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  Community showers Porter-Leath toy drive with generosity

People from all across the Mid-South stopped by the WMC Action News 5 studios to drop off toys and generous monetary donations Saturday.

  5 Great Things: SCSO gives out gifts instead of citations, St. Jude patients take flight

Porter-Leath toy drive will help 6,200 local children

Off-duty deputy stops would-be armed robber, saves clerk

Memphis Grizzlies throw holiday party for kids

Soulsville physics teacher creates website teaching students worldwide

Memphis' new mobile learning van takes library to the community

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  Crittenden County’s new hospital now open

Grizzlies hosting 3 holiday youth camps

St. Jude patients take flight to North Pole

New director named for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County

Methodist Le Bonheur holds dedication for new 9-story tower

Principle Toyota, SCS surprise elementary students with Santa visit, gifts

  School hosts Read Around The Christmas Tree for students

Students at Cummings K-8 Optional School are reading their way into the holiday season.

Agriculture tech company to invest $6.6M, 700 jobs into Memphis

An agricultural company will invest over $6 million in Memphis and bring in over 700 jobs within the next three years.

  Over 400 families get layaway balances paid off at East Memphis Burlington store

Christmas came early for more than 400 Memphis families after a Mid-South philanthropist pays off their layaways balances.

Mid-South teen teams up for duet on ‘The Voice’

Mid-South native Reagan Strange partnered up during Monday night’s semifinals on “The Voice.”

  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office gives out gifts instead of citations

Memphis RB named AP first team All-American

NC National Guard soldiers pull ambulance from snowbank, transport infant in 12″ of snow

Combat veteran, wife donate all their belongings to firefighters affected by California wildfires

Following Perry’s lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

Achievement School District receives 2 grants to help students

  5 Great Things: History made in the Mid-South, young Memphians score stage roles

With a wet and cold weekend ahead let’s look back a 5 Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

Cooper-Young neighborhood’s cameras help police catch criminals

A network of surveillance cameras in one Memphis neighborhood is credited with helping police capture an alleged killer.

Program allows citizens to monitor court systems

A new program in Shelby County is helping anyone and everyone better understand how the court system works.

Former contestants on ‘The Voice’ describe life after the show

With Mid-South native Reagan Strange battling to make it to "The Voice" season finale, WMC5 spoke with two former contestants to find out what it's like after you leave the hit TV singing contest.

UofM teams with City of Memphis for ‘Tiger Toy Drive’ Friday

It’s happening Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of the campus administration building.

Surgery gives toddler born with severe birth defect a new beginning

A little girl born with a severe birth defect now has a new beginning! Her name is Zoey Grace, and thanks to a life-altering surgery, the holidays are even sweeter this year.

  60th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl to bring in $25M

We're getting closer and closer to December 31st, the 60th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri.

Dads host ‘Little Wheels Big Hearts’ toy drive

A Memphis father joined a national group of dads hosting a Hot Wheels toy drive.

Local actresses cast in upcoming Memphis showings of ‘Waitress’

Two young Memphis actresses will make their theatrical debut in a Broadway show next month.

Pictures: 11th annual WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive

Check out these photos from the 11th annual WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive!

Homeless man turns in $17,000 he found outside food bank

The money was turned over to police, but since no one claimed it, the food bank will be able to use it to expand their building.

Report card shows more SCS students are prepared for college

Tennessee's education commissioner released a new state report card Tuesday, showing how well schools are performing from academics to graduation.

Reagan Strange competes for Top 8 spot on ‘The Voice’

Mid-South teenager Reagan Strange has made her pitch to get into the Top 8 of “The Voice.”

Memphis DJ to be first African American woman inducted into TN Radio Hall of Fame

A Memphis radio personality is making history.

Boy, 9, gets Colorado town to legalize snowball fights

Despite the law banning snowball fights, the town's mayor said no one had ever been cited for throwing snowballs.

Abbvie makes ‘historical’ donation to St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has received an historic $50 million donation to help fund a new space for family-centered care.

Producer recalls working with Reagan Strange before she was on ‘The Voice’

WMC5 sat down with the Grammy-nominated Memphis producer who knew the 14-year-old before she hit

City of Germantown gears up for 2018 holiday parade

The City of Germantown is gearing up for its 51st annual holiday parade.

Mid-South teen vies for spot in Top 8 on ‘The Voice’

Monday night, we’ll find out if Mid-South singer Reagan Strange advances to the next round on "The Voice."

Former ‘The Voice’ contestant, Mid-South native stops by Memphis

A Mid-South star from NBC's "The Voice" made a stop in the Bluff City this weekend.

Graceland nominated for Best Holiday Historic Home Tour

If you think Memphis' Graceland is one of the best places to visit during the holidays, now’s your chance to help prove it.

Students get coding experience during international Hour of Code

Students in the Memphis area got a special coding experience on Saturday.

  Memphis prepares for weekend full of activities

The threat of rain Saturday morning is not stopping thousands of runners in Memphis this weekend for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

5 Great Things: SCS holds clothing drive, Memphis a top place to visit

Before thousands of runners from across the globe descend upon Memphis for the St. Jude Marathon this weekend, Mid-Southerners found time to make 5 Great Things happen this week.

Southeast Missouri woman selected to help decorate the White House

A southeast Missouri woman was just one of 125 people chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas.

Shelby County mayor appoints first African-American woman as Office of Preparedness Director

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Brenda Jones as Office of Preparedness Director.

St. Jude plans special surprise for ‘Hero Among Us’ winner

This year, St. Jude's 'Hero Among Us' award was announced at the press conference with a twist!

Literacy and career night at Promise Academy promotes family engagement

Encouraging parents and students to read and set goals together was the mission of the inaugural Literacy and Career Night Wednesday at Promise Academy-Spring Hill.

Pregnant woman battling cancer finds perfect bone marrow match

Almost 40,000 people registered to help the soon-to-be mother of five find her 100 percent bone marrow donor match.

Memphis makes list of top places to visit in 2019

Frommer's listed Memphis as one of the top places to visit in 2019.

Teacher donates kidney to stranger after seeing social media photo

Since their surgeries, the two former strangers have become very close and talk every day, checking in on each other’s recovery.

Mississippi school holds blood drive for teacher in need of kidney transplant

Lake Cormorant Middle School held a blood drive Tuesday to help teacher Scott Blaylock find a kidney.

Memphis Animal Services, local group help dogs in need

Memphis Animal Services received a $5,000 grant from a non-profit to implement their new door-to-door doghouses program.

St. Jude Marathon expected to bring in thousands, cause major traffic delays

In just four days, 26,000 people are expected to participate in the 2018 St. Jude Marathon.

The L.I.T. Project hosts holiday food drive

The L.I.T. Project has teamed up with LightOn Mentoring and Royalty Elite Allstars to spread a little cheer throughout the Mid-south. The group is hosting a holiday food drive November 26-December 15.

Registration for summer youth program opens soon

Memphis youth looking to gain some valuable experience this summer can already look ahead.

Shelby County Schools hold winter clothing drive for students

Every year, more than 50,000 children in Shelby County go without winter clothing.

Mid-South native Reagan Strange performs Avril Lavigne hit on ‘The Voice’

Mid-South singer Reagan Strange went with an early 2000's hit for her performance Monday night on NBC's "The Voice."

  AL man on journey to help homeless spreads goodwill to Memphis

The Alabama man famous for mowing 50 lawns in 50 states is now hitting the road for the holidays to help the homeless.

Memphis Grizzlies host food drive to benefit Mid-South Food Bank

The Memphis Grizzlies are hosting their annual canned food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank on Saturday, Dec. 8 when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum.

Shelby County raises pay for all county workers to $15/hour

Shelby County passed a resolution to raise the pay of all county workers to $15 per hour, Mayor Lee Harris announced.

Good Samaritan saves choking baby during Thanksgiving meal at Golden Corral

The baby's family panicked when the 7-month-old started choking on mashed potatoes, but a fellow restaurant customer managed to save the little girl.

Man finds human ashes on ground at MI car wash, returns them to family

The family says they’re very grateful the good Samaritan returned the urn and bags of cremated remains.

Demand grows for Downtown Memphis apartments

Demand is growing for apartments in downtown Memphis with thousands more planned in the coming years.

Idaho woman reunited with dog in Memphis after 5 months

An Australian Shepherd who disappeared from his backyard in Boise, Idaho in June has now been found.

Good Samaritan helps deliver Muddy’s pie to Texas

Muddy's Bake Shop in Memphis was in a serious bakery bind after forgetting to send an out-of-state customer her Thanksgiving dessert.

City of Memphis hands out 1,000 Thanksgiving meals

For more than three decades, the Memphis Thanksgiving Day Dinner has served tens of thousands of the city's hungry.

UofM basketball fans get preview of future Tigers' skills at East High game

James Wiseman, the country’s number one college basketball recruit, committed to the University of Memphis on Tuesday. On Tuesday night, fans packed a high school game to watch him play.

Westy’s Thanksgiving dinner for the needy is Memphis tradition

Hours of hard work go into the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Westy’s Restaurant on North Main, but volunteers say they love it.

Ole Miss football team buys Thanksgiving groceries for families

The Ole Miss football team is giving back to families in need for Thanksgiving.

Man reunites with officer, nurses who helped save his life

A Henrico man reunites with the police officer and nurses who jumped into action to save his life after suffering a medical emergency that left him unconscious.

City, tourism leaders thankful for growth in Memphis

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Memphis city officials and tourism leaders say they're grateful after a week of big announcements in the Bluff City.

Mid-South teen advances to Top 11 on ‘The Voice’

Thanks to you, Mid-South native Reagan Strange has advanced to the next round on “The Voice” singing contest.

‘Christmas in Graceland’ among most watched Hallmark movies ever

The Memphis-made Hallmark movie "Christmas in Graceland" was a major success.

Therapy dogs comfort holiday travelers at Memphis International Airport

Thanksgiving travelers at Memphis International Airport enjoyed some canine companionship Tuesday as the airport celebrated five years of their therapy dog program.

SCSO delivers Thanksgiving meal boxes to familes

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spent Tuesday morning giving back.

Mid-South native in top 13 on ‘The Voice’

You could say The Voice saved the best for last Monday night, waiting until the final few minutes of the show for Mid-South native Reagan Strange to take the stage.

Arkansas man who had artificial heart receives donor heart

A Mid-South man who was being kept alive by the artificial heart he carried in a backpack now has a real donor heart!