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From News Director Cheryl Allen

 

(Friday, May 6th)

 

Missing Juvenile Found Safe by Milan PD

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Gary Vandiver of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said that the missing juvenile, Jasmine Nicole Perry 16 years of age, was found around 4:30pm Thursday by the Milan Police Department. She was safe and had been reported missing since Wednesday.

MPD Urges Drivers To Exercise Caution May 6 & 7

McKenzie, Tenn - Today (Friday, May 6 ) kicks off the McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale. Listings of those having yard sales this year, can be picked up at City Hall. The McKenzie Police Department urges drivers to use extreme caution today and tomorrow during the McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale.

Then after your yard sale excursion, head on down to Huntingdon, where the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue will have a benefit hamburger and hot dog sale this Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. 

All profits will go to St Judes Children’s Hospital. The event will take place at the Cash Savers Store on East Main Street here in Huntingdon.

National Day of Prayer Held at Carroll County Airport

(Front row) L-R Terry Bradshaw, Al Spivey, Scott Spivey, Bob Rutldge, Alan Cross, Natalie Porter, Kevin Wood. (Back row) Tom O'Bryant, Joe Smothers, Lynn Watkins, Dale Kelley, Walter Winchester, Kenny McBride, Brad Hurley. (Chamber photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - A large crowd turned out for the 65th Annual National Day of Prayer at the Carroll County Airport on Thursday  morning. The morning began with Dr. Alan Cross of Bethel University singing, “Stand Up for Jesus”. Bob Rutledge gave the opening and National Day of Prayer, while Lynn Watkins, Director of McKenzie Special School District read Billy Graham’s Prayer for the Nation.

The theme for 2016 was Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for his Holy name. To further highlight the theme, Isaiah 58:1  was chosen as the scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”

Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride led the prayer for Carroll County Citizens and Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley prayed over Carroll County K-12 schools. Praying over the churches in Carroll County was Kevin Wood.Alan Cross led the crowd in hymns of “Onward Christian Soldiers”, “America My Country Tis of Thee” and “Battle Hymn of Republic”. Walter Winchester, Natalie Porter, Terry Bradshaw and Brad Hurley led prayers for God’s Word, Local Leaders, the needy and first responders.

While Dr. Al Spivey, Tom O’Bryant, Dr. Scott Spivey led prayers for State Leaders, Veterans, Healthcare Providers, Joe Smother led prayer for President Washington’s Prayer for our Nation. The morning closed out with Bob Rutledge and the Lord’s Prayer. Chamber president Brad Hurley thanked all those in attendance for coming and supporting National Day of Prayer and asked that everyone continues to pray for our nation, country, state and schools.

BBQ Cookout Hosted By VFW Post 4939

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie VFW Post 4939 will be hosting a BBQ cookout on Saturday May 14th starting at 10am. For $7.00 you can get a BBQ sandwich, baked beans, slaw and a drink.

Please contact the post at 352-9976 between 2pm and 6pm for group orders or advance orders. Proceeds go towards the post activities such as youth baseball/softball, Boy Scouts, Veterans Assistance and community outreach.

The post is located on Cherrywood Avenue in McKenzie.

Missing  Henry Juvenile -Runaway

Paris, Tenn - In a press release from the Henry County Sheriffs Department, Jasmine Nicole Perry 16 years of age 5’4”  120 lbs. green eyes, brown hair.

Unknown clothing description other than tan NIKE shoes with black spots. Possibly carrying a red NIKE drawstring bag.

It was stated in the release that she left her home in Henry during early morning hours of Wednesday May 4, 2016. She was believed to have been in Milan on morning of May 4. She may have been with unknown persons in a black Impala.

Any one with information is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672.

Reminder : Bethel Spring Commencement Ceremonies Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held this Saturday May 7th. Those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 10 a.m., ceremony, and those receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 1 p.m. ceremony. Both events will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus.

Dr. Maribeth S. McGuire will be the Commencement Speaker. McGuire retired as Bethel College academic dean in 2005, bringing to a close almost 40 years as a teacher and administrator. McGuire came to Bethel in 1985 as a teacher in the English department, where she remained for 13 years.

