Ripley approves saggy pants ordinance

May 1, 2012 in News, Statewide News

By Monica Land

News Briefs From Across The State

Violaters can be fined up to $200

Ripley aldermen have unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting public indecency and indecent exposure. The ordinance takes effect in May.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the ordinance is aimed at curbing the practice of wearing pants in public that hang very low on the hips.

According to the ordinance, offenders will receive a misdemeanor citation to Ripley Municipal Court. Conviction can bring a fine of at least $50 for a first offense. The fine can rise to a maximum of $200 for a subsequent offense.

In addition to the fine, Ripley Municipal Court may order the offender to take part in up to 40 hours of court-approved community service activities.

Woman arrested in cellphone incident

Officials say an alleged attempt to smuggle cellphones into the Adams County Correctional Facility has landed a 27-year-old Greenville woman behind bars.

The Natchez Democrat reports Yajairi Mercado was arrested Sunday on charge of introducing contraband into jail.

Authorities say Adams County sheriff’s deputies arrested Mercado after a routine search of her vehicle yielded several cellphones which authorities alleged were intended to be introduced into the correctional center.

Mercado’s bond has not been set.

No date for Thompson-Marcy Debate

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson and Republican challenger Bill Marcy have agreed to a debate.

They have not agreed on a time and place. The election is Nov. 6.

Thompson chief of staff Lanier Avant tells The Panolian that Thompson welcomes the opportunity to defend his record in Congress.

Thompson defeated Marcy in 2010, winning re-election with 61 percent of the vote in Mississippi’s 2nd District.

Thompson is running for a 10th term. He defeated former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer in the March Democratic primary.

The black majority 2nd district includes the Delta region and much of the city of Jackson.

Panola County became part of the 2nd District in a federal court redrawing of Mississippi’s congressional districts. Panola County had been in the 1st District.

Ocean Springs considers noise ordinance

Twenty-eight people spoke during a public meeting at Ocean Springs City Hall about the city adopting a noise ordinance.

Business and home owners spoke to the mayor and Board of Aldermen during a two-hour meeting. They expressed their opinions on the attraction of having bands at night all the way to the disruption of sleep when the loud music invades bedrooms.

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran called the issue growing pains. She pointed out the music scene is part of the arts and is an attraction to the city.

Once the board composes a noise ordinance, The Mississippi Press reports there will be an additional public hearing before it’s adopted sometime within the next couple of months.

High-tech job training plans for Olive Branch

Four high-tech programs are planned for a new Regional Technology and Training Center in Olive Branch.

The Commercial Appeal reports that they’ll include two career programs recently approved by Mississippi – public safety and transportation/logistics. The center also will offer programs in health sciences and industrial maintenance.

DeSoto County Schools Supt. Milton Kuykendall says it will prepare kids for life.

The new center will be on the east side of the county. Southaven, on the west side, has a Career Technology Center.