News Briefs May 23, 2009

Work under way on new middle school
– COLUMBUS – Construction work is proceeding on the Columbus Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August 2010.
A $22 million bond issue was passed to build the new middle school on 48 acres of land at the intersection of Highways 373 and 45 North. The construction bid was awarded to West Brothers Construction, which bid $19.1 million.
The front of the 146,622-square-foot middle school will house administrative offices, the school library and a dance studio. Beyond the front offices, a rotunda will lead to the other five wings of the school. The cafeteria and gymnasium will occupy a wing to the left of the rotunda and the auditorium and music classrooms will be housed in a wing to the right.
One more case of swine flu confirmed
– JACKSON – Eight cases of swine flu now have been confirmed in Mississippi.
Health officials say the new case was a child in Forrest County. Health officials said Friday that the child is recovering.
Through Friday, there have been four cases reported in Harrison County, two in Lamar County, one in Jackson County and one in Forrest County.
Physician charged in prisons embezzlement
– JACKSON – A physician who served as chief medical officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections is out on bond after being arrested on 13 counts of embezzlement.
Officials said Friday that Dr. Kentrell Liddell of Jackson is accused of taking money from the department that runs the state’s prisons.
Attorney General Jim Hood said 35-year-old Liddell was arrested Thursday at Madison County Medical Center, where she now works. She was booked into the Hinds County Jail in Raymond, then released on $13,000 bond.
If convicted, Liddell faces up to 20 years in prison and $5,000 on each of the 13 counts.
Contraband dedication rain location announced
– CORINTH – In the event of rain by 9:15 a.m. today, the alternate location for dedication of statues for the Corinth Contraband Camp will be the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, located at 501 W. Linden St. near the intersection of Linden and Wenasoga Road.
The one-hour ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., will include special guests U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves.
For more information, call the Interpretive Center at (662) 287-9273.


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