Saturday, December 7 2013 4:56 PM EST2013-12-07 21:56:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Shelby County remains in a state of emergency Saturday evening. Emergency management officials say they are keeping a close eye on conditions and fear the worst is yet to come. They say whenMore >>
Emergency management officials say they are keeping a close eye on conditions and fear the worst is yet to come.More >>
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 >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis mayor said he stays out of all matters involving the purchase of the car that he uses for official city business.
"That's one thing I do not need to look for, I have my own cars," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.
Mayor AC Wharton had those words to say, in the wake of what council members call "Hot Rod Part Two."
"Every time you renew a lease, this is what happens," he said.
Controversy over take-home vehicles date back to the previous administration, from a luxury Cadillac Escalade, to a former director souping up his ride with candy red paint and a Hemi engine.
Now the mayor's new 2013 Cadillac GTS at $1,200 a month is raising eyebrows among some council members.
"I stay out of it because I don't want anybody to think that I'm out here hustling a car," said Wharton.
The mayor said he defers car purchases to his General Services Division.
He said they buy American and local.
"One thing, I almost got in trouble. I did say, when they told me, 'Mayor, your lease is up,' I said, 'Make sure you get the best deal we can even if you have to solicit bids outside the city' and someone said, 'We may get in trouble with the local dealers on that,'" said Wharton.
Non-emergency division directors who have take-home cars is always under review.
He said that's why administrators have six fewer take home cars since 2010 leaving 13 cars total.
"It may come down further. We're reviewing every car. As the review shows, most of these are in law enforcement," said Wharton.
The mayor said if he had his choice, it would have been a hybrid.
"They weren't trying to suit my personal preference," said Wharton.
When asked why he didn't just keep his 2010 Caddy when the lease was up, the mayor said he told his staff to cut the best business deal possible and he trusts they did their best.