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10/31/2012

MVSU SUIT
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI FOUNDATION IS CONSIDERING TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE STATE COLLEGE BOARD. THE FOUNDATION WANTS THE STATE COLLEGE BOARD TO HAND OVER THE MONEY IT WAS SUPPOSE TO GIVE TO BUILD THE UNIVERSITY'S PRESIDENT HOUSE. LEADERS OF THE ALUMNI FOUNDATION SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS NOT GETTING MUCH OF ANY SUPPORT FROM THE STATE COLLEGE BOARD. THE PRESIDENT OF THE FOUNDATION DR. WALTER ROBERT SAYS THE BOARD WILL NOT GO ON RECORD TO SAY IT WILL NOT SHUT M-V-S-U DOWN, AND ALUMNI ARE WORRYING THAT THE UNIVERSITY'S NEXT PRESIDENT WILL LOWER THE UNIVERSITY'S STANDARDS AND DECREASE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS, WHICH COULD LEAD TO THE UNIVERSITY SHUTTING ITS DOORS.

DELTA STATE PRESIDENT SEARCH
DELTA STATE CURRENTLY SEARCHING FOR A NEW HEAD. I-H-L TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION THROUGH DECEMBER WITH HOPES OF CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR AND STARTING THE POTENTIAL CANDIDATE IN FEBRUARY. PRESIDENT JOHN HILPERT ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT BACK IN AUGUST--HIS RETIREMENT INITIALLY TO TAKE EFFECT DECEMBER 31ST--BUT ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE...HILPERT AGREED TO STAY UNTIL THE UNIVERSITY FINDS HIS REPLACEMENT. HILPERT TO DO SOME CONSULTING WORK AND SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY IN SOUTH DAKOTA AFTER RETIRING FROM D-S-U. HE'S BEEN WITH THE D-S-U FAMILY SINCE SEPTEMBER 2003.

DELTA BRIDGE PROJECT
Delta Bridge Project announces funding for stage in Martin Luther King Park. The Delta Bridge Project (DBP) today announced it granted $248,000 to Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. (CRI) for the construction of a multi-use performance stage in Martin Luther King Park. The funds are purposed to design, build, and equip the outdoor stage and festival site. The goal of the grant is to increase the economic impact of music and cultural tourism in Coahoma County. Funding from the Delta Bridge Project for the stage comes in part from the Walton Family Foundation and Southern Bancorp. As outlined in the Coahoma County Strategic Plan, the community identified the need for a permanent entertainment facility capable of hosting major tourism-related events. According to the Mississippi Development Authority, over $64 million in annual revenue is generated by music and cultural tourism in Coahoma County. Clarksdale hosts numerous annual events that attract thousands of visitors. Therefore, the community recognized the need to construct an outdoor stage to expand its tourism base and attract greater investment in Coahoma County.

"The new stage will be a key anchor for our downtown economic development. The new stage will not replace existing facilities, but will add to them by providing a large enough venue to accommodate larger shows by doubling the stage size and larger audiences with the increased open space available in MLK Park," said Mac Crank, Director of Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. "By continuing to utilize existing venues, we'll keep people moving all through downtown and provide a greater variety of entertainment. This is an exciting opportunity."

"The construction of the stage and the KaBOOM playground in MLK Park will open up a host of opportunities for the families of Coahoma County.  The park will become a destination site for reunions and other events," said Lois Erwin, Senior Community Development Officer at Southern Bancorp Community Partners.


The festival site will be located in Martin Luther King Park, along the Sunflower River. The site forms a natural amphitheater by the hillside leading down to the river; the Martin Luther King Park facility will easily accommodate an audience of approximately 20,000. Upon its expected completion date of March 2012, the Martin Luther King stage will provide a new, larger venue for existing and new festivals to be announced.


