WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

Madison County courthouse to close, effective April 1

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris announced Tuesday that the county courthouse will close, effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 1. Mayor Harris said the closure is due to the present cases of COVID-19 in Madison County, and the…

City of Jackson offers COVID-19 specific website

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The City of Jackson launched a website for COVID-19 updates. The website was created to answer frequently asked questions, provide information and updates on COVID-19 and more. Businesses and individuals can both find helpful resources through this…

No new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Madison Co. on Tuesday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department says no new positive COVID-19 cases were reported in Madison County on Tuesday. The department says additional test results from last week's drive-through assessment site at the Jackson Fairgrounds have not…

Alzheimer’s Foundation offers tips for adapting daily routine

NEW YORK -- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering tips for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. A release from the foundation says that changes in routine could lead to anxiety, confusion agitation and discomfort. The foundation shared tips…

Jackson police confirm skeletal remains found near downtown

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson police have confirmed skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near Beasley Street on Monday. Police say the remains were found just before 10 p.m. near the end of the road. Police say the remains…

Nextdoor's "Help Map" connects neighbors in need

Nextdoor is making it easier for you to help others and receive help of your own. Nextdoor now has a "Help Map" for users to mark their home with a green dot to indicate they are available to help those…

NASA website brings the universe to your living room

NASA is bringing the universe straight to your living room! The space agency is offering help to families cooped up at home because of the coronavirus. NASA's website includes dozens of tutorials on different stem activities for kids and adults…

Spotify Kids app features age-appropriate content

Spotify has announced it is bringing its Spotify Kids to the U.S. Tuesday. The app is ad-free and features content appropriate for kids ages three and older, according to Spotify. The app has more than 8,000 songs, as well as…

TDOC inmates donate to tornado relief efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Inmates in the Tennessee Department of Correction are helping families who were impacted by the tornadoes in Middle Tennessee earlier this month. TDOC says inmates from prisons across the state raised more than $1,000 for tornado relief…

Suspect in custody after alleged attempted murder

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two people are in custody after investigators say a Decatur County man was shot on March 18. According to a news release, investigators searched a home on Pugh Road, where the victim said he was shot.…

Mugshots : Madison County : 03/30/20 – 03/31/20

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 03/30/20 and 7 a.m. on 03/31/20. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

Major coronavirus outbreak at Middle Tennessee nursing home

GALLATIN, Tenn. -- A major outbreak of COVID-19 has continued to grow in Middle Tennessee. Numbers continue to climb at the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing. A second person at the nursing home has reportedly died from the virus.…

Asia Garden finds fun way to deliver to customers

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Another local organization decided to bring joy to their customers on Monday. Staff members at Asia Garden dressed up as children's television characters and made special trips to those that…

Gov. Bill Lee holds conference on COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Monday afternoon Governor Bill Lee issued a statewide order closing non-essential businesses. The governor says Tennesseans should stay at home to help with flattening the curve of the coroavirus…

Partnership to offer online videos, free resources for Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Education and Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation are partnering with ReadyRosie to provide Tennessee families with videos, free resources and activities. A news release from the state of Tennessee says this partnership will provide…

Executive order urges Tennesseans to stay home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee has issued an executive order urging all Tennesseans to stay at home, except for essential travel or services. The executive order will be in effect from Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. to April 14. The…

FCC warns against coronavirus scams

Scammers are constantly adapting and the recent COVID-19 national emergency is no exception. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has learned of a number of ways fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of consumers.    From fake testing kits and unproven cures…

8 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Madison County

JACKSON, Tenn. -- An eighth Madison County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, or coronavirus, according to the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department. The department confirmed a total of four new cases throughout the day Monday. The department says the…

Caregiver Inc. announces hiring during coronavirus crisis

FORT WORTH, Texas -- During a time when many service, retail and manufacturing companies are being forced to lay off employees because of coronavirus, Caregiver Inc. is hiring. Caregiver is a leading provider of long-term care services and supports to…

Sam's Club adjusts business operations for seniors

Sam's Club has announced two new services to add support for elderly customers. Early Senior Shopping Hours Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. For members aged 60+ and at-risk members. The special shopping hours include our pharmacy and optical centers.…

Mugshots : Madison County : 03/26/20 – 03/30/20

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 03/26/20 and 7 a.m. on 03/30/20. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

Local cities closing public parks due to COVID-19

In efforts to further enforce social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Tennessee Department of Health, many cities are closing parks out of "an abundance of caution." On Friday, the City…

Dresden enforces curfew due to COVID-19

DRESDEN, Tenn. -- Mayor Jeff Washburn announced Monday additional measures to disrupt the spread of coronavirus within the city. These measures include the implementation of a curfew in the City of Dresden from dusk to dawn each day until further…

Jackson Mayor Scott Conger confirms city parks will close

JACKSON, Tenn. -- City of Jackson Mayor Scott Conger confirmed Monday that all parks in the city will close to enforce social distancing guidelines. Conger confirmed the closures during a daily news conference Monday at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health…

3 new positive COVID-19 cases confirmed in Madison Co.

