Daily Tidbit for Friday: As far as our calendar shows, there is no one celebrating a birthday today, but I’m sure someone is, somewhere…happy birthday, whoever you are! Tomorrow, Candy Collins, Scott Knight, Taylor Flowers, Jr., Molly Dill, Mary St. Jane, Bobby Jean Noe, Joe Noe III and Becky Watts will be blowing out candles, and it’s party time on Sunday for George Tinney and Shauna Myers…happy birthday Shauna, George, Becky, Joe, Bobby Jean, Mary, Molly, Taylor, Scott and Candy!
The big news this morning, of course, is the arrest of 19 year old Dantrell Jackson of Clarksdale for the murder of Myrtle Messenger. CPD was actually able to take him into custody several days ago on unrelated charges, and the evidence was processed enough by Thursday afternoon for a murder charge to be filed. Jackson’s bond has been set at $1M. Click here for Jesse’s complete write-up on pressregister.com, and tune in to 105.7 WROX/AM 1450 at 8:40 this morning for Newsweek in Review as I join station owner Paul Wilson for the latest on this story and others. If you miss the broadcast, you can listen to the segment at any time as an on-demand podcast from the station’s website.
The public outcry over the recent rash of violence in our community has been monumental, and citizens are coming together in an effort to profoundly confront the problems facing Clarksdale and Coahoma County. There will be a march and rally Saturday to kick off a “90 Days of Peace” initiative…the march will begin at 2:00 at the intersection of MLK and Sunflower, proceed down MLK, loop back around and end with a rally in front of the New Roxy on Issaquena. Come out and stand with your fellow citizens and take the opportunity to find out what you can do to get more involved. Click here for Magical Madge’s story on Delta Bohemian’s website about the march, and check out the Facebook pagefor more information from the organizers.
Tonight, fans of all ages will be treated to an evening of basketball entertainment when the Harlem Legends Basketball Entertainers take on The Coahoma County All Stars. There will be a Basketball Clinic beginning at 5:00 p.m. and showtime begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Pinnacle at Coahoma Community College. General Admission is $10.00 and $15.00 at the door. The Harlem Legends are led by former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas, and consist of various professional athletes, including former players of the Harlem Globetrotters, NBA, NFL, USA Olympians, and other professional athletes. The Coahoma County All Stars will be comprised of Coahoma County personalities such as Coach Mayor Bill Luckett, Sheriff Charles Jones, Fred Thompson, Pauline Rhodes, Paul Wilson, Ricky Trotter, Mayor Catherine Miller, Rev. Lester Tyler, Michael Stringer, Marquita Tenner, Derrick Moore, James Jones, Dewayne Harvey, Horace Whitehead, Tim Wiliams, Barbara Jakes, Morgan Wood, Amy Laws, Tasha Turner and Carl Austin…come out and cheer on the home team, but be prepared to see them lose hilariously!
Tomorrow, the folks at Spring Initiative are hosting an event called “Jump, Hop, Spring” with a 5k, carnival, chili cook off and more. Click here for a complete rundown of events. Also tomorrow, there will be a spring cleanup event sponsored by the Mayor’s office…it’s Springtime and that means more visitors coming to Clarksdale, visitors from around the world. Mayor Luckett has set aside Saturday as Spring Cleaning Day starting with Madison Street. He invites the citizens of Madison and Clarksdale in general to join him for a 9 a.m. walk down Madison Street picking up litter and trash. Clarksdale Public Works will provide a truck with trash receptacles for all trash collected. Madison is one of the major entry points for downtown Clarksdale and may be the first impression many of our visitors get. You can help make that a good impression starting at Hopkins Flooring and ending at the intersection of Madison and State St. For more information contact the Clarksdale Mayor’s Office at 662-621-8164.
Saturday night is the “Show Up and Show Out for St. Jude” benefit at Hopson…there will be live music, door prizes and giveaways, plus silent and live auctions! 100% of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude, and the organizers have lined up some great items for the auctions. Click here for more information.
Have a great weekend, Clarksdale and Coahoma County!