From News Director Cheryl Allen
Bethel Graduation Postponed
McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University's Fall 2013 Commencement scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 7 has been postponed due to icy weather conditions. It will be rescheduled and an announcement will be made in early January regarding a new date.
Christmas with Renaissance Canceled
McKenzie, Tenn - After much thought and consideration, Bethel Renaissane have decided to cancel our Christmas shows for this weekend Dec. 6 and 7th . They apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like to be refunded for any purchased tickets please contact the Bethel Bookstore once they have re-opened, 731-352-4094.
CARROLL COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY DEC. 6, 2013. Due to impending weather conditions.
THE MCKENZIE REBEL BASKETBALL GAME AGAINST BIG SANDY IS ALSO CANCELED.
Friday Events Canceled
McKenzie, Tenn - As of early Thursday evening, the McKenzie Lions Club has canceled all of the events for the McKenzie Hometown Christmas activities for Friday Dec 6th in McKenzie. Events are still scheduled to take place on Saturday Dec 7th as of this time.
Breakfast with Santa
McKenzie, Tenn - On Saturday morning The Beta Sigma Phi will be hosting their "Breakfast with Santa" from 8 am to 11 am at the First Methodist Church in McKenzie. The cost of the breakfast is $3.00 per person and advance ticket can be purchased from any Beta Sigma Phi member or they can be purchased at the door.
Final Performance This Weekend
McKenzie, Tenn - Christmas with Renaissance" will conclude this weekend with performances Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. These performances will be at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Campus of Bethel University. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children.
*If inclement weather does occur and any changes to the schedule are made, they will post any information on their Facebook page.
BU Fall Graduation
Sanders Family Christmas
Issued by The National Weather Service
Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 3:01 AM CST
ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
Crittenden, AR; St. Francis, AR; Lee, AR; Phillips, AR; De Soto, MS; Tunica, MS; Weakley, TN; Henry, TN; Gibson, TN; Carroll, TN; Tipton, TN; Haywood, TN; Crockett, TN; Madison, TN; Shelby, TN; Fayette, TN
ICE ACCUMULATIONS... ONE QUARTER TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH.
SNOW/SLEET ACCUMULATIONS... LESS THAN ONE INCH.
TIMING... 6 AM CST FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM CST FRIDAY EVENING.
* IMPACTS... VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL IS EXPECTED. NUMEROUS DOWNED TREE BRANCHES... TREES... AND POWER LINES... THAT MAY LEAD TO THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD AND PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES. FALLING TREES AND TREE BRANCHES MAY ALSO BECOME A DANGER TO ANYONE OUTDOORS.
AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.
COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.
Huntingdon, Tenn - Need a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday planning, shopping, and partying?
Visit the intimate Hal Holbrook Theater at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center for an evening of Broadway and holiday favorites Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Touring professionals and serious students from Huntingdon and the surrounding area will offer their best takes on the music of Broadway and the season. Christmas on Broadway is sponsored by Firstbank, WLJT, and Noranda.
Tickets are $15 each and are available at The Dixie box office in downtown Huntingdon, by calling 731.986.2100, or online at dixiepac.net.
MSSD Holds Lengthy Board Meeting
McKenzie, Tenn - At the McKenzie Special School District Board meeting Tuesday evening, the meeting began with a presentation from the McKenzie Middle School athletic department coaches, Mr. Zach Renfroe and Mr. Josh Kee, speaking of Extra Curricular Activities and Student Involvement with a slide show presentation. They informed the board that there were 7 Sports groups and 11 Clubs and Activities within the Middle School offered to the students. It was stated that at the present time there were approximately 437 students involved in the sports programs and clubs.
Mr. Josh Kee explained the benefits of these activities such as learning time management and priority, getting involved in diverse interests, learning about long term commitments, making a contribution, raising self esteem, building solid relationship skills, and how it looks great on a college application.
Mr. Zach Renfroe explained other aspects of the programs, stating how it can be time consuming, and at times can be the wrong activity for the student. Also that there is less unstructured play time, that students can over schedule activities, and how it can become a financial burden for some students and their families.
In other business at the meeting, Director of Schools, Lynn Watkins shared with the board, consideration for approval of the budget amendments to the McKenzie Special School District School funds, stating that the need for replacing cameras, and purchasing new 2 way radios was needed. Watkins also shared that CPI Training was needed for the new resource officer at the high school.
On the first reading amendments 3.207 Energy Use and Conservation, is required policy that is conducted in the form of an audit to show the usage of energy and what changes can be done to make the schools more energy efficient.
Amendment 3.208 Facilities Planning, asbestos management, which is a requirement to have done annually. This is deemed necessary for the middle and elementary schools but not the high school. It was stated that areas that contain asbestos are properly labeled, and that Mr. Osbourne will be attending a workshop in January for proper training on this matter, since the passing of the former maintenance person.
