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  2019 Southern Heritage Classic ends with the feeling of tradition in the air

Tradition was the highlight of this years classic.

  5 Great Things: Hollywood stars shine in Memphis; a man and his best friend reunite

  SRVS receives $150K grant for independence coach model

  Pet of the Week: Retriever mix Beth

Pink Palace to host free Museum Day

  $150K grant to aid ‘independence coaches’ for people with disabilities

MAS helps reunite man with his missing dog

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Rare birth: Couple welcomes 9 lb. 11 oz. baby on 9/11 at 9:11

  ‘Stuff a MATA Bus’ and feed the hungry: Food drive benefits Mid-South Food Bank

Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake create fund to help Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian

Memphian wins WNBA Coach of the Year

  Volunteer events planned for 9/11 remembrance

  Rhodes College named one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges

  MAS offering $20 adoptions during ‘Fantasy Furball’

Every adoption includes a spay or neuter, a microchip, vaccines, heartworm tests for dogs and a customized ID tag.

  ‘Y on the Fly’ delivers books, snacks and fun to Millington Elementary

On Monday, the Y and United Healthcare made a “Fun Stop” at Millington Elementary School where the “Y on the Fly” van delivered books and snacks to the students.

Cheerleader with Down Syndrome inspires Biloxi Junior High students

At Biloxi Junior High, one cheerleader is also inspiring her school and community.

  5 Great Things: Memphians assist in Hurricane Dorian relief, Peabody Hotel celebrates 150 years

The first week of September is in the books and its been all about Hurricane Dorian. Let’s take a look at how the Mid-South is helping those impacted including more great things happening in the Bluff City.

  Memphis recognized as one of most generous cities in U.S.

  ‘Have a passion for it’: 100-year-old ballet master still teaching classes

After 77 years, remains of WWII hero returning home to Mississippi to be buried

  Memphis kicks off season with a win against Ole Miss

  5 Great Things: Walmart hosts ‘thank you’ lunch for first responders, New Memphis hosts 2019 ‘Exposure’ event

  Porter-Leath receives $1.2M grant for head start programs

  West Memphis’ first African American female firefighter promoted to inspector

The first African American female to ever join the West Memphis Fire Department continues to make history.

  Walmart hosts ‘thank you’ lunch for DeSoto County first responders

Wednesday, first responders from across DeSoto County were thanked for their hard work and sacrifices.

  Mid-South Heroes: Man encourages Memphians of all ages to have fun, get fit

This month's Mid-South Hero is a mover and shaker, encouraging Memphians of all ages to have fun while getting fit.

Le Bonheur adding interactive outdoor space for children and families

Le Bonheur Green will feature an area for prayer and meditation, a walking path shaped like a heart, a front porch gathering place and an open green space for play.

  Volunteers help mow grass around Hickory Ridge Middle School

Tall grass made it difficult for Hickory Ridge Middle School students to get to and from school, so some helpful volunteers spent their Saturday morning lending a hand.

Church pays off $3 million in medical debt, helping nearly 1,600 people

The goal was to help people in Pope, Johnson and Conway counties, with church leaders working with a New York-based non-profit, RIP Medical Debt, on the issue.

Justin Timberlake gives impromptu performance on Beale Street

Timberlake showed up at B.B. King's Blues Club for a night on the town, and ended up on stage!

  5 Great Things: Ja Morant gives back, Justin Timberlake performs on Beale Street

As we end this week with some dreary, wet weather let's take a look back at 5 great things that will bring some sunshine to our lives.

Young students surprised with free backpacks full of school supplies

A group of Memphis kids received new backpacks jam-packed full of school supplies Friday.

  Youth basketball league named after ‘First 48’ murder series

A Mid-South basketball coach borrowed the title from a popular television show about Memphis crime and turned it into a championship basketball league.

  City of Memphis, U of M announce fan enhancements for 2019 football season

The City of Memphis and University of Memphis rolled out the red carpet at the Liberty Bowl stadium Thursday.

