Updated 4:49 a.m. Saturday:

A strong low pressure area brings gusty winds and a cold front producing strong to severe storms to our west. As the cold front moves over the area, expect a broken line of storms early morning with scattered and possibly severe storms late morning into the afternoon.

The wind advisory originally in place has been allowed to expire, but some gusts up to 30 mph can be expected at times. The gusty winds will be with us through much of the day and occur even outside the thunderstorm areas.

The low pressure area and associated cold front will slowly drift through the area through tonight and skies will eventually clear some as we head into Sunday.


Today, Showers and storms likely with highs around 72 degrees.

Tonight, A few showers and storms with lows in the lower 50’s.

Sunday, A sun/cloud mix and a 20% chance of a scattered storm, Highs 75, Lows 57.

Monday, Showers and storms likely, Highs around 78, Lows in the lower 50’s.

Meteorologist Brian Davis.

JACKSON, Tenn. — An apparent suicide, that’s how Jackson police describe their shooting investigation along Vann Drive late Friday afternoon.  However, investigators stop short of confirming that assessment as they await a report from the medical examiner.

Officers started receiving calls of gunfire just at 5:30 p.m.  Responding officers reported finding a person inside a vehicle parked in the lot behind Red Robin restaurant.  A section of the parking lot of cordoned off with crime tape as investigators worked.

No details about the person or possible circumstances leading up to the shooting have been released.



JACKSON, Tenn. — Fresh off a busy week at the state capital, State Representative Jimmy Eldridge, republican, of Jackson, said some of the most talked about bills over the past week involve guns.

“You know, there are some bad apples out there carrying guns,” he said. “You cant stop everybody at every door in America.”

One bill approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow off-duty police officers and sheriff’s deputies to carry firearms into sports venue, a place currently off limits to all types of weapons.

Another would allow the use of silencers, and a third would legalize guns on boats.

Eldridge said though he has not served on a committee where those bills were discussed, he would support their passage.

“You know they’re for safety,” he said. “For example, if you were out in a boat and run into a problem, at least you have some protection.”

But not everyone agrees with the proposed laws.

“I think they really should stop having guns everywhere, and letting everyone walk around with them is unsafe,” said Lilly Goudy, a Jackson resident.

“I know people need to protect themselves too, but that’s what we have the police here for,” said Herman Fingers, who lives in Jackson.

Eldridge said he and his colleagues are tackling a lot of other issues in the legislature and have plans to use their more than $37 billion budget to improve the lives of all Tennesseans.

“Tennessee is rated as one of the fiscally responsible states in America, and that’s something for Tennesseans to be proud of,” he said.

Eldridge believes the most important issue before lawmakers this session deal with education, and also says some of the other highly discussed bills include the broadband and the gas tax bills.

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — It was a full house at First Baptist Church in Huntingdon, Friday evening, as the church hosted the 21st Annual Women’s Conference.

More than 250 women attended the conference with the theme, “Now is the Time.”  Speakers encouraged the women to seize opportunities to have their voices heard in their community as they do God’s work.

“We just want to come together and let these women have fellowship,” said Lois Ward, Director of Women’s Ministries.  “We’re serving them a good meal, letting them hearing about Jesus and hopefully they go home better than they came in.”

During the event, men from the church participated by serving the ladies dinner.

JACKSON, Tenn — After dropping the first game to West Alabama 11-5, the Union Bulldogs regrouped and walked away with the 6-2 win in the second game.

JACKSON, Tenn — The Union Lady Bulldogs picked up win 301 for coach Hall in the first of a double header winning 11-3, but fell in game two to the University of West Alabama 5-0.

MILAN, Tenn — The Milan Bulldgos finished spring ball last week because head coach Jeff Morris says he prefers to get started early in case of an injury, the players have time to heal.
But in 2017, the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them. They graduated 8 starters on both sides of the ball, but where other teams see question marks, coach Morris sees opportunities for the young players to step up.

