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

Thanks for joing us tonight... i'm quentin smith..

Tropical storm barry is slowly moving north through the gulf of mexico... and could make landfall sometime tomorrow..

Mississippi could be feeling the effects..

For the latest we check in with chief meteorologist keith gibson..

He has 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 produce lightning and torrential downpours.

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

State agencies are mobilizing and several are on standby as barry approaches... courtney ann jackson has the latest.

Ready and waiting for barry- that's the story with state agencies today.

The mississippi urban search and rescue task force has a 24 person water rescue crew that deployed friday morning.

"we're anticipating doing som work tomorrow."

The crew split in half-with 12 pre-positioning in pike county and the other 12 at camp shelby.

"if a local agency, county o city, exhausted the resources they have available, we would respond in those areas and what we would do we would respond with usually two boats.

One for the primary mission itself and the other one is a safety boat."

Mdot also has crews on standby for a couple of functions.

First-monitoring to see if there is a need to close flooded highways.

"they can present a ver dangerous situation, especially at night because even though if it only looks like it's an inch of water above it that could be, looks are deceiving and flooding situations like that.

It could be& the road could be washed away completely.

We just never know what kind of situation you're dealing with when you come up to a flooded roadway."

And then there's the potential that debris will need to be cleared.

"mdot personnel are the firs responders.

The ground get saturated in this kind of storm and with highwinds they can easily knock over trees.

Any trees that block a roadway are going to completely shut it down.

So we have crews that are on standby to immediately get out their day or night, chop down these trees, get them out of the way."

All agencies are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

"if they've been in these area before and they know they've had flooding in there before, leave now.

Don't wait till it's too late."

- courtney an jackson - wcbi news earlier this evening - governor phil bryant declared a state of emergency for the entire state of mississippi in anticipation of barry's landfall..

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.

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.

Last night's lightning is believed to be responsible for a house fire in alabama..

The kennedy fire department responded to a home on just off of highway 96... it took several fire crews... four hours to put out the blaze... yesterday day evening around 5 we received a page for a house that was struck by lightning by the time we got there, which was less than 5 minutes, the house was fully engulfed.

No one was injured in the fire.

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 wx 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 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 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.

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 our 60 schools in 60 days countdown continues...we check in on the amory panthers coming up next in sports 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 hazzle: "when you have th michael jordan's in your house, and the lebron james right in your house.

Teach your children the basic things and make their way in life.

We live our lives but we want to give back to our kids."

Boyd: "it's an important rol for a person like me because of the way i came up and the environment i had to come through and the things i had to go through.

I think it's important to show them that through all the adversity someone can come out and make it to these places and these levels to go be the people that we need to be.

So i think it's important for me to come out and show these guys they can do it and they need to do it."

Mississippi state in the process of finalizing its schedule ..

Match-ups and gametimes for the 2019 myrtle beach invitational state will open up in the tournament during thanksgiving week against tulane the bulldogs begin with a game against tulane thursday and will play either villanova bruce is celebrating the 29th annual sawmill festival ..

More than sixty vendors have taken over the town square, selling arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry and other goods.

There is also food, and entertainment and political speeches.

The festival kicked off today with civic groups having one big event, and agreeing to split the profits to help the community throughout the year.

"i just love the atmosphere love to be out here, love, cook outside anyway, and i just love seeing, meeting new people and people from all different counties."

" i like supporting the loca organizations, this my relatives here, and i like exploring new things, finding objects and artifacts that i usually don't see around."

The sawmill festival runs through saturday evening.

For more on activities at the festival, go to our website at wcbi dot com.

Last look stinger last look there's downpour so i see that right there were tracking mary when

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