Archives for July 2015

Election day coming up

A reminder that next Tuesday is primary election day. The deadline to cast an absentee ballot is Saturday by noon and mailed absentee ballots must arrive at the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday.

Gas station arsonist sentenced

An Atlanta man convicted of setting fire to a gas station in Itta Bena almost two years ago has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Michael St. David Williams, who had subleased Albert’s Exxon, was also ordered to pay 400-thousand dollars in restitution. The fire destroyed the building on U.S. 82, which was owned by Greenwood Attorney Lee Abraham.

Lambert mayor indicted

The mayor of Lambert has been indicted by a Quitman County Grand Jury for the alleged sexual abuse of two children. Attorney General Jim Hood says 57-year-old Joe Willie Smith was arrested Tuesday is facing two charges: having sex with a child under the age of 16 and gratification of lust. If convicted, Smith faces up to 45 years behind bars for both charges.

Sales tax holiday

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday is coming up this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, items that are tax-free include clothing or footwear that costs less than 100 dollars per item. Accessories like jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches and backpacks do not qualify. Athletic equipment, school supplies and computers are also not included.

Recruiting centers reopen

The 10 National Guard Recruiting centers across Mississippi have reopened for business. The centers had been shut down to make sure they are extra secure following the military shootings that left five servicemen dead in Chattanooga, Tennessee, two weeks ago.

Heat advisory in effect

A heat advisory is in effect for an area including the counties of Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster until 7 o’clock tonight. The National Weather Service says temperatures could hit 100 today with a heat index up to 110 degrees. Take extra precautions if you work outside or otherwise spend time outside. These temperatures increase the risk of illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Greenwood shooting deaths investigated

Greenwood police are investigating two shooting deaths that occurred over the last two days. On Sunday morning, 31-year-old Marquette Trevell Woods was found dead in the street near Ash Street and Avenue H. And, early Monday morning, police say 40-year-old Vincent Stevenson was killed while trying to break into a truck on Henry Street, apparently by the truck’s owner. No charges were immediately filed in either case.

Greenwood schools book giveaway

The Greenwood Public School District is holding a book giveaway for all grade levels tomorrow. The district’s Facebook page advises that it’ll run from 9 AM to 1 PM at Greenwood Middle School. Thanks to a more than 800-thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the books are free in hopes of giving students a jump start on the new school year.

More flags coming down

Seven Mississippi cities, including Grenada, have removed the state flag from city buildings and there could be an eighth. Starkville could decide on the issue next week as debate rages across the country about the flag’s Confederate emblem.

June unemployment rates

Mississippi’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month, remaining at seven percent. But that’s down from eight-point-five a year ago. The June jobless rates among local counties include Grenada at six-point-five percent, Tallahatchie, seven-point-seven; Montgomery, eight percent; Carroll, eight-point-two; Leflore 11-point-nine and Sunflower, 12-point-one percent unemployment.