From News Director Cheryl Allen
(Friday, May 22nd)
Memorial Day Celebration in McKenzie Monday
McKenzie, Tenn - The City of McKenzie would like to invite you and your family to the Memorial Day Celebrations honoring our Veterans, past and present in the downtown Veterans Park beginning at 10am on Monday.
Ms. Emily Bolin will be the guest speaker, winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot Pen essay contest that was held by the McKenzie VFW. Emily is the daughter of Stephanie Archer Bolin and the late James Bolin, and will be a freshman at McKenzie High School this fall.
Cub Scout Pack 78 of McKenzie will be presenting the colors to begin the ceremony, along with Mayor Jill Holland who will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Gordon Browning Museum will be open as well until 1 pm on Monday for a chance to check out their extensive collections of uniforms.
Refreshments will be served, an all are welcome to attend and bring your lawn chairs for this special day so make plans to attend this event on Monday Memorial Day.
13th Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Thomas Park
Sgt. Brigidier General Tommy Baker
Huntingdon, Tenn - Also in Huntingdon, the City of Huntingdon will be hosting their 13th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 10 at Thomas Park located on East Main Street in Huntingdon on Monday. Sgt. Brigidier General Tommy Baker will be the guest speaker.
Nights on Broadway Begin Next Saturday May 30th at 7 pm
McKenzie, Tenn - Starting next Saturday, Nights on Broadway return to McKenzie at 7 pm for a summer full of good times, great music and great food. Make plans to attend Nights on Broadway for the kick off while the time will roll back with tunes from the “swing” era featuring “The Boys in the Band” with one of McKenzie’s very own Keith Lindsey.
Nights on Broadway will be held a little different this year, instead of every Saturday, Nights on Broadway will be held on the last Saturday of each month ending September 26th.
So be sure to bring those lawn chairs, put on your dancing shoes and come on out to enjoy and evening with friends family and great music.
North Carroll Relay for Life Just Around the Corner
Martha & Selina Segraves (2014 RFL)
(Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie, Tenn - North Carroll Relay for Life is schedule to take place on June 5th from 5 pm to 11 pm t the McKenzie City Park located on Como Street in McKenzie. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the McKenzie Church of Christ.
If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a relay team, you are asked to contact Melissa Baker at 358 - 4362
Road Construction Won't Delay Memorial Day Travelers
Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 22 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
“Over 600-thousand drivers are predicted to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Suspending construction-related lane closures during this busy time will reduce congestion and delays on our major highways and help travelers reach their destinations safely.”
Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects. Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
“Memorial Day marks the unofficial kick-off to the summer driving season, and this year there will be an increased number of drivers on Tennessee’s roadways,” added Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “To help make our roadways safer, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will join together during the Click It or Ticket campaign to crack down on those individuals not wearing their seat belt.”
AAA estimates 37.2 million people will travel more than 50 miles this Memorial Day holiday, a 4.7% increase over last year’s numbers. This marks the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years and includes a 5.3% increase in car travel over last Memorial Day. In Tennessee, AAA predicts that 668,866 will travel by automobile and 55,177 by air.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.
Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely andKnow Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.
Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
(Thursday, May 21st)
Theft Suspect From April Returns to Store
McKenzie, Tenn - Officers of the McKenzie Police Department responded to a call from the Dollar General in regards to shoplifting.
Upon arrival Patrolman Lorrie Mulligan spoke with the store manager who informed her that a black male came into the store, got a cart, and was observed placing a lot of Tide Pod Packages in the cart. The manager stated that the man was the same who came in and stolen $100.00 worth of merchandise in April of this year.
When the manager confronted the suspect, according to the report, he got on his phone and told someone to come on and get him. The manager asked if he had anything on him, he patted himself down and the manager stated she didn’t hear anything.
While reviewing the security cameras according to the report the suspect did not appear to have anything on his person. However, on April 19, 2015 the same subject did have items in his pants. The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male with dark hair, glasses, mustache, and short beard.
The vehicle was described as a maroon Honda with a yellow Pittsburg Steeler tag on the front. No arrests have been made at this time.
Stereo Items Reported Missing
McKenzie, Tenn - Several stereo items were reported stolen to the McKenzie Police Department from the Stonewall Street area. The value amount placed on the items was placed at near $400.00.
Walk Through Reveals Drug Paraphernalia in Residence
McKenzie, Tenn - During a walkthrough with DCS, Officer Michael Verner of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department discovered a durn foil on the trashcan at a residence on Sydnor Road in McKenzie.
The owners of the trailer gave consent to search the rest of the trailer to which revealed in the master bedroom more foil was found, along with a set of scales, burn spoon, and a pipe with meth residue.
Johnathan Shea Morden of Sydnor Road McKenzie and Jennifer Gordon also fo Sydnor Road were cited into court for drug paraphernalia.
Bake Sale/Casserole Orders
Donations for the event will be appreciated. CCHS is also selling 9x13 casseroles for $25 each. Hash Brown, Million Dollar, and Poppy Seed Chicken available.
These are prepaid and picked up at the bake sale on the 20th. For more info, to donate baked goods or to order a casserole please email email@example.com.
McKenzie, Tenn - The Carroll County Humane Society is hosting a breakfast with dad in honor of Father's Day on Saturday, June 20 at the Carroll Bank & Trust community building in Huntingdon, 7-10 a.m.
Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, sausage gravy, assorted drinks All you can eat for $7 adults/$3 under 10.
(Wednesday, May 20th)
Special Called Meeting in Henry: Motion Dies for Water/Sewer Increases on 2nd Reading
Henry, Tenn - A special called meeting of the Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen met Tuesday evening for a lengthy discussion regarding the increase on the water and sewer rates in Henry on the second reading.
Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman discuss rate increase at Special Called Meeting (C. Allen photo)
At the beginning of the meeting Henry citizen Nancy Holliday stated during Citizen Comments that she has a real big problem with the rates as they are now, not to say how they will be if the ordinance is raised.
Henry Citizen Nancy Holliday explains her disagreement on the cost of the rates. (C Allen photo)
Holliday went on to explain that her water bills over the past 6 months where she is being charged for 16,000 gallons and is being charged for 8,000 gallons which she does not use and wants it to be adjusted on her bill if those who fill swimming pools can have an adjustment as well.
Alderman Carl Koch stated that those with swimming pools are not paying for sewer, Holliday’s reply was, "why does she have too”? Holliday stated that “ yall are over charging me and stealing from me, and not only am I not using the minimum, so why cannot I get a repreve”?
Koch stated that the Mayor is not being partial as to who gets repreved and used himself as an example. Koch stated that he moved his business from one location to a location on his property and after having all the proper paperwork in hand, and opened for business, he was informed by the Mayor that the business had to be closed due to the property being a zoned commercialized property.
(R) Alderman Qualls and (L) Koch wait for reply from Mayor about budget before voting. (CAllen photo)
During the lengthy discussion, Alderman Joe Qualls stated that the board needed to have more facts and figures to look at the situation before raising rates, and that they should exhaust more avenues before raising the rates. Alderman Carl Koch agreed with Qualls stating that a budget is needed to look at to first.
Mayor Gross stated that if not raised the city will be held in contempt of court, and could be more litigation if its not raised. Gross stated, “we are in the eleventh hour due to meters being read on the 20th of this month for July”. The rate increase will be in effect on the July bill if passed.
Gross informed the board that himself along with City Recorder Sonya Clayton are working on the budget and will have it done as soon as possible. Alderman Faye Lowery stated that they would be better off to let the state come in and set the rates.
Gross stated that there were two options when it came to that, the first, they could raise the rates a little or double the proposed rate now. Lowery asked “can you just ask them and see because no real estate will ever be sold with rates as they are now”.
Mayor Gross stated that the $15,000 needed to pay the litigation fee agreement for next year is the reason for the increase.
Alderman Koch stated that they need to sit down and look at what “necessities” can be cut in the town; this is what is needed and not the rate increase”. Alderman Lowery stated that “in the past we had factories to help us and now its on the backs of the people of Henry”.
A motion was made to vote on the increase of the water/sewer rates. Alderman Cindy Rainey voted Yes, but was very reluctant, Alderman Joe Qualls, Faye Lowery, and Carl Koch voted Abstain, and Mayor Gross voted Yes.
The motion to raise the rates died at the second reading.
