‘Walk-ins’ planned at Jefferson County schools

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Jefferson County Teacher’s Association is encouraging “walk-ins” at member schools as a response to potential changes of district policies, some of which affect teacher pay. The Courier-Journal reports that Thursday, the Association held an “emergency meeting” to discuss collective action in response to the possibility of the freeze of step raises of all Jefferson County…

People line up for chance to work at Margaritaville

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Construction crews worked through the weekend gettingĀ Margaritaville Resort Biloxi ready for a June opening, while people hoping to snag one of the 600 jobs at the resort lined up for an interview. The Sun Herald reports Sunday was the first day of a three-day job fair that continues from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and…

Police: Man arrested in death of retired postal worker

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Gulfport police have charged a 19-year-old man in death of a retired postal worker found dead in his home. The Sun Herald reports Warren Perkins, of Gulfport, faces a charge of second- degree murder. Police said 63-year-old Aaron Wilson was found shot in the upper torso at his home Sunday. Perkins remains in the Harrison County…

Dixie Chicks adding 9 more dates to US tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Dixie Chicks are adding more concerts to their U.S. tour that starts this summer. The band announced on Monday that nine more dates in September are being added to their DCX MMXVI Tour, including stops in Louisville, Kentucky; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and New Orleans. The Grammy-winning country group starts the tour on June 1 in…

Contour Airlines starts strong in Tupelo, aided by low fares

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Bolstered by cut-rate tickets, Tupelo’s new airline has been flying lots of passengers. Contour Airlines tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal it has flown more than 600 passengers between Tupelo Regional Airport and Nashville since starting service April 5. Aided by introductory $18.99 one-way fares, Contour says it has also booked 3,200 future passengers through Sept….

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2015 benefits released

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – The National Park Service says Great Smoky Mountains National Park provided nearly $874 million in economic benefit to communities near the park last year and supported more than 13,000 jobs in the area. A report from the National Park Service said more than 10.7 million visitors traveled to the park and spent time in local communities…

Bureau of Land Management seeking input on coal program

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is holding a public meeting later this month in Knoxville, seeking input on potential reforms to the federal coal program. The Knoxville session is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 at the Tennessee Theatre. Other events are scheduled during May and June in Casper, Wyoming; Salt Lake City;…

Governor’s Derby Celebration to include mix of old, new

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Matt Bevin has extended an invitation to all Kentuckians to attend the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration. A statement from Bevin says events will be held on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in downtown Frankfort. The 2016 Derby Celebration will include new activities, such as the YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway, and traditional…

Carroll County teen seeks damages for 2013 burglary arrest

CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) – A Carroll County teenager is suing for more than $3 million in damages, saying sheriff’s deputies improperly arrested him for a 2013 burglary when they knew he was at church. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Bobby Glen Grisham III, through his guardian Marion E. Grantham, filed the federal suit March 31. It names former Carroll County…

LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday, saying they’re not giving up their fight against a state law they call discriminatory. The law, which takes effect July 1, is to allow religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples and transgender people. More than 300 people marched from…