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Tourism tax bill sent to committee

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – A bill authorizing a tourism tax in Houston has once again been sent to the Senate Local and Private Committee for approval and if passed would allow city residents to once again vote for or against a tourism tax. A tourism tax referendum narrowly failed last summer. […]

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Lady Wildcats triumph over Lady Rebels

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – the Houlka Lady Wildcats don’t hold grudges, but they always look for a chance to settle the score. The Houlka Lady Wildcats took to the diamond last week against the Hickory Flat Lady Rebels for the second time this season looking to avenge an early […]

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State record yellow perch caught at Pickwick

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – On Monday, March 21, Wesley Cummings of Booneville was fishing in Mill Creek at Pickwick Lake near Iuka.  While crappie fishing using a small pink jig, Cummings hooked and landed a large yellow perch. The fish was positively identified by Tyler Stubbs, a fisheries biologist with the […]

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Bulldogs soar to No. 2 in national ranking

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State climbed to No. 2 in the D1baseball.com national rankings on Monday after its weekend series win at previously top-ranked Florida. The Diamond Dogs (23-9-1), No. 5 a week ago, snapped the Gators’ 29-game winning streak at home with 10-4 and 2-1 victories on the final two […]

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Restaurants, food facilities under watchful eye of state health department

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal Mississippi has more than 14,000 places that serve food to the public, a list that includes restaurants, caterers, casinos, schools, nursing homes and food trucks. Every week, the Mississippi Department of Health sends inspectors to visit some of those facilities, using an extensive checklist that could take 30 minutes or […]

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Hood unsure if he’ll sue Google

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi’s attorney general says he doesn’t yet know whether he’ll go to court to force Google to comply with a subpoena or sue the Internet giant for violating state law. Democrat Jim Hood said Monday that he will evaluate the current practices of the unit of Alphabet Inc., saying he hopes the […]

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Bryant signs appointed superintendents into law

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Making all Mississippi school superintendents appointed, long supported by a wide array of groups ranging from the Mississippi Economic Council to the state Board of Education, was signed into law Monday morning by Gov. Phil Bryant. Of Mississippi’s 144 school districts, 55 are headed by elected […]

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Houlka officer cleared in arrest of woman

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – A probable cause hearing to determine if a policeman should be charged with assault following the arrest of a woman outside Houlka City Hall March 3, has determined the officer can not be charged. Chickasaw County Circuit Court Judge John Gregory has reviewed evidence and video […]

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Drug dogs sweep Houston schools

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Drugs dogs swept Houston High School and found just what they wanted to – nothing. Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles said two dogs were sent into the high school and sniffed cars in the parking lot, but no drugs, weapons or alcohol were found and no […]

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Ex-prisons chief co-defendant to withdraw plea

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A co-defendant of former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps wants to withdraw his guilty plea in a bribery case, a lawyer said Monday. Epps had been scheduled for sentencing Monday after he pleaded guilty alongside Cecil McCrory to money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.47 […]

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CONSOLIDATION: The Commission

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – The following is a brief synopsis of The Commission on Chickasaw County Consolidated School District Structure as proposed by an amendment to House Bill 991.   WHO: The commission shall be composed of ten members. One commissioner will be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and […]

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Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to study commission

  By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau   JACKSON – The merger of the three school districts in Chickasaw County will be delayed for at least a year under legislation that is pending before the House. In the coming days, the House can send the proposal to Gov. Phil Bryant or invite a conference […]

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HUES names 3rd nine week honor roll

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Houston School District Superintendent Tony Cook and Houston Upper Elementary School Principal John Ellison have released their respective lists for the third nine-week grading period of the 2015-16 school year. Students named to the Superintendent’s List scored 93 or above and received all “A’s” on their […]

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TEENA HORN: Lines Were Drawn

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – She was a teenager in high school and didn’t realize she was living through one of the most dramatics changes in Mississippi and the nation’s history. Houston dentist Dr. Teena Horn previewed her new book, Lines Were Drawn, that she edited with Alan Huffman, that tells […]

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