Archives for August 2019

Lewiston Attendance Zone To Get New Middle School

The Mississippi Dedpartnment of Education has approved DeSoto County Schools for plans to build a new middle school in the Lewisburg attendance zone. Right now, all grades are in the same building at I-269 and Craft Road. The superintendent says the current plans call for the middle school to be built about six miles south of the current facility.

Candlelight vigil for Elvis

Thousands of people are remembering Elvis Presley. They flocked to Graceland last night for the annual candlelight vigil on the eve of the King of Rock and Roll’s passing. Elvis died 42 years ago today at Graceland. He was 42 years old.

Memphis Firefighter Accused Of Wounding Uncle In Gun Battle

(Memphis, TN) — A Memphis firefighter is under arrest for a shooting in Hickory Hill. Kelvin Steward was arrested by MPD last night for a Wednesday morning shooting on Kennings Drive, near Doncaster Lane. Steward is accused of wounding his uncle during a gun battle between the two. The four-year veteran of the Memphis Fire Department has been charged with aggravated assault.

Murdered Veteran TDOC Administrator To Be Laid To Rest

(Nashville, TN) — The Tennessee Department of Corrections administrator allegedly killed by an escaped prisoner will be laid to rest today. Curtis Watson is charged with sexually assaulting and murdering Debra Johnson during an escape from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Johnson’s visitation was held last evening in her hometown of Nashville. Her funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock this morning at the Temple Church in Nashville.

Two Men Nabbed After Car Thefts Near Airport

Memphis Polcie nabbed two men after a series of car thefts near the airport last night. At about 3:30 this morning, a chase went down, stemming from a call at Adesa Auto Auction near Getwell and East Holmes. Police caught the two men trying to drive cars off the lot. Both men were captured after a brief chase.

Curtis Watson To Be Housed At Riverbend Maximum Security Institution

(Nashville, TN) — Alleged murderer Curtis Watson is being transferred into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He’ll now be housed at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Watson made his initial appearance in Lauderdale County court yesterday, where a judge set his preliminary hearing for September 25th. Watson is facing charges of murder and sexually assaulting TDOC administrator Debra Johnson when he escaped the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

Shelby Co. Corrections Officer Facing Contraband Charge

(Memphis, TN) — A Shelby County corrections officer is facing a charge. An arrest report shows Marisa Williams was charged Friday with bringing contraband into a penal institution. Williams allegedly bought a phone for an inmate. One of her coworkers allegedly found the phone on an inmate during a search.

Extradition Hearing Planned For Walmart Shooting Suspect

(Memphis, TN) — The former Walmart employee accused of killing two managers at the store in Southaven, Mississippi last month will get an extradition hearing tomorrow, in his hospital room. The shooting rampage ended when a police officer wounded Martez Abram. He’s been hospitalized in Memphis ever since. Tomorrow, a judge will use Facetime to conduct the hearing to bring Abram back to Mississippi to face charges.

Donation Will Allow Overton Park To Address Issues With Dog Park

(Memphis, TN) — A 25-thousand-dollar donation will allow Overton Park to improve its dog park. The money comes from the Boyd Foundation which gave money to cities across Tennessee to help them become more dog friendly. Overton Park will use the money to fix flooding plaguing the dog area known as Overton Bark. Bartlett, Selmer, Ripley and Munford also received grants for dog park projects.

Classes Canceled At A Millington Elementary School

(Millington, TN) — Just three days into the new school year students at one Millington elementary school are getting the day off. Classes are canceled today at E.A. Harrold Elementary School due to problems with the HVAC system. Yesterday, the kids had to be moved to the Millington Performing Arts Center with the heat index over 100 degrees. Crews are trying to fix the system.