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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
With Christmas and the New
Year’s holidays behind, the
West Point/Clay County
Growth Alliance is already
busy with its plans for 2013.
This should prove to be a
banner year for the town, as the
new One Percent tax revenue
funds are to be deposited into
the bank this month and rein-
vested throughout the commu-
On Monday afternoon, two
new billboards went up on each
end of town on U.S. Highway
45 Alternate. One faces north
on the four lane a little over
three miles outside of town
going toward Tupelo.
The other is near the turnoff
for U.S. Highway 82, facing
Commuters coming into
town either way will see the
advertisements for the down-
town district in West Point,
which features many shops and
On Thursday night, the
Growth Alliance will be host-
ing its “Business After Hours”
at the Golden Triangle Regional
Entertainment that night will
be provided by Keith and
Perhaps the largest event for
the Growth Alliance in January
comes on the last day of the
This is the 87th Annual
Banquet for the city of West
Point, which will be held at the
Community Counseling cam-
pus in the Mary Holmes Gym.
This year’s theme is “Our
Secrets Revealed.”
The guest speaker at this
year’s event will be Roger
Pryor with Pryor and Morrow
“Roger will be sharing plans
for the renovation of the
McClure Building for the new
location of the Howlin’ Wolf
Museum and Louise Campbell
Center for the Arts,” a press
release from the Growth
Alliance said on Tuesday.
“Probably one of the best kept
secrets is that Howlin’ Wolf
was born in West Point and that
we have a museum dedicated to
him located here.”
The Howlin’ Wolf museum
currently gets hundreds of visi-
tors from around the globe each
The renovation of the
McClure Building will allow
the museum to move into that
location for a larger and more
marketable site.
“Moving the museum to a
much more spacious location
will help put West Point on the
map as a destination to visit and
increase the visitors we have to
the museum,” the Growth
Alliance said.
The release also pointed out
that another well kept secret in
West Point is the depth of artis-
tic talent that exists here.
“The addition of the Louise
Campbell Center for the Arts to
the upper floor of the McClure
Building will provide the West
Point/Clay County Arts Council
with a permanent home,” the
release said. “It will also pro-
vide an opportunity to show-
case the work of our local art-
Those wishing to sponsor the
Banquet may contact the
Growth Alliance at 494-5121
or email at cwilson@west-
“Our Secrets Revealed”
Bryan Davis
This sign, promoting West Point’s downtown attractions is facing south on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate a few miles outside of town near
the U.S. Highway 82 exit.
Growth Alliance kicks off the
new year with a busy January
Representative David Gibbs resigns
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The Mississippi House of
Representatives announced
Tuesday that District 36 State
Representative David Gibbs of
West Point resigned Tuesday
from his post.
The Associated Press reports
that Gibbs’ resignation comes
due to “poor health”, but Gibbs
could not be reached Tuesday
by the Daily Times Leader’s
press deadline to verify the rea-
son for his resignation.
The announcement of the
resignation came on the open-
ing day of the 2013 legislative
session in which more than two
dozen proposed bills were
introduced in the House.
Gibbs, 75, was first elected
to the House of Representatives
in 1992 and has served the
people of Clay, Lowndes and
Monroe counties since that
time. Before then, he served as
District 1 supervisor for Clay
County from 1988 to 1992.
West Point Ward 1
Selectman Rod Bobo said
Gibbs’ resignation this week
was unexpected.
“It saddens me
to hear that,”
Bobo said. “He
was such an
effective part of
the House over
the years. He
kind of laid the
blueprint of how
to truly be a pub-
lic servant.”
Former Clay
County Chancery
Clerk Robbie
Robinson served
on the county
board with Gibbs
for several years
and said Gibbs’
keen knowledge
of county gov-
ernment and
overall govern-
mental affairs
made him a great
leader for Clay
“David is a
good friend; not
only a personal
friend but a
friend to the
people of Clay
C o u n t y , ”
Robinson said. “He had a deep
knowledge of the workings of
county government from hav-
ing held that position (as super-
visor), and he carried that with
him to the legislature. He was
chairman of the County Affairs
Committee because of that
knowledge, and he was always
ready to help in county govern-
ment and education.
He was one who was of the
people and represented his peo-
ple very ably. I’m sorry to hear
he had to resign. He was a great
supervisor and a good listener;
that was his strong suit, and
that’s what governance is all
about. My best goes out to him
and his family.”
West Point Mayor Scott
Ross expressed how willing
Gibbs was and said his service
to West Point and Clay County
will be missed.
“Since I’ve been mayor he’s
been very helpful and always
responsive,” Ross said. “I wish
him well in his retirement.”
Mississippi Governor Phil
Bryant is expected to schedule
a special election to fill the seat
left vacant by Gibbs.
David Gibbs
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Waiting two long years for
an answer would probably
qualify as an act that goes well
beyond patience, but the
patience the city of West Point
has had with Comcast Cable
and Internet Services has
reached its max.
Now the city is on the brink
of taking permanent action
against the company.
For decades, Comcast has
paid the city of West Point
$1.50 per pole attachment,
which was the rate set in 1960,
but West Point Water and Light
Superintendent Dwight Prisock
that fee is way less than today’s
average market rate for electri-
cal pole rentals. He said most
cities require that companies
that use city poles now pay
anywhere from $12 to $25 per
Since publication of the last
Daily Times Leader article dis-
cussing Comcast’s pole rental
fee to West Point, Comcast has
been communicating with the
city, trying to come to a benefi-
cial agreement. But Prisock
said it’s been nearly a month
since the city last heard from
Comcast officials.
“It appears they want to
negotiate but not finalize the
deal,” Prisock said.
In Tuesday’s regular meet-
ing of the West Point Board of
Mayor and Selectmen, the
Water and Light Department
asked the board to pass a reso-
lution authorizing Chief
Administrative Officer Randy
Jones to order the removal of
Comcast’s attachments from
the city’s poles.
City of West Point officials
sent Comcast a letter about two
weeks ago requesting that
Comcast either send a check
for $23 per pole attachment for
pole rentals in 2011, 2012 and
2013 or sign and return the
contract, which the city has
already finalized and signed.
Upon receiving a signed con-
tract from Comcast the city of
West Point would re-invoice
the company for $15 per pole
attachment instead of $23 per
pole. Comcast currently has
1,691 attachments on city-
owned electrical poles through-
out West Point.
Prisock said Comcast also
owes the city nearly $6,000 in
underpaid franchise fees, and
the city is waiting to receive
that money from Comcast that
would be put in the city’s gen-
eral fund. He said the company
has not responded to the city
yet on this particular item
“We’re at the point where
we don’t know what to do,”
Prisock said. “We’ve tried to do
everything in good faith and
worked very hard to put some-
thing together. We actually
negotiated down to their bene-
fit, but we needed a contract
that protects the city. The pro-
tections that we wanted for the
city appears to be part of the
Another part of the issue, he
said, is that Comcast requested
an open-ended, perpetual con-
Comcast of West Point
serves about 2700 customers,
all of whom the company
would lose if the city opts to
authorize the passing of the
resolution. Should the city pull
the plug on Comcast, residents
of West Point still have the
option of Direct TV, Dish
Network or AT&T. Prisock said
the city expects AT&T to pres-
ent an offer soon, as AT&T
already has a deal in place to
roll out an offer nationwide.
If there is a resolution, the
city will give Comcast a 30-day
written notice to remove the
attachments, and if Comcast
does not remove the attach-
ments in the allotted amount of
time the city will remove the
attachments at Comcast’s
A Comcast representative
could not be reached Tuesday
for comment.
*As this article was written
prior to Tuesday’s meeting, any
action the board took on this
matter is not included in the
article. The Daily Times Leader
will bring you an update on this
issue later this week.
Local Comcast at high
risk of discontinuance
Sheena Baker
West Point may pull the plug on local cable provider Comcast.
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tonight at Blues Night
January 9th
Beaver Brothers
Playing Wednesdays from 7:00 to 10:00
Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended
Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 10:00
All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community service
on a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in
complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
• Civitan meetings -- The
West Point Civitan Club meets on
the first and third Wednesdays of
each month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-West
Point. All interested persons are
cordially invited to attend.
