According to the top story on the Drudge Report this morning, Mississippi State University has one of 63 drone (or as he refers to them “spy-planes”) launch site sin 20 sites. The link points to a Google Map with no other information.
From: Steve Langston, GSDP Board Chairman
To: GSDP Membership
Re: Resignation of GSDP President/CEO Jon Maynard
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) Board of Directors has voted to accept the resignation of President/CEO Jon Maynard, effective immediately. The GSDP Board thanks Jon for his years of service to the community of Starkville and Oktibbeha County.
“We thank Jon for his service to our community and the organization,” said Steve Langston, Chairman of the GSDP Board of Directors.
In the interim, Chief Operation Officer Jennifer Gregory will be the point of contact for the GSDP office.
Speculation: Is the Link’s Joe Max coming calling?
From the London Telegraph:
As a fashionable destination, Mississippi just doesn’t hack it. “Whadya want to go there for?” says a taxi-driver in Nashville, Tennessee, the neighbouring state. “Ain’t nothing in Mississippi.” His voice is tinged with suspicion, as if I have told him I am going skiing in Florida.
Nashville, aka Music City, isn’t exactly the height of sophistication itself. It’s an entertaining town, a great place for people-watching, particularly in the honky-tonk bars on Broadway, heaving with beer-bellied dudes in Stetsons, squiring exotic blondes with dodgy hair-dos. The Nashville air is thick with the kind of cornball country songs in which women stand by their man and lurv and the Good Lord holds families together. But Nashvilleans still look down their nose on Mississippi, an ugly-duckling state with a segregationist past.
That old Mississippi, un-fondly remembered, was depicted to devastating purpose in The Help – nominated in four categories for this year’s Academy Awards – in which white women in floral frocks played bridge at the country club while downtrodden black maids looked after their children.
Bitter racial divisions reached their apogee in October 1962, when the enrolment of a black student at the University of Mississippi was followed by violent protests in which two people were killed.
But a lot has changed in the past 50 years. The black student, James Meredith, is alive and well, living in a Mississippi where, if the past has not been forgotten, a brighter future beckons. Pockets of deep poverty and unemployment are balanced by vibrant, forward-looking communities. It is the perfect destination for a fly-drive holiday, not least because it is bisected by the Natchez Trace Parkway, one of the most beautiful roads in America, if not the world.
Starkville resident Jan Morgan, who was almost killed in a car/bicycle wrecking May, has decided to press charges against Robbie Norton of Cedar Bluff. Morgan filed charges against Norton for simple assault with a deadly weapon.
This is after DA Forrest Allgood declined to press felony charges against Norton earlier this year.
NEMS360 has the story.
Here are the final numbers without absentee ballots from last night’s county wide races:
Sheriff 21of 21 Precincts Reporting
Steve C. Gladney (winner) Dem 8427 Rudy Johnson GOP 3202
Teresa Davis-Roberson Dem 5279 Glenn Hamilton (winner) GOP 6182
Tax Assessor / Collector
Allen Morgan (winner) GOP 6693 Valisia “Lisa” Wynn Dem 4779
Michael R. Hunt (i) (winner) Dem 7431 Billy L. Miller GOP 3990
Supervisor District 1
Carl Clardy (i) Dem 1281 John Prate Montgomery Jr. GOP 1343
Supervisor District 2
Bubba “Robert” Gray GOP 662 Orlando Trainer (i) Dem 1436
Supervisor District 3
Dennis “Denny” Daniels GOP 974 Marvell Howard (i) Dem 1006
Supervisor District 4
Daniel Jackson (i) (winner) Dem 1614 Bricklee Miller GOP 1221
Justice Court District 3
Buddy Johnston GOP 919 Randall McClelland Ind 246 James “Jim” Mills (i) (winner) Dem 1126
Constable District 1
Shank Phelps (winner) GOP 2707 Curtis White Dem 2024
Constable District 3
Tim Cook GOP 1751 Curtis Randle (i) (winner) Dem 2614
For the first time in recent memory, the GOP seems to be gaining ground locally. Circuit Clerk and Tax Assessor went to the Republican candidate. The GOP also has a good shot at the Supe District 1 seat with John Prate Montgomery holding a 60+ vote margin before absentees are counted. Dennis Daniels faces a much steeper climb with a 32 vote deficit going into absentee counting.
Will this new Board adopt a more open approach to holistic development of ALL Oktibbeha County by addressing Economic Development and improving quality of life? Does a potential sale of OCH regional Medical Center become a stronger possibilty?
