Archives for May 2015

April unemployment rates

Unemployment statewide and locally is lower than it’s been in years. Figures released Wednesday show Mississippi’s jobless rate in April was five-point-seven percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008. The unemployment rate in Leflore County was nine-point-five percent last month, also the lowest since 2008. Elsewhere, Grenada County was at five-point-two percent, Tallahatchie six-point-four, Montgomery six-point-five, Carroll seven percent, and Sunflower 10 percent.

Specialty crop growers deadline

Next Monday is the deadline for Mississippi’s specialty crop growers to certify their conservation compliance. Producers who file their form by the deadline are eligible for federal crop insurance premium subsides next year.

US 82 upgrades planned

Parts of US 82 in Montgomery, Carroll and Leflore counties are about to get an upgrade. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced plans for the milling and overlaying of certain sections of the highway. Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said the projects will “improve the safety of U.S. 82 from Winona to Greenwood and throughout the region.”

Thad Cochran remarries

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran is once again a married man. The Mississippi Republican tied the knot with longtime aide Kay Webber at a private ceremony in Gulfport. Both are 77. Cochran was married for 50 years to his first wife, Rose, who died last December.

B.B. King death investigation

As the body of B.B. King makes its way back home to Mississippi for his funeral and burial at Indianola this weekend, authorities in Las Vegas are investigating accusations that the blues legend was poisoned before his death at the age of 89 earlier this month. “Us Weekly” reports that two of King’s daughters accuse his business manager and personal assistant of giving him unknown medications or poisons in the days before his death.

Ole Miss interim chancellor

An interim chancellor has been named for the University of Mississippi . The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning says Morris Stocks will assume those duties on June 15th. Stocks is currently the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ole Miss. He’ll remain in the chancellor’s post until a permanent replacement for Dan Jones is named.

Greenwood school is closing

It’s official: a school in Greenwood is going to be closing. Despite the protests of parents and grandparents, the school board voted four to one to close W.C. Williams Elementary at the end of the current school year, a move that would save an estimated half-million dollars a year. The 400 students at W.C. Williams will be sent to Bankston and Threadgill elementaries in the fall.

Grenada holiday plans

The city of Grenada will hold a special Memorial Day service next Monday. It will take place on the courthouse square starting at noon. Active military personnel and veterans will be honored with music and prayer and are encouraged to attend as is the general public.

School might close

A school in Greenwood is reportedly going to be closing. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, there is a proposal to close W.C. Williams Elementary at the end of the current school year, a move that would save an estimated half-million dollars a year. The 400 students at W.C. Williams would be sent to Bankston and Threadgill elementaries in the fall. The Greenwood School Board is expected to consider the proposal sometime this week.

A funeral and an arrest

The funeral for Hattiesburg Police Officer Benjamin Deen is set for this morning in Sumrall. The funeral for Officer Liquori Tate will be held on Saturday. Both were killed last Saturday during a traffic stop and a fifth person has now been arrested. 29-year-old Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin of Hattiesburg is charged with obstruction of justice.