• City Board Meetings -- The
City Board of West Point holds its
meetings the second Tuesday of
each month at City Hall at 5:30
p.m. Work Sessions are held
every Thursday prior to the board
meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
• Compassionate Friends --
Families who have experienced
the death of a child are invited to
attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month, at
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission of The
Compassionate Friends is to
assist families toward resolving
grief following the death of a
child of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandparents and
immediate family members are
welcome to attend. For more
information, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-
• American Legion Meeting
-- American Legion Post 212 will
meet every third Sunday of the
month at 3 p.m. at their headquar-
ters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
• Basic Skills Class -- Free
Basic Skills class at the EMCC
West Point Center, Hwy. 45
North, Monday thru Thursday
each week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The
Basic Skills class will prepare
you to take the WorkKeys test
and receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job
skills assessment that helps
employers select, hire, train,
develop, and retain a high-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes
are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call
Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
• Feed the Hungry -- Holy
Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month at
10 a.m. If you or someone you
know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free deliv-
ery service, call 494-3322 before
8 a.m. the morning of the deliver-
• The Academy of
Performing Arts -- located at
the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness
Canter is now enrolling for the
fall session. Classes begin August
13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz,
lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run for
four months and culminate with a
Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email or call (662)
• Welding and Carpentry
Classes -- EMCC Workforce
Services is offering Welding and
Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please
contact Mitzi Thompson at 243-
• Computer Classes -- Free
twelve hour computer
classes:Beginning computer,
Internet, Word, and Excel. These
classes are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please con-
tact Bryan Public Library at 494-
• Grief Support Group --
Christ United Methodist Church
is providing support for grieving
families with a Grief Support
Group who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
• GED Classes -- EMCC West
Point Center, if offering free GED
classes at EMCC West Point
Center, Monday thru Thursday,
from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These
classes are sponsored by the
Adult Basic Education depart-
ment of East MS Community
College. Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-
8857 for additional information.
• C2C Info -- Need work
skills to get a job? EMCC
Workforce offers the Counseling
2 Career program to assist in
gaining work experience. C2C
classes are available for residents
of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday from
8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21,
please contact Sha’Carla Petty at
662-243-1930 or Chrystal
Newman at 662-243-1941 for
more information.
• Animal shelter help -- The
West Point Clay County Animal
shelter needs foster families for
several puppies who have been
selected to go on the next
Homeward Bound rescue. You
would need to keep the pup for
two weeks, until the day of trans-
port. If you are interested, please
call the shelter at 524-4430.
• Ladies Auxiliary -- The
American Legion Post 212 Ladies
Auxiliary meet the second
Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
All members are urged to attend.
• GED classes -- Free GED
classes at Bryan Public Library
on Tuesday and Wednesday each
week, 4:30 - 7:30. These are
sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of East MS
Community College. Please call
243- 1985 to register for free
• Foster Parenting -- Foster
and Adoptive Parents are needed.
If you can give time, space, care
and attention to foster children,
maybe you can qualify to be a
foster parent. Caring families in
Clay Co. are needed who have the
interest and ability to be loving
foster parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
• Lodge Breakfast: West
Point Masonic Lodge No. 40 will
have a breakfast the frst Saturday
of each month from 5”30-8:30
a.m. The public is invited.
• REPM Meeting
The Clay County Unit of
Retired Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2 p.m. in
the Esther Pippen Meeting Room
of the Bryan Public Library. J.W.
Chrestman from Alert Guardian
will be guest speaker. All mem-
bers and prospective members are
invited to attend. Membership in
REPM is open to all retired per-
sons from the Mississippi schools.
For more information call
President Ella Seay 494-8323 or
Vice President Robbie Bryant
Wednesday, January 9
• REPM District Meeting
The Clay County Unit of
Retired Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will host the District
1 meeting from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at
the First Presbyterian Church.
Guest speaker is Jackie Edwards,
Executive Director of Community
Counsel i ng Servi ces.
Entertainment will be courtesy of
the Dynasty Show Choir. All
REPM members are urged to
attend. Lunch will be served and
the cost is $10.50. For more infor-
mation call Linda Dobbs 323-
6832 or President Ella Seay 494-
Thurs., January 10-31
• North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer a
prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-8:30
p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31.
Instructors cover a wide variety
of topics including relaxation
techniques, prenatal care, labor
and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and infant
care. The fee is $35.
To register or for more infor-
mation, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-
Friday, January 11
• Installation of Offcers
West Point Masonic Lodge No.
40 will have its Installation of
Offcers at 6 p.m. The meeting is
open to all members.
Wednesday, January 16
• Tunes at Noon
Tunes at Noon will feature
talented pianists entertaining with
selections played on the grand
piano in the Esther Pippin meet-
ing room. This free event is open
to the public and is sponsored
jointly by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council and the
Library. Bring a brown bag lunch
and enjoy the music. Drinks and
dessert will be provided. Plans
are to continue this offering on a
monthly basis. For more infor-
mation call 494-5678.
Thursday, January 17
• Proactive Parenting
Proactive Parenting Workshop
will be held at the ICS Head Start
Center from 5 - 7 p.m. Topics will
include: Common Core Reading,
Reading Comprehension,
Questioning Techniques, Student
In-depth Responses, Why
Questions and Hands on Games
and Activities. For more informa-
tion contact the offce of Special
Services Director Yvonne B. Cox
and Administrative Assistant
Amy Taylor 492-5867.
• The local Alzheimer’s
Support Group will meet at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the
Henry Clay Retirement Center
Parlor, 133 Commerce St.
For more information, call
Brenda Johnson at (662) 495-
2339 or 1-800-THE DESK
• AARP Meeting
The Clay County AARP will
meet at 5:30 at the Henry Clay
Retirement Center. This is a busi-
ness meeting. All members are
urged to attend. For more infor-
mation call Ella Seay 494-8323
or Harriet Gaskin 494-5809.
Friday, January 18
• MLK Black Tie Banquet
The West Point Alumni Chapter
will sponsor the annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Pre- Holiday
Black Tie Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at
the UFCW Local 1991 Union
Hall. Burnell McDonald,
Superintendent of the West Point
School District will be the speak-
er. Please contact Bettye Swift at
494-2647 or any member of the
West Point Alumni Chapter for
ticket information.
Wednesday, January 23
• Luncheon with Books
Friends of the Bryan Public
Library are pleased to announce
that West Point native and author
of “The Dummy Line” Bobby
Cole, will bring his newest novel
“Moon Under Foot” to Luncheon
with Books. Lunch is at served at
noon for $6. Cole will have cop-
ies of his books ready to sign. For
more information call the Bryan
Public Library 494-4872.
Community Calendar Obituaries
Jean White Terrell
Jean White Terrell, age
88, of Columbus, passed
away Monday, December
24, 2012, at Gallatin Health
Care in Gallatin, Tenn.
Funeral services were
Saturday, December 29,
2012, at 2 p.m. at First
United Methodist Church
with Rev. Anne Russell
Bradley officiating. The
interment followed at
Friendship Cemetery.
Carolyn Jean White was
born in Memphis, Tenn., October 26, 1924, to Dr. Charles
Edger White and Carolyn Hurt White. She was a graduate
of Oklahoma University School of Journalism where she
was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. At the age
of 20 she learned to fly a Piper Cub Air Plane and received
her pilot’s license. Jean White married the late Harry Clay
Terrell, III, and spent a year as a newlywed in Post WWII
Europe. There, she hosted a radio show, keeping American
servicemen’s wives informed of the service and supplies
available to them in Munich. She accompanied the first
group of children held in concentration camps by train
from Czechoslovakia to reunite with their families. Her
letters from war torn Europe sent to her mother were pub-
lished in the local newspaper, recording her personal expe-
rience during the occupation.
Jean Terrell developed her own business, The City
Hostess Service, welcoming newcomers to Columbus and
introducing them to local businesses. She later earned her
real estate license and worked with Swoope as a realtor
until retirement. Jean actively served the community in
many capacities. She was a charter member of the
Soroptomist Club. Through Soroptomist, Mrs. Terrell was
instrumental in developing services for women, including
Safe Haven. In recognition of her work, she received
numerous awards for outstanding community service. As a
member of the Columbus Junior League, Jean Terrell
wrote a play, “The Ladies Came First”, for the Pilgrimage
Ball. She was a long time member of the First United
Methodist Church and active in Emmaus and prison min-
Survivors include her son, Clay Terrell and his wife
Sheila, of Columbus, daughters, Carolyn Hamilton and her
husband Ray of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Charlotte
Terrell of Nashville, Tenn., sister, Margorie Rousek of Los
Angeles, Calif., and grandchildren Chris Terrell of
Hendersonville, Tenn., and Dawn Myers of Ocean Springs.
Pallbearers were Kyle Chandler, Jim Chandler, Roger
Pryor, Joel Myers, Will Hardy, and Dave Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were Henry Weiss, Houston Hardy,
Dewitt Hicks, Jim Prior, Mickey Guyton, Ray McIntyre,
Ron Locke, Ralph McLain, Tommy Glenn, Bobby Hooks,
and Mike Commiskey.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist
Church, P.O. Box 32, Columbus, MS, 39703, or Safe
Haven, P.O. Box 5354, Columbus, MS, 39703.
Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of
All “Church Announcements” are
published as a community service on
a frst-come, frst-served basis and
as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in
complete sentences and submitted in
writing at least fve days prior to the
requested dates of publication. No
announcements will be taken over the
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
Feed the Hungry
Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each month
at 10 a.m. If you or someone
you know is elderly or shut-in,
and could benefit from this free
delivery service, call 494-3322
before 8 a.m. the morning of the
Wednesday, January 9
• Revival Program
Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church
is having a Spiritual Enrichment
Revival Program at 7 p.m. Guest
speaker is Pastor Eric Ratliff of
Union Star M.B. Church.
Friday, January 11
• Women’s Discipleship
Progress St. Church of God is
having a Women’s Discipleship
Service at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is
Minster LaShanda Lenior of
Concord M.B. Church. Everyone
is invited to attend.
Saturday, January 19
• Musician Appreciation
Progress St. Church of God is
having a Musician Appreciation
Program at 5 p.m. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Sunday, January 20
• Pastoral Celebration
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
celebrating their Pastor Michael
Cannon and Co-Pastor Sharon
Cannon 10th anniversary on
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 3:00
p.m. The guest speaker will be
Pastor R.J. Matthews from
Kingdom Vision International –
Columbus, MS. The public is
• Pastor Anniversary
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
celebrating their Pastor Michael
Cannon and Co-Pastor Sharon
Cannon’s 10th anniversary at 3
p.m. The guest speaker will be
Pastor R.J. Matthews from
Kingdom Vision International of
Columbus. The public is invited.
Church Calendar
Jean White Terrell
JACKSON, , Tuesday,
January 8, 2013--- The
Mississippi Department of
Transportation (MDOT) would
like to update motorists on a
previously scheduled lane clo-
sure on Highway 45 in Lee
The previously scheduled
lane closure for today has been
postponed due to weather con-
ditions. MDOT will update
motorists on the new date as
information becomes available.
The closure was to allow the
installation of the first 3.5 mile
section of a larger 20 mile cable
barrier project. Once a new
date is set, the barrier will be
installed along Highway 45
from the Eason Boulevard
interchange to the Verona exit.
There will be subsequent clo-
sures of the inside lanes from
Eason Boulevard to Main
Street and then to McCullough
Boulevard as each section’s
grade work is completed. The
project was awarded to
Simmons Erosion Control of
Lake, MS at the cost of
For the most up-to-date
information in your area, please
and sign up for your traffic
alerts. Also, visit http://www. to
get the latest traffic information
from on
your mobile device. MDOT
advises the public to pull off
the road to a safe location if
you need to check the website
while driving. MDOT’s num-
ber one concern is the safety of
the traveling public.
Highway 45 lane closure update
Weather Forecast
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Page 3
• Rib Tips
• 1/2 Chicken
• 8 Hot Wings
• Lg. Pulled Pork
• 1/2 Pound
Pulled Pork
• Pulled Pork
• 1/2 Pound
• Polish Sausage
• 4 Grilled/
Fried Wings
• R. Pulled Pork
• Leg Quarter
• 4 Hot Wing
• Rib Sandwich
• Chef Salad
• Taco Salad
• R. Brisket
Dots BBQ
415 Commerce Street • Across from Post Ofce
Wed. & Tur. : 11am - 6pm • Fri. & Sat. : 11 am - 7pm
Sun. : 10:30 am - 3 pm
now serving
$5 Menu
Wednesday Only
Pet of the Week
Sugar is a female terrier mix, approximately 10 -12 weeks
old. She has had her puppy shots, been wormed and is
scheduled to be spayed later this month. Sugar is a playful
bundle of energy and loves interacting with people. If you
would like to make Sugar or any of the puppies and dogs
at the West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, a member
of your family, come by Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - noon or call 524-4430. Photo by Donna
Back to normal
The Christmas season is over and city crews are out removing decorations on Main St. and Hwy. 45. Photo by Donna
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Facing an end-of-the-month
deadline, the Obama adminis-
tration is calling gun owner
groups, victims’ organizations
and representatives from the
video-game industry to the
White House this week for dis-
cussions on potential policy
proposals for curbing gun vio-
President Barack Obama has
ordered an administration-wide
task force to send him propos-
als by the end of January. The
group, led by Vice President
Joe Biden, was formed in
response to last month’s horrif-
ic massacre of 20 children and
six adults at a Newtown, Conn.,
elementary school.
Biden will meet Wednesday
with gun violence victims’
groups and gun safety organi-
zations, a White House official
said. On Thursday, he will hold
talks with gun ownership
groups, as well as advocates for
sportsmen. The vice president
also plans to meet this week
with representatives from the
entertainment and video-game
industries. The official was not
authorized to discuss the meet-
ings before they were publicly
announced and thus spoke on
condition of anonymity.
Obama has called the Dec.
14 shooting in Newtown the
worst moment of his presiden-
cy. It catapulted gun control to
the top of his priority list for the
first time in his presidency and
also led some pro-gun lawmak-
ers on Capitol Hill to express a
willingness to consider new
But less than a month after
the school shooting, gun con-
trol already has taken a back-
seat in Washington to economic
issues. The president and law-
makers were consumed at
year’s end by efforts to avert
the combination of spending
cuts and tax hikes known as the
“fiscal cliff.” And Congress
will face another set of equally
pressing economic deadlines in
Kentucky Sen. Mitch
McConnell, the top Republican
in the Senate, said the next
round of fiscal deadlines will
occupy the attention of
Congress and push off the con-
sideration of gun legislation for
at least three months.
“There will be plenty of time
to take a look at their recom-
mendations once they come
forward,” McConnell said of
Biden’s upcoming proposals
during an interview Sunday on
ABC’s “This Week.”
Obama aides say the presi-
dent still plans to act quickly on
Biden’s proposals. They worry
that as the shock of the
Newtown shooting fades, so,
too, will the prospects that pro-
gun lawmakers will work with
the White House to tighten
“I believe most Americans
would disagree with the idea
that in the wake of what hap-
pened in Newtown, Conn., that
we should put off any action on
the issue of gun violence,”
White House spokesman Jay
Carney said Monday in
response to McConnell’s com-
ments. “It’s certainly not a sen-
timent the president supports.”
Biden’s recommendations
are likely to include proposals
for legislation, as well as exec-
utive action Obama can sign
into law without lawmakers’
The president already has
called on Congress to reinstate
a ban on military-style assault
weapons, close loopholes that
allow gun buyers to skirt back-
ground checks and restrict
high-capacity magazines.
While the president may con-
sider additional gun control
measures, he also has ordered
his administration to examine
ways to improve mental health
coverage and consider cultural
issues like violence in video
games and movies.
Pro-gun lawmakers on
Capitol Hill have said any com-
prehensive effort to respond to
the Newtown shooting must
include more than just tighter
gun control.
In addition to Biden’s meet-
ings this week, Education
Secretary Arne Duncan will
meet this week with parent and
teacher groups, while Health
and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius will meet
with mental health and disabil-
ity advocates.
The White House said other
meetings are also scheduled
with community organizations,
business owners and religious
White House
gearing up for
gun talks
— An Army private suspected
of sending reams of classified
documents to the secret-sharing
WikiLeaks website was ille-
gally punished at a Marine
Corps brig and should get 112
days cut from any prison sen-
tence he receives if convicted, a
military judge ruled Tuesday.
Army Col. Denise Lind ruled
during a pretrial hearing that
authorities went too far in their
strict confinement of Pfc.
Bradley Manning for nine
months in a Marine Corps brig
in Quantico, Va., in 2010 and
2011. Manning was confined to
a windowless cell 23 hours a
day, sometimes with no cloth-
ing. Brig officials said it was to
keep him from hurting himself
or others.
Lind said Manning’s con-
finement was “more rigorous
than necessary.” She added that
the conditions “became exces-
sive in relation to legitimate
government interests.”
Manning faces 22 charges,
including aiding the enemy,
which carries a maximum sen-
tence of life behind bars. His
trial begins March 6.
The 25-year-old intelligence
analyst had sought to have the
charges thrown out, arguing the
conditions were egregious.
Military prosecutors had rec-
ommended a seven-day sen-
tence reduction, conceding
Manning was improperly kept
for that length of time on high-
ly restrictive suicide watch,
contrary to a psychiatrist’s rec-
Lind rejected a defense con-
tention that brig commanders
were influenced by higher-
ranking Marine Corps officials
at Quantico or the Pentagon.
Manning showed no reaction
as Lind read her decision. He
fidgeted when the judge took
the bench to announce her rul-
ing, sometimes tapping his chin
or mouth with a pen and fre-
quently glancing at his attor-
ney’s notepad, but those move-
ments tapered off during the
hour and 45 minutes it took the
judge to read the lengthy opin-
Mike McKee, one of about a
dozen Manning supporters in
the courtroom, said he was dis-
appointed. He called the ruling
“very conservative,” although
he said he didn’t expect the
charges to be thrown out.
“I don’t find it a victory,”
McKee said. “Credit like that
becomes much less valuable if
the sentence turns out to be 80
Jeff Paterson of the Bradley
Manning Support Network,
which is funding Manning’s
defense, said the sentencing
credit “doesn’t come close to
compensating Bradley” for his
harsh treatment.
“The ruling is not strong
enough to give the military
pause before mistreating the
next American soldier awaiting
trial,” Paterson wrote in an
Lind ruled on the first day of
a scheduled four-day hearing at
Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
The hearing is partly to deter-
mine whether Manning’s moti-
vation matters. Prosecutors
want the judge to bar the
defense from producing evi-
dence at trial regarding his
motive for allegedly leaking
hundreds of thousands of secret
war logs and diplomatic cables.
They say motive is irrelevant to
whether he leaked intelligence,
knowing it would be seen by
Manning allegedly told an
online confidant-turned-infor-
mant that he leaked the materi-
al because “I want people to see
the truth” and “information
should be free.”
Defense attorney David
Coombs said Tuesday that bar-
ring such evidence would crip-
ple the defense’s ability to
argue that Manning leaked only
information that he believed
couldn’t hurt the United States
or help a foreign nation.
Manning has offered to take
responsibility for the leaks in a
pending plea offer but he still
could face trial on charges such
as aiding the enemy.
The Crescent, Okla., native
is accused of leaking classified
Iraq and Afghanistan war logs
and more than 250,000 diplo-
matic cables while working as
an intelligence analyst in
Baghdad in 2009 and 2010. He
is also charged with leaking
2007 video of a U.S. helicopter
crew gunning down 11 men,
including a Reuters news pho-
tographer and his driver. The
Pentagon concluded the troops
acted appropriately, having
mistaken the camera equipment
for weapons.
Manning supporters consider
him a whistleblower whose
actions exposed war crimes and
helped trigger the pro-democ-
racy Arab Spring uprisings in
late 2010.
Associated Press writer Ben
Nuckols at Fort Meade contrib-
uted to this story.
Judge: Wikileaks GI punished illegally
BRUSSELS (AP) — Record
unemployment and fraying
social welfare systems in south-
ern Europe risk creating a new
divide in the continent, the EU
warned Tuesday, when figures
showed joblessness across the
17 EU countries that use the
euro hit a new high.
Eurozone unemployment
rose to 11.8 percent in
November, the highest since
the euro currency was founded
in 1999, according to the statis-
tical agency Eurostat. The rate
was up from 11.7 percent in
October and 10.6 percent a year
In the wider 27-nation
European Union, the world’s
largest economic bloc with 500
million people, unemployment
broke the 26 million mark for
the first time.
But the trend is not uniform.
Unemployment is increasing
mainly in those countries,
mostly in southern Europe,
where market concerns over
excessive public debt have
pushed governments to make
the toughest savings, pushing
the economies into recession.
States have raised taxes and
slashed spending — including
by cutting wages and pensions,
measures that hit the labor
force in the pocket and reduce
demand in the economy.
Laszlo Andor, the EU’s
Employment Commissioner,
warned the uneven impact of
the crisis could create a rift.
“A new divide is emerging
between countries that seem
trapped in a downward spiral of
falling output, fast rising unem-
ployment and eroding dispos-
able incomes and those that
have so far shown good or at
least some resilience,” said a
statement from Andor’s office.
Last year “has been another
very bad year for Europe in
terms of unemployment and the
deteriorating social situation,”
said Andor. “It is unlikely that
Europe will see much socio-
economic improvement in
The single biggest increase
in unemployment over the past
year took place in Greece,
where joblessness soared to 26
percent in September, up 7.1
percentage points over
September 2011’s 18.9 percent.
The highest overall rate in the
EU was in Spain, where 26.6
percent of the workforce was
jobless in November, up 3.6
percentage points over last
By contrast, Austria posted
the lowest unemployment rate
in the EU, at 4.5 percent. The
rate in Luxembourg was 5.1
percent, and the rate in
Germany was 5.4 percent.
Beyond Europe, unemploy-
ment in the U.S. has been edg-
ing down this year and was at
7.8 percent as of November. In
Japan it was only 4.1 percent.
“It is clear that the economic
implosion of several (EU)
member states continues at a
troubling pace,” said Graeme
Leach, chief economist at the
London-based Institute of
Directors. He said the stark
statistics were “compounded
by the political and human
impact of terrifying levels of
youth unemployment in Spain,
Greece and Italy.”
The problem of joblessness
is made worse by the fact that
southern EU nations are
increasingly chipping away at
their social safety system to
make do.
“Most national welfare sys-
tems have lost much of their
ability to protect household
incomes against the effects of
the crisis,” said Andor.
The figures illustrate the
daunting tasks confronting the
European Union. While the
threat of a collapse of the euro-
zone due to too much govern-
ment debt may have receded,
the national economies —
many of which are in recession
— will struggle to recover as
long as joblessness continues to
rise, creating poverty and fuel-
ing social discontent.
Beyond savings cuts, gov-
ernments have also made
reforms — particularly of labor
practices and education — to
promote employment. But they
take time, both to enact and to
feed through an economy.
As unemployment across the
eurozone continues to rise,
many analysts are concerned
whether the political will to
continue to cut budgets can be
“We expect the unemploy-
ment rate at the eurozone level
to continue to rise from 11.8
percent in the latest figures to
12.5 percent by early 2014, as
eurozone businesses and house-
holds remain wary, and govern-
ments continue to cut back,”
said Tom Rogers of Ernst &
Young Eurozone Forecast.
One bright spot in Tuesday’s
EU statistical releases were
new figures showing economic
sentiment in the eurozone had
improved in December. The so-
called economic sentiment
indicator rose by 1.3 points to
87 as confidence improved
among consumers and almost
all business sectors.
Analysts said it was likely a
result of improvements in
financial markets, but warned
that with unemployment still
high, a recovery in the econo-
my was months away.
Unemployment risks creating new divide in Europe
Daily Times Leader Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Page 5
Memories of lost loved ones alive
through Palestine tree of lights
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
The Palestine United
Methodist Church Christmas
Tree was lit brighter than ever
in 2012, with many Clay
County citizens dedicating a lit
ornament to lost loved ones.
The following is a list of those
who gave and those who
received the dedication.
Catherine Rape, Noel Rape
and Estell Huffman had lights
given by Missy Norwood.
Charsie Walker, Charlie
Coggins, Mattie Pearl Coggins,
Diane Gill, John Paul Gill and
Crystal Ann Mathis had lights
given by Lowell Walker.
Mr./Mrs. Mac Pate and Mr.
and Mrs. Marvin Brock had
lights given by Mr./Mrs. Gary
Allene White, Mabel Clark,
Betty Moseley, Sybil Dendy
and Russell White had lights
given by Glena Nadeau.
Joe T. White, Russell White,
Halla Russell and Joe Russell
had lights given by Katholene
Merlene Caldwell, Burton
Cliett, A.C./Mary T. McKnight,
Eugene/Pauline Ferguson,
David/Rowena Hodnett and
Stevens/Elsie Lofton had lights
dedicated by Mr./Mrs J.T.
Haywood Coleman, Estelle
Coleman, John Allen Burges
and Willie (Granny) Burges
had lights dedicated by Roger/
Jeannie Coleman.
Odell McGee dedicated
lights to Ellis McGee and Jack
Tunnie Moore dedicated
lights to Hugh Moore, H.M.
Moore, Matt Moore and Faye
Glenda Clardy dedicated
lights to Maggie Lou Moore,
Charlie Moore, Martha L.
Moseley, Hugh Moore, Virginia
Hosmer and Faye Pearson.
George/Judy Simmons dedi-
cated lights to George
Simmons, Annie Lee Simmons
and Aaron Blansett.
Randy Sparks dedicated
lights to Mildred Sparks, John
Sparks, Arlee Sparks and Euna
Pearl Sparks.
Wayne/Judy Ray dedicated
lights to Faye Pearson, Hugh
Moore, H.M. Moore, Virginia
Hosmer and Martha Lou
Jimmy/Janice Terry dedicat-
ed lights to Evie Millsaps, Ellis
Millsaps, Jerry Millsaps and
Bobby Millsaps.
The Herbert Davis family
had lights dedicated by Mr./
Mrs. Grady Davis.
Mrs. A.R. Dickson, Mr. A.R.
Dickson and Dr. Alan Robinson
had lights given by Mr./Mrs.
Richard Robinson.
Nancy White and Mook
White had lights dedicated by
Sandra/Butch Boyskin.
Larry White, Reba White,
Ida Mae White, Gilbert White,
Sybil Dendy and Sally
Robertson had lights dedicated
to them by Jan/Todd Robertson.
Jewell Simmons and
Marshall Simmons had lights
given in their memory by Bill
F. Simmons/Earlene Simmons.
Mrs. T.A. (Becky) Dendy
dedicated a light to T.A. Dendy.
Trina Dendy dedicated a
light to T.A. Dendy.
Bill/Carol Sims dedicated
lights to Russell White, T.A.
Dendy, Nancy White and Mook
Jimmy Hollingsworth dedi-
cated lights to Sam
Hollingsworth, J.W. (Red)
Thompson, Inez Thompson,
Sara Belle Thompson and
Laura Parker.
Kieth/ Bonnie Thompson
dedicated lights to Sybil Dendy,
Pete Dendy, Hugh Moore,
H.M. Moore, Inez Thompson,
J.W. (Red) Thompson, Ida Mae
White, Matt Moore, Merle
Coleman and Joe O’Rourke.
Jan/Todd Robertson dedicat-
ed a light to Jo Ann Davis.
Palestine United Methodist
Church dedicated lights to
Odell McGee, Glenn “Red”
Springer, “Miss” Nancy H.
Cliett, Katholene “City” White
and Ruth Alice “Tunnie”
George/Judy Simmons dedi-
cated a light to Lib Blansett.
Mr./Mrs. J.T. Hodnett dedi-
cated lights to Russell Lofton,
Elizabeth Cliett, Debra Watson
and Rose Ann Wilson.
Mr./Mrs. Richard Robinson
dedicated a light to Odell
Roger/Jeannie Coleman ded-
icated a light to Aaron Tyler
Glenda Nadeau dedicated
lights to Ervin White, Katholene
(City) White and Odie White
Each light was $5, and the
proceeds went to care packages
which were made for the elder-
ly and shut-ins in the Palestine
Bryan Davis
Keith Thompson and Tunnie Moore stand beside the Palestine tree in early December, even still with many lights on the tree dedicated
to lost loved ones.
Guzman continues to raise awareness
Gissel Guzman has chosen to be a part of TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms), which is a national organization that
addresses and helps with suicide awareness and prevention along with addiction, self-harm, and depression. “The
Storytellers” is the high school campaign where students make a commitment to spreading the message and help find
hope for those in need. The mission is love, hope, and a possibility for a brighter future. Guzman plans to compete
with this project in March at the Mississippi FCCLA competition. She and her classmates raised $370.00 to donate to
TWLOHA. Submitted Photo
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Entergy Corp. will raise cus-
tomer bills again in February to
pay the costs of Entergy
Mississippi buying a share of
the Grand Gulf nuclear plant
from sister company Entergy
A residential customer who
uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per
month will see his or her bill
increase $2.78 per month from
the current amount, according
to the Mississippi Public
Service Commission.
Commissioners voted 3-0
Tuesday to approve the
Entergy’s average residential
customer in Mississippi used
1,326 kilowatt hours per month
in 2011, according to the
Energy Informat i on
In December, the commis-
sion approved a rate increase of
$8.29 a month to cover higher
natural gas costs as well as the
company’s recent purchase of a
Jackson power plant.
Despite the changes, Entergy
says a 1000 kwh-per-month
customer will pay $99.71 in
February 2013, compared to
$95.08 in February 2012.
The Grand Gulf purchase is
supposed to save fuel costs in
the long run. Entergy projects a
savings of $346 million from
2013 to 2042. Grand Gulf runs
at half the cost of Entergy
Mississippi’s next cheapest
asset, its share of the
Independence coal plant in
Arkansas, Entergy officials
have said.
“It is a power purchase agree-
ment, so that is more like a
lease than an outright pur-
chase,” Jeremy Vanderloo,
Entergy’s head of regulatory
affairs in Mississippi, wrote in
an email.
The $206 million purchase of
the Jackson power plant from
KGen Power Corp. is also sup-
posed to save ratepayers money
in the long run because the
company will be able to gener-
ate power more efficiently,
spending less on natural gas
compared to older plants.
The Public Service
Commission ratified an agree-
ment with the company that
Entergy would only collect
$750,000 for a reserve that the
utility can dip into for rebuild-
ing after storms.
Entergy Corp. is based in
New Orleans and serves
437,000 customers in 45 coun-
ties in the western half of
Second Entergy
rate increase
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Mississippi lawmakers gaveled
to order at noon Tuesday, start-
ing a three-month session that’s
expected to focus largely on
This is the second year of a
four-year term. And, for now,
there are some vacancies in the
House Speaker Philip Gunn
announced at the opening of
the session that Rep. David
Gibbs, a Democrat from West
Point, had resigned immediate-
ly because of poor health. The
governor will be required to
schedule a special election.
A special election is being
held Tuesday in House District
59 in northern Rankin County.
Second-term Republican Kevin
McGee resigned in November
to settle a state ethics case.
Two Senate seats are open
because Democrats Bennie
Turner of West Point and Alice
Harden of Jackson died late last
The election in Turner’s
District 16 is Jan. 15 in parts of
Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and
Oktibbeha counties.
A Feb. 5 election is set in
Harden’s District 28 in parts of
Hinds County.
Runoffs, if needed, are three
weeks after the first election.
Gibbs’ House District 36 is
comprised of parts of Clay,
Lowndes and Monroe counties.
Gibbs has been a member of
the House since 1993.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant
is urging the House and Senate
to allow broad development of
charter schools, which are pub-
lic schools that are free of many
regulations. While advocates
believe charters will encourage
academic innovation, critics
worry the emphasis on charters
detracts from efforts to
strengthen all schools.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, also a
Republican, said Monday he
believes charter schools should
be allowed anywhere commu-
nities want them. Some educa-
tion officials have said charters
should be allowed only in areas
where schools are struggling.
Legislators are expected to
consider putting extra emphasis
on teaching reading skills in the
early elementary grades, but
they’ve released few details
about how they might approach
the issue.
Health advocates want law-
makers to expand Medicaid to
cover hundreds of thousands
more people, but GOP leaders
say the state can’t afford to do
it. Starting in January 2014, the
expansion is allowed — but not
required — under the federal
health care law President
Barack Obama signed in 2010.
Lawmakers bring three-month long session to order
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Wednesday, January 9, 2013
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
Head Coach Stan Hughey
and his Lady Raiders kicked
off the New Years with a great
victory in Holly Springs against
a tough Marshall Academy
Saturday. The Oak Hill girls
were successful in their attempt
to grasp a win in the rematch
against Marshall 57-38.
Now the attention has turned
to district competition as the
end of the regular season is
looming for every team in the
state. The Lady Raiders will
begin their final stretch of dis-
trict games with a road trip
south to the “City of Lights” to
take on Canton Academy. This
Friday night contest will be the
first match up between Oak
Hill and Canton in the 2012-
2013 season.
A less than 24 hour turn-
around and Leake Academy
awaits the Lady Raiders on
Saturday here in West Point.
Oak Hill will hope to make up
for the 60-39 loss to the Lady
Rebels back in December. This
game could possibly be a pre-
view for the District 2-AA
championship game in
With a strong 3-1 district
record, the Lady Raiders can
control their destiny for the rest
of the season with two wins
this weekend.
Lady Raiders look for rebound
against Leake Academy
Bryan Davis
Rachel Herndon goes up for a rebound against East Webster’s girls during winter tournament play in December.
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Oak Hill Raiders fell
over the weekend to the MAIS
top-ranked Marshall Academy.
The Raiders fought hard
throughout the game but could
not stay with a sharp shooting
Marshall, falling to the Patriots
Though the loss to Marshall
could be disheartening, Oak
Hill understands there are more
important tasks ahead. The
Raiders will make the two hour
journey to face Canton
Academy Friday night in dis-
trict 2-AA play. This meeting
will be the first for Oak Hill
and Canton on the season.
It will be a quick turn
around for Oak Hill as the
Raiders will return home for a
rematch against Leake
Academy on Saturday after-
noon. A 58-48 loss to Leake in
Madden can possibly be erased
by a great performance from
Head Coach Brian Middleton
and his Raiders.
Oak Hill is currently sitting
with a 3-1 record in district
play and will hope to improve
their chances for the number
one seed when February arrives
this coming weekend.
Oak Hill has a tough
district road ahead
Bryan Davis
Oak Hill’s John Wesley Williamson goes up for a shot above an
opponent during December hoops action.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
games in the books, Rick Ray
definitely sees improvement
with his basketball team. Yet,
he knows all too well with the
start of SEC play, continued
improvement will be key.
Wednesda, Mississippi State
opens its league slate at 7 p.m.
against South Carolina at
Hu mp h r e y
C o l i s e u m.
The game
will be shown
on ESPN3,
with Mike
Gleason and
Nate Ross
handling the
T h e
B u l l d o g s
enter the con-
test with a 5-7
ledger after
they disman-
tled New
Orleans 97-46
on Jan. 3.
Prior to that
game, MSU
was upset by
A l a b a m a
A&M, 59-57,
despite leading
by as many as
15 points.
“The first 15 minutes were
the best we’d played,” Ray said
of the Alabama A&M setback.
“But because we lost no one
thinks we got better. I could
have come in there upset and
put them through rigors in
practice, but that’s not what our
team needed. We played really
well for 15 minutes, then we
had a scoring drought. And
when you have a drought guys
revert to old habits.”
It’s those type of teaching
moments Ray hopes will lead
to success in SEC play.
It certainly looked as much
against the Privateers, as the
Bulldogs totaled a season-high
97 points and shot a sizzling
56.5 percent from the floor.
Junior forward Colin
Borchert paced MSU with 17
points, while Jalen Steele and
Fred Thomas each added 16.
“It was good for our guys to
see all their hard work come to
fruition with a win,” Ray said.
South Carolina sports a 10-3
record and owns a five-game
win streak. In their last outing
on Saturday, the Gamecocks
upended South
Carolina State,
On the year,
B r e n t o n
Williams leads
USC in scor-
ing with his
13.1 clip,
while Lakeem
Jackson is tops
on the boards
at 7.6.
“The big
thing for us
against them is
they do a great
job attacking
the glass,”
Ray said.
“We’re going
to do things as
far as screen-
ing against
their posts and
in transition,
but it pales compared to what
happens when the ball goes up.
We’ve got to be ready for com-
bat, not just rebounds but loose
balls as well.”
MSU is 16-8 all-time against
Carolina and has won six-
straight in the series. The
Gamecocks’ last win in
Starkville came in 2007. Last
year in Columbia, MSU rallied
to claim a 69-67 win in over-
After Wednesday, the
Bulldogs travel to Georgia for a
12:30 p.m. CT showdown on
the SEC Network.
Bulldogs open
district play tonight
Fred Thomas
Photo by
Dana Smith
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Mississippi State competed
hard Sunday afternoon before
coming up on the short end of a
60-46 decision against No. 15
South Carolina in a
Southeastern Conference wom-
en’s basketball game played at
the Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (8-7 overall,
0-2 conference) bounced back
from a disappointing confer-
ence-opening loss at Vanderbilt
by putting together a solid
defensive effort. MSU held
South Carolina to 35.9 percent
shooting and only allowed 14
total field goals, including no
makes from 3-point range.
The Gamecocks followed
with an 8-2 run to open an 18-9
advantage. Back-to-back bas-
kets by Martha Alwal and
Jerica James brought the hosts
within 22-18 with 3:53 left in
the half.
South Carolina scored the
game’s next six points and built
a 28-20 lead at halftime.
Both teams shot 28 percent
from the field in the opening
half. The Bulldogs’ cause was
not aided by nine first-half
turnovers. Predominantly
against the USC zone defense,
MSU only turned the ball over
four times in the game’s final
The Bulldogs closed within
six at 32-26 on a Kendra Grant
jumper with 15:11 left in the
contest. The Gamecocks
stretched the lead to double
digits on a 3-point play by
Aleighsa Welch with 12:19 left.
After that, the Bulldogs
closed within seven on two dif-
ferent occasions but turned the
ball over after drawing that
close one final time.
For the contest, the Bulldogs
hit 16 of 50 shots from the field
(32.0 percent), 4 of 12 shots
from 3-point range (33.3 per-
cent) and 10 of 14 shots from
the foul line (71.4 percent). The
Gamecocks hit 14 of 39 shots
from the field (35.9 percent), 0
of 2 shots from 3-point range
and 32 of 50 shots from the
foul line (64.0 percent).
Grant got back into double
figures for the Bulldogs, scor-
ing 15 points. James added a
career-high 14 points, and
Martha Alwal had a team-high
eight rebounds despite playing
most of the second half with
four fouls.
MSU stays on the home
court Thursday, hosting Florida
in a 7 p.m. tip that will be tele-
vised by the Sunshine Network.
MSU women fall to No. 15 South Carolina
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Alabama capture title again
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2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 Monday night to win the national championship. (AP Photo/Morry
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Fla. (AP) — It’s becoming a
familiar January scene for Nick
The Alabama coach plas-
tered a smile on his face for a
series of posed photos next to
the various trophies awarded to
college football’s national
champions and then proceeded
to talk about the challenges fac-
ing his team.
Maybe Saban let the
Gatorade dry from the celebra-
tory drenching before thinking
about the 2013 season. Maybe.
“The team next year is 0-0,”
Saban, who is on a 61-7 run
over the past five seasons, said
Tuesday morning. “Even
though I really appreciate what
this team accomplished and am
very, very proud of what they
accomplished, we need to pre-
pare for the challenges of the
new season very quickly with
the team we have coming back.
It didn’t take Saban long to
refocus after Monday night’s
42-14 demolition of Notre
Dame that secured a second
straight BCS title, the Crimson
Tide’s third in four seasons and
the seventh straight for
Southeastern Conference
Shortly after the game, he
was already talking about get-
ting back to the office by
Wednesday morning.
Alabama players, mean-
while, finally were able to
voice the “D-word.” Center
Barrett Jones said he had a
Sports Illustrated cover from a
couple of years ago after his
last college game.
“It says, ‘Dynasty. Can any-
body stop Alabama?’ I’ll never
forget looking at that thing and
wondering if we really could be
a dynasty,” said Jones, who
mainly put it on the wall
because he’s featured. “I think
three out of four, I’m no dynas-
ty expert, but that seems like a
dynasty to me. I guess I can say
that now that I’m gone. Don’t
tell coach I said that.”
The 2013 team will almost
certainly be regarded among
the preseason favorites to get
back to the summit, even
though three Tide stars — tail-
back Eddie Lacy, cornerback
Dee Milliner and right tackle
D.J. Fluker — could decide to
skip their senior seasons and
turn pro.
Saban also emphatically tried
to end speculation that he might
return to the NFL, where he
spent two years with the Miami
Dolphins before returning to
the SEC.
It was a question that really
made him bristle during the
30-plus minute news confer-
“How many times do you
think I’ve been asked to put it
to rest?” Saban said. “And I’ve
put it to rest, and you continue
to ask it. So I’m going to say it
today, that — you know, I think
somewhere along the line
you’ve got to choose. You learn
a lot from the experiences of
what you’ve done in the past. I
came to the Miami Dolphins,
what, eight years ago for the
best owner, the best person that
I’ve ever had the opportunity to
work for. And in the two years
that I was here, I had a very,
very difficult time thinking that
I could impact the organization
in the way that I wanted to or
the way that I was able to in
college, and it was very diffi-
cult for me.”
He said that experience
taught him that the college
ranks “is where I belong, and
I’m really happy and at peace
with all that.”
As for the players, All-
America linebacker C.J.
Mosley has already said he’ll
return. So has quarterback AJ
McCarron, who had his second
straight star turn in a BCS title
“We certainly have to build
the team around him,” Saban
said, adding that a late-game
spat with Jones showed the
quarterback’s competitive fire.
“I’ve talked a lot about it’s dif-
ficult to play quarterback when
you don’t have good players
around you. I think we should
have, God willing and every-
body staying healthy, a pretty
good receiver corps. We’ll have
to do some rebuilding in the
offensive line. Regardless of
what Eddie decides to do, we’ll
probably still have some pretty
decent runners. But I think AJ
can be a really good player,
maybe the best quarterback in
the country next year.”
The biggest question mark is
replacing three, maybe four,
starters on an offensive line
that paved the way.
Amari Cooper, who broke
several of Julio Jones’ Alabama
freshman receiving marks, and
fellow freshman running back
T.J. Yeldon give McCarron and
the Tide a couple of potent
weapons, even if Lacy doesn’t
“I am going to try to win
three or four,” said Cooper,
who had 105 yards and two
touchdowns in the title game.
“This season was good, but I
expected it to be even more.
There is so much more that I
can do.”
Saban emphasized the diffi-
culty of repeating and said he
showed the players a video of
NBA Hall of Famer Michael
Jordan saying that the first title
isn’t the hardest — it’s the ones
after that.
That’s because, Saban said,
“you have to have the will to
fight against yourself.”
Now, the ‘Bama coach has
four titles, including one during
his stop at LSU. Saban doesn’t
wear the championship rings
but uses them for a different
“I just put them on the coffee
table for the recruits to look at,”
he said, cracking up the room.
Saban has already lined up
another highly rated recruiting
class and has the next wave of
young talents waiting in the
After all, he talked about the
sign mentor Bill Belichick
hung in the football building
during their NFL days together:
“Do your job.”
Saban jokingly acknowl-
edged that while he prepares
for everything, the one thing he
has never been able to antici-
pate is the Gatorade bath. He
drew heat for a scowl after the
first one, following the title
game win over Texas when he
got dinged in the head. Monday
night’s dousing went better.
“It’s cold, it’s sticky, but I
appreciated not getting hit in
the head with the bucket,”
Saban said. “That was an
No program has had this kind
of championship run since Tom
Osborne’s Nebraska teams won
it all in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
Saban remembers that sec-
ond team well. The Cornuskers
stomped Michigan State 50-10
in Saban’s first game as head
“I’m thinking, we’re never
going to win a game,” Saban
said. “We’ll never win a game
here at Michigan State. I must
have taken a bad job, wrong
job, no players, something. I
remember Coach Osborne
when we shook hands after the
game, he put his arm around
me and whispered in my ear,
‘You’re not really as bad as you
So take heart, college foot-
Saban turns attention to 2013 challenges
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(AP) — The BCS title game’s
television rating was up from
last season, but the lopsided
score kept viewership down.
Alabama’s 42-14 rout over
Notre Dame drew a 15.1 fast
national rating Monday on
ESPN, the network said
Tuesday. The 26.4 million
viewers were up 9 percent from
last year’s game, another blow-
out Crimson Tide victory, 21-0
over LSU.
But that’s down from the
27.3 million for ESPN’s first
BCS championship two years
ago, Auburn’s win over Oregon
that was decided in the final
seconds. This year’s game
posted the second-largest audi-
ence in cable history behind the
2011 championship.
The matchup between tradi-
tional powerhouses in Alabama
and Notre Dame created the
potential for a record-setting
audience. But once the Crimson
Tide went up 28-0 by halftime,
viewers had reason to skip the
second half. Ten previous BCS
title games drew a higher rat-
Ratings represent the per-
centage of U.S. homes with
televisions tuned into a pro-
gram. The game was on in 17.5
percent of homes that get
The first half was watched by
20.4 percent, significantly
higher than 17.9 for Auburn-
Oregon. Typically viewership
increases throughout a game if
it is competitive. But on
Monday, the rating peaked
between 9 and 9:30 p.m. EST
— midway through the first
half — and decreased from
there as Alabama pulled away.
ESPN executives were hope-
ful of a massive audience but
warned that it probably
wouldn’t happen without a
close game. CBS Corp. CEO
Leslie Moonves acknowledged
that reality at a media day
Tuesday about the network’s
upcoming Super Bowl cover-
“Hopefully we don’t have a
game like they had last night,”
he said.
BCS title game
ratings hurt by rout
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Without question, South
Panola has been the most domi-
nant prep football team in
Mississippi over the past
However, no other high
school in the state has produced
more payers with National
Championship rings on the col-
legiate level over that same
span than Picayune.
With Alabama’s 42-14 win
over Notre Dame here Monday
night in the BCS National
Championship game, former
Picayune players now have
won four title rings in the past
seven seasons.
Former Maroon Tide stand-
out Malcolm Faciane is a
reserve tight end for the
Crimson Tide, and got into
Monday night’s game for a few
plays in the final period.
Faciane played in seven
games this season for the
Crimson Tide, including seeing
time in wins over both teams
from his home state in Ole Miss
and Mississippi State as well as
playing in a big win over arch-
rival Auburn.
He was injured his senior
year at Picayune, and red-shirt-
ed last season which was his
first with the Crimson Tide pro-
Faciane is still the only
Picayune player ever selected
to the prestigious Dandy Dozen
squad as picked ever year by
the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
He follows the Cole brothers,
Mit and Drew, as former
Picayune High standouts that
have gone on to win BCS
championship rings on the next
Mit was a tight end at LSU,
when the Tigers beat Ohio State
38-24 in the 2008 National
Championship game at the
Lousiana Superdome.
Drew was a cornerback for
Auburn when the Tigers beat
Oregon two years ago in the
National Championship game
in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona.
That trio, Faciane and the
Cole brothers, are the only
three Picayune players to sign
football scholarships with
Southeastern Conference
schools over the past 20 years.
And all three have gone on
the represent the Maroon Tide
program in the best way possi-
ble on the collegiate level.
Another ring
for the Tide
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— Vicki Richardson was at the
airport to greet the University
of Alabama’s national champi-
on football team when players
and coaches arrived home
Tuesday, just as she was after
last year’s team won it all.
And decked out in white
overalls painted with Crimson
Tide designs, Richardson said
she already is planning to be on
hand for next year’s champion-
ship homecoming at Tuscaloosa
Regional Airport.
“I think they can do it again,”
Richardson said.
Several thousand cheering
fans gathered at the small air-
port for the team’s arrival home
after its drubbing of Note Dame
in the BCS title game in Miami
on Monday night. Chants of
“Roll Tide!” went up as coach
Nick Saban stepped off the
plane; a pilot waved a ‘Bama
flag from an open window after
the charter jet rolled to a stop.
Fans standing behind a fence
screamed and waved when
Saban walked over to greet
them, waving just like a politi-
cian working a crowd.
Richardson, a Tuscaloosa resi-
dent, was right there among
“I’m excited. I think it’s awe-
some,” she said.
Alabama beat Notre Dame
42-14 for its second BCS title
in a row and its third in four
years. Saban said team mem-
bers appreciated the warm wel-
“I think it’s great for our
players. It really makes them
feel good,” Saban told report-
The university has held sta-
dium rallies to celebrate the
past wins, but school officials
didn’t immediately announce
plans for one this year. The
school’s crystal BCS trophy
will be displayed at a Walmart
store near campus on Friday
under a sponsorship agreement.
Alabama fans
gather to welcome
team home
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number of people applying in
Mississippi for a concealed
weapon permit more than dou-
bled from 2008 to 2012,
according to figures released
by the Department of Public
Department spokesman
Warren Strain said Tuesday
that December of 2012 saw the
largest spike in the last five
years, with 1,747 applications.
Strain said total applications
in 2012 were 12, 306. Between
2008 and 2012, permit applica-
tions have steadily increased
— 2011 (7,358); 2010 (6,263);
2009 (6,859); and 2008
“There has been an increase
every month, all 12 months of
2012 compared to every month
in 2011,” Strain said.
In the last five years more
than 38,000 people have
applied for a concealed weap-
on permit
Strain said MDPS screens all
applications includes checks
for felony convictions.
“Anyone who applies for
and receives a permit has gone
through an extensive back-
ground check. You have to
have your fingerprints rolled
and submitted to national data
bases,” Strain said.
Strain said permit holders
must reapply every five years.
Security guards must apply
every fur years.
There is also an endorsement
certification that requires an
eight-hour gun safety course,
allowing handgun owners to
carry a weapon into public
buildings, churches and malls.
“It means that you have a
certain level of training, a cer-
tain standard that you have met
in order to carry that firearm.
So, you will be allowed to
carry it some places where you
would not be able to other-
wise,” Strain said.
Brad Harbour, a certified
firearms trainer with 24 years
of law enforcement experi-
ence, tells WLBT-TV in
Jackson (
) that he has seen a significant
increase in the number of peo-
ple wanting the endorsement.
“The people that we’re train-
ing are not the criminals.
They’re your average every
day citizen,” Harbour said.
Concealed carry permit requests up in state
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JACKSON, (AP) — Court
records say the Georgia woman
who died after an illegal but-
tocks implant in Mississippi was
told that the procedure would be
performed by a medical profes-
sional, but authorities and testi-
mony show that it was given by
a floral and interior designer
with no training or license.
Two people have been charged
in the death of 37-year-old
Karima Gordon of Atlanta, who
had served in the military and
wanted to become a model.
Gordon died from blood clots
in her lungs a few days after
being injected with “a silicone
substance” March 16 at a house
in Jackson, Miss., authorities
The most recent development
in the case came this week when
Mississippi authorities
announced that a second suspect
had been arrested.
Natasha Stewart, a model and
adult entertainer who goes by the
name Pebbelz Da Model, was
arrested Jan. 3 in Memphis,
Stewart, 39, is charged with
falsely presenting that the person
performing the procedure was a
“license medical professional.”
Stewart was indicted on charges
of depraved-heart murder, wire
fraud, conspiracy to commit
murder and conspiracy to com-
mit wire fraud.
Authorities say the victim met
Stewart in New York and paid
her $200 for a referral to Tracey
Lynn Garner, also known as
Morris Garner.
Garner was arrested in
September. At the time, authori-
ties identified the suspect as
Morris Garner, a man. Garner’s
lawyer, John Colette, has since
said that Garner was born a man
but has had procedures to change
gender. Hinds County, Miss., jail
records now list Garner as a
53-year-old woman.
Garner said during a court
hearing in September that she
worked as a floral and interior
designer. She is charged with
depraved-heart murder, a legal
term for an action that demon-
strates a “callous disregard for
human life” and results in death.
It carries a life sentence.
Garner has been held without
bond in the Hinds County, Miss.,
jail since her arrest. Her lawyer
didn’t immediately respond to a
message Tuesday, but has previ-
ously said he was shocked by the
seriousness of the criminal
Hinds County District
Attorney Robert Shuler Smith
said Tuesday that Stewart waived
extradition in Tennessee and
would be brought back to
Mississippi this week. Nobody
responded to messages sent to
her website.
Smith said the investigation
continues and urged others to
come forward if Garner per-
formed a similar procedure on
In Gordon’s case, authorities
say she drove to Mississippi with
a friend to have the procedure
but became ill a few hours later.
Her friend called Garner and
asked what to do, and authorities
say Garner recommended cough
medicine. Gordon died at a
Georgia hospital a few days
Illegal cosmetic procedures
happen sporadically around the
country as people seek cheaper
alternatives to plastic surgeons.
In Florida, a person police say
was born a man and identifies as
a woman was arrested in 2011
and charged with posing as a
doctor and injecting women with
cement, mineral oil and flat-tire
In New Jersey, a woman was
charged last year with giving a
man a fatal dose of silicone dur-
ing a penile enhancement proce-
More details emerge in buttocks injection case
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STARKVILLE, -- He grew
up loving football and pretend-
ing to be San Francisco Forty-
Niners wide receiver Jerry
Little did John W. Van Horn
III realize he would one day
intercept quarterback Kurt
Warner, Super Bowl XXXIV
champion, and play on the
same team with National
Football League Hall of Fame
running back Marcus Allen.
Van Horn, one of just 28 par-
ticipants in the TOSTITOS
Homecoming Party Bowl,
played under the leadership of
legendary football coach Bobby
Bowden and against coach
Urban Meyer, whose Ohio
State Buckeyes went undefeat-
ed during the 2012 season.
TOSTITOS, in conjunction
with U.S. veteran-supporting
organizations Got Your 6 and
Pat Tillman Foundation, spon-
sored the December game,
which was featured as part of
the halftime festivities at the
TOSTITOS Fiesta Bowl.
Van Horn, a veteran U.S. Air
Force senior airman and
Tillman Military Scholar at
Mississippi State University,
was initially told he was visit-
ing California to play a flag
football game for charity.
“Pat Tillman Scholarship stu-
dents learn leadership through
the Tillman Military Scholars
Leadership summits and are
heavily engaged in community
service,” said Ronnie White,
assistant director for MSU’s
Center for America’s Veterans.
“The Pat Tillman Military
Scholarship also assists these
students with financial support
which allows them the opportu-
nity to complete their college
education debt free.”
Pat Tillman Foundation pro-
gram director Hunter I. Riley
invited Van Horn to play, per-
haps because the senior from
Silver Spring, Md., had been a
walk-on punter for MSU but
was sidelined by a stress frac-
ture in his foot during the 2012-
2013 season, Van Horn
However, on the second day
of his California trip, he
received the surprise of his life.
“They actually told us that
we lost the soccer field where
we’d been playing, and they
had to scramble around to get
another. Then, they take us to
this local college,” Van Horn
said. “They got us back on the
bus after the walk-throughs and
took us a couple hundred yards.
We could see the TOSTITOS
tunnel you run out of.
“Then we walk into the lock-
er room, and everybody’s lock-
er is decked out. We all just
freaked out. People were jump-
ing around; it was just an amaz-
ing experience.”
Then, coaches Bowden and
Meyer walked in, soon fol-
lowed by NFL greats Warner
and Allen at Cerritos
Community College in
Norwalk, Calif., southwest of
Los Angeles. Once the teams
-- Liberty and Freedom -- were
on the playing field, actor
Owen Wilson ran up, ready to
play and support both veteran
teams, Van Horn said.
“Everything was in the
moment; we were living in the
present. It was so surreal,” he
said. “It was almost hard to act
like me because I didn’t know
that atmosphere. All this stuff
was put on for us, and it was an
absolutely amazing experience
-- hanging out with Marcus
Allen and talking pregame
stuff, besides trash-talking on
Kurt Warner -- it was all in
good fun.”
Van Horn said he grew up
watching Allen and Warner
play, and not only did Van Horn
catch a touchdown pass and a
two-point conversion, he actu-
ally had a diving interception
on Kurt Warner.
“I didn’t feel like a punter,”
Van Horn said.
He said he formed family-
like relationships with all the
veterans who participated in
the game, and it’s a pattern he’s
noticed since before he became
part of the Tillman Military
Scholar family -- it began when
he joined the geosciences
department at MSU to study
professional meteorology and
Even though he has a better
than B-average in his college
coursework, Van Horn was ini-
tially declared “academically
ineligible” when he tried to
walk on to the football team.
However, geosciences associ-
ate professors Mike Brown and
Grady Dixon did everything
possible to get the mistake cor-
rected, Van Horn explained.
“Dr. Brown and Dr. Dixon
got on the computer and said,
‘We’re not taking no for an
answer.’ It was a mistake in one
of the forms, since I’d trans-
ferred. They had to move my
classes around,” Van Horn said.
“Those guys are just one of a
kind, and I’m so fortunate to
have come here. These profes-
sors and this military group at
the university -- they’re so sup-
The Tillman Military Scholar
program at MSU has become
family for Van Horn, too.
White said MSU and the
Center for America’s Veterans
relies on a “whatever-it-takes”
attitude to ensure that veterans
and service members, as well
as their dependents and survi-
vors, transition to college life
smoothly and successfully to
obtain their college degrees.
“Mississippi State is, from
what I’ve experienced, very
involved with student veterans.
The Tillman Military
Scholarship is a huge exclama-
tion point on that involvement,”
Van Horn agreed.
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Phil Bryant and officials from
Helen of Troy (NASDAQ, NM:
HELE) announce the company
is constructing a 1.3 million-
square-foot distribution facility
in Olive Branch, Miss., in
DeSoto County. The project
represents a company invest-
ment of $37 million and will
create more than 300 new jobs.
Helen of Troy is a designer,
developer and worldwide mar-
keter of brand-name household,
personal care and healthcare/
home environment consumer
The facility, the company’s
second in the state, is expected
to be complete by December
2013. Helen of Troy also oper-
ates a 1.2 million-square-foot
distribution facility in
Southaven, Miss.
“I am grateful to Helen of
Troy for expanding its presence
in Mississippi by constructing
this new distribution facility.
The company’s investment and
the jobs it will create will have
a significant impact on both the
DeSoto County economy and
the state as whole,” Governor
Phil Bryant said. “I thank the
company for its continued
investment in its Mississippi
operations and the trust it has
placed in our dedicated and
productive workforce. The
announcement of this new
facility is proof that
Mississippi’s pro-business cli-
mate works.”
“We are very excited to start
this project and are looking
forward to the day when we
can move into this new distri-
bution center. With the addi-
tion of this new 1.3 million-
square-foot distribution center,
Helen of Troy will have a total
of 2.5 million square feet of
owned and operated distribu-
tion capacity in DeSoto County,
Mississippi,” said Helen of
Troy Chairman, Chief
Executive Officer and President
Gerald J. Rubin. “This is a
significant commitment for
Helen of Troy and we will con-
tinue to benefit from the skilled
workforce, logistics infrastruc-
ture and geographic attractive-
ness of DeSoto County.”
The Mississippi Development
Authority provided assistance
for site preparation and reloca-
tion needs related to the project
through the Mississippi
Industry Incentive Financing
Revolving Fund. The agency
also provided assistance for
infrastructure improvements
through the Development
Infrastructure Program, as well
as job training assistance. The
City of Olive Branch and
DeSoto County also provided
assistance in support of the
“Helen of Troy’s business
operations have grown in recent
years, and we expect our busi-
nesses to continue to grow,
both organically and through
acquisitions, in the future.
With interest rates at record
lows, it is a great time to make
this type of investment in the
future of Helen of Troy,” said
Rubin. “In addition, local
agencies and governments,
including the Mississippi
Development Authority, the
State of Mississippi, DeSoto
County and the City of Olive
Branch, provided us with
incentives to enhance the
attractiveness of the proposi-
“It is always exciting to see
one of our existing businesses
strengthen its roots in
Mississippi, and I am proud
MDA was able to provide assis-
tance for Helen of Troy’s new
distribution facility,” said MDA
Executive Director Brent
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JACKSON — Mississippi
lawmakers launched their
three-month session today, and
leaders say education will be a
top issue.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant
is urging the House and Senate
to allow broad development of
charter schools, which are pub-
lic schools that are free of many
regulations. While advocates
believe charters will encourage
academic innovation, critics
worry the emphasis on charters
detracts from efforts to
strengthen all schools.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate
Reeves said charter schools
won’t solve all of Mississippi’s
education problems, but they
would be “an additional tool in
the toolbox.”
Reeves also said he believes
charter schools should be
allowed anywhere communi-
ties want them. Some education
officials have said charters
should be allowed only in areas
where schools are struggling.
“That is a decision parents
should make,” Reeves said
Monday during a forum spon-
sored by the Capitol press corps
and Mississippi State
University’s Stennis Institute of
Legislators say they’ll exam-
ine ways to improve children’s
reading skills in the early ele-
mentary grades.
Bryant proposes spending
$15 million to strengthen litera-
cy training for teachers in early
elementary grades, with a goal
of making sure children can
read at the proper grade level
by the time they finish third
grade. He said fewer than half
of Mississippi students are pro-
ficient at that level now. Reeves
said he believes most lawmak-
ers support a stronger emphasis
on reading, but he said details
remain to be debated.
Health advocates want law-
makers to expand Medicaid to
cover hundreds of thousands
more people, but GOP leaders
say the state can’t afford to do
it. Starting in January 2014, the
expansion is allowed — but not
required — under the federal
health care law President
Barack Obama signed in 2010.
Roy Mitchell, director of the
Mississippi Health Advocacy
Program, said putting more
people on Medicaid could lead
to a healthier and more produc-
tive workforce.
“We ask that our policy mak-
ers closely examine this oppor-
tunity,” Mitchell said Monday.
Budget writers face an early
April deadline to set a spending
plan for fiscal 2014, which
starts July 1. Bryant and the
14-member Joint Legislative
Budget Committee have
released separate proposals,
and lawmakers are expected to
take some ideas from each.
People who want to delve
into details of bills will have to
wait. The legislative website on
Monday still listed 2012 as the
current session, and a House
spokeswoman said the site
might be updated later in the
Legislators could consider
proposals to allow law enforce-
ment officers to check people’s
immigration status during traf-
fic stops. A bill passed the
House in 2012 but died in the
Senate amid opposition from
business groups and local offi-
cials who worried about unex-
pected expenses that could
Education will be top issue
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