Archives for April 2016

Tunsil falls in draft

An Ole Miss offensive tackle once projected to be the top pick in the NFL Draft, saw his stock plummet during last night’s first round after a video surfaced on Twitter of him allegedly smoking marijuana from a gas-mask bomb. Laremy Tunsil was eventually selected by the Miami Dolphins at No. 13.

Batesville cops crack down

A lot of folks driving in Batesville last month were stopped by police. Officers wrote over 200 tickets during March and Batesville Mayor Jerry Autrey said this week that citizens are happy about it–quote–“because it’s making a difference.” Among the most common violations cited were speeding, no proof of liability insurance, driving with a suspended license and driving with no license.

Grenada’s Anti-Litter Week

It’s time once again to clean up Grenada. Next Monday through Saturday, May 2nd through the 7th, is the annual Anti-Litter Week, presented by the Civic Pride Committee of the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce. Residents are invited to gather up trash and unwanted items in three large dumpsters to be placed at the old Pennaco Hosiery on West Govan Street. Hazardous materials should not be tossed in the dumpsters.

Graduation rate up

Mississippi’s high school graduation rate is improving, climbing four points in the 2014-15 school year from the year before. But it’s still below the national average.

Woman shot, son arrested

There was a shooting on Sparta Road in Holcomb early Monday morning that left a woman wounded in the face and her son under arrest. According to the Grenada County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis where she was listed in stable condition. 45-year-old John Thomas Terry is charged with aggravated domestic violence and was being held on a 100-thousand dollar bond.

Greenwood police chase

A man in a stolen car was driving recklessly through Greenwood Monday afternoon. Police gave chase and one of their cruisers went out of control and crashed alongside Double Quick No. 23 on East Gibbs Street. The officer driving that car sustained minor injuries. The chase finally ended when the suspect surrendered peacefully to officers on Medallion Drive. He faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

Panola County murder case

A Panola County man was robbed and brutally attacked in the front yard of his home on Johnson Road early last Wednesday morning. Later that day, sheriff’s deputies, Batesville police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol, acting on a tip, arrested two 18-year-old suspects, Justin Hall and Cheyenne Turnage, in the WalMart parking lot. They were expected to face capital murder charges after their victim, 57-year-old Vernon Glenn “Peanut” Martin, died early Thursday.

Parachute jumps in Grenada

If you were near the Grenada airport on Monday morning, you might have seen more than 30 parachutes floating to the ground. Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were simulating jumps into an unknown, foreign location. The Clarion-Ledger reports the jump was originally set to take place in Jackson but, with more open space, Grenada was deemed safer.

MSU in baseball top 5

After taking two out of three from LSU, Mississippi State climbed into the top 5 in the national college baseball polls released on Monday. Baseball America and Perfect Game have the Bulldogs No. 3 this week. Division I Baseball and the Coaches Poll placed MSU at No. 4.

Xmas in April

11 homes in Grenada County belonging to families in need will get a facelift this Saturday during the annual Christmas in April initiative. Crews and volunteers have been assigned to each home, where renovation upgrades will include painting, roof repairs and handicap accessible ramps. Since the program started some 20 years ago, Christmas in April has made a half-million dollars in improvements to more than 200 homes.