JACKSON, Tenn. — Officers with the Jackson Police Department have arrested a man for alleged possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to a report sent to our newsroom this morning by JPD, officers initiated a traffic stop for an alleged light law violation.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer initiated a probable cause search because he could smell marijuana, according to the police documents. While conducting the search, the officer allegedly found a green bag in the rear driver’s side floorboard that contained a Taurus .9mm handgun, 49 rounds of .9mm ammunition and 58 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.

According to the report, Michael Thomas, who was a passenger in the vehicle, gave a written statement to officers claiming ownership of the green bag and everything in it. Thomas, who has convictions in Maury Co. and Madison Co., was taken into custody and is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond is set at $5,000.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Officers with the Jackson Police Department have arrested Tory Douglas in connection with the Thursday night attempted robbery of Harbor Freight, a hardware store located in the 500 block of Old Hickory Blvd., according to documents sent to our newsroom by JPD.

According to the report, Douglas, a former employee, allegedly entered the store on Thursday night and made his way to the cash office. It is there that, according to JPD, Douglas pointed a gun at an employee before demanding money.

When the employee informed Douglas that she knew who he was, he then allegedly pistol-whipped the victim before exiting the store. Upon the arrival of JPD and EMS, the alleged victim was transported to the ER with non-life-threatening injuries.

While being interviewed by JPD, Douglas allegedly admitted to the attempted robbery and was taken into custody, according to police documents.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Zachary Adams was sentenced today to life without parole plus 50 years consecutive.

Adams was found guilty yesterday of a variety of charges stemming from the alleged kidnapping, rape and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo. The sentence was the result of an agreement reached by the prosecution and the defense. As a result, the jury did not have to deliberate on the possibility of the death penalty.

After Judge Creed McGinley read Adams his sentence, Karen Bobo, Holly’s mother, gave emotional testimony to the court about the impact Holly’s death has had on her family as well as speaking in detail about Holly’s love of life, her family and nature.

Holly Bobo went missing in the spring of 2011, and her partial remains were found in 2014.

Adams was found guilty yesterday of felony first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon, especially aggravated kidnapping with serious bodily injuries, first-degree murder during the perpetration of rape or attempted rape, aggravated rape by the use of force or coercion with the use of a deadly weapon, aggravated rape suffered bodily injuries, rape by use of force or coercion and first-degree premeditated murder.

Adams is the first of three men to be tried in connection to this incident. The other defendants will have status hearings on Nov. 14 in the Hardin County Circuit Court located in Savannah, Tenn. Judge McGinley will also be presiding over these trials.

JACKSON, Tenn. — According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Mapes, one juvenile was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following what law enforcement is calling a gang fight at Liberty Technology Magnet High School.

The incident occurred shortly after noon on Friday. Sheriff John Mehr issued the following statement:

“This is homecoming week, and gangs took advantage of this opportunity and chose to wear the colors of their gangs, and this created friction.”

Keli McAlister, communications coordinator for the Jackson-Madison County School System, said in a press release that an investigation is underway. She also emphasized that no students were injured during the incident.


Weather Update – 10:00 a.m. Saturday

Skies will remain mostly clear overnight with light winds as temperatures cool down to the middle and upper 60s Saturday morning. Patchy fog could form early on in the day with what will be warm and muggy weather to start the weekend off. Expect it to be hot and humid again tomorrow (and Sunday!) with highs near 90°F and a slight chance for rain. Humid weather will make temperatures feel like they’re in the middle 90s at the warmest point of the day – a bit hot for the first weekend of Fall! Our next cool down may not arrive until late next week as we transition into October. By that time, its possible that after the cold front comes through, that temperatures only warm up to the 70s making it feel a lot more like Fall!

Stay tuned to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and stay with Storm Team Weather on-air and online for more updates!

Tropical Update –10:00 a.m. CDT Saturday
Maria is still a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. This storm is forecast to continue moving north-northwest but will stay away from the Continental United States over the weekend. We’ll be watching this storm carefully as it nears the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Wednesday. Stay with Storm Team Weather for the latest on where this storm is heading!

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ALAMO, Tenn. — A late-night crash on Highway 412 outside of the McDonald’s in Bells, Tenn. has left two dead and two injured.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed that 41 year old Janeen Blackburn and 47 year old Jeffrey Blackburn died from the impact. A six year old in the vehicle was knocked unconscious but is now in stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle, Charles Wheeler, was also injured when his vehicle, a package delivery truck, collided with Blackburn’s vehicle as Blackburn attempted to cross traffic while exiting the McDonald’s parking lot.

Blackburn’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s side door. According to Sheriff Troy Klyce, Jeffrey and Janeen Blackburn were the six year old’s grandparents.

The crash occurred in Alamo just past the city line separating Bells and Alamo.

JACKSON, Tenn – Get your heart healthy and moving at the West Tennessee Heart Walk. Karen Freeman with Leaders Credit Union stopped by the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News studio to talk about the event. Freeman is also the event chairman. The walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Union University. 2017-Hear-Walk-Flyer-Final





JACKSON, Tenn — This 1 year old spunky, good time boy is looking for a family that loves to have fun. Gooney enjoys the company of people and his tail is always wagging. Gooney is a ball catching and chasing superstar who loves sports and friends of all ages, but does prefer to eat alone.

Melissa Roberts with Saving the Animals Together said “He’s a sporty boy who enjoys a lot of exercise.”

This beefcake is a strong boy, so a handler who is physically strong as well would be best fitted for Gooney. His socialization is improving everyday and while Gooney still gets excited around other dogs-did we mention that he loves to play?

Roberts said he is learning that calm greetings help him make friends more quickly! If your family loves going on adventures and wants a best friend to join in on the fun, from hiking to drive-in movies, to Frisbee tournaments, you might be the perfect match for sweet and fun loving Gooney!


HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — The jury reached a final verdict Friday afternoon in the murder trial of Zach Adams.

After two days of deliberating, the jury found Adams guilty on all eight counts against him. He was charged with counts of first-degree felony murder, aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping.

Judge Creed McGinley announced the verdict at 4:49 p.m. Friday.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News was in the courtroom when the verdict was read and also during the news conference in which the defense attorney and the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation addressed the media.

Adams was one of three men charged in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo. She disappeared from her Decatur County home in April 2011.

Adams’ brother, Dylan Adams, and Jason Autry both face the same charges in the case.

Adams could possibly face the death penalty. The sentencing phase is set to begin Saturday morning.

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