Sunday, December 8 2013 6:47 PM EST2013-12-08 23:47:26 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It was a busy weekend for tow truck drivers as cars slid out of control on roadways when winter weather hit the area. For tow truck drivers like Champ Halam, closing business was not an optionMore >>
It was a busy weekend for tow truck drivers as cars slid out of control on roadways when winter weather hit the area.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-08 23:29:17 GMT
(WMC-TV) - In Arkansas, electric crews are working overtime to restore power to Entergy Arkansas, Inc. customers. More than 1,000 people were in the dark at the peak of the storm in Poinsett County andMore >>
Electric crews are working overtime to restore power in Memphis and parts of Arkansas.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:05 PM EST2013-12-08 23:05:55 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A second round of winter weather moving into the Mid-South caused ice to form on roads, bridges, and overpasses in Shelby County. The icy conditions caused multiple accidents overnight on I-385More >>
A second round of winter weather caused ice to form on roads, bridges, and overpasses in Shelby County overnight.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:39 AM EST2013-12-08 15:39:36 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman in Tipton County reportedly shot and killed her husband early Sunday morning. Just before 6 a.m., deputies responded to a shooting on Highway 14 South in Brighton. When they arrived,More >>
A woman in Tipton County reportedly shot and killed her husband early Sunday morning.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 12:30 AM EST2013-12-08 05:30:07 GMT
(WMC - TV) - On Saturday, Tunica Police are investigating the killing of a soon-to-be-father outside of a nightclub. "Today is his birthday, he got killed on his birthday," said Linda Vaughn about herMore >>
On Saturday, Tunica Police are investigating the killing of a soon-to-be-father outside of a nightclub.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Slum is defined by Merriam-Webster as a "densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and social disorganization".
Do you think downtown Memphis falls into that category?
Downtown Memphis is home to Beale Street, the famous Peabody Hotel, AutoZone Park, and the FedEx Forum. But the mayor says designating the downtown area as a "slum" could bring in more money.
Mayor Wharton says the term slum is actually a legal term; but, whatever you call it, portions of downtown have to be renovated.
"We want to make sure everybody grows and that includes residents of Foote and Cleaborn Homes," said the Mayor.
Wharton says in order to further develop areas like the riverfront and the area surrounding FedEx Forum, two housing projects need a face lift.
Wharton says Memphis is already known across the country for changing the face of public housing.
"It does us no good to develop and expand Beale Street. We'll be taking that over in just a few days. We want to make sure the whole environment down there is wholesome," added Wharton.
Wharton and other downtowners are discussing a proposed 20-year redevelopment plan that would bring in $100 million in tax revenue.
That money would be spent on the renovation of Foote and Cleaborn homes.
This entire effort is part of the city's "Heritage Trail" proposal.
"There is a fear that everybody was gonna be locked out...that King Robert Lipscomb was gonna come in and strike down his gavel and that gonna be it. That is not the case," continued the Mayor.
Mayor Wharton says discussions on this issue are in the premature stages.
Members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association say they are concerned about this designation of downtown as a slum, fearing that it will hinder future growth and lower property values.