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Final Day of Cancer Bake Auction

McKenzie, Tenn -The North Carroll Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction has been a great success this week. Today is the final day of the auction so, help fight cancer by donating baked goods or purchasing these goods, the auction is being held in Winston Hall at the Church of Christ building in McKenzie.  You can tune it to the auction on WHDM 1440 am 98.9 fm or you can listen online by going to and click on the McKenzie Rebel on the right side of the page. The numbers to place your bid are 358 - 9112, 358 - 9232 or 358 – 9506, so be sure to call in and bid high!!!

Easter Activities Today and Tomorrow

Huntingdon, Tenn - The First Baptist Church in Huntingdon will be hosting a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt tonight beginning at 8 pm at the Angel Cove Subdivision for those in grades 1-6. The tomorrow, starting at 11 am will be the egg hunt for ages Kindergarten and under. For more information you are asked to call 731-986-4782

Bruceton, Tenn - On Saturday beginning at 2 pm will be the Lions Club of Bruceton Easter Egg hunt, at the New City Park.

McKenzie, Tenn - In McKenzie, the Ministerial Alliance Community will be hosting a Easter Sunrise Service starting at 7 am at the

McKenzie First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be the pastor at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Melissa Goodloe.


Huntingdon, Tenn - Chase Funeral home is now serving the family of Mrs. Bertha Belew age 92 of Atwood. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 21 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 1 pm.

(For a Complete obituary click on link on left side of page)

Ground Breaking for New Carroll Bank & Trust Location

Paris, Tenn - A beautiful morning was the setting for the ground breaking, and the Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce who was pleased to host the event for the location of the new Carroll Bank and Trust that will be erected on the space of the old Dairy Queen property at the corner of Hwy 79 and Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The new 7,000 foot building is being erected by Barger Construction, and project manager is Randy Clement. Van Vinson, will be on-site manager of the project. Paris native, Justin Oliver, City President, stated at the ground breaking, “ I am excited to be back in Paris and being able to have this new opportunity to help citizens in Paris and Henry County with their banking needs. I am excited to be able to work with others in the corporate community to show support to Paris and surrounding areas”.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Those in attendance were Mike Carey, CEO and Bank President of CB & T, Kathy Ray of the DPA in Paris, Andrea Lamb, President of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Chamber Dan Jackson. Joyce Crocker and Amy Carter of the Huntingdon Branch of Carroll Bank & Trust were in attendance as well.

Carroll Bank Trust has locations in McLemoresville, Huntingdon, McKenzie, Camden, Milan, Bradford and soon to be in Paris.  

Cancer Bake Auction Going Strong

McKenzie, Tenn - The final tally for Wednesday's auction was $2,652.00 bringing the 3 day total to $6, 652.00. You are invited to stop by and look as well as bid on items at the Winston Hall in the Church of Christ on Highland Drive.

There is still time to bid on the above items. They will be sold on Friday.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Remember the auction goes all this week starting at 12:45 pm. You can tune it to the auction on WHDM 1440 am 98.9 fm or you can listen online by going to and click on the McKenzie Rebel on the right side of the page. There are new phone numbers this year to call and place your bid. The numbers are 358 - 9112, 358 - 9232 or 358 – 9506, Be sure to call in and bid high, after all it’s for a great cause!!!


McClerkin Admits to Vandalism

Huntingdon, Tenn - Officers from the Huntingdon Police department were dispatched to a home on Lexington Street in regards to vandalism. Upon arrival officers found a door kicked open. The owner informed police that she was renting the property and that Mr. Marlon D. McClerkin of hwy 423 in McKenzie was asked to leave. After officers spoke with McClerkin, he admitted to kicking the door in. At the time of the report, Mr. McClerkin was issued a citation into General Sessions Court and charged with Vandalism under $500 and informed not to return to the residence.


No School on Good Friday

McKenzie, Tenn - Parents of students in McKenzie and Carroll County, There will be no school in McKenzie and Carroll County on Friday April 18th , in observance of Good Friday.


Easter Egg Hunt April 19th

McKenzie, Tenn - Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church located on Highway 423 in McKenzie will be having their annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday April 19th beginning at 3 pm for children ages 12 years and under. You are asked to please bring your own easter basket, bucket or bag and for more information you are asked to contact Melissa at 731 415 0870.

Benefit for Mr. Lynn Gilliam at First Baptist April 26th

McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday April 26 there will be a benefit for Mr. Lynn Gilliam at the First Baptist Church, located on Stonewall Street in McKenzie beginning at 4pm. They ask that you join them for an evening of good food and entertainment while supporting this worthwhile cause.

There will be bbq plates for sale for $8 that consists of bbq, baked beans, slaw, potato salad, bread and a drink. Also there will be a hot dog plate that consists of a hot dog, baked beans, slaw and a drink for $5. There will be a silent auction, live auction, jumpers and face paintings for the kids as well as Gospel Music entertainment. For more information you are asked to call 731 336 5848.


