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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 10
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• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
Ice cream van owner arrested on drug charge BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
Frosty treats weren’t the only products sold out of a brightly decorated 1974 model ice cream van, according to the Tishomingo County SO. The owner of the ice cream van, Tonya Wren, 39, of Ramer,
Tenn., was arrested in Burnsville last Thursday and charged with the possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, said Sheriff Glenn Whitlock. “We had been getting information that this lady had been coming to Tish’ to deliver and
sell drugs out of that ice cream van for a while,” the sheriff said. “She was arrested when she came over here to sell some drugs.” Whitlock said Wren was arrested in possession of 30 dosage units of Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance..
A $10,000 bond has been set, but Wren remains in custody as she was on probation at the time of her arrest. The Tishomingo County SO has seized the ice cream van, Whitlock confirmed. In a January 1 feature story published in the Daily Corin-
thian, Wren said she started the ice cream truck business as a way to earn extra money while spending time with her daughter. She has been making the rounds selling the frozen streets in neighborhoods in McNairy, Alcorn and Tishomingo counties.
Crime Stoppers honors Young BY BRANT SAPPINGTON email@example.com
Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
Corinth Street Department employees feed discarded Christmas trees through the wood chipper. The mulch is available free to residents.
Recycling program changes Christmas trees to free mulch BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
A big pile of evergreens became mulch at the inert landfill Wednesday afternoon. The annual Christmas tree recycling effort had an estimated 30 to 40 trees this year as the trend away from live trees appears to continue. Street Department workers sent the
trees through the chipper, converting them to mulch that is now available at no charge to Corinth residents. Hours at the inert landfill are 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The landfill entrance is next to the railroad track on Linden Street near the interpretive center and West Corinth school campus. Keep Corinth Beautiful is a
supporter of the tree recycling program. “We want to remind residents that they can go pick up the mulch to use in any gardening or landscaping,” said Andrea Rose, coordinator of KCB. “If people chose live Christmas trees, we hope they choose to Please see TREES | 2
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi has honored veteran prosecutor John R. Young of Corinth with its annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. Young, who completed a 36 year career as District Attorney for the First Judicial District which covers Northeast Mississippi at the end of 2011, was recognized as an advocate for crime victims and a true supporter of law enforcement and their mission to protect the public from crime. The longtime district attorney was defeated in the November general election by Trent Kelly who took over the office at the start of this year. Young served as district attorney since 1975 and has prosecuted an enormous number of cases of all types over the years and seen the office grow dramatically during that time. Crime Stoppers Board Member Bill Allen of Lee County, who presented the award, said they chose this year to present the award to Young in recognition of his years of service and support to crime victims and law enforcement. “Mr. Young’s dedication to the district attorney’s office exceed above and beyond what anyone would have called for,” said Allen.
Young was out of town and unable to be present to accept the award. The award presentation was part of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi’s annual Law Enforcement and Media Recognition Luncheon which celebrates the partnership between the organization, law enforcement and the media in working to prevent and solve crime throughout the region. Since its founding, the organization has received 3,720 tips which have led to 523 arrests and 1,387 cases being cleared. A total of $115,272 in rewards have been paid to those providing tips. Those tips have also led to the recovery of 15 weapons and a total of $577,298 worth of property recovery and drugs seized. Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jackson office which serves the entire state of Mississippi, served as the guest speaker for the luncheon and focused on the sacrifices made by law enforcement in their role as protectors o the community. He said law enforcement officers are a special breed and the community should be aware of the great risks they take in protecting their communities. “They endure great risks and make great sacrifices on Please see CRIMES | 2
Bain focused on major issues as legislative session begins BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Freshman state Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth is looking ahead to the main issues of a historic session for the Mississippi legislature. “The past couple of weeks have been great and fun,” he said. “Everybody has been really open, and they’ve made me feel welcome.”
Bain, a Democrat representing district 1, is one of only 11 Democrats out of the 32 new House members. The GOP likewise picked up a 13-2 majority in the 52-seat Senate, which gives the Republicans the power to pass tax and revenue bills without the cooperation of any Democrats. The GOP dominance has spread worries among many
Democrats — and commentators — that the Democrats will be effectively shut out from committees and important positions. Bain said his experiences over the past two weeks point to a spirit of inclusiveness in newly elected House Speaker Philip Gunn, of Clinton, and the GOP power structure. “Everybody’s been great to
me, and everybody’s been openminded and listened to my suggestions,” Bain said. “I’ve had the honor of going to lunch with the speaker, and I believe he’s going to reach across the aisle. He’s been very amicable to me.” The representative said he also believes Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will include House Democrats in committee assignments.
