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Carroll County Man Arrested, Charged With Murder 

Cedar Grove, Tenn. – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Cedar Grove man in connection to a homicide in Carroll County.

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, Tuesday evening, TBI Agents joined Carroll County deputies in investigating the death of Larry Watkins, Jr.  He was found deceased outside of a home in the 600 block of Moss Creek Road in Cedar Grove.

Joseph Wert (DOB: 1/13/99) of Cedar Grove was developed as a suspect and a warrant was secured for his arrest.  Early Wednesday morning, Wert was taken into custody and booked into the Carroll County Jail on one count of First Degree Murder.  He is being held without bond pending his first court appearance.

McKenzie Rebels Get Back On Track

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels rebounded on Friday night following their first season lost earlier in the week to district rival West Carroll with a 57 to 29 running clock victory over the Huntingdon Mustangs at McKenzie High School.  Lucas King led the Rebels with 19 points, followed by Micah  Austin with 10.  Lazarick Hill, Nate Whisell, Caleb Gill and Witt  Mitchum had 8, 7, 6, and 4 each.  Huntingdon was led by Grant Bartholmews 7 points on the night.

Earlier in the evening the Huntingdon Mustangs defeated the Lady Rebels 52 to 37.  Lilly Bennett led the girls squad with 11, Savannah Nesbitt had 7, Shelby Davis and Dani Dyer had 6, Kylie Reynolds had 4 and Camille Travis a lone 3 point shot in the first quarter.


McKenzie Rebels Remain Undefeated

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels defeated the Humboldt Lady Vikings and Vikings on Saturday evening at McKenzie High School to celebrate their homecoming event.  The Lady Rebels took advantage with  presure defense turnovers by the Lady Vikings and took the win over the Lady Vikings 63 to 42 in one of the best games of the season.  Lilly Bennett led the lady Rebels with 18 points, Shelby Davis added 15 and Freshman Kylie Reynolds had 13 with three 3 points shots.  Dani Dyer had 9 and Anna Callahan had 8 in the win.

The Rebels remain undefeated and hold a 1st place ranking in the state with their win over Humboldt.  The Rebels got a small revenge from last years state tournament elimnationj by the Vikings with the win on Saturday.  The fast paced game was certainly exciting to all in attendance and the Rebels pulled away with a 76 to 61 win although the Vikings cut the lead to 10 at one point in the second half.  Lucas King tossed in a total of 23 points on the evening to lead four men in double figures.  Lazarick Hill had 16, Nate Whitsell 12 and Micah Austin 11.  Lane Horton had 9 for the Rebels, Witt Mitchum 4 and Caleb Gill 1.

The McKenzie squads will be on the road Tuesday night with another district game against the West Carroll War Eagles.  Air time for the game will be 5:45 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.

McKenzie Rebel Homecoming Court

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie High School basketball homecoming court was recognized on Saturday night in homecoming festivities.


Pictured left to right above are homecoming court members Carrie Becker, Kennedy Green, homecoming queen Shelby Davis, Lilli Taylor and Jenna Tucker.    (Pictures from Michelle Jarrett)

McKenzie Rebels Honor Football Team

Mc Kenzie, TN-The Mckenzie High School football team and cheerleaders received awards this last week at their annual football banquet.  Pictured below are the senior cheerleaders and football players.




Outstanding players recognized at the football banquet. Pictures by Michelle Jarrett.

Bethel Coach Reaches a Milestone

McKenzie, TN - Bethel University Coach Chris Nelson reached a milestone with his 300th victory as a head coach last week.  The No. 15 Lady Wildcats defeated Stillman College 76-38 to bring Nelson's record to 300-142 in his 14 years at Bethel.


Nelson said following the win, “Tonight was good to get off to a strong conference start. Our girls practiced hard after returning from Christmas break and they were excited to play. I thought we shared the ball exceptionally well and did a good job adjusting to the different looks they threw at us. We were proud of our defensive effort and for sustaining that effort after half time.”

He also added concerning the 300th win, "It's crazy to think how fast time can fly but I am bery thankful for the players, coaches, and trainers that have helped our program along the way.  That’s a lot of scouting reports from coaches, a lot of great players we have had and ice packs by trainers that have taken care of these student athletes.”

Senatorial Candidate Meets Locals

Huntingdon, TN - US Senate candidate Bill Hagerty held a meet and greet session on Friday afternoon at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.  The meeting room was packed with local government officials, area city officials, and state representatives as well as citizens from the area.

Hagerty vacated his position as Ambassador to Japan, an appointment from President Trump, to come back t o the states and specifically Tennessee to as he put it, "Make a difference for the people of Tennessee."  Hagerty was a businessman from Galatin, TN and was very active in the success of the Trump presidential campaign.  He has received the endorsement of Presdent Trump in his bid to fill the US Senate seat being vacated by the retiremnet of former Governor and now Senator Lamar Alexander.

"I'm bringing a conservative Christian perspective to take a businessman's point of view to the situation in Washington." "With a family of four I want to make sure that we leave the right kind of values.  I'm going to battle the socialist view that permeates the Democratic Party."


Candidate Bill Hagerty, Senator John Spencer, Rep. Andy Holt and Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler, listen as Hagerty speaks to those in attendnace.  Greeting Hagerty after the meeting was Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelly. Pictures David Jackson

LifeLine Blood Services Updated Schedule

McKenzie, TN - The Lifeline Blood Services mobile collection van will be in the area over the next few days and encourages you to celebrate the national volunteer blood donor month by saving a life and giving blood..  Locally the blood mobile will be at the following locations:

Save A Lot parking lot Friday January 3 from 12-6 PM. 

Milan Hospital January 6, Monday from l 2-6 PM,

Main St. Church of Christ in Milan Wednesday Jan. 8 from 3-6 PM

AHC (Senior Living and Rehab in Paris) Wed. January 15 from 9:30 to 12

TN Valley Community Church Paris Wed. January 15 from 2-6 PM

Huntingdon Health and Rehab Wed. Jan. 15 from 10-12..

First Pentecostal Church Huntingdon Wed. Jan 15 from 2-6 PM

TCAT of McKenzie Friday Jan. 17 from 9-1.

West Carroll Elelmentary School Friday January 17 from 12:30 - 5:30 PMMcKenzie Healthcare and Rehab Jan. 20 from 12-4

Southside Church of Christ Dresden Jan. 20 from 1-6

Dresden Elemntary and Middle School Jan 30 from 12-5:30 PM

All donors get a "Chill Out Give Blood", Navy, Long Sleeved T-shirt.

Bill Hagerty Visit to Carroll County

Huntingdon, TN -The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will provided an opportunity for local voters to meet and speek with United States Senate Candidate Bill Hagerty Friday January 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Chamber office 20740 East Main St. in Huntingdon.  If you wish to attend you can contact the chamber at 986-4664.


By hosting this event, it is not an endorsement of any candidate. The Chamber will host a meeting for any candidate seeking statewide office that request a meeting. The Chamber believes that it is important for our members to hear from and provide input to candidates seeking statewide office.


TCAT McKenzie Presents Recent Graduates


McKenzie, TN - The Fall trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McKenzie ended with graduation on December 18, 2019 with a ceremony at the McKenzie First Cumberland Presbyterian Church led by Dr. Bradley White, President. The guest speaker for the ceremony was Carroll Bank and Trust President, Mark Warren. Mark’s life is centered on his strong ties to the community, his faith, and his family.

A total of 29 students participated in the Fall 2019 Graduation Ceremony. The students who completed requirements for certificate or diploma levels are: Administrative Office Technology (AOT)—Hannah Torres from Martin; Automotive Technology (AUTO)—Jesse Bell from McKenzie; HVAC/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)—Blake Garner from Cottage Grove, Dusty Griffin from Milan, Brady Knott from Buchanan, Colin Nunn from Dover, Dylan Powell from Stewart, Austin Prater from Huntingdon; Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation (IM)—Joshua Crocker from McKenzie, Evan Harrison from Paris, Ty Hendrix from Yuma, Blaine Lee from Gleason, Heath Smith from Greenfield, Dustin Wade from Huntingdon, Bailee Webb from Yuma; Information Technology Systems Management (ITSM)— Katherine Browning-Blaylock from Gleason Machine Tool (MT)—Alex Bertino from McKenzie and Joshua Thomas from New Johnsonville; Welding—Jared Ackroyd from Paris, Cody Bates from Paris, Houston Brunmeier from Martin, Tavis Bryson Jr. from Milan, Ben Colvett from Huntingdon, Logan Gantt from Huntingdon, Blake Mills from Greenfield, Rusty Sawyers from Dresden, Elcana Williams from Paris; Welding Weakley County—Steven Boone from Huntingdon and Hendrix Taylor from Martin. Following the ceremony a reception honoring the graduates and their families was held. For more information about the programs offered at TCAT McKenzie call 731-352-5364, new classes begin January 6th, 2020.



Pictured from left to right;

First Row: Tavis Bryson Jr., Katherine Browning-Blaylock, Hannah Torres, Jesse Bell, Colin Nunn, Austin Prater, Blake Mills, Dylan Powell, Brady Knott, Cody Bates, Logan Gantt, Ben Colvett

Second Row: Jared Ackroyd, Bailee Webb, Heath Smith, Joshua Crocker, Bailee Webb, Blake Garner, Dusty Griffin

Third Row: Joshua Thomas, Alex Bertino, Rusty Sawyers, Elcana Williams, Hendrix Taylor, Houston Brunmeier, Steven Boone, Ty Hendrix, Dustin Wade, Evan Harrison

TNAchieves Still Short of Mentors in Carroll County

Nashville, TN - Carroll County is still short by 7 the number of mentors needed for the coming year for the tnAchieves mentoring program. State wide the program has achieved the goal of 9000 volunteers but some counties in our area are still a few mentors short.  Carroll County, as of December 10, is still in need of 6 mentors.

The time you spend working with students as they transition from high school to college is instrumental to their success and the success of our program. Our staff of 28 cannot provide meaningful supports for the more than 64,000 students that applied this year. The work you do in small groups to eliminate barriers associated with post-secondary education is the reason TN Promise students are graduating at a rate 21 percent higher than their peers at the same institution!

If you know anyone that is interested in helping to close this gap, they can apply at www.tnachieves.org/mentors/apply.

Photography Classes Start at the Dixie In January

Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center is excited to offer Spring 2020 Photography Classes under the dynamic instruction of world-renowned photographer Jim Veneman beginning Thursday, January 9th. 

Photography classes at The Dixie will be held on Thursdays: Jan 9 - Feb 20.

As a part of the session, students will have the additional education opportunity of displaying their work in an exciting photography exhibit, Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 7:00 pm at The Dixie.

Two unique sessions are offered - a Beginners Class and a Special Projects class. Read the descriptions below for more information and a link to tickets.

  • The class fee is $185 / per student / per session.
  • Students are responsible for having their own digital photo-taking device (camera, phone, etc.).
  • Students take classes in order starting with the Beginners Class.
  • There is no age limit but students are recommended to be in Middle School or above.

More details concering the beginning and special projects classes can be found on the Dixie web page DixiePAC.net


Mitchum Signs With Kansas State

McKenzie, TN -


Witt Mitchum, senior standout at McKenzie High School signed his commitment to a football scholarship to Kansas State University during a ceremony Wednesday in the library at the high school.

Mitchum had offers from Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Southern, Kansas, Liberty, Middle Tennessee State and Rice.

Mitchum is an offensive tackle and with his signing, Kansas State landed another piece to its 2020 recruiting class.

The offer from Kansas State came just last Monday and Mitchum quickly made it to Manhattan for his official visit.

The commitment is considered a massive get for Kansas State and offensive line coach Conor Riley.

Mitchum is the son of Sherry Mitchum, San Antonio; brothers Brooks Mitchum, San Antonio; and Luke Mitchum, McKenzie; and grandparent D.K. Mitchum of McKenzie.

His coach at McKenzie is Wade Comer.

Photo: Family and Coach Comer with Witt Mitchum at the signing ceremony. Anna Comer photo.

Rebels Continue Their Winning Ways

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels continued their undefeated season taking on Peabody High School on Tuesday night in McKenzie.  The Rebels won with a running clock for the second time this year 68-34.  The Rebels were led by Lazarick Hill with 25 points, Witt Mitchum tossed in 10 coming off the bench.

In the girls contest the Lady Rebels defeated Peabody 53-45.  Shelby Davis led the scoring with 18, and Anna Callahan was in double figures as well with 13.  Peabody's Ce Ce Johnson lead the Golden Tide with 15.  The Rebels and Lady Rebels will travel to Stewart County tonight (Dec. 19) before Christmas break.   They Lady Rebels will play in the Gibson County Classic on Friday the 20th.

Christmas tournaments will see the Lady Rebels playing at Westview while the Rebels will be participating in the Huntingdon shoot out.  Both of these are December 26th-28th.

Sign Up For Songwriters Across Tennessee

Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is set to expand its second annual Tennessee Songwriters Week in 2020 with the addition of qualifying rounds across the state. Starting December 9, songwriters can sign up to perform at qualifying rounds at venues across Tennessee the first two weeks of February.

McKenzie is a Qualifying Round Venue we have 10 spots remaining, register @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-qualifying-round-venue-tn-songwriters-week-tickets-85538960333

McKenzie Welcomes Praters Tater

McKenzie, TN - McKenzie is welcoming a new location of Praters Taters on the square as they open for business in downtown in the old TNT Pizza business December 17.


Mistletoe Christmas In McKenzie

McKenzie, TN - Mistletoe Christmas events kicked off Thursday in McKenzie and will be continuing through Monday evening with "firehouse chili" of at all places the firehouse in McKenzie from 4:30 to 6:30. A Luminary Church walk with be from 6 until 8 pm.

Friday evening participants can enjoy Ice Skating on Banner Row and singers @ the downtown square.  Polar Expres ant the depot and the Polar Express Movie at the Park Theatre at 7:30.  Don't worry about food as food trucks will be downtown for all to enjoy.

Saturday kids can enjoy Breakfast With Santa at the Methodist church from 8-11.  Ice Skating later in the morning till 8:00 at night.  Rides on the Polar Express and the movie at the theatre at 1:45.  Renaissance at Bethel will perform at 2:00 PM and again on Sunday at 2:00.

Trezvant Christmas Parade Monday

Tresvant, TN - Monday at 7:00 PM the annual Christmas Parade will be held with line-up starting at 6 at the elementary school.

28 Mentors Needed For Carroll County

McKenzie, TN - With only four days remaining until the application deadline, tnAchieves still needs 1,678 volunteer mentors across the state.  Carroll County still needs 28.

Mentors serve as an important resource for students as they transition from high school to college. They provide reminders, serve as a resource and offer encouragement for students as they work to achieve college success. Many who use TN Promise will be the first in their family to go to college and simply need a little extra guidance and encouragement through the process.

tnAchieves mentoring only requires a one hour per month commitment. While the time commitment is small, the impact on a student’s life can be significant.

“tnAchieves’ success lies in its community-based approach. Mentors offer a local support system for TN Promise students as they make the leap from high school to college,” said tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro. “No experience is required as tnAchieves prepares you to help students navigate the transition. If you have one hour a month and are willing to support students as they reach their full potential, you can be a great mentor!”

Potential mentors must be 21 years of age, are subject to a background check and must complete a one hour training session. tnAchieves will provide weekly updates and support throughout the mentoring process! You can learn more or become a mentor today by completing an application by December 6 at tnAchieves.org/mentors/apply!

tnAchieves is a privately‐funded scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Tennessee student to earn a post‐secondary degree.

If you have questions about the tnAchieves mentoring program, please contact Graham Thomas at (615) 604-1306 or graham@tnachieves.org.

Polar Express This Weekend

McKenzie Rebels Start Off Hot

McKenzie, TN - The Lady Rebels and Rebels started off the season last week with some excellent games.  Although the lady Rebels lost their opener with Lexington they showed that this year is going to be improved and better.  The Rebels won their opener with Senior Lucas King topping the 1000 point mark for his career.  The Rebels are hoping to build and return to the TSSAA State Tournament again this year.  The Lady Rebels also look to go deep into the playoff picture as well.

Lucas King shoots over a Crocket County defender in action Saturday night.


Mckenzie, TN - TheTennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie recently conducted a very successful "canned food" collection the for the United Neighbors of Carroll County.  The annual event involved a competition between classes to see who could raise the most donated cans.  The Automotive Technology class, led by instructor Dan Townsend, was the first place winner with a total of 70 cans per student for a total of 851 cans.  Over 2000 cans were donated and will be distributed to Carroll County residents through the United Neighbors proram. 

Thanks go out to all the instructors, administration and staff for their participation in making this years food drive a real success.  New classes for TCAT will be beginning January 6th so it's not to early to contact the school for more information.  Call 731-352-5364.

Students pictured are from Administrative Office Technology Program and Automotive Technology Program.

Staycation Offered By Harmony Hill

Huntingdon, TN - Harmony Hill, a part of the Americare Assisted Living program, is offering a “Winter Wonderland Staycation at Harmony Hill”.  Administrator Adrienne Wade notes that, “Winter is a tough time both for aging adults and their children.  Children are often concerned for the health of their parents during the rough winter weather and it’s also a lonely time for many whose children may not be close to home.”  “We hope to allow aging adults to have a safe and secure location where they can fellowship with others, enjoy warm delicious meals every day and have planned activities 7 days a week.”


TCAT McKenzie Receive Training

Automotive students from Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie were trained by Mark Stauffer, Manufacture Representative, from Hunter Engineering Company Corporate on how to use the new Hunter Tire Changer. TCAT McKenzie is proud to be the only TCAT in West Tennessee to have this state of the art Hunter Engineering Company Tire Changer that is being adopted by car dealers. The Auto34S tire changer is the most advanced leverless tire changer in its class. It combines simple operation and unmatched capability to easily and safely change the world's toughest tires and wheels.


Pictured: Mark Stauffer, Manufacture Representative, from Hunter Engineering Company Corporate and Automotive student Charles Casteel from Camden

West Carroll Advances Rebels Fall Short

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football season came to an end on Friday night as the Rebels had to face a extremely talented Peabody football team on the Trenton turf.  The Rebels lost by a score of 48-0.  Peabody will host Memphis Fairley on Friday night as Fairley defeated Union City by a score of 34-6.  The winner of the Fairley/Peabody game will play the winner of Riverside/Forrest contest to advance to the semifinals.

The West Carrol War Eagles continued to advance in playoff hopes with a victory on Friday night over Memphis Middle College 28 to 14.  West Carroll Will travel to take on Lake County, who remains undefeated in regular and playoff season.  The winner of Friday nights contest will take on the winner of the undefeated Huntingdon Mustangs who will travel to play Huntland who had 3 losses in the regular season, this Friday night.

Henry County will take on Region foe Dyer County on Friday night at Patriot stadium in Paris.  Henry County defeated Clarksville High 42 to 14 while Dyer Co. defeated Southwind 41-14.

Rebels Basketball Season Begins Tuesday Night

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel basketball season gets underway Tuesday night with a Hall of Champions game against Lexington High School.  David Jackson and Mitch Evans will be courtside for this game and 11 more regular season games plus any play off games in whcih the Rebels or Lady Rebels will be participating.  The Rebels will be trying to once again travel back to Murfreesboro this spring to participate in the TSSAA Blue Cross Blue Shield State Tournament.

Other games to be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will include:

11/19    Lexington

11/26    Dresden

12/6      Obion County

12/10    Westview

12/17    Peabody

1/7        Clarksburg

1/11      Humboldt

1/14      @ West Carroll

1/17      Huntingdon

1/28      Bruceton

1/31      West Carroll

2/7        @ Huntingdon

     Air time for the games will be at 5:45 with tip off at 6:00.

Carroll County Hunters Can Feed Hungry This Holiday Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 12, 2019) – With deer season in full swing and the holidays quickly approaching, Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is accepting donations in Carroll County to help feed local families in need. Statewide, more than 75 processors are collecting donations to feed fellow Tennesseans.

In Carroll County, that includes CMR Processing and Kendall's Deer Processing . Contact information and a full list of processors is available at tnwf.org/processors.

Thanks to the generosity of hunters, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 7 million meals of healthy, lean protein to hungry Tennesseans. This is important all hunting season long but takes on special meaning during this time of year.

“Hunters for the Hungry had its second-best year in 2018—providing more than 581,000 meals to families in need,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “We are looking to keep that momentum going during the holidays and into the New Year. Carroll County hunters can play a big part.”

When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations. One deer provides as many as 168 meals.

In an abundance of caution, Hunters for the Hungry is partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to test every deer donated within Unit CWD for the disease. Hunters for the Hungry will also test many of the donations made outside Unit CWD in Region 1. 

There is no evidence CWD is transmitted to humans, but the CDC still recommends against eating CWD-positive meat. So, all donations that test positive for CWD will be discarded. 

Only whole deer donations will be accepted in Region 1, which includes Unit CWD. Pound or Pack donations, which allow hunters to give a portion of their harvest, will continue to be accepted in the rest of the state.

Currently, hunters can drop off a whole deer donation at no cost to them. Each year, Hunters for the Hungry covers tens of thousands of dollars in processing fees for donations. If deer donations surpass available funding for this season, hunters can pay a reduced, $50 processing fee or redeem a Deer Coin.

For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.

McKenzie Rebels Advance in 2A Playoff

Memphis, TN - The Mckenzie Rebels were victorious over the Mitchell Tigers in Memphis on Friday night and will advance to the second round playoff game against a highly talented Peabody squad this Friday night in Trenton.  The Rebels outscored the Tigers to gain the victory 28-6.  Peabody remains undefeated through the regular season and into the playoffs.


Other Carroll County Schools advanced as well with the Huntingdon Mustangs overpowering Richland 56-0 and will host Cornersville. West Carroll amassed 62 points to defeat Memphis East's  total of 36 and will play at Memphis Middle.

Other 2A schools:  Riverside will play Waverly.  Union City will travel to Fairley.

3A dvision Milan advance to play Woodgate.

4A Lexington travels to Springfield and Haywood will host Ripley.

5A Henry County will host rivel Clarksville high who beat Munford 29-28.  Dyer Co. will play at Southwind.

Lake Co. defeated Booker T. Washington and will play MASE.

Breakfast And Bid Reminder!!

The McKenzie Rotary Club Breakfast and Bid Auction is Saturday, November 9th at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie from 7am until 10am.The event features a pancake and sausage breakfast, buy-it-now items, and a live auction. Some of the top items are: a set of tires, two $2000.00 scholarships to Bethel University, two All sports passes to Bethel athletics, two Apple i pods, curio cabinet, Sav-A-Lot gift certificates, carwashes, coolers, and so much more there are too many to list.  Breakfast is from 7am until 9am.

Chamber of Commerce Basketball Tonight

Huntingdon, TN - College hardwood basketball gets underway at Crisp Arena tonight (Nov. 1) and tomorrow (Nov. 2) in the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Classic.  Teams from New Orleans, Owensboro, Campbellsville, and Bethel University.  Admission is just $5.00 each day.

Tonight games will start with a 6:00 game with Campbellsville taking on Dillard from New  Orleans.  Followed with Bethel taking on Brescia from Owensboro at 8:00 P.M.

Saturday afternoon will feature Brescia taking on Campbellsville at 2:00 and Dillard against Bethel at 4:00 P.M.

McKenzie Rebels Wrap Up Regular Season

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football regular season will come to an  end tonight at Randy Thomas Stadium in McKenzie as the Rebels host the Adamsville Cardinals.  The Rebels, with a win, will enter the first round of playoffs next Friday night but will not know until after this evenings contest who or where they will be playing.  There seems to be a slim possibility depending on the outcome of the Union City Halls game tonight and a victory themselves could put McKenize in the number two position and host the first round game. 


Picture from Michelle Jarrett and an earlier game this season with Dresden.

