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City to seek AG opinion on vice mayor term limits

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In July, Columbus councilmen voted to appoint Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor as vice mayor for one year. Prior opinions from the Mississippi attorney general office, however, say that once a vice mayor is appointed, he holds the position through the end of his elected term.

Lee museum awarded grant funding for ADA work

Posted 12/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The oldest property in Lowndes County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places will soon be wheelchair accessible.

Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.


Sanitation director suspended for 10 days without pay

Posted 12/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen suspended Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy for 10 days without pay after an almost three-hour, closed-door session Tuesday.


CVB, city to apply for development grant

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will join forces with the city council to apply for a grant that will help develop a vacant property east of the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center.

Columbus man facing statutory rape charge

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Quadevious Atterberry, 21, of 2409 Oat Street, was arrested last week after investigators believe he engaged in a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

Noxubee Co. sheriff's son arrested on drug charges

Posted 12/17/2013 in Area

The son of the Noxubee County Sheriff was arrested Monday for possession of cocaine. Akem Olajuwon Grassaree, 25, of Macon, was arrested by agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division after they discovered a felony amount of cocaine and a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his possession, according to authorities.

Voter ID equipment installed in Lowndes Co.

Posted 12/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann visited the Lowndes County Courthouse Monday to supervise the installation of voter ID equipment at Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar's office.

Legislation expected to support Mill project

Posted 12/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

State lawmakers are expected to fast track special legislation preventing future governing boards from undoing provisions associated with The Mill at Mississippi State University's long-term lease agreements.

Aldermen consider new Carver Drive bid

Posted 12/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen could approve a new bid to concrete a portion of the Carver Drive ditch, a drainage feature that has served as a point of political conflict for years, during their 5:30 p.m. meeting today at City Hall.


State Supreme Court denies motion for removal of trial judge

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.



Arrests at McComb weight loss center

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The owner and business manager of the McComb weight loss clinic have been charged with selling drugs and practicing medicine without a license.



AGs want tamper proof generic painkillers

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and 41 other states legal officers are asking the government to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products.



Mississippi death penalty case before U.S. Supreme Court

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Jan. 10 whether to hear an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row who is seeking a new trial in the slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused.


Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.

U.S. fundraising mittens made in China

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The outside of the mittens say "Go USA." The insides say "Made in China." Less than two years after being criticized for having the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms made in China, the U.S. Olympic Committee has another wardrobe malfunction on its hands.


Fake signer accused in mob attack

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob that accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks.



Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.



FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.



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