OK, so it's been a couple of days (or more like a week) since I've put anything up here. Let's do a little catching up since the last post.
First let me address one of the comments that have been made...On the Newton Shooting / Kidnapping case. There have now been a total of 4 people arrested: Christopher McCune, Kafien Kidd, Jonathan Evans (aka Johathan Perilliat), and Anthony Arrington. And as far as the alleged kidnapping was concerned, no kidnapping charges will be filed according to Police Chief Curry.
Now, since my last post...Wednesday
- My story was about an ongoing project that Atmos Energy has going on. They are replacing all of the old gas lines in Meridian with plastic lines. They have already completed more than 160,000 feet of line. That puts the project at about 75 percent complete.Thursday
- My one day off last week. No details will be provided.Friday
- Ah, one of my favorite times of the year is Football Friday. Last week was the first show this year, and oh how much fun it was (surprisingly enough for anyone who knows the tone of voice that I often use, that is not sarcasm). I love Friday nights in the fall. My two games were Philadelphia/Neshoba Central and Union/Choctaw Central. Let's start with the one I shot first...Philly/Central...I probably should have gone to the other game first. It took both teams a little bit to get going in this one. Central came out looking like they were ready to dominate. And there's something to be said for a team that won only one game last year expecting to run all over a playoff team from the previous year. And Central proved they were ready...on the first drive Philly ended up with a 4th and 25. But then Philly's D did the same thing to the Rockets. After a couple of back and forth series', late in the first quarter Neshoba Central drove down the field and put up 7. The drive was highlighted by a couple of runs by QB Tyler McNeal (One went for 38 and the other for a 10 yard TD). As soon as the extra point was kicked, I was off to the reservation. As I'm driving up, I look at the scoreboard. Doh! only 4 minutes left in the first half. And being 45 minutes from the station, there's no way I can stay through half-time. I needed some luck. And I got it. I turned the camera on, and on the first play I shot...Touchdown! I finished out the first half and headed back. Just a reminder...don't forget to check out our Football Friday
page on the website. You can get team schedules and on Friday nights we update the scores.Saturday
- The biggest thing that happened for me on Saturday was after the news. I went on a ride-along with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. It was a story for Sunday about the DUI crackdown. During the ride-along, there was also a car chase (that resulted in a DUI arrest) and an accident that we went to (car vs 2 horses - not a pretty sight). A passenger was pinned inside the car. He was freed after about 15 minutes and he and the driver were taken to a hospital.Sunday
- Pretty uneventful day, especially after the night before.Monday
- Conehatta. If you've never been there, I probably know why. It's way out in the middle of nowhere. But, now I can say I have been. My story was about a murder case that was solved. A 17-year-old was found shot on McDonald Road two years ago. Now three suspects have been arrested.Tuesday
- The one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I went to Neshoba County for a couple of stories, including a job fair. Ate at Peggy's. I had the only local, non-Katrina related story in our newscast.Today
- My story was about the role that faith-based organizations played in the hurricane recovery process. Dr. Raymon Leake, the pastor at First Baptist Church, told me that on the road to recovery, "...we'd be nowhere near where we are without faith-based organizations."
I know that some of these are kind of short, but if you want to know anymore about any of the stories that I have done this week, just shoot me an email... firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and tomorrow is my off day, but I have to come in. And I'm really looking forward to my assignment. I am flying with the Air National Guard as they refuel some F-22 Raptors. If you're from Meridian, you know that in-air refueling was started in (or should I say above) the Queen City. I'll be taking a look at the history of air-to-air refueling as well as how it is done now. Look for this story sometime next week on Newscenter 11.