10/30/2012

FULGHAM INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE
RODNEY SHELTON FULGHAM MAKES HIS INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE IN BOLIVAR COUNTY COURTROOM. A BOLIVAR COUNTY DEPUTY ESCORTS A SHACKLED FULGHAM TO JUSTICE COURT THIS MORNING.  MBI AND BOLIVAR COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CHARGING THE 23-YEAR-OLD WITH FELONY VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND SHELBY HARMON DAWSON.  DAWSON DYING NINE DAYS AGO AFTER BEING STRUCK BY FULGHAM'S VEHICLE THEN HER BODY THROWN ONTO HIGHWAY 61 AND HIT BY ONCOMING TRAFFIC.  FULGHAM SILENTLY WALKING PASS OUR CAMERAS ENTERING THE WITH HIS EYES FOCUSING ON THE GROUND...FULGHAM APPEARING BEFORE JUSTICE COURT JUDGE HAROLD WARD AND DENIED BOND DUE TO BEING OUT ON A FELONY BURGLARY ARREST AND CONVICTION.  FULGHAM WAS GIVEN A COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY, BOYD ATKINSON.  HE REMAINS LOCKED UP AT THE BOLIVAR COUNTY REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

MVSU COMMISSIONER MEETING
THE M-V-S-U ALUMNI FOUNDATION IS ORGANIZING A TOWN HALL MEETING. THE MEETING WILL BE ON M-V-S-U CAMPUS. IT STARTS AT SIX O'CLOCK TOMORROW EVENING. THE GROUP IS ENCOURAGING ALL VALLEY ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS TO ATTEND. THEY ARE WORKING TO GET SOMEONE FROM THE STATE COLLEGE BOARD TO COME TO THE MEETING TO ADDRESS SOME UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.

DELTA COUNCIL MEETING
THE DELTA COUNCIL HELD THEIR MID-YEAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING TODAY. A ROOM FILLED WITH STATEWIDE AND LOCAL LEADERS ADDRESSING THE OUTLOOK FOR 2013.THE MEETING BEGAN WITH A 9AM COMMITTEE SESSION FOLLOWED BY A GENERAL SESSION AT 11. MISSISSIPPI SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAS ON THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER. SHARING HIS IDEAS AND INSIGHTS TO THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS THE UPCOMING NATIONAL ELECTION WOULD HAVE ON THE DELTA. THE SESSION INCLUDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A MORE IN DEPTH DISCUSSION ON FARM POLICY, HIGHER EDUCATION AND HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION SPEAKING FIRST WAS LANE RODGERS WITH THE AIR SERVICE...DISCUSSING A CASE STUDY ON MAINTAINING COMMERCIAL AIR SERVICE IN MISSISSIPPI AND TALKING ABOUT WHY DELTA LEFT GREENVILLE AIRPORT. MORE IMPORTANTLY... WAS THE
DISCUSSION OF THE US-82 GREENVILLE BY-PASS. CHAIRMAN OF MISSISSIPPI TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DICK HALL WAS ON HAND...HE SAYS PHASE ONE IS RAPING UP AND PHASE 2 IS BEGINNING, HOWEVER...HE SAYS THIS PROJECT WILL COST MILLIONS.
 

10/29/2012

Greenville Fire Fatal
A WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE TAKES THE LIFE OF A LOCAL TODDLER LEAVING A FAMILY HOMELESS THIS MORNING. FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVING TO THE SIX-HUNDRED BLOCK OF INEZ STREET HERE IN GREENVILLE. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS THE HOME WAS TOTALLY INVOLVED WHEN THEY ARRIVED TO THE SCENE AT 3-O-CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING. FAMILY MEMBERS TELL US ELEVEN OCCUPIED THE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE--ALL MAKING IT OUT EXCEPT A 2-YEAR OLD CHILD. BOTH STATE AND LOCAL FIRE OFFICIALS CURRENTLY COMBING THE SCENE TO FIND A CAUSE. MEANWHILE THE FAMILY REACHING OUT FOR ASSISTANCE TO BURY A CHILD THEY SAY THEY'LL MISS DEARLY. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING THE   JONES FAMILY...FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE CONTACTED AT 662-820-0639 OR 662-873-1890. FIRE CHIEF LEE GORDON ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO GET SMOKE DETECTORS--IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE CONTACT THE GREENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR A FREE ONE.

