Stephanie Fernandez

City officials speak on weekend protests

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Protests erupted for the sixth day across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Even right here…

Discovery Park reopens following temporary closure

UNION CITY, Tenn. -- Discovery Park of America, which attracts 250,000 people annually, has a 50 acre heritage park and a 100,000 square foot museum that educates the public about history, nature, military history,…

Bruceton-Hollow Rock holds parade for seniors

BRUCETON, Tenn. -- A local high school is celebrating their seniors with a parade. A drive-by graduation was held for seniors at Bruceton-Hollow Rock Central High School. The parade started at the high school and led all the way to…

Redemption Road Rescue hosts adoption event

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A nonprofit organization that is aimed at rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing horses in need is inviting animal lovers to come out and adopt after being closed due to the…

USJ celebrates students with outdoor graduation

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local school is celebrating their class of 2020, but all in a unique way. University School of Jackson celebrated the class of 2020. Saturday was the students' graduation from the school. Head of School, Stewart Hirstein…

High school students receive scholarships

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Saturday, six students received the Jerome Ellington Scholarship Award, each worth $500. The presentation was held at Muse Park. The event was organized by Norma Ellington. Her son, Jerome Ellington was killed in January of 2009. Since…

University president discusses on-campus classes

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Union University announced plans to welcome their students back for on-campus classes for the fall semester. "We are excited as everybody is ready to get back together," said Dub Oliver,…

Tennessee Black Caucus discusses death of Minnesota man

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Tennessee legislators are holding an online meeting to discuss George Floyd's death in Minnesota. The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators met via Zoom to discuss the response across Tennessee,…

Chester Co. leaders discuss reopening process

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- A local county is reopening following the coronavirus pandemic. Little by little, counties and cities are getting back on their feet following the shutdowns. City of Henderson Mayor…

Chester County state park reopens

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- It was a cool and sunny day at Chickasaw State Park, located in Chester County. The park reopened after having been closed due to COVID-19. The park was…

Community celebrates Memorial Day at Beech Lake

LEXINGTON, Tenn. -- It's Memorial Day and many people are flocking out to local lakes and parks just to celebrate the holiday. People are out and about more than they have been over…

1 dead in Gibson Co. shooting

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Deputies responded to the scene of a shooting Sunday. Deputies responded to a shooting at a house located in the 300 block of Trezevant Highway in Bradford. The Gibson County Sheriff's Office confirmed a man died…

West Tennesseans place flags for Memorial Day

JACKSON, Tenn. -- In commemoration of Memorial Day, the West Tennessee Veterans Coalition coordinated the placement of small American flags on the graves of veterans. "It is a day of remembrance, of memory…

Drive-thru birthday party held in Henderson

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- One West Tennessean received a special birthday party. Saturday was Jordan Hunt's birthday, and it was celebrated with a drive-thru party. First responders, friends and family drove up in their vehicles, gave gifts to and wished Hunt…

Museum holds community weekend, announces special guest

JACKSON, Tenn. -- For those of you looking for a place to spend Memorial Day and don't know where to go, there is one place you might be interested in. The Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum held a community…

School holds celebration for retiring employee

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A local school is honoring one of their longtime employees with a special surprise party. Nova Early Learning Center held a drive-thru retirement party in honor of speech pathologist Nancy Jernigan. She's retiring after 38 years.…

City leaders discuss COVID-19 impact on economy

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The City of Jackson Budget Committee met Thursday to discuss the impact COVID-19 had on the city's economy. "Most notably our sales tax, the impact that the coronavirus has had…

Rose Hill School holds drive-thru graduation

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Rose Hill School held a social distancing drive-thru graduation for their students, and it was quite emotional. Parents lined up and drove through. Each student received a certificate, a gift and photo. "Their end of eighth grade…

Jackson residents enjoy parks after reopening

JACKSON, Tenn. -- After parks were reopened in the City of Jackson, people began heading out to enjoy the great outdoors once again. Friends and family showed up for a day at…

JMCSS holds policy committee meeting

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County School System held their policy committee meeting Monday. During the meeting, school board members discussed potential policy changes that could occur as a result of the coronavirus…

Humboldt HS alumni sets up fundraiser to honor seniors

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A local community comes together to recognize graduating seniors. Due to COVID-19 circumstances some high school seniors are facing a tough reality, that they won't have the chance to walk…

Milan Farmers' Market holds 2020 opening day

MILAN, Tenn. -- Saturday was the Milan Farmers' Market 2020 opening day. Local vendors set up their tents and food trucks. They were working hard to provide families with fresh local produce and…

Brookdale Jackson Oaks holds parade for residents

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local assisted-living facility received a special visit. A car parade was put together for residents at Brookdale Jackson Oaks Assisted-living Facility in Jackson. Family members and friends decorated their cars with posters, balloons, honked their car…

Local living facility hosts parade for residents

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Cades Center Assisted Living hosted a parade Friday for residents at their Jackson facility. Family members and friends of the residents decorated their cars with posters and balloons and waved…

