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NEMiss.News Couple arrested for counterfeiting.


Arrests have been made in a significant counterfeiting operation in northeast Mississippi. The key tip came from an alert retail clerk at Union Grocery and Supply Company (formerly Stokes) in New Albany, Wednesday evening, Feb 22.

A man and a female accomplice entered the store about 8 o’clock Wednesday and tried to cash one or more payroll checks. The clerk carefully examined the check and the identification of the person seeking to cash the check. The clerk suspected the authenticity of the documents and called police.

Officers of the New Albany Police Department (NAPD) arrived moments later and took into custody:

  • Stevie Lynn Pace, age 40, a white male who used the alias “Michael Moore.” Pace is believed to have lived previously in Mendenhall.
  • Carrisa Elizabeth Moore, age 37, a white female who used the alias “Kari Janet Sisk.” She is believed to be from the Booneville area.
NEMiss.News Counterfeit items seized in New Albany MS

Counterfeit items seized by New Albany Police Dept.

NAPD officers found that Pace and Moore were in possession of several thousand dollars in U.S. currency. They also had about $400 in counterfeit U.S. currency. The pair had 70 forged payroll checks. Most of the phony payroll checks were on Ashley, a furniture manufacturer located in Ecru.

NAPD Chief Chris Robertson said Pace and Moore would be arraigned before a judge Thursday evening. Robertson said charges would include uttering a forgery and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency.

Chief Robertson said he believed it likely that other businesses here and in nearby counties may already have been victims of the pair. He cautioned all retailers, banks, etc. to be alert to forged checks.

The chief said NAPD had already been contacted by Corinth law enforcement officials Thursday afternoon and believes Corinth may have a case against the pair arrested in New Albany.


NEMiss.News Career readiness workshops at Itawamba Library



Free workshops in March, open to the public, focusing on locating and obtaining sustainable employment.


FULTON, Miss.- As the need for digital resource continues, the Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library is stepping up to provide up to date resources, including new public computers, copiers, and rewiring the building to meet new industry standards and community needs.

To help meet these needs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi donated $14,000 in support of the effort to increase online resources to Itawamba and surrounding counties.

“We are so thankful to the folks at Toyota for providing us with the means needed to modernize the library’s computers and copier and its technological infrastructure as a whole,” said Library Manager Jeffrey Martin. “The technological needs of library users are constantly changing, and we’re always working to find innovative solutions”

Martin plans to use the new technology to offer a series of career readiness workshops hosted by Career Coach Dr. Greg Yarbrough.

The workforce readiness workshops, in partnership with Itawamba Community College, will be held at the Itawamba County Pratt Memorial library on the first three Mondays in March from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM each day. The classes are free and open to the public, focusing on different aspects of locating and obtaining sustainable employment.

The first workshop, held on Monday, March 6, will focus on finding and applying for a job online. Dr. Yarbrough will show attendees how to navigate employment databases, distinguish between legitimate career opportunities and scams, and the dos and don’ts of the application process.

The second workshop will focus on crafting a resume that highlights your strengths and allows you to stand out from the competition.

The final workshop will be held on Monday, March 23, focusing on how to be prepared for the interview process.

For more information:

Jeffrey Martin, Library Manager

Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library

210 West Cedar Street

Fulton, Mississippi 38843

(662) 862-4926



First, thank you to the thousands of north Mississippi readers who have made NEMiss.News their favorite source of news and information during the last eight years.

We hope you enjoy the new format you are seeing today for the first time. The type is sharper and easier to read, the graphics are brighter. It should be more convenient to use on the small screens of smart phones.

We now have our own dedicated high-speed file server that should make everything posted on NEMiss.News load faster.

NEMiss.News was a novelty when it was first launched in February, 2015. It was the first independent internet news website in the state. It was not affiliated with any newspaper or television station.

NEMiss.News was created at a time when the business of gathering and publishing news was going through a violent storm of change. For the previous few hundred years, people were accustomed to getting most of their news from newspapers. Television and radio had a share of the market, but never the dominance enjoyed by newspapers.

