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Today's Birthdays – January 17, 2012




Notable Birthday

1504 – Pope Saint Pius V (d. 1572) 1612 – Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English Civil War general (d. 1671) 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790) 1820 – Anne Brontë, British author (d. 1849) 1863 – David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister (d. 1945) 1882 – Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (d. 1946) (Mark of Zorro, Sea Wolf) 1886 – Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer (d. 1955) 1897 – Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946) 1899 – Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947) 1905 – Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007) 1922 – Nicholas Katzenbach, American jurist and 65th United States Attorney General 1922 – Betty White, American actress (Golden Girls) 1925 – Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher and K.K.K. member 1925 – Rock Hudson, American actor (McMillan & Wife) 1927 – Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (d. 2008) (Played “Catwoman” in the original Batman TV Series) 1928 – Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist 1931 – James Earl Jones, American actor (The Great White Hope, Patriot Games, Voice of Lion King’s “Mufasa” & “Darth Vader” in the Star Wars franchise, Native of Arkabutla, MS) 1932 – Sheree North, American actress (d. 2005) (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Breakout, Madigan) 1933 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist (d. 1998) (Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop) 1939 – Maury Povich, American talk show host 1942 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer 1949 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian (d. 1984) (Latka Gravas-Taxi) 1949 – Mick Taylor, British musician (The Rolling Stones) 1954 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and environmental activist, son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy 1955 – Steve Earle, American musician (Copperhead Road) 1956 – Paul Young, English musician (Every Time You Go Away, Oh Girl) 1957 – Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality (host of “Showtime at the Apollo”) 1959 – Susanna Hoffs, American musician (lead singer of The Bangles, Breakout hit “Walk Like an Egyptian”) 1961 – Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director (Salt, A Knight’s Tale, Taking of Pelham 123) 1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Mask) 1964 – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States 1966 – Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer (Mr. Loverman) 1971 – Kid Rock, American singer (All Summer Long, Picture, Only God Knows Why, Bawitdaba) 1977 – Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor (Producer of “Saw” movie franchise) 1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American actress (FOX’s “The New Girl”) 1981 – Ray J [William Ray Norwood], American R&B singer (McComb, MS native, Brother of Brandy)


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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise with increased cases



Mississippi is seeing a steady rise in hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. The rise is consistent with the rise in new cases. The Magnolia State is among numerous other U.S. states that are seeing a rise in cases. Daily new cases in the U.S. are now averaging more than 60,000, a 32% increase in the past two weeks. Major new outbreaks have been reported in the rural Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,536, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 958 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 113,081. The seven-day average of new cases is 706, higher by 206 cases from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Thursday that eight additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,231. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

The eights deaths MSDH reported Thursday occurred between Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Benton 1
Chickasaw 1
Covington 1
Desoto 1
Jackson 1
Lafayette 1
Lincoln 1
Marshall 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, is 711, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 605 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 106 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 151 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 73 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 97,675 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 86.4% of the cumulative 113,081 cases reported Thursday, Oct. 22.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Oct. 1, was 1,423, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,368, or about 89% of the 1,536 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Oct. 22. The county has an estimated 113 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Thursday, Oct. 10, is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 17.6% Wednesday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.6%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 126 Tuesday. About 40.2%, or 1,298, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Vicksburg accepts award for Best Water Treatment Plant in Mississippi



water treatment plant award
Eddie Busby of ESG Operations, Hunter Arnold of the American Water Association, South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour, Director of Public Works Garnet Van Norman, North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield, and Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs (photo by Thomas Parker).

Vicksburg officials were on hand Thursday morning to accept an award for the Best Water Treatment Plant of the year.

The ceremony was held at the Vicksburg Water Plant, 601 Haining Road, at 10 a.m. Thursday.

water treatment plant award

(photo by Thomas Parker)

Hunter Arnold of the American Water Association and Eddie Busby of ESG Operations presented the award to Vicksburg’s Director of Public Works Garnet Van Norman, Mayor George Flaggs Jr., and aldermen Michael Mayfield and Alex Monsour.

This is the city’s second consecutive year to win this award for Mississippi, which cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.


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Judge and son both dead after shootings in Moss Point



Justice Court Judge Sheila Jackson Osgood (photo from her campaign page)

A Justice Court judge in Moss Point, Mississippi, was killed Wednesday. Her son, the suspect in her homicide, is also dead at the hands of police.

Moss Point police officers found long time Justice Court Judge Sheila Jackson Osgood, 65, murdered Wednesday. The man suspected of her murder is Gregory Jackson Jr. her 45-year-old son. Jackson was shot and killed by police officers.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Moss Point police officers were dispatched to the 3600 block of Davis Street for a welfare check. The officers checked the home but did not contact anyone there.

According to a press release from the Moss Point Police Department, officers were again dispatched to the residence about an hour later, this time for a disturbance. The officers heard gunshots after they arrived, and as they approached the door of the house, Jackson charged them brandishing a large knife. He did not respond to several demands from officers to drop his weapon and continued to advance on them. The officers shot Jackson, fatally wounding him.

Officers then entered the residence and found Judge Osgood laying on the floor, the apparent victim of a homicide.

The shootings are under investigation by the Jackson County district attorney’s office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with Moss Point Police Department policy, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation by an outside agency. The names of the officers will be withheld until the case is presented to the grand jury. No officers were injured during this incident.

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