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WCBI News at Six - December 9, 2019

Take courtney live in oxford wipe to open show open we'll have more on the big news from oxford later in sports..

But topping tonight's news - a columbus police officer is facing charges of domestic violence after sunday night incident.

Lowndes county interim sheriff greg wright confirms his department arrested a cpd officer last night.

Melvin shirley jr. was booked into the oktibbeha county jail about 9:55 p.m.

When a law enforcement officer is charged with a crime, the common practice is to move that person out of their area of jurisdiction.

He is also charged with residential burglary.

Shirley was apparently on- duty at the time.

City of columbus spokesman joe dillon says police chief fred shelton will request placing shirley on administrative leave.

But since it is a personnel matter, the city has no further comment.

The mississippi bureau of investigation is handling the investigation.

Law enforcement and first responders work in áextremelyá high stress environments.

Sometimes that stress can boil over into their personal lives.

Our cash matlock joins us in the studio with more on the story.

Cash?

Aundrea, when the phone rings, or when the scanner goes off... often times, law enforcement officers don't know what they might face.

Sometimes, talking about their problems is the only way to move on.... but that's easier said than done.

Winston county sheriff jason pugh says just like any job, law enforcement officers deal with mental and physical stress.

"some people can deal with stress better than other people can deal with stress, and some people need help coping with stress."

The difference is... if not properly taken care of, officers can end up carrying that stress with them... for years.

"you know, we can bring in a counselor from our insurance agency, and we have offered that several times with traumatic incidents that happened."

Pugh says it's tough to get members of law enforcement to seek out the help they may need.

"you're biggest problem is getting your officers to say 'yes, i have a problem.'

It's re for them to do that.

We have offered grief counseling to the whole department after a disaster in the county, not a soul took us up on it."

Wendie woods has been a counselor for twenty-three years.

She agrees that it can be hard to get first responders to share their feelings at first.

"it can be very difficult for an individual who works in law enforcement or first responders to open up because the nature of their job, is to do the job and move on to the next one.

So, you don't spend much time reveling or talking or thinking about that incident."

Sometimes, the stress can become too much... and in some cases... lead to domestic violence.

Pugh says any officer in the state who's convicted of domestic violence will automatically lose their job.

"by federal law, he can no longer possess a fire arm.

An officer who cannot possess a fire arm, is actually no good to anybody obviously, so it is a show stopper."

Woods says the key to avoiding this... is communication.

She says it's crucial for an officer to have someone to talk to .

"it doesn't always have to be a counselor, it can be a friend, it can be a pastor, but truly talking about the day to day stressors that you are experiencing can help to minimize the physiological impact that they stress can have on a body."

According to a study from the national center for women and policing, domestic violence is two to four times more likely to occur in a police family.

Take gfx off top a timely tip helps the monroe county sheriff's department get a large supply of methamphetamin e off the streets.

A confidential tip led to over six pounds of ice.

The department says the wholesale value of the drugs is between 30 and 40 thousand dollars.

They place the street value between 60 and 80 thousand.

This is still an active investigation, and the sheriff's office is holding off releasing further information.

Wipe to gfx a registered sex offender from prentiss county finds himself in jail on new charges.

Prentiss county deputies have arrested terry gene smith of marietta for possession of child pornography.

Smith is a registered sex offender, and is also facing charges in lee county for failing to register there.

His bond is set at 75 thousand dollars.

Smith's case will be presented to the next prentiss county grand jury..

Wipe to vo it has been nearly two years since two people were found shot and killed on a road in clay county.

Today, shundray johnson of mantee goes on trial for their deaths.

The victims were found on dixie road.

Kentario boyd and kenya campbell were both 23 years old at the time of their deaths.

Investigators say they both had multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies recovered shell casings from the western clay county scene.

U.s. marshalls arrested johnson in memphis a couple of days after the crime.

Tabarrius coffey of calhoun city is also charged in the case.

First look stinger summary: cold rain, a wintry mix, and even some snow is expected in the region on tuesday.

The best chance of any snow accumulation during this event looks to be across the northern 1/3 to 1/2 of the area.

Warm, wet ground along with air temperatures mainly above freezing as precipitation falls are limiting factors with regards to snow accumulation.

Bottom line: this is not looking like a crippling or impactful system at this time but there could be a few slick spots on area bridges tuesday night.

Sun returns on wednesday.

Monday night: cloudy with areas of showers developing amory voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide the future of alcohol in their city.

The monroe county town has been dry for more than 100 years..but a petition circulated in the community got enough signatures to bring the matter to the ballot..

Supporters say the sale of beer and liquor will bring more visitors and money to the city.

Those who oppose it say it will bring more problems than benefits// the measure needs a simple majority to pass.

Polls will be open from 7 a-m to 7 p-m tomorrow.

We will track the numbers tomorrow night on wcbi news.

Wipe to vo inaugural celebrations for governor-elect tate reeves have been set and the public is invited to attend.

A worship service will be held sunday, january 12th at galloway united methodist church at 4:00 pm.

A full slate of events is planned for tuesday, january 14th, beginning with the inauguration ceremony at the state capitol at 10:30 am.

The inaugural parade begins at 2:00pm in downtown jackson.

And there will be an open house at the governor's mansion that afternoon..

The celebration culminates with the inaugural ball at the mississippi trade mart at 7:00 pm.

You can see the full schedule of events with additional details at for all mississippi dot.com.

What's in a name?

That's what one state university is asking its students..

Over the last month the student government association at mississippiissippi university for women polled more than two thousand students to see what they think about making a change to the school's name..

Scott martin speaks with students and has their reaction to the idea.

Beginning in 1982, the mississippi university for women has accepted both men and women into the institution.

Since then, some have expressed an interest in a school name that reflects that.

John jacob miller is the president of the student government association and says some students have said they feel left out.

"we have a special environment here at the mississippi university for women.

We're a family.

You never want to have someone left out of the family or someone not feel included.

We're working with a different type of dynamic we're very proud of and we want to make sure everyone's included and feel a part of the family."

In october, sga put together a poll asking students if they'd support a name change.

Students could either vote yes, no, or no opinion.

Just over 2-thousand students took the poll and of that 828 voted yes.

703 said no.

Miller says nearly 79-percent of the student body voted in the poll.

"there's no strong majority one way or the other.

So we really have to do more leg work, a little more elbow grease work to figure out where these numbers lie, and why."

Students we spoke have mixed opinions.

Caitlyn nodine is following in her mother's footsteps, attending muw.

She says she doesn't want the name to change because of the school's legacy.

"i feel like, you don't have to change it.

I feel like just because is says "women" they want to change it.

I don't think they should change it just because of that."

Freshman hanna pettigrew disagrees.

She feels the name needs to be more inclusive.

She voted yes in the poll last month and says part of the reason the name change is needed is because of the growth at the school, especially its growth in athletics.

"more people would come if they didn't think it's a women's college.

Especially for things like sports and stuff."

This isn't something that would happen over night and isn't anything that's set and stone.

The sga is simply being a voice for the students.

No matter the outcome there's one thing everyone agrees on and that's keeping the w's legacy alive.

"we're very proud of our unique little institution and it's history and we want to preserve that the best we can.

Our students are our lifeblood and it is my job and and the entire sga to represent them the best we can."

There's still a lot of research to be done including another poll.

The s-g-a has agreed to open up a referendum inquiry which will consist of multiple steps.

Some of you may remember about ten years ago this came up .

Miller says that played a role in the move to rebrand the school as the "w."

Stinger there's a lot to celebrate at okolona middle school - we'll have that story coming up on wcbi news students at okolona middle school are learning lessons about hard work and rewards.

As allie martin finds progress in the classroom is being measured and celebrated.

Rachel hearn doesn't want any student at okolona middle school to miss out on a big celebration.

Nats "we have a celebration, giving out gift cards, so come and do your best tomorrow and the rest of the week."

Hearn is encouraging students to study hard for tests, or diagnostics, taken as part of the "i ready" program.

The program is used for reading and math and helps teachers track a students' needs, personalize their learning and monitor progress throughout the year.

This is the second year okolona middle school has used i ready, and principal mark fields says the progress has been so good, that an "honors celebration" is set for friday.

"we have kids with i ready that are growing 30 points, at times, we have a love for learning in the hallways, things are going in the right direction, we have parent involvement.

I want to always recognize kids and teachers that go above and beyond and help this school get to where it needs to get."

Standup bridge another key role in the progress is community involvement, principal fields and teachers understand that getting the community's support is vital for success of students and the school.

"we have community entities donating to help make this possible,it takes a village, it really does."

Students are learning that hard work is noticed, and rewarded.

"when you work hard you get so much done and you achieve so many goals, not only for yourself, but the whole school."

"i think it's important, because when you get rewards you will strive to do more and more and get more rewards for it."

Principal fields, teachers and administrators say the students' measured improvements are proof positive that a district's tax base and wealth do not determine success or failure.

In okolona, allie martin, wcbi news the okolona school district was taken over by the state from 2010 to 2012.

The honors celebration takes place friday morning in the high school gym.

Stinger summary: cold rain, a wintry mix, and even some snow is expected in the region on tuesday.

The best chance of any snow accumulation during this event looks to be across the northern 1/3 to 1/2 of the area.

Warm, wet ground along with air temperatures mainly above freezing as precipitation falls are limiting factors with regards to snow accumulation.

Bottom line: this is not looking like a crippling or impactful system at this time but there could be a few slick spots on area bridges tuesday night.

Sun returns on wednesday.

Monday night: cloudy with areas of showers developing from north to south as a cold front passes.

Temperatures will be in the 60s during the evening but they'll be in the 40s to low 50s by sunrise tuesday.

Winds become northerly between 5 and 20 mph.

Tuesday: simply put it will be a raw and nasty day with cold rain showers and northerly winds 10-20 mph.

Wake up temperatures should be in the 40s and low 50s but temperatures will cool into the 30s by late afternoon.

That may support a mix of rain, sleet, and snow across the northern part of the area.

Relatively warm and wet ground should mitigate any wintry impacts during the day.

Tuesday night: rain, and even some snow, may continue through the evening before tapering off.

The best bet for a coating of snow looks to be across the northern 1/3 to 1/2 of the area.

Some slick spots could occur on area bridges if temperatures can cool down to just below freezing during.

In general pavement temperatures will be too warm for any travel issues but some bridges could become slick before the moisture evaporates off the roads.

Wednesday: brighter skies.

Seasonably cool highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Low 30s wednesday night.

Thursday: variably cloudy.

Highs in the mid 50s.

Low 40s thursday night.

Friday: mostly cloudy.

A few showers possible.

Highs the low 50s.

Lows in the 40s friday night.

Saturday: variably cloudy.

Highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Lows near 40 saturday night.

Sunday: variably cloudy.

Highs in mainly in the 50s.

Stinger will sales board delaying say his house later spxn welcome to oxford, mississippi lane kiffin... the newest head coach of the ole miss rebels officially introduced today....kicking off a new era for the football program wcbi sports' courtney robb joins us live from oxford with more from a big day on campus.... "i remember losing here at alabama.

Like i said, we lost this is also laying in with plenty of experience taking all those boxes of his return to the sec the tennessee is where we were seasons under alabama head coach nick sabin in the years 2000 under alabama head coach nick sabin in the years 2008 to 2006 following that he went to a year and you know the story to championship's remembering his time in our spam coming to talk to ... two regular season three years both to the same team.

My brother chris was here and i also spent part of a summer here with the family at chris' house.

When i went around and saw the area and the people...that's a special place.

That's a really neat place to live and you could win there, i saw it -- no one else was beating us.

I always said that's a premiere job and at times has performed like that and at times hasn't.

That's partly why we're here today.

It's our job to bring it back to where it's been before."

As of this getting out of the transfer portal and will be returning to oxford to be on coming upthe ap naming its all-sec team for 2019 a pair of bulldogs on the list....running back kylin hill named to the first team, and defensive end chauncey rivers to the second team hill becomes the first running back at msu to be named first team all-sec since anthony dixon in 2009 alabama sets the mark in selections....a league high 11 chosen to the all-sec teams when we return...chief meteorologist keith gibson will have a last look last




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