Boy with rare, incurable disease asks for cards for birthday

UNION CITY, Tenn.—One West Tennessee boy with an extremely rare disease has a birthday coming up Saturday, and his community is coming together to brighten his special day. Bentley Betts is turning 6 on July 2, but life for Bentley has been anything but normal. He is fighting Batten disease, a neurological progressive disease that causes his brain to forget…

Savannah Bluegrass Festival kicks off 2 days of music

SAVANNAH, Tenn.-“Scottie Baugus and Boone Creek Band” is just one of the acts taking the stage at the 38th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival at Wayne Jerrolds River Park in Savannah this weekend. Hundreds came out to see them along with 6 other bands Friday night. Organizers said the 2-night festival features some of the best bluegrass music in the region….

Letters for Bentley Betts

If you would like to send Bentley a birthday card, or any kind of note, you can mail them to: Bravery for Bentley P.O. Box 504 Union City, TN 38281 Feel free to send him a card in the mail! To follow his story you can like his Facebook page, Bravery for Bentley.  

JFD’s “Life Safety House” officially opens

JACKSON, Tenn.-The Hub City training facility that WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News first told you about last month has officially opened its doors. The Jackson Fire Department’s “Life Safety House” features 3 different rooms, each of which offers a different experience that shows people what to do in dangerous situations, including a kitchen fire and a tornado. Friday, the house was…

Tennessee tourism campaign honored at international festival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee tourism campaign that used technology to customize videos for viewers has earned an award at the 63rd annual Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity in France. The Tennessee Vacation MatchMaker won a silver lion in the creative data category. It’s the second win in a row for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s advertising…

Tennessee Highway Patrol begins holiday enforcement

JACKSON, Tenn. — Thousands of people hit the highways Friday in the state of Tennessee. In hopes of keeping everyone safe, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is partnering with members of the Tennessee Trucking Association to educate drivers about how to share the road with the big rigs. The holiday weekend brings more drivers out on the highways. Just off I-40 east, THP…

‘Operation Big Squeeze’ aids Decatur County VFW

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — Lemonade was the drink of choice Friday across Decatur County, all a part of “Operation Big Squeeze.” For the second year in a row, local businesses did their best turning lemons into lemonade to support the local VFW. “I’ve seen several people get a cup of lemonade and a brownie and put $10 in the jar, so…

Firefighters Freedom Festival set for July 4 holiday

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — If you’re still looking for Fourth of July plans, thousands are set to flock to Madison County on Monday for the third annual Firefighters Freedom Festival. Preparations were underway Friday at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. Organizers say this year’s festival will feature more vendors, activities and three live bands. Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner says safety is their No. 1 priority….

4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say four young children in suburban Memphis have been fatally stabbed and their mother has been taken into custody. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham told reporters deputies were called to an apartment complex in the county shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. Oldham said they are working to notify the next of kin and won’t release…

Police ID robbery suspect shot, killed by officer

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a suspected bank robber shot and killed by a Fort Madison officer this week. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 37-year-old Lafayette Evans, of Nashville, Tennessee, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting followed a report around 10 a.m. Wednesday of a robbery at the Fort Madison…