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Book Tour to Visit Carroll/Huntingdon Carroll Co. Library September 15 at 4:00 pm.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) will launch its “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour” on August 26 in Johnson County and conclude at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on September 30, visiting some 50 counties across the state in a forty-five foot decorated touring coach.

The “Books from Birth 10thAnniversary Tour” is being made possible in part through the generous support of the program’s bus tour partner, Delta Dental of Tennessee.
The purpose of the “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour” is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee and the more than 20 million books mailed to children since the program began.

Bus stop activities will include; enrolling children, recognizing the work of volunteers and donors and engaging communities in support of the program. The GBBF will provide reading-themed giveaways for children at each stop.

“This is truly an amazing state-wide outreach effort that will celebrate and build awareness for Books from Birth,” said First Lady Crissy Haslam. “It is critical that our children are exposed to books and reading at the earliest possible age. Tennessee’s Imagination Library program, supported by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, is a proven and essential component of our state’s early childhood development initiatives.”“This program has made a significant impact in Tennessee over the past decade, especially due to the loyal support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers in each county,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.
“The First Lady and I encourage communities across the state to celebrate their hard work, which has made the program’s 10th anniversary possible.”

The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) was created in 2004 to give every child in Tennessee from birth to age five access to receiving Imagination Library books at no cost to families, regardless of income. With funding support from the Tennessee General Assembly, foundations, individual donors and corporations, the GBBF matches all funds raised by each county’s Imagination Library affiliate - a public-private partnership unique to Tennessee.

“We are thrilled to visit over 50 counties in late August and September to thank everyone who has contributed to this program’s success,” said Theresa Carl, president, GBBF. Statewide impact studies show that children who have received these books are better prepared for
kindergarten, have increased reading skills, and develop a love of reading.”

The GBBF currently delivers more than 224,000 books per month to enrolled children statewide.
Since 2004, more than 400,000 children have graduated from the program, having turned five.
To enroll a child in the program, visit


TBI Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officially launched a new outreach to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee on Monday.

The campaign, titled “IT Has To Stop,” hopes to increase awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee and beyond.

The centerpiece of the campaign,, features information, current research and statistics, video, important contacts, and links for visitors to join nonprofits and other groups in the efforts to curb trafficking in Tennessee. Visitors can also connect with the campaign on designated Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, it’s unacceptable, and it’s a crime in Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We hope TBI’s new public awareness campaign sheds some much-needed light on the issue, so we can increase the number of people who insist it has to stop in our state and beyond.”

Research by The Polaris Project, a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, indicates it to be one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimate the number of children bought and sold in the country for the purpose of sexual exploitation to number at least 100,000. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13.

“Tennessee has recently been recognized for great strides in enacting laws to protect survivors of trafficking,” said Gwyn. “We also have trusted nonprofits on the frontlines of this troubling fight. Now, we hope this new effort is our state’s next step to rally public support and increase awareness of this kind of crime and the way out for those trapped.”

The site is available for review at


Southern Fried Festival Friday/Saturday in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday evening and all day Saturday the Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea festival was in full swing, with craft booths filling the downtown Veterans Park and vendors circling the park as well.

Owners of Sugary Buttons Bakery, John & Debbie Kamholz of McKenzie were on hand at the festival to sell their sweet homemade baked goods.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The activities began on Friday evening with the music of the Anthony Perkins band along with Bullettown, then on Saturday the Ribbon Cutting of the new disc golf course, located on Como Street with several signed up to play the new course that has been rated, challenging.

(Bethel Renaissance photo)

The music of Bethel Renaissance filled the air with a big crowd enjoying the music. Activities began in the down town park at 10am with those who were entered in Aunt Bea’s Southern Fried Throw-Down Competition. Winners of the competition were as follows:

Chris Chadwick won 1st in meat with his fried tortilla bowl with fried smoked BBQ &
Chardonnay slaw topped with Hawg County Sauce.

Giamo Family won 2nd in meat with red velvet chicken

Chris Chadwick won 1st in sides with deep fried Monte Cristo Turkey, Swiss & Ham provolone
sliders w/confectioners sugar in a spicy Hawg county pickle
on top with a sriracha aioli sauce.

