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Rebels vs. Bulldogs Tonight
McKenzie, Tenn - Tonight the McKenzie Rebels will be traveling to Gleason to face off against the Bulldogs in football action. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 but if you are unable to make it out to the game, you can tune in to whdm 98.9 fm 1440 or you can visit our website and click on the McKenzie rebel icon. Also you can dial 712 432 5742 and charges may apply depending on your carrier and plan.
Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Saturday at Paris Landing
Buchanan, Tenn - The 6th Annual Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ cookoff will be going on Saturday as part of the Boss Hoss Rally as well with the area open and free to public viewing from 8am to 5:30pm Saturday. BBQ teams from around the area will compete in the Tennessee BBQ Association Sanctioned with the Grand Champion taking home $900. There will be cash prizes for top three places in Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Chicken. Awards will be presented at 5:45pm at the Amphitheatre Stage at Paris Landing. For more information on the Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ cookoff, go to visitparislanding.com.
Pioneer Day Saturday in Henry
At 7 PM there will a horse show, and also A wrestling match will take place at the civic center, and Bell time is set for 730. For more information on this event, contact Joe Collins at 731-336-1726 or any Henry Volunteer Firefighter.
Scarecrow Grove Coming to Downtown McKenzie
McKenzie, Tenn - Scarecrows will be moving into the downtown veterans park this weekend in downtown mckenzie, so if your club, business, organization and even individuals want to create a funny, or scary scarecrow for the walking tour in the park, better be getting those creative minds a flowing.
This would also be a great family, or church family project for everyone to enjoy. So have some fun, and join the city of McKenzie for scarecrow grove and bring the family for a fun filled adventure.
Two Weakley County Residents Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people are charged in Weakley County with TennCare fraud related to allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for by the state’s healthcare insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Oswaldo Rodriguez, 46, and Crystal R. Lecrone, 25, both of Dresden.
They are charged separately by a Weakley County Grandy Jury. Rodriguez is accused of using TennCare to obtain Neurontin, a drug used in certain cases for extreme pain management. Lecrone is accused of using TennCare benefits to pay for her prescription of the painkiller Hydrocodone. After obtaining the prescriptions, both Rodriguez and Lecrone resold a portion of the pills to an undercover agent.
“Some of these pain-relieving medications can have lethal side effects in certain people, and should not be dispensed without medical reason,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “This is a serious crime we are pursuing across the state.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Thomas A. Thomas is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, 2,188 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Swan to Close Operations in McKenzie
McKenzie, Tenn - According to WBBJ tv, Swan products of McKenzie will be closing their operations at the McKenzie plant. McKenzie Industrial Board Director, Billy Barksdale stated “What is contributing to their closure is the fact that they lost their share of the market in the northeast”.
With nearly 40 employees who manufacture gardening and industrial hoses will lose their jobs during these tough times.Barksdale stated, “Thinking that you might be expanding, then all of a sudden you are actually going to loose the facility”. Talks were in the process of expansion with the McKenzie faciity.There is no confirmation on exactly when the facility will close officially.
Boss Hoss Rally @ Paris Landing
Buchanan, Tenn - The 15th Annual Boss Hoss Rally & Mid-South Motorcycle Festival will be held at Paris Landing State Park beginning Thursday, September 18th through Saturday, September 20th.
This three day event will begin with a Meet & Greet and a performance by “The Ray Lewis Band” at the Boss Hoss Lounge. On Friday, the annual motorcycle parade will depart at 1030 from Paris Landing making their way to court square downtown for Noon on the square in Paris, with a performance by “The Barons.”
The festival will wrap up on Saturday with events including The Hoss 5K, the “Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cook-Off Competition, and “The Allen Warren Band” performing at the Boss Hoss lounge at 6 PM. So if you are a motorcycle enthusiast, be sure to head down to Paris Landing State park to the Boss Hoss Rally.
Mike Huckabee to Speak at Bethel Thursday Evening
McKenzie, Tenn - Tickets are still available for A Bethel Evening with Mike Huckabee with Renaissance Bluegrass on Thursday September 18th beginning at 7pm in the Vera Lowe Center on McKenzie Bethel Campus.
Tickets are $200 per person and for more information you are asked to contact Linda Hearn at 352 4003 or at hearnl@bethelu,edu
Financial Aid Meeting for Seniors at High School
McKenzie, Tenn - On Tuesday evening the McKenzie High School will be hosting Financial Aid Night for all seniors who plan on or are considering attending college. This will be held in the library at 6:30pm on September 23rd, and all parents or guardians are asked to attend this meeting concerning financial aid for furthering the education of your student.
Carroll County Fair Underway
Huntingdon, Tenn - Monday night was the kick off of the Carroll County Fair in Huntingdon and tonight all senior citizens who would like to attend can do so for free with a coupon, all those under the age of 55 the price is 10 per person.This price includes all rides, and pageant entry.
On Friday evening will be the Cowboy Mounted Shooting show and then on Saturday night will be the Tractor Pull. So if you haven’t been to the Carroll County fair yet, pack up the family and head on down to Huntingdon for a night of fun for the entire family.
Break Ins Over the Weekend in McKenzie
Another on Spruce street reported that someone entered her home during the night and tool three items from her residence while she was sleeping. Both cases are currently under investigation.
Rebel Golf Scramble at Carroll Lake Golf Course
Rebels Defeat Falcons Friday Evening
McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday evening the McKenzie Rebels traveled to Lake County to faceoff against the Falcons. Even though a few players suffered minor injuries on both teams, the Rebels were victorious over the Falcons with a final score of 49-30. This Friday evening the Rebels will be traveling to Gleason to face off against the Bulldogs and kick off is set for 7:30.
Retirement of Gary Walker from MPD
McKenzie, Tenn - At Thursday evenings meeting of Mayor Holland and the City of McKenzie Town Council, a full agenda was in order. At the beginning of the meeting a special award was given to Mr. Gary Walker of the McKenzie Police Department who announced his retirement after 26 years of service with the department.
Gary Walker receives plaque from Mayor Holland after 26 years of dedicated service.
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Mayor Holland expressed to Walker that “nobody will ever be able to take your place, and the memories that have been made with you on our police department”. “The dedication you have shown to the City of McKenzie, will always be remembered, as well as the dedication your wife has shown by supporting you and all that you have done. You are a great person and will be truly missed”.
Gary Walker addressed the council by stating that “it has been a true honor and the entire department as well as the City of McKenzie is a great place to work. He stated that he is honored to receive the plaque as well as the shadow box he was presented earlier in the day by the police department.
Council Approves Ordinance 485
McKenzie, Tenn - The council approved on the 2nd reading of Ordinance 485, which is an ordiance to amend Chapter 13, Section 11-1301, “Definitions”, to add the definition for the word “Senior Independent Living Facility”; and to amend Chapter 6 Provisions Governing Residential Districts, Section 11-603, “R-2 (Medium Density Residential) Districts”, Sub-Section (2) uses permissible on appeal, by adding a new letter (d) Senior Independent Living Facilities)
Sewer Extension on Winston Avenue
McKenzie, Tenn - Next on the agenda was the approval of recommendation of GRW Engineers, Inc. that the City award the Winston Avenue Sewer Extension to Barsto Construction, Inc. of 200 Northwood Drive in Huntingdon in the amount of $90,375.00 subject to state approval.
Mayor Holland explained to the council that she heard from the state regarding this and the state has approved the action. A lengthy discussion was had by Mayor Holland and the council regarding the bids for the road project within the city limits.
Bids for Repaving of City Streets
McKenzie, Tenn - Three bids came into city hall concerning the road work from Ford Construction in Union City, Arrow Construction and Martin Paving. While discussing the bids, Mayor Holland asked to board to assign a board that would examine the bids and the choice that is made will be the final recommendation.
Town Council Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
(L-R) Teri King, Gene Hale, Mayor Jill Holland, Billy Barksdale, and Raymond Glisson of the McKenzie Town Council.
