Starkville residents have their say on a proposed tax... and an open alderman seat today.
Thanks for joining us - i'm quentin smith.
A city-wide special election was held to decide an additional 1 percent tax on food and drink in the city.
The money would go to a new sports facility... and to help maintain current parks..
We are still waiting on official results, but observers are reporting strong support for the move.
Since it is a tax issue, it will have to pass by a 60 percent margin..
Ward 5 voters had a separate item on their ballots... their representative on the city's board of aldermen..
And with unofficial numbers, it appears that hamp beatty will take that vacant position.... with roughly 57 percent of the vote... we understand there are some affidavit ballots to be counted... a large group of concerned residents came out to the lowndes county school board meeting tonight.
They were there to support three re- assigned caledonia high school teachers.
Those teachers are fighting that decision hoping to continue to teaching in caledonia.
The board decided to wait two more weeks before making a final decision.
In my opinion i think i don't expect them to overturn the reassignments i expect the reassignments to go through and in my opinion these teachers are being reassigned in a form of retaliation."" the board also discussed the district's superintendent search during tonight's meeting..
The public will have a chance to speak out on a proposal by tupelo's major thur--row--fare committee that's causing some controversy.
The committee held a special meeting to look at a project in phase six of the major thur--row--fare plan.
An original proposal calls for improvements on jackson street... from clayton avenue.... to robins street.
However... an alternate plan would add one block to that project... extending from robins street to madison street... that addition is causing some concern... some say the price tag is too high... and the work could negatively impact tupelo's oldest neighborhood, highland circle.
Committee members are now planning a public input session... "we all use these major thoroughfares , this is not a neighborhood road, yes it goes through a neighborhood, almost all of our thoroughfares in some way affect neighborhoods, so just because you don't live here doesn't mean you're not using that thoroughfare, if you use main, jackson, live in west, or east tupelo, this issue affects all of us."
The original proposal would cost about six million dollars.
The extra block would add three million dollars to the price tag.
The public hearing is set for june 17th at tupelo city hall.
First look stinger first look thursday night: variably cloudy and quiet.
Any isolated shower will fade away by early evening.
Lows in the mid to upper 60s.
Friday-saturday: lots of sunshine will take hold of a new york style new year's eve party will ring-in 2020.
That announcement is made at the newest addition to the fair-park district.
As our allie martin reports.... the city is realizing big benefits from a public-private partnership that started years ago.
Tupelo mayor jason shelton has wanted the all america city to host its own new year's eve gala.
Nats unveil of 2020 sign and noisemakers but until fairpark towers was built, there wasn't a suitable location.
"i'm extremely excited about the partnership with century construction, other sponsors to make this happen, it's a tru, public-private partnership, i think it will be a great addition, quality of life event right here in downtown tupelo."
That partnership allows the city to develop infrastructure, while companies, like century construction, purchase property in the fairpark district for development.
Colin maloney owns century construction.
He will design and build a tupelo themed ball to bring in the new year.
Century's new headquarters was built in hopes of attracting more development to the area.
"without the city of tupelo we wouldn't be able to get this thing out of the ground, they financed the roads, infrastructure, sidewalks and our main fairpark plaza there."
Standup bridge the city has seen a big return on its investment in the fairpark area.
In fact, the lot where i am standing will eventually be phase two of fairpark towers, once that is fifty percent leased, construction will start.
"we are very unique in the country where we have the opportunity to double the size of our downtown,with new investment, we are proud of that investment, we passed the 130 million dollar mark in private investment, since fairpark has started."
Fairpark towers is the first major office development in more than 40 years in tupelo.
Allie martin, wcbi news the fairpark district started in 1999, when the city issued 22 million dollars in bonds to buy the 50 acre property for urban renewal.
Take vo in monitor senator thad cochran's legacy and impact on his home state of mississippi are being remembered today.
Cochran died early this morning in oxford.
He was 81 years old.
It's been 14 months since cochran resigned from his senate seat due to health reasons.
He first served in the house from 1972-78 before being elected to the senate.... where he became the 10th longest member of that chamber..
Courtney ann jackson speaks with those who worked with cochran about his impact on mississippi politics.
"thank you for this wonderful honor and wonderful challenge that lies ahead."
That was cochran's last victory speech in 2014.
Then- congressman gregg harper was alongside him for much of that campaign.
"what a gentleman, a statesman.
I'm going to miss him so much.
I can't think of anybody that encouraged me more or helped me in small ways over the years and really just inspired not just me but countless others to get involved in politics."
Cochran's being remembered for his work across party lines.
But not in a bulldog manner.
"he showed us how to work.
If you wanted to get something great done, particularly in washington, d.c., you had to be willing to work in a bi-partisan manner.
I don't remember ever hearing senator cochran criticize anybody across the aisle."
Those who knew and worked with him will tell you he was known as the "quiet persuader".
"he was as comfortable walking among the cabins at the neshoba county fair as he was walking into the oval office.
