Stephanie Fernandez

Gov. Lee discusses adjustments to student, teacher assessments

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee gave another update on COVID-19 Friday morning after his and first lady Maria Lee's exposure to a COVID-positive member of their security detail. "We are both working from home and are exhibiting no symptoms,"…

Law enforcement investigate homicide in Hardin County

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Local law enforcement, along with the Tennessee Bureau Investigation, are investigating a homicide in Hardin County. Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to a home on Oakley Road in…

Annual 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' to kickoff Saturday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Each year family members, caretakers and people with Alzheimer's from all over West Tennessee gather at Union University to put a stop to Alzheimer's with a special event called "The Jackson…

Law enforcement seek missing woman in Hardin County

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- The Hardin County Sheriff's Department is searching for a missing woman. The sheriff's department is searching for 57-year-old Jean Culbertson, who investigators say went missing on…

JMCSS swears in new school board members

JACKSON, Tenn. -- New board members were sworn in during Thursday's Jackson-Madison County School board meeting. But there was also a special announcement made during the meeting. At Thursday's meeting, four new members were elected: Sherry Franks, O'Neal Henley, Debbie…

State officials announce revision of nursing home visitation policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's top leader gave an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Bill Lee held another weekly news conference covering many topics related to coronavirus. On Thursday, there was some great news for those…

Online tool tracks COVID-19 cases in schools statewide

JACKSON, Tenn. -- School districts across the state are now reporting COVID-positive cases online. Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education released a dashboard tool, allowing school districts to report COVID-19 cases in their schools. Many districts across the state…

Hardin Co. residents remember 9/11 with march

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Hundreds of miles away from the site of the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania ceremonies, people in West Tennessee also took time to pause and remember that day.…

Gov. Lee announces progress on Tenn. law enforcement reform

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Governor Bill Lee announces progress on law enforcement reform across the state. At Thursday's media briefing, Governor Lee announced recommendations from the state's Law Enforcement Reform Partnership to strengthen policing policies, improve information sharing around disciplinary actions…

Students, faculty gather for rally at local university

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Students and faculty gather for a "Call for Justice" rally. The rally was held on the great lawn located at Union University. The key people recognized at the event were Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmad Arbury and…

Officials provide tips on preparing for the next disaster

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency in designating September as National Preparedness Month. West Tennessee sees it all, from flooding to tornadoes…

City of Jackson to use AARP grant for new app

JACKSON, Tenn. --  City officials say the city received a $35,000 grant from AARP. The grant will be used to create an app which will help people track Jackson Transit Authority buses in an easier way. The Jackson Police Department…

Empire 8 to reopen with new safety protocols

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local movie theatre is reopening its doors to the West Tennessee community, and it's all with new safety protocols. Leaders with Empire 8 Theatre say they want…

Official provides tips on spotting elder abuse

JACKSON, Tenn. -- General District Attorney Matthew Stowe of Judicial District 24 of Tennessee is discussing the ways you can identify elder abuse. Stowe says the most common types of abuse are financial, physical and neglect. Ways that you can…

Free masks provided during giveaway in Hub City

JACKSON, Tenn. -- In an effort to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, another mask giveaway was held in the Hub City. Cars could be seen driving up outside the East Jackson Church of Christ on East Chester Street…

Man in Crockett Co. dies after being shot

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. -- Leaders with the Crockett County Sheriff's Department say they received several calls of a shooting that took place outside a home in the 200 block of Todd Levee Road Monday night. "Officers responded to that location…

Church gives back to community with "blessings bags"

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Blairs Chapel CME Church on Steam Mill Ferry Road in Jackson passed out "blessing bags" to those who stopped by the church on Saturday. Each bag contained hand sanitizer, wipes, a mask, gloves, alcohol prep pads, snacks…

Giveaway provides countless masks to Madison County residents

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department, along with members from the University of Tennessee/Tennessee State University Extension Office, hosted a free mask giveaway. Drivers stopped by the First Presbyterian…

Officials give updates on Madison County parks

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Park officials met Tuesday for their monthly meeting. Members with Madison County Parks and Recreation Department spoke about updates and arena plans located at Young Park, as well as updates on the Beech Bluff Recreation Center.…

Tax-free weekend falls short for restaurant owners

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Over the weekend, drinks and food at restaurants were tax free. This comes a week after shoppers saved on back-to-school items like clothes, supplies and computers. Restaurant owners say the…

Parents continue back-to-school prep

JACKSON, Tenn. -- West Tennesseans are getting ready for back-to-school. On Sunday, parents were out and about buying school supplies for back to school. Students in grade school and college are both getting ready. "She's starting back to college. This…

Car crashes into east Jackson home

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A car crashed through a house located on East Forest Avenue late Tuesday afternoon. City officials say they believe the driver failed to stop at the stop sign on Muse Street and crashed through the house, knocking…

Jackson church celebrates 'Love Week'

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local church is doing something very special for the West Tennessee community. Members with SoulQuest Church say they just wanted to give back and show how special the community…

Tax-free weekend ends in Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Sunday was the last day for sales tax-free weekend. Shoppers headed over to Best Buy on Vann Drive looking to save some cash. Most shoppers came out of the store with items such as TVs and laptops.…

Tax-free weekends draws in back-to-school shoppers

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The beginning of the school year is right around the corner. Whether your kids will be back in the classroom or taking classes online, parents are still shopping for back-to-school supplies during tax-free weekend. At Academy Sports…

Farmers see change in 2020 growing season

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Locals went out to the West Tennessee Farmers Market in Jackson. A rainy morning did not stop the foot traffic from filing into downtown Jackson for some fresh produce. Farmers who grow produce say the growing season…

Q&A answers questions for JMCSS parents

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Local leaders discussed back-to-school plans and what classes may look like. The Jackson-Madison County School System has released its re-opening plan, as well as learning options for students that include traditional in-person learning, virtual classroom and CyberSchool.…

Longtime Helping Hands employee retires

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A longtime employee is retiring from a popular organization. Dr. Melvin Wright Sr. is retiring from Helping Hands of Tennessee in Jackson. But Wright says this is not the end. Wright says he is going to be…

School board meeting looks at upcoming school year

JACKSON, Tenn. -- School board members met for a special called meeting to discuss what school could look like for the upcoming year. One of the topics discussed at Thursday night's meeting was a continuous learning plan, talking about what…

Dyer Co. art show supports student scholarships

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. -- The West Tennessee community headed out to a fun festival on Sunday. The Dyersburg-Dyer County Arts Council presented the Spring into the Arts Show. This art show displayed all kinds…

Microchipping event helps raise funds for local shelter

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. -- Pet owners took their dogs and cats to the Brownsville-Haywood County Animal Shelter Saturday, where an event was held to microchip pets. Organizers say that with this event, they hope to…