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WCBI News at Ten - Monday June 17th, 2019

Tupelo's major thoroughfare committee has approved a project that would move utilities underground on a stretch of an east-west corridor.

The committee approved a six million dollar project that would move utilities underground from clayton to madison street.

That work is necessary before any improvements can be made to the road.

Plans call for a center turn lane along that route.

The original proposal called for improvements from clayton to robins street.

But the additional block to madison was added on.

That prompted complaints from some residents who say the cost is too high and the work is not necessary.

The tupelo city council will vote on the major thoroughfare committee's recommendation tuesday night.

Total cost for roadwork and utilities comes in at 9 million dollars.

After 6 years, webster county is getting closer to having its own courthouse..

Crews are doing prep work before paving the parking lot..

Chancery clerk russell turner says they were hoping to have the new building done by the end of june, but he no longer thinks that's an option.

A january 2013 fire destroyed the old courthouse .

There's no official word on when the new building will be competed.

The saga surrounding the webster county sheriff's department continues tonight.

In court today... former webster county chief investigator landon griffin pled guilty to two charges brought against him.

Our quentin smith was in the court room today ..

So quentin... what charges did he plead to?

Scott... griffin pled guilty to one count of embezzlement...a nd one count of transferring a stolen firearm// all other charges that he was initially indicted on are now being dropped due to today's plea.

Prosecutors hope this sends a message that no one is above the law... not even those wearing a badge.

It started with the raising of his right hand and taking the oath..

Nat after that...former webster county chief investigator landon griffin entered his plea to judge joseph loper... nat "he had been charged wit embezzlement by a public official and also selling county property or trading county property.

He pled guilty to two counts of that."

"today's guilty plea come from complete humbleness.

We realize what's been done and the plea today was from the bottom of the heart."

After the guilty plea...prosecutors recommended griffin serve 10 years behind bars...and 5 years probation once he's released... "mr. griffin believes in the la and owns up to those two charges and that's why he did the plea."

Griffin was first arrested back in january not long after being fired from the sheriff's department..

His plea comes on the heels of former webster county sheriff tim mitchell's guilty plea just last week.

"anyone hates to see a la enforcement officer committed of a crime, but of course you hate to see them commit the crime to start with."

District attorney doug evans admits this situation negatively impacts law enforcement officers.

However... he's now hoping this shows that if you do the crime you must do the time regardless if you're an officer or not... "and that's the way it' supposed to be.

It doesn't matter who you are, you can't break the law."

Griffin, along with former webster county sheriff tim mitchell will both be back in court again on july 30 for their sentencing.

Former webster county jailer santana townsend was also charged in the investigation.

She goes to trial in january.

The webster county board of supervisors unanimously votes to accept the resignation of former sheriff tim mitchell.

It was just last week when mitchell pled guilty to two counts of trafficking firearms and two counts of embezzlement.

Andy mccants was re-appointed as sheriff effective immediately.

The now, sheriff mccants was first appointed as the departments leader by the court in january of this year; however, that ruling was voided after mitchell's official resignation on june 12th.

Mccants says he does not plan on running for re- election in august, nor is he endorsing any of the candidates.

"i'm staying completel neutral in this, and i wish them all good luck.

My only thing is i hope webster county gets a good sheriff to continue on... i'm just trying to do the best i can for this county, re- organize the sheriff's department and do the right thing for the citizens of webster county."

Mccants says he will serve as the sheriff of webster county until january 6th of 2020.

First look stinger first look monday night: most of the showers and storms will gradually fade away during the evening but a few could survive into the night.

Muggy lows in the low 70s are likely.

Tuesday: additional pop-up showers and storms are likely around the region.

The chance of rain is 60%.

While widespread severe weather is unlikely any storm this time of year may become locally strong with isolated damaging wind gusts, small hail, mississippi's congressional delegation is asking president trump to consider another federal disaster declaration in the state.

Severe weather and flooding occurred on april 13th and 14th.

A deadly ef-2 tornado hit hamilton on the 13th.

The delegation is asking the president to fully consider governor phil bryant's request for a major federal disaster declaration.

In our area, the request would cover clay, itawamba, kemper, monroe and oktibbeha counties.

There is no timeline for fema to respond to the request.

Take new at 10 stinger one in four mississippi students failed this year's third grade reading gate test.

That means more summer reading work for many students statewide.

In jackson---the mississippi children's museum is giving an extra boost to more than 70 students this week.

Courtney ann jackson explains.

The read to succeed week- long camp at the mississippi children's museum is the last stop for these students before their final shot at passing the third grade reading gate test.

They've had a full school year worth of lessons.

So---how is this different?

"we believe a more inspirin place, a less stressful environment.

We bring them in.

We provide them with reading interventionists.

We have master level teachers from all across the state of mississippi who come in for this week and they work really hard to help those students increase their skill set so they can make those gains and pass the third grade reading test."

While the focus is all on reading, they switch up the way in which they're learning nats ---even adding in art to help with vocabulary and reading comprehension.

"they're getting lots of hig fives.

They're getting told that they're going to pass.

That they're capable of passing this test.

