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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 134
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Jobless rate dips to 8.4 percent BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
Unemployment rates across the state continued to moderate in April. Alcorn County’s jobless rate dropped to 8.4 percent from 9.1 percent in March. Mississippi unemployment went from 8.7 percent to 8.3 percent during the same period as all but five counties experienced decreases or no change in the rate. Alcorn County had 79 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the month, down from 92 a year earlier. Continued claims numbered 855, down from 1,440 a year earlier. Regular benefits paid in the county totaled $120,746, down from $255,627 a year ago. The county had 1,310 unemployed, down from 1,770 a year earlier, and 14,170 employed, down from 14,390 a year ago. Prentiss County fared best in the region at 8.3 percent. Tishomingo County was at 9.5 percent and Tippah at 9.8 percent. All three posted decrease from the prior month. Results from Mississippi’s non-farm employment survey,
which is counted by the location of establishments, reported a not seasonally adjusted employment increase of 3,700 over the month but a decrease of 2,500 from one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were leisure & hospitality; trade, transportation & utilities; and manufacturing. The professional & business services sector had the largest over the month employment loss. Across the U.S., regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, five states posted rate increases, and eight states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while only one state experienced an increase, and one had no change. The national jobless rate was little changed from March at 8.1 percent but was 0.9 percentage point lower than in April 2011.
Bingo! Senior group gets new equipment BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fight against cancer Macy Moore puts sand in luminaries for the 2012 Relay for Life of Alcorn County on Friday. The theme for this year’s Relay for Life was “Cancer Never Takes a Holiday,” encouraging teams to use holidays as a theme for their booths and activities. All proceeds from the annual event goes to the American Cancer Society, and the amount raised this year will be announced later this week. (For more photos, see page 12A)
The Bingo Bunch has some new equipment. The senior citizen group got a chance to test the material at its annual Thursday bingo meeting at Arby’s. The Community Development Council of The Alliance purchased the new equipment for the 60-70 senior adults. “Corinth is a Certified Retirement City and retirees play a big part in the community,”
said Community Development Director Andrea Rose. “We want to get the word out on what we have to offer for senior adults.” To help make retirees feel welcome, included, and connected, The Alliance conducts a meet-and-greet monthly luncheon and speaker program called “Senior Connectors.” Many retirees learn more about their new community Please see BINGO | 2A
Artist Guild holds exhibit
Scouts refurbish court benches
BY JEBB JOHNSTON
BY MARK BOEHLER
Tennessee oil painter Rennie Herd is the gallery’s featured artist for June. An opening reception with Herd is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the 507 Cruise Street gallery. The exhibit runs through June 27. Herd’s paintings leave no question that she is an animal lover, particularly horses. She said she enjoys painting animals because they “can’t complain.” The collection also includes some country landscapes and portraits. Herd, a resident of White House, Tenn., took up the brush when she entered an oil painting class with a friend at a college. Please see EXHIBIT | 2A
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Andy Clausel and other Boy Scouts and their leaders spent two entire days rebuilding and painting new benches around the Alcorn County Courthouse. It’s Andy’s Eagle Scout project.
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The 'ole courtsquare whittlers' angels are smiling down from the heavens. The wooden benches around the Alcorn County Courthouse are now completely refurbished, thanks to an Eagle Scout project and plenty of volunteer labor sweat from Boy Scouts and their adult leaders. “People have been coming by and telling me how great it is to see this work being done,” said 13-year-old Andy Clausel of Corinth Boy Scout Troop 123 and the young leader working on his Eagle Scout project Saturday afternoon. “There has been some great feedback.” Clausel said he couldn't have completed the task all day Friday and Saturday without the help of Troop 123 as 11 Scouts Please see BENCHES | 2A
On this day in history 150 years ago The continued bombardment of Fort Pillow and the loss of Corinth prompt Confederate forces to abandon the fort. The only protection for Memphis now consists of a small “mosquito fleet” of steam powered rams in the Mississippi River.
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The Community Development Council of The Alliance donated new bingo equipment to the Arby’s Bingo Bunch. Bingo program leader Lanell Coln (from left), Community Development Director Andrea Rose, Arby’s Manager Linda Pace and Arby’s Area Manager Masi Carter check out the new equipment prior to the weekly start of the games at Arby’s.
