Archives for June 2018

1,400 Inmates Arrive in Tallahatchie

The Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility just got just had 1,400 inmates moved to the private prison right up the road. The prison is owned and operated by CoreCivic, and its CEO, Damon Hininger said that their facility has the capacity to accept detainee populations quickly. He went on to say “The U.S. Marshals Service has experienced an increasing need for detention capacity as its average daily prisoner population has increased throughout the past year.” CoreCivic has a contract with the US Marshalls office that runs through 2020.

Two Grenada County Sheriffs Deputies On Administratve Leave

Two Grenada County Sheriff’s Deputies who were involved in a shooting incident this week are now on administrative leave, according to Grenada County Top Cop Alton Strider. Veteran deputies Chris Hankins and Erby Montgomery were at the Carrollton Road scene early Monday morning when William Shawn Mann was shot. The deputies were responding to a call of a family disturbance. While the investigation continues in Grenada, the State Crime Lab is performing an autopsy.

Internet From An Electric Coop?

In many rural areas of Mississippi, the term broadband conjures up something other than internet service. Mississippi lawmakers are looking to change that. Wednesday Tombigbee Electric Cooperative hosted a broadband summit where fast internet service was a hot topic. Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says that in today’s economy, being connected is a necessity. He said that the laws here prevent electric companies from selling internet services…only electricity. He said that an electric cooperative in Alabama is selling some of the fastest internet speeds in America. According to Presley…something has to change.

High temps and heat indexes today.

This is the time of year when you have to be mindful of Gramma and Rover. High temps will be in the mid 90’s. The heat index today will be anywhere from 102 to 107. This is also the time of year that we get heat advisories. Today’s is until 9 this evening. So remember to bring Gramma and Rover in the house today.

Wicker Works With White House To Replace Judge

US Senator Roger Wicker has had preliminary discussions with the Trump White House on a replacement for retired U.S. Circuit Court Judge Grady Jolly. Jolly picked up his fishing pole about nine months ago.Gov. Phil Bryant said “With the input of our two senators, I know President Trump will nominate someone who will apply the law, and not engage in judicial activism or policy-making from the bench.”

Baria Beats Sherman in Democratic Runoff

Veteran Mississippi lawmaker David Baria beat Sela Ward’s husband, Howard Sherman, by about 18 points last night in the Democratic runoff. Baria, a state representative from Bay St. Louis backed by many establishment Democrats across the state, will face Republican Incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in November. We will also see a special election in November to replace U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who resigned back in April due to poor health. That election will include Cochran’s temporary replacement, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Democrat Mike Espy and State Senator Chris McDaniel, a Republican.

Man Shot By Deputy Has Died

A man who was shot by a Grenada County deputy has has died. Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider identified the victim as William Shawn Mann, who was shot on Carrollton Road after deputies had answered a call around 5:30 AM on Monday. Mann died shortly before noon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada.

Senator Hyde-Smith Promises Help For Veterans

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said the government has sometimes failed to keep promises that have been made to the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. She said that this is a problem that she is committed to fix in Washington. She stated that the Senate will soon approve a funding bill that will help improve the delivery of VA benefits to veterans. The FY2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill includes a $5 billion increase for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the healthcare, benefits, and memorial services earned by U.S. service members and veterans. “Our nation has made promises to our veterans. As your Senator, I take my responsibility to help keep those promises seriously,” said Hyde-Smith.

Grenada School District Budget

Grenada School District Business Manager Rodney Murphy briefed the school board last week, and told them that the district will not have a tax increase. The district hasn’t asked for a tax increase since 2009, and won’t this year either. Throughout Mississippi the schools districts are getting 34%, while Grenada has operated with a 25% rate for almost ten years.

Bulldogs Run at the CWS Over

The magic was gone…the series is over. The Mississippi State Bulldogs ran into a very talented ball team in the Oregon State Beavers. Mississippi State finished the game with just four hits, but it had opportunities to get some runs and, for one reason or another, could not. The final from Omaha was Oregon State 5, the Bulldogs 2. And…sources are saying that Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis will be named the new head man in Starkville.