April 10, 2008
State, county unemployment down slightly for February
Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in February, down from the previous month’s 6.5 percent, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced last week.
When compared to February of last year, the not seasonally adjusted rate also showed positive signs, as the current month was almost a full percentage point lower when the rate stood at 6.8 percent.
Rankin County reported the lowest unemployment rate for February at 3.9 percent, followed by Lafayette and Lamar counties at 4.2 percent each. Only eight counties reported double-digit unemployment rates and 26 counties reported rates lower than or equal to the state’s rate of 5.9 percent.
Marshall’s rate was 8.1, down a bit from 8.2 in January. Benton’s was 9.1, down from 10.2.
Lessye Lee Davis parade, other activities May 3
The Lessye Lee Davis activity and parade committee is making preparations for the 2008 Lessye Lee Davis “May Day” festivities.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, beginning at 11 a.m. on the old M.I. campus.
This is an annual event in memory of “Mama Lessye,” who was the 4-H and Homemakers Club advisor in Marshall County for many years. This day is set aside to pay tribute and keep her legacy alive.
The parade will start from the M.I. campus, go around the square taking Memphis Street to Van Dorn, Van Dorn to Randolph, Randolph to Rust Avenue and then return to the M.I. campus.
Everyone is urged to participate by joining the parade, setting up a booth on the M.I. campus or placing an ad in the 2008 Lessye Lee Davis ad book.
For more information, contact Mrs. Obera Jones at 662-252-3232.
City police make drug arrest, report other activities
The Holly Springs Police Department made one arrest during the past week and responded to several activities.
Chief Robert Pearson said Stephani Renee Marvin, 38, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance within a correctional facility.
He also released the following report – one, driving while license suspended; three, no driver’s license/expired driver’s license; one simple assault/domestic violence; one trespassing; one disorderly conduct; one DUI.
Anyone having information regarding any crime committed in Holly Springs/Marshall County area, please contact the police department at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169. Authorities do not need your name, just your information. The caller may be entitled to a reward of up to $1,000.
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