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and make new friends through these events. Rose presented a new cage, board, 125 cards and 3,000 markers to the group of behalf of the community development
council. Arby’s Bingo Bunch plays every Thursday from 2:30-4 p.m. The group has grown from six players to almost 70 every week. “They like being here and I like them being here,” said Arby’s Area
manager Masi Carter. “This is a home away from home for them,” said Arby’s Manager Linda Pace. “Every Thursday the parking lot is full and I think that has brought more awareness to what we offer here at Arby’s.”
Lanell Coln, who started the Bingo Bunch, says the bingo day “gives seniors a place to go.” “Playing bingo has brought us all together to also help the community with other events,” said the program leader.
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and 10 adult leaders assisted in the project. “I would have never got it done without their help,” added the Scout, who will be an 8th grader at Corinth Middle School next year. The future Eagle Scout's parents, Stephanie and
Bryan Clausel, were two of the adults helping out. Mom is a 25-year educator in the Alcorn School District and Dad is a Scout leader and business owner. Andy will be Eagle II in the family as son Alan Clausel earned his Eagle Scout badge in 2004, also with Troop 123.
The project included replacing all wood with new timber and adding a fresh coat of paint to the new wood and the fixed concrete supports. It took 38 2x4s, 38 2x6s, six gallons of paint “and a bunch of nuts, bolts and washers,” said Stephanie Clausel.
The Magnolia Foundation Board of Directors and staff kindly express our appreciation to our generous sponsors, participants and volunteers for their unwavering support of our annual Dr. Mark S. Wells Memorial Golf Classic. The tremendous success of this year’s tournament would not have been possible with out their commitment.
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To help fund the project, Andy will be installing “in honor” and “in memory” plaques on the benches. There have already been 10 donors to the cause, each with a great memory of family time sitting around courtsquare, said Stephanie. “We've heard a lot of good stories around these benches,” she added. (Want to give a donation toward the courtsquare bench project in honor or in memory of someone? Call Stephanie Clausel at 662415-9653 and she'll share how to help her son's Eagle Scout project.)
“I could have been in watercolors. It just so happened that oil painting was open,” said Herd. “We didn’t learn a whole lot at that first class, but we really had a good time. We did learn how to buy oil paint, oil brushes and canvas.” She enjoys getting together and painting with friends on a regular basis. She paints with a group in Hendersonville, Tenn., under the guidance of portrait artist Jennifer Emery Simpkins. Herd had horses for many years, and they are one of her favorite subjects to paint, along with pets. One painting in the exhibit is of singer Naomi Judd’s farm,
which is visible from the Natchez Trace Parkway in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Herd has family in the Corinth area and has had some pieces hanging in the gallery for a few years. While in town on a recent visit, she snapped some photos for possible future paintings. She plans to do a painting of the Fillmore Street Chapel, and an old police car parked on property along U.S. Highway 45 caught her eye. Herd does some commissioned pieces, but many of her paintings go to family members. “I just do it for fun,” she said. “If I did it for money, I would be in the poor house.” Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Prentiss officers involved in pursuit BY BRANT SAPPINGTON bsappington@ dailycorinthian.com
A high-speed pursuit that began in Itawamba County passed through Prentiss County twice before ending with the suspect crashing his vehicle on the Natchez Trace near Tupelo. Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said his officers became involved when the chase entered the county from Itawamba. They traveled back out of the county and then back into Prentiss, where they exited onto the parkway. “Our officer assisted with the pursuit until it terminated near Tupelo when the driver made an evasive move to avoid spike strips and lost control, flipping several times. He was taken to the hospital in Tupelo and later released,” said the sheriff. Itawamba County authorities told WTVA the chase began when the
“Our officer assisted with the pursuit until it terminated near Tupelo ...” Randy Tolar Prentiss County sheriff driver, a 17-year-old juvenile, fled from a deputy who attempted to stop the vehicle for not having a license plate. Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said they believe the driver is a suspect in other cases in their county. No charges had been filed in the case at press time. A 14-year-old female passenger in the vehicle exited the vehicle during the chase while they were passing through Prentiss County. Tolar said she was picked up by deputies and turned over to Itawamba County.
Grant funds Prentiss safety checkpoints BY BRANT SAPPINGTON bsappington@ dailycorinthian.com
Grant funds are helping local law enforcement improve safety for travelers during the summer with a series of checkpoints aimed at increasing seatbelt usage. The Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department assisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by providing safety checkpoints in the
area of Bay Springs Beach during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Sheriff Randy Tolar said the department has received a grant as part of the Click-It-or-Ticket campaign to pay for overtime for deputies to operate safety checkpoints. He said the checkpoints in the Bay Springs area are something they do each year to assist the Corps of Engineers and
improve safety for those visiting the popular recreation areas. “We are helping them ensure the safety and welfare of those coming to the beach and making sure everyone is in compliance with their rules and state law,” he said. Tolar said the goal of these and all checkpoints is to save lives. “It’s all about safety and seat belt awareness,” he said.
