Corinth pursuing grant
for street improvements
n CORINTH - Corinth aldermen authorized the city planning and development director to apply for $504,338 in federal economic recovery money for street improvements.
The projects that would be funded include milling, paving and striping in three locations: Fulton Drive from Linden Street to Shiloh Road; Fulton Drive from U.S. 72 south to the city limits and Alcorn Drive from U.S. 72 north to Linden Street, said Director Dave Huwe.
Grants are 100 percent funded, but the city would be required to pay preliminary engineering costs, Huwe said.
No one injured in
train crossing accident
n IUKA - Traffic at Spring Street and Eastport Road was blocked for several hours Tuesday evening after a Norfolk Southern train struck an 18-wheeler that was stopped on the track.
No one was injured in the accident that happened about 6 p.m., according to Iuka police.
The at-grade crossing is protected by crossing arms and the front of the truck had crossed safely. However, the truck apparently got hung by the tracks, and was unable to clear the rails before the train arrived.
The truck was owned by Active Moving and Storage of Pensacola, Fla.
Marlar removed as
n BURNSVILLE - Alderman Alvin T. Marlar, who pleaded guilty last September to a felony indictment for prescription fraud, was ordered removed from office.
Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner issued the order Tuesday after a hearing in Tishomingo County circuit court, according to information from Attorney General Jim Hood.
The state petitioned to have Marlar removed from office under Mississippi law due to the felony conviction.
With municipal elections less than six months away, town officials say the seat Marlar held will remain vacant until a new alderman is seated in June.
New legal team
n OXFORD - Indicted Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter has a new team of lawyers.
U.S. District Court records show the suspended judge has hired Larry Little of Oxford and Thomas Anthony Durkin of Chicago.
Little is a former district attorney. Durkin is considered one of the country's top defense lawyers.
They take over for Cynthia Speetjens of Madison, who told the court she might have to exit because of client conflicts.
DeLaughter was indicted in January with former Oxford attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs. The judge is accused of joining Scruggs' plot to thwart a legal-fees lawsuit against him.
Scruggs pleaded guilty to the plot a few weeks ago. DeLaughter faces an April 6 trial in Oxford.
Daily Journal reports