n TUPELO - A public forum on the proposed cigarette tax is slated for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lee County Library in Tupelo.
Communities for a Clean Bill of Health, a coalition of public health advocates, is holding the forums across the state to push for a significant increase in the state cigarette tax.
Scheduled to speak at the forum are state Rep. Steve Holland, Shannon Coker of the Mississippi Hospital Association, Katherine Bryant of the American Heart Association and Robert McMillen of the MSU Social Science Research Center.
Investigators find cigarettes without tax
n JACKSON - Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says investigators have found a warehouse in the state with about 1 million cartons of contraband cigarettes and small cigars.
No arrests have been made, and Pickering won't disclose the warehouse location.
Investigators from the auditor's office and the State Tax Commission secured the site and its contents Tuesday.
Pickering said Wednesday the cigarettes and cigars are contraband because they don't have a state tax stamp. Tobacco products are required to get the stamp within 72 hours.
He says investigators are trying to determine where the cigarettes were to be sold. He estimates the state would lose $1.5 million in tax collections and the federal government would lose $8 million.
School board approves
10-point grading scale
n AMORY - The Monroe County Board of Education approved a modified 10-point grading scale proposal at its recent meeting.
The new grading scale will begin with the 2009-2010 school year. All courses offered in grades 9-12 will be assigned letter grades for the semester or final average of either A, B, C, D, or F based on the following number equivalents: A= 90 or above, B= 80-89, C= 70-79, D= 65-69, F= 64 or below.
Stephanie Rebman 4/15/09
Police seek information
on missing Corinth man
n CORINTH - Corinth police are asking for help in locating a man who has been missing since Saturday afternoon.
Rodney Sloan, 42, of 12 Lake Heights Drive, Corinth, was last seen about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, driving a light blue 1998 Ford Escort with Mississippi license tag ALE 642.
Sloan is described as a white man, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds, with graying hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing blue jeans, a black-and-white-checked flannel jacket, maroon baseball cap and white tennis shoes when last seen.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Corinth Police Department, (662) 286-3377.Stephanie Rebman 4/15/09
Daily Journal, Monroe Journal, wire reports