Archives for January 2017

Manslaughter Sentence

A Grenada man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charles Mack Junior was charged with killing Joshua Deemer in August of 2014. Prosecutors said the two were at Mack’s house on Poplar Street. Mack was playing with a gun and it went off, shooting Deemer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

New Park Director

The Carroll County Recreational Park has a new director. On Monday, the County Board of Supervisers gave the job to Art Hicks, a Carroll County deputy. He replaces Brian Randall, who resigned as of January 20th. Hicks’ approval came after another applicant complained about the hiring process.

Committee OKs Lottery

A committee of the Mississippi House voted Tuesday to create a state lottery. It’s idea that Governor Phil Bryant says should be considered. But opposition from the Republican Speaker of the House could keep the lottery from becoming reality.

Health Care Sign-Up Deadline

According to the most recent figures, 79-thousand people in Mississippi have enrolled for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Today is the deadline to sign up, otherwise you could have to wait until 2018, if it’s still around.

MSU Player Arrested

The Starkville Daily News reported Monday that Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant was arrested in Georgia on New Year’s Day on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane and possession of an open container, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said the university knew of Bryant’s arrest and his discipline was handled internally.

Till Witness Admits Lying

According to a new book, a key witness in the Emmet Till case was lying. Till, a black teenager, was abducted, beaten and killed in 1955 and his body thrown into the Tallahatchie River. That happened four days after Till allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant Donham, the wife of a white shopkeeper. Donham is quoted in the book “The Blood of Emmett Till,” saying that she made up her testimony that the boy made verbal and physical advances toward her.

Hot Car Death Plea

The Grenada man accused of leaving his eight-month-old daughter in a hot car pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Friday. However, Joshua Blunt won’t be going to prison. He was sentenced to five years, but with five years suspended. And he was also given five years’ supervised probation. Shania Caradine was left in Blunt’s car last May while he went to work. She later died from hypothermia.

Grenada-EPA Meeting

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to speak with the Grenada City Council Monday. The Grenada Star reports that s special-called meeting is set for 6 p.m. at City Hall in which the EPA will discuss the recent discovery of toxins inside a manufacturing plant on Highway 333.

Library Honor

A local library has been named one of the 50 most beautiful libraries in the country. Business Insider magazine bestowed that honor on the James H White Library on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University. You can view photos of the library next to others around the U.S. online at

Greenwood Gets Lenient

Good news if you have an unpaid fine in the city of Greenwood. Under a leniency program, you’ve got until March 31st to arrange to make payment without fear of arrest. Mayor Carolyn McAdams, outstanding fines in the city of Greenwood add up to two-point-four million dollars.