Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:10:21 GMT
(WMC-TV)- Emergency crews have identified most of the 24 people who died, including 10 children, in the tornado Monday. An emergency management official said that six adults are still missing Wednesday. AboutMore >>
In Oklahoma, officials are now estimating the damage done by Monday's tornado to be around $2 billion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:05:52 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 >>
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.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:27:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated. Making it to the top 10 was Kris' goal. OneMore >>
Memphis' Sarah Simmons advanced to the top eight of "The Voice" Tuesday, but other Memphian Kris Thomas is on his way home after being eliminated.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:02:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims. With their hands full, people from all over Mississippi showed up at the Landers Center inMore >>
As the clean up efforts continue in Oklahoma, many of you are looking for ways to help the victims.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:58:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Grizzlies game Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs is causing a headache for the Westin Hotel in downtown Memphis. The hotel is overbooked and people who have had reservations for monthsMore >>
The Grizzlies game Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs is causing a headache for the Westin Hotel in downtown Memphis. The hotel is overbooked and people who have had reservations for months are getting the boot.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, May 22 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:32:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage. One Germantown family said it only took one infected tick to change their entire lifestyle – something they have been dealing withMore >>
It is a tiny pest with a big bite that can do major damage.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:46:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The man accused of killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon. Action News 5's Nick Kenney was there as Timothy McKinney was released. McKinney was accused ofMore >>
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a police officer walked out of jail a free man Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:33:03 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis is saying "goodbye and good riddance" to blight. A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is nowMore >>
A derelict apartment complex, formerly called Park Place Apartments, sat vacant for four years breeding crime. It is now being demolished.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:48:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - More jobs are coming to Memphis and city leaders are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate. Kruger Products is a leading nationwide towel and tissue manufacturer. The company announced theyMore >>
A Canadian company announced that are adding hundreds of jobs to its North Memphis office. Kruger Products rolled out the red carpet Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:48:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered. Frances Chambers has spent the past four years and a lot of money investigating the death of her son Demond. Police in herMore >>
A Mid-South mom is convinced that one of her children was murdered, despite the medical examiner's report. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:10:09 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system. Action News 5's Justin Hanson is speaking to longtime MCS teachers and volunteersMore >>
Wednesday is the very last day of school for students and also the last day of the Memphis City Schools system.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:22 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:22:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department fired two of its officers Wednesday. Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and violate regulation. In February, thereMore >>
Marc Henderson, 32, and Parker Culver, 29, were terminated for personal conduct and aid to violate regulation.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >>
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:49 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:49:28 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday. Inside Louise Rinhart's home is not much better. "Carpet and I got hardwoodMore >>
A flood frustrated resident in a Southaven neighborhood called her backyard an ocean after severe weather Tuesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:13:44 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday. The firefighters offered piggyback rides to children toMore >>
Firefighters escorted several families from their flooded homes in Horn Lake after a rain-swollen creek rose beyond its banks Tuesday.More >>