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River forces move of 'Memphis in May' barbecue contest

Posted 5/6/2011 in Area

As Old Man River continues to rise, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with local and state emergency management personnel, is closely monitoring Mississippi River levels, which are expected to crest May 10.


Starkville volunteers aid Smithville tornado cleanup

Posted 5/5/2011 in Area

Smithville isn't flattened. It's hilly. One week after being assaulted by an EF-5 tornado that left 16 residents dead as of Wednesday, the landscape of the Monroe County town is studded with piles of rubble and debris which have been gathered, swept and bulldozed together.


UPDATED: How you can volunteer, donate to the tornado relief effort

Posted 5/4/2011 in Area

Ways to donate your time, money and supplies to the storm relief effort.



Attorney general warns of fraud, price gouging

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

As victims of tornadoes last week try to reassemble their fragmented lives, state officials are asking people to be on the lookout for fraud and price gouging.



Power restored to most 4-County customers

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

Crews from 4-County Electric Power Association are almost finished restored power following a series of deadly storms in late April.



West Point principal tapped to lead district

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

Burnell McDonald is next in line to run the West Point School District.


Columbus contractor, moved by tragedy, starts charity for tornado victims

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

They stood in the rain around the red donation box, eyes closed, hands clasped, praying for the people of Smithville, praying for direction as they attempt to help in whatever way they can. What started as a simple Facebook post has become a cohesive movement, and what started as an uneasy feeling has become a loud, clear calling to serve.

Sunday in Smithville: City reflects on disaster, looks to future

Posted 5/2/2011 in Area

The post office is gone. The school is gone. City Hall is gone. Most of the churches are gone. Nearly every building in Smithville is gone -- or so heavily damaged they will have to be demolished.


4-County wrapping up power restoration in storm areas

Posted 5/2/2011 in Area

Crews from 4-County Electric Power Association are wrapping up restoration efforts following a series of deadly storms that swept through the cooperative's service territory in late April.


Obama: Bin Laden's death a 'good day' for America

Posted 5/1/2011 in Area

WASHINGTON -- Declaring the killing of Osama bin Laden "a good day for America," President Barack Obama said Monday the world was safer without the al-Qaida terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


List of fatalities in Miss. from severe storms

Posted 4/30/2011 in Area

Here are the people killed by severe storms in Mississippi during this past week, according to lists provided by coroners and law enforcement officers.



Miss. death toll from storms rises to 35

Posted 4/30/2011 in Area

Mississippi's death toll has climbed to 35 from this week's violent storms.



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

Posted 4/29/2011 in Area

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.


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

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

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


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.


Tornadoes bring death, destruction to northeast Mississippi

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

The death toll is expected to rise today after a devastating tornado Wednesday left the north Monroe County community of Smithville in shambles.


PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes of storm damage from Smithville, Tuscaloosa

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Photographers capture images of the devastation from tornadoes in Smithville, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.



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