State could get 54k J&J vaccines, city ramps up to 50k doses given a week

More than a million more Tennesseans will soon be eligible for the vaccine. The Tennessee Department of Health announced it will move into phase 1c on Monday.

Gov. Reeves axes mandate for masks in Mississippi; replaced with ‘recommendations’

  TDH believes misleading expiration dates on vaccine cards could be due to clerical error

  Tennessee moving to vaccine phase 1C next week; here’s who becomes eligible

  TDH: Over 13,000 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

Company fined $280K for violating Mississippi’s no-call laws

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 301 new cases reported Tues.

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Collierville Police Department gets ready for new drone

Driver on the run after hitting pedestrian near Berclair Elementary

  Kangaroo escapes farm in small Alabama town

  Missing Southaven paramedic found safe, according to authorities

  Bottled water distribution today in Hickory Hill

  Byhalia Pipeline expected to be discussed today by Memphis City Council

  City council to discuss banning pet sales at retail stores

Tuesday, the Memphis City Council will discuss an ordinance banning the sale of pets at retail stores.

  Tickets on sale Friday for second half of Memphis Grizzlies season

Your Memphis Grizzlies are looking ahead to welcoming more fans to their games for the second half of the season.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals thes erious side effects of home DNA testing

At-home DNA test kits like 23andMe have been around for years.

Missing Mississippi woman found safe, according to Panola County Sheriff’s Office

According to a Facebook post on Tuesday, March 2, a missing Mississippi woman was found safe.

  Tennessee used military might to help City of Memphis vaccine program

  7 killed after deadly weekend in Memphis, nearly 50 murders reported this year

  Investigators: Memphis-area residents lost more money to scams last year than any other city in Tennessee

  Clinical trial participants may be first to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Memphis

  Police: Pedestrian dead after crash on Millbranch Rd.

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Memphis Zoo launches new sensory inclusive program

People who face challenges with sensory regulation are usually autistic, have dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions.

  Tennessee Senate OKs anti-trans athlete bill

On Monday, 27 Republicans voted in favor of the measure while all six Democratic members voted against.

  First day back in classrooms for Shelby County Schools

Students in 6th through 12th-grade will return to the classrooms March 8th.

  Investigators: What if the state says you received expired COVID-19 vaccine dose?

WMC Action News 5 viewers are worried they may have received an expired dose and what that would mean.

MLGW to resume disconnections next week

Cut-offs will begin Monday, March 8.

  City of Memphis prepares for influx of vaccine as another shot comes on the market

While a new vaccine could mean tens of thousands of doses more to communities, it may take a bit to ramp up community vaccinations.

2 killed in South Parkway shooting, MPD says

The shooting happened in the 700 block of S. Parkway.

  Archdiocese calls J&J vaccine ‘morally corrupt’ for use of abortion cells

New Orleans religious leaders says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is "morally compromised."

  Shelby County Government begins search for new health director

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris says he’s looking for someone who can lead the health department and meet this unique and challenging moment.

  TDH: 600+ new cases reported in Tennessee

The Shelby Co. Health Department has reported 135 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 88,111 coronavirus cases have been reported and nearly 1,500 deaths.

City of Memphis opens appointments for 2nd dose Moderna shots

Appointments are now open for Monday, March 8, the City of Memphis announced.

Jones Bar-B-Que Diner in Arkansas destroyed by blazing fire

The Jones family has run the bbq diner since at least the 1910s, making it the country’s oldest Black-owned restaurant.

Shelby Co. Criminal Court releasing reset dates

Shelby County Criminal Court has given reset dates for Divisions I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X.

  St. Jude treats Memphis boy who is now thriving, running marathons

Then, in 2020, he trained hard and finished a half-marathon for the children of St. Jude, in an impressive 2 hours 9 minutes.

Man facing over a dozen charges after shootout in Memphis neighborhood, police say

Police arrested and charged Barrie Abu-Bakarr with one count of attempted murder, 12 counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of reckless endangerment.

  FedEx starts shipping third approved COVID-19 vaccine

FedEx is making history, again. The shipping giant has started shipping the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine on behalf of McKesson Corp.

MPD: 1 dead after shooting reported late Sunday night

A man is dead after a shooting was reported late Sunday night.

  SCS elementary students return to in-person learning after nearly one year

It’s been nearly one year since Shelby County Schools closed classrooms when the pandemic hit.

Metairie, La. restaurant issues apology after couple racially profiled; employees suspended

Desi Vega’s Seafood and Prime Steaks issues an apology to a black couple who was discriminated against while dining at the restaurant over the weekend.

  Memphis firefighters rescue family after tree falls on home

A Memphis family is safe after a tree fell on their home early Monday morning.

  The Fight for Equality: Then and Now

Over 50 years later, despite the Civil Rights Act Black Americans are still fighting for equal rights.

Missing Mississippi woman’s car found abandoned in Texas

Police found her car abandoned in Panola County, Texas.

  SCS students, teachers return to in-person learning Monday

Grades 6 through 12 will return to in-person learning March 8th.

  What Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill means for the Mid-South

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.9 trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill, aimed at helping millions of Americans.

Multi-vehicle crash on I-240 leaves one critically injured, police say

The accident happened at I-240 and Millbranch.

  TDH: Over 1,000 active cases reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

1 dead after shooting in Frayser, according to police

Memphis Police Department is investigating after a man died in the hospital Sunday night following a shooting in Frayser.

SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES issued for the Mid-South, Mississippi until 10 PM

Severe weather threat for Sunday

MPD: Man shot, killed after leaving latenight house party

If you have any information about the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

  Black History Month: The Tougaloo Nine try integrating local library through read-in

March 27 will mark 60 years since they staged their read-in.

  Local organization pampers women who have experienced abuse

“She’s A Victor” is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower, encourage and uplift women from all walks of life who have suffered abuse at some point in their lives.

  City of Memphis takes over vaccination distribution, 30,000 online appointments available

Mayor Strickland said the city promises to continue being more transparent in its reporting of vaccine distribution.

Woman accused of killing ex-husband’s girlfriend charged with murder, police say

Thanks to a license plate reader in Cobb County, Georgia, police were able to track her location and make an arrest.

Hundreds gather in Whitehaven for Unity Walk Against Gun Violence

Over 500 people showed up to walk at Hillcrest High School.

Police investigating shooting near I-40 and Whitten Road

According to police, shots rang out near I-40 and Whitten Rd. around 3:07 p.m.

  Over 3,000 vaccine doses administered to Shelby County educators

Early Friday morning Memphis Fire Department delivered about 3,000 vaccine doses to school districts across the county.

  TDH: 1,374 cases, 16 COVID-19 deaths reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

  Tennessee lifting nursing home visitation restrictions Sunday

On Sunday, the State of Tennessee will lift its visitation restrictions at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

  Mayor Strickland ‘proud’ of city’s progress in vaccine distribution takeover

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland shared some updates Friday about the city’s COVID-19 vaccine takeover that he says he’s proud to announce.

  County Commissioners express concerns with latest Shelby County vaccine loss, investigation

Mayor Lee Harris answered a tough round of questions from Shelby County commissioners and the media about vaccine distribution.

  Timeline of Shelby County vaccine concerns

The results of the state of Tennessee’s month-long investigation into the mismanagement of vaccine distribution in Shelby County are shocking.

  Vaccinations at Pipkin Building said to be going smoother under direction of City of Memphis

Word about a state and federal investigation into the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Shelby County spread quickly.

  Celebrating Black History: Revisiting the legacy of the Cotton Makers Jubilee

In the 1930′s a group of Black Memphis leaders created an event for Black people fit for a king or a queen.

  The Investigators: State investigating if Shelby County residents received expired COVID-19 vaccine doses

While former Shelby County Health Department Director Alisia Haushalter said Thursday that no one received expired doses in Shelby County, the Tennessee Department of Health said it is investigating.

  SCS gears up to open schools Monday

Beginning March 1 Shelby County Schools students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade will return to the classroom, students in grades 6th through 12th will return on March 8.

  Crittenden Co. public defender accused of rape released on $35K bond, 3 in connection face judge

New developments have surfaced in a court case involving a Crittenden County public defender who was charged with three counts of rape.

  Mid-South advocacy groups respond to passage of LGBTQ+ Equality Act

Despite major steps forward when it comes to equality for the LGBTQ+ community, there is still a lack of legal protections, and many are hoping the Equality Act will change that.

City of Memphis now accepting vaccine appointments for next week

The City of Memphis is now accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for the week of March 1.

  Director of Shelby County Health Dept. resigns amid investigation into vaccine mismanagement

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said Friday the director of the Shelby County Health Department has submitted her resignation as the county is investigated over reports of vaccine waste, potential vaccine theft and improper vaccinations of children.

  Shelby County dispatchers receive training for mental health, behavioral emergency calls

Shelby County dispatchers have received nationally recognized training on how to handle a wide variety of mental health, behavioral and suicide emergency calls.

  Mid-South Hero: RN creates care packages for patients after her battle with COVID-19

When a global pandemic put health care officials fighting on the front lines exposing them to the coronavirus, one registered nurse turned her health struggle into hope.

  Senator files bill to protect Memphis water from proposed pipeline

Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) has plans to introduce a bill to protect Memphis water from a controversial proposed pipeline.

  Arkansas truck driver making delivery to Shreveport ends up on ECMO machine for 30+ days

Chane Wells says the last thing he remembers is being brought into Willis-Knighton Pierremont on his stomach, someone taking his work boots off when he got to his room, and him seeing his black socks.

  Tennessee state investigation uncovers possible vaccine theft in Shelby County, children getting COVID-19 vaccine

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey says a volunteer may have stolen multiple doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Pipkin Building in Shelby County.

TDH: Over 1,500 new cases reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

Barge hits Mississippi River bridge in Dyer County

TDOT shows both directions of I-155 in Dyer County closed at the Missouri-Tennessee sate line as of just after 10:30 a.m.

Leonard’s Pit Barbecue looking for new owner

A well-known barbecue restaurant in Memphis is planning to sell.

Hundreds of inmates, detainees recover from COVID-19 in Shelby Co.

Many inmates, detainees, and employees have recovered from COVID-19 in Shelby Co.