Archives for July 2012

Gas price update

After a sharp spike earlier this month, Triple-A is predicting that gas prices will stabilize as we head into August. As of today, the statewide average price of regular gas in Mississippi is three-22 a gallon, up four cents a gallon from a week ago, but well below the nationwide average of three-48. A check of gas-buddy-dot-com shows the price of regular gas in Grenada ranges from three-21 to three-29 a gallon.

Miss Hospitality from Panola

A Panola County woman was crowned Miss Hospitality 2012 in Hattiesburgh on Saturday night. Chandler Llana will travel the state and the nation, serving as a goodwill ambassador for Mississippi’s tourism and economic development. Llana is a biology major at Ole Miss and plans to become an orthodontist.

New Highway 9

The new Mississippi Highway 9 from Sherman to U.S. Highway 278 near Pontotoc opened for traffic Monday. The 12-mile stretch of highway will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 16th. The new Highway 9 provides a four-lane connection from the entrance to Magnolia Way, the frontage road leading to the Toyota plant at Blue Springs.

Leflore park gun ban

Guns might no longer be allowed in Leflore County parks. Sheriff Ricky Banks has requested a prohibition because of shootings in the parks. Leflore County supervisors have asked their attorney for an opinion on whether imposing a gun ban would be within their powers.

Sex ed choices

Mississippi’s school districts were given a choice in the upcoming school year of two methods of teaching sex education. According to the Department of Education, 81 districts have chosen abstinence-only; 71 have selected abstinence-plus, which can include mention of contraception.

Costly purchase for Panola

The purchase of LSP Energy could be costly for Panola County. South Mississippi Electric Power Association has entered into a purchase agreement in federal bankruptcy court to buy LSP’s assets. The Panolian reports that could result in the county losing up to four-point-four million dollars in future property taxes.

Sales tax holiday

Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday began at 12:01 this morning and ends at midnight tomorrow. The Department of Revenue says, as in previous years, shoppers can save seven percent on certain clothes and shoes that cost 100 dollars or less per item. And, again, school supplies and computers are not on the list of sales tax-free items.

Universities get energy grant

The Department of Energy has awarded a 725-thousand dollar grant to Mississippi’s eight public universities to develop programs to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020. The TVA is adding 150-thousand dollars for the three schools in its service area: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Mississippi University for women.

Greenwood hoops star commits

A high school basketball star in Greenwood has decided where he wants to play college basketball. Rahkeem Lehaman, a 6-4 guard and rising senior at Amanda Elzy High, has verbally committed to sign with Middle Tennessee State University for the 2013 class.

Voting problems

According to a new report, Mississippi is one of 24 states using voting systems for overseas and military voters that could be vulnerable to hackers. And Mississippi is one of six states least prepared for voting problems.