July 31 Local Headlines

The former FEMA personnel chief is facing accusations of creating a toxic work atmosphere and hiring women as possible sexual partners for male employees. Corey Coleman headed up the personnel department from 2011 until resigning in June. The Washington Post got a copy of a seven-month investigation into Coleman. It says he hired a number of friends and fraternity brothers to positions and then gave jobs to women he would meet in bars and on dating sites. He allegedly promoted those women to positions without going through normal hiring channels so that his friends could attempt to have relationships with them.

A former nurse at the George County Correctional Facility is headed to prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in the death of an inmate in 2014. Carmon Brannan was accused of failing to provide adequate medical care over a nine-day period to William Dixon, an insulin dependent diabetic. She was handed a 15-year prison sentence.

A Pearl River County man is dead after being hit by a northbound Amtrak passenger train while wearing earbuds. Colton Hall was walking between the tracks near Jackson Landing Road when he was struck around 8:30 yesterday morning.

A couple of Mississippi casinos will be the first in the state to take advantage of nationwide legalized sports betting. The wagers will take place at noon tomorrow at Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica.

Several Mississippi members of the U.S. Congress say that 20 airports in the state will be receiving federal dollars for various improvement projects. The grants total nearly ten-million-dollars and are being awarded on behalf of the FAA. The largest of the grants will go to Gulfport-Biloxi International and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International airports.

Quite an honor for the Moss Point High Tigerettes Dance Team, they’ve been invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They’ve already raised half of the $30-thousand it’ll take to get there.  If you’d like to help, you can drop off donations at City Hall. 

A Pascagoula man that claims he was abducted by aliens 45 years ago is sharing his story.  Calvin Parker has written a book on the experience, “Pascagoula:  The Closest Experience”.  He told WLOX sharing his story has been therapeutic.  As for non-believers…he says he thinks it’s pretty narrow- minded to think we’re the only planet in the solar system that has life on it.


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