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TCAT Students Inducted Into NTHS
TCAT-McKenzie inducted six students into the National Technical Honor Society on August 14, 2019. The ceremony was conducted by Maureen Sledd, Administrative Office Technology instructor and National Technical Honor Society Advisor. To qualify, the student must be entering at least their second trimester, must maintain an "A" average and must not have missed more than 22 hours in their previous trimester. The student must also promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership, and skill development among the future workforce. The student is nominated by his/her instructor for admittance into the NTHS. Inductees for the summer trimester are as follows: From McKenzie Welding Program- Houston Brunmeier from Martin, Elcana Williams from Paris, Tavis Bryson from Milan, and Jared Ackroyd from Paris. From the Weakley County Welding Program- Tanner Owensby from Martin. Administrative Office Technology Student, Hannah Torres, from Martin, was nominated as well but unable to attend the Induction Ceremony due to work conflicts. TCAT-McKenzie congratulates the students for their outstanding achievement.
Photo from left to right: Front Row: Maureen Sledd, Administrative Office Technology instructor and National Technical Honor Society Advisor, Welding student, Houston Brunmeier, Welding student, Tavis Bryson, Welding student, Jared Ackroyd, and Weakley County Welding Instructor, Jeremy Tucker. Back Row: McKenzie Campus Welding Instructor David Earley, Welding student Elcana Williams, Weakley County Welding student, Tanner Owensby, President Dr. Brad White, and Weakley County Welding Instructor, Jeremy Tucker.
Lifeline Blood Donations Needed
Jackson, TN - The Lifeline Bloodmobile Unit will be at Mckenzie Healthcare and Rehab from 12 until 4 pm on Monday August 19. Critical shortages of all blood types occur during the summer months. The Joe Mahan Ford Fiesta giveaway is just about to come to its end. When you give blood you will be registered to win this brand new vehicle from Joe Mahan Ford.
Fish Fry to Benefit Walk For Alzheimer's
Huntingdon, TN - Huntingdon Health and Rehab 635 High Street in Huntingdon will be hosting a catfish fish fry August 16th. Plate lunches are $7.00 and include two crispy and deliciously seasoned catfish filets, creamy coleslaw and white beans prepared by their famours Chef Larry! Dine in also includes beverage & option of French Fries. Bake sale items are only $1.00 each, homemade and baked with love! Add one....or FIVE to your order to support this great cause! They will even deliver within Huntingdon. Call or email Jaleesa Mason, Admissions Director to place your order! 731-394-1024 or JMason@huntingdonhealth.com
Southern Fried Sweet Tea Festival
McKenzie, TN - The Annual Southern Fried Sweet Tea Festival kicks of August 22 in McKenzie. Events will include a Table Tennis Championship at Crisp Arena on the campus of Bethel University. This historical event is a singles-only round robin tournament for players to compete for $3000 total prize money. Some of the nation's most elite table tennis players will be competing for the tile of overall champion and $1000 grand prize. You can be a part of the First Annual World Championships at Bethel University! Contact Chris Edlin at 731-352-0158 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Southern Fried food and great entertainment will highlight McKenzie August 22-24. Events are schedule Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday.
Thursday: Community Wide Pep Rally on Broadway at 6 PM. Southern Fried Funnies in the Park Theater $5.00 admission at 7:00 in Park Theatre.
Friday: Food and Craft Vendors, Petting Zoo, and Carnival Rides at Veterans Park 6 PM. Music from Flashback at 8 on Broadway.
Saturday: Table Tennis Tourney at 9 at Crisp Arena, Food & Craft Vendors, Petting Zoo and Carnival at Veterans Park at 10. Southern Fried Funnies at 2:00. The live performance of The Barons at 5 PM and Bethel's Renaissance on Broadway at 7.
Henry County Anglers 2nd In Nation
Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County Fishing team during the Bassmaster High School National Championship.
Buchanan, Tenn. - The team of Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County High School’s Fishing team were edged out of winning the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Saturday as the HCHS team came home with second place.
Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith completed a wire-to-wire win on Saturday to secure their second consecutive victory in the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.
