SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a child that was struck by a vehicle on Highway 245. Troopers identify the child as eight-year-old Adam Ray Robert of Shannon. It happened at 12:15 p.m. near County Road 506. Troopers say it appears a 2004 Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound when it struck Robert. They
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — North Mississippi Health Services announced earlier this month that a Tupelo native had accepted an offer to become chief physician executive and chief clinical officer for the hospital system. Now there is word he has changed his mind. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dr. Tom Purcell will stay at University of Colorado Health where he
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Two years of rebuilding from a deadly tornado have meant a flurry of activity for Louisville and Winston County. Another phase could be underway by July or August when the city awards contracts on almost $5 million in street and drainage work. The projects will touch all or part of 60 streets in the city. Bids will
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Construction on a huge community storm shelter in Winston County could begin as early as this fall. The $3.2 million shelter is planned one block north of downtown Louisville near the intersection of Columbus and College streets. The city is in the process of buying the property and completing the design phase. That work should be done
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — The biggest employer to hit the Red Hills region in years is a step closer to opening. Louisville city leaders say they are working on the final details to get the new Winston Plywood plant up and running. The company has started training about 70 workers and could have as many as 200 on board by
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Louisville and Winston County have a new economic development coordinator. Glen Haab joins the Louisville-Winston County Partnership June 6. He is replacing longtime director Gerald Mills who is retiring June 30. Haab comes to Winston County from the Monroe County, Alabama, Economic Development Association. The graduate of the University of South Alabama will work with Mills through
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Two years after a tornado almost put an end to the event, the Red Hills Arts Festival is coming back bigger than ever. The 36th annual event kicks off Friday night with a full line up of music. Early festival goers can enjoy carnival rides one block south of downtown. And then Saturday gets into full
STARKVILLE, Miss. (NEWS RELEASE) — A Mississippi State student group is being recognized by the nation’s leading professional organization for interior designers. Chosen from a group of 25 chapters around the country, the 55-member student chapter of American Society of Interior Designers is receiving an honorable mention award as part of a chapter-of-the-year competition. Formal presentation takes place July 16
WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) — A group that promotes healthy eating is also improving the quality of life for residents of some Northeast Mississippi communities. Winona and the American Diabetes Coalition dedicated Unity Park Thursday. The playground and related community garden are across the street from the old J.J. Knox Gym on Powell Street. For the last four years, the coalition has
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — A judge issues an open meetings ruling that could impact every city and county government in the state. Lowndes County Chancery Court Judge Kenneth Burns rejected an appeal by the Columbus City Council and upheld a ruling 18 months ago by the state Ethics Commission. Columbus leaders must decide now whether to take the case to the
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- It was a night of fun and games as TCT Off B roadway hosted the School's Out Trivia competition. Teams of 5 to 10 people put their heads together to answer trivia questions. Prizes were awarded to the winning team and the team with the best name! Besides trivia, there was also music. The money raised
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- Ladies and designer bags go hand in hand. And both were on hand Thursday night in Tupelo for a good cause. The Mama's Got A Brand New Bag event was held at the Park Heights restaurant in Tupelo. Attendees were able to bid or buy donated designer purses, and the proceeds go to benefit the Fairy
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Sherwin-W lliams employees are giving the Starkville Boys and Girls Clubs a brand new look. "Each of our rooms kind of have a theme and a space, and they've just been kind of outdated, so we just looked at the ones with the most need and say, 'Hey, with the resources you guys have, do two
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The City of Starkville heard from the citizens on Thursday, during two public input meetings, regarding it's comprehensive plan. Many seemed to be concerned with where the city wants to expand. The early versions of the plan show future growth opportunities in the east. Mainly around the Mississippi State University campus. This is where they have
MAYHEW, Miss. (WTVA) -- The graduation season continues, and on Thursday it was a chance to start over again. As 28 students received their GED from East Mississippi Community College. This graduation ceremony was a lot different than most others. At one point, the floor was open to the GED recipients and anyone was allowed to say a few words.
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Northeast Mississippi is making progress, but it could always be better. The question is how? That very question and others are addressed by the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi. The commission focuses on dropout prevention, educational attainment, the development of a mixed, diversified economy, regional tourism, advanced manufacturing, health care among other goals. "The
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Columbus man will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this week to aggravated DUI. Vernon Tarkowski, 53, appeared in court this morning for sentencing in the case. He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI in a February 2012 accident on Highway 373 near Columbus Air Force Base. Tarkowski was seriously
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Police Department report the arrests of five people for different cases. On Tuesday, May 24, deputies arrested 33-year-old Kristy McWilliams of Steens for the felony charge of receiving stolen property. She was released the next day on a $5,000 bond. That same day at the same location on Highway
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) – A Smithville man has been arrested a burglary involving a large storage shed. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrested 37-year-old Jason Szerkins for grand larceny. Sheriff Cecil Cantrell tells WTVA the alleged burglary happened during the past few weeks in Hatley. Szerkins is in the Monroe County jail awaiting arraignment.
PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss (WTVA) -- Prentiss County Sheriff's Department and North Mississippi Narcotics Agents served a search warrant at James Clinton Williams residence on CR 1221 after establishing probable cause having received information about a lot of activity in and out of the residence. Agents arrested James C. Williams, 34, for possession of controlled substance (meth) with intent to sale
PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss (WTVA) -- On May 20, 2016, a Prentiss County deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle on CR 5011 for careless driving and no seatbelt. Joshua Thorne, 30, of Baldwyn was arrested for driving on a suspended license, tampering with physical evidence, possesion of contolled substance (Methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, careless driving and no seatbelt. Thorne's
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Only 14 percent of the Mississippi Legislature is made up of women. The Magnolia State falls far behind the national average of women leaders. “Here in Mississippi we are in desperate need of more women getting into leadership roles," House Representative Carolyn Crawford said. Rep. Crawford is a part of the only 14 percent of state
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A state lawmaker is back in north Mississippi continuing his push for education. District 12 House Representative Jay Hughes spoke to the Columbus Exchange Club about his first legislative session which he described as "toxic but informative." Hughes says it all starts with education instead of just focusing on tax cuts and incentives to attract industry.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A north Mississippi legend turns 91 years old and gets some special treatment at the Columbus Air Force Base. David Jones is a Crawford native who worked on NASA’s Gemini Space project and worked at the Stennis Lock and Dam as a foreman. Jones along with his family got an up-close look at the training aircraft
IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A loss of engine power led to the crash landing of a plane in Tishomingo County last July. A report released by the FBI says the plane, piloted by Aubie Pearman of Tupelo, had just taken off from the Iuka Airport enroute to Mesquite, Texas. At an altitude of around 600 to 800 feet, Pearman reported
MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – Three people are connected to a burglary that happened last week in Aberdeen. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell reports to WTVA the arrests of 30-year-old Melissa Moore and 40-year-old Christopher Sobrado . Moore is charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny while Sobrado is charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny. The department is
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Calling all Lee County Library fans! Lee- Ita wamba Library Sy stem Director Je ff Tomlinson says it's the 75th ann iversary of the librar y. To mark the occasion, a sp ecial service awa rd will be gi ven to one person who has de voted themselves to the li brary. The Libr ary Board of Trustees
SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) – Police responded to a three-car accident in Shannon where one person was sent to the hospital. Shannon Police Chief Desiree Kershner tells WTVA it happened on Highway 45 sometime near noon on Thursday. Kershner says the person sent to the hospital has non-life-threatening injuries. She says it appears a man was coming off the ramp heading
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court will not review the appeal of a Clay County man convicted on drug charges. Alphonzo Garth, 42, is serving 25 years in prison after his was convicted of possession of more than 30 grams of cocaine. In his appeal, he contends the drugs were found during an illegal search of his vehicle.
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has once again turned away a petition for appeal filed by Curtis Flowers. Flowers, who turns 46 on Sunday, had asked the Montgomery County Circuit Court for discovery, including prosecutors notes about jury selection at his trial. When the judge denied the request because there was no evidence of racial-bias, he appealed.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to join 11 states in suing the Obama administration for telling U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Republican Bryant says in a statement Thursday that his staff has spoken to the Texas attorney general's staff and he intends
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state judge who presided over the "Mississippi Burning" trial in 2005 has died. The state Administrative Office of Courts says retired Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon died Thursday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was 84. A cause of death was not immediately available. Gordon sentenced Edgar Ray Killen to 60 years in prison after
STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Mississippi State University Student Technology Exchange Program completed a banner year with its graduation ceremony and also secured a $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi to promote future growth. A record 82 students recently graduated from the industrial robotics training program during a ceremony held in the Nissan Manufacturing and Assembly Plant’s training center in Canton. Keynote speaker Haley
STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, recently has been selected for exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” will open
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) – Aberdeen police are investigating a possible Wednesday robbery at the Jr. Food Mart convenience store Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle tells WTVA that officers were at the gas station on South Meridian Street this morning to gather information. Sources say it happened sometime late Wednesday night and may have included a weapon. Randle says his department
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has now reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. He was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) – A Starkville speller ends her path to be named the nation’s best speller. Henderson Intermediate School’s Soyeon Park did not make the finals for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Park did correctly spell the word “auspicious” during yesterday’s third round. However, she is not among the list of finalists. The final round of the competition is
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – Think globally to grow Mississippi is the theme for this year’s Mississippi Governor’s School. Sixty scholars from around the state will attend the MGS at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. It will begin on June 5 and end on the 24 th . The program is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences to
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Walmart employees report a man using fake money to buy Visa prepaid cards. On Wednesday, May 25, the Oxford Police Department arrested 24-year-old Jamie Barnes of Grenada for false pretense. On Tuesday, May 10, he is accused of purchasing the two cards for a total of $900. Surveillance video was reviewed and Barnes was found to
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA)—Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton will marry former Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick this Saturday with a reception on the Fairpark lawn at City Hall. The couple will go to Hawaii for the honeymoon and will be out for a week. Shelton says the city will be in good hands while he is away as members of the City Council will
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Traffic from Mississippi to Texas will pick up next week as the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team travels to Fort Hood in Texas for a training exercise. "Participating in this multi-echelon integrated brigade training exercise shows not only the Mississippi National Guard, but the army in general," said Major General August Collins of the Mississippi National
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — He was passed out in a sport utility vehicle in the drive thru at McDonald's in Booneville, and police say that led to his arrest on a drug charge. Officers say 32-year-old Jackie Field of Booneville was taken away May 20 following the discovery of drugs in his parents' vehicle. He is charged with possession of
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) — Itawamba County and Monroe County are working to find suspects involved with stolen property. One being, a side-by-side four-wheeler that was recovered by the two police departments. “We knew that some of the people that were tied in this case lived in Itawamba. Itawamba knew some of the people down here were tied into the case
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA)—The Tupelo Reads Committee made its official announcement of its community reading this afternoon. Members of the Committee met at the Lee County Library where they also announced a line-up of events which will go along with the reading. Organizers say the program has been beneficial for the community. "I think we've been able to bring in good
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- A local high school teacher has been selected as the 2016 History Teacher of the Year in Mississippi. WTVA caught up with Bruce Mize at West Point High School. The school year is over and teachers are finishing up last minute cleaning before their summer begins. Mize has something to celebrate because he’s the History
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Another medical helicopter is up and running now in the Golden Triangle Area providing faster service in an emergency. Now North Mississippi Medical Center has added a third CareFlight helicopter but this one is in Starkville. “This helps get them to that definitive care more rapidly so we have more options to provide medical care to
EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A non-profit law firm is reaching out to seniors over 60 to offer free legal assistance. North Mississippi Rural Legal Services met with clients in Eupora Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. to discuss topics like wills, powers of attorney, foreclosure prevention and advance health care directives. The firm is based in Oxford but has
EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Eupora woman is celebrating a milestone most people don’t reach and that is working 50 years with one company. Branch Manager Bonita Martin has been at Regions Bank in Eupora since 1966. Martin has had several positions throughout the years including teller, secretary and has worked in accounting and mortgage. Several city leaders and Regions
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – A Columbus woman reported missing on May 20 has been found safe in Tupelo. Police says Jennifer Stephenson was found Wednesday safe. There is no suspected foul play involved. Before her finding, family stated that she had not been seen for three weeks with no family contact.