4.606 policy, Graduation Activities, Mr. Watkins explained to the board that this piece of legislation is a new requirement and consists of State Honors Recognition at all graduations. Watkins stated that McKenzie already does this by recognizing all 4 benchmarks and student who meet those marks.
Policy 6.4081Safe Relocation of Students is a new legislation policy, stating that school personnel have the authority to physically remove students from an altercation. Watkins stated that school officials have been trained the proper way to act on this policy. He stated that this policy is in order of protection for the protection from litigation, and provides protection for the employees. The board approved all the amendments on the first reading.
The board discussed the approval on yet another policy amendment-4.003 Concussion Management. This policy is to help those in any activities where a concussion may occur. Watkins explained that if there are any signs of a concussion, a student will be removed from play. Parents will be asked to sign a form consenting to this policy upon the student participating in any school activity. There will also be a return to play policy once the student has been evaluated by medical personnel. This policy goes into effect January 2014. For more information on this policy, Watkins stated that one should go to the Center of Disease Control-Prevention website. This policy was passed and only required one reading from the board.
In other business, the board gave approval for the construction on the McKenzie Elementary School addition. Mr. Watkins explained that construction should be completed by the beginning of the 2014/15 school year. The board also discussed the request for ceramic equipment for the McKenzie High School art room.
At the close of the meeting, Mr. Watkins also informed the board that several employment openings were available at the high school with Leah Crips retiring and the head Soccer Coach for the girls and boys team resigned.
The next meeting of the school board will be February 4th, 2014.
McKenzie, Tenn - Today from 11am to 2pm The Morning Glory Garden Club Christmas will be hosting a luncheon in the Christian Life Center of the First Baptist Church. Contact any member of the club to purchase tickets.
Lifeline Bloodmobile in Huntingdon
Huntingdon, Tenn - On Thursday December 5th from 1 pm to 6pm, the Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at Cash Saver in Huntingdon. Lifeline blood services are in need of O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood. You never know when you or a friend or relative may need blood, and lifeline blood services are urging people to donate blood during this blood drive. You can save time by filling the needed forms out online at lifelinebloodserv.org.
Huntingdon, Tenn - Ptl. Josh Boyd of the Huntingdon Police Department was dispatched to a local retailer in regards to a shop lifter. Upon arrival Boyd spoke with the store security who stated that Ms. Tay’La Foster of Hopkins Co Kentucky had taken several items from the store without paying for the items. After making contact with Ms Foster she was cited into General Sessions Court and charged with theft under $500.
McKenzie, Tenn - Ptl. Trey Boucher of the McKenzie Police Department observed Mr. Carlos Milton of McKenzie, walking down the street, stopped and questioned him concerning an outstanding warrant. Mr. Milton falsely identified himself to Boucher, and Milton was arrested for impersonation.
McKenzie, Tenn - On Friday December 6th the Lion’s Club Hometown Christmas “Lighting of the Tree” and the opening ceremony will be at 5:30 pm in the downtown McKenzie park. More information about the Hometown Christmas will be given later this week.
** THE ABOVE EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Union City & Henry County to Play in Championship Games
Union City HCHS
The Blue Cross Bowl State Championship games for Tennessee football have been set and scheduled, and two area teams will represent northwest Tennessee in their respective divisions.
All games will be played at Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.
Unemployment Rates Up Locally
Radford Charges Dismissed
Huntingdon, Tenn - In the pre trial case of Christien Radford, charges of arson were dismissed last Monday at the pretrial hearing at the Huntingdon Courthouse. Judge Larry Logan dismissed the charges against Radford and Spencer Underwood for the fire that destroyed Impressions Gift Shop in McKenzie in December of 2012. Without an amount of substantial evidence against them, proving without a doubt there was evidence to their involvement , and there was not enough for a grand jury case.
From all of us at WHDM, we would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, and hoping that your day is full of love, laughs while making great memories. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
Town Council Meets
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Huntingdon, Tenn - At the Huntingdon Town Council meeting last night, Mayor Dale Kelley, shared with the council that the Fred’s store in Huntingdon donated to the Public Safety Department a monetary amount of $625.00 for their use at their discretion.
HFD New Fire Truck
Also the new 2014 Ladder Fire Truck was delivered on this past Friday. The truck with miscellaneous equipment has a value of $642,880.00 all of which was funded by the 2010 CDBG Disaster Grant.
New Generator at Water Plant
In addition to the fire truck and equipment, the grant funded the cost of approximately $120,000.00 for the installation of the generator at the Water Plant.
The remaining grant funds of $83,115.00 will help offset the cost of the new Debris Removal Truck, with the cost of the truck being placed at $124,000.00. The Fire department had requested authorization a couple of meetings ago to bid on a service truck to accommodate the JAWS of Life equipment, but that bid did not work out; however, they have found another used vehicle that they went and picked up on Tuesday.
