Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:23:22 GMT
(WMC) - Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director. Over the weekend, wireless users in several Mid-SouthMore >>
Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:12:13 GMT
(WMC) - Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County. The most recent came this past Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant community. Two clerks were robbed at gunpoint just after the storeMore >>
Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:52 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday. Once again city retirees, employees, and supporters packed the chamber as the council considered threeMore >>
Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:46:11 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis. The union has filed an injunction to stop the city from proceeding with widespread health care cutsMore >>
Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis.More >>
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
One Shreveport man was born without any arms, but that doesn't stop him from living everyday life.
DJ Gardner, 36, is the manager for his uncle's carpet cleaning company. He works hard looking over the employees-- many of whom are his own family. He sets and looks over schedules, answers calls that come in, and makes sure everything is in working order.
He does all of this without having any arms.
"I run into obstacles where people you know, they have doubts in my abilities right off the bat and they don't even know me," DJ said.
His uncle, Les Gardner, also the owner of Les Gardner's Carpet Cleaning, said it looks as though DJ has a disability. "But once you get to know him, you completely look over that," Les said.
Les has been a staple in DJ's life. He's the one DJ runs to for advice or to just hang out. Les watched DJ grow up and even pushed him to try new things, like swimming.
"I want you to jump in right here. It's very deep, but I want you to jump in here. And before I could finish, he was in the water," Les said as he recalls teaching DJ how to swim.
"Learning to swim, I remember them playing catch with me in the pool. I was like, that's not really the way you teach somebody to swim, but ok!" DJ laughed.
With a sense of humor, courage and an incredible support system, DJ is able to do anything he puts his mind to.
"I actually cook, I clean, I'm able to wash dishes," he said. "Doing all kinds of things with my feet."
Growing up, DJ said he didn't have an excuse to get out of anything. He even had to change his younger sisters' diapers... with his feet.
"I didn't get out of anything," DJ said. "None whatsoever."
DJ likes to go to the shooting range. He uses his feet to pull the trigger. He plays paintball with his cousins and friends, using his chin and shoulder to shoot the paintball gun.
He loves to draw. He uses his feet and sometimes his mouth, for smaller details. He's entered his drawings in art contests and actually won.
When he got married, he had to put the ring on his bride's finger with his feet. He wears his ring proudly on a chain around his neck.
"Standing on one leg, nervous you know, trying to do that and trying to light the candle of course the same way, and so it was really nice. It was different," he said of the wedding ceremony. Physically different, maybe, but not in spirit and mind.
"He blesses so many people. I mean, just every day. He's a shining star," Les said of his nephew.
"Anyone who's going through an obstacle right now, don't let that obstacle stop you. There's always a way around it, through it, over it, under it, whatever you need to do to accomplish a goal that you set, it can be done," DJ said.
DJ is president of a non-profit camp for children, Camp BILLY: Building Integrity Love and Leadership in Youth.
He coaches a 10-year-old and 12-year-old football league.
DJ said he doesn't wear his prosthetic arms very often because they're so heavy.
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 >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 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 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:31 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>