Ladies Gala Ticket Deadline Today
McKenzie, Tenn - Make your plans to attend the gala just for ladies at the Renaissance Bldg. (former CP Church on Stonewall in McKenzie) An afternoon of "girlie" pleasure... food, fashion and fun! Meet the beautiful and talented Miss Tennessee Haley Lewis, on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Deadline for tickets is today, Wednesday, May 20th. For more information contact Jennifer @ 352-2292.
Big Sandy Couple Arrested at Huntingdon Walmart
Huntingdon, Tenn - Sgt. Brad Allen of the Huntingdon Police Department was dispatched to Walmart, and upon arrival Allen spoke with store security who stated that on May 15th a white male and white female had come to the store and taken $202.04 worth of items and left the store without paying for the items.
Security then informed him that the same couple had been caught shoplifting at the Paris Walmart as well, and that store security was able to identify them and give the police department the name of the 2 people.
Sgt. Allen advised security that warrants on both subjects would be placed on, Mr. Leland Shane Pyburn and Mrs. Gina Lynn Pyburn both of Hwy 69 in Big Sandy.
Later that day, Sgt. Allen was dispatched back to the store where he was advised that both subjects were trying to leave the parking lot in a green ford explorer.
Sgt. Allen was able to apprehend the vehicle and speak with the driver, Mr. Leland Pyburn and asked for identification and advised him and his wife return to Walmart, at which time the couple was advised they were being charged with shoplifting.
Gina Pyburn was charged with theft under $500 and Leland Pyburn was charged with theft under $500 and driving while revoked Fifth offense.
Drug Charges Added to Shoplifting Charge
McKenzie, Tenn - Mr. Russell Townes of Walnut Lane in McKenzie was detained at EW James in McKenzie until officers of the McKenzie Police Department arrived. Upon arrival, the store manager along with another employee had Mr. Townes in the office.
The store manager informed officers that Mr. Townes had taken 2 sandwiches from the deli by placing them in his cargo pockets and proceeded to leave the premises without paying for the items. Mr. Townes was arrested for Theft Under $500 and transported to the Carroll County Jail.
While the booking process was being done at the jail, Correction Officers found a small baggy containing a green plant like substance believed to be marijuana. At that point, Mr. Townes was also charged with simple possession of Sched 6 and bond was set at $250.00.
He was cited into General Sessions for Sched. 6
Nashville Man Charged on Driving on Suspended
Huntingdon, Tenn - Mr. Nelson Cravens of Capri Drive in Nashville was cited for Driving on Suspended #2 and speeding after Officer Butcher of the Huntingdon Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 22 South.
Mr. Cravens admitted to Officer Butcher that he was not paying attention to how fast he was going, and Butcher advised him that he was traveling 73 in a 55 mph zone.
After a computer check on Mr. Cravens driver’s license it revealed this his license were suspended for failure to failure to satisfy a citation in February 2015 and that were also suspended on March of 2015, and had a prior driving on suspended license in October 2008.
Mr. Cravens was issued a citation for driving on suspended #2 and speeding.
GHSO Announces Click it Or Ticket for 2015
Nashville- Just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, cops will be cracking down on seat belt violators. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is partnering with law enforcement statewide May 18 – 31 for the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization. The campaign kickoff took place on Monday, May 18th at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin.
“Tennessee reached its highest seat belt use rate last year at 87.71%. However, we are still considered a ‘low use’ state on a national level,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “More than half of our traffic fatalities are unrestrained at the time of the crash. Imagine what even a small increase in our usage rate could do to the number of deaths and injuries each year.”
A new initiative taking place during Click It or Ticket is the “Border to Border Operation”, beginning at 6:00 p.m on May 18th. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state. This additional overnight enforcement is a result of the national research indicating that unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night.
Among those speaking at the kickoff included four middle Tennessee traffic crash survivors. In December, the McMurtry family was traveling eastbound on SR 840 when they lost control of their vehicle. After running off the road and striking a large natural stone wall, their vehicle overturned several times. “Because we were wearing our seatbelts, we all walked out of that car with just scrapes and bruises. Not a single broken bone,” said Kayla, daughter. “My point here is this: we like to think that it won’t happen to us. That just one time won’t hurt. But my story proves that you never know.”
“Members of the Franklin Police Department enforce the seat belt law because we know they save lives,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will use every opportunity to get this message out, especially as it relates to protecting our children.” Last month, Governor Haslam signed a new law that will raise the fine for seat belt violations. Beginning January 2016, the fine for notwearing your seat belt will more than double.
Tennesseans can expect to see more law enforcement out on the road during the remainder of the month, looking specifically for seat belt violators. "Today, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office is joining other law enforcement agencies to urge the public to use their seat belts and make it a habit. We want the number of traffic fatalities to go down in Williamson County and across the state," said Sheriff Jeff Long.
Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui, Trauma Medical Director at Vanderbilt Medical Center, detailed the devastating consequences he has observed when people choose not to buckle up. "Seat belts prevent 50% of deaths associated with motor vehicle crashes compared to those who do not use restraints. They also reduce lower extremity injury by one third. I would rather not see you on my operating table – make the smart choice to keep yourself, and those around you, safe."
Another regional kickoff for the Click It or Ticket campaign will be taking place in East Tennessee on Wednesday, May 20, in Lenoir City.
For more information about seat belt safety, visit the Governor’s Highway Safety Office website at www.tntrafficsafety.org.
(Tuesday, May 19th)
Rhonda Vincent set to Record DVD at Bethel
(Bethel University Photo)
McKenzie, Tenn - Six time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be on the Campus of Bethel University Monday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 26th filming her new LIVE DVD. With over 100 Awards, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning group in Bluegrass Music.
The concerts will take place in the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 652 Stonewall St North in McKenzie, TN. Seating will begin at 6:00 and the taping will start at 7:00. Admission is free. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.
“Stephen Mougin, our Director of Renaissance Bluegrass, has a working relationship with Rhonda and has been able to build a connection between her and our program,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “The Bethel Performing Arts Center will be a great backdrop for her video, and we look forward to working with an artist of her caliber.”
In September 2014, The Renaissance College Drive Bluegrass Band played at the Dailey and Vincent Bluegrass Festival. After that concert, Rhonda extended an invitation to the group to travel with her to the Dumplin Valley Festival the next day, and play during her set.
“Having Rhonda Vincent choose a facility at Bethel University for her live DVD is a tremendous honor,” added Walter Butler, President of Bethel University. “We look forward to welcoming her, and two incredible nights of music.”
Nearly 115 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Largest Bust Ever
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and PPD and MCU Sgt. Ricky Watson look at the different flavors and packages of the seized marijuana. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn - The Metro Crime Unit, with help from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Puryear Police Department netted the largest marijuana bust in Henry County history this past Thursday night, taking just shy of 115 pounds of marijuana off the streets, valued at over $300K.
A press conference was held at Paris City Hall Monday morning, where the details of the drug bust were released. Sgt. Ricky Watson of Metro Crime Unit and Paris Police Dept. said “we stopped Isaac Conger, age 30, with several addresses including Brown St. in Paris, for a busted headlight on Thursday night. Conger had an Arizona driver’s license and said he was coming from Texas. Watson said Conger is a Paris native.” The van was stopped on Hwy. 79S. just past the 218 bypass.
Pictured in front of the seized marijuana are from L to R: Ptl. Jamie James and K9 Herrum, Chief Chuck Elizondo, Sheriff Belew, Sgt. Watson, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, HCSO and MCU, and Henry Police Chief David Andrews. (Alsobrooks photo)
The van was registered in Henry County and Ptl. Jamie James brought his K-9 Herrum who alerted on the van and then officers from the different agencies found 95 bags of marijuana, all weighing 1.2 pounds.
Sgt. Watson said Conger was traveling from Arizona to New York and it is very likely he has been doing this for several years with the marijuana packaged for resale.
Cash seized from the bust. (Alsobrooks photo)
Sgt. Jamie Myrick, of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and MCU said this is the pay off from all the training we go thru and the hard work we put in as a team to get the drugs off the streets.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said our Metro Crime Unit was working criminal interdiction stops and that helped lead to the largest drug bust ever in Henry County history. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said without the work of the Metro Crime Unit, and pooling all of our agencies resources together, this wouldn’t be possible. Chief Elizondo said this is outstanding teamwork to get the job done.
