Author: Diamon O'Daniel

New EV charges come to Henderson

HENDERSON, Tenn. – Friday was a big day for Henderson as the first EV chargers were debuted and put to use.  Represented at the ribbon cutting was the City of Henderson,…

2023 Archeofest begins at Pinson Mounds

PINSON, Tenn. – Many groups of students went to visit a historical site and experience some traditions first hand. Archeofest at Pinson Mounds welcomed students to their sacred grounds on Friday.  “Our School Day Archeofest, and we're having all…

Gov. Lee joins leaders in Bolivar for brownfield bill signing

BOLIVAR, Tenn. -- Friday morning, Governor Bill Lee made a stop in Bolivar as part of the kickoff to his Statewide Conservation Tour. A press release states the tour highlights Tennessee’s conservation strategy and celebrates recent investments in state parks,…

Snapchat implements new safety protections for teens

JACKSON, Tenn. -- For most people, social media is used pretty regularly in some form, and those that are interacting with Snapchat can expect some updated safety measures. "Snapchat is meant…

Several fun events to take place this weekend

With a holiday weekend ahead, and good temperatures, WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Diamon O'Daniel has a fun roadmap planned out that you can take advantage of. If you are near the…

Educator of the Week: Melissa Miller

It's time to meet our Educator of the Week, brought to you by the Tennessee Lottery.   Melissa Miller, a fourth-grade math teacher at Arlington Elementary in Jackson, is our featured educator.…

Local students join the STEM cell donor registry

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- From books and lectures to being a personal hero to someone in need, these students are saying "Yes" to the cause. Freed-Hardeman University students Clark Endsley and…

American Idol live auditions are just days away

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Virtual auditions for "American Idol" are just days away from coming to a screen near you! Could you be the next American Idol? That's always the question contestants…

Tips on staying safe while online

Are you planning on taking any trips soon? Make sure to plan accordingly when it comes to using a secure network. Whether on vacation or out and about in a public space,…

Healthy job market attracts home buyers

With numerous opportunities emerging due to the influx of new companies into West Tennessee, the topic of housing has gained significant traction. Across the nation, mortgage rates are experiencing an…

JSCC president search comes to an end

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A special meeting was called forth by the Tennessee Board of Regents in order to vote on two pressing matters. The first was the review and recommendation of…

Assistance offered to flood victims as community recovers

UNION CITY, Tenn. -- Flooding changed an entire community as some residents were displaced from their homes, or could no longer use their cars due to damages. [caption id="attachment_1677727" align="aligncenter"…

Registration is open for an annual talent show

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local talent show is coming to a nearby town, and they are encouraging senior citizens to get involved and showcase their many talents. "We're asking for musicians, dancers, singers," said Whitney Billingsley, the City of…

GALLERY: Flooding around West Tennessee

Trenton On Haliburton Street in Trenton, the road was covered in water, making it impassable. "On a rainy day like today, it floods pretty much over the road. I mean nothing too bad. As you can see, it has…

Many counties see students return to classes

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. -- Summer is coming to an end, and classes have started for some counties in West Tennessee. After years of attending school during the pandemic, things have changed.…

WOW Wagon makes stop in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Have you ever been wowed by the power of a book? Well, this wagon has made it a mission to bring the joy of reading to children here…

Day Camp powers kids to grow their abilities

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Summer camps can be one of the highlights in a child's summer vacation, but this camp is empowering them not to just to have fun but to grow their…

Keeping your tires rolling in the summer heat

JACKSON, Tenn. -- It's summertime, and for a lot of people, that means traveling. For many, travel is done via a vehicle. And it's important to make sure you take the proper…

Events this weekend in West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A big weekend is coming up, with so many events celebrating, earning money for charitable causes, or providing places for the entire family to come out and spend time together. The first events on our weekend roadmap…

Flag Day, US Army’s birthday marked in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Many gathered in attendance at Liberty Park in Jackson in celebration of Flag Day and the US Army's 248th birthday. People could be seen with flags decorating their…

Ground broke on new 6K manufacturing company

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A new business is coming to the area. 6K is opening a manufacturing company in Madison County on James Lawrence Road, near the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. 6K specializes…

UPDATE: What we know on the shooting at Casey Jones Lane

UPDATE (6/16/23): Old County Store owner Brooks Shaw has shared an update regarding Sunday's shooting incident near Casey Jones Lane. According to Shaw, a review of video footage shows that "no one came from the woods behind Comfort Suites waving…

2 new businesses move into TheLOCAL in downtown Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- TheLOCAL in downtown Jackson has welcomed two new businesses to their circle of small businesses. Sprinkle Me Sugar welcomes customers to experience a French treat. "I want someone to come in here and I want to make…

Sales at ReStore helps house the community

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Jackson is a place that stays involved with the community in various ways. That includes giving homeowners and business owners a safe place to…

City launches new litter enforcement

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Trash, potholes and crime are some of the top issues that have been reported recently, and the City of Jackson directly addressed the issue of trash…

New school budget approved, benefiting local staff

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County School System's Board members and others from the community came together to discuss amendments to current budgets. JMCSS Superintendent Dr. Marlon King shared on the…

Active shooter training held at local university

MARTIN, Tenn. -- A drill mimicking real-life experiences took place on Thursday at a local campus. *Some of the images in this story may be disturbing to some* The University…

VIDEO: Grand Floats Parade held during 2023 Strawberry Fest

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. -- Crowds of people came with high expectations as an annual favorite returned Friday morning: the Grand Floats Parade at the Strawberry Festival! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CXL7y3GiI Even with the…

1st winner of CEG competition announced

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local business will have the opportunity to experience the delight of expanding. Four businesses, the City of Jackson, Boren & Boyd, the Bank of Jackson, and WBBJ-TV…

JMCSS provides needed support to students

JACKSON, Tenn. -- One team is pairing with the community to make a difference in the lives of students. The Jackson-Madison County School System Social and Behavioral Services team provides support to their…