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News Director Nicki Cronkright

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Rebels vs War Eagles on Friday, December 15th

Atwood, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the West Carroll War Eagles and Lady War Eagles in district action on Friday, December 15th. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.


McKenzie Man Cited for Driving Offense

McKenzie, Tenn.-According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Steven Scott cited William Cary, age 24 of Como Street of McKenzie, on Monday for driving on a revoked license first offense and failure to show proof of insurance. Cary was also given a warning for speeding 33mph in a 20mph zone.

The Nutcracker Dances into KPAC on Dec. 22nd and 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The  Dancing Generation Studio will be presenting "The Nutcracker" on Friday, December 22nd at 6pm and Saturday, December 23rd at 2pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Admission to the costs $10 for adults and children ages 6 and up, admission for children ages 2-5 will cost $5 and kids under the age of 2 get in for free. You can call 363-5682 to reserve your tickets or for more information.

At the presentation of The Nutcracker you will get  to have a meet and greet with Nutcracker, the Rat King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Flower Queen, Arabian Queen and Clara at KPAC on Dec. 22nd from 5pm to 5:30pm and Dec. 23rd from 1pm to 1:30pm, which is included in your ticket price.

The KPAC Box Office will open 1.25 hours before show time and kids special events will begin 45 minutes before show time.

Warrants Issued for Huntingdon Man Wanted on Multiple Charges

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Brandon Leek issued warrants for the arrest of Kevin Green, age 20 of Mclemorsville Road of Huntingdon, on Tuesday, December 5th for evading arrest, possession with intent to sell and deliver, reckless driving, violation of the due care law and driving on a revoked license.

Ptl. Leek attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Green, since Ptl. Leek had prior knowledge that Green was driving on a revoked license. When Ptl. Leek attempted to pull over Green when he evaded and eventually lost police. Ptl. Leek was traveling down the road looking for a place to turn around when he saw tail lights in the distance jumping a ditch. Ptl. Leek drove over to see if Green needed medical attention, but when Ptl. Leek arrived at the vehicle it was empty.

Ptl. Leek spotted Green running on foot behind several residences off of Mary Grace Lane. Carroll County Units were notified and Henry County was asked if they had a dog available, but Henry County did not. Ptl. Steven Scott continued to patrol the area, but police were unable to find Green.

Ptl. Leek searched Green’s vehicle where he found three air soft pistols, 14.4 grams of marijuana, several cell phones and $40 in cash which included a counterfeit $20 bill. Police are still searching for Green.

Helping Our Furry Friends from the CCHS This Holiday Season

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society is hosting its annual Angel Tree from now until Saturday, December 23rd. Please come by the shelter at 21822 Highway 22 in McKenzie and choose your very own angel. The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 1:30pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Every animal in the care of CCHS will be represented on the tree along with the animals in the care of the McKenzie City Shelter. All gifts should be delivered to CCHS no later than 1pm on Saturday, December 23rd. The Carroll County Humane Society will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th.

A general list of items needed by the CCHS cats/kittens include: Purina Cat Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, canned cat and kitten food (pate style), cat treats, cat beds, scratching posts, cat toys and baby blankets.

For puppies and dogs you can get: Diamond Maintenance Dog Food and Diamond Puppy Food that can be found at Power Supply/McKenzie Feed and Grain, Tractor Supply and Rural King; canned dog and puppy food, Made in the USA dog treats, sturdy toys (like Kong or Nylabone brand), rope toys, tennis balls and toys for small dogs/puppies, fleece throws and cedar or pine shavings.

Don’t forget Christmas is the time of giving so give and pick an angel from the Carroll County Humane Society’s Angel Tree to help provide supplies for the friends at the Carroll County Humane Society.


Rebels and Lady Rebels Move to 2-0 in District Play

McKenzie, Tenn.-   In the second district game of the season, the McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Big Sandy Lady Red Devils 66 to 17. Lilly Bennett led the Lady Rebels with 16 points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels now go to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-0 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Big Sandy Red Devils on Tuesday night at home 75 to 22. Lucas King led the Rebels with15  points. The Rebels are now 5-2 overall on the season and 2-0 in district play.

The McKenzie  Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the West Carroll War Eagles and Lady War Eagles in Atwood on Friday, December 15th.

The pregame show on WHDM will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742.

Two Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested Samantha Duncan, age 29 of Rockwood Drive of Jackson, on Thursday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Duncan was placed on $1,250 bond.

In another report, Ptl. Brandon Leek arrested Landen Castelli, age 19 of County Highway 427 of Braggadocio, MO, on Sunday for driving under the influence and he was also given a warning for speeding 64mph in a 45mph zone. Castelli was placed on $750 bond.

Don't Miss Your Chance to See Christmas on Broadway This Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Come celebrate the holidays with The Dixie Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center as they will be presenting  their highly anticipated Christmas show, A Christmas On Broadway on Saturday, December 16th at 2pm. The 7pm show is sold out so the Dixie has added this 2pm performance.

Tickets for the show cost $15 per person. You can purchase tickets at the Dixie Box Office open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, by calling The Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, or visiting their website at www.DixiePac.net.

On December 16th don’t miss this Dixie tradition of ushering in the holidays with an evening of Broadway tunes and songs of the season presented by an amazing group of talented folks from right here in our own back yard with Special Guest Kellye Cash featuring The Dixie Children’s Chorus and a Special Appearance by Miss Tennessee Caty Davis.


Hurley Speaks to Teen Council and Dec. 12th, 2017 Declared Huntingdon High Football Day


Brad Hurley addresses the Mayor's Teen Council at Tuesday's final 2017 meeting. (Walter Smothers photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Tuesday morning December 12th, Mayor Dale Kelley, school representatives and Huntingdon Public Safety Director Walter Smothers met with the members of the Mayor's Teen Advisory Council for their final meeting of 2017. The guest speaker for the meeting was Brad Hurley from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Hurley's presentation was about many of the significant places in our county.

 Hurley informed the group about the large in-door archery range in Atwood, the largest in the area. Then he talked about Granges, the rolled aluminummanufacturing plant in Huntingdon. In addition to purchasing the facility they are investing 113 million dollars to expand the business. This will add 100 good jobs, bringing their workforce to around 500 employees in the Huntingdon plant.

Hurley also mentioned that this decision was not made locally but was made in Sweden after the new owners had visited and discovered that the workforce at the Huntingdon plant were a very driven and dedicated group of employees. The Huntingdon plant is the largest of it's type facility in North America and is in the top three in the world.


Mayor Dale Kelley, Brad Hurley, the football coaching staff and the 2017 Huntingdon Mustang Football Team. (Walter Smothers photos)

Hurley next shared information about the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, that each year approximately 10,000 students from many counties attend events held at the Dixie. Jason Isbell will be performing there on December 23rd of this month and that people from 16 states will be coming to Huntingdon for the show. He concluded by telling the students that he hopes that as they go off to different colleges that they will consider returning to Huntingdon after completing their studies.

The meeting concluded with Mayor Kelley congratulating the Huntingdon High School Mustang Football Team on their undefeated regular season and presenting them with a inscribed plaque that declared Tuesday December 12, 2017 as Huntingdon High School Football Day.

River Conference Championship Games Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The championship games for the 2017 River Conference Basketball Tournament are set after Monday’s semi-final action. In girls action, Stewart County defeated Lakewood 46-21 and Houston County beat Camden 36-30. For boys action, Stewart County knocked off Houston County 45-27 and Harrelson beat Camden 37-27.

Thursday night at 6pm Stewart County will play Houston County for the girls’ championship and Stewart County will play Harrelson in boys’ action for the championship after that. We will broadcast both games on WLZK 94.1FM beginning with at 5:30pm pregame show.

McKenzie Plays Big Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 12th

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Big Sandy Red Devils and Lady Red Devils in district action on Tuesday, December 12th. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

McKenzie Charged With Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.-According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Alex Pierce, age 24 of Main Street of McKenzie, for possession of a schedule 2 substance, hydrocodone, and simple possession of a schedule 6 substance, marijuana.

Ptl. Jones conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Sunday for not having tags displayed. When. Ptl. Jones spoke to the driver identified as Pierce he found that Pierce was driving on a revoked license. As Ptl. Jones was talking with Pierce he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Ptl. Jones asked Pierce if he could search the vehicle and Pierce initially consented to the search and then Pierce denied police consent to search the vehicle. Ptl. Jones asked Pierce if there was anything illegal in the car and that’s when Pierce told Ptl. Jones that there was a dime sized amount of marijuana in the car.

Ptl. Jones then searched the vehicle where he found hydrocodone pills and 10 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Pierce was then taken into custody for the following offenses and Pierce was also cited for driving on a revoked license first offense.

Memphis Woman Cited for Driving Offense

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones cited Arelis Pena, age 41 of Water Mill Drive of Memphis, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license first offense.

Tosh Expansion Adding 122 New Jobs Over the Next 5 Years

Henry, Tenn.- Tosh Pork, LLC, a family farm since 1913, announced plans Wednesday to invest over $65 million into their operations and create 122 new jobs within the next five years. Immediate plans include construction of a 7,500 head sow farm near McKenzie, TN with an expected August 2018 completion date. With this addition, the sow herd will expand by 25%. This announcement comes on the heels of two major expansion projects during 2017:

$1 million investment in a new concrete plant creating 10 new jobs

$2.5 million investment in grain storage and elevator improvements bringing total grain storage capacity to 5.1 million bushels

The announcement came this morning at a press conference at Tosh's Henry Headquarters with announcements from owners Jimmy, Jamey, and Jonathon Tosh along with CFO Tom Hilton and Livestock Production Director Jay Oliver.

Of the company’s expansion, Tosh Pork CEO Jimmy Tosh said, “our intent is to provide greater opportunities for employees, contribute to the economic development of Henry and surrounding counties, and position the company for long term success. We are fortunate to have many hard-working partners in the area – contract growers on the hog side, and row crop farmers on the farm side along with many suppliers and vendors who work side-by-side with us. Our employees are extremely committed and I could not be more proud of them”. Tosh expects to add 35 employees at the new sow facility in 2018 along with 10 support staff such as truck drivers, swine technicians and office personnel.

So, where can you buy pork from these locally grown hogs? Pork products from Tosh grown hogs can be purchased from retailers such as Kroger, EW James & Sons Supermarkets and Costco across the country under the Swift brand, and several local BBQ restaurants in McKenzie and Paris, TN. Tosh does not sell pork directly to the public.

FACT SHEET: Consistent with our mission statement regarding growth and leading the industry, Tosh Pork is building a 7,500 head sow farm near McKenzie, TN. Our intent is to provide greater opportunities for employees, contribute to the economic development of Henry and the surrounding counties, and position the company for long term success. The Tosh family has farmed since 1913 in Henry county, TN and we see the Crutchfield expansion as a key element of building our future.

Facility investment by Tosh Pork: $15 million, Facility size: over 300,000 sq ft.under roof, Expected new hires during 2018 alone: 45

Crutchfield farm management: 35 o Support staff: 10 (swine finishing techs, truck drivers, accounting)

Expected new hires in 5 year plan: 122  Expected site completion date: August 2018

~80 local individuals employed during construction  First livestock will be placed in March 2018

Number of sows at this facility: 7,500

225,000 weaned pigs produced annually o Additional production partner farm families needed to raise pigs: 20

Local investment in new barns: ~$20 million  11,000,000 lbs of feed needed per month for expansion

Will require more grain being purchased by local farmers

Total Henry and Carroll County investment by Tosh Pork before first hog goes to market in Jan 2019: ~$28 million

On-going annual pork produced by Crutchfield sow farm: 58 million pounds

About Tosh Pork, LLC: Tosh Pork, LLC along with Tosh Farms, and Bacon by Gosh employ over 350 employees in the business of growing high quality hogs and crops, and transporting those commodities to packers and distribution sites. In 2017, Tosh Pork will deliver 720,000 hogs to market with the help of 90 local farmers who act as production partners in raising pigs. Additionally, Tosh Pork will purchase over 3 million bushels of corn and soybeans from local farmers in order to produce 286,000 tons of hog feed annually. All feed used to raise Tosh pigs is produced in their Henry, TN feed mill. See www.toshfarms.net for more information.

Get Your Tickets for Christmas on Broadway on Saturday Before They Are Gone

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Come celebrate the holidays with The Dixie Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center as they will be presenting  their highly anticipated Christmas show, A Christmas On Broadway on Saturday, December 16th at 2pm. The 7pm show is sold out so the Dixie has added this 2pm performance.

Tickets for the show cost $15 per person. You can purchase tickets at the Dixie Box Office open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, by calling The Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, or visiting their website at www.DixiePac.net.

On December 16th don’t miss this Dixie tradition of ushering in the holidays with an evening of Broadway tunes and songs of the season presented by an amazing group of talented folks from right here in our own back yard with Special Guest Kellye Cash featuring The Dixie Children’s Chorus and a Special Appearance by Miss Tennessee Caty Davis.

McKenzie Battles Big Sandy in District Action on Dec. 12th

McKenzie, Tenn.- In high basketball action, the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Big Sandy Red Devils and Lady Red Devils in district action on Tuesday, December 12th.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Local Teams Competing in the 2nd Round of River Conference on Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The River Conference Middle School Basketball Tournament kicked off at Gamlin Gym on Saturday as two Henry County teams advanced to the second round of the tournament.              

The Lakewood Lady Eagles defeated the Harrelson Lady Hawks 41 to 23. Charity Hutson led the Lady Eagles with 13 points followed by Amber Duncan who had 7 points and Averie O’Daniel led the Lady Hawks with 15 points. The Lady Eagles advance to play the Stewart County Lady Rebels on Monday, December 11th at 5pm.

The Lakewood Eagles lost to the Houston County Fighting Irish 41 to 35. Tyler Nelson led the Lakewood Eagles with 24 points. The Houston County Fighting Irish will take on the Stewart County Rebels on Monday, December 11th at 6:15pm

The Henry Lady Pirates lost to the Houston County Lady Fighting Irish 42 to 23. Kahlan Foster led the Lady Pirates with 13 points. The Houston County Lady Fighting Irish will take on the Camden Lady Lions on Monday, December 11th at 7:30pm.

The Henry Pirates lost to the Camden Lions 46-41. Hunter McElroy led the Pirates with 16 points followed by Kaden Story and Caden Hall who each had 12 points. The Camden Lions will face the Harrelson Hawks on Monday, December 11th at 8:45pm.

Our coverage of the River Conference Middle School Basketball Tournament will continue on on Monday, December 11th beginning with the pregame show at 4:30pm. And the finals will be played on Thursday, December 14th. If you can make it to the game you can listen to our coverage of the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at https://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-prevention.

 

 


 

 

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