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TCAT McKenzie Holds National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Front row: Debra Rogers from Greenfield, Samantha Price from Huntingdon, Paul Wills from Paris, Jacob Phillips from Humboldt and not pictured Zachary Hugueley from McKenzie. Back row: Maureen Sledd, AOT Instructor and NTHS Advisor, John Penn Ridgeway, Assistant Director and Jon McKinney, CIT Instructor. (TCAT- McKenzie Photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- TCAT-McKenzie inducted 5 students into the National Technical Honor Society on August 9, 2017. The ceremony was conducted by Maureen Sledd, Administrative Office Technology Instructor and National Technical Honor Society Advisor.

AOT inductees: Debra Rogers and Samantha Price and AOT Instructor Maureen Sledd.  (TCAT- McKenzie Photos)

Inductees for the summer trimester are as follows: from Administrative Office Technology (AOT) – Debra Rogers and Samantha Price, from Computer Information Technology (CIT) – Paul Wills, Jacob Phillips and Zachary Hugueley. TCAT-McKenzie congratulates these students for their outstanding achievement.

Photo 3: CIT Inductees: Paul Wills, Jacob Phillips and Zachary Hugueley. (TCAT- McKenzie Photos)

In order to qualify, the student must be entering at least their second trimester, must maintain an “A” average and must not have missed more than 22 hours in their previous trimester. The student must also promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership and skill development among the future workforce. The student is nominated by his/her instructor for admittance into the NTHS.

Good Turnout for McKenzie Job Fair

Hamilton Ryker's William Rommell watches as one of over 100 individuals attended the Job Fair held at McKenzie City Hall Wednesday. (David Jackson photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- There was a good turnout as over 100 individuals came out to attend the Job Fair held at McKenzie City Hall on Wednesday. Individuals were able to apply for jobs with Dilla’s Sewing, Hamilton-Ryker, Profile Metal Forming, Cutting Specialist, Inc, Allegion formerly Republic Doors, and C.A.M. Campbell Arms Maufacturing, which recently announced the creation of a new facility near the McKenzie airport.

Trezevant Man Arrested on Multiple Charges, McKenzie Man Arrested for Violation of Protection Order

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Brandon Allen, age 23 of Harts Mill Lane of Trezevant, on Friday for violation of the financial responsibility law and  failure to give immediate notice of an accident. Allen was placed on $250 bond.

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Markel Allen, age 23 of Highway 22 of McKenzie, on Monday for violation of order of protection.

Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival Kicks Off Aug. 22-26

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival will be happening in Downtown McKenzie on Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, August  26th.

On Tuesday, August 22nd stop by the Farmer’s Market for Bluesgrass and BBQ featuring No Time Flatt. Tickets for the show cost $20 and for kids 10 and under tickets cost $10.

On Wednesday, August 23rd enjoy Good Ole Southern Gospel Singing featuring The Joylanders at the First Baptist Church and admission to the show is free.

The Carroll Arts will be presenting the Southern Fried Funnies on Thursday, August 24th at 7pm and on Saturday, August 26th at 2pm at the Park Theatre in Downtown McKenzie.

Tickets for the show cost $5 at the door. The show will feature some of Carroll County’s wackiest citizens along with toe tapping music.

On Friday, August 25th Opening Ceremonies will be begin at 6pm featuring performances by Derek Fields and Matt, Short & Parks. Also on Friday kids will get to enjoy plenty of carnival rides.

Performances on the Broadway stage will begin with Derek Fields performing at 6:30pm on Friday and Matt, Short & Parks will also perform at 8:15pm on Friday.

On Saturday, August 26th there will be plenty of children’s activities including a pet  zoo and carnival rides. Crafts will be at Veteran’s Park starting at 10am and Coffee on the Square including coffee and cornhole will also begin at 10am.

On Saturday performances on the Broadway stage kick off with Jon and Anna Eaton performing at 1pm. Ruthanna Hollis performs at 1:30pm, Brandon Powers performs at 2pm, Tera Townsend performs at 2:45pm and  Ken Mallard performs at 3:30pm.

The Tennessee River Band will perform at 5pm, The Real Hooks will perform at 6:30pm and Kelly McGrath will all be performing at 8pm on Saturday.

Nashville Man Arrested for Vandalism

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Jeremiah Brooks cited Markell Nolen, age 29 of Jo Johnson Avenue of Nashville, on Thursday for vandalism.

Police Charged Several People With Driving Offenses Over the Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon arrested Octavio Cabrera, age 33 of Dixie Village Lane of Paris, on Sunday for driving on a suspended license second offense.

Ptl. Eddlemon was running radar on Highland Drive when he observed a vehicle going 57mph in a 40mph zone. Ptl. Eddlemon then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and spoke to the driver identified as Cabrera.

