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Rebels Victory Over West Carroll Sends Them to Playoffs

Atwood, Tenn - It was a very cold night, and a great crowd of Rebel fans was on hand in Atwood for the McKenzie Rebels to face off against the West Carroll War Eagles, but the Rebels were warmed up and ready to play.

At the end of the 1st quarter the Rebels held the War Eagles with a score of 0-0. Early in the second quarter, West Carroll had an interception return placing them on the board with a score of 6-0. The Rebels, Eric Robinson came back with a touchdown and with the extra point, made the score 7-6 in favor of the Rebels.

During the third quarter West Carroll answered with a touchdown placing the score at 12-7 in favor of the War Eagles, but that did not deter the Rebels. Jack Surber threw a pass to Eric Robinson who took it to the end zone with a 62 yard touchdown run, making the score 13-12, once again in favor of the Rebels.

In the final few minutes of the 4th quarter, Eric Robinson scored another touchdown and again, the War Eagles replied with a touchdown, but it was not enough to beat the Rebels. The final score of the game was McKenzie Rebels 20, West Carroll War Eagles 18.

The Rebels will be back in football action in two weeks and it is still questionable who they will be playing in the playoffs.


Rebels on the road to Atwood in Football Action Friday evening

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Rebels will be traveling to Atwood to face off against the West Carroll War Eagles in Football action and kick off is set for 7:30.

If you are unable to make it out to the game you can tune in to WHDM at 98.9 fm or am 1440. You can also hear all the play by play action by going to our website and clicking on the McKenzie Rebel icon on the right side of the page from your computer or you can call and listen to all the play by play action at 712 432 5742 and charges may apply depending on your carrier and plan.

Ghost & Goblins in McKenzie Friday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Police Department would like to remind everyone that Trick or Treating will be taking place throughout McKenzie Friday evening, and are urging drivers to use extreme caution. Be on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins while they are making their way around McKenzie.

Parents are asked to make sure that their children wear reflective clothing as to be more night friendly to those driving the streets. They want to wish all the ghosts and goblins a very happy Halloween and be safe while trick or treating.

Harvest Day Celebration 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church

McKenzie, Tenn - On Sunday November 2nd, Bethel Baptist Church would like to invite you their annual Harvest Day 2014 Celebration at the church.

Bethel Baptist Church is proud to announce that the gospel group, Highway 22 will be performing 1:30 and morning worship start at 11am and the public is invited to attend. Bethel Baptist Church is located at 25755 State Route 22 in McKenzie.

Fall Revival at Bethel Baptist Church

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel Baptist Church would also like to invite you to their  Fall Revival ---- November 9-12th Sunday Services at 11 am and 6pm, Monday- Wednesday Nights beginning at 7pm.... The guest Evangelist will be Rick Walker (Pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Dresden)

State Fire Marshall Reminds Tennesseans to Change Clock, Batteries Saturday Night

Nashville- The Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West is reminding Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they set back their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time.

“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they’re providing the proper protection,” West says. “Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe.”The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire. The early warning of a smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by  increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.70 percent of the fire fatalities in Tennessee last year occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. It is critical to install smoke alarms and replace batteries regularly. Twice a year is recommended. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries. All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home’s occupants at risk. There’s no way to predict when a fire will occur, so even one night without an operational smoke alarm can be dangerous.Here are some helpful tips on the importance of smoke alarms:

    • Smoke alarms should be installed in every room where an occupant sleeps, outside every sleeping area and on each level of the home, including the basement. Make sure everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.

      For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.

      Dust or vacuum smoke alarms whenever the battery is changed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.

      Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a common outside meeting place. Be sure to practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.

      When a smoke alarm sounds, get out of the home immediately, closing doors behind you. Go to your pre-planned meeting place and call 9-1-1.

      Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are available. These are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps in these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

    • Test alarms once a month using the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee. Visit our website for more fire prevention tips.  Follow us on FacebookTwitter andYouTube.


Carroll  County Health Department Reminds You to Get Your Flu Shot

Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health recommend an annual flu vaccination for everyone over the age of six months. A flu shot not only protects the individual’s health but also the health of friends, family and coworkers. 

The health department accepts the following insurances: Blue Care; Americhoice; BC/BS – Networks S, P, and E; and CoverKids and also provides services on a sliding fee scale. 

Haven’t had your flu shot?  Contact the Carroll County Health Department at 731-986-1990 to make an appointment to get your flu shot.

Drivers Be Alert Friday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn - Friday night, the McKenzie Police Department would like to remind everyone that Trick or Treating will be taking place throughout McKenzie and are urging drivers to use extreme caution. Be on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins while they are making their way around McKenzie.

Parents are asked to make sure that their children wear reflective clothing as to be more night friendly to those driving the streets. They want to wish all the ghosts and goblins a very happy Halloween and be safe while trick or treating.

Williams Indicted by "Special Session" of Grand Jury

McKenzie, Tenn - In a Press Release from the McKenzie Police Department, Mr. Phillip Bishop Williams age 21 was indicted on October 21st by a “Special Session” of the Carroll County Grand Jury for his involvement in a “home invasion” robbery that occurred on February 2nd 2014 in McKenzie.

On February 2nd 2014, three suspects forced their way into a residence on Oak Street in McKenzie and demanded money. The occupants of the residence were held at gunpoint during the robbery. The male occupant was also pistol whipped by one suspect and beaten by another suspect.

The victims were able to identify two of the suspects as Lamar Weatherford and Stephen Weatherford. They were apprehended shortly after the robbery. The third suspect wore a mask and was not identified.

In October investigators developed information that led to the identity of the third suspect as Phillip Bishop Williams of McKenzie. Williams was charged with Especially Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Attempted Aggravated Robbery and Possession of a Firearm. His bond was set at $60,000.00.

Paris Police Seek Public Help in Locating Darren Sturdivant

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Darren Sturdivant, who has two theft of property warrants currently active on himself. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424 or 653-0446.

Items Stolen From Vehicle at Local Auction

McKenzie, Tenn - A victim of theft reported to the McKenzie Police department  that while at the Carroll County Auction located on Hwy 22, he placed items that he had purchased in the trunk of his vehicle. And finding out that when he arrived home, those items were missing, and this case is still under investigation.

Open House at Carl Perkins in Huntingdon Tuesday

Huntingdon, Tenn - The Carl Perkins Exchange Club for the Prevention of Child Abuse will be hosting an Open House today from 4 – 6 pm and refreshments will be served. The Carl Perkins Exchange Club for the Prevention of Child Abuse is located at 50 Stone Ridge Cove in Huntingdon, and all are welcome to attend.

Early Voting Continues in Carroll County

Huntingdon,Tenn - Early elections continue in Carroll County and will run through October 30th. Early voting times are Monday thru Friday from 8am till 4 pm. The Elections Office is located at the Carroll County Municipal building located on High Street in Huntingdon.

1,471 early votes have been cast so far in Carroll County as of Saturday, and this number includes absentee by mail votes also. Early voting will continue through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Be sure to take a photo ID when you go to place your early vote.

Awards Handed Out at Friday Nights Rebel Game

McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday evening during Senior Night at the McKenzie Rebel football game, the J.A. Abernathy Award, the Individual Award was presented to Connie Beasley for all her hard work and dedication over the years with Rebel football.

The J.A. Abernathy Award, Business Award was presented to Block City Pizza in McKenzie, owner Matt Lane for all the support and dedication to the Rebels.

Theft at ER in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, during the past week there have been reports of theft and breaking and entering.

In a report, the was at the Emergency Room at McKenzie Hospital when she had accidently left her wallet on a table in the waiting room. When she returned to retrieve the wallet it was missing.

According to the report, Bridgette Covington age 39 of Martin was arrested for theft.

Reports of Theft Across McKenzie Continue

McKenzie, Tenn - Two cases of breaking and entering were reported to the McKenzie Police Department, the first on Cedar Street in McKenzie where the homeowner reported that after returning home, that the window to the residence had been broken out and entry was gained thru the window, and an X-Box had been taken from the home.

Another call of breaking and entering was reported from Big Daddys BBQ located on Highland Drive in McKenzie. According to the report, entry was gained by breaking out the front window of the business. Both cases are still under investigation.

MHS Marching Rebels  Win 6 Awards in Invitational

McKenzie, Tenn - Congratulations to the MHS Marching Rebels for bringing home a total of 6 awards from the Huntingdon Marching Invitational held this past weekend. 

The awards included first place percussion and guard in class and overall division, best soloist - Annias Haney, and 2nd place band in class and overall division.  The Marching Rebels placed 5th overall out of 16 competing bands.  Well done, Marching Rebels! 

McKenzie Family Boo Bash

McKenzie, Tenn - The Great Big Old Fashioned Frighteningly fun family boo bash sponsored by Bethel University and the City of McKenzie will be held on October 30 from 530 to 830 pm around the Square in McKenzie.

