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How to protect your personal data online

Facebook’s data breach of over Fifty Million accounts may only be a week old, but there are still questions about how safe your data is. Information technology experts here in Jackson say that when you sign up for an account, its hard to know what your giving up. “A lot of times when people sign up for Facebook, they don’t read the agreements, and things of that nature. Facebook doesn’t really disclose that information either, so it makes it really difficult to interpret what you’re actually signing up for" says Zach Coleman, president of Tailored Networks in Jackson. Coleman adds that one of the main parts of Facebook where data is shared with an outside party is though some of the sites so

WNBJ Late News First Block Wednesday 3-28-18

WNBJ Late News First Block from Wednesday 3-28-18 Top stories include West Tennessee Health Care purchase of 3 smaller Tennova area hospitals. We allso look at a new scholarship announced for Lexington High School. The Pearson's will give $1000 a year,

UT Martin's band tries a different approach

The band is changing multiple aspects from the way they currently do things and breaking the norm They plan to go from three rehearsals to only one rehearsal on Friday afternoons. Music majors will be required to be a part of the band 2 years instead of 4, and a uniform will no longer be a part of their attire. "We want to focus on less time commitment more focus on the music and just on the fun aspects of it. I think this could be a really fun ensemble that students will want to be a part of so people are scared of change and I know that I get that but you don’t know if you don’t try," says Hill. This is a combined effect of low funding and wanting to completely focus on just the music, not

The CO goes on wheels

The CO is using its grant from the state and creating three mobile platforms. Inside the mobile STEM buses you can experience virtual reality, drones, robots, 3D printing, and more. Within the next 18 months they will head to all 19 distressed counties in Tennessee and to over half of the 33 that are considered to be at risk. “So we’re basically trying to get them to know about the jobs of the future basically like they grew up with technology but teaching them how they can take that technology and they enjoy and that they’re passionate about,” says Pittman. Their goal is to prepare rural communities for emerging jobs by exposing them to the technology and machines that are becoming more de

University of Tennessee at Martin is the first college in the state to have a drug take back box.

The University of Tennessee at Martin is the first college in the state to have a drug take back box on their campus. The drug takeback box was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is an effort to help the community rise above substance abuse. The box is located in Crisp Hall in the department of public safety office. It was located here because they require 24 hour surveillance. “They might be hesitant at first just because of the location but i feel like a lot of students are comfortable coming in here if they get a parking ticket or something like that they're going to have to come in here,” says Edwards. Edwards, who is vice president of students organized against drugs on

Restaurants and local police prepare for St. Patricks Day

Restaurants and bars are preparing for St. Patricks day on Saturday. Rock'n Dough will have food specials and they will even have beer specifically brought in for the holiday. “These are both going to be seasonal, one offs, just for the holiday,” says Gordon White A lot of other bars around town are going to have specials and there will even be a bar crawl. It will start at the Chandelier at five and make its way to Rock'n Dough, Blacksmith, West Alley Barbecue all the way down to the Downtown Tavern. If you plan on drinking this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day be sure to have a designated driver because there will be extra eyes on the road. “Pretty much so if they’re out there they see it the

WNBJ First Block News Tuesday 3-27-18

WNBJ News First Block Tuesday 3-27-18 Top stories include 3 deaths in 5 days due to suspected tainted heroin. Did the gun march mirror the protest of Vietnam in the 60's.

THIRD PERSON CHARGED IN 2017 HARDIN COUNTY FIRE

JACKSON – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Fire Investigation Services and Hardin County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the indictment and arrest of an Alabama man, making him the third person to be charged in connection with the 2017 fire. At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, on October 31, 2017, TBI Agents joined investigators with TFIS and deputies in investigating a fire that occurred on that day on Fox Hollow Loop Road in Savannah. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the structure, a hay barn containing about 175 rolls of hay, was intentionally set. On March 20th, the Ha

March for our Lives compared to other protests in American history

"Do The Write Thing," a local youth violence prevention program was a part of the march and students commented on just how powerful they believe the movement is. “So yes I believe there will be some laws being changed because young people care a lot about what is going on and we fear for our safety,” says Jah'Karious Conley. March for our lives joins Americas historic protests and professor at Jackson State Community College compares its similarities to the Vietnam War. “It's kind of like the Vietnam War. A lot of people came back from the war and had scars on their hearts and their minds and they turned against the war but there were also a lot of young people that saw these people coming

Lifeline Blood Services in dire need for blood.

According to Lifeline Blood Services, West Tennessee’s Blood Supply is in a vulnerable position. “We have an immediate need for blood types O negative, B negative and A negative,” said Tonya Johnson, Director of Community Services for LIFELINE Blood Services.” Because negative blood types are so rare it is harder to recruit enough donors to meet the needs of patients who have negative types. Another factor contributing to the current situation is that donor turn-out at blood drives across West Tennessee has been lower than projected for the past few weeks. “This lower number, of course, results in less blood being available for patients. LIFELINE must replenish the supply of all these

WNBJ Late News Monday 3-27-19

Top stories tonight include a drop in crime on college campuses. Jackson Overstreet takes a closer look at the TBI report. Spring Break is here and Camila Rueda tells us what happening at the library to keep kids minds ticking.

College campus crime drops in 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced earlier this month that crime across college campuses in Tennessee was down in 2017 compared to 2016. For colleges here in West Tennessee, they too have seen a drop in crime. For Union University, the reason fir the campus safety is an old saying. “Here at Union we have a strong culture of see something, say something,” says Director for Safety, Security and Risk Mitigation Yancey Pettigrew. According to Pettigrew, strong communication between students and staff to plays a big part in keeping the campus safe. “We value having a safe campus just like they do. If there is something that needs to be reported then they report it. If there is someth

College crime statistics for 2017

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released to the public its annual crime study detailing the volume and nature of crime on the state’s college and university campuses. ‘Crime on Campus 2017’ compiles data submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges, universities, and law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report’s findings: Overall, crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 2.8% from 2016 to 2017. In total, 26.8% of all 2017 offenses reported were categorized as Larceny/Theft. Robbery offenses decreased significantly, by 55.2%, from 29 in 2016 to 13 in 2017. Assault Offenses decreased by 1

Southside High School receives a bomb threat and evacuates immediately.

Southside High School started evacuating the school after receiving a bomb threat. The Jackson Police Department says that they got a call around 9:26 am Students were evacuated to the football field immediately where they waited for the school to be searched and cleared. Student Eryka Yancey says she knew it wasn’t a drill when they pulled them out during a pre-SAT. "We were all like what’s going on and then when we got to the football stadium everybody started calling their parents and that’s when we found out it was a bomb threat and we were just like we have to call our parents this is really important this is obviously not a drill," says Yancey Southside High School parents rushed to th

Walk Across Tennessee

Today marks the start of this 8 week long fitness journey. The goal is not to walk across the country but to reach the equivalent number of miles that it would take. The point of this is not to count your steps but to put some intentional and additional exercise into your life. Whether the goal is to improve their overall wellness, manage their health conditions or control their weight, Tennesseans participate for a variety of reasons. EJ Shelton shares that the reason he participates is for the kids at the boys and girls club. “We thought that it was something that we could do for the kids as well. Actually show them the adults trying to be healthy because we push that at our clubs. We hav

Job fairs during record low unemployment rate

The unemployment rate is currently the lowest that it has ever been at 3.3%, according to the bureau of labor statistics. Several companies attented a job fair today searching for possible employees. “I came to the job fair because we have several positions that we are recruiting for,” says Labar. 28 different companies were present today and some were even interviewing on the spot. “You know there is a need and i’m sure we’re not the only ones that are looking for people by the look of the job fair today. So yeah, the unemployment rate has definitely affected the vacancies and jobs that are available today,” she says Labar says that she has hired fourty to fifty percent of the employees at

Jackson Madison library receives a STEM grant.

The 34-hundred dollar stem grant will allow the library to launch its stem leap initiative. The purchase of learning kits, robots and raspberry pie kits to teach coding are fundamental to hands-on teaching. Areas of focus include science, technology, engineering, and math. The library partnered with the co and the keep my hood good campaign to provide high quality training for students. The keep my hood good program allows underprivileged students who may not have had the appropriate resources or access to be able learn, explore and play with stem education. Founder and executive director juanita jones says this gift is almost unimaginable. “You know, just a dream that they would have never

Helicopter Safety and Precautions

Sunday evening a helicopter drowned and none of the five passengers were able to escape. This was due to the difficulty in releasing the eight strap harness in this off door helicopter. After the tragic accident in New York on Sunday, Overton says that a pilot’s priority is always safety. The helicopters used by the aviation unit in Jackson are only five strap seatbelts and even have a quick release . Inside, there are multiple lights and signals that go off in the case of an emergency but Steven Overton says that one can never be too safe and even encourages passengers to be another set of eyes. “Safety first foremost, if you see something that’s unsafe, that the pilot may not see right off

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