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WCBI News at 6 September 26, 2018
WCBI News at 6 September 26, 2018
WCBI News at 6 September 26, 2018

Vo in monitor hours after a church fire in oktibbeha county, smoke and suspicion are still in the air.

Firefighters were called to the union hill baptist church on new light road, a little before midnight last night.

When they got there the building was already beyond saving..

Our jory tally speaks with church members and investigators.

She joins us in the studio with more.

Right now, it's not known what caused the fire, but we do know the building is a total loss.

Firefighters say the blaze was put out within minutes, but its impacts and investigation will linger on a little longer.

"it was just a big shock to me, you know what i'm saying?

To come out here, this early this morning, and see this."

Shock, smoke, and even suspicion still smolder hours after flames reduced union hill baptist church to ashes.

It leaves bonnie stinson, who's been a church member for over 50 years.....speechle ss.

"no sound, just her emotion."

The foundation is now all that's left of what once use to be the small, one story church that built william hogan.

"we come to this church from when my grandma, you know, was here.

So, all my life."

The church has been a rock for its 26 members.

"you're always interested in a fire in a church and in this case, there were no utilities to the building."

"we were renovating it.

We were renovating the whole building."

Members and investigators all want to know why this place of worship is now a place of rubble... "we certainly want to find out what happened here, especially, you know some years ago, we had a whole rash of church fires and i don't anticipate that being a problem here."

Until the problem of what happened here is solved....curiosit y continues... "i would even go so far as to say suspicious, because of the time of the day, the lack of utilities, and the fact that i don't think the church was in operation."

Take vo in monitor the oktibbeha county sheriff's department and state fire marshal's office are over the investigation.

A manufacturing plant in pontotoc goes up in flames this morning, temporarily halting production.

The fire broke out at washington furniture around 10 o'clock this morning.

Fire crews have been on scene all day.

Our quentin smith is in pontotoc and joins us live from the scene.

So quentin, do we know how the fire started?

Right now firefighters are still working to determine the exact cause of today's fire.... when he blaze broke out workers were inside, but i can tell you, the good news is no injuries were reported.

Here's what we know so far.

Just after 10 the fire started in the warehouse here at washington furniture....and from there the fire spread all throughout the building... the warehouse was the only thing that was damaged during the dire....the side plant and grab two pieces and i got back, soon as i got back, this was around 930 or 10 o'clock, and i come around the corner and all i saw was smoke and fire and everything, and i came on around and all i know it was gone."

" this is a big bump in the road but we are going to be back up and running fairly quick.

We have a lot of our raw materials that were not affected.

There some smoke damage but outside of that we can be back up and running really quick."

And as you just heard one of the employees say, the plant plans to be back up and running within the next couple of weeks.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

But again, good nenews, no injuries were reported from this fire reporting in pontotoc.

Quentin smith.

Wcbi news first look stinger wednesday night: lingering showers are possible under cloudy skies.

Lows will range from the mid 60s to around 70.

Northerly winds between 3 and 10 mph can be expected.

Thursday: there is a continuing chance of scattered showers with the rain chance about 40-50%.

Daytime highs should max out only in the 70s for the 2nd straight day.

Lows thursday night are going to fall back into the mid 60s with some low 60s or upper 50s possible across our northern counties.

Friday-sunday: new information suggests a lower chance of rain here in north ms & west al.

We're still going to put a 20% chance in the forecast to hedge the bet; however, many spots may not see any rain through the weekend.

Look for highs in the low to mid 80s with lows in the 60s.

A few upper 50s are possible saturday and sunday morning close to the tennessee border.

Next week: spotty showers and storms are possible mainly during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the mid to upper 80s are likely along with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and snapchat good evening and thanks for joining us... heavy rainfall today put roads in some parts of union county under water..

Allie martin has a recap of the problems caused by the downpour and some tips for motorists.

Union county received eight inches of rain in the span of a few hours.

The deluge flooded yards, washed out a culvert in blue springs and even caused a mudslide on a portion of highway 178.

"we don't usually have those in union county."

As director of the union county emergency management agency, curt clayton was helping organize cleanup efforts in the wake of the heavy rains.

Nats some roadways, such as county road 121 were even tough for four wheelers to navigate nats "guys on the four wheeler said their motor was underwater so i wouldn't going to go through there."

"i suggest anybody, if its going to hit your door, don't go."

Some motorists did try and drive across water covered roadways and had to be rescued by first responders.

