Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:45:07 GMT
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning. Lieutenant Richard Pack and school resource officer Jose OatisMore >>
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:13:28 GMT
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests.You will see the video only on WLBT. It happened atMore >>
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests. You will see the video only on WLBT.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:56:36 GMT
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems. Tonight friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player, Walker Wilbanks, are struggling to understandMore >>
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems, and friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player Walker Wilbanks are struggling to understand his untimely death.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:05:14 GMT
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved. AccordingMore >>
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:48:53 GMT
Experts say a new synthetic form of LSD is sweeping across college campuses. Law enforcement said that powerful drug is already showing up in Mississippi. It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles,"More >>
It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles," but to the Drug Enforcement Administration, it's called 25i, a synthetic LSD compound some say is more dangerous than traditional LSD.More >>
The ninth president of The University of Southern Mississippi announced Friday she would be stepping down.
"It's been an honor," said Martha Saunders, president since 2007, at a morning press conference in the Administration Building of the Hattiesburg campus. "I'm leaving Southern Miss better than I found it."
She added, "I am looking forward to being part of its future as a part of the faculty."
Saunders fielded several questions at the press conference concerning athletics; she deflected those and responded three times that, "It's not all about athletics." When asked about her reasons, Saunders and officials from the IHL said her motivation would remain private for now.
"This was my decision," said Saunders.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced it accepted the resignation of Saunders on Friday, effective June 30, 2012. The Board stated they would begin the search process as soon as possible and would discuss the timeline for the search at its May meeting.
"The Board appreciates the years of service and dedication to the university that Dr. Saunders has demonstrated," said Board President Ed Blakeslee in a prepared statement. "The university has grown under her leadership, marking important milestones, such as the Centennial Celebration, and setting the stage for the future through an inclusive strategic planning process."
Citing personal reasons, Saunders has elected to return to the classroom and will become part of the faculty on the Gulf Coast Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, she will assist with the transition process, according to a prepared statement from the IHL.
"I have enjoyed working with Dr. Saunders to help move the University of Southern Mississippi forward," said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education in a press release. "She has fostered a climate of academic success while enhancing the national image of the university and expanding its national research presence."
Saunders announcement was a major disappointment for Senate Faculty President Tim Rehner, he said since she has taken over faculty confidence, recruitment and the way the University does business has drastically changed for the better.
"A lot has been accomplished so to have a resignation when things are going so well is really distressing," said Rehner. " I know there is a back story to everything, but I am extremely disappointed. I am angry that she is in a position where she's resigning."
Newly appointed Provost Denis Wiesnburg credits Dr. Saunders for his return to the University in 2010.
"I am disappointed to see her moving on and I certainly wish her well but I know it is going to be an adjustment for all of us," said Wiesenburg.
Saunders came to The University of Southern Mississippi from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which she served as its first-ever female chancellor. Prior to her appointment at Wisconsin-Whitewater, she was vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.
She previously held the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of West Florida (UWF), where she earned the rank of tenured professor of communication. At UWF, she also worked as director of the University Honors Program.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Saunders earned her B.A. in French from Southern Miss; her M.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens; and her Ph.D. in communication theory and research from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:56:28 GMT
Circuit clerks in Adams and Oktibbeha counties have filed motions to quash or modify the subpoena from Chris McDaniel's attorney Mitch Tyner that requested all original election materials from the UnitedMore >>
County clerks said they were not given a reasonable amount of time to submit election materials, among other arguments, in motions filed Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:54:20 GMT
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. The cap of warm air is pretty strong today, but a few storms may bust through. No severeMore >>
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:36:10 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics news release HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball programMore >>
Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:56:16 GMT
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to theMore >>
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to the increase in volume of traffic along with large trucks the roads weren't originally designed to support.More >>
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