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McKenzie, Tenn - At the end of the meeting, Mayor Holland announced that along with herself, several members of the council will be partaking in the Ice Bucket Challenge.
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Holland was informed that she needed to place a challenge on a group or person as well. Mayor Holland then challenged, Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley and the Huntingdon Town Council.
Rebel Girls Golf Wins at Milan
McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie girls golf team won third place in the District tourney at Milan Golf Club on Tuesday. Top three teams advance. Congrats to golf team members Lindsey Balius and Courtney Broadbent. Courtney was the also the 4th place Medalist out of 16 female golfers. Lindsey Balius, Courtney Broadbent, Gus Glass, Chase Kelly and Braxton Rider were named to the All-District Teams. Both the boys and girls golf teams will advance to the Region A-AA match in Jackson next Monday.
Rebels Travel to Lake County Tonight
McKenzie, Tenn - Tonight the McKenzie Rebels will be traveling to Lake County to face off against the Falcons, and kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
Items Stolen near Walnut Avenue
Book Tour to Visit Carroll/Huntingdon Carroll Co. Library September 15 at 4:00 pm.
The “Books from Birth 10thAnniversary Tour” is being made possible in part through the generous support of the program’s bus tour partner, Delta Dental of Tennessee.
Bus stop activities will include; enrolling children, recognizing the work of volunteers and donors and engaging communities in support of the program. The GBBF will provide reading-themed giveaways for children at each stop.
The GOVERNOR’S BOOKS FROM BIRTH 10th ANNIVERSARY STATEWIDE BUS TOUR will be stopping IN CARROLL COUNTY on Monday September 15th at 4pm at the Carroll County library in Huntingdon. This is a free event and open to the public and the Carroll County library invites one and all to attend and help them celebrate Carroll Countys Celebration of Book from Birth.
Bethel Renaissance Opens Season Thursday Night
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will open their season with performances of Twelve Angry Jurors this Thursday thru Sunday. The show will be a version of the critically acclaimed and Emmy award winning television special “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose and contains male and female performers including some of Paris’s very own residents.
Kelsey Collins, one of the Parisians that will star in the play, will play the role of Juror 2, a shy bank clerk who participates in discussion during the play. Mary Grace Stockdale, also from Paris, is serving as Assistant Director and Stage Manager in the production.
Twelve Angry Jurors will run nightly performances Thursday thru Saturday and a Matinee Sunday afternoon.
Bethel University will hold an information session at the Paris campus across the street from the Henry County Medical Center Tuesday from 5-7pm. For more information call 363-8322.
Carroll County Fair Sept. 15-20
Huntingdon, Tenn - Its that time of year again, the Carroll County fair will be in full swing beginning September 15 thru the 20 in Huntingdon at the fair grounds.
The carnival will open Monday evening for all to enjoy with a charge of $5 per person and this includes all rides and entry to the pageants that will be taking place that night. So be sure to come out to the fair, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
On Friday September 19th will be the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show and on Saturday will be the Tractor Pull. So make plans to attend the Carroll County Fair .
Community Celebration at Bethel Baptist Church
McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel Baptist Church on Hwy 22 in McKenzie is proud to announce that they will be hosting their Community celebration on Saturday September 20th from 4 – 7 pm.
There will be children activities, food, free prizes, cake walk and inflatable slide along with a bouncy house, games for all ages along with face painting, as well as live music so be sure to bring your lawn chair. Everyone is welcome to attend and for more information on this event, you are asked to call 352 7140 or 514 6127.
Rebel Golf Tournament & Four Man Scramble in September
McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Rebels Boy’s basketball 3rd annual golf tournament and four man scramble will be held on Saturday September 27th starting at 8 am at the Carroll Lake Golf Course in McKenzie. The cost per team is $160 which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, and a chance to meet the 2014/15 Rebel Basketball team. There will be prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt with a first place prize of $250. For more information on the this event you are asked to contact John Wilkins at email@example.com or call 731 352 2133.
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