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(Thursday, July 30th)

Handgun Found Near Drunk Atwood Man

Atwood, Tenn - Carroll County Sheriffs deputies were dispatched to Clay Farm Road in Atwood and upon arrival found Mr. Derick Bynum lying in the driveway and unresponsive.

The report stated that Mr. Bynum had a 9mm Hi-Point handgun near him and he seemed to be extremely intoxicated. Mr. Bynum was placed into custody for his own safety.

Huntingdon Woman Arrested at MOM's

McKenzie, Tenn - Patrolman Michael Winberry was dispatched to MOM’S Outlet Mall when the manager of the store made stated she had a female subject in custody that was trying to leave the store without paying for some merchandise.

The manager informed Winberry that when she approached the female and asked her to come to the office with her, she asked the female to tak the merchandise from her purse.

When Winberry spoke with the suspect, identified as Amy Hampton of Cottonlane in Huntingdon, he asked her to recheck her purse to ensure all the stolen merchandise was out. At that point, Winberry asked Hampton if he could search her purse and while searching he recovered a black  box containing one pink oval pill that was found to be Hydrocodone, and also another half pill, white in color that was found to be Hydrocodone also.

Winberry also recovered a red glass case that contained one baggy containing powder Meth. The glass container also contained drug paraphernalia, of several sorts.

Mrs. Amy Hampton was charged with Theft Under $500 Possession of Sch. II Drugs with Intent to Resale, Possesson of Sch. III drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was transported to the Carroll County Jail.

6th Annual VFW Car Show at SFF&STF

McKenzie, Tenn - VFW Post 4939 of McKenzie will be hosting their 6th Annual Car Show during the McKenzie Southern Fried Foods and Sweet Tea Festival located in Historic Downtown McKenzie on August 15th from 9am to 2 pm.

The categories include, Stock Cars, Stock Trucks,  Modified cars ith more than 3 alterations from OEM, Custom cars with extensive alterations to chassis, motor, body or interior, Custom trucks, with extensive alterations to chassis, motor, body or interior and Muscle Cars.

The first 30 cars will receive a limited edition veteran’s trophy, goodie bag and window plaque. Entry fee is $25.00 and to enter you are asked to call 352-9976.  

TDCI Clues in Consumers About "Mystery Shopper" Scams

Consumers Should Be Wary of Mystery Shopping Solicitations, Ads


Nashville, Tenn - The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is warning Tennessee consumers to be wary of mystery shopper scams. 

Sometimes retailers hire consumers to secretly evaluate their stores’ customer service – a practice  commonly known as “mystery shopping,” or “secret shopping.” But unscrupulous mystery shopping scams can leave consumers holding the bag.

In Tennessee, the Division of Consumer Affairs has fielded four consumer complaints since July 2014 related to mystery shopping scams. In legitimate mystery shopping arrangements, consumers will shop at a store, report on their experience and are reimbursed for their purchase or are allowed to keep their purchases.

Scammers who want to take advantage of consumers will create fraudulent mystery shopping solicitations – sometimes by mail or e-mail – promising to pay consumers to evaluate a retail experience or products. (The stores mentioned in the scammers’ ads have no affiliation with the scam artist.)

Lured into the scam by fraudulent offers, fake checks and wire transfers, consumers are persuaded into sending money to the scammers, many of who are often located outside the U.S. One popular scam involves shoppers being sent a phony check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, then withdraw the amount in cash and wire it to a third party.

Banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but it may take weeks to uncover a fake check. Unfortunately for the scammers’ victims, it’s the consumer (not the scammer) who is ultimately held accountable for the entire amount of the fake check. In some cases, scammers target consumers’ personal bank account information, leaving them open to identity theft or having their bank account cleaned out.  

How to protect yourself:  

Never open or respond to unsolicited e-mails asking you to become a mystery shopper or secret shopper.  

Never deposit a check you receive in the mail from a "mystery shopping" company. No legitimate business will pay in advance and ask you to send back a portion of the money.  

Never click on or respond to online ads or Web sites offering free gift cards.  

Remember the old adage: Things that sound too good to be true usually are.  

For more information about secret shopper scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commission for more details.  

If you were a victim of fraud via the Internet, you should file a report with your local law enforcement agency and file a complaint with TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs.


