UPDATE: Both Escapees Now Back in Custody

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — A weekend escape from the Washington County Regional Correctional Center southwest of Greenville saw US Marshals, County Sheriff’s Deputies, and local police departments scrambling to locate the two men on the run. 22-year-old Lazzric Minton and 26-year-old Jackie Jackson escaped from custody around 4:10 PM…


UPDATE: Divers Recover Body of Bridge Jumper

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Divers spent the weekend on the Yazoo River in Greenwood. They were searching for the body of a man who jumped from the Highway 82 river bridge. Police were called to the area late Friday in reference to an “irate” individual. On the scene, they…


$300,000 Federal Grant To Cleanup Clarksdale Blight

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale will receive $300,000 of federal money to begin cleaning up blighted areas of the city. Mayor Bill Luckett announced the grants on Friday, and the EPA grants will fund hazard assessments on properties in the 18th Street neighborhood and Brickyard area that contain petroleum…


Most Mississippi Roads In Poor To Mediocre Condition

WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — A study by the Washington, D.C. based transportation research group TRIP says Mississippi’s roads cost drivers $2.9 billion total as nearly two-thirds of the state’s major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition. The study says Mississippi has the nation’s third-highest traffic fatality rate…


Former Parchman Guards About To Become Prisoners

PARCHMAN, MS (Ben Caxton) — Two former guards at the Parchman state prison are going to jail after covering up an inmate beating. On Friday Federal Judge Debra Brown sentenced 24-year-old Deonte Pate of Charleston and 44-year-old Romander Nelson of Drew. They pleaded guilty last year to charges in the…


Greenwood Utility Gets A Bill For Pollution Violations

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenwood Utilities has been fined $55,000 for violating water pollution limits and failing to test air pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality cited the city-owned utility for violations between 2012 and 2015 when a power plant discharged wastewater with too much chlorine, zinc, chromium,…


Money, Money, Money At Mississippi Special Session

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi legislators begin a special session focused on money today, and Governor Phil Bryant hopes it will last only a day or two. Lawmakers need to set budgets for the attorney general’s office and the Department of Transportation, the last unresolved parts of an overall…


Area Airport Improvements Set To Take Off With New Money

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Federal Aviation Administration has approved 42 grants totaling over $7.5 million for infrastructure and safety improvements at Mississippi airports. In Greenville, Mid-Delta Regional will be receiving $159,852 for airport drainage improvements and perimeter fencing. Cleveland will be fixing fences, too, along with buying some…