Hail and farewell; a salute to those we lost in 2012

The year 2012 was filled with highs and lows, shock and disbelief – as notable movers and shakers, politicians and hit makers departed this world, but not without leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of many.

While the death of any individual is noteworthy, the following deaths are significant and stand as a testimony that greatness is achievable – even for the lowly and humble.

Listed below is a partial list of those we lost in 2012: […]


Suspect arrested in Friday’s drive-by shooting

Sheriff’s deputies in Oktibbeha County have arrested a man wanted in connection with a shooting early Friday morning.

Officials said a search warrant executed on a residence on Blair Road led to the discovery of the suspect, 27-year-old Lorenzo Lamas Hunter.

Deputies believe Hunter allegedly shot into another man’s sport-utility vehicle early Friday morning on Blair Road in the Blackjack community, wounding the driver.


Nurse takes drugs from patient

A Jackson County nurse has been arrested after allegedly taking drugs from a patient at a nursing center, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Christina Henderson, 44, of Vancleave, was taken into custody by investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by a Jackson County indictment. […]


Terry Glover, Ebony managing editor, dies at 57

Terry Glover, the managing editor of Ebony magazine, died of colon cancer at her Chicago home in the Bronzeville community. Glover was 57.

Ebony announced on its website that Glover died on Monday, Dec. 24. Her husband, Kendall Glover, told the Chicago Tribune that his wife had been fighting cancer for about two years.


Tornado hits Pearl River; Gov. declares state of emergency

Mississippi’s governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for several counties hit hard after severe storms and a tornado moved through the state this week.

Emergency management personnel confirmed that a tornado did touch down in Pearl River County on Tuesday, Dec. 25, that destroyed approximately 15 homes sending at least eight people to the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

None of the injuries were life-threatening. […]


2 economic developers indicted for bribery and embezzlement

Federal officials said two women have been indicted in connection with an embezzlement and bribery scheme related to grant funds and the construction of community housing projects in the Mississippi Delta.

Connie Lewis, 52, of Jackson, an employee of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), faces nine counts of accepting a total of over $250,000 in cash bribes from Jimmy Stokes, a general contractor in the Mississippi Delta, in return for her influence at the MDA in directing federal grant funds to Stokes Construction Company.


Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies at 78

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday.

He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died in Tampa, Fla., where he had lived in retirement, according to a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. […]


Headlines of 2012 mixed with sorrows, joy and uncertainties

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor

Near top of the year, pulling at the heart strings of most Americans was news of the sudden death of pop icon Whitney Houston Feb. 11. She left behind daughter Bobbi Kristina. The star was found face down in a water-filled bathtub with drug paraphernalia nearby. The coroner’s initial report stated that she died of accidental drowning.

Forensic toxicologist Bruce Goldberger said the details about her blood from the toxicology report indicated she was “acutely intoxicated from cocaine” at the time of her death and was a “repeated cocaine user.” Traces of prescription medications were in her system, and blood tests indicated that she smoked marijuana within two weeks before her death…. […]


A final look at Headlines in 2012

Stories that impacted Mississippians

Compiled by Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor
Over the past 19 years, The Mississippi Link has not missed a week of reporting on impactful events in the state and across the nation. The year 2012 in review shows a continuation of this commitment to bring to its readers the news and views that have shaped the lives of Mississippians and beyond. Out of 52 weeks of continuous publication, we now reflect on the top 20 headlines of 2012…. […]


Garrett incoming 2013 chairman of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

The Mississippi Link Newswire

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, a 2,600-member non-profit organization, recently announced its incoming 2013 chairman, Socrates Garrett of Garrett Enterprises Consolidated Inc.

Originally chartered Aug. 23, 1880, as the Jackson Board of Trade and Cotton Exchange and primarily to serve the city of Jackson, the needs of chamber members changed over its 112-year history. On Sept. 12, 1921, it changed its name to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce…. […]