Tuesday April 24,
Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 99
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• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
Murder suspect bond set at $500,000 BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
A Corinth man was formally charged with murder Monday afternoon in the weekend shooting death of Tavarus Holland. Norman Tyrone Mitchell, 36, of Martin Luther King Drive, appeared in Corinth Municipal Court for arraignment and was formally charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge John
outside the American Legion post on South Tate Street between midnight Friday night and 1 a.m. Saturday. The building had been rented
Police continue investigation after man was fatally shot at weekend party outside Legion Ross Jr. set bond at $500,000 and appointed Clay Nails to serve as counsel for Mitchell, who made no statements before the court. The suspect was on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a sale of
cocaine charge. Although the 29-year-old victim had an address on Dickey Street in Corinth, he is from Holly Springs, where funeral services will be held at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, according to Coroner Jay Jones.
Detective Capt. Ralph Dance said the Corinth Police Department is continuing its investigation with several more witnesses being sought for questioning. The department is also looking at phone records. The shooting happened
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City targets over dozen properties for cleanup BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
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The M&M Girls Relay for Life team get ready to ‘Iron Out a Cure’ at their upcoming golf tournament. Pictured from left are (front) the original M&M Girls, Martha Howell and Marla Shettles; and (standing) Melinda Billingsley, Ann Cooper, Janice Knighton, Pam Verdung, Kim Davis, Barbara Mitchell and Mary Beth Anderson.
M &M Girls ‘Iron Out a Cure’ BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
The M&M Girls Relay for Life team invite the community to “Iron Out a Cure” at their upcoming golf tournament. The team’s first annual Relay for Life golf tournament — an 18-hole, four-person scramble — will be held Friday, May 11, at Pickwick Landing State Park. Registration will begin at
noon, and at 1 p.m. a shotgun blast will signal the start for the teams spread out across 18 holes. The tournament will also include a putting contest, Closest to the Pin contest, Longest Drive, Circle of Hope contest, along with drawings and prizes for a fun day to celebrate, remember and fight back. In the hole-in-one contest, golfers will aim to sink the ball
in one swing to win a car donated by Brose Autoplex. Deadline for golfer registration is May 4. The M&M Girls are also seeking sponsorships for the event. Business/individual hole sponsorships are available for $100. Sponsorships can be dedicated in honor or in memory of a person whose life was touched by cancer. All proceeds from the event
will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. “We are passionate about finding a cure and helping people celebrate more birthdays,” said Martha Howell, a cancer survivor and one of the original M&M Girls. After working in team development in previous years’ Relay events, Howell decided Please see CURE | 2
Hundreds showing support for wreck victim
More than a dozen addresses are targeted in the City of Corinth’s next round of property cleanup. The Community Development and Planning office recently sent letters to the property owners notifying them of the city’s desire to see the properties cleaned. Three are located on Proper Street, but the new group of addresses is not concentrated in any particular area. Overgrown lots, a fallen tree and a burnedout home are among the issues identified at these addresses. “There are other properties that are being assessed, and letters are going out very soon,” said Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff. “We ask that if residents know their property needs some attention to do the easiest and the right thing by bringing their property into compliance.” Notices went to the following: ■ 2104 Proper St. — A burned structure that needs to be sePlease see CLEANUP | 2
Shiloh battlefield celebrates special week BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
SELMER, Tenn. — Larron King has worked tirelessly to help young cancer patients and their families. Now the founder of Lauren King Ministries and his family are the ones in need. King was seriously injured in an automobile accident coming home from work last week. He was transported to the Regional Medical Center (Med) and remains in ICU with a severe spinal injury. Hundreds of supporters came together to pray for the family at the Selmer City Park on Thursday night. The “Pack the Park Prayer Meeting” lifted up the King family through music and devotionals. “He (Larron) usually isn’t on the end of receiving, it’s usually him giving,” said King’s sister
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Shiloh National Military Park is offering different activities each day this week in observance of National Park Week. “The National Park Service celebrates National Park Week every year about this time, around Earth Day, in all 397 national parks,” explained Park Ranger Chris Mekow. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and see what their country has to offer.” Today’s offering, “From Slave to Soldier,” will explore the life of Andrew Jackson Smith. Smith began life as a slave in Kentucky and would go on to be an eyewitness of the Battle of Shiloh, a Union soldier and a posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Civil War. The 30-minute programs will begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Wednesday, visitors to the park can join Ranger Charlie Spearman on a car tour of the
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Becky Smith writes down some words of encouragement for traffic accident victim Larron King and his family.
