More Jobs Than Workers?

Mark Henry of the Department of Employment Security reports that Mississippi has 38,645 jobs available, and he thinks there are more jobs than there are folks looking for them. We could be seeing unemployment numbers lower than they have been in decades. Henry also said he believes the best thing the state can do to move the state’s workforce forward is to provide training for “in demand” jobs. However, Dr. Mimmo Parisi, a professor at Mississippi State said that while preparing people for the workforce is needed, leaders need to look beyond and be forward thinkers in terms of where the state’s workforce will be in 15-20 years time.

When Does My Window Open?

Yesterday was the first day for casinos to offer sports betting, it’s not up and running yet. Everything was given the green light 30 days ago, but even though 14 casinos across the state have applied to take the bets, none are offering betting as of today. Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission Allen Godfrey said that it will make its way to the betting windows of Mississippi by the end of the month. Save UP!

Operation Donate With Honor Has Local Interest

At a news conference yesterday, Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board Executive Director Stacey Pickering and Lt. Col Christian Patterson of the Mississippi National Guard all announced their support for a national campaign, called Operation Donate With Honor. This initiative helps to educate folks about choosing good organizations that actually provide needed help to veterans while going after the scammers.

Local Motorcyclist Killed

A local motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning after being struck by another vehicle on Sweethome Road around 11 AM. Grenada Police identified the victim as B.J. Bonner of Grenada. At the scene were the Grenada Police Department, the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada, and Grenada County Coroner Skeeter Robinson. No other details of the accident are available.

Heat Advisory

Today the weather is in the news. The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from until 7 PM tonight. High temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100 with heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible.

AG Hood Investigating Reeves

Last week, a report claimed that Lt. Governor Tate Reeves attempted to influence the Mississippi Department of Transportation in an effort to get a project near his Flowood home pushed through. Although Reeves has denied the claim, Attorney General Jim Hood has launched an investigation into the matter. Although the project has since been halted, Executive Director of MDOT Melinda McGrath stated that it was only approved initially due to “political pressure” from the Senate. This one’s not going away.

Tupelo Man Charged With Kidnapping Infant

Tommy Jenkins, 32, of Tupelo, stole an SUV late Friday night, and got more than he bargained for. A five-month-old baby girl was strapped in a car seat in the back. Tupelo Police located the SUV on West Main Street, and captured Jenkins after a short foot chase. Jenkins has been charged with kidnapping and grand larceny which got him a bond of $260,000.

Trent Lott Duped

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott filmed an ad supporting a fictional program that calls for arming “gifted” children ages 4 through 12. He is among several current and former Republican lawmakers that British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in disguise as an Israeli anti-terror expert and self-proclaimed “Terrorist Terminator, fooled into appearing in a segment about arming preschoolers for his new Showtime series “Who Is America?” The Huffington Post article notes several prominent political and media figures, including Sarah Palin and Roy Moore, have come forward in recent days saying Baron Cohen duped them for his new show.

Sheriff’s Wife Severly Injured In Accident

Mary Louise “Jody” Strider, the wife of Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider, is currently in serious condition following a Sunday afternoon accident.
The sheriff’s 71-year-old wife was involved in a one-car accident along U.S. 82 around 5:30 p.m. when her Ford Explorer hydroplaned during a storm between Kilmichael and Stewart. Mrs. Strider suffered multiple fractures from her accident, and is in the Northeast Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Tupelo. The sheriff said that his wife, son and daughter-in-law were on their way to a revival in Winona when the accident happened.

Meeting Tonight on the Tourism Tax

There will be a public forum later today to discuss raising Grenada’s Tourism Tax on prepared food, alcohol, and hotel rooms 1% on each. The local voters would have to authorize raising that tax, but the city Council has not yet set the date for that election. According to the Executive Director of the Grenada Tourism Commission, Gary Worsham, the purpose of the meeting is to answer any questions folks might have. The meeting is set for 5:30 in the Jas. Cuff Building.