The Huntingdon Industrial Development Board recently purchased the property at 19225 West Main Street known as Little Monkeys and negotiated a ten-year lease/purchase contract with Bethel University for the use of the building for their National Championship Inline Hockey team.
In new business, the council was asked to consider request to solicit proposals for administrative and engineering services relating to the 2014 Community Development Block Grant. The application will be for another section of pipe bursting and some sewer plant improvements. The 2012 grant project that is presently in progress bust be completed by December 31st in order to submit the 2014 application.
Christmas at the Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Enrichment Center. Celebrate the season with a full slate of music and fun during the happiest month of the year.
The Dixie kicks off its holiday fare Friday, Dec. 6 with A Sanders Family Christmas presented by Cumberland County Playhouse and sponsored by Carroll Bank and Trust. A Sanders Family Christmas is a nostalgic comedy set to music and the second of three installments of the Sanders family’s life.Tickets for the World War II-era comedy are $20 each plus tax.The following afternoon, return to The Dixie for A Main Street Christmas, sponsored by Dr. Lee Carter, in correlation with the Town of Huntingdon Christmas Parade.Before the parade, enjoy an afternoon of performances by area choirs and our Nativi-Tea, a tea and display of hundreds of nativity scenes.
The fun begins at 1 p.m. with choir performances starting at 2. The first annual gingerbread contest will be held in the main lobby. Jolly old St. Nick will be on hand to take pictures with the children, and The Dixie will be offering a 10-percent discount on upcoming main events. Local businesses will also be open on and around the Court Square some with activities and some with refreshments. A Main Street Christmas is a free community event.
HPD Report - Forgery Attempt
Huntingdon, Tenn - A call came into the Huntingdon Police department from Tri County Medical Clinic in regards to a forged prescription. Upon arrival Ptl. Chris Cole a representative of the clinic who stated that a patient by the name of Kristen Jenkins, of College Street in McLemoresville who had been seen earlier in the day, had altered a prescription that she given and attempted to get filled at a local pharmacy. Cole was given a copy of the original prescription and a copy of the altered prescription that Jenkins had attempted to get filled for pain medication which is a controlled substance. After making contact with Jenkins, she was taken into custody and transported to the carroll county jail.
Bethel Renaissance Performance
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McKenzie, Tenn - This past weekend was the first of Bethel University, Christmas with Renaissance performances. Both nights were sold out with standing room only for some. The entire Renaissance done an amazing job on the performance, leaving the crowd filled with the Christmas Spirit.
For those of you who may have not yet seen the performance, another performance is schedule for December 6th and 7th at 7pm as well as a matinee at 2pm on the 7th, and this performance will be held at the Dickey Fine Arts Building located on the Bethel campus. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children. All Bethel students and faculty are admitted free. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094.
Cafeteria Increase at High School
Tevin Lumpkin Found Guilty of Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison
"Cheaper by the Dozen"
McKenzie, Tenn - This weekend the McKenzie High School Theater will be presenting Cheaper by the Dozen on Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30 pm at the high school. Advance tickets are 7.50, tickets purchased at the door $ 8.00. Contact any drama student for tickets or call the McKenzie High School at 352-2133
WINTER COAT DRIVE
McKenzie, Tenn - Please help the McKenzie High School FFA and cheerleaders gather coats for needy individuals this winter. Donated coats will go to families in McKenzie and Carroll County who are in need of them. They are accepting all sizes from newborn up and can be dropped off at McKenzie High School. For more information, contact the McKenzie High School at 352-2133.
Events in McKenzie
2-31 Gifts in the Square-downtown Veteran’s Park
6 Lion’s Club Hometown Christmas “Lighting of the Tree”opening ceremony 5:30 pm-fun continues until 9 pm--(This Event has been canceled).
Christmas with Renaissance @ 7:00pm Dickey Fine Arts Building (Bouldin Auditorium)
7 Lion’s Club Hometown Christmas continues through today with games, family activities, shopping 9 am – 9 pm.
Beta Sigma Phi’s Breakfast with Santa 8:00am – 11:00 am @ First Methodist Church
“Big Wins” drawing @ 4:30 pm in the downtown Veteran’s Park
“Little Jingle” Children’s Christmas parade @ 1:00 pm / “Big Jingle” parade @ 5:30pm
Christmas with Renaissance @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm-Dickey Fine Arts Building (Bouldin Auditorium)
14 Mariah’s Merry Gingerbread House Decorating Extravaganza! Ages 5-12 limited spots-reserve now @ City Hall
Carroll Arts & Renaissance Theater presents “I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” @ Bethel University’s Waddle Recital Hall (matinee, dinner & evening performances-tickets available at Broadway Brew)
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