TCAT Pet Food Drive A Real Success

McKenzie, TN - Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie held a Pet Food Drive to help the Carroll County Humane Society. All programs were encouraged to participate with the incentive of the winning program receiving donuts. Students collected over 1000 lbs. of pet food/ supplies. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program won by collecting 25 lbs. per student. TCAT McKenzie adopted the #smallschoolbigheart a few years ago due to our students always being willing to support their local community and school activities. According to administrative assistant Patricia Barnett, "TCAT may be the small technical school on top of the hill but we attempt to make a big change in our students and community."  For more information about the programs offered at TCAT McKenzie call 731-352-5364. New classes begin January 6th, 2020.


TCAT Elects SkillsUSA Officers

McKenzie, TN -  Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) McKenzie recently held the local SkillsUSA chapter election for 2019-2020 officers. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student take a step further and excel in leadership skills. The new officers will be helping with upcoming events such as the Fall Fest, Veterans Appreciation Day, Canned Food Drive and additional TCAT McKenzie activities throughout the year.


The elected local officers are as follows: Steven Boone from Huntingdon, enrolled in Welding Technology Dresden Campus, Alex Branson from Martin, enrolled in Welding Technology Dresden Campus, Jesus Barcenas from Trenton, enrolled in Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning Technology (HVAC), John Back from Cedar Grove, enrolled in HVAC, Jordan Hinson from Hollow Rock, enrolled in Administrative Office Technology, Corbin Butler from Martin, enrolled in HVAC, and Jonathan Cash from Atwood, enrolled in HVAC. TCAT McKenzie wants to thank and congratulate these students and look forward to seeing them succeed. For more information about the programs offered at TCAT McKenzie call 731-352-5364. New classes begin January 6th 2020. Pictured front row: Jesus Barcenas, Jordan Hinson, and Jonathan Cash; back row: Steven Boone, Alex Branson, John Back, and Corbin Butler.

Halloween Fall Festival Bruceton Life Care Center

Bruceton, Tenn. - Life Care Center of Bruceton will have it's 1st Annual Fall Festival tomorrow afternoon beginning at 4:00-7:00.  All proceeds from silent auction and cake walk go to benefit the alzheimer's association. Events include silent auction, games, pictures, costume contest for kids-judged by residents of Life Care.

Department of Tourism Grant For Park Theatre

McKenzie, Tenn.--Officials with the Tennessee Department of Tourism presented a check for $47,500 to McKenzie city and Carroll County officials for upgrades to the historic Park Theatre in downtown McKenzie. The marquee of the city-owned theatre will be replaced with the grant monies.

On hand in addition to state officials were McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, County Mayor Joseph Butler, State Sen. John Stevens, members of McKenzie city council and local business owners. (Photo by McKenzie Economic Development).  

Carroll County Chamber Banquet Monday Night

Huntingdon, TN - Five special individuals will be honored with awards on Monday night at the 37th Annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet.  2019 Carroll Countian of the year will be John Everett Williams, 2019 Agri-Business/Farmer of the year is Smith Farms, 2019 Business Person of the Year is John D'Adamio owner of Wendy's in Huntingdon and Martin, and Carroll County Business of the Year is Peppers Ford in McKenzie.  Special recognition will also be given to Keller Smith for the Youth Achievement Award.

There will be a silent auction beginning at 6:15 and the program and dinner will begin at 6:30.  Tickets are available by calling  the chamber office at 986-4664.

Off Duty THP Officer Charged with DUI in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Multiple agencies are reporting that an off-duty Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer was arrested earlier this week in Paris by Paris Police and charged with driving under the influence.


Paris Police found a gray pickup truck, still running, early Monday morning, and found THP Trooper Daryl Veliz, slumped over in the driver’s seat. Several open containers of alcohol were in plain view as well, according to a spokesman from the THP. Veliz did poorly on the field sobriety test. A loaded Smith and Wesson was found in the truck as well. The THP did say Veliz was off-duty at the time of the arrest Monday morning.

Veliz was also charged with violation of implied consent, and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. The trooper has been placed on discretionary leave with pay pending an internal investigation.


$10,000 Scholarship Presented TCAT McKenzie

McKenzie, TN-   The Gene Haas Foundation presented TCAT McKenzie with a $10,000 Scholarship. Gene Haas initially formed the Gene Haas Foundation to fund the needs of the local community. The Gene Haas Scholarship is used as an incentive for Machine Tool students. Students who excel in the program have received tool sets in the past. Thank you for investing in TCAT McKenzie students and technical education!


TCAT McKenzie Vice President, John Penn Ridgeway, Haas Foundation Rep, Adam Smith and Machine Tool Instructor, Zak Crider. For more information about programs offered at TCAT McKenzie call 731-352-5364. New classes begin January 6, 2020.

McKenzie Rebels Win Over Dresden

Dresden, TN - The McKenzie Rebels were victorious over the Dresden Lions on Friday night in Dresden.  McKenzie defeated the Lions by a score of 42-7.

Pictures by Michelle Jarrett.

McKenzie attempts a field goal.

McKenzie had a sticky defense against the Lions.

Micah Austin makes a cut against the Lions.

Commodity Food Distribution Sign Up This Saturday


The Commodity Food Distribution signups in McKenzie will be this Saturday from 8:00 until 12:00 P.M.  You must sign up to receive distribution.

Congrats! Lady Rebel Soccer and Golf

McKenzie, TN - The Lady Rebel golf team fell a little short of the championship hardward on Wednesday at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchaster falling from 2nd place position after the first day of the state tournament to take home fourth place position.  Coach Larry Joe Smith was very proud of this years men's and women's squads.  "We played well on the first day but had a little trouble on the second, but I'm proud of these young ladies who have battled all season long."


The Lady Rebels Golf Team was represented by Maggie Glass, Juleyanne Weatherford and Whitley Smith.  Logan Green represented McKenzie as an individual qualifier.

Golfers faced a chilly 60 degree, cloudy and windy weather on Tuesday.  The Lady Rebels Golf Team was led by Maggie Glass with a 75 (3 over par), Juleyanne Weatherford with a 92 and Whitley Smith with a 101.  Wednesday's weather had improved to sunny and clear.  The ladies were led by Maggie Glass with an 86 to complete her 2 day score of 156, Juleyanne Weatherford shot a 95 to complete her 2 day score of 187 and Whitley Smith had a 102 to complete her 2 day score of 203.  In an extremely close match, the ladies ended up in 4th place only 3 strokes away from 2nd place Adamsville and only 1 stroke away from 3rd place Sale Creek.   Maggie Glass claimed the 4th place individual medalist with her score of 156, which included 9 pars and 3 birdies on Day 1 and 9 pars on Day 2.


For the gentlemen, there were 64 participants as individual qualifiers.  Logan Green shot 82 on Day 1 with 8 pars.  On Day 2 he shot 87 with 5 pars and 1 birdie.  His 2 day score total was 169.   He was in 29th place. The 1st place medalist was Evan Woosley Reed, who shot an impressive 6 under par, 2nd place was Aiden Collier with an even par, 3rd place Braedon Wear, shooting only 1 over and ending with 4th place was Foster Wood with a 3 over par.

The McKenzie Lady Rebel Soccer team traveled to Westview High School on Thursday and captured the district tournament championship with a 2-0 win over the Chargers.  The Lady Rebels will host the first round of the Regional tournament next week in McKenzie.  Details will be forthcoming as to times and dates.

McKenzie Rebel football travels to Dresden this evening for a non-region game be sure and tune in on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 with Craig Lunn and John Davis for all the action.

Boo Bash 2019

McKenzie, TN - Downtown McKenzie will be the scene for the 2019 "The Great Big Old-Fashioned Frighteningly Fun Family Boo Bash, October 24 from 5:30-8:30 PM.  Costume Contest for 0-2 year olds, 3-5 year olds, 6-9 year olds, 10-14 year olds and Fearsome Families as well.

The city of McKenzie will be providing plenty of food for dinner, at a nominal charge, and Bethel University will be handling the desserts.  Children can enjoy Trunk or Treat, Games, Haunted Train Rides, Hay Rides and Pumpking bowling along with bouncey houses as well.  The McKenzie High School is preparing a spectacular Haunted House in the Farmers Market.

It's going to be loads of fun for everyone.

McKenzie Elementary Announces Fall Festival


Baptist Memorial Home Care & Hospice "Superior"

Huntingdon, TN - Baptist Memorial Home Care and Hospice have been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a "Superior Performer" for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year.

Baptist Memorial Home Care & Hospice is a home health partner of Baptist Memorial Hospital and part of a joint venture partnership with LHC Group, a national provider of in-home healthcare services with 32,000 employees operating locations in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

The annual SHPBest™ award program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. The 2018 award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 2,500 home health providers. With the largest HHCAHPS benchmark in the nation, SHP is in a unique position to identify and recognize organizations that have made patient satisfaction a priority and have been rewarded for their efforts with high marks on the HHCAHPS survey.

Lady Rebels In 2nd Place in State Golf Tourney

Manchester, TN - The Lady Rebel golf team of Maggie Glass, Juleyanne Weatherford and Whitley Smith are currently in 2nd place in the TSSAA State golf tournament at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, TN.  Glass shot a was 29 over. Glass shot 3 over par 75 good for a 3rd place position.  Weatherford is in 21st place, The Lady Rebel team is in 2nd place trailing by a single stroke as play begins this morning.


Whitley Smith and other players prepare for tee time at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester in the first day of the TSSAA State Golf Tournament.  (Picture from Lady Rebel Golf Facebook page.)

Logan Green advanced to the state tournament as an individual competitor andshot a 10 over par and 21st position as play continues today.


Coach Smith, Loagn Green and his dad Adrian get ready for the first round in the state tournament in Manchester.  Picture from Facebook page.

McKenzie Rebels Defeat Gibson Co 21-13

The Gibson County Pioneers scored first on Friday night in the battle between the Rebels and the Pioneers and led at half time 7-0 but the McKenzie Rebel squad bounced back to tie the game in the third quarter on a Micah Austin 8 yard TD run and completed PAT.  Action was hot and heavy in the final period with Austin scoring on a 2 yard and a 58 yard run.  The Rebels failed to convert on the first two point conversion but Logan Lyles was able to burst into the end zone one the second to make the score 21 to 7.  The Pioneers would come back though and score another touchdown but failed to convert their two point conversion.


                            (Evan Jarrett looks down field in an earlier contest with Stewart Co.)

Evan Jarrett was 9/14 in passing for 114 yards in the contest.  Logan Lyles halled in 5 passes for 56 yards and Will Latimer caught 3 for 54 yards.  Micah Autin carried the ball 27 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns wth the longest run of 58 yards on the night.

Eli Surber and Witt Mitchum both had 4 tackles and Surber one interception. while Mitchum and Chris Barnett both had tackles for loss.

The Rebels will travel to Dresden next Friday night for a 7:00 game the Lions are 2-5 on the season  1-3 in their Region.

The Rebels are 2-1 in 2nd place in Region 7- 2A and 3-3 on the season.  The Rebels still have to face region foes Union City and Adamsville and non-region appoinent Obion Co in McKenzie. in their three final regular season games. The Rebels are currently in second place and trying to keep their homefield advantage for playoffs alive.


Lady Rebels Advance to State Golf Tournament

McKenzie, TN - The Lady Rebel golf team captured the Region championship this last Monday and will advance to the state tournament at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester next week.

Lady Rebel Maggie Glass led the team with a 73 (1 over par), followed by Juleyanne Weatherford with an 80 (her best round ever) and Whitely Smith with a 106 for a 5 stroke win over Milan.  Maggie Glass claimed 1st place as individual medalist. Juleyanne Weatherford claimed 3rd place as individual medalist after a play-off hole that she won to claim the medal.  The Lady Rebels golf team wore blue ribbons on their caps in honor of Coach Larry Joe Smith's mom, Doris Smith, who passed away earlier in the week.


           (Logan Green and Lady Rebel team with coach Smith.  Photo from Facebook)

Teams in Region 7 included: McKenzie, Milan, Gibson Co., South Fulton, Huntingdon, Union City, Clarksburg, Gleason, Dresden, West Carroll, Westview, Halls, and Camden.

The Rebel golf team fell short on repeating as Regions 7 champs this year finishing as runners up.  Logan Green, shot an 82, followed by Johnathan Moore with an 84, Nathan Nanney’s 90, and Nolan Renfro’s 96 to complete the team’s score of 352. The men's squad was 11 strokes behind Champions Gibson Co. Logan Green claimed the 4th place as individual medalist and also advanced to the state tournament.

Rebels Drop Game to Stewart County

Dover, TN - The McKenzie Rebels travelled to Stewart Co. on Friday night for a non-region football game against the Stewart County Rebels.  McKenzie was handed a loss by a score of 20 to 14.  More stats will be provided later.

McKenzie Rebel Golf Teams Advance In Region

McKenzie, TN - Both the McKenzie Rebel golf teams advanced to Region Tournament play this coming Monday in Milan, TN. following Monday and Tuesday District 14 Tournament play at Persimmon Hills Golf Course in Sharon.  39 young men participated in the tournament representing: Peabody, Gleason, South Fulton, Bradford, Greenfield, Gibson Co., Union City, Westview, Dresden and McKenzie. 

The Rebel men’s team came in 3rd in  the competition with a team score of 350.  Union City had a 340 and Gibson Co. came in first with a 338.  All three teams advance to this Monday’s regional tournament.  McKenzie Rebel Johnathan Moore shot a 78, Logan Green had an 80, Nathan Nanney had a 92, and Nolan Renfro had an even 100.  Johnathan Moore came in in 3rd place individually after a playoff with Carter Walton of Union City.  It took four playoffs on the 18th hole before Johnathan won to bring home the 3rd place medal.  Logan Green was in a playoff for 5th place but lost on the first playoff hole just missing the 5th place medal.

In the ladies Tuesday tournament the Lady Rebels captured the District 14 Championship for the 3rd straight year.  Maggie Glass led the Lady Rebels with a 3 over par 76.  Juleyanne Weatherford had an 89 and Whitley Smith contributed a 94 in her final district tournament.  The Lady Rebels defeated their closest rival Gibson County by 41 strokes.  Greenfield came in in third place.  All three teams advance to the Region tournament in Milan next week.  Glass, Weatherford, and Smith medaled in the competition with Glass taking 1st place honors, Weatherford claimed 3rd place and Smith brought home the fourth place finish.


Rebel Football Travels to Stewart Co. Tonight

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football team travels across the rivere tonight to take on the Stewart County Rebels in a 7:30 contest.  The Rebels are coming off a homecoming win agains Halls High School last Friday night.  You can listen to all the action on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 in McKenzie.

LIFELINE Blood Services Announce Changes

Jackson, TN - LIFELINE Blood Services announces changes in rules for blood donors who have been deferred from giving blood due to cancer. Some of these individuals, if cancer free for five or more years, can now be reinstated as blood donors.

However, donors who have a history of any type of Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Multiple Myeloma will not be able to donate blood.

“For many years, volunteer blood donors who have survived cancer have been disappointed and discouraged that they could no longer help save lives by giving blood,” said Nikki Watlington, LIFELINE’s Director of Quality and Regulatory Services. “This change is an exciting and positive message that we are happy to share with the community and hopefully, many of these dedicated individuals will want to come back and start giving their gift of life once again” she added.

If you believe you may qualify to give blood, based on this new information, please obtain a written statement from your doctor that includes type of cancer, date of diagnosis and date certified cancer free and submit it for approval by LIFELINE’s Medical Director. This letter can be faxed to LIFELINE Blood Services at 731-424-1574, to the Attention of Christie Martin.

Also, if you have questions or need more information, you may call Christie Martin at 731-633-0272. LIFELINE is looking forward to welcoming back many faithful volunteer blood donors thanks to this change in blood donation eligibility requirements.

Winner In LIFELINE Joe Mahan Car Giveaway

Paris, TN  - This last week the winner of the Ford Fiesta given away by Joe Mahan Ford in Paris was presented keys to the new vehicle.  Jennifer Ozment, of Dyersburg was one of the hundreds of blood donors who gave blood this summer during the Joe Mahan Ford Blood Donor promotion.

The risk of summer blood supply shortge is something that LIFELINE Blood Services has to deal with each summer.  Jeff Mahan from Joe Mahan Ford agreed to donate a 2019 Ford Fiesta.  LIFELINE blood donors who donated blood at all blood drive locations June 1 through August 31 were eligible to win the car.

Over 5000 lives were saved through these efforts.  "We cannot thank Joe Mahan Ford enough for helping encourage people to give blood during the summmer months," said Tonya Johnson, Director of Community Services, LIFELINE Blood Services.  "Because of their generosity, the message that lives depend on volunteer blood donations was heard and people responded," she added.


Joe Mahan and Dianne Mahan present the keys to a new Ford Fiesta to Jennifer Ozment and her husband David as winner of the LIFELINE blood donor Joe Mahan Ford new car giveaway.

Huntingdon Heritage Day Festival

Huntingdon, TN - It is time once again to celebrate Huntingdon Heritage Day Festival with the Town of Huntingdon. On Saturday, September 28, from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., all are invited to Huntingdon’s historic Court Square to join this free all-day special event honoring the rich history of Carroll County and its county seat, Huntingdon. 

This year marks the 27th annual Heritage Day and its longstanding tradition, and the festival’s schedule promises to deliver fun and entertainment. Festival goers can expect to enjoy a cruise-in, pony rides, inflatables, ISTEA train rides, face painting and mudslinger’s pottery, and vendor booths for jewelry, clothing, crafts, food, snow cones, and ice cream, along with music and entertainment acts on two stages.

The Carroll Bank & Trust Bandstand Stage will host a variety of live music acts:
11:00 am -12:00 pm Brooke & Leslie Cooper and Frank Dodd of 24 Seven
12:30-1:30 pm The Jordan Skoda Band
2:00-3:00 pm John & Anna Eaton 
3:30-4:30 pm The Old 23rd District
The children’s stage, sponsored by the Huntingdon Animal Clinic, will feature family entertainment from:
11:00 am Paris Landing State Park Birds of Prey Presentation
11:30 am Dixie Carter PAC Reading of "Llama, Llama" by Trudy Radford 
12:00 pm Paris Landing State Park Reptile Presentation
12:30 pm Carroll County Library presents "We're Wild About Reading"
2:00 pm Birdsong School of Music Mini Concert
2:30 pm HHS Science Club
There will be a corn-hole tournament hosted by Huntingdon First Baptist Church. Registration for the tournament will be from 9:00-11:00 and the tournament will last from 11:00-1:00. You can sign up at the First Baptist Church booth located in front of The Zone.
There will also be a Heritage Festival Main Street 5K Run that will take place on Saturday morning. Registration for the run begins at 7:00 a.m. and race time will start at 8:00 a.m. The run will start at Hometown Fitness located on the court square. There will be awards given for each age group. Come and run for St. Jude!

The festival will also honor a local family with deep community roots who has contributed positively to the legacy of Huntingdon with its prestigious Pioneer Family Award. This year’s recipient is the Ed and Sarah Smith Family. The Town of Huntingdon 2019 Outstanding Citizen Award will also be presented to Mike Cary.
For more information about this free event, contact Huntingdon City Hall at 731-986-2900.


Rebels Tame the Tigers 41-6

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Halls Tigers by a score of 41-6 on Friday night to move their season record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 7-2A.  The Rebels will be in action again next Friday night as they travel to Stewart County.



                                   (Pictures by Michelle Garrett)

Senior Night McKenzie Golf

McKenzie, TN - The Rebel Golf Teams traveled to Milan TN September 16th  to play at the Milan Golf & Country Club. The course sits on rolling terrain with narrow, tree-lined fairways. The greens are plush and fast. Large trees and water hazards come into play throughout the course. The teams played holes 10-18 for a 36 par. The shortest hole on the course is # 11, a par-3 that plays to 141 yards from the back tees and #12 is known as a challenge by the course with its 378 yard par-4 . It was a touch and go match for the ladies who played against the Milan Bulldogs. Once all of the ladies turned in their scorecard and the numbers were tallied, this just was not our day to conquer the opponent. Our Lady Rebels accepted today’s challenge and played with their hearts remaining united as a team. Scoring as follows Maggie Glass with an even par of 36, followed by Juleyanne Weatherford’s 43, Whitley Smith’s 44 and Kristin Bradberry with a 59. The gentlemen earned wins over Milan and West Carroll. Johnathan Moore earned match medalist honors with a 38 , 2 over par, next was Logan Green coming in with a 43, followed by Nolan Renfro’s 45 and Nathan Nanney’s 47 that completed the team’s score of 173. The Rebels beat Milan on their home course by 7 strokes.


September 17th proved to be a great afternoon for REBEL GOLF! The Rebels ended their regular season with a beautiful sunset, Senior night and WINS!!  The afternoon started with Senior Night. Whitley Smith is our only senior this year. She is a 3 ear member of the McKenzie Rebels Golf Team and has represented our school and community with sportsmanship, class and pride both on and off the course. Whitley is the daughter of Clint and Cassie Ellis.  The ladies earned wins against Gleason, Clarksburg and Huntingdon. Match Medalist Maggie Glass led the team with a 36, which included birdies on hole 7 & 8, Juleyanne Weatherford was next with a 41 that included a birdie on hole 6, Whitley Smith ended with a 42, which included 3 pars. The teams ending total put them well ahead of their opponents. The ladies record is now 28-7.  The gentlemen secured their wins led by Match Medalist Johnathan Moore with a score 32, which included birdies on hole 1, 5 and 7 and as he was ending on hole 9, he got an impressive eagle, next was Logan Green with a 41, including an off the green chip in on hole 7 for a birdie, Nathan Nanney had a 43, which included a birdie on hole 9 and a strong finish, Nolan Renfro completed the teams score with a 43 and a strong finish for him also. The gentlemen also had a good margin of victory. The gentlemen's record is now 38-9.


Dixie Announces Season Shows

Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie in downtown Huntingdon announced their upcoming shows for the year and the beginning of season ticket sales.  Accordin to a press release previous season and series ticket holders may purchase tickets in advance on Thursday, September 19th from 10 am - 4 pm by phone or in the box office only.  Tickets go on sale for all other patrons on September 23 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone or online.


Bethel Wins Home Opener

   Bethel's Blake Meadors crashes in for a score.  Picture from Bethel SID Dave McCulley

MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel Wildcats used three passing touchdowns and one rushing score by freshman quarterback Blake Meadors to win their home opener beating spunky Warner University 35-20 Saturday at Wildcat Stadium in McKenzie. The players and fans battled temperatures in the mid-nineties in what was the 450th game in Bethel program history. Bethel improved to 2-1 while Warner dropped to 0-2.

Warner’s Trevon Jackson scored on a seven yard run at the 11:07 mark to give the Royals the lead. Santiago Tovar hit the extra point and Warner led 7-0.

After being shutout in the first quarter, Meadors carried it in from two yards out and after the point after by Rodrigo Campos the game was knotted at seven all at the 7:35 mark of the second stanza. With 1: 33 left in the half, Meadors hit Dieuly Aristilde on a 70-yard strike to give Bethel a 14-7 lead.

The only score of the third quarter was a 31-yard field goal by Warner’s Tovar.

Tovar hit a 37-yard field goal one second into the final quarter to pull the Royals within one at 14-13.

The Cats kicked the game into high gear after the Warner score and scored four times to put the game away. Meadors hit Davius Prather on a 27-yard score to up the lead to 21-13. With 8:23 left Meadors rushed from two yards out to make it 28-13. Four minutes later he hit QuaShawn Ford on a 14-yard pass to give the Cats a comfortable cushion at 35-13. With just over a minute left in the game Warner scored on a 76-yard interception return by Jacob Ross and the game ended 35-20.

