JACKSON, Tenn. — Thousands of West Tennesseans dressed in pink and hit the streets today to make strides against breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s 3-mile walk brings together survivors, caregivers, men and women to raise money and awareness to help save lives from breast cancer.

Organizers said the walk is non-competitive and the goal is to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.

“I got to see a lady just a while ago and last year when she was here she had been out of the hospital for one day. and when she said she was a survivor she said for one day and I just recognized her and here she is a year later happy and well and that’s the best part,” said Community Manager Amy Morris.

This year’s sixth annual walk was held at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

JACKSON, Tenn. —  Community members laced up their walking shoes today to walk and raise awareness for those with down syndrome.

The annual “Buddy Walk” was held on Union University’s campus.

Those who went enjoyed food, games, and fellowship on the lawn under the university’s clock tower.

Organizers said the one mile walk is celebrates all abilities and raises awareness and acceptance of down syndrome.

“My favorite part is just all our families get together. There’s only a few times a year where the children of all ages come together and its just a really exciting time,” said Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee member Amy Allen.

The walk was open to everyone in the community and the money raised will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lady Mustangs shutout Columbia Academy 2-0 and are state bound.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — The Lady Tigers win big over Kirby, 10-0.

UNION CITY, Tenn. — Chief Barfield from the Union City Police Department tells WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, they arrived on scene at the East Gate Village apartment complex around 8 pm Friday night, but residents say, the victim may have been sitting there for over three hours before anyone decided to call 9-1-1.

“I just don’t understand how somebody could just sit there and let him lay in that truck and not call anyone,” said Angela Barker who lives nearby.

Barker describes the scene at East Gate Village apartments Friday night. She says she heard people nearby saying that there was a man laying in a parked truck; dead.

“So I came over here, and I took his pulse right here, and I didn’t feel anything,” Barker said.

The Union City Police Department says that man was 27 year old Dennis Neisler who, they say, was shot five times in the torso through the driver’s side window of his pickup truck.

Barker says the worst part of the crime scene Friday was that people in the community had found Neisler dead, but nobody was calling 9-1-1.

“That’s the worst part of it, is no one called,” said Barker. “No one called. They just let him lay there.”

Police say witnesses describe the suspect as a tall, heavy set, black male, but they say residents in the area are reluctant to speak with law enforcement.

“Sadly to say, most folks don’t want to talk to us. Don’t know if it’s dislike for the police or don’t want to be involved. A lot of it I think is not wanting to be involved in it; fear of retaliation,” said Chief Perry Barfield of the Union City Police Department.

“It seems like everybody I’ve talked to, it’s like nobody wants to feel, it doesn’t matter,” Barker said. “Keep your mouth shut. You’ll be the next one to get shot.”

Officers say the crime could be drug related, a situation not unusual for the area.

“I just pray to the good Lord that people will start acting, because that’s what it’s going to take to make this stuff stop,” Barker said.

Members of the community say, it is upsetting to see something like this happening in a neighborhood where groups of children are constantly out playing, and they say, it needs to stop.

The Union City Police Department say if you have any information on this crime and the suspect involved, to call them immediately at 731-885-1515.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Veterans from across the country came together in the Hub City to reunite and share their stories.

It’s an event about brotherhood, camaraderie and honor among war veterans from across the country.

“I served in Vietnam for the first tour in 1968,” said Randall Brantley, one of nearly 50 of our country’s heroes coming together for VFW Post 1848’s 20th veterans reunion.

“We talk mostly about the good times, because there was a lot of bad times,” he said.

For many of the veterans, the reunion is more than just a time to reconnect.

“Last night we did a missing man table,” said veteran and house committee member John Harrison. “We honor missing personal from every branch of the service.”

The week-long reunion is full of different ceremonies, some aimed at helping those who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“If we can get people in here and get them the help they need, hopefully we’re going to see those numbers going down, and memberships going up,” Harrison said.

Even if they’ve never met, Harrison says all veterans share a unique bond.

“Veterans share something they understand that a lot of people don’t understand,” he said.

Members of the post say they hope to grow the event, and get younger generations involved.

“We’re here to support the veterans and the veterans of the community,” post commander Norman White.  “Any way we can do that, that’s what were here for.”

The reunion wraps up tomorrow morning with a church service for the veterans.

PARIS, Tenn. —  Some of Nashville’s biggest songwriters are coming to the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, TN on Wednesday, October 25 for a benefit for the Sonny Melton Memorial

Scholarship Fund.

 

Melton was one of the many victims in a mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The concert will include many artists like Steven Lee Olsen and will be hosted by Alabama Boss.

A silent auction will include items donated from the likes of the The Charlie Daniels Band.

All proceeds will benefit the fund.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each and are on sale at the following locations:

 

Melton’s
13690 hwy 69A
Big Sandy

Kelley clinic
1015 Kelley Drive
Paris

Merison’s
202 Memorial Drive
Paris

The silent auction will be held in a room adjacent to the theatre.

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding an inmate who walked away from a work detail.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office provided this picture on their Facebook page of the inmate.

On Oct. 20th, 2017 at around 5:00 pm, authorities were notified of an inmate who walked away from a work detail.

The inmate is John Richard Moore, white male, 44 years of age, 5’10” tall, 185 lbs, last wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. He is serving time for burglary and theft over $2,500.

According to authorities, no direction of travel is known due to a delay in the work detail supervisor reporting him missing.

The last known location of John Moore was Fairview, TN. No other information is available at this time.

Stay with 7 Eyewitness News as we continue to learn more.

 

JACKSON, Tenn.– Meet our pet of the week Biscuit!

Biscuit is a 2-year-old Chihuahua who was an only child until recently when his family situation changed.

He’s fine with cats and kids but is a little shy around other dogs. He’s neutered and up to date on shots!

For more information contact Melissa Roberts at melissaroberts@savingtheanimalstogether.org.

 

JACKSON, Tenn.– One local school is stepping up their efforts to give back to those in need.

Parson Elementary school is collecting socks all throughout the month of October. Everyone is getting involved especially the little ones.

Emma Lindsey has donated over 1200 socks and she’s not done. She says she wants to get to 1500 socks. Emma saved her allowances to buy the socks.

The socks will go to those devastated by recent hurricanes and those in need in the community.

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