Double murder on East Franklin Street

Aldermen haven't renewed convention center contract

Town of Clayton suffers from financial woes

Riverland appoints new chief operation officer

Burglars strike Ferriday subdivision

Adams-Concordia Jobs Picture Is Mixed

Adams County reports 40 more jobs than last year

Adams County now has a jobless rate of  5.9%, and 10,460 people have jobs. That's 40 more jobs than a year ago, when the unemployment rate was 6.2%. Concordia Parish reports a jobless rate of 7%, and 6,457 workers are employed. That's down 45 jobs from last year at this time, when the unemployment rate was 7.5%.

 

Natchez police said Tavonte White, 24, and an unidentified female, were traveling along East Franklin Street at 5:40 a.m. in their car, when they were both shot and killed by assailants. White's car crashed in a hail of gunfire. His vehicle was riddled with bullet holes. Police haven't said if they have any suspects.

 

Natchez aldermen have yet to renew their expired contract with New Orleans Hotel Consultants. The company is in charge of managing the NatchezConvention Center. The contract expired nearly two years ago. Aldermen are letting the consulting company run the convention center month-to-month without a contract, which might not be legal. The city pays the company $250,000 a year for its management services.

 

Delta Regional Authority will provide Vidalia with $200,000 in grant funds for Syrah Technologies. The monies will be used to extend natural gas and broadband internet to the company's 25-acre site in the Vidalia Industrial Park. Some of the grants funds will be used for workforce training. The manufacturer will produce spherical graphite for electric car batteries. Syrah says it will invest more that $20 million in the facility, which formerly housed Louisiana Elastomer.

 

Riverland Medical Center announced Nekeisha Smith as the new Chief Operating Officer of RMC. Smith began her career with Riverland more than nineteen years ago and has served as the Director of Information Services for the past 14 years. Smith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a B.S. in Health Information Management, She is a registered health information administrator and a certified coding specialist.

Opeations GRITS Helping Troops

Operation GRITS plans to send 500 care packages to the troops

Operation GRITS (Gifts Raised in the South) continues to accept and wrap Christmas gifts for troops serving in the Mideast. Volunteers wrap the gifts and box them for shipment. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 7 at 107 Carter St., in Vidalia. Pattie Jones and her volunteers organized the annual drive several years ago. They hope to ship 500 care packages this season.

Joseph Danos, 35, of Natchez, was walking along the Natchez Trace Parkway, when he was struck by a passing car. Danos was taken to Merit Health Natchez with serious injuries. It was 7:35 p.m. and dark when the accident occurred. The driver was not cited for any infraction.

Clayton aldermen failed to adopt an ordinance to refinance a loan of $250,000 that is owed to Concordia Bank. The state will place an administrator at town hall in January to straighten out the bookkeeping and make sure the town operates legally.

Burglars have been breaking into homes in the Woodland Hills subdivision of Ferriday, with at least three break-ins reported in the last few weeks. Ferriday police have some leads but haven't made any arrests so far.

MPB and Walt Grayson visit Natchez

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