Archives for February 2013

Mayoral candidate missing

A candidate for mayor of Clarksdale is missing. 34-year-old Marco McMillian hasn’t been seen since his car was involved in a crash near the Coahoma-Tallahatchie County line that injured two people last Tuesday morning.

Exploitation guilty plea

A Tallahatchie County woman has pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. 37-year-old Heather Cox was sentenced Monday to five years with four years suspended. Cox was accused of convincing a Charleston woman to make unnecessary repairs to her home and to hire Cox to make the repairs.

Secretary of State budget

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann would get 695-thousand dollars to defend Mississippi’s new voter ID law under a bill passed on a second vote by the state Senate Monday. The Senate rejected the secretary’s budget failed in a vote last week, but several senators were absent at the time. 13 senators still voted no Monday.

Fuel tax break

A bill passed by the state House Monday would give a tax break to factories, farmers and fishermen in Mississippi. The measure would exempt those groups from a one and a half percent sales tax on fuel that is used in producing those industries’ products.

First lady visit

School and local law enforcement officials in Clinton are preparing for tomorrow’s visit to Eastside Elementary by first lady Michelle Obama and Food Network cooking star Rachel Ray. Mrs. Obama is celebrating the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign and is traveling to the Clinton district because of its emphasis on healthy eating and exercise to combat childhood obesity.

South Panola transgender student

Many students wore green and pink to South Panola High School on Monday, showing their support for a fellow student who has come out as a transgender. According to WMC-TV, the male student has begun dressing as a female and that seems to be upsetting some parents more than their children. Some of them reportedly plan to bring up the issue at the next school board meeting in March.

Gas price update

Motorists are paying more for gas than they ever have in the month of February. Triple-A says there won’t be much relief at the pump in the next couple of weeks as U.S. refinery maintenence typically peaks in March, meaning more cuts in output. The statewide average price of regular gas is three-63 a gallon, 10 cents more than last week. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price in Grenada ranges from three-47 to three-69 a gallon.

Students not graduating

Less than half the first-time students at most Mississippi’s college and universities graduate within six years. Exceptions include Ole Miss and Mississippi State. According to the Clarion-Ledger some students rack up thousands of dollars in student loan debt without a diploma.

Freedom Trail marker

The Mississippi Freedom Trail add a new marker today in Greenwood. A ceremony is scheduled for 10 AM at Broad Street Historical Park to unveil a marker commemorating a speech by civil rights activist Stokely Charmichael. It was in that 1966 speech that Charmichael used the phrase “black power” as he told a crowd that he was frustrated with the slow pace of the freedom fight.

Ole Miss goes for 20

Ole Miss will try again for victory number 20 when Auburn visits tomorrow. The Rebels are 19 and seven overall and eight and five in the Southeastern Conference following a one-point loss at South Carolina Wednesday night. Tipoff at Tad Smith Coliseum is at 4 PM.