5 Great Things: Marlo Thomas, Sensory World, Snoop Dogg - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

5 Great Things: Marlo Thomas, Sensory World, Snoop Dogg

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Hope you're ready for the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend. But, whatever the clock says, at least five great things happened in the Mid-South this week.

Marlo Thomas visits St. Jude

The children at St. Jude received a special visit from Marlo Thomas on Halloween. The award-winning actress and producer trick-or-treated with the patients and helped provide an even more special flare to the day. Thomas' father, Danny Thomas, founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 1962.

Sensory World Memphis

Former special education teachers Jeremy Whitley and his brother opened Sensory World Memphis -- the first autistic and special needs supply store in the state of Tennessee. The store allows disabled children to find items specifically designed for their needs, as well as touch and try items before taking them home. By providing this option the parents know what works and what does not work for their specific child before purchasing something.

Shelby County Schools' new program

A new program through Shelby County Schools is empowering parents to help their children with their homework. The academic parent-teacher teams help bridge the gap between school and home and is being brought to several SCS schools. Administrators said the meetings are an opportunity to bring parents in so they can figure out some of the work students are doing in the classroom.

Maddie Singer creates mirror image body parts for patients

Maddie Singer, the Director of Anaplastology at the Univeristy of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, is creating amazingly accurate body parts for scarred or disfigured patients. Singer spent 13 years as a special effects makeup for film before discovering she could pair art and science, making mirror images of the parts many patients have lost.

Snoop Dogg and Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Six legendary artists were inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Hip Hop Legend Snoop Dogg was on hand and on stage for the event! The rapper is a long time friend of one of the inductees, Memphis native and Stax recording artist William Bell, and recorded a version of "I Forgot to be Your Lover" for the film Take Me to The River. Also inducted was The Hi Rhythm Section, blues icon John Lee Hooker, jazz saxophone great Charles Lloyd, opera legend Marguerite Piazza, and Grammy-winning musician Sam "The Sham" Samudio.

And don't forget to get that extra hour of sleep this weekend ... set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!

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