JACKSON, Tenn. — The Union Bulldogs baseball team fell to the Valdosta State Blazers, 9-4 Saturday afternoon.

Weather Update – 11:00 p.m. – Saturday

Showers and storms have already moved out for most areas tonight with no threat for anything of it to be severe. By midnight the line of showers will have cleared out with a cold front moving through behind, dropping down our lows for tonight into the low 40s. Mostly cloudy skies tonight with winds shifting to the NNW around 10 mph and staying 10 degrees cooler for Sunday.



Cooler daytime temperatures tomorrow with highs barely reaching the 60 degree mark. The chance for any showers is minimal, but gradually increases after midnight particularly. A few spots can see partly cloudy skies with some sunshine breaking through the clouds. Winds will shift to the NNE staying and light. That same front will stay stalled and return north as a warm front across the lower Mississippi Valley Sunday night into Monday bringing those rain chance for early Monday morning, which becomes more scattered later that afternoon.

Unsettled pattern overall for the week with heavy rainfall possible between Tuesday night through Thursday and another chance for storms on Wednesday. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News and keep up with Storm Team Weather Online too for more updates.

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The Union Lady Bulldogs dropped both games of Saturday’s double header to the Valdosta State Blazers, 4-0 and 8-0.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The motto of WRAP, or Women and Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program, is end violence, change lives, and give hope, and people we spoke with say that’s exactly what they do, which is why it was a packed house at their biggest fundraiser of the year, Denim and Pearls.

Butterflies and flowers lined the walls of the Civic Center Saturday night for the 6th annual Denim and Peals, an event supporting the organization WRAP.

“Well when I first went in there, it was awful. I wouldn’t talk. I was shoved into WRAP pretty much by my family, but I probably would have went back to him if it wasn’t for WRAP, said event attendee Desiree Fann.

Organizers say along with raising money, they wanted to thank those who support the work they do throughout the year.

“…which is work to lift up survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, so that they are not only surviving the trauma they’ve experienced, but they are able to rise above it and thrive,” said Daryl Chansuthus, Executive Director of WRAP.

WRAP is located in 19 counties across West Tennessee and serves over a thousand survivors every year.

“We have several of our people that we know and myself, affected by a rape, a long time go, and it’s really close to our hearts where we can reach out and help somebody else to deal with it, to get through it,” said Jennifer Richardson, event sponsor and director at Jenny Craig.

Representatives say fundraisers like this are so important because they never charge for the services they provide. And how is life now for Desiree?

“Oh it’s good. I’ve been with a man now for a year and a half. My kids love him. I got my own place. I’m doing good,” Fann said.

WRAP representatives say they are hoping to raise over one hundred thousand dollars from the sold out event.

If you are interested in learning more about WRAP and the services they provide, you can visit their website at www.wraptn.org

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn —  Volunteers with the Mid-West Tennessee chapter of Red Cross recognized house fire victims, during a fire safety campaign.

Red Cross held a special ceremony for surviving members of a local family. Tim Franks loss 4 of his family members during a January fire in Hardin county. Volunteers honored not only Franks, but also firefighters who responded to the event making life-threatening efforts to rescue members of the Franks family.

Franks says he hopes his story will have an impact on others, so a tragedy like what he experienced doesn’t happen again.

“If you don’t have a smoke detector in your house you need one, you need a plan because you got about 2 minutes to get out and that’s not very long,” Tim Franks said.

In addition to the ceremony, volunteers with Red Cross and the Hardin county fire department also installed 135 smoke alarms.

JACKSON, Tenn —  Big dogs, spotted dogs, fluffy dogs and everything in between could be seen at the Jackson Fairgrounds.

It was the 2018 AKC All Breed dog show hosted by the Jackson Tennessee Dog Fanciers Association.  The competitions include best breed, group competition and of course best in show. The day also included a four to six month beginner puppy competition and an AKC national owner and handler series.

“It’s a sport. It’s competitive. And we really are all enthusiasts and advocates for a pure breed dog. I mean, I’ve seen a dog today that’s near extinction,” President of the Jackson TN Dog Fanciers Association, Cathy Burleson said.

If you missed the show Saturday your in luck, they will be holding another one again Sunday. Admission is free.

Exhibitors are striving for a spot in the finals at the AKC national championship in Orlando, FL in December.

JACKSON, Tenn —  High school seniors from across west Tennessee competed Sunday evening for scholarship money and the title of Miss Bronze.

It was the 58th annual Miss Bronze west Tennessee scholarship pageant. The event was held at Lane college and hosted by the Jackson Tennessee Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Each of the ten contestants had a sponsor within the sorority and seven of those ladies walked away with scholarship money, ranging from $150 to $2,500. The competitions included talent and evening gown.

JACKSON, Tenn — Students across the nation and in west Tennessee are taking a stand against gun violence.

The Jackson “Do the Write Thing” challenge, a youth violence prevention program, took part in the nationwide movement.  Dozens of children and parents gathered outside Jackson city hall Saturday morning with signs in hand, marching for tougher legislation on gun control. Jackson councilman, Ernest Brooks, said children should not have to worry about being safe in school.

“It’s very hard to see what’s going on in this world. Many young people have lost their lives because of mental illness and people want to bring guns to school. So we want to change that, we’re changing that today,” Madison Academic HS Freshman, Jah’Karious Conley said.

“We have young people that we need to protect we surely want them to feel safe in school, but we don’t want our teachers armed with guns,” Jackson city councilman, Ernest Brooks II said.

Organizers say more than 800 marches and rallies were held across the country Saturday with hundreds of cities participating.


JACKSON, Tenn — A free community health fair makes it’s way to west Tennessee.

The Madison County Faith Base Alliance hosted their first health fair at the Oman arena. Hundreds visited more than 30 vendors, with services ranging from a dental clinic to massages. Organizers say the goal was to inspire west Tennesseans to take care of their health and they hope to make the health fair an annual event.


HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn —  First responders went door to door Saturday installing smoke alarms, free of charge.

It’s part of the Hardin county home fire campaign. Volunteers with the Mid West Red Cross and the Hardin county fire department not only installed smoke detectors, but also handed out educational materials. First responders say their goal is to teach residents how to stay safe in a fire, address common fire safety tips, and make sure people have an escape plan.

“We’ve had hundreds of lives saved already through this program nationwide, as well as here in Tennessee and if we can go in and just save one life than we’ve done our job,” Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Heather Carbajal said.

Over 1,000 smoke alarms have been installed since January, and 135 alarms were installed Saturday.

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