yards and also had 3 carries for 32 yards on the night. Serber connected with Tyler Spivey for a 58 yard touchdown pass and catch and another TD pass to DaShun Woodson. Freshman Caleb Gill would have a good run in the game for a third touchdown. All the scoring for the Rebels came in the first half as they led 21-0. Halls would score in the last quarter to make the final score 21-7.

Good defense by the Rebels had Murphy Watkins with 4 tackles and 1 assist. Hunter Stafford 2 tackles and 2 assists. Bryston Diggs,Logan Lyles, and Stephone Haynes 2 tackles and credited with 2 sacks.


Rebel Golf Teams Advance to Regions

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel golf teams will participate this week in regionals at Persimmon Hills Golf Course in Sharon TN. The Rebels and Lady Rebels both won the disctrict tournament last week to advance to the regionals. This week we highlight the remaining members of the teams. Freshman Colin McLearen--son of Micky and Autum McLearen, Freshman Jayden Tucker--daughter of Nick and Chasidy Barton, and Junior Lane Horton--son of Paul and the late Michelle Horton.      


Wishing the team the best of luck. GO REBELS

Bethel Wildcats Win In Overtime

Stopping the Georgetown Tigers on two-point conversion attempt in overtime allowed the Bethel Wildcats to take their season record to 5-0 with a 50-49 victory. The victory, proclaimed by some as one of the best games played in Bethel football history.

The Wildcats will be on the road for action this weekend at Campbellsville, Ky.

More Jobs With Granges Announced

The Huntingdon Industrial Development Board met Thursday morning and received good news concerning the expansion of Granges and Project Viking which will expand the Granges footprint in the town of Huntingdon by 65,000 sq. ft. The $110 million dollar project was expected to ad 100 new jobs to the facility but new information announced that that number will be increased by 65 for a projected total of 165 new employees.

Granges, with headquarters in Sweden, is a worldwide leader in producing rolled aluminum materials for use around the world. The Huntingdon Industrial board is chaired by Mike Carrey, President of Carroll Bank and Trust. Mayor Dale Kelley and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Hurley received the information from Granges and passed it on to the public.

All agreed that this continued expansion of jobs will certainly be a boost to the Carroll County residents. Hurley pointed out that the expansion was an effort of the town of Huntingdon, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the State of Tennessee Economic Development Council, and West Tennessee Public Utility District.


On a rainy and unseasonably cooler day, the Rebel ladies matched their male teammates by capturing the District 14 golf tournament at Sharon.

The team was led by tournament medalist, Maggie Glass, with a blistering 2 over par 75. Julie French's 92 in her final District tournament for the Rebels earned her an individual 3rd place finish and added to the 167 team total and a dominating 88 stroke victory over their closest competitor.

Glass and French were joined by senior teammate, Mallory Cole, in claiming 3 of the top 4 individual finishes, with Cole claiming 4th place individually.

The ladies successfully defended their District championship from 2017 and look to do the same on Monday as they represent the District, along with the gentlemen, as champions, in the Region tournament, which both teams won last year in Milan, to earn State tournament berths.

Coach Smith was proud of his ladies team enduring early rainy conditions to persevere and claim their second consecutive District championship. He hopes both teams can maintain their focus as they play in the Region, where only the champion advances to the State tournament.


                 (Pictures and story from Rebel Golf Facebook Page)


On a day where the weather had a combination of sun, clouds, as well as showers of both the light and heavy variety, the McKenzie High School gentlemen's golf team endured the elements and a weather delay, to win the District 14 golf tournament at Sharon, defeating Union City by 7 strokes, with Gibson Co. finishing 3rd. All 3 teams advance to the Region tournament next week.

Johnathan Moore was the tournament medalist, shooting a 4 over par 76. Ben Austin shot 80 to finish 4th individually, with Logan Green and Nathan Nanney shooting 85 and 91 respectively, to complete the winning 332 team total.

Coach Smith was pleased with his team's play and response to the adverse weather conditions. Conditions created some modified rules due to standing water on the course, to which Smith noted that the rules sometimes worked for you as opposed to against you when the course presented limitations due to rain.

The ladies tournament has been moved to Thursday due to another forecast of rain tomorrow.

Below you'll see the team picture with Coach Smith after being awarded their District Championship plaque, along with Moore and Austin, finishing 1st and 4th individually, as well as Seniors Austin and Will McBride, claiming a District Championship in their final season with the Rebels.


With Mondays results, the gentlemen are now 58-5 on the season and will play next Monday in the Region 7 tournament, also at Sharon. The Rebels will be looking to defend their Region Championship from last year and earning a return trip to the State tournament in Manchester.

   Thanks to Tim McBride for this story and picture.  GO REBELS!



(Eli Surber runs for a first down Friday night.)

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels fell to 0-5 on the season last night with a loss scoring only 13 points to the Waverly Central Tigers 54.  McKenzie was unable to containg the Tigers throughout the night.  The Tigers had lost three of their four games until last night with their only win coming over neighboring Camden.  The Rebels would face a running clock in the second half after the Tigers scored 47 points to the Rebels six at the end of the first half.

With all that said the Rebels who have not started a season with 5 losses in recent memory, still have a chance for playoff participation as all but one of those games were not with region foes.  Their region loss came to TCA last Friday night.  They will face Halls next Friday night in Halls, TN. which is a region contest. 



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Pottery Direct International, Inc. officials announced today that the ceramic flowerpot manufacturer will invest $8 million to establish production operations in McKenzie.

Pottery Direct plans to create approximately 40 jobs in Carroll County during

the next three years.

“I’m pleased to welcome yet another international ceramics company to the Volunteer State,” Rolfe said. “With our central location and raw materials, Tennessee is one of the nation’s leaders for ceramics industry growth. I look forward to a long partnership with Pottery Direct and the long-term benefits these jobs will have for the residents of McKenzie and Northwest Tennessee.”


Pottery Direct is an international company with offices in North America, Europe and China. The company develops, imports and produces ceramic flowerpots.


Pottery Direct will locate in a vacant industrial building at 1373 Airport Road. The ceramics company will invest in facility upgrades and plans to be operational in McKenzie in the fourth quarter of 2019.


“We chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons, first and foremost because 80 percent of the clay we used is mined nearby,” Company Directors Henk van

Woerden and Marthijn van Woerden said. “Secondly, as we started the process we learned that the local natural gas provider has a unique competitive advantage as there are two major natural gas trunk lines passing through the community of McKenzie. Additionally, TVA is a very competitive provider of electrical power. It was impressive to learn about the customizable job training programs offered by TCAT in the local community. We are looking forward to adding long-term value and quality jobs to the local communities near our facility.”


McKenzie and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R–

Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.


Nights On Broadway Raps Up For The Year

McKenzie, TN - Last night marked the end of the Nights on Broadway programs in downtown McKenzie for the year amd a nice crowd came out to enjoy the Rayl Lewis Band performance on broadway. Jennifer Waldrup, city recorder for McKenzie and event organizer was happy to see a clear although warm evening for the event.  Earlier in the month NOB had to be moved inside the Park Theater due to threat of bad weather.  Food trucks were on the square for food and TNT pizza was open serving $1.50 pizza slices.  WHDM radio was on hand for a live remote.

Ray Lewis Band brought some great music to Nights on Broadway.

Enthusiastic crowd in attendance.

Mary Elizabeth Seger came all the way from Minnesotta for Nights on Broadway....well maybe Nights on Broadway may have just fit in with a visit to grandpas.

Carroll County Fair Rolling Strong

Huntingdon, TN - The Carroll County Fair is rolling right along even though hot temperatures have dampened attendance.  Beauty pagents have been held and tonight is $5.00 night which will get you in the gate, let you see all the dislays as well as ride all the rides.  Gates open at 5:00 and rides start at 6:00.

(Pictures and information from Carroll County Facebook Page)

Fairest of the Fair and Court  3rd maid Alyssa Baker, 1st maid Kaitlyn Bailey, Queen Ana Kate Welsh, 2nd Ema maid Martin and 4th maid Sydney Pate.


Congrats to Stella Higdon and her court: 3rd maid Aubrey Hammett, 1st maid Abby Ghyers, Queen Stella Higdon, 2nd maid Aleecia Williams, and 4th maid is Lillian Brown.

Junior Miss Fairest of the Fair and Court:  3rd maid Spencer Ervin, 1st maid Addison Milam, Queen Bryleigh Sauls, 2nd maid Taylor Rawls, 4th maid Piper DePriest.

Little Miss Fiarest of the Fair and Court: Brentley Rowland, Jasmine Dodd, Avrie Estes, Sam Mathis, Claire Woodell.

Teen Fairest of the Fair and Court:  3rd maid Alajah Gilbert, 1st maid Lindsey Grace Saunders, Queen Anna Claire Batte, 2nd maid Tatum Nolen, 4th maid Ellie Epperson.

Our Mr Carroll County is Nolan Turner, 1st Page Aiden Lummus, 2nd Page CJ Alexander, 3 Page Neuman’s Ogden.


Congressmen Kustoff Addresses Rotary Club

McKenzie, TN - Congressmen David Kustoff addressed the McKenzie Rotary Club at the invication of Rotary member Mayor Jill Holland on Tuesday.  Thanking the club for the invitation to speak, Kustoff informed members and guests, Bruceton Mayor Robert Kennon, McLemoersville Mayor Phill Williams, Mayor Jill Holland and newly elected Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler as well as others concerning legistlation efforts over the past year and a half and upcoming over the next few weeks. In his remarks, Kustoff said, "It is very humbling when you are involved with the legislative process and get to stand and watch as the President of the United States signs a bill into law."

He praised the efforts of President Trump to continue to fulfill his vow to improve the economy and pointed out the lowest unemployment rate in years for the nation and Tennessee.

Upcoming legislation includes the farm bill of which in his words 35% involves the farmer and a greater amount on other issues such as welfare programs.  "The West Tennessee area that I represent has more farms than the rest of the state.  I have to keep in mind what is best for the farmer."  Kustoff expressed his disappointment in senate actions concerning welfare reform because in contrast to the house bill which included requirments for receipients of welfare to work part time (20 hours a week) or be enrolled in a program for job training the senate did not include such action.  "I really fill that people want to feel productive in the work place."


(Congressmen Kustoff chats with Mayor Jill Holland follwoing his address to the Rotary Club)

Rebels Fall to Region Foe TCA

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football team started out well Friday night playing their best first half of the year.  TCA took the ball on the opening kickoff but had to settle for a 32 yard field goal and a three to nothing lead but the Rebels came back with the first of two huge passes from Eli Surber to Tyler Spivey giving the Rebels a 6 to 3 lead.  TCA got another field goal to tie the score 6 - 6 but the Rebels would come back to take a 13 to 6 lead.  Both teams exchanged punts until the Rebels scored another touchdown and lead at half time 19 - 6. 

Second half saw McKenize unable to get into the endzone on their first possession while TCA scored quickly and converted the p.a.t. to trail 13-19.  The Rebels would score again and lead by 26-13 but once again TCA would come back with a touchdown and trailed 20 to 26.  The Lions would then score and tie the game at 26.  McKenzie would come back again score and convert the extra point to lead 33-26.  But TCA scored once again and tied the Rebels. The point after failed and the score was tied 33-33.  TCA would intercept twice in the second half and convert one into a score to take the lead 40-33.

The Rebels are now 0-4 on the season and will travel to Waverly next week for another non region game.

Carroll County Fair Gets Underway Next Week

Huntingdon, TN - The 2018 Carroll County Fair will kick off Saturday with beauty contests at the Carroll County Fair Grounds.  Pagent entry is $5.00 with the Teen Fairest of the Fair (13-15) registration/pagent at 5:30.  The Fairest of the Fair (16-21) will follow the Teen pagent.  

Monday night the carnival will be open $10.00 for rides.  Tuesday night will be Senior Citizens night with a free coupon.  It will also feature the monster truck exhibition.  Little Miss and Junior Miss Fairest of the fair will be on Monday night and Tuesday not will be Little Miss and Mr. Carroll County. 

Wednesday night will be pay one price $5.00 rides will start at 6:00. 

Thursday night pay one price $10.00 and enjoy everything, including the Flashback Band.   

Friday night will feature go cart races at 7:00 p.m. Bring your ticket from the football game and get $1.00 off your admission of $10.00. 

Saturday admission will be $12.00 and will include all the rides and the USA Pullers & Tractor Pull Event.

Rebel Golfers Continue Solid Play

McKenzie, TN - September 10th, the Rebels hosted Greenfield, Huntingdon, West Carroll and Westview at Carroll Lake.  The ladies came out on top as Maggie Glass lead the Rebels with a 37.  Freshman Juleyanne Weatherford shot her best round of the year with a 38.   The Rebels also were victorious with Johnathan Moore shooting 34 (1 under par).  Ben Austin with a 39, Logan Green with a 40 and Nathan Nanney with 43.


Highlighted this week are RC Wilson and Juleyanne Weatherford.  Juleyanne is a freshman and the daughter of Kelly and Clara Weatherford.  RC is a sophomore and the son of Andy and Jill Wilson.


The golf team travels to Sharon on Thursday to play at Persimmon Hills Golf Course. 

TNT Pizza Grand Opening

McKenzie, TN - T N T Pizza 37 Broadway in McKenzie, TN had a ribbon cutting earlier this week and will be having their grand opening this Saturday.  Specialzing in pizza the menu will carry lots of other items for the public to enjoy.  THe TNT "Explosion" features 7 meats, extra cheese, onion, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms and Mozarella.  You can also buildi your own pizza.  Sandwichies, wings along with Coke products and draft and bottle beer round out the menu.  TNT will als feature a daily lunch buffett from 11-1:30.


Tuesday night from 7-9 wil be the first "Live DJ Trivia" with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize.  More information is available on challengeentertainment.com.

Rebels Fall to Scotts Hill 21-13

McKenzie, TN - Spotting a team 21 points usually will not end in a victory unles s you happen to be the Green Bay Packers.  The Rebels started off moving the ball well but falterer with a fumble going over to the lions.  Scotts Hill capitalized with a 1 play 57 yard touchdown run, converted the extra point to take a 7-0 lead.  They then scored on a 10 play drive converted the p.a.t. and lead 14-0.  Scotts Hill would score their final touchdown in the second quarter to lead at half time 21-0.

The second half would begin with Scotts Hill getting the opening kickoff but would go three and out and punt away to the Rebels.  The Rebels would turn it over on downs and then force another punt from the Lions.  The Rebels would score on their next possession to trail 21-7 with 9:43 to go in the game.  The Rebels would score again with 4:25 to go in the game but failed to complete the p.a.t. and trailed 21-13.  The Rebel defense would hold and get the ball back with an opportunity to score and go for two to tie the game and send it in to overtime but the Lions defense would get an interception and run out the clock to take the win.  The Rebels now fall to 0-3 for the first time in a few years.


The Rebels will be on the road this Friday night in Jackson taking on Trinity Christian Academy.  Game time is 7:00 and if you can't be there in person be sure and listen in on 98.9 FM AM 1440 or go to this website and click on the Rebel to listen to the game streaming over the internet.

McKenzie Police Report

McKenzie, TN - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher took a report from a man that stated he was given a Play Station PS3, valued at $400 and a PS2 valued at $200.

The man stated that he knew the items were stolen from a juvenile on Magnolia Avenue and that he returned the items before making a report at the station.

The above mentioned items were confirmed stolen from the Magnolia address around two months prior.

Charged with the theft was Gina Alas, age 34 of Nashville. Alas had been arrested for unrelated charges and was also charged with theft of property under $1,000.

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Michael Lowe was dispatched to the Old Train Depot, located at 91 East Bruce Street in regards to an attempted break-in.  Upon arrival, Officer Lowe made contact with an employee of the McKenzie Industrial Board and she took them to one of the back doors, located on the West side of the building. The employee stated that everything appeared to be normal with the door the night before and noticed the damage while walking around the next morning around 9 a.m.

Damages included the trim being broken off the wooden door and the weather stripping partially detached. The damage was valued at approximately $80 and did not believe that entry had been made.  Extra patrol was requested and the investigation is ongoing.


According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Brooks, Officer Raspberry and Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp were dispatched to a potential fire at the National Guard Armory on Hwy 140.  Upon arriving on scene, it was determined that there was indeed a dumpster fire. It appeared that someone was burning something and then placed it in the dumpster. McKenzie Fire Department arrived on scene at approximately 6:49 a.m. and extinguished the dumpster fire.  Republic Services, the owner of the dumpster, was contacted and the damage is valued at $900.

Bethel Wildcat Football Now 2-0

McKenzie, TN  The Bethel Wildcat football team is 2-0 after their victory over Pikeville Bears Thursday on the road.  Coach Brent Dearmon's Wildcats scored 62 points in the contest and allowed the bears just half as much 31.  The Wildcats will see action again Saturday, Sept. 15 in McKenzie against Keiser University at 1:30 in the afternoon.

"Skimmer Alert" for McKenzie

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Police Department in a press release has issued an alert for individuals to be aware of "skimmer" devices used by theives to skim credit card information with bluetooth technolgy on local gas pumps at convenience stores.  An app is available on-line for your phone to detect such devices,  It's strongly recommended for customers to closely examine the pumps, ATM and other devices for signs of tampering.

Nights On Broadway Slim Crowd, Great Show

McKenzie, TN - Jennifer Waldrup and others were a little dissapointed with the attendance at Thursday nights Night's On Browdway but not with the musical entertainment provided.  "Earmark" a West Tennessee gospel music trio presented a fantastic show inside the Park Theater for all to enjoy.  "We alway want to enjoy the downtown area for Nights On Broadway, but we are certainly glad that we have the Park Theater to rely on when the weather dosen't cooperate", said Waldrup.  The weather hasn't been a great supporter this year for the Nights on Broadway and the last of the season will be September 20 from 7 till 9 with the Ray Lewis Band providing the entertainment.  As always food vendors will be on the square for great food as well as TNT pizza will be open as well.


  NOB entertainment from Earmark's  Greg Boals, Angie & Jay Arrington.

Football Friday Night

McKenzie, TN - The Rebel football team will go on the road this Friday night seeking their first victory of the season against Scotts Hill High School.  Scott's Hill is 1-2 on the season with their first win last Friday night against East Hickman High School.  The Lions previous two losses were to Lewis County 35-0 and to Dresden 14-33.  The game will be played at Scotts Hill High School starting at 7:30.  If you can't attend in person be sure and listen to WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 or go to this website and click on the Rebel on the right hand side of the screen and enjoy Craig Lunn, David Jackson and John Davis broadcast of the game.

In other updates West Carroll War Eagles are on a 3-0 streak for the start of the 2018 season following their Friday night victory over Humboldt 35-14. Their next opponent this Friday night is against #1 Lion's of Dresden. 

The Huntingdon Mustangs went to 3-0 with a win over Hollow Rock Bruceton Central 55-0.  The Mustangs will take on the Camden Lions this Friday night. 

McKenzie Golf Spotlight


McKenzie, TN- This week’s golf spotlight for the ladies is for Junior Whitley Smith.  Whitley is the daughter of Clint and Cassie Ellis.  Whitley earned medalist honors last week at the Dyer TN match, with a score of 46.  Men's spotlight is on 2 of our Sophomore players, Johnathan Moore and Logan Green.  Johnathan is the son of Terry and Andrea Moore.  Logan is the son of Adrian and Regina Green.  Both Johnathan and Logan have been playing golf for the Rebels since 8th grade.


Community Health Care Meeting

McKenzie, TN - With the approaching close of McKenzie Hospital lots of people are wondering what will we do?  Some of those questions will possibly be answered during an upcoming Community Health Care Meeting at the Park Theater in McKenzie.  According to a press release from Monica Heath of the McKenzie Industrial Board, the public is invited to come and learn about many health care services still offered in the community.  Come meet the doctors and specialists at McKenzie Medical Center, and hear from Carroll County Baptist, Carroll County Baptist Ambulance Service, and McKenzie Regional Hospital. Personnel and staff will be present to answer your questions and address your present and future healthcare concerns.  The meeting will be held Tuesday September 11 beginning at 6:00 PM in the Park Theater.

New County Mayor Sworn In Monday Morning

Huntingdon, TN - Joseph Butler was sworh in this morning at the Carroll County Court House as the new mayor of Carroll County.  Butler with strong family ties, defeated encumbent Kenny McBride  in the election earlier this month.  Butler thanked his supporters and those in attendance today for the swearing in ceremony, "Thanks to everyone that worked over many months, day and night, to make this morning possible. It will take that same effort, and us uniting and using our God-given gifts, for us to lead Carroll County to a brighter, prosperous future.‬"


          (Picture from Butler's facebook page.)

Sweet Tator is King In Gleason This Weekend

Gleason, TN - It's been a busy few days for the people of Gleason and it will continue this entire Labor Day weekend as the celebrate the 45th tator town special. Activites began on Tuesday evening with a Tator Town block party, Wednesday night was youth night bingo, Thursday night adult bingo and tonight will be the BBQ off and sweet patatoe cookoff. Everything starts at 5:00 in downtown Gleason Tickets are 7.00 and you can enjoy the music of "Flash Back"
Saturday morning you can join in the JC Carey Memorial 5k run at 7 AM in front of the school registration begins at 6:30.. Parade registration at 9:00 AM. Tgere will be a corn hole tournament and antique tractor truck show.

Middle School Rebels Win Over West Carroll

McKenzie, TN - Lightning Thursday night drew the McKenzie Rebel Middle School, West Carroll Middle School to a sudden end before the end of the first half. The Rebels were leading 24-0 with less than two minutes to go in the first half when officials removed the players from the field due to lightning in the area.  After a twenty minute delay the game was officially called.  McKenzie scored on their first posession with a 7 yard run by Rashad McCreary for a touchdown.  Jackson Cassidy completed a three yard pass to McCreary for the 2 pt conversion.  With 2:56 to go in the first quarter.  Bryson Steele intercepted a pas and ran it back for a touchdown.  Jackson Cassidy followed with the two point conversion for a 16 to 0 lead.  Etijay Tharpe scored a touchdown on a 6yd run and Cassidy completed the two point converstion giving the final score of 24-0.  The Rebel squad is now 4-0 on the season with wins over Dresden, Huntingdon, Hollow Rock Bruceton Central and West Carroll.

Impressive Figures From Fishing Tournament

Huntingdon, TN - Fishing is a big draw and money maker for Carroll County according to a press release from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce related to the economic impact of the 5th Annual Mossy Oak High School and Junior National Fishing Championship. The Chamber report revealed the tournament’s economic impact to Carroll County was approximately $300,000.

“During the course of the tournament, we had 147 hotel room stays in Carroll County,” said Brad Hurley, President of the Carroll County Chamber. “We had 54 teams from 34 different states and Canada fishing the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake.” Each team is comprised of two anglers and one boat captain.


The High School and Junior High National Championship began on July 30 with 1,500+ fishermen, parents and coaches coming to Bethel University in McKenzie for registration, rule briefing and banquet.

“Bethel University was excited to have 1,500 visitors on our campus for the registration and banquet; it was a great opportunity to showcase our great University,” said Dale Kelley, Athletic Director for Bethel University. “The Bethel Bass team is the top collegiate bass-fishing team in the United States this year.”

The Junior Tournament started fishing on Tuesday with the final weigh-in on Wednesday. The High School Tournament began on Thursday at Kentucky Lake with the final weigh-in on Saturday in Paris.

Rebel Golf Teams Continue Winning Ways

McKenzie, TN - The Rebels continue great play and head to Dyer against Gibson Co. and Trenton Peabody this afternoon, Thursday 30th..

The Rebel golf teams traveled to Poplar Meadows in Union City Monday to face the host Golden Tornadoes and South Fulton.

Senior Julie French posted her best round ever in a high school golf match, shooting an impressive 1 under par 35. Added to this was a 2 over par 38 shot by Maggie Glass and a 40 shot by senior Mallory Cole. Freshman Juleyanne Weatherford continued her recent improved play with a 41. The ladies had two wins.

The gentlemen continued their winning ways with a close 5 stroke win over Union City, while defeating South Fulton convincingly. Johnathan Moore led the men with a 3 over 39. Adding to their 169 team total were a 40 and 42 respectively by seniors Ben Austin and Will McBride, with Nathan Nanney adding a 48 to round out the scoring.

The ladies are now 18-5-1 with their 2 wins today and the gentlemen improve to 32-1 with their victories. Next match is Thursday at Dyer against Gibson Co. and Trenton Peabody.

Sophmore members of our golf team are Nathan Nanney, son of Tim and Carol Nanney and Maggie Glass, daughter of Paul and Jennifer Glass.


                 Thanks to Tim McBride and Ms. Green for updates on Rebel Golf.

Fund Raiser for Veterans TIny Houses

Springville, TN - Almost Home Veterans~N~RV Park in Springville, TN is having a fund raising dinner and concert Sunday September 2nd starting at 10:30 AM.  Tickets in advance are $20.00 and can be bought from the following sponsors: AMVETS Hwy 79 in Buchanan,, Henry County Golf Cars, VFW Hwy 79 in Paris, and American Legion Post 89 in Paris.  Funds will be used to build tiny homes for veterans in need like the two shown below.   Musical entertainment will be provided by the band Mad Women and others.  Owner Jime Napier is building the project based on one you can see on his facebook website Almost Home RV Park.  "Veterans deserve our assistance and I think its a great idea," he said. "We'll have bar-b-que chicken, ribs, pulled pork and bologna and all the fixins and it's all you can eat."  "People are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the festivities."  Tickets at the gate will be $25.00 children 8 and under eat free with an accompanying adult.



Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie in downtown Huntingdon will be offering Children's Pottery classes for children in grades 2-8 Tuesdays: SEP 4, 11, 18, 25, OCT 2, 16. Instructor for the class will be Candace Gooch-Ward. Cost of the class will be $120 per student and a mud exhibit will be put together of finished products on November 1st at the studio. 2nd through 4th grade classes will be held on Tuesday 3:30 to 4:30. 5th - 8th graders will meet from 4:45 until 6:00. Adult pottery classes will also be available on Thursdays: SEP 6, 13, 20, 27, OCT 4, 18 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM and cost of the class will be $170.00. Adults will have an exhibit on November 8th at 5:30 PM. Children and Adult Classes will consist of an introduction to basic pottery skills of pinching, coil-building, slab construction, and throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will also be introduced to various glazing and firing processes. Each class has a limit of 10 students.

Two sessions of photography classes for adults taught by Jim and Carol Veneman will be offered with both basic and special projects being offered.
The first session will be taught Thursdays SEP 6, 13, 20, 27, OCT 4, 11, with registration & payment due Friday, Augsut 31.
Basic - 9:30a - 11:00a
Special Projects - 1:00p - 2:30p
Special Projects - 5:30p - 7:00p
Basic - 7:15p - 8:45p
(OCT 11 is a combined class: all at 5:30p)
Exhibit on Thursday Oct. 11 at 7:00 PM.

The second session will be held on Thursdays OCT 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 19, 29.
Basic - 9:30a - 11:00a
Special Projects - 1:00p - 2:30p
Special Projects - 5:30p - 7:00p
Basic - 7:15p - 8:45p
(Nov. 19 class is a Monday)
Exhibit on Thurs., DEC 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
Fees $170/per student/per session

More information can be obtained by going to DixiePAC.net or call the box office (731)-986-2100.


Rebels Fall to West Carroll

McKenzie-TN  Getting off to a slow start didn't help the effort as they fell behind 13 to nothing at the half.  Things looked a lot better in the second half as Joseph Miller broke a few good runs and then Eli Surber scored his first career running touchdown and later passed for a touchdown as well.  The Rebels would take a 19 to 13 lead but West Carroll came back and scored late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 19 apiece..  The Rebels got the ball back with time on the clock and pushed the ball to the 20 yard line of West Carroll but faltered.  West Carroll took a knee to end regulation tied at 19.  In the overtime period McKenzie got the ball but was unable to convert while the War Eagles scored on their first atttempt to win for only the 3rd time in the schools history against the Rebels 25-19.  The Rebels will be off this next Friday night but return to action the following week and begin a series of road games against region foes.  Scotts Hill will be the first oponent they face in two weeks.


Carroll County Mayor McBride Farewell

Huntingdon, TN - A steady line of family and friends attended a farewell reception for Mayor Kenny McBride Friday afternoon in the Carroll County Annex.  McBride, who served as a county commissioner for four years before being elected as county mayor, served for 20 years as the county mayor.  Friends and well wishers enjoyed refreshments and visiting with Kenny, his wife Becky and sons Matt and Will and brother Tim McBride.  McBride will be leaving the office he's held for 20 years at the end of the month when newly elected mayor Joseph Butler will be sworn in.

County Mayor staff members pose with outgoing Mayor Kenny McBride at the reception Friday. Stacey McCaleb, Mary Jane Ezell, Gaye Lynn Tippitt, Christy Gooch and Gail Akin. Ezell had been with the office for 18.5 years before retiring, and Tippit had served for 20 years as well.

Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelly.

Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival

Vendors were busy setting up their goods Friday evening in preparation for the Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival.  There's a slight chance of rain but officials are full steem ahead with activities Friday night and will start early again Saturday morning with small fry parade, rides and attractions in downtown McKenzie.


McKenzie Rebel Golf Action This Week


The Rebel golf teams traveled to Dyersburg Monday August 20th to play in the Dyersburg Invitational at The Farms golf course against several teams. The team competed in windy and sometimes rainy conditions throughout the course of the day.

The ladies finished 3rd behind USJ and Milan, losing to each by only 4 strokes, while defeating 4 teams. Maggie Glass shot a 79, to claim a 3rd place individual medal.


                          (Maggie Glass led the lady Rebels.)

The gentlemen faced 12 other schools and went 11-1 in claiming the tournament's 2nd place finish, losing to USJ. Senior Will McBride led the Rebel Runner-Up tournament effort with an 82, followed by sophomore Logan Green with an 83. Johnathan Moore's 84 and Ben Austin's 86 completed the scoring to produce the 335 team total.


Owen Family Singers Perform

The Owen Family Singers will be performing at the Marlboro Baptist church 25165 Hwy 114, Bruceton on Sudnay Sept. 1st at 1:30 PM for the chruch homecoming.  The public is invited to attend.

Bethel University Security Chief Passes

McKenzie, TN -  Bethel University Chief of Security James Arthur Harris died last night.  He had been the chief of security for over 10 years.  Dr. Walter Butler, President of Bethel, said, "James will certainly be missed.  He was as well liked an individual as could be on campus.  He was respected by the staff and students as well.  We certainly are in shock at the loss but know he was a good Christian man.  Our security department will continue to provide the services to assist all our staff and students.

Veterans Benefit From Concert and BBQ

Springville, TN - Displaced Veterans will benefit from a fund raising concert and bbq dinner Sunday Sept. 2 at the Almost Home Veterans~N~RV Park.  Jim Napier, owner is putting in "tiny houses" that will be available for displaced veterans to rent.  The RV park has 25 spots he is going to use for the "tiny homes".  The units will have sleeping quarters and a small living space with a hot plate, coffee maker and small refrig.  Residents will be able to use the bath house on site and washatorium.  "I've seen this done in other parts of the country and I felt like it was something that can be done here too" Napier said. 

Musical entertainment is being provided by Mad Women and others to be announced.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate day of show. The program is being sponsored by Amvets, Henryh County Galf Cars, VFW, Shears the Salon, and American Legion.  Gates open at 10:30.  More information can be found at www.almosthomervpark.com.

Art Display in Paris

Paris, TN-Local Paris artist, Elanamarie Fitzgerald, will have a solo art exhibit at the Paris Civic Center onf Friday from 1 - 5:30 PM.  Specializing in oil painting spectators will be treated to a number of different displays in several different sizes. The displays will be for sale as well.  Having painted seriously for the past 12 years, Elanamarie said, "I've painted all my life."  Her largest mural was nearly 208 sq. ft. and her largest canvas was 6' X 6'.  She enjoys landscape painting and treasures sports paintings she has done of boxers and Peyton Manning.  The public is invited to the solo art exhibit.  Refreshments will be provided and local musician Luke Paschall will provide music during the event.

   "Painting of Maui" to be raffled off. $10 per ticket.

McKenzie City Florist Moves to New Location

McKenzie, TN - David and Michelle Jarret recently bought the McKenzie City Florist and will be having a grand opening this weekend at their new locationon Cedar Street.  They continue to provide beatiful live and artifical floral arrangements for all occassions as well as home decor items.  New to the business though is a Cooper's Cafe a coffee shop and Ginger Baby bakery specializing in cupcakes and other specialties..  "We've created a relaxing atmosphere where someone can sit down, read their paper and enjoy a great blend of coffee not normally found in our area" Jarrett said. 


David Jarrett gets computer help from staff.   Cooper's Cafe will be a bid addition to downtown.

(Pictures by David Jackson)

Rotary and Lions Club Hold Joint Meeting

McKenzie, TN - McKenzie Rotary Club President Dr. Krista Martine welcomed the Huntingdon Lion's Club to a joint meeting on Tuesday at lunch at Bethel University.  Dr. Martin's husband Dr. Brock Martin is the King Lion of the Huntingdon club.  A few jabs were present in a good natured way of course but both groups enjoyed meeting together and learnig about the TNachieves program from guest speaker Matthew Otero.  Assisting students in their effdort to secure scholarships, the TNacheives program uses volunteer mentors in each county.  Presently sign ups are underway for new mentors for the coming year.  Carroll, Henry and Weakly counties presently are in need of over 40 volunteers each.  If you are interested in learning more about the TNAchieves program you can listen this Saturday morning on WHDM 98.9 FM for City Talk with David Jackson and Otero.  You can also get more information at www.tnachieves.org.       


