Final scores for Week 10 of high school football (Oct. 20, 2017)
Clarksville Northeast 13
Henry County 26
Liberty Tech 3
Jackson Christian 6
Chester County 6
Jackson South Side 53
South Gibson 34
Jackson North Side 12
Crockett County 30
McNairy Central 50
Fayette Ware 27
Lake County 39
Hollow Rock-Bruceton 14
Scotts Hill 28
West Carroll 19
South Fulton 6
Dyer County 40
West Creek 13
Wayne County 48
Perry County 8
Clarification: Stanfill Enterprises is based in Lexington, Tenn.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Hurricane Harvey made landfall and devastated the coast of Texas more than a month ago, but those in Houston are still feeling the effects.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it was a beautiful sight when that truck pulled off,” said Pat Ross with the United Way.
Ross along with other nonprofits in the area started collecting items for hurricane victims seven weeks ago. Thanks to a truck donation from Stanfill Enterprises out of Lexington, they are finally being delivered.
“Everything was sorted, so all they have to do is look and say ‘Oh, there’s a pile of diapers, here’s a pile of supplies, a pile of water,'” Ross said.
Several area nonprofits donated the supplies that will be donated to a Houston church.
“They are the ones who are going to be receiving the items tomorrow morning, and then we will go about making sure they are given to the life center of the church and eventually a local warehouse for distribution,” said David Hicks, executive director of the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee.
Hicks said even though the hurricane hit more than a month ago, Houston is still in a state of disaster.
“They are in such dire need of baby products, non-perishable food items and feminine hygiene products,” he said.
Ross says the amount of donations they are delivering says a lot about the community.
“You know what they say, West Tennessee is a giving community,” she said. “And in other words, we kind of showed out this one.”
The supplies will be delivered to the Houston church Saturday morning.
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is utilizing the latest in technology to improve search and rescue operations and save taxpayers’ money.
The department has invested in a unmanned aerial vehicle drone to assist law enforcement in areas such as locating missing people, wanted suspects on the run, and disaster response to weather threats such as a tornado.
“Technology is an ever-changing world, and departments nationwide sometimes struggle to keep up with that technology,” said Cpl. James Sanders, who is certified to operate the drone by the FAA. “We’re just trying to utilize the best tools that fit within our budget restraints.”
Sheriff Monte Belew said with the help of the drone they were able to find a missing teenager in a corn field a couple of months ago. The drone can record and capture still images and also features an infrared camera that reads heat signatures.
“We’ve got to cover a large amount of ground in a short period of time, and this gives us the capability of immediately being able to access some air support,” Sheriff Monte Belew said.
The drone can stay up in the air for up to five hours. Each battery lasts about 35 minutes, and Cpl. Sanders said they have plenty to spare.
“Usually on the ground we are looking at things in 3D, but only on one or two axis,” Cpl. Sanders. said. “That gives us the ability to add another viewpoint, another set of eyes in the sky.”
The department was able to budget the project for just under $5,000.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Hundreds of athletes were put to the test Friday, hoping to “strike” big.
Teams from schools and other organizations fought for a chance to compete in the state competition with players as young as 8 years old.
“If anyone has ever been to a Special Olympics event, they will tell you that it is truly a blessing to see just how much children with disabilities have to offer and what they can do,” Special Olympics coach Retha Wood said.
Everyone received a participation award, but the top performers will move on to the state championship later this year.
CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. — It was all hands on deck after heavy smoke flooded an assisted living facility Friday in the city of Henderson.
“About 7:30 a.m. we received a call for a fire at the Southern Oaks Assistant Living,” City of Henderson Public Information Officer Ron Stewart said.
Emergency crews racing to the scene knew they had to help rescue those inside.
“They were all outside, and we knew they needed to go somewhere,” Stewart said. “There was a fire inside, so we knew we couldn’t go back inside of there because a lot of them have issues with breathing.”
The 18 residents were evacuated just a short distance away to the Christ Community Church.
“Everybody is all right. They just got them out of the smoke,” family member Jessie Hudson said.
Hudson said when he heard the news he had to make sure his 82-year-old loved one was OK.
“My sister-in-law is over at the Southern Oaks. They had a fire, and we wanted to come over here and check on her,” Hudson said.
The good news — none of the residents were injured.
“We’re in a good, safe place inside of a church. They will be safe there and someone can look after them,” Hudson said.