(Wednesday, July 29th)

Union City Woman Reports Theft at Hospital

McKenzie, Tenn - A resident of Union City reported to the McKenzie Police Department that while she was at the McKenzie Medical Center, meeting her ex so he could see his child, someone stolen her pre-paid debit card. The report stated that she left her purse unattended at the time she believes it was taken.

Home Check Results in Drug Arrests

Bruceton, Tenn - While officers of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department were doing a home check on Moore Creek Road in Bruceton deputies recovered a burnt meth slide in the trash can along with  2 glass pipes with residue and burnt marks used to smoke illegal drugs were recovered in the master bedroom sink cabinet.

Lisa Golden, also had in her possession a glass pipe with residue and burnt marks. It was located in a cigarette pack in her purse. Both Lisa Golden and Bobby Lynn Malugen were cited for possession of drug paraphenilia into general sessions court.

Money Stolen at Atwood Residence

Atwood, Tenn - Officer Michael Taylor of the CCSD responded to Brooks Road in Atwood when a homeowner reported that he had some people over to his house to play cards, and when everyone left, he noticed he had $100.00 in cash, removed from his wallet and 4 prescription Hydrocodone pills missing. The victim questioned the person whom he believed took the items, but they did not admit to  the theft.

McKenzie Man Charge With Aggravated Criminal Trespassing

McKenzie, Tenn - Patrolman Jeff Winberry of the McKenzie Police Department answered a call on South Stonewall concerning trespassing. When Winberry arrived, he was met by some of the tenants of the property and they advised him that they had a gentleman in one of the upstairs apartment that was told by the owner not to be on his property.

Winberry made way to the apartment the Mr. Jonathan E. Nevels was said to be in and found him asleep in the bed. According to the report, Winberry spoke with the property owner and he did advise that Mr. Nevels was not to be on the property. Mr. Nevels was then arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail for Aggravated Criminal Trespassing.

Bethel University Hosts Lights/Camera/Fashion Participants on Campus

Participants in Lights/Camera/Fashion learn runway modeling during the July 21 workshop held at Bethel. (Photo courtesy of BU)

McKenzie, Tenn – Bethel University hosted the Lights|Camera|Fashion program on its McKenzie campus, Tuesday, July 21.    According to Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences, Bethel  served as a location for one of the series of workshops taking place through the Lights|Camera|Fashion program.     

“Lights|Camera|Fashion used our campus to hold a portion of the workshops the models take part in,” Hodges said. “Our enrollment staff guided them to related events across campus, and President Butler visited with them during lunch. It was a great way to showcase our campus to this select group of young women. We couldn’t be more excited to get this opportunity.”    

Lights|Camera|Fashion, owned and produced by FrozenZen Photography and My Best Friend Jenna Boutique, is much more than an amazing Prom Runway Fashion Show. It is a yearlong program focused on enriching the lives of Tennessee’s young women and dedicated to raising funds for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   

 In the spring, 100’s of girls from high schools throughout Tennessee apply to be part of the Lights|Camera|Fashion Model Program with a limited number selected to participate. During their year in the program, these high school junior and senior girls receive instruction on modeling, walking the runway, posing for the camera, applying makeup and raising philanthropic funds.

They participate in fun FrozenZen Photography fashion shoots modeling the latest designer gowns from My Best Friend Jenna Boutique. The models will also have the opportunity to work with an international celebrity fashion designer, Johnathan Kayne, to create their very own Lights|Camera|Fashion gown.   

 Through the Lights|Camera|Fashion model program, these young women become confident of their own self-worth and their inner beauty, enabling them to have a deeper, more abiding belief in their own abilities to achieve their dreams.    

This unique experience culminates in a dazzling Prom Runway Fashion Show patterned after New York Fashion Week. This Lights|Camera|Fashion Prom Runway Fashion Show is the largest of its kind in the nation, and it is the only one focused entirely on Junior and Senior High School students. Bethel University will be a Premiere Sponsor of the 2016 show scheduled for January 30, 2016.According to Hodges around 50 girls and many of their mothers were on campus for the workshop.

 Cutline: Participants in Lights/Camera/Fashion learn runway modeling during the July 21 workshop held at Bethel.


