Humphreys County, MS

MDOT to improve intersections in west Mississippi

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced a project that will improve intersections throughout western Mississippi. MDOT leaders said the project will take place in Yazoo, Warren, Copiah, Holmes, Claiborne, Humphreys, Washington, Jefferson, Sunflower and Bolivar counties. Work will be done to upgrade and add signs, striping, raised […]
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Watkins appointed as superintendent of Mississippi Achievement School District

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) appointed Dr. Earl Watkins to lead the Mississippi Achievement School District (ASD), effective July 1. The ASD includes the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts, which became part of Mississippi’s first ASD in June 2019. Mississippi’s ASD law requires the SBE and the Mississippi Department […]
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What's up with unemployment in the delta?

New information from the U.S. Labor Department shows unemployment claims falling to their lowest level since 1969. Experts say, job gains across the country have slowed, while few workers are losing their jobs... that means the labor market isn't loosening up as much as experts at the federal reserve had hoped.
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New Humphreys County sheriff sworn in

HUMPHREY COUNTY, Miss (WJTV) – A new Humphreys County sheriff was sworn in on Wednesday, March 16. This comes about a week after the death of former Sheriff Charles Sharkey. Dean Johnson was sworn in as the new sheriff. He has 20 years of experience in law enforcement. Johnson has been with Humphreys County Sheriff’s […]

Humphreys County Sheriff Charles Sharkey dies at 57

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Miss. — Humphreys County Sheriff Charles Sharkey died Monday. Coroner Kenny Irving said the 57-year-old was pronounced dead just before 11 a.m. He said the sheriff was rushed to South Sunflower County Hospital in nearby Indianola after collapsing in a grocery store. Funeral arrangements have not been...

Belzoni, Mississippi

Belzoni is a small city located in Humphreys County in the US State of Mississippi. It is the county seat of Humphreys County and was named after the 19th-century Italian archaeologist and explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni. The area Belzoni is located in was named "Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World" in 1976, and Belzoni is known for the World Catfish Festival held every April. The main attractions in Belzoni are museums such as the Catfish Museum and Jaketown Museum, which contains artifacts of nearby Native Americans.

Humphreys County teen indicted on teen’s murder charge arrested

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – In October, we shared the story of the hunt for a teenager wanted for killing another teenager. Hinds County authorities arrested Earl Young after locating him in another county. Friday, the 16-year-old was taken to the Hinds County Detention Center more than a year after authorities...

State police searching for escaped inmate

HUMPHREYS CO., Miss. (WLBT) - State police are searching for an inmate who escaped a correctional facility in Belzoni. Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office says they received the call around 9:30 a.m. Friday that 33-year-old Garnett Hughes had escaped. Hughes is serving a life sentence for kidnapping and sexual battery in...

EMCF inmate escapes custody during transport

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Garnett Hughes, 33, an inmate who was serving his time at East Mississippi Correctional Facility escaped Friday morning in Humphreys County while being escorted by officers to the funeral of a family member in Belzoni. Management & Training Corporation, which operates EMCF, said law enforcement...