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Funeral services for Loward William (L.W.) Settlemires, 88, of Corinth, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lone Oak Baptist Church with Bro. John Hall, Bro. Rodney Whittemore and Bro. Charles “Smiley” Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Settlemires died June 2, 2012 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born May 3, 1924 in Alcorn County to the late Lester and Carrie Nelms Settlemires. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired farmer and trucker and established Settlemires Logging Inc. with his sons. He maintained very active with the timber industry in Alcorn County and surrounding areas. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and working on his farm. He was well known for his years of selling produce, sharing fruits and vegetables with all of his family and friends. He was passionate about his family and loved big gatherings at his home on “Hatchie”. He will be remembered as a kind, caring man who never met a stranger. His wonderful sense of humor brought smiles to all faces and laughter to all hearts. He was a member of Emanuel Holiness Church in Tippah County. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Elbert Lee Settlemires; sisters Nellie Lee Rogers and Omaree S. Lockhart; and brothers Howard and Aaron Settlemires. Settlemires He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Opal Alyene Jeanes Settlemires; sons Bobby (Linda) Settlemires, Thomas Ray (Karen) Settlemires, Phillip (Wanda) Settlemires, Keith (Shelia) Settlemires, Steve (Cynthia) Settlemires, all of Corinth; daughter Deborah (Tim) Coombs of New Albany; sister Freida Imogene (J.R.) Davis of Corinth; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be his grandson Lamar Settlemires, Marty Settlemires, Brad Settlemires, Bob Kevin Settlemires, John Coombs, Clay Settlemires, Danny Settlemires, Clint Settlemires and Ethan Settlemires. Visitation is today at Lone Oak Baptist Church from 4-9 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to service time. Memorial can be made to The National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org. Condolence can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
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Eddie Gay Gilmore
Funeral services for Eddie Gay Gilmore, 54, of Rienzi, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Kelly and Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park. Mr. Gilmore died June 1, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born July 3, 1957 in Corinth, he was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. He loved his family very much. He enjoyed NASCAR, Green Bay Packers football and drawing. Survivors include his mother, Katie Gifford Gilmore of Rienzi; sisters Guinda McKoon (Phillip), Tammy James, Debbie Younger (Dennis), all of Booneville; nieces Latisha Cannon (Scott) of Madison, WI, Crystal James and fiancee Chip of Selmer, Tenn., Kayla McKinney (Eric) of Booneville; nephews Dennis Younger Jr. of Roundlake, Ill. and John Robert James Jr. (Melanie) of Michie, Tenn.; great-nieces and nephews Alexus James of Selmer, Tenn., Addison McKinney and Joshua McKinney of Booneville. Gilmore He was preceded in death by his father, E.D. Gilmore; and his grandparents, Dommie and Sula Gilmore and John and Dige Gifford. Pallbearers will be David Gifford, Jerry Gifford, Bill Gifford, Mike Butler, John James Jr. and Dennis Younger Jr. Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services will be held for Zettie Deloris Tynes, 78, of Booneville, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Beckley Chapel CME Church with Rev. Eddie Jumper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Monday at Tynes Beckley Chapel CME Church. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Ms. Tynes died May 30, 2012 at The Santuary Hospice House. Survivors include her children, Robert Jones Sr., William (Ralph)
Jones, Rebecca (Trece) Clark and Richard (Petey) Jones; grandchildren Robert Jones Jr., Deteria Jones, Jarvus Jones, Terrell Jones, Keyanna Jones and Tavin Jones; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceed in death by her parents, A.J. and Amy Jones; and brothers and sister, George Jones, Bobby Jones, Faye Hall, Andrew Jones and Marvin Jones.
William Lewis Stewart
Graveside services with full military honors for William Lewis Stewart, 86, of Corinth, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Corinth National Cemetery with Rev. Jack Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Mr. Steward died May 31, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in
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Oxford. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service, serving during World War II, Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He served on the USS Forrestal, USS Saratoga and USS Independent. He was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include one son, Michael Stewart and wife Ginger of Corinth; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceeded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ima Louise Stewart; parents, Avva Rowland Stewart and Edward Ritter Stewart; son, William L. Stewart; brother, Roy Stewart; and three grandchildren.
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