Then, about 30 years ago, came the Internet. First used by scientists and information specialists, the Internet was accessible to relatively few people until the early 2000s. Most people with any Internet service at all had slow “dial up” connections which were only slightly useful. Remember dialing a telephone connected to a computer and finally hearing that “boing, boing” sound and the hissing noise that said you’d made a not-quite-adequate connection with what was then called the “World Wide Web?” You could load a 150-word document in maybe 30 seconds. A small full color photograph might load in four or five minutes.

The last eight years have brought change at an accelerating rate. Internet speeds are faster, even in small communities in north Mississippi, and are about to improve dramatically during the coming year.

We started several months ago working with New Albany website developer Lance Moore of MooreSites, Inc. to create the bright new design you see today.

We are more committed than ever to assuring that every story you see on NEMiss.News is based on solid facts, information from original sources.

We appreciate your patience as we have work to bring you more information in a user-friendly format.

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–NEMiss.News Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union Countyl 2019 Leapfrog award




NEW ALBANY, Miss., Feb. XX, 2023— Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County has been recognized for its contribution to community health and well-being, receiving an ‘A’ grade in community benefit on the Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility.

“Baptist Union County is honored to receive this recognition for our commitment to community health and well-being,” said James Grantham, CEO and administrator of Baptist Union County. “Providing affordable and quality health care for our community is central to our mission.”

The Index is the first ranking to measure social responsibility for more than 3,600 U.S. hospitals nationwide and applies metrics, such as racial inclusivity, avoidance of overuse and community benefit.

“America needs socially responsible hospitals,” said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute. “The hospitals topping our index have proven they have what it takes to be great community partners.”

Community benefit performance on the Lown Index is based on hospitals’ charity care spending, Medicaid share of patient revenue and spending on other investments that have direct benefit to the community, such as health clinics, preventive health services and food security. Data sources include hospital cost reports filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and IRS 990 forms, both from 2019. Learn more about the Lown Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility by visiting

Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, a sleep lab, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has PET/CT scans, 3D mammography, telemedicine services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and multiple Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards from Healthgrades. For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit


NEMiss.News Confiscated arms and drugs

Two adult females and one adult male, all from Oklahoma, are in the Union County Jail on drug and firearms charges.

Two 16-year-old females, one reported as a missing person from Texas, were with the adults when the arrests were made.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Deputy Sheriff Chris Whiteside spotted the vehicle, eastbound on Interstate 22 with a Texas license plate, commit an illegal moving violation as the vehicle was about to enter New Albany at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

Whiteside and other Union County deputies arrested and booked into the Union County jail:

Tericka Jackson, age 32, of Elk City, Oklahoma. She is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and bond was set at $200,000.

Graylan Ninedors, age 23, of Oklahoma City. He is charged with trafficking in controlled substances and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Ninedor’s bond on the drug trafficking charge was set at $200,000 and $10,000 on the firearms charges.

Isis Abriana Edwards, age 20, Lawton, Oklahoma (near Fort Sill). She is charged with trafficking in controlled substances and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Her bond was set at $200,000 on the drug trafficking charge and $20,000 on the firearms violations.

Sheriff Edwards said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations  (MBI), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had been notified of the arrests.

He said he believes he FBI will bring charges based on evidence that the two minor females may have been victims of sex trafficking and “headed for a very dark and dangerous life” in Atlanta.

The 16 year-old-girl, who had been reported missing from Texas, has been picked up and returned to Texas by that state’s child protective services people. The other teenage girl, still in Union County, had a hearing before a juvenile court Monday and measures will be taken to for the child’s safety.

Besides the three felony arrests and the recovery of the two teenaged girls, Union County deputies also confiscated 18 pounds of marijuana and several semi-automatic firearms including at least one AK-47 type assault rifle. The weapons could involve the ATF in the case.

NEMiss.News Dr. Ethel Scurlock



Museum Moments

Museum Moments on Thursday,  February 16,  features Dr. Ethel Young Spurlock, PhD  talking about “The History of Mississippi Black Physicians and Their Medical Journey.” The program will begin at noon and is free.  A lite lunch is provided by the Museum Guild beginning at 11:30.

