Sleet, cold rain falls in Tennessee, Mississippi
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Face-stinging sleet is falling in Memphis and surrounding areas, and officials are warning residents of hazardous road conditions and the chance of power outages caused by ice accumulation on electrical lines and trees.
The National Weather Service said winter storm warnings and advisories and an ice storm warning are in effect for northern Mississippi and West Tennessee on Friday. Meteorologist John Moore says a layer of ice as thick as three-tenths of an inch could accumulate on roads and highways, making driving more perilous.
Sleet is expected to taper off by early evening, then return Saturday in Memphis. Moore said the Tennessee River region and Nashville would likely experience sleet and ice Saturday.
Memphis Gas Light & Water says it is sending crews to areas that experienced power outages Friday.
6-term Mississippi senator to seek re-election
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi says he is seeking a seventh term next year because he wants to reduce the national debt and roll back the Obama administration's health care overhaul.
Cochran announced his re-election bid Friday. The Republican has brought billions of dollars to his home state, which is sure to be an issue when he faces tea party-backed challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a primary. McDaniel says federal spending is out of control.
Cochran turns 76 on Saturday. He has been in the Senate since 1978 and he's the top GOP lawmaker on the Agriculture Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations panel.
The primary will be in June.
Teen dies in shooting near Jackson high school
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police have arrested two teenagers in a fatal shooting that happened near Wingfield High School.
Police say a 15-year-old girl Destinee Ford died after someone opened fire on a group of students just after school was dismissed on Thursday.
Jackson police spokeswoman Officer Colendula Green says a 18-year-old and a 17-year-old have been charged with murder. They are being held in the city jail pending an initial court appearance.
Green says a preliminary investigation shows that there was a fight between two groups. She says sometime during the fight, weapons were displayed and several shots were fired.
She says the victim suffered a single gunshot to the chest.
Ford died shortly afterward at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
MISSISSIPPI 1A CHAMPIONSHIP
French Camp tops Smithville 27-6 for 1A title
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jesse Hosket threw for 187 yards and ran for a touchdown, leading French Camp to a 27-6 victory over Smithville in the Mississippi 1A state championship on Friday.
French Camp (11-5) jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and coasted to its first state championship. Michael Erving rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and Daniel Hughes had 12 tackles, including three for a loss and two sacks.
Hosket completed 9 of 16 passes and also had eight tackles on defense. Hagan Box returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown. French Camp outgained Smithville 331 yards to 99.
Smithville (12-3) pulled within 21-6 on Drew Lann's 13-yard touchdown, but French Camp's Sam Gould kicked field goals from 42 and 23 yards to put the game away.
Former Southern Miss coach Turk dies at 71
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach M.K. Turk died on Friday morning. He was 71.
Turk led the Golden Eagles for 20 seasons from 1976 to 1996 and finished with a school-record 301 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT appearances, including one NIT championship. The school confirmed Turk's death on Friday.
He's the only Southern Miss coach to lead the program to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
Turk was also the athletic director and basketball coach at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (Miss.) and an assistant coach at Memphis before coming to Southern Miss.
Current Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall said Turk "is by far and away the best basketball coach to have ever graced Southern Miss and always will be. But more than that, he was an amazing friend and person."
Youngest Miss. lawmaker sworn in on 22nd birthday
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democrat Jeramey Anderson of Moss Point has been sworn in as the youngest member of the Mississippi Legislature.
Several relatives were at the Capitol Friday to watch Anderson take his oath as a state representative. The ceremony took place on his 22nd birthday.
Anderson won a special election runoff Nov. 26 in District 110 in coastal Jackson County. He succeeds former Rep. Billy Broomfield, who was elected mayor of Moss Point during the summer.
Anderson is a senior at Tulane University's Gulf Coast campus in Biloxi, where he's studying homeland security and public relations.
He is the youngest person to serve in the Mississippi Legislature since Democrat Dirk Dedeaux of Perkinston was sworn into the House in January 1996 at age 23. Dedeaux served until January 2012.
GULF OIL SPILL-RESTORATION
Gulf gets more restoration projects from BP fund
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coastal resiliency is important to President Barack Obama's climate action plan.
Jewell was at a national park outside New Orleans Friday to describe the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Money for the 44 projects is coming from a $1 billion fund BP created in 2011.
Of the projects, 16 have been added in Florida since a preliminary announcement last spring. The new projects raise Florida's total fund allocation from about $73 million to more than $105 million, and boost the Gulf-wide total to $627 million.
More than $300 million will remain in the fund once final approval is granted to the new projects.
Alcorn under review for financial discrepancies
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University's chief financial officer has resigned amid an investigation of alleged financial problems at the school.
Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Natchez Democrat that Betty Roberts resigned Thursday.
Bounds says in a statement that his office has received reports of financial discrepancies and the College Boards staff is reviewing those reports.
Bounds declined to elaborate.
The College Board met in a closed session on Nov. 7 to discuss personnel issues at Alcorn State. The board made no announcement after the meeting ended.
Alcorn's main campus is located in Lorman, with satellite campuses in Natchez and Vicksburg.
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