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Ribbon Cutting at Beyond the Ivy Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a a Ribbon Cutting on Saturday July 26th for Beyond the Ivy located at 12834 Paris Street in Huntingdon beginning at 9 am.

The owner and operator of Beyond the Ivy, Ashley Dillahunty, would like to welcome everyone to come out to the summer open house where items in the store will be 10-40% off storewide.

Early Voting Ongoing at Election Office

Huntingdon, Tenn - As of Wednesday at noon the number of early votes that have already been cast is 986. Early election voting began Friday July 18th, for the August 7th election, and will continue through August 2nd in Carroll County. You can place your early vote by going to the Carroll County Elections Commission Office located at the Complex Building at 625 High Street in Huntingdon.

The hours of early voting are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm and on Saturday from 9am – 12 noon. And be sure to bring a photo ID when you go to vote.  For more information you can contact the Elections Commission office at 986-1968.

Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea Festival Plans Underway

McKenzie, Tenn - Satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for fried pickles, fried green tomatoes and Mama’s Sunday Dinner fried chicken, then wash it all down with sweet iced tea! Mark your calendar for McKenzie’s “Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival” Friday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The festival will take place in downtown McKenzie at the Veterans Memorial Park.

 This is your chance to sample those fried Oreos, fried bacon and grits cakes and many other novelties that will be featured. Enjoy this mainstay of Southern fare as you wander the craft booths and listen to a variety of music reflecting southern culture. Activities will be available for children.  

For more information about the vendor application process and the competition for “Best Fried Dessert”, “Best Fried Vegetable”, and “Best Fried Main Dish” contact Stefanie Clericuzio 731-336-2727,, Angela Hugueley at 731-363-9057,,  or contact Jennifer Waldrup at 731-352-2292,

This festival is a fund raiser for the restoration of the historic Park Theatre.


Bethel Junior Physician Day Great Success

(Bethel University Photo)

Paris, Tenn - The 1st Annual Bethel Junior PA Day was held on Saturday July 19 in Paris with between 90 – 100 children who attended the event. Every child that attended receive their own stethoscope and enjoyed activities that ranged from how and when to dial 911, teddy bear repair, taking blood pressures, relay races, listening to hearts and lungs, as well as exploring an ambulance and fire truck. They were greeted with a special treat when the Air Evac landed and children were allowed to sit in the helicopter.  The event was a huge success for the Bethel PA program and plans are in the making for the event to be held again next year.


250 Scheduled to Graduate at Bethel University Aug. 2

Commencement Speaker Rev. Lisa Anderson

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McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday August 2nd, Bethel University will be having their 2014 summer commencement services at 2 pm in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena on the McKenzie Campus with approximately 250 earning their degrees. The guest speaker for the services will be the Rev. Lisa Anderson, who is the 184th moderator for the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  

Serving as pastor in Memphis at Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Anderson is also active as the Chaplin with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also active with Room in the Inn-Memphis, which is a ministry for homeless in Memphis, and she is the founder of this organization.

Those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10am and graduate degrees at 2pm. The arena will be open for seating one hour prior to the commencement services. For more information about the Summer graduation, you are asked to contact Myra Carlock at


Ten BU Anglers to Compete in Georgia Fishing Championship

McKenzie, Tenn - Ten anglers from Bethel University’s bass fishing club will be competing in the College Bass Fishing National Championship July 31st thru August 2nd in Young Harris, Georgia.

The anglers qualified to compete in the National Championship by doing well in the regional and wild card events held earlier this Spring and Summer. The anglers will compete as two man teams: Zach Parker and Matt Roberts, Hunter Loudon and Matthew Palmer, Brandon Koon and Blake Welch, Dalton Wilson and Randall Morris and Cody Ross and Dewey Swims. Good luck to these Bethel Anglers in the upcoming Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship.


Book Signing at Jack's Java

Dr. Thomas Stubblefield to Hold Book Signing Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Native Henry Countian Dr. Thomas D. Stubblefield will have a book signing from 11am to 1pm Saturday July 26th at Jack’s Java on the court square in Paris.

Dr. Stubblefield will sign his book Sacred Seed and Living Bread, which is a collection of his God Stories and experiences. Dr. Stubblefield was born and raised in Buchanan and attended Central High School through the 11th grade and was president of the first graduating senior class at Henry County High School in 1970.

He has been married to his devoted wife, Judy Gordon Stubblefield, from McKenzie, for over 35 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.


BBQ Cookoff at Henry County Fair

Paris, Tenn - The 4th Annual Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff is set for August 1-2 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The deadline to register your cooking team is this Friday July 25th. The grand champion team will win $1000 and the Reserve Champion will take home $500 plus there will be cash payouts for Top 3 placings in each category with trophies.

The Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff is a Tennessee BBQ Association state qualifying event. Categories include chicken, ribs, shoulder, brisket, chef’s choice, and dessert. For more information call Donna Milam at 336-1966 and entry forms are available at

During the Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff, the public is invited to come and meet the cookers. They being cooking at 5pm Friday night August 1st and continue until 11am Saturday August 2nd. On Saturday, the public will be able to purchase items from BBQ vendors that will be on hand at the fairgrounds.


Casting for a Cure A Huge Success at McKenzie Park

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McKenzie, Tenn - Saturday morning was full of excitement and fishing at the McKenzie City Park, and kids of all ages lined the banks of the pond. Steve McAdams Casting for a Cure fishing rodeo was taking place with approximately 75 children from ages 2-15 trying their best to catch the most and the biggest fish. Children along with their parents and grandparents came from all over West Tennessee and as far away as Murfreesboro, Tennessee were in attendance.

Prizes were awarded to each age group based on points with the most fish, and biggest fish. They were categorized as bluegill/sunfish 1 pt. Catfish 2 pts, Bass 3 pts and other (turtle, snake, gar) 1 pt.

When the judging began, Steve McAdams thanked everyone for coming to this year’s event, and stated that the pond at the park was stocked on Thursday just for Saturday’s event.  He stated, “I want to thank the McKenzie Parks Department, Mayor Jill Holland and the City of McKenzie for allowing us the use of the park to hold this event, I am not sure what we would have done without their thoughts and generosity, and I am truly thankful for one and all of them who had their hands in on this event. It truly means a lot to me and for the kids”, stated McAdams.

Steve McAdams poses along with Taylor Waddell, age 8 of McKenzie,and his haul of fish, 7 total.

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McAdams stated that this event not only teaches kids how to fish but also helps raise awareness to the American Cancer Society.  Director of Carroll North, David Lane stated that thus far, North Carroll Relay for Life has raised over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society, and that was not counting the amounts donated and received from concessions from today’s event.

Mayor Jill Holland welcomed everyone to the park and to the fishing rodeo and stated that it was the pleasure of the City of McKenzie and Parks Department to work with Steve and his crew in helping making this year’s fishing rodeo a great success, after the floods at Carroll Lake in early June. Plans are in the making for next year’s event, with possibilities of Casting for a Cure to be held at the City Park again. Announcements on that will be made closer to next year’s event.

Top Winners in each group

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Winners of the Casting for a Cure fishing rodeo were:

Ages 5 and under:

Biggest Fish: Anna Summers

Most Fish:      Farrah Garr 

Ages 6-9

Biggest Fish: Taylor Waddell

Most Fish:      Taylor Waddell 

Ages 10-12

Biggest Fish: Coltin Higdon

Most Fish:       Christian Hood 

Ages 13-15

Biggest Fish: Briceton Diggs

Most Fish:      Briceton Diggs

Each winner in the above categories were given a plaque, a new bicycle, and the double winners also received a new fishing pole.

Steve McAdams noted that Brady Zdeb, 4 years old, traveled from Murfreesboro and caught his first fish ever, he was spending time with his grandmother. Tackle boxes, fishing poles and cricket boxes were given to those whose names were drawn with all children in attendance given water guns.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Steve McAdams ended the event by saying, “ok parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, let’s keep ‘em fishing!!”


Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at Mulberry Park

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McKenzie, Tenn - There was a great turn out for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the New Mulberry Park in McKenzie Friday morning. Mayor Jill Holland welcomed all in attendance and spoke on how things have been changing over the past years at the park with help of George Nolan who has been working with the Town Council on improving the park. George Nolan was given the honors of cutting of the Ribbon and Grand Opening.

George Nolan Cutting the Ribbon at Friday's Grand Opening

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Mayor Holland stated that with George Nolan’s help and vision, a new pavilion was erected, and with the gracious donation of materials from a local business, 2 new grills were built for the park by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie, under the direction of Dr. Brad White and John Penn Ridgeway who created the design of the grills.

One of two grills that were designed and built by TCAT

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TCAT Students who built the grills that were donated to Mulberry Park

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Along with other improvements to the park, lines were painted on the basketball courts by the Parks and Recreation Department. Concern over vandalism in the park was addressed, and the suggestion to have murals painted on the out buildings and restrooms was considered.

Mural by Randy Jones

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Children showed their artistic ability while helping Randy Jones.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Randy Jones of McKenzie volunteered his time to paint a mural on the restroom wall, and with help of local children around the park, they helped as well on another part of the wall.

The Town Council as well as Mayor Holland expressed their appreciation on all the hard work that has been done to improve the park. While speaking with George Nolan, he stated that when he moved to the area in 1977, Mulberry Park was the only park that McKenzie had. He stated that the ball fields is where all the local games were played and that to this day, the park is always filled with children playing, family reunions, and people just enjoying the park.



McKenzie Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident
McKenzie, Tenn - According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a McKenzie man, Richard Heath, 51, was traveling Northbound on Winston Road, two miles South of McKenzie, Wednesday evening, when he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating, leaving the left side of the roadway hitting a tree and killing him. His passenger Lisa Moss, also of McKenzie, was injured in the accident, and the extent of her injuries is not known at this time. According to the report both the driver and passenger were wearing helmets.


Early Voting Begins Friday July 18th

Huntingdon, Tenn - Early election voting begins Friday July 18th, for the August 7th election, and will go through August 2nd in Carroll County. You can place your early vote by going to the Carroll County Elections Commission Office located at the Complex Building at 625 High Street in Huntingdon. The hours of early voting are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm and on Saturday from 9am – 12 noon. For more information you can contact the Elections Commission office at 986-1968.


Boyd's & Casey's General Store to Open in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - Mayor Jill Holland announced at the McKenzie town council meeting last Thursday evening that two new businesses will be opening in McKenzie along with a third one is in the making as well. Town councilman Billy Barksdale stated that Boyd’s will be opening in the old Rural King building located off of highway 79 (Highland Drive). Boyd’s also has a store in the neighboring town of Paris.

Due to the flood damage that the building received in June from flood waters, it must be repaired before Boyd’s can move in and open.

Another business that is planning on opening in McKenzie is Casey’s General Store. Casey’s will be located at the corner of Forrest Avenue and Highway 79. Casey’s will offer a deli of hot foods, gas and other merchandise.

Mayor Holland explained that with no return calls from the headquarters of Family Dollar, that this project has been halted with only the concrete floors completed. Several attempts have been made to Family Dollar headquarters with no avail of a response, it was noted that the company did receive all permits for building and necessary paperwprk from the City of McKenzie.


McKenzie Students Return to Class August 5th

McKenzie, Tenn - Schools in McKenzie will be back in session on Tuesday, August 5th at 8am and students will be only attending half a day will being dismissed at 11:15am. The regular day of school will begin on Wednesday August 6th from 8am to 3pm. Breakfast will be served on Tuesday and beginning on Wednesday, both breakfast and lunch will be served. Prices for meals this year are: Breakfast for grades K-12 are free  and will be served between 7:15am and 7:45am. Lunch will be $1.75 for grades K-4, $2.00 for grades 5-12. The price for reduced meals will be .40 for all grades. If a student wishes to purchase another milk, the charge will be .45 . Any student who received reduced or free meals last year will continue to do so this year until the application process is completed.

Orientation for Parents as Well as Students

McKenzie, Tenn - Orientation for parents of students in the McKenzie Special School District will be held on July 31st from 5 to 7 pm for McKenzie Elementary School, on July 31st for 5th gradeat the McKenzie Middle school and the high school will be held on Tuesday July 29th beginning at 6:30pm. Students at McKenzie High school can pick up their class schedule for the 2014/15 school year on Friday July 25th.

Students who are new to the school system are asked to register on July 24th & 25th from 8-12 for grades K-4, at the elementary school. Grades 5-6 July 24 & 25 at the middle school and at the high school on July 25th - Hours to register at all schools is from 8am till noon. You are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, and social security card, along with a copy of the child’s immunizations certificate.


Steak 'n Shake Ribbon Cutting Monday, July 21st

Paris, Tenn - The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the much waited Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting will be taking place on Monday, July 21st at Steak and Shake located at 1036 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris. The event will take place at 9:30am and all are welcome to attend.


Bethel University Summer Commencement is Aug. 2

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will hold its Summer 2014 Commencement services Saturday August 2nd on the McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Approximately 250 students are scheduled to earn degrees. Commencement services for those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10am, and commencement for those receiving graduate degrees will be at 2pm.





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