JACKSON, Tenn.-Lane College held its inaugural “I am Lane” National Day of Giving.

The goal was to raise $10,000 in conjunction with the Tom Joyner School of the Month campaign.
Events were held throughout the day and Tom Joyner visited the school as well.

From 2 Friday afternoon until 4, Joyner broadcast his radio show in front of the J.F. Lane Gymnasium.

“It shows different schools what lane college is all about, what type of students that we have here to really develop our power of potential and hopefully it encourages more people to donate to our school and help us in our educational endeavors,” said Keenan Lowery, Lane’s SGA president.

After the show, the students held a cookout.

Final scores for Week 1 of high school football (Aug. 18)


Adamsville         21
Bolivar Central 42


Waverly  46
Camden   0


USJ                      27
Chester County 28


Crockett County  41
Dyer County        24


MLK Prep   0
Dyersburg  63


Jackson North Side 0
Germantown          48


Craigmont          0
Hardin County 20


Henry County 13
Haywood         14


West Carroll                     0
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 14


McKenzie       0
Huntingdon 34


Trinity Christian 54
Jackson Christian 0


Freedom Preparatory Academy
McNairy Central


Humboldt 0
Milan        50


Booker T. Washington  8
Peabody                          61


Jackson South Side  7
Ripley                         0


Obion County         34
Decatur Riverside  35


Lexington         14
South Gibson  34


Gibson County       21
Tipton-Rosemark 28


Mayfield, Ky.  41
Union City        0


Scotts Hill       21
Lewis County 43


Dresden     28 (Thu.)
Westview   21

Week 2 Game of the Week

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Four women from California are behind bars in West Tennessee after the Madison County Sheriff’s Department found several bags of drugs after pulling over their car.

From left: Simone Gordon, Rebecca Morgado, Moriah Quinn, Tracy Quinn

“It’s good news anytime we can find this and keep it off the streets,” said Tom Mapes, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

Officers noticed a car driving erratically near the area of the Highway 45 Bypass. That’s when they stopped the car at the Waffle House parking lot.

“It was a great amount more than what we would normally see,” Lt. Luke Finney said.

Officers arrested Simone Gordon, 19, Moriah Quinn, 24, Rebecca Morgado, 42, and Traci Quinn, 42, for drug violations.

Court documents say all four of the women are from California.

Lt. Luke Finney said the bags were confiscated and the suspects were taken into custody.

“They are currently under investigation for narcotics,” Finney said.

Mapes said they were assisted in the search by their K-9 unit.

“We’re very proud of him because he helped yesterday in the investigation and discovery,” he said.

Thanks to his team, more drugs are off the streets in Madison County.

“It’s amazing how much is going on when you stop and think of this increased drug activity,” he said. “We’re trying to do all we can to slow it down and stop it.”

The four women are being held in the Madison County Jail, each in lieu of $30,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear Oct. 3 in Madison County General Sessions Court.


JACKSON, Tenn. — Men from across the Hub City were on the move Friday morning to encourage students heading to school.

City Councilman Johnny Dodd, Superintendent Eric Jones and about 20 other men were there to greet students going into Lincoln Elementary School.

This is the third “Men on the Move” tour date this school year.

Councilman Dodd says this effort is more than just encouraging students.

“This is a mission for our men,” Dodd said. “I think we can come together in our community and say we are standing together as men. We are tired of the crime problem, and we want to see some positive things in our community and show our kids they do have positive men in the community.”

Next week, the men will be at South Side High School. Other tour dates include North Parkway Middle School.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A Henderson County official has been terminated from her position following an investigation by the state comptroller’s office.

“Back in March, we received an allegation that the Henderson County deputy finance director was improperly paying herself extra money without the authority to do so,” said John Dunn, public information officer for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

The comptroller then launched an investigation into these allegations.

“We had meeting with county officials to talk to them about our findings,” Dunn said. “We also reviewed all of our findings with the District Attorney General for the 26th Judicial District.”

They also reportedly discovered that the county financial director reported that this was happening in July of 2016 to the county mayor, but nothing was done about it then.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reached out to Hinson & Hinson law office, the attorneys representing Henderson County. They told us they did not wish to comment at this time.

The Henderson County financial management committee also had not had a regular called meeting for several months.

“It’s our belief that if the financial management committee had a meeting, they might have also been asking questions about this situation and may have caused it to be stopped sooner,” Dunn said.

The investigation revealed the deputy finance director had paid herself more than $14,000 over the nine-month period, according to the comptroller’s office. She is not being charged criminally. So far, she has paid back $12,750 to the county.

“We would encourage the county to try to take steps to recover that unpaid amount so that taxpayers are made whole in Henderson County,” Dunn said.

If you need to report any type of fraud to the comptroller’s office, their hotline is 1-800-232-5454.


JACKSON, Tenn. — About 400 new Union University students arrived on campus Friday in north Jackson, including freshmen and transfer students.

Freshman Chandler Haynes said he is excited to meet new people. “It’s going to be different being away from mom and dad,” he said. “I’ve been with them 18 years, so this will be interesting.”

Hundred of volunteers, including upperclassmen plus faculty and staff, greet students and help them get moved into the dorms. “Just swarm their car when they get here and grab all their stuff and take it into their room, so they get moved in just kind of like that,” Union University Associate Vice President for University Communications Tim Ellsworth said.

Mom and Dad did not have to do all the heavy lifting. “It’s just a way for us to serve new students, to show that we’re glad that they’re here,” Ellsworth said.

Hayden Hughes, a junior, looks forward to leading new students around campus. “Get them accustomed to Union and what we’re all about and most importantly show them the love of Christ,” he said.

Ellsworth said upperclassmen will move back on campus on Sunday and Monday.

Even Buster the bulldog, Union’s live mascot, is happy to see students on campus.

They are excited too. “It’s been great,” Haynes said. “Everybody’s been super friendly. Union’s definitely a special place. I can’t wait to be a part of it for four years.”

Classes start on Tuesday.


JACKSON, Tenn. — A massive crime sweep this week in Madison County left 24 people behind bars. On Friday, 11 people made their first court appearance before a judge.

“It was later revealed she gave her daughter’s name, age and birth,” Judge Anderson said about Tammy White.

White is charged with criminal impersonation after authorities say she used her daughter’s name and information during a traffic stop.

Also facing the judge was Jessie Mallard. He is accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend, damaging her phone and not allowing her to leave the home for 24 hours.

“Felon in possession of a firearm. Driving on a suspended license 5th offense,” Judge Anderson said about Johnathon Allen.

Officers say Allen has warrants out of Texas and that they found a .25 caliber handgun in his car.

“Did a home check and there was a marijuana grinder in plain view. Searched and found digital scales and a box of .40 caliber ammunition,” Judge Anderson said about Vontorreus Kidd.

“Digital scale in plain view, three torn plastic bags, 26 grams of marijuana and a loaded firearm. Five-thousand dollar bond,” Judge Anderson said about Sedarrion Douglas.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Ross and Jeremiah Wilson were riding together when officers pulled them over.

“They smelled marijuana and observed marijuana stems in plain view along with cigarette rolling machine near the center console and a gram of marijuana,” Judge Anderson said.

Officers say Wilson had eight bags containing one gram of marijuana each inside a backpack.

“They could smell marijuana and found 14 grams and a .38 caliber handgun. Five-thousand dollar bond,” Judge Anderson said about Devlon Miliken.

Miliken faces charges relating to possession of a firearm and drugs.

Officials say five firearms, 96 ecstasy pills, one vehicle, cocaine and marijuana were seized throughout Madison County.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 8/17/17 and 7 a.m. on 8/18/17.

Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Sarah Miller teaches fourth, fifth and sixth graders at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf.

“I became a teacher just because I wanted to impact children that are like me, because I was born deaf,” she said.

The school provides instruction for hearing impaired children from all over West Tennessee. “I felt like I had the biggest impact on kids that were like myself,” Miller said.

Miller grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She taught in Michigan for two years, then moved south about eight years ago for this job.

“Seeing the smiles on their faces when they learn something new, teaching them language and vocabulary and new concepts is just my favorite thing,” Miller said.

Miller wears a hearing aid and cochlear implant. She said it is easy to be a role model for her students because she understands what they are going through. “Show them that it doesn’t matter if you’re deaf or hard of hearing, that you can go to college, you can be successful and you can be a hard worker,” she said.

Miller said she loves coming to work because she knows she can make an impact on students.

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

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email educator@wbbjtv.com.

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