News Briefs April 18, 2009

Cleanup scheduled for downtown, Mill Village
– TUPELO – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association and the city’s development services department are sprucing up downtown Tupelo and Mill Village today as part of the Great American Cleanup.
The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s in support of Keep America Beautiful and Earth Day.
If you want to help downtown, meet in front of the DTMSA office at 108 South Broadway St. at 9 a.m. Bring brooms, gas blowers and rakes, if you have them. The work will concentrate on cleaning the alleys and sidewalks in the downtown district.
If you want to clean up in Mill Village, meet at the old Carnation plant on Carnation Street at 9 a.m. Wear gloves and sturdy shoes. Bring pruners and chainsaws, if you have them. Garbage bags will be provided.
Volunteers will get a free lunch after the dedication and ceremonial opening of the Tupelo Creative Commons Park on South Spring Street at 12:30 p.m.
Ole Miss employees
to remember coworker
– OXFORD – The University of Mississippi Staff Council and Black Faculty/Staff Organization is passing out domestic violence awareness ribbons through Monday in memory of Ole Miss employee Chris Ann Harwell. Members also will collect donations to benefit her 13-year-old daughter.
Harwell was shot to death on April 13; her husband has been charged with murder in the case.
Harwell’s coworkers encourage Ole Miss employees and students to wear the ribbons all day Monday – especially during the “Take Back the Night” march and candlelight vigil scheduled 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at The Circle.
Donation and ribbon-distribution locations include the Dean of Students Office, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office, Career Center, Physical Plant Office and Human Resources Office.
For more information, call (662) 915-7247.
Tacker, Speight
to stand trial June 8
– OXFORD – Business partners William “Tommy” Tacker and H. Max Speight will face a federal trial June 8 in Aberdeen on charges they defrauded the U.S. government in a biofuel scheme.
The trial date was set Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson will preside over the trial.
Tacker, an Aberdeen businessman, and Speight, a disbarred Tennessee attorney, were indicted March 26 in the Northern District of Mississippi. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Speight is serving time in a Tennessee jail after a 2008 guilty plea to stealing nearly $1 million from clients.
The two men were partners in Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc. at Nettleton, which proposed to make biodiesel fuel from soybean oil. They are accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million through a biofuels incentive program.
Daily Journal reports

Errol Castens

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