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Lady Rebels Win, Lady Rebels and Rebels Will Compete in All Star Tourney at Gleason on April 8th

Paris and Atwood, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels lost to the Henry County Patriots on Thursday night in Paris 8 to 3. And the McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the West Carroll War Eagles 4 to 2.

The Baseball and Softball seasons are winding down for the TSSAA, but players from the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will be playing in the Class A All-Star game on Saturday, April 8th at Gleason High School. Class A senior girls and boys standouts from our area will be participating.

Dajour Edmonson and Preston Henderson from the Rebels and Anna Comer and Carissa Brit from the Lady Rebels will be competing in tomorrow’s All Star game.

Admission cost $8 per person and doors open at 5pm. There will be a three point shooting contest and a dunk contest. The girls game will begin at 6pm and the boys game will follow at 7:30pm.

Tragic House Fire in Buchanan Claims the Lives of 5 People

Capt. Adam Jenkins, Chief Damon Lowe and Sheriff Monte Belew address a room full of media at Friday's press conference. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- A press conference held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning detailed more information into the house fire on Hwy 119 in Buchanan that killed 5 people, three adults and two children. Two other children managed to escape the fire alive.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, said 911 received a call of a house fire at 4642 Hwy. 119 at the state line. The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded first to the scene, followed quickly by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Lilly Pollack, age 13, and Rose Pollack, age 8 both escaped and Sheriff Belew called them heroes as Lilly managed to help her sister Rose out of the house and saved her life. Rose did suffer some burns and was admitted to Murray Calloway County ER were they will keep her overnight for observation, but she is going to be fine.

Their parents Jimmy and Carrie Pollack and siblings Jimmy Dale Pollack Jr. age 14, Callie Pollack, age 3, and Ivey Pollack, age 4 were found deceased in the home as they were unable to escape from the home.  

The aftermath of the fire. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Sheriff Belew said, “we don’t believe this is a suspicious fire, but State Bomb and Arson is currently investigating. There was some faulty wiring and a wood stove burning providing heat, but it is still too early for the exact cause of the fire as of now and investigation will continue into the cause.”

Sheriff Belew said contact was made with Lakewood Principal Amy Veazey early this morning to tell her of the situation and she began the process of making sure counselors were on hand at the school this morning to help out students who knew this family and had questions or concerns.

The aftermath of the fire. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has set up an account to help the family at Security Bank and Trust Company under the name of the grandmother who the two surviving children will live, Mary Charlene Pollack.

No smoke detectors were found inside the residence, which makes it so much more of a tragedy. Sheriff Belew said in Henry County you can get free smoke detectors from any volunteer fire department thru the state and he urged all citizens to get a smoke detector if they don’t have one and the fire department members or sheriff’s office members will help install them.

Sheriff Belew said, “it’s a tough day in Henry County, I’m not sure we’ve ever lost 5 people in one fire and our prayers are going out to the family and our community.”

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said, “this was one of the worst fire tragedies I’ve ever seen, and this was very personal for many of us.”

Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles discusses the scene of the fire at Friday's press conference. (Alsobrooks photo)

Cancer Bake Auction on WHDM is April 10th-14th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Relay for Life’s Cancer Bake Auction will be held at the McKenzie Church of Christ on Monday, April 10th through Friday, April 14th. You can drop-off for items from 7am to 1pm daily.

You can listen to the Cancer Bake Auction right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, or online at  from 1pm to 4pm.

If you want to place a bid just call 731-358-0800, 731-358-1129 or 731-358-3852.

Ragtime at the Dixie is Fri. April 7th and Sat. April 8th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will be presenting Ragtime the Musical at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Friday, April 7th at 7pm and on Saturday, April 8th at 2pm and 7pm.

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three American’s confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

This production is rated PG-13 which is suitable for children ages 13 and older.

Tickets cost $15 per person and you can get your tickets in person at the Dixie Box Office or online at or by calling the Dixie at 986-2100.

