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Woman seriously hurt in laundromat attack
by Zack Steen
Jun 01, 2015 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An employee was robbed and assaulted at a business in a highly residential neighborhood of downtown Corinth early Saturday morning. Around 6:30 a.m., Monique Rodriguez, 24, of Corinth, arrived at her job at the Madison Laundromat on Madison Street. Shortly after a black male entered the business asking Rodriguez for change. “The suspect then hit the victim in the head and pushed her to the ground,” said Detective Dell Green with the Corinth Police Department. “He then stole her laptop and fled the business on foot.” Green said Rodriguez did not hear or see the suspect leave in a vehicle. Rodriguez suffered serious injuries from the assault and was transported to Magnolia Regional Health by ambulance. She was later airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. “Ms. Rodriguez was able to provide us with a description of the suspect,” said Green. Police are searching for a tall, light complected, black male in his early 30s to 40s with light grey or blue eyes and several silver capped teeth. Green said people who live downtown should always be aware of their surroundings. “It’s like anywhere,” he said. “Even though that neighborhood is safe and fairly quiet, anything could happen at anytime. Everyone should always watch their back for suspicious people.” (To report information on this case, contact the police department at 662-286-3377.)
Inmate labor cut on hold
by Jebb Johnston
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The Mississippi Department of Corrections’ plan to end the Joint State County Work Program is being put on hold, according to two local legislators. The Aug. 1 date that was announced to pull the program will not happen, Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter of Burnsville told the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday. “Your inmates are safe at this time,” he said. The assurance is based on information received by Sen. Rita Potts Parks. Carpenter is skeptical that MDOC has the authority to end the program. “The legislation to form that joint state inmate program with Alcorn, Tishomingo and several other facilities — I don’t think it can be undone without an act of legislation,” he said. At the invitation of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, some members of the Alcorn board are heading to Jackson later this week for a meeting on the inmate labor issue. Alcorn County built a facility to house 70 inmates in the program when the regional correctional facility was built, and Tishomingo County built a facility for 50. In Alcorn County, MDOC’s Community Work Center, which had previously provided inmate labor, switched to the alcohol and drug rehabilitation program at that time. When MDOC said it will end the program, the agency said it would yield cost savings of $3.2 million. Carpenter said the Legislature can find $3 million for MDOC if that’s what it takes to stop the plan. “We don’t need to ruin these counties for $3 million,” he said. The inmates provide free labor in the community, such as running garbage routes in the city and county and providing workers for the park and animal shelter, among other groups. Local officials have said replacing the labor will be costly. Carpenter said it appears one thing that led to MDOC’s announcement was a situation in which some sex offenders were found to be on a work detail in another county, and complaints were made to state officials. Sex offenders are not allowed to participate in the program. MDOC’s announcement cited safety as a concern.
No garbage bill for county residents
by Jebb Johnston
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With changes coming to county garbage collection, supervisors want to remind residents they will not be getting a bill in the mail. The cost is currently included in residents’ property taxes, and that will continue to be the case when Waste Connections takes over collection of county household garbage on July 1. Last week, the county awarded a contract to Waste Connections at a cost of $5.98 per household monthly. “This is not an additional charge, and no bill will be sent to each household,” said Board President Lowell Hinton. Garbage is currently collected by the county using several county employees and inmate labor from the Joint State County Work Program. “The current household garbage pickup method created a deficit in that account, and that deficit has been growing for the last 18 years,” said Hinton. “The cost to manage the routes and maintain the trucks, coupled with the loss and issues associated with inmate labor, created the need to look for lower-cost solutions.” Switching to private collection is expected to help reduce a deficit that totals more than $800,000. In Monday’s meeting, the board heard some concerns about the future of county employees involved in the garbage operation. Representatives of Waste Connections have said they are interested in employing those workers because they are already familiar with the roads and locations of homes. One employee told the board he isn’t interested in working for Waste Connections. “I can assure you that we’re not just going to throw everybody out,” said Hinton. Also on Monday, the board declared the county’s three garbage trucks as surplus property and agreed to advertise them for sale by sealed bid.
Fowl run set for special needs group
by Kimberly Shelton
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“Roy the Rooster” is ready to “Run for the Dream.” The big chicken, who sits atop a sky-high perch in Gift Bottom, will be a big part of the 5K Rooster Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Corinth-Alcorn County Special Needs Kids on June 20. “You can run, walk or pull your child in a wagon,” said special needs group director Havis Hurley. The registration deadline for the fun run/walk was been extended to June 11. Around 80-90 have already registered for the event, according to Hurley. “We want this to be big,” said Hurley. “Sandy (Childs) and Keith (Jones) have really worked hard to make this thing work.” Childs pitched the idea to Hurley back in September. “She wanted to do something for the group and this is what she came up with,” said Hurley. The run will be held near Childs’ home on County Road 753. Cost to run/walk in the 5K is $20 for all ages. The registration deadline to receive a T-shirt is June 11. Registration for the 5K, which begins at 9 a.m., is being done online. Runners can register by going to tinyurl.com/roosterrun. Registration forms can also be picked up at Borroum’s Drug Store, Ginger’s, Gunn Drugs, Hibbett Sports, Lonnie’s, Maximum Mobility, Meli Salon, 101, Subway (all locations) and Taylor’s Fish & Steak. “If they do not have a form, all they have to do is let me know and I will get them one,” said Hurley. Proceeds from the run will go toward a trip to Disney World in May of 2016. “We have as many kids right now as we did the last time we took a trip,” said Hurley. Around 150, including parents, teachers and others, were part of the last trip. The 2016 event will be the third done by the group in Alcorn County. “There will be more kids as the trip nears and that is all right,” said the group’s director. “We want to serve as many kids as we can.”
Photo competition redevelops
by Zack Steen
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IUKA — Tishomingo County resident Opal Lovelace is back at it again. The photographer is reviving her photo contest. After several years dormant, it will help raise funds for the nonprofit group, the Historians of Tishomingo County. With entries now being accepted, Lovelace is encouraging everyone to enter. “There are really no restrictions to enter this contest,” she said. “Anyone from anywhere can enter and the photo could have been taken anywhere. It’s really limitless. To us, participation is most important.” Entry fee is $5 per photo, with 15 different categories to choose from. The categories include people, wildlife, pets, landscape, sports, Eagles, landmarks, engines (automobiles, trains, planes), sunrise/sunsets, architectural, old photo (50 years or older), Civil War, Native American, water (boats, fishing) and abstract. All entries must be 8x10 prints. “Pets always seem to be our most popular category,” said Lovelace. “We open it up to anything. The photo doesn’t have to be a picture of a dog or cat -- whatever someone considers a pet is good with us.” Lovelace said all photos will be judged fairly. “We try to consider that not everyone is a professional photographer,” she said. “It’s okay to enter this contest if a person just started to shoot. If a photo isn’t in focus or the lighting isn’t just right, it doesn’t matter. The judges will fairly consider all photos.” Deadline for entry is September 1. An overall winner will be named and will receive $100 and a plaque. Ribbons and certificates will also be given for honorable mentions. Lovelace said proceeds from the contest will benefit the newly formed historians group and their plans to create and publish a new Tishomingo County family history book. “The group hopes to help protect the rich history of our area through projects like the new photo book,” she said. “It’s been more than 20 years since a history book was published and so many people in Tishomingo County have been asking for new one to be done.” The coffee table book will feature history and photos of Tishomingo County families and the town. Lovelace previously hosted a photo contest fundraiser in 2011-2013 with funds benefiting the county and the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society’s Old Courthouse Museum.
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