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Rebels Battle Region Rivals the Adamsville Cardinals on Friday

Adamsville, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels continue in Region 7AA action when they  face the Adamsville Cardinals in Adamsville on Friday, October 6th at 7pm.

The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm and you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at, or you can listen to the game by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

McKenzie Woman Arrested for Criminal Trespass

According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher cited Hope Phelps, age 42 of Haynes Street of McKenzie, on Wednesday for criminal trespass.

Bethel's Homecoming Celebrations Continue With Theater, Music

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Homecoming celebrations continue on Friday, October 6th with Homecoming with Renaissance at 7pm in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena and admission to the show is free.

The faculty and staff art show in the Kathy Sacks Art Gallery will be happening on Friday, October 6th will be from 5:30pm to 7pm.

The  Bonfire and Spirit Rally will be happening at 9:30pm in the parking lot between the Dickey Fine Arts Building and Heritage Hall and the event if free and open to the public.

The Bethel University Academic Theatre will present a Homecoming production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” on Friday, October 6th at 7pm in Bouldin Auditorium, located in the Dickey Fine Arts Building.

An Encore performance will be at 7pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday, October 8th. Tickets may be purchased at the door before each performance.

Register Your Address for the McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale by October 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The  McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 14th. You can contact McKenzie City anytime before Monday, October 9th to register your address.

To register your address please call McKenzie City Hall at 731-352-2292 or you can stop by McKenzie City Hall, located at 2470 Cedar Street in McKenzie.

The McKenzie City Wide Yard Sale maps will be ready for pickup by Thursday, October 12th.

McKenzie Woman Arrested for Vandalism

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp arrested Charity Bratton, age 42 of Hamilton Street of McKenzie, on Saturday for vandalism.

Dispatch received a call that Bratton was in an apartment destroying things and that the situation was physical. Sgt. Beauchamp along with Sgt. Jeff Winberry responded to the scene and they saw that several windows were smashed in the apartment and glass was shattered everywhere.

When police spoke with Bratton they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. Police saw that a $500 television, picture frames, light fixtures and other items were destroyed, but the value of the damage is still undetermined.

Sgt. Beauchamp then placed Bratton under arrest for vandalism over $1,000 bond. Bratton was placed on $2,000 bond.

Jerry Wilcoxson Memorial Homecoming Golf Tourney is Friday

McKenzie, The Jerry Wilcoxson Memorial Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 6th at Carroll Lake Golf Club beginning with registration at 9am followed by a 10am start time.

The golf tournament is a 4-person scramble and the cost to participate is $55 per person or $220 for a team. This includes green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.

The event is open to community members and golfers do not have to be alumni of Bethel to take part. To make a reservation or to get more information, call Jennifer Glass at 731-352-4259 or send her an email to

Bethel's Homecoming Events for Friday Include Basketball, Music and More

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel’s Homecoming Week celebration continues on Friday, October 6th, as there will be several other events for the community.  The Division of Music will host a Recital Hour at noon in Odom Hall and admission to the event is free.

The Men’s Purple and White Basketball Scrimmage will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena beginning at 4pm and admission to this event is free.

The Student Government Association will present “Celebrating Our History: THEN and NOW,” historical walking tours of campus will be held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Accommodations can be made for participants who feel they cannot walk the tour.

McKenzie Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Vernon Moore, age 34 of Highway 190 of McKenzie, on Monday for his third driving under the influence offense, possession of a schedule IV substance, violation of the implied consent law and hit and run damage to a vehicle. Moore was also cited for lack of financial responsibility and driving on a revoked license first offense.

Ptl. Jones observed a vehicle driving toward him on Cedar Street with extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle which was smoking and the vehicle was unable to maintain the lane it was in. While Ptl. Jones was attempting to catch up with the vehicle an off duty officer had observed this vehicle drive by nearly hitting multiple vehicles.