Bain named four issues that he believes will be important in the new session. Charter schools is the first issue he cited. State Republicans have long supported the expansion of charter schools — primary or secondary schools that receive public money but are not subject to some of the rules Please see BAIN | 2
Variety of unique events will commemorate Shiloh anniversary BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the two reenactments that will recreate the horrific 1862 battle, a wide variety of events are scheduled to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh
March to Shiloh A group of re-enactors will follow in the footsteps of history as they complete a trek to
Shiloh National Military Park from an authentic period camp at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. On Wednesday, March 28, the re-enactors camp at the Interpretive Center will be open to the public from 6 until 8 p.m. The camp will be on the lower level of the east side of the Interpretive Center property. The public can have breakfast with the troops before they embark on Thursday, March
29, from 7 until 7:45 a.m. With a donation to the Crossroads Museum, the public can enjoy a meal representative of what soldiers had to eat in 1862. The soldiers will begin their trek toward Shiloh at 8 a.m. For more info contact the Corinth Area CVB at 800-7489048 or send an email to email@example.com. For reenactor information email Keith Willingham at unclekeith16@ aol.com.
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The premiere of the new Shiloh interpretive film “Fiery Trail” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Pickwick Landing State Park. The film’s first showing at Shiloh National Military Park will be at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 6 — the 150th anniversary of the battle’s first day — and will continue throughout the anniversary weekend.
Three days of in-depth battlefield hikes will be led by park rangers at Shiloh Park. During the April 6-8 anniversary weekend, participants will have a chance to learn the stories of the men, their leaders and the units while walking the ground where the events occurred 150 years ago. Please see SHILOH | 2
On this day in history 150 years ago A naval expedition of 100 vessels departs Hampton Roads, Va., in preparation for an attack on strategic Roanoke Island, N.C. 15,000 Federal troops plan to occupy the island, which separates the inland waterways of Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
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Inaugural parade postponed to Jan. 21 BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinth High School band students have some extra time to hone their inaugural serenade for new Gov. Phil Bryant. Rainy weather early this week prompted a
rescheduling of the inaugural parade from Tuesday to Saturday, Jan. 21, at noon. The school district received word around the end of the school day Monday, and Please see PARADE | 3
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On Shiloh Hill
Each hike will last approximately two hours and will cover easy to difficult terrain. For hike schedules check the Shiloh Park website at www.nps. gov/shil.
Corinth Theatre Arts’ production of “On Shiloh Hill” — a musical resurrection of the American Civil War — will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 13-14, and 2 p.m. on April 15. In a mythical American attic, a troubadour resurrects the long-dead spirits of those who endured the Civil War through music, memories and images of the past. Much of the play was taken directly from letters, memoirs, diaries and other primary sources from the War Between the States. For more info visit www.corinththeatrearts.com. For tickets call 662-287-2995.
Grand Illumination Staff photo by Brant Sappington
FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen (center), who serves as head of the FBI’s Jackson office, visits with Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar (left) and Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall following the annual Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement and Media Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday. McMullen served as guest speaker.
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behalf of strangers,” he said. The FBI agent said the job of law enforcement officer is broad and ranges from protection and investigation to caring for and giving hope to victims. Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, there’s also been an increasing recognition of the role of local law enforcement as eyes
a n d ears to watch out for suspicious activity and potential terrorism. Young “ N o one is better able to recognize suspicious activity in their community,” he
said. McMullen also noted that the job of law enforcement places a great burden on the families. “None of these officers could perform their duties without the support, encouragement and sacrifices of their families,” he said. McMullen said Crime Stoppers represents a unique partnership and its success is an example
of what can happen when strong bonds are formed among law enforcement, the media and the community. He said law enforcement must continue to look for unique ways to get information out to the public and take advantage of the latest technology to inform the public. The results can be seen in cases solved and potential crimes prevented.
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recycle. We appreciate those that did, because the trees take up valuable space in the landfill.” The program began
about 15 years ago and often recycled more than 100 trees. Based on the decreasing numbers disposed curbside, it appears more people are opting for artificial trees than
live. Recycling of Christmas trees can take several forms. Rose’s family had a live tree this year and, after taking it down, submerged it in a pond for
fish habitat. They hope to do some crappie fishing. The trees can also be used to stabilize beaches and shoreline and for river delta sedimentation management.
