News Director Nicki Cronkright
McKenzie PD Assists Metro Nashville
A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Metro Nashville reported an armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction that involved the taking of a silver, Chevy Equinox. The occupants were supposed to be heavily armed and dangerous. Based on the report and other factors, Metro Nashville believed the vehicle would be returning to Booker Street in McKenzie.
A few days later, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Officer Jeremy Brooks notified Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp that he believed he was behind the vehicle. Officer Brooks followed the vehicle onto Booker Street where it pulled into the driveway at 142 Booker Street. Officer Brooks continued to drive past the vehicle in an attempt to verify the tag, but was only able to get the first three digits. At that time, both Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Brooks turned around and approached the vehicle.
As both approached, a white male emerged from beside the back of the vehicle and was ordered down to the ground. A black male who had just left the side of the vehicle was attempting to go into the house and was given verbal commands to come back outside and to get on the ground. Another black male appeared in the doorway and a verbal command given to come out of the house and to sit on the steps. A female was also ordered to sit on the steps.
Two white females were in the vehicle and were given verbal commands to stay in the vehicle and to keep their hands visible. The black male on the ground was detained and was identified as a juvenile. The juvenile gave an original story that he had purchased the vehicle from the registered owner for $2500, but did not have the title or a bill of sale.
The juvenile stated that he picked up the other occupants of the vehicle in Paris and had traveled to visit his cousin, the man seated on the steps. The juvenile seemed to be shocked and then mad to learn that the vehicle had been reported stolen a few days prior. He did state that the others in the vehicle had nothing do with the incident.
other occupants of the vehicle, one female identified as Kathy G. Snead,
age 19 of Paris, was found to have no warrants after a check through
dispatch and was given a ride to the Police Department to wait for a
ride. Another female, identified as Jessica Thompson, age 21 of Paris,
was found to have an active Capias/Bench warrant out of Weakley County.
Thompson was transported to the Weakley County line per their request
and transported by the WCSO accordingly.
The juvenile driver was taken into custody for (admittedly) being in control and possession of a stolen vehicle. He is charged with Theft of Property over $2,500 but less than $10,000 because the value of the vehicle was a little over $2500. He was assigned a $20,000 bond by the Commissioner to secure his release from jail because of a prior conviction for a similar charge.
According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Mark Boaz observed a red pickup truck parked behind a business located at 191 Main Street South. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Boaz noticed the vehicle was occupied. Officer Boaz checked out with the vehicle due to recent burglaries and drug activity in the area, along with a request from business owners for increased patrol.
When Officer Boaz approached the vehicle, an instant odor of marijuana was coming from inside the truck and the male that was inside the vehicle was asleep. Sgt. Boucher had arrived on scene and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer Boaz knocked on the window and the man woke up and when asked, stated that he was doing laundry and had just come out to his truck.
Officer Boaz requested that the driver, identified as Eddie L. Shaw, age 34 of McKenzie, exit the vehicle. Shaw was advised that due to the odor of marijuana, his vehicle would be searched. Officer Boaz asked Shaw if he had anything illegal on his person. Shaw began pulling items out of his pockets of his pants and a green pill bottle fell onto the ground. Shaw agreed to be patted down and Officer Boaz located 3 needles in Shaw's cargo pocket and upper pocket. Upon looking at the needles, there was a clear liquid inside the needles, which did field test positive for methamphetamine.
After the search of his person was over, Officer Boaz picked up the green pill bottle and found an assortment of pills and marijuana. Shaw was then detained, and agreed to answer questions. Shaw denied taking an substance prior to the encounter. Upon further search of the vehicle, a cigar package was located in the door panel and there was a pink 4-sided pill labeled 54 883, which was determined to be methadone, a schedule 2 narcotic. The marijuana was later weighed and was found to be approximately 3.3 grams.
Shaw was then placed under arrest and charged with unlawful possession without a prescription, possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a schedule II substance, two counts.
Tennessee Reconnect Meetings To Be Held
Jackson, Tenn. (May 16, 2018) – Jackson State Community College will be conducting an information session about the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship grant at the Camden Central High School Library on Monday, May 21 from 3 to 6 p.m and the Carroll County Civic Center on Thursday, May 24 from 3 to 6 p.m..
The TN Reconnect scholarship provides adults who have never completed a post-secondary degree the opportunity to attend college tuition free. JSCC staff will be available to assist prospective students with information about the scholarship, help with completing admission and financial aid applications, and information about programs of study and potential career paths.
Nights on Broadway Tonight in McKenzie
The first "Nights on Broadway" gets underway this evening at 7:00 in downtown McKenzie. Food will be available from food trucks, Chris Chadwick's Hawg County & Freckled Belly Food Trucks will both be there. Entertainment for the night will be the band "Double Edge." Come on down to downtown McKenzie tonight for great food, and music with your friends.
Huntingdon Mustangs Fall to Loretto
The Huntingdon Mustangs fell to the defending state champion Loretto Mustangs Wednesday evening but will still advance to the sectional tournament on Friday evening. The Huntingdon squad was able to score three runs but Loretto go a total of 6 to win the game. Loretto will host East Robertson High School in the sectionals while the Huntingdon squad will find themselves on the road once again traveling to Columbia to take on Columbia Academy at 6:00 P.M. Winners will be advancing to the state tournament.
Spring Fling with the TSSAA State Tournament activities gets underway with eight winners progressing to the state tourney. Loretto and Huntingdon would both advance to the final eight with wins Friday night. The Union City Tornadoes will also be in play Friday night trying to advance to the state. They will host Middle College out of Memphis. Trinity Christian will travel to Memphis and take on Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.
In girls class A softball Gibson County Lady Pioneers will be traveling to Memphis Academy of Health Sciences on Friday.
Two Men Charged With First-Degree Murder
Almost a year after a brutal attack on an elderly woman in her home in Carroll County, the two men believed to be responsible are now awaiting trial for murder.
Dakota D. Baggett, age 25 of Nashville and James P. Hill, age 36 of New Johnsonville were indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury last week. Baggett was indicted for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Hill was indicted by the Grand Jury for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Both are accused of invading the home of 96-year-old Dalphy Ross, who lived on McKee Levee Road near the Buena Vista Community, on June 19, 2017.
According to police reports, Ross was bound in duct tape, repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat, and slashed with a knife. While Ross survived the initial attack, she later died in October of 2017. Authorities believe that Ross’ death was a direct result of the brutal attack.
Reports from law enforcement state that Ross’ daughter, Janet Ross and a friend, Myron Butler, arrived at the home while Baggett was still at the scene. Ross and Butler told officers that Baggett threatened them with a knife and refused to let them give aid to Dalphy Ross before stealing Butler’s vehicle and driving away from the scene.
Baggett was apprehended the next day at a gas station in Camden. Hill was arrested at a motel in Paris several days later.
Both Baggett and Hill are scheduled to appear on June 11th in Carroll County Circuit Court.
A McKenzie man has died from head trauma sustained while shoeing a mule on May 7th. Van Ramsey was able to drive himself to the hospital and after being treated for facial lacerations, was discharged.
The next day, Ramsey was resting at home and appeared to be recovering. However, his condition suddenly reversed and at around 8 p.m. he passed on the sofa next to his wife. His wife stated that he never complained of pain.
Ramsey was previously a member of the McKenzie School Board and McKenzie Industrial Board. He also owned Southern Star Lumber Company in McKenzie.
Nights on Broadway will kick off again this year in McKenzie this Thursday evening at 7:00 with the band Double Edge to perform. Everything will be set up outside but in case of bad weatherr can be moved inside the Park Theater. Nights On Broadway is brought to you by Bank of Gleason, Belles On Broadway, Carroll Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, City Florist/Ginger Baby Cakery, Diversified Contractors, Hometown Vape, Super Drugs, Westan Insurance Group, Williams Furniture, Woodson Insurance Group, and Main Street McKenzie.
Each year in the month of May, nursing facilities across the country celebrate the care and services they provide for residents. National Nursing Home Week means seven days of fun events and activities for residents and staff. Nowhere nationwide were the smiles and laughs more evident than recently on the grounds at Christian Care Center of McKenzie.
A combination of boisterous people, and squealing pigs was the reason!
With the help of Tosh Farms, who brought the pigs, set up the pen, and worked with the facility to help coordinate the event, the contestants and the pigs had at it!
Christian Care Center of McKenzie residents and staff took part; however it was a very special guest who took home top honors as champion hog caller: Tom Meiners meteorologist from WBBJ-TV.
Tom experienced a hard fought “lung taxing” battle with Christian Care Center of McKenzie’s executive director Cindy Bruton to determine top honors. McKenzie Mayor Kenny McBride officiated the contest and awarded “Champion Tom” the coveted Blue Ribbon for 1st place.
(WBBJ Meterologist Tom Miener and Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride)
“What a day!” exclaimed a disappointed yet spirited Cindy Bruton. “Tom got me! Everything couldn’t have been possible without the wonderful help of Tosh Farms. They were so generous, bringing the pigs and helping to make the contest happen. Then to have the Mayor join us, along with everyone else made it just a perfect time.”
While the pigs have come and gone, Christian Care Center of McKenzie staff continues on, taking care of residents. For more information visit CCCofMcKenzie.com or better yet stop by 150 Oak Manor Road for a personal tour.
Cindy Bruton, meanwhile, is already looking ahead to Nursing Home Week 2019 and a potential return of some special guests, proclaiming: “I want a rematch with Tom Meiners, and those pigs!”
The Huntingdon Mustangs defeated the Summertown Eagles in baseball action on Monday at Huntingdon by a score of 4-3 while the Fillies lost to Summertown 4-2. Huntingdon Mustangs will take on Loretto Mustangs on Wednesday evening, weather permitting, at 6:00 P.M.
The West Carrol War Eagles lost to Summertown 5-0 in Summertown Monday evening.
Rebels Season Ends
The McKenzie Rebel baseball team came to a screeching hault Monday night at the hands of 2017 TSSAA Class A defending state champion Loretto High School. With a number of professional scouts and agents on hand to specifically to watch him pitch, Ryan Weathers pitched 5 innings of shut out ball to the Rebels and struck out 9 of 16 batters he faced. Ryan is the son of former major league pitcher David Weathers who is a volunteer coach for Loretto. Chase Daffran started things off well for the Rebels striking out the first two batters he faced but the second inning was all it took for the Mustangs as they scored 7 runs on 6 hits and an error batting 13 batters in the 2nd inning. The Mustangs scored two more runs in the 3rd inning and 1 in the 5th to hault the game 10-0.
It was a much better mood leaving for Loretto than heading back home following the 10-0 loss to defending state champion Loretto High School.
WHDM says thanks to the following sponsors who helped us carry the game live over the radio last night: Arnold's, Holley Credit Union, West Tennessee Public Utility District, Centennial Bank, Trevathan Electric, Central Refrigeration, Shelter Insurance, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Estate and Auction, Carroll County Lumber Co., Merchants Outlet Mall, McKenzie City Florists and More, Carroll County Electric, and Farm Bureau.
According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, at approximately 5:25 a.m. on May 10th and employee of E.W. James and Sons reported for work and found a masked man in the back of the store, located at 160 Main Street in McKenzie.
The subject, identified as William A. Raspa, age 23 of McKenzie, was found to have entered through the trash compactor chute and forced the door open to the inside of the building, damaging the door. Sgt. Trey Boucher and Officer Mark Boaz did locate Raspa in the back of the store by the chute. When confronted, Raspa jumped down the chute and ran from the back of the store.
Chief Motes, who was watching the back of the store stated that he observed Raspa exit the trash compactor with a black bag and then run into a railing, before running towards Midway Materials. Chief Motes stated that he followed Raspa in his truck, until Raspa jumped the wall. Chief Motes then drove North on Highland Drive to cut Raspa off if he ran in such direction.
Officer Boaz chased Raspa on foot through Midway Materials and stated that Raspa looked back, but failed to stop when told to do so. Officer Boaz stated that he lost sight of Raspa toward the back of the property. Raspa was located a short time later, hiding in some thick brush.
Raspa was instructed through verbal commands and Raspa again, failed to do so and ran deeper into the brush. Chief Motes pulled into the parking lot just as Raspa was exiting the brush and as Chief Motes stopped the truck, Raspa ran into the front end of the truck and fell backwards onto the ground.
Raspa was on the ground and did get up again but was quickly handcuffed. Raspa stated that he had gone into the store to get food. Raspa was advised of his rights.
Raspa requested and was transported by Sgt. Boucher to the hospital to be examined for a sore leg. Raspa was cleared and released by the hospital and transported to the Carroll County Jail.
Raspa was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, evading arrest and resisting stop, frisk and halt.
Be sure and join David Jackson on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 for today's broadcast of the Loretto Mustange and McKenzie Rebel regional baseball tournament from Loretto High School. The broadcast will begin at 4:30 with game time at 5:00. The winner will advance into action on Wednesday evening with the championship coming up on Friday. You can listen to our broadcast on the radio or live streaming over WHDMRADIO.com and click on the Rebel. If you are out of town and no internet dial in on you telephone 712.432.5742 regular phone charges will be incurred.
Rebel Regional Game Monday To Be Broadcast
The McKenzie Rebel and Loretto Mustangs regional baseball game on Monday afternoon will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 beginning at 4:30 in the afternoon. You can listen over the radio or online at www.whdmradio.com click on the Rebel to listen to live streaming or you can dial 712.432.5742 and listen standard cell phone charges may apply. Hope you'll join me on the air Monday at 4:30 P.M. Thanks to the following sponsors: Travathan Electric, Merchant's Outlet Mall, Arnold's, Blake Fawcet Farm Bureau, Carroll County Electric, Caroll County Lumber, Holley Credit Union, West Tennessee Public Utility District, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Estate and Auction, Shelter Insurance, Centennial Bank and Central Refrigeration.
Hannah Reeves Fundraiser To Be Held Saturday
A fundraiser for Hannah Reeves has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cash Savers on East Main Street in Huntingdon.
Hannah is a sophomore at Huntingdon High School and is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at St. Jude in Memphis.
In addition to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, face painting will be available for only $1!
The Shepherd's Table, the community Kitchen created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntingdon, will be serving a delicious hot meal, on Tuesday, May 15th, in their Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street. Dining will begin promptly at 5:15pm and the kitchen will be open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for a meal is invited.
Mary Lodge, a volunteer with The Shepherd's Table, and wife of Minister Arthur Lodge, said, "this month's meal will be Tacos, chips and salsa, refried beans, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies." The food is freshly prepared for each meal and all guests are served restaurant style. Each guest is welcomed to come in, take a seat at the table and someone will come and take their drink order and deliver their food to them. "It may not be fine dining, but it is dining at its finest," said John Wambles, a volunteer.
The Shepherd's Table's first meal was a huge success. More than 30 meals were served to guests, volunteers and local dignitaries that came by to support the First Presbyterian Church's efforts. "We had guests that came by to eat that left and brought back other guests," said Mary.
The community kitchen's success is dependent upon guests, volunteers and donations. If you know of someone that needs a hot meal or would prefer to not eat alone for at least one meal please inform them about The Shepherd's Table or better yet bring them by and join them for a meal. More information about volunteering or donating to the Shepherd's Table may be obtained by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
The latest Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia Standings have been released and holding steady with a 564-point lead is Bethel University. Rounding out the top 3 are Murray State University, who moves from fifth place to second place, and Auburn University jumping back up into third.
At this point in the season, teams know it’s crucial to fish as many events as possible to earn as many points for Cabela’s School of the Year in hopes of making a last-minute move in the standings, and ultimately taking the top spot. But with a stacked field, featuring top notch fishing clubs, it’s much more than just fishing every event possible, it’s also about fishing consistently well. No team has done that better than Bethel this year.
This year’s program saw the addition of a point system for all FLW, B.A.S.S, and ACA events, as well as a point system for all sanctioned school-run events. This move implemented by the ACA was designed to provide more points earning opportunities than ever before. With less than three weeks to go before crowning the next Cabela’s School of the Year team, it appears that Bethel University has taken advantage of the points, holding on to the top spot with no plans of letting up. Still up for grabs though are the top spots, as well as the prestige of finishing the year ranked in the Top 25 in the nation.
Bethel University has been in the top 10 all year, taking an early lead back in June after the first couple of events of the 2017-2018 season. Bethel no doubt has depth when it comes to their team, which currently consists of 32 active members allowing them to travel and compete in events as needed. That being said, it doesn’t take away from the simple fact that since the start of the season Bethel has been able to fish consistently and effectively. It’s safe to say that Bethel University has their sights on the prize.
“Winning the ‘School of the Year’ award would mean so much to our program here at Bethel. This is one of the highest awards in college fishing and we have never won this great award even though we have been in the top seven schools or closer each year,” said Bethel University Coach, Garry Mason.
Moving from fifth to second place is another powerhouse, Murray State University. Murray State made moves from the last update, competing in the FLW Central event on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes, taking first place and earning 200 points that helped move them into second place. Murray State University Bass team has long been a contender since the beginning of the Cabela’s School of the Year program, and by all accounts has always had their eye on winning the Cabela’s School of the Year title.
Still in the hunt and rounding out the top 3 is Auburn University. Auburn has been a steady presence in the top 10 this year. Just this past weekend at the FLW Southeastern event on Lake Chickamauga, Auburn placed third overall and gained 180 points to their team total. With that top 3 finish, Auburn moves one spot back into the top 3.
Rebels Move To Championship Game
The Rebel baseball team has fought back to the championship game tonight at McKenzie City Park at 5:00. The Rebels won over West Carroll in a 3-0 shutout victory. Chase Daffron went the distance on the mound for the rebels for the victory striking out eleven batters and allowing only two hits. Chase Daffron led the rebels at bat with 3 singles on the night. Tyler Berryman, Murphy Watkins, and Nathan Eaton had a single each while Noah Hawkins, Harold Smith,and Cameron Rawls each had a double in the contest. Noah Brasher had a lone double for the War Eagles. PJ Winberry also reached first once. The Rebels were able to score two runs in the second and one in the sixth to win 3-0. They will play against Huntingdon and will have to beat them twice to become the district champions. Both the champion and runner-up will advance to the 1st round of the regional tournament champion probably to host and the runner up on the road.
Lady Rebels Eliminated, Rebels Advance
McKenzie Lady Rebels watched their tournament season slip away early and couldn't recover in a 7-4 loss to West Carroll on Wednesday at McKenzie City Park. The Lady Rebels had to face West Carroll for at least the 4th time this season and the second in the tournament in the losers bracket.
West Carroll pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the second an error scored one run for West Carroll, Butler singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, and Cunningham singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
McKenzie Lady Rebels mounted a come back effort in the seventh picking up three runs but the effot fizzled. Lilly Bennett had an RBI double in the inning to lead the run scoring. West Carroll scored four runs in the third inning. Sadie Martin and Cunningham all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Shelby Browning was credited with the victory for West Carroll. She allowed four hits and four runs over six innings, striking out four. Zoey Cook threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She surrendered seven runs on nine hits over seven innings, striking out six. Bennett led McKenzie Lady Rebels with three hits in four at bats.
West Carroll racked up nine hits on the day. Cunningham, Butler, and Browning all had multiple hits for West Carroll. Cunningham went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead West Carroll in hits. With the loss the Lady Rebels season comes to an end and three seniors played their last game for the Rebels: Emily Lunn, Bailey Nelson and Audrie Washburn. The West Carroll War Eagles will play the Huntingdon Fillies in the championship game Friday at 5:00 at the McKenzie City Park.
A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Cody Coleman was on routine patrol through Walnut Circle, searching for a subject that had fled earlier in the evening.
Officer Coleman exited his patrol car and began walking on foot on the south side of Walnut Circle. Officer Coleman could hear a subject being very loud in the distance, north east of where he was walking and called for Officer Boaz to assist at his location.
Both officers began walking on foot towards the noise and made contact with Angelo Edwards, age 28 of McKenzie. Officer Boaz and Officer Coleman had already dealt with Edwards earlier in the night, in reference to another call. Edwards was advised then to return to his home and remain there, due to him being under the influence. Edwards had admitted to drinking and was given a verbal warning. Edwards did have a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and was slurring.
Edwards was placed under arrest for public intoxication and transported to the Carroll County Jail. Edwards was cited and could be released after staying in custody for eight hours.
According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was sitting stationary and running radar on Main Street near Forrest Avenue when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign on Forrest Avenue, traveling west across Main Street.
Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on Forrest Avenue, near University Drive and upon contact with the driver, identified as Jessica Allen, age 30 of McKenzie, Allen stated she didn’t have her purse so her driver’s license was not with her.
Dispatch ran her through the system by her social security number and advised Allen’s driver’s license to be suspended for failure to satisfy fines in Carroll County General Sessions Court.
Allen was cited into court for driving while license suspended, 1st offense and failure to stop at a stop sign. Allen was advised she had 10 days to book herself into the Carroll County Jail and Allen parked her car in a gravel lot on University Drive and waited for her husband to come and get her and the car.
Both the McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels fell into the loosers bracket last night following losses to district rivals, the Huntingdon Fillies and Mustangs and both will play Wednesday (today) at 5:00 P.M. at McKenzie City Park.
The Lady Rebels fell behind early in their contest at McKenzie City Park and couldn't come back in a 4-1 loss to Huntingdon on Tuesday. Huntingdon scored on a fielder's choice by Kaci Fuller in the first inning and a home run by Kelsey Hayes in the second inning. McKenzie Lady Rebels lost despite out-hitting Huntingdon six to five.
In the first inning, Huntingdon got their offense started. Fuller hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run. Adyn Swenson was the winning pitcher for Huntingdon. She went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, striking out seven and walking one. Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She lasted six innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out four and walking one. McKenzie Lady Rebels smacked one home run on the day. Bailey Nelson put one out in the fifth inning. Washburn, Jenna Tucker, Shelby Tucker, Amberleigh Cooper, Nelson, and Lilly Bennett each managed one hit to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels. The Lady Rebels will play again this evening at 5:00 against West Carroll. They must win to advance back into the championship against Huntingdon.
McKenzie Rebels Win First Game Fall in Second
The McKenzie Rebels won their first game in the district TSSAA baseball game agains West Carroll 10 to 1 but then lost Tuesday evening to the Huntingdon Mustangs 5-1. In the first game with West Carroll Chase Daffron would be the winning pitcher with the Rebels amassing 12 hits and 10 runs. Tyler Spivey and Harold Smith both had doubles in the game. Noah Hawkins, Tyler Berryman, Murphy Watkins, and Hunter Stafford each had 2 singles and Chase Daffron had one. Neither team scored until the 5th inning when McKenzie scored 8 runs and got two more in the sixth. Colby Johnson had a double for West Carroll and Cater Deer had a single. Daffron struck out 11 and walked 2 in the victory.
The Rebels advanced to play Huntingdon Tuesday night at the McKenzie City Park and it was a ittle different story as the Rebels only had 1 hit from senior Cameron Rawls. Huntingdon had 6 hits. Kelby Pearson had a triple and single, Kade Pearson, Kyle Lutz, Hunter Hawkins, and Brond Lawlor each had a single. Huntingdon scored one run in the third inning but McKenzie tied it up in the top of the fourth but Huntingdon came back and scored 4 in the bottom of the sixth. Evan Jarrett took the loss for the Rebels. The Rebels fall into the loosers brack in the tournament and will play again this afternoon at 5:00 at McKenzie City Park. They too must win to get back in the winners bracket and face Huntingdon again. Both girls and boys would have to beat Huntingdon twice should they win this evening.
Man Charged After Accumulation Of Offenses
A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that dispatch received a call from Carroll County that a vehicle was headed towards McKenzie that was all over the road.
Officer Jeff Winberry observed a silver Jeep traveling North bound on Highland Drive and the vehicle did cross the fog line twice. Officer Winberry initiated a traffic stop and upon making contact with the driver, identified as Francisco Sanchez, age 45 of McKenzie, Sanchez advised he didn’t have a driver’s license.
A check through dispatch revealed that Sanchez was suspended 2nd offense for accumulation of convictions from 2006 to indefinite.
Sanchez was then transported to the Carroll County Jail for the booking process.
According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was on routine patrol on Alabama Street when he observed a subject, identified as Frank Sills, age 65 of McKenzie, jumping off a white Ford F150 at his residence.
Officer Coleman inquired through dispatch as to the status of an active warrant for Sills and dispatch advised Sills had an active failure to appear bench warrant out of Carroll County. While waiting for the hard copy of the warrant, Officer Coleman noted that the vehicle had left the residence.
Officer Coleman then observed the vehicle traveling down Walnut Avenue and headed towards Main Street. In an attempt to follow the vehicle, it sped up and went down Main Street towards Barksdale Avenue. Officer Coleman attempted to initiate a traffic stop, due to the fact that other than an active warrant, Officer Coleman had prior knowledge of Sill having a suspended driver’s license for failure to appear in Madison County. The vehicle came to a stop on Highland Drive in front of Auto Zone.
Upon making contact with Sills, he could not provide proof of financial responsibility for the vehicle. Dispatch then advised the warrant was in hand and Sills was placed under arrest.
Officer Boaz arrived on location to assist and the next scheduled wrecker was in route to the location. Sills was transported to the Carroll County Jail and Officer Boaz remained with the vehicle for the tow company to pick it up.
Sills was charged with failure to appear in Carroll County General Sessions and placed on a $1000 bond. Sills was cited for driving while suspended first offense and financial responsibility.
Coach John Wilkins and the Rebel basketball team will be conducting a Little Rebels Basketball Camp for incoming 1st through 8th grade students at the McKenzie High School gym May 21-24th from 10-12 P.M. Cost for the camp which will include a free t-shirt is $50.00 to benefit the basketball program. Checks should e made to McKenzie Boys Basketball and can be mailed to McKenzie Boys Basketball 23292 Hwy 22, McKenzie, TN 38201 or register on the first day of camp at 9:30 A.M.
Nights on Broadway May 17th
Nights on Broadway will get underway Thursday evening May 17th downtown in McKenzie. Food trucks and music will be the gem of the night with the band Double Edge on site. Come out and enjoy the music and food in the kick off for Nights on Broadway.
McKenzie Lady Rebels Grab District Win
The McKenzie Lady Rebels gott their first district tournament win Monday with a victory over West Carroll 2-1. The game was tied at one with the Lady Rebels batting in the bottom of the sixth scored one run on a War Eagle error. The pitching was strong on both sides. Audrie Washburn struck out nine, while Shelby Browning sat down 12. The Rebels knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the fifth inning. Washburn hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run. Washburn was the winning pitcher lasting seven innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out nine. Browning took the loss for West Carroll. She lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out 12 and walking one. McKenzie racked up seven hits in the game. Anna Washburn and Emily Lunn each collected multiple hits for the Rebels. The Rebels will be in action today facing Huntingdon at 5. West Carroll plays Bruceton at 7 at McKenzie City Park.
Complaint Leads to Alcohol Arrest
According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Paul Eddlemon was dispatched to Allen Street in reference to a male subject that was passed out in a black car. The complainant advised they could not get him awake.
Upon Officer Eddlemon’s arrival at a small apartment complex, he did observe a black BMW sedan running in the parking lot. Officer Eddlemon also observed a male subject in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officer Eddlemon knocked on the window of the vehicle in an attempt to wake the subject and was successful. Slow in moving, the subject was asked to roll down the window and the driver opened the door. The driver also seemed somewhat confused.
Officer Eddlemon did smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. The subject, identified as Jarrett Robertson, age 31 of McKenzie, had slurred speech and advised that he had some to drink earlier in the day, approximately four glasses of wine.
Officer Eddlemon did administer the standardized field sobriety tests and Robertson did perform below acceptable standard and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
Officer Eddlemon advised Robertson of his Miranda rights after placing him in the patrol car and once again inquired as to the drinks or any other intoxicant. Robertson stated that he had brought home a 52 ounce cup of ice from the convenience store and poured the cup full of wine and drank it, then filled it and drank it again. Robertson then stated that he came out of the house and got in his car to listen to music and must have fallen asleep while doing so.
Robertson had a previous DUI conviction out of Carroll County in 2016 and was transported to the Carroll County Jail and processed for driving under the influence, 2nd offense.
Counterfeit Money Appears in Purchase
A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that at approximately 8:52 p.m. on May 5th a call was received regarding a counterfeit $100 bill with “for motion picture use only” on the back side of the bill and the subject, described as a black male, attempted to purchase food at a local fast food establishment.
The manager advised that he felt the subject grew suspicious of them and took off without getting his order. The vehicle the subject was driving was described as a 4 cylinder car, white in color, with loud pipes for the exhaust.
The subject was described as a slender, black male with a slim face that seemed to be tall in stature. Video of the car will be available at a later date and the incident is still under investigation.
Carroll County Airport was the scene for the National Day of Prayer Thursday. Around 50 local citizens assembled for about an hour for prayer and song for Carroll County citizens, government officials, and interested neighbors. Sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce the program began with welcome by Bob Rutledge and continue with songs by Huntingdon church of Christ minister Tim Parish. Fourteen Carroll County individuals offered prayers for different segments of the community.
The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775. Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”
Prayer brings people together and builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God’s image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go.
Prayer brings unity. In 2018, the theme is Pray for America – Unity, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenge us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, Making Every Effort to Keep the Unity of the Spirit through the Bond of Peace.
The 2018 Day of Prayer Celebration marks the fourth time the Carroll County Chamber has hosted the National Day of Prayer event in Carroll County.
Republican Primary Results
The Republican primary Tuesday night had few contested races but winners were determined to face encumbents presently in office. Joesph Butler defeated Tim Pratt 10 votes to 9 and will face Kenny McBride current Carroll County mayor and independent candidate T. Richard Goodwin on the August ballot. Sandy Roditis, running for Assessor of property, and Sarah Bradberry for Circuit Court Clerk both received complimentary votes.
Lady Rebels Win and Prepare for District
McKenzie, Tenn. – The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated Gibson County 6-5 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off error as they prepare for district tournament play that gets undereway Thursday. The game was tied at five with McKenzie Lady Rebels batting in the bottom of the eighth when an error scored one run for the Lady Rebels to take the victory.. The Lady Rebels built a four-run lead in the third inning and then held off Gibson County's charge. Gibson County put up four runs in the failed comeback. Maddie Neal, Zoey Neal, Ashley ODaniel, and Neal fueled the rally with RBIs.
Gibson County got on the board in the first inning scoring one run on a McKenzie error. In the top of the seventh inning, Gibson County tied things up at five. Neal singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. The Lady Rebels notched three runs in the third inning when Lilly Bennett, Amberleigh Cooper, and Bailey Nelson all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Audrie Washburn pitched McKenzie Lady Rebels to victory going eight innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one batter.
Lexie Garner took the loss for Gibson County. She went seven and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on six hits and striking out five. Grace Washburn led McKenzie Lady Rebels with two hits in four at bats. Gibson County totaled eight hits. Neal, Macey Neal, and Savannah Fletcher all managed multiple hits for Gibson County.
The Lady Rebels received a bye in the tournament and will not play until Monday when they will play the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy.
Republican Primary Today in Carroll County
McKenzie, Tenn. - Voters today will choose a Republican Party representative to faceoff for the Mayors position for Carroll County later this year. Joseph Butler and Tim Pratt are both attempting to gain the nomination of their party. Polls opened this morning and will be open until 7:00 P.M. today. Early voting has been going on for some time already. We hope to have election results as soon as possible.
Lady Rebel Signs With Bethel University
McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Lady Rebel, Emily Lunn signed to accept a softball scholarship this fall with the Lady Wildcats ofr Bethel University. The senior, daughter of Craig and Traci Lunn, has had many years of competitve softball action with her dad as coach for area travel teams. Craig, who is part of the broadcast crew for WHDM radio said, "Traci and I are excited that Emily will be continuing her education and athletic career here in McKenzie." Emily has been a leader for the lady rebels for four years. The lady rebels complete their regular season today with senior recognition beginning at 4:30 at the McKenzie City Park. District tournament action will be beginning on Thursday.
Pictured at McKenzie High School this morning left to right: Bethel head coach John Weeks, assistant coach Kaelin Dawson, Craig Lunn, brother Mitchell Lunn, Emily sister Carleigh, mom Traci and McKenzie head coach Kristi Brown, and assistant coach Christina French.
Individual Arrested On Outstanding Warrants
McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Billy King was responding to an EMS call on Everett Street when he observed a subject, identified as Jessie F. Butler, age 20 of Trezevant, dancing in a yard on Walnut Avenue. When Officer King put his patrol car in reverse, Butler took off running and entered an abandoned house on Washington Street.
Approximately two weeks ago, Officer King and Sgt. Beauchamp dealt with Butler in which he had given a false name. Butler had an active arrest warrant out of Carroll County and two arrest warrants from the McKenzie Police Department for simple possession of a schedule VI and criminal impersonation.
Butler did emerge from the house and was placed under arrest for said active warrants.Butler was also charged with evading arrest.
Accesive Noise on Motorcycle Leads to Arrest
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp was on routine patrol in Walnut Circle, getting ready to turn onto Walnut Lane, and head towards Walnut Avenue. Before Sgt. Beauchamp could make the turn onto Walnut Lane, a black motorcycle turned in from of Sgt. Beauchamp from the opposite direction and the rider rolled hard on the throttle, causing the motorcycle to accelerate to a high rate of speed. The speed of the motorcycle did appear to be faster than that of the posted speed limit.
The motorcycle also had straight pipes (no muffler) which emitted excessive noise as the acceleration occurred. Sgt. Beauchamp activated his blue lights and the motorcycle pulled into the parking space of apartments located near 5 Mulberry Street.
As Sgt. Beauchamp approached the rider, identified as Gary Wayne Wilson, age 31 of Jackson, Wilson advised he did not have a license and felt that it was currently canceled due to a DWI that he received in Paris in 2006. Dispatch advised this information to be accurate. Wilson was revoked out o Henry Count General Sessions Court. Wilson also had a 2009 conviction for driving while suspended out of CarrollCounty General Sessions Court, making this current charge a driving while revoked/suspended for DUI 2nd offense.
Sgt. Beauchamp did detect an odor of alcohol, but Wilson did not show signs ofimpairment. Wilson did have an open bottle of whiskey in the pocket of his riding jacket, which was seized due to an open container law violation.
Wilson was taken into custody for driving while license revoked/suspended forDUI 2nd offense. Warnings were given on the open container, speeding and excessive noise from a motor vehicle.
Wilson was transported to the Carroll County Jail and was placed on a $500 bond. Wilson's 1998 Honda Shadow 1100 motorcycle was seized.
McKenzie Lady Rebels Fall to Camden Lady Lions
McKenzie Lady Rebels got their offense started when Audrie Washburn lead off with a single and a fielders choice brought her home. To given the Lady Rebels and one to nothing lead. But the Camden Lady Lions pulled away for good with three runs in the fourth inning after Brittney Minor homered on an 0-2 count, scoring two runs then her sister Brianna followed with a home over the centerfield fence.
Alix Hampton led the Camden Central squad to victory from the pitcher's circle. She lasted four innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four and walking zero. Hannah Sampson threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She surrendered six runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out four.
McKenzie Lady Rebels smacked two home runs on the day. Washburn had a long ball in the seventh inning. Lilly Bennett had a four bagger in the third inning.
Washburn led McKenzie Lady Rebels with two hits in four at bats.
The final regular season game for the Lady Rebels is this afternoon at McKenzie City Park and it will be Senior recognition. Lady Rebels Audrie Washburn, Emily Lunn and Bailey Nelson will all be recognized for their contribution to the Lady Rebels during their high school years.
The Lady Rebels get a bye in the district tournament that begins on Thursday at different sites but will continue on Monday evening at the McKenzie City Park. Monday at 5:00 Huntingdon will play the winner of Bruceton and Clarksburg followed at 7:00 with the Lady Rebels playing the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy. The tournament will be a double elimination after the Thursday afternoon games with winners bracket games being played Tuesday and Thursday and losers brackets games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Blood Donations Needed This Week
Blood donations are scheduled for this week in Carroll and Henry County as shown below. Summer time will be here before long and there is always a critical need for blood donations.
