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Art, Music and More at An Evening With Carroll Arts Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- An Evening with Carroll Arts will be held on Saturday, June 17th with doors opening at 6pm and music begins at 7pm at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie.

Admission to the event is free. Enjoy fine works of art by Carroll County artists including: paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, metal art plus vocal and instrumental performances by Carroll County performers.

Carroll County’s Best selling author, David Johnson, will be at an Evening with Carroll Arts to sign his last novel titled “The Woodcutter’s Wife.” You can also take part in the silent auction for several gift baskets.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Intoxication, Another Cited for Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested Brian Sawyer, age 24 of McKenzie, on Sunday June 11th  for public intoxication.  

Officer Coleman also cited Dean Brush, 42 of McKenzie, on Sunday June 11th for driving on a suspended license first offense, lack of financial responsibility, and violation of the light law.

Bassmasters Jr. Tourney is June 20-21 in Huntingdon

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Bassmaster Junior Tournament will be held for the 4th year at the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake  will be held from Tuesday, June 20th through June 21st.

Weigh-in will be at the Billy Cary Memorial Park in Downtown Huntingdon on June 20th and 21st. The Junior Tournament includes teams of kids ages 7 to 13 representing state organizations with the B.A.S.S. Nation. The Junior Bassmasters qualify to fish in the national championship through one of three fish-offs of the Academy Sports and Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation represented by Magellan.

“We are elated to have the 2017 Bassmasters Junior Championship back at the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake, “ said Bard Hurley, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Carroll County to people from more than 25 states.”

The Costa Bassmasters High School National Championship will be held at Kentucky Lake from Thursday, June 22nd through Saturday, June 24th. Over 5,500 students athletes representing 600 schools in 45 states will be competing in the High School tournament.

Bethel University will hold an official welcome party for the High School and Junior National Championships on Monday, June 19th.  For more information on the Bassmaster High School or Junior Bassmaster programs just visit their website at

TN River Band Performing at Nights on Broadway Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The City of McKenzie’s Nights on Broadway continues on Thursday, June 15th from 7pm to 9pm on Broadway in downtown McKenzie. The Tennessee River Band will be performing for the second series of 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 Tennessee River 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.

Trezevant Man Arrested on Multiple Charges, McKenzie Man Charged With Multiple Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Deparment,  Officer Cody Coleman arrested Jerry D. Gilbert, age 40 of Trezevant, on Saturday June 10th for driving under the influence first offense, lack of financial responsibility, simple possession, unlawful removal of a decal, violation for the vehicle not having a vin number and failure to maintain lane. Gilbert was placed on $2,000 bond.

In another report, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Jesus Garza, age 22 of McKenzie, on Sunday, June 11th  for driving on a suspended license first offense and speeding 33mph in a 20mph zone.

Carroll County Relay for Life Events Start Next Week

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Relay for Life’s survivor’s dinner is set for Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. Bank night is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 6pm at the Carroll County Civic Center and everyone is asked to bring a dish and they will eat a picnic style dinner.

The Carroll County Relay for Life will hold their Event Night on Friday, June 23rd from 5pm to 11pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. For more information please contact Melissa Baker at 731-393-3747.

Honk Jr. is Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Theatre Summer Camp at The Dixie will be presenting Honk Jr. on Thursday, June 22 at 7pm at the Dixie in Huntingdon. Admission is free and open to the public. Honk Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of being different, based on the story of "The Ugly Duckling".

Huntingdon Raising Property Taxes to $1.34

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council  passed an ordinance to adopt and approve the General Find, Drug Fund, Solid Waste Collection Fund, DCPA Special Projects Fund, Utility Fund and Public Improvement Fund Budgets for Huntington’s 2018 Fiscal Year Budget and adopt the new property tax rate for the 2017 tax year.

The 2017 tax rate will require an additional $.14 increase to $1.34 per $100 assessment in order to fund Huntingdon’s 2018 Fiscal Year Budget. The budget includes anticipation of a health insurance increase effective on January 1st, 2018, since providing health insurance coverage for the employees at remains a priority for the Town of Huntingdon.

A public hearing regarding  the tax rate and the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budgets will be held at the Huntingdon City Hall on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:15pm.

Huntingdon Town Council Passes Several Amendments

Huntingdon Town Council (Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The town council also entered into an agreement with Tegraph Engineering for engineering services in the amount of $40,000 for Phase II of the 2016 Safe Routes to School Grant for the Clark Street Sidewalk project, which is a 100% grant. Another 100% Safe Routes to Schools grant has been awarded to complete sidewalks from Sixth Avenue to East Paris Street.

The 2018 Budget comments include a $.15 raise per hourly employee of the town Huntingdon beginning on July 1st with an additional $.15 per hour on the anniversary date of hire and the continuation of providing health insurance and other employee benefits. Also a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant has been awarded for Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex addition.

The town council passed a resolution authorizing the town to accept a grant from the USDA, Rural Development for the amount of $83,400 as a portion of the town’s match for the Clean TN Energy Grant that will provide energy efficient improvements to the Water Treatment Plant.

The town council passed a resolution that states that the Utility District has adopted a drought management plan in order to be in compliance with the State of TN Department of Environment and Conservation.

Carroll County Tax Rate to Remain the Same at $1.5519

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Carroll County Commissioners met Monday and the commissioners passed several resolutions regarding the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget.

The commissioners passed a resolution fixing the tax levy in Carroll County beginning on July 1,2017. The combined property tax rate for Carroll County will be $1.5519 on every $100 of taxable property.

CCC Passes Several Amendments to the 16-17 FY Budget

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The commissioners passed a resolution to transfer funds for expenditure accounts in the Carroll County Drug Fund Account. A total of $6,700 will be transferred to various expenditure accounts incurred in the 16-17 Fiscal Year Budget for the Carroll County Drug Fund account.

