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Lady Rebels Play Scotts Hill in Sectionals on Fri. May 19th

Reagan, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels will face Scotts Hill Lions  in the Class A Sectionals on Friday, May 19th at 5:30pm at Scotts Hill in Reagan.

Cuts for a Cure in Huntingdon is Saturday, May 20th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Color Works! Salon and Nail Studio, is located at 19764 East Main Street in Huntingdon, is hosting Cuts for a Cure, Cancer Cutters, on Saturday, May 20th from 9am until close. 

At Cuts for a Cure there will be silent auction, t-shirts, face painting, handmade crosses, hot dogs and water and let’s not forget about those $15 haircuts. Each cut gets us all closer to world with more birthdays. All of the proceeds from the Cuts for a Cure are donated to the Relay for Life.

Dixie Echoes Performing in Camden on Sunday

Camden, Tenn.- The Dixie Echoes will be singing at the Sandy Point General Baptist Church, located on  Hwy. 70 in Camden on Sunday, May 21st at 10:30am. Brother Mike Melton is the pastor and everyone is invited to attend the event. A love offering will be taken at the event.

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

CCHS Yard Sale is June 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will be holding a Yard Sale at the  McKenzie First United Methodist Church, located at 16 McTyiere Street in McKenzie, on Saturday June 3rd from 8am to 12pm. All of the proceeds will benefit Carroll County Humane Society.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Indecency

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones cited Maurice L. Lawrence, age 24 of Forrest Avenue of McKenzie, on Tuesday, May 9th for public indecency.

At around 1:30am, Ptl. Jones responded to a call about  someone who was urinating on the sidewalk of a home on Walnut Avenue. Ptl. Jones found Lawrence who admitted to police that he was the one who did it. Lawrence was then cited for public indecency.  

Rebel and Lady Rebel Skills BB Camp is May 23rd- 26th

The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels Basketball Skills Camp will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd through Friday, May 26th. The  Rebels Camp will be be held from 10am to 12pm and Lady Rebels will be from 2pm to 4pm.

The camp is for kids who just completed Kindergarten to 7th grade and who will be in the 1st to 8th grades during the 2017-2018 school year. It will cost $50 per camper.

Campers will work with the Rebel and Lady Rebel Coaching Staff and high school players to develop their individuals skill sets. This will include instruction in shooting, passing, dribbling, and defensive footwork and concepts. Each player will receive a camp t-shirt and concessions will be sold for $1.

Rebel parents can register their child on the first day of camp at 9:30am and Lady Rebel parents can register their child on the first day of camp, just  please arrive before 2pm to register your child before the Lady Rebels Camp begins.

Any questions in regards to the girls camp can be directed to McKenzie High School and you can talk to either Coach Wilkins or McAllister by calling them at 731-352-2133.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested William Kevin Cummings, age 52 of Linden Street of McKenzie, on Saturday for public intoxication.  Cummings was taken into custody for 8 hours due to the fact that he was arrested for public intoxication.

Lady Rebs vs UC in Region 7A Championship on May 17th

Union City, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels will face the Union City Lady Twisters in the Region 7A Championship game on Wednesday, May 17th at Union City. Win or lose the Lady Rebels will also play in the sectionals on Friday, May 19th.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Drug Possession

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Paul Eddlemon arrested Danny Ray Anderson, age 46 of Oaklawn Drive of McKenzie, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Eddlemon and Sgt. Jeff Winberry were on patrol on University Drive when they observed a vehicle driving around without a license plate. Ptl. Eddlemon conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and both Anderson and his passenger were nervous talking with police. Police asked if they could search the vehicle and Anderson gave consent.

After searching the vehicle police did find two pipes used to smoke illegal drugs. Anderson admitted that the pipes belonged to him and he told police that he used the pipe to smoke meth two days prior to the traffic stop.

Anderson was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and he was issued two citations for registration violation and no proof of insurance.

Anderson’s vehicle was also towed for failure to provide proof of insurance.

MPD Investigate Vandalism Case on Hamilton Street

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher responded to a call about vandalism at a home on Hamilton Street in McKenzie on Wednesday, May 10th.

The victim stated to police that between 7:30am on Sunday, May 7th and 8:30pm on Wednesday, May 10th someone had removed the lug nuts from his truck and the suspect also punctured the tire. The estimated damage was around $100. Police have no suspects in this case.

Lady Rebels Defeat South Fulton in Softball

South Fulton and Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the South Fulton Red Devils the Region 7A semifinals at South Fulton winning 1-0. The Union City Golden Tornados defeated the Huntingdon Phillies in Huntingdon on Monday winning 5-4.

