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Reeves appoints new director for Mississippi Department of Human Services

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Gov. Tate Reeves announces the appointment of Bob Anderson, left, as director of MDHS. (Photo courtesy WLBT)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed a new director for the state Department of Human Services.

Bob Anderson comes to the job while the department is under scrutiny for a multi-million-dollar welfare fraud scheme involving its former director, John White.

Most recently, Anderson was with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, where he led the Medicaid fraud investigations division. He previously worked as the head of the public integrity division and as the chief integrity officer for the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. Anderson is also a former assistant U.S. attorney.

“Bob has put powerful people who abused their positions in jail. There is no one more capable to root out any remnants of the misdeeds of the past and ensure that corruption never infects this department again,” Reeves said Wednesday at a press conference announcing Anderson’s appointment.

Anderson said White, the former director, “made a critical mistake of treating the resources of this agency as his to do with what he chose to do.”

Davis is one of six people indicted for embezzling more than $4 million from the state’s TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds.

“It will be my task, along with those of my new colleagues at the Department of Human Services, to be good stewards of the trust the people of Mississippi have placed in me,” he added. He also said that he would handle the department’s funds “with integrity and with transparency so that we can continue to do the most for the least among us.”

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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