WCBI NEWS AT TEN - DECEMBER 25, 2020
WCBI News at Ten - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
Thanks for joining us tonight..
Did your parents ever give you money for good report cards?
Well, the columbus muncipal school district is trying that incentive for its schools and staff.
Tonight... the district handed out nearly 200 thousand dollars to schools for improving their letter grades..
Our quentin smith was there as the checks were handed out.... so quentin how did the educators say it feels to be recognized?
Scott, they're excited and say this is a sign of their commitments to their jobs.
Even though they received some extra cash tonight..
They say... seeing their students succeed in the classroom is the real reward... and yes, a large amount of money was a part of the celebration..
But not this kind of money though, this kind.... just over 181 thousand dollars was awarded to personnel at two schools in the district.
Staff and faculty at columbus high school were rewarded for improving from a c to a b school..
" it feels great.
To see the hard work being paid off, our teachers in the classroom doing everything they can to help our students, knowing our students are performing well, seeing hard work from the teachers and the students, this is a reflection of it."
Stokes beard elementary school was also recognized for moving from from an f to a b.
" just success.
I'm so honored that our district took the time to pour their resources to celebrate with the teachers their hard work, so just a success and feeling this warm reception tonight make the job worthwhile."
This is the pay-off for the district's teacher incentive payment plan, or tipp.
Tipp rewards schools that improve their letter grade from the previous school year..
" not only does it include for teacher and teacher assistance, but all staff throughout the school campus that happens to move their school up.
Next year, or this school year, the incentive will kick in with maintenance,.
Schools they had a b for this year, if they maintain a b, will still get payouts next year, and all schools that come from different levels up to c, b, and a, will get their own incentive next year, next december."
" sometimes education can be a thankless field and incentives of being celebrated, especially monetarily, is a great way to tell people that you appreciate them and you value the work that they do."
Although it's the schools receiving the attention, teachers and administrators say none of the success would be possible if it wasn't for the hard work of the students " those are the winners, they are the winners for this.
They are the ones they perform so we really want to do some things to celebrate them and their hard work.
Without them performing in the classroom, none of this would be possible" the teacher incentive payment plan was created in 2018.
This is the first time for schools to receive incentives from the plan... to read more about the tipp plan, visit our website at wcbi dot com take vo off top also receiving money tonight were the math and science teachers in the district... all first year..... and returning math and science teachers are receiving a 35 hundred dollar incentive for teaching in cmsd..
District leaders say finding teachers in those fields is always a challenge..
They're hoping this incentive will help serve as a recruiting tool.
" we have been able to attract 15 teachers through this program and we were able to award 54 total teachers through this program so this is a great opportunity for our district."
Just over 189 thousand dollars was given out to the math and science teachers in the district.
A new administration takes office in jackson come january..
Courtney ann jackson caught up with lt.
Governor-elect delbert hosemann today.
She has the latest on his priorities and how they'll impact you.
Delbert hosemann is putting in the work before he's sworn in.
Meeting with all 52 senators and prepping for committee assignments.
"i've got an agenda for transportation.
I've got an agenda for healthcare.
I've got an agenda for education, public health, medicaid."
He's been meeting with various groups and state agencies related to those to form the agendas.
Among the issues he's ready to tackle: healthcare.
Here's what hosemann said regarding the controversial question of what will happen, if anything, with medicaid expansion.
"the appetite is for healthcare.
We've been in consultation even as recently as the last week with arkansas about how they expanded, indiana, louisiana and others on how they increased their availability of healthcare.
Some of which they stepped in ditches and wished they hadn't."
Hosemann says he won't rush the decision and would first look at other options to improve affordability and accessibility of healthcare.
"it's too big a decision to be made on the fly and this won't be solely made by me."
On the topic of teacher pay- the southeastern average was a big buzz word by several candidates.
Hosmeann doesn't have a number he's targeting but says... "why do we have to be average?
Why can't we be above?
