January 8th, 2012
JACKSON â€” After Republican Tate Reeves was elected Mississippi lieutenant governor in November, he spent weeks meeting with the 52 state senators to gauge their public policy interests.
He used that information while assigning senators to committees, both as chairmen and as rank-and-file members.
Reeves announced the committee rosters this past Friday, one day after his inauguration, and many senatorsâ€™ initial assessments were positive. He said he tried to transcend traditional boundaries of party, race and geography.
â€śIt was an incredibly difficult task,â€ť said Reeves, fresh off two terms as state treasurer.
The 122 House members await their committee assignments, and new Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he might announce those late this week.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€“ The Arkansas Razorback press and red-hot shooting proved to be too much for No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went on the road and learned a valuable lesson â€“ it is hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, falling 98â€“88.
Dee Bost broke out of his recent slump playing well yet again inside Bud Walton Arena and freshman DeVille Smith added a career-high 25 points, but they were overshadowed by Arkansas (12-3, 1-0) junior Julysses Nobles who turned in a career-high 24 points and freshman B.J. Young had another outstanding night with 24 points of his own.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€“Â â€¨It's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.â€¨They struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnâ€™t getting to the foul line with just four attempts.
Mississippi State's Diamber Johnson was feeling "the pain of regret" after Thursday night's 53-48 loss to LSU.
The senior point guard of the Lady Bulldogs had scored a season-low six points in that game and knew it wasn't good enough to be able to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU, which stands 10-4 overall after dropping its first league outing, gets another chance today at 11th-ranked Kentucky. The tip is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by SportSouth.
"Sometimes it takes losses like (LSU) to make you realize how badly you need to work on things," Johnson said.
It will be a show of unity today as the Starkville High School football team attends the funeral of teammate Devin Mitchell.
The service for Mitchell will be held at Calvary Baptist Church this afternoon in Starkville and SHS football coach Jamie Mitchell said the team will honor the families wishes and come as a team.
The Yellowjackets will also be wearing black jerseys at the request of Devin's mother because that's what he will be buried in.
Jamie Mitchell said the team will bus from the SHS athletic complex to the service because it's important for them to be together during this time.
The offensive woes of the Starkville Academy boys' basketball team continued Saturday night.
Lamar School out-dueled the Volunteers 41-33 at the Starkville Academy Gymnasium.
The Volunteers were coming off a 19-point performance against Hilcrest on Friday night.
SA boys coach Mark Alexander wishes his offense stepped up a bit more.
"We played OK," Alexander said. "We were dismal on offense and just dismal. We couldn't hit a shot. Same thing last night. We had 19 points last night and (33) tonight. You do the math. Eight quarters of basketball and you add that up that's not very good. We can't buy a basket."
Starkville and Oktibbeha County residents will soon have an opportunity to sign up for the Yellow Dot program, an initiative designed to immediately provide emergency responders with medical information in the case of an accident.
Participants in the program would receive a yellow sticker to place on the rear windshields of their vehicles as well as forms to fill out with their medical information. The information, with a picture for proper identification, would be placed in a marked folder inside the glove compartments of their automobiles.
Starkville Parks and Recreation Director Matthew Rye said all the pieces are in place for the program to be enacted in the coming months.
â€śThe materials are ordered, and we expect them to be in any day now,â€ť Rye said. â€śWeâ€™re putting the finishing touches on a brochure, and as soon as all that comes together, Iâ€™d imagine in the spring weâ€™d be able to roll the program out to the public.â€ť
As a sales associate at the Sears Hometown Store at Starkvilleâ€™s University Square Shopping Center, Jimmy Glenn would like to set the record straight.
On Dec. 27, Sears Holdings announced the closings of 100 to 120 Sears stores, including the Sears at Columbusâ€™ Leigh Mall, as well as Kmarts, which are owned by Sears Holdings. As a result, Glenn said customer after customer has come into his store asking the same question.
â€śAt least every other person, I would say one out of three people, is asking if weâ€™re closing too,â€ť Glenn said.
His answer is always â€śno.â€ť
The students of Starkville High School have taken to Twitter to remember their friend and classmate.
Shortly after Devin Mitchellâ€™s death on New Yearâ€™s Day, the hashtag â€ś#32foreverâ€ť â€” representing the high school football playerâ€™s number â€” began appearing on the social networking site.
Mitchell was murdered in the early morning hours of New Yearâ€™s Day while he was visiting family in West Point. Police officials said Tavaris Collins, 31, of West Point allegedly started shooting into the dark when he heard the sounds of fireworks and thought someone was shooting at him. Collins fired multiple rounds and one struck Mitchell in the head. Mitchell was pronounced dead at North Mississippi Medical Center. Collins was arrested and charged with murder.
Starkville Police Officer Derek Nelson was placed in critical care following an automobile wreck Thursday.
Nelson was injured when his car hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over and flip, SPD Chief David Lindley said. The accident occurred while Nelson was believed to be attempting a traffic stop, Lindley said.
Lindley first said Thursday he believed Nelson suffered a concussion and no serious injuries, but the police chief said he learned the injuries were worse than expected Friday.
â€śHe has a cracked vertebrae in his neck and a broken wrist,â€ť Lindley said. â€śHe also has a cracked orbital bone in his face in addition to the concussion he suffered.â€ť