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Locals Win SSAC Awards and Recognition

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Bethel baseball coach Rusty Thompson has been named the SSAC Coach of Character award winner and faculty athletics representative Malissa Vaughn has been named the SSAC’s Wally Schwartz FAR of the Year Award winner.

 

Commenting on Coach Thompsons award, Bethel student-athlete Jack Surber: “None compare to Rusty Thompson when it relates to passion for the game and his players. Despite having a family of his own, Coach Rusty takes the time to develop a personal relationship with every player that has ever suited up in the purple and gold.”

Bethel cross country coach Brandon Kilburn: “Coach Thompson from the outside would seem to be defined by wins and losses. In reality he is defined by his Christian values, being a father and husband, and all of the ways he impacts our university and town within and outside of athletics. Coach Thompson constantly creates an environment in which student-athletes are able to grow in every aspect of life.”

SSAC commissioner Mike Hall: “She is without any doubt one of the leading administrators within the Southern States Athletic Conference. It is very obvious that she loves students and working with them to achieve their academic and life-long career goals.”

Bethel president Dr. Walter Butler: “Mrs. Vaughn has an impeccable reputation and rapport with faculty, students and staff, while serving as a liaison between intercollegiate athletics and academics. She exhibits character, integrity and morals while performing her duties.”

New Principal Named For McKenzie High

McKenzie, TN - McKenzie Special School District Director Len Watkins announced on Tuesday morning the addition of Kelly Spivey as the new principal for McKenzie High School.  Spivey fills the position vacated by former principal Tim Watkins who resigned after 10 years as principal to take the position of Director of Schools for Obion Co.

Watson said this morning, "We were excited whenm Kelly returned to his home town of McKenzie to teach and coach in our system.  He's been a valuable asset to our program."  Kelly completed his undergraduate work at Murray State and his masters and EDS from Tennessee State University.  Spivey and his wife Mary are both employed by the school system.  They have two children Tyler and Anna Grace.

Principal Spivey said when contacted, "I want to thank Mr. Watkins and the board for their support and the opportunity to work with such a great staff of teachers at McKenzie High School."  Spivey began teaching in South Fulton and served for 3 years  as an assistant principal before moving back home to McKenzie.

Spivey vacates his position as a coach with the McKenzie High School football team but will become acting atheltic director asw well as principal.

2019 Bassmaster Junior Nationals Set for Carroll Co. 1000 Acre Recreational Lake

HUNTINGDON, TN – For the sixth consecutive year, the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake will host the national championship for the Bassmaster Junior Division.

Second- through eighth-grade anglers will be competing at the largest man-made lake in West Tennessee, 10 minutes southwest of Huntingdon, Aug. 6 and 7.

This year’s tournament will field more than 50 teams, with two anglers per team accompanied by a coach, who can offer technical advice. Last year’s championship had anglers from 34 states and Canada who made up 54 teams.

A strategic partnership between the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, state of Tennessee, Bethel University and Villages of Paris helped bring the tournament back this year.

 

Bethel will once again host registration and other tournament-associated events on campus.

“Bethel has a nationally ranked bass fishing program, and to be able to welcome top youth anglers and families from across North America to campus is pretty special for our community,” said Dale Kelley, Bethel’s director of athletics.

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce announced previously that the 2018 tournament had a $300,000 economic impact in the county, with more than 1,500 fisherman, parents and coaches in town for the tournament and related events. The combined economic impact during the first five years that the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake has hosted the event is estimated to be around $900,000.   

Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler noted the many benefits the competition brings to the area.  “Having the Bassmaster tournament in Carroll County impacts our economy in a big way, as it draws visitors and tourists, allows them to enjoy and invest in our communities, and highlights two of our local treasures, the Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake and Bethel University,” he said.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Bassmaster anglers and their families to Carroll County for a sixth time, and we are grateful that B.A.S.S. recognizes the quality and beauty of our lake,” said Brad Hurley, president of the Carroll County Chamber.

With a membership of half a million, B.A.S.S. is the worldwide leader for bass fishing. Since 1968, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to enhancing the sport of bass fishing by advocating for access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Championship will be held on August 8-10 at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.  Three hundred high school teams are expected to compete..

Bass Cats Sign Dakota White

MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel University Wildcat Bass program signed Dakota White of Dyer, Tennessee Monday. Dakota is the son of Brian and Tammy White and will major in Physical Education. He transfers to Bethel from Itawamba Community College.

While living in the Magnolia State he won the 2016 Mississippi High School Federation Championship. He was also an Honor Roll student at Caledonia High School in Caledonia.

He feels his biggest strength is his leadership skills.

Bethel Coach Garry Mason said, “We are very proud to have Cody join our fishing program. He brings a lot of experience both on and off the water.”

McKenzie Middle School Supply List

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Middle School teachers have supplied the following supply lists for the coming year. Each grade requires a Kleenex Multipack, Clorox Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer.

