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11/30/2012

Rosedale Stabbing
THE BOLIVAR COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS MADE AN ARREST OF A JUVENILE IN A STABBING INCIDENT TONIGHT WHICH TOOK THE LIFE OF ANOTHER ROSEDALE JUVENILE.  THE BOLIVAR COUNTY CORONER  WAS NOTIFIED OF THE DEATH AT 601 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE, WITH THE VICTIM BEING 17-YEAR-OLD WINFORD KING JUNIOR. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE JUVENILE ARRESTED IN THE STABBING IS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE JUVENILE SYSTEM. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE ROSEDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE STABBING WHILE ALSO QUESTIONING A NUMBER OF WITNESSES AT THE SCENE.

GREENWOOD MAN SENTENCED
SEVEN CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE THE SENTENCE FOR A GREENWOOD MAN. AUTHORITIES SAY COURTNEY LOGAN SENTENCED WEDNESDAY FOR KIDNAPPING, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON, AND AIDING IN THE ESCAPE OF A PRISONER. IN 2009, LOGAN ENTERED THE EYE-STATION IN GREENWOOD, WHERE PRISONER JOSEPH JACKSON WAS VISITING FOR AN EYE APPOINTMENT. THERE USING A PISTOL, LOGAN HELD TWO EMPLOYEES AND THREE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION OFFICERS HOSTAGE BEFORE ESCAPING TO TENNESSEE WITH JACKSON. LOGAN, WHO WAS TRIED AS A "HABITUAL OFFENDER"  IS CURRENTLY SERVING TIME IN TENNESSEE. BUT HE'LL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE INCIDENT AFTER HIS SENTENCE IS SERVED.


11/29/2012

Cleveland Police Department Assessment
THE CLEVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PART OF AN ON-SITE ASSESSMENT BY THE MISSISSIPPI LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCREDITATION COMMISSION. ASSESSORS WILL BE CONDUCTING AN ON-SITE ASSESSMENT BEGINNING THURSDAY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE MISSISSIPPI STATE STANDARDS AND THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES STANDARDS. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SEEKING TO BE ACCREDITED BY BOTH ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH 123 PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE STATE ACCREDITED AND RECOGNITION STATUS. ONCE THE ASSESSORS COMPLETE THEIR REVIEW, A REPORT WILL BE ISSUED TO THE STATE COMMISSION, WHO WILL THEN DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO AWARD ACCREDITATION.

ALLIGATOR BLUES MARKER
A NEW MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL MARKER WILL RECOGNIZE THE ARTISTS BORN OR RAISED IN THE ALLIGATOR COMMUNITY. THE MARKER UNVEILING TOOK PLACE ON THURSDAY ON LAKE STREET IN ALLIGATOR. BLUES GUITARISTS BORN OR RAISED AROUND ALLIGATOR INCLUDE GEORGE "G.P." JACKSON, A LONGTIME PERFORMER ON THE KANSAS CITY BLUES SCENE, AND ENTERTAINER ROBERT "BILBO" WALKER, ONCE KNOWN AS CHUCK BERRY JUNIOR WALKER. HE WAS BORN IN THE NEW AFRICA COMMUNITY JUST EAST OF ALLIGATOR AND STILL PERFORMS IN THE DELTA AS WELL AS IN CALIFORNIA. BLUES SINGER ROBERT JOHNSON ALSO BRIEFLY LIVED IN THE AREA NEAR ALLIGATOR AND NEW AFRICA.

11/28/2012

MDCC NEW PRESIDENT
MISSISSIPPI DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS A NEW LEADER TONIGHT. MDCC OFFICIALLY NAMES DOCTOR LARRY NABORS ITS NEW PRESIDENT.  FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS WELCOMING NABORS AT A PROGRAM AND RECEPTION TODAY. HE'S A GRADUATE OF AND THE FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND BEEN IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS, INCLUDING 10 YEARS OF TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL. NABORS REPLACES INTERIM M-D-C-C PRESIDENT DOCTOR LYNDA STEELE, SERVING AS INTERIM PRESIDENT FOLLOWING THE RETIREMENT OF FORMER PRESIDENT DOCTOR LARRY BAILEY. AND NABORS SAYS IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A TROJAN, LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH PEOPLE HERE IN THE DELTA.

DSU PRESIDENT SEARCH
DELTA STATE IS STILL SEARCHING FOR A NEW PRESIDENT.IHL TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION THROUGH DECEMBER WITH HOPES OF CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR AND THE NEW PRESIDENT IN PLACE BY FEBRUARY. CURRENT PRESIDENT JOHN HILPERT ANNOUNCING HIS RETIREMENT BACK IN AUGUST, INITIALLY TO TAKE EFFECT DECEMBER 31ST.  HOWEVER HILPERT'S AGREED TO STAY UNTIL THE UNIVERSITY FINDS HIS REPLACEMENT.

