Tristyn Fletcher

Tennessee Republicans encourage vaccinations in new letter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Republicans have released a letter encouraging people to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines. The letter from the lawmakers says COVID-19 cases are increasing, especially among the unvaccinated population, due to the delta variant. The letter…

Union City Schools to hold registration on Aug. 5

UNION CITY, Tenn. -- It is time to register students for school in Union City. Registration is set for all three school on Thursday, Aug. 5, according to a news release. At Union City Elementary: Kindergarten, second and fourth grade…

Visitor arrested Sunday at West Tennessee State Penitentiary

HENNING, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Corrections has confirmed a visitor to a penitentiary has been arrested. TDOC says Diana Dotson, of Lexington, was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly bringing contraband inside the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. The…

54 counties to receive grant from ThreeStar program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Over 50 counties are receiving funds through the ThreeStar grant program. “I congratulate these 54 counties that are receiving ThreeStar grants and thank them for strengthening the quality of life and enhancing workforce development in their communities,”…

Academy to offer free virtual classes on outdoor skills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunting and Fishing Academy is offering free virtual classes. The classes will be hosted live through out the year, and will range from a in a variety of seasonal topics, according to the…

Union City School System prepares for upcoming year

UNION CITY, Tenn. -- The Union City School System is preparing to "return to normal." The school system says a traditional dress code awaits both teachers and student, who will be returning to classes on Aug. 9. Union City Schools…

4 cases of Potomac Horse Fever confirmed in Middle, East Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has confirmed four horses have tested positive for Potomac Horse Fever. In a news release, the state says cases were confirmed in Robertson and Wilson Counties in Middle Tennessee, and in Hawkins…

Baseball tournament to kickoff Wednesday at Sportsplex

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Southeast Regional Tournament is coming to Jackson next week. The City of Jackson says the baseball tournament will begin with an opening ceremony on Wednesday at 9 a.m., with games starting at 10:30 a.m. The city…

JPD investigating after truck stolen in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police say they are investigating after a truck and other items were stolen from the Kellogg's parking lot on Highway 70 in Jackson. According to police, the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, along with a black trailer…

Shirley Jones, former Jackson Chamber official, has died

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Shirley Jones, the Jackson Chamber's former vice president of public affairs, has died. According to the Chamber, Jones retired from her position in 2018, and she had 36 years worth of leadership with the Chamber. The Chamber…

THP seeks votes for '2021 Best-Looking Cruiser' contest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking for your vote in the 2021 Best-Looking Cruiser Contest. THP says it submitted a photo one of its Pursuit Ford Explorers with a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle in front of the…

BradenHealth to acquire Decatur County General Hospital

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. -- A late night meeting has decided the fate of a rural Decatur County hospital. The Decatur County Commission held a vote Monday night, approving BradenHealth's acquisition of the Decatur County General Hospital. “This has been a…

TBI crime report shows decreases in 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its Crime in Tennessee publication for 2020. The TBI says last year's data was certainly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the TBI report, crimes in Group A, which…

JMCSS says masks to be optional in fall

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson-Madison County Schools say masks will be optional in the fall. JMCSS says teachers and students will have option once schools open in Aug. 2.

Alabama youth groups cleans JPD patrol cars

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A youth group from Alabama made a stop in Jackson on Wednesday. The group, from the First Baptist Church in Centre, Alabama, stopped at the police department and volunteered to wash patrol cars. The news release…

Caregivers Support Group to meet in early August

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Caregivers Support Group is meeting in August. The group will meet Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Walter Barnes Conference room in the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The support group is meant to provide information,…

Police seek community's help after vehicle stolen in Martin

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The Martin Police Department is asking the community to be on the lookout. The department says around 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday, a vehicle was stolen from a person's driveway on Oak Street in Martin. According to a…

COVID-19 Update: Week of July 14

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death in Madison County since July 7. There are now a total of 11,605 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Madison…