GHEC Expansion Plans
HIGHER EDUCATION IN GREEN VILLE IS GETTING A FACELIFT. THE G-H-E-C  IS UNDER GOING STATE FUNDED RENOVATIONS AT ITS CAMPUS ON ROUTE 1. A NEW DINING AREA, CATERING KITCHEN AND CAMPUS BOOKSTORE WILL ADD TO THE EXPERIENCE OF THE NEARLY 750 STUDENTS WHO TAKE CLASSES AT GHEC. THE NEW DINING FACILITY PROVIDING HEALTHY FOOD TO GO, AND A MAJOR UPGRADE FROM THE PREVIOUS DINING OPTION OF ONLY VENDING MACHINES. THE RENOVATION WILL ALSO ADD A CATERING KITCHEN FOR EVENT FOOD PREPARATION...THE GREENVILLE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER IS A PARTNERSHIP OF THREE ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS MISSISSIPPI DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY AND DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY...CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY 2013.

MVSU President Contract
The state College Board has decided against renewing the contract of Mississippi Valley State University President Donna Oliver. No reasons were given for the decision. In a brief Friday afternoon statement, Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said Oliver will stay in her post until her contract ends on Dec. 31 and an interim president will be named soon. Bounds’ statement was released the day after the College Board announced its decision to renew the contracts of the presidents at the state’s other two historically black universities, Jackson State and Alcorn State. It came hours after the MVSU Foundation Board announced its intent to hold a news conference today to support extending Oliver’s contract. Oliver, 62, took over as president of MVSU in January 2009, becoming the first female president in the school’s history. Although the foundation board credited Oliver with increasing private giving to the historically black university and enhancing its programs and physical plant, she has been criticized for some of her personnel decisions and the university’s low enrollment.

10/26/2012

Shelby Vigil
MANY CAME OUT LAST NIGHT TO KEEP THE SPIRIT AND MEMORY OF SHELBY HARMON ALIVE. A "JUSTICE FOR SHELBY" VIGIL WAS HELD LAST NIGHT ALONG HIGHWAY 61. STARTING AT THE WAL-MART IN CLEVELAND, CARS CRUISED DOWN THE HIGHWAY TO THE SITE WHERE 20 YEAR OLD SHELBY HARMON WAS RUN OVER BY SEVERAL VEHICLES NEARLY ONE WEEK AGO. ONE OF THOSE CARS WAS DRIVEN BY HER BOYFRIEND RODNEY SHELTON FULGHAM. AT THE VIGIL SITE, APPROXIMATELY 60 PARTICIPANTS LAID CROSSES AND LIT CANDLES. IN THE DAYS SINCE SHELBY'S DEATH MANY HAVE BEEN WEARING PURPLE IN RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS. MANY ARE EVEN ADDING PURPLE HAIR EXTENSION.  HEAD HUNTERS, A BEAUTY SHOP ON HIGHWAY 8 IN CLEVELAND HAS SOLD OVER 100 PURPLE HAIR EXTENSION AND PURPLE HAIR DYE SINCE SHELBY'S DEATH. HEAD HUNTERS IS SELLING EXTENSIONS AND DYE FOR 5-DOLLARS WITH ALL OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFITING THE HARMON FAMILY.

Crawdad's Fire
CRAWDAD'S RESTAURANT GOES UP IN FLAMES TONIGHT IN MERIGOLD.   BOLIVAR COUNTY SHERIFF KELVIN WILLIAMS SAYS A CALL COMING INTO 9-1-1 AROUND 6:30 SENDING FIREFIGHTERS RACING TO THE SCENE OF THE BLAZE. Crawdads had its second fire that could have had the same outcome as the first back in 2002. Fortunately, owner Andrew Westerfield had installed an in-house sprinkler system, and the employees called the moment they understood they could not contain it themselves. The first Crawdads fire ended in a complete loss. In the true spirit of the Merigold community and Crawdads, Westerfield rebuilt the popular restaurant to its even 'better than' former glory.   The Crawdads fire was finally put out at 10:09 p.m.