11/27/2012

Teacher Scam
SIX MISSISSIPPI TEACHERS FACE FEDERAL CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH A MULTI-STATE TEST-TAKING SCHEME. THE CASE STEMMING FROM A 45-COUNT INDICTMENT CHARGING CLARENCE MUMFORD SENIOR OF MEMPHIS WITH FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT. MUMFORD ACCUSED OF BEING THE RINGLEADER OF A GROUP PAID TO TAKE TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMS FOR ASPIRING TEACHERS. THE INCIDENTS DATE BACK TO 1995. HERE ARE THE SIX MISSISSIPPI TEACHERS INDICTED FOR HIRING OTHERS TO TAKE THE STATE EXAM IN THEIR PLACE.
* 40-year old Jadice Moore...Port Gibson Middle School...Teacher's Aide (ACTIVE)
* 36-year old Kimberly Taylor...Charleston Elementary School...4th Grade Teacher (ACTIVE)
* 38-year old Samuel Campbell...Jim Hill High School...Former Teacher/Coach
* 34-year old Darcel Gardner...Columbus High School...Special Ed Teacher
* 34-year old Carlo McClelland...Meridian High School...P.E. Teacher/Football Coach
* 44-year old Sarah Richard of Richland...Place of Employment Unknown/Unverified
* Paid Mumford up to $3,000 per Praxis Exam
* Tennessee and Arkansas Teachers Also Involved]
40-YEAR OLD JADICE MOORE OF PORT GIBSON...36-YEAR OLD KIMBERLY TAYLOR OF CHARLESTON...38-YEAR OLD SAMUEL CAMPBELL OF JACKSON...34-YEAR OLD DARCEL GARDNER OF COLUMBUS...34-YEAR OLD CARLO MCCLELLAND OF MERIDIAN AND 44-YEAR OLD SARAH RICHARD OF RICHLAND. THE SIX ARE CHARGED WITH EITHER MAIL OR WIRE FRAUD--ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE EXCEPT MOORE AND TAYLOR. MEANWHILE...THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYING IT IS WORKING WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND IS PREPARED TO TAKE ANY NECESSARY  ACTIONS. THIS SCHEME ALSO INVOLVES TEACHERS IN ARKANSAS AND TENNESSEE.

Greenville National Recognition
GREENVILLE GETTING NATIONAL RECOGNITION, OR AT LEAST IT'S BUILDINGS ARE. THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF GREENVILLE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE NATIONAL REGISTER FOR HISTORIC SITES. THE JOINT GREENVILLE AND WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION WORKED FOR 2 AND A HALF YEARS TO GET THE AREA FROM POPLAR STREET TO THE RAILROAD, DOWN WASHINGTON AND MAIN STREET ON THE REGISTER. NINETY  BUILDINGS IN THE AREA ARE OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE AND THEIR OWNERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MAJOR TAX BREAKS BECAUSE OF THEIR NEW STATUS. HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSIONER WALLEY MORSE EXPLAINS, WHY THE TAX INCENTIVES ARE GREAT FOR DOWNTOWN.

11/26/2012

Holiday Travel Report
One person has died on state highways this holiday weekend, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.   Troopers have written more than 6,100 tickets during the travel period, which began Wednesday. Thirty two people have been injured in the nearly 140 wrecks MHP has worked. The fatality occurred in the Greenwood district. Highway patrolmen have made 168 DUI arrests.  The holiday travel period ends midnight Sunday.

Holmes Murder
A Holmes County woman has been shot to death, and authorities believe her brother-in-law is the gunman. The shooting death happened around 10:00 Friday night on Rathell Road in Lexington. Paramedics responded to a call about a woman who was bleeding. When they arrived, they discovered 34-year-old Laura Shows had been shot in the face. Sheriff Willie March tells us his suspect is 25-year-old Daniel Shows, the victim's brother-in-law. The Sheriff says Laura Shows was shot one time with a 12-gauge shotgun. Daniel Shows is behind bars at the Holmes County Jail. He's expected to be charged with murder on Monday.

11/23/2012
Metcalfe Insurance
FLOOD INSURANCE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ONE DELTA TOWN. METCALFE RESIDENTS CAN NOW PURCHASE INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. MAYOR COREY HOLMES SAYS THE FLOOD COVERAGE WILL HELP IMPROVE THE TOWN'S FIRE PROTECTION RATING. AS A RESULT, HOLMES HOPING THIS WILL RESULT IN THE COST OF FIRE INSURANCE GOING DOWN BETWEEN TWO-HUNDRED AND THREE-HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR CUSTOMERS. MAYOR HOLMES ALSO LOOKING FOR OTHER WAYS TO REDUCE INSURANCE RATES LIKE IMPROVING THE METCALFE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AS CITY OFFICIALS WILL SOON ISSUE NEWSLETTERS TO FIREFIGHTERS HIGHLIGHTING INFORMATION ABOUT CERTIFICATION TRAINING.

11/22/2012
Greenville Brewing Company
A NEW BUSINESS SET TO HIT DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE THIS DECEMBER. THE DELTA BREWING SUPPLY IS GEARING UP FOR A GRAND OPENING. IT'S A HOME BREWING SUPPLY STORE WHERE THEY WILL CARRY ALL THE SUPPLIES, INGREDIENTS, AND EQUIPMENT TO MAKE BEER AND WINE IN YOUR OWN HOME. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE SUPPLIES FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHEESE AND SODA. CRAFT BEER WILL ALSO BE FOR SALE, WITH 160 TITLED CRAFT BEERS TO BE PURCHASED. AND IT'S JUST ONE OF 2 BREWING SUPPLY STORES IN THE ENTIRE STATE.