Rebels Soccer Face Lexington in Region 7A-AA Semifinals on May 16th

Lexington, Tenn.- The McKenzie  Rebels Soccer team will take on the Lexington Tigers in the Region 7A-AA Semifinals at Lexington on Tuesday, May 16th at 6pm.

Paris Teen Arrested on Drug Charges

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Jeremiah Brooks arrested Jaqualine Christa Sawyer, age 19 of Lankford Road of Paris, on Wednesday for possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule VI substance, driving on a revoked license, violation of the light law and no proof of insurance. Sawyer also had a warrant out of Milan.

Sawyer was taken into custody and MPD impounded her car, she was then released to the Milan Police Department for the warrant out of Milan.

McKenzie High Beta Club's Spaghetti Dinner is May 16th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie High School Beta Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, May 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at JT’s Grill, Cedar Street, in downtown McKenzie.

Tickets cost $7 and you can purchase your tickets from any McKenzie High Beta Club member. Dine in or carry out is available and the meal includes spaghetti, drink, and dessert.

For more information please contact Beth Bailey at 731-358-8383, or Kevin Gallimore at 731-352-2133.

Hamilton-Ryker Holds Job Fair in Huntingdon on May 16th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Hamilton-Ryker will hold a job fair on Tuesday, May 16th from 10am to 3pm at the Huntingdon, TN Career Center, located at 14155 Paris Street in Huntingdon.

Hamilton-Ryker has immediate manufacturing openings near you and they want  you to come out and apply. For more information please contact the Hamilton- Ryker office at 731-352-4817.

McKenzie Receives Over $750K in IMPROVE Act Funding, As Widen 641 Between Paris and Murray Will be Completed

Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The IMPROVE Act project investment will include eleven projects in Henry County with $29,567,300 being allocated to Henry County. And Henry County will receive an additional $42,068,341 in the next 15 years. 

McKenzie was also included in this press conference. McKenzie will receive $31,104 in 2017,  $41,644 in 2018, $52,185 in 2019, and in the 10-year plan McKenzie will received $490,231. Over the entire 15 year IMPROVE Act plan McKenzie will receive $751,157 in road and bridge project funding from the state.

The largest project in Henry County will be the widening of US-641 from Smith Road to the Kentucky State Line. A total of $24,363,300 have been allocated to complete the project within 15 years. The road will be widened from a two lane highway to a four lane highway with turning lanes.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Currently the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road is already funded and according to Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said that they will begin taking bids to start construction on the widening of 641 will begin this year in Fall 2017.

Chilcutt said,” The area between Rison Street and Smith Road was going to widen the road to five lanes, but problems with two lakes between Logan Road past the 2nd lake will only be widened to three lanes.”

TDOT funds for the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road have already been allocated, so this project was not included in the IMPROVE Act.

IMPROVE Act Promises Grocery,Property Tax Cuts for HC and McKenzie

Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee held a press conference at the Henry County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Shelley Courington of Advocacy Director of AARP discussed the IMPROVE Act’s projects specific to Henry County’s transportation infrastructure. The IMPROVE Act cuts more than $500 million in taxes each year at its full implementation and in 2018 nearly $300 million in tax cuts will be realized.

According to Courington all of the projects that are included in the IMPROVE Act included 59 years of backlogged road projects and this act hopes to cut that down to a 13 to 15 year period since the state was able to find the funding for the projects through passing the IMPROVE Act. The IMPROVE Act will create a long term source of funding to fix outdated infrastructure projects, while providing tax cuts on grocery, business and Hall income taxes.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

These include a $113 million reduction in business taxes on manufacturers and a 20% decrease in sales tax on groceries will equal $125 million savings throughout Tennessee. Courington said,” Tennesseans will notice an immediate reduction in grocery tax and the increase in the gas tax will be more of a steady increase.”

Most of the funds from the IMPROVE Act projects for Henry County have been allocated for bridge work. Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said, “Out of the 962 road and bridge projects for the IMPROVE Act about 550 of these project are allocated for bridge projects.”

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said that since the IMPROVE Act passed funding for road and bridge projects will grow  and even though the general fund for the county may decrease, the county should still come out on top because they won’t have to fund these road projects.

Since the IMPROVE Act projects are supposed to be completed in 15 years, concerns about projects in the IMPROVE Act that would be not be funded when a different governor comes in were also addressed. Courington said that even when another governor takes office in Tennessee these projects should still be funded because TDOT is the deciding factor in what projects get funded and when those projects are funded.

Other items that are included in the IMPROVE Act to help residents of Tennessee include property tax relief for eligible elderly, disabled homeowners and service- disabled veterans. The Hall income tax cuts, previously approved by state legislature will also now be implemented.

The press conference was part of a statewide 95 county media tour that started on Monday to discuss specific projects in every county of the state. Henry County was part of the first 20 counties that heard on Monday how the IMPROVE Act will help in tax relief and road and bridge repair through the county.