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Index Stocks........7 Classified......14 Comics...... 11 Wisdom...... 10
Weather........5 Obituaries........ 3 Opinion........4 Sports........8
On this day in history 150 years ago The Battle of New Orleans. Convinced the bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip has been ineffective, Adm. David G. Farragut runs his ships past the forts and sweeps aside the enemy gunboat fleet. Several Union ships are damaged, but only one is sunk.
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Things to do Today Walking tours In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Corinth Area Visitors & Convention Bureau is offering free guided tours of the city’s Civil War-related sites. A tour will begin tonight at 6 p.m. at the Corinth Depot. For more information, visit corinthcivilwar.com or call the Tourism Office at 287-8300.
‘Dinner & Donate’
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Larron King supporters Mike Maness (from left), Becky Smith and Chris Whitten drop cards with words of encouragement in a box to be read by the King family.
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Sheila Henry. “He would be humbled and overwhelmed to know all of you have come together.” King started the ministry in memory of his daughter, Lauren, with his wife, Anita, and son, Wes, all heavily involved. Lauren King died in 1997 at the age one year and eight days. She was born on Mother’s Day May 12, 1996 and was taken to St. Jude six hours after she was delivered, suffering with AML Leukemia. For over 10 years the family and their friends
have made their way to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis. Once a month they provided a meal to the families at the house along with a children’s activity and worship service. Larron and Anita have at times spent their own money to make sure the families staying at the RMH have a great meal. Supporters had a chance to send cards of encouragement to the family on Thursday night. A bright spot of the night was Anita and Wes were able to see the crowd praying for Larron through a video phone connection.
“They need a miracle,” said one of the event organizers, Chris Whitten. “The family has had tragedy in their life before and turned that tragedy into a positive ... they have helped so many and if anyone can turn this around it’s Larron and Anita.” Those wanting to donate to the family can do so at any Regions Bank by mailing the donation to Larron R. King Special Account or by contacting Whitten at 901-8260923. Writer Jeff York contributed to this story.
On Friday, park visitors will have the opportunity to join Ranger Mekow for “Tending the Wounded and Burying the Dead,” a car caravan that will explore the aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh. Slated for 1 to 3:30 p.m., the tour will focus on the first front-line surgical hospital of the war, the medical care offered to the troops and the burial of thousands of dead soldiers. The tour will end with a walk around Shiloh National Cemetery. Visitors should meet at the tent hospital site, tour stop #14, at 1 p.m. Saturday’s program, “Uniform of the Civil War Soldier,” will be presented at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Rang-
er Timothy Arnold will showcase and discuss the uniforms and personal items of both Union and Confederate soldiers. The 30-minute programs will show examples of materials used for uniforms, the construction of garments and distribution of clothing to the armies. The programs will be held on the lawn in front of the Visitor Center. Rain or severe weather will cancel scheduled programs. For the latest updates — including weather information and schedule changes — go to Shiloh National Military Park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shilohNMP or call the Visitor Center at 731-689-5696.
Overgrown; an associated lot on Fifth Street has received some attention, but more work is needed. ■ 3008 North Polk St. — some progress noted ■ 1605 East Fifth St.and 1405 East Third Street (same owner) — some progress noted When property owners do not cooperate or do not respond, the Board of Aldermen can order the property to be cleaned and add the cost to the owner’s tax bill. Ratliff said the city has seen some good progress this year thanks to property owners working with the city. “Since we have had such warm weather, our efforts did not slow down the way it generally would in the late fall and winter,” said Ratliff.
But, since grass started growing early, that may make it challenging to keep up with the overgrown lots this spring, he said. While the current batch of addresses is scattered, Ratliff said a focus on the Wick, Tate and Ross street areas is planned later in the year. Last week, the Board of Aldermen gave a continuance to May 1 for property at 213 North Parkway, where some cleanup work has been done. On a burned property that has been condemned at the corner of Fourth and Madison, Building Inspector Philip Verdung reported that a new owner is working to bring the property up to code before putting it up for sale.
shot him with a handgun as he left the party. Holland was struck by a round that entered his upper chest area and exited from his back. Holland was taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center, where he died a short time later.
Mitchell left the scene of the shooting, and police obtained a warrant for his arrest for murder. The department received information that led to his arrest around noon Saturday at an apartment on Meeks Street.
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battlefield. The tour will stop at important sites and include discussions of the strategy and tactics of Shiloh. The Car Caravan Tour is scheduled for 1 to 3:30 p.m. “Life at the Shiloh Indian Mound Village” — a hike around the ancient Indian village with Ranger Marcus Johnson — will be conducted on Thursday. Tour participants will discover the people of 1100 AD, the foods they ate, games they played and how they interacted with other villages. Two hikes are scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will meet at the Indian Mounds Kiosk.
