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What You’ll Need:

3 cups frozen potato tots, thawed, broken apart
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for sprinkling
2 eggs
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Cooking spray

What To Do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a shallow dish, combine potatoes, cheddar cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; mix well. In another shallow dish, beat eggs.
Lightly sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, then dip into eggs. Place chicken into potato mixture, evenly coating on both sides and pressing mixture into chicken. Place on baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking spray.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer pink in center.

CHESTER CO., Tenn — A husband is facing charges, accused of doing the unthinkable, kidnapping his wife and stuffing her into the trunk of his car.

“We started doing an area search for him. Jackson and Madison County (Sheriff’s Dept.) came down to assist,” Henderson Chief of Police Wilton Cleveland said.

Officers said Monday evening, Patrick Lamar Moore abducted his wife around Highway 18 in south Jackson then led police on a short manhunt for him.

“We believe he put his estranged wife in the trunk of the vehicle and she managed to escape and some other individuals helped her and then followed him until the police came to assist,”Cleveland said.

Officials say it began as a domestic dispute in Jackson and at some point, Moore’s wife managed to escape from the tight space of the car’s trunk.

“It was at an intersection or a stoplight. Somewhere where the vehicle slowed down and she managed to pull the trunk escape lever and get out of the car,” Cleveland said.

Moore crashed his car in Henderson and took off on foot prompting police to call in several canine units and a helicopter.

“He was fleeing and he failed to comply with our officers and he had to be tazed,” Cleveland said.

Authorities said the car had Mississippi tags and believe that is where he was headed.

“He’s not from this area so he was trying to get towards where he is from, I suppose,” Cleveland said.

Now, Moore is in a tight space, a jail cell.

Investigators told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Moore’s estranged wife was shaken but was not hurt.

MARTIN, Tenn.-John Clark, former president and CEO of First South Bank, has accepted a position as interim director of the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The chair serves as facilitator to assist regional banks as they address industry-wide issues and frequently conducts research in the area of banking.

The office also hosts the Mid-South Agriculture Finance Conference, which is in its 15th year of existence.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Seven alleged members of a drug trafficking organization responsible for shipping large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and Xanax across West Tennessee have been charged in a 16-count indictment.

All of those indicted, are from Jackson and include:

*Bernard Cooper, 31
*Courtney Cooper, 37
*Robert Newsom, 34
*Brandon Weddle, 27
*Ronricus Chapman, 30
*Morgan Bond, 29
*Stephen Williams, 29

Four of the defendants were taken into custody by officials. Two were already in custody on unrelated charges.
Robert Newsom is the only one still at large.

All seven defendants face mandatory minimum sentences of 10-years in federal prison and fines of up to $10 million.
Penalties for additional charges in the indictment range from 5 to 20 years in federal prison and carry fines of up to $10 million.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Area leaders had their first meeting of the year, Monday afternoon to talk about plans for the Memphis Regional Megasite,
located in Haywood County. Leaders said the megasite should be set to open sometime in 2018.

The state has appropriated $140 million into the project.
One of the steps talked about in the meeting is to install a large sign that will be viewable from I-40.

State Representative Jimmy Eldrigde from Jackson said he was happy with the turn out of the meeting and looks forward to the megasite’s opening.

“I fully support the megasite. I’ve been on board since day one. I remember when it first came out I remember saying, ‘let’s get this going because it is all about jobs,” said Rep. Eldridge.

State leaders said the megasite could provide more than 34,000 jobs in West Tennessee.

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Jackson-Madison County School Board chairman speaks out on the search for a new superintendent.

Bob Alvey said 25 applicants have applied for the position.
Now the Tennessee School Board Association will go through and pick the top five candidates who best match with the district.

Out of the 25 candidates, 14 are from Tennessee.

“I think what the board is looking for is someone who is familiar with education issues, someone who is a good leader, someone who thinks of being leader is someone who serves the people,” said school board chairman Bob Alvey.

The school board will interview the top five candidates, with those interviews open to the community.
So far there is no official word on when they hope to have someone hired.

JACKSON, Tenn.-A search for a woman, reportedly lost near the Pilot station off Exit 85 and Interstate 40, has ended.

Jackson police confirm the call went out, around 2 p.m. of a woman, missing in the woods, just off Interstate 40.
After searching by air, and on the ground, the woman was found, just hours later, around 5:30 p.m. in a wooded area off Christmasville Road.

She was taken to a local hospital, however her name has not been released.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Volunteers from West Tennessee make their way to areas struck with tragedy over the weekend. Officials said the storms across the South were the cause of at least 19 deaths.

Monday morning, the Mid-West Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross sent two volunteers to help.

“Our primary purpose for the two that were sent out was to take what we call our ERV, or Emergency Response Vehicle, they have done an all hands on deck call for the ERV vehicle across our state,” Mid-West TN Chapter Executive Director David Hicks said.

“They’re right there on the spot with these folks during their time of need. You get to interact with the folks, find out just exactly what their needs are,” David Brumley said, the lead volunteer for the local chapter.

Volunteers give storm victims a roof over their head, food to eat, mental health services, and spiritual counseling if requested. With the storm that swept the area over the weekend, the Red Cross said they have set up six shelters for more than 100 families.

David Hicks said there is an easy way for you to help, “The biggest and quickest response would be to go in and help our funding need. If they would go to redcross.org simply click on the donate tab and you would be streamlined to donate immediately.”

If you would like to volunteer to help in future disasters, the Red Cross is hosting a training boot camp February 6-10. Call (731) 427-5543 for more information.

JACKSON, Tenn — After a weekend shooting at Old Hickory Mall in north Jackson police are searching for the gunman. A normal Saturday afternoon at the mall took a violent turn when shots fired outside the parking lot of JC Penney.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, heard the gun shots. “We drive around the corner and I park right there.. they car only like 30 feet away from me.”

A spokesperson with Old Hickory mall released a statement Monday morning on the incident saying, “We evaluate our procedures on an ongoing basis, making adjustments based on seasonality, traffic patterns, and any local or regional event that has potential to disrupt center operations,” spokesperson, Stacey Keating said.

As far as a comment from JC Penney, their media relations team said all statements will have to come from local law enforcement.

While information is still very vague on the gunman, many concerned residents are still talking about the shooting all over social media. Some people who witnessed it are still in shock.

“We didn’t think they was gonna do that.”

At last check, investigators said the man who was shot in his left leg appears to have non life-threatening injuries. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News contacted Jackson police several times for updates and investigators told us they hope to have new details by the end of this week.

CEDAR GROVE, Tenn. — A second animal attack in cedar grove in less than two months leaves three goats mutilated and fighting for their lives.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after an attack early Sunday morning left Bethany Taylor’s pet goats severly injured.

“It could have been a child or something else a lot worse,” the owner’s mother Melissa Mayo said. “But this is bad enough.”

On December 19, 18 goats in the same neighborhood were also attacked and left for dead.

Mayo said they believe wild dogs are responsible for the attacks.

“She actually saw a black dog come out of the barn, and it had blood all over its face and its neck,” Mayo said. “There was a white one behind the barn trying to dig in.”

Taylor said believes the dogs dug through a section of her fence. Since the attack, a second fence has been put up to protect the one surviving goat.

Mayo says just last week her neighbor’s chickens were killed in a similar attack.

She said unless the dogs are caught soon, she worries not only for other animals in the area, but also people who live there.

“I mean it could turn on anybody, not just an animal,” she said. “If it’s meant to do something like that, they don’t care if you are a person or an animal or what you are.”

The one goat that survived is in stable condition, but Mayo worries the dogs will come back.

“I just hope they don’t come back here because we have this one goat left, and she can’t defend herself right now,” she said.

The description of the dogs is vague, but one is described to be a black Lab mix and the second a white dog with long fur.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Dept. at (731) 986-8947.

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