Linda Reed Arrest
MISSING CARROLL COUNTY WOMAN LINDA GAIL REED IS ARRESTED. COPIAH COUNTY SHERIFF HAROLD JONES ANNOUNCING THE ARREST OF REED, PICKED UP BY HIS DEPARTMENT WEDNESDAY WORKING AS A BOOK-KEEPER IN LONGVIEW, TEXAS. SHE WAS LAST SEEN IN LATE APRIL, HER GRAY EQUINOX FOUND ON AN OVERGROWN LOGGING ROAD OFF I-55 SOUTH OF CRYSTAL SPRINGS. FOUND INSIDE: HER PURSE, MONEY, GLASSES AND CELL PHONE. SHE LIVED IN CARROLLTON BUT DURING THE WEEK WORKED AND STAYED IN A MOBILE HOME ON HER EMPLOYER'S PROPERTY.  SHERIFF JONES SAYS AN AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION REVEALED MONEY MISSING FROM THE PETTY CASH FUND AT HER EMPLOYER.  JONES SAYS REED HAD CHECK WRITING AUTHORITY AT MOORE FABRICATIONS AND MACHINE FOR WHOM SHE'D WORKED FOR SINCE 1999.

10/25/2012

Shelby Update
HUNDREDS POUR INTO THE CALVARY BAPTIST CHAPEL IN PARCHMAN TONIGHT TO REMEMBER 20 YEAR OLD SHELBY HARMON, THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOST HER LIFE THIS PAST WEEKEND ALONG HIGHWAY 61 IN CHOCTAW. FAMILY, CLOSE FRIENDS, AND CLASSMATES CREATING AN OVERFLOW CROWD TONIGHT, MANY DONNING PURPLE ATTIRE AND PURPLE RIBBONS IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. EVERYONE FOCUSED ON THE SPIRIT OF THE YOUNG WOMAN GONE TOO SOON AND NOT THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING HER DEATH. AND TOMORROW ON OUR ABC SIX NEWSCAST, REPORTER HAL BANFIELD WILL HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE OF TONIGHT'S SERVICE.

Lunch and Learn Breast Cancer Workshop
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. AND TODAY THE DELTA COTTON BELLES WITH THE HELP OF THE D-R-M-C DID THEIR PART IN EDUCATING WOMEN IN GREENVILLE ABOUT THE DISEASE.. WHILE LUNCHING AT THE PAVILION LEARNING CENTER, WOMEN DRESSED IN PINK LEARNED ABOUT SELF-BREAST EXAMINATIONS AND EARLY CANCER DETECTION... BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AS WELL AS A PANEL OF PROMINENT PHYSICIANS SPEAKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE FAMILY WHEN BATTLING CANCER. SPEAKERS AT THE EVENT INCLUDING: GENERAL SURGEON DR. W. HENRY BARBER AND OB/GYN LAKEISHA RICHARDSON. ELISE LEE A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR REFLECTING ON THE SUPPORT SHE RECEIVED FROM FELLOW CANCER SURVIVORS.

State Investigation Report
Patrol investigates woman's death on Delta highway. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman who was killed after being hit by at least one vehicle last weekend on a Delta highway.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says investigators were called about 5:30 a.m. Saturday to U.S. Highway 61 in the Boyle community just south of Cleveland. The body of Shelby Harmon was found at the site. Strain told The Associated Press that investigators have questioned a man but nobody had been charged by Wednesday. The case remains under investigation. Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown says no autopsy was performed because a sheriff's deputy who's also investigating the case did not request one. Strain says evidence has been sent to state crime laboratories in Batesville and Jackson.

