Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
"It's designed to be tight,"said Chief Deputy Sheriff of Forrest County Charles Bolton.
A room containing three computers is the brain, so to speak, of the new Forrest County Jail.
"It runs the whole facility," said Bolton.
According to Bolton, this state of the art computer system controls anything from the locks, lights, even the water. Bolton says in case of an emergency this place could be locked down with just a click of the mouse.
"Everything that happens, happens in that central control room,"said Bolton.
Where there is technology there needs to be training. Bolton says deputies, and staff are training day and night to make sure this place is secure, and operation is smooth.
"As you know, there are glitches in anything so we want to just make sure we got everything in place,"said Bolton.
Bolton explained the old jail could only hold 155 inmates, and the new jail increases capacity to more than 600 for both minimal and maximum security inmates. Bolton says there are plans for the extra room in the new jail.
"You see we have some gaps, but we hope to fill them soon with contracts with the federal government to hold some federal prisoners in the process," said Bolton.
Visitation will change for inmates. Monday through Thursday officials will allow visits for certain cell blocks, but they will take place in rooms that look a lot like cells, and inmates will have to talk through phones.
"It's a safety measure. You don't want to get something in and get somebody hurt,"said Bolton.
Bolton says by next week administrative offices will completely move over to the new jail, and once everything is in place, Bolton says they will move inmates a couple of cells at a time the following week.
Friday, May 24 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:47:58 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>