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  WWII Army vet gets special birthday surprise

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the Mid-South Jeep Club organized a birthday drive-by in honor of Jim Young Sr.

  Shelby County, Memphis Fire Dept. take new approach to address mental health needs

Memphis’ Four Way receives $40K grant live on NBC’s ‘Today’ show

Volunteers gather to clean up North Memphis community

Bartlett police officer helps reunite dog missing 6 years with owner

  Ole Miss student makes school history, hired to work for NFL

  Conway Cares: Memphis mom gets new heating and cooling system after 15 years

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Memphis Zoo to be featured on ‘World’s Greatest!’ TV series

  ArtsMemphis supporting local arts organizations through grants

Memphian wins HGTV design competition

  Memphis couple survives lethal levels of carbon monoxide

Memphis student wins prestigious honor in the 98th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

  Alabama couple reunited 1 year after pandemic ended nursing home visits

Memphis business steps up to pay utility bills for 29 families

A Memphis law firm is stepping up to help its neighbors dealing with the impact of the pandemic and recent winter blast.

  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.

  Mid-South restaurants raise money for DeSoto County deputy injured in DUI crash

Two more restaurants in DeSoto County pitched in to help a deputy who was critically injured in a DUI crash earlier this month.

  Stepping Up: Memphis restaurants help feed the need during winter storms

Now The Red Balloon Project is asking for your help to keep the food coming.

  MLK Days of Service: PPE company donates 1,000 masks for drive-thru giveaway

  Germantown neighborhood leaves thank-you notes for sanitation workers

  Kroger donates $150K to Mid-South Food Bank in honor of MLK Day

Oh babies! Memphis Zoo announces newest babies, including 1st of 2021

  Mid-South Hero: Chief nurse strives to help Veterans amid global health crisis

  Woman surprised with new furniture and toys the day after adopting grandchildren

  MPD gives 5-year-old girl special Christmas surprise

Memphis police at Ridgway Station wanted to spread some holiday cheer Wednesday by surprising a 5-year-old girl with some very special Christmas gifts.

  Stepping Up: Mid-South helped WMC raise over $2 million for Memphis charities in 2020

We have millions of reasons to say thank you to our many charitable viewers, for stepping up when we broadcast genuine community needs.

Deputies save family from burning home

They may have lost their home, but a family can thank a couple of Cross County sheriff’s deputies for saving their lives.

  Santa reads to Collierville shelter pets

Saint Nick paid a very special visit to the animals at Collierville Animal Shelter Wednesday.

FedExFamilyHouse creates Santa’s Village for patients

FedExFamilyHouse is spreading Christmas cheer to patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

  Tenn. mechanical engineering students build sensory swing for 2-year-old with autism

Aiden Robertson was diagnosed with autism in February and a few weeks later he and his mother Lorren lost everything in a deadly tornado that hit Putnam County.

Anonymous donor leaves $6K diamond ring in Germantown Salvation Army red kettle

A 1.81 carat diamond ring valued at more than $6,000 found its way into a red kettle in the Germantown area Dec. 10.

  Mid-South mom adopts three siblings just in time for Christmas

If Christmas means family as it does to so many, then three Mid-South brothers– 15-year-old Shunkietrick, 11-year-old Shundarius and 6-year-old Shuntrez said they’ve never had a true Christmas.

Poinsett Co Sheriff’s Office makes goodie bags for nursing homes

The Poinsett County Sheriff and his wife have gathered the sheriff and collector’s office employees to make goodie bags for all nursing homes and senior life centers within the county.

  Baptist Memorial Memphis workers stepping up to save Christmas for COVID-19 patients

Frontline workers in Memphis are going above and beyond to make sure their COVID-19 patients have a great Christmas even if they have to spend it in the hospital.

  Philanthropist Avron Fogelman continues holiday tradition of paying off layaway balances for Memphis shoppers

Memphis philanthropist Avron Fogelman is at it again, spreading holiday cheer by paying off layaway balances for more than 100 people in the city.