10/24/2012

Greenville New Mayor
Greenville city residents have spoken and Greenville has a new mayor. Mayor John Cox was sworn in this morning at city hall after the city Election commission counted all votes certifying the election Tuesday Night. A large crowd gathered in front of city hall's steps in support of mayor Cox. The final numbers had Cox with 3-thousand-612 votes, leading former Councilman Carl McGee’s 2-thousand 429, Cassandra Wilson McMiller's 210, and architect Phil Vazzana's 18. Speaking to the crowd, Cox said he was Honored and thrilled with the results. He asked his former opponents to join together in hopes of making Greenville a better place

Air Evac Lifeteam Honored
Washington co., miss. Base pilot supervisor, Scott Haley, honored by Air Evac Lifeteam Scott Haley, base pilot supervisor for the Washington Co., Miss. Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2012 region 3 pilot of the year award. Haley’s region consists of air Evac Lifeteam bases in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The pilot of the year is presented to the pilot who has exceeded job Expectations by presenting a professional image, is a team player, Demonstrates a desire to increase knowledge and skills, and actively pursues opportunities to promote air Evac through community involvement. “Scott approaches his position and its responsibilities head-on and with Full engagement,” said regional director of base operations Jeff Davis. “he is a strong and caring leader who sets the tone for the entire base Regarding safety, professionalism, leadership, and demeanor, with Continuous strides to improve. “He performs to an exceptional level, and Always with a positive attitude,” added Davis. “Scott always captures all opportunities for success.” Air Evac Lifeteam is a Membership-supported air ambulance company that provides emergency care And rapid medical transport to rural communities throughout the central U.S.

Disaster Training
Several delta counties got some training on how to deal with disasters. The training was today at the Greenville convention center. Department human services field operation teams from five delta counties, including Washington, sunflower, Bolivar, Humphrey and Coahoma, went Through a three hour training session with the American Red Cross. This annual training teaches these communities how to set up and run relief shelters after a disaster. The American Red Cross says d-h-s plays an important role in providing relief to communities once a disaster strikes. Now the American Red Cross says it's looking for volunteers here in the Delta. If you're interested please call Lisa George at 662-378-3245 or visit redcross.org.

10/23/2012

Greenville Election numbers:
Here are the unofficial results from Greenville special mayoral election
JOHN COX - 3323
CARL MCGEE - 2279
CASSANDRA WILSON-MCMILLER - 196
PHIL VAZZANA - 17

 West Nile
The Mississippi state department of health says they are recording the largest number of west nile virus cases since they began tracking the mosquito borne illness. On Monday, state health officials confirmed Eight new west Nile cases, bringing the total number of human cases for the year to 233. The total includes five deaths in 2012. The state has Also recorded 60 cases of mosquito borne illnesses in horses, including West Nile virus and encephalitis. The new human cases were reported in Adams, Jones, Lincoln, Rankin, Perry, sunflower, and Washington counties. MSDH officials say people should remove sources of standing water, wear protective clothing, and use proper mosquito repellent.

MDCC Grant
MDCC is receiving a grant that could make the college more competitive. Mississippi delta community college is being awarded more than $886 thousand dollars. The grant is being given to the college from the us department of labor. MDCC will use the money to implement a new groundbreaking it foundational curriculum. This curriculum should meet the needs of the skilled workforce demand in health informatics, cyber security and industrial it. The core curriculum and specialty courses will be transferable into two and four year degree programs. Now the money will also help purchase computers, equipment and learning laboratories for the programs. Mississippi delta's career technical education director says they are excited to help businesses access a larger skilled workforce in their own backyard.

Greenville New Mayor
Attorney John Cox has won the Greenville mayor's race. Though City Clerk Amelia Wicks says Tuesday morning that officials are still counting 524 affidavit votes, Cox's current unofficial total of 3,324 would be a majority even if all those votes go against him. City election commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday evening to certify the total. Wicks says Cox is likely to be sworn in Wednesday morning. Former vice mayor Carl McGee was second with 36 percent of votes counted by Tuesday morning. Airport employee Cassandra McMiller and architect Phil Vazzana won smaller shares. The special election came 30 days after Mayor Chuck Jordan resigned because of pancreatic cancer. Cox would serve the remaining three years of Jordan's term.
Cox, like Jordan, is white. Greenville's population is 78 percent black.

