Weather Update – 10:57 p.m. – Sunday
We started this weekend cold and in the mid 40s but ended with temperatures reaching the mid to low 50s. Will be a clear and breezy night with winds becoming variable overnight and lows dropping around low 30s to upper 20s. We’ll still be dominated by high pressure, and with those winds coming in from the Southwest, it help bring in much warmer temperatures.
Highs will be in the low 60s tomorrow, well above average with winds picking up, gusting up to 20 mph at times. The warm weather will last briefly as we get another frontal system bring in a shot of cold, dry air overnight into Tuesday, stay in the mid to upper 40s and low 50s for most of the week. Rest of the week will stay dry and clear, with another hint of warmer weather by next weekend.
Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the rest of the forecast including a look at what’s ahead this week and with Storm Team Weather online for more updates!
GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — For many residents, the Gibson County Correctional Complex is place they try to avoid, but the sheriff’s department says, they want to change that perspective.
“And we want them to feel comfortable talking to us if they have a problem. It may be sensitive in nature, and we want them to be able to feel like they have somebody they can talk to, somebody that cares, and somebody that will actually work,” said Chief Deputy Danny Lewis of the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department.
This is why the department holds an open house every year around the holidays.
“It’s a good opportunity for the public to come in, meet with the sheriff, the chief, some of the patrol guys, investigators, take a tour of the jail, have a bite to eat, and just get more associated with their local law enforcement,” said Brad Oliver, investigator for the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department.
“When it comes to these types of open houses, it shows them that we’re normal people for the most part, and we like to have a good time, and we like to spend time with each other in law enforcement and the community,” said Assistant Chief Reynard Buchanan of the Humboldt Police Department.
This year, organizers say they were happy to see over one hundred people stop by, from all across the county.
“We want to serve the people and do as good of a job as we can possible do,” said Chief Deputy Lewis.
Even if you missed the open house Sunday, the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department reminds people that they have an open door policy and welcome visits and feedback any day of the year.
The department also says this is the fourth year their team has held this Christmas Open House, and that they plan on hosting it again next year.
MARTIN, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Martin students and Student Government Association members will be holding another sit-in at the SGA office Tuesday regarding a controversial resolution.
The students are protesting a vote made this past Thursday. SGA passed a concealed carry resolution that would allow students to lawfully carry concealed weapons on campus.
Although it received a majority of ‘yes’ votes from SGA Senators, 250 students who voted in the referendum on December 5th did not show the same support.
In the referendum vote: 89 percent agreed that students feel safe on campus, 54 percent disagreed students with a Tennessee concealed carry permit should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm on campus and 58 percent disagreed they would feel safer if students were allowed to carry a concealed firearm on campus.
One student gave us video Friday of someone erasing what people who opposed the vote wrote on a board.
SGA President Long said the vote on the resolution is not set in stone. To take affect it would have to be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed by Governor Haslam.
Chickasaw state park held their annual Christmas lighting of the park. Rangers tell us this has been a tradition for over 20 years.
They said they start decorating the over three miles of the park right after Halloween, and collect milk jugs to light the path all years long.
“We’ve had a couple of eagle sightings in the park this year, so they were like, hey lets add some eagles to our Xhristmas lights, so every year we try to come up with something new to add to the lights maybe that people haven’t seen here before or that we haven’t done in a while just to keep it new and fresh,” said Chickasaw Ranger Ann Paley.
Tonight was the last night to see this light display this year, but rangers tell us, they plan on holding it again next year. They said it is traditionally the second weekend of December.
Hundreds gathered at Jackson First United Methodist Church for “Sing Joy to the world.”
It’s an annual Cantana featuring the church’s choir, soloists, and a full orchestra.
Members said the church opens it’s doors for anyone to attend the Cantana and it’s a fun way to get ready for the holidays.
If you missed out on the holiday fun today the church is hosting it’s annual “Carols and Candles” next Sunday night at 6.
“I think this church really loves to celebrate Christmas they get into the spirit,” said member of the church Herron Morris.
Anyone in the community is invited to attend.
We first heard about this story through a 7 Eyewitness News Tipster who said the car ran through Tobacco World Smoke Shop shattering the front store window around 4:30 pm.
When we arrived on scene, the manager was sweeping up what was left of his window. He told us the driver of the car pressed her gas, instead of her brake, slamming into the store.
No one was reported injured.
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Part of a Humboldt church was destroyed after firefighters say it went up in flames late Saturday night, but that didn’t stop members from praising the Lord the next morning.
“It’s their spirit, and they’re not going to let a tragic night like this take away from that,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said.
Instead of in their usual chapel, Sunday’s service was held in the senior center down the street.
It was a morning of hand clapping and songs of praise, but pastor Rev. James Baltimore says it was a much different scene the night before.
“It’s a loss, and it almost brings tears to your eyes to think that this could happen,” Baltimore said.
Humboldt fire chief Chester Ownes says the call went out just after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, that took nearly four hours to put out.
“When you have a structure that’s fully engulfed, it takes a lot of water and a lot of manpower,” Owens said.
But even with help from volunteers, firefighters say the back half of the building is a total loss.
Shards of glass and debris might be all that’s left of the bark part of the building, but members say it will take more than a fire for their spirit to be broken.
“We just had to leave it in God’s hands, we know God will fix it for us,” Baltimore said.
As church service goes on in their temporary home, pastor Baltimore says their prayers are already being answered.
“God has a plan for us,” he said. “We don’t know what it is, but it will be better than the old one.”
Humboldt fire say there were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Henry County District Attorney’s Office is seeking donations of Christmas gifts for its second annual “No Blue Christmas” event that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 23rd.
The gifts will be provided to children from families in Henry County who are the subject of pending cases in the District Attorney’s Henry County Child Support Office and otherwise would receive very little or perhaps nothing at all for Christmas.
Unwrapped donations for children between the ages of 2 and 16 can be dropped off at the downtown Paris DA’s office at 101 West Blythe Street between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday until Friday, December 22nd.
If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Griffey or Debbie Madden-Gray at 731-644-9191
BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. — Temperatures were in the mid 30’s today in Benton County, but that did not stop residents from lining the streets for their annual Christmas parade.
There was candy flying, sirens blazing and the sound of merry Christmas in the air, but the stars of the parade were a group of local veterans who were the official parade marshals this year in Camden.
“It’s a great time for our community to come together and to really show the love and support that we have here in Benton county,” said parade attendee Olivia Fowler.
Residents bundled up in blankets and camouflage to brace the cold weather and fill their bags with holiday goodies.
“We are a little bit cold, but at least it feels like Christmas out here instead of being hot,” said parade attendee Ashby Reed.
The parade marshals for this year were the local veterans who were ecstatic to be part of it.
“Seeing all of these flashing lights and all the people, I never realized there was that many people in Benton County,” said Veteran Parade Marshal Glindell Allen.
Members of the community showed their Christmas spirit in a variety of unique ways.
Also marching in the parade today were volunteers collecting canned food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Benton County, which they said will help feed needy members of the community this holiday season.
If you’d like to donate, follow this link: https://secondharvestmidtn.org/
That sounds of David Johnson Chorus come Celebrate Christmas Concert played in the church. The chorus is made up of a group of talented men and women volunteers who have been singing together for nineteen years.
Church representatives tell us, hosting this free Christmas concert has become an annual tradition.
“This is their last concert of the year. its traditionally become that here at alder its the fourth time they’ve been here and this is their Christmas concert, so were very happy for them to be here,” said member of the church Barry Matthews.
Event organizers said the concert consisted of both fun, holiday sing-a-longs as well as spiritual Christmas selections from, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “O Holy Night.” the event held every year is always free to the entire community.