When we get to a point that our teachers are not making an economic decision whether to teach or not---then i'll have gotten there."
On the issue of a gas tax---hosemann says he's not in favor of a statewide gas tax but would consider a local option tax that allows counties to vote whether they want to increase the tax that's earmarked for specific infrastructure projects.
Hosemann will be sworn in as the next lt.
Governor on january 9th.
First look stinger first look summary: look for lots of sun over the next few days along with seasonably cool temperatures.
Some rain is possible during the weekend as a system moves across the northern gulf coast.
Early next week appears be pretty good and that bodes well for christmas eve and christmas day.
Tuesday night: turning clear.
Quite chilly with lows in the 20s.
Winds will relax during the night.
Highs in the upper 40s.
Wednesday night: clear.
Lows in the 20s.
Highs in the low 50s.
Take vo in monitor of the reported 14 tornadoes that touched down across mississippi yesterday, one left its mark on guntown.
Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed as winds reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour swept through a normally quiet subdivision.
Our stephanie poole has more on how residents and the town are coming together to begin the road to recovery.
"it was the most shocking and terrifying thing i've ever seen in my life.
I have no words to describe what i'm feeling."
When the ef-2 tornado ripped through brad poyner's home it left nothing but debris and broken glass behind.
" i was coming down the street, i got here two minutes before it hit and it was really dark and grey.
My stepson and i went into the bedroom where i have a walk-in closet and about the time we got the door shut it got really bad."
Poyner says that's when his world was turned upside down forever.
"i heard this huge boom sound like a canon going off like really really loud, it was the most intensive sound i've ever heard and then it got quiet.
We step out of the closet about two minutes later and we see the sky."
Most neighbors are facing the same reality.
Laqueasha and emanuel miller says they were watching tv in their living room when the tornado struck.
"my cousin text me and she said get to your safe place and right then when i grabbed my baby and we ran for the room that's when our garage started to blow in."
Although the miller's don't have as much damage..they're still left to clean up shattered windows and a weather worn roof.
"we have water leaks everywhere."
Mayor bud herring hopes the road to the recovery will be a smooth process over the next several weeks.
" our emergency team is out there assessing the damage to see what we need to do maybe to apply for state or federal assistance .
I've been contacted by several agencies and churches all up through the south that have crews that will come out and will assess the damage."
Meanwhile neighbors are helping neighbors get through the first days .
"i just think it's great people are coming all over to help us,people are stopping by asking if we need anything.
They're offering food and places to stay, we just had a lot of people reach out to us and help.
" "don't take life for granted,ever.
It's here one minute but it can be gone the next.
" take vo in monitor if you're interested in donating to affected families in guntown, your donations can be dropped off at guntown city hall monday through friday from 8am to 5pm.
Stinger sunny, drier, and cooler 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 a survivor's memory and modern technology come together to help shed light on a nearly century old mystery.
We have that story when we come 105 year old lassa randall is one of the last known living survivors of the tulsa race massacre.
She was only seven years old when racial violence erupted before her eyes.
She told vernon a-m-e church pastor robert turner &she remembers seeing the bodies.
"you said how you saw people on the ground and stuff?"
"yeah, i saw quite a bit of that.
You know how old i am.
"man: 105 " q: describe what this area looked after the massacre.
Rt: //it was, it looked like an atomic bomb went off here.
The greenwood section of town was known as black wall street.
Dozens of black owned businesses thrived&even in the jim crow era.
But in 1921&.a young black man was accused of assaulting a white teenage girl.
A white mob torched roughly 35 blocks of homes and businesses.
It's estimated that as many as 300 black residents were killed&but the story of what happened here was hidden from history.
99 years later&.it's still not known where all the bodies were buried.
Last night researchers announced a major clue&.a committee commissioned by the city to look for mass graves told mayor g-t bynum and neighborhood leaders&.they found a 30 by 25 foot pit&.that could hold close to a hundred victims "that's very powerful.
