Julia Ewoldt

Local man promotes support of healthcare workers

JACKSON, Tenn. -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, many people are thanking healthcare workers fighting to keep you safe. Friday, WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reporter Julia Ewoldt spoke…

Communities show thanks to healthcare workers

JACKSON, Tenn. -- People across the country are making sure healthcare workers, who are on the front lines of COVID-19, are getting the recognition they deserve. Papa John's Pizza is serving 200 meals a…

67 tested at first Madison County coronavirus drive-thru

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson and Madison County opened their first COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility Thursday, but the results were not what health officials expected. Health officials were prepared for hundreds of…

People, businesses offer activities over internet

JACKSON, Tenn. -- When story time gets cancelled, don't worry. There is someone is coming to the rescue. Ontoni Reedy, an elementary school teacher at Community Montessori School, is taking story time to the…

Midtown Jackson crash leaves one dead, four injured

JACKSON, Tenn.-- Jackson Police are investigating a fatal wreck. Police say one person died and four others were injured in the crash, involving two vehicles. It happened around 11:40 Monday night on North Highland Ave. near Otis St. The four…

Jackson streets empty as businesses close doors

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Businesses across the Hub City are starting to close. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reporter Julia Ewoldt got out to take a look around. "There's nobody around you. It kind…

Local shops offer alternatives to in-store shopping

JACKSON, Tenn. -- While we were all trying to social distance, shopping locally might be difficult, but luckily some local boutiques are making changes so you can still get your retail therapy in.…

Salvation Army to deliver food and supplies

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Good news is coming to local communities: The Salvation Army is delivering food. "We're here to spread some hope and positivity into the world," said Dillon Johnson, Salvation Army…

Local restaurants offer curbside service

JACKSON, Tenn. -- With health officials asking us to limit our time in public, people are wondering how you can still support local restaurants. Restaurants in Jackson that are normally packed are now mostly…

Country comes together through social distancing

JACKSON, Tenn. -- From hippos to Olaf, the world is coming together to make social distancing not friendship distancing. "Welcome to the Cincinnati Zoo. My name is Jennah. I am a keep in the…

Students begin transition to home-school format

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Students across West Tennessee are officially starting their new normal Tuesday, but how did they make it work? School, home, it may be hard to tell the difference right…

Changes COVID-19 could bring to community

JACKSON, Tenn. -- If someone is diagnosed with the coronavirus in Madison County, you'll likely know very quickly. "Once we are notified that we have a positive case in Madison County, we…

UTM students, faculty respond to campus restrictions

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The largest university in West Tennessee is sending students home amid coronavirus concerns. The UT Martin campus is usually buzzing with activity. Thursday, it was almost silent. "It's pretty…

Repaving of Jackson roads to begin in April

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The City of Jackson has officially begun plans to repave roads across the city. "We've had trailers go by here and lumber get thrown off the trailer. We've had…

Volunteers work to clear damage in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Roofs off of houses, debris littering sidewalks and even a church steeple laying on the ground. Despite the damage, the sound of Tennesseans living up to the name, the Volunteer…

Lexington high schooler earns full scholarship

LEXINGTON, Tenn. -- Karlee Willis got a life-changing surprise at school on Friday. "I've got to be honest. When Carla called me, I went into the office and started talking to one of…

Counties come together to search for 3 boaters

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two towns 130 miles apart are coming together to search for three missing fishermen and support their families. "We're not doing anything Obion County wouldn't do for us,…

Legislators gather to hear from West Tennesseans

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Three times a year, the Jackson-Madison County Chamber of Commerce gives people an open invitation to speak with their legislators. "We get a lot of ideas from folks, ideas from…

Local nonprofit looks back on record-breaking year

JACKSON, Tenn. -- What does it take to run one of the largest nonprofits in Jackson? "So our community outreach, our senior staples program, our food co-op, our food bank, snack backpack, school…

Lawsuit filed by Madison Co. sheriff to go to trial

JACKSON, Tenn. -- On Tuesday, Madison County filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Sheriff John Mehr filed against them. "The motion to dismiss is denied," Judge Bill Acree said. That decision…

Looking back on Madison Co. budget woes, lawsuit

MADISON CO., Tenn. -- The Madison County mayor and sheriff are set to meet in court Tuesday. The sheriff is suing the county for over $2 million, claiming they didn't give him enough…

Madison Co. Commission holds special-called meeting

JACKSON, Tenn. -- No votes were taken at Friday's special-called Madison County Commission meeting, but the county commissioners still spent over an hour discussing building a new Pope Elementary School and going…

Isaac Lane celebrates Black History Month

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Isaac Lane Elementary second grade teacher Dr. Calandra Williamson has worn a different t-shirt every day, representing a lesson in Black History. Thursday, she wore her sorority letters, Delta…

Officials rescue man saving pets in floodwaters

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Monday night, Hardin County Emergency Management were called to rescue someone who walked into the floodwaters near Pickwick Dam. "It was a close call. He could have easily…

Snow day brings the fun outdoors

JACKSON, Tenn. -- West Tennessee was a winter wonderland Friday morning, and with several schools out, it was the perfect time to get out and play. Whether it was throwing snowballs, making snow…

Officials share tips on helping kids fight flu

JACKSON, Tenn. -- According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 10 children have died from the flu this season in Tennessee, including one in West Tennessee. Now school districts across the area…

Subcommittee aims to be objective in funding nonprofits

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Madison County Commission is looking to be more objective in the way they give nonprofits money. "Should the county commission be supporting nonprofits?" Frank McMeen, president of the West Tennessee…

Man shot during alleged burglary appears in court

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Just six days after being shot in the stomach,  Immanuel Chism appeared Jackson City Court. He was shot while allegedly breaking into someone's home. "He admitted that he and…

Northside United Methodist votes to leave denomination

JACKSON, Tenn. -- One of Jackson's largest churches is breaking away from its heritage. Sunday night, Northside United Methodist Church voted to leave the denomination. Attorneys said the vote was an overwhelming 93.8…