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Carroll County Relay for Life Rescheduled for Fri. July 7th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Relay for Life will be Traveling Around the World to Find a Cure at their Event Night next Friday, July 7th from 4pm to 10pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon, located at 201 Fairgrounds Road in Huntingdon.

Doors Open and the Survivor Check In will be from 4pm to 5:30pm. The  Welcome Ceremony is from 6pm to 6:15pm and from 6:15pm to 6:50pm there will be music from Anna and Jon Eaton.

The Opening Ceremony, Survivor’s Lap, and recognition of sponsors and teams will be from 7pm to 7:45pm and  from 7:45pm to 8:30pm the Pit Band performs. The John Everett Williams Magic Show will be from 8:30pm to

8:50pm and the Luminaria Ceremony will be from from 9pm to 9:30pm.

At 9:30pm the Relay for Life will hold their Lip Sync Battle and the Closing Ceremony will be held at 10pm.

On July 7th,  stop by the Carroll County Civic Center and Travel Around the World to Find a Cure with the Carroll County Relay for Life at their Event Night.

For more information, please contact Melissa Baker at 393-3747.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Theft

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Billy King arrested Quincy Johnson, age 20 of Walnut Circle of McKenzie, on Saturday for theft over $1,000 under $2,500.

CCHS Bingo Night is Sat. July 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will host another bingo night on Saturday, July 15th from 6pm to 9pm at the Carroll Bank and Trust Community Room in Huntingdon.

Carroll County Humane Society’s Bingo Night will be fun for all ages. Concessions including BBQ, snacks, desserts and drinks will be available. And participants will also get a chance to win prizes including the grand prize which is a $100 Walmart gift card.

McKenzie Police Cite Several for Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon cited Sean Lowrance, age 25 of Bell Store Road of McKenzie, on Saturday for driving on a suspended license and for his 3rd failure to show proof of insurance offense.

Ptl. Eddlemon also cited Jason Rainey, age 37 of Tumbling Creek Road of McKenzie, on Sunday  for driving on a revoked license and for a registration violation.

In another report, Officer Cody Coleman cited Sharie Kalis, age 28 of Paris Park of McKenzie, on Thursday for driving on a suspended license and violation of the light law.


2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County is Sat. July 22nd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County will be held on Saturday, July 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at the Venue at Waddell Place on Joy Sparks Road in McKenzie.

The 2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County is a fun evening of delicious food, silent auction items, and live entertainment by The Flashback Band. Admission is $10 per person or one free admission if you're entering an item in the Taste categories. Categories this year are: Best Appetizer, Best BBQ, Best Sandwich, Best Dessert, Best Side and Best Overall.

For more information just email clarkc@bethelu.edu or lisalangford0103@yahoo.

Two Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon arrested James Entrekin, age 38, and Pablo Martinez, age 23, both of Allen Street of McKenzie on Sunday for public intoxication.

Mudslingers July Summer Pottery Camp is July 10-14

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Summer Camps: Mudslingers July Pottery Camp will be held on Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th at the Mudslingers Pottery Studio in Huntingdon.

Candace Gooch-Ward will be the instructor and the cost is $85 per camper.

Camp times for PreK to K Grades are from 10am to 11am, 1st to 2nd Grades is from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 3rd to 4th Grades is from 2pm to 3pm and  5th to 8th Grades class will be from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Classes will consist of an introduction to basic pottery skills of pinching, coil-building, slab construction, and throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will also be introduced to various glazing and firing processes.

Huntingdon Town Council Pass Budget and Property Tax Increase on 2nd Reading


Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council  met Tuesday and council passed several ordinances after the second reading on Monday nught.  The Huntingdon Council passed amendments to the 16-17 and 17-18 Fiscal Year budgets along with a property tax increase.

The 2017 tax rate will increase 14 cents to $1.34 per $100 assessment in order to fund Huntingdon’s 2018 Fiscal Year Budget. The budget includes anticipation of a health insurance increase effective on January 1st, 2018, since providing health insurance coverage for the employees of the Town of Huntingdon remains a priority for the town.

The 17-18 Fiscal year budget includes: the Drug Control Fund will have $17,465 in revenue over expenses, the Public Improvement Fund will have $1,250 in revenue over expenses, the General Fund will have $36,525 in revenue over expenses, DCPA Special Projects Fund will have $2,050 in revenue over expenses and the Utility Fund will have balance of $189,750 in revenue over expenses.

The 2018 Budget comments include a 15 raise cent per hourly employee of the town Huntingdon beginning on July 1st with an additional 15 cents per hour on the anniversary date of hire and the continuation of providing health insurance and other employee benefits.


Huntingdon Town Council Pass to Give Funds to Various Organizations

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council also approved for the 17-18 fiscal year the town will  disperse $15,050 in funds to various organizations.

