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“zero tolerance”
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New partnership
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sports >> 1C

S erving S tarkville , O ktibbe h a C ounty and M ississi p p i S tate U niversity since 1 9 0 3



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Millage rates set
to increase with
2017 city budget
Starkvillians may soon see slightly higher taxes
following a proposed increase in millage along
with the city’s proposed budget.
The budget was read in a public hearing at the
Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday
night. The city’s projected operating revenue for
2017 is just over $19 million, with debt service
being $2.7 million for the fiscal year. City millage
will also increase from 21.98 mills to 25.58 mills.
No citizens commented on the budget when given
the opportunity.
Two resolutions were issued directing Raymond James Financial, the lowest bidder for the
sale of general obligation improvement bonds for
the planned police station remodel in the amounts
of $3 million and $2.4 million. The first bond was
approved unanimously, and the second was approved 6-1, with Ward 3 Alderman David Little
voting “nay.”
”I tip my hat to our financial advisor, Edward
Grubbs,” said Mayor Parker Wiseman.
Wiseman also called the interest rates on the
bonds “outstanding.”

A TIF (tax increment financing) resolution for
road construction attached to the planned Walmart
Neighborhood Market to be built on Highway 12
was also approved with a 6-1 vote. Vice Mayor
Roy Perkins voted against the resolution. The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors approved a
similar TIF resolution in its meeting on Tuesday
“Specifically, Walmart is asking for assistance
to help construct a road and signalization,” said
Christiana Sugg, a consultant with Gouras and Associates. “The road would be open to the public.”
Sugg said the road would be a two-lane road,
with a turn lane in the middle, and would be located
west of the parcel Walmart plans to build on, next
door to the La Quinta Inn on Highway 12. She
added that the entire parcel of land Walmart plans
to build on is 37 acres, and the store itself will cover
7.5 acres. A gas station is also planned for the site.
The board also unanimously approved a deer
management study, which will be done by Missississippi State University Forestry Professor Steve
Demarris, and his wildlife management class. The
study aims to locate deer populations in Starkville,
and come up with an appropriate management


Volume No. 112, Issue No. 250


50 Cents

jaws of lif E

Members of the East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department practice
using some of its new jaws of life equipment. The equipment was
purchased in part by using a $10,000 grant from 4-County Electric Power
Association. This was the first time that most of the members of the
department used jaws of life equipment according to member Darren
Weber. The vehicle used for practice, a 1998 Ford Taurus station wagon,
was donated by Starkville Ford-Lincoln. (Photo by Alex Onken, SDN)

Dudley discusses recent Rio trip

State's only holiday
highway death in
Noxubee county
SDN Staff report
The only fatal accident handled by Mississippi state
troopers over Labor Day weekend took place early Monday
in Noxubee County.
Officers from Starkville-based Troop G arrived about
6:42 a.m. Monday at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on
State Highway 14, according to a news release from Capt.
Johnny Poulos, public affairs director for the Mississippi
Highway Patrol.
Jimmie L. Foot, 53, of Columbus, was driving eastbound
when his 2005 Nissan pickup left the road and hit a tree,
ejecting the passenger, Poulos said.
Passenger Tommie L. Harris, 50, also of Columbus, was
pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
Overall, Troop G handled 21 accidents which resulted in
eight injuries – plus the single fatality – during the highway
patrol's Labor Day enforcement period. That period lasted
from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday. During that time

See MHP | Page 2A

Steve Dudley, Mississippi State
University's head field and track
coach, stopped by yesterday's Kiwanis Club meeting to discuss his team's
trip to this year's Olympic Games
held in Rio de Janeiro.
Although Dudley spends a lot of
time recruiting students all over the
country, flying isn't one of his favorite things to do. Dudley said that
people have a misconception that Rio
is directly south of America.
"I hate flying like it's nobody's
business," Dudley said. "One of the
flights were 13 hours. That was not
fun. I had to heavily medicate. It
worked well enough that I woke up

natural beauty, but filled with people
living in poor, cramped neighborhoods.
"The people down there are really
very good people, so I don't want to

See DUDLEY | Page 5A

County approves road project, TIF
Airport Road will soon see some improvements following a 4-0 vote by the
Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors
on Tuesday , with Board President Orlando Trainer absent.
The project is part of the county’s fouryear road plan, and includes the resurfacing
of 0.6 miles of Airport Road, from Highway 12 to Miley Drive. . It will be done
at a cost of $296,242.44, which is $5,600
above the initial bid. However, District 4
Supervisor Bricklee Miller said she did not
allocate all of her district’s share of the road
plan money. Work will be done by the
Falcon Contractors firm based in Colum-



26 minutes before we were in Rio."
Dudley and his team spent three
days in Rio and one day traveling.
Two MSU athletes competed during
Rio, Brandon McBride and Marta
Freitas, but neither competed for
gold during the event. McBride ran
during the 800 made the semi-finals,
but not the finals and Freitas only
competed one round.
Two other MSU athletes nearly
got to make the Olympic team but
barely missed the qualifications. Curtis Thompson, who won the NCAA
title for javelin, missed qualifying by
12 centimeters from his throw; and
Ben Blankenship, who made the finals in the 1500 meters, had to move
closer to his home in Minnesota.
Dudley described Rio as a place of



2A: Around Town
4A: Forum
5A: Weather
1B: Business

bus. According to County Engineer Clyde
Pritchard, work is scheduled to begin in
around two weeks.
“I am pleased that the bids on Airport
Road are within the range projected, and I
am looking forward to the completion of
this much-needed project,” Miller said.
Miller added that the next District 4
road bid is for another resurfacing project
on South Montgomery Street. It is scheduled to bid out this winter, and begin in
spring 2017.
A TIF (tax increment financing) request for the planned Walmart Neighborhood Market, to be located on Highway
12 next door to the La Quinta Inn was,
also approved by a 4-0 vote.
“The takeaway here is that you’re going

2B: Classifieds
1C: Sports
2C: Scorecard
7C: Comics

to have 90 jobs,” said board vice president
John Montgomery. “It’s going to provide
a grocery store for the east side of town,
so anyone from that side who’s shopping
doesn’t have to go all the way over to the
west side of town.”
The $1,350,000 approved for the project will go to road development for the
“Walmart is only asking for assistance
in constructing improvements to connect a
new road to Highway 12,” said Christiana
Sugg, a consultant with Gouras and Associates. “This road will be a public road,
and it’s going to spur development for the
remaining track.”

See COUNTY | Page 5A

Good Morning
to our loyal subscriber

DRM Special

Around Town
Page 2A

The Around Town calendar is a free service offered by
the Starkville Daily News. The calendars runs daily as space
allows. Announcements should be submitted via e-mail
to life@starkvilledailynews.com by 2 p.m. the day prior
to publication and be no more than 50 words in length.
Religious events will be listed Saturdays on the Faith page.
Recurring events will run on Sundays only. One-time events
will run Monday through Friday.

u Free Computer Class—Emerson Family Resource Center will hold the class from
8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center, 700
Long St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call
662-320-4607 for more information.

u Breakfast with the Bulldogs — The
event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bulldog Cafe.
Ra’Sheda Forbes, interm vice president of
multicultural affairs at MSU will speak. Dutch
treat breakfast. For more information, contact
Carol Moss Read at carolmoss@cspirehome.
net or by phone to 662-312-0637.
u Free Computer Class—Emerson Fam-



ily Resource Center will hold the class from
8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center, 700
Long St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call
662-320-4607 for more information.
u Active Parenting—Emerson Family
Center will host classes, titled “sidestepping
the power struggle” from 10 a.m. to noon.
Barbara Culberson will be the presenter.
u Books and Authors—John Hailman,
author of “From Midnight to Guntown” and
“Guntown Revisited,” will speak at noon at
the Starkville Public Library. Refreshments
will be served at 11:45. The event is free to
the public.
u Breast is Best—OCH’s breast feeding
class for expectant mothers will be held at 6
p.m. at the OCH Educational Facility. Registraton is $60. To register, call 662-615-3364
or visit www.och.org/special-beginnings.
u Dave Ramsey’s Financial Management—Emerson will offer Dave Ramsey’s
financial management course from 6-8 p.m.
Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling 320-4607.
u Oktibbeha Audubon Society­—The
group will meet at 7p.m. in MSU’s Clay Lyle
Entomology Building. Dr. Mike Colvin,
Asst. Professor in Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at MSU, will present a program about



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

6:00 p.m. at the library.
u Stork Support—OCH’s expectant
mother class will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the
OCH Education Facility. Registration is $70.
To register, call 662-615-3364 or visit www.
u Free Computer Class—Emerson Fam- och.org/special-beginnings.
ily Resource Center will hold the class from
8 a.m to 11 a.m. at Emerson Famiy School,
1504 Louisville St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call 662-320-4607 for more informau Free Computer Class—Emerson Famtion.
ily Resource Center will hold the class from
8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center, 700
Long St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call
662-320-4607 for more information.
u Active Parenting—Emerson Famu Sodas for Siblings—OCH’s children’s
baby prepardness class will be held at 2 p.m. ily Center will host classes on developmental
at the OCH Education Facilitly. Regisration stages of children from 11 a.m. to noon. Elis $20 for one child and $15 for each addi- marie Carr Brooks will be the presenter.
u Kiwanis—The group will meet at noon
tional one. To register, call 662-615-3364 or
at the Hilton Garden Inn.
visit www.och.org/special-beginnings.
Paddlefish research. The public is invited.

u Rotary—The Starkville Rotary Club meets
at 11:45 a.m. at the Starkville Country Club. The
guest speaker will be Joe Bumgardner.
u Friends of the Library monthly book
sale—The sale will take place from noon to


Mrs. Lizzie Marie Bell
Clark, 94, of Starkville,
MS died August 31, 2016
in Starkville, MS.
Visitation will be held
7, 2016 from 1:00 P.M.6:00 P.M. @ West Memorial Funeral Home,
Starkville, MS.
Funeral service will be
held Thursday, September
8, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.
Blackjack Missionary Baptist Church, Starkville,
MS with Pastor Mike
Interment will be at Fox Cemetery, Starkville, MS.
West Memorial is in charge of all arrangements. You may
sign the online funeral register at www.westmemorialfunerals.com.

Four new West Nile cases and two cases of Zika appeared
in Mississippi this week, state health officials said Tuesday.
Two cases of West Nile were found in Hinds County
residents, and one each in Lee and Marion counties, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. The Zika
cases were in residents of Lafayette and Prentiss counties.
The nearest new case of either disease to Starkville is the
Lee County West Nile case, 60 miles away.
Both Zika cases were travel-related; the Lafayette County
victim had recently been to Nicaragua, while the Prentiss
County resident had been to Grenada.
So far this year there have been 19 human cases of West
Nile in Mississippi, including one death of a Hinds County
resident. Confirmed cases have been found in a dozen counties including neighboring Lowndes. In 2015 Mississippi
had 38 West Nile cases, including one death, according to
the state health department.
There have been 20 cases of Zika found in Mississippi
this year.
West Nile is usually mild, causing fever, headache, nausea
and other symptoms; but in a few cases can lead to encephalitis or meningitis, paralysis, coma or death.
Zika is primarily transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which hasn’t been found in Mississippi for more than
20 years; but the health department is watching for it in every county.
Zika can cause a mild illness for a few days, including a
fever, joint pain or rash, but 80 percent of those infected have
mild or no symptoms. But the virus can cause serious birth
defects if contracted during pregnancy, including including
brain damage, hearing and vision loss, and impaired growth.
“Persons who travel to areas where Zika is being transmitted should avoid mosquito exposures for a full three weeks
after they return home,” the state news release said. “Zika
can also be spread through sexual transmission, even by those
with no symptoms of infection. Persons returning from Zika-affected areas, and their sexual partners, should take steps
to prevent sexual transmission. This is especially important
for individuals with pregnant partners to reduce the risk of
infection during pregnancy.”
State and national health officials strongly advise pregnant
women not to travel to countries where the disease is prevalent: parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, some Pacific islands, and
more recently about 50 countries, mostly in the Caribbean,

Mr. Jimmy “Jim Bob” Wiley, Age 57, of West Point
passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016, at his residence in West Point, MS.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016,
from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Calvert Funeral Home in West
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, September
8, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel
with interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. 
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of funeral arrangements.


From page 1A
Troop G issued 987 citations, including eight DUI arrests,
60 seat belt violations and 14 child restraint violations.
Statewide, troopers worked 170 accidents involving 57
injuries on state, federal and interstate highways, Poulos
reported. They issued 8,442 citations and made 175 DUI
Though crashes, DUIs and seat belt violations were up
over the same time in 2015, deaths declined from four to
one, Poulos said.
“We credit this to responsible driving by motorists, statewide law enforcement efforts, and safe driving messages
promoted by the media,” he said.

Stennis Novice
Speech Debate
Project CLASS (Community Volunteers will serve as
judges for the various
Leaders Assisting School
with Success) is looking for competing categories. The
local individuals and groups competition will be Septo help tutor third graders in tember 16 (2 p.m. to 10
p.m.) and September 17 (7
a classroom setting for one
hour each week throughout a.m. – 9 p.m.). Volunteers
the school year. If interested, must commit to at least a
2-hour shift. To volunteer,
contact Heath Barret at
visit their GiveGab page or
(662) 332-3322 or hbarcontact Andrea Myles at
662.325.8622 or andrea@
The Clothesline
Canoe Day
The Clothesline Project is
Noxubee Refuge needs
a t-shirt display that bears
volunteers on September
witness to sexual violence
17 to help load/unload
against women and men. It
canoes, launch canoes, and
will run from September 13 more. There are two shifts:
to September 15. Volunteers 8:30 to noon and noon
will help with set-up and
to 3:30 p.m. Canoeing
take-down of the event each experience is helpful, but
day: 8 - 9 am and 3 to 4
not required. To volunteer,
pm. To volunteer, contact
contact Steve Reagan at
Steve_Reagan@fws.gov or
Beth Serigny at (662) 325662-323-5548.
2090 or bms592@saffairs.

For more information visit http://volunteerstarkville.org

Central and South America.
Mississippi health officials suggest the following precautions to avoid mosquito-borne illness:
• Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that contains
DEET while you are outdoors.
• Remove all sources of standing water around your home
and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
• Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the
arms and legs when outdoors.
• Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses,
visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/westnile or

Wife: Accused man left home
days before 2 nuns were killed
By Associated Press

Project CLASS

u Free Computer Class—Emerson Family
Resource Center will hold the class from 8 a.m
to 11 a.m. at the J.L.King Center, 700 Long
St. Pre-resgistration is required. Call 662-3204607 for more information.

More West Nile and Zika found

Lizzie Marie Bell Clark

Jimmy “Jim Bob” Wiley



DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The wife of a Mississippi
man charged with killing two nuns says she and her husband argued and he left their home a few days before Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held were found stabbed
to death in a nearby town.
Marie Sanders told The Clarion-Ledger (on.thec-l.
com/2cwxlBo ) her faith is sustaining her as 46-year-old
Rodney Earl Sanders faces capital murder charges.
In an interview published Monday, Sanders said her
husband left their Kosciusko home after their argument
and it wasn't unusual for him to stay in a shed behind a
relative's home across the street from the sisters' house in
Durant, a town about 15 miles west of Kosciusko.
Held and Merrill, who had worked for decades as nurse

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practitioners in some of the poorest parts of Mississippi,
were found fatally stabbed Aug. 25 in their home. Sanders
said her husband wrestled with demons, including seeing
his mother killed when he was 5.
During her husband's initial court appearance Aug. 29
in Durant, Marie Sanders broke into sobs and apologized
to relatives of the nuns. Some of them hugged her and
whispered to her.
"They told me they love me, they love (Rodney), they
said God forgives," said Marie Sanders, who married her
husband in 2012. "That was the hardest thing. I didn't
think I could make it because I didn't know how to say
I'm sorry to this family because that was such a great loss.
These were women of God.... For them to embrace me
the way they did and tell me that they appreciate me, they
love me, God loves me, they forgive, the sisters would
want them to forgive ... that was a hard pill to swallow."
At Lexington Medical Clinic, about 10 miles west of
Durant, Held and Merrill often treated poor and uninsured patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
The clinic and the nuns' home in Durant are in Holmes
County, population 18,000. With 44 percent of its residents living in poverty, Holmes is the seventh-poorest
county in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Capital murder under Mississippi law is a killing committed along with another felony. It is punishable by death
or life in prison. The nuns' religious orders have spoken
against execution, and the district attorney has not said
whether she will pursue the death penalty against Sanders,
who is charged with two counts of capital murder, one
count of burglary and one count of grand larceny.
The nuns' funerals were held Friday. Merrill was buried
in Kentucky, where she belonged to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Held was buried in Wisconsin, where
she was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3A

An American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, as lawmakers return from a 7-week break.
Election-year politics will rule the congressional calendar when lawmakers return from a seven-week recess. Congress
will have a little more than four weeks in session beginning Tuesday before the November election, or around 20 days.
Lawmakers are scheduled to leave town again in early October to return home and campaign. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress returns to battle over
Zika, keep government open
Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington after a
seven-week break picked up right where
they left off — feuding about legislation
to battle the mosquito-borne Zika virus
and deadlocked over the defense budget.
A tightening presidential race and
pitched warfare for control of the Senate
this November promise to overshadow
whatever Congress accomplishes in an
election-shortened September session
— which, for now, looks like little more
than a temporary government-wide
spending bill to prevent a shutdown at
month's end, possibly linked to money
to battle Zika.
In its first vote Tuesday, Senate
Democrats for the third time blocked a
$1.1 billion Zika funding package and
an accompanying Veterans Administration spending bill over restrictions on
Planned Parenthood. They then voted
to prevent the Senate from turning to
a $576 billion Pentagon spending measure.
"It's hard to explain why — despite
their own calls for funding — Senate
Democrats decided to block a bill that
could help keep pregnant women and
babies safer from Zika," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
"It's also hard to explain why — despite
the array of terror attacks we've seen
across the world — Senate Democrats
decided to block a bill that could help
keep the American people safer from
Democrats oppose the Zika measure
as it bars Planned Parenthood clinics
in Zika-suffering Puerto Rico from receiving new money to treat the disease
and curb its spread. The legislation also
would ease, over the objections of envi-

