WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Local artists spotlighted in showcase at The NED

JACKSON, Tenn. — The latest works for West Tennessee artists are on display at The Ned McWherter Performing Arts Center in downtown Jackson. The Jackson Art Association exhibit features creations ranging from acrylics to water colors to mixed media pieces.  The exhibit is held at least once a year.  It not only serves as a display for local art, but…

TBI confirms investigation into Gibson Police Dept.

GIBSON, Tenn. — Leaders in the small Gibson County town of Gibson made a decision that surprised some, Monday night.  Chief of Public Safety, Taylor Atkins, was fired.  Atkins confirmed their decision to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News.  However, he said he did not attend the meeting and is awaiting “official word.” Individuals who attended the meeting said Mayor Tony Black…

Severe Weather Likely Wednesday

Weather Update – 10:45 p.m. Monday A few showers are lingering in West Tennessee tonight. Most of the rain is light but could be heavy briefly as it moves east overnight. We’ll return to drier conditions tomorrow under cloudy skies. Temperatures will start in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s Tuesday morning but warm up to the mid…

TBI seeks suspect in 1980 cold case

STEWART COUNTY, Tenn. — The TBI is asking for help in a cold case double homicide investigation out of Stewart County. The bureau has released an artist’s sketch of the suspect. Officers believe he kidnapped Carla Atkins and Vickie Stout on Sept. 17 in 1980 as they walked to the store along State Route 79 in Dover. Witnesses said he was in a blue truck. The women’s bodies were found…

Commissioners approve settlement in Madison Co. nurse lawsuit

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — The County Commission approved a settlement in a lawsuit against the county during their Monday morning meeting. Two former nurses at the Criminal Justice Complex filed suit claiming between August 2013 and this August that they were not compensated for overtime, for being on-call and for lunch hours they had to miss. The commission voted to pay a combined $32,000…

Former Jackson officer’s assault sentencing delayed

JACKSON, Tenn. — A former Jackson police officer found guilty last month of a misdemeanor count stemming from a rape case will have to wait until the new year to learn his punishment. Lamont Gray was found guilty of assault by offensive touching during his November trial. A woman alleged Gray forced himself on her inside her apartment in April of 2014. Gray was…

City of Jackson announces holiday trash pickup schedule

JACKSON, Tenn. — Due to the upcoming holidays, the time your garbage will be picked up is changing. According to city of Jackson officials, trash normally picked up on Monday and Thursday will be changed to Monday and Wednesday, and residents who have their trash normally picked up on Tuesday and Friday will be changed to Tuesday and Thursday. For questions, please…

Man indicted on charge of impersonating FBI agent in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man has been indicted on charges of impersonating an FBI agent and illegally possessing a handgun while at a Jackson hotel. Steven Darnell Lancaster, 45, of Gaston, S.C., falsely claimed to be a special agent with the FBI on Nov. 23, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis. Lancaster also is accused of possessing…

Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

Weather Update – 3:45 p.m. Monday Scattered showers and thunderstorms are moving northeast through southwest Tennessee this afternoon resulting in heavy rainfall during this mild afternoon. Main points of focus in this forecast will be the threat for severe weather Tuesday night into Wednesday and the problems this could cause for traveling around the area for the holidays. Scattered storms…