11/21/2012
Holiday Scam Alert
ALSO OFFICIALS ARE SENDING A STRONG WARNING OUT TONIGHT TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR HOLIDAY SCAMMERS....AUTHORITIES SAY Beware of people asking for money to benefit different charities. If you are not sure about the organization please call 911. Beware of home repair scams if you did not call for a repair company or someone comes to your door and you are not familiar with them. Be careful about carrying large sums of cash and credit cards. Never use a video arcade or toy store as a baby sitter; predators are on the prowl for unattended children. If you are going away for the holiday, let a neighbor know that your home will not be occupied and have someone pick up your mail and newspapers. If someone does try to rob you, donít resist. Give up your property do not endanger your life. Report the crime to the police as soon as possible

 11/20/2012

LCD CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT
 MEANWHILE A Greenwood residents Tony Saia and his attorney Floyd Melton III. ARE INFORMING LEFLORE COUNTY consumers and businesses, ABOUT  Ten LCD flat screen manufacturers have agreed to pay an unprecedented settlement of $1.1 billion in the largest antitrust consumer class action lawsuit in history.  CONSUMERS CAN recoup some money they spent on these products for being over charged because of price fixing. The manufacturers are, AU OPTRONICS, CHIMEI, CHUNGHWA, EPSON, HANNSTAR, HITACHI, LG, SHARP, SAMSUNG, and TOSHIBA. Mississippi consumers and businesses that indirectly purchased these manufacturers flat screen products (monitors, TV's, and laptops) anytime between January 1999 and December 2006 are eligible to receive a payment from the settlement fund. However, they must respond quickly because the deadline to file a claim is December 6, 2012. To file a claim, go to: www.LCDclass.com.

FORECLOSURE ASSISTANCE
HOMEOWNERS, UNDERWATER ON THEIR MORTGAGE OR FACING FORECLOSURE FOUND HELP TODAY. THE "MISSISSIPPI FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CONSORTIUM- CREATED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD IN JULY- HELD TWO FREE LEGAL CLINICS TODAY. IN GREENVILLE IN THE MORNING, AND CLARKSDALE IN THE AFTERNOON, ANYONE WHO SHOWED UP WITH THERE MORTGAGE ISSUES, RECEIVED ONE-ON-ONE COUNCIL FOR FREE, FROM ATTORNEYS AND FINANCIAL COUNSELLORS.  THE CLINIC WAS PAID FOR BY THE NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT WITH FIVE MAJOR BANKS: ALLY/GMC, BANK OF AMERICA, CITI, JPMORGAN CHASE AND WELLS FARGO. THE FREE LEGAL CLINICS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE STATE THROUGH DECEMBER 18TH, AS A REMINDER TO FOLKS THAT THERE IS A WAY TO GET HELP WITH THEIR MORTGAGES. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MORTGAGE, NEED ADVICE OR WANT TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A PAYOUT... VISIT: "VISIT JIM HOOD'S WEBSITE WWW.AGJIMHOOD.COm OR THE MISSIPPI FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CONSORTIUM SITE: W.MSMORTGAGESETTLEMENT.COM OR CALL THE HOTLINE (866)530-9572"   AND REMEMBER, THE DEADLINE TO FILE A CLAIM ON YOUR MORTGAGE IS JANUARY 18TH.

11/19/2012

Delta State Student Fatal
TRAGIC NEWS AS A 21 YEAR OLD LOSES HER LIFE IN A ONE CAR ACCIDENT AROUND MIDNIGHT THIS MORNING IN HUMPHREYS COUNTY.  AMANDA JACKSON OF PEARL EJECTED FROM A '97 TOYOTA 4-RUNNER TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 49 NEAR ISOLA WHEN IT FLIPPED SEVERAL TIMES AFTER THE DRIVER SWERVED TO AVOID SOMETHING IN THE ROAD. JACKSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN BELZONI, WHERE SHE LATER PASSED AWAY. A 2ND PASSENGER, A 19 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM ALABAMA, HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IN JACKSON.  THE DRIVER WAS TREATED AND RELEASED.  THE 2 OTHER PASSENGERS ARE BOTH DELTA STATE STUDENTS. THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING, BUT IT'S NOT BELIEVED DRUGS OR ALCOHOL WERE INVOLVED.

Former Mayor Sentenced
MICHAEL PEMBLETON, THE FORMER MAYOR OF SUNFLOWER, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS' PROBATION FOR STEALING DESIGNER PURSES FROM DILLARD'S AT THE VICKSBURG MALL. THE VICKSBURG POST REPORTING PEMBLETON PLEADING GUILTY FRIDAY, AND ALSO FINED PEMBLETON A THOUSAND DOLLARS. PROSECUTORS SAY NO RESTITUTION WAS REQUIRED BECAUSE ALL THE PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED. PEMBLETON WAS ARRESTED MARCH 13TH AT THE STORE WHILE HE WAS LOADING 23 DESIGNER PURSES INTO THE BACK OF HIS VEHICLE. PROSECUTORS SAY THE PURSES WERE WORTH OVER 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS COLLECTIVELY.  AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST, PEMBLETON WAS WORKING AS AN ASSISTANT MANAGER AT DILLARD'S. PEMBLETON RESIGNED AS MAYOR IN OCTOBER.