Tues., May 1 West Carroll Primary School, McLemoresville, 12-5:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 3 First United Methodist Church, Paris, 12-6 Battle of the Badges, All donors get a special Battle of the Badges T-Shirt AND may vote for their favorite public servants: Police Dept., Fire Dept., or Sheriff’s Dept. The winning agency gets their car washed by the losers!
Fri., May 4 Fred’s Super Dollar Store, McKenzie, 12-6 p.m
McKenzie, Tenn. The McKenzie Lady Rebels fell to the Huntingdon Fillies in a Friday evening contest 7 to 2. Huntingdon took the lead on an error in the second inning, and scored 3 runs in the third. Adyn Swenson got the win for Huntingdon allowing only three hits and one run over four and a third innings. Huntingdon tallied nine hits on the day and din't commit a single error. The Lady Rebels will play this afternoon at McKenzie City Park. WHDM will broadcast the game starting at 4:45.
District Tournament Action Gets Underway for Rebels and Lady Rebels
District tournament action gets underway for the Rebels and the Lady Rebels this week at the McKenzie City Park. The playin games will start action on Thursday and Friday, but he Lady Rebels will have a first round bye as the second place team in the district. The Rebels have to wait on a game today between Huntingdon and West Carroll.
Great Pretenders West Carroll High School
The Senior Class of West Carroll High School is sponsoring the Great Pretenders this weekend at West Carroll High School. Tickets are available right now at the high school or from any senior for $6.00. Tickets can be bought at the door for $8.00. Show time each evening this Friday and Saturday is at 7:00.
Lady Rebels Shut Out Bruceton
Audrie Washburn had all the right stuff on Wednesday for the McKenzie Lady Rebels, allowing zero runs and besting Bruceton by a score of 15-0. Shelby Tucker collected four hits in four at bats to help lead McKenzie Lady Rebels to victory. Tucker doubled in the first, singled in the second, singled in the third, and homered in the fourth. The Lady Rebels fired up the offense in the first inning. Lilly Bennett doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. McKenzie tallied six runs in the second inning. Tucker, Bennett, and Amberleigh Cooper all drove in runs in the frame. One bright spot for Bruceton was a double by Haley Hughes in the second inning.
Washburn got the win for McKenzie Lady Rebels. She allowed two hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out eight. Makayla Burton took the loss for Bruceton. She lasted two and a third innings, allowing nine hits and 11 runs while striking out one.
McKenzie Lady Rebels launched three home runs on the day. Cooper had a dinger in the second inning. Tucker went for the long ball in the fourth inning. Bennett had a homer in the second inning.
McKenzie Lady Rebels racked up 14 hits in the game. Tucker, Cooper, Bennett, and Washburn all had multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels. Cooper and Tucker each collected four hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels. McKenzie Lady Rebels was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Cooper made the most plays with eight.
World's Biggest Fish Fry Adds Women's Pro Event To Rodeo
Paris, Tenn. - In January the IPRA crowned a new world champion cowgirl, breakaway Roper-Brianna Dunbar. A six-time IFR qualifier, Dunbar and her horse "Ringo" will be part of this years IFR Rodeo at the Henry County Fair Grounds. This years event will be a qualifying event for cowgirls trying to make it to the coveted top 15 in the world position. With a World title under her belt Brianna has all intentions of trying for World Championship #2.
The IPRA rodeo gets underway Thursday evening with AT&T Family Night: admission is $6, children under 6 free with paying adult. Admission Friday and Saturday night is $12 for adults $10 for children.
(Brianna Dunbar and Ringo)
Vehicle Seized Following Traffic Stop
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was traveling on Highland Drive when he did observe Reginald R. Cozart, age 40 of McKenzie, and Officer Coleman did have prior knowledge that Cozart was driving on a revoked license, due to a previous DUI. Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop.
Cozart failed to yield to Officer Coleman’s lights and sirens and turned down Oak Street. Cozart passed a car near the hill on Oak Street in a No Passing Zone. Cozart then proceeded to the intersection of Oak Street and Main Street. Cozart failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and turned right onto Main Street. Cozart then turned left onto Walnut Avenue and then left again on Garland Street and came to a stop.
Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Boaz arrived on scene and advised Cozart to step out of the vehicle and place his hands behind his back. Cozart was placed under arrest for driving while revoked for DUI. Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Boaz advised they could smell an intoxicating beverage coming from Cozart. Cozart was placed in the back of the patrol car and transported to McKenzie City Hall to perform the field sobriety tests.
Officer Boaz remained with the vehicle and waited for the next scheduled wrecker to arrive on scene. The vehicle was seized based on Cozart driving while revoked for DUI and could not provide proof of financial responsibility and the registration expired as well.
Sgt. Beauchamp and Officer Coleman advised the Cozart did not perform the series of field sobriety tests as instructed and consented to a breath test but declined a blood test.
Officer Coleman transported Cozart to the Carroll County Jail. Cozart was charged with driving while revoked due to DUI, 1st offense and driving under the influence, 2nd offense. Cozart was also cited with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, improper passing, failure to stop at a stop sign, expired registration, and financial responsibility.
Cozart was placed on a $500 bond for driving on revoked and held without per Judge Larry Logan for the DUI, 2nd offense.
"Two Views Of Our World" Presentation at the Dixe Fine Arts Center
Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon will present Two Views of Our World, Paintings by Tommie White Campbell and Jan Sessions from May 5th to July 28th.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom Gallery.
Regular hours for the Ballroom Gallery are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The downtown Park Theater in McKenzie saw a good crowd of local citizens attend the election forum last night even though the rains were falling on the area. Mayoral candidates Kenny McBride , T. Richard Goodwin, Jospeh Butler and Tim Pratt were all in attendance as well as otthers and answered five questions submitted by the McKenzie Industrial Board Committee. Butler and Pratt will face off in the Republican Primary on May 1st. The winner will face off against incumbent Kenny McBride and T. Richard Goodwin.
The McKenzie Softball game with Huntingdon was rained out last night at McKenzie City Park and will be played Friday afternoon weather permitting at the McKenzie City Park against the Huntingdon Fillies.
McKenzie Rebel baseball will play Henry County Thursday evening at 6:30 weather permitting at Henry County High School..
Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie will hold the 7th Annual Derby Day on Saturday, May 5th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free to the community and if you’re on this side of the Kentucky line on Derby Day, you won’t want to miss the best Derby party around.
Usher in the big race with a good old-fashioned tailgate party on the lawn with a live band, lots of good Southern food and the most exciting two minutes in sports!
This event is sponsored by the Huntingdon Animal Clinic and for an application to throw your own tailgate contact the box office.
Motorcyclist Arrested For Driving Under the Influence
According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman was sitting stationary in his patrol car on Main Street when he observed a motorcycle traveling at an excessive rate of speed on Barksdale Avenue. The motorcycle ran through the intersection and accelerated to an even faster speed as it was headed toward Linden Street. Officer Coleman initiated a traffic stop on Barksdale Avenue.
Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Coleman did smell an odor of an intoxicating beverage on his person. The driver, identified as Gregory Russell Curtis, age 49 of McKenzie, stated that he was driving recklessly due to being upset with his family. When asked if he had been drinking, Curtis advised he had been drinking all day and was drunk. Officer Coleman then called for backup and Officer Steven Scott arrived on scene.
Curtis refused to attempt a series of field sobriety tests and also stated that he would fail and stated several times he was drunk and requested to just go home.
Officer Coleman did place Curtis under arrest for driving under the influence. Curtis then began making comments that were threatening in nature to both Officer Coleman and Officer Scott. Curtis was placed in the back of the patrol unit and was transported to the Carroll County Jail.
Officer Scott remained on scene until a tow truck arrived to remove the motorcycle from the street.
Curtis was charged with driving under the influence, implied consent, failure to exercise due care, expired registration and financial responsibility.
Curtis was placed on a $1250 bond.
McKenzie Baseball Game Today (Monday) Cancelled, Wet Grounds
MUSCLE HUSTLE!!!! SATURDAY AT MCKENZIE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Regional Hospital’s Relay for Life team wants to find out who’s the strongest 4 man group in the area in the Muscle Hustle contest on Saturday. Teams of 4 with at least 1 female will be attempting to pull a wrecker loaded with an ambulance. The quickest time to pull a distance of 60 feet will be crowned the champion. Entry fee is just $20.00 per person and the winning team will receive their entry fee back plus additional money. The contest will be held in the parking lot between McKenzie Regional Hospital and McKenzie Medical Center 161 Hospital Drive in McKenzie. For more information contact Michelle Tucker at 731.352.4179 or Heather Robertson at 731.415.6907. Concessions will be available to purchase. Rain date is Sunday at 2:00.
Rebels Bounce Back for Victory
Martin, Tenn. – The McKenzie Rebel baseball squad bounced back from a loss to the Chargers of Westview High School at City Park in McKenzie on Thursday with a 6-0 shutout game on Friday in Martin. Chase Daffron went the entire seven innings striking out 14 batters, walkng only 1 and giving up only 3 hits in the victory. Neither team was able to score during their first four at bats but the Rebels scored 4 runs in the top of the fith inning and 2 in the top of the seventh. The Rebels got 9 hits with Harold Smith and Nathan Eaton both getting 2 including one double by Smith. Noah Hawkins, Chase Daffron, Tyler Spivey, Murphy Watkins, and Cameron Rawls all had hits in the game. Ethan Parham was the loosing pitcher for Westview. Weather permitting the Rebels will play Camden this afternoon at 5:00. The game wil be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440. You can also listen in over the internet by going to www.whdmradio.com and clicking on the Rebel.
Nashville, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 25 communities will receive more than $9.6 million in Site Development Grants. Part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act passed in 2016 and updated in 2017. Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Austin Consulting, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the United States Department of Agriulture Rural Development. Huntingdon Industrial Park South received the grant of $257,462 for clearing trees, establishing a permanent entrance and marketing road, and install site signage.
Pictured left to right are: TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe, TNECD Assistant Commissioner for Community & Rural Development Amy New, Carroll County Chamber President Brad Hurley, Town of Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley, Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, TNECD Site Development Director Leanne Cox, TNECD Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brooxie Carlton
McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Rebel baseball game with Westview High School will be broadcast over WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 at 5:00 today.
The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on Thursday for a routine meeting. After approval of the minutes and balance sheets for March the board took action on several items of business. Text books were adopted for the 2018-2019 year. The board acknowledged the resignation of Jenifer Matte from the school system. Other business included approval of a request to use Huntingdon Primary School on May 29-June 1 for Super Summer Science program and approved a field trip for Huntingdon High School band students to go to Six Flags in Missouri on May 21. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 17.
McKenzie, Tenn. - Custom-designed t-shirts are available for sale and proceeds will benefit Coach Misty Aird and her family.
Coach Aird, her daughter and in-laws were involved in a car accident that claimed the lives of her in-laws. Misty was seriously injured and is currently recovering in a Memphis hospital.
A group of friends designed a special t-shirt for the family. The shirt is entitled PrepAIRD to Fight. Shirts can be purchased online or locally. All orders must be paid in advance and there are two ways to order.
Local orders may be placed in person or by messaging to Stephanie Aubry McClerkin, Tashana Taylor Brown, Micah Blundell or Jenna Mullen.
When ordering, please include the number of shirts, sizes needed and a contact number. The price for local shirt purchases are $15 for Youth small to XL and $17 for XXL and up. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orders may also be placed online and a Pay Pal invoice will be sent. The price for online orders is $20 for Youth small to XL and $22 for XXL and up. This price does include shipping. All online orders will be shipped. (International order prices will vary according to the shipping destination.)
Carroll County, Tenn. - School districts were recently ranked by Backgroundchecks.org and McKenzie and Huntingdon have some of the highest ratings.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Tennessee 9th in the nation in graduation rate.
Tennessee's best public school district is Williamson County Schools, a large district comprised of 44 schools.
On the same list, McKenzie schools were ranked the highest in Carroll County with a 28. Huntingdon was next with a rating of 34. West Carroll was third and ranked at a 58.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Soil Conservation District (CCSCD) awards up to five - $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to focus their major on Agriculture and who will be pursuing a future career in this field.
This year, two scholarships were presented to Shelia Little and Noah Rogers.
To find out more about the scholarships to be presented next year, call the USDA Service Center at 731-209-4153, ext. 3.
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp, along with Officer Jeremy Brooks were dispatched to a local business where several items were stolen.
The business, located at 2106 Cedar Street had a mower stolen and while on scene, it was also discovered that a trailer had been stolen as well. It was also noted that an empty orange fuel can had been removed from a work truck and used to fuel the mower that was stolen.
The owner stated that he returned to his business with his work truck, a tan Dodge, which had the empty orange fuel can in the bed. At approximately 8 p.m. the owner exited the work truck, got into his personal vehicle and drove home. Sometime during the night, suspects arrived on scene, took the fuel can, obtained gasoline and used the can to start and steal a brand new 60 inch cut EX-Mark zero turn mower. A 16 foot trailer was also stolen. The trailer was used to load and haul the mower.
The mower is valued at over $5000 and was new in the crate and wrapped in plastic. The suspects unbolted the crate, unwrapped, fueled and started it before putting it on the trailer. The trailer was described as a custom trailer built out of an old boat trailer. It is 16ft. long, black and short walled, is a dump bed. The trailer has a hand crank boat style winch and has heavy round wire welded mesh flooring. The trailer was valued at $2500.
Sgt. Beauchamp attempted to lift finger prints from the metal crate, but was unsuccessful due to the fact that the only prints were from that of gloves. Photos were taken from the scene of prints, whether hand or finger, were all the same vertical wavy lines symmetrical in size and spacing and appeared to be from a cloth-like material.
The incident is currently under investigation.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The 2018 Local Election Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McKenzie Park Theater.
The forum is open to the public and gives residents of Carroll County the opportunity to meet the Candidates seeking election.
The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the West View Lady Chargers 8-0 and the Rebel Baseball team defeated the Red Devils of Big Sandy 15-0. Audrie Washburn pitched an 8-0 shutout gving up only two hits and striking out 11 batters in the contest. West View pitching contained the Lady Rebels for a couple of innings but in the third their bats woke up and scored 3 runs, 1 came in the fourth and the final 4 in the sixth inning. The Lady Rebels had nine hits in the game. Lilly Bennett, Shelby and Jenna Tucker each racked up multilple hits including Lilly Bennets 5th home run of the year.
The Rebels also played on Monday afternoon at the McKenzie City Park and easily defeated the Big Sandy Red Devils 15-0. Other game information was not available. WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting the McKenzie Marting baseball game on Friday at 5:00 P.M.
(Mobile Patrol photos)
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, dispatch received a call that U.S. Marshals had two in custody after drugs were located at the Value Inn.
Upon arrival, Officer Ryan White spoke with Marshal Shane Brown who stated that while clearing the room they observed a clear, plastic bag containing a green plant like substance believed to be marijuana in the floor behind the bed.
Officer Ryan then spoke with Marcus D. Glenn, age 36 of McKenzie who gave consent to search the room. In the floor was clear bag containing a white, crystal-like substance, which did field test positive for methamphetamine. Also located were two glass pipes, a plastic pipe and a dollar bill that was used for the ingestion of the illegal narcotics.
Another occupant in the room, identified as Tina M. Padin, age 34 and also of McKenzie, was advised of her rights by SA Ramanda Chestnut with the TBI.
Both Glenn and Padin were charged with possession of a schedule II with intent, possession of a schedule VI with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.
McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Jeremiah Brooks was dispatched to the area of the Little General in reference to an intoxicated person causing a disturbance.
Upon arrival, Officer Brooks spoke to a subject matching the given description, identified as Octavious Strayhorn, age 30 of Spruce Street in McKenzie.
Strayhorn did have an obvious odor of alcohol and admitted he was an alcoholic during the conversation. It was then determined that Strayhorn was a danger to himself and the general public and was taken into custody for public intoxication.
McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Lady Rebels split games on Friday against Halls and Dyersburg High Schools in the Union City Tournament. The Halls squad and lady Rebels had a great pitching duel with Lady Rebel Karlie Bown coming away with a 2-1 victory. Brown gave up one run on four hits over six innings while striking out three and walking just one lone batter. Amberleigh Cooper, Audrie Washburn, Lilly Bennett and Chloe Williams each collected hits for the Rebels.
In their second contest of the evening the Lady Rebels weren’t quite as sharp even though they collected 6 hits against the Dyersburg Lady Trojans with 4. Bailey Nelson started things off with a single and rbi but Dyersburg pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning when one run scored on an error and Hannah Jackson with a 0-2 count homered and scored three runs. Audrie Washburn took the loss for McKenzie. Shelby Tucker led McKenzie with two hits in three at bats. Dyersburg did not commit a single error in the game.
The Lady Rebels will be playing this afternoon at 5:00 against Westview High School at the McKenzie City Park.
Huntingdon, Tenn. - The McKenzie Rebels fell to the hands of the Mustangs of Hungtingdon for the second night in a row wit ha final score of 3-2. Zach Jarrett took the loss and Burton Colvett got the win. Colvett gave up a single hit to Murphy Watkins. While the Mustangs Kade Pearson and Bo McLemore both had two singles, Brandon Lawton a double, and Kelby Pearson, and Hunter Hankins both had singles. Huntingdon now stand in the district lead with no losses and two victories over the Rebels.
ACT Wall of Honor Recognition Luncheon
Huntingdon, Tenn. - Fourteen Carroll County seniors were added to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce “Wall of Honor” for achieveing scores of 29 or above on their ACT testing. The wall has been in existence since 2012 when the first group was recognized and since that time a total of 70 students have been honored. The students are:
Connor Pinson, Courtney Saylor, Leighann Smith
Connor McReynolds, Jacob Pinson, Ema Renfro, Anders Rider, Devyn Smiley, Audrie Washburn, Natalie Whitlow, Zachary Norman, Luke Spivey
Shelia Little, Dylan Holt
According to Carroll County Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley, 1.8 million students take the ACT each year and only 130 score 29 or above. “We are proud of our school systems, the teachers and administrators for the contribution they make to our children’s education and to these youngsters who have worked so hard during their high school career. Our hope is that after they finish their college years they will return and be a valuable part of Carroll County.”
Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride along with others served as celbrity servers during the dinner while students anticipated their awards (Photo David Jackson).
