Friday, December 28, 2018

Presley to Host Internet Expansion Town Hall Meeting

With legislation to allow rural electric cooperatives to bring internet service looking to be considered in the upcoming legislative session, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will host a town hall meeting on Broadband Internet Expansion on January 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the University of Mississippi Tupelo Campus Auditorium on Briar Ridge Road. 

Steve Foshee, the CEO of Tombigbee Electric Cooperative in Hamilton, Alabama, will be a guest of Commissioner Presley at this event. Foshee is the architect of one of the nationally recognized models for expanding internet service by electric cooperatives and will be sharing of how he and his cooperative accomplished it.

“Tombigbee Electric Cooperative in Hamilton, Alabama is a model for how to expand high-speed Internet service in rural areas. Hamilton is fourteen miles from the Mississippi state line and Mississippians should be able to have the same kind of service as Steve is providing his members through his co-op,” said Presley. “Steve’s story and the Alabama model is a lesson on how to get this problem fixed. If they can do it in Alabama, there is no reason we can’t do it in Mississippi.”

Commissioner Presley has been at the forefront of this issue and has called on the Mississippi Legislature to change the law in the upcoming legislative session to allow rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service. Current Mississippi law prohibits rural electric cooperatives from providing internet service, although no such law exists anywhere else in America. Currently, 107 rural electric cooperatives are providing internet service across the country, including in every state bordering Mississippi.

The event is co-sponsored by AARP.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winston County Bridge Closure

Winston County has closed the bridge on High Point - Weir Road, south of Shelly Brown Road for repair.
For further information please contact Winston County Engineer Jimmy Kemp

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zoe Bigham "Coats for Christmas"

Zoe Bigham represented Louisville in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in October where she was 4th Alternate and People’s Choice Award Recipient.  Zoe was recently crowned Miss Rhythm and Blues which is a preliminary pageant for Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in Vicksburg in April.  Her pageant platform is “Coats for Christmas” and she was excited to donate 65 coats to Samaria Hudson, Counselor at Fair Elementary, for the Clothes Closet at the school.  Zoe is the daughter of Michele and Jeff Mosley and J. T. and Cassie Bigham.

Monday, December 17, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Close Out 2018 With Split at Delgado

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors closed out the 2018 portion of their basketball seasons with a split against Delgado Community College in doubleheader action Thursday, Dec. 13. The games were played at Dillard University in New Orleans.

The Lady Warriors overcame a slow start in the first period to grab a 63-49 win over the Lady Dolphins. East Central shot only 21 percent from the floor the first 10 minutes and trailed 28-27 after two periods.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 8-1 on the season. The Delgado Lady Dolphins dropped to 3-10 on the season. East Central also defeated Delgado 74-54 back on Nov. 26 in Decatur.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Gulfport and sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) came off the bench to score 13 and 10, respectively.

In the men’s action, the Warriors fell 89-85 to Delgado, after beating the Dolphins 96-58 on Nov. 26 in Decatur. It was the third straight loss for East Central after opening the season 6-0. Delgado improved to 3-9.

Freshman forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County led East Central with a career-high 27 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton scored right at his season average with 25 points in a losing effort. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) was the only other Warrior in double digits with 20. East Central outrebounded Delgado 42-30, but committed 23 turnovers in the contest to just 12 for the Dolphins.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors return to action Jan. 8 when they travel to Scooba to face East Mississippi in games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The next home action is Thursday, Jan. 10, when Pearl River visits Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur for games also at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Held For Body, Mind & Soul Center

Partnership/Chamber members, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome Body, Mind & Soul Center to Louisville this afternoon at 2 PM. The business is the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Laura Hoskin. Body, Mind & Soul Center is located at 2920 N. Church Avenue in Louisville. The mission for the center is to create an atmosphere that will help each individual develop a skill-set and a mind-set to overcome life's challenges through low impact motions that are adaptable to meet each individual's need. They offer low impact Tai Chi - Qigong Exercies. For more information on schedule and pricing, please call 773-612-9652 or email to

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Presley Applauds FCC Investigation into Cell Companies, Calls for Probe into Coverage Maps Provided at Point of Sale

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley applauded the Friday announcement by the Federal Communications Commission into possible false coverage maps provided to the federal regulatory body concerning a pending process for the funding of cellular towers. Presley praised the investigation but said that the issues the FCC is seeing in the filings by the companies is the same issue many consumers face daily when they buy a cell phone. Presley says that plenty of proof exists to show that maps provided by some carriers to consumers at the point-of-sale are flawed at least and possibly intentionally misleading.

After the FCC’s coverage map for its funding auction was published earlier this year, Presley convened task forces in each of the thirