Archives for March 2019

Shep Smith Awarded

On March 13, former Ole Miss student and Fox News Anchor Shepard “Shep” Smith received The Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. Born in Holly Springs, Smith attended Ole Miss until he left the journalism program in 1987 to begin his television news career at WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. Smith started at Fox News when it launched in 1996.

Johnny Manziel Playing In Memphis

Former Cleveland Brown and Heisman Trophy Winner, Johnny Manziel is now playing right up the road in the Liberty Bowl as a member of the Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football.. Most recently, Manziel was a member of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Now he’s playing for the man in the middle for the Chicago Bears…Coach Mike Singletary.

Davis Gets Extension After Turnaround

It was a year ago that Kermit Davis was introduced as the new head coach olf the Ole Miss Rebels basketball squad. They were last in the SEC then and posted a 12 and 20 season. This year they are 20 and 12 and in the NCAA tournament. Because of the swift turnaround, Davis was rewarded with a 4-year extension yesterday.

Officials Watch Grenada Lake Levels

Crews are watching, and the US Army corps of engineers are urging caution, because right now Grenada Lake is 11 feet higher than recreational levels, and 27 feet higher than where the Corps would like to see it. Detour signs are moving drivers to the bottom of the levee. “We’ve done that so we can safely monitor the lake from the levee,” said Liz Garlington supervisory natural resource specialist at Grenada Lake.

Young Boy Mauled

Right now a boy is in the hospital after being mauled by six dogs near Winona on Friday. Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix said the dogs attacked the 12-year-old boy as he was riding a bike along Sawyer Road. The victim was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is currently in a medically-induced coma following surgery on Sunday.

US Senator Warren In Mississippi For Town Hall

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed an ambitious affordable housing plan in the Delta, and held a CNN town hall at Jackson State University last might. “In a democracy, we need a government that doesn’t just work for those who are already rich,” Warren said in Greenville. “We need a government that says, ‘You’re rich? Good for you, but pitch just a little bit back in the kitty, so everybody else gets a chance.'”

Tate Reeves Won’t Debate

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has declined an invitation to participate in Republican gubernatorial candidate debate at Mississippi State University that will feature the other two GOP candidates expected to appear on the ballot. He’s blaming a scheduling conflict. The debate will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 on the MSU campus in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. Candidates Bill Waller Jr., former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, and State Rep. Robert Foster, of DeSoto, have agreed to participate in the debate.

Mississippi State Is 5th Seed in The Tournament

Mississippi State fans have been waiting 10 years for this…the Bulldogs will play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Drew the 5th seed and will play 12th seeded Liberty Friday night in San Jose.

Ole Miss Is In!

The Rebels were chosen as an 8th seed in the South Region and will play the 9 seed, Oklahoma, also on Friday in Columbia South Carolina. Ole Miss finished the season with a 20-12 record, including a 10-9 record in SEC play.

A Bill Passes The House Might Get Teachers More Money

The Mississippi House amended and a passed a bill Monday that would change the pay raise for teachers from $1,000 phased in over two years to $4,000 over the same period. The average teacher salary in Mississippi is $44,926, according to the Mississippi Department of Education, but first year teachers with a bachelor’s degree can start out at less than $35,000.