JACKSON, Tenn.-Auditions were held for the play, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, to be performed by the Jackson Children and Teen Theater…
were held Wednesday at ‘The Ned’.

The play is set in 1903, about a large family preparing for the 1904 World’s Fair that is coming to St. Louis.
The play has nine primary characters and has 25 role characters.

Once the parts are cast, the actors and actresses will practice three times a week until the show begins October 19.

“If there’s any young men out there we would love to draft you for “Meet Me in St. Louis”. If you can sing, if you can read and project, you’re our person,” said Pat Alford, the show’s director.

Auditions are being held again Thursday at ‘The Ned’ in downtown Jackson.

 

MILAN, Tenn — The years have come and gone since Cayce Lynn McDaniel was last seen by her family. She vanished from her home 21 years ago. Although this time of year is difficult for Cayce’s family, they pulled together to honor her name.

A somber day as many remember the anniversary of Cayce Lynn McDaniel’s disappearance. The family of the missing girl hosted “Candlelights for Cayce”.

“Candlelight is just showing that this community is together and we’re honoring Cayce and trying to come together to find an answer,” Cayce’s cousin, Lucas Smith said.

A local church, The Vineyard, volunteered their building to host the vigil. “We’re always wanting to help the hurting and the broken,” Teaching Pastor of The Vineyard, Larry Eddings said. “So it was a perfect situation to help them out.”

Family members say Cayce was last seen August 16, 1996. They said she was dropped off at home by a chaperone after church that night. Cayce’s best friend, one of the last people to see her, spoke at the event.

“She said, ‘see you tomorrow’, and that was that,” Cayce’s best friend, Amber Henson said.  “If I could turn back time and know that would’ve been the last time that I would see her or talk to her.”

Family members said having a vigil in Cayce’s honor can hopefully help them find answers.

“We just want more people to remember her and hopefully bring something of it,” Cayce’s cousin, Lindsey McDaniel said.

Smith said he only has a few memories left, but of what he can remember he holds close to his heart.

“I looked at pictures and things come back to me. I just remember Cayce being always laughing and keeping everybody up, smiling just selfless personality,” Smith said.

Family members said they hope this is the last time they will have to light a candle in her honor.

Milan Police Chief Bobby Sellers, along with other officers, attended the event. Chief Sellers said over the past 21 years, the police department has never stopped searching for Cayce.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Cayce McDaniel, or her whereabouts, contact Milan police at (731) 686-3309.

JACKSON, Tenn.-A new program has been established to help active duty soldiers from Fort Campbell find work when they end their service.

“Transition to Trades” is a 30-day class that teaches soldiers plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
The program recruits soldiers that are in the last six months of duty. After the classes, the soldiers either are hired at Hiller or at other companies across the country.

“We’re hoping to gain valuable employees, you know, the soldiers, they’re dedicated, they’re honorable, it’s the best employee you could ask for,” said Daphne Frontz, senior program manager for “Transitions to Trades.”

” Having that sets, a stability and security for myself, not having to worry about how I’m going to make ends meet, how I’m going to take care of the family,” said Bryan Witzel, a transitioning soldier.

Out of the more than 150 soldiers that have participated in the classes, 103 of them have jobs, and 60 of them are at Hiller.

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Generals drop the series opener to the Biloxi Shuckers, 6-4.

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — When parents have a teenager who starts driving, they are faced with all kinds of questions about safety, liability and the type of insurance needed.

Safety experts say you should ask all types of questions to both insurance companies and law enforcement about making certain your teen driver knows the law and how to stay safe.

MILAN, Tenn. — A major building demolition was underway Wednesday in Milan.

The buildings came down as part of the revitalization of the downtown area. What used to be a supermarket is soon to be retail shops and a restaurant.

City leaders say half a block of downtown will come down to be built back up again and will bring more attractions and investors to the area.

“It’s somewhat of a joint effort and good timing,” Mayor B.W. Beasley said. “I believe if you create positive energy, you create a good synergy for your town, and as a result of that you see what’s going on behind me.”

Mayor Beasley says a coffee shop as well as a bed and breakfast are soon to be in the downtown area as well.

 

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — With summer winding down and fall on the way, many West Tennesseans are getting geared up and ready for small game hunting season.

With squirrel and dove season approaching, Tennessee wildlife officers have a few reminders for hunters.

“We just want to make sure everyone has their hunting license, and anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969, will also need their hunter education course,” said John Dunn, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer.

Dunn says you should always know where you are hunting and have permission to be there.

“Whether land is posted or not, you should have permission from that landowner,” he said.

But every year, wildlife officers say one thing doesn’t change — no matter what it is you are hunting, it’s your responsibility to do it safely.

“Have your gun pointed in a safe direction and only shoot in a safe direction, because you have to be responsible for not what you’re shooting at, but what’s beyond that target as well,” TWRA Capt. Brian Elkins said.

Elkins said you also need to be aware of your surroundings.

“Snakes and ticks are still very active,” he said. “So spray down with tick spray, maybe some mosquito spray and just watch where you place your hands and feet when you are walking in the woods.”

While some hunt to enjoy fine table fare, to many it’s also a sport.

“Most people hunt for the quality of the experience,” Elkins said. “Being outside with family or friends, or some people favor the seclusion of being by yourself in the woods. It’s a peaceful time.”

Hunting season for squirrels opens Aug. 26. That will be a free hunting day where you can hunt without a license.

The season for dove opens on Sept. 1.

For more information about hunting seasons, licenses and hunter safety, contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — While U.S. Rep. David Kustoff addressed a small crowd Wednesday inside the Jackson Country Club, those wanting to speak to him chanted and protested outside.

It happened at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Vann Drive.

“We are calling on Representative Kustoff to call out Donald Trump,” Doris Black said.

The nonviolent group Indivisible Jackson says they have issues with some statements from the representative of the 8th Congressional District.

“We are concerned that Kustoff has said no ordinary person is concerned about Russia. I’m an ordinary person and we are all ordinary people and we are all concerned,” Black said.

They are also concerned with the recent attacks in Charlottesville.

They stood in the heat, but they say it’s worth it.

“We got a lot of support,” Black said. “People were coming out, giving us water, people were coming out thanking us and people were telling us they wanted to join our cause.”

Weather Update – 10:30 p.m. Wednesday

As a few isolated showers dissipate, skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy skies overnight with temperatures dropping to just the middle 70s by sunrise at 6:17 a.m. Thursday. Winds will be a little breezy overnight – out of the south at 5 to 10 miles per hour which will keep things warm.

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Showers and thunderstorms will get an opportunity to return to West Tennessee tomorrow with a 50% chance for rain as the cold front moves through the Mid-South. This means that while a good portion of the Mid-South may deal with wet weather, not everyone may get it. Temperatures will still be able to warm up to the upper 80s and lower 90s during the early afternoon with the humidity making temperatures feel like they’re over 100°F at the warmest point of the day.

West Tennessee is under a marginal risk for severe weather meaning a couple thunderstorms could be strong or even severe during the day tomorrow. The main concern lies with thunderstorms producing strong winds. Rain chances will take a break on Friday with high pressure giving us drier conditions for kickoff of week 1 of high school football games.

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

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE FORECAST

West Tennessee will be treated to a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st just before 1:30 in the afternoon. Here’s a look at the times it will occur below in central daylight time.

From anywhere in West Tennessee, you’ll have between 93% and 99% of the sun covering the moon with the lower end being near Memphis and the higher end being near Paris.

The forecast currently is calling for partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in West Tennessee. That may still change, however, so stay tuned for updates!

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam and officials with Tyson Foods announced Wednesday that the company will expand their operations in Union City, creating more than 300 new jobs.

The company will invest around $80 million in the expansion, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Tyson, one of the world’s largest food companies, plans to add 25,000 square feet and new production lines to its Union City plant, effectively doubling the facility’s output capabilities, the release states.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, and the expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2019.

“Tyson has been an integral part of Obion County for 20 years and I’m pleased to see the company move forward with this more than 300-job expansion in Union City,” Gov. Haslam said in the release. “With more than 1,000 employees in West Tennessee, Tyson’s impact on the community extends to the local farmers supported by its operations. I’d like to thank Tyson for its continued commitment to West Tennessee and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Tyson’s Union City complex supplies chicken for a national foodservice customer. The company also operates facilities in Goodlettsville, Newbern and Shelbyville, employing about 5,000 in Tennessee, according to the release.

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