"when they pull up to most of them, the water's moving,.

It doesn't look deep and they're in a hurry to go somewhere, they drive right through it and don't make it."

Standup bridge although water has receded on some county roads, officials warn there could be troubles in other parts of the county as the rain water drains off.

"all the water we've had on the southeastern part of our county , is going to be traveling to the west down toward the lone star area, which comes into the tallahatchie, and we usually have a lot of trouble there."

Clayton says he and his team will monitor conditions and alert the public through local media and the code red emergency app whenever water covers the roads.

In union county allie martin, wcbi news workers cleared the mudslide before lunch..

A wreck involving a tractor trailer backs traffic up on highway 6 in pontotoc county today.

It happened about 8 -45 when a 18 wheeler went off the road and overturned in the median.

Although the driver was not injured, traffic was backed up for more than an hour as crews worked to get the truck onto a wrecker.

Crews also cleaned up debris before lane could reopen.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

A pope man faces aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating a man unconscious.

23 year old tyler pirtle was arrested tuesday after detectives linked him to the september 16 attack.

Police say the victim suffered substantial head and face injuries during the fight in an alley between jackson and monroe avenues.

Bond is set at $15,000.

Take news stinger thinger after eight years of leading 4-county, joe cade will retire this week.

Then brian clark will be promoted, as the new ceo and general manager.

Blair schaefer has more on his career and his plans for the future.

One of the things clark loves the most about 4-county is that they are community minded.

"we believe in the employees we believe in our members i've seen that grow and blossom in the 13 years i've been here and i'm just blessed to be a part of that."

This new position is not so new to clark - due to a previous development program he attended early on in his career.

Clark went through the management internship program which he believes has prepared him for this moment.

"the mip program out of madison wisconsin is an intense six week course that prepares future ceos for the vast array of challenges they face in the industry."

According to clark this industry is constantly changing.

A recent change is an increased push to provide internet service to people who live in rural parts of the country.

Right now state law prohibits 4-county from getting into that market but brian clark plans to remain patient as new legislation is in the works.

"it's definitely a capital intensive program.

A lot of money millions of dollars to put the capital investment in we just have to move ahead cautiously and see if it makes sense for our members to get into that market."

If the legislation passes 4- county will also have to determine whether it's financially feasible for the cooperative to venture into that market as well.

Clark officially takes over october first ..

Stinger when you're working with second graders patience and hands-on activities have to be in your tool box... we meet a lady with plenty of both when we come back... welcome back... anyone who has dealt with 7 year olds knows that they can get a little restless..

But that's not a problem for our educator of the week..

Leslie morgan teaches second grade at victory christian academy.

Right now the class is learning about sentence structure, and punctuation.

Morgan says teaching in a hands-on way keeps them engaged and interesting..

"i just love working with kids...the younger ones especially..because this is a crucial time in their life where you can make a difference.

Their attention spans are very short...so if you don't ...do something hands on and get them excited about learning... they are not going to be into it."

To nominate an outstanding teacher...visit wcbi dot com rain didn't stop students from gathering for the annual "see you at the pole" events at area schools.

Mooreville students moved the event into the gym.

Students prayed, read scripture and sang worship songs.

Students say they are encouraged by the event every year.

" i just like it gives us the chance to get out here and worship god around our school and to spread his word and openly pray."

Butted to "it just encourages me to be bold and not be ashamed of the lord and to speak what i believe in and to show it throughout the day."

The student led "see you at the pole" is observed the fourth wednesday in september.

It began at a texas school, in the early 1990s.

Stinger take educator of the week billboard weather open wednesday night: lingering showers are possible under cloudy skies.

Lows will range from the mid 60s to around 70.

Northerly winds between 3 and 10 mph can be expected.

Thursday: there is a continuing chance of scattered showers with the rain chance about 40-50%.

Daytime highs should max out only in the 70s for the 2nd straight day.

Lows thursday night are going to fall back into the mid 60s with some low 60s or upper 50s possible across our northern counties.

Friday-sunday: new information suggests a lower chance of rain here in north ms & west al.

We're still going to put a 20% chance in the forecast to hedge the bet; however, many spots may not see any rain through the weekend.

Look for highs in the low to mid 80s with lows in the 60s.

A few upper 50s are possible saturday and sunday morning close to the tennesseer.

Next week: spotty showers and storms are possible mainly during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the mid to upper 80s are likely along with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

From the mid 60s to around 70.

