CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn — Candidates are seeking several political positions in Carroll County.

Voters attended a meet and greet to hear from those who are campaigning for their votes. Candidates vying to become Carroll County’s next mayor sounded-off at a political forum, Tuesday night. Residents had an opportunity to hear from those on the ballot about why they should be the county’s next leader.

The McKenzie Industrial Development board hosted the political forum for county mayoral candidates.

“We’re here to fully support our growth and a prosperous future we felt like this was an opportunity for us to really convey to our elected officials that we’re here to help,” Executive Director of the McKenzie Industrial Development, Frank Tate said.

There are four candidates running for county mayor.

“Five set questions for the mayor candidates and we will be hosting questions from the audience,” Tate said.

Incumbent Carroll  County Mayor Kenny McBride, and former opponent, T. Richard Goodwin are both running as independents. Plus, Joseph G. Butler and Tim Pratt are going head to head in the Republican primary, with Election Day  set for next Tuesday. The winner of that race will move on to be placed on the ballot for the August election.

“Everybody coming in to voice their views voice their opinions let’s one up one another until we get the right measures,” Huntingdon Resident, Corinne Arnold said.

Each candidate had an opportunity to speak and present their platforms addressing education, job security, and economic development as top priorities. Some voters said the forum allowed candidates to connect with their constituents.

“That way they can maybe ask the questions that’s concerning them with Carroll County,”  McKenzie Industrial Development board member,  Dennis Coleman said. “And that way maybe they can decide which candidate they want to vote for.”

Along with hearing from the mayoral candidates, those campaigning for other elected positions in the county had a chance to introduce themselves to the voters.

The Carroll County General Election will be held August 2.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.–A local teacher received a high honor Tuesday from the mayor of Humboldt.

Tiffany Purnell, creator of Students Against Self-Hatred, of SASH received a proclamation for her great work and uplifting youth.
Purnell mentors elementary school girls to promote self-confidence.

“I am blessed by these girls each and every year when I have a new class of SASH girls, I am blessed because I see them grow, I see them come to me as being real timid and shy and when they leave they’re like Beyonce’s little sister, ” said Purcell.

The SASH program is also offered in Nebraska and Mississippi. They also have an upcoming SASH pageant.


JACKSON, Tenn. — The Dyersburg Trojans hung on to take down Henry County, 2-1.

JACKSON, Tenn.–A local non-profit organization honors volunteers, Tuesday night.

Several awards were presented at the 2018 RIFA Volunteer Appreciation Awards. Including the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Wanda “Sarge” Hayes. “Sarge” cooked her first meal for RIFA in 1978 when the soup kitchen was in the Salvation Army building.

In 2017, total volunteer hours were more than 12,000.
Volunteers helped RIFA to distribute over 430,000 meals in 2017.

JACKSON, Tenn.–A Jackson city councilman held a community meeting Tuesday eveing in hopes of improving a local park..

Councilman Johnny Dodd held a meeting in the basement of the T.R. White Sportsplex where community members and leaders discussed opportunities for improvements to the Shirlene Mercer Park, just off East Chester Street.

Community members discussed a pass through park with walking trails in east Jackson and other topics.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Local unsung heroes were honored Tuesday for making a positive impact in the West Tennessee community.

Honorees of the Jefferson Awards and their families gathered Tuesday morning at the Jackson Country Club for lunch and a recognition ceremony.

The honorees are nominated by the community through calls and emails.

At the banquet, Lori Collins of Redemption Road Rescue was named the Jefferson Award’s annual winner.

Collins will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent West Tennessee among nominees from around the nation.

Collins says she is surprised and humbled.

“It feels amazing,” Collins said. “The good thing is it helps the cause. It helps the cause to get out there, so it’s awesome. I’m going to go out there and have fun, and I’m going to represent our county with the Jefferson Award and the people that have gotten me here and share my thoughts and my heart what we’re doing here in Tennessee.”

“She’s done great things to affect people for years,” Leigh Anne Bentley of Leaders Credit Union said of Collins’ efforts. “She’s been working on this for decades. She brings hundreds of volunteers to bring this to fruition.”

You can nominate anyone for a Jefferson Award at

JACKSON, Tenn. — The USJ Bruins swept TRA Tuesday night. They won the first game, 2-1 and the second, 15-5.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The North Side Indians fell to Sacred Heart, 2-1.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lexington Tigers shutout Westview, 7-0.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Generals fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts, 2-1.

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