Hearing the screams of 14-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till from inside a Mississippi barn left a teenage field hand with an unbearable choice. He could tell a courtroom and risk paying for it with his life or keep quiet and let those screams eat away at his conscience.
The predictions were dire: Black people would burn and loot America's cities if George Zimmerman was found not guilty. White people everywhere would be attacked in revenge for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Columbus councilmen voted Tuesday to compensate J5 Broaddus $90,000 yearly plus a six-percent fee of expenses for each project it manages. Councilmen Gene Taylor, Joseph Mickens, Marty Turner and Kabir Karriem voted in support of the four-year master services agreement with the firm previously selected to the fill the newly-created city position of project manager. Charlie Box and Bill Gavin voted in dissent.
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted 7-1 Tuesday to deny funding the second half of a quality-of-life grant to the Grilling on the River. The decision was made after the grant committee's review of the event's project clearance report raised ethical concerns about former CVB board member Harvey Myrick's involvement with the event
With the arrival of charter schools quickly approaching in Mississippi, local residents are learning how area public schools could be affected. Dr. Laurie Smith, Education Policy Advisor to the Governor, spoke about "Education Works 2013" to Rotary Club members Tuesday.
During the annual Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Board of Directors retreat, members unanimously opted to table the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year after requests for additional line items to be broken down into more detail.
An impassioned plea from a state representative on the steps of City Hall, 19 residents' demands for transparency and a last-second recusal from Mayor Parker Wiseman could not save Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill's job Tuesday.
1. Would-be CPD officer popped for DUI, other charges COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Five MSU students arrested for auto burglaries at Helix STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. Starkville Utilities employee arrested for embezzlement STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Mickens takes on ex-opponent during town hall COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY