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MEMA: Smithville tornado was most powerful in state in more than 40 years

Posted 4/29/2011 in State

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon.



'You can't just put up a tarp. There's nothing left'

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Survivors picked through rubble Thursday in Smithville, a northeastern Mississippi town that was mostly flattened by violent storms that roared through the South a day earlier.


A scramble for supplies, and random acts of kindness, during power outage

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Let there be light. And ice. And food. And gas. It was a familiar refrain around Columbus last night as darkness cloaked the city.

Though most back online, local power lines could take days to repair

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Tennessee Valley Authority transmission line failed Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power to most of the Golden Triangle for hours.


Couple robbed at Columbus motel during power outage

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men armed with pistols took advantage of the power outage Wednesday to rob a married couple staying at the Columbus Master Host Inn.


VIDEO: Lowndes woman says she's haunted by stabbing attack

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Cora Williams dreams now, she sees her ex-boyfriend's eyes as he repeatedly stabs her body with a dull butcher knife, she said.


Arrest report 4-28-11

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department reported these felony arrests this week.



Paccar anticipates expansion as economy improves

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Paccar started building engines at its 440,000-square-foot Lowndes County plant in December 2010. Since then, 2,200 engines have been assembled at the facility, and 600 have been delivered to customers.



Cookout to celebrate County Government Day

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County will host a hamburger and hot dog cookout Friday at the courthouse in honor of County Government Day.



Starkville schools chief Couey resigns

Posted 4/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District board members spent two and a half hours behind closed doors Wednesday before voting unanimously to accept the resignation of superintendent Judy Couey, effective June 30.



MEMA: Updated Miss. deaths, injuries

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has now received confirmation of 32 storm related deaths and more than 120 injuries from severe weather that moved through the state Tuesday morning through last night.



Ala. governor mobilizes 1,400 National Guardsmen

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Gov. Robert Bentley is deploying about 1,400 Alabama National Guardsmen to provide assistance to the Alabama counties impacted by the severe weather.



Violent storms smack the South; dozens of deaths reported

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Fierce storms that spawned tornadoes roared across the South, killing at least 85 people as they wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and even prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.



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