Huntingdon, Tenn. - Parking in fire lanes is illegal, regardless if the vehicle is occupied or not and the Huntingdon Police Department has historically asked that people not park in these marked lanes.
The time has come that the law regarding parking in fire lanes will be enforced, which is both against Tennessee Code Annotated and city ordinance.
Beginning May 1st, Officers will cite the owners of vehicles parked in fire lanes into court. If found guilty, drivers can face a fine and cost of up to $163.50.
Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Shepherd's Table, the community kitchen created by volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, will serve its first meal, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th. The meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall, located at 19835 East Main Street.
Everyone in need of a hot meal or those that are alone and want to share a meal are invited. Kitchen service will close at 6:45 p.m. Those attending are asked to enter the building in the front door on East Main Street, signs will direct to the dining area.
The first meal will consist of homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, a tossed salad with dressing, a variety of desserts and a drink. All meals are sit down occasions with servers bringing your food to the table, restaurant style, for an enjoyable dining experience. There is never a charge for a meal at The Shepherd’s Table.
The members of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon and volunteers from the community have been meeting for several months planning the first supper.
Arthur Lodge, pastor of the church, said everyone simply saw a need and all wanted to do something about it. Through hours of planning and with help from volunteers of the Patriot Kitchen in Paris, The Shepherd’s Table is now a reality.
Mary Lodge, Arthur’s wife has said that she hopes this idea catches fire and that The Shepherd’s Table is able to serve supper at least once a month indefinitely. Volunteer John Wambles says, “This is a task that can only happen with the support and donations from the community.”
More information about making donations and volunteering or future dates for supper at The Shepherd’s Table may be obtained by contacting the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at 731-986-5642. They ask you leave a message and your call will be returned.
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, at approximately 10:49 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd, dispatch received a call from a resident on Forrest Circle that stated that a black Ford Expedition had been sitting near the home and the occupant did not reside there. Officer Coleman and Officer Boaz responded to the call.
Upon their arrival and approaching the vehicle, it was a blue Chevy Tahoe with no occupant inside. There was a glass bong in the console in plain sight, with a white substance in it. There was also a large knife and a cell phone in the driver’s seat. Both Officers spoke to the complainant, who stated that just before their arrival, the driver exited and ran towards Casey’s General Store. Officer Boaz was advised the driver was wearing a blue shirt and a hat.
Officer Coleman proceeded to Casey’s to see if he could locate the man. When Officer Coleman pulled up, he did observe a man matching the description standing near the Redbox rental machine.
As Officer Coleman began to park and get out of his patrol car, the man began to walk away. It was requested the man come and speak to Officer Coleman to which he asked what Officer Coleman wanted. Officer Coleman inquired as to if the Tahoe belonged to him, which the man, identified as, Jeremy Wade Wilson, age 39 of Brighton, denied owning the vehicle. Wilson also denied being in the area of Forrest Circle. When Wilson was asked for identification, he again questioned the intent. Officer Coleman stated the manager wanted him banned from the property. Wilson admitted to ownership of the truck and to being on the property in question.
When Officers and Wilson arrived back at the vehicle, Wilson became nervous and tried to run. A foot chase began and Wilson ran across a trailer park. Both Officer Coleman and Boaz were yelling for Wilson to stop running and to get on the ground. Wilson did not comply.
Wilson attempted to run between trailers and into the wood line, ran into a patch of cane trees and became caught in the trees. Officer Boaz cornered Wilson and both Officers advised Wilson to lay on his stomach and to put his hands behind his back. Wilson did not comply and Officer Coleman used soft hand tactics and placed Wilson under arrest. Wilson was then taken back to the patrol cars and Sgt. Boucher arrived on scene.
Sgt. Boucher and Officer Boaz searched the vehicle and Officer Coleman transported Wilson to the Carroll County Jail. Sgt. Boucher and Officer Boaz did locate a bag containing marijuana, a glass pipe containing methamphetamine, a glass bong containing marijuana residue and a glass bong containing meth residue. The substances believed to be meth did field test positive.
Two Charged With Aggravated Burglary and Theft Under $1000
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, James M. Siebert, age 38 and Williams T. Williams, age 37, both of McKenzie were charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $1000 after entering a home and removing items on Saturday.
The victim stated that she heard a loud knock on her door, located on Walnut Circle. The victim stated that when she opened the door, Siebert walked in without being invited and demanded that she give him a television, valued at $200 and a PS3, valued at approximately $300. The victim’s teenage son stated that he gave Siebert the property out of fear of his mother being harmed, after Siebert demanded it several times.
Williams carried the television out of the apartment for Siebert and Siebert carried the PS3.
While at the scene and taking a statement from the victim and witnesses, Officer Cody Coleman observed three males driving by that appeared to be the suspects, upon conducting a traffic stop and making contact with the three males, the property was in the backseat of the vehicle, in plain sight.
Several witnesses at the scene gave statements as to what occurred and those stories matched the story of the victim.
The property was returned to the victim and her family and both Seibert and Williams transported to the Carroll County Jail. The third male was not charged, per the victim’s request.
Arrest Made Following Traffic Stop
McKeanzie, Tenn, - According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Leek attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and sped away.
Officer Jeff Winberry did observe the same vehicle come off Elm Street onto Magnolia Avenue. Officer Winberry got behind the vehicle as it turned onto University. The vehicle then turned onto Forrest Avenue where it pulled into 78 Forrest Avenue.
As Officer Winberry approached the vehicle, he requested the driver exit and did place then place, Jessica Perry, age 28 into custody. Dispatch advised that Perry’s license was suspended 2nd offense out of Benton County.
The vehicle was released at the scene to the owner and Perry was transported to the Carroll County Jail.
The McKenzie Rebel bats were held at bay by the pitching of Huntingdon Mustang pitcher Hunter Ensley who allowed just two hits in the game Monday night at McKenzie City Park. The Mustangs got 11 hits and took a 2-1 victory after scoring 1 in the first and second innings and holding the Reels to just one in the third. Ensley had a little trouble in the 3rd finding the strike zone and the Rebels were in the drivers seat with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs when what to the fans was a questionable call on the runner at first ended the inning. Hensley went the distance for the Mustangs while Chase Daffron went five innings and was relieve by Noah Eaton. Daffron would get the loss. High lights were two great diving catches in the outfield that prevented the Mustangs from spreading the lead byright fielder Murphey Watkins and left fielder West Cook. The loss for the Rebels was their first distrcit loss and they will take on the Mustangs at Huntingdon tonight beginning at 6:00.
Huntingdon School Board to Hold Regular Meeting
The Huntingdon board of education will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office loaated at 585 High Street in Huntingdon.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Sherrif’s Office removed about 150 animals from a home in Carroll County over the weekend. Sheriff Andy Dickson said, “This county takes all cases of abuse and cruelty very serious. The law was being violated and these animals desperately needed help, so we didn’t hesitate to take action.” According to a release, 43 dogs, 37 cats along with rabbits, geese, ducks, goats, sheep, chinchillas, ferrets and two alpacas were found without adequate food or water. Authorities said several dead animals, including a zebra, cat, duck and rabbits were also found dead on the property located in Atwood. Some of the animals removed were taken to emergency vets in the area and some will be taken to the Animal Rescue Corps emergency shelter, located just outside of Nashville.
Bethel Soccer Coach Seriously Injured, In-Laws Killed In Accident
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a press release from Bethel University the women’s soccer coach, Misty Aird, was involved in a serious car accident Saturday afternoon around 1 P.M. Aird was airlifted to The Med in Memphis where she underwent surgery. At last report she was listed in serious condition. Aird’s in-laws were killed in the accident. Bethel University President Walter Butler asked all to pray. “I ask that all please be praying for Misty, Matt, Gracie, and their entire family. They need our prayers lifting them up to the Great Physician.” Daughter Gracie was injured but at last report was not in serious condition.
South Gibson Gets Win Over McKenzie Rebels
McKenzie, Tenn. - The South Gibson High School baseball team got a little revenge from an earlier season loss on Friday afternoon defeating the Rebels by a score of 7 to 3. The Rebels gave up three runs in the first inning but were able to battle back and tie the game 3-3 going to the 7th inning. The Pioneers responded though with 4 runs in the 7th to take the victory. The Rebels picked up their 3 runs off 4 hits with Tyler Spivey getting two and Hunter Stafford and Harold Smith getting 1 each. The Rebels will be taking on district foe Huntingdon this afternoon at City Park in McKenzie. WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting the game today.
Picture Michelle Garrett Early Season Game
First Presbyterian Church Huntingdon Offering Free Meal
Huntingdon, Tenn. - First Presbyterian Church at 19835 East Main Street in Huntingdon will be offering a FREE meal on April 17th, to all those in need and also for those who have no one to dine with. Doors will open at 5:15 P.M. an close at 6:45 P.M. Minister Arthur Lodge, in a press release announcing the event said, "Because there are people in our community that cannot afford a good meal and/or are eating every meal y themselves. We want to do this and invite all to come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship." More information can be obtained by calling the church office (731) 986-5642.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Rebels baseball team swept two games on Thursday at the City Park in McKenzie from the Dresden Lions. 4-3 and 3-1. The Rebels were originaly scheduled to play Henry County but due to conflicts on the Patriots part that game was cancelled. Fortunately Dresden had an open day and came to McKenzie. Nathan Eaton started the game and Noah Hawkins relieved him and got the victory. Dresden and McKenzie both had 6 hits in the game. Dresden left 9 men on base and McKenzie 7. Chase Daffron had a single and double in the game, Nathan Eaton had 2 singles. Tyler Spivey and Noah Hawkins had singles. Murphy Watkins had an RBI.
In the second game the Rebels won 3-1. Nathan Eaton started the game and Noah Hawkins relieved him and got the victory. Evan Jarrett was the winning pitcher in the first of two five inning games, giving up 2 hits and allowing 1 run while striking out 4 batters. Murphy Watkins had a double in the game Cameron Rawls had a single and double while Noah Hawkins and Harold Smith both had singles.
McKenzie Soccer Loses 3-1
McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie Rebel soccer squad lost to Trenton Peabody 3-1 putting their overall record at 3-1. According to head coach Hannah McBroom, "We had a great first half but we let down in the second." Zach Flippin scored the ony McKenzie goal to give the rebels a lead at the end of the first half. But the second half was different as goalie Martin Perez had 12 saves on shots on goal but three managed to make the net. Giving Trenton the 3-1 victory.
McKenzie, Tenn – The McKenzie Lady Rebels came back from a district loss on Tuesday with Huntingdon Lady Fillies with a 1-0 victory over West Carroll Lady War Eagles. With neither team allowing runs through the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman Lilly Bennett stepped to bat and sent a long homerun over the left field fence setting up Audrie Washburn to finish the evening game with a 1-0 victory. The Lady Rebels committed only 1 error in the game and turned some stellar defensive plays cutting down base runners and preserving the victory. West Carroll too had some great plays including two possible extra base hits by the lady Rebels with diving catches in the outfield. Washburn allowed just four hits The pitching was strong on both sides. Washburn struck out seven and allowed just four hits in the shutout victory, while Shelby Browning sat down eight. A single by Sadie Martin in the first inning was a positive for West Carroll. Browning took the loss for West Carroll. She allowed four hits and one run over six innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Washburn went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Rebels in hits. Micayla Hart led West Carroll with two hits in three at-bats. West Carroll didn't commit a single error in the field. Ashton Worrell had eight chances in the field, the most on the team.
Buena Vista Man's Death Ruled An Accident
Buena Vista, Tenn. - According to a preliminary autopsy report showed there were no gunshot wounds, stab wounds or physical trauma to the body of 38 year old Steven Hampton who was found deceased at his residence on March 23rd.
Hampton’s death has now been ruled accidental, according to Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson.
Hampton lived alone at 1845 Ball Creek Road in Buena Vista and was found deceased outside him home and near a ditch. “We don’t have any reason to believe it was a homicide,” said the Sheriff. “He bled to death from a cut on his left leg.” A blood vessel in the calf of Hampton’s leg had been cut.
The sheriff said it looked as though Hampton stood on a chair to do some kind of work and fell from the inside to the outside, through the window.The floors in the living room and the kitchen were covered in blood. There was no running water in the house due to a plumbing issue. Hampton’s cell phone was not working and it was discovered.
Hampton lived in a single wide trailer that had additions on the front and back, according to the sheriff. The window Hampton fell through was at the rear of the house.
Hampton was last seen on March 17th and family members say they became worried when he failed to call his mother on her birthday.
Bruceton Funeral Home handled arrangements for Hampton.
Carroll County, Tenn. - Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 15th at the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake, will be the first-ever McKenzie Medical Center Dixie Triathlon event.
The event is presented by The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and sponsored by McKenzie Medical Center.
Joe Fleenor, owner and race director of Above the Fold Events & Sport Promotions stated that the local support they are receiving for the race has been outstanding and to partner with the leading healthcare provider in the community and have McKenzie Medical Center as the premier sponsor is extra special.
Dr. Winkler, who was killed in a tragic accident earlier this year, had partnered with The Dixie Triathlon, and now the McKenzie Medical Center and Above the Fold are committed to honoring his wish to move forward with the special event.
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Congressman David Kustoff and wife Barbara listen to questions and Mayor Jill Holland, Dale Kelly and Kenny McBride greet Kustoff on his arrival in McKenzie to continue his re-election campaign.
McKenzie, Tenn. - Congressman David Kustoff, United States Representative for the 8th Congressional District here in West Tennessee, visited McKenzie on Thursday as a part of his kickoff for re-election. McKenzie Mayor, Jill Holland introduced Kustoff to those in attendance at J.T.’s Grill pointing out that Kustoff had been appointed in 2006 by President Bush as U.S. Attorney for the Western District before being elected in the last election to the House of Representatives. Kustoff, in remarks, pointed out that he was proud of the efforts that President Trump has made in support of the military by providing greater funding for equipment and pay raises for soldiers as well as tax cuts that have put money back into the pockets of workers. Kustoff said, “Just a few months ago we all were hearing about ISIS but by making our military stronger you don’t hear as much about them today.” Local realtor Sandi Roditis, with tears gave the congressman a momento thanking him for the support he has given the military, “That hopefully will allow you to put a face with the soldier.” Her husband, who serves in the National Guard, has been deployed to the Middle East two times in his career. When questioned concerning the proposed Tariffs from President Trump, the congressman pointed out that, “The tariffs are proposed for implementation in May as are those from China, but efforts are ongoing to negotiate proposals to help American businesses without having to implement the tariffs.” Congressman Kustoff, his wife Barbara and staff members are traveling across the 8th district over the next few days making stops to visit with constituents and seeking support in his re-election campaign.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Lady Rebels overcame the threat of bad weather to complete their softball game at Huntingdon Tuesday but they couldn't over come 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning. McKenzie took the lead scoring in the top of the first inning but Huntingdon scored four to lead four to one. Lady Rebel batters were able to amass 7 hits including a long home run by freshmen short stop Lilly Bennett but the Huntingdon squad took advantage of four errors by the Lady Rebels to gather a 12 to 2 win. Lady Rebels will play again on Thursday at City Park in McKenzie against West Carroll High School.
McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that dispatch received a call from the Manager of a local drive-in eatery that a man in a tan Honda was parked in one of their stalls and the man was passed out. The car had been there for approximately 4 hours at the time of the call.
Officer Coleman and Officer Boaz pulled up behind the vehicle and upon approaching the vehicle, did observe a 40 oz. beer sitting in the center console. The driver had the seat laid back and the man appeared to be asleep. As Officer Coleman opened the door, the man woke up. Officer Coleman inquired as to if the man, identified as Charles Britton Green, age 26 of Dallas, TX had been drinking. Green advised he had several beers hours prior. Green did have an intoxicating beverage on his breath.
Officer Boaz advised dispatch to check status on Green’s license, which came back that Green is currently under an order granting bail. The order signed by Green stated that he had to refrain from consuming alcohol until the court case was complete. Green was then placed under arrest for violation of an order granting bail.
D&D Wrecker Service towed the vehicle to their lot. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and the alcohol poured out. Green was transported to the Carroll County Jail without incident and also charged with public intoxication and open container. Green was placed on $500 bond on the violation of the order granting bail.
Local Man Cited For Driving On Suspended
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp was pumping fuel when a white pickup pulled up beside him and the driver stated something unintelligible, laughed, parked and went into the store.
Approximately an hour later, employees of the store notified the police department that the man in the white pickup truck was still at the store and had been making the employees nervous. At the same time, a 911 hang-up call was received from the same area.
Sgt. Beauchamp ran the license plate on the pickup, went to speak to employees and by this time, the driver had left. The address on the license plate came back to was on Alabama Street, so Sgt. Beauchamp traveled in the direction of the address.
The truck was located at 307 Elm Street and the same male that was driving previously, exited the vehicle. Upon speaking with the driver, identified as Frank Sills, age 65 of Alabama Street, dispatch advised Sills’ license was suspended out of Madison County General Sessions Court.
Based on this information and the fact that Sgt. Beauchamp observed Sills driving earlier in the day, Sills was cited into Carroll County General Sessions for driving on suspended license 1st offense.
McKenzie, Tenn. - Due to its location, Bethel University and the City of McKenzie is susceptible to multiple types of inclement weather, especially dangerous tornadoes. Many of these tornadoes strike at night. In the event of severe weather, Bethel University has implemented policies and procedures to ensure the safety of the Bethel community.
Should severe weather approach the campus, Security will closely track the weather as well as monitor radio traffic by the McKenzie Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
The newly renovated Burroughs Learning Center (Library) has been designated as a FEMA Storm Shelter. It is capable of holding 1,800 people and is open to the public in the event of tornado producing weather. Bethel officials said today that if a tornado watch is issued the shelter will be open and manned after hours. Entrance can be found on the back side of the building off Campus Drive and closest to the log cabin site.
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sherriffs Office announced this morning that with the impending storms forecast for our area, they will be manning the tornado/storm shelters this evening from 6-9 pm at Henry School, Harrelson School in Puryear and Inman School in Paris.