Rebels vs Red Devils in Region 7A Semifinals is Monday

South Fulton, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team will take on the South Fulton Red Devils in the Region 7A Semifinals at South Fulton on Monday, May 15th at 5pm.

Huntingdon Primary Students Visit the Airport and Tosh Farms

Heather Price and her 2nd grade class from Huntingdon Primary. (David Jackson photos)

McKenzie and Henry, Tenn.- Primary students from Huntingdon Primary took their field trip on Monday as students got visit to the Carroll County Airport in McKenzie before visiting Tosh farms in Henry.

Heather Price, a 2nd grade teacher at Huntingdon Primary, and her students got to examine a Tosh Farms semi, while other students got to check out a combine.

The class looking at a combine at Tosh Farms. (David Jackson photos)

Other students nearby got to pet piglets while learning and having fun at Tosh Farms.

Some of the students petting the piglets at Tosh Farms. (David Jackson photos)

Granges Holds Hiring Event on Mon. May 15th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Gränges will hold a hiring event on Mondy, May 15th from 12pm to 7pm at the American Job Center, which is located at 470 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon.

Granges will be looking for quality employees at their upcoming hiring event and they hope to hold another hiring event within the next few months in order to keep up with demand.

Opportunities available include: packers and mobile equipment operators on rotating shifts. Gränges benefit package includes: medical, dental and vision insurance, above average wages, DC pension plan, opportunities for overtime, vacation, paid holidays, life insurance and long and short term disability. 

For more information you can call the American Job Center at 731-352-8898.

Larry Gatlin Performing 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. The concert was originally scheduled for June 3rd, but the date has since been changed to June 17th.

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.”

Tickets cost $25 per person and you can get your tickets in person at the Dixie Box Office or online at or by calling the Dixie at 986-2100.

Huntingdon PD, Fire & Rescue Respond to Milk Truck Crash

Crews working to remove the tractor trailer from the ditch. (Walter Smothers photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At approximately 4am on Thursday, May 11th, the Huntingdon Police and the Fire & Rescue were called to come near the intersection of Veterans Drive (Huntingdon By-pass) and Lexington Street.

A tractor trailer rig operated by Howard Baer trucking had went into the median and overturned. The driver stated that his left front steer tire dropped of the edge of the pavement causing the truck and trailer to go left into the median.

The truck was carrying 3600 one gallon bottles of milk that had been loaded in Fulton KY. The milk had to be off loaded one gallon at a time onto another trailer. This was done by inmates from the county jail and a portion of the milk, that could not be sold, was donated to the jail to be consumed by the inmates.

The driver was not injured in the crash and no other vehicles were involved. Police remained on the scene until 2:30pm when the truck and trailer were pulled back up on the pavement and towed from the scene. The Huntingdon Police, Fire and Rescue Squad were thankful that no one was injured in this serious crash.

Police Search for Vehicle That Hit Two Teens

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher took a report of a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident after the vehicle struck two teenagers walking down Magnolia Avenue at around 8pm on Monday, May 1st

The victims told police that they were walking down Magnolia Avenue when a medium sized pick up truck possibly dark red or black in color struck them and the truck left the scene traveling west. Both teens were taken to McKenzie Hospital for minor injuries they suffered from the accident.

Police are still looking for the suspects in this case.

Bruceton in May Festival is This Saturday

Bruceton, Tenn.- The 16th Annual Bruceton in May Festival is set for Saturday, May 13th at the Bruceton Memorial Park beginning with the opening ceremony at 10am and the Golf Cart parade will follow.

At the Bruceton in May Festival you can enjoy food, entertainment, train rides, laser tag, bungee jump, petting zoo, magicians and more. You will also be able to enjoy the Paula Bridges Band with their performance at 5:30pm to 8pm. And the BBQ Cook-off Contest with judging and prizes will be awarded at 4pm. 

For more information just call the Bruceton City Hall at 586-2401.

McKenzie Marching Rebels Fundraiser is Friday and Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Marching Rebels will be holding a Ribeye or BBQ Bologna Sandwich fundraiser on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th from 11am to 4pm at the Save-A-Lot in McKenzie.

Tickets cost $7 per person and it will get you a ribeye or BBQ bologna sandwich. So stop by on Friday or Saturday and support the Marching Rebels at their BBQ fundraiser.

Bruceton in May Dog Show is This Saturday

Bruceton, Tenn.-  The Carroll County Humane Society will be hosting the Bruceton in May Dog Show on Saturday, May 13th with registration beginning at 10:30am and the show will be at 11am. The entry fee for the show is $10 per dog up to three categories.

Bruceton in May Dog Show categories include: Glamour Girl, Mr. Dreamboat, best trick, perfect puppy age 6 months and younger, most obedient, most mysterious mixed breed mutt, best junior showmanship ( children 12 and under) and people’s choice award.

First, second, third place ribbons and People’s Choice trophy will be awarded at the event.

McKenzie Man Arrested After 17.7 grams of Marijuana is Found

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Jeff Winberry arrested Elijah P. Howard, age 27 of Walnut Circle of McKenzie, on Friday for resisting arrest and sale and delivery of a controlled substance.

While on patrol, Sgt. Winberry and Ptl. Eddleman stopped a vehicle due to the fact that Sgt. Winberry had prior knowledge that the driver was driving on a suspended license. Howard exited the vehicle and ran from police.

As Howard was running he dropped two bags which would later be identified as marijuana. Officers caught and arrested Howard. As the officers searched the area they did locate the two bags of marijuana, which weighed a total of 17.7 grams. Howard was then charged with possession of a schedule VI substance with intent to sell.

Chamber Golf Tournament is Thurs. May 18th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll County Chamber Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, May 18th at the Carroll Lake Golf Course. Lunch and registration will be from 11am to 12:45pm.

The golf tournament is a 4-person scramble shotgun which begins at 12:45pm and will run until 5pm. Everyone is invited to play or volunteer or sponsor the event. Hole sponsorship is $100 per 12”x18” sign which includes only the business or person’s name. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 11th.

The inclusive package  will cost $300 for Chamber Members and $350 for

Non-Chamber Members. The package includes any cost item associated with the tournament including a 20 foot ball advance on Hole #4, one free drive at Hole #16 and 4 people at putting contest.

For more information please call the Chamber at 731-986-4664 or email them at cchamber@earthlink. net.

Curious George Coming to the CC Library on June 5th to Inspire Kids to Read

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the Huntingdon Town Council meeting on Tuesday night Mayor Dale Kelley announced that Curious George, the PBS Kids star, will be visiting the Carroll County Library on Monday June 5th at 11am as part of the summer reading program.

The Town of Huntingdon knows that good reading skills are essential to school success. Additionally, kids that don’t read during the summer months tend to fall behind on their reading abilities. Students who don’t read in the summer have to relearn the literacy skills that were lost over the summer when they start school the following year. 

And with Curious George’s visit children will be drawn to the library where they can participate in programs that they might not know about. Mayor Kelley also said that there is no charge for Curious George to come and visit Huntingdon.

HTC Thanks
All of the Derby Day Volunteers for a Successful Day

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the Huntingdon Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kelley also stated that the 6th Annual Derby Day was a success as large crowds attended the event.

The town wanted to say thank you sponsors the Huntingdon Animal Clinic and the Dixie staff, volunteer ushers and volunteers from HMS and HHS students for all of their hard work in helping put on this free community event.

HTC Accepting Bids for Museum Painting Project

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council on Tuesday passed a resolution that states that the town will now start requesting bids for the exterior painting project of the Museum property. The project is currently budgeted and now Huntingdon will start to go out for bids on the project.

The Huntingdon Town Council also passed Ordinance No.573, which is an ordinance to provide a municipal zoning designation of R-1 (low density residential) for the following area that was annexed into the city. The property located at 9625 Highway 22 South adjoining and adjacent to the existing corporate limits that includes approximately 1.1 acres will be annexed.

Rebels Softball, Baseball and Soccer Tourney Action Continues on Tuesday, May 9th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team defeated West Carroll on Monday winning 6-1. The Lady Rebels will  play the Huntingdon Phillies on Tuesday, May 9th at Phillies  Field at 5pm.

The McKenzie Rebels Baseball lost to Huntingdon on Monday 2-1. The Rebels will now play Dresden on Tuesday, May 9th at 5pm in Huntingdon.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Mckenzie Soccer team defeated the Obion County Rebels on Monday winning 8-1. The Rebels Soccer team will play the Milan Bulldogs on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm at Bethel University.

CCC Authorizes Submission for Litter and Trash Grant

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a Litter and Trash Grant from the Transportation and Authorizing of the acceptance of the grant for the fiscal 2017-2018 year.

The resolution states that Mayor McBride is authorized on behalf of Carroll County for a Litter and Trash Collection Grant. If the application is approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, then Mayor McBride is authorized to execute the contracts or other necessary documents which may be required to signify the acceptance of the Litter and Trash Collection Grant by Carroll County.

CCC Pass Public Records Policy

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Commissioners also passed a resolution to adopt a Public Records Policy for the Carroll County Government.

The Public Records Policy developed by the Office of Open Records Counsel or OORC states that county entities may adopt separate policies or by default accept this policy as the public records policy for the entity.

Unless a separate policy is adopted by a county entity, this policy will be applied to each county entity when it takes effect on July 1st, 2017.



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