Top Toyota executive visits local factory

One of the top executives from Toyota North America made a stop in the Hub city today to talk about the state of the company. Chris Reynolds, the head of manufacturing for Toyota North America was at the Toyota Bodine plant in west Madison county this afternoon visiting the plant. Reynolds spoke to local media during his visit and talked at length on many different subjects including the impact of the trade tariffs and the current state of the company. He also spoke on one of the issues facing both the bodine plant and the company at large, recruiting skilled workers. "We have a crying need for skilled workers, so if you're a skilled worker and you can display the kind of skills we need here

Immigrant family seeks help from the Jackson community

Just two days ago the Cirpaci family was living out of their van in the Walmart parking lot. “One of our supporters brought this family they'd met on the streets that was living in a van with their four children in need of food and a place to stay,” says Director of Area Relief Ministries Michael Roby. Cirpaci Ionel, his wife, and their four children immigrated from Romania and are currently awaiting their asylum hearing that’s at the end of August. After that they plan to move to Colorado where they know some people but until then, the family is not allowed to leave the area and is seeking help from the community to get by. “We just let them move in and gave them a place to live and just tr

First responders introduce "Help Us Find You!" initiative

“Requesting eta, none of these houses are marked with addresses so i'm unable to locate…” This is a problem first responders in Madison County face every single day. They get called out to an emergency situation and then take too long looking for a house, or never find it all because its not marked. Chief Deputy Steve Overton says the difference from having a visible house number to not, could be the difference between life and death. “A couple weeks ago we have a deputy who had an infant choking, 9 month old infant choking. And he was able to respond and get there quick enough to clear the child's airway. Now what if he was not bale to find that house, what would’ve happened,” says Chief Ov

A day in the life of the Jackson Generals stadium staff

It is about Six PM and fans are making their way through the gates at the Ballpark at Jackson to catch one of the nearly 70 home games the generals have this year. But for the staff of the team, they have been working to get the stadium ready for this game for a while according to Tyler Springs, media relations manager for the team. “A lot of the people who come in, they think we come in and just turn the lights on at 6:05 and are ready to go but it’s a full day process. We’re here on days even when the players aren’t playing” The day for ball park staff can start as early at seven in the morning. From gamer operations, to the grounds crew, each day looks different but equally vital to getti

Incoming freshman ready to start college after UTM SOAR

Incoming freshman at the University of Tennessee at Martin are ready to become Skyhawks after a day at UTM's SOAR or summer orientation and registration program. “I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of people especially coming from another state and a different environment,” says incoming freshman Haeleigh Paulino. Students and their parents spent the day on campus, getting acclimated to life in college. After today the incoming freshman should have everything they need, and everything they need to know to start the school year. The sessions included registering for classes, student services and organizations, and even things to prepare them for life in college like time management and budg

Made in Tennessee College tour: TCAT Jackson

“Our mission is workforce development and student success.” For 54 years, TCAT Jackson has been training the workforce of West Tennessee as part of a network of vocational school across the volunteer state. When you step foot on the TCAT Jackson campus, you have plenty of options for your technical education according to TCAT President Jeff Sisk. “Welding, machine tool, industrial maintenance, things like that. We also have other program in support of industry like information technology, cad, and the truck driving program.” T-cat programs very in length, from as short as a couple of weeks to as long as two years but each one has the same goal. To help create and develop a skilled worker. On

Heat safety for dangerously high temperatures

The thermometer says 93 degrees but the heat index could rise above 105, that’s according to the National Weather Service. They say the heat wave will continue to affect Tennessee throughout the weekend. And now, people are trying to do what they can to stay cool, even enjoying the new splash pad in Bemis is helping them do that. “It's been fun its been keeping us cool,” says community member Amanda Strong. Staying cool is just one of the many things people are advised to do during extreme heat. Dr. Peter Gardner at Physicians Quality Care gives some examples of what heat could lead to if people aren't careful. “People get weak, they get fatigued, their heart rate may accelerate, they may e

Students take part in video game design camp

These kids are spending their morning typing away at computers, building their own digital world. They are taking part of the UT Martin Jackson campus build your own video game camp. For Tate kee, he has already learned a lot this week. “How to find the people you want. How to build levels” To build a game, the campers start with a skeleton of a basic game and then its up to their imaginations what they do next. “They get to add in their own graphics, they get to add in their own characters, they learn about how images are used in a video game and they learn to manipulate those images” according to program director Matthew Deck. But while this camp is a lot of fun for these kids, they are le

Campers showcase their talents at Jackson Idol

A Jackson city tradition continues as kids from all over the city get on the stage of the Carl Perkins Civic Center to showcase their talents. Jackson Idol has been around for over a decade and is something the students look forward to every year. As all the camps in the city start to come to an end, they start preparing for Jackson Idol . They each have their own talent shows, and then all 6 camps come together to perform and compete against one other. “it’s a pretty close competition because we do have some very good very skilled people here,” says camper Keith Guy. Today, there were about 30 students on the stage, and fellow campers and community members filled the audience. As you can he

Stadium projects at Northside and Southside are making progress

Crews are hard at work here at Northside high school, racing to complete work on a series of renovations to the school’s football stadium. By the time week one of the season rolls, fans will be able to see a lot of changes “We will have new bleachers, both home and away. We’ve got a new concessions stand, new visitors locker room, a new walking track that the public can use, new goal posts, new scoreboard and a new press box.” Northside won’t be the only one playing in a newly renovated stadium next year. Out here at Southside, they’re hard at work getting ready for the new season. “That stadium hadn’t had any renovations on it since the eighties I believe, that something was done to it, so

Mother Liberty CME's freedom school leads march against gun violence

“Protect children and not guns, protect children and not guns.” Today members of the Mother Liberty CME Church's Freedom School and the Hub Club marched to promote awareness for gun violence both in the Hub city and the nation at large. This was part of the children defense fund’s national day of social action. “Everybody nationwide who are in the children defense fund’s freedom schools will be focusing today on this particular issue.” The day of social action is designed to boost awareness in the community and more importantly amongst the young participants about the year’s selected topic. “The more they know, the better protected they are.” But the marching and chanting weren’t the only pa

Governor Bill Lee meets with West Tennessee farmers

Governor Bill Lee made a stop in Dyer County to address a problem affecting much more than just rural Tennessee. “Agriculture is 13 percent of the economy of Tennessee, it’s the largest economic driver of the state and this part of the state is primarily made up of agriculture economy,” says Governor Bill Lee. Local farmers took the time to share with and show Governor Lee just how destructive recent Summer floods have been. Rain has been off and on all year long and now remnants from Tropical Depression Barry has only made the situation worse. Some farmers even say this may be the worst year they’ve experienced in their whole life. “There's about 300-350 acres that we don’t think will get p

Excessive Summer storms causing problems for West Tennessee farmers

“It's affected us yes and that’s why were here, to get answers,” says Dyer County farmer John Dodson. John Dodson is one of the many farmers in West Tennessee who was hoping to get answers today. Answers to what they should do after getting such large amounts of rainfall and flash flooding in the middle of summer. “So a large portion of our county's affected by it because a large number of our most productive acres down in the river bottoms,” says Dodson. Tennessee is just one of the many states along the Mississippi River being affected by this uncontrollable condition that's putting farmers in a variety of difficult situations. The biggest problem isn’t just the rainfall from the last coup

Made in Tennessee College tour: Jackson State Community College

“We admitted our first group of students in 1967." Over 600 students who walked through the doors of Jackson State Community College that october to be apart of the first class the school’s history. And in the 52 years that the school has been open, there has always been one common goal according to president Allana Hamilton. “providing accessible workforce opportunities and supporting our workforce within the region.” Now coming into the 2019-2020 school year, JSCC is is still working on ways to continue to be accessible for anyone who wants to further their education. One of those ways is through a new initiative called career in a year. “we have designed programs to where students can com

Tropical Depression Barry affects West Tennessee

Over the weekend, West Tennesseans experienced storms, rainfall, and even a tornado warning. “My wife the other night she went to the hospital down in the basement,” says Jackson resident Travis Taylor. It’s the middle of Summer and all around the city there's water filling peoples yards, and completely taking over roads. In some cases, the storm is affecting people personally. “I haven’t been able to work since Friday due to the rain conditions so well be off about 3, 4 days so i'm hoping the rain will end today so I can get back to work tomorrow,” says Jackson resident James Dirkans. According to Jason Moore, Deputy Director for the Madison County EMA, there wasn’t as much rainfall as expe

UT Ag 30th annual Summer Celebration

After 3 decades, the University of Tennessee’s institute of agriculture continues to put on their annual summer celebration lawn and garden show. Around 2 thousand people from around the state and even around the world came to the West Tennessee ag research and education center in Jackson for this event, proving that the summer celebration is international. “All across the state and we have representatives from other states Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, we even had some guests today from Germany,” says Ginger Rowsey. The theme this year was kaleidoscope as they featured many colors and random objects like kitchen stoves and neck ties around the gardens to feature their constantly changing

Second drowning in Beech Lake in less than 3 months

Community members are taking extra precautions while at Beech Lake after another drowning ocurred in the swimming area last night. “I make sure he has floaties on, never stay away from them, you just have to take your precautions,” says Martina Smith. The Lexington Police Department was called out to beech lake around 6:30 last night where they say a 29 year old West Tennessee resident drowned. This is now the second drowning in the swimming area of Beech Lake in just about 2 months, with the other being on Memorial Day. “it just happened that they were in close proximity to one other. Obviously if were able to identify anything through our investigation that could assist in preventing somet

Jackson Chamber program aims to keep young adults in the Hub City

“So I didn’t know a lot of stuff about it, there are things I wouldn’t have seen.” Jacy Gray is spending her summer interning at Kelloggs. The Texas native didn’t know much about Jackson before she got here but the past four weeks have changed that. She and thirty two other area interns and young adults have been part of a chamber program called Experience Jackson TN. “The goal of the program is to introduce young people from different places throughout the country to jackson and show them what jackson has to offer." During the six week program, the participants have been shown different parts of the city, from a preview of an upcoming show at the ned to a tour of different restaurants in th

Made in Tennessee college tour: Dyersburg State Community College

Exactly 50 years ago, a nine hole golf course in the city of Dyersburg became Dyersburg State Community College. Danny Walden was a part of their very first class in 1969. “I'm extremely proud of this place I didn’t realize when I first started going here the impact it would have on me personally,” says Walden. Currently, DSCC has around 3 thousand students receiving an education. And throughout its 50 years the college has educated many people who are now giving back to the city of Dyersburg. “Our mayors are educated here, our bank presidents several of them are educated here, on and on, our school teachers many of them started here,” says DSCC President Karen Bowyer. And Dyersburg State do

Non-profit asking for help sheltering area homeless during summer heat

“It’s hot everyday, humid every day. Just nowhere to sleep.” For Robert Givens, that is the reality he and other homeless people in Jackson face as temps reaching into the low nineties all week. While he and others are sweating it out during the day, organizations like Area Relief Ministries are trying to help. The non-profit is running their room in the inn program during the summer but due to lack of shelter hosts, they aren’t always open. “We have maybe half the summer covered like during the summer months, like only three months of a total of six months are actually covered" according to director of operations for arm, Fred Mckinnie. With the some of hotestest days ahead of us this summe

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