And he was just a kind gentle soul.
But i think people need to understand that that gentleness did not mean there was a weakness about him.
He was as strong and determined when he set his mind to something than anyone i've ever known."
He held significant power in the senate---even at the time of his resignation---serving as chairman of the senate appropriations committee.
A role that put the control of congress' purse strings---largely in his hands.
Thad: "mississippi's interests are going to continue to be well protected here in the senate."
"we've missed his leadership on subject matters of importance agriculture, healthcare, education...all those things that are really critical to ms, thad cochran was an anchor to do the best to make things better."
Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news stinger wx open thursday night: variably cloudy and quiet.
Any isolated shower will fade away by early evening.
Lows in the mid to upper 60s.
Friday-saturday: lots of sunshine will take hold of the region and that bodes well for ncaa baseball in starkville and oxford.
Highs should generally be in the upper 80s with overnight lows in the 60s.
Sunday: another pretty warm day is on tap with expected highs around 90 give or take.
Could there be a few stray showers or storms around?
It's possible but we're just adding back in a 20% chance for now.
Next week: the overall pattern suggests seasonably warm air holding on around here.
Several disturbances could provide a spark for some rain and storms but the signal isn't high enough to add more than a 20% chance tuesday through thursday at this time.
Check your google maps... if you want to get to omaha, you've got to go through mississippi... courtney fills us in later in sports... welcome back... when most of us hear the word "dementia", the first thing that comes to mind is alzheimer's..
But in tonight's health talk with baptist we learn about another common form of the disease.
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You know, there's games you have to fight back, and you can't lose your cool i guess you could say in those moments.
You know, that group in there laughed because they really had to fight last year."
For the players, it's time to lock in.
"you come to mississippi state for the big stage.
For postseason baseball.
You don't come here to not make it to hoover, play in hoover and be done.
You come here to play postseason baseball and that chance to get to omaha."
"the postseason is the real season.
It's the biggest part of the year.
I feel like proving yourself truly can't be done until you do something in the postseason."
As for the rest of the starkville regional, each team knows they're in the tournament for a reason.
"i don't recall any ncaa tournament i've ever walked away from saying geez that team wasn't very good.
I don't care if you're a four seed or a one seed, some are better than others, i get it.
But eithr you had a great season if you're in this position right now, or you're very very hot."
"you can play spoiler because no one is expecting you to do anything other than that.
So now, we're coming into this regional, we have good offensive numbers, people are starting to take notice into what we're doing, but at the end of the day, we're still the underdogs.
They're going to carry that with them always, and hopefully put us in a position to go out and do something that's not been done before."
"we don't quite have the same stadium in mount pleasant, michigan, we have a really nice setup but when we won our conference championship in the regular season, the place was packed with 5 to 6 hundred people, which was an awesome environment.
I've been told they should draw a little bit more than that.
We're going to go from soaking up atmosphere to try and enjoy it and win some ball games, find that balance."
For the bulldogs, it'll be freshman phenom jt ginn on the mound friday against southern.
As for eliah macnamee, head coach lemonis says mac's progress was better than expected, but to what capacity he'll play is still in question.
Reporting from dudy noble field, tom eble, wcbi sports."
Let's head up north to oxford..
The rebels are getting in on some batting practice action in preparation for round one to jacksonville state as much as fans may not want to remember the loss to tennessee tech last season... it's hard to talk about ole miss without addressing the dissapointing outcome from that oxford regional in 2018 the rebels right now are riding some good energy heading into the the regional until sunday, the idea of ole miss hosting was unexpected but after the team's run in the sec tournament....th e rebels put themselves back into the omaha conversation wcbi sports' chris bolton reports from oxford with more on the regional at swayze field chris bolton: courtney, we're one day away from regional play starting here in oxford.
Now ole miss a couple weeks ago didn't seem likely that they would be hosting a regional but here we are after a great sec tournament run.
Now last season, the rebs won the sec tournament and hosted but weren't able to make it to a super regional.
But this year mike bianco says his team is set on creating their own path this post season.
Mike bianco: "we have a lot of new guys that weren't here during that and this is a new team.
I think this is a team that's trying to make a name their own path.
But i'm sure there's some of those guys in the dugout that'll use that as motivation and if that's going to help them that's awesome."
Will ethridge: "it's definitely been the goal but we want to make it to omaha.
It's going to start with me tomorrow and moving on towards the next week too.
If i can get the win tomorrow it'll be good to get us going towards omaha."
Chris bolton: as you just heard, will ethridge is getting the nod in game 1 tomorrow for the rebs and in other news coach mike bianco says tyler keenan is doing good as he looked great today in batting practice so we'll see if we see him play tomorrow but for now.
Reporting in oxford.
Chris bolton wcbi sports."
It looks like starkville voters are in favor of improving sports offerings in the city.
Unofficial numbers show that they approved a 1 percent restaurant and hotel tax by a margin of about 74 percent..
A 60 percent margin was needed..