JACKSON, Tenn. — Lane College’s Kendarius Ash racked up his third Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week. This coming after a week where he scored 29 points in two games while grabbing 27 rebounds and dishing out ten assists. Ash also picked up his 1,000th career point this past weekend in a win against Lemoyne-Owen College.

JACKSON, Tenn.–A well-known lady who has been a part of the Jackson Chamber for almost a quarter century says its time to retire.

Shirley Jones has been at the chamber for 36 years all together, before she was hired she was volunteering for the chamber.
She said chamber leaders told her since she had been volunteering for so long, they should just pay her.
Jones told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News how great it feels to get ready for retirement and what she plans on doing.

“Feels great… feels great. I have worked here for 24 years and I have loved every minute of it. I’ve loved my job. I’ve loved the people and all the friends and being a part of the community but you know sometimes you just need to say its time for me to go love on my grand babies and that’s my plan,” said Jones.

Jones has been in the Jackson area since 1975 and says she has seen the community grow rapidly over the years.

JACKSON, Tenn.–Madison County Sheriff John Mehr held his 35th monthly community meeting Wednesday night.

The meeting was held at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in East Jackson. Sheriff Mehr announced the Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been chosen as 1 of the 4 agencies nationwide for the expansion of the Mental Health Learning site program. He says with this expansion, he hopes to make the community safer.

“Very excited about seeing the police department along with the sheriff’s department, the county and city working together, especially with education, as well improving the community and making the community safe,” said Ronald Benton, an attendee at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Sheriff Mehr was joined by officers from the Jackson Police Department. More than 50 people in attended.

JACKSON, Tenn.– Lazy Suzy boutique owner, Suzy Baba, says her boutique offers unique clothing and home decor. The clothing ranges in size from extra small to 3X. They also sell custom-made rugs and clothing.

The store is located on the 1400 block of Union University Drive. Shoppers can find jewelry and more from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Monday through Saturday.

If you know of a new and local spot you would like to be featured on What’s New Wednesday, message WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News’ Ariana Alexa on Facebook. What’s New Wednesday airs weekly at 10p.m.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A new state-of-the-art communications and dispatch center is opening for West Tennessee.

The new center for the Jackson and Memphis center will serve 21 counties in the West Tennessee area. The center is part of a consolidation process.

The state has now gone from eight centers to just four, making it easier to communicate across the state.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott tells us this new facility is just as important for our troopers as it is for our dispatch personnel.

“Communications is the lifeblood of a trooper,” Col. Trott said. “They have to have good communication to do their job and be safe, and we want to provide them with a nice facility to work with so they can do a great job for us.”

The new facility is expected to be fully staffed and running in another month.

There will be a statewide outage of all benefits provided through EBT and Quest Cards starting Saturday, Feb. 24. at 11 p.m. and ending Sunday, Feb. 25. at 8 a.m.

The EBT card will not be available for purchases or at ATMs during this time, according to the TN Department of Human Services.

If  you are making purchases with an EBT card, you can prepare by purchasing food and other daily needs before 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 25. at 8:01 a.m., EBT cards will be fully functional. No benefits will be lost by this system upgrade.

If you have any concerns during the temporary outage, you can contact the EBT Customer Service number at 888-997-9444.

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The small town of Huron, not a place where many people would expect an alleged threat to shoot up a local church, but authorities say, that’s exactly what happened.

Investigators say 35 year old Daniel Toler was arrested in Clifton Sunday, accused of having explosives, weapons and ammunition in his car on prison property. Toler was a correctional officer there.

“But during the course of that, there were some concerns about some potential allegations that he may have made some threats here in Heron, Tennessee of possibly being a threat to public safety,” said Michael Jones, Public Information Officer for the TBI.

Investigators say Toler also allegedly told someone he planned to shoot up Emmanuel Baptist Church in his hometown of Heron.

TBI representatives say they’re still investigating how the suspect is connected to this local church and why he would want to harm members of the congregation.

Church members along with Pastor Mike Powell are not commenting on the incident, but the community says they have heard Toler, who they say attended service last Wednesday, has been struggling spiritually, allegedly asking for guidance.

Members of the community who did not want to be on camera, say this situation has reminded them that dangerous threats aren’t’ just something they see on TV, but can even happen in their small town.

“Some threats to public safety, especially given the current climate that we’re in and recent things that have happened around the county,” Jones said, “it’s obviously a concern for the public at large.”

Community members say they don’t believe Toler had family at the church. They also say they didn’t know him to be angry with any particular members.

We tried to reach out to the Clifton Police Department Wednesday afternoon, but were unable to reach a representative. Toler is being held without bond at the Wayne County Jail.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A search for missing Jackson teen who was believed to be with a Memphis man has ended after authorities say the man turned a gun on himself after a traffic crash.

According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were asked to be on the lookout for the 16-year-old and the man.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers spotted the car and tried to stop it. They say the man took off and officers began pursuit.

The man, 24-year-old Wesley Brandon of Memphis, then crashed the vehicle. Authorities say he then shot himself in the head and later died at the hospital.

The girl is unharmed and has been picked up by her parents. The investigation is ongoing.

DYER CO., Tenn — Dyer County investigators say a man is charged with unlawful sale of a firearm after a gun was found at Dyer County High School.

Investigators say the gun was sold to a student by 73-year-old Stephen Harrison.

The unloaded weapon was found in the student’s backpack.

Investigators searched Harrison’s home and said he had several other weapons that may have been stolen.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Lane College continued their celebration of Black History Month Wednesday, welcoming back one of their graduates.

Jonathan Freeman, graduate, gave a presentation this afternoon on his Ph.D. study of the effect of music on the African American struggle.

“This year’s focus on black history month at lane focuses on African Americans and music, so what better way than to have invited me back. My focus is on activism and music,” Freeman said.

Freeman says the link between music during that time is still relevant today with the Black Lives Matter movement

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