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Benefit For Ellen Kirkendoll is Saturday, July 29th

McKenzie, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Ellen Kirkendoll  on Saturday, July 29th at the VFW Post 4939, located at 9750 Cherrywood Avenue in McKenzie.  

The benefit  starts with a silent auction beginning at 11am and you can purchase spaghetti plates from 11am to 5:30pm for just $6. The Longshot Band will perform from 7pm to 11pm and admission costs $3 per person or $5 per couple. To attend the concert you must be 21 years of age and bring your ID with you to the concert.

Ellen Kirkendoll is a cancer patient and money raised at the event will go to help with medical expenses. For more information, call 731-352-9976.

DPA Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is Saturday

 Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is set for Saturday, July 29th from 4pm to 6:30pm in Downtown Paris.

At the Ice Cream Social there will be frozen t-shirt contests, antique car show and ice cream eating contests. Wristbands are available for a minimum donation of $10 for adults or $5 for children ages 12 and under.

If you want to participate in the Ice Cream Eating Contests or the Frozen T-Shirt Contests you can sign up at the DPA tent. You must be wearing a wristband in order to participate in any of the Contests.

The Ice Cream Eating Contests sponsored by Comer Farms with Molly Jackson will begin with Kid’s Ice Cream Eating Contest at 4:30pm and  the Adult’s Ice Cream Eating Contest will be held at 5pm.

The Frozen T-Shirt Contests sponsored by WMUF Radio with Janice Benton will begin with the Kid’s Frozen T-Shirt Contest at 5:30pm and the Adult’s Frozen T-Shirt Contest will begin at 6pm. T-Shirts for the contest are donated by Hulmes Sporting Goods.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Henry County Arts Council and the Downtown Paris Association.

McKenzie Man Charged With Possession and Multiple Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Raymond Lockett, age 39 of Booker Street of McKenzie, on Tuesday, July 18th for simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to show proof of insurance, failure to display plates and driving on a suspended license first offense.

Ptl. Jones was patrolling the area when he observed a vehicle with a rear tail light not working. Ptl. Jones then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he spoke to the driver identified as Lockett who told Ptl. Jones that he was driving on a suspended license. Ptl. Jones also learned that Lockett was unable to show proof of insurance.

The vehicle was then towed and when police searched the vehicle they found 0.3 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, a silver scale and a package of pom pom cigarillos. Lockett was then charged for the following offenses.

Reminder: MHS and MMS Baseball Movie Night Fundraiser is Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The  McKenzie High School and  McKenzie Middle School baseball players will hold a Movie Night Fundraiser at the McKenzie High School baseball field on Saturday, July 29th.

Gates will open at 7:30pm and the movie will start at 8pm. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 4-10 and children under 4 get in for free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Money raised at the event will  help in the renovation of the McKenzie High School baseball field. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a good movie while supporting the McKenzie High and McKenzie Middle School baseball teams at the Movie Night Fundraiser.

Merchants Outlet Mall and Flea Market Giving Away School Supplies on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Merchants Outlet Mall and Flea Market will hold their 3rd Annual School Supply Giveaway on Saturday, July 29th from 10am to 7pm at the Merchants Outlet Mall and Flea Market, located at 15380 Highland Drive in McKenzie.

The Merchants Outlet Mall and Flea Market will be giving back to kids in the community by holding a school supplies giveaway on Saturday where students can come and get school supplies that they need for the upcoming school year.

Don’t forget that this year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01am on Friday, July 28th and ends on Sunday, July 30th at 11:59pm. For a complete list of tax free items you can visit

West TN Artisan Trail at the Dixie Ballroom Till July 29th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The West Tennessee Artisan Trail Exhibit "Fine art, fine life" will be open until Saturday, July 29th at the Dixie Ballroom Gallery in Huntingdon.

“Fine art, fine life” will feature 12 juried artisans sharing their creative journey in art mediums such as pottery, woodturning, jewelry, paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture.

These artisans include: Jan Strickland, pottery; Libby Lynch, jewelry; Wanda Stanfill, painter, sculptor; Andrew Boks, abstract artist; Greg Phillips, woodturning; Hattie Duncan, sculptor; Janice Sumler, painter; Lisa Garner, textiles; Jacque Hillman, jewelry; Jesse Hillman, photography; Lisa Kersey, painter; Dennis Fischer, woodturning.

