Julia Ewoldt

Mask mandate possible as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

JACKSON, Tenn. -- West Tennessee Healthcare's chief physician executive says Jackson-Madison County General Hospital can handle 50 COVID-19 patients at one time. "It's doubled on us in the past week, or over-doubled…

JMCSS welcomes new superintendent Dr. Marlon King

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The community welcomed new superintendent Dr. Marlon King to Jackson-Madison County Schools Wednesday. Hundreds of people showed up to welcome King on his first day at his new school…

Local firework sales continue amid pandemic cancellations

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- The American Pyrotechnics Association says 80% of Fourth of July celebrations across the country have been canceled. In West Tennessee, it seems the 244-year-old tradition isn't completely stopping because…

Bemis native fills gaps in family history

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Up until recently, the farthest Greg Hammond from Bemis could trace his family's history back was with the help of his grandfather who told him the story of his…

Local universities plan for fall semester

JACKSON, Tenn. -- What will college look like in the fall? That's what many people are asking. There are nine higher education institutions in the area, and each one has a different plan…

Jackson police investigate shooting at Casey Jones Motel

JACKSON, Tenn.-- The Jackson Police Department confirms there was a shooting at the Casey Jones Motel early Friday morning. They said it happened around 5 a.m. Police said one person was injured, and they were taken to the hospital. WBBJ…

City of Jackson hires attorneys to audit Generals spending

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A last minute addition to the June City Council agenda: hiring the Crone Law Firm from Memphis to look into the city's dealings with the Jackson Generals under former Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. "I've spent a couple…

Local police officer raises awareness with poetry

MILAN, Tenn. -- Events across the country are prompting some to protest and others to express themselves. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Julia Ewoldt listened to a poem from a local police…

Redemption Road Rescue welcomes Bart the steer

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Meet Bart, the Holstein steer. "He's the biggest baby you've ever met. He's a big love," Lori Collins, director of Redemption Road Rescue, said. But what makes Bart so…

Customers rush to shop as TJ Maxx, Marshalls reopen

JACKSON, Tenn. -- More stores are reopening as Jackson and Madison County ease coronavirus restrictions, and shoppers are anxious to get their retail therapy in. TJ Maxx and Marshalls haven't let people…

Jackson gyms reopen with new safety guidelines

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Gyms across the state are reopening for business, but you're going to notice a few changes when you get inside. "That's our main concern, is we want to keep…