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McKenzie Splits With Clarksburg

McKenzie, TN- The Lady Rebels fell to the Clarksburg Rockets on Tuesday for the first time in several years.  Both teams started off somewhat sluggish with the score of 13-12 after the first quarter with Clarksburg in the lead.  The Lady Rebels turned it around by the end of the half and lead 24 to 19.  But Clalrksburg heated up a little in the last half and came out with a 41 - 40 victory  over the Lady Rebels.  Unofficially, Shelby Davis led the McKenzie squad with 10 points.  Krista Noble led the Lady Rockets with 11 all coming in the first quarter with three three point shots and another basket.

The Rebels on the other hand took care of business with a running clock for the second night in a row winning with a score of 77 - 31.  McKenzie led by a score of 30-12 at the half and continued to roll with the entire team getting in on the action.  Double figures were had by Ben Austin with 20, Lucas King 16 and Lazarick Hill 11.  Clarksburgs Jordan Morris had 13 to lead the Rockets.

Friday night will be a real test for the Rebels as they will host Columbia Academy, the number 4 ranked team in the state at McKenzie High School. Everyone is encouaged to come out and cheer both squads on with game time at 6:00.

The Rebels will have a make up game with Dresden on Saturday starting at 2:00 in Dresden.

Tom Sawyer Coming to the K-Pac

McKenzie Rebels Split with Huntingdon

McKenzie, TN- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost on Friday night to the Huntingdon Fillies but the men turned around and won with a running clock. The ladies fell 42-35 in what started for both teams as a low scoring event. 1st quarter found Huntingdon with a 10-4 lead over the Rebels. Leading scorer for the lady Rebels was Lilly Bennet with 16, Anna Callahan had 11 and Shelby Davis and MiKayla McWherter Gill both chipped in 4. Huningdon was lead by Tyasia Reed with 20.

In the men's contest it was all Rebels as they lead at the end of the first quarter 23-6 and went on the win under a running clock 67-33. Lazarick Hill tossed in 21 points on the night to lead the Rebels followed by Ben Austin with 13, and Lucas King 11. Caleb Gill had 8, Nate Whitsell 6, Lane Horton 4 and Evan Jarrett and Tyler Spivey both had 2. The Rebels will be at home Tuesday night in a district contest with the Rockets of Clarksburg. You can listen to play by play on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440.


Prior to the ladies contest on Friday night the school honored the memory of a very special Rebel fan. Barbara Boyd, a teacher for 30 years and long time player and supporter of the Rebels, Ms Barbara had watched her daughter, son and both graddaughters wear the Rebel jersy and play the game taht she loved so much. Public address operator for the evening Tim McBride asked the fans in attendance to stand as they placed a stadium seat in the spot where she alsway sat, along with a bouquet of flowers placed there in her memory. Barbara Boyd was the grandmother of current player Shelby Davis on the Rebel High School team. She passed away recently following a battle with cancer.

Critical Need For O Positive Blood

Paris, TN- The Lifeline blood mobile unit will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris today from 12 until 6 today (Thursday Jan. 3).  According to Public Relations Coordinator Cherie Parker only 1/2 day supply of O Positive blood for patients in West TN hospitals is available.  All donors are urged to give blood today at the First United Methodist Church.  All blood donors will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt tthis month.  Roll up a sleeve and help save a life.

Dixie To Promote Arts Classes

Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center is offering Spring Photography Classes under the dynamic instruction of world-renowned photographer Jim Veneman beginning January 10th.

Photography classes at The Dixie will be held on Thursdays: Jan 10, 17, 24, Feb 7, 14, 21 (No class Jan 31)

Students will be able to sign up for either day or night classes at the following times:

  • Basic Photography - 9:30-11:00AM
  • Special Projects - 1:00-2:30PM
  • Special Projects - 5:30-7:00PM
  • Basic Photography - 7:15-8:45PM

As a part of the session, students will have the additional education opportunity of displaying their work in an exciting photography exhibit, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM at The Dixie.

In addition to the photography classes, Mudslingers will be offering an opportunity to learn the art of working with clay.

Mudslinger’s Pottery Studio and The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center are once again hosting opportunities to experience the hands-on basics of pottery under the tutelage of accomplished artists and instructors. 

Both adult and children’s classes are being offered throughout the Spring.
CHILDREN'S POTTERY CLASSES - Taught by Candace Gooch-Ward
Tuesdays - JAN 8, 15, 22, 29   FEB 5, 19 (no class on FEB 12)
Grades 2nd - 4th: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Grades 5th - 8th: 4:45 - 6:00pm
Mud Exhibit: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:30pm at Mudslingers Studio

Registration forms and participation information are available online at DixiePAC.net. The class fee is $170 which includes all materials.  The Dixie Box Office is open M-F, 10AM-4PM, and can answer questions about classes and registration.  These unique classes are sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission for the purpose of offering the residents of Tennessee access to and opportunities to participate in the arts.

