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Carl Tart Jr. makes history as first homecoming king at Ole Miss

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Ole Miss Homecoming Queen Ciara Knapp and King Carl Tart Jr. Photo by Thomas Graning, Ole Miss Communications.

Carl Tart Jr. has made history at the University of Mississippi.

Tart, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, was elected Sept. 19 as the first homecoming king at Ole Miss, and presented at the Ole Miss – Vanderbilt homecoming game half time Oct. 5.

It’s an achievement not only for men, but also for African Americans on the campus. In 2000, the school elected its first African American man as student body president, and in 2012 it named its first African American homecoming queen and first African American woman as student body president.

Carl Tart Jr. from his campaign.

Tart’s campaign slogan was “Build a Culture of Love.”

“The win was not just for me, it was for everyone around me — whether black, brown, white, orange,” Tart told the Clarion Ledger after his victory.

Tart is a senior allied health studies student and hails from Yazoo City. He told the paper that he wants to “bridge the gap and bring people together who normally would not even sit in the same room at the same table.

“When I came on this campus and saw the dynamics of student life, I told myself that the university was too divided by race, Greeks and non-Greeks and involved versus non-involved students,” he said.

Tart is entering a fellowship program with the National Association of Student Professional Administrators after he graduates and has plans to pursue a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs.

“This experience has been, honestly, BREATHTAKING,” Tart wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. “Ole Miss, thank you for the opportunity to represent this university on yesterday and for days to come. This is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

“You allowed me to pour all of the work I’ve done into this very moment. More importantly, you have given hope to so many – you have shown that it is possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making me feel so special at my last homecoming as an undergraduate student. But we all know, ‘One never graduates from Ole Miss.’ I am truly an Ole Miss Rebel, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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A happier ending

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You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.

 

It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.

A bewildered Taylor Ransone surveys the damage from the car that struck the back porch of his house.

On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.

The car came down the side street, where people are standing, swerved left, missed the grey car parked behind the home and impacted the back porch with enough force to dislodge the pillar.

The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.

Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”

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Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor

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Ask the Mayor anything.

 

Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.

 

The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.

 

Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.

 

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Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12

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Kamille Cupcake McKinney

The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.

She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.

Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.

If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841  or call 911.

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