JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $3 million in funding for renewable energy projects, projects to improve public health in the Mississippi Delta region and awards to support small farmers.
Vilsack made the announcement Thursday during a town hall meeting in Jackson…
) Thelma Collins become mayor of the town of Itta Bena on July 1. Along with the job, she inherited a $500,000 debt.
“The city of Itta Bena is in serious trouble,” Collins told the Greenwood Commonwealth.
If the issues are not resolved, she said, “all of us will be shut down.”
In keeping with their mission to preserve the rich culture and music of the Mississippi Delta, The B.B. King Museum will host free musical programs every Thursday in February in honor of Black History Month.
On Feb. 7, the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the music of: The Eastside High School Choir; The Greenwood High School Choir and the Restoration Ministries Academy.
Museum director, Dion Brown, said this month’s program is just a preview of what The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center will offer to the public in 2013.
Two local men have been charged with stealing copper from irrigation systems on farms in the Delta and trying to sell it in another state.
Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Division, said that: Curtis Tigues, 29, of Inverness and Ernest Calvin, 31, of Belzoni were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit interstate theft. Each man is charged in a one count indictment alleging conspiracy to possess, sell, and dispose of copper metal stolen from irrigation systems on farms in the Mississippi Delta and then sold in Arkansas.
Both appeared in U.S. District Court on the charges and were released on bond pending trial.
An earthquake that occurred eight miles underground Monday was strong enough to rumble the Memphis area and big enough to be felt in north Mississippi.
The U.S. Geological Survey, the government agency that keeps data on quakes, says the epicenter was about six miles southwest of Parkin, Arkansas, which is about 40 miles west of Memphis. The quake was 23 kilometers below the surface and measured 3.9 on the Richter scale.
GREENVILLE – (AP) As the City of Greenville begins to improve everything from streets to vacant buildings, it also is working to revamp the city’s website in an attempt to make it the news hub of the city. The Delta Democrat Times reports reorganization of the site began in January after City Council members complained […]