MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee has announced it will invest $100 million to expand its global outreach program in hopes of improving access to medical care for children with cancer around the world.

Executives of the Memphis-based hospital announced the major initiative Thursday, saying their goal is to influence the care of 30 percent of children with cancer worldwide in the next decade.

St. Jude says it is expanding its International Outreach Program, which was founded in 1993 and presently includes 24 hospitals in 17 countries. The hospital’s Department of Global Pediatric Medicine, formed in 2016, accelerated the hospital’s global outreach.

The department has created St. Jude Global, which aims to improve access to care and quality of treatment by focusing on education of medical workers and research.

HENDERSON, Tenn. — An overnight fire damages a house in Chester County.

The fire took place at a house on Mifflan Avenue in Henderson.

We are working to learn what started the fire.

Stay with WBBJ on air and online as we continue to follow this story.

Meet our pet of the week, Nick!

Nick is a young chocolate mix.  He’s not particularly into water sports, but doesn’t mind the rain.

He loves car rides. He’s never met a person, dog or cat he doesn’t like.

Nick is house trained, crate trained and the perfect family dog!

For more information, contact STAT.

 

Weather Update – 7:01 a.m. – Saturday

A very warm and humid day ahead! Plenty of humid air over the region and a weak frontal boundary will kick off scattered downpours heading into the afternoon. A few storms will be strong with with gusty winds and cloud to ground lightning. Use caution if going out to area lakes and rivers as cloud to ground lightning will be in many of the storms. Enjoy the weekend, but have a backup place to go if a storm comes your way.

TODAY:

Will be dry to start Saturday. The cloud cover keeps us slightly cooler than usual but expect the heating of the day to help fuel more storms that begin to pop-up by the middle of the dayHighs will be in the mid to upper 80’s with light winds out of the southwest. That southerly flow helps bring in that warm, moist air. Sunset times are becoming much later now as we enter the summer months, with the sun now setting after 8 p.m.

NEXT 7 DAYS:

Our holiday weekend will be anything but dry. Expect much of the same pattern as we stay dominated by this warm and humid air mass. Chance for rain does decrease for Memorial Day, but any outdoor plans can be interrupted by a brief shower or strong storm in the afternoon and evening, so plan accordingly.

We are watching and updating each day on Alberto which is becoming a Tropical Storm and is expected to come on shore around the Mobile Alabama area Early Tuesday morning bringing more rain to west Tennessee Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and keep up with Storm Team Weather online for more updates.

Brian Davis
Storm Team 7 Meteorologist
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Email – badavis@wbbjtv.com

Weather Update – 11:01 p.m. – Friday

We saw on and off showers and storms this afternoon. They begin to taper off for the night with a few areas seeing some light showers. Overall, it will be warm and muggy with temperatures staying in the low 70s, upper 60s and mostly cloudy skies.

TOMORROW:

Will be dry to start Saturday. The cloud cover keeps us slightly cooler than usual but expect the heating of the day to help fuel more storms that begin to pop-up by the middle of the day

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s with light winds out of the south. That southerly flow helps bring in that warm, moist air. Sunset times are becoming much later now as we enter the summer months, with the sun now setting after 8 p.m.

NEXT 3 DAYS:

Our holiday weekend will be anything but dry. Expect much of the same pattern as we stay dominated by this warm and humid air mass. Chance for rain does decrease for Memorial Day, but any outdoor plans can be interrupted by a brief shower or strong storm in the afternoon and evening, so plan accordingly.

Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and keep up with Storm Team Weather online for more updates.

Corallys Ortiz
Storm Team 7 Meteorologist
Twitter – @WBBJ7Corallys
Facebook – facebook.com/corallystv
Email – cortiz@wbbjtv.com

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said they have noticed more paddle sport vessels, such as kayaks, canoes and paddle boards taking to the water.

“A normal day for us, we’d see two, three, less than you can count on your hands. Now we’re seeing groups of 30, 40, 50, using the waterways,” said Sgt. Ray Garton with the TWRA.

And with more traffic, comes the potential for more accidents.

“So far this year we’ve had, unfortunately, five fatalities, boating related fatalities, across the state,” Sgt. Garton said, “and three of those involved kayaks and canoes.”

Garton said if you obey the rules, you can have fun while on the water. He reminds paddle sport boaters to abide the ‘lighting law.’

“One thing that we see quite often is if a canoe or kayak or paddle board is operated at night, they do have to display, or have the means to display, a white light,” said the Sgt. Garton.

He also says to maintain a proper lookout and be conscious of what is around you.

“Keep your head on a swivel while your out there, because these kayaks sit low on the water, and you may be coming over a wave in a motorboat, and you may have a kayaker below a wave, and you may not see him until the last minute,” Garton said.

Sgt. Garton said when taking out a paddle craft vessel like a kayak, adults are not required to wear a life vest, but are required to have one on board.

“And we’ll see a lot of folks that will have high ambitions to go four, five, six miles upstream or on the lake, and then not think about how they’re going to get back,” said Garton.

He also urges you to get familiar with the vessel on calm water with someone there to help you.

“We want everyone to have as much fun as they want, but also just do it safely,” Garton said.

Experts also remind paddle sport boaters to keep drinking water and a cell phone on hand just in case they drift too far or are caught in unpredictable West Tennessee weather.

TWRA also reminds you, no matter what vessel your on, to maintain a safe speed and not to boat under the influence.

JACKSON, Tenn.– A new program is coming to Jackson to help kids and their parents.

There was a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon to celebrate the Hub Club program, a place they want you to “come play, learn and stay out of harm’s way.”  The program will focus on topics like teen pregnancy prevention. For parents, a program is offered to help raise capable kids.

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Pastor Ronald Benton Sr. explains how this vision came to life.

“It’s been closed for a year and a half and I had a vision. I was going to build a place and then all of the sudden Area Relief Ministries blessed me and gave me the place. I have my staff ready and we’re just going to take it to a whole other level because we got a whole other devil,” said Pastor Benton.

The program will start taking applications next Friday, June 1. The doors open June 4.

JACKSON, Tenn.–If you heard music in downtown Jackson Friday, there was a reason for it.
Jackson Downtown Development wants you to have some fun on your lunch break.

On Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., you can come to Fox Park and enjoy music.

“The community atmosphere we have downtown is a perfect setting to just hang out and eat your lunch and hear some music,” said Matt Altobell, director of the Jackson Downtown Development.

Fox Park is across from Jackson City Hall at the corner of Main and North Liberty Streets in downtown Jackson.

 

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn.–At the Parsons Civic Center, many came out to see an African attire fashion show, Friday night.
The event is a part of the Crowder High School Reunion.

Before 1925, there was no high school in Decatur County for African American students, so Professor David Carroll Crowder, the only licensed African American veterinarian in the state, opened the school for Decatur and surrounding counties.
In 1965, the school became an elementary school and a monument now honors Professor Crowder at the site.

I’m always happy to come back and see my old class mates, I’m hopping that we would continue with this school union its something that we look forward to,” said former student, Margaret Smith Beach.

The first reunion was in 1992. The Crowder High School Reunion is now held every other year.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Hub City Hippos took down the Birmingham Barons, 5-2.

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