Bethel had a 437-314 advantage in total yards. The Wildcats were outgained on the ground 195-165 but had 272-119 margin in passing yards. Bethel had a 35-20 margin in first downs. Both teams had their share of penalties as Warner was flagged for 12 for 131 yards. The Wildcats had seven Infractions for 95 yards.

Meadors was 11-of-21 in passing for 249 yards. He also rushed for 33 yards in the victory. Caleb Nelson caught five passes for 90 yards. Prather had two receptions. Anthony Hughes led Bethel in rushing with 84 yards on 20 carries.

Javon Wilson had a huge day for Warner leading all rushers with 142 yards.

Bethel’s Jakobe Griffin led all tacklers with 13 on the day. Jeremy Beaulieu followed with nine tackles. Jeremy Johnson had eight tackles while David Miller finished with seven total hits. Daquan Lee led Warner with eight total hits. Johnson had an interception for Bethel.

In his first career home win Coach Michael Jasper said, “I won’t ever complain about getting a win, but I will say that win was sloppy. Hats off to Coach Talley and his staff. They threw some wrinkles at us offensively and they had their guys ready to play. If we are going to get where we want to go, we must play to our standard and do so consistently no matter the opponent. We had flashes of a championship team and flashes of .500 team. It can’t be that way. Thankfully we go into a bye week and have an opportunity to get better. I'm proud of how our young men fought but I know and they know we haven’t scratched the surface of how we can play.”


Carroll County Brings Pope Carnival for Fair Week

Huntingdon, TN - The Carroll County Fair is underway at the fairgrounds in Huntingdon and includes entertainment from the Pope Entertainment supplying the carnival rides.  Tonight is 10 bracelet night.  Activites are planned for throughout the week including go kart races and tractor pull toward teh end of the week.

Fair TIme In Carroll County

Huntingdon, TN - It's Carroll County Fair time once again Sept. 16-21 at the Carroll County Convention Center in Huntingdon. Beauty pagents will get underway Saturday the 14th.  A new event this year will feature a night of Southern Wrestling Superstars including WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler, Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler, "Superstar" Bill Dundee, "Dangerous" Doug Gilbert and many others.  Bell time will be at 7:00 in the Convention Center.  Attendees this year can enjoy a carnival, monster truck rides, circus, petting zoo, tractor pull and go kart races.  Fair Books can be picked up at many area locations.

Rebel Golf Teams Continue to Roll

McKenzie, TN - The Rebel and Lady Rebel golf teams continue to play well in area action over the last week.  Monday both teams were in action at Carroll Lake Golf Course hosting Milan, Camden and Huntingdon.  The ladies were victorious over Huntingdon but lost to Milan by 6 strokes.  Maggie Glass led the lady Rebels with a 42, Juleyanne Weatherford shot 49, Kristin Bradberry had a 51 and Whitley Smith had a 53.  The men's squad secured wins over Huntingdon, Milan and Camden.  Johnathan Moore led with a 1 under par 34, nathan Nanney had a 43 while Logan Green and Matt Espey both had 44.


              Whitley Smith lines up a putt in competition this week.

Tuesday the Rebels hosted play with Henry County, Trenton and Gleason. The ladies were victorious over their 3 opponents.  Maggie Glass led the ladies with a 38 followed by Juleyanne Weatherford with a 41 and Whitley Smith with a 49. Match medalist for the girls was Maggie Glass. The Lady Rebels match record for today was 3-1. Season record for the Lady Rebels Golf Team is 22-6. The gentlemen were also victorious over Henry County and Gleason. When the final scores were tallied, the Rebels topped Henry County by 7 strokes. Johnathan Moore led the Rebels with 40, followed by Logan Green and Nathan Nanney each shooting a 42, Matt Espey and Nolan Renfro each had a 48, which completed the team’s score. Match medalist for the boys was Johnathan Moore. The gentlemen's match record for today was 2-0. Season record for the Rebels Golf Team is 28-9.


                  Johnathan Moore putts in competition earlier this week.

Thursday the Persimmon Hills Golf Course was the setting for the High School Golf match with Westview, Union City, Greenfield and Trenton. The ladies came out on top with a victory over Union City, Trenton and Greenfield.  Match medalist Maggie Glass led the team with a 2 over par (39), followed by Juleyanne Weatherford with a 41 and Whitley Smith with a 42. The ladies won by 31 strokes or better against their opponents. Those wins bring the ladies record to 25-6.The gentlemen celebrated a win as well, winning by only 3 strokes to Union City.  The other victories over Greenfield, Trenton and Westview was 25 strokes or better.  Johnathan Moore led the gentlemen with a 41, followed by Nathan Nanney with a 42, Logan Green with a 48 and Nolan Renfor with a 48, bringing their record to 31-9. 

McKenzie Banner Now Under New Ownership

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Banner, a part of Tri-County Publiishing, which has been in operation in McKenze for over 70 years hasn't really changed hands as Joel and Teresa Washburn, owner and editor recently purchased the total of shares owned by his brother Jeff and Jennifer Washburn of Tri-County Publishing.

In regard to the future of the newspaper, Joel Washburn had this to say in a written statement to be published in the print edition of the newspaper this week:

“The Dresden Enterprise will continue as a community newspaper serving Weakley County, said Joel Washburn, publisher. This week, the newspaper has a new design and a new flag – the nameplate at the top of page 1.

“My brother, Jeff and I have been in the publishing business for more than 40 years.  “I thank Jeff for his many years of service to the community and the industry. I will rely on his continued support to improve your community newspaper,” said Joel. “I hope to build on the tradition of the printed newspaper and add new online offerings.

“A community newspaper relies on the support of local citizens and businesses. We thank you for your support in the past and hope to earn your support in the future,” concluded Washburn.


Downtown Historic Tour Sunday 2:00 PM


                                   (Picture courtesy of the city of McKenzie)

McKenzie, TN - The 150th Historic McKenzie Committee has planned a free event for this coming Sunday and we're sure to please history buffs and anyone who wants to know more about McKenzie's colorful history.  Guided tours of downtwon will highlight such events as the great Bank of McKenzie robbery.  What U.S. Presdient visited McKenzie, the mule day as well as notorious saloons around teh square that were the scene of carousing, fights, and murders.

Five McKenize High School and Bethel College Graduates will conduct the tour that beings at the Park Theater as part of the Tennessee Main Street Program.  In case of rain the event will be held on the following Sunday, September 22 at 2:00 PM.

McKenzie Rebel Golf Update

Blue skies greeted high school golfers on Tuesday September 3rd for the 2019 Patriot Classic Golf Tournament hosted by Henry County High School at Paris Landing Golf Course. This is an annual 18-hole competition with a four-player total for boys and a three-player total for the girls.

There were 10 teams in the girl’s competition for a total of 33 girls competing. Teams participating were Clarksville, Henry Co., Dickson Co., Mont Central, FRA, Creek Wood, Stewart Co., Rossview and South Gibson. McKenzie Girls finished in 4th place. Maggie Glass shot 80, Juleyanne Weatherford shot 96 and Whitley Smith shot 98 for a total team score of 176. Match Record for the tournament 4-6.


           Juleyanne Weatherford and Maggie Glass get in a few practice putts.

For the boys, 12 teams participated for a total of 74 boys. Teams participating were Clarksville, Henry Co., Dickson Co., Clarksville Academy, Mont. Central, Creek Wood, Union City, Stewart Co., FRA, Rossview, and Houston Co. McKenzie boys finished in 7th place. Johnathan Moore shot 76, followed by Logan Green with a 92, Nathan Nanney with a 93 and Nolan Renfro with a 103 for a total team score of 364. Match record for the tournament 5-7.

While neither team placed in the top three, the boys and girls gained valuable experience playing in the 18-hole event as the greens were fast and challenged them.

On Thursday September 5th, the Rebel Golf Teams traveled to the Humboldt Golf Course . The greens had been recently aerated, which is a preventive maintenance. It's an annual process, typically preformed in mid-summer. The process involves punching little holes into greens (and sometimes fairways) to open up growing room for grass roots and helps keep the turf grass healthy.

Playing at Humboldt along with McKenzie was TCA, South Gibson, USJ and Madison.

The ladies lost by 1 stroke to South Gibson but claimed the win over Madison. Maggie Glass shot 36, followed by Juleyanne Weatherford’s 40, Whitley Smith’s 46 and Kristin Bradberry’s 53.

The gentlemen lost by 13 strokes to TCA but claimed wins over South Gibson, USJ and Madison. Johnathan Moore, Logan Green and Nathan Nanney each shot a 38 in today’s match, Matt Espy and Nolan Renfro coming in with a 46 and Ben Dillon shot a 47.


Community Wide Worship At Paul Ward Stadium

Huntingdon, TN - The Huntingdon Football Field and Paul Ward Stadium will change from shouts of encoouragment, cheerleaders, and football competition to a place of praise and worship on Sunday evening September 15th.

The community wide service will feature over 100 local members who have joined together as a mass choir and ochestra from 10 different churches.

One of the organizers, Brent Dilahunty said, "This is the third year for this event and each year we've had over 1000 people in attendance.  We hope for even more this year."  The event kicks off at 7:00 PM this next Sunday evening.


Rebels Fall to the Trenton Peabody Golden Tide

The McKenzie Rebels played hard but came up short in their battle with the defending state champion Trenton Peabody Golden Tide Friday night by a score of 42-0.  Peabody sits on top of the region undefeated.  McKenzie is now  1-2 on the season and 0-1 in Region 7-2A play.  Next week McKenzie will be off with their open date coming early in the season.

 Coach Comer encourages the Rebels following their loss on the road. 

  (Picture Michelle Garrett)

Dyersburg Resident Wins Joe Mahan Fiesta

Jackson, TN - Cherie Parker with Lifeline Blood Services, recently announced the winner of the Joe Mahan Ford Forf Fiesta from this summers blood drive donations.  The Ford Fiesta was donated by Paris auto dealer Joe Mahan Ford.  Parker said, "We are so appreciative of the effort all have made to keep the blood flowing in the Lifeline Blood Mobile collection this summer.  Your efforts helped save peoples lives." 

The winner of the 2019 Ford Fiesta was Dyersburg resident Jennifer Ozment.  According to Parker the presentation of the new vehicle will be held later this month at the dealership in Paris.

TCAT Summer Perfect Attendance

Pictured; Top row: Riley Simmons, Jacob Jarboe, Charles Porter, Nathan Kyle, Jared Ackroyd, Zachary Carr, Tavis Bryson, and Houston Brunmeier. Middle row: John Back, Jesus Barcenas, and Derek Bagby.

Fifteen students achieved perfect attendance for the 2019 Summer Trimester at TN College of Applied Technology at McKenzie.  Those students receiving Perfect Attendance Certificates were: Administrative Office Technology- Jayann Johnson from McKenzie, Automotive Technology – Charles Casteel from Camden, Charles Porter from Huntingdon, Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)—John Back from Cedar Grove, Derek Bagby from Palmersville, and Jesus Barcenas from Trenton, Industrial Maintenance Integrated Technology- Heath Smith from Greenfield, Information Technology Systems Management (ITSM) Jacob Jarboe from Dresden and Riley Simmons from Union City, Machine Tool Technology- Nathan Kyle from Martin, Welding McKenzie Campus – Jared Ackroyd from Paris, Houston Brunmeier from Martin, Tavis Bryson from Milan, and Zachary Carr from Milan, Welding Dresden Campus- Hendrix Taylor from Martin Not pictured- Heath Smith from Greenfield

TCAT McKenzie would like to congratulate these students on their outstanding achievement.

Welding Dresden Campus Instructor, Jeremy Tucker, Hendrix Taylor, Jayann Johnson, and Charles Casteel.

McKenzie Rebels now 1-1 on Young 2019 High Schgool Football Season

McLemoresville, TN - The McKenzie Rebels bounced back this week to defeat the West Carroll War Eagles by a score of 30-12.  The win gives the Rebels a season record of 1-1 with a huge game next week against the Trenton Peabody Golden Tide in Trenton.  Peabody is 2-0 and defeated Sheffield last night by a score of 47-0.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Huntingdon, TN - Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County laboratory ws recently awarded accreditation with the prestigious College of American Patholigists Accreditation Committee, based on results of a recent on-site inspection.  Medha S. Godbole, MD, laboratory director at Baptist Carroll County, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.  The hospital's laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilites worldwide.

