Thomas Southerland, 68, was raised a Southern Baptist. He was steeped in a 166-year-old tradition of conservative, strict biblical beliefs. He serves as the business administrator for First Baptist Church in downtown Columbus.
The Columbus City Council named Selvain McQueen the new police chief of The Friendly City on Monday with fewer than 100 words. By a vote of 4-2, the council selected McQueen as the new police chief during the special-called meeting, which lasted no more than five minutes.
JACKSON -- Where does the money go? That's the most recent question from the Mississippi Supreme Court in the legal dispute over fees paid to private attorneys hired by the attorney general to handle lawsuits for the state.
HATTIESBURG -- The Hattiesburg African American Military History Museum is offering a holiday open house and tours on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
INDIANOLA -- The late guitarist and singer Albert King is being honored on the Mississippi Blues Trail. A marker commemorating King's career is being dedicated today.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Jordan created a heart-warming Christmas display of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters more than 40 years ago at his Southern California home, and it became a holiday tradition as tens of thousands of people showed up each year to see the sparkling extravaganza.
By a vote of 4-2, the Columbus city council selected Selvain McQueen as the new police chief.
LAUREL -- A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the bank where she worked.
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Manuel Noriega is back in his Panamanian homeland after nearly 22 years, sitting in a prison cell in a country he ruled as a personal fiefdom until U.S. troops invaded and hauled him off to a Florida jail.
CHICAGO -- One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound.
JACKSON -- The use of corporal punishment appears to be declining at Mississippi public schools, according to a newspaper.
PEARLINGTON -- Granulated activated carbon used to purify water, air, food and medicines has been processed in south Mississippi and shipped around the world for two decades.
MAYHEW -- A former "dummy" wised up this year. Lloyd Watts, 27, of Starkville was one of 23 students to receive GED diplomas Dec. 6 at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus, and one of three recipients to address the crowd of family and friends.
On the heels of the Columbus police chief interviews, Columbus residents who watched the interviews weighed in with their thoughts Saturday afternoon.
In a frightening scenario, Columbus native and teen fiddle phenom Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith, were carjacked and held at gunpoint near midnight Thursday in Houston, Texas, following a show at the Dosey Doe with Paul Thorn.
When Lynn Wright assumes the seat as Lowndes County School superintendent in January, he'll enter office making 40 percent more than his predecessor's starting salary, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county school board during Friday's meeting.
2. SMART splits Boardtown route, adds new stops for residents STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. Wait joins Dispatch staff as new MSU reporter COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. Amos fills in for Clinkscales on city bench COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY