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(Tuesday, April 28th)

Clothes Dryer Fire Causes Evacuation

Fire fighters removed clothes dryer from apartment unit.

(Photo courtesy of Public Safety Director Smothers)

Huntingdon, Tenn - On Sunday, the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue responded to a call about a house on fire at 127 Drew Court in Huntingdon.  Lt. Angie Barker and Patrolman Brian Bennett were first on the scene and made sure no residents were inside the apartment unit and evacuated the adjoining apartments.

The firemen arrived and entered the residence to find that the clothes dryer was on fire. They pulled the dryer from the building and extinguished the fire.  It appeared that an accumulation of lint within the electrically powered dryer had become ignited.


(Photo courtesy of Public Safety Director Smothers)

The Huntingdon Public Safety Department encourages every household to have their clothes dryer inspected and cleaned by a qualified service person.

The West Tennessee Public Utility District provides the service to their customers for a service fee while other utility companies may refer their customers to independent repairmen or electrical businesses.  


Driver Denies Hit and Run - Driver Recanted Story

McKenzie, Tenn - A report of hit and run was reported to the McKenzie Police Department. When officers arrived on Walnut Circle and spoke with the victim she stated that her vehicle had been backed into. She advised that she did not see what happened but a neighbor witnessed the accident. The neighbor described the vehicle as a gray car that did hit the victims vehicle and left at a high rate of speed.

Later officers went back to the residence and noticed a silver eclipse sitting in the driveway. Officers spoke with the driver who was identified as Nathanael Johnson of Walnut Circle in McKenzie. When Mr. Johnson was asked about the accident he denied his involvement.

Officers informed him that there were witnesses and that they could identify who was driving the vehicle in question. Johnson then retracted his story and informed officers that he was the one that left the scene of an accident. Mr. Johnson was cited into General Sessions court.

Black Dodge Truck Involved in Hit and Run in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn - Another report of hit and run was reported to the Huntingdon Police Department  when a black dodge pulled out of Tractor Supply and struck the rear passenger side of a vehicle.

The truck had a black nudge bar on the front, was lifted and was an extended cab and not a 4 door. Anyone with information contact the Huntingdon police dept at 986 2906.

(Monday, April 27th)

McKenzie High School Band Places 1st in Fish Fry Parade

McKenzie High School Band (Nicki Marr photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The 62nd World’s Biggest Fish Fry was held on Friday. Approximately 60 to 62,000 were in attendance, according to the Paris Police Department.

Bethel University Marching Band (Nicki Marr)

The winner of the General Manager’s Choice went to Catfish Rodeo Queen, which also won 1st Place in the Most Original category.

2nd Place in Most Original went to Mermaid. Up, Up and Away took 3rd Place.

1st Place in Best Club was awarded to Cub Scouts – Pinewood Derby. Point Pleasant took 2nd Place. 3rd place went to VFW Ladies Auxilary.

Mr & Miss Huntingdon Primary Court (Nicki Marr photo)

Most Beautiful 1st Place went to Eiffel Miss Pre-Teen.  2nd Place went to Lego and 3rd Place to Candyland Cuties.

Best Out of Town 1st Place winner was Jr. Miss Dresden. 2nd Place was awarded to Bopping Beauties and 3rd Place to Dresden Sr. Royalty.

Jr. Miss McKenzie (Nicki Marr photo)

McKenzie High School Royality (Nicki Marr photo)

Cookout for Wounded Warriors Raises Near $1,800.00

(Cheryl Allen photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - Caseys General Store in McKenzie cookout for Wounded Warriors was a huge success on Saturday, with a total of close to $1800.00 was raised.

Members of Bethlehem Baptist Church Missions Group (Cheryl Allen photo)

 Store manager Sarah Harbison would like to thank all those who came and supported such a wonderful cause. And a special thanks to Bethlehem Baptist Church Missions group for all their help as well. 100% of all proceeds are being donated to Wounded Warriors project.


Great News for McKenzie - Carroll Lake WILL BE Repaired

Dwight Hensley Chief Engineering Division answers questions regarding Carroll Lake. (L-R) Hensley, Kurt Holbert of Decaturville, David Watson, of Look Out Mountain, Connie King of Clarksville. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - Friday morning with an early meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency at Holly Fork Shooting Complex in Paris, Alan Peterson, Region 1 Manager and Dwight Hensley, Chief Engineering Division brought to the commissioners the need to repair Carroll Lake from the damages the lake received during the flooding in June 2014.

Mr. Hensley explained to the commissioners that FEMA will cover the expenses to fix 1 of the 2 gates that were damaged from the flooding. Hensley stated that there is $60,000 in the budget to help with repairs but were requesting the additional $51,956.00 so the entire lake and can be restored.

(L-R) Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, partially hidden State Rep. Andy Holt, and Carroll County Chamber President Brad Hurley, awaiting to hear the decision concerning Carroll Lake. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Fisheries Management Committee Chair person David Watson questioned why FEMA would only cover 1 of the 2 damaged gates at the spillway. He explained that in research FEMA claimed that the repairs fell under a “maintenance related issue” but he has never seen anything factual to where that could be backed up. He stated that all records of inspections of the spillway and gates, nothing was ever noted supporting the issue of the gates damage being “maintenance related issue”. Watson stated that “FEMA has wobbley legs when it comes to this issue”.

The Committee passed the request to restore the lake and asked that a letter of appeal be sent to FEMA, requesting that they also repair both gates instead of just one.

Chair person Watson stated to Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, that any help he can be on this situation (Appealing FEMA) would be greatly appreciated. Watson stated to McBride as well as McKenzie City Mayor Jill Holland and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Hurley, and State Representative Andy Holt that the working relationship with Carroll County is very highly thought of, working together to get things done, and being handled in such a professional manner, speaks very highly of people in West Tennessee.

State Rep. Andy Holt thanked the commissioners for the way they have treated Carroll County with respect and much consideration, and has not gone unnoticed. The amount of $113,000.00 will be used to repair Carroll Lake and construction will begin later this year.

Jaws of Life Used to Remove Occupants From Huntingdon Accident Friday

Fire Capt. Doug Pruitt and Fire Marshall Steve Price getting the rescue equipment ready to use.

(HPD Smothers Photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn - On Friday, April 24th at approximately 1:57 p.m. members of the Huntingdon Fire & Rescue and the Huntindon Police Department responded to a vehicle crash on Veterans Drive just east of the Hwy 22 south interchange. According to a witness, a 2000 model Chevy Blazer came off the ramp from Hwy 22 headed east in the right lane on Veterans Drive.

Fireman Tim Watson makes the final cut with the Jaws of Life to remove the roof from the Blazer and allow the extraction of the occupants. Paramedic Gary Allen (back to camera) waits to move inside the vehicle and administer aid. (HPD Smothers photo)

A 2008 Dodge Ram truck was in the left lane and was overtaking the Blazer when the driver of the Blazer made an abrupt turn left in an apparent attemp to go over a crossover to the west bound side of the highway. The driver of the Dodge truck tried to stop but struck the Blazer sending it into a rollover. The vehicle came to rest and the two motorist inside were entrapped.

Members of the Fire & Rescue were able to use the Jaws of Life rescue tool to cut away the roof of the Blazer and assist the paramedics with extracting the two people inside. These people were identified as Robert and Polly Dicus of Bruceton, ages 77 and 78. The Dodge truck involved also sustained heavy damage. It was driven by 29 year old Desiree Taylor of Buena Vista and also occupied by her 5 year old son.

According to investigating officer Lt. Angie Barker both Ms. Taylor and her son escaped injury because of being properly seatbelted and in a proper child seat. As I watched the rescue effort I found it ironic that just an hour before I had submitted the final report to FEMA on the grant that had bought us the Jaws of Life tool, and the implements to use with it. I am proud of the efforts of our Fire & Rescue workers at this crash, and their proven dedication to increasing their ability to help save lifes by becoming certified to use this equipment. It also made me thankful once again for the support for our grant that came from U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

The Huntingdon Public Safety Department would like to acknowledge the help of Tennessee Highway Patrol members Sgt. Kevin Brown, Trooper Mark Jackson .Trooper Shane Steele, and the help of Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Chris Byrd.

McKenzie TCAT Students Attend SkillsUSA in Chattanooga

Photo Courtesty McKenzie TCAT

TCAT McKenzie carried 19 competitors to SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga this week.  Of those 19, 13 received medals.

Gold Medals presented to:
  Ronald Gilbert, (HVAC student), for Major Appliance Repair
  Justin Page, Jason Mercer and John Billingsby, (HVAC Students)-for Community Service

Silver Medals presented to:
  Jason Lyles, (Welding student), for Job Demonstration
  Stephen Jennette, (Welding student), for Welding

Bronze Medals presented to:
  Jacob Cunningham, (Automotive student) for Automotive
  Brandon Perry (HVAC), Michael Johnson (CIT), Anika Reynolds (CIT), Chaston Nolen (Welding) and Keeanu Cox (Welding) for The Quiz     Bowl.

TCAT McKenzie is also proud to present, Justin Page, HVAC student, who was elected as a SkillsUSA State Officer during Leadership Training in November.  Justin and fellow state officers were in charge of setting up and awarding the medals.


Cookout for St. Jude in Huntingdon May 2nd

Huntingdon, Tenn - The members of the Huntingdon TN Fire & Rescue will be having a hamburger and hotdog cookout fundraiser for St. Jude's Childrens Hospital on Saturday May 2nd from 10a.m. to 1p.m. on the parking lot at Cash Savers grocery store on East Main St. here in Huntingdon.  For $6 you can get a delicious grilled hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink, and the satisfaction of knowing you made a contribution to a truly worthy cause. Please come by and support our firemen in their efforts to help others.




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McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale May 1 & 2

            McKenzie High School News

Final Blood Drive for School Year at McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn - McKenzie High Schools final LIFELINE blood drive of the year will be Thursday, April 30, in the library from 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  You must be 17 years old to donate, and all students who donate here at school must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian.  Seniors:  you must donate three times this school year to earn the “Red Cord” to wear at graduation. 







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