You can also purchase your tickets to see Ragtime at the Dixie in Huntingdon by going to the Bethel University Renaissance website at

Bethel University, the Friends of the Dixie and FirstBank are sponsoring Ragtime at the Dixie.

Carroll Senior Citizen Center Holds Thrive and Survive Event on April 10th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Senior Citizen Center will be hold a Thriving and Surviving workshop for those living with cancer, cancer survivors and family members on April 10th at 9am at the Carroll County Office on Aging, which is located at 625 High Street Suite 108 in Huntingdon.

Gwen Joyner, a UT Extension Agent, will be teaching the class. To sign up for the classes just call 986-1985.

Shapeshifters Reception at the Dixie is April 7th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie is pleased to welcome Poppy Scarbrough and her exhibition "Shapeshifters."  This series of paintings is on display now until Saturday,April 29th in the Ballroom Gallery.

A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with Artist Talk at 5pm. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Poppy Scarbrough is a Bethel University Assistant Professor of Art. She has trained in the visual arts at Lincoln Land Community College, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and The San Francisco Art Institute where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2006.

Since 2012, she has been teaching Painting, Watercolor, 3-D Design, Art History, and Art for Life classes at Bethel University. As the artist states, “Something that can change its form from one thing to another is a “shapeshifter.” Environs, people, places, animals and things shape shift, not only to adapt, but to live and survive. Individually and collectively this is part of the human experience. This collection of paintings is an investigation into these shifting spaces.”

The Ballroom Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and to ticket patrons on performance evenings.

Huntingdon Fire and Rescue Receives Surprise BBQ

Members of the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue and Mayor Dale Kelley


Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Monday, April 3th, the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue met for their monthly training meeting and they were given a surprise BBQ meal by Mayor Dale R. Kelley.

In speaking to the group prior to the meal, Mayor Kelley told them how much he, the town council and citizens appreciate the work the department does for the town. He also said that many people don't know the extent of how much the department is providing in rescue efforts, not just within the city limits but anywhere they get called to.

After Randy Crossett asked God to bless the food, they enjoyed the BBQ meal with potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chips and chocolate oatmeal cookies. The potato salad, beans, and slaw was prepared by Tresa Smothers, wife of Public Safety Director Walter Smothers. And the chocolate oatmeal cookies are a specialty made by Director Smothers.

There were had two special guests, Mrs. Shirley Nanney, editor of the Carroll News Leader and Mr. Terry Bradshaw, Carroll County Fire Chief. After the meal they conducted training on Hazardous Materials Communications.


Huntingdon Defeat McKenzie in Softball and Baseball Action

McKenzie, Tenn.- It was a busy afternoon of softball and baseball at McKenzie City Park on Tuesday as the Lady Rebels Softball team and Rebels Baseball hosted cross county rival and district foe Huntingdon Lady Mustangs and Mustangs.

The McKenzie Rebels lost to the Huntingdon Mustangs in a shortened game 11 to 1.

The Lady Rebels lost to the Lady Mustangs 7 to 4. The Lady Rebels started off hot with a home run for lead of hitter and pitcher Audie Washburn.

Later in the bottom of the first inning Chloe Williams would score following a base on balls and a double of Amberleigh Cooper. In the fourth inning and again with two outs on the scoreboard, Freshmen pitcher for Huntingdon, Adyn Swenson, would hit sophomore Rebel catcher, Shelby Tucker with a pitch, Chloe Williams would get a hit followed by cleanup hitter Emily Lunn with a hit and two runs would score.

The Lady Rebels would end up with 4 runs on 8 hits and committed two errors. Washburn would hold the Huntingdon Phillies batters quiet until two outs in the 6th inning when their bats woke up and a string of six hits would lead to six runs. Cheyenne Childress led the Phllies in hitting with a single and triple.

The Phillies had 7 runs on 11 hits and committed two errors. The Lady Rebels will be back into action Thursday afternoon at West Carroll High School.

The Rebels will be playing Henry County High School in Paris, weather permitting the Rebels will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 with Tim Alsobrooks and Dan Patterson.