So for many we believes that they leave with a little more confidence."

And the methods have proven successful in past years.

Last year---55 percent of those who attended the reading camp passed on their next re- take.

More than 70 percent saw gains on their scores.

Districts statewide are trying to help those still needing to pass.

But the community involvement for this camp helps set it apart.

"whether that's your child' school or it's not, it benefits our community for us all to pitch in."

If students don't pass on the third attempt---they won't be promoted to fourth grade.

Courtney ann jackson wcbi news stinger wx open monday night: most of the showers and storms will gradually fade away during the evening but a few could survive into the night.

Muggy lows in the low 70s are likely.

Tuesday: additional pop-up showers and storms are likely around the region.

The chance of rain is 60%.

While widespread severe weather is unlikely any storm this time of year may become locally strong with isolated damaging wind gusts, small hail, torrential rainfall, and frequent lightning.

Most of the activity that develops will fade away during the evening hours.

Tuesday night: a warm and muggy night is on track with lows in the low 70s.

Just an isolated shower or storm is possible.

Wednesday: another batch of showers and storms and once again a few could be on the strong side.

Highs should top out around 90.

Thursday: there is a 60% chance of additional showers and storms in the region.

Highs will be in the 80s.

Friday-sunday: rain chances will low into the 20-30% range while temperatures warm into the low to possibly mid 90s.

Humidity is going to remain the evening but a few could survive into the night.

Muggy lows in the low 70s are likely.

Tuesday: additional pop-up showers and storms are likely around the region.

The chance of rain is 60%.

While widespread severe weather is unlikely any storm this time of year may become locally strong with isolated damaging wind gusts, small hail, torrential rainfall, and frequent lightning.

Most of the activity that develops will fade away during the evening hours.

Tuesday night: a warm and muggy night is on track with lows in the low 70s.

Just an isolated shower or storm is possible.

Wednesday: another batch of showers and storms and once again a few could be on the strong side.

Highs should top out around 90.

Thursday: there is a 60% chance of additional showers and storms in the region.

Highs will be in the 80s.

Friday-sunday: rain chances will low into the 20-30% range while temperatures warm into the low to possibly mid 90s.

Humidity is going to remain the evening but a few could survive into the night.

Muggy lows in the low 70s are likely.

Tuesday: additional pop-up showers and storms are likely around the region.

The chance of rain is 60%.

While widespread severe weather is unlikely any storm this time of year may become locally strong with isolated damaging wind gusts, small hail, torrential rainfall, and frequent lightning.

Most of the activity that develops will fade away during the evening hours.

Tuesday night: a warm and the omadawgs are áoneá step closer to their dream... but it doesn't get any easier... tom takes in some practice, and finds out where welcome back.

Dementia is a term that describes a group of symptoms that is typically associated with a decline in memory skills.

We learn more tonight in our health talk with baptist.

Hello, i'm dr. ashley harris, geriatrician and chief medical officer at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

This week, we will be looking at conditions that affect the older population.

Dementia is a condition where there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not considered a normal part of aging.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.

The symptoms of dementia can be understood in three stages.

The early stage is often overlooked, because the onset is gradual.

Common symptoms include: forgetfulness, losing track of the time, becoming lost in failiar places.

As dementia progresses to the middle stage the signs and symptoms become more obvious and include: becoming forgetful of recent events and names, difficulty with communication, experiencing behavioral changes including wandering and repeated questioning.

The late stage of dementia results in continued decline in function and activity.

Symptoms include: becominig unaware of time and place, difficulty recognizing relatives and friends, difficulty walking, behavior changes that may escalate and include aggression.

There is no current cure for dementia but interventions are available that can slow its progress.

More importantly much can be offered to improve the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

The main goals for dementia care are: early diagnosis to promote optimal management, improving physical activity, detecting and treating challenging behavioral symptoms, providing long-term support to families and caregivers.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss falls.

The month of june by they way is alzheimer's and brain awareness month.

Happening june 27th is a program with dr. harris titled alzheimer's disease and other dementias: more than just memory loss.

You have to pre register to attend and can do so by calling 662-244-1132.

Stinger the bulldawgs have one win under their belt... but the games get tougher as they play through..

We check in with áourá team in omaha when we come back... camara mccullom >> maybe i for ... for the second straight thieving advances to the winners.

Of college world theory five for a while now last night pulled out getting some practice yet another as he hath played against vanderbilt point tuesday 280 in the college world series ... when this game very well as opposing to losing game why they are still trying to come down off the high 90 morning practice with it getting to work ... get too high or you can get to well after that focus have this rest our body and get ready to go tomorrow ... on the sale ... on the first two concentrate forward and into can i refocus eight of the mississippi state vanderbilt regional in 2008 he vanderbilt this seated day my nothing against lsu complete game no- hitter to the commodores you live ... i think it's crazy with a lot to that game not a lot of not so much last year it's a brand- new game ... they just kind of grown a little bit you have a good side he has a really good fastball ... in 19 k so that it gives him our best shot today and condemn you cpi sports to nl through catalyst take sportscast last look stinger last look




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