Treatment of Memphis protester sparks calls for apology, change

Video of what happened to a young woman at the hands of a Memphis police officer quickly went viral after Wednesday night's protest. And now city, county and state leaders are demanding action from Mayor Jim Strickland and a change in how Memphis police handle protests.

  Organizers speak out after protest against police brutality on Union Avenue

  Mid-Southerners show love and support through virtual floor signing

  Mid-South Heroes: Recognizing teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  YMCA, city of Memphis partnering to expand free childcare for essential workers

  University of Memphis releases plan to return to campus in the fall

DeSoto County giving away free masks Saturday

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City of Bartlett cancels Fireworks Extravaganza

  Shelby County teachers concerned about returning to school

  Pinecrest summer camp going virtual next month in Fayette County

  Shelby County reaches grim milestone, daily positivity rate spikes

  Rhodes College plans to reopen campus for fall semester

Church Health hosting free COVID-19 testing at St. Michael Catholic Church

Collierville moves 4th of July celebration to September for town’s 150th anniversary

The Town of Collierville’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Town is making plans for a similar celebration in September to celebrate Collierville’s 150th anniversary.

Grab your sidewalk chalk or crayons and join WMC for a ‘virtual floor signing’ of the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home

Write an inspirational message with chalk in your driveway or on the sidewalk, or use crayons to draw a picture to show your love to the patients and health care workers at St. Jude.

  Earle woman’s home destroyed in wind storm

Strong winds damaged many businesses and homes in Crittenden County.

  Memphis National Cemetery holds private Memorial Day ceremony

The Memphis National Cemetery did not hold a public Memorial Day ceremony this year.

  List: Memorial Day events across the Mid-South amid pandemic

  Beale Street reopens with new guidelines

  Memphis high schools host drive-thru graduation ceremonies

  Millington firefighters hand out free masks to citizens

  Oxford community supports US marshal going home after recovering from shooting

  COVID-19 testing surge planned for Shelby County detainees

  Coins for Carson: Young girl’s memory keeps family and friends fighting for St. Jude

Founder Danny Thomas said, “No child should die in the dawn of light.” Sadly, not every kid crosses the finish line. But one extra special mom is determined to make Team Carson Count.

  Investigation continues into arson at Mississippi church

The search continues for answers after a fire destroyed a Mid-South church.

  Graceland reopens to Elvis fans with limited capacity

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is ‘taking care of business’ when it comes to opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Kingsbury Elementary principal, librarian stepping up to keep school activities alive

The principal and librarian of Kingsbury Elementary are bringing the classroom experience to the breakfast table.

  Collierville school leaders consider four options for academic year

Collierville school leaders are considering four different options for what the next academic year could look like.

  Graceland reopening May 21 amid coronavirus pandemic

Graceland may be one of the city’s biggest attractions, but right now they don’t want big crowds inside.

  Memphis River Parks Partnership unveils new renderings for redesigned Tom Lee Park

MRRP says the current design meets or exceeds all constraints generated through a mediation process with Memphis in May organizers.

  Memphis Zoo enters phase 2 of reopening; guest capacity increased, facial coverings still required

For the zoo, this means increasing its capacity from 2,500 guests to 5,000. Guests and zoo staff are still required to wear facial coverings, and other protocols remain in place:

  Memphis in May to remain in Tom Lee Park for 2021 festival; park redesign postponed

Memphis in May has announced the annual international festival will remain on the downtown riverfront in Tom Lee Park next year!

  Family, friends throw surprise 50th anniversary celebration for Memphis couple

During a pandemic, it’s very difficult to safely celebrate milestones. So, one family planned a special surprise 50th anniversary for a Memphis couple to help them celebrate.

  International Paper gifting millions of boxes to food banks during COVID-19 pandemic

International Paper is donating millions of boxes to food relief organizations.

  Malco Summer Drive-In reopens to sold-out crowd

Families who had been cooped up for weeks because of the coronavirus enjoyed a Friday night at the movies.

  Memphis Farmers Market opening Saturday with new changes

As Memphis slowly begins to reopen, the Memphis Farmers Market is planning to return this weekend.

Orpheum Theatre announces virtual summer camp for students

If your kids are interested in performing arts, this is the perfect opportunity for your family

  How your donation to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is saving lives

Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway have sold at a record pace this year… with only a fraction of tickets still available.

  2 historic businesses are reopening May 15 in Memphis

Two iconic businesses in the Bluff City are reopening after the coronavirus forced them to shut down.

  YMCA making adjustments to host summer camps

New information is being released on how the YMCA plans to provide critical summer camps for potentially thousands of kids.

  More Mid-South families turning to SNAP benefits for help

The coronavirus has meant a lot of people are temporarily out of work, and that means money for food can be scarce. One Mid-South safety net program is seeing a rise in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Memphis charter school committed to checking on students’ social, emotional well-being

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a particular toll on children, who might not fully understand all of the sudden changes in their lives. To help children cope one charter school in Memphis is focusing on the social and emotional well-being of its students.

  Laurelwood Shopping Center waiving May rent for all tenants due to coronavirus closures

One Memphis landlord is stepping up for the second month in a row.

20 license plate reading cameras installed in Lakeland

New cameras are expected to go live in Lakeland, Tennessee this week.

  Report: More than 503,800 unemployment claims filed in Tennessee since March 15

A new report Thursday morning states that there have been 503,888 new unemployment claims filed in the state of Tennessee since March 15, 2020, according to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce.

  What does a post-pandemic worship service look like?

With hundreds of churches across the state planning how to re-open and protect their congregations from coronavirus in the process, the head of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board said some leaders are considering temporary changes to worship services.

Medical marijuana sales uptick in Arkansas due to COVID-19, officials say

In the past two and a half months, nearly $30 million in medical marijuana has been sold with officials reporting patients are buying the largest amount allowed by law.

Memphis Farmers Market opens Saturday

The Memphis Farmers Market is opening Saturday, rain or shine.

  Memphis Zoo reopens with new safety precautions

The Memphis Zoo is back open, with a lot of precautions in place. While the face coverings and social distancing reminders are a sign of the times, visitors are glad to be back.

  Free meals, jump ropes handed out to SCS students at Davis Family YMCA

Thanks to the American Heart Association and Cigna, 6,000 jump ropes were handed out at the YMCA in Whitehaven.

Malco Summer Drive-In set to reopen this week

Big news from Malco Theaters! The Malco Summer Drive-In plans to reopen Friday, May 15.

What to expect when visiting the Memphis Zoo during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Memphis Zoo is finally reopening after weeks of being closed.

  Confederate general’s body could be relocated after descendants of Nathan Bedford Forrest drop lawsuit over removal of monuments

With the lawsuit dropped, Memphis Greenspace can move forward with legal proceedings to move the bodies of Forrest and his wife who were buried under his statue.

  Civil right activist and longtime Memphis businessman Fred L. Davis dies at age 86

Fred L. Davis, a longtime Memphis businessman and civil rights activist has died after being ill for several months. He was 86.

  Local organizations provide meals for those getting tested for COVID-19

Church Health and the Mid-South Food Bank are partnering to give people access to free testing and free food.

  #IRunWithMaud: Mid-Southerners run in honor of unarmed jogger who was shot and killed in Georgia

People across the country, including here in the Mid-South, laced up their sneakers Friday to run for Ahmaud Arbery.

  Collierville high school student stepping up to sew masks for community

A Houston High School student has used the extra time she's had at home to hone her sewing skills and make masks for people in her community.

Incarnation Catholic School closing due to COVID-19

Friday, Incarnation Catholic Church and School announced the closure of its kindergarten to eighth grade classes as of June 30, 2020.

The Memphis Zoo plans to reopen next week with restrictions

Big news from the Memphis Zoo!

Nursing home residents thank nurses for their work during COVID-19 pandemic

The residents at one area nursing home have had to spend a lot of time inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Local theaters looking to reopen soon

Some of the last businesses to reopen under Memphis’ Back-to-Business plan are indoor venues. Some theaters have cancelled the rest of their season, and other venues are asking for your help to secure funding.

  Beale Street shops, restaurants reopening but entertainment remains on hold

Beale Street shops and restaurants are now allowed to open to customers beyond carry-out and to-go orders.

  ‘Flowers and More’ offering contactless deliveries for Mother’s Day

This year, when mom receives her special delivery, she won’t have to worry about coming into close contact with anyone else.

  Memphis Botanic Garden reopens Thursday for members only

The Garden reopens Thursday to members only. It reopens to daily fee guests Tuesday, May 19.

National Nurses Week: Help us celebrate our Mid-South nurses!

WMC Action News 5 is celebrating National Nurses Week by showcasing nurses through pictures shared with us by family, friends, patients and coworkers.

  Girls, Inc. of Memphis opens virtual programming to all area girls

With students still out of school due to COVID-19, Girls, Incorporated of Memphis is opening its new virtual programming to all girls in the Memphis community.

  Christ Community Health Services hosts free COVID-19 testing for Hispanic, Latino community

Christ Community Health Services held a free testing site in Hickory Hill specifically for the Hispanic and Latino community.

  Local attractions look to Memphis, Shelby County leaders to reopen

We are three days into the first phase of the city and county’s Back-to-Business plan, and some of the area’s most beloved attractions are waiting to find out when and how they can open their doors to the public.

  ‘Letters of love’ delivered to Mid-South senior living homes

It has been almost two weeks since a special mailbox went up at the Shops at Carriage Crossing for people to drop off letters for senior citizens. Wednesday, those letters were delivered to Home Instead Senior Care, and they put some smiles on the residents’ faces.

Shelby Farms Park announces births of buffalo calves

This weekend’s Mother’s Day celebration kicked off early at Shelby Farms Park where two buffalo recently gave birth.

Memphis in May’s great American River Run announces new October date

Registration is now open for the 2020 Great American River Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs.

  Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund issues $237K in new grants to non-profit organizations

The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund has issued hundreds of thousands of dollars to support non-profit organizations economically impacted by the current health crisis.

  Coronavirus generates new boating guidelines in Tennessee

Did you get outside this weekend?

  Memphis Zoo submits reopening plan to city officials

We now know when we could once again visit our favorite animals at the Memphis Zoo.

  Family, friends surprise former St. Jude patient with drive-by graduation celebration

A former St Jude patient received an amazing surprise Saturday. Our cameras were there as a cancer survivor, kept from a graduation because of the coronavirus, was celebrated by her friends and family

  Mid-South women unite in campaign to buy masks for homeless women and children

Some Mid-South women are uniting to help protect homeless women and children during the pandemic.

  Mayor hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for Shelby County Community Gardens

Friday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris helped kick off the gardening season during a ribbon cutting at the Shelby County Community Gardens.

  Hospital hosts celebration for COVID-19 survivor released after 40 days

For 40 days, a Mid-South woman fought for her life against COVID-19. Now, she’s COVID-19 negative and heading home. The hospital couldn’t help but celebrate.

  Mid-South family starts fund to connect hospital patients with loved ones

After losing their father to COVID-19, the Eldred family brought it upon themselves to set up a fund with Baptist DeSoto to purchase iPads so families can stay in touch.

  Mid-South Food Bank triples monthly distribution rate amid coronavirus outbreak

The Mid-South Food Bank currently has 10 days’ worth of food in the warehouse, but typically, they carry at least three weeks’ worth.

  Mid-South Heroes: Recognizing frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

With all of our health care workers, police officers, firefighters and other first responders putting themselves at risk on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, how could we pick just one Mid-South hero for April?