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Zika virus case number rises to three
by Brant Sappington
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Two more Prentiss County residents have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, bringing to three the total number of cases in the county. As with the first case reported last month, the Mississippi Department of Health has said the two new cases involve residents who had traveled to the Caribbean island of Grenada. The Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and carries serious risks for pregnant women because it can cause sever birth defects in a developing fetus including hearing and vision loss, brain damage and impaired growth if the mother catches it while pregnant. Symptoms of infection include mild illness with fever, joint pain, eye inflammation or a rash which can last for several days, but most who are infected have only mild or no symptoms. While the virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes in approximately 50 countries and two areas in Florida the mosquito species that carries the virus has not been found in Mississippi since the early 1990s. The state health department is intensely monitoring for any sign of that specific mosquito, it stated in a press release. Those who have traveled to areas where the virus is present are urged to avoid exposure to mosquitos and should also take steps to avoid transmission of the virus since it can be spread even when a person has no symptoms. (For more information on Zika visit www.healthyms.com/zika.)
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Workers prepare cans of paint for disposal at the recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event.
Workers prepare cans of paint for disposal at the recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event.
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Waste day the biggest ever
by Jebb Johnston
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Workers prepare cans of paint for disposal at the recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event.
Workers prepare cans of paint for disposal at the recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event.
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Thousands of pounds of chemicals, electronics and other potential hazards are getting recycled rather than heading to the landfill. The recent Household Hazardous Waste Day helped residents get rid of things such as chemical cleaners, motor oil and old TVs, and it was the biggest yet. “We had 344 cars come through the event, more than twice as many as last year,” said Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful Director Andrea Rose. “We had three times the amount of electronics collected for recycling and larger amounts of other hazardous materials collected.” Old TVs, computers, VCRs and other electronics totaling 24,028 pounds filled a semi trailer and a half. The second-biggest category was chemicals, totaling 3,491 pounds. That included 716 pounds of aerosols; 294 pounds of oxidizers; 2,094 pounds of poisons; 239 pounds of corrosives; 10 pounds of mercury; 92 pounds of batteries; and 46 pounds of compact fluorescent light bulbs, which contain mercury. Residents also turned in 1,646 linear feet of fluorescent bulbs; 1,180 gallons of oil; 362 tires; and enough paint to fill a 30-yard container. Rose encourages residents to look for recycling opportunities throughout the year. Most oil change shops take motor oil, she said, and SMC Recycling accepts batteries, white goods and scrap metal. Some pharmacies accept needles and sharps in a sharps container, and the driver’s license station at Northeast at Corinth will accept prescription medications to be destroyed. The event is funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and presented by KCAB in partnership with Alcorn County, Waste Connections, Caterpillar and Wiese.
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Auditions set for the Haunted Theatre
by Kimberly Shelton
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Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton

The inaugural Haunted Theatre proved to be a huge success last year with the doll scene being one of the most frightful attractions.
Staff photo by Kimberly Shelton The inaugural Haunted Theatre proved to be a huge success last year with the doll scene being one of the most frightful attractions.
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Spine-tingling screams will fill the historic Coliseum Civic Center on Thursday, Sept. 29 as the Corinth Area Arts Council holds open auditions for their Haunted Theatre. Held at 6 p.m., all ghosts, goblins and ghouls are encouraged to try out for roles both in and behind the scenes. “We hope everyone will consider auditioning, particularly high schoolers and adults,” said CAAC Committee member Phyllis Rogers. “Those wishing to do so should be prepared to demonstrate their best blood-curdling shrieks and sinister, twisted contortions.” Presented from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21-Saturday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Oct.29 and Halloween night on Monday, Oct. 31, the second annual Haunted Theatre is not for the faint of heart. “We recommend that children be at least 10 years old as some scenes may be too scary for little ones,” said Rogers. “In addition to actors, we will also be needing volunteers to serve as guides and to assist with hair, makeup and costumes.” Expanding on last year’s vision, the 2016 presentation will be a nightmare of epic proportions. Complete with crimson blood, flashing lights, disorienting fog and eerie sounds, patrons will walk on pins an needles as they try and anticipate scares while traveling through various spheres. This year’s scenes will include a casket and cemetery scene as well as a demented dentist and sinister circus. Those daring to enter the realm of the dead should expect to pay a toll of $10 per body at the door. Proceeds from the hair-raising event will help provide for the Coliseum’s upkeep and revitalization. Donations will also be accepted. “With the enormous burden of utility bills and restoration costs, we are doing everything we can to ensure that this stunning, local landmark be enjoyed for generations to come,” said. CAAC Committee member Myra Byrnes. “Each person who join us in October can take pride in knowing their screams have contributed to the preservation and longevity of one of our communities most treasured jewels.” A community-wide effort, all are urged to come out for a night of haunting encounters and spirited fun. (For more information or questions about auditions call or text Barbara Trapp at 662-808-0267 or Myra Byrnes 662-603-5776. Leave a message if there is no answer and someone will get back to you A.S.A.P. The historic Coliseum Civic Center is located at 404 Taylor Street in downtown Corinth. More information will be forthcoming.)
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Sales tourism tax show gains
by Jebb Johnston
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Fiscal 2016 closes with a mixed month for local tax collections, but both the sales and tourism taxes collected in Corinth set new high marks for the year. The mid-September sales tax deposit of $508,980.23 was off 2.6 percent from a year earlier, in line with the statewide trend for the month. Collections among all municipalities were off 3.3 percent as the Mississippi Department of Revenue returned $36.146 million to cities across the state. Seven out of a dozen area municipalities had negative growth for the month, which reflected sales activity from July. The city posted gains for the prior six months and ends the fiscal year with sales tax diversions totaling $6,313,203.87, rising 1.7 percent, or about $107,000, from the prior fiscal year, when total collections topped $6 million for the first time. The 2 percent tourism tax on food and lodging generated $116,785.69 for the month, rising 3.4 percent from a year earlier. The tax ends the year with $1,344,211.36, rising 6.8 percent, or about $86,000, from fiscal 2015. Other sales tax results from the region: • Booneville — $156,551.85 (less than half of a percent decrease) • Burnsville — $14,934.12 (+10%) • Farmington — $2,534.12 (-33%) • Glen — $1,700.73 (-26%) • Iuka — $75,990.59 (+10%) • Kossuth — $169,438.12 (+10%) • Rienzi — $4,208.52 (-11%) • Ripley — $110,694.55 (-3%) • Tishomingo — $10,364.72 (+9%) • Tupelo — $1,688,702.22 (+7%) • Walnut — $19,350.84 (-17%)
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