WMC Holiday Food Drive raises more than $132K for Mid-South Food Bank

We want to thank you for your generosity for giving to the annual WMC Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive.

  St. Jude Memphis Marathon week is here! Here’s how to get the most out of the virtual experience

Race week is packed full of virtual events, from the mosaic reveal to the annual pasta party.

  Local woman gets surprise visit on Thanksgiving, from man who’s now living with her late son’s heart

It was a Thanksgiving unlike any other for one woman named Kim Deal in Maringouin.

  MemFeast volunteers stepping up to feed the homeless during the pandemic

Organizations, businesses and volunteers came together Thursday to make sure those in need eat well this Thanksgiving.

  Justin Timberlake surprises Tennessee family with wheelchair-accessible van

Justin Timberlake came to the rescue for a Tennessee teen with cerebral palsy.

PHOTOS: Babies at Memphis hospital celebrate their 1st Thanksgiving

You don’t have to look hard to find something to be thankful for in the nursery at Saint Francis Hospital.

  Home for the holidays: Airforce dad surprises his kids

Jaden and Aubrianna thought they were meeting Santa Claus, but as they waited for him they noticed a familiar face.

  Shelby County man takes long-awaited steps after being paralyzed for over 20 years

John Payne was paralyzed more than 20 years ago, now he’s working to get his hands on new technology that could help the way he gets around.

  Mid-South college offers degree program to Tennessee inmates

Since 2017, Dyersburg State Community College has offered college courses toward an associate’s degree in business administration to prisoners at Northwest Correctional Complex.

  Former Memphis Grizzly, Street Ministries Stepping Up to donate Thanksgiving boxes to hundreds of families

A former Memphis Grizzlies player has stepped up to help families have a special Thanksgiving, making this a ten-year tradition.

  Community continues to gives back for holiday season amid the pandemic

More people are in need this holiday season. While safety protocols have made it hard for Thanksgiving meal giveaways some of the large giveaways in Memphis will continue the tradition this year.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden opens Friday with COVID-19 precautions

If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, the Memphis Botanic Garden’s annual Holiday Wonders at the Garden opens this Friday.

  AmazonSmile shoppers donate millions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Shopping through Amazon’s charitable giving program called AmazonSmile gives customers a chance to fill up their Christmas stockings and help the charity of your choice.

Serena Williams donates purses to YWCA of Greater Memphis

Tennis star Serena Williams is helping the YWCA make a change in the Memphis area.

  Atlanta woman finds adopted Memphis brother with help from retired law enforcement officer

Two weeks ago, we shared with you a story about an Atlanta woman who was looking for her adopted brother that she believed lives here in the Mid-South.

  Running 4 Heroes: Boy runs mile honoring Helena-West Helena officer killed in line of duty

An 11-year-old boy honored a fallen Arkansas police officer at the Krawl’n for the Fallen event in Clay County, Florida over the weekend.

Mississippian elected Student Body President of Harvard University

Aside from serving as Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Black Caucus at Harvard, Harris is also the author of the children’s book Successful.

  Veterans with Valero Memphis refinery help fellow vets with donation

Over 5,000 veterans have battled COVID-19 in the Mid-South, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 230 have died from the virus.

  Miss Mississippi makes history after being crowned Miss USA

A Mid-South woman made history on the Soundstage at Graceland, becoming the first Mississippi contestant to win the title of Miss USA.

  DeSoto County deputies credited with saving boy’s life after scary dirt bike accident

A 12-year-old child and his family are crediting DeSoto County deputies with saving the boy’s life after a horrific dirt bike.

  ‘Ride of Tears’ helps raise money for 12-year-old boy’s funeral after shooting

A local organization is stepping up after a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in Memphis last week.

  Program provides free ’ReLeaf’ to tornado-damaged Jonesboro

On Saturday, the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture teamed up with the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council to give out free trees.

  DeSoto County deputies help save 12-year-old after bike wreck

Some DeSoto County deputies are being hailed as heroes after acting quickly to help a child hurt in a bike crash.

AWWW! NICU babies celebrate Halloween with hand-made costumes

The tiniest patients at Baptist Women’s Hospital in Memphis got in on the Halloween festivities thanks to costumes created by two nurses.

  'Best of Memphis’ winners accept awards in drive-thru celebration live on WMC

The biggest party in town is live on WMC Action News 5.

  ‘Best of Memphis’ winners honored in drive-thru celebration: Watch it live on WMC Friday

The Memphis Flyer’s “Best of Memphis” celebration, recognizing the greatest people, places and things in the Bluff City, will still happen but with a twist.

  6-year-old Memphis boy goes viral with his “You Can Be ABCs” rap about careers

The adorable video has gone viral with more than 40,000 views on YouTube!

Memphis boy goes viral with inspiring twist on the classic ABCs

Bobby White posted a Facebook video with 6-year-old Sam telling everyone to dream big as he raps careers from A to Z.

‘We hope this is a new start’: 17 inmates baptized at Mississippi jail

“We hope this is a new start and will change the lives of these and many more.”

  UofM awarded $1M grant to establish automation and robotics training center

The University of Memphis has been awarded a huge grant from the federal government to create a brand-new, state-of-the-art robotics center with a job training program to go along with it.

  First round of headsets to be distributed to SCS students

Soon, thousands of SCS students will have a new headset to make virtual learning a little easier this school year -- and it’s all thanks to you!

  Stepping Up: Memphis music artist hosting benefit concert for suicide prevention awareness

A Memphis music artist is stepping up to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Orpheum Theatre hosting virtual camp to help young people who stutter

Orpheum Theatre is hosting a free two-day camp to accommodate the evolving needs of young people who stutter.

  Llamas brought to socialize at Overton Park

Thursday, a trio of llamas provided a big dose of happy at Overton Park in Midtown Memphis.

  Hispanic Heritage Month: Owner of Rumba Room has huge impact on salsa scene in Memphis

WMC Action News 5′s Briseida Holguin introduces us to a man who has had a huge impact on the salsa scene in Memphis.

  Community surprises young girl with Make-A-Wish reveal

ServiceMaster and Terminix helped make a young girl’s wish come true on Friday.

  Mid-South Heroes: Teacher uses her talents to help people of all ages

One woman is using her variety of talents to help people of all ages in the community.

  Hispanic Heritage Month: Health care leader working to give others a second opportunity

As we honor Hispanic Heritage Month, we introduce you to a Mid-South health care leader who turned his second chance into a second opportunity for so many others.

  Peabody Hotel honors Mid-South first responders as heroes in fight aginst COVID-19

Mid-south first responders are now honored as heroes for their role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miss. woman wins $1.2M jackpot at casino

The Kosciusko native was stunned to see the prize.

$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Memphis

The winning ticket was purchased at the Elvis Exxon at 4679 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Pop icon Huey Lewis raising money for Stax Music Academy with art created from audio recording

Pop icon Huey Lews is helping raise money for Stax Music Academy in a colorful way.

  Stepping Up: Mid-South business owner delivers free meals to hundreds of first responders

A local business owner is stepping up for first responders by delivering hundreds of meals.

  Stepping Up: Man refurbishes old computers for disadvantaged kids

A comedian from Memphis is using his skills with computers to help Mid-South students attending school online this year.

  Mid-Southerners help WMC raise money to provide SCS students with headsets

During the first week of virtual class for Shelby County Schools, Mid-Southerners showed how committed they are to quality education for all children.

  University of Memphis receives first world ranking by Wall Street Journal

For the first time, the University of Memphis has been ranked among the world’s top universities by the Wall Street Journal.

  Mid-South Heroes: Police officer brings small town values to the Bluff City

Protecting, serving and saving lives. As a Memphis police officer, Chris Williams brings small town values to the Bluff City force.