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Reeves provides broad outlines for using CARES Act federal funding in Mississippi

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves in an April 6 press conference.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves spoke Tuesday on how he intends that federal funds from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) will be distributed in Mississippi.

The state is hiring a third-party firm to provide oversight for the $1.25 billion, ensuring that the state doesn’t go “outside the lines” of allowable ways to use the funds.

“We have to be transparent,” Reeves said. “We have to be careful.”

Strict compliance will be adhered to, the governor said.

One of the areas Reeves to use the funds is to improve the state’s ability to provide distance learning and up-to-date technology to students.

“We know there are families without access to the tools necessary for distance learning,” he said. “Not every kid has an iPad or a laptop to learn with. Too many families are sharing one outdated computer or, maybe, don’t have one at all. They may not have internet access to connect to class.”

Reeves also plans to use the funds to support small businesses that have lost weeks of revenue because of COVID-19 restrictions. His plan includes payments for unbudgeted spikes in unemployment insurance due to layoffs not within those businesses’ control.

“I hope to use some of these funds to help them stay on their feet, keep their workers on their roles, and weather this storm”

The governor mentioned that he hopes to increase skills training for Mississippians, whose median earnings of $44,717 are near the bottom of earnings in the nation.

“We want every Mississippian to earn more money,” Reeves said. “I want to help those workers who have carried the financial burden of the coronavirus response. The best way to do that is to help you get more tools to earn a higher wage.”

Other ways the governor wants to distribute the funds is to help hospitals and first responders.

“We are going to come through this working together,” Reeves said.

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

Photo by David Day

Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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