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Huntingdon Agrees to $750 Increase for Audit Contract

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council passed a resolution for the town to enter into an agreement with ATA for the Fiscal Year 2017 audit contract. The Fiscal Year 2017 audit fee is $22,345 plus an additional fee of $3,750 in the event that an audit in accordance with the Uniform Guidance is deemed necessary. This will be a $755 increase from the 2016 Fiscal Year audit fee.

Phase II of Kelley Sports Complex is Moving Along

Huntingdon Town Council discussing the Kelley Sports Complex. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night and the council passed a few resolutions concerning the Kelley Sports Complex.

At the town council meeting the Huntingdon Town Council passed a resolution that enters the town into an agreement with Community Block Development Partners, LLC for administrative services for the 2016 LPRF Grant for Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex and the total cost for the administrative services for the project is $30,000.

The Town Council also passed another resolution to help complete Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex. The council passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tegrah Engineering for engineering services for the 2016 LPRF Grant for Phase II of the Kelley Sports project. The agreement with Tegrah Engineering for engineering services will cost a total of $85,000 for the Kelley Sports Complex project.

Commander Debbie O'Bryan is Huntingdon's Memorial Day Speaker

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Mayor Dale Kelley  announced at the HTC meeting that the 15th Annual Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 29th at Thomas Park beginning at 10am. The guest speaker for Huntingdon’s Memorial Day celebration will be Commander Debbie O’Bryant. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held at the Huntingdon Middle School gymnasium.

Sweeping the Streets of Huntingdon Clean

Huntingdon Town Council. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the HTC meeting, Mayor Kelley was happy to report that the Huntingdon Public Works Department has recently been using the town’s sweeper to clean around the Main Street areas. The town bought the sweeper for a low price and it needed some work, but now the sweeper in fully operational and the town hopes to use it regularly to help keep the streets of Huntingdon clean.

McKenzie Man Arrested Twice on Different Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Zachary St. Clair, age 24 of Hwy 423 of McKenzie, on Tuesday for driving on a revoked license. St. Clair was placed on $300 bond and he was given a citation for a seatbelt violation.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jason McCord also arrested St. Clair on Thursday for shoplifting. St. Clair was placed on $1,000 bond for the shoplifting charge.

A Night With Johnny Majors is Thursday at 6:30pm

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll Bank and Trust and the West Tennessee Public Utility District is sponsoring “A Night with Johnny Major” on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.

Tickets cost $50 ticket for a fully-catered meal and floor seating and balcony seating only will cost $25 ticket per person. The benefit dinner tickets can be purchased at any Carroll Bank and Trust location and Johnny Majors will be the guest speaker for the dinner.

“A Night with Johnny Major” is a fundraiser to help benefit the Nathan Bedford Forest Boy Scouts of America programs in Carroll County and West Tennessee.

CCHS Begins Collecting Items This Week for Yard Sale in June

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will be holding a Yard Sale at the    McKenzie First United Methodist Church, located at 16 McTyiere Street in McKenzie, on Saturday June 3rd from 8am to 12pm.

You can drop off yard sale donations at the CCHS shelter located at 21822 Hwy 22 in McKenzie on Thursday from 8am to 1pm. The  CCHS asks people to not leave their donation items outside the building when they are closed.

The CCHS can’t  accept the following items for the CCHS yard sale: Clothing that is not in good condition,Readers Digest Condensed Books, VHS or audio tapes, exercise equipment, VCRs, Computers, Televisions, Mattresses, sleeper sofas, children's car safety seats, stuffed animals, electronic items that do not work and used bicycle helmets.

The CCHS also can’t accept anything broken, stained, non-working, missing pieces, mildewed, or dirty. Please check anything that has been stored away for musty smells or mildew.

Large items such as furniture in very good condition or working appliances are OK but will need to be brought to the yard sale site during set up times, to be announced the week of the sale.

All of the proceeds will benefit Carroll County Humane Society.

SHS TN, LLC Buys McKenzie Regional Hospital

McKenzie, Tenn.- The SHS Tennessee, LLC signed a purchase agreement on May 12, 2016 to purchase the McKenzie Regional Hospital in McKenzie and the Henderson County Community Hospital in Lexington.

Michael Morrical, CEO of McKenzie Regional Hospital says “SHS is focused on growing and supporting our rural community hospitals. McKenzie Regional Hospital will proudly continue its mission of providing outstanding local care.”

Pam Roberts, CEO of Henderson County Community General Hospital says, “There are ever increasing financial pressures on small hospitals as our state and national healthcare landscapes evolve, infrastructure requirements are increasing and payment models are rapidly changing , especially as we look to a future of population healthcare management. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue providing our community with patient- focused healthcare.”

Both organizations anticipate no immediate operational service changes at the hospital.

Local Gov't to Benefit the Most from the Improve Act

Paris, Tenn.- The final legislative briefing with Rep. Tim Wirgau and Senator John Stevens took place on Monday morning as both men talked about legislation that was past during this session.

The biggest accomplishments that the TN House and Senate passed was the Improve Act. Rep. Wirgau said that the money from the Improve Act was used to help the local side so more road funds came to local governments to fund the projects that they need to complete.

Senator John Stevens said that the county is one of the groups that benefit from the Improve Act. Stevens said that the county road bill passed and with previous years the county had to match the state 20% in order to get funds to do road work, now that match for the county will go from a 20% match to a 2% match which allows counties to get road work done without using their entire budget to do so.

Rep. Wirgau also said that they were able to put more money back for the veterans, which is an important subject that the TN House and Senate wanted to pass.

Protecting Elders, Clamping Down on Illegal Immigrants and High Speed Broadband for Rural Communities

Senator John Stevens (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Senator John Stevens said that this session they managed to pass a balanced budget and the state has no new debt and the state currently has very little debt which is a good thing.

Stevens also spoke about how Governor Haslam got a bill passed for rural communities to get access to high speed broadband. Stevens spoke to the group about how the state is working on a state opioid abuse program where the health department will try to identify high risk prescribers so that Tennessee start to cut down on the state’s prescription drug abuse problem.

The state also passed a bill that helps with elder abuse and if a bank recognizes that someone is a victim of elder abuse the bank has the authority to contact someone else in order to protect elders from financial abuse.

The state also passed a bill making it a class E felony for illegal immigrants to stay in Tennessee. This is a way to clamp down on those who are here illegally in the state.

State Has Millions in Unclaimed Property

Paris, Tenn.- Rep. Wirgau also wanted to let the public know that in his district there is currently over $2.5 million in unclaimed property and if anyone wants to find out if they have unclaimed property they can call Wirgau’s office at 615-741-6804.

Asian Carp Solution Coming Soon, More Money Stays on Waterways

Rep. Tim Wirgau (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The state also got property tax relief passed for farmers and some tax relief for marinas, so that the comptroller can assess taxes that are more reasonable for them to pay. Rep. Wirgau said that originally taxes for marinas went up from around $2,800 to paying $20,000 in taxes, so they passed the bill to ease taxes on businesses and marinas in order to get some tax relief for these business owners.

Rep. Wirgau said that over $2 million is spent in fuel tax collection on the waterways and only $500K would stay on the waterway. Now with the new bill all of the fuel tax that is collected on the waterways will stay on the waterways for improvements that are needed.

Wirgau also said that in a matter of a few weeks the Asian Carp Task Force will be set to release a plan for taking action in getting rid of the Asian Carp that is in the TN River.

State Helps Teachers and Adults Can Apply for Lotto Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.- The state also passed changes to the lottery scholarships. Adults can now apply for the lottery scholarship and they can essentially go to community college for free.

On the education front, Senator Stevens said that the state has doubled the amount that teachers can spend on classroom supplies. So teachers will now be able to spend $400 instead of $200 on classroom supplies, which helps teachers not having to dip into their own pockets to pay for the supplies they need.

The Basic Education Program will get a teacher salary increase and the state also passed that students in elementary schools will get 130 minutes of exercise and students in secondary schools will get 90 minutes of exercise per day.

Rebel and Lady Rebel Skills BB Camp is May 23rd- 26th

The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels Basketball Skills Camp will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd through Friday, May 26th. The  Rebels Camp will be be held from 10am to 12pm and Lady Rebels will be from 2pm to 4pm.

The camp is for kids who just completed Kindergarten to 7th grade and who will be in the 1st to 8th grades during the 2017-2018 school year. It will cost $50 per camper.

Campers will work with the Rebel and Lady Rebel Coaching Staff and high school players to develop their individuals skill sets. This will include instruction in shooting, passing, dribbling, and defensive footwork and concepts. Each player will receive a camp t-shirt and concessions will be sold for $1.

