MCKENZIE, Tenn. — Last year the Mckenzie Rebels finished the season 5-6, this season head coach Wade Comer expects things to be much better as he returns a majority of his team.  He expects the seniors to lead the way and show the young guys how it’s done.  But just because he has a lot of players returning, he knows things won’t come easy. Especially since their schedule and region look a lot different from last year.

“Big difference I mean our regions got a whole lot tougher, you know we picked up Union City, Trenton, still got Adamsville and TCA so it’s going to be very competitive and you know we got to be ready to play,” Comer said.

The Rebels open up their season against rival Huntingdon, August 18th.

Weather Update 11:02 PM CDT:


It was steamy day across West Tennessee as air temperatures topped 97 to 100°F this afternoon. The Heat index, as expected topped 112-115 at times today. Unfortunately there were no isolated showers or storms to be found. In addition, it looks like the ridge will hold through much of this weekend. That means temperatures will be just as warm tomorrow as they were today. Highs will be in the upper 90s with Heat Index in the 106-110 range again Saturday Afternoon.

Thankfully, after this weekend, the main ridge will start to break down. That will allow a cold front to drop into the Tennessee Valley early next week and ramp up rain chances. Until then we’re stuck in the crock pot for a couple more days.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of West Tennessee until 8:00 PM CDT Sunday. An excessive heat warning is in effect for Lake, Obion, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby County until 8:00 PM Saturday evening at 8:00 PM.

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Police responded Friday evening to a crash on the 45 Bypass in north Jackson.

The two-vehicle crash occurred just after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of the 45 Bypass and Channing Way. One vehicle was overturned in the roadway.

Police say there were no serious injuries and that no one was transported from the scene.

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Two men charged in a home invasion in Carroll County that sent an elderly woman to the hospital returned to court on Friday.

Dakota Baggett, left, and James Hill

The cases against Dakota Baggett, 25, of Waverly, and James Hill, 36, of New Johnsonville, now head to the grand jury. “Court rules that the state has established probable cause against each defendant,” Carroll County General Sessions Judge Larry Logan said.

The two men are accused of attacking a 96-year-old woman June 19 at her home on McKee Levee Road. “He’s the gentleman sitting back there in the back,” Myron Butler, the alleged victim’s cousin, said.

Butler testified Baggett held him and the alleged victim’s daughter, Janet Ross, at knife point when they came home. “He said I don’t want to have to hurt you,” Butler said.

According to an affidavit, the suspects are accused of duct taping the elderly woman then hitting her in the head and facial area with a small bat. Investigators said the woman also suffered a deep knife laceration to her forearm, according to court documents.

Investigator Adam Meggs with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office testified he found a baton at the scene. “It came from a burglary in an antique store in Dickson, Tennessee,” Meggs said.

Meggs said Baggett and Hill are suspects in that break-in.

Plus, Meggs said one of the men tried to cash checks belonging to the elderly woman and her daughter.

Logan said the cases against Baggett and Hill are scheduled to go before a Carroll County grand jury in September.

“I expected it based on what proof we have,” Assistant District Attorney Carthel Smith said.

Attorney Benjamin Dempsey represents Baggett. “My client’s presumed to be innocent, and he looks forward to his day in court,” he said.

Attorney Seth Segraves represents Hill. “Obviously this is a long process, and this is the first step in that process.”

The clerk’s office said Hill and Baggett are both being held in lieu of $250,000 bond each. They’re scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. Sept. 11.

The men face a variety of charges including criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, especially aggravated kidnapping, and more.

Investigators said they believe after this attack, the two went to Humphreys County and committed a similar crime involving another elderly victim.

JACKSON, Tenn. — After 43 years of working for the FBI, as a private attorney and as district attorney general, Jerry Woodall is retiring.

“Well he has done all these years what he loves doing,” Ann Woodall, Jerry Woodall’s wife, said. “He’s always for law enforcement. He’s always the guy wearing the white hat.”

Friends, family and colleagues came together Friday to celebrate Jerry Woodall. He got his start in law enforcement working for the FBI.

“It was the best opportunity for me to do something I had never done before and go places I had never been before,” District Attorney General Jerry Woodall said.

Once Woodall left the FBI, he went into private practice in Memphis and then became an assistant attorney general in Jackson before becoming district attorney general. He says that over the past four decades he’s seen the hurt that victim’s families can go through and that there’s no “I” in law enforcement.