The duo, representing Briarwood Christian School of Birmingham, Ala., caught a three-day total of 15 bass that weighed 50 pounds, 1 ounce to earn a landmark win on Kentucky Lake here in the northwest corner of the Volunteer State.
The victory marks the first time a high school duo repeated as national champion.
The winners earned a $4,500 a scholarship, which will go toward their college education. Morris, 18, recently graduated from Briarwood and will compete for the University of Montevallo (Ala.) bass fishing team. Smith, 17, is a rising senior at Briarwood.
Bassmaster Junior Tournament Ends
Huntingdon, TN - The 2019 Bassmaster Junior Championship concluded today on the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake. Leaders after day one, Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond from Rowan, North Carolina were overtaken by Mike Abbott and Braden McNamara from Harley's Hawgs with a five fish weight of 9-3 for a total of 20 lbs. 3 oz. beating Alexander and Hammond by 9 oz.
Abbott and McNamara won a $2,000 scholarship that will be dedicated to their college education. Alexander and Hammond, both 13 and heading into the eighth grade, won a $1,000 scholarship for finishing second. They fish with the Rowan County (N.C.) junior team.
The big bass of the tournament weighing 9 lbs. was caught by Ryder Krueger.
The Carroll County (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce, Bethel University and the Henry County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority hosted the Bassmaster Junior Championship.
Junior Bassmaster Weigh In
Huntingdon, TN - 62 teams from 32 state and Canada weighed in Tuesday afternoon in the first day of the 2019 Bassmaster Junior Championship on the Carroll County 1000 acre Recreational Lake. Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond from Rowan, North Carolina brought in a five fish take weighing 14 lbs and 4 ounces to take the lead in the event. The tournament continues with the final weigh in Wednesday.
Oklahoma Pretty Water 7th graders Abigail Panak and Rhiauna Switzer turned in a catch totaling 8' 12 oz. to take 5th place in the tournament. Dad and coach Jason Switzer looks on from behind.
High School, Middle School and College Fishing
Huntingdon, TN – Several hundred visitors will be converging on the Carroll County 1000 acre Recreational Lake and Kentucky Lake over the week as the Junior Bassmaster National Championship returns toe Carroll County. Brad Hurley, executive director of the Carroll County Chamber said, “We’ve established a great relationship with Junior Bassmaster’s over the last few years and we’re always excited to have them choose our county for the National Championship.” Weigh-ins will be held at the Billy Cary Memorial Park on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 1:30 P.M.
Registration for 62 Junior teams from across the country and Canada along with 300 high school fisherman were busy registering for the event at Bethel University today in McKenzie. Saturday and Sunday were practice days for the Juniors with the 1000 acre lake closed today and launch set for tomorrow and Wednesday morning. The high school teams practice Tuesday and Wednesday and competition runs from Thursday through Saturday from Paris Landing Marina.
Bethel Fishermen Win College Series
Dayton, TN - Bethel University won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops this last weekend on Lake Chickamauga. Trailing after two days the duo of Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd came back on Saturday with a five limit catch of 16 pounds and 3 ounces. Although it was their lightest bag of the tournament it did allow them to sneak past Bryan College’s Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro for the win.
McNeil and Floyd collected $5000 for the Bethel fishing team including $2500 from B.A.S.S. and $2500 from Carhartt.
Bethel’s KJ Queen and Dax Ewart were recognized as winners of the Series’ Team of the Year for finishing first in the 2019 points standings.
A total of 116 teams from 62 schools competed in the Championship. Bryan College, the City of Dayton and Fish Dayton hosted the event.
Bethel Sets New Record
Bethel, TN - The 2019-20 school year for Bethel University will mark a milestone in Bethel Athletics. Over 800 student-athletes will compete this fall and next spring wearing the Wildcat uniform. It will mark a record number of students participating in 28 sports.
The athletes compete at the NAIA Division 1 level in the Southern States Athletic Conference and the Mid-South Conference. With several of those programs and five coed (club) sports competing it adds up to a record number for the school.
The number of athletes at the intercollegiate level alone are more than those competing at the University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Vanderbilt, UTM and many of the NCAA D1 programs around the nation.
