Friday, March 7 2014 9:44 PM EST2014-03-08 02:44:43 GMT
(WMC – TV) – The Germantown School board voted Friday night to rescind a tuition hike for non-residents. In a vote of 3 – 0, the board, without two members present, voted to rescind Monday's vote. TheMore >>
The Germantown School board voted Friday night to rescind a tuition hike for non-residentsMore >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:30 PM EST2014-03-08 00:30:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Department now describes Thursday night's shooting at Oak Court Mall as a "conventional shooting." The initial calls described the possibility of an "active shooter," which isMore >>
Memphis Police Department now describes Thursday night's shooting at Oak Court Mall as a "conventional shooting." The initial calls described the possibility of an "active shooter," which is a law enforcement term that MPD specifically prepared for at the mall.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:22 PM EST2014-03-08 00:22:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Memphis police believe the shooter from Thursday's Oak Court Mall incident is still on the loose. Shortly after the shooting Thursday evening, officers stopped a car they thought was connectedMore >>
Thursday's shooting at Oak Court mall started with an argument over a previous gang shooting and a stolen shirt, according to witnesses cited in a Memphis Police Department incident report.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:14 PM EST2014-03-08 00:14:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It has been almost two weeks since 13-year-old Cartrial Robertson was shot dead by his 15-year-old friend. But photos on the boy's Facebook page paints a different picture. His family says andMore >>
It has been almost two weeks since 13-year-old Cartrial Robertson was shot dead by his 15-year-old friend.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 6:49 PM EST2014-03-07 23:49:50 GMT
(WMC-TV) - MLGW continues to restore power to people in Frayser. The power was knocked out Sunday and Monday as a result of the winter storm that moved through the area.Action News 5's Anna Marie HartmanMore >>
MLGW continues to restore power to people in Frayser. The power was knocked out Sunday and Monday as a result of the winter storm that moved through the area.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - A leading Memphis surgeon says the lives of Mid-South transplant patients will be at risk unless changes are made in the way organs are shared in Tennessee.
Dr. James Eason, leader of Methodist Transplant Institute, is asking for special government permission to bring donated organs to Memphis from middle and east Tennessee.
It is a decision that could literally mean the difference between life and death.
Steve Jobs' now famous 2009 liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital made worldwide headlines. But quietly, 138 lesser known patients received new livers at Methodist Transplant Institute last year.
It is now the fourth largest liver transplant program out of 120 nationwide.
Dr. James Eason says all those transplants have been made possible by a statewide organ sharing agreement, which is going away.
He says the Mid-South's organ procurement organization does a good job but falls far short of meeting the demand for organs.
"Their volume is not adequate to support the need. It's like saying a well stocked pond should feed the country rather than the ocean. It simply cannot be done. Now our patients are going to lose. We're going to lose," explained Dr. Eason.
For nearly 20 years, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation in Memphis and Tennessee Donor Services in Nashville have worked together.
A donated organ would go to the sickest patient in Tennessee, regardless of where they were receiving a transplant in the state.
But the federal government dissolved that sharing agreement because it is inconsistent with government regulations.
Last year, Mid-South Transplant Foundation of Memphis procured 62 organs for transplant in Tennessee.
Nashville-based Tennessee Donor Services obtained 220, more than three times as many.
Dr. Eason says Mid-South transplant patients will face longer odds of survival if they have to rely on the new organ sharing rules that take effect in December:
"So we think what's going to happen is patients waiting for liver and kidneys in Memphis, their waiting time is going to go up tremendously," said Dr. Eason. "They're going to get sicker and they're going to die while waiting for transplant."
Eason says, ideally, the state should have one organ procurement organization but he says Mid-South Transplant Foundation recently has refused to discuss merging with its Nashville counterpart.
So instead, Methodist is asking the government for a waiver to allow the hospital to unite with Tennessee Donor Services to bring more donor organs to the Mid-South.
"We're asking for tremendous community support because our lives are at stake," said Dr. Eason.
In a statement, Mid-South Transplant Foundation says, "Mid-South Transplant Foundation recognizes that the allocation of organs is a complex issue and one that involves patients across the country, not just in Tennessee. Organ procurement organizations and transplant centers have different missions but our paths do cross as we work together for the common goal of saving lives. Mid-South Transplant Foundation has been, and is committed to, maximizing the number of donors in our community."
Methodist is asking its supporters to write letters of support to the government in favor of the waiver, allowing it to align with Tennessee Donor Services in Nashville.
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:52 AM EST2014-03-06 16:52:13 GMT
The Metro Nashville Emergency Communications Center says employees received 162 false 911 calls from a child playing with an old cell phone in less than 24 hours. Officials say the calls started aroundMore >>
The Emergency Communications Center in Nashville says employees received 162 false 911 calls from a child playing with an old cell phone in less than 24 hours.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:50 AM EST2014-03-06 12:50:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence. Along with various drug-related crimes, Adams has served in jail for a varietyMore >>
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering missing nursing student Holly Bobo has a criminal history of violence.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 6:04 AM EST2014-03-07 11:04:46 GMT
(WMC-TV) – A crash that involved four cars and nearly injured a Shelby County sheriff's deputy Friday morning in the Hickory Hill community is under investigation. A witness on the scene told Action NewsMore >>
A crash that involved four cars and nearly injured a Shelby County sheriff's deputy Friday morning in the Hickory Hill community is under investigation.More >>
Friday, May 18 2012 7:17 PM EDT2012-05-18 23:17:11 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More than 1,000 Action News 5 Facebook fans are rallying around a mother who feels Facebook is discriminating against photos she posted on the social media network of her son. Grayson JamesMore >>
UPDATE: A Mid-South mother has been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son.
Monday, February 17 2014 3:39 PM EST2014-02-17 20:39:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Millington police are investigating a homicide at Jones Orchard Sunday. According to investigators, the victim is a baby. Police are working at the orchard on Singleton Parkway. Action NewsMore >>
Millington investigators contacted Memphis Police Department crime scene investigators knowing they had been working a missing baby case since early January. More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 10:15 AM EST2014-03-07 15:15:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Mid-South travelers will have more options when flying out of the Bluff City as a new airline spreads it wings at Memphis International Airport. Frontier Airlines is the latest to land at MEMMore >>
Mid-South travelers will have more options when flying out of the Bluff City as a new airline spreads it wings at Memphis International Airport.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:45 AM EST2014-03-06 09:45:02 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An indictment was handed down Wednesday of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder on Zachary Adams in connection to the disappearance of Holly Bobo.Watch the news conferenceMore >>
A grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Zachary Adams with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with the three-year disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:57 PM EST2014-03-07 00:57:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 uncovered shocking new details about the man accused of murder in connection with Holly Bobo's disappearance. A 14 page rap sheet of criminal history reveals Zachary Adams hasMore >>
A 14 page rap sheet of criminal history reveals Zachary Adams has a history of violent assaults against women, including one against his own mother.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:05 PM EST2014-03-06 21:05:57 GMT
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- State officials are seeking answers from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department on the massive blockades on Interstate 55 during the winter storm. Senator Keith Ingram ofMore >>
State officials are seeking answers from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department on the massive blockades on Interstate 55 during the winter storm.More >>