 

10/22/2012

Tarlei Hithcock Passing
SAD NEWS ON THE PASSING OF A WONDERFUL FRIEND TO WABG - TARLEI TURNER HITCHCOCK. BUSINESSWOMAN TARLEI HITCHCOCK APPEARING ON GOOD MORNING MISSISSIPPI EVERY MONDAY UNTIL BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. TARLEI, A FLORIST, ALONG WITH HER WARM SMILE AND BUBBLY PERSONALITY BRINGING TO OUR VIEWERS ALL OF HER KNOWLEDGE ABOUT FLORAL DESIGNS.  TARLEI AND HER HUSBAND THOMAS, THE OWNERS OF TARLEI'S FLOWERS GIFTS IN LELAND ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CREATION OF THE SEGMENT SPIRIT OF GIVING - WHICH SALUTES PEOPLE WHO ANSWERS THE CALL TO SERVICE AND EXEMPLIFY THE TRUE SPIRIT OF GIVING WITH A PLANT OR FLOWERS - THE PROMOTION OF SPIRIT OF GIVING BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS SILVER AWARD. TARLEI PASSING AWAY SATURDAY AT HER HOME AFTER HER BOUT WITH CANCER. SHE WAS 57 YEARS OLD.  FUNERAL SERVICES FOR TARLEI ARE PENDING AT BOONE FUNERAL PKG.  WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO HER HUSBAND, THOMAS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  WE DEDICATE TODAY'S GOOD MORNING MISSISSIPPI IN TARLEI'S HONOR.

MDCC GRANT
MDCC Awarded $886,965 by the US Dept. of Labor Grant to enable new, ground-breaking information technology Mississippi Delta Community College has been awarded an $886,965 grant that will address job losses in trade-affected industries such as auto manufacturing, shipbuilding, and furniture building. The grant - from the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative - will meet the fast-growing demands for IT workers from local and regional employers. MDCC is one of nine colleges from Mississippi and Louisiana benefitting from this grant. Together, the consortium received a total of $14.7 million. Each college will implement a new, ground-breaking IT foundational curriculum that not only leads to a marketable, entry-level certification, but also lattices into multiple in-demand IT specialty pathways and certifications in Health Informatics, Cyber Security, and Industrial IT. These pathways will feature new online and hybrid courses. The core curriculum and specialty courses will be transferable and articulate into two- and four-year degree programs. Colleges expect the pathway programs will serve almost 2,000 students over the three-year grant period.
"This grant will allow MDCC students to move through programs at a quicker pace so entry or advancement in the workplace is faster," said Martha Claire Drysdale, Director of MDCC's Career- Technical Education. "We're excited to help our businesses access a larger skilled workforce in their own backyard."
Students will have access to multiple entry and exit points along their chosen pathway and will receive a number of support services throughout enrollment, including career counseling, advising, and case management.
"The grant is addressing manufacturing loss and will help get residents here in the Delta back to work with new job skills for occupations that can sustain and improve their family lives," said Drysdale. One of the major recruiting fields for implementation of this grant will be the ABE/GED program housed in the Career Technical Complex on the Moorhead campus. This group of students is on the brink of passing their GED or passing that last section. Getting these students into their actual field of study is a huge incentive because they are able to see progress toward their goal. Money from the grant will help purchase computers, industrial IT equipment, learning laboratories/simulations, and software.

10/19/2012

PROCLAMATION OF EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY
(By Greenville City Council, Greenville, MS)

  WHEREAS, The Greenville City Council does hereby find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property have arisen within said City, caused by Severe Storms and possible tornadoes commencing on or about 10:00PM on the Day of  October 17, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, the aforesaid conditions of extreme peril warrant and necessitate the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency in order to provide for the health and safety of the citizens and the protection of their property within the affected jurisdiction;
  NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED that in accordance with Section 33-15-17(d), Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, a local emergency now exists throughout said City ; and shall be reviewed every thirty (30) days until such local emergency is no longer in effect and proclaimed terminated by the Greenville City Council, State of Mississippi.
  IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that all City / County agencies and departments shall render all possible assistance and discharge their emergency responsibilities as set forth in the County Emergency Operations Plan.

