Archives for December 2018

Judge Celeste Embrey Wilson sworn in

Judge Celeste Embrey Wilson of Southaven, a 17th Circuit Court Judge elected in the November general election, was officially returned to the bench during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the DeSoto County Courthouse.

Wilson won election over attorney Stan Little by a nearly 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 6.

Desoto County Homestead exemption filing open

DeSoto County new homeowners, or those who have never taking advantage of the exemption, can begin next week to apply for the Homestead Tax Exemption on their property taxes.

The filing period for 2019 begins on Jan. 2, said DeSoto County Tax Assessor Parker Pickle, and runs through 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, which is the deadline to file for the exemption.

Pickle said the one-time filing application allows homeowners, depending on their situation, to get a credit on their bottom line property taxes.

Pedestrain accident in Whitehaven

A man is fighting for his life following a pedestrian crash in Whitehaven. According to the Memphis Police Department, officers responded to E Holmes Rd & Airways Blvd where a male pedestrian was struck by a white Ford F150.

Fight ends in dogs getting shot

A man accused of shooting two dogs at a downtown apartment complex in Memphis is out of jail. Reuben Ballard allegedly shot his neighbors’ dogs on Friday night when the dogs apparently became riled up. The shooting apparently happened after an argument between the dogs’ owner and Ballard. Ballard was arrested but was out of jail and back at the apartment complex by Saturday night.

Two men killed after a 32-hour standoff with police in Itawamba County

Two men are dead after a 32-hour standoff with police in Itawamba County. The Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT Team responded to hostage situation Saturday. After 32 hours of negotiations, the SWAT Team entered the home they found a male hostage dead. The suspect was also killed and a 10-year-old girl was rescued.

Partial Gov’t Shutdown Has Little Effect In Desoto County

The partial government shutdown has no sign of ending yet, but residents in our region may not see many effects of the shutdown. At this point, the shutdown has affected only about 25 percent of the entire federal government, which is either closed or remained oipen with employees required to report to work without pay for the time being. Post offices will remain open in Desoto County, because the post office is a separate entity from the federal government. National parks may remain open, but will have reduced staffing levels and public restrooms and informatyion centers may be closed.

Amazon is Coming to Town

Governor Phil Bryant just announced that Amazon is locating a consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County that will create 850 jobs over three years that have a starting minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. Amazon is currently making improvements to an existing 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park.

Farm Bill Will Help Rural Mississippi

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith praised the enactment of the 2018 farm bill, which strengthens the safety net for Mississippi’s agricultural producers as they navigate market fluctuations amid trade tensions. The bill covers commodity programs and crop insurance, rural development, rural health care, forestland resources, and chronic wasting disease. She said the bill brings a new focus to the needs of rural communities to help them grow economically,”

Desoto County Announced Holiday Trash Collection

DeSoto County has released its holiday collection schedules for those residents in the unincorporated areas of the county who are not served by city collection services. The schedule changes affect both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will no garbage or recycling collections on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Service will be one day late for the remainder of the week.

Memphis PD Spreading Christmas Cheer

The Memphis Police Department Training Academy is spreading Christmas cheer to kids at a Shelby County elementary school. Hawkins Mill Elementary in Frayser has been in need of better equipment for its physical education department. Officers collected 12-hundred dollars to buy sports equipment, including a new basketball goal. The school’s basketball team had been practicing outside due to the lack of equipment.