WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Union vote certified at Volkswagen plant in TN

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. The German automaker has said it will challenge a ruling that allowed the 162 workers who repair and maintain machinery and robots at the Chattanooga factory to seek to form their…

Man killed in ultralight crash near Benton

BENTON, Tenn. (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving an ultralight aircraft near Benton. Media outlets report that the crash happened Saturday at the Chilhowee Gilderport, killing pilot Gary Church. Sheriff Steve Ross says the two-seater aircraft went down around 12:30 p.m. Witnesses say the glider hit a patch of air causing it to veer…

AR asks EPA to designate county as meeting standards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas is asking the federal government to designate Crittenden County as meeting federal ozone standards, a move officials say will help boost economic development in the region. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday asked the EPA to redesignate the county as in attainment of federal ozone standards. In the letter, Hutchinson said that the county has…

Suspect in councilman’s shooting arrested in MS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville authorities say a man suspected in the November shooting of Metro Councilman Loniel Greene has been arrested in Mississippi after an unrelated incident. In a news release Monday, Metro police said that 19-year-old Brandon Hunt-Clark was arrested in Grenada, Mississippi, where he’s facing a charge of armed robbery. Authorities say he is accused of robbing…

Witnesses: Officer shot man as he tried to run

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Two witnesses to the fatal shooting of a black Memphis man by a white police officer said 19-year-old Darrius Stewart was shot while trying to run away, although the medical examiner said the two were no more than 4 feet apart. According to an investigative file released Tuesday, several people witnessed parts of the July 17…

Officials ID body found in woods as Army vet

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials have identified a body found in Tennessee last week as a missing Army veteran from Clarksville. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the remains found in a heavily wooded area Thursday in Palmyra were identified as 30-year-old Melissa Sue Napier, formerly Woodruff. Napier’s cause of death hasn’t yet been determined….

Man charged in Memphis officer death faces federal charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer is facing federal charges. Police say 30-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn shot Officer Sean Bolton several times in August while Bolton was attempting to detain him. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III said Wilbourn is now charged with armed carjacking and felony…

Plane landing skids off runway, injuring 8

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a plane has rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels said in an email Tuesday night that Flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville went off the taxiway around 5:20 p.m. as it approached the arrival gate. She said the 133 passengers and five…

Express Employment Professionals give local kids early Christmas

JACKSON, Tenn. — Christmas came a littler early for children Tuesday morning at Isaac Lane Technology Magnet Elementary School. Express Employment Professionals has been hosting an Angel Tree at the school since 2009. Express allows their employees, clients and friends to adopt an angel and give clothes, toys and school supplies to underprivileged kids at the school. “It’s not just about the gifts….