Area Officials Attend NWTDD Annual Meeting


    ( Paris Mayor Carlton Gerald, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler and Board Member at large Mike Medling of Greenfield enjoy visiting together following the meal at Discovery Park.)  Picture by David Jackson

Union City, TN - Local officials enjoyed a delicious meal durinng the annual meeting of the Northwest Tennessee Development District and Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency.  Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson served as MC for the program.  Representatives from the nine counties served by the organizations and their guests were invited to tour the Discovery Park facility prior to a wonderful meal prepared by the Sodexo food services for UT Martin. 

Over a hundred individuals attended.  Jake Bynum, Weakley County Mayor provided the invocation before the meal.  Following the meal.  Executive Director John Bucy introduced county and municipal mayors along with special guests Ed Jackson representative for Congressmen Kustoff and Jim Tracey State Director for USDA Rural Develoopment.

The Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1973 to be the delivery system for human resource services in the nine counties of the region.

The Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency began with the Elderly Nutrition Program, and then expanded to the Ombudsman program and the Senior AIDES Program.   The NWTHRA also encompasses services including Public Transportation, Homemaker, Respite, and Personal Care

Currently, the NWTHRA 33 employs people at the district office and approximately 250 people throughout the nine counties to deliver these services, using a combination of federal, state and local funding.  The staff and agency are governed by a Policy Council composed of the county mayors and four members-at-large, all from the Northwest Tennessee Area. 

Northwest Tennessee Development District is an association of forty-seven municipalities and nine counties organized to advocate and promote economic and community development in the region.

Founded in 1971 to provide planning, technical assistance, staff support and to help its local governments develop projects and activities to benefit the communities and citizens.  Currently the district employees 26 full-time and 6 part-time persons in the office and many other persons full-time and part-time through the Area Agency on Aging administered contracts.

A sixty-three member Board of Directors composed of nine county mayors and forty-seven city/town mayors in our district and four members-at-large governs the District.  The Executive Committee is comprised of the nine County Mayors and six Members-At-Large.

The primary goals are to assist local governments in researching, obtaining, and administering state and federal funding; to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Tennessee; and to identify needs and advocate services for the elderly population of the region. The District concerns itself with the total social, economic, and environmental well being of this area.


Huntingdon Activites Scheduled for Holidays


Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

McKenzie, TN-The City of McKenzie, Carroll Bank and Trust, McKenzie Industrial Board and Park Theatre have sponsored "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe" all week in McKenzie and have activities continuing through the weekend as well. 


Busy little elves (Beta, Sigma, Phi members) served lunch today at the church Of Christ from 11 until 1. This evening the movie "Elf" wil be shown at 7:00. Wednesday evening at 7:00 "Christmas in Conneticut" will be shown at 7:00 at the Park Theatre..   Thursday Empty Bowls "Feed the Hungry" will be at the Farmers Market from 4:30 to 6:30.  and "Christmas Vacation" will be shown at 7:00.

Friday from 3:00 till 11:00 P.M. come enjoy ice skating on Banner Row. At 5:00 at the Farmers Market come and enjoy carrolling, Pop Up Shops thoughout downtown, the Mistletoe Market opens in the Farmers Market at 6:00 and Christmas with Renaissance at the Bouldin Auditorium on Bethel Campus starts at 7:00.

Saturday Dec. 1 enjoy breakfast with Santa at the First Methodist Church goes from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.  Polar Express will be at the Depot 9:30, 1:00, 3:45.  Polar Express movie will be shown at 10:45, 2:15, and 5:00.  You'll need to contact city hall about any remaining tickets.  Enjoy ice skating on Banner Row from 10 AM till 8:00 PM.

Rebel Middle School Basketball Tournament

McKenzie, TN-The McKenzie Rebel Middle School boys team won their last regular season game of the year on Monday night in a close game with West Carroll Middle School.  That sets up the Carroll County Tournament for next Monday and Thursday night in Huntingdon.  The Rebels swept the district with a perfect season.  Originally the tournament was to start this weekend but postponed games have to be made up before the tournament can start.

TNAchieves Mentors Desperately Needed

The tnAchieves mentor application deadline is this Friday and we need your help! We still need almost 1,400 mentors across the state to ensure each student has this important non-financial support system. Carroll County still needs 11 mentors to meet student demand. Will you please consider sharing this opportunity across your networks to help us find these last 1,400 people? .

Remember, you can win some great prizes when new mentors list you in the “How did you hear about us?” section of their mentor application. Mentors that find others to serve alongside them will be entered to win the following prizes:


PetSafe Stay and Play Wireless Fence (two available, valued at $300 each)

Free Night’s Stay anywhere in the World at any Hilton Garden Inn

Drinkwell Stoneware Avalon Pet Fountain

Two $25 Amazon Gift Cards, courtesy of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

$50 Gift Card to a Jackson Chamber of Commerce Member Restaurant

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Gift Bag

Gift Card to OliBea in Knoxville’s Old City

Three Gift Bags of Environmental Friendly Materials, courtesy of Keep Tennessee Beautiful

Five Pairs of Tennessee Smokies Baseball Tickets

Interested volunteers can complete the application at www.tnachieves.org/mentors/apply. Please consider helping us spread the word by sharing the need for mentors. If you need any email content or images please let us know. We are happy to provide you with anything you need!

