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River Conference Tournament Kicks off Saturday at Gamlin Gym

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 River Conference Basketball Tournament begins Saturday at 10am at Gamlin Gym. Harrelson vs. Lakewood Girls is the 1st game, Lakewood vs. Houston County boys will follow, then Henry vs. Houston County girls and Henry vs. Camden boys. Winners will move on to Monday’s semifinals which begin at 4:30pm and the Championship games will be held Thursday December 14th.

We will broadcast all games of the tournament on WLZK 94.1FM beginning 30 minutes prior to the first scheduled game.

Choose to Help Provide for a Furry Angel from the CCHS Angel Tree

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society is hosting its annual Angel Tree from now until Saturday, December 23rd. Please come by the shelter at 21822 Highway 22 in McKenzie and choose your very own angel. The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 1:30pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Every animal in the care of CCHS will be represented on the tree along with the animals in the care of the McKenzie City Shelter. All gifts should be delivered to CCHS no later than 1pm on Saturday, December 23rd. The Carroll County Humane Society will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th.

A general list of items needed by the CCHS cats/kittens include: Purina Cat Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, canned cat and kitten food (pate style), cat treats, cat beds, scratching posts, cat toys and baby blankets.

For puppies and dogs you can get: Diamond Maintenance Dog Food and Diamond Puppy Food that can be found at Power Supply/McKenzie Feed and Grain, Tractor Supply and Rural King; canned dog and puppy food, Made in the USA dog treats, sturdy toys (like Kong or Nylabone brand), rope toys, tennis balls and toys for small dogs/puppies, fleece throws and cedar or pine shavings.

Don’t forget Christmas is the time of giving so give and pick an angel from the Carroll County Humane Society’s Angel Tree to help provide supplies for the friends at the Carroll County Humane Society.

Bethel's Fall 2017 Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall 2017 Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 10am in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on Bethel’s main campus in McKenzie.

Approximately 300 students are scheduled to graduate and graduate lineup and guest seating will each begin at 9am.

Bethel University Professor, Dr. Robin Salyers, will be the Commencement Speaker for the school’s fall 2017 graduation scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9. Salyers is also Co-Director for Bethel’s Division of Education.

“Dr. Salyers is one of those stories we love to be able to tell,” said Bethel University President, Dr. Walter Butler. “She did not complete her bachelor’s degree right after high school. Instead, she was working here at Bethel, and she entered our adult degree program. She graduated in 2004 and just kept going. Now she holds a Ph.D. What she has accomplished is truly inspirational.”

Dr. Salyers is a Professor for the Division of Education and Computer Information Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from TUI University and a Master of Arts in Education from Bethel. Her research interests lie in the area of online learning, ranging from design to implementation.

She is the instructor for Instructional Technology, Computer and Modern Technology for Educators, Research Methods, and Web Design. Dr. Salyers is a member of All Saints Anglican Church and serves on the board of the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA). She resides in Jackson with her husband of 35 years, David, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.

For more information, graduates should contact the Registrars from their given programs. All other questions may be directed to Myra Carlock, Director of University and Alumni Events, at carlockm@bethelu.edu or at 731-352-4090.

Main Street Christmas in Huntingdon is Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Join The Dixie and the Town of Huntingdon on Saturday, December 9th from 2pm to 5pm in downtown Huntingdon for their annual Christmas celebration with A Main Street Christmas.

Beginning at 2pm this year’s Main Street Christmas will include: Pictures with Santa by A. Wilson Photography that will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm (outdoors, weather permitting) with packages starting at $25, Caroling on The Dixie Stage and the Courthouse steps will be from 2pm to 5pm, the Live Nativity will be from 2pm to 5pm and ISTEA Train rides will be from 2pm to 4pm. 

It’s A Wonderful Life showing at the Court Theatre will be held at 4pm and admission to the show is free. The Holiday Concert with Steven Whitson will be held at 4pm the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, which will also be hosting open house from 4pm to 7pm with nativity displays and refreshment being served.

The Lighting of The Tree at City Hall will be at 5:15pm, Holiday Characters on the Square, including Buddy the Elf, will be happening from 5:30pm to 6:30PM and the Annual Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30pm.

If you would like to participate in Main Street Christmas then any local shops and vendors should contact The Dixie Box Office open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or call them at 731-986-2100 to be added to the list.

To participate in the Annual Christmas Parade, call the Huntingdon Safety Dispatch, 731-986-5310.  Registration will close at noon on Friday, December 8th.  Categories in the parade include: band, float, horse and rider, motorized vehicle, antique vehicle, antique tractor and miscellaneous, which includes bicycles, ATVs, motorcycles and more.

The parade route will begin on West Main Street at Carroll Bank and Trust and go around the south side of the courthouse, and east on Main Street. It will then turn on 5th Avenue and conclude in that area.Streets will close to traffic on the Court Square at 1pm  on Saturday, December 9th.

Rebels and Lady Rebels Go to 1-0 in District Play

McKenzie, Tenn.- In the first district game of the season for McKenzie, the McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Clarksburg Lady Rockets 46-40. Lilly Bennett led the Lady Rebels with 18 points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels now go to 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Clarksburg Rockets on Tuesday night at home 73-23. Lucas King led the Rebels with 12 points. The Rebels are now 4-2 overall on the season and 1-0 in district play.

Our next broadcast in McKenzie High School basketball will be when the  Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Big Sandy Red Devils and Lady Red Devils in district action next Tuesday, December 12th.

Carroll County Basketball Players Competing in All Star Football Game in Jackson on Friday

Jackson, Tenn.- Come out and support  three Carroll County football players as they will be competing at the 6th Annual West Tennessee All-Star game on Friday, December 8th at 7pm at Liberty Tech High School in Jackson.

Tickets to attend the game are $8 per person and may be purchased at the gate. For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Gaines at 731-431-0356. The event is presented by Sports Plus Rehab Centers.

 

The West Tennessee All-Star Football Game will feature the best seniors from West Tennessee high schools. Teams are comprised of players nominated by coaches and selected by media members from across West Tennessee. Carroll County locals who will be competing in the game include: Garrett Graves from Bruceton, Chris Shear from West Carroll and Tyrese Mebane from Huntingdon.

Benefit for Carla Hollowell is at the Carroll County Civic Center on Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Carla Allen Hollowell on Saturday, December 9th from 12pm to 4pm in the Exhibit Building at the Carroll County Civic Center, located at 201 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon.

Live music will be provided by the Roan Creek Band, The Pit Band, Bluegrass Bank and others. You can purchase a lunch for $8 and lunch includes either a hamburger, hot dog or grilled bologna sandwich, chips, drink and a dessert.  There will also be a silent auction and door prizes will be awarded at the benefit.

Hollowell is a cancer patient and money raised at the event will benefit Hollowell.


Carroll County Middle School Basketball Chapions are McKenzie and West Carroll


McKenzie Junior High forward Mikayla Reynolds drives past a West Carroll Lady War Eagle defender in a game earlier in November. (Vedan Haney photos)

Atwood, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels were victorious over the Huntingdon Lady Mustangs Fillies in the championship game of the Carroll County Middle School Basketball Championship game on Tuesday night at West Carroll High School winning 35 to 25.  In a low scoring game, McKenzie leading after the first period 6 to 4. At halftime the score was McKenzie leading Huntingdon 11 to 7. 

McKenzie outscored Huntingdon in the third period 15 to 6 and started the fourth period leading 26 to 13.  The Fillies battled back, but were unable to overcome the deficit and lost 35 to 25 to make the McKenzie Lady Rebels the Carroll County Champions. Briley Auvenshine led the Lady Rebels with 17 points.

