Park Rangers Crack Down on Trace

Yesterday, Rangers on the Natchez Trace Parkway took a hard line toward some drivers who didn’t have a driver’s license or proof of insurance. They arranged for 28 vehicles to be towed during a four-hour checkpoint in the south part of Lee County. Law enforcement officers usually will write a ticket for such an offense. However, rangers took such a tough stance because there is a correlation between fatal accidents and drivers who commit those crimes.

Trustmark Over Charging On “Overdrafts”

Two Mississippi women have filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Jackson against Trustmark National Bank over their overdraft fee policies. Out-of-network ATM fees are doubled and tripled. It’s an overdraft scheme that makes millions for the bank on transactions that had been initially approved. The bank is charging overdraft fees on transactions that have not actually overdrawn an account. The lawsuit is seeking restitution of all fees paid, compensatory damages and injunctive relief.

Phone Scam Alert in Tupelo

Folks in Tupelo are being warned of a phone scam involving someone pretending to be with the city Water and Light Collections Office. The call threatens to pull the meter unless the customer makes a payment over the phone using a credit card. Johnny Timmons, who is the director of the agency wants everyone to know that his department does not solicit payments by phone.

Off-Duty Policeman Arrested

An off-duty Kosciusko police officer was arrested and suspended without pay, pending the completion of an investigation by the Olive Branch PD of a sexual assault in a hotel room. Officer Greg Collins has been indefinitely suspended until the completion of the investigation.

Bulldogs Tight Ends Coach Leaving

Coach Mark Hudspeth, who is the Mississippi State tight ends coach is leaving the program to become the head coach at Austin Peay. Hudspeth’s status for the Bulldogs New Years Day game in the Outback Bowl is not settled yet.

Off-Duty Police Officer Arrested

Coach Mark Hudspeth, who is the Mississippi State tight ends coach is leaving the program to become the head coach at Austin Peay. Hudspeth’s status for the Bulldogs New Years Day game in the Outback Bowl is not settled yet.

Hugh Freeze Gets Head Coaching Gig

Former Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze has landed a new position as the head man for the Liberty University Flames football team. He will be getting a five year deal at Liberty. Freeze takes over for coach Turner Gill who had a 47-35 record during his seven seasons.

#22 State Wins in the Northeast

The No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs faced Clemson in the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark, NJ. They came back over the Mason Dixon Line with an 82 to 71 win over the Vols of Tennessee. The Dogs are now 8 and 1.

$38 Million in State Infrastructure Improvements

A couple of high-priority Mississippi infrastructure projects are getting their funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $25 million to help with improvements in Neshoba County, and another $13 million to Holly Springs Road in DeSoto County.

FDR…December 7th

December 7, 1941 — 77 years ago. The United States was drawn into World War Two, when Japan made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt made this famous statement the next day as he spoke before a joint session of Congress. (oc: empire of Japan)