JACKSON, Tenn. — The University School of Jackson has hired Michael Stroup as their new head football coach.

The school is hosting a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday for parents and alumni at the football field house.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness Sports anchor Ahmad Hicks will have more details on WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News at 6.

Weather Update – 3:30 p.m. Thursday

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Obion, Dyer, and Lake county in northwest Tennessee from this evening until Sunday evening. There’s a chance for wet weather in the forecast from this afternoon through Sunday. We’re also monitoring the threat for severe weather today, tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.

While a severe thunderstorm is possible this afternoon and evening, there’s only a 20% – 50% chance for rain across West Tennessee with the likelier chance near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. Some areas in the Mid-South may not see any rain at all until Sunday!

Make sure to tune in to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest on our potential rainfall amounts and keep in touch with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team on-air and online for more updates!

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — A man wanted by the sheriff’s office for walking away from work detail at a local church is back in custody.

James Owings, 26, is in custody in Tipton County, according to Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas.

Sheriff Thomas says he was notified Friday afternoon by the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office that Owings was found at a hotel in the Memphis area.

Arrangements are being made to bring him back to Gibson County.

Owings, of Munford, reportedly walked away from work detail Wednesday while working at a church in Humboldt.

He was serving a sentence for a previous drug arrest, according to Sheriff Thomas.

Sheriff Thomas credits with U.S. Marshals Service as well as Tipton County Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley and Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty for helping in the capture.

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Two deputy jailers are facing drug counts after a monthlong investigation by the sheriff’s office and the 28th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Luke Hynes, left, and Dalton Harrison

Luke Hynes, 28, of Trenton and Dalton Harrison, 23, both deputy jailers, are facing drug charges involving marijuana, according to a release from the Drug Task Force.

Sheriff Paul Thomas called in the task force after Hynes allegedly posted bond for an inmate jailed on drug charges, according to the release.

The task force also received information that Hynes was selling and storing marijuana at his home in Trenton.

The sheriff called Hynes in for a drug screen April 27, which indicted that the test had been falsified, according to the release.

The sheriff notified the task force, and their investigation led to a search of Hynes’ home where officers found about two ounces of high-grade marijuana and a set of digital scales, according to the release.

Further investigation by the Drug Task Force linked Harrison to the marijuana, and both men confessed their involvement, the release states.

Hynes was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and Harrison was arrested on casual exchange of marijuana.

Both are currently free on bond awaiting trial.

“It’s sad when we are forced to investigate those in the law enforcement community,” Special Agent in Charge Johnie Carter said in the release. “It violates the community’s trust in a profession where 99 percent of the folks are doing right.”

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 4/27/17 and 7 a.m. on 4/28/17.

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

JACKSON, Tenn. — Chester County High School hosted the first ever special Eagle Olympics on Friday.

Athletes entered Eagle Stadium with all the traditional pomp and circumstance, and 41 special athletes from across Chester County competed.

“It’s something for them to take pride in,” Special Education Teacher Beth Whitman said. “It’s something for them to work toward.”

Athletes like Breauna Tole competed in eight events including everything from corn hole to a three-legged race.

“I’m going to do a run, a long jump and softball throw,” Tole said.

Athletes range in age from elementary all the way up to high school. “Be happy,” John Tyler Hendren, an athlete, said.

The school said the athletes usually compete in the Special Olympics in Jackson, but this year’s event got rained out. “They were heartbroken because they worked all year practicing to compete,” Chester County High School Principal Ricky Catlett said.

Determined not to let these kids down, the school decided to host its own event. “Doesn’t matter who’s first, second or third,” Catlett said. “It’s just that they compete.”

The school said these students practiced all year.

“We run,” Hendren said.

“Practice all the time,” Tole said.

Other students cheered on the athletes. “This is just the time they can shine,” Whitman said.

Each participant received a t-shirt and medal. The high school said it plans to make the Eagle Olympics an annual event.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers want to make it against the law for minors to send or keep sexually explicit messages on smartphones.

The Tennessean reports that the measure introduced on behalf of state prosecutors and juvenile court judges passed the House on an 84-0 vote last week, and is headed for full Senate vote next week.

The bill is sponsored by two Williamson County Republicans, Sen. Jack Johnson and House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

Johnson says there have been a growing number of cases of young people sharing nude or sexually explicit images without permission. The bill would allow prosecutors allow status offense charges for violators, which refers minors to the Department of Children Services and potentially sent to shelter care.


A warm front is lifting across the Mid-South.  Showers and thunderstorms will be developing ahead of that front.  The front is expected to stall across Missouri increasing the chance for showers and thunderstorms.  Some storms may become severe and could lead to flash flooding.

Saturday a cold front will approach the area again increasing our chances for showers and thunderstorms.  These storms will expand in coverage by Sunday with some heavy downpours expected.  Some storms may become severe.

High pressure builds into the region next week with drier air and cooler temperatures.

Gary Pickens-StormTeam 7 Forecaster

email: gpickens@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn — The Jackson Generals fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts, 5-4.

HENDERSON, Tenn — In a night meant to raise money for FHU athletics, Volunteer men’s basketball coach, Rick Barnes was on hand. The UT coach since 2015, had a special message for fans attending the benefit.

“I would like for them to understand how important Freed-Hardeman is to this community, and it can be even better if they want to make it better,” Barnes said.  “We’re at a time where I do think athletics is the front porch of any university, and any college.”

Barnes has been a college coach for more than 40 years, 10 as an assistant coach and 30 as a head coach. In his career he has reached one Final Four, three Elite Eight’s, six Sweet Sixteen’s and an overall 22 NCAA tournament bids.

Before coaching at UT, Barnes led the Texas Longhorns from 1998-2015.


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