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News Director Nicki Cronkright

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McKenzie Takes on Stewart County on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Stewart County Rebels and Lady Rebels at home on Saturday, January 27th with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game to follow.

The pregame shows will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on Stewart County right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Glenn Miller Orchestra Coming to the Dixie on February 9th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- That's right the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be coming to the Dixie in Huntingdon on Friday, February 9th at 7:30pm.

Tickets cost $35 per person and you can purchase tickets online at www.DixiePac.net, by calling the Dixie at 731-986-2100 or stop byThe Dixie’s Box Office  located at 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by calling 731-986-2100.

McKenzie Faces District Opponent West Carroll on Friday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the West Carroll War Eagles and Lady War Eagles in district action at home on Friday, January 26th with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game to follow.

The pregame shows will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels take on West Carroll right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

First Baptist in Bruceton Holding Chili Supper on Saturday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The First Baptist Church in Bruceton will be hosting a Chili Supper and Silent Bake Sale Auction on Saturday, January 27th from 4pm to 7pm at the church, which is located at 30960 Broad Street in Bruceton.

The meal costs $5 per person and the silent bake auction will follow after the meal. For more information, please call 731-586-4212 or visit www.firstbaptistbruceton.com.

Manpower Hiring in the McKenzie and Huntingdon Area

Carroll County, Tenn.- Manpower is currently hiring in the McKenzie and Huntingdon area. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the various opportunities Manpower has, please call them at 731-352-0300. You must have a High School Diploma/GED, submit to a drug screen and submit to a background check to apply.

TCAT McKenzie Holding Registration for Refrigeration Night Class on Monday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie will be having Refrigeration Night Class sign-ups on Monday, January 29th at 5pm.

Classes will begin on Monday, February 5th at 6pm at the TCAT McKenzie Campus. Classes will meet for ten weeks and classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.

Certified Master HVAC/R Educator Terry Wilson will be teaching the class. For information please call TCAT McKenzie at 731-352-5364 or email daphne.brown@tcatmckenzie.edu.  The program is designed to serve the student interested in training in the refrigeration fields for gainful employment, professional development and advancement.

Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints and Prophets Exhibit at the Dixie Ballroom Gallery Until Feb. 28th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie is proud to announce that they are featuring Marty Stuart's photo exhibit "Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" in The Dixie's Ballroom Gallery now through Wednesday, February 28th.

In addition to his fame as a country music artist, Marty's work as a photographer and documentarian has created an additional cultural respect for Stuart. Inspired by his professional photographer mother, Hilda Stuart, Marty took his first photograph at the age of 11 at the Choctaw Indian Fair in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The photo was of the performing artist Connie Smith, who is now his wife.

"Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" is a 26 piece collection of country music icons Stuart has been privileged to call friends including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. This particular collection has only been exhibited on one other occasion. Artwork is provided by The Arts Company in Nashville.

The Dixie Ballroom Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can also call the Box Office at 731-986-2100 for weekend hours and to schedule a group tour.

Lifeline Holding Blood Drive at West Carroll Elementary on Friday

Trezevant, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood Services will be at the  West Carroll Elementary School, which is located at 100 Harber Street  in Trezevant, on Friday, January 26th from 12pm to 5:30pm. All blood types are needed, especially O Negative. All donors will receive a long sleeved t-shirt and may register to win a 3 night trip to Gatlinburg.

Get Your Tickets to McKenzie's Chocolate Tour Before Jan. 31st

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s annual Chocolate Tour will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 10am to 2pm. Tickets costs $5 each and you can purchase tickets at participating stores or McKenzie City Hall, located 2470 Cedar Street in Mckenzie,  by Wednesday, January 31st.

You will get to taste delicious chocolates from 13 different stores in downtown McKenzie and you can vote for your favorite chocolate and have a chance to win the fabulous gift basket. To participate or for more information, call Jennifer Waldrup at 731-352-2292.

Huntingdon Town Council Approve 2018 CBDG Grant for Sewer Project


The Huntingdon Town Council discusses the new 2018 CBDG grant. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night, the town held a public meeting about the completion of the 2016 CBDG grant for the sewer line extension along the sections of Campbell Road, Highway 22 and Northwood Drive.

The Town Council held another public hearing for the town to submit an application for a 2018 CBDG grant program for the proposed projects of a sewer pipeline rehab, a sewer pump station replacement or a combination of both.

The Town Council approved a resolution to submit the 2018 Community Block Development Grant application for this project. The Town Council also approved a resolution to hire J.R. Wauford & Company to provide engineering services for the 2018 Community Block Development Grant.

