Saturday, June 5 2010 8:03 AM EDT2010-06-05 12:03:56 GMT
Officials say a 47-year-old woman was found deceased in her home in North Memphis on June 2, 2010. The woman was last known to be alive on May 29, and investigators believe her death was heat related.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:26 PM EDT2013-06-20 01:26:32 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Paychecks for all teachers in DeSoto County Schools are expected to be fatter next year, without making taxpayer pockets any lighter. DeSoto County School Board President Ann Jolley told ActionMore >>
Paychecks for all teachers in DeSoto County Schools are expected to be fatter, without making taxpayer pockets any lighter.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:36:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Some Shelby County residents experienced a sudden storm complete with pouring rain, winds, and hail. According to Action News 5 meteorologists, isolated showers are still possible over theMore >>
Some Shelby County residents experienced a sudden storm complete with pouring rain, winds, and hail. According to Action News 5 meteorologists, isolated showers are still possible over the next couple of hours but some areas will remain dry.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:34:41 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As the Memphis City Council spends hours deciding on a way to solve the city's budget crisis, appetites are sure to grow. Everyone has to eat right? But who should be paying for it? ActionMore >>
As the Memphis City Council spends hours deciding on a way to solve the city's budget crisis, appetites are sure to grow.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:31:05 GMT
(WMC TV) - The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South and the Tennessee Secretary of State confirmed a mailing that appears to be a corporate tax notice from a company named Corporate Records ServiceMore >>
An unsolicited request for annual report fees is actually a scam.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:57:50 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Kimmiracle Langston was at home when, Memphis police say, her father killed her mother, Kimberly, in their house on Hamilton Street. It shattered the family. Estimates indicate 9,000 peopleMore >>
Kimmiracle Langston was at home when, Memphis police say, her father killed her mother, Kimberly, in their house on Hamilton Street. It shattered the family.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The second heat-related death of 2010 has was reported Tuesday in Shelby County.
According to Dr. Karen E. Chancellor, Shelby County's Chief Medical Examiner, a 70-year-old African-American male was found dead in his North Memphis home Monday evening, after having been seen alive earlier in the day.
Friends identified the man as Sonny Murray, a "nice guy" who lived on and off with his brother.
Officials said the temperature in the apartment was 94.6 degrees Fahrenheit when Murray's body was discovered by his brother, William.
"I checked on him before I left in the morning, and when I got back, he was gone," William said.
"I feel bad about it," neighbor Crystal Hawkins said. "I really do. Wish he had some air. Maybe he'd still be alive."
There was no air conditioning in the home, and all windows were closed. A box fan was blowing in the bedroom where Murray was found.
Chancellor said 'environmental heat exposure' was a contributing factor in the man's death. But William Murray said his brother's medical history likely played a bigger role.
Still, Dr. Helen Murrow of the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department says the elderly are especially vulnerable when temperatures soar.
"Try to get them to a cooler place during the day and encourage them to have cross-ventilation in their home," she said.
The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department offers the following tips to help prevent heat-related illnesses:
Drink plenty of cool fluid, especially water; but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
Limit outdoor activities.
Stay cool indoors, especially in the heat of the day.
Never leave anyone in a car.
Monitor those at high risk.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
Red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)
Rapid, strong pulse
Mental confusion, shallow breathing and possible unconsciousness
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
Nausea or vomiting
Skin may be cool and moist
Pulse rate fast and weak
Breathing fast and shallow
The Health Department also emphasizes that during periods of intense and prolonged heat, it is especially important to check on elderly relatives and neighbors. The elderly are more likely to have health conditions or take medications that make them more vulnerable to the heat, and their bodies do not adjust well to sudden changed in temperature. If you have elderly friends or relatives, you can help protect them from heat-related stress by: Visiting at least twice a day to watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Take them to air-conditioned locations if they have transportation problems. Encouraging them to drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages.
The Aging Commission of the Mid-South's Fan for Seniors Program uses volunteers to deliver fans to persons over the age of 65. Individuals may receive a fan every other year if they live in Shelby County and do not have functioning air conditioning. Those in need a fan or wanting to make a donation to the program may contact the Aging Commission of the Mid-South at (901) 324-6333.
For more information contact the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department's Epidemiology Section at (901) 544-7717 during normal business hours. For more information about heat-related illnesses, including prevention and treatment tips, visit the CDC's Extreme Heat Safety Web site at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:17:18 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman was shot in the eye early Wednesday morning. She was taken to The MED in critical condition. Police responded to the shooting around 12:40 a.m. Where the shooting happened is not beingMore >>
A woman was shot in the eye early Wednesday morning. She was taken to The MED in critical condition.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:44:40 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Thousands of people from across the country took to swimming pools Tuesday in an attempt to beat the world record for the world's largest swimming lesson. The City of Memphis joined in theMore >>
Thousands of people from across the country took to swimming pools Tuesday in an attempt to beat the world record for the world's largest swimming lesson.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:10:15 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett police officer is under investigation for assaulting his own wife Sunday, according to officials. Quentin Crowley was arrested after a verbal altercation that turned physical. HeMore >>
Two Bartlett police officers are off the job and under investigation for suspected abuse.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:32 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:32:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - With the third and final reading scheduled for later Tuesday evening, the battle over the budget rages at city hall. "There are no easy answers to this," said Mayor A C Wharton after a livelyMore >>
The city's administration proposed an amended budget which members voted on throughout the meeting.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:47:49 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Time is running out for more than 100 cats at Memphis' Mewtopia Cat Rescue to find homes. Staffers at the rescue shelter are scrambling to find another place to house its animals after losingMore >>
An organization famous for rescuing cats is now in need of a rescue of its own.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:46:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer is charged with driving under the influence after refusing to submit a BAC test, according to police. Two police officers noticed a Hummer swerving and nearly hittingMore >>
A Memphis police officer is charged with driving under the influence after refusing to submit a BAC test, according to police.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:14:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman who worked in the school system for years says she may out of a job as a result of low enrollment numbers. Marilyn Davis' story is similar to many in the school system. She has beenMore >>
A woman who worked in the school system for years says she may out of a job as a result of low enrollment numbers.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:59:05 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is leaving office early with extra money. But where is it coming from? The money comes from the state's retirement system. Mayor Davis plans to leave his officeMore >>
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is leaving office early with extra money. But where is it coming from?More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:48 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A U.S. Marshals Service task force was going door-to-door in a California community Tuesday asking residents for help finding a fugitive Mid-South couple, according to NBC Los Angeles. JanetMore >>
A U.S. Marshals Service task force was going door-to-door in a California community Tuesday asking residents for help finding a fugitive Mid-South couple, according to NBC Los Angeles.More >>