Angela Hugueley & Lisa Norris won 2nd with their fried kudzu

Chris Chadwick won 1st in dessert with deep fried brownie, with chocolate topping

Dixie Diners won 2nd with red velvet funnel cake.

Elaine Matthew and her dog Genesis traveled from Jackson to the event.

(SFFSTF photo)

There was something for everyone at this event, for children of all ages. If you were unable to make it to this years event, don’t worry, plans are in the making already for next years Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival, and they hope to see you there.

This event was brought to you by Act II Preservation Committee, Milo’s Tea and Lodge Cast Iron.


The Farm Hands Bluegrass Band to Perform at Enon Baptist Church

McKenzie, Tenn - The Farm Hands Bluegrass Band will be at Enon Missionary Baptist Church on August 22nd at 7 pm. The address is 13025 Highway 79 South in McKenzie, TN. The Farm Hands were nominated for 14 bluegrass music awards including 2014 Entertainer of the Year.



Ribbon Cutting at Trudi's Place

Trudi Telkamp, (5th from the right) cuts the ribbon to her new business.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - A new sweet shoppe celebrated their ribbon cutting this morning in McKenzie, Trudi’s Place, Sweet Shoppe and Coffee House located at 55 Broadway inside Lulu Belle’s.

A great crowd was on hand to welcome Trudi Telkamp to the area, and Mayor Jill Holland stated how pleased she was that the Sweet Shoppe was open, and that if the City of McKenzie can be of any help to help make the business a success that they were there to help.

Free cupcakes were handed out to the first 50 customers and a drawing was taking place as well. For more information on Trudi’s Place, call 731-535-1045.


Lady Rebels Awarded Zenith Award

Mayor Holland Presenting Zenith Award to McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball Team.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Thursday evening  the council room was full of the McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball team who were presented the Zenith Award by Mayor Jill Holland.

Mayor Holland explained to the team as well as the council and those in attendance that the Zenith Award is a very high award that is given out and is taken very seriously and given to those who make the community stand out.

The award was given to the Lady Rebel Softball team for their hard work and dedication to the softball team winning, District Runner-up, Regional Runner-up, Sub-state Runner-up and 5th in the State of Tennessee for the 2014 year.

Mayor Holland congratulated each member of the team present and expressed how proud she is of each one of them for their hard work. Congratulations McKenzie Lady Rebel Softball team from WHDM.


Amendment to Ordinance 485

McKenize, Tenn - In other business at the meeting of the McKenzie Town Council, the council approved on the 1st reading Ordinance 485 an ordiance amending the text of the zoning ordinance of McKenzie, TN to amend chapter 13, Section 11-301, Definitions, to add the definition for the word “Senior Independent Living Facility”; and to amend Chapter 6, Provisions Governing Residential Districts, Section 11-603, R-2 (Medium Density Residential) Districts, Sub-Section (2) Uses permissible on appeal by adding a new letter (d) Senior Independent Living Facilities.


Safer Recommendation for Hospital Drive

McKenzie, Tenn - The next item on the agenda, Mayor Holland asked the council for approval for recommendation of GRW Engineers, Incorporated that the City award the Hospital Drive Water Line Relocation, GRW Project 3849-05 to Barsto Construction Incorporated of 200 Northwood Drive Huntingdon Tn in the amount of $20,300. Mayor Holland explained to the council that this was necessary to make Hospital Drive safer, and the council approved the recommendation.

Doreathea Royle Housing Authority Board Member

Doreathea Royle (R) takes Oath of Office while Councilman Jessie Townes, and City Clerk Charlie Beal observe.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The final item on the agenda was the discussion/approval of the Mayor’s recommendation of Ms. Dorethea Royle to the McKenzie Housing Authority Board. The board approved the recommendation whole heartedly. Ms. Royle is also the principal of McKenzie Middle School. Mayor Jill Holland explained to the board that Lisa Norris resigned from her position on the Housing Authority Board leaving a vacated seat that which Ms. Royle will now occupy.











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            McKenzie High School News

                         UPCOMING SPORTS:


Tues, Aug 19              Girls’ Soccer vs. Obion County @ 5:30

                                    Golf @ Milan Country Club

Thurs, Aug 21                        Girls’ Soccer @ Dyersburg @ 6:00

                                    Golf @ Paris Landing

Fri, Aug 22                 Football @ Trenton




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