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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT SIX - SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Good evening and thanks for joining us... the state's high court refuses to hear an appeal, moving the oktibbeha county industrial park closer to reality.

Property owners wanted developers to find a new entrance to the park and opposed the rezoning of the property.

The mississippi court of appeals upheld a lower court's ruling to allow starkville to rezone the property on highways 389 and 82.

But the mississippi supreme court did not bring up the issue.

Golden triangle development link ceo joe max higgins tells wcbi quote..

"this is fantastic news for starkville and oktibbeha county.

It is sad that we have lost value time and new industry opportunities.

Key parts of the necessary infrastructure improvements were also delayed while this zoning appeal dragged on."

He also says the organization can move quickly to complete the remaining park improvements.

To read his full statement go to wcbi dot com.

Most people don't start thinking about taxes until the first of the year.

But with budgets for next year due in less than a month, city and county governments are studying the issue now.

And many of them are considering increases.

Our rylie livingston taxes a look at what goes into making that decision.

She joins us live with more.

Aundrea, i'm here in columbus one of the many cities looking to raise taxes.

While it might not be a popular decision it is often a necessary one.

The fiscal year is coming to a close, and next year's budgets are coming together.

Many cities are looking to the future and how to pay for it.

"most everyone has tried to live as conservative as they could for many years.

After a while that catches up, and so at some point, something has to give, and the fact you got to have the finances to make sure that you take care of your basic needs, whether it's about life, safety, or infrastructure."

Mayor will hill knows raising taxes can be unpopular, but it's often necessary.

"one thing that all citizens need to realize on any level is the importance of having vibrant communities that not only you have solid infrastructure and safety is, it's the cycle of having quality health care, quality education, or else we do not have a future to look forward to.

Our future will end up leaving if we do not make sustainable communities."

Mayor hill says while every city and town is different they all have the same struggles.

"your heavy expenditure is typically going to be your personnel providing the services needed and expected.

And then the other one is the big topic infrastructure, roadways.

I mean, we're not even in most cases, cities and towns not able to address sidewalks, things like that, because what's most important is just being able to drive to work, to school, and take care of those things."

He says it's also important for people to understand where their money is going.

"local government is where the rubber meets the road.

It's your quickest access to government.

It's where your services are met and realize the importance of it and and look into what is how your tax dollars are being used, whether they're your local property taxes, your sales tax, or whether it's that own state and federal level, understand tax and not look at the broad sense.."

Mayor hill says it's important to shop local because then you are feeding in to the sales tax base which can help sustain a community and keep other taxes from increasing.

Reporting live in columbus - rylie livingston - wcbi news... take developing story stinger wipe to vo a head-on collision claims two young lives this morning in lamar county.

The accident happened about 8:20 on highway 17, near vernon.

Lamar county coroner alan chandler says 21-year-old catilin dobbins of vernon and 16- year-old evan camp of columbus died at the scene.

Dobbins was driving a mazda 6.

Camp the passenger in the same vehicle.

There was a collision with a dodge ram truck.

No word on the condition of the person in the other vehicle.

The alabama highway patrol is investigating the accident.

Wipe to vo a lowndes county deputy injured in an early morning motorcycle accident is in good condition.

The crash happened at the intersection of gardner boulevard and morgan avenue about 7:20.

Columbus police say richard brantley, was heading south on his motorcycle, on gardner, when a northbound car turned onto morgan.

That's when the collision occurred.

Brantley was thrown from the bike and later air lifted to tupelo.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Columbus police are investigating the crash.

Starkville oktibbeha county school district leaders, say an alleged threat against a school, has been determined to be - quote "fabricated."

There was an increase of law enforcement presence, on school campuses, while police investigated the alleged threat, this morning.

A starkville police department spokesman, tells wcbi, after talking to individuals, investigators determined, the district did not receive a threat.

A school district spokesperson says no students from the district, were involved.

First look stinger first look thursday night: isolated showers/storms fade by early evening with clear skies taking hold overnight.

Lows will be near 70 with calm winds.

Friday: partly cloudy and hot.

Highs are going to be in the mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s.

There is just a 10% chance of a stray storm.

Conditions look pretty good for high school football with 80s giving way to 70s under the bright, full harvest moon.

Sweltering summer games are nothing new at mississippi state.

Last week's game saw people overheating, but the university says it has plans in place to try and help keep people cool.

