Tennessee opted against Hart extension before his retirement

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee had opted against giving athletic director Dave Hart a contract extension with a raise before he announced his retirement, according to documents obtained in a public records request. In an Aug. 10 email, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro told Chancellor Jimmy Cheek “for the reasons we have discussed concerning what is in the best…

2 boaters found dead on Chickamauga Lake

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say two boaters reported missing since Saturday have been found dead aboard their boat on Chickamauga Lake. According to local media reports, Kristy D. James and Mike L. Richardson were found Monday in their boat in a cove near Harrison Island. A pet also was found dead. Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in…

Officials: No confirmed clown sightings in Jackson, Madison County

JACKSON, Tenn. — In a story we first brought you this weekend, state troopers are standing by their decision to warn Tennesseans about possibly dangerous clown sightings. While they admit an error was made when they incorrectly identified a clown sighting in Jackson, troopers say this is still a matter of public safety. Several viewers reached out to WBBJ 7…

Top plays from week 6

JACKSON, Tenn — The top five plays from week six include; #5: North Side’s Kylan Woods steps in front of a Cooper Hurt’s pass and returns it the other way for a pick six, North Side beats Dyer County 49-34. #4: Hardin County quarterback Davius Prather drops back, avoids the rush and delivers a dime to wideout Antonio Davis for…

2 juveniles arrested in string of Lexington home burglaries

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Two juveniles have been charged in a string of home burglaries that happened early Sunday afternoon. The Lexington Police Department responded to five home burglaries within the same area. “Literally as we were responding to one burglary, within a 15- to 20-minute period we would get a report of another burglary in the same geographical location,” said Capt. Jeff…

Jackson man charged with false imprisonment, assault

JACKSON, Tenn. — A Jackson man is arrested on a list of charges after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and held her against her will. Marty Chatman According to court documents, Marty Chatman’s ex-girlfriend told police he strangled her, hit her with his fist, broke her phone and refused to let her leave her apartment, even when a neighbor tried to intervene. Chatman…

Commissioners eye new 600-bed Madison Co. Jail

JACKSON, Tenn. — County leaders hash out plans for a new jail in Madison County. They met with architects Monday to decide how many beds the new facility will hold. “Nothing definite just discussion, trying to come up with a solution,” Madison County Commissioner Luther T. Mercer said. The group agreed to consider building a facility that can house 600…

JMCSS hosts grand opening of JCM Early College High School

JACKSON, Tenn. — Community leaders stood with high school freshmen and sophomores Monday morning to officially open a new building for Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School. “The success of Early College High will only make our community stronger,” Principal Nathan Lewis said. “So it was just great to see so many people interested in that and excited about that, and…