Rebel parents can register their child on the first day of camp at 9:30am and Lady Rebel parents can register their child on the first day of camp, just  please arrive before 2pm to register your child before the Lady Rebels Camp begins.

Any questions in regards to the girls camp can be directed to McKenzie High School and you can talk to either Coach Wilkins or McAllister by calling them at 731-352-2133.

Larry Gatlin Performing at the Dixie on June 17th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Larry Gatlin will be performing in the Dixie’s Live Concert Series at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, June 17th at 2pm. The concert was originally scheduled for June 3rd, but the date has since been changed to June 17th.

Larry Gatlin is a Grammy Award winning Grand Ole Opry member who has been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. He is known throughout the Nashville music industry for his songwriting talents and penned all 33 Top 40 Hits recorded by Larry & the Gatlin Brothers including songs such as, “Broken Lady,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” and “All The Gold in California.”

Tickets cost $25 per person and you can get your tickets in person at the Dixie Box Office or online at or by calling the Dixie at 986-2100.

Lady Rebels Play Scotts Hill in Sectionals on Fri. May 19th

Reagan, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels will face Scotts Hill Lions  in the Class A Sectionals on Friday, May 19th at 5:30pm at Scotts Hill in Reagan.

Cuts for a Cure in Huntingdon is Saturday, May 20th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Color Works! Salon and Nail Studio, is located at 19764 East Main Street in Huntingdon, is hosting Cuts for a Cure, Cancer Cutters, on Saturday, May 20th from 9am until close. 

At Cuts for a Cure there will be silent auction, t-shirts, face painting, handmade crosses, hot dogs and water and let’s not forget about those $15 haircuts. Each cut gets us all closer to world with more birthdays. All of the proceeds from the Cuts for a Cure are donated to the Relay for Life.

Dixie Echoes Performing in Camden on Sunday

Camden, Tenn.- The Dixie Echoes will be singing at the Sandy Point General Baptist Church, located on  Hwy. 70 in Camden on Sunday, May 21st at 10:30am. Brother Mike Melton is the pastor and everyone is invited to attend the event. A love offering will be taken at the event.

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.

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

Lady Rebs vs UC in Region 7A Championship on May 17th

Union City, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels will face the Union City Lady Twisters in the Region 7A Championship game on Wednesday, May 17th at Union City. Win or lose the Lady Rebels will also play in the sectionals on Friday, May 19th.

Lady Rebels Defeat South Fulton in Softball

South Fulton and Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the South Fulton Red Devils the Region 7A semifinals at South Fulton winning 1-0. The Union City Golden Tornados defeated the Huntingdon Phillies in Huntingdon on Monday winning 5-4.

Rebels Soccer Face Lexington in Region 7A-AA Semifinals on May 16th

Lexington, Tenn.- The McKenzie  Rebels Soccer team will take on the Lexington Tigers in the Region 7A-AA Semifinals at Lexington on Tuesday, May 16th at 6pm.

McKenzie High Beta Club's Spaghetti Dinner is May 16th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie High School Beta Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, May 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at JT’s Grill, Cedar Street, in downtown McKenzie.

Tickets cost $7 and you can purchase your tickets from any McKenzie High Beta Club member. Dine in or carry out is available and the meal includes spaghetti, drink, and dessert.

For more information please contact Beth Bailey at 731-358-8383, or Kevin Gallimore at 731-352-2133.

Hamilton-Ryker Holds Job Fair in Huntingdon on May 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Hamilton-Ryker will hold a job fair on Tuesday, May 16th from 10am to 3pm at the Huntingdon, TN Career Center, located at 14155 Paris Street in Huntingdon.

Hamilton-Ryker has immediate manufacturing openings near you and they want  you to come out and apply. For more information please contact the Hamilton- Ryker office at 731-352-4817.

McKenzie Receives Over $750K in IMPROVE Act Funding, As Widen 641 Between Paris and Murray Will be Completed

Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The IMPROVE Act project investment will include eleven projects in Henry County with $29,567,300 being allocated to Henry County. And Henry County will receive an additional $42,068,341 in the next 15 years. 

McKenzie was also included in this press conference. McKenzie will receive $31,104 in 2017,  $41,644 in 2018, $52,185 in 2019, and in the 10-year plan McKenzie will received $490,231. Over the entire 15 year IMPROVE Act plan McKenzie will receive $751,157 in road and bridge project funding from the state.

