WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
WCBI News at Six - October 28, 2019
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A columbus child is being described as a "miracle of recovery" after being found lifeless in a pool saturday.
The mother of the 3-year-old says he is now eating, breathing, and talking on his own.
She also says the child is still in the intensive care unit, but is expected to move to a room later today.
The child reportedly is showing no signs of the incident, except for a treatable infection from the water.
The accident happened on springdale drive in east columbus just before noon, according to columbus city spokesman joe dillon.
Columbus fire and rescue and the columbus police department found the child unresponsive and not breathing.
Dillon says firefighters took the child to baptist memorial hospital by fire truck after discovering no ambulances from columbus were available.
The child was later taken to university medical center in jackson.
Wipe to vo baptist golden triangle says it was responding to seven emergent calls when the little boy fell into a pool this past weekend.
In a statement, the hospital says it was quote "fully staffed to handle our normal volume of 911 calls on saturday," end quote.
The ambulance crews all had patients, at that time, that required them to be taken to the emergency room.
Baptist says there are, unfortunately, times when emergencies happen when all crews are already responding to other 911 calls.
The hospital credited other first responders with providing life- saving care and the 911 system.
An ambulance met a batson children's hospital ambulance in louisville to transport the child because a helicopter was unavailable due to weather.
When you call 9- 1-1... the last thing you expect - is for them to tell you there's no one available to help you.
But, nationwide, there is a shortage of healthcare professionals.
And that includes emts and paramedics.
Our cash matlock talks with medical professionals about efforts to combat the decline and has more.
Competitive pay, good benefits, and the opportunity to further your education... that's what och regional medical center's ems director, michael hunt, attributes to his high employment rate.
"usually when you have hospital based ambulance services, there's more education available, and there's just more resources that we can dip into to keep our skills up and provide the advanced training and knowledge."
He says on a daily basis, there are three to four ambulances on duty for oktibbeha county.
But sometimes... even that isn't enough.
"i think that happens in every area that you're at.
When you have a bad wreck and it requires three ambulances, the important thing with that is to have some type of contingency plan... we have a mutual aid agreement with all adjoining counties and we would activate a mutual aid response, and they will respond if they have ambulances available."
Hunt says if an ambulance is not available, it's most likely not a staffing issue.
He says emts have to transfer psychiatric patients as far as tennessee, and these transports can happen up to five times a week.
"one of the major problem we have right now is psychiatric patients.
We've been overwhelmed with psychiatric patients.
The problem is our local places are full."
Instructor robert taylor says there is a growing need for more emts and paramedics throughout the state.
He encourages anyone interested to pursue a career in the field.
"it's a great feeling.
You get the opportunity to be the first person in some body's worst state... be the one to turn it around.
It's really fulfilling work."
Hunt say's about 50 percent of ambulance requests are non-emergency calls, which can tie up an ambulance in the event of a real emergency.
The columbus- lowndes convention and visitors bureau will run the 2020 pilgrimage.
There were lingering questions as to whether the newly formed preservation society of columbus would actually take on that role.
Just a few weeks ago, it was voted on to give the preservation society the lead on the 80th annual event.
The cvb has already spent more than 50 thousand dollars in advertising on the pilgrimage and reversed course on today's vote.
"the cvb board took action that they will retain the home tours portion of the pilgrimage for 2020.
That is a modification of action that was taken earlier about how we would allow the preservation society to take over the home tours in 2020."
The preservation society of columbus will take over home tours in 2021.
It's requesting 140 thousand dollars but no vote has been taken on that request.
Wipe to vo vice president mike pence will visit mississippi's gulf coast to stump for lt.
Governor tate reeves.
Before that happens, reeves is making the rounds across the state.
Today, he stopped in columbus to talk to supporters.
Many polls have the race for the governor's mansion between reeves and attorney general jim hood within five points.
Now, the candidates are trying to get people to the polls.
"they are not going to count how much money you have, they are not going to count how many friends you have.
They are just going to count how many people vote for you on next tuesday night.
While we may be in a good spot in this election, it's going to be a close race.
Getting people to the polls really matters for us to be successful, we need a big turnout next tuesday."
Pence will be in biloxi on november 4th.
Reeves faces hood in the general election for governor november 5th..
First look stinger summary: another spell of wet and stormy weather is on track for wednesday and thursday.
Several inches of rain may fall during this time.
There is the threat of a line of gusty storms wednesday night and thursday morning with a cold front.
Clear and chilly weather returns friday and we may have 3 or 4 nights in a row with a frost or freeze threat.
Monday night: mostly cloudy and quiet.
Lows in the 50s.
Tuesday: mostly cloudy skies are expected but a few more breaks in the cloud deck are certainly possible.
We're going to forecast highs around 70 but it could go either way depending on the cloud cover situation.
Look for ene winds 2-6 mph.
Take vo in monitor the light flickers.
And, then the power goes out.
That happened over the weekend for thousands of north mississippi families.
Our stephanie poole talks utility workers that worked around the clock to get the lights back on.
She joins us in the studio with more.
