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Memorial Sign in Honor of Griggs Family

A family killed two years ago by drunk driver is remembered as holiday driving season approaches. On October 12, 2015, William Griggs, Kassidy Leonard, and their 12 day old infant, Kimberlynn Griggs, were traveling north bound on Highway 13 when an impaired driver crossed the center line striking their vehicle. That day 3 lives were lost due to the senseless violent crime of impaired driving. There were 223 deaths due to impaired driving in Tennessee during 2016, 223 preventable deaths. Drunk driving is still the #1 cause of deaths on our roadways. Someone is injured every 2 minutes by and impaired driver and a life is lost every 51 minutes to impaired drivers in the United States. This mont

More Tennesseans Hit the Road

Most people across the nation started their holiday travel on Wednesday and Thursday of this week Triple-A-Motor is predicting that Tennesseans will be up at least three percent. It was not a good travel day in Madison county. It wasn't snowing or freezing rain, but fog and rain made visibility difficult. That didn't stop Sevi Paris and family. We found them here at the rest area. They were driving from New Jersey to Austin, Texas According to Triple-A Motor, more 2.6 Tennesseans will travel more than 50 miles, most of them by automobiles Triple-A spokesperson Stephanie Milani says gas prices in Tennessee are at $2.23 a gallon. Last year at on Christmas Day they sat at 2.09 a gallon. Lt.

JMCSS expands dual enrollment program

Jackson Madison county schools have announced they are expanding their dual enrollment program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes at local universities for future credit. The district views the expansion as the first step to greater preparation for post-high school plans "This expansion of dual enrollment really represents are first step in really expanding our post secondary opportunities and making sure we are true to are word." The expansion is will allow students take beginner level courses at Lane College, University of Memphis at Lambuth and UT Martin and is seen by many school administrators as a great way to prep their students for the rigors of college aca

Tips for last minute holiday shipping

"The day has been pretty steady, our busiest day was yesterday but today has been pretty steady for people sending off packages" according to Tiaye Owens, one of the sales associates at USPS. Its the busiest time of year for the united states postal service. USPS estimates they will deliver over 200 million packages by December 24th and six million on Christmas Eve alone. Workers at the post office branch at Dr Martin Luther king Jr drive say they don't do much prep for the week. "We do not prep, we're just prepared to do this because we do it every day. It's just part of our job." Today was the deadline for priority mail to be shipped to make it in time for Christmas Day. If you missed the

Church gives back to Sheriff's Department

A local church is giving back to the men and women who serve Madison county. Antioch Baptist Church is donating 125 fruit baskets to the Madison County Sheriff's D epartment, one of each of the 125 uniformed members of the department. The church got the idea from a group of baptist churches in Gibson county who did something similar last year. For church members, they wanted to show appreciation for the daily help the department offers "Sheriff's department and other law enforcement are folks who probably don't get their share of glory and they wear their uniform every day which provides some kind of trouble for them and we appreciate their sacrifice and in this holiday season its appropriat

Free Haircuts Builds Morale

Barbers Michael Lovings of Tight Cuts and Ray Carney of Gemini came by Isaac Lane Elementary this morning to give free haircuts to the young men of the school. Carney says when Isaac Lane's assistant principal mentioned the idea, for him it elementary school it was a no-brainer. Ray Carney says, “I will say, there's definitely a need, because some parents, they don't have the money, they can't really afford to do it, I think there's definitely a need, and at the same time...it builds confidence and boosts morale with the kids”. Carney says it’s important for small businesses to be able to give back to their community...especially for those like him...who were born in raised right here in Jac

Elvis Tribute Artist sings for Amy

“A shock, a last-minute shock, I wasn't expecting anything like that”, says Amy Riggins. Riggins and her mother are huge Elvis fans. So, Dresden resident Amy Riggins says, “it started four to five years ago when we moved to Memphis, I started getting these wounds. I can't be under any sun, the UV rays burn me, I can't be under florescent lights” Amy's and her mother have visited over ten different doctors about her condition but have yet to find any answers she is now confined to her room which is kept dark at 60 degrees at all time to prevent any more sores which has started to take a toll on her emotionally Debera Dowdy says, ““its draining, it’s very sad for her no to be able to get out”

Dr. Rolando Toyos speaks at Youth Town

Youth Town treatment center held its end of the year banquet this afternoon which featured a u-s senatorial candidate as the keynote speaker. Dr. Rolando Toyos, a physician based in Memphis, spoke to the crowd at the Youth Town auditorium about his journey to becoming a surgeon, as well as his views on the current health care issues and the opioid crisis. Toyos says his experience in all aspects of the medical field would allow him to help simplify the health care issue. "So I kind of see it from the hospital side, the clinic side, the small business side, the doctor side and the healthcare professional side and I can tell them that there are things in our system right now that we can fix wi

UT at Martin Finds new Jackson campus

MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Jackson Center is relocating to the Jackson State Community College main campus following almost a year of negotiations. The move to Jackson State’s Ned R. McWherter Center will begin today, Dec. 18, and will be completed in time for the start of spring semester classes Jan. 11. The UT Martin Jackson Center is currently located at 3031 Highway 45 Bypass, its home since October 2011. The university has offered classes in Jackson since 1992, and the upcoming move is the center’s second relocation to Jackson State. The center first moved to the Jackson State campus in January 2008 before eventually relocating in 2011 to its present site. T

Elvis visits sick girl

Good evening. I was told to send you information and video about a possible news story in hopes of helping a young lady with an unknown medical condition find answers. Both Debra Ann, and her daughter Amy LeAnn are huge Elvis and ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) fans. Amy has a condition that she breaks out with open wounds whenever she is in the sunlight. She has had to spend multiple days and weeks in the hospital. So with that being known, my fan club knew that this Christmas would be tough. They began working on a plan to send Santa Elvis with some special gifts. They among themselves took up a collection and flew me to hand deliver them. They were very surprised! In the video is clips of her

AP REPORTER URGES GRADUATES TO QUESTION, LISTEN, FIND COMMON GROUND

MARTIN, Tenn. — Crossing a stage is nothing new for Natalie King, who competed for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant crown in 2016. The former Miss UT Martin and Paducah, Kentucky, native crossed another important stage Saturday as she received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin. King was among 361 graduates who participated in the fall commencement ceremony at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center and listened as Meg Kinnard Hardee, a political and legal affairs reporter with The Associated Press, who bylines as Meg Kinnard, presented the commencement address. Hardee is a Georgetown University graduate who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in

Madison County Offices Closed for Holiday

Madison County government offices will close at noon on Friday, December 22, 2017 in observance of the Christmas holidays. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday morning, December 27, 2017. Office of the Madison County Mayor

Healthcare options for uninsured

Tomorrow is the deadline for healthcare open enrollment in Tennessee. For those who may be opting to forgo health insurance, you still have options here in Jackson. "Faith health center is a clinic that is predominantly for those without health insurance. We do see those with medicare or medicare and commercial insurance but we keep our pool to around 50% of those without insurance says Dr David Larsen, Medical Director for Faith Health center." Faith health center is a smaller clinic, so they offer mostly primary care measures. "We provide primary medical care meaning tests like management of high blood pressure, diabetes test and a range of other tests." For the uninsured it can cost as li

Music of Jackson

The Music of Jackson! Thursday, December 14 Jackson Plectral Society, Casey Jones Village, 6:30pm Open Jam, Jackson Elk Lodge, 7pm Josh McKee, Blues Landing (Buchanan), 7pm Karaoke Night, West Alley BBQ, 7pm Brandon Boyd Lewis, The Downtown Tavern, 8pm Open Mic w/ The Skeleton Krew, Cody’s, 8pm Open Mic w/ Dave Thomas, The Tap, 9pm Friday, December 15 Southern Fire Band, International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, 7pm Rick Williams, Crown Winery, 7pm Tumbleweed, Whiteville Family Entertainment Center, 7:30pm Prowler, Redbones, 8pm Skyelor Anderson, J. Thomas House of Bourbon & Blues, 8pm Olivia Faye & Dirty Don, Blues Landing (Buchanan), 8pm Gone to Marz, The Naked Turtle, 8pm Longshot, The Mic

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