Memphis, TN Government

Lawmakers push to end permitless carry in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - There is a renewed push to end permitless handgun carry in Shelby County. A lawmaker from Memphis has a plan to remove the county from the current permitless carry state law that went into effect on July 1, 2021. Tennessee’s permitless carry law allows the majority...
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Dispute between Methodist, Blue Cross Blue Shield could impact Memphis employees

The City of Memphis' Human Resources Department told employees Friday that ongoing negotiations between Methodist Healthcare and insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield could result in the city's employees losing access to some Methodist services as in-network. Alex Smith, the city's human resources chief, sent an email Friday morning that the negotiations between Methodist and Blue Cross Blue Shield over fees the insurer pays the hospital system for hospital and outpatient facilities. The lack of agreement, she...

‘Starry Nights’ opens at Shelby Farms Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis is kicking off the holidays in a big way!. What better way to celebrate than to get a peek at some bright and dazzling light displays at Shelby Farms Park?. Action News 5 went down to Shelby Farms Park for the first night of “Starry...

State lawmakers look to crack down on reckless driving in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis leaders spent much of 2022 pleading with lawmakers in Nashville to help the city stop the epidemic of reckless driving... and the call to confiscate the cars of dangerous drivers is growing louder. Senator London Lamar, a democrat representing District 33 in Memphis, confirms bipartisan...

Carbon monoxide leak could take days to fix at Midtown apartments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Hundreds of tenants evacuated Tuesday night following a carbon monoxide leak at The Venue apartments in Midtown. Officials say fixing the leak could take days, displacing hundreds right before Thanksgiving. In total, five people were hospitalized, including one firefighter. Four pets were also killed as a...

Mid-South Hero: Man finds healing in cleaning local neighborhoods

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Kind, caring, and passionate about his community - this month’s Mid-South Hero is the ultimate neighbor. “God put this in my heart. That’s why I do it. I don’t get paid, but I get paid in another way. I get joy from pleasing God, that’s my payment. And that’s all I need.”

$60M development to ease Marion housing shortage

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– As business and industry continue growing in Crittenden County, Arkansas, so does the need for affordable housing. To meet that demand, a $60 million housing development is slated to go from the drawing board to reality in the heart of Marion, Arkansas. The multi-phase development called Brownstone Estates will occupy 75 acres of […]

I-40 shut down between Memphis and Jackson, TDOT says

FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. — People traveling between Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee ran into a Thanksgiving travel nightmare on Wednesday. Westbound traffic on I-40 between Memphis and Jackson was shut down due to a crash, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). TDOT said the crash happened around 1:07...

Christmas controversy takes root in Whitehaven

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s the day before Thanksgiving but the Christmas tree at the Southland Mall has already gone up...and come down. Every year, Whitehaven residents look forward to the 40-foot-tall Christmas tree outside of the mall. But, this year’s display caused some backlash. Instead of the...

After promising Memphis focus, state is ending its rental assistance program

When Memphis and Shelby County stopped accepting applications for their Emergency Rental Assistance program at August’s end, there was a silver lining for local renters. The State of Tennessee was administering a rent and utility assistance program backed by the same federal funds, and it still had hundreds of millions of dollars that didn’t expire until 2025.

Jobless rate ranks among state’s lowest

DeSoto County’s unemployment rate for October is listed by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) as 2.7 percent, the fifth-lowest rate among Mississippi counties. The four counties above DeSoto County are Lafayette (2.4), Lamar (2.5), Rankin (2.5) and Madison (2.6). The statewide unemployment for October is 3.4 percent,...

How you can help end homelessness among Veterans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Veteran homelessness had an 11% decline since early 2020. That’s the biggest drop in more than five years, but the mission is not complete. As we honor our nation’s Veterans this month, VA is focused on...

Number of homeowners in Shelby County drops 17,000 since 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New records show there are 17,000 fewer homeowners in Shelby County since 2010. Why? Many point to Wall Street investors buying up houses that would normally go to people trying to buy into the American Dream of owning their own home. Joyce Flowers said she’s being...

Tennessee Valley Authority Awards 75,000 to Memphis Nonprofit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sunday, November 20, 2022, the Memphis Urban League, an affiliate of the Tennessee Urban League Affiliates, announced a new partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA awarded Memphis Urban League with $750,000 to support entrepreneurship and business development across Memphis communities. The award given was part...