7:57 First box walks in. (all apologies to Van Halen)
8:01 another box in.
8:13 and another
8:19 two more, no results yet
9:53 16 of 21 precincts.
District 1 supe Clardy 557 Montgomery 496
District 2 supe Grady 662 Trainer 1336
District 3 supe Daniels 179 Howard 243
District 4 supe Jackson 1614 Miller 1221
District 5 Williams 828
Circuit Clerk Robertson 2595 Hamilton 2421
Tax Assesor Morgan 2656 Wynn 2360
Sheriff Gladney 3710 Johnson 1351
In 26 Personhood Yes 2687 No 4932
In 27 Voter ID Yes 4565 No 3026
In 31 Em. Domain Yes 5414 No 2241
Gov. Bryant 4321 Dupree 3470
Treasurer Fitch 4136 Moran 3269
Trans. Comm. Minor 3046 Taggert 4518
9:42 AP declaring Bryant winner, Int 26 rejected.
Starkville’s own Shane Reed of Strange Brew Coffeehouse makes the paper of record.
Location-Based Services Can Put Businesses on the MapBy MP MUELLER
Although Starkville, Miss., is home to Mississippi State University and the fighting Bulldogs, it’s not a large city with a dense urban epicenter — the typical playground for those who use location-based marketing services such as Gowalla and Foursquare.
But one small-business owner there, Shane Reed of Strange Brew Coffee House, says sales of The Albino Squirrel Latte — a signature coffee drink with white chocolate and hazelnut syrup, get it? — and other drinks have increased 34 percent this September over the previous September, which he attributes to his use of Gowalla and other social media sites. When customers check in with Gowalla at Mr. Reed’s coffee house, they are greeted with a 10-percent-discount off of any drink. They show the counter crew the discount on their smartphones and proceed to sip happily.
Mr. Reed is an enthusiastic user of social media, but he says that in terms of generating walk-in traffic, the location-based services trump Facebook and Twitter. “You can have a great Twitter account and Facebook page,” Mr. Reed said, “but if people don’t know where you are located and can’t find you, it’s really not doing you much good.” On average, he said, he gets four or five check-ins a day, but that number can jump to as many as 30 or 40 a day when Mississippi State’s Bulldogs are playing. And it doesn’t cost Mr. Reed anything, save the value of the discount.
There can be other advantages as well. When the users of location-based services see friends checking in on Gowalla, Foursquare or Yelp and making a comment about the business they are visiting, it can have an impact. The location services reward the businesses with the most check-ins by ranking them higher in their search results. Someone who types “hair salon” into a location-based app on a smartphone will get a list of the most popular places to get coiffed in the vicinity and the salon with the most check-ins will be at the top of the list with its logo, a link to its Web site and a map to take customers right to the door.
Foursquare says it has more than 10 million users worldwide and use of these services is expected to soar. To date, Foursquare’s core audience of 18-to-34-year-olds has skewed male. This may be the result of female security considerations or a greater inclination among males to take a cannonball approach to jumping in the social pool. However, Adam Ostrow, editor in chief of social media news site Mashable, says checking in won’t be necessary in the future to receive geo-targeted specials, and that may attract more female shoppers. “Every smartphone that’s shipping now is including location features so that creates an opportunity for these services to extend their reach and start pushing out offers based on where consumers are,” he said. “So consumers won’t have to share their location to get those deals.”
Read the rest here.
7:26 Waiting on boxes.
7:49 Nothing yet.
7:59 Ward 4. 47 for. 76 against. 123 total.
8:17 Ward 7 walks in.
8:20 Ward 7 92 for. 208 against.
8:26 Ward 2 walks in.
8:33 Ward 2 96 for. 154 against.
8:52 Ward 1 in.
8:55. 1 A-L 159 for. 186 against.
8:59. 1 M-Z 125 for. 128 against.
9:03 Ward 6 in.
9:06 Ward 3 in.
9:07 Ward 6 89 for. 216 against.
9:09 Ward 5 in.
9:11 Ward 3 M-Z 240 for 214 against.
9:19 Ward 5 M-Z 121 for 121 against
9:20 Ward 3 A-L 227 for 255 against
9:29 Ward 3 A-L correction 243 for 273 against
10:11 Ward 5 A-L 138 for 105 against
Unofficial total without absentee 1350 for 1681 against. Issue fails 44.54% to 55.46%.