WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 injured in Benton Co. crash

BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A crash on Highway 70 in Benton County leaves an Atwood man dead and sends a woman to a Nashville hospital. Investigators say 40-year-old Shane Hamm, of Atwood, was killed when a dump truck carrying sand…

UPDATE: 4 injured in fights at Hardeman Co. prison, TDOC says

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Correction now says four inmates were injured in a string of fights Sunday night at the Hardeman County Correctional Complex. CoreCivic said in a statement Monday that the altercations happened around 8 p.m.…

Mugshots : Madison County : 8/31/18 – 9/04/18

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 8/31/18 and 7 a.m. on 9/04/18. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Highway 70 closed in Benton Co. after crash

UPDATE #2: Investigators confirm one person was killed in a Tuesday crash on Highway 70 between Bruceton and Camden. See the updated story here. UPDATE #1: The Tennessee Department of Transportation's SmartWay map has updated the estimated time of the…

Dyer County Fair kicks off with opening ceremonies

DYER COUNTY, Tenn.--The Dyer County Fair kicked off its opening ceremony, Monday night. Earlier in the day, there were livestock and farm shows. This week's events include a talent show on Tuesday, truck and tractor pull on Thursday and other…

Olive Garden brings lunch to firefighters

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A local restaurant brings lunch to first responders. Olive Garden in North Jackson delivered lunches Monday to the Madison County Fire Department for Labor Day. "Some of us…

Dyer County Fair opens with livestock shows

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- The Dyer County Fair opens Monday with livestock and farm shows. The fair will have their opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Monday, though the carnival opens at 5:30…

Suspects in robbery of elderly woman arrested in California

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two men suspected of robbing an elderly Chester County woman are now in custody. The Chester County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Drew Lott, 28, and Alexander Matthews,22, were arrested Monday morning in Sacramento, California. The men…

Inmates injured in stabbing at Hardeman County prison

WHITEVILLE, Tenn. -- In a statement released Monday morning, Whiteville police say at least three people were injured in a gang-related incident Sunday night at Hardeman County Correctional Facility. CoreCivic, which owns Hardeman County Correctional Facility, says three inmates were…

2 seriously injured in boat crash on the Tennessee River

PERRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two people were seriously injured in a boat crash Sunday night on the Tennessee River. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, two people were on the 18-foot boat when it crashed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.…

African Street Festival wraps up final day

JACKSON, Tenn. — Sunday was the last day of the African Street Festival in Jackson. Along with the food and dancing, Zion Church from Jackson had their 11 a.m. service at…

George Strait's longtime drummer killed in car wreck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The longtime drummer for country music star George Strait has been killed in a car wreck outside of Nashville. Strait spokeswoman Ebie McFarland confirmed 59-year-old Michael A. Kennedy of Baxter, Tennessee, died Friday. A report from…

Surgeon left needle inside patient, who later died

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The family of a Tennessee man who died shortly after a surgeon left a needle inside his chest cavity has sued the hospital. The Tennessean reports 73-year-old John Burns Johnson had open heart surgery at TriStar…

Chester County officials sworn in during ceremony

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- Chester County officials are sworn in to their offices, Friday at the Chester County jail. All elected Chester County officials were sworn in during a ceremony Friday morning in Henderson. The ceremony including all re-elected and…

Jackson Fire Chief retires after more than 30 years

DOWNTOWN JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local fire chief retires after more than 30 years on the job. Jackson Fire Department Chief Max Stewart retires today after 36 years with the fire department. Stewart was named chief in 2012. Jackson Mayor…

Labor Day weekend events in West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Labor Day weekend is here, and there are a few events going on for those looking for something to do with family or friends. Labor Day usually marks…

Wayne Co. prison inmate charged in death of cellmate

  WAYNE COUNTY, Tenn. -- An inmate at South Central Correctional Facility in Clifton is facing a murder charge after the death of his cellmate. Billy Earl McIllwain, 39, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his cellmate,…

Mugshots : Madison County : 8/30/18 – 8/31/18

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 8/30/18 and 7 a.m. on 8/31/18. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

'Main event' highlights this year's Gibson County Fair

TRENTON, Tenn.--It was an exciting night at the Gibson County Fair as the Tennessee Independent Wrestling Federation took the main stage for their seventh year at the fair, Thursday evening. Wrestling fans said…

SWTDD hosts annual dinner and awards ceremony

JACKSON, Tenn.--The Southwest Tennessee Development District hosted their annual dinner and awards ceremony, Thursday evening. It was held a Jackson Fairgrounds Park. The district serves eight counties and promotes the renewal and…

Owner of Cody's releases statement on recent shooting

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The owner and operator of a Jackson bar where a recent shooting left one person dead and injured four others has released a statement about the incident. A shooting in the early morning hours of Aug. 20…

Jackson police say missing man found safe

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Police Department has located a man who was missing from an assisted care facility. Cameron Delgado went missing on Aug. 27. Police said Thursday afternoon that Delgado has been found safe.

UT Martin non-smoking policy

The University of Tennessee at Martin has banned smoking on campus. To see the full policy, click here.

Mugshots : Madison County : 8/29/18 – 8/30/18

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 8/29/18 and 7 a.m. on 8/30/18. Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

Part-time Sports Anchor/Reporter/Videographer — WBBJ-TV

WBBJ-TV is looking for a part-time Sports Anchor/Reporter/Videographer. Qualified candidates will assist with our very successful high school football coverage on Friday nights. Candidates must be able to cover local games as both a Reporter and Videographer. Qualified applicants must…

Local students work with exotic animals

Local students took education to an exotic level. East Chester Elementary School students took part in a wildlife senses program with the "Natural History Education Company of the Mid-South". An array of…

St. Mary's students get lesson in kindness

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local private school receives a message of kindness. St. Mary's Catholic School welcomed a special guest Wednesday. Cartoon character Ned, with a program featuring Kenyan students, showed kindergarten…