Archives for June 2019

Lottery Is Coming

They’ll be here just in time for Christmas gift-giving. Mississippi might be selling scratch-off tickets by the1st of December. Tom Shaheen, the lottery director said that sale of tickets for multi-state games might start in 2020. State lawmakers met in a special session last August to vote on a start-up to generate funding for infrastructure repairs.

Busy Burglary Crew

Carroll County sheriff Clint Walker is asking for your help to take down a burglary crew that has been hitting businesses from Central Mississippi to the Delta. Walker said that the crew hit businesses in Yazoo, Attala, Holmes and Madison Counties. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at 662-237-9283.

Former Ole Miss Dispatcher Arrested

A former dispatcher at Ole Miss was arrested last week, and accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old minor. Lafayette County police officers arrested Nikki Thweat, 37, on two counts of sexual battery. She was transported to the Lafayette County Detention Center and booked on an $80,000 bond.

Rebels’ Davis Signs With Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have signed former Ole Miss guard Terence Davis as an undrafted free agent. He will get to show the Nuggets what he can do in their backcourt in the Las Vegas summer league.

Wicker and Hyde-Smith Support Border Bill

It was passed with bi-partisan support…a $4.6 billion dollar supplemental appropriations bill that would be used for humanitarian help and security at our southern border. According to Senator Roger Wicker the bill would provide funds for the care of unaccompanied children while their cases are being processed.

String of Vehicle Burglaries In Oxford Solved

With arrest of one man in Oxford, the Oxford Police Department has determined that he was responsible for 11 vehicle burglaries around the city. An arrest warrant was issued for 18-year-old Tyler Owens, who was located in Louisville, Kentucky. Owens was picked up by the Metro Police Department there and transported back to Oxford and the Lafayette County Center where he was booked on a $50,000 bond.

Ole Miss Soccer Star In The Running

Former Ole Miss striker CeCe Kizer has been nominated along with…get this…585 other student-athletes for the 2019 NCAA Woman Of The Year. Along with a great academic career, CeCe also is the leader in both career goals and points for the Rebel women’s soccer program. The top 30 honorees will go to Indianapolis on October 20 to see who gets the hardware.

Decent Jobs Numbers Last Month

The numbers aren’t bad. The Department of Employment Security states that Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked up a bit from 4.9% in April to 5% in May. However, the number of non-farm jobs rose by 2,300 last month to 1,165,800. The most ever recorded in the state.

Changes To No-Call List

There are changes on the way, as early as July 1st, to Mississippi’s No-Call List according to Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Charities who use paid telemarketers have to register with the Public Service Commission. Caller ID “spoofing” will be a violation of the law, and the PSC is authorized to investigate when a caller attempts to obtain money or property.

EPA Continues To Drag Feet In The Delta

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife is solidly behind an initiative to build a pump system in the lower Mississippi River Basin to deal with the flooding. Half a million acres have been flooded for months, while the EPA continues to review the 2008 veto of the Yazoo Pump Project. If that project was done, a pump would have reduced the water level be a four to five foot difference.