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Trailer mishap blocks Jackson highway

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Traffic was tied up on Interstate 220 in Jackson on Friday after a mobile home flipped off the trailer that was transporting it.

Investigators say the accident happened around 11:45 a.m.

Officials of the Mississippi Department of Transportation tell WAPT-TV the accident blocked the highway's southbound lanes connecting to Interstate 55.

Authorities expected the scene to be cleared by later afternoon.

No injuries were reported.


Group will try again for school charter

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The group behind Inspire Charter School said it plans to file a new letter of intent with the state asking for approval to open the proposed charter school in Columbus.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the Columbus Coalition for Educational Options plans to file the notice by a state-imposed Aug. 15 deadline.

The group was denied a charter for the school on June 2 by a 7-0 vote of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

Inspire Charter School executive director Darren Leach has said the group will keep working toward a successful application.


Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi is taking steps to promote racial diversity and provide context for Old South symbols that Chancellor Dan Jones says "are too often viewed as an endorsement of ancient ideas."

In a report Friday, Jones says two streets on the Oxford campus will be renamed and plaques could be installed to provide historical context for symbols such as a Confederate soldier statue near the main administrative building.

A short street near Fraternity Row will be renamed from Confederate Drive to Chapel Lane.

Coliseum Drive will be renamed Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins Drive, after a black Ole Miss football player who was left quadriplegic by a 1989 game injury and died in 1991.

The report recommends creating a new job of vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.


Arson suspected in Ethel business fire

ETHEL, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Attala County say arson is suspected in a fire that damaged a commercial building in Ethel.

WTVA-TV reports Attala County firefighters and sheriff's deputies and Ethel firefighters responded to the fire at the Saddle Shop on Main Street at around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters say they found a table burning near the building's front door. They say the fire was spreading to the main structure.

The fire was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

The investigation is being handled by the Mississippi state fire marshal's office.


Man arrested in fire at his home

CALEDONIA, Miss. (AP) - Police in Caledonia say a 50-year-man has been booked with arson after he allegedly set his house on fire.

The Commercial Dispatch reports Merida Colvin was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators say they believe Colvin set a fire in the attic of his two-story home on Westbrook Road on Monday. No injuries were reported.

Colvin was booked at the Lowndes County jail.

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.


Mother arrested after 2-year-old found in street

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Police in Picayune say a 19-year-old woman was arrested on child neglect charges after her 2-year-old child was found playing in a street.

Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri tells The Picayune Item officers were dispatched around 8:20 a.m. Thursday to a daycare center where a passer-by had taken the boy.

He says the child was found playing in the roadway along Second Street. Magri says the passer-by thought the child might have wandered away from the daycare center.

During a neighborhood canvass, Magri says officers located the child's mother, Juliann Nobles.

After interviewing her at her home, Magri says Nobles was booked with child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The child was released to a family member.

It was not immediately clear whether Nobles has an attorney.


Airport director stepping down in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Greenville Mid-Delta Airport director Draylan Gant has told city officials he will leave the job on Aug. 8.

Mayor John Cox tells The Delta Democrat-Times that Grant submitted his resignation on Monday.

Cox says the city is considering options for filling the position.

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