Tupelo National Guard Unit Deploying

More than 4,000 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are leaving their homes this month as part of a year-long deployment. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo, is leaving for a three-month training deployment in Fort Bliss, Texas, followed by nine months overseas. The brigade is based in Tupelo, with units in McComb, Senatobia, Starkville, Amory, Monticello and Meridian, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas. This will be the brigade’s third deployment to the Middle East since 2001.

Lady Bulldogs are No. 1 Seed!

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (32-1) earned a No. 1 seed in the Kansas City region, and will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. State will play Nicholls State (19-13) at 5 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) at Humphrey Coliseum. If MSU wins, the Lady Bulldogs will play the winner of Syracuse-Oklahoma State on Monday. This is the first time MSU captured a No. 1 seed.

Freeze Watch Until Wednesday

The weather is in the news… The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Freeze Watch, which is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Temps will be in the 28-32F range for several hours. Freezing temperatures will kill tender vegetation.

Grenada School Security

Grenada School District’s Security Director Benji Britt was recently the guest speaker at the Grenada Rotary Club and briefed the civic club on the district’s plan during times of crisis. The Grenada School District established its own police department in 2014 in order to provide more effective and efficient security for students. Britt was named its initial director.

Grenada Fire Department Tryouts

This Saturday, March 24th, starting at 9AM, the Grenada Fire Department will hold tryouts for the position of firefighter at Station One on Van Dorn Street. Firefighter is one of the most physically-demanding, yet highly rewarding jobs a person can have. Fire Chief Ronnie Willis says that applications and instructions may be picked up at the station house near the Grocery Basket Shopping Center.

Army National Guard Units Deploy

The second of the 114th Field Army Artillery of the Army National Guard will leave for a one-year deployment to the Middle East today. 35 Guardsmen from Columbus will be deploying and also deploying will be 85 Guardsmen from Winona and Kosciusko. They will be leaving from their armories just before dawn.

MSU Men in Post Season!

Mississippi State is in the NIT for the first time since 2012. State (22-11), as a No. 4 seed will host fifth-seeded Nebraska (22-10) at 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2). Nick Weatherspoon will not play Wednesday night because of a hip injury.

MSU Men Advance

In a 2nd round game in the SEC Tournament, the number 7 seed in the tourney, Mississippi State, beat LSU 80-77. They committed 10 turnovers in the 2nd half, something they can’t do when they face the 2nd seed, Tennessee on Friday.

A State Lottery in Mississippi?

The House took up the appropriation bill for the Mississippi Gaming Commission, but their funding could be in jeopardy if a state lottery isn’t created. The commission is set to receive just over $8 million in FY 2019, but if an amendment by Rep. Alyce Clarke is put into law, they won’t receive any of those funds. The amendment is short, but its intentions are clear. Several bills attempting to establish a lottery died earlier in the session.

She Stole from the Church Building Fund

Amanda Timms was a part-time secretary for the Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church. She pleaded guilty last month for stealing almost $100,000 from the church building fund. Timms is still serving time under the Department of Corrections Intensive Supervision program. She has to pay the money back.