Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:00:24 GMT
(WMC) - A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now accused of another sex crime. Richard Marsee was charged last week with fondling a child in the same house where he cared for children.More >>
A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now charged with another sex crime.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:48:59 GMT
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(WMC) - Nearly 40 emergency personnel responded to a morning apartment fire at 888 Kerr Avenue. Investigators determined children in one apartment started the fire accidentally. They were playing withMore >>
Nearly 40 emergency personnel responded to a morning apartment fire at 888 Kerr Avenue.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:18:28 GMT
(WMC) - Another Memphis neighborhood is worried about vicious dogs roaming the streets. One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three smallMore >>
One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three small dogs have become attack victims.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:16:19 GMT
(WMC) - For the 27th year in a row, Olympic Career Training Institute (OCTI) fed hundreds of people in the Mid-South. It's called the "We Care Cookout," and it was held at Trinity United Methodist Church. CommunityMore >>
For the 27th year in a row, Olympic Career Training Institute fed hundreds of people in the Mid-South.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - Shelby County health officials said they intend to question an East Memphis personal trainer for selling a dubious health drink out of the trunk of his car in violation of federal health regulations.
"He is in violation (of Food & Drug Administration codes)," said Phyllis McNeill, manager of the Shelby County health department's Bureau of Environmental Sanitation. "Food cannot be sold from the back of a car."
Taji ('T.J.') Butler, a personal trainer who boasts more than 5,000 followers on his Instagram account brimming with pictures and videos of his clients, also uses the account to advertise a "belly-fat burning green tea." He posts his cell number on his account to arrange delivery or pick-up of the drink. He sells it for $25 a gallon out of the trunk of his car.
His product carries no ingredient label. It has no FDA approval. Butler offers no disclosure to his customers about what's in the liquid.
"I can't get into the (medicinal)," he told The Action News 5 Investigators as we bought a gallon of his concoction under hidden camera. "I can't get into ...OK...because, you know, the FDA gets all..." he trailed off with a knowing smile to our undercover producers.
Under hidden camera, Butler made a significant weight loss claim about his "tea."
"Average gallon is going to give you five to 12 pounds -- that's weight loss," he said.
We delivered the $25 gallon we purchased to Dennis Akin, a former forensic chemist for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and owner/forensic scientist of AK Analytical Forensic & Scientific Investigations in Hendersonville, TN. Akin analyzed the liquid for drug content and for active/inactive ingredients.
We had Akin's analysis reviewed by two nutrition experts: Natalie Owens, nutrition agent for the University of Tennessee Shelby County Extension Service and nutrition counselor Leslie P. Schilling.
Akin's analysis revealed the only components of the tea are caffeine and turpenes, which are a natural plant by-product.
"Turpenes have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties...however, no research I'm finding suggests that they have fat-burning properties," Schilling said.
Both Schilling and Owens said caffeine does not have fat-burning properties, either. "No, not at all," said Owens. "We don't have any solid data to prove that caffeine will contribute to significant amount of weight loss."
When confronted, Butler admitted he is violating FDA regulations as far as the sale of his product.
He also admitted that caffeine is the major ingredient, but he insisted there's another active ingredient in the tea, "...and I'm not telling you what it is," he said.
"Whether I violated this or I violated that, you cannot stop the influence that it works," he said.
"He's awesome," said Kenyawn Wilson, one of Butler's fitness clients. She said she hired him as her personal trainer in 2009 and has been working out under his supervision three to five days a week ever since.
"I have lost 80 pounds," she said, sharing pictures of her progress. "I've lost well over 50 inches."
She said she has consumed Butler's tea. When we asked her if it has contributed to her weight loss, she answered, "I haven't been paying attention to it because I'm more concerned with my workout. Definitely, I wouldn't still be going this long if his results weren't proven true."
"Choosing a trainer is very much 'buyer beware' since there is no universal 'proper' certification, like a medical license," said Dr. Brian Schilling, Leslie Schilling's husband and an associate professor of health and sports sciences at the University of Memphis.
"Look for a combination of education, certification and experience," Schilling said. "A bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science/nutrition plus a certification would give you the best choice."
Debby Williamson - an Eads, TN, certified personal trainer - recommended the trainer search engine of the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. The database includes the contact and certification information of trainers certified by the organizations Schilling recommended.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:48:25 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis leaders are working to make downtown parking garages safer. Seven of the city's downtown garages are monitored by Downtown Parking Commission, but the rest have no standards. Some downtownMore >>
Memphis leaders are working to make downtown parking garages safer. More >>