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Reports of Theft in Huntingdon Area

Huntingdon, Tenn - A report was filed to the Carroll County Sheriff’s department in regards to theft. According to the report, the victim advised officers that her 2002 Yamaha Big Bear ATV had been stolen from the shed behind her residence on West Port Road in Huntingdon. She stated that she didn’t notice it was missing until right before she called the sheriff’s office.

The victim told officers that she didn’t believe that the ATV would start, and had no suspects into who would have taken it. The ATV is described as being a 2002 Big Bear ATV green in color with an estimated value of $1,000.

Another report of theft was reported to the Sheriff’s department from a residence on Hwy 104 near Cedar Grove. The victim reported that she is currently living in Illinois and stated that her husband recently passed away from Cancer and that she came back to retrieve personal items. When she arrived at the residence, several items were stolen from inside as well as a pickup truck. The victim stated that all paperwork to the vehicle were inside the truck. A person of interest has been identified and an investigation is ongoing at this time. The truck is described as a Ford F-150 with an estimated value of $6,000.

Accident Results in Death of Cedar Grove Man

Cedar Grove, Tenn - According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol,  Friday evening Mr. Harold Breeden age 77 of Cedar Grove was killed in a motor vehicle accident when a pickup truck crossed the center line into the path of Breeden striking Breedens vehicle head on on Hwy 70 outside of Huntingdon.

According to the report, Mr. Breeden was wearing his seatbelt.

Chase Funeral home is in charge of Mr. Breedens arrangements.

Perpetrator Eludes Officers in Burglary at MBC

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Police department is investigating a case of burglary that occurred on Friday evening at McKenzie Banking Company on Cedar Avenue. When the alarm from the bank went off, officers arrived at the bank to notice that the perpetrator gained entry by breaking a window. Officers stated that a Ford Taurus was seen leaving the area and that the car has a temporary license plate. Another with information on this incident is urged to contact the McKenzie Police Department at 352 2265 or 352 2264.

Rebel Season Ends with Loss to Peabody

McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie Rebel fans were bundled up and fired up and ready for Rebel football action against the Golden Tide of Trenton Peabody in Round 3 TSSAA playoffs at Rebel Stadium Friday evening.

In the first half of the game, Trenton fumbled the ball and the Rebels recovered but they did not keep control of the ball, with Trenton Peabody making at 31 yard touchdown run leading the Rebels 7-0. Near halftime of the game McKenzie Rebel Noah Lowrance suffered an injury and limped off the field.

At halftime, the score was 14-0.

The remainder of the game was controlled by Trenton Peabody who won the game over the McKenzie Rebels with a final score of 42-0 ending the season for the McKenzie Rebels.

 Sports announcer Craig Lunn recognized the Rebel Seniors, stating “They should be proud of this season, they will be known as the Class that brought the Rebels back to the playoffs”.

Next year, the McKenzie Rebels will be playing in a new District and Region, and this will be new teams for the Rebels to go up against. The Rebels played a great season, and we at WHDM are proud of our McKenzie Rebel Football team!!

Update on Noah Lowrance - His injury that had him on crutches after halftime is a suspected to be a fractured tibia. We at WHDM pray for healing and a quick recovery Noah.

Rebels vs. Golden Tide-Kickoff 7pm

McKenzie, Tenn - Friday night the McKenzie Rebels will be hitting the gridiron in football action against the Trenton Peabody Golden Tide at Rebel field in McKenzie in3rd Round Play-offs action with kickoff set for 7pm.

If you are unable to make it out to the game you can tune into whdm 98.9fm or am 1440. Or if you are near your computer, you can listen to all the play by play action by going to our website, clicking on the McKenzie Rebel icon on the right side of the page, or you can call 712 432 5742 and remember charges may apply depending on your carrier and plan.

So come on our and cheer our McKenzie Rebels on to yet another victory!!! 

Lengthy First Meeting for New Town Council Members

McKenzie, Tenn - At Thursday evening’s meeting of the McKenzie Town Council, Mayor Jill Holland began the meeting with the presentation of plaques to those former council members whose seats were replaced in the November election.

Those receiving the special recognition were Raymond Glisson, Billy Barksdale, and Teri King. Billy Barksdale stated that, “he truly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the City of McKenzie on the town council and wished the new council persons the best of luck with their new endeavors for the City of McKenzie, as well as working alongside Mayor Holland”.

(L-R) Former Council members receive plaques from City of McKenzie. Teri King, Mayor Holland, Raymond Glisson and Billy Barksdale.

Mayor Holland then congratulated Mr. Charles Pruneau for winning the McKenzie Banner, Public Official of the Year winner for 2014.

