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City, county groups ready Yellow Dot plan

January 7, 2012

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.

“The materials are ordered, and we expect them to be in any day now,” Rye said. “We’re putting the finishing touches on a brochure, and as soon as all that comes together, I’d imagine in the spring we’d be able to roll the program out to the public.”

Starkville Sears not included in recent store closings

January 7, 2012

As a sales associate at the Sears Hometown Store at Starkville’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 Columbus’ 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.

“At least every other person, I would say one out of three people, is asking if we’re closing too,” Glenn said.

His answer is always “no.”

Students use Twitter to remember Mitchell

January 7, 2012

The students of Starkville High School have taken to Twitter to remember their friend and classmate.

Shortly after Devin Mitchell’s death on New Year’s Day, the hashtag “#32forever” — representing the high school football player’s number — began appearing on the social networking site.

Mitchell was murdered in the early morning hours of New Year’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.

Nelson placed in critical care after accident

January 7, 2012

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.

“He has a cracked vertebrae in his neck and a broken wrist,” Lindley said. “He also has a cracked orbital bone in his face in addition to the concussion he suffered.”

County Dem chair eyes US Senate seat, declares candidacy

January 7, 2012

Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Chairman Albert N. Gore Jr. says America’s political system is broken and he aims to do something about it.

On Tuesday, Gore qualified to run for incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wicker’s U.S. Senate seat. Wicker, who has yet to qualify, is expected to do so in seeking his first full term as Mississippi’s junior senator. Wicker was appointed to Sen. Trent Lott’s seat in 2007 when he retired.

Gore, 81, is originally from Webster County and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Millsaps College and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University. He joined the U.S. Army, served in Vietnam and retired as a colonel in 1988. For his service, Gore received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Gore was wounded by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam on July 4, 1967.

Garnett eager to serve as Oktibbeha’s chief deputy

January 7, 2012

New Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said he feels honored and lucky to serve in his new role.

“I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the citizens of Oktibbeha County,” he said. “I want all of them to know everybody at the sheriff’s department is out there working hard and making sure their community is a safe place to live and raise their kids.”

Garnett is no stranger to Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Before beginning work at his current position this week he served in multiple positions at Starkville Police Department for a decade.

“I’m a Golden Triangle boy,” he said. “I was born in Starkville, grew up in West Point, lived in Columbus and now I’m back here.”

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