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JACKSON, Tenn — 109 years of sisterhood and service was celebrated Sunday by the first black Greek lettered organization for women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Members kicked off founders’ day with a trip to the movies by going to see the current top box office hit, Hidden Figures.

It’s based off a true story about three African American women at NASA who served as the brains behind outer space operations. What’s unique about those women is that all three are Alpha Kappa Alpha members.

Chapter President, Tracy Perkins said it was AKA members who indicated the movie needed to be shown on the big screen.

“We were encouraged by our national headquarters to make this our sisterly relations activity day.” Perkins said. “And so we got the word out to all of our members and we encourage them to bring their families out and let’s make this a family day.”

More than a hundred AKA’s participated, including members of the Theta Eta Omega chapter in Humboldt, Tennessee.

JACKSON, Tenn — January 15th is the date a man who fought for justice and peace was born, Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of Northside Assembly celebrated Dr. King’s life works with a church service dedicated to building positivity within the Jackson community.

Pastor Randy Carter said “The Lord has reconciled us to himself and then given us the ministry of reconciliation and so reconciliation is at the heart of everything we do as a church.”

Special guest for the past three years,President of Lane college Dr. Logan Hampton, delivered the message.


Pastor Carter said in 2016 Shirlene Mercer, a community activist, was honored during this same service because of her continuous fight for change.

“She participated at a great expense to herself in the sit ins at the counters in downtown Jackson many many years ago.” Pastor Carter said.

By creating the Shirlene Mercer Courage award the church continues a tradition of recognizing people who are leaders in the community. The award recipient exemplifies selflessness, courage, and stands for unity among all people. The person selected was Jackson city court judge, Blake Anderson.

“Your work for justice and equality for all citizens it’s an honor to present this award to you this year.” Pastor Carter said.

Judge Anderson said he’s humbled to have been chosen, and felt services like the one from Sunday create stronger bonds with people who may be different from one another.

“Blacks and whites worshipping together, playing together, working together this is the best thing that we can do.” Judge Anderson said.

Pastor Carter said “regardless of race regardless what part of town we live in we are one and that’s what the Lord’s heart is.”

Pastor Carter also presented Dr. Hampton with a check for $1,000 to Lane college.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Sunday afternoon hundreds of couples ready to plan their big day attended the annual wedding show downtown. Eat, drink and be married was the theme of this years annual bridal show. The Carl Perkins Civic Center was packed Sunday afternoon with folks looking to make their wedding day picture perfect.

“We’ve been doing this for over 20 years and this is perfect,” U92 morning splash host Jody Austin said. “This is to make every little girls day dream come true.”

For some brides talking to different vendors and seeing what services are offered has really helped the planning process.

“We’ve been trying to get some ideas and coming today has definitely opened our eyes at all the other stuff that we could be doing,” bride-to-be Abby Powers said.

Brides were able book their venue, find a caterer and even look at the latest wedding day trends during the fashion show. Couples could find their wedding day entertainment and even start planning the honeymoon.

“I learned a lot from it and the more I learn the better I make things for me and my wife,” Khabeer Muhammad said.

“I got a couple ideas and I’m going to go with a couple people here cause they come to the Memphis area,” bride-to-be Raychelle Smith said. “So it’s been a big help a got a good jump start.”

Although many ladies at the bridal show re planning their wedding for the first time, one couple was planning a vow renewal and had some advice.

“The most important thing is to tell the brides to just calm down,” Alisia Muhammad said. “Just calm down and it’ll all work out in the end. And you can just pass out and go to sleep after it’s all over with.”

Each year the bridal show donates part of the proceeds to a local charity. This years show will benefit the New Life Church of Jackson G.L.A.R.E. youth group’s trip to youth america in Oklahoma.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – One-year-old formerly conjoined twin girls from Nigeria have been released from a Tennessee hospital.

The Commercial Appeal  reports Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital released Miracle and Testimony Ayeni on Tuesday and they are staying with their parents and a sibling at the FedExFamilyHouse, a facility that serves patients’ families. Hospital spokeswoman Anne Glankler says both girls, who are almost 14 months old, are “doing very well.”

They were separated during an 18-hour operation in early November and Glankler says they will continue to undergo therapy for some time.

The twins were born joined together at the pelvis, a condition that only occurs in one of about every 5 million births.

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Drivers on Highway 70 might have seen him this week. A man walking along the roadside, carrying a sign that reads “Walk for God.”

John Derrick Smith’s journey in West Tennessee on Sunday was part of his walk to raise awareness of fallen police officers.

He says he wants everyone to know he walks for God.

He says he wants to send the message that all “blue lives” matter.

He took a break on his trek to Memphis to thank police officers in Huntingdon for their service.

“I just want to honor the officers that have fallen and show that blue lives, save lives,” he said. “Because all lives matter, and not all policemen are here to hurt us, they’re here to help us.”

Smith started his journey after he took a bus from his hometown in Florida to Knoxville on December 15th.

He says he chose to trek Tennessee because he plans to participate in a “Walk for God” week this April in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville television reporter has been ordered to hand over documents from his investigation of a district attorney.

The Tennessean reports a judge in Nashville on Friday ruled WTVF-TV reporter Phil Williams must release the documents as part of District Attorney Glenn Funk’s pending libel lawsuit against him.

Williams published a February 2016 story based on depositions and quoting text messages from a developer who had faced criminal charges by Funk that were later dropped.

Funk’s lawyers hope to prove that Williams acted with malice.

Williams attorney Ron Harris argued against releasing the information, citing journalists’ news gathering privileges. The judge cited an exception in Tennessee’s shield law in defamation cases in ruling those privileges did not apply.

The case is set for trial in October.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville police say two 16-year-old boys have been charged in the shooting deaths of two other teenagers at a home.

Metropolitan Nashville Police say in a news release the suspects were charged with two counts each of criminal homicide.

The statement says the shootings occurred Saturday at the home of one of the suspects in Antioch, a community in southeastern Davidson County. One of the victims was 16 years old. The other victim’s age wasn’t known.

The suspects are being held in a juvenile detention facility.

JACKSON, Tenn. — LIFELINE Blood Services of West Tennessee is in a need for more type O negative blood.

Officials at the blood center say they request that people with all types of blood donate this week, but there is an alarming need for type O negative.

“Because O negative units are sometimes given in emergency situations when there is no time to spare and because O negative patients many times cannot be switched to any other blood type, we can’t overstate the importance of having this blood available for patients in need,”said Jenny French, Product Coordinator for LIFELINE Blood Services.

“We do not have enough O negative blood for our current hospital orders and we are counting on the public to respond to this situation,” she added.

Donors with type O negative blood are asked to come in to the center Monday or Tuesday.


Blood Center donor hours at 183 Sterling Farms Drive are:

Monday through Thursday from 12-6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The LIFELINE Bloodmobiles will be out in West Tennessee this week at the following locations:

Monday, Jan. 16-McKenzie Healthcare and Rehab from 11:30 – 4:30

Southside Church of Christ, Dresden from 12-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18-First Pentecostal Church, Huntingdon, 2-6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19-Dyersburg Electric from 12-6 p.m.

Henderson County Community Hospital, Lexington 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20-Ridgemont Elementary School, Union City, 12-6 p.m.


Please call LIFELINE Blood Services at 731-427-4431 or 800-924-6572 for additional information.





JACKSON, Tenn. — The Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with Lee this Saturday with a final score of 75 to 68.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lady Crusaders lose at home to Middleton Saturday with a final score of 60 to 47.

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