JACKSON, Tenn. — Many Jackson residents have been to or at least heard of Nerdvana, a local store that offers items such as comic books, video games, and board games, but if you’ve visited the space recently, you may have noticed there’s a little more of it than before.

An owner of Nerdvana says he has been chomping at the bit to expand this store since it opened back in 2011. Which is why he says they opened this gaming room earlier this month.

“It’s also open for people to just come and bring their friends and family and just play board games or just hang out or play magic against each other in preparation for tournaments,” said Paul Simer, co-owner of Nerdvana.

Simer says the space allows guests to rent a table as well as hold parties and overnight events; game consoles can be hooked up to each available television.

“If you’ve got a group of people that want to play board games together, they don’t want to meet at somebody’s house; you have to clean up your house, you have to make sure it’s available, you have to make sure everybody is cool with you having people over,” Simer said, “This is a nice neutral place where everybody can come and feel welcome and comfortable.”

Considering the Christmas season is right around the corner, we also asked the experts what they think is at the top of a gamers wish list.

“Every time people come in here looking for Christmas and they browse, as soon as they see the wall behind me, the retro games, the Nintendo systems and stuff like that; it’s like, ‘I never had this as a kid, and now I can get it,’ or ‘oh, so and so’s going to love this,'” said Tracie Simer, co-owner of Nerdvana.

They also say board games have come a long way since Monopoly and Chutes and Ladders.

“The first one is Bears vs Babies, and it sounds ridiculous because it is, in the best way. You build a monster that you have to fight an army of babies,” said Kevin Maness, Lackey at Nerdvana.

Gaming experts also say, bringing home the old school nostalgic games of your past, can be fun for everyone.

“You don’t have to worry about the content because they grew up with it,” Tracie said, “and they know that it’s good quality stuff for families.”

Nerdvana representatives say, starting December 1st, they will be holding events in their new gaming room seven days a week. They say they plan on holding the usual Pokémon and Magic the Gathering tournaments as well as bringing back board game nights and Dungeons and Dragons nights as well.

You can check out the schedule of events at Nerdvana at nerdvanastore.com

JACKSON, Tenn. — Video was sent in by News Tipster Tom Lewelling in north Jackson showing wind damage at around 5:30 pm on Saturday during the weekend storms.

He said the damage happened on his property that caused his roof to come off.

According to reports, wind gusts got up to over 40 miles an hour in some places.

Many power outages were reported in areas such as Madison and Crockett county.

Gibson Electric officials said crew members restored power to all customers just after 9:30 pm Saturday.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but the city of Jackson is already in the holiday shopping spirit.

With more than 100 vendors and three different floors of holiday cheer, the Carl Perkins Civic Center transforms into a holiday wonderland.

“I’ve got bags, my arms are full back here,” said Kelli Bryan. who comes to the market every year. “We start at the top, and work our way to the bottom.”

University School of Jackson’s Holiday Mart attracts thousands of shoppers each year, and organizers like Kristin Londe say it’s a way to get into the spirit while giving back to the community.

“It’s an extreme way for us to be able to provide this event to the community and be able to fund raise for our children at the same time,” said Kristen Londe, chair of the holiday mart.

For many families the holiday mart is a time to get together and celebrate.

“It’s pretty much a family tradition that we come every year,” Bryan said. “We love to see all the different vendors.”

Vendors from across the area sell everything from home-baked goods to clothing items, but say it wouldn’t be possible without community support.

“USJ supports us, we support USJ and it’s just a great time to come down and bring your wears because retail is here this weekend,” said J Kent Freeman,  owner of Floral Design and Gift.

While for some the holiday mart is a time to get shopping done under one roof, for others it’s about embracing the holiday season.

“It’s an exciting time because it’s almost Christmas,” Bryan said.

The holiday mart is USJ’s largest fundraiser of the year.

This was the 47th year for the event and organizers say they are already making plans for next year.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A developmentally disabled adult male has been found safe and sound.