The Annual Southern Fried Sweet Tea Festival

McKenzie- The Annual Southern Fried Sweet Tea Festival gets underway this weekend on the square in downtown McKenzie with the Southern Fried Funnies of the Carroll Arts on Thursday night at 7 PM and again on Saturday at 2 PM.  Wacky comedy and toe tappin music will fill the stage of the Park Theater.  Friday night the Longshot Band will perform from 6 until 9 in a free concert.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music.  Venders will be on site Friday evening and Saturday from 10 until 8.  Carinval rides, petting zoo and games for kids to enjoy.  Saturday entertainment will begin at 1 with local talent.  At 4 Mike Hightower and friends, 4:30 Tera Townsend, 5 No Time Flat, and 7 the Paula Bridges Band.  Come out and enjoy great music and foods galore.


McKenzie Football Falls to Mustangs

The first quarter looked good for the Rebels on Friday night but the speed and power of the Mustangs overcame in the later part of the game to give McKenzie and opening loss on Friday night 49-19.    The Rebels will host West Carroll this Friday night at Randy Thomas Field.  West Carroll defeated Hollow Rock Bruceton Central 17-16 in their opener. The Mustangs should get a challenge Friday night when they host the Waverly Tigers.  Hollow-Rock Bruceton will host the Greenfield Yellow Jackets.

Shooters Earn Academic All State Awards

Tennessee SCTP Academic All-State Awards for 2018 were presented to athletes on Sunday August 11, 2018 at the Montgomery County Shooting Complex in Southside TN following an Iron Man Fun Shoot and banquet.  To be eligible for Academic All-State, athletes must:

  • Compete in the 2018 Tennessee SCTP regional and state championships
  • Be an ambassador for Tennessee SCTP, demonstrating exemplary behavior and sportsmanship
  • Maintain a minimum 92 percent annual grade average, have a minimum average score from regional and state competition in at least one discipline of Trap, Skeet or Sporting Clays
  • Nomination submitted by the coach


McKenzie Shooting Sports Team members recognized for the All State Awards were Trey Bowers, Logan Green, Drew Beeler, Spencer Higdon and Jacob Pinson.  

Trey Bowers participated in the Iron Man Shoot. Athletes shot 50 trap, 50 skeet and 50 sporting clay targets.  Trey claimed the win of Intermediate Champion.

Rebel Golf Continues Win Streak

McKenzie,TN-  The McKenzie Rebel golf teams are continuing some pretty good golf play. 

Monday August 13th, both the Ladies and Men’s  Golf Team won against Huntingdon, South Fulton and Union City on Carroll Lake’s Golf Course.

Tuesday August 14th, the teams traveled to Milan to face Milan, South Gibson, Madison Academic and West Carroll.  The Lady Rebels tied with South Gibson and won over Milan (by 2 strokes) bringing their record to 9-1-1.  The Rebel team won by 1 stroke over Milan, while having decisive wins over the other teams brings their record to 15-0.


Both teams will compete Monday August 20th in the Dyersburg Invitational at the Farms Golf Course in Dyersburg TN.  August 21st the teams play at Carroll Lake and August 23rd will travel to Camden TN.

This week we are spotlighting “Senior” players Olivia Wright, Will McBride and Mallory Cole.   Olivia is the daughter of John and Josephine Wright.  Will is the son of Kenny and Becky McBride.  Mallory is the daughter of Stephen and Stacey Cole.

Rebels Middle School Win Over Mustangs

McKenzie, TN- The Mckenzie Middle School Rebels defeated the Huntingdon Mustangs 30-6 on Thursday evening at the Randy Thomas Field in McKenzie.  Huntingdon won the toss and chose to take the ball at the start off of the 2nd half.  Good field postions led to a 46 yard run on the first play from the line of scrimmage for Marquez Taylor's first of 3 touchdowns on the evening.  He also converted on the two point conversion. 

Huntingdon came back down the field on their first possession but a stingy Rebel defense stopped the Mustang running attack led by Tayshawn Rivers at the 10 yard line and the Rebels got the ball back.  The second quarter ended after Zack Aird intercepted a pass and then later cought a pass for a first down.  Quarterback, Jackson Cassidy also completed a first down pass to Ty Anderson in the game.  The score remained 8-0 through the first half.

Second half saw the Rebels still playing good defense and effective running of Marquez Taylor and Etjay Tharpe allowed Taylor to pickup two more touchdowns, while Tharpe converted a two point conversion as did Rashad McCreary.

THe Mustangs scored a 62 yard touchdown run by Rivers in the 4th to prevent the shutout for the evening and quarterback Jackson Cassidy would run for a 26 yard toucdown and Etjay Tharpe converted the two point conversion for the final score of 30-6.

Huntingdon Middle School fell to 1-1 in the early season and the Rebels are now 2-0 after defeating Dresden last week.  THe Rebels next game will be Thursday evening at Hollow Rock Bruceton Central.


Middle School, High School Football On WHDM

McKenzie, TN -McKenzie Middle School Rebels will host the Huntingdon Mustangs this Thursday night at McKenzie High School field behind the Middle School.  Game time is 6:30 and the game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.  Come out an support the Rebels and bring your radio and listen to live coverage of the game with David Jackson.

Friday night the McKenzie Rebel high school team will host the Huntingdon Mustangs in the season opener.   The game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 in McKenzie.  Craig Lunn, Jon Davis and David Jackson will be in the booth to broadcast that game and every regular season and playoff game for the Rebels.

Belles On Broadway Closed for Remodeling

McKenzie, TN - Belles on Broadway in McKenzie has been closed for a few weeks for remodeling.  Located on the square new owner Tessa O'Brien told WHDM, "We hope to be open as soon as possible."  Their renovation process has taken longer than expected but look to be back in business as soon as possible.


McKenzie Golf Teams Continue Success

McKenzie, TN - McKenzie High Schools Lady Rebels and Rebels continue with a successful season.  The Rebels are 8-0 on the year and the Lady Rebels are 5-1.  The Golf team hosts Huntingdon, South Fulton, Trenton Peabody and Union City this afternoon (August 13) at 4pm at Carroll Lake Golf Course. Tomorrow (August 14) they travel to Milan TN facing Milan and Madison Academic. 




McKenzie High School Golf Spotlight for the week of August 13th are players Julie French and Ben Austin.  Julie and Ben are both Seniors this year.

Julie is the daughter of Norman and Annette French.  Ben is the son of John and Natalie Austin.

Rotary Club's 5th Annual Sporting Clays Classic

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rotary Club will host it's 5th annual sporting clays classic on Saturday September 29 at the Carroll County Shooting Sports Park at 680 McAdoo Cemetery Lane, Huntingdon, TN.  Shooters are needed and will vie for team prize of $300.00 and 1st place seventeen and under will win $100 and eighteen and over $100.  The shoot will start with first rotation at 9:00 and second rotation at 1:00 p.m.  Each rotation is limited to 72 shooters.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m.  You can get more information by calling the complex and speaking with Bill Lane at 731-234-6759.

School's In Session

McKenzie, TN - With school's getting back underway this week across the area, local officials remind drivers to be aware of the speed limits in school zone areas and watch for children crossing the road in front of them.  Please be aware of your surroundings, don't be on the phone and especially avoid texting while driving. 

Jackson State Orientation in Paris

Jackson, TN - Jackson State Community College Paris location announced orientation for the JCSCC fall semester which begins August 27th at the Central Community Service Building at 55 Jones Bend Road in Paris. Students who have already registered bor the fall session should attend an orientation session on Thursday, August 16th at 5 p.m.  If you haven't registered but are interested in attending, you are welcome to come and learn more about Jackson State classes in Paris.  If you need more information you can contact the school at the Paris location by calling 731.407.7300.

Rebel Golf Teams Off to Good Start

McKenzie, TN. - The McKenzie Rebel Golf team is off to a good start following opening play on August 6th with sweeps over Clarksburg, Gleason and Huntingdon. The Lady Rebels were led by match medalist Maggie Glass, who shot a 39, followed closely by Julie French's 40,  to complete the team total of 79. 

The Rebels were led by Johnathan Moore with a 38.  Logan Green shot a 39, ollowed closely by Nathan Nanney and Ben Austin with a 40 and 41.  


Coach Smith was pleased with the opening match victories. 

Both teams opened with a 3-0 record.



                                  (Team phonto by Regina Green)

McKenzie Rebels Prepare for Campaign

McKenzie, TN. - Schools back in session for area teams and McKenzie High School Rebels will be facing off against the Milan Bulldogs in jamboree action on Friday night at Henry County High School.  Teams from all over the area will be pairing off for two quarters of action prior to the 9:30 start for McKenzie and Milan.  Tickets can be bought at the gate for $7.00. 

The Rebels regular season starts off on Friday the 17th against cross county foe the Mustangs of Huntingdon.  For the last few years Huntingdon has had the Rebels number but the staff and players for McKenize are looking to change things around on their home opener in McKenzie.

The Rebels will open with two home games against Huntingdon and West Carroll before going on the road at Scott's Hill, TCA, Waverly and Halls after the open week August 31.  Rebels will host a strong team from Adamsville, then travel to Trenton and complete the regular season with two home games against always strong Union City and Gibson County.

The Rebels return 11 seniors that will see lots of action, led by wide receiver defensive back Tyler Spivey, line backers Hunter Stafford and Nick Bills, defensive lineman Stephone Haynes and runnning back defensive end Bryston Diggs.

You can listen on the radioi to 94.1 FM AM 1440 each Friday night or on the web by going to this page and clicking on the Rebel.  You can also listen by dialing 712-432-5742.  Normal cell phone charges may apply.

Free Webinar for Local Business

McKenzie, TN. - City officials for McKenzie announced this morning a free webinar that might benefit local businesses "Small Businesses with E-Commerce".  Individuals can sign up by going to the following website and registering.  https://www.retailstrategies.com/webinar-small-business-survival-with-e-commerce/

1000 Acres Lake Lots Sell Suddenly

Huntingdon, TN - Carroll County Chamber of Commerce released information this morning saying, "All 18 lots at Angler’s point on the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake sold within 11 minutes on Saturday, August 4th!" No further information is available at this point but one is led to wonder if it is a result of visitors to the lake during the recent Bassmasters Junior High and High School fishing tournaments that were held last week on the lake and in nearby Henry County on Kentucky Lake.

McKenzie Receives Dog Park Grant

McKenzie, TN - Mayor Jill Holland invites everyone to come join us in the celebration of our future McKenzie Dog Park, Wednesday, August 8th at 2:00 p.m. on Como Road at the Walking Trail Parking Lot. The Randy Boyd Foundation is awarding McKenzie a $25,000 Dog Park Dash check for a dog Park. You and your favorite dog are invited (leashed dogs only) to join in the celebration. Treats for both dogs and their humans will be served.

Era Ends With Mayoral Election

Huntingdon, TN. - Carroll County saw the changing of the guard in the election Thursday with newcommer Joseph Bulter defeating incumbent Kenny McBride for the seat of Carroll County Mayor.  McBride who has served as mayor for a number of years lost by a total of 1931 votes.  Butler received 3914 votes while McBride gathered only 1983.

In other contested races in Carroll County Property Assessor Rita Jones retained her position defeating challenger Sandi Roditis 3238 to 2576.  Register of Deeds Natalie Porter will continue to serve having received 3540 votes to challenger Harold Smiths 1999.  Circuit Court Clerk position will change as Sara Bradberry defeated incumbent Bertha Taylor 2845 to 2396.

In the US Senate race for District 8 David Kustoff defeated George Flinn 56% to 39.7% and will face Democrat Erika Pearson who defeated John Boatner 50.2% to 49.8%. 

In the 76 District State House of Representatives race, Andy Hole defeated Scott Fortner 80% to 21%. and will be opposed by Democrat Deane Arganbright in November.

Senator Stevens To Speak at Bethel Aug. Commencement Sat.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall 2018 Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school’s McKenzie campus.  The Honorable John Stevens, Senator of Tennessee’s 24th District, will serve as commencement speaker.

Senator Stevens’ roots run deep in Northwest Tennessee. A resident of Huntingdon, he was elected to the State Senate in 2012 as the first Republican to ever represent Obion and Weakley counties. While in Nashville, Mr. Stevens serves on the Finance, Ways & Means, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees. This year, he was named First Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, which reviews and approves or rejects all Senate amendments to the proposed budget.

Stevens is a practicing attorney with Thomas Walters, PLLC, which is a multi-state Estate Planning law firm. He is a 1992 graduate of Gallatin High School. He graduated cum laude from Tennessee-Martin in 1996, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2002 and worked for the Honorable Judge Don A. Ash before entering private practice.

Governor Bill Haslam appointed Sen. Stevens to the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, in addition to the Indigent Representation Task Force. He has also been appointed to numerous leadership programs, including the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, the Henry Toll Fellows program, and the Emerging Leaders program GOPA.

Among Sen. Stevens’ honors are being named Mothers Against Drunk Driving 2016 Legislator of the Year; National Federation of Independent Business 2016 Guardian of Small Business; 2014 Champion of Commerce by the Tennessee Chambers of Commerce; and Legislator of the Year in 2013 by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers. He was named Taxpayer Hero from Americans for Prospering after receiving a 104% rating.  He received a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union in 2015, and received a 96% rating from the ACU last year – making him the most conservative Tennessee State Senator for 2016.

A total of 268 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and College of Health Sciences are slated to receive diplomas during the ceremony. Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Bassmaster Junior's Ends

The Bassmasters Junior Fishing Championship was completed on Wednesday with weigh-ins at Billy Cary park in downtown Huntingdon. 54 teams competed for two days with the winners being determined by 1 oz. in weight.


 (Winners Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco)                         (2nd place Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd)

Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco with Bluegrass Jr's with a two day catch of 10 fish and a total weight of 17 lbs and 6 oz. The two young men had to sit in the hot seat on stage as the last eight teams passed across the stage trying to unseat them with better weights. The last team across fell 1 oz. short and gathered second prize in the national competition. Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd from Quincy Jr Bassmasters took home 2nd place trophies and 500 dollars scholarships. Third place went to Rein Golubjatnikov and Matthew Pitcher from Rochester, New York with 10 fish weighing total of 16lbs and 14 oz. Big fish for the two day event went to Southern West Virginia Jr Bassmasters fisherman Terrance Wiserman with a 7lb 1oz bass. His team with Isaac Shock camein 4th place in the tournament.


(3rd place Rein Golubjatnikov and Matthew Pitcher)     (West Carroll's Shooter Nelson and Seth Ricketts)

West Carroll Junior High fishermen Shooter Nelson and Seth Ricketts finished just outside the top ten with 11th place finish with a catch of 10 fish at 13 lbs 11oz.

The Bassmasters National High School tournament started on Wednesday with practice rounds and the action gets started on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Weigh-ins will be at Paris Landing Thursday and Friday at 1:45 and downtown in Paris on Saturday. The field of 350 teams have drawn for starts tomorrow. Friday the field will reverse and on Saturday the top 12 teams from across the nation will duel it out.


McKenzie Shooting Team Busy Summer

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Shooting Sports Team has been busy participating in Regional, State and National Competitions the last few months.  Regional competitions were held at Carroll County Shooting Sports Complex in Huntingdon TN and Holly Fork in Paris TN.  Shooters participate in Skeet, Sporting Clays and Trap.


During the week of July 14-July 21, the team traveled to the Cardinal Center, located in Marengo Ohio to compete in the nationals. A total of 275 teams from 26 states participated – some as close as Ohio and as far as Washington. Over 2,700 athletes competed with over 1.25 million competition shots fired over 8 days. The McKenzie team pulled off some awesome scores. There were rain and lightning delays during a few days of competition. Logan Green shot his first 100 straight in Trap. The awards brought home from nationals are:

Sporting Clays
Intermediate Entry Division 1st place Team and 2nd place Squad
     Trey Bowers, Tanner Floyd, Jacob Jackson

Intermediate Advanced Division 2nd place Team and 1st place Squad
      Carson Dinning, Zach Chandler, Sawyer Phipps

Senior Varsity Division 2nd place Team
     Drew Beeler, Chase Colotta, Spencer Higdon
Men’s Intermediate Advanced
      1st place Carson Dinning

Ladies Senior Varsity
     1st place Stephanie Dorris

Ladies Collegiate
      1st place Hannah Chandler

Ladies Collegiate
      3rd place Hannah Chandler

Ladies Rookie Division 2nd place Team
    Carli Beeler

Ladies Senior Varsity
     3rd Place Stephanie Dorris

Intermediate Entry Division 1st place Team and 1st place Squad
    Trey Bowers, Tanner Floyd, Drew Smith

Intermediate Advanced Division 3rd place Team
    Carson Dinning, Zach Chander, Sawyer Phipps

Senior Varsity Division 2nd place Team and 2nd place Squad
    Jacob Pinson, Spencer Higdon, Drew Beeler

Men’s Intermediate Entry Division
    2nd place Trey Bowers
    3rd place Tanner Floyd

Ladies Rookie Division
    1st place Carli Beeler

Ladies Collegiate Division
   2nd place Hannah Chandler

The McKenzie Shooting Sports Team has several members selected for the All Scholastic Team. The All Scholastic team is made up from the top student athletes in the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program for their achievements in the classroom, on the range and in their communities. Through an application process, 2018 All-Scholastic Team Members have proven academic excellence by posting 3.0 or better grade point averages, shooting excellent scores in recent competition (95% in trap or skeet, 85% in sporting clays, 88% in international trap/skeet or 75 seconds or less for SASP) and by demonstrating outstanding community involvement.

The members are
  Drew Beeler
  Logan Green
  Ashton Marr
  Will McBride
  Nathan Nanney
  Jacob Pinson
  Anders Rider
  Isabelle Wright

Jacob Pinson was a SCTP Scholarship recipient for 2018.
Anders Rider was a SASP Scholarship recipient for 2018.

The team also participates in a variety of fun, team-based shooting tournaments to support organizations in our area such as FFA, Rotary, Macedonia Fire Dept. and Shooting Hunger.
The McKenzie Shooting Sports Team, Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) provide student athletes aged elementary through college with a supportive environment where shooting sports serve as catalysts for teaching life lessons and skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. Throughout all training, practice and competitions, we continue to instill in our athletes a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.


Nights on Broadway Thursday Night

McKenzie, TN. - Nights on Broadway continues this Thursday night in McKenzie with food and fun for everyone to enjoy.  The musical entertainment will be provided by Flashback.   Everything begins downtown in McKenzie with food truck vendors and great music at 7:00-9:00.   Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great evening of music.

Bassmaster Junior National Tourament Day 1

Huntingdon, TN.  The Junior Bassmaster championship completed the first day of action on the 1000 acre Carroll Lake today with 54 teams of fishermen with one young lady competitor, from 34 states and Canada in competition.  Fishermen from 2nd to 7th grade with a weighed-in at the Billy Carroll Park in downtown Huntingdon.  Big fish for the day was caught by Vince Nekvinda at 7lb 12 oz.  Vince and his partner Cole Bailey stand in 4th place with a catch of 9 lb. 6 oz. 

Leaders after the first day of fishing are Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd from Quincy with a catch of 5 fish totaling 10 lb. 3 oz.   Competitors qualified earlier to reach the National Tournament level in Caroll County.  Final weigh-in will be tomorrow afternoon in Huntingdon were a National Champion will be crowned.


     Big fish contestant on left and his partner currently in 4th place.

The High School competition kicks off on Thursday at Paris Laniding State Park. 350 teams from across the country will be fishing through Saturday.  Weigh-ins begin at 1:45 at Paris Landing on Thursday and Friday with the finals being downtown in Paris on the square Saturday.

Carroll County Humane Society Birthday Bash!



McKenzie, TN - Carroll County Humane Society is having it's birthday party this evening from 6 to 8:30 PM at Pocket Park on Lee Street in McKenzie.  Family portraits will be made by Amy Bourne Photography with funds going to the animals at CCHS. Ginger Baby Cakery will provide birthday cake for the party.  Live music will also e featured.  Reservations are required so call today.  Contact the Carroll County Humane Society for more information.

Bassmasters Gears Up For the Week


Huntingdon, TN The parking lot at Billy Carroll Park in Huntingdon was empty on Monday but the Bethel University Vera Lowe Center was full with 400 teams from across the United States registring for the Bassmasters Junior Fishing tournament to be beginning today on the 1000 acre lake in Carroll County and the High School tournament that will be held in Henry Couty on Ky. Lake.  50 teams of Juniors  from 2nd grade to 8th grade will compete while 350 two man per boat teams will be fishing in the high school tournament later in the week.

Weigh-ins for the Junior events are Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 at the Billy Carroll Park in Huntingdon.  The Seniors will be weighing in at 1:45 Thursday and Friday at Paris Landing State Park with the final weigh-in in downtown Paris on Saturday.

Huntingdon Special School District SRO Program

Huntingdon, Tenn.  The Town of Huntingdon and the Huntingdon Public Safety Department has entered into an agreeement with the Huntingdon Special School District to provide School Resource Officers to the Huntingdon schools. Beginning Wdnesday August 1, the police department will be providing an officer to each of the 3 schools in the district.    Walter Smothers, Dirctor of Pulbid Safety in Huntingdon said in a press release. "This is seen as a positive move for both the schools and the police department. The students will not find it new to see officers in their buildings, officers from the department have been going to the schools before classes in the monrings and conducting numerous walk throughs in our schools since 2012. While there have been no problems in our schools, we mutually agreed that it was time to follow suit with other schools and police departments attempting to maintain the highest level of security for our students. The officers filling these roles will be Ptm. Paul Hugueley, Ptm. Drake Whitworth and Ptm. Jackie Allen. We look forward to building on our already good relationships with both the school personnel and the students."

HCMC Health Care Career Day

Paris, Tennn.  Henry County Medical Center will be conducting a Health Care Career Day on Tuesday July 31st at the McKenzie Regional Hospital.  HCMC officials will be on site to help assist in online job applications as well as conducting on site job interviews.  The Career day will run from 7:00 AM till 2:00 PM.  Job opportunities will be available in the following areas:

Business office,                                   Registration,      

Food & Nutrition,                                 All nursing areas

Materials Management,                      Environmental Services,

Home Health & Hospice                     EMS

Durable Medical Equipment               Respiratory

Case Management                              Wound Care


Further information can be obtained by calling HR at 731-644-8472 as well as going to the HCMC website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

McKenzie Regional Hospital to Close

McKENZIE, Tenn. (July 27, 2018) -- McKenzie Regional Hospital (MRH) today announced it will discontinue most patient services, including the emergency department, by September 15. The 45-bed hospital has notified the Tennessee Department of Health and will begin reducing new admissions in the coming weeks. Patients currently receiving care at MRH will not be affected.

An asset purchase agreement has been signed with Baptist Memorial Health Care, which operates Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, to purchase the assets of MRH including the hospital’s real property and ambulance service. Baptist intends to operate the outpatient diagnostic imaging center and sleep center located on the MRH campus. They plan to transition ambulance services to Priority Ambulance, its 911 service partner.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with numerous quality health care providers,” said MRH Chief Executive Officer Michael Morrical. “We will coordinate with local providers to assist with a smooth transition for patients, and we’ll work closely with our dedicated team to help in their personal transitions as well.”

In addition to McKenzie Regional, residents of Carroll County and the surrounding areas are served by several larger health care providers. Located within 10 miles of the MRH campus, 70-bed Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon offers a range of services including general surgery, cardiology, pain management and radiology.

Additional services, including obstetrics, cancer care and orthopedics, are available at 142-bed Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, which is approximately 15 miles from MRH.

MRH leadership has been meeting throughout the day with staff and physicians to discuss transition plans with the roughly 200 employees who will be affected. Employees will be provided assistance to help them connect with other regional employers. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits through September 29.

“It has been our privilege to care for this community and we are extremely grateful to our dedicated team of employees, nurses, physicians, volunteers and board members for their tireless service to our patients and their families,” said Morrical. “Most of all, we are grateful to our neighbors and friends for allowing us to serve as your trusted health care resource for more than 40 years.”

The closure reflects a national trend as small rural hospitals feel the impacts of reductions in federal funding, lower reimbursements from government and commercial insurers, and rising numbers of uninsured patients. MRH has struggled with declining patient volumes in recent years and has maintained an average daily census of just eight patients.

If you are or have been a patient at McKenzie Regional Hospital or have questions about obtaining your medical records, please email MRH_MedicalRecords@QuorumHealth.com or call 615-221-3786.


Chance to Win Polaris 500 Ends in August

The Jackson Lifeline Blood Services program will be giving away a Polaris Ranger 500 from Bob’s House of Honda  to one lucky winner at the end of the month.  You still have opportunities to give blood and sign up to win.  The Lifeline Blood Mobile Unit will be in Paris at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday August 2nd from 12 until 6..  If you haven’t given blood take the opportuity and get one last chance to put your name in the hat for a chance to win a Polaris 500 from Bob’s House of Honda

Rotary Club Learns of Dairy Farmers Plight


                     (Dairy Farmer Angie Leach,  Photo by David Jackson)

The McKenzie Rotary Club held its regular meeting Tuesday at Block City Pizza and heard Henry County dairy farmer Angie Leach present and informative program about the ups and down of dairy farming.  She and her husband David are owners of a 265 acre farm near Cottage Grove in Henry County where they  milk 110 cows twice a day.  Wet-Meadows Farm supplied milk to Turner Dairy in Paducah until the plant closed this last year.  Now it goes to another processor in Memphis.  The family owned and operated business started in the eighties has seen hard times from influence of foreign influx of milk powder products.  "Milk got a bad wrap in the 60's when President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack" she said,  Research has shown the whole milk may be natures best product..  We've always been a family owned business but the cost of equipment, feed costs, and long hours has had a great affect on many farmers.  Wet-Meadows Farm is one of less than a dozen dairy famrs in Henry County now.  Pausing to avoid tears, Angie reported that their youngest son, who had farmed with them for years, had to find public employment due to the finacial crisis.  Nationally according to Angie their are only 40,000 dairy farmers left in the United States.  The "girls" as she refers to her group of Holstein and Jersey cattle are each known by their own individual names.  "Got Milk?" Thank dairy farmers like Angie and David Leach.

Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock earns deficiency-free state survey

BRUCETON, Tenn. (July 20, 2018) – Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bruceton, recently earned a state survey with no deficiencies.
To pass the state survey each year, nursing facilities must meet hundreds of criteria. The survey focuses on a wide variety of care areas in the facility, including nursing care, patients’ rights, safety, food services, administration and the physical condition of the building. Surveyors spend several days in the building reviewing paperwork, observing resident care, and interviewing residents and associates.
“This survey was a true testament to the hard work and dedication that each and every one of our associates exhibits every day,” said Dareth Davis, executive director at the facility. “We could not have achieved this huge success without their teamwork and daily commitment to improving the lives of our residents.”
Surveyors completed their visit to Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock on July 11.
Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock, located at 105 Rowland Ave., is one of 27 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Tennessee managed by Life Care Centers of America.
Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, Life Care manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.
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All Quiet On The 1000 Acre Lake But Get Ready

It may be quiet for the next few days on the 1000 acre lake in Carroll County but come Saturday things will certainly liven up as the Junior Bassmaster National Championship contest gets underway. 60 teams of amature anglers from 2nd - 8th grade and dozens of states will contend for prizes.  Sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Henry County Tourism Authority and Bethel University weigh-ins will be July 31 at the Billy Cary Memorial Park in downtown Huntingdon at 1:30 P.M.  This will be the 5th year that Bassmasters has chosen the 1000 acre lake as its tournament venue.  Besides the fishermen, coaches, parents, sponsors and even some grandparents will be visiting the Carroll County area.

A "Full Moon Pickin Party" will be held on the court square on Saturday the 28th sponsored by The Dixie and First Bank.  Entertainment, pop-up shops and food trucks will be on hand for all to enjoy.  You are invited to bring you lawn chairs out and enjoy the surroundings.

In addition to the Junior Bassmasters National Championship in Carroll County, neighboring Henry County will be hosting the High School event on Kentucky Lake. 

McKenzie Industrial Board Hosts TVA EDC Program


 (TVA Consultant Katrina Shirley)           (Attendees enjoy dinner at food trucks on square)


Over two dozen Carroll County officials and local citizens attend a program Tuesday night at the Park Theater in McKenzie hosted by the McKenzie Industrial Board.  Pointing out to those in attendance that “change is inevitable but growth is optional”, TVA consultant Katrina Shirley presented an enlightening program from the TVA entitled ED 101: The Fundamentals of Economic Development.  During the program to educate the public concerning economic development, Shirley pointed out issues that communities face with attempting to entice businesses to expand into our area but also need to continue to support existing businesses in their continued effort to grow.  As far as Economic Development Team membership goes it includes elected officials, city employees, economic developer, local power company, other utilities, schools, colleges, existing businesses, media, financial institutions, state and regional organizations, civic groups, engineers and all citizens.  She also pointed out TVA pointers for communities to be competitive in development that communities must differentiate to succeed with: shovel ready sites, available, suitable buildings, incentives-early on, accurate and timely information, committed leadership/partnerships, consensus on direction, workforce/talent pipeline, infrastructure and an up-to-date website.

2018 Adult Leadership Carroll County Dates

The Carroll County Adult Leadership class is now accepting applications for the 2018 year.  Sessions will begin August 16 and continue for 9 sessions through November 15.  Since 1990, more than 700 individuals have gone through both the Adult and Youth Leadership programs.  The Leadership sessions are an excellent opportunity to network with class members and presenters.  Sessions are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Deadline for application is August 9.  Tuition is $275.00 and includes all program costs and meals associated with the sessions.  Anyone interested in being a participant is asked to contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 986-4664 or email cchamber@earthlink.net for an application.

Revival at Tate's Pentecostal Church in Huntingdon

Pastor Bro. Larry DePriest welcomes everyone to attend the revival at Tate's Pentecostal Church with Bro. Wendell Cook from Indiana. The revival will be held nightly on July 16th, 17th and 18th at 7:00 p.m. Tate's Pentecostal Church is located at 2725 Tate School Road, Huntingdon, Tn.

For more information or questions, please call (731)986-9558.

Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education for the Huntingdon Special School District held a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28th, 2018.

The board approved the following; the May balance sheets and minutes from the previous meeting, 2018-2019 School Nutrition Program Agreement, a required statutory bond for the Director of schools as fiscal agent, budget amendments for 2017-2018, food service bid awards for 2018-2019, leave of absence for two employees, operating on a continuing budget, continued membership with TN Small School for Equity, payment for unpaid lunch charges from 2017-2018, band room addition project bid with alternative exterior for a cost of $516,143.

Newly hired employees were acknowledged, as well as employees who will be transferring to other areas.

The District Student and Parent Handbook was amended while both Board policies # 6.4051, Glucagon and Diazapam Gel, and # 6.4052, Opioid Antagonist, were adopted.  

With a bid of $232,660, the HMS & HHS paving bid was awarded to Martin Paving on all four projects. The Mazza Painting Company, with a bid of $17,866, was awarded with the HMS Gym exterior painting bid.

Following an update on the installation of ActivPanels was presented to the board, the next scheduled board meeting was acknowledged and will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Blood Donations Needed

Lifeline blood services and Bob's House of Honda are teamed up to give a way a Polaris ATV to help promote Lifeline Blood services.  Each person who gives blood during the month of Juoly will be able to register for the giveaway.  The following locations will be asking for donations the first week of July.

Monday  July 2      Aaron's Milan 10-13,

                               TN State Veterans Home Humboldt 12-4

                               Food Giant Medina 2-5

Tuesday July 3     Spire Rehab Hospital Jackson 10-1

                               Baptist Mem. Hosp. Union City 12-5

                              Mobile Nation Dyersburg 12-5

Thursday July 5    First United Methodist Church Paris 12-6

Friday      July 6    Fred's McKenzie 12-6

                               Simmons Bank Bolivar 12-5

                               Everett-Horn Library Lexington 12-5

Preferred Compounding Job Opportunities

Preferred Compounding of Huntingdon will be conducting a job fair this Thursday, June 28th from 10 until 4 PM at the American Job Center 470 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon.  Preferred Compounding provides custom rubber compounding for manufacturers world wide including extruded rubber manufacturers in nearby Henry County.  The local manufacturing plant is seeking 2nd and 3rd shift production personel with pay starting at $15.00 per hour and benefits after 30 days.l  Package includes direct hire, medical, dental and vision insurance.  401K, cacation, paid holidays, paid life insurance and Uniforms provided.  Individuals should apply at Thursday’s job fair at the American Job Center in Huntingdon.

Loitering Leads To Several Arrests

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, at approximately 12:20 a.m. Officer Cody Coleman observed two vehicles pull into a local grocery store parking lot, which has posted no loitering.

Officer Coleman initiated contact with the vehicles and advised the occupants of the no loitering policy. Officer Coleman observed one of the drivers get into the passenger seat of the other vehicle.

The female in the driver’s seat advised, when asked that she did not have a driver’s license and the passenger advised the same. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Brittany Nicole Harris. Harris did have a suspended driver’s license out of Madison County General Sessions Court for failure to pay fines, with one prior charge of driving on suspended.

Harris was placed under arrest for driving while suspended second offense.

The passenger handed Officer Coleman an expired driver’s license that did not belong to her. The passenger stated that it probably belonged to her sister. The name and date of the birth she then gave Officer Coleman did not belong to her either and continued to lie in regards to her name and also changed the last four digits of her social security four times and blamed it on being nervous.

Later identified as Brooke Alexandria Chandler, age 28 of Gleason, she was placed under arrest for criminal impersonation. Chandler’s license is currently suspended for failure to pay child support by the Department of Human Services.

During a search of the vehicle, Officer Boaz did find a small amount of marijuana under the seat, to which Chandler later admitted to be hers. Chandler was also found to have an active warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent out of Weakley County Circuit Court, with a bond of $25,000.

