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JACKSON, Tenn. — Christmas came early this year in West Tennessee as people came out to enjoy the second annual Christmas in the City.

unnamed-1More than 60 non-profit vendors sold everything from home-baked goods, gifts and artwork at the event in downtown Jackson.

But volunteers say raising money was not the only goal of the event.

“It’s really cool to just have local organizations coming together and supporting each other and it’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season,” Trevor Fox, a volunteer at the event said.

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce paired with the West Tennessee Farmer’s Market to put on the big day.

People came from all over the area to participate.

“I love getting to see people from other communities coming out and bringing what they have to Jackson,” Fox, a Union University student, said.

Live reindeer and Santa’s newly restored house were just a few of the main attractions.

Those who hosted booths said it was a great way for non-profit organizations to get the word out about their businesses in the community.

“Being a director of a nonprofit I think it is so great to have an opportunity to be a part of an event here in Jackson to really bring people together,” Melinda Hearn, executive director of the Jackson Arts Council said.

Beth James, executive director for Jackson Center for Independent Living says events like these are important to them.

“It just reminds everybody how important it is to support the non-profits in West Tennessee,” she said. “They take care of a lot of needs that fall through the cracks, and for a lot of us these funds are really important.”

Organizers say the overall goal of the event was to bring the community together, and they are already planning for next year’s event.

screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-5-07-24-pmJACKSON, Tenn — The Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association, LANA, hosted their 24th annual holiday home tour. The tour included a weekend of events to kick off the holiday season. Families and friends skipped breakfast Saturday morning and went straight to dessert at the first ever LANA Christmas Cookie Classic race and food challenge.

President of LANA, Jenci Spradlin said “We’ll have 4 cookie checkpoints that the runners will stop at along the 2k race route.. at each stop they’ll have to eat a cookie and once they eat a cookie they’ll get a sticker and then they’ll move on to the next cookie checkpoint until they get back to the finish line.”

Some participants came all the way from Martin to join the fun.

“We saw it on Facebook and we just thought it would be a really fun thing to do we love to dress up, and walk, and eat cookies.” Participant, Dorothy Bell said.

Funds from the Cookie Classic will be used to benefit a special place in the downtown area.

“The neighborhood association we pay the insurance and do maintenance and stuff on the dog park so this event is about the dog park and the other events are to help us do other things other improvements we do in the neighborhood.” Spradlin said.

The next stop for many was the annual holiday luncheon, held at the Chandelier Café.

LANA member, Jennifer Greer said “We had about 55 people who’ve signed up for the luncheon this year and their having a great time.”

Attendees were also able to sign up for a silent auction to take home holiday goodies. The main attraction ending the day was the home tour. Houses throughout midtown Jackson were decorated inside and out. Homeowner, Brandon Bailey said this was his first time opening his doors to the community.

“I think really just to be apart of what the community is doing help support the neighborhood and gave us a good excuse to show off our house and welcome our neighbors.” Bailey said.

Organizers said the holiday home tour was their biggest fundraiser of the year. The fun isn’t over yet tours will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

A Hardeman county man is charged with first degree murder in connection to a Savannah homicide.

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Billy Lynn Tomlinson

According to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Billy Lynn Tomlinson was arrested Saturday night.

He’s charged for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brandon Davis.

Agents said Savannah police were dispatched to an apartment on Robenna street around six a.m. Saturday morning where they found a deceased Davis.

Tomlinson is being held without bond pending his arraignment.

Weather Update: 5:00 PM Saturday

Current temperatures are in the mid 40s. Temps look to barely drop going into the overnight hours. Off and on rain has been across West Tennessee this afternoon and it’s expected to continue overnight tonight.

Roads don’t look to freeze, as temperatures stay around 40 degrees but there could be some slick spots as more rain pushes through tonight. It’s going to continue to be on and off rain as we head into Sunday.

Gloomy weather hangs on for the next few days, in fact. Sunday afternoon highs only reach back into the upper 40s. The rain continues to keep gloomy weather across the region. Temperatures start to warm up for the first half of the week as more rain pushes across the area along a series of frontal systems.

Once the last front pushes through Wednesday there is a small chance for some over night showers Wednesday and then temperatures drastically take a tumble. Overnight lows fall into the teens and 20s and afternoon highs on Thursday only stay in the 30s. Same for Friday. Some of us could reach 40 degrees but most of us look to remain chilly.

By the time we head into next weekend, we have the sunshine back but the cooler weather keeps our temperatures below average and in the 40s.

Chelsea Ambriz
VIPIR 7 Storm Team Meteorologist
Email – cambriz@wbbjtv.com
Facebook – facebook.com/chelseaambriz
Twitter – @WBBJ7Chelsea

Static Electricity Ornament

INGREDIENTS

  • Polystyrene Beads
  • Clear Plastic Craft Ornament

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1:  Remove the cap and hook from the clear plastic craft ornament. Fill the ornament one-fourth of the way with polystyrene beads. Place the cap and hook back onto the ornament.

STEP 2:  Rapidly shake the ornament and observe.

 

EXPLANATION
The polystyrene beads cling to the sides of the ornament due to static electricity, which is a buildup of an electric charge. Rapidly shaking the ornament builds up negative charges on the beads. These charges attract to the positive charges on the ornament, causing the beads to cling to the ornament. Go to www.hookedonscience.org for more experiments that might get you and your family “Hooked on Science.”

Weather Update- 9AM


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
Facebook – facebook.com/laineycatronwbbj7
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.

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