City Manager Kim Foster pets Herrum after the press conference Monday Morning. (Alsobrooks photo)
Sheriff Belew said the investigation is ongoing and this is a great collaboration of our resources to take drugs off the streets.
Conger is currently being held on $150K at the jail and is charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver. He will be arraigned in Henry County General Sessions Court on today.
Fradulent Charges Continue Throughout Carroll County
Huntingdon, Tenn - Another report of debit credit card theft was reported to the Carroll County Sheriffs department. The victim stated that a transaction in the amount of $106.04 was placed on her First Bank account and that the transaction was not authorized by her.
Another incident of fraudulent charges was reported by a victim who stated that an unknown person used her debit card and made two western union purchases in the amount of $545.00 each without her permission.
Both cases are under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriffs Department.
Identity Theft Reported in Huntingdon
Huntingdon, Tenn - A report of Identity Theft was reported at the Huntingdon Police Department when the victim spoke with Patrolman Whitworth.
The victim showed Ptl. Whitworth copies he had from the IRS stating that someone may have attempted to impersonate him by using his social security number and name. The unknown person received the victims tax refund and the offender will be charged with Identity Theft.
Attempted Break In Reported at Housing Authority
McKenzie, Tenn - A resident at the McKenzie Housing Authority reported to the McKenzie Police Department that while she was sleeping she heard a noise from her front middle bedroom, and upon investigating the noise, she found that someone had forced open the window screen causing damage to the screen.
The window had also been forced open and off the track causing damage to the track.
An estimated value was placed to be around $130.00.
16' Dual Axle Trailer Stolen From Front Yard in Huntingdon
Huntingdon, Tenn - A 16’ foot dual axle car trailer was stolen from a residence on Hwy 70 in Huntingdon according to a report from the Carroll County Sheriffs department.
The victim stated that someone knocked on her door and she looked out from the upstairs window and saw a white SUV and by the time she got down stairs they had stolen the trailer.
The trailer was described as red in color, with a wood floor and the words Big Ram on each side, and was parked in the front yard.
(Monday, May 18th)
98 Graduate from McKenzie High School Sunday Afternoon
McKenzie High School Senior Christian Nunnery plays the National Anthem at Sunday's Class of 2015 Graduation. (Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie, Tenn - On Sunday afternoon, the rain did not deter the enthusiasm and anticipation of the Senior Class of 2015 of McKenzie High School. With standing room only, the family and friends of 98 graduates were waiting anxiously to see their loved one walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
MHS Senior Macy Watkins bring welcoming address (Cheryl Allen photo)
Salutatorian Brady Wilkes (Cheryl Allen photo)
Bringing the Salutatory Address was Brady Wilkes, who also spoke on times at McKenzie High School. He stated, we are beginning a new chapter in our life, and we need to write the best book ever. We all have a new chance at a clean slate, and we need to meet new people, new opportunities, and new adventures in whatever our life sends our way”.
He stated in closing, that we need to have dedication, and be responsible and to make a difference and a change. At the end of his speech, he quoted Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. HE closed saying, have peace, not evil and one shall have a great ending, so believe and achieve.
Valedictorian Madison Green (Cheryl Allen photo)
McKenzie High School Senior Morgan Webb awaits her turn to walk across to receive her diploma from McKenzie School Board Director John Austin. (Cheryl Allen photo)
Special Called Meeting of the Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening
Swipe More Than 90,000 Jobs With New App
Tennessee - Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips is announcing a new iPhone and Android mobile app that makes finding available Tennessee jobs even easier.
The free mobile application brings thousands of employment opportunities to smart phones with advance location and sharing features.The new app's functionality will allow users to access the entire Jobs4TN Online Services database on an iPhone or Android device, search for a job based on current location using the unique "jobs nearby" function and pinpoint jobs on a map for easy reference.
Users may also save and share their favorite jobs via email, Facebook and Twitter, as well as log into their account so that all job search activity is recorded.Features of the Jobs4TN app: The phone's location is used to display jobs, Keyword searches list the 100 most recently posted jobs in the user's area, Icons indicate educational requirements, salary amounts and length of jobs. Job seekers can also "star" or "favorite" jobs.
The app is compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad. The app does require iOS 6.0 or later. Employers and jobseekers can download the "Jobs4TN" app at the Apple Store or Google Play at no charge.
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