Greenville Fire
FIRE OFFICIALS STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE CAUSE OF A WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THIS TWO-STORY HOME AT THE INTERSECTION OF CORNELL AND ALEXANDER STREET AROUND 2:45 SUNDAY MORNING. ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF RUBEN BROWN SAYS THE HOME SUSTAINED HEAVY FIRE DAMAGE TO THE KITCHEN AREA AND OUTSIDE REAR NEAR KITCHEN. BROWN TELLS US THERE WERE NO UTILITIES RUNNING IN THE HOME--BUT HE SAYS ACCORDING TO NEIGHBORS SOMEONE WAS LIVING IN THE VACANT HOME--THOUGH NO ONE WAS INSIDE DURING THE TIME OF THE FIRE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED...THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED.

11/16/2012

Jordan Memorial Ceremony
A MEMORIAL MASS WAS HELD TODAY FOR FORMER GREENVILLE MAYOR CHUCK JORDAN THE MASS WAS HELD AT SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GREENVILLE WHERE OVER 2 HUNDRED PEOPLE CAME OUT. VISITATION WAS HELD EARLY THIS MORNING BEFORE THE SERVICE. FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CITY RESIDENTS CAME OUT TO HONOR A MAN MANY ARE SAYING HELPED TO KICK START GREENVILLE BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE CEREMONY MASS STARTED OFF WITH SINGING AND READING FROM JORDAN'S FAVORITE SCRIPTURES. JORDAN PASSED AWAY TUESDAY NIGHT AFTER BATTLING PANCREATIC CANCER. THE ILLNESS FORCED HIM TO LEAVE OFFICE BACK IN SEPTEMBER. WE SPOKE TO SOME OF JORDAN'S CLOSES FRIENDS...WHO SAY HE WAS JUST AN HONORABLE MAN ALL AROUND AND WILL BE MISSED.

Bounds Contract
DOCTOR HANK BOUNDS WILL GET AT LEAST FOUR MORE YEARS AS THE HEAD OF MISSISSIPPI'S PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. THE STATE COLLEGE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY THURSDAY TO EXTEND BOUNDS' CONTRACT AS COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION. BOUNDS HAD ABOUT 18 MONTHS REMAINING ON HIS ORIGINAL FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT SIGNED IN 20-09, BUT ED BLAKESLEE, PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE BOARD, SAID BOARD MEMBERS WANTED TO GIVE BOUNDS A "VOTE OF CONFIDENCE." BOUNDS GOT A SALARY OF $341,250 A YEAR PLUS A $25,000 ANNUAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE WHEN HE STARTED THE JOB. BLAKESLEE SAID THE BOARD DIDN'T GIVE HIM A RAISE BECAUSE OF THE TIGHT BUDGET CONDITIONS, EVEN THOUGH SOME MEMBERS WOULD HAVE LIKED TO. SOME UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS ALSO RECENTLY RECEIVED CONTRACT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RAISES. BOUNDS WAS STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF K-12 SCHOOLS FROM 20-05 TO 20-09.

11/15/2012

Washington County Regional Jail New Warden
WASHINGTON COUNTY FINALLY APPOINTS A NEW FULLTIME WARDEN TO THE REGIONAL JAIL. MARY L. PIPPINS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO THE POSITION AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. SHERIFF MILTON GASTON MAKING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK. PIPPINS BRINGING WITH HER CLOSE TO 25-YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH WORK POSTS AT THE STATE PENITENTIARY AND THE BOLIVAR COUNTY REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. THE NEW WARDEN WILL TAKE THE POSITION FROM PERCY MILES--WHO SERVED AS INTERIM WARDEN AFTER ALMA HARRIS' RESIGNATION BACK IN AUGUST.

Entergy Workers Return
SOME GREENVILLE MISSISSIPPI ENTERGY CREWS ARE RETURNING HOME TONIGHT AFTER NEARLY THREE WEEKS SPENT HELPING RESTORE UTILITY SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY. ENTERGY SENT ABOUT 150 WORKERS INCLUDING THEIR COMPANY EMPLOYES AND CONTRACT WORKERS TO THE NORTH EAST. THE ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI WORKERS LEFT IN TWO WAVES...FIRST ARRIVING IN ATLANTIC CITY AND EVENTUALLY NEW JERSEY. THEY TEAMED UP WITH PSE AND G....ONE OF THE LARGEST COMBINDED ELECTRIC AND GAS COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES ENTERGYS WORKERS JOINED AN ARMY OF 67 THOUSAND FROM MORE THAN 80 UTILITY COMPANIES FROM AS FAR AS CANADA CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII.

