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Published on December 5, 2019 -


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One person is dead after a late night fire in oktibbeha county.

The coroner's office says 56- year-old jeff yeatman died inside a camper in the 12 hundred block of sturgis maben road.

Firefighters were called to a blaze there about 11:25 last night.

Investigators believe yeatman was living in the camper.

"they found a fatality.

This was a small camper type structure with one occupant, and the neighbor next door here reported the fire in the first place."

The sheriff's department is investigating the cause, along with assistance from the state fire marshal.

An autopsy will be performed.

Firefighters say small trailers, campers, and rvs are especially prone to fires.

This time of year, the risk increases with the use of space heaters.

Our cash matlock joins us live in the studio with more on what you can do to prevent a fire in those smaller homes.

Guys, when it comes to preventing a fire, firefighters say it has a lot to do with how a structure is built.

Some older campers and rvs lack proper fire safety measures, and most of them also lack sheet rock, which experts say can help stop a fire from spreading.

Some people live in houses... some live in apartments... and others choose to live in small campers or rvs.

Fire coordinator kirk rosenhan says accidential fires can spread quickly.

"they're usually very tight quarters.

The interiors are very combustable because of paneling and no sheet rock and this, that, and the other."

He says some small trailers have metal roofing, which can make a fire even worse.

"a fire doesn't go up and out.

T goes up and cross wise and it quickly fills the entire structure with smoke and heat."

Experts say one of the most dangerous things you can do in a camper, is plug in a space heater.

Aberdeen rv general manger brad smart says he warns his customers not to use portable heaters.

"anything that glows red inside has the potential of starting a fire inside the unit" "the problem is, people will run a fifteen watt electric heater with an extension chord that is bought at the dollar store.

That gets to be a problem."

Smart says newer rv models come with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and their own source for heat.

"each unit comes with a heat source, but those vary in effencientcy.

A lot of times people will reach out to you to start to use electric space heaters to provide that heat."

"we worry about fire extinguishers and all that, but the basic thing is to get out.

That's the problem."

Because of this...smart says newer models have even more safety exits.

"every rv has got an emergency exit that located... accessible to every sleeping area.

So if you've got four or five sleeping areas in an rv, you've got an exit accessible.

Usually its a window that is labeled as such."

Rv experts say as long as the proper safety measures are followed, campers are very safe.

For more information about the rv fires go to our website, wcbi dot com.

Centred up noxubee county deputies make an arrest in a fatal shooting.

The sheriff's department says 20-year-old demarcqueis clark is charged with manslaughter.

Chief deputy eddie franklin says clark's bond is set at 500 thousand dollars.

The gunfire occurred outside of airport food mart on sunday night.

30-year-old jemarcus taylor was found in the passenger seat of a suv in the store parking lot.

He died at the scene.

Clark turned himself in to deputies.

Wipe to gfx an attala county family is asking for help finding a missing loved one, who could possibly be in columbus.

23-year-old cody hill was last seen and heard from in the williamsville area on thanksgiving night.

Hill's family says he could possibly be with a woman who lives in columbus.

Hill is 5 foot 4 and 123 pounds with reddish blonde hair and beard.

If you know where he is tonight, call the attala county sheriff's department.

Wipe to gfx a two-year-old boy reported missing in walker county, alabama is found in nearby lamar county.

Jennifer lewis was found at a home on waldrop street in millport.

Police chief charles white says he was asked to go by the home at the request of an investigator.

Lewis and the child were found without incident.

Two-year-old prince byron windham was returned to his parents.

Parrish police say windham was with his grandmother and not returned home.

Lewis was booked into the walker county jail.

Jackson state university goes on lockdown after an active shooter was reported on campus this morning// jackson police are investigating a shooting that wounded a man on lynch street, just after 11 a.m.

The victim was shot in the leg.

That lockdown was lifted shortly after the gunfire.

But students say it was chaotic when police got to the scene.

"we ran inside the student center and once we got in there police came out, and they told us to go upstairs to the second floor and stay there until they gave us the initiative to go downstairs to go out."

J-s-u confirms the shooting victim is ánotá a student.

First look stinger first look summary: clouds will be on the increase thursday as the next weather maker approaches.

Rain showers and perhaps a few embedded storms are possible thursday night and friday.

Another period of wet weather is likely from monday afternoon into tuesday.

Wednesday night: mainly clear early with some scattered high clouds as time goes on.

Lows in the mid 30s.

Calm wind.

Thursday: increasing clouds and seasonably mild.

Highs mainly in the lower 60s.

Southerly winds 3-7 mph.

Next tuesday, amory residents will decide the future of alcohol sales in their city.

Amory is the one of the few cities in monroe county that is still dry.

Our stephanie poole joins us in live in the studio with more .

This election will determine the sale of wine and beer within city limits.

While some residents support the idea, others are fighting to keep the town the same.

Amory, mississippi has been a dry city for over a hundred years... but that could all be changing in a couple of days.

Carla glasgow says it's time for amory to bring about change with the sale of liquor.

" i am interested in the growth and the future of amory.

We had the election five years ago and we lost by a few votes.

In that 5 years period we've not grown.

We've lost enrollment in our schools, our sales tax is down and we need an economic tool to help us get back in the 21st century."

Glasgow says people have to drive out of the city to make beer purchases who then bring it back into the city, illegally.

On top of that, she says it's a waste of tax dollars that could be spent in the city of amory.

"it against the law to have alcohol inside the dry town.

So you're breaking the law when your drive to aberdeen and bring it back to town.

It seems to me that people that want to purchase alcohol outside of town get our tax dollars, it only makes sense for us to get the tax dollars and them not be breaking the law."

A shorter drive may seem like a good option, but some residents still aren't sold on the idea.

" it's not being sold here so we don't want to bring it in here.

Even though it would be convenient for some people, it's in our community with all the children and things so don't sale it here."

Pastor lloyd sweatt of meadow wood baptist church says this can lead to alcohol abuse and underage drinking.

" alcohol is not the solution to problems, there's a good many people that socially drink and i'm not naive to that.

I grew up with an alcoholic mom and dad so that i see that part, and if it wasn't for the grace of god i'll be right there myself.

In the city of amory we feel that it's beautiful, it's doing well and - lot of things and we are the voice of just doing out and vote no."

"people who drink are going to continue to drink, people who are alcoholics will continue to be alcoholics.i've always said, things don't stay the same, it's either growing or deteriorating and i just want to see our town grow.

It hurts me to see us continuously decline."

Amory voters head to the polls december 10th from 7a.m.

To 7p.m stinger a new staff member at houston high school helps students prepare for careers.

We'll have that story coming up on wcbi -news welcome back..

Students in houston are getting help finding their future job.

Houston high school's new career coach is sharing her experience in the business world.

Allie martin has more.

Joy deason's door is always open at houston high school.

Nats deason started as career coach this august.

The new position is funded through a grant from the create foundation.

"we are the vehicle that takes our students where they're trying to go, and sometimes the dotted line from where they are and where they want to be and can be is just not very obvious."

Each student deason works with starts with an aptitude and interest assessment to find their strengths and skills, and start developing a plan for life after high school.

Deason says a four year college plan is not for every student.

"you don't have to go to college if you don't want to go to college, if that is not where your gifts can shine, there are so many other opportunities for you, if you are ready to learn and work hard you can have a really great future in the state of mississippi."

Standup bridge deason spent years as a business consultant before coming to houston high school.

The principal says students are benefiting from her knowledge and real world experience.

"she can talk to them in a different way then we can, with a different set of experiences, give them some background from a different perspective, that's one of the things that , she works with them on soft skills, what to expect in interviews, connect what we have taught and what we've looked at here."

Deason also spends time working with civic and business leaders in the community, increasing awareness of the career coach program and how it can match potential future employees with local businesses and industries.