Ptl. Jones was then able to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle where he spoke to the driver identified as Moore. While speaking with Moore, Ptl. Jones noticed that Moore was confused and Ptl. Jones found that Moore had no insurance. Ptl. Jones then asked Moore to perform field sobriety tests which he failed. Moore was then charged and cited for the following offenses.

Coffee, Blessing of the Animals and More Planned for Bethel's Homecoming Week on Wednesday and Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University is celebrating their Homecoming 2017 and on Wednesday, October 4th they will hold their annual Blessing of the Animals will begin at 5:30pm at the Bethel University Alumni Garden. This special worship service has become a Homecoming tradition.

At 9pm on Wednesday, there will be a Coffee House on the lawn of the Marrs-Stockton Music Building, where you can come and hear individuals sing or present poetry or take part yourself. Contact or to reserve a performance spot.

On Thursday, October 5th at noon students from various departments will gather and do projects that give back to McKenzie and Carroll County. Locations for #BUgivesBack will be announced on social media.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Public Intoxication

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Brandon Leek arrested Timothy Cook, age 51 of McKenzie, on Monday for public intoxication.

Big Sandy Man Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas, NV- A local man was among those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas Massacre on Sunday night.  

Sonny Melton of Big Sandy was a registered nurse at Jackson- Madison County General Hospital and  he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his wife, a local physician Dr. Heather Guilish Melton, before he was killed in the shooting.

At least 50 are reported dead and hundreds more were injured in the shooting.

HCMC Grieves with Staff and Families as National Tragedy Affects Our Community

Paris, Tenn.- Every day our physicians, partners, and families at Henry County Medical Center realize how precious every second is and how one act can change the course of your life.  As a care community, we understand that every second matters in each of our lives and we always strive to make those seconds count. 

The events that occurred on Sunday, October 1 in Las Vegas hit close to home for our care community.  Henry County Medical Center is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life that occurred.  This event hits close to home for all of us in Paris and Henry County. 

Two employees of Henry County Medical Center were involved in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. Unfortunately, one of those employees, Sonny Melton, R.N., was killed in the attack.  His wife, Heather Melton, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at Innovative Orthopedics survived the mass shooting. 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families,” said Thomas Gee, CEO at Henry County Medical Center.  “We ask that all staff, friends, and patients of the couple respect their privacy at this time and refrain from contacting the family and the HCMC Kelley Clinic if they do not have a reason to do so.”

HCMC has provided counselors for any staff affected by this horrible incident.  Any appointments that need to be rescheduled with Dr. Melton will be contacted by the office, so please do not contact Innovative Orthopedics or the HCMC Kelley Clinic until you hear from staff at the office.

This event is a traumatic life experience for those there and those that are a part of the HCMC caring community.  If you are struggling to understand this event or other types of losses, HCMC has staff available at Lake Haven Behavioral Center. 

HCMC will be offering information and mental health tips to our partners, families and our community throughout this month as we all begin to cope with this tragedy.  If you feel you need to speak with someone, please contact our Lake Haven Behavioral Center at 731-644-8420.

Third Annual Minerals Day is Friday, October 6th

Gleason, Tenn.- The Third Annual Minerals Day celebration will be held Friday,  October 6th from 10am to 2pm  at the Mike Snider  Park, which is located at 506 North Cedar Street in Gleason.  

A few changes are in store for this year's event but, as usual, the invitation is extended to all people interested in learning how ball clay makes the world go round. Old Hickory Clay Company has graciously agreed to let the public tour a mine, weather permitting.


Last year was a phenomenal event as an estimated 800 people attended the party. This year promises to be the best yet now that Minerals Day has become a true community event. The Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee (GDRC) is taking the reins for this year's extravaganza and realizes the importance of clay minerals in our cities, towns, and state.


Several local "mineral" producers have agreed to sponsor this year's  event. Old Hickory Clay Company, Gleason Clay Company, and Imerys Ceramics/ Kentucky-Tennessee  Clay Co. are already on board to help educate the community about the magic of West Tennessee Ball Clay. Many other supporting local service industries are interested ih helping us make the day possible and we expect a huge turnout. Many government and industrial officials have attended in the past and we anticipate more this year.