Greg Claus, Executive Assistant to the Mayor

(662) 378-1501  Office
(662) 822-2819  Cell
(662) 378-0276  Facsimile
P.O. Box 897 or 340 Main St.
Greenville, MS  38702-0897
 

THE CLEANUP EXPECTED TO BE A LONG AND TEDIOUS AT A GREENVILLE SCHOOL.
THIS THE STORM DAMAGE AT T-L WESTON NINTH GRADE SCHOOL, WHERE SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR LEESON TAYLOR SAYS THE HIGH WINDS BLEW OFF THE ROOF.  THE TORRENTIAL RAIN THEN FLOODING SEVERAL PORTIONS OF THE SCHOOL. AND TAYLOR HAS BEEN WORKING ON A PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE 452 STUDENTS WHO ATTEND T-L WESTON.  THE SUPERINTENDENT HOPES TO HAVE SATELLITE SCHOOLS OPEN FOR THE STUDENTS ON MONDAY. WE WILL OF COURSE LET YOU KNOW THE LATEST WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE TO US.

ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI MAKING PROGRESS IN RESTORING POWER TO GREENVILLE RESIDENTS.
2,301 CUSTOMERS IN GREENVILLE AREA WITHOUT POWER AS OF THIS MORNING, 2-THOUSAND-301 ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER ACCORDING TO ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI'S WEBSITE.  THIS IS UP FROM THE FOUR THOUSAND IN THE DARK AS OF THURSDAY NIGHT.  ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI HIRING 13 CONTRACTORS TO HELP THEM RESTORE POWER TO THE PORT CITY IN HOPES OF HAVING EVERYONE RESTORED BY THE END OF BUSINESS DAY.


10/18/12

Storm Damages
A storm system dumped heavy rain on parts of central and north Mississippi and four people were injured in Sharkey County when high winds toppled a mobile home near Anguilla. In Union County, emergency management officials reported several mobile homes were blown off their foundations near Myrtle but there were no injuries. The storm system left scatted power outages. Sharkey County Sheriff Lindsey Adams Jr. says four people were injured when a mobile home was damaged. Adams says when emergency crews arrived around 11 p.m. Wednesday they found a mobile home completely destroyed. Two of the four were in stable condition Thursday at Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork. Two others were transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson where officials say they are in good condition.

Governor Town Hall Meeting in Lexington
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT LENDS HIS SUPPORT TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE AFFECTING MANY IN THE STATE, ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS. THE STATISTICS ARE SOBERING AND GETTING WORSE AS TEEN PREGNANCIES IN MISSISSIPPI THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION, AS IS THE NUMBER OF UNWED MOTHERS NOW TOPPING 48 PERCENT OF WOMEN HAVING BABIES. THIS THE BACKDROP FOR A TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT IN LEXINGTON WHERE GOVERNOR BRYANT'S "HEALTHY TEENS FOR A BETTER MISSISSIPPI" INITIATIVE JOINED FORCES WITH HOLMES COUNTY PEOPLE TO ADDRESS THE TEEN PREGNANCY ISSUE HEAD ON. SAINT PAUL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST HOSTING THE EVENT FOR PEOPLE TO ASSIST THE GOVERNOR'S TASK FORCE IN DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR PREVENTING AND REDUCING TEEN PREGNANCY IN THE STATE. "HEALTHY TEENS FOR A BETTER MISSISSIPPI" PROMOTES THE USE OF ABSTINENCE-ONLY AND ABSTINENCE-PLUS SEX EDUCATION, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, COALITION BUILDING, AND MEDIA OUTREACH TO HELP THE STATE MEET IT'S GOAL OF LOWER TEEN BIRTH RATES AND HEALTHIER TEENS AND NEWBORNS. STATE SENATOR DAVID JORDAN IN ON THE TASK FORCE. AND ASSISTING THE EVENT TONIGHT WAS THE YOUTH GROUP LADIES AND GENTLEMAN'S CLUB. AND A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS WERE ALSO ON HAND.

10/17/12

Itta Bena Murder Update
THE FAMILY OF AN ITTA MAN MURDERED LAST MONTH SPEAKS OUT! THE MOTHER AND WIFE OF THE LATE CHRISTOPHER CROSS WANTS THE COMMUNITY TO HELP FIND THOSE WHO MAY BEEN INVOLVED IN HIS MURDER.  31-YEAR OLD CROSS FOUND DEAD INSIDE HIS VEHICLE IN AN ITTA BENA ALLEY THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 15TH.  AUTHORITIES SAY HE DIED OF A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE CHEST. CROSS LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE SONIA, THREE CHILDREN AGES, FIVE, 10 AND 13. POLICE HAVE CHARGED AN ITTA BENA MAN WITH THE 31-YEAR OLD'S DEATH. BUT CROSS' MOTHER SANDRA SAYS THAT'S NOT ENOUGH..SHE NOW WANTS THE COMMUNITY TO HELP HER BRING THE OTHER ALLEGED SUSPECTS TO JUSTICE. COMING UP AT SIX WE HEAR FROM THE GRIEVING MOTHER.

Police Round-table
 AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAMING UP TO MAKE CRIME FIGHTING A PRIORITY TODAY. AGENCIES FROM ALL OVER THE DELTA COMING TOGETHER TO HOLD THEIR MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE MEETING.  LOCAL POLICE AND SHERIFF'S OFFICES DISCUSSING WAYS TO JOIN FORCES TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE. OFFICIALS TOUCHING ON SOME MAJOR TOPICS OF DISCUSSION--PORNOGRAPHY...FRAUD AND OTHER INTERNET CRIMES WERE AMONG THE FEW. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE EVEN CHIMED IN ON THE ISSUES SENDING A GUEST SPEAKER TO THE EVENT--INVESTIGATOR JAY HOUSTON WAS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUR.

10/16/12

 Leland Baby Death Investigation
A LELAND TODDLER'S DEATH IS RULED A HOMICIDE PROMPTING AN INVESTIGATION BY STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS. THE LELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE AND THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER ARE THE AGENCIES TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT LED TO THE CHILD'S UNTIMELY DEATH.  LELAND INTERIM POLICE CHIEF SCOTT TARPLEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WAS UNAWARE OF THE TODDLER'S DEATH UNTIL RECEIVING A PHONE CALL FROM THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER WHO RULED THE CHILD'S DEATH AS A HOMICIDE DUE TO CHEST TRAUMA AND INTERNAL INJURIES. TARPLEY SAYS THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION REVEALING C-P-R BEING ATTEMPTED ON THE CHILD CONTRIBUTING TO THE TRAUMA. NOW AUTHORITIES ARE AWAITING BLOOD AND TOXICOLOGY REPORTS. INTERIM POLICE CHIEF TARPLEY SAYS NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AT THIS TIME.

Missing Carrollton Woman
A MISSING CARROLLTON WOMAN IS NOW WANTED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT. LINDA GALE REED, A COPIAH COUNTY WOMAN LAST SEEN ON APRIL 29TH, IS NOW WANTED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT.  SHERIFF HAROLD JONES SAYS AN AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION HAVE REVEALED MONEY MISSING FROM THE PETTY CASH FUND AT MOORE FABRICATIONS AND MACHINE, WHERE THE 65-YEAR-OLD REED WAS BOOKKEEPER.  JONES SAYS REED HAD CHECK WRITING AUTHORITY AT HER EMPLOYER. SHE HAD WORKED FOR THE COMPANY SINCE 1999. ON APRIL 30, REED'S GRAY CHEVY EQUINOX WAS FOUND ON AN OVERGROWN LOGGING ROAD OFF I-55, SOUTH OF CRYSTAL SPRINGS. INSIDE THE VEHICLE INVESTIGATORS FOUND HER PURSE, MONEY, GLASSES AND CELL PHONE.  SHE LIVED IN CARROLLTON BUT DURING THE WEEK WORKED AND STAYED IN A MOBILE HOME ON HER EMPLOYER'S PROPERTY.  THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED, CO-WORKERS SAID REED WENT TO WALMART AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN.