Archives for September 2015

Main Street Greenwood looking to improve historic buildings

Leflore County supervisors have delayed a decision on a tax exemption for properties connected to Main Street Greenwood.

A few people want to see paperwork confirming the group’s non-profit status first.

Main Street’s executive director wants approval for a building restoration program.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Brantley Snipes saying the group wants a “revolving real estate fund” to refurbish historic buildings downtown.

Greenwood mayoral election trial begins

The Greenwood mayoral challenge trial has started.

Carolyn McAdams won the election two years ago by 206, but Sheriel Perkins has contested the results.

Much of the initial testimony has focused on a mix-up in poll books between Ward 1 and Ward 2.

The trial resumes this morning.

Andrew Young in Grenada on Friday

A former United Nations ambassador comes to Grenada on Friday.

Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young speaks in the high school auditorium.

City councilman Ernest Hargrove tells the Grenada Star that the speech begins at 2 o’clock, and it may last an hour.

Young speaks later Friday in Memphis.

He confronted segregation in Grenada and other places with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young played a significant role in negotiations during the civil rights movement in Birmingham and Selma. These negotiations led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 an the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

After winning an election for Congress in 1972, President Jimmy Carter named him the first African-American ambassador to the U.N. five years later.

Disaster assistance available following heavy rainfall

The Small Business Administration says small businesses and small farm cooperatives can apply for economic injury disaster loans following heavy rain earlier this year.

It says the rain led to flooding from early April to early July.

This disaster declaration includes Grenada, Panola, Leflore, Montgomery, Carroll, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, Calhoun, and Webster counties.

MVSU and UNM form partnership

MVSU has started a cultural exchange program with the University of New Mexico.

This allows students from the two universities to visit each other’s schools.

UNM graduate and Mississippi native Sam Johnson has started the idea for the exchange.

He says he wants the two universities to have the chance to experience each other’s schools.

Arguments begin today in Greenwood mayor’s race trial

The judge in the Greenwood mayoral election trial has announced the forming of a jury.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports he has announced eight African-American and six white people for the panel.

The case centers on alleged problems with the election that Carolyn McAdams won over Sheriel Perkins two years ago.

Opening statements begin at 1 o’clock today at the county courthouse.

Gas prices up

Statewide gas prices have increased two cents in the last week.

The average now sits at $1.96 per gallon.

AAA says the national average has increased after falling for 37 consecutive days.

Leader: Widen use of AIDS medicine

Federal officials want Mississippi health care providers to use a medicine more that can keep people from getting AIDS.

The director of the Office of National Aids Policy has made this suggestion at a conference in Jackson on minority HIV and health disparities.

Jury selection in Greenwood mayoral challenge starting today

Jury selection may begin today in the Greenwood election contest.

Carolyn McAdams defeated Sheriel Perkins in the race two years ago by 206 votes.

Attorney Willie Perkins represents his wife in the case. He has often claimed confusion at Ward 1 and Ward 2 in the city’s north. At those polling places, 98 percent of the vote went to McAdams.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports election workers switched the books between the two precincts, briefly leading to problems in both places. They sat next to each other on Claiborne Avenue.

CVS to sell overdose reversal drug

People in Mississippi no longer need prescriptions to have a drug that can reverse the deadly effects of opiate overdoses.

CVS already sells naloxone in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Now it has expanded its sales in Mississippi and 11 other states.

A CVS executive says it hopes this decision saves lives.