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The Owen Family Performing at Marlboro Baptist Church on Sunday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The Owen Family will be singing on New Years Eve, Sunday, December 31st, at 8pm at the Marlboro Baptist Church, located at 25165 Hwy 114 in Bruceton. Everyone is welcomed to attend this free concert.


Marty Stuart's Pilgrims,
Sinners, Saints and Prophets Exhibit at the Dixie Ballroom Gallery Through February


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.


Humane Society's Breakfast Fundraiser is Saturday


Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will host an all-you-can eat breakfast on Saturday, December 30th at the Carroll Bank & Trust in Huntingdon in the Community Room from 7am to 10am.

The breakfast costs $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The menu includes bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, assorted jellies and jams, juice, milk and coffee.

Blood Drive at Huntingdon Health and Rehab on Tuesday


Huntingdon, Tenn.- The LifeLine Blood Services will be at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, January 2nd from 12pm to 5pm.

All donors will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt and will be registered to win three nights in Gatlinburg, Wall Art from Bills Florist, gift card from Pure Style Salon, gift certificate from The Gift Grove, one of five meal vouchers (combo) at Sonic, one of two $50 Wal-Mart gift cards from Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center, $25 gift certificate from Mallards Restaurant or a $25 Domino’s Pizza gift card.


The Owen Family Will be Performing in Bruceton on New Year's Eve

Bruceton, Tenn.- The Owen Family will be singing on New Years Eve, Sunday, December 31st, at 8pm at the Marlboro Baptist Church, located at 25165 Hwy 114 in Bruceton. Everyone is welcomed to attend this free concert.


McKenzie Man Arrested for DUI

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Josh Wade arrested Albert Beecham, age 79 of McKenzie, for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Shiver on the River Set for January 1st at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th annual Shiver on the River, Chillin for the Children event will be happening on Monday, January 1st at the Paris Landing Marina’s Boat Ramp with registration beginning at noon.  

Registration costs $25 per person and the goal is to raise as much money as possible through contributions, sponsorships, and donations. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place individual and group for those who raise the most.

Participants will receive a free t-shirt and meal at the Paris Landing Inn. T-shirts will be available for sale as well during the event. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. For more information visit the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center’s Facebook page or visit shiverontheriver.com.

Water Company Warns of Frozen Pipes During the Winter Season

Paris, Tenn.- With the extreme cold temperatures for the next several days with highs that are below freezing and lows in the single digits comes the 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. 


Paris Man Arrested for Theft of Tractor from Carroll County


Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a trailer stolen in Carroll County was located in Henry County and the man who allegedly stole the trailer is currently in jail.

On December 15th,  the Carroll Co Sheriff’s Office reported that an enclosed trailer had been stolen from their county. The trailer was 53 feet long and loaded with over 43,000 pounds of aluminum valued over $66,000. The trailer itself was valued at just under $10,000.

During the late evening on Thursday, December 21st, Metro Crime Unit officers were made aware of a possible location of the trailer. Officers with MCU, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris PD found the trailer and all of its contents at the home Jonathan L Blanton, age 32 of Watson Lane of Paris.

Police arrested Blanton for theft of property over $60,000 but less than $250,000. Blanton was placed on $20,000 bond. 

The investigation is still ongoing, with officers from MCU, HCSO and Paris PD working hand in hand with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Additional persons are expected to be charged in this theft.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the tip line at 642-0929.


The Owen Family Will be Performing in Bruceton on Sunday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The Owen Family will be singing on New Years Eve, Sunday, December 31st, at 8pm at the Marlboro Baptist Church, located at 25165 Hwy 114 in Bruceton. Everyone is welcomed to attend this free concert.

Police Cite McKenzie Man for Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Steven Scott cited Brandon Tyler, age 26 of Main Street of McKenzie, for simple possession of a schedule VI substance marijuana.

