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Viral video of Mississippi arrest sparks investigation

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — An incident involving a white Mississippi Highway Patrol officer and three Black men is under investigation after a viral video showed the officer putting a handcuffed man into a chokehold and wrestling him into a ditch. The video, captured Friday in McComb by a man named Packer Lewis, sparked outrage over the officer’s conduct. The video shows one of Lewis’ brothers, Eugene Lewis, standing in the street in handcuffs as Packer Lewis and another brother, Darius Lewis, yell that they are recording the incident. Suddenly, the officer grabs Eugene Lewis by the neck and pulls him across the street, tackling him to the ground. At one point, the officer appears to use his knee to pin him down. “That’s how George Floyd died,” Packer Lewis yelled while recording a livestream on Facebook, referring to the 2020 murder of Floyd, a Black man who was pinned under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee for more than nine minutes.
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Doctors open medical marijuana dispensary in Brookhaven

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WJTV) – Two doctors have made an efforts to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Brookhaven, called Magnolia Greens. Dennis Sanders and his wife are co-owners of Magnolia Greens. Sanders is a doctor, and his wife is a registered nurse. The two wanted to open the dispensary to ensure that patients can receive […]

Plan A Trip To Brookhaven, One Of Mississippi’s Best Small Towns

Posted in Mississippi August 08, 2022 by Daniella DiRienzo. There’s no doubt about it; Brookhaven is one of the best towns to visit in Mississippi. Touted as a “small, Southern town with a big personality,” it’s got lots to offer, including great food, history, things to do, and lots of charm, of course.

Public hearing held for rezoning in Prentiss

Town of Prentiss held a public hearing to after a request was made to rezone the property at 1228 Third Street from R1 residential to R3 multi-family residential. Shequita Stonewall, a resident of Lawrence County, purchased the property to open an early childhood learning center for children in Jefferson Davis County. “We want better students, better adults and better communities,” said Stonewall. “If we can start early, we will have a great impact on making that happen.” Community members were in attendance to show support to Stonewall. Jane Moore Weathersby, who works in the JDC school system, spoke on her behalf. “You would be surprised how many come into kindergarten that are not prepared for kindergarten,” said Weathersby. “I feel like we need to have services here to prepare our children. Not only does early childhood education prepare them for being an educated adult, but it also prepares them to be a productive citizen.”

104-pound blue catfish caught in Mississippi River

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (BRPROUD) – So, did this fish eat a cat? No, really, 104 pounds? That is the size of the Blue Catfish caught by Christopher Halley of Brookhaven, Mississippi. Halley set a new state trophy record with that catch which took place in the Mississippi River near Natchez. The Brookhaven man used trotline to […]
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Mississippi man sets new state record by reeling in 104-pound blue catfish

NATCHEZ, Miss — Christopher Halley of Brookhaven, Mississippi, has a knack for catching big fish. While fishing on the Mississippi River near Natchez on Tuesday, he hauled up a 104-pound blue catfish on a trotline, setting a new state trophy record. According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries...

Missing Wesson man found dead; Suspect arrested for his murder

WESSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A man has been arrested and charged with murder after a man went missing in Wesson, Mississippi. The Wesson Police Department says that they recently received a report of a missing man, Tony Taylor. The police then located the deceased body of Taylor. Samuel Ray King...

Players of the Pine Belt: Columbia WR/OLB D.J. Cloyd

COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) - Less than a year ago, Columbia head coach Chip Bilderback led the Wildcats to their first state title in nearly 40 years. “That was last year, that was 2021. We’ve moved on from there,” Bilderback said. The first step to putting the state championship...

Brookhaven man catches new State Trophy Record Blue Catfish

NATCHEZ, Miss. (WJTV) – A Brookhaven man captured the new State Trophy Record Blue Catfish. Leaders with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) said the 104-pound fish was caught in the Mississippi River near Natchez on a trotline by Christopher Halley. The fish broke the previous State Trophy Record Blue Catfish by […]

104-pound catfish breaks state record in Mississippi

NATCHEZ, Miss. — A Mississippi man has broken a 1997 record for the state’s heaviest catfish. Christopher Halley caught a 104-pound blue catfish Tuesday using a trotline on the Mississippi River near Natchez. The fish is larger than the trophy record blue catfish of 101 pounds caught by the team of Freddie Parker and Brad Smith in 1997.