Rebels vs Patriots is Thurs. April 6th at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels Baseball team will take on the Henry County Patriots in Paris on Thursday, April 6th at 5pm weather permitting.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm or online at, beginning with the pregame show at 4:45pm.

Tater Town Pageants is Saturday, April 8th

Gleason, Tenn.- The Annual Tater Town Pageants is set for Saturday, April 8th at the Gleason School Gym. Registration for the pageants begins at 12:30pm and the entry fee for all pageants is $20. The first pageant will begin at 1pm.

Categories for boys and girls include: 0-11 months, 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old, 4 year old and 6-9 year old. Pre-Teen Miss Pageant is for girls ages 10-12 years old and the Jr. Miss Pageant is for girls ages 13-15.

The Miss Tater Town Pageant for girls ages 16-21 will be the final pageant and pageant winners will qualify for the West Tennessee Strawberry Pageants.

For more information about the 2017 Miss Tater Town Pageants please call 514-9007 or 415-3511.

Bow-Wow at the Barn Set for Sat. April 8th at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society is hosting BOW-WOW at the Barn on Saturday, April 8th from 6pm to 9pm at Dunagan Farms, which is located at 3500 Gate 3 Road in Paris.

Tickets cost $25 each and you can purchase your tickets at the Paris Vet Clinic, the Carroll County Humane Society or the Huntingdon Animal Clinic.

Cash's Wood Fired Pizza will serve their amazing pizzas and beer from Perrylodgic Brewery will be available, enjoy live music, a wine pull, and take part in the live and silent auctions.

Bow Wow at the Barn will feature some great live and silent auction items and the Carroll County Humane Society is giving everyone a sneak peek at a wine basket donated by Purple Toad Winery in Paducah that will be sold at the auction.

To purchase tickets, donate or to help sponsor, please stop by the Carroll County Humane Society located at 21822 Highway 22 in McKenzie or you can call them at contact 731-352-9950. 

You can also mail donations and requests to the CCHS at P.O. Box 384, McKenzie, TN 38201. For more information please email

Banking on a Cure 5K is Saturday, April 8th 

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Banking on a Cure 5K to benefit the Centennial Bank’s Relay for Life team is set for Saturday, April 8th  at the McKenzie City Park. Registration begins at 7am and the 5K will start at 8am.

The entry fee is $20 for adults and it will cost $15 for for kids 12 and younger.

To register or for more information please contact Jenny Mims or Linsey Hueghley at 731-669-3900, email You can also contact Kim Gilmore at 731-352-9989.

Free Health Screening Event is Thurs. April 6th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon will be holding a free community health fair tomorrow from 8am to 11am in the Lobby of the R.B. Wilson Medical Center adjacent to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.

Free screenings include: PSA( prostate cancer screen), cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, height, weight, BMI (body mass index), and hearing. For the most accurate results for the cholesterol and blood sugar tests, pleasedo not eat or drink anything 12 hours prior to the test.

Also enjoy refreshments and a special low price for their Heart Score and vascular ultrasound screenings.

For more information, please call Kim King at 731-986-7368.

Rebels vs Mustangs is Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm on WHDM

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels Baseball team will take on the Huntingdon Mustangs at home on Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm weather permitting. If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm beginning with the pregame show at 4:45pm.

The McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team is also playing the Huntingdon Lady Mustangs at home on Tuesday, April 4th at 5pm, but that game will not be broadcasted on WHDM.

McKenzie Man Arrested on Mulitple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Lane Thomas Pressley, age 21 of 960 Odell Bunn Road of McKenzie, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, open container, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of the financial responsibility law and possession of a firearm while under the influence.

Pressley was placed on $5,000 bond.

Ladies Conference is Fri. April 7th and Sat. April 8th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The First Penecostal Church of Huntingdon is holding their Ladies Conference this Friday, April 7th at 6pm and on Saturday April 8th at 10am at the church.

