WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Student accused of bringing pellet gun to Jackson-Madison Co. middle school

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — A student at a Jackson-Madison County middle school is in trouble with the law after the sheriff’s department says he brought a pellet gun to school. Madison County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom Mapes says a male student at Northeast Middle School was taken into custody Monday after students told school staff he had a gun in his backpack….

WEATHER UPDATE

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH TONIGHT.  RAIN AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMPANY THIS STORM SYSTEM BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.  A FEW STORMS MAY REACH SEVERE LIMITS THIS EVENING ACROSS NORTH MISSISSIPPI.  IN ADDITION, SOME SNOW MAY MIX WITH THE RAIN AT TIMES LATE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY ACROSS…

Man accused of threatening officers returns to court

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn.-A Decatur County man suspected of threatening officer’s lives, then fleeing into Kentucky returned to court Monday. According to District Attorney General Matt Stowe, Scotty Priest was assigned a public defender. Priest faces multiple felonies, including an attempted terrorism count after officers said he made a number of threats against law enforcement officers earlier this month.

Year-round school plan for JMCSS put on ‘back burner’

JACKSON, Tenn.-An element of the proposed ‘Vision 2020’ reorganization plan. Year-round school has been put on the back burner until the 2017-18 school year…that is according to Jackson-Madison County Schools Superintendent Verna Ruffin. The original vision plan was to implement the extended school year for kindergarten through third grades at Isaac Lane and Arlington Elementaries, starting this fall. Dr. Ruffin…

Country singer Sonny James dies at age 87

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country singer Sonny James, who recorded romantic ballads like “Young Love” and turned pop songs into country hits, has died. He was 87. James, whose given name was James Loden, died Monday in a Nashville hospice facility, according to a family friend, Gary Robble, who was also the lead singer of James’ backing band, the Southern…

Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis best for female-led firms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville and Chattanooga have been ranked the two best cities in the country for women-owned businesses, and Memphis comes in at No. 4 in a nationwide analysis released Monday. The rankings come from financial website WalletHub, which looked at the business climate for female-led firms in the 100 most-populated areas in the country. The Nashville Davidson…

Senate votes to direct AG to sue over refugee settlement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate has passed a resolution directing Tennessee’s attorney general to mount a legal challenge to the federal refugee resettlement program. The chamber voted 27-5 on Monday to pass the resolution despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam raising “reservations” last week about the Legislature trying to instruct the attorney general to sue. The governor said he…

Corker kicks off ‘End It’ week aimed at combating slavery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is kicking off “End It” week to draw attention to efforts to combat slavery and human trafficking around the world. Corker attended a rally at Belmont University in Nashville on Monday featuring recording artists, activists and law enforcement officials who support the effort. Corker said that the estimated 27 million people…

State Senate votes to nullify Nashville’s local hiring rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state Senate has voted to nullify a local hiring requirement approved by Nashville voters last year. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of neighboring Williamson County was approved on a 27-5 vote on Monday. Johnson said the measure discriminates against workers living in surrounding counties. The ballot measure that earned 58 percent…