Northerly winds between 3 and 10 mph can be expected.

Thursday: there is a continuing chance of scattered showers with the rain chance about 40-50%.

Daytime highs should max out only in the 70s for the 2nd straight day.

Lows thursday night are going to fall back into the mid 60s with some low 60s or upper 50s possible across our northern counties.

Friday-sunday: new information suggests a lower chance of rain here in north ms & west al.

We're still going to put a 20% chance in the forecast to hedge the bet; however, many spots may not see any rain through the weekend.

Look for highs in the low to mid 80s with lows in the 60s.

A few upper 50s are possible saturday and sunday morning close to the tennessee border.

Next week: spotty showers and storms are possible mainly during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the mid to upper 80s are likely along with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

From the mid 60s to around 70.

Northerly winds between 3 and 10 mph can be expected.

Thursday: there is a continuing chance of scattered showers with the rain chance about 40-50%.

Daytime highs should max out only in the 70s for the 2nd straight day.

Lows thursday night are going to fall back into the mid 60s with some low 60s or upper 50s possible across our northern counties.

Friday-sunday: new information suggests a lower chance of rain here in north ms & west al.

We're still going to put a 20% chance in the forecast to hedge the bet; however, many spots may not see any rain through the weekend.

Look for highs in the low to mid 80s with lows in the 60s.

A few upper 50s are possible saturday and sunday morning close to the tennessee border.

Next week: spotty showers and storms are possible mainly during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the mid to upper 80s are likely along with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and snapchat stinger our student athlete of the week shows us being a powercat isn't just for the guys... see our story from louisville, next in sports... spx the beauty of sports is that they allow us to watch athletes who do what hasn't been done.... on the football field, the power and speed that brings the highlights has always been for the boys but as wcbi sports' courtney robb shows us, this week's student athlete of the week is showing everyone that there's nothing a girl can't tackle.

It was spring of 2015 when zykueria burrage first stepped on the louisville football field.

For most powercat girls that would mean rooting on the team from the sidelines, but burrage had another idea.

Burrage: "see, most girls want to be cheerleaders but i wanted to be a football player."

Burrage took away any hestitation, nerves, and parental judgement she was facing because she was determined to play the game and play it on her own terms. mc miller: "i tried to talk her out of it and then i told her to bring her mom and dad out here and i'd talk to them.

Theni tried to talk them out of it but she wanted to play.

Then i said 'well, you can't discriminate' so if a girl wanted to play we had to let her play."

Burrage: "first thing they said was kicker but, no.

Because most girls play kicker and i didn't see myself being a kicker."

As for the guys on the field...at first they were definitely in disbelief..but burrage made it clear she had no issues getting physical.

Derius hopkins, sr dt: "it was weird.

It was kind of surprising.

I was amazed, like,a girl actually came out here to play.

Someone's actually tough enough to actually try and come out here."

Burrage: "most people say 'you're a girl, you're going to get hurt.'

But i just feel like boys get hurt too.

So i mean, what's the difference?

I'm a girl.

They're a boy.

We all get hurt."

Now she's just like any other wildcat in the locker room and friday nights have quickly become her favorite time of the week.

Burrage: "people are going to try and stop you from doing what you want to do but just don't let anything stop you from following your dream.

Just go do it."

Miller: "everyone tried to make it hard for her.

Running and doing a lot of extra work and everything but she took it pretty good.

She went through all of that and everything.

So she does a pretty good job hanging out here.

She's not what these guys are but other than that she's a part of the team."

Burrage will be slapping on her pads as she prepares for her team to head to new hope this upcoming week.

In louisville with our student athlete of the week, courtney robb wcbi sports.

áááclosing billboardááá the rebels make the trip back to death valley...and a lot of guys will be experiencing their first game day in baton rouge the last time the rebels made the trip was the leonard fournette game of 2016....fournette rushing for a then lsu record 284 yards and 3 tds guys like aj brown and damarkus lodge were experiecning death valley for the first time....and aj says its one of the best atmosphere's to play in "its definitely like the loudes.

Get caught up in the lights.

Actually its beautiful, im not going to lie.

Its just a great place to play.

You cant hear yourself breath, honestly its that loud.

Third down they get extremely loud.

Everybody has to be on the same page, everybody has to be locked in, just handle your assignment."

"all ive heard is its going to e electrifying stadium.

Everyone is going to be at the game.

Theres going to be a lot of noise.

Its going to be really intense, that?s what ive head."

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