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Weather Update: 10:00 AM Wednesday

Currently we’re still getting temperature readings in the upper 30s to low 40s. Temps will struggle to warm up today as arctic air continues to sag south. We’re looking at afternoon highs in the mid 40s at best.

The good news is we’re looking at clouds rolling through the region, in and out of West Tennessee today, so we can get more sunshine today then we’ve had the last few days. This afternoon looks to be partly sunny at times.

Tonight a reinforcing cold front moves in to the region. This will bring extremely cold air into the south. It will also bring dry air with it. There is a slight chance (less than 20% chance) for overnight showers or an isolated flurry. Again, the air is so dry we’re not looking at much of an impact from this system in regards to precipitation.

The major changes that will come with this frontal system is the drastic temperature swing. Afternoon high temps both Thursday and Friday will be in the 30s and once you factor in Wind Chill — it’ll feel like we’re in the 20s. Overnight lows look to drop into the teens for Friday and Saturday morning.

We’ll get full sun the last half of the week but the cold air lingers going into Saturday as well. Temps attempt to rebound this weekend but overall this week stays below average for this time of year.

Chelsea Ambriz
VIPIR 7 Storm Team Meteorologist
Email – cambriz@wbbjtv.com
Facebook – facebook.com/chelseaambriz
Twitter – @WBBJ7Chelsea

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 (1- to 1-1/2-pound) loaf plain rye bread, unsliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sliced scallions (7 to 8)
  • 3 ounces bacon bits
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seed
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut top off bread loaf, about 1/3 of the way down; set top aside. Hollow out inside, leaving about 1 inch of bread around edges. Cut bread that was removed from the inside into 1-inch cubes; spread out on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together remaining ingredients until well blended. Spoon mixture into hollowed-out loaf and replace top of loaf. Double-wrap in aluminum foil.
  4. Bake 60 to 70 minutes. Place bread cubes in oven during the last 15 minutes of baking, until crisp. Serve fondue with toasted bread cubes for dipping.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records custodians across Tennessee would be left to decide over several contentious open government issues under a proposed model policy now open for public review and comment.

A new state law requires all government entities to adopt a public records policy by July, and the state Office of Open Records Counsel has developed has a draft with its recommended best practices.

The draft would leave it up to local governments to decide whether to accept public records requests electronically and if requesters would be allowed to make copies with their phones or other personal devices.

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government says it “will strongly oppose language that suggests government entities may create rules that inhibit access to public records.”

Feedback can be emailed until Dec. 15 to: comments.open.recordscot.tn.gov.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say a Memphis man has been convicted in the shooting deaths of two club patrons during a fight at a motorcycle bar in 2014.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office says Robert D. “Carlos” Taylor was convicted Friday of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 52-year-old Eric Whitaker and 26-year-old Jonathan Triplett. Sentencing is scheduled next month.

The shooting occurred in the early morning hours of April 25, 2014, at the Gentlemen’s Club motorcycle bar, where a fight broke out involving club patrons.

Investigators said Taylor was involved in the fight. Authorities say he left the club briefly, returned with a handgun and began shooting.

Whitaker was shot in the chest and died at the scene. Triplett was shot three times and died at a hospital.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State lawmakers are scheduled to convene the 110th Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 10.

The three-day organizational session will kick off with the formal elections for speaker in both chambers, though heavy Republican majorities in both the Senate and House mean that little drama is expected for the Republican nominees, Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville.

The next day the two chambers are scheduled to meet in join session to elect the comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state. And on the last day of the organizational session lawmakers are to participate in ethics training.

Once those tasks are complete lawmakers plant to take a recess until the end of the month before returning to hear Gov. Bill Haslam’s annual state of the state address.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are unveiling a bust of David Crockett at the state Capitol.

Crockett, who was famous as “the king of the wild frontier,” fought in the Indian wars from 1813 to 1815, was elected to the Tennessee Legislature in 1821 and to Congress in 1827.

But Crockett became a foe of President Andrew Jackson, a fellow Tennessean, and decided to go to Texas where he died during the Mexican siege of the Alamo in 1836.

During his lifetime he was known as David Crockett, but has since became better known as Davy following the popularity of the 1955 song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.”

The bust was created by sculptor Antonio Mendez, who is scheduled to join lawmakers and other dignitaries at the Tuesday afternoon unveiling.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – A mistakenly sold lottery ticket has earned a New Jersey couple $1 million.

State lottery officials say 70-year-old Dante Castillo usually picks his own numbers. But when the Manchester man bought some tickets for last Thursday’s Cash4Life jackpot at a convenience store in Lakewood, the clerk accidentally sold him a ticket with computer-generated numbers.

That ticket proved to be the winner, matching the five main numbers drawn but not the cash ball number.

Castillo and his wife chose the $1 million prize instead of the option to receive $1,000 a week for life. The convenience store will receive a $10,000 bonus check from lottery officials for selling the winning ticket.

Cash4Life also is played in Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – So far, three lawsuits have been filed following a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children and injured several more.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/2h2Q6OB ) each of the lawsuits have been filed in Hamilton County against Durham School Services, the company that operates school buses for the county, and bus driver Johnthony Walker.

Authorities say Walker was driving off the designated bus route Nov. 21 when he wrecked on a curvy road while carrying 37 children. He’s charged with vehicular homicide.

The latest lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of an injured child’s family, says Durham was “grossly negligent” for hiring Walker and is liable.

CEO David Duke has said the company is making multimillion-dollar safety changes after the crash. The company’s own investigation into the accident is ongoing.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Federal authorities in Florida want an Indiana man accused of kidnapping and killing his estranged wife returned to the state.

The FBI in Jacksonville released a criminal complaint Tuesday charging 58-year-old Jarvis Madison with kidnapping that resulted in death. He is being held in Indiana on an unrelated charge.

The FBI says 44-year-old Rachael Madison didn’t return from a jog Nov. 27 while staying with relatives in Ormond-by-the-Sea, which is near Daytona Beach. She’d been in Florida since Nov. 16. Investigators say Jarvis Madison called his wife’s relatives inquiring about her whereabouts and had threatened her aunt.

A U.S. Marshals task force arrested Jarvis Madison on Friday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. The FBI says further investigation led law enforcement to a remote area near Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rachael Madison’s remains were found that evening.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A father critically injured in a mobile home fire in suburban Nashville that claimed the lives of his two children has also died.

Multiple news outlets report that Metro police say 28-year-old Luciano Mejia Sunun died at a hospital Sunday from his injuries in the Dec. 2 blaze.

His children, 5-year-old Christopher Meija-Hernandez and 2-year-old Lujana Mejia-Hernandez, were also killed in the early morning fire.

A fourth person, 29-year-old Francisco Jesus Cabrera, who was also injured in the blaze, told investigators he was woken up by a smoke detector, but officials say they have not found any smoke alarms in the debris.

Cabrera remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Fire department spokesman Brian Haas says an investigation found the fire was accidental and caused by an electrical issue within the home.

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