JACKSON, Tenn. — Sunday sure was a great night for baseball.

We stopped by the Generals Ballpark for their game against Biloxi. They haven’t had much luck this week against the Shuckers, losing their last three out of four games, but fans we spoke with say, win or lose, they enjoy coming to support their local team.

“We’re having a good time. We just like to come, and Sunday night is just a good night to come and relax and have a good time, watch the Generals play,” said game attendee Deborah Maxwell.

The Generals were determined to end on a good note however, staying ahead of Biloxi the entire game, and ending with a final score of 6 to 2 Generals. The next game for Jackson will be Monday night in Pensacola against the Blue Wahoos.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Fair Grounds had animals from all over the world on display today.  Shoppers could walk around and see everything from birds, to snakes and even monkeys.

Caitlyn and Ashley Davis bought a bird today and named her Alex.  They couldn’t wait to get her home and start taking care of her.

“Letting her fly around and playing with her and letting her love on your nose,” Ashley said.

The Expo went on all weekend.  They also had toys, food and habitats for sale to go along with your new pet.

The next Exotic Pet Expo will be October 14 and 15.

JACKSON, Tenn. — We’re just hours away from the eclipse, and people from all over are traveling and making last minute plans.

It’s all for that two and a half minutes of partial totality.

“I wanted to see one my whole life and there hasn’t bee one, so we’re pretty excited,” said Chris Lyons, a traveler from Dallas.

“I’m excited to see it, I’ve never seen a solar eclipse so its going to be really awesome,” said Caitlyn Finn.

“I think I’m really excited to share the experience with my son,” said Katie Long, a traveler from Louisiana.

It’s safe to assume by the time Monday morning rolls around, any major road in the path of the eclipse will be tied up.

“We’ve been on the road for about 14 hours for a 10 hour trip,and we have a couple hours left,” said Long.

People coming in and trying to get around, all to get the best show.

Even if their final destination isn’t in West Tennessee, Michael Welch with the Tennessee Department of Transportation says they will be driving through it.

“We are expecting high volume traffic through the weekend up until probably Tuesday,” he said.

Cliff Threadgold and his family drove all the way from California to see the eclipse in Nashville.

“Back in 2010, I was thinking when the the next solar eclipse was going to happen, and I said I have to be a part of it, no matter where it is,” he said.

By the end of the trip, Threadgold will have traveled hundreds of miles, and says he would do all over again.

“We have been planning it for a good long time, and now that were finally on the road it’s really exciting to see it all happen,” he said.

The eclipse will be here around 1:24 p here in West Tennessee.

JACKSON, Tenn. — College graduates came together this evening to support their Alma Mater.

Lane college kicked off it’s first alumni meeting of the year with a welcome back barbeque. Door prizes and food were given out throughout the meeting.

Organizers say the goal was to get more people interested in becoming a member.

Classes start on Monday for lane college students.

JACKSON, Tenn.— “Today in Jackson, we brought a little pop culture to Jackson you could say,” Marc Ballard, Owner of Comic City Conventions, said.

The Carl Perkins Civic Center was a comic book fan’s dream this weekend.  The traveling show had everything from comic books, to signed pictures and even armor you could customize.  They also have celebrities come to the event.  This year Jackson Bostwick, who played Shazam on TV from 1974-1980, was there.

“People come in, fans come in, wanna buy a picture, comic book, something like that, i’ll sign it for them and so forth,” Bostwick said.

People from all over West Tennessee came came out to the convention today.  They say this is a unique way to get people with a common interest to come together.

“I like coming together with fellow nerds to talk about series and art and everything,” Dee Jackson, a Savannah native, said.  “Cause you know there’s not alot of people that can connect on that level with things that you’re really passionate about, so that’s a pretty nice aspect of it.”

Others were excited to see what they would discover at the different booths.

“I love these things. it’s fun,” Kat and Travis Farmer, Dyersburg natives, said.  “All the different goodies you can find. The toys and the cards and the comics. Unique stuff you just wouldn’t normally find at your regular Walmart, show, or anything like that.”

Even though some people might look a little different at these conventions, don’t let that fool you about what they can do.  One vendor, dressed as Ursula, loves to write and was challenged by a friend to try to National Novel Writing Month.

