Jackson police announce increased traffic enforcement for holiday weekend

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Police Department has announced they will conduct increased traffic enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. From 6 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, officers will conduct increased traffic enforcement focused on removing impaired drivers from the roadways as well as other dangerous moving violations including speeding, following too closely, and texting and driving,…

WEATHER UPDATE

DRY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AS HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN CONTROL OVER THE MID-SOUTH. ¬†HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 80S NORTH TO LOWER 80S SOUTH WITH ONE MORE DAY OF COMFORTABLE HUMIDITY LEVELS. A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO NORTHERN PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH FRIDAY AND LINGER THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ¬†THERE WILL BE…

Lawyers await rulings on challenges to Mississippi LGBT law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys who sued to try to block a Mississippi gay-marriage law hope a federal judge will hand down rulings in their lawsuits Thursday, the final day before it is set to take effect. The law would allow clerks to cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It also would protect…

Police: Deputy shoots kidnapping suspect in Kentucky

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police say they’re investigating after a deputy fatally shot a kidnapping suspect in southeastern Kentucky. Police said in a statement that the Knox County deputy shot 30-year-old Jessie J. Mills of Flat Lick during an altercation Wednesday night along a highway. The statement said the deputy and a constable had responded to a report…

Natchez mayor leaves office with longlist of accomplishments

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Looking back over the decades since he became a public official nearly 25 years ago, Natchez Mayor Butch Brown can list dozens of projects with his fingerprints on them. The construction of the Mississippi River bridge into Natchez, the bluff stabilization project, opening the Natchez Visitor Reception Center and countless others projects are on his list…

Gulfport housekeeper accused of theft of jewelry

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Harrison County sheriff’s deputies say a 29-year-old Gulfport woman has been arrested for taking a homeowner’s jewelry while she was working as a housekeeper. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson tells The Sun Herald Roxanna Renee Griffin was arrested Wednesday on a charge of grand larceny. Peterson said Griffin had stolen several rings from a home where…

Mississippi Gulf Coast could cash in on trade with Cuba

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Lifting the 50-year-old trade embargo with Cuba could be an economic boon to South Mississippi. As relations become more normalized between the United States and Cuba, an advocacy group is pressing business leaders and legislators to open the doors to Cuba even more, promising a surge in commerce on the Coast if the embargo is lifted….

McComb schools seek to add more teachers

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – The McComb School District is seeking qualified teachers for its schools. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports that the school district currently has slots available for math, science and special education teachers. Jonathan McLendon, the district’s personnel director and energetic recruiter, says he is searching for teachers across the state and beyond its borders. He says there is…

Man drowns in lake while grabbling for fish

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A man has died at a lake near Oxford while grabbling for catfish. The Oxford Eagle reports that 30-year-old Wesley Loptien died Saturday at Sardis Lake after going into the water to catch the fish with his hands. Greg Raimondo of the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a friend noticed that…

Police urge drivers to stay sober over holiday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police are urging people to plan ahead for Independence Day celebrations by designating a sober driver if they plan to be out on roadways. A statement from police says the agency will be out in full force for its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs from July 1 through July 4….