The West Tennessee Artisan Trail was created in 2015 to provide regional artists the opportunity to show and sell through local festivals, gallery shows and pop-up shops.

To see the art show just stop by the  Dixie Ballroom Gallery open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and during performances.  For information about this and other Ballroom Gallery events, please contact Laura DeVille at

HSSD Approves 17-18 Budget With a 3% Salary Increase for Teachers

Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met Tuesday night and the board approved several resolutions for the upcoming school year.

The HSSD Board of Education passed the 2017-2018 school year budget. Total balanced budget of $12,175,903. The General purpose budget $9,273,475, Federal Projects $831,280, Cafeteria Fund $677,300, Debt Service $470,094 and Capital Projects $923,754.

This budget is an increase of $328,064 from 2016-2017 budget, but it includes a 6.1% increase in price for the healthcare coverage as well as a 3% salary increase for teachers.The budget also includes a one-time bonus of $750 certified employees and $500 for non-certified employees.

Included in the budget is a $100,000 for one-to-one device lease agreement that includes a 6.1% projected increase in insurance rates based on certified tax rate of $1.2282, which causes no increase in taxes.

The HSSD Board of Education also made note of new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year which include Dana Wyatt an Arts Teacher at Huntingdon High School,  Leeah Bergman and Educational Assistant at Huntingdon Primary and Adam Douglas an Educational Assistant  at Huntingdon High.

HSSD BOE Approves Changes to Grading and Credit Recovery Policies

Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.-  At the HSSD Board of Education meeting the HSSD BOE updated their Credit Recovery policy to reflect a change in State Board. Students that pass credit recovery courses are now required to receive a grade of 70%.

Previously, credit recovery grades could factor in the original failing grade in the calculation of the credit recovery grade. This is no longer permitted. Additionally, this policy only applies to LEAs with high schools.

The HSSD BOE also updated the Grading System in regards to honor and post secondary classes taken by students being weighted. The State Board of Education policy now requires  that LEAs that offer honors courses and post secondary opportunities adopt a policy providing for additional weighting of these courses. 

Honors course will receive 3 percentage points, Local and Statewide Dual Credit, Capstone, and Dual Enrollment course will received 4 percentage points and Advanced Placement, Cambridge International, College Level Exam Program and International Baccalaureate Course will received 5 percentage points.

The rest of the grading system will remain the same which includes: A is a 93-100, B is an 85-92, C is 75 to 84, D is 70-74 and F is 0-69.

HSSD BOE Approve Changes to Substitute Teacher and Other Policies

Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The HSSD BOE updated the Substitute Teachers policy, which previously stated that teachers could substitute teach for 120 days without loss of retirement benefits, and an additional 90 days if the director of schools certified in writing that no other qualified personnel are available to substitute teach.

This new law removes the 90 limit on those additional days. As a result, retired  teachers  may now substitute teach beyond 120 days provided the director of schools still certifies in writing that no other qualified personnel are available.

The HSSD BOE approved changes to Interscholastic Athletics policy, which states  that students be excused from participating in a school athletic event, or related event, if the event is on an official school holiday, observed day of worship, or religious holiday.

HSSD BOE Approve Changes to Substitute Teacher and Other Policies that the state law no longer requires a portion of individual teacher instructional supply funds be pooled with all such funds and spent according to the committee. Under this new law, each teacher will individually be given a total of $200.

The HSSD BOE also approved a school district records policy, an emergency preparedness plan, and a new list of staff rights and responsibilities.

HTC Awards Sewer Line Project to Barsto Construction

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night where the council awarded a bid after they considered bids for 2016 CDBG Sewer Line Extensions Grant. The sewer line construction would be along the sections of Campbell Road, Highway  22 and Northwood Drive.

The three bids included Barsto Construction, Inc. who quoted the project at costing $239,022.50, Marbury  Construction Co.,  LLC gave a quote of $346,042.50 and Dynamic  Construction, LLC gave a quote of $468,832.40 to complete the project.