“The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. that’s technically a novel,” Robin Burks said.  “I mean there’s alot of work that comes after that, but I did it and that’s actually how my first book was born.”

At the end of the day, someone would win $1,500 in prizes that spanned four 8 foot long tables.

Weather Update –11 :00 p.m. Sunday

TONIGHT:

Dropping through the 80’s the rest of this evening with mostly clear skies and humid & muggy conditions…Beyond Dark, Patchy fog and calm winds with a low of 72 degrees by early Monday morning.

Monday At The Bus Stop

Monday brings an ECLIPSE! Monday also brings a slight rain chance, but, any rain would come in the form of a small short lived shower/storm. If you are one of the unlucky ones, it should be a situation to where you could drive to another area close by and get a view of the Eclipse. Any storms will be very isolated and scattered with clearing areas in between. Most areas look OK to get that view! 

  • A cold front will bring up the rain chances in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday. A big cool down comes in behind the resulting front making for great weather Wednesday evening through next weekend!

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

Brian Davis
Storm Team 7  Meteorologist
Twitter – @Brian7wbbj
Facebook –@Meteorologist Brian Davis 
Email – Badavis@wbbjtv.com

 

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE FORECAST

West Tennessee will be treated to a rare 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 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in West Tennessee. That may still change, however, so stay tuned for updates!

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — During all the Friday night football action, the Riverside Panthers took some time to remember a fallen player and classmate.

Friday night a bronze panther statue was unveiled in memory of Mason Keen, who was killed in a car wreck in March.

The statue is placed outside where the players enter the stadium before the game.

Mason’s name is carved on the brick pedestal where the panther stands in his honor.

JACKSON, Tenn — With two weeks before the Lane College Dragons hit the field, the team talked about getting more wins to get more fans in the seats.

Head Coach Derrick Burroughs says the 5-5 record in 2016 was disappointing and that team could have won two or three more games.

This season lane is working with only a few returners on defense but is loaded on offense with 10 of 11 returning players. Coaches and players say winning more games is the goal this season and to put Lane College on the map in the conference.

“I don’t think that’s what we’re all here for, to be average,” Lane Head Football Coach Derrick Burroughs said.  It’s very easy to be average. I don’t expect that from our football team. We want to be better than average.”

“I plan to run the table,” Lane running back Marcus Holliday said. “For all the teams in the SIAC, we coming for y’all. Y’all put us 4th, its all good though.”

The Dragons season opener will be on the road on September 2nd at Texas College for the CME Classic. They return to Jackson for their home opener on September 23rd against Clark-Atlanta University.

 

HENDERSON, Tenn. — Summer is winding down, and new college students are preparing to move on campus.

It was the start of a busy weekend at Freed-Hardeman University as nearly 400 students moved into the residence halls, ready to begin a new journey.

Identical twins and incoming freshmen Claire and Katie Morris were greeted by upperclassmen, ready to help move them into their  dorms.

“I’m ready to get to know people and make new friends and connections,” Katie Morris said.

“It’s called ‘Welcome Home,’ and I definitely feel like we’ve been welcomed home here,” Claire Morris said.

President of the university David Shannon says this year’s class is made up of students from all over the country, and it is important to make them feel at home.

“I met students from California, Texas and Michigan as well as states all around Tennessee,” Shannon said. “So this is going to be home for them. We are thankful for that.”

New students and parents were invited to a welcome barbecue where they could learn more about the university and what Henderson has to offer.

“They can learn about garages because parents like to know there is a place to get their student’s cars fixed and clinics, things like that,” Director of Alumni Donna Steele said.

But Shannon said one thing is most important.

“We want them to know this is a place they can come, and they can belong,” said Shannon. “They will be loved, and whatever their potential is, we’re going to help them meet that.”

Classes start Aug. 23 for students.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Girl Scouts have been teaching leadership skills to young girls for more than 100 years.

Today, Girl Scouts in the Hub city put together a recruiting event to introduce girls and their families to the fun.
Those who went had a chance to explore the Casey Jones Railroad Museum, enjoy refreshments, and learn about becoming a scout.

Girl Scout Sarah Kirk said, “Girl scouts is a huge experience in general. It’s a great experience especially for younger girls to learn some responsibility and things like that but also have a ton of fun doing it.”

Kirk said the mission of girl scouting is to build courage, confidence and character.

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