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(Wednesday, April 1st)

Pockets Manager Assaulted During Shoplifting Scuffle

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Police Department was dispatched to Pockets on Cedar Street in McKenzie in regards to shoplifting. Upon arrival employees of the store reported that four or five people that were by sonic drive in and the Masonic lodge on Cedar Street had stolen a pair of sunglasses from the store.

When Sgt Davis made contact with the group he observed one person walking slowly behind the others. He was identified as Tre Williams of McKenzie. While speaking with Williams, according to the report, Williams stated that he was leaving the fas station  when the manager put his hands on him, began pulling him back inside the store, and feeling threatened, struck the manager. Sgt. Davis asked Williams about the stolen item to which he replied that he tried some on but never stole anything.

At that time Sgt. Davis informed Williams that he was not being arrested just detained until he was able to find out what was going on. Davis then returned to the store and spoke with the manager Thomas Keenan who stated that Williams stole some sunglasses and while he was trying to detain him, Williams struck him in the face, pulled him outside and continued striking him. Davis observed that Keenan had a bloody nose as well as marks on his face from being struck. After speaking with other employees who witnessed the incident, Williams was arrested . 

Later Sgt Davis and Officer Michael Pershell located the stolen glasses behind the Masonic Lodge on Cedar Street, returned them to the store where they were scanned to prove that the bar code by come from pockets.

VFW To Host Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn - VFW Post 4939 will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th!  The big event begins at 11:00 a.m., children 10 and under with their parents are welcome to come and hunt the eggs.  There will be candy filled eggs, gifts and prizes!  Age groups are 0 -3, 4-7 yrs and 8-10 yrs.  Bring your camera to capture a photo of your child with our special guest, the Easter Bunny!

The VFW is located on Cherrywood Street in McKenzie.

Lifeline Visits Cash Savers Thursday

Huntingdon, Tenn - On Thursday April 2nd, Lifeline Blood services will be at Cash Savers in Huntingdon from 1-6 pm.

Established in 1947, LIFELINE Blood Services is proud to serve the people of West Tennessee as their independent, non-profit, community blood center. Governed by a local board of directors, LIFELINE is committed to providing a safe blood supply in the quantity and at the time needed by the patient. Be sure to come out and donate blood, you never know when you or a family member may be in need of blood.


(Tuesday, March 31st)

Huntingdon Man Charged with Theft Under $500

Huntingdon, Tenn - Mr. Joseph Brock of 120 Bethlehem Church Road in Huntingdon was arrested by Investigator Joey Hedge of the Huntingdon Police department after Hedge was responded to a call from the walmart store security. According to the report, Mr. Brock did take items in value of $75.00 without permission of any employee of the store, and was arrested and charged with Theft Under $500, and transported to the Carroll County Jail.

Jackson Man Charged with Prohibited Weapon for Brass Knuckles

Huntingdon, Tenn - During a routine traffic stop by Huntingdon Police Officer Michael Krause, Mr. Lee Swift of Chester Levee Road in Jackson, granted permission for his vehicle to be searched by Krause and during the search Krause recovered a pair of brass knuckles located beside the passenger seat where Mr. Swift was sitting. According to the report, after reading Mr. Swift his Miranda Rights, Swift stated that the knuckles were his. He was arrested for prohibited weapon.

Threats Made Towards Pockets Employees in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn - In another report, officers of the Huntingdon Police department responded to Pockets in Huntingdon. Upon arrival, Investigator Joey Hedge spoke with the clerks who stated that a subject, later identified as Phillip Shead Jr. of Lexington Street in Bruceton had entered the store and began cursing and making threats towards the clerks.

In the report it stated that the clerks believed that Mr. Shead was under the influence of some sort of narcotic. The clerks informed officers that the subject had left the store traveling east on Main Street. A short time later the subject returned to the store and officers were able to make contact with Mr. Shead was who behind the wheel of a vehicle and appeared to have glassy eyes.

While in the process of acquiring information, officers observed Mr. Shead putting a plastic baggy in his mouth, and while trying to get the subject out of the vehicle he resisted and was dry stunned, tazed, twice.

Mr. Shead did agree to a chemical test and while at the ER, he spit out a large amount of marijuana.

He was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail and was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Driving Under the Influence, Tampering with Evidence, Simple Possession of Sch. Vi and resisting arrest.


Chikungunya Virus Disease Spread by Bites 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state. 

“Travel plans to warmer destinations should include necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Because there is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya virus disease, the only way to prevent its spread is the effective use of repellants and personal protection strategies.”

Prior to 2013, chikungunya virus disease was found primarily in Africa, Asia, Europe and in the Indian and Pacific Ocean areas. The illness draws its name from an African word meaning “to become contorted” as most patients suffer from severe joint pain. Chikungunya is rarely fatal, but can cause fever, joint and muscle pain, headaches, fatigue and rash. It can also lead to chronic joint pain. In the past year, health organizations have reported the disease spreading in additional areas, including the Caribbean and the Americas. 

“Since it first surfaced here chikungunya has sickened more than one million people in 44 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere,” Dreyzehner said. “We take the growing threat of chikungunya seriously and we are worried we will see more of it.”

Reason for Concern: The number of cases of chikungunya continues to rise in the Caribbean, South America and Mexico, increasing the chances for American travelers to become infected with chikungunya. Chikungunya and dengue are very similar mosquito-borne illnesses; both go from mosquito to human to mosquito directly. Dengue symptoms include high fever, severe headache and muscle/bone pain.  

Tennessee Department of Health recommendations for preventing mosquito bites include:

• Use insect repellants such as DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 on your skin, following all label recommendations for usage. Pay particular attention to recommendations for use on children and never apply any of these products around the mouth or eyes at any age. Consult your health care provider if you have questions.

• Certain products containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear. Permethrin is highly effective as a repellent. Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills mosquitoes and other pests and retains this effect after repeated washing. Some commercial products are available pretreated with permethrin. Permethrin is not to be used directly on skin.

• Do not use perfumes, colognes or scented deodorants or soap if you’re going outside, as fragrances may attract insects.

• Remember “long, loose and light” when selecting outdoor wear. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are best, and for improved effectiveness, tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants to form bug barriers. Wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent bites through the fabric. Light-colored clothes are less attractive to many insects and may allow you to spot them more easily.

“People at risk for more serious effects from chikungunya virus disease include newborns, those over age 65 and those with health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure,” said Abelardo Moncayo, PhD, director of the TDH Vector-Borne Diseases program. “While there is no medicine to treat or cure the infection, rest, fluids to prevent dehydration and medicines like acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain are helpful. Fortunately, once a person 
has been infected with chikungunya, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections, and the disease rarely results in death. ”

Chikungunya is the latest mosquito bite-borne threat to travelers that threatens to become more common as ill travelers return home and mosquitoes that bite them can sicken other people. Other, longer-standing threats include dengue, malaria and West Nile virus. None of these illnesses are prevented by vaccine, so the Tennessee Department of Health urges you to use repellents to help prevent mosquito bites.  

For additional information about chikungunya virus disease, visit:

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at 


(Monday, March 30th)

MSSD Meets April 7th

McKenzie, Tenn - On Tuesday April 7th, the McKenzie Special School  District Board of Education will be meeting at 5:30pm with several items on the agenda. The meeting will have a special presentation from the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) report presented by high school students Lexie Bolin, Cecilia Sutton, Antonio Vega and Dejan McNulty. The public is invited to attend, and the meeting will be held at the school board office located on Bell Street in McKenzie.

Men's Health Fair at R.B. Wilson Lobby

Huntingdon, Tenn - There will be a FREE Men’s Health Fair at Baptist Huntingdon April 2, 2015, Thursday, from 8 am – 12 pm Lobby of R. B. Wilson Medical Center Free screenings include PSA (prostate cancer screen), cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, balance, height, weight, BMI (body fat percentage), hearing and vision. For accurate results, do not eat or drink anything 12 hours prior to cholesterol &/or blood sugar tests. Enjoy refreshments and a special low price for our HeartScore, vascular ultrasounds, and lung cancer screenings. And, have a free chair massage between the hours of 9 – 11 am. For more information, please call Kim King at 731-986-7368.

