KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new U.S. marshal has been confirmed for East Tennessee.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports he is David Jolley, a longtime law enforcement officer who has some experience as marshal. He served as U.S. marshal for West Tennessee under President George W. Bush.
President Donald Trump nominated Jolley, and the Senate confirmed him last week.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Jolley has a distinguished law enforcement career and will serve with integrity, and his qualifications were also praised by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Another warm and windy day on the way for all of West Tennessee. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds again much like yesterday. Though the atmosphere is mostly capped, there could be isolated shower or two today as moisture and southwesterly flow increases ahead of the front. The increase should mainly manifest with more clouds, but high resolution guidance has also shown some rain is certainly possible this afternoon. I’ll be back later this morning for Midday on ABC 7 at 11:30 AM and again on CBS 7 at Noon.
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn — Brownsville police are searching for answers, after two shootings over the weekend happened only hours apart. Police confirm the violent weekend ended with an 8-year-old boy being grazed by a bullet while he was sleeping. Luckily, police say he was not seriously injured. Police are now asking for the public’s help to get the criminals off the street.
During the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday morning, Brownsville police were on scene of two separate shootings.
“They was walking around looking for shell casings or something I guess because they stayed there for awhile,” resident William Banks said.
The first incident happened at a home in the 500 block of Lark street around 11:45 p.m., Saturday.
“There was some type of party going on, they retrieved several shell casings that appeared to be from some type of rifle,” Asst. Chief Kelvin Evans said.
“I ran back in my recliner drinking my beer and watching TV, and I heard some gunshots like, ‘pow, pow, pow, pow’,” Banks said.
Banks said he thought the shooting ended, until the sound of more gunfire took over the neighborhood.
“Like whatever they had they unloaded it and then I paused for a few minutes and I heard several more shots,” Banks explained.
Then four hours later, police were called out to Highland Street around 3:45 Sunday morning, responding to another call of shots fired.
“They arrived at the residence and located several rounds that went through a residence striking an 8-year-old kid,” Chief Evans said.
Police say the child was sleeping when the bullet grazed his back, barely missing the body. “The child received superficial wounds, so the child is okay,” Chief Evans said.
Investigators are now working to figure out if the shootings are related, but they need the public’s help to put the pieces together.
“We’re begging the people here to cooperate with police,” Chief Evans said. “We can’t solve crimes if we don’t have help,”
Banks says there has never been any problems on Lark Street, until this past weekend.
“It was a party going on, cars was lined up and down the street but people have parties like that but there hadn’t been any violence,” Banks said.
Assistant Chief Evans said while on scene of the first shooting none of the witnesses would speak with police.
“Need cooperation,” Chief Evans said. “The only way we can solve a case is if we got people that saw what happened so we can figure out what happened.”
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News went door to door attempting to get answers, but no one came to the door. Neighbors said they are just hoping for peace.
“Put the guns away, just put the guns away,” Banks said. “And party like old days have a good time no guns.”
Chief Evans says investigators are following leads, but right now they don’t have any suspect or vehicle information.
If you have any information you can call the Brownsville Police Department at (731) 772-1260 or (731) 772-CASH where the information can remain anonymous.
TROY, Tenn. — South Gibson jumps all over Milan, 76-55.
TROY, Tenn. — The Crockett County Cavaliers snapped the Dyersburg Trojans 22 game winning streak, 54-53.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Families in the Hub City came together Monday evening at Asia Garden restaurant to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
“This event is something they’ve been doing for 10 years with the West Tennessee Adopted Families group,” Hunter Jones, an adoptive parent, said. “All the families who have gone through this process before, who have gone through the two or three weeks in China or have gone through the two years of waiting, it’s just a huge celebration of adoption, and then what’s going on in China in general.”
This Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Dog.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The TCA Lady Lions defeated Peabody, 68-55.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The Gibson County Lady Pioneers take down Middleton to claim the District 14-A championship.
JACKSON, Tenn. — As Jackson police investigate the second deadly shooting within 24 hours, residents are left dealing with the shock.
As traffic moves slowly through her neighborhood Monday morning, Tate says it was a much different scene over the weekend.
“I heard four gunshots. About six or seven minutes later, my bedroom was full of blue lights,” she said.
Investigators say it happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex on Georgian Cove.
Officers say they heard several gunshots in the area. When they arrived, they found the victim inside with serious gunshot wounds.
“The ambulance was there, and someone was laying on the floor,” Tate said.
For some in the area, the crime doesn’t come as a surprise.
“Crime is outrageous around here,” Cortney Norment, a resident of the area, said. “I just hope everyone stops doing all this crime.”
Caleb Brooks works as a maintenance repairman for the apartments. He says his boss is working to improve the area’s reputation.
“He’s trying to turn it around. He’s trying to bring up the community the best he can in this certain situation,” Brooks said.
But in the meantime, Tate says there’s only one way to stop the violence.
“Keep praying,” Tate said. “There is an answer. We just have to get on the same page as it.”
Jackson police say there are no suspects currently in custody. Investigators say they believe this shooting was not random.
Anyone with information is urged to call Jackson police at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477).
BOLIVAR, Tenn. — With the rain we can expect to see later this week, flooding is going to be a main concern.
Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week starts Sunday in Tennessee. Bolivar resident Tracey Howell says her road easily gets flooding from the Hatchie River. Howell is the mother of a WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News staff member.
“Doesn’t happen every year, maybe every three years, but all the rain and stuff this year, I think we are going to have to be more prepared,” Howell said.
Depending on where you live, it’s good to have a safety plan, including alternate routes in case of flooded streets.
“I would advise not to go through the water,” Howell said. “I know I’ve done it and I should have not ever done that, but you don’t go through because you never know if you’re going to get swept away.”
The National Weather Service shows the Hatchie River already near flood stage. There is a probability of heavy rains in the area by Wednesday.
Howell says there is only one way out from her street. “A lot of times we have to take a boat out,” she said.
Nearly half of all flash flooding deaths are caused by driving into flooded areas, according to the National Weather Service. They urge drivers to “turn around, don’t drown.”