Alabama prison commissioner honored despite troubles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The head of Alabama’s troubled prison system is being honored with a national award. The department says Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn is being awarded a career achievement award by the Correctional Leaders Association, a national organization for prison administrators. Dunn serves as the group’s regional chair and is a member of …

20-plus school bus batteries stolen in south Mississippi

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — More than 20 batteries have been stolen out of school buses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The thefts happened during the weekend and were discovered Monday morning at St. Martin Attendance Center near Ocean Springs. WLOX-TV reports Jackson County School District had to notify families that some buses would be running …

Celebration of Hope telethon raises thousand of dollars for Regional Rehab Center

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Sunday’s “Celebration of Hope” telethon raised a lot of money for the Regional Rehab Center in Tupelo.  The annual telethon raises money for the rehab center so it can continue to treat patients. After just two hours, the telethon raised a little over $410,000 to help the center continue to provide services …

New Amazon center to create 500 jobs in north Mississippi

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Amazon plans to open a second fulfillment center in the northwest Mississippi town of Olive Branch. A statement issued Monday by Mississippi Development Authority says the facility will create 500 fulltime jobs in DeSoto County. The company plans to lease a 1 million-square-foot (0.09 million-square-meter) building where workers will ship …

Investigators: Oktibbeha County house fire appears deliberately set

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – It looks like someone deliberately set a Monday morning house fire, according to Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan. The house is located in the Sunset Subdivision, west of Starkville. Firefighters were called to the scene around 5:30 a.m. No one lived in the home, Rosenhan said. The blaze damaged one side …

Fall from cell tower in Oktibbeha County ruled accidental

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The death of a cell tower worker has been ruled accidental, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt confirmed. John Wayne Womack, 43, of Arkansas, died after he fell from the tower Saturday afternoon in the Longview community. Representatives with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on the scene of the …