Baptist Carroll County CEO and administrator Susan Breeden said, "We are so honored that our facility was chosen for this notable diistinction.  It is a testament to our execeptional staff, who have worked tirelessly to create and refine a high standard of care."


    L to R Brent Oatsvall, Director of Laboratory, Karen Townsend, Sherry Castillo.                                                              (Photo From Sarah Pitcher)

McKenzie Middle School Rebels Win Over West Carroll

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel Middle School squad defeated the War Eagles of West Carroll Thursday night with a final score of 38-14.  McKenzie won the toss and deferred to the second half allowing West Carroll to have the ball folloing the opening kick off.  West Carroll was unable to score and McKenzie scored on their first possession with a Tate Surber to Stafford Roditis pass and run from 19 yards out to take a 6-0 lead.

McKenzie's Brady Brewer intercepted a pass at the West Carroll 20 yard line and returned it for a touchdown.  Drew Chappell converted the two point conversion and McKenzie led 14-0.  McKenzie would score one more time in the first half with Surber calling his own number on a 3 yard run itno the end zone and then would complete the two point conversion to lead at half time 22-0.

Drew Chappell would score on the first possession in the second half and follow up with the two point conversion to give the Rebels a 28-0 lead.  West Carroll would score on a Jaxon Mimms pass to Titus Taylor Jr. to put 6 on the scoreboard and complete the two point converstion on a pass from Mimms to Daelon Drassal.

The fourth quarter would show a touch down for each team with McKenzie's Colt Norden scoring and the two point conversion being completed by Landon Brown.  West Carroll's Jaxon Mimms would connect again with Taylor for another War Eagle touchdown late in the fourth to end the game with a final score of McKenzie 38 and West Carroll 14.

Rebels Travel to West Carroll Tonight

The McKenzie Rebels High School team will travel to West Carroll tonight for a Friday night contest.  They will be trying to rebound after their loss to the Huntingdon Mustangs in their opening season game last week.  You can listen to the broadcast with John Davis and Craig Lunn on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.

Congratulations Cody Huff Collegiate Champion

Spring City, TN - Congratulations go to both seniors for the Bethel University Basscats, Carter McNeil and Cody Huff for advancing to the national championship of bass fishing, the Carhart Bassmaster Classic Bracket Series on Watt's Bar Lake.  Cody Huff became the 2nd Bethel student to win the Classic after John Garrett won in 2016.  He went on to participate in the 2017 Bassmaster tournament.


Huff came out on top on Thursday with a five fish limit catch to best fellow teammate Carter McNeil.  With the win Huff received $7500 for travel during the next year as well as a new Toyota Tundra and Nitro Bassboat fully equiped for use in tournaments over the next year.  Coach Gary Mason said, "We are excited to have had four of our teammates to advance to the classic and two to make the final pairing yesterday." "Bethel University is proud to have two representatives that have won the Bassmaster Classic Bracket Series."  "That's a special accomplishment for our team and the school."

There won't be much time off for the Basscats as Thursday marked the end of the regular season for the fishing competition but the new season starts the 1st week in October.  The Bethel squad, coached by Gary Mason, hass 27 team members from 10 states.

Bethel Fishermen Will Face Off Tomorrow

Spring City, TN - Teammates Cody Huff and Carter McNeil will square off against one another tomorrow with the winner advancing to the Geico Bassmaster Classic later this year after they both outlasted their opponents in the 2nd round of the Bassmasters Classic Bracket Series today in Spring City.

Huff came in today with the largest five fish limit of the Clssic Bracket.  Huff's Bethel University teammate Carter McNeil.  Coach Gary Mason said, "These guys are really excited to be at this point.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fish in the biggest fishing tournament in the world for one of our anglers."  "No matter which one wins, they have both proved that they are the two best anglers in the Bassmasters Classic Bracket series and in the nation.  That's something to be very proud of." 


                            (Photo from Bassmaster Web page)

Area Wide Football Broadcast WHDM and WRQR

Paris, TN- WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and WRQR 97.5 FM AM 1000 will be broadcasting several area wide football games over the next several weeks.  The season kicked off with broadcasts of the McKenzie/Huntingdon Middle School games on August 15 followed by McKenzie/Henry Co. last Thursday.   The rest of the schedule is listed below for middle school and one 9th grade game.  Game time each evening is at 6:30 with pregame at 6:15.

August 29   McKenzie at West Carroll   

Sept. 19      Henry County vs Inman

Sept 26       Inman @ Martin

Oct. 3           Grove at McKenzie (9th Grade)

Bethel Fishermen Advance

Spring City, TN- The second day of fishing competition in the Carhart Bassmaster Classic lauched this morning with four competitors remaining and two of them representing the Bethel University Basscats team.  Cody Huff and Carter McNeil both from Bethel are in competition with Trey Shoeder of McKendree University, and Conner Dimauro of Bryan College.

Huff is fishing against Schroeder today.  Carter is facing Connor Demario.  The winner of the event will win an the opportunity to fish the Bassmasters Classic in 2020.

Updates can be followed on the Basstraker site.  At 9:52 am this morning Cody Huff was leading the pack with 5 fish in the livewell weighing 13' 14 oz.  Team mate Carter McNeil was in 2nd with 4' 7 oz. ahead. of the 3rd place fisherman by just 1 oz.  Fishing continues until 3:00 P.M. eastern tim today.

Fire Destroys Auto, No Injuries


 McKenzie, Tenn.–No one was injured in an early-morning car fire in McKenzie which destroyed the vehicle. According to a report from McKenzie Fire & Rescue Safety Officer John Nelson the occupants were already out of the car and the fire was already heavily involved when the first police units arrived at the scene. Fire & Rescue was paged out at 1:41 a.m. to 19190 Hwy. 22 near Carroll Memorial Garden. Fire & Rescue Officer in charge was Capt. T. Marr. (McKenzie Fire & Rescue photo).  

Bethel University Sends Record Four Student Anglers to Bassmasters Classic Bracket

SPRING CITY, Tenn. - Bethel University will have four student anglers from the Bethel Bass Team competing in the prestigious Bassmasters College Classic Bracket next week. Only the top eight anglers from Bassmasters gets to compete in this championship tournament and the prize for the winning angler is getting to fish in the Bassmasters Classic next spring.

This is the second time in the history of the Classic Bracket series one program has had four out of the eight anglers competing from the same school.  Bethel University is the only college to hold that achievement.

John Garrett of Bethel won the Classic Bracket in 2016 becoming the only Collegiate Angler from his home state of Tennessee to ever fish in the Bassmasters Classic. John competed in the 2017 Bassmasters Classic against the top 55 professional Bass fishing Anglers in America.

Bethel had four Anglers in the Classic Bracket series competition in 2017 but lost out to Bryan College during the competition. This year’s event will see Cody Huff, Cole Floyd, Carter McNeil, and Garrett Enders competing for the title.


                                         (L to R Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd)


                                          (L to R Garrett Enders and Cody Huff)

Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil won the Bassmasters College National Championship earlier this summer in Dayton TN while Garrett Enders and Cody Huff finished that tournament in third place sending all four Bethel Anglers to the Class Bracket Series. The series will be held August 27-29 on Watts Bar Lake near Spring City Tennessee.

Two team members from McKendree University in Illinois and two anglers from Bryan College in Dayton TN will also be competing for the title.

“We wish all four of the Bethel Bass Cats great success”, said Coach Mason of the Bethel Bass Team. “These guys have taken on every team in the nation that fished in the Bassmasters College trail and have earned the chance to compete for the biggest prize in the sport of Bass fishing.”

Sweet Tea Festival Enjoys the Barrons

McKenzie, Tenn.--The Barons musical group of Paris drew a huge crowd Saturday night at the Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival in downtown McKenzie, as did the Bethel Renaissance performers. Indeed, there was much to entertain the crowds, including numerous arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, petting zoo and a carnival. During the intermission between the Barons and Renaissance performances, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland introduced the family of the late Dr. Volker Winkler who presented a bench in his honor for the city's Splash Pad, which also is located downtown. Winkler's daughter Kirsten Sass thanked the people of McKenzie for remembering their father and their family. In photos, The Barons entertain; Bethel Renaissance troupes dance and sing; the family of Dr. Winkler present donation and thank the city of McKenzie.




                        (Shannon McFarlin photos).

McKenzie Rebel Golf

The Rebels Golf team traveled to Magic Valley Golf Course August 22nd, located in Camden TN to take on Henry County, Camden and McEwen. Magic Valley is a 9 hole course featuring 3,082 yards from the longest tees for a par of 36.

The Lady Rebels won by 2 strokes against Henry County and was led for the 4th time this season by Maggie Glass with a 41, Juleyanne Weatherford with a 46 and Whitley Smith with a 51. Match medalist for the girls was Maggie Glass. The Lady Rebels record is 7-0.


The gentlemen swept their opponents by 20 strokes. Logan Green led the Rebels with 38 , followed by Johnathan Moore with a 39, Nathan Nanney shot a 43 and Matt Espey completed the team's score with a 48. Match medalist for the boys was Logan Green. The gentlemen's record is 9-0.


                                         (Picture by Regina Green)

Front row: Juleyanne Weatherford (Sophmore), Maggie Glass (Junior) , Coach Smith, Whitley Smith (Senior) and Kristin Bradberry (Freshman).

Back Row: Logan Green (Junior), Johnathan Moore (Junior), Matt Espey (Junior), Nathan Nanney (Junior) , Ben Dillon (Freshman) and Nolan Renfro (Freshman).

       (Picture by Regina Green)

The golf team has another busy week coming up. Monday August 26th, they travel to Milan for a rescheduled match from this week to take on Milan and South Gibson, Tuesday August 27th, is a home match and Thursday August 29th, they travel to Paris Landing to take on Henry Co and Camden again.




The McKenzie Rebels battled the Huntingdon Mustangs on Friday night in McKenzie to start the 2019 Football season.  Huntingdon won the game 42-7.  McKenzie will travel to West Carroll next Friday night.

Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival

McKenzie, TN - The Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festvial continues this weekend in downtown McKenzie.

Christian Care Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

McKenzie, TN - The Christian Care Center in McKenzie held a ribbon cutting and open house for the public on Thursday as they displayed renovations that have taken place over the past year and continue to further growth. The facility for long care treatment received Join Commission Accreditation recently. Only 6% of long care facilities in the country are accredited.


Vice President of Christian Care Centers, Sandy Deakins points out the continued extension plans for Christian Care Center to McKenzie resident Steve Bomar.

Chamber executive Brad Hurley and Carroll County Mayor Josepeh Butler tour the Christian Care Center in McKenzie during its celebration on Thursday.

McKenzie Dog Park Opens

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Dog Park was officially opened Thursday with Randy Boyd having the honor of cutting the ribbon.  The Randy Boyd Foundation previiously presented a check for $25,000 to the city of McKenzie for the park, which paid for six new benches, two water fountains, two dog tidy poles with clean-up bags and a sign at the entrance.  The dog park, which is located next to the McKenzie Recreational Park on Como St.  Dogs must be at least six months old and have their shots to romp in the park.


                                               (Jennifer Waldrup photo).  

McKenzie Rebels Kickoff Friday Night

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football campaign begins Friday night with the Rebels playing host to cross county rivals the Huntingdon Mustangs.  Game time is 7:30 and all games will be aired on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 in McKenzie.  Be sure to join Craig Lunn and John Davis from the ACS Verizon broadcast center for all the action all year long.

The Rebels schedule will include a visit to neighboring West Carroll followed by a trip to Trenton before the open date on Sept. 13.  They will return home for a game with Halls then travel to Stewart Co. Gibson Co. and Dresden.  The final three regular season games will be at home with Unioin City, Obion Co. and Adamsville.  The Rebels hope to advance into region play following regular season action.


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 chrisedlin62@gmail.com 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

                                             (Photo from Kandi Ellis)

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.

Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith of Briarwood Christian School out of Alabama go wire-to-wire to win back-to-back Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Championships at Kentucky Lake out of Paris, Tenn., with a total of 50 pounds, 1 ounce. Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

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 Fair

McKenzie, 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 mckenzieindustry@gmail.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.


A 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 Merchant

Paris, 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


Posted By Shannon McFarlin

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.

Columbus Replica Ships On their Way to Paris Landing

The replica ships heading from the Tombigbee Waterway Tuesday morning. (Columbus Ships Facebook page photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- After multiple attempts to get here the last couple of weeks, the Columbus Replica ships, Nina and Pinta, have finally cleared the Tombigbee Waterway in Alabama and Mississippi and are on their way up the Tennessee River towards Buchanan. The ships, according to posts from area residents, arrived Wednesday and will open for tours Thursday May 23d and remain docked at Marker 66 at Paris Landing until May 29th, according to their website, ninapinta.com.

The hours are 9am to 6pm for tours at a cost of $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors age 60 and older, $6.50 ages 5-15, and kids under 4 getting in for free. More information can be found on Columbus Ships Facebook page or thenina.com.

TCAT McKenzie Hosts Open House

McKenzie, TN – Over 80 family members and students from TCAT McKenzie participated in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology open house this past Tuesday.  Participants were able to speak with instructors and staff during the event.  Financial Aid Supervisor, Jo Wallace, answered questions about funding while TSAC Outreach Specialist, Eric Farmer, helped current high school students file dual enrollment grant scholarship forms.  Deanna Poole from Skill Up TN, Skip Keil and Cori Schroeder from Vocational Rehab and Shirley Smith from Southwest TN Reconnect were also in attendance.


Pictured left to right: Vincent Kemp-Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation Technology student, Patricia Barnett-Administrative Assistant, Hannah Torres-Administrative Office Technology student, and Jacob Landers-Information Technology Systems Management student. These along with several others participated in the TCAT Open House on Tuesday. 

McKenzie Rebel Joins SID At Bethel

McKenzie, TN - Alivia Green, daughter of Adrian and Regina Green in McKenzie will continue her athletic interests by joing the Bethel University Sports Information Department.  The graduate of McKenzie High School played on the McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team was an honors graduate and member of several school programs as well as having had perfect attendance.  Bethel's Director of Sports Information Dave McCulley commented, "We are excited to welcome Alivia to our SID team. She is an impressionable young lady from a great family. We are always happy to sign a local student and know she will be a valuable part of our efforts. She has great communication skills and that is a big part of what we do as we cover 28 sports and over 700 student-athletes each year."


                                     (Picture supplied by Bethel University)

Fillies Fall 7-1 To Columbia Academy 7-1

Columbia, TN - The Huntingdon Fillies traveled to Columbia Academy last week in an attempt to enter Spring Fling play this week in Murfreesboro.  The Fillies lost in the game 7-1 ending their season.

The McKenzie boys soccer team fell in the effort to continue play to Memphis Business 7-0 to end their season.

Gibson County softball will play Sale Creek in the opening of Spring Fling softball at Murfreesboro on Tuesday.  The double elimination tournament will continue through Friday.

Union City Girls Tennis advanced to participate in the Spring Fling on Tuesday against Signal Mountain.

Rebel Men's Soccer Update

McKenzie, TN - According to Assistant Principal/Assistant Football Randy Thomas, the match with Memphis Business Academy will be played Saturday at 7:00 PM at Crump Stadium in Memphis.

Huntingdon Fillies Lose To Summertown but Advance

Huntingdon, TN - The Huntingdon Fillies softball team lost in the championship game of region play earlier this week to the Loretta High School squad but advance to the next round at Columbia Academy this evening.  Congratulations to the lady fillies.

Area High School Graduations

McKenzie, TN -  Several area high school graduations have already been celebrated while others will be occuring all around our area tonight and on Sunday.  Bruceton Hollow Rock Central graduated 42 seniors last Friday night and Clarksburg High School 17.  Huntingdon graduated 78 on the 12th , West Carolll graduates 64 last Thursday and McKenzie will graduate 108 this Sunday. 

Neighboring Weakley County: Dresden with 79, Gleason with 30, Greenfield with 48 and West View with 129 will celebrate graduation tonight at 7:00.

Henry County High School will graduate 293 students this evening at Patriot Stadium.

McKenzie Rebel Soccer Loses But Still Advancing

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel Mens Soccer team llost 4-1 to Memphis Douglas High School in the Regional Championship game last night but will advance to play in the "sub-state" round against Memphis Business Aacademy in Memphis.  Time has not been set at this point for the game.

Electrical Outage Update

Huntingdon, TN - According to Carroll County Electric General Manager Danny Brawner, a main transformer at the substation near Granges in Huntingdon exploded causing a disruption in power for a major portion of Carroll County last evening effecting 11232 customers.  Power was restored within a timely and safe manner.   According to Brawner, "Crews had to find out the source of the problem and follow safety precautions in order to complete the work and get power back up and running."

5th Friday Night Gospel Singing

Huntingdon, TN - Carroll County Civic Center will be the site for the 5th Friday Night Gospel Singing May 31st in Huntingdon.  Admission is free but a love offering will be appreciated. Refreshments can be purchased and the doors will open at 4:30 with entertainment beginning at 6:00.


Rebel Soccer to Play Today at Bethel

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel men's soccer team will take on Memphis Douglas at Bethel University this evening (Thursday) at 6:00.  The Rebels defeated Gibson County last week in the finals ofr the district championship to advance and host this evening.  GO REBELS!

"And Then There Was One"

Loretto, TN - With a 4-0 loss to the Loretto Mustangs the McKenzie Rebel baseball team was eliminated from the Regional baseball tournament.  The Huntingdon Mustangs also fell short agains Summetown setting up play between Loretto and Summertown on Wednesday eveing.  The Huntingdon Fillies won over Loretto and advance in the girls softball region tournament.

The Loretto Mustangs Blade Tidwell starter on the Mustang basketball team and finalist for TSSAA Mr. Baseball, held the Rebels to one hit during the game struck out 14 Rebel batters and gave up only one hit to senior Tyler Spivey in his last high school appearance.

Senior Chase Daffron went the distance giving up 7 hits in the contest.  McKenzie left 6 runners on base in the contest. "The ending game of a season is always a little emotional", according to Coach Chris Wall.  "We're going to miss seniors Chase Daffron, Dashun Woodson, Landon Johnson, Tyler Spivey, Luke Bennett, Murphy Watkins, Chase Colotta, and Harold Smith."

With the loss by the Rebel Baseball team the only spring sport team left now in regional action is the Rebel men's soccer team.  As of today they are scheduled to play in region action on Thursday.  Tentatively they will play at Bethel University at 6:00 but a game in Memphis today to determine the opponent could, according to Assistant Principal Randy Thomas the game could be moved to Memphis.

Rebel Baseball With Loretto To Be Aired Monday

McKenzie, TN - Game time for McKenzie High Schools baseball game with Loretto High School will be 6:00 PM.  David Jackson will be broadcasting the game on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440. You will be able to listen live on the radio, or by clicking the "Rebel" and the WHDM radio page or by calling 605-562-7986.  If you can't make the drive to Loretto then be sure and listen in for the live broadcast.

Rebel Baseball and Soccer Advance to Regional

McKenzie, TN - The Rebel men's soccer team upset Gibson County High School on Wednesday to take the championship game in District 13 soccer action. With the win they gain homefield advantage and will host the region game scheduled for next Thursday.  Hopes are to play at Bethel but that is yet to be determined.  The Rebels outscored Gibson Counnty 3-1 for the victory.

The McKenzie Rebel baseball team dropped the championship game with Huntingdon Wednesday afternoon 8-5 at West Carroll High School.  McKenzie jumped out in front 3-1 after the 1st inning but Huntingdon came back and scored 3 in the bottom of the 3rd and 2 in the 4th and 5th.  The Rebels started a come back in the top of the 7th but it faltered after scoreing 2 runs.  The Rebels will travel to Loretto Monday afternoon for the region game.  WHDM will be broadcasting live from Loretto High School and streaming on whdmradio.com.  You can also listen on your phone by dialing 605-562-7986.

McKenzie High School Wins "Hunger Challenge"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2019) – Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, announced that Morgan County High School is the regional winner of the Hunger Challenge.


Hunger Challenge is an initiative of the Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program, which connects food banks and soup kitchens with caring deer hunters. Tennessee Wildlife Federation provides funding to wild game processors across the state who then receive donated venison from hunters, process the meat and make it available to local food assistance programs. Since its establishment in 1998, more than 6 million servings of venison have been donated.


The Hunger Challenge, a point-based competition among high school clubs, was launched to provide a way for youth to participate in this effort. The challenge raises critical funds to help feed hungry Tennesseans and serves as an educational experience for students. Participating students gain important skills in humanitarianism, club-building, leadership, and philanthropy.
McKenzie High School was the Region 1 champion,  meaning the students in the Hunger Challenge club raised more money, volunteered more hours and donated more deer to Hunters for the Hungry than other schools in the region.

They were also awarded the Statewide Top School Harvester Award for donating 26 deer—approximately 4,212 servings of venison––more than any other school in Tennessee.


“The Hunger Challenge is just one example of how Tennessee Wildlife Federation is constantly working to engage youth in the outdoors,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Involvement in the Hunger Challenge teaches students respect for wildlife and what it means to be good stewards of our resources. The Federation is impressed by the commitment of these students and grateful for their contributions to the program.”
Christian Brothers High School in Memphis is the statewide champion. Morgan County High School, Smith County High School, and Jefferson County High School rounded out the regional winners.    
Hunger challenge begins again in August and schools interested in participating can visit tnwf.org for more information.


"Race To End Domestic Violence" WRAP

Bruceton, TN -  The 2nd Annual "Race to End Domestic Violence" at the Bruceton City Park Saturday May 11 with registration beginning at 3:00 P.M.  The 5K run benefits the WRAP (Women Rape Assistance Program) for West Tennessee.  Registration is $25.00.  You can register online at www.racesonline.com key word Bruceton.  The race will start at 4:00 P.M.

McKenzie High School Men's Soccer Advance

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie High School Soccer squad defeated Westview High School on Tuesday to advance to the district championship game today against Gibson County at Union City High School.  Congratulations Rebels.

Lady Rebels Eliminated, Rebels Go To Championship

McLemorseville, TN - District baseball and softball action continued Tuesday at West Carroll High School with the Lady Rebels falling in the losers bracket game to West Carroll and thus ending their tournament season.  Huntingdon went on to win the tournament with a win over West Carroll.  Huntingdon will host Loretto High School on Monday at Fillies Stadium in Huntingdon.

The Rebel baseball team defeated the Mustangs of Huntingdon 8-5 to force a championship game Wednesday (today) at 4:30 at West Carroll High School.  Jake McDaniel went the distance for the win giving up 5 runs on six hits and struck out 3 while giving up 2 base on balls. Bryant Coleman got the loss for Huntingdon.

The Rebels scored 8 runs on five hits.  Chase Daffron, Tyler Spivey, and Chase Colotta and Murphy Watkins all had hits in the game.  Bo McLemore, Brandon Lawton, Kelby Pearson and Konnor Pearson all had hits for the Mustangs.

The victory for the Rebels coming from the losers bracket sets up a championship game today (Wednesday) at 4:30 at West Carroll.  The winner will host the first round of the regional tournament against Summertown High School runner up from District 12 and the loser will head on the road to take on Loretto High School champion of District 12.

McKenzie Teams Fall Into Loosers Brackets

McLemorseville, TN - The Rebels and Lady Rebels fell into the loosers brackets after losses to Huntingdon on Monday evening.  The Lady Rebels dropped a 7-4 decision and will play Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 against West Carroll in the loosers bracket.  A win will send them against Huntingdon and give them a regional birth.

The Rebel baseball team lost to Huntingdon 3-0 and will play Bruceton on Tueday at 5:00.  A winn will send them back to face Huntingdon at 7:00 Tuesday night as well.