ronmentalists, permitting requirements
for pesticide spraying to kill the mosquitoes that can spread the virus.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said
Republicans had "loaded it up with poison pill riders to assuage the hard right."
Republicans added those provisions
to the measure in June, along with
spending cuts to help pay for the Zika
bill, saying they are reasonable priorities
that reflect their control of the House
and Senate.
The Zika threat hasn't gripped the
public as Ebola did two years ago, but
pressure is building as dozens of mosquito-transmitted Zika cases have been
confirmed in the political battleground
state of Florida since lawmakers left
Washington in July.
The defense bill, meanwhile, is
caught in a furious battle sparked by a
Republican move to use emergency war
funds to try to artificially increase the basic Pentagon budget by $16 billion next
year. The Obama administration and its
Democratic allies on Capitol Hill are
dead set against the idea, which breaks
with a hard-won budget deal that's less
than a year old; they say that if Republicans want more money for defense, domestic programs will have to receive an
equal boost.
The defense battle won't be resolved
until after Election Day, but Tuesday's
vote on Zika should send the warring
parties back to the drawing board, and
it appears likely that the provision targeting Planned Parenthood — and perhaps the underlying $95 million worth
of social services grants — will have to
be dropped from the measure.
"We're going to work through these
issues and I'm sure we'll have a successful outcome to make sure just that
the trains are running on time," House
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told home-

town radio host Stan Milam of AM
1380 in Janesville on Tuesday.
On the Zika virus, which has spread
over the summer and is linked to birth
defects, Ryan said, "I do believe we'll
find some kind of resolution."
For his part, Ryan has to navigate
some tricky waters on the underlying
stopgap spending bill, known in Washington-speak as a continuing resolution. Some conservatives want to block
any post-election session and are pressing for a continuing resolution that
keeps the government open until March
or so. But President Barack Obama and
Senate Democrats are dead set against
the idea — they want a full-year spending agreement completed this year —
and Ryan said he wants to keep negotiating on the full-year spending bills
through the fall.
Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No.
2 House Democrat, said Tuesday that an
extension of current spending "should be
in my view be passed as soon as possible,
it should go to sometime in December"
and budget work should be finished by
the end of the year.
As the inauguration of the next president looms in January, a multi-year restoration of the iconic Capitol Dome is
nearing completion, and the Rotunda
reopened for visitors on Tuesday, free
of scaffolding and safety netting that
prevented visitors from a full view of its
Politically, Republicans are pressing
for additional investigations of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her
emails. House conservatives are determined to impeach IRS Commissioner
John Koskinen, saying he stonewalled
and impeded congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative
organizations. Koskinen wasn't commissioner at the time.

Can Apple make listening easy without a headphone jack?
AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Apple shows off its latest iPhone on Wednesday, it will answer a question it hasn't
had to address in years: "What's it putting in the box?" (Besides
the iPhone itself, that is.)
The iPhone has traditionally shipped with a pair of Apple's
iconic earbuds, made famous in early advertising for the iPod
music player. But tech analysts and industry bloggers, citing
leaks from Apple's Asian suppliers, say it looks like the tech
giant has decided to do away with the analog headphone jack
in the next iPhone.
That means the earbuds themselves are in for a revamp, one
that could hint at Apple's plans for expanded use of wireless
iPhone 7: incremental changes
The headphone jack is drawing attention partly because
there might not be many other major changes in this year's
iPhone. The new models — the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, if Apple
sticks to its usual convention — are expected to offer faster
processors, more memory and improved cameras.
But despite a recent dip in iPhone sales , most Apple watchers expect the company to save its next big overhaul for 2017,
the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone's release.
Though it might not seem dramatic, eliminating the 3.5
millimeter analog jack would be controversial. On the plus side,
it could let Apple make the iPhone slightly thinner and possibly
waterproof; it might also free up space for other components.
But it also means future iPhone buyers will need new headsets that use a digital connection. That could just mean changing the headset cord so that it plugs into the same port that
recharges the device. Or it could herald an Apple commitment
to wireless earbuds that connect to the phone via a technology
such as Bluetooth. Apple already sells wireless headsets from

Beats Electronics, which it acquired two years ago for $3 billion.
While Apple hasn't commented, reports of the change have
sparked an outcry from those who believe the old analog jacks
worked perfectly well. Tech blogger Nilay Patel of The Verge
blasted the move as "user-hostile and stupid."
Why headphones matter
For many people, listening to music and watching video —
not to mention making the occasional phone call — constitutes
one of the main uses for a smartphone. "People enjoy listening
to music on their smartphones today as much as they listen to
music at home," said Brian Blau, a tech analyst at Gartner.
Today's wireless Bluetooth headsets, however, can be clunky
to set up and sometimes randomly drop their phone connections. And no headphone jack means that existing headsets
won't work with the new iPhones without an adapter. It's
also not clear how you'd plug in your headset if you're already
charging the phone.
Finally, Apple uses a proprietary design for its charging
port, known as "Lightning." So new headphones that plug into
that port won't be compatible with devices made by Apple's
Old tech on Apple's hit list
Apple has a history of preemptively doing away with older
technologies, often prompting lamentations from users — at
least until they got used to it. Co-founder Steve Jobs famously
decided the first iMacs didn't need a floppy disk drive in 1998,
years before Windows PCs followed suit. Later, he made waves
by selling MacBooks without a CD drive or even a traditional
hard drive, which have also disappeared from competing laptops.
More recently, Apple made millions of old power cords
incompatible by replacing the 30-pin charging port on older
iPhones and iPads with the much smaller Lightning port in

Support You Can Count On!

Support goes a long way! Learn more about how diabetes
affects you or your loved ones and how you can effectively manage
the disease on an ongoing basis. If you or someone you love is
living with diabetes, join us for our upcoming meeting.

Tuesday, September 13 • 5:30 p.m.
OCH Educational Facility

"Tailgating Turkey Tacos"
Cooking Demo by Emily Waters, RD, LD

Nicky Yeatman, RD, LD, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
& DSMT Program Coordinator

Please call (662)615-2668 for more information.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Reasonably Right: Governor: “zero tolerance” on harassment
The leadership crisis at Jackson City Hall
revealed in a recent sexual harassment lawsuit
against Mayor Tony Yarber and the Capital
City may intensify with talk of additional suits
against others in the mayor’s power structure.
While a lawsuit presents only one side of a
story and currently remains only allegations,
were the atmosphere of unprofessional conduct described accurate, one would expect additional victims and additional culprits. If the
allegations are proven untrue and the mayor
and his team are vindicated, the situation still
illustrates the destructive nature of sexual harassment and how like a cancer, simply the
diagnosis can send a person or an administration into a tailspin.
In a special city council meeting called to
address the allegations, the mayor did not attend and the city attorney’s office refused to
answer questions posed by the city council
unless the council entered into executive session. Under Mississippi’s public meetings law,
public bodies may enter executive session to
address personnel or litigation; but, there is
no requirement that it must. The city attorney’s office appeared more interested in protecting the mayor than answering questions
from the elected city council members on a
lawsuit against the city in front of the city’s
That reaction contrasts with aggressive
anti-harassment language by Governor Phil
Bryant in the wake of two lawsuits involv-

ing divisions of the Mississippi
seek additional opportunity.”
Department of Public Safety: a
Southern men, he said, “should
lawsuit alleging sex discriminabe more understanding and sention, sexual harassment and resitive to insulting a woman …
taliation within the Bureau of
our mothers would be horrified
Narcotics, and a lawsuit alleging
if they would think we would be
sex discrimination and retaliation
acting in an inappropriate way toagainst the Mississippi Office of
wards a female.”
Homeland Security. The former
Law enforcement officers,
Brian Perry
settled for $25,000 and MBN’s
Bryant said, particularly should
deputy director retired. The latter
be more sensitive because many
settled for $75,000 and the direchave worked domestic violence or
tor resigned.
rape cases and should understand
Bryant said in an interview with the Clari- how disrespect can become something even
on-Ledger, "It stops here. It’ll stop at this of- more horrible.
fice going forward with all executive agencies,
Some have criticized Bryant for not acting
with any power and influence I have over oth- sooner.
er agencies that are in the state … We have to
“Frankly, it is hard to take the Governor’s
take responsibility if things are going wrong comments seriously,” says the Jackson based
and obviously there are things that have gone political blog Jackson Jambalaya. “There is
wrong…help remedy those, but make sure a culture of racism, sexism, and just plain
that people understand this better not happen dumbism at Mississippi state law enforcement
again...what we can do now is make sure that agencies...The good ole boys don't see anywe try to make right those individuals that thing wrong with the behavior that created
have been wronged. That's the first thing, and these lawsuits … The leadership at these agenmake sure it doesn’t happen going forward; cies has been weak for quite some time. Leadhave a zero tolerance for this type of behavior ers are not held accountable. Complaints and
going forward. And let people know they're lawsuits proliferate as basic HR principles are
going to be held accountable.”
repeatedly ignored. A criminal suspect probaBryant said women “are guaranteed a safe bly has more protection than a woman workand non-hostile work environment where you ing at these agencies. However, it is nice to
should have not only equal rights to be able to see the Governor finally step up to the plate.
function within that job to seek promotions It remains to be seen if he will actually take a

swing at the problem.”
The women I spoke to about this issue expressed concerns over “disgruntled” women
filing lawsuits where problems don’t actually
exist. I gathered if women in a situation “cry
wolf” when no wolf exists, it can make work
environment even more difficult for other
women. It shouldn’t. The City of Jackson
and state agencies under the governor should
work not only to eradicate sexual harassment,
but also ensure neither women nor men are
indirectly burdened by false or exaggerated
But the allegations in the settled lawsuits
by the Department of Public Safety, and the
yet litigated allegations against Jackson’s
mayor – if true – do not appear to be crying
Sexually hostile government work environments not only violate the rights of the
targeted individuals (which is alone is bad),
but also deprive citizens of the best public service available for their tax dollars. A lawsuit
doesn’t undo the damage to the individual or
the public. Mississippi will be a better state if
Governor Bryant puts teeth into his “zero tolerance” agenda; Jackson will be a better city
if it follows suit.

