Bill Murray serenades lonely grandma on her 94th birthday

TEXAS — Maryellen Wible had been feeling lonely. It was around this time last year that her husband of 73 years passed away. Aside from attending church services on Sundays, Wible doesn’t leave the house much. She doesn’t want to bother anybody, her grandson, Noah, told CBS News. But on Wible’s 94th birthday, she finally …

Haslam requests disaster declaration for five East Tennessee counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam has requested federal help following the devastating wildfires in East Tennessee. The governor urged President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for Coffee, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie and Sevier Counties. A federal disaster declaration would help the communities rebuild and give qualifying individuals direct assistance. “My goal is …

Mayor ‘mad as hell’ at homicide rate in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mayor Jim Strickland feels heartbreak with this year’s homicide count. “But I’m also mad as hell,” he said. Strickland said he’s mad someone can take another’s life, let alone 214 of them. “People who are doing this need to realize we have a great Memphis Police Department. They will find you. They …

SCS: Superintendent not trying to get pay raise

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Boarded up windows are all that’s left of where children used to play at Raineshaven Elementary School. It was shut down about two years ago as one of several schools the district chose to consolidate. “Not only do you have schools that are closing down, but you got kids who are having …

Ice rink to open Saturday in Downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There will be a new place for family fun downtown this winter. At 10 a.m. the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opens, the city’s first river front skating rink at Mississippi River Park on Riverside Drive, next to the Tennessee Welcome Center. Workers on Friday were busy putting the final touches on the …

5 things not to do when trying to rebuild your credit

NEW YORK — Is your credit rating in the dumps? Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step toward credit redemption. However, there are many pitfalls along the way that can delay (or even completely derail) your path toward improved credit. Five of the more important ones are listed below. 1. Fail to …