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  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.

Orpheum Theatre hosting virtual camp to help young people who stutter

  Llamas brought to socialize at Overton Park

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

  Community surprises young girl with Make-A-Wish reveal

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

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

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

Miss. woman wins $1.2M jackpot at casino

$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Memphis

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

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

  Stepping Up: Man refurbishes old computers for disadvantaged kids

  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.

Oldest known golden retriever in the world appears on ’The Kelly Clarkson Show’

The oldest known golden retriever in the world is set to appear on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” after celebrating her 20th birthday back in April.

  Memphis pharmacy legend turns 90

  Local foundation stepping up to provide internet access to SCS families

  Memphis Zoo launching Ed-ZOO-Crates

  Covington community helps Tennessee historian celebrate 99th birthday with 99-car parade

  FedEx delivers huge PPE shipment for Baptist Memorial Health Care

Beverly Robertson among USA TODAY’s ‘Women of the Century’

Mid-South veteran celebrates 102nd birthday

A Mid-South veteran celebrated his 102nd birthday Wednesday.

  Collierville churches stepping up with backpack, school supply giveaway for students

Members of a two Collierville churches were busy stepping up Wednesday night providing back to school supplies for the upcoming school year.

  3 Mid-South high school seniors honored with driveway graduation

A Mid-South mother honored three high school seniors Saturday with a driveway graduation ceremony.

  FedEx Family House celebrating 10th anniversary with virtual fundraiser

The FedEx Family House is a home away from home for out of town families whose children are being treated at Le Bonheur.

  Mid-South Heroes: Friends vow to help young men and women

Friends! How many of us have four of them who are willing to unite under one vision to change the trajectory of Mid-South young people?

  Program offering $5,000 for more Black men to teach

There’s a new effort to get more Black men in the classroom.

  MPD officer helps save man’s life

A Memphis police officer is being called a hero after helping save a man’s life.

Young boy wins bike, gives neighbor the new wheels

A young boy from Covington decided to give back to a neighbor of his after winning a bike at the Covington Parks and Recreation Bike Park grand opening.

  Memphis dentist stepping up to transform lives, smiles of former inmates

He gave a new smile to a man who was formerly incarcerated -- an experience he says also impacted his life especially being a Black man.

  Elvis Costello raising money for Stax Music Academy with art created from audio recording

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is teaming up with Soundwaves Art Foundation to sell artwork created from the audio recording of his hit 1978 song “Pump It Up.” Proceeds benefit Stax Music Academy

  Youth Villages addressing the growing need for foster care amid the coronavirus pandemic

Though the coronavirus pandemic is putting a halt on many things, one thing it’s not stopping is uniting children with forever families.

  Non-profit stepping up to provide tiny homes for transgender community

A local non-profit that helps serve the transgender community is stepping up to provide permanent housing for those who have no place to stay.

Lizzo feeds DeSoto County hospital employees

Award-winning Singer Lizzo decided to give back to DeSoto County hospital employees who have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Fayette County retreat center offering free wedding space for couples looking to marry amid pandemic

Pinecrest Camp and Retreat Center in Fayette County has lost thousands due to canceled weddings, but it still wants to help some host their dream wedding for free.

Mid-South woman turns 100

Willie Mae Gray turned 100 years old Sunday, and friends and family gathered for a special drive-by celebration.

  Mid-South middle schooler makes masks for the homeless

A young Mid-South girl is stepping up to help people in need during her summer vacation.

Memphis Chinese community stepping up to combat COVID-19

Members of the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association are stepping up to help the Memphis community face fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LeMoyne-Owen receives $40M endowment

LeMoyne-Owen College announced Thursday the school received a $40 million endowment from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

A firefighter surprise! Boy leaves hospital after heart transplant to find his heroes waiting outside

After nearly 10 months at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Lincoln Hopper walked, or rather pedaled, out the front doors Thursday.

  Local non-profit stepping up to help kids read over the summer

A local non-profit is working hard to keep kids reading by giving away free books.