Weather Doesn't Stop Soccer Matches
McKenzie, Tenn. - The weather isn’t always fit for sports for the McKenzie Rebels athletic programs but soccer usually will play unless there is thunder and lightning. The Rebel soccer team won their home match on Monday against the Milan Bulldogs by a score of 5 goals to 1. Francisco Padilla scored three goals and Nikolas Heath scored 2 for the Rebels. Both teams had not scored at half time break but the Rebels scored all five of theirs in the second half. Goalie Martin Perez had 5 saves on the day and Jack Fry had 2. The Rebel soccer team, is now 1-2 on the year and is scheduled for a match at Trenton Peabody on Thursday starting at 5:30.
The Lady Rebels softball team has a game scheduled today at 5:00 in Huntingdon. Weather permitting the game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM and whdmradio.com.
The Rebel baseball team played two games yesterday with Clarksburg High School winning both games by scores of 15-0 and 19-0. Chase Daffron was winning pitcher for the Rebels in trhe 15-0 game of just three innings. Zach Jarrett was winning pitcher in the other game of 5 innings. The Rebels will host Henry County on Thursday, weather permitting, at 5:00 at the McKenzie City Park.
McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Steven Scott was on routine patrol and conducted a traffic stop for a tail light violation and seatbelt violation.
Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Dennis Wright, age 38 of Parks Road in Gleason, dispatch advised that Wright’s license was revoked in 2017, due to an unsatisfied judgment. Wright has previous charges on two different occasions for driving while revoked.
Wright was then taken into custody for driving on revoked 3rd offense and cited for seatbelt violation, and failure to provide proof of insurance.
McKenzie, Tenn. - In another report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Steven Scott conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Lincoln Town Car for speeding.
Officer Scott made contact with the driver, identified as Christopher Frazier, age 30, of Forrest Circle in McKenzie. A check through dispatch revealed that Frazier’s license was suspended and further revealed that Frazier had been charged on three separate occasions for driving on suspended/revoked. Frazier’s initial suspension was for an unsatisfied judgment.
Frazier was cited for speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance and taken into custody for driving on suspended/revoked 4th offense.
McKenzie, Tenn. - A report at the McKenzie Police Department stated that Officer Paul Eddlemon, was on regular patrol and observed a maroon car traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Upon checking the speed with radar, the vehicle was traveling 59 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Officer Eddlemon conducted a traffic stop and the driver identified himself as Kenneth Park, age 20 of Martin.
Park’s license was checked through NCIC and Park was revoked out of Kentucky for a DUI conviction in 2017 and based on this information, Park was placed under arrest for driving on revoked 1st offense and cited for speeding.
Park’s vehicle was seized for driving on revoked for DUI. Park was placed on $750 bond.
McKenzie, Tenn. - According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Brandon Leek conducted a traffic stop on a grey Chevy Malibu for improper display of license plate.
During the traffic stop, Officer Leek identified the driver, as Danika Edmonson, age 37 of Park Circle in McKenzie. A status check of Edmonson’s license revealed to be revoked for an unsatisfied judgment.
The check also revealed this is Edmonson’s 4th driving while suspended charge. Edmonson was taken into custody and placed on a $750 bond.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels were busy over spring break period in softball and baseball action. The Lady Rebels participated in the Lexington Tournament falling 8-4, 8-1,4-3 against Adamsville, Lexington and South Gibson but tied in one game with Obion Co. 4 to 4. The Lady Rebels next game is scheduled for Tueaday in Huntingdon and will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 with air time, weather permitting at 4:45.
The Rebels lost to the Crawfordsville, Indiana squad 3-1 beat Halls highschool 6-5 and lost to Gibson County 5-0. The Rebels have a home game scheduled for today at 5:00 against Clarksburg and again on Tuesday at Clarskburg weather permitting.
Bethel University's Dr. Ben LeVan Recognized with Award
McKenzie, Tenn.- Dr. Ben LeVan, Adjunct Faculty Member with Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies had been awarded the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowels Dissertation of the Year Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development. The award is given to commend an outstanding doctoral dissertation that exemplifies scholarly work and contributes to the human resource development field.
LeVan’s dissertation studied the long-standing debate among scholars and practitioners in regards to the effectiveness of the performance appraisal process as a useful tool to manage individual and organizational performance. The dissertations also examined the relationship between employee’s reactions to the PA process and perceptions of engagement in the workplace.
LeVan also serves as President of PROPEL as well as Assistant Professor of Management at Charleston Southern University. He has also been a contributor to Business God’s Way by Howard Dayton.
LeVan holds a Ph.D in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler as well as a Master’s in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s in Geology from the College of Wooster. He is professionally certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Carroll County Relay for Life a Huge Success
McKenzie, Tenn.- The 2018 Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction came to a conclusion on Firday afternoon at the McKenzie Church of Christ Multipurpose room. Unofficial total for the week was $9455.00 which is one of the best in the past few years. For the last two years the auction has been the Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction for Carroll County and includes all of Carroll County. Contributors from across Carroll County presented baked goods, canned items, arts and craft items and the broadcast was carried on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440, and whdmradio.com. Thanks go out to all who contributed and especially to those who bid so well creating a great total for the auction.
Bethel University To Hold Survivor Celebration
McKenzie, Tenn.- A Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil will be held Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at Bethel University in the board room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event is sponsored by C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Recognition Effort) along with Bethel and Sam’s Club and is in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The celebration and vigil are spearheaded by Fatelia Avery, C.A.R.E. founder and student at Bethel University. Ms. Avery is pursuing a Criminal Justice degree and this is a first step in her goal of becoming a family law attorney. “Together, we can take a stand and end the cycle of sexual child abuse,” Avery said. “There are many types of child abuse such as physical, sexual, neglect and emotional. But our organization is not just for survivors of abuse but for anyone who wants to take a stand against it.”
The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided during the event. Overseer Elbert Jones III, pastor of Church of the Living God Temple 71 in Memphis, will be the guest speaker. For more information about the Survivor’s Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, contact Fatelia Avery at email@example.com or contact Rachael Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paris Woman Charged with DUI
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Frank McGee, Susan E. Edwards, age 59 of Paris was charged with DUI on March 21st. The report states that Edwards had been driving erratically on Highland Dr, partially blocking traffic as she exited the drive of a local business. Ofc. McGee stated that Edwards’ speech was slurred and that she performed poorly on a sobriety test. Edwards was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail.
Final Day of Cancer Bake Auction Underway
McKenzie, Tenn.- The final day of the Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction is underway. You can tune in by logging onto whdmradio.com and listening to the live stream or tune in to 98.9 FM or AM 1440.
Cancer Bake Auction Raises $2591 Thursday
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction raised a total of $2591 on Thursday.
The auction wraps up on Friday and is the last day to bid on the carry over items pictured below. The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. with several ways to tune in, by logging onto whdmradio.com and listening to the live stream or tune your radio dial to 98.9 FM or 1440 AM.
The auctioneer for Friday will be Kenny Carr from Long Heights Baptist Church.
McKenzie, Tenn. - McKenzie City Mayor Jill Holland and city employee Jennifer Waldrup check out items in the new Dollar Tree, following a ribbon cutting that took place Thursday Morning in McKenzie. (David Jackson photo)
Carroll County, Tenn. - While still relatively low, the unemployment rate in Carroll County jumped over a full percentage point from December to January, rising from 4.4% to 5.5%.
Those without jobs was still down for the year from the 7.2% in January of 2017.
Of the county's workforce of 11,900 people, 660 were reported as being without jobs in January.
The state rate continued to hold steady from December to January at 3.3 percent. The National jobless rate also held steady at 4.1%.
January unemployment rates in surrounding counties included 6.5 in Benton County, 5.8 in Decatur County, 4.7 in Gibson County, 5.6 in Henderson County, 4.9 in Henry County, 4.0 in Madison County and 4.4 in Weakley County.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction raised $2416 on Wednesday. The auction continues through Friday. The guest auctioneer for Thursday will be Carroll County Mayor, Kenny McBride.
The auction takes place at the McKenzie Church of Christ multipurpose room and you can tune in each day to WHDM 98.9 FM or 1440 AM. You can also listen online by connecting via whdmradio.com
Paris, Tenn. - A Martin man has been indicted on multiple charges by the Henry County Grand Jury, including vehicular homicide, DUI first offense, reckless driving, improper lane usage, speeding, failure to exercise due care and violation of the seat belt law.
Matthew Griffin, age 34, turned himself in to the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. A McKenzie woman was killed in the accident that led to the charges against Griffin, which occurred in August of 2017, on Hwy 79 S near Henry.
Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted an investigation into the accident and concluded at the time that a semi driven by Billy Osburn of Paris was making a right hand turn onto a field road, when Griffin attempted to pass the truck in the emergency lane. The passenger, 37 year old Stacey L. Couturier was killed.
Griffin posted bond, which was set at $10K and was released.
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Cancer Bake Auction continues all week, with Tim McBride as guest auctioneer on Wednesday. The auction takes place at the McKenzie Church of Christ multipurpose room.
Officers Respond To Call Of Possible Weapons
McKenzie, Tenn. - Officers with the McKenzie Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and THP responded to a 911 call received by MPD of people gathered and a possible weapon sighting around 3:20 p.m. on March 24th.
When officers arrived, the individuals gathered had mostly dispursed and although officers searched vehicles and found one handgun inside, no arrests were made.
Chief Craig Moates has advised the incident is currently under investigation.
Buena Vista, Tenn. - Steven Hampton, age 38 was found dead by Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies on Friday at 1845 Ball Creek Road where he lived.
Carroll County Investigator Becky Keith stated that Hampton's death was under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Authorities have released little information in regards to Hampton's death, except to say that his body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville for an autopsy. Investigator Keith did disclose that Hampton had not been shot, but declined further comment.
The Sherriff's Office received a call at 12:38 p.m. to go to the residence and it is not known if Hampton lived alone. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.
Fayette County, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency personnel recently sighted a 7-foot alligator in Fayette County and several other confirmed sightings have been reported in recent months.
Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.
Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.
Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.
TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity.
McKenzie, Tenn. - It took all of six innings for the Rebels to pull out an 11 to 0 win over Hollow Rock Bruceton Central Tuesday afternoon in Bruceton. Nathan Eaton pitched gave up just 1 hit to the Tigers. Jacob Ervin got the loss. Murphy Watkins had two hits in the game. Noah Hawkins, Chase Daffron, Harold Smith and Hunter Stafford all had 1 each. Daffron had 3 rbi's in the game. The Rebels are scheduled to play in Union City on Thursday against Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania at 11:00 and again at 3:30 against Crawfordsville, Indiana in Martin at 3:30. On Friday they will play Westview at Martin at 5:45. All of these games are subject to change according to weather conditions.
Cancer Bake Auction Continues
McKenzie, Tenn. - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction continues through Friday of this week. After two days the auction has raised nearly $2500 dollars. Though the items on Tuesday were lower than on Monday the first two tables sold for $410 and $411 dollars and the third and final table of the day took in almost $200 dollars. Tim McBride will be the guest auctioneer on Wednesday, Mayor Kenny McBride will work on Thursday and Long Heights Baptist church's Kenny Carr will round things out on Friday. You are encouraged to bring items for the auction to the McKenzie church of Christ multipurpose room and listen in each day beginning at 1:00 and bid on items on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 or go to whdmradio.com on the internet and listen in from there.
Lady Rebels Fall to South Gibson
McKenzie - Tenn. - THe McKenzie Lady Rebel softball team fell to the Hornets of South Gibson High School Tuesday by a score of 12 to 1. The Rebels and Hornets went scoreless in the first two innings but the Hornets blew things open batting around the order in the third and 5th inning and scoring 12 runs on 14 hits. Three errors by the Lady Rebels didn't help the situation and the Hornets capitalized on all three. The big blow came in the 5th inning with the bases loaded for South Gibson and Savannah Crockett sending a grand slam over the right field fence. Lady Rebel senior Bailey Nelson led of the third inning with a homerun for the only score in the game for the Rebels. Audrie Washburn took the loss and was filled in for by Karli Brown. The Lady Rebels next action will be this weekend in a tournament in Lexington.
Taff Named 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion
Paris, Tenn.- Dwayne Taff took 1st place in this weekend's 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, and took home the largest pay out in history for a kayak bass fishing competition at $100,000. Josh Stewart took home 2nd place and $20,000.
Dwayne Taff, 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion
Josh Stewart, 2nd place winner in the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship
Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes Offered in April
Paris, Tenn.- Red Cross Lifeguard training classes will be held at the Paris Civic Center and Bethel University Pool in early April. Completion of the class can make you a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, trained in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED. All participants must be 15 years or older and must pass a pretest on April 4th that includes a 300-yard swim, a timed 10 lb. weight test, and two minute tread using only your legs. The cost of the class is $200 and certification is valid for 2 years.
To earn the certification you must be present for all classes. Class schedule is 6-8pm Wednesday April 4th at Bethel University for the Pre-test; Thursday April 5th, Friday April 6th from 5-9pm each day and Saturday April 7th from 10am to 5pm at the Paris Civic Center; and Sunday April 9th 2-6pm at Bethel University. For more information or to register call 615-202-3670 or email email@example.com.
Hollow Rock Fire Station Auction
Hollow Rock, Tenn.- The Hollow Rock Fire Station #2 is holding an auction and supper on April 14th at 4 pm. They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and chili at 4 pm and the auction, including furniture, tools, household items and much more will begin at 6 pm.
Carroll County Sheriff's Office Warns of Scams
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a white male and a hispanic male driving a black truck, with a topper who are going to homes wanting to seal driveways. The men are targeting the elderly and the MPD believes it could be a scam.
Another scam warning from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office- If you receive a priority mail package in the mail containing a check made out from OnPoing Community Credit Union along with a letter describing detailed instructions, it is a scam.
Day 2 of Cancer Bake Auction
McKenzie, Tenn.- Day 2 of the Cancer Bake Auction is underway this afternoon. Tune in to 98.9 FM AM1440 for live coverage. The total raised during today's auction was $992.
McKenzie, Tenn. -McKenzie Rebels continue winning with victories over West Carroll last Saturday and again on Monday over Bruceton Hollow Rock Central. Saturday the Rebels made up a rain out of last week with a noon start time and final score of 3-0. Chase Daffron pitched 5 innings and took the win giving up 2 hits and striking out 11 while walking 3. McKenzie got six hits with Chase Daffron getting a single and triple, Harold Smith had a double and Hunter Staford, Murphy Watkins and Nathan Eaton had singles. West Carroll left 9 runners on base. Wyatt Butler had 2 of the war eagles 3 hits. Noah Hawkins relieved Daffron for one inning and gave up 1 hit.
The Rebels beat Bruceton Hollow Rock Central 10-0 on Monday afternoon. The Rebels scored 1 in the first and second innings before exploding for 8 in the fourth. Zach Jarrett was the winning pitcher in 5 innings and gave up just one hit to lead off hitter Jacob Ervin. After that Jarrett struck out 10 batters in the five inning game. McKenzie amassed 8 hits with West Cook getting 3 hits, Harold Smith had a double, Noah Hawkins, Nathan Eaton, Chase Daffron, and Cameron Rawls all had singles.
(Pictures from previous games submitted by Michelle Jarrett)
Carsyn Hopper Selected for 2018 High School Honors Performance Series
McKenzie, Tenn.- A student at E.W. Grove High School in Paris, Carsyn Hopper, daughter of Amanda Hopper of McKenzie and Steven Hopper of Columbia, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. She will perform the part of Alto 2 in July with the High School Honors Choir.
Participation in the Honors Ensemble is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across the world.
Hopper auditioned for the Honors Performance Series in November of last year, and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. In response to her selection as a finalist, Carsyn said, “Singing at the Sydney Opera House in Australia will be an astonishing experience. It will be wonderful to perform with other students from around the world. When you receive the music you only learn your part and you can’t imagine what it will sound like until the parts are joined together and when it does it is pure amazement.”
Finalists will come together in Sydney for six days in July. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned Greg Gilpin, work with other finalists and get a taste of Sydney. The Honors Performance will take place Saturday, July 21, 2018.
MBC Theft Suspect Bound Over To Grand Jury
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to an article in Carroll County News-Leader, Mae M. Mann, 50 of Hinkledale Rd in McKenzie, one of the two former employees of McKenzie Banking Company arrested in February for allegedly stealing from the company has been bound over to the grand jury. Joanna M. Crutcher, age 31 of Bruceton, who has been charged with theft over $1,000 and less than $10,000, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the Carroll County Grand Jury session in May. Mae M. Mann, age 50 of McKenzie, who was charged with theft over $10,000 and under $60,000, was scheduled to appear in Carroll County General Sessions Court earlier in the month for a preliminary hearing, but that hearing has been rescheduled for April 19th.
Cancer Bake Auction
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Cancer Bake Auction kicked off on Monday and will be going on every day this week through Friday. You can listen in on the auction by tuning in here on 98.9 FM 1440 AM WHDM Radio from 1-4pm each day. If you would like to donate items for the auction, you can do so by taking them to McKenzie Church of Christ from 7am-noon each day. The numbers to call to bid are 731-793-2804, 731-793-2756 or 731-793-2126.
Donkey Basketball Raises $2,837.37 for Crusaders
Paris, Tenn.- The Crusaders Travel Basketball Team held their 3rd annual donkey basketball game Saturday night. The event raised $2,827.27 for the team. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Crusaders took on McKenzie Police Department in the first half, followed by staff from WMUF/WLZK/WHDM radio taking on the Crusaders in the last half. In the end, local personalities were victorious over the Crusaders with a score of 12-8.
(photo Rodney Bond)
Missing Washington Girl Found in Huntingdon
Huntingdon,Tenn.- According to an article in the McKenzie Banner, Cali Savannah Smith, age 17, who has been missing from Tacoma, Washington since February 12 was found Friday in Huntingdon. Director of Public Safety for the town of Huntingdon Walter Smothers received information that the girl was with a male subject posing as her husband.
Huntingdon Commander Johnny Hill responded to the home on Jesse Lane where the two suspects were reportedly staying, where he observed a vehicle with Washington plates. Since the location was outside of the town jurisdiction, Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson was notified. Sheriff Dickson and several deputies responded to the location along with the Huntingdon Police Department.
Smith was taken into custody outside of the home. Local authorities are awaiting word from the Tacoma Police Department of any charges to be filed against the adult male.
