Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:51:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Small children are still recovering as of Tuesday night after a massive house fire over the weekend. The community is pitching in to help the family, now homeless, who lost everything. TheMore >>
Small children are still recovering as of Tuesday night after a massive house fire over the weekend.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:48:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - On a warm day in February, a motorcyclist pulled over next to an orchard's closed fruits and vegetables stand to smoke a cigarette. That is when he found an infant face down in a ditch, andMore >>
The Shelby County Medical examiner ruled baby Aniston Walker's cause of death as homicidal violence, which means she was intentionally killed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:40:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A cap ailing the state's beer industry could soon change if the governor approves a bill that allows the sale of high-gravity craft beer in supermarkets. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs it, strongMore >>
A cap ailing the state's beer industry could soon change if the governor approves a bill that allows the sale of high-gravity craft beer in supermarkets.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:15:35 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Tennessee bill is aiming to punish mothers should their child be harmed in any way during pregnancy. There is no shortage of opinions on the bill passed in the Tennessee House and SenateMore >>
A Tennessee bill is aiming to punish mothers should their child be harmed in any way during pregnancy.More >>
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(WMC-TV) – New Grizzlies owner Robert Pera introduced himself and his team's new CEO, Jason Levien, to the city of Memphis Monday morning.
"Thank you everyone for the warm welcome," said Robert Pera. "First of all, I wanted to say, I'm an NBA super fan, I believe it's the greatest sport in the world."
Pera and Levien held a news conference at 10 a.m. to share their plans for the team moving forward.
Robert Pera is the founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. He said the purpose of his company is to connect millions of people in the most remote and underserved areas of the world in order to enrich their lives. Specifically, he said what he does in his business by "creating value and changing the world," is similar to what he hopes to do with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"When I look at Memphis as a community, and I see how important the team is to the community, I kind of have the same type of feeling I have with my company," said Pera. "By that I mean, I know I'm sitting here and I'm the controlling owner, but I fully understand the community, Memphis really owns the team. "
He continued, "What we are going to try to do, is guide the team to have the biggest impact and really improve the community of Memphis."
Before introducing Jason Levien as the new Grizzlies CEO, Pera revealed what he hopes to accomplish as controlling owner of the Grizzlies.
"The goals of the team is, of course, to be highly competitive, build a great brand, a great product, and of course, we really want to see what we can do with the community and improve the community," he said.
Levien will run the day-to-day operations of the NBA team, and make decisions with Pera and the rest of the new Grizzlies ownership group.
"Robert and I have a real commitment to Memphis, a real commitment to making this team work in Memphis, and being an intricate part of the fabric in the community," said Levien.
The new CEO named several of the local members of the community who will serve as the ownership group of the team.
"There was never any resistance on his (Pera's) part to not only keeping the team in Memphis but he wants to figure out ways as he shared so eloquently today how to leverage the brand more to make a bigger difference in the city," said Harold Ford Junior, Grizzlies limited partner.
"Ultimately it's that you want this team here. We realize how important the Memphis Grizzlies are to the Memphis area," agreed Elliot Perry, limited partner. "We feel like we can build a championship team here. It is possible. You saw Oklahoma City playing the Miami Heat in the finals last year. We feel like we can do that."
"I think we've got an all-star lineup of owners, I mean, how lucky are we that we have that support in the community and we have these business leaders who are behind us? I think we can be wildly successful because of them," said Levien. "Robert and I have talked about our focus really being on creating a culture within the organization that is best in class, where there is a real commitment to excellence, there's a commitment to process and making decisions which are thoughtful, getting the sharpest people around the table to make those decisions.
He went on, "And really a sense of community, unselfishness and kindness in what we do, and understanding that this is all about entertainment, it's about the community, but obviously, one of the biggest things is we want to win. We want to consistently win, and I have to applaud our organization because we're inheriting a terrific team."
The CEO says he will begin assessing the staff already in place, but made no guarantees.
"I'd love to be here in Memphis. Hopefully I'm here in Memphis, but I'm not the one who makes the final determination on that," said Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace. "This is the fourth management change I've been through in my MBA career. I take the philosophy of my former boss Pat Riley. Pat Riley said change is inevitable when it rears its head embrace it and run with it."
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:54:55 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Three arrests have been made in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Olive Branch, Miss. According to Olive Branch Police Department, Marvellius Shipp, 19, MickeyMore >>
Three arrests have been made in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Olive Branch, Miss.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:13:12 GMT
Police in West Memphis, Arkansas are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten. According to friends, the woman had to be rushed to the Med after suffering a brokenMore >>
Police in West Memphis, Ark. are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:23:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Six women from Memphis are charged with 41 counts of fraud after investigators say they filed more than 800 false tax returns worth more than $1.3 million. Melissa Harris, 35, Erin Crutcher,More >>
Six women from Memphis are charged with 41 counts of fraud after investigators say they filed more than 800 false tax returns worth more than $1.3 million.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:02:23 GMT
(CONSUMER REPORTS) - There's a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We're not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turnedMore >>
There's a growing problem in our supermarkets — good food gone bad. We're not talking about wilted vegetables and rotten meat. These are once healthful foods that have been turned into something that's no longer so good for you.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:06:06 GMT
It's considered a form of medical marijuana and today it has passed both the Tennessee house and senate and is expected to be signed by Governor's Bill Haslam. Action News 5 has told you about cannabisMore >>
It is considered a form of medical marijuana and Tuesday, it passed both the Tennessee House and Senate. The bill allowing it is expected to be signed by Governor Bill Haslam.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:57:27 GMT
An arrest warrant was issued for a longtime Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism. Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.More >>
An arrest warrant was issued for a long time Greene County doctor, accused of felony voyeurism, a class D felony. According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Dr. Paul Becton, 68, of Paragould will be charged with five counts of voyeurism.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:17:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Tax Day is fast approaching. Americans must get their information submitted by the deadline on Tuesday. For many of us, April 15 is a day for writing a check to the government, but WMC ActionMore >>
For many of us, April 15 is a day for writing a check to the government, but WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found some Tax Day freebies to make the day a little bit brighter.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:00:17 GMT
(CONSUMER REPORTS) - Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets,More >>
Brand loyal with your toilet paper? Consumer Reports says you might want to reassess. Of the 19 different toilet papers it tested, more and more brands are skimping — fewer sheets, smaller sheets and narrower rolls.More >>