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Christmas Eve Service at 1st Baptist in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - Wednesday night December 24th at the First Baptist Church in McKenzie located on McTyire street in McKenzie will be having their annual Christmas Eve service beginning at 11pm and would like for you to attend. All are welcome to attend this special service in celebrating the Reason for the Season and they hope to see you there.

Attempted Break In at Subway

McKenzie, Tenn - A call came into the McKenzie Police Department in regards to an attempted break in. When officers arrived at Subway located on Highland Drive they found that a window had been broken out. Officers collected evidence and an investigation is ongoing at this time.

Theft While Shopping at EW James

McKenzie, Tenn - A patron of EW James in McKenzie reported to the police department that while she was in the store, someone had stolen  her purse and contents out of her vehicle while she was shopping. This case is still under investigation according to the report.

State Fire Marshal Urges Caution When Cooking this Christmas

Nashville- The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging cooks in Tennessee to practice good safety habits in the kitchen during the next couple of days as you prepare dinners for Christmas get togethers.

Unattended cooking ranks as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home-fire injuries and can take a devastating toll. During the 2009-2013 period, Tennessee fire departments reported over 9800 residential structure fires involving cooking equipment. These fires resulted in 33 civilian deaths, 249 civilian injuries, and over $37M in direct property damage.

The risks of home fires only increase as shopping, event planning, and meal preparation increase at Christmas time.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says added awareness and following some simple rules of thumb can help the season remain festive and safe for everyone.

Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it. Turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if its for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office also suggests creating a “kid-free” zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

Other safety tips include: be alert, if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove; stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food, turn the stovetop off when you leave the kitchen; if you have a fire in the kitchen just get out of it and call 911, when you leave the kitchen close the door if there is one to try to contain the fire to that area; keep a lid nearby when your are cooking to smother small grease fires; for an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Sheriffs Department Busy with Break In Reports

Huntingdon, Tenn - Several reports of breaking and entering were reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department this week, with the first being on Pauline Lane in Huntingdon. The report stated that a person or persons did enter two houses on Pauline Lane by force, kicking in the doors to gain entry. The unknown subjects did tear out sheet rock ceilings in several rooms to gain access to the attic area, and cut and pulled copper wiring out of the attic. The unknown suspects did also cut electric cords from the appliances in both homes. The estimated value placed on the damages was placed at $1,000.00.

Another home on Hwy 70 in Cedar Grove was broken into and the back door had been pried open and someone had opened all the kitchen cabinets, all bedroom closets, and storage drawer in every room. At the time of the report, the known items missing is two tackle boxes with fishing supplies, assorted CD’s and DVDs, a check book and box of checks, a Samsung Tablet and approximately $500 in cash.

A homeowner on Hebron Church Road in Bruceton reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department that someone stole a Milwaukee Sawsall and an electric heater from the shop at his residence.  All these reports of breaking and entering are currently under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriffs department.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Sheriffs Dept.

McKenzie, Tenn - Patrolman Tyler Verner of the McKenzie police department transported Wendy Huddleston age 39 of McKenzie to the Carroll County Sheriffs department after a routine traffic stop where 1.5 grams of meth and 10.9 grams of marijuana was found on her person.

Man Lying in Roadway Charged with Public Intox and Drug Poss.

Henry, Tenn - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated that Henry Police Chief David Andrews responded to a call of a man lying in the roadway on Replogle Road in Henry. Andrews found Jerry L. Jackson, age 50 of Derrington Drive, laying in the road and asked him if he was sick.

The report said Jackson’s speech was so slurred that he couldn’t understand what he said. Jackson wasn’t able to stand up with help and Andrews placed him under arrest for his safety and the safety of others. A search of his person found Jackson was in possession of a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine. Jackson was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

State Unemployment Drops to 6.8%

Nashville, Tenn - More good news came from Nashville on the economic front Thursday afternoon as the state’s November unemployment numbers were released, showing the rate had decreased to 6.8%. That rate comes in three tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate of 7.1%. The National Unemployment rate for November was at 5.8%, unchanged from October.

Since November of 2013, the unemployment rate for Tennessee has decreased from 7.9% to 6.8% while the national rate has dropped from 7.0% to 5.8%.

The largest increase in jobs over the past year has occurred in professional/business services, trade/transportation/utilities, and durable goods manufacturing. The largest decrease in jobs over the last year has occurred in accommodation/food services, retail trade, and administrative/support/waste services. The county unemployment rates will be released after Christmas.

$7.5M Industrial Project To Create 100 Jobs in Paris

Industrial Board members discuss Project Sampson at their meeting Thurs. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - The City of Paris Industrial Board met on Thursday morning and announced a $7.5M industrial project that is expected to bring 100 jobs to Paris.

The name of the company has not been released and CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said it was referred to as Project Sampson. The company will be located at the city of Paris Industrial Park off of Highway 641 South.

Attorneys from the Lanham Law Firm in Dyersburg were present and

Scott Hyatt of the firm said the $7.5M will be used for purchase of the land and in construction of the building, as well as equipment that will be used on the site.

Discussion lasted awhile and Clifty Creek was a slight concern, but not expected to be a big issue as soil tests have been completed and the only other issue brought up was digging the foundation may have to be changed some.

The company and Industrial board agreed to a PILOT, or Payment In Lieu of Taxes and the land would be owned by the Industrial Board, and the company agrees to maintain the 100 jobs promised. The company could add another 25-50 jobs once its completely up and running. If the company fails to keep 100 jobs, they would owe the Industrial Board money for the property.

In other business on Thursday, the Industrial Board discussed that the PILOT they had with Allegro Fine Foods had expired and attorneys are working on a title transfer from the Industrial Board to Allegro. The board will meet again on December 29th.

This is the spot the company will be built on, off of 641S. and Hwy. 218. (Cheryl Allen photo)

 

                   Area Happenings

Ho! Ho! the mistletoe!

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service—First Methodist Church @ 11:00 P.M.

 

            McKenzie High School News

 

Dec 22 thru Jan 5 – Christmas Break for students

 

              UPCOMING REBEL SPORTS:

 

Dec 27, 29, 30   basketball tournament @ Gibson County High School

 

 

 

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