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Snowstorm in a Bottle


  • Bicycle Pump with Rubber Stopper
  • 1 Liter Clear Plastic Bottle
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

STEP 1:  Completely fill the clear plastic bottle with Styrofoam packing peanuts. Describe the Styrofoam packing peanuts by using its observable properties.

STEP 2:  Attach the pump to the rubber stopper. Attach the rubber stopper to the clear plastic bottle.

STEP 3:  Pump the bicycle pump five times. Remove the stopper and observe. Describe how the clear plastic bottle can be used as a model to describe how matter is made of particles too small to be seen.


Pumping air into the clear plastic bottle, increases the air pressure inside the bottle. Once the rubber stopper is removed, the air rushes out, tearing the Styrofoam packing peanuts into pieces, creating an instant snowstorm. Go to www.hookedonscience.org for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”


Pet of the week: Tanner, available for adoption through Saving the animals together.

tannerShe is almost 5 months old. She’s an American bulldog mix. She’s good with other dogs and people including kids. She hasn’t been cat tested.

Melissa Roberts with STAT said Tanner has great house manners, and loves to be at home, but is very playful!

Contact STAT for more information about adopting Tanner.

EAST JACKSON, Tenn.– Below-freezing temperatures did not stop members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church from coming out to celebrate their annual father and son breakfast Saturday.

unnamed-1“Today is the father and son breakfast, and I’m having a real good time because all these fathers and sons are coming out here to spend time together,” Keith Guy, 10, a member of the church said.

At least 50 people spent their morning in the festively-decorated church dining room to enjoy the breakfast.

Members of the church spent the morning preparing scrambled eggs, bacon and other home-baked goods to share.

But organizers say the annual breakfast is about more than just the food.breakfast-pic

“That’s really the theme here, to bring our community together, support our young people and get behind them to make sure they do well in life,” state representative Jimmy Eldridge said.

Eldridge  says church members opened the breakfast to other people in the community, and seeing the children having a great time makes all the planning that went into the event worthwhile.

“I mean you can look around and see the smile on their face you know this is the season but it is the season but it is the season of fellowship and joy and these young people are having a great time,” he said.

Several members of the church made inspirational speeches throughout the morning.

Jackson mayor Jerry Gist says he is pleased with what the church is doing in the community, and was happy to be a part of the breakfast.

“They do a great job here at the congregation and my comment was that we need about 8 million more men like these who will be a real father to their son,” he said.

Organizers say the number of people who came to the annual event was record breaking for them.

They hope even more fathers and sons will come out to spend quality time together next year.

Weather Update- 3PM

Well, it is no doubt that we definitely started off very cold this morning! We did warm up nicely though because of certain aspects in the forecast. Temperatures across west Tennessee look cold at a glance, but actually feel pretty mild thanks to the southerly wind and clear skies we are having. Most of us are in the 40s, although some north of I-40 may feel a little chillier with those temperatures only getting up to the upper 30s.

Skies will stay mostly clear and the winds will become out of the south, so that will feel just a little better than the northerly winds we had been seeing all week. Clouds will gradually build in today, becoming most thick during the overnight hours. We will drop down to and bottom out at 30° tonight.


Our chance for rain will return Sunday and will increase during the evening into Monday morning. By lunch time on Monday, it will move out of West Tennessee into the rest of the state.

Along with the chance for rain on Sunday will come a warming trend with temperatures climbing up into the 50s from Sunday to Tuesday, but yet again another round of arctic air is on its way. We do have a chance for some type of precipitation on Wednesday, whether it is just rain or becoming a wintry mix. We won’t be able to tell for sure until closer to that day. Temperatures will fall back down to the 30s as our high on Thursday, with another chance for rain returning on Friday.

Everyone have a great and safe week! I’ll be here with you all weekend to keep you updated on your latest forecast.

Lainey Catron
Storm Team 7 Forecaster
Twitter – @WBBJ7Lainey
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Email – lcatron@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.-Being one of the best athletes comes with responsibilities, such as giving back to those who look up to you.
That is exactly what the all stars from 30 different teams playing in the West Tennessee All-Star Game did Friday.

The players had options to visit several different schools in the area to interact with kids and give them a time they will never forget.

“This is an opportunity for them to learn about giving back and to understand what it means to possibly be that hero in the eyes of a young child,” said Ginger Carver, marketing and public relation specialist with Jackson-Madison County Schools.

School leaders said they hope one day the younger ones will be doing the same thing for future kids that will eventually look up to them.

JACKSON, Tenn.-West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic and Physicians Surgery Center are partnering for an expansion project to create a more spacious and comfortable environment for its patients.

Both groups held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in north Jackson to create a 25,000 square-foot dual-use facility when completed in 18 months.

The expanded facility will add about 40 jobs and is scheduled to open in 2018.

JACKSON, Tenn.-The Jackson-Madison County Chapter of the NAACP and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign are teaming up to help people get healthcare for the upcoming year.

In order to have healthcare by January 1, you have to be signed up December 15. After that date, you can sign up by January 31 to start your coverage in February.

The organizations are telling everyone to go ahead and get the coverage, even though the president-elect has promised to get rid of the Affordable Care Act once he gets into office.

“We have well over 20 plus million people that’s on the Affordable Care Act, it won’t be gone tomorrow or next January or the year after that, it’ll still be here and the need will be just as great,” said Harrell Carter, president of the Jackson-Madison County Chapter of the NAACP.

On December 15, the NAACP will have navigators to help get people set up or you can call ‘Get Covered Tennessee’ at 1 (844) 644-5443 to set up an appointment to get set up for the Affordable Care Act.

JACKSON, Tenn. — With the cold of winter finally swooping in to West Tennessee, leaves have fallen from trees. Leaving some, scientist say, with yard work they may want to ignore. According to the Natural Wildlife Federation, we should all put our rakes down and leave the leaves alone to help wildlife and the environment..

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-7-52-53-pmRaking leaves, a common chore scientists say is actually doing more harm than good. Taking away natural nutrients and destroying wildlife habitats.

“Plants would naturally recycle there own leaves and put them right back into growth. But instead we take them away,” Ornamental Horticulture Specialist for UT Ag Extension Carol Reese said.

According to Reese, leaves form a natural mulch and removing them could be a waste of time and money.

“If you’re spending money on mulch you might just think about piling those leaves around your shrubs and tress and using that as a natural mulch,” Reese said. “Instead of buying the bag stuff and spending more money.”

Animals also rely on fallen leaves for food, shelter and nesting material. Reese said if you must rake your lawn, compost the leaves instead.

“Don’t get rid of them, don’t bag them up,” Reese said. “That in fact fills up the landfills. It cost in using the plastics, you’re really doing harm to the planet. Pile the leaves up somewhere and let them decompose for a good source of natural top soil. If it’s a light layer just run that mover over them and letting them mulch right where they sit.”

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-7-53-46-pmMaybe kids finally have a valid reason to get out of doing yard work.

“I think is a great excuse to get out of raking leaves,” Reese said. “Tell your parents that really you’re supposed to keep them on sight. It’s good for your landscape.”

So for now let the leaves fall where they may, everything will naturally work the way it is supposed to. Researchers also encourage you not to prune your plants until late winter, just before spring. Cutting plants now could do more damage in the long run. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaves and other yard debris make up more than 13% of the nation’s solid waste. That is 33 million tons a year.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Friday night VFW Post 1848 hosted a dinner and show with a very special guest. “The King” was in Jackson tonight for “Christmas with Elvis” featuring impersonator Brian Lee screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-9-53-35-pmHowell and his band. About 90 people attended Friday night’s event to help raise funds to support local veterans. After dinner, folks showed off their best moves the dance floor .

“Everyone’s come out to have a good time,” VFW Post 1848 Commander John Harrison said. “Cold weather outside but its warm in here. Elvis has got his blue suede shoes on, so it’s fun.”

The post commander said Friday was also about remembering the soldiers who cannot be home for the holidays.

JACKSON, Tenn — The  high school football season concluded this Friday with the West Tennessee All Star game. Dylan Yates took home the offensive MVP as his South team won, 22-14.

USJ’s Rhett Peel took home the defensive MVP honors.

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