Brian Perry is a columnist for the Madison
County Journal and a partner with Capstone Public Affairs, LLC. Reach him at reasonablyright@
brianperry.ms or @CapstonePerry on Twitter.


Traditional families and
real Christian faith
How can someone who has literally made a career
out of lying live
with herself, much
less run for president of the United
States? How can
anyone justify supDaniel Gardner porting or voting
for someone who
lies about lies that
she’s used to cover
other lies? Drip. Drip. Drip. The lies keep
coming out in drips about so many different scandals, and her supporters are running out of creative ways to “rational lies”
her own conflicting public statements including those made under oath.
I don’t blame Hillary for not holding a
press conference for the past 274 days and
counting. Why risk one of the reporters’
asking inconvenient questions?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column applauding Trump for reaching out

Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winning
quarterback-turned NFL washout-turned
football TV analyst, now wants to become a
Major League baseball player.
Good luck with that.
Tebow is 29 years old and hasn't played
baseball since he was a high school junior.
This probably won't go well.
Granted, Tebow is an elite athlete, amazingly strong and fast. From all accounts, he
has a work ethic second to none. But people
said much the same about Michael Jordan
when he decided he wanted to become a professional baseball player at age 31.
The White Sox signed him and quickly
promoted him to Class AA Birmingham. I
remember going to Hoover to watch him
play in 1994 — and feeling sorry for him. It
takes a lot to make someone feel sorry for the
world's most successful and richest athlete. In
the field, MJ misplayed a fly ball. At the plate,
his swing was long and slow. He often swung
where the ball wasn't. He looked out of place.
He was.
And he was soon back on a basketball floor

to African-Americans and raising issues
pertinent to those living in the inner cities. One reader criticized me for bashing
Trump. I suggested he re-read the column.
Another reader sent an email with his
phone number and asked me to call him.
He wrote, “My name is Rev. W. J. Coleman, Jr. and I am a resident of Louisville,
Mississippi. I would be honored to speak
with you. I read your article ‘Trump asks
for black voters.’ He has this Black American vote!”
Needless to say, Mr. Coleman’s email
piqued my interest, and I called him. By
the way, he told me I could quote him,
and encouraged me to call him any time
I needed information about a number of
different issues.
I learned a lot from Coleman. In my
column on Trump, I had used “AfricanAmerican” almost exclusively. Coleman
told me he wasn’t “African-American.”
He said, “I’ve never even been to Africa!”

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Good luck to Tebow; he'll need it
where he belonged.
Jordan was trying to do what Tebow
wants to do now, which is become a corner
outfielder in the Major Leagues. To do that,
he will have to show he can hit Big League
pitching. There is no harder task in sports.
Consider that a fastball thrown at 95 mph
reaches home plate in about four-tenths of a
second. That's about two voluntary blinks of
an eye. In that time, a batter must recognize
the pitch, determine precisely where it's coming and then swing a bat and connect with
the ball at precisely the right spot and time.
Remember, two blinks of an eye.
And keep in mind, that fastball might not
be a fastball. It might be a curve, a slider, a
change up or a cutter. Hitting the ball solidly
would be hard enough if it came in a straight
line, but the damned thing moves. Major
League pitchers change their speeds and locations.
Hitting Major League pitching not only
requires uncommon physical skills and vision
but also years and years of practice and repetition. You don't take 12 years off and then
learn to hit Clayton Kershaw. It just doesn't

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Clarion-Ledger's highly successful Best of MS Preps banquet. I
Now comes the news that afwish him well. I just believe he
ter Tebow's tryout last week, the
would have a much better chance
Atlanta Braves were among one
of becoming an NFL tight end or
of the few teams interested in
H-back than he has of becoming
his services. And that means that
a Major League slugger.
Tebow conceivably could be in
That's not the point, Tebow
Pearl next summer at Trustmark
would tell us. He doesn't want to
Park trying to hone his hitting
Rick Cleveland play tight end. He wants to play
He'll be 30 then. The Braves
After his tryout, he told reor whoever signs him can't afford
porters: “Regardless of if you fail,
to bring him along slowly. He
will get baseball's version of being thrown to or if you fall on your face, if that's the worst
the wolves. Surely, he would sell some tickets thing that can happen, that's OK. When did
that become such a bad thing? When did purin the process.
The A-Braves own their Minor League suing what you love become a bad thing, reteams and all are located in SEC country. gardless of the result?”
If that's how he really feels, he should go
They know Tebow will be a drawing card at
the gate— to a point, that is. It's no fun to for it. Where hitting Major League pitching
go watch anybody strikeout, no matter how is concerned, he will have plenty of company
great a football or basketball player he once in his failure.
Rick Cleveland is a Jackson-based syndicated
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Trial started for minister accused
of skimming federal funds
From Wire Reports
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Trial
began Tuesday for the Hattiesburg minister accused of skimming money from
a housing project financed with federal
WDAM-TV reports (bit.ly/2cqSlWO)
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, who’s
presiding over the trial against Rev. Kenneth Fairley, denied his motion for dismissal and ordered testimony to begin.
Fairley’s counsel had argued that a former
co-defendant, developer Artie Fletcher,
has been a government informant and
that could hurt Fairley’s case.
Starrett denied the motion and the

prosecution called its first witness, Andrew Ellard, at about 3 p.m.
Ellard formerly worked for the City of
Hattiesburg, overseeing grants from the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development. The jury — seven women
and five men — was dismissed just before
6 p.m., and Ellard was still on the stand.
Trial was to resume Wednesday with
continued questioning of Ellard.
Fairley is pastor of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and a longtime
political ally of Mayor Johnny DuPree.
Fairley and Fletcher, of Picayune, were
indicted in March as authorities alleged
Fletcher helped Fairley skim $120,000
by inflating bills for rehabilitating three

houses in a project financed by federal
funds passed through Hattiesburg city
Fletcher, owner of New Orleans-based
Interurban Development, pleaded guilty
Friday to a lesser charge admitting he had
knowledge of a crime he failed to report.
He has participated in dozens of real estate deals in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Fairley’s attorneys wrote in their motion to dismiss: “Artie Fletcher, while
acting as a government informant, improperly obtained defendant Fairley’s
confidential, privileged communications
and trial strategies, and shared that information with the United States Attorney’s

Education, health grads most
likely to stay in Mississippi
From Wire Reports
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New research shows that students earning degrees in education and health-related
fields from Mississippi's public universities are the most likely to stay in the state
five years after graduation.
Those earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are
more likely to leave within a year.
The Lifetracks report was conducted
by Mississippi State University's National
Planning and Analysis Research Center.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (on.thec-l.


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employment and annual earnings figures
of the state's public university graduates
from the class of 2007 to the class of
The research shows that only 17 percent of out-of-state students who graduate from Mississippi's public universities
remained in the state the year after graduation.
The study showed that the 481 engineering graduates who received a bachelor's in 2013 of some form of engineering, only 173 of them, or 44 percent,
remained in Mississippi one year after

From page 4A

I got a chuckle out of that! Coleman said
he was black.
We talked some politics, and Coleman
told me the word “conservative” was code
in the black community for “white.” Really? Yes! I tested this with my students,
and some of my black students confirmed
that many blacks consider the word to be
anti-black. One black student told me his
parents and grandparents were extremely
conservative, but would never use that

Jason Keith, dean of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State,
said he has requested a more tailored
Lifetracks report to better understand
the in-state opportunities available, along
with the economic impact the school contributes to Mississippi.
Keith said the IHL's report did not encompass all undergraduate degrees awarded in the state in engineering. MSU, for
example, has 11 undergraduate degrees in
engineering spread out over of different
departments, and colleges chose which 10
programs the study would track.

word to describe themselves.
Coleman and I enjoyed a fruitful conversation, and began making plans to meet
for supper one night. Both of us practice
taking our wives out on Friday nights for
dates, so we decided we’d meet at Pap’s
Place in Ackerman the following Friday.
Both Coleman and his wife are strong, biblical Christians as opposed to social Christians. Over meals of fried catfish, fries,
chicken ‘n’ dumplings, ribs, green beans,
and a host of other Southern specialties,
we talked more about faith and family than
anything else.

