McKenzie Touchdown Club holds fundraiser Friday, May 24
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Touchdown Club is holding a ribeye sandwich fundraiser for the McKenzie High School Rebels football team from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 24 in the Save-A-Lot parking lot in McKenzie.
A ribeye sandwich and drink will cost $7.
Columbus Replica Ships On their Way to Paris Landing
The replica ships heading from the Tombigbee Waterway Tuesday morning. (Columbus Ships Facebook page photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- After multiple attempts to
get here the last couple of weeks, the Columbus Replica ships, Nina and
Pinta, have finally cleared the Tombigbee Waterway in Alabama and
Mississippi and are on their way up the Tennessee River towards
Buchanan. The ships, according to posts from area residents, arrived Wednesday and will open for tours
Thursday May 23d and remain docked at Marker 66 at Paris Landing until
May 29th, according to their website, ninapinta.com.
The hours are 9am to 6pm for tours at a cost
of $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors age 60 and older, $6.50 ages
5-15, and kids under 4 getting in for free. More information can be
found on Columbus Ships Facebook page or thenina.com.
TCAT McKenzie Hosts Open House
McKenzie, TN – Over 80 family members and students from TCAT McKenzie participated in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology open house this past Tuesday. Participants were able to speak with instructors and staff during the event. Financial Aid Supervisor, Jo Wallace, answered questions about funding while TSAC Outreach Specialist, Eric Farmer, helped current high school students file dual enrollment grant scholarship forms. Deanna Poole from Skill Up TN, Skip Keil and Cori Schroeder from Vocational Rehab and Shirley Smith from Southwest TN Reconnect were also in attendance.
Pictured left to right: Vincent Kemp-Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation Technology student, Patricia Barnett-Administrative Assistant, Hannah Torres-Administrative Office Technology student, and Jacob Landers-Information Technology Systems Management student. These along with several others participated in the TCAT Open House on Tuesday.
McKenzie Rebel Joins SID At Bethel
McKenzie, TN - Alivia Green, daughter of Adrian and Regina Green in McKenzie will continue her athletic interests by joing the Bethel University Sports Information Department. The graduate of McKenzie High School played on the McKenzie Lady Rebels Softball team was an honors graduate and member of several school programs as well as having had perfect attendance. Bethel's Director of Sports Information Dave McCulley commented, "We are
excited to welcome Alivia to our SID team. She is an impressionable
young lady from a great family. We are always happy to sign a local
student and know she will be a valuable part of our efforts. She has
great communication skills and that is a big part of what we do as we
cover 28 sports and over 700 student-athletes each year."
(Picture supplied by Bethel University)
Fillies Fall 7-1 To Columbia Academy 7-1
Columbia, TN - The Huntingdon Fillies traveled to Columbia Academy last week in an attempt to enter Spring Fling play this week in Murfreesboro. The Fillies lost in the game 7-1 ending their season.
The McKenzie boys soccer team fell in the effort to continue play to Memphis Business 7-0 to end their season.
Gibson County softball will play Sale Creek in the opening of Spring Fling softball at Murfreesboro on Tuesday. The double elimination tournament will continue through Friday.
Union City Girls Tennis advanced to participate in the Spring Fling on Tuesday against Signal Mountain.
Rebel Men's Soccer Update
McKenzie, TN - According to Assistant Principal/Assistant Football Randy Thomas, the match with Memphis Business Academy will be played Saturday at 7:00 PM at Crump Stadium in Memphis.
Huntingdon Fillies Lose To Summertown but Advance
Huntingdon, TN - The Huntingdon Fillies softball team lost in the championship game of region play earlier this week to the Loretta High School squad but advance to the next round at Columbia Academy this evening. Congratulations to the lady fillies.
Area High School Graduations
McKenzie, TN - Several area high school graduations have already been celebrated while others will be occuring all around our area tonight and on Sunday. Bruceton Hollow Rock Central graduated 42 seniors last Friday night and Clarksburg High School 17. Huntingdon graduated 78 on the 12th , West Carolll graduates 64 last Thursday and McKenzie will graduate 108 this Sunday.
Neighboring Weakley County: Dresden with 79, Gleason with 30, Greenfield with 48 and West View with 129 will celebrate graduation tonight at 7:00.
Henry County High School will graduate 293 students this evening at Patriot Stadium.
McKenzie Rebel Soccer Loses But Still Advancing
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel Mens Soccer team llost 4-1 to Memphis Douglas High School in the Regional Championship game last night but will advance to play in the "sub-state" round against Memphis Business Aacademy in Memphis. Time has not been set at this point for the game.
Electrical Outage Update
Huntingdon, TN - According to Carroll County Electric General Manager Danny Brawner, a main transformer at the substation near Granges in Huntingdon exploded causing a disruption in power for a major portion of Carroll County last evening effecting 11232 customers. Power was restored within a timely and safe manner. According to Brawner, "Crews had to find out the source of the problem and follow safety precautions in order to complete the work and get power back up and running."
5th Friday Night Gospel Singing
Huntingdon, TN - Carroll County Civic Center will be the site for the 5th Friday Night Gospel Singing May 31st in Huntingdon. Admission is free but a love offering will be appreciated. Refreshments can be purchased and the doors will open at 4:30 with entertainment beginning at 6:00.
Rebel Soccer to Play Today at Bethel
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel men's soccer team will take on Memphis Douglas at Bethel University this evening (Thursday) at 6:00. The Rebels defeated Gibson County last week in the finals ofr the district championship to advance and host this evening. GO REBELS!
"And Then There Was One"
Loretto, TN - With a 4-0 loss to the Loretto Mustangs the McKenzie Rebel baseball team was eliminated from the Regional baseball tournament. The Huntingdon Mustangs also fell short agains Summetown setting up play between Loretto and Summertown on Wednesday eveing. The Huntingdon Fillies won over Loretto and advance in the girls softball region tournament.
The Loretto Mustangs Blade Tidwell starter on the Mustang basketball team and finalist for TSSAA Mr. Baseball, held the Rebels to one hit during the game struck out 14 Rebel batters and gave up only one hit to senior Tyler Spivey in his last high school appearance.
Senior Chase Daffron went the distance giving up 7 hits in the contest. McKenzie left 6 runners on base in the contest. "The ending game of a season is always a little emotional", according to Coach Chris Wall. "We're going to miss seniors Chase Daffron, Dashun Woodson, Landon Johnson, Tyler Spivey, Luke Bennett, Murphy Watkins, Chase Colotta, and Harold Smith."
With the loss by the Rebel Baseball team the only spring sport team left now in regional action is the Rebel men's soccer team. As of today they are scheduled to play in region action on Thursday. Tentatively they will play at Bethel University at 6:00 but a game in Memphis today to determine the opponent could, according to Assistant Principal Randy Thomas the game could be moved to Memphis.
Rebel Baseball With Loretto To Be Aired Monday
McKenzie, TN - Game time for McKenzie High Schools baseball game with Loretto High School will be 6:00 PM. David Jackson will be broadcasting the game on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440. You will be able to listen live on the radio, or by clicking the "Rebel" and the WHDM radio page or by calling 605-562-7986. If you can't make the drive to Loretto then be sure and listen in for the live broadcast.
Rebel Baseball and Soccer Advance to Regional
McKenzie, TN - The Rebel men's soccer team upset Gibson County High School on Wednesday to take the championship game in District 13 soccer action. With the win they gain homefield advantage and will host the region game scheduled for next Thursday. Hopes are to play at Bethel but that is yet to be determined. The Rebels outscored Gibson Counnty 3-1 for the victory.
The McKenzie Rebel baseball team dropped the championship game with Huntingdon Wednesday afternoon 8-5 at West Carroll High School. McKenzie jumped out in front 3-1 after the 1st inning but Huntingdon came back and scored 3 in the bottom of the 3rd and 2 in the 4th and 5th. The Rebels started a come back in the top of the 7th but it faltered after scoreing 2 runs. The Rebels will travel to Loretto Monday afternoon for the region game. WHDM will be broadcasting live from Loretto High School and streaming on whdmradio.com. You can also listen on your phone by dialing 605-562-7986.
McKenzie High School Wins "Hunger Challenge"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2019) – Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, announced that Morgan County High School is the regional winner of the Hunger Challenge.
Hunger Challenge is an initiative of the Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program, which connects food banks and soup kitchens with caring deer hunters. Tennessee Wildlife Federation provides funding to wild game processors across the state who then receive donated venison from hunters, process the meat and make it available to local food assistance programs. Since its establishment in 1998, more than 6 million servings of venison have been donated.
The Hunger Challenge, a point-based competition among high school clubs, was launched to provide a way for youth to participate in this effort. The challenge raises critical funds to help feed hungry Tennesseans and serves as an educational experience for students. Participating students gain important skills in humanitarianism, club-building, leadership, and philanthropy.
McKenzie High School was the Region 1 champion, meaning the students in the Hunger Challenge club raised more money, volunteered more hours and donated more deer to Hunters for the Hungry than other schools in the region.
They were also awarded the Statewide Top School Harvester Award for donating 26 deer—approximately 4,212 servings of venison––more than any other school in Tennessee.
“The Hunger Challenge is just one example of how Tennessee Wildlife Federation is constantly working to engage youth in the outdoors,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Involvement in the Hunger Challenge teaches students respect for wildlife and what it means to be good stewards of our resources. The Federation is impressed by the commitment of these students and grateful for their contributions to the program.”
Christian Brothers High School in Memphis is the statewide champion. Morgan County High School, Smith County High School, and Jefferson County High School rounded out the regional winners.
Hunger challenge begins again in August and schools interested in participating can visit tnwf.org
for more information.
"Race To End Domestic Violence" WRAP
Bruceton, TN - The 2nd Annual "Race to End Domestic Violence" at the Bruceton City Park Saturday May 11 with registration beginning at 3:00 P.M. The 5K run benefits the WRAP (Women Rape Assistance Program) for West Tennessee. Registration is $25.00. You can register online at www.racesonline.com key word Bruceton. The race will start at 4:00 P.M.
McKenzie High School Men's Soccer Advance
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie High School Soccer squad defeated Westview High School on Tuesday to advance to the district championship game today against Gibson County at Union City High School. Congratulations Rebels.
Lady Rebels Eliminated, Rebels Go To Championship
McLemorseville, TN - District baseball and softball action continued Tuesday at West Carroll High School with the Lady Rebels falling in the losers bracket game to West Carroll and thus ending their tournament season. Huntingdon went on to win the tournament with a win over West Carroll. Huntingdon will host Loretto High School on Monday at Fillies Stadium in Huntingdon.
The Rebel baseball team defeated the Mustangs of Huntingdon 8-5 to force a championship game Wednesday (today) at 4:30 at West Carroll High School. Jake McDaniel went the distance for the win giving up 5 runs on six hits and struck out 3 while giving up 2 base on balls. Bryant Coleman got the loss for Huntingdon.
The Rebels scored 8 runs on five hits. Chase Daffron, Tyler Spivey, and Chase Colotta and Murphy Watkins all had hits in the game. Bo McLemore, Brandon Lawton, Kelby Pearson and Konnor Pearson all had hits for the Mustangs.
The victory for the Rebels coming from the losers bracket sets up a championship game today (Wednesday) at 4:30 at West Carroll. The winner will host the first round of the regional tournament against Summertown High School runner up from District 12 and the loser will head on the road to take on Loretto High School champion of District 12.
McKenzie Teams Fall Into Loosers Brackets
McLemorseville, TN - The Rebels and Lady Rebels fell into the loosers brackets after losses to Huntingdon on Monday evening. The Lady Rebels dropped a 7-4 decision and will play Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 against West Carroll in the loosers bracket. A win will send them against Huntingdon and give them a regional birth.
The Rebel baseball team lost to Huntingdon 3-0 and will play Bruceton on Tueday at 5:00. A winn will send them back to face Huntingdon at 7:00 Tuesday night as well.
West Carroll stayed alive Monday night in the loosers bracket of the district softball tournament, beating Bruceton 10-0 to advance to take on McKenzie Tuesday night at 5:00. The Bruceton baseball team won in the loosers bracket over West Carroll 8-5 to advance and take on the Rebels Tueday at 5:00.
All games are being played at West Carroll High School in McLemorseville.
McKenzie Lady Rebels and Rebels Both Win First Round
McKenzie, TN - It took over three hours to complete on Friday night but the Lady Rebels defeated West Carroll in their first game of the district softball tournament action at West Carroll High School. The final score in the lengthy 9 inning contest was 6-5 and will have them playing the Huntingdon Fillies on Monday at 5:00 at West Carroll. Another win would put them in the finals of the tournament on Tuesday should they loose they would play at 7:00 game against Bruceton, who lost to Huntingdon on Friday afternoon. The tournament is a double elimination style play.
The McKenzie Rebels got only 5 hits in their game with West Carroll on Friday afternoon and were on their way home when the Lady Rebels started their marathon game. They defeated West Carroll 6-1 leading from their bat in the bottom of the first inning scoring 1 then later scoring 3 in the 4th and 1 more in the 5th and 6th inning. West Carrol Scored 1 run in the top of the 7th.
Senior Chase Daffron got the win on the mound and two rbi's in the game. Tyler Spivey, Jake McDaniel and Murphy Watkins all had singles in the game and Daffron and Chase Colotta both had doubles in the win. The Rebels, as number two in regular district play, will play Monday night against the Huntingdon Mustangs who came in first. Again if they should win they would play again on Tuesday at 7:00 in the winners bracket but if they fail to win they will play a second game against the winner of Bruceton and West Carroll on Tuesday at 5:00 in the loosers bracket.
McKenzie Shooting Sports
Huntingdon, TN - With the SASP official stages of: Focus, Go Fast, In and Out, and Speed Trap, congratulations are extended to the McKenzie Shooting Sports Team for medals gathered at the TWRA 2019 SASP Tennessee Match held at the Huntingdon Shooting Complex April 26-28.
Rimfire Pistol: Senior Division 3rd place: Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren
Pistol Caliber Carbine: Rookie Division 1st place: Carli Beeler, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Molly French
Rifle Optics: Rookie Division 1st place Wyatt Bradley, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Madelyn Morris. Rookie Division 2nd place Clay Fowler, Carli Beeler, Landon Pershell, Molly French. Senior Division 2nd place Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren. Top 1 Men’s Division Ashton Marr.
Rifle Iron: Rookie Division 1st place Wyatt Bradley, Miles Beeler, Coleson Cook, Madelyn Morris. Rookie Division 3rd place Clay Fowler, Carli Beeler, Landon Pershell, Molly French. Senior Division 2nd place Sawyer Phipps, Kailey Killen, Ashton Marr, Lydia Warren
McKenzie City Wide Yard Sales
McKenzie, TN - If you enjoy shopping yard sales then today (Friday) and Saturday will be just you thing. Local residents are setting up yard sales with the hopes that rains will stay away and they can move some of their unwanted items. No permits are needed for the weekend sale so set up a tent, a table or two or what every suits your needs and sell your wares Friday and Saturday in McKenzie.
McKenzie Rebels Wind Up Regular Season
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels wound up the regular season preparing for Friday nights District 11 tournament at West Carroll High School by defeating the Dresden Lions 8-1, The Rebels scored first and lead 2-0 then picked up another run in the top of the sixth for a 3 - 0 lead but Dresden scored 1 run in the bottom of the sixth cutting the lead to 3-1. The Rebels opend up the distance with 5 runs in the top of the 7th and held Dresden scoreless for the 8-1 victory.
Chase Daffron got the win for the Rebels. West Cook had a single and two doubles, Jake McDaniel and Luke Bennett had a single and double each, Evan Jarrett and Murphy Watkins had two singles in the win, and Chase Colotta and Phillip Smith had singles.
(Picture from last years season. Michelle Jarrett)
Rotary Meets at McKenzie Depot
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rotary Club met at the McKenzie Industrial Board this week, enjoyed their lunch and meeting together, then toured the remodeled McKenzie Train Depot at 89 E. Bruce St. Monica Heath with the Industrial Board informed members of the Rotary Club about some of the history of the train depot and the renovations that have been made through grants and other efforts.
Left: Joe Neumair and Clark Brown, Rotary members discuss the improvements to the McKenzie Depot. Right Monica Heath informs members about the history of the depot and future plans to continue improvements.
Individuals looking to make a difference in the community are encrouaged to contact any Rotary Club member.
Bethel Bass Anglers Do Well
Arkansas- Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd of Bethel University busted
an 18-pound, 5-ounce bag this last weekto win the Carhartt Bassmaster College
Series presented by Bass Pro Shops at Bull Shoals Lake.
Starting the Championship Saturday in sixth
place, McNeil and Floyd brought in the biggest bag of the day, second
largest of the three-day event, to total 48 - 6. They finished 1-10 ahead
of Day 2 leaders Joshua Boone and Blake Riley of Eastern Kentucky
University, who weighed their smallest bag of the week at 13-15 to
“I’m excited about it,” said McNeil, who
teamed with Floyd in a second-place finish at the 2017 National
Championship on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota. “We’ve been close.
“We lost some good fish this week, everyone did. Today, when I caught our last 4-pounder, we knew we had a chance.”
With the victory, Bethel is beginning to flex its muscle in tournament action.
“This is a great thing for these two guys,
and for our school,” said Coach Garry Mason, who has had angler John
Garrett qualify for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. “They have almost won
everywhere we’ve gone. Now they’ve got one under their belt.
“They’re going to get to fish the national
championship again, so this a very exciting time for Bethel University,
and also for Carter and Cole. We appreciated how hard they work.”
The Top 20 teams not already qualified for the College National
Championship advance to the late summer event at a location to be
After crowning a national champion, the top
four teams will compete individually in the Carhartt College Bracket
with the end prize being a berth to the 2020 Bassmaster Classic
presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Rebels Final Regular Season Game Is Today
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team will wrap up their regular season play today (Tuesday) traveling to Dresden for a 5:00 game. The Rebels dropped a game yesterday in non-district play at Bradford 13 to 3 in six innings. Bradford scored three runs early but the Rebels would tie it later following a Jake McDaniel lead off homerun for the first run for the Rebels in his frist appearance in the second inning.. Errors and lead off batters on base came through to haunt the Rebels in the 13-3 loss.
District tournament action for the Rebels and Lady Rebels gets underway this Friday with both teams taking on West Carroll's teams. Both tournaments are double elimination.
The Lady Rebels game with Bradford on Monday was cancelled by Bradford as they had to make up a district game before the district tournament begins.
"Race To End Domestic Violence" WRAP
Bruceton, TN - The 2nd Annual "Race to End Domestic Violence" at the Bruceton City Park Saturday May 11 with registration beginning at 3:00 P.M. The 5K run benefits the WRAP (Women Rape Assistance Program) for West Tennessee. Registration is $25.00. You can register online at www.racesonline.com key word Bruceton. The race will start at 4:00 P.M.
McKenzie Shooters Participate in SCTP
McKenzie, TN - THe McKenzie Shooting Sports Team competed in the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program Regional Shoot early this month in Nashville. The competition included team and individual competition. Athletes had the opportunity to participate in the fun and challenging sports of Trap and Sporting Clays.
Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeion shooting, often described as "golf with a shotgun". A typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. The McKenzie Team brought home several awards for Sporting Clays. The Intermediate Team and the Varsity Team both earned a 2nd place award. Individual awards for Sporting Clay were Carli Beeler 2nd Place Rookie and Brayden Boyd 3rd place Rookie. Tanner Floyd won 1st in the Intermediate Division and Trey Bowers placed 3rd.
Trap shooting is a specific form of clay targer shooting with movement, action and split-second timing. It requires accuracy and skill to repeatedly aim, fire and break the 4 1/4 inch clay disc hurdled through the air at a speed of 42 mph, simulating the flight path of a flushed bird. Logan Green took 1st place in the Varsity Division for the McKenzie Team.
National Day of Prayer May 2nd at Carroll County Airport
Huntingdon, TN - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the National Day of Prayer, May 2nd at the Carroll County Airport. The theme for 2019 is Love One Another, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for his Holy name.
The public is invited to join officials and others at the Carroll County Airport on Thursday at 8:00 am, in praying for the Nation, State, County and neighbors. Coffee and donuts will be available for those who attend. For mor information you can contact the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 731-986-4664.
Rebel and Lady Rebel Baseball Softball District Action
Martin, TN - District action gets underway for baseball and softball areawide this week. The Rebels will take on the winner of West Carroll and Big Sandy on Friday at West Carrolll High School. Further details on Lady Rebel softball will be forth coming.
Rebels Drop Two Games Thursday and Friday
McKenzie,TN - The Rebel baseball team dropped a game Friday afternoon at McKenzie City Park 7-2 to South Gibson High School. Chase Daffron had two hits in the loss including a double, Luke Bennett, Tyler Spivey and Chase Collotta each had singles.
The night before, the Rebels were defeated by Gibson County 4-0. The Rebels could only muster 2 hits in the game. Chase Collata and Murphy Watkins had singles.
Lady Rebels Fall to Huntingdon,
Rebels Defeat Greenfield
McKenzie, TN,. The McKenzie Rebel baseball team defeated Greenfield on Tuesday night in a 5 inning game 10-0 while the Lady Rebels lost to Huntingdon at Huntingdon 11-1 in seven innings.
The Rebel bats created 11 hits in the five inning game with Harold Smith coming up with 4 rbi's. Evan Jarrett was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Rebels lost to Huntingdon who sports a 24 and 3 record on the season. Karli Brown took the loss.
The season begins to wind down for both teams at the end of the month with district tournament action set to begin following district meetings on Friday.
Lady Rebels Win Over Westview
Martin, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebel softball team won over the Westview Chargers in Martin Monday afternoon 7-3. Camille Travis pitched 7 innings giving up two of the three Westview runs in the bottom of the 1st inning with two outs and a basehit and throwing error. She struck out 8 batters, walked one to get the win. Westview went down three up and three down in the 4th through the 7th innings. Travis went four for four with a two run homer in the top of the seventh. Amberleigh Cooper, Shelby Tucker, Chloe Williams, had singles and Karli Brown had a triple. The Lady Rebels play at Huntingdon today (Tuesday) at 5:00. The game will be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 at 4:30.
McKenzie, TN - He's not an eye doctor but he does have a "2020" visioin. 17 year old Cade Veazey son of Jarred and Bobbi Veazey and Jeremy and Whitney Buckalew of Paris, speaks with Congressmen Kustoff concerning his desire for an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Veazey and attorney Brent Bradberry both were in attendance at the Good Friday legislative update held at the Carroll County Shooting Complex.
Veazey's desire to enter the military isn't something on a whim, his grand-father Jim Veazey was in the Air Force and Cade's father Jared was in the Navy. Injured last year, he was unable to play on Henry County High Schools football team but now is recovered and will be playing this next year. Cade is also a part of the madrigals of Henry County, National Honor Society and recently participated in the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. He is a member of Maplewood Baptist.
WHDM OWNERS CONDUCT FINAL EGG HUNT
Paris, TN - WHDM station owners Gary and Janice Benton conducted the 34th annual Easter Egg hunt in Paris at Ogburn Park. The rains stopped and sunny skies greeted egg hunters. Gary and Janice just this last week turned over the keys of WHDM, WLZK, WRQR, WMUF radio stations in Paris and McKenzie to Forever Communications. The Benton's bought WMUF over 30 years ago and have guided its growth through the years to now have four FM and two AM stations in their group. We wish them much happiness as they "retire" from radio.
On a personal note, I began my radio work with WTPR in the early 70's when I graduated from Murray State University working as news director. After teaching for 27 years I returned to work in sales with the Benton's in Paris and focusing on Carroll County area. I couldn't find two better people to work for and with on a daily basis. Good luck to you both. We will surely miss your presence but value your long time friendship. (David Jackson)
McKenzie, TN - Congressman David Kustoff addressed a number of city and county officials Friday at the Carroll County Shooting Complex. Elected for his first term in November of 2016 and his second term November of 2018, Kustoff expressed his gratitude to be able to meet for the third Good Friday in three years to address the group.
Kustoff tauted the economic improvemetns that citizens have seen over the last two terms. "Tax cuts have helped make the U.S. more competetive world wide. March continues to show solid economic growth with a steady unemployment rate of 4% nationwide.
City mayors, Couty Mayor Joseph Butler and Representative Andy Holt and
others were in attendance for the update provided by the Carroll County
Chamber of Commerce..
