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Today's Birthdays – October 14, 2011




Celebrity Birthdays

—- Grover muppet (Sesame Street) 1644 William Penn, English founder of Pennsylvania (d. 1718) 1842 Joe Start, American baseball player (d. 1927) 1884 Jimmy Conlin, American actor d. 1962 1890 Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and 34th President of the United States (d. 1969) 1893 Lillian Gish, American actress (d. 1993) 1894 E. E. Cummings, American poet (d. 1962) 1907 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (d. 1992) 1908 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (d. 2003) 1909 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (d. 1996) 1910 John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (d. 2010) 1914 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (d. 2004) 1916 C. Everett Koop, 13th United States Surgeon General 1926 Bill Justis, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982) 1928 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (d. 1995) 1932 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (d. 2005) 1932 Dyanne Thorne, American actress 1935 La Monte Young, American composer 1938 John W. Dean III, American Watergate figure 1939 Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer 1939 Rocky Thompson, American golfer 1941 Art Shamsky, American baseball player 1941 Jerry Glanville, American football coach 1945 Colin Hodgkinson, English musician (Whitesnake) 1946 Justin Hayward, English musician (Moody Blues) 1946 James Robert Kennedy, American football coach 1946 Al Oliver, American baseball player 1946 Dan McCafferty, Scottish musician (Nazareth) 1947 Norman Harris, American musician (The Trammps) 1948 David Ruprecht, American game show host 1950 Joey Travolta, American actor 1952 Harry Anderson, American actor 1953 Greg Evigan, American actor 1959 A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister) 1961 Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer 1963 Lori Petty, American actress 1964 Olu Oguibe, American artist 1964 Joe Girardi, American baseball player and manager 1964 Jim Rome, American sports talk show host 1965 Karyn White, American singer 1967 Pat Kelly, American baseball player 1967 Stephen A. Smith, American sports journalist 1968 Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer 1968 Johnny Goudie, American musician 1969 David Strickland, American actor (d. 1999) 1969 P. J. Brown, American basketball player 1970 Jim Jackson, American basketball player 1974 Natalie Maines, American musician (Dixie Chicks) 1974 Joseph Utsler, American musician 1975 Floyd Landis, American cyclist 1977 Jeff Garcia, American voice actor 1978 Justin Brannan, American musician, writer 1978 Ryan Church, American baseball player 1978 Usher, American singer and actor 1978 Javon Walker, American football player 1979 Stacy Keibler, American actress and professional wrestler 1980 Scott Kooistra, American football player 1980 Terrence McGee, American football player 1981 Boof Bonser, American baseball player 1982 Ryan Hall, American marathoner 1982 Matt Roth, American football player 1984 LaRon Landry, American football player 1985 Daniel Clark, American actor 1986 Skyler Shaye, American actress 1988 MacKenzie Mauzy, American actress 1988 Max Thieriot, American actor 1988 Pia Toscano, American Singer 1990 Alexandra Krosney, American actress 1992 Savannah Outen, American singer]]]]> ]]>

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Leaf fire spread to neighboring wooden fence in Openwood Plantation Tuesday



Culkin Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Rufus operates the pump control panel on Engine 209 while firefighter McKinley Skipper extinguishes the Fire. (photo by Thomas Parker)

A fire in the Openwood Plantation subdivision was quickly extinguished by Warren County firefighters Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was located at a wooden fence at 102 Plantation Drive, and a passerby alerted firefighters to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. The adjacent homeowner was burning leaves and the fire spread catching the fence on fire, according to Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs. A classic pickup parked near the fence was not damaged and no one was injured.

Culkin Engines 204 and 209 responded to the scene.

See our live on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.

(photo by Thomas Parker)

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Vicksburg among MS communities to see boost in wireless connectivity



Vicksburg is among many communities in Mississippi that will be seeing a big boost in wireless connectivity, AT&T announced Tuesday.

AT&T said in a statement that it has added dozens of new sites already this year to enhance coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These investments will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.

“As we all continue to recognize the growing importance of connectivity in our daily lives, these type investments help us stay connected to the world around us, and they also help us remain competitive and make us more attractive to outside investment and job creation,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in the statement. “While we all recognize that there is more work to be done to connect Mississippians, we applaud AT&T for doing that work.”

Without question, it is essential that our customers stay connected in today’s environment, the company said. That’s why we’re boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps residents in communities across Mississippi to get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play, including the following areas:

  • Ashland
  • Braxton
  • Canton
  • Carthage
  • Coila
  • Collinsville
  • DeKalb
  • Ethel
  • Gloster
  • Grace
  • Grenada
  • Hazlehurst
  • Iuka
  • Leakesville
  • Magee
  • Morton
  • Mount Olive
  • New Albany
  • Ovett
  • Parchman
  • Perkinston
  • Pontotoc
  • Poplarville
  • Port Gibson
  • Sandy Hook
  • Shaw
  • Silver Creek
  • St. Louis
  • State Line
  • Starkville
  • Swiftown
  • Union
  • Utica
  • Vicksburg

“We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi, and these network expansions are good examples of the work we’re accomplishing as a result of the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve invested in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.

The upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform — and giving Mississippi’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.

At many of these new locations, our enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the areas. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

From 2017 to 2019, AT&T invested nearly $750 million in wireless and wired networks in Mississippi. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses, the company said.

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Early morning armed robbery on Speed Street Tuesday



The Vicksburg Police Department reports that an armed robbery and assault occurred Tuesday on Speed Street.

At 3:24 a.m. Tuesday, a victim entered the police station at 820 Veto Street reporting that he had been robbed.

The victim said he had given a Black male who he knew a ride from the Kings community to an address on Speed Street. When they arrived, the male struck him several times on his head with a handgun, causing minor injuries. The suspect then fled on foot with the victim’s Glock handgun.

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

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