After Tegraph Engineering reviewed the bids they approved that the contract can be awarded to Barsto Construction who quoted the project being completed for $239,022.50, which is below the $257,000 project construction budget, including contingency.

Tegraph went on to say that  Barsto Construction, Inc. has performed satisfactory work on projects with the scope of work similar to the sewer line construction project contingent upon the Barsto Construction, Inc. furnishing all bonds and proof of insurance and their executing all documents included at the Contract Documents, and approval by ECD to award the project.

After consideration, the Huntingdon Town Council agreed to award the sewer line construction project to Barsto Construction.

HTC Updated on Sale of HPD Equipment and Two New Trucks for the Public Works and Utility Depts.

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Also at the Huntingdon Town Council they were informed that the Police Department had recently sold a portion of the surplus and seized listing previously approved by the council. Nine items were sold thru GovDeals web site for a total of $12,241.75. The HPD are preparing the remaining items to be listed and sold in the near future.

The Public Works Department and the Public Utility Department each purchased a 2017 F-160 Ford Truck from Tri-County Motor Company through a Carroll County bid and the trucks were delivered last week. The purchase of these trucks was included in the FY-17 year end budget at a cost of $26,284.41 for each truck.

Lady Rebels Softball Team for the 17-18 Season Announced

McKenzie, Tenn.- Players for the  McKenzie High School Lady Rebels Softball Team for the 2017-2018 School Year were announced on Tuesday.

The Lady Rebels 17-18 team includes: Lilly Bennett, Karli Brown, Alyssa Chesser, Bailee Christman, Amberleigh Cooper, Emily Lunn, Baily Nelson, Camille Travis, Jenna Tucker, Shelby Tucker, Anna Washburn, Audrie Washburn and Chloe Williams.

McKenzie Rotary Gives $6,000 to Carroll County United Neighbors

McKenzie Rotary Club President Amy Thompson presented check for $6,000 to Executive Director Sadia Akin of the Carroll County United Neighbors. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- On Tuesday, McKenzie Rotary Club President Amy Thompson presented check for $6,000 to Executive Director Sadia Akin of the Carroll County United Neighbors. United Way normally gets $25,000 in their budget, but due to budget cuts they only got $4,900 for their budget this year. They are in dire need for assistance from the community. They help out people who need help paying bills and buying clothing.

Bethel Gets 100% Pass Rate for the Physcian Assistant Program

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s 2017 graduates from its Physician Assistant Program announced that they achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

“We are very pleased with this pass rate," said Gwen Ferdinand-Jacob, PA Program Director, "which is a result of the tremendous effort put forth by our students, coupled with our faculty's unwavering commitment to excellence.  It is a testament to the quality of Bethel University's PA Program, and the level to which we commit to producing physician assistant graduates who are fully prepared to take their certifying examinations and to enter the healthcare workforce as skilled, caring and competent providers."

J.R. Allison, M.D., a radiologist at The Jackson Clinic, Jackson Tennessee, and assistant professor and Medical Director of the Bethel PA program said when hearing the news:  "We are of course very pleased with this result which is a great testament to the effectiveness of this program and the diligence of our students but we are already hard at work to achieve the same for the next class."

Bethel's Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2017 graduates also recently announced that they had achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their licensing examination.

“I could not be happier that our health care programs are being recognized for exemplary performance,” said Bethel President Walter Butler. “I am equally happy that the individuals connected to these programs are getting recognized in this way. It’s a deserving moment, and students looking to enter both our Physician Assistant and Nursing programs can feel very confident that they will get a meaningful and quality education.”

The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program confers a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies upon completion of the 27-month educational program. Bethel’s program consists of 12 months of didactic education, and 15 months of clinical experiences. In addition to being recognized for its 100 percent pass rate, the Bethel University PA Program was also recently among the top 6 in the nation for rural employment – serving an important role of fulfilling rural primary care shortages in the U.S.

For more information about the Bethel University Physician Assistant program please contact the admissions department at

Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. In 2017, it is celebrating its 175th birthday. Headquartered in McKenzie, Bethel is associated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and it offers bachelor’s, master's and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University programs, go to

Police Investigate Stolen Vehicle from Paris Dealership

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Jamie James investigated a case last week where an employee of Peppers Automotive let another man drive a vehicle for several days.

