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Today's Birthdays – October 19, 2011




Celebrity Birthdays

1605 Sir Thomas Browne British writer (Garden of Cyrus) 1784 John McLoughlin Hudson’s Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country 1810 Cassius Clay, American abolitionist (d. 1903) 1850 Annie Smith Peck, American mountaineer (d. 1935) 1862 Auguste LumiŠre made 1st movie (Workers Leaving LumiŠre Factory) 1868 Bertha Landes 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle) 1876 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (d. 1945) 1885 Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956) 1895 Frank Durbin, last American veteran of the Battle of Verdun (d. 1999) 1895 Lewis Mumford, American historian (d. 1990) 1896 Bob O’Farrell, American baseball player (d. 1988) 1901 Arleigh Burke, American admiral (d. 1996) 1920 LaWanda Page Cleve Ohio, actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons) 1932 Robert Reed, American actor (d. 1992) 1936 Tony Lo Bianco, American actor 1937 Peter Max, American artist 1944 George McCrae, American soul singer 1944 Peter Tosh, Jamaican reggae singer (The Wailers) (d. 1987) 1945 John Lithgow actor (Harry & the Hendersons) 1945 Gloria Jones, American Soul singer 1945 Divine, American actor (d. 1988) 1945 Jeannie C. Riley American country and gospel singer 1948 Patrick Simmons, American musician 1949 Lynn Dickey, American football player 1953 Lionel Hollins, American basketball player and coach 1954 Deborah Blum, American writer 1954 Joe Bryant, American basketball player 1955 Lonnie Shelton NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics) 1955 Pat Klous Hutchinson Ks, actress (Marcy-Flying High, Judy-Love Boat) 1956 Bruce Weber, American basketball coach 1957 Dorinda Clark-Cole, American gospel singer 1957 Doug Kirby, American author and travel guide 1957 Ray Richmond, American columnist and critic 1960 Jennifer Holiday singer/actress (Dream Girls) 1960 Woody rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee) 1962 Tracy Chevalier, American author 1962 Evander Holyfield, American boxer 1964 Jorge Luis Gonzales, Cuban-born American boxer 1965 Brad Daugherty, American basketball player 1965 Ty Pennington, American television personality 1966 Sinitta, American singer 1967 Amy Carter, daughter of US President Jimmy Carter 1969 John Edward, American TV Psychic 1969 Trey Parker, American cartoonist and actor 1970 Chris Kattan, American comedian and actor 1972 Keith Foulke, American baseball pitcher 1972 Pras, American musician 1976 Joy Bryant, American actress 1976 Omar Gooding, American actor 1976 Desmond Harrington, American actor 1976 Michael Young, baseball player 1980 Rajai Davis, American baseball player 1980 Benjamin Salisbury, American actor]]]]> ]]>

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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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