Free dental clinic getting ready to open in Tupelo

The Tree of Life free clinic in Tupelo is now offering extractions.

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By Monica Land

Dentists across the region are donating equipment

The free medical clinic in Tupelo is getting ready to add tooth extraction to its offerings.

Dentist Mindy Austin said the Tree of Life Free Clinic’s dental office will take care of dental infections for patients referred by the clinic’s doctors. She tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that will ensure good medical histories.

Austin says more than 250 Tree of Life patients have been identified as needing dental care.

Dentists around the state and region are donating equipment, including a dental X-ray machine, for three new patient rooms. Austin says the dental clinic should open later this month.

Austin is among five dentists volunteering twice a month at the clinic. Austin says that some oral surgeons have agreed to help with difficult cases.

Man shot in August dies from wounds

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson says a 56-year-old Greenville man who was shot last August has died of his injuries.

Johnson tells the Delta Democrat Times that Gloster Turner died Feb. 15 from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Turner was shot Aug. 27, 2011, on a Greenville street by an unknown assailant.

Johnson says Turner died at a local hospice.

Greenville Police Department Sgt. Michael Merchant said the Turner’s case has not been closed, and police are still searching for suspects.

Keenum gets order to NC prison

Thomas D. Keenum Sr. was scheduled to report to prison Monday, Feb. 27.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that U.S. District Court in Oxford last week informed Keenum’s attorney, Anthony Farese of Ashland, about the prison designation and his client’s report deadline.

The 73-year-old Keenum will serve his 22-month sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C.

Keenum pleaded guilty in 2008 to a three-year fraud in which he borrowed money from banks and repeatedly used the same collateral.

Keenum also was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution to five banks, three insurance companies and a Booneville attorney. He permanently surrendered his law license in February 2011 and was disbarred by the Mississippi Supreme Court in May.

Man confesses to recent burglaries

A Starkville man faces charges for at least five auto burglaries in the city this week, based on witness identification and a confession from the suspect.

Detective Scott Carrithers said Joshua Michael Moore, 21, of Starkville was identified as the perpetrator and taken into custody Friday.

All of the burglaries took place at Camden Place early Thursday morning, an apartment complex off Louisville Street, according to Carrithers.

Once questioned by police, Moore confessed to breaking into the vehicles and being a member of the street gang known as the Simon City Royals.

Before his arrest, Moore was easily identified by officers by a Star of David tattoo under his right eye, which is also associated with the gang.

Moore was already on probation for stealing a car last year.

He is currently being held in the Oktibbeha County Jail on a $15,000 bond

Head Start program gets $11k grant

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) said the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11,650,650 in Head Start Project Funds to Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc.

Pocahontas Rest Area Repairs Complete in Hinds County

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that the restroom facilities at the Pocahontas Rest Area in Hinds County are now open to the public.

The restroom facilities were closed briefly due to some repairs.

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