Many pieces of equipment will be on site such as excavators, dozers, articulated truck, and the world famous "Gleason Shredder". The Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee (GDRC) and local businesses will be providing and serving hotdogs, chips, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and cold drinks for refreshments.

Several People Charged and Cited for Driving Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.-According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones charged Christopher Williamson Jr., age 34 of Highway 79 of Trezevant, on Tuesday for his third driving on a revoked license offense.

Ptl. Jones also cited Gregory Watson, age 32 of Winchester Street of McKenzie, on Tuesday for driving on a revoked license.

Ptl. Brandon Leek cited Brittany Hill, age 26 of Forrest Avenue of McKenzie, on Friday for driving on a revoked license.

Benefit for Demitri Burnette is Saturday from 11am to 2pm

McKenzie, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Demitri Burnette on Saturday, October 7th from 11am to 2pm in the parking lot of the Save-a-Lot in McKenzie.The meal costs $7 and includes a ribeye sandwich, chips and a drink.

Demitri was diagnosed with leukemia and he is the 9 year old son of Adam and Patricia Burnette. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burnette family.

Thunder 11U AAA Baseball Team Wins Wood Bat Tournament

Front Row: Brock Archie, Jesse Pugh, Jerimiah Townsend, Austin Gasper, Jackson Mosely. Middle Row:Martez Rack, Tatum Crosser, Carson Ballard, Chase Cameron, Aiden Hilliard. Back Row:Assistant Coach Tracy Tharpe, Assistant Coach Caleb Townsend and Head Coach Gervis Gallimore. (photo by Eileen Cameron)

Paris, Tenn.- Congrats goes out to the Thunder 11U AAA Baseball who won 1st place in the Wood Bat Tournament sponsored by BOMSS Bat Company this past weekend in Paris.

 Since the boys won the tournament they received a blue bracelet labeled Champions and the team received an engraved wood bat from BOMMS. In pool play the Thunder 11U AAA played up and defeated a 12U team named Bearkats 5-3 and they also defeated Huntington Mustangs 11U AAA 10-0.

Carson Ballard pitched a no-hitter in the championship game. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over five innings, striking out six. The Thunder 11U AAA scored four runs in the fifth inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Jackson Mosely and Martez Rack, by Brock Archie, and a double by Jesse Pugh. Grey Eubanks got the start for the Huntington Mustangs AAA.

Thunder 11U AAA totaled 11 hits in the game. Brock Archie, Martez Rack, and Jackson Mosely all managed multiple hits for Thunder 11U AAA. Mosely, Rack, and Archie each collected two hits to lead Thunder 11U AAA. Thunder 11U AAA stole nine bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Martez Rack led the way with three.

Henry Man and McKenzie Man Arrested for Possession

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Steven Scott cited Ivan Hernandez, age 21 of Mimosa Street of Henry, and Alejandro Zaragoza, age 20 of Randal Street of McKenzie, on Thursday for simple possession.

Ptl. Scott observed a vehicle run a stop sign so he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. When Ptl. Scott approached the vehicle he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Ptl. Scott asked both ment if they had been smoking marijuana and both men admitted to police that they had.

Police performed a searchof the vehicle and they found marijuana in the vehicle. Police also searched each man’s person where they found that Hernandez had 0.9 grams of marijuana on him and Zaragoza had 0.5 grams of marijuana on him.

Hernandez and Zaragoza were then cited for simple possession of a schedule 6 substance.

Rebels Get the Home Victory Defeating the Halls Tigers 38-8

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels got a homecoming victory in Region 7AA action as the Rebels defeated the Halls Tigers at home on Friday 38-8.

With 6:39 left in the 1st quarter, Zach Jarrett threw a 6yd touchdown pass to Josh Cannon, but the two point conversion failed as the Rebels led 6-0. At the 2:53 mark Rebels DeAaron Diggs 6yd rushing touchdown and the two point conversion was good. The Rebels led Halls 14-0. Rebels QB Zach Jarrett threw a 50yd touchdown pass to Tyler Spivey . At the end of the 1st quarter, McKenzie led Halls 20-0.