Ground Breaking in Paris for Carroll Bank and Trust

Paris, Tenn - On Thursday morning, a ground breaking will be held at the corner of Hwy 79 and Mineral Wells for the new location of Carroll Bank and Trust in Paris. The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the event that begins at 10 am. Carroll Bank and Trust has locations in Camden, Huntingdon, Milan, McLemoresville, and McKenzie.


Huntingdon Police Charge Henry Countians With Theft

Huntingdon, Tenn.- A call came into the Huntingdon Police department from a local retailer in regards to a theft. Upon arrival officers spoke with the store loss prevention officer who stated he had one subject in custody, Robby A. Cole of Hwy 119 apt. 2 in Buchanan, and another subject had ran on foot from the store.

A short time later, Cody G. Beecham of Old State Route 76 in Henry was discovered at a local convenience store. Both suspects were taken into custody. Working together, both subjects admitted to taking an Ozark rechargeable flashlight. Both were charged with Theft under $500.

Another incident of theft was also reported at the same retail location, Mrs. Linda Sharon Prokop of Hudson Street in Paris was held by store security until officers arrived. Loss prevention informed officers of the Huntingdon Police department that Mrs. Prokop did steal items in value of $329.46. Prokop was transported to the Carroll County corrections and charged with theft under $500.


Day 2 Cancer Bake Auction for North Carroll Relay for Life

(Cheryl Allen photos)


Cancer Bake Auction Begins Today

McKenzie, Tenn - The Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction begins today April 14 thru Friday the 18th.  Help fight cancer by donating baked goods or purchasing these goods beginning @ 1:00 p.m. April 14th everyday that entire week.  The auction will be held at Winston Hall in the Church of Christ building located on Highland Drive in McKenzie.  You will be able to listen to the cancer bake auction live on WHDM 1440 am 98.9 fm.  You can bid on these goodies by calling 358 – 9112, 358 - 9232 or 358 - 9506. So be sure to call in and bid high!


SCALES for Area High School Students at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn - On April 10th, Bethel University hosted court with the Tennessee Supreme Court for high school students and students of Bethel University, The SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) Project were given the opportunity for this rare event.  Students who attended the event were provided with instructions and materials on the case so they would be able to understand issues that were addressed and how the case got to the point of the Supreme Court. Approximately 800 area high school students were in attendance for the case to be heard.


Virginia Cross Recognized at Council Meeting

Mayor Holland Presenting Proclamation to Virginia Cross

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - At Thursday evening meeting of the McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland and the Town Council, Mayor Holland recognized Virginia Cross executive director who is retiring from the United Neighbors of Mckenize.  Holland stated that Saudi Akin will be taking the place of Ms Cross. Holland also read a Proclamation designating April 27th 2014 the 20th Anniversary Celebration Day. On April 2, 1994, United Neighbors was organized and has provided invaluable support to the community. On April 27th, there will be an Open House from 2-5 pm at United Neighbors.

Mayor Holland Introduces Ordinance 480

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Ordinance 480 Passed on First Reading

McKenzie, Tenn - Another item Mayor Holland brought to the council was approval for Ordinance 480 on the first reading. The Ordinance 480 is as follows:

An ordinance enacted to regulate the use of skateboards, roller skates, and/or in-line skates within the city limits of the City of McKenzie and to be inserted as a new section in Title 16 Chapter 1 as Section 16-116 of the City of McKenzie Municipal Code entitled “Skateboards and Skate Regulations”

  • Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to skate utilizing a skateboard, roller skates, in-line skates, roller blades, heelies, heel skates or any like type conveyance in the historic district, downtown business district, or any place where such activity disrupts traffic, either motorized or pedestrian, or business operations or creats a danger to bystanders. No bicycles on the sidewalks in the downtown historic district.

The ordinance goes on the say that the city has built a Skateboard Park for the purpose of providing a location for said skate activities to take place in a regulated and legal environment subject to the Park’s posted Rules and Regulations. All skating activities are encouraged to take place only in the park. Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00).

This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.

The City of McKenzie Town Council passed this ordinance on the first reading at Thursday evening’s meeting.

Police Department Warn About Citation Scam

McKenzie, Tenn - It has come to the attention of the McKenzie Police Department thru other agencies in the State of Tennessee that someone has started a new scam with photo enforcement citations. These people are calling and advising them they have a camera citation and are requesting a debit card or credit card to pay it. This is a scam and McKenzie Police Department does not use the telephone for any citations. If you have any questions about a camera citation you may contact the McKenzie Police Department for verification 731 - 352 - 2265


Watershed Discussed at Huntingdon Council Meeting

Huntingdon, Tenn - Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley met with the town council last night for their regular monthly meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Kelley informed the board that he was pleased to announce that Mr. Jeff Stephens announced he has formed a new industrial sales company in addition to S&S services at his location in the Industrial Park North. The second company is named Tennessee Industrial Sales LLC. Mr. Stephens has already filled 7 full-time positions and will be filling and additional three more positions.

