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WCBI News at Ten - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
January will bring new faces to most of the state's top political positions, but a familiar face will be directing mississippi's men and women in uniform.
At a ceremony at the war memorial building in jackson today, major general janson durr boyles accepted governor - elect tate reeves offer to remain as the ad-ju-tant general of the mississippi national guard.
Reeves says he can think of no one better to lead our state's military and oversee the response to any disaster or emergency that threatens our safety or freedoms. "it is a job a passion for me.
I've been in the national guard for 38 years.
What truly makes it enjoyable are these remarkable men and women who surround me.
There's something to be said about these young men and women who are signing up to join the military knowing that they're going somewhere: afghanistan, iraq, syria."
Boyles served in the guard during katrina where he managed the engineer response as a deputy commander.
He was also deployed twice--- to afghanistan in 2008 and ko-su-vo in 2012 take developing story stinger take vo in monitor there are new developments in a story we first brought you last night on wcbi news.
We now know the name of the pilot who crash landed a small airplane on old highway 25 in oktibbeha county.
Robert young of texas was on his way to sell the airplane when he experienced fuel issues and his engine died.
He immediately began trying to find a safe place to land..
Unfortunately .... there wasn't a safe landing zone nearby..
An area flight instructor heard the call come in... and as our quentin smith reports he jumped into action, and was able to direct help to where it was needed.... wipe to pkg as daylight broke over the crash site, many can't believe that a houston pilot was able to walk away from this plane crash unharmed.
" he's very fortunate to be alive because the plane is destroyed."
The texas pilot was heading to the golden triangle regional airport when he started having trouble with his plane.
He then tried to redirect to george bryan airport in starkville... carl nuzzo, the chief instructor at accessible aviation, was able to talk to the pilot as the plane began to go down.
"i was on instrument training with a student and we were 12 miles shooting an instrument approach.
We called up traffic to self announce that we were coming again, and then he said he was ahead of us with a problem."
The plane reportedly ran out of fuel and the engine suddenly quit realizing the severity of the situation, nuzzo and the pilot began discussing ways to safely land the plane... "i said ok, i'll stay up high ad you go ahead in and i'll stay out of your way.
Then he said he might not make it and wanted to know if there's any place to land short of the field, and i said no, you've got about half a mile on the clear way on the airport property, otherwise there's no place to go."
"the pilot tried to put it down on the road but he said there's a lot of traffic on the road so he just averted over just a little bit and there was the trees."
Less than 5 minutes after losing power, he crashed in the middle of these trees.
Investigators on scene say the situation could have ended much worse.
"in an airplane like that you can get it slowed down.
He might've been 35-40 miles an hour, so it was not much more than a car crash and he had a seatbelt on so he's still very lucky to be alive."
Take vo in monitor the pilot was reportedly on scene today talking with the f-a-a as they conducted their investigation..
A salvage company will load up the plane and haul everything away.
Take new at 10 stinger take gfx off top a 2-month old child is fighting for its life after doctors say it was brought into the e-r with life threatening injuries// justin spencer, tupelo police say is the father of the child// he's now facing a felony child abuse charge and being held without bond// on tuesday police were called to the north mississippi medical center emergency room in reference to possible child abuse// spencer was detained there in the e-r// the child is now in le bonheur children's hospital in memphis// 2 people are injured after a shooting on columbus' southside.// police chief fred shelton says his department got a call around 4 this afternoon of a shooting on 5th avenue south.
When officers arrived at the home they found man suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was taken to baptist golden triangle.
A second gunshot victim also showed up at the hospital.
Shelton says it's unclear if that man was at the home at the time of the shooting.
One individual has turned themselves in to police.
That person is being considered a person of interest at this time..
First look stinger first look summary: a storm system will develop in the gulf this weekend and it will spread rain across the region.
It's still uncertain as to how much may fall but it could be anywhere from a trace to over 2?.
The storm spirals away early next week and that will allow sun and unseasonably mild air to settle in just in time for christmas.
Thursday night: mainly clear, quiet, and chilly.
Lows in the mid to upper 20s.
Friday: clouds build in during the day but our area will stay dry.
Highs top out in the low to mid 50s.
Winds ese 4-8 mph.
A store in starkville was offering up áone of a kindá gifts with a little local flavor today.
Some of the magnolia state's homegrown authors and artists were on hand to lend that personal touch to their work.
Our tyler hull sat down with a few of them to find out what inspires their work.
While many of us are going online for our christmas shopping, one bookstore in starkville is helping ákeep it localá .
The book mart and caf?
Let customers get up close and personal not only with books, but also the people who write them the afternoon book signing featured a wide variety of mississippi authors..
And they were able to share the stories ábehindá their stories..
Former judge james bell draws from his time on the bench to populate his fiction with realistic characters and situations.
"i use some of the stories that i that i witnessed or that i experienced that have been part of in my books."
For others like pj devere it's about sharing a world of her own creation.... "they're my friends in my head at this point, as they're sarcastic and funny and witty and clever and i just i love everything about the people in the world have created" the inspiration for benny graves short stories comes from his immersion in the natural world around him.
"i grew up around these trees, and i knew a lot of things that happened around these trees.
So i sat down one day and started writing a few stories about what happened around one of the trees and it grew and grew and grew until i had 28 different trees on my farm."
Store owner carolyn abadie says it's a chance to show off some of the talent that is right here in our own backyard.
"oh, it's just a lot of fun.
We get all our very, very talented authors and artists to come in.
And it just means a lot for the whole community to be able to come in and meet these people know them personally and just see how talented they are."
Tyler hull wcbi news a total of 12 authors were on hand for today's event..
Tupelo's american legion baseball team adds to its hall of fame.
American legion post 49 hosted its second annual baseball hall of fame banquet.
The class of 2019 is made up of general sam "skeeter" fleming and milwaukee brewers pitcher brandon woodruff.
The hall of fame banquet recognizes former 49ers and it is also an opportunity for the former players to promote the skills they learned playing on the team.
"being able to travel, kind of on your own, have to be a grown up in a way, have to be there on time, able to do things the right way or you get in trouble, kirk presley was our manager at the time and instilled those hard working values."
"it is a very structured program, the oldest form of summer baseball there is, it's the purest form still left."
The tupelo 49ers won the state championship this past summer.
As we inch closer and closer to christmas day, community members are making sure every child has a gift to open this holiday season.
Our stephanie poole has more on efforts to help some monroe county kids have a merrier christmas.... santa made an early delivery to the children at aberdeen head start.
Parents and faculty members hosted a toy giveaway to help fill the bottom of their students' christmas trees.
" me and my former principal barbara rowe we got together and first we started out with just doing two students then we she now check around and see about the others.
So when we checked around with the teachers then we found out that it was more so we decided to adopt for aberdeen head start."
Secretary bessie mcgee says she needed all hands on deck to pull off the big surprise.
"i was contacting former teachers, former principals asking them if they would like to adopt a child or send a donation."
After weeks of pulling together wish lists, they were able to provide gifts for over 100 children.
Center administrator guyora vasser says it's truly a christmas miracle.
" a-lot of children don't have access, a- lot of parents don't have the funds to give aberdeen head start plans to host a toy give- away again next year.
Stinger wx open sunny, drier, 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 the mid 70s by the afternoon hours.
Tuesday- wednesday: once centers can be happier for the 60 our sports team has been recognizing some of the top area high school players this season..
We see who's receiving top offensive honors later in sports... welcome back.
When you get behind the wheel, it's always good to buckle up.
We look at some important safety features in tonight's health talk with baptist// hi, i'm lee richardson, a physician in the emergency room at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.
Tonight we will discuss the importance of using restraints in a motorized vehicle.
By wearing seat belts and properly buckling children into age appropriate car seats and booster seats, people can reduce the risk of serious injury and even death in a crash by one half.
Drivers and adult front seat passengers must wear seat belts in the district of columbia and all states except new hampshire.
In mississippi seat belt laws are primary.
They cover front seat passengers aged 7 and older, and mean a police officer can stop and ticket someone solely for not buckling themselves or their child up.
In mississippi children three years and younger must be in the appropriate car seat for their size and age.
For children aged four to six, a booster seat is required unless the child meets the height and weight qualifications when he or she can be safely buckled into an adult seat belt.
Child restraint laws vary by state.
For up-to-date information on laws in your state, check with insurance institute for highway safety at www.iihs.org http://www.iihs.org/ .
It is also crucial that you use the proper restraints and safety equipment when using other motorized vehicles such as dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles to avoid serious head, neck and spinal cord injuries or even death.
Join us next time for health talk with baptist.
Stinger the bulldogs avoid the upset special...and welcome back one it's top players more on mississippi state men's hoops...next spx open after securing a top 25 recruiting class in the early signing period, it looks mississippi state could be in need of a new linebackers coach.
Msu linebackers coach chris marve is reportedly set to join mike norvell's staff at florida state.
Before joining the bulldogs, marve spent 5 seasons coaching at his alma matter vanderbilt.
Msu will play in the music city bowl in nashville december 30th against louisville.
Out west, mississippi state women's hoops playing in las vegas as they compete in the duel in the desert getting the win tonight.
The #15 ranked bulldogs defeat south florida 86- 61 to help get them back on track.
Freshman rickea jackson with a big game tonight putting up 17 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Giving jackson her first career double double.
One of many to come in her msu career.
Chloe bibby also with a big night.
She had a team high 21 points while going 5 for 7 from deep!
The long awaited return of nick weatherspoon has finally come the bulldogs adding an all-sec talent at guard, and at the perfect time mississippi state using a big second half to escape a hot- shooting radford team......77-68 in the win, the bulldogs only played seven guys...so the addition of weatherspoon will be a much added piece to the bulldogs depth just ask ben howland...the head coach is really excited to get the junior guard back in the rotation "i am so happy that nick is going to be out there with us now.
That's such a huge boost for us in terms of spreading the minutes out better.
The energy and toughness that he brings.
The defensive, the experience, everything.
He makes us a better team without question, and we're going to need him on sunday."
"i feel like our defensive intensity has grown, and our energy on the defensive end has been exceptional the past few games.
I feel like he's going to help take us to the next level, help us become an elite defensive team."
Mississippi state outscoring radford 39-26 in the second half....helping the bulldogs escape the sec graveyard from wednesday the bulldogs and alabama the only ones to win... loyola-chicago takes down vanderbilt east tennessee state defeats lsu cincinnati defeats tennessee and utah from the top ropes upsetting big blue nation and kentucky anything can happen in college basketballl....bul ldogs improving to 8-2 on the season mexico city built settlements in the states who will carve sunday and also women's basketball (sometimes willour ee awards continuing tonight with honoring the top offensive baller in the wcbi area... 5 candidates....5 football players who helped lead their teams to great seasons...but their could only be one we broke down the stats...debated amongst our staff.....yet sometimes it comes down to the eye test when it comes down to offensive talent, no one stood out like starkville wide receiver rufus harvey 1200 yards of offense in the biggest, most competitive class in football...leadin g 6a football in receiving touchdowns with 16...the only wide receiver top five in the state in total touchdowns with 19 the games that'll always stand out...taking over the game against #1 madison central....almost breaking aj brown's single game receiving record against horn lake in the first round of the playoffs....rufus was the atm---always open---always delivering on the money still to come..
Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.
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