Rebels Beat Summertown
McKenzie,Tenn.- It's been a hectic seven days for the McKenzie Rebel baseball team as they've fought the weather and wet fields to keep on schedule this spring. Rain cancelled the game earlier in the week with West Carroll and it is being made up today (Saturday March 24th).
The Rebels traveled to Waverly for a big game with the cross region foe and scored one run in the first inning but Summertown scored in the bottom of the first to tie it at 1 to 1. Summertown would hold the Rebels for the rest of the afternoon while scoring 9 more with 5 coming in the 5th inning to end up pinning a 10 to 1 loss on the Rebel Squad. Coach Chris Wall later said, “It’s a good opportunity to play a team that we could later play in tournament action as we progress in the district.” Nathan Eaton took the loss. Tyler Spivey, Noah Hawkins, Hunter Stafford and West Cook all had singles in the game and Cameron Rawls had a double.
Greenfield High School would be the next opponent the Rebels would face and come away with a 12 to 2 win. Zach Jarrett would get the win on the mound pitching the 5 inning game. Chase Daffron would lead the Rebels scoring 2 runs after 2 hits a single and a double. Noah Hawkins, Tyler Spivey, Hunter Stafford, Murphy Watkins, Nathan Eaton all had singles.
Friday afternoon the Rebels posted a win over South Gibson with Cameron Rawls leading the Rebel bats with 3 doubles. Noah Hawkins, and Murphy Watkins would both had singles in the game but the 5 hits were enough to produce 4 runs in the 4 to 1 victory. Nathan Eaton got the win for the Rebels. The Rebels will play today against West Carroll at 12:00 noon at McKenzie City Park. WHDM will be broadcasting the Rebels next game on Monday against Hollow Rock Bruceton Central at 5:00 and will also have the Lady Rebels Softball team on Tuesday with South Gibson.
Cancer Bake Auction Starts Monday, March 26
McKenzie, Tenn.- Join us here at 98.9 FM AM1440 WHDM Radio, as we bring you a live broadcast of the Cancer Bake Auction starting Monday, March 26th - Friday, March 30th. Auctions will be held from 1-4pm each day. Items can be dropped off for the auction between 7am and noon each day at McKenzie Church of Christ. The numbers to call to bid are 731-793-2804, 731-793-2756 or 731-793-2126.
Pitching Provides Shutout and Perfect Game
McKenzie, Tenn. - Audrie Washburn threw a shoutout and Karli Brown followed with a perfect game in 3 innings against the Clarksburg Lady Rockets in softball action Thursday evening. Washburn led the Lady Rebels to a 14-0 win. The Rebels bats exploded and opened the game with 8 runs. Gracie Washburn, Chloe Williams, Bailey Nelson and Washburn all had singles and Emily Lunn had a double. The Lady Rebels had a total of 14 hits in the victory while they didn't commit a single error. Jessi Jones for Clarksburg had a triple in the third inning. In the second game of the evening Karlie Brown pitched three innings allowing no runs, no hits an no walks winning 10-0. Both games were finished in one hour and ten minutes. The Lady Rebels game with Bruceton on the 20 was postponed because of rain and will be played later in the season. WHDM will be broadcasting the Lady Rebels game with South Gibson on March 27 weather permitting.
You can join us this afternoon for a 5:00 game for the Rebels baseball team as the take on the Pioneers from South Gibson at McKenzie City Park, (weather permitting) on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and live streamed on whdmradio.com.
Huntingdon, Tenn. - The Dixie Cater Performing Arts Center and the Bethel University Renaissance will present Thoroughly Modern Millie on Friday, April 13th at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 14th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Take a trip back to the New York City of 1922, as a young Millie Dillmount from Kansas moves to the big city in search of a new life for herself.
Thoroughly Modern Millie was the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical while on Broadway.
Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 731-986-2100 or visit dixiepac.net
Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 750 anglers will be competing for a $100K guaranteed first place prize this weekend on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes as the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will once again be held in Henry County.
The Henry County Tourism Authority welcomes KBF members as they vie for a National Championship and thousands and thousands of dollars in prize money for top ten finishes.
Anglers have been in town pre-fishing a couple days and will hold registration events on Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds which will serve as Tournament Headquarters. Anglers will launch at 5:30am on Friday from Paris Landing Marina.
The Kayak Bass Fishing doesn’t hold weigh-ins like other tournaments, instead it is anglers who take photos of the length of their bass and post it via social media and the KBF website. Deadline for photo submission each day is 3pm, anglers must be checked in by 5:30pm.
During the event from Thursday thru Saturday, Food trucks will be on site at the Tournament Headquarters at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 2-8pm and the Expo will open each day at 2pm with interactive exhibits for the public to view. On Sunday, March 25th at 9am an awards ceremony will be held and door prizes given away.
To follow along with the KBF National Championship like them on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website at www.kayakbassfishing.com
Carroll County, Tenn. - A McKenzie man has died after he was shot after breaking into an apartment near the Carroll County/Weakley County line on Thursday, March 15th.
According to Weakley County Sheriff Captain Randall McGowan, Terry Lee Haynes of McKenzie was shot after breaking into an apartment by kicking a sliding glass door and confronting the resident of the home in the bedroom.
Haynes was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident happened around 11:15 p.m. and the Sheriff's Office called to the scene after several 911 calls were placed in regards to shots fired in the area.
The resident, Reggie Milam, age 27 and a woman identified as 37 year old April Garner, were both questioned by investigators.
The body has been sent for autopsy and the District Attorney notified. The case will be presented to the Weakley County Grand Jury in May.
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Two recently hired police officers were introduced to the Huntingdon Council Members by the Director of Public Safety, Walter Smothers at the March 13th meeting.
Shelton Moon, age 22 of Hollow Rock and Bradley Roberson, age 23 of McKenzie are now working as patrolmen for the city police department. Moon was formerly employed as a correctional officer at the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Roberson has served as a military policeman with the Tennessee National Guard for the last year.
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Highway Committee will be holding a meeting, April 5th at the Highway Department at 6pm.
Driving on Revoked Second Offense
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Jeff Winberry observed a vehicle traveling at 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone on Elm St. Friday. After stopping the driver, Dante R. Parker age 25 of Walnut Ave, stated that he did not have one. Upon running Parker’s information, it was revealed that Parker was revoked out of Carroll County General Sessions Court in 2016. Parker was arrested and charged with speeding and driving on a revoked license, second offense.
Local Storage Unit Theft
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department states that Officer Frank McGee took a report of vandalism and theft at the GSC storage buildings. The victim reported that two of his units had the locks cut off and the units were opened and ransacked. Two Rural King lawn mower batteries, valued at $45 apiece and two Interstate batteries valued at $100 a piece were taken from one of the units. An air tank valued at $40 was taken from the other unit. The thieves left a bolt cutter behind at the scene. There are no suspects at this time.
Bethel to Hold Open Gym Dates for Upcoming Cheer Tryouts
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to Leigh Carr, Head Cheer Coach at Bethel University, Bethel’s Competitive and Non-Competitive Cheer Teams will be holding Open Gym dates for anyone interested in cheering at Bethel during the 2018-19 school year. The open gym sessions will be held in Crisp Arena on Bethel’s McKenzie Campus from 2:30-4:30pm, March 25th, April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd.
“We encourage high school seniors who will be entering college this fall to come and take part,” Coach Carr said. “If open gym participants are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to accompany them on the first visit so that a participation waiver can be signed.”
Tryouts begin Friday, April 27th with early registration taking place from 5-6pm and open gym tryouts from 6-8pm. “If any high school senior has a scheduled engagement on the night of the 27th, like a senior play or an awards banquet, he or she may wait and register the next morning,” said Coach Carr.
The schedule for the rest of the weekend includes: Saturday, April 28th – Registration from 8:30-9am, Tryouts from 9am-12pm, lunch break from noon until 1:30 and Tryouts from 1:30-5pm; and Sunday, April 29th – Tryouts from 1-4pm. For more information, please contact Coach Leigh Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekend Tournament Action For Lady Rebels
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels were one of twenty local teams who participated in the Sara Beth Tournament this weekend in Lexington. The Rebels over all record goes to 4-3 early in the season. The Lady Rebels played Scott’s Hill and Jackson Christian School on Friday evening and returned to take on Ripley, Dyer Co. and Scotts Hill once again on Saturday. The Lady Rebels finished 8th out of twenty in the tournament. In the Ripley game Audrie Washburn came away with the win 4-2 with the Lady Rebels combining for 8 hits in the contest. Emily Lunn and Bailey Nelson each managed multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels. Nelson and Lunn each collected two hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels to the victory.
Later in the morning the Lady Rebels clinched the lead in the fifth inning and defeated the Dyer County Lady Choctaws 6-5. Anna Washburn got the win for McKenzie. McKenzie Lady Rebels totaled seven hits in the game. Amberleigh Cooper and Shelby Tucker all managed multiple hits for McKenzie Lady Rebels. Tucker and Cooper each collected two hits to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels.
The Lady Rebels had trouble controlling the high powered offense of Scott’s Hill later in the afternoon allowing 10 runs while only managing to get three runners across the plate themselves. Audrie Washburn, Jenna Tucker, and Lily Bennett, each managed one hit to lead McKenzie Lady Rebels. The Lady Rebels were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error in the game.
Next action for the Lady Rebels is a game schedule for Tuesday at 5:00 with Hollow Rock – Bruceton Central High School in Bruceton, weather permitting.
The Rebel baseball team was to play on Monday against West Carroll High School at the McKenzie City Park but rains cancelled the game today. They are scheduled to play West Carroll Tuesday on their park.
McKenzie/West Carroll Baseball Game Cancelled
McKenzie, Tenn.- Tonight's McKenzie Rebels vs. West Carroll Baseball game has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
Bethel Names Wallace Project Manager
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University has announced the hire of Ashley K. Wallace as Project Manager. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve Bethel University and the community,” Wallace says. “Bethel displays great teamwork both on and off the field, and I’m looking forward to being part of the Wildcat family.”
Wallace’s experience includes composing and designing communication and marketing material to better inform and attract athletic recruits as the former Recruiting Coordinator at Auburn University. As a media and video intern, she conducted research and created content for Auburn Football Signing Day, while serving as an announcer for Auburn’s live broadcast of the event. Her additional media experience includes conceptualizing network features to consistently align with the university’s goals and network demands.
A former student-athlete, Wallace was a member of the Women’s Mexican National Soccer Team, and competed in two FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cups and two CONCACAF Championships.
Rocky Bolen Memorial 5K Run/Walk
McKenzie, Tenn.- A 5K run/walk to benefit the Rocky Bolen Memorial Scholarship Fund is planned for Saturday, March 31st starting at 9am. Early registration fee for the event is $20 per participant. Entry fee the day of the event will be $25. Contact Tammy Bunn at 731-234-4683 or Linda Bolen at 731-415-0568 for more information
Man Charged with Aggravated Assault
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Jeff Winberry, MPD received a call to respond to a residence on Stonewall St. in reference to a subject who had been assaulted. Upon arrival on the scene Off. Winberry was met by the victim who stated that his roommate, Christopher L. Hill, age 23 of Goodlettsville, had put him in fear for his life. Hill had placed his hands around the throat of the victim, choking him and causing the victim to gasp for air. The victim did have a mark on his neck. Hill was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault as well as domestic assault.
Man Arrested for Criminal Trespass at Laundry Mat
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Steven Scott states that on Tuesday, March 13th Off. Scott was dispatched to Wyatt Laundry Mat in reference to a person that was possibly stabbed. Upon the officer’s arrival, contact was made with Maurice L. Lawrence, age 25 of Forrest Ave, who stated that he did not feel well, but had not been stabbed. EMS arrived to evaluate Lawrence and transported him to McKenzie Regional Hospital for further evaluation. Due to Lawrence being banned from the laundry mat in January, a warrant was issued for Lawrence to be picked up after being cleared medically, for criminal trespass.
Macedonia Community Center Cakewalk
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Macedonia Community Center Cakewalk will be held March 23rd at 7pm at the community center. Food including, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at 5:30. Tickets for the cakewalk will be $5.
McKenzie Elementary To Host Book Fair
McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie Elementary School will be hosting a Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair in the library March 19th-23rd. All books, learning activities and posters will be buy one get one free. The library will also be participating in the All for Books Program. Students who bring $1 will have their name placed on the library wall. All money received will be used to purchase new books for the library. There will also be a Family Night at the Book Fair, Tuesday, March 20th from 3:15-6:30pm. All students who attend can register for $50 in free books.
Rider, Cole Receive 2017 Governor Volunteer Award
McKenzie, Tenn.- Anders Rider, youth honoree and John Paul Cole, adult honoree, both received recognition as the 2017 Governor Volunteers Award Winners from Carroll County at a ceremony held March 11th in Franklin, TN. The award is recognition of individuals who show a remarkable amount of dedication regardless of their situation to their communities. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce was contacted in late 2017 and asked to coordinate the program. This is Carroll County’s first year in the program.
Donkey Basketball March 24th
Paris, Tenn.- Donkey Basketball is coming up Saturday March 24th, at 7pm at the Central Community Service Center. Come watch the players as they attempt to play basketball on donkeys that are trained to run, buck, duck and lay down. Riders include teams from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, McKenzie Police Department, a few of us here from WMUF/WLZK and WHDM radio as well as the Crusaders. Tickets are $6 in advance and available at Take Me Back Café and the Paris Civic Center until March 23rd and $8 at the door. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, concessions, cakewalk and more. All proceeds go to benefit Crusaders Travel basketball.
McKenzie Lady Rebels Rebound From Slow Start
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Lady Rebel softball team overcame a quick 4 to 0 lead by the Milan Lady Bulldogs, after the first inning of play at McKenzie City Park on Thursday to win by a score of 6-5. McKenzie tied the game 5 to 5 when Lady Rebel Karli Brown doubled on a 3-2 count scoring what would becoming the winning margin. Audrie Washburn came in for relief of Karli Brown and pitched 5 innings stopping the Bulldogs who had scored five in the first two innings. Chloe Wiliams led McKenzie with two hits in four at bats. Milan's big inning was driven by doubles by Gracie Kyle and Courtney Smitn and a single by Hailey Leyhue.
Milan Lady Bulldog, Bailey Graves takes the first pitch of Thursday's game for a ball. It was a beautiful spring time day for an opening season game at McKenzie City Park. The Lady Rebels will be playing today and Saturday in the Sarah Beth Tournament in Lexington, TN. WHDM radio will be broadcasting 6 of the Lady Rebels Softball and Rebels Baseball (weather permitting) with a Rebel baseball game on Monday March 19th.
McKenzie Baseball and Softball Broadcasts
WHDM radio 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting 6 softball and 6 baseball games of the regular season this year. The schedule of broadcasts is as follows:
Rebel Baseball Lady Rebel Softball
Mar 19 West Carroll Mar 27 South Gibson
Mar 23 South Gibson Apr 3 Huntingdon
Mar 26 Bruceton Apr 5 West Carroll
Apr 9 Huntingdon Apr 12 Bruceton
Apr 23 Camden Apr 24 Huntingdon
Apr 27 Waverly Apr 30 Camden
You can listen to our broadcast by tuning in to 98.9 FM or 1440 AM on your radio. We stream the games over WHDMRADIO.COM over the internet.
McKenzie Planning Commission Plans Agenda
McKenzie, Tenn. The McKenzie Planning Commision met Wednesday afternoon at the city hall meeting room to discuss and plan the agenda for the upcoming commission meeting on March 28th at 3:00 P.M. Shelton Merrell, Regional Planner for Southwest Tennessee Developmental District updated committee members about possible legislative actions that may affect the Planning Commission. More specifically present legislation presented for consideration would require municipalites with boundaries in more than one county would require approval from all the counites before they can become effective. The city of McKenzie's boundary includes Weakley, Henry and Carroll County only one of very few in Merrell's area of Southwest Tennessee that faces that particular situation.
Shelton Merrell RPO Coordinator discusses legislative recommendations with Board Chair Dean Rob and Frank Tate, that may affect McKenzie planners. In attendance but not pictured is member Garland Prewitt.
McKenzie Rebels/Lady Rebels Baseball Softball
McKenzie, Tenn. March brings spring and with it spring sports for the area baseball, softball, golf and soccer teams. The Rebel baseball teams and softball teams seasons are underway. WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 will be broadcasting 6 of the regular season games for both the softball and baseball beginning this Monday, March 19 with a Rebel baseball game between McKenzie and West Carroll at McKenzie in the city park. Game time is 5:00 with air time at 4:45.
The McKenzie Rebels started off pretty well earlier with two victories over Camden Central High and Fairview High School. In the Camden Classic, Mckenzie beat Camden 6-0 and followed with a victory over Fairview 4-3. Noah Hawkins, Tyler Spivey, Harold Smith, Chase Daffron, Murphy Watkins and Josh Cannon all had one hit each in the Camden game. Chase Daffron was the winning pitcher and Noah Hawkins had one inning of relief. The Rebels scored thre runs in the 2nd inning and 3 runs in the 5th.
In the second game McKenzie scored 2 runs in the 4th and 5th inning while Fairview scored 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th for a McKenzie 4-3 win. Winning pitcher for the Rebels was Zack Jarrett who was relieved by his brother Evan and Chase Collata finished the game. Noah Hawkins had 2 hits, Cameron Rawls, Nathan Eaton, and Tyler Berman had singles while Harold Smith had a double.
The Lady Rebels sailed to an easy victory over West Carroll 7-1 on Tuesday. McKenzie started off slow but tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Audrie Wasburn and Karlie Brown each had RBI's in the frame. Washburn was the winning pitcher allowing five hits and one run. She struck out eight and walked just one. The Lady Rebels racked up 11 hits in the game, Amberleigh Cooper, Emily Lunn, and Chloe Williams each collected multiple hits for McKenzie. Williams, Lunn and Cooper each collected two hits to lead the lady Rebels.
Shelby Browning took the loss for West Carroll and Sadie Martin went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead West Carroll.
McKenzie Rotary Club Meets Tuesday
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rotary Club met Tuesday afternoon. The club voted in officers for the new year starting in July. Krista Martin will be serving as President and Joel Washburn will serve as President Elect. Joe Neumair will serve as Treasurer and Matt Lane will serve as Sergeant at Arms. Current President, Amy Thompson will take on the role of Secretary.
