Archives for March 2013

Atlanta Braves visit Mississippi

A record crowd turned out Saturday at the home of the Mississippi Braves to see the Atlanta Braves take on a team of the organization’s top minor leaguers. The eight-thousand-217 fans set a record for Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Grenada principal’s new job

A Grenada educator is taking a big career step upward. According to the Grenada Star, Dr. Teresa Jackson, principal of Grenada Upper Elementary, has been named the new superintendent of the Winona School District. Jackson has spent 19 years in the Grenada School District, including 10 years teaching and two years as assistant principal at Grenada Middle and seven years in her current position.

Manslaughter conviction upheld

In a manslaughter trial last year, a Panola County judge made a mistake by allowing prosecutors to use a Crime Lab report without a supporting witness. However, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the mistake didn’t deny Derrick Burdette a fair trial and upheld his conviction for the 2011 shooting death of Herman Smith in Batesville.

Hurricane forecast

Forecaster William Gray told the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans Thursday that he expects a very active hurricane season. Gray said his first specific predictions will come out on April 10th.

Upshaw day of mourning

Saturday will be a day of mourning in Mississippi for a state representative. Governor Phil Bryant has ordered state flags on buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff for Jessica Upshaw, a Republican from Diamondhead, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

DUI arraignment

A former University of Mississippi student was arraigned this week in Lafayette County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated DUI in a wreck last October in which two other Ole Miss students died. Trial is scheduled for July for 22-year-old John Howard Strickland Junior, who was allegedly under the influence of several drugs when his eastbound SUV crossed the median of Mississippi 6 and collided head-on with the car in which brother and sister John and Sarah Wheat were headed westbound.

Employment numbers

Conflicting employment numbers came out Wednesday from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The unemployment rate for February was nine-point-six percent, up from nine-point-three in January. But a survey of employer payrolls shows that the number of jobs went up by five-thousand-500.

Cleveland second-best small town

One of the best small towns in America can be found on the Mississippi Delta. The April issue of Smithsonian magazine features a list of the 20 Best Small Towns in America to Visit in 2013 and Cleveland, Mississippi is number-two. The magazine cited Cleveland attractions, including blues music, Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute, the Railroad Heritage Museum and the coming Grammy Museum.

Anti-abortion nominee

Governor Phil Bryant has nominated an anti-abortion activist for a 6-year term on the state Board of Health. Terry Herring of Ridgeland has lobbied for years to tighten abortion laws in Mississippi.

New DMR director

Governor Phil Bryant has chosen Jamie Miller to head the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Former director William Walker was fired after an investigation of alleged wrongdoing by DMR administrators.