At the 7:43 mark of the 2nd quarter, QB Zach Jarrett threw a 17yd touchdown pass to Tyler Spivey as McKenzie led Halls 26-0.  With 5:22 left in the quarter, McKenzie’s Stefan Haynes ran back a punt return for a Rebel touchdown as McKenzie led Halls 32-0 at the end of the 2nd quarter.

With 9:50 left in the 3rd quarter DeAaron Diggs scored a 55yd rushing touchdown. And at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Rebels led the Tigers 38-0. With 4:26 to go in the 4th quarter, the Halls Tigers scored a touchdown and the two point conversion was good. The McKenzie Rebels led the Halls Tigers 38-8.

The final score was the McKenzie Rebels 38, Halls Tigers 8.

Final stats McKenzie had 12 1st downs, 160yds passing, 144yds rushing and  44  plays for  304yds of total offense. The Halls Tigers had 11 1st downs, 158yds passing, 34yds rushing, and 52 plays for 192yds of total offense.

The McKenzie Rebels go to 3-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in Region 7AA. The McKenzie Rebels continue in Region 7AA action when they  face the Adamsville Cardinals in Adamsville on Friday, October 6th at 7pm.

The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm and you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at, or you can listen to the game by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

McKenzie's 2nd Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting is Monday, Oct. 2nd

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s second Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Monday, October 2nd at 5:30pm at the Park Theater located at 2312 Cedar Street in McKenzie.

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 October 2nd stop by for the second of four Neighborhood Crime Watch Meetings to learn about keeping our neighborhood safe. If you can’t make Monday’s meeting there will be two other meetings that you can attend and all of the meetings will have the same information so you can choose where and what meeting you can attend.

The third meeting will be held on Monday, November 6th at 5:30pm at the Calvary Tabernacle Church located at 865 Stonewall Street and the final Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Monday, November 27th at 5:30pm at the Grace Baptist Church located at 747 West Magnolia Avenue.

Huntingdon Police are Still Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

Huntingdon armed robbery suspect.

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department is still searching for the armed robbery suspect who robbed a convenience store in Huntingdon on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Huntingdon Police Department, on Wednesday, September 27th a white male subject robbed the Little General Convenience Store that is located on East Main Street in Huntingdon.

The subject came into the store at approximately 1:57am and asked to use the restroom. The suspect then left the store and came back in a few minutes later and he asked to use the restroom again. As he left the restroom, he pulled what appears to be a sawed off shotgun and ordered both clerks to open their cash registers and remove the cash drawer.

Huntingdon armed robbery suspect.

The clerks complied and the man took the cash from both drawers while holding the clerks at gunpoint. According to Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, during the robbery the suspect pointed the weapon at the clerks from time to time in a menacing and aggressive manner.

The amount of cash taken in the robbery is undetermined. The Huntingdon Police Department has followed up on several leads, none of which have been productive.

This matter remains an ongoing investigation and if anyone has any information on this armed robbery please contact the police at 731-986-5310.

Thetford Art Exhibition Open at Dixie Ballroom Gallery Until November 25th

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

Upcoming Shows at the Dixie for 2017 Released

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 the Guy Penrod show on Saturday, October 7th at 2pm cost $35. Tickets for Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles show on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30pm cost $35. Tickets for the Sara Evans show on Saturday, November 4th are currently sold out.

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.

October Football Schedule for McKenzie High Football


Friday, October 6th: Rebels face Adamsville in Adamsville at 7pm. Pregame show starts at 6:30pm.

Friday, October 13th:  Rebels face Trenton at Home at 7:30pm. Pregame show starts at 7pm.

Friday, October 20th: Rebels face Union City in Union City at 7pm. Pregame show starts at 6:30pm.

Friday, October 27th: Rebels face Gibson County in Dyer at 7:30pm. Pregame show starts at 7pm.

You can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9 fm, 1440 am, online at, or you can listen to the game by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Carroll County 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.





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