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DYER, Tenn.  - Mr. Cody Scott Reynolds, 28, of Dyer, Tennessee, died on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services for Mr. Reynolds were Wednesday, …
GLEASON — A memorial service for James R. Clark, Sr. will be announced later. Mr. Clark, 78, died Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was born in Missouri on …
GLEASON — Spencer Allen Corum, age 81, died on July 18, 2024 at Weakley County Nursing Home in Dresden, Tenn. A memorial service is at the Gleason Community Center on July 28, 2024, 1 - 4 …
Mr. Barry Summers, 67, of McKenzie, Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County. Funeral services are 3 p.m. , Sunday, July 21, 2024 at Shiloh Cumberland …
ATWOOD, Tenn. - Funeral services for Joe Clifford Rainey,  78, of Atwood, are Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 12 p.m. at Bodkin Funeral Home-Milan with burial to follow in the Pisgah Cemetery in …
Calendar of Events
    • Calendar 7-16-24

      Webb School National Register Celebration The Webb Alumni Association is planning a celebration and ribbon cutting on July 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 …

    • Early Voting Begins Friday

      Early voting in Tennessee begins July 12 and ends July 27 for the August 1 elections in Tennessee. While the political landscape has been quiet …

    • Calendar 7-9-24

      Back to School Events Back to School Bash at Long Heights Baptist Church - McKenzie on August 4 from 5-7 p.m. featuring water slides and food …

    • Area July 4th Celebrations

      Cottage Grove 49th Annual Freedom Festival Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 49th annual Freedom Festival on Thursday, …

Community Focus
Dem Cookiez owner Lacey Prater displays the watermelon cookies that earned Second Place and $500 at the Chesoli’s Race for Taste Competition in Huntingdon on July 6.
Dem Cookiez Wins at Huntingdon Competition
One of McKenzie’s newest businesses celebrated a big win on Saturday, July 6 at a nearby food competition. Dem Cookiez owner and baker Lacey Prater won Second Place and a $500 prize in the Chesoli’s Race for Taste Competition in downtown Huntingdon. Her green watermelon cookie with pink icing and chocolate chip “seeds” delighted the judges’ eyes and taste buds.
The winner of the best float in the parade was Oak Hill Union Church.
Cottage Grove Hosts Annual July 4th Celebration
COTTAGE GROVE, Tenn. (July 4) — Tennessee’s smallest incorporated city always puts on a festival on July 4 in celebration of America’s independence from Great Britain.
McKenzie Business Owner Opens Up About Assault, Building Condemnation
McKENZIE (July 9) — A McKenzie business owner is fighting for his right to continue operating his business downtown after the City of McKenzie condemned his building while he was recovering at home from an aggravated assault and robbery that happened in November 2023.
Kaidyn Williams graduated from Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School this year and is heading to boot camp for the Coast Guard in a few weeks. But she spent several days in between in Costa Rica where she, along with Global Citizen Adventure Corps volunteers, helped a local nonprofit secure safe habitats for the sick, injured and orphaned animals there. She also took time out as a two-time softball state champ to explain the sport and coach her fellow worker Pablo Alonso Rojas (seen here in the background) to his first grand slam.
Costa Rica Volunteers Return to West Tennessee
COSTA RICA — Students from Bruceton, Huntingdon, Camden and Memphis discovered that summer means rainy season in steamy tropical Costa Rica. But armed with serving hearts and good senses of humor, participants in the latest Global Citizen Adventure Corps program overcame the weather, interacted with children who needed their attention, erected fencing and secured habitats for animals needing protection, and even squeezed in a lesson in softball.
State, local and school officials symbolically break ground for the new academic and administrative building. It is part of a $1 billion investment across Tennessee to enhance technical training facilities. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2024 and take over a year to complete. Bell and Associates is the general contractor.
McKenzie Campus Hosts Groundbreaking
McKENZIE (June 25) — Tennessee College of Applied Technology Henry/Carroll hosted a groundbreaking for its new academic and administrative building on June 25 at the McKenzie campus.
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Huntingdon Mustangs
The Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (TSCA) named Huntingdon’s Natalie Kreuziger and Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central’s Addison Hampton as Miss Softball for their prospective class.
MURFREESBORO (May 24) — After four days of intense action that included weather delays and a round-robin of venues, the Huntingdon Mustangs and Fillies claimed state runner-up titles in baseball and softball for Class 2A. In a double-elimination format, both teams made it to Friday’s round unscathed.
The TSSAA Spring Fling was more than baseball and softball. Two Huntingdon students competed at the state level in track and field during the week.
Six local high school baseball and softball teams are headed to Murfreesboro this week to participate in the TSSAA State Championship Series. McKenzie Rebels Baseball, Huntingdon Mustangs Baseball, Huntingdon Fillies Softball, Hollow Rock-Bruceton Lady Tigers Softball, Westview Lady Chargers Softball and Henry County Lady Patriots Softball will take the field Tuesday afternoon in the double elimination tournament.
McKenzie Rebels
McKENZIE (June 18) — The McKenzie Rebels hosted Camden and Obion County in a 7-on-7 scrimmage. McKenzie has had to transition through numerous changes since last season. One of which is their new head football Coach, Keith Hodge.
The MHS Golf Team held its Par 3 Extravaganza golf tournament on a hot Saturday, June 15 at the Carroll Lake Golf Club, which serves as their course for home golf matches.
Faye Jones proved to be a dedicated Rebels baseball fan. Jones, age 92, great-grandmother of Fletcher Holt, attended the TSSAA State Championship Series.
25 Years Ago — Eight-year-old Kyle Trevathan caught a 6 lb. 4 oz. bass. When he made the big catch, Kyle used a jig and pig for bait.