NEMiss.News R.f.Boyd, MD, DDS

R. F. Boyd, MD, DDS practiced medicine and taught school in New Albany in the late 1880s.

Dr. Spurlock is Dean of the Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi and is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies.  A Memphis native she joined the faculty of the university in 1996.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and from Bowling Green Sate University of Ohio. She has published numerous articles and reviews of African American literature.

She was named the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year in 2003, UM Humanities Teacher of the Year as well as other honors.  She has been recognized by the Mississippi House of Representatives honoring her work promoting diversity.

NEMiss.News Croup vaccine administration

Administration of croup vaccine

Flag Program for Fourth Grade

Other activities during the month of February include a flag program for all of the fourth grade students in Union County and the City of New Albany .  All of the students will receive both national and state flags and curriculum materials related to the flags.  The museum will have an exhibit featuring  objects invented by African Americans through the years.

African American Community  Businesses

An ongoing project of the museum is collecting information and photographs related to the African American business which closed following desegregation as well as the communities that once existed.  If anyone has information to share on this project, please contact the museum so that the photos can be scanned and the information documents, said Jill Smith, director.

B. F. Ford and The Sporting Life exhibits

The museum is continuing to schedule videos on the history of B.F. Ford and for the upcoming exhibit The Sporting Life of Union County.  If you would like to participate in this, please call the museum to set up a time on the schedule call 662-538-0014.

The deadline is approaching for submitting photos to the sports exhibit, which is expected to open in April 2023.

The museum is located at 114 Cleveland Street, New Albany. Call 662-538-0014 for more information.  Follow the museum on Facebook at Union County Heritage Museum.

NEMiss.News Baptist Heart Month 2023


NEW ALBANY, Miss., Feb. 3, 2023—Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will offer $50 HeartScore screenings, also known as coronary calcium scans, throughout February for American Heart Month.

HeartScore screenings are a noninvasive computerized tomography scan of the heart that measures the amount of calcium in coronary arteries. Although calcium is necessary for many body functions, it deposits as plaque in arteries. Recent research has shown a direct correlation between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and the likelihood of a future heart attack. HeartScore is a painless, noninvasive scan that takes approximately 10 minutes.

“American Heart Month is a good reminder to get screened for heart-related issues,” said James Grantham, CEO and administrator of Baptist Union County. “It is important to us to provide this type of preventive care close to home.”

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 662-538-2133 and are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital, located at 200 Highway 30 West. Fasting is not required and participants should avoid caffeine 12 hours before appointments.

Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, a sleep lab, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has PET/CT scans, 3D mammography, telemedicine services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and multiple Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards from Healthgrades. For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit

NEMiss/News Baptist Cancer Center



MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2023 – Baptist Cancer Center-Union County has been awarded the Integrated Network Cancer Program Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer by setting and raising standards. Commission on Cancer promotes cancer prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Commission on Cancer-accredited programs undergo an on-site visit to review documentation for compliance with set standards on a triennial basis.

“We are thrilled to be granted the elite Integrated Network Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons,” said Ann Bishop, system administrator of Baptist Cancer Center. “This accreditation takes years of programmatic development, physician and administrative leadership and impeccable patient-centered care. This award demonstrates exceptional cancer care is provided at all of our locations across Baptist.”

The Commission on Cancer accreditation program provides the framework for Baptist Cancer Center to improve quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a Baptist Cancer Center facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, including psychosocial support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Baptist Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.

The Commission on Cancer was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. To earn voluntary Commission on Cancer accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. For more information, visit

Baptist Cancer Center provides world-class cancer care close to home throughout Baptist Memorial Health Care’s tristate service area of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The center takes an interdisciplinary approach to patient care and offers treatment, research, support services, community education and the area’s first genetic counseling and testing program for cancer.

In addition, Baptist Cancer Center has the Mid-South’s first adult adult, which provides specialized care for patients who have received chemotherapy that interferes with blood cell production or stops bone marrow activity. In 2019, Baptist Cancer Center was awarded a second $9 million research grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue building out its clinical research infrastructure to expand lifesaving, leading-edge treatment across the Mid-South, including overcoming disparities in cancer care under the Minority-Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program, known as NCORP. In 2021, Baptist Cancer Center launched a multifaceted initiative called the Mid-South Miracle aimed at reducing lung cancer deaths in the Mid-South 25% by 2030.

