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Travel Around the World at Relay's Event Night on Friday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Relay for Life will be Traveling Around the World to Find a Cure at their Event Night on Friday, July 7th from 4pm to 10pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon, located at 201 Fairgrounds Road in Huntingdon.

Doors Open and the Survivor Check In will be from 4pm to 5:30pm and from 6pm to 6:15pm there will be the Welcome Ceremony, National Anthem- Katie McGill, Music/Pledge- First United Methodist Church Pre-K Children and the National Guard Presentation of Flags. Music from Anna and Jon Eaton will be from 6:15pm to 6:50pm.

The Opening Ceremony, Recognition of Sponsors and Teams- Wayne, Billy and Melissa, Survivor Recognition and Honoraries- Johnny Beth Nolen and the Survivor Lap will be from 7pm to 7:45pm. The Pit Band performs from 7:45pm to 8:30pm and from the John Everett Williams Magic Show will be from 8:30pm to 8:50pm.

From 9pm to 9:30pm the Luminaria Ceremony/Lap and Reading of Luminarias Honored/In Memory- Brittany Bowen. At 9:30pm the Relay for Life will hold their Lip Sync Battle and the Relay asks teams to be ready at the stage for Lip Sync Battle by 9:15 and turn in your Song and Team Name as soon as possible, so that Emcee Tim McBride has all of the information that he needs. 

And the Closing Ceremony will be held at 10pm. The Relay for Life will also have Minute to Win It Games throughout the day.

On Friday, July 7th stop by the Carroll County Civic Center and Travel Around the World to Find a Cure with the Carroll County Relay for Life at their Event Night.

Dresden Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy John Andrews arrested Cody Higdon, age 24 of Highway 54 of Dresden, on Sunday for public intoxication.

Deputy Adrews was dispatched to Highway 22 in McKenzie to assist Weakley County Sheriff’s Department with a male subject who was intoxicated in Henry County. Deputy Andrews spoke to Higdon who had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him and Higdon also had slurred speech.

Higdon stated that he didn’t remember how he got their, but he didn’t want to go home instead Higdon stated he wanted to go to jail. Higdon was then arrested and placed on $250 bond.

Flashback Performing at Nights on Broadway Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie’s Nights on Broadway continues on Thursday, July 6th from 7pm to 9pm on Broadway in downtown McKenzie. The Flashback Band will be performing for  Nights on Broadway on Thursday.

 In the event of rain, Nights on Broadway will be moved to the Park Theatre. On Thursday, stop by downtown McKenzie for a night of music provided by the Flashback Band and fun at McKenzie’s Nights on Broadway. Nights on Broadway will be on the first and third Thursdays of each month during the summer.

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.

McKenzie High Golf Par 3 Extravaganza is Sat. July 15th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie High School Golf Par 3 Extravaganza benefiting the McKenzie High School golf program will be held on Saturday, July 15th at Carroll Lake Golf Course.

The cost to participate is $35 per person and you must have a three-person team. All holes on the Carroll Lake Golf Course will be set up for par 3 action.

Registration begins at 3pm and playing will begin at 4pm. Everyone participating in the event will also receive a prize.

Three People Rescued After Car Goes Into a Pond


Walter Smothers Director of Public Safety photo

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Monday, July 3rd at approximately 1:50pm, the Huntingdon Public Safety received a call that a car had ran off in a pond on Industrial Drive and was submerged. Members of the Huntingdon Police and Huntingdon Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. We were assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff's Dept, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Carroll County Fire Dept and a number of individual citizens.

Witnesses reported that two of the occupants identified as Kathy Mann, age 74, and Matthew Fenner, age 29,  had gotten out of the car and they were standing on the car.


Walter Smothers Director of Public Safety photo

The driver identified as Crystal Fenner, age 36,  was still inside the vehicle and she was rescued by Ricky Baker, a resident of Carroll County. Baker was visiting a friend across the street and had witnessed the vehicle going into the pond.

 Matthew Fenner thought that his wife had some sort of seizure or diabetic episode that caused her to lose control of the vehicle.

All three went to Baptist Hospital in Huntingdon for treatment. Carroll County Fire Dept diver Tim Bennett came to the scene and went into the pond to hook the vehicle with a cable for removal. Kee's wrecker service in Huntingdon then removed the vehicle from the pond.

A big thank you goes out to all agencies and individuals involved in the rescue, especially Mr. Rickey Baker.

McKenzie Nights on Broadway is Thurs. July 6th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie’s Nights on Broadway continues on Thursday, July 6th from 7pm to 9pm on Broadway in downtown McKenzie. The Flashback Band will be performing for  Nights on Broadway on Thursday.

 In the event of rain, Nights on Broadway will be moved to the Park Theatre. On Thursday, stop by downtown McKenzie for a night of music provided by the Flashback Band and fun at McKenzie’s Nights on Broadway. Nights on Broadway will be on the first and third Thursdays of each month during the summer.

CCHS Bingo Night is Sat. July 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will host another bingo night on Saturday, July 15th from 6pm to 9pm at the Carroll Bank and Trust Community Room in Huntingdon.

Carroll County Humane Society’s Bingo Night will be fun for all ages. Concessions including BBQ, snacks, desserts and drinks will be available. And participants will also get a chance to win prizes including the grand prize which is a $100 Walmart gift card.


Bethel Univ. Wins Case Against State Board of Education

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University has won its petition against the Tennessee State Board of Education with the final order of the Davidson County Court case being delivered in late June.

Bethel University filed the petition against the state board after the board denied approval for Bethel to continue to license teachers – something the school had been doing for decades. The board’s move took place in July 2016 just shortly after Bethel had received word that it had been given continued accreditation from NCATE, the predecessor to what is now known as CAEP (The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

“The action by the Tennessee State Board of Education hit us very hard,” said President Walter Butler. “We had a thriving teacher education program. In fact, this program was among our largest.”

Butler said after the board denied approval for Bethel to continue to license teachers that they had to temporarily begin to close the program down.

“We knew we could not offer such a program to students if we could not help them attain licensure as well,” he said. “We had to work with students who were in the program to ensure that they would indeed be in a place to receive licensure when they completed their teacher education program. We lost a great deal of revenue, and we felt like we were letting down a lot of students who had put their educational futures in our hands.”

Butler said he is very pleased with the outcome of the case.

“To know that the court felt like the State Board’s revocation of our ability to license was invalid is gratifying,” he said. “We know that we have a strong teacher education program. We have always received a lot of anecdotal feedback from school systems who praise the kinds of teachers we have educated. And we’ve had a 100 percent pass rate for our students taking the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching examination in three of the last five years with a 93 percent and 98 percent pass rate the other two years. This clearly shows that Bethel’s teacher candidates have been prepared to teach.”

Butler said the final order of the case was that Bethel’s status would be restored to the approved status it possessed before the Board invalidly attempted to deny Bethel’s EPP approval. The final order also said that all costs involved with the case would be taxed to the Tennessee State Board of Education.

“This is what we had been hoping for,” said Butler. “We are so excited to be back in the business of preparing teachers for the classroom. With the court’s final order of putting us back at the approved status we were at before, we can hit the ground running to enroll students interested in teacher education programs.”

Bethel University is one of Tennessee's oldest 4-year institutions. In 2017, it is celebrating its 175th birthday. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

Travel Around the World at the Relay for Life Event Night on Fri. July 7th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Relay for Life will be Traveling Around the World to Find a Cure at their Event Night next Friday, July 7th from 4pm to 10pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon, located at 201 Fairgrounds Road in Huntingdon.

Doors Open and the Survivor Check In will be from 4pm to 5:30pm and from 6pm to 6:15pm there will be the Welcome Ceremony, National Anthem- Katie McGill, Music/Pledge- First United Methodist Church Pre-K Children and the National Guard Presentation of Flags. Music from Anna and Jon Eaton will be from 6:15pm to 6:50pm.

The Opening Ceremony, Recognition of Sponsors and Teams- Wayne, Billy and Melissa, Survivor Recognition and Honoraries- Johnny Beth Nolen and the Survivor Lap will be from 7pm to 7:45pm. The Pit Band performs from 7:45pm to 8:30pm and from the John Everett Williams Magic Show will be from 8:30pm to 8:50pm.

