To the Editor:
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting its first case of influenza (flu) confirmed in the Mississippi Public Health Laboratory for the 2016-2017 flu season. The patient is from Central Mississippi.
A nationally broadcasted show is headed to Central Mississippi.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the stars of American Pickers on the History Channel, plan to film episodes of the hit series throughout the region this winter.
In Mississippi, 76 out of 82 counties remain under burn bans. The Governor's partial state level ban and all individual county bans remain in effect through the weekend.
Mississippi showed significant increases in 4th and 8th grade science on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which ranks the state No. 4 in the nation for growth in both grades since 2009.
State and local fire officials have directed Mississippi State University to enforce the state burn ban, already in effect in Oktibbeha County, during the Saturday, Oct. 29, MSU football game with Samford.
State inmate Michael Wayne Young, who escaped the Amite County Jail on Oct. 15, has been captured and is now back in state prison.