Archives for May 2014

Crash kills postal worker

A head-on collision in Tallahatchie County has left a postal worker dead. According to WABG-TV, 66-year-old Cloy Case was delivering mail Tuesday on a rural road when his vehicle was hit. Case died at the scene. The female driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

New Nissan jobs

The Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton is hiring. The company is planning to add 500 new jobs in the fall for production of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover. Nissan has already begun recruiting efforts. This will be the first Murano produced in the United States and the eighth Nissan model to be assembled at the plant in Canton.

Blogger bonds out

The Mississippi blogger who posted online a photo of Senator Thad Cochran’s wife in a nursing home is free on bond. Clayton Kelly was released from the Madison County Detention Center Thursday. Kelly’s bond was originally set at 200-thousand dollars but he was allowed to post a reduced bond of 75-thousand-dollars.

Youth summer jobs

The Mississippi Department of Transportation and the City of Grenada are joining forces to provide the city’s young people with a unique opportunity this summer. According to the Grenada Star, Grenada is getting 35-thousand dollars in funds from the Federal Highway Administration to provide training and jobs in transportation to those ages 16 to 25. It’s part of the Urban Youth Corps Program.

Greenwood recycling grant

Four community projects in the state, including one in Greenwood, have been awarded more than one-million dollars in Regional Recycling Cooperative Grants by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Greenwood, in partnership with Leflore County and the cities of Itta Bena, Sidon, and Indianola, will receive a grant award in the amount of 399-thousand dollars to increase and expand recycling efforts in the region.

Holiday gas prices

Gas prices are holding steady as the holiday weekend approaches. In Mississippi today, the statewide average for a gallon of regular is three-42. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular ranges from three-41 to three-49.

Senior health report

When it comes to senior health, Mississippi is the worst state in the country. The 2014 report from United Health Foundation looked at 34 factors to rank states, including the quality of nursing-home care and the number of elderly people in poverty. Mississippi ranked last in almost every category.

Vet cemetery in Kilmichael

A second state veterans cemetery is apparently coming to Kilmichael. An official with the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board says the agency has selected a 50-acre parcel on U.S. Highway 82. The land is owned by Montgomery County, which is taking steps toward donating it to the state. The Veterans Affairs Board looked at a number of other sites, including in Grenada County and at the former Florewood State Park near Greenwood. The latter is owned by Leflore County, which was reportedly unwilling to part with the entire property as the Veterans Affairs Board desired.

Airport upgrade money

Money for improvements at Missississippi airports, including the one in Grenada, is on the way. The Federal Aviation Administration is allocating more than four-point-eight million dollars for upgrades in safety and operations. Grenada Municipal Airport is in line to receive more than 150-thousand dollars for apron rehabilitation.

Gas price update

Crude oil supplies in the Gulf Coast continue putting downward pressure on the price of gasoline. However, Triple-A says prices are not in a free fall as demand reached its highest level since 2009. The nationwide average for a gallon of regular is three-65, down one cent from a week ago. The statewide average in Mississippi is down by two cents, to three-43. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-43 to three-49 a gallon.