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Barbara Nell House Leggett

Barbara Nell House Leggett, 87, passed away Sunday morning, May 31, 2020 at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital.  Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at Oakridge cemetery in Clarksdale with the Rev. Scott Wright and the Rev. Danny Smith officiating.


Dennis E. Thomas

Dennis E. Thomas, 50, of Jonestown Died May 30, 2020 at his residence. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. June 5, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Funeral service is at noon June 6, 2020 at the Timothy Burrel Building in Jonestown with the Rev. Bennie Brown presiding.


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.



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Freddie Lenard Sr.

Freddie Lenard Sr., 72, Clarksdale died March 17, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. May 22, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at noon May 23, 2020 at Springfield Cemetery with pastor James Bennett presiding.  Arrangements are entrusted Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.


Graduation Parade!

By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,

 

Some things you only get one chance to do and walking across a stage or football field to be handed your high school diploma after 12-years of hard work is one of them.

Lee Academy’s Class of 2020 graduation will be in one of two places – in the school’s gymnasium or on the football field.


Linda Covington Edgerley

Linda Covington Edgerley, 79, a homemaker of Southaven and formerly of Clarksdale, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Hermitage Gardens in Southaven. Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is handling the arrangements.


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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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The Clarksdale Mass Choir

By TROY CATCHINGS,

The Clarksdale Mass Choir, under the direction of Terry Carr, peforms Sunday night at the Sunflower River Gospel Festival. Other featured groups were Dianne and the Supreme Angels, Union Grove Choir, Jonestown Crusaders, MSLG Mass Choir and the highlight of the evening, The Myles Family, from Kosciusco.






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