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Over 2 Dozen People Come Out for the National Day of Prayer

David Jackson photo

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce organized the National Day of Prayer celebration and was held at the Carroll County Airport Thursday morning.  Local officials and dignitaries led in prayers for various groups including, the needy, businesses, local, state, national and world leaders, military, EMS and medical groups along with all the churches in the Carroll County area. 

Bob Rutledge opened the program with an opening prayer and National Prayer followed by Ben Whitehead who read Billy Graham's Prayer for the Nation. Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride led prayer for the Carroll County Citizens.Al Bailey led the group in attendance in four songs including Amazing Grace, God Bless America and others.  Joe Smothers read President Washington's Prayer for Our Nation before a final song and group recitation of The Lord's Prayer led by Bob Rutledge. A total of 19 prayers were led at Thursday's National Day of Prayer.

Don't Miss the Dixie's Derby Day on Sat. May 6th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- If you’re on this side of the Kentucky line on Derby Day, you don’t want to miss the Dixie’s 6th Annual Derby Day on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 3pm at the Dixie in Huntingdon.

Derby Day at The Dixie is free and open the public. The Dixie will usher in the big race with a good old-fashioned tail gate party starting at 3pm outside with The Cherry Avenue Band playing some of the best bluegrass music around.

The Huntingdon Animal Clinic,a sponsor of the Derby Day, will have a thoroughbred racehorse on hand along with a jockey for you to take photos with and there will be plenty of crafts and games for kids to enjoy.

There will be lots of good Southern food, fun, fellowship, live and silent auctions and let’s not forget about the fast horses. You can also take part in the silent and live auctions with proceeds from the auctions going to benefit The Dixie’s Academic Enrichment programs

At 5pm, attendees will move inside The Dixie to cheer on your favorite horses in the Kentucky Derby on the big screen in the Hal Holbrook Theatre.

If you would like to host your own tent at the tailgate party so you can decorate your tent, invite your friends and provide your favorite food just call, Teresa Carter at 614-7487.

On Saturday, May 6th grab a lawn chair and come on out to Derby Day at The Dixie.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp arrested Timothy Cook, age 50 of Allen Trailer Circle of McKenzie, on Sunday for public intoxication and placing 911 calls in a non-emergency situation. Cook was placed on $2,500 bond.

McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale Set for This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale which is set for Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.

If you need a map with all of the yard sale addresses you can now pick up the maps at  McKenzie City Hall. For more information, please contact Nancy Jarred at 731-514-8761.

Carroll County Man Wanted After Fleeing from Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Metro Crime Unit arrested a Benton County Woman and have issued warrants on two other men after executing a search warrant on Monday, May 1st at a residence on Vale Road in Paris.

When officers arrived at the scene, Harry T. McNeal, the homeowner, and Tyler Ashby, of Carroll County, fled from the home into the woods.

Amber Smotherman, of Camden, was arrested for possession of stolen property over $10K after police found her in possession of a stolen car from East Tennessee.  Smotherman was placed on $2,500 bond.

After searching officers recovered a second stolen vehicle in McNeal’s shed and drug paraphernalia was located at the home.  McNeal and Ashby both have outstanding warrants and further charges for theft and possession will be filed.

The Henry County SRT team and the Paris Police Fast team were deployed to search and secure the home. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police, Puryear Police, DEA, and Sheriff’s Office assisted in the execution of the search warrants. Both McNeal and Ashby were still on the run as of Tuesday morning on May 2nd.

Bethel University Spring 2017 Commencement is May 6th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring 2017 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 6th.

Those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 10am ceremony and those receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 1pm ceremony. Both events will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena, which is located at 101 Wildcat Lane on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus.

Guest seating for commencement will begin one hour prior to each ceremony, and line up of graduates will begin at that time as well.

For questions regarding Bethel Commencement, graduates should contact the registrars within their specific colleges. Anyone other questions please contact Myra Carlock at 352-4090 or at

MSSD BOE Pass New Early Grad and Wellness Policies

MSSD BOE (Cassie Walsh photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday and they passed amendments to the McKenzie Special School District Board of Education Policy Manual in regards to early graduation and student wellness.

The new early graduation policy states that the school system will not penalize students who graduate early. So students who graduate early will be allowed to attend prom and the graduation ceremony, but the exception to this is for student athletes who aren’t allowed to play sports after they graduate under TSSAA rules. Director Lynn Watkins said that as of now they expect to have around 16 students graduate in December this coming school year.

The board also accepted the student wellness policy, which is to make sure that students in elementary schools received 130 minutes of exercise and students in secondary schools get 90 minutes of exercise per day.

There will also be a coordinator of school health who will do assessments to make sure that the schools are serving the proper meals and they are providing the specified amount of physical activity.

Elam Honored and Teacher Appreciation Week is This Week

MSSD BOE Chairman John Austin thanking Jo Ann Elam for all of her years of teaching in the school system. (Cassie Walsh photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- At the McKenzie Special School District Board of Education meeting the board gave a special recognition for retiring teacher, Ms. Jo Ann Elam an English teacher from McKenzie High School, who has been teaching for around 37 years. 

Director Watkins also wanted to announce that this week is teacher appreciation week. So send a note or just tell your teachers or your child’s teachers thank you for all of the work they do.

MSSD BOE Pass New Amendments

MSSD BOE (Cassie Walsh photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Board of Education also passed budget amendments to the McKenzie Special School District funds, because they received a refund from the battle the school district had with AT&T. So the board will use those funds to purchase the house next to the board office.

The McKenzie Board of Education also approved that Emma Renfro will serve as the student board representative for 2017-2018 school year.  Renfro will be sworn in at the McKenzie Special School District August board meeting.

The Board also approved that The McKenzie Board of Education, hereafter consents that the 2017-2018 budget for the IDEA and Carl Perkins Federal Projects shall be the budget approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Carroll County National Day of Prayer is Thurs. May 4th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce wanted to invite the community to join them at the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4th at 8am at the Carroll County Airport, located at 535 Airport Lane in McKenzie.

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is holding a National Day of Prayer as gathering for people to pray for our nation, our state, our county and neighbors. Coffee and donuts will be available for those who attend.

The event is sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Carroll County National Day of Prayer at the Airport please call the Chamber at 731-986-4664.

Rebels vs Rockets in 1st Round of District Playoffs on May 2nd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The District Tournament Baseball and Softball action begins this week and in baseball Huntington is number one, McKenzie is number two and Dresden is number three in the district. The McKenzie Rebels Baseball team will be hosting the Clarksburg Rockets at McKenzie City Park on Tuesday, May 2nd at 5pm, weather permitting.

Burger Bash Raises $7,164 for Carl Perkins Center

Paris, Tenn.- Local McDonald's in Carroll, Henry and Weakley Counties partnered with the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Paris to help raise money to support its programs earlier in April.

The Burger Bash included 9 different McDonald's and $7,164 was raised and will help families in these counties over the next several months. The Center has helped almost 1100 individuals in our community.

Carroll County Unemployment Rates Fall in March

Nashville- Tennessee’s county unemployment rates were released late last week for March and the rate has decreased in 91 counties, increased in three counties, and remained the same in one county from February’s rates.

Carroll County’s March unemploymen rate decreased from February to March from 6.7% to 6.4%.

Benton County’s rate came down from 6.9% to 6.6%;Henry County’s rate came in at 5.7%, down from 6.2% in February and down from 6.0% in March of 2016. Houston County’s rate dropped eight tenths of a percent from 7.8% to 7.0%; Stewart County saw the biggest decrease locally with a drop of 1.2% from a February rate of 7.5% to a March rate of 6.3%. Weakley’s County’s rate decreased from 5.7 to 5.3%.

Lady Rebels Defeat the Dresden Lady Lions on Monday

Dresden, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels got a big win Monday evening at Dresden with a 10 to 1 victory over the Dresden Lady Lions. Winning pitcher and lead off hitter Audrie Washburn set the tone with a lead off home run over the left field wall to start things off.

The Lady Rebels would ad four more runs in the second inning on singles by Amberleigh Cooper, Anna Comer, Alayna Parish, and Audrie Washburn. Walks in the fifth inning to Comer and Parrish and an error allowed Sarah Jackson to get on base setting up a base hit once again by Washburn and scoring three more runs.

Washburn would end up going 4 of 4 with three singles and the home run and would score three times on the evening. She allowed only 4 hits, struck out 7 Lady Lions and walked 3 for the game. The Lady Lions answered Washburn's lead off home run in the bottom of the first inning with two singles on bunts and a stolen base that tied the game one to one. But the Lady Rebels countered with 4 runs in the second, 3 runs in the 5th and 2 in the 7th for the final score of 10-1.

The Lady Rebels will start the district tournament with a play in game scheduled at McKenzie on Thursday, May 4th at 5pm, weather permitting. The remainder of the district tournament for Lady Rebels and the Rebels will be played in Huntingdon.

Gleason Fire Dept. Annual Chicken Sale is Sun. May 7th


Gleason, Tenn.- The Gleason Fire Department will hold its Annual Grilled Chicken Sale on Sunday, May 7th from 11am to 1pm at the Gleason fire station, which is located at 202 South Cedar Street in Gleason.

The grilled chicken lunch costs $6 per plate which includes a grilled chicken half, baked beans, slaw and bread.

All of the proceeds from the grilled chicken sale will benefit the Gleason Fire Department.

Lady Rebels vs Dresden in Softball Action on WHDM on Mon. May 1st

Dresden, Tenn.- The McKenzie  Lady Rebels will play the Dresden Lady Lions in Dresden on Monday, May 1st at 4:30pm weather permitting.

If you can’t make it to the game you can listen to the Lady Rebels take on the Lady Lions right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am or online at beginning with the pregame show at 4:15am.

Rebels Baseball Team Honors Seniors

McKenzie, Tenn.-  The McKenzie High School recognized their senior squad members last week before the baseball game with Waverly last week.  Seniors include Austin Travis, Stuart Spring, Thomas Stallion, Michael Floyd, Gavin Baucum, Brandon Baucum, Josh McCutcheon, and Bransen McCaleb. 

Baseball for Senior night at McKenzie City Park with the McKenzie Rebels taking on Waverly Central ended with a final score 2-0 with Waverly Central defeating the Rebels.

Waverly Central ended up scoring two runs in the top half of the seventh-inning after a couple of errors but runners in scoring position. Senior Thomas Townsend pitched the entire seven innings struck out five batters allowed three hits and walked four batters.

The Rebels left eight men on base and could not score any runs. The two to nothing loss comes after two big wins in a doubleheader against Dresden on Wednesday night. The Rebels one in dramatic fashion in the first game as the home team with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning by Michael Floyd giving the rebels a 6 to 2 victory and the Dresden Lions only their second loss in district action.

The Rebels follow that victory with the 6 to 2 victory in the second game giving Dresden their third loss in the district. The Rebels have only one loss in the district behind Huntington who is undefeated in the district.

Tuesday is Last Day to Register for McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale which is set for Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.

It is free to register for the yard sale and you should register  your address for the yard sale by Tuesday, May 2nd at noon. You can register by stopping by McKenzie City Hall or by calling 352-2332.

Maps with all of the yard sale addresses will be available beginning on Thursday, May 4th and you can pick up the maps at  McKenzie City Hall. For more information, please contact Nancy Jarred at 731-514-8761.

