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
"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
"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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Greenville Election numbers:
Here are the unofficial results from Greenville special mayoral
JOHN COX - 3323
CARL MCGEE - 2279
CASSANDRA WILSON-MCMILLER - 196
PHIL VAZZANA - 17
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 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
Cox, like Jordan, is white. Greenville's population is 78 percent
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 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
"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.
PROCLAMATION OF EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL
(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;
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.