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Tickets for A Christmas on Broadway for 2pm Performance on Sale Now

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Come celebrate the holidays with The Dixie Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center as they present their highly anticipated Christmas show, A Christmas On Broadway on Saturday, December 16th at 2pm. The 7pm show is sold out so the Dixie has added this 2pm performance.

Tickets cost $15 and are available by calling The Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100, or stopping by the Dixie Box Office open Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm or on The Dixie’s website at

An annual tradition, The Dixie promises a highly entertaining evening full of Broadway hits and Christmas favorites performed by an all-star cast! This year’s holiday event will feature Special Guest Kellye Cash with The Dixie Children’s Choir led by Andrea Cottrill.  Also, reigning Miss Tennessee Caty Davis will make a special appearance.

Also, just in time for those Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, Dixie Gift Cards and Season Tickets are available on the website and at The Dixie Box Office.  Gift the gift of The Dixie this year.

Cleveland Man Arrested for 2nd Driving on a Revoked License

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested Jason Lenker, age 38 of Gold View Drive of Cleveland, TN, on Tuesday for his second driving on a revoked license offense. Lenker was also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. Lenker was placed on $250 bond.

Register for the Huntingdon Christmas Parade By Dec. 8th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Town of Huntingdon will hold their Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9th at 6:30pm.

The parade will begin on West Main Street at Carroll Bank and Trust and traveling around the south of the Court House and proceeds along East Main Street and will conclude at 5th Avenue.

To register for the parade please call the Huntingdon Public Safety dispatch at 731-986-5310. Registration will be open until Friday, December 8th at noon. Categories in the parade include: band, float, horse and rider, motorized vehicle, antique vehicle, antique tractor and miscellaneous, which includes bicycles, ATVs, motorcycles and more.

Make Plans for Fun at North Pole Family Fun Day and Elf on the Shelf This Coming Weekend in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The day after Thanksgiving, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the elves will roll into Downtown Paris on Friday, November 24th at 10am kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association, which will run from 10am to 2pm.

At the North Pole Family Fun Day, you can meet with Santa, you can make something at one of the free craft tables with "make and take" holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club and located outside stores throughout downtown,  enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10am until noon and every half hour  from 10:30am to 1:30pm, members of the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express at Vicky Muzzall's Tax Service on  Fentress Street. 

There will also be trackless train rides for adults and children, a petting zoo, and other games on the courthouse lawn, all courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association. The fun doesn’t stop there on Saturday, November 25th the Elf on the Shelf will be at Lura Lee’s of Paris from 12pm to 2pm. So stop by do some shopping and meet with the Elf on the Shelf at Lura Lee’s of Paris. The jolly old elf invites everyone to check out the schedule for Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events at

Benefit for Carla Hollowell is Dec. 9th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Carla Allen Hollowell on Saturday, December 9th from 12pm to 4pm in the Exhibit Building at the Carroll County Civic Center, located at 201 Mustang Drive in Huntingdon.

Live music will be provided by the Roan Creek Band, The Pit Band, Bluegrass Bank and others. You can purchase a lunch for $8 and lunch includes either a hamburger, hot dog or grilled bologna sandwich, chips, drink and a dessert.  There will also be a silent auction and door prizes will be awarded at the benefit.

Hollowell is a cancer patient and money raised at the event will benefit Hollowell.

Clarksburg Christmas Open House is Dec. 9th

Clarksburg, Tenn.- The City of Clarksburg is holding their Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 11am to 1pm. Refreshments will be served and the ceremony for Recognition of Citizen of the Year will be held at noon.

Tickets for Bethel's Twinkle Ball "Twinkle Has Been Grinched" on Sale Now

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets for Bethel University's 6th Annual Twinkle Ball are on sale now, which will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the Baker Fieldhouse Gymnasium on Bethel 's McKenzie campus.

The Twinkle Ball gives young girls and their mothers (or someone who is motherly to them) the chance to dress up and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the girliest ways imaginable. This year's theme is "Twinkle has been Grinched!"

Tickets are $25 for a mother/daughter. Mothers with more than one daughter can purchase additional tickets for $7 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore, but they must be purchased in advance by Monday, November  27th.

For more information about the Twinkle Ball, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094 or Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090.

McKenzie Man Arrested on Two Counts of Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy  Brent Coffman arrested Jared Parks, age 33 of Cherry Avenue West of McKenzie, for two counts of theft of property. Parks was placed on $3,000 bond.

McKenzie's Big Christmas Jingle Event Set for Dec 1st-3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s Big Jingle Christmas event will be held on Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd.

The Big Jingle Christmas event is currently looking for parade entries. To enter the parade please contact Jennifer Sims at 731-415-0981. The Carroll Arts has taken over the Mistletoe Market and they are currently looking for craft vendors to make the Mistletoe Market spectacular.

Booths at the Mistletoe Market are $20 each and you can get booth spaces by contacting Denise Sam at 731-697-1844. Spaces are 10x10, except some of the corner spaces are a little larger. The Carroll Arts is also interested in feedback from vendors who will be having a booth at the Mistletoe Market on whether they would want to have the market open on Sunday afternoon from around 1pm to 4pm. 

Also at the Big Jingle Christmas Event, the community can also enjoy First Methodist Church for a Taste of Christmas, look at the collection of Nativity Scenes or attend a Renaissance performance.

McKenzie Final Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting is Nov. 27th

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s final Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Monday, November 27th at 5:30pm at the Grace Baptist Church

It is a known fact that an active neighborhood crime watch program is one of the very best ways to keep our neighborhoods safe from drugs, gangs and at the same reduce the crime rate.

So on Monday,November 27th stop by for the final Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting to learn about keeping our neighborhood safe.

Bethel Percussion Performing on Nov. 21st

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel Percussion Ensemble will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, November 21st at 7pm in the  L.J. Turner Recital Hall at the Marrs-Stockton Music Building. For more information, contact Keith Herris at

Lady Rebels Fall, But Rebels Defeat Bulldogs 66-27

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost the Gleason Lady Bulldogs on Monday 55-32. The Lady Rebels are 1-2 on the season.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Gleason Bulldogs at home on Monday winning 66-27. Lucas King led the Rebels to victory with  20 points. The Rebels are 2-1 on the season. The Rebels and Lady Rebels will play at Milan on Monday, November 27th, starting with the girls game at 6pm.

Bethel Commencement is December 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Fall 2017 Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 10am in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on Bethel’s main campus in McKenzie.

Approximately 300 students are scheduled to graduate and graduate lineup and guest seating will each begin at 9am.

For more information, graduates should contact the Registrars from their given programs. All other questions may be directed to Myra Carlock, Director of University and Alumni Events, at or at 731-352-4090.

Auditions for Camelot are Nov. 27th and Nov. 28th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie Players will be holding auditions for Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot on Monday, November 27th and Tuesday, November 28th from 6pm to 9pm at the Dixie in Huntingdon.

The auditions are open to the public for kids ages 5 thru adults. Auditions will consist of singing, movement and cold readings from the script.

Performances for Camelot will be held in 2018 on February 23rd and March 2nd at 7pm and on February, 24th and March 3rd at 2pm at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, located at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon.

If you have any questions please call the Dixie at 986-2100, check out their website at or email

Butler Hires Michelle Mitchell for Bethel Strategic Initiatives

McKenzie, Tenn.- Citing Michelle Mitchell’s diverse experience helping organizations achieve bold goals, Bethel University President Walter Butler announced Mitchell’s new role as Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives.

“The skills Michelle has gained working with audiences around the country and internationally make her a perfect candidate to help us move ahead in achieving our strategic plans for Bethel. She understands not only how to realize vision in a variety of settings with diverse challenges but also appreciates the strengths of our West Tennessee home.”

Mitchell will report directly to Butler, and will focus on priority projects for the President as she assists in shaping and implementing strategy to help grow and improve the University. Her work will involve strengthening relationships with internal and external audiences through marketing, university relations and monitoring university performance through research.

Originally from Bradford, TN, a graduate of Milan High School and Samford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Mitchell has extensive experience managing relationship, financial and outcome-driven goals with audiences in the entertainment industry. Butler added, “Michelle brings the best of both worlds to Bethel. She is native of West Tennessee who has proven herself as an achiever in competitive markets around the country. Her strong business acumen will contribute to our team, as we serve students and community in even more impactful ways.”

Bethel University’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop in a Christian environment to their highest intellectual, spiritual and social potential. This includes synchronous and asynchronous modes of education. More information is available at

Rebels and Lady Rebels Play Gleason on WHDM on Monday

McKenzie, Tenn.- In basketball action, the McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels will face the Gleason Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs at home on Monday, November 20th.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm or online at or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember standard rates do apply.

Police Cite Two People for Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones cited Ricky Mcabee, age 33 of East Main Street of Dresden, for driving on a revoked license first offense, violation of  the light law and failure to show proof of insurance.     


Ptl. Jones also cited Samantha Poore, age 25 of Park Street of McKenzie, for driving on a revoked license first offense.

This Is Last Week to See the Thetford Art Exhibit

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Stop by the Dixie Ballroom Gallery for the Daryl Thetford Art Exhibition open now until Saturday, November 25th.

Thetford grew up on a hundred-acre farm just down the road in Bradford, Tennessee. His father was a forklift operator who worked in a warehouse, and his mother was a beautician. While they encouraged their son to pursue so-called “practical” avenues of work, they also recognized his early artistic abilities, and enrolled him in oil painting lessons–which he loved–at age nine.

Thetford is an artist working in photography-based digital media and collage. His work has been described as graphic, modern, pop, and contemporary, although what to actually call the process has been a larger source of debate. Thetford’s work has been called photo collage, digital art, and digital mixed media.

FirstBank and the Arts Company in Nashville are sponsoring the event.

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

Police Investigate Animal Cruelty and Arrest Man for Disorderly Conduct

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl.  Jasmin Burgess investigated a report of animal cruelty reported by PETA on November 8th. The video surfaced on the social media platform Snapchat and PETA alerted McKenzie Police about the  video which showed of a person tossing a cat from his arms and down the street. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed.

In another report, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp charged Christopher Lamont Hill, 23 of Goodlettsville, with disorderly conduct after a party.

On November 12th around 1:30am officers responded to a party after a loud noise complaint. Officers asked people to show their ID, so they could issue citations for noise violations and Hill was defiant with police. Hill was then arrested for the following charge.

State and Local Officials Holds Groundbreaking for 641 Widening Project

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry County, Tenn.-  Deputy Governor Jim Henry and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer joined by Representative Tim Wirgau, Senator John Stevens, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell and other local and state officials gathered in Paris on Friday morning to break ground on a project to widen SR 54 (US 641).

The $26 million, 2.7-mile project includes SR 54 (US 641) from two lanes to five lanes from near Rison Street to Smith Road. This project also includes a curb and gutter section throughout most of the nearly three miles. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2020.

Senator John Stevens speaks at the 641 widening project on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

“Providing more capacity along this corridor will improve safety and mobility in the immediate ares,” Deputy Governor Henry said. “It will also help the connectivity between Tennessee and Kentucky, which benefits the entire region.”

Deputy Governor Jim Henry speaking at the TDOT SR 54 groundbreaking project to widen 641. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The IMPROVE Act will fund the 10.9 miles from Smith Road to the Kentucky State Line. This project, and others from Henry County, can be found at

“With the additional funds from the IMPROVE Act, we were able to move forward with these improvements,” Commissioner Schroer added.”This is just the first in a series of improvement projects along this corridor."

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer speaking at the 641 groundbreaking. (Cassie Walsh photos)

For more information on the 1-40 widening and Casey Jones Project in Jackson, visit the project information page at

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. TDOT doesn’t want to lose another member of the TDOT family, so motorists are asked to slow down and move over when TDOT construction is happening.


Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at

Shows at the Dixie for December

Huntingdon, Tenn.- If you want to get tickets to see performances at the Dixie in Huntingdon you can get your tickets today. Upcoming shows at the Dixie this year include: Guy Penrod, Hotel California:A Salute to The Eagles, Marty Stuart and Christmas on Broadway with Kellye Cash, Bill Anderson.

Tickets for Marty Stuart on Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm cost $35. And tickets for Christmas on Broadway with Kellye Cash, Bill Anderson on Saturday, December 16th at 7pm cost $15.

To purchase tickets you can visit the Dixie at 191 Court Square in Huntingdon open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm, online at or by calling the Dixie at 731-986-2100.





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