MILAN, Tenn. — A major building demolition was underway Wednesday in Milan.

The buildings came down as part of the revitalization of the downtown area. What used to be a supermarket is soon to be retail shops and a restaurant.

City leaders say half a block of downtown will come down to be built back up again and will bring more attractions and investors to the area.

“It’s somewhat of a joint effort and good timing,” Mayor B.W. Beasley said. “I believe if you create positive energy, you create a good synergy for your town, and as a result of that you see what’s going on behind me.”

Mayor Beasley says a coffee shop as well as a bed and breakfast are soon to be in the downtown area as well.

 

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — With summer winding down and fall on the way, many West Tennesseans are getting geared up and ready for small game hunting season.

With squirrel and dove season approaching, Tennessee wildlife officers have a few reminders for hunters.

“We just want to make sure everyone has their hunting license, and anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969, will also need their hunter education course,” said John Dunn, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer.

Dunn says you should always know where you are hunting and have permission to be there.

“Whether land is posted or not, you should have permission from that landowner,” he said.

But every year, wildlife officers say one thing doesn’t change — no matter what it is you are hunting, it’s your responsibility to do it safely.

“Have your gun pointed in a safe direction and only shoot in a safe direction, because you have to be responsible for not what you’re shooting at, but what’s beyond that target as well,” TWRA Capt. Brian Elkins said.

Elkins said you also need to be aware of your surroundings.

“Snakes and ticks are still very active,” he said. “So spray down with tick spray, maybe some mosquito spray and just watch where you place your hands and feet when you are walking in the woods.”

While some hunt to enjoy fine table fare, to many it’s also a sport.

“Most people hunt for the quality of the experience,” Elkins said. “Being outside with family or friends, or some people favor the seclusion of being by yourself in the woods. It’s a peaceful time.”

Hunting season for squirrels opens Aug. 26. That will be a free hunting day where you can hunt without a license.

The season for dove opens on Sept. 1.

For more information about hunting seasons, licenses and hunter safety, contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Weather Update – 6:15 p.m. Wednesday

At 2:00 p.m. temperatures were tenths of a degree shy of 90°F this afternoon – which was the forecast high for today. Most areas in West Tennessee are at least in the upper 80s with humidity making it feel like temperatures are in the triple digits! There’s more heat in the forecast for Thursday, but a cold front will be coming into the area to bring a likelier chance for showers and thunderstorms tomorrow.

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TONIGHT
A few showers and thunderstorms may linger past sunset but most of the rain will dissipate after sunset. Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies are forecast overnight with temperatures dropping to just the middle 70s by sunrise at 6:17 a.m. Thursday. Winds will be a little breezy overnight – out of the south at 5 to 10 miles per hour which will keep things warm.

Showers and thunderstorms will return to West Tennessee tomorrow with a 50% chance for rain as the cold front moves through the Mid-South. Temperatures will still be able to warm up to the upper 80s and lower 90s during the afternoon with the humidity making temperatures feel like they’re over 100°F at the warmest point of the day.

West Tennessee is under a marginal risk for severe weather meaning a couple thunderstorms could be strong or even severe during the day tomorrow so stay tuned to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest on that forecast, and stay with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team on-air and online for more updates!

Tom Meiners
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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE FORECAST

West Tennessee will be treated to a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st just before 1:30 in the afternoon. Here’s a look at the times it will occur below in central daylight time.

From anywhere in West Tennessee, you’ll have between 93% and 99% of the sun covering the moon with the lower end being near Memphis and the higher end being near Paris.

The forecast currently is calling for partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in West Tennessee. That may still change, however, so stay tuned for updates!

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam and officials with Tyson Foods announced Wednesday that the company will expand their operations in Union City, creating more than 300 new jobs.

The company will invest around $80 million in the expansion, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Tyson, one of the world’s largest food companies, plans to add 25,000 square feet and new production lines to its Union City plant, effectively doubling the facility’s output capabilities, the release states.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, and the expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2019.

“Tyson has been an integral part of Obion County for 20 years and I’m pleased to see the company move forward with this more than 300-job expansion in Union City,” Gov. Haslam said in the release. “With more than 1,000 employees in West Tennessee, Tyson’s impact on the community extends to the local farmers supported by its operations. I’d like to thank Tyson for its continued commitment to West Tennessee and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Tyson’s Union City complex supplies chicken for a national foodservice customer. The company also operates facilities in Goodlettsville, Newbern and Shelbyville, employing about 5,000 in Tennessee, according to the release.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 8/15/17 and 7 a.m. on 8/16/17.

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

JACKSON, Tenn. — U.S. Rep. David Kustoff is in Jackson Wednesday where he spoke to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

Kustoff, who represents Tennessee’s eighth district, opened his remarks with the following statement:

“We know that our nation has had a rough several days after the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. Make no mistake — white supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazis and all groups that preach hate, prejudice, racism and bigotry have no place in our country and must be explicitly condemned. As a United States Attorney, I prosecuted federal hate crimes. I strongly encourage the Department of Justice to follow through on the investigation from last weekend’s events.”

We’ll have more on Kustoff’s visit, including the accompanying protesters, on WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.

McNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — An investigation by the state comptroller’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has revealed that the Selmer fire chief falsified invoices and also altered bids for fire trucks, according to the state comptroller’s office.

Anthony Carr was removed from the position of fire chief Tuesday as a result of the report, according to a document from the office of Mayor John Smith. Carr denies any wrongdoing and said he has evidence to prove it, according to his attorney.

Investigators determined the fire chief falsified two invoices for training equipment, according to a release from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

According to the release:

The equipment cost $7,500; however, the fire chief invoiced McNairy County for $20,000. The fire chief had the equipment fabricated by a local machine shop and had the machine shop send the bill totaling $7,500 to a Kentucky fire equipment supplier. The Kentucky fire equipment supplier paid the machine shop $7,500 and received the $20,000 payment from McNairy County via the fire chief. The fire chief told investigators that he purchased other equipment from the Kentucky supplier with the $12,500 difference; however, investigators were unable to identify the additional equipment purportedly purchased.

The fire chief also admitted to falsifying a $200 invoice after he used the town’s credit card to make an undetermined purchase, the release states.

Investigators also reported finding that the fire chief altered bids for two fire trucks.

The lowest bid price for the vehicles was $178,622.60 and was awarded to the Kentucky fire equipment supplier. The bid specifications were developed by the fire chief who intentionally omitted some equipment. After the bid was awarded, the fire chief added other equipment totaling $31,180 without going through a second bid process. The fire chief admitted that he and the Kentucky supplier developed the add-on equipment at inflated prices.

Taxpayers in the community reacted after finding out, like Pat’s Cafe owner Pat Knight.

“This is a very poor community, and we don’t need any abuse going on,” said Knight, who’s lived in Selmer for 50 years. “It’s hard enough to find money to do projects that we need, and it’s a terrible thing to steal from poor people.”

George “D.J.” Norton of Norton Law Office reached out to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, saying there’s two sides to every story and that Carr denies the findings of the report.

“He adamantly denies any wrongdoing, and when the evidence comes out that Mr. Carr has, we feel very confident he will be reinstated with the City of Selmer and his name will be cleared,” said Norton said, who is representing Carr.

Investigators also reportedly found the fire chief improperly disposed of the town’s fire pumper when he negotiated a $52,878.30 credit with the Kentucky fire equipment supplier in exchange for the pumper. Investigators were not able to determine how those credits were used, the release states.

The results of the investigation have been reviewed with the district attorney general for the 25th Judicial District, according to the release.

According to his attorney, Carr will appear at the next Board of Aldermen meeting on Sept. 12 to present his side of the story.

You can view the entire investigative report online at the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury website.

Bettye Ahdale Goodson (Granny) passed away peacefully Monday, August 14, 2017. She is survived by her devoted husband of 72 years, Robert N. Goodson (Pop). Bettye is also survived by seven children, Gayle Webb and husband, Tom, Robert N Goodson, Jr., Karen Lewis and husband, Bert, Kathy Marsh and husband, Cleve, Beth Neely and husband, Rick, William H. Goodson, and Bettye (Candy) Mitchelson and husband, Joe. Bettye had 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A loving, steadfast wife, a mother of love and nurture, and an adored Granny, she is loved and missed by all.

SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Northside United Methodist Church with Dr. Don Thrasher officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday prior to the service from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the church.

Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway 668-1111 www.arringtonfuneralgroup.com

Weather Update 7:45 AM CDT

Warm start to the day with temperatures already in the mid 70s. We’ll have more sunshine today compared to the last two days this week. This afternoon we’ll be watching for a few isolated to widely scattered summer time thunderstorms. If you end up under one expect brief heavy rain with thunder and lightning. Once it passes sun should pop out. The main theme today will be warmer temperatures and heat index values nearing or exceeding 100 degrees at times today. We’ll be flirting with heat advisory criteria today and tomorrow. Slightly cooler for the weekend. Ill have a full forecast update coming up on ABC 7 Eyewitness Midday at 11:30 AM/ CBS 7 Eyewitness News Noon.

VIPIR 7 Storm Team Meteorologist
Moe Shamell
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The Jackson Chamber will host a women in business event on Thursday, August 17th. Laura Micetich will speak about how healthy lifestyle transformations changed her life. The event runs from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the Jackson Country Club. Tickets cost $25 for chamber members and $35 for non members. Call (731) 423-2200 for more information and to rsvp.

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