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Emmett Till Antilynching Act is going to President Trump's Office

After decades of lawmakers trying to make lynching a hate crime, it finally passed in the senate and now the house of representatives. “We’re finally grabbling with some of the issues and things we need to, to point out the fact that discrimination and acts of this nature is no longer accepted in a civilized society", says community leader, Harrell Carter. 14 year old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Now in 2020, nearly 65 years later, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed by the House of Representatives. But lawmakers tried to pass similar legislation before. “Representative white was the only black, african american representative at that time and he tried to get this anti

Humboldt achieves Main Street Accreditation

Main street is the heart of small towns across Tennessee, especially west Tennessee. And one local town is one step closer to making sure their main street is even better. Humboldt and Elizabethton recently achieved Tennessee Main Street accreditation. The program helps communities build their downtown area and keep it thriving, but what do humboldt residents already think about their main street? “Oh yea, downtown Humboldt is growing leaps and bounds", says resident, Robin Elam. “I love Humboldt, born and raised here. This is my town", says resident Kathy Sikes. The program will allow Humboldt to receive grants for buildings, entrepreneurs moving into town, and, future designs. Humboldt nat

Boat of 2 teens and father found below Pickwick Dam

We are here day one as the search begins for 2 15-year-old males and a father last seen here. The latest update is that the boat was found on the Tennessee river near the Savannah bridge. HARDIN COUNTY OFFICIAL'S RECEIVED A PHONE CALL AROUND 9PM SUNDAY NIGHT STATING 3 PEOPLE HAD NOT RETURNED HOME. TWO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE FATHER OF ONE OF THE STUDENTS WERE LAST SCENE SATURDAY AROUND 6:45PM ON A FISHING TRIP AT PICKWICK LAKE. THE TRIP WAS APART OF A BOAT TOURNAMENT WITH THE OBION COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THE HARDIN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES BEGIN THEIR SEARCH AT 8 THIS MORNING AND AROUND 8:30 THEY FOUND THE NEW LEAD OF THE BOAT BEING FOUND NEAR THE SAV

Made in Tennessee: The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar

One local family had a vision to open a business that was over the top and they did just that, but with burgers and milkshakes. “Wanted to open an amazing restaurant and so we had the idea to make the food as big and bold and amazing as we could possibly make it", says co owner of The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar, Mark Laderman. The Laderman family opened the Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar in October of 2017. Since the doors opened they have served their customers cheesey burgers, extravagant milkshakes, and more. “Well first of all over the top is our motto here", says co owner, Alan Laderman. Customers travel from across the country to try the food. Two women stopped in from kentucky t

The Basketball Tournament is coming to Jackson

The Oman Arena is known for hosting concerts, festivals, and now they’re gearing up for a nationally ranked basketball tournament. The Puma sponsored basketball tournament also known as TBT is coming to the Oman Arena. But it all started with local basketball players making their mark on the court. “When we started we had no idea it would be in jackson. Little ole’ jackson compared to where we been going", says Jackson Underdawgs player, Anthony Sampson. The Jackson Underdawgs have played in the tournament for five years, the first four they were counted out and given the lowest seed. But last year they went all the way to the quarter finals in Chicago. Player, Antwan Long says, "We’ve been

Hardin County suffers a landslide

I'm not on Glendale Road, i'm under it. And unfortunately this isn’t the only disaster that happened here in Hardin County this weekend. A landslide started in Savannah on Saturday after the Tennessee River crested. About three acres on chalk bluff slid down, taking two homes, a trailer, a jeep, and much more with it. “So tragic, I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime,” says William Duke. Both homes were evacuated before they collapsed, but many Hardin County residents are feeling the impact from the landslide. “I'm a logger we've been coming through here with loaded trucks and we've been having to detour, i'm just glad none of my trucks were coming through here,” says Jimmy Franks.

University of Tennessee of Martin hosts their 20th annual Civil Rights Conference

As Black History Month continues one local university continues a tradition to help students and the community learn more about civil rights. The University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting their 20th Annual Civil Rights Conference this week. This conference brings together speakers from across the country to talk about past and present civil rights issues. UT Martin student, Amethyst Hawkins, says “It’s like multiple people who went through these things, they are telling us their stories. It’s pretty powerful, i like to learn from other people and their experiences.” The conference goes deep into topics that fall under the umbrella of civil rights like voting, immigration, and the LGBTQ co

Scotts Hill students are preparing for their future careers

The students here in Scotts Hill are being introduced to science, technology, engineering, art, and math all in one day. And it starts right here. “It’s fun, it’s fun.” “It’s trippy.” Scotts Hill Elementary and Middle School held their first steam career fair today. Students met with leaders in STEAM fields that are right in their community. Eighth grader, Zach Lyles says,“I didn’t know technology was really this wide spread.” They started the fair at a mobile innovation lab… Where they worked with robots and a virtual reality system. “I’ve been a big fan of robots my whole life", says eighth grader, Hayden Middleton And the experience gave some 8th graders ideas for their future.. “I’m hone

Healthcare in TN could see change

A legislation was recently passed that could change healthcare for the state of Tennessee. Now let's hear about the pros and the cons that would come with it. The bill would allow nurse practitioners, midwives, and CRNA’s to practice independently. Something that the dean of Union University’s college of nursing says they have been waiting for. “We want to be able to practice without paying a physician to come in and sign 20 percent of our charts," says Dr. Kelly Darden. Dr. Harden says she doesn’t want to replace physicians, but the bill would allow them to offer healthcare options where it currently lacks, for example rural areas in Tennessee. “It'll save money because we wont have to pay

First Lady Lee serves the Jackson community

First Lady Maria Lee continues her initiative Tennessee Serves in Jackson today, as she makes a stop at the Dream Center. Every month Lee has a different challenge. But before she started February's challenge she had one last stop to make for January's challenge to help the homeless community. “To gain knowledge of what they do here but also highlight what they're doing in this community for women and children who are homeless and need some help getting back on their feet,” says Lee. Lee got to hear from the women that the Dream Center serves about what it's done for their life. One of these women, Jeri Jo Fry spoke to Lee about her 25 year meth addiction, and how the Dream Center changed he

Made in Tennessee: My Best Friend Jenna

Dresses, dresses, and more dresses. Prom season is almost here and one local business is making sure that every girl that walks in the doors, leaves feeling confident. Two sisters decided to start their own business after one of their favorite stores closed. “So we are from her born and raised and one of our very favorite stores that we used to always shop was the highlander", says Bridal Coordinator Manger at My Best Friend Jenna, Lauren Hamilton. Both sisters always had an eye for fashion, but never imagined that their love for dressing up would turn into their career. Hamilton says, "Jenna was like you want to do this, can we do this? We didn’t know anything about it, but we always loved

Mike Bloomberg's campaign visits Jackson TN

America is gearing up for the 2020 presidential election. Mike Bloomberg’s campaign stops here to meet West Tennesseans. Jackson, Tennessee was fired up as Bloomberg’s campaign graced the city. Bloomberg is now one among five candidates hoping to win the democratic seat and run against President Donald Trump. Bloombergs’s national co chair Mayor Steve Benjamin explains why they refer to his campaign as the get it done express. “We want people to know Mike can get it done. He's not someone who's been in DC decades after decades hes been on the ground building a business, building a great city, and doing the hard work through philanthropy to end gun violence, to end climate change, to really r

Parents and educators are excited about Governor Lee's plan for mental health

Governor bill lee announced the creation of a mental health trust fund for students in Tennessee. Parents and school districts across the state say it is much needed. Chief of Student Support and Improvement in the Jackson Madison County School System, Vivian Williams says,"So, i really think that it is needed, and it will definitely help in our school district with our students and the issues that they encounter.” Jackson Madison County School System is just one of the many school systems who will benefit from the trust fund. The fund could bring additional resources to help students with their mental health needs. “So we are excited about that. We feel that the governor is moving the right

Local flower shops prepare for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is this week and what better way to celebrate than with flowers. Local flower shops share with us what it takes to prepare for what they call their black Friday. “For most of your retail places black friday is their biggest day, this is the biggest day for a flower shop,” says Sand's Florists Owner Jerri Sue Maxwell. Sands Florists started preparing for Valentine's Day about a month in advance with the expectation of having more than 500 orders by Friday. They have ordered thousands of flowers (jerri sue maxwell) owner, sands florists and gifts “Sunflowers, we've got tulips, daisies, gerber daisies, we've got it all.” And they plan to work tirelessly all week long. “As the we

Parkers Crossroad Honor Guard respect and honor fallen soldiers

Each week a group of veterans gather to pay honor and respect to other veterans and their families. And they’re doing it by making sure their practice makes perfect. Right off of interstate 40 East, a room full of veterans are training. Because their service never ends. “There’s a lot of military families that are not getting the full military honors", says Honor Guard member, Don Johnson. They train each week to learn and perfect veteran funeral services, POW MIA table ceremonies, and more. “We as the veterans honor guard we will forward the volleys and try to give them full military honors whether they have served 20 years or have served 2 years", says Johnson. They practice over and over

Jackson resident dedicates his retirement to giving back

One man here in Jackson has dedicated all of his time to giving back to the community and volunteering at Area Relief Ministries. At 80 years old Harbert Alexander, the former president of the Bank of Jackson, and current county historian has decided to dedicate his retirement to giving back. “I think i'm busier than I was in the 40 years or so I was a bank president,” says Alexander. Nowadays, Alexander is the spokesperson for Area Relief Ministries room at the inn which serves meals and provides a warm place to sleep for homeless men and he is the chairman for Are Relief Ministries fundraising campaign. These are things Alexander feels the need to do for the city and the people who raised

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