The council then approved a resolution to hire administrative services for the 2018 Community Block Development Grant. The town will be working with Davina Gurschick from the Community Block Development Partners, LLC. In providing the administrative services.

Huntingdon Thanks TDOT and Public Works Dept. for Snow Removal


Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley thanks the Public Works Department and TDOT for all of their hard work during this most recent snow. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley wanted to express the town’s appreciation to the Public Works Department and TDOT employees on the excellent job of clearing the streets during the most recent snow.

The Public Works Department estimated that the expense of snow removal was around $9,700, which includes regular and overtime labor, fuel and materials; the hourly rate for equipment usage would double the cost estimate.

Huntingdon Public Safety Dept. Offering Active Shooter and Dangers of Social Media and Sex trafficking Classes to Local Organizations


The Huntingdon Town Council listens as Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers talks about the various classes the department is offering to help in preventing mass shootings and sex trafficking. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s Huntingdon Town Council meeting, Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers talked to the council regarding the mass shooting in Marshall County on Tuesday. Smothers said that with this event happening more and more organizations and churches around the community are asking for the Huntingdon Public Safety Department to come and speak to them about active shooter situations.

On Monday, the Huntingdon Public Safety Department conducted a one hour active shooter class in Benton County at a local church and a total of 41 individuals representing 15 churches from Carroll and Benton Counties attended the event. Smothers stated that Huntingdon Public Safety Department is always willing to provide this service and they also offer a class on the dangers of social media and its regards to sex trafficking which occurs most often for teens between the ages of 10-18 years old.

In other items, the Town of Huntingdon signed a proclamation stating that the week of January 21st- January 27th, 2018 is the Town of Huntingdon School Choice Week. The School Choice Week is to recognize the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students to become successful adults.

School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.

 

Names of Victims in Marshall County School Shooting Released

Benton, Ky.- The names of two students that were killed in Tuesday's school shooting at Marshall County High School have been released by the Kentucky State Police. Bailey Nichole Holt, age 15, died on the scene and Preston Ryan Cope, age 15 died from injuries sustained from the shooting at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Nineteen others have been treated with injuries, 14 from gun shot wounds and 5 others from non-gun shot wounds. The shooter, a 15 year old student is in custody and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

Rebels Take on Big Sandy in District Action on Tuesday

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Rebels and Lady Rebels will face Big Sandy in Big Sandy on Tuesday, January 23rd with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game will follow. WHDM will not be broadcast Tuesday’s game.


Bethel Renaissance Presenting Arsenic and Lace

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present the highly acclaimed production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Friday, February 2nd, Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th at 7pm at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 625 North Stonewall Street in McKenzie.  There will also be a 2pm matinee show on Saturday, February 3rd.

Tickets cost $10 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.bethelrenaissance.com/arsenic, or you can call their office at 731-352-6980 or stop by the Bethel Renaissance Office open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, which is located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie.

Faculty, staff and students get in for free, just contact the Renaissance office to reserve your complimentary tickets. The Bethel Renaissance does anticipate a full house for each performance, so please reserve those tickets in advance.

Get Ready to Rock at the History of Carroll County Guitar Men II on Tuesday

McKenzie, Tenn.- "The History of Carroll County -- Guitar Men II" will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm at the Park Theatre, which is located at 2312 Cedar Street in McKenzie.

This forum will be a continuation from the first "Guitar Men" show presented in November 2017. This nostalgic forum will highlight the careers of several well-known and influential guitarists from Carroll County. Talents featured include: Glyn Jones, Don Page, Sammy Butler, Dale Cooper and Leslie Cooper.

Admission to the event cost $5 per person and proceeds from the event will go to fund McKenzie's Neighborhood Crime Watch Groups.

First Baptist in Bruceton Holding Chili Supper on Saturday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The First Baptist Church in Bruceton will be hosting a Chili Supper and Silent Bake Sale Auction on Saturday, January 27th from 4pm to 7pm at the church, which is located at 30960 Broad Street in Bruceton.

The meal costs $5 per person and the silent bake auction will follow after the meal. For more information, please call 731-586-4212 or visit www.firstbaptistbruceton.com.

McKenzie Basketball Scheduled for the Week of January 22nd-26th

Clarksburg, Tenn.- There have been a few schedule changes for the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels basketball games this coming week. The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Clarksburg Rockets and Lady Rockets in Clarksburg on Monday, January 22nd beginning with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. 

