Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:13:35 GMT
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:31 GMT
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:16 GMT
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
As state volunteer leaders shine a light on AmeriCorps week and the connection of volunteer service to a thriving economy, it came with some good news Tuesday morning. The National Conference on Citizenship ranked the entire country on civic engagement and Mississippi tops the list.
"Number four in the nation. I'm talking number four on a good list," said David Mallery, executive director of Volunteer Mississippi.
Mallery says that ranking comes from the nature of Mississippians and a dedication to service.
"The most important pieces of what Mississippi really is the caring hearts and giving hands of people who care about others," said Mallery.
As the rankings are released, so are budget cuts from the federal level thanks to what's known as sequestration. Mallery says initial estimates from federal parent agencies put cuts to volunteer services in Mississippi as high as 50 percent. That's money used as matching funds to local money. While he does expect some setbacks in selected services, Mallery says he hopes federal lawmakers can work out a solution that won't harm crucial efforts.
"When you can take a few dollars to organize volunteers and then magnify that 10, 15 or 20 times to the value that it provides within a community, that's a good return on investment," said Mallery.
Last year more than 77,000 volunteers were part of Volunteer Mississippi and provided an estimated financial value of more than $5 million in service. Thanks to state lawmakers like Sen. Hillman Frazier, Mallery says state support remains strong. Frazier says it all comes down to understanding what volunteer service can do.
"We can rise to meet our state's challenges not as isolated individuals but as committed neighbors building a better future for all Mississippians," said Frazier, a democrat from Jackson.
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