Mississippi Weather Outlook for Thursday, January 28th

Image courtesy of The Old Country Store – Lorman, MS To the north, sunny with highs in the mid 40’s. Partly cloudy tonight with widespread frost and patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid to upper 20’s. In central Mississippi, sunny with highs in the lower 50’s. Clear tonight with widespread frost and patchy …

NASA to begin new RS-25 engine test series for future Artemis missions

The first test of the new series is set for today on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and will be streamed live on NASA TV. The seven-test series will use RS-25 developmental engine No. 0528 and will provide valuable data for Aerojet Rocketdyne, prime contractor for the …

Ocean Springs businessman indicated for PPE price-gauging scheme

An Ocean Springs businessman has been charged for his role in a $1.8 million scheme to hoard PPE and price gauge health care providers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.  57-year-old Kenneth Bryan Ritchey faces multiple charges for allegedly participating in the scheme including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, conspiracy …

MSDH confirms 1,804 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 1,804 new cases of COVID-19.  The latest report brings the state’s total up to 270,476. With the confirmation of 28 additional deaths, 5,945 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus.  *MSDH Note: 4 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between December 28, 2020 and January 20, 2021, identified …

Hosemann provides latest on session, COVID-19 cases at capitol

With more and more meetings being done virtually, COVID-19 cases continue to cause concern at the capitol. During a press briefing, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann explained that four Senators have tested positive for the virus with additional members out due to contact tracing following conversations with the Department of Health. Hosemann, who initially pushed for …

C Spire invests $1 billion to speed deployment of 5G, fiber broadband in Mississippi & Alabama

This is the largest capital spend in company history and will accelerate the deployment of ultra-fast 5G wireless technology and all-fiber Gigabit broadband internet in key parts of its service area in the southeastern U.S. The project will result in faster delivery of 5G wireless technology in Mississippi markets and provide ultra-fast, all-fiber broadband services …

MEMA Director Greg Michel retires, governor updates vaccine distribution

Photo courtesy of MEMA/Twitter During today’s press briefing, it was announced that, after serving since June 2018, Colonel Greg Michel will retire from his role as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. “After 30 years in the military and time in the private sector, this job has been the most challenging. I’ve …

Mississippi Weather Outlook for Wednesday, January 27th

Image courtesy of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association To the north, mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of light rain in the morning and a slight chance in the afternoon. Highs near 50. Mostly to partly cloudy and colder tonight with lows in the upper 20’s. In central Mississippi, partly sunny with a …

Inmates building hope through new church at Parchman

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held today at Mississippi’s oldest prison but not for a new cellblock.  For the first time in the prison’s 120-year history, a church is being built inside prison walls with private funds and inmate labor.  The nonprofit Mississippi Prison Chapel Foundation is providing construction money. The nondenominational, 6,000-square-foot sanctuary will be constructed at Unit …

Vaccinations reach 200,000, MSDH reports 2,074 new COVID cases

Photo courtesy of OCH Regional Medical Center The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 2,074 new cases of COVID-19 as vaccine distributions across the state. Today’s report brings the state’s total up to 268,672. With the confirmation of 65 additional deaths, 5,917 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus. *MSDH Note: 36 COVID-19 …