Locally Carroll County is in need of 11 mentors, Henry County needs 16, Stewart and Weakley Counties are still in need of 7 each.

Carroll County Christmas Parades

Huntingdon, TN-The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently released information about area Christmas Parades.

McKenzie Saturday    Dec. 1 beginning at 12:30

Clarksburg Thursday  Dec.  6 beginning at 7:oo PM

Huntingdon Saturday  Dec.  8 beginning at 6:30 PM

Trezevant Monday       Dec. 10 beginning at 7:00 PM

Rebels and Lady Rebels Results

McKenzie, Tenn-The McKenzie Lady Rebels are now 2 and 1 in the early part of their basketball season with wins over Madison Academic and Stewart Co. High Schools.  The lost a close one to Trenton Peabody on the 20th 38-41.  The Rebels extended their win streak to three on the year beating Peabody 69-67.  The Ladies will be playing tonight (Friday Nov. 23) in the Gibson County Classic taking on Union City and South Gibson.

Rebels Take Home 2 Wins Aginst Stewart CO.

McKenzie, Tenn-McKenzie Rebels beat Stewart county in both games Friday night. The Lady Rebels won their game 41 to 30. While the boys won 70-44. Both teams are now 2-0 on the season. McKenzie will face Peabody at Trenton Tuesday night.


Carroll County Hunters Can Feed Hungry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 1, 2018) – Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is in full swing for the 2018 deer season. More than 80 processors throughout the state are now accepting donations of whole deer to help feed local families in need.

In Carroll County, that includes CMR Processing and Kendall's Deer Processing. Contact information and a full list of processors is available at tnwf.org/processors.


Through the generosity of hunters over 20 years, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 6.5 million meals worth of healthy, much-needed protein to the hungriest Tennesseans. As a thank you for those years of support, hunters will be entered in a drawing for each whole deer they donate to win one of four made-in-Tennessee muzzleloaders by Knight Rifles.

More information, including alternate ways to enter, can be found at tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.

“This is a really exciting year. We’ve had multiple record-breaking years recently and we’re adding more processors and counties to our program,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Even with the tough season for hunters last year, we still saw incredible giving. This program works because of Tennessee’s volunteer spirit in our hunters and processors. Without them, there would be fewer full bellies this time of year.”


When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations where it gets in the hands of hungry children and families. One deer provides as many as 168 meals.

Currently, all participating processors in the state are funded, meaning there is no cost to hunters to donate their venison. When deer donations surpass funding, hunters may pay a reduced, $50 processing fee directly to the processor to cover processing costs or redeem Deer Coins purchased from Tennessee Wildlife Federation at tnwf.org/DeerCoin.


“In addition to the support of countless individuals, Hunters for the Hungry is thankful for contributions by companies,” said Simcox. “Walmart Giving, in particular, has been a longtime supporter as they fight hunger in the communities their stores serve.”


For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit tnwf.org/HuntersForTheHungry.


Carroll County tnAchieves Mentors Needed

McKenzie-TN The TN Promise application process closed for Tennessee students on November 1st for the fifth class of TN Promise students.  A record-breaking 64,000 students applied for the scholarship.  With 25 days remaining until mentor application deadline passes, area counties are in need of more volunteers.  Carroll County is still in need of 17 mentors to serve the students of area students from Clarksburg, Bruceton, West Carroll, Huntingdon and McKenzie.  Benton County is only shy by 4 while Henry County is still in need of 29, Weakley County is short 18, Stewart County is short 11 and Houston County is down by 5.  Interested persons may contact www.tnachieves.org/mentors/apply for more information.

McKenzie Rebel Golf Celebrates Year

The MHS golf team celebrated another successful season with their post season banquet at Mallards last week.

The senior ladies had a four year record of 128-44-3, a 73% winning percentage, with a District Runner Up finish, 2 District Championships, 2 Region Championships, 4 Region Tournament appearances, and 2 State Tournament appearances, with a 6th and 4th place State Tournament finish the last two seasons.


The senior gentlemen had a four year record of 175-40, a 81% winning percentage, with a District Runner Up finish, a District Championship, 2 Region Championships, 4 Region Tournament appearances, and 2 State Tournament appearances, with a 5th and 7th place State Tournament finish the last two seasons.

The senior linksters conclude their McKenzie High School golf career with a combined 4 year record of 303-84-3 for a 78% winning percentage.

Coach Smith made individual comments about each player and presented them with a team picture, a TSSAA certificate to recognize them for their State Tournament appearance, and a golf flag with Rebel Golf, 2018 State Tournament, and a Rebel man on it.


Rotary Breakfast and Bid Great Success

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rotary club deemed their "Breakfast and Bid" program this last Saturday as a huge success.  Dr. Krista Martin, President of the club thanked all the sponsors and workers who provided items for their annual Rotary Club Auction and the pancake breakfast enjoyed by people from the area.  Over $8000  dollars was gathered during the auction and another $2000 in the pancake breakfast.

