Three Die In Plane Crash Near Oxford

Three people died Saturday afternoon after their plane crashed near Oxford. Former trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs had been on that plane just hours before the crash, flying home from a conference in Colorado to Mississippi. Tommy Nix and wife Merline Nix of Belmont, Mississippi, and co-pilot Jarrod Holloway of Booneville, Mississippi, continued on to Alabama’s Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport, officials say. They didn’t make it.

More Rain For Beleaguered Grenada Lake

Looking ahead, there are thunderstorms, some severe forecast for Thursday morning through Thursday night. Before the weekend started, we were looking at some of the highest water levels in Grenada Lake in a while, and the officials who monitor such things along with the Army Corps of Engineers were quite concerned. Last Thursday, the lake was only 3 and a half feet from cresting the emergency spillway.

Problematic Water Levels

Grenada Lake has become a problem for local officials. The emergency spillway overflows at 231 feet, and the lake is as high as it’s been all year at 227.5 feet. Chris Terry, who is the natural resource manager at Grenada Lake said, “Depending on the rain we get, we could get to the emergency spillway mark.” The lake is 12 feet over the recreational level, and over 18 feet higher than what makes the Corps comfortable.

Fred’s Closing Stores In Mississippi

Fred’s is closing dozens of stores in Mississippi, including stores in Columbus, West Point, Tupelo and more. Liquidation sales at 159 stores began Thursday, while 398 other stores will remain open. CEO of the company, Joseph Anto said that they would transition associates to other stores where possible.

There Is No Law Goverfning Gifts To Legislators in Mississippi.

Across the country states are passing laws to curb the money going top politicians, including banning gifts to public officials. There is no such law in Mississippi, and don’t expect a change in that law anytime soon. “I think the lack of a gift law is a pretty good example of a shortcoming in our laws,” said Tom Hood, executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

Oxford Warns Of Scam

Oxford Utilities is warning its customers about a scam. A statement was issued on the department’s Twitter account yesterday afternoon. “SCAM ALERT! A customer just called to notify us that scammers are targeting our customers and threatening disconnection. These are not Oxford Utilities employees. Please contact us at 662-232-2373 if you receive a call.”

IRS Warnings

And as tax day approaches…Mississippi’s US Attorneys are warning taxpayers to be mindful of unscrupulous tax preparers. While most tax return preparers are professional and honest, some prepare returns with false information in order to improperly boost a taxpayer’s refund, to reduce their liability, or to increase business and preparation fees. For some additional information just go to the IRS website.

State’s McCowan Joins Former Teammate

The WNBA Draft was held last night, and all of her hard work may have paid off. Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan was taken 3rd overall by the Indiana Fever. McCowan will play with her former teammate, Victoria Vivians , who was chosen eighth overall in last year’s draft.

Levee On Grenada Lake Closed

Today should be beautiful, but there’s more rain on the way on Thursday. This won’t help any at Grenada Lake, where the Army Corps of Engineers are watching the lake. Officials have closed the levee to traffic because of rising waters. Chris Terry, who is the natural resource manager at the lake said, Once it gets to 226 feet, we have to close the levee, and it’s rising.” Detour signs are in place.

Candidate for State AG Wants New State Flag

Andy Taggart, who is a Republican candidate for state attorney general, would like top change the state flag. He said that too many young people are leaving the state, because Mississippi is stuck looking to its past, The change might be symbolic, but designing a new state flag that doesn’t include the Confederate battle flag, might show people that wea re ready to look ahead to the future.