The Ladies Conference is for ages 13 and older. This year’s theme is “Safe in His Refuge” and Donna Medlin and Marcie Hendrick are the guest speakers. For more information about the First Penecostal Church of Huntingdon Ladies Conference, please call 986-9650.

Strong Winds Damages Homes and Businesses in McKenzie

A home near McKenzie Middle School severely damaged by heavy winds from last night's storms. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- There were a number of wind damage reports across the county as many businesses and homes woke up on Monday morning to damages from last night’s storm. Strong winds in McKenzie caused  damage to this house near the McKenzie Middle School.

Business owners were also dealing with the damage as some businesses were hit harder than others in McKenzie.

Local business hit by heavy winds. (David Jackson photos)

Lady Rebels vs Lady Bulldogs on Mon. April 3rd is Cancelled

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball game between the Lady Rebels and Milan Lady Bulldogs in McKenzie that was schedule for Monday, April 3rd at 5pm has been cancelled.

Lady Rebels vs Lady Bulldogs is Mon. April 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball team will take on the Milan Lady Bulldogs at home on Monday, April 3rd at 5pm weather permitting.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm or online at,  beginning with the pregame show at 4:45pm.

Capitol Talk with Rep. Andy Holt is Friday, April 7th

Huntington, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Capitol Talk event with Representative Andy Holt this Friday, April 7th at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce from Noon to 1pm. 

Lunch costs $7 per person and each person is responsible for his or her own lunch. To ensure everyone has a meal, please RSVP the Chamber Office by Tuesday, April 4th at noon by calling 731-986-4664.

Lunch will be served from 12pm to 12:20pm, from12:20pm to 12:35pm there will be remarks from Rep. Holt and from 12:35pm to1pm you can take part in the Question and Answer session with Rep. Holt.

For more information,  please call the Carroll County  Chamber of Commerce Office at 731- 986-4664.

High School Student Wins Bethel Scholarship in the KBF National Championship Tourney

Bethel University Fishing Team Coach Garry Mason, Chad Hoover with the winner Tim Thao. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship Tournament was held in Henry County over the week as 600 anglers from 37 states came and competed in the tournament over the week at KY Lake and Barkley Lake. In the high school part of the tournament, Bethel University's Fishing team coach Garry Mason and KBF Tourney President Chad Hoover presented Tim Thao with a 4 year scholarship to Bethel University worth $24K.

Steve Trkla, President of the North American operations for Torqeedo and a core sponsor of the KBF National Championship Tournament,  said that the mayor came and talked to the at the tournament on Thursday and the mayor said that the KBF National Championship Tournament  has generated more than $1 million dollars in revenue for Henry County.

This year’s grand prize for KBF National Championship Tournament  was over $35K and Torqeedo who is the core sponsor of the KBF National ChampionshipTournament  will be upping next year’s prize to $100K, which will attract more anglers to compete in the 2018 KBF National Championship Tournament.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Chad Hoover the president of the KBF National Championship Tournament is growing the sport by combining all of the other kayak clubs into one organization just like B.A.S.S. founder, Ray Scott, did by combining all of the fishing clubs under one organization.

Hoover also decided to share a special moment with at the KBF National Championship Tournament  when he and his wife Kristie married each other in front of all of their friends and the kayakers they’ve known for a long time.

According to Steve Trkla in 2009 there were only 50,000 kayakers and in 2016 that number has grown to 2.3 million kayakers, which makes kayaking the second faster growing marine sport just behind paddle boarding.

Huntingdon Woman Hit By a Car is in Critical Condition


Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Wednesday March 29th at approximately 4:09pm the Huntingdon Police Department was notified that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on West Main St ( U.S. HWY 70) near the western city limits of Huntingdon.

Officers and rescue workers arrived on the scene and found Ms. Amberly Hicks, age 30 of Huntingdon, in an unconscious state. Witnesses reported that it appeared she was trying to get a dog out of road near her home, when she was struck by the mirror of a pick-up truck that was westbound.