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NEMiss.News Union Co. Emergency Management, Ashland bound.


More than half the population of Ashland, the county seat of Benton County, enjoyed a hot meal Friday, thanks to volunteers from Union County.

Benton County and Marshall County, both near-by neighbors of Union, were struck hard by the winter storm that passed through the area Tuesday. Union County, for the most part, was untouched by the destructive part of the storm.

NEMiss.News Mayor Carroll and Curt Clayton

Ashland Mayor Mitch Carroll (L) and EMS Director Curt Clayton
Photo UCEM

However, people in much of Benton and Marshall Counties have been without electricity for going on 100 hours.

People in Ashland were shivering, hungry in their dark homes.

Thursday evening, Ashland Mayor Mitch Carroll acted to get his people some help. Working with Benton County’s Emergency Management Director Jimmy Grisham he contacted the Mississippi Emergency Management (MSEM) office in Jackson.

NEMiss.News Curt Clayton cooking for over 300 folks

Curt Clayton cooking for over 300 folks. Photo UCEM

He needed hot meals for 325 hungry Ashland residents the next day – Friday. The MSEM people in Jackson knew exactly what help to send to Ashland. It was nearby, well equipped, well led, and willing. A few years ago, Union County Emergency Management (UCEM) Director Curt Clayton acquired, through state emergency management resources, a state of the art field kitchen. It is transportable to wherever needed, equipped to prepare meals for hundreds of people, and can be towed by a heavy-duty pickup truck. There was no direct cost to Union County taxpayers in acquiring the field kitchen.

Clayton contacted the “Soup for Souls” unit of the Union County Baptist Association and took the field kitchen to Ashland. Meals were served Friday to 360 Ashland residents, 35 more than Mayor Carrol requested. Ashland had a population in 2020 of 551. Curt Clayton expects to serve a similar number of hot meals during the day on Saturday. American Red Cross volunteers also assisted with the effort.

Electric service to Ashland is provided by the Holly Springs Utility Department, which has thus far been unable to restore power to Ashland and much of the rest of its service area.

NEMiss.News Brandon Presley and Tate Reeves


It’s only the first of February, but it appears the field is pretty well set in the races for Mississippi’s top statewide offices.

For the big jobs, we are unlikely to have costly and confusing run-off elections such as those we had in 2019.

In 1998, I teased then Third District GOP Congressman Chip Pickering about the Democratic nominee he faced in that year’s general election. It was a Democrat Pickering had whipped pretty decisively in the congressional election two years earlier.

“Hell, Chip,” I said. “You have the ideal opponent this year: a guy you’ve already beat and you know you can thump him again.”

Pickering laughed, but quickly disagreed. “No” he said. “The ideal opponent is a guy with no money and no way to get any.”

In this year’s governor’s race primary, incumbent Tate Reeves, with at least $8-million in the bank, faces a quirky medical doctor with a history of alcohol and other chemical abuse. Dr. John Witcher has been dismissed by at least one Mississippi hospital for failure to follow approved treatment of COVID 19. It’s hard to imagine Dr. Witcher being able to raise enough money to give Reeves a serious challenge. Witcher will attract a few radical “anti-vaxxers,” but that will be thin support, not enough.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr., who forced Reeves into a run-off in 2019, announced Monday evening that he would not be a GOP candidate this year. So, it’s no stretch to say Reeves will again be the Republican nominee.

On the Democratic side of the ballot, for the first time in many election cycles, will be a credible, electable candidate for governor. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has qualified to run for governor as a Democrat.

A very smart, high-energy guy, brimming with ideas, Presley is one of the very few Mississippi elective officials who can honestly be citied as having done anything substantial for his constituents. Thousands of rural Mississippi homes have hi-speed internet service today because Presley worked tirelessly to make it so. He was also among the first to see the folly of the coal-fired electrical plant in Kemper County.

In fairness, the reader should know that Presley is a family friend. We have spent many hours talking about the needs of Mississippi. We read and exchange many of the same books. Yet, I have no idea whether I would characterize Presley as “conservative” or “liberal.” Those are buzz words, and have no useful place when it comes to discussing public policy. What I do know is that Presley’s approach is simple and direct: “See problem. Fix Problem.”

