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FLOYD INGRAM: Check the numbers

  Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five […]

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Man arrested in Thorn shooting, second suspect sought

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – One of two people sought for a shooting in Thorn on Thursday has been arrested and authorities hope to make a second arrest in the shooting today. Rudy Flores, 18, of Tupelo and formerly of Houston, was arrested about 2 a.m. in a motel room in Holly […]

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Region’s jobless rate lowest in 10 years

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Even with an increase in the unemployment rate in December, the overall jobless rate for all of Northeast Mississippi in 2015 was 6.5 percent. That’s the lowest rate in the 10 years the Daily Journal has compiled the figures, with information provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment […]

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Prayers answered

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – John McClendon will probably never forget the first time he saw Eli Ray. McClendon was part of a massive search for 3-year-old Ray who wandered away from his home in Thorn on Dec. 31. McClendon was the one who found the toddler on a creek bank on […]

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Bulldogs beat Lady Vols for first time

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Sometimes traditions are hard to overcome. Mississippi State entered Thursday night’s game 0-36 all-time against Tennessee. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs appeared to be headed for their 37th straight loss to the Lady Vols after falling behind 55-43 in the third quarter. But MSU mounted a feverish comeback in the […]

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Two shot on roadside in Thorn Wednesday night

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal THORN – Two men have been shot and the Chickasaw County Sheriff Department is looking for two suspects following a shooting in Thorn Wednesday night. Chickasaw County Sheriff James Meyers said deputies responded to a call on County Road 405 near Thorn about midnight and found two men on the […]

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Houston tourism tax discussed

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Plans are being made for another tourism tax vote for Houston and community leaders are gathering facts and friends for the next campaign. Chickasaw Development Foundation members and city leaders met at the Houston Civic Center last week to discuss how they missed an opportunity last summer […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers need to answer the call

  Volunteer fire departments may be the best economic development tool ever created for rural communities. While there are many beautiful places to build houses in the country, banks are hesitant to loan money to construct a home unless the investment is covered by insurance. And while hardworking country folk can often afford the cost […]

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Epps due to be sentenced April 11 in MDOC scandal

By Patsy R. Brumfield Special to the Daily Journal JACKSON – Former state prisons chief Christopher B. Epps faces sentencing April 11 for his admissions to a kickback-bribery scheme, which allegedly netted him nearly $2 million for choosing contract favorites. His attorneys and federal prosecutors agreed to the new date after meeting Tuesday before U.S. […]

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Basketball Scores for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   Scores from games played Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.   Please have your coach call in your team’s scores at 842-2611 after the game   Basketball (G) West Union 63, Falkner 37 (G) Tupelo 53, Columbus 48 (G) Senatobia 43, New Albany 39 (G) Biggersville 72, Wheeler 67, OT (G) […]

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More storm shelters on the way

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $50,000 in grant requests from Houston, Okolona and Chickasaw County for construction of storm shelters at nine locations, County Emergency Management Agency Director Linda Griffin said this week. Based on a per-shelter capacity of 30 […]

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High-speed chase ends with drug charges

By William Moore Daily Journal SALTILLO – A 22-year-old Saltillo woman is facing numerous felony charges after an early morning chase up U.S. Highway 45. In addition to traffic violations, Lindsey Downs, 22, of Northgate Circle, Saltillo, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Saltillo Police Chief Grant Bailey […]

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JOHN GAINES: Slackers surrender too easily to weather

Dear Editor, The leaders of or communities who choose to close schools, offices, city services and the like, on a mere rumor of typical Northeast Mississippi winter weather are pusillanimous slackers who set an example of mediocrity for or children to follow. Furthermore, local churches are equally culpable if not more so. Jesus Christ himself […]

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Wal-Mart closures to impact 180 jobs

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, impacting nearly 180 workers. But the company said it will offer those employees jobs elsewhere if available. “Our goal is to place as many associates as possible who would like to continue with the company at […]

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