Thursday, September 7, 2006
Local News Briefs
State unemployment rises; Marshall at 8.6, Benton 11.2
July’s 8.3 unadjusted rate was almost a full point higher than July’s rate a year ago.
The number of employed Mississippians fell by 3,000 while the number of unemployed Mississippians rose by 5,200.
Thirty-one counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate with DeSoto, Rankin and Lamar counties holding the lowest rates of 4.6, 4.8 and 5.0 percent.
Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate at 20.4 percent, followed by Noxubee and Holmes counties with 16.4 and 15.0 percent.
Marshall County’s July unemployment rate was 8.6, ranking it 34th among the state’s 82 counties. Benton’s was 11.2, ranking it 62nd.
“August should show improvement in the economy and unemployment rates as students exit the labor force to return to school and school employees return to work,” said Wayne Gasson, chief of Labor Market Information.
Memphis authorities arrest suspect in Houck case
A suspect wanted for questioning in the the March homicide of Danny Houck at his Tate County residence has been arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Memphis, Tenn., Police Department, according to Kenny Dickerson, sheriff of Marshall County.
Pedro Lima, a male Hispanic who was being sought along with a white female, was arrested and is being held in Memphis, the sheriff said.
U.S. Marshals, acting on a tip, arrested Lima in a Memphis hotel room Thursday evening, according to investigator Kelly McMillen. Tate County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, is investigating the case in Tate County awaiting the extradition of Lima back to Tate County, McMillen said.
Houck was believed to have been slain sometime between Saturday night, March 25, and early Sunday morning, March 26.
Before his death, Houck had been a partner in Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs.
Chamber luncheon Sept. 14; firefighters to be recognized
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall luncheon Thursday, Sept. 14, at 12 noon at Annie’s Restaurant, 198 N. Memphis St.
Guest speaker is Kenny Jackson, and awards will be presented for city and county firefighter of the year. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
For more information, call the chamber office at 252-2943.
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