From 9pm to 9:30pm the Luminaria Ceremony/Lap and Reading of Luminarias Honored/In Memory- Brittany Bowen. At 9:30pm the Relay for Life will hold their Lip Sync Battle and the Relay asks teams to be ready at the stage for Lip Sync Battle by 9:15 and turn in your Song and Team Name as soon as possible, so that Emcee Tim McBride has all of the information that he needs. 

And the Closing Ceremony will be held at 10pm. The Relay for Life will also have Minute to Win It Games throughout the day.

On Friday, July 7th stop by the Carroll County Civic Center and Travel Around the World to Find a Cure with the Carroll County Relay for Life at their Event Night. For more information please contact Melissa Baker at 731-393-3747.

Mudslingers Summer Pottery Camp is July 10-14

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Summer Camps: Mudslingers July Pottery Camp will be held on Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th at the Mudslingers Pottery Studio in Huntingdon.

Candace Gooch-Ward will be the instructor and the cost is $85 per camper.

Camp times for PreK to K Grades are from 10am to 11am, 1st to 2nd Grades is from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 3rd to 4th Grades is from 2pm to 3pm and  5th to 8th Grades class will be from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Classes will consist of an introduction to basic pottery skills of pinching, coil-building, slab construction, and throwing on the potter’s wheel. The student will also be introduced to various glazing and firing processes.

VFW Post 4939 Holding All You Can Eat Breakfast on July 15

McKenzie, Tenn.- The VFW Post 4939 in McKenzie will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday, July 15th from 6am to 10am at the VFW Post 4939 located at 9750 Cherrywood Avenue in McKenzie. The meal cost $7 and  includes country ham, sausage, grilled bologna, eggs, white gravy, red-eye gravy, coffee, milk and juice.

Carroll County Economic Impact from Bassmaster Tourney is Over $225K

Carroll County, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently released figures related to the economic impact of the 4th Annual Costa Bassmaster High School and Junior National Championships. The Chamber report revealed that the tournament’s economic impact to Carroll County was more than $225,000.

“During the course of the tournament, we had 220 hotel room stays in Carroll County,” said Brad Hurley, President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “We had teams from 32 different states and Canada fishing at the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake.” Each team was comprised of two anglers and one boat captain.

The High School and Junior National Championship began on June 19th with 1,100 fisherman, parents and coaches coming to Bethel University in McKenzie for registration, rule briefing and a banquet.

“Bethel University was excited to have 1,100 visitors on our campus for the registration and banquet; it was a great opportunity to showcase our great university,” said Dale Kelley, Athletic Director for Bethel University. “The Bethel Bas team is one of the top five bass-fishing teams in the United Statets year after year.”

The Junior Tournament started fishing on Tuesday with the final weigh-in on Wednesday. The High School Tournament began on Thursday at Kentucky Lake with the final weigh-in on Saturday.

“The Carroll County Chamber is pleased to be a part of this tourism initiative that brings visitors and dollars to Carroll County,” said Hurley. “ The impact was felt at convenience stores, hotels, restaurants etc. This tournament truly creates a positive economic impact all across the county.”

The partnership between Bethel University, Villages of Paris and the Henry County, TN Department of Tourism and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is a great example of regional partnership that works.

The Junior National Champions were Miller Downing and Chandlar Hollingsworth from Alabama, with a catch of 25lbs 12oz. The High School National Champions were Tommy Floyd Jr. and James Gibbons from South Carolina, with a two-day total of 43lbs 3oz.

Sign Up Today for the Carroll Arts Creativity Camp on July 10-14

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll Arts Creativity Camp for Elementary and Middle School Students of Carroll County will be held on Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th from 1pm to 4pm daily at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church located on Highland Drive in McKenzie.

There will be art, music, drama, creative writing and of course there will also be snacks. For more information just call 225-4470.

Campbell Arms Manufacturing Bringing 50 Jobs to McKenzie


McKenzie Industrial Board Executive Director Frank Tate with owners Blaine Campbell and Melissa Kelso. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC. (CAM), a veteran‐owned manufacturer of small arms components in the weapons industry will locate a new facility in McKenzie with a nearly $850 thousand investment expected to create 50 full‐time jobs, announced on Friday, June 30th.

