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Weather Update – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies have allowed temperatures to warm up to the lower 80s today just like we told you they would yesterday! However, a series of cold fronts will sweep through West Tennessee bringing a risk for strong to severe thunderstorms early Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon through evening.

TONIGHT
The first wave arriving in West Tennessee between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the form of scattered showers and thunderstorms and has a slight chance for severe weather between the Mississippi River and east toward a line from roughly Martin to Bolivar. An isolated severe thunderstorm is possible and if any thunderstorms become severe, the main threat will be with damaging winds. Temperatures will only drop to the lower and middle 60s by sunrise at 6:45 in the morning.

TOMORROW
The sun may come out later in the morning and early afternoon then the second wave arrives 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. which could contain severe thunderstorms for more of West Tennessee. At this moment, nearly all of West Tennessee is under a moderate risk for severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening.
The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds but a few tornadoes will be possible as well, especially during the afternoon and early evening on Thursday.

Stay tuned to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest on the forecast timeline and keep in touch with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team on-air and online for more updates!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
Twitter – @WBBJ7TomMeiners
Facebook – facebook.com/WBBJ.tom.meiners
Email – tmeiners@wbbjtv.com

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — A fun and interactive way to get students knowledgeable about traffic safety.

“Especially traveling back and forth to school, whether biking, walking or riding cars or buses, we want our kids to be safe,” Brownsville Mayor Bill Rawls said.

A representative from the Tennessee Department of Transportation led an interactive training session with first through third graders from Haywood Elementary School.

Mayor Rawls said the session is part of the Safe Routes for Schools federal program.

“Anytime we have an opportunity to interact with children, it really makes my day,” Rawls said. “That’s what motivates me and keeps me going.”

As part of the training, children were introduced to a traffic safety city, which has realistic sidewalks and streets. Students were also instructed on the proper hand signals to use while on a bike.

“I don’t think a lot of them know those, and they do ride bikes,” Haywood Elementary Principal Anna Roberts said. “We have several students that ride their bikes here in the neighborhood. I think that will help them know, ‘oh, I’m making a left turn,’ and I can see them using those.”

Mayor Rawls says as part of the Safe Routes program, Haywood Elementary will add a six-foot sidewalk and crosswalk. That project is set to begin this summer.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 3/28/17 and 7 a.m. on 3/29/17.

Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the state’s method of lethal injection.

In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court said that using the drug pentobarbital to execute condemned prisoners is constitutional. The drug is often used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.

The Tennessean reported earlier this month that the state currently does not have access to the drug. Drugs used in lethal injections have become harder for states to secure because manufacturers have refused to sell them to prisons for executions.

Tennessee has passed a law that allows for death by electrocution in the event that drugs used for lethal injection are unavailable.

The Supreme Court decision stems from a lawsuit filed in 2013 by four condemned prisoners that several other inmates were later allowed to join.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man who was shot by a Jackson police officer in a local cemetery has been charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

David Wyatt

David M. Wyatt is accused of pointing a handgun at an officer during the March 18 incident at Ridgecrest Cemetery, according to court documents.

Police responded to the cemetery around 11 a.m. for a report of a suicidal man with a gun. When they arrived, they made contact with a man later identified as Wyatt armed with a silver handgun.

Officers and Wyatt’s family members followed him through the cemetery as he walked past several people including a military honor guard preparing for a funeral, according to an affidavit.

After refusing multiple orders from police to drop his weapon, police say Wyatt pointed the gun at an officer. The officer then shot Wyatt.

Wyatt is charged with aggravated assault.

WBBJ-TV/DT has an immediate full-time opening for Master Control Operator.

Duties include switching live and recorded television programs, operating various playback equipment, satellite receivers and video servers. Operators are responsible for inserting commercials into a digital video server, monitoring audio/video transmissions and making necessary corrections to comply with industry and FCC standards.

Previous television/broadcast or college experience is preferred. Computer literacy, keyboard skills and the ability to learn quickly are a must. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.

Email resumes to jpruitt@wbbjtv.com or mail your resume to:

WBBJ-TV

Operations Supervisor

346 Muse Street

Jackson, TN 38301

No phone calls, please.

Jackson Telecasters Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring, training or promotion of employees by reason of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

All qualified applicants should apply by 4/14/2017. At this time, we anticipate that hiring decisions will be made on or about 4/28/2017.

TODAY’S WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE DRY TODAY.  A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING TO THE WEST IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE AREA AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT BRINGING THUNDERSTORMS.  A FEW COULD BE SEVERE.  THE GREATEST THREAT WILL BE FROM WINDS, HAIL AND POSSIBLY A FEW TORNADOES.  ON THURSDAY ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL MOVE THROUGH DURING THE AFTERNOON.  DRY WEATHER  WILL  ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE WEEKEND BEFORE WET CONDITIONS RETURN MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

TEMPERATURES FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAY WILL BE WARM, THEN A BRIEF COOL DOWN BEFORE WARMER HIGHS RETURN.

Gary Pickens-StormTeam 7 Forecaster

email: gpickens@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn — The USJ Bruins shutout Fayette Academy, 7-0.

JACKSON, Tenn — The Jackson Christian Eagles took down TCA, 7-1.

JACKSON, Tenn — The USJ Bruins defeated Sacred Heart 4-1 in the first game and 16-0 in the second.

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