Archives for November 2018

Three Charges With Capital Murder

We reported on this earlier this week. We understand that authorities have arrested and charged three in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Willie Hooper of Grenada. Hooper’s body was discovered in a well off of Highway 404 West near Duck Hill. Grenada County Investigators identify three as Mack Lott, 32 of Duck Hill; Marquize Tillmon, 27; and Monique Lott, 31, both of Grenada. The sheriff’s department said that all three are being charged with capital murder.

Second Tunica Casino Closes

Another Tunica casino shutters its doors. Caesars Entertainment said that they will be closing Tunica Roadhouse Casino. They will padlock the place at the end of January after declines in revenues for some time. Allen Godfrey, who is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said that there may not be that many jobs lost. Four years ago Caesars closed Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino while they went bankrupt.

Body Found In Well

On Wednesday afternoon, authorities made a grisly discovery off of Highway 404 West just outside of Duck Hill. It has not been confirmed by local law enforcement, but a body was discovered in a well that some think may be Willie Kirk Hooper, who has been missing since Sunday. Hooper was last seen near his family’s residence on Willows Cove near Tie Plant. The body was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy. Authorities said that some arrests have been made.

It’s Milk n’Cookies With Santa

The 15th Annual Milk n’ Cookies With Santa event was staged by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oxford Tuesday afternoon. The event provides kids numerous activities and treats according to Executive Director Lea Anne Griffin, who also said that the event draws about 200 visitors each year. The children had cookies, made ornaments and had their picture taken with Santa. If you’re eight years old, could you want any more?

Hyde-smith Wins

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Democrat Mike Espy in Tuesday night’s special Senate election in Mississippi, a contest tainted by race-related controversies. Late last night, Hyde-Smith had 56 percent to 43 percent for Espy. Hyde-Smith, who becomes the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi, will serve out the remaining two years of former GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s term, whom she was appointed to replace earlier this year after he resigned. With her win, Republicans will start the new Congress in January with a 53-47 majority in the Senate.

Dr. Blair E. Batson Passes

Dr. Blair E. Batson, the first chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, died Monday. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said Batson’s importance to the health of children in the state “cannot be underestimated. “He truly is the father of organized pediatrics in Mississippi,” she said, “and the lives of countless children in our state have been touched through his work. He was 98.

Two Nooses Found in Capitol

Capitol Police in Jackson removed two nooses hanging from trees in front of the Capitol building this morning, and they are now looking for information on who put them there. The grounds are monitored through the use of surveillance video, and authorities will now review the tape as they aim to identify a suspect.

No Suspensions For Egg Bowl

Remember the Egg Bowl brawl. The SEC doesn’t. Bulldogs’ fans fearing that they might lose some of their best players for State’s upcoming bowl game shouldn’t lose any sleep, because they won’t lose anyone to suspension or any other penalty. All the MSU players ejected for their involvement in the fight with the Rebels will not face any suspensions.

Trump Banned Items

President Trump made not one, but two campaign stops in Mississippi in support of Republican Senate Candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith. I was looking at the banned items list for the rally in Tupelo, and toasters made the list. So, you won’t hear the President say let go my Eggo!

Coach Lukes Makes A Coaching Change

Folks knew there were going to be changes made after that Egg Bowl Thursday. On Friday, one of those changes was announced by Ole Miss Head Football Coach Matt Luke. 29-year coaching veteran Wesley McGriff will not be back for the 2019 Rebel football season. This was his second go-around with the program after serving as co-Defensive Coordinator/cornerbacks coach in 2012.