Both Chandler and Harris were transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Theft Reported On Stonewall South

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that a burglary and theft was reported at 127 Stonewall South.

The complainant advised that his lawnmower, gas jug and grill had been stolen. The complainant stated he had left his house at approximately 6 a.m. for work and when he returned around 4 p.m., noticed the lock on the shed had been cut and the items missing.

The mower is described as a red, Bolens push mower. The mower also has a wheel missing from the front and is valued at $50. The gas jug was valued at $5. The grill was missing from the back deck and described as a grey Kingsford that had a lot of rust. The grill was square and was said to be “wobbly.” The complainant valued the grill at $200.

The complainant also advised he had called the recycling center before arriving at the police department and they possibly had a grill matching that description.

When Officer Eddlemon attempted to contact the recycling center, they were closed for the day. The investigation is ongoing.

Police Investigating Theft On Barksdale Avenue

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, a theft was reported from 132 Barksdale Avenue. The complainant advised that a 6 foot tall aluminum cabinet was taken from the address. The last time the complainant said he had seen the cabinet was the morning of June 1st.

The complainant valued the cabinet between $50 to $100.

There are no suspects at this time.

Local Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure

(Mobile Patrol Booking Photo)


According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher responded to a call of a man in white shorts and a white shirt exposing himself on the complainant’s front lawn.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Boucher and Officer Boaz, located the man, identified as Maurice L. Lawrence, age 25 on the lawn.

Dispatch advised that Lawrence had an active ban letter for the property on file and Lawrence was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and indecent exposure.

Lawrence was placed on $1000 bond.

Violation Of Light Law Leads To Several Citations

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Brandon Leek observed a vehicle traveling on Walnut Avenue with a light law violation. While turning around, Officer Leek noticed there was neither a tag or a drive out tag on the vehicle.

Officer Leek initiated a traffic stop and the driver, identified as James A. Trull, was found to have a revoked license for failure to satisfy out of Weakley County.

Trull was cited into Carroll County General Sessions Court for improper display of license plates and driving on a revoked license.

Man Arrested After Stealing Metal

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Brandon Leek was en route to a call regarding stolen metal.

Officer Leek made contact with a man, at the recycling business identified as Zachary English, age 27 and English was removing metal from the truck of the vehicle.

According to family members of English, he did not have permission to take any metal from the house, located at 51 Alabama Street.

English was arrested and charged with theft, driving on a revoked license; first offense and open container violation.

Local Woman Charged With Criminal Trespass

A report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Billy King responded to a call in regards to a banned person being on premises at Hillview Apartments.

Upon arrival and making contact with the tenant in apartment #4, and when asked if the individual, identified as Whitney Kirkpatrick age 20 was in the apartment, the tenant went and got her out of the bathroom.

Kirkpatrick was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespassing. Kirkpatrick was transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident.

A ban letter was officially served on Kirkpatrick on November 22, 2017.

MPD Investigating Shots Fired

According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department, on Friday, June 8th, Officers responded to a call in regards to shots being fired from vehicles on Highland Drive.

Investigators have spoken to known individuals in regards to the incident and no injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mobile Job Center In McKenzie June 12th

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) mobile American Job Center (MAJC) will be located at the Vera Low Center on the campus of Bethel University on Tuesday, June 12 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

MAJC staff will be on-site helping job seekers complete online applications, resumes, and to register or update their information on www.Jobs4TN.gov, Tennessee’s online workforce development website that has more than 100,000 current job openings. The mobile job center offers nearly all the services of a full-service center, at locations that are easy for job seekers to access.

This event is free and open to anyone looking for employment, who may be under-employed, or who is interested in changing careers.

The mobile American Job Center is Tennessee’s one-stop career station, conveniently delivering workforce services across the state. The resource extends TDLWD’s reach into communities that do not have access to an American Job Center and brings helpful services to events in the state’s larger cities. The mobile American Job Center is one way Tennessee is working to create the nation’s number one workforce by assisting both job seekers and employers.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned For June 19th

The Shepherd's Table, the Community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, will be having a cookout, on Tuesday, June 19th, in front of their building at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Jason Vandiver, Chairman of The Shepherd's Table Executive Committee, says they will be grilling hamburgers on the lawn in front of the church. Mary Lodge, a volunteer in the kitchen, said they will also serve Taco Salads, Watermelon, and for dessert, Cookies and Ice Cream.

Everyone that attends The Shepherd's Table is treated as a guest and served restaurant style. After you come in and have a seat, a volunteer brings you your drink and your supper. They also do all of the cleanup, as well. The guests are asked to simply enjoy a delicious meal compliments of the hard-working kitchen staff.

The mission of the Community Kitchen was to serve at least one person in need a hot meal. The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would just prefer to not eat alone please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join.

More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Several Arrested After Disturbance

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that on June 2nd, around 9:49 p.m. dispatch received a phone call in regards to an intoxicated female attempting to leave. Officer Cody Coleman arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant who advised the female, identified as Cassandra L. Brewer, age 35 of Elm Street in McKenzie, was inside the residence. The complainant also advised that Brewer tried to back out of the driveway and collided with another vehicle.

Officer Coleman went inside the residence and informed Brewer that he would be detaining her, until all witnesses could be interviewed. Shortly after Officer Mark Boaz arrived on scene, Officer Coleman had placed Brewer in the back of his patrol car and began speaking to witnesses.

The complainant stated that Brewer had been drinking and had gotten mad at her boyfriend and got into her car and tried to back out of the driveway onto Elm Street. The complainant also advised that he was standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle attempting to get Brewer to stop and that was when she backed into the front driver side of his Toyota Prius.

The complainant stated that Brewer then got out of the vehicle and he took her keys so that she couldn’t attempt to drive again. At that time, Officer Boaz placed Brewer under arrest for DUI and transported her to the McKenzie Police Department for field sobriety exercises.

 Upon attempting to complete the sobriety exercises, Officer Boaz asked Brewer if she would consent to give blood and/or breath samples to determine her blood alcohol level. Brewer consented and after Officer Boaz read the advisement, Brewer declined further testing, which resulted in a Violation of Implied Consent charge. Brewer was also charged with Reckless Endangerment.

Approximately two hours later, Officer Boaz had called the complainant back to get more information and he advised that the other unwanted subject, Brewer’s boyfriend, identified as James M. Seibert was back on scene. Officer Boaz and Officer Coleman returned to the scene and observed Seibert standing in the front yard of the home.

The complainant had Seibert removed by Officers earlier in the evening. The second time Seibert came back to the residence, he began making threats to the complainant and wanting to fight. Seibert was told not to return until daylight hours to retrieve his girlfriend’s car. Seibert was non-compliant and taken into custody for public intoxication, simple assault and criminal trespass.


Local Man Violates Order Granting Bail

McKenzie Police Department responded to 243 Randle Street in regards to an attempted break-in. The subject, according to the report, was identified by the caller as his son, Clinton D. Hoard, age 31. Hoard has an active “Order Granting Bail” that prohibits him from coming onto the property on Randle Street, along with communications and other specified actions (that are also prohibited).

Officer Jeremy Brooks and Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp noticed that the screen door was broken. Hoard had also been inside the victim’s truck, turned on the lights and locked the doors before exiting. Officers had to jump the vehicle because the battery had died on scene and entry had to be made through the rear glass to unlock the doors.

Hoard was charged with Burglary of an automobile, Violation of an Order Granting Bail, and Vandalism under $1000. The broken door is estimated to be valued at around $200.

McKenzie Man Charged With Criminal Trespass

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, dispatch received a call from a resident on Kay Avenue who advised someone was asleep in their vehicle and they wanted him gone.

Upon Sgt. Winberry’s arrival, the subject identified as Michael Edward Connell, age 54 was asleep in the back seat. The complainant advised he wished to press charges and Connell was placed under arrest for Criminal Trespass.

Connell was transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident.

Mower Stolen From Cole Street

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that at approximately 7:14 p.m. on May 31st, dispatch received a call that a lawn mower had been stolen from a property located on Cole Street.

Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp and Sgt. Jeff Winberry went to the residence to take the report and the victim advised that he last saw his riding mower about an hour before making the call. The victim stated that he went inside to take a nap and when he got up, about an hour later, the mower was missing.

The lawn mower is a Husqvarna 50 inch riding mower, orange in color and has a model number of YT25Z50. The mower is valued at approximately $1800.

There are no suspects at this time.

Man Arrested After Disturbance At Hospital

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, dispatch received a call from the McKenzie Medical Center stating they had a patient that was being disorderly.

The subject, identified as Kim Jun Yung, age 40 of Walnut Circle, had taken a picture off the wall and punched it several times until it broke. Yung also began arguing with patients at the Medical Center.

Officer Mulligan attempted to get Yung under control by pinning him to the floor. Sgt. Winberry assisted and Yung, while fighting and arguing was placed in handcuffs. As Yung was being escorted out of the building and to the patrol car, Yung attempted to kick the front doors out of the McKenzie Medical Center.

After speaking with Yung’s wife, she advised that on the way to the Medical Center, Yung swerved in front of several cars trying to get them to hit him.

Yung was charged with Vandalism for the picture he destroyed, valued at $60, and destruction of mini blinds, valued at $15. Yung was also charged with Disorderly Conduct, towards the patients and Resisting Arrest for trying to fight with Officer Mulligan and Sgt. Winberry. Yung was also charged with Reckless Endangerment towards his wife.

Job Fair To Be Held June 12th

McKenzie EMS Changes Name And Location

The McKenzie Emergency Medical Service has recently changed its name to reflect the expanded services and locations, including a McLemoreville Base, which will open in mid-June.

The new base will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an Emergency Medical Technician and a paramedic, who can perform advanced life support.

Talks have begun with the town of Bruceton to add a third base station in the eastern part of the county.

The base in McKenzie last year responded to 3,338 calls, with 1,926 of those being emergency dispatches.

Carroll County E.M.S. is owned by Quantum Health Corporation, the same corporation who owns McKenzie Regional Hospital and the main headquarters are located on Hospital Drive in McKenzie.

McKenzie Farmers Market To Open June 2nd

The McKenzie Farmers Market will open for the summer season on Saturday, June 2nd at 8 a.m. The Farmers Market is located across from McKenzie City Hall. Hours are from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, during the months of summer.

The market will have locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, locally raised meat, crafts, jams and jellies.

In addition to all the locally grown and raised items, there will be workshops on cooking and food preservation. These workshops will take place during market hours.

For more information, contact McKenzie City Hall at 731-352-2332 or the University of Tennessee Extension Office – Carroll County at 731-986-1976.

Bethel To Offer Summer Drawing Workshops

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University is pleased to invite participants for a Summer Drawing Workshop for individuals 12 years old and up who are interested in sharpening their skills in drawing from observation. Materials used will include compressed charcoal and conte crayon.

Taught by Bethel art faculty Jason Cole, the class will meet Monday through Friday, June 18-22 and 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. There is a $40 fee per participant to cover the cost of materials.

Interested individuals may register by sending a check or money order, along with contact information and the participant’s name and age c/o Bethel University Business Office, 325 Cherry Avenue, McKenzie, TN 38201. Notation on checks should say “BU Summer Drawing Workshop.” For questions, contact Jason Cole at colej@bethelu.edu.

Mother Who Left Toddler Home Alone Sentenced

Cassie Scales, the Huntingdon mother that was recently indicted for leaving her toddler home alone has been sentenced.

Scales, age 22 of 111 Drew Court, entered a plea agreement for a lesser charge of attempt to commit aggravated child neglect. The charges stem from an incident where Scales left her two-year-old home alone for approximately 17 hours.

Scales was sentenced to eight years, with one year of those eight in confinement and the remaining seven years on probation through community corrections.

Scales was initially indicted on charges of aggravated child abuse, neglect, or endangerment earlier this month by the Carroll County Grand Jury.

Local Unsolved Murder Featured On TV Show

An unsolved murder from 1999 in rural McKenzie was featured on Nancy Grace on May 24th.

The victim’s mother, Becky Drumright, who now lives in Nashville, said her son’s murder that took place on August 25, 1999 has never been solved. Tony Drumright was just 15-years-old when the murder took place. Tony, a freshman at McKenzie High School was home alone at the time the murder occurred. The family found the young man outside the home that afternoon.

Becky has pushed for years to get the case reopened and in November of 2014, District Attorney Matt Stowe had Tony’s body exhumed and an autopsy was performed.

Tony’s mother hired a private investigator, who alerted TV host Nancy Grace, who investigates crimes.

A Facebook page will soon be established in Tony’s name that will have photos of Tony and other details about the crime.

Young Man Killed By Lightning Strike On Sunday

According to a report from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office, an incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, in which a seven-year-old boy was standing under a tree when lightning struck and killed the young man.

The incident occurred at the home of David and Laura Yoder, 1280 Blaylock Store Road, just a few miles from McKenzie.

The report stated that at the time, the weather wasn’t particularly bad, just some wind gusts and thunder and that there was no reason to suspect lightning to be that close.

The father said the children were playing outside when the lightning bolt struck the tree. The young man was killed instantly.

The Carroll County Ambulance Service, based in McKenzie, responded to the call, along with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.

Due to the weather, authorities stated that Mr. Yoder moved the child to the porch prior to authorities and EMS arriving on scene.

Man Charged With Driving Revoked; 3rd Offense

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Cody Coleman was stationary on Elm Street when he observed a man, identified as Eric R. Robinson, age 45 of McKenzie get into the driver’s seat of an orange Chevy Car in the gas station parking lot. Robinson then drove the vehicle out of the parking lot and onto Magnolia Avenue.

Due to prior knowledge of revocation, Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on Elm Street. Upon making contact with Robinson, and when asked for his license, Robinson stated he didn’t have one. Officer Coleman advised Robinson that he was aware of the revoked status, due to a DUI and Robinson began to get aggressive.

Sgt. Beauchamp arrived on scene and both Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Coleman advised Robinson to step out of the vehicle, as dispatch had confirmed the revocation. Sgt. Beauchamp noted an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Robinson was placed in the back of Officer Coleman’s patrol unit and an inventory and search of the vehicle was conducted, due to the odor of marijuana. The vehicle was seized due to driving while revoked for a DUI. Two small roaches were located in the ashtray of the vehicle, near the driver’s seat.

Robinson was found to have two prior convictions for driving while revoked. The next scheduled wrecker service was dispatched to the scene and Robinson was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Robinson was charged with driving while revoked, due to a DUI; third offense and placed on a $1000 bond.

Smokin' On The Square To Held June 1st & 2nd

The City of McKenzie Main Street will present Smokin’ on the Square, June 1st and 2nd. Teams from around the mid-South will be competing for cash prizes and bragging rights for chicken, ribs, pork or their favorite pit master choice, with tomato base, mustard or vinegar sauces.

Competition begins at Noon for the categories, but many of the teams will have BBQ for sale.

Entertainment will be provided on Friday night from the Longshot Band.

For more information, please contact the City of McKenzie at 731-352-2292 or email jennifer.waldrup@cityofmckenzie.com

Relay For Life Survivor Dinner Planned

The Carroll County Unit of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Survivor Dinner will be held on June 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.

A Cancer Survivor is defined by the American Cancer Society as anyone who is living with cancer, from the date of diagnosis. This is just one of the many ways that celebrate all the cancer survivors and their caregivers.

All cancer survivors, along with one guest, are invited to attend the event.

A catered meal and entertainment will be provided. Survivor t-shirts for the Relay for Life event at the Carroll County Civic Center on Friday, June 22nd will be given out.

On Friday, June 22nd, the Survivor Registration and Reception are 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Civic Center.

For more information, or to make reservations, contact any of the Co-Chairs of the events, Johnny Beth Nolen at 986-8496, Tracy Teague at 363-9767 or Kathy Whitehead at 986-9221.

Reservations must be made by June 1st.

Woman Arrested Found To Have Warrants

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp initiated a traffic stop on a white, Ford F-150, due to the vehicle had no legal rear brake lights. The traffic stop was made at the corner of Hwy 124 and Hwy 79.

The driver, identified as Jennifer Jordan, age 31 of McKenzie, immediately advised upon approach that her license was revoked for DUI and that she didn’t have the money to get an ignition interlock device installed and maintained to make her legal to drive. A status check of Jordan’s license did reveal a revocation out of Gibson County.

Based on that information, Jordan was taken into custody for driving on a revoked license, due to a DUI. Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Billy King inventoried the vehicle before seizure and a syringe with a hypodermic needle attached was located, with an unknown clear liquid inside. Jordan stated that she had gone to the hospital for a facial injury that required her mouth to be numb and that needle was used to numb the inside of her mouth. Jordan stated that when the nurse laid it down and exited the room, that she put it in her pocket.

Upon arriving at the Carroll County Jail, Sgt. Beauchamp learned that Jordan had an active warrant out of Carroll County for Vandalism. Jordan was served the warrant and placed on $1500 bond.

Local Man Indicted On Exploitation Charges

The Carroll County Grand Jury indicted Justin Lee Adcox, age 30 of 1045 Pearidge Road in Huntingdon with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

The indictment handed down on Adcox indicates that he knowingly did distribute or exchange more than 25 images, materials, or a combination of images that included a minor engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity to generate the aggravated sexual exploitation charge.

The incidents allegedly occurred between December of 2016 and July of 2017.

On the second count of sexual exploitation of a minor, Adcox is charged with knowingly possessing more than 100 individual images and materials, or a combination of images and materials that included a minor engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity.

Mother Indicted After Leaving Toddler Home Alone

Cassie Lee Scales, age 22 of Drew Court in Huntingdon was also indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury on charges of leaving her two-year-old child in the bedroom of a vacant apartment on January 12th at approximately 11:30 p.m.

The charges state that the bedroom door was closed and the child could not get out of the room. Scales is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after leaving the child alone in said apartment for more than 24 hours.

The case was made by the Huntingdon Police Department.

Scales phoned a neighbor to check on the child however, the neighbor could not enter because of a dog in the apartment. The neighbor then notified police, who found the child in the floor with a soiled diaper.

The child was transported to a local hospital for observation and then placed in foster care, emergency placement by the TN Department of Children’s Services.

A three-month old child was also placed in foster care.

McKenzie PD Assists Metro Nashville

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Metro Nashville reported an armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction that involved the taking of a silver, Chevy Equinox. The occupants were supposed to be heavily armed and dangerous. Based on the report and other factors, Metro Nashville believed the vehicle would be returning to Booker Street in McKenzie.

A few days later, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Officer Jeremy Brooks notified Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp that he believed he was behind the vehicle. Officer Brooks followed the vehicle onto Booker Street where it pulled into the driveway at 142 Booker Street. Officer Brooks continued to drive past the vehicle in an attempt to verify the tag, but was only able to get the first three digits. At that time, both Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Brooks turned around and approached the vehicle.

As both approached, a white male emerged from beside the back of the vehicle and was ordered down to the ground. A black male who had just left the side of the vehicle was attempting to go into the house and was given verbal commands to come back outside and to get on the ground. Another black male appeared in the doorway and a verbal command given to come out of the house and to sit on the steps. A female was also ordered to sit on the steps.

Two white females were in the vehicle and were given verbal commands to stay in the vehicle and to keep their hands visible. The black male on the ground was detained and was identified as a juvenile. The juvenile gave an original story that he had purchased the vehicle from the registered owner for $2500, but did not have the title or a bill of sale.

The juvenile stated that he picked up the other occupants of the vehicle in Paris and had traveled to visit his cousin, the man seated on the steps. The juvenile seemed to be shocked and then mad to learn that the vehicle had been reported stolen a few days prior. He did state that the others in the vehicle had nothing do with the incident.

The other occupants of the vehicle, one female identified as Kathy G. Snead, age 19 of Paris, was found to have no warrants after a check through dispatch and was given a ride to the Police Department to wait for a ride. Another female, identified as Jessica Thompson, age 21 of Paris, was found to have an active Capias/Bench warrant out of Weakley County. Thompson was transported to the Weakley County line per their request and transported by the WCSO accordingly.
Another juvenile, was determined to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance, specifically marijuana and was also out past curfew, so he was detained and transported to the McKenzie Police Department.

The juvenile driver was taken into custody for (admittedly) being in control and possession of a stolen vehicle. He is charged with Theft of Property over $2,500 but less than $10,000 because the value of the vehicle was a little over $2500. He was assigned a $20,000 bond by the Commissioner to secure his release from jail because of a prior conviction for a similar charge.

Local Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Mark Boaz observed a red pickup truck parked behind a business located at 191 Main Street South. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Boaz noticed the vehicle was occupied. Officer Boaz checked out with the vehicle due to recent burglaries and drug activity in the area, along with a request from business owners for increased patrol.

When Officer Boaz approached the vehicle, an instant odor of marijuana was coming from inside the truck and the male that was inside the vehicle was asleep. Sgt. Boucher had arrived on scene and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer Boaz knocked on the window and the man woke up and when asked, stated that he was doing laundry and had just come out to his truck.

Officer Boaz requested that the driver, identified as Eddie L. Shaw, age 34 of McKenzie, exit the vehicle. Shaw was advised that due to the odor of marijuana, his vehicle would be searched. Officer Boaz asked Shaw if he had anything illegal on his person. Shaw began pulling items out of his pockets of his pants and a green pill bottle fell onto the ground. Shaw agreed to be patted down and Officer Boaz located 3 needles in Shaw's cargo pocket and upper pocket. Upon looking at the needles, there was a clear liquid inside the needles, which did field test positive for methamphetamine.

After the search of his person was over, Officer Boaz picked up the green pill bottle and found an assortment of pills and marijuana. Shaw was then detained, and agreed to answer questions. Shaw denied taking an substance prior to the encounter. Upon further search of the vehicle, a cigar package was located in the door panel and there was a pink 4-sided pill labeled 54 883, which was determined to be methadone, a schedule 2 narcotic. The marijuana was later weighed and was found to be approximately 3.3 grams.

Shaw was then placed under arrest and charged with unlawful possession without a prescription, possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a schedule II substance, two counts.


Tennessee Reconnect Meetings To Be Held

Jackson, Tenn. (May 16, 2018) – Jackson State Community College will be conducting an information session about the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship grant at the Camden Central High School Library on Monday, May 21 from 3 to 6 p.m and the Carroll County Civic Center on Thursday, May 24 from 3 to 6 p.m..

The TN Reconnect scholarship provides adults who have never completed a post-secondary degree the opportunity to attend college tuition free.  JSCC staff will be available to assist prospective students with information about the scholarship, help with completing admission and financial aid applications, and information about programs of study and potential career paths.

“This is a great opportunity for adults who, for whatever reason, never completed their education after high school,” said Paula Fuller, JSCC recruitment coordinator.   Fall classes begin August 27. “Now is the time to apply for admission and get the necessary paperwork completed,” said Fuller. “This is a tremendous opportunity and we hope that people will take advantage of it.” 

To learn more about Tennessee Reconnect at JSCC, visit www.jscc.edu/reconnect or contact Paula Fuller at 731-424-3520 ext. 50369 or pfuller@jscc.edu.

Nights on Broadway Tonight in McKenzie

The first "Nights on Broadway" gets underway this evening at 7:00 in downtown McKenzie.  Food will be available from food trucks, Chris Chadwick's Hawg County & Freckled Belly Food Trucks will both be there.  Entertainment for the night will be the band "Double Edge."  Come on down to downtown McKenzie tonight for great food, and music with your friends.

Huntingdon Mustangs Fall to Loretto

The Huntingdon Mustangs fell to the defending state champion Loretto Mustangs Wednesday evening but will still advance to the sectional tournament on Friday evening.  The Huntingdon squad was able to score three runs but Loretto go a total of 6 to win the game.  Loretto will host East Robertson High School in the sectionals while the Huntingdon squad will find themselves on the road once again traveling to Columbia to take on Columbia Academy at 6:00 P.M.  Winners will be advancing to the state tournament. 

Spring Fling with the TSSAA State Tournament activities gets underway with eight winners progressing to the state tourney.  Loretto and Huntingdon would both advance to the final eight with wins Friday night.  The Union City Tornadoes will also be in play Friday night trying to advance to the state.  They will host Middle College out of Memphis.  Trinity Christian will travel to Memphis and take on Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.

In girls class A softball Gibson County Lady Pioneers will be traveling to Memphis Academy of Health Sciences on Friday.


Two Men Charged With First-Degree Murder

Almost a year after a brutal attack on an elderly woman in her home in Carroll County, the two men believed to be responsible are now awaiting trial for murder.

Dakota D. Baggett, age 25 of Nashville and James P. Hill, age 36 of New Johnsonville were indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury last week. Baggett was indicted for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Hill was indicted by the Grand Jury for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Both are accused of invading the home of 96-year-old Dalphy Ross, who lived on McKee Levee Road near the Buena Vista Community, on June 19, 2017.

According to police reports, Ross was bound in duct tape, repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat, and slashed with a knife. While Ross survived the initial attack, she later died in October of 2017. Authorities believe that Ross’ death was a direct result of the brutal attack.

Reports from law enforcement state that Ross’ daughter, Janet Ross and a friend, Myron Butler, arrived at the home while Baggett was still at the scene. Ross and Butler told officers that Baggett threatened them with a knife and refused to let them give aid to Dalphy Ross before stealing Butler’s vehicle and driving away from the scene.

Baggett was apprehended the next day at a gas station in Camden. Hill was arrested at a motel in Paris several days later.

Both Baggett and Hill are scheduled to appear on June 11th in Carroll County Circuit Court.

McKenzie Man Killed In Freak Accident

A McKenzie man has died from head trauma sustained while shoeing a mule on May 7th. Van Ramsey was able to drive himself to the hospital and after being treated for facial lacerations, was discharged.

The next day, Ramsey was resting at home and appeared to be recovering. However, his condition suddenly reversed and at around 8 p.m. he passed on the sofa next to his wife. His wife stated that he never complained of pain.

Ramsey was previously a member of the McKenzie School Board and McKenzie Industrial Board. He also owned Southern Star Lumber Company in McKenzie.

Nights on Broadway This Thursday

Nights on Broadway will kick off again this year in McKenzie this Thursday evening at 7:00 with the band Double Edge to perform.  Everything will be set up outside but in case of bad weatherr can be moved inside the Park Theater.  Nights On Broadway is brought to you by Bank of Gleason, Belles On Broadway, Carroll Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, City Florist/Ginger Baby Cakery, Diversified Contractors, Hometown Vape, Super Drugs, Westan Insurance Group, Williams Furniture, Woodson Insurance Group, and Main Street McKenzie.

National Nursing Home Week

Each year in the month of May, nursing facilities across the country celebrate the care and services they provide for residents.  National Nursing Home Week means seven days of fun events and activities for residents and staff.  Nowhere nationwide were the smiles and laughs more evident than recently on the grounds at Christian Care Center of McKenzie. 


A combination of boisterous people, and squealing pigs was the reason!


With the help of Tosh Farms, who brought the pigs, set up the pen, and worked with the facility to help coordinate the event, the contestants and the pigs had at it! 


Christian Care Center of McKenzie residents and staff took part; however it was a very special guest who took home top honors as champion hog caller: Tom Meiners meteorologist from WBBJ-TV.   


Tom experienced a hard fought “lung taxing” battle with Christian Care Center of McKenzie’s executive director Cindy Bruton to determine top honors.  McKenzie Mayor Kenny McBride officiated the contest and awarded “Champion Tom” the coveted Blue Ribbon for 1st place.


  (WBBJ Meterologist Tom Miener and Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride)

“What a day!” exclaimed a disappointed yet spirited Cindy Bruton.  “Tom got me!  Everything couldn’t have been possible without the wonderful help of Tosh Farms.  They were so generous, bringing the pigs and helping to make the contest happen.  Then to have the Mayor join us, along with everyone else made it just a perfect time.”



While the pigs have come and gone, Christian Care Center of McKenzie staff continues on, taking care of residents.  For more information visit CCCofMcKenzie.com or better yet stop by 150 Oak Manor Road for a personal tour.


Cindy Bruton, meanwhile, is already looking ahead to Nursing Home Week 2019 and a potential return of some special guests, proclaiming: “I want a rematch with Tom Meiners, and those pigs!” 

Huntingdon BB Advances, West Carroll SB Drops

The Huntingdon Mustangs defeated the Summertown Eagles in baseball action on Monday at Huntingdon by a score of 4-3 while the Fillies lost to Summertown 4-2.  Huntingdon Mustangs will take on Loretto Mustangs on Wednesday evening, weather permitting, at 6:00 P.M.

The West Carrol War Eagles lost to Summertown 5-0 in Summertown Monday evening. 

Rebels Season Ends

The McKenzie Rebel baseball team came to a screeching hault Monday night at the hands of 2017 TSSAA Class A defending state champion Loretto High School.  With a number of professional scouts and agents on hand to specifically to watch him pitch, Ryan Weathers pitched 5 innings of shut out ball to the Rebels and struck out 9 of 16 batters he faced.  Ryan is the son of former major league pitcher David Weathers who is a volunteer coach for Loretto.  Chase Daffran started things off well for the Rebels striking out the first two batters he faced but the second inning was all it took for the Mustangs as they scored 7 runs on 6 hits and an error batting 13 batters in the 2nd inning.  The Mustangs scored two more runs in the 3rd inning and 1 in the 5th to hault the game 10-0.


It was a much better mood leaving for Loretto than heading back home following the 10-0 loss to defending state champion Loretto High School.

WHDM says thanks to the following sponsors who helped us carry the game live over the radio last night: Arnold's, Holley Credit Union, West Tennessee Public Utility District, Centennial Bank, Trevathan Electric, Central Refrigeration, Shelter Insurance, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Estate and Auction, Carroll County Lumber Co., Merchants Outlet Mall, McKenzie City Florists and More, Carroll County Electric, and Farm Bureau. 

Man Aprehended In Grocery Store Burglary

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, at approximately 5:25 a.m. on May 10th and employee of E.W. James and Sons reported for work and found a masked man in the back of the store, located at 160 Main Street in McKenzie.

The subject, identified as William A. Raspa, age 23 of McKenzie, was found to have entered through the trash compactor chute and forced the door open to the inside of the building, damaging the door. Sgt. Trey Boucher and Officer Mark Boaz did locate Raspa in the back of the store by the chute. When confronted, Raspa jumped down the chute and ran from the back of the store.

Chief Motes, who was watching the back of the store stated that he observed Raspa exit the trash compactor with a black bag and then run into a railing, before running towards Midway Materials. Chief Motes stated that he followed Raspa in his truck, until Raspa jumped the wall. Chief Motes then drove North on Highland Drive to cut Raspa off if he ran in such direction.

Officer Boaz chased Raspa on foot through Midway Materials and stated that Raspa looked back, but failed to stop when told to do so. Officer Boaz stated that he lost sight of Raspa toward the back of the property. Raspa was located a short time later, hiding in some thick brush.

Raspa was instructed through verbal commands and Raspa again, failed to do so and ran deeper into the brush. Chief Motes pulled into the parking lot just as Raspa was exiting the brush and as Chief Motes stopped the truck, Raspa ran into the front end of the truck and fell backwards onto the ground.

Raspa was on the ground and did get up again but was quickly handcuffed. Raspa stated that he had gone into the store to get food. Raspa was advised of his rights.

Raspa requested and was transported by Sgt. Boucher to the hospital to be examined for a sore leg. Raspa was cleared and released by the hospital and transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Raspa was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, evading arrest and resisting stop, frisk and halt.

Listen To Live Broadcast From Loretto

Be sure and join David Jackson on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 for today's broadcast of the Loretto Mustange and McKenzie Rebel regional baseball tournament from Loretto High School.  The broadcast will begin at 4:30 with game time at 5:00.  The winner will advance into action on Wednesday evening with the championship coming up on Friday.  You can listen to our broadcast on the radio or live streaming over WHDMRADIO.com and click on the Rebel.  If you are out of town and no internet dial in on you telephone 712.432.5742 regular phone charges will be incurred.

Rebel Regional Game Monday To Be Broadcast

The McKenzie Rebel and Loretto Mustangs regional baseball game on Monday afternoon will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 beginning at 4:30 in the afternoon. You can listen over the radio or online at www.whdmradio.com click on the Rebel to listen to live streaming or you can dial 712.432.5742 and listen standard cell phone charges may apply. Hope you'll join me on the air Monday at 4:30 P.M.  Thanks to the following sponsors:  Travathan Electric, Merchant's Outlet Mall, Arnold's, Blake Fawcet Farm Bureau, Carroll County Electric, Caroll County Lumber, Holley Credit Union, West Tennessee Public Utility District, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Estate and Auction, Shelter Insurance, Centennial Bank and Central Refrigeration.


Hannah Reeves Fundraiser To Be Held Saturday

A fundraiser for Hannah Reeves has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cash Savers on East Main Street in Huntingdon.

Hannah is a sophomore at Huntingdon High School and is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at St. Jude in Memphis.

In addition to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, face painting will be available for only $1!

Shepherd's Table To Serve Meal On May 15th

The Shepherd's Table, the community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon, will be serving a delicious hot meal, on Tuesday, May 15th, in their Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.

Mary Lodge, a volunteer with The Shepherd's Table, and wife of Minister Arthur Lodge, said, "this month's meal will be Tacos, chips and salsa, refried beans, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies." The food is freshly prepared for each meal and all guests are served restaurant style. Each guest is welcomed to come in, take a seat at the table and someone will come and take their drink order and deliver their food to them. "It may not be fine dining, but it is dining at its finest," said John Wambles, a volunteer.

The Shepherd's Table's first meal was a huge success. More than 30 meals were served to guests, volunteers and local dignitaries that came by to support the First Presbyterian Church's efforts. "We had guests that came by to eat that left and brought back other guests," said Mary.

The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would prefer to not eat alone for at least one meal please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join them for a meal. More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Bethel University Followed By MSU

The latest Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia Standings have been released and holding steady with a 564-point lead is Bethel University. Rounding out the top 3 are Murray State University, who moves from fifth place to second place, and Auburn University jumping back up into third.

At this point in the season, teams know it’s crucial to fish as many events as possible to earn as many points for Cabela’s School of the Year in hopes of making a last-minute move in the standings, and ultimately taking the top spot. But with a stacked field,  featuring top notch fishing clubs, it’s much more than just fishing every event possible, it’s also about fishing consistently well. No team has done that better than Bethel this year.

This year’s program saw the addition of a point system for all FLW, B.A.S.S, and ACA events, as well as a point system for all sanctioned school-run events. This move implemented by the ACA was designed to provide more points earning opportunities than ever before. With less than three weeks to go before crowning the next Cabela’s School of the Year team, it appears that Bethel University has taken advantage of the points, holding on to the top spot with no plans of letting up. Still up for grabs though are the top spots, as well as the prestige of finishing the year ranked in the Top 25 in the nation.

Bethel University has been in the top 10 all year, taking an early lead back in June after the first couple of events of the 2017-2018 season. Bethel no doubt has depth when it comes to their team, which currently consists of 32 active members allowing them to travel and compete in events as needed. That being said, it doesn’t take away from the simple fact that since the start of the season Bethel has been able to fish consistently and effectively. It’s safe to say that Bethel University has their sights on the prize.

“Winning the ‘School of the Year’ award would mean so much to our program here at Bethel. This is one of the highest awards in college fishing and we have never won this great award even though we have been in the top seven schools or closer each year,” said Bethel University Coach, Garry Mason.

Moving from fifth to second place is another powerhouse, Murray State University. Murray State made moves from the last update, competing in the FLW Central event on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes, taking first place and earning 200 points that helped move them into second place. Murray State University Bass team has long been a contender since the beginning of the Cabela’s School of the Year program, and by all accounts has always had their eye on winning the Cabela’s School of the Year title.

Still in the hunt and rounding out the top 3 is Auburn University. Auburn has been a steady presence in the top 10 this year. Just this past weekend at the FLW Southeastern event on Lake Chickamauga, Auburn placed third overall and gained 180 points to their team total. With that top 3 finish, Auburn moves one spot back into the top 3.

Rebels Move To Championship Game

The Rebel baseball team has fought back to the championship game tonight at McKenzie City Park at 5:00.  The Rebels won over West Carroll in a 3-0 shutout victory.  Chase Daffron went the distance on the mound for the rebels for the victory striking out eleven batters and allowing only two hits.  Chase Daffron led the rebels at bat with 3 singles on the night. Tyler Berryman, Murphy Watkins, and Nathan Eaton had a single each while Noah Hawkins, Harold Smith,and Cameron Rawls each had a double in the contest.  Noah Brasher had a lone double for the War Eagles.  PJ Winberry also reached first once.  The Rebels were able to score two runs in the second and one in the sixth to win 3-0.  They will play against Huntingdon and will have to beat them twice to become the district champions.  Both the champion and runner-up will advance to the 1st round of the regional tournament champion probably to host and  the runner up on the road.


Lady Rebels Eliminated, Rebels Advance

McKenzie Lady Rebels watched their tournament season slip away early and couldn't recover in a 7-4 loss to West Carroll on Wednesday at McKenzie City Park.  The Lady Rebels had to face West Carroll for at least the 4th time this season and the second in the tournament in the losers bracket.

West Carroll pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning.  In the second an error scored one run for West Carroll, Butler singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, and Cunningham singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

McKenzie Lady Rebels mounted a come back effort in the seventh picking up three runs but the effot fizzled.  Lilly Bennett had an RBI double in the inning to lead the run scoring.  West Carroll scored four runs in the third inning.  Sadie Martin and Cunningham all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Shelby Browning was credited with the victory for West Carroll. She allowed four hits and four runs over six innings, striking out four.  Zoey Cook threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.  Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She surrendered seven runs on nine hits over seven innings, striking out six. Bennett led McKenzie Lady Rebels with three hits in four at bats.

West Carroll racked up nine hits on the day.  Cunningham, Butler, and Browning all had multiple hits for West Carroll.  Cunningham went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead West Carroll in hits.  With the loss the Lady Rebels season comes to an end and three seniors played their last game for the Rebels:  Emily Lunn, Bailey Nelson and Audrie Washburn.  The West Carroll War Eagles will play the Huntingdon Fillies in the championship game Friday at 5:00 at the McKenzie City Park.

Man Charged With Public Intoxication

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Cody Coleman was on routine patrol through Walnut Circle, searching for a subject that had fled earlier in the evening.

Officer Coleman exited his patrol car and began walking on foot on the south side of Walnut Circle. Officer Coleman could hear a subject being very loud in the distance, north east of where he was walking and called for Officer Boaz to assist at his location.

Both officers began walking on foot towards the noise and made contact with Angelo Edwards, age 28 of McKenzie. Officer Boaz and Officer Coleman had already dealt with Edwards earlier in the night, in reference to another call. Edwards was advised then to return to his home and remain there, due to him being under the influence. Edwards had admitted to drinking and was given a verbal warning. Edwards did have a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and was slurring.

Edwards was placed under arrest for public intoxication and transported to the Carroll County Jail. Edwards was cited and could be released after staying in custody for eight hours.

Local Woman Cited For Driving Offense

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was sitting stationary and running radar on Main Street near Forrest Avenue when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign on Forrest Avenue, traveling west across Main Street.

Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on Forrest Avenue, near University Drive and upon contact with the driver, identified as Jessica Allen, age 30 of McKenzie, Allen stated she didn’t have her purse so her driver’s license was not with her.

Dispatch ran her through the system by her social security number and advised Allen’s driver’s license to be suspended for failure to satisfy fines in Carroll County General Sessions Court.

Allen was cited into court for driving while license suspended, 1st offense and failure to stop at a stop sign. Allen was advised she had 10 days to book herself into the Carroll County Jail and Allen parked her car in a gravel lot on University Drive and waited for her husband to come and get her and the car.

Both Rebels Fall to Losers Bracket Games Today

Both the McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels fell into the loosers bracket last night following losses to district rivals, the Huntingdon Fillies and Mustangs and both will play Wednesday (today) at 5:00 P.M. at McKenzie City Park.

The Lady Rebels fell behind early in their contest at McKenzie City Park and couldn't come back in a 4-1 loss to Huntingdon on Tuesday.  Huntingdon scored on a fielder's choice by Kaci Fuller in the first inning and a home run by Kelsey Hayes in the second inning.  McKenzie Lady Rebels lost despite out-hitting Huntingdon six to five.

In the first inning, Huntingdon got their offense started.  Fuller hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run.  Adyn Swenson was the winning pitcher for Huntingdon. She went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, striking out seven and walking one. Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She lasted six innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out four and walking one.  McKenzie Lady Rebels smacked one home run on the day. Bailey Nelson put one out in the fifth inning.  Washburn, Jenna Tucker, Shelby Tucker, Amberleigh Cooper, Nelson, and Lilly Bennett each managed one hit to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels.  The Lady Rebels will play again this evening at 5:00 against West Carroll.  They must win to advance back into the championship against Huntingdon.

McKenzie Rebels Win First Game Fall in Second

The McKenzie Rebels won their first game in the district TSSAA baseball game agains West Carroll 10 to 1 but then lost Tuesday evening to the Huntingdon Mustangs 5-1.  In the first game with West Carroll Chase Daffron would be the winning pitcher with the Rebels amassing 12 hits and 10 runs.  Tyler Spivey and Harold Smith both had doubles in the game.  Noah Hawkins, Tyler Berryman, Murphy Watkins, and Hunter Stafford each had 2 singles and Chase Daffron had one.  Neither team scored until the 5th inning when McKenzie scored 8 runs and got two more in the sixth.  Colby Johnson had a double for West Carroll and Cater Deer had a single.  Daffron struck out 11 and walked 2 in the victory.

The Rebels advanced to play Huntingdon Tuesday night at the McKenzie City Park and it was a ittle different story as the Rebels only had 1 hit from senior Cameron Rawls.  Huntingdon had 6 hits.  Kelby Pearson had a triple and single, Kade Pearson, Kyle Lutz, Hunter Hawkins, and Brond Lawlor each had a single.  Huntingdon scored one run in the third inning but McKenzie tied it up in the top of the fourth but Huntingdon came back and scored 4 in the bottom of the sixth.  Evan Jarrett took the loss for the Rebels.  The Rebels fall into the loosers brack in the tournament and will play again this afternoon at 5:00 at McKenzie City Park.  They too must win to get back in the winners bracket and face Huntingdon again.  Both girls and boys would have to beat Huntingdon twice should they win this evening.


Man Charged After Accumulation Of Offenses

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that dispatch received a call from Carroll County that a vehicle was headed towards McKenzie that was all over the road.

Officer Jeff Winberry observed a silver Jeep traveling North bound on Highland Drive and the vehicle did cross the fog line twice. Officer Winberry initiated a traffic stop and upon making contact with the driver, identified as Francisco Sanchez, age 45 of McKenzie, Sanchez advised he didn’t have a driver’s license.

A check through dispatch revealed that Sanchez was suspended 2nd offense for accumulation of convictions from 2006 to indefinite.

Sanchez was then transported to the Carroll County Jail for the booking process.

Active Warrant Leads To Additional Charges

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was on routine patrol on Alabama Street when he observed a subject, identified as Frank Sills, age 65 of McKenzie, jumping off a white Ford F150 at his residence.

Officer Coleman inquired through dispatch as to the status of an active warrant for Sills and dispatch advised Sills had an active failure to appear bench warrant out of Carroll County. While waiting for the hard copy of the warrant, Officer Coleman noted that the vehicle had left the residence.

Officer Coleman then observed the vehicle traveling down Walnut Avenue and headed towards Main Street. In an attempt to follow the vehicle, it sped up and went down Main Street towards Barksdale Avenue. Officer Coleman attempted to initiate a traffic stop, due to the fact that other than an active warrant, Officer Coleman had prior knowledge of Sill having a suspended driver’s license for failure to appear in Madison County. The vehicle came to a stop on Highland Drive in front of Auto Zone.

Upon making contact with Sills, he could not provide proof of financial responsibility for the vehicle. Dispatch then advised the warrant was in hand and Sills was placed under arrest.

Officer Boaz arrived on location to assist and the next scheduled wrecker was in route to the location. Sills was transported to the Carroll County Jail and Officer Boaz remained with the vehicle for the tow company to pick it up.

Sills was charged with failure to appear in Carroll County General Sessions and placed on a $1000 bond. Sills was cited for driving while suspended first offense and financial responsibility.

Little Rebels Basketball Camp

Coach John Wilkins and the Rebel basketball team will be conducting a Little Rebels Basketball Camp for incoming 1st through 8th grade students at the McKenzie High School gym May 21-24th from 10-12 P.M.  Cost for the camp which will include a free t-shirt is $50.00 to benefit the basketball program.  Checks should e made to McKenzie Boys Basketball and can be mailed to McKenzie Boys Basketball 23292 Hwy 22, McKenzie, TN 38201 or register on the first day of camp at 9:30 A.M.

Nights on Broadway May 17th

Nights on Broadway will get underway Thursday evening May 17th downtown in McKenzie.  Food trucks and music will be the gem of the night with the band Double Edge on site.  Come out and enjoy the music and food in the kick off for Nights on Broadway.

McKenzie Lady Rebels Grab District Win


The McKenzie Lady Rebels gott their first district tournament win Monday with a victory over  West Carroll 2-1. The game was tied at one with the Lady Rebels batting in the bottom of the sixth scored one run on a War Eagle error.  The pitching was strong on both sides. Audrie Washburn struck out nine, while Shelby Browning sat down 12.  The Rebels knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the fifth inning. Washburn hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run.  Washburn  was the winning pitcher lasting seven innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out nine.  Browning  took the loss for West Carroll. She lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out 12 and walking one.  McKenzie  racked up seven hits in the game.  Anna Washburn and Emily Lunn  each collected multiple hits for the Rebels.  The Rebels will be in action today facing Huntingdon at 5.  West Carroll plays Bruceton at 7 at McKenzie City Park.

Complaint Leads to Alcohol Arrest

According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Paul Eddlemon was dispatched to Allen Street in reference to a male subject that was passed out in a black car. The complainant advised they could not get him awake.


Upon Officer Eddlemon’s arrival at a small apartment complex, he did observe a black BMW sedan running in the parking lot. Officer Eddlemon also observed a male subject in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officer Eddlemon knocked on the window of the vehicle in an attempt to wake the subject and was successful. Slow in moving, the subject was asked to roll down the window and the driver opened the door. The driver also seemed somewhat confused.


Officer Eddlemon did smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. The subject, identified as Jarrett Robertson, age 31 of McKenzie, had slurred speech and advised that he had some to drink earlier in the day, approximately four glasses of wine.


Officer Eddlemon did administer the standardized field sobriety tests and Robertson did perform below acceptable standard and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.


Officer Eddlemon advised Robertson of his Miranda rights after placing him in the patrol car and once again inquired as to the drinks or any other intoxicant. Robertson stated that he had brought home a 52 ounce cup of ice from the convenience store and poured the cup full of wine and drank it, then filled it and drank it again. Robertson then stated that he came out of the house and got in his car to listen to music and must have fallen asleep while doing so.


Robertson had a previous DUI conviction out of Carroll County in 2016 and was transported to the Carroll County Jail and processed for driving under the influence, 2nd offense.


Counterfeit Money Appears in Purchase

A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that at approximately 8:52 p.m. on May 5th a call was received regarding a counterfeit $100 bill with “for motion picture use only” on the back side of the bill and the subject, described as a black male, attempted to purchase food at a local fast food establishment.


The manager advised that he felt the subject grew suspicious of them and took off without getting his order. The vehicle the subject was driving was described as a 4 cylinder car, white in color, with loud pipes for the exhaust.
The subject was described as a slender, black male with a slim face that seemed to be tall in stature. Video of the car will be available at a later date and the incident is still under investigation.

National Day of Prayer at Carroll County Airport

Carroll County Airport was the scene for the National Day of Prayer Thursday.  Around 50 local citizens assembled for about an hour for prayer and song for Carroll County citizens, government officials, and interested neighbors.  Sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce the program began with welcome by Bob Rutledge and continue with songs by Huntingdon church of Christ minister Tim Parish.  Fourteen Carroll County individuals offered prayers for different segments of the community.

The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775. Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”


Prayer brings people together and builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God’s image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go.


Prayer brings unity. In 2018, the theme is Pray for America – Unity, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenge us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, Making Every Effort to Keep the Unity of the Spirit through the Bond of Peace.


The 2018 Day of Prayer Celebration marks the fourth time the Carroll County Chamber has hosted the National Day of Prayer event in Carroll County.

Republican Primary Results

The Republican primary Tuesday night had few contested races but winners were determined to face encumbents presently in office.  Joesph Butler defeated Tim Pratt 10 votes to 9 and will face Kenny McBride current Carroll County mayor and independent candidate T. Richard Goodwin on the August ballot.  Sandy Roditis, running for Assessor of property, and Sarah Bradberry for Circuit Court Clerk both received complimentary votes.

Lady Rebels Win and Prepare for District


McKenzie, Tenn. – The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated Gibson County 6-5 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off error as they prepare for district tournament play that gets undereway Thursday.  The game was tied at five with McKenzie Lady Rebels batting in the bottom of the eighth when an error scored one run for the Lady Rebels to take the victory.. The Lady Rebels built a four-run lead in the third inning and then held off Gibson County's charge.  Gibson County put up four runs in the failed comeback. Maddie Neal, Zoey Neal,  Ashley ODaniel, and Neal fueled the rally with RBIs.

Gibson County got on the board in the first inning scoring one run on a McKenzie error.  In the top of the seventh inning, Gibson County tied things up at five.  Neal singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.  The Lady Rebels notched three runs in the third inning when Lilly Bennett, Amberleigh Cooper, and Bailey Nelson all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Audrie Washburn pitched McKenzie Lady Rebels to victory going eight innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one batter.

Lexie Garner took the loss for Gibson County. She went seven and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on six hits and striking out five.  Grace Washburn led McKenzie Lady Rebels with two hits in four at bats.  Gibson County totaled eight hits.  Neal, Macey Neal, and Savannah Fletcher all managed multiple hits for Gibson County.

The Lady Rebels received a bye in the tournament and will not play until Monday when they will play the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy.


Republican Primary Today in Carroll County

McKenzie, Tenn. - Voters today will choose a Republican Party representative to faceoff for the Mayors position for Carroll County later this year.  Joseph Butler and Tim Pratt are both attempting to gain the nomination of their party.  Polls opened this morning and will be open until 7:00 P.M. today.  Early voting has been going on for some time already.  We hope to have election results as soon as possible.

Lady Rebel Signs With Bethel University

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Lady Rebel, Emily Lunn signed to accept a softball scholarship this fall with the Lady Wildcats ofr Bethel University.  The senior, daughter of Craig and Traci Lunn, has had many years of competitve softball action with her dad as coach for area travel teams.  Craig, who is part of the broadcast crew for WHDM radio said, "Traci and I are excited that Emily will be continuing her education and athletic career here in McKenzie." Emily has been a leader for the lady rebels for four years.  The lady rebels complete their regular season today with senior recognition beginning at 4:30 at the McKenzie City Park.  District tournament action will be beginning on Thursday.


Pictured at McKenzie High School this morning left to right: Bethel head coach John Weeks, assistant coach Kaelin Dawson, Craig Lunn, brother Mitchell Lunn, Emily sister Carleigh, mom Traci and McKenzie head coach Kristi Brown, and assistant coach Christina French.

Individual Arrested On Outstanding Warrants

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Billy King was responding to an EMS call on Everett Street when he observed a subject, identified as Jessie F. Butler, age 20 of Trezevant, dancing in a yard on Walnut Avenue. When Officer King put his patrol car in reverse, Butler took off running and entered an abandoned house on Washington Street.

Approximately two weeks ago, Officer King and Sgt. Beauchamp dealt with Butler in which he had given a false name. Butler had an active arrest warrant out of Carroll County and two arrest warrants from the McKenzie Police Department for simple possession of a schedule VI and criminal impersonation.


Butler did emerge from the house and was placed under arrest for said active warrants.Butler was also charged with evading arrest.

Accesive Noise on Motorcycle Leads to Arrest

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp was on routine patrol in Walnut Circle, getting ready to turn onto Walnut Lane, and head towards Walnut Avenue. Before Sgt. Beauchamp could make the turn onto Walnut Lane, a black motorcycle turned in from of Sgt. Beauchamp from the opposite direction and the rider rolled hard on the throttle, causing the motorcycle to accelerate to a high rate of speed. The speed of the motorcycle did appear to be faster than that of the posted speed limit.

The motorcycle also had straight pipes (no muffler) which emitted excessive noise as the acceleration occurred. Sgt. Beauchamp activated his blue lights and the motorcycle pulled into the parking space of apartments located near 5 Mulberry Street.

As Sgt. Beauchamp approached the rider, identified as Gary Wayne Wilson, age 31 of Jackson, Wilson advised he did not have a license and felt that it was currently canceled due to a DWI that he received in Paris in 2006. Dispatch advised this information to be accurate. Wilson was revoked out o Henry Count General Sessions Court. Wilson also had a 2009 conviction for driving while suspended out of CarrollCounty General Sessions Court, making this current charge a driving while revoked/suspended for DUI 2nd offense.

Sgt. Beauchamp did detect an odor of alcohol, but Wilson did not show signs ofimpairment. Wilson did have an open bottle of whiskey in the pocket of his riding jacket, which was seized due to an open container law violation.

Wilson was taken into custody for driving while license revoked/suspended forDUI 2nd offense. Warnings were given on the open container, speeding and excessive noise from a motor vehicle.

Wilson was transported to the Carroll County Jail and was placed on a $500 bond.   Wilson's 1998 Honda Shadow 1100 motorcycle was seized.

McKenzie Lady Rebels Fall to Camden Lady Lions

McKenzie Lady Rebels got their offense started when Audrie Washburn lead off with a single and a fielders choice brought her home.  To given the Lady Rebels and one to nothing lead.  But the Camden Lady Lions pulled away for good with three runs in the fourth inning after Brittney Minor homered on an 0-2 count, scoring two runs then her sister Brianna followed with a home over the centerfield fence.

Alix Hampton led the Camden Central squad to victory from the pitcher's circle. She lasted four innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four and walking zero.  Hannah Sampson threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She surrendered six runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out four.

McKenzie Lady Rebels smacked two home runs on the day. Washburn had a long ball in the seventh inning. Lilly Bennett had a four bagger in the third inning.   

Washburn led McKenzie Lady Rebels with two hits in four at bats.

The final regular season game for the Lady Rebels is this afternoon at McKenzie City Park and it will be Senior recognition.  Lady Rebels Audrie Washburn, Emily Lunn and Bailey Nelson will all be recognized for their contribution to the Lady Rebels during their high school years.

The Lady Rebels get a bye in the district tournament that begins on Thursday at different sites but will continue on Monday evening at the McKenzie City Park.  Monday at 5:00 Huntingdon will play the winner of Bruceton and Clarksburg followed at 7:00 with the Lady Rebels playing the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy.  The tournament will be a double elimination after the Thursday afternoon games with winners bracket games being played Tuesday and Thursday and losers brackets games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Blood Donations Needed This Week

Blood donations are scheduled for this week in Carroll and Henry County as shown below.  Summer time will be here before long and there is always a critical need for blood donations.

Tues., May 1      West Carroll Primary School, McLemoresville, 12-5:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 3     First United Methodist Church, Paris, 12-6  Battle of the Badges, All donors get a special Battle of the Badges T-Shirt AND may vote for their favorite public servants:  Police Dept., Fire Dept., or Sheriff’s Dept. The winning agency gets their car washed by the losers!

Fri., May 4           Fred’s Super Dollar Store, McKenzie, 12-6 p.m

Lady Rebels Fall to Huntingdon Fillies

McKenzie, Tenn. The McKenzie Lady Rebels fell to the Huntingdon Fillies in a Friday evening contest 7 to 2.  Huntingdon took the lead on an error in the second inning, and scored 3 runs in the third.  Adyn Swenson got the win for Huntingdon allowing only three hits and one run over four and a third innings.  Huntingdon tallied nine hits on the day and din't commit a single error.  The Lady Rebels will play this afternoon at McKenzie City Park.  WHDM will broadcast the game starting at 4:45.

District Tournament Action Gets Underway for Rebels and Lady Rebels

District tournament action gets underway for the Rebels and the Lady Rebels this week at the McKenzie City Park.  The playin games will start action on Thursday and Friday, but he Lady Rebels will have a first round bye as the second place team in the district.  The Rebels have to wait on a game today between Huntingdon and West Carroll. 

Great Pretenders West Carroll High School

The Senior Class of West Carroll High School is sponsoring the Great Pretenders this weekend at West Carroll High School.  Tickets are available right now at the high school or from any senior for $6.00.  Tickets can be bought at the door for $8.00.  Show time each evening this Friday and Saturday is at 7:00. 

Lady Rebels Shut Out Bruceton

Audrie Washburn had all the right stuff on Wednesday for the McKenzie Lady Rebels, allowing zero runs and besting Bruceton by a score of 15-0.  Shelby Tucker collected four hits in four at bats to help lead McKenzie Lady Rebels to victory.  Tucker doubled in the first, singled in the second, singled in the third, and homered in the fourth.  The Lady Rebels fired up the offense in the first inning.  Lilly Bennett doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.  McKenzie tallied six runs in the second inning.  Tucker, Bennett, and Amberleigh Cooper all drove in runs in the frame.  One bright spot for Bruceton was a double by Haley Hughes in the second inning.

Washburn got the win for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She allowed two hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out eight.  Makayla Burton took the loss for Bruceton. She lasted two and a third innings, allowing nine hits and 11 runs while striking out one.

McKenzie Lady Rebels launched three home runs on the day. Cooper had a dinger in the second inning. Tucker went for the long ball in the fourth inning. Bennett had a homer in the second inning.

McKenzie Lady Rebels racked up 14 hits in the game.  Tucker, Cooper, Bennett, and Washburn all had multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels.  Cooper and Tucker each collected four hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels.  McKenzie Lady Rebels was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Cooper made the most plays with eight.


World's Biggest Fish Fry Adds Women's Pro Event To Rodeo

Paris, Tenn. - In January the IPRA crowned a new world champion cowgirl, breakaway Roper-Brianna Dunbar.  A six-time IFR qualifier, Dunbar and her horse "Ringo" will be part of this years IFR Rodeo at the Henry County Fair Grounds.  This years event will be a qualifying event for cowgirls trying to make it to the coveted top 15 in the world position.  With a World title under her belt Brianna has all intentions of trying for World Championship #2. 
"I plan to be back at IFR 49!"

The IPRA rodeo gets underway Thursday evening with AT&T Family Night: admission is $6, children under 6 free with paying adult.   Admission Friday and Saturday night is $12 for adults $10 for children.


                            (Brianna Dunbar and Ringo)

Vehicle Seized Following Traffic Stop

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was traveling on Highland Drive when he did observe Reginald R. Cozart, age 40 of McKenzie, and Officer Coleman did have prior knowledge that Cozart was driving on a revoked license, due to a previous DUI. Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop.


Cozart failed to yield to Officer Coleman’s lights and sirens and turned down Oak Street. Cozart passed a car near the hill on Oak Street in a No Passing Zone. Cozart then proceeded to the intersection of Oak Street and Main Street. Cozart failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and turned right onto Main Street. Cozart then turned left onto Walnut Avenue and then left again on Garland Street and came to a stop.


Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Boaz arrived on scene and advised Cozart to step out of the vehicle and place his hands behind his back. Cozart was placed under arrest for driving while revoked for DUI. Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Boaz advised they could smell an intoxicating beverage coming from Cozart. Cozart was placed in the back of the patrol car and transported to McKenzie City Hall to perform the field sobriety tests.  

Officer Boaz remained with the vehicle and waited for the next scheduled wrecker to arrive on scene. The vehicle was seized based on Cozart driving while revoked for DUI and could not provide proof of financial responsibility and the registration expired as well.


Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Coleman advised the Cozart did not perform the series of field sobriety tests as instructed and consented to a breath test but declined a blood test.

Officer Coleman transported Cozart to the Carroll County Jail. Cozart was charged with driving while revoked due to DUI, 1st offense and driving under the influence, 2nd offense. Cozart was also cited with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, improper passing, failure to stop at a stop sign, expired registration, and financial responsibility.

Cozart was placed on a $500 bond for driving on revoked and held without per Judge Larry Logan for the DUI, 2nd offense.

"Two Views Of Our World" Presentation at the Dixe Fine Arts Center

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon will present Two Views of Our World, Paintings by Tommie White Campbell and Jan Sessions from May 5th to July 28th.


An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom Gallery. 


Regular hours for the Ballroom Gallery are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McKenzie Industrial Board Hosts Forum

The downtown Park Theater in McKenzie saw a good crowd of local citizens attend the election forum last night even though the rains were falling on the area.  Mayoral candidates Kenny McBride , T. Richard Goodwin, Jospeh Butler and Tim Pratt were all in attendance as well as otthers and answered five questions submitted by the McKenzie Industrial Board Committee.  Butler and Pratt will face off in the Republican Primary on May 1st.  The winner will face off against incumbent Kenny McBride and T. Richard Goodwin.

McKenzie Baseball and Softball Changes

The McKenzie Softball game with Huntingdon was rained out last night at McKenzie City Park and will be played Friday afternoon weather permitting at the McKenzie City Park against the Huntingdon Fillies.

McKenzie Rebel baseball will play Henry County Thursday evening at 6:30 weather permitting at Henry County High School..

Derby Day at the Dixie In Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie will hold the 7th Annual Derby Day on Saturday, May 5th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free to the community and if you’re on this side of the Kentucky line on Derby Day, you won’t want to miss the best Derby party around.


Usher in the big race with a good old-fashioned tailgate party on the lawn with a live band, lots of good Southern food and the most exciting two minutes in sports!

This event is sponsored by the Huntingdon Animal Clinic and for an application to throw your own tailgate contact the box office.


Motorcyclist Arrested For Driving Under the Influence

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was sitting stationary in his patrol car on Main Street when he observed a motorcycle traveling at an excessive rate of speed on Barksdale Avenue. The motorcycle ran through the intersection and accelerated to an even faster speed as it was headed toward Linden Street. Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on Barksdale Avenue.

Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Coleman did smell an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his person. The driver, identified as Gregory Russell Curtis, age 49 of McKenzie, stated that he was driving recklessly due to being upset with his family. When asked if he had been drinking, Curtis advised he had been drinking all day and was drunk. Officer Coleman then called for backup and Officer Steven Scott arrived on scene.

Curtis refused to attempt a series of field sobriety tests and also stated that he would fail and stated several times he was drunk and requested to just go home. 


Officer Coleman did place Curtis under arrest for driving under the influence. Curtis then began making comments that were threatening in nature to both Officer Coleman and Officer Scott. Curtis was placed in the back of the patrol unit and was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Officer Scott remained on scene until a tow truck arrived to remove the motorcycle from the street.


Curtis was charged with driving under the influence, implied consent, failure to exercise due care, expired registration and financial responsibility.
Curtis was placed on a $1250 bond.


McKenzie Baseball Game Today (Monday) Cancelled, Wet Grounds


McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Regional Hospital’s Relay for Life team wants to find out who’s the strongest 4 man group in the area in the Muscle Hustle contest on Saturday.  Teams of 4 with at least 1 female will be attempting to pull a wrecker loaded with an ambulance.  The quickest time to pull a distance of 60 feet will be crowned the champion.  Entry fee is just $20.00 per person and the winning team will receive their entry fee back plus additional money.  The contest will be held in the parking lot between McKenzie Regional Hospital and McKenzie Medical Center 161 Hospital Drive in McKenzie.  For more information contact Michelle Tucker at 731.352.4179 or Heather Robertson at 731.415.6907.  Concessions will be available to purchase.  Rain date is Sunday at 2:00.

Rebels Bounce Back for Victory

Martin, Tenn. – The McKenzie Rebel baseball squad bounced back from a loss to the Chargers of Westview High School at City Park in McKenzie on Thursday with a 6-0 shutout game on Friday in Martin.  Chase Daffron went the entire seven innings striking out 14 batters, walkng only 1 and giving up only 3 hits in  the victory.  Neither team was able to score during their first four at bats but the Rebels scored 4 runs in the top of the fith inning and 2 in the top of the seventh.  The Rebels got 9 hits with Harold Smith and Nathan Eaton both getting 2 including one double by Smith.  Noah Hawkins, Chase Daffron, Tyler Spivey, Murphy Watkins,  and Cameron Rawls all had hits in the game.  Ethan Parham was the loosing pitcher for Westview.  Weather permitting the Rebels will play Camden this afternoon at 5:00.  The game wil be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.  You can also listen in over the internet by going to www.whdmradio.com and clicking on the Rebel.

Huntingdon Receives Industrial Park Grant $257,462

Nashville, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 25 communities will receive more than $9.6 million in Site Development Grants.  Part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act passed in 2016 and updated in 2017. Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Austin Consulting, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the United States Department of Agriulture Rural Development.   Huntingdon Industrial Park South received the grant of $257,462 for clearing trees, establishing a permanent entrance and marketing road, and install site signage.

Pictured left to right are: TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe, TNECD Assistant Commissioner for Community & Rural Development Amy New, Carroll County Chamber President Brad Hurley, Town of Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, TNECD Site Development Director Leanne Cox, TNECD Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brooxie Carlton

Rebels Westview Broadcast Today On WHDM 98.9 FM

McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Rebel baseball game with Westview High School will be broadcast over WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 at 5:00 today.

Hutingdon Special School District Routine Meeting

The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on Thursday for a routine meeting.  After approval of the minutes and balance sheets for March the board took action on several items of business.  Text books were adopted for the 2018-2019 year.  The board acknowledged the resignation of Jenifer Matte from the school system.  Other business included approval of a request to use Huntingdon Primary School on May 29-June 1 for Super Summer Science program and approved a field trip for Huntingdon High School band students to go to Six Flags in Missouri on May 21.  The next board meeting is scheduled for May 17.

T-Shirt Fundraiser For Bethel Coach Misty Aird

McKenzie, Tenn. - Custom-designed t-shirts are available for sale and proceeds will benefit Coach Misty Aird and her family.

Coach Aird, her daughter and in-laws were involved in a car accident that claimed the lives of her in-laws. Misty was seriously injured and is currently recovering in a Memphis hospital.

A group of friends designed a special t-shirt for the family. The shirt is entitled PrepAIRD to Fight. Shirts can be purchased online or locally. All orders must be paid in advance and there are two ways to order.

Local orders may be placed in person or by messaging to Stephanie Aubry McClerkin, Tashana Taylor Brown, Micah Blundell or Jenna Mullen.

When ordering, please include the number of shirts, sizes needed and a contact number. The price for local shirt purchases are $15 for Youth small to XL and $17 for XXL and up. For more information, please email brownt@bethelu.edu.

Orders may also be placed online and a Pay Pal invoice will be sent. The price for online orders is $20 for Youth small to XL and $22 for XXL and up. This price does include shipping. All online orders will be shipped. (International order prices will vary according to the shipping destination.)

Tennessee Ranked 9th In Nation In Graduation Rate

Carroll County, Tenn. - School districts were recently ranked by Backgroundchecks.org and McKenzie and Huntingdon have some of the highest ratings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Tennessee 9th in the nation in graduation rate.

Tennessee's best public school district is Williamson County Schools, a large district comprised of 44 schools.

On the same list, McKenzie schools were ranked the highest in Carroll County with a 28. Huntingdon was next with a rating of 34. West Carroll was third and ranked at a 58.

