MDOC unveils new dialysis unit at Pearl correctional facility

A new kidney dialysis unit has been unveiled at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Pearl.
After months of renovation, the Hemodialysis unit, which was once located in a trailer at the prison, has been moved to a more medically conducive environment at the facility. Wexford Health Sources Inc., the contracted health care provider for Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), operates the unit. […]


AirGuide celebrates grand opening in Clarksdale

CLARKSDALE – Gov. Phil Bryant, officials from AirGuide and local officials recently celebrated the grand opening of the company’s manufacturing operations in Clarksdale. The governor and company officials announced last August AirGuide’s plans to locate in Clarksdale.

The new facility will create 40 full-time jobs with a company investment of $720,000. […]


Court denies Grayson's motion for a rehearing

The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied death row inmate Blayde Grayson’s petition for a rehearing.

Grayson, 37, was convicted in George County in 1997. He was found guilty of the 1996 slaying of 78-year-old Minnie Smith during a house burglary. Authorities say Smith was stabbed more than 30 times on the night she died in her rural home at the edge of the Pascagoula River flats.

The state Supreme Court upheld Grayson’s capital murder conviction and death sentence in 2001. […]


Teresa and Mary Mayes reach plea deals in murder, kidnapping case

The two women accused of helping a man kidnap two little girls and kill their sister and mother just reached plea agreements in court.

Teresa is the widow and Mary is the mother of Adam Mayes, who authorities say killed Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne, before kidnapping Bain’s two other girls, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, in May 2012.

Teresa pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. Mary pleaded guilty to two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. […]


Arkansas man gets 5 years for leasing someone else’s land

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to five years in jail for leasing land to hunters that didn’t belong to him, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Seth Bradshaw, 35, of Pigott, Arkansas and formerly of Sunflower County, appeared before Judge Bettye Sanders for sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of false pretense.  […]

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Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation receives $9k donation

The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation in Ruleville, recently received a generous donation of $9,000 from the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler.

Freddie White-Johnson, founder and president of the Foundation, accepted the check from Shirley Walker, case management and supervisor of the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility. White-Johnson also serves as program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention (MNCCP) at The University of Southern Mississippi. […]


DuPree Speaks at 50th Anniversary March on Washington (VIDEO)

Hattiesburg Mayor, Johnny Dupree gave the following speech today, August 28 2013 at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The following is the full transcript of the speech he gave, along with the video of the speech:

I want to thank the National Conference of Black Mayors, and the coalition for the opportunity to make a few remarks on this historic occasion.

Decades and decades of blood, sweat, tears, organizing meetings, sit-ins, jailings, boycotts, negotiations, adjudications—all culminated in a march…. […]


How Mississippi and Emmett Till shaped the March on Washington

As many across the nation remain in shock and disbelief at the recent verdict in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his case has become hauntingly reminiscent of another black teenager gunned down nearly 60 years ago, where his accusers also went forth free.

The murder of Emmett Till is just as relevant today as it was in 1955 when his death not only sparked an avalanche of public outrage and fear across the south. But it also gave courage and determination to the weary and downtrodden – now wiling to die for equal rights. […]


Indianola police officer fired for choking man

The City Council has voted to fire a police officer amid allegations that he acted inappropriately in the line of duty.

WXVT reports the council took the action on Tuesday, Aug. 13, against Officer Scott Hagerman. He had been on the force for 2 years.

City officials say the firing was tied to allegations that Hagerman choked a man who arrived at an accident scene to check on his grandmother and that he pushed the woman into a car.


Greene County surveyor arrested

A Greene County surveyor has been arrested for posing as another surveyor while working in Perry County, Attorney General Jim Hood said.
Billy Eugene Brewer, 69, was arrested at his home in Leakesville by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.  Brewer is facing four counts of false pretense and four counts fraudulent use of identity […]