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Jackson celebrates Gospel

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Sunday night, the Carl Perkins Civic Center was full for a 'Celebration of Gospel'. The Tennessee Mass Choir and other local artist lent their voices to Sunday nights event. Praise dancers and…

Jackson hosts state-wide NAACP Advocacy Summit

JACKSON, Tenn. -- This weekend, Jackson hosted the NAACP state-wide conference. There were discussions about race relations, education and criminal justice. At the final dinner Saturday night, the keynote speaker was Dr. K. B. Turner from the University of Memphis Department…

West Tennessee sends water to Flint

JACKSON, Tenn. -- After two weeks of collecting, the 'Water for Flint' project finished up Saturday. Members of the Jackson-Madison County branch of the NAACP loaded cases of water bottles on trucks heading to…

Several campaigns launch to encourage spring fitness

JACKSON, Tenn.,-- Several campaigns launch to encourage spring fitness. Starting March 5th, participating Tennessee State Parks will host a two-month weight loss competition called the Healthy Parks, Healthy Person Fitness Challenge.…

Hooked on Science: Racquetball Popper

Racquetball Popper EXPLANATION Energy, which is the ability to do work, is stored when the racquetball popper is turned inside out. Potential energy is stored energy. Once the popper hits…

New website is designed to help manage medications for seniors

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A new website is helping educate families of aging seniors about unintentional medication misuse. In 2015, more than 100,000 seniors were hospitalized because they took too much of their medication too often. Home Instead Senior Care has developed letstalkaboutrx.com…

Anna Kate Wenz tribute video

MARTIN, Tenn. -- In a sad update, 2-year-old Anna Kate Wenz, who was diagnosed last year with a brain tumor, has died. Relatives and friends of the family confirmed the news Wednesday. To see a video tribute to Anna Kate…

Check your voting precinct before Super Tuesday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, March 1st, to pick their primary candidate for their political party. Here's more information on the 33 precincts and sample ballots in Madison County: Madison County Election Commission Website You…

Phi Delta Kappa celebrates heritage

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Sunday afternoon the Jackson community gathered to celebrate heritage and honor community leaders. The sanctuary at Unity Temple Church was filled for the Gamma Psi chapter of Phi Delta Kappa…

First Baptist Church hosts first hand bell concert

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Churches from all over West Tennessee gathered for the first ever hand bell concert. About 70 performers filled the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church for the show. "I just invited the hand…

Black History Month program focuses on education

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Saturday afternoon, there was a unique Black History Month program in the Hub City. The Jackson-Madison County branch of the NAACP hosted their annual Black History Month program at the Historic First…

Web Exclusive: Tour of historic Bells Theatre

Sarah Conley, Chairperson of the Arts Council of Crockett County, gives a brief tour of the historic Bells Theatre. See Victoria Taylor's story on the efforts to preserve the theater here.

Jackson NAACP branch starts "Water for Flint" project

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A local organization is asking the community to help those effected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In response to the crisis, the Jackson-Madison County branch of the NAACP is…

Jackson-Madison County Library undergoes renovations

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson-Madison County Library may look a little different for the next few weeks as they're remodeling and rearranging to make more space. Crews are working to tile the upstairs…

Former Crockett Co. deputy and wife arrested

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. -- A former Crockett County deputy and his wife were arrested Saturday. The West Tennessee Drug Task Force said Zachary Edwards and his wife, Melissa Edwards, were arrested after manufacturing…

Academy application day at Northeast Middle School

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Saturday morning was academy application day at Northeast Middle School. Parents gathered in the cafeteria to fill out the Academic Academy Application for next school year. The future 6th and 7th graders also had to finish a written…

Investor boom fuels growth in downtown Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- If you've driven through downtown Jackson lately, you've not only seen new businesses but also construction crews as investors put money into the heart of the city. Downtown Jackson is going…

Application dates approaching for JMCSS Academic Academy

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Schools officials are finishing off a series of informational meetings at Northeast Middle School on the Academic Academy. The last informational meeting was scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. Parents were not…

