November 26, 2009
Three nabbed on
Three suspects, who gave Atlanta, Ga., as their addresses to authorities, were arrested following a high-speed chase through Benton and Marshall and into Union counties Tuesday, Nov. 17, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Deputies pursued the vehicle after receiving a call from Wal-Mart that the men had attempted to fraudulently cash checks on accounts not their own. The arrests were made near the Union County line on Highway 78 after law officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol made a felony traffic stop to apprehend the suspects.
The convocation speaker for the joint Rust College 143rd Founders’ Convocation and the 104th Mississippi Industrial College Commemoration did not mince words in his address to the faculty, staff, and students in attendance, Sunday, Nov. 15.
Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, alumnus ’64, Jackson State University political science professor and immediate past mayor of Jackson, challenged the Rust College administration to do more in helping students succeed at the college.
Police arrest burglary suspects
Three suspects were recently arrested in connection with burglaries that took place during October and November in Holly Springs. The suspects were working in groups, according to police chief Robert Pearson.
Arrested were Thaddeus D. Johnson, 19, of Ridgecrest Drive in Holly Springs, charged with three counts of burglary and one count of robbery; Theodore Walker, 18, of Minor Street in Holly Springs, charged with two counts of burglary; and Courtney Walker, 19, of Randolph Street in Holly Springs, charged with three counts of burglary.
Youth leadership sees first-year success
A select group of youngsters completed a big portion of 2009 Youth Leadership Marshall last week with two 4-H experts from Mississippi State and local 4-H agent Lemon Phelps providing instruction and a fun program.
Troopers up patrol
The Thanksgiving holidays bring more danger to the roads. The Mississippi Highway Patrol will again set up its law enforcement beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, through 12 midnight Sunday, Nov. 29.
“You will see a marked increase in the number of troopers on the roads,” said Lt. Leslie White with the MHP Batesville Office. “They will especially be targeting high-crash areas and will be implementing checkpoints for sobriety, driver’s licenses and insurance as well as seatbelt usage.”
Failure to buckle up is a primary offense which gives any law enforcement officer the right to pull a motorist over. In addition, some motorists need to be reminded of the “Move Over” law instituted last July, White said. This law requires drivers to move at least one lane away when they approach emergency and law enforcement vehicles that are parked on the roadside with lights flashing. This includes tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles. If a lane change is impossible, the driver must slow and be prepared to stop.
Troopers will be observing driving behaviors, including speeding, careless driving and especially impaired driving, White said.
“We encourage all motorists to observe all traffic laws, do not drink and drive, and buckle up and to have a safe holiday,” he said.
Norman tells Mississippi story
By DEBAYO MOYO
Only a witness to the Civil Rights struggle in the then Jim Crow South can give a detailed account of events of the Mississippi past, here and now.
Dr. Cora Norman, a Rust College trustee emeritus and the first executive director of Mississippi Humanities Council, did just that in her new book, Mississippi in Transition: The Role of the Mississippi Humanities Council.
The book chronicles how MHC, in its early days, had played a significant role in the tide against the segregation practices in Mississippi. Norman tells the story well, of the unfolding changes in Mississippi during the civil rights turbulence of the ’60s and ’70s. She narrated the various individuals, both women and men, black and white, who had contributed to the growth and nurturing of MHC in enabling the organization to achieve most of its objectives over the years.
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