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Today's Birthdays – October 24, 2011




Celebrity Birthdays

1788 Sarah Josepha Hale, American poet (d. 1879)   1838 Annie Edson Taylor, American Adventuress (d. 1921)   1855 James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)   1857 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (d. 1894)   1909 Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)   1911 Sonny Terry, American blues musician (d. 1986)   1915 Bob Kane, American cartoonist (d. 1998)   1926 Y. A. Tittle, American football player   1930 J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, American singer (d. 1959)   1933 Norman Rush, American writer   1935 Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor   1936 David Nelson, American actor and director   1936 Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones)   1937 Santo Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)   1939 F. Murray Abraham, American actor   1943 Bill Dundee, American professional wrestler   1944 Ray Downs American author and musician   1945 Alan Titus, American baritone   1946 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian drummer (Steppenwolf) (d. 1993)   1947 Kevin Kline, American actor   1948 Kweisi Mfume, American politician and activist   1950 Steven Greenberg, American composer (Lipps Inc.)   1950 Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player   1953 James di Donato twin who swam the butterfly 406 miles 1953 Jonathan di Donato twin who swam the butterfly 406 miles 1956 Dale Maharidge, American author   1957 Ron Gardenhire, German-born American baseball manager   1957 John Kassir, American actor and comedian   1960 B.D. Wong, American actor   1960 Dennis Anderson, American monster truck driver (Grave Digger)   1961 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist   1962 Dave Blaney, American race car driver   1962 Jay Novacek, American football player   1968 Mark Walton, American story artist, actor   1970 Jeff Mangum, American musician   1972 Pat Williams, American football player   1973 Levi Leipheimer, American cyclist   1973 Madlib, American musician and rapper   1974 Corey Dillon, American football player   1980 Monica, American singer and actress   1980 Zac Posen, American fashion designer   1980 Casey Wilson, American comic actress (Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live)   1982 Macay McBride, American baseball player   1983 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer   1983 Brian Vickers, American race car driver   1987 Charlie White, American ice dancer]]]]> ]]>

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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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