Saturday, December 7 2013 12:49 PM EST2013-12-07 17:49:42 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More than 6,000 MLGW customers are without power Friday afternoon. According to the MLGW map, there are 127 outages. If you have an emergency to report to MLGW, such as a downed power line,More >>
Thousands of customers were still without power as of Friday night, according to the MLGW power outage map.
Only about 200 people were without power Saturday morning.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:23 PM EST2013-12-07 04:23:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wet streets are getting slippery in the Mid-South. There is a chance they will freeze early Saturday morning. Public works crews laid sand and salt on bridges and overpasses all day Friday,More >>
Wet streets are getting slippery in the Mid-South. There is a chance they will freeze early Saturday morning.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:22 PM EST2013-12-07 04:22:11 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Fire Department is responding to a report of an overturned church bus in North Memphis. The accident happened at Jackson Avenue and Warford Street on an overpass. Action News 5More >>
A church van overturned on an slick overpass Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:21 PM EST2013-12-07 04:21:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Sometimes you are just hungry, and sometimes you just have to get out and get food no matter what the weather is doing. "Really don't like getting out in it but you gotta do what you gottaMore >>
Sometimes you are just hungry, and sometimes you just have to get out and get food no matter what the weather is doing.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 11:11 PM EST2013-12-07 04:11:05 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Race officials announced the St. Jude Marathon will be canceled. Stay with WMCTV.COM for the latest. Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.More >>
Race officials announced the St. Jude Marathon will be canceled due to safety and weather concerns. The decision was made early Friday night after an entire day of wintry weather.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) -Three days before Otis Jackson refused to be sworn in at his Official Misconduct hearing, he filed this with the Register's office describing himself as "Personam Soujourn and one of the people of Posterity."
The document has the exact wording as the "Freedom Documents" by the self-proclaimed "President" of the Sovereign Citizens group.
Jackson was about to get diversion for coercing his former employees to help him campaign for reelection.
But now, he's declaring publicly that he does not acknowledge government.
University of Memphis Civil Liberties Law Professor Steve Mulroy calls the action inexplicable.
"I'm very surprised to find this out. The sovereign immunity movement is sort of associated with fringe, extreme, right-wing, anti-government," he said.
In the document, Jackson trademarks his living body and declares he's foreign to the United States Corporation.
Sovereigns declare they're free from government rule.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes them as extremists and racist, so a former government official who is African-American appears to be an unlikely member.
"It's surprising a former Democratic elected official would associate himself with this type of movement," said Mulroy.
The Mid-South first learned about Sovereign Citizens in 2010 when sovereigns Jerry and Joe Kane killed the son of West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert.
Officer Brandon Paudert stopped the father and son, who felt they didn't have to drive with license plates.
The District Attorney's Office confirmed several well-known sovereigns were with Jackson as he filed the papers, three days before his now infamous court outburst.
According to Mulroy, the government will acknowledge Jackson's pension despite Jackson doesn't acknowledge the government.
"Shelby County will continue to give him whatever Shelby County owes him," said Mulroy.
Meanwhile, the turn of events is eliciting shock from those who deem themselves Shelby County residents.