Rebels Win Over Union City 37-14

McKenzie, TN - Even though it was a wet, dreary evening the McKenzie Rebels took care of business Friday night with a 31-14 victory over their Region foe, the Tornados of Union City. Union City opened things up with a score in the first quarter but the Rebels responded with a Joseph Miller run for a touchdown and PAT conversion to give the Rebels a 7-6 lead. Union City came back with a touchdown and two point conversion to lead 14-7. The Rebels Eli Surber connected with Joseph Miller for a 79 yard pass and catch for a touchdown and Miller would run for another touchdown for the Rebels to lead at the end of the half 21-14. Diego Calderon would have a great night kicking all PAT's and adding a 3rd quarter field goal to stretch the Rebel lead to 24-14. Miller would captializeThe Rebel defense was stingy all night long holding the Tornados to 266 yards while 201 yards passing and 140 yards rush on the night. Surber would go 9/17 on the night passing. Miller would have 85 yards on 25 attempts and three touchdowns. Eli Surber would pick up 53 yards on 3 carries. Bryston Diggs would have 2 carries for 2 yards.

Hunter Stafford, Bryston Diggs, and Tyler Spivey would lead the Rebel defense with 8, 7, and 6 tackles respectively. Hunter Stafford and DaShun Woodson both recovered Union City fumbles on the night while as a whole the defensive unit had one of the best nights of the season. If was the first time in several years that the Rebels have beaten Union City. The Rebels will host the Pioneers of Gibson County next Friday night in McKenzie for what could be the determining factor of the Rebels continuing into playoff action.


Odd Ending For McKenzie High School Soccer

The McKenzie Lady Rebel soccer team had an unusual to say the least, ending to their region championship soccer game on Thursday night. With under 4 minutes to go in the contest and Martin Westview in control with a 6 to 1 lead.  Game of ficials stopped the game and left the field of play leaving fans confused and bewildered.  Martin would be declared the winner of the contest. McKenzie Lady Rebels will be in competition on the road Saturday and take on Memphis East High School.

Carroll County Habitat For Humanity Gala Success

The Carroll County Habitat for Humanity Gala brought a huge crowd to the Carroll County Civic Center Thursday night. Emcee for the event Tim McBride welcomed all in attendance before the meal. Kelly Cash Shepherd, former Miss Tennessee and Miss America provided musical entertainment during the program. A silent auction as well a live auction was conducted to help raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity. Board members, donors, and even Habitat For Humanity home owners were recognized during the event. Board Chairman Andrew Stokes presented volunteer of the year plaques to two individuals who have done great things for the local Habitat for Humanity. Billy Smith, who is known by many in Carroll County for his construction efforts was unable to be in attendance but Orbra Gurley, who according to Stokes has contributed many hours in the completion of the houses was given the opportunity to address all in attendance following his award presentation but humbly declined to comment.


Dr. Lee Carter and Kelly Cash Shphard perform duo "Anything You Can Do".


Board Chairman Andrew Stokes presents volunteer of the year plaque to Obra Gurley while emcee Tim McBride looks on.

Auditions For Dixie Christmas Program

Huntingdon, TN - The Dixie Fine Arts Center on the square in Huntingdon is gearing up for this years "Christmas on Broadway" and have announced open auditions Monday November 5 from 6 until 8 pm. Anyone 18 years of age or older that is currently a touring professional or serious student in music or performance is invited to audtion and become a part of the cast.  Please have prepared 16 bars of a song and bring your track on CD or ready to plug in by phone.  The performance will be Saturday December 15 at 7 PM. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center. 

Huntingdon Board of Education Meeting

Huntingdon, TN - The Huntingdon Board of Education will hold a meeting Thursday October 18th at 7:00 A.M. at the Superintendent's Office 585 High Street in Huntingdon.

Carroll County Chamber Membership Dinner

Huntingdon, TN - The 36th annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce membership dinner will be held Monday evening, October 22nd at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.  A silent auction will be conducted at 6:15 P.M. with program and dinner to follow at 6:30.  Tickets are on sale for $22.00 per person and can be reserved by calling the Carroll County Chamber Office at 986-4664.

Honorees for the year include Carroll Countian of the Year Glendon Rich,  Business Person of the Year John Wright, Agri-Business/Farmer of the Year Brent Rice and Carroll County Business of the Year Block City Pizza. Special recognition will be given to Kirsten Sass.

Carroll Countian of the Year, Glendon Rich worked for 37 years as Operations Manager of Norandel, now Granges of North America.  During those years he was actively involed in youth sports in Carroll County coaching an mentoring 100's o young men in recreational baseball leagues.  According Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley, "Glendon has a passion for hunting and fishing and has help mold a lot of young men into model citizens."

Business Person of the Year, John Wright is owner of Wright CPA in Huntingdon and McKenzie.

Carroll County Business of the Year, Block City Pizza.  Founded by Marvin and Shelly Lane, the family owned and operated business has three locations in Carroll County: Bruceton, Huntingdon and McKenzie.

