Mrs. Gail Jacks Dixon, 82, long time resident of Clarksdale passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at her home. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m.
James Edward Davis, 70, of Clarksdale, born April 27, 1950, died.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. June 12 at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Visitation is at Century Funeral Home from 1 to 5 p.m. June 11.
Century Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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.
Nathaniel Moore, 61, of Clarksdale, born April 10, 1959, died.
Funeral services were May 29. Burial was at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Visitation was 1 to 5 p.m. May 28 at Century Funeral Home.
Century Funeral Home handled arrangements.
More testing has turned up more cases of COVID-19 in Coahoama County with five new cases reported Wednesday and ten new cases reported over the holiday weekend.
One new case of coronavirus was confirmed in the community today with Coahoma County now reporting 128 cases over the past 78 days of the pandemic.
The county has recorded 26 cases of the disease over the past 14 days after two weeks of intense testing around the county uncover more cases.
William R. "Buddy" Jackson, 95, of Marks, Francis Landing Hunting Club, and Senatobia, passed away May 1, 2020 at Oxford Baptist Hospital. He was born in Sledge and was a long-time resident and businessman in Marks.
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.
Nina Chicouras Zachary, 88, of West Helena, Ark., passed away on Jan. 27, 2020, due to natural causes after a brief illness.
Walmart has not closed and shoppers continue to come in seeking -- well, toilet paper.
"We are open and we have items on the shelf," said Walmart manager Sam Conner. "We get trucks everyday and stock it when we get it."
Police are trained to make split second decisions.
Cpl. L.J. Peters made the right decision Sunday morning and a 2-year-old is probably alive because his quick action.
A call came into the Clarksdale Police Department about 10 a.m. Sunday that a 2-year-old boy had been shot in the torso at 520 McKinley Street.
The Mississippi Library Commission recently named 12 public library systems as Mississippi Library Stars for the 2017 fiscal year. Among the 12 honored was the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale.
Dillard Dee Melton, Sr., 86, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at his home in Tutwiler.
Mr. Dillard was a workaholic, avid hunter and cotton grower who lived and breathed farming.
At least one member of a board that oversees a youth program in Coahoma County said he has no interest in serving as an advisor.
Police activity reported on Wednesday, Aug. 17
* 500 block of West Second Street. Two televisions and a PlayStation 4 were taken.
Police activity reported Tuesday, April 16