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Weather Update- 5AM


Temperatures right now in Jackson is 43° and the surrounding aread are feeling somewhat mild with mid 40 temperatures as well, but the eastern edge is a different story with upper 30s as their temperature. The highs for today across West TN should reach into the  upper 40s. Mostly cloudy skies right now are covering Tennessee because we have rain on the way! Their is a lot of gulf moisture headed our way and is going to give us a nice soaking rain today, into tomorrow. No thunderstorms should be expected with this system.

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Speaking of tomorrow, temperatures will yet again, stay in the 40s and the rain will linger for a while and slowly drizzle off, but the cloud cover will stay. On Monday expect another round of rain from an upper level low that is hanging around north western Mexico right now. This will bring us another round of soaking rain. Rainfall totals should accumulate to about 1-2 inches by the end of Monday.

The rest of the week we could see a little bit of left over showers into Wednesday with temperatures slowly falling through the 50s. Thursday is going to be a COLD day with the highs only reaching the upper 30s! Thursday night is going to be a cold one considering that we are expecting temperatures to fall into the teens and if that is the case, it’ll be the first time in 3 years that we’ve dropped into the teens during the month of Decemeber!

Stay with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team for more weather updates on-air and online! Everyone have a great weekend!

Lainey Catron
Storm Team 7 Forecaster
Twitter – @WBBJ7Lainey
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Email – lcatron@wbbjtv.com

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – The charred city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is still days away from reopening after devastating and deadly wildfires, but all around the city, communities in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains are welcoming back residents and visitors.

In Pigeon Forge, the Comedy House rented an electronic billboard message that said it was open for laughs, and a flyer at a hotel urged guests to check out the scenic Cades Cove loop.

Dollywood, the amusement park named after country music legend and native Dolly Parton, reopened Friday afternoon after it was spared any damage.

In Gatlinburg, the center of the devastation, residents and business owners got their first chance Friday to see whether their properties withstood the blaze that killed 13 people and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce is launching a program to encourage more workers to gain high school equivalency degrees.

The chamber says more than 300,000 people currently working in Tennessee have not completed their high school education. The trade association is partnering with GEDWorks to provide access to advisers, online study materials, practice tests and connections to local adult education programs.

Chamber President and CEO Bradley Jackson says the program provides employers a “turnkey” option to help their workers finish their high school education. He says employees are more likely to earn their GEDs if they can work toward them during working hours.

Bradley says earning a GED is a key step toward workers obtaining technical degrees and other postsecondary education opportunities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country star Luke Bryan took care of a heckler without skipping a beat during a concert this week by taking a swing at the man from the stage with his microphone still in hand.

Bryan was performing his single “Move” at the Charlie Daniels’ all-star Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the outburst occurred. Fan video shows Bryan shouting, “Come on!” before stepping forward and slapping the man with his fingers while still holding onto the mic.

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

Bryan’s publicist says in a statement that the man was making “crude hand gestures” toward Bryan and that security personnel saw the man’s “disruptive actions” and escorted him out.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two children have been killed and two adults injured in a mobile home fire in suburban Nashville.

Nashville Fire District Chief Jerry Tomlinson told WSMV-TV (http://bit.ly/2fTnvqs ) that neighbors saw the trailer on fire early Friday and pulled the victims out through a wall they tore in the back of the Madison home.

Fire department spokesman Brian Haas tells news outlets that a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy died.

Haas says the two adults were hospitalized. He says one of them suffered life-threatening injuries.

Officials have not released the victims’ identities.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. As of Friday morning, investigators didn’t believe it is suspicious.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A suspect wanted in the stabbing death of a Nashville hair stylist has been taken into custody by authorities in New York City.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2gV3Asc) that Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says authorities arrested 26-year-old Christopher William Gadsden in the Bronx on Thursday in connection with the slaying of Deon Brown.

WZTV-TV reported authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Gadsden for murder in Brown’s death after Metro police say his body was found in a Nashville trucking lot on Nov. 14.