Relay for Life Ribeye Sandwich Sale March 16th
McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets are on sale now for the Relay for Life Ribeye Sandwich Sale, Friday, March 16th, 11am-2pm at Centennial Bank in McKenzie. Call 731-352-9998 for more information.
Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Will Meet March 16th
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will hold its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on Friday, March 16th at 10am at the Northwest Tennessee Head Start/Early Head Start Central Office at 938 C West Walnut Ave in McKenzie.
Vale Community Center Hosting St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser
Hollow Rock, Tenn.- There will be a St. Patrick’s Celebration benefiting the Vale Community Center this Saturday March 17th from 3-7pm. The center is located at 26165 Hwy. 114 just north of Hollow Rock. Musical entertainment will be provided by “A Touch of Grey” and the meal will be Irish Stew, Bread, Dessert, and Drink. Price for the meal is $7 for adults, children under ten for $4. Wear your green to the event to be eligible for door prizes. For more information or to donate call 731-415-3935.
Huntingdon Special School District Votes to Extend School Year to Make Up for Snow Day
Huntindon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met Monday night. The board acknowledged the employment of Bobbie Sykes as HPS Pre-K educational assistant. An update on the band room addition/renovation project was presented to the board. The board voted to support the re-election of Tony Tucker from South Carroll Special School District as Tennessee Risk Management Trustee for District 8. The board also voted to extend the school year to Friday May 18th to compensate for the missed school day on Friday, March 9th. The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm.
Carroll County Commissioners Meet Monday Night
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Carroll County Commissioners met Monday night where they heard from Frank Tate, Director of McKenzie Industrial Development, on a request to build a 600+ foot road off of Rochelle Rd. to enable a prospective industry that has shown a great interest in locating a manufacturing facility in Carroll County and has asked for support through grants and other incentives, to locate in the Industrial Park adjacent to the Carroll County Airport. This would give several area residents the opportunity for gainful employment.
The Board also took a vote to elect Notaries. Kelvin M. Britt, Michael Lynn Creasy, Casey Drewry, Kathy Edwards, Kathy Hilliard, Kathy Howell, Kathy E. Kelley, Molly McAlpin, Julie Miller, Renee Miller, Alesia Miller, Alesia Osborn, Betty G. Pritchard, Antoinette Stokes and Gaye Lynn Tippitt were all elected as Notaries.
The Board took a vote to appoint Phyllis Smith to the Carroll County Indigent Care Board, with the term ending October 2019. Hal Eason, Randy Long, Gaylon Syndor, Jacnice Tippitt, Dottie Walker, Kim Refroe Johnson and Robert Chandler were all appointed to the Carroll County Agricultural Extension Committee, with the term ending January 2021.
A resolution requesting that Governor Bill Haslam and the House of Representatives provide additional funding to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority for use in procuring federal funding for West Tennessee was passed.
Frank Tate, Director of McKenzie Industrial Development, speaks to Carroll County Commissioners Monday night (photo Jessi Lane)
Saturday Morning Fire Destroys Home in Huntingdon
Huntindon, Tenn.- Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Saturday March 11th at approximately 8:50 a.m. the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue responded to a call about a house on fire at 228 Clark Street. Upon arrival the older model frame home was completely engulfed, according to Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety.
After extinguishing the fire it was determined that it had started by a space heater that was being run on an extension cord. Half of the outlet it had been plugged into had melted. Also of note there was a gallon of paint in close proximity to the heater.
The residence was occupied by Ms. Valerie Buck, however no one was at home at the time of the fire. Found inside the home was a smoke alarm that had been donated and installed by Huntingdon Fire & Rescue in December 2015.
Although badly melted and damaged it was still emitting its audible alarm. This should remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke detectors. The Huntingdon Fire & Rescue is furnished these smoke detectors by the state and will donate and install them to needy residents.
Best of Carroll County Talent Show
McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie is presenting The Best of Carroll County Talent Show, March 15th at McKenzie Park Theatre at 6:30pm, with a guest appearance by Wayne Bannister. This is an all ages event and the price of entry is $5 per person. The event is benefitting McKenzie Neighborhood Crime Watch.
Gaming System Stolen
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, McKenzie PD received a call pertaining to the theft of a gaming console from a home on Richardson Ave, on the evening of Thursday, March 8th. According to the report, the victim stated that he had left the residence around 9:30pm to give a friend a ride, and upon arrival back at the residence, noticed mud and leaves leading to the bedroom of the home where the black Xbox Slim was missing. There are no suspects at this time.
Vandalism on Garland St.
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, McKenzie PD received a call pertaining to a shattered driver’s side window on a vehicle on Garland St, Thursday, March 8th. The window looked like someone had shot it with either a BB gun or a small rock had hit the window. The owner advised that he valued the window at $125 dollars and the tint on the window at around $40. There are no suspects at this time.
Cabela's Big Bass Bash Winners
Paris, Tenn.- The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the overall heaviest fish weighing in at 9.22 lbs., caught by Brian Pahl from Bethel University. Brian took home around $5,000 worth of prizes from Cabela, Power-Pole, as well as many other companies. Ty Cox, from Blue Mountain College, took 2nd overall with a bass weighing in at 8.94 lbs. Chet Reaves, from Auburn University, came in 3rd overall with a bass weighing in at 7.62 lbs.
(Jessi Lane photos)
Brian Pahl, Bethel University, 1st place overall winner.
Ty Cox, Blue Mountain College, 2nd place overall winner.
Chet Reaves, Auburn University, 3rd place overall winner.
Anglers huddle under tents to keep out of the rain at Sunday's awards ceremony.
And Then There Was One
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Three area teams entered into the TSSAA State Tournament on Wednesday and today only one remains in the battle for the Gold basketball. The Huntingdon Lady Fillies, Greenfield Lady Yellow Jackets and the Dresden Lions all won substate games and began play earlier this week but only the Yellow Jackets survived to advance to the finals today in Murfreesboro and that with a victory over the Huntingdon Fillies by a final score of 52-46. Both teams had only one loss on the season and both losses were to each other from play earlier in the year. Huntingdon was repeating its second straight trip to Murfreesboro and won their first contest earlier in the week against Moore Co. 44-40. The Dresden Lions lost their first round game in the tournament to Summertown 52-29. The Greenfield Yellow Jackets will play today in the finals of the TSSAA Tournament at 3:30 against Summertown. The Westview Chargers from Martin lost in their fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament to Macon Co. in a low scoring contest 32-37. They had advanced after beating Alcoa 41-36 earlier this week. Congratulations to all three teams for great seasons and representing our area so well and good luck to the Yellow Jackets in today’s game.
Representative Andy Holt Visits Carroll County
Representative Andy Holt speaks to Huntingdon business owner, Krista Martin of Southern Chiropractic following Holt's address at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Representative Andy Holt, in his 8th year as representative for all of Weakly County and parts of Carroll and Obion County, addressed a number of individuals on Friday at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Holt, who serves as vice chairman of the Agriculture Resource Committee and who was named by the Tennessee Veterans Association as Legislator of the year for 2017 pointed out that due to circumstances of other media interest that this year has been a surprisingly quiet year in the general assembly.
This year’s budget has been figured close to 36.9 billion dollars and symbolizes an economy that is booming across the state even though the rural areas are lagging behind. The recent announcement of 313,000 jobs being created in the U.S. in the past months are a result of manufacturing increases and not the result of governmental growth. According to Holt these are substantial signs of improvement of economic growth. When discussing proposed government tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Holt said, “I have a different viewpoint that President Trump. But I do feel that the United States can be a major producer, that jobs can be created in America.” “Taxing you less, means less burden and a greater opportunity for business owners.”
Holt also addressed a concern that covers the entire country when he addressed the issue of school safety. “According to figures the average cost of one SRO (School Resource Officers) across the state is $47000 to 49000 dollars a year.” “800 across the state is a lot, but we need to double that which could lead to 34 to 35 million dollars in ongoing costs.” Holt told the audience he would vote for arming teachers under certain conditions.
McKenzie Director of Schools Lynn Watkins, voiced a concern to Holt to the issue of ACT testing. According to Watkins 52000 seniors across the state were allowed to participate in ACT testing at their own schools. This action last year allowed students an opportunity to take the test that can help them qualify for further scholarships such as the HOPE scholarship and allow them to prepare better for college. In his opinion there are plenty of tests given locally that can be done without and then funding could be given to allow more students to take advantage of ACT testing in their own community without having to travel a distance to take them and pay the examination fee.
McKenzie Town Council Meets
McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie’s Board of Mayor and Council met Thursday evening at 6pm to discuss numerous matters. New business included Ordinance 324, which is an ordinance to repeal the existing sewer use ordinance and adopt wastewater regulations. Councilman Charles Pruneau made the motion to repeal, and Councilman Randy Callahan seconded that motion. Councilman Jason Martin then made the motion to adopt the new regulations and Councilman Jessie Townes seconded that motion and there was a unanimous roll call vote to pass.
The second matter of business on the night’s agenda was the purchase of new police vehicles. Police Chief Craig Moates stated that the police department is getting some of their vehicles ready to go to auction, and some have already been given to the Fire Department to use for training purchases. Chief Moates said that the Police Department is looking into purchasing Dodge Chargers, as they are all-wheel drive, and will be more efficient in in-climate weather. The funds for the vehicles will be coming from the Police Budget, more specifically, from traffic camera money. Councilman Callahan made the motion that the Police Department be allowed to purchase two vehicles, Councilman Townes seconded the motion, and a unanimous roll call vote passed the motion.
In other news, the McKenzie Police Department had a grand total of 1,923 calls for the month of February and the McKenzie Fire Department had a grand total of 34 calls for the month of February. After the Department Head Reports, Councilman Callahan made the motion to adjourn, which Councilman Jason Martin seconded.
(photo Jessi Lane)
PLSP Hosting Annual TN Homeland Security Conference
Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 120 local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency workers are attending the Annual Tennessee State Homeland Security Conference at Paris Landing State Park.
Assistant Director of the State Office of Homeland Security Rick Shipkowski said in an interview, “We meet each year for the purpose of sharing with local partners threat information and best practices.” “Working together to protect Tennessee and it’s critical infrastructure is an essential part of our efforts. We get better by sharing successes and shortfalls.”
Program speakers will include officials involved with investigations of past shootings in Las Vegas and Florida, as well as TN Task Force One who is involved with Urban Search and Rescue Operations.
(photo David Jackson)
Area Teams Compete In State Tournament
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Area schools from Weakley and Carroll County advance or begin their TSSAA state basketball campaign. The Huntingdon Lady Fillies defeated Moore County on Wednesday evening 44 to 40 and the Greenfield Yellow Jackets beat Picket County 54-50. That sets up a "local" matchup in the semifinals Friday at 1:15 in Murfreesboro with Huntingdon taking on Greenfield. Congratulations to both teams in their advancment.
Thursday morning at 11:30 the Dresden Lady Lions will take on Summertown High School and at 1:15 Westview High School from Martin will play Alcoa.
McKenzie Special School District Board Members Meet
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Special School District Board members met Tuesday night and decided to change the elementary’s school grading schedule to every 9 weeks, with a 4 ½ week progress report, to match the high school’s and middle school’s grading schedule. The elementary school had previously been on a six week schedule.
The Board also voted to adopt a new diploma for special education students. The new diploma option will allow special education students to be in a regular classroom, allowing teachers to use more than one course code.
It was recognized that Beth Mathis, an eighth grade math teacher, was awarded a grant from Delta Kappa Gamma, granting her $1,000 to use for classroom materials.
(photo Jessi Lane)
Bethel Lighting Project Complete
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Office of Career Services will hold its annual Career Fair for both their students as well as their alumni on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30am-1:00pm, in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.
“We have some great companies coming to campus for this event,” said Rachel French Brooks, Director of Career Services and Prevention. “What we want students and our alumni in the area to realize is that career fairs like this make their job hunt a little easier. They have a gathered group of companies together in the same place, and they can be prepared to make multiple connections for available jobs. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students and professionals, alike, to practice their networking skills.”
Some of the companies in attendance will include: Benton County School System, Carey Counseling Center, Centennial Bank, Core Civic Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman Count Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County School System, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, National Motor Club of America, Navy Officer Programs, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, REAL Hope Youth Center, Regions, Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Transamerica Agency Network, US Probation Office, US Secret Service, WRAP, and Youth Villages. A few spots are still available for interested employers.
Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, contact Rachel French Brooks at email@example.com or at 731-352-4246.
Career Fair to Be Held at Bethel
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Office of Career Services will hold its annual Career Fair for both their students as well as their alumni on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30am-1:00pm, in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.
“We have some great companies coming to campus for this event,” said Rachel French Brooks, Director of Career Services and Prevention. “What we want students and our alumni in the area to realize is that career fairs like this make their job hunt a little easier. They have a gathered group of companies together in the same place, and they can be prepared to make multiple connections for available jobs. Additionally, this is a great opportunity for students and professionals, alike, to practice their networking skills.”
Some of the companies in attendance will include: Benton County School System, Carey Counseling Center, Centennial Bank, Core Civic Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman Count Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County School System, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems, Natchez Trace Youth Academy, National Motor Club of America, Navy Officer Programs, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, REAL Hope Youth Center, Regions, Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Transamerica Agency Network, US Probation Office, US Secret Service, WRAP, and Youth Villages. A few spots are still available for interested employers.
Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, contact Rachel French Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 731-352-4246.
Fillies Headed to State Tournament
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Fillies started out of the gate as thoroughbreds Saturday night as they raced to a victory over Houston County’s Fighting Irish and into the TSSAA State Tournament for Division 1 Single A contestants for the second year in a row. The Fillies let 14-0 before Houston Co. hit a 3 point shot to get on the score board with a minute to go in the first quarter. Huntingdon hardly looked back as they let at half 34-9. Houston Co. started back with the first point of the third quarter but still trailed at the end of the three 48-24. The final score in the contest would be the Fillies of Huntingdon 55 to the Fighting Irish of Houston Co. 28. Taylor Smith led the Fillies with 17 points, Marisa Belew had 11 and Adyn Swenson had 10. TSSAA drawings for the state tournament in Murfreesboro will be held on Sunday and the Fillies will possibly begin state tournament play on Wednesday.
2nd Annual Arts Festival Cruise-In
The Carroll County Schools 2nd Annual Arts Festival Cruise-In will be held Saturday, March 17th from 10am-1pm, at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. This is a free event for the children of Carroll County. It is sponsored by Carroll County Schools and the Carroll County Special Learning Center, which is a special day school for students with special needs ages 3-22. The purpose of the event is to encourage persons with disabilities to participate in the arts through hands-on activities and performances. For more info you can contact Brandy Baumgardner at 731-986-4482 ext. 240, Kenneth New at 731-986-8908 ext. 231 or visit www.carrollschools.com/ccaf.html
"Capitol Talk" Held March 9th
McKenzie, Tenn.-“Capitol Talk” sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, featuring Representative Andy Holt, will be held Friday, March 9th from 12-1pm at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $7 per person and to ensure that everyone has a meal the Chamber is requesting that all those planning to attend, please RSVP by noon on Tuesday March 6th, by calling 731-986-4664.
New Law Firm in McKenzie
McKenzie, Tenn.- A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of a new law firm in McKenzie. Jasmine McMackins Hatcher Attorney at Law has opened a new firm at 1751 Cedar St. Office Suite B in McKenzie. Mrs. Hatcher was born and raised in McKenzie and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2007. She then attended law school at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2010. Mrs. Hatcher represents clients in the areas of domestic relations as well as probate matters. Mrs. Hatcher hopes to expand her practice and skill base to better serve the citizens of Carroll, Benton, Henry, Weakley and the surrounding counties.
(photo David Jackson)
Fillies Defeat Eagles
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Fillies basketball team continues to attempt to return to the TSSAA State Tournament for the second time in two years. The Fillies defeated the Eagles of Summertown High School Thursday night to become Region champions and will host Houston County Lady Irish in the sub-contest on Saturday night at Huntingdon at 7:00. The Fillies were led in scoring by Marisa Belew and Adyn Swenson unofficially with 10 points each. Summertown tied the ball game for the last time at about the two minute mark in the contest before the Fillies were able to steal the ball with less than 15 seconds to go with a three point lead. This marks the second year in a row that the Fillies have made it to the sectional playoff game. The winner between Huntingdon and Houston County will advance to the TSSAA State Tournament.
Chamber Provided Insight To Students
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Carroll County Technology Center students, under the direction of instuctor Cara Chadwick, paid a visit to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to learn some "business basics" from Executive Director Brad Hurley. Students were provided with information on running a business and allowed to ask questions from Hurley. The chamber plays an important role in the development of leaders in the community through this opportunity as well as Youth Leadership, and STEM Project.
Carroll County Chamber STEM Project
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce hosted its first STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) session of the 2017-2018 school year on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Eighteen freshmen from the county’s 5 high schools participated in a 9 a.m.–noon session.
The Chamber’s STEM program is comprised of 6 Saturday morning sessions. Dr. Carla Thompson is the lead instructor for the program. She is currently a resident scientist for the Center of Science Outreach at Vanderbilt University.
The program was developed to encourage students to think beyond the challenges in front of them through critical thinking and problem-solving.
“The recruitment and growth of business depends in part on the quality of the workforce. It is crucial for Carroll County to invest in its future with new and innovative education programs in science and technology. In doing so, we will position ourselves as an incubator for creative thinking and talented professionals.” said, Brad Hurley, President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
This marks the sixth year for the program but major changes have occurred this year. Sessions will be every other Saturday for 11 weeks.
Members of the class are: Kylie Bindig, Emily foster, Perfect Lor, Samantha Roney, Anna Batte, Nevaeh Davis, Noah Hampton, Anthony Futhill, Kennedy Green, Lauren Mansfield, Andrew Murphy, Lyndsey Summers, Carter Cary, Brady Davis, Matthew Jones, Brayden Sneed, Lillian Neel, and Wade Smith
Regional Game Changed Due to Weather
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The regional championship basketball game between Huntingdon and Summertown schedule for tonight has been postponed till tomorrow night at Lawrenceburg High School.
Blood Drives in Our Area
The Lifeline Blood collections will be at the following locations in March. You can help save lives by giving blood. All blood types are needed, especially following the bad weather over the month of February that led to cancellation of some collection opportunities.
March 1st First United Methodist Church Paris, 12-6
March 2 Fred's Super Dollar Store, McKenzie 12-6
March 8 Gleason School, 12-5
March 19 Southside Church of Christ, Dresden 12-6
Carroll County Humane Society Benefit Fun Run
McKenzie, Tenn.- The "Pawf For A Cause" 5k series is coming to McKenzie this Sunday March 4th at McKenzie Park. This family and dog friendly event will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society. Check-in and on-site registration begins at 12:30 with the fun run starting promptly at 2:00 P.M. Your can register online through Saturday by going to www.pfac5k.run. Don't miss an afternoon of fun to support our furry friends at the "Paws for a Cause" 5k run, Sunday March 4th at the McKenzie City Park.
Huntingdon Fillies Advance to Championship
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Fillies basketball team advanced to the championship game Wednesday night at Lawrence Co. High School with a victory of Loretto High School on Monday night 37 to 36. The will play Summertown at 7:00 in he Championship game of the region tournament. Both Huntingdon and Summertown will advance to the sectional tournament just prior to the TSSAA state competition. Summertown defeated Perry Co. on Monday night by a score of 68 to 52.
Man Charged With Possession and Tampering
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department states that Officer Steven Scott stopped a vehicle for speeding on N. Stonewall St and upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, could detect the odor of marijuana. Due to the odor, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle and searched. The passenger, identified as Bradley J. Gill, age 20 of Mount Pleasant, was then instructed to exit the vehicle and searched. As Officer Scott was searching Gill, Officer Winberry noticed Gill chewing on something. Gill was instructed to open his mouth and it was determined he had been chewing on marijuana. Gill stated that he had approximately 2 grams of marijuana that he was trying to consume. Gill was arrested and charged with simple possession of Schedule VI and tampering with evidence.
Traffic Stop Results In Multiple Citations
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Paul Eddlemon states that while on patrol, the officer observed a vehicle in which neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a seatbelt. Officer Eddlemon stopped the vehicle and gained consent to search. The passenger, Jack P. Roek, age 24 of Nashville, advised that he had a marijuana grinder in his pocket. Officer Boaz of the MPD, located the grinder and a metal tin, both containing marijuana residue.
A check of the driver, Jeremy L. Watson, age 22 of Hollow Rock, revealed Watson’s license to be suspended out of Hollow Rock City Court. Both parties were cited into Carroll County General Sessions Court for violation of the seat belt law. Watson was cited for first offense driving on a suspended license and Roek was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
South Fulton Woman Cited For Possession
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Steven Scott, Morgan A. Hilton, age 25 of South Fulton, was cited for simple possession of a Schedule VI. While on routine patrol, Officer Scott observed a vehicle traveling south on HWY 22 with the driver’s side headlight not working and stopped the vehicle. While speaking to the driver, Officer Scott could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was performed and a bag containing two bags of roaches, approximately 11.6 grams of marijuana and a grinder were found.
(Pictures by Michele Jarrett)
Lady Rebel Seniors Final High School Game
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels finished their season with the loss to Perry County on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Region basketball tournament. The Lady Rebels were led by seniors Bailey Nelson, Jacie Davis, and Shelby Butler laced up their high school sneakers for the final time as a McKenzie Rebel. Congratulation to the Lady Rebels and the Rebels.
McKenzie Rebels Drop First Round of Region Tournament
McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie High School basketball is over for the2017 season following a loss in region tournament action on Saturday night at McKenzie High School. The district 12 number 4 team, Collinwood Trojans came to town with a win on their mind and jumped out to a 21 to 16 lead after the first quarter but the Rebels took a lead at 29-25 at the end of the first half. Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter. Then tornado warnings caused a stoppage before the start of the fourth quarter with the Rebels leading 45 to 41. After a lengthy break in play and evacuation to hallways, the game was resumed and the Trojans came back with a fury ending the game with the victory by a score of 62 to 57. The Rebels became the number 1 team in district 11 with a victory last weekend over neighbors the Huntingdon Mustangs. Leading scorers for the Rebels were Ben Austin with 17, and Lucas King and Nate Whitsell with 12 each. Collinwood had four men in double figures lead by their big center Austin Reeves with 22 points and guards Carter Hinton with 12, Charles Wood with 11 and Kedron Hensley with 10. Playing without any seniors on this year’s team the Rebels will come back next year even stronger from experience.
All four men’s teams from District 11 have been eliminated from further action along with three of the District 11 girls teams losing last night and tonight. The Huntingdon Fillies advanced with a win Friday night and will play again on Monday night.
Storms that raced through the area on Saturday night also knocked WHDM, WLZK, WRQR, WMUF off the air as electric lines were downed and we lost power. Unfortunately listeners were unable to hear the final quarter of action broadcast of the Rebel game.
Dr. Winkler Passes Away After Accident
McKenzie, Tenn.- Dr. Volker Winkler of McKenzie and co-founder of McKenzie Medical Center died from injuries received on Thursday after a cycling accident in Carroll County. According to friends Dr. Winkler was found after having been involved in a cycling accident in the county. He was very active in cycling and running competitions.
Lady Rebels Drop Out Of Regionals
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Lady Rebels drop out of the first round of the regional tournaments with a 59-55 loss to the Perry County Lady Vikings. High score for the Rebels came from Whitley Smith with 16 points.
Eight Qualify For Republican Primaries
McKenzie, Tenn.- Eight candidates have qualified to run for seats in the Republican Primaries on May 1st. The deadline was Thursday at noon. Joseph G. Butler and Tim Pratt have qualified to run for the seat of county mayor. Bart Smith and Sandi Stafford Roditis have each qualified to run for assessor of property. Sarah Bradberry has qualified to run for circuit court clerk. George Avery has qualified to run for District 1 road supervisor. Jeff Carter has qualified as a candidate for District 5 county commissioner and Brian Winston for District 8 county commissioner.
Many have already qualified as Independent and Democratic candidates for the August 2nd General Election, but other candidates have until April 5th at noon to qualify as well.
Two Arrested On Embezzlement Charges
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department, on February 12, Mae M. Mann, age 50 of Hinkledale Rd. and Joanna M. Crutcher age 31 of Carroll St. in Bruceton, were arrested and charged with embezzling money from McKenzie Banking Company. According to court records between July 1, 2017 and February 6, 2018, Mann took $14,303.05 from the downtown location of the bank. Mann admitted to the theft and wrote a statement saying that she had taken the money. Mann was taken into custody on February 12 and posted a $2,500 bond the same day.
On February 8, Investigator Jasmin Burgess of the MPD investigated a theft at the bank and was told by bank administrators that Crutcher had taken $5,600 from the main branch and $2,000 from the secondary branch on Highland Ave. Crutcher allegedly took the money from cash deposits brought to the bank. She was booked on February 12 and posted a $2,000 bond the same day.
Mann is scheduled to appear in Carroll County General Sessions Court on March 8th to face a charge of theft over $10,000 and under $60,000. Crutcher is scheduled to appear March 14th to face a charge of theft over $1,000 less than $10,000.
Game Time Changes for Region Tourney
Game times have been changed for the first round of regional basketball acton that affects Clarksburg, Huntingdon, McKenzie and West Carroll schools. Due to the distance to be traveled West Carroll's girls and boys will play Friday night at Summertown High School with the girls starting at 6:00 followed by the guys. Clarksburg will also play both of their games on Friday night beginning at 6:00 at Loretto High School.
The Huntingdon Fillies will host Collinwood at 6:00 on Friday night and the Mustang's will host their first round at 6:00 on Saturday against Wayne County.
McKenzie Lady Rebels will host Perry County on Friday night at 6:00 and the Rebels will host Collinwood on Saturday night with game time at 6:30.
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Economy Growing in McKenzie?
Indications are that economy may be picking up in McKenzie as different businesses begin operation. Dollar Tree according to officials will be completing their renovations and moving in next door to CarQuest on Highland Drive possibly by the middle of March. The building that had been errected by another company was bought by Dollar Tree. With the warm weather for a couple of days workers were doing dirt work outside the building. Unfortunately it won't be dry enough now for a few days to allow much outside work as rain is forecast through the weekend.
Not far behind the Dollar Tree location on Highland Drive, a new eatery is opening March 1st. Slow Smoking owner, Jebreal Shaker is opening Slow Smoking 135 S. Main St. in the old Linda's Pizza location. They will specialize in Sandwiches including original Philly Steak, Fish, Chicken and much more. Their claim to fame, "Home of the Monster Burger". Slow Smokin will be opening Thursday March 1st.
Multiple Hit and Run Vandalisms
McKenzie, Tenn.- A report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Cody Coleman states that MPD received a call in reference to an older model Crown Victoria backing into a support beam at Region’s Bank. Officer Coleman responded to the call and spoke with the caller and the bank manager. There is no estimate on damage at this time, and the incident is under investigation.
Officer Frank McGee, of the McKenzie Police Department, took a report of vandalism to a mailbox and a wooden yard bridge over the weekend. The vandalism by a hit and run driver traveling north on Highland St. The driver is unknown at this time.
Theft On Park St. Over Weekend
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report at the McKenzie Police Department by Officer Mark Boaz, a theft occurred at a residence on Park St. over the weekend. Officer Boaz, along with officer McGee arrived at the residence and spoke with the occupant who stated that sometime between Thursday and Saturday someone had come in through a back window, taking a 32 inch TV, a fire place style heater and a DVD player, and exited through the front door. There are no suspects at this time.
Tournament Action Continues for County Teams
Regional basketball action continues this next weekend for four area schools from Carroll County. McKenzie and Huntingdon will host boys and girls first game action this Friday and Saturday night at their schools. While Clarksburg and West Carroll will be on the road.
Girls games begin Friday night at 7:00.
McKenzie girls will host Perry County.
Huntingdon girls will host Collinwood.
Clarksburg will travel to Loretto.
West Carroll will travel to Summertown.
Men's Action Saturday night at 7:00
McKenzie men will host Collinwood.
Huntingdon will host Wayne County.
West Carroll will travel to Summertown.
Clarksburg will travel to Loretto.
McKenzie Rebels District Champs Four for Four
The McKenzie Rebels raise four fingers recognizing four years in a row that they have collected the district championship. Saturday night at Crisp Arena on the campus of Bethel University the Rebels defeated the Huntingdon Mustangs by a score of 51-44 in a hotly contested four quarters. The Rebels trailed in both quarters in the first half but came back to lead at the end of the third by one point and ending up with the 7 point victory avenging their only two district losses of the season to the Mustangs. Nate Whitsell, who would be named tournament MVP, led the Rebels with 15 points in scoring followed by Lucas King with 13 and Ben Austin with 8. The Mustangs were led by Jeremiah Pearson with 16 and Kaleel Bailey with 12. The Rebels will host the first round of the Region tournament at McKenzie High School on Saturday night at 7:00 and face off against Collinwood High School.
All District players named. John Wilkins, McKenzie Rebels head coach received his "coach of the year" placque along with players recognized by coaches as all district for the year. From left to right front row Devin Wildridge, Lucas King, Jeremiah Bryant, Unidentified, Kaleel Bailey. Back row: Coach John Wilkins, Zach Heckert, Tourney MVP Nate Whitsell, Ben Austin, Tyrese Mebane, Jeremiah Pearson, Kade Pearson.
Lady Rebels Fall in Championship Game
The McKenzie Lady Rebels put up a valiant fight but could not overcome the talent of the district champion Huntingdon Fillies on Friday night at Crisp Arena. The Lady Rebels will advance to regional tournament play on Friday night at 7:00 at McKenzie High School and host Perry County. The Lady Rebels were led in scoring by Shelby Davis with 10 points while tournament MVP Taylor Smith had 14 for Huntingdon. The scoring of Smith along with 14 for Kaci Fuller and 10 for Marisa Belew were just too much for the Lady Rebels.
All district players were named for the girls on Friday night at the conclusion of the championship game. Named to the all district team where sisters Macie and Cacie Cunningham, Rachel Tucker, Ashley Yarbrough, Ali Jones, Aden Swinson, Marissa Belew, MVP Taylor Smith, and Lady Rebels Shelby Butler, Lilly Bennet, Shelby Davis, and Jacie Davis. Coach Farris Lowery of Huntingdon was selected as "Coach of the Year".
McKenzie Rebels District Tournament Champs
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels defeated Huntingdon with a score of 51-44 making them the District Tournament Champs. The Rebels will play in the regionals Saturday night.
Coach John Wilkins and his McKenzie Rebel basketball team will be in the championship game for the 6th straight year this Saturday night against the Huntingdon Mustangs. The Rebels advanced by defeating the West Carroll War Eagles at Bethel University Tuesday night 70 to 48. The Rebels Ben Austin lead all scorers with 19 points. But the Rebels almost had 5 men in double figures. Nate Whitsel had 12, Lucas King 11, and Micah Austin 10. Lazarick Hill was close with 9. The War Eagles were lead by Zac Heckert with 15 and Jeremiah Bryant tossed in12.
Coach Lance McAlister's Lady Rebels are in the championship game Friday night against the Fillies of Huntingdon.
Having entered into the championship games both the Lady Rebels and Rebels will be hosting the first game of the region tournament on the 23rd and 24th at McKenzie High School. The opponents have yet to be decided. If you can't attend the games in person, you can join David Jackson and Mitch Evans for basketball action on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:15 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.
Lady Rebels and Rebels Advance
The McKenzie Lady Rebels advanced to the championship game with Huntingdon Friday night at Bethel University with a 55 to 40 victory over Clarksburg. The Lady Rebels were led by Shelby Davis and Whitley Smith with 15 points each. Brooklyn Williams was leading scorer for Clarksburg with 13 points. The Rebels will play West Carroll tonight at 7:30 and with a victory will advance to the championship game on Saturday against the winner of Huntingdon and Clarksburg guys.
McKenzie Police Busy Friday Evening
McKenzie, Tenn.- On February 9th Patrolman Austin Jones of the McKenzie Police Department was dispatched to Sonic Drive-In in reference to someone trying to pass two counterfeit twenty dollar bills. Ptl. Jones made contact with the car hop who delivered the order who stated that there were two suspects in the vehicle they had each placed an order, with both orders totaling $1.31, and both individuals paying with a twenty dollar bill. The car hop gave a description of the vehicle as well as the tag number. There are no suspects at this time.
John Paul DeLaurier, age 52 of Forrest Circle was arrested and charged with public intoxication Friday, February 9th. Officer Cody Coleman and Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp responded to a call Friday evening in reference to someone being drunk and causing a disturbance. Upon arriving at he scene the officers noticed a man sitting on the bottom step of a trailer, who appeared to be under the influence of some sort of intoxicant. The officers then patted the suspect down and found a small pocket knife on the suspect, which was confiscated for the safety of the officers. Officer Coleman then left DeLaurier with Sgt. Beauchamp and went back to speak with the complainants who stated that the suspect had come to the door of their trailer and when they denied him entry began cursing and yelling. They also stated that they could tell he had been drinking and could barely walk away as he left. Officer Coleman then went back to DeLaurier and advised him that he was being arrested and the suspect was transferred to the Carroll County Jail, cited into General Sessions Court and held for eight hours to sober up.
Terry Gene Green, age 60, of Gleason was arrested and charged on multiple counts after a traffic stop Friday evening. Patrolman Adam Jones of the McKenzie Police Department was notified of dispatch of a possible impaired driver coming into town. Upon locating the vehicle on Main St., the officer confirmed through dispatch that the tags on the vehicle had expired and initiated a traffic stop. Patrolman Jones then observed the driver was not wearing a seat belt, had glassy eyes, his speech was slurred and there was a slight odor of alcohol emitting from Green’s person and the vehicle. Green was asked to perform a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, given by Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp of the MPD, and failed them all. Upon a search of the vehicle, a partially drank bottle of vodka was found. Green was then transported to the Carroll County Jail where he failed a Breathlyzer Test. Upon a search of the back seat of the patrol car, Ptl. Jones located a small silver container containing numerous pills. Green is being held without bond and charged with DUI 2nd offense, possession of schedule II, possession of schedule IV and tampering with evidence.
McKenzie Man Charged With Disorderly Conduct
McKenzie, Tenn.- Maurice L. Lawrence, age 25 of Forrest Ave. was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by Officer Billy King of the McKenzie Police Department. On Tuesday, February 6th, Officer King responded to a call about a man taking his clothes off in the middle of the street. When the officer arrived on scene, the suspect had started engaging in fighting and threatening behavior at cars that were driving by. Sgt. Beauchamp, of the McKenzie Police Department was also on scene, and while talking to Lawrence the suspect began to curse and posture, as if to fight, another passing car. At that time, for the safety of the suspect and others the officers decided to place Lawrence under arrest. When placed under arrest, the suspect resisted. He was then take to the ground by the officers, placed under arrest and transported without incident.
District 11 Single A Tournament Continues Tonight At Bethel
Basketball action over the weekend saw the McKenzie Rebels advancing to a 7:30 game Tuesday night at Bethel University against the West Carroll War Eagles. The War Eagles defeated the Red Devils of Big Sandy on Saturday by a score of 69 to 37. Clarksburg advanced by beating Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central 62 to 39. They will face Huntingdon on Tuesday night at 6:00 P.M. Winners will advance to the finals of the district tournament this Saturday at Bethel at 7:30 and looser will play in the consolation game at 6:00 P.M.
In the ladies bracket on Saturday West Carroll defeated Hollow Rock-Bruceton 52 to 38 and will play at 6:00 this evening against the number 1 seed Huntingdon Fillies. The McKenzie Lady Rebels with a bye in first round action will see their first tournament action at 7:30 in the Crisp Arena of Bethel University taking on neighboring Carroll County foe, Clarksburg. That game can be heard on WHDM 98.9 FM in McKenzie. Winners from these two contest wil advance to the finals on Friday at Bethel and loosers will play in the consolation game beginning at 6:00.
All four teams of both girls and boys will advance to the region tournament with 1st and 2nd place teams hosting the first round in their gym and 3rd and 4th place teams on the road.
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