(Thursday, May 5th)

Huntingdon Man Attempts To Evade Officers

Huntingdon, Tenn - Ptl. Randy Kelley of the Huntingdon Police Department took a report from a victim of theft. The report stated that Kevin Thomas King of Lexington Street in Huntingdon did knowingly and without the owner’s knowledge or permission had taken a Matco Impact Wrench and Socket set valued at $850.

The report noted that when officers went to King’s residence he knowingly evaded arrest by hiding from officers in the attic of his residence to keep from being placed under arrest when an active arrest warrant was trying to be served for Theft Over $500.

While at the residence King was found to have in his possession a loaded 22 caliber semi automatic rifle and a box containing 31 rounds of 22 caliber ammunition were taken into custody as evidence.

Thomas King was arrested for Theft over $500, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and Evading Arrest and transported to the Carroll County Jail where bond was set at a total of $9000

Tinted Windows Leads to Drug Charges

Huntingdon, Tenn - Deputy Michael Krause of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office while on patrol observed a vehicle traveling on Veterans Drive with tinted windows that he believed was too dark.

Upon stopping the vehicle, a test was performed on the driver’s window and the tint meter showed 14%. During the traffic stop the report stated that Eric Robert Bullington of Beaver Dam Road in Camden did give consent to law enforcement to search his vehicle.

Recovered was a small bag of crystal like substance in the driver’s door which field tested positive for Meth. A red straw was also located with a white substance in it that was used to smoke meth. Bullington was charged with drug/narcotic violations.

Board Recognizes Two Retiring From MSSD Tuesday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn - During Tuesday evenings meeting of the McKenzie Special School District, Director of Schools Lynn Watkins recognized the retiring of High School Special Education teacher, Denise Sam and Elementary Nurse Dotty Clement. He thanked them for their years of service and the board as well as Watkins stated that they hope they enjoy their retirement and know that they will be missed by not only the students but the school system as well.

Aluria Parks, was appointed as the Student Board Representative for the 2016/17 school year. Also recognized was Kelsey Spivey for her service as a student board representative this year.

Director Lynn Watkins informed the board that the Budget workshop session will be held on June 27 at 5:30pm. Watkins stated that this week is also Teacher Appreciation Week, and the board was urged to visit the schools in the system and let the teachers know how much they are appreciated for the job they do. 

At the end of the meeting Watkins announced that the next regular meeting of the board will take place on June 28 at 5:30pm at the school district board office.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Solid Waste Management are preparing for the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. The event will be held this Saturday May 7th from 8am to 1pm at the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive, off East Wood Street in Paris. The event is free and open to any household.

Henry County Solid Waste Manager Ron Watkins said the mobile collection program was established to provide a safe means of disposal for household hazardous wastes. There are many reasons to properly dispose of household hazardous waste including that improper storage of hazardous products may increase risk of poisoning or injury.

Also Watkins said, disposing of hazardous materials in ordinary trash may injure sanitation workers because some products are chemically incompatible and may cause fires in dumpsters, or garbage trucks. Examples include household cleaners, oil based paints, aerosols, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and other products no longer usable.

Additionally old mercury thermometers, TVs, computer equipment, and other household electronic equipment will be accepted. Usual recyclables such as used motor oil, antifreeze, aluminium, scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and number 1 and 2 plastics will be accepted also. Tires will not be accepted at this year’s event, but can be taken to the Landfill for disposal.

Medical and infectious waste, ammunition, explosives, radioactive waste are excluded in what is accepted as well. For more information call 642-5170 or visit www.henrycountytn.org.  

Bethel Students Meet with Retired Supreme Court Justice

Pictured here with Douglas are students Gabrielle Darden of McKenzie and Hannah Patrick of Milan; next row: Bethel graduate and Washington University Law School student Sasha Arnold, Bethel students Lindsey Hensley of Camden and Kaylie Passen of Hendersonville and Bethel faculty members Teresa Rose and Todd Rose. ( BU Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn – Bethel University students and faculty members traveled to Washington University School of Law in St. Louis on April 25 to see Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Stevens is a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who served from December 1975 until his retirement in June 2010.

At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest Justice then serving, the second-oldest serving Justice in the history of the Court, and the third longest-serving U.S. Supreme Court Justice in history. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to replace the Court's longest-serving justice, William O. Douglas.

Urgent Need for Blood Types B Neg  A Neg and O Neg

McKenzie, Tenn - Life line blood services will be at in McKenzie on Friday May 6th at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology located on Highland Drive from 9am til 1pm and also at Fred’s Super Dollar Store from 12 noon til 6pm.

