JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson Christian is the first private school in the state to receive AdvancED STEM certification.

From left: Director of Academics Lisa Hickerson, STREAM Director Deanna Reid, Dr. Larissa Henderson and Catherine Prentis with AdvancED, STREAM Director Tami Myers, Director of Elementary Linda Bradford and Jackson Christian President Dr. Mark Benton

The school announced the certification Thursday. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The school achieved high scores in 11 indicators for the STEM Standard, according to a release from the school.

“AdvancED STEM Certification is a mark of distinction and excellence that provides institutions and programs within institutions a research-based framework and criteria for their awareness, continuous improvement and assessment of the quality, rigor and substance of their STEM educational programs,” the release states.

You can find more information about the school at www.jcseagles.org.

THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE QUIET FOR NOW, BUT LATER WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT AND SOME OF THE STORMS MAY BE SEVERE. THE GREATEST THREATS ARE WINDS, LARGE HAIL AND A CHANCE OF ONE OR TWO TORNADOES.  THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SHOULD COME TO AN END LATER TONIGHT AND TEMPERATURES WILL COOL.  TOMORROW HIGHS WILL BE IN THE UPPER 60S WITH MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES.

THE WEEKEND WILL BE MOSTLY SUNNY SATURDAY WITH A HIGH OF 73…SUNDAY COULD BE RAINY AND MOSTLY CLOUDY.  HIGH SUNDAY 75.

Gary Pickens-StormTeam 7 Forecaster

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the beating death of a 72-year-old cancer patient in West Tennessee.

In a statement released Wednesday, Haslam’s office said the reward is tied to the case of Anita J. Rieben.

Officials say Rieben was killed in her home in the Tipton County city of Munford in February 2016. She was found with blunt force trauma injuries.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Munford Police Department are investigating the case. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.-The head administrator for the West Tennessee State Veterans Home is leaving at the end of the week.

Greg Turnbo has been at the facility since 2006. He is leaving to take the job as administrator at another facility in Florida.
Turnbo said it is tough to say goodbye.

“It’s been a tough week, I’m gonna tell ya. Seeing my staff and saying goodbye and that sort of thing has been really tough,” said Turnbo.

“Gonna be a hard fit to get somebody to replace him that can fit into his shoes,” said  Edward Harries, executive director with the West Tennessee State Veterans Home.

Harries said it could take 2 weeks or 6 months to find a replacement.

DECATURVILLE, Tenn– The roar of chainsaws filled the air as a residents along Brooksie-Thompson Road in Decatur County clear debris.

“It happened so quick I don’t know what happened,” long-time resident Jimmy White said.

Just two days before an EF1 tornado with wind gusts up to 110 mph ripped through the town.

“I have been here since ’87 and this is the worse thing that has happened,” White said.

Neighbors are now clearing fallen trees and fixing roofs from the damaging storm system.

“I started out the door in the house and when I started out I heard a racket and I looked and the stuff was going down the porch,” White explained.

The wind from the storm was so strong that pieces of timber sit on top of tall trees in White’s yard after being blown around like tissue.

“I was lucky. My housetop didn’t get damaged,” White said.

Up the road, a New Testament Bible perched in a field of debris after a mobile home is wiped out. Neighbors said the owner was in the hospital during the storm and was released Tuesday morning with no home to return to.

“The best thing to do is like they tell you on the news and that’s get somewhere, get down and stay down until it’s over with,” White said.

But with the threat of yet another round of storms Thursday these storm victims are preparing to possibly get hit again.

“You don’t have very long to wait and in five minutes it will all be over with and be over with right quick, ” White described.

White said residents should invest in double pane windows. He said they helped save his life.

White said he believes repairing all the damage to his property will be quite costly.

Officials said luckily no injuries have been reported from the storm.

JACKSON, Tenn.-The Daybreak Toastmaster Club held a ribbon cutting in north Jackson, Wednesday.

The club has joined The Chamber to get their club’s name in the public’s ear. The Toastmasters help people overcome their fear of public speaking and they help improve your communication skills and open doors in your personal and professional life.

“When they look out into the crowd, they see people that they don’t know and they automatically shut down and we try to get them over the fear of people looking at them and actually communicate with them through words,” said Chad Hart, president of the Daybreak Toastmasters Club.

The club also helps develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn fosters self-confidence and personal growth.

 

JACKSON, Tenn — South Side took down rival North Side, 6-2.

JACKSON, Tenn — The Jackson Christian Lady Eagles jumped all over Sacred Heart, 18-0.

JACKSON, Tenn — The Adamsville Cardinals fought back from a one run deficit to win, 4-3 over TCA.

JACKSON, Tenn — The Riverside Panthers knocked off Jackson Christian, 2-0.

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