That's the first that we've had anyone say that from a technical standpoint in an open forum, in a meeting like this or to us.
Pastor turner says&.it's a small step on the long road to reconciliation.
It's been people, descendants of the survivors 'tis the season for some basketball...cou rtney has highlights from the hardwood, when we come back it's december, which pretty much means it's all basketball, all the time tipping off for us this evening,the itawamba a-h-s boys on the road against tupelo 1st quarter.
Josh mitchell misses the hook shot but tips it out to braxton bishop who spots up and drains the 3 ball!!
Tupelo up 2 early.
Chandler wood inbounds the ball to caden prestage on the wing.
Hits the 3 on 2 defenders!!
Indians trail by 1.
Still the 1st, hayes halbert gets the steal and hits mitchell on the break who goes up for the 2 hand slam!!!
Golden wave lead 12-8.
Indians ball before the 1st ends.
Arvesta troupe catch and shoot 3 is nothing but net!!
Itawamba takes a 1 point lead.
But tupelo breaks away in the 2nd quarter.
Golden wave come away with the big 69-26 win choctaw county boys facing louisville wildcats d turning up the pressure early...steal from the press...clayton maury finds a wide open drea shumaker...easy two....wildcats with the early lead and adding to it....shumaker drives, with the vision to find red hibbler, gets the layup to go... choctaw county would finally get a bucket later in the first...breaking through the pressure...israel whitmore with the jumpstop, elevates....just the short jumper to go... right before the end of the first quarter....junior miller creating off the bounce, finds jared bellew, through the contact for the finish wildcats top the chargers, 60-51 running it back with the girls..tupelo hosting itawamba ahs in some tuesday night hoops 4th quarter.
Lady wave up 56- 20.
Jireh mcintosh inbounds the ball to an open shakinah jackson in the corner who knocks down the 3.
Tupelo goes up 39.
Later in the quarter.
Mcintosh outlet to paris lehman who puts in the layup.
Wave up 62-21.
Then off an indian miss, jackson 1 man fastbreak to the basket for the layup.
Golden wave go onto win final 64- 26.
Louisville taking on choctaw county...battle between two area dandy dozens... in the second half, lady cats trailing....come up with the steal....jalen ingram finds areyanna hunter to the hoop plus the harm....louisville with an 8-0 run to take the lead back comes choctaw county...their dandy dozen lagenesis johnson in transition....pull s up just inside the arc for the deep two....two possession ball game... hunter with the answer....showin g off the handles, right to the cup for two....louisville keeps an 8 point lead but johnson again...keeping the lady chargers in it....dropstep through the double team for the sweet left hand finish... hunter and the lady wildcats hang on to a get the 50-43 win just last week, i- c-c guard tabreea gandy hit the game winner that gave the indians the 66-64 victory over northwest mississippi community college as of today, gandy has been named the m-a-c- j-c women's basketball player of the week gandy shined all- around in the match-up to northwest...the starkville native finishing with a double double of 22 pts and 11 rebounds...she also had five assists and two steals icc head coach robin porter saying the honor is simply gandy's hardwork paying off the indians get back to action on saturday january 4th against volunter state community college in tennessee this year, five teams from the wcbi endzone viewing area ventured to state championships later returning home as title winners those five including the oxford chargers, the west point green wave, the corinth warriors, the heritage academy patriots and the nanih waiya warriors now it's time to name one of them as our wcbi endzone team of the year as the only undefeated team in northeast mississippi, the honor goes to the heritage academy patriots the pats finishing a dominant 2019 season with the m-a-i-s 5a state tile, a perfect 14- 0 record while outscoring opponents on average 39-8.
The state championship marked the second ever in school history...led by head coach sean harrison and followed with a talented group of seniors quarterback carter putt was named as the m-a- i-s 5a offensive player of the year after throwing for 2,520 yards and 31 touchdowns... offensive and defensive lineman eli acker also taking home the region's overall player of the year still to come..
Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.
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