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Union City defeated Rebels Friday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday evening the McKenzie Rebels hosted the Union City tornados at Rebel Staduim. At the beginning of the game, the Tornados made a 28 yard touchdown and by the end of the second quarter, the Union city tornados led the game 48 to 0.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The Rebels never gave up the fight to win the game, and in the fourth quarter, came back with 2 touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Rebels to win. The final score of the game between the McKenzie Rebels and Union City Tornados was Union City 62 McKenzie Rebels 13.

Next week the Rebels will be hosting the Dresden Lions at Rebel stadium and kick off is set for 7:30.

 

BREAKING NEWS

Trezevant, Tenn - According to the Jackson Sun, and investigation is ongoing by The Carroll County Sheriff’s department and The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Trezevant in Carroll County. It was stated that the bodies of two individuals have been discovered inside a residence, according to public information officer Josh DeVine.

The Jackson Sun also stated that DeVine said additional information couldn't be released right now because the investigation is still in a "very preliminary" stage right now.

This will be updated as information becomes available.

 

Commissioners Take Oath of Office

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Huntingdon, Tenn - Early Friday morning the Carroll County Commissioners that were elected to office in the August election, were sworn into office. The Honorable Judge Larry Logan officiated the Oath of Office to the Commissioners of Carroll County.

(L) County Mayor Kenny McBride takes Oath of Office by Honorable Judge Larry Logan (R)

(Cheryl Allen photo)

 Those who were sworn in were Mayor Kenny McBride, Carroll County Road Supervisors, Scotty Bailey along with Ricky Scott. County Commissioners were from District 1 Wayne Kirk, Ronnie Owen, and Randy Long. 2nd District was Ronnie Murphy, and Bobby Argo. 3rd District was Larry Spencer, and Steve Parker. 

District 4 was John Mann, and James Hal Eason.  5th District Joey Darnell and Buster Barger. 6th district was Jimmy McClure and Johnny Blount. 7th District Manuel Crossno and Gerald Scarbrough. 8th District was Harold Vinson and Willie Huffman, and 9th District was Joel Washburn, John Austin, and Paula Watkins.

Others that were sworn in were their respective duties was Darlene Kirk, County Clerk, Paula Bolen Trustee, Natalie Porter, Register of Deeds, Assessor of Property Rita Jones, and Circuit Court Clerk Bertha Taylor.

Sheriff Andy Dickson takes Oath of Office by Honorable Judge Larry Logan

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Sheriff Andy Dickson along with the deputies of the Carroll County Sheriff’s department were sworn in as well this morning by Honorable Judge Larry Logan.

 

Now You Can Call and Listen to the Rebel Games

If you are unable to make it to the McKenzie Rebel games either home or away, you can go to our webpage, whdmradio,com and on the right side of the page, there is a number you can call from your phone to listen to the play by play action of all the McKenzie Rebel games. You can capture the code with your phone and minutes may apply. The number is 712-432-5742. You can always catch the game live also by clicking on the McKenzie Rebel Icon on the right side of the page.

 

Neighborhood Watch Program in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Police Department is reaching out to each neighborhood in our corporate limits to help any group wishing to establish their own Neighborhood Watch Program.

A Neighborhood watch Program can be very beneficial to your neighborhood as well as help your community be a safer place to live.

Neighborhood Watch Programs have been proven to be very effective in the reduction of crime, a better quality of life, a greater sense of security, responsibility and personal control.

Meanwhile, building community pride and unity, helping others and ourselves in our community, providing law enforcement agencies with volunteer support year round, and becoming the extra “eyes” of law enforcement personnel and therefore reduce law enforcement’s burden through prevention and interaction.

Anyone seeking to start their own Neighborhood Watch Program is urged contact  Administrative Sergeant Kim Barker at the McKenzie Police Department for help and assistance in developing and establishing their own Neighborhood Watch Program.

Sergeant Barker can be contacted at the McKenzie City Hall during regular business hours of 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. or by telephone at 731-352-2265

 

Theft & Tampering Charges Place on Couple

Huntingdon, Tenn - The Huntingdon police department responded to a call of shop lifting at The Gift Grove in Huntingdon, but before they could arrive a second call stated that the shoplifter had left in a white older infinity vehicle with a white female with dark hair driving.