Looking Back from Our Archives

10 Years Ago — Patrick Willis held his 2nd Annual Procamp. Willis gave Camden girl Lauren Richardson a handoff during the camp. * The last annual Vol State Road Race crossed Carroll County. Tim Scott of Newport News, Virginia, ran for Dry July, an organization that supports adults living with cancer. Ed Masuoka of Laurel, Maryland, ran for “just the heck of it.”

The Wit and Wisdom of David Johnson: What if John Wayne Had been Black?

Growing up, I was mesmerized by every single movie that starred John Wayne. The characters he portrayed were strong, morally conscious men who fought for what’s right, even if they stood alone. They defended the defenseless and were usually fiercely patriotic. Even though I knew nothing about his private life, I wanted to be like John Wayne.

The Banner Shares ‘Summer Mix Tape’ Playlist

Something I’ve been working on lately is different ways to interact with readers. I have a few ideas that I’ve been mulling over and this is one of them, sharing music with you.
25 Years Ago — Lions Club President Herb New congratulated Dr. Howard Smith on receiving the Melvin Jones Award. The award indicated that a minimum of $1,000 had been given to Lions International for humanitarian work worldwide.

Looking Back from Our Archives

10 Years Ago — Johnny Mercer became the new McKenzie Street Department Supervisor. Johnny has worked with the City of McKenzie since 2007.
ROSWELL, New Mexico (July 7) — Did you hear about the UFO vehicle traveling from Indiana to Roswell, New Mexico for the annual UFO Festival? The driver was pulled over in three states, but ultimately made it in time to be spotted in the AlienFest Light Parade in Roswell on Saturday night, July 6. Law enforcement in Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico all got photos with the craft and occupants.
McKENZIE (June 25) — McKenzie Chamber of Commerce held its third annual banquet on Tuesday, June 25 at Bethel University’s cafeteria. The food was provided by the food service at Bethel.
McKenzie (June 27) — Members of the McKenzie Industrial Board received training in economic development from associates of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday, June 27.
McKENZIE (June 2024) — The Waters of McKenzie announces it has been recognized as a 2024 recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award for improving the lives of residents through excellent care.
HUNTINGDON (June 24) — First responders in Carroll County were honored for their professionalism and quick response to a two-vehicle wreck involving a van, transporting Hispanic males and a truck in Clarksburg.
    • Carroll County Sheriff’s Reports

      Stolen Trailer — On July 6, Deputy Sunny Crews-Sherwood and Deputy Mark Boaz were dispatched to a home in Hollow Rock for theft of a 16-foot …

    • McKenzie Police Reports

      Victim Drowns in Motel Bathtub — A Dyer, Tennessee woman is believed to have drowned in the bathtub of the Relax Inn Motel, McKenzie, on July …