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Shiloh National Military Park will mark the battle’s 150th anniversary with a Grand Illumination on the evening of April 7. Luminaries will be placed around the battlefield representing the 23,746 casualties of the battle. The illumination will begin at dusk and continue until about 10 p.m. No entrance fee will be charged.
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and statutes applied to public schools. Supporters of charter schools believe they will give struggling students in low-performing districts better education options. Opponents say charter schools are a way of giving up on low-performing districts. “A legislation proposed on charter schools is in the hopper and about to go through the channels,” Bain said. He also mentioned legislation to increase regulations for rural water associations and the Public Employee Retirement System, which Bain called “a lightning rod.” He said he’s received more calls and feedback from constituents about PERS than any other issue. “None of my constituents want to change
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this,” Bain said. “It’s going to be a big issue, and I’m not going to support any changes.” The other issue mentioned by Bain was redistricting, which has been an increasingly important topic for state lawmakers. The November elections were held under old maps that do not accurately reflect the population shifts seen in the state during the past decade, with people moving from rural areas like the Delta into the expanding Jackson metro and DeSoto County suburbs. The purpose of redistricting legislation is to draw maps that more accurately distribute the state’s districts to take into account the ongoing population shifts. Bain said he believes the House will be able to work out something on redistricting during the session.
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Deaths Jeffery Simmons
BOONEVILLE — Jeffery Simmons, 31, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Dimple C. Elam
Coroner honored Dan Leeth of Alcorn County was honored for his years of service as coroner by the Mississippi Coroner Association at a recent meeting at Taylor’s Place in New Albany. Leeth was presented a plaque recognizing his numerous years of support and service to the association. In addition, he was recognized with a plaque from the 1st Coroner District. Though he has retired from his position as full-time coroner, Leeth has remained in part-time service as deputy coroner for Alcorn County. Carolyn Green, vice president for the coroner association, presented him a plaque.
Komen affiliate seeks grant applicants Special to the Daily Corinthian
TUPELO — The North Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has announced the availability of grant funds for fiscal year 2012. Applications are now being accepted. Breast cancer and breast health programs of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and educational institutions in the following counties are eligible to apply for grant funds from the Komen North Mississippi Affiliate: Alcorn, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Oktibbeha, Tishomingo, Tippah and Union. The promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, en-
suring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The organization runs one of the most innovative, responsive grant programs in breast cancer today. The North Mississippi Affiliate is proud to have contributed more than $350,000 for breast cancer research since 1999. In addition to funding research, the Affiliate funds non-duplicative, community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved in 15 counties in north Mississippi. In 2010, the North Mississippi Komen Affiliate granted more
than $160,000 to local community programs. Mail applications to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Mississippi Affiliate, P.O. Box 801, Tupelo, MS 38802. The grant cycle runs from March 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2013. Applications must be received by Jan. 20. Late submissions will not be accepted. Announcements of funding decisions will be made in early March. (For more information, call 662-377-4903, 662871-9881 or 662-7903000, or download an application at www.komennorthms.org under “Grants.”)
Mary Elizabeth Pannell
WALNUT — Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Pannell, 91, are set for 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Funeral services for Jimmy Lee Plunk, 63, were held Wednesday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer with burial at Mt. Vinson Cemetery in Stantonville, Tenn. Mr. Plunk died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Corinth. Born Dec. 26, 1948, he worked as a paper maker at Packing Corporation of America in Counce, Tenn. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Mae Massengill Plunk; his parents, L.E. and Novie Carpenter Plunk; and a son, Scotty Plunk. Survivors include a daughter, Amy Plunk of Hendersonville, Tenn.; a grandson, Riley Scott Plunk of Hendersonville, Tenn.; three sisters, Nila Gilliland (Larry) of Corinth, Reta Baswell (Hillie) of Rienzi, and Glenda Ray (Rob) of Selmer, Tenn.; and a brother, Gene Plunk (Joyce) of Rienzi. Tim Elrod officiated the services.
PSC fines telemarketer for no-call violation Associated Press
JACKSON — A telemarketer was fined $30,000 for reportedly violating Mississippi’s no-call law. Northern District Pub-
lic Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says Media Synergy Group of Richmond, Va., was fined for failing to register and buy the state’s no-call list
and for contacting consumers on the list. Presley says Media Synergy also violated the law by utilizing an automated dialing system.
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