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Over half a dozen counties in our viewing area will now receive federal assistance after being declared disaster areas by president trump.

The declaration comes after storms produced tornadoes and flooding that impacted thousands in february.

Our quentin smith speaks with one of the counties that's getting that help.

Scott, in clay county.....nearly 100 homes and businesses..

Plus roads were damaged due to flooding.... the cleanup afterwards was putting a strain on their budget... now that a declaration has been issued..... county leaders are thankful.... because now more work can be done.... flooded homes like this one and crews going inside to clean up damage was a common site in clay county when floodwaters raged through a few months ago.

The cost to pay for repairing the damage was likely to cause problems in the county's budget.

That's why emergency management agency director torrey williams says getting the federal assistance is a big relief.

" the damage that was done was not budgeted for the year so that's money that you have to dip into to fix the problems that's going on, so having that extra boost to fix those problems without having to go in any other funds or cutting funds from other places, it'll be able to make your money stretch a little further."

The areas who will be receiving federal assistance include calhoun., chickasaw, clay, grenada, lowndes, pontotoc, and tishomingo county's.

The federal assistance allows governments and certain nonprofit groups to be eligible to be repaid for a portion they pay in fixing infrastructure damage, debris removal, and overtime pay to emergency workers.

"we turn in receipts, turning in payroll, tony and things of that nature to them, but the items that we have not done yet like a major bridge repair, or major culvert repair, things like that, they will bring a team in and we will go back through those things and kind of tally up how much it's going to cost.

Then they will decide by a cost code on how much will actually be reimbursable."

Right now the declaration does not grant federal assistance for individuals.

" the individual assessments or the individual assistance part is still under review, they have not denied that, so if they say no news is good news right now.

We're still pushing to try to get them that assistance."

Take vo in monitor mema executive director greg michel says they've asked fema to add 13 other counties after recent storms. first look stinger first look thursday night: clouds and a few showers will linger through the night.

Temperatures cool into the upper 50s by sunrise friday.

Friday: early morning clouds will give way to plentiful sunshine by noon.

Look for highs in the 70s.

Breezy nw winds develop between 10 and 20 mph with some higher gusts.

Friday night: clear, calm, and cool.

Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Columbus fire and rescue is one of only a few hundred accredited departments in the country.

Now, they're looking to maintain that status... a peer assessment team spent a week in columbus meeting with the department, observing day to day operations.

It paid off.

The team recommends that the department be re-accredited.

"across the whole entire united states and worldwide they are only 220 departments roughly that are accredited right now.

We are the only municipal department in the state of mississippi that's accredited along with the columbus air force base which is a dod department, so the only two accredited departments all right here in columbus."

In august representatives will go before the board of commission in atlanta to seek re- accreditation.

Take developing story stinger we first reported the miscalculation that left a multi- million dollar gap in funding for teacher pay raises yesterday..

Tonight--- courtney ann jackson looks at the impact it could have on some district budgets..

It didn't take long for districts to notice something was off when the numbers came in from the mississippi department of education.

"we were worried, what in the world?

Your first thing you start checking your stuff and make sure oh my gosh, did we have something entered wrong?

Did we do something wrong?

Then, of course, i guess the old saying is misery loves company.

You start reaching out to other folks.

And everybody started checking.

I checked with a lot of our sister districts across the state and realized everybody was short."

That calculation from mde was based on the number from the mississippi student information system database.

The problem---the database listed some special education, gifted and cte positions as ineligible for state funds.

They weren't.

But now the districts are left on the hold for that shortfall until they find a solution.

"$105-109 thousand dollars for us that we would just basically have to eat right now."

It's more costly than just multiplying the number of teachers by the 15-hundred dollar raise.

Because the costs of their benefits go up with the raise, as well.

The mistake has a bigger impact on larger districts like madison county.

"268 teachers short of being funded and we're 63 short on teacher assistants.

We'll be about 629 thousand short for that."

They, too, say they'll pull from reserves.

"we have funds set aside for just surprises or whatever comes up.

So, we're fortunate that we're able to do that.

But not all districts are able to do that.

We can cover " the governor has made it clear he will not call a special session.

Therefore, it will likely be january-when the legislature returns-before districts can potentially receive state approval for those added funds.

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news stinger wx open thursday night: clouds and a few through the night.

Temperatures cool into the upper 50s by sunrise friday.

Friday: early morning clouds will give way to plentiful sunshine by noon.

Look for highs in the 70s.

Breezy nw winds develop between 10 and 20 mph with some higher gusts.

Friday night: clear, calm, and cool.

Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Saturday: mostly sunny and seasonably warm with highs in the upper 70s to around 80.

It'll be a good day for any outdoor activity.

Sunday: we're going to keep a 20% chance of rain going but not everyone will get it.

There will be more clouds in the sky and that should limit highs to the 70s in most locations.

Next week: fairly quiet weather is likely through at least through the middle of the week.

Highs are expected to climb back into the mid to possibly upper 80s during this time frame.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram temperatures cool into the upper 50s by sunrise friday.

Friday: early morning clouds will give way to plentiful sunshine by noon.

Look for highs in the 70s.

Breezy nw winds develop between 10 and 20 mph with some higher gusts.

Friday night: clear, calm, and cool.

Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Saturday: mostly sunny and seasonably warm with highs in the upper 70s to around 80.

It'll be a good day for any outdoor activity.

Sunday: we're going to keep a 20% chance of rain going but not everyone will get it.

There will be more clouds in the sky and that should limit highs to the 70s in most locations.

Next week: fairly quiet weather is likely through at least through the middle of the week.

Highs are expected to climb back into the mid to possibly upper 80s during this time frame.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger an area hospital is expanding its reach and its treatment options..

We take a look at the progress when we come back... welcome back..

This week in health talk with baptist we've been discussing the importance of becoming an organ donor..

Tonight we learn more about the process..

Hi i'm shelly kidder, a nurse in the education department at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle and a first responder for the mid-south transplant foundation.

Tonight we will be discussing how the transplant process works.

Even though millions of people have registered to be an organ donor, very few die in a way that lets them share the gift of life.

Let's look at how the process works.

The process of donation most often begins with your consent by registering in your state.

In order to be a deceased donor, a person has to die in a very specific way or is put on artificial support to keep blood with oxygen flowing to the organs.

After a series of tests to determine brain death, the hospital notifies the local organ procurement organization or opo.

The opo searches to see if the deceased is a registered donor.

If so, that will serve as legal consent.

If the deceased is not registered and there is no other legal consent such as a notation on the driver's license, the next of kin will be asked.

After authorization, a medical evaluation takes place and the matching process begins, with a search place and the matching process begins, with a search of the national database of all patients in the us waiting for a transplant.

While the search for a matching recipient is under way, the deceased donor's organs are maintained on artificial support.

A transplant surgical team replaces the medical team.

The surgical team removes the organs and tissues from the donor's body in an operating room, and they are transported to the hospitals of the intended recipients.

The transplant operation takes place after the transport team arrives at the hospital with the new organ.

The recipient may already be in the operating room awaiting the arrival of the lifesaving organ.

If all goes as planned, the organ donor has possibly impacted the lives of up to eight people with his or her gift of life.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist.

Baptist hospital expands its' services in the golden triangle..

The hospital unveiled a 350- thousand dollar expansion to its' starkville cancer center.

The baptist cancer infusion center has doubled its capacity..

The expansion allows the center to schedule more patients seeking chemotheraphy treatment.

Today the center's staff welcomed the community to an open house.

The center's director says the improvements will bring more comfort and convenience to area cancer patients.

Baptist has a big commitment to this area.

We want to take excellent care of the patient.

Our patient satisfaction rate mean score is above 94 for cancer care.

Our patients are so appreciative of the care that we give them.

The clinic has seen a 40 percent increase in patient load since it opened in 2012... stinger jeffery simmons' dream comes true...hearing his name called in the nfl draft find out where the bulldogs defensive star landed, next in sports... spx open time to turn dreams into reality on day one of the nfl draft....32 football players get to hear their names called, and their lives change forever... former bulldogs and rebels played the waiting game... the first mississippian off the board is none other than macon native and noxubee county grad jeffery simmons the tennessee titans selecting simmons with the 19th overall pick simmons becomes the first bulldog drafted in the first round of the nfl draft since 2012 the titans investing in simmons as he continues rehabbing a torn acl he suffered while training.....and could possibly miss the 2019 season the all-sec defensive lineman heads to the afc south.... only a few picks later.....simmons' bash brother on the defensive line comes off the draft board... the washington redskins select montez sweat with the 26th pick of the nfl draft it's the second time in program history mississippi state has had two defensive players get drafted in the first round....you'd have to go back to 1982 for the last time it happened still waiting to see where dk metcalf will land in the nfl the draft still going on in nashville.....dk still on the board.... projections have the former ole miss receiver falling to the second round...but time left in the first wcbi spent the day with starkville-native and former ole miss rebel aj brown.....waiting to see where he'll land in the nfl ashley fullerton >> three items that and why you will josh to check in so no way in three in the jobs josh jacobs went to oakland raider in a man only three only the greats are able to accomplish feats such as three- peats...for example michael jordan... and mississippi state's nuno borges gets to include himself in the greats column borges earns his third sec player of the year honor after securing the sec tournament title the bulldogs...also his second straight conference championship borges and msu now wait to find out it's seeding for the ncaa team championship on monday at 5 pm one starkville yellowjacket is keeping his hooping dreams alive... starkville's tyler talley signs to play college basketball with holmes community college the sharpshooter averaged 14 points per game for the state champion yellowjacket his head coach, greg carter, says there isn't a shot tyler doesn't like, and talley says confidence is the key "i just felt like that was the rest decision for me.

Just feel like he knew my play style better, and he was a good coach to me.

I think confidence is going to play a big part, because without confidence, you're not a good basketball player without confidence.

It's just, you're just shooting shots to just shoot it.

Confidence will play a big part."

Art students in amory get the gallery experience tonight..

The annual "student art" showcases the original work of students in grades six through twelve.

Two-hundred pieces were on display today in amory's middle school library.

For the budding artists it's a chance to discuss and share their work with their classmates ,familiy, and community..

The parents don't really get to come in the classroom and see what their kids can do all year and i want them to see that and i want the kids to share it with them...and they are always amazed when they come in and they say wow...i didnt know my child could do that moon has taught art in amory for 14 years.

She started the art show her second year with the district.




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