Zayden McCaslin drives against West Carroll defender Josh Clark in a game earlier in November. ( Vedan Haney photos)

The Carroll County Middle School Basketball Men's Championship game between McKenzie and West Carroll was also close with McKenzie leading 9 to 8 at the end of the first period. The Mustangs took the lead  the 2nd period 27-21. In the 3rd period West Carroll still lead McKenzie 38-34. The War Eagles went on a 17 point scoring run in the 4th period, while McKenzie only scored 7 points in the final period.

Xander Moon led the War Eagles with19 points from 5 three's followed by Desmond Bates who scored 12 points with 3 three's and Josh Clark who scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.  The Rebels were led by Jake McDaniel with 17 points, Bryant Haynes had 8 points, Etijah Tharpe had 7 points and Zayden McCaslin had 6 points.

Following each of the championship games the all Region Players were announced following the championship games on Monday. Players who made the Girl’s All Region team included: Savannah Davis, Dani Dyer, Briley Auvenshine and Kylie Reynolds from McKenzie;  Kandadie Gibson, Kayla Pulling, and Lia Fuller from Huntingdon; Kyleigh Scott from Clarksburg and Tatym Keymon and Amaya Thompson from West Carroll.

Players who made the Girl’s All Region team included: Josh Clark, Desmond Bates, Xander Moon, and Jaden Taylor from West Carroll; Jake McDaniel, Zayden McCaslin and Marquest Taylor from McKenzie; Hayden Sullivan and Jeb Atkinson from Huntingdon and  Logan Witcher from Clarksburg.

Congratulations to the McKenzie Middle School Lady Rebels and the West Carroll Middle School War Eagles on being named this year's Carroll County Middle School champions and congratulations on all of the Carroll County players who made the All Region teams.

HPD Warns of Scam Going Around Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department wanted to warn the public about a scam that is going on in Huntingdon. Some people are going door to door pretending to sell fruit to support the local school band.

They are showing them a paper that appears to be a paper from the school and are then telling the residents that they must pay in cash. The local school band was selling fruit a few months ago but they are not selling fruit at this time. The Police Department is asking anyone with information on these people to contact the Huntingdon Police Department at 731-986-5310.

McKenzie Middle Lady Rebels are the Carroll County Middle School Basketball Champions

Atwood, Tenn.- The McKenzie Middle School Lady Rebels defeated the Huntingdon Middle School Lady Phillies 35 to 25 in the Carroll County Middle School Basketball Championship game at the McKenzie Middle School Lady Rebels were named the 2017 Carroll County Middle School Basketball Champions on Monday.

The McKenzie Middle School Rebels lost to the West Carroll Middle School War Eagles in the Carroll County Middle School Basketball Championship game on Monday 55 to 42. The Rebels finished in 2nd place in the tournament. Congratulations goes out to the McKenzie Middle School Lady Rebels on becoming the 2017 Carroll County Middle School Basketball Champions.

McKenzie vs Clarksburg in First District Game of the Season is Tuesday

McKenzie, Tenn.-  In the first district game of the year, the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Clarksburg Rockets and Lady Rockets at home on Tuesday, December 5th.  

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

McKenzie Police Charge Clarksville Man with Multiple Offenses Including Assault

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Brandon Leek charged Cody Carlson, age 31 of Sunset Court of Clarksville, for assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.

Venue at Waddell Place Hosts Christmas Open House on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Venue at Waddell Place is hosting a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 9th  from 12pm to 5pm and special guest Santa Claus will be coming to the Christmas Open House.

Everyone is welcomed to attend and Krystle Watters Photography will be doing mini-sessions with Santa. At the Christmas Open House you will get to enjoy delicious treats from Linwood Confections and register to win door prizes that will be given away throughout the day, including their Smoky Moutain Weekend Getaway for two.  

Get Your Tickets for Christmas on Broadway on Dec 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Come celebrate the holidays with The Dixie Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center as they will be presenting  their highly anticipated Christmas show, A Christmas On Broadway on Saturday, December 16th at 2pm. The 7pm show is sold out so the Dixie has added this 2pm performance.

Tickets for the show cost $15 per person. You can purchase tickets at the Dixie Box Office open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, by calling The Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, or visiting their website at www.DixiePac.net.