Special Recognition Award will be presented to Kiersten Sass.  According to Hurley the Chamber created the "Special Recognition Award" to recognize individuals who chould have been a success anywhere in the world but the recepient chooses to remain in Carroll County."  It is special because it's not presented every year.  Kristen is known as a world class tri-athelon athlete with participation and wins wolrd wide. Hurley pointed out in comments, "For Kristen to achieve the success she has in tri-athelons world wide and still remain here in Carroll County says a lot about her as well as our community.  We are proud of her success and recognize her as an ambassador of Carroll County on a world wide stage."  Sass is a native of McKenzie and works as a physician assistant at McKenzie Medical Center.  Kirsten won her 10th 35-39 age group competition in Australia in September.

McKenzie Rebels Fall to Peabody 55-7

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels didn't fair well on Friday night in Trenton as they gave up 41 points in the first half and only picked up 7 themselves.  Peabody coming off a loss last week to Gibson County made up that loss with a vengance as they scored every posession with the exception of their last one in the final minutes of the game.  A stingy Peabody defense held the Rebels to 126 yards on the night.  The Rebels will host Union City next Friday night in McKenzie.



The MHS ladies soccer team joined both golf teams to bring home District gold by defeating Westview Thursday nightat the Martin Recreational Complex to claim the District 13A championship.

McKenzie led 1-0 at the half. Ten minutes into the second period, the teams swapped a pair of goals and McKenzie still led 3-2. Westview scored a goal a few minutes later to tie the game at 3.

The last 20 minutes of regulation, two 10 minute extra periods, and two 5 minute extra periods weren't enough to decide a champion, so penalty kicks would decide the title.

The first 5 kicks still didn't decide a winner as each team connected on 3 of their 5 attempts, forcing sudden death penalty kicks.

The sudden death penalty kick round started with each team trading goals. After a stop by the Rebel ladies on the second goal attempt by Westview, the Rebels connected on their attempt to claim the title!

The ladies earn a bye in the Region semifinals as the other District only has one team. The ladies will play in the Region championship next Thursday. Site, time, and opponent to be determined later, but possibly will play in McKenzie.  Congratulations to the Lady Rebels soccer team.


  Picture and information from McKenzie High School Golf Facebook

Zline Kitchen and Bath Locating Distribution Center in Carroll County

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ZLINE Kitchen and Bath officials announced today the company will locate its new distribution headquarters in Bruceton. The kitchen range and hood manufacturer and distributor will create 74 new jobs and invest $3 million in Carroll County.

“I want to thank ZLINE for creating more than 70 new jobs in Carroll County,” Rolfe said. “There are more than 16,000 Tennessee businesses in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector, and I appreciate ZLINE for choosing to locate its new distribution headquarters in Carroll County, a Tier-4 county, and for expanding this industry in Tennessee.”

Founded by Andy Zuro, ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the industry leader in the manufacturing and distributing of range hoods and kitchen cooktops. ZLINE is a family-owned company with its corporate headquarters locations in Nevada and Ohio.

“ZLINE is incredibly proud to launch its new Bruceton facility. We have been thrilled with the level of support from the local community and the State of Tennessee. We are the industry-leader in range hoods, and our investment in this 205,000-square-foot facility affords us the opportunity to scale our operations in a way that we could only imagine previously,” ZLINE CMO Galen Bradford said. “We chose Tennessee because of its strategic location, exceptional quality of life, and the skilled labor pool. We eagerly look forward to making an influence on the Bruceton community by adding well-deserved, quality careers and creating a lasting, positive impact."

ZLINE’s new operations in Bruceton will function as its Southeast distribution hub and will be the company’s distribution headquarters.

“ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is the newest company to select Bruceton and Carroll County for its new operation,” Brad Hurley, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce president, said. “During the nine-month search process, we needed the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, along with numerous local agencies—Carroll County government, Town of Bruceton, Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District, Carroll County Highway Department—to come together to finalize this deal.”

“On behalf of the Town of Bruceton, I want to welcome ZLINE and think they will be very pleased with their decision to locate here,” Bruceton Mayor Robert T. Keeton III said. “I also want to thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Carroll County Industrial Development Board, and the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District for partnering with the Town to make new jobs a reality for Bruceton.”

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce also supported ZLINE’s new location in Bruceton.

Bruceton and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R - Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R - Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R - Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

"Fall For McKenzie" Saturday Oct. 13th

McKenzie, TN - Scavenger Hunt, Scarecrow Grove, Movie @ Wildcat Stadium, Cornhole contest, City Wide Yardsale and Treasures in the Trunk are just a few of the events that will be going on in downtown McKenzie this Saturday.  For more information be sure and contact the city hall in McKenzie.

McKenzie Rebels Compete Well at State Level

Manchester, TN - The McKenzie Rebels completed their season in the state tournament at Manchester, TN's WillowBrook Country Club. With a total of 43 ladies participants and 63 gentlemen participants in the tournament, the ladies finished with 4th place in the state tournament. Maggie Glass concluded her sophomore season with an individual tie for 10th place, shooting 86/84 over the two days. Julie French ended her high school golf career with a 20th place individual finish after her two day scores of 96/87. The ladies improved their 2nd day team score by 11 strokes, the 2nd most improved of any ladies team from day one as well as having the 2nd best girls team score on day two. They had the tournament's 4th best second day team score, ladies or gentlemen. Their 4th place finish was 8 strokes ahead of 5th place TCA and only 8 strokes behind 3rd place Sale Creek. The ladies were only 10 strokes out of finishing in a tie for 2nd in the State. Summertown won the ladies championship.