West Carroll stayed alive Monday night in the loosers bracket of the district softball tournament, beating Bruceton 10-0 to advance to take on McKenzie Tuesday night at 5:00.  The Bruceton baseball team won in the loosers bracket over West Carroll 8-5 to advance and take on the Rebels Tueday at 5:00.

All games are being played at West Carroll High School in McLemorseville.

McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels Both Win First Round

McKenzie, TN - It took over three hours to complete on Friday night but the Lady Rebels defeated West Carroll in their first game of the district softball tournament action at West Carroll High School.  The final score in the lengthy 9 inning contest was 6-5 and will have them playing the Huntingdon Fillies on Monday at 5:00 at West Carroll.  Another win would put them in the finals of the tournament on Tuesday should they loose they would play at 7:00 game against Bruceton, who lost to Huntingdon on Friday afternoon.  The tournament is a double elimination style play.

The McKenzie Rebels got only 5 hits in their game with West Carroll on Friday afternoon and were on their way home when the Lady Rebels started their marathon game.  They defeated West Carroll 6-1 leading from their bat in the bottom of the first inning scoring 1 then later scoring 3 in the 4th and 1 more in the 5th and 6th inning. West Carrol Scored 1 run in the top of the 7th. 

Senior Chase Daffron got the win on the mound and two rbi's in the game.  Tyler Spivey, Jake McDaniel and Murphy Watkins all had singles in the game and Daffron and Chase Colotta both had doubles in the win.  The Rebels, as number two in regular district play, will play Monday night against the Huntingdon Mustangs who came in first.  Again if they should win they would play again on Tuesday at 7:00 in the winners bracket but if they fail to win they will play a second game against the winner of Bruceton and West Carroll on Tuesday at 5:00 in the loosers bracket.

McKenzie Shooting Sports

Huntingdon, TN - With the SASP official stages of: Focus, Go Fast, In and Out, and Speed Trap, congratulations are extended to the McKenzie Shooting Sports Team for medals gathered at the TWRA 2019 SASP Tennessee Match held at the Huntingdon Shooting Complex April 26-28.


Rimfire Pistol:  Senior Division 3rd place:  Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren


Pistol Caliber Carbine:  Rookie Division 1st place:  Carli Beeler, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Molly French


Rifle Optics:  Rookie Division 1st place Wyatt Bradley, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Madelyn Morris.       Rookie Division 2nd place  Clay Fowler, Carli Beeler, Landon Pershell, Molly French.  Senior Division 2nd place   Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren.   Top 1 Men’s Division  Ashton Marr.


Rifle Iron:   Rookie Division 1st place Wyatt Bradley, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Madelyn Morris.       Rookie Division 3rd  place  Clay Fowler, Carli Beeler, Landon Pershell, Molly French.  Senior Division 2nd place   Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren



McKenzie City Wide Yard Sales

McKenzie, TN - If you enjoy shopping yard sales then today (Friday) and Saturday will be just you thing.  Local residents are setting up yard sales with the hopes that rains will stay away and they can move some of their unwanted items.  No permits are needed for the weekend sale so set up a tent, a table or two or what every suits your needs and sell your wares Friday and Saturday in McKenzie.

McKenzie Rebels Wind Up Regular Season

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels wound up the regular season preparing for Friday nights District 11 tournament at West Carroll High School by defeating the Dresden Lions 8-1,  The Rebels scored first and lead 2-0 then picked up another run in the top of the sixth for a 3 - 0 lead but Dresden scored 1 run in the bottom of the sixth cutting the lead to 3-1.  The Rebels opend up the distance with 5 runs in the top of the 7th and held Dresden scoreless for the 8-1 victory.

Chase Daffron got the win for the Rebels. West Cook had a single and two doubles, Jake McDaniel and Luke Bennett had a single and double each, Evan Jarrett and Murphy Watkins had two singles in the win, and Chase Colotta and Phillip Smith had singles.

  (Picture from last years season.  Michelle Jarrett)

Rotary Meets at McKenzie Depot

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rotary Club met at the McKenzie Industrial Board this week, enjoyed their lunch and meeting together, then toured the remodeled McKenzie Train Depot at 89 E. Bruce St.  Monica Heath with the Industrial Board informed members of the Rotary Club about some of the history of the train depot and the renovations that have been made through grants and other efforts.


Left:  Joe Neumair and Clark Brown, Rotary members discuss the improvements to the McKenzie Depot.  Right Monica Heath informs members about the history of the depot and future plans to continue improvements.

Individuals looking to make a difference in the community are encrouaged to contact any Rotary Club member.

Bethel Bass Anglers Do Well

Arkansas- Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd of Bethel University busted an 18-pound, 5-ounce bag this last weekto win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops at Bull Shoals Lake.

Starting the Championship Saturday in sixth place, McNeil and Floyd brought in the biggest bag of the day, second largest of the three-day event, to total 48  - 6. They finished 1-10 ahead of Day 2 leaders Joshua Boone and Blake Riley of Eastern Kentucky University, who weighed their smallest bag of the week at 13-15 to total 46-12.

“I’m excited about it,” said McNeil, who teamed with Floyd in a second-place finish at the 2017 National Championship on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota. “We’ve been close.

“We lost some good fish this week, everyone did. Today, when I caught our last 4-pounder, we knew we had a chance.”

With the victory, Bethel is beginning to flex its muscle in tournament action.

“This is a great thing for these two guys, and for our school,” said Coach Garry Mason, who has had angler John Garrett qualify for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. “They have almost won everywhere we’ve gone. Now they’ve got one under their belt.

“They’re going to get to fish the national championship again, so this a very exciting time for Bethel University, and also for Carter and Cole. We appreciated how hard they work.”

The Top 20 teams not already qualified for the College National Championship advance to the late summer event at a location to be announced.

After crowning a national champion, the top four teams will compete individually in the Carhartt College Bracket with the end prize being a berth to the 2020 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Rebels Final Regular Season Game Is Today

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team will wrap up their regular season play today (Tuesday) traveling to Dresden for a 5:00 game.  The Rebels dropped a game yesterday in non-district play at Bradford 13 to 3 in six innings.  Bradford scored three runs early but the Rebels would tie it later following a Jake McDaniel lead off homerun for the first run for the Rebels in his frist appearance in the second inning..  Errors and lead off batters on base came through to haunt the Rebels in the 13-3 loss.

District tournament action for the Rebels and Lady Rebels gets underway this Friday with both teams taking on West Carroll's teams.  Both tournaments are double elimination.

The Lady Rebels game with Bradford on Monday was cancelled by Bradford as they had to make up a district game before the district tournament begins.

"Race To End Domestic Violence" WRAP

Bruceton, TN -  The 2nd Annual "Race to End Domestic Violence" at the Bruceton City Park Saturday May 11 with registration beginning at 3:00 P.M.  The 5K run benefits the WRAP (Women Rape Assistance Program) for West Tennessee.  Registration is $25.00.  You can register online at www.racesonline.com key word Bruceton.  The race will start at 4:00 P.M.

McKenzie Shooters Participate in SCTP

McKenzie, TN - THe McKenzie Shooting Sports Team competed in the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program Regional Shoot early this month in Nashville.  The competition included team and individual competition.  Athletes had the opportunity to participate in the fun and challenging sports of Trap and Sporting Clays.

Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeion shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun".  A typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain.  The McKenzie Team brought home several awards for Sporting Clays.  The Intermediate Team and the Varsity Team both earned a 2nd place award.  Individual awards for Sporting Clay were Carli Beeler 2nd Place Rookie and Brayden Boyd 3rd place Rookie.  Tanner Floyd won 1st in the Intermediate Division and Trey Bowers placed 3rd.

Trap shooting is a specific form of clay targer shooting with movement, action and split-second timing.  It requires accuracy and skill to repeatedly aim, fire and break the 4 1/4 inch clay disc hurdled through the air at a speed of 42 mph, simulating the flight path of a flushed bird.  Logan Green took 1st place in the Varsity Division for the McKenzie Team.

National Day of Prayer May 2nd at Carroll County Airport

Huntingdon, TN - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the National Day of Prayer, May 2nd at the Carroll County Airport. The theme for 2019 is Love One Another, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for his Holy name. 

The public is invited to join officials and others at the Carroll County Airport on Thursday at 8:00 am, in praying for the Nation, State, County and neighbors.  Coffee and donuts will be available for those who attend.  For mor information you can contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 731-986-4664.

Rebel and Lady Rebel Baseball Softball District Action

Martin, TN - District action gets underway for baseball and softball areawide this week.  The Rebels will take on the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy on Friday at West Carrolll High School.  Further details on Lady Rebel softball will be forth coming.

Rebels Drop Two Games Thursday and Friday

McKenzie,TN - The Rebel baseball team dropped a game Friday afternoon at McKenzie City Park 7-2 to South Gibson High School.  Chase Daffron had two hits in the loss including a double, Luke Bennett, Tyler Spivey and Chase Collotta each had singles.

The night before, the Rebels were defeated by Gibson County 4-0.  The Rebels could only muster 2 hits in the game.  Chase Collata and Murphy Watkins had singles.

Lady Rebels Fall to Huntingdon,

Rebels Defeat Greenfield

McKenzie, TN,. The McKenzie Rebel baseball team defeated Greenfield on Tuesday night in a 5 inning game 10-0 while the Lady Rebels lost to Huntingdon at Huntingdon 11-1 in seven innings.

The Rebel bats created 11 hits in the five inning game with Harold Smith coming up with 4 rbi's.  Evan Jarrett was the winning pitcher.

The Lady Rebels lost to Huntingdon who sports a 24 and 3 record on the season.  Karli Brown took the loss.

The season begins to wind down for both teams at the end of the month with district tournament action set to begin following district meetings on Friday.

Lady Rebels Win Over Westview

Martin, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebel softball team won over the Westview Chargers in Martin Monday afternoon 7-3.  Camille Travis pitched 7 innings giving up two of the three Westview runs in the bottom of the 1st inning with two outs and a basehit and throwing error.  She struck out 8 batters, walked one to get the win.  Westview went down three up and three down in the 4th through the 7th innings.  Travis went four for four with a two run homer in the top of the seventh.  Amberleigh Cooper, Shelby Tucker, Chloe Williams, had singles and Karli Brown had a triple.  The Lady Rebels play at Huntingdon today (Tuesday) at 5:00. The game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 at 4:30.

2020 Vision

McKenzie, TN - He's not an eye doctor but he does have a "2020" visioin.  17 year old Cade Veazey son of Jarred and Bobbi Veazey and Jeremy and Whitney Buckalew of Paris, speaks with Congressmen Kustoff concerning his desire for an appointment to West Point Military Academy.  Veazey and attorney Brent Bradberry both were in attendance at the Good Friday legislative update held at the Carroll County Shooting Complex.


Veazey's desire to enter the military isn't something on a whim, his grand-father Jim Veazey was in the Air Force and Cade's father Jared was in the Navy.  Injured last year, he was unable to play on Henry County High Schools football team but now is recovered and will be playing this next year.  Cade is also a part of the madrigals of Henry County, National Honor Society and recently participated in the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program.  He is a member of Maplewood Baptist.


Paris, TN - WHDM station owners Gary and Janice Benton conducted the 34th annual Easter Egg hunt in Paris at Ogburn Park. The rains stopped and sunny skies greeted egg hunters.  Gary and Janice just this last week turned over the keys of WHDM, WLZK, WRQR, WMUF radio stations in Paris and McKenzie to Forever Communications.  The Benton's bought WMUF over 30 years ago and have guided its growth through the years to now have four FM and two AM stations in their group.  We wish them much happiness as they "retire" from radio.

On a personal note,  I began my radio work with WTPR in the early 70's when I graduated from Murray State University working as news director.  After teaching for 27 years I returned to work in sales with the Benton's in Paris and focusing on Carroll County area.  I couldn't find two better people to work for and with on a daily basis. Good luck to you both.  We will surely miss your presence but value your long time friendship. (David Jackson)


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