Kustoff recently sponsored what he called "Trace Act" to stop Robo calls. According to the congressman 45% of all calls will be spammed robo calls. He would propose level penalties of $10,000 a call and allow the FCC to go back 3 years and also encourage providers like Verizon to come up with a solution.
He further addressed the "Born Alive Protection Act" that would insure any infant born alive after an abortion would receive the medical treatment necessary to sustain its life.
CONGRATULATIONS CARROLL COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE!
McKenzie, TN - Congratulations go out to the 2019 Carroll County Relay for Life Committee following a very successfull week long cancer bake auction. Final totals are yet to be totalled but unofficial accounts show they reached their goal of $10,000 and more. Sherry Washburn, auction chairman, was excited with the results and thanked all her committee volunteers and the people of all of Carroll County for their contribution of items for the auction and everyone who bid on the items.
WHDM radio has been involved with the auction for a number of years. David Jackson, Brian Freed and Lance Pierce served along with community members Jim Roberts, Nathan Rorer, Tim McBride, Kenny McBride and Kenny Carr as auctioneers.
Ann Washburn examines the knife that would eventually be the biggest ticket item of the auction. The knife was made and donated by James Tucker brought $500 on the final day.
Cancer Bake Auction Enters the Last Day
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Relay for LIfe Cancer Bake Auction enters its last day on Friday with a total of $6614 collected over the last four days not including the carry over items that will be bid off on Friday afternoon. Thursdays total collected was the best so far of the week with five and a half tables bringing in $2236 for the day.Sherry Washburn, chariperson for the cancer bake auction thanked everyone for the great turnout of items on Thursday and look forward to the final day on Friday.
Last years total was $9600 leaving about $2000 short of last years goal with one day remaining. Be sure and bid high and bid often on the remaining day of this years Carroll County Cancer Bake Auction.
McKenzie Defeats Big Sandy In Baseball
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels defeated to Big Sandy Red Devils in two contests earlier this week 17-0 and 24-0 in two 5 inning games. In the first game McKenzie scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Over all the Rebels had 11 hits including 8 singlers, 2 doubles, and two triples by Landon Johnson and Harold Smith. Johnson had 3 RBI's and Smith had 4 RBI's.
In the second meeting the Rebels won 24-0 with 14 runs in the 4th with Tyler Spivey, and Jake McDaniel both had triples.
Carroll County Cancer Bake Rebounds on Wednesday
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction rebounded on Wednesday with another great day of sales. With Spicey Crackers going at $50.00 and plates of fudge at $100 the auction raised $1674 on Wednesday to add to Monday and Tuesday's brings the total to $4378 with two days to go.
Be sure and listen in Thursday and Friday and bid high and bid often.
Carroll County Cancer Bake Cut Short Tuesday
McKenzie, TN - The cancer bake auction was cut short on Tuesday due to a breakdown in internet and phone connections in Henry County. In the middle of the last tabel for the day connections were lost. The total for the day after two tables was at $728. The table that was in the process of being auctioned will be the first for Wednesday at 1:00 P.M.
CANCER BAKE CONTINUES
McKenzie, TN - THe Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction continues today at 12:30 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440. You can come out and bid in person at the McKenzie church of Christ or call any of three of the following numbers: 731-418-2785, 418-2786 or 417-2788. Beta Club members will be answering the phones and helping with the auction.
James Tucker, knifemaker and a cancer survior himself, shows the handmade knife he made for the Cancer Bake auction in memory of Kathy Clark, who served Carroll County and the surrounding area for 40+ years. Clark was the Captain of the Carroll County Rescue Squad, a fulltime dispatcher for McKenzie Police Deparetment and also partime dispatcher for Huntingdon Pooice Department. She lost her battle to cancer on March 24 of this year.Lance Pierce
Items yesterday raised $1724.00.
Carry over items are going up in bidding as you can tell below:
Item A is a handmade knife donated by James Tucker in memory of Kathy Clark is now at $105.00 Jerry Baucum
Item B Hand Painted chair donated by Heart Works is now at $200.00 by Gale West.
Item C Metal Cross, Candle and Hand Towel donated by the RIch Family is now at $25.00 by Sherlly Brewer.
Item D Wall decorative picture donated by Williams Furniture now at $20.00 by Arleen Giaimo.
Item E Wooden rocker and stuffed rabit donated in memory of Roy Ruston by Chuck Ruston family is now at $25.00 by Travis Jackson.
Item F Easter Wreath donated by Belles On Broadway now at $35.00 by Pat Forgy.
Item G donated Spring Wreath by "Sonya's Craft Addition" high bid $!5.00 BU Suzanne Howell.
Item H donated by "Sonya's Craft Addiction" high bid Geneva Johnson $15.00.
Item I Easter Wreath donated by CIty Florist in McKenzie currently at $15.00 by Genava Johnson.
Day One Total: $1724.00
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction raised $1724.00 on it's first day Monday at the McKenzie church of Christ and continues all this week begining each day at 12:30 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 at the fellowsip hall of the McKenzie church of Christ.
Cancer Bake Auction
McKenzie, TN - Have you ever wondered what Carroll County gets for their contibution to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life program? According to Cancer Bake Auction chairperson, Sherry Washburn, in 2018 49 Carroll County patients were served with 737 services. 16 Carroll County residents stayed at one of our Hope Lodges for a total of 340 nights. If you assume that an average night's cost for a hotel is $150.00 then you can estimate Carroll County patients saved $51,000 dollars in lodging expense. The Hope Lodge is only a portion of the patient services provided. They also funding the fight that is producing medications and screenings that are allowing people to survive cancer that weren't just a few years ago. The American Cancer Soicety is currently funding 17 grants in Tennessee totaling more than $10 million dollars.
The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction can be heard through Friday starting at 12:30 on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and streaming online on whdmradio.com.
Listen in! Bid high! and Bid often!
Carroll County Prepares for Cancer Bake Auction
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction gets started today at the McKenzie church of Christ on Hilghland Drive. Air time on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 is 12:30 with actual auction beginning today with Jim Roberts and David Jackson as the auctioneers. Pictured below are some of the items to be auctioned. Come out to the fellowship hall and help raise items for this years auction.
Cancer Bake Telephone Numbers
Cancer Bake Auction Begins Monday
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Relay for Life Cancer Bake Auction will be getting underway this coming Monday at the McKenzie church of Christ on Highland Drive in McKenzie. The auction will run through Friday the 19th. Auctioneers for this years auction will include: Jim Roberts on Monday, Greg Barker on Tuesday, Tim McBride on Wednesday,, Kenny McBride on Thursday and, Kenny Carr on Friday.
You are invited to bring baked items, and craft items for the auction to benefit the Carroll County Relay for Life program. Last years auction raised over $9000 and chairperson Sherry Washburn is hoping that this year they will do even better. "The whole team has worked hard in preparing for this years auction and we just hope we will do even better than last year."
Organizations and businesses from all over Carroll County have been contacted for donations of items to be auctioned and church and civic groups as well as just regular folks contribute items each year. Challenges are issued to give a spirit of competition to help raise the funds. Items like the ones shown below raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.
The broadcast can be heard on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and streamed online at www.whdmradio.com, click on the Rebel icon to listen or you can dial 605-562-7986 and listen over your phone (standard rates may apply).
Come on out each day from 1:00 until ???? and bid high and bid often on the items for the Carroll County Relay for Life Radio Auction.
TCAT McKenzie Students Win State Awards
McKenzie, TN - TN College of Applied Technology in McKenzie sent 20 post-secondary students and 2 dual enrollment students to the Tennessee SkillsUSA Competition in Chattanooga. Thirteen students received medals in various competitions. Faculty that attended were Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC/R) Instructor Terry Wilson, Automotive Technology Instructor Dan Townsend, Welding Technology Instructor David Earley, Machine Tool Instructor Zak Crider, Information Technology Systems Management (ITSM) Instructor Jon McKinney, Vice President John Penn Ridgeway, and President Dr. Brad White.
Silver medalists included Dusty Griffin, HVAC/R student from Milan for HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning and Refrigeration); Alex Bertino, Machine Tool student from McKenzie for CNC Turning Specialist, College; Devin Stafford, Machine Tool student from Trezevant for CNC Milling Specialist and the Quiz Bowl Team consisting of Richard Hendrix ITSM student from Huntingdon, Jacob Landers ITSM student from Milan, Duncan Walden ITSM student from Camden, Kirby Walden ITSM student from Camden, Kevin Varvaro ITSM student from Greenfield, Sean Chaney ITSM student from Huntingdon, and Brady Knott HVAC/R student from Buchanan.
The gold medal winners were Joey Meeks, HVAC/Refrigeration student from Sharon, for Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology; Tanner Townes, Machine Tool Dual Enrollment Student of McKenzie for CNC Turning Specialist, High School Division; and Nathan Kyle, Machine Tool student of Martin for CNC Technician. The gold medalists will go on to compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in June.
TCAT-McKenzie Machine Tool instructor, Zak Crider was awarded the TN Postsecondary Advisor of the Year for his dedicated service to TCAT McKenzie and SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA State Directors Association created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level Skills USA Championships, over 6,000 students competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
TCAT-McKenzie would like to congratulate all our winners and to thank all our participants.
TCAT- McKenzie offers programs in 8 areas. They are Automotive Technology, Administrative Office Technology, Information Technology Systems Management, HVAC/Refrigeration Technology, Major Appliance Repair, Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding Technology with a Welding campus in Dresden. For more information call 731-352-5364.
Pictured seated front row from left to right is: Automotive Instructor Dan Townsend, Shanna Franklin, Joey Meeks, Tanner Townes, Machine Tool Instructor Zak Crider, Nathan Kyle, Alex Bertino, Devin Stafford, and Dusty Griffin.
Back Row from left to right is: HVAC/R Instructor Terry Wilson, Duncan Walden, Jacob Landers, Sean Chaney, Kirby Walden, Welding Instructor David Earley, Richard Hendrix, Brady Knott, Austin Gottsacker, Kevin Varvaro, James McCord, Jacob Cavaness, Gavin Robbins, Rusty Sawyers, Joshua Thomas, Vice President John Penn Ridgeway, ITSM Instructor Jon McKinney, and President Dr., Brad White. Not Pictured were Wesley Sorrell and Will Manning.
Rebels Fall to Mustangs 3-0
Huntingdon, TN - The McKenzie Rebels failed to generate the offense needed to overtake a 3 run 5th inning by the Huntingdon Mustangs and lost 3-0. McKenzie batters were quieted by the Mustang pitching who threw a no hit shut out against the rebels.
Young Eagles Flight Rally April 13
McKenzie, TN - Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 13, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 734 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Carroll County airport off highway 22 between Huntingdon and McKenzie.
Bill Stoner, President of the local group said in a press release, "Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally." We hope to give a new generation a chance to learn about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation." Pilots at the event will explain about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how piolots ensure safety before every flight.
The rally will be held on Saturday April 13. Registration and flights will be between 9 am and 1 pm. A parent or legal guardian will need to sign the registration form but will not be flying.
Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the internet at www.eaa.org. The local chapter can be found at www.734.eaachapter.org.
Rebel Baseball Wins Over Bradford
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team scored another win on Friday against Bradford High School. The Rebels had a big 5th inning scoring 6 runs and went on toe defeat Bradford 11 to 4. Rebel batters slugged out 12 hits in the game. Evan Jarrett got the win with assitance from Luke Bennett and Chase Daffron.
Murphy Watkins and Tyler Spivey both had three hits in the game and Jake McDanile had a homerun. Chase Colotta had a double and a single as well. Harold Smith and Landon Johnson chipped in singles as well.
Rebels are scheduled, weather permitting, to play Monday at McKenzie City Park.
Chamber Networking Opportunity Held at Peppers Ford
McKenzie, TN - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce partnered with Peppers Ford in McKenzie for a networking opportunity for area businesses Thursday morning at the Peppers Ford Automotive group in McKenzie. Area banks and other businesses met together for coffee, sausage and biscuit and time to interact with one another.
Owner Doug Peppers was introduced by Chamber Exeuctive Director Brand Hurley and briefly spoke to the attendees. Having been open for about a year Peppers has risen, according to Hurley into the top five of sales tax generators for Carroll County. Hurley emphasized that every time sales tax is paid in McKenzie at the dealership it provides revenue for all areas of Carroll County.
