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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - 06/18/2020
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - 06/18/2020
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - 06/18/2020

Thanks for staying up with us tonight..

State college leaders vote to approve the relocation of a confederate monument on the ole miss campus.

Trustees on the institutions of higher learning board made the move this morning.

The statue is currently at the front of the circle on university avenue and has been there since 1906.

It will be moved to the university cemetery.

Various campus groups voted to ask to have the monument moved and it was requested by the chancellor.

The measure was tabled in january and approved today.

It was not released when the statue will be moved.

State college leaders vote to approve the relocation of a confederate monument on the ole miss campus.

Trustees on the institutions of higher learning board made the move this morning.

Our stephanie poole has reaction from campus// donut open- this confederate monument has been on the ole miss campus since 1906.

Various campus groups have voted to move the statue and it was also requested by the chancellor.

I spoke with a few students who drafted the resolution over a year ago.

" in march of 2019 last year, myself and five other students here, we wrote a resolution that passed through the association of the student body that asked for the relocation of the confederate monument."

Ole miss graduate, leah davis says it feels good to see all the work she and other students have done end with a success.

However, davis says the group faced backlash during the process.

" we went through some serious social media intimidations.

Very serious threats we received.we know that we we're doing is right, we know that what we called for is to recontextualize history and to rewrite the wrongs of the past."

Member arielle hudson says after years of seeing the statue, she's hopeful all students on campus will feel more included.

" it's good to know that all of our hard work and long nights won't' go in vain, but i'll be remiss not to recognize in praise of students leaders before who came before me who also pushed for this to happen.

I feel we were lucky enough to be the right group at the right time."

And other students are supporting the decision to move the monument.

"i feel like if it makes someone uncomfortable why not be as inclusive as possible and just take it down because it's not helping anything or anyone."

Butt sots "i think now it's time for us to hold the university leadership accountable as to what that relocation process look like.

We want to make sure nothing that we stand for is being back tracked."

Donut close- the date of the statue's removal has not yet been released.

Reporting in oxford, stephanie poole,wcbi news.

The university plans to have the statue moved before the fall semester.

Few things speak louder than sports in the south, and the commissioner of the southeastern conference is using that voice to call for change.

In a statement released this afternoon, greg sankey called on mississippi leaders to change the state's flag.

Saying in part áquoteá our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

áend quoteá sankey also suggests that unless there is a change to the flag, áquoteá there will be consideration of precluding southeastern conference championship events from being conducted in the state of mississippi áend quoteá sankey's full statement is on our website wcbi dot com.

Debates on whether to remove confederate statues and the confederate emblem from the state flag are continuing to dominate conversation across mississippi.

They are also hot topics with business leaders thinking about coming to the magnolia state.

Our quentin smith talks with a man who has been in some of those conversations over the years, and has more on where he thinks we need to go from here.

Nat dirt moving...and construction crews hard at work..... these are sights and sounds cities love to see, and it usually means a new business is coming to town.

But there's one image that could potentially affect those businesses from moving in..... " if you care and say you are pro business in mississippi, i don't see how you can support the present flag."

Jeffrey rupp served as mayor of columbus in the early 2000s and says even then, the state flag was a concern for businesses looking to locate in the magnolia state.

" i know when i was mayor and we were competing with other states for industry, they were described to our newspapers, they would go online and see what the tv station was reporting.

This stuff have an impact."

Rupp believes the confederate emblem impacts the states ability to attract new businesses and help with economic growth..

" i don't think that the flag itself is enough of a reason to keep someone from coming here, but economic development is such a competitive landscape and mississippi has so many disadvantages as far as small population, rural, not a lot of resources, why we we'd want to give ourselves any additional disadvantage is beyond me."

Now, rupp works in the college of business at mississippi state.

He works with entrepreneurs who want to start up new businesses.

One of msu's goals is to get business owners to stay in the state, but rupp understands how much of a challenge that's going to be moving forward.

" the flag doesn't make it any easier.

Two of our latest million dollar startups are minority owned companies.

How do you tell them oh, the flag is ok?

It matters."

That's why rupp believes adopting a new flag could help the state become more attractive economically, and would cast out what many are calling a negative shadow " the fact that we are talking about it today tells you that it's not going to go away.

It is not a matter of if the flag is going to change."