  Mid-South Holocaust survivor gets special 90th birthday surprise

Jeannine Paul was surprised by her son with a caravan of her favorite people all while a former “The Voice” contestant Mandi Thomas serenaded her.

Le Bonheur, St. Jude ranked among nation’s best children’s hospitals

It’s the 10th consecutive year for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to appear on the list from U.S. News & World Report.

  SCS honors 2020 Principal of the Year with special ceremony

Friday, Shelby County Schools honored Dr. Vincent Hunter as the 2020 Principal of the Year.

Memphis Zoo welcomes baby bat-eared foxes

The Memphis Zoo has welcomed two new baby bat-eared foxes.

Lost Collierville class ring takes 900-mile trip back to its owner

A 2003 Collierville High School class ring has been on quite the journey to be reunited with its owner.

  School employees, parents present brand new truck to Germantown custodian during appreciation parade

A Germantown custodian got the gift of a lifetime Friday, and the people giving him that gift had to get extra creative making it happen during a pandemic.

  SCS, U of M launch George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Friday, Shelby County Schools and the University of Memphis announced their commitment to creating a scholarship in honor of George Floyd.

  Collierville teenager steps up to donate personal protective equipment to healthcare workers

Across the United States, there have been countless reports of shortages in personal protective equipment for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. One Collierville High School student is pitching in to help.

  Mid-Southerners show love and support through virtual floor signing

As tradition during the St. Jude Dream Home campaign, we gather sponsors together to sign the unfinished floor of the dream home. But due to COVID-19 protocols, this year we’re doing a virtual floor signing and offering words of encouragement to St. Jude kids online.

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

For May, we're recognizing teachers and all our educators as this month's Mid-South Heroes.

  Man stepping up to spread joy along Mid-South sidewalks during pandemic

While everyone’s been cooped up at home, many have taken on new hobbies like baking, dancing on Tiktok, well one man took his skills to the sidewalk.

  Memphis high schools host drive-thru graduation ceremonies

Hillcrest and Fairley High Schools held drive-thru graduation ceremonies Saturday.

  Millington firefighters hand out free masks to citizens

On Saturday, firefighters in Millington handed out free masks to every citizen who stopped by the parking lot at city hall.

  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.

  Millington Central High School Band performs ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ for graduating seniors

The Millington Central High School Band decided to send a message of hope to the graduating class of 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Memphis Uber driver delivering meals to hospital workers gets surprised with new car

For the last two months, Rivera has bought 3,500 meals from locally-owned restaurants to deliver to the nurses and doctors at Germantown Methodist Hospital. Now her generosity has been repaid, as she continues her incredible work.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

WMC awarded Regional Murrow Award for Memphis 200 documentary

WMC was awarded “Excellence in Video” for photographer Shiela Whaley’s opening story in our Memphis 200 documentary.

  Mid-South Eagle Scout honored in first-ever social distancing pinning ceremony

The Chickasaw Council of Boy Scouts of America held its first-ever social distancing Court of Honor ceremony for one Mid-South resident over the weekend.

  Jonesboro officer receives thank you card from children during COVID-19 pandemic

McDaniel rolled down the window and was given a card that read “JPD Officer.”

  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.

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.

  Generous gesture by Mid-South teacher turns virtual lessons into global sensation

A generous gesture by a Mid-South teacher turned his virtual physics classes into an online sensation.

  ‘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 chef stepping up to donate gourmet meals to families

A gourmet chef who serves up elegant dishes for patrons of Dixon Gallery and Gardens took some delectable delights to some lucky diners in North Memphis on Tuesday.

  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 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 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?

  Local church, leaders give away free gas in Frayser

A local church and Mid-South officials came together to do some good in the Frayser-Raleigh neighborhood today, by giving out free gas during a time where many wallets are tightening because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Golden Gate Cathedral giving away gas to 200 Mid-South families

Two-hundred families are getting a free tank of gas in the Mid-South.