  Kroger partners with U of M for football game to benefit Mid-South Food Bank

Kroger and the University of Memphis are partnering with the Mid-South Food Bank to help end hunger in the Mid-South.

  Ja Morant gives kids back-to-school shopping spree

The prized rookie partnered with the Grizzlies and Academy Sports and Outdoors to provide a back-to -school shopping spree for children from the Ira Samuelson Boys and Girls Club

  Trucker recognized for traveling 9 million miles accident free

34 years and 9 million miles later... This trucker is being honored for traveling every mile... accident free!

7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Western Reserve Schools is commending one of their seventh grade students for an act of kindness that is helping other kids his age in need.

  5 Great Things: Medline moves to Southaven, UofM introduces new AD

Now that students have returned to class for another great school year, here's a look at 5 OTHER Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

Porter-Leath partners with UofM on early child care facility

Urban Child Institute gave a $3.5 million grant to create a state-of-the-art education facility. It will serve children ages 6 through pre-kindergarten.

'A living legacy’: Charlotte woman celebrates 115th birthday

Hester McCardell Ford of Charlotte celebrated her 115th birthday Thursday!

Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si surprises drivers with gift cards during traffic stops

Several drivers got quite a surprise Wednesday morning when they were pulled over by West Monroe PD

  David Carnes Park re-opens as a Blue Cross Healthy Place

Members from the Whitehaven community gathered with city leaders and representatives from the The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation on Saturday for the grand re-opening of David Carnes Park.

  5 Great Things: New developments are coming to Frayser; healthier food options for Shelby County students

It’s back-to-school time but there’s always time for great things to happen in the Mid-South; here are 5 from this week.

  Oxford pizza shop offers free pizza for immigrants, refugees

An Oxford pizza shop is offering free pizza for immigrants and refugees.

  SCS planning healthier food options for students

For the new school year, Shelby County Schools is trying to step up students' veggie, fruit and water intake.

  2 new developments could be coming to Frayser

Girls, inc of Memphis and Porter- Leath want to expand their services in the community.

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County gears up for ‘largest fundraiser of the year’

According to Marketing Manager Kristen Walker, preparations for the Gala are in full swing. The humane society is expecting 400 guests this year compared to last year’s attendance of 350.

  Grand slam for Memphis: Leftwich Tennis Center announces $19M expansion

According to the mayor’s office, the majority of the funding has been privately raised with $3 million coming from the City of Memphis and an additional $5 million from the university.

  Dozens of Memphis churches participate in day of service

The Memphis District Association of Churches delivered box lunches to firefighters and police officers and ministered to 200 homeless people with meals, water and Gatorade.

  World’s first voice box reconstruction performed in Memphis

A team of doctors at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital are making history.

  $16K donated to Mid-South Food Bank

The Mid-South Food Bank received a $16,000 grant to help provide 48,000 meals to families in 31 counties.

  2020 World Golf Championship FedEx-St. Jude Invitational to happen over July 4th weekend

It will take up to two months to break down the hospitality tents and remove everything that went into putting together the tournament but organizers are already excited for next year.

  Plans announced for new Raleigh farmers market

The farmers market will not only give community members access to fresh fruits and vegetables, Parkinson said it will provide relief for people who live in food deserts, neighborhoods with no grocery stores.

2.12-carat brown diamond discovered at Arkansas State Park

A lucky visitor from Nebraska found a 2.12-carat brown diamond at Arkansas State Park.

  Golfers donate money to St. Jude for every birdie, eagle they shoot

Every shot, every putt at the FedEx St Jude Invitational comes with high stress.But for Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, these shots aren’t just for themselves. They’ve pledged to donate $1,000 per birdie and $5,000 for every eagle they shoot out of their own pockets to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

  U of M students invite residents to help conduct research on Wolf River

If you pay your water bill to MLGW, a portion of your money is going toward research on the Wolf River.

  5 Great Things: Top golfers tee up smiles at St. Jude; U of M receives $13M donation

This week’s unseasonably nice weather seemed to encourage Mid-Southerners to do Great Things. Here are 5 that happened this week.

  Erase the Hate: Mississippi tattoo parlor offering free cover-ups for former white supremacists

At Sickside Tattoo Studio, what was meant to be permanent is now being covered up.

  Mid-South Heroes: Woman spreads joy and celebrates other cancer survivors

Healing Planet emerged from Donna Padgett Bowers’ desire to restore joy in other cancer patients by helping them feel better in their own skin.

National Civil Rights Museum honoring Abiola, Steinem, Legend at 2019 Freedom Awards

The Freedom Awards honor people who have made significant contributions to civil and human rights.

$100K Powerball ticket sold in Memphis

A $100,000 Powerball ticket was sold in Memphis.

  FedEx Cares donates $50K to St. Jude after special putt

FedEx was instrumental in securing the World Golf Championships FedEx St. Jude Invitational for Memphis. The company is also changing the world, and lives at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Musicians kick off golf weekend with show to benefit St. Jude

The week of events for the World Golf Championship St. Jude Invitational kicked off with the St. Jude Jam on Tuesday night.

  Man from viral ‘Back up Terry’ video gifted with new wheelchair

Remember the “Back up Terry” video that went viral a few years ago? Terry is from Memphis and he's the recipient of a brand new wheelchair!

  Top golfers tee up smiles at St. Jude

Tuesday, some of the world's top golfers took time out of their preparation for the tournament to visit the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

  Local locksmith offers to open hot cars for free

One local locksmith is offering to help if you ever see a child or pet locked in a hot car.

  5 Great Things: Teen returns woman’s missing purse, Collierville man earns national recognition

As we put an end to the week of excessive heat, let’s look back at five great things that happened across the Mid-South.

  Conway Cares: Grandmother receives new A/C system

Beatrice Armstrong says she's excited about the idea of cooler days ahead, thanks to the free air conditioner she's getting through the Conway Cares initiative.

  Teen returns woman’s missing purse with $1,300 in it

In the 16 years Tycoon Asian Cuisine and Noodle Shop has been on Kirby Parkway, customers have left a lot of things behind, but never $1,300.

  Young Actors Guild to move in to Fire Station 22

New life will soon fill an old fire station in Memphis. In May, the Young Actors Guild bought the building with plans to transform the spot into an arts center for the children of Orange Mound.

Collierville man earns national recognition as catalyst for change in public education

The President of Pickler Wealth Advisors in Collierville is one of three national finalists for the Catalyst Award as part of the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards.

  Oxford officer awarded for life-saving effort

A police officer in Oxford received honors for saving a life.

  Changes to Mud Island River Park bringing in more visitors

Mud Island’s mini-makeover has caught the eye of tourists and even locals. An average weekend day last year saw about 100 visitor to the River Park. Now anywhere between 300 to 400 people come to take in the sights during the week.

  Backpack drive helps Mid-South kids in need prep for school

Thirty-five dollars can give a Mid-South kindergartner everything they need for the first day a school.

  Memphis kids earn trip to D.C. for speaking out against violence

Two-thousand Shelby Co. kids wrote essays about how violence has affected them. Two of those essays won students a trip to Washington D.C.

  Mayor’s Manhood University program expands to those still behind bars

Mayor Jim Strickland's Manhood University program is expanding to help more than just those who have already fulfilled their sentences.

  5 Great Things: ‘Hamilton’ is here; summer jobs for kids

We’re highlighting some of the good happening in the Mid-South with this week’s 5 Great Things!

  SCSO receives praise for ‘major reforms’ at Juvenile Justice Center

After years of problems, the Shelby County Juvenile Justice Center is receiving praise by a national organization for reducing the use of solitary confinement.

  Memphis firefighters install smoke detectors for homes in need

On a warm Tuesday morning, the Memphis Fire Department hit the streets in Hickory Hill to equip people there with smoke detectors. It’s something they do all year round.

  West Memphis kicks off youth summer jobs program

The City of West Memphis now has 100 teens working for a little spending money and learning life skills.