There is an urgent need for blood types B Negative, A Negative and O Negative.

To save time when you come to donate blood, visit lifelinebloodserv.org and fill out the necessary paperwork and bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood.   

Bethel University Spring Commencement This Sat.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held this Saturday May 7th. Those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 10 a.m., ceremony, and those receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 1 p.m. ceremony.

Both events will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus. Dr. Maribeth S. McGuire will be the Commencement Speaker. McGuire retired as Bethel College academic dean in 2005, bringing to a close almost 40 years as a teacher and administrator.

McGuire came to Bethel in 1985 as a teacher in the English department, where she remained for 13 years.  

TBI Releases Specialized Studies On Domestic Violence, Law Enforcement Officers

 

Nashville, Tenn – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies, detailing the nature and extent of domestic violence and instances of law enforcement officers attacked while on duty. In both studies, the TBI presents data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).  

Among the findings in “Domestic Violence 2013-2015”:·        

A total of 232,031 domestic violence offenses were reported from 2013 to 2015.

·        Simple Assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68.1% of all offenses designated as having a domestic violence nexus.

·         From 2013 to 2015, victims were six times more likely to be abused by a Spouse than an Ex-Spouse in domestic offenses.  Among the findings in “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2015”:

·         The number of LEOKA victims increased slightly, by 1% year-to-year, with 1,757 victims reported in 2015.

·         In 2015, there was one Law Enforcement Officer reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.

·         T­he most frequently reported LEOKA offense was Simple Assault at 56.5%.  As with all of its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another.

The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate.

(Wednesday, May 4th)

Bethel Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Nationally Recognized

McKenzie, Tenn – Bethel University’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice program has been ranked 7th in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online for the Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degrees.

Affordable Colleges Online recently released its 2016 Rankings highlighting the Best Online Master’s Degrees for 23 different subjects. The ranking agency spent months collecting and analyzing data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields identifying which degree programs offered students the best combination of academic rigor, flexibility, support and affordability. For all “best online degree” rankings, eligible schools had to offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, they were either a public or private not-for-profit institution, and they had to offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program.

Scoring was based on the following: online tuition rate, count of online bachelor’s degrees available in a field, student-faculty ratio (undergraduate), 6-year graduation rate, percent of students receiving financial aid, available academic and career counseling services, available job placement for graduates, acceptance rate, loan default rate, and AC Online Peer-Based Value (PBV), a proprietary metric that compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score.

“I could not be happier that our Master’s in Criminal Justice is getting this recognition,” said Bethel President, Dr. Walter Butler. “It’s rewarding to have others put value in programs in which we at Bethel have had confidence for a long time.”

According to the Affordable Colleges Online website, “the criminal justice field has expanded over the last decade to keep up with new security threats. Students who earn a master’s degree in criminal justice are now poised to snag entry-level jobs in the profession or advance to positions of higher responsibility in not only local law enforcement but also in homeland security and cybersecurity — and by earning their degree online, they can get there without sacrificing family or work responsibilities.”

Headquartered in McKenzie, Bethel University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state of Tennessee. In 2017, the school, which is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will celebrate 175 years of service.

Bethel University offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms including traditional face to face instruction and online as well. Of late, the school has been recognized for a number of its programs. It was recently ranked second in the nation in the BestColleges.com list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015.

It was also recently named the top accredited online school in Tennessee for the 2015-2016 school year by Accredited Schools Online (accreditedschoolsonline.org).

The Bethel University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (which is a face-to-face program) was also recently recognized as one of the top 6 programs in the nation for employment in rural settings, and the Bethel nursing program (face-to-face) recently garnered a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX, the examination that determines the readiness of nursing graduates.

For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

Warrants Issued on McKenzie Woman for Kidnapping, Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for theft over $10K, Kidnapping, shoplifting and driving on revoked driver's license on LaQuice Newbill age 38 of McKenzie after an incident that occurred Sunday at Paris Walmart.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. James responded to a shoplifting call on Sunday at Walmart where a black woman had ran out of the store and left the items she was attempting to shoplift behind. As the woman, later identified as Newbill ran out of the store to get in the vehicle she came in, the vehicle left.