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Thursday for a membership coffee meeting.
Auxiliary volunteers work at the hospital
gift shop, serve as patient representatives,
floor assistants and visitors' desk volunteers,

according to a news release from Mary Kathryn Kight, OCH public relations director.
The group also hosts fundraisers throughout
the year to pay for hospital equipment and
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Membership is open to anyone age 18 and
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81-year-old survives explosion
that levels Amite Co. house
From Wire Reports
SMITHDALE, Miss. (AP) — 81-yearold survives explosion that levels Amite Co
An 81-year-old man survived an explosion
that destroyed his house, driving boards into
the ground and rattling houses miles away
SMITHDALE, Miss. (AP) — An
81-year-old man survived an explosion that
destroyed his house, driving boards into the
ground and rattling houses miles away.
Elmo Gilchrist is in a burn unit in Jackson, 70 miles away. Son-in-law Darryl Callen
of Smithdale, west of Summit, told the Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/2bM9kWZ).
Merit Health Central spokeswoman Robyn
Pollack confirmed that he is being treated
there, but said Sunday that she could not
comment about his condition.
The two-bedroom, one-story wood-frame
house blew up when Gilchrist went to light
his stove Saturday morning to cook some
sausage, Callen said.
Pieces of tin roofing landed in the top of
a nearby pine tree, about 40 feet up. The

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paint a totally bad picture for you." Dudley said. "It's hard to see what they live in
every day and see how good people they
are. It makes you want to stay and try to
make their lives better. It's nice to give a
tip to someone without them holding out
another hand."
Instead of staying at the Olympic Village, his team stayed a shopping center
that was two miles away from the track and
field area of the games. Right now, Rio
is having winter weather. Dudley said that
sundown happens around 5 p.m. and high

blast knocked out most of the windows of
Gilchrist's minivan. Amite County Civil
Defense Director Grant McCurley said he
found debris more than a half-mile away.
Cliff White, who lives about five miles
away, said it shook his house, leaving pictures askew on the wall.
Callen said he heard about the explosion
when he stopped for coffee on his way to
work. Someone told him the location, and
he raced to the house next door to his own.
When he saw the damage, he said, "I was
waiting to see a body bag, and there he is —
the firemen are walking him out of the back
of the thing and sitting him on the back of
the fire truck."
Callen said Gilchrist's head and arms were
burned, and doctors were worried about
smoke inhalation.
McCurley said first responders found Gilchrist under debris in his motorized scooter,
calling for help.
The force of the explosion indicates that
it may have been a propane tank, McCurley
said, noting that t the State Fire Marshal's
Office will investigate the explosion.
temperatures were in the mid 70s and lows
in the 50s.
Since McBride didn't made the finals,
the team came back early for the start of
Now back in Starkville, Dudley has his
hands full working with 35 new athletes.
"I don't think that there is anyone else in
the country with better facilities than us,"
Dudley said. "You don't have to get in a car
to travel to the weight room and then drive
back to the track. We have stands, study
hall and cafeteria within walking distance
of each other."
For more on MSU athletics, visit www.





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Hermine weakens
as it lingers offshore
Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Tropical
storm Hermine weakened but lingered as it
churned in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday,
and forecasters said it could continue to affect
coastal areas of southern New England with
high surf and dangerous riptides for another
two days.
The National Weather Service at midday Tuesday discontinued the tropical storm
warning associated with the Hermine, which
was about 150 miles southwest of Nantucket,
Massachusetts, and moving west at 3 mph.
Sustained winds remained at about 60 mph
over the ocean, but onshore impacts were expected to be minimal.
New York officials extended beach closures beyond Labor Day because of continued deadly rip currents, but some ignored the
The New York Post said police issued $80
tickets to at least four surfers at Rockaway
Beach. An emergency worker who dived into
the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island to save a
swimmer who violated the ban told the Post

the current felt like a "300-pound guy pulling
me back out to sea."
In New Jersey, big waves pushed water up
to the base of dunes in some areas of the state
hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in October
2012, including Point Pleasant Beach, Bay
Head, Mantoloking and Brick. But no flooding or other damage was reported.
While many communities felt like they
dodged a bullet, the threat of Hermine
caused many vacationers to cancel their holiday plans.
MD Mahabub Khan has worked as a taxi
cart pusher at the shore for 27 years and said
he still attracted some business over the weekend, but the smaller crowds were noticeable.
"People from New York and New Jersey
are kind of stuck here (during bad weather),
so they can still come," if forecasts don't play
out as predicted, Khan said.
Hermine rose over the Gulf of Mexico and
hit Florida on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm
across Georgia. It has caused at least three
deaths, inflicted widespread property damage
and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people from Florida to Virginia.

Chloe Riffle, 7, watches as she is surrounded by water on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 in the
Ocean View section of Norfolk, Va. Storm system Hermine spun away from the U.S. East
Coast on Sunday, removing the threat of heavy rain but maintaining enough power to churn
dangerous waves and currents — and keep beaches off-limits to disappointed swimmers
and surfers during the holiday weekend. (Vicki Cronis-Nohe /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

80 million unexploded bombs: Obama pledges US help for Laos
Associated Press
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Declaring a
"moral obligation" to heal the wounds of a
secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged help to clear away the 80 million
unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos
a generation ago — more than 10 for every
one of the country's 7 million people.
Half a century ago, the United States
turned Laos into history's most heavily
bombed country, raining down some two
million tons of ordnance in a covert, nineyear chapter of the Vietnam War. The first
U.S. president to set foot in Laos while in
office, Obama lamented that many Americans
remain unaware of the "painful legacy" left behind by a bombardment that claims lives and
limbs to this day.
"The remnants of war continue to shatter lives here in Laos," Obama said before
an audience of students, businessmen and

orange-robed Buddhist monks who held up
cellphones to snap photos of the American
president. "Even as we continue to deal with
the past, our new partnership is focused on
the future," he said.
To that end, Obama announced the U.S.
would double its spending on bomb-clearing
efforts to $90 million over three years — a
relatively small sum for the U.S. but a significant investment for a small country in one of
the poorer corners of the world. Obama plans
to put a human face on the issue when he
meets Wednesday in Vientiane with survivors
of bombs that America dropped.
The president did not come to apologize.
Instead, he called the conflict a reminder that
"whatever the cause, whatever our intentions,
war inflicts a terrible toll — especially on innocent men, women and children."
Thanks to global cleanup efforts, casualties
from tennis ball-sized "bombies" that still litter the Laotian countryside have plummeted
from hundreds to dozens per year. But aid
groups say far more help is needed. Of all the

provinces in landlocked Laos, only one has a
comprehensive system to care for bomb survivors.
"We're incredibly proud of the progress
the sector has made over the last five years
in terms of the decline in casualties and new
victims," said Channapha Khamvongsa of the
nonprofit Legacies of War. "But we are concerned about the upwards of 15,000 survivors
around the country that are still in need of
The $90 million to clean up bombs joins
another $100 million the U.S. has committed
in the past 20 years. The Lao government,
meanwhile, says it will boost efforts to recover remains and account for Americans missing
since the war.
The punishing air campaign on Laos
was an effort to cut off communist forces in
neighboring Vietnam. American warplanes
dropped more explosives on this Southeast
Asian nation than on Germany and Japan
combined in World War II, a stunning statistic that Obama noted during his first day
in Vientiane.
Obama was one of several world leaders
visiting Laos to attend the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations. Taking its turn as
chair of the regional forum, Laos' communist
government is seizing a rare moment in the
For Obama, the visit serves as a capstone
to his yearslong effort to bolster relations with
Southeast Asian countries long overlooked by
the United States. The outreach is a core element of his attempt to shift U.S. diplomatic
and military resources away from the Middle

East and into Asia in order to counter China
in the region and ensure a U.S. foothold in
growing markets.
Yet Obama's outreach took an uncomfortable turn just as he headed to Laos from
another summit in China. The White House
called off a scheduled meeting Tuesday with
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippine — a U.S. treaty ally — after the brash
new leader referred to Obama as a "son of a
Duterte, who had been expecting Obama
to criticize his deadly, extrajudicial crackdown
on drug dealers, later said he regretted the
personal attack on the president.
Obama filled the hole in his schedule by
meeting with South Korean President Park
Geun-hye in a display of unity a day after
North Korea fired three ballistic missiles.
Obama vowed to work with the United Nations to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang,
but said the door wasn't closed to a more
functional relationship.
Obama's Asia project — dubbed his pivot
or rebalance — has yielded uneven results, as
conflict in the Middle East has continued to
demand attention and China has bristled at
what it views as meddling in its backyard.
So with just four months left in office,
Obama used his historic trip to Laos to reassert his aims. He touted new military aid
and U.S. support for regional cooperation
in addressing maritime disputes and made a
plug for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, the policy's central economic component that is now stuck
in Congress.

Marsh restoration closes nearly
half of refuge hunting area
Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A two-year
marshland restoration project has closed nearly
half the area usually open for hunting in the nation's largest urban national wildlife refuge just
ahead of hunting season, The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service said Tuesday.
Nearly 2,000 acres of the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge are closed while the Army
Corps of Engineers restores 147 acres of brackish
marsh in ponds cleared by Hurricane Katrina's
storm surge in 2005, refuge manager Shelley Stiaes said.
"Teal season opens up this weekend. That's
an area where a lot of hunters go," Stiaes said
in an interview Tuesday. "We'll have to ask
them to go to Brazilier Island or other parts
of the refuge outside the hurricane protection
Saturday is opening day of Louisiana's 16-day
season for the small ducks.
Only youth hunting is allowed on Bayou Sau-

vage, which covers about 24,000 acres in eastern
New Orleans.
Plans call for closing the area through September 2018 while the Corps compensates for
refuge habitat lost to levee work along the lake
after the 2005 hurricane, which did extensive
damage to levees on the lake's south shore.
The Corps is pumping sediment from Lake
Pontchartrain into the unwanted ponds between
Irish Bayou Straight Canal and Chef Pass.
The Turtle Bayou Marsh Creation Project will
improve the refuge's waterfowl and fishing habitat for years to come, Stiaes said.
The marsh being restored was broken up by
Hurricane Katrina's storm surge, Stiaes said, and
the new marshland will also help protect the levee, and therefore eastern New Orleans.
"It creates a wavebreak before the storm surge
gets to the levee. It's almost like a double wall,"
Stiaes said.
The refuge is near New Orleans' eastern end,
between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne,
near the Interstate 10 bridge from New Orleans
to Slidell.