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Calhoun County Supervisors Earnest McKinley Fox may be changing his not guilty plea in his federal bribery case. The revelation is contained in a motion filed by his attorney to have his June 6 trial date delayed. Fox, 66, faces a two-count federal indictment of solicting bribes from timber haulers in exchange for them being allowed
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) – Twenty-six people in New Albany found themselves behind bars following a large drug round-up. New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson informs WTVA that these people were not taken in all on one day but were arrested since the last Grand Jury in April. Robertson says this part of the continued process to make New Albany
MAYHEW, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's been a busy year for East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Thomas Huebner . July 1 marks one year since he took over the reigns. Dr. Huebner says he began his roll by listening to EMCC's partners in business and industry. There has also been a considerable amount of time being spent collaborating with four
MAYHEW, Miss. (WTVA) -- East Mississippi Community College is where Tenise Smith and Sarah Walden got their start. Their career choices are not related to industry or manufacturing, but they know plenty who are going that route. They are especially excited to know that MUW and EMCC are making it possible for those students to make a seamless transition to
MATHISTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The man at the center of an investigation in Mathiston has resigned. Town Marshal Shane Box submitted his resignation to Mayor Jimmy Carden Tuesday night. Mayor Carden says Box was accused of wrongdoing and those alleged activities led to the board's decision. The board will met May 31st at 8 p.m. to accept Box's resignation. Box
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – In honor of April being named National Financial Literary Month, several seniors across the nation were put to the test. Tupelo High School senior Ellen McGregor won the $40,000 grand prize scholarship in this competition that tested her money-know-how. This was sponsored by Dave Ramsey and Zander Insurance. They invited the students to take an online
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- West Point fire officials have determined what they believe to be the cause of a fire Monday morning. Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne says fire is believed to have originated in the kitchen. Firefighters responded to the home Monday morning located on Lone Oak Circle. 84-year-old Jack Golson and 80-year-old Sarah Golson died in the fire.
CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- An 8-month-old has seizures after meth was found in the child's system and now investigators are looking for the child’s uncle and his girlfriend. It could mean a reward of up to $1,000. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott says his department is looking for 23-year-old Justin McNutt and his girlfriend, Courtney Sullivan. Both are from
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) – A mid-morning meal left on the stove seems to be the culprit of a deadly fire in West Point. The Monday Lone Oak Circle fatal fire seems to be accidental. Jack Golson, 84, and his wife Sarah Golson, 80, died following the blaze. Investigators say Sarah was cooking food on the stove and left it
BRUCE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal court lawsuit over the termination of former Bruce Water Department Director Roderick Gray has apparently been settled. A federal court judge signed the order Tuesday in Gray's lawsuit over his removal by the town of Bruce. City officials say Gray was fired in July of 2014 for destroying public property for damaging the GPS
JACKSON, Miss.— The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), Mississippi Army National Guard, will participate in a Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training (MIBT) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas from June 3-24. The MIBT will showcase 155th ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 36th Infantry Division partnerships and demonstrate the U.S. Army’s Total Force Policy. The plan requires one
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – During the weekend in Louisville, two business were broken into and police say they have made arrests. Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne, Jr., says the Western Auto business was broken into Friday. On Sunday, he says Bennett’s Do-It Center was also burglarized. A total of 32 handguns were taken in the burglaries. Assistant Chief Andy Taylor
GUNTOWN, Miss. (WTVA) – Local school bridge building teams place in a national competition in Iowa on Tuesday. Guntown Middle School and Tupelo High School both competed in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 24, in the National Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Bridge Building Challenge. Guntown’s Elite Bridges team placed third in the seventh and eighth grade division of
CALHOUN CITY, Miss. (WTVA) – A boil water notice is being issued for the Duncan Hill Water Association in Calhoun City. According to the department, this is due to a broken line. This affects all water users north of County Road 420 which includes County Road 419 and County Road 416. Customers are asked to boil their water before consuming.
By Brittany Jacks MSU Extension Service STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sisters Jessica and Rachel Wilson of Rankin County began working with animals as children, and now they plan to devote their careers to this vocation after earning veterinary medicine degrees from Mississippi State University. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal and dairy sciences in May 2014 and is
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) – Described as an advocate of Mississippi’s Main Streets, U.S. Representative Gregg Harper was honored by the National Retail Federation. Harper (R-Miss.) received the Hero of Main Street honor Tuesday. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay says Harper cares about Mississippi retailers. “Rep. Harper is an advocated for a thriving Main Street and for the long-term growth
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling some of its top-selling vehicles in the U.S. to fix a fluid leak that can reduce braking power. The recall covers about 271,000 F-150 pickups in North America from the 2013 and 2014 model years that have 3.5-liter V6 engines. Ford says brake fluid can leak from the master cylinder. That could reduce the
Columbus, MS. (Press Release) - Southeast Tourism Society has named Sounds of Summer as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for June & July 2016. This is the fifth year that Sounds of Summer has received this esteemed honor. Sounds of Summer, a joint venture sponsored by Main Street Columbus and The Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, began
COLUMBUS, Miss. (PRESS RELEASE) - May 16 , 2016 Palmer Home for Children is excited to announce its 4 th Annual Radiothon, in conjunction with SuperTalk Mississippi Network on June 2 , 2016. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 , listeners can tune in to SuperTalk Mississippi and hear directly from children, alumni, staff, and supporters
PEARL – On the third day of Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to remind everyone that it is essential to think about finances as part of your preparedness plan for hurricane season. “After a disaster, it is important to remember that if power is out, things like ATMs will not work,” said MEMA Executive Director
LOUISVILLE, Miss (WTVA)- A Louisville woman was the victim of a home invasion Tuesday morning. Louisville police say that a black male wearing a white t-shirt and jeans kicked in the front door of her home and stole a 9 millimeter pistol, one hundred and sixty dollars in change, and the property owner’s driver’s license and credit cards. The woman living
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The legislative session has ended, but the legislative back and forth between the two parties is still ongoing. The focus, the tax cuts passed during the 2016 session and how they'll affect one state agency. Democratic leaders in the legislature are highlighting cuts being made to spending in their state health department and are calling for
JACKSON, Miss (WTVA) -- The Highway Patrol is asking for your help this holiday weekend. They've got fewer folks to put on the roads. But the responsibility of maintaining public safety hasn't changed. There's been a 9.5 percent increase in crashes from January 1st to this point in May. That's this year compared to last year. You'll be sharing the
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) — Police in Amory are warning residents about a phone scam involving taxes. According to officers, people are receiving calls that say their property taxes need to be paid and the caller offers to do it for them. The city says it will never ask anyone to pay taxes over the phone or accept credit or debit
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA)--Tupelo Airport Officials are hoping to get money from the Federal Aviation Administration to refurbish its parallel taxiway service. Tupelo Airport Authority Director Cliff Nash met with potential contractors this afternoon in a pre-bid meeting where specific details about the work was presented. Nash says the work will cost in the the high six figures. He adds that
TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- The Tupelo Airport Authority is seeking a waiver from the Department of Transportation that would keep commercial flights coming and going at the Tupelo Airport. Tupelo is one of 30 communities where the D.O.T. ordered a temporary termination of Essential Air Service Tupelo Airport Authority Director Cliff Nash says that Essential Air Service officials in Washington
Hopping off of their bus, tourists of the Itawamba Community College’s Retirement Department visited historic sites downtown Pontotoc and the only Amish Community in Mississippi. “Everyone is wonderful. Everything is lined up for you. All you have to do is get on a bus and they will take you wherever they’re going," Tourist Laurie Webber said. At the Off Square
NEW Albany, Miss. (WTVA) -- A local automotive repair shop was hit by stray bullet Tuesday near New Albany. Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards says a stray bullet sailed through the roof of the shop and he is urging people to be careful when target shooting. No one was injured in the incident. "Kids being out of school now holidays
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Community members of Pontotoc and the surrounding areas celebrated the life of a very special opera singer and native of Pontotoc. Ruby Elzy was born in 1908 and was a student at Rust College, Ohio State University and even sang at Julliard. She appeared on Broadway, performed at the White House, and appeared on the radio
MANATACHIE, Miss. (WTVA) - Sixteen years ago William Heard woke up in a hospital bed and was told he would never walk again. "You just can't believe it, it's just unbelievable. Of course, I was upset, I was in a very dark place," William said. But although William's legs were paralyzed, his determination was not. "I've got to get out
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- On May 23rd, the Columbus Police Dept. received a report of a 17-year-old not returning home. Felicity Neal was supposed to return home on May 22 after a spending the weekend with a friend. According to police, Felicity was found alive and well and there was no criminal activity associated with her disappearance.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Lowndes County man has lost his attempt to have his manslaughter conviction overturned. George Strickland, 50, is serving a 15 year sentence in the shooting death of Christopher Wayne George at a home in Steens in February of 2011. Strickland says he was jumped by George and fired on him in self-defense. Court records say
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Columbus man has pleaded guilty to charges he was driving impaired near Columbus Air Force Base. Vernon Tarkowski, 53, entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated DUI during a hearing Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Tarkowski was seriously injured when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crossed into the
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – In a three-day span, three men are arrested in Lowndes County for drug charges. On Saturday, May 21, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department arrested 21-year-old Ricky Patmon, Jr , of Columbus for the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He also faces a possession of marijuana misdemeanor charge. His full bond has not been
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Local donors have raised thousands of dollars in record time in support of the Columbus Air Force Base. “We were just dumbfounded at how fast this came through," Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce President Joey Bragg said. "Our community truly cares about this base.” Bragg led the campaign to raise $25,000 for this new sign back
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – Family members are asking for help locating a missing Columbus woman. On May 20, a missing person report was filed for Jennifer Stephenson . She was last seen three weeks ago and has not been in contact with her family. Anyone who has seen or has knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Columbus
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – A Smithville man is arrested for allegedly stealing scrap metal from a Lowndes County business. On Friday, May 20, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, along with the assistance of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrested 41-year-old Michael Wayne Fowler for the burglary of a commercial building. Investigators say for several weeks leading up to his arrest,
PORTLAND, Ore. (WTVA) – The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Tupelo was named an honorable mention during the 15 th Annual STAR Awards. The Center was among 27 other nonprofits across the United States. The award ceremony recognizes the importance of volunteer transportation. The mission of the Shepherd’s Center of Great Tupelo is to provide assistance to elderly adults.
REFORM, Alab. (WTVA) -- Construction continues on a project that extends a major road from two to four lanes in northwest Alabama. This is the first phase of the project on Highway 82 in Reform, Alabama which will extend to Gordo. The second phase will go from Gordo to Tuscaloosa. Reform Mayor Bennie Harton says with more traffic coming through,
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- The next generation of women leaders are gathering in north Mississippi this week. This is the fourth annual Mississippi National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership residential program. Twenty-one women from public, private and community colleges are at the Mississippi University for Women. The women were nominated by their colleges and selected by the program directors. These
PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A deputy pursues a burglary suspect only to have the stolen objects thrown out. On May 11, the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department arrested 29-year-old Britt Adam Wheeler of Booneville for burglary. On May 18, deputies arrested 35-year-old Bradley Dean Jackson of Booneville on the same charge. The charges stem from two residential burglaries, one on
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- After nearly 14 months and dozens of interviews, the Corinth Police Department says it has the men responsible for a gang-related shooting. Chief Ralph Dance said a grand jury has returned indictments again Marcus McGaha, 27, and Cedric Gunn, 27. Each are indicted with one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – The pursuit of three suspects led to the precautionary lockdown of two Oxford schools. Sometime near noon on Tuesday, May 24, Della Davidson Elementary School and Oxford High School held its students, teachers and staff inside campus buildings. The Oxford Police Department were able to capture the suspects. The schools are no longer holding students, teachers
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) – Following the weekend arrest of an Aberdeen man connected to the alleged burglary of two four-wheelers, two others turn themselves in. On Monday, May 23, the Amory Police Department arrested 23-year-old Devonta Fudge and 20-year-old Shaderick Hinton , both of Aberdeen for grand larceny. On Sunday, May 22, 21-year-old Antoine Griffin of Aberdeen was arrested on
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments in an appeal from death row inmate Anthony Carr. He is one of two people convicted in the 1990 slayings of a family in rural Quitman County. The sparsely populated county had to raise taxes three consecutive years to pay for the defense of Carr and Robert Simon Jr.
Pontotoc, Miss. (WTVA)-A local ecru man is riding off with a brand new John Deere Gator, courtesy of the Purina Check-R-Board days sweepstakes. Cole Carruth won first place in the nationwide competition after entering at Reeder Farm Supply in Pontotoc while shopping there. The competition is in its 4th year running, and contestants were able to enter throughout all of
STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State rising senior from Eupora is the first-place winner in the 2016 New Orleans Fashion Week student designer competition. Jesse D. Newton, a fashion design and merchandising major in the university’s School of Human Sciences, had entered a silver and white outfit pairing an asymmetrical jacket and skinny-leg pants. Taking place recently at the New Orleans Board
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Henderson Elementary School fifth grader is ready to set foot on a national stage Tuesday. Soyeon Park, 10, of Starkville will compete in the Scripts-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. Park won the Mid-South Spelling Bee in March to Advance to the national finals. A total of 285 spellers from across the country will