Two of the state's top economic development agencies have recently called for new flag due to the impact it'll have on economic development... it takes three supervisors to agree to call a special meeting and right now--it's apparent that's not going to happen// after the lowndes county board of supervisors president, harry sanders made racial remarks in a local newspaper, supervisors and the community are calling for his resignation// district 2 supervisor trip hairston says the first step to move forward is removing him as president because that's the only action the board can legally take// but supervisors leroy brooks and jeff smith say no to a special called meeting// trip hairston released a statement today saying harry sanders refuses to step down from the lowndes county board of supervisors.

Hairston wants to call a special meeting but not everyone is on the same page "i'm urging them to join with me and let's call the meeting and do what we can do which is vote to remove harry as president and to explore how and to move the monument."

As a board all they can do is vote to remove sanders as president.

Which is why district 5 supervisor leroy brooks says there's no point in having a meeting.

"what purpose does it serve?

So you've got a bigot from the head of the table to the side of the table, but he's still in the room.

It doesn't serve any purpose."

The racial comments lessening black people has landed lowndes county the national spotlight.

Hairston says whatever action the board can take, needs to happen.

"i'm just asking for cooperation here.

This is a time that we can come together.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from.

Let's come together and get this done.

The nation is watching."

Until harry sanders is off the board, brooks says the consequences could be detrimental to the growth of lowndes county.

"i think the people of this community are going to see it's going to be an economic development drought.

I think the link understands.

It's not a personal fight with harry."


Hairston also mentioned he wants to discuss moving the statue// you may remember, monday he voted against it but says after meeting with people in his district, he's decided it's best to move it to friendship cemetery// first look stinger summary: summer officially begins saturday and the first weekend of the new season is sure going to look and feel like it.

Highs will zoom back into the low to mid 90s with rain chances remaining low.

Higher odds of scattered storms return to the region early next week.

Thursday night: becoming clear and quiet.

Lows in the mid 60s.

Calm wind.

Friday: bright sunshine to start with puffy cumulus clouds developing during the day.

A stray shower/sprinkle is possible but odds of rain are 10% or less.

Highs should be around 90 with variably winds 5-10 mph.

Mississippi continues to see new covid-19 cases and outbreaks.

And state leaders are still leaning on folks to take some personal responsibility in slowing the spread.

Courtney ann jackson explain summer will officially start in a few days.

But state leaders say they're already looking at the chance of higher rates of covid-19 in the fall.

"but there's no amount of preparation that can prepare for a tidal wave of cases.

It's like mopping up the floor but you won't turn the sink off.

So, we've got to turn the sink off."

The guidelines released today ask the schools to be flexible and prepared for changes in the event of resurgence in the fall.

The report doesn't say to require masks but says they are strongly encouraging them.

They'll also suggest things like adjusting attendance policies so students won't be penalized if they miss due to covid- 19 symptoms. "in classrooms and controlled environments, there's always going to be some risks but it can be minimized.

It's the other things are going to kill us.

And this is the summer and we can't even stop fraternity parties in the summer.

So, i'm gravely concerned."

State health officer dr. thomas dobbs noting he's been disappointed with folks lack of following simple measures to slow the spread.

"coronavirus is out there.

My head is sore from banging it on the wall.

Wear masks, social distance, don't do mass gatherings and certainly follow the rules.

You don't want to see me with a bruise up here next time."

Governor tate reeves attended simpson county deputy james blair's funeral wednesday without a mask.

We asked why after he's urged others to wear them.

"i did have a mask.

It was in my pocket.

I should've put it on.

The fact of the matter is, if y'all want to shame me for how i handled it...go for it."

As a follow up to yesterday's story about the rise in cases in oxford--we now know that stemmed from an off-campus fraternity rush party.

And they believe the town is now in the midst of an outbreak because of it.

Mississippi university for women announces a modified fall schedule today.

The w will bring students back to campus august 17th..

The semester will end november 24th, prior to the thanksgiving holiday.

Under the new guidelines, the october fall break for students will be eliminated.

Definite plans have not been announced for future large gatherings, which includes fall graduation.

Stinger wx open summary: unsettled weather will remain in place through tuesday night with scattered rain and storm chances.

A cold front will sweep out the rain and humidity by mid morning wednesday leaving us with sunny and warm weather for the rest of the week and upcoming weekend.

Monday night: areas of showers will continue but gradually diminish in size and scope.

The threat of an isolated tornado should gradually end during the evening hours but we'll just have to monitor radar trends.

Look for a mild night with lows in the mid 70s.

Breezy se winds between 10 and 25 mph.

