WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Jackson State Community College to host open house

JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College will host an open house event Saturday, July 28 on the main campus at 2046 North Parkway. The campus will be open from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Brian Gann, student services vice president, says he sees this as an excellent opportunity for anyone considering the next step beyond high school, but especially…

3 former FedEx workers charged with mail theft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Tennessee say three former FedEx employees have been charged with stealing mail intended for religious organizations. Court records show Tiara Williams, Crystal Berry and Kimberly Smith have pleaded not guilty to mail theft charges. The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis says they face up to five years in prison if convicted. Indictments say…

2 states join Tennessee law enforcement in ‘Operation Southern Shield’

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia joins Alabama and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday. “Operation Southern Shield” will run through Sunday, July 22. Law enforcement in Georgia and Alabama will join Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina in pulling over drivers who are traveling above legal speed limits on interstates, major highways and local roads. Col. Mark…

Obituary, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets national attention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A unique memorial service set for 5-year-old Garrett Matthias of central Iowa is matched only by the one-of-a-kind obituary the preschooler had a hand in authoring and that is now garnering national attention. Garrett, of Van Meter, Iowa, died July 6 of a rare cancer that attacked his temporal bone and cranial nerve. His obituary…

Tennessee pastor charged with attempted rape of a 12-year-old girl

PALMER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pastor accused of trying to rape a 12-year-old girl has been indicted. District Attorney Mike Taylor tells WRCB-TV that a Grundy County jury indicted 48-year-old William E. “Tim” Smith Jr. this week, more than a month after Grundy County deputies reported catching him inappropriately touching the girl. After Smith’s June 1 arrest, Sheriff Clint…

IKEA recalls pet water dispenser

IKEA is recalling a water dispenser after the death of two dogs. The LURVIG water dispenser was sold at IKEAs across the U.S. until last month. Two dogs got their head stuck while using it and then suffocated. If you have one of the dispensers, you’re are asked to stop using it immediately and bring it to an IKEA store…

Early voting locations & times in West Tennessee

  Early Voting Locations and Times in West Tennessee Benton County: Benton County Election Commission Office 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday Carroll County: Carroll County Election Office, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday Chester County: Chester County Election Commission, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturday Crockett County: Crockett County Election Office, Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00…

Fatality confirmed in Highway 70 crash

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — At least one person is dead after a crash Friday afternoon on Highway 70. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed at least one person is dead in a crash involving at least one vehicle on Highway 70 in northeast Madison County near New Deal Road. It is currently unknown if any other vehicles are involved in…

Lucky lotto player wins $50K in Carroll County

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn. — A lucky Powerball player in Bruceton won $50,000 this week, according to state lottery officials. The unidentified player won Wednesday night by matching four of the five white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball, according to a release from the Tennessee Education Lottery. No information about the winner is available until the prize is claimed. The…