 A few minutes after the call Ptm. Chris Cole met a vehicle fitting the description on 3rd Ave and Clark Street. Upon performing a traffic stop on the vehichle in question, Cole made contact with Tara Smith of Woodlawn Avenue in Huntingdon whom stated that she had in fact just left The Gift Grove.

When asked for permission to search her purse, she denied permission. At that point, Smith reached in her purse and took out a sliver initial bracelet and placed it on her arm.

After making contact with the Gift Grove, it was confirmed that the bracelet was theirs and had not been paid for.

Mr. Chad Maceri also of Woodlawn Avenue in Huntingdon arrived at the scene, Ms Smith attempted to hug Maceri while he attempted to remove other items from her person.  Value of the stolen items was placed at 89.94 and Smith was charged with theft under $500 and Maceri was charged with Tampering with evidence.

 

Carroll County Fair Begins September 15

Huntingdon, Tenn - Beginning on September 15-20th, the Carroll County fair will be in full swing in Huntingdon. Miss Teen Fairest of the Fair for ages 13-15 will be held on Monday September 15th at 7 pm.

On Friday September 19th will be the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show and on Saturday will be the Tractor Pull. So make plans to attend the Carroll County Fair .

Produce Giveaway in Henry Friday

Paris, Tenn - The Henry County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a produce giveaway in the next few days from their Inmate Gardens.  a produce giveaway will be on Friday August 29th at 3pm at Henry City Hall.

Sheriff Monte Belew said each produce giveaway will begin at 3pm and last until all the produce is gone. Belew said produce includes bell peppers, zucchini, cayenne peppers, tomatoes, and a few watermelons.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office had two big inmate gardens this year one at the Sheriff's Office and one on the Highway 218 bypass.

 

Vandalism Reported on Northwood Drive in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn - According to a report from the Huntingdon Police department, Patrolman Whitworth was dispatched to city hall in reference to a vandalism report. The report stated that a homeowner on Northwood Drive in Huntingdon reported that her vehicle had been egged, along with a zip lock bag filled with miscellaneous liquid substances was on her door step.

The report stated that there were also other miscellaneous things that had been tampered with around the home. The case is still under investigation.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Prepares for Labor Day Weekend

Nashville- With Labor Day approaching Monday, September 1, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up to ensure highway safety and combat impaired driving with a “No Refusal” campaign throughout the state.

The special “No Refusal” enforcement effort will run from midnight Friday, August 29 to 11:59 PM Monday, September 1 and allows law enforcement officers to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases of suspected impaired drivers.

 THP officers will establish No Refusal checkpoints in several Tennessee counties: Union (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Montgomery (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Hawkins (Fall Branch District); Smith (Cookeville); Maury (Lawrenceburg); and Hardin County (Jackson District). 

THP officers will also establish several driver’s license, seatbelt, and sobriety checkpoints throughout Tennessee over the Labor Day weekend; the nearest checkpoint will be on U.S. Highway 70 in Carroll County near the Madison County line on Friday, August 29.  

 “Our district captains have created enforcement plans specific to their regions. So, there will be a variety of specialized enforcement during Labor Day, including distracted driving, commercial vehicle safety, and Move Over enforcement, for example. However, the priority is always on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott.  

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 16 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 13 vehicular fatalities in 2012. Last year, alcohol was involved in six (38%) of the fatal incidents, and six of the ten (60%) vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints.

Four motorcyclists, one all-terrain vehicle rider and one pedestrian were also killed.  Preliminary figures indicate there have been 3,981 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in Tennessee from January 1 through August 15, 2014. That is 339 fewer (7.8% decrease) than the 4,320 crashes during those same dates in 2013.

 Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. To date this year, 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints.  

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2014. Troopers have arrested 5,310 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 15, 2014. In 2013, the number of arrests made during that time was 3,973. That’s a 34 percent increase during the same dates.

Rebels Lose First Game of Season To Trenton

Trenton, Tenn - On Friday evening, the McKenzie Rebels traveled to Trenton to go up against Trenton Peabody. Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, Jack Surber passed to Montel Adkisson for a 47 yard touchdown with the extra point being scored by Alex Serzinski. Peabody came back for a touchdown tying the score 7-7.

