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Albert Holman Williams

Albert Holman Williams, 76, born in Davenport on April 20, 1944, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was a Clarksdale resident and graduated from Coahoma Agricultural High School (“Aggie”). He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Tugaloo College.


City eases shutdown restrictions under direction of Governor

By FLOYD INGRAM / THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

 

Clarksdale will be under executive orders at least one more week as the Board of Mayor and Commissioners decided to mirror the state’s leadership and follow the Governor's guidelines.

“We are in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi,” said Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy. “We have seen an uptick and I want to remind people roaming around, if you don’t have essential business to do, go home.”


Sammy L. Cotton

Sammy L. Cotton, 67, of Clarksdale died May 30, 2020 at his residence. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. June 5, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Heavenly Rest Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. June 6, 2020 with Pastor Kenny Watson presiding.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.


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Robert Fava Jr.

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,

Robert Fava, Jr., 82, was born on April 14, 1938 and went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 18, 2020 at his home in Alligator. He was the Owner and Operator of Mary Ann’s Variety Store and Fava Brothers Grocery in Alligator for over 50 years. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Glynn Busby

Glynn Busby, 50, of Clarksdale died May 29, 2020. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. June 5, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held at Heavenly Rest Cemetery June 6, 2020.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.


POLICE REPORT

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

The following crime reports were released by the Clarksdale Police Department Assistant Chief Vincent Ramirez, Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18, 2020.

MON. MAY 18

Vehicle Shot

Officers responded to the area of the 500 block of North State Street at 9:11 p.m. in reference to a shooting into a vehicle. When they arrived on the scene, they spoke with Veronica Jenkins and she stated that she was at TigerMart, when she heard several gunshots outside the building.

Jenkins said she came out to find her vehicle along with several other vehicles had been hit by gun fire.

Officers searched the area and found several shell casing in the Daylight Donut shop parking lot.

The case was assigned to Investigator M. Dawson.

Woman Shot

On Monday morning around 12:17 a.m. officers responded to 439 South State Street in reference to a female subject that had shot.

When officers arrived on the scene, they spoke with Tirua Hodges and noticed that she had been shot in the lower back area. Hodges was transported by helicopter to Region One in Memphis in stable condition.

The case was assigned to Investigator K. Walker.

Shots Fired

On Monday officers responded to a call of shots fired on Wildcat Drive. No one was found in the area, but officers searching the area foun several shell casings in the roadway.


Auditor collects $1.3 million in stolen funds

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

State Auditor Shad White’s office returned over $1.3 million back to Mississippi taxpayers last month in stolen or misused funds.

Auditors from the state routinely check and double check the files and funds of both city and county government and are often tipped off by employees of government about abuses and possible theft and fraud.



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Coahoma coronavirus count

By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,

 

A higher than normal COVID-19 infection count and easy accessibility to Memphis, Arkansas and the heart of the Mississippi Delta are reasons Coahoma County was chosen as one of the state’s first two mobile testing sites last week.

Twenty-five Coahoma County residents took advantage of the mobile testing site for the coronavirus in the parking lot of the Expo Center throughout the day on Friday, March 27. The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center organized the testing.“(Clarksdale) was chosen due to a high number of cases and more accessibility for testing,” said Liz Sharlot, Communication Director for MSDH.

Sharlot would not speculate on why the local case count was higher other than to say the disease is new and the state health department continues to learn more about the disease every day.

Clarksdale is the first major community south of the Memphis Metroplex and does have access to a bridge over the Mississippi River. Clarksdale is the northern gateway to the Mississippi Delta.

Locals who felt they had been exposed to the disease were ushered into tents by medical personnel in full bio-hazard suits. The potential patients were then screened for where they had been, how they felt and medical history. Samples were collected by doctors and vans stood by to carry anyone needing advanced healthcare to local hospitals.

According to Marc Rolph, executive director of communications for UMMC, the results of the tests were not available on Friday. It will take several days to determine whether or not those tested had the coronavirus.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 21 reported COVID-19 cases in Coahoma County and no deaths. There were 937 cases in Mississippi and 20 deaths.

There was also a testing site at Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch on the same day.

Rolph reported 85 Desoto County residents took the coronavirus test on Friday.

“Not only is it a bigger, more densely populated area, but they’ve got a pretty strong number of cases already,” Rolph said.

There are 84 reported COVID-19 cases reported in Desoto County and one death as of Tuesday morning.

Olive Branch is also approximately 30 minutes from Memphis, which is in Shelby County. There were 405 reported cases of the coronavirus in Shelby County as of Tuesday morning.

Testing for the coronavirus in Mississippi is not finished.

“I think there’s some talk about other similar operations happening next week, but I just think it’s too early to disclose any location,” Rolph said.

Vicksburg and Greenwood were the site of mobile testing facilities on Tuesday, a massive testing facility was slated to open in Meridian today and a fourth testing location was scheduled for Natchez on Thursday.

Rolph said while healthcare professionals will handle the sick, he said the public could help by following a few simple rules:

“Stay home,” Rolph said. “If you don’t have to leave your house, don’t.

“Social distancing is important,” he added. “If you don’t have to be in any groups, don’t.”

Rolph said social distancing is just as important in every community, whether it has a smaller population like Coahoma County or is a big city.

Sharlot urged anyone who thinks they have been exposed to coronavirus to get tested.

“They should call their healthcare provider immediately; do not just show up,” said Sharlot.

She also said the MSHD website -- https://msdh.ms.gov/ -- is packed with information about the disease, prevention and general information.

EDITOR'S NOTE: See daily coronavirus case count and Mississippi State Department of Health updates at noon each day.






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Billy Joe Williams

Billy Joe Williams, 81, went to be with the Lord Monday morning April 20, 2020, at Oxford Health and Rehab in Oxford. Billy Joe was born in Sumne, on March 25, 1939, to his parents Joe and Lily Rogers Williams. Billy Joe was married to Meadie Rice Williams for 43 years.


County to pay $14 per hour for security at Clarksdale Federal Building

By JOSH TROY / THE PRESS REGISTER,

When individuals were staying in the Federal Building on Sharkey Avenue at night several years ago, Wood & Wood Security began to have guards in the facility.

The service began during Daniel Vassel’s tenure as county administrator in 2010, but there was no official contract.





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