Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:59 PM EST2013-12-11 04:59:04 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A proposal goes before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday involving a $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools District Board members. That is a proposed raise of almost 600 percent forMore >>
A proposal goes before the Shelby County Commission Wednesday involving a $20,000 pay raise for Shelby County Schools District Board members. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:58 PM EST2013-12-11 04:58:04 GMT
(WMC-TV) - As world leaders come together to honor Nelson Mandela, a young Memphis man looks back on the encounter he had with South Africa's former President more than a decade ago in Memphis. HistoryMore >>
As world leaders come together to honor Nelson Mandela, a young Memphis man looks back on the encounter he had with South Africa's former president more than a decade ago in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-11 04:31:54 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Crittenden County jailer was arrested for possession of drugs. Investigators charged David Polk in Shelby County Tuesday. The 52-year-old faces drug charges including the possession of cocaineMore >>
A Crittenden County jailer was arrested for possession of drugs.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:21 PM EST2013-12-11 04:21:07 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 11:16 PM EST2013-12-11 04:16:32 GMT
(WMC-TV) ANDY, WILL IT WORK? Night View NV Glasses = DON'T BUY! These $9.99 pair of glasses make you look like an extra in Boogie Nights, but they promise to deliver visual clarity, particularly duringMore >>
These $9.99 pair of glasses make you look like an extra in Boogie Nights, but they promise to deliver visual clarity, particularly during night driving.More >>
CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. (AP) - The muddy field was littered with debris after a wave of violent storms: Living room couches, strollers, children's toys. So when two rescuers came upon a baby, they thought he was a doll.
Then he moved.
"We grabbed hold of his neck (to take a pulse) and he took a breath of air and started crying," said David Harmon, a firefighter from a nearby county who was combing the field for tornado victims.
The boy was found at least 100 yards away from where his family's house had been, possibly lifted by the storm's fierce winds, according to witnesses at the scene on Thursday. There was no trace of exactly where the house stood. His mother, who did not survive, was found in the same field.
In a region devastated by tornadoes that killed at least 57 people as they swept through five states, the infant was a sign of hope. The 11-month old boy, named Kyson, was surrounded by flattened homes, bricks from a blown-apart post office and snapped trees, a devastating scene similar to so many communities across the South.
The baby's mother, 24-year-old Kerri Stowell, was one of six people killed in the small community, said Sumner County Sheriff Bob Barker.
Federal and state emergency teams poured into the hardest-hit areas, along with utility workers and insurance claims representatives. Hundreds of homes were demolished across the region and officials were only beginning to tally how much the tornadoes would cost.
President Bush, who said he called the governors of the affected states to offer support, plans to come to Tennessee on Friday. "Prayers can help and so can the government," Bush said.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff joined Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen Thursday on a helicopter tour of storm damage in the Jackson area.
The three Blackhawk helicopters circled Union University, where 26 students had to be rescued after being trapped in the rubble of dormitories that were shredded around them by a tornado. Several students were injured, but remarkably no one was killed. Debris from the dorms and overturned cars remained strewn across the campus. The helicopters followed the path of of the storm, tracing the wreckage of trees, homes and vehicles.
"I find it astonishing. It is truly a miracle that lives were not lost there," Bredesen said.
Charity efforts were beginning for those who lost their homes. A classroom inside the Pleasant Field Full Gospel Church building in Scottsville, Ky., was filled with bags of clothes and a nearby kitchen was stuffed with donated food, ready for residents displaced by the storm.
Weather conditions were ripe for tornadoes and forecasters were ready with warnings and in many hard-hit areas, sirens and TV warnings were credited with helping keep the death toll from being even worse. The National Weather Service put out more than 1,000 tornado warnings covering an 11-state radius from 3 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
In the mostly rural area of Lafayette, there are no tornado sirens. Shelvy Linville, the county mayor, said he didn't think they would have made much difference because of the way the 23,000 residents are spread out.
"You don't really think it's going to hit you until you realize it's on top of you, then it's too late," he said.
The twisters killed 32 people in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky and five in Alabama, emergency officials said. It was one of the 15 worst tornado death tolls since 1950, and the nation's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 76 people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985.
Telia Sorrells, 24, who with her mother and her mother's boyfriend filled garbage bags with belongings pulled from the rubble of her home Wednesday evening, said she was sitting on her couch watching storm coverage on television and talking with her mother by cell phone when the power abruptly went out.
"Something is hitting the house," she told her mother. Then, "It's here!"
"I'm surprised that I'm alive," said Sorrels, who suffered a gash to her head. The twister left only parts of her two walls standing.
Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell in Atkins, Ark.; Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss.; Seth Borenstein in Washington, D.C.; Murray Evans in Oklahoma City; Ryan Lenz in Lafayette, Tenn.; and Woody Baird in Memphis, Tenn., contributed to this report.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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 >>