2017: Year in Review
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY NOW AVAILABLE AT MCKENZIE HOSPITAL
McKENZIE (MARCH 9) — Allan Moede, M.D., has joined the medical staff of McKenzie Regional Hospital. Dr. Moede graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, Wisconsin. He completed residency in orthopedic surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Moede has extensive experience in general orthopedics, arthroscopy and sports medicine, trauma and fractures, adult reconstructive surgery of hip and knee, and surgical treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Moede joined the practice of McKenzie Medical Center located at 205 Hospital Drive, McKenzie.
TORNADO DAMAGES TWELVE HOMES NEAR CLARKSBURG
McKENZIE (March 12) — During an interview with The Banner, Carroll County Emergency Management Director Janice Newman said twelve homes were damaged via a Nation Weather Service-verified F-0 tornado on Anark Road and Highway 22 outside of Clarksburg city limits.
She said, “Twelve livable structures were damaged along with numerous barns, outbuildings and garages. The National Weather Service sent a crew out to do a damage assessment and they determined the damage in the area was due to the combination of an F-0 tornado and 70 mph straight-line winds.”
Newman said that damage to the 12 homes was estimated at $151,165.
According to National Weather Service estimates, F-0 tornadoes, although ranked as the weakest of tornadoes via enhanced Fujita scale, average in damage path width from three to 164 feet and generate wind speeds upwards of 40-72 mph capable of producing light damage to structures and trees.
BETHEL ANGLER HEADS TO NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL TOURNAMENT
Bethel University’s student angler John Garrett is competing in the Bass Masters Classic on March 24-26 in Houston, Texas.
Garrett, a member of the Bass Cats from Union City, took the nation by storm in August of 2016 when he and his fishing partner, Brian Pahl, won second place in the coveted Carhartt Bass Masters College National Championship on Green River reservoir in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Garrett and Pahl advanced to compete against six other anglers on their home waters of Kentucky Lake the following week in the Bass Master Classic Bracket series. The Bracket series competition is an individual angler effort seeing a single elimination head to head battle each day until only one angler remains. That angler becomes the only collegiate angler to get to compete in the World Series of professional angling this week: the prestigious Bass Masters Classic.
THREE CHILDREN, PARENTS DIE IN HOUSE FIRE
PARIS (April) — Five members of a family—both parents and three children—perished in an overnight fire at their home on Hwy. 119 in Henry County. Two children survived.
Parents Jimmy and Carrie Pollack, and children Jimmy, age 14, Ivy, age 4, and Callie, age 3, were killed in the blaze which firefighters said quickly engulfed their trailer home at 4642 Hwy. 119 in the lake area near the Kentucky State line on Thursday, April 6. The parents are both aged 37.
Two children, Lillie and Rose, survived the blaze.
MCLEMORESVILLE WELCOMES TWO NEW COMPANIES
McLEMORESVILLE (April) — The citizens of McLemoresville are welcoming two new companies to their community on Thursday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. hosted by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
Wilson Heating and Air Conditioning and Rogers Hydrant Service have co-located in a previously vacant industrial building, located at 98 Industrial Lane, near downtown McLemoresville.
CEDAR GROVE WOMAN DIES FROM HAMMER ATTACK
McKENZIE (April 13) — Almost six months after allegedly being struck on the head with a hammer during a brutal attack by her husband at the couple’s residence at 7964 Highway 104 West in Cedar Grove, Sandra Hatten, 27, recently died at a care facility in Chattanooga.
GLEASON VOTES YES ON BEER
GLEASON (April 13) — On the second and final reading of beer sales ordinance, the Gleason City Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 3-2 in favor. The vote clears the way for package beer to be sold in the city. Mayor Diana Poole informed the audience she was not opening the floor for further discussion about beer sales because she felt it was time for the community to heal over of the issue.
DR. SCARBROUGH RETIRES
Optometrist Hugh Scarbrough, 75, concluded his 50-year career by closing his office located at 159 Court Square in Huntingdon.
Son of the late H.B. and Margaret Carter Scarbrough of McKenzie, he was assisted in his profession for 30 years by employees Rosemary Maddox and Anita McLemore and the late Wilma Darnell for 20 years.
A 1959 graduate of McKenzie High School, Scarbrough credited the late McKenzie optometrist O.C. Wells, whom he first visited at age five, with steering him towards a career as an optometrist.
Scarbrough married LaRenda Bradfield of McKenzie on January 1, 1966 while he was a student at Southern College of Optometry prior to graduating that spring.