Again, Jack Surber passed the ball to gain 61 yards to Noah Lowrance. After several attempts to make a touchdown, the option to punt for a field goal was no good with a 28 yard attempt ending the first quarter with a score of McKenzie Rebels 7, Trenton Peabody 14.

At the beginning of the second quarter, Jack Surber ran off to the right side of the field to end zone and along with a successful field goal, the score was tied 14-14, but that score didn’t last long.

Trenton Peabody ran for a 34 yard touchdown leading the Rebels 21-14. By the end of the second quarter, Trenton led the Rebels 28-14 after Octavis Lee rand for a touchdown and the extra point was good, making the score at halftime 28-14 Trenton.

At the beginning of the 3rd quarter Trenton Peabody did not waste any time making a 72 yard touchdown and field goal. Trenton held the Rebels throughout the third quarter with a score of Trenton 49 McKenzie Rebels 14.

Within minutes again in the 4th quarter, Trenton scored again making the score 56 to 14. The last few minutes of the game McKenzie scored and the final score of the game was Trenton Peabody 56, McKenzie Rebels 21.

Next week the McKenzie Rebels will be hosting the Union City Golden Tornados at the McKenzie stadium.

In other football action around the region, Huntingdon defeated Obion County 49 to 7. Martin-Westview beat Dresden 45 to 18.

Policies Amended at Huntingdon School Board Meeting

Huntingdon, Tenn - On Thursday evening, the Huntingdon special School District met for their regular monthly meeting. The board acknowledged the retirement of Morris Hollowell, along with the employment of Shelby Hoover for 6th grade math.

The board also acknowledged the transfer of Lindsey Anderson  to the Huntingdon High School math .

The board also granted tenure to Heather Kee, and Nathan Wallace, and also acknowledge the resignation of Gwen Canfield.

The following policies were amended, Textbook Selection, Distribution Care. Testing Programs, Student Equal Access, Recognition of Religious Beliefs, Customs and Holidays, Vacation & Holidays, and Attendance.

Near the end of the meeting, Jerry Morris was sworn in as a newly elected Huntingdon Special School District Board Member.

Weakley, Carroll Counties Among Most Unemployed in State

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released a county-by-county breakdown of unemployment figures for the state of Tennessee, and several neighboring counties had some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Henry County’s unemployment rate increased a full percentage point from June to July, rising from 8.9% to 9.9%; however, unemployment in Henry County has fallen from 10.6% in July of last year.

Neighboring Weakley County had the second-highest unemployment rate in the state of Tennessee for July, coming in at 14%. That’s an increase of over 2% from 11.8% last month, and a drop of only 0.7% over the past year.

Carroll County didn’t fare much better, as the ninth-most unemployed county in Tennessee. Their 11% unemployment rate for July is an increase of 0.7% from June, but a significant decrease from 12.7% unemployment in July 2013.

Benton County’s unemployment rate increased only slightly from June to July, from 9.8% to 10.1%; dropping from 11.2% in July 2013.

Houston County boasted a fairly steady unemployment rate for July, at 9.4%; only a slight increase from June’s 9.2% and a slight drop from 9.8% unemployment in July 2013.

Stewart County’s unemployment rate actually fell from June to July, from 9.1% to 8.7%, the lowest in the area. Interestingly, this is a very slight increase from an 8.6% rate in July 2013.

The Tennessee counties with the least unemployment in July were Lincoln County with 5.6% and Williamson County with 5.7% unemployed.

Tennessee Dept of Education Names Henry a Focus School

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Education recently announced its 2015 Priority and Focus Schools, as well as releasing 2014’s TCAP testing results, and Henry Elementary was named a Focus School due to an achievement gap between students with disabilities and non-disabled students.

Focus Schools are the 10 percent of Tennessee schools with the widest gaps in achievement between specific subgroups of students, regardless of overall performance.

Data for Henry Elementary School specifically was unavailable, but throughout the Henry County School System, students with disabilities performed over 46% worse on the reading portion of 2014’s TCAP and 35.4% worse on the math portion than their non-disabled classmates.

These achievement gaps grew by 3.4% and 1.8% respectively last year.

“For the past several years, our state has been focused both on improving overall performance of all kids in Tennessee, while closing achievement gaps between historically low-performing groups of students and their peers; our school accountability system aligns with these goals,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Henry Elementary’s Focus School status is preliminary, pending final approval of the Tennessee Board of Education on Tuesday, August 26.

Both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District received 2014 TCAP results as well. Henry County’s grades 3 through 8 saw sinking scores across the board, with a 2.5% decline in math, a 3.5% decline in reading, a 2.2% decline in science, and a 1% decline in social studies from last year’s scores.

Paris Special School District, meanwhile, saw a 1.3% increase in overall math scores and a 0.1% increase in reading scores, but a 3.7% decline in science and a 1% decline in social studies in grades 3 through 8.

E.W. Grove and Henry County High School saw a 3% increase in Algebra I scores, a remarkable 14.8% increase in Algebra II scores, a 1% decrease in Biology scores, a 10% increase in English I scores, 2.3% increase in English II scores, 1.5% decrease in English III scores, and a 1.7% decrease in U.S. History scores.

Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor Guest Speaker at Convocation

Photo courtesy of Bethel University &Memphis Theological Seminary

McKenzie, Tenn - According to the Bethel University website, Bethel University will be having their Opening Convocation on Tuesday August 26 at 11 am in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena. This will mark the official opening of the school year for traditional students.

The guest speaker will be The Mary Magdalene Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor. Being an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Rev Minor holds a Ph,D and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University. Opening Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena.

For more information about Opening Convocation, contact Lisa Gilliam at 731-352-6702 or at gilliaml@bethelu.edu

Ribeye Sandwich Sale for Project Graduation

McKenzie, Tenn - MHS Project Graduation Class of 2015 will have a Ribeye Sandwich Sale on Saturday, September 6, at Save A Lot parking lot 10:00 a.m. until sold out! Ribeye Sandwich and a drink is $6.00  and Tickets for PRE-SALE.  Contact any McKenzie High school senior for ticket information or you can call the high school at 352 2133 for more information. All proceeds go to McKenzie High school Project Graduation Class of 2015.

Rebel Golf Tournament & Four Man Scramble in September

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Rebels Boy’s basketball 3rd annual golf tournament and four man scramble will be held on Saturday September 27th starting at 8 am at the Carroll Lake Golf Course in McKenzie.  The cost per team is $160 which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, and a chance to meet the 2014/15 Rebel Basketball team. There will be prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt with a first place prize of $250. For more information on the this event you are asked to contact John Wilkins at wilkinsj@k12tn.net or call 731 352 2133.

Book Tour to Visit Carroll/Huntingdon Carroll Co. Library September 15 at 4:00 pm.


Nashville, Tenn. – The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) will launch its “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour” on August 26 in Johnson County and conclude at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on September 30, visiting some 50 counties across the state in a forty-five foot decorated touring coach.

The “Books from Birth 10thAnniversary Tour” is being made possible in part through the generous support of the program’s bus tour partner, Delta Dental of Tennessee.
The purpose of the “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour” is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee and the more than 20 million books mailed to children since the program began.

Bus stop activities will include; enrolling children, recognizing the work of volunteers and donors and engaging communities in support of the program. The GBBF will provide reading-themed giveaways for children at each stop.


“This is truly an amazing state-wide outreach effort that will celebrate and build awareness for Books from Birth,” said First Lady Crissy Haslam. “It is critical that our children are exposed to books and reading at the earliest possible age. Tennessee’s Imagination Library program, supported by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, is a proven and essential component of our state’s early childhood development initiatives.”“This program has made a significant impact in Tennessee over the past decade, especially due to the loyal support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers in each county,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.
“The First Lady and I encourage communities across the state to celebrate their hard work, which has made the program’s 10th anniversary possible.”


The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) was created in 2004 to give every child in Tennessee from birth to age five access to receiving Imagination Library books at no cost to families, regardless of income. With funding support from the Tennessee General Assembly, foundations, individual donors and corporations, the GBBF matches all funds raised by each county’s Imagination Library affiliate - a public-private partnership unique to Tennessee.


“We are thrilled to visit over 50 counties in late August and September to thank everyone who has contributed to this program’s success,” said Theresa Carl, president, GBBF. Statewide impact studies show that children who have received these books are better prepared for
kindergarten, have increased reading skills, and develop a love of reading.”

The GBBF currently delivers more than 224,000 books per month to enrolled children statewide.
Since 2004, more than 400,000 children have graduated from the program, having turned five.
To enroll a child in the program, visit www.GovernorsFoundation.org.

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