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WCBI News at Six - Friday, July 12th, 2019
WCBI News at Six - Friday, July 12th, 2019
WCBI News at Six - Friday, July 12th, 2019

Good night.

Tropical storm barry is churning off the louisiana coast, but mississippi could feel the wrath too.

You're looking at video from bay st.

Louis this afternoon..

And it's not just the coastal areas preparing for the storm.

Our area could be in the path also.

For the latest we turn things over to chief meteorologist keith gibson for a first look at tonight's forecast... first look stinger first look summary: the remnants of tropical storm barry will swirl through the mississippi river valley this weekend.

For us that means an isolated tornado threat from saturday pm into monday in addition to a heavy rain threat.

A swath of 2-8?

Or more may fall across the wcbi viewing area between now and monday night.

Flooding, flash flooding, and scattered power outages are things that may occur during the coming days.

Friday night: evening showers and t-showers should mainly fade away before midnight but some activity may linger into the night on a isolated basis.

Look for lows in the 70s with southeasterly breezes between 3 and 8 mph.

Saturday: highs in the mid to upper 80s with southeasterly winds between 10 and 15 mph.

Bands of showers and storms will be possible from about midday onward.

Any cell may heavy rains in february left parts of calhoun county underwater..

Now, with tropical storm barry possibly bringing more rain to the area people are watching the skies..

Our rylie livingston talks to the ema director about how he is preparing for possible floods.

She joins us in the studio with more.

It's a waiting game in calhoun county.

Ema director randy skinner is keeping a close eye on barry and preparing for the worst.

High water, displaced residents, washed out roads.

Back in february parts of calhoun county experienced it all.

Now roads are dry but with uncertainty surrounding tropical storm barry emergency manager randy skinner says he's getting ready for a repeat..

"we always plan for the wors we are pre-staging sandbags at this time in the areas that were affected in the february storms around jimmy beckley area.

Right now we have 2000 pre-staged already filled we also have another load that is coming in empty sandbags but we are securing sand to put in those bags and have it ready if we need it" skinner says heavy rains could cause lasting impacts.

"when the flood happened i february grenada lake was currently at its lowest stage and those four days in february when we had our flood the last time the lake itself rose 23 to 24 feet so this time there's nowhere for the water to go because grenada is already filled to 12 foot above summer pool so if we get another 11 to 12 inches there's nowhere for the water to go so it's going to hold longer."

He is encouraging residents to have a plan in place, stay weather aware, and keep an eye on water levels.

"we are trying to get the wor out now basically if you see the water rising please do not stay find a place to go then because after it starts rising it'll be too late."

Skinner says mississippi wildlife fisheries and parks is on standby if water rescues are need.

Vo off top and it's not just ema directors keeping an eye out on barry... farmers also have concerns.

Trent barnett with the msu extension service says high winds could damage corn crops.

And flooding could be a problem for low lying areas.

But he says the crops, including sweet potatoes, should be able to handle heavy rains.

"due to the stage o development we are in we should be okay as long as the plant is not under water.

If we were later in our growing season then we would really be concerned with that root development.

If we can just keep the water off those plants."

If the crop is under water for more than 24 hours barnett says that when damage would become a concern.

Take developing story stinger centred up a former lee county deputy, already under indictment, is now facing another charge.

45-year-old mike mayhew of plantersville is accused of threatening to harm lee county sheriff jim johnson.

The state attorney general's office says mayhew is accused of telling a witness to relay a threatening message to johnson.

Investigators say the statement came after johnson reported mayhew to the ag's office for allegedly submitting false time sheets for work that has not been done.

Mayhew has been released on a circuit court bond for the new charge.

He faces up to three years in prison, if convicted.

The ag's office was asked to investigate the reported threat.

Getting cases to court requires evidence, and much of that evidence is processed by the state crime lab, but personnel problems are slowing things down..

Jackson's cbs talks with mississippi's crime lab director about this critical staff shortage.

Analysts and physicians are hanging up their coats... leaving the mississippi state crime lab and medical examiner's office short staffed and backlogged on cases.

"that's adding to a consisten backlog and an ever-growing backlog of criminal cases, and then the medical examiner's office... we only have two full time physicians."

Lanaya standup: right now howell says they're receiving 400 more drug cases per month.

That's more than they can possibly work.

"we have about 1,400 autopsie a year that are split up between these two doctors.

We have over a homicide a day... and then they've got their court they have to go to."

Howell explains examiners are usually able to give a preliminary autopsy report but when it comes to giving families a full report - that's when the delay comes in.

"i get those phone calls and i bothers me.

Sometimes we don't have the answers or don't have the answers as fast as we should have or could have... but we try to help them as best we can."

As far as a solution to this cris in the crime lab - it'll come with a hefty price.

"our entry-level people ar coming in at 15-20- thousand dollars less than the surrounding state.

So we're a great training ground.

As soon as we train them they're gone."

Centred up it was a grand celebration as the city of louisville bids farewell to man who's spent nearly 40 years in public service a big crowd was on hand for a retirement reception honoring outgoing police chief l- m claiborne.

Dozens of city..

County..

And state leaders... along with law enforcement officers... came out to the celebration... the veteran officer was given plaques and gifts as everyone thanked him for his service.

Sean holdiness was recently named the new police chief... stinger preserving the past is the lesson plan for 3 alabama sisters... we look at their legacy of learning when we come back... welcome back..

Continuing the spirit of education... that's what three sisters have been working on in pickensville for the past decade.

After almost ten years the historic pickensville rosenwald school has re- opened to the public... as a museum.

Our cash matlock spoke with the locke sisters and has more on their labor of love.

He joins us live in the studio, cash?

The locke sisters say the historic pickensville rosenwald school is the product of booker t.

Washington and julius rosenwald's efforts to provide education to african americans in the rural south..

There were six of these schools in pickens county... now, there is only one left..

The sisters say it's crucial to preserve the building's history while we still can.

Dozens of tourists braved the near hundred degree heat in pickensville to get a glimpse inside the historic rosenwald school... and perhaps a glimpse into the past.

"it means the world to us.

It's dream come true.

We never wanted our school to die."

Mary lock-fuseyamore and her two sisters have been working since 2010 to restore their beloved school house.

The same school they attended as children with 9 of their siblings.

"we attended this school, al 12 of us.

We were a part of this community."

"my father brought me t school on the back of a white horse."

All three locke sisters grew up and went on to live as far away as new york.

But, they always dreamed of returning home.

"in my mind, it was always tha after retirement, i'm coming back to my hometown because the land was calling!"

The sisters say the new museum is continuing the spirit of education to a new generation.

"gives them some hope.

To le them know that they can rise above and beyond."

"it was about taking a villag to raise a child.

So, i'm a product of this village."

"we try to educate th community, especially the youth, that they don't have to leave... apply yourselves, be the best that you can be, and hopefully what ever trade you decide to take up or whatever career you decide to do, you'll find some time to give back to a place such as this because this is your home and i'm very proud of it."

The sisters say they hope the museum will continue to grow in the years to come.

"we expected to see... it wil be.

Not expect.

It will be bigger."

"this place deserves more.

W cannot let it die.

There's too much invested in not only this building, but investment in us from our ancestors, and we need to keep it going."

The historic pickensville rosenwald school museum is funded through a public grant from the university of michigan.

For more in formation you can visit our website at wcbi dot com.

Stinger weather open summary: the remnants of tropical storm barry will swirl through the mississippi river valley this weekend.

For us that means an isolated tornado threat from saturday pm into monday in addition to a heavy rain threat.

A swath of 2-8?

Or more may fall across the wcbi viewing area between now and monday night.

Flooding, flash flooding, and scattered power outages are things that may occur during the coming days.

Friday night: evening showers and t-showers should mainly fade away before midnight but some activity may linger into the night on a isolated basis.

Look for lows in the 70s with southeasterly breezes between 3 and 8 mph.

Saturday: highs in the mid to upper 80s with southeasterly winds between 10 and 15 mph.

Bands of showers and storms will be possible from about midday onward.

Any cell may produce lightning and torrential downpours.

There is also a low end risk for a tornado or two as well.

Saturday night: some showers/storms may occur but it is possible activity may pulse down a bit overall.

Look for lows in the 70s.

Sunday-monday: the remnant circulation of barry is expected to pass to our west through louisiana and arkansas; however, a band of heavy rain may still affect our region.

Total storm rainfall is likely going to be highest west of us 45 where 2?

To 8?

Or more may fall.

East of us 45 there may be as little as 1?

To as much as 4?.

A very sharp gradient may occur between areas that get soaked and areas that don't get that much rain.

The isolated tornado threat will continue as well.

Tuesday-friday: barry's remnants will pull away by tuesday but the chance of showers and storms will continue on a scattered basis for a few days.

Gradually warming temperatures into the low and mid 90s can be expected as we see more and more sunshine.

Heat index values are going to pulse back up into the 100s by the end of the week.

River valley this weekend.

For us that means an isolated tornado threat from saturday pm into monday in addition to a heavy rain threat.

A swath of 2-8?

Or more may fall across the wcbi viewing area between now and monday night.

Flooding, flash flooding, and scattered power outages are things that may occur during the coming days.

Friday night: evening showers and t-showers should mainly fade away before midnight but some activity may linger into the night on a isolated basis.

Look for lows in the 70s with southeasterly breezes between 3 and 8 mph.

Saturday: highs in the mid to upper 80s with southeasterly winds between 10 and 15 mph.

Bands of showers and storms will be possible from about midday onward.

Any cell may produce lightning and torrential downpours.

There is also a low end risk for a tornado or two as well.

Saturday night: some showers/storms may occur but it is possible activity may pulse down a bit overall.

Look for lows in the 70s.

Sunday-monday: the remnant circulation of barry is expected to pass to our west through louisiana and arkansas; however, a band of heavy rain may still affect our region.

Total storm rainfall is likely going to be highest west of us 45 where 2?

To 8?

Or more may fall.

East of us 45 there may be as little as 1?

To as much as 4?.

A very sharp our 60 schools in 60 days countdown continues...we check in on the amory panthers coming spx open the 19th stop of the high school football tour visits with the amory panthers..

The panthers will be tested in a new class and new division in 2019..but will lean on one of the most experienced rosters in the area ááábillboardááá "with that group, and with ou group together as upperclassmen, man, this could be the year honestly."

The expectations are sky high in amory.

The panthers return 17 of its 22 starters from a season ago....a battle tested group that will take the hardships of the past two seasons into region 1-3a..the first time in more than a decade amory will compete in 3a "you expect big things thi year, but we're still fairly young in a lot of spots.

We'll have some bumps and bruises early on, but hopefully with the nondivison schedule we're going to play, it'll get us ready for our division schedule" "it prepared us.

Teams lik pontotoc, shannon, itawamba, i think it prepared us real good for teams we're going to play this year.

"my expectations don't change i want to play the best there is, whether it's tupelo in 6a, or smithville in 1a, i want to play my game how it's supposed to be, and i know this team does as well."

The new division won't be seeing any new faces under center against amory....hunter jones returning for his third season as starting qb... jones made a jump a season ago...completing 65-percent of his passes while throwing and rushing for 31 touchdowns... the rising juniors wants to step up in a bigger way than the state sheet "this year, i have to step in big role.

I mean, last year, i was a little bit of a leader, but this year i got to be the man.

This is my team now, i have to take it up underneath my wing, and we got to roll with it."

"he's the straw that stirs th drink for us on offense.

Good football player, got a bit of moxy about him.

We're obviously glad about having him back and having the other guys back as well."

Jones and company will open the 2019 season with a familiar face, taking on itawamba ahs.... with amory on the high school football tour, tom eble, wcbi sports."

ááábillboardááá there are still plenty of stops to go on our high school football tour...about 40 days worth of stops we'll of course continue on through throughout the weekend..saturd ay we will be checking in on the water valley blue devils seeing what they're up to and then on sunday, we'll be checking in on the winona tigers seeing how they're preparing mark your calendars, because alabama week begins on monday with the aliceville yellowjackets followed by the blue devils in sulligent if you've missed any stops along the way you can always go watch them on our website at wcbi.com the art of giving back to the community was on full display at the roy e hazzle gym in aberdeen the high school hosting the 25th annual razzle dazzle basketball camp open to all ages, kids received instruction on basketball basics followed by a few special visits from some mississippi football stars such as nfl pro josh boyd camp organizer, roy e hazzle talked about the importance of giving back to the aberdeen community we'll have more from hazzle coming up tonight on wcbi sports sometimes now downpour a

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