In houston, allie martin, wcbi news deason will also work with eighth graders to help them start on career planning..

Take vo off top a teacher at fairview elementary in columbus is finding that if you want to keep students from átuningá out, you have to keep them áplugged iná..

Our educator of the week - vanessa williams - is using technology to get her 3rd graders ready for some big tests// williams and her class are using an app called i- ready...to measure their growth over the semester.

She's making sure her kids are as plugged in at school, as they are at home.

"technology is in all of their lives....everything that they do from the time that they get up to the time that they go to bed they are on a ps something...an ipad something an iphone something... butted sot "this is my reward...i don't ned anything else...i could do this for free if i absolutely have to" to nominate your favorite teacher...visit wcbi dot com stinger take educator of the week billboard wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon hours.

Tuesday- wednesday: once stinger noxubee county and corinth prepare for its biggest game of the year more from our state championship previews...next in sports... spx our high school football state championship continue...previe wing the class 3a and 4a title games... our first stop checking in with the noxubee county tigers and first year head coach teddy young..

Talk about getting hot, and healthy, at the right time....noxubee county outscoring opponents 121-26 in the postseason the tigers in the championship game for the seventh time in program history....facing off with jefferson davis county, or formerly known as bassfield...the jaguars another team that got hot at the right time, giving up just 13 points in the playoffs young says he's confident in his guys, and their ability to lock in for the big moment "these kids, they know that when it's playoff time, it's our time.

They locked in, they know what's at stake.

From the beginning of the year, we've been saying we want to get to hattiesburg, so when playoff time came around, everyone locked in."

"we expect them to run the ball a lot.

Very little throwing, and we expect to stop them."

"it was a lot of doubt at first.

Nobody expected us to be in the championship this year.

We just come to practice to work, and silence the doubters."

Noxubee county and jefferson davis county face off a 3 pm friday at mm roberts stadium in the 4a state championship...th e corinth warriors will compete for a title for the first time since 2001.... the warriors putting together one of it's best seasons in school history...one loss coming to tupelo, and outside of that, outscoring opponents 43-11 corinth will face poplarville in a matchup between two of 4a's top rushing offenses....#1 vs #3 in total rushing, both with a team total over 4200 warriors head coach todd lowery has the qualities that you'd expect from a championship caliber team "they have grit.

Just a gritty, hungry team that wants to win.

Another word would be selfless.

They are selfless.

We've got a lot of weapons.

We got a lot of guys that can carry the ball, catch the ball, and throw the ball.

But when it comes down to it, they just want to win.

It doesn't matter who gets the ball.

Offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, they all just play hard, together and as a team."

"we had got that loss against tupelo.

We lost to them by 3 points.

I feel like after that game, we knew that loss really hurt us.

We didn't want to go down the same road that we down the year before that.

I feel like that homecoming game when we went into olive branch that was the game that set it right there.

It set the tone."

Again, the full recaps here on wcbi of our local teams competing down in hattiesburg..

Just in case you are also looking to watch...here's how you can..check local listings!!!!

Myms channel friday -- 3a noxubee county vs jefferson davis county -- 11am --1a nanih waiya vs lumberton -- 3 pm --6a oxford vs oak grove -- 7 pm saturday --4a corinth vs poplarville -- 11 am --2a charleston vs taylorsville -- 3 pm --5a west point vs picayune -- 7 pm make sure to keep tuning in this week as we continue to preview the wcbi area teams that'll be competing for a gold ball we check in with noxubee county and corinth on wednesday, and finish with the big boys...west point and oxford on thursday kick off happening friday morning....we'll have all the coverage this weekend.

Sad news out of houlka today...basketbal l coaching legend jimmy guy mcdonald has died... mcdonald coached for 49 years....winning a total of 1,772 games as a boys and girls basketball coach, spending most of that time with the houlka wildcats mcdonald led three state championship teams, as well as a grand slam title back in 1975 mcdonald was 71 years old we'll be back after the break

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