Join Havis Hurley and the Corinth Hope Dream Center as they raise money for the homeless/emergency shelter for women and children at Sweet Peppers in Corinth tonight from 5-8 p.m. If you can’t come to dinner, donations can be made at BancorpSouth Bank, Hope Dream Center Mission account.
National Park Week In commemoration of National Park Week, Shiloh National Military Park is hosting several special programs and tours about the bloody battle of Shiloh, the Civil War, and the Shiloh Indian Mounds. Programs will be offered through Saturday April 28. For more information visit the park website at www.nps.gov/shil, find Shiloh on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ ShilohNMP, or call the Visitor Center at 731689-5696. Rain or severe weather will cancel scheduled programs.
Library exhibit The Corinth Artist
Guild Gallery is displaying computer enhanced photographs by Ray Tinsley at The Corinth Public Library. Also on display at the library are the paintings of Dot Courson, Florence Milam, Bruce Biglow, Judy Ferguson and Toni Spink.
has the 2012 Official MS Golf Guide and brochures for golf courses throughout the state including the Corinth recreational guide insert. The Mississippi Wildlife & Fisheries DVD will play throughout the month featuring state parks with golf courses.
Civil War art
The Bishop Activity Center is having the following activities this week: Today — Exercise. Senior Citizens 60 and older are welcome and encouraged to attend. Daily activities include crafts, jigsaw puzzles, quilting, table games (Dominoes & Rook), washer games and Rolo Golf.
A collection of “Civil War Impressions” is featured at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery to coincide with ongoing sesquicentennial activities. The featured artists are Jesse Ables, Tony Bullard, Kenneth Lee, Victor Moore, David Rickman and Ray Tinsley. The exhibit also includes “The Key to Corinth,” a commissioned work by Keith Rocco depicting Col. William P. Rogers at Battery Robinett. Prints and some of the originals will be for sale. Art gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Senior activities The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry is hosting a Wii sports class for senior adults on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. There is no cost to participate. Call the church office at 286-6638 to register or Kimberly Grantham at 284-7498.
Golf Month The Alcorn County Welcome Center is ready for golf. Stop in and register for a drawing for certificates to be given away at the end of the month provided by the Natchez Trace Golf Club in Saltillo. The Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has provided golf tee’s with their website information on them for random giveaways for the month. The Welcome Center
Zumba classes From now through June, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville will sponsor a free Zumba class at the Westside Community Center every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before the class begins — no one will be allowed to enter after the class starts. For more information, contact Sergio Warren at 720-5432 or sergio.warren@bmhcc. org; or Susan Henson at 212-2745 or slhenson2009@hotmail. com.
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cured ■ 1805 Proper St. — Overgrown lot and roof of home falling in ■ 2201 Proper St. — Debris strewn and overgrown ■ 1116 Meigg St. — Overgrown ■ 5 Sunny Wood Lane — Overgrown ■ 1515 Meigg and an empty lot just to the east — Overgrown ■ 1205 Sixth St. — Overgrown ■ 1216 Shiloh Road — Overgrown ■ 1002 Douglas St. — Overgrown ■ 1017 Linden St. ■ Corner of Dunlap and Crater — Overgrown ■ 1103 Tate St. — House damaged by fallen tree ■ 1510 Meeks St. —
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for a party where alcohol was being illegally served. Dance said Mitchell apparently believed the victim had “snitched” on him. He waited for Holland outside the building and
Staff photo by Mark Boehler
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall donation Luke Doehner, owner of the Generals’ Quarters Bed and Breakfast Inn and Pittsburgh Landing Grill, presents $900 to Bobby McDaniel of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall committee. The money will go toward the $15,000 goal by the local 501 c3 charity U.S. Veteran Volunteers and Family Honors group to return the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Corinth on June 2225. Doehner donated a percentage of his sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas to the cause, plus he agreed to provide room and board to “Bad” Bob Couch, a Vietnam War reenactor who will perform during opening ceremonies at the site of the local wall on June 22 on the grounds of North Corinth Baptist Church. An estimated 11,000 people visited the traveling wall when it came to Corinth on Sept. 1-6, 2010. For additional information on how to help the effort, contact Tom Charters at 662-284-0739.