In the report, Ptl. Scott pulled over Corey Ballentine, age 27 of McKenzie, for speeding. When he spoke to Ballentine and Tyler he could smell marijuana in the car. Ptl. Scott found 8.9 grams of marijuana in the car and Tyler admitted the marijuana belonged to him. Ballentine was also given a warning for speeding. 


Police Arrest Camden Man in Double Homicide

Camden, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of a Camden Man on two counts of First Degree Murder.

On Sunday, December 24th, at the request of District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, TBI Special Agents began an investigation into the death of two individuals that occurred at 4520 Highway 70 East in Camden, TN.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that Jerry Wayne Dabbs, age 63 of Camden, was responsible for the death of Wayna Ruth Hedrick, age 47 of Camden, and Bonnie Sue Hedrick, age 26 of Camden.

Dabbs has been arrested and is being held in the Benton County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police Arrest Huntingdon Teen for Criminal Simulation and in Connection with Huntingdon Robbery

McKenzie,  Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Mark Boaz detained a teen who was a person of interest in a robbery in Huntingdon. and handed him over to Huntingdon Police Department after a routine traffic stop on December 13th.

On Wednesday at 4am, Officer Boaz stopped a vehicle driven by Rebecca Barnett of Huntingdon after she failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Cedar and Highland Drive. Police asked Barnett for insurance, but she was unable to show proof of insurance. Officer  Boaz then cited Barnett for running a red light. When Officer Boaz spoke to the passenger he found that the passenger matched the description of a subject wanted in the robbery of Little General convenience store in Huntingdon earlier this year.

When  Officer Coleman arrived on the scene he asked the young male passenger what his name was. The passenger told police that his name was Canon Magouirk and he was 16. Officer Coleman believed that the male passenger was connected with the Huntingdon robbery so they detained Magouirk for a curfew violation.

At the station, police learned that the passenger who identified himself as Canon Magouirk wasn’t 16 and his name wasn’t Canon but his real name was Christian Magouirk who is 18. Magouirk was then charged with criminal impersonation and he was turned over to Huntingdon authorities to be questioned in regards to the burglary in Huntingdon. Magouirk was placed on $2,000 bond for the criminal impersonation charge.

CCHS Holding Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will host an all-you-can eat breakfast on Saturday, December 30th at the Carroll Bank & Trust in Huntingdon in the Community Room from 7am to 10am.

The breakfast costs $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. The menu includes bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, assorted jellies and jams, juice, milk and coffee.

Lifeline Blood Services Holding Blood Drive in Huntingdon on Jan. 2nd

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The LifeLine Blood Services will be at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, January 2nd from 12pm to 5pm.

 All donors will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt and will be registered to win three nights in Gatlinburg, Wall Art from Bills Florist, gift card from Pure Style Salon, gift certificate from The Gift Grove, one of five meal vouchers (combo) at Sonic, one of two $50 Wal-Mart gift cards from Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation Center, $25 gift certificate from Mallards Restaurant or a $25 Domino’s Pizza gift card.

Police Are Investigating the Death of Two People Near Camden

Benton County, Tenn.- Police are conducting a death investigation of two people in a home near Camden investigating that occurred on Sunday.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are currently working the scene and no details of the deaths have been released. The investigation is still ongoing.  

Several People Arrested on Alcohol Charges

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Landing State Park Ranger Tim Caldwell arrested Herbert Clark, age 63 of Springville, for driving under the influence and evading arrest. Clark was placed on $3,000 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. David  Beauvais arrested Joe Thomas, age 30 of Springville, for driving under the influence. Thomas was placed on $1,500 bond.

Ptl. Beauvais also arrested Michael Southard, age 47 of Big Sandy, for public intoxication and simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Bill Anderson Performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Jan 20th



Huntingdon, Tenn. - Bill Anderson will be performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, January 20th. The show will begin at 2pm with the box office opening 2 hours before showtime. 

Tickets cost $25 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.DixiePac.net or from The Dixie’s Box Office  located at 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by calling 731-986-2100.