2019 Carroll County Business Expo
Huntingdon, TN - The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Expo will be held Thursday April 11 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. MAJOR CHANGES have bee introduced for the event chamber members paying $50.00 and non-members paying $75.00. All booths will be 10X10, no drapes, no dividers but you can decorate your booth as you choose. Bring your signage, tablecloth, etc. If you need electrical connections ad $25.00 but electricity is limited. Lunch will be provided for 1 person per booth and additional meals may be purchased. If your business wishes to participate you can contact the Chamber office at 731-986-4664.
Guest Speaker Announced for Business Expo
Huntingdon, TN - Carroll County Chamber Executive Director Brad Hurley released information for the guest speaker for this years Business Expo on Thursday April 11. Katie L. Gambill, President/General Manager Saga Communications will address attendees at the event. Katie started her radio career as an account executive for Duke Media in Jonesboro, Arkansas and currently serves on the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She's a past Chairman of the Board for the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.
Presently she is president and general manager for 5 Star Radio and manages 8 radio stations and a successful online hyper-local news site called Clarksvillenow.com Launched in April 2010 it quickly became the leading news source for local news in Clarksville with over 360,000 monthly unique users per month.
Rebels Win Saturday Over Lake County
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team won in their game on Saturday against Lake County 7-5. The game went the full 7 innings with McKenzie getting three runs in the second inning but Lake County came back and picked up 2. Both teams were held scoreless in the next two frames before McKenzie scored 1 in the top of the 5th but Lake County took a 5 - 4 lead socoring three in the bottom of the 5th. McKenzie would score 2 in the sixth and 1 in the 7th while Lake County would go scoreless for the remaining two innnings.
Lake County would out hit the Rebels 12 to 5. Rebel batter Chase Daffron would get 2 singles and Jake McDaniel, Zayden McCaslin and Chase Colotta would get one each. Chase Colotta would start on the mound for the Rebels and go for 2 1/3 innings when Riley Joyner would come in in relief. Joyner would get the win in the game.
The Rebels will play Clarksburg at Clarksburg this afternoon.
Arrest Made In Carroll County Homicide
Huntingdon, TN - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office found the body of James Dale Kelly, (D.O.B. 7/19/99) with an apparaent gunshot would, at a home in the 7000 block of Buena Vista Road On Friday night.
During the course of the investigation, authorities obtained an image of a silver vehicle from survelillance equipment near the scene and request the public's assistance.
An arrest in the case was made with Corey Leavitt, Jr. (D.O.B. 06/08/98) resulting in charges of one count of reckless homicide and is being held without bond in the Carroll County Jail.
The Rebel Baseball Teams Wins One Drops One
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels won one game with Ballard Memorial 12-5 but lost to Crawfordsville High School 9-7. Crawfordsville out hit the Rebels 12-5 with Rebel batters Jake McDaniel getting 2 hits, while Harold Smith, Luke Bennett, and Landon Johnson contributed 1 each. Harold Smith had a homerun and McDaniels hits were a double and homerun.
In the win over Ballard Memorial Jake McDanil had a home run and a douuble, Chase Daffron had two doubles, Ethan Travis, Cameron Kee both had a double, Travis also had a single. Landon Johnson and Wes Cook both had two singles while Chase Colata had a single as well.
Bethel Physician Assistant Program Pancake Breakfast
Paris, TN - The Bethell University PA prgrogram will conduct a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit Easton's Angels on Saturday from 8 until noon in the Atrium of Bethel Pa Program on the Paris campus. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids.
Bethel Spring Game Moved to Friday
McKenzie, TN - The annual purple and gold game for the Bethel Wildcats football team has been moved up one day due to concerns for weather on Saturday. The game will be played in McKenzie with kick-off at 7:00 P.M.
Rebels When At Bruceton
Bruceton, TN - Games on the road are sometimes more difficult than at home and that was true on Tuesday night at Hollow Rock Bruceton Central High School for the Rebel baseball team. Following Monday nights 5 inning mercy rule shortened game with the Tigers, McKenzie traveled to Bruceton for the matchup last night. Although the Rebels did get the win 11-8 it took the full 7 innings of play to do so. McKenzie scored 1 run in the first and second innings but the Tigers came back each time as well. The third inning saw the Rebels pick up 3 but the Tigers got 5 to take a lead going into the fourth inning. Rebel bats led to 1 run in the fourth, 2 in the fifth, 3 in the sixth and the pitching picked up for the Rebels holding the Tigers to just 1 run in the bottom of the 7th for a final score of 11-8.
Rebel batters picked up 17 singles during the contest with Tyler Spivey, Harold Smith, and Luke Bennett getting 3 each. Landon Johnson and Hunter Stafford both had 2 each while Chase Daffron, Jake McDaniel, Murphy Watkins, and Chase Colotta picked up 1 each. Nick Simpson started the game and was assisted by Phillip Smith and Evan Jarret to get the win.
The TIgers got 7 hits during the game with Gage Lowery getting a single and double, while Preston Hollingsworth had 3 rbis with a single and double in the game.
Bethel Students Conduct Canned Food Drive At Annual Puple-Gold Game Saturday
MCKENZIE, Tenn. - In conjunction with the goal of the Southern States Athletic Conference in supporting local charities in cities and communities of its member schools the Bethel University Association of Student Athletes will conduct a can food drive Saturday, March 30 at the Annual Purple-Gold Spring Football game. All fans are encouraged to bring can foods to Wildcat Stadium to support local charities in McKenzie and Carroll County. All cans can be turned in at the main entrance to the stadium. Activities begin at 3 p.m. with the Cat Walk taking place at 3:15 p.m. Kick-off is slated for 5 p.m.
Bethel student-athletes will be set up at the gate to receive all items which will be distributed to the needy in the area.
The service project is also a part of the NAIA Mantra Champion of Character Initiative.
Bethel Associate Athletic Director Brad Chappell commented on the project. “We feel it is important to give back to our communities and show our students are more than just athletes. These type efforts enhances their experiences here at Bethel and serves to aid them in hopefully having a servants heart after they leave our campus and move on in their life’s.”
The Bethel committee and association is made up by:
Jack Surber- Baseball
Jaiquan Bristol- Soccer
Tristan Wood & Robert Beacham-Football
Chase Nappier –Basketball
Lane Woods- Archery
Brad Chappell-Associate AD
Malissa Vaughn- FAR
Alex Kluyenko – Faculty Rep.
Rusty Thompson- Coach Rep.
The mission of the Association of Student-Athletes (ASA) is to serve as the voice of all NAIA student-athletes in the NAIA's governance. The ASA provides a platform for student-athletes to discuss issues of concern to them, offer feedback to NAIA membership, and propose legislation or policy changes, as appropriate. The ASA also serves as an advocacy group on behalf of NAIA student-athletes to enhance their collegiate athletics experience. Additionally, the ASA offers its members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they represent and empower all NAIA student-athletes.
Damp Grounds Don't Dampen Rebels On Monday
McKenzie, TN - The weather was cool and damp on Monday night but it didn't discourage the Rebel baseball team as Luke Bennett pitched a two hit shutout to the Hollrock Bruceton Central Tigers 10-0 at McKenzie City Park. Bennett got two of his 7 strikeouts in the first inning and the Rebels capitalized on a base on balls, a hit batsman, and an error on the left fielder plus a base hit from Bennett to jump in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first. The Rebels would go on to score 2 in the second, 3 in the third, 1 in the fourth and in the bottom of the fifth, 1st baseman Harold Smith would drive in Chase Collata from second base for the 10 run mercy rule win.
Jake McDaniel would get two hits on the night to lead the Rebels while Chase Daffron, Harold Smith, Murphy Watkins, Luke Bennett, Hunter Stafford, Landon Johnson, and Chase Colotta would all single in the game.
The Rebels will play again today (Tuesday) at Bruceton at 5:00.
Lady Rebels Softgall game with Stewart County was cancelled due to wet grounds but the will play at South Gibson today at 5:30.
Rebels & Lady Rebels Schedule This Week
McKenzie, TN - The Rebel and Lady Rebels will be busy even though it's spring break week for McKenzie High School. The Rebels will play Monday, Tuesday against Bruceton at McKenzie City Park on Monday and in Bruceton on Tuesday both games start at 5:00. They will play on the 28th, 29th, and 30th in Union City with a double header starting at 2:15 on Thursday and a 10:00 AM game on Saturday at Union City.
The Lady Rebels will travel to and play Stewart County on Monday, South Gibson on Tuesday and will be in Lexington on the 29th and 30th for the Lexington Tournament.
2019 Spring Football Game Set for Saturday at Wildcat Stadium
MCKENZIE, Tenn. –The Annual Purple-Gold Spring Football Game will be March 30 at Wildcat Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 5 p.m.
Spring football practice is underway as the Cats prepare for the game and the upcoming season which will mark the debut of first year head coach Michael Jasper.
The Cat Walk will take place at 3:15 and will originate in front of Crisp Arena. Admission to the game is free and open to the public.
All fans are encouraged to be there and support the Wildcats.
TennCare Open Enrollment Baptist Memorial Hospital
Huntingdon, TN - The open enrollment period for TennCare Members closes on Sunday March 31. If you're a TennCare member and would like to continue to receive in-network health care coverage at Baptist Memorial Hospital at Huntingdon, NOW, is the time to choose a plan that has Baptist in its network. According to a press release, Amerigroup Medicaid and BlueCare Tennessee are the two TennCare plans that include Baptist. For more information or to choose a Baptist-affiliated plan, you can call 800-878-3192 before March 31.
Rebels Take Their First Defeat Against Henry County
McKenzie, TN - A rough start in the top of the first with two of six errors commited and two base on balls led to a 4 run outbreak by the Patriots from Henry Conunty. Evan Jarrett would settle down after the rough start and strike out three batters to end the inning. The Rebels would pick up one in the first after lead off hitter Chase Daffron reached first on an error and was later driben in by a single from first baseman Harold Smith. The second inning would see Jarrett send the Patriots down 1, 2, 3 and the Rebels would tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd with Patriot hurler Rick Convoy getting in trouble walking two men and hitting another allowing the Rebels to score three runs. Paul Atkins for the Patriots came in for relief and ended the inning with two strike outs and allowing a single by Jake McDaniel. Atkins would hold the Rebels in check through the sixth inning. Bats were weak with 11 batters fanning over the next 5 innings. Will Parrish would come in in relief for Atkins in the bottom of the 7th after the Rebels filled the bases. The game ended on a good play by the Patriots first baseman on a hard hit ball that had it made the gap would have scored at least two runners and keep the game going. 1st baseman Wesley Bomar was able to make a play on the ball and throw to pitcher Will Parish to make the final out and end the game.
Chase Daffron had two hits in the game while Jake McDaniel, Tyler Spivey, and Harold Smith had 1 each. Owen Webb for the Patriots had 3 hits on the evening.
Lady Rebels Game Cancelled
McKenzie, TN - The Lady Rebels softball team was supposed to play Clarksburg Thursday evening but illness with the Clarksburg teams coach caused a cancellation of that game.
McKenzie, TN - McKenzie High School shooters attended the Iron Man contest in Nashville last weekend. In addition to the varisity the students pictured below are intermediate team members.
L to R: Tanner Floyd, Trey Bowers, Jacob Jackson, and Jacob Dickson. Not pictured Carson Dinning
United Neighbors, McKenzie Rotary Plan Food Giveaway
McKenzie, TN - McKenzie Rotary Club president Krista Martin and United Neighbors Executive Director Saudia Akin go over check lists for the food giveaway this Saturday at the Cumberland Baptist church on Highland Drive in McKenzie. United Neighbors has teamed up with the Rotary Club to help get the food truck unloaded Saturday morning, and then give out grocerys for residents of Carroll County.
Plans are to supply food for 250 residents of Carroll County and will begin Saturday morning at 7:30. Interested individuals will be given a ticket to come by and pick up food, but they must have called and received a ticket to participate. Nearly 100 tickets are still available. If you are interested call 352-0547 before Thursday afternoon.
Groceries will include canned goods and some produce. If people do not have a ticket they will not be allowed to receive items until all others have been served.
McKenzie Rebels Remain Undefeated
McKenzit, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team continues on its winning way wth a second win within two days over the West Carroll War Eagles 13 to 2 at West Carroll High School Tuesday. The Rebels picked up 13 runs on 13 hits while West Carroll scored 2 runs with 6 hits. Harold Smith and Landon Johnson led the Rebels with 3 hits each. Jake McDaniel and Murphy Watkins both had 2 hits while Chase Daffron, Tyler Spivey, and Phillip Smith each had a lone hit. Tyson Keymon, Jaxson Hames, Antonio Williams, Curt Foster, Wyatt Baker, and Parker McAfee each had hit for the War Eagles.
McKenzie scored 2 runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th inning and 7 in the 6th while West Carroll got their two runs in the third inning. Luke Bennett went the distance and picked up the win. He strck out 12 batters, gave up 6 hits, and two runs.
The Rebels will be at home on Thursday afternoon for a game with Henry County. WHDM will be broadcasting that game.
The TN SCTP Ironman Shoot was held at the Nashville Gun Club in Nashville TN, on March 9th-10th. Representing the McKenzie Shooting Sports Team were Will McBride, Drew Beeler, Spencer Higdon, Logan Green, Richard Clay Wilson, Carson Dinning, Tanner Floyd, Trey Bowers, Jacob Jackson and Jacob Dickson. Twenty eight teams from across the state of Tennessee participated in the two day event. The teams shot 300 targets consisting of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays.
The McKenzie Shooting Sports Varsity Team came in 2nd place for Ironman Trap with a score of 467 only 1 target away from 1st place. The Varsity team was made up of Will McBride, Drew Beeler, Spencer Higdon, Logan Green and Richard Clay Wilson. Trey Bowers also took 3rd place as an individual for Ironman Intermediate H.O.A.
Varsity Shooting Team L to R: Logan Green, Will McBride, Drew Beeler, Spencer Higdon and Richard Clay Wilson (Picture by Regina Green)
Lady Rebels Softball
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebel softball team took a 14 to 4 win Monday against the Holllow Rock Bruceton Central Lady Tigers at McKenze Park. The Lady Rebels scored in every one of the 5 inning contest. Scoring 1 in the first, 6 in the second, 2 in the third, 1 in the fourth and 4 in the fifth inning. Karli Brown went the distance in the game striking out 3 batters and giving up 3 hits in the game. The Lady Rebels will be back in action Thursday afternoon at McKenzie with a double header with Clarksburg.
Rebel Baseball Team Continues To Win
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball continued their winning ways on Monday with a 15 to 2 win over West Carroll at McKenzie City Park. The Rebels scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. The War Eagles scored their only 2 runs of the night in the top of the 2nd inning. McKenzie scored 11 runs in the bottom of the third and 1 in the fourth. McKenzie had 15 runs on 10 hits. committed 1 error and left 7 men on base, while West Carroll scored 2 runs on 3 hits and commited 5 errors and left 1 man on base.
Chase Daffron got the victory on the mound going the five innings. He also led the Rebels in batting with a double and 2 singles. Landon Johnson had a double, Chase Colotta had 2 singles, Hunter Stafford, Jake McDaniel, Harold Smith, Phillip Smith all had singles in the game.
The Rebels will travel to West Carroll for games today and will play Henry County in McKenzie. That game is slated to be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1440 and streamed over the internet as well.
Rebels Win First Round Of State But Fall to Humboldt
Murfreesboro-TN THe McKenzie Rebels won the first round of the state tournament action on Thursday defeating University School of Johnson City 68 to 49. Ben Austin dominated the inside game scoring 17 points while the Rebels had 5 scorers in double figures. Nate Whitsell had 14 points, Lazarick Hill tossed in 13, Lucas King contributed 12 and Micah Austin off the bench had 10.
University School's Kaleb Meredith led all scorers with 36 points.
The McKenzie Rebels fell to a powerful Humboldt High School on Friday in semi-final action 66 to 55. The Vikings jumped out to a 1st quarter lead 18 to 11 then increased to 38 to 26 at the end of the half. The Rebels came back in the 3rd cutting the lead to just 3 points 49 to 46. The Rebels were plagued with three turnovers in a row in the fourth and Humboldt went to the freethrow line hitting 7 of nine in the fourth and pulling off the victory 66 to 55.
Ben Austin led the Reels with 20 points and Lucas King had 19 while Nate Whitsell and Lazarick Hill both had 7 points each and Lane Norton had 2.
The McKenzie Rebels end the best season in McKenzie High School history with 29 wins and 4 losses and numbered in the top four teams of the state.
Columbia Academy, who defeated the Rebels earlier in the year, went on to defeat Humboldt in the championship game to claim the goldball as TSSAA Class A Champion.
( Pictures from Michelle Jarrett) ( Pictures from Michelle Jarrett)
Congratulations to all the Rebels for their advancment and especially to Ben Austin and Lucas King who were both selected to the TSSAA Single A State Tournament All Tournament Team.
McKenzie Rebels 2-0 On Season
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel basketball team headed to Murfreesboro to begin Bluecross TSSAA State Tournament action Thursday afternoon while the Rebel baseball team was enjoying two victories in two days. Tuesday evening the Rebels played Waverly High School at Pringles Park in Jackson.
The Rebels scored 1 run in the 1st, 3rd and 6th innings before scoreing 4 in the 7th. Waverly was only able to score 1 run in the bottom of the 6th. McKenzie left 11 men on base during the contest.
The Rebels scored 7 runs on 13 hits during the game. Chase Daffron, hurler for the Rebels, held the Tigers to just 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 10 batters.
Daffron, Jake McDaniel, Chase Collota, and Ethan Travis had 2 hits while Chase Collota and McDaniel each contributed doubles.
Myah Taylor Named To NAIA Coaches All American Team
McKenzie, TN -
Bethel University senior Myah Taylor was named to the 2019 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team, announced Wednesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Taylor and the Lady Cats are appearing in the 39th annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship in Billings, Montana beginning today.
Taylor leads Bethel in scoring at 22.5 points per game. She is third in the nation in scoring and leads the country in made three’s with 121. The 121 threes are a new program record eclipsing the 101 by Tayla Foster in 2014-15. Taylor also leads the team in attempted and made free throws. Taylor was named the SSAC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Foster was named to the team in 2014-15.
Bethel Coach Chris Nelson who was a finalist for the WBCA Coach of the Year Award expressed his thoughts about Taylor and the honor. “We are so happy to celebrate Myah success. It is an honor to be named a WBCA All American especially when you are combining both NAIA divisions. Myah has put the time in to work on her craft and it is neat to see it pay off for her. She is not only a great player but also a great teammate. It has been an honor and privilege to coach her this year.”
The Bethel Lady Wildcats are seeded No. 4 in the Naismith Bracket and will face No. 5 seeded Lindsey Wilson at 9:30 a. m. CST Wednesday morning. Bethel (28-5) earned an automatic bid after winning the Southern States Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship. LWC received an at-large bid after finishing 22-10. The Blue Raiders compete in the Mid-South Conference. Bethel beat Lindsey Wilson 53-51 on November 9 in the MSC/SSAC Challenge held at Crisp Arena in McKenzie.
The Lady Wildcats will make their seventh straight and tenth all-time appearance in the national tournament. The Lady Cats are 7-9 all-time in the national tournament.
Rebel Baseball Starts Off With Win
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebel baseball team started things off right with a victory on Monday afternoon over Lenoir City High School in a five inning game 8-2. The Rebels were led offensively by Harold Smith with 2 hits while Chase Daffron, Murphy Watkins, Luke Bennett, and Ethan Travis added one each. Jake McDaniel and Murphy Watkins both scored twice in the game and Chase Daffron, Harold Smith, Ethan Travis and Chase Colotta scored once.
Lenoir City scored one run in the top of the first to lead the game but the Rebels answered with one in the bottom of the second added 2 in the bottom of the third and after Leonoir City scored 1 in the top of the fifth the Rebels answered with 5.
Luke Bennett went 4 innings on the mound and was relieved by Jake McDaniel.
Rebels Send Off Thursday 10:00 AM
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels will get a parade send off the Thursday as they begin their trip to Murfreesboro and participation in the 2019 Blue Cross Basketball Championship. The team will leave the high school travel to the elementary school and middle school then proceed through the city on Cedar Street and then head to the interstate. Everyone is invited to line Cedar St. from city hall to Sonic to cheer on the Rebels as they leave.
McKenzie coaches exchange congratulatory hugs following victory.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Bowl Results
Murfreesboro, TN - It was a good day for West Tennessee Girls teams Thursday in Murfreesboro adn the TSSAA Blue Cross Blue Shield state basketball tournament. Defending State Champion Greenfield advanced defeating Clarkrange 64-45 and will play Loretto at 4:30. The Gibson County Pioneers defeated Summertown 50-32 and will play Midway at 6:00 P.M. Friday.
The Chargers of Westview High School will take on Marshall County at 11:30 A.M.
Wife of Former Owner of WHDM Passes Away
Funeral services for Mrs. Demetra Perkins age 80 will be Sunday March
10, 2019 at 4:30 pm at the McKenzie First Cumberland Presbyterian
Church, with Reverend Kevin Wood officiating. Mrs. Perkins the first
female Elder of McKenzie First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a
retired schoolteacher teaching many years in the 5th grade. Visitation
for Mrs. Perkins will be Sunday starting at 1:00 pm until service time
at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her
husband Reverend Doctor Ed. Perkins and her daughter DeeAnn. At one time she and her husband were owners of WHDM radio in McKenzie.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Tournament Results
McKenzie-TN, Congratulations to Westview Lady Chargers on their victory over South Greene High School 54-42 to advance to the semifinal final round at 11:30 A.M. Friday. Westview will play Marshall County in Class AA tournament action.
Class A girls competition begins today at MTSU. Coach Mitch Wilkins with the Gibson County Pioneers is making his second trip to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Bowl and will take on Summertown High School. While his son John Wilkins from McKenzie makes his first visit next week with the Rebels taking on University School of Johnson City on Thursday at 4:30 P.M.
State Tournament Action Begins Thursday
McKenzie, TN - The TSSAA Blue Cross Blue Shield Girls Championship tournament gets underway Thursday with two area school participating. The Greenfield yellow jackets will be defending their state tournament win of last year. while Gibson County will be returning for the second year in a row under leadership of coach Mitch Wilkins. Greenfield will be in the upper bracket facing Clarkrange on Thursday at 2:45. Gibson County will play the last game of the evening at 6:00.
The TSSAA Blue Cross Blue Shield men's championship will start Thursday March 14th at MTSU. McKenzie will face up with University School of Johnson City at 4:30. The Rebels find themselves in the same bracket with Humboldt who will play Fayetville at 6:00. WHDM radio will broadcast the game which can be listened to on the radio 98.9 FM AM 1440 or streamed live over the internet by clicking on the Rebel on whdmradio.com.
One interesting fact about the matchups of girls and boys action is that of two coaches being father and son and participating. Mitch Wilkins, father of Rebel coach John Wilkins, is the Gibson County Lady Pioneers head coach.
Tennessee Achieves Meeting
Huntingdon, TN - The Spring 2019 meeting for TNAchieves students will be held at the Carroll County Civic Center on Wedensday March 13th at 5:30 P.M. Students from Bruceton-Hollow Rock Central, Clarksburg, Huntingdon, McKenzie, West Carroll plus homeschool students will be attending with their mentors for this mandatory meeting. Students have initially qualified for the program by completing their FAFSA but must attend the meeting to maintain their eligibility.
TNAchieves and Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that funds tuition and mandatory fees for up to five semesters at a community college or eligible four-year institution or eight trimesters at a Tennessee College of Appliedd Technology (TCAT). As a last-dollar scholarship, TN Promise covers a student's tuition and mandatory fees not paid by federal or state funds (i.e. the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship, Tennessee Student Assistance Award and Wilder-Nafeh Technical Skills Grant.)
Go Rebels! State Bound!
McKenzie Rebels Headed To The State
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels advance to the state tournament with their victory over East Robertson Monday night at Crisp Arena 69-57. The Rebels were led by Ben Austin, who scored his 1000th point during the game, had 27 points, Nate Whitsell scored 26 points. East Robertson was led by freshman Taylor Groves with 26 points on the night.
Coach John Wilkins an Assistant Principal Randy Thomas will travel to Murfreesboro for the drawing to determine who they will play next week. Humboldt High School, University High, Cosby, Fayetteville, Eagleville, Columbia Academy, Manassas and McKenzie will fight it out for the Class A Championship.
Coach John Wilkins and Senior Tyler Spivey cut the nets following victory as fans and team members look on.
McKenzie fans mob their Rebels after their win over East Robertson to advance to the state tournament next week in Murfreesboro.
McKenzie Receives House Proclamation
McKenzie, TN - The City of McKenzie received a House Joint Resolution No. 96 recognizing the city oif McKenzie's 150 year of existence celebration going on this year. House of Representative Andy Holt and Senator John Stevens presented the award Monday morning at the Legislative Update Sesson held at McKenzie City Hall. Over two dozen local and area citizens including both the county mayors for Weakley and Carroll County, city mayors of Greenfield and Gleason and representatives from the McKenzie Special School District and TCAT of McKenzie were in attendance. The update was preceeded with coffee and muffins furnished by City Florist owner David Jarrett.
(Representative Curtis Halford of Dyer, watches along with Senator John Stevens as 76th District Representative Andy Holt presents the House Joint Resolution No. 96 honoring McKenzie for its sesquicentennial celebration.)
City of McKenize Mayor Jill Holland welcomed officials and citizens to the Legislative Update on Monday at City Hall.
Legislative Coffee Monday March 4
McKenzie, TN - Senator John Stevens, Representative Andy Holt and Representative Curtis Halford will attend a legislative Coffee at the McKenzie City Hall Monday March 4 at 7:00 A.M. Enjoy coffee and muffins from City Florist at 7:00 followed by a legislative presentation at 7:30 from you McKenzie area. Sponsored by the city of McKenzie.
McKenzie Will Host Sectional Tournament Monday
McKenzie, TN - THe Mckenzie Rebels are Region 6 Tournament Champions following a 54 to 51 victory over the Loretto Mustangs. McKenzie jumped out to an early lead but the Mustangs came rushing back and led by 8 at the end of the 3rd. The Rebels battled back taking the lead midway of the final period. Ben Austin rebounded an erant Loretto freethrow to tie the game with 1.9 seconds left in the game was fouled and hit two freethrows to lead. Loretto was unable to score to end the game.
The Rebels will be hosting East Robertson High School Monday night in sectional action. The winner will head to Murfreesboro for the TSSAA State Tournament.
Rebel All Region players Lazarick Hill, Ben Austin, and Lucas King. Huntingdon had Kaleel Bailey, Xavier White. Summertown placed Brady Brown and Trey Trotter and Loretto placed Blad Tidwell, Toby Glass, and Jacob James
Rebels Have An Eye On State Tournament
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels have an eye on a spot in the TSSAA State Tournament but can't look past tonights game at Crisp Arena against the Loretto Mustangs. Win or lose the Rebels will play again in a match up with Region 5 teams on Monday night.
A Rebel win over Loretto will allow them to host the loser of the game between East Robertson and Columbia Academy. A loss will make them travel to the winner of that games home court. WHDM 98.9 FM AM 1000 will carry both of these games. Should the Rebels win in either of those sectional games they will be state tournament bound.
McKenzie Health Fair - Henry County Medical Center
Paris-TN The Henry County Medical Center will be conducting a McKenzie Health Fair 2019 at Mckenzie City Hall Friday March 8 from 8:20-11:00. Men and women of all ages can sign up for free screenings and also receive free prizes. Blood sugar, cholesterol lipid panel, blood pressure. If you want to sign up for blood sugar or choleserol screenings you'll need to fast from midnight through test time. Food will be provided after the screenings. It's all free and presented by Henry County Medical Center.
Governor's Books from Birth
Did you know that your child can receive a book to read absolutley free every month from birth until the age of five? Signing up is simple. You can register your child online on the Imagination Library website at www.governorsfoundation.org. If you need assistance, please call the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at 731-986-4664 or come by the Chamber opffice at 20740 East Main in Huntingdon tn to fill out a registration form.
The Governor's Books from Birth is a program that provides every child 0-5 years old with a free book once a month. A new book will be mailed to your child each month until the child turns five years old. The books will continue as long as you live in Carroll County.
The endeavor is a partnership between Governor's Books from Birth, Dolly Parton's Imagaination Libary, Carroll County Government, United Way, Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
Rebels Advance to Regional Championship
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels advanced to the Region 6 championship game on Thursday night at Crisp Arena with a win over the Summertown Eagles 66-42 Tuesday night. Intense defense by the Rebels, great freethrow shooting down the road led to the victory. The Rebels led from the very beginning 12 to 6 at teh end of the first half, and 27-11 at the end of the half. The Eagles outscored the Rebels in the 3rd to cut the score to 41 - 30 but the Rebels scored 25 in the final quarter to the Eagles 12 for a final score wn of 66-42.
The win sends the Rebels into the championship game against the Mustangs of Loretto on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. at Crisp arena. Both teams will advance to the next step before state tournament action.
Ben Austin led all scoreres with 25 points including 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Lucas King had 14, Lazarick Hill and Micah Austin had 8, Nate Whitsell had 5 and Lane Horton 3. Summertowns Brady Brown and John Long had 13 points.
Lady Rebels Season Comes To An End
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebels nad Huntingdon Fillies Region 6 tournament action came to an end Monday night at Crisp Arena with the Fillies falling to the Summertown Eagles 55 to 54. The Fillies led with four minutes to go after gaining the lead with 56 seconds left in the third on a pair of Casey Fulley free throws. Summertown stole the ball with less than 15 seconds to go in the game and converted two free throws to take the lead. Huntingdon had 5 seconds in which to score but could not convert and fell by the one point margin.
The McKenzie Lady Rebels jumped out to a 1st quarter lead over the Loretto Mustangs 13 to 6 but the Mustangs scord 20 in the 2nd quarter to McKenzies 9 points to lead 26 to 22. Both teams scored 10 points in the third but Loretto came back in the final quarter win by a final score of 58 to 47. Shelby Davis led the Lady Rebels with 12 points. Loretto freshmen Karly Weathers led both teams with 27 points on the evening.
Region 6 girls action will continue on Wednesday evening with Lorretto taking on Summertown.
McKenzie Sailor Serves Aboard US Navy Ship Honoring Women's History Icon
Pearl Harbor, HI-There's a U.S. Navy ship unlike most floating in the waters of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman. It's a Navy warship that honors the name of a female who has set the standard of excellence for those who have followed.
During this Women's History Month of March, a McKenzie sailor and 2014 McKenzie High School graduate is serving aboard the USS Hopper, named for Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Dycus has served in the Navy for four years and works as a Navy electronics technican, serving aboard the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missle destroyer.
Dycus credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in McKenzie. "I participated in sports and the teamwork I learned is helpful to the military and the work ethic I have I got from my mom," said Dycus. "She is a Navy brat and she helped prepare me for my career in the Navy."
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Dycus, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Dycus is honored to carry on that family tradition.
"Both of my grandfathers were in the Navy, my uncle was an aviation boatswain's mate and they served on the same carrier years apart," said Dycus. "I plan to see this trhough to retirement and I appreciate the opportunities I have been given."
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied-upon assets, Dycus and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
"When I got out of high school, scholarships would not align for me to attend and I did not want to be in debt," added Dycus. "The Navy was the est choice to help me meet my goals."
HC Helping Hand Tops Last Years Total
Paris, TN - Henry County Helping Hand Radio Auction topped it's last years goal by a little over $200 dollars reaching a year to date total of $306,907 with three days left on the radio auction.
The Helping Hand Auction moved their venue from the Henry County Fair Grounds to the convention center at Hampton Inn in Paris and also moved to WRQR 97.5 FM AM 1000 in Paris for their broadcast. The broadcast will be on the air through Wednesday and you may listen on the radio at 97.5 FM or AM 1000. You can also go to the wmufradio.com web page and click on the Helping Hand button to listen on-line.
Helping Hand, since it's inception in 1979, has distributed $6,514,481.08 dollars to local groups in Henry County. It's first year in 1979 they were able to distribute $9262. Someone jokingly said at the auction Saturday that's got to be over a billion in calories. The majoriity of items donated for sale are from individuals throughout the county and consist of cakes, pies, whole meals and donations as well.
Helping Hand Auctioneer Junior Staggs bids off the final slate of items on Saturday as TVCC minister Carlton Gerrell and members watch as the final slate kicked the Helping Hand collection over last years total raised.
Region 6 Basketball Continues Tonight At Bethel
McKenzie, TN - Region 6 Girls basketball action continues tonight with second round action at Bethel University. The Huntingdon Fillies will take on Summertown High School at 6:00 P.M. at Crisp Arena. The Fillies are trying to make back to back appearances in the TSSAA State Tournament. The second game of the night will feature the McKenzie Lady Rebels taking on Lorretto High School. McKenzie is making is playing their second game in sixtenn years in the Regional play.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) night the Rebels will kick off second round action for the Region boys as they host Summertown at 6:00 at Crisp Arena. Huntingdon will be playing Lorretto High School following the Rebels game.
Four schools are left for Region 6. Huntingdon, Lorretto, McKenzie, and Summertown. Action will continue on Thursday and Friday for championship action. Winners will advance to play the runner up of Region 5 and the runner up in region 6 will take on the region 5 champion.
Bethel Bass Cats In Bassmasters College Classic
MCKENZIE, Tenn. - The Bethel University Wildcat Bass Fishing duo of Garrett Enders and Cody Huff have been invited to compete on a national stage during the Bassmasters Classic.
The Bass Cats dynamic pair will compete against five other collegiate angling teams for a chance to win the Bassmasters College Classic. Enders and Huff will compete on Sunday March 17th and weigh in on the nation's biggest stage at the Bassmasters Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Cody and Garrett won the Bassmasters College National Championship last year in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and finished in 2nd place in the FLW Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana.
“This will be the biggest stage our guys will get to walk across this season”, said Coach Garry Mason. “Cody and Garrett have an opportunity to win one of the most coveted prizes in collegiate fishing during this invitational event. We are so very proud for them and their accomplishments which have helped to get them to this great event,” he added.
Bethel Teammate John Garrett is the only other Wildcat Angler to have had the opportunity to weigh in on the Bassmasters Classic stage as he won the College Classic Bracket in 2016 and fished the Bassmasters Classic that year representing his Bethel Wildcat team.
The Bassmasters Classic is considered the biggest and most prestigious Bass Fishing tournament in the nation and was created by Ray Scott in 1971.
Gleason Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Gleason, TN - The Gleason Rotary Club heald their annual pancake fundraiser Saturday monring at Simply Southern Cafe in Gleason. The annual event halps to provide funds for the clubs civic efforts. President Gary Vandiver said, "We always look forward to a great morning of fellowship with club members and appreciate so much the support of the community." Assistant Governor for Rotary and former Gleason President Jason Martin was busy preparing sausage, biscquits and gravy as well as pancakes for the event.
The Gleason Rotary meets each Monday night at Simply Southern Cafe in Gleason and encourage interested individuals to come and see just what Rotary of Gleason along with Rotary International is accomplishing.
McKenzie Rebels Advance in Region Tourney
McKenzie, TN - For the first time in at least 16 years the Lady Rebels and Rebels have advanced into the second round of Region 6 basketball tourney action. The Lady Rebels defeated Collinwood Friday night at Crisp Arena with a 53-38 victory. Fourth quarter intense defense caused a number of turnovers and the Lady Rebels were able to overcome a 31-31 tie game at the end of three quarters. Lilly Bennett ended up being leading scorer for the Lady Rebels with 14 followed closely by Shelby Davis with 13. Collinwoods Kristen Retherford tossed in 14 for the Trojanettes. The Lady Rebels will return to action on Monday night at Crisp Arena for a 7:30 game against Summertown.
The Huntingdon Fillies were victorius as well Friday night with a win over Wayne Co. 61-45. They will play as well in the opening game Monday night at 6:00 at Crisp Arena on the Bethel University campus.
In other action Clarksburg lost to Lorretto 70-27 and West Carrol lost to Summertown 71 to 40.
The McKenzie Rebels defeated Perry Co. 63 to 50 and will play again on Tuesday at 6:00 at Crisp Arena against Summertown. That game will be folloowed by the Huntingdon Mustangs taking on Lorretto at 7:30. Huntingdon beat Wayne Co. 51 to 40 to advance while Hollow Rock Bruceton Central fell to Lorretto 88-50. Upset minded West Carroll lost in overtime to Summertown 68-63.
McKenize and Huntingdon teams will all have to win on Monday or Tuesday night in order to advance any further.