The AYSO 1077 CC Youth Soccer will receive $500, Carroll Academy Athletic Program will receive $375, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will get $1,500, Carroll County Library will get $2,500, Carroll County Rescue Squad will receive $750,  Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame will get $187.50, Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center will get $375, Huntingdon Girls Softball League will get $750, Huntingdon Band Boosters will get $750, Huntingdon Jr. Babe Ruth will get $375.

The Huntingdon Boys Baseball will get $750, Huntingdon Golf Team will get $200, Huntingdon Police Dept/ Help for needy gets $187.50, Huntingdon Recreation Center gets $500, HHSD Summer Recreational Program gets $1,500, Huntingdon Project Graduation gets $250, Huntingdon Youth Football League gets $500, L. H. Chance Memorial Scholarship will receive $500 and the West TN River Basin will get $2,600.


Huntingdon Town Council Pass Drought Plan on 2nd Reading


Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On the second reading, the town council passed a resolution that states that the Utility District has adopted a Drought management plan in order to be in compliance with the State of TN Department of Environment and Conservation.

The drought response plan is broken into four phases: Drought Alert, Voluntary Water Reductions, Mandatory Water Restrictions and Emergency Water Management. The drought management  phases and sets of trigger points along with their associated goals are described below. Failure to achieve a management  phase's goal within a reasonable time then the next phase will be implemented.

The voluntary reductions phase customers will be encouraged to more efficient watering practices in order to reduce the water use by 10%. In the event that Huntingdon feels that they need to activate the Mandatory Water Restrictions, then the town will be required to reduce water use by 15%. This means that customers using more than 4000 gallons per month will be assessed a $15 surcharge.

In the Mandatory Water Restrictions phase, violators will receive a written warning for the first offense, they will receive a $50 fine on the second offense and on the third offense the violator will have their water discontinued for a maximum of 5 days and a re-connection fee will be required in order to restore service.

In the event that the Emergency Water Management phase is activated a $25 surcharge will be assessed to customers using more than 4000 gallons per month.

In the Emergency Water Management phase, violators will receive a written warning for the first offense, they will receive a $50 fine on the second offense and on the third offense the violator will have their water discontinued for a maximum of 15 days and a re-connection fee will be required in order to restore service.

Huntingdon Town Council Pass Public Records Policy

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council passed a resolution adopting a public records policy.

The cost for copies will be $0.15 per page for letter- and legal-size black and white copies and it will cost $0.50 per page for letter- and legal-size color copies.The actual cost of any other medium upon which a record/information is being produced.

Labor when time exceeds five (5) hours and recovery of the labor cost charged at a rate of$12.00 per hour. If an outside vendor is used, the actual costs assessed by the vendor.

Payment is to be made in cash, by  personal  check, or by  credit  card payable to the Town of Huntingdon and  presented to the records custodian. Payment in advance will be required when costs are estimated to exceed $15.00.

Carroll County Unemployment Rates Decrease for May

Carroll County, Tenn.- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development released May 2017 County Unemployment rates last week, and following the state’s lowest unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, the rates decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in one county.

Carroll County’s unemployment rate for May was 4.0%, down from 5.3% in April and down from May 2016’s rate of 5.9%. 470 Carroll Countians were also looking for work in May, out of an estimated labor force of 11,640.

Henry County’s unemployment rate for May 2017 came in at 3.4%, down from 4.3% in April and down from 4.9% in May 2016. That means of Henry County’s 13,710 estimated labor force, 470 were looking for a job in May.

Houston and Benton Counties came in with the highest unemployment rate as Houston County’s was 4.5% for May 2017 and Benton County’s was 4.2%. The rates for both Houston and Benton Counties decreased both from April to May of this year and from May last year as well.

Stewart County’s rate was 4.0% and Weakley County’s rate came in at 3.5%, both decreased from April of this year and May of last year.

New Johnsonville Man Wanted for Attempted 1st Degree Murder is Arrested in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Paris Police Department , Officers with the PPD arrested James Paul Hill of New Johnsonville who was wanted as a fugitive from Carroll, Benton, and Humphreys Counties was arrested at the Terrace Woods Travel Lodge in the early hours Monday morning.

The Paris Police Department received information from a concerned citizen regarding a subject at the Terrace Woods Lodge that the citizen believed was wanted for murder in another jurisdiction.

Officers were told the subject was sitting in a dark colored vehicle in the parking lot and two subjects were inside the car with the subject. The driver identified himself as John Smith, but he wasn’t able to give any information proving his identity. During a pat down of the driver’s outer clothing two hypodermic needles were found on his person.

