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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
Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Chairman Albert N. Gore Jr. says Americaâ€™s political system is broken and he aims to do something about it.
On Tuesday, Gore qualified to run for incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wickerâ€™s U.S. Senate seat. Wicker, who has yet to qualify, is expected to do so in seeking his first full term as Mississippiâ€™s junior senator. Wicker was appointed to Sen. Trent Lottâ€™s seat in 2007 when he retired.
Gore, 81, is originally from Webster County and has a bachelorâ€™s degree in sociology from Millsaps College and a masterâ€™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.
New Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett said he feels honored and lucky to serve in his new role.
â€śI consider it a privilege to be able to serve the citizens of Oktibbeha County,â€ť he said. â€śI want all of them to know everybody at the sheriffâ€™s department is out there working hard and making sure their community is a safe place to live and raise their kids.â€ť
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.
â€śIâ€™m a Golden Triangle boy,â€ť he said. â€śI was born in Starkville, grew up in West Point, lived in Columbus and now Iâ€™m back here.â€ť
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors approved more than $950,000 for second quarter budget allocations to the sheriffâ€™s department, county jail and tax collectorâ€™s office Tuesday.
Each departmentâ€™s budget is divided into four categories: personnel services, contractual services, consumable supplies and capital outlay. County Administrator Don Posey said capital funds are for buying departmental equipment and inventory while consumable supplies include small-ticket items. Personnel services, he said, covers payroll, insurance, retirement and workers compensation, and contractual services pay for a wide range of binding agreements.
A Starkville police officer was involved in an automobile accident Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during what was believed to be a traffic stop on Garrard Road.
Officer Derek Nelson was transported to OCH Regional Hospital for observation after he hit a telephone pole and ran off an embankment, causing the vehicle to roll over and flip.
Starkville Police Chief David Lindley confirmed Nelson suffered a concussion but no other serious injuries, and a neurologist will soon be monitoring him.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved revisions to the cityâ€™s drug and alcohol personnel policy.
Starkville Personnel Officer Randy Boyd said he has spent the last year reviewing policies from other municipalities and organizations to revise the policy. He said he wants to keep Starkvilleâ€™s work force drug-free to make services to citizens safe and reliable.
The previous version of the policy limited neutral selection testing to safety-sensitive positions, such as firefighters, law enforcers, medical technicians and city machinery operators. Neutral selection is a random testing policy which not only ensures random selection, but also prevents the employer from waiving the selection.
The driver who hit a local cyclist last May, causing a number of broken bones and a brain injury, is appealing her guilty verdict and $50 fine.
Robbie Norton was found guilty of simple assault with a deadly weapon by the Clay County Justice Court in November for her role in the May 22, 2011 accident that left cyclist Jan Morgan critically injured.
Morgan and her friend Kim Richardson were on a training ride that morning when Nortonâ€™s car struck Morganâ€™s bicycle from behind, sending her flying. Morganâ€™s body landed on the hood of the car and slid to the ground, landing near the passenger-side tire.
Witnesses testified Norton was panicking when she got back into her car and in an attempt to move the car out of the way, ran Morgan over and stopped with the wheel still on Morganâ€™s head.