Bill Anderson will return to The Dixie stage for a memorable afternoon, performing his greatest hits and telling his best stories as a part of The FirstBank “Dixie Live” Series for the 2017-2018 season with Friends of The Dixie as the event sponsor. Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis will be joining Whisperin’ Bill as a Special Guest.

A country music staple, Anderson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a 56 year member of The Grand Ole Opry, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Making a lasting mark as both an entertainer and a songwriter, Bill Anderson has had a long and more than just slightly successful career.

"I'm thinking, 'I don't want to get up off of this sofa and go answer that phone. I'm trying to watch this ball game!'" Bill recalls. But aren’t we glad he did!

Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis competed in Miss American in Atlantic City, NJ and placed in the Top 12.

In addition to being an amazing vocalist, Caty serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 school children about Character Education. She also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the state.

So on Saturday, January 20th, spend an afternoon with “Whispering Bill,” a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry and one of the most popular entertainers of our time.

Police Investigate Theft From a Paris Business

Paris, Tenn.-According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. David Powell took a report of theft  from a business on Hwy 54 in Paris. When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim who stated that a hydraulic cylinder, valued at more than $760, was taken from a front end loader on a tractor. Police looked at the scene, but no further evidence was found at the scene.

Lifeline Blood Services Holding Blood Drive at HCMC on Wed

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood Services will be holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 27th from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris. All donors will receive a t shirt and may register to win a Kindle Fire HD 6.  All blood types are needed, especially O negative.

DGS Brings The Nutcracker to Life in Amazing Presentation of the Holiday Classic


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of people came out to the Dancing Generation Studios production of The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday at KPAC.

The Dancing Generation Studios commended their dancers who learning the show in 6 weeks. This was also the first time the Dancing Generation Studios have presented a matinee show. Dancing Generation Studios will be celebrating 10 year’s this year and they are located in Camden and in Paris which was opened  this past year.


Nicole Beal as the Rat King battles the Nutcracker played by Joshua Randle at Saturday's DGS presentation of The Nutcracker. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The DGS presentation was a classic ballet in two acts based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Music was by P.I Tschaikovsky. Choreography and Directing by Lissa Marie Davidson. Props and Scenery were by Kristy Odom and Ro Evans, lighting was by Landon Davidson,  Nate Miller was in charge of the sound and Amy Jones and Tas Smith were the stage managers.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The DGS presentation of The Nutcracker was presented by the cast which included: Ariana Saybe as Clara at the Saturday performance and Olivia Harper as Clara on Friday night, Nicole Beal as the Rat King and Joshua Randle as the Nutcracker. Taryn Jones was the Sugar Plum Fairy, Brody Huff was Fritz, Maleah Austin was Chelsea, Ro Evans and Cara Johnson were the grandparents, Daniel Burrows was Drosselmeyer, Wyatt Jones was the Toy Soldier.


Ariana Saybe as Clara and Joshua Randle as the Nutcracker performing a dance during the DGS presentation of The Nutcracker. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Savannah Walker was the Wind Up Doll, Reagan Daniel was the Harlequin Clown, Savanna Martin was the Ballerina Teddy Bear. Savanna Martin was the Snow Queen, Cade Veazey was the Snow Prince, Joshua Randle was Cavalier, Cara Johnson was the Mother Ginger, Winnie Jones  was the Arabian Queen and Cade Veazey was the Arabian King. Chinese: Reagan Daniel, Olivia Harper (Friday)/ Ariana Saybe(Saturday). Russian: Emily Ann Smith and Ro Evans Marzipan: Winnie Jones and Reagan Daniel Dew Drop Fairy (Flowers): Emily Ann Smith.

Special Thanks goes to Amy Jones, the DGS Family, Krider Performing Arts Center and Lee Academy for the Arts. The Owners of DGS Lissa Marie Davidson and Jene' Rutledge. And a thank you goes out to the DGS Staff that included: Joshua Randle and Savanna Martin.


Heather Land Coming to McKenzie in February, So Get Your Tickets Today


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.

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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