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Weather Update- 5AM

Good morning everyone! Temperatures across west Tennessee are feeling incredibly bitter this morning! Union City is 16°, Martin is 15° and Paris is a bone rattling 14°! While the rest of us are staying in the upper teens this morning with Jackson sitting on 18° this morning. Skies are clear and there is a gorgeous moon out right now! Light winds are in place, so there may be some fog around bodies of water, but that should quickly dissipate as the sun rises shortly after 6:30AM.

The temperatures won’t get very high today, so coats will be needed. We will top off at 43° today. 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.

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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
Facebook – facebook.com/laineycatronwbbj7
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.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — After months of searching for a replacement, the city of Lexington has named a new fire chief.

unnamedDoug Acred comes to the city from Henderson and says he looks forward to getting to know the area better.

“Right now, I am just getting to know the territory and the firefighters and just really getting my feet wet,” he said.

Though he might be new to Lexington, he is no stranger to fire service.

He previously served as a captain and trainer at the Henderson Fire Department for 17 years.

Acred said he is excited to start this new role because it’s something he has worked for his entire career.

He started working in fire service because he likes helping people and serving his community.

“I’ve been preparing for several years to try and move myself up to a position like this,” he said.

After several interviews with eight finalists, the Lexington Board of Aldermen decided Acred’s background best fit the needs of the city.

Lexington Mayor David Jowers said he was pleased with the board’s decision.

“I think he had the best background,” he said. “He has a good educational background, and not being from Lexington, he is moving, and that is one of the requirements, that he lives here.”

Jowers says in a city of only around 8,000 people, having three main fire stations is impressive.

He says the fire department already is doing a good job but that the new fire chief will help it continue to grow.

“We just want to build what has already been established in our city, and I think Chief Acred will fit the bill,” he said.

Chief Acred said he already is starting to work on a number of new projects, one of them being to lower the ISO rating.

JACKSON, Tenn. — In a heartwarming holiday story, a local woman is getting a brand new roof for Christmas at no cost to her.

roof-donationCathy Barker was the winner of Reed’s Metals’ “Covering our Community” award this year.

She has been working at Kroger since 2007 and has been going through hard times over the last few years.

She says she has needed a new roof for a couple years.

“It’s great. It’s really great,” Barker said. “I’ve been off work for a really long time. I don’t know what to say — it’s such a surprise.”

Reed’s Metals will start construction next week. Cathy was chosen out of around 100 local applicants.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A new music room in the STAR center was unveiled Friday.

music-therapy-roomThis renovation was made possible by a group from Leadership Jackson who raised over $3,000 to make it possible. They say the room will be used by infants and children with disabilities during music therapy sessions.

Leadership Jackson said they chose this project because they were so impressed by the programs offered at the STAR Center.

“The STAR Center’s mission is to help any person with a disability reach his or her full potential, and that’s just a great mission,” Leadership Jackson member Caitlin Roach said.

About $1,700 of the money raised by Leadership Jackson was used for musical instruments. The rest was donated to the STAR Center to use as needed.

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