On December 16th don’t miss this Dixie tradition of ushering in the holidays with an evening of Broadway tunes and songs of the season presented by an amazing group of talented folks from right here in our own back yard with Special Guest Kellye Cash featuring The Dixie Children’s Chorus and a Special Appearance by Miss Tennessee Caty Davis.

You Can Still Pick an Angel from TCAT- McKenzie's Angel Tree By Friday

McKenzie, Tenn.- TCAT McKenzie’s Angel Tree is currently happening now and the last day to choose your angel will be on Friday, December 8th. When you take an angel from the tree please give your name and the number from your angel tag to Jeruna Cozart, in the Student Services office.

You should return your gifts with the angel tag unwrapped, for TCAT- McKenzie’s Angel Tree by Friday, Decemebr 15th. This way TCAT- McKenzie will have enough time to buy presents for angels that are not taken from the tree. Angel gifts must be picked up by Monday, December 18th after graduation or on Tuesday, December 19th.

The Angel Tree is limited to children up to the age of 16 that are living in the household of students that are currently enrolled at TCAT in McKenzie and TCAT in Weakley County.

Make it Click Seatbelt Safety Coloring Contest Winners Announced

Pictured from left to right: Assistant Principal Christy Carey, Lt. Angie Barker, Mayor Dale Kelley, Public Safety Director Walter Smothers and Principal Alan Eubanks. (Walter Smothers photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Tuesday, November 28th, Mayor Dale Kelley, Public Safety Director Walter Smothers and Lt. Angie Barker revealed the winners of the second grade "Make It Click" seatbelt safety coloring contest.

The winners were each presented their trophy and congratulated by Mayor Kelley for their excellent work in coloring their safety picture.

Mayor Dale Kelley talks to the winners of the coloring contest who were Grier Bartholomew, Cruz Perez, Garvin Lee, Lyla Brown, Knox Bennett and Kaylen Cary. (Walter Smothers photos)


Deadline to Register for Huntingdon's Christmas Parade is Friday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Town of Huntingdon will hold their Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9th at 6:30pm.

The parade will begin on West Main Street at Carroll Bank and Trust and will travel and loop around the south side of the Court House and then proceed along East Main Street where it will conclude at 5th Avenue.

To register for the parade please call the Huntingdon Public Safety dispatch at 731-986-5310. Registration will be open until Friday, December 8th at noon. Categories in the parade include: band, float, horse and rider, motorized vehicle, antique vehicle, antique tractor and miscellaneous, which includes bicycles, ATVs, motorcycles and more.


Carroll County Middle School Basketball Championships are Monday on WHDM

Atwood, Tenn.- The Carroll County Middle School Basketball Tournament Championship games will be held tonight with the Girl’s Championship game beginning at 6pm and the Boys Championship Game will follow at 7:15pm at West Carroll High School.

You can listen to our coverage of the Carroll County Middle School Basketball Championship games beginning with the pregame show at 5:45pm on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Clarksburg Christmas Open House is Dec. 9th

Clarksburg, Tenn.- The City of Clarksburg is holding their Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 11am to 1pm. Refreshments will be served and the ceremony for Recognition of Citizen of the Year will be held at noon.

McKenzie Falls to Gibson County in Basketball Action on Friday

McKenzie, Tenn.- In high basketball action, the McKenzie Lady Rebels lost to the Gibson County Lady Pioneers at home on Friday 58 to 50. Jacey Davis, Whitley Smith and Lilly Bennett led the Lady Rebels with six points each.  The Lady Rebels are now 1-4 overall on the season.

The McKenzie Rebels also lost to the Gibson County Pioneers at home 39 to 37. Chase Colotta led the Rebels with 10 points. The Rebels are now 3-2 overall on the season.

 In the first district game of the year, the McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Clarksburg Rockets and Lady Rockets at home on Tuesday, December 5th.  

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at https://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-prevention.

 

 


 

 

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