According to Jackson Police,  at 1:40 p.m. Jason Gilley went missing from his assisted living home at 23 Morning Dew Cove.

Around 7:45 pm, police said they found Gilley walking back toward his group home. He was not reported injured.

No further information is available at this time.

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




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JACKSON, Tenn. — Heavyweight Champion Matt Starr along with Jacob Law, The Young Lions, and Bam Bam Bundy were just some of the names that went head to head Saturday night, but representatives say, the stars of the show were veterans, as the night’s event was a salute to veterans and their families.

The crowd cheered as USA Championship Wrestling stars showed their skills Saturday night in a high energy event at the Omen Arena.

“Here. Tonight. I’m ready, and I’m taking that belt,” said wrestler Jacob Law.

“You’re going to see from bell to bell, nonstop action. That’s a big deal. You’re going to see athletes. You’re going to see the real deal rock um and sock um southern style pro wrestling, and we’re proud to be wrestling,” said event promoter Bert Prentice.

Prentice says that their wrestling events are always full of entertainment and fun for fans of all ages.

“Do you want to wrestle too one day,” asked WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Amanda Gerry.

“Yes ma’am,” said a young fan.

But the wrestling stars were not the only ones getting a standing ovation from event attendees. A round of applause for those in the armed forces as Saturday’s event was a salute to veterans and their families.

“We got to. We got to. I mean, my gosh. They’re the true heroes of our world, I mean, they just are. We got to honor that,” Prentice said.

“Like I said, I couldn’t call myself a hero compared to a veteran,” Law said, “and just giving back to them is something great we can offer them for all the things they’ve done for us.”

As the competition continued, everyone seemed to enjoying the show.

“In the end, when you’re stepping in the ring, looking out at all the fans, hearing them chant your name,” Law said, “it’s worth every single bit of time.”

“I have plenty of things in my head to hit him with,” said wrestler Matthew Starr. “I mean, you’re staying and watching though right?”

USA Championship Wrestling representatives say from Saturday night forward, they have decided that veterans get in free to all of their events. Don’t forget to bring your military ID.

They also say their next show at the Omen Arena will be on Saturday, Dec. 16. They say, that night they will also be holding a raffle to collect money that will be used to give a Christmas to needy children.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The state quarterfinals in South Jackson Friday night didn’t go as planned for South Side.

But lets talk about what went right for hawks football this season.

South side had a 1-9 record in the 2016 season.
One season later, the hawks went 8-5. Earning a spot in the 4-A state quarterfinals for the first time since 2004.

They finished second in the region, and was the only Jackson squad that was still in the state title race.

Although dropping the game by a point Friday hurt, South Side proved why they were one of top eight teams in the state.

“A few things didn’t go our way,” South Side Head Football Coach Tyler Reeder said. “We ended up coming on the short end, but these guys, I’m proud of them. For 48 minutes they gave me all they got and that all I ask for. And like I told them, there’s times in life that things are not going to go your way. And what you do and how you act when that thing happens, that all that matters. And the character that these kids got, and how they showed, and how they finished on this football field. It’s more than about football. So what these kids did out here, they ain’t got nothing to hold their head about I’m proud of them.”

To the 15 seniors on the hawks roster. Thank you for bringing back South Side football. A great season. The team will only get better next year.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The LeMoyne-Owen Magicians get the 88-84 victory over Union. The bulldogs first loss of the season is by only four  points.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Union women win 85-55 over Brescia University.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Holiday spirit could be seen in west Jackson today at the Annual Christmas Cottage.

Representatives said the event began yesterday as thousands of items went on sale.

They said every item was either handmade or home baked by the family community education club.

Members said they have been holding it for over 30 years to raise money for community service programs.

“We use that money for service projects throughout Madison county. We help a lot with 4H. We also give to wrap and to days for girls, and we have educational programs,” said Christmas Cottage Chairperson Krisann Blair.

Members said they had anything 50 cents ornaments to $100 hand done table clothes. The events ended today at 5 pm, but they said, they plan on holding it again next year.

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