Job Fair Thursday in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn - Manpower will be hosting a Job Fair Thursday, April 2nd, 9 am - 1pm at the Tennessee Career Center located at 470 Fairgrounds Rd, Huntingdon, TN

MANPOWER seeks to fill the following positions: Production, manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse, and the Pay range: $ 8.00 - $ 10.00 per hour. Positions are located in Dresden, McKenzie, Paris & Huntingdon. Also A PLACE CALLED HOME is seeking Caregivers and the Pay range: $ 8.00 - $ 9.00 per hour. Positions located in Carroll, Benton, Weakley, Madison, Henry Counties. They ask that you please bring your resume, social security card, and come prepared to interview, and dress for success!!!!!



NASHVILLE – The recent winter storms were hard on Tennessee’s landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms. 

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15.  

“Burning woody debris from the ice storms is an efficient way of getting rid of such material,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “However, it is very important that citizens be safe when conducting a debris burn. Obtaining a burn permit in advance of outdoor burning is our way of making a landowner aware of when, where, and how it is safe to burn.”

If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to to secure a permit. 

For a larger burn, apply for a permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting

Burn permits are free. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local restrictions.

Once you have obtained a burn permit, remember these tips:

  • Develop a bare-soil perimeter around the fire. 
  • Notify neighbors and local fire departments in advance.
  • Have a leaf rake and access to water for fire control.
  • Be aware that wind can blow the fire in the wrong direction.
  • Stay with the fire until it is extinguished. It is illegal to leave an open fire unattended.

In 2014, debris fires that got out of control were the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee, burning 5,366 acres statewide.

Burning debris without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.

Arson was the second leading cause of wildfires last year but accounted for the most acreage damaged, with 7,800 acres burned. Wildland arson is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

For tips on safe debris-burning practices, fire prevention and home protection, visit  

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry works to conserve, protect and enhance forests that cover half the state and provide jobs, timber, clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation. Visit for more information.



Nashville, Tenn  – County unemployment rates for February 2015, released today, show the rates decreased in 95 counties. Specific county information for February is available on the Internet; ente

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in February at 4.8 percent, down from 5.4 percent in January. Knox County was 5.1 percent in February, down from 5.7 the previous month. The Hamilton County February rate was 5.9 percent, down from 6.6 in January. Shelby County was 7.2 percent in February, down from 8.1 percent the previous month. Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for February was 6.6 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the January revised rate of 6.7 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for February was 5.5 percent, down two-tenths of one percentage point from the prior month.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series. 


Blood Drive April 1st at Bethel University

McKenzie, Tenn - Give blood.  Change a life.  Be proud.  The American Red Cross will have a Blood Drive in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the Bethel University, Wednesday,April 1st. Times are 11:30 am - 5:30 pm in Room L128 (Student Activities Room) on the Bethel Campus.

You can walk in or schedule an appointment at and enter sponsor code BethelUniversity. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood.


Katherine Koestner to Speak at Bethel University Wednesday, April 8

Katherine Koestner (photo courtesy of Bethel University)

McKenzie, Tenn – Katherine Koestner, a national expert on student safety and wellness issues, will speak at Bethel University Wednesday night, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Crisp Arena. The event, sponsored by the school’s Department of Housing and Student Life, is part of a month-long celebration to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The event is free and open to the public, and high school students as well as church youth and adult groups are encouraged to attend.

Ms. Koestner has presented to more than one million students in the U.S. As the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publically about her experience at The College of William and Mary, she appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in June of 1991.

HBO made a movie about her story in 1993. Ms. Koestner has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Lifetime Television, Italian TV, The Jane Whitney Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and dozens of other news programs. She has given interviews for the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal of Higher Education, and countless other national and regional publications.

Ms. Koestner’s appearance and press conference on Capitol Hill with Congressman Jim Ramstad helped to encourage Congress, and later President George H. Bush, to pass the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights into law in 1992. Ms. Koestner has keynoted over 200 conferences including the East and West Coast 4th Annual Student Conferences on Campus Sexual Violence in 1995, as well as on behalf of the New Mexico School Boards Association, the association of Maryland Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania State Educators’ Association, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

She has presented at the national conferences for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA).

At age 21, Ms. Koestner was asked to present to the incoming students at MIT, Dartmouth University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Brown University, Amherst College, Williams College, Colorado College and many other top universities. She continues to regularly present for students and is under contract with public and private secondary and post-secondary schools throughout the country, ranging from Phillips Andover Academy and the Lawrenceville School to Brown University and Colorado College. To date, she has presented on student safety issues at over 1,500 schools in forty-nine states, Canada and numerous other international locations.

Ms. Koestner has served as a consultant to schools on the revision and development of their sexual misconduct and technology policies and response protocols. She is the architect of The Complete Sexual Misconduct Reduction and Response System and The Customizable Model Acceptable Use Policy in place at schools across the country.

She has partnered with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars’ Foundation to work with students in twenty-four public schools in Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. Department of Education asked Ms. Koestner to work with Tipper Gore and Bonnie Campbell in its initiative to help women at risk for sexual violence. She founded “The I Club,” a national high school peer leadership organization focusing on respectful relationships, and she directs the foundation for Take Back the Night, an international organization dedicated to ending sexual violence.

In 2002, Ms. Koestner worked with MIT to create “LifeLessons: Sexual Assault 101,” an interactive CD ROM for high school and college students. In 2003, she wrote and directed two films with national award-winning Top Hat Productions: “Please Write Back: Sexual Assault among America’s Students” and “Helping a Sexual Assault Survivor.” These thirty-minute educational videos are used by schools and rape crisis centers across the country to educate students in health classes and other community awareness programs, as well as to train faculty, police officers, coaches and other responders on the appropriate steps to take in assisting a student who reports a sexual assault experience.

In 2008, Ms. Koestner developed the first Virtual Sexual Assault Response Training Center for schools, utilizing subject matter experts from Colorado College, Harvard University, the University of San Diego, Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and top education attorneys. This online platform enables any school to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality training and resources for their staff.

Ms. Koestner’s latest energies have focused on the risks and responsibilities for students and schools with respect to technology in its many forms. She has assisted schools and school districts in developing proactive policies, procedures, risk management strategies, and educational programs around such topics as social networking sites, video phone usage, text and instant messaging, boundary setting for faculty and staff members, online gaming, identity theft, defamation of character, bullying, harassment, sexual exploitation, and a myriad of other ramifications of technology.

In 2006, Ms. Koestner developed an online education series, Parent-Connect, a powerful program that brings together parents nationwide through the internet to hear from national experts on a variety of student wellness and parenting issues, such as depression, learning differences, harassment, substance use, and high risk drinking.

Additionally, her foray into the benefits of technology has also enabled her to direct an annual program to assist schools in updating their policies and procedures on an emerging issue each spring in order to stay ahead of the fast-paced curve of today’s ever-changing educational landscape. She has been asked to assist fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Military, large public school districts, national public television groups, Canadian university presidents, and numerous other groups with their technology education programs.

In 2009, the U.S. Ambassador to India asked Ms. Koestner to lead the first campaign to raise awareness about violence against women in India. Ms. Koestner also keynoted the First National Take Back the Night Conference at Columbia University in November 2009, and has since become a highlight for boarding schools in annually reviewing top risk issues.

April 2010 became the first year for Take Back the Night to hold its Ten Points of Light to Take Back the Night Campaign. Her tireless campaign for safety and respect continue to lead her down new avenues toward that end. In 2010, she launched Dragonfly learning, an online educational series for parents, students and schools.

In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back the Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their first ever Celebrity Golf Tournament. In November 2011, the Girl Scouts of America selected Ms. Koestner, Katie Couric, and a handful of others as honored women leaders to present for their 125th Anniversary Celebration. January 2012 marks the first Thaw Out the Night Benefit for Take Back the Night.

McKenzie First United Methodist Host Bethel Singers

McKenzie, Tenn - On Tuesday March 31st, The Bethel University Singers will be performing at the First United Methodist church in McKenzie  at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, so come on out and hear some great music of the Bethel University singers at the First United Methodist church located on McTyiere street in McKenzie. For more information on this event, you are asked to call 352-2456.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Fundraiser

McKenzie, Tenn - The Carroll County Humane Society will be hosting, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday April 4th from 7-10am at the Carroll Bank and Trust Community Room in Huntingdon. The cost of the meal is $7.00 per person and ages 10 and under $3.00. So bring your cameras and while enjoying a great meal, let your kids meet the Easter bunny. So come on out to help support the Carroll County Humane Society on April 4th.




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