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Volunteers prepare the Singing Christmas Tree at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
Volunteers prepare the Singing Christmas Tree at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
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Domestic violence conviction reinstated
by Jebb Johnston
Dec 02, 2016 | 229 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi Supreme Court reinstated an aggravated domestic violence conviction out of Alcorn County, reversing a Court of Appeals decision. In a decision handed down Thursday, the court affirmed the sentence of James L. Johnson Jr., 56, who was sentenced in April 2014 to serve 10 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The case centered around Johnson’s alleged assault by strangulation of his former wife in December 2012. Johnson appealed, arguing that the circuit court judge erred by admitting evidence of prior bad acts. About a year ago, the Court of Appeals agreed that the lower court made an error by admitting into evidence the entire contents of four police reports with references to additional criminal offenses without determining if their probative value outweighed the prejudice to Johnson. The appeals court had ordered the case sent back to circuit court for new proceedings. During its case in 2014, the state introduced police reports related to incidents involving four different women during a span of 13 years. Complaints in 1999 and 2000 both led to simple assault convictions. A third alleged incident in 2002 was never prosecuted, and a fourth in 2012 was dismissed after Johnson completed an anger management course. The police reports contained allegations that Johnson engaged in other criminal conduct beyond the alleged assaults. The state’s high court found that the trial court properly considered the facts contained in the offense reports before deeming them admissible. The conviction was made before Circuit Judge Jim Pounds.
Tree tradition celebrates Christmas
by Bobby J. Smith
Dec 02, 2016 | 138 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers prepare the Singing Christmas Tree at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
Volunteers prepare the Singing Christmas Tree at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
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The community is invited to experience the heavenly sounds of the season at the First Baptist Church’s annual Singing Christmas Tree concerts. “This presentation of Christmas music is centered on the good news brought to the world through the birth of Jesus, and how we are to respond to that news,” said Dr. Royce Wilder, music minister of First Baptist Church. “The Singing Christmas Tree is a wonderful way to focus on the real meaning of the season.” The concerts are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, and 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. This year’s 60-voice ensemble will feature the voices of the First Baptist Church adult choir, youth choir and children’s choir. The event is a Corinth tradition going back three decades. The vocalists sing from positions on a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree decked out in lights, ribbons and a giant star on top in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary. Choir member Mary Green said the program will feature a number of contemporary Christmas songs, including performances featuring the younger members of the choir. The theme for the 2016 Singing Christmas Tree is “He Shall Reign Forevermore.” The program will feature a prelude with the Handbell Choir; “Gloria with Glory, Glory” with soloist Bonnie Crum; “He Shall Reign Forevermore” with soloist Eric Moore; “Joy! Medley,” “Asleep in the Hay,” “Grace, Grace,” with soloists Sara Chloe Cornelius, Brianna Wilder and Chad Dickerson, “Here with Us,” with soloist Taylor Robinson, “Glory All Around,” with soloist Taylor Robinson, “Shine On,” “Time of Commitment,” with Pastor Dennis Smith and “Hallelujah Chorus.” The Singing Christmas Tree began as an outside event in the church courtyard, but eventually moved inside the sanctuary as it became more popular, explained Music Secretary Jackie Huskey. Huskey emphasized that the annual event is for everyone in the community and not just members of the church. “For many people in the community is has become a regular part of the Christmas season,” Huskey said. Green and a group of fellow church members were busy decorating the tree on Wednesday. “We’ve always had a great turnout to help with the tree,” she said. “They put the tree up on Sunday — it takes all Sunday afternoon to get it up. Then it takes Monday and Tuesday to get the lights that have gone out replaced. Then today is the first day that we’ve worked.” The Singing Christmas Tree performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. First Baptist Church is located at 501 Main Street. (For more information call 286-2208.)
