Archives for May 2016

More Grenada water testing

Congressman Bennie Thompson has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will expand ground water testing beyond Grenada’s Eastern Heights neighborhood. The former Grenada Manufacturing site has been connected to high cancer rates and other health problems affecting local residents.

State is #1 seed

The NCAA has released its college baseball tournament bracket and, among the eight top-seeds is Mississippi State. That’s a first for the Bulldogs, who begin play in the Starkville Regional this Friday, taking on Southeast Missouri State. Ole Miss is also hosting a regional and begins play Friday against Utah.

Man who moved a house dies

A man who once moved a large, historic Greenwood home across two the Yazoo and Tallahatchie rivers has died. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Ralph Guy Smith passed away Sunday at his home in New Albany. In the 1980’s Smith moved the house on Washington Street that used to be Knight Funeral Home and later Cottonlandia Museum to its present location on U.S. 82, where it now now known as the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. Smith was 75.

April unemployment rates

Grenada County has the 10th lowest unemployment rate among Mississippi’s 82 counties. The state Department of Employment Security says Grenada’s jobless rate in April was is four-point-three percent. Elsewhere, Tallahatchie was at five-point-five, Montgomery six percent, Carroll seven-point-two, Leflore eight percent and Sunflower eight-point-one.

Bulldogs lose, Rebels win

In the SEC baseball tournament at Hoover, Alabama, LSU surprised top-seed Mississippi State, 6 to 2, and ended the Bulldogs’ 12-game winning streak. State will take on Florida tonight. Meanwhile, Ole Miss advanced to the semi-finals, outslugging Vanderbilt, 12 to 9. Tomorrow, the Rebels play tonight’s winner of the Texas A&M-Vanderbilt game.

Flowers appeal rejected

The Mississippi Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request by attorneys for death row inmate Curtis Giovanni Flowers. On Thursday, the court ruled that Flowers cannot obtain discovery documents that might help in the appeal of his conviction and death sentence in his sixth trial. Flowers was convicted six years ago in Montgomery Circuit Court for the 1996 murders of Winona furniture store owner Berthy Tardy and three of her employees.

Greenwood cop arrested

A Greenwood police officer has been arrested, charged with DUI refusal and leaving the scene of an accident. It happened Monday night when 23-year-old Jamell Marquis Calhoun Senior was pulled over on U.S. 82 frontage road near Pine Street. Calhoun, who was off-duty at the time, has been suspended without pay while the case is investigated.

Hot-car case confusion

There’s confusion over charges in last week’s death of a baby girl in Grenada, whose father had left her in a hot car. Wednesday morning, the attorney for Joshua Blunt claimed the prosecutor dropped second degree murder charges against the father of the girl. But, later in the day, Grenada Assistant Police Chief George Douglas said the charges still stand. The Clarion-Ledger reports that prosecutors did not respond to calls or emails seeking to clarify the situation.

Greenwood pot bust

A Greenwood man was being held in the Leflore County Jail on bond of one-million dollars. 31-year-old Jeffery Cation was arrested last Thursday after police stopped his car and noticed a strong odor of marijuana. A search of Cation’s vehicle turned up 11 pounds of pot and a 9 millimeter Taurus handgun.

Hot car death

The Grenada man accused of leaving his baby daughter in a hot car in which she died is out of jail. On Tuesday, 25-year-old Joshua Blunt appeared in Grenada Municipal Court, where Judge Rusty Harlow denied a defense request to reduce the charge against Blunt from second-degree murder to culpible negligence. However, he did release Blunt on his own recognizance.