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WCBI News at Six, January 10th, 2019

"the tupelo furniture market officially kicks off, we'll talk with buyers and sellers to see how the first day is going.

That's coming up on wcbi news.

Show open roll vo in monitor it's a nightmare for parents and school districts... two school buses in two different counties caught on fire this morning.

Luckily, all students and both bus drivers made it out safe.

Our jory tally goes to noxubee county to find out what happened and how bus safety training paid off.

She now joins us in the studio with more.

The noxubee county school district says its still trying to figure out what caused the bus to go up in flames.

The superintendent and transportation director believe it could have something to do with the age of the bus.

They say they're both glad everyone is okay.

Two bus fires in two different school districts break out into flames thursday morning before school.

This bus was on its daily route in noxubee county when it happened.

"it was a student that notified the bus driver that it was on fire.

So, the quick thinking of one of our students that was getting ready to get picked up, is how she really knew that the bus was on fire.

She saw a little smoke, but she didn't think it was on fire."

"i saw the bus driver and she came to me when i pulled up on the scene and she was smiling and i hugged her and she got on the other bus i had, to pick up the kids, but the good thing is, she had just started her route and there wasn't that many kids on the school bus."

The district's transportation director says he's thankful training and bus safety plans rolled into action.

"it helps because they knew exactly what to do.

They evacuated just like we taught them to.

Our bus driver called and said everything was okay.

Superintendent rod broadnax says out of his 20 years in education, he's never seen a school bus burn like this.

He says age is catching up with the fleet.

"our buses are, i think, older than any fleet that i've had in any district that i've ever been in and that's what really has caused some financial distress.

As well, every time one breaks down, like yesterday morning, four broke down."

That's why several new buses will be rolling into town within the next two weeks to get the district through the rest of the school year.

And even more buses arrive this fall "we will have a brand new fleet of buses in august, when school returns.

The entire fleet will be new and that should save the district around $2 million.

Our buses will be contracted out."

Roll vo in monitor the district's transportation director says they're still looking into what caused the bus fire.

Broadnax says the district will file it on their insurance and get the money for it.

The man accused of stabbing a man in monroe county last week is behind bars.

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Monroe county sheriff, cecil cantrell, says jason chance was arrested yesterday.

He's accused of stabbing dusty fretwell, in the neck, last friday.

Paramedics were called to the cal kola chevron gas station, in caledonia, where they found the victim.

The stabbing originally happened on wolfe road, in monroe county.

Someone tried to drive the victim to the hospital in columbus.

As they were on the way the driver pulled over at the gas station, and called 9-1-1.

The victim had non life threatening injuries.

The suspect faces one count of aggravated assault.

A search warrant at a calhoun city motel leads to more jail time for a vardaman woman.

34 year-old constance monroe is charged with possession of methamphetamin e and marijuana, along with a possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charge.

Calhoun county sheriff greg pollan says monroe was found at r &amp; l motel.

Deputies, along with the mississippi bureau of narcotics and department of corrections found the reported drugs.

Agents then searched a room and filed the charges against monroe.

Her bond will be set tomorrow.

First look stinger first look fri/sat/sun: showers return to the forecast starting friday evening and continuing through saturday, with a couple of lingering showers possible sunday.

Rainfall totals through the event will be less than one inch across most of our area.

Highs in the upper 40s and low 50s through the end of the week, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Mon/tue/wed: more sunshine and dry to kick off next week.

Highs will climb from the upper 40s monday into the low 50s tuesday and the mid 50s wednesday.

Overnight lows will drop close to the freezing mark monday and tonight an update on hopes of a booming business in west point.

In april of last year, peco foods announced it would open a new plant.

Now nearly a year later things are finally coming together.

Our rylie livingston talks to the plant manager to find out how progress is coming.

Plant manager jordan townsend says they are one tonight an update on hopes of a booming business in west point.

In april of last year, peco foods announced it would open a new plant.

Now nearly a year later things are finally coming together.

Our rylie livingston talks to the plant manager to find out how progress is coming.

Plant manager jordan townsend says they are one step closer to being today peco foods has taken up that mantel and it's one step closer to being in business.

"so the freezer is coming along quite nicely we ran into a little bit of unexpected delay with having to replace some equipment that we found faulty during when we are pressurizing the system but we should have that up and going and online late march early april."

Peco food's is planning on bringing 300 jobs to west point and the hiring process has already begun.

"finding the right people for the jobs is very easily for us in this location at the career fair we were able to get well over 300 resumes right now as it stands were currently fully staffed and maintenance and refrigeration probably in the next two for weeks will be looking to hire the rest of our warehouse personnel and some of our clerical rolls."

With those added jobs the city of west point is hoping to cash in.

"it always helps the economy when a town grows with industry of course that employment base and the jobs that it creates and brings retail but also the quality of life and the money that's generated and the flow of cash that people have."

It won't be long before peco foods trucks hit the streets.

"we'll probably start seeing some trucks coming out of the plant probably mid april late april we've got a couple weeks of getting everything once we start up the freezing and bring it down to temperature we got to do some pre-start up checklist and make sure everything is solid and after we verify that will start shipping some product in an out."

Jordan townsend says they did have some construction delays recently due to the amount of rain we've seen lately.

But workers are back on site getting dirt moving.

It's day 19 of the partial government shutdown and the potential devastating financial effects on workers is a reminder of the need for a financial safety net.