After a search of the area Police found the subject’s state issued ID card to James Paul Hill and officers were aware of his active warrants for attempted 1st degree murder in Carroll County and other warrants in Benton and Humphreys. The passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody for drug paraphernalia that was found on his person during a pat down.

Officers then went to room 108 to attempt to make contact with the vehicle owner, Samantha Hollowell of Camden. The press release said the room smelled of burned marijuana and consent was given by occupants to search the room. Jennifer Hisey of Camden, was found to have several pills in her purse that were identified as a schedule Four narcotic and Hisey was charged with simple possession.

Officers were able to tie James Paul Hill to the room, and show that the three female occupants were aware of his identity and his fugitive status. Hollowell, Hisey, and Brittany Corbitt, of Camden, were all charged with accessory after the fact of a felony for their roles in aiding Hill in attempting to elude authorities and avoid prosecution.

Hill was charged with simple possession of schedule VI substance, criminal impersonation, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and he was placed on $2K bond in Henry County.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said on Monday morning that Hill is in the jail and will serve a sentence here. Both Carroll and Humphreys County have expressed intent on wanting Hill to serve time for crimes he committed in their counties.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson was the lead officers and was assisted by Ptl. David Beauvais, Ptl. John Baxter, Sgt. Jamie James, and Lt. Ean Reed.

Carroll Arts Creativity Camp is July 10-14

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll Arts Creativity Camp for Elementary and Middle School Students of Carroll County will be held on Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th from 1pm to 4pm daily at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church located on Highland Drive in McKenzie.

There will be art, music, drama, creative writing and of course there will also be snacks. For more information just call 225-4470.

South Carolina Team Wins Bassmasters High School National Championship


Tommy Floyd and James Gibbons from South Florence High School won the 2017 Costa Bassmasters National Championship with a total weight of 43lbs 3 ounces. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- On the final day of the Costa Bassmasters High School National Championship HCHS Shawn Burkhart and Gavin Gordon, along with help from their Coach Jake Lawrence, won 2nd place with a total of 42lbs 15 ounces. HCHS came in just behind Tommy Floyd and James Gibbons from South Florence High School in South Carolina who won the 2017 Costa Bassmasters National Championship with a total weight of 43lbs 3 ounces.


HCHS Shawn Burkhart, Coach Jake Lawrence and Gavin Gordon won 2nd place with a total of 42lbs 15 ounces in the 2017 Costa Bassmasters National Championship. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Floyd and Gibbons will split a $5,000 scholarship and Coach Garry Mason from Bethel University offered Floyd and Gibbons a three year scholarship to Bethel along with a spot on the Bethel University fishing team.


Tommy Floyd and James Gibbons will split a $5,000 scholarship as Coach Garry Mason from Bethel University offered Floyd and Gibbons a three year scholarship to Bethel along with a spot on the Bethel University Fishing Team. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Gordon and Burkhart had 22lbs 11 ounces on day 1 of the tournament and they caught 20lbs 5 ounces on day 2 of the tournament despite getting a rule violation early in the day, but Gordon and Burkhart still came out in 2nd place. This was the first year HCHS had a team entered into the tournament. Gordon and Burkhart also get to split a $3,000 scholarship for coming in second place.


HCHS Shawn Burkhart and Gavin Gordon won 2nd place with a total of 42lbs 15 ounces in 2017 Costa Bassmasters National Championship. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Two People Cited for Driving on Revoked License

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon cited Jaylan Floyd, age 24 of Rison Street of Paris, on Tuesday for driving on a suspended license.

In another report, Ptl. Austin Jones cited Russell Mullins, age 22 of West Main Street of Huntingdon, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license and speeding 40mph in a 25mph zone.

West TN Artisan Trail at the Dixie Ballroom Till July 29th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Ballroom Gallery presents West Tennessee Artisan Trail Exhibit "Fine art, fine life" is open now through July 29th.

“Fine art, fine life” will feature 12 juried artisans sharing their creative journey in art mediums such as pottery, woodturning, jewelry, paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture.

These artisans include: Jan Strickland, pottery; Libby Lynch, jewelry; Wanda Stanfill, painter, sculptor; Andrew Boks, abstract artist; Greg Phillips, woodturning; Hattie Duncan, sculptor; Janice Sumler, painter; Lisa Garner, textiles; Jacque Hillman, jewelry; Jesse Hillman, photography; Lisa Kersey, painter; Dennis Fischer, woodturning.

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail was created in 2015 to provide regional artists the opportunity to show and sell through local festivals, gallery shows and pop-up shops. westtennesseeartisantrail.com

To see the art show just stop by the  Dixie Ballroom Gallery open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and during performances.  For information about this and other Ballroom Gallery events, please contact Laura DeVille at ldeville@dixiepac.net.


 

 

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