Tuesday: mostly cloudy with showers lingering first thing in the day.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected to develop as time goes on but that could lead to a few more showers or storms. highs are going to push 90?

With higher heat indices at times.

Winds ssw 10-20 mph.

Tuesday night: a cold front may spark a line of showers and storms after midnight.

While we can't rule out a few isolated strong storms most spots will not experience anything too rough.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s.

Wednesday: any rain chance should move east by mid morning allowing sunnier and less humid conditions to build in on the heels of westerly winds.

Highs top out in the mid 80s.

Wednesday night: clear and refreshing.

Lows in the low 60s.

Thursday-monday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy, warm, and dry.

Highs in the upper 80s to around 90 with overnight lows mainly in the low to mid 60s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and each year about 750-thousand americans seek treatment for a hernia// in tonight's health talk with baptist we look at options for surgical repair..

Hi, i'm dr. brad beckham, general surgeon and part of the surgical team at baptist memorial hospital, golden triangle.

This week, we have talked about the symptoms and risk factors of hernias.

Tonight, we will talk about various treatment options available for hernia repair.

It is important to remember that once a hernia has formed the only cure is a surgical procedure.

Hernias will only get bigger with time.

They do not heal on their own or with medications.

In some instances with only mild symptoms or if you are not able to have surgery due to other medical problems a special supportive device may be prescribed to help manage the hernia and decrease the symptoms. traditionally, hernias were repaired using your body's own tissues and stitches to close the hole.

While this worked pretty well for some hernias, approximately 25 percent of hernias repaired this way would come back.

In most cases today, we repair hernias with a manmade mesh that is inserted to strengthen the layers of the abdominal wall.

Using mesh has greatly lowered the percentage of having hernia's return.

Your surgeon may discuss repair through open surgery with a traditional larger incision or througha minimally invasive surgery.

Minimally invasive surgeons, like myself, are frequently able to repair even large hernias through a few very small incisions using a camera and special instruments or even the davinci surgical robot.

The advantage of a minimally invasive repair is less pain at the time of surgery.

You are frequently able to return to normal activity within days instead of weeks to months with open surgery.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist.

Top take vo off top the shannon community came together tonight to remember a rising star of the red raider football team who passed away tuesday.

A candlelight vigil and balloon release was held to honor 16-year old ja kobe cooper a sophomore runningback and linebacker who passed away after suffering a medical emergency during team practice // even though the future of high school football in mississippi is still up in the air the school's principal says they intend to dedicate the season to ja kobe..

Stinger a historic football game is coming for the state of mississippi... the details on the s-e-c vs swac matchup, next in sports... spx open take spx full for the first time in the history of ole miss football....a hbcu football program will take on the rebels inside vaught hemingway stadium ole miss and alcorn state scheduling a meeting in oxford for september 9th, 2028 alcorn state will also be the first swac opponent rebels football will have faced both athletic directors are excited to be a part of history "for us and our state, we want to make sure we're going to have those matchups.

I think the hbcu matchup is something that's long overdue.

That's something derek and i have talked about.

Obviously derek has ties to ole miss.

Great rebel, played basketball here, and a dear friend.

Just something that we thought made a lot of sense, and just thankful we were able to find that date in 2028 to make it happen."

"it's so important for institutions in the state to compete against each other, and i'm so happy to be able to develop this relationship and opportunity with my dear friend keith carter.

Keith carter is a long time member of the ole miss family, being an athlete when i worked there.

Being an administrator, having the opportunity to work with him to put this together was so important.

In the past years, i've had conversations with different adminstrators, but keith was the cog and the key for this important game."

In more college football scheudling news, the alabama crimson tide and ohio state buckeyes have agreed to a home and home series for 2027 and 2028 2027 will be in columbus ohio, 2028 in tuscaloosa the two have met four previous times, with the last being ohio state's 42-35 win in the 2015 sugar bowl current tennessee titan, and former mississippi state bulldog and noxubee county tiger jeffery simmons is giving back to his hometown the nfl first round pick is hosting a football camp at noxubee county high school on friday july 10th, and saturday july 11th those interested can register at m area hirings around north mississippi in the sports world... caledonia hiring tony seals as its newest boys head basketball coach....seal spending time at new hope and south lamar west lowndes hires michael huffman to lead its boys basketball team...huffman was the mcadams girls head coach and tupelo hires hayley parker as its newest softball coach...parker an assistant for two years, and also played at nettleton

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