Teri Jelks

Children pay Santa a visit ahead of Christmas

JACKSON, Tenn. -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Hub City. For those who have not already gotten their Christmas list to Santa, you might want to wait before mailing…

Union University holds annual Christmas concert

JACKSON, Tenn. -- It was a night of melodies and harmonies as music filled the air at Union University Friday night. The G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel was packed as students, faculty and guests poured…

Campbell Lake lights up for annual tradition

JACKSON, Tenn. -- As homes begin to light up with beautiful Christmas lights, one neighborhood lit up an entire lake. The Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) lit up Campbell Lake with luminaries to start…

Family looks to rebuild following large house fire

GADSDEN, Tenn. -- One family says they are just thankful to be alive after an afternoon house fire Thursday. Fire crews worked hard for hours to put out flames that will leave one family rebuilding their entire lives. "I was…

Local businesses take part in Cyber Monday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- It's been a weekend of deals with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, but the savings don't stop there. Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of…

NAIA Basketball Classic returns to the Hub City

JACKSON, Tenn. -- An annual basketball tournament is back in the Hub City. "We had the national championship here in Jackson for 22 years, and the coaches grew to love Jackson and love the…

Crowds fill stores for Black Friday savings

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Black Friday has started in the Hub City, and customers are filling stores in hopes to get a good deal. Shoppers stood in line for hours to get those door busters, and a popular item were all…

Tips for deep frying turkeys this holiday season

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Chief Eric Turner with the Madison County Fire Department says cooking is one of the most common causes of household fires, especially around the holidays. "Thanksgiving, Christmas, there's that much…

Holiday season starts early in Henderson Co.

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- The holidays are almost here, and store owners in one county are making sure your gift shopping isn't breaking the bank. Black Friday is only a week away, but…

Employees file lawsuit against Hardeman Co. officials

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. -- WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News reached out to attorneys Thursday in a lawsuit on employee pay in Hardeman County. More than a dozen employees have filed a lawsuit against Hardeman County, the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office, the…

Mayor shares ideas for Jackson's future

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Hub City may soon be undergoing some changes. “We've got to make sure we're building each other up and building our city up,” said Mayor Scott Conger. Thursday morning, Conger…

Jackson recycles to keep city clean

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local organization is on a mission to keep the Hub City clean. Saturday is America Recycles Day, and Jackson's Stormwater Program will be celebrating in a big way. From…

Authorities investigate fatal fire at apartment complex

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Authorities are investigating a fatal fire that occurred at a Jackson apartment complex on Wednesday morning. Around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters were called to a house on the 1000…

South Jackson Walmart evacuated after bomb threat

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Several Jackson police cars surrounded the south Jackson Walmart Sunday evening.   At approximately 4:50 p.m. on November 10, officers of the Jackson Police Department responded to 2171 S. Highland Avenue,…

Community gathers to raise funds for children, women

JACKSON, Tenn. -- It was a night of boots, bands and bingo at the STAR Center on Friday. The Jackson Service League is raising funds to provide grants to local organizations, with a focus on children and women. Attendees spent…

Community honors local veterans at annual program

JACKSON, Tenn. -- With veterans day around the corner, a congregation is honoring the brave men and women who dedicated their lives fighting for the country. Friday night Englewood Baptist Church was…

Family holds candlelight vigil to remember loved one

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Friday evening family, friends and neighbors gathered to remember Tavoris Bates at a candlelight vigil. "He was very loving, and that's all he wanted to do. He wanted to love…

TDOC executes Operation Blackout this Halloween

JACKSON, Tenn. -- On Halloween night, children filled the streets for special treats, but authorities went door-knocking for a different reason. "On Halloween night, we go out and check violent against children…

Community members donate crayons in honor of Lexington teen

LEXINGTON, Tenn. -- An entire community came together to honor one of their own in a unique and colorful way. Thursday night fans filled the Jim Stowe stadium to watch the Lexington High School Tigers football team compete against McNairy…

Woman's Clinic hosts 10th annual 5K to fight breast cancer

JACKSON, Tenn. -- West Tennesseans laced up their running shoes Thursday to help fight breast cancer. The Woman's Clinic held their annual 'Take Your Girls Night Out' 5K Run and Walk on Thursday night. Organizers say their mission is to…

USJ hosts second annual fall festival

JACKSON, Tenn. -- People gathered for fun, friends and fellowship at a local school on Friday.   The University School of Jackson hosted their fall festival on campus Friday evening.…

Humboldt homeowner warns of rental scam

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. -- A homeowner is warning West Tennesseans looking for a new home to verify information before sending a deposit. "If it sounds too good to be true, it's too good to…

Boatload of trash found at Cedar Lake

HENDERSON Co., Tenn. -- Keith Wish is the director of the Beech River Watershed Development Authority. He says over the past few months there has been an increase of trash accumulating at Cedar…

West Tennessee pig becomes internet sensation

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- One animal is making headlines for its special extracurricular activities — or lack thereof. When you hear 'Cogan's Farm,' you might think of weddings and special events, but this week, there's…

Fire officials offer space heater safety tips

HENDERSON CO., Tenn. -- Henderson County fire officials say this week the county experienced their first heater-related fire of the fall season. "On Sunday night into Monday, the electric heater actually came on…

Local health officials raise awareness for SIDS

JACKSON, Tenn. -- This October health officials are raising awareness for sudden infant death syndrome. Officials say infants in Tennessee die every year from sleep-related causes. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should keep…

Neighbors reflect on recent fatal shooting in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Residents on Fairway Boulevard in north Jackson reflected on a Friday morning fatal shooting. Jackson police say they responded to the neighborhood of Fairway Boulevard around 10:30 Friday morning after reports…

Jackson residents gather to discuss healthcare

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Doctors, physicians and concerned citizens gathered in Jackson to discuss healthcare. A public hearing was held at the Jackson-Madison County Library Thursday afternoon, regarding Governor Bill Lee's Medicaid block grant proposal. Tennessee…

TWRA confirms, CWD spreads in West Tennessee

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- The number of deer with Chronic Wasting Disease continues to rise as the disease spreads across West Tennessee, and now officials are asking for help. According to Amy Spencer with the…

City of Jackson leaders discuss city's debt

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson leaders are meeting to discuss ways to combat the city's massive debt. In August, Jackson Mayor Scott Conger confirmed the city of Jackson is more than $70 million in debt.…

RIFA hosts 15th annual Canstruction competition

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Communities are coming together for friendly competition and to help fight hunger. This year Regional Inter-Faith Association is hosting their 15th annual Canstruction competition. In the competition, teams build structures completely out…

Authorities confirm 3 dead in car crash on Highway 70

EAST JACKSON, Tenn. --  The Jackson Police Department confirmed that three people died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening. Police responded to the one-vehicle accident Saturday on the Highway 70 Bypass near Jackson Careers and Technology School. Authorities say an…

Milan Fire Department issues burn ban

MILAN, Tenn. -- Everyday firefighters are in the direct line of danger, and combining heavy gear with excessive heat, the level of danger rises. One city is implementing a ban to protect…