1 injured in Humboldt Walmart shooting

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. -- Humboldt police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured. Officers were dispatched to the Walmart in Humboldt on Thursday around 10:30 p.m. Humboldt residents say it is…

Graduation held for Leadership University students

JACKSON, Tenn. -- ¬†Thursday, a graduation for students from Leadership University held a graduation in front of 'The Chamber'. Students sat in their vehicles as part of a special graduation due to Coronavirus circumstances.…

Nursing homes in Jackson receive a special surprise

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Several assisted living facilities in Jackson received special visits Thursday. A dazzling display of decorated cars brought joy and smiles to everyone. Dozens of cars lined up, with passengers…

Gibson County salons discuss reopenings

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- It's the moment non-essential businesses have been anticipating, reopening their doors once again to serve customers in the community.   Traci Smith is the owner and hair…

Jackson church reopens for service

JACKSON, Tenn. -- After weeks of being closed due to COVID-19, Northside Assembly of God has reopened their doors to the community for service. J.P. Vick has been the pastor at the church since…

Parade honors mothers in Milan

MILAN, Tenn. -- A local nursing home received a heartwarming visit from members of the community. A Mother's Day parade was held for residents at the Arbors at Dogwood Pointe in Milan. Members…

Church brings relief to Jackson residents

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Members of God's Family Deliverance Ministry have come together to provide residents with essential supplies such as clothing, food and toiletries for free. Co-pastor Dorothy Taylor says there have been many…

Group brings smiles to nursing home residents

BELLS, Tenn. -- A group of people stopped by a local nursing home to bring smiles to resident's faces. Members of the Al Chymia Shrine Temple stopped by Bells Nursing and Rehabilitation…

Local churches begin to reopen

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Some local churches say they will begin reopening their doors on Sunday, just in time for Mother's Day. Northside Assembly of God says they will be reopening their building for worship on Sunday. Northside Assembly of God…

Local businesses prepare for Mother's Day

JACKSON, Tenn. -- With Mother's Day just days away, many businesses are working around the clock to ensure they get their customers their orders as soon as possible. Flowers have always been…

Lexington businesses begin reopening

LEXINGTON, Tenn. --¬†As businesses begin to reopen, it's becoming clear that visiting these places will come with a whole new set of rules and, as things slowly start to creep toward normal, places…

First day of non-essential businesses reopening

JACKSON, Tenn. -- On Monday, the city allowed non-essential businesses to open their doors to the public. Manager of Elements Salon on Vann Drive, Deana Coffman says she is happy to be back…

Macy's at Old Hickory Mall reopens

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Macy's is reopening to customers in the Jackson area. The department store has implemented enhanced safety and wellness procedures complying with the CDC's recommended protocol. This includes frequent and enhanced cleaning…

Community reacts to mall reopening, procedures

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Under guidance from Gov. Bill Lee's Tennessee Pledge, many businesses are opening their doors, including Old Hickory Mall. The shopping center reopened on Friday, and some mall visitors say they…

Girl Scout cookie sales go to good cause

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A Girl Scout cookie drive-thru was held over the weekend. The drive-thru was set up at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post located on Airways Boulevard. Troops still have cookies…

UT Martin holds virtual commencement ceremony

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee at Martin held a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday. The ceremony recognized more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students. The commencement was held online as a way…

Parade marks couple's 50th anniversary

PINSON, Tenn. -- One West Tennessee couple received a special anniversary that they will never forget. Beverly and Roger Swopes celebrated a major milestone on Saturday, and they did it with a parade of…

Local medical center offers COVID-19 testing

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Christ Community Health Services in east Jackson offered free drive-up COVID-19 testing on Friday. Providers and lab techs from the center administered the tests. Not just anyone can…

Local school celebrates class of 2020

JACKSON, Tenn. -- This school year is not ending the way students expected, so they are celebrating the class of 2020 in a different and fun way. It was a big day for the…

West Tennessee woman celebrates 104th birthday

SAVANNAH, Tenn. - A west Tennessee woman experienced a birthday party she will never forget. Thursday was Lousie Smith's birthday and to celebrate, everyone decorated their cars with birthday banners, circled the parking lot of Riverwick Senior Living-Assisted Facility in…

Hardin County prepares for businesses to reopen

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Many businesses across the state have started reopening this week, with restaurants opening on Monday and retail businesses on Wednesday. Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis says this is just the first phase of reopening for most…

Drive-thru testing held in Henderson Co.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. -- Lines of cars formed outside the parking lot of the First Methodist Church in Lexington. "We've seen about 160 in the first hour and a half. That's a lot, yeah. We are glad to have that many…

Drive-by celebration marks pastor's birthday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A West Tennessee man experienced a special birthday party. He says he will never forget. It was a big day of celebration for Pastor Gerald Thomas of St. John #1 Baptist Church. It was his birthday and…