JACKSON, Tenn. — It might have been a mild winter, but the end of February and into early March is usually when drivers start to see potholes popping up on the roads.

“You can try to dodge them, but sometimes you get in a wreck trying to dodge them, so that’s the problem I have been having,” Curtis Brown, who lives in the area said.

But with unseasonably warm temperatures during most of this month, we decided to take to the streets and see for ourselves how many we ran into.

The verdict? Road conditions didn’t seem too bad. But with cooler temperatures and rain in the forecast next week, some drivers in the area say they are starting to get worried.

“Anyone who knows me, knows I like my car in good shapem” Brown said. “And I already had a flat tire because of one recently, it’s just expensive.”

But the Tennessee Department of Transportation said they are preparing for possible pothole weather with a new machine that patches over the holes more efficiently and quickly.

The infrared pavement recycling machine is one way workers can heat up asphalt so it’s able to spread smoother and last longer.

“It just uses infrared heat to generate some heat in the asphalt that were using whether its hot mix or cold mix, either one,” Ross Sherwood with TDOT said.

Although there isn’t currently one in Jackson, workers say they are looking to invest in one soon.

Until then, drivers need to watch out for crews expecting roadways and patching any holes.

“Pay attention to the road, pay attention if our workers are out there, and just keep everybody safe and be respectful,” Sherwood said.
You can always report any potholes you see on the roads by contacting TDOT.

JACKSON, Tenn — Youth at one local church honored African American hometown heroes. Reading and hearing about history is one thing, but to see it in person is another.

Pastor of Zion Church of Jackson, Shamond Scales said “we’re actually going to honor some local heroes in our black community which will be great for our community to see that we have some great people here in Jackson that have done some amazing things.”

Unlike other presentations, which normally highlight national figures, youth of the church of told the story of six African Americans who’ve made an impact in the area. Program coordinator, Phylicia Brooks said she along with other committee chairs came up with the chosen heroes.

“Shirlene Mercer is one, Dr. Keith Taylor, Judge Nathan Pride, Denise LaSalle, Pastor Shamond Scales, and Brenda K. Monroe-Moses.”

Black history hero, Shirlene Mercer was involved in the civil rights movement. Although she couldn’t attend the program her daughter, Tina, was there to see the performance.

“I am so proud of my mom she has so many accomplishments and she’s so selfless.” Tina Mercer said.

Tina said her mom along with other black leaders was apart of making change. “They kind of got together and just had a charge of trying to stand up for African American rights in Madison county.” Mercer said.

Pastor Scales said having the youth put on the presentation shows them they have role models right in their own backyard.

“I think it’s always great for them to hear about what other people have come through and other people have accomplished so they can know what is possible for them.” Pastor Scales said.

After weeks of long practices Brooks said the kids ultimately benefited the most.

“Those will be people that the kids can kind of look up to and if they see them they’ll know okay now I know who this is or I know who that is.” Brooks said.

Pastor Scales says he’s proud of the youth, and happy to see them so involved in church and doing great things.

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. — Crockett County keeps the win at home Saturday against McNairy Central with a final score of 53 to 39.

HAYWOOD, Tenn. — Raleigh-Egypt loses at Haywood in a Region Tournament Game Saturday with a final score of 75 to 46.

JACKSON, Tenn. — South Side defends their home court against Obion County Saturday with a final score 69 to 33.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Liberty Tech falls to Craigmont in a Regional Tournament game Saturday with a close final score of 63 to 61

JACKSON, Tenn. — Teenaged girls learn about self worth at  special church program Saturday.

More than 150 teen girls filled Love and Truth Church for the 3rd annual Fancy Free.

The goal is to let the young ladies know they are priceless and hold key to their destiny. Saturday was filled with worship, games, guest speakers and about $1,000 in giveaways.

“We want to offer them an opportunity to experience genuine love,” Love and Truth Church youth director, Pastor Aaron Michael said. “To experience real kindness. But most of all we want to give them an opportunity to really feel the presence of the Lord. It’s the real thing that will change their like.”

If you know a teenage girl who’d be interested in Fancy Free, Love and Truth Church host the free event every February.

SPC DAY 3 Outlook

WEATHER UPDATE – 9:15 pm

SPC DAY 3 Outlook

 

From The VIPIR7StormTeam:

We have a close eye on Tuesday Afternoon and Evening as it could feature a few strong to severe storms. The latest Storm Prediction Center Day 3 Outlook places  West Tennessee in  a Level 2 threat (SLIGHT Risk) for severe storms Tuesday Afternoon and Evening.  The primary concern is with damaging straight line wind potential, which may develop along an extensive line of storms. Storms should erupt just off to the west  in central Arkansas and southeast Missouri. The storms then should consolidate into a line and move east quickly across West Tennessee.  Take note however, there will also be thunderstorm Tuesday Morning associated with passage of a warm front. At this time we’re not expecting severe weather with that round. But we’ll watch that closely as well.

Tonight:
Clouds will continue to increase overnight. Gradually scattered showers will develop and move across the area. Showers should last through at least midday Monday.  Temperature wise, not as cold as this morning by a long shot, but a chilly 45° low can be expected.

Tomorrow:
Scattered Showers early in the day taper off by about noon. with maybe some lingering showers mainly east of Jackson. We’ll keep the clouds around as moisture will still be streaming in aloft ahead of an advancing warm front. Otherwise it’ll be a dry drive home Monday.

 

Maurice Shamell
Storm Team 7 Meteorologist
Twitter – @WBBJ7Moe
Email – mshamell@wbbjtv.com

 

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — West Tennesseans had a chance to enjoy a dinner, listen to live music and bid on items at a silent auction for charity.

Thousands packed the Carl Perkins Civic Center for it’s 26th annual Blue Suede Fundraiser Saturday night.

“It’s a way you can come, dress up, have fun and help children so people really do support it,” Pam Nash, Carl Perkins Center CEO said.

The goal of the annual blue suede dinner and auction is to raise money for families that may have been affected by child abuse.

Nash said every dollar raised will go straight back to those families in need.

“We’re just thankful for whatever we receive tonight, because people are giving from their hearts.”

The fundraiser didn’t just bring out people from the hub city, but from other parts of the state, as well.

Betsy Brasher said she comes from Memphis every year.

“We just think this is a great thing, it’s a really important cause to support.” she said.

The sold out event allows dinner guests to bid on anything from a child’s toy to a bar of soap with all money raised benefiting the mission of ending child abuse.

But the auction wasn’t the only form of entertainment.
A real class act took the stage this year, as the Commodores performed for the crowd.

“I think our artist choice is great this year, and I know everyone is real excited about that,” Nash said.

But even with the popular choice of music, Nash says the night really has one focus — to help those who need it most.

She said more than 20 west Tennessee counties receive assistance from the Carl Perkins Civic Center, and just within the last year, the center has helped more than 10,000 children.

JACKSON, Tenn. — There was special tune ringing in the air this afternoon at the annual Jackson Handbell Festival at First Baptist Church.

About 80 people from seven church handbell groups practiced all morning for this joint performance for the community.

“This is a beautiful Saturday,” concert conductor Bill Smith said. “They could have been anywhere other than this and they choose to be here. To prepare music to share God’s word. That’s the important part.”

This is the second year First Baptist Church has hosted the concert

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