WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Miss Tennessee volunteers step in to help contestants

JACKSON, Tenn. — Backstage at any pageant can be hectic, but even more so at the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. Nichole Lawrence works with the pageants and other volunteers, helping to get everything done behind the scenes. “We do this for these contestants to help them win and pay their way through school because that’s what these girls all want…

Little Caesars Love Kitchen visits RIFA, serves pizza to community

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Little Caesars Love Kitchen visited Jackson this week to help provide food for the community. The 45-foot truck is a kitchen on wheels that travels across the country cooking up pizza for those in need. The truck stopped Friday afternoon at Regional Inter-Faith Association, or RIFA, near downtown Jackson and served pizza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m….

BREAKING: At least 10 people involved in afternoon thefts from Academy Sports, police say

JACKSON, Tenn. — Police responded Friday afternoon to a report of several people taking merchandise from a local sporting goods store. Police responded to a call around 4:45 p.m. at Academy Sports + Outdoors in north Jackson. According to Jackson police, at least 10 people went into the store and took around $1,000 in merchandise. There is no description of…

East TN woman pleads guilty to leaving disabled man who later died

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to leaving a disabled man in a transport van where he died from hyperthermia and dehydration. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports 60-year-old Cliftina Jones pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Wednesday in the death of 60-year-old Carrie Lee Parkey Jr. He was “cognitively impaired and disabled.” She was…

Mugshots : Madison County : 6/21/18 – 6/22/18

1/15William Hurt Failure to appear Show Caption Hide Caption 2/15Eric Miles Driving on revoked/suspended license Show Caption Hide Caption 3/15Aiden Mitchem Unlawful drug paraphernalia, violation of community corrections Show Caption Hide Caption 4/15Byas Wofford Violation of community corrections Show Caption Hide Caption 5/15Cecil Besinger Violation of probation, failure to appear Show Caption Hide Caption 6/15Esther Graham Simple domestic assault Show…

TN Suicide Prevention Network asks for support for new license plate

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network has announced a new statewide licence plate, and they need pre-orders to make the plate a reality. The group shared the design of the plate Friday. TSPN must collect 1,000 order reservations before the plates can be made available, according to a news release. The license plate would be the first in the…

Reading program aims to prevent summer learning loss

JACKSON, Tenn. — A program is promoting student reading during the summer months to prevent learning loss. “Reading: A Recipe for Success” is a four-week program. They are partnered with Westwood Community Center. Students receive books, bookmarks, stickers and a chef’s hat. “We know unless reading is reinforced, that’s one of the first thing that we lose, and we know…