The report stated that a manager at Peppers informed Sgt. James that a friend of his in the Tennessee Highway Patrol had contacted him asking if a vehicle had been stolen off their lot. After searching, they  found that a 2017 GMC Acadia valued over $47,000 was missing.

Police spotted the car and a Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle in Carroll County, but the driver evaded police. Sgt. James’s investigation continued as he learned that Michael Case, age 38 of Enon Church Road of McKenzie,  was working at the dealership and had possibly let Anthony Haynes, Jr., age 40 of McKenzie, drive the vehicle.

On Star found the vehicle on Gibson Lane and Enon Church Road in Carroll County and Sgt. James notified the THP for assistance. Sgt. James spoke to Case who admitted to letting Haynes drive the vehicle around and Case also admitted that he removed the dealer tag from the car.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy Forsythe took Haynes into custody, and Haynes told police that he paid $150 per day and marijuana to use the car. Case denied accepting cash for the vehicle. The Assistant District Attorney was contacted and the case is still under investigation.

Park Theatre Showing Trolls at Last Matinee on Wednesday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Park Theatre will hold its last Wednesday matinee of the summer on Wednesday, July 26th at 2pm at the Park Theatre, located at 2312 Cedar Street in Downtown McKenzie and tickets for the matinee cost $2.50 each.

The final Park Theatre matinee show will be Trolls, so bring the entire family and enjoy a family outing at the movies before the kids go back to school.  For ticket and showtime information you can call the Park Theatre at 393-0555.

McKenzie's Splash Pad Now Open for Fun, Daily From 10-8

(Travis Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie’s Splash Pad, near the old railroad depot, is officially open and the pad will be open daily from 10am to 8pm.

The Splash Pad is not supervised, but adult supervision is mandatory for all children ages 13 and under.Water in the Splash Pad is chlorinated and recirculates through a filtration system, so for your own safety do not drink the water.  

Also for safety reason do not climb, swing, pull or sit on any of the splash pad equipment. Swim diapers are required for all children who are not potty trained and regular diaper changing should occur, but do not change diapers on or near Splash Pad. Parents are encouraged to take their children on frequent bathroom breaks every 30 minutes to an hour.

(Travis Jackson photos)

Please wear the appropriate swim attire at the Splash Pad. No jewelry, no sagging, no revealing or vulgar clothing or swimsuits are allowed at the park. Items not allowed at the Splash Pad include: skateboards, bicycles, athletic equipment, rollerblades, balls or swimming pool toys including water balloons.

Other items items that are not allowed at the Splash Pad are glass, food, drinks, gum, soaps, shampoos, or detergents, no rough play, running, or profanity, no radios or other electronic devices and no one with diarrhea is allowed at the Splash Pad.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the Splash Pad, except for legally defined service dogs. You cannot bring umbrella or tents that must be secured underground ,because there are underground wires and pipes at the Splash Pad.

For safety reasons you must leave the park and go to fully enclosed shelter at the first sign of thunder and you must remain indoors until at 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightning.

Maintenance will be performed daily so this may cause the temporary closure of the splash pad. In the event of a malfunction, please call the McKenzie Parks and Recreation at 731-415-7887. Anyone interested in renting the park for a birthday party or other event should contact McKenzie City Hall 731-352-2292.

Police Gave Out Several Citations Last Week

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Jeremiah Brooks cited Robert Freeman, age 36 of Forrest Circle of McKenzie, on Monday for criminal trespass.

In another report, Ptl. Mark Boaz cited Tierra Diggs, age 32 of Everette Street of McKenzie, on Saturday, July 15th for driving on a suspended license.

MHS and MMS Baseball Movie Fun Night Fundraiser is July 29th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The  McKenzie High School and  McKenzie Middle School baseball players will hold a Movie Night Fundraiser at the McKenzie High School baseball field on Saturday, July 29th.

Gates will open at 7:30pm and the movie will start at 8pm. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 4-10 and children under 4 get in for free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Money raised at the event will  help in the renovation of the McKenzie High School baseball field. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a good movie while supporting the McKenzie High and McKenzie Middle School baseball teams at the Movie Night Fundraiser.

Register Now for Selfie Class at the Dixie on August 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.

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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