Home » 2014 » April » 09

Daily Archives: April 9, 2014

Board cuts charter school applications to three

JACKSON — The number of applicants to open Mississippi’s first charter school has been narrowed to three. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to declare three applications eligible and complete to move forward. They are Reimagine Prep, which would operate grades 5-8 in Jackson; Phoenix Early College Charter School, which would operate grades 9-12 in the Natchez-Adams school ...

Read More »

Forty-five years after landfall, Hurricane Camille is downgraded

GULF OF MEXICO — The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at the time. Researchers from the hurricane center and Florida International University re-analyzed original observations from ships, ...

Read More »

Graham reaches out-of-court settlement in training-pay case

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that an out-of-court settlement has been agreed to with Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham involving litigation concerning Graham’s conducting training while employed by the Jackson Police Department. As part of the settlement, Graham will transfer 91 days of his accumulated unused uncompensated personal and major medical leave to the city of Jackson from ...

Read More »

MSU researchers develop timber-management software

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber. Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user’s guide based on 33 years of research. The free software provides expected yields and future growth values for the red ...

Read More »

Voters elect to replace fire-damaged courthouse

WALTHALL — Webster County voters overwhelmingly want supervisors to build a new courthouse in Walthall. The nonbinding election was held yesterday. County supervisors say they’ll use the non-binding referendum vote to help decide what steps should be taken before construction of any kind begins. The old courthouse in Walthall suffered heavy damage in a fire in January 2013. County officials ...

Read More »

New high school aiming for LEED certification at Silver level

OXFORD — The new Oxford High School is on the road to become the first LEED Silver-certified high school in Mississippi. Oxford school superintendent Brian Harvey said, “The 220,000-square-foot educational facility’s energy-efficient and cutting-edge technologies will aid in continuing to produce academically successful students while also providing the perfect learning environment for our students. With a growing student population, we ...

Read More »

Officials to dedicate segment of highway to late legislator

LEAKESVILLE — A segment of Mississippi Highway 63 in Greene County will be dedicated April 17 to state Sen. George Cecil McLeod Jr., D-Leakesville, who died in 2011. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King says dedication of the “Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway” will be at 2 p.m. at the Leakesville Presbyterian Church. The segment to be dedication ...

Read More »

Yarber, Lumumba headed to runoff for Jackson mayor

JACKSON — City Council member Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, will be in an April 22 runoff to see who will become Jackson’s next mayor. Complete, but unofficial, returns from yesterday’s election show only 10 votes separate the two. Affidavit and absentee ballots are still to be counted. Thirteen candidates were on ...

Read More »

University Press of Mississippi forms new partnership

JACKSON — The University Press of Mississippi has established a new partnership with University Press Online Scholarship. Mississippi Scholarship Online brings together the best of University Press of Mississippi’s scholarly publishing and ensures that scholars around the globe have yet another path to discover UPM titles. Launched in March, Mississippi Scholarship Online (MSSO) makes almost 200 key UPM titles available online in ...

Read More »