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Tragedies, triumphs close out 2013
by Jebb Johnston
Dec 28, 2013 | 301 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series recapping notable headlines of 2013.)


• Demarkquez Williams, 18, is charged in the Aug. 19 shooting of a man on Wick Street.

• Tom Timms, 45, a paramedic with Magnolia EMS and Air Evac, drowns while vacationing in Cape San Blas, Fla.

• Talk of establishing a railroad quiet zone through Corinth surfaces again.

• The South Harper Road roundabout has its first major crash as a Freightliner fails to negotiate the circle and slams into the bridge.

• Kossuth High School principal Matt Smith resigns as he takes a teaching job at West Tallahatchie High School.

• Two Alcorn Central Middle School staff members drop their federal civil suit against former principal Dan Burcham as they pursue a new civil suit in Alcorn County Circuit Court. Also in September, Burcham’s license as an educator is revoked.

• The Alliance purchases 417 acres east of Corinth for a new industrial park site.

• Thomas Lee Sander Jr., 54, of Kossuth, dies of an apparent accidental gunshot wound to the leg.


• The hookah lounge’s recent opening prompts more discussion before the city board.

• The government shutdown temporarily closes the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Shiloh National Military Park.

• The Board of Aldermen approves a 5 percent starting pay rate increase for jobs such as police officer, fireman, tax clerk and street department laborer.

• Alcorn County and Flowers Baking Co. enter a lease agreement on the former Final Touch building.

• The sheriff’s department arrests three people accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of wreaths and other items from numerous cemeteries with the intent to open a flower and gift shop.

• A judge sentences Norman Tyrone Mitchell to life in prison in the April 2012 shooting death of Tavarus Holland outside the American Legion on South Tate.

• Fire strikes Tina’s Treasures and Briley’s at the former Howell Home Center property.


• A judge sentences Bacarra Lamar Hill, 26, to 10 years in prison stemming from the February shooting of Andraea Stovall.

• The Mississippi Department of Corrections admonishes Sheriff Charles Rinehart for issuing improper passes to inmates after an inmate dies while out on a pass.

• Corinth becomes one of nine cities eligible for C Spire’s launch of gigabit per second Internet service in the home — if enough residents sign up.


• The art gallery moves from Cruise Street to Fillmore Street.

• Alcorn County hires Mississippi Correctional Management Inc., led by Irb Benjamin, to manage the regional jail.

• Corinth receives its general obligation bond funding of $1.6 million for infrastructure work.

• The AG’s office issues a lengthy opinion in response to Corinth’s request for clarification on “open carry” in places such as Crossroads Regional Park.

• The crew for the Investigation Discovery program “Blood Relatives” visits the Iuka area to film a segment on the 1999 murder of Edward Byrom Sr.

• Fire destroys the Linden Street home of Peggy Lindley.

• The Mississippi Department of Corrections resumes sending inmates to Alcorn County.

• Cracker Barrel formally announces plans to build a restaurant in Corinth on Highway 72.

• The vacated elementary school campuses gain attention as the properties revert to the city and the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and National Park Service pursue the West Corinth property.

• Fire destroys the Rienzi home of Phil and Niki Smith on Highway 45.

• Joe Reardon, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, visits Corinth to talk about the impact of becoming a city with gigabit per second Internet speeds, which Corinth is pursuing.

• Tupelo police officer Kevin “Gale” Stauffer, a former Corinthian, dies after being shot while responding to a bank robbery in Tupelo.

• The Corinth Police Department arrests three people in an armed robbery of the Shiloh Road Dollar General in which a store employee is accused of plotting the crime.

• Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen joins the food scene in Corinth.

(The annual “top 10” list of the past year’s news is coming up on Wednesday.)
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