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Grantham to address Rotary members on medical marijuana

The Sept. 19 speaker at the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club is Jamie Grantham. Jamie is the Communications Director for the Medical Marijuana 2020 Campaign. She has served previously in a variety of marketing, communication, and development positions, including at First Liberty in Plano, Texas, and The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. She serves as the public spokesperson for the campaign, in ...

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2 deputies, suspect shot; suspect identified

A domestic incident and subsequent pursuit turned violent in Mississippi with two sheriff’s deputies and the suspect shot. News outlets report it happened Thursday after a chase that ended outside of Canton. District Attorney John Bramlett identified the hospitalized suspect as Edgar Egbert, who faces six counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers, one count of kidnapping and one ...

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Speaker to discuss medical marijuana in Ridgeland

The speaker at the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club for Thursday, Aug. 22, will be Dr. Kenneth Cleveland.  Dr. Cleveland is a native of Alabama and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Chief Surgical Resident in 2001.  He since has practiced medicine in Mississippi in surgical and administrative capacities.  He comes to the Mississippi Board of Medical ...

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Canton alderman pleads guilty, resigns in election scandal

An alderman in a Mississippi city has pleaded guilty in a voter fraud case. Court officials tell WAPT-TV that Canton alderman Andrew Grant pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit voter fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which the judge suspended. Grant resigned as Canton’s Ward 7 alderman immediately after the sentencing. Grant is one of five ...

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Mother of abused boy sentenced to 30 years in prison

CANTON — A Mississippi mother has been sentenced in what a district attorney calls “one of the most horrible cases of child abuse I have ever seen.” News outlets report officials announced Thursday that 34-year-old Latasha Leonard was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A tip in 2017 led authorities to a Canton home where a 10-year-old boy was being ...

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School board member convicted of voter intimidation

A school board member and city employee has been convicted of voter intimidation in central Mississippi. Local news outlets report a Madison County jury found Courtney Rainey guilty Wednesday on one count, but couldn’t reach a verdict on a voter fraud charge. Rainey is a Canton school board member and has served as the city’s director of human and cultural ...

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CAET restaurant opens in larger quarters in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY “I guess you could say we’re officially open,” Derek Emerson said on Tuesday as he watched the CAET Seafood Oysterette restaurant sign being hoisted into place above a blue-and-white-striped canopy flapping in the brisk wind. Emerson, who, with his wife Jennifer, owns the wine bar and restaurant, said the eatery had a soft opening on May 10 ...

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Madison mayor dismissed from lawsuit tied to contentious Cochran senate race

A federal judge has dismissed claims against a Mississippi mayor and a police officer in a lawsuit filed by the widow and sons of an attorney who killed himself during a bitter 2014 U.S. Senate race. Court documents show U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted dismissal requests by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler and the officer, Chuck Harrison. In ...

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Leader of Madison County Schools resigns abruptly

The leader of one of Mississippi’s largest school districts is resigning. The Madison County public school system sent a message to families on Wednesday saying that Kimber Halliburton has resigned effective immediately. The system says Halliburton is returning home to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue other opportunities and care for family members. The county school board has appointed Associate Superintendent Charlotte ...

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Half Shell Oyster House plan approved for downtown Madison

By JACK WEATHERLY Shucking the oyster on a long-anticipated arrival of a seafood restaurant in Madison is within reach. The city recently approved a site plan for a Half Shell Oyster House as a key element of an 18-acre mixed-use development. Plans by another developer fell through after the mayor and board of aldermen approved that site in 2017.   ...

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