Archives for June 2015

Grenada circuit clerk resigns

After 24 years on the job, the circuit clerk of Grenada County has resigned over the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Linda Barnette announced her resignation in a letter to the board of supervisors Tuesday. Barnette’s letter reads, in part, “The Supreme Court’s decision violates my core values as a Christian. My final authority is the Bible. I cannot in all good conscience issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples under my name because the Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is contrary to God’s plan and purpose for marriage and family. I choose to obey God rather than man. I want to thanks the citizens of Grenada County for giving me the honor of serving as their circuit clerk.” Barnette said her resignation takes effect immediately.

Mississippi 25th in patriotism

When it comes to being patriotic, Mississippi ranks in the middle. Categories in a July 4th survey by WalletHub involve civics lessons in school, who votes and who serves the country by joining the military. Mississippi was ranked the 25th most patriotic state in the country.

Rebel lineman faces charges

An All-SEC offensive tackle from Ole Miss is facing domestic violence and assault charges after an incident in Oxford. Laremy Tunsil was arrested Friday after punching his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. According to Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, Miller had shoved Tunsil’s mother, which prompted the junior lineman to take action.

Same-sex marriage licenses okayed

Circuit Clerks across Mississippi are being given the all-clear to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Just after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Attorney General Jim Hood suggested there was some doubt because of a federal judge’s ruling on the issue. But that was finally considered to be a legal technicality that was superseded by the high court’s ruling.

Carroll County budget hearing

The Carroll County school board has decided it needs more money and a public hearing on that issue is scheduled for this evening. It gets underway at 6PM at the JZ George High School band hall in North Carrollton. The school board has come up with a budget that includes a four percent increase in receipts from county ad valorem taxes and more than 24-thousand dollars in increased local contributions.

Coffeeville boil-water alert

The Town of Coffeeville has issued a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from their water supply located in Yalobusha County. This affects some 16-hundred customers. Sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it’s consumed. This precaution in Coffeeville will last at least two full days.

Local unemployment rates

The unemployment rate in Grenada County last month was below the statewide jobless figure. Grenada was at six-point-six percent, while Mississippi as a whole was at seven percent. Other local unemployment rates for May include Montgomery, seven-point-seven percent, Tallahatchie seven-point-eight, Carroll eight-six, Sunflower 11-five and Leflore County’s jobless rate was at 11-point-seven percent.

SEC network takeover

The SEC Network is giving each school in the conference a chance to program the channel for one day in July. Mississippi State will control the SEC Network on July 6th, while Ole Miss will be in charge on July 8th.

Shooting victims memorial service

The victims of the South Carolina shooting will be remembered in Greenwood tomorrow evening. Greater Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Walthall Street has scheduled a memorial service to begin at 7 PM and the public is invited.

State flag debate

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann believe Mississippi voters should have a say in the design of the state flag. The Confederate stars and bars featured on the flag have become a hot topic following last week’s murders of nine people at a church in South Carolina. The accused shooter had been photographed wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt. On Monday, House Speaker Phillip Gunn called the flag’s Confederate symbol offensive.