Jackson, Tenn —   Firefighters investigate a late night fire in Midtown Jackson. The fire broke out around 9 o’clock Wednesday night in the 100 block of Glendale Street.  Neighbors say they saw the back of this home engulfed in flames. Firefighters say it started in the back of the home. The department says no one got hurt. Firefighters says a dog got trapped inside, but they did rescue the animal. Firefighters say the home did not have smoke detectors. The cause is still under investigation.

MCKENZIE, Tenn. —  After a big win against the Peabody Golden Tide, the Mckenzie Rebels find themselves with a record of 4-4 and tied for third in Region 7-2A.  They also picked up Team of the Week honors.

The Rebels won the game 22-20, it was a win no one expected them to pick up but themselves. Head Coach Wade Comer said it was the team’s ability to put everything together all at once.

“Well you know we’ve been close all year and we’ve had to battle through some injuries and some other issues but you know anytime you win, that builds confidence in your kids and you know their excited to get back out here and go to work again for this week.,” Comer said.

After that win, he said his team has a new swagger at practice and are excited about the end of their season.

“Anytime you win you gone have more energy at practice and everything and you know we’re excited, Comer said.  “You know we got a chance to get in the playoffs and we just got to take care of business.”

Standing in their way of a playoff berth will be the Union City Golden Tornadoes this Friday.






JACKSON, Tenn —  A Jackson Police officer was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday afternoon after being shot and wounded during a firearms training session.

According to Jackson Police, the firearms instructor injured in the shooting has been treated and released from the hospital. Law enforcement officers are describing the incident as a horrible accident, still working to figure out how it even happened.

A rough day for the Jackson Police department as they deal with the aftermath of an accidental shooting.

“Tough time for the police department today we got 2 officers 1 injured the other extremely distraught,” Police Chief, Julian Wiser said.

Officers met for a quarterly gun training at the Fraternal Order of Police range on Cotton Rrove road. Just before 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon the firearms instructor was shot and wounded by another officer.

“Officers at the scene administered first aid until emergency medical services arrived on scene,” Chief Wiser said.

The unidentified gun instructor was taken by helicopter to the Med in Memphis. Jackson Police said the injured officer has been treated and released.

“We just ask that you pray for both these officers and their families,”

Department policy requires an administrative shoot team take a closer look to see how it happened. “Once that’s complete we’ll be able to release more information at that time,” Chief Wiser said.

Chief Wiser said during his time with the department he’s never witnessed anything like it before. “Been here over 20 years and this is the first incident where we had an officer accidentally shot during training to my knowledge,”

Chief Wiser says the names of the officers involved won’t be released at this time. The Fraternal Order of Police range is a common location Jackson Police use for shooter training.

JACKSON, Tenn.–The True Blue Tour visits the Hub City to recruit students and reaffirm the transfer agreement with Jackson State Community College.
MTSU goes on the road to recruit prospective high school transfer and graduate students from Madison and other nearby counties, meet their families, entertain high school counselors and community college staff. Jackson is the sixth stop on the 12 city True Blue Tour. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reporter Jackson Jones spoke at the event.

“They get to meet the Dean, the President of the University, the Vice President, the faculty, and the staff. They’re able to get their questions answered,” said Sidney McPhee, President of MTSU.

MTSU offers more than 140 undergraduate programs.


BOLIVAR, Tenn. — One of the five suspects accused in a Toone double homicide last fall had a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The accused gunman, Marquenton Williams, 28, was ushered Wednesday afternoon into the courtroom in Hardeman County. He faces two charges of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2016 double homicide that claimed the life of Joe “Duke” Robertson and his 13-year-old son Javarie, who was known as “Jojo.”

“The bodies of Mr. Joe “Duke” Robertson and Javarie “Jojo” Robertson [were] lying on the floor pretty much as soon as you walk in the trailer,” TBI Case Agent Michael Parson said.

The victims’ family was overcome with emotion as Agent Parson revealed both victims were shot in the head.

“How could y’all do that,” questioned one of the victim’s family members. “Hope y’all rot in hell. I do.”

Even though the gun hasn’t been located, the state presented evidence that points to Williams as the owner of the possible murder weapon.

The defense attorney made claims that Williams being sold a gun last year and new statements by co-defendants implicating his client do not prove guilt.

It wasn’t enough to deny probable cause. Hardeman County General Sessions Judge Boyette Denton sent the case to the grand jury.

“There will be no bond set at this time,” the judge said.

The grand jury will meet on Jan. 8.

McNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — It’s a big day in Selmer as the polls for early voting opened Wednesday morning. The big-ticket item is the mayoral race.

Other open positions include two four-year alderman positions and one two-year alderman position.

Both candidates for mayor, newcomer Nicky Atkins and incumbent John Smith, were outside the polling center.

“I’m ready to see people come out and cast their votes for change, for a new vision and a new direction, and I really believe we are going to have a good turnout,” Nicky Atkin said.

“Yes, I’m truly glad it’s here and I have been working on this campaign for several months,” John Smith said. “I have been just about to every home in Selmer.”

The candidates told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News what they would focus on if elected.

“One is the emergency room,” Atkins said. “The second thing is to clean the town up, and the third is to try and eliminate the traffic cameras we have.”

“Phase two of the street paving project, and I’m working really closely with the anti-drug coalition,” Smith said.

Smith says he is also working on getting a nursing program in the city of Selmer.

Both candidates say every vote counts.

“It’s very important to get out and speak, and it all starts right here at your local level,” Atkins said. “Before you can ever get up to the higher level, you need to know the people you are voting for here.”

“This race is about the future of Selmer, and of course it’s very important to get out and vote. Cast your vote,” Smith said.

Early voting ends Nov. 2.

JACKSON, Tenn. — “Breast cancer currently affects one in eight females,” Brad Adkins, a physician with the Women’s Clinic, said.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday the American Cancer Society is hosting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

“The whole day is just a party. We are here to celebrate, and the money saves lives,” Amy Morris, community development manager for American Cancer Society, said. “So it’s just a fun day to be together to know there’s hope from breast cancer.”

The Women’s Clinic in Jackson is also raising awareness. They now have their Pink Ribbon Mammography division of the clinic. They have been doing mammograms on site for the past eight years, and now they can get results from those tests back to you the same day.

They say women over 40 should have a mammogram once a year. They should also do personal checks once a month.

“You’re feeling for things that feel different,” Lacinda Butler, women’s health nurse practitioner at the Women’s Clinic, said. “The best time to do it is the week after their menstrual cycle, if they’re still having menstrual cycles.”

The Women’s Clinic had their own 5K back in September that raised over $20,000 for breast cancer research. The American Cancer Society and the clinic say having survivors at these events helps those battling cancer right now.

“Someone that has cancer, they are able to communicate with other folks that have cancer and fellowship with people that’s going through the same struggle,” Dennis Dozier, the logistics coordinator for the walk, said.

They hope that these events encourage the women and let them know they are not alone.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to AAA. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed distractions caused almost 60 percent of teen crashes in the United States.

“I think today distracted driving is killing more people than drunk drivers were 10 to 15 years ago,” Lt. Brad Wilbanks, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said.

The most common distractions include interacting with passengers, using a cell phone and looking at something in the vehicle, according to AAA. “They take that second to look down at the phone and that second could be the time when you really need to be paying attention to the road,” Wilbanks said.

Madison Country ranks fourth in the state when it comes to crashes among young people ages 15 to 24, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

“No policeman wants to go to a door and tell some mother her child isn’t coming home,” Sgt. Joseph Gill, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said.

Gill said texting is a big issue. “Unfortunately, there’s consequences when you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in front of you when you’re driving,” he said.

Wilbanks said crashes can be prevented. “It’s a hard habit to break and if you’re addicted to it, put the phone in the trunk,” he said. “Put the phone in the glove box. Keep the phone at home.”

Law enforcement encouraged parents to talk to their kids about distracted driving.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 15 through Oct. 21.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University have signed to continue their partnership.

The signing took place Wednesday at the Jackson Country Club where MTSU was hosting its annual True Blue Tour luncheon.

The partnership was originally established in 2012 to create a smoother transition for students wanting to transfer between the schools.

The agreement gives JSCC students access to advisers, faculty and programs at MTSU.

“We have a lot of students coming from Jackson State to MTSU to study,” MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee said. “And we have a tremendous amount of students who, once they complete their degree, they come back to the Jackson area.”

MTSU is the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee. It offers more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Over 22,000 students are enrolled at the university.


UPDATE: The firearms instructor who was accidentally shot Wednesday afternoon has been treated and released, according to the police department.

Original Story:

JACKSON, Tenn. — A Jackson police officer was accidentally shot Wednesday by another officer during quarterly firearms training.

According to a release from the Jackson Police Department, the accident happened just before 2 p.m. while officers were conducting quarterly firearms training at the Fraternal Order of Police Range on Cotton Grove Road.

One of the instructors was accidentally shot by another officer, according to police. Officers on scene conducted first aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.

The officer was airlifted to Memphis and is in stable condition, according to the release.

Police have not identified either of the officers at this time.

An Administrative Shoot Team Investigation is being conducted as part of the department’s policy.

Chief Julian Wiser and the officers of the Jackson Police Department ask the community to pray on behalf of both officers.

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