 

Economic Development Corp Plans Job Fair

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Economic Development Corporation is in the midst of developing a job fair and seeking local businesses that might be interested in participating is asked to contact Monica Heath at the EDOC by emailing mckenzieindustry@gmail.com.

                    

Local Student Wins Bronze in SkillsUSA

Louisville, Ky. (Grassroots Newswire) July 8, 2019 - A career and technical student in Tennessee won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 26-27.  Joey Meeks, from Sharon and a student at Tennessee College of Applied Tech-McKenzie (McKenzie), was awarded the college bronze medal in Major Appliance & Refrigeration Technology.

                

More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

 

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

 

A total of 1,122 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their trade or scholarships. Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership events to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA's assessment program for career and technical education.    

 

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 20,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations. The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America's skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.

 

Arrangements for Rusty Newman Announced

Funeral services for Russell Todd Newman “Rusty” is Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and Thursday 11:00 a.m. until service time. Brother Dennis Trull is the officiant and burial is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McKenzie, TN. Pallbearers to serve are Aaron Oakley, Cameron Oakley, Grant Newman, Clay Newman, Brian Bennett and Tim Carter. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Smith, Dave Wood, Gabe Clericuzio, Jimmy Crossett, Dave Hacker, Ben Whitehead, Missy Reeder, Robyn Hatler and Kirsten Sass. 

 

Mr. Newman, age 55, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Henry County Medical Center. He is a member of First Baptist Church, a deacon, and Co-Owner/ manager of McKenzie Auto Parts. He is a graduate of McKenzie High School and Bethel Success program. Rusty enjoyed training and competing for marathons, and cycling events which challenged him to try open swim which lead to competing in triathlons. He was born November 4, 1963 in Milan,TN to Marvin and Mary Elizabeth Newman. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Max Bennett and Curtis and Amanda Newman.

 

He is survived by his wife of thirty four years Lisa Aldridge Newman of McKenzie, daughter Rachel Newman of McKenzie, two sons Mark (Lauren) Newman of Memphis and Zachary (Riley Toombs) Newman of McKenzie, his parents Marvin and Mary Newman of McKenzie, two sisters Nina (Jeff) Owen of Suwannee, GA and Amanda (John) Oakley of McKenzie two brothers Carey (Heather) Newman of McKenzie and Joseph (Stefanie) Newman of Maryville, great-grandmother Corene Bennett and granddaughter Ava Newman.

 

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that any memorials be made to S.O.S. (Service over Self) 2505 Poplar Memphis, TN 38112 or online sosmemphis.org\donate.

 

Brummitt –McKenzie Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. If you need assistance please call 731-352-4848 or visit our website at brummittmckenziefuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

McKenzie Shocked at Death of Local Merchant

Paris, TN - McKenzie residents are in shock at death of local CarQuest business operator Rusty Newman, who was discovered unresonsive along Eli Brown Road in Henry County at 5:41 this morning.   According to friends, Newman was an avid exerciser. Enjoying early morning runs.

 

Henry County Sherrif deputies responded to the call.  Deputy Gary Carroll assisted EMS in administering CPR to the Newman until EMS transported him to the hospital.

According to Captain Adam Jenkins, once at the hospital, the man, was Russell Newman, age 52, of 2244 Old State Route 76, died from what is believed to be natural causes. “There were no signs of foul play and nothing to indicate (he) had suffered from any exterior trauma”.

Rusty and his brother Carey work along side their father Marvin who founded the McKenzie CarQuest Autoparts stor.

Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home will announce services later this week.  Our sympathy is extended to his wife Lisa and children Rachel, Mark and Zac.

Carroll County Relay for Life Friday Night

  

Posted By Shannon McFarlin

Huntingdon, Tenn.–The 2019 Relay For Life of Carroll County will celebrate 20 years of fundraising and fighting back against cancer when it holds its annual event Friday night at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon.

The event will be held from 4-10 p.m., with welcoming ceremony at 6 p.m., with Carl Byars as emcee. The National Anthem will be sung by Bethany Hollingsworth.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., with the recognition of teams and sponsors and the survivor’s lap.

 

Student Appreciation for TCAT

McKenzie, TN - The Tennessee College of Applied Technology McKenzie held Student Appreciation Day on Friday June 14th. The day was all about giving back to the students and thanking them for all they do throughout the year.  Students have helped with fundraisers and participated as community volunteers for the community. TCAT stuents enjoyed a softball tournament, fishing, football, and flying kites. Served hot dogs, chips, and drinks for lunch a great time was enjoyed by all.

