This has been an awful couple of days for law enforcement. A off-duty state trooper was shot and killed in Hatchie Bottom in Tippah County early yesterday. Trooper Kenneth Josh Smith, 32 of Walnut suffered fatal wounds, and 38-year-old Rickie Dale Vick of Michigan City sustained on life threatening injuries. Their shooter, Troy Anthony Eaton is behind bars. And…two police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in an early morning shooting in Brookhaven. Authorities identified the deceased officers as Corporal Zach Moak, 31 and Patrolman James White, 35. Their suspect is Marquis Flowers, 25, of Brookhaven, who is in custody.
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It was a brutal weekend for Mississippi football. MSU lost to their former coach. It was Florida 13…the Bulldogs 6. BTW…State has one touchdown in 8 quarters. Southern Miss couldn’t pull off the upset and lost to #10 Auburn, 24-13. Finally, Ole Miss continues to play out of control. 17 penalties for 167 yards. Final was LSU 45 and Ole Miss 16.
October is National Financial Planning Month. WalletHub-a personal finance website-recently ranked all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, in their “2018’s Most & Least Financially Savvy States” analysis. Mississippi was ranked 51st on the finance website’s list after each state was analyzed by four dimensions: debt and spending, financial literacy, credit, and saving. Mississippi ranked last in median credit score and delinquency rate on mortgages, auto loans, student loans, and credit cards.
A rash of burglaries in the Elliot area in South Grenada County have been solved with arrest of a Greenwood man. Grenada County Investigator Josh Dale has identified the suspect as 33-year-old Cedric Terry. Terry has been charged with five counts of burglary of a dwelling and breaking and entering. These burglaries all happened on Perry Road, Highway 51 South, McCormick Road and the Barnside Road area all in the Elliott area. Dale said he may have another arrest soon.
Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries after a three vehicle accident early yesterday morning. This was a chain reaction accident that appears to have started by the bus. Benji Britt, who runs the Transportation Department for the Grenada School District said the wreck happened on Highway 8 near the Grenada Elementary School. None of the children on the bus appeared injured.
During the month of August, 16 inmates died in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. MDOC Commissioner Pelicia Hall believes they were mainly the result of natural causes. Of the 16 inmate deaths, 11 died in hospitals while two others were related to homicides. Hall said that chronic care and illnesses are not taken care of within the walls of the prisons, instead, they are referred out to private hospitals. Hall added that the two homicide-related deaths are currently being investigated and will be referred out to the local District Attorneys for prosecution.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mississippi to campaign for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. In a notice from the senator yesterday, her campaign says the president will be in Southaven on October 2. The event is planned for 7 p.m. at the Landers Center in Southaven, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Admission is free but tickets – available through the Trump campaign website – are required. Trump has endorsed Sens. Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker for the Nov. 6 elections.
Opening statements and the first three witnesses – the last of them a speech pathologist called by prosecutors in an attempt to blunt the references to “Eric” jurors were sure to hear – occupied the first morning of Quinton Tellis’ retrial for the Dec. 6, 2014, burning death of Jessica Chambers. Chambers, a 19-year-old Courtland, Miss., resident was found stumbling on fire from her burning car. Jurors were selected Monday in Starkville and transported to Batesville, where the trial is expected to continue through the week and possibly into early next week.
As Senate confirmation hearings continue, Mississippi’s Senators have issued statements supporting Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault accusations from multiple women. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one accuser, has agreed to testify in front of the Judiciary Committee under certain conditions. In response to the latest developments, Senator Roger Wicker stated the allegations are being used as a “smear” tactic against the nominee. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith stated that while sexual assault is unacceptable, she believes this to be a partisan attack on Judge Kavanaugh.
SEC Nation with Paul Finebaum and Tim Tebow was in Oxford last week…this week they are headed to Starkville for what may be an ugly homecoming for Dan Mullen and his Florida Gators. “I guarantee this, I don’t know if there will ever be a bigger game played in the state of Mississippi,” Mullen said. The Bulldogs may want to take that beating they got in Kentucky last week out on the guy who walked up and down those State sidelines for nine years. Kickoff is 5 PM Saturday.