(Tuesday, July 28th)

Four Tires Punctured on Cherry Street

McKenzie, Tenn - Patrolman Mark Boaz of the McKenzie Police department responded to a call in regards to vandalism on Cherry Street in McKenzie. The victim informed Patrolman Boaz as well as Sgt. Davis that all four of the tires on her vehicle had been punctured.

While inspecting the tires, according to the report it is believed that some type of sharp object which was believed to be an ice pc or something to that nature used to damage the tires. A person of interest was named, and the case is under investigation.

Theft at Dollar General in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - Sgt. Chad Davis of the McKenzie PD was notified about a theft that occurred at the Dollar General Store in McKenzie. The report stated that  Ms. Mary Moore of Georgia Street in McKenzie was observed on store security cameras entering the store with only a purse on her shoulder.

While inside the store, she was seen picking up a curling iron off the shelf, and placing it in her cart. Mrs. Moore went to the register and returned the curling iron as if she had purchased it on another date. Mrs. Moore was observed on video exiting the store with a backpack on her back that was not there when she entered.

The backpack appeared to have items inside it, and a price tag was later found inside the store that had been torn off a backpack matching the description Moore left the store with.  

Burglary Report on Oaklawn Avenue

McKenzie, Tenn - Victims of burglary contacted the police department when they were moving on Oak Lawn Avenue in McKenzie. The victim stated that while in the process of moving, they noticed the back door which was the door they entered and exited the residence had been broken into.

At the time of the report, the only thing noticed to be missing was their sons 7” Black RCA Tablet with a value placed at $80.00.

The report stated that Officer Lorrie Mulligan did see that on the door of the residence was marking that appeared to be where the suspect/s had got the bottom knob part open but the top was still latched.

It was also noted that some kind of tool was used to slide up and knock the latch off of the door. The suspect/s had also put the latch back on but used a different type of screw on the bottom then what was on the top.

Debit Card Stolen at McKenzie Medical Center

McKenzie, Tenn - A resident of Union City reported to the McKenzie Police Department that while she was at the McKenzie Medical Center, meeting her ex so he could see his child, someone stolen her pre-paid debit card. The report stated that she left her purse unattended at the time she believes it was taken.

Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

Nashville, Tenn– On Thursday evening, responding to calls from sixty-three Tennessee lawmakers, the Tennessee Farm Bureau, and many other agriculture and small business organizations, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined the State of Tennessee to a lawsuit against the EPA challenging the highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

TN State Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia)

The effort was led by Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia). “Slatery showed true leadership by joining Ohio’s litigation against the EPA’s vastly overreaching WOTUS rule,” said Butt. “I want to thank the sixty-three legislators signing my letter requesting that Tennessee join the 30 other states that realize the massive negative impact that the rule would have on their states’ economies and sovereignty.”

TN State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden)

Butt’s letter was signed by State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden). Holt, Vice Chairman of Tennessee’s House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, says the EPA has a history of thumbing its nose at the Tenth Amendment.

“Earlier in the month, the Supreme Court reprimanded the EPA for overstepping their authority in an unprecedented manner,” cited Holt. “I want to thank Slatery and the agriculture community for joining the efforts of the legislature to hold the EPA accountable.

TN State Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro)

Trampling on the Tenth Amendment every day, this unconstitutional federal agency is out of control, and it is time to put a stop to it.” Terry says the EPA’s WOTUS rule has negative implications for personal liberty and property rights.
“I would like to commend Slatery for taking action.

Our farmers and families need to know that our officials will take a stand for their liberties and property rights,” said Terry. “By taking a stand against the EPA, we are doing just that.”

Bethel University Summer Commencement is this Saturday

McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland to be guest speaker at BU Commencement

(photo courtesy of BU)

McKenzie, Tenn – Bethel University’s Summer 2015 Commencement will be this Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., in Crisp Arena on the School’s McKenzie campus. The honorable Jill Holland, Mayor of McKenzie, will be the speaker.    

Holland is currently serving her second term as Mayor of McKenzie. She also served for six years on the McKenzie City Council and for eight years on the McKenzie Special School District School Board, serving as vice-chairman. Additionally, she served as the President of the West Tennessee Mayors Association in 2014 and as the Director at Large for the Tennessee Municipal League.

Mayor Holland is a board member for the WestStar Leadership program, for the Commissioner’s Council for Greenways and Trails, for the Tennessee Preservation Trust, for the Tennessee Emergency Communications, and for the Carroll County Carl Perkins Center.   

