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JMCSS asks city of Jackson to fund new school building

JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson-Madison County Schools are asking the City Council to pay for a new school. “I’m going to have an open mind, because I think we’re all in the business of education in a sense,” Councilman Johnny Dodd said. “Originally I was kind of opposed to it,” Councilman Randy Wallace said. “I feel like the county funds the education…

West Tennessee athletes compete in Special Olympics

JACKSON, Tenn. — Athletes from all over West Tennessee came to Jackson Thursday for the Special Olympics track and field events. “I’m ready to do the march and stuff, and I’m going to do the running and throwing,” Elijah Bailey, an athlete from Lexington High School, said. Students arrived by the bus load, registered for their events and then warmed…

UT Martin hopes to raise $300,000 in one day

MARTIN, Tenn. — “The old adage of ‘it’s better to give than receive’ is very, very, very true,” William Blankenship, a UTM alumnus, said. The University of Tennessee at Martin set a big challenge for themselves Wednesday — to raise $300,000 in just 24 hours. “It’s a good way to get a lot of people involved,” Blankenship said. “The idea…

Metal detector to add new layer of security at Madison Co. Courthouse

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Madison County Courthouse will soon have increased security. “It’s just a precautionary more than anything else,” Madison County Budget Chairman Doug Stephenson said. Monday night, Madison County commissioners approved new security measures to be installed at the Madison County Courthouse. The new X-ray machine will go at the north entrance of the building. “We already put numerous…

Youth Town presents Giraffe Awards for those who ‘stick their necks out’ for others

JACKSON, Tenn. — “This morning we have the opportunity to honor people that are constantly serving other people,” Pepper Pratt, executive director of Youth Town, said. Friday morning, Youth Town recognized those who work with children. The awards have a unique name for a special reason. “The giraffe has to do with those that stick their necks out for others,”…

Courthouse turns blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

McNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The McNairy County Courthouse might look normal in the daylight, but every night in April it’s turning blue. “We began this probably about two years ago,” McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks said. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Carl Perkins Center teams up with the courthouse to make this possible. “They do that at nighttime…

Jackson-Madison Co. NAACP Branch kicks off biggest fundraiser of year

JACKSON, Tenn. — Meatloaf and mashed potatoes weren’t the only special things cooking inside the Bakers Rack Wednesday morning. “This is the beginning of our Freedom Fund Banquet,” Jackson-Madison County NAACP Branch President Marshall Brooks said. “We come here to introduce ourselves and the purpose for what we’ll be doing.” This will be the 55th year for the NAACP’s Freedom…

Mobile Veterans Center rolls into Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. — “It’s about veterans helping veterans,” Frederick Smith, the Mobile Vet Center technician, said. The Mobile Vet Center, which provides resources for veterans, is touring all of the University of Tennessee Martin centers in West Tennessee. They made a stop Tuesday at the Jackson center, now located on Jackson State Community College’s campus. “They offer services dealing with…