“Not one person can get the job done,” Woodall said. “It takes everyone working together, and I have enjoyed that team concept.”

Woodall also has some tips for anyone wanting to get into law enforcement or wanting to become an attorney.

“Approach everything with intensity, with accuracy and with completeness,” Woodall said.

No matter what role Woodall has been in over the past four decades, he says he has loved every minute of it.

“It’s gone by in a hurry, but I would’ve hated to have missed it,” Woodall said.

His last day will be July 31. He and his wife plan to move to Nashville to be closer to family.

MARTIN, Tenn. — It was a first-ever for the University of Tennessee at Martin.

School officials met with city leaders not to talk about recruiting students but how they can grow our communities.

“To know the state’s college is behind our economic growth says a lot,” said Frank Tate, who serves on the industrial development board in McKenzie.

He said it’s important UT Martin wants to help in the areas where their students will work someday.

“It’s invaluable that we can have regional partnership, because if one community grows, the others are going to succeed as well,” he said.

New to UT Martin himself, Chancellor Keith Carver said he doesn’t want the areas around the school to just be places to recruit students.

“This is really an opportunity for me to get folks in one large setting and really hear about what’s happening in their areas,” he said.

Carver said the goal of the meeting was to get to know the economic development leaders in the area and find common goals they all share.

“When areas are looking to grow or industry is looking to come in, maybe some intellectual capital that we have could help, or some expertise through our faculty,” he said.

Carver said it’s part of the university’s mission to spur economic development in West Tennessee.

“I just remember how special this place is and how special West Tennessee is,” he said. “I want to make sure we are doing our job to be good citizens.”

Chancellor Carver said he hopes this meeting will be the first of many. He plans to host an economic development team meeting at least twice a year.

JACKSON, Tenn. — With the heat index making it feel like 104 degrees Friday, staying hydrated is very important, especially for kids.

According to United Healthcare of Tennessee, the surface area of a child is smaller than in adults and their sweat glands are not fully developed, making it harder for their bodies to keep cool.

Doctors say to hydrate kids one to two hours before going outside and then again 15 minutes before they go outdoors.

“Then once they’re outside, every 20 to 30 minutes, even if they don’t feel thirsty, have them drink a glass of water,” said Dr. Peter Gardner, medical director at Physicians Quality Care in Jackson. “As a general rule, less than 10 years of age half a glass, over 10 years of age a full glass of water.”

Gardner also says to avoid being outside from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as those are the hottest parts of the day here in West Tennessee.

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. — The Hardeman County Community Health Center held their back-to-school bash Friday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there were bounce houses, corn hole and many more games for children from birth to 18 years old.

The health center also gave away back-to-school items such as backpacks and school supplies. They had snow cones and all sorts of snacks available, but the main attraction was the child wellness benefits.

“The children can come out and get their well-child exams if they haven’t had them yet this year and shots they need for school,” Hardeman County Community Health Center CFO Linda Lovelace said.

The sheriff’s department was also there to demonstrate how to properly install car safety seats.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Registration is now open for all schools in the Jackson-Madison County School System.

Students who are new to the district as well as students who moved into a new school zone over the summer must register at the school they are zoned to attend, according to a release from the school system.

Registration takes place in school offices during normal office hours.

Parents should bring the following:

– Parent’s photo ID (driver’s license)
– Student’s birth certificate
– Student’s updated shot records
– Three (3) current proofs of residency for parent (utility bill, phone bill, lease or mortgage statement, voters registration card, credit card bill)

For new kindergartners and students new to Tennessee ONLY: current school physical

School leaders says it is important that all students are registered at their zoned school prior to the first day of school, which is Aug. 4.

The school system is also accepting applications for the district’s magnet programs.

In schools and grade levels where there is available space, students will be accepted, the release states. Otherwise, the student’s name will be added to their desired school’s wait list.

Students must first be accepted under open enrollment before they can register at their desired school. You will be notified if your student is accepted. At that point, you can register at your school.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A juvenile is now facing a homicide charge in a deadly north Jackson shooting.

A 16-year-old male faces a homicide charge in the July 13 shooting death of 21-year-old Michael Jerod Harris, according to a release from the Jackson Police Department.

Police responded around 4:50 a.m. July 13 to the shooting on East University Parkway where they found Harris had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

The juvenile is being held without bond at the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

He is expected have an initial appearance and detention hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Madison County Juvenile Court.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call Jackson police at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477).

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