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Expectations are sky high for eighth grader Irieyonia “Mook” Jackson’s basketball career at Coahoma Early College High School.
Jackson, a point guard, comes from the town of Coahoma and has been preparing for the big stage with the Lady Tigers since her career began in third grade at Jonestown Elementary School.
Coahoma Early College High School assistant basketball coach Thomas Williams Sr., whose nickname is “ESPNTom,” is recognizing achievements of players in Coahoma County with his first ESPNTom All-State Basketball Team for the 2019-20 season.
Williams Sr. named one team for the boys and another for the girls with 10 athletes each.
Dollie Mae Blue, 67, of Clarksdale died April 4, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Stringer-Redmon Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Clarksdale’s premier blues festival will not be held this year due to health concerns from the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement released this morning, Juke Joint Festival organizers said the event set for April 18 will be cancelled and rescheduled for April 17, 2021.
Patrice Broomfield lacked size and joined a high school basketball team as a freshman that finished at the bottom of its district.
The Coahoma Community College Basketball program was recently under the spotlight for having several players recognized by the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC). Two standout players went beyond the call of duty to achieve their goals on and off the court.
Herman Bridges, 69, of Clarksdale died March 10, 2020.
Funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Woolf Funeral Home of Clarksdale with pastor Wade Wortham presiding.
Woolf Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Lee Academy seniors Brett Wilson and Anna Byrd both made contributions for their teams during the Class 3A-4A-5A MAIS All-Star Basketball Game at Jackson Prep March 6.
The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the last of three suspects allegedly involved in a shooting incident at a Valero store near Tunica, Sunday morning where an officer returned fire and wounded a suspect.
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.
Employees at Fred’s in Clarksdale learned Friday their store is scheduled to close, but have not been given a date on when the downtown business will shut its doors.
“Employees are not allowed to talk about it,” said Byron Abbey, a Fred’s employee since 1999. “We have been told very little.”
State auditor issues more than $1.1 million in demands; Former tourism director Allen, former CCC employees indictedBy FROM STATE AUDITOR'S OFFICE,
JACKSON – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from the Auditor’s office have made arrests in two separate cases after a grand jury assembled by District Attorney for the 11th District Brenda Mitchell indicted Gwendolyn Jefferson, Stacie Neal, and Kappi Allen.
Barbara Jamison, at left, serves up an offering of John Wayne casserole to Gail Collins, at right, during Friday’s Taste of Clarksdale at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium. Also shown are Janise Ray, center, and Janette Stokes, back right, as they were manning the table for the Aaron E. Henry Head Start Center in Clarksdale.
Recount will not affect other races or Aug. 27 runoff election
Four Coahoma County Democratic candidates are asking for an examination of ballot boxes for a wide range of reasons, including alleged voter fraud and polling place errors following the Aug. 6 primary election.
The Pig is back.
In a town where residents say they’ve been hungry for another grocery store option, Piggly Wiggly announced Monday plans to build a new store along Desoto Avenue near the Highway 61 bypass.
A man charged in a Clarksdale murder in mid-November made his initial court appearance on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Nikolus TaShawn White, 19, had his request for bond denied by Clarksdale Municipal Court Judge Derek Hopson and White remains lodged in the Coahoma County Jail.
Ca’Stancia Leroyce Sonley, 37, of Clarksdale died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
A family viewing will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
It appears the Sunflower River peaked at nearly 22 and a half feet in downtown Clarksdale at about 9 p.m. Sunday before starting a slow withdrawal.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, the river was at 22.35 feet and starting a slow, steady descent, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's river gage located at downtown Clarksdale.