Wcbi's tyler hull has the details.

A hot september sun will be shining over scott field on saturday.

Temperatures will be in the 90's and work started this week to find ways fans can cool off, keeping the heat on the field.

"one of the first things we do is provide opportunities for fans to find shade underneath concourse, we have fans set up to act as cooling zones we also have free refill stations for people who bring in their clear water bottles, clear containers are welcome to all of the few water that is available we also have cooling busses available for those who get extremely overheated" medical experts say the key to staying hydrated starts before the game and before you get on campus.

"alcohol is a major contributing factor to where we're seeing some of these dehydration's not all the time of course your older population dehydrates a whole lot quicker than your younger but alcohol is a really even up to prior to the night before the game you know alcohol dehydrates you so i would really recommend staying away from alcohol a day before the game" wearing light fitting and light colored clothing can help keep you cooler.

Och regional medical center ems director michael hunt says take some time to take care of yourself while tailgating and ringing your cowbell.

"anything you know like gatorade that has extra supplements electrolytes will help, but however water's the best thing" ems personnel will be set-up at first aid stations throughout the stadium.

If you feel week or lightheaded, get help.

"we hope people will come in early, take advantage of the shade, get their water bottles filled and get ready for kickoff at 11."

In starkville, tyler hull wcbi news... msu plays kansas state on saturday.

If you need more information about the school's game plan to keep fans safe, visit our website at wcbi dot com.

Stinger future law enforcement officers have their sights set on some serious training..

We check in on them when we come back... future law enforcement officers are spending hours this week training with firearms. it is one of the many areas cadets will cover during their twelve weeks at the north mississippi law enforcement training center.

Allie martin has more on the intense training.

Everyday this week nats cadets in class b 63 have been on the firearm range nats training with their handguns.

Nats firearms instructor derek nelson says cadets are taught numerous ways to de escalate a situation, before using deadly force.

"try to talk people down, the verbal judos, trying to get them to cooperate where we don't have to go hands, on, we train defensive tactics, if we have to go hands on, and of course firearms, but firearms is the last thing we want to have to do."

This class began with 27 cadets, and 14 remain.

Michael coxey will work for the monroe county sheriff's department when he graduates.

He will be the third member of his family in law enforcement.

Coxey says the extensive firearms training is tough, but important.

"holding a firearm on your side at all times, it's learned me how to make sure i can pull it out accurately and focus in on what i'm aiming at, and not just pull it up and just fire it and just shoot at something still but also something that is moving that is a threat to our lives."

Standup bridge throughout their career, many law officers will never fire their weapon while on duty, but they will continue this type of training to be ready for the unexpected "this is one of the skills you have to make a priority, because you will lose it if you don't use it, so coming out here, even if you don't even have the ammunition, you can sit at home, make sure your weapon is clear, do dry firing drills, drawing drills, knowing how to get from holster to on target as safely as possible, and continually getting better."

All cadets in this class have met and exceeded their firearms requirements.

They have about six more weeks of training, preparing them for a career where there is no such thing as a routine day.

In tupelo allei martin, wcbi news cadets live at the academy sunday through friday.

They will graduate at the end of october.

Stinger weather open summary: above average temperatures are expected to continue through the week and into next week.

We're lowering rain chances for early next week as it now looks like tropical moisture will stay to our east.

Thursday night: isolated showers/storms fade by early evening with clear skies taking hold overnight.

Lows will be near 70 with calm winds.

Friday: partly cloudy and hot.

Highs are going to be in the mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s.

There is just a 10% chance of a stray storm.

Conditions look pretty good for high school football and into next week.

We're lowering rain chances for early next week as it now looks like tropical moisture will stay to our east.

Thursday night: isolated showers/storms fade by early evening with clear skies taking hold overnight.

Lows will be near 70 with calm winds.

Friday: partly cloudy and hot.

Highs are going to be in the mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s.

There is just a 10% chance of a stray storm.

Conditions look pretty good for high school football with 80s giving way to 70s under the bright, full harvest moon.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the low 70s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and continued hot with highs in the low to mid 90s.

A few showers and storms are possible but we're keeping the chance at just 20%.

There will be a weak frontal boundary in the area so we may have to boost those odds as new data arrive on friday.

Assume no rain at the college games in starkville and oxford& but you should pack a poncho just in case a stray storm finds the game sites.

