WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Henderson County crash blocks interstate traffic

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay Map shows a crash on Interstate 40 has traffic blocked in one eastbound lane. According to the map, the crash happened around 3:15 p.m. at mile marker 110. The Tennessee…

Jackson-Madison County Library to reopen curbside service July 13

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Library has announced they will reopen both branches of the library for curbside service on Monday, July 13. Curbside service will restart following a two-week closure of the library due to staff members testing…

United Way, Jackson Chamber host outdoor film series

JACKSON, Tenn. -- United Way of West TN and The Jackson Chamber have joined to present the "Be The Change Film Series". According to a Facebook event page, outdoor film screenings will be hosted each Saturday evening from July 11…

Snake attacks driver traveling along highway

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (CBS Newspath) -- When a police officer in Australia stopped a driver for speeding on June 15, he didn't expect to hear this. "You found a snake in your car?" the officer…

26 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Madison County; 402 total

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has confirmed 26 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of positive patients to 402 since the pandemic began. Health department director Kim Tedford said 137 of those…

Mugshots : Madison County : 07/07/20 – 07/08/20

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 07/07/20 and 7 a.m. on 07/08/20. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

Tennessee Highway Patrol competes for Best-Looking Cruiser Award

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is competing to win the "2020 Best-Looking Cruiser Award", and they need your vote to win. The contest, sponsored by the American Association of State Troopers, is open to state highway patrols and state…

Henderson County Mayor exposed to COVID-19, courthouse closes

LEXINGTON, Tenn. -- In a statement made via the Henderson County, TN Government Facebook page, Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray confirms he has been directly exposed to COVID-19. While Mayor Bray received a negative result from a COVID-19 rapid test…

$81 million in CARES grants available for K-12 schools, colleges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced Tuesday that $81 million in CARES grants will be made available to schools and colleges for reopening in the fall. CARES stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

Missing Brownsville man found dead in Haywood County

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. -- Haywood County Sheriff Billy Garrett has confirmed a man reported missing Monday has been found dead in his truck. According to a news release, Patrick Gaines, 19, was reported missing Monday by his mother. Gaines' mother…

Recall on blood sugar medication

A recall has been announced for a blood sugar medication. Granules Pharmaceuticals is recalling 12 lots of metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets, due to a substance that could cause cancer. Immediate-release tablets are not affected by this recall. This medication…

Mugshots : Madison County : 07/06/20 – 07/07/20

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 07/06/20 and 7 a.m. on 07/07/20. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

27 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed; total up to 376 in Madison County

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Twenty-seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Madison County, according to the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department. The new cases bring the county-wide total to 376 positive cases since the pandemic began. The newest patients…

Homeless population face new challenges during pandemic

NEW YORK (CBS Newspath) -- More than half a million Americans experience homelessness, according to the government’s count, and they have faced an extraordinary new set of challenges since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Lala…

Two teachers indicted on theft charge in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two teachers in Madison County have been indicted following an investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office, according to a news release. The release states Catherine "Nikki" Hilton and her husband, Holland "Gene" Hilton, provided educational services…

Health department: 124 active COVID-19 cases

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has confirmed 18 new cases Monday, bringing the total up to 349 positive patients since the pandemic began. Health department director Kim Tedford says 124 of those patients are actively sick…

Mugshots : Madison County : 07/02/20 – 07/06/20

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 07/02/20 and 7 a.m. on 07/06/20. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

Sheriff's office searching for escaped inmate

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. -- The Crockett County Sheriff's Office is searching for an escaped inmate. Investigators say Gerald Samples, known as Pete, was a trustee in the Crockett County Jail. Samples, 53, is believed to be driving a 2008 two-wheel…

1 person airlifted in Hardin County wreck

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Firefighters responded to a rollover incident in Hardin County, according to a Facebook post by the Hardin County Fire Department. The post says that firefighters responded to the wreck on Highway 69 around 5:20 a.m.…

Pet of the Week: Zowie

It is time for this week's Pet of the Week! Meet Zowie! She is an eight-year-old spunky girl who loves car rides, walks, chilling in the backyard and cuddling on…