A financial planner we talked to says planning for the future can help keep you stay afloat in the face of an unexpected event.

Starkville business owner rebecca tabb says what she thought were good habits, actually lead her in the wrong direction.

"i thought i was good at budgeting personally and with my business but i really learned that going through the financial piece that i was not budging well enough to actually get the big things that i wanted for the future."

Tabb says her best advice is to find out what's important to you and where you want to spend your money and then work hard for it.

The bi annual tupelo furniture market kicks off today.

Exhibitors and buyers from across the country making deals.

Wcbi's allie martin tells us the crowds may not be as large as in years past, but the tupelo market is still a favorite in the industry.

The tupelo furniture market had officially been opened for a few hours, and joe cottrell was ordering furniture for his nashville stores.

He has been a regular at the tupelo market for twenty or so years and sometimes visits the plants where the furniture is made.

"you're a lot closer to the manufacturers here, if you ever wanted to do a factory tour something like that's available, you have so much manufacturing here, in mississippi, ... a good market " it's also been a good market for jim sneed, founder and ceo of pontotoc based "affordable furniture."

"we look forward to this market, we usually see 100 to 125 customers.... several years ago, the winter market was moved from february to january because many exhibitors wanted to be back in their stores as customers started receiving their income tax refunds.

The crowds have also gotten smaller, as many independent stores have been absorbed by larger companies.

The tupelo market has seen a dramatic rise in mattress exhibitors.

" standup bridge without a doubt there has been a lot of changes in industry since the first tupelo furntiure market more than 30 years ago, but founder vm cleveland says he has made sure this market is different from the others.

"this market is a niche, loyal o market, still in upholstery capital of world.

The economic impact is also felt by vendors, who feed furniture market crowds.

Sot the furniture market runs through sunday allie martin wcbi news stinger the best ice show in north mississippi is about to slide into action.

We have the details coming up on wcbi news at six... world class ice skaters and acrobats are demonstrating their skills at the first experience on ice from cirque de soleil.

"crystal" is a new kind of performance.

It opens this evening at the bancorpsouth arena in tupelo and some of the skaters and acrobats were on hand for a media preview this morning.

The touring show focuses on its lead character, "crystal."

The ice also becomes a projection canvas that help telling the story with "crystal."

Performers ice skate and do acrobatics.

"i've been doing swinging trapeeze for ten years now, but on skates, first time for me and also a first for cirque de soleil.

It was a good challenge to learn to skate , i did skate a little bit during te winter time with my family, but nothing like having to perform on skates, or tricks or anything like that."

"a lot of the acrobatics have never been done before and the ice aspect brings a lot of speed and motion that are really unique to this production, but it's also an experience."

Tupelo mayor jason shelton proclaimed today as "crystal day."

Ticket and showtime information is on our website, wcbi dot com.

Stinger weather open fri/sat/sun: showers return to the forecast starting friday evening and continuing through saturday, with a couple of lingering showers possible sunday.

Rainfall totals through the event will be less than one inch across most of our area.

Highs in the upper 40s and low 50s through the end of the week, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Mon/tue/wed: more sunshine and dry to kick off next week.

Highs will climb from the upper 40s monday into the low 50s tuesday and the mid 50s wednesday.

Overnight lows hail state hoops back in action tonight.....embra cing the grind of sec play we'll preview the bulldogs vs bulldogs matchup next in sports... spx hail state hoops looks to make it a 3-0 start in conference play... fresh off a wire to wire win over kentucky...the bulldogs will meet the other bulldogs inside the hump...georgia comes to town riding a five game win streak msu had its way with georgia last year...but vic schaefer says the team they'll face presents a tough matchup at each position "they're a year older and a year wiser.

They've added a six- six kid that's a transfer, and so they've got someone inside that can give, that can play and have some size against t.

Should be a really good matchup, i think guard play is going to be really important in this ball game."

Mississippi state and georgia tip off at 8 pm.....the game will be broadcast on the sec network while the bulldogs focus on the 2018 season....the future is looking bright for two of hail state hoops' biggest stars... wnba coaches and general managers tabbed mississippi state all american teaira mccowan as the top pick in the 2019 draft in a recent poll mccowan would be picked by the las vegas aces....who also feature former women's college basketball stars kelsi plum and aja wilson the same poll of coaches and managers tabbed anriel howard as a first round pick....the mock draft showing howard going twelth overall the early draft has mccowan at 1, louisville's asia durr at 2, and baylors kalani brown at 3 former columbus falcon and emcc lion cj gholar signs to join mississippi college former columbus falcon and emcc lion cj gholar signs to join mississippi college football... gholar says the choctaws plan to put him back under center....where gholar excelled at qb during his time at columbus.... the two time national champion says his time in scooba motivated him to reach the next level "it's been a push because i didn't any time like i wanted t, and i realized i had to work for what i wanted.

I just prayed about it and give all the glory to god for putting me in this situation right now.

Let me continue my journey.

Even though it's a small school, you know, they say if you can play, you can play.

That's what stayed in my mind the whole time, i just keep that in my head and play to my best ability.

Keep on grinding."

Mississippi college opens the season against alcorn state...something cj says he's really looking forward to fri/sat/sun: showers return to the forecast starting friday evening and continuing through saturday, with a couple of lingering showers possible sunday.

Rainfall totals through the event will be less than one inch across most of our area.

Highs in the upper 40s and low 50s through the end of the week, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.




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