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Rebels Victorious Saturday Over the War Eagles

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Rebels defeated the West Carroll War Eagles in Atwood on Saturday night after the game was rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions on Friday. On Saturday night the game started where it left off on Friday night before the game was cancelled due to lightening.

With over 7 minutes left In the 1st quarter the Rebels had their first possession the Rebels failed to convert on third down and they punted the ball but the Rebels managed to down the ball inside West Carroll’s own 1yd line.

West Carroll’s #34 Tristen Fuller got the low snap but as he reached out past the goal line his knee hit the ground and the Rebels got the safety. With 3:57 left in the 1st quarter the score was McKenzie leading West Carroll 2-0. After the safety the War Eagles elected to kick the ball from the 20yd line back to the Rebels. The 1st quarter ended and the score was McKenzie 2 and West Carroll 0.

At the 11:54 mark in the 2nd quarter the Rebels went for it on 4th and 3 and #8 Eric Robinson went in for the 6yd touchdown. McKenzie kicked the extra point and the extra point was good. McKenzie went 58yds in 10 plays in 4 minutes. The score was McKenzie 9 and West Carroll 0. West Carroll got the ball but failed to convert on downs, so they kicked the ball back to McKenzie.

Rebels quarterback #15 Zach Jarrett threw a 43yd touchdown pass to #7 Tyler Spivey. The Rebels went for the 2pt conversion and Rebels #13 Lucas Waddell took it in for a successful 2pt conversion. The score McKenzie led West Carroll 17-0. West Carroll failed to convert and the Rebels got the ball back.

Rebels QB #15 Zach Jarrett threw a 91yd touchdown pass to #7 Tyler Spivey. This was the 2nd longest touchdown pass in McKenzie High School football history. McKenzie kicked the extra point which was good. McKenzie led 24-0 with 1:42 left in the 2nd quarter.McKenzie led 24-0 at halftime.

West Carroll had 16 1st downs,22 rushes for 25yds, 9yds passing and had a total of 29 plays for 44yd of total offense in the 1st half. McKenzie had 6 1st downs, 10 rushes for 22yd, 181yds passing and were 6/9 for passing and the Rebels had a total of 19 plays for 203yds of total offense. The Rebels Zach Jarrett was 6/9 for 181yds of passing and Tyler Spivey had 3 catches for a total of 153yds in the 1st half.

In the 3rd quarter, Rebels #8 Eric Robinson scored on a 22yd touchdown. Rebels went for the extra point but the extra point was no good. McKenzie led West Carroll 30-0.

In the 4th quarter Rebels #8 Eric Robinson had a 65yd rushing touchdown that put the Rebels up 36-0. The extra point kick was no good. The final score was McKenzie Rebels 36 and West Carroll War Eagles 0.

Total yards of offense for West Carrol was 102yds. The total yards of offense for the McKenzie Rebels was 403yds. The McKenzie Rebels get the victory over the West Carroll War Eagles. 

McKenzie’s next game will be a regional match up against Gibson County and it will also be McKenzie’s Homecoming game. The McKenzie Rebels will host the Gibson County Pioneers on Friday September 2 at 7:30pm.


McKenzie Native Performs @ Lee Academy Arts Jam

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great turnout for the Lee Academy for the Arts 2nd Annual Art Jam benefit concert which ran from 4- 7pm on Saturday August 27th.

Derek Fields of McKenzie Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Live performances from local musicians Izzy Arthurs of Paris, Derek Fields of McKenzie and Brinn Black of Nashville all performed at the event. Derek Fields, a McKenzie singer songwriter also performed at the event. Fields a soul, blues, rock and country musician has been performing music for the past 20 years and he is currently cutting his 1st album.

Derek Fields of McKenzie Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

Izzy Arthurs of Paris Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

The main headlining performance for the Art Jam benefit concert was a performance by the Bethel Bluegrass band from Bethel University's Renaissance program.

The event held booths that featured children's activities, which included a gymnastics course, face painting, a craft station, and a booth for kids to create pop art by throwing paint filled balloons at a canvas covered wall.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)                                      

Several other booths included a henna booth by Delia McDevitt who gave free henna tattoos and there was also a booth where free braids were offered by Jaspé salon. The Paris Landing group also had a booth where they showed live birds and animals.

Delia McDevitt giving a Henna tattoo (Cassie Walsh photos)

Perry's BBQ served the food for the event. And donations collected at Saturday’s 2nd Annual Art Jam went to the Lee Academy for ongoing programs and building projects.

Rebels vs War Eagles Football Game Aug. 27th @ 7pm

Atwood, Tenn.- The Rebels vs War Eagles game will resume football action on Saturday August 27th at 7pm in Atwood.

You can tune in to listen to the McKenzie vs West Carroll game by listening to WHDM on 98.9fm or 1440am or by calling 712-432-5742. The pregame for the Rebels vs. War Eagles football game starts at 6:30pm on Saturday night Aug. 27th. And the game will start broadcasting at 7pm on 98.9fm and on 1440am.

County Unemployment Rates Released

McKenzie, Tenn.- County Unemployment Rates for July 2016 were released on Thursday August 25th, and showed that rates decreased in 73 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in 11 counties.

Carroll and Weakley counties ranked among the highest with Carroll at 7.1 percent and Weakley at 7.9 percent. For the month of July, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.7 percent, decreasing from 3.8 percent the previous month. Knox County was 4.2 percent in July, decreasing from 4.3 percent the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month.  Shelby County was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent the previous month. 

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, increasing two tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 4.9 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, remaining the same from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point from May.

Bethel Renaissance Program Welcomes Bluegrass Guests

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel University Renaissance Program kicked off its 2016 Fall Semester with a 10 day camp. The camp was filled with workshops, lessons, and creative activities with the hope of stimulating an excitement and artistic momentum for the upcoming year. Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, showcases and scholarships Bethel University’s Performing Arts students. 
The Renaissance Bluegrass program, comprised of two student bands that tour to festivals, churches, and a wide variety of other venues, welcomed eight guest lecture sessions both in person and through Skype during their camp.  The guests included: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Joe Mullins, Ned Luberecki, Ronnie Reno, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Bryan Sutton, and Mark O’Conner.
“I am so excited that these industry giants were willing to spend time sharing their knowledge with our students,” commented Stephen Mougin, Director of the Renaissance Bluegrass Program. “With each guest, our rehearsals got more intense, more focused, and more inspired.  The Bluegrass community is all about family, relationships, and “paying it forward” and this was further proof of that!  We plan to continue this guest lecture series throughout the semester.”
The guest artists collectively have received over 17 Grammys, numerous IBMA awards, SPGBMA awards, CMA Musician of the Year awards, and millions of albums sold.  During their time with the students, they shared life experiences, funny stories, and the dos and do nots of being a professional musician. 
“We are thrilled to connect our Renaissance Bluegrass students with these artists, and these artists with Bethel University,” added Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “The Renaissance Program has over 300 students who are on scholarship to be involved with the performing arts, whether it is in the Vocal Program, Theatrical Program, Instrumental Program, or the Production Program.” 
Bethel is located in McKenzie, TN and is a four-year private University affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. For more information about the Bethel University Renaissance Program, the scholarships they offer, or how you can contribute, visit their website or contact their office at 731-352-6980.  

McKenzie vs West Carroll Football Reschedule for Aug. 27th

Atwood, Tenn.- This is an update about the McKenzie Rebels vs West Carroll War Eagles Football game for Friday night has been postponed due to the weather.

The Rebels vs War Eagles game will resume football action on Saturday August 27th at 7pm in Atwood. You can tune in to listen to the McKenzie vs West Carroll game by listening to WHDM on 98.9fm or 1440am or by calling 712-432-5742. The pregame for the Rebels- War Eagles football game starts at 6:30pm on Saturday night Aug. 27th.

HCHS vs Houston Game Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Patriots vs Houston Mustangs football game on Friday night was cancelled due to inclement weather. Germantown declared no contest and the game was cancelled and will not be made up.

The TSSAA will convene on Monday Aug. 29th to decide the outcome of the HCHS and Houston football game.

County Electric Talks Granges Acquisition of Noranda

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Electric Board met Thursday afternoon to discuss several items on their agenda. The board approved that since Granges AB, the Swedish based company, that has acquired Noranda Aluminum through bankruptcy courts will now begin paying the electric bill for the company.

Carroll County Electric Board (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Noranda paid their electric bill through July and will be billed by Carroll County Electric for another half of a month’s billing. The CCEB said that Noranda currently has two letters of credit. The 1st letter of credit had a remaining balance for $200K and the 2nd letter of credit which was approved by the bankruptcy board is for $400K. 

Carroll County Electric Approve TVA Price Increase

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The CCEB also approved the increase for TVA rates which will increase rates by 1.5%. The rate increase will start October 1, 2016. Since the board approved the TVA rate increase, that also means that rates for Carroll County Electric will go up by 1.5% as well.

Carroll County Electric Approves New Radio Tower

Carroll County Electric Board (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The CCEB approved a bid for a new radio tower, since the old radio station tower’s contract is up this year. The board approved the $109,300 bid for the new radio tower, which Carroll County Electric will pay 1/3 of the bill and the county pays for the other 2/3.

The board also approved a $100 donation for the Habitat for Humanity Golf Scramble.

HTC Honors Smothers for Work

Mayor Dale Kelley and Dr. Nina Smothers (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Mayor Kelley  and the HTC also recognized HTC member, Dr. Nina Smothers of Huntingdon, in response to all the work Smothers did to win the Tom C. Sharp 2016 Pharmacist of the Year Award by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association for her work in the profession of pharmacy and her achievements in the areas teaching, leadership, patient care, service delivery and advocacy for the profession.

Huntingdon TC Discuss Police & Fire Departments

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The HTC approved the authorization for the purchase of two police vehicles. The Huntingdon Police Department will purchase the vehicles through the Drug Fund from the Missouri Highway Patrol. The cost for each vehicle is $14,000 and is in the 2017 Fiscal Year budget.

The town council also welcomed Christopher Adams who is the newest hire to the Huntingdon Police Department. Adams previously worked in Dresden and McKenzie as a police officer before coming to Huntingdon.

The HTC approved a resolution that authorizes the Town of Huntingdon to participate in the TML Risk Management Pool “Safety Partners” Loss Control matching grants program. The safety partners will match up to $1,500 for the grant. The Fire Department is applying for an exhaust fan will go on a fire truck to be used to pull smoke out of structures.

HTC Thanks Taylor for her Work at City Hall

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the Huntingdon Town Council meeting Mayor Kelley introduced his new City Hall hire, Katie Chadwick, to the council on Tuesday night. Chadwick will replace Martha Taylor at City Hall.

Martha Taylor (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Kelley and the town council thanked Martha Taylor for all she’s has done at City Hall, especially making the budget easier to understand. Taylor is leaving to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Huntingdon TC Discuss Improvement Projects

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the Aug 23rd HTC meeting, Mayor Dale Kelley updated the council on the 2011 CDBG Disaster Grant “Big Ditch” Project, which is a project to remove tree along Browning Avenue Ditch, also includes installing two culverts at Woodlawn and repairing various segments of the deteriorated wall of the ditch. After the Big Ditch cleanup project is done, the city will have an annual maintenance program so that the ditch will remain in good condition.

The HTC also discussed the West Tennessee Basin Project, includes cleaning up the tributaries near the Browning Avenue Ditch, that should help some of the water problems in Huntingdon.

Kelley also update the HTC on the TWRA, the funding board approved the sale of the 598 acres of land the city acquired through the years.

The council approved the 2016 Safe Routes to Schools grant contract. The grant is $226k and is a 100% grant and no match for the construction of sidewalks down Clark from 6Th Avenue to East Paris Road.

HTC Update on the Addition to the Kelly Sports Complex

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh Photos)

The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss several improvements around Huntingdon. Mayor Dale Kelley gave an update to the HTC about the addition to the Kelly Sports Complex, the addition is called the 2016 LPRF which is a Concessions and Restroom Complex Building.

The cost for the project is estimated at $540K for the total project, $250K of which will come from a grant and $79K is from the force account. The project activities can’t proceed until the workshop on September 12th. The 1st major step will be the environmental review, which usually takes about 90 days.

Kelley also said that the new hockey rink at the complex should be completed by the end of the week. The hockey rink is already being looked at by Bethel inline hockey to start booking events there.

Huntingdon Positive Economic Impact from Bass Tourny

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The economic impact that the Bass Masters Tournament had on Huntingdon was a positive one. Mayor Kelley said during the event hotels were fully booked for about four or five days during the tournament. 

Huntingdon’s economic impact was about $175K, which is a relatively large impact for the short amount of time the tournament was in town.

Carroll County BOE Met Monday Night

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Board of Education met Monday night to discuss th beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. First order of business was the board approved the minutes of the July 25, 2016 meeting.

CCBOE: Kenna D. Bailey, Jimmy Simmons and Antionette Stokes (Cassie Walsh Photos)

The CCBOE talked about the status of school buses and the maintenance repairs that were needed on several of the buses. The board was happy to report that the school district will be getting three of the buses back, which should make morning and afternoon commutes more effecient.

The BOE also were happy to report that the principals from all of the schools across Carroll County have given favorable reports for all new personnel for the 2016-2017 school year.

The board also announced that Carroll County Board of Education member Antoinette Stokes will attend the Tennessee School Board Association’s Fall District meeting which will be held at the McKenzie Special School District on Monday September 19,2016.

The CCBOE also wanted to announce registration for the TSBA’s Annual Leadership Conference and Convention, which will be Friday November 4- Monday November 7,2016. The board also re-elected Harold Mclain to be Chairman of the Carroll County Board of Education and Jimmy Simmons will be the Vice-Chairman on the board.

Henry County Fugitive Arrested in McKenzie

Michael D. Owen (HCSO booking photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.-According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Frank McGee arrested Michael D. Owen, age 22 of 410 Wynn Street in Paris, on Friday August 19th as a fugitive from justice.

Officer McGee responded to a call on Allen Street in McKenzie about suspicious persons in the area. When McGee arrived he found 3 individuals, 2 males and 1 female. During the interview with the subjects McGee did a warrants check of all three individuals where he found that one of the male subjects, Michael Owen, had an outstanding warrant out of Henry County.

Michael Owen was taken into custody and he was turned over to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

McKenzie Man Cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Adam Bailey cited Houston Palmer Brown, age 20 of 866 Mclean Road in McKenzie, on Thursday, August 18th for leaving the scene of an accident.

Officer Bailey responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Bethel Court. When Bailey arrived he found the vehicle off the roadway in a pretty deep ditch. Bailey asked dispatch to contact Bethel Security to see if they knew who the vehicle was registered to. Dispatch told Bailey that Bethel Security had contacted the owner of the vehicle and the owner was on his way to the scene.

Within a few minutes the owner of the vehicle identified as Houston Brown arrived at the scene. Brown told Officer Bailey that Brown was off to the right hand side of the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Brown said he was very tired when he fell asleep and ran off the road, which he said happened at around 1:30am and he didn’t want to bother anyone.

Brown said he planned to call a wrecker after his class during the day. Bailey looked around the scene to see if he could find any property damage. Bailey found damage of a small pole leaning towards the vehicle of a driveway on Bethel Court. Bailey said that from where the pole was placed he assumed it was a mailbox and when Bailey looked around the scene he found the mailbox lying in the ditch not far from where the vehicle struck.

Bailey cited Brown for failure to give notice of an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to provide proof of insurance.

Huntingdon Man Arrested for Multiple Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Jeff Winberry arrested Andreus J. Adams, age 23 of 5755 Green Allen Springs Road in Huntingdon, on Tuesday August 16th for speeding and driving on a suspended license.

Winberry said he noticed a vehicle driving at a high speed and he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where he asked the driver of the car for his license. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andreus Adams, when Winberry ran a computer check he found Adams was driving on a suspended license after failing to show proof of insurance back in April 2016 out of Henry County.

Adams was cited for driving on a suspended license 1st offense and speeding 46mph in a 30mph zone.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher arrested Gary W. Reynolds, age 44 of 894 Old State Route 22 in McKenzie, on Friday August 12th for public intoxication.

Boucher was walking from his patrol car to go inside a gas station on Magnolia Avenue in McKenzie when Reynolds walked past Boucher and Boucher smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Reynolds. Boucher said he saw Reynolds go to the driver’s side of the vehicle and that’s when Boucher approached Reynolds.

Boucher asked Reynolds how much he had to drink and Reynolds said that he had a few and was carrying an unopened 40oz in his hand. Boucher asked Reynolds to perform some sobriety tests to make sure he could safely drive. Boucher stated that during the tests Reynolds had slurred speech and he also failed on the hand eye coordination tests as well.

Boucher arrested Reynolds for public intoxication and he was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Great Turnout for McKenzie Fried Food/ Sweet Tea Festival

McKenzie, Tenn.- There was a great a turnout for McKenzie’s Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival that was held Thursday thru Saturday in downtown McKenzie and surrounding areas. Events kicked off Thursday at 7pm with a show at the Park Theatre titled “Southern Fried Funnies.”

(Cassie Walsh Photos)

Friday on the main stage, opening ceremonies began at 6pm and several musical acts entertained the crowds until after 9pm. Kids Zone Jumpers were on Main Street 6-8pm.

Andrew Arnold and Briley Arnold enjoying snow cones (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Saturday had events both downtown and at Veterans Park. There was Crafts in the Park from 8am to 8pm, a VFW Car Show from 9am to 2pm, and the Kids Zone was open 10am to 8pm and included jumpers, petting zoo, face painting, and circus performances on Main Street.

(Cassie Walsh Photos)

At Veterans Park on Saturday entertainment started at 1pm and continued with many acts until after 3:40pm when the last act performed. On the Main Stage, acts began at 4pm and continued until 10pm. The firework show that Bethel University was presenting got cancelled due to the weather.

Stephanie Stringer (Cassie Walsh Photos)                    (Cassie Walsh Photos)   

Several vendors sold artwork and crafts, while the kids enjoyed the dunking booth, and of course vendors were selling all kinds of Fried foods and goodies such as funnel cakes, BBQ, homemade kettle corn, shave ice and of course there was lots of music playing at the festival.

Lily Ladig (Cassie Walsh Photos)                    Tammy & Fred Duke (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Rebels Get the 32-13 Victory over Dyer County

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Rebels defeat the Dyer County Choctaws 32-13 at home on Friday night. In the 1st quarter Dyer County’s #24 Jeffery Taylor scored a 13yd touchdown. The extra point attempt was good. Dyer led the Rebels 7-0.

The Rebels got an illegal penalty on 2nd down, which would back up the Rebels 5yds, but Dyer declined the penalty and it was 3rd down for the Rebels. McKenzie got the 1st down. Rebel QB #15 Zach Jarrett threw a 51yd touchdown pass to #8 Eric Robinson. The Rebels go for a 2pt conversion and the conversion failed. With over 7 minutes left in the 1st quarter Dyer led McKenzie 7-6.

Dyer County got the ball back and Dyer QB # 2 Cooper Hurt went for a 52yd touchdown run. Dyer goes for a 2pt conversion and conversion failed. At the 4:45 minute mark left in the 1st quarter Dyer led McKenzie 13-6.

McKenzie  marched down the field to the 1yd line and one 4th and 1 McKenzie goes for it, but fails to convert on 4th down. Dyer got the ball back on their own 1yd line. Dyer County QB Cooper Hurt kept the ball and got 4yds on the carry. The Rebels tackled a Choctaw player in the backfield and it was still Dyer County’s ball on 3rd down and 9yd to go. The Rebels hit the Choctaws in the backfield and the Rebels get the safety. The score at the end of the 1st quarter was Dyer leading McKenzie 13-8.

In the 2nd quarter the Rebels scored a field goal. The score was Dyer 13 and McKenzie 11. The Choctaws go the length of the field and attempt a field goal. The snap was too low for the Dyer County holder and the Rebel’s #3 Larenzo Haynes picked up the ball and ran it back for a Rebels 75yd touchdown. The extra point attempt was good. With 7:25 minutes left in the 2nd quarter McKenzie takes the lead with 18 to 13. At the end of the 2nd quarter McKenzie led 18-13.

By halftime Dyer County has 12 1st downs for 179 rushing, 49yds passing and 228yds for total offense.  McKenzie had 8 1st downs with 17 rushes for 97yds, 95yds for passing and 192yds total offense.

At the start of the 3rd quarter the Rebel’s QB Zach Jarrett threw a 24yd touchdown pass to #8 Eric Robinson. Extra point kick was good. Rebels led the Choctaws 25-13 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter Rebels QB Zach Jarrett threw an 11yd touchdown pass to #8 Eric Robinson. The Rebels extra point was good. McKenzie led Dyer 32-13. The final score was McKenzie 32 and Dyer County 13. Total yards of offense for Dyer County was 278yds and 21 1st downs. The Rebels had 16 1st downs for 351 total yards. The McKenzie Rebels get the victory over Dyer County.

The McKenzie Rebels will face the War Eagles of West Carroll at West Carroll High School in Atwood on Friday August 26th at 7pm.

McKenzie Jr. High Loses in Double Overtime

McKenzie, Tenn.- The inaugural broadcast from Rebel Stadium in McKenzie saw the Rebel Junior High team in the end come up short with the game ending in double overtime. McKenzie Jr. High losing the game 14-12 to the Huntingdon Mustangs.

McKenzie dominated the entire 1st quarter and marched down the field to the 10yd line before turning the ball over on downs by the end of the 1st quarter. The battle continued throughout the game with neither team able to score in the end zone until the 6:23 minute mark in the 4th quarter. That's when McKenzie's QB Elis Surber handed the ball to Will Latimer who got the touchdown. The 2pt conversion failed but McKenzie led 6-0.

The Huntingdon Mustangs Jagar Taylor rushed for a 15yd touchdown, which tied the game 6-6. The Mustangs tried for the 2pt conversion, but the conversion failed. McKenzie had another chance score in the final seconds of regulation, but they couldn't score.

In the 1st overtime McKenzie won the toss and allowed the Mustangs to have the ball first. McKenzie's defense held the Mustangs, but the Mustangs also stopped the Rebels on their 4 attempts to score.

In the 2nd overtime the Rebels got the Ball First and scored on a 10yd pass to Zayden McCaslin. The Rebels tried for the 2pt conversion and failed. The Mustangs scored a touchdown off of a 10yd run. The Mustangs tried for the 2pt conversion and successfully got it with Jagar Taylor running it in for the Mustang's win. The final score McKenzie 12 and Huntingdon 14.

HBOE Approve New Graduation Policies

Huntington Board of Education Members(Cassie Walsh Photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Board of Education met Thursday to discuss  new and amended policies for the Huntingdon Special School District.

The Huntingdon BOE approved a new policy that requires all students to take a U.S. Civics test to comply with the law.

The policy states that every student has to take a US. Civics test in order to graduate. But students have to take the test but they don’t have to successfully pass the test. The test will be given to current seniors with the program taking effect in January 2017 and requires students to take the test by their senior year in order to graduate.

The test will include 100 questions and teachers from the school district will determine what the material will be covered, teachers will also review students prior to the test to get them prepared for the U.S. Civics test. Teachers will choose anywhere between 25-50 questions that are on the National America Citizen’s test to be a part of the 100 questions on the U.S. Civics test.

The HBOE also amended and approved a new Graduation Activities Policy which states that students for voluntarily complete 10 hours of community service each semester all four years of high school, the student will be recognized at their graduation ceremony.

The next meeting will be September 15th at 7am.

Credit Recovery Program Now Available at HSSD

Huntington Board of Education Members discussing new policies (Cassie Walsh Photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The HBOE approved a Credit Recovery policy that now places the school district in compliance with changes to the State Board of Education policy. The Huntington Special School District have had procedures that followed the terms for credit recovery, but now the school board has a written policy outlining the terms for credit recovery.

In order for students to receive Credit Recovery students must have written consent from a parent/guardian for the student to enroll in the credit recovery course. And the parent/guardian have to be informed that not all post-secondary institutions will accept credit recovery courses for credit.

Secondly in order for the student to be enrolled in credit recovery the student must have taken the non-credit recovery of the course and received a grade of at least 50%. Students who receive a grade below 50% will have to retake the course before they can take credit recovery.

Huntingdon BOE Approve Several Policies

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon BOE amended the policy regarding Emergency and Legal Leave to not only include teachers, but the policy will now apply to all employees of the school district. The board also approved a revision to the Child Abuse and Neglect policy, which further clarifies the language in the policy. The HBOE also approved the updated policy for the Prevention and Treatment of Sports Related Concussions, which lists the physician’s assistant as health care providers that may evaluate and provide clearance for return to athletics.

The Board approved to amend the Annual Operating Budget, the amendment changed the date from April 1st to Jan 1st of the current school year which is the new date the board should approve a budget preparation calendar. The HBOE approved the measure to allow trained service dogs and trained miniature horses are permitted for use by individuals with disabilities on school grounds and in school facilities.

The HBOE also reelected Dr. Tim Tucker and Vicki Taylor Williams back to the Huntingdon Board of Education.

Dr. Tim Tucker, Vicki Taylor Williams and Pat Dillahunty (Cassie Walsh Photos)

McKenzie Man Arrested On Mulitple Charges

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Kyle Beauchamp arrested Elijah P. Howard, age 26 of 233 Walnut Circle of McKenzie, for tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct and drug paraphernalia on Monday, August 8th.


Beauchamp made traffic stop of a white car that was speeding. The vehicle was going 36mph in a 25mph zone. After Beauchamp stopped the vehicle he saw that the registration had expired earlier of this year. When Beauchamp approached the vehicle he could smell the odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.


Beauchamp identified the subject as Elijah Howard. Beauchamp asked Howard to produce his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Howard was unable to provide proof of insurance. Beauchamp ran Howard’s license and found Howard’s license was driving on suspended license out of McKenzie.


Beauchamp then asked Howard to step out of the vehicle. Howard shook his head ok in response. Howard then started the vehicle, rolled up his window and locked the door. Beauchamp told Howard to step out of the vehicle or Howard would be under arrest for disorderly conduct. Howard then turned his back to Beauchamp and grabbed a bag from the car and starting eating what was in the bag.

Beauchamp went to the passenger side door where he saw Howard place gummies in his mouth. Howard was arrested and police later confirmed that the gummies Howard ate were cannabis filled candies. Since Howard tried to get rid of the contents of the bag containing cannabis filled gummies he was charged with drug paraphernalia.


Howard was also charged with speeding, driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance. Howard was placed on $2,000 bond.

Booker Street Aggravated Burglary Suspect Arrested

McKenzie, Tenn.-  According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Cody Coleman arrested Christian M. Workman, age 19 of 87 Booker Street of McKenzie, on Sunday August 7th for aggravated burglary. Coleman, Sgt. Lowe and Ptl. Mulligan responded to a call on Booker Street that someone had entered the house without the victim’s permission.


When officers arrived on the scene, the victim came up to officer and stated that she knew the suspect, identified as Workman, and that he went into the victim’s house in order to get his little sister. The victim said that she was instructed by the girl’s mother to watch the little girl and not to let anyone have her until the mother came back from work.

The complainant said she told Workman that his sister could not leave with him until his mother came home from work. The complainant said that Workman pushed her backwards into her door and Workman came into the house and left with the little girl.


Officers did speak with the little girl who did confirm the complainant’s story. Coleman, Sgt. Lowe and Ptl. Mulligan went to Workman’s residence where Coleman arrested Workman for aggravated burglary.

Routine Headlight Violation Leads to Arrest

McKenzie, Tenn.- Ptl. Mark Boaz of the McKenzie Police Department arrested Doris D. Henderson, age 59 of 624 Forrest Ave of McKenzie, on Tuesday, August 9th. Boaz was travelling south on Highland Drive when he passed a vehicle that did not have working headlight on the passenger side of the vehicle. Boaz turned around and did perform a traffic stop on the vehicle.


Boaz said, when he made contact with the driver of the vehicle he could smell the order of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath. Boaz told the driver why he pulled him over and asked to see Henderson’s license, proof of insurance and registration. Henderson stated he did not have insurance on the vehicle.

Boaz ran Henderson’s license and found that he had a lengthy history and one entry for DUI. Boaz returned to the vehicle and asked Henderson when was the last time he had an alcoholic beverage. Henderson stated that the last drink he had was not that long ago.  


By this time Sgt. Boucher had arrived on the scene. Boaz asked Henderson to step out of the vehicle to perform sobriety exercises. Henderson complied and performed the sobriety exercises. Henderson performed poorly on all three exercises. Boaz said that Henderson was not capable of properly driving his vehicle.

Boaz arrested Henderson for DUI and placed Henderson in the back of his patrol car. Boaz read Henderson the Tennessee Implied Consent Assessment and Boaz told Henderson he did have the right to refuse the test, but Henderson would be in violation of Implied Consent. Henderson consented to a blood test at the hospital.


Henderson was arrested for driving under the influence, headlight violation, and failure to have financial responsibility. Henderson was placed on $500 bond.

McKenzie Woman Arrested for DUI

McKenzie, Tenn.- Ptl. Jeff Winberry of the McKenzie Police Department arrested Megan S. Morgan, age 22 of 85 Thompson Ave of McKenzie, on Sunday, August 7th for driving under the influence. Morgan came to the McKenzie Police Department to report she needed a wrecker.  

Winberry asked her what happened and Morgan said that the ball joint went out on her truck. Winberry went to the lobby to talk to Morgan and that's when he smelled the odor of alcohol coming from her breath.


Winberry and Morgan went back to the accident scene where Winberry gave Morgan a field sobriety test, which Morgan did poorly on. Morgan was then arrested for driving under the influence.

Police Still Looking for Oak Manor Street Vandalism Suspect

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie Police Department Ptl. Mark Boaz and Ptl Kyle Beauchamp responded to a report of vandalism on Oak Manor Street on Thursday, August 4th.  Victim said that someone had thrown a golf ball through her back passenger side triangle shaped window.

The complainant said that she heard a loud noise from outside when she was taking her lunch break, but the victim didn’t think anything of it.Later on when the victim was leaving work she noticed that there was damage to the car and glass was lying in the backseat.

The complainant then got out the vehicle and went to the passenger side of the vehicle and noticed the shattered window with a hole in it. The victim then opened the door and noticed a golf ball lying in between the back seat and the wall of the vehicle.

The victim then called police and the golf ball was collected for evidence. Police are still looking for the suspect.

Holladay Man Arrested for Driving on Suspended License

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie Police Department Ptl. Frank McGee arrested Jordan R. Craig, age 22 of 750 Liberty Church Road of Holladay, on Saturday August 6th for driving on a suspended license. McGee was dispatched to make a security check at the outlet mall on Highland Drive in McKenzie.


When McGee arrived he saw a vehicle running in the parking lot with a male subject behind the wheel of the vehicle. McGee asked the driver for his license and found that Craig was driving on a suspended license.

McGee arrested Craig for driving on a suspended license.


Ridgely Man Arrested for Multiple Driving Offenses

Mckenzie, Tenn.- According to a report of the McKenzie Police Department Ptl. Frank McGee arrested Timothy L. Smith, age 27 of 447 Bedford Forest Lane of Ridgely, on Tuesday August 2nd. McGee was running radar on Hwy 22 and he observed a vehicle traveling northbound on 22 at a speed of 65mph in a 45mph zone.


McGee did a computer check of Smith’s license and found that he was driving on a suspended license. Smith was also cited for failure to provide proof of insurance.

Smith was arrested for speeding, driving on a revoked license and financial responsibility.

McKenzie PD Arrest Locals On Public Intoxication/DUI

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was traveling down Hwy 22 Northbound, when he observed a small car ahead that appeared to be weaving back and forth. As Officer Coleman got closer to the vehicle he noted something dragging behind the car. The car then swerved into the median and barely avoided the other lane of travel.

Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Jarrett Dustin Robertson, age 30, of 286 Walnut Circle in McKenzie. A strong odor of alcohol was detected. Robertson had slurred speech and Officer Coleman observed an open container in the center console. Officer Coleman requested that Robertson turn off the vehicle and relinquish the keys.

Robertson advised he had drank 8 total drinks and was unable to perform any of the field sobriety tests.

Robertson was arrested for DUI and violation of the open container law. Robertson’s vehicle was towed from the scene. Robertson was transported to the hospital for a blood test and then later transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident.

McKenzie, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Frank McGee was on patrol and observed a subject, identified at Maurice L. Lawrence, age 23 of 338 Forrest Avenue, crossing the street without looking either direction and holding a brown paper bag with a brown beer bottle sticking out of the top.

Officer McGee motioned for Lawrence to stop so that the two could converse. The bag contained an alcoholic beverage that was half full. A strong odor of alcohol was detected.

Lawrence was arrested and charged with public intoxication and transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident.

Chamber Announces Mic Stand Bar & Grill Ribbon Cutting

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Mic Stand Bar & Grill, on August 17th at 10 a.m. The Mic Stand Bar & Grill is located at 21820 Main Street East in Huntingdon.

For more information, please call 731-535-3663.

McKenzie Rebel Football Kicks Off Friday Night

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Rebel Football gets underway with participation Friday night in the McDonald's Football Challenge at Henry Coutny High School. Eight area teams will compete, exhibition style and will face off for two quarters each.

At 6 p.m. Friday night, Stewart County will face West Carroll, at 7 p.m., Dresden will take on Milan, Henry County will battle Martin Westview at 8 p.m., and McKenzie Rebels will face Murray High at 9 p.m.

Admission is $8 and kids under 5 are admitted for free. Concessions will be sold during the evening and all games are at Patriot Stadium.

The Rebels will open up the regular season Friday Night August 19th at 7:30 hosting the Dyer County Choctaws.  The Rebels will travel to West Carroll on August 26th for a  Season continues with Gibson Co. coming to McKenzie on Sept 2 at 7:30 then travel to Camden on the 9th at 7:30, and away at Adamsville on the 16th at 7:00 before hosting cross county rival Huntingdon at 7:30 on the 23rd and finish up September on the 30th on the road at Trinity Christian in Jackson.  October will start with an open date on October 7th followed by a home game on the 14th against Jackson Christian at 7:30, the 21st at home against Riverside at 7:00 and round out the season with a road game with Halls at 7:00p.m.

Changes To City of McKenzie Trash Pickup

McKenzie, Tenn. - As of August 15th, the City of McKenzie, contracted through Republic Services will no longer pick up loose trash or extra carts in the City. Republic Services will only dump (1) 96 gallon cart per home, unless you are paying for an extra cart.

Cart must be a Republic Service or Barker Brothers Waste cart. If extra carts are needed, please contact the City of McKenzie at 731-352-2292.

TWRA Seeks Additional Witnesses Of Boating Accident

Carroll/Decatur County, Tenn. - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking for any witnesses to the boating accident that took the life of Nick Willhoit, age 20, of Jackson.

The incident occurred on July 30th, on Kentucky Lake in Decatur County near river mile 135. Willhoit, a 2013 graduate of West Carroll High School, tragically died after being airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital. The other occupants at the time of the accident, Jacquelyn White of Milan, Marcus Hutson of Jackson and Rebecca Hutson, also of Jackson were all injured.

The Region I Office of the TWRA have spoken to witnesses, however are hoping to speak with additional witnesses are asking that anyone who saw the accident to please contact the Region I Office.

The Region I Office can be reached at 731-423-5725.

Southern Fried & Sweet Tea Festival Kicks Off Next Week

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Southern Fried & Sweet Tea Festival will take place Thursday, August 18th through Saturday, August 20th.

Carroll Arts will present the Park Theatre on August 18th, along with the Southern Fried Funnies.

Friday kicks off with opening ceremonies, Derek Fields, Thirty-Wonderful and the Long Shot Band.

Saturday takes off with a bang as craft vendors will dominate the downtown Veteran’s Park. Local talents perform in the gazebo until 4 p.m. The main stage comes alive with Juliet & the Romeos, Bethel University Renaissance Bluegrass, Paula Bridges & the Bandstand Review.

Young Eagles Rally takes place at the Carroll County Airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 8-17. Parents or guardians must accompany children for paperwork purposes.

The Festival will have entertainment for all ages, including jumpers, a petting zoo, pony rides and a circus performance from mid-day to close.

Food of all kinds will be available and fireworks will be provided by Bethel University.

Woman Arrested On Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Atwood, Tenn. - A report at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office stated that Deputies responded to 3640 Clay Farm Road in regards to drug paraphernalia.

The owner of the residence stated that her daughter, identified as Augusta Triplett, age 23, had brought three syringes and were believed to be used to inject narcotics.

Upon arrival, Triplett admitted to the syringes being hers, but stated they were old. Triplett was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident.

Police Investigating Burglary On Wingo Circle

Trezvant, Tenn. - According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Scotty Davis responded to 935 Wingo Circle in Trezvant, in regards to a burglary.

The victim stated that he went to his property and discovered that subjects had made entry through the back door and stolen a STIHL weed eater, chain saw, hedge trimmer and leaf blower.

The total estimated value of items stolen listed at $1050.

Police are still investigating.

Dixie Performing Arts Center Announces Fall Classes

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and Academic Enrichment Center is accepting applications for Fall 2016 classes. This semester will offer Dixie Youth Theatire, Digital Photography, The Dixie Children's Chorus and Martin Dance Studio.

Dixie Youth Theatre on Tuesdays will begin on August 16th and is facilitated by Kristin Klonowski and will offer Acting I and Acting II for grades 3-12.

Digital Photography is offered on Thursdays, beginning on September 8th for those interested in learning about taking a good picture. Jim Veneman leads this class.

The Dixie Children's Chorus, held on Mondays, will begin in late August by Amy Martin. Children's Chorus is a free opportunity for children in grades 2-6. This year the children will peform with Melinda Doolittle from Americal Idol.

For more information, please visit, call 731-986-2100 or stop by the Huntingdon Court Square.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Bethel's Angler John Garrett Advances

Bethel University Angler John Garrett moves to day two of the Bass Masters Classic Bracket Series Championship.

Garrett's limit of five fish weighed in at 12 pounds 5 ounces, moving him into Friday's round two. Garrett was the only angler competing in Thursday's first round who came to the stage with a five fish limit.

Also competing for Bethel was Brian Pahl, who landed short of catching a fish big enough to reach the required size limit.

Garrett now represents Bethel in a head to head match up in Friday's contest against Kansas State Anger and Champion, Taylor Blevins.

Arnold's Hardware Changing Hands After 37 Years

McKenzie, Tenn. - After owning Arnold's Hardware for 37 years, it is now under new ownership. Seth Bennett of Huntingdon purchased the store on August 1st from the founding family, Danny and Susan Arnold of McKenzie.

Bennett owns Watson Lumber Company and Hardware House in Downtown Huntingdon and added Arnold's as a complimentary store in McKenzie.

Inventory at Arnold's includes hardware, mobile home supplies, paints and floor coverings. Hardware House and Watson's includes building supplies, hardware and rental equipment. Some of which was purchased after Arnold's began to downsize earlier this year.

Bennett said he looks forward to working with the two communities and continuing great service that Arnold's has provided for years and assures customers that nothing will change at Arnold's in the near future.

Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans Detected In West TN

Nashville- A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.

“Although Tennessee has never had a documented human case of EEE, it is important for the public to remember mosquito-borne diseases including EEE and West Nile virus can occur each summer,” medical entomologist Dr. Abelardo Moncayo said. “Fortunately, the prevention measures are similar for EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

EEE kills up to 90 percent of the horses infected. The horse in Madison County did not survive. Although there is no vaccine for humans, the EEE vaccine for horses is particularly effective to protect horses against the virus.

“Horse owners should vaccinate their livestock annually and always watch for signs of illness,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “If your horse is lethargic, loses eyesight or is unable to swallow, contact your veterinarian immediately.”

Standing water provides an ideal location for mosquitos to breed. Mosquito control should include “tip and toss” and “drain and cover” to eliminate standing water around the barn and home, and use of mosquito “dunks” to eliminate larvae in water troughs and ponds. TDH recommends the following to protect people from mosquito bites:

  • ·         * Apply repellants to skin often. These can include lotions, liquids or sprays. TDH and the Centers for Disease Control recommend the use of repellants which contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol and IR3535. Duration of protection varies by repellant. Read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection. To learn more about insect repellants, visit

  • ·         * Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks. Tucking shirts in pants and tucking pants into socks will help form a barrier. Wear closed shoes or boots instead of sandals. 

  • ·         * Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase clothing pretreated with permethrin.

  • ·         * In remote locations lacking window screens and/or air conditioning, the use of bed nets is advised. These should reach the floor or be tucked under the mattress.

  • ·         *Avoid perfumes, colognes and products with fragrances that might attract mosquitoes.

“We encourage Tennesseans to use preventive measures to avoid mosquito-borne diseases, ‘’ Tennessee Department of Health Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD said. ‘’With ongoing threats like EEE and West Nile virus, and new diseases like Zika virus, it’s important to protect yourself and your family.”

The state veterinarian is responsible for monitoring for and preventing the spread of animal disease, as well as promoting animal health in Tennessee. The office works with private veterinarians, animal pathologists and disease diagnostic laboratories to identify diseases and determine the cause of animal deaths.  

The Tennessee One Health Committee seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health of humans and animal species by enhancing the cooperation and the collaboration among the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Department of Agriculture. See more at

McKenzie Police Chief Addresses School Board Tuesday


Principal Tim Watkins presents plaque to Paul Hornton and family in memory of his wife. (Cassie Walsh photo)

McKenzie Chief of Police Craig Moates talking to the board about the SRO program. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Aluria Parks taking oath as new Student Board Representative (Cassie Walsh photo)

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday night. The MSSD recognized Michelle Horton’s service to the MSSD Board of Education.  McKenzie High School principal, Tim Watkins said Michelle sat on many boards even at the state level and her service to the school board will be remembered. Watkins said Horton was always doing this for the right reasons. Watkins presented a plaque to Michelle Horton’s family in honor of her time and service to the MSSD Board of Education.

The main point of business addressed in Monday night’s board meeting was to hear from Craig Moates, Chief of McKenzie Police Department. Chief Moates discussed the amendment about reinstalling the School Resource Officer positions back into the school system. Carroll County Sheriff Department will be in charge of the School Resource Officers and each officer will report to Sheriff Andy Dickson of the Carroll County Sheriff Department. The SRO’s will be employed by the school system only during the school year. The applicants for the SRO positions with the McKenzie Special School District will have to be trained or have trained in SRO program.

Moates discussed the SRO responsibilities which include addressing traffic concerns, such as checking speeds and checking for violators. Moates also brought information to the board about installing new and improved security measures at each of the schools, which independent vendors will provide the safety products for the school should they decide to approve for an update in their school locking system. The school board voted to approve the measure of adding the SRO program back into the school district. The contract with the Carroll County Sheriff Department for the SRO program will be finalized after the attorney for the school district has approved the SRO contract.

The MSSD introduced Aluria Parks as the new MSSD of Education Student Board Representative. The board also passed a measure that approved a 3 year lease agreement with Lenovo for new laptops in the district. All laptops will be replaced at the end of the 3 year agreement; however laptops and equipment upgrades will be available.

MSSD discussed possible maintenance projects that the school board might consider which include: reroofing McKenzie High, install air conditioning and reroof the McKenzie Elementary gym, install air conditioning at the McKenzie Middle gym and paving projects for the stadium and McKenzie Middle School fieldhouse. As a final note the board also put out a reminder that the Fall District Meeting will happen on Monday September 19 at McKenzie High School.

Drug Arrests Made After Routine Registration Violation Stop

April Garner (CCSO Booking Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Parham observed a blue Chevrolet Camaro traveling on Mt. Zion Road, but noted the vehicle did not have a visible license plate and Deputy Parham initiated a traffic stop for registration violation.

Upon making contact with the driver, who was identified as Adam N. Johnson, of 1005 Jarrell Road and the passenger, identified as April N. Garner, age 27 of 955 Winston Road, a computer check revealed that Garner had a warrant out of Carroll County for failure to appear.

After requesting consent to search, Johnson denied consent. Deputy Walker and his K-9 Partner Allie were called to the scene and Allie alerted on the passenger side door. A search revealed numerous syringes located in the trunk, a small baggie of marijuana and approximately .4 grams of a crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, located under the driver’s seat.

Both Garner and Johnson were taken into custody and transported to the Carroll County Jail. The vehicle was transported to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office impound lot.

Garner was placed on $7500 bond.

Three Arrested On Drug Charges

Atwood, Tenn. - A report at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputies received a call of a suspicious vehicle sitting in the driveway at 765 Hwy 77. Deputies arrived to find a gray Toyota with three occupants.

Deputy Adkins and Cpl. Davis approached the vehicle and the male subject in the backseat appeared to be squirming around and uneasy. Deputy Adkins requested the subject place his hands on the headrest in front of him.

The driver, identified as Lauren Parker advised they had run out of gas after coming from Bradford to pick up the male subject, identified as Larry Leach. The passenger, identified as Marci Thompson, advised she had ridden with Parker as a favor.

Deputy Walker spoke with the driver while Deputy Adkins checked identification through dispatch. Deputy Walker asked if there were any illegal narcotics and requested consent to search the vehicle. To which he was denied.

Deputy Walker and his K-9 Partner Allie performed a free air sniff around the vehicle. K-9 Allie alerted to the rear of the vehicle. All three subjects were asked to exit the vehicle. Located under the driver’s side rear door was a pill bottle on the ground. Contents of the bottle were approximately 2.7 grams of marijuana and approximately .6 grams of ice, along with two pills.

A search of the vehicle revealed a bag of needles, that had been open and resealed. None of the occupants took ownership of the narcotics and all were transported to the Carroll County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a schedule IV drug.

Police Investigating Purchase With Fraudulent Check

Atwood, Tenn. -According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to 440 Brooks Road in Atwood, in reference to forgery.

The victim stated that he placed his lawnmower on Craigslist to sell and a man and woman came to his house and purchased it. The two paid for the lawnmower with a check that turned out to be forged on a business.

Upon taking the check to the bank and speaking with the business owner, the victim was advised that this has happened several times lately.

The male was approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall, 190 pounds, black hair with a dark mustache and approximately 34 years old. The man and woman were driving a red Dodge truck, extended cab.

The mower was red in color and the seat was cracked on each side.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Bethel To Host First Annual Taste Of Carroll County

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Humane Society invites you to participate in the First Annual Taste of Carroll County, on Thursday, August 11th.

The cost is $12 per person for the event, taking place at Bethel University – McKenzie Vera Low Center Student Activities Room, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature entertainment by The Flash Back Band, a Silent Auction and book signing of “Toby” by David Johnson, a local author.

Tickets can be purchased early at the CCHS for $10 or $12 the day of the event. All proceeds will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society toward Care, Vetting and Housing of CCHS fur babies. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, call 731-352-9950.

Man Facing Drug Charges After Noise Complaints Received

Bruceton, Tenn. - According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies received a call stating that glass breaking, cursing and yelling was occurring at 245 Clover Street, in Bruceton.

Deputy Adkins arrived and observed a subject sitting on the tailgate of a truck in the driveway, the subject approached Deputy Adkins and had a backpack on. The deputy asked if anyone else was in the house, to which the subject advised there was. Deputy Adkins noticed the side window was busted out and glass in the driveway.

Deputy Adkins knocked on the door and it was answered by Richard L. Schraps, who advised some neighbors had been to the residence and started a fight, but he didn’t know them. He also stated that more subjects were in the residence. Deputy Adkins requested to come into the home to check on the other occupants in the home, which was granted.

Deputy Adkins entered the residence and observed a set of digital scales on the floor and a baggie of marijuana residue on the TV stand. Deputies also located two juveniles and another subject in the back bedroom.

Deputy Adkins read Schraps his rights and requested a consensual search, which he agreed. Deputies then located additional digital scales, a glass pipe, grinder, and four baggies with marijuana, packaged for individual resale. A pill bottle with smoked marijuana was also located. A total of 4 grams was removed from the residence.

Schraps was charged with possession of a Schedule VI drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Investigating Thefts Around The Area

McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Billy King responded to a theft call at 241 Linden Street in McKenzie.

The victim advised a diamond plated toolbox had been stolen from the back of a 1998 Chevy. Upon interviewing neighbors, information was provided that a red truck was observed leaving the driveway late in the evening.

No arrests have been made at this time.

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officers responded to a local gas station to question a subject that had been identified as a suspect in an auto burglary that had occurred.

A witness positively identified the subject as John Puckett.

Puckett kept reaching into his pockets and for safety purposes, Officers requested to pat down Puckett for weapons. Puckett agreed and turned his back. Patrolman Boas observed a bulge sticking out of Puckett’s athletic shorts. Puckett grabbed the area and Officers quickly removed his hands from what was later found to be a knife.

Puckett was taken into custody, without further incident. Upon further investigation, it was determined Puckett had burglarized three vehicles and charged accordingly. 


McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Jeff Winberry responded to a call of vehicle theft at 699 West Walnut Avenue. The victim advised the vehicle had been broken into and had several items stolen, including a wallet, a cell phone charger, radio adapter, a bandana and a silver necklace.

After further investigation, John T. Puckett, age 42 of 1414 Jewell Store Road in Dresden, did admit to taking the items and advised the location that the items could be found.

Puckett was charged with auto burglary and theft under $500.

Lexington Man Apprehended After Fleeing On Motorcycle

McKenzie/Huntingdon, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Huntingdon Dispatch notified McKenzie that Officers were in pursuit of a motorcycle that had passed through the intersection on Hwy 22 in Huntingdon and was traveling toward McKenzie.

Officer Cody Coleman began traveling on Hwy 124 and Sgt. Lowe began heading South on Hwy 22. Sgt. Lowe made contact with the suspect near the High School on Hwy 22 and the suspect immediately began to turn around.

The suspect traveled about a mile past the intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 124 and then turned around and went through the median and headed once again toward McKenzie. Officer Coleman followed the suspect northbound on Hwy 22. Officer Coleman activated the com system and advised the suspect to pull over. The suspect cut across the median at Everett Road and began traveling north in the southbound lane.

Deputies from Carroll County and Huntingdon Officers boxed in the suspect and managed to reduce speed to approximately 40 mph. Bells Store Road was approaching on the left, Officer Coleman proceeded ahead to block the suspect from attempting to turn. The suspect turned into the ditch to the right and attempted to drive back out of the ditch but couldn’t get traction. The subject laid the bike down and attempted to crawl into the woods. Officer Coleman, Sgt. Lowe and Deputy Krouse apprehended the subject before he could escape.

The subject, identified as Harold Wright, age 38, of 400 Faith Circle in Lexington, was charged with evading arrest. Wright is facing additional charges from Carroll County.

Wright was transported to the Carroll County Jail without further incident.

Man Arrested On Active Warrants After Reporting Theft

McKenzie, Tenn. -A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Sherman Nolen, age 33 of 184 Elm Street, had notified Officers that his cell phone had been stolen.

Officers were notified by dispatch that Nolen had an active warrant in Weakley County and two active warrants in Carroll County.

While investigating the alleged theft, Officers located Nolen inside the home on Elm Street and Nolen was taken into custody for the active warrants. Nolen had located his cell phone during that time.

Police Investigating Theft of Flag/Vandalism To Pool

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to the report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Adam Bailey took a report of theft and vandalism at 203 Elm Street.

The victim stated that a Thin Blue Line American Flag had been hanging from the front porch and someone had stolen in during the night, or early morning hours. The flag was valued at $45. The victim also stated that on another date, someone had drained his 360 gallon pool into the yard. According to the report, the water department advised the cost on usage to refill the pool would be approximately $25.

Police are still investigating.

Bethel Denied Approval Of Education Licensing Program

McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University is preparing to take steps to advocate for its students working toward professional teacher licensure after the Tennessee State Board of Education voted Friday, July 22nd, to deny approval of Bethel’s Professional Education and Licensing Program.

The decision is one that could potentially affect as many as 500 of Bethel’s almost 6000 students. The recommendation follows the Tennessee Department of Education’s recommendation to deny.

Bethel’s School of Education has been approved as an educational provider by the State of Tennessee for as long as the State Board of Education has required teacher training programs  be approved to recommend graduates for teacher licensure.

The Department’s recommendation for denial for approval was based on the fact that CAEP found Bethel did not meet two of the six standards for accreditation.

According to Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler, the two standards not fully met dealt with candidate knowledge, skills and dispositions with assessment systems and unit evaluations.

Dr. Butler stated that the University will take reasonable steps to help all students in Bethel’s Professional Education and Licensing Program find ways to gain licensure.

McKenzie Middle School Jamboree Set For August 6th

McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Middle School Jamboree will be held on Saturday, August 6th at 5 p.m.

The annual jamboree features five quarters of football action, as Carroll County middle school teams McKenzie, Hollow-Rock, Bruceton, West Carroll and Huntingdon vie against schools from Weakley, Henry, Madison, Benton and Henderson Counties, in 40 yard, split-field action. Each contest features two 18-minute quarters with a running clock.

Admission is $5 at the gate and $4 in advance.

For additional information, contact McKenzie Middle School at 731-352-2792.

Sales Tax Holiday Going On All This Weekend

Tennessee - Tennessee's sales tax holiday will now be one weekend earlier than it has been in the past, due to a 2016 law change. Beginning this year, the sales tax holiday will be held during the last weekend in July, instead of the first weekend in August each year.

From July 29th through July 31st, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly ten percent on clothing, school supplies, and computers, as students prepare for back-to-school savings.

This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, July 29th at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 31st at 11:59 p.m.

Frozen T-Shirt Contest To Be Held At DPA Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn. - WMUF/WLZK/WRQR will sponsor a frozen t-shirt contest at the Downtown Paris Association Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show, on Saturday, July 30 in Downtown Paris.

There will be Youth and Adult events and entry is free. Prizes include $25 for First Place, $15 for Second Place and $10 for Third Place.

Ice cream events will begin at 4 p.m. The Youth Frozen T-Shirt Contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the Adult Contest will begin at 6:30 p.m.

T-Shirts for the contest donated by Hulmes Sporting Goods.

Chamber Accepting Applications For Leadership Class

Carroll County, Tenn. - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2016 Adult Leadership Carroll County class. Leadership Carroll County (LCC) consists of nine sessions, a community service project, etc.

The sessions include information on Health Care, Government Operations, Education, County Demographics, Economic Development, Agriculture, Professional Development and much more.

The dates of the sessions are August 18th, September 1st, September 15th, September 22nd, October 6th, October 20th, November 3rd, and November 17th. All sessions are from Noon until 6 p.m. except the September 22nd session, which will be most of the day and into the evening.

The Chamber has been operating Leadership Programs since 1990 and more than 660 individuals have gone through both the Adult and Youth Programs.

The deadline for the application is Friday, August 15th. The tuition for participating in the program is $275.00 Tuition includes all program costs and meals associated with the sessions. Tuition is payable upon confirmation of acceptance into the program.

For anyone interested, please contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 986-4664.

Nights On Broadway/Farmer's Market This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn. - Nights on Broadway continues Saturday evening with music being provided by The Tennessee River Band.

Nights on Broadway is the last Saturday of the month, May – September and is held on the square in McKenzie.

The McKenzie Farmer’s Market continues to sell local produce in the old City Hall building, across from the Fire Department.

Local farmers provide several types of local produce and the market is open on Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 7 a.m. until Noon.

Mother Charged In Assisting Son Escape


Mae Floyd (Mobile Patrol photo)

McKenzie, Tenn. - Investigators believe that on Monday afternoon, 77-year-old Mae Floyd and her son, 45-year-old Charles Bright, drove away from guards while Bright was on work detail at Bethel University.

Investigators believe that Bright gained access to a cell phone and used the phone to contact his mother to come and pick him up.

The Sheriff’s Department then began searching the cornfields near the Carroll and Henry County line. As previously reported, approximately 5 hours into the search, Cpl. Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 partner Cisco located Bright hiding in some brush.

Bright has been charged with escape.

Floyd was later arrested at her home and has been charged with permitting or facilitating an escape.

Bright is listed as being incarcerated for non-violent offenses, such as violation of probation on evading and driving charges.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating how Bright was able to obtain a cell phone.

Floyd was placed on $7500 bond.

Governor Haslam Announces Huntingdon To Receive Grant

(David Jackson photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn. - State Representative Curtis Halford and Senator John Stevens addressed a group of over 100 in attendance at the announcement of LPRF Grants, in which Huntingdon will receive $250,000.

Following the announcement, Governor Haslam and Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride addressed the Carroll County Shooting Club and went into further detail as to how the grant will benefit the shooting complex in Carroll County.

Over 100 local dignitaries, state officials, shooting club members and citizens were in attendance for the presentation.

Huntingdon received $250,000 for the local parks and recreation fund grant to continue building the Kelly Sports Complex.

The grant was one of 55 presented across the state. The town of Huntingdon also received a $169,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant award.

K-9 Cisco Tracks Escaped Carroll County Inmate

Huntingdon, Tenn. - Henry County's top tracking K-9 has just added another find under his belt.

A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Carroll County had called in reference to an escaped inmate who had walked away from work detail earlier on Monday afternoon.

Cpl. Wayne Fuqua and K-9 Cisco responded to the scene and Cisco was able to establish a scent and tracked the inmate through a cornfield and then through a wooded area for approximately one mile, where the inmate was found hiding in some brush.

The inmate was apprehended and taken into custody without incident. This find was Cisco's 51st successful track.

Paris Woman Charged With DUI

Christy Ward (Mobile Patrol photo)

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Coleman, was on routine patrol on Highland Drive when he observed a blue Toyota driving at a very low rate of speed. Officer Coleman proceeded to follow the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle swerve to the left, breaking the center line.

The vehicle did turn into a local business, then proceeded to pull back out. Officer Cody Coleman began to follow the vehicle again and the vehicle began to swerve again and Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, was identified as Christy Ward, age 38, of 514 West Wood Street, in Paris. Ward advised she was tired, but was slurring her words. Ward was asked for her driver’s license but could not provide it.

Officer Mulligan and Sgt. Lowe arrived to assist with the traffic stop. Ward agreed to participate in a field sobriety test and advised she had no medical conditions to prevent her from doing so.

Ward was unsteady on her feet and was placed under arrest for DUI and Violation of Implied Consent.

Ward was transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident and placed on $1000 bond.

Tip Leads To Drug Arrest

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Scotty Davis was awaiting the arrival of a wrecker, when a concerned citizen drove up and proceeded to explain she had received a call from her neighbor, who was out of town about an arrest being made of her son and wanted her to check on her residence.

When the woman arrived at the home, she found a black male asleep in the room above the garage. She stated the male put some items in a plastic bag and took off toward Highway 79.

Deputies observed a white SUV, as she described and initiated a traffic stop. The passenger was identified as Kashif K. Bonds. Bonds did admit to being the individual at the residence in question.

Found on his person was two used syringes. Bonds then escorted Deputies back to the spot where he had hidden a plastic sack that contained various drug paraphernalia, change, plastic baggies, a small plastic baggie that contained a white powder, which did field test positive for methamphetamine, a plastic baggie that contained a crystal material that did field test positive for a synthetic drug, and several shot gun shells.

The investigation was taken over by DTF Agent Joel Pate and Deputies did secure a search warrant for the home, located on Jarrell Road.

The investigation is ongoing.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office Seek Man Who Fled On Foot

Huntingdon, Tenn. - According to a report at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Deputies Michael Smith, Kenny Tucker, and Michael Krause, attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Gabriel Hillsman, age 39, of 9615 Hwy 77 in Huntingdon.

Deputies made contact with and advised Hillsman of the warrant, Hillsman then fled on foot. An additional arrest warrant was issued for Resist, Stop, Frisk and Hault.

Should you have any information on Hillsman's whereabouts, please contact the Carroll County Sheriff's Department at 731-986-8947.

Local Woman Cited Into Court On Numerous Charges

McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, while on patrol on Highway 22, Officer Adam Bailey observed a light colored Dodge Charger traveling north at a speed higher than surrounding traffic.

Officer Baily activated his moving radar and clocked the vehicle traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Officer Bailey initiated a traffic stop at the north end of the city limits. The driver, identified as Yolanda Boggs, age 33, of 131 Rowsey Street in Camden, stated that she did, in fact, have insurance but did not have proof at that time. Dispatch checked Boggs’ license, which revealed it to be suspended for failure to satisfy on two separate charges.

The defendant was cited in to Henry County General Sessions Court, and charged with speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance, and driving on suspended, 2nd offense.

Huntingdon Special School District Approves 2016-17 Budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bassmaster Releases Tenative Times For Jr. Championship

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


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


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


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


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

Carroll County Among Recipients Of Tourism Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McKenzie Special School District Year Begins August 4th

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

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

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

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

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

TN Homeland Security/McKenzie PD Conducting Seminar

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

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

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

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

Atwood Church Of Christ To Hold Gospel Meeting

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

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

First Dixie Student Art Exhibit On Display In August

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

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

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

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

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

Murray State Univ. To Offer Peace Corp. Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Shooting Clubs Do Well at National Competition

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

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

8th Congressional District Candidate Forum Held At KPAC

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

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

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

Important dates to know:

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

August 4 Primary and General election

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

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

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

November 8 General Election

MSU Announces New Peace Corp. Program to Begin in Fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBL Cool Critters Day July 16th

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

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

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

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

Deadline for HC BBQ Cook is July 15th

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

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

Nights On Broadway To Continue July 30th

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

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

Paris HC Chamber Water Run This Sat. July 16th

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

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

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

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

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

TWRA Hunter's Safety Class Begins July 18

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

"No Fly Zone" Group Heads To National Championships

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

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

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

Investigation Of Counterfeit Pill Leads To Arrest Of Murfreesboro Man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job Fair To Be Held in Dresden

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

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

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

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

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


National Guard Protect Act Improves Security

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

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

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

UT Martin Nursing Program Awarded $20K Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warrants Lead to Drug Charges on Local Man

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

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

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

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

County Unemployment Rates for May Released

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kickball Tournament Set For August

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

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

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

HPD Arrest Man For DUI And Resisting Arrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LBL To Host Cool Critters Day July 16th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davis Appointed to Leg. Comm. Position

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

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

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

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

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

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


Area Events Upcoming

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

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

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

McKenzie Carroll County United Neighbors Accepting Winter Clothes

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

6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cookoff

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

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

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

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

LBL Hosting Cool Critters Day At Woodlands Nature Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Commission Passed Agenda To Thursday

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

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

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


Henry County Adds Safe Exchange Zone

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

Duathalon At Eiffel Tower Park June 25th

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

Bethel University Holding Annual Junior PA Program

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

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

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

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

McKenzie Inn Marijuana Bust

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

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

Marijuana Bust In McKenzie

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

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

VFW Post 4939 To Hold Cookout

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

Archery Day at the Refuge On Saturday

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

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

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

For more information on the events at the Refuge Visitor Center call 642-2091 or visit

Relay For Life June 24th At Carrol South

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

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

Passenger Taken Into Custody

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

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

REMINDER: Casting For A Cure Saturday June 11

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

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

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

Driver Cited for Drugs - Warning on Light Law

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

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

TBI Releases Hate Crime/School Crime Reports

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

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

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

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

Full reports along with similar studies dating back to 2001, are available online for review at

(Thursday, June 9th)

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

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

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

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

Erratic Driver Charged With DUI

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

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

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

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

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

Huntingdon Man Attempts to Evade Officers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Wednesday, June 8th)

'Casting For A Cure' This Saturday

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

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

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

Victim Reported Ebay Scam

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

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

Fraudulent Use of Debit / Credit Card

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

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

Trespass of Real Property Near Atwood

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

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

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

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

Item Stolen From Porch on Old McKenzie Road

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

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

Insane Inflatable 5K Coming to Nashville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Insane Inflatable 5K and to register, visit


(Tuesday, June 7th)

Five McKenzie Businesses In Violation of Beer Permits

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

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

The businesses that sold to the underage operative were:

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

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

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

Items Reported Stolen At Marlboro Church Near Hollow Rock

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bethel PA Program Among Top 18 at National Medical Challenge Bowl

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Monday, June 6th)

Beer Board To Meet With Several in Violation

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

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

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

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

Post 4939 To Receive Special Award in Murfreesboro

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

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

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

Cookers for Saturdays event (WHDM Photo)

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

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

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

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

BBQ for the Troops Saturday June 11th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCHS To Host "A Southern Fix"  June 14th

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

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

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

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

(Sunday, June 5th)

Governer Glad To Be Back At Dixie Carter

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

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

Tennessee New Mobile App For Local Eats

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

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

(Saturday, June 4th)

Ceremonial Signing Of The Rural Economic Opportunity Act

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

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

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

(Barron Robinson photos)


(Friday, June 3rd)

McKenzie Man Pleads Guilty of Sex Charges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Meat BBQ Cookout Saturday in McKenzie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTM Kid College Offered at PES June 20-24

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at

Community Job Fair Planned

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

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

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

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


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