Friday, July 25 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:23:10 GMT
A sheriff's deputy in training now accused of a nearly year-old deadly hit and run suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. Hunter Queen, 24, is locked up in the ShelbyMore >>
A sheriff's deputy recruit accused of a hit-and-run accident that happened nearly one year ago, suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:19:19 GMT
(WMC) - A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls. The tolls would help fund an I-40 expansion project from West MemphisMore >>
A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:08:50 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road. Two vehicles and a bus are involved. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation smart map,More >>
Memphis police crews responded to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road on Friday afternoon. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:32 GMT
(WMC) – The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, located on Vance Avenue, does muchMore >>
The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - A Mid-South businessman best known for his time on the football field is writing a new chapter.
His name is Bill Courtney and he's going against the grain once again.
He has offices across the globe, and 120 employees in a $45 million North Memphis-based lumber company that began in a living room in 2001.
"It was an empty piece of dilapidated property. Our first 30 days, 75 40-yard containers of garbage left. There were four or five homeless people here and a crack house on the corner," said Courtney.
While Courtney sells materials, he is really into building things, like a winning football team at Manassas High School.
"Undefeated [the award-winning documentary] was nothing. They put a microphone on me and followed me around for 14 months," he said. "So, no, Undefeated was not hard at all. I was just doing what I do. I was running my business and being a father and coaching football."
But Courtney says the movie did give him a platform. In the years since, he's been on the public speaking circuit. In the next chapter of his life, Courtney authored Against the Grain set for release nationwide on May 13.
"The most daunting task I've ever taken was the two years I spent on this book," said Courtney. "In fact, the first 18,000 words went in the garbage, and I started over, because it started sounding like a biographical manifesto, and that's not what I wanted to write."
Courtney says his emotional capital is written in 206 pages and 14 chapters. It is broken down into individual anecdotes about people he knows who illustrate important tenets, characteristics, and values.
He says those who strive to live by these will leave timeless, inspirational impressions on themselves and others.
"Again, it's not a football book. It's not a sports book. It's not a self-help book. It's not a faith-based book. But it's got some of all that in it," said Courtney. "A 30,000-foot view is this: We can be an inclusive, open-minded, progressive-thinking society without abandoning the principles that got us here in the first place."
While his business is global, his book national, he says his story, his heart and soul are all Memphis, all the time.
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
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 >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:46:04 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>