Motorcyclist Killed

The Grenada County Sheriff’s Department responded to an accident call yesterday afternoon. A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Grenada man…53-year-old John Tedder was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigator Josh Dale with the Sheriff’s Department said that Tedder lost control of his Yamaha on James Biddy Road.

State Obesity

This is not something to be proud of…a non-partisan foundation found that Mississippi has the 2nd highest obesity rate in the country, behind West Virginia. Mississippi’s rate tops 37 percent, up from around 24 percent in 2000. The problem is acute for adults aged 45 to 64, where the rate is 42 per cent. Mississippi is one of seven states where adult obesity rates exceed 35 percent of the population. West Virginia ranks highest, at 38 percent.

Clarksdale Police Dispatcher Beaten

A dispatcher with the Clarksdale Police Department was attacked and assaulted while she was at work last week. Police confirm that Stacy Clark came into the building asking for property that had been left there. Barbara King, who was the only person in the building at the time, tried contacting officers, but they were all on the road. Clark then started attacking King, who finally contacted officers, but he continued to beat her until they got there. Clark was charged with aggravated assault and given no bond.

Another Young Football Player Dies

A 15-year-old football player at Houston High School died after a JV game on Monday night. William Anderson, a freshman offensive lineman, collapsed in the first quarter, and was rushed to a hospital in Tupelo. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green has confirmed that Anderson was experiencing “chest pains” when he arrived at the hospital. Green also stated that there were no trauma-related symptoms. Anderson was admitted at 8 p.m., and died around 11. His body was sent for an autopsy, and the results should come back later this week.

EPA Will Add The Rockwell International Site

Yesterday the EPA announced it was adding the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Site in Grenada to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List. This includes the 40-acre site at 635 Highway 332. Under the Trump Administration, the Superfund program has reemerged as a priority to fulfill and strengthen EPA’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment. Since October 2017, EPA has deleted 10 full sites, and 2 partial sites from the NPL.

Trump Cancels Visit

President Donald Trump has canceled plans for a Friday rally in Jackson in support of Republican U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker. This is because of Hurricane Florence that is expected to hit the Carolinas late this week as a Cat 4 storm with winds of 130 mph.

3 Run For 4th District Seat

The November 6th General Election will have the names of three candidates on the ballot for the District 4 School Board seat. Grenada County Circuit Clerk Michelle Redditt identified the three as Thelma Hubbard, Cora “Coco” Kincaide-Cunningham and Marjorie Hughes, who currently holds that seat.

Great News At Budget Meeting

On Thursday, the city held a public meeting giving folks an opportunity to talk about the tax rate. The great news that came out of that meeting was that the citizens and property owners in the city will not see a tax increase this year. This is the first time in three years that the city’s millage rate has remained the same. After closing the meeting, City Manager Trey Baker thanked each of the council members for their work during the budget hearing.

Serious Rail Yard Incident

A young man was injured, and is in serious condition after a railyard incident in Grenada’s North Rail Yard off Highway 332. Authorities identified the victim as 21-year-old Kennon Lollar of Grenada. First responders with the Grenada PD, FD and UMMC Ambulance Service worked as fast as they could to get the man out from between the cars.

City Gets Sports Complex Feasibility Study

A feasibility study on a proposed sports complex is now in the hands of city leaders. The facility will be built from funds coming from a proposed increase in the tourism tax that voters will decide on next month. Grenada City Manager Trey Baker confirmed that he, Tourism Executive Director Gary Worsham and Matthew Harrison, the executive director of the Grenada Economic Development District, received copies of the study conducted by the University of Southern Mississippi. There will be two town hall forums to discuss the matter. The first will be on th e13th at 5:30 at the Regions Center, and the second will be on the 25th at the Grenada County Office Building.