First Tennessee warns of scam targeting customers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – First Tennessee Bank is warning its customers about a fraud scheme targeting them.

The bank sent a notice to its customers about a scheme through phone calls, email, or text messages requesting the customer’s personal bank information.

The fraudster is using a spoofed number to appear as First Tennessee Bank’s customer service line.


AXS TV to premiere AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s ‘A Life on the Road’ series in the U.S. on Sept. 15

By: Lori Melton

AXS TV will proudly deliver the U.S. debut broadcast of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s popular music profile series, “A Life on the Road” on Sept. 15. Grammy Award-winning rocker Sting will guest star in the series premiere episode, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – check out a clip in the video below.

Brian Johnson travels the world to chat with his musical peers and friends in “A Life on the Road.” In the series premiere episode, Johnson catches up with British rock icon Sting in New York. The former Police frontman discusses his prolific career (during which he’s earned 17 Grammy Awards).


SCS explains criteria required for 3rd grade commitment policy (as discussed on this show Tuesday with Dr. Burt)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Shelby County School board voted on a revision that requires students to have all the necessary reading skills before they can move on to the third grade.

The board is calling the revision a third grade commitment. SCS says by the time students reach the third grade they are no longer learning to read but rather reading to learn.

SCS leaders have been meeting with parents to discuss the implementation of the commitment and what their students will need to move on to the third grade.

“They will have to obtain 8 out of 12 possible criterias in order to go from 2nd grade to third grade, and those criterias of success consist of not only their quarter grade, but also how they perform on benchmark assessments and universal screenings that takes place 3 times throughout the school year,” said SCS Chief Academic Officer Antonio Burt.

18 things that kids 10 years from now won’t even recognize

Sophia Mitrokostas, MSN

  • Older technology like landline phones, USB drives, alarm locks, and more will likely become obsolete in the next 10 years.
  • Eco-friendly changes in the manner technology is created will likely render one-use plastic products and incandescent light bulbs useless in the coming decade.
  • Keyless cars, security code-accessible doors, and wireless chargers will likely eliminate everyday inconveniences like losing keys and breaking charging cords.

Your home is probably filled with items that would have seemed incredibly futuristic a decade ago. From smart speakers that can order pizza to lamps you can turn on with your phone, the modern home is bristling with cool innovations. It’s probably, however, hiding a few objects that are quickly becoming obsolete.


Website aims to help Memphians find employment

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – There are hundreds of opportunities for jobs or even to expand your education all thanks to the Memphis: Opportunity City initiative.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made their rounds at several churches Sunday to spread the gospel about a new initiative to connect people to opportunities in the city.

Opportunity Memphis is a new website pooling together resources. Strickland says there are currently more than 15,000 open jobs.

“Over 9,000 pay a livable wage, which in Memphis is $12.50, and over 6,000 of them pay over $15 an hour,” Strickland said.

The mayor boasted specifically about the free Tennessee College of Applied Technology training for airplane mechanics.

“It takes 18 months and you get a certificate. You start at FedEx, and they hire them every year. Your starting salary is $56,000 a year. Your second year you’re making $72,000 a year. That’s a lot of money in Memphis, Tennessee,” Strickland said.

Haslam says not enough people are aware of Tennessee Promise–the state’s offer of free community college for anyone with a high school diploma.

“If you’re in high school, you have a counselor telling you about it, but if you’re a single mother with two kids, you may not know about it, and we’re here today, with you all’s help, to make sure everyone knows about that,” Haslam said.

They even have a section to help people with criminal backgrounds.

“We’ve created a fund that raised over $70,000 to help people expunge their records for free. We’ve helped over 125 people expunge their record,” Strickland said.

Both Strickland and Haslam said that Memphis: Opportunity City is a step towards creating a better city.


City of Memphis releases new site full of city data

By Staff

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – It will soon be easier for Memphis citizens to hold their leaders accountable.

The city is now putting its data at everyone’s fingertips with a new website that’s full of information WMC Action News 5 is constantly looking for and requesting on behalf of our viewers and readers.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said it’s all about increasing transparency.

“We all do better when we’re held accountable,” he said.

Strickland said that’s one of the goals behind the new data initiative released Thursday by his office. The new site,, puts key information and metrics on city services online for anyone to look at.

“We measure those results. We use it internally to hold ourselves accountable and improve our service, but we also need to tell the public how we’re doing,” Strickland said.

Here are a few things we found on the new site:

Under the neighborhoods tab, the data shows the city is on track increasing library program attendance and youth athletic participation. But it is lagging behind with its promises on filling potholes, cutting weeds, and removing trash in a timely manner.

Public safety is also a major focus on the site–with data on officer recruitment and retention, 911 service, violent crime, and property crime.

Strickland said much of the crime data is information they receive monthly and publicize a handful of times a year.

Now, it will be available to Memphis residents at any time.

“Instead of them seeing it every quarter or every year, now they can see it on any given day where we are,” Strickland said.

The mayor’s office also put together a data governance committee to help decide priorities for putting out the data. The committee will have at least two citizen representatives.