(Bethel fans at Bethel's homecoming last year.) Picture from Bethel Facebook page.
Bethel Director of Athletics Dale Kelley commented, “We are extremely pleased and excited about not only the number of student-athletes who will represent our school but just as excited about the quality of students these young people are. We feel the experience and education they have and will receive is extraordinary. Much of this is due to the hard work of our coaches, recruiters, admissions and many other outstanding departments at our school. Our fans are a huge part of this as well.” Kelley added, “We look forward to another year of competition and all the individual and team success stories the year will bring.”
Rotary Youth Leadership Attendee Adresses Club
McKenzie, TN - It's been an eventful summer for McKenzie High School Junior Lyndsey Summers. After attending this years Rotary Youth Leadership program held on the campus of Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Lyndsey told Rotary Club members today that she had been apprehensive about attending by now would go back in a minute, if asked. Summers, daughter of Shari and Ken Summers reported that the whole program was intended to help them become better leaders in the community. Working in small groups, and then large groups as well, Lyndsey was challenged by the Ft. Campbell ropes trail, rock climbing activities that help develop trust in her team mates.
"At one point I had to break a board with my bare hands, I knew I couldn't but with instruction and focus I was able to break through the barrier. One side of the board had our "biggest" goal written on it and the other side were things that would keep us from achieving our goal." "I never thought I'd be able to break it but I did." Lyndsey brought the board for members to see.
She also reported that because of RYLA and the Rotary Clubs envolvement with with the Rotary Foreign Exchange program, she was able to make friends with students who attended from Italy, Germany, Japan, and Brazil. Rotary had helped her to change the way we view things. "If everyone decided to go as a foreign exchange student there wouldl be no wars because we would see that we are all alike."
Hiring Fair In August
Locals Win SSAC Awards and Recognition
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Bethel baseball coach Rusty Thompson has been named the SSAC Coach of Character award winner and faculty athletics representative Malissa Vaughn has been named the SSAC’s Wally Schwartz FAR of the Year Award winner.
Commenting on Coach Thompsons award, Bethel student-athlete Jack Surber: “None compare to Rusty Thompson when it relates to passion for the game and his players. Despite having a family of his own, Coach Rusty takes the time to develop a personal relationship with every player that has ever suited up in the purple and gold.”
Bethel cross country coach Brandon Kilburn: “Coach Thompson from the outside would seem to be defined by wins and losses. In reality he is defined by his Christian values, being a father and husband, and all of the ways he impacts our university and town within and outside of athletics. Coach Thompson constantly creates an environment in which student-athletes are able to grow in every aspect of life.”
SSAC commissioner Mike Hall: “She is without any doubt one of the leading administrators within the Southern States Athletic Conference. It is very obvious that she loves students and working with them to achieve their academic and life-long career goals.”
Bethel president Dr. Walter Butler: “Mrs. Vaughn has an impeccable reputation and rapport with faculty, students and staff, while serving as a liaison between intercollegiate athletics and academics. She exhibits character, integrity and morals while performing her duties.”
New Principal Named For McKenzie High
McKenzie, TN - McKenzie Special School District Director Len Watkins announced on Tuesday morning the addition of Kelly Spivey as the new principal for McKenzie High School. Spivey fills the position vacated by former principal Tim Watkins who resigned after 10 years as principal to take the position of Director of Schools for Obion Co.
Watson said this morning, "We were excited whenm Kelly returned to his home town of McKenzie to teach and coach in our system. He's been a valuable asset to our program." Kelly completed his undergraduate work at Murray State and his masters and EDS from Tennessee State University. Spivey and his wife Mary are both employed by the school system. They have two children Tyler and Anna Grace.
Principal Spivey said when contacted, "I want to thank Mr. Watkins and the board for their support and the opportunity to work with such a great staff of teachers at McKenzie High School." Spivey began teaching in South Fulton and served for 3 years as an assistant principal before moving back home to McKenzie.
Spivey vacates his position as a coach with the McKenzie High School football team but will become acting atheltic director asw well as principal.