Like Governor Reeves, Presley has no serious opponent for the nomination. Running against him is a self-described “unemployed, designer, singer, artist” with even less chance of raising money than Dr. Witcher.

Presley has some serious money in the bank. He can and will get more. Reeves has some very serious cash on hand, and a remarkable talent for getting more. Raising money for himself may be Tater’s only certifiable skill.

Presley will work circles around Reeves. He is among the best I’ve ever seen at communicating with people, whether it’s one-on-one or with large groups. On the other hand, even talking with small groups or individuals, Reeves always has that “deer-in-the-headlights” look. Then there’s the problem of the $77-milllion welfare money scandal that occurred during the co-administration of Reeves and Phil Bryant.

The Democratic and Republican primaries will take place on Aug. 8, with any runoffs taking place Aug. 29. The general election will take place on Nov. 7, with any runoffs taking place Nov. 28.

What other issues will develop? That’s the fun of politics, and this year’s gubernatorial election in Mississippi could turn out to be great fun.

Please share any thoughts, comments or questions in the Comments section below!

NEMiss.News Suspects arrested for convenience store robbery

Two men enjoyed less than a full day of freedom after being released from the Union County Jail on Monday, Jan. 25.

New Albany police officers arrested Jack Clyde Emrick, age 33, and David Wayne Renfrow, age 47, who are accused in connection with the robbery of the Shell convenience store on Highway 30 West at about 9:30 Monday evening.

Police say Emrick entered the store sometime after 9 p.m. and told the clerk “this is a holdup.”  No weapon was actually displayed, but the clerk said Emrick pointed a finger from under his clothing indicating he had a handgun. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register.

New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson said Renfrow met Emrick after the “holdup, and they divided the money between them. Robertson said Emrick is charged with strong-arm robbery, and Renfrow is charged as accessory after the fact.

Emrick and Renfrow apparently spent part of the money a short while after the holdup at another story nearby. Based on facts determined by the investigation, law enforcement officers located the pair in the area of Starlyn Drive and arrested them about midnight.

The pair had been released from jail earlier in the day, having been charged with other crimes.

NEMiss.News Fraudulent card skimmer



The New Albany Police Department is investigating a possible card skimmer that was discovered by a customer at one of the local gas station pumps. According to Police Chief Chris Robertson, this is the first incident like this for over a year.

Unfortunately, this issue has become all too familiar for individuals like me, who had my card cloned and used to buy groceries, flatscreen TVs from Walmart, and even pay light bills. After reporting the crime both to the bank and police department, I was able to recover some of the money. But due to proximity it became hard to prove that I did not give my card away willingly, as I frequently shop in the area where the card was used fraudulently. The criminals still managed to gain access to around $2,000 within two days, before anyone noticed anything suspicious on my account balance statement.

Forbes Magazine offers this advice for spotting a card skimmer on a gasoline pump:

“Although skimmers can be hard to spot, it’s possible to identify a skimming device by doing a visual and physical inspection.

“Before using an ATM or gas pump, check for alignment issues between the card reader and the panel underneath it. Skimmers are often placed on top of the actual card reader making it stick out at an odd angle or cover arrows in a panel. Compare the card reader to others at a neighboring ATM or gas pump and look out for any differences.

“Gas pumps should have a security tape or sticker over the cabinet panel. If the tape looks ripped or broken, avoid using the card reader, because a thief may have tampered with it. Try looking inside the card reader to see if anything is already inserted—if there is, it may be a thin plastic circuit board that can steal card information.

“A physical inspection of a card reader and keypad can often reveal fraudulent devices. Feel around the reader and try to wiggle it to see if it can easily come out of place. 

“Authentic card readers are robustly manufactured, meaning if any part of the card reader can easily move around, then it’s probably been installed illegally by a thief. If the buttons on an ATM’s keypad are too hard to push, don’t use that ATM and try another one.”

As Chief Robertson stresses: “Pay attention your surroundings, pay attention who’s watching you; just pay attention when it comes down using your card at gas pump or retail stores.”

Report any suspicious devices to the store itself and to local law enforcement.


–Kendall Stancil