        

Pictured is the winning team, Argon Assassins from left to right: Starla Garrard, Houston Brunmeier, Dylan McCaig, Jakob Winchester, Jonathan Roland, Ben Colvett, Patrick Wilkes, Welding Instructor David Early, Tavis Bryson, and Bryston Diggs. Front Row: Jevan Pasaol and Tristan Rhea

The 4th annual softball tournament had 5 teams and 6 games, two of which were played on Thursday June 13th. Over 70 students signed up to play and then were drafted by the coaches; they have had team practices the past month. The Argon Assassins coached by Welding Instructor David Earley took home the trophy. The other teams were Blister Sticks coached by Industrial Maintenance Instructor Johnny Rogers, Green Machine coached by Machine Tool Instructor Zac Crider, The Upsets coached by Administrative  Assistant Patricia Barnett, and Black Stallions coached by Dresden campus Welding Instructor Jeremy Tucker.

 If you would like any further information about the programs we offer please call us at 731-352-5364. New classes start September 3rd.



Nights On Broadway Set For Thursday

McKenzie, TN - The annual Nights on Broadway will kick off this Thursday evening featuring Crossfire as the guest musical group.  It's a "no cook Thursday night" event with food vendors on site during the performance.  Nights On Broadway will be held on th 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the months of June, August, and September and the 3rd Thursday in July.  Rita Mac and the Romeos will perform June 20th, Flashback on July18th, King Beez on August 1st, Double Edge on August 15th and Hogslop String Band September 5th.

Nights on Broadway is presented by the city of McKenzie and Asera Care, Bank of Gleason, Carroll Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, Edward Jones, Lakeside, McKenzie Banking Company, McKenzie Medical Center, Nicky Joe Stafford Real Eastate, Super Drugs and Main Street McKenzie.

Summer Reading Program

McKenzie, TN - The McKenzie Memorial Library starts their summer reading program on Wednesday June 5 at 2:30 PM in the Park Theater in downtown McKenzie.  Russell Orr, NASA Solar System Ambassador from Discovery Park of America will talk to attendees about the 50th year anniversary of Apollo missions.

June 11 10:00 AM Wilbur Brewer with the Northwest Tennessee Bee Keeper Association will be her with his bees.  In case of rain the event will move to Thursday June 13th.

June 20th at 10:00 AM award winning Christian Illusionist, Magician and Family Speaker, Scott Humston will present his magic, stories, music comedy and much more.

June 25th at 1PM everyone can enjoy the movie, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial".

Christian Care Center Expanding

McKenzie, TN - Christian Care Cernter in McKenzie has begun and expansion project  at their location 150 Oak Manor Road.  The new entrance will be off hwy 79.  New entrance, chapel, therapy gym and business offices with foyer will be new.  The 66 rooms are being remodeled with new furniture and four private rooms will be available.  Christian Care Center provides long term care as well as rehabilitation services following accidents or surgery.

      

Free Musical Concert This Sunday at KPAC

      

Henry County Patriot Signs With Bethel Baseball

MCKENZIE, Tenn. – The Bethel Wildcat Baseball team signed Henry County standout Brandon Armour recently. Brandon is the son of Jordan and Missy Klutts of Paris, Tennessee and is undecided on his major.  Armour was an all-district performer with the Patriots striking out 10 hitters in his last appearance and hitting .391 on the season.

During his prep career he was a member of the FCA, FFA, HOSA, ACT Benchmark and French Clubs.  Armour feels his biggest strengths are his leadership and determination. Coach Rusty Thompson commented, “We are always happy to sign a local player and Brandon is a good player and student-athlete. We look forward to having him in our program.”

Bethel Bass Cats Make History

FLORENCE, AL– “First feeling, man it’s awesome.  To do it one time is a big deal, but to do it twice is even bigger,” said Carter McNeil of Bethel University.  For the first time in the history of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, a school has repeated as champions.  Not only that, the team that manages to go back-to-back is comprised of the same two anglers.  Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil take home the victory this year on Pickwick Lake with 45.65 pounds.

Floyd and McNeil entered this week as one of the key teams to watch.  Following day one, they quickly asserted themselves at the top of the leaderboard with over 22 pounds.  The pairing worked several key deep water areas, and knew that they were around the fish to win.  “We gave ourselves an opportunity to catch a big bag.  I really didn’t think we were on what we were on.  You know, it all fell in place and we had a good time,” added Floyd.

One of their go-to baits was a purple colored ribbon tail worm.  Fishing along deep water structure in 15-25 feet of water, they quickly sacked up a limit.  By roughly 10:00 AM this morning, Floyd and McNeil had over 20 pounds of bass in the boat.  This mirrors the exact same scene that played out on day one as they struggled to upgrade later on in the day.  It proved not to matter, as they were able to ride their morning wave of fish catches to another national title.

Today’s victory not only makes back-to-back titles for Floyd and McNeil, it is also the third time Bethel has won this particular event.  The program has grown into one of the true powerhouses of the sport.  At each and every event they enter, teams representing Bethel University are considered to be among the favorites.  Today, Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil cemented their place among the best in program history.  “When we first came to Bethel University, we knew we had big shoes to fill.  Today, we’re fortunate enough to win two times. I can’t say enough about how awesome of a program it is,” said McNeil.

          

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 total 46-12.

“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 announced.

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.

2020 Vision

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)

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