Columbus rolls out code enforcement app

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – Columbus officials have introduced a new app that aims to make it easier for citizens to report code violations. City Code Enforcement Officer Tomarris Jones tells The Commercial Dispatch the app, GORequest, officially went up for free on the Apple Store and Google Play last week. Jones says the app, which the company Government Outreach developed…

AG Hood: 2nd man sentenced in Jackson student’s death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A 21-year-old man has been sentenced for the murder of a 15-year-old Jackson high school student. Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Thursday Dennis Pickett appeared before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan Wednesday and pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder. Gowan sentenced Pickett to 20 years in prison. Destinee Ford was…

Man arrested after front doors of church burst into flames

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Police say a Biloxi man seen standing near the front doors of a church as they burst into flames has been arrested. The Sun Herald reports 47-year-old Hung Dung Nguyen faces an arson charge in the fire Thursday at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church. Police Lt. Christopher De Back says investigators have found no legitimate reason he…

Biloxi: Casino rent belongs in our pockets

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Biloxi city attorneys have argued that more than $1 million of casino rent money that was put into the state’s general fund defies a court settlement that mandates the money be paid to the city. The Sun Herald reports city representatives squared off against an attorney for the Secretary of State’s office during a court hearing…

Tennessee AG Slatery names Ney as new chief deputy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Paul Ney, a former legal counsel to the Tennessee Republican Party, has been named chief deputy to state Attorney General Hebert Slatery. Slatery said in a release Thursday that Ney will supervise the legal work of all five sections of the attorney general’s office. Ney was a finalist to fill a vacancy in the chancery court…

Slain nuns leave void in Mississippi community they served

DURANT, Miss. (AP) – Friends say two nuns who were found slain in their Mississippi home “would do anything for anybody.” Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill were found dead Thursday morning when they didn’t report to work at the nearby clinic where they provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care for children and adults who couldn’t afford…

Mr. Food recipe for stuffed peppers casserole

What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 pound ground beef 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce 2 cups cooked rice 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, divided 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper What To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees…

Fort Campbell: Soldier in custody after firing shots

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Army officials say a 101st Airborne Division soldier fired two shots at Fort Campbell and then fled in his vehicle before being apprehended by military police. Fort Campbell spokesman Robert Jenkins said in a news release that the soldier entered a hangar at Campbell Army Airfield about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and fired the shots. No…

Bus passenger injured, man killed in east Memphis shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police say one person has been killed and two others injured in a shooting involving a Memphis city bus. Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said officers went to an east Memphis neighborhood where a man was seen standing in the middle of the street and firing a gun Thursday afternoon. Brownlee says one bullet struck a…