CCSCD Presented Two Scholarships

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Soil Conservation District (CCSCD) awards up to five - $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to focus their major on Agriculture and who will be pursuing a future career in this field.

This year, two scholarships were presented to Shelia Little and Noah Rogers.

To find out more about the scholarships to be presented next year, call the USDA Service Center at 731-209-4153, ext. 3.

Local Business Burglarized

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp, along with Officer Jeremy Brooks were dispatched to a local business where several items were stolen.

The business, located at 2106 Cedar Street had a mower stolen and while on scene, it was also discovered that a trailer had been stolen as well. It was also noted that an empty orange fuel can had been removed from a work truck and used to fuel the mower that was stolen.

The owner stated that he returned to his business with his work truck, a tan Dodge, which had the empty orange fuel can in the bed. At approximately 8 p.m. the owner exited the work truck, got into his personal vehicle and drove home. Sometime during the night, suspects arrived on scene, took the fuel can, obtained gasoline and used the can to start and steal a brand new 60 inch cut EX-Mark zero turn mower. A 16 foot trailer was also stolen. The trailer was used to load and haul the mower.

The mower is valued at over $5000 and was new in the crate and wrapped in plastic. The suspects unbolted the crate, unwrapped, fueled and started it before putting it on the trailer. The trailer was described as a custom trailer built out of an old boat trailer. It is 16ft. long, black and short walled, is a dump bed. The trailer has a hand crank boat style winch and has heavy round wire welded mesh flooring. The trailer was valued at $2500.

Sgt. Beauchamp attempted to lift finger prints from the metal crate, but was unsuccessful due to the fact that the only prints were from that of gloves. Photos were taken from the scene of prints, whether hand or finger, were all the same vertical wavy lines symmetrical in size and spacing and appeared to be from a cloth-like material.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Local Election Forum To Be Held April 24th

McKenzie, Tenn. - The 2018 Local Election Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McKenzie Park Theater.

The forum is open to the public and gives residents of Carroll County the opportunity to meet the Candidates seeking election.

Lady Rebels and Rebels Win on Monday

The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the West View Lady Chargers 8-0 and the Rebel Baseball team defeated the Red Devils of Big Sandy 15-0.  Audrie Washburn pitched an 8-0 shutout gving up only two hits and striking out 11 batters in the contest.  West View pitching contained the Lady Rebels for a couple of innings but in the third their bats woke up and scored 3 runs, 1 came in the fourth and the final 4 in the sixth inning.  The Lady Rebels had nine hits in the game.  Lilly Bennett, Shelby and Jenna Tucker each racked up multilple hits including Lilly Bennets 5th home run of the year. 

The Rebels also played on Monday afternoon at the McKenzie City Park and easily defeated the Big Sandy Red Devils 15-0.  Other game information was not available.  WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting the McKenzie Marting baseball game on Friday at 5:00 P.M.

U.S. Marshals Make Drug Arrests At Local Hotel

(Mobile Patrol photos)

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, dispatch received a call that U.S. Marshals had two in custody after drugs were located at the Value Inn.

Upon arrival, Officer Ryan White spoke with Marshal Shane Brown who stated that while clearing the room they observed a clear, plastic bag containing a green plant like substance believed to be marijuana in the floor behind the bed.

Officer Ryan then spoke with Marcus D. Glenn, age 36 of McKenzie who gave consent to search the room. In the floor was clear bag containing a white, crystal-like substance, which did field test positive for methamphetamine. Also located were two glass pipes, a plastic pipe and a dollar bill that was used for the ingestion of the illegal narcotics.

Another occupant in the room, identified as Tina M. Padin, age 34 and also of McKenzie, was advised of her rights by SA Ramanda Chestnut with the TBI.

Both Glenn and Padin were charged with possession of a schedule II with intent, possession of a schedule VI with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

McKenzie Man Charged With Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Jeremiah Brooks was dispatched to the area of the Little General in reference to an intoxicated person causing a disturbance.

Upon arrival, Officer Brooks spoke to a subject matching the given description, identified as Octavious Strayhorn, age 30 of Spruce Street in McKenzie.

Strayhorn did have an obvious odor of alcohol and admitted he was an alcoholic during the conversation. It was then determined that Strayhorn was a danger to himself and the general public and was taken into custody for public intoxication.

McKenzie Lady Rebels Win 1 Lose 1 in Union City Tourney

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Lady Rebels split games on Friday against Halls and Dyersburg High Schools in the Union City Tournament.  The Halls squad and lady Rebels had a great pitching duel with Lady Rebel Karlie Bown coming away with a 2-1 victory.  Brown gave up one run on four hits over six innings while striking out three and walking just one lone batter.  Amberleigh Cooper, Audrie Washburn, Lilly Bennett and Chloe Williams each collected hits for the Rebels. 

In their second contest of the evening the Lady Rebels weren’t quite as sharp even though they collected 6 hits against the Dyersburg Lady Trojans with 4.  Bailey Nelson started things off with a single and rbi but Dyersburg pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning when one run scored on an error and Hannah Jackson with a 0-2 count homered and scored three runs.  Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie.  Shelby Tucker led McKenzie with two hits in three at bats.  Dyersburg did not commit a single error in the game.

The Lady Rebels will be playing this afternoon at 5:00 against Westview High School at the McKenzie City Park.

McKenzie Rebels Fall For The Second Time To Hungtingdon Mustangs

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The McKenzie Rebels fell to the hands of the Mustangs of Hungtingdon for the second night in a row wit ha final score of 3-2.  Zach Jarrett took the loss and Burton Colvett got the win.  Colvett gave up a single hit to Murphy Watkins.  While the Mustangs Kade Pearson and Bo McLemore both had two singles, Brandon Lawton a double, and Kelby Pearson, and Hunter Hankins both had singles.  Huntingdon now stand in the district lead with no losses and two victories over the Rebels.



ACT Wall of Honor Recognition Luncheon

Huntingdon, Tenn. - Fourteen Carroll County seniors were added to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce “Wall of Honor” for achieveing scores of 29 or above on their ACT testing.  The wall has been in existence since 2012 when the first group was recognized and since that time a total of 70 students have been honored.  The students are:


    Connor Pinson, Courtney Saylor, Leighann Smith


    Connor McReynolds, Jacob Pinson, Ema Renfro, Anders Rider, Devyn Smiley, Audrie Washburn, Natalie Whitlow, Zachary Norman, Luke Spivey

West Carroll

   Shelia Little, Dylan Holt

According to Carroll County Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley, 1.8 million students take the ACT each year and only 130 score 29 or above.  “We are proud of our school systems, the teachers and administrators for the contribution they make to our children’s education and to these youngsters who have worked so hard during their high school career.  Our hope is that after they finish their college years they will return and be a valuable part of Carroll County.” 


Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride along with others served as celbrity servers during the dinner while students anticipated their awards    (Photo David Jackson).

Fines For Parking In Fire Lanes Begins May 1st

Huntingdon, Tenn. - Parking in fire lanes is illegal, regardless if the vehicle is occupied or not and the Huntingdon Police Department has historically asked that people not park in these marked lanes.

The time has come that the law regarding parking in fire lanes will be enforced, which is both against Tennessee Code Annotated and city ordinance.

Beginning May 1st, Officers will cite the owners of vehicles parked in fire lanes into court. If found guilty, drivers can face a fine and cost of up to $163.50.

The Shepherd's Table To Serve First Meal On April 17th

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Shepherd's Table, the community kitchen created by volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, will serve its first meal, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th. The meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall, located at 19835 East Main Street.

Everyone in need of a hot meal or those that are alone and want to share a meal are invited. Kitchen service will close at 6:45 p.m. Those attending are asked to enter the building in the front door on East Main Street, signs will direct to the dining area.

The first meal will consist of homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, a tossed salad with dressing, a variety of desserts and a drink. All meals are sit down occasions with servers bringing your food to the table, restaurant style, for an enjoyable dining experience. There is never a charge for a meal at The Shepherd’s Table.

The members of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon and volunteers from the community have been meeting for several months planning the first supper.

Arthur Lodge, pastor of the church, said everyone simply saw a need and all wanted to do something about it. Through hours of planning and with help from volunteers of the Patriot Kitchen in Paris, The Shepherd’s Table is now a reality.

Mary Lodge, Arthur’s wife has said that she hopes this idea catches fire and that The Shepherd’s Table is able to serve supper at least once a month indefinitely. Volunteer John Wambles says, “This is a task that can only happen with the support and donations from the community.”

More information about making donations and volunteering or future dates for supper at The Shepherd’s Table may be obtained by contacting the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at 731-986-5642. They ask you leave a message and your call will be returned.

Citizen Complaint Leads to Arrest

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, at approximately 10:49 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd, dispatch received a call from a resident on Forrest Circle that stated that a black Ford Expedition had been sitting near the home and the occupant did not reside there. Officer Coleman and Officer Boaz responded to the call.

Upon their arrival and approaching the vehicle, it was a blue Chevy Tahoe with no occupant inside. There was a glass bong in the console in plain sight, with a white substance in it. There was also a large knife and a cell phone in the driver’s seat. Both Officers spoke to the complainant, who stated that just before their arrival, the driver exited and ran towards Casey’s General Store. Officer Boaz was advised the driver was wearing a blue shirt and a hat.

Officer Coleman proceeded to Casey’s to see if he could locate the man. When Officer Coleman pulled up, he did observe a man matching the description standing near the Redbox rental machine.

As Officer Coleman began to park and get out of his patrol car, the man began to walk away. It was requested the man come and speak to Officer Coleman to which he asked what Officer Coleman wanted. Officer Coleman inquired as to if the Tahoe belonged to him, which the man, identified as, Jeremy Wade Wilson, age 39 of Brighton, denied owning the vehicle. Wilson also denied being in the area of Forrest Circle. When Wilson was asked for identification, he again questioned the intent. Officer Coleman stated the manager wanted him banned from the property. Wilson admitted to ownership of the truck and to being on the property in question.

When Officers and Wilson arrived back at the vehicle, Wilson became nervous and tried to run. A foot chase began and Wilson ran across a trailer park. Both Officer Coleman and Boaz were yelling for Wilson to stop running and to get on the ground. Wilson did not comply.

Wilson attempted to run between trailers and into the wood line, ran into a patch of cane trees and became caught in the trees. Officer Boaz cornered Wilson and both Officers advised Wilson to lay on his stomach and to put his hands behind his back. Wilson did not comply and Officer Coleman used soft hand tactics and placed Wilson under arrest. Wilson was then taken back to the patrol cars and Sgt. Boucher arrived on scene.

Sgt. Boucher and Officer Boaz searched the vehicle and Officer Coleman transported Wilson to the Carroll County Jail. Sgt. Boucher and Officer Boaz did locate a bag containing marijuana, a glass pipe containing methamphetamine, a glass bong containing marijuana residue and a glass bong containing meth residue. The substances believed to be meth did field test positive.

Two Charged With Aggravated Burglary and Theft Under $1000

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, James M. Siebert, age 38 and Williams T. Williams, age 37, both of McKenzie were charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $1000 after entering a home and removing items on Saturday.

The victim stated that she heard a loud knock on her door, located on Walnut Circle. The victim stated that when she opened the door, Siebert walked in without being invited and demanded that she give him a television, valued at $200 and a PS3, valued at approximately $300. The victim’s teenage son stated that he gave Siebert the property out of fear of his mother being harmed, after Siebert demanded it several times.

Williams carried the television out of the apartment for Siebert and Siebert carried the PS3.

While at the scene and taking a statement from the victim and witnesses, Officer Cody Coleman observed three males driving by that appeared to be the suspects, upon conducting a traffic stop and making contact with the three males, the property was in the backseat of the vehicle, in plain sight.

Several witnesses at the scene gave statements as to what occurred and those stories matched the story of the victim.

The property was returned to the victim and her family and both Seibert and Williams transported to the Carroll County Jail. The third male was not charged, per the victim’s request.

Arrest Made Following Traffic Stop

McKeanzie, Tenn, - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Leek attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and sped away.

Officer Jeff Winberry did observe the same vehicle come off Elm Street onto Magnolia Avenue. Officer Winberry got behind the vehicle as it turned onto University. The vehicle then turned onto Forrest Avenue where it pulled into 78 Forrest Avenue.

As Officer Winberry approached the vehicle, he requested the driver exit and did place then place, Jessica Perry, age 28 into custody. Dispatch advised that Perry’s license was suspended 2nd offense out of Benton County.

The vehicle was released at the scene to the owner and Perry was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

McKenzie Rebels Drop a Close One to Huntingdon 2-1


The McKenzie Rebel bats were held at bay by the pitching of Huntingdon Mustang pitcher Hunter Ensley who allowed just two hits in the game Monday night at McKenzie City Park.  The Mustangs got 11 hits and took a 2-1 victory after scoring 1 in the first and second innings and holding the Reels to just one in the third.  Ensley had a little trouble in the 3rd finding the strike zone and the Rebels were in the drivers seat with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs when what to the fans was a questionable call on the runner at first ended the inning.  Hensley went the distance for the Mustangs while Chase Daffron went five innings and was relieve by Noah Eaton.  Daffron would get the loss.  High lights were two great diving catches in the outfield that prevented the Mustangs from spreading the lead byright fielder  Murphey Watkins and left fielder West Cook.  The loss for the Rebels was their first distrcit loss and they will take on the Mustangs at Huntingdon tonight beginning at 6:00.

Huntingdon School Board to Hold Regular Meeting

The Huntingdon board of education will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office loaated at 585 High Street  in Huntingdon.

150 Seized From Carroll County Home

McKenzie, Tenn. -  The Carroll County Sherrif’s Office removed about 150 animals from a home in Carroll County over the weekend.  Sheriff Andy Dickson said, “This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very serious.  The law was being violated and these animals desperately needed help, so we didn’t hesitate to take action.”  According to a release, 43 dogs, 37 cats along with rabbits, geese, ducks, goats, sheep, chinchillas, ferrets and two alpacas were found without adequate food or water.  Authorities said several dead animals, including a zebra, cat, duck and rabbits were also found dead on the property located in Atwood.  Some of the animals removed were taken to emergency vets in the area and some will be taken to the Animal Rescue Corps emergency shelter, located just outside of Nashville.


Bethel Soccer Coach Seriously Injured, In-Laws Killed In Accident

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a press release from Bethel University the women’s soccer coach, Misty Aird, was involved in a serious car accident Saturday afternoon around 1 P.M.  Aird was airlifted to The Med in Memphis where she underwent surgery.  At last report she was listed in serious condition.  Aird’s in-laws were killed in the accident.  Bethel University President Walter Butler asked all to pray.  “I ask that all please be praying for Misty, Matt, Gracie, and their entire family.  They need our prayers lifting them up to the Great Physician.”  Daughter Gracie was injured but at last report was not in serious condition.

South Gibson Gets Win Over McKenzie Rebels

McKenzie, Tenn. - The South Gibson High School baseball team got a little revenge from an earlier season loss on Friday afternoon defeating the Rebels by a score of 7 to 3.  The Rebels gave up three runs in the first inning but were able to battle back and tie the game 3-3 going to the 7th inning.  The Pioneers responded though with 4 runs in the 7th to take the victory.  The Rebels picked up their 3 runs off 4 hits with Tyler Spivey getting two and Hunter Stafford and Harold Smith getting 1 each.  The Rebels will be taking on district foe Huntingdon this afternoon at City Park in McKenzie.  WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting the game today.

Picture Michelle Garrett Early Season Game

First Presbyterian Church Huntingdon Offering Free Meal

Huntingdon, Tenn. -  First Presbyterian Church at 19835 East Main Street in Huntingdon will be offering a FREE meal on April 17th, to all those in need and also for those who have no one to dine with.  Doors will open at 5:15 P.M. an close at 6:45 P.M.  Minister Arthur Lodge, in a press release announcing the event said, "Because there are people in our community that cannot afford a good meal and/or are eating every meal y themselves.  We want to do this and invite all to come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship."  More information can be obtained by calling the church office (731) 986-5642.

Rebel Baseball Wins Two With Dresden

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Rebels baseball team swept two games on Thursday at the City Park in McKenzie from the Dresden Lions.  4-3 and 3-1. The Rebels were originaly scheduled to play Henry County but due to conflicts on the Patriots part that game was cancelled.  Fortunately Dresden had an open day and came to McKenzie. Nathan Eaton started the game and Noah Hawkins relieved him and got the victory.   Dresden and McKenzie both had 6 hits in the game.  Dresden left 9 men on base and McKenzie 7.  Chase Daffron had a single and double in the game, Nathan Eaton had 2 singles.  Tyler Spivey and Noah Hawkins had singles.  Murphy Watkins had an RBI.

In the second game the Rebels won 3-1.  Nathan Eaton started the game and Noah Hawkins relieved him and got the victory.  Evan Jarrett was the winning pitcher in the first of two five inning games, giving up 2 hits and allowing 1 run while striking out 4 batters.  Murphy Watkins had a double in the game Cameron Rawls had a single and double while Noah Hawkins and Harold Smith both had singles.


McKenzie Soccer Loses 3-1

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Rebel soccer squad lost to Trenton Peabody 3-1 putting their overall record at 3-1.  According to head coach Hannah McBroom, "We had a great first half but we let down in the second."  Zach Flippin scored the ony McKenzie goal to give the rebels a lead at the end of the first half.  But the second half was different as goalie Martin Perez had 12 saves on shots on goal but three managed to make the net.  Giving Trenton the 3-1 victory.

McKenzie Lady Rebels Win Over West Carroll


McKenzie, Tenn – The McKenzie Lady Rebels came back from a district loss on Tuesday with Huntingdon Lady Fillies with a 1-0 victory over West Carroll Lady War Eagles.  With neither team allowing runs through the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman Lilly Bennett stepped to bat and sent a long homerun over the left field fence setting up Audrie Washburn to finish the evening game with a 1-0 victory.  The Lady Rebels committed only 1 error in the game and turned some stellar defensive plays cutting down base runners and preserving the victory.  West Carroll too had some great plays including two possible extra base hits by the lady Rebels with diving catches in the outfield.  Washburn allowed just four hits  The pitching was strong on both sides. Washburn struck out seven and allowed just four hits in the shutout victory, while Shelby Browning sat down eight.  A single by Sadie Martin in the first inning was a positive for West Carroll.  Browning took the loss for West Carroll. She allowed four hits and one run over six innings, striking out eight and walking zero.  Washburn went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Rebels in hits. Micayla Hart led West Carroll with two hits in three at-bats. West Carroll didn't commit a single error in the field.  Ashton Worrell had eight chances in the field, the most on the team.

Buena Vista Man's Death Ruled An Accident

Buena Vista, Tenn. - According to a preliminary autopsy report showed there were no gunshot wounds, stab wounds or physical trauma to the body of 38 year old Steven Hampton who was found deceased at his residence on March 23rd.

Hampton’s death has now been ruled accidental, according to Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson.

Hampton lived alone at 1845 Ball Creek Road in Buena Vista and was found deceased outside him home and near a ditch. “We don’t have any reason to believe it was a homicide,” said the Sheriff. “He bled to death from a cut on his left leg.” A blood vessel in the calf of Hampton’s leg had been cut.

The sheriff said it looked as though Hampton stood on a chair to do some kind of work and fell from the inside to the outside, through the window.The floors in the living room and the kitchen were covered in blood. There was no running water in the house due to a plumbing issue. Hampton’s cell phone was not working and it was discovered.

Hampton lived in a single wide trailer that had additions on the front and back, according to the sheriff. The window Hampton fell through was at the rear of the house.

Hampton was last seen on March 17th and family members say they became worried when he failed to call his mother on her birthday.

Bruceton Funeral Home handled arrangements for Hampton.

First Ever Dixie Triathlon Scheduled For September 15th

Carroll County, Tenn. - Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 15th at the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake, will be the first-ever McKenzie Medical Center Dixie Triathlon event.

The event is presented by The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and sponsored by McKenzie Medical Center.

Joe Fleenor, owner and race director of Above the Fold Events & Sport Promotions stated that the local support they are receiving for the race has been outstanding and to partner with the leading healthcare provider in the community and have McKenzie Medical Center as the premier sponsor is extra special.

Dr. Winkler, who was killed in a tragic accident earlier this year, had partnered with The Dixie Triathlon, and now the McKenzie Medical Center and Above the Fold are committed to honoring his wish to move forward with the special event.

Congressman Kustoff Visits McKenzie


Photos by David Jackson

Congressman David Kustoff and wife Barbara listen to questions and Mayor Jill Holland, Dale Kelly and Kenny McBride greet Kustoff on his arrival in McKenzie to continue his re-election campaign.

McKenzie, Tenn. - Congressman David Kustoff, United States Representative for the 8th Congressional District here in West Tennessee, visited McKenzie on Thursday as a part of his kickoff for re-election.  McKenzie Mayor, Jill Holland introduced Kustoff to those in attendance at J.T.’s Grill pointing out that Kustoff had been appointed in 2006 by President Bush as U.S. Attorney for the Western District before being elected in the last election to the House of Representatives.  Kustoff, in remarks, pointed out that he was proud of the efforts that President Trump has made in support of the military by providing greater funding for equipment and pay raises for soldiers as well as tax cuts that have put money back into the pockets of workers.   Kustoff said, “Just a few months ago we all were hearing about ISIS but by making our military stronger you don’t hear as much about them today.”  Local realtor Sandi Roditis, with tears gave the congressman a momento thanking him for the support he has given the military, “That hopefully will allow you to put a face with the soldier.”  Her husband, who serves in the National Guard, has been deployed to the Middle East two times in his career.   When questioned concerning the proposed Tariffs from President Trump, the congressman pointed out that, “The tariffs are proposed for implementation in May as are those from China, but efforts are ongoing to negotiate proposals to help American businesses without having to implement the tariffs.”    Congressman Kustoff, his wife Barbara and staff members are traveling across the 8th district over the next few days making stops to visit with constituents and seeking support in his re-election campaign.

McKenzie Rebels Fall to Huntingdon Fillies

McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Lady Rebels overcame the threat of bad weather to complete their softball game at Huntingdon Tuesday but they couldn't over come 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning.  McKenzie took the lead scoring in the top of the first inning but Huntingdon scored four to lead four to one.  Lady Rebel batters were able to amass 7 hits including a long home run by freshmen short stop Lilly Bennett but the Huntingdon squad took advantage of four errors by the Lady Rebels to gather a 12 to 2 win.  Lady Rebels will play again on Thursday at City Park in McKenzie against West Carroll High School. 

Man Arrested For Violation Of Order Granting Bail

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that dispatch received a call from the Manager of a local drive-in eatery that a man in a tan Honda was parked in one of their stalls and the man was passed out. The car had been there for approximately 4 hours at the time of the call.

Officer Coleman and Officer Boaz pulled up behind the vehicle and upon approaching the vehicle, did observe a 40 oz. beer sitting in the center console. The driver had the seat laid back and the man appeared to be asleep. As Officer Coleman opened the door, the man woke up. Officer Coleman inquired as to if the man, identified as Charles Britton Green, age 26 of Dallas, TX had been drinking. Green advised he had several beers hours prior. Green did have an intoxicating beverage on his breath.

Officer Boaz advised dispatch to check status on Green’s license, which came back that Green is currently under an order granting bail. The order signed by Green stated that he had to refrain from consuming alcohol until the court case was complete. Green was then placed under arrest for violation of an order granting bail.

D&D Wrecker Service towed the vehicle to their lot. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and the alcohol poured out. Green was transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident and also charged with public intoxication and open container. Green was placed on $500 bond on the violation of the order granting bail.

Local Man Cited For Driving On Suspended

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp was pumping fuel when a white pickup pulled up beside him and the driver stated something unintelligible, laughed, parked and went into the store.

Approximately an hour later, employees of the store notified the police department that the man in the white pickup truck was still at the store and had been making the employees nervous. At the same time, a 911 hang-up call was received from the same area.

Sgt. Beauchamp ran the license plate on the pickup, went to speak to employees and by this time, the driver had left. The address on the license plate came back to was on Alabama Street, so Sgt. Beauchamp traveled in the direction of the address.

The truck was located at 307 Elm Street and the same male that was driving previously, exited the vehicle. Upon speaking with the driver, identified as Frank Sills, age 65 of Alabama Street, dispatch advised Sills’ license was suspended out of Madison County General Sessions Court.

Based on this information and the fact that Sgt. Beauchamp observed Sills driving earlier in the day, Sills was cited into Carroll County General Sessions for driving on suspended license 1st offense.

Bethel Burroughs Learning Center FEMA Storm Shelter McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn. - Due to its location, Bethel University and the City of McKenzie is susceptible to multiple types of inclement weather, especially dangerous tornadoes. Many of these tornadoes strike at night. In the event of severe weather, Bethel University has implemented policies and procedures to ensure the safety of the Bethel community.

Should severe weather approach the campus, Security will closely track the weather as well as monitor radio traffic by the McKenzie Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Department.

The newly renovated Burroughs Learning Center (Library) has been designated as a FEMA Storm Shelter. It is capable of holding 1,800 people and is open to the public in the event of tornado producing weather.  Bethel officials said today that if a tornado watch is issued the shelter will be open and manned after hours.  Entrance can be found on the back side of the building off Campus Drive and closest to the log cabin site.

Impending Weather Opens Shelters In Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sherriffs Office announced this morning that with the impending storms forecast for our area, they will be manning the tornado/storm shelters this evening from 6-9 pm at Henry School, Harrelson School in Puryear and Inman School in Paris. 

Weather Doesn't Stop Soccer Matches

McKenzie, Tenn. - The weather isn’t always fit for sports for the McKenzie Rebels athletic programs but soccer usually will play unless there is thunder and lightning. The Rebel soccer team won their home match on Monday against the Milan Bulldogs by a score of 5 goals to 1. Francisco Padilla scored three goals and Nikolas Heath scored 2 for the Rebels. Both teams had not scored at half time break but the Rebels scored all five of theirs in the second half.  Goalie Martin Perez had 5 saves on the day and Jack Fry had 2.  The Rebel soccer team, is now 1-2 on the year and is scheduled for a match at Trenton Peabody on Thursday starting at 5:30.

The Lady Rebels softball team has a game scheduled today at 5:00 in Huntingdon.  Weather permitting the game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM and whdmradio.com.

The Rebel baseball team played two games yesterday with Clarksburg High School winning both games by scores of 15-0 and 19-0.  Chase Daffron was winning pitcher for the Rebels in trhe 15-0 game of just three innings. Zach Jarrett was winning pitcher in the other game of 5 innings.  The Rebels will host Henry County on Thursday, weather permitting, at 5:00 at the McKenzie City Park.

Routine Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Steven Scott was on routine patrol and conducted a traffic stop for a tail light violation and seatbelt violation.

Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Dennis Wright, age 38 of Parks Road in Gleason, dispatch advised that Wright’s license was revoked in 2017, due to an unsatisfied judgment. Wright has previous charges on two different occasions for driving while revoked.

Wright was then taken into custody for driving on revoked 3rd offense and cited for seatbelt violation, and failure to provide proof of insurance.

McKenzie, Tenn. - In another report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Steven Scott conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Lincoln Town Car for speeding.

Officer Scott made contact with the driver, identified as Christopher Frazier, age 30, of Forrest Circle in McKenzie. A check through dispatch revealed that Frazier’s license was suspended and further revealed that Frazier had been charged on three separate occasions for driving on suspended/revoked. Frazier’s initial suspension was for an unsatisfied judgment.

Frazier was cited for speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance and taken into custody for driving on suspended/revoked 4th offense.

Martin Man Arrested For Driving On Revoked

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Paul Eddlemon, was on regular patrol and observed a maroon car traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Upon checking the speed with radar, the vehicle was traveling 59 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Officer Eddlemon conducted a traffic stop and the driver identified himself as Kenneth Park, age 20 of Martin.

Park’s license was checked through NCIC and Park was revoked out of Kentucky for a DUI conviction in 2017 and based on this information, Park was placed under arrest for driving on revoked 1st offense and cited for speeding.

Park’s vehicle was seized for driving on revoked for DUI. Park was placed on $750 bond.

Improper Display Of License Plate Leads To Arrest

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Brandon Leek conducted a traffic stop on a grey Chevy Malibu for improper display of license plate.

During the traffic stop, Officer Leek identified the driver, as Danika Edmonson, age 37 of Park Circle in McKenzie. A status check of Edmonson’s license revealed to be revoked for an unsatisfied judgment.

The check also revealed this is Edmonson’s 4th driving while suspended charge. Edmonson was taken into custody and placed on a $750 bond.

Rebels & Lady Rebels Busy Over Spring Break Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels were busy over spring break period in softball and baseball action.  The Lady Rebels participated in the Lexington Tournament falling 8-4, 8-1,4-3 against Adamsville, Lexington and South Gibson but tied in one game with Obion Co. 4 to 4.  The Lady Rebels next game is scheduled for Tueaday in Huntingdon and will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 with air time, weather permitting at 4:45.

The Rebels lost to the Crawfordsville, Indiana squad 3-1 beat Halls highschool 6-5 and lost to Gibson County 5-0.  The Rebels have a home game scheduled for today at 5:00 against Clarksburg and again on Tuesday at Clarskburg weather permitting.


Bethel University's Dr. Ben LeVan Recognized with Award

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Dr. Ben LeVan, Adjunct Faculty Member with Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies had been awarded the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowels Dissertation of the Year Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development. The award is given to commend an outstanding doctoral dissertation that exemplifies scholarly work and contributes to the human resource development field.

LeVan’s dissertation studied the long-standing debate among scholars and practitioners in regards to the effectiveness of the performance appraisal process as a useful tool to manage individual and organizational performance. The dissertations also examined the relationship between employee’s reactions to the PA process and perceptions of engagement in the workplace.

LeVan also serves as President of PROPEL as well as Assistant Professor of Management at Charleston Southern University. He has also been a contributor to Business God’s Way by Howard Dayton.

LeVan holds a Ph.D in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler as well as a Master’s in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s in Geology from the College of Wooster. He is professionally certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.



Carroll County Relay for Life a Huge Success

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 2018 Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction came to a conclusion on Firday afternoon at the McKenzie Church of Christ Multipurpose room.  Unofficial total for the week was $9455.00 which is one of the best in the past few years.  For the last two years the auction has been the Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction for Carroll County and includes all of Carroll County.  Contributors from across Carroll County presented baked goods, canned items, arts and craft items and the broadcast was carried on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440, and whdmradio.com.  Thanks go out to all who contributed and especially to those who bid so well creating a great total for the auction.

Bethel University To Hold Survivor Celebration

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil will be held Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at Bethel University in the board room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event is sponsored by C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Recognition Effort) along with Bethel and Sam’s Club and is in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The celebration and vigil are spearheaded by Fatelia Avery, C.A.R.E. founder and student at Bethel University. Ms. Avery is pursuing a Criminal Justice degree and this is a first step in her goal of becoming a family law attorney. “Together, we can take a stand and end the cycle of sexual child abuse,” Avery said. “There are many types of child abuse such as physical, sexual, neglect and emotional. But our organization is not just for survivors of abuse but for anyone who wants to take a stand against it.”

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided during the event. Overseer Elbert Jones III, pastor of Church of the Living God Temple 71 in Memphis, will be the guest speaker. For more information about the Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, contact Fatelia Avery at fateliaavery6@gmail.com or contact Rachael Brooks at brooksra@bethelu.edu.


Paris Woman Charged with DUI

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Frank McGee, Susan E. Edwards, age 59 of Paris was charged with DUI on March 21st. The report states that Edwards had been driving erratically on Highland Dr, partially blocking traffic as she exited the drive of a local business. Ofc. McGee stated that Edwards’ speech was slurred and that she performed poorly on a sobriety test. Edwards was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail.


Final Day of Cancer Bake Auction Underway

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The final day of the Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction is underway. You can tune in by logging onto whdmradio.com and listening to the live stream or tune in to 98.9 FM or AM 1440.


Cancer Bake Auction Raises $2591 Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction raised a total of $2591 on Thursday.

The auction wraps up on Friday and is the last day to bid on the carry over items pictured below. The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. with several ways to tune in, by logging onto whdmradio.com and listening to the live stream or tune your radio dial to 98.9 FM or 1440 AM.

The auctioneer for Friday will be Kenny Carr from Long Heights Baptist Church.


Cancer Bake Auction Items Available Thursday

Ribbon Cutting Held At New Dollar Tree In McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie City Mayor Jill Holland and city employee Jennifer Waldrup check out items in the new Dollar Tree, following a ribbon cutting that took place Thursday Morning in McKenzie. (David Jackson photo)

Carroll County Unemployment Jumps

Carroll County, Tenn. - While still relatively low, the unemployment rate in Carroll County jumped over a full percentage point from December to January, rising from 4.4% to 5.5%.

Those without jobs was still down for the year from the 7.2% in January of 2017.

Of the county's workforce of 11,900 people, 660 were reported as being without jobs in January. 

The state rate continued to hold steady from December to January at 3.3 percent. The National jobless rate also held steady at 4.1%.

January unemployment rates in surrounding counties included 6.5 in Benton County, 5.8 in Decatur County, 4.7 in Gibson County, 5.6 in Henderson County, 4.9 in Henry County, 4.0 in Madison County and 4.4 in Weakley County.

Over $2000 Raised Wednesday At Cancer Bake Auction

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction raised $2416 on Wednesday. The auction continues through Friday. The guest auctioneer for Thursday will be Carroll County Mayor, Kenny McBride.

The auction takes place at the McKenzie Church of Christ multipurpose room and you can tune in each day to WHDM 98.9 FM or 1440 AM. You can also listen online by connecting via whdmradio.com

Martin Man Charged In Death of McKenzie Woman

Paris, Tenn. - A Martin man has been indicted on multiple charges by the Henry County Grand Jury, including vehicular homicide, DUI first offense, reckless driving, improper lane usage, speeding, failure to exercise due care and violation of the seat belt law.

Matthew Griffin, age 34, turned himself in to the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. A McKenzie woman was killed in the accident that led to the charges against Griffin, which occurred in August of 2017, on Hwy 79 S near Henry.

Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted an investigation into the accident and concluded at the time that a semi driven by Billy Osburn of Paris was making a right hand turn onto a field road, when Griffin attempted to pass the truck in the emergency lane. The passenger, 37 year old Stacey L. Couturier was killed.

Griffin posted bond, which was set at $10K and was released.

Day Three Of Cancer Bake Auction Underway

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Cancer Bake Auction continues all week, with Tim McBride as guest auctioneer on Wednesday. The auction takes place at the McKenzie Church of Christ multipurpose room.

Officers Respond To Call Of Possible Weapons

McKenzie, Tenn. - Officers with the McKenzie Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and THP responded to a 911 call received by MPD of people gathered and a possible weapon sighting around 3:20 p.m. on March 24th.

When officers arrived, the individuals gathered had mostly dispursed and although officers searched vehicles and found one handgun inside, no arrests were made.

Chief Craig Moates has advised the incident is currently under investigation. 

Local Man's Death Under Investigation

Buena Vista, Tenn. - Steven Hampton, age 38 was found dead by Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies on Friday at 1845 Ball Creek Road where he lived.

Carroll County Investigator Becky Keith stated that Hampton's death was under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities have released little information in regards to Hampton's death, except to say that his body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville for an autopsy. Investigator Keith did disclose that Hampton had not been shot, but declined further comment.

The Sherriff's Office received a call at 12:38 p.m. to go to the residence and it is not known if Hampton lived alone. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.

TWRA Confirms Alligators Have Migrated To SW TN

Fayette County, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency personnel recently sighted a 7-foot alligator in Fayette County and several other confirmed sightings have been reported in recent months.

Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.

Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.

TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity.

Rebels Win Over Bruceton Central

 McKenzie, Tenn. - It took all of six innings for the Rebels to pull out an 11 to 0 win over Hollow Rock  Bruceton Central Tuesday afternoon in Bruceton.  Nathan Eaton pitched gave up just 1 hit to the Tigers.  Jacob Ervin got the loss.  Murphy Watkins had two hits in the game.  Noah Hawkins, Chase Daffron, Harold Smith and Hunter Stafford all had 1 each.  Daffron had 3 rbi's in the game.  The Rebels are scheduled to play in Union City on Thursday against Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania at 11:00 and again at 3:30 against Crawfordsville, Indiana in Martin at 3:30.  On Friday they will play Westview at Martin at 5:45.  All of these games are subject to change according to weather conditions.

Cancer Bake Auction Continues

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction continues through Friday of this week.  After two days the auction has raised nearly $2500 dollars.  Though the items on Tuesday were lower than on Monday the first two tables sold for $410 and $411 dollars and the third and final table of the day took in almost $200 dollars.  Tim McBride will be the guest auctioneer on Wednesday, Mayor Kenny McBride will work on Thursday and Long Heights Baptist church's Kenny Carr will round things out on Friday.  You are encouraged to bring items for the auction to the McKenzie church of Christ multipurpose room and listen in each day beginning at 1:00 and bid on items on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 or go to whdmradio.com on the internet and listen in from there.

Lady Rebels Fall to South Gibson

McKenzie - Tenn. - THe McKenzie Lady Rebel softball team fell to the Hornets of South Gibson High School Tuesday by a score of 12 to 1.  The Rebels and Hornets went scoreless in the first two innings but the Hornets blew things open batting around the order in the third and 5th inning and scoring 12 runs on 14 hits.  Three errors by the Lady Rebels didn't help the situation and the Hornets capitalized on all three.  The big blow came in the 5th inning with the bases loaded for South Gibson and Savannah Crockett sending a grand slam over the right field fence.  Lady Rebel senior Bailey Nelson led of the third inning with a homerun for the only score in the game for the Rebels.  Audrie Washburn took the loss and was filled in for by Karli Brown.  The Lady Rebels next action will be this weekend in a tournament in Lexington.


Taff Named 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion

Paris, Tenn.-  Dwayne Taff took 1st place in this weekend's 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, and took home the largest pay out in history for a kayak bass fishing competition at $100,000. Josh Stewart took home 2nd place and $20,000.

(photos KBF)


Dwayne Taff, 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion

Josh Stewart, 2nd place winner in the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship


Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes Offered in April

Paris, Tenn.- Red Cross Lifeguard training classes will be held at the Paris Civic Center and Bethel University Pool in early April. Completion of the class can make you a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, trained in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED. All participants must be 15 years or older and must pass a pretest on April 4th that includes a 300-yard swim, a timed 10 lb. weight  test, and two minute tread using only your legs. The cost of the class is $200 and certification is valid for 2 years.

To earn the certification you must be present for all classes. Class schedule is 6-8pm Wednesday April 4th at Bethel University for the Pre-test; Thursday April 5th, Friday April 6th from 5-9pm each day and Saturday April 7th from 10am to 5pm at the Paris Civic Center; and Sunday April 9th 2-6pm at Bethel University. For more information or to register call 615-202-3670 or email sarah.luffman@parisssd.org.


Hollow Rock Fire Station Auction

Hollow Rock, Tenn.-  The Hollow Rock Fire Station #2 is holding an auction and supper on April 14th at 4 pm. They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and chili at 4 pm and the auction, including furniture, tools, household items and much more will begin at 6 pm.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office Warns of Scams

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a white male and a hispanic male driving a black truck, with a topper who are going to homes wanting to seal driveways. The men are targeting the elderly and the MPD believes it could be a scam.

Another scam warning from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office- If you receive a priority mail package in the mail containing a check made out from OnPoing Community Credit Union along with a letter describing detailed instructions, it is a scam.


Day 2 of Cancer Bake Auction

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Day 2 of the Cancer Bake Auction is underway this afternoon. Tune in to 98.9 FM AM1440 for live coverage. The total raised during today's auction was $992.


McKenzie, Tenn. -McKenzie Rebels continue winning with victories over West Carroll last Saturday and again on Monday over Bruceton Hollow Rock Central.  Saturday the Rebels made up a rain out of last week with a noon start time and final score of 3-0.  Chase Daffron pitched 5 innings and took the win giving up 2 hits and striking out 11 while walking 3.  McKenzie got six hits with Chase Daffron getting a single and triple, Harold Smith had a double and Hunter Staford, Murphy Watkins and Nathan Eaton had singles.  West Carroll left 9 runners on base.  Wyatt Butler had 2 of the war eagles 3 hits.  Noah Hawkins relieved Daffron for one inning and gave up 1 hit.

The Rebels beat Bruceton Hollow Rock Central 10-0 on Monday afternoon. The Rebels scored 1 in the first and second innings before exploding for 8 in the fourth.  Zach Jarrett was the winning pitcher in 5 innings and gave up just one hit to lead off hitter Jacob Ervin.  After that Jarrett struck out 10 batters in the five inning game.  McKenzie amassed 8 hits with West Cook getting 3 hits, Harold Smith had a double, Noah Hawkins, Nathan Eaton, Chase Daffron, and Cameron Rawls all had singles.


                            (Pictures from previous games submitted by Michelle Jarrett)

Carsyn Hopper Selected for 2018 High School Honors Performance Series

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A student at E.W. Grove High School in Paris, Carsyn Hopper, daughter of Amanda Hopper of McKenzie and Steven Hopper of Columbia, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. She will perform the part of Alto 2 in July with the High School Honors Choir.

Participation in the Honors Ensemble is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across the world.

Hopper auditioned for the Honors Performance Series in November of last year, and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. In response to her selection as a finalist, Carsyn said, “Singing at the Sydney Opera House in Australia will be an astonishing experience. It will be wonderful to perform with other students from around the world. When you receive the music you only learn your part and you can’t imagine what it will sound like until the parts are joined together and when it does it is pure amazement.”

Finalists will come together in Sydney for six days in July. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned Greg Gilpin, work with other finalists and get a taste of Sydney. The Honors Performance will take place Saturday, July 21, 2018.

MBC Theft Suspect Bound Over To Grand Jury

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to an article in Carroll County News-Leader, Mae M. Mann, 50 of Hinkledale Rd in McKenzie, one of the two former employees of McKenzie Banking Company arrested in February for allegedly stealing from the company has been bound over to the grand jury. Joanna M. Crutcher, age 31 of Bruceton, who has been charged with theft over $1,000 and less than $10,000, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the Carroll County Grand Jury session in May. Mae M. Mann, age 50 of McKenzie, who was charged with theft over $10,000 and under $60,000, was scheduled to appear in Carroll County General Sessions Court earlier in the month for a preliminary hearing, but that hearing has been rescheduled for April 19th.

Cancer Bake Auction

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Cancer Bake Auction kicked off on Monday and will be going on every day this week through Friday. You can listen in on the auction by tuning in here on 98.9 FM 1440 AM WHDM Radio from 1-4pm each day. If you would like to donate items for the auction, you can do so by taking them to McKenzie Church of Christ from 7am-noon each day. The numbers to call to bid are 731-793-2804, 731-793-2756 or 731-793-2126.

Donkey Basketball Raises $2,837.37 for Crusaders

Paris, Tenn.-  The Crusaders Travel Basketball Team held their 3rd annual donkey basketball game Saturday night. The event raised $2,827.27 for the team. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Crusaders took on McKenzie Police Department in the first half, followed by staff from WMUF/WLZK/WHDM radio taking on the Crusaders in the last half. In the end, local personalities were victorious over the Crusaders with a score of 12-8.

(photo Rodney Bond)


Missing Washington Girl Found in Huntingdon

Huntingdon,Tenn.-  According to an article in the McKenzie Banner, Cali Savannah Smith, age 17, who has been missing from Tacoma, Washington since February 12 was found Friday in Huntingdon. Director of Public Safety for the town of Huntingdon Walter Smothers received information that the girl was with a male subject posing as her husband.

Huntingdon Commander Johnny Hill responded to the home on Jesse Lane where the two suspects were reportedly staying, where he observed a vehicle with Washington plates. Since the location was outside of the town jurisdiction, Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson was notified. Sheriff Dickson and several deputies responded to the location along with the Huntingdon Police Department.

Smith was taken into custody outside of the home. Local authorities are awaiting word from the Tacoma Police Department of any charges to be filed against the adult male.

Rebels Beat Summertown

McKenzie,Tenn.- It's been a hectic seven days for the McKenzie Rebel baseball team as they've fought the weather and wet fields to keep on schedule this spring.  Rain cancelled the game earlier in the week with West Carroll and it is being made up today (Saturday March 24th).  

The Rebels traveled to Waverly for a big game with the cross region foe and scored one run in the first inning but Summertown scored in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1 to 1. Summertown would hold the Rebels for the rest of the afternoon while scoring 9 more with 5 coming in the 5th inning to end up pinning a 10 to 1 loss on the Rebel Squad. Coach Chris Wall later said, “It’s a good opportunity to play a team that we could later play in tournament action as we progress in the district.” Nathan Eaton took the loss. Tyler Spivey, Noah Hawkins, Hunter Stafford and West Cook all had singles in the game and Cameron Rawls had a double.

Greenfield High School would be the next opponent the Rebels would face and come away with a 12 to 2 win. Zach Jarrett would get the win on the mound pitching the 5 inning game. Chase Daffron would lead the Rebels scoring 2 runs after 2 hits a single and a double. Noah Hawkins, Tyler Spivey, Hunter Stafford, Murphy Watkins, Nathan Eaton all had singles.

Friday afternoon the Rebels posted a win over South Gibson with Cameron Rawls leading the Rebel bats with 3 doubles. Noah Hawkins, and Murphy Watkins would both had singles in the game but the 5 hits were enough to produce 4 runs in the 4 to 1 victory. Nathan Eaton got the win for the Rebels. The Rebels will play today against West Carroll at 12:00 noon at McKenzie City Park. WHDM will be broadcasting the Rebels next game on Monday against Hollow Rock Bruceton Central at 5:00 and will also have the Lady Rebels Softball team on Tuesday with South Gibson.


Cancer Bake Auction Starts Monday, March 26

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Join us here at 98.9 FM AM1440 WHDM Radio, as we bring you a live broadcast of the Cancer Bake Auction starting Monday, March 26th - Friday, March 30th. Auctions will be held from 1-4pm each day. Items can be dropped off for the auction between 7am and noon each day at McKenzie Church of Christ. The numbers to call to bid are 731-793-2804, 731-793-2756 or 731-793-2126.

Pitching Provides Shutout and Perfect Game

McKenzie, Tenn. - Audrie Washburn threw a shoutout and Karli Brown followed with a perfect game in 3 innings against the Clarksburg Lady Rockets in softball action Thursday evening.  Washburn led the Lady Rebels to a 14-0 win.  The Rebels bats exploded and opened the game with 8 runs.  Gracie Washburn, Chloe Williams, Bailey Nelson and Washburn all had singles and Emily Lunn had a double.  The Lady Rebels had a total of 14 hits in the victory while they didn't commit a single error.  Jessi Jones for Clarksburg had a triple in the third inning.  In the second game of the evening Karlie Brown pitched three innings allowing no runs, no hits an no walks winning 10-0.  Both games were finished in one hour and ten minutes.  The Lady Rebels game with Bruceton on the 20 was postponed because of rain and will be played later in the season.  WHDM will be broadcasting the Lady Rebels game with South Gibson on March 27 weather permitting.

You can join us this afternoon for a 5:00 game for the Rebels baseball team as the take on the Pioneers from South Gibson at McKenzie City Park, (weather permitting) on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and live streamed on whdmradio.com.

Bethel Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie Cater Performing Arts Center and the Bethel University Renaissance will present Thoroughly Modern Millie on Friday, April 13th at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 14th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Take a trip back to the New York City of 1922, as a young Millie Dillmount from Kansas moves to the big city in search of a new life for herself.

Thoroughly Modern Millie was the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical while on Broadway.

Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 731-986-2100 or visit dixiepac.net

Kayak Bass Fishing Comes To KY Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 750 anglers will be competing for a $100K guaranteed first place prize this weekend on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes as the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will once again be held in Henry County.

The Henry County Tourism Authority welcomes KBF members as they vie for a National Championship and thousands and thousands of dollars in prize money for top ten finishes.

Anglers have been in town pre-fishing a couple days and will hold registration events on Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds which will serve as Tournament Headquarters. Anglers will launch at 5:30am on Friday from Paris Landing Marina.

The Kayak Bass Fishing doesn’t hold weigh-ins like other tournaments, instead it is anglers who take photos of the length of their bass and post it via social media and the KBF website. Deadline for photo submission each day is 3pm, anglers must be checked in by 5:30pm.

During the event from Thursday thru Saturday, Food trucks will be on site at the Tournament Headquarters at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 2-8pm and the Expo will open each day at 2pm with interactive exhibits for the public to view. On Sunday, March 25th at 9am an awards ceremony will be held and door prizes given away.

To follow along with the KBF National Championship like them on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website at www.kayakbassfishing.com

Shooting Leaves One Man Dead

Carroll County, Tenn. - A McKenzie man has died after he was shot after breaking into an apartment near the Carroll County/Weakley County line on Thursday, March 15th.

According to Weakley County Sheriff Captain Randall McGowan, Terry Lee Haynes of McKenzie was shot after breaking into an apartment by kicking a sliding glass door and confronting the resident of the home in the bedroom.

Haynes was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened around 11:15 p.m. and the Sheriff's Office called to the scene after several 911 calls were placed in regards to shots fired in the area.

The resident, Reggie Milam, age 27 and a woman identified as 37 year old April Garner, were both questioned by investigators.

The body has been sent for autopsy and the District Attorney notified. The case will be presented to the Weakley County Grand Jury in May.

New Police Officers Hired

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Two recently hired police officers were introduced to the Huntingdon Council Members by the Director of Public Safety, Walter Smothers at the March 13th meeting.

Shelton Moon, age 22 of Hollow Rock and Bradley Roberson, age 23 of McKenzie are now working as patrolmen for the city police department. Moon was formerly employed as a correctional officer at the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Roberson has served as a military policeman with the Tennessee National Guard for the last year.

Carroll Co. HWY Committee Meeting Planned

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Carroll County Highway Committee will be holding a meeting, April 5th at the Highway Department at 6pm.

Driving on Revoked Second Offense

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Jeff Winberry observed a vehicle traveling at 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone on Elm St. Friday. After stopping the driver, Dante R. Parker age 25 of Walnut Ave, stated that he did not have one. Upon running Parker’s information, it was revealed that Parker was revoked out of Carroll County General Sessions Court in 2016. Parker was arrested and charged with speeding and driving on a revoked license, second offense.


Local Storage Unit Theft

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A report at the McKenzie Police Department states that Officer Frank McGee took a report of vandalism and theft at the GSC storage buildings. The victim reported that two of his units had the locks cut off and the units were opened and ransacked. Two Rural King lawn mower batteries, valued at $45 apiece and two Interstate batteries valued at $100 a piece were taken from one of the units. An air tank valued at $40 was taken from the other unit. The thieves left a bolt cutter behind at the scene. There are no suspects at this time.

Bethel to Hold Open Gym Dates for Upcoming Cheer Tryouts

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to Leigh Carr, Head Cheer Coach at Bethel University, Bethel’s Competitive and Non-Competitive Cheer Teams will be holding Open Gym dates for anyone interested in cheering at Bethel during the 2018-19 school year. The open gym sessions will be held in Crisp Arena on Bethel’s McKenzie Campus from 2:30-4:30pm, March 25th, April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd.

“We encourage high school seniors who will be entering college this fall to come and take part,” Coach Carr said. “If open gym participants are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to accompany them on the first visit so that a participation waiver can be signed.”

Tryouts begin Friday, April 27th with early registration taking place from 5-6pm and open gym tryouts from 6-8pm. “If any high school senior has a scheduled engagement on the night of the 27th, like a senior play or an awards banquet, he or she may wait and register the next morning,” said Coach Carr.

The schedule for the rest of the weekend includes: Saturday, April 28th – Registration from 8:30-9am, Tryouts from 9am-12pm, lunch break from noon until 1:30 and Tryouts from 1:30-5pm; and Sunday, April 29th – Tryouts from 1-4pm. For more information, please contact Coach Leigh Carr at carrl@bethelu.edu.

Weekend Tournament Action For Lady Rebels

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie Lady Rebels were one of twenty local teams who participated in the Sara Beth Tournament this weekend in Lexington.  The Rebels over all record goes to 4-3 early in the season.  The Lady Rebels played Scott’s Hill and Jackson Christian School on Friday evening and returned to take on Ripley, Dyer Co. and Scotts Hill once again on Saturday.  The Lady Rebels finished 8th out of twenty in the tournament.  In the Ripley game Audrie Washburn came away with the win 4-2 with the Lady Rebels combining for 8 hits in the contest. Emily Lunn and Bailey Nelson each managed multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels. Nelson and Lunn each collected two hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels to the victory.


Later in the morning the Lady Rebels clinched the lead in the fifth inning and defeated the Dyer County Lady Choctaws 6-5.  Anna Washburn got the win for McKenzie. McKenzie Lady Rebels totaled seven hits in the game. Amberleigh Cooper and Shelby Tucker all managed multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels. Tucker and Cooper each collected two hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels.


The Lady Rebels had trouble controlling the high powered offense of Scott’s Hill later in the afternoon allowing 10 runs while only managing to get three runners across the plate themselves. Audrie Washburn, Jenna Tucker, and Lily Bennett, each managed one hit to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels. The Lady Rebels  were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error in the game.


Next action for the Lady Rebels is a game schedule for Tuesday at 5:00 with Hollow Rock – Bruceton Central High School in Bruceton, weather permitting.


The Rebel baseball team was to play on Monday against West Carroll High School at the McKenzie City Park but rains cancelled the game today.  They are scheduled to play West Carroll Tuesday on their park.


McKenzie/West Carroll Baseball Game Cancelled

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tonight's McKenzie Rebels vs. West Carroll Baseball game has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Bethel Names Wallace Project Manager

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Bethel University has announced the hire of Ashley K. Wallace as Project Manager. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve Bethel University and the community,” Wallace says. “Bethel displays great teamwork both on and off the field, and I’m looking forward to being part of the Wildcat family.”

Wallace’s experience includes composing and designing communication and marketing material to better inform and attract athletic recruits as the former Recruiting Coordinator at Auburn University. As a media and video intern, she conducted research and created content for Auburn Football Signing Day, while serving as an announcer for Auburn’s live broadcast of the event. Her additional media experience includes conceptualizing network features to consistently align with the university’s goals and network demands.

A former student-athlete, Wallace was a member of the Women’s Mexican National Soccer Team, and competed in two FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cups and two CONCACAF Championships.


Rocky Bolen Memorial 5K Run/Walk

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A 5K run/walk to benefit the Rocky Bolen Memorial Scholarship Fund is planned for Saturday, March 31st starting at 9am. Early registration fee for the event is $20 per participant. Entry fee the day of the event will be $25. Contact Tammy Bunn at 731-234-4683 or Linda Bolen at 731-415-0568 for more information

Man Charged with Aggravated Assault

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Jeff Winberry, MPD received a call to respond to a residence on Stonewall St. in reference to a subject who had been assaulted. Upon arrival on the scene Off. Winberry was met by the victim who stated that his roommate, Christopher L. Hill, age 23 of Goodlettsville, had put him in fear for his life. Hill had placed his hands around the throat of the victim, choking him and causing the victim to gasp for air. The victim did have a mark on his neck. Hill was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault as well as domestic assault.

Man Arrested for Criminal Trespass at Laundry Mat

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Steven Scott states that on Tuesday, March 13th Off. Scott was dispatched to Wyatt Laundry Mat in reference to a person that was possibly stabbed. Upon the officer’s arrival, contact was made with Maurice L. Lawrence, age 25 of Forrest Ave, who stated that he did not feel well, but had not been stabbed. EMS arrived to evaluate Lawrence and transported him to McKenzie Regional Hospital for further evaluation. Due to Lawrence being banned from the laundry mat in January, a warrant was issued for Lawrence to be picked up after being cleared medically, for criminal trespass.

Macedonia Community Center Cakewalk

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Macedonia Community Center Cakewalk will be held March 23rd at 7pm at the community center. Food including, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at 5:30. Tickets for the cakewalk will be $5.

McKenzie Elementary To Host Book Fair

McKenzie, Tenn.-  McKenzie Elementary School will be hosting a Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair in the library March 19th-23rd. All books, learning activities and posters will be buy one get one free. The library will also be participating in the All for Books Program. Students who bring $1 will have their name placed on the library wall. All money received will be used to purchase new books for the library. There will also be a Family Night at the Book Fair, Tuesday, March 20th from 3:15-6:30pm. All students who attend can register for $50 in free books.

Rider, Cole Receive 2017 Governor Volunteer Award

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Anders Rider, youth honoree and John Paul Cole, adult honoree, both received recognition as the 2017 Governor Volunteers Award Winners from Carroll County at a ceremony held March 11th in Franklin, TN. The award is recognition of individuals who show a remarkable amount of dedication regardless of their situation to their communities. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce was contacted in late 2017 and asked to coordinate the program. This is Carroll County’s first year in the program.


Donkey Basketball March 24th

Paris, Tenn.-  Donkey Basketball is coming up Saturday March 24th, at 7pm at the Central Community Service Center. Come watch the players as they attempt to play basketball on donkeys that are trained to run, buck, duck and lay down. Riders include teams from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, McKenzie Police Department, a few of us here from WMUF/WLZK and WHDM radio as well as the Crusaders. Tickets are $6 in advance and available at Take Me Back Café and the Paris Civic Center until March 23rd and $8 at the door. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, concessions, cakewalk and more. All proceeds go to benefit Crusaders Travel basketball.


McKenzie Lady Rebels Rebound From Slow Start

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Lady Rebel softball team  overcame a quick 4 to 0 lead by the Milan Lady Bulldogs, after the first inning of play at McKenzie City Park on Thursday to win by a score of 6-5.  McKenzie tied the game 5 to 5 when Lady Rebel Karli Brown doubled on a 3-2 count scoring what would becoming the winning margin.  Audrie Washburn came in for relief of Karli Brown and pitched 5 innings stopping the Bulldogs who had scored five in the first two innings.  Chloe Wiliams led McKenzie with two hits in four at bats.  Milan's big inning was driven by doubles by Gracie Kyle and Courtney Smitn and a single by Hailey Leyhue.



Milan Lady Bulldog, Bailey Graves takes the first pitch of Thursday's game for a ball.  It was a beautiful spring time day for an opening season game at McKenzie City Park.  The Lady Rebels will be playing today and Saturday in the Sarah Beth Tournament in Lexington, TN.  WHDM radio will be broadcasting 6 of the Lady Rebels Softball and Rebels Baseball (weather permitting) with a Rebel baseball game on Monday March 19th.

McKenzie Baseball and Softball Broadcasts

WHDM radio 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting 6 softball and 6 baseball games of the regular season this year.  The schedule of broadcasts is as follows:

                   Rebel Baseball                           Lady Rebel Softball

        Mar 19     West Carroll                    Mar  27  South Gibson

        Mar 23     South Gibson                  Apr     3  Huntingdon

        Mar 26     Bruceton                          Apr     5  West Carroll

        Apr    9     Huntingdon                      Apr   12  Bruceton

        Apr  23     Camden                          Apr   24  Huntingdon

        Apr  27     Waverly                           Apr   30  Camden

You can listen to our broadcast by tuning in to 98.9 FM or 1440 AM on your radio.  We stream the games over WHDMRADIO.COM over the internet.

McKenzie Planning Commission Plans Agenda

McKenzie, Tenn.  The McKenzie Planning Commision met Wednesday afternoon at the city hall meeting room to discuss and plan the agenda for the upcoming commission meeting on March 28th at 3:00 P.M.  Shelton Merrell, Regional Planner for Southwest Tennessee Developmental District updated committee members about possible legislative actions that may affect the Planning Commission.  More specifically present legislation presented for consideration would require municipalites with boundaries in more than one county would require approval from all the counites before they can become effective.  The city of McKenzie's boundary includes Weakley, Henry and Carroll County only one of very few in Merrell's  area of Southwest Tennessee that faces that particular situation.


Shelton Merrell RPO Coordinator discusses legislative recommendations with Board Chair Dean Rob and Frank Tate, that may affect McKenzie planners.  In attendance but not pictured is member Garland Prewitt.

McKenzie Rebels/Lady Rebels Baseball Softball

McKenzie, Tenn.  March brings spring and with it spring sports for the area baseball, softball, golf and soccer teams.  The Rebel baseball teams and softball teams seasons are underway.  WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting 6 of the regular season games for both the softball and baseball beginning this Monday, March 19 with a Rebel baseball game between McKenzie and West Carroll at McKenzie in the city park.  Game time is 5:00 with air time at 4:45. 

The McKenzie Rebels started off pretty well earlier with two victories over Camden Central High and Fairview High School.  In the Camden Classic, Mckenzie beat Camden 6-0 and followed with a victory over Fairview 4-3.  Noah Hawkins, Tyler Spivey, Harold Smith, Chase Daffron, Murphy Watkins and Josh Cannon all had one hit each in the Camden game.  Chase Daffron was the winning pitcher and Noah Hawkins had one inning of relief.  The Rebels scored thre runs in the 2nd inning and 3 runs in the 5th. 

In the second game McKenzie scored 2 runs in the 4th and 5th inning while Fairview scored 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th for a McKenzie 4-3 win.  Winning pitcher for the Rebels was Zack Jarrett who was relieved by his brother Evan and Chase Collata finished the game.  Noah Hawkins had 2 hits, Cameron Rawls, Nathan Eaton, and Tyler Berman had singles while Harold Smith had a double.

The Lady Rebels sailed to an easy victory over West Carroll 7-1 on Tuesday.  McKenzie started off slow but tallied three runs in the fourth inning.  Audrie Wasburn and Karlie Brown each had RBI's in the frame.  Washburn was the winning pitcher allowing five hits and one run.  She struck out eight and walked just one.  The Lady Rebels racked up 11 hits in the game, Amberleigh Cooper, Emily Lunn, and Chloe Williams each collected multiple hits for McKenzie.  Williams, Lunn and Cooper each collected two hits to lead the lady Rebels. 

Shelby Browning took the loss for West Carroll and Sadie Martin went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead West Carroll.

McKenzie Rotary Club Meets Tuesday

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie Rotary Club met Tuesday afternoon. The club voted in officers for the new year starting in July. Krista Martin will be serving as President and Joel Washburn will serve as President Elect. Joe Neumair will serve as Treasurer and Matt Lane will serve as Sergeant at Arms. Current President, Amy Thompson will take on the role of Secretary.

Relay for Life Ribeye Sandwich Sale March 16th

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Tickets are on sale now for the Relay for Life Ribeye Sandwich Sale, Friday, March 16th, 11am-2pm at Centennial Bank in McKenzie. Call 731-352-9998 for more information.

Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Will Meet March 16th

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will hold its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on Friday, March 16th at 10am at the Northwest Tennessee Head Start/Early Head Start Central Office at 938 C West Walnut Ave in McKenzie.

Vale Community Center Hosting St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser

Hollow Rock, Tenn.-  There will be a St. Patrick’s Celebration benefiting the Vale Community Center this Saturday March 17th from 3-7pm. The center is located at 26165 Hwy. 114 just north of Hollow Rock. Musical entertainment will be provided by “A Touch of Grey” and the meal will be Irish Stew, Bread, Dessert, and Drink. Price for the meal is $7 for adults, children under ten for $4. Wear your green to the event to be eligible for door prizes. For more information or to donate call 731-415-3935.

Huntingdon Special School District Votes to Extend School Year to Make Up for Snow Day

Huntindon, Tenn.-  The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met Monday night. The board acknowledged the employment of Bobbie Sykes as HPS Pre-K educational assistant. An update on the band room addition/renovation project was presented to the board. The board voted to support the re-election of Tony Tucker from South Carroll Special School District as Tennessee Risk Management Trustee for District 8. The board also voted to extend the school year to Friday May 18th to compensate for the missed school day on Friday, March 9th. The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm.


Carroll County Commissioners Meet Monday Night

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Carroll County Commissioners met Monday night where they heard from Frank Tate, Director of McKenzie Industrial Development, on a request to build a 600+ foot road off of Rochelle Rd. to enable a prospective industry that has shown a great interest in locating a manufacturing facility in Carroll County and has asked for support through grants and other incentives, to locate in the Industrial Park adjacent to the Carroll County Airport. This would give several area residents the opportunity for gainful employment.

The Board also took a vote to elect Notaries. Kelvin M. Britt, Michael Lynn Creasy, Casey Drewry, Kathy Edwards, Kathy Hilliard, Kathy Howell, Kathy E. Kelley, Molly McAlpin, Julie Miller, Renee Miller, Alesia Miller, Alesia Osborn, Betty G. Pritchard, Antoinette Stokes and Gaye Lynn Tippitt were all elected as Notaries.

The Board took a vote to appoint Phyllis Smith to the Carroll County Indigent Care Board, with the term ending October 2019. Hal Eason, Randy Long, Gaylon Syndor, Jacnice Tippitt, Dottie Walker, Kim Refroe Johnson and Robert Chandler were all appointed to the Carroll County Agricultural Extension Committee, with the term ending January 2021.

A resolution requesting that Governor Bill Haslam and the House of Representatives provide additional funding to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority for use in procuring federal funding for West Tennessee was passed.

Frank Tate, Director of McKenzie Industrial Development, speaks to Carroll County Commissioners Monday night (photo Jessi Lane)

Saturday Morning Fire Destroys Home in Huntingdon

Huntindon, Tenn.-  Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Saturday March 11th at approximately 8:50 a.m. the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue responded to a call about a house on fire at 228 Clark Street. Upon arrival the older model frame home was completely engulfed, according to Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety.

After extinguishing the fire it was determined that it had started by a space heater that was being run on an extension cord. Half of the outlet it had been plugged into had melted. Also of note there was a gallon of paint in close proximity to the heater.

The residence was occupied by Ms. Valerie Buck, however no one was at home at the time of the fire. Found inside the home was a smoke alarm that had been donated and installed by Huntingdon Fire & Rescue in December 2015.

Although badly melted and damaged it was still emitting its audible alarm. This should remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke detectors. The Huntingdon Fire & Rescue is furnished these smoke detectors by the state and will donate and install them to needy residents.


Best of Carroll County Talent Show

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The City of McKenzie is presenting The Best of Carroll County Talent Show, March 15th at McKenzie Park Theatre at 6:30pm, with a guest appearance by Wayne Bannister. This is an all ages event and the price of entry is $5 per person. The event is benefitting McKenzie Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Gaming System Stolen

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, McKenzie PD received a call pertaining to the theft of a gaming console from a home on Richardson Ave, on the evening of Thursday, March 8th. According to the report, the victim stated that he had left the residence around 9:30pm to give a friend a ride, and upon arrival back at the residence, noticed mud and leaves leading to the bedroom of the home where the black Xbox Slim was missing. There are no suspects at this time.

Vandalism on Garland St.

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, McKenzie PD received a call pertaining to a shattered driver’s side window on a vehicle on Garland St, Thursday, March 8th. The window looked like someone had shot it with either a BB gun or a small rock had hit the window. The owner advised that he valued the window at $125 dollars and the tint on the window at around $40. There are no suspects at this time.

Cabela's Big Bass Bash Winners

Paris, Tenn.-  The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the overall heaviest fish weighing in at 9.22 lbs., caught by Brian Pahl from Bethel University. Brian took home around $5,000 worth of prizes from Cabela, Power-Pole, as well as many other companies. Ty Cox, from Blue Mountain College, took 2nd overall with a bass weighing in at 8.94 lbs. Chet Reaves, from Auburn University, came in 3rd overall with a bass weighing in at 7.62 lbs.

(Jessi Lane photos)


Brian Pahl, Bethel University, 1st place overall winner.


Ty Cox, Blue Mountain College, 2nd place overall winner.

Chet Reaves, Auburn University, 3rd place overall winner.

Anglers huddle under tents to keep out of the rain at Sunday's awards ceremony.

And Then There Was One

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Three area teams entered into the TSSAA State Tournament on Wednesday and today only one remains in the battle for the Gold basketball.  The Huntingdon Lady Fillies, Greenfield Lady Yellow Jackets and the Dresden Lions all won substate games and began play earlier this week but only the Yellow Jackets survived to advance to the finals today in Murfreesboro and that with a victory over the Huntingdon Fillies by a final score of 52-46.  Both teams had only one loss on the season and both losses were to each other from play earlier in the year.  Huntingdon was repeating its second straight trip to Murfreesboro and won their first contest earlier in the week against Moore Co. 44-40.  The Dresden Lions lost their first round game in the tournament to Summertown 52-29.  The Greenfield Yellow Jackets will play today in the finals of the TSSAA Tournament at 3:30 against Summertown.  The Westview Chargers from Martin lost in their fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament to Macon Co. in a low scoring contest 32-37.  They had advanced after beating Alcoa 41-36 earlier this week.  Congratulations to all three teams for great seasons and representing our area so well and good luck to the Yellow Jackets in today’s game.

Representative Andy Holt Visits Carroll County


Representative Andy Holt speaks to Huntingdon business owner, Krista Martin of Southern Chiropractic following Holt's address at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Representative Andy Holt, in his 8th year as representative for all of Weakly County and parts of Carroll and Obion County, addressed a number of individuals on Friday at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.  Holt, who serves as vice chairman of the Agriculture Resource Committee and who was named by the Tennessee Veterans Association as Legislator of the year for 2017 pointed out that due to circumstances of other media interest that this year has been a surprisingly quiet year in the general assembly. 

This year’s budget has been figured close to 36.9 billion dollars and symbolizes an economy that is booming across the state even though the rural areas are lagging behind.  The recent announcement of 313,000 jobs being created in the U.S. in the past months are a result of manufacturing increases and not the result of governmental growth.  According to Holt these are substantial signs of improvement of economic growth.   When discussing proposed government tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Holt said, “I have a different viewpoint that President Trump.  But I do feel that the United States can be a major producer, that jobs can be created in America.”  “Taxing you less, means less burden and a greater opportunity for business owners.”

Holt also addressed a concern that covers the entire country when he addressed the issue of school safety.  “According to figures the average cost of one SRO (School Resource Officers) across the state is $47000 to 49000 dollars a year.”  “800 across the state is a lot, but we need to double that which could lead to 34 to 35 million dollars in ongoing costs.”  Holt told the audience he would vote for arming teachers under certain conditions.

McKenzie Director of Schools Lynn Watkins, voiced a concern to Holt to the issue of ACT testing.  According to Watkins 52000 seniors across the state were allowed to participate in ACT testing at their own schools.  This action last year allowed students an opportunity to take the test that can help them qualify for further scholarships such as the HOPE scholarship and allow them to prepare better for college.  In his opinion there are plenty of tests given locally that can be done without and then funding could be given to allow more students to take advantage of ACT testing in their own community without having to travel a distance to take them and pay the examination fee.


McKenzie Town Council Meets

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The City of McKenzie’s Board of Mayor and Council met Thursday evening at 6pm to discuss numerous matters. New business included Ordinance 324, which is an ordinance to repeal the existing sewer use ordinance and adopt wastewater regulations. Councilman Charles Pruneau made the motion to repeal, and Councilman Randy Callahan seconded that motion. Councilman Jason Martin then made the motion to adopt the new regulations and Councilman Jessie Townes seconded that motion and there was a unanimous roll call vote to pass.

The second matter of business on the night’s agenda was the purchase of new police vehicles. Police Chief Craig Moates stated that the police department is getting some of their vehicles ready to go to auction, and some have already been given to the Fire Department to use for training purchases. Chief Moates said that the Police Department is looking into purchasing Dodge Chargers, as they are all-wheel drive, and will be more efficient in in-climate weather. The funds for the vehicles will be coming from the Police Budget, more specifically, from traffic camera money. Councilman Callahan made the motion that the Police Department be allowed to purchase two vehicles, Councilman Townes seconded the motion, and a unanimous roll call vote passed the motion.

In other news, the McKenzie Police Department had a grand total of 1,923 calls for the month of February and the McKenzie Fire Department had a grand total of 34 calls for the month of February. After the Department Head Reports, Councilman Callahan made the motion to adjourn, which Councilman Jason Martin seconded.

(photo Jessi Lane)

PLSP Hosting Annual TN Homeland Security Conference

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 120 local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency workers are attending the Annual Tennessee State Homeland Security Conference at Paris Landing State Park. 

Assistant Director of the State Office of Homeland Security Rick Shipkowski said in an interview, “We meet each year for the purpose of sharing with local partners threat information and best practices.”  “Working together to protect Tennessee and it’s critical infrastructure is an essential part of our efforts.  We get better by sharing successes and shortfalls.” 

Program speakers will include officials involved with investigations of past shootings in Las Vegas and Florida, as well as TN Task Force One who is involved with Urban Search and Rescue Operations.

(photo David Jackson)

Area Teams Compete In State Tournament

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Area schools from Weakley and Carroll County advance or begin their TSSAA state basketball campaign.  The Huntingdon Lady Fillies defeated Moore County on Wednesday evening 44 to 40 and the Greenfield Yellow Jackets beat Picket County 54-50.  That sets up a "local" matchup in the semifinals Friday at 1:15 in Murfreesboro with Huntingdon taking on Greenfield.  Congratulations to both teams in their advancment.

Thursday morning at 11:30 the Dresden Lady Lions will take on Summertown High School and at 1:15 Westview High School from Martin will play Alcoa.

McKenzie Special School District Board Members Meet

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie Special School District Board members met Tuesday night and decided to change the elementary’s school grading schedule to every 9 weeks, with a 4 ½ week progress report, to match the high school’s and middle school’s grading schedule. The elementary school had previously been on a six week schedule.

The Board also voted to adopt a new diploma for special education students. The new diploma option will allow special education students to be in a regular classroom, allowing teachers to use more than one course code.

It was recognized that Beth Mathis, an eighth grade math teacher, was awarded a grant from Delta Kappa Gamma, granting her $1,000 to use for classroom materials.

(photo Jessi Lane)


Bethel Lighting Project Complete

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Bethel University’s Office of Career Services will hold its annual Career Fair for both their students as well as their alumni on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30am-1:00pm, in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.

“We have some great companies coming to campus for this event,” said Rachel French Brooks, Director of Career Services and Prevention. “What we want students and our alumni in the area to realize is that career fairs like this make their job hunt a little easier. They have a gathered group of companies together in the same place, and they can be prepared to make multiple connections for available jobs. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students and professionals, alike, to practice their networking skills.”

Some of the companies in attendance will include: Benton County School System, Carey Counseling Center, Centennial Bank, Core Civic Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman Count Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County School System, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, National Motor Club of America, Navy Officer Programs, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, REAL Hope Youth Center, Regions, Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Transamerica Agency Network, US Probation Office, US Secret Service, WRAP, and Youth Villages. A few spots are still available for interested employers.

Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, contact Rachel French Brooks at brooksra@bethelu.edu or at 731-352-4246.

Career Fair to Be Held at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Bethel University’s Office of Career Services will hold its annual Career Fair for both their students as well as their alumni on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30am-1:00pm, in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.

“We have some great companies coming to campus for this event,” said Rachel French Brooks, Director of Career Services and Prevention. “What we want students and our alumni in the area to realize is that career fairs like this make their job hunt a little easier. They have a gathered group of companies together in the same place, and they can be prepared to make multiple connections for available jobs. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students and professionals, alike, to practice their networking skills.”

Some of the companies in attendance will include: Benton County School System, Carey Counseling Center, Centennial Bank, Core Civic Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman Count Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County School System, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, National Motor Club of America, Navy Officer Programs, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, REAL Hope Youth Center, Regions, Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Transamerica Agency Network, US Probation Office, US Secret Service, WRAP, and Youth Villages. A few spots are still available for interested employers.

Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, contact Rachel French Brooks at brooksra@bethelu.edu or at 731-352-4246.

Fillies Headed to State Tournament

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  The Huntingdon Fillies started out of the gate as thoroughbreds Saturday night as they raced to a victory over Houston County’s Fighting Irish and into the TSSAA State Tournament for Division 1 Single A contestants for the second year in a row. The Fillies let 14-0 before Houston Co. hit a 3 point shot to get on the score board with a minute to go in the first quarter. Huntingdon hardly looked back as they let at half 34-9. Houston Co. started back with the first point of the third quarter but still trailed at the end of the three 48-24. The final score in the contest would be the Fillies of Huntingdon 55 to the Fighting Irish of Houston Co. 28. Taylor Smith led the Fillies with 17 points, Marisa Belew had 11 and Adyn Swenson had 10. TSSAA drawings for the state tournament in Murfreesboro will be held on Sunday and the Fillies will possibly begin state tournament play on Wednesday.

2nd Annual Arts Festival Cruise-In

Huntingdon, Tenn.- 

The Carroll County Schools 2nd Annual Arts Festival Cruise-In will be held Saturday, March 17th from 10am-1pm, at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. This is a free event for the children of Carroll County. It is sponsored by Carroll County Schools and the Carroll County Special Learning Center, which is a special day school for students with special needs ages 3-22. The purpose of the event is to encourage persons with disabilities to participate in the arts through hands-on activities and performances. For more info you can contact Brandy Baumgardner at 731-986-4482 ext. 240, Kenneth New at 731-986-8908 ext. 231 or visit www.carrollschools.com/ccaf.html

"Capitol Talk" Held March 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.-“Capitol Talk” sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, featuring Representative Andy Holt, will be held Friday, March 9th from 12-1pm at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $7 per person and to ensure that everyone has a meal the Chamber is requesting that all those planning to attend, please RSVP by noon on Tuesday March 6th, by calling 731-986-4664.

New Law Firm in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of a new law firm in McKenzie. Jasmine McMackins Hatcher Attorney at Law has opened a new firm at 1751 Cedar St. Office Suite B in McKenzie. Mrs. Hatcher was born and raised in McKenzie and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2007. She then attended law school at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2010. Mrs. Hatcher represents clients in the areas of domestic relations as well as probate matters. Mrs. Hatcher hopes to expand her practice and skill base to better serve the citizens of Carroll, Benton, Henry, Weakley and the surrounding counties.

(photo David Jackson)

Fillies Defeat Eagles

Huntingdon, Tenn.-    The Huntingdon Fillies basketball team continues to attempt to return to the TSSAA State Tournament for the second time in two years.  The Fillies defeated the Eagles of Summertown High School Thursday night to become Region champions and will host Houston County Lady Irish in the sub-contest on Saturday night at Huntingdon at 7:00.  The Fillies were led in scoring by Marisa Belew and Adyn Swenson unofficially with 10 points each.  Summertown tied the ball game for the last time at about the two minute mark in the contest before the Fillies were able to steal the ball with less than 15 seconds to go with a three point lead. This marks the second year in a row that the Fillies have made it to the sectional playoff game.  The winner between Huntingdon and Houston County will advance to the TSSAA State Tournament.

Chamber Provided Insight To Students

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  Carroll County Technology Center students, under the direction of instuctor Cara Chadwick, paid a visit to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to learn some "business basics" from Executive Director Brad Hurley.  Students were provided with information on running a business and allowed to ask questions from Hurley.  The chamber plays an important role in the development of leaders in the community through this opportunity as well as Youth Leadership, and STEM Project.


Carroll County Chamber STEM Project

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce hosted its first STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) session of the 2017-2018 school year on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Eighteen freshmen from the county’s 5 high schools participated in a 9 a.m.–noon session.

The Chamber’s STEM program is comprised of 6 Saturday morning sessions. Dr. Carla Thompson is the lead instructor for the program. She is currently a resident scientist for the Center of Science Outreach at Vanderbilt University.


The program was developed to encourage students to think beyond the challenges in front of them through critical thinking and problem-solving.


“The recruitment and growth of business depends in part on the quality of the workforce. It is crucial for Carroll County to invest in its future with new and innovative education programs in science and technology. In doing so, we will position ourselves as an incubator for creative thinking and talented professionals.” said, Brad Hurley, President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.


This marks the sixth year for the program but major changes have occurred this year. Sessions will be every other Saturday for 11 weeks.


Members of the class are: Kylie Bindig, Emily foster, Perfect Lor, Samantha Roney, Anna Batte, Nevaeh Davis, Noah Hampton, Anthony Futhill, Kennedy Green, Lauren Mansfield, Andrew Murphy, Lyndsey Summers, Carter Cary, Brady Davis, Matthew Jones, Brayden Sneed, Lillian Neel, and Wade Smith


Regional Game Changed Due to Weather

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  The regional championship basketball game between Huntingdon and Summertown schedule for tonight has been postponed till tomorrow night at Lawrenceburg High School.

Blood Drives in Our Area

The Lifeline Blood collections will be at the following locations in March. You can help save lives by giving blood.  All blood types are needed, especially following the bad weather over the month of February that led to cancellation of some collection opportunities.

    March 1st  First United Methodist Church Paris, 12-6

    March 2     Fred's Super Dollar Store, McKenzie 12-6

    March 8     Gleason School, 12-5

    March 19   Southside Church of Christ, Dresden 12-6


Carroll County Humane Society Benefit Fun Run

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The "Pawf For A Cause" 5k series is coming to McKenzie this Sunday March 4th at McKenzie Park.  This family and dog friendly event will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society.  Check-in and on-site registration begins at 12:30 with the fun run starting promptly at 2:00 P.M.  Your can register online through Saturday by going to www.pfac5k.run.   Don't miss an afternoon of fun to support our furry friends at the "Paws for a Cause" 5k run, Sunday March 4th at the McKenzie City Park.

Huntingdon Fillies Advance to Championship

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  The Huntingdon Fillies basketball team advanced to the championship game Wednesday night at Lawrence Co. High School with a victory of Loretto High School on Monday night 37 to 36.  The will play Summertown at 7:00 in he Championship game of the region tournament.  Both Huntingdon and Summertown will advance to the sectional tournament just prior to the TSSAA state competition.  Summertown defeated Perry Co. on Monday night by a score of 68 to 52.

Man Charged With Possession and Tampering

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A report at the McKenzie Police Department states that Officer Steven Scott stopped a vehicle for speeding on N. Stonewall St and upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, could detect the odor of marijuana. Due to the odor, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle and searched. The passenger, identified as Bradley J. Gill, age 20 of Mount Pleasant, was then instructed to exit the vehicle and searched. As Officer Scott was searching Gill, Officer Winberry noticed Gill chewing on something. Gill was instructed to open his mouth and it was determined he had been chewing on marijuana. Gill stated that he had approximately 2 grams of marijuana that he was trying to consume. Gill was arrested and charged with simple possession of Schedule VI and tampering with evidence.

Traffic Stop Results In Multiple Citations

McKenzie, Tenn.-  A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Paul Eddlemon states that while on patrol, the officer observed a vehicle in which neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a seatbelt. Officer Eddlemon stopped the vehicle and gained consent to search. The passenger, Jack P. Roek, age 24 of Nashville, advised that he had a marijuana grinder in his pocket. Officer Boaz of the MPD, located the grinder and a metal tin, both containing marijuana residue.

A check of the driver, Jeremy L. Watson, age 22 of Hollow Rock, revealed Watson’s license to be suspended out of Hollow Rock City Court. Both parties were cited into Carroll County General Sessions Court for violation of the seat belt law. Watson was cited for first offense driving on a suspended license and Roek was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

South Fulton Woman Cited For Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Steven Scott, Morgan A. Hilton, age 25 of South Fulton, was cited for simple possession of a Schedule VI. While on routine patrol, Officer Scott observed a vehicle traveling south on HWY 22 with the driver’s side headlight not working and stopped the vehicle.  While speaking to the driver, Officer Scott could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was performed and a bag containing two bags of roaches, approximately 11.6  grams of marijuana and a grinder were found.


                                            (Pictures by Michele Jarrett)

Lady Rebel Seniors Final High School Game

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie Lady Rebels finished their season with the loss to Perry County on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Region basketball tournament.  The Lady Rebels were led by seniors Bailey Nelson, Jacie Davis, and Shelby Butler laced up their high school sneakers for the final time as a McKenzie Rebel.  Congratulation to the Lady Rebels and the Rebels.

McKenzie Rebels Drop First Round of Region Tournament

McKenzie, Tenn.-  McKenzie High School basketball is over for the2017 season following a loss in region tournament action on Saturday night at McKenzie High School.  The district 12 number 4 team, Collinwood Trojans came to town with a win on their mind and jumped out to a 21 to 16 lead after the first quarter but the Rebels took a lead at 29-25 at the end of the first half.  Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter.  Then tornado warnings caused a stoppage before the start of the fourth quarter with the Rebels leading 45 to 41.  After a lengthy break in play and evacuation to hallways, the game was resumed and the Trojans came back with a fury ending the game with the victory by a score of 62 to 57.  The Rebels became the number 1 team in district 11 with a victory last weekend over neighbors the Huntingdon Mustangs.  Leading scorers for the Rebels were Ben Austin with 17, and Lucas King and Nate Whitsell with 12 each.  Collinwood had four men in double figures lead by their big center Austin Reeves with 22 points and guards Carter Hinton with 12, Charles Wood with 11 and Kedron Hensley with 10.   Playing without any seniors on this year’s team the Rebels will come back next year even stronger from experience.

All four men’s teams from District 11 have been eliminated from further action along with three of the District 11 girls teams losing last night and tonight.  The Huntingdon Fillies advanced with a win Friday night and will play again on Monday night.

Storms that raced through the area on Saturday night also knocked WHDM, WLZK, WRQR, WMUF off the air as electric lines were downed and we lost power.  Unfortunately listeners were unable to hear the final quarter of action broadcast of the Rebel game.

Dr. Winkler Passes Away After Accident

McKenzie, Tenn.- Dr. Volker Winkler of McKenzie and co-founder of McKenzie Medical Center died from injuries received on Thursday after a cycling accident in Carroll County.  According to friends Dr. Winkler was found after having been involved in a cycling accident in the county.  He was very active in cycling and running competitions. 


Lady Rebels Drop Out Of Regionals

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The Lady Rebels drop out of the first round of the regional tournaments with a 59-55 loss to the Perry County Lady Vikings. High score for the Rebels came from Whitley Smith with 16 points.

Eight Qualify For Republican Primaries

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Eight candidates have qualified to run for seats in the Republican Primaries on May 1st. The deadline was Thursday at noon. Joseph G. Butler and Tim Pratt have qualified to run for the seat of county mayor. Bart Smith and Sandi Stafford Roditis have each qualified to run for assessor of property. Sarah Bradberry has qualified to run for circuit court clerk. George Avery has qualified to run for District 1 road supervisor. Jeff Carter has qualified as a candidate for District 5 county commissioner and Brian Winston for District 8 county commissioner.

Many have already qualified as Independent and Democratic candidates for the August 2nd General Election, but other candidates have until April 5th at noon to qualify as well.

Two Arrested On Embezzlement Charges

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, on February 12, Mae M. Mann, age 50 of Hinkledale Rd. and Joanna M. Crutcher age 31 of Carroll St. in Bruceton, were arrested and charged with embezzling money from McKenzie Banking Company. According to court records between July 1, 2017 and February 6, 2018, Mann took $14,303.05 from the downtown location of the bank. Mann admitted to the theft and wrote a statement saying that she had taken the money. Mann was taken into custody on February 12 and posted a $2,500 bond the same day.

On February 8, Investigator Jasmin Burgess of the MPD investigated a theft at the bank and was told by bank administrators that Crutcher had taken $5,600 from the main branch and $2,000 from the secondary branch on Highland Ave. Crutcher allegedly took the money from cash deposits brought to the bank. She was booked on February 12 and posted a $2,000 bond the same day.

Mann is scheduled to appear in Carroll County General Sessions Court on March 8th to face a charge of theft over $10,000 and under $60,000. Crutcher is scheduled to appear March 14th to face a charge of theft over $1,000 less than $10,000.

Game Time Changes for Region Tourney

Game times have been changed for the first round of regional basketball acton that affects Clarksburg, Huntingdon, McKenzie and West Carroll schools.  Due to the distance to be traveled West Carroll's girls and boys will play Friday night at Summertown High School with the girls starting at 6:00 followed by the guys.  Clarksburg will also play both of their games on Friday night beginning at 6:00 at Loretto High School. 


The Huntingdon Fillies will host Collinwood at 6:00 on Friday night and the Mustang's will host their first round at 6:00 on Saturday against Wayne County.

McKenzie Lady Rebels will host Perry County on Friday night at 6:00 and the Rebels will host Collinwood on Saturday night with game time at 6:30.



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Economy Growing in McKenzie?

Indications are that economy may be picking up in McKenzie as different businesses begin operation.  Dollar Tree according to officials will be completing their renovations and moving in next door to CarQuest on Highland Drive possibly by the middle of March.  The building that had been errected by another company was bought by Dollar Tree.  With the warm weather for a couple of days workers were doing dirt work outside the building.  Unfortunately it won't be dry enough now for a few days to allow much outside work as rain is forecast through the weekend.

Not far behind the Dollar Tree location on Highland Drive, a new eatery is opening March 1st.  Slow Smoking owner, Jebreal Shaker is opening Slow Smoking 135 S. Main St. in the old Linda's Pizza location.  They will specialize in Sandwiches including original Philly Steak, Fish, Chicken and much more.  Their claim to fame, "Home of the Monster Burger". Slow Smokin will be opening Thursday March 1st.

Multiple Hit and Run Vandalisms

McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Cody Coleman states that  MPD received a call in reference to an older model Crown Victoria backing into a support beam at Region’s Bank. Officer Coleman responded to the call and spoke with the caller and the bank manager. There is no estimate on damage at this time, and the incident is under investigation.


Officer Frank McGee, of the McKenzie Police Department, took a report of vandalism to a mailbox and a wooden yard bridge over the weekend. The vandalism by a hit and run driver traveling north on Highland St. The driver is unknown at this time.

Theft On Park St. Over Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, a theft occurred at a residence on Park St. over the weekend. Officer Boaz, along with officer McGee arrived at the residence and spoke with the occupant who stated that sometime between Thursday and Saturday someone had come in through a back window, taking a 32 inch TV, a fire place style heater and a DVD player, and exited through the front door. There are no suspects at this time.

Tournament Action Continues for County Teams

Regional basketball action continues this next weekend for four area schools from Carroll County.  McKenzie and Huntingdon will host boys and girls first game action this Friday and Saturday night at their schools.  While Clarksburg and West Carroll will be on the road.

Girls games begin Friday night at 7:00.

McKenzie girls will host Perry County.

Huntingdon girls will host Collinwood.

Clarksburg will travel to Loretto.

West Carroll will travel to Summertown.

Men's Action Saturday night at 7:00

McKenzie men will host Collinwood.

Huntingdon will host Wayne County.

West Carroll will travel to Summertown.

Clarksburg will travel to Loretto.

McKenzie Rebels District Champs Four for Four

The McKenzie Rebels raise four fingers recognizing four years in a row that they have collected the district championship.  Saturday night at Crisp Arena on the campus of Bethel University the Rebels defeated the Huntingdon Mustangs by a score of 51-44 in a hotly contested four quarters. The Rebels trailed in both quarters in the first half but came back to lead at the end of the third by one point and ending up with the 7 point victory avenging their only two district losses of the season to the Mustangs.  Nate Whitsell, who would be named tournament MVP, led the Rebels with 15 points in scoring followed by Lucas King with 13 and Ben Austin with 8.  The Mustangs were led by Jeremiah Pearson with 16 and Kaleel Bailey with 12.  The Rebels will host the first round of the Region tournament at McKenzie High School on Saturday night at 7:00 and face off against Collinwood High School.

All District players named.  John Wilkins, McKenzie Rebels head coach received his "coach of the year" placque along with players recognized by coaches as all district for the year.  From left to right front row Devin Wildridge, Lucas King, Jeremiah Bryant, Unidentified, Kaleel Bailey.  Back row: Coach John Wilkins, Zach Heckert, Tourney MVP Nate Whitsell, Ben Austin, Tyrese Mebane, Jeremiah Pearson, Kade Pearson.


Lady Rebels Fall in Championship Game

The McKenzie Lady Rebels put up a valiant fight but could not overcome the talent of the district champion Huntingdon Fillies on Friday night at Crisp Arena.  The Lady Rebels will advance to regional tournament play on Friday night at 7:00 at McKenzie High School and host Perry County.  The Lady Rebels were led in scoring by Shelby Davis with 10 points while tournament MVP Taylor Smith had 14 for Huntingdon.  The scoring of Smith along with 14 for Kaci Fuller and 10 for Marisa Belew were just too much for the Lady  Rebels.

All district players were named for the girls on Friday night at the conclusion of the championship game.  Named to the all district team where sisters Macie and Cacie Cunningham, Rachel Tucker, Ashley Yarbrough, Ali Jones, Aden Swinson, Marissa Belew, MVP Taylor Smith, and Lady Rebels Shelby Butler, Lilly Bennet, Shelby Davis, and Jacie Davis.  Coach Farris Lowery of Huntingdon was selected as "Coach of the Year".

McKenzie Rebels District Tournament Champs

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie Rebels defeated Huntingdon with a score of 51-44 making them the District Tournament Champs. The Rebels will play in the regionals Saturday night.

Championship Games Set for District 11 A Basketball

Coach John Wilkins and his McKenzie Rebel basketball team will be in the championship game for the 6th straight year this Saturday night against the Huntingdon Mustangs.  The Rebels advanced by defeating the West Carroll War Eagles at Bethel University Tuesday night 70 to 48.  The Rebels Ben Austin lead all scorers with 19 points.  But the Rebels almost had 5 men in double figures.  Nate Whitsel had 12, Lucas King 11, and Micah Austin 10.  Lazarick Hill was close with 9.  The War Eagles were lead by Zac Heckert with 15 and Jeremiah Bryant tossed in12.

Coach Lance McAlister's Lady Rebels are in the championship game Friday night against the Fillies of Huntingdon. 

Having entered into the championship games both the Lady Rebels and Rebels will be hosting the first game of the region tournament on the 23rd and 24th at McKenzie High School.  The opponents have yet to be decided.  If you can't attend the games in person, you can join David Jackson and Mitch Evans for basketball action on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:15 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.

Lady Rebels and Rebels Advance

The McKenzie Lady Rebels advanced to the championship game with Huntingdon Friday night at Bethel University with a 55 to 40 victory over Clarksburg.  The Lady Rebels were led by Shelby Davis and Whitley Smith with 15 points each.  Brooklyn Williams was leading scorer for Clarksburg with 13 points.  The Rebels will play West Carroll tonight at 7:30 and with a victory will advance to the championship game on Saturday against the winner of Huntingdon and Clarksburg guys.

McKenzie Police Busy Friday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn.-  On February 9th Patrolman Austin Jones of the McKenzie Police Department was dispatched to Sonic Drive-In in reference to someone trying to pass two counterfeit twenty dollar bills. Ptl. Jones made contact with the car hop who delivered the order who stated that there were two suspects in the vehicle they had each placed an order, with both orders totaling $1.31, and both individuals paying with a twenty dollar bill. The car hop gave a description of the vehicle as well as the tag number. There are no suspects at this time.


John Paul DeLaurier, age 52 of Forrest Circle was arrested and charged with public intoxication Friday, February 9th. Officer Cody Coleman and Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp responded to a call Friday evening in reference to someone being drunk and causing a disturbance. Upon arriving at he scene the officers noticed a man sitting on the bottom step of a trailer, who appeared to be under the influence of some sort of intoxicant. The officers then patted the suspect down and found a small pocket knife on the suspect, which was confiscated for the safety of the officers. Officer Coleman then left DeLaurier with Sgt. Beauchamp and went back to speak with the complainants who stated that the suspect had come to the door of their trailer and when they denied him entry began cursing and yelling. They also stated that they could tell he had been drinking and could barely walk away as he left. Officer Coleman then went back to DeLaurier and advised him that he was being arrested and the suspect was transferred to the Carroll County Jail, cited into General Sessions Court and held for eight hours to sober up.


Terry Gene Green, age 60, of Gleason was arrested and charged on multiple counts after a traffic stop Friday evening. Patrolman Adam Jones of the McKenzie Police Department was notified of dispatch of a possible impaired driver coming into town. Upon locating the vehicle on Main St., the officer confirmed through dispatch that the tags on the vehicle had expired and initiated a traffic stop. Patrolman Jones then observed the driver was not wearing a seat belt, had glassy eyes, his speech was slurred and there was a slight odor of alcohol emitting from Green’s person and the vehicle. Green was asked to perform a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, given by Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp of the MPD, and failed them all. Upon a search of the vehicle, a partially drank bottle of vodka was found. Green was then transported to the Carroll County Jail where he failed a Breathlyzer Test. Upon a search of the back seat of the patrol car, Ptl. Jones located a small silver container containing numerous pills. Green is being held without bond and charged with DUI 2nd offense, possession of schedule II, possession of schedule IV and tampering with evidence.

McKenzie Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Maurice L. Lawrence, age 25 of Forrest Ave. was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by Officer Billy King of the McKenzie Police Department. On Tuesday, February 6th, Officer King responded to a call about a man taking his clothes off in the middle of the street. When the officer arrived on scene, the suspect had started engaging in fighting and threatening behavior at cars that were driving by. Sgt. Beauchamp, of the McKenzie Police Department was also on scene, and while talking to Lawrence the suspect began to curse and posture, as if to fight, another passing car. At that time, for the safety of the suspect and others the officers decided to place Lawrence under arrest. When placed under arrest, the suspect resisted. He was then take to the ground by the officers, placed under arrest and transported without incident.

District 11 Single A Tournament Continues Tonight At Bethel

Basketball action over the weekend saw the McKenzie Rebels advancing to a 7:30 game Tuesday night at Bethel University against the West Carroll War Eagles.  The War Eagles defeated the Red Devils of Big Sandy on Saturday by a score of 69 to 37.  Clarksburg advanced by beating Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central 62 to 39.  They will face Huntingdon on Tuesday night at 6:00 P.M.  Winners will advance to the finals of the district tournament this Saturday at Bethel at 7:30 and looser will play in the consolation game at 6:00 P.M. 

In the ladies bracket on Saturday West Carroll defeated Hollow Rock-Bruceton 52 to 38 and will play at 6:00 this evening against the number 1 seed Huntingdon Fillies.  The McKenzie Lady Rebels with a bye in first round action will see their first tournament action at 7:30 in the Crisp Arena of Bethel University taking on neighboring Carroll County foe, Clarksburg.  That game can be heard on WHDM 98.9 FM in McKenzie.  Winners from these two contest wil advance to the finals on Friday at Bethel and loosers will play in the consolation game beginning at 6:00.

All four teams of both girls and boys will advance to the region tournament with 1st and 2nd place teams hosting the first round in their gym and 3rd and 4th place teams on the road. 

Rebel's Boys beat Natchez Trace

McKenzie, Tenn.-   The McKenzie Rebels boys team took the win over Natchez Trace with a score of 60-29, in the first game of the district tournament. The Rebel’s boy’s team will play the winner of the West Carroll vs. Big Sandy game Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.

District 11 Single A Tournament Action Begins

District basketball action gets underway Saturday at Bethel University with mens action kicking off with the McKenzie Rebels taking on the Natchez Trace Trailblazers at 12:00 noon.  The second game will follow with West Carroll taking on Big Sandy and the last game of the day will be Clarksburg taking on Bruceton at 3:00.  The winner of the Clarksburg/Bruceton will play Huntingdon on Tuesday evening at 6:00 and the winner of McKenzie/Natchez Trace will play the winner of West Carroll/Big Sandy at 7:30 Tuesday.  The losers bracket will be on Saturday the 17th at 6:00 followed by the championship game at 7:30.  All tournament and all district teams will be announced on Saturday night.

The District 11 single A girls action will get underway Saturday at Bethel with West Carroll playing Bruceton at 4:30.  That winner will play Huntingdon on Monday evening at 6:00.  The Lady Rebels from McKenzie received a bye and Clarksburg moved on after Big Sandy was unable to field their team due to illness.  McKenzie and Clarksburg will play at 7:30 at Bethel.  Championship and Consolation games will be played on Friday evening at 6:00 and 7:30.

Senator Stephens Givess Legislative Update


24th Disctrict Senator John Stephens addressed citizens from his district in a legislative briefing at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce officesl.  Mayor Kenny McBride, and Huntington town mayor Dale Kelly were in attendance along with over twenty other inidviduals from the area.  Stephens, who is in his second year as a State Senator, reported on early activity in the state senate to the audience.  Addressing the "megasite" in Haywood county, he noted that eventual growth in the megasite will certainly have an effect on all counties in our district.  The governor has proposed spending 30 million dollars to create a waste water treatment facility that will allow waste water to be treated and then released into the Mississippi river.

One area individuals asked about was health reform issues.  Stephens said that presently hospitals are not allowed to hire some individual medical treatment specialist such as anethesiologist, and radiologist but instead are contracted out.  As such often times individuals are having to use "out of network" individuals that causes a real burden on our citizens.  He is hoping that legislation will be developed to correct this action.

The next legislative session will be held on March 9th with State Representative Andy Holt as the guest speaker..

Notification of Audit Release


Carroll County, Tenn. - The Division of Local Government Audit has released the Annual Financial Report of Carroll County, Tennessee, for the year ended June 30, 2017.

A PDF file containing this report has been provided to the county mayor, two highway commissioners, and the director of schools. Interested officials and citizens may obtain a copy of the PDF file from one of the officials previously mentioned. The report is also available for inpection at www.comptroller.tn.gov.

The report on Carroll County's financial statements is unmodified.

The results of the audit are four findings and recommendations, which have been
reviewed with Carroll County Management. Summary of the audit findings are as
- The Office of the County Mayor had deficiencies in budget operations.
- The Usernames and Passwords were shared by the solid waste employees.
- The Office of Clerk and Master finding consisted of the docket trial balance was not
  reconciled with general ledger accounts.
- The Offices of the Trustees, Clerk and Master, and Sheriff, findings were that duties
  were not segregated accordingly.

Auditor's are available to meet with the county's Audit Committee to discuss all
aspects of the audit upon the request of that committee. Requests should be made to
the West Tennessee Audit Manager for available dates and times. Contact Lee Ann
West, West Tennessee Audit Manager, 731-421-7473 or email at


Three Charged With Driving On Suspended/Revoked License

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report by Officer Paul Eddlemon of the McKenzie Police Department, Justin H. McMackin, age 29 of Buena Vista Rd., Huntingdon, was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended/revoked license, on Jan. 30.  Upon checking his driver’s license it was discovered that McMackin’s license had been revoked since October of 2017. McMackin was transported to the Carroll County Jail for booking.

Raymond E. Lockett age 39 of Booker St. in McKenzie was charged with driving on a revoked license February 1, according to a report by Patrolman Austin Jones of the McKenzie Police Department. Patrolman Jones observed that the tag lights on the Ford Escape driven by Lockett were not functioning. A check of Lockett’s Tennessee Identification Card revealed that his license is currently suspended out of Carroll County General Sessions Court.  This is Lockett’s fourth offense of driving while license is revoked. He received a verbal warning for failure to display plates, and taken into custody for driving on revoked license, with his bond set at $1,000.00.


In a report obtained from the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Jeff Winbury, Dana D. Montgomery age 23 of Salem St. Milan Tn., was charged with driving on suspended license and also cited into McKenzie City Court for failure to show proof of insurance, light law violation, and registration violation. On January 29, Officer Winbury witnessed Montgomery’s vehicle traveling with a headlight out. He stopped the vehicle and asked for her driver’s license, which she pulled up on her phone. After running a computer check, they came back suspended.


McKenzie Boys To Play Natchez Trace Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie boys play Natchez Trace Saturday at Bethel, at noon in the first round of district tournaments. The winner will play Monday night at 7:30 against the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy. The Lady Rebels have a first round bye and will play the Clarksburg Lady Rockets on Monday night at 7:30. Admission is $7.00.

Deadline To Qualify For Local Elections Approaching

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The deadline for registering to run for public office in Carroll County is rapidly approaching, with the deadline February 15th. Offices up for re-election include, county mayor, sheriff, circuit court clerk, county clerk, assessor of property, register of deeds, county trustee, road supervisors of Districts 1 and 2, as well as county commissioners. The County General Election will be held August 2nd.

Incumbent Kenny McBride is seeking reelection in the office of Carroll County Mayor and is running as an independent.  Also running as an independent is Mayor McBride’s former opponent T. Richard Goodwin. Three other candidates have picked up petitions to run for Mayor as Republican nominees, Sean D. Norman, Timothy Wayne Pratt and Joseph G. Butler. Carroll County voters can select local Republican nominees in a primary election being held on May 1st.

Huntingdon Man Charged With Domestic Assault

McKenzie, Tenn.- Robert D. Doede age 38 of Brier Creek Rd. Huntingdon was arrested for domestic assault on January 26th, accoding to a report by Officer Jeremiah Brooks of the McKenzie Police Department. Doede allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by pushing her down into a shower and pulling her hair. The officer did observe an injury to her left leg and her hair was out of place. The suspect was then arrested.

Man Charged With Simple Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Officer Austin Jones charged Jacob A. Carroll, age 19 of Walnut Circle in McKenzie with Simple Possession of a schedule VI narcotic.

Officer Jones was dispatched to the area about another incident and was unable to locate the exact apartment. Officer Jones approached a man sitting in a car, later identified as Carroll, in front of the apartments to ask if he had heard any yelling in the area when Carroll rolled down the window, a cloud of smoke wiht the odor of marijuana emitted from the vehicle.

Officer Jones then conducted a search of the car and located a plastic bag containing one marijuana cigarette was located.

This information was obtained from a report at the McKenzie Police Department.


Paris Woman Charged With Delivery Of Controlled Substance

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Krista J. Klingenberg age 22 of Valleywood Dr. in Paris was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance as well as cited into Carroll County General Sessions Court for speeding by Officer Cody Coleman of the McKenzie Police Department.

On January 31, Officer Coleman’s radar detected a vehicle speeding at 32 mph in a 15 mph zone. Officer Coleman stopped the vehicle and upon approaching detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Officer Austin Jones then came to the scene to assist in a search of the vehicle. Found was one plastic container and one glass container with marijuana residue in them. Upon further search of the car a small bag with a white powdery substance was located inside. A field test showed the substance to be cocaine.


McKenzie Battles Huntingdon in District and County Rivalry on Tuesday

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on district and county rivals  the Huntingdon Mustangs and Phillies at home on Tuesday, February 6th.

The girls game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and you can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on the Mustangs and Phillies right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Bethel Offering a Chance to Shoot Hoops to Win a Tuition Scholarship

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will once again offer high school students who attend District basketball tournament games played at Bethel’s Crisp Arena a chance to win a tuition scholarship to the school.

The scholarship, valued at more than $15,000, would cover tuition for a traditional undergraduate student for two consecutive semesters.

The competition is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. To be eligible, students would need to complete an entry card at the Bethel University Enrollment Services Booth at the Main Entrance to Crisp Arena.

Names will be collected the following dates of the tournament: Saturday afternoon, February 10th with games at 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm; Monday night,  February 12th with games at 6pm and 7:30pm; Tuesday night, February 13th with games at 6pm and 7:30pm; Friday night, Feb. 16 with games at 6pm and 7:30pm; and Saturday night, February 17th with games at 6pm and 7:30pm.

One student will be drawn at the half-time of the first game on February 16th and another before the beginning of the second game. Two students will be drawn and shoot at the same times on February 17th.

The students randomly drawn will have 1 minute (starting from half court) to hit a lay-up, then hit a free throw, then hit a 3-pointer and to finally make a half-court shot. Note: The student is responsible for rebounding the ball. To win a scholarship, the student must successfully hit all four shots. Note: Winners must complete the requirements for Admission to Bethel before enrolling and redeeming the scholarship.

Bethel University is a private, four-year institution affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Headquartered in McKenzie, if offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degree programs through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel, go to www.bethelu.edu.

McKenzie Falls to Bradford in Basketball Action

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost to the Bradford Lady Red Devils at home on Saturday 53 to 38. Shelby Butler led the Lady Rebels with 15 points. The Lady Rebels are now 15-11 overall on the season and  8-1 in district action.

The McKenzie Rebels lost to the Bradford Red Devils at home on Saturday 47 to 44. Nate Whitsell led the Rebels with13  points. The  Rebels are now 20-6 overall on the season and 10-1 in district action.

Listen to the McKenzie Take on Bradford on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Bradford Red Devils and Lady Red Devils at home on Saturday, February 3rd beginning with the girls game will tipping off 5pm and the boys game to follow.

The pregame show will begin at 4:45pm and you can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on Bradford right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Don't Miss Bethel's Presentation of Arsenic and Old Lace This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present the highly acclaimed production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd 7pm and a 2pm matinee show on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 625 North Stonewall Street in McKenzie. 

Tickets cost $10 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.bethelrenaissance.com/arsenic, or you can call their office at 731-352-6980 or stop by the Bethel Renaissance Office open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, which is located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie.

Faculty, staff and students get in for free, just contact the Renaissance office to reserve your complimentary tickets. The Bethel Renaissance does anticipate a full house for each performance, so please reserve those tickets in advance.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a dark comedy play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. Debuting on Broadway in 1941, it ran for three years and over fourteen hundred performances. The plot centers on the Brewster family, a once elite American bloodline that has now descended into homicidal insanity. Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and the most ostensibly normal of his clan, is forced to cover up for his sadistic kin while being torn between family loyalty and his desire to marry the woman he loves.

Exploring themes including family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence, "Arsenic and Old Lace" was praised for its dark, screwball comedy tone with The New York Times theater critic declaring it one of the funniest plays he’d ever seen. Still widely read, studied, and performed today, it has been adapted multiple times including CBS and ABC TV movie adaptations. It is perhaps best known for the 1944 film adaptation directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster.

"Arsenic and Old Lace, (the film) is one of the first movies I can remember seeing as a child", commented Bala Boyd, Associate Director of Renaissance Theatre, "I loved it instantly and go to see the play every chance I get. When the opportunity arose to make "Arsenic and Old Lace" my directorial debut I jumped at the chance."

Get Your Tickets to See the Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Dixie on February 9th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- That's right the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be coming to the Dixie in Huntingdon on Friday, February 9th at 7:30pm.

Tickets cost $35 per person and you can purchase tickets online at www.DixiePac.net, by calling the Dixie at 731-986-2100 or stop byThe Dixie’s Box Office  located at 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by calling 731-986-2100.

Experience one of America’s most popular dance bands! In the years just before World War II, The Glenn Miller Orchestra became part of the American story.

Carroll County Library Hosting Storytime with Louie on Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Library is participating in Take Your Child to the Library Day with a special event called Storytime with Louie on Saturday, February 3rd from 9am to 12pm.

Children's book author Renee McGrady will be the special guest speaker and she will be coming all the way from Indiana to read a book she has published featuring Brock and Krista Martin's West Highland Terrier, Louie. Louie will also be at the meet and greet event.

The Library will also be holding  Library Fun Station Rotations with opportunities for kids to make a book mark, get their own library card, read with a teen or create something at the craft table.

McKenzie Faces Bradford on Saturday, February 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Bradford Red Devils and Lady Red Devils at home on Saturday, February 3rd. The girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys games to follow.

Million Dollar Quartet Performs at the Dixie on Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Tony-award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, will rock the stage of Huntingdon’s Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center in a sold-out show on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm.

Remember Dec. 4, 1956, when rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions ever?

Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more! This thrilling musical takes you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.

Tickets for future events can purchased by calling The Dixie at 731-986-2100, online at  DixiePAC.net  or stop by The Dixie Box Office at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets for the February 10th Sweethearts Ball Are on Sale Now

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Barns of West Tennessee Sweethearts Ball will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 7pm at the Barns of West Tennessee A Wedding and Event Venue, which is located at 360 Blooming Grove South in McKenzie. Treat yourself and your sweetheart to an evening of Fine dining, dancing and giveaways in our gorgeous barn and pavilion.

Fine dining will be presented by Chris Chadwick, Nationally Known award-winning Pitmaster as seen on the Discovery Channel. You will have a choice of beef or chicken along with your choice of sides. Beverages will include tea, coffee, water and a cash bar.  Dessert will be presented by Dumplins of Jackson and music will be by Avonlea.

You will have the opportunity to win sweetheart door prizes and you may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $1000 credit, to be applied to the package of your choice for the venue. Raffle tickets will be available at the Sweetheart Ball and they will cost $10 for 1 ticket, $25 for 3 tickets or $40 for 5 tickets. All those that sign the guestbook and do not choose to purchase a raffle ticket, may also have the chance of being entered to win this $1000 credit. You do not have to be present to win.

Reservations cost $25 and can be purchase through Paypal.  Please leave your preference of beef or chicken in the notes box when you reserve your reservation through Paypal. To secure your reservation enter pattybeckrealestate@yahoo.com and just be sure to select your main course.

For more information about the event, just visit The Barns of West Tennessee A Wedding and Event Venue Facebook page, call them at 731-393-1516 or email barnsofwesttn@gmail.com. Space is limited and they are encouraging everyone to purchase your tickets to reserve your reservation. And of course surprise proposals are always welcome.

Rebels and Lady Rebels Get District Wins Over Bruceton

Bruceton, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Lady Tigers in Bruceton on Tuesday 57 to 32. Lilly Bennett led the Lady Rebels with 10 points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels are now 15-10 overall on the season and 8-1 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Tigers in Bruceton on Tuesday 85 to 25. Ben Austin led the Rebels with 19 points. The McKenzie Rebels are now 19-5 overall on the season and 9-1 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels take on district and county rivals the Huntingdon Mustangs and Phillies at home on Tuesday, February 6th.

 The girls game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and you can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on the Mustangs and Phillies right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

W.G. Rhea Library in Paris Hosting a Free Harry Potter Themed Magic Show on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be celebrating Harry Potter Day with a Free Magic Show on  Thursday, February 1st at 6pm at the Library, which is located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris.

Attendees came come dressed up as their favorite Harry Potter characters for a chance to win a Wal-Mart gift card. So if you’re a Harry Potter fan make plans to attend the Harry Potter themed Magic Show at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Thursday.  

Wednesday is the Final Day to Purchase Tickets for Saturday's McKenzie Chocolate Tour

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s Annual Chocolate Tour will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 10am to 2pm. Tickets costs $5 each and you can purchase tickets at participating stores or McKenzie City Hall, located 2470 Cedar Street in McKenzie,  by Wednesday, January 31st.

Tickets costs $5 each and you can purchase tickets at Thred's Ink, Park Theatre, Super Drugs, LuluBelle's, CDL, Williams Furniture, McKenzie Memorial Library, Over Flow Church, McKenzie Industrial Board, City Florist or at City Hall, but tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, January 31st. No tickets be will sold on the day of the Chocolate Tour.

At McKenzie’s Annual Chocolate Tour, you will get to taste delicious chocolates from 13 different stores in downtown McKenzie.  You can also vote for your favorite chocolate and have a chance to win the fabulous gift basket. To participate or for more information, please call Jennifer Waldrup at 731-352-2292.

Get Your Tickets for Dancing and Fun at the Madri Gras Ball Set for February 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Heritage Center will be presenting the Mardi Gras Ball dinner and dancing with the “Magi of Memphis” on Saturday, February 10th at the Paris Convention Center, located behind the Quality Inn in Paris.  Dinner will start at 6pm and music will begin at 7pm.

Tickets cost $40 per person and you can also get $5 off your ticket price if you purchase your tickets before Thursday, February 1st. You can purchase tickets at Lura Lee’s of Paris, Cadillac Jacks and at the Paris- Henry County Heritage Center. For more information you can call 642-1080.                     

Firefighters Battle Blaze that Destroyed a Home on Hwy 79 on Tuesday

Firefighters battle the blaze. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Shortly after 1:30pm on Tuesday afternoon , Fire Department units from the Henry Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Paris Fire Department along with Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house that was fully engulfed in flames at 4925 Hwy 79, just South of Kenny’s Meat Market. The Board of Public Utilities were also on the scene to deal with any electrical problems caused by the fire.

Firefighters battle the blaze as wind gusts caused the fire to spread. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles as firefighters fought the blaze and wind gusts. As of 2:30pm firefighters were still on the scene battling the blaze. Police said that the house appeared to be unoccupied at the time the fire occurred. 

(Cassie Walsh photos)

More information regarding the cause of the fire will be released once the report is made public. The house was deemed a total loss.

Schedule for Rebels and Lady Rebels Final Regular Season Games Released

Bruceton, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Tigers and Lady Tigers in Bruceton on Tuesday, January 30th beginning with the girls game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game will follow.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and you can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on the Tigers and Lady Tigers right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

The Rebels will then face the Natchez Trace Trailblazers at home on Thursday, February 1st.

The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Bradford Red Devils and Lady Red Devils at home on Saturday, February 3rd beginning with the girls game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game will follow.

The final regular season game will be when the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels take on district and county rivals the Huntingdon Mustangs and Phillies at home on Tuesday, February 6th. The girls game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and you can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on the Mustangs and Phillies right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Rebels Defeat Gleason as Lady Rebels Fall to the Lady Bulldogs

Gleason, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost to the Gleason Lady Bulldogs in Gleason on Monday 57 to 48. Bailey Nelson led the Lady Rebels with 17 points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels are now 14-10 overall on the season and 7-1 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Gleason Bulldogs in Gleason on Monday 61 to 22. Lucas King led the Rebels with 14 points. The McKenzie Rebels are now 18-5 overall on the season and 8-1 in district play.

Charlotte's Web is Coming to the Dixie for Their Next School Time Performance on Wednesday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie’s next School Time Series Performance will be Charlotte’s Web on Wednesday, January 31st at 9am and 11am at the Dixie in Huntingdon and both performances are sold out.

Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

The show is 60 mins and for students from pre-k to 5th grade. The event is sponsored by Huntingdon Insurance and S&S Insurance.

McKenzie Battles Bruceton in District Hoops on Tuesday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the Bruceton Tigers and Lady Tigers in Bruceton on Tuesday, January 30th. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

HPD Warns of Phone Scam Targeting Residents in the Area

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department wanted to inform the public that there are multiple phone scams going on everyday, but on Friday the police department received a phone call about a scam that was targeting older residents in the community.  

Police say that people are receiving a phone call from an out of state or out of country phone number  on their caller ID. A young person will start out saying "Granddaddy or Grandmother I've been in wreck and have some minor injuries but I am ok. Someone in the car had some drugs and I have to post a bond. Please don't tell mom or dad about this, I'll explain it when I get home. I need $900 wired to me by Western Union....."

Police say this scam is likely being used everywhere but it is the first that the Huntingdon Police Department has heard of the scam targeting residents in Huntingdon. If anyone else has been receiving phone calls like this please contact the Huntingdon Police Department at 731-986-5310.

Bethel Renaissance Presenting Arsenic and Lace This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present the highly acclaimed production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd 7pm and a 2pm matinee show on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 625 North Stonewall Street in McKenzie. 

Tickets cost $10 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.bethelrenaissance.com/arsenic, or you can call their office at 731-352-6980 or stop by the Bethel Renaissance Office open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, which is located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie.

Faculty, staff and students get in for free, just contact the Renaissance office to reserve your complimentary tickets. The Bethel Renaissance does anticipate a full house for each performance, so please reserve those tickets in advance.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a dark comedy play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. Debuting on Broadway in 1941, it ran for three years and over fourteen hundred performances. The plot centers on the Brewster family, a once elite American bloodline that has now descended into homicidal insanity. Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and the most ostensibly normal of his clan, is forced to cover up for his sadistic kin while being torn between family loyalty and his desire to marry the woman he loves.

Exploring themes including family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence, "Arsenic and Old Lace" was praised for its dark, screwball comedy tone with The New York Times theater critic declaring it one of the funniest plays he’d ever seen. Still widely read, studied, and performed today, it has been adapted multiple times including CBS and ABC TV movie adaptations. It is perhaps best known for the 1944 film adaptation directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster.

"Arsenic and Old Lace, (the film) is one of the first movies I can remember seeing as a child", commented Bala Boyd, Associate Director of Renaissance Theatre, "I loved it instantly and go to see the play every chance I get. When the opportunity arose to make "Arsenic and Old Lace" my directorial debut I jumped at the chance."

McKenzie Holding Registration for Intro to Welding Night Class on Monday, Jan. 29th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie will be having Intro to Welding Night Class sign-ups on Monday, January 29th at 5pm.

Classes will begin on Tuesday, February 6th at 5:30pm at the TCAT McKenzie Campus. Classes will meet for forty hours and classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

The class will be led by instructor David Earley. For information please call TCAT McKenzie at 731-352-5364 or email daphne.brown@tcatmckenzie.edu.  The program is designed to serve the student interested in training in the refrigeration fields for gainful employment, professional development and advancement.

TCAT McKenzie Holding Registration for Refrigeration Night Class on Monday, Jan. 29th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie will be having Refrigeration Night Class sign-ups on Monday, January 29th at 5pm.

Classes will begin on Monday, February 5th at 6pm at the TCAT McKenzie Campus. Classes will meet for ten weeks and classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.

Certified Master HVAC/R Educator Terry Wilson will be teaching the class. For information please call TCAT McKenzie at 731-352-5364 or email daphne.brown@tcatmckenzie.edu.  The program is designed to serve the student interested in training in the refrigeration fields for gainful employment, professional development and advancement.

Lady Rebels and Rebels Take on Gleason on Monday

Gleason, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the Gleason Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs in Gleason on Monday, January 29th. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Chocolatey Goodness Awaits at McKenzie's Chocolate Tour on Feb. 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s Annual Chocolate Tour will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 10am to 2pm. Tickets costs $5 each and you can purchase tickets at participating stores or McKenzie City Hall, located 2470 Cedar Street in McKenzie,  by Wednesday, January 31st.

You will get to taste delicious chocolates from 13 different stores in downtown McKenzie and you can vote for your favorite chocolate and have a chance to win the fabulous gift basket. To participate or for more information, call Jennifer Waldrup at 731-352-2292.

Lady Rebels Pulls Off Upset Against State Ranked Stewart County

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Stewart County Lady Rebels at home on Saturday 39 to 35. Lilly Bennett led the Lady Rebels with 14 points. The Lady Rebels are now 14-9 overall on the season and  7-1 in district action.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Stewart County Rebels at home on Saturday 55 to 54. Lukas King led the Rebels with 14 points. The  Rebels are now 17-5 overall on the season and 8-1 in district action.

Jacey Davis Named McKenzie's Basketball Homecoming Queen as McKenzie Gets Two District Victories Over West Carroll

The McKenzie Homecoming Court included: Claire Craddock, Emily Lunn, Homecoming Queen Jacey Davis, Ruby Garza and Shelby Butler. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie High celebrated Basketball Homecoming on Friday night as Jacey Davis was crowned Homecoming Queen. The McKenzie Homecoming Court included: Claire Craddock, Emily Lunn, Homecoming Queen Jacey Davis, Ruby Garza and Shelby Butler. McKenzie also came away with two victories over district rivals the West Carroll War Eagles and Lady War Eagles.

In district action, the McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the West Carroll Lady War Eagles at home on Friday 53 to 31. Shelby Davis led the Lady Rebels with 20 points.

The McKenzie Rebels also defeated the West Carroll War Eagles at homecoming on Friday 64 to 54. Lukas King led the Rebels with 22 points.

Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints and Prophets Exhibit at the Dixie Ballroom Gallery Until Feb. 28th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie is proud to announce that they are featuring Marty Stuart's photo exhibit "Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" in The Dixie's Ballroom Gallery now through Wednesday, February 28th.

In addition to his fame as a country music artist, Marty's work as a photographer and documentarian has created an additional cultural respect for Stuart. Inspired by his professional photographer mother, Hilda Stuart, Marty took his first photograph at the age of 11 at the Choctaw Indian Fair in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The photo was of the performing artist Connie Smith, who is now his wife.

"Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" is a 26 piece collection of country music icons Stuart has been privileged to call friends including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. This particular collection has only been exhibited on one other occasion. Artwork is provided by The Arts Company in Nashville.

The Dixie Ballroom Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can also call the Box Office at 731-986-2100 for weekend hours and to schedule a group tour.

McKenzie Girl Crowned WBFF Birth to 6 Months Little Princess

Pictured from left to right: 2nd page Carson Workman, 1st page Lucas Riley Wilson, 0-6 month Little Prince Zydon Conte Johnson, 0-6 month Little Princess Khori Darcus, 1st maid Lena Mae Brockwell and 2nd maid Kamora Nored.  (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Little Princes and Princesses pageants wrapped up Fish Fry pageants on Sunday, January 21st.

In the girls birth to 6 months pageant, Khori Darcus, the daughter of  Charles Darcus of Paris, was crowned the 2018 birth to 6 months Little Princess; Lena Mae Brockwell, the daughter of Allie and Daniel Brockwell of McKenzie, was 1st maid; and Kamora Nored, the daughter of  Page Farmer and Deonte Nored of Paris,was 2nd maid.

In the  boys birth to 6 months pageant, Zydon Conte Johnson, the son of Madisyn Gorth and Conte Johnson of Paris, was crowned the 2018 birth to 6 months Little Prince; Lucas Riley Wilson, the son of Danette and Michael Wilson of Paris, was 1st page; and Carsynn Workman, the son of Lexi Wallace and Chris Workman of Puryear, was 2nd page.

Pictured from left to right: 7-11 month Little Prince Jackson Ray Williams, 7-11 month Little Princess Willow Winstead and 1st maid Londyn Dennis.(Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 7-11 months pageant, Willow Jean Winstead, the daughter of Darian Scheffer of Springville, was crowned the 2018 7-11 months Little Princess; and Londyn Dennis, the daughter of Heather Adkins of Mansfield, was 1st maid.

In the boys 7-11 months pageant, Jackson Ray Williams, the son of Michael and Amy Williams of Paris, was crowned the 2018 7-11 months Little Prince.

Pictured from left to right: 1-year-old Little Prince JoNoah Santana Kendall, 1-year-old Little Princess Ava Lynn Russell, 1st maid Myah Long and 2nd maid Havana Reign McClennan. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 1-year-old pageant, Ava Lynn Russell, the daughter of Heather and Antrun Russell of Paris, was crowned the 2018 1-year-old Little Princess; Myah Long, the daughter of Malcolm and Britney Long of Paris, was 1st maid; and Havana Reign McClennan, the daughter of Xzabreionia McClennan and Brent Rodreguiz of Paris, was 2nd maid.

In the boys 1-year-old pageant, JoNoah Santana Kendall, the son of Crystal Kendall of Paris, was crowned the 2018 1-year-old  Little Prince.

Pictured from left to right: 2-year-old Little Prince Easton Sawyer Pillow, 2-year-old Little Princess Faith Madison Tanner, 1st maid Malaya Fayth Johnson and 2nd maid Amelia Morgan Taylor. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 2-year-old pageant, Faith Madison Tanner, the daughter of Tina and Ricky Tanner of Puryear,  was crowned the 2018 2-year-old Little Princess; Malaya Fayth Johnson, the daughter of Madisyn Gorth and Conte Johnson of Paris, was 1st maid; and Amelia Morgan Taylor, the daughter of Josh Taylor and Ashley Taylor, was 2nd maid.

In the boys 2-year-old pageant, Easton Sawyer Pillow, the son of Andy and Amanda Pillow of Paris, was crowned the 2018 2-year-old Little Prince.

Pictured from left to right: 2018 3-year-old Little Princess  Annaliese Hudson. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In the girls 3-year-old pageant, Annaliese Hudson, the daughter of Jake and Bri Hudson, was crowned the 2018 3-year-old Little Princess.

Gracie Osbron Crowned as the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Roezona Godbott, 1st maid Alison Reagor, 2018 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Gracie Osbron, 2nd maid Elizabeth Page Alexander and 4th maid Gracie Milam. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants on Saturday, January 20th wrapped up as eight women competed in the Hostess Princess pageant and Gracie Osbron, the daughter of Jamie and Shannon Osbron of Paris, was crowned the 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess; Alison Reagor, the daughter of Susan and Eddie Reagor of Paris, was 1st maid; Elizabeth Page Alexander, the daughter of Monica and the late Levi Alexander of Springville, was 2nd maid; Roezona Godbott, the daughter of Greg and Valerie Godbott of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Gracie Milam, the daughter of Samantha and Bryant Milam of Buchanan, was 4th maid.

Leann Oliver from Commercial Bank and Trust also awarded Gracie Osbron with a $1,000 scholarship.

Leann Oliver from Commercials Bank and Trust awards Gracie Osbron with a scholarship. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The contestants in the Hostess Princess competed in casual and formal wear while also answering a question which was if you had one wish what would you wish for.

Gracie Osbron finds out that she was crowned the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alison Reagor answered that she would wish for a cure to type one diabetes. Roezona Godbott said she would wish for that no one would go starving. Gracie Milam said that she wishes that when she grows up she wishes she would be successful in what she loves. Elizabeth Page Alexander said for diseases like cancer and other diseases to not exist because they take many people’s lives everyday. Gracie Osbron said graduate college, raise a strong family and love the man I would be married to.

All eight contestants in their formal wear for the 2018 WBFF Hostess Princess pageant. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alison Reagor was sponsored by Joe Mahan Ford, Roezona Godbott was sponsored by Queens of Paris, Gracie Milam was sponsored by Milam Construction and Parsons and Milam Roughstock, Elizabeth Page Alexander was sponsored by Express Tan, Julie Dye was sponsored by Nissan of Paris, Hope Hutson was sponsored by Institutional Case Work Incorporated, Gracie Osbron was sponsored by Pot O’ Gold Bail Bonds, and Terran Jones was sponsored by Cabinet Corner.

The Emcee for all of Saturday’s pageants was Kaylee Clark Houston and the 2018 WBFF General Manager is Lisa Stone. The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants we’re sponsored by the Paris- Henry County Jaycees. The WBFF Tiny Tots pageants will continue on Sunday, January 21st beginning at 1:30pm at KPAC.

McKenzie Girl Crowned the 2018 WBFF Jr. Queen and Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Teen Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 1st maid Bailey Williams, 2018 Junior Queen Madeline Gottshall and 2nd maid Hailey Wilson. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants continued on Saturday as three girls competed in the 2018 Junior Queen pageant.

Madeline Gottshall, the daughter of Todd and Megan Gottshall of McKenzie, was crowned the 2018 Junior Queen; Bailey Williams, the daughter of Michael and Amy Williams of Paris, was 1st maid; and Hailey Wilson, the daughter of Caleb and Ashley Wilson of Paris, was 2nd maid.

Nine girls competed in the 2018 WBFF Miss Pre-Teen pageant.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Lily Morris, 1st maid Izzy Heidluf, 2018 Miss Pre-Teen Taylor French, 2nd maid Jayden Wilson and 4th maid Halle Casey. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Taylor Grace French, the daughter of Josh and Julie French of Paris, was crowned the 2018 Miss Pre-Teen; Izzy Heidluf, the daughter of Chris and Alisha Robbins and Rob Heidluf of Paris, was 1st maid; Jayden Wilson, the daughter of Caleb and Ashley Wilson of Paris, was 2nd maid; Lily Morris, the daughter of Brad and Pam Hosford of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Halle Ann Casey, the daughter of Josh and Cecelia Casey of Paris, was 4th maid.

Eleven teens competed in the 2018 WBFF Miss Teen Pageant.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Bryleigh Hayes, 1st maid Madison Hopkins, 2018 Miss Teen Alyson Bizeau, 2nd maid McKenna Thrower and 4th maid Alyvia Taylor. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Alyson Bizeau, the daughter of Christie Bizeau and Brian and Amanda Bizeau of Paris, was the 2018 Miss Teen; Madison Hopkins, the daughter of Scott and Melissa Hopkins of Buchanan, was 1st maid; McKenna Rylee Thrower, the daughter of Michael and Sherry Thrower of Henry, was 2nd maid; Bryleigh Cate Hayes, the daughter of Chuck and Cheri Hayes of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Alyvia Taylor, the daughter of Jason and Vallena Wyatt of Buchanan, was 4th maid.

2018 WBFF Tiny Tot Princess and Little Miss Crowned

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Aubrey Leigh Brockwell, 1st maid Mia Kate Scott, Miss Tiny Tot Princess Sophia Isabelle Soto, 2nd maid Korey-Lee C. Kendall and 4th maid McKinlee Renee Rayburn. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants kicked off on Saturday, January 20th as nine girls competed in the Tiny Tots pageant for girls age 4 to 5.

All nine contestants in the Tiny Tots pageant for girls ages 4 to 5. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sophia Isabelle Soto, the daughter of Jesse and Heather Soto of Puryear, was crowned the 2018 Miss Tiny Tot Princess; Mia Kate Scott, the daughter of Haleigh Clary and Josh Scott of Springville, was 1st maid; Korey-Lee C. Kendall, the daughter of Nikki BoBo and Keenan Kendall of Paris, was 2nd maid; Aubrey Leigh Brockwell, the daughter of Adam and Christian Brockwell of Paris, was 3rd maid; and McKinlee Renee Rayburn, the daughter of Lisa Richardson and Jody Rayburn of Henry, was 4th maid.

Six girls competed in the Little Miss pageant which followed the Tiny Tots pageant for girls ages 4-5.

Pictured from left to right: 3rd maid Bostyn BoBo, 1st maid McKennon Miles, Little Miss Ella Flint, 2nd maid Ella Huston and 4th maid Macey Powell. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Ella Reese Flint, the daughter of Jordan and Nicole Holland of Paris, was crowned the 2018 Little Miss; McKennon Grace Miles, the daughter of  David Miles and Ashley Brasher of Paris, was 1st maid; Ella Noel Hutson, the daughter of Syd and Mallory Hutson of Puryear, was 2nd maid; Bostyn MaCayle BoBo, the daughter of Nikki BoBo of Paris, was 3rd maid; and Macey Powell, the daughter of James and Amanda Powell of Paris, was 4th maid.

All six contestants who competed in the Little Miss pageant. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Heather Land "I Ain't Doing It Show" in McKenzie Set for Feb. 8th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets for the Heather Land “I Ain’t Doing it Show” are on sale now. The show will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 9pm at the Park Theater, located at 2312 Cedar Street in downtown McKenzie. The 7pm and the 9pm performance is currently sold out.

Heather Land’s "I Ain't Doin It" has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes us to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages.

Frozen Pipes Prevention Tips Released for the Winter Season

Carroll County, Tenn.- With the winter season here comes possibility of frozen water pipes.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home: make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed, disconnect garden hoses, leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit) and make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve.

 If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage. These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired. 

Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at https://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-prevention.





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