The gentlemen finished as 7th place in the state. Senior Ben Austin finished his high school golf career tied for 15th individually with a 78/80 two day performance. Johnathan Moore finished his second season on the team with tournament scores of 88/84, placing him in a tie for 42nd. Like the ladies, the gentlemen's second day performance was 2nd most improved among their male competitors, with a 14 stroke better team score. Signal Mountain won the gentlemen's championship with a close 3 stroke win over defending State champion, Alcoa.

To put our golf teams' State Tournament and season's performance in perspective..... In the TSSAA sport of golf, there are 160 schools classified as Small Division, 97 of which field a ladies golf team. Our ladies finished 4th in the State. Of those same 160 Small Division schools, 107 field a gentlemen's golf team. Our gentlemen finished 7th. Those numbers elevate the success of our golf teams this season.



The 2018 season concludes with the ladies posting a final season record of 50-11-2. The gentlemen end their season with a record of 64-11, with both teams claiming District and Region Championships this season and the gentlemen not losing a 9 hole match the entire season.

Seniors Ben Austin, Mallory Cole, Julie French, Will McBride, and Olivia Wright ended their high school career with their performance in Manchester.

  (Edited from the McKenzie High School Rebels Golf Facebook page)

Tough Conditions on Day One

Manchester,TN - According to the McKenzie High School Rebels Golf

Facebook page yesterday the Rebels had to compete witn an overcast and

sometimes blustery day but the Rebel linksters competed in the first day of

the two day TSSAA Small Division State Golf Tournament.

The ladies team total was 182 with the gentlemen's team total at 359.

Both teams will tee off today to complete the event. 

A full report on the tournament will be given tomorrow evening after it concludes.


               (Picture by Regina Green)

Sophomores Logan Green, Nathan Nanney, and Johnathan Moore get ready

for start of second day of competition in state golf thournament.

Rebels Practice for Real Thing Today!

McKenzie, TN - Rebel golfers Ben Austin and Will McBride got in a practice round of golf at Willow Brook Golf Course over the weekend to prepare for todays first round of the TSSAA state tournament. The Rebel ladies and men both won the district and regional competetion to advance to the state tournament that begins this morning.



Fall for McKenzie Saturday October 13th

McKenzie, TN - Even though temperatures have felt like summer, the fall season of the year is here.  Saturday will be "Fall for McKenzie" with various activites all over town.  Participants can register Saturday morning at the Famers Market on Cedar Street for a "Scavenger Hunt Around McKenzie" at 10:00 AM.  There's no charge for 4 person teams to participate and all that is required is someone who can drive and a cell phone or camera is a must.  It's sure to be fun had by all.

Fall for McKenzie will also include a Scarecrow Grove, Snowcones, Chilli Cook-off as well as cornhole contest and City Wide Yardsale.  More information can be obtained by contacting city hall in McKenzie.

Bethel Wildcats Return Home With Victory

McKenzie, TN - The Bethel Univeristy Wildcat football team moved from 14th in the nation ranking for NAIA football to #10 prior to their game with Campbellsville, Ky on Saturday. They stand to move up even higher as they continue their unbeaten streak with a 49-13 win on the road against the Tigers.

Bethel spoiled the Campbellsville homecoming outgaining the Tigers 527-343 in total yardage. The Wildcats will return home this Saturday for a 1:30 kickoff against Kentucky Christian Universtiy at Wildcat Stadium.

The Wildcats will honor military personnel and first responders on Saturday with Football's Military & First Responders Appreciation Day.  A badge or military ID will give first responders a free admission to the game and military personnel and first responders will be saluted throughout the game.

Fans are invited and encouraged to join the tailgating fun which begins at 11 a.m. The Cat Walk takes place at 11:45 a.m. in front of Crisp Arena.

Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. as the Wildcats host KCU in another Mid-South Bluegrass Divisional match-up.

Bethel has won the last three games in the series and is 6-2 all-time versus the Knights.


McKenzie Rebels Fighting Back

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel football team got their season back on track last week with a win over Halls High School and this week built up momentum heading into the final three games of the season with a win over region contender Adamsville High School. The Rebels scored three times in the first half, missed two, point after attempts and converted one to lead 19-0 at the end of the first half. The Rebels were strong on the ground with two touchdown runs by Joseph Miller, who had been absent from the line up for several weeks, and one by Bryston Diggs, quarterback Eli Surber, Murphy Watkins and freshmen Caleb Gil would also have good runs in the win.

The Rebel defense created a goal line turn over with a fumble recovery by Kyle Maxwell, as the Cardinals were trying to get into the endzone for the first time at the end of the first half.   Adamsville was plagued with penaltys that stopped several drives including a long return for a touchdown that was nullified by a block in the back. The Rebels would also have the same to happen to them as Tyler Spivey would return for 80 yards but would be called back. Hunter Stafford would scoop up a Cardinal fumble and race into the endzone for the final Rebel score. Murphy Watkins would create a fumble turnover as a blitzing linebacker and big Sephone Haynes would recover it for the Rebels.