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Rebels and Lady Rebels will face Big Sandy in Big Sandy on Tuesday, January 23rd with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm and the boys game will follow. WHDM will not be broadcasting Monday or Tuesday’s games.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie vs. West Carroll game scheduled for Friday, January 26th in McKenzie will be held as scheduled with the girl’s game tipping off at 6pm. 

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The game between McKenzie and Stewart County has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 27th at 6pm at home and the pregame show on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am will begin at 5:45pm.

History of Carroll County Guitar Men II Set for January 23rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- "The History of Carroll County -- Guitar Men II" will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm at the Park Theatre, which is located at 2312 Cedar Street in McKenzie.

This forum will be a continuation from the first "Guitar Men" show presented in November 2017. This nostalgic forum will highlight the careers of several well-known and influential guitarists from Carroll County. Talents featured include: Glyn Jones, Don Page, Sammy Butler, Dale Cooper and Leslie Cooper.

Admission to the event cost $5 per person and proceeds from the event will go to fund McKenzie's Neighborhood Crime Watch Groups.

Lifeline Blood Services at McKenzie Healthcare and Rehab on Monday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood Services will be at the McKenzie Healthcare and Rehab, which is located at 175 Hospital Drive in McKenzie, on Monday, January 22nd from 11:30am to 4:30pm. All blood types are needed, especially O Negative. All donors will receive a long sleeved t-shirt and may register to win a 3 night trip to Gatlinburg.

Tug Boat Explosion in Calvert City Kills 3 Men and Injures 6 Others

Calvert City, KY- According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Detectives were on the scene of a Friday morning explosion that killed three people and injured several others on the Tennessee River near Calvert City.

At 9:17am on Friday, January 19th, Marshall County Dispatch received a call reporting an explosion on a tug-boat docked on Hollinger Road. The Kentucky State Police and emergency personnel have finished on scene processing at the site of the explosion and the preliminary investigation has shown that the explosion occurred inside a docked tug-boat which was actively being worked on and the explosion resulted in a flash fire and subsequent small fire inside the tug boat.

The preliminary investigation has shown a total of 41 people present on site, but not all of them were on the tug boat at the time of the explosion. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and several others were transported by various medical agencies for injuries they sustained from the explosion, which ranged from non-life threatening to life-threatening.

As a result of the explosion, Timothy L. Wright, age 52, of Calvert City, Kentucky, Jerome A. Smith, age 56, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and Quentin J. Stewart, age 41, of Opelousas, Louisiana, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner.  Autopsies are scheduled for each of the deceased in Louisville on Saturday morning.

Six other people were transported to various hospitals for treatment of injuries from the explosion.  Javier Fuenes, age 21, was transported by ambulance to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Wilson Madrid, age 23, was transported by ambulance to Marshall County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  James Lang was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  Tyler Wedington was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Jimmy Lang was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt for treatment of serious injuries.  Billy Counts was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt for treatment of serious injuries.

The property on which the explosion took place is owned by First Marine.  The tug boat on which the explosion took place is owned by Smithland Towing. The workers present on the site of the explosion were from First Marine, Four Rivers Marine Coating, Hutco, and Thermal Control.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Eric Fields. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

The Calvert City Fire Department, Gilbertsville Fire Department, East Marshall Fire Department, and Palma-Briensburg Fire Department responded, along with Marshall County Rescue Squad, Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, Marshall County Sheriff Office, Calvert City Police Department, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marshall County Ambulance, Livingston County Ambulance, Murray-Calloway County Ambulance, Mercy Ambulance, Air Evac, and the Kentucky State Police worked the scene.


McKenzie vs Bradford Game on Friday Postponed Till Feb. 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The game scheduled between McKenzie and Bradford for Friday, January 19th has been postponed due to weather conditions.  The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on Bradford on February 3rd.

Frozen Pipes Prevention Tips Released for the Winter Season

Carroll County, Tenn.- With the winter season here comes possibility of frozen water pipes.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home: make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed, disconnect garden hoses, leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit) and make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve.

 If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage. These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired. 

Tickets for the Heather Land "I Ain't Doing It Show" in McKenzie Are on Sale Now


McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets for the Heather Land “I Ain’t Doing it Show” are on sale now. The show will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 9pm at the Park Theater, located at 2312 Cedar Street in downtown McKenzie. The 7pm performance is currently sold out so tickets are only available for the 9pm performance.

Tickets for the show cost $20 each and you can purchase tickets by going to the eventbrite website and following the link. You can also find more  information on the Park Theatre’s Facebook page.

Heather Land’s "I Ain't Doin It" has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes us to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages. So get your tickets now before the show’s sold out.

Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at https://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-prevention.

 

 


 

 

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