Weather Update – 3:15 p.m. – Thursday

As of this afternoon, Jackson has had over 30″ of rain so far in 2018. These showers are likely to continue in the area until just before sunset tonight when skies will gradually get clearer. We may not be completely done with the rain for the week after tonight, but the next chance for wet weather is only a slight chance.

Once skies become clearer tonight, calm winds will likely lead to dense fog forming overnight and Friday morning with less than a mile of visibility. Give yourself extra time on the morning commute! Temperatures will start out in the middle and upper 40s tomorrow morning.

After the fog start, skies will be partly cloudy on Friday with winds becoming a bit breezy at times. A cold front will come through during the afternoon and evening, and more than likely most of West Tennessee will stay dry, there’s only a 10% chance for rain. However, if you’re heading out to an outdoor function this afternoon or evening stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and keep up with Storm Team Weather Online too for more updates on radar across the area.

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DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — Two men face charges including evading arrest after a chase through four counties, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.

Blake Barnett and Matthew Moody are charged in connection with the Monday chase that started in Decaturville, according to a release.

Deputies saw a car in a parking lot around 6:30 p.m. with subjects who were part of an ongoing drug investigation, some with active warrants.

When the subjects noticed law enforcement, the vehicle fled the scene in an erratic manner, according to the release.

Officers attempted to stop the car and went through four counties before the subjects ran from the vehicle on a dead-end road in Perry County, according to the release.

Inside the abandoned car, investigators found around 11 grams of methamphetamine, a .22 caliber pistol and items that were possibly stolen, according to the release.

No injuries were reported in the chase.

Barnett and Moody were apprehended Tuesday by the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

Barnett faces multiple charges including evading arrest, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, and a drug offense.

Moody is charged with evading arrest.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 4/25/18 and 7 a.m. on 4/26/18.

Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the “Cosby Show” star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His lawyer called Constand a “con artist” who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to say he drugged and assaulted them. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.

David Edmund Thompson, 83, of Jackson, TN, died peacefully in his home on April 25th with his wife of 59 years and his children by his side. David was born in Orange, New Jersey, on March 8, 1935 to John and Isabell Thompson. He spent his childhood in New Jersey and attended John Brown University in Arkansas where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He married his wife Phyllis Carol Kornfeld on August 8th 1958. Together they had 3 children and lived in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and again in Connecticut then finally retiring in Tennessee in 2003. David was very accomplished in his field of mechanical engineering, he is perhaps most well-known for his invention the “Thompson Roto Stripper” a bestselling product on the hardware market in the late 70s. David was always an active member in his local church. He spent over 40 years as a member of Gideon’s International, an organization most well-known for placing Bibles in hotels, schools, and prisons. David loved participating in many charities including but not limited to: Gideon’s International, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Wickliff Bible Translators, Compassion International, and Autism Speaks. Those who knew David well would say that the things he enjoyed most were spending time with his family and friends, making jokes, tinkering around in his shop, and always working on his next invention. David is survived by his wife Phyllis Thompson of Jackson, TN; his daughter and son-in-law, Caroljeanne and Calvin Phillips of Jackson TN, his son and daughter-in-law John and Stacey Thompson of West Haven, CT, his daughter and son-in-law Melody & Carlo Lucatino of Hamden, CT. his brother and sister-in-law Charles and Sid Thompson of Bend, OR, his brother and sister-in-law John Paul & Teddy Thompson of Ozark, MO. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 10 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents John & Isabell Thompson of West Falmouth Massachusetts. A private family burial will be held. A memorial service for David will be held on Friday, April 27th at North Jackson Baptist Church, in Jackson, TN at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to David’s favorite charities, Gideon’s International and Monica Rose Care Fund for his Great-Granddaughter’s healthcare: Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305,

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have concluded their annual legislative session.

The Republican-led House and Senate adjourned late Wednesday after passing legislation aimed to shield teachers from the recent student testing snafu. Lawmakers were at an impasse for seven-plus hours over whether the additional legislation was necessary to address the cyberattack last week on TNReady’s online testing vendor.

Earlier Wednesday, both chambers cleared legislation to require state and local law enforcement to detain immigrants for deportation at the request of federal officials without requiring warrants or probable cause.

The election year legislative session began in January. It marked the last annual session for House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who faces term limits.

Weather Update:

Showers will continue off and on  throughout the morning hours. An upper level low pressure system will continue to move southeast into north Mississippi. This will keep chances of rain higher basically along and south of I-40 where we could pick up another half an inch or so.  Showers will gradually diminish through this afternoon from north to south.

Showers should be completely done by this evening, clouds will decrease, but due to the soggy surface temperatures falling into the lower 40s will likely cause another bout of dense fog for Friday morning, as the next frontal passage won’t be until Friday night, that will finally bring in some drier air.

Storm Team Meteorologist
Moe Shamell

PARIS, Tenn. — A premier event for the city of Paris kicked off its 65th year. The “World’s Biggest Fish Fry” is being held at the Henry County Fairgrounds, featuring all-you-can-eat catfish and much more.

Organizers kicked off the World’s Biggest Fish Fry with a hush puppy toss.

“We expect to cook somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 pounds of hot, fresh catfish,” Fish Tent Chairman David “Tater” Hayes said.

Hayes said along with catfish they probably will serve around 58,000 hush puppies.

“We’re doing hush puppies, and it takes lots of us to do that,” fish fry cook Jeff Morris said.

Along with the food, there are plenty of carnival rides and sweet treats for the kids to enjoy. Some say the fish fry is a chance to reconnect with people they have not seen all year.

“All the people back there serving the fish, cooking the fish, we’ve all done this for years, so it’s just kind of like a big family gathering. Everybody loves to come out and hang out,” Hayes said.

One attendee said the catfish in Paris is something special. “I love the fish here, and I don’t like fish,” attendee Roxann Mayhew said. “I love the fish here. That’s like the only fish I eat, so I would say it’s pretty good.”

Several members of the Buchanan Masonic Lodge are holding it down in the fish tent, making sure everyone is fed.

“We don’t look at it as a chore or a job,” Morris said. “Fish fry week comes around, we all know we’re going to be here, we know what we’re going to do, and it’s just fun.”

The fish fry will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until Sunday. All-you-can-eat fish for adults is $12 and $8 for children 6 to 10 years old.

Also, don’t forget about the annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

Grab a partner and get your dancing shoes on!  Every Monday night at 7:30, you can learn to ballroom dance at Jackson Sport and Fitness.

“To share the love of dance with community and mainly have hopes of entertaining the lives of others,” said Sarah Estes, Vice President of Jackson Ballroom Dance Club.

Londa and Charlie Rohfling moved to the Hub City from Illnois. They’ve been dancing for 25 years. They joined the non-profit Jackson Ballroom Dance Club 2 years ago.

“We would have not chosen Jackson for our new home if there had not been ballroom dancing here,” said Londa.

“it is an opportunity to meet new people in community,” said Charlie.

For just $2, you can be apart of the class and learn all types of ballroom dance.

“So, that includes Waltz, Fox trot, Tango and Viennese Waltz. It includes Rumba, Cha-cha. Salsa, Mambo and East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing,” said Estes. “We can work with anybody who is afraid of dancing. If they say they have 2 left feet, we can work with that.”

“If you don’t use it, you lose it!” laughed Londa.

The first class is free. All classes are inside Jackson Sport and Fitness on Vann Drive. You don’t have to be a gym member to attend. They also offer intermediate classes on Tuesdays.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Many West Tennesseans have been counting down the days in anticipation for the Nelly concert this Friday, stopping in Jackson for their Minor League Ballpark Tour across the country.

“It’s going to be one of the largest concerts that Jackson has ever seen or hosted,” said Jason Compton, president of the Jackson Generals.

Compton says with only 70 home games a year, he’s excited to have the ballpark hosting other events, such as the Nelly concert featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Juvenile.

“It’s going to be a lot of work, but at the end of the day, we have 7,000-7,500 people here on Friday night, it’ll all be worth it,” Compton said.

At the Ballpark Wednesday, it was the top of the seventh, and hard to believe that in just two days the field would be transformed into a stage and dance floor.

“The air floor is made out of plastic. It has holes in it so the turf can breath,” head groundskeeper Eric Taylor said.

“Is it going to be good for dancing?” asked WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Amanda Gerry. “It’ll be fine for dancing,” Taylor said.

Compton also urges guests to be in the know before the show. He reminds concertgoers to carpool — special event parking is $10 per car. He also urges fans to pack light.

“Everyone has to pass through metal detectors coming in, and no bags will be allowed,” Compton said. “A small clutch purse is the only thing that’s going to be allowed.”

He says with a packed house and 2,300 people standing on the field, there will be more food and drink concession stands available.

“Oh, we’ll have pizza, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, most of the normal things,” Compton said. “And the grill will be open, so you can get a bacon cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, anything that you want.”

Ballpark staff say their main focus is for everyone to have a good time while also being safe.

Compton says parking opens at noon, gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. He also said around 500 general admission tickets are still available.

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