11/14/2012

Charles ďChuckĒ A. Jordan, Jr. 
A message from Mayor John H. Cox, III:
 
It is with a great sense of sadness and personal loss that I notify the citizens of Greenville that our friend and former mayor, Chuck Jordan, passed away last  night.  On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Greenville, I extend our  deepest sympathies to his wife, Jane, and daughter, Adrian, and entire family for their loss.
 Chuck Jordan was a loving husband and father to his family and a close and  faithful friend to many people throughout our community and state.  His love for Greenville was evidenced by and through his volunteerism in community  service and culminated in his very capable leadership as mayor.
 Although Greenville has lost an exemplary citizen and a great leader, his vision for the future of our city will continue to be used as a guide for improvement and prosperity for Greenville.
 At this time, funeral arrangements are still being finalized.

 

Sharkey Murder Arrest
T WAS A MURDER THAT REMAINED UNSOLVED FOR THREE YEARS . . . BUT TONIGHT THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN JAILED AND CHARGED IN THE DEATHS OF A MOTHER AND HER CHILD. THIS AFTERNOON TWO OF THE THREE SUSPECTS APPEARED IN COURT. KARITHA CARROL AND HER THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER JAMIAH WERE FOUND STABBED TO DEATH IN THEIR CARY HOME IN 2009. TODAY, THE THREE PEOPLE INVESTIGATORS SAY ARE RESPONSIBLE WERE IDENTIFIED. SHAUN WALLER OF CARY WAS LED INTO THE SHARKEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN ROLLING FORK THIS AFTERNOON. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF CAPITOL MURDER. HE DENIES THE MURDER CHARGES. ALSO STEPHANIE ANN SMITH OF JACKSON MADE HER INITIAL APPEARANCE TODAY.  SHE HAS ALSO BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF CAPITOL MURDER. BOTH OF THEIR BONDS HAVE BEEN SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLAR BOND. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS  JOSEPHINE WARREN DID NOT APPEAR IN COURT TODAY. SHE IS IN CUSTODY WITH THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, SERVING A SIX YEAR SENTENCE FOR A BURGLARY CONVICTION. SHE WILL HAVE HER COURT APPEARANCE ON THURSDAY. THIS AFTERNOON THE VICTIM'S FAMILY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT REACTED TO THE ARRESTS.

DRMC Renovation
MORE RENOVATIONS EXPECTED AT DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. THE GREENVILLE HOSPITAL PLANNING TO CONCENTRATE THIS YEAR ON A LONG-TERM REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT AND RENOVATION OF ITS PHYSICAL PLANT.  D-R-M-C'S CEO STANSEL HARVEY SAYS THE HOSPITAL'S PHYSICAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT ARE WEARING OUT.  FOR THE 2010-11 FISCAL YEAR, THE HOSPITAL'S PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT WAS VALUED AT 49-MILLION BUT DROPPED TO 48-MILLION THIS YEAR. HARVEY SAYS WHILE THE HOSPITAL WAS ABLE TO BUY 104 NEW PATIENT BEDS, EACH COSTING ABOUT 6-THOUSAND, TO REPLACE BEDS FROM 1994, OTHER PARTS OF THE HOSPITAL NEED TO BE REFURBISHED. HARVEY SAYS DRMC'S MAINTENANCE ENGINEER IS WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH MILLS & MILLS ARCHITECT TO ASSESS THE HOSPITAL'S PROPERTY AND DEVELOP A LONG-TERM STRATEGIC REPLACEMENT PLAN TO IMPROVE THE PLANT.
 

11/13/2012
Cleveland Drug-bust
 IN CLEVELAND, POLICE CONFISCATING OVER 250 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA, LARGE AMOUNTS OF CRACK COCAINE AND UNIDENTIFIED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. CALLED TO THE BUSINESS 'THE COOP' IN CLEVELAND, POLICE SPOTTED A BAG OF MARIJUANA AND AFTER GAINING A SEARCH WARRANT, CONFISCATED OVER 800 DOLLARS IN CASH, A GUN, OTHER NARCOTICS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. POLICE ARRESTED 36 YEAR OLD LEROY CARTER, AT THE SCENE, AND HE IS IN
CUSTODY WITH 2 PENDING CHARGES --POSSESSION OF 250 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA, AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROL 2 SUBSTANCE. CARTER REMAINS IN CUSTODY WHILE HE AWAITS HIS INITIAL APPEARANCE.

Rosedale Murder Arrest
AUTHORITIES HAVE A SUSPECT BEHIND BARS LINKING HIM TO AN EARLY NOVEMBER MURDER. OFFICIALS HAVE CHARGED 26-YEAR OLD CEASER JOHNSON THE THIRD WITH THE MURDER OF GREGORY JOHNSON JUNIOR. THE MURDER HAPPENING AT THE FIRST OF THE MONTH AT THE J-Y TRICE APARTMENT COMPLEX IN ROSEDALE. 28-YEAR OLD GREGORY JOHNSON WAS FOUND THAT NIGHT. INSIDE HIS VEHICLE. THE 28-YEAR OLD SUFFERED A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. CEASER JOHNSON APPEARED IN COURT TUESDAY FOR AN INITIAL BOND HEARING--HIS BOND WAS SET AT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

11/12/2012

DSU Veteran Roll Call
DELTA STATE HONORING FALLEN VETERANS. THIS WEEK WITH THE REMEMBRANCE DAY NATIONAL ROLL CALL. BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS WILL READ 6 THOUSAND, 5 HUNDRED, NINETY-8 NAMES OF AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN NATIONAL SERVICE.  THE ROLL CALL IS SPONSORED BY THE 'VETERANS KNOWLEDGE COMMUNITY'-- IT'S MISSION IS TO ADVOCATE FOR STUDENT VETERANS AND THEIR TRANSITION TO COLLEGE AND BEYOND-- THE READING WILL TAKE PLACE, AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AND A CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY.

Gas Prices
GAS PRICES ACROSS THE NATION CONTINUE TO DROP. GAS PRICES IN OUR AREA CONTINUE TO DROP AS WE APPROACH THE HOLIDAY SEASON. GASBUDDY DOT COM SAYS THE AVERAGE PRICE IN MISSISSIPPI IS 3 DOLLARS AND 19 CENTS. THAT IS DOWN 6 CENTS FROM LAST WEEK. IN ALABAMA, THE AVERAGE PRICE IS 3 DOLLARS AND 22 CENTS WHICH IS DOWN 3 CENTS FROM A WEEK AGO. NATION WIDE, REGULAR UNLEADED IS AVERAGING 3 DOLLARS AND 47 CENTS.

Madidi Restaurant Auction
The Madidi Restaurant, which was owned by actor Morgan Freeman and closed in February, will have items auctioned off Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. The auction will include items from tables to leather couches to a stainless steel sink, according to an Associated Press report. The Madidi was an upscale restaurant located in Clarksdale, Miss., that operated for 10 years. Bill Luckett, Freemanís partner in the restaurant, said the restaurant never made money and he and Freeman didnít have the time to manage it. Freeman and Luckett are also co-owners of Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. More than 100 people have registered for the auction

11/9/2012

Leland Fed-Ex Construction
ANOTHER NEW BUSINESSES COMING TO THE LELAND AREA THANKS TO THE HIGHWAY 82 BYPASS. CONSTRUCTION CREWS WERE OUT FRIDAY MORNING CLEARING OUT LAND OFF OF 82 LELAND'S MAYOR TELLING US THIS MORNING THAT THE SITE IS THE NEW LOCATION FOR A FEDEX FACILITY. THE FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED OFF 82 JUST PASS THE DODGE GAS STATION IN LELAND. ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT, FEDEX'S CONTRACTOR PICKED UP THE PERMIT TO START BUILDING YESTERDAY. NO WORD ON WHEN THE BUILDING WILL BE COMPLETED.

SUNFLOWER CO. VERDICT
A SUNFLOWER COUNTY JURY CONVICTS AN INDIANOLA MAN OF MANSLAUGHTER. EDMOND BROWN LEARNING HIS FATE THIS AFTERNOON AFTER BEING ON TRIAL FOR THE 2008 SHOOTING DEATH OF FREDERICK GLOVER.  GLOVER HIT BY GUNFIRE WHILE OUTSIDE AN INDIANOLA NIGHTCLUB.  THE TRIAL GETTING UNDERWAY ON WEDNESDAY, WITH BROWN TAKING THE STAND TODAY IN HIS OWN DEFENSE, BUT THE JURY CONVICTING HIM.  SUNFLOWER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ASHLEY HINES WILL SENTENCE BROWN AT A LATER DATE.

CLARKSDALE FORGERY
A CLARKSDALE WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF PASSING FORGED CHECKS. POLICE CHARGING IONIA DANIELS WITH TWO COUNTS OF UTTERING A FORGERY. SERGEANT ROBBIE LINLEY SAYS THE 24 YEAR OLD PASSED TWO FORGED CHECKS AT A BANK AND EACH WAS OVER 4-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE 24-YEAR-OLD GOING BEFORE A JUSTICE COURT JUDGE ON THE CHARGES AND GIVEN A 50-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.

11/8/2012

Eudora New Facility Building
THE CITY OF EUDORA AND USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM UP TO HELP BUILD A NEW FACILITY FOR THE YORK WILLIAMS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY...MANY GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THE NEW FACILITY. IT COST 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD AND WAS GIVEN BY USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT. NOT ONLY WILL THE NEW BUILDING ALLOW FOR MORE SERVICES, BUT OVER 100 NEW JOBS WILL BE CREATED. YORK WILLIAMS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER IS A CENTER FOR CHILDREN 0 TO 5 WITH DISABILITIES. THEY HELP SERVE THOSE CHILDREN WITH THEIR DIFFERENT NEEDS SUCH AS LANGUAGE SKILLS, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS AND HELP PREPARE THEM FOR KINDERGARTEN.

Cleveland Bike Trail
 IN CLEVELAND, CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON A NEW BIKE PATH. ROBINSON ELECTRICIANS WORKING ON 54 LIGHT BASES THAT WILL ILLUMINATE THE PATH FOR
BIKERS. WEATHER PERMITTING WORK SHOULD BE DONE IN DECEMBER. THE PATH WILL BE SEVERAL MILES LONG ADDING TO CLEVELAND'S PUBLIC SPACE, THERE IS ALREADY A WALKING PATH JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE FUTURE BIKE PATH.

