Archives for July 2014

Mosquitos infecting Mississippians

Mississippi health officials confirmed Monday the state’s third human West Nile virus case this year, this one in Rankin County. The state also has its fifth case of the chikungunya virus, also carried by mosquitos, involving a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic.

Gas prices dropping

Gasoline is selling at its lowest price since March amid rising gas supplies and falling oil prices. Triple-A says the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is on a 31-day streak of declines. The statewide average price for regular is three-31 a gallon, down five cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-37 to three-47 a gallon.

Bridge work scheduled

Eight bridges in Lafayette County are in line for repair or replacement. The bridges are located along Mississippi Highway 328 in the town of Taylor, south of Oxford. The state Department of Transportation is expected to start the work in October.

Sales tax holiday

You have a chance to save seven cents on the dollar over the next two days during Mississippi’s fifth annual sales tax holiday. The fifth annual event began at 12:01 this morning and continues through tomorrow. The exemption from the sales tax is restricted to clothing, coats and shoes costing less than 100-dollars each. Unlike sales tax holidays in some other states, it does not include school supplies, book bags or computers. You can find out more at the Department of Revenue website at tax-dot-ms-dot-gov.

Reprieve for Greenwood schools

The Greenwood Public School District is getting extra time to make its case to avoid being taken over by the state. District officials appeared Tuesday before the state Commission on School Accreditation and complained that they had only three and a half days to respond to a lengthy audit report that alleges numerous violations of state policy. The commission gave the Greenwood district until Monday morning to file a written response. And the commission delayed until next Thursday a vote on whether to recommend that a state of emergency be declared in the district, which could lead to the state taking over.

Kids Count report

When it comes to the well-being of children, Mississippi again ranks dead last among the 50 states. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count report, Mississippi ranked 48th in health and education and 50th in economic well-being and family and community. The Kids Count report has been coming out for 25 years and Mississippi has been at the bottom every year except last year, when it moved up to 49th.

Fourth conviction appeal

A man who has been found guilty four times in the deaths of four workers at a Winona furniture store in 1996 is appealing his latest conviction to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Attorneys for Curtis Giovanni Flowers argued Monday that errors by the prosecution led to the conviction by a Montgomery County jury. Flowers, who is sentenced to death, had his first three convictions overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Highway opening delayed

The opening of a new 10-mile stretch of Highway 6/U.S. 278 has been delayed. The connection from Tupelo to Batesville was scheduled to open Monday. But the Mississippi Department of Transportation announced on Sunday that it’s been postponed by heavy rain. No new date is scheduled.

Sales tax holiday

Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday is coming up. It takes place this Friday and Saturday. That’s when consumers won’t have to pay the seven percent sales tax on most clothes and shoes selling for one-hundred-dollars or less. Unlike sales-tax holidays in other states, you’ll still have to pay the tax on school supplies and computers.

Grenada Afterglow Film Festival

Two Grenada teens came up with a bright idea to light up their hometown. 17-year-old Katrina and 14-year-old Isabella Kinder are bringing a film and music festival to Grenada. The Grenada Afterglow Film Festival is set to take place downtown on Saturday October 18th. The event will feature movies, music, a fine art exhibit, an awards ceremony and an after party. You can find out more about it at www.grenadaafterglow.com.