Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:54:37 GMT
(WMC) - Child obesity rates are rising and more overweight kids in the Mid-South are being threatened by high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, even heart disease. There is a way to turn that trendMore >>
Child obesity rates are rising and more overweight kids in the Mid-South are being threatened by high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, even heart disease.
There is a way to turn that trend around - by encouraging children to get active.More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:54:01 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police are searching for a suspect who they say robbed the Family Dollar on Kirby Whitten Road. WMC Action News 5 received several calls about a police helicopter in the area. When WMCMore >>
Memphis police are searching for a suspect who they say robbed the Family Dollar on Kirby Whitten Road.More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:53:32 GMT
(WMC) - Neighbors will collaborate with city leaders in an effort to prevent an incident like the Kroger mob attack from ever happening again. People living in East Memphis are shaken by the senselessMore >>
Neighbors will collaborate with city leaders in an effort to prevent an incident like the Kroger mob attack from ever happening again.More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:52:58 GMT
(WMC) - The Mid-South and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are preparing for a very special guest. The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is scheduled to meet with St. Jude patients andMore >>
The Mid-South and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are preparing for a very special guest on Wednesday. More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:52:24 GMT
Several teens who were in custody for an East Memphis Kroger Mob Attack are back at home as the community held a peace rally to fight the senseless violence.More >>
Several teens who were in custody for an East Memphis Kroger mob attack are back at home as the community held a peace rally to fight the senseless violence.More >>
(RNN) - War veterans and active military won't have to worry about putting food on the table this Veteran's Day. Several of the country's leading restaurant chains are offering free meals Nov. 11 as their way of saying thank you for serving the country.
Some restaurants are going the extra mile by raising money for charities that serve veterans.
To cash in on your meal, all restaurants require that troops show proof of their military service.
If you qualify, easy ways to identify yourself include wearing your uniform or bringing a photograph of you in your uniform, showing your U.S. Uniform Services/Retired Services identification or veterans' organization card, or providing a current leave and earnings statement (LES) or a DD214.
As part of the "thank you" effort, every Outback across the country will offer a free bloomin' onion and beverage to veterans and active duty military who dine with them Thursday.
"It's just our ongoing commitment to the military, and this is one of many things we do with the military throughout the year," said Stephanie Amberg, a spokeswoman for the down under-themed chain.
Throughout the month of November, Outback customers will have their chance to say thank you by giving to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families of troops at war. To donate $5, text "TROOPS" to 90999. Standard messaging rates apply.
Earlier this year, the chain sponsored a special menu called "Red, White & Bloomin'," which raised $1 million to the charity.
"Since the day we started 22 years ago, we've done a lot of great things with the military," Amberg said.
In 2002, Outback started "Operation Feeding Freedom," which has brought food to 150,000 troops on seven missions to the Middle East.
The "Neighborhood Bar and Grille" is offering a free meal on Veteran's Day at participating locations nationwide to both retired and active duty military.
Diners will be able to choose from seven of the restaurant's menu items: house sirloin, bacon cheeseburger, chicken tenders platter, oriental chicken salad, three-cheese chicken penne, fiesta lime chicken, and double crunch shrimp.
Be sure to call ahead to make sure your neighborhood location is participating.
In their Veteran's Day advertisements, the Southwest-inspired eatery says it's time to serve those who've served them. So it's taking on the daunting task of making up for the "Meals, Ready to Eat," or field rations, given to troops during their tours of duty.
On Veteran's Day, active duty military can choose from six free meals, all of which are promised to be served free of vacuum-sealed plastic bags and without the need for hydration.
"There are so many brave men and women who fight and sacrifice their lives for our freedom every day," said Wyman Roberts, president of Chili's Grill & Bar. "For all that they do, Chili's is saluting those in our armed forces with a free meal for their brave and unselfish service."
The items are: the Oldtimer burger with cheese, quesadilla explosion salad, margarita grilled chicken, Cajun chicken pasta, chicken crispers, and chicken club tacos.
The entrees can be eaten for free during all business hours at participating locations.
Texas Roadhouse is offering a free entree from the "Early Dine" menu with a military uniform or valid ID on Veteran's Day.
"It's become one of our favorite promotions all year long," said Travis Doster, a spokesman for the steak chain. "We speak frequently within our company that we rely on less than 1 percent of our population to protect the other 99 percent. We could never possibly do enough. A free meal doesn't come close, but we're working on ways to continue to pay the troops back."
Participating times and locations vary, so call your local Texas Roadhouse to find out when and if your location is offering the promotion.
If you're looking for a sweet start to Veteran's Day, the doughnut and coffee chain is offering one free doughnut to veterans on Thursday. The promotion is only available at participating franchise locations, so call ahead to verify if your local store is offering the promotion.
Nationwide, the chain is dishing out its famous pizzas to show support of troops on Veteran's Day. Those in uniform will have the opportunity to dine on an individual pizza, or if they have their taste buds set on something different, the entree of their choice.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:58:00 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-09-17 11:50:06 GMT
(WMC) - All but two of the more than 30 teen who escaped a juvenile detention center in early September have been captured. A Mid-South woman, who asked us not to use her name, says her 17-year-old sonMore >>
All but two of the more than 30 teen who escaped a juvenile detention center in early September have been captured.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>