Lavinia Woman Cited for Leaving the Scene of Accident

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department,  Ptl. Paul Eddlemon cited Destiny Renee Morris, age 20 of 455 Byrd Lane of Lavinia, on Sunday, April 23rd for driving an unregistered vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ptl. Eddlemon and Sgt. Jeff Winberry were dispatched to a residence located on Como Street in reference to mailboxes that were damaged after being struck by a vehicle.  Ptl. Billy King  followed  tire marks from the scene to a vehicle located in the parking lot of the Bethel University pool and Bethel security assisted in locating the driver, identified as Morris.

Morris told officers that she swerved to miss a deer and ran off the road. Morris told officers that she had been drinking prior to the accident but she stated that she wasn’t drinking at the time of the accident. Field sobriety tests confirmed her sobriety. Morris agreed to pay for the mailboxes and poles valued at $700 and fix both yards.

McKenzie High Marching Rebels Wins WBFF Band Competition

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Elizondo estimates that between 45,000 and 46,000 people came to see the 64th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade on Friday morning, as the parade escaped looming rain showers.(Cassie Walsh photos) 

Grand Marshall's for the Grand Parade were three military cadets who included: Bailey Compton, United States Air Force Academy, Jesse Hudgins, United States Military Academy at West Point, and Gunner Osborn, United States Naval Academy.

Bands that marched in the 64th Annual WBFF Grand Parade: included the Henry County High School Marching Patriots, Henry County Schools County Wide Band, Bethel University, McKenzie High Schol, Camden High School, Lexington Middle School, Hollow Rock-Bruceton, Glencliff High School and Bellevue Middle School.

Bethel University Band

In the band competition of the WBFF Grand Parade the McKenzie High School Marching Rebels came in 1st place, Camden Central High School came in 2nd place, Hollow Rock- Bruceton High School came in 3rd place, Glencliff High School was 4th place and Lexington Middle School came in 5th place.

McKenzie High Rebels Marching Band

McKenzie High Rebels Marching Band

Float winners: General Managers trophy Miss Teen Float. Most Original 1st place Little Princess, 2nd place The Downtown Paris Association, 3rd place The Fish Tank. Best Club floats: TVCC and Celebrate Recovery was 1st place, Cub Scouts was 2nd place and Lady Bombers Soccer was 3rd place.

Most Beautiful Float: 1st place Tiny Tots, 2nd place Miss Teen, and 3rd place Little Miss. Best Out of Town Floats: Iris Festival won 1st place, City of Dresden won 2nd place and Strawberry Festival won 3rd place.

General Manager's trophy was the Miss Teen Float.

Hollow Rock Bruceton Tigers Marching Band

CCHS Holds Breakfast Fundraiser on Sat. April 29th at 7am

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will hold a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th from 7am to 10am at the Carroll Bank and Trust in Huntingdon, which is located at 19510 West Main Street in Huntingdon.

Come by and join the Carroll County Humane Society breakfast fundraiser for an all you can eat delicious breakfast. They will have all you can eat bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, assorted jellies and jams, juice, milk, and coffee. Tickets cost $8 for adults and children under 10 eat for $4.

CCHS Holds Kitten Shower on Sat. April 29th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will hold a Kitten Shower on Saturday, April 29th from 2pm to 3pm at the Carroll Bank and Trust Community Building in Huntingdon.

The Carroll County Humane Society has recently taken in 37 kittens with 9 mamas since last week, so they are hosting a Kitten Shower in order to ask people to donate the supplies the need to care for the mama cats and kittens.

The CCHS is asking volunteers to bring in canned kitten food, wet or dry kitten formula and formula bottles, small blankets or cat beds, shallow litter pans or disposable aluminum pie or cake tins, kitten chow  and they prefer you bring in Tidy Cat or Arm & Hammer cat litter.

Come by the Kitten Shower with a donation for the kittens and enjoy a snack, punch and even shower games. Some of the sweet kittens will be in attendance for cuddles, but they are still to young to be adopted out.

The Carroll County Humane Society will also  have their $30 vouchers for cat alters available at the Kitten Shower.


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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