Mayor Holland graduated from McKenzie High School and earned a B.A. in journalism and English from Stephens College. She has also completed graduate work at the University of South Florida.

She has served as assistant news director for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, as public relations director for Tampa Heights Hospital, as a writer for Tampa Bay Magazine, as operations specialist for Freedom Federal Savings and Loan, as a teacher for the Hillsborough County School System, and as a national trainer and consultant for the C.E. Mendez Foundation in Tampa, Fla.


Guest seating and lineup of graduates will begin at 9 a.m. Graduates with questions should contact the registrars of their colleges. All others with questions should contact Myra Carlock at


(Monday, July, 27th)

Prepping for Rebel Football

McKenzie Fire assisting the McKenzie Schools with the cleaning of the bleachers at the football field. Pictured is Engine 917. (Photo courtesy of MF&R)

McKenzie, Tenn -  With football season for the McKenzie Rebels, just around the corner, the McKenzie Fire department lended a helping hand to make sure Rebel Stadium is ready for some football action.

The first football game will be against Dyer County and is an away game.

The first home is will be August 28th against West Carroll.

Louisiana Tactics Win Costa Bassmasters

Overall winners Alex Heintze and Justin Watts (Bassmasters photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The Henry County Tourism Authority, along with Bassmaster, Bethel University, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, have teamed together to bring back to Northwest Tennessee the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.

The national championship was held on Kentucky Lake, July 22-25, in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Bassmaster National Championship, which was held on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon, on July 24-25.

From day 1 of the competition Justin Watts and Alex Heintze led the tournament, using tactics from living in Louisiana and fishing in the shallow waters of the bayous.

According to, Alex Heintze stated, “We didn’t come here to fish the ledges so we committed to fishing shallow”. With the water at a high level during the tournament, this played a big factor throughout the days of fishing.

The final ranking is as follows:

                                                                               Fish             Wgt.

1. Alex Heintze - Justing Watts                            15             66-0

2. Braden Blanchard - Cade Fortenberry           15            51-51

3. Lucas Lindsay- Logan Parks                           14             48-0

4. Hunter Silverstrim - Nathaniel Burris               15            45-12

5. Hunter Bouldin - Samuel Vandagrif                 14            44 -10


Over 167 (137 high school teams and 30 Junior High school Teams) school teams were competing for the $94,000 in prizes and scholarship, along with an opportunity to compete in Tulsa Oklahoma in the 2016 Geico Bassmaster Classic.

Each team consisted of 2 anglers, and 1 coach per team. The tournament began with Registration on July 21st at Bethel University in McKenzie, and the first two days of fishing was held on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing.

 On Thursday, was a day off for those who made the cut to move onto the next phase. Friday, fishing was moved to the Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake in Huntingdon, then Saturday, the tournament resumed back to Paris Landing.

Working together, The Henry County Tourism Authority, along with Bassmaster, Bethel University, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce worked to present this tournament resulting in a great success.

Tennessee River Band Rocked Broadway Saturday Evening

Tennesee River Band performs for the crowd Saturday evening (JCAllen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Saturday evening, Nights on Broadway in McKenzie was where the place to be was happening! The Tennessee River Band performed to a large crowd with several dancing their way all around Broadway.

Crowd gathered early to get the best seats for Nights on Broadway (JCAllen photo)

The Tennessee River Band played a variety of country music, with a different variety to please all ages, young and old.

The next Nights on Broadway will be held on August 29th but, during The Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea Festival, a fund raiser for the Park Theater that will be held on August 14 & 15th, everyone’s favorite, Bullettown will be performing from 5-7pm.

Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea Festival August 14th

McKenzie, Tenn - The Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea festival promises to be a fun weekend for the entire family, and the festival kicks off Friday August 14th at 6pm with Tre Hargett, Tennessee’s Secretary of State as the keynote speaker. The Ray Lewis Band will take the stage from 7-8:45pm, and then Double Edge Band will take over the stage at 9pm till 11pm.

Saturday morning starts the ball rolling with craft vendors, food tents with a variety of fried foods and festival fare, children’s games, the Aunt Bea Southern Fried Food throw-down competition and more!