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it was time to participate in a new position. “This is the first year for us to have our own team,” she said. “When I worked in team development it looked like so much fun, and we wanted to give it a try.” The team met Friday at KC’s Espresso to discuss the success of their recent Fish Fry and make plans for the golf tournament. The fish fry was a huge fundraising success, with more than 500 plates sold. “There were so many people that showed up to
support us — it was just wild!” exclaimed team member Janice Knighton. For the original M&M Girls, Howell and Marla Shettles, finding a cure for cancer is a cause they take very personally. Howell was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and is currently clear of the disease. Shettles was diagnosed in 2009, and is now going through her third round of treatments. “It’s a club we don’t want anybody else to have to join,” said Howell. “We don’t want another mother to have to face
the thought of leaving her babies,” added Shettles, a mother of two. Entry fee for the golf tournament is $75 per golfer. The entry fee covers green fee, cart, lunch, range golf balls and one mulligan. Make checks payable to M&M Girls Relay for Life, P.O. Box 242, Corinth, MS 38834. For tournament information and/or hole sponsorships contact Tournament Chair Martha Howell at 662-4151805; Ann Cooper at 662-415-9999; or Pickwick Landing State Park Pro-shop at 731-6893149.
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Deaths Ruby Rogers
BOONEVILLE — Ruby Rogers, 72, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Arrangements are pending with Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
Betty Jo Ballard
IUKA — Funeral services for Betty Jo Ballard, 84, are set for 12 noon Wednesday at Ludlam Funeral Home with burial at Corinth National Cemetery. Mrs. Ballard died Sunday, April 22, 2012. Survivors include one son, Gary Ballard (Linda) of Iuka; two brothers, Maxell Hinchey of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Rayborn Hinchey (Peggy) of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister, Emma Thompson (Bill) of Shelby; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay ballard; her parents, Oscar and Effie Hinchey; and one sister, Maxine Franklin. Visitation is Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time.
Funeral services for Samuel L. “Sam” Dean, 83, of Corinth, are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Dean died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Rocky Springs United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and a steward of the Memphis area Teamsters Union for more than 40 years. He taught school at the Central Grammar School. Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Harmon (the Rev. Terry Sr.) of Corinth, Martha Davis (Lonnie) of Horn Lake, Patricia Gaffney of Mountain View, Ark., and Rebecca Dean of Corinth; two stepsons, Eric and Maurice Taylor, both of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary Dean Hall and Sarah Harvey (Paul), both of Iuka; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald and Victoria Dean; his wife, Charlene Bullard Dean; and his brother, H.W. “Duck” Dean. The Rev. Terry L. Harmon II and Jerry Guillory will officiate the service. Visitation is today from 5 until 9 p.m.
Funeral services for James “Jim” Walker, 78, of Corinth, are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Corinthian Funeral Home with burial at Forrest Memorial Park. Mr. Walker, owner of Jim’s Auto Supply, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was a military veteran and was on the executive council of Freed-Hardeman College. He was a member of Northside Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Velda Jean Walker of Corinth; a son, Tony Walker (Cindy) of Cordova, Tenn.; two daughters, Myra Dawson (Billy) and Lisa Walker Horner (Greg), both of Corinth; a brother, Johnny Walker of Ohio; three sisters, Bernice Latch (Bob) of Corinth, Betty Sue Holloway (Ray Gene) of Kossuth and Brenda Walker of Ohio; and grandchildren Whitney Walker Cook (Zach), James “Drew” Dawson, Colby Horner and Connor Horner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Bessie Gammill Walker; three brothers, Ray, Carl and Fred Walker; and a sister, Dorothy Fike. Bron. Tim Nall will officiate the service. Visitation is today from 6 until 8 p.m.
Culture Trip Alcorn Central High School Theatre and Art students, under the direction of Mrs. Leanne Williams and Mrs. Julie Pittman, recently enjoyed a day full of culture, Memphis style. The group began their day at the Orpheum Theatre where they watched the ballet “Cinderella” performed by Ballet Memphis. The groups enjoyed both the neo-classical sets of this production which were purchased from the London Ballet Company, as well as the amazing architecture of the theatre itself. After the ballet they dined at one of the highly regarded local Mexican restaurants, Mi Toro Loco and then traveled on to the Brooks Museum in Overton Square. There the students were led on a docent guided tour of the gallery’s permanent exhibit. Finally the Alcorn Central students were given an opportunity to create some of their own art. After viewing and discussing, “Man, Spirit, Mask” a triptych created by American artist Willie Cole, students created their own version of “Man, Spirit, Mask” reminiscent of Cole’s style.
Coming Up ■ An Iuka group is working to drum up interest in a Battle of Iuka reenactment to be held later this year with the city’s annual festival. Watch for staff writer Jebb Johnston’s story coming this week. ■ Crews from APAC have started work on a $1.2 million taxiway rehabilitation project at the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport. Look for the upcoming story and photos by staff writer/photographer Bobby J. Smith. ■ The 15th Annual Leon Frazier Memorial
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