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department's regional director, Kim Tedford, confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Madison County. Tedford says the cases bring Madison County's total up to seven positive cases. The three individuals'…

Decatur Co. COVID-19 case false-positive

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. -- Decatur County Mayor Mike Creasy announced that the county's first COVID-19 case was a false-positive. In a press release, Mayor Creasy said the Tennessee Department of Health verifies that the initial report of a positive case…

SoulQuest Church drive-in service schedule

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local church hosted a drive-in Sunday service. SoulQuest Church Pastor Ronnie Coleman believes the first service was a success, and he plans on hosting another. You can follow Soulquest Church on Facebook. Visit their website to…

Couple holds home wedding amid COVID-19 concerns

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Kaylie Wehner and Ryan Garner held a wedding from home on Saturday. The wedding scheduled for April 25, with 300 invited guests, had to be postponed. Wehner and Garner…

Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in Obion Co.

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed a case of coronavirus in Obion County. The health department confirmed the case on Sunday. Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands regularly, avoid close contact with others and…

Second case of COVID-19 in Haywood Co.

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. -- Haywood County Mayor David Livingston confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in the county. A news release from Mayor Livingston says he was informed by the Tennessee Department of Health of the case on Sunday. The…

COVID-19 case confirmed in McNairy County

MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- McNairy County confirmed its first COVID-19 case. Mayor Larry Smith confirmed it in a letter. He encourages residents to wash their hands, practice social distancing and to remain calm. He also encourages everyone to pray for…

Haywood Co. resident tested positive for COVID-19

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. -- Haywood County Mayor David Livingston has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in the county. A news release from the mayor's office says the health department is working with the individual, who is quarantined. Residents are encouraged…

Dyesburg State to continue classes online through May

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- Dyersburg State Community College announced all classes will continue to be online through May 8. Students will continue to meet with their classes through eLearn and the Zoom during their normal class times, according to the release.…

26 tested, 1 positive for COVID-19 at Physicians Quality Care

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Physicians Quality Care says they tested another 26 patients for coronavirus, with one returning as positive. A news release from Physicians Quality Care says the positive case is a non-resident of Madison County. Over 130 people have…

Hub City teachers host parade for students

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Teachers and staff in the Hub City came together Friday to show their support for school children. Faculty and staff from Jackson Career and Technology and Isaac Lane came together to hold a parade for their students.…

Personal Care Choices hires amid COVID-19 pandemic

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Caregiver Inc. is looking for members to join their team. The company has openings for direct support professionals, who provide daily living care to Caregiver individuals in residential and group homes, according to a news release…

Chester Co. Junior High School debuts video for students

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- Chester County Junior High School unveiled a video for its students. Principal Dr. Belinda Anderson asked faculty members to send in video of themselves clapping. The videos were then collected and made into a music video, featuring…

Educators gather for parade in local town

RUTHERFORD, Tenn. -- Educators in West Tennessee system came together for a parade Friday afternoon. Educators, principals and school staff took to the streets for some fun and more. Teachers say they wanted the students to know they are still…

Henry County Medical Center confirms first COVID-19 patient

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Henry County Medical Center confirmed Friday that staff is treating a COVID-19 patient from another county. In a statement, the facility says the patient was a known positive case who required treatment at their facility. The…

UT Board of Trustees appoints Randy Boyd as 26th president

MARTIN, Tenn. -- By a unanimous vote Friday afternoon, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees selected Randy Boyd to serve as UT's 26th president for the next five years. "As I've said, naming the president of the University of…

Weakley County confirms first coronavirus case

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum confirmed a case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in a Facebook post Friday. Mayor Bynum released a statement confirming the positive test result. In the statement, he said the patient is recovering…

Hardeman County confirms first case of COVID-19

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. -- Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain confirmed a case of COVID-19 on Friday. Mayor Sain said in a post on his Facebook page that no information on the patient will be released. Tennessee reported 1,203 cases of…

Madison County reports fourth COVID-19 case

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has confirmed a 28-year-old woman has tested positive for COVID-19. The health department confirmed just before 5 p.m. Friday that the woman received positive test results from a private lab on…

Dyersburg closing playgrounds, dog parks and more

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- On Friday, the city of Dyersburg announced that officials will close playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters and skate parks. In a news release posted on the city's Facebook page, Parks and Recreation Director…