There will be trunk or teat, scaryoke, a costume contest, costumed pet parade, haunted train rides, and a pumpkin pie eating contest. You will also be able to learn the latest Frightenly fun dances with the Bethel University dance team, as well as a photo booth and much much more.

The Big boo costume contest is for Tiny Terrors ages 0-2, Small Spooks ages 3-5, Middle Monsters 6-9 and Older Ogres 10-14.

Also there will be dinner delicacies such as hearty hallo “weenies” with your choice of tantalizing trimmings will be served by the City of McKenzie and proceeds go to the Park Theatre, and delightfully desserts will be served by Bethel University.

Rebel Senior Night Ends in Loss

McKenzie, Tenn - Friday evening the McKenzie Rebels hosted the Westview Chargers of Martin at Rebel Stadium. With it being  Senior Night for the Rebels, each senior was recognized in football, band and cheerleading, who in turn presented their parents with flowers at the 50 yard line.

McKenzie Senior, Noah Lowrance and his father, Roy Lowrance during Senior Night Acknowledgement Ceremony.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The Rebels played a hard game but the Chargers took the lead early in the first quarter with a touchdown and held the lead during the entire game. Eric Robinson carried the ball for 24 yards, and Alex Zaragoza made a field goal, placing the Rebels on the board with a score of 3 to 7 in favor of the Chargers.

Rebels making their way to the Endzone against Martin Westview Chargers. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Late in the third quarter, Montell Adkisson made a touchdown for the Rebels, but it was not enough to beat the Chargers. The Rebels lost against the Chargers with a final score of 36-10.

Next Friday evening the Rebels will be traveling to Atwood to face off against the West Carroll War Eagles in Football action and kick off is set for 7:30.

Henry Man Killed in McKenzie Wreck

McKenzie, Tenn.- An accident involving a tractor trailer and a motorcycle that occurred in McKenzie on Wednesday took the life of a Henry man. The fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Jeremy Allen, 43, of Henry was killed when his 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle crashed into the trailer of the semi at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 79 and Oak Street.

The report said the semi, a 1996 International model driven by Andy Williams of Huntingdon, was traveling southbound on hwy. 79 and was making a right turn onto Oak Street when Allen failed to stop and crashed into the right rear side of the trailer.

Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Arrangements should be finalized by late Thursday afternoon.

                   Area Happenings


            McKenzie High School News




  • Seniors - Tennessee Promise deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2014!!


  • All Leo Club members are reminded to sign-up to work the Business Expo or the Christmas Parade.  The sign up sheet is on Ms. Doster’s door.


  • The April Sykes story will be re-enacted in full details on Charter channel 126 @ 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 29.  This is produced by Investigative Discovery programming called “Surviving Evil”.


  • Soccer jerseys need to be turned in to Mikayla Mort by Friday.


  • MHS will observe Red Ribbon Week this week. Students will get their red ribbons during 1st Block.  

TODAY – “Join the Fight Against Drugs” Camo DayWednesday – “Sock it to Drugs” Crazy Sock DayThursday – “ Give Drugs the Boot” Wear BootsFriday – “Team up Against Drugs” Wear Rebel clothes  

  • The Art Department is selling note cards featuring student art work. The students featured are Sean Beck, Jake Chappell, Angel Crosnoe, Lexi Goodman, Rebecca Harrison, Blake Hugueley, Mary Lyles, Nicole Mercer, Martin Perez, Bryce Phillips,Arpassara Pongphala, Sarah Prestwood, Zack Sadler, Harmony Singleton,  Audrie Washburn, and Grace Zheng. These make wonderful gifts! Please come by the art room or contact Mrs. Bradberry ( if you are interested.  They are $12 for a set of six.


  • Softball fall conditioning begins today from 3:20 – 4:30 in the back lobby.


  • The tnAchieves November assembly with the Tennessee Promise applicants from McKenzie High School will be on Monday, Nov 10th beginning at 12:00 pm. This meeting will be a brief 15 minute introduction to Tennessee Promise and tnAchieves, as well as highlighting the two mandatory meetings the students are required to attend. Each applicant will also receive the tnAchieves student handbook at this meeting.  This meeting will be held in the MHS Theater.



                      UPCOMING SPORTS:

Fri, Oct 31                  Football @ West Carroll


Mon, Nov 10              Basketball vs. Carroll Academy @ 3:00




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