Investigators say they are still searching for what caused the smoke.
Hudson says he heard it started from a fan.
“They had a fire in a fan and the blades. There wasn’t anyone hurt — that’s the main thing,” Hudson said.
Investigators have not released the cause of the smoke.
Officials say the assisted living facility had an emergency evacuation plan in place. They are now encouraging other facilities to do the same.
“Have a plan and let other law enforcement, fire department, any agency you can get in touch with know you have a plan and what that plan is,” Stewart said.
The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 10/19/17 and 7 a.m. on 10/20/17.
Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.
JACKSON, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery teaches elementary students right here in Jackson.
Lisa Vogan has been teaching first grade at Arlington Elementary School for three years. She’s been at Arlington since she was a student teacher.
“So I student taught right across the hallway from where I am now,” Vogan said.
She went to the University of Memphis Lambuth to get her degree in education. She says all the teachers throughout her time in school influenced her to follow in their footsteps.
“I’ve had great teachers throughout the entire time I was in school, and I had a stay-at-home mom who always worked with us and read to us every day, so education has always been important,” Vogan said.
Her room is decorated with all things Dr. Seuss, and she tries to incorporate his books into her lessons as often as possible.
“I love Dr. Seuss, especially ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go,'” Vogan said. “I grew up reading those books, and my teachers read them to us.”
Her students are the reason she loves doing her job.
“I love teaching because of my students. That’s why I do it,” Vogan said. “They inspire me every single day.”
Vogan will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month Award. Starting in November, to vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com.
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HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — A man charged in a violent 2015 robbery in Carroll County has pleaded guilty, according to the district attorney’s office.
In October 2015, Leonard reportedly drove a stolen truck from Henderson County into Carroll County where he pulled onto the lawn of a local residence.
When the woman who lived at the home came outside to see what was happening, she was struck in the back with a gun. Leonard then robbed the woman and stole her vehicle, according to the release.
Police could not locate Leonard until months later when a relative identified him to authorities. He had been arrested for auto theft in Shelby County where he was being held in jail, according to the release.
Investigators with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department linked Leonard to the crime using DNA from a travel kit he had left behind.
Leonard faces additional pending charges in two Tennessee counties as well as an additional four and a half years to serve for the Florida Department of Corrections.
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that several samples of cocaine have tested positive for fentanyl.
The TBI urges public caution, especially among recreational drug users, after the powerful narcotic painkiller, or one of its analogs, was found in the cocaine samples submitted by law enforcement agencies in Middle and East Tennessee, according to a TBI release.
“In certain doses, fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine,” the release states. “The drug doesn’t necessarily need to be ingested to have an effect. It can absorb through the skin, so touching the substance can quickly put an individual at risk of opioid overdose.”
The recent submissions mark the first time samples of cocaine have tested positive in a TBI laboratory for fentanyl, according to the release. Fentanyl had previously been found primarily in samples of heroin or pills compounded to resemble prescription opioids.
The investigation into the origins of the samples remains active and ongoing.
Weather Update – 5:30 p.m. Friday
Skies are partly cloudy across West Tennessee, and perhaps its the cloud cover that’s keeping most of West Tennessee to the middle 70s, but Hardin county currently has temperatures just a couple degrees shy of 80°F right now! Conditions will be warm again tomorrow but a cold front coming on Sunday threatens to bring showers and thunderstorms to West Tennessee toward the end of the weekend with a big drop in temperature following during the middle of next week.
Expect perfect conditions this evening for high school football! Temperatures will be in the middle and upper 60s at kickoff and cool down to just the lower 60s by the final scores. Clouds will trap in a little bit of the daytime heating today with temperatures expected to bottom out in the lower to middle 50s at the coolest point of the night. Winds will be light overnight and we’ll stay rain-free.
We’ll have another warm and mainly dry day on Saturday, there’s only a 20% chance for rain tomorrow, and showers will be likelier near the Mississippi River than anywhere else in West Tennessee. Highs will be near 80°F tomorrow afternoon under partly cloudy skies. A cold front coming on Sunday will give West Tennessee a likely chance for rain. Showers will be possible in the morning but the greater chance for rain is forecast for the afternoon and evening across the viewing area. Tune in to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for a closer look at the weekend forecast including how much rain we’ll get and stay with Storm Team Weather on-air and online for more updates!