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Drivers Report "Horrible" Conditions

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If the readers ask, let them know that “yes” they need to stay off the roads…  or at least know what they are up against if they MUST go out. The slush in downtown made me fishtail going up a hill just an hour ago.  There is a nice amount of accumulation of this mix on the road and it will definitely worsen as the evening progresses. Tommy and I had coffee with “Big Rick” Standish and Don Walley at the Waffle House on Clay Street and the main topic of conversation was about the weather system we were watching move in.  Standish, who used to operate Standish Repossessions, said that he’s glad he only had to drive home this evening. Walley, who drives occasionally for West Coast Lumber, said that he worries about “those people who will travel way too fast in this stuff and / or will be reading or doing something else that could get them and lots of other people hurt.” Johnson promises he’ll be getting us some new photos to post; photos that he was able to take on his very slow ride home from his job at International Paper in Redwood. Above all else, please remember, Sheriff Pace warned everyone this morning. “Stay off the roads, if at all possible.  If you must go out, please drive safely and make sure that you increase your following distance and give yourself lots more stopping room.]]]]> ]]>

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Harper’s resignation has supervisors seeking attorney general’s opinion

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At Monday’s regularly scheduled Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss the matter of County Prosecutor Ken Harper submitting his resignation Sept. 14 then rescinding the resignation days later.

The item on the board’s agenda referenced possible litigation. The board met for several minutes before reconvening and recessing until 9 a.m. Tuesday when the board again went into executive session. In addition to the board members, Chancery Clerk Donna Ferris Hardy, Deputy Clerk Beverly Johnson, Board Attorney Blake Teller and Warren County Judge Marcie Southerland attended.

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s session, the board announced it had instructed Teller to seek an attorney general’s opinion as to the legality of the resignation and the action to rescind, as well as whether the board was the correct governmental agency to handle the resignation.

The board also voted to withhold any payments to Harper until the issue is resolved. Harper submitted a one sentence resignation letter to the board Sept. 14, only to rescind it Sept. 17 saying he had acted in haste. The board was originally scheduled to address the situation in its Sept. 21 meeting but the item was removed from the agenda.

Harper defeated long time prosecutor Ricky Johnson for the post in November 2019, and has been in office since January.

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MS attorney general’s office leads undercover operation aimed at human trafficking

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The Mississippi attorney general’s office, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Victims Unit, Southaven Police Department, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations last week conducted undercover operations in Southaven, Mississippi, targeting human trafficking.

The operation resulted in seven arrests, and all suspects have been booked in the DeSoto County Jail.

“Human trafficking has no place in our communities, and it is one of my highest priorities to put an end to it in Mississippi,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch in a statement. “I would like to thank the many law enforcement officers and prosecutors who assisted in this operation for their hard work and continued dedication to protecting our state’s most vulnerable (people). The attorney general’s office will continue to work aggressively with private and public local, state and federal partners to continue our mission to end human trafficking in Mississippi.”

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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One car crash snarling traffic on MLK Boulevard

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Vicksburg police are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred in the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard just after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle struck a utility pole, and Entergy is on the way to the scene to survey any damages.

The driver of the vehicle was checked at the scene by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 and refused transport for medical care.

Sgt. Bobby Jones is investigating the accident on behalf of the police department.

Traffic is slow in the area. If the utility pole needs to be replaced it could be stopped. Find an alternative route if possible.

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