McKenzie Coach John Wilkins and his bench support the Rebels in their dfensive efforts.
Ben Austin, pictured from an earlier game led the Rebels in scoring Friday night with 30 while Micah Austin scored 11. Perry Co. was led by McClaine Pevahouse with18.
Regional Basketball Game Changes
McKenzie, TN - THe first round of region 6 tournament action has some changes in store. The McKenzie girls and boys will both play tomorrow night at 6:00 and 7:30 at Crisp Arena. Possible weather conditions prompted officials to move Saturday's boys game etween McKenzie and Perry County to be played Friday ngiht instead of Saturday.
The Huntingdon Fillies and Mustangs had already made arrangements to take on Wayne Co. at Huntingdon High School.
Picture by Michelle Jarrett
Gleason Rotary Will Have Pancake Breakfast Sat.
Gleason, TN - The Gleason Rotary Club will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at the Simply Southern Restaurant in Gleason from 6:30 to 10:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door for just $6.00.
Regional Basketball Set for this Weekend
McKenzie, TN - Area results for District 11 basketball set up the following for Region 6 tournament action. The 1 and 2 teams will host at their home site Friday and Saturday. 3 and 4 teams will be on the road.
Friday night girls action will see:
Huntingdon taking on Wayne Co. at 7:00 in Huntingdon.
McKenzie will host Collinwood at Bethel's Crisp arena.
West Carroll will travel to Summertown for 6:00 game according to CoachT.com
Clarksburg will travel to Lorretto.
Guys action Saturday night:
McKenzie will host Perry Co. at 7:00 in Crisp Arena
Huntingdon will host Wayne Co. at 7:00 in Huntingdon.
West Carroll will travel to Summertown at 7:30 according to CoachT.com
Hollow Rock Bruceton Central will head to Lorretto.
Winners advance to girls action on Monday night and men's action on Tuesday at Crisp arena.
McKenzie Rotary Club Scholarships
McKenzie, TN - McKenzie High School seniors may apply for the annual McKenzie Rotary
Scholarship. The deadline for submission to Sheila Ridley, school
counselor, is February 28. Each year, the club announces the winner
during the Honors Banquet.
If you know of a MHS senior, encourage him or her to apply for the scholarship.
Region Tournaments Set for Next Weekend
McKenzie, TN - Region Tournaent brackets for McKenzie lady Rebels and Rebels has been determined following completion of District 12 action this weekend.
Huntingdon girls will take on Wayne Co., McKenzie will take on Collinwood, West Carroll will travel and face Summertown, Clarksburg will travel to take on Lorretto.
McKenzie men will entertain Perry Co., Huntingdon will play Wayne Co., West Carroll will travel and take on Summertown, and Hollow Rock Bruceton Central will travel and play Lorretto
Dates and times are yet to be determined.
Rebels Lead, Fall Behind and Rebound to Win
McKenzie, TN - Anytime you have to play a team three times in one season, it's hard to beat them again. THe McKenzie Rebels found themselves with the position on Friday night at Crisp Arena at Bethel University as they had to face cross county foe the Huntingdon Mustangs for the third time in the same year. The Rebels jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but Huntingdon, with what looked like a plan to slow the game down, came back to take a 12 - 11 at the end of the first quarter. They would continue to lead at the end of the half 21 -19 and held a 7 point lead at the end of the third 39 - 32. Intense defense in the fourth quarter by the Rebels would hold the Mustangs to just 4 points while racking up 19 to take their 5 consecutive District 11 A championship 52 - 43.
Caleb GIll shoots a free throw with 59.1 seconds and a lead of 48 - 41 over the Mustangs. Rebel were led in scoring by Nate Whitsell With 14 points followed by Ben Austin with 13 and Lucas King with 10. The Mustangs Kaleel Bailey and Xavier White both had 15.
Academic All District teams, All District Teams and All Tournament teams as well as MVP of the tournament were named by coaches in District 11A.
All Tournament players.
Mens Academic District 11 A team members:
Big Sandy: Kolten Christopher
Huntingdon, Clay Pinson, Jared Hodo, Kaleel Bailey
McKenzie: Ben Austin, Brandon Hobson, Tyler Spivey
West Carroll: Aaron Heckert, Zach Heckert, P.J. Odom
Ladies Academic All District Team
Big Sandy: Courtney Steinbuck
Central: Kaitlin French, Rikki Grasser
Clarksburg: Macy Ward
Huntingdon: Alli Jones, Samantha Dunn
McKenzie: Jazmin Ventura, Julie French, La'Jada Edmonson,
West Carroll: Katie Holt
VP Racing Fuels To Locate In Huntingdon
Huntingdon, TN -A Valentine's Day announcment from the Tennessee Economic Community Development District officials brings good news to Carroll County residents. VP Racing Fuels founded over 40 years ago in San Antonio is exploring numerous options for expansion. Alan Cherwick, president and CEO of VP Racing Fuels, said, "The State, Carroll County and the City of Huntingdon were all welcoming, and it has been a pelasure to work with these parties. Tennessee is a perfect fit for VP, and we look forward to continued growth with the state."
VP, a race fuel manufacturer and distributor, is recognized by many as the world leader in race fuel technology, with a catalog of more than 70 fuel blends and a growing roster of VP-fueled champions across the entire spectrum of motorsports. The company has expanded its product portfolia to include small engine fuels, diesel products, appearance products, and the Madditive line of additives, branded as a reflection of the complany's Mad Scientist spokesperson personality. These products and the company's retail distribution in major retailers in Auto Zone, Tractor Supply, Walmart, Home Depot and many others have led to these expansion needs.
The race manufacturer and distributor will create 40 yew jobs and invest approximately $4.6 million in Carroll County.
Huntingdon Fillies Win District 11 A Tourney
McKenzie, TN - Bethel University's Crisp Arena was the site for District 11 A Girls consolation and championship action Thursday night. The night began with the Clarksburg Lady Rockets falling to the West Carroll Lady War Eagles 53-48. The championship game saw the Huntingdon Fillies defend their district championship from last year defeating the Lady Rebels 51-33. McKenzie scorers were led by Anna Callahan with 9 points, MiKayla Gill and Lill y Benett tossed in 8. Huntingdon was led by Most Valuable Player Tyasia Reed with 18 followed closely by Ali Jones with 15. THe Lady Rebels and the Fillies will not play until next weekend with an as yet undetermined opponent from District 12. All District awards were presented following the tournament action.
All district team members join coaches of the year Lance McAlister from McKenzie and Farris Lowery.
All tournament team members from District 11 A. MVP Tyesha Reid.
L to R MiKaylla Gill, Lilly Bennett, Ashlynn Yarbrough, Macey Cunningham, Allie Jones, Adyn Swenson, MVP Tyasia Reed
Champions Huntingdon Fillies
Runner Up McKenzie Lady Rebels
West Carroll Lady War Eagles
Lady Rockets of Clarksburg
Rebels Advance With Perfect Storm Victory
McKenzie,TN - The perfect storm moved through Crisp Arena Tuesday night with the McKenzie Rebels defeating the Hollow Rock Bruceton Central Tigers 77-32 to advance to the championship game on Friday night. The Rebels will be playing the Huntingdon Mustangs. Central will be taking on West Carroll in the consolation game at 6:00.
THe Rebels played, what some witnesses discribed as the best first half they had seen for high school boys. Hot shooting hands saw McKenzie lead at the end of the first half 54-11 and went on to win by the final score of 77-32. Lazarick Hill Led the Rebels with 17 points followed by Ben Austin with 15, Lucas King had 13.
McKenzie Rebels Open Tournament Tonight
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Rebels will open their district play tonight at Crisp Arena on the campus of Bethel University facing Hollow Rock Bruceton Central in a 6:00 game. The game can be heard on WHDM 98.9 FM or on the internet by going to www.whdmradio.com and clicking on the Rebel. McKenzie starts the tournament as the number 1 seed as district regular season champion. Bruceton advanced to the second round following Saturdays victory over Big Sandy 93-70. The second game will be between West Carroll and Huntingdon.
Huntingdon Student Wins Bethel Scholarship
McKenzie, TN - It was a good night for the Lady Rebels and a profitable night for a Huntingdon Junior as he won a year's free tuition in the shoot out sponsored by Bethel Univeristy. Cole Edwards a Junior at Huntingdon High School made a layup, free throw, three point shot and half court shot to win a years free tuition to Bethel University.
Huntingdon Junior Cole Edwards walks off smiling after winning a years tuition in the shootout contest sponsored by Bethel University.
McKenzie and Huntingdon Championship Game
McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Lady Rebels and Huntingdon Fillies will face off for the third time this season in the championship bracket of District 11 girls basketball following victories on Monday night at Bethel University. The Huntingdon Fillies defeated West Carroll by a score of 62 to 47 to advance and send the War Eagles to the consolation game Thursday at 6:00 P.M.
McKenzie Rebels defeated Clarksburg 57 to 40 to advance to championship. Shelby Davis led the Lady Rebels with 15 points. Lilly Bennett and Anna Clanahan both had 11 points for the Lady Rebels.
The Championship game Thursday night with McKenzie facing Huntingdon will follow the consolation game between West Carroll and Clarksburg. By advancing to the championship bracket the Lady Rebels and Huntingdon Fillies will host the 1st game of the Region tournament taking on the 3rd and 4th place teams from District 12.. Clarksburg and West Carroll will have to make the long trip over to Wayne County area.
District 12 girls tournament is still underway with Lorretto taking on Collinwood high school and Summertown taking on Wayne Co. on Friday at Perry County High School.
Tournament Continues Following First Round
McKenzie, TN - District 11 tournament action continues Monday night at Crisp Arena on the campus of Bethel University follow first round action on Saturday. The Bruceton and Big Sandy girls were eliminated in first round action. West Carroll defeated Bruceton 67-44 and will play Huntingdon on Monday night at 6:00. Clarksburg defeated Big Sandy 65 to 28 and will take on the McKenzie Lady Rebels at 7:30.
Consolation and championship games will be played on Thursday night at 6:00 and 7:30 with awards to follow. All four teams will advance to the first round of the region tournament.
West Carroll men defeated Natchez Trace 80 to 24 and will take on McKenzie Rebels Tuesday evening at 6:00. Bruceton beat Big Sandy in a high scoring game 93-70 and will play Huntingdon who beat Clarksburg 70 to 29. That game will be at 7:30. Consolation and championship games will be played on Friday night at 6:00 and 7:30 with awards to follow. All four teams will advance to the first round of the region tournament.
The region tournament this year will be played at BethelUniversity.
Martin Middle Wins Girls State Tournament
McKenzie, TN - The Martin Middle School girls basketball team won the TMSAA championship game on Saturday in the middle Tennessee tournament. They played on Friday night and advanced to the championship on Saturday afternoon. They defeated Tullahoma 45-43 in an exciting basketball game. Congratulations to the Martin Middle School Chargers.
For the Love of Chocolate
McKenzie, TN - Today, (Thursday Feb. 7) is the last day to purchase tickets for this Saturdays McKenzie Chocolate Tour. It will get underway at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. Ticketsare on sale now at participating business that have the I Love Chocolate signs or at city hall.
Tickets are only $5.00. Tickets are pre-sold and all sales end today, February 7th. There are 11 participating businesses:
City Florist (offering 10% off to first 50 customers)
Ginger Baby Cakery
McKenzie Industrial Board
McKenzie Memorial Library
Remember to get your card punched at each location and drop in the box at the library to be eligible for the fabulous gift basket!
District Tournament Gets Underway Saturday
McKenzie, TN - District tournament action gets underway Saturday at Crisp Arena of Bethel University. Both McKenzie ladies and mens teams received byes in the first round and will not play until Monday and Tuesday. The Lady Rebels finished second in the district behind the number 1 seed Huntingdon Fillies. The McKenzize Rebel squad sealed their first place position over West Carroll High School with a victory on Tuesday night over the Huntingdon Mustangs.
A total of 5 games will get the tournament started on Saturday with the following schedule:
Men's game West Carroll vs Natchez Trace at 12:00.
Girls' game West Carroll vs Hollow Rock - Bruceton Central 1:30
Men's game Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central vs Big Sandy 3:00
Girls' game Clarksburg vs Big Sandy 4:30
Men's game Huntingdon vs Clarksburg 6:00
Admission for all the games is $7.00.
