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News Director Nicki Cronkright

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Police Investigate Burglary from a Home on McTyiere Street

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Billy King investigated a case of burglary at a home on McTyiere Street, McKenzie on May 16th.

The victim stated that when went to her vehicle around $2 in change was missing and that a DVD player, valued at $200, didn’t work because someone had attempted to remove it from the car. Police were able to lift fingerprints from the outside of the passenger side door and they were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Police have no suspects in this case.

CCHS Collecting Items This Week for Yard Sale on 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. The Carroll County Humane Society will also host a bake sale on Saturday, June 3rd from 8am to 1pm in conjunction with the yard sale.

You can drop of yard sale donations at the Carroll County Humane Society located at 21822 Hwy 22 in McKenzie, on Thursday,  May 25th and Friday May 26th from  8am to 1pm. You can also drop off donations on Saturday May 27th from 10am to 2pm,  Tuesday May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st from 8am to 1pm.

No items will be accepted after Wednesday, May 31st and the CCHS asks people to not leave items outside the building when they are closed.

The CCHS can’t  accept the following items for the CCHS yard sale: Clothing that is not in good condition,Readers Digest Condensed Books, VHS or audio tapes, exercise equipment, VCRs, Computers, Televisions, Mattresses, sleeper sofas, children's car safety seats, stuffed animals, electronic items that do not work and used bicycle helmets.

The CCHS also can’t accept anything broken, stained, non-working, missing pieces, mildewed, or dirty. Please check anything that has been stored away for musty smells or mildew.

Large items such as furniture in very good condition or working appliances are OK but will need to be brought to the yard sale site during set up times, to be announced the week of the sale.

If you would like to donate items for the yard sale or baked goods, please email cchstn@gmail.com for more information on how to donate. All of the proceeds will benefit Carroll County Humane Society.

Pirates of Penzance is June 1st Through June 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Carroll Arts will be sponsoring a Royal Heights Production special presentation of Pirates of Penzance at Bethel’s Dickey Fine Arts Building in Bouldin Auditorium on Thursday, June 1st and  Friday, June 2nd at 7pm and Saturday, June 3rd at 6pm.

Tickets for adults ages 13 and up are $7 per person and children age 12 and under cost $3 per person and tickets will be available at the door.

Police Cite 2 Women for Driving on Suspended Licenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the  McKenzie Police Department Sgt. Jeff Winberry cited Laura Darnell, of Highway 119 of McKenzie,  for driving on a suspended license. While on patrol, Sgt. Winberry saw a vehicle speeding on Magnolia Avenue.

When Sgt. Winberry stopped the vehicle he spoke to the driver, identified as Darnell, who stated that she didn’t have her license. Sgt. Winberry then found that Darnell was driving on a suspended license.  

In another report, Ptl. Paul Eddllemon cited Tamara Hollowell, of Paw Paw Lane of McKenzie, on Monday for driving on a revoked license.

Huntingdon Agrees to $750 Increase for Audit Contract

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council passed a resolution for the town to enter into an agreement with ATA for the Fiscal Year 2017 audit contract. The Fiscal Year 2017 audit fee is $22,345 plus an additional fee of $3,750 in the event that an audit in accordance with the Uniform Guidance is deemed necessary. This will be a $755 increase from the 2016 Fiscal Year audit fee.

Phase II of Kelley Sports Complex is Moving Along


Huntingdon Town Council discussing the Kelley Sports Complex. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night and the council passed a few resolutions concerning the Kelley Sports Complex.

At the town council meeting the Huntingdon Town Council passed a resolution that enters the town into an agreement with Community Block Development Partners, LLC for administrative services for the 2016 LPRF Grant for Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex and the total cost for the administrative services for the project is $30,000.

The Town Council also passed another resolution to help complete Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex. The council passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tegrah Engineering for engineering services for the 2016 LPRF Grant for Phase II of the Kelley Sports project. The agreement with Tegrah Engineering for engineering services will cost a total of $85,000 for the Kelley Sports Complex project.


Commander Debbie O'Bryan is Huntingdon's Memorial Day Speaker

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Mayor Dale Kelley  announced at the HTC meeting that the 15th Annual Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 29th at Thomas Park beginning at 10am. The guest speaker for Huntingdon’s Memorial Day celebration will be Commander Debbie O’Bryant. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held at the Huntingdon Middle School gymnasium.


Sweeping the Streets of Huntingdon Clean


Huntingdon Town Council. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At the HTC meeting, Mayor Kelley was happy to report that the Huntingdon Public Works Department has recently been using the town’s sweeper to clean around the Main Street areas. The town bought the sweeper for a low price and it needed some work, but now the sweeper in fully operational and the town hopes to use it regularly to help keep the streets of Huntingdon clean.

McKenzie Man Arrested Twice on Different Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Zachary St. Clair, age 24 of Hwy 423 of McKenzie, on Tuesday for driving on a revoked license. St. Clair was placed on $300 bond and he was given a citation for a seatbelt violation.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jason McCord also arrested St. Clair on Thursday for shoplifting. St. Clair was placed on $1,000 bond for the shoplifting charge.