The commissioners passed another resolution to amend the 16-17 Fiscal Year Budget to balance accounts for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Carroll County Jail. A total of $70,210 will be transferred into expenditure accounts to balance for the Carroll County Sheriff Department and the Carroll County Jail for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget.

They also passed a resolution to transfer a total of $34, 405 worth of funds to various expenditure accounts to balance these accounts in the 2016-201 Fiscal Year Budget.

The commission approved a resolution to transfer funds from the Fund Balance 101-39000 to balance expenditure accounts in the remaining county general 16-17 FY Budget. A total of $136,347.78 to help cover expenses for the remainder of the county general 2016-2017 FY Budget.

The next resolution was passed was to transfer funds of the amount of $29,401 from the Reserve Account for Carroll Academy for the 16-17 FY Budget. The commission also passed to amend the 16-17 budget to balance accounts for the Carroll County Highway Department in the amount of $19,741.

The commission also passed a resolution to transfer funds in the amount of $12,000 from the Reserve Account for the Carroll County Library for the 2016-2017 FY Budget for the library.

CCC Approve Several Appointments at Monday's Meeting

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Commissioners met Monday and the commissioners made several appointments.

The commissioners approved to appoint Geneva Johnson and Austin Maddox to the Carroll County Library Board with the term ending in June 2020. The Commission also approved to appoint Jerry Atkins to the Carroll County Electric Board with the term ending in July 2021.

Splash Pad Splashing Along

At Thursday’s McKenzie City Council, Councilman Townes gave an update on the Splash Pad and work should be done by July 1st, 2017. Also everyone and all of the materials for the Splash Pad have been kept local.

The council also talked about the bids to complete paving of the Splash Pad and the City Council agreed that they will give the contract to the company who can pave the Splash Pad the soonest. The City wants to get the paving of the Splash Pad done by Thursday, June 15th.

Currently the bids for the contract is between Arrow Paving and Ford Paving, both of which have quoted the job as costing $5K. The City Council gave Mayor Jill Holland the authority to award the contract to whatever company can pave it the soonest.

Dollar Tree Update, City Offices Getting New Email System

McKenzie, Tenn.- At the City Council meeting, the council gave an update on the Dollar Tree, which is coming to McKenzie. Because of a court case, currently Dollar Tree has to wait until the building is constructed to look like a Family Dollar before they can turn it into Dollar Tree. The City of McKenzie has provided everything that Dollar Tree needs and Dollar Tree hopes to open by August of this year.

The City of McKenzie will also upgrade the new email system for city offices. The funds for the new system was in the 2016-2017 budget and now they will upgrade the system for all of the city offices who use email. The total cost for the new email system is around $5K and the email system will be a local system on a new server.

The McKenzie Alcohol Board approved the application submitted by Brahmananda Reddy Munagala to sell alcohol at the Corner Stone Market located at 15815 Highland Drive in McKenzie, which is the former Raceway.

McKenzie City Council Passes 1st Reading of 17-18 Balanced Budget

McKenzie City Council (Cassie Walsh photos)

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie City Council met Thursday night where the council passed several resolutions with the main resolution being the approval of the first reading of the 2017-2018 year budget for the city.

The 2017-2018 budget for the city is expected to have total revenues of $4,605,898 and the total expenses is expected to be $4,599,409. So the 2017-2018 budget for the city will be balanced and the city will actually make $6,489 with the proposed budget for 2017-2018.

The 2017-2018 budget has the General Government receiving $641,450 in funding, the  Fire Department is budgeted to get $382K and the Police Department is budgeted to get $1,402,302, the majority of the three budgets will go to salaries.

A total of $1,827,007 budgeted for the streets and highway department with the majority of that being the $1,050,000 for the Multi Modal Grant. A total of $193,950 budgeted for the parks and recreation department and street lighting is budgeted at $113K.

A hearing and the 2nd reading of the McKenzie 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for Thursday, June 29th at McKenzie City Hall at 5:30pm. Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting. Once the 2nd reading has been passed the budget will be set for 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Reminder Casting for a Cure is Saturday in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 17th Annual Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday, June 10th at  McKenzie's City Park Lake, located at 570 Como Street in McKenzie.

The event is free to kids ages 15 and under. Registration on the day of the event will held be from 8am to 9am and the competition will be from 9am to 11am.  

Special plaques and bicycles will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in the four separate age groups. Age groups include: 5 and under, 6 to 9, 10 to12, and 13 to 15.

 The Carroll County Relay for Life teams will provide concessions for the event. Money raised at the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For additional information you can contact Steve McCadams at 642-0360 or you can email

Larry Gatlin Performs at the Dixie on June 17th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Larry Gatlin will be performing in the Dixie’s Live Concert Series at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, June 17th at 2pm.

Larry Gatlin is a Grammy Award winning Grand Ole Opry member who has been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. He is known throughout the Nashville music industry for his songwriting talents and penned all 33 Top 40 Hits recorded by Larry & the Gatlin Brothers including songs such as, “Broken Lady,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” and “All The Gold in California.”

This concert is currently sold out.

Get Registered for the Dixie's Summer Camp

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Summer Pottery June Camp will be held Monday, June 5th through Friday June 9th at the Mudslingers Studio in Huntingdon.  Lori Nolen will be the instructor for the June Camp and it costs $85 per camper.

Camp times for 5th to 8th grades students is from 10am to 11am, 3rd to 4th grades camp is from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 1st to 2nd grades camp is from 2pm to 3pm and PreK to K grades are 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 techniques. There is a limit of 10 kids per class.

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.

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



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