Noon rings in with our local entertainers followed by the Bullet town band from 5-7:00 p.m. and the evening ends with the fabulous Renaissance program performing from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The City of McKenzie asks that you check them out frequently on their webpage,  as they continue to update information or go to the Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival face book page. So be sure to mark your calendar, and come on out to the square in downtown McKenzie for a weekend of family fun.

Schools Back in Session August 4

McKenzie, Tenn - Just a reminder, McKenzie Special School District schools will return for the 2015/16 school year on August 4th. This will be a half day of school for students .

You can go to, click on the school link your child will be attending for a complete listing of schools supplies your child will need.

We here at WHDM hopes all McKenzie students have a safe and very productive school year. GO REBELS !!!!

War of 1812 Traveling Exhibit Comes To Heritage Center in Paris

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit on the War of 1812 – “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812.” This is a Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit, which will be on display at the Heritage Center from July 31st – September 12th.

There will be a grand opening reception held at the Heritage Center on Sunday, August 2nd, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. The parking lot is behind the Heritage Center off Highway 641 North.

During the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson defeated the British forces at the Battle of New Orleans. Our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore Harbor, while watching our flag wave over Fort McHenry.

As the British burned our capitol, Washington, D.C., First Lady Dolly Madison rescued the famous portrait of George Washington from the White House to carry with her to safety.

June 2015 County Unemployment Rates

Nashville, Tenn – County unemployment rates for June 2015, released today, show the rates increased in 94 counties and decreased in one county.

Carroll County rank 86 for the Highest County Unemployment, while Henry County ranked in the Lowest County Unemployment ratings.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Lifeline To Visit Bruceton & Greenfield Tuesday

Bruceton, Tenn - On Tuesday July 28th, Lifeline Blood Services will be at the Lifecare center in Bruceton from 11am-3pm. They will also be at the Dr. Nathan Porter Library in Greenfield from 2pm-6pm.

Any one wishing to donate blood is asked to go online at, fill out the necessary forms, and to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood. All blood types are needed, and when you donate blood, you are saving a life.

Tax Free Weekend August 7-9

McKenzie, Tenn - Tax free weekend will be held on August 7-9 in Tennessee. On these days items for school such as clothes, school supplies will be tax exempt for purchases over $100.

Certain items will still remain taxable such as jewelry, recreational and sports equipment. One can view a complete listing of taxable and tax exempt items by visiting website.

Fall Soccer signups for Carroll County and the Surrounding Counties 

Sign-Up Now For Soccer Fun! In AYSO Region 1077 Everyone Plays®…Everyone Wins! Safe, affordable...and memories that last a lifetime. AYSO has been the first name in youth soccer since 1964.

Every child plays at least 50% of EVERY game! Registration is for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 who want to learn and play soccer.

Dates, times and locations for Registration: 

MON JUL 27th  Trezevant Senior Citizens Ctr 5 PM – 7 PM; 

TUES JUL 28th  Clarksburg School Library 5 PM – 7 PM; 

THUR JUL 30th McKenzie City Hall   5 PM – 7 PM; 

SAT AUG 1st  Huntingdon City Hall 10 AM – 1 PM. 

The cost for Fall season is $50.00 per child and includes insurance, uniform, magazine, & more! Please log onto to pre-register your child and come to one of  the sign ups listed above with registration fee and information sheet.

 For Complete Registration Information, visit or call 731-415-9390. Don’t Delay – Register Now!



            McKenzie High School News

                        REBEL SPORTS:

August 14              Jamboree

August 21              Dyer Co.                            Away

August 28              West Carroll                      Home       7:30

Sept. 4                   Gibson Co.                        Away       7:00

Sept. 11                Camden                              Home        7:30

Sept. 18                 Adamsville                         Home       7:30

Sept. 25                  Huntingdon                        Away        

Oct. 2                       Trinity Christian                Home        7:30

Oct. 9                       Open

Oct. 16                     Jackson Christian            Away        7pm

Oct. 23                      Riverside                          Away

Oct. 30                       Halls                                 Home    Sr. Night 7:30


McKenzie Rebel 2015 Football Schedul (JV)

August 31      Milan     Home

Sept. 14         Dresden   Home

Sept. 21         Westview  Away

Sept. 28          Camden   Home

Oct 5                Bruceton   Away

Oct. 19             Trenton      Away







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