Crews work to restore power in Miss. after storm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Crews were working Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in north Mississippi after an ice storm.
Ron Stewart, spokesman for Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, says about 7,000 association customers were without power, mainly in DeSoto and Marshall counties.
John Moore III, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says rising temperatures Sunday thawed ice in the area, but residents in extreme north Mississippi could see more freezing rain and sleet Monday night.
He says there was a chance that some portions of northwestern Mississippi could see sleet Sunday night, but it's more likely to be rain.
And temperatures along the Mississippi River could dip below freezing Sunday night, but there's not likely to be precipitation in those areas.
POLICE BRIBERY INVESTIGATION
Ex-officer to plead guilty in JPD bribery case
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Jackson Police Department narcotics officer has filed a notice that he intends to plead guilty in a federal bribery case.
An attorney filed the notice in U.S. District Court in Jackson on behalf of former officer Tony Davis. The court filing on Thursday said Davis has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Davis was indicted Oct. 3 and charged with trying to bribe another officer related to city transactions. He had pleaded not guilty.
Davis is free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
OXFORD CONFERENCE CENTER
Oxford Convention Center future debated
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford is planning a public meeting for Dec. 17 about the future of a local convention center.
The city took back control of the Oxford Conference Center in November from the Oxford Tourism Council. Mayor Pat Patterson said at that time that no decisions had been made as to its future.
Patterson said he had originally planned on setting up the meeting in January but due to rumors and "misinformation," he decided the meeting needed to be held sooner.
The Oxford Eagle reports the conference center, built in 2004, has been losing several hundred thousand dollars a year in revenue, although the loss has declined in recent years.
Patterson says the city will explore options for the center and whether it can be leased or sold.
Miss. man charged in fatal La. collision
FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) - A Mississippi man is facing drunken driving and vehicular homicide charges after a fatal head-on collision in Louisiana's Washington Parish.
Louisiana State Police says the wreck happened Sunday about 6 a.m. when a Ford F-150 on Louisiana 25 veered into the path of a Chevrolet Silverado.
Police say in a news release that the driver of the Ford, 35-year-old Charles Toon of Foxworth, Miss., is suspected of being under the influence. Toon and a passenger were hospitalized with injuries.
Police say 32-year-old Jonathan Bickham of Franklinton, La., the driver of the Chevy, was killed in the collision.
Police say Toon will be booked into the Washington Parish Jail upon being released from the hospital. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
Man pleads guilty in south Miss. meth case
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Federal court records say a man has pleaded guilty to racketeering in a drug case involving about 21 kilograms of methamphetamine found after a traffic stop in Lamar County.
Obidio Santos-Alas and Reina Chamorro were charged in the case after authorities said the drugs were found in a hidden compartment under the bed of the truck on July 30.
Santos-Alas pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 27.
Reina Chamorro pleaded guilty on Oct. 23 to one count of interstate travel in aid of an unlawful activity. Her sentencing is Jan. 16.
Authorities said the suspects told investigators that they were hired to drive the truck from Texas to Georgia and would be paid $2,000.
Wicker to speak at MSU graduation
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., will speak to fall semester graduates at Mississippi State University on Saturday in Starkville.
More than 1,300 students are expected to receive degrees during the 10 a.m. Humphrey Coliseum commencement. MSU officials say some graduates from the summer term that has no separate event.
Wicker has represented the state in the Senate since December 2007. He previously served in the U.S. House and the Mississippi State Senate.
Bruce adopts no smoking ordinance
BRUCE, Miss. (AP) - Bruce Mayor Rudy Pope says he and the board of aldermen moved to outlaw most smoking in town so smokers will be considerate of those who don't.
The smoking ordinance takes effect in January.
The ordinance bans smoking in just about every public building and in parks, which includes the town square. Most businesses are included as well.
There is a 20-foot no-smoking zone for the businesses where the mayor hopes smokers will be far enough away so that others can avoid secondhand smoke.
Pope says the ordinance will not affect those who smoke at home.
A first offense will cost the violator $100. A second offense comes with a $200 fine and the third has a $500 fine.
Mississippi prepares of bicentennial
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission will unveil its plans for the state's 200th anniversary on Tuesday.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Mississippi Department of Archives and History executive director H.T. Holmes and Mississippi tourism director Malcolm White are scheduled to speak.
Holmes says in a news release that event will provide an overview for plans for the 2017 statehood anniversary. He says specific plans for the actual celebration will evolve and unfold in the years ahead.
Holmes says most significant bricks and mortar project the state is undertaking to mark the bicentennial is construction of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The museums will open in December 2017.
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