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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 25, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 25, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 25, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - JULY 25, 2019

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Thanks for joing us..

Noxubee county residents are getting a status report on the county's schools superintendent rod broadnax is giving a state of the schools address.

Our quentin smith is at that meeting.

He joins us live in macon with more..... aundrea... scene..

You may remember... it was around this time last year when rodriguez broadnax was brought in as the interim superintendent... after the district was taken over by the state... tonight..

Broadnax will give an update on the progress the district has made within in this past year..

He'll give updates on things such as... academic performance... the school's budget... and teacher staffing..

Along with that, broadnax will also unveil his new strategic plan for the upcoming school year... this meeting is getting underway right now as we speak... i'm going to head on inside... but we will have much more from this meeting coming up tonight on wcbi news at 9 and 10.... but for now... reporting live in macon.... quentin smith... wcbi news... from mold problems to being displaced, the past 2 years have been challenging for employees at the abernethy federal courthouse.

Now the building is getting a makeover..

Our rylie livingston takes a look at what it's taken to get to this point.

She joins us in the studio with more.

New windows, carpet, and hvac units.

Just some of things contractors will be working on.

But for chief judge sharion aycock the renovated courthouse is going to be mold free.

Back in 2017 mold forced the closing of the abernethy federal courthouse and displaced employees.

But a top to bottom renovation will soon be underway... "it feels wonderful to b ready to get started with construction and finish it i think we're going to have a beautiful building it's going to be clean nice mold free."

But getting to this point hasn't been easy.

"first of all just imagine tha you vacate all employees from a courthouse building and then because of the mold we had to bring in a vendor that could clean every single item down to the pencils books in the courthouse ,and then of course also the planning the development the examination of the systems. it's truly been a daily project since about february 2018."

To help pay for the 12 million dollar project the court partnered with the general services administration and tennessee valley authority to get a utility energy service contract to replace mold infected hvac systems and energy upgrades.

"to do this type of contrac anything you do you has to have an energy savings component to it so we had to make sure unfortunately we couldn't do some of the things we wanted to do so we are using other funds for that.

If we waited on other finding it would be years."

The cost of the project is high but aycock says it's more practical than the alternative.

"so many people have inquire why not build a new courthouse well we are building a courthouse on a shoestring in greenville and it's a $40 million project so no we could not build a new courthouse so we just had to do the next best thing."

The courthouse is a point of pride for aberdeen and aycock says it was important to keep it there.

"we are in a rural part of th state we look for industry and economic development assets.

Work the courthouse generates the business, the comings and going, the salaries that are generated by court employees is in monroe county is one of monroe county's largest industry's."

Boots are expected to hit the ground in september or october.

The energy project should take about a year to complete with move in hopefully getting underway at the beginning of 2021.

A public - private partnership lays the groundwork for a project to develop and attract industry in north mississippi.

There was groundbreaking today for a "spe building" a martintown south industrial park in new albany.

It's the first project by a group of private investors known as "enhanc mississippi."

The 100 thousand square foot building will be marketed to manufacturers and can be customized to their own needs.

State and federal grants will help improve infrastructure at the industrial park.

An access road is also being built for the martintown north industrial park.

First look stinger first look summary: lots of sun remains on tap for friday and the weekend.

Our comfortable air mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Friday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs around 90.

Variable winds between 3 and 7 mph.

Centred up on what would have been his 78th birthday, emmett till is in the news again as the u.s. justice department is apparently investigating a photograph of 3 young men holding guns, posing in front of a till memorial sign.

The picture was released today by the mississippi center for investigative reporting..

According to their reporting, the three men attend the university of mississippi.

The students have apparently been suspended from kappa alpha fraternity.

Till's beating and murder in 1955 at the age of 14 is considered to be a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

The sign is full of bullet holes, but there is no proof that the three are responsible for the damage..

The article says an ole miss student saw the photo on an instagram post and made a formal bias complaint with the school.

The university apparently handed the photo over to the university police, who according to the article, contacted the fbi.

Take gfx off top a traffic stop by the clay county sheriff's office k-9 unit lands a west point man in jail.

34-year-old thomas rodgers is charged with possession of methamphetamin e along with two traffic violations.

Clay county sheriff eddie scott says a small amount of meth was found on rodgers.

Rodgers' bond is set at five thousand dollars.

He remains in custody.

Pickens county's new sheriff says he's looking to the future and ready to make a positive impact.

Today is sheriff todd hall's first day on the job.

The former gordo police chief says he's ready to work for the people of the west alabama county and instill confidence in the sheriff's department.

Governor kay ivey appointed hall to the position yesterday.

This comes after former sheriff david abston resigned and later pled guilty to two federal charges.

Hall believes county leaders willing to listen to what needs deputies have while on patrol.

"resources are always problem in a rural area and pickens county is a very rural county, and resources are an issue with us.

So, we're going to be looking to work with the county commission, and i've already spoken with some of the commissioners, and all, and they understand our position."

Pickens county coroner chad harless served as acting sheriff until hall was appointed.

Stinger it's a ábigá birthday and a ábigá present for a columbus woman... we find out why she's celebrating when we a columbus woman is celebrating a big birthday in a big way.

She's moving in to a brand new home.

Mary bush is 90 years young today.

It just happens to be the day she's moving in to her new home built by volunteers with habitat for humanity.

To help her celebrate, family members from all over are in town.