"Carroll County is pleased to welcome CAM to our community and are happy to support and encourage their continued growth." County Mayor, Kenny McBride said. “CAM has identified itself as being a good fit for our community, and we are excited they are locating here. This new facility will help the company continue to succeed, thanks to Tennessee’s manufacturing expertise, availability of skilled workforce and logistics advantages.”

The company’s investment will cover its move into an existing facility in the Industrial Air Park, as well as manufacturing, fleet and office equipment, hardware and wiring, yard paving and additional renovations and improvements.


One of the skydivers at the Campbell Arms Manufacturing announcement on Friday. (David Jackson photos)

The McKenzie plant relocation will allow CAM to better serve its customers. As well, the new location will also allow the company to explore business possibilities in other regions.

“We are very excited to be able to invest in the Carroll County community. The exponential growth opportunity in our industry is immeasurable, and we have new innovative ideas and designs to implement as well as a large market to supply,” said Blaine Campbell, owner of the company. “This relocation is instrumental in the growth of our company as well as for the City of McKenzie. We are proud to be able to work with McKenzie Industrial Development and the State of Tennessee to further grow our manufacturing operations.”

Mayor Jill Holland, City of McKenzie, said the arrival of CAM will benefit the local economy.

“We are pleased to welcome Campbell Arms Manufacturing to the McKenzie community,” Holland said. “This new investment of nearly $850 Thousand and additional 50 jobs it aims to create will be a huge boost for our local economy. We are very grateful to CAM for this investment, and we appreciate the Tennessee Economic and Community Development team for all their hard work, as well.”

McKenzie Industrial Development Director, Frank Tate greeted the company and wished them success. “It is companies like CAM that will help boost our economy and show that Carroll County provides a strong and available skilled workforce. We are thankful they considered McKenzie as their new home and look forward to being a continued partner in their future growth.”

“Congratulations, and thank you to Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC. In the global economy, a business can locate almost anywhere in the world, but Blaine & his crew decided to create their new location in West Tennessee! In my humble opinion, that's something we should all appreciate.” State Representative Andy Holt said. “There are many advantages to doing business in our region and locating to Carroll County is just one of them. On behalf of the State, I wish them a prosperous future and look forward to working with them in the future.”

TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe provided remarks, “I’d like to welcome Campbell Arms Manufacturing to McKenzie,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s skilled workforce has positioned our local communities for continued growth in advanced manufacturing. This investment will result in 50 well‐paying jobs, and I look forward to the long‐term boost Campbell’s presence will have for the citizens of Carroll County.”

Additionally, CAM can receive resources from the American Job Center. Through the American Job Center, companies can receive no‐cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced‐cost customized training and on the job training incentives. In fiscal 2016, the American Job Center provided training and services for over 65,000 Tennesseans and 2500 employers from a variety of industry sectors within the local workforce delivery area.

For more information on Campbell Arms Manufacturing, visit www.campbellarmsmfg.com.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Theft

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Billy King arrested Quincy Johnson, age 20 of Walnut Circle of McKenzie, on Saturday for theft over $1,000 under $2,500.

McKenzie Police Cite Several for Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon cited Sean Lowrance, age 25 of Bell Store Road of McKenzie, on Saturday for driving on a suspended license and for his 3rd failure to show proof of insurance offense.

Ptl. Eddlemon also cited Jason Rainey, age 37 of Tumbling Creek Road of McKenzie, on Sunday  for driving on a revoked license and for a registration violation.

In another report, Officer Cody Coleman cited Sharie Kalis, age 28 of Paris Park of McKenzie, on Thursday for driving on a suspended license and violation of the light law.


2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County is Sat. July 22nd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County will be held on Saturday, July 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at the Venue at Waddell Place on Joy Sparks Road in McKenzie.

The 2nd Annual Taste of Carroll County is a fun evening of delicious food, silent auction items, and live entertainment by The Flashback Band. Admission is $10 per person or one free admission if you're entering an item in the Taste categories. Categories this year are: Best Appetizer, Best BBQ, Best Sandwich, Best Dessert, Best Side and Best Overall.

For more information just email clarkc@bethelu.edu or lisalangford0103@yahoo.

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

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Ballroom Gallery presents West Tennessee Artisan Trail Exhibit "Fine art, fine life" is open now through July 29th.

“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. westtennesseeartisantrail.com

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 ldeville@dixiepac.net.

 


 

 

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