Archives for August 2013

Ole Miss over Vandy

It was a wild season opener at Nashville last night as Jeff Scott ran 75 yards for a touchdown with a minute-seven left, and Ole Miss rallied twice to beat Vanderbilt 39 to 35. As Rebels coach Hugh Freeze put it, “We stole one tonight.”

Gas prices rising

As we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend, gasoline prices have been on the rise. Triple-A reports the average price of regular in Mississippi is three-34 a gallon today, up three cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Grenada averages three-38 a gallon.

Open carry-gun law upheld

Mississippi’s open carry-gun law can now take effect. The Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the injunction issued by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd, ruling that he erred in finding the law vague and therefore unconstitutional. The law was supposed to have taken effect on July 1st.

Ole Miss vs Vandy

Ole Miss opens up the 2013 college football season in prime time tonight. The Rebels are at Vanderbilt for an 8:15 central time kickoff. The game can be seen on ESPN. Ole Miss went 7 and 6 a year ago; the Commodores finished 9 and 4.

Warnings for smartphones

If you’re looking for weather warnings in Mississippi, there’s an app for that. It free for iPhone and Android users and can be downloaded by searching for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency or MEMA. State officials have also introduced a Wireless Emergency Alert system, which allows warnings and alerts of all types to be sent to enabled smartphones without an app being downloaded.

Greenwood land auction

The city of Greenwood and Leflore County will share the proceeds when tax-forfeited land in Greenwood is auctioned off next month. Sixty-two parcels, valued at 195-thousand dollars, will be sold. Sealed bids must be received by the secretary of state’s office by 5 p.m. on September 18th. Bids will be opened at 10 a.m. the next day in Jackson.

Grenada tax hike proposed

The city manager of Grenada is calling for an increase in ad valorem taxes in the coming fiscal year. According to the Grenada Star, Charles “JoJo” Weathers says demand for city services is the reason the tax hike is needed. The city has a deadline to approve a new budget by September 15th.

Students living in hotels

Mississippi Valley State University is putting up some of its students at two hotels in Greenwood. Demand for on-campus is up and there are structural problems with one of MVSU’s residence halls. Therefore, more than 100 upperclassmen will be staying at the Three Rivers Inn and Suites and the Rodeway Inn.

Fatal shooting after game

Officials are expected to release more details today concerning a shooting following a North Panola High School football game Friday night that killed one student and injured two other people. The Panola County Sheriff’s Department says 15-year-old Roderick Bobo died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Five people are facing charges in the incident which was reportedly gang related.

Grenada is StormReady

Grenada County is prepared to handle a weather emergency. That’s according to the National Weather Service, which has certified Grenada under its StormReady program. That means the county meets the criteria of having a 24-hour emergency operations center and various ways to receive severe weather warnings and alert the public and a formal plan to deal with hazardous weather.