Newbill then got into a 2007 Chevy Truck. Inside the truck another female, Bridgit Lee, was sleeping while her husband was inside the store. Newbill eventually stopped on PerrySchool House Loop and ran into the woods, Lee called 911 to inform dispatchers what happened.

Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to attempt to track down Newbill, but didn't succeed in finding her.

Lee gave a report that during the incident Newbill was driving erratically in and out of traffic and Lee was scared for her life and picked Newbill out of a photo lineup.

Greenfield Woman Cited for Suspended License

Huntingdon, Tenn - Stephanie Phillips of Black Road in Greenfield as cited into General Sessions Court of Carroll County after Sgt. Eric Sawyers of the Carroll County Sheriffs department observed a vehicle traveling North on Hwy 79 in Trezevant with the windshield busted.

The report stated that as Sgt. Sawyers turned around in an attempt to catch up with the vehicle it turned into a vacant residence on Hwy 105. Sgt. Sawyers noticed that the driver Stephanie Phillips has swapped places with the backseat passenger. When confronted, Phillips stated that her driver’s license were suspended and that was the reason for turning into the vacant residence and swapping drivers. Phillips was cited for driving on suspended license.

False Report Filed By Camden Woman

Huntingdon, Tenn - Sgt. Chris Cole of the Huntingdon Police Department advised Ptl. Paul Hugely that a car had ran off the road and was stuck in a field close to the on ramp of the bypass close to Main Street in Huntingdon.

After arriving at the scene, Ptl. Hugueley did find the vehicle with no one inside. After a computer check through dispatch, the vehicle came back to be owned by Becky Lee of Mimosa Street in Camden. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, Ptl. Hugueley did pick up a pack of cigarettes from the floor board of the car and found 2.5 grams of what appeared to be Methamphetamine Ice inside.

The report stated that while on the scene, the county dispatch gave out a call to the jail stating that someone wanted to report a stolen car from Bruceton earlier that morning. According to the report, Becky Lee stated that her car was stolen from her residence and she had no idea who had taken or wreck it.

After speaking with Lee, she did come clean and told Sgt. Chris Cole and Ptl. Hugueley that she gave permission to Leroy Stocker of Pencil Factory Road in Big Sandy to drive the car to go pick up her daughter in McKenzie. Becky Lee was arrested and charged with filing a false report by Sgt. Chris Cole and Leroy Stocker did leave the scene of the accident with intent not to return.

P-Town Showdown Benefit Car Show May 21st

Paris, Tenn - P-Town Showdown Benefit Car Show for Thomas Smith Funeral Fund will be held on May 21st at the Henry County Fairgrounds beginning at 9am. Registration is $25 and the first 50 registered receive a Dash Plaque (registration ends May 10th).

Kids, you are invited to show anything with wheels and registration is $5 (kids must pre-register before May 10th) There are booths available for vendors for $10 and vendors must register before May 21st and space is limited. The gates open at 9am and judging at 12pm with awards to follow.

Classes are Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles. To Pre-register or questions, contact Kevin Marshall at 931-743-5034 or Jackyn Smith at 270-752-0348. The benefit is for Thomas Smith funeral fund.

St. Jude's Children's Hospital Fundraiser Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn - The Huntingdon Fire & Rescue will have a benefit hamburger and hot dog sale this Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.  All profits will go to St Judes Childrens Hospital. The event will take place at the Cash Savers Store on East Main Street here in Huntingdon. 

 

(Tuesday, May 3rd)

Vandalism Reported at Centennial Bank Property

McKenzie, Tenn - Ptl. Mark Boaz of the McKenzie Police Department along with Ptl. Frank McGee responded to 325 Bethel Court in regards to vandalism. Upon arrival officers spoke with the care taker who stated that Centennial Bank owns the property and that she is the caretaker of the grounds until they sold the apartment building.

The caretaker stated that someone had sprayed blue spray paint on the concrete sidewalks and also outside of one of the tenants dorm room. The care taker stated that she had spoke with the person that had sprayed the paint outside his apartment and stated that the room tenant had admitted to the paint outside of the room on the concrete walk way but, did not know who had sprayed the other graffiti.

The report noted that Jordan Malone of Split Rail Cove in Memphis came out and spoke with officers and did admit that he did spray the paint in front of his apartment, but did not know what was sprayed on the rest of the walk way or steps, which had profanities wrote in two different locations. When asked why, according to the report, Malone stated that he was in a fraternity that had asked him to do this for the support of his fraternity at Bethel University.

The caretaker then stated that if he did clean up what he had admitted to, and then she would not pursue charges of vandalism. Malone stated that he would clean up the mess that he had made by the end of the week. No charges were filed at this point.

Aggravated Burglary on David Street in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn -  A homeowner on David Street in McKenzie contacted the McKenzie Police Department stating that someone was outside on his back deck. Officers responded to the scene to find the back door to the victims garage standing wide open and the garage light was on.

Upon finding no one inside the garage, officers noticed tracks in the grass in the freshly fallen dew and attempted to track the suspect/s but were unable to locate them. The victim stated that he heard his dog barking and his wife noticed someone standing on their back deck with a flashlight.

The report noted that when the homeowner turned  on the porch light, the suspect fled. The report stated that no items were taken but it did appear to officers that the suspect had been in the garage.  

Charges of Theft Under $500 At Wal-Mart

Huntingdon, Tenn - Reports of Theft Under $500 was reported to the Huntingdon Police Department from Wal-Mart. Kimberly Ann Clark of Drew Court in Huntingdon was arrested after Wal-Mart Loss Prevention had her in custody for taking several items from the store without paying for them. The items were in total of $62.80.

Sandra J. Pendergrass of Gardner Road near Cedar Grove was also charged with Theft Under $500 at Wal-Mart after she had taken items in value of $26.85 and had left the building without paying for them.

Bruceton in May Dog Show May 14th

McKenzie, Tenn - The Carroll County Humane Society will host a dog show at
Bruceton In May on Saturday, May 14th at the Bruceton City Park.
Registration begins at 12:30 and the show starts at 1:00.

The entry fee is $10 per dog. Categories include Best Costume, Most
Fabulous Fella, Loveliest Lady, Best Treat Catcher, Best Golden
Oldie (over 7 years), Favorite Rescue Dog, and all contestants
will automatically be entered for the Top Dog award. First, second,
and third place ribbons and top dog trophy.

Dogs should be up to date on vaccinations and on a leash. For more information, call
731-586-7453.

65th Annual National Day of Prayer at Carroll County Airport May 5th

Huntingdon, Tenn - The 65th Annual National Day of Prayer, May 5th, 2016, will have a profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

The theme for 2016 is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for his Holy name. To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Isaiah 58:1 as our scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”

The Carroll County Chamber invite you to join them at the Carroll County Airport on Thursday, May 5th at 8 am, as we pray for our Nation, our State, our County and our Neighbors. Coffee and Donuts will be available for those who attend. 

This Event is sponsored locally by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 731-986-4664

(Monday, May 2nd)

Huntingdon Man Found Shot Saturday Evening

Huntingdon, Tenn - According to a press release from Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety Police, Fire & Rescue, on Saturday April 30th at approximately 1:49 a.m. officers from the Huntingdon Police Department responded to apartment 15 at the Hunter Ridge Apartment Complex to investigate a gun shot call.

Once at the scene they found Peyton Gates, age 18, inside the apartment with a gunshot would to his head. Lying beside him was a .38 Smith & Wesson Revolver. Mr. Gates was still breathing and taken by ambulance to Baptist in Huntingdon. He was then transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m. 

Investigation into the matter was conducted by Huntingdon Officers and the T.B.I.  The conclusion was that it was a self-inflicted gunshot that is believed to be accidental.

Mr. Gates resided at 605 Tate School Rd in Huntingdon. An autopsy was performed by the State Medical Examiner in Nashville on Monday May 2nd.

Saturday Night Fire at Noranda in Huntingdon

Picture taken at the scene with Ladder 1 being deployed.  (Photo courtesy of W. Smothers HPDPS)

Huntingdon, Tenn - In a press release from Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, Saturday April 30th at approximatey 10:30 p.m. the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue was notified that there was a fire at the Norandal Aluminum plant at 400 Bill Brooks Drive.

Upon arrival they found the roof of the north cast house to be on fire. The Huntingdon Ladder 1 truck was used to quickly extinguish the fire. Without the ladder truck it would have taken much longer to extinguish the fire which would have increased the potential risk of losing the building.

Also responding to the fire was Engine 1, Engine 4, Engine 5 and 25 members of the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue. The cost of the damage is unknown at this time. 