Adamsville offense looked a little more powerful in the second half and would score on a 40 yard pass play and again late in the game for another touchdown pass from 10 yards out. The Rebels would hold on for the 26-14 victory.

The final three games will determine the Rebels playoff hopes due to losses by Gibson Co. to Union City Friday night and Peabody's loss to Gibson Co. last week. The Rebels only other loss is to TCA. Peabody, Union City and Gibson Co. are all now tied for first at 3-1. The Rebels trail 2-1. Lots could happen over the last three games to determine final standings.



The Rebel golf teams again made school history Monday as both the ladies and gentlemen will return to the State tournament for the second consecutive year as they each won the Region 7 tournament at Sharon.

The ladies were led by Maggie Glass, whose 78 earned her tournament medalist honors. Julie French added an 89, earning her a 3rd place individual finish in a playoff and giving the team a total of 167 and a 7 stroke victory over Milan.

The gentlemen were led by Ben Austin and Johnathan Moore, who each shot 77. Logan Green's 85 and Nathan Nanney's 88 gave the team a 327 total and a 14 stroke win over Union City.

The gentlemen also had a playoff for tournament medalist that included Austin and Moore. Once it had concluded, Austin prevailed after 5 holes to claim the top individual honor with Moore claiming 3rd after the 3rd playoff hole.



Missing from the ladies team photo is Jayden Tucker and absent from the gentlemen's photo are Lane Horton, RC Wilson, and Colin McLearen.

The ladies will carry a 46-8-2 record to the State tournament, while the gentlemen will go with a 63-5 record.

The State tournament will take place at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester next week, with the practice round on Monday and the 2 day tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you see any of these players or Coach Smith, congratulate them on this historical season and wish them well next week as they represent our school and community as one of the top 8 Small Division golf programs in both


McKenzie Rebels Get First Win in Region

McKenzie, TN- The McKenzie Rebel football squad finally got their first victory of the season in an all important game at Halls High School this last weekend. The Rebels, who are now 1-1 in the region, will host Adamsville High School this Friday night in McKenzie for a 7:30 game time.

The Rebels defeated Halls 21-7 leading from the get go. Halls scored their only touchdown on a "trick" hook and laderal play. McKenzie defense was strong for most of the night. The Rebels are now 1 and 5 but still have playoff hopes dependent upon how they perform in the rest of the season region play. In other games of interest. Union City defeated Trinity Christian Academy, and Peabody lost to Gibson Co. Gibson Co. is now in the lead in region 7.


The McKenzie Rebels had 289 total yards offense Friday night against Halls High Schools 222. McKenzie had only 1 turnover to Halls 3 and 2 penalties to Halls 8.

Quarterback Eli Surber was 8/13 passing for 2 TD's and 106 yards and also had 3 carries for 32 yards on the night. Serber connected with Tyler Spivey for a 58 yard touchdown pass and catch and another TD pass to DaShun Woodson. Freshman Caleb Gill would have a good run in the game for a third touchdown. All the scoring for the Rebels came in the first half as they led 21-0. Halls would score in the last quarter to make the final score 21-7.

Good defense by the Rebels had Murphy Watkins with 4 tackles and 1 assist. Hunter Stafford 2 tackles and 2 assists. Bryston Diggs,Logan Lyles, and Stephone Haynes 2 tackles and credited with 2 sacks.


Rebel Golf Teams Advance to Regions

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel golf teams will participate this week in regionals at Persimmon Hills Golf Course in Sharon TN. The Rebels and Lady Rebels both won the disctrict tournament last week to advance to the regionals. This week we highlight the remaining members of the teams. Freshman Colin McLearen--son of Micky and Autum McLearen, Freshman Jayden Tucker--daughter of Nick and Chasidy Barton, and Junior Lane Horton--son of Paul and the late Michelle Horton.      


Wishing the team the best of luck. GO REBELS

Bethel Wildcats Win In Overtime

Stopping the Georgetown Tigers on two-point conversion attempt in overtime allowed the Bethel Wildcats to take their season record to 5-0 with a 50-49 victory. The victory, proclaimed by some as one of the best games played in Bethel football history.

The Wildcats will be on the road for action this weekend at Campbellsville, Ky.

More Jobs With Granges Announced

The Huntingdon Industrial Development Board met Thursday morning and received good news concerning the expansion of Granges and Project Viking which will expand the Granges footprint in the town of Huntingdon by 65,000 sq. ft. The $110 million dollar project was expected to ad 100 new jobs to the facility but new information announced that that number will be increased by 65 for a projected total of 165 new employees.

Granges, with headquarters in Sweden, is a worldwide leader in producing rolled aluminum materials for use around the world. The Huntingdon Industrial board is chaired by Mike Carrey, President of Carroll Bank and Trust. Mayor Dale Kelley and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Hurley received the information from Granges and passed it on to the public.

All agreed that this continued expansion of jobs will certainly be a boost to the Carroll County residents. Hurley pointed out that the expansion was an effort of the town of Huntingdon, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the State of Tennessee Economic Development Council, and West Tennessee Public Utility District.


