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WCBI News at Six - October 22, 2019

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WCBI News at Six - October 22, 2019
WCBI News at Six - October 22, 2019

Good evening, everyone.

Thanks for joining us.

Property rights - profits -and regulation are on the agenda at a meeting in starkville tonight..

For years, people who traveled stayed at hotels and motels.

Others stayed at campgrounds or with friends and family.

Then, air bnb and vrbo started online in larger cities and quickly moved into smaller communities, finding success in college towns like oxford and starkville.

As the owner of an air bnb, you can rent a home to strangers for the weekend, or longer.

But across the country, the rules about short term rentals are changing.

Who owns the houses?

Who is renting these spaces in family neighborhoods?

What happens when the house next door sits vacant?

Now, that discussion has made its way to starkville where we find our cash matlock live outside of city hall.

A meeting is underway here at starkville city hall regarding air bnb and short-term rental regulations.

It's been a hot topic for residents and city leaders for several weeks now.

There are strong opinions on both sides.

Those opposed to regulations call them discriminatory while those in favor point to decreased property values in the neighborhoods around rentals.

The proposed regulations for air bnb and game-day rental owners include: - a yearly licensing fee anywhere from $50 to $300.

- only being allowed to rent their air bnb for 10 weekends out of the year.

- and being required to actually ?live?

In the rental home.

City leaders have expressed their willingness to ?amend?

Some of these regulations.

At their last public meeting, attendees where given four options to choose from-- all different variations of the amendments.

Reporting in starkville, cash matlock, wcbi news.

The u-s department of agriculture is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to expand high speed internet, or broadband, in rural areas.

This morning, stakeholders in high speed internet expansion were able to hear from government representatives and other experts ..

Our allie martin has more.

Getting high speed, broadband internet to rural areas has become a top priority for the usda.

Nats but until this year, electric cooperatives in mississippi couldn't provide broadband internet service to their customers.

That changed with the passage of the mississippi broadband enabling act.

Now, co ops must look at funding options.

That's why the usda held a "mississippi rural broadband workshop" at the msu extension complex in verona.

"providing rural broadband to rural citizens is different than providing broadband in urban areas, it will take a different, sometimes complex mixture of different entities involved, whether it's rural telephone companies, partnering with electric cooperatives, maybe partnering with some independent service providers."

Many of those stakeholders were at the workshop, along with residents from across northeast mississippi.

"i've learned the government has many programs that can be utilized by cooperatives, also learned there are a lot of grants available for us."

Standup bridge there is more than 1 point 2 billion dollars available in grants and loans for co ops nationwide.

The money is part of president trump's proposal to modernize the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

Each co op must look at the costs and return on investment to supply broadband service, and the process to get the grants and loans is highly competitive.

"this is a grassroots approach by the usda to get the word out that the dollars are available and make sure, we don't leave one penny on the table that could be coming to mississippi to solve what is a rural crisis throughout our state in the lack of internet service, make sure we're getting those federal dollars here."

Under state law, rural electric power associations must do feasibility studies before offering high speed, broadband internet service.

Allie martin, wcbi news at least four of the state's 25 rural electric power cooperatives are installing fiber optic cables for high speed internet service.

Take vo off top h and r agri- power held a ground breaking facility to celebrate their new facility.

The new location will be thirty six hundred square feet and bring over 30 jobs.

The company specializes in farm equipment and hopes the new building will better serve the community.

The business will be on south frontage road in lowndes county.

President wayne hunt says it is all about location.

It's a perfect place.

The traffic very good traffic, good visibility.

Its location, location location for us and where you can be seen easily accessible.

Things like that.

Farm machinery is big today.

Somebodies big somebodies little.

We sell everything from trimmers to $500,000 combines.

That's that's our store we are pretty versatile.

" the goal is to have the building up and running by the summer of 2020.

Wipe to vo the new year will bring new opportunities for lottery players in mississippi.

The state lottery corporation announces today that ticket sales for multistate games - mega millions and powerball - will begin january 30th.

Last week the lottery corporation announced a november 25th start date for sales of scratch off tickets across the state..

Take developing story stinger leave anchor mic up a two car crash causes slow moving traffic along main street in the friendly city.

An s-u-v and car collided in front of the palmer home store this afternoon after three.

Traffic was diverted through propst park going and coming into columbus.

At least one person was checked by medics and taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The person was able to walk to the ambulance.

The columbus police department is investigating.

First look stinger take first look first look summary: high pressure will give the area some great fall weather over the next 2 days.

Plan on comfortable days and cool night.

We're still looking at the chance of rain and a few storms friday & saturday but data remain inconclusive as to what may or may not occur here.

Tuesday night: clear, calm, and quiet.

Lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Wednesday: bright sunshine.

Comfortable highs in the lower 70s.

Winds light from the sse from 2-6 mph.

Wednesday night: clear and cool.

Lows in the lower 40s.

Thursday: partly cloudy.

Highs it's never too early to start learning..

And while much of the emphasis is on k through 12 education, it's important to remember that children's minds start developing before they reach kindergarten..

