YP – Hyde-Smith takes oath, pledges continued focus on overcoming challenges facing MS and nation

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today took the oath of office to serve all Mississippians in the United State Senate for the next six years.

Vice President Mike Pence officiated during the ceremony marking the start of the 117th Congress.

“It is a great privilege and honor to serve all Mississippians, and remain grateful for the trust of my state.  The serious challenges facing our great state and nation will take dedicated commitment.  I will continue to be faithful to that mission, and do everything I can to help build a stronger Mississippi and country as we overcome this global pandemic and look toward a brighter, prosperous future,” Hyde-Smith said.

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YP – Former MS Representative Gary Staples passes away at 80

Former member of the House of Representatives Gary Staples passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was 80 years old when he died.

According to a post made by his son Grant Staples, on the former Representative’s Facebook page, he passed away peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Staples had been struggling after a diagnosis of bladder cancer in the spring of 2020. Most recently, he was being treated in the ICU.

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YP – Presley Confirmed by FCC for Federal-State Joint Board on Billions in Broadband/Telecom Programs

The Federal Communications Commission announced today it has appointed Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Presley will become one of four state commissioners from around the nation to serve on the board, which makes recommendations regarding billions in spending from the Universal Service Fund. 

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the FCC’s Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service,” said Commissioner Presley. “As a state, Mississippi has benefitted tremendously from the funds administered by this board, including the nearly half a billion dollars awarded earlier in December. As our state is working toward a broadband boom for its citizens, I look forward to working with my federal and state counterparts on this vital issue for our nation. I especially appreciate the bipartisan support for my nomination. Broadband expansion is vital to America’s interest and we must all work hard to connect every home in this nation to world-class telecommunications services.” 

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WLOX – Palazzo ‘cannot vote to certify’ results of 2020 presidential election

Palazzo ‘cannot vote to certify’ results of 2020 presidential election

“I cannot vote to certify the results of an election in certain states that millions of Americans and I do not wholeheartedly trust,” said Congressman Steven Palazzo in a statement to WLOX News. “States cannot bypass their legislature to alter election processes, nor can they violate the laws already in place to safeguard the election. It’s unacceptable to have ballots accepted after statute allows, those ballots should be deemed fraudulent or void.

“I stand with millions of Americans who do not approve or accept the submission made by the electoral college until a complete and thorough investigation of all evidence has been conducted.

WLOX – Cheers to 2021: Prohibition officially ends in Mississippi

Cheers to 2021: Prohibition officially ends in Mississippi

Prohibition is officially over in the state almost 90 years after alcohol was legalized in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

The new law allows the possession of alcohol in every county in Mississippi, however, it does not legalize the sale of alcohol in every county. Residents would have to vote to allow that.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves in June 2020 but went into effect Friday, January 1, 2021.

DAILY JOURNAL – Councilman Markel Whittington qualifies to run for mayor of Tupelo

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Ward 1 Councilman Markel Whittington on Saturday officially qualified to run for mayor of Tupelo in the Republican primary, making him the first candidate to officially enter the mayoral race.

Whittington, 71, has served on the Tupelo City Council for 12 years. He is the owner of an office furniture supply store and a storage unit facility in town. He told the Daily Journal in November that he intends to campaign on good stewardship of city’s finances, continuing Tupelo’s economic growth and strengthening relationships with different economic development groups.