11/7/2012

Ole Miss Riot
Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones says an investigation is underway into an election protest overnight on the school's campus. School officials confirm campus police were notified around midnight of comments on Twitter about students gathering at the student union to protest the results of Tuesday's elections. Officers responding say they found 30 to 40 students, but over the next few minutes the crowd grew to nearly 400 students. The crowd was ordered to disperse by university police, but apparently 100 students gathered later at a residence hall. Officers again responded to break up the crowd, but made two arrests, one for public intoxication and one for failure to comply with police officers. In a statement Wednesday morning, Jones says "the campus is quiet and safe this morning for all our students." He says there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Jones says campus police have confirmed reports of the use of racial language by some people. He says the school's leadership "condemns this kind of behavior and is embarrassed that any students associated with the university would use this kind of language." Jones says the university creed calls for "the respect of each individual and for fairness and civility." He says the investigation will be thorough and those found to be in violation of the law will be referred to the appropriate authorities. Jones says those found in violation of university policy will be dealt with through the student process.    The statement closes by saying Ole Miss  "acknowledged throughout this year of fifty years of racial integration at our university, despite evidence of progress, we still live in an imperfect world. All of us in the University community must recommit ourselves to condemn hate and to continue our work to assure our university is a safe and welcoming place for every individual every day."

Rosedale Mayoral Election
THE CITY OF ROSEDALE IS GEARING UP FOR THEIR MAYORAL ELECTION THE ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 10TH RESIDENTS WILL HAVE 4 CANDIDATES TO DECIDED FROM....CURRENT MAYOR CARRY ESTES...ISAAC GREEN... PAMELA TUCKER AND LEO MCGEE. MAYOR ESTES HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 9 YEARS AND IS THE FAVORED CANDIDATE. CITY HALL SAYS THERE WILL BE NO MAYORAL DEBATES.

11/6/2010

Voter Turn-Out
 WE TAKE A LOOK AT A VOTER TURN-OUT AROUND THE STATE.  Secretary of State's Office is receiving reports voter turnout is high across the State as Mississippi voters head to the polls.   Hosemann says early numbers from absentee ballots were low but since the polls opened, folks have been forming lines. Out of 18-hundred precincts in the state, so far, there's only been twelve reported problems to Hosemann's office, which he says have been corrected. Hosemann says calls are steady at his office with folks trying to find their precinct.  "A lot of people are showing up to vote" said Hosemann. "We have long lines throughout the state of Mississippi and I'm very pleased with that. We were concerned because our absentee ballot counts have not been as high as they were four years ago, but apparently people are making up for it by going to the polls."

Justice Department
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WORKING TO ENSURE FAIRNESS FOR ALL VOTERS TODAY--EMPLOYING HUNDREDS OF FEDERAL OBSERVERS AND PERSONNEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO MONITOR POLLING SITES. THE DEPARTMENT SENDING THESE WORKERS FROM ITS CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION TO ENFORCE FEDERAL VOTING RIGHTS LAWS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS...COMPLAINTS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE ELECTION THEY CAN BE REPORTED TO THE FOLLOWING: THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE TOLL FREE AT 1-800-253-3931 OR AT 202-307-2767. YOU CAN ALSO SEND A FAX TO 202-307-3961 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE SCREEN. TO FILE A COMPLAINT ONLINE GO TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE TO FILL OUT A COMPLAINT FORM. POLL OBSERVERS WERE SENT TO 23 STATES TODAY SOME SHOWING UP IN PANOLA COUNTY.

11/5/2012

LELAND OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO ANOTHER Baby DEATH INVESTIGATION
A BABY AFTER A 2-MONTH OLD DIES OVER THE WEEKEND. SOURCES CLOSE TO WABG TELL US THE 2-MONTH OLD DIED AFTER THE MOTHER ROLLED OVER ON TOP OF THE CHILD WHILE THE TWO OF THEM WERE ASLEEP IN THE SAME BED. LELAND INTERIM POLICE CHIEF SCOTT TARPLEY--WHO WAS TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT THE INCIDENT SAYS THE BABY DIED AROUND 6-45 SATURDAY MORNING. TARPLEY NOT CONFIRMING HOW THE CHILD DIED--IS ONLY TELLING US THE CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE LELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE ARE OVERSEEING THE CASE. WASHINGTON COUNTY CORONER METHYL JOHNSON TELLS US THE BABY'S BODY IS STILL IN GREENVILLE--THE CORONER'S OFFICE IS IN THE PROCESS OF DOING PAPERWORK TO PROCEED WITH AN AUTOPSY.

Election Hot-Lines
Election hotlines have been set up to answer voter's questions and to address any problems at the polls.  FOR ONE... Members of the League of Women Voters can help with voting locations, ballot info, assistance for handicapped voters and more. YOU CAN REACH The hotline AT 601-355-7495 AND will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. AND The Mississippi Secretary of State has also set up an Election Day hotline to answer questions and allow voters to report election concerns. Voters can call 800-829-6786 or text Vote2012 to 601-335-2378. The NAACP'S ELECTION DAY HOTLINE ALSO PROVIDING SIMILAR SERVICES AT 888-601-VOTE (8683).WE'RE ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO GET OUT AND MAKE THEIR VOTE COUNT. POLLS OPEN BRIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM.
 

