Archives for July 2018

Will The Infrastructure Problem Get Solved?

It’s been in the works for quite a while, and long overdue, but expect an announcement from Governor Phil Bryant sometime this week on how the state will deal with its depleted infrastructure. There’s talk of a nearly quarter billion dollar annual package added to existing funding for the state DOT. The problem has always been funding, but the state is looking at new revenue streams like a lottery, or sports betting. During the 2018 session, infrastructure bills were introduced, but negotiations continued to break down between the two chambers. Stay tuned.

New Walking Track To Be Built at Holmes

So your doctor just told you to go do some walking…someone was listening. Michelle Burney, Vice President of Holmes Community College Grenada campus tells us that a new walking trail is being built on the campus. Ground has already been broken on the half mile track which will be well-lit with 18 lights so that this will be a safe place to exercise for area walkers and students.

MDOT Encourages Safety

With some school starting next week, the Mississippi Department of Transportation encourages everyone to be safe on the road. MDOT says drivers can keep themselves and others safe by taking proper precautions, leaving earlier and avoiding distractions. One such example is to be alert in school zones and near school buses, said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. Another precaution is to use designated areas at schools to avoid loading or unloading children across the street from their school. For school buses, if the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop paddle is extended, traffic must stop to allow children to safely cross the street.

Grenada Man Charged With Arson

More fire news in town as a local man was arrested early Monday and charged with arson for torching a duplex in the 400 block of Barbee Street. Grenada Police arrested 57-year-old Bernard Reece in connection with that fire. Both Grenada Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to the fire around 1:15 on Monday morning. A police captain on the scene said that the occupant of the apartment had confessed to starting the fire.

An Incredible Outpouring of Support

Here is what Grenada Community Services Director Cassandra Liddell said about the outpouring of support for the families that lost everything at the Dogwood Park Apartments last week. “For the last few days, it’s been hard to hold back the tears,” Liddell said. “I am so proud of what this city is doing by being there for neighbors. It’s truly a beautiful thing.” It’s just amazing the amount of charity that Grenada has given to these people who have lost everything. If you’d like to donate…, checks can be made out to Renasant Bank Grenada CBRC (Community Basic Recovery Committee) at 1537 Commerce Street, Grenada. For more information about the drive contact the Office of Community Service at 229-9936.

Dak Will Stand

Former Mississippi State star quarterback, and the current face of the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott said, “I believe in what I believe in and that’s that.” He didn’t pause, stammer or stop to consider what his teammates might think of him. Dak will stand for the anthem, and does not think it would be right to do anything else.

Dogwood Fire May Have Been Electrical

Grenada Fire Chief Ronnie Willis has met with the State Fire Marshall, and now believes that the fire that destroyed the Dogwood Apartments Monday morning and left 40 people homeless was probably an electrical fire. The fire is still under investigation, but Chief Willis said, “We met several times this week, and we don’t believe that this is foul play.” It is believed that the fire started in the walls of one of the buildings. The Grenada Fire Department fought the blaze with help from the Elliott Volunteer Fire Department and the Tie Plant Volunteer Fire Department.

City Councilman Indicted

The Grenada County Grand Jury has returned a four-count indictment against a Grenada City Councilman. Wednesday morning, Joshua Hughes, who is the Ward Five Councilman was arrested and charged with conspiracy, two counts of insurance fraud, and wire fraud. Bobby Barnes of Grenada was also named in that same indictment and arrested on one charge of conspiracy, and one of possession of stolen property. This was all about a false and fraudulent insurance claim.

EMCC Are #1

Fresh off of their junior college national championship, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College have collected their second #1 ranking of the preseason ahead of their 2018 campaign. The Lions were selected to the top spot in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook Juco Top 30. The 2017 title was the Lions’ fourth in program history, and on August 30th, they’ll begin their quest for a fifth. In case you weren’t aware…Chad Kelly spent some time at East Mississippi before taking over the quarterbacking job at Ole Miss, and they were the stars of the initial season of Last Chance U on Netflix.

What Does Mrs. Bryant Carry?

Mississippi’s governor has a warning for burglars: His wife is armed and waiting. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted Tuesday night: “Had a burglary at our little farm in Copiah County. Asked the First Lady not to go down until we find the perpetrators. Her response: I’m taking my AR down and waiting on their (expletive)!!!!” Bryant and his wife, Deborah, own nearly 19 acres in Copiah County, about 50 miles southwest of Jackson.