Archives for April 2014

Tornado toll

The death toll due from Monday’s tornadoes in Mississippi continues to rise. Emergency Management officials now confirm seven deaths in the state. Governor Phil Bryant said the twisters inflicted “severe damage” around the town of Louisville, about 90 miles northeast of Jackson, and more around Tupelo. Bryant said that Winston Medical Center, Louisville’s major hospital, was among the buildings hit. State emergency management chief Robert Latham said authorities were dealing with “multiple events over a wide part of Mississippi.”

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Leflore and Carroll counties. Scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind gusts and torrential rainfall are expected from this morning through this afternoon. This is a dangerous situation and flooding will also be a concern.

Felons’ voting rights restored

Governor Phil Bryant has signed measures that allow three convicted felons to vote again. Voting rights in Mississippi can only be restored through a bill passed by the legislature. Among those who again has the right to vote is Randall Lamar Bolton of Panola County, who was convicted of grand larceny in 1980.

Flash flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect Monday and Monday night for an area including Grenada, Sunflower, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster counties. Heavy rainfall totals of two to four inches with locally-higher amounts of five inches are possible. Roads may become flooded and creeks may overflow their banks.

New Grenada water meters

Grenada is about to get some high-tech water meters. According to the Grenada Star, the city’s Water and Sewer Department will begin taking out more than eight-thousand old, malfunctioning water meters Monday. They’ll be replaced with radio-read meters, which allow a water employee to monitor them remotely without standing in a yard.

Road Dawgs in Greenwood

The Mississippi State “Road Dawgs Tour” will make a stop in Greenwood next month. The tour features Bulldogs head football coach Dan Mullen and men’s basketball coach Rick Ray, who will be taking part in autograph sessions. The event will take place Tuesday, May 6th, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Leflore County Civic Center. You can find out ticket information at the MSU Alumni Association website.

Take back drugs day

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department is joining with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National Take Back Drugs Day tomorrow. In an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft, expired and unused medications can be brought to the sheriff’s department in Pittsboro from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Missing girl found

Authorities say a two-year-old girl from Mississippi who was the subject of an Amber Alert was found early today in Sylvester, Georgia., according to authorities. Her mother and father were reportedly taken into custody. The Amber Alert had been issued on Wednesday after Maliah Harris was taken from home in Columbus by her parents, Donald Boyd Harris and Allison Studdard. Police believed Maliah could be danger after her seven-month-old sister was found dead in their home.

Abortion ban signed

A bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks or more gestation, without exception for rape or incest, is now law in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant signed the measure Wednesday. The only exemptions would be in cases where the mother’s life is in danger or where the fetus had been determined to have no chance of survival. Leaders of Planned Parenthood call the measure “an extreme agenda.”

New Jackson mayor

Mississippi’s capital city has a new mayor. Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber defeated attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba in Tuesday’s runoff election. Yarber will succeed his opponent’s father, Chokwe Lumumba, who died eight weeks ago, less than a year into his term as mayor of Jackson. Yarber could take the oath of office as early as today.