News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Funds will help foundation
On June 11, Entergy celebrated 90 years in business with a luncheon held in Greenville, one of the Mississippi communities where Entergy got its start. At the event, Entergy Mississippi President Haley Fisackerly saluted outgoing board member Billy Percy for his 14 years of service on the Entergy board.
Fisackerly mentioned to the audience that Percy’s father had also served on the board when the company was known as Mississippi Power & Light and that out of 90 years in business, the Percys had collectively served 42 years on the board.
In his salute, Fisackerly presented a check for $50,000 to the newly-formed Community Foundation of Washington County, of which Percy and his wife, Lisa are very much involved.
Sentencing date set for man in gun case
A federal judge has set an Aug. 15 sentencing date for a man who pleaded guilty to a firearms violation.
Authorities say Clarence Lee was being held for trial on a cocaine conspiracy and notified someone in November 2011 to alert his brothers about guns in his home.
Lee was arrested in Covington County for conspiring with his brothers in 2011 to have numerous guns and ammunition removed from his house. He pleaded guilty to possessing guns after conviction for a felony.
The indictment says Isaac and Michael Lee removed the guns from their brother’s house and concealed them from police.
Isaac and Michael Lee have pleaded guilty to obstruction.
Brown goes before Judiciary Committee
Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown is scheduled to go before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for the start of her confirmation hearing for a federal judgeship in north Mississippi.
President Barack Obama nominated Brown in May. The judgeship presides over court in Greenville.
If confirmed, Brown would become the state’s first black female district judge.
The post became open in 2012 by the death of Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr.
The committee hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. central time at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Brown works in the Jackson law firm Wise Carter Child & Caraway. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University in 1987 and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1997.
Bailey named Saltillo police chief
Police Sgt. Grant Bailey has been promoted to police chief by the Saltillo Board of Aldermen.
Bailey has been in the department for his entire nine year career, serving as a sergeant since 2010, the department’s K-9 officer since 2012 and served as the DUI officer for four years.
Aldermen approved his promotion last Tuesday.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Bailey had been acting leader of the department since June 12. Police Chief Steve Brooks formally retired June 30. The other two officers, Assistant Chief Prentiss Brown and Officer Mark Roberts, are still suspended with pay.
Excluding the department’s two suspended officers, the police department has six full-time officers and six part-time and reserve officers.