The driver of the truck was Marlene Hernandez of Milan TN. Ms. Hernandez was driving a 2015 Toyota truck and pulling a boat. Investigation of the accident does not indicate any fault on the part of Ms. Hernandez, no charges are expected to be forthcoming.

Ms. Hicks was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville TN. This morning I was informed by a spokesperson from Vanderbilt that Ms. Hicks remains in Critical Condition.

McKenzie Man Charged With Theft

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Brandon Leek charged Darrian A. Allen, age 37 of 184 Elm Street of McKenzie, on Wednesday, March 22nd for theft of merchandise.

Miss Southern Belle Pageant is Saturday, April 1st at 10am

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Miss Southern Belle pageant, which represents the Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival, will be held on Saturday, April 1st beginning with registration at 9:30am and the pageant will begin at 10am at McKenzie High School, located at 23292 Highway 22 in McKenzie.

Tickets cost $5 and children under 3 get in for free. The cost for contestants in beauty only is $25, which includes 1 guest, and each additional category will cost $5 per entry. There will be a sibling discount which will cost $60 for two contestants and for 3 contestants it will cost $90 for all categories.

A queen and 3 alternates will be chosen in each category. Attire for the pageant is Sunday best or pageant wear. There will also be three optional categories for brightest smile, prettiest hair and flair for fashion.

Approximate age division times are: 0-12 months at 10am, 13-23 months at 10:30am, 2-3 years at 11am, 4-6 yrs at 11:30am, 7-9 years at Noon, 10-12 years at 12:30pm, 13-15 years at 1pm and 16-21 years at 1:30pm.

For more information contact Kim Callahan at 731-234-3296 or you can email

Shine Like a Diamond is Saturday, April 1st

McKenzie, Tenn.- In celebration of their 10th summer, Royal Heights Productions will be presenting their annual fundraiser concert titled Shine Like a Diamond, on Saturday, April 1st at 7pm at Bethel University’s Dickey Fine Arts Building in the Bouldin Auditorium located on Bethel’s McKenzie Campus.

The fundraiser concert will be featuring acts from some of the Royal Heights Productions talented members and friends. Tickets cost $7 per person and tickets will be available in the lobby 30 minutes prior to performance.

Lady Rebels Take on Milan in Softball Action on April 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball team will take on the Milan Lady Bulldogs at home on Monday, April 3rd weather permitting. If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to the Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm beginning with the pregame show at 4:45pm.

McKenzie Man Arrested on Possession Charges

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  On Wednesday, officers from the Huntingdon Police Department arrested Adrian M Nesbitt, age 28 of McKenzie, on possession charges after discovering 52 grams of marijuana in his car.

The Officers had prior knowledge that Nesbitt had multiple charges on him in Carroll County and stopped him when he got parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Huntingdon shortly after 1:14pm on Wednesday.

Upon checking his vehicle a strong odor of marijuana was noticed by the Officers. Two bags of marijuana were seen in the floorboard of the pick-up truck Nesbitt was driving.

Nesbitt was taken to the Carroll County jail on prior warrants including: Capias from Weakley County, Charges from Carroll County: Theft Over $1000, Vandalism Over $1000 and Aggravated Burglary.

Nesbitt was charged by Huntingdon Investigator Joey Hedge with Felony possession of schedule VI with Intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Huntingdon Officers involved in Nesbitt's arrest were Investigator Hedge, Officer Danny Emerson and Commander Johnny Hill. Two Carroll County Sheriffs Deputies came to the scene to assist, Sgt. Lee Bates and Deputy Chris Byrd.

Burn Permits Required Now Through May

Carroll County, Tenn.- The Carroll County Forestry Office wanted to remind residents that burn permits are required now through May 15th.

Anyone wanting to burn something outside must secure a burn permit from the Division of Forestry. Burn permits are required for anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland.  

Burn permits are not required for those using containers to burn something. An acceptable container would be to use a metal barrel with a half inch mesh screen cover. To obtain a free burn permit you can call the Carroll County Forestry Office at 731-986-5550.




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