2019 Bassmaster Junior Nationals Set for Carroll Co. 1000 Acre Recreational Lake
HUNTINGDON, TN – For the sixth consecutive year, the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake will host the national championship for the Bassmaster Junior Division.
Second- through eighth-grade anglers will be competing at the largest man-made lake in West Tennessee, 10 minutes southwest of Huntingdon, Aug. 6 and 7.
This year’s tournament will field more than 50 teams, with two anglers per team accompanied by a coach, who can offer technical advice. Last year’s championship had anglers from 34 states and Canada who made up 54 teams.
A strategic partnership between the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, state of Tennessee, Bethel University and Villages of Paris helped bring the tournament back this year.
Bethel will once again host registration and other tournament-associated events on campus.
“Bethel has a nationally ranked bass fishing program, and to be able to welcome top youth anglers and families from across North America to campus is pretty special for our community,” said Dale Kelley, Bethel’s director of athletics.
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce announced previously that the 2018 tournament had a $300,000 economic impact in the county, with more than 1,500 fisherman, parents and coaches in town for the tournament and related events. The combined economic impact during the first five years that the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake has hosted the event is estimated to be around $900,000.
Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler noted the many benefits the competition brings to the area. “Having the Bassmaster tournament in Carroll County impacts our economy in a big way, as it draws visitors and tourists, allows them to enjoy and invest in our communities, and highlights two of our local treasures, the Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake and Bethel University,” he said.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Bassmaster anglers and their families to Carroll County for a sixth time, and we are grateful that B.A.S.S. recognizes the quality and beauty of our lake,” said Brad Hurley, president of the Carroll County Chamber.
With a membership of half a million, B.A.S.S. is the worldwide leader for bass fishing. Since 1968, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to enhancing the sport of bass fishing by advocating for access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Championship will be held on August 8-10 at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. Three hundred high school teams are expected to compete..
Bass Cats Sign Dakota White
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel University Wildcat Bass program signed Dakota White of Dyer, Tennessee Monday. Dakota is the son of Brian and Tammy White and will major in Physical Education. He transfers to Bethel from Itawamba Community College.
While living in the Magnolia State he won the 2016 Mississippi High School Federation Championship. He was also an Honor Roll student at Caledonia High School in Caledonia.
He feels his biggest strength is his leadership skills.
Bethel Coach Garry Mason said, “We are very proud to have Cody join our fishing program. He brings a lot of experience both on and off the water.”
McKenzie Middle School Supply List
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Middle School teachers have supplied the following supply lists for the coming year. Each grade requires a Kleenex Multipack, Clorox Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer.
Economic Development Corp Plans Job FairMcKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Economic Development Corporation is in the midst of developing a job fair and seeking local businesses that might be interested in participating is asked to contact Monica Heath at the EDOC by emailing email@example.com.
Local Student Wins Bronze in SkillsUSA
Louisville, Ky. (Grassroots Newswire) July 8, 2019 - A career and technical student in Tennessee won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 26-27. Joey Meeks, from Sharon and a student at Tennessee College of Applied Tech-McKenzie (McKenzie), was awarded the college bronze medal in Major Appliance & Refrigeration Technology.
More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.
Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.
total of 1,122 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to
students. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their
trade or scholarships. Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72
occupational and leadership events to students who met a predetermined
threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill
Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA's assessment program for
career and technical education.
The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 20,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations. The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America's skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.
Arrangements for Rusty Newman Announced
Funeral services for Russell Todd Newman “Rusty” is Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and Thursday 11:00 a.m. until service time. Brother Dennis Trull is the officiant and burial is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie, TN. Pallbearers to serve are Aaron Oakley, Cameron Oakley, Grant Newman, Clay Newman, Brian Bennett and Tim Carter. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Smith, Dave Wood, Gabe Clericuzio, Jimmy Crossett, Dave Hacker, Ben Whitehead, Missy Reeder, Robyn Hatler and Kirsten Sass.
