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Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    On Monday the Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt concerning the expansion of Emilia Resources
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    The Kemper County Sheriff's Department made five arrests Sunday on charges resulting from the possession of drugs at the Kemper Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility. They were identified by Sheriff James Moore as Darron Thomas of Meridian, Valerie Terrell of Brookhaven, Nathan Nelson of Starkville, Kaleeta Ward of Starkville and Dikirra Stewart of Meridian.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    A 3-year-old child waskilled in Kemper County Tuesday night after being hit by a car.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    Earlier this month we amended and passed House Bill 387, that would mandate court officials to not automatically arrest persons who are legitimately unable to pay fines, restitution and court costs and would make parole eligible inmates who have served 25-percent of their sentence if they were not convicted of a violent crime, drug trafficking, sex crime or other crime that prohibits early release. It also would direct the Legislative PEER Committee to conduct a one-time jail population census throughout the state and to create the Mississippi Sentencing Disparity Task Force as recommended by the Re-Entry council.

    As Chairman of the Senate Corrections Committee, I have long pushed for us to rethink and reform many procedures within the Department of Corrections.

    We passed House Bill 766 that would enable the state Fair Commission to purchase property to its east when money becomes available. The vacant buildings could provide expansion space for the fairgrounds.

    We also passed House Bill 1390 that would create a voluntary whitetail deer and turkey harvest reporting system to allow hunters to inform officials with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks of their harvest so state officials have a better idea on the populations of those game animals. It carries no penalty for not reporting.

    Our passage of House Bill 1264 would create the Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law that allows a felony charge for those who call in threats to schools or officials. It would carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. If the offender is a youth, the case would be handled in Youth Court as is typical unless a judge decided otherwise.

    The passage of House Bill 1083 would allow school leaders the option to arm certain staff members and seek proper emergency response training through an approved course by the Department of Public Safety as a means of protecting life in an emergency until law enforcement arrives on campus.

    We agreed to House changes to certain Senate bills and we approved some House bills that bore identical language to Senate bills we already approved.

    We passed a Rules calendar that saluted some of our finest citizens and their contributions to the state.

    Other bills passed included:

    — House Bill 1510 that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.

    — House Bill 1288 would authorize the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory to charge a $300 fee for certain analysis.

    — House Bill 827 would give owners of mobile homes an avenue by which they could more easily seek mortgage loans on the structures and land like owners of conventional homes do.

    — House Bill 354 creates an avenue for funding the Local Bridge Replacement Program.

    — House Bill 1199 would authorize the Department of Finance and Administration to sell or lease 40 acres of land in Lamar County that belongs to the University of Southern Mississippi, but is not critical — House Bill 1041 would allow the Department of Marine Resources to extend from five years to 10 years, the valid time for governmental entity permits.

    — House Bill 1096 would abolish inactive boards, commissions, councils and committees.

     If I can help you, please call me at 601-359-2886.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    Dustin Clark, 25, 115 Artenzie Clark Rd Daleville, MS,  Charges: Possession of Marijuana
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  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    The Kemper Academy Rams improved to 3-0 Monday as they took a 12-1 win over Starkville Christian in prep baseball action.
  • C.J. Johnson joins EMCC football coaching staff
    Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 PM
    Former Ole Miss defensive standout and Philadelphia High School graduate C.J. Johnson has returned to the Scooba campus as East Mississippi Community College’s newly hired defensive line coac
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 PM
    Former East Mississippi Community College star running back LeGarrette Blount played a key role in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He carried 14 times for a game-high 90 yards, including a tackle-breaking 21-yard touchdown run.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 PM
    The Kemper County Wildcats close out the 2017-2018 regular season Thursday night when they play host to rival Northeast Lauderdale.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 PM
    The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams swept home-standing Coahoma Community College during Monday night MACJC North Division hoops action played at the Pinnacle.  The Lady Lions benefitted from a big third quarter to pull away with an 89-77 victory, while the Lions capitalized on a solid defensive effort to complete the sweep with a 70-64 win in the men’s nightcap.
  • DUNCAN/The Ark of Salvation and the Covenant with Noah
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 6:9-22. Genesis 6-9 is an expanded lesson teaching us that this is a moral universe. We live in a day of great apathy toward wickedness and moral failure, but this passage reminds us that God does not shrug with apathy about wickedness. I want to look at this passage with you because it gives us a picture of both God's judgment and His grace
  • Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 2:1-3. Last time we focused on what we called creation ordinances and blessings, and we focused, in particular, on the first two of them: procreation and labor. The ordinance of the Sabbath is set forth in Genesis 2:3,
  • DUNCAN/Seven Miles with Jesus
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:13-27. If you’ll remember verses 1-12, when the angels encountered the women who had come to the tomb to complete the preparation of Jesus’ body, the angels said to them, “Remember what He said,” and we talked about how Luke was emphasizing the centrality of the words of Christ for His disciples. It's central to their faith. Well, in the passage we're going to study this time, Jesus elaborates on that very point.
  • DUNCAN/Perplexed. Frightened. Incredulous. Marveling!
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 24:1-12. This passage is about the battle of faith. Are we going to trust God's Word, or are we going to succumb to unbelief? Jesus Himself does not appear to anyone in the story that Luke has recorded here. This is significant because Luke is pointing our attention to something else that is faith producing, and that is the Word of God, the words of Christ.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 23:39-43. Last week we looked at two major themes of this passage. We saw in His conversation with the criminal that Jesus is continuing to save, to draw people to Himself, even while He is on the cross. Then we looked at the criminal’s incredible conversion. This week I want you to see a third thing from this passage. You not only see Jesus working
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