Archives for February 2015

McDaniel to seek reelection

The who failed in his bid to unseat Thad Cochran from the U.S. Senate last year is running for re-election to the state Senate. It had been thought that Republican Chris McDaniel might run for lieutenant governor. But McDaniel says he believes his decision to seek a third term in the Senate is best for his family and Mississippi’s conservative movement.

Special weather statement

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for an area including Grenada, Sunflower, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster counties. The snow and rain that fell Wednesday left areas of standing water on roadways. With overnight temperatures dropping below freezing, areas of black ice may form primarily on bridges and overpasses but also on some roadways. If you must drive, use extreme caution and travel and lower speeds. Temperatures should begin to warm above freezing across most of the area by mid-morning.

Winter storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for an area including the counties of Grenada, Leflore, Sunflower, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster. It’s in effect until midnight tonight. Heavy snow accumulation of 3-6 inches, with locally higher amounts possible, is expected over the area. There could be numerous power outages. This storm will cause dangerous driving conditions and you’re advised to stay off the roads. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Income tax bill advances

Mississippi’s personal income tax brings in more than a billion dollars in revenue, but it would be phased out under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House Ways and Means Committee. The measure is now headed to the full House for debate today.

Gas prices up again

Gas prices jumped again last week. According to AAA, refineries are conducting their annual spring maintenance, which causes prices to rise due to tightening of supply. The statewide average in Mississippi is $2.15, up five cents from the week before. In Grenada, the price is $2.17, up two cents.

Winter storm watch

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Sunflower, Montgomery, Carroll and Webster counties. It will be in effect Wednesday from 6 AM to midnight. Two to four inches of snow are possible. Icing of bridges and overpasses will likely make travel hazardous.

New university fees

It’s going to be slightly more expensive to attend several of Mississippi’s public universities. On Wednesday, the College Board gave the OK for Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Mississippi Valley State and Jackson State to charge student activity feels this fall. The fees at Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be $5 a semester and at Valley and Jackson State, they’ll be $10 a semester.

New UM Medical Center leader

A Carroll County native has been chosen to lead the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. LouAnn Heath Woodward, who has served as second-in-command of the Center for the last five years, has been named its next vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. The 51-year-old Woodward will succeed Dr. James Keeton, who is retiring after holding the post for five years.

Not a racist

A Mississippi lawmaker took to the house floor Tuesday to say that he is–quote–“deeply sorry” for racially-insensitive remarks made to the “Clarion-Ledger.” In an interview about education, Republican Representative Gene Alday said–quote–“I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call welfare crazy checks.” He also complained about having to wait in an emergency room because blacks were “being treated for gunshots.” However, Alday claims he’s “not a racist.”

Chambers murder investigation

The person or persons who burned 19-year-old Jessica Chambers to death in Panola County remain at large. According to the district attorney, investigators are focusing on the whereabouts of Chambers during a one-hour period on December 6th. That’s the night she and her car were found engulfed in flames near Courtland. Investigators want to know where she was between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.