AKA Sorority, Inc. celebrates 108th anniversary

JACKSON, Tenn -- The local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated the organization's 108th Founders Day Sunday afternoon at New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. The sorority was the first Greek-lettered…

Golden Circle Opry performs for South Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn -- The sounds of the Golden Circle Opry filled south Jackson Saturday night. The opry featured "Providence Road", "The Hatchie Bottom Boys" and "The Corinth Courthouse Pickers". Organizers said continuing to bring bluegrass…

Hooked on science: color changing flowers

INGREDIENTS 2 White Carnation Flowers 2 Clear Drinking Glasses Water Red Food Coloring INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1:  Fill each clear drinking glass half of the way with water. Add red food coloring to one of the clear drinking glasses and mix.…

TN school voucher bill, tabled..for now

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- An expected vote Monday night by legislators on a bill that would give some students in Tennessee's public schools money to attend a private school, has been tabled for now.…

Arrest made after multi-hour standoff in Henderson

HENDERSON, Tenn -- The Henderson Police Department confirms they made an arrest after a man barricaded himself inside a home off Frankie Lane in Henderson Saturday night. Authorities told WBBJ on the…

'Puppy Bowl' raises money for humane society

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn. -- With the big game just a day away, some of Carroll County's best pups took to the field Saturday to help raise money for a local nonprofit.…

Union's Edge program kicks off a new semester

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A special get-together for the Edge program at Union University helped kick off the second semester of the program. Edge students, along with their mentors and parents made their…

Lane College kicks off religion week

EAST JACKSON, Tenn. -- Lane College kicked off 'Religion Emphasis Week. School officials say this serves as an opportunity to celebrate and share their faith on campus and within the larger communities.…

Secret Keeper Girls Tour stops in the hub city

NORTH JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Secret Keeper Girls tour made a stop in the Hub City. The night was filled with music, dancing, and crazy hair at Fellowship Bible Church in North…

Ballroom dancers hit the floor in the hub city

WEST JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Ballroom Dance club danced the night away at First Presbyterian Church. It's their first of two events they host throughout the year to continue the social  tradition…

Lady Bulldogs rally for 8th straight win

JACKSON, Tenn. - The No. 14 Union University women’s basketball team used a 31-point fourth quarter to rally past Mississippi College 84-71 Saturday at Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Union improved to…

U.T. Martin women win 7th straight with 92-62 win

MARTIN, Tenn. – Five different players scored in double figures, including a pair of 20-point scoring performances as the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball cruised to a 92-62 victory…

City leader turns to prayer after recent deaths

EAST JACKSON, Tenn. -- After the death of a young woman in East Jackson, City Councilman Johnny Dodd is planning to have a community prayer Sunday afternoon in Sherlene Mercer Park. Dodd…

Union men win third straight, 89-81

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Union University men’s basketball team defeated Mississippi College 89-81 Saturday afternoon at Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Union improved to 15-6 overall and 9-6 in the Gulf South Conference.…

Lane women drop home game, 69-53

JACKSON, Tenn -- The Lane College women's basketball team dropped their fourth straight game in a 69-53 loss to Kentucky State.

Jackson Police confirm suspicious death under investigation

JACKSON, Tenn.,--Jackson Police are investigating a suspicious death near Highway 70 and Boardwalk Cove. According to a release from the Jackson Police Department, "Around 4:00 a.m., officers were dispatched the vicinity of Boardwalk Cove for an unidentified black female lying near…

SAFE Campaign encourages seat belt safety

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Seat belts are for everyone. That's what authorities said they're emphasizing over the next six months across the Volunteer State. "This is a program that we hope that we can…

Snow is finally melting in Trenton

JACKSON, Tenn. -- According to Gibson County officials, about four inches of snow fell in Trenton, causing schools and businesses to close. "It got so bad that I live about a fourth of the…

Jackson Christian holds open house

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Parents and children in our area attended Jackson Christian School for an open house Sunday afternoon. Families were able to take campus tours, meet teachers and administrators and learn more about the private…