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JSCC receives special designation for veterans resources

JACKSON, Tenn. — A local college continues to help student who have served our country. “As a veteran, I care about my veteran brothers and sisters,” Bobert Shumpert, a veteran and alumnus of Jackson State Community College, said. JSCC has been designated a VETS campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This means they have special resources specifically for their…

Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Kacie Howard

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery teaches in Henderson County. “I have always loved kids,” Kacie Howard said. Howard teaches fifth and sixth grade reading and language arts at Pin Oak Elementary School. Ever since she was little, this is what she wanted to do. “I can remember being in first or…

Pinwheels for Peace spin at Community Montessori School

JACKSON, Tenn. — Thursday is the International Day of Peace, and one local school chose a creative way to celebrate. “Conflict is not always solved with fighting,” Aidan DeSpain, a seventh grader at Community Montessori School, said. Pinwheels for Peace is a non-political way for students to show they stand for peace. This project started in 2005 by art teachers in…

Suspect in Toone double homicide appears in court

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. — One of the men charged in the February shooting deaths of Joe and Javarrie “JoJo” Roberts appeared Tuesday in court. Marquenton Williams is charged with first-degree murder in the case. According to an affidavit, another suspect, Jeremy Hamer, provided a statement to police saying Williams was involved in the planning of the murder. Hamer also said…

Madison County mayor applies for jail expansion grant

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Madison County Jail expansion project may be getting a little cheaper. “It’s an attempt to put programs together to help reduce our recidivism rate,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. On Monday, Madison County commissioners approved Mayor Jimmy Harris applying for a state grant to go toward part of the jail expansion project. “About 40 to…

USJ students celebrate national anthem

JACKSON, Tenn. — Thursday is the 203rd anniversary of the writing of the poem that would become the U.S. national anthem. One local school celebrated. “We’re celebrating our National Anthem Project,” Elizabeth Atkins, a music teacher at University School of Jackson, said. “It is something we like to do every year.” The National Anthem Project was started in 2005 as…

Award winning author, CEO speaks at Union University

  JACKSON, Tenn. — A local university had a special guest on campus Wednesday. “I want to reach as many people as possible while I’m here with the word of God,” Kay Arthur said. Arthur is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International. They help people understand the Bible for themselves here in the U.S. as well as countries all over…

Haywood Co. mourns loss of Sheriff Melvin Bond

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Residents of Haywood County are mourning to loss of someone known and loved by many.   Haywood County Sheriff Melvin Bond Haywood County Sheriff Melvin Bond passed away Monday night. Bond started his law enforcement career in 1989 and was first elected sheriff in 2002. Clinton Thomas, owner of T-shirt Plus in Brownsville, knew bond for over 30…

West Tenn. takes part in National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

  JACKSON, Tenn. — “We lose three Tennesseans every day to suicide,” Scott Ridgway, Executive Director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, said. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network wants to get that number down to zero. They held a conference Thursday where speakers shared tips about preventing suicide. “We want to help people to realize that there is hope out there,…

Lane College kicks off school year

JACKSON, Tenn. — Each Wednesday during the school year, Lane College comes together for chapel. It’s a time of reflection and prayer by students, staff and instructors for the college. But Wednesday’s chapel was a little different. “I’m excited to just be together as a community to celebrate coming together,” Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Deborah J. Rogers said….