Mr. Newman, age 55, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center. He is a member of First Baptist Church, a deacon, and Co-Owner/ manager of McKenzie Auto Parts. He is a graduate of McKenzie High School and Bethel Success program. Rusty enjoyed training and competing for marathons, and cycling events which challenged him to try open swim which lead to competing in triathlons. He was born November 4, 1963 in Milan,TN to Marvin and Mary Elizabeth Newman. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Max Bennett and Curtis and Amanda Newman.
He is survived by his wife of thirty four years Lisa Aldridge Newman of McKenzie, daughter Rachel Newman of McKenzie, two sons Mark (Lauren) Newman of Memphis and Zachary (Riley Toombs) Newman of McKenzie, his parents Marvin and Mary Newman of McKenzie, two sisters Nina (Jeff) Owen of Suwannee, GA and Amanda (John) Oakley of McKenzie two brothers Carey (Heather) Newman of McKenzie and Joseph (Stefanie) Newman of Maryville, great-grandmother Corene Bennett and granddaughter Ava Newman.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that any memorials be made to S.O.S. (Service over Self) 2505 Poplar Memphis, TN 38112 or online sosmemphis.org\donate.
Brummitt –McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. If you need assistance please call 731-352-4848 or visit our website at brummittmckenziefuneralhome.com.
McKenzie Shocked at Death of Local MerchantParis, TN - McKenzie residents are in shock at death of local CarQuest business operator Rusty Newman, who was discovered unresonsive along Eli Brown Road in Henry County at 5:41 this morning. According to friends, Newman was an avid exerciser. Enjoying early morning runs.
Henry County Sherrif deputies responded to the call. Deputy Gary Carroll assisted EMS in administering CPR to the Newman until EMS transported him to the hospital.
According to Captain Adam Jenkins, once at the hospital, the man, was Russell Newman, age 52, of 2244 Old State Route 76, died from what is believed to be natural causes. “There were no signs of foul play and nothing to indicate (he) had suffered from any exterior trauma”.
Rusty and his brother Carey work along side their father Marvin who founded the McKenzie CarQuest Autoparts stor.
Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home will announce services later this week. Our sympathy is extended to his wife Lisa and children Rachel, Mark and Zac.
Carroll County Relay for Life Friday Night
Huntingdon, Tenn.–The 2019 Relay For Life of Carroll County will celebrate 20 years of fundraising and fighting back against cancer when it holds its annual event Friday night at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.
The event will be held from 4-10 p.m., with welcoming ceremony at 6 p.m., with Carl Byars as emcee. The National Anthem will be sung by Bethany Hollingsworth.
Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., with the recognition of teams and sponsors and the survivor’s lap.
Student Appreciation for TCAT
McKenzie, TN - The Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie held Student Appreciation Day on Friday June 14th. The day was all about giving back to the students and thanking them for all they do throughout the year. Students have helped with fundraisers and participated as community volunteers for the community. TCAT stuents enjoyed a softball tournament, fishing, football, and flying kites. Served hot dogs, chips, and drinks for lunch a great time was enjoyed by all.
Pictured is the winning team, Argon Assassins from left to right: Starla Garrard, Houston Brunmeier, Dylan McCaig, Jakob Winchester, Jonathan Roland, Ben Colvett, Patrick Wilkes, Welding Instructor David Early, Tavis Bryson, and Bryston Diggs. Front Row: Jevan Pasaol and Tristan Rhea
The 4th annual softball tournament had 5 teams and 6 games, two of which were played on Thursday June 13th. Over 70 students signed up to play and then were drafted by the coaches; they have had team practices the past month. The Argon Assassins coached by Welding Instructor David Earley took home the trophy. The other teams were Blister Sticks coached by Industrial Maintenance Instructor Johnny Rogers, Green Machine coached by Machine Tool Instructor Zac Crider, The Upsets coached by Administrative Assistant Patricia Barnett, and Black Stallions coached by Dresden campus Welding Instructor Jeremy Tucker.
If you would like any further information about the programs we offer please call us at 731-352-5364. New classes start September 3rd.
Nights On Broadway Set For Thursday
McKenzie, TN - The annual Nights on Broadway will kick off this Thursday evening featuring Crossfire as the guest musical group. It's a "no cook Thursday night" event with food vendors on site during the performance. Nights On Broadway will be held on th 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the months of June, August, and September and the 3rd Thursday in July. Rita Mac and the Romeos will perform June 20th, Flashback on July18th, King Beez on August 1st, Double Edge on August 15th and Hogslop String Band September 5th.
