Thursday, May 23 2013 10:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:02:33 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Growl Towels are a symbol of Grizz Nation, and are seen waving on televisions across the county. The makers of the iconic towels work out of Nashville. "Something Inked" said it is an amazingMore >>
Growl Towels are a symbol of Grizz Nation, and are seen waving on televisions across the county.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:42 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:42:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is going to be the biggest private company renovation in Whitehaven since Graceland was remodeled. This time, it is Kroger making the changes. Changes to the tune of $5 million. In justMore >>
It is going to be the biggest private company renovation in Whitehaven since Graceland was remodeled. This time, it is Kroger making the changes. Changes to the tune of $5 million.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:32:52 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Twelve lawsuits were filed Thursday against Memphis-based Medtronic after lawyers say the company illegally promoted a popular product used in spinal fusion surgeries. The product is calledMore >>
Twelve lawsuits were filed Thursday against Memphis-based Medtronic after lawyers say the company illegally promoted a popular product used in spinal fusion surgeries.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:18:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - How often do you use your cell phone in one day? Probably more than you can count and for many, cell phones replaced home phones. But when the tornado hit Moore, cell phone signals were downMore >>
When the tornado hit Moore, cell phone signals were down and Verizon Wireless stepped in to help with some volunteers from the Mid-South.More >>
by Tom Ensey
Five years ago Hurricane Katrina swirled out of the Gulf of Mexico and smashed the city of New Orleans. The images were appalling -- bodies and makeshift graves, destroyed homes and lives.
That storm displaced thousands of residents -- some of whom now call Montgomery home. They've sought to rebuild their lives and find a place for themselves in an unfamiliar city, while never forgetting where they came from.
Raymond Hunter spent days on the roof of his house that was inundated by the flood, watching boats and helicopters passing him and others in desperate need of rescue. He's still angry. And he launches into rants that are by turn hilarious and heartbreaking as he tries to come to terms with the destruction of his hometown.
"How can America invade a foreign country -- Iraq -- looking for weapons of mass destruction, find no weapons of mass destruction, spend billions of dollars to tear up a country then spend billions to rebuild it -- and we still can't put New Orleans back together?" he said a few days after visiting his old neighborhood, which is still in a shambles.
Raymond purges himself with dark humor. Family friend Elvira Gibson finds her peace in religion.
She and five carloads of family fled New Orleans -- they wound up in Montgomery because the Marriott was the closest hotel they could find with an empty room after traveling for 24 hours straight. They thought they'd be back home in a day or two. They brought one change of clothes. They've been here ever since.
"We were blessed," she said. "We all lived. We are together."
Two of her children stayed behind and rode out the storm. Her son still cries when he talks about it -- his home was in Gentilly, and most of his neighbors were old. He spent days trying to help them get to safety. He couldn't help them all.
Her daughter Karen started to evacuate with the rest of the family, but she turned around and went home when her daughter -- Michelle -- had a panic attack. There was 18 feet of water in their neighborhood. They spent three days in the upper part of the house and were finally rescued by National Guardsmen in a rubber boat. The guardsmen were there to check damages, not to rescue -- but they pulled Karen and her family out through the upstairs window.
She has a heart condition and diabetes. They were out of water.
"One more day, and I don't think we would have made it," she said. She still has problems with feeling claustrophobic. And she doesn't like to drive on the Interstate. It reminds her too much of the evacuation, the snarled traffic, and the decision to go back.
Elvira said Montgomery feels more like home now than it did at first. It's a hard town to get to know people -- they're more standoffish until they know you here, she said. It's not like that in New Orleans, where she lived the first 66 years of her life, working at a hospital. In New Orleans, nobody is a stranger. She misses that.
But she feels a part of the community now -- she likes her church. And most of her family have joined her here.
But there is still something missing.
"The food here is … different," she said, with a smile. It's hard to find good gumbo in Montgomery. And yes, she can make it herself.
Raymond's sister Carolyn Clark has taken on the role she had in her neighborhood back in New Orleans -- her house was the place where everybody in the neighborhood gathered after work to visit, unwind -- and eat. She's a magnificent cook, her son Timmy, has worked as a professional cook and Raymond is a chef, himself. Her daughter Nikki found a good job at Jackson Hospital, her godson, Chucky works in a barbershop down the street. Grandchildren are growing up -- two grand daughters are in college at AUM and belong to the ROTC there. They are both, she says with a grin, beautiful and smart as whips.
She refuses to get down despite all she's seen -- she spent days on end at the SuperDome, where she says she saw one woman murdered and a baby girl drown after a man knocked her off a wall into dark, murky flood water. She wouldn't drink water because she didn't want to have to go inside the SuperDome to use the bathroom. She said the inside of the SuperDome was hot, dark, people screaming, it smelled awful. As close to hell as she wants to come.
Her husband, Haywood, survived New Orleans -- but he's in the final stages of lung cancer now. It's not easy to accept.
"But I have my family," she said, blinking and managing a smile. "And I have my friends here."
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:52 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:52:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit. All lanes of Westbound I-240 have beenMore >>
There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 17:22:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952. Action News 5 spoke with McGarityMore >>
A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party. Rebecca Miller and her son are anything but strangers to Action News 5. Our station helpedMore >>
A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:40:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department canceled a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:24:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts. The "Grind City" shirts saved his Midtown business whichMore >>
A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:50:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud. Former WestMore >>
District Judge Kristine Baker sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators. FrancesMore >>
A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:38:14 GMT
MOORE, OK - The trembling, mud-spattered dog whose photo went viral on Tuesday was not actually standing watch over her owner's body - her name is Susie, her owner is named Curtis Collins, and he's alive.ThanksMore >>
There's a happy ending to the story of the little dog who was found standing guard over a body after the EF-5 tornado that decimated her neighborhood in Moore, OK. Her owner is alive, and they have been reunited thanks to the viral photo. More >>