Monday will see the Huntingdon girls taking on the winner of West Carroll and Hollow Rock - Bruceton Central at 6:00 Followed by McKenzie girls taking on the winner of Clarksburg and Big Sandy from Saturday.
The girls championship and runners up will be determined on Thursday evening.
The McKenzie men will take on Bruceton and Big Sandy winner at 6:00 on Tuesday night. The winner from West Carroll and Natchez Trace will take on the winner from Huntingdon and Clarksburg at 7:30. Championship games will be played on Friday evening. at 6:00 and 7;30. The 1-4 place finishers will then advance to the Regional tournament that will be held at Bethel as well.
Black History month and McKenzie Sesquicentennial
Jason Martin, chair of the 150 year celebration continues to provide information concerning the sesquicentennial celebration and specifically with February being Black History Month to present articles on the history of Webb School in McKenzie. According to Martin’s article in the McKenzie Banner on Tuesday, “The rich history of Webb School and the influence of Professor J.L. Seets are as much a part of McKenzie as any institution or individual in the city's 150 years of existence.”
Very few records exist on African-American education in the McKenzie area but what is available comes from documents in Webb School, the Gordon Browning Museum and writings of Professor Seets. prior to 1899. Near the turn of the 20th Century with the introduction of the public school system, a rudimentary one-room school house was constructed on the outskirts of town with a single teacher. The little one-room building evolved into a two-room school about 1900 and provided education from first grade through eighth grade. The building complex was named Booker T. Washington High School. Things would not change considerably for the next 15 to 20 years.
According to Professor Seets, “During this period, the following teachers were employed: Bob Coleman, Nelson Love, F.L. Buck and wife Lena Buck, Murray Mitchum, Rev. L.B. Tinsley. Salaries ranged from $15 to $50 per month and in some cases only room and board.”
In 1920, Professor James L. Seets became principal of the Booker T. Washington school. It was in this time period education took a leap forward for African-Americans in the area. The Carroll County Board of Education built the Carroll County Training School in Smyrna Community near Buena Vista. After four years, the training school closed and moved to McKenzie to be under the supervision of Professor Seets.
From Professor Seets records, “The first high school class enrolled four students and at the end of the first four high school years, two of the four, Kelcy Bell and Addie M. Broach, graduated and received high school diplomas from the State Department of Education.”
A need for additional buildings and course expansion forced the school to request more money from the Rosenwald Fund. An additional $8,000 was acquired through the grant and donations. The name of the school was changed to Webb High School after John L. Webb. Mr. Webb, an African-American, was a very generous benefactor to the school providing more money than any person of any race or group in McKenzie.
Two school buses were obtained at this point as well since Webb School was the only high school for African-Americans in Carroll County. Enrollment increased from four to well over one hundred; teachers increased from one to fifteen; the curriculum was enriched by adding new courses based on the needs of the children.
In the summer of 1936, a fire would destroy the school, and a new facility would be constructed. But it would take the African-American community coming together again to raise Webb School from the ashes. Further articles will be forthcoming in the Sesquicentennial Celebration according to Jason Martin.
Basketball Game Tonight Could Decide District Regular Season Champion
McKenzie, TN - Mckenzie travels to Huntingdon tonight (Tuesday) for a game that could actually through the district championship into a three way tie. The Lady Rebels should finish in second place reguardless of their outcome tonight against Huntingdon. The Fillies will be in first place win or loose and the Lady Rebels should finish in second place. Both teams would get a bye in the first round of the District tournament at Bethel that begins Saturday. Teams will be meeting tomorrow at Bethel to establish the tournament rankings. If the Rebels win tonight against Huntingdon, they will be seeded 1st but should they lose that will create a three way tie with West Carroll, and Huntingdon.
Tournament actioin will get underway Saturday at Bethel University with five games scheduled, the first to begin at 12:00 with a girls game between 4 and 4 seeds. The second game will be the 3rd and 4th place girls teams at 1:30. Mens action will begin at 3:00 with 4 and 5 playing, followed by the 2 and 7 team and the night cap at 6:00 will be the 3rd and 6th place teams. Due to the odd number 7 teams in the men's bracket the first place team will get a bye which could be decided by tonights game with Huntingdon. If McKenzie wins they will be first, West Carroll number 2 and Huntingdon number 3.
The game from Huntingdon will be broadcast tonight on WHDM 98.9 FM and AM 1440. Join the WHDM broadcast crew for action on the radio or by clicking the internet button on the side of this page for sports.
Huntingdon Police Warn of Scam
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department have been made aware of a scam
that is new to us. A young couple searching online for a home to rent in
the Jackson area made contact with a man who had posted a house for
rent. He included pictures from the inside of the house. It may have
been in real estate at some prior time and he saved the pictures, we're
not certain how he obtained the pictures.
Upon contacting him they were
told that other people were interested in the house and that if they
wanted it that they had to wire $500 to his bank. Upon receiving the
money he contacted them again and said they would also have to put up
another $500 as a security deposit. They then discovered that he did not
own the home. Further communications with him were unsuccessful.
that would please help get the message out that if you are renting or
buying property to ask to go and inspect it yourself before any money is
paid. Another safeguard is to check public records to see if the
person you are dealing with is registered as the owner of the property.
Be wary of any person asking you to transfer money to a bank account
that is far away.
Fire In Carroll County Claims Three Young Lives
An early morning fire Tuesday took the life of a former West Carroll High School graduate, her boyfriend and his sister. Reports last night on WBBJ said the trailer fire took the life of three people. They were identified in the McKenzie Banner today as Ashley Barlow, Dakota Cook, and his sister Caitlin Cook.
City Makes Plans To Celebrate Sesquicentennial
McKenzie, TN - Executive Chairman for City of McKenzie Sesquicentennial Committee Jason Martin encourages all citizens to become involved with this year-long celebration celebrating the 150th year of existence for the city of McKenzie. Wanting to involve more than just a few, Martin invites everyone to get involved. Plans are still evolving for an entire year long event. Everything was kicked off with a celebration last Saturday with cake, prize giveaways, and two free movie presentations sponsored by the McKenzie Banner at the Park Theater in downtown McKenzie. In Martins words, ” If you do not have the time to get involved (i.e. you work full time, are raising our future leaders (your children), or your schedule is just full), please e-mail us your ideas and suggestions.” Martin continued, “To make a difference, you don't have to be at every meeting; you just have to have your heart in the right place and your best foot forward. That's how this year will be a success. Currently, we are attempting to plan an event in February focusing on Webb School. It would be best for members of the alumni association to be the guiding force. If any of the alumni are interested in helping or taking the lead please contact me, Jason Martin, at the McKenzie Banner as soon as possible.”
On February 14, Colonel James Monroe McKenzie's birthday will be celebrated at the newly renovated depot. So be sure to visit the depot for cake and refreshments; there is also a surprise special guest scheduled to greet visitors.
Martin says we are also looking for ideas and a group to lead the month of March. Tentatively, a Mardi Gras theme was decided by the planning committee, but if there's something you want to do let us know. It is our plan to center all events, festivals and celebrations around the history and heritage of McKenzie.
April is “Celebrating Our Heritage;” May will focus on the newly renovated McKenzie Depot; June we will partner with the Gordon Browning Museum; July is the annual Freedom Festival; August is the Sweet Tea Festival and the city will honor the women's suffrage movement; September will be a Homecoming Celebration with a community meal sponsored by local churches and civic groups; October will bring back the cemetery walks; November will honor the veterans of McKenzie with a special presentation; and December will be a closing Christmas-themed ceremony.
If anyone is interested in volunteering or helping sponsor the celebration feel free to contact the 150th executive committee at 731-352-3323 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McKenzie Banner will be producing a column each week bringing you updates on what is planned which will include various historical synopses about the City of McKenzie and photos focusing around our heritage. If you would like to make a submission to the column feel free to e-mail Jason directly at email@example.com or call him at 731-352-3323.
McKenzie to Celebrate 150 Years
McKenzie, TN- The sesquicentennial celebration for the city of McKenzie gets underway at noon tomorrow (Saturday Jan. 26) at the Parke Theater in downtown McKenzie. Jason Martin, co-chair of the event with father-in-law Joel Washburn announced events for the coming year with the kick-off tomorrow. The McKenzie Banner is sponsoring the showing of two movies free of charge to the public as long as seats are available. The first will be "To Kill a Mockingbird' followed by "Oh Brother Were Art Thou", The first 150 people to attend will receive a free poister and commemorative ticket. Further events will be announced in the near future.
Mayor Jill Holland and Chairman Jason Martin speak to guests at the sesquicentennial planning event at the Farmer's Market in McKenzie.
New Head Coach Named For Bethel
MCKENZIE, Tenn. (Dave McCulley SI Bethel) He is one of the more beloved players who has ever played football for the Bethel University Wildcats. Michael Jasper just completed his third season as an assistant with the Cats. He also served as the Assistant Head Coach and worked with the defensive line. Bethel Director of Athletics Dale Kelley announced Thursday night Jasper is the new head football coach at the school. He replaces Brent Dearmon who resigned earlier this week to take a position on the Les Miles staff at the University of Kansas. Jasper is the 12th head football coach in Wildcat history.
Before joining the Bethel staff Jasper served as Offensive and Defensive Line Assistant at Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, New York. Mike spent three years in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and the Carolina Panthers. Coach Jasper played for the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2005 and was a starter on their 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Championship team. After redshirting at Middle Tennessee State University, Coach Jasper joined the Wildcats as an Offensive and Defensive Lineman from 2008-2010 and was the first ever Wildcat drafted to the NFL in 2011 by the Buffalo Bills. He graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies.
Kelley commented on the announcement, “We are excited Michael has accepted the position as our new head coach. He played here and has been a member of the Bethel family for some time. He brings experience from the NFL and of course from the college level as a player and coach. He is popular with the players and fans, and we feel he will do a great job. He was also a huge part of our success last year as the Assistant Head Coach with Coach Dearmon.”
Chappell said, “I first met Mike Jasper when he was in my Psychology of Coaching class in 2011. I am so proud of the man he has become and even prouder to be here as he assumes the role of head football coach at my and his alma mater. Mike's NFL career, his credibility in football circles, and his dedication to developing young men will be of immediate impact as he takes the reins. Spending the last year as associate head coach during the Wildcats historic run of 2018 has no doubt prepared Mike for what is to come. I have no doubt that not only will BU football pick up right where it left off in November but will reach new heights under his leadership.”
Coach Jasper said it is an honor to be named coach of the Wildcats. “What an honor to be named head football coach of Bethel University. My history with this university runs deep from my years of playing football for Bethel, being the first player to be drafted to the National Football League, my return back in 2016 to coach offensive line, and mostly recently the 2018 historic, 10-0 season coaching defensive line. The fact that I’m able to lead this program now, means everything. McKenzie has become home for my wife and me. This community has embraced us, and we love it here. My wife, Allison and I are thrilled to continue to pour love and our family values into the young men of character that make up this football program.” He added, “I want to thank Coach Dearmon for the foundation he laid in rebuilding this football program last year. I’m thrilled to take the reins and continue the momentum into a great 2019 season. To President Butler, Dale Kelley and
Brad Chappell, thank you for trusting me with this team.
It is business as usual for the football program now. This phenomenal staff has already hit the ground running with our off-season workout program and recruiting incoming freshman. To any recruit that is undecided about whether or not Bethel’s the place for you, I’m telling you that we are about to embark on something special, and #reload1N9 is just the beginning.
Jasper and his wife Allison reside in McKenzie.
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
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.”
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.
LADY REBELS SOCCER TEAM DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!!!!
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.
first 5 kicks still didn't decide a winner as each team connected on 3
of their 5 attempts, forcing sudden death penalty kicks.
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!
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
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
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.
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."
operations in Bruceton will function as its Southeast distribution hub
and will be the company’s distribution headquarters.
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
“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.
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
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.
REBEL GOLFERS HEADED BACK TO STATE!!!!
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 was 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.
LADIES COMPLETE TEAM SWEEP WITH DISTRICT TITLE
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)
REBEL MEN WIN DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
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!
MCKENZIE REBELS GO 0-5 WITH 54-13 LOSS
(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.
CERAMICS COMPANY CREATES 40 JOBS
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.
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.
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.
chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons, first and foremost because 80
percent of the clay we used is mined nearby,” Company Directors Henk
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.”
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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