On a rainy and unseasonably cooler day, the Rebel ladies matched their male teammates by capturing the District 14 golf tournament at Sharon.

The team was led by tournament medalist, Maggie Glass, with a blistering 2 over par 75. Julie French's 92 in her final District tournament for the Rebels earned her an individual 3rd place finish and added to the 167 team total and a dominating 88 stroke victory over their closest competitor.

Glass and French were joined by senior teammate, Mallory Cole, in claiming 3 of the top 4 individual finishes, with Cole claiming 4th place individually.


The ladies successfully defended their District championship from 2017 and look to do the same on Monday as they represent the District, along with the gentlemen, as champions, in the Region tournament, which both teams won last year in Milan, to earn State tournament berths.

Coach Smith was proud of his ladies team enduring early rainy conditions to persevere and claim their second consecutive District championship. He hopes both teams can maintain their focus as they play in the Region, where only the champion advances to the State tournament.


                 (Pictures and story from Rebel Golf Facebook Page)


On a day where the weather had a combination of sun, clouds, as well as showers of both the light and heavy variety, the McKenzie High School gentlemen's golf team endured the elements and a weather delay, to win the District 14 golf tournament at Sharon, defeating Union City by 7 strokes, with Gibson Co. finishing 3rd. All 3 teams advance to the Region tournament next week.

Johnathan Moore was the tournament medalist, shooting a 4 over par 76. Ben Austin shot 80 to finish 4th individually, with Logan Green and Nathan Nanney shooting 85 and 91 respectively, to complete the winning 332 team total.

Coach Smith was pleased with his team's play and response to the adverse weather conditions. Conditions created some modified rules due to standing water on the course, to which Smith noted that the rules sometimes worked for you as opposed to against you when the course presented limitations due to rain.

The ladies tournament has been moved to Thursday due to another forecast of rain tomorrow.

Below you'll see the team picture with Coach Smith after being awarded their District Championship plaque, along with Moore and Austin, finishing 1st and 4th individually, as well as Seniors Austin and Will McBride, claiming a District Championship in their final season with the Rebels.


With Mondays results, the gentlemen are now 58-5 on the season and will play next Monday in the Region 7 tournament, also at Sharon. The Rebels will be looking to defend their Region Championship from last year and earning a return trip to the State tournament in Manchester.

   Thanks to Tim McBride for this story and picture.  GO REBELS!



(Eli Surber runs for a first down Friday night.)

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels fell to 0-5 on the season last night with a loss scoring only 13 points to the Waverly Central Tigers 54.  McKenzie was unable to containg the Tigers throughout the night.  The Tigers had lost three of their four games until last night with their only win coming over neighboring Camden.  The Rebels would face a running clock in the second half after the Tigers scored 47 points to the Rebels six at the end of the first half.

With all that said the Rebels who have not started a season with 5 losses in recent memory, still have a chance for playoff participation as all but one of those games were not with region foes.  Their region loss came to TCA last Friday night.  They will face Halls next Friday night in Halls, TN. which is a region contest. 



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Pottery Direct International, Inc. officials announced today that the ceramic flowerpot manufacturer will invest $8 million to establish production operations in McKenzie.

Pottery Direct plans to create approximately 40 jobs in Carroll County during

the next three years.

“I’m pleased to welcome yet another international ceramics company to the Volunteer State,” Rolfe said. “With our central location and raw materials, Tennessee is one of the nation’s leaders for ceramics industry growth. I look forward to a long partnership with Pottery Direct and the long-term benefits these jobs will have for the residents of McKenzie and Northwest Tennessee.”


Pottery Direct is an international company with offices in North America, Europe and China. The company develops, imports and produces ceramic flowerpots.


Pottery Direct will locate in a vacant industrial building at 1373 Airport Road. The ceramics company will invest in facility upgrades and plans to be operational in McKenzie in the fourth quarter of 2019.


“We chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons, first and foremost because 80 percent of the clay we used is mined nearby,” Company Directors Henk van

Woerden and Marthijn van Woerden said. “Secondly, as we started the process we learned that the local natural gas provider has a unique competitive advantage as there are two major natural gas trunk lines passing through the community of McKenzie. Additionally, TVA is a very competitive provider of electrical power. It was impressive to learn about the customizable job training programs offered by TCAT in the local community. We are looking forward to adding long-term value and quality jobs to the local communities near our facility.”


McKenzie and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R–

Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.


Nights On Broadway Raps Up For The Year

McKenzie, TN - Last night marked the end of the Nights on Broadway programs in downtown McKenzie for the year amd a nice crowd came out to enjoy the Rayl Lewis Band performance on broadway. Jennifer Waldrup, city recorder for McKenzie and event organizer was happy to see a clear although warm evening for the event.  Earlier in the month NOB had to be moved inside the Park Theater due to threat of bad weather.  Food trucks were on the square for food and TNT pizza was open serving $1.50 pizza slices.  WHDM radio was on hand for a live remote.


Ray Lewis Band brought some great music to Nights on Broadway.


Enthusiastic crowd in attendance.


Mary Elizabeth Seger came all the way from Minnesotta for Nights on Broadway....well maybe Nights on Broadway may have just fit in with a visit to grandpas

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