Wednesday, October 2 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-10-03 00:10:59 GMT
The 2013 Mississippi State Fair opens October 2 and runs through the 13, and features another stellar line-up of entertainment.Oct. 2: Don WilliamsOct. 3: Eric Benet Oct. 4: HalestormOct. 7: JustinMore >>
The 2013 Mississippi State Fair opens Oct. 2 and runs through the 13.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Tropical Storm Karen could force the fair to shutdown and the coliseum would be turned into a shelter for thousands of people. Executive Director of the Mississippi Coliseum, Billy Orr, says his team is ready if Karen packs a punch close to the metro city.
"Well, I don't know a safer place in Mississippi besides this coliseum," said Billy Orr.
Constructed more than 40 years ago Mississippi Coliseum Director Billy Orr says the beams are steel and can withstand hurricane forced winds.
"And it's all welded. There is not a bolt in this building. It's all welded," said Orr.
If necessary, the fair will come to a halt and the coliseum doors will open, welcoming in more than two thousand people to the shelter.
"What will happen is the people on the fairgrounds, we've had meetings with them about safety and security and so forth. They know that the coliseum is very secure and some other buildings we have like the trade mart and the equine center," says Orr.
Orr says between the coliseum and the equine center, five thousand people could be housed inside the two buildings. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army says its prepared if Karen tracks closer to land.
"All we have to do is load this truck, get the person ready, which they are ready on a moments notice and we are off to go," said Joe Miceli.
"Our mobile canteen which we can take out to disasters and we set it up on an area where we can prepare meals and cook and serve out of here. We can serve 1500 to 2500 a day out of this truck," says Gregory Smith.
The Salvation Army right now is prepared to travel at least two hours outside of the metro area if necessary. It is also prepared like the coliseum to help victims in Jackson.
"We've thought about it and we've done all we can do physically to let everyone know we will be here to take care of them. All they have to do is run in here," said Orr.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:04:16 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Family members went by to check on Frances Copsy and her son, Ronald Whittington, and found both of them dead.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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