In other business the board passed Ordinance 486, the rewording of the Ordinance in references related to the Local Planning Assistance Office on the second reading.Mayor Holland explained that “there are no more local planning offices, and that they are all out of district offices so rewording needed to be done to the ordinance".

During the Public Comments, Mr. William Crews, stated his dislike with the speed trap cameras that are in place in McKenzie. He stated that he would rather see a good citizen of McKenzie doing the job of running radar as to the government watching.

Mayor Holland explained that the cameras were signed into action with the past administration and that the contract has been renewed and renegotiated, and will last for 5 years. Holland stated that instead of the city receiving funds from the tickets on a tier basis, they now receive half of the cost of the ticket that the individual pays.

She also stated that there has been a decrease in accidents on Highland Avenue as well as business owners as well as homeowners are appreciative that the speed is lower, because people can feel safer when it comes to turning into businesses or private drives, the vehicle operators are going slower, that causes less of a chance of an accident happening.

Holland also stated that people who turn right on red do not receive a ticket. McKenzie Police Chief Moates stated that on each shift, 3 officers are on duty, and that 2 work traffic patrol in a 12 hour day, but traffic control is not all these officers deal with in a regular shift.

Mayor Holland then addressed the board with two non agenda item with the first being a Resolution 14-011 which is to ask Gov. Bill Haslam to restore the funding to the River Basin Authority.

The resolution will address Haslam as well as the General Assembly. City Attorney Laura Keaton explained that since the streams, rivers and creeks tend to over flow causing excess damage to not only farm land but streets as well, they believe that funds need to be added back to the River Basin Authority.

The next non item that was asked to be added to the agenda was the purchase of two used 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Cruisers for the McKenzie Police Department.

Chief Moates explained that these vehicles will be purchased from Missouri with each having 55,000 miles on them at the cost of $12,000 each. He explained that the funds for these purchases will come from the surplus items that have been sold.

Past Councilpersons Recognized at Tonights Council Meeting

McKenzie, Tenn - Tonight the McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland along with the McKenzie Town Council will be meeting for their annual monthly meeting at 7 pm in the council room at City Hall.

On the agenda tonight Mayor Holland will be presenting those who are no longer on the council with plaque for their years of dedication to the City of McKenzie, as well as a public hearing concerning Ordinance 486 which is to amend the Chapter 10 of the zoning ordinance that concerns the Provisions Governing Flood Districts. Mayor Holland will be discussing to delete the wording and replacing it with wording related to the Local Planning Assistance.


Bethel To Present Lessons and Carols Nov. 25th

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University’s Department of Music will present the traditional Lessons and Carols service on Tuesday November 25th at 11am and again at 7pm in the Bouldin Auditorium inside of the Dickey Fine Arts Building.

The service will feature Bethel University Singers and Chamber Choir singing seasonal music, including one of the modern era’s most celebrated Christmas choral works—Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham. The Chamber Choir will sing Pange Lingua by Gyorgy Orban and students, teachers, and faculty will read scripture that tell the Christmas story with readings from the Old and New testaments.

Lessons and Carols was first presented at King’s College in Cambridge, England in 1918. Although it has gone some minor revisions, today it still features the reading of 9 lessons, congregational singing, and choral anthems.

Rebels vs. Patriots in Basketball Action Tonight in Paris

Paris, Tenn - Tonight the McKenzie High School Rebel Basketball team will be traveling to take on the Patriots of Henry County in Paris and Tipoff is set for 6pm at Gamlin Gymnasium.

You can hear all the play by play action by tuning into WHDM’s  sister station WLZK 94.1 fm.

Former Bethel Athlete and NBA Player Comes to Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University Basketball fans have a unique opportunity to meet and greet Bethel Hall of Famer and former NBA player Joe Reaves as he returns to McKenzie Monday November 24th for a reception.

Reaves is the only Bethel athlete to have ever been drafted into the NBA as he was drafted in the third round in 1973 by the Phoenix Suns. He was inducted into the Bethel’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bethel President Walter Butler said, “we are very excited that Joe is coming to campus for a visit and it gives us a chance to celebrate his accomplishments, and it gives our basketball fans a chance to hear about his time in the NBA.”

The reception to honor Reaves will be held in the Student Activities Room in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment during the break between the men’s and women’s basketball games at Crisp Arena Monday November 24th.

Bethel hosts Freed-Hardeman with the ladies tip at 6pm, the men’s tip will be around 8pm. Reaves will be honored on court during the halftime of the men’s game. For more information call 352-6405.

VFW Breakfast and Bake Sale

McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday November 22nd the VFW will be cooking breakfast and holding their annual bake sale from 6am till10am and the price is only $6.00 for all you can eat.

They will be serving eggs, sausage, country ham, grilled bologna, biscuits, gravy, coffee, juice and mild.  This event is their yearly fundraiser to provide Christmas gifts to deserving children in the community so come on out and enjoy an all you can eat delicious breakfast at the VFW.

Round 3 Playoff Action Friday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday evening the McKenzie rebels will be back in football action with 3rd Round Play-offs @ Rebel Stadium – where they will face off against Trenton Peabody High School @ 7:00 P.M. 

Tickets for the game is $8.00  and McKenzie High School passes will not be valid. Be sure to bundle up for this week playoff game, the weatherman is saying it is going to be another cold one for football action in McKenzie.

Ho, Ho, Ho..Holiday List of Events

McKenzie, Tenn - For a complete list of activities that will be taking place in and around the McKenzie area during this holiday season that is approaching fast look under Area Happenings.

Things like the Morning Glory Garden Club Christmas luncheon, Hometown Christmas lighting of the tree, and Breakfast with Santa.

So be sure toscroll down to the bottom of the webpage for the complete list of events for the entire family to enjoy.

3rd Annual Twinkle Ball December 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn - On December 3rd from 6-8pm, Bethel University will be having their 3rd Annual Twinkle Ball for Mommy & Me at the Vera Lowe Center.

This event is for young girls and mothers or someone who is a motherly figure to them, a special night out for just them. The theme this year is “Twinkle has Frozen” and most of the event will focus around the movie Frozen.

Tickets are on sale now and for a mother/daughter ticket the price is $25. For those with more than one daughter, additional tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Bethel Bookstore and must be purchased before December 1st.

For more information you can call Myra Carlock at 352 4090 about the Twinkle mommy and me extravaganza.


Man Arrested After Being Found in Home

Huntingdon, Tenn - A call came into the Huntingdon Police department concerning burglary and vandalism. After a dispute with Mr. Chris Brown of Maytown Road in Huntingdon, the homeowner went to a friend’s house in Lavina where she received a phone call from her home phone and believed he broke into her home.

When officers arrived they noticed that the front window had been broken and around the back door blood was noticed where someone had made entry to the residence.

According to the report, officers had dispatch call the homeowner who stated that there was nobody to be in the house and that the carport light had been left on, and that there was a shotgun in the home.

Officers proceeded into the home, found Mr. Chris Brown in the home and he was placed under arrest for Aggravated Burglary and Vandalism Over $500.

McKenzie Police Reports

McKenzie, Tenn - A homeowner on Euclid Avenue in McKenzie reported to the McKenzie Police department that he was in the process of moving into his residence when he found doors and windows that had been opened. At the time of the report, nothing was reported missing.

It was reported that a patron of a local restaurant had medication stolen out of her vehicle while she was eating at a local restaurant. According to the report, an investigation is ongoing into the theft by the McKenzie Police Department.

Rebels Win Week 2 Playoffs Against Carver

McKenzie, Tenn - It was a very cold night in McKenzie for football action, and for the Rebels who hosted GW Carver from Memphis, with temperatures in the mid 20’s at kickoff.

The Rebels were able to hold the Cobra’s during the first quarter, and second quarter, making it hard for them to strike against the Rebels. With 30 seconds before half-time, Rebels Jack Surber ran for a 13 yard touchdown making the score at halftime 7-0 in favor of the Rebels.

Early in the 3rd quarter, the Cobra’s struck back with a 78 yard touchdown pass but missed the extra point, but the Rebels still led the game 7-6. The Cobra’s then struck back again with a 53 yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown leading the Rebels 12-7.

The Rebels answered the Cobra’s, with a quarterback keeper by Jack Surber who then placed the Rebels ahead 13-12 in favor of the Rebels. The Cobra’s were determined, and breaking through 4 blocks of the Rebels received another touchdown making the score 24-13. Once again, the Rebels came back at the Cobras with another touchdown by Jack Surber, but Rebels were trailing 19-24.

The Carver Cobras came back for another touchdown making the score 30-19, unknown to them that was the last time they would score in the game.

McKenzie Rebel Eric Robinson, made a touchdown making the score 30-25, and while going for the extra points, the officials called an illegal shift against the Rebels.

The call did not deter the Rebels though, during the 4th quarter, the Rebels showed the Cobras that they had more desire to win the game. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, the Rebels scored another touchdown and a 2 point conversion making the final score of the game McKenzie Rebels 33, GW Carver 30.

This win for the Rebels will move them into the 3rd round in the TSSAA State Playoffs.

Next week the Rebels will be hosting Trenton Peabody Golden Tide and kickoff is set for 7pm.

