United Healthcare gives Mississippi grant for healthy kids

October 24, 2012 in Health, News, Statewide News

A health care company has donated another $30,000 to help children in Mississippi stay healthy.

The donation came earlier this month during a Mississippi 4-H club’s Eat4-Health campaign event in Belzoni.

Boy killed after concrete falls on top of him

October 23, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Authorities said an 11-year-old boy has died after an apparent accident outside an East Tupelo restaurant, WTVA reported.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green said Lorenzo Washington was playing by the dumpster area of a Huddle House restaurant with his mother and an employee nearby.

Man killed, 3 others injured in crash in Oktibbeha County

October 23, 2012 in News, Statewide News

Oktibbeha County investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol was a factor in a one-car accident early Saturday morning that killed one man and injured three others.

The accident happened early Saturday on Oktoc Road near Windy Ridge.

Worker who fell 5 floors dies

October 23, 2012 in News, Statewide News

A 43-year-old construction worker who survived for nearly a week in the hospital after falling from a five-story building in Belhaven has died.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Clarion-Ledger that Stacey Andrew Washington died Wednesday night about 8:30 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from multiple blunt force injuries associated with the fall.

Two former Jackson Police officers plead guilty to accepting bribes

October 23, 2012 in News, Statewide News

Former Jackson Police Department Patrol Officers Monyette Quintel Jefferson, 27, and Terence Dale Jenkins, 25, have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to accepting bribes from an undercover FBI agent.

In pleading guilty, federal officials said Jefferson and Jenkins admitted their involvement in protecting several drug transactions.

Pickens Mayor Joel Gill killed in car accident

October 22, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Pickens Mayor Joel Gill, who was a past candidate for Mississippi agriculture commissioner and U.S. congress, has died in a car accident. He was 61.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Williams said Gill’s car ran off Mississippi Highway 17 near Pickens Thursday afternoon and struck a tree, but it’s not clear what caused the accident.

MDOC: ‘Two inmates at large’

October 22, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said two inmates from the Forrest County Community Worker Center went missing Saturday evening about 5 p.m.

MDOC Spokesperson Tara Booth said 26-year-old David Bass and 22-year-old James Robert Martin walked off a work detail at the Forrest County facility in Hattiesburg and were last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants and white MDOC shirts with “MDOC Convict” printed on the back.

Courtney Pearson elected first black Homecoming Queen at Ole Miss

October 19, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Campaigning was challenging and winning the election was rewarding, but making history in the process is mind-boggling for Courtney Roxanne Pearson, who recently became the University of Mississippi’s first African-American homecoming queen.

The 21-year-old senior English secondary education major from Memphis won the title in a run-off during annual campus personality elections.