Coroner rules inmate's death in jail a suicide
n BOONEVILLE - The Prentiss County coroner has ruled that a female inmate found hanging in the county jail committed suicide.
Coroner James Horn gave Sheriff Randy Tolar the preliminary report on the medical examiner's findings Friday afternoon, the sheriff said.
The medical examiner determined that Robbie Lewis, 25, of Booneville, died of complications of hanging, he said.
Lewis died early Wednesday at North Mississippi Medical Center after being removed from life support Monday.
She was found hanging in a Prentiss County jail cell during jailer shift change about 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Jailers performed CPR until an ambulance took her to the Booneville hospital, after which she was transferred to Tupelo.
Marijuana growing operation found at home
n RIPLEY - A Ripley man was arrested Thursday and charged with manufacturing marijuana in a joint operation of the Tippah County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Robert Watson surrendered to the sheriff's office after deputies obtained a search warrant for his 260 County Road 453 home, where they found more than 30 marijuana plants growing to a height of as much as 18 inches.
Watson was released Friday on $1,500 bond.
CACVB awards youth
sports, recreation grants
n CORINTH - Two sports and recreation groups were awarded Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau grants this week to improve athletic facilities that attract out-of-town visitors.
Corinth/Alcorn County Parks and Recreation will receive $6,257 to place a fence around the T-ball field and the SportsPlex will receive $5,000 to help with its advertising program and help pay for a culvert repair.
Both organizations are represented on the CACVB's Youth Sports/Outdoor Recreation Subcommittee, for which the CACVB board has set aside funds for this fiscal year.
Daily Journal reports