Joey, storms left many families in the dark... and utility crews worked overtime to restore power to thousand of homes.
This weekend's storm left a maze of broken power lines and poles.
That's why homeowners need to be careful.
And that's what takes lineman extra time.
" people are calling in i've got trees in the houses, trees on their lines, trees on their vehicles."
General manager of natchez trace electric power shawn edmondson says around 73- hundred families were without power in his coverage area.
" the first part of the storm is always hectic, you don't really know where you damage is, you're all split up and you're sending people everywhere trying to do a damage assessment.
" then crews work to get those lines back up and running.
" our men worked very hard and got 7,300 meters back on within three days."
Cliff wall says 4-county crews are facing the same challenges - on a larger scale.
" it was from choctaw county, to lowndes county, to clay and noxubee.
Several broke poles, a-lot of wire down.
In our area a-lot of pine trees they snapped and tore all the wires down."
Around 13-thousand families were without power... wall says the strong wind gusts and rain from this weekend swept through in a similar fashion to hurricane katrina back in 2005... "it came through the central part of our service territory and branched out and we saw the same kind of damage just not to the extent.
Trees on lines, uprooted trees, the same way katrina did just not on that level."
4 county crews worked throughout saturday and into the night, with most households restored by sunday evening.
" it was kind of a mad house for the first couple hours then we got everybody lined out and it started coming together pretty quick."
Take vo in monitor there are currently 100 natchez trace electric power customers who are still without power.
Edmondson says those families should have their power back on by the end of the day.
4-county electric has sent a crew to assist prentiss county electric power association in power restoration efforts.
Stinger ghosts - goblins - and ghouls are taking over the starkville sportsplex... and there may be a tv anchor or two as well..
We check in when we come back..
Welcome back... halloween is thursday, but some kids... and maybe a few grown-ups... are getting a head start tonight..
It's the starkville parks department's annual hail - o - ween at the sports plex, and our own aundrea self is getting in the spirit..
She joins us live from the candy- fueled fun.
Kayla wayne festival they want to talk real quickly with somebody from the parks and rec and he's here with his little friend is the crowd you expected it's a little bigger it's a great weather like the candy free candy here were in a great location so were excited to have this many people i think the greatest thing is this is somewhere safe, big fan of trick-or- treating and about 30 candy booths here in a bounce house with a bunch of extra we love the format and were happy we can be happy thank you for extending the invitation and i to give credit to my staff and hard work on this goes until 730 live right now in the mad scientist is here we'll talk about weather coming up ...thron chances slowly increase weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.
Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.
Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.
Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.
Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.
A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.
Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.
Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.
We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.
Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.
Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.
Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.
Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon mississippi state takes on arkansas in hopes of finding its second s-e-c victory...joe moorhead talks the losing streak when we come back spx open mississippi state football is currently 3-5 on the season with only one of those three being an sec win looking ahead...the bulldogs with only three s-e-c match-ups left...arkansas, alabama, and ole miss each one more critical than the other if mississippi state hopes to turn the season around...make a bowl game...and snap a four-game losing streak arkansas presents the perfect opportunity for the bulldogs to do so as the razorbacks sits at the bottom of the s-e-c with an 0-5 conference record..
Head coach joe moorhead addressed the losing stint earlier, here's what he said moorhead: "all of us, players and coaches...everyone in the program make the decision when you come to the sec and the sec west you understand there's going to be a small margin of error against the best college football in the country.
We have a tough schedule.
I saw one place it was rated the third toughest in the country.
Early on we played well, but we can't look past anything than what we're going to do at practice tomorrow, on wednesday, on thursday, and then on friday.
We'll play with great effort and executing well.
Maybe there's a cumulative effect.
That it wears on the kids because their young psychologically a little bit.
This day and age with technology and phones they have short memories.
We put to n to arkansas."
Coming off of a bye week...ole miss with its first ranked test since late september the rebels head east to face 11th ranked auburn...ole miss has done well going toe-to-toe with ranked opponents this season..
The rebels with that fighting chance against 23rd ranked california and even put up 31 on 2nd ranked alabama ole miss head coach matt luke says the time off helped the rebels prepare extra for the challenging match-up ahead even the rain and schedule changes could not stop our area teams from playing another week of fantastic football with playoffs on the horizon, teams pulling out all the stops to secure wins here's the endzone's week ten top 5... #5.....3rd quarter..heritag e vs washington...gam e over...can't slow down the patriots...reid huskinson with a grown man carry...breaks all the tackles...pats win 51- 0...undefeated 11- 0 #4 the green wave...not scared of the wave..only welcome it...paid off...first play, dantariys cannon breaks through defenders to slide into the endzone...anothe r win in the books for west point..
#3...a gotw...tcps with the fumbled snap...smithville acts fast with the recovery...chand ler woodham on the recovery and the touchdown...smit hville got their wish...the win against tcps #2...our 2nd gotw...division crown on the line...noxubee's marlen windham picked off by ques mcneal for choctaw county....returns for a t-d...huge win for the chargers in that one...their sixth straight victory #1...the undefeated itawamba ahs indians...this