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Grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation may reduce waste, increase recycling participation

The cities of Henderson, Lexington and Adamsville have partnered together with West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub to roll out free 96-gallon recycling carts to residents. This effort is thanks to a $179,787 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.


CODE RED: Additional Middle Tennessee counties added to Winter Weather Advisory

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Winter Weather Advisory has been extended to include locations around Clarksville, Dover, and Erin Tennessee. A wintry mix will be possible for those areas as well as Robertson and Sumner counties as early as 8 p.m. Friday. Light ice accumulation is possible but could create slic


Area recycling center gets grant for new initiative

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. — Three local cities could see a change in their recycling after the West Tennessee Regional Recycling Hub receives a $179,000 grant. “They’re sharing carts with local governments to improve efficiency, basically with the purpose of increasing the recycling in the region,” said


Tennessee senator proposes paying back student loans from paychecks

(WIAT) -- A U.S. senator is proposing a plan that would have college graduates pay back student loans from their paychecks. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander suggests loan payments should be automatically taken out of income, like taxes.


Second fatal case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease reported in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - For the second time in less than a month, a Tennessee family is mourning a loved one who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, something doctors say is a one-in-a-million diagnosis.


Tennessee Highway Patrol conducts manhunt in Henderson County

HENDERSON CO., Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a manhunt Friday afternoon. Authorities could be seen in wooded areas along Highway 104 in Northwest Henderson County.


Tennessee becomes first southern state with hate crime protections for transgender people

Tennessee is the first state in the South to allow judges to apply hate crime enhancements when sentencing cases that target transgender people. State Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R) last week issued an opinion stating that transgender identity would be covered under the state’s hate crime law


Black History Month: Man doesn’t let disability stop him from spreading smiles

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Each week in February WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News will spotlight a different West Tennessean making a difference in their community. In partnership with the Tennessee Education Lottery, this week we travel to Lexington to meet Eldridge David Deberry.


Obtaining a carry permit in Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - After Wednesday, where a man shot his wife at a dentist office, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy is calling one man a hero. Larry Seagroves, who was a patient in the office and a handgun carry permit owner, shot the suspect and held him until law enforcement arrived.


Tennessee Comptrollers Blast Decatur County for Mismanaging Taxpayer Money

The Decatur County government has just received less than admirable state audit findings. With 11 findings as opposed to the previous year’s eight, that’s putting it mildly.


VP Racing Fuels Acquires Tennessee Location

VP Racing Fuels, Inc. has announced it acquired a new property and facility in Huntingdon, TN, citing a favorable atmosphere for business growth and development. VP feels it is ideal for their vision of the future.


Lexington City Schools closed remainder of week due to illnesses

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Lexington City Schools will be closed the rest of this week due to high numbers of illnesses. Director of Schools Cindy Olive says the school will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 6-8.


Chester County Eagles in hot battle for district seeding

The number two seed in the upcoming district tournament was in play when the Chester County Eagles hosted Lexington in high school basketball Tuesday night. (Results not available at press time.) A CCHS victory would give the Eagles second place all to their selves. However, a Lexington win could re


Family escapes early morning fire that destroys Huntingdon home

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — A mother and her four children escaped an early morning house fire with only the clothes they were wearing. The Huntingdon Fire and Rescue Department responded around 3:45 a.m. Friday to the fire on Chick Lane, according to a news release from Director of Public Safety Walter Smo


Tennessee Sen. Briggs pushing for new law to lock pill bottles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Knoxville lawmaker is pushing for a new law to prevent opioid theft and abuse. Drug addiction specialists, medical professionals, and parents who lost a child due to drugs, all part of a statewide coalition called “STOP – Secure Tennessee’s Opioid Prescriptions,” joined Senator


STORM 5 ALERT: Cold front bringing wintry mix to Northwest Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Storm 5 Alert has been put into place for the remainder of Friday until 3 a.m. on Saturday. With a cold front bringing colder temperatures and rain back to the mid-state, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for several of the northwestern counties along the Tennessee a


Lane College briefly placed on lockdown

JACKSON, Tenn. — Lane College was briefly placed on lockdown Friday afternoon. The lockdown started around 12:15 p.m. and was lifted around 12:30 p.m., according to the college’s automated alert system.


Arrest made in OB robbery

A Jackson, Tennessee man is being held in the DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility in Hernando after his arrest on robbery charges in Olive Branch. According to information from the Olive Branch Police Department, officers were called to the Dollar General store, 5415 Goodman Road and east of Plea


Chronic Wasting Disease Zone expanded to Chester County, Tennessee

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has expanded the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone to include Chester County. To be in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Zone, means that there is a possibility when hunting that you might harvest a CWD deer without knowing. The TWRA has not made


Local elementary school encourages students during Black History Month

JACKSON, Tenn. — A local school is celebrating Black History Month. Students gathered at the Lincoln Elementary School gymnasium. Tyrone Burroughs was the guest speaker. He was invited to talk to students about equal opportunities to success, and he also reminded students they can do whatever they w