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September numbers from the mississippi department of employment security show over three thousand people are unemployed in the golden triangle.

The golden triangle development link says it's always working to lower those figures.

Our rylie livingston takes a look at some of the steps they're using to lure new industry and new investment.

She joins us live from columbus with more here at the golden triangle development link the goal is to bring more economic development to clay, lowndes, and oktibbeha county.

And while strides are being made, ceo joe max higgins says his team wants to do better.

The golden triangle development link is working hard to bring industry and jobs to east mississippi, but there are challenges "most of the time that we've been around we've averaged about a half a billion dollars a year in investment, and about 500 jobs a year.

And the last four years that will those numbers are down about 40%.

And so we're not seeing the lead generation we're not seeing some of the things that we need to see so we're going to roll out some initiatives and some things that i think will get us back in winning form.

According to the mississippi department of employment security population in both clay and lowndes counties declined between 2016 and 2017.

Higgins says they have to find a way to keep people here in the golden triangle.

"workforce is gonna be our achilles heel.

It's everybody's achilles heel.

And when you're in rural southern state like this talent attraction is important.

We got to do something to keep them here.

And we can't keep losing, you know, starkville oktibbeha county is growing.

Clay county and lowndes are kind of flat we need we need we need to rectify that."

Of course, training and education go a long way.

"we would like to see more people attend the communiversity get that two year associate's degree in mechatronics and hydraulics, pneumatic maintenance, those kind of things, because they can get jobs that pay very, very well.

I mean, it wouldn't be unreasonable for a kid to get out two year degree like 50-60 thousand dollars a year right out of school" but at the same time those graduates need a place to work.

Higgins says that's where the link steps in.

"the worst thing we can do is train somebody young and not have a job for them when they when they get out.

So you know what, i kind of like to tell kids get the education and the training you need to make yourself marketable.

And you worry about us having jobs for you when you get out."

Higgins says the link is looking at projects at several sites, including the new industrial park in starkville, expansion near yokohama, and the infinity megasite by the golden triangle airport.

Reporting live in lowndes county rylie livingston wcbi news.

Vo off top people impacted by storms between february 22nd and august 23rd have a few more weeks to apply for help from the u.s. small business administration..

If you want to apply in person, keep in mind the disaster recovery center in columbus closes thursday october 31st..

The official deadline is november 19th.

Businesses and nonprofits from counties in the disaster declaration and the counties next to them can apply for up to two million dollars in loans.

Homeowners and renters may also qualify for loans from the s-b-a.

The name small business administration sometime confused paper, we're saying no, we make loans, not only to businesses and nonprofit organization.

We make loans to homeowners renters.

In a time of disaster so for this disaster.

For more information go to our website at wcbi dot com wipe to vo organizations continue to help columbus tornado victims, who've been in need of repairs since the february storm.

Mennonite disaster services has been in town all week.

The group is repairing two roofs on damaged homes.

An ef-3 twister ripped apart neighborhoods in north and east columbus, just over eight months ago.

One person was killed and numerous homes were damaged.

The work mds is doing this week is complete but their helping hands are just getting started in the community.

They will be back the first week of november they'll return on november the 4th they will start a rebuild that needs to take place they will start the rebuild and also work on another 10 houses during that span.

Community recovery of lowndes county is also working with mds to help coordinate the rebuilding project.

First look stinger first look summary: widespread rain will develop on friday and it'll continue into friday night.

Additional rain and even a few storms will carryover into saturday.

There is still the chance of a few isolated strong to severe storms saturday if the atmosphere can become unstable enough.

The big story overall will be heavy rain with 2-5" or more possible between friday morning and sunday morning.

Thursday night: partly cloudy during the evening with temperatures cooling into the 50s.

Weather looks great for high school football.

Clouds thicken after midnight with showers developing by sunrise.

Friday: a cool and damp day is coming our way with widespread rain expected.

Some rumbles of thunder could occur but in general we're looking at mainly rain, some of which may be heavy at times.

Temperatures will warm into the 60s with ne winds 5-15 mph.

Starkville police make an arrest in a weekend shooting and it could have ties to a gang.

22-year-old jaylin nave of columbus is charged with aggravated assault and commission of gang activity.

The shooting happened early sunday morning on highway 12, near cook out restaurant.

An affidavit against nave, reports the victim was shot in the hand and foot.

In the same court documents, starkville police say nave instigated a fight along with other gang members.

The same complaint says nave is a member but the name of the alleged gang was removed from our public records request.

Starkville police chief frank nichols says the commission of gang activity charge against nave is more about the actions and does not necessarily indicate gang affiliation.

2 shot generic monitor fill a new itawamba county jail is closer to reality.

Bids are being accepted for the project and as allie martin reports, the county is studying its options..

Itawamba county's current jail has been outdated and obsolete for years.

"we are in a jail more than 70 years old, we are beyond the want and into a need."

Plans call for a new jail to be built on this county owned parcel of land, on access road.

The new jail would more than double the currentinmate co grow.

"we've got our architect to draw this jail up , 104 bed facility, we don't think in yeas to come that's going to be big enough, but the exact same size jail we can step that up to 154 bed without having to add any structure, just go back put in some more beds and stuff and still be legal under all stuff jails have to be legal by."

Standup bridge the county is now accepting bids for the jail, and supervisors are hopeful they can also include offices for the sheriff and a justice court building, in one project.

Of course, it all depends on the cost.

"we could probably build the jail itself, without a tax increase, but if we could hold it down to just a very minimum tax increase and get our sheriff's department and justice center all on the same site,maybe a two percent increase, ten dollars on most families in county, on taxes, i think most people would be ok with that to go ahead and build the whole thing on one site, in the long run it will help us save money."

The county spends 30 thousand dollars each month housing inmates in tishomingo county because there's not enough room in the old jail.

In fult, allie martin, wcbi news centred up supervisors will open bids in mid november.

They should have a better idea of the size and scope of the project by the end of the year.

Stinger attorney general jim hood may have his eye on the governor's office - but he has a little unfinished business first..

We find out what's on the docket when we come back... jim hood may be in a heated race for governor, but he has at least one more lawsuit lined up before he leaves his current job as mississippi's attorney general..

At a news conference on the coast, hood announced that he's giving the federal government 60 day's notice of his intention to sue.

Hood is filing suit against the army corps of engineers for damage done to the state after the extended opening of the bonnet carre spillway.

He claims that the large volume of fresh water dumped into the gulf of mexico this summer hurt mississippi's seafood industry, especially oyster reefs.

And excessive algae growth closed beaches for weeks at the height of tourist season.

Hood's suit seeks to recover money to pay for damage to the mississippi gulf coast's economy and environment- rebuild and rehabilitate oyster reefs and marine habitats - and limit future damage by directing the corps to study the environmental impact of spillway openings on the mississippi sound.

Ground is broken on a 15 million dollar expansion at tupelo's bancorpsouth arena and conference center..

The project will connect the arena to the conference center, and include a 200 seat hospitality lounge and patio.

Renovations also include 12 thousand square feet of additional meeting space, a new roof and other updates to the conference center.

"we know this will allow us to go after larger events, will be a catalyst for further development of fairpark, hotels will follow, restaurants will follow, and we will enhance the amenities we have for our current events."

"original price on arena in the early 1990s was 20 million dollars, the way this is paid for , those bonds are rolling off debt service for city, so we are re issuing 15 million dollars in bonds, so no tax increase."

The project should take about 18 months to complete.

Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures stinger welcome to the game of the week thursday night.

Carl hogan game of the week couldn't take it your game not to be county tigers.

This might decide the division here choctaw county wedlock.


Nothing went over ripley last week ... since 2008.

They've only lost two division games ... for not to be county.

They are they are the road warriors tonight ... it's always a tough game to play.

We've grown up, and not to be county chargers ... around the area.

Then bill taken on amery houston taken on hatley east-west or at you pour a pontotoc in a while my ahs north pontotoc at aberdeen ashland at myrtle we act that the lord not to pater out porn central at nettleton jc george bruce shaw at coffeyville moore village, shannon.

We got brilliant at south lamarr coldspring that so legit ... they live volleyball ...the fedg on the 2 time defending champs vancleave in the 4a semis.

1st set.

Feds trail 3-0.

Tori brooks with the touch to camryn johnson right back to brooks with the nasty kill down the line to put the feds on the board.

Same set.

Vancleave in the lead.

Paid davis with the set up for eve mixon who taps it over 2 lady feds.

Vancleave takes an 18-8 lead.

Later in the 1st.

Juliana the new albany trying to make more history state championship game.

Will the bulldogs do it start to finish first-ever volleyball state championship ... it'll be new all need taken on ... 1 pm on saturday.

New hope taken on long beach in class v a semi final second set new hope up and said kinsley woolbright annual break with the assistant daily metals with eldridge and extend their lead seems that long beach fighting back.

Laura s this is sarah simpson for the scale match is tied up later in the set.

They get the win ... all of those coming up.

It can ... between football and volleyball.

It's certainly a good show ... about a half hour from kickoff here ... at six.

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