Mayor Kelley announced that April 14-30th is Spring Clean Up Day for the town of Huntingdon and urges citizens to take advantage of the use of containers that will be placed around areas of Huntingdon to make the town and community a nice place as always to call home.


Mayor Kelley discusses Watershed debt

(Cheryl Allen)

Huntingdon, Tenn - In new business, Mayor Kelley brought to the board 2 resolutions for approval  on the agenda with the long term refinancing of the Watershed debt. Council members were previously furnished copies of the resolutions, along with a memo relating to the transactions required by both the Watershed and the Town of Huntingdon. Kelley stated, “as you recall we started this process in May 2013, and found there needed to be a legislative change in order for the Watershed to issue bonds to refinance their debt that was considered to be a bonded debt. The legislative process is complete and it is now time to move forward and complete the process.

Resolution No. 014-06, a resolution of the Town of Huntingdon, authorizing the pledge of the Town’s Full Faith and Credit and the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes in connection with the payment of certain revenue bonds of the Carroll County Watershed Authority.

The bonds will be issued in the name of the Carroll County Watershed Authority, and backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the Town of Huntingdon, as they are with all the present Watershed loans. In return, the Watershed Authority has pledged all of its revenue and assets for the repayment of the debt, and has made all loan payments.

Mayor Kelley stated that the Watershed Authority was successful in getting an appropriation of $5,000,000 in August, 2013, that was applied to the existing debt and will continue to pursue other grants and resources. We are presently submitting application to the Local Parks and Recreation Fund for a grant to construct the RV Park and Campground.

Mayor Kelley explained that with the terms of the existing debt drawing near, it was time to consider structuring a long-term payment plan for the Watershed debt.

Resolution 014-07 Resolution of the Town of Huntingdon, pertaining to the payment of debt service on those certain refunding and capital improvement bonds, Series 2014, to be issued by the Carroll County Watershed Authority in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $12,000,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding debt of the Authority and to finance certain capital improvements, and the execution and delivery of agreements in connection with such payments.

Kelley went on to say the Watershed will only issue $10.5 million of the $12,000,000 amount approved. This will restructure and pay-off the existing TN Muncipal Bond Fund debt and allow additional funds for the completion of revenue producing projects such as the marina and RV park that will provide revenues to apply toward the debt.

Mayor Kelley explained to the council that the new marina will have 40 slips generating approximately $80,000 per year. He also stated that the prices for the entrance of the lake were $3.00 per person for those living in Carroll County and $5.00 per person for anyone living outside of Carroll County.

The council approved both resolutions and the next meeting of the Huntingdon Town Council will be on April 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm in the Council Room at City Hall.



Sewer System Woes Still Stinging Citizens In Henry

Town's Website Now Accepting Paypal Donations

Alderman Faye Lowery speaks on concerns with the Henry sewer system.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- The sewer system and continuing litigation was once again on the mind of concerned citizens at the April meeting of the town of Henry Mayor and Alderman Tuesday night. During the citizen’s forum, a couple of citizens expressed their discontent about the high sewer and water bills they are facing.

Mayor Joe Qualls answered the complaints by saying, “we understand all of our citizens concerns and I promise we are working nearly every day to try to find some relief.” Mayor Qualls said he continues to talk with state legislators and congressman among others to try to find some help. He said we’ve been in a mess because the state had to come down and set the rates after we operated in the red for two plus years.Alderman Faye Lowery spoke up and said the main issue now is the depreciation of the sewer and that is reflected on the bills Henry citizens are seeing. Alderman Lowery also reminded citizens to go to the

website, and encourage their friends to spread the word about the website.Alderman Roger Graham said the website has not cost the city a dime, but it was all paid for by him and alderman Lowery.

The website has an option for anyone to use paypal to be able to help the town pay down it’s debt. Graham said if two million people would give $1 we’d be out of this mess, or as the website says if one million people gave $2. He said, “I know that sounds crazy, but the more people share and spread the website around, hopefully we can get some people donating to the cause.”

Graham said so far, they haven’t received any money from donations to the website. He said they had some issues with it working at first, but everything is fixed now and its up and running ready to take payments.



Commissioner Hagerty Speaks at Rotary

TN Commissioner Bill Hagerty

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie,Tenn - Today the McKenzie Rotary met for their regular meeting with the special guest speaker, Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development for Tennessee. He spoke to the rotary explaining to them that Tennessee is #1 in the nation for automotive strength and in the top 5 for best business environment. He gave great success in this state due to leaders such as Mayor Jill Holland of McKenzie, Mayor Kenny McBride of Carroll County and Mayor Dale Kelley of Huntingdon.

