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Using Mississippi’s No Call Program to reduce unwanted calls and texts

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From Central District Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey:

Here is the complete process of registering for Mississippi’s No Call Program and filing a complaint against illegal telemarketing calls made to consumers and businesses in Mississippi.

Brent Bailey

The Mississippi No Call Registry is a list maintained and updated by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It contains residential, cellular and business telephone subscribers who wish to reduce the number of telephone solicitations they receive. The program is free to all telephone customers in the state of Mississippi. Consumers may register an unlimited number of telephone numbers; however, the only numbers that will be added to the Mississippi No Call list must be valid Mississippi residential, cellular or business telephone numbers whose name and address match the name and address provided by Directory Assistance for that number.

“In the last year, the Mississippi Public Service Commission has received more than 22,000 complaints from consumers in the Central District regarding unsolicited telemarketing calls,” Commissioner Bailey said in a statement. “I want to make sure consumers have the correct information on the process to register to the list. Signing up for Mississippi’s No Call list is the first step toward reducing unwanted phone calls and text messages to their cell phones or landlines. And should you receive and then wish to report an illegal telemarketer, I want you to know the various ways to file a complaint.”

Businesses and consumers can register for the No Call program via mail, using the Mississippi No Call App, calling 1-86NOCALLMS (1-866-622-5567) toll free, or by visiting the home page of the No Call program: https://www.psc.ms.gov/nocall/home. Should you receive an illegal telemarketing or fraudulent scam call or text message, you can file a complaint via https://www.psc.state.ms.us/NoCallV2/complaint.aspx or by using the app.

Steps to utilizing Mississippi’s No Call program and filing a complaint to successfully eliminate calls:

  • First, the consumer must register their number on the Mississippi No Call list. (Please note that the Federal No Call List is a separate program.)
  • Consumers are eligible to file a complaint 60 days after registering for the No Call program. Once registered, consumers can file a telemarketer complaint with the MPSC against the number they are receiving calls from who they believe is an illegal telemarketer. The chart below outlines the timeframe.
If You Register in the Month Of: The List is Effective and Complaints May Be Filed on or After:
January March 1
February April 1
March May 1
April June 1
May July 1
June August 1
July September 1
August October 1
September November 1
October December 1
November January 1
December February 1

Before filing a complaint with the MPSC, make sure the telemarketer is not exempted from the law, which includes calls from, but is not limited to, Mississippi banks, licensed realtors, licensed automobile dealers, licensed insurance agents, newspapers, volunteers calling on behalf of registered charitable organizations or politicians.

(For a complete list of those who are exempt, go to https://www.psc.ms.gov/nocall/faq)

  • To begin the process, our No Call Specialist must have the telemarketer’s number and specific date and time of the call you received. Additional questions consumers will be asked include if the call was a recorded message or if they blocked their number from Caller ID. Typically, during the process, a subpoena would be issued to prove the number called the consumer.

If a consumer changes their telephone number and wishes to remain in the No Call program, it will be necessary to register their new telephone number in the program.

Commissioner Bailey added, “This program is designed to reduce the number of telemarketing calls residential and cellular consumers receive. However, it will not completely eliminate all telemarketing calls. Our No Call Specialists are ready to assist consumers and business owners with registering for the program and filing their complaint with the goal of eliminating as many telemarketing calls as possible.”

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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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