News Briefs

Mississippi Democratic Party elects new officers; Moak is new chair


Following the first meeting of the new State Executive Committee, Mississippi Democratic Party spokesperson, Ouida Meruvia, issued the following statement:

“We’re excited to announce the Mississippi Democratic Party’s newly elected officers for 2016-2020. These party leaders have demonstrated true dedication to our party, and we look forward to a new chapter of growth and strength under their leadership.”

New officers are Bobby Moak, chair; Rae Shawn Davis, vice chair; Earle Banks, executive vice chair; Ryan Brown, treasurer; Rubye Funchess, secretary; and Jamie Franks, parliamentarian.


Highway Patrol reminds motorists texting fine increases to $100 July 1


The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2016 Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period at 6 p.m. July 1 and conclude at midnight July 4.

With the anticipation of heavy traffic flow throughout the state, all available troopers will be assigned saturation patrols in an effort to maximize visibility and reduce traffic crashes. Motorists should be aware of the fine increase concerning texting while driving in Mississippi which also goes into effect July 1. The fine will increase from $25 to $100 and will be strictly enforced to combat distracted driving.

Safety checkpoints will be established during the period to remove impaired drivers from the roadways and promote seatbelt usage. In 2015, MHP investigated 138 crashes with two fatalities and made 125 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems throughout the holiday period. MHP is asking motorists to join with them in making the roadways safer in Mississippi and to help allow families to have a joyous holiday weekend.


City’s anti-littering campaign – ‘Talk Trash, Don’t Throw It’ – launched


The city of Jackson’s Department of Public Works’ Solid Waste Division has launched a new anti-littering campaign, “Talk Trash, Don’t Throw It.” The campaign consists of billboards, public service announcements and a website with information about recycling and other programs the city offers to help keep spaces clear of debris and trash.

City crews collect 18,000 tons of discarded litter from roadways, right-of-ways and vacant lots annually. Littering is more than an eyesore; it can impact the natural environment.

“We all have a stake in the city of Jackson and we should all do our part to keep this city clean and free of debris,” Yarber said. “This campaign has a strong enforcement component. We want to make people think twice before tossing litter on the ground.”

Jackson operates a litter control program with three full-time crews removing debris to maintain right-of-ways Monday through Friday. To report litter on Jackson roadways, call (601) 960-1111 or (601) 960-0000.


Learn about nuisance alligators, hunting opportunities at program


Ricky Flynt, wildlife biologist and alligator program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will present a program about alligators at the Visitor Education Center at 2 p.m. July 16.

Flynt will discuss the biology and population status of alligators. Participants will also learn about the nuisance alligator program and hunting opportunities in Mississippi.

The program is free with the price of admission. Admission is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2 for youth ages 3-17 and adults older than 60. For additional information, call the VEC at (662) 563-8068.

The VEC is part of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and is located at Exit 233 east off I-55.

For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit or call (601) 432-2212.

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