Cabrera gave Police a driver’s license from Mexico which dispatch was unable to verify. Ptl. Eddlemon then asked dispatch to check and see if Cabrera had a driver’s license in the states. Dispatch came back and told Ptl. Eddlemon that Cabrera had a driver’s license out of Tennessee and his license was suspended indefinitely. Cabrera was then arrested for the following offense.

In another report,  Ptl. Austin Jones charged Robert Sweatt, age 30 of Cherrywood Road of McKenzie, on Saturday for driving on a suspended license first offense.

Ptl. Brandon Leek also cited Ruthie Longmire, age 51 of Walnut Circle of McKenzie, on Sunday for driving on a suspended license first offense.

Get Your Tickets to A Night With Tim Priest on August 26th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Quarterbacks Club will be presenting A Night with Tim Priest on Saturday, August 26th at 6pm at the Huntingdon High School Gym, located at 475 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon.

Tim Priest was a Huntingdon Mustang Quarterback in 1964-66, a Tennessee Vols 1968-1970 and is the current color analyst for Vol Radio Network.

The meal will begin at 6pm followed by Guest Speaker Tim Priest. The cost of the ticket is $50 and includes a meal and the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Huntingdon Termite and Pest Control, located at 122 2nd Avenue, Beyond the Ivy located at 12834 Paris Street, Watson Lumber located at 114 West Paris Street or at the Huntingdon Board of Education located at 585 High Street in Huntingdon.

Huntingdon Town Council Pass New Resolutions

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night and the council passed a few new resolutions.

The Town Council approved the application for the Delta Creative Placemaking which is an initiative program for use on the Museum renovation project.

The Delta Regional Authority has launched this pilot program to stimulate economic and community development efforts for the region. The Authority recognizes the Town's previous commitments to the arts through the revitalization of our Central Business District wth the building of The Dixie, which serves as a cultural center for the area's arts activities.

The Creative Placemaking Initiative would be used for the renovation of the Museum property. Applicants will be awarded a two year grant for a total of up to $30,000 with a 1:1 match of cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions.

The Town Council also agreed to allow the Huntingdon Public Works Department to solicit proposals for engineering for culvert replacement in the five areas of town that have bad flooding issues.


2nd Annual Miss Dixie Pac Pageant is Saturday, August 19th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Dixie PAC Scholarship and Miss Tennessee Preliminary Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 19th at 7pm at the Dixie in Huntingdon.

For pageant entry information you can email The Dixie at 

Tickets for the 2018 Miss Dixie Pac pageant cost $15 each and you purchase available at the Dixie Box Office open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm, online at or by calling the Dixie at 731-986-2100.

Blue Suede King Performing at Final Nights on Broadway on August 17th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Elvis Impersonator: Blue Suede King will be performing at the City of McKenzie’s last Nights on Broadway of the season on Thursday, August 17th from 7pm to 9pm on Broadway in downtown McKenzie.

In the event of rain, Nights on Broadway will be moved to the Park Theatre. So on Thursday, August 17th, don't miss out on a fun night of music provided by Elvis Impersonator: Blue Suede King at McKenzie's final Nights on Broadway.

Nights on Broadway is sponsored by the Bank of Gleason, Campbell Well Drilling, Carroll Bank & Trust, City of McKenzie, Diversified Contractors Inc., Merchants Outlet Mall, McKenzie Banking Company, Super Drugs, Westan Insurance Group and Williams Furniture.

Chamber Accepting Adult Leadership Applications Till Friday, August 11th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is now  accepting  applications  for the 2017 Adult Leadership Carroll County class. Leadership Carroll County (LLC) consists of  nine sessions, a community service project, etc.

"Class members will  find  the sessions to  be informative, educational, fun, etc ." said Natalie McCullough  Porter, Chair of  the  LCC  program. "The  goal of the Leadership Carroll County is to provide our participants with information about the life and work of Carroll County and to identify the issues, challenges and opportunities that face our county in the coming years.”

The deadline for the application is Friday, August 11th.  The tuition for participating in this program is $275.  Tuition includes all program costs and meals associated with the sessions. Tuition is payable upon confirmation of acceptance into the program.

The dates of the sessions are as follows: Session 1 is August 17th, Session 2 is August 31st,  Session 3 is September 14th, Session 4 is September 21st (Fair), Session 5 is September 28th, Session 6 is October 12th, Session 7 is October 26th, Session 8 is November 2nd and Session 9 is November 16th.


The sessions include  information on Health Care, Government  Operations, Education, Demographics,  Economic Development,  Agriculture,   Professional  Development  and more. All sessions are from 11am until 5pm except September 21st, which will be from 5pm to 9:30pm.