Gadsden is accused of fatally stabbing Brown before taking off in the victim’s vehicle, which was recovered the next day in Hickory, North Carolina. Authorities believe the suspect may have driven the car there.

Brown was a cosmetologist who specialized in styling hair.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis has opened enrollment for its paid youth jobs and development programs.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://memne.ws/2gVgKp5) the Memphis Office of Youth Services began accepting applications Thursday for its MPLOY Youth Summer Experience program and the Memphis Ambassadors Program.

Its website says MPLOY gives 14 to 21-year-olds meaningful summer work opportunities, while the year-round Ambassadors Program focuses on career, life-building and college preparation skills for high school students.

The office’s director Ike Griffith says this year, the city will employ 1,000 youths for six weeks and pay $9 to $12 an hour depending on age.

The city will also fill about 230 positions for the Ambassadors Program, which pays $100 to $500 per quarter depending on whether the students meet goals set by the city.

Applications are available at cityofmemphisyouth.org .

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee mother is recovering from giving birth just after she was rescued from a tornado that destroyed her family’s home.

Multiple news outlets report that McMinn County resident Amber Newman was one of seven people inside her Athens home who survived the estimated EF-2 tornado when it hit Wednesday.

A week shy from her due date, Newman and her family gathered for shelter in a bathroom. The tornado tossed their home, which now lies in pieces.

Emergency crews later arrived and Newman was taken to a hospital, where she underwent an emergency C-section to deliver a healthy baby girl.

County mayor John Gentry said during a news release Wednesday that the tornado hurt 20 people. Dozens of structures were also damaged or destroyed.

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-8-13-22-pmJACKSON, Tenn — A community comes together to help East Tennesseans in need.

“It’s a good feeling to go and help people,”  volunteer Melissa Lowrance said.

Friday, two different organizations had people from all over West Tennessee coming together to drop off donations and pack trailers to send to Gatlinburg for those affected by the devastating fires.

“Gives me a good feeling when someone does something nice for me, so I like to re-pay that,” Lowrance said.

Melissa Lowrance saw a post on Facebook about people gathering at North Jackson Church of Christ to pack up donations and decided to help.

“It just takes a little. If everybody gives a little even if it’s just to come up and help for an hour or just a dollar here or there, every little bit helps and adds up,” Lowrance said.

“They said they needed 20 kids from Clarksburg High School but most of them said they couldn’t leave from school so we just checked out of school,” volunteer Harley Gossett said.

Friends Harley Gossett and Hannah Woods told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they wanted to give back to a place that holds so many memories.

“We lost mostly where we have been our whole lives every year for vacation and most fun moments. It’s hard,” Gossett said.

And they said the least they could do was help.

“I really just wanted to do something for Gatlinburg because I love going there for vacation, so I figured I can give back since I have been there so many times so I just checked out early and came and helped them,” Hannah Wood said.

“Overwhelming, it’s amazing to see how many people came out and stepped up. We filled the trailer full.” One organizer Joshua Goff said.

Across the county, Joshua and Jessie Goff were organizing a donation pickup as well.

“We’re going to the rescue squad building on Dollywood Parkway and there are suppose to be over 200 people there to help us unload,” Joshua Goff said.

But all across West Tennessee, people are sending East Tennessee their love and support.

“Just know that you’re not alone, even places that are far away are still here to help no matter what.” Jessie Goff said.

“Don’t give up, just one step at a time because it will get better,” Lowrance said.

“We’re praying for you and we hope everything gets better and we hope this helps with everything they are going through,” Gossett said.

HENDERSON, Tenn.-Tennessee’s biggest sports hero spoke Friday night at Freed-Hardeman University.

NFL MVP, two-time Super Bowl champion and Tennessee Volunteer, Peyton Manning spoke at FHU for their 2016 Scholarship Benefit Dinner. The event is a fundraiser for scholarships for students that attend the university.

The benefit brought in more than $1 million for those scholarships.

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