The number of unpaid fines just keeps getting bigger and bigger and as Supervisors look to figure out the county’s 2020-21 budget next month, that revenue stream becomes more and more attractive.
Ethel Johnson, 70, of Clarksdale, born in December 1950, died.
Funeral services are noon Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 with the Rev. Tyler officiating. Graveside services are at Oak Ridge Cenetery. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Century Funeral Home.
Century Funeral Home is handling arraangments.
Linda Young, 49, of Clarksdale died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at home.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Willie Noah Jr., 77, of Clarksdale died July 19, 2020 at Northwest Regional Medical Center.
Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. July 24, 2020 07/24/2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. July 25, 2020 at McLaurin Garden Cemetery with the Rev. L.C.Tyler presiding.
JONESTOWN — Mayor Kenny Lester pleaded guilty on four counts of embezzlement for converting public funds to his own use in Circuit Judge Charlie Webster’s courtroom Friday and resigned as Mayor of Jonestown effective 5 p.m. Monday.
COVID-19 stopped many businesses and institutions, but it has not stopped CARE Station from serving the hungry of this community.
The Care Station and Mid-South Food Bank will host their fourth mobile food pantry distribution at the Expo Center next week. Approximately 13-tons of food was distributed in their last effort.
Testing in Coahoma County last week has seen the number of new cases of COVID-19 rise with 33 new cases reported Thursday. There have been no new deaths reported since July 20.
The county reported 276 total cases as of Friday, July 17 and that number has skyrocketed with 350 new cases reported in just 13 days.
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.
Sara Catherine Hood and Matthew Lafayette Wilson exchanged their personal handwritten wedding vows at an intimate candlelight ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Belen Baptist Church, in Belen, Mississippi.
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."
Nina Chicouras Zachary, 88, of West Helena, Ark., passed away on Jan. 27, 2020, due to natural causes after a brief illness.
Roosevelt Robinson, 92, of Friars Point, Miss., died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Regional One Health Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Clarkdale native Felichia Fields, assistant executive director at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, has been recognized as a top leader in the field of long-term care and senior care.
Fields was named a Rising Star in the nationwide 2019 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Awards.
Clarksdale resident Alcorn Russell has been at a disadvantage for several years, but that did not stop him from winning the 2018 Magnolia Mississippi Chapter of Safari Club International Greg Kitchens Outstanding Hunter Award.
Michael Scott Monaghan, 66, a dispatcher at the University of Mississippi and former Clarksdale resident, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford.
Mike, who lived in Oxford, was an avid reader.