A video created for Carroll County, Tennessee's website as part of a marketing assistance program with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
When it comes to quality of life, McKenzie, TN has much to offer. McKenzie's three public schools, elementary, middle and high school, serve children from kindergarten through graduation. McKenzie's medical facilities include Radiology, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, general surgery and a Family Birth Center, in addition to retirement and nursing care facilities. McKenzie residents enjoy low-cost, abuntant utilities from trustworthy, hometown providers.
Originally inhabited by the Chickasaw Indian Tribe, the first settlers started moving into this area during the early 1800s.
In the original settling of what is now McKenzie, there were two families here that were "rivals". Each named the part of this towns area that they lived in a different name. One part of McKenzie was named Marrieta and the other part Dundas. It was still like this during the Civil War even though the community had much more to worry about at that time than the "rivalry' between the Sneads and the Gilberts. At that time there was a rather big family of McKenzie's that lived here. (From Joe Stout’s notes on “War Leaflets”, a delightful and emotional chronicle by Annie Cole Hawkins. In it you can read about many more geographical and societal norms of the region).
McKenzie's active community offers residents and visitors abundant opportunities for entertainment. From our annual festivals, to learning opportunities for students of all ages and interests, McKenzie has something for everyone. To learn more about what's going on in McKenzie, visit mckenzietn.gov.
Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival - This annual, 2-day festival celebrating food and family includes food vendors, wonderful crafts, fabulous entertainment, children's activities, car show and a fireworks display!
McKenzie offers a great number of options for sports and other outdoor recreation. Our beautiful local parks host festivals year-round, and are great places to play outdoors. Sporting events at Bethel University are open to the community, so locals can enjoy NAIA athletics.