Thursday, June 20 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:05:36 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Fire Director is inflamed about the budget plan to slash 400 city jobs. He warns public safety will be impacted. The plan calls for cutting some 400 positions, through attritionMore >>
The Memphis Fire Director is not happy about the budget plan to slash 400 city jobs. He warns public safety will be impacted. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:33:16 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 9:40 PM EDT2013-06-20 01:40:13 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 7:34 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 >>
OXFORD, MS -
(WMC-TV) – Another wild night in the Mid-South was caught on camera. Now, Oxford police and Ole Miss counselors are saying the party is over.
When most small towns are closing up shop, things are just warming up on Oxford's downtown square.
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin says after any big football game, the view of the square from the police department's surveillance cameras resembles Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
"The alcohol may change the atmosphere the later in the night that you go," said Chief Martin.
Most of the revelers are students from the University of Mississippi, which is often labeled one of America's top party schools.
"College to me meant being out from under mom and dad's eye so that was something I looked forward to," said a student who wanted to remain anonymous.
The freedom to party led the Ole Miss student to rehab after her freshman year at Ole Miss.
"When you get to a point where you are drinking or using drugs to feel normal, you know that's not normal," she said.
For many college students, drinking is the norm. And many recovering addicts cannot maintain sobriety on a college campus.
"I came back right after I got sober and you know you feel like you're the only person walking around with this problem," the student who came back to Ole Miss following rehab.
Today, Ole Miss is helping students stay sober and get their degree.
The university's Collegiate Recovery Community offers support and counseling from the stress of peer pressure, academics and financial burdens.
"There's no reason why your being in recovery should keep you from getting a college degree," said Amy Fisher, University of Mississippi Collegiate Recovery Community.
Amy Fisher is the self-proclaimed den mother to students recovering from addiction.
"Students who are in college and in recovery face a really unique set of circumstances," said Fisher.
She says traditionally the recovery industry has recommended that people in early recovery not attend college. She wants students to know that there is support at Ole Miss and they are entitled to their education just like everyone else.
It is all part of the university's effort to curb substance abuse on campus and perhaps even shed their party school image.
It is a crackdown that is actually creating new problems off campus.
The party has migrated to the downtown square.
Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson says there has been an increase in late night vandalism in Oxford neighborhoods.
"There is a mindset of a type of power drinking that, I'll be honest with you, we haven't seen before," said Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson.
And drinking on the square is a bargain on most budgets.
"I don't think it's all the bars' fault. I'll bet 90 percent of the freshman and sophomores have fake I.D.'s," said Mayor Patterson.
This party atmosphere that dates back decades creates a unique challenge for students determined to stay sober.
"It is a different ball game when you're dealing with school and sobriety versus a job and sobriety. It's completely different," said the student in recovery.
But now the Collegiate Recovery Community offers hope in the face of temptation born out of an age old Oxford tradition.
"It's a comfort to know I'm not the only person walking on this campus who's struggling with recovery from drug and alcohol abuse," said the student in the recovery program.
The Collegiate Recovery Community is in its third year at Ole Miss.
The community is not a rehab center, but instead a recovery program for students post-treatment.
The university is happy to report all of its participants are on track to graduate.
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 >>