Symphony brings sounds of the season
by Kimberly Shelton
Dec 02, 2016 | 110 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In anticipation of a joyous Noel, the Corinth Symphony Orchestra is preparing to present its second concert of the season. Held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the historic Coliseum Civic Center in downtown Corinth, the festive program will be a celebration of Christmas cheer. Offering religious music, yule-tide favorites and classical holiday carols, the harmonious event will feature soloists and dancers with a theme of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. “We are excited to announce that there will be guest vocalists as well as members of the Corinth High School Dance Team,” said CSO Board Member Rosemary Williams. Approximately two hours in length, the jovial concert is expected to last until 4 p.m. Selections rendered will include: • “O Holy Night” and “Russian Christmas Music” by the orchestra • “What Child Is This” by guest soloist TaNechi Temple • “All is Well” by guest soloists Melody and Lyric Perry. The solo will be the orchestra’s first performance with the 7-year-old twins. • A “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson will help patrons get in the Christmas spirit through many old favorite carols. • “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, “A Rockin’ Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed by the orchestra, following 15-minute intermission. • “This Christmas” by soloist Keesha Norris-Jackson • “Winter Wonderland” by the Corinth High School Dance Team • “Hallelujah”, a popular piece written recently by the late Leonard Cohen will be performed by the orchestra during the second half of the concert. The “Hallelujah Chorus” “from the Messiah” by George Frederic Handel will also be performed by the orchestra. Allen Woodhouse will also perform a solo. Volante Jones and Kristen Lothenore will dance to two selections. The orchestra’s music will be performed under the direction of its conductor Maurice Weatherall. “It is going to be a fantastic concert with great music, soloists, dancers and musicians,” said Weatherall as he expressed his excitement for the upcoming concert. “Too bad the Coliseum only holds 999 people; that means thousands of Corinthians are going to have to miss out on this spectacular musical event.” Hot cider, cokes and cookies will be served during intermission. General admission is $10 for students under 18 years and $5 for seniors age 65 and older. Season tickets, regular concert tickets and various categories of sponsorship will be available beginning at 1 p.m. at the door. Tickets are also available during regular business hours on Friday at the Corinth Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, located at 215 South Fillmore Street. Beautifully decorated by the Corinth Area Arts Council, the Coliseum Theatre will serve as the perfect venue for the season’s performances. “On behalf of the 15-member managing board, I want to invite everyone to join in on the fun and help spread the Christmas spirit in the historic Coliseum Civic Center,” said Williams who is excited about the event. “It is going to be a wonderful concert and we hope to see everyone there.” (The Coliseum Civic Center is located at 404 Taylor Street in Corinth. For more information call 662-287-1328.)
Arrest made in 
auto burglary
by Jebb Johnston
Dec 02, 2016 | 114 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corinth police apprehended another alleged car burglar. Corey McGaha, 38, of Johns Street, was arrested last week and charged with burglary of a vehicle. He is out on bond. Corinth PD Capt. Dell Green said a person was seen burglarizing a vehicle parked at Mid South Neurology, 2425 Proper Street, and fleeing the scene. The police department developed a suspect who was later identified in a lineup by a witness. The police department has encouraged residents to lock car doors after a recent increase in auto burglaries usually targeting unlocked vehicles. In other recent arrests: • A residential burglary on Foote Street was also spotted by witnesses on Nov. 17. Lewis Dillard, 22, of Toby Lane, Memphis, and a 16-year-old juvenile were each charged with burglary of a dwelling. Green said Neighbors reported a burglary in progress at an apartment in the 1500 block of Foote Street. The juvenile was apprehended and the other suspect, who had fled the scene, later turned himself in. • A report of a shoplifter at a Thanksgiving Day sale led to a felony arrest. Misty Hamrick, 37, of Nashway Street, Corinth, was arrested on the evening of Thanksgiving at Belk and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor shoplifting and possession of paraphernalia. Green said items found in the suspect’s purse included 0.5 gram of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and items stolen at the early Black Friday sale.
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