Sunday-next week: we've raised high temperatures and lowered rain chances since it now looks like any tropical moisture or disturbance will stay to our east.

Plan on more 90s and pretty dry weather if this verifies.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram and into next week.

We're lowering rain chances for early next week as it now looks like tropical moisture will stay to our east.

Thursday night: isolated showers/storms fade by early evening with clear skies taking hold overnight.

Lows will be near 70 with calm winds.

Friday: partly cloudy and hot.

Highs are going to be in the mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s.

There is just a 10% chance of a stray storm.

Conditions look pretty good for high school football with 80s giving way to 70s under the bright, full harvest moon.

Friday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the low 70s.

Saturday: partly cloudy and continued hot with highs in the low to mid 90s.

A few showers and storms are possible but we're keeping the chance at just 20%.

There will be a weak frontal boundary in the area so we may have to boost those odds as new data arrive on friday.

Assume no rain at the college games in starkville and oxford& but you should pack a poncho just in case a stray storm finds the game sites.

Sunday-next week: we've raised high temperatures and lowered rain chances since it now looks like any tropical moisture or disturbance will follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger if you've ever wanted to make a trip to the great white north mississippi state women's basketball is giving you the perfect opportunity...mo re on the bulldogs is next in sports take weather school billboard spx open rebel fans may be riding high this week after coming off an sec win... and then when you hear ole miss hosts southeastern louisiana, a non power five team...you might as well put a check in the win column... right?

Maybe not quite... the lions might not be ranked but they made a statement during week one by upsetting 6th ranked jacksonville state, 35-14 after taking a bye during week two, now sela comes to oxford refreshed and well prepared for the rebels and while they might not be a power five team, they're stacked with former power 5 transfers including a starting q-b who was once committed to missisisppi state ole miss head coach matt luke certaintly recognizing how dangerous the lions team could really be " luke: when you watch those guys on tape they have a lot of speed and a lot of weapons offensively.

They have probably the fastest wideout we've seen yet.

They have a transfer running back from indiana that's very capable.

That have an experienced senior quarterback that gets the ball out who's very accurate.

So offensively they are explosive and dynamic.

They'll test us on the perimeter for sure.

Defensively they do a lot of blitzing and moving so we have a huge challenge this week."

Mississippi state women's basketball will be spending thanksgiving in the great white north the bulldogs finishing off their 2019-2020 schedule by announcing that they will be competing in the greater victoria invitational in british columbia..

Msu will be one of eight teams playing in the three day tournament state opens the tournament against san francisco...detai ls on how to watch the tournament will be released at a later time for more information you can visit our website at wcbi.com former mississippi state safety jonathan abram got his first n-f-l start during the raiders monday night match-up against the denver broncos unfortunately, abram would see his rookie season come to an pretty much as soon as it began oakland raiders head coach jon gruden, announcing that abram suffered a shoulder injury..specifical ly a torn rotator cuff and labrum he has been placed on the injured reserve list..and is expected to have surgery this week so...if you were looking to catch the former bulldog this season you will have to wait a year...abram won't be touching the field again until the 2020 nfl season gruden: "we'll keep him around here and let him learn the defense and we'll consider this a redshirt year for him.

He made some big plays to help us win a football game.

He's a big part of our future.

He's everything as advertised.

He'd probably play this week if we let him.

He's going to have surgery i think tomorrow and we're just keeping him in our thoughts and prayers.

We're going to miss him no doubt."

Week 3 of the juco season getting underway this evening itawamba community college heads to east mississippi...the sixth-ranked lions coming off a bounce back 49- 15 victory from last week..

The indians still looking for win number one of the season nemcc is on the road at coahoma...the tigers looking for win number two kick-off is 7 p-m..

We'll have highlights and scores coming up tonight at ten columbus restaurant reopens after fire damages most of the building.

Renovations have been underway for about five months at zachary's.

Fire heavily damaged the building back in april.

Owner doug pellum and employees worked to clean and demo as much as the could.

Loyal patrons raised money to help employees keep a paycheck, while they volunteered at various organizations.

Pellum and his crew are thankful for that support and to be back serving up some their customer's favorite dishes.

"we just want to thank the community for supporting us while we were down.

We had so many people bringing us food to eat while we were cleaning up.

We have people with the gofundme accounty, the big payback fundraiser we had for our employees.

We just want to thank everybody in the community.

The community has been outstanding for us."

Zachary's will operate during its normal business hours.

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