County mayors granted authority to issue mask mandate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- On Friday, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 54 to grant county mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue local mask requirements. "This targeted approach ensures we protect both lives and livelihoods and safely keep our…

Health department confirms 9 additional COVID-19 cases in Madison Co.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department confirmed nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive patients to 322 since the pandemic began. The newest patients are: 26-year-old male (hospitalization unknown) 65-year-old male (hospitalized)…

Memorial honors teen killed in shooting

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Friday, a memorial event was held to remember a young life. Loved ones gathered for a balloon release to remember the life of a teenager who died earlier this week following a shooting. The event was organized…

2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle

You could win a camping package through the 2020 Tennessee Conservation Raffle. The camping package includes 10 nights lodging for any Tennessee State Park. It's just one of seven outdoor experiences available to win this year. A single ticket…

Polaris recalls rangers, general utility vehicles

  Polaris has announced a recall for its rangers and general utility vehicles due to a crash hazard. The throttle can reportedly fail to return to the idle position after the engine stalls and is restarted in gear, without…

Mask mandate issued for Madison County

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department issued a mask mandate Friday, July 3 following a steady increase in COVID-19 positive patients in West Tennessee. The mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 4 and…

15 new positive COVID-19 cases; 313 total confirmed

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department confirmed 15 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive patients to 313 since the pandemic began. The newest patients are: 54-year-old male (not hospitalized) 42-year-old female (hospitalized)…

Tyreece Miller confirmed as U.S. Marshal for West Tennessee

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jackson native Tyreece Miller has been confirmed to serve as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee, according to statements from several state leaders. Miller currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Jackson Police…

Health department announces new medical director, health officer

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department announced Friday that Dr.  W. David Bryan will join the department as medical director and health officer since Dr. Tony Emison's retirement. According to a news release, Bryan will be responsible…

US Senate contender makes stop in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A candidate for the U.S. Senate held a town hall meeting in Jackson. Potential voters gathered at Brook Shaw's Old Country Store Thursday evening to hear from Dr. Manny Sethi,…

Gov. Bill Lee announces law enforcement reform

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee announced the Law Enforcement Reform Partnership on Thursday. A news release from the Governor's Office says the partnership aims to review policies, improve information sharing and increase officer training. “The intent of this partnership…

Jackson Rotary Club presents awards to non-profits

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Rotary Club announced its 2020 annual NON-PROFIT award winners. The Start Center, Madison Haywood Development Center, Youth Town and Dream Center were all presented with the financial award on Wednesday. “What a pleasure it is to be a…

Company donates 1,000 masks to Jackson police

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Police Department received a donation from Lowe’s. A news release from JPD says the Lowe’s on South Highland donated 1,000 KN95 masks. The Jackson Police Departments says they are appreciative of the donation.

Boy Scouts of America recalls outdoor activity pins

The Boy Scouts of America has announced a recall for its Cub Scout Outdoor Activity pins. The recalled pin is silver with a gold animal paw painted on a blue background. The pins contain levels of lead that exceed the…

Company recalls Belecoo strollers

A Better You! is recalling its Belecoo strollers. The strollers violate the federal carriages and strollers standard. A child's torso could pass through the opening between the activity tray and the seat bottom, and the child's head could become…

Jackson police seek assistance in Hub City Hemp burglary

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Investigators are seeking assistance in identifying a suspect in a burglary at Hub City Hemp. Surveillance video captured images of a man forcefully entering the building. Police confirm property and merchandise were taken from the business…

Avalon Furniture recall

You may want to check your bedroom for this recall. Avalon Furniture is recalling its Cottage Town bedroom furniture. The base coat paint used on pieces within the furniture collection reportedly contain levels of lead that exceed the federal…

Free virtual summer camp for kids

Need something to keep your children busy over the summer? What about a virtual summer camp? UNICEF USA and S'more Ideas have come together to create a free online summer camp called "Camp at Home." Within the camp, children will…

Investigators rule overnight fires arson; no injuries reported

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Investigators have determined two house fires reported overnight in east Jackson are arson. Investigators say the first fire was reported around 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of North Royal Street. When firefighters arrived, they found the…