Charges against prosecutor
dropped, but new ones possible
From Wire Reports
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has
dropped charges against a district attorney accused of helping criminal defendants, but the
prosecutor's attorney says he expects Mississippi's attorney general to take the case to a
grand jury.
Judge James Bell approved a request Tuesday from Attorney General Jim Hood to dismiss charges against third-term Hinds County
District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, who
is charged with helping criminal defendants.
"Without question, the circumstances presented in this case involving charges of crimi-

nal conduct against a district attorney in the
exercise of his duties as district attorney present a unique situation," wrote Bell, a retired
judge who was appointed to hear the case.
Smith contends that, under the state constitution, such charges can be brought against
a district attorney only by a grand jury, Bell
wrote. If he's correct, Bell wrote, the state
cannot proceed without an indictment.
Defense attorney Jim Waide said he believed Hood was taking the case before a
grand jury. Hood did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Smith was arrested on a six-count criminal
charge in June.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7A

Clinton, Trump: He's a national
security danger; no, she is
Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of insulting America's
veterans and pressing dangerous military
plans around the globe on Tuesday, seeking
to undercut his appeal to service families in
Southern voting battlegrounds. Trump declared "our country is going to hell" because
of policies she would make even worse.
Clinton, addressing supporters in Florida,
warned that Trump would lead the nation
back to war in the Middle East. And to military vets and their families, she pointed anew
to his summertime dust-up with the Muslim
parents of a slain American soldier.
"His whole campaign has been one long
insult to all those who have worn the uniform," the Democratic nominee said at the
University of South Florida in Tampa.
Republican Trump, trying emphasize his
military support, released a letter from 88 retired generals and admirals citing an urgent
need for a "course correction" in America's national security policy. It was aimed at rebutting Clinton's arguments that she would be
best positioned to lead the military and reassuring Republicans who have openly worried
that his provocative statements might undermine U.S. alliances.
"We believe that such a change can only be
made by someone who has not been deeply
involved with, and substantially responsible
for, the hollowing out of our military and the
burgeoning threats facing our country around
the world," the military leaders wrote. "For
this reason, we support Donald Trump's candidacy to be our next commander in chief."
Clinton pushed back, saying Trump has
lagged in securing key military supporters
compared to past Republican nominees including John McCain and Mitt Romney. She
pointed to her endorsements from retired
Marine Gen. John Allen, who blasted Trump

at the Democratic National Committee, and
former CIA deputy director Mike Morell.
"They know they can count on me to be
the kind of commander in chief who will
protect our country and our troops, and they
know they cannot count on Donald Trump,"
Clinton said en route to Florida. "They view
him as a danger and a risk."
The conflicting messages came as the candidates prepared to appear at an MSNBC forum Wednesday night on national security.
While they will appear separately and not be
on stage at the same time, it could serve as
a warm-up to their highly-anticipated first
presidential debate on Sep. 26 in New York.
Campaigning in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
Trump vowed to take aggressive action to
help veterans at home and confront threats
abroad including acts of terrorism from the
Islamic State group. He was questioned by
retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency who is
a strong supporter.
"We are going to solve the ISIS problem,"
Trump said. "But we have to get back to
building our country, because our country is
going to hell."
Trump promised to fix problems at the
Veterans Administration, which has grappled
with patient care mismanagement during the
Obama administration. Until those problems
are resolved, he said he would allow veterans
to seek treatment at private doctors or hospitals free of charge.
"Your government is going to pay your
bill," he pledged.
Clinton's message was amplified by her
running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who
was telling a North Carolina audience that
Trump has misled voters on his views on the
Iraq war and intervention in Libya.
Excerpts of Kaine's speech, which was
billed by Clinton's campaign as a major national security address, painted Trump as dishonest, clueless and dangerous when it comes
to national security.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at University of South
Florida in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kaine was saying Trump tells voters he
was opposed to the Iraq War even though he
expressed support for it leading up to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Clinton's campaign released
a new television ad entitled, "Sacrifice," that
shows military veterans watching some of the
New York businessman's more provocative
The spot includes clips of Trump claiming to know more about the Islamic State
group than military generals, and his criticism of McCain, the Republican senator from
Arizona and a former prisoner of war. The
ad, which features former Georgia Sen. Max
Cleland, a triple-amputee who served in Vietnam, also keys on Trump's assertion that he
has sacrificed a lot compared to families who
have lost loved ones in conflict.
"Our veterans deserve better," reads a line

at the end of the ad, which is airing in Ohio,
Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Republicans, too, have questioned
Trump's capacity to serve as commander in
chief. Dozens of GOP national security leaders released a letter last month warning that
he would risk the nation's "national security
and well-being."
Separately, Trump continued to face questions about his immigration policy a day after
refusing to rule out a pathway to legal status
for immigrants in the country illegally. He focused on his proposed border wall plan in a
Tuesday interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."
Last week in Phoenix, he told a raucous
crowd of supporters that there was "one way
only" for immigrants here illegally to become
legal — to return home and get in line for official readmittance.

GOP woos veterans, but Trump has rubbed some vets wrong way
Associated Press
RENO, Nevada (AP) — It was more
than a routine get-out-the-vote knock on
the door when Iraq War veteran and Nevada Republican Party staffer Jon Staab
asked Kenneth Olofson, a Vietnam veteran, if he'll be voting for Donald Trump.
An instant bond was formed as the two
swapped stories of service and those of
relatives who fought in World War II.
"I don't miss an election," Olofson, 74
and a lifelong Republican, said. "Whenever
I vote, I think of Normandy."
A few blocks away, Daniel Mendoza,
also an Iraq war veteran canvassing for the
GOP, was promptly kicked off another el-

derly veteran's property at the mere mention of Trump's name.
Two years ago, the Republican National
Committee hatched a plan to bolster turnout for veterans, who traditionally lean Republican. The party calculated that 6.5 million veterans either didn't register to vote
or didn't cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential election. In the shadow of the Obama
administration's controversial management
of the Veteran's Administration, the RNC
compiled lists of veteran voters and hired
veterans for an unprecedented get-out-thevote effort.
Then Trump won the party's presidential nomination, and his controversial
rhetoric has rubbed some veterans the
wrong way. The billionaire businessman

has mocked Sen. John McCain for being
captured during the Vietnam War, threatened to withdraw from NATO and feuded
with a slain soldier's family that criticized
him during the Democratic National Convention.
On Tuesday Trump released a list of
former military leaders who support him.
Clinton countered with a television ad featuring veterans silently watching some of
Trump's more controversial statements.
"Our veterans deserve better," the ad states.
There's limited polling on where veterans stand in the current presidential election. They supported Mitt Romney by 20
points in 2012 and John McCain by 10
points in 2008. But Trump has had trouble
winning the support of some of his party's

base, and veterans are no exception.
"The nail in the coffin for him was
his NATO stuff," said Colton Jordan, a
28-year-old former Navy SEAL and lifelong Republican, as he waited in a Las Vegas nightclub for a rally with his preferred
candidate, Libertarian party nominee Gary
Still, Republican operatives are confident that if they turn out veterans, they'll
turn out more votes for Trump.
"Being a veteran, your skin's a lot thicker," said Mendoza, 24, who noted that he's
both Hispanic and a veteran — two groups
Trump has disparaged — but he still supports Republican nominee. "It conditions
you to seeing that bigger world and seeing
past what someone says off the cuff."