She has kids who drove from abilene texas, oklahoma city, and birmingham to be here for the special occasion.

Ms. bush says you're never to old to celebrate.

"today's your birthday, yes i is.

I love it.

I haven't spent no night yet but i'm spending the night to night.

I'm happy, i'm feeling happy today.

Shed my little tear and i'm having a good time with my family."

Her family will stay in town for the next few days helping her get things sorted out.

Centred up a summer reading program in columbus wraps up with an indoor parade, songs, and fun.

This morning mother goose hosted a special program at the library for kids who've been coming to her program throughout the summer at the library.

They've been sharing story hour, learning about good manners, and playing games.

Our very own aundrea and her daughtdaughter, emilee helped lead songs and hand out certificates and goodie bags at the program.

Wipe to vo a camp in columbus is teaching kids how to be leaders.

Gear up leadership academy is a summer camp at genesis church.

Today kids ages four through 14 were taking part in a scavenger hunt exercise.

The camp focuses on leadership, working together, and helping build self confidence.

The camp wraps up tomorrow.

Stinger weather open summary: lots of sun remains on tap for friday and the weekend.

Our comfortable air mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Friday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs around 90.

Variable winds between 3 and 7 mph.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s saturday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs around 90s.

Lows saturday night in the upper 60s.

Sunday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs around 90.

Just a 20% chance of a spotty afternoon shower or storm.

Higher rain chances across southern and southwestern ms & al.

Next week: we're boosting rain chances monday - wednesday due to tropical moisture returning and a weak cold front moving towards the region.

Daily rain and storm chances go up to around 40%.

Steamy highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s settle back in along with lows in the lower 70s.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger mass will trend towards a more humid air mass by the sunday and that could lead to a stray shower or storm.

Better rain and storm chances come back next week.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and comfortable.

Lows in the low to mid 60s with light and variable wind.

Friday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs around 90.

Variable winds between 3 and 7 mph.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s saturday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs around 90s.

Lows saturday night in the upper 60s.

Sunday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs around 90.

Just a 20% chance of a spotty afternoon shower or storm.

Higher rain chances across southern and southwestern ms & al.

Next week: we're boosting rain chances monday - wednesday due to tropical moisture returning and a weak cold front moving towards the region.

Daily rain and storm chances go up to around 40%.

Steamy highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s settle back in along with lows in the lower 70s.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger the high school football tour makes the trip to noxubee county to check in with the tigers...see the preview next in sports in true mississippi state fashion, samantha ricketts waving that cowbell loud and proud while being introduced as the newest head softball coach as the former associate coach, ricketts has the advantage of already being familiar with her team now as she begins this new era of bulldog softball she already knows what changes she's looking to make...one of those plans she says...using more data and more technology "we used it quite a bit in ou offense i think more and more each year.

We brought in sensors this past year that we used every day in the fall.

There's also a couple different systems that will measure things such as exist velocity, attack angle, all of that.

I think we can use those more.

I always think we can do more with it.

Also with the pitching side i think we can use it a lot more.

Just so the girls understand spin rate, trajectory, what their break points are on their pitches so they have actual measureable goals for what they want to do and what they might want to see their curve ball do.

By noxubee county standards...last year was a down year... in tigers country...state championship are the expectations....a nd a lot of new faces will be charged with bringing a sixth gold ball to macon, mississippi the noxube county tigers are the 33rd stop on the high school football tour ááábillboardáá the tyrone shorter era at noxubee county has come to a close...opening the door for a familiar face to take the reigns former player and assistant coach teddy young is now the leader of the tigers..young stepping up to the challenge of continuing success for his hometown team.

"it's a dream come true.

Played here, won my first state championship here.

Won the state championship as the offensive coordinator and assistant coach.

So i'm still getting used to it.

Sometimes i wake up and i still can't believe myself."

"he's been getting on my tail lot, so that really built my bond with him a lot.

The off season work, well, like right now, we're getting at it.

A little trash talking here and there."

A new head coach will lead a lot of new faces..the tigers will be a young bunch after losing 20 talented seniors from a season ago... change happening everywhere in macon, and forcing key players in new positions....most notably leading tackler marlon windham taking on the role of quarterback "at first, when i first started, was a little nervous.

I didn't know if i could do it or not.

But my team need a quarterback, so i stepped up."

"i've been coaching them sinc they were in peewee.

This senior class, i'm blessed with a great senior class.

Don't have too many, have like twelve, but they're leaders.

The younger kids are looking up to them, and i feel like i can put my prints on the program the way i want it."

The theme of new doesn't just stop in the locker room..noxubee county's reign of terror over class 4a has come to an end, with the tiger's reclassification to region 4-3a so a new head coach, new players, new region.... but there's only one thing that doesn't change in noxubee county, and that's the pursuit of the gold ball "they hungry.

They hungry t get to hattiesburg.

That's all they talk about.

Getting to hattiesburg, getting to hattiesburg, and i think they've been working hard.

They've been working hard, showing up to summer workouts.

They know it starts in the weightroom."

"the group of guys i got, well they push me hard and i push them hard.

We stay on each other tail a lot.

We don't want no less from nobody."

"it's a lot of people sleepin on us.

Just go out and show out."

The new era in noxubee county begins with a monster rivalry showdown...a home meeting with the louisville wildcats in week one.

With the tigers on the high school football tour, tom eble, wcbi sports."

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