UPDATE: Gibson EMC says power restored in Crockett County

UPDATE: Gibson EMC says power has been restored, and adds that the cause of the outage is under investigation. CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. -- Gibson Electric Membership Corporation says nearly 4,800 members are experiencing an outage in Crockett County. Gibson Electric…

Library to host 10th annual 'Books of Madison County' dinner

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Library Foundation is hosting an annual dinner. In a news release, the library says it will be hosting its 10th Books of Madison County Fundraising Dinner. The library says this year's theme is Sounds…

West Cancer Center expands further into West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis cancer research center is expanding further into West Tennessee. In a news release, the West Cancer Center & Research Institute announced expansions into Dyersburg, Jackson and Paris, in partnership with the Henry County Medical Center.…

Fire department pulls fruit from truck after crash in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson firefighters were at the scene of a wreck on Highland and Royal Street for a unusual rescue. A truck hauling watermelon and cantaloupe went off an embankment Monday afternoon. Though the truck was damaged, the…

Gov. Bill Lee visits southern border over weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee visited the U.S.'s southern border over the weekend. He, along with Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Jeff Holmes and First Lady Maria Lee, met with members of the Tennessee National Guard. The first lady thanked…

Collaborative effort leads to arrest in north Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police have arrested a suspect with the help of both the public and other law enforcement agencies. Jackson police say Blake Carroll, 35, was arrested around 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Executive Inn on North…

Gov. Bill Lee to visit southern border over weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee announced he will be visiting the U.S.'s southern border over the weekend. According to the new release, he will be meeting with members of the Tennessee National Guard and evaluating their needs for securing…

UT Martin recognized for support of veteran students

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee at Martin is being recognized for its support of veterans. The sun sets on the Field of Flags display along University Street in Martin. VIQTORY awarded the University of…

Jackson police utilize new camera technology

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police have arrested a suspect in a Illinois homicide thanks to a new technology. JPD says around 10:15 p.m. on July 2, the new Flock Safety Camera Systems alerted officers to a car reported stolen in…

JPD receives donation from Buff City Soap

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Staff with the Jackson Police Department were given an amazing smelling gift. JPD says Buff City Soap stopped by on Wednesday to donate items to staff. JPD says in part, "The donation is greatly appreciated. Daily homemade…

Jeff Foxworthy to speak at 57th Annual FHU Benefit Dinner

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- Freed-Hardeman University announced Jeff Foxworthy will be the speaker for this year's benefit dinner. FHU says that the comedian and best-selling author will be the headline for the university's 57th annual dinner. The university says that Foxworthy…

Department of Health shares videos on summertime safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Health is sharing summer safety videos. The videos address an summertime pests, like mosquitoes,  sun and heat safety, as well as "looking before you lock" to prevent children from being left in hot…

THP shares plans for Fourth of July celebrations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced its plans for the Fourth of July holiday. In a news release, THP said troopers will be sent to areas that they say show a history of alcohol-related incidents. THP says it…

Former, current JPD officers receive 'Lifesaving Medals'

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Both former  current Jackson police officers were presented special medals on Friday. The department says Sgt. Adam Pinion, Officer Clint Paton, Officer Kellen Holmes, Officer Kennis Shell, as well as former JPD officers Blake Lambert and…

Heavy law enforcement presence in north Jackson neighborhood

UPDATE: JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police Chief Julian Wiser confirmed that a suspect was taken into custody following a standoff that took place Thursday evening. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness online and on the air as more details become available.…

JPD seeks suspect following vehicle theft on North Highland

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police are seeking the public's help after a vehicle was stolen on June 24. JPD says the victim left their vehicle running while they went inside the Walgreen's on North Highland Avenue. The vehicle was…

UT Martin could soon see four new programs

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee at Martin is a few steps closer to four new programs. The UT Board of Trustees approved the new programs during a meeting in late June, according to a news release from the…