McKenzie Marching Rebels Wins First in Band at WBFF Parade Friday

Marching Rebels of McKenzie at WBFF Parade Friday (Cheryl Allen photo)

Under the direction of Keith Breeden, the Marching Rebels of McKenzie won First Place in the band at the WBFF Grand Parade Friday. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - One could not ask for a better weather than what was for the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry parade held Friday morning in Paris. A very large crowd lined the parade route with anticipation of a great parade. The event began at Ogburn Park making the way down Eastwood Street ending at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson served as Grand Marshall of the 2016 WBFF parade. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry County’s very own Miss Tennessee Hannah Robinson served as Grand Marshall of the parade. Local dignitaries such as Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, Jennifer Waldrup and Ryan Griffin were in attendance, among other elected officials who packed the grandstands.

Bethel University (Cheryl Allen photos)

Junior Miss McKenzie Court (Cheryl Allen photo)

Miss McKenzie Royalty (Cheryl Allen photo)

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Junior Miss Gleason (Cheryl Allen photo)

With several bands from surrounding counties, all played for the judges at the grandstand in hopes to win the Grand Champion of the parade. Floats of all varieties and beauty queens made for an even more beautiful day.

Junior Miss Tater Town (Cheryl Allen photo)

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The Marching McKenzie Rebels marched their way to first place in the band competition putting on a show that made them very well deserved earning the first place win.The Marching Rebels of McKenzie are under the direction of Mr. Keith Breeden.

A Place Called Home float (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo estimated the crowd at this years Grand Parade was well over 52,000.

Huge Turnout for VFW Post 4939 Saturday Despite of Rainy / Cloudy Day

William Thomas cooks up Ribeyes, while William Robertson awaits to prepare sandwiches for the waiting crowd. (Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - VFW Post 4939 held a ribeye cookout on Saturday April 30 selling over 100 sandwiches within 30 minutes of the beginning of the sale.

Head cooks, William Robertson and William Thomas worked diligently to keep up with the demand. Mr. Robertson stated, “We are so blessed at the outcome today to help us support the different outreaches the VFW does throughout our community. We are a family of veterans who enjoy giving back to our community, and this is something we truly enjoy doing".

(Cheryl Allen photo)

People lining up for their sandwiches Saturday, kept the VFW busy. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Mr. Robertson has been with the post since being discharged in the Army in 1968. Mr. Thomas has been with the VFW since 1998 and stated that he and William have been cooking ribeye sandwiches for the post for the past 5 years. “We enjoy what we do, and people can see that” stated Thomas.

“All proceeds raised at events with the VFW go towards youth baseball/softball, Boy Scouts, Verterans Assistance and community outreach” stated Mr. Robertson.

Vehicle Fire on Winston Road Near McKenzie

MFR Justin Stambaugh saturates vehicle from any hot spots (Photo Courtesy of MFR)

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie Fire and rescue was dispatched to 968 Winston Rd near McKenzie on Saturday in regards to a vehicle on fire. According to MFR, the owner went out to the car and when she started it, it burst into flames.

The fire started in the engine compartment and spread from there. In the photo, it shows where the fire got hot enough that partially melted the siding on the mobile home next to the vehicle.

MSSD Board To Meet Tuesday At Elementary School

McKenzie, Tenn -The McKenzie Special School District Board of Education will be meeting on Tuesday May 3rd at the McKenzie Elementary School at 5:30pm.

A few Items on the agenda include Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) report presented by high school students: Anna Comer, Bransen McCaleb, Aluria Parks.

Recognition of retiring teacher, Denise Sam, and Nurse, Dotty Clements.

Consider for approval, the student board representative for 2016-2017 school year. 

Consider for approval budget amendments to the McKenzie Special School District funds.

Consider for approval the following statement:  The McKenzie Board of Education, hereafter consents that the 2016-2017 budget for the IDEA and Carl Perkins Federal Projects shall be the budget approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.

These meetings are open to the public and parents are urged to attend.

May 6 & 7 McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale

McKenzie, Tenn - Its getting to be that time of year again to get rid of all the clutter, things you haven’t used in the last six months and the clothes you no longer wear with the spring McKenzie city wide yard sale on May 6th & 7th .

So be sure to Call City Hall @ 352-2292 before the end of the day on April 29 to get your name on the yard sale map. Clean out those closets, storage sheds and wherever else and turn your items into cash at the McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale.

 

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