“That’s part of scholastic sports college or high school, it’s a difference between having a good team or a good program,” Morris said. “A good program you’re supposed to bring some of these other kids along the way. You start teaching them stuff and our freshman coaches do a good job with their guys and other guys need to step up, hell it’s their time.”

Coach Morris breaks down his favorite thing about coaching a young team.

“I guess the challenge part of it, there might be people out there that think, that this is the year that we drop off, you know because we have gotten so many new faces, but there’s talent there,” Morris said.  “We have a starting quarterback and both our starting tailbacks back so that’s not a bad place to start right there.”

The Bulldogs will open up their season against the Humboldt Vikings.




JACKSON, Tenn. — This week’s Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week teaches at Isaac Lane Technology Magnet Elementary School in east Jackson.

Emily Key

Emily Key has been teaching four years, and this is her first year at Isaac Lane.

She previously taught at Jackson Careers and Technology.

Key says her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow and being able to see herself in each of them.

“They talk like me, they walk like me. I know they go home talking about me,” Key said. “And that sounds kind of selfish, but I consider myself a pretty decent person, and to see 22 different versions of myself, it’s pretty awesome, pretty cool.”

Key will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in April, to vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com.

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com. Include a brief description of why the honor is deserved.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Police responded to a shooting Friday afternoon at a Humboldt home.

The incident took place around 1 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of Ferrell Street.

A neighbor describes how the scene unfolded.

“Next thing I know, I hear a couple pops, look, and one of them happened to have gotten shot,” neighbor Dustin Thacker said. “The one that did the shooting said, ‘I told you not to come at me. You should have stopped.'”

Police say the alleged gunman was there when they arrived.

“The suspect was still present, and the person he had shot was lying in the driveway,” Assistant Police Chief Reynard Buchanan said.

Officials say the suspect, an 18-year-old male, was taken into custody. The investigation continues as to what may have led to the shooting.

“It’s starting to get a little too close to home, and I’d rather not have any trouble coming from across the street,” Thacker said.

Police say the victim was shot multiple times but was still responsive when medics arrived. He was taken to a local hospital.

The garage of the house is where witnesses say the victim was shot by a resident of the home. Neighbors tell us this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

“‘Cause a couple of weeks ago, there was another shooting across the street,” Thacker said. “So I figured they may possibly be trying to play a joke on him. But then when they came over and told me he got shot, I realized it was actually another shooting.”

“You know, it makes me feel a little uneasy, especially with young ‘uns running around,” neighbor William Hamblin said.

“It was bad. It was, like, really bad,” Hamblin’s 6-year-old granddaughter said.

Humboldt police say they are not searching for any other people in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

JACKSON, Tenn. — State leaders and local churches team up to help keep people out of prison.

The Tennessee Department of Correction pleaded with church and community leaders at a brunch Friday to mentor people getting out of prison.

Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said this is their second chance. “This is your opportunity to do mission work,” he said.

The program, called Take One, pairs offenders with faith-based and nonprofit organizations. They are encouraged to mentor the offender for a year after release.

“We’re there to become an advocate to help you find temporary shelter, food, clothing and hopefully a job as well,” Shaw said.

TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker said more than 90 percent of incarcerated offenders will be released back into the community. “Give them just a little additional help maybe to be successful when they come home,” Parker said.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Ernest Polk said they are interested in mentoring because some of their members have family behind bars. “When they get out, we want to be able to embrace them and help them get started back in the community,” Polk said.

Shaw said he hopes the program cuts down the number of offenders returning to prison. “We’re there to do whatever we can to make you a productive citizen again,” he said.

The state said Take One has matched more than 300 offenders with mentors since it launched in 2013.

The TDOC said it will open six-day reporting and community resource centers across the state, including one in Jackson. The state said the centers are tentatively scheduled to open in June.

For information on becoming a mentor, visit the Tennessee Department of Corrections website.

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