Nights on Broadway is presented by the city of McKenzie and Asera Care, Bank of Gleason, Carroll Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, Edward Jones, Lakeside, McKenzie Banking Company, McKenzie Medical Center, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Eastate, Super Drugs and Main Street McKenzie.
Summer Reading Program
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Memorial Library starts their summer reading program on Wednesday June 5 at 2:30 PM in the Park Theater in downtown McKenzie. Russell Orr, NASA Solar System Ambassador from Discovery Park of America will talk to attendees about the 50th year anniversary of Apollo missions.
June 11 10:00 AM Wilbur Brewer with the Northwest Tennessee Bee Keeper Association will be her with his bees. In case of rain the event will move to Thursday June 13th.
June 20th at 10:00 AM award winning Christian Illusionist, Magician and Family Speaker, Scott Humston will present his magic, stories, music comedy and much more.
June 25th at 1PM everyone can enjoy the movie, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial".
Christian Care Center Expanding
McKenzie, TN - Christian Care Cernter in McKenzie has begun and expansion project at their location 150 Oak Manor Road. The new entrance will be off hwy 79. New entrance, chapel, therapy gym and business offices with foyer will be new. The 66 rooms are being remodeled with new furniture and four private rooms will be available. Christian Care Center provides long term care as well as rehabilitation services following accidents or surgery.
Free Musical Concert This Sunday at KPAC
Henry County Patriot Signs With Bethel Baseball
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel Wildcat Baseball team signed Henry County standout Brandon Armour recently. Brandon is the son of Jordan and Missy Klutts of Paris, Tennessee and is undecided on his major. Armour was an all-district performer with the Patriots striking out 10 hitters in his last appearance and hitting .391 on the season.
During his prep career he was a member of the FCA, FFA, HOSA, ACT Benchmark and French Clubs. Armour feels his biggest strengths are his leadership and determination. Coach Rusty Thompson commented, “We are always happy to sign a local player and Brandon is a good player and student-athlete. We look forward to having him in our program.”
Bethel Bass Cats Make History
FLORENCE, AL– “First feeling, man it’s awesome. To do it one time is a big deal, but to do it twice is even bigger,” said Carter McNeil of Bethel University. For the first time in the history of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, a school has repeated as champions. Not only that, the team that manages to go back-to-back is comprised of the same two anglers. Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil take home the victory this year on Pickwick Lake with 45.65 pounds.
Floyd and McNeil entered this week as one of the key teams to watch. Following day one, they quickly asserted themselves at the top of the leaderboard with over 22 pounds. The pairing worked several key deep water areas, and knew that they were around the fish to win. “We gave ourselves an opportunity to catch a big bag. I really didn’t think we were on what we were on. You know, it all fell in place and we had a good time,” added Floyd.
One of their go-to baits was a purple colored ribbon tail worm. Fishing along deep water structure in 15-25 feet of water, they quickly sacked up a limit. By roughly 10:00 AM this morning, Floyd and McNeil had over 20 pounds of bass in the boat. This mirrors the exact same scene that played out on day one as they struggled to upgrade later on in the day. It proved not to matter, as they were able to ride their morning wave of fish catches to another national title.
Today’s victory not only makes back-to-back titles for Floyd and McNeil, it is also the third time Bethel has won this particular event. The program has grown into one of the true powerhouses of the sport. At each and every event they enter, teams representing Bethel University are considered to be among the favorites. Today, Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil cemented their place among the best in program history. “When we first came to Bethel University, we knew we had big shoes to fill. Today, we’re fortunate enough to win two times. I can’t say enough about how awesome of a program it is,” said McNeil.
McKenzie Touchdown Club holds fundraiser Friday, May 24
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Touchdown Club is holding a ribeye sandwich fundraiser for the McKenzie High School Rebels football team from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the Save-A-Lot parking lot in McKenzie.
A ribeye sandwich and drink will cost $7.
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