MADISON CO., Tenn. — Madison County Fire worked an early morning house fire Sunday.

According to Fire Marshal Don Friddle, they got the call to the home at 47 Johnnie Hughes Road just after two Sunday morning.

Friddle says the house was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

The house is believed to be abandoned but still had belongings inside and power to the residence.

No injuries were reported.

Friddle says it took crews over two hours to control the fire.

Investigators are working to figure out how the fire started.


HAYWOOD CO., Tenn.  — Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing teenager.

Kiley McChesney, 16, is believed to have left her home after 12 a.m. Saturday.

McChesney was last seen wearing black jogging pants with a white shirt that says HOSA.

If you see her, contact Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at 731-772-2412.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting a warning involving a type of lettuce making people sick.

Morgan Vanerford says romaine lettuce is typically a staple on her shopping list, but today she’s avoiding the leafy green vegetable altogether.

“A lot of people are upset about it because some people are vegans and vegetarians,” she said.

The CDC says more than 50 people are sick after eating all types of romaine lettuce grown in and around Yuma, Arizona.

“We make sure we pull everything off the shelf, we make sure we send it back to the company and we get a refund back from that,” Food Rite Employee Ronald Irby said.

Irby says right now, romaine lettuce isn’t on their shelves and won’t be back until the E-Coli outbreak is over.

“We’re in business, so we have to do everything we can to keep everything fresh for the customers,”he said. 

The CDC says unless you can be absolutely sure romaine lettuce you are about to eat isn’t from Yuma, Arizona, don’t take a chance.

“It;s aisturbing thing you know, I come to the store trying to buy lettuce and there’s a recall on it,” shopper Anton Reeves said.

The CDC reports so far, 16 states are affected by the outbreak.

So far there are no reports of anyone getting sick in Tennessee.

But for shoppers like Vanderford, she says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“They need to fix it, because obviously people need lettuce,” she said.

The CDC also recommends not eating romaine from any restaurant, unless documentation can be shown it wasn’t grown in the affected area.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state has received $26 million from the federal government to build a new veterans home.

Gov. Bill Haslam says the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to build a 108-bed facility in Bradley County.

State and local funds for the facility add up to $17 million. That includes $10 million from the state and $3 million from an anonymous donor.

The Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home will be built on 28 acres in Cleveland. A construction start date has not been set.

In a statement released Friday, Haslam said there are more than 33,000 veterans in Bradley and Hamilton counties. He said the project is “a high priority for our state.”

There are currently four Tennessee State Veterans Homes.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A rare vintage poster of a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double what was expected.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster of show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster would sell for about $20,000.

The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts.

Moon says both buyer and seller prefer to remain anonymous, adding only that the buyer is from California.

The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Nashville say four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area.

Police said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. They said they named him as a person of interest because the car that the gunman arrived in was registered to him.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said three people died at the scene and one person died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

At least four people were injured.

Weather Update – 11:00 p.m. – Saturday

After a mostly sunny day with seasonable temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s, that flips around for Sunday. Rain arrives overnight starting light, then becoming moderate at times by early Sunday morning. Lows will drop around the mid 50s with light winds from the east south east at 5-10 mph.


Boosted the highs for tomorrow slightly but overall will be much cooler, with highs in the low 60s. There will be periods of heavier rain through the day as the a surface low treks slowly to our south. Some models have heavier bands later in the afternoon and there is a small risk for thunderstorms as well. The threat for anything severe is low if any, with a higher chance for a few strong storms in southeastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi. Winds will be breezy at times, coming from the east at around 10-15 mph.


Forecast rainfall will vary but a few models have been putting  higher amounts south of I-40, primarily in areas with a higher chance of seeing a few storms. Most places will see at least 1-2 inches widespread and higher localized amounts of 2-3 inches through Tuesday.   Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News and keep up with Storm Team Weather online too for more updates.


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JACKSON, Tenn. — The USJ Lady Bruins defeated the Jackson-Christian Lady Eagles Saturday afternoon at home, 9-5.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lane College Dragons gave friends, family and fans an early look of the 2018 football squad in Saturday’s spring game.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Bruins’ 5-run second inning provided insurance in USJ’s Saturday afternoon win over TCA, 8-2.

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