Archives for August 2011

Fixing a hole

A hole in a cell at the Leflore County Jail has been filled in. That’s after a contraband gun was found in the hole. Sheriff Ricky Banks says the weapon, a .25 caliber automatic pistol, was found last Saturday. It was in a cell where inmates are taken as they’re being booked.

Unemployment up

Statewide unemployment went up from 10-point-three percent in June to 11-point-one percent in July. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the jobless rate in Grenada County also went up–from 11-point-four percent to 11-point-seven. Other local unemployment rates ranged from 10-point-five percent in Carroll County to 14-point-seven in Leflore County.

Big plans for Grenada

Grenada stands to benefit from one of the two high-tech economic development projects for which the state legislature will consider incentives in tomorrow’s special session. HCL CleanTech’s one billion dollar plans include a small-scale commercial facility and research and development center in Grenada.

Special session could mean jobs

State lawmakers meet in special session Friday and it could mean a lot of new jobs. Governor Haley Barbour will release more details today about a special bond package the legislature will consider for an economic development project. It reportedly involves two new solar panel plants that would employ almost two-thousand people.


Election challenge denied

The Mississippi Democratic Party’s executive committee has confirmed the certification of Russell Jolly as the Democratic nominee for state Senate District 8. At a hearing in Jackson, the panel rejected a challenge by Marshall Coleman, who claimed that voting irregularities on August 2nd cost him a chance at a runoff election against Jolly.

Traffic website

Need help getting to work on time? A new website from the Missouri Department of Transportation gives you the chance to map out a route that avoids traffic delays. The system utilizes over 400 cameras tracking real-time traffic throughout the state. It’s available from 6 AM to 8 PM at M-S-traffic-dot-com.

Counterfeit goods website

State officials have announced the creation of a website to help consumers recognize and report counterfeit goods. It’s called the Mississippi Intellectual Property Crimes Center and Attorney General Jim Hood says the site is a first of its kind. You can find the link to the site on the attorney general’s website.


Barbour calls special session

Governor Haley Barbour is calling a special session of the state legislature for this Friday. Barbour wants lawmakers to consider at least one economic development bond issue. The governor says he’ll release details Wednesday.

The Help trolley tours

The city of Greenwood is borrowing Mississippi Valley State University’s two trolleys. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that they’ll be used to give tours of the locations used in the filming of the hit movie “The Help.” A university official says students will help conduct the tours, which could start next month. They’ll cost five dollars for adults, three for seniors and free for students.

Missing man found

Last week, we told you about an Alzheimer’s patient missing in Panola County. Friday morning, 56-year-old Ricky Russell was found in a heavily wooded area near his home in the Sardis Lake Community. Russell was stuck in some thickets and yelling for help but he expected to be okay.