The Chamber has been operating Leadership Programs since 1990. More  than 660 individuals have gone through both the Adult and Youth Leadership programs. The Leadership sessions are an excellent opportunity to network  with class members and presenters.

If you are interested please contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 986-4664 for an application.

Update: One Suspect Still at Large in Bruceton Robbery

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At approximately 9:57am on Tuesday, August 8th one of the at large suspects stole a van on East Main Street here in Huntingdon and fled on Hwy 70 to Interstate 40 and drove west on I-40.

He was taken into custody after spike strips were deployed near the 64 mile marker. There is still have one suspect at large in connection to the robbery at a Bruceton liquor store. The suspect at large is described as a black male wearing blue jeans and a loud colored shirt.

Two Suspects Still at Large in Bruceton Liquor Store Robbery

(Huntingdon Police Chief Walter Smothers photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a report from the Huntingdon Police Department, on Tuesday, August 8th at approximately 6:15am the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a call that the liquor store in Bruceton was being broken into.

(Huntingdon Police Chief Walter Smothers photos)

Deputies chased the suspects into Huntingdon. Huntingdon Police Chief Walter Smothers was told that the suspects rammed the Deputy and the Deputy struck their vehicle causing the suspects to spin out on East Main Street. Five subjects then jumped out of the vehicle and fled from police. Huntingdon officers and Carroll County Deputies pursued them on foot and caught three of them. None of the three suspects were armed at the time of arrest.

Two subjects are believed to still be on foot. They are described as black males, one wearing black shorts and a white polo shirt and the other wearing blue jeans and a loud colored shirt. It is believed that one or more of the suspects are from Memphis.

(Huntingdon Police Chief Walter Smothers photos)

The vehicle the suspects were in had a temporary tag from a dealership in Memphis. Inside the suspect’s van Police found the safe that was taken from the store in Bruceton as well as lottery tickets. No further information is available at this time.


Burger Bash in Carroll County is Tuesday

Carroll County, Tenn.- McDonald's Annual Burger Bash which benefits the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Carroll County will be held on Tuesday, August 8th from 4pm to 7pm.

Kids can visit with Ronald McDonald in McKenzie from 4pm to 5pm and in Huntingdon from 6pm to 7pm. Make plans to enjoy McDonald's for dinner and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carroll County Carl Perkins Center.

So on Tuesday, August 8th take the worry out of dinner while supporting a great cause at the Carroll County Burger Bash from 4pm to 7pm.

McKenzie Industrial Board Hosting Job Fair on Wednesday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Industrial Development is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, August 9th from 1pm to 4pm at McKenzie City Hall, which is located at 2470 Cedar Street.

Companies that are looking to hire at the Job Fair include: Campbell Arms Manufacturing, Hamilton-Ryker, Profile Metal Forming, Allegion Republic Builders, Cutting Specialist, Inc. and Dilla’s Sewing.

McKenzie Woman Arrested for 2nd DUI

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested Stacy Jewell, age 56 of Hinkledale Road of McKenzie, on Thursday for driving under the influence second offense and violation of the implied consent law.

Officer Coleman was dispatched to a two car collision at the intersection of Highland Drive and Cherrywood Avenue. The caller stated that no one was injured in the accident, but one of the drivers appeared to have been driving under the influence.

Officer Coleman spoke to the drivers of both vehicles involved in the accident and he took both of the driver’s licenses to have dispatch run a check. The driver and the passenger of the first vehicle said that the other driver later identified as Jewell was traveling in the wrong lane and had side swiped them at the intersection.

Officer Coleman then spoke to Jewell where he asked her for proof of insurance, but she was unable to show proof of insurance because she  kept falling asleep and her speech was slurred.  Jewell was also unable to perform sobriety tests and she refused to comply with the implied consent law.

Jewell was taken to the Carroll County Jail for her 2nd DUI, where she was held without bond until she could see the judge.

Dixie Acting Classes Begin Tuesday, August 8th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Youth Theatre will be holding  9 week Acting Classes beginning on Tuesday, August 8th.

All classes are on Tuesdays beginning on August 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th, September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and October 3rd.  Acting I will be from 4pm to 5:30pm, Acting II class will be from 6pm to 7:30pm and Acting for High School Students will be from 6pm to 7:30 pm. The class fee is $100 per student.

Acting I: Introduction to Acting is an acting course designed to introduce creative techniques in voice, movement and character development for students in 1st-8th grades.  Using theatre games, improvisation and fun, imaginative exercises, the student actor will learn common vocabulary used in theatre that they will continue to utilize in all subsequent classes taught at The Dixie.  

Tailored to meet the needs of each grade level, this active and fun class will challenge the creativity of the beginner and intermediate actor alike. This class will culminate in an end-of-the-session showcase of the course work students have completed. Acting I is a per-requisite class for Acting II.

Acting II:  Intermediate--Advanced Acting is for all returning Dixie Youth Theatre students.  Students will review and build upon the skills learned in Acting I.  In addition, the students will begin more detailed character work through the use of monologues, scene work, improvisational games, voice, and movement exercises. This class will culminate in an end-of-the-session showcase of the student's completed class work.

Acting for High School Students is an individualized acting class for students in 9th-12th grades.  Students in this class will participate in fun improvisational games, voice and movement exercises that teach character development plus learn vocabulary common in theatre.  They will use these techniques in the development of a scene and/or monologue which they will present in an end-of-the-session showcase.

The performance will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6PM at The Dixie in the Hal Holbrook Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public. 

To register for the class just visit or call the Box Officer at 986-2100 for more information.

Pepsi MidAmerica Job Openings Available

Paris, Tenn.- Pepsi MidAmerica currently has career opportunities in Paris for merchandiser, route sales representative, territory sales representative and management trainee positions.

The merchandiser position will require working with a dedicated grocery account to the stock rotated and stocked. This position will also involve maintaining in-store shelf space, inventory and displays. There are full and part-time positions available for this position.

Route sales representative positions are also available and must live in McKenzie or Paris. All routes are local and Monday through Friday with no overnight stay. Qualified candidates will receive professional classroom training and CDL certification.

The territory sale representative must live in McKenzie or Paris and  you must have a BS or BA to apply for this job. The job includes building relationships with customers while pre-selling Pepsi Brands for inventory. 

The management trainee must live in McKenzie or Paris and  you must have a BS or BA to apply for this job. Management trainees will learn all aspects of the business and receive hands on management training.

If you want to apply for any of these jobs you can call 731-641-6952 or you can email

Bruceton Man Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Josh Frey arrested Kaelin Willis, age 21 of Ash Street of Bruceton, on Monday for simple possession.

Lt. Frey received a call from Investigator Colley who stated that Willis had active warrants out of Henry County for his arrest. Willis was then taken into custody and Lt. Frey observed Willis placed a bag of marijuana in the door of the vehicle he was sitting in.

After a search of the vehicle, Lt. Frey found two bags of marijuana and three Xanna Bars in the passenger side door where Willis had hidden the marijuana. Willis was then charged for the following offense.

Dixie's Mobile Phone Photography Class is Thurs. Aug. 10th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Mobile Phone Photography Workshop will be held on Thursday, August 10th from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Dixie in Huntingdon. The cost of the class is $25.

Not long ago a camera was a camera, an audio recorder was an audio recorder, and a phone was a phone. That has changed. “Convergence” is all around us.

The quality and capabilities of mobile phone cameras continues to improve at an amazing rate. Once a photograph has been taken, image files may be enhanced in a variety of ways. But as amazing as mobile phone cameras are becoming, they are still simply an extension of the ones holding them.

Cameras don’t make photographs, people do. Jim Veneman will host this class and focus on using this amazing device to make compelling, storytelling images beyond "selfies."

To Register for the Selfie class just call the Dixie Box Office at 986-2100.

Man in Critical Condition After Shooting in McKenzie on Sunday

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department, on Sunday, July 30th a thirty-one year old male was shot multiple times and was critically injured in Walnut Circle.

The McKenzie Police Department received a 911 call at 12:39am stating that shots had been fired in Walnut Circle in McKenzie. While officers were responding to the call, the Dispatcher received a second 911call stating that someone had been shot at that location.

Responding officers arrived at the scene and found Bryan Michael Townes, age 31, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. Townes was conscious, but he had difficulty speaking,due to gunshot wounds to his face. The victim was transported by ambulance to the McKenzie Regional Hospital. Townes was then LifeFlighted to a Nashville hospital,where he was admitted in critical condition.

If anyone has any information about this shooting, please call the McKenzie Police Department at 352-2264 or 352-2265.

CC RV Park Rates Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County 1000 Acre camping rates have been set which include costs for night, monthly and annual rates for camping at the new RV park that was established by the Carroll County Watershed Authority.

The rates are $35 daily, $175 weekly, $350 monthly, and $2,000 annually.

Rates are slightly less for campers 62 and older. The camping season season is from March 1st to October 30th.

Rules include a minimum of two nights stay on weekends and three nights on holidays; quiet hours are 11pm to 6am, there is a  speed limit of 15mph, no alcoholic beverages are allowed, check-in is 4pm and checkout time is 3pm.

There have also been rules set at the camp regarding pets. Pets must be a leash of six feet or shorter and under physical control at all times. The owner must clean up after pets and the pets are not allowed in swimming areas, restrooms, and shower buildings.





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