The largest project in Henry County will be the widening of US-641 from Smith Road to the Kentucky State Line. A total of $24,363,300 have been allocated to complete the project within 15 years. The road will be widened from a two lane highway to a four lane highway with turning lanes.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Currently the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road is already funded and according to Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said that they will begin taking bids to start construction on the widening of 641 will begin this year in Fall 2017.

Chilcutt said,” The area between Rison Street and Smith Road was going to widen the road to five lanes, but problems with two lakes between Logan Road past the 2nd lake will only be widened to three lanes.”

TDOT funds for the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road have already been allocated, so this project was not included in the IMPROVE Act.

IMPROVE Act Promises Grocery,Property Tax Cuts for HC and McKenzie

Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee held a press conference at the Henry County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Shelley Courington of Advocacy Director of AARP discussed the IMPROVE Act’s projects specific to Henry County’s transportation infrastructure. The IMPROVE Act cuts more than $500 million in taxes each year at its full implementation and in 2018 nearly $300 million in tax cuts will be realized.

According to Courington all of the projects that are included in the IMPROVE Act included 59 years of backlogged road projects and this act hopes to cut that down to a 13 to 15 year period since the state was able to find the funding for the projects through passing the IMPROVE Act. The IMPROVE Act will create a long term source of funding to fix outdated infrastructure projects, while providing tax cuts on grocery, business and Hall income taxes.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

These include a $113 million reduction in business taxes on manufacturers and a 20% decrease in sales tax on groceries will equal $125 million savings throughout Tennessee. Courington said,” Tennesseans will notice an immediate reduction in grocery tax and the increase in the gas tax will be more of a steady increase.”

Most of the funds from the IMPROVE Act projects for Henry County have been allocated for bridge work. Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said, “Out of the 962 road and bridge projects for the IMPROVE Act about 550 of these project are allocated for bridge projects.”

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said that since the IMPROVE Act passed funding for road and bridge projects will grow  and even though the general fund for the county may decrease, the county should still come out on top because they won’t have to fund these road projects.

Since the IMPROVE Act projects are supposed to be completed in 15 years, concerns about projects in the IMPROVE Act that would be not be funded when a different governor comes in were also addressed. Courington said that even when another governor takes office in Tennessee these projects should still be funded because TDOT is the deciding factor in what projects get funded and when those projects are funded.

Other items that are included in the IMPROVE Act to help residents of Tennessee include property tax relief for eligible elderly, disabled homeowners and service- disabled veterans. The Hall income tax cuts, previously approved by state legislature will also now be implemented.

The press conference was part of a statewide 95 county media tour that started on Monday to discuss specific projects in every county of the state. Henry County was part of the first 20 counties that heard on Monday how the IMPROVE Act will help in tax relief and road and bridge repair through the county.

Rebels vs Red Devils in Region 7A Semifinals is Monday

South Fulton, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team will take on the South Fulton Red Devils in the Region 7A Semifinals at South Fulton on Monday, May 15th at 5pm.

Huntingdon Primary Students Visit the Airport and Tosh Farms

Heather Price and her 2nd grade class from Huntingdon Primary. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie and Henry, Tenn.- Primary students from Huntingdon Primary took their field trip on Monday as students got visit to the Carroll County Airport in McKenzie before visiting Tosh farms in Henry.

Heather Price, a 2nd grade teacher at Huntingdon Primary, and her students got to examine a Tosh Farms semi, while other students got to check out a combine.

The class looking at a combine at Tosh Farms. (David Jackson photos)

Other students nearby got to pet piglets while learning and having fun at Tosh Farms.

Some of the students petting the piglets at Tosh Farms. (David Jackson photos)

Chamber Golf Tournament is Thurs. May 18th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, May 18th at the Carroll Lake Golf Course. Lunch and registration will be from 11am to 12:45pm.

The golf tournament is a 4-person scramble shotgun which begins at 12:45pm and will run until 5pm. Everyone is invited to play or volunteer or sponsor the event. Hole sponsorship is $100 per 12”x18” sign which includes only the business or person’s name. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 11th.

The inclusive package  will cost $300 for Chamber Members and $350 for

Non-Chamber Members. The package includes any cost item associated with the tournament including a 20 foot ball advance on Hole #4, one free drive at Hole #16 and 4 people at putting contest.

For more information please call the Chamber at 731-986-4664 or email them at cchamber@earthlink. net.



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