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Local entrepreneurs showcase their business ideas at Delta Challenge Pitch Competition

JACKSON, Tenn.-Area entrepreneurs get the chance of a lifetime to showcase their ideas to help launch their own businesses. Wednesday night, the Delta Regional Authority held its “Delta Challenge Pitch Competition” at Lane College. In a “Shark Tank”-type presentation, seven people had a chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of four judges. Organizers said winners will receive…

ATF investigating church fire in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is investigating a church fire in Memphis. Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says crews put out a fire at New Salem Fellowship Ministries church at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Cooke says no one was injured in the fire, which affected the rear of the church….

Mexican consulate, Memphis office of EEOC renew agreement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Mexican consulate in Atlanta and the Memphis office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have renewed an agreement to fight workplace discrimination against immigrants. Under the memorandum of understanding renewed Tuesday, the consulate and EEOC will work together to provide Mexican citizens with information, guidance and access to resources regardless of their immigration status….

Prosecutor: No federal charges in police killing in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor says a white Memphis police officer won’t face federal civil rights criminal charges in the shooting death of a 19-year-old black man. U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton told reporters Tuesday that a federal review found insufficient evidence in the July 2015 shooting of Darrius Stewart by Officer Connor Schilling. Stanton added that Schilling did not…

Jackson man charged with false imprisonment, assault

JACKSON, Tenn. — A Jackson man is arrested on a list of charges after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and held her against her will. Marty Chatman According to court documents, Marty Chatman’s ex-girlfriend told police he strangled her, hit her with his fist, broke her phone and refused to let her leave her apartment, even when a neighbor tried to intervene. Chatman…

JTA drivers compete in annual rodeo

JACKSON, Tenn.– The Jackson Transit Authority hosted their 27th annual JTA rodeo at the Jackson Generals ballpark Sunday. The drivers competed in several obstacle courses to show off their driving skills. Including driving through a cone course with a limited amount of time. drivers had to avoid knocking the cones over. Relatives and friends of the competing drivers were invited…

Cold Front Approaching West TN to Bring Glimpse of Fall

Weather Update- 10PM Temperatures have cooled down just a little bit, we will only get down to 65° tonight, but tomorrow it WILL feel a lot cooler!. There are some showers beginning to pop  up as this cold front pushes closer. We could even hear some rumbles of thunder in the area, but there is no significant threat as of…

West Tenn. Special Olympians compete in bocce ball tournament

JACKSON, Tenn. — Students athletes from around West Tennessee competed Friday for a chance to face competitors at the state level. Area high school-age Special Olympics athletes competed in a bocce ball tournament at North Side High School. Sixteen teams from Jackson-Madison County and McNairy County played to win the top spots in four divisions. The top two teams will travel to the state…

Police: Employee fatally shot supervisors at Tennessee plant

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a fatal shooting at an East Tennessee plant occurred while an employee was meeting with his supervisors. TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said on Friday that the investigation indicates 45-year-old Ricky Swafford became upset while talking with two supervisors at the Thomas & Betts Corp. plant and left the building before…

State releases county unemployment figures for August

JACKSON, Tenn. — County unemployment rates for August released Thursday show the rates decreased in 26 counties, increased in 58, and remained the same in 11. In Jackson, the unemployment rate is at 5.5 percent. In Madison County, the rate is 5.3 percent, both up from 5.1 percent in July. The statewide rate is up slightly at 4.4 percent. See the full report here.