Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:16 PM EST2013-12-11 01:16:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Schools District board voted to approve the agreement made Monday between SCS and Germantown. Germantown's Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve an agreement betweenMore >>
The Shelby County Schools District board voted to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday with Germantown.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:31 PM EST2013-12-11 00:31:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man arrested on child abuse charges claims the 2-year-old victim got hurt dancing with him. Stacey Liddell, 35, is charged with Haley's Law Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect and ChildMore >>
A Memphis man arrested on child abuse charges claims the 2-year-old victim got hurt dancing with him.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:28 PM EST2013-12-11 00:28:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - November may have ushered in the holiday season, but it did not bring a big jump in enthusiasm among America's small-business owners. The National Federation of Independent Business' widely-watchedMore >>
National stats say this Christmas season is not quite what economists planned. But when it comes to local businesses in Memphis and the Mid-South, things are looking up.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:26 PM EST2013-12-11 00:26:30 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As Christmas approaches, many of you will be rushing around to make sure your presents get sent and delivered on time. But before you do, you might want to take some extra steps to make sureMore >>
As Christmas approaches, many of you will be rushing around to make sure your presents get sent and delivered on time. But before you do, you might want to take some extra steps to make sure your packages get to their destinations in one piece.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:24 PM EST2013-12-11 00:24:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The city of Memphis is looking to the state for help regarding the thousands of untested rape kits. The numbered of untested rape kits went up a week ago. The city has pledged to test themMore >>
The city of Memphis is looking to the state for help regarding the thousands of untested rape kits.More >>
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Ground crews moved through tornado-targeted areas of north Mississippi on Wednesday to examine damage left by the deadly storms that injured at least 14 people, apparently none critically.
"We were lucky. There could have been deaths and more extensive damage," said Lea Stokes, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. "As it is, we've got six counties reporting some kind of damage."
The hardest hit areas were in Lafayette County north of Oxford and in the Southaven area of DeSoto County just south of Memphis, Tenn. Scattered damage was reported in Alcorn, Warren, Bolivar and Marshall counties. Power outages and downed trees were reported in some areas.
The massive storm system swept across Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas as Super Tuesday primaries were ending, leaving a trail of deaths, injuries and damage. Early Wednesday, the storms hit Alabama, causing additional problems.
Twenty-four people were killed in Tennessee, 13 killed in Arkansas, seven killed in Kentucky and four killed in Alabama, emergency officials said.
The storm was part of a system that caused severe damage to the Caterpillar plant in Oxford. Several dozen workers were at the plant when the storm tore off the west end of the building, officials said.
"We heard the tornado warning alarm, and everybody went to the bathroom," Caterpillar employee Lekesia Lee told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. "It must have been a pretty safe place, because the ceiling stayed in place, but there was a crack in the wall."
"We had the city down there to cut the water supply to the building because of the various chemicals and solvents down there," said Lloyd Oliphant, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors president.
Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Jimmy Allgood said it could have been much worse.
"Right now the only injuries we know of are some broken bones," Allgood said. "We know we have homes damaged, some with major damage. We're still getting those reports from the field."
Jon Scott, news editor of The Oxford Eagle, said Wednesday he was teaching a journalism lab at the University of Mississippi when the sirens were activated.
He said students in his class had been tracking the storm on their computers and class was dismissed early. He said the sirens could be heard on campus.
"About 30 minutes later the university sent out a mass e-mail that classes were canceled for the rest of the evening," Scott said. "There was no damage on campus and I didn't learn of the damage in the county until I got home."
Several homes were reported as destroyed or seriously damaged off a rural road east of Abbeville in northern Lafayette County.
Allied Enterprises, a sheltered workshop for disabled adults, Elliott Lumber Co. and a county-owned warehouse building also were damaged extensively. Sheriff's deputies from Lafayette and Yalobusha counties joined Mississippi Highway Patrol and Oxford Police to control access and traffic in the affected areas.
There was no doubt that it was a tornado that caused the Lafayette County damage, Allgood said. When warnings were issued, Allgood said he was able to spot the twister just as it touched down.
"It's not every day you see a tornado," he said.
