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Weather Update – 3:45 p.m. Wednesday

High pressure has given us a dry day across West Tennessee but some scattered rain looms off to our southwest. An area of low pressure is forecast to move into the area tonight bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms from tonight through most of the day tomorrow. Some areas could get nearly 2″ of rainfall when all is said and done!

TONIGHT
Expect a mild night with temperatures only dropping to the upper 40s and lower to middle 50s. Remember, our average low temperature is 28°F and our average high temperature is 48°F during this time of the year! Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible tonight – especially after midnight.

Rain will continue to come and go through most of the day tomorrow. Most of West Tennessee has a chance to get 1″-2″ of rainfall but a few areas will get less than that. Either way, keep that umbrella handy tomorrow! There’s a small chance for a strong to severe thunderstorm in southwest Tennessee near the Tennessee River.


Stay tuned to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team on-air and online for more updates!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
Twitter – @WBBJ7TomMeiners
Facebook – facebook.com/WBBJ.tom.meiners
Email – tmeiners@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. — Civil rights pioneer Rev. Jesse L. Douglas started the week celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at a program hosted by the Lane College chapter of the NAACP. His visit to Jackson came to an end Wednesday with a special celebration honoring Dr. King.

“This is a great day in the life of Lane College,” College Historian Ameera Graves said. “It’s a testament to what we produce. We produce excellence.”

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to hear Douglas speak.

Douglas is not only a 1959 graduate of Lane College. He also had a significant role working with Dr. King to form the Selma to Montgomery March. Douglas also created voter registration drives in Alabama.

“I had the privilege of working with him about eight years,” Douglas said.

“This is a call for students to start studying and reading,” Graves said. “Because we can’t appreciate Rev. Douglas’ contributions if we don’t have context, if we don’t know what the Voting Rights Act is.”

Douglas said although the assembly is to commemorate the life of Dr. King, he hopes students will leave the event knowing to always strive for excellence and put education first. For some students, it was their first time hearing someone speak who had a major impact in civil rights history.

“I never thought that I would be able to have this opportunity to hear him speak, but I’m just grateful that I’m here and I do get to see a little part of history,” student Mariah McCullough said.

Douglas said if there’s one piece of advice he would give everyone, it would be the following, “Stand for truth, and never let hate overcome love. Love is the most powerful power in the world, because God is love.”

Lane College presented Douglas with an Outstanding Civic Leader award.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 1/17/17 and 7 a.m. on 1/18/17.

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing to raise Tennessee’s tax on each gallon of gasoline by 7 cents while cutting the state’s sales tax on groceries and income from earnings on stocks and bonds.

Haslam says average motorists would pay an extra $4 more per month as part of his plan to generate $278 million annually in new money to pay for road projects around the state.

The governor says he would balance the gas tax increase with proposed cuts of $55 million in the sales tax on groceries, $113 million in corporate taxes for manufacturing companies and $102 million in the Hall tax on investment income.

Haslam also wants to tie the gas tax to inflation and let cities seek a sales tax surcharge to pay for transit projects.

JACKSON, Tenn. — U.S. Marshals and Jackson police have captured an escaped inmate from Crockett County.

Jeffery O’Neal Patterson

Officers captured Jeffery O’Neal Patterson around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at his girlfriend’s home on Washington Douglas Circle in east Jackson, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Patterson was wanted for escape after he walked off from garbage detail around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Crockett County Jail, according to Sheriff Troy Klyce.

Patterson was serving time for burglary, according to the sheriff.

Patterson and his girlfriend, Tazara Alexander, both were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals along with the Jackson Police Department’s K-9 and gang units.

There was a previous warrant for Alexander, and police have added a charge of facilitation of escape, according to U.S. Marshals.

U.S. Marshals say a tip led them to the home. They say Patterson and Alexander refused to leave the home and that officers had to enter by force.

The two are being transferred to the Crockett County Jail.

FULTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was killed by a western Kentucky police officer earlier this week died of two gunshot wounds.

Kentucky State Police Lt. Kyle Nall says preliminary autopsy results show that 43-year-old Charles Christopher McClure was shot twice in the torso by a Fulton police officer Monday afternoon. Police say McClure was armed with a knife and a metal pole and had refused to obey officers’ orders.

Police had been called to the scene after 911 calls reported a man acting erratically and smashing car windows with a pole.

Authorities have not revealed further details about what prompted the shooting. No one else was injured.

It is unclear what caused McClure’s behavior. Nall says a toxicology screen was conducted during the autopsy, but those results are still pending.

CLOUDY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS MOVING IN THIS AFTERNOON.  SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.  SOME OF THE STRONGER THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT OVER NORTH MISSISSIPPI.

TEMPERATURES TODAY AND TONIGHT WILL BE COOLER WITH HIGHS AND LOW IN THE 50S.  WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL RETURN ON THURSDAY AND REMAIN FOR A FEW DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE 60S AND LOWER 70S THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

Gary Pickens-StormTeam 7 Forecaster

email: gpickens@wbbjtv.com

What You’ll Need:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups water
3 (10-1/2-ounce) cans condensed chicken broth
1 (19-ounce) package frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
3 cups fresh spinach

 

What To Do:

In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot.
Saute onion until tender, then add tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through.
Stir in water and broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and spinach and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until tortellini are tender. Serve immediately.

 

 

What You’ll Need:

4 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

What To Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5- x 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Place bananas in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until mashed. Stir in sugar and let stand 15 minutes. Add applesauce and eggs; beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into loaf pan.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

JACKSON, Tenn.-The Jackson-Madison County School System has wrapped up the first step in choosing who will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin starting next school year.

The deadline to apply for the position closed Monday and the Tennessee School Board Association said they have a total of 25 applicants.

The TSBA told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News now  begins the difficult task as they sort through the candidates.

“Our office will create a screening committee that will screen each applicant and try to find five finalist that best meet the criteria the board adopted,” said Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA.

The TSBA will present the top five candidates to the school board on February 9. The board will then have the option of adding candidates to the top before they start the interview process.

To see the complete list of applicants, visit the “Seen on 7” section of our website.

 

 

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