A Night With Johnny Majors is Thursday at 6:30pm

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll Bank and Trust and the West Tennessee Public Utility District is sponsoring “A Night with Johnny Major” on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.

Tickets cost $50 ticket for a fully-catered meal and floor seating and balcony seating only will cost $25 ticket per person. The benefit dinner tickets can be purchased at any Carroll Bank and Trust location and Johnny Majors will be the guest speaker for the dinner.

“A Night with Johnny Major” is a fundraiser to help benefit the Nathan Bedford Forest Boy Scouts of America programs in Carroll County and West Tennessee.


SHS TN, LLC Buys McKenzie Regional Hospital

McKenzie, Tenn.- The SHS Tennessee, LLC signed a purchase agreement on May 12, 2016 to purchase the McKenzie Regional Hospital in McKenzie and the Henderson County Community Hospital in Lexington.

Michael Morrical, CEO of McKenzie Regional Hospital says “SHS is focused on growing and supporting our rural community hospitals. McKenzie Regional Hospital will proudly continue its mission of providing outstanding local care.”

Pam Roberts, CEO of Henderson County Community General Hospital says, “There are ever increasing financial pressures on small hospitals as our state and national healthcare landscapes evolve, infrastructure requirements are increasing and payment models are rapidly changing , especially as we look to a future of population healthcare management. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue providing our community with patient- focused healthcare.”

Both organizations anticipate no immediate operational service changes at the hospital.

Local Gov't to Benefit the Most from the Improve Act

Paris, Tenn.- The final legislative briefing with Rep. Tim Wirgau and Senator John Stevens took place on Monday morning as both men talked about legislation that was past during this session.

The biggest accomplishments that the TN House and Senate passed was the Improve Act. Rep. Wirgau said that the money from the Improve Act was used to help the local side so more road funds came to local governments to fund the projects that they need to complete.

Senator John Stevens said that the county is one of the groups that benefit from the Improve Act. Stevens said that the county road bill passed and with previous years the county had to match the state 20% in order to get funds to do road work, now that match for the county will go from a 20% match to a 2% match which allows counties to get road work done without using their entire budget to do so.

Rep. Wirgau also said that they were able to put more money back for the veterans, which is an important subject that the TN House and Senate wanted to pass.

Protecting Elders, Clamping Down on Illegal Immigrants and High Speed Broadband for Rural Communities


Senator John Stevens (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Senator John Stevens said that this session they managed to pass a balanced budget and the state has no new debt and the state currently has very little debt which is a good thing.

Stevens also spoke about how Governor Haslam got a bill passed for rural communities to get access to high speed broadband. Stevens spoke to the group about how the state is working on a state opioid abuse program where the health department will try to identify high risk prescribers so that Tennessee start to cut down on the state’s prescription drug abuse problem.

The state also passed a bill that helps with elder abuse and if a bank recognizes that someone is a victim of elder abuse the bank has the authority to contact someone else in order to protect elders from financial abuse.

The state also passed a bill making it a class E felony for illegal immigrants to stay in Tennessee. This is a way to clamp down on those who are here illegally in the state.

State Has Millions in Unclaimed Property

Paris, Tenn.- Rep. Wirgau also wanted to let the public know that in his district there is currently over $2.5 million in unclaimed property and if anyone wants to find out if they have unclaimed property they can call Wirgau’s office at 615-741-6804.

Asian Carp Solution Coming Soon, More Money Stays on Waterways


Rep. Tim Wirgau (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The state also got property tax relief passed for farmers and some tax relief for marinas, so that the comptroller can assess taxes that are more reasonable for them to pay. Rep. Wirgau said that originally taxes for marinas went up from around $2,800 to paying $20,000 in taxes, so they passed the bill to ease taxes on businesses and marinas in order to get some tax relief for these business owners.

Rep. Wirgau said that over $2 million is spent in fuel tax collection on the waterways and only $500K would stay on the waterway. Now with the new bill all of the fuel tax that is collected on the waterways will stay on the waterways for improvements that are needed.

Wirgau also said that in a matter of a few weeks the Asian Carp Task Force will be set to release a plan for taking action in getting rid of the Asian Carp that is in the TN River.

State Helps Teachers and Adults Can Apply for Lotto Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.- The state also passed changes to the lottery scholarships. Adults can now apply for the lottery scholarship and they can essentially go to community college for free.

On the education front, Senator Stevens said that the state has doubled the amount that teachers can spend on classroom supplies. So teachers will now be able to spend $400 instead of $200 on classroom supplies, which helps teachers not having to dip into their own pockets to pay for the supplies they need.

The Basic Education Program will get a teacher salary increase and the state also passed that students in elementary schools will get 130 minutes of exercise and students in secondary schools will get 90 minutes of exercise per day.

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.

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 dixiepac.net or by calling the Dixie at 986-2100.


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. 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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