Natchez Trace stretch
reopened after roadwork
n The Natchez Trace Parkway has reopened a section between mileposts 276 and 282 in Lee and Itawamba counties. The stretch has been closed since Dec. 11.
The section was closed because rains washed out a drainage culvert. The culvert has been repaired.
Family to Family class begins Monday
n CORINTH – A program that helps families and loved ones of people with mental illness begins Monday.
Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at Our Resource Center on Liddon Lake Road.
The free, 12-week course will address issues of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, other brain disorders and addictive disorders.
The goal of the classes is to help people learn how to cope, handling crises and relapses, as well as basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, managing worry and stress, and more.
Space is limited. Register at (662) 286-6679.
Male suspect sought in armed robbery
n CORINTH – Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery and also an attempted armed robbery on Monday.
Police say the suspect first went to the Bookland on South Cass Street just before 7 p.m. Monday and showed a knife to the store clerk while demanding money. He fled when she screamed and ran to the back of the store.
Police say shortly before 7:30 p.m. a man believed to be the same suspect entered the Payless ShoeSource on U.S. Highway 72 east, where he showed a knife or gun and demanded money. He left with an unspecified amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet-7-inches tall, medium build, dark complexion, facial hair, wearing jeans or dark pants and a brown or gray hoodie. He may have been wearing a ball cap, according to a witness, Police Chief David Lancaster said.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Corinth Police Department at (662) 286-3377 or CrimeStoppers of Northeast Mississippi, (800) 773-8477.
Columbus teen sent
home on ‘American Idol’
n COLUMBUS – Jasmine Murray’s road to becoming an “American Idol” ended Thursday.
Murray, 16, of Columbus was sent home in Thursday’s results show. The show’s judges were not impressed with her performance of “Love Song” Wednesday night, and she did not receive enough votes to be a part of the show’s Top 12.
Murray was a part of the show’s Top 36 semifinalists.
Murray first made an impression on the judges when she sang Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” at her Jacksonville, Fla., audition.
Daily Journal reports