Dr. Walter Butler, 40th President of Bethel University

McKenzie, Tenn - Thursday, the inauguration for Dr. Walter Butler was held at the Crisp Arena, marking the 40th President of Bethel University. Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice, keynote speaker for the event stated that “today’s inauguration is much like accidently seeing a sunset for the first time, its awe inspiring”.

Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice, Senior Pastor, Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas Texas (Cheryl Allen photo)

He also said “today was like seeing comedian Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live for the first time, because you knew that you were about to witness something amazing and special, and he shocked us and surprised us”. Near the end of his speech, Rice stated that he fully believes that the Lord has good things in store for Walter Butler here at Bethel University.

The Presidential Medal was placed around Walter Butlers neck by Judge Ben Cantrell, chairperson of Bethels Board of Trustees, which also presented Butler with the Academic Mace.

Judge Ben Cantrell places Presidential Medal to Dr. Walter Butler

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Dr. Walter Butler 40th President of Bethel University gives Inaugural Address (Cheryl Allen photo)

President of Bethel University Dr. Walter Butler, addressed the crowd during his Inaugral address, stating that he was so moved with the show of support that people has shown him in the days leading up to today, and it meant so much to him and to Bethel as well.

He stated that he will continue to work hard, as well as Bethel working hard to not only earn the respect but confidence of all.

Coat / Toy Drive Continues at High School
McKenzie, Tenn - The McKenzie High School Toy and Coat Drive is still ongoing, and you are asked to please bring coats, ones that are gently used, and toys, those that are new, to the school to donate to those less fortunate in the community. They ask that you bring them to the front office of the high school, and this toy and coat drive will continue through November 19th.

Renaissance Tickets Still on Sale

Photo courtesy of Bethel University

McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University is proud to announce the Bethel Renaissance, Christmas with Renaissance. This year there will only be one weekend of performances. Friday November 21st at 7 pm, Saturday November 22nd at 2pm and then again at 7 pm.

On Sunday November 23rd the final performance will be at 2 pm. This year all performances will be held at the Dickey Fine Arts Building located on the McKenzie Campus of Bethel University. Tickets for adults are $10.00 per person and children 12 years of age and under are $5.00. All Bethel Students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

 For more information or tickets, you are asked to contact April Dodd at 731-352-6981.


                   Area Happenings

Ho! Ho! the mistletoe!

City of McKenzie’s November-December upcoming events

Nov. 8: Big wins begins (spend $ 20.00 , get tickets for BIG drawing!)

Downtown Open Houses Saturday 6-8 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Nov. 21-23: Christmas with Renaissance. Friday - 21st @ 7 p.m., Saturday -22nd @ 2 & 7 p.m., Sunday-23rd @ 2 p.m.

Nov. 22-23: MHS Theater presents “That’s the Spirit” Murder Mystery Spoof. Saturday @ 7:00 p.m.

 Sunday-23rd @ 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 2: Morning Glory Garden Club Christmas luncheon 11:00—1:00 (pre-sales only)

Dec. 3: Twinkle Ball 6-8 p.m. @ Bethel University. “Twinkle’s Been Frozen” is this years theme.

 Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 @ BU Bookstore. All ticket are pre-sold.

Dec. 5: Lion’s Club Hometown Christmas—lighting of the tree @ 5 p.m.

Dec. 6: Breakfast with Santa—First Methodist Church 8-11 a.m. $ 3.00 . Visit Santa’s Gift Shoppe

 Hometown Christmas continues with carnival, parade and more!

 Big Wins drawing @ 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 7: Children’s Program @ First United Methodist Church @ 10:50 a.m.

Children’s Musical @ First Baptist Church @ 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 14: Christmas Cantata-The Wondrous Story , First United Methodist Church @ 10:50 a.m.

 Adult Musical, First Baptist Church @ 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 21: Candlelight Service @ First Baptist Church @ 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service—First Methodist Church @ 11:00 P.M.


            McKenzie High School News

November         Food drive through November 19

                             Toy & Coat drive through December 15. 

Tues, Nov 18     Play practice for all cast & crew (dress rehearsal with full costumes and full make up. 

Wed, Nov 19      Youth Leadership Carroll County meets in Huntingdon                        

 Thurs, Nov 20   FCA Huddle will meet in Coach Ridley’s room @ 7:30 A.M.                          

Fri, Nov 21         DECA Bake Sale (Woo Hoo ! !) 

Sat, Nov 22         Time for Time in Library @ 7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.                          

Wed, Nov 26      No School for Thanksgiving Brea



                      UPCOMING SPORTS:

Tues, Nov 18     Basketball vs. Humboldt (Boys’ B Game @ 4:30)

 Thurs, Nov 20   Basketball @ Henry County (bus leaves @ 4:45) 

Sat, Nov 22         Boys’ B games @ MHS (no details available at this time)




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