NEWS Briefs May 20, 2009

DeLaughter motions denied by Davidson
– OXFORD – Suspended Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter legally struck out three times Tuesday with defense motions.
Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson said no to a pretrial hearing on statements by co-conspirators and on two motions seeking to dismiss the first four counts of a five-count indictment.
DeLaughter, indicted Jan. 6 with former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford, allegedly was bribed by Scruggs and others in exchange for help with a legal-fees lawsuit.
His trial is set for Aug. 17 in Oxford.
The first four counts against DeLaughter deal with the alleged bribery. The fifth count alleges DeLaughter lied when questioned by the FBI.
Lowe’s awards $5,000 grant to Rankin PTO
– TUPELO – Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Toolbox for Education grant to the Rankin Elementary School PTO for transforming an under-utilized courtyard and adjacent green space into the Rankin Commons, a multi-faceted enrichment area.
Rankin Commons, to be completed this month, is a multi-purpose gathering space that will host outdoor dining, classroom activities, club time, academic interventions, partnered and individual reading time, as well as special events.
All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education grants. For more information, visit
New flood plain
manager named
– CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors has named Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens as the county’s new flood plain manager.
He will replace county engineer Ricky Newcomb in the role, since working in both positions would be a conflict of interest for Newcomb. The board approved Gibens’ selection Friday.
Both Gibens and Newcomb will join Tax Assessor Kenneth Brawner, and another individual yet to be named, in formulating a plan to remedy several flood plain management deficiencies. The state wants the plan by July 11.

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