Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Jeffrey Powell is a commercial fisherman and boat builder who's passionate about preserving history. And he's been fishing and exploring the Tchoutacabouffa River for more than 40 years.
That's what's driving his latest project to recover sunken schooners from the waters of the Tchoutacabouffa River.
"When I was a kid, I started coming across these things fishing. And playing on the river I started coming across 'em. And realized what they were. And I just kept getting more and more interested in 'em," said Powell.
The boat's wooden skeleton is clearly visible in the shallow low tide waters. The vessel is called a "scowl schooner." It's much smaller than the big Biloxi schooners and shaped like a barge.
"If I had the people and the equipment to do it, we could get this thing up quite easily I think. And it would be wonderful to go in the Seafood Industry Museum. Because we lost so much during Katrina," Powell explained.
The wood from this early 1900s work boat is surprisingly preserved.
"You see, that was bald, red cypress," said Powell, as he grabbed a loose plank from the water, "And she's hard as a rock. I mean, it's hard, hard wood."
At another spot in the river, the wooden remains from a more traditional Biloxi schooner poke above the surface.
"That boat right there, that's 15 feet from one side to the other. This is a monster right there. This boat is big," he said.
Powell's love of history and boats is in his blood. His grandfathers were both boat builders. And his mother is retired Biloxi library historian, Murella Powell.
Our final stop called "schooner harbor" is in the back waters, surrounded by thick woods. Portions of two boats protrude from the shallow river. Jeffrey Powell worries that it's maritime history that's slowly slipping away.
"Because we lost so much during Katrina. We lost a lot of artifacts. And there's a lot of artifacts on this river that I know of that I can still raise," said Powell.
He hopes to convince others these schooners are worth the effort.
Powell pitched his project before the Commission on Marine Resources this week. He's also been in touch with an archaeologist and a representative from the Secretary of State's office.
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