HIGH WATERS INUNDATE MCKENZIE
McKENZIE (April 19) — A flash flood Wednesday afternoon inundated McKenzie with flooded streets and temporary chaos as emergency responders were called to a wreck at an intersection, a flooded underpass on U.S. 79, and South Main Street, where water rose several feet and stranded a motorist.
The first call at McKenzie City Hall was for a collision at the intersection of U.S. 79 and Cedar at 1:44 p.m. During the high waters, two automobiles at collided in the intersection. McKenzie Police Department and McKenzie Fire Department both responded.
The emergency responders were quickly summoned to the flooded U.S. 79 (Highland Drive), where vehicles had stalled in the high waters underneath the railroad overpass and in front of the Tennessee Department of Transportation office.
SUMMERS’ GRANDSON DRAFTED BY 49ERS
For some boys, it’s their greatest aspiration to make it to the NFL. The likelihood of being drafted is a slim with 1 out of everyone 10,000 high school seniors. For C.J. Beathard, grandson of McKenzie native Cindy Summers, the dream came true.
Beathard was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. As the 104 overall pick in the draft, the 6’2’’ quarterback was a speculative sixth or seventh round pick. 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan traded up for the Iowa QB.
Susan Williams Beathard, C.J.’s mother is a native of McKenzie. Cindy, Susan’s mother, a retired professor from Bethel University still resides in McKenzie.
DR. EUGENE GULISH JOINS ORTHOPEDIC TEAM IN MCKENZIE
McKENZIE (May 2017) — Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Eugene F. Gulish, M.D., A.A.O.S. is now providing orthopedic services at McKenzie Regional Hospital.
Dr. Gulish retired from practice with his daughter, Dr. Heather Melton in late January, 2017 in Paris and has come out of retirement to help start the new orthopedic surgery service in McKenzie. Gulish is credited for being the first orthopedic surgeon to serve the Henry County Medical Center, where he practiced until his retirement earlier this year.
MUSTANGS STATEBOUND AFTER ELIMINATING DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION LIONS, 6-2
SCOTTS HILL (May 19) — In Class A high school baseball sectional action, the Huntingdon Mustangs (27-6), smoldering from a tough, 8-5 Region 7A championship loss to Peabody the previous day, eliminated defending state Class A champion Scotts Hill, 6-2, to advance to state tournament action in Murfreesboro against the Gordonville Tigers (28-12) at Riverdale High School on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The team won the district, came in second in the region, and won the sectional to earn their way to the state competition.
LOCAL AUTHOR DAVID JOHNSON RELEASES SEVENTH NOVEL
Local bestselling author and David Johnson is releasing his seventh novel, The Woodcutter’s Wife. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, it is a tale of love lost and love found.
Having developed a reputation for writing “books with heart,” The Dresden High School 1971 graduate’s books grab hold of and move readers because they feature stories about average people grappling with and overcoming real life problems.
LOCAL BOY SCOUTS TREK THROUGH NEW MEXICO WILDERNESS
CIMARRON, New Mexico — A crew of teenage Boy Scouts and their leaders are on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.
Troop 78 of McKenzie, will hike approximately 65 miles over 12 days at Philmont.
FORMER COMMISSIONER OF LABOR JAMES NEELY DIES
HUNTINGDON (June 2017) — James Glen “Jim” Neely, 76, of Huntingdon, Tennessee, died Wednesday June 14, 2017.
Funeral services were. Sunday June 18, 2017 at the Huntingdon First United Methodist Church. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Mr. Neely was born to the late Otis “Cokie” Neely and Louis Neely on April 28, 1941 in the Rosser Community of Carroll County, Tenn.. He was preceded in death by brothers, Earl and Joe Neely, and a sister, Linda Neely Wilson. He graduated from Huntingdon High School, where he was a student-athlete and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin.
STRUCK HYDRANT CAUSES FIVE-HOUR WATER OUTAGE
TREZEVANT (June 12) — A vehicle struck a fire hydrant on Highway 79 near Little General last week, causing residents to lose access to water for over five hours.
According to Mayor Dennis Mitchell, the accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Monday. The vehicle not only damaged the hydrant, but broke the water main underneath, causing most, if not all, of Trezevant’s customers to lose water.
Mitchell declined to identify the driver.
Workers from the water/sewer and street departments responded and repaired the main, restoring service to normal by around 10:30 p.m.