11/2/2012

Greenwood Body
GREENWOOD DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING A BODY THAT WAS FOUND ON THURSDAY NIGHT. POLICE FINDING THE BODY OF KEVIN MONTGOMERY AROUND 6-30PM INSIDE
HIS WEST WASHINGTON STREET HOME.  DEPUTY CORONER BILL WARD SAYS MONTGOMERY MAY HAVE ACTUALLY DIED WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  AUTHORITIES SAY MONTGOMERY'S FAMILY BECOMING WORRIED AFTER NOT HEARING FROM HIM, STOPPING BY HIS HOME THIS EVENING FINDING HIM DEAD IN THE BED. THE DEPUTY CORONER SAYS MONTGOMERY'S BODY WILL BE SENT TO THE STATE CRIME LAB FOR AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH.

Greenville Community Foundation
A NEW COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LAUNCHES TO IMPROVE WASHINGTON COUNTY A GROUP OF DEDICATED COMMUNITY MINDED RESIDENT HAVE FORMED A NEW FOUNDATION THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY TRANSFORM THE FUTURE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS A PUBLIC NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WILL RAISE MONEY TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY THE NEWLY FORMED GROUP FIST APPROACHED FORMER MAYOR CHUCK JORDAN IN JUNE ABOUT THE POSITIVE BENEFITS OF SUCH AN ORGANIZATION THE GROUPS FIRST EFFORT TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY WILL BE THE "CHUCK JORDAN AND FRIENDS GALA" FEATURING THE DRIFTERS ON THRUSDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 2012 AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER.
 

11/1/2012

Holiday Mailing
ENSURING CARE PACKAGES ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF MILITARY  PERSONNEL SERVING AROUND THE WORLD. TO HELP GET PACKAGES ON THEIR WAY....THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OFFERS A DISCOUNT ON ITS LARGEST PRIORITY MAIL FLAT RATE BOX AT A PRICE OF 13 DOLLARS AND 45 CENTS THE PRICE INCLUDES A 2 DOLLAR PER BOX DISCOUNT FOR MILITARY MAIL BEING SENT TO ARMY POST OFFICE, FLEET POST OFFICE AND DIPLOMATIC POST OFFICE DESTINATIONS WORLDWIDE. IN ADDITION TO A LOWER COST PER PACKAGE, CUSTOMERS CAN BE ASSURED THAT SHIPPING WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL PROVIDE RELIABLE TRUSTED AND SECURE DELIVERY TO MILITARY PERSONNEL STATIONED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

Gas Prices Dropping
LESS PAIN AT THE PUMP...AT LEAST SLIGHTLY, WITH NATIONAL GASOLINE PRICES FALLING THIS WEEK, THE AVERAGE GALLON OF GAS NOW COSTS 3 DOLLARS FIFTY-TWO CENTS. THAT IS 26 CENTS LESS THAN JUST A MONTH AGO...AT A GAS STATION ON HIGHWAY 82 IN GREENVILLE, PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS WAS WELL BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, ONLY SETTING YOU BACK 3 DOLLARS 29 CENTS... OPIS'S CHIEF OIL ANALYST, TOM KLOZA PREDICTING GAS WILL FALL BELOW THREE DOLLARS 50 CENTS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS... WITH SOUTHEAST AND WEST COST BENEFITING FROM THE STEEPEST DECLINE IN PRICES.

ShoeMaker Ruling
BUSINESSMAN RAY SHOEMAKER GOES TO PRISON Thursday.SHOEMAKER'S ATTORNEYS SEEKING AN EMERGENCY ORDER TO PREVENT IT, BUT SENIOR U-S DISTRICT JUDGE NEAL BIGGERS JUNIOR DENYING IT LATE TODAY IN OXFORD. SHOEMAKER IS DUE TO REPORT TO A FEDERAL FACILITY IN MEMPHIS TO BEGIN SERVING A 55-MONTH SENTENCE AFTER A JURY CONVICTED HIM IN A HOSPITAL KICKBACK-BRIBERY CASE SURROUNDING TRI-LAKES MEDICAL CENTER IN BATESVILLE, WHERE HE SERVED AS CEO.

River Update
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL REMAIN LOW THROUGH DECEMBER, BUT THE PORT OF GREENVILLE IS HOLDING ITS OWN AND BACK AT CAPACITY. PORT DIRECTOR TOMMY HART SAYS THE RECENT DREDGING OF THE PORT AREA BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS HELPED A GREAT DEAL BY REMOVING BUILT SILT AND DEBRIS. THE WATER LEVEL'S RISEN ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF SINCE THE DREDGING BEGAN. THE RECENT RAINS AND SNOW FROM HURRICANE SANDY WILL HELP ELEVATE THE RIVER LEVEL BUT HART SAYS HOW MUCH IS ANYONE'S GUESS.