The latest phase of tupelo's major thoroughfare program gets some traction.
Thank you for joining us tonight... on a 5 to 1 vote, the tupelo city council approves moving forward with the full jackson street project.
The plan calls for creating a center turn lane from clayton to madison streets.
The project also includes burying utilities along the route.
The original plan would have only gone as far as robins street, but the thoroughfare committee voted to stretch the route to include madison street.
Several area residents objected to the proposal, citing costs and the possibility of traffic congestion in the highland circle neighborhood..
The price tag is expected to be around 9 million dollars... columbus city council approves a 3- point-four percent interest rate bond to help clean up damage from february storms. you may remember, columbus city leaders agreed to take out a "go bond to help with clean up efforts.
The board accepted the bid from trustmark national bank the city can take out up to 5 million dollars on the bond.
Mayor robert smith says they don't have to use the entire 5 million dollars.... and won't be charged for what they don't use.
The damage assessments exceed just over 9 million dollars.
Smith says he hopes the bond will help bridge the gap while the city continues to wait on fema.
"assessments that were don was $9.3 million.
Fema accepted that and mema accepted that, but we think that with the $5 million that will be enough to take care of what needs to be done.
If you think about it, fema only approved public assistance and not individual assistance.
The public assistance from the standpoint, this is where we will pay for the damages to streets, from the flooding, from the tornado, any damage that was done there."
Smith says the city won't have to begin paying on the interest until december 20... and they won't have to pay back the total amount for the "g-o bond until 2026.
A national restaurant chain serves up life-saving equipment to the louisville fire department..
Firehouse subs public safety foundation gave firefighters a new jaws of life... today.
The equipment will help firemen rescue victims from car accidents and other wreckage faster and more safely..
Firehouse subs has also helped out departments in west point, columbus, and starkville..
First look stinger first look tonight: a chance for a shower or thunderstorm this evening with mostly cloudy skies and a low in the low 70s.
Wind will be out of a new school year is right around the corner..
And that's bringing changes to many area districts..
But how do parents, students, and the educators handle these transitions?
Our stephanie poole speaks to a high school principal about making the adjustments..
In the classroom and in the front office, summer brings change to many local school districts.
Some teachers retire.
Sometimes there's just an open position.
These changes impact the staff-- along with parents and students.
Smithville high school principal chad o'brian says its his job to help families adjust.
"people just want to feel lik their kids are cared for.
We have somebody's most prized possession everyday from 7:30 am to 3pm and that's your kids.
And we try to keep that in mind that's not to say we are perfect people or we handle every situation right, but we do develop bonds with people."
Bonds that impact the schools environment.
"when you have that chang over, that's typically the first thing you're looking for is people that will be a good fit with the current staff that you have and people that will fit in with community and develop those relationships with students."
O'brian says obtaining a degree at a high-profile university isn't what makes an educator stand out from the rest.
He says the rule-of thumb is engaging with students and letting them know you're there to help.
"the person you are and th character that you bring to the job with you and those bonds and those relationships that you develop with students and community members that's what last."
And that's what o'brian expects from smithville brian jernigan returns to monroe county to begin his position as superintendent on july 1st.
Stinger wx open tonight: a chance for a shower or thunderstorm this evening with mostly cloudy skies and a low in the low 70s.
Wind will be out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm by the overnight hours.
Chance of precipitation this evening is 40% wed: fairly typical summer storms are likely for both wednesday and thursday.
A few storms could be strong with gusty winds and perhaps some hail.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy through the morning with a chance for showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening.
Highs will be in the low 90s with heat index values near 100.
Wind will be out of the southwest around 5-10 mph.
Lows will be in the mid 70s with more rain chances overnight.
Contamination scares... genetically modified foods... and just healthy eating... if you're wondering how to make sense of it all, just welcome back..
Summer is prime time for many fruits and vegetables..
But, across the country grocery stores have been running into problems when their suppliers have questionable products.
There have been recalls because of reports of ecoli in romaine lettuce, and recently hepatis a contamination in frozen blueberries.
Is there a way to know whether your produce is safe?
Cash matlock talks to some local residents who have a simple answer - grow your own... and help out your neighbors... a few years ago, ryan munson was approached by community members to start a small garden in the downtown columbus area.
"we're fortunate that we hav such a large downtown apartment population.
A lot of them want to grow their own vegetables.
They want to be able to have control over that.
Having a community garden around was a perfect way for them to be able to embark on that."
Munson says a few local businesses have their own raised beds at "the hive because of the health benefits.
"i think that you have mor control over making your vegetables and things.
You have control over what's being sprayed on it, what type of compost you're using.
You know what's in your food."
However, some people are just not physically able to work in the garden.
That's why columbus resident bilbo davis has decided to bring the garden... to the community.
"i'll be 87 in about three weeks and i do it for the old people that can't come out and work.
I give it away."
Davis says he plants the garden every year, and has met a lot of people because of it.
"when i find them out on th porch or out in their yard, i just stop and say 'would you like to have some vegetables?'
And they'll say 'oh, how much are they?'
And i'll say 'well they happen to be free today.'
I have had no one to turn me down."
"yeah, you can make a lot o friends, really, and at my age i don't need enemies."
Davis says planting his garden is a rewarding experience.
"that's the joy.
Seeing thei face when you give them the fresh vegetables."
"you get the satisfaction o coming and picking and knowing that it's pure, knowing that it is fresh."
Louisville, starkville, and west point also have their own community gardens.
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Stinger when we come back we check in with tom and courtney .... but they're not the áonlyá ones in omaha... a bulldog fan who caught the national spotlight last year is ábacká..
We catch up with him after sports... take that sportscast roll vo in monitor terry powell is a celeb of sorts at the cws.
I got to shake you hand camara mccullom >> on the other will not gain back the right able to play against the commodore on tuesday they have to wait another day has been postponed till the day the outline nessie vanderbilt-he ... start areas with two days a day ... it's going to be a fantastic game about that a little early and all-around ... the wall off the bulldogs we need an extra 80 the bulldogs we need an extra 83 college world series last practice day stressful that it can tomorrow so when it all comes down one of the most stressful three rounds in the night at last you were able to put it behind us gain i think what out here in omaha everyone is the best looking deep ... there is a lot of them out there who played well christmas alone in phase they will be college world series when it would be to bring oh i think we've talked earlier about this to fix is that the court was that kind of weighty support just thinking about that is this is a very similar team of vanderbilt the only difference is that they are a little more mature ... 20th season experience one way we can support, apple rob his jokes made headlines last year.
A diamond dawg fan last year said his wife's boyfriend sold his prosthetic leg just so he could go see the dawgs play in the college world series.
Well, the dawgs are back in omaha... and so is he..
And guess what?
He's got more jokes.
Phil bergman has more..
Here we are in the finest venue of amateur athletics right here.
Terry powell is a celeb of sorts at the cws.
I got to shake you hand because i remember you from last year.
Oh man dude thank you for being back, is this not great?
I friended you on facebook last year after seeing the video last year.
Thanks for the laughs...yeah man i'm glad your back this year.
It was one year ago he told us this wild tale... my wife's boyfriend sold his leg for me to be here.
But they get alone time and i get to be in omaha.
This year, he's back for more.
We go through winona when i'm too drunk to drive down the back-roads.
We go right down the interstate.
The wife's boyfriend?
He's still around.
We brought my wife's boyfriend up so they could hang out.
He's busy he's a shepard.
For father's day i brought my wife's kids up here in our new buick lasaber.
They love riding in the third row seat some call it a trunk.
We stop at the stucky's...the lasaber.
We got him a certified pre- owned left leg.
He needed a right leg but it helps him herd those sheep.
But it's not all just fun and games for mr. powell.
He's here raising money for the alzheimer's association hoping that his jokes help raise money to cure a terrible disease.
My mom passed away from alzheimer's in 2013 around the same time we were last in the finals against ucla.
We raised over 7,000 last year and we have that campaign launched again.
I'm thinking of moving to omaha because our team is always here.
As soon as we get the 1031 exchange on the single lot.
I'm just up here identifying a property.
I saw an underpass that looked pretty good.
Powell's a comic...but his bulldogs bringing home a title is no joking matter.
We're not here for the t-shirt, we're here for the trophy.
Last look stinger last look tonight: a chance for a thunderstorm this evening with mostly cloudy skies and a low in the low 70s.
Wind will be out of the south