IS loss of border area with Turkey sharply harms group

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which
has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the alQaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group,
marching in Raqqa, Syria. Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it held
along the Turkey-Syria border has dealt a critical blow to the extremists, cutting their
supply lines. That could affect their ability to protect their last bastions the cities of Raqqa
in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. (Militant Website via AP, File)
Associated Press
BEIRUT (AP) — Expelling the Islamic
State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has
effectively cut the militants' supply lines from
the outside world. That could affect their ability to protect their last bastions — the cities of
Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.
The area under IS control has been shrinking for months, under assault from forces
determined to wipe out the self-declared
"caliphate." The fight for Mosul appears to
be imminent, with U.S.-backed Iraqi forces
closing in, and Raqqa will probably be in the
crosshairs for an attack possibly led by Kurdish militias in the near future.
If removed from power in the territory it
controls, many fear it will turn even more decisively toward terrorist attacks against civilians in the region and in the West, operating

from the shadows. It that way, it will be more
like the group it developed from: al-Qaida.
A look at the current battle against Islamic
How did the supply lines from Turkey work?
After the Syrian conflict began in March
2011, people could evade Turkish troops on
the border and sneak into or out of Syria.
Many of those crossing into Syria were jihadis
from around the world joining al-Qaida's
branch. Others, mostly Syrians, could use
border checkpoints. Smugglers also were active, helping people cross over.
Why did Turkey allow this, and what changed?
For years, Turkey turned a blind eye to
the crossings. Neighboring countries also
had been buying oil from IS at rates cheaper
than those on international markets. But Europe put pressure on Turkey after the Charlie
Hebdo attack in France in 2015, and Ankara
began to tighten its border security. Turkey's
gradual shift was followed by attacks blamed

on the group inside Turkey itself, including
one at Istanbul's airport. Once relations improved between Turkey and Russia, and following a July coup attempt failed to remove
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power, he sent his forces into Syria to battle the
extremists, as well as Kurdish fighters who
had crossed to the west bank of the Euphrates
River against Turkey's will. The Turkish acquiescence to IS finally seemed to be over. On
Sunday, Turkish troops and Turkish-backed
Syrian rebels captured all Syrian areas along
the border that had been held by IS.
How do Mosul and Raqqa still get supplies?
Since Turkey tightened its border, IS has
been relying on products brought from Turkey into the rebel-held Syrian border town of
Azaz. Syrian merchants go to Azaz, buy what
they need, and ship it by truck to Raqqa. Once
inside IS-controlled areas, products would be
sent to other IS-held territory.
Who is fighting the Islamic State group?
Many forces are fighting IS in Syria and
Iraq, some backed by the U.S., and others
by powers including Russia, Iran, and Turkey. The most effective group has been the
Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, which
captured wide areas in northern Syria from
the extremists in the past year under the cover
of intense airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition.
Also fighting the extremists are members of
Lebanon's Hezbollah group and Syrian government troops, mostly in central Syria. Turkey-backed rebel factions such as the Sultan
Murad, Mountain Hawks, Shamiya Front and
Liberation Army have been part of Ankara's
offensive that began Aug. 24 and captured all
IS-held border area from the Syrian side.
In Iraq, the IS militants are under attack
from government troops, regional police
forces, Sunni tribesmen, Kurdish Peshmerga
fighters and Shiite militiamen. Iranians have
been active as well, and there have been reports that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of
Iran's elite Quds Force, led some operations
of the Popular Mobilization Forces — Iraq's
government-sanctioned, mainly Shiite militias.
How is the battle going?
In Syria, IS has lost the border town of
Jarablus, a major crossing point, to Turkishbacked Syrian rebels. In March, IS was driven
out of the historic town of Palmyra by Syrian
troops backed by Russian airstrikes. The U.S.led coalition has killed some of the group's

founding members, including spokesman and
chief strategist Abu Mohammed al-Adnani,
and its war minister, Omar al-Shishani.
IS has lost major cities and towns in the
past year in Iraq, including Fallujah, Ramadi
and Tikrit. Iraqi government troops recently
captured the town of Qayara, near Mosul.
How much damage has the Islamic State
group done?
IS has ruled its "caliphate" with an epic level of cruelty: Thousands have been killed and
displaced, minority groups like Iraq's Yazidis
have been massacred and enslaved, Christians have been displaced, gay men have been
thrown to their death from tall buildings, and
captives have been slain on video. Among the
deadliest incidents was the 2014 killing of
1,700 Iraqi soldiers at Camp Speicher. In Syria, up to 1,000 members of the Shueitat tribe
were believed to have been massacred. The
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights says IS killed 4,401 people since June
2014, including 2,369 civilians. No specific
statistics are available in Iraq, where extremists have killed thousands.
The group has caused widespread destruction in areas it controls. It has damaged or
destroyed archaeological sites and antiquities
such as Palmyra's Temple of Bel, which dated
to A.D. 32, and the Temple of Baalshamin,
which was fronted by six towering columns.
In Iraq, IS members razed the 3,000-year-old
city of Nimrod and bulldozed 2,000-year-old
Hatra — both UNESCO world heritage sites.
What is the future of the Islamic State group?
Hilal Khashan, political science professor
at the American University of Beirut, believes the Islamic State group "is doomed in
its current format," unable to create a viable
state. He and other experts see it becoming
a decentralized organization, melting into the
communities it has ruled like salt in water.
"The danger is that what comes after Daesh
might be worse," said Iraqi journalist Dana
Jalal, who closely follows jihadi groups, using
an Arabic acronym for IS. "They will shave
their beards, change their clothes and join
other organizations that are not considered
terrorist groups." That could make it more vicious, he said, carrying out deadly attacks like
those in in France, Belgium, Turkey, Iraq and
elsewhere. Jalal noted that many members of
Saddam Hussein's army and Baath Party went
underground and carried out guerrilla warfare
against U.S. forces.

Page 8A • Starkville Daily News • Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Minnesota man confesses to killing of Jacob Wetterling
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly
27 years ago, recounting a crime that long haunted the state, and
sharing chilling details that included a handcuffed Jacob asking
him: "What did I do wrong?"
Danny Heinrich, 53, of Annandale, made the admission as he
pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge that will likely
keep him locked up for 20 years, with civil commitment possible
after that, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in custody.
Asked whether he abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered
Jacob, Heinrich said: "Yes, I did."
In the years after Jacob's disappearance, his mother Patty became a nationally known advocate for missing children. A 1994
federal law named for Jacob requires states to establish sex offender registries.
With Patty and Jacob's father, Jerry Wetterling, in a packed
courtroom, Heinrich described seeing Jacob, Jacob's brother, and
a friend bicycling down a rural road near Jacob's central Minnesota
home in St. Joseph the night of Oct. 22, 1989.
Heinrich laid in wait for the three boys to return, and when
they did, he put on a mask and confronted them with a revolver.
He said he ordered them into a ditch and asked their names and
Heinrich said he told the two other boys to run and not look
back or he'd shoot. He said he then handcuffed Jacob and drove
him to a gravel pit near Paynesville, where he molested him. Afterward, Jacob said he was cold, and Heinrich let him get dressed.
Jacob then asked whether he was taking him home.
"I said, 'I can't take you all the way home,'" Heinrich said. "He
started to cry. I said, 'Don't cry.'"
Heinrich said at some point a patrol car with siren and lights
passing nearby caused him to panic. He said he pulled out his
revolver, which had not been loaded, and put two rounds in the
gun. He said he told Jacob to turn around. He held the gun to the
Patty Wetterling, mother of Jacob Wetterling, speaks after a hearing for Danny Heinrich hearing, Tuesday Sept. 6,
boy's head and pulled the trigger. The gun didn't fire. Heinrich
2016 in Minneapolis. Danny Heinrich confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27
then fired two shots. After the second, Jacob fell to the ground.
Some of Jacob's family members cried openly as Heinrich years ago, recounting a crime that long haunted the state with details that included Jacob asking right after he was taken:
"What did I do wrong?" (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)
calmly described the crime.
Heinrich said he went home for a couple of hours, then went
back to the gravel pit and buried Jacob about 100 yards away. He
said he returned to the site about a year later and saw that Jacob's
jacket and some bones had become exposed.
"I gathered up as much as I could and put it in the bag and
transported it across the highway" to a field, and reburied the remains, he said.
Heinrich led authorities to Jacob's buried remains in a central
Minnesota field last week. His remains were identified Saturday.
"It's incredibly painful to know his last days, last hours, last
minutes," Patty Wetterling said after the guilty plea. "To us, Jacob
was alive, until we found him."
Prosecutors said the Wetterling family was consulted on and
approved the plea agreement, which required Heinrich to give a
detailed confession and tell investigators where to find Jacob.
As part of the plea agreement, Heinrich will not face state
murder charges. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger defended the deal,
describing Heinrich as a volatile man. He said defense attorneys
came to prosecutors 10 days ago with the possibility of a confession, and prosecutors feared he'd change his mind.
"He's not getting away with anything. We got the truth. The
Wetterling family will bring him home," Luger said.
Heinrich's attorneys declined to comment after the hearing.
Authorities named Heinrich as a person of interest in Jacob's
disappearance last October when they announced the child pornography charges.
Heinrich had long been under investigators' scrutiny. They first
questioned him shortly after Jacob's abduction, but he maintained
his innocence and they never had enough evidence to charge him.
They turned a renewed spotlight on him as part of a fresh look
into Jacob's abduction around its 25th anniversary.
As part of that effort, investigators took another look at the
sexual assault of 12-year-old Jared Scheierl, of Cold Spring, nine
months before Jacob's disappearance. Investigators had long suspected the two cases were connected.
Using technology that wasn't available in 1989, investigators
found Heinrich's DNA on Scheierl's sweatshirt, and used that
evidence to get a search warrant for Heinrich's home, where they
found a large collection of child pornography. The statute of limitations had expired for charging him in the assault on Scheierl, but
a grand jury indicted him on 25 child pornography counts.
As part of Tuesday's plea deal, Heinrich also admitted to assaulting Scheierl.
The AP typically doesn't identify victims of sexual assault, but
Scheierl has spoken publicly for years about his case, saying it
helped him cope with the trauma and that he hoped it could help
investigators find his attacker and Jacob's kidnapper.
Jacob's abduction shattered childhood innocence for many rural Minnesotans, changing the way parents let their kids roam. His
smiling face was burned into Minnesota's psyche, appearing on
countless posters and billboards over the years.
Heinrich is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 21.

2 1/2 months after
police shooting,
protesters call for change
From Wire Reports
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Two-and-a-half months after police shot and killed a man who fled from a traffic stop, about
100 to 150 people marched through Tupelo, demanding
It was the third protest in just over a month — and the second since a grand jury declined in early August to indict Tupelo
Police Department Officer Tyler Cook in the death of Antwun
"Ronnie" Shumpert, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
(bit.ly/2c6ddXdIt ) reported.
Members of Stand Up Mississippi and the Coalition of Concerned Pastors and Leaders walked through Tupelo on Saturday, shouting "No justice, no peace!"
A group called Confederates United Patriots Society held a
counter-protest, WCBI-TV (bit.ly/2c3UCtz ) and WTVA-TV
(bit.ly/2c3UPNc ) reported.
About 30 people carried Confederate battle flags and state
flags, shouting "Justice has been served!" and the officer's name.
The pastors' and leaders' coalition wants a civilian review
board, more community-oriented policing, and an independent investigation into Shumpert's death. It also wants Tupelo
to take down the state flag, which incorporates the battle flag.
The Rev. Jeffrey Gladney called for more black educators in
the school system and more diversity on the city council.
"I'm here to say that Tupelo has hid behind the false notion that we're an All America City, but in all reality, it's the
All America City for the haves and not the have nots," he said
"A true All America City would be all inclusive in its hiring




Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Section B

Partnership looks
to expand tourism,
businesses in Starkville
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the Greater Starkville
(GSDP,) Starkville’s community development organization
which houses the Starkville
Area Chamber of Commerce,
Starkville Visitors & Convention Council, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Jennifer Gregory
Authority, and Starkville Main
Street Association. Truly a unique structure, most community and economic development agencies operate separately
and autonomously, or in some cases in pairs. The founding
of the GSDP was a vision of business leaders in the community and was rocky and uncertain at times. But because
of persistence and ingenuity, the Partnership has thrived and
is now the driving force for quality of life, tourism, business
and economic development in the Starkville and Oktibbeha
County community.
Just since 2010, tourism spending in Oktibbeha County
has increased from $65 million annually, to over $93 million in 2015, realizing a 43 percent increase. This is during
a time that many of our neighboring communities were rebuilding their tourism industries after a national recession.
Several events created and produced by the Starkville Visitors
& Convention Council over the last 5 years are now woven
in to the fabric of our community’s character and quality of
life. These events include Pumpkinpalooza, our community’s
fall festival, which has enjoyed exposure within national media
and on ESPN, entertaining crowds of nearly 10,000 people
each year; the Downtown Block Party; unWINE Downtown;
Bulldog Brunch and Browse; the Holiday Bazaar; SOUPer
Bowl; Starkville Restaurant Week; and the King Cotton
Crawfish Boil, just to name a few.
These events are just part of the package of an aggressive re-branding and marketing campaign that the Partnership
launched in 2010. Out of this process was born a renewed focus on promoting Starkville and positively shifting the perception of our beloved hometown. Mississippi’s College Town
was Starkville’s new brand, and included a host of tourismcentered campaigns that have helped to further reinvigorate
and revitalize Downtown Starkville, promote Starkville’s authentic and local culinary culture, while providing substantial
economic impact to our restaurants and retailers city-wide.
In 2010, the Starkville Main Street Association became a
reality and became a new entity of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. Now hailed as one of the top Main
Street programs in the State of Mississippi, Starkville Main
Street has been honored with numerous awards and our staff
has been invited to speak at regional and national conventions
to share our strategies and successes for healthy revitalization
and retail promotion of our downtown. A strong success of
the Main Street program has been the Starkville Community Market, our community’s certified local farmer’s market.
Named the best farmer’s market in Mississippi by Mississippi
Magazine in 2015, the Starkville Community Market has not
only provided access to locally grown and made goods, but it
has also acted as a business incubator, with at least two market vendors creating store front brick and mortar businesses
based on their success at the market - The Biscuit Shop and
DeRego’s Bread.
Food has become a common theme of strategy and promotion in the Starkville community. Analytics confirm that
Starkville is a restaurant destination within the Golden Triangle, Winston, and Webster counties, and our residents and
visitors enjoy a truly authentic culture of locally owned restaurants pushing the envelope with unique menu items, locally
sourced ingredients, and unusual partnerships. It’s common
to see local restaurateurs shopping with farmers and growers
at the Starkville Community Market every week. It’s part of
the character of their restaurants and their business plan - to
support local. “Farm to table” has become a national trend,
but in Starkville, it’s been happening for years - it’s just part of
who we are as a community. This community spirit also has
a true economic benefit. Restaurant Business magazine’s August 2015 issue ranked Starkville fifth nationally in its “Best
Places to Open a Restaurant” market index. Alongside larger beach and resort markets on the list, Starkville is one of two
small towns gaining prominence as one of the best markets
for restaurant growth. The list is part of the 2015 Restaurant
Market Index, an annual ranking of growth by market compiled by Nielsen, a global provider of data insights.
All it takes is a windshield tour of Starkville to see that
the community is truly booming. Commitment to downtown
revitalization has encouraged hundreds of millions of dollars
of private development within the core of Starkville providing housing, retail, restaurants, and even a state of the art
convention center on the edge of Mississippi State University.
Streetscapes are being improved, sidewalks and bike paths being added, and physical connections from Mississippi State
University to Downtown Starkville are being strengthened
and enhanced.
We look forward to the fall and football season with anticipation and excitement as we hope to continue pushing Mississippi’s College Town to become better and more enjoyable
for all..
Jennifer Gregory is the CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, a community development umbrella organization that consists of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce,
Starkville Visitors and Convention Council, Oktibbeha County
Economic Development Authority and Starkville Main Street Association. She has been on the partnership team since May 2009,
where she began as the Vice President for Tourism Development.
She assumed the role of CEO in January 2013.

The Starkville Night Market drew thousands of residents to Fire Station Park for the unique specialty market. (Austin
Montgomery, SDN)

New partnership event promotes
independent vendors
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership swapped out its
popular, annual fall kick off block party after evaluating the chamber’s event
schedule ahead of the Mississippi State
University football season. The move
brought a unique night market geared
towards independent vendors, selected Starkville retailers and restaurants
to Fire Station Park.
“Night Market” ran ahead of MSU’s
season opener against South Alabama,
with 31 vendors setting up booths in
the Starkville midtown park. Attending businesses were carefully selected
to complement Starkville’s growing
retail and restaurant options, while
giving independent vendors a chance
to market products, according to
GSDP CEO Jennifer Gregory.
“We make a conscious effort to
evaluate our events every year,” Gregory said. “We don’t host events if
they don’t serve a strategic purpose.
The partnership didn’t used to host
She brought the idea back to the
partnership after spending time in
Milwaukee with event organizers and
seeing the city’s own night market.
“I know we are a small town, but
we thought we could really do this,”
Gregory said.
After bringing the idea back from
her travels, GSDP Special Events
Coordinator Jennifer Prather began

organizing vendors. Since the event
was ahead of MSU’s first 2016 home
game, Prather knew she wanted to target out-of-state visitors who’d arrived
before kick off.
“We’ve tried to be very specific
about each vendor at the night market,” Prather said. “We wanted to be
specific so there really is a very diverse
overall experience to the whole event.”
By being selective, the partnership
was able to showcase the best range of
Starkville’s creative, independent vendor culture, she added.
Independent vendors and artisans at the event included: Red Bird
Paper, Small Pond Graphics, Love
Poppy, Fancy
Paints, Jamison
Fry Interiors, Fry Retool, George
Mary’s, JOVIALArt- Kelly Quick, The
Wilcoxin Collection, Annie B &
TLC, Hi Y’all, J’net Jarmon, Marc
Anthony-University Screenprint, Jeremy Murdock Photography, Art by
Allison Julien and Gerard Woods.
Jamison Fry’s owner Amanda Shafer said the event helped generate foot
traffic to the newly opened University
Drive location.
“There’s been a great response to
the shop,” Shafer said. “I knew that
would happen from already doing the
pop-up shops. That’s what was good
about them.”
“It’s a great way to reach out to the
community and show off what our
products are,” she added.
The new event will become an annual staple for GSDP—the newest

edition to the group’s New South
Weekends lineup.
“People make a whole weekend out
of it, and people are excited to come
here and shop,” Prather said. “That’s
kind of the whole package,” Prather
Food tastings at the event were
offered by City Bagel Cafe, Central
Station Grill, Two Brothers Smoked
Meats and Moe’s Original BBQ. Beverage pairings on tap included Scotty’s
Wine and Spirits, Mitchell Distributing featuring Slowboat Brewery and
The Guest Room.
The New South Weekends schedule was recently released with the
night market, unWINE Downtown,
Bulldog Bash, Pumpkinpalooza, the
Christmas open house and United
Way’s Citywide Tailgate to run Sept.
9, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 6 and Nov.
18, respectively. Every weekend on
the schedule is rounded out with Bulldog Brunch and Browse, a partnership
initiative to encourage downtown retailers to open on Sundays with their
restaurant counterparts to entice visitors one last time before heading out
of town.
“People have been excited about
it,” Prather said. “We are really lucky
to be doing this. It’s about showing people the best of Starkville as
a whole, with the culinary and retail
worlds on display.”
For more information on New
South Weekends, visit starkville.org.

The market was prompted after partnership officials met and decided to do away with the annual block party for a
more focused retail and culinary event. GSDP CEO Jennifer Gregory said she got the idea after seeing a similar market
in Milwaukee. (Austin Montgomery, SDN)

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