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How to get help with unemployment benefits

JACKSON, Tenn.-- Are unemployment claims still an issue for some of you? WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News spoke with state leaders and they say there are several reasons why their application is taking longer to process and how you could get…

UTM receives grant from Nat'l Endowment for the Humanities

MARTIN, Tenn.--One local university is receiving a big grant. The University of Tennessee at Martin will receive a $126,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The agency supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The…

Weakley County program ensures kids have food on weekends

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Weakley County Backpack program geared up Tuesday with volunteers who put together meals to feed children. "We're going to pack approximately 1,000 bags of food, which will be placed in the children's backpacks every Friday…

Tips to help lawns survive the winter

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Temperatures are starting to drop and leaves are starting to die, but can you keep your lawn from doing the same? A local company is sharing what you can do to keep a healthy lawn during the…

FHU wraps up three year accreditation process

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- Freed-Hardeman University has been received accreditation from the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges. FHU is required to undergo the three year process began in 2018 and is required every 10 years, the news…

Dresden Middle School holds food drive for Christmas

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Schools across Weakley County are racing to the finish line to feed as many families ahead of Christmas. Dresden Middle School Fine Arts Club is participating in Santa's Food Drive to collect food items to…

TWRA gives update on CWD in West Tennessee

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Chronic wasting disease cases are on the rise in Tennessee, which may pose a problem for some hunters. Four new counties have been added to the CWD positive list this season: Henry County McNairy County Gibson County…

Jackson City Council approves recycling, study proposals

JACKSON, Tenn. --┬áCity leaders discussed plans to assess recycling and housing needs in Jackson during Tuesday's City Council meeting. The council approved a proposal for the $200,000 purchase of five new vehicles for the Jackson Police Department. The money…

JPD: 1 killed in Jackson Street shooting on Sunday

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The fatal shooting a 31-year-old man is being investigated by Jackson police. The department says that its officers responded to the call of a shooting on Jackson Street Sunday around 11:20 p.m. Jackson police arrived to find…

Canadian company to invest $150 million in Lake County plant

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. -- A global company is putting a $150 million investment into West Tennessee. Tennessee and Sinova Global officials announced on Tuesday that the company is bringing a silicon metal refining plant to Tiptonville. The new site will be…

FAFSA Challenge launched to increase access to higher education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two state organizations are launching the Tennessee FAFSA Challenge. The challenge is being held with the aim of increasing FAFSA completion among the state's students, according to a news release. The challenge will see everyone from the…

JTA to host free rides on Dec. 17

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Transit Authority is holding a Customer Appreciation Day. JTA says no fares will be needed on fixed routes throughout the day, Friday December 17. JTA says the day will be sponsored by BancorpSouth. You can…

Annual Jackson Christmas parade is back

JACKSON, Tenn. -- You could say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Hub City is getting into the holiday spirit. "It's a good kick off to the Christmas season," said Carmen Lemaster, a parade viewer. The…

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