October is the month for head start awareness, and a time to focus on early childhood development.

Stephanie poole went back to school today, she has more on what kids have learned so far.

Head start can play a vital role in a child's development..

Teaching young minds about motor, personal, and social skills helps them build the foundation for future success..

Most days educators and staff at mcintosh head start are helping students build up their verbal, sensory, and social skills.

" they're at a period where their mind is blooming and they have lightbulbs in their heads.

Kids get to learn and participate in different skills.

We get to partner with the families and families come in and talking to the kids and teaching curriculum with the kids,it's exciting for the kids" but on tuesday, they got to meet some special neighbors..

It's part of head start awareness month, which promotes learning and, in this lesson, community engagement.

Center administrator deborah grace says this week her students are getting the chance to meet some of the people who serve and protect their hometowns.

" they need to know who to contact when they're in need and when the house is on fire, who comes when there's a burglar in the neighborhood."

" they need to know how important in the community, i have someone that's going to protect and helping keep everything under control."

Houston fire chief jonathan blankenship says it's important all children know the duties of first responders.

"a-lot of times kids tend to get scary and get scared of us after we put all that fire gear on and we don't want them to be afraid of us so we want to show them us putting our fire clothes on and just it's still one of us inside the gear."

Earlier this month, grace says the students met houston city leaders.

" we got with our city councilman, we got with our teachers in the community,the mayor and just different ones that came to talk with the children.

" " i'm hoping they go away with an experience they'll never forget."

Grace says there are currently over 80 children who attend mcintosh head start in chickasaw county.

Take vo off top math superstars took over the trotter convention center in columbus for a fun day of competition.

The mississippi school for mathematics and science hosted a math tournament for elementary students.

Math whizzes from second to fifth grade put their skills to the test as they tackled challenging problems. the goal is to get students thinking while enhancing their journey through mathematics.

Stinger the race is on to help cancer patients in north mississippi// we head to tupelo to find out how you can join in when we come back// they were spreading the word and the love in clay county today..

Dozens of volunteers spread out at nonprofits across west point and clay county for the annual united way day of caring volunteers tackled a variety of tasks including reading to babies, socializing dogs, and cleaning and organizing.

The united way also collected donations for the local food pantry.

The event was a collaboration among the united way - area businesses and organizations.

"we want to match our donors, with where the money's going we want them to be able to say and potential donors, where their money is going if you give to clay county, these are the agencies that are served and you get face to face with some of the people who are benefiting from that money."

"i'm a service person so i just love coming out, helping when can coming to the mission for me was very very exciting because i like the fact that you can kind of help someone that that's in need and be able to service them."

Stacy hays says the event was a great way to kick off the united way campaign.

Centred up there is still time to register for a 5 k that supports breast cancer awareness efforts throughout northeast mississippi.

The third annual "hope continues 5k" hits the streets of tupelo saturday morning.

Proceeds from the event provide lab work, mammograms and other services for people in the area..

More than 100 thousand dollars has been raised during the past two years, and the event's organizer says every dollar raised has a big impact.

"one of the cool things, it just brings everyone together to come down here for a common cause, we all know someone affected by breast cancer, it's just a great day to come out here and celebrate everybody's lives and remember those who have passed from the right and cheer people on who are currently fighting it right now."

Morris organized "hope continues" after the komen foundation pulled out of northeast mississippi.

You can register for saturday's 5 k at the "hope continues" facebook page.

Stinger take weather tze sot take sunner, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in what does alabama football look like without tua?

We'll find out on saturday hear more from coach saban on their approach, next in sports... spx open alabama begins preparation for arkansas....and with life without it's heisman contender... tua tagovailoa will miss saturday's game as he recovers from an ankle injury he suffered in the win over tennessee..... tua's needed a procedure, and head coach nick saban says there's no timetable for his return as of now... but now it's time to prepare redhsirt sophomore mac jones to start....and saban says the big thing the coaching staff is stressing is for mac to play within himself "we talk about our players always working towards perfection, and they can't get there, but somewhere along the way they get to some point of excellence.

I think with mac, it's not a matter of arm talent, or ability.

It's about staying focused and being able to execute on a consistent basis.

Make good choices and decisions, and not think about it too much.

Take what the defense gives, and when he's done that, he's been very very effective when we've worked with him throughout the season and for the most part, he's done a very good job of that."

"tonigh't lineman of the week with houston is brought to you by natchez trace electric power association."

Our lineman of the week is kyle meyers.....kyle has 14 years of service with natchez trace electric power association... wcbi's duo lineman of the week from houston make the toppers tick...mississippi state committ calvin mcmillian helped pave the way for 403 yards rushing in the win over aberdeen friday and defensive lineman rish alford with 6 tackles, 3 behind the line of scrimmage....alfo rd leads the toppers with 11 sacks on the year houston wraps up division play on the road at hatley this friday two weeks remaining until postseason football for class 2a, 3a and 4a, and three weeks for 1a, 5a, 6a.....the regular season rapidly coming to a close....and we finally have some shakeup in the polls

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