Month: June 2021

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3rd Escaped Teen Inmate Captured Near Memphis

The U.S. Marshals Service says the second of three teenagers who escaped from a Tennessee detention center has been captured. The 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday in Chattanooga. The Marshals Service says he escaped with the other two juveniles last Wednesday from Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville, where he was being held on a homicide … Continue Reading 3rd Escaped Teen Inmate Captured Near Memphis

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MS Lawmakers Work To Complete Medical Marijuana Bill Draft

Lawmakers working on a proposal to bring a medical marijuana program to Mississippi plan to have a draft of the legislation ready later this summer, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday. “I think we’ll have something that we can have serious discussions about, hopefully relatively soon,” the Republican governor said. Reeves addressed the issue of … Continue Reading MS Lawmakers Work To Complete Medical Marijuana Bill Draft

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Indictment: Guard Repeatedly Struck Inmate, Lied About It

A federal grand jury has charged a deputy warden at Mississippi’s state penitentiary with injuring an inmate in 2016 and lying about it to investigators. Prosecutors said Melvin Hilson was a member of the K-9 unit at the prison when the inmate was struck and repeatedly knocked to the ground. The indictment said Hilson falsely … Continue Reading Indictment: Guard Repeatedly Struck Inmate, Lied About It

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Caleb Godvard Wins Hernando’s Inaugural Weiner Fest

Caleb Godvard is the winner of Hernondo’s inaugural Weiner Fest, stuffing seven hot dogs down his gullet in just three minutes. Godvard won a $200 gift card and, of course, the golden hot dog trophy. Weiner Fest was held Saturday, hosted by Malcom Reed, the owner of Malcom’s Shop and the star of HowToBBQRight, a … Continue Reading Caleb Godvard Wins Hernando’s Inaugural Weiner Fest

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TN Fights For Increased Funding To Support Elderly; Disabled Persons

Tennessee advocates say the state has an opportunity to increase funding for home-and community-based care, arguing that the relief will help provide critical support to the elderly, disabled and their families. Under the latest COVID-19 relief law, Tennessee is eligible to receive a $157 million increase in its federal matching Medicaid funds for long-term care … Continue Reading TN Fights For Increased Funding To Support Elderly; Disabled Persons

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Historic MS Inn To Reopen After Virus Shutdown

A historic northwest Mississippi building complex with 19th century roots has been purchased by a nonprofit economic development group and will reopen as a hotel this fall after closing down during the pandemic. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that the Greenville Inn and Suites building was purchased from the Mississippi Levee Board in June by Main … Continue Reading Historic MS Inn To Reopen After Virus Shutdown

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MS FBI Agent Shot In Jackson

An FBI special agent has been shot and wounded in Jackson, Mississippi, and is expected to survive the injury, authorities said. The agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Jackson field office was shot Saturday night, Jackson police spokesman Sam Brown told The Clarion Ledger. More information about the shooting will be released later, Brown … Continue Reading MS FBI Agent Shot In Jackson

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MS Public Service Comm. APproves Acquisition Of 26 Water & Wastewater Systems In MS

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved the acquisition of 26 water and wastewater systems in Mississippi. Great River Utility Operating Co. will serve about 6,800 connections across the state of Mississippi. Great River is a division of Central States Water Resources, one of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in the United States. This will … Continue Reading MS Public Service Comm. APproves Acquisition Of 26 Water & Wastewater Systems In MS

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Three Youths Escape From Memphis-Area Jail

Authorities are searching for three youths who escaped from a Tennessee detention center. Ray Garcia is the chief deputy for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. He says three 17-year-old boys escaped the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. Wednesday. Garcia says two of the youths are from Memphis, and … Continue Reading Three Youths Escape From Memphis-Area Jail

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Auditor: MS Erred On $117M In Unemployment Benefits

The state of Mississippi erroneously paid out more than $117 million in unemployment benefits last year and during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, State Auditor Shad White said. Mississippi’s Department of Employment Security made payments to people who never actually lost a job, were already in jail and others who were ineligible to … Continue Reading Auditor: MS Erred On $117M In Unemployment Benefits