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LEE COUNTY
Tupelo Middle School
has lockdown drill
- TUPELO – Parents concerned about police cars at Tupelo Middle School on Wednesday can rest easy.

“It was a lockdown drill,” Principal Linda Clifton said. “Today we were practicing if there was an intruder in the building. It was a successful drill.”

Clifton said the exercise with the Tupelo Police Department began at 10:05 a.m. and was over in about 10 minutes.

“This is just something we do for safety,” Clifton said, noting that the school has been placed in partial lockdown when police have searched for bank robbers.

During lockdowns, students and teachers are kept in locked classrooms until police give the all-clear.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY

Oxford police seek
robbery suspects
OXFORD – Oxford police need help to solve an attempted strong-arm robbery.

A Sterling Terrace Apartments resident reported two men approached her near her building shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, knocked her down and attempted to steal her purse. After she screamed, they fled on foot without significantly injuring her or getting away with her valuables.

The suspects were described as black men, both wearing puffy coats and blue jeans. One was about 6 feet tall with a large Afro haircut, the other about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a short haircut.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 232-2400.

HINDS COUNTY

193 members of Guard
unit to deploy in June
JACKSON – Nearly 200 members of the Mississippi Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 204th Air Defense Artillery Regiment have received mobilization orders.

A news release from the guard says about 193 soldiers will be on active duty for a year while serving in the National Capital Region in defense of the White House, among other assignments.

The soldiers will gather June 1 in Newton, Bay Springs, Forest and Morton and depart for training at Fort Bliss, Texas, on June 4 as part of Operation Noble Eagle.

This is the second recent deployment for the unit. It also was called up from May 2003-June 2004 on a similar assignment.

Senate passes bill
restricting divorce
JACKSON – A bill cleared the state Senate Tuesday that creates tighter restrictions on the grounds for divorce. It's now pending in the House.

The legislation requires interested couples to undergo premarital counseling and offers tighter restrictions for divorce.

Judiciary A Chairman Joey Fillingane says the proposal is supported by clergy and psychologists who say covenants are one of the best ways to strengthen marriages.

- Daily Journal, wire reports