MDOC Looking For Female Escapee

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is searching for a state inmate who escaped in downtown Jackson Thursday. Twenty-four-year-old Melody Diana Maher escaped from the Mississippi Prison Industries location on North State Street. She was last seen doing yard work around 11:15 a.m. at the facility….


Four Killed In Mississippi I-10 Collision

  JACKSON COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four people were killed in a rollover crash on I-10 in Jackson County Wednesday morning. The crash had both westbound lanes blocked for more than an hour. Traffic at one point was backed up for miles with westbound…


Chris Epps Sentenced To 235 Months In Prison

  JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — More than 27 months after pleading guilty in one of the largest corruption cases in Mississippi history, former state Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps was finally sentenced late yesterday. Judge Henry Wingate sentenced Epps to serve 235 months – almost 20 years – in prison….


Arsonist Is Targeting Arkansas Firefighters Homes

  COTTON PLANT, AR (Ben Caxton) — Cotton Plant, Arkansas police, and firefighters say they are the target of someone in town who is burning their homes, and vandalizing their vehicles. The latest suspected arson happened Sunday. Town Fire Chief Jason Johnston saw a house he had just purchased for…



Trump Approves Disaster Assistance For Mississippi

  WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — President Donald Trump has approved disaster assistance to governments and certain nonprofits in nine Mississippi counties following severe weather and tornado damage on April 30th. Adams, Calhoun, Carroll, Claiborne, Holmes, Jefferson, Montgomery, Webster and Yazoo Counties received approval. More counties could be added later….


Memorials For Kingston Frazier Today & Tomorrow

  JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The life of 6-year old Kingston Frazier will be celebrated today and tomorrow with visitation from 3 to 7 PM today followed by a service at noon tomorrow at Jackson’s Morning Star Baptist Church. Three teenagers face capital murder charges in the boy’s death…


Casino Gamblers Flee River, Flock To Gulf Coast

  MISSISSIPPI (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi river casinos won less from gamblers last month while casinos along the Gulf Coast won more. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $175 million last month, down 3 percent from $181 million in April 2016. April revenues are usually down compared to March…


Nothing Fishy About "Chemical Free" Panels

  MOUND BAYOU, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mound Bayou introduced its “New City Green Economic Initiative” at a City Hall press conference yesterday. The initiative, brainchild of Mayor Darryl Johnson and supported by the Mound Bayou Board of Aldermen is an economic partnership with neighboring communities Shelby and Winstonville. Their…


Lakeport Legacies Tomorrow At The Plantation

  LAKE VILLAGE, AR (Ben Caxton) — Lakeport Plantation’s monthly history talk, Lakeport Legacies, will feature Lakeport’s Director, Dr. Blake Wintory. Wintory will present “From Mosaic Templars to Royal Circle of Friends: Identifying Arkansas’s African American Fraternal Headstones” on Thursday. African American cemeteries like Live Oak in Greenville and New…