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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 […] [...]

Voters elect to replace fire-damaged courthouse

by Associated Press Published: April 9,2014

Tags: board of supervisors, court, courthouse, election, fire, justice, refereudum, town of Walthall, Webster County

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 […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Grant to be used for more efficient delivery of pediatric services

JACKSON — Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children’s medical, mental and behavioral needs. The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children’s Home Services was announced yesterday. The effort, which aims to break down walls between medical and mental health […] [...]

County sells proposed landfill site to local cardiologist

CORINTH — Alcorn County supervisors have accepted a bid of $1,100 per acre for 125 acres once proposed for a rubbish landfill. The board of supervisors voted 3-2 for the sale to Corinth cardiologist Dr. John Prather. The proceeds will go into the county solid waste fund. The county had owned the 129-acre property for […] [...]

County leaders hire company to provide health care to inmates

by Associated Press Published: April 8,2014

Tags: board of supervisors, contract, health care, Jackson County, jail, medical, medicine

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have hired a private company to handle medical, mental health and dental care for inmates at the jail. Supervisors say the $650,000 annual contract covers health care services to inmates at the adult and juvenile detention centers. The company is offering primary care, mental health and 24-hour, on-call service. Board […] [...]

Storm leaves one dead, damaged homes and closed roads

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The body of a 9-year-old Yazoo City girl, who authorities say was swept away by weekend flash flood waters, was recovered late yesterday, authorities said. Yazoo County director of emergency management Joey Ward said Patrauna Hudson’s body was located, retrieved and identified about 7 p.m. The child’s mother positively identified her, he […] [...]

Mississippi State’s capital campaign exceeds $400M

STARKVILLE — Fundraising for Mississippi State University’s most recent capital campaign has reached $408.6 million at the close of March. The $600-million fundraising effort was launched six months ago as “Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign.” MSU president Mark Keenum says $106.5 million has been raised for scholarships, resulting in 269 new endowed scholarships […] [...]

Manslaughter convict can get workers’ comp

JACKSON — A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the homicide case and is now serving […] [...]

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