Haggerty went on to say that in 2011 when Governor Haslam took over the office of Governor was at the time the Stimulus came to an end, and asked the cabinet to take a hard look to reorganize the way they needed to go in the job market. He stated that there have been over 60,000 new jobs but the process of clearing the land, building and establishing will take time. 187 projects were closed and there will be more demand on education with these new jobs.
He spoke of Governor Haslam’ s drive to have 55% to be trained post high school so workers will be more prepared to enter the workforce for the new jobs. Launch Tennessee is 8th in the nation in research and development, and will open new opportunities for entrepreneurs to help put in place to make their businesses grow, which in turn is a long term investment for our children who are the future of this state.

Commissioner Haggerty stated that the state unemployment is below 7% and that Tennessee was named the best place to retire in 2013. He also stated that this helps bring great opportunity to develop in our rural areas of the state. Businesses want a nice appropriate community in which they can help the community grow, as well as the workforce.

In closing he stated that they are “optimistic that companies offshore will come back to Tennessee for reasons as such as logistics. Tennessee is centrally located with great highways, air hubs, such as Fed Ex in Memphis, railways and river usage to transport goods to and from local business”. He stated that “Tennessee can stand on its own when it comes to craftsmanship reputation and not competing against other states. He spoke of the automobiles, such as Nissan, guitars such as Gibson, and of course whiskey which Tennessee is known for and “that we are not in competition with other states but other countries, and that Tennessee is team oriented and growing in a greatness”.

Echoes of the Past Walk at Mt. Olivet
McKenzie, Tenn - The City of McKenzie and Act II Park Theater will have their " Echoes of the Past" cemetery walk this coming week-end in beautiful Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Saturday -April 12 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday - April 13 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

You will be introduced to some of the amazing citizens who lived in McKenzie John McKenzie, James Monroe McKenzie, Sarah Gates Cole Ridley, Benjamin Portius Moore,
W.G. Costen and Nannie Cole Snead Ramsy,, and were instrumental in building McKenzie, making it the great place we call home today. Donations are accepted, so come on out and enjoy a leisurely informative walk through McKenzie’s beautiful Mt. Olivet Cemetery.








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Wed, April 23                     Club pictures @ 9:40 to 11:05



                         UPCOMING SPORTS:


Mon, April 21                  Softball vs. South Gibson @ 5:00 (JV)

                                      Soccer @ Gibson County @ 5:30


Tues, April 22                  Baseball vs. Waverly @ 4:30 (JV)

                                      Softball vs. Bruceton @ 4:30

                                      Soccer vs. Covington @ 5:30


Thurs, April 24                Baseball @ Waverly @ 5:00 (JV)

                                      Softball vs. West Carroll @ 5:00

                                      Soccer vs. Milan @ 5:30


Fri, April 25                      Baseball @ Henry County @ 5:00

                                      Softball vs. Dyer County @ 5:00 (JV) SENIOR DAY

                                      Soccer vs. Union City @ 5:30






                   Area Happenings


Benefit for Mr. Lynn Gilliam at First Baptist April 26th

McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday April 26 there will be a benefit for Mr. Lynn Gilliam at the First Baptist Church, located on Stonewall Street in McKenzie beginning at 4pm. They ask that you join them for an evening of good food and entertainment while supporting this worthwhile cause.

There will be bbq plates for sale for $8 that consists of bbq, baked beans, slaw, potato salad, bread and a drink. Also there will be a hot dog plate that consists of a hot dog, baked beans, slaw and a drink for $5. There will be a silent auction, live auction, jumpers and face paintings for the kids as well as Gospel Music entertainment. For more information you are asked to call 731 336 5848.

City Sticker Information

McKenzie, Tenn - City of McKenzie "city stickers" will go on sale, Monday-March 24th until May 1, 2014. The Police Department will no longer sell stickers at their window, but we will be offering extended hours for your convenience in which to purchase stickers. Cost is $ 10.00 per sticker.

City stickers may only be purchased during these times.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 am until 8 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 2 pm until 8 pm
Saturday 10 am until 6 pm

The following information will be needed:
Tag Number
Owner's name and address


MHS to Host Basketball Camp in June

McKenzie, Tenn - The MHS Rebel Boys' Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 16 - 19 at McKenzie High School. Ages include boys 1st grade through 8th grade. Time is 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday. For more information, please contact John Wilkins at



Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Lake and Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake in July

McKenzie, Tenn - On July 16-19 at Kentucky Lake and Carroll County’s Thousand Acre Recreational lake, will be the inaugural invitational tournament. Along with Bethel University in McKenzie who will serve as host for the tournament, Henry and Carroll County will attribute two teams along with teams from 48 states including Tennessee.




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