    • Marriage Licenses

      John Wayne Millsap, 64, of Blakely, Georgia to Kathy Lynn Corbin Fisk, 60, of Griffith, Ind. Cory Michael Mattison, 44, of Paris, to Paige …

    • Property Transfers

      John Adam Phillips to Jacob L. and Anna C. Click in District 16. Gwin Taylor to Winfred Ripley Johnson. No district listed. M Land Inc. to …

    • Huntingdon Police Reports

      Domestic Assault — David E. Myles, 49, of Huntingdon, was arrested on July 8 for Domestic Assault. Officer Brad Allen was dispatched to High …

    • Carroll County General Sessions

      HUNTINGDON (July 10) — The following cases were heard in Carroll County General Sessions Court on July 10. Two defendants were bound over to …

In our schools
    • What's Cookin' Recipes 7-16-24

      Frosted Peanut Drops 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed 1 cup butter 2 eggs 2 cups sifted all purpose flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup …

    • Recipes 7-9-24

      Million Dollar Pie 1 (12 oz.) Cool whip 4 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh 1/2 cup pecans 1 can Eagle Brand milk 1 large can …

    • Recipes 7-2-24

      Pineapple Casserole 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained 2/3 cup sugar 5 teaspoon flour 1/4 box, Ritz crackers, crushed 1 1/2 …


E. H. Butler Jr

Mr. E. H. Butler Jr., 79, of Huntingdon, Tennessee died Sunday, July 14, 2024 at The Waters of McKenzie. The family asks that memorials be directed to St. Jude or the Never Quit Foundation. …

Donna Segraves

Donna Segraves June 6, 1949 - July 12, 2024 CLARKSBURG - Ms. Donna Segraves, 75, of Clarksburg, Tennessee, died Friday, July 12, 2024, at Huntingdon Health and Rehab. …

John T. Gullet

A memorial service for John T. Gullet will be scheduled at a later date. Mr. Gullet, 60,   died Thursday, July 11, 2024 at Milan General Hospital. He worked at Prysmian Group in the …

Patsy Ruth Hunt

Patsy Ruth Hunt December 14, 1930  ~  July 10, 2024 (age 93) Patsy Ruth Hunt, 93, of Gleason, Tenn. died  July 10, 2024 at Hillview Community …

Billy Wayne Byars

  Mr. Billy Wayne “Bill” Byars, 80, of Huntingdon, Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Lakeside Senior Living. Funeral services are Friday, July 12, 2024 at …

Derrick L. Potter and Elisha Miller Potter

McKENZIE - Joint funeral services for Derrick L. Potter and Elisha Miller Potter are at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, at Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday from …

Derrick L. Potter and Elisha Miller Potter

McKENZIE, Tenn. -    Joint funeral services for Derrick L. Potter and Elisha Miller Potter are 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, at Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive …

Debbie Dilday Measley

JACKSON, Tenn. - Mrs. Debbie Dilday Measley, 58, of Jackson, Tennessee, died Wednesday, July 3, 2024. The family will receive friends at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home on Monday, …

Roy V. Page

McKENZIE, Tenn. -  Funeral services for Roy V. Page are Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 12 p.m. until service time. …

Mitchell Mayberry

TREZEVANT, Tenn. - Funeral services for Mitchell Mayberry are Monday, July 8, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at Brummitt McKenzie Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Monday, 12:00 p.m. until …

Gladys Mann

Ms Gladys Mann, 97, of Huntingdon, Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Harmony Hills Assisted Living. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2024 at First Pentecostal Church with Bro. …

Dorothy Gill Scott

Mrs. Dorothy Gill Scott, 78, of Huntingdon, died Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mrs. Scott was born May 11, 1946, in Huntingdon to the …

Cynthia Marie Ridgley

PARIS, Tenn. -  A graveside memorial service for Cynthia Marie Ridgley is July 11, 2024 at 10 a.m. at Carters Chapel Cemetery, Huntingdon, Tenn. Mrs. Ridgley, 65, died at Jackson …

Donald Lynn Nolen

McKENZIE, TENN.   - Donald Lynn Nolen's graveside services are Monday, July 8, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Mt Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Nolen, known affectionately as Butch by his family, was born …

Dennis Michael Lowe

  BRUCETON  - Mr. Dennis Michael Lowe, 51, of Bruceton, died Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at his home. A memorial service for Mr. Lowe is Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at …
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