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…. […]


Mississippi Blues Trail gets over 500k hits on Google Maps

This month, the Mississippi Blues Trail’s Google Maps web page reached over 500,000 visits. The map can be accessed from the home page of the Blues Trail as well as from each individual marker page.

“Mississippi’s musical heritage continues to be a major attraction for visitors around the world,” said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “Using interactive technologies like Google Maps makes the Mississippi Blues Trail both an entertaining and informative tool for those planning a visit to our state. We are pleased that so many web users are taking advantage of this valuable resource to learning about Mississippi’s heritage.”


Hershey plant strikes deal with Miss. CC

Hershey Co.’s Memphis plant has struck up a deal with Northwest Mississippi Community College to provide workers through the college’s career-technical education division.

Company officials tell The Commercial Appeal the chocolate maker was seeking a partner to train workers for the company’s recent shift toward mechatronics, a field of engineering that integrates mechanics, electronics, control theory and computer science.


MDOT seizes $500k in drugs from truck at weigh station

Enforcement officers with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) stopped an 18-wheeler for a routine weight and safety check and discovered at least 500 pounds of marijuana.

MDOT officials said the incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 12. The officers stopped a 1999 Freightliner tractor and van trailer at the eastbound I-59 Lauderdale inspection facility, for a routine weight, safety and paperwork inspection.


A few snow flakes possible for Wednesday morning

There’s no need for a shovel just yet. But meteorologists are saying a few snow flurries are possible for North Mississippi early Wednesday morning.

Keith Gibson, of WCBI weather, said the best chance to see an accumulation of at least a few inches of snow will be between Memphis and Clarksdale.

“Blizzard conditions are expected in eastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, if you can believe that,” Gibson said. […]


Baldwyn woman killed in Christmas Day accident

The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate an early afternoon crash in Lee County that claimed the life of a Baldwyn woman, WCBI reports.

Troopers were dispatched to the Christmas Day crash about 1 p.m., on MS 245, just south of Shannon.

Authorities said it appeared Timothy Autrey, 26, of Baldwyn, was traveling south in a 1997 Ford F-150, when he lost control of the vehicle and overturned. […]


‘Odd Couple’ actor Jack Klugman dies at 90

Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90.

Klugman, who lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s and trained himself to speak again, died with his wife at his side. […]