NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lottery officials say Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing created 55,962 winning tickets in Tennessee, including two worth $50,000.

One of those winners was sold in Munford in Tipton County, according to a release from the Tennessee Education Lottery. The other was sold in Ooltewah in East Tennessee.

The $435 million winning jackpot ticket was sold in Indiana, according to the release.

No details about winners are available until they claim their prizes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn’t ruling out a future run for U.S. Senate.

Gov. Bill Haslam

The Republican’s comments came in response to a question at a Tennessee Press Association luncheon Wednesday. He also told reporters that a possible Senate bid isn’t something he’s been spending a lot of time thinking about.

Haslam, who cannot seek re-election in 2018 due to term limits, said he really doesn’t know what he’s going to do next. He said governor and U.S. senator are two really different jobs.

Haslam said at this point, he’s “kind of in love” with what he’s doing as governor.

The comments could further fuel speculation that Sen. Bob Corker could run for governor next year, or Sen. Lamar Alexander could retire after his term ends in 2020.

DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS WILL ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH TODAY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON CONTINUING INTO THE EVENING HOURS AS A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE REGION.  A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME.  TEMPERATURES WILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH FRIDAY WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE MID 70S TO NEAR 80 DEGREES.

EXPECT DRY AND COOLER WEATHER OVER THE WEEKEND.  AFTERNOON HIGHS WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE 50S WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS NEAR FREEZING BY SUNDAY MORNING.  RAIN CHANCES RETURN TO THE FORECAST EARLY NEXT WEEKWITH TEMPERATURES WARMING BACK INTO THE 60S AND 70S.

Gary Pickens-StormTeam 7 Forecaster

email: gpickens@wbbjtv.com

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — With a little under a month until their first game, the Jackson Christian Lady Eagles are grinding away with their senior class to make sure they send them out the right way.

The seniors haven’t made a trip to state since their 8th grade year. This year, they’re trying to change that.

“Working really hard and doing things different than we did last year, like playing more as a team, talking more and just working really hard,” Sophie Dunavant said.

With a few seniors returning, they feel this is their year, assistant coach Chad Shelton said.

“We got a lot of good defensive players, a lot of good offensive players, so we’re really excited about this year and how far we can go,” Shelton said.

CROCKETT COUNTY — The investigation that led to Calvin Fields’ federal indictment started in January. When Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce said suspicions were raised about what his then-deputy was doing while on duty.

“Came to our attention there may be some issues involving Officer Fields,” Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce said. “We didn’t really think it was much to it but we had to look in to it anyway.”

Klyce asked the FBI and Drug Task Force to lead the investigation, which uncovered evidence, he said, showed Fields was not the officer he thought he was. On February 13, while on duty, Kylce said Fields was caught on camera providing security in his patrol car while cocaine was being delivered to undercover federal agents. Investigators said he was armed with his department-issued .40 caliber pistol at the time.

“Officers are human they make mistakes, and sometimes they just make real bad ones,” Klyce said.

According to Klyce, Fields was hired in October 2014 as a jailer then prompted that December to deputy. Sheriff Klyce said this is something he never expected.

“No absolutely not, he’s been a great officer,” Klyce said. “Never had a write up. Everybody here just really thought a whole lot of him, and still do.”

The sheriff said only a select few knew about the investigation into Fields, which he said was tough but the right thing to do.

“Actually, it would have been easy to terminate him on policy violations a month ago,” Klyce said. “But with something of this magnitude, it was important that we pursue it to the end.”

Fields made his first court appearance, Tuesday and will return before a federal judge Thursday morning for his bond hearing. Fields was indicted on two counts. One for drug distribution and the other a weapons charge. If convicted he faces a minimum of 5 years in prison, but could be sentenced to life behind bars.

JACKSON, Tenn. — A three-car collision in north Jackson backed up traffic, Wednesday evening.

The wreck happened just before seven at the intersection of Oil Well Road and Steeplechase Drive.
First responders had to help the drivers get out of their cars after the wreck. Two drivers were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. However, officials say their injuries did not appear to be serious.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Dozens come out Wednesday night, angry over what they say are constant increases in their utility bills.

The group gathered at Unity Temple to talk about the amount they are billed by JEA.
They said they are planning to protest if they do not get answer from the utility about why their bills keep going up.

Some people said they are paying more for utilities every month than they do to keep a roof over their heads.

“The message is to realize that we’re human beings, we are trying to survive, and we cannot survive paying higher utility bills than we’re paying in mortgage and in rent,” said Tawanna Coleman, a concerned JEA customer.

JEA has a planned meeting scheduled for March 9 to answer customers’ concerns.

 

 

JACKSON, Tenn.-An increase to your utility bill could be headed your way, if you live in Jackson.

The budget advisory committee met Wednesday night, voting to recommend an increase to the storm water fee to the entire Jackson city council. If passed by the council, it will affect all residents and businesses in the Hub City.

The committee said the increase, which could mean an extra 1 million-plus dollars a year, is needed to fund maintenance to the storm water system.

“The people are expecting the city to fix those problems and it’s got to be paid for somehow, so we figure the best way to have people pay for it would be the ones that actually use the services,” said Randy Wallace, committee chairman.

The committee hopes to have the fees implemented by the beginning of 2018.

 

MILAN, Tenn. — A man wanted on at least one violent charge is on the run, and Milan police hope you can help them find him.

Stephen Farrow

Police say Stephen Farrow, 37, is wanted on counts of aggravated robbery and felony theft.

Officers said if you spot him, do not approach him but call Milan police at 731-686-3309.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-One of the state’s 10 most wanted is in custody after the TBI said he was captured in Louisiana.

Keithandre Trevon Murray was arrested Wednesday by deputies in Monroe, Louisiana where he has relatives.
Murray was wanted by the Macon County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department and TBI in connection with two recent homicides.

He is being held without bond pending extradition.

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