Eleven people, ranging in age from infants to senior citizens, were treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, said Peyton Warrington, the facility's assistant administrator.
In DeSoto County, Sheriff's Department Cmdr. Steve Atkinson said a tornado shredded warehouses in an industrial park in the city of Southaven, which is located just south of Memphis. He said he was not aware of any injuries there.
"It ripped the warehouses apart. The best way to describe it is it looks like a bomb went off," Atkinson said.
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and Police Chief Tom Long said damage to residential areas in their city was light.
"We were about as lucky as we could be in a storm," Davis said.
More than 6,000 homeowners in Southaven were without electrical power initially. Power was restored to 4,000 by 8 p.m. Tuesday. The rest of the outages, in heavily damaged areas, would take longer to repair.
Power was also knocked out in the Southaven High School area, but school officials were hoping to have the outage corrected in time for classes on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in North Mississippi, a tornado was reported on the ground in Tate County, a spokesman for the Tate County Sheriff's Department said, but there were no reported injuries and no buildings had received heavy damage.
What officials called an unconfirmed tornado in Bolivar County in the Mississippi Delta ripped the roof off a mobile home and blew over a gas pump. There were also reports of hail and strong gusts in several north Mississippi counties.
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Monday, December 9 2013 9:30 PM EST2013-12-10 02:30:09 GMT
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles. It was found wrapped up in a note that said it was from: 'Someone who lovesMore >>
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:25 PM EST2013-12-10 00:25:38 GMT
(WMC-TV) - One hundred people will be without a job this holiday season as a factory in Olive Branch prepares to close. The plant was scheduled to close, but it will remain open for a few more weeks accordingMore >>
One hundred people will be without a job this holiday season as a factory in Olive Branch prepares to close.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:51 PM EST2013-12-09 22:51:07 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 >>
Angela Brewer originally told deputies she shot and killed her husband after she thought she heard an intruder outside.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 11:10 PM EST2013-12-10 04:10:09 GMT
The government's recent efforts to cut down on Medicare fraud may be hurting the people who need help the most. People who have severe disabilities have been receiving letters denying payment for the wheelchairsMore >>
The government's recent efforts to cut down on Medicare fraud may be hurting the people who need help the most.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-10 23:15:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Three Memphis women had a frightful weekend on the icy roads. Pamela Byrd Davis, 47, was driving home late Saturday night when she became involved in a multi-car pileup on the Walnut GroveMore >>
Three Memphis women had a frightful weekend on the icy roads. Pamela Byrd Davis, 47, was driving home late Saturday night when she became involved in a multi-car pileup on the Walnut Grove Road-Humphreys Boulevard overpass.More >>
(WMC-TV) – Have you thought this season about opening up your heart and your home to a sweet animal in need of one? This year, we introduce to you "The 12 Strays of Christmas". Action News 5 is partneringMore >>
Have you thought about opening up your heart and your home to a sweet animal in need this holiday season? AN5 is teaming up with the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County to bring you "The 12 Strays of Christmas."
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:44 PM EST2013-12-10 23:44:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man arrested on child abuse charges claims the 2-year-old victim got hurt when he was dancing with her. Stacey Liddell, 35, is charged with Haley's Law Aggravated Child Abuse andMore >>
A Memphis couple is on trial for punishing a little girl. Officers say they beat her with paddles.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:10 PM EST2013-12-10 00:10:04 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man could face charges after investigators say his story about a home invasion does not all add up. Sheriff's deputies in Tipton County have been investigating a home invasion nowMore >>
A Mid-South man could face charges after investigators say his story about a home invasion does not all add up.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:13 AM EST2013-12-10 13:13:18 GMT
(WMC-TV) - It is Kelvin Lake's goal to inspire his family and his entire congregation. That's right, he's the pastor of a church, who says his busy schedule is what helped him become overweight ... that,More >>
It is Kelvin Lake's goal to inspire his family and his entire congregation. That's right, he's the pastor of a church, who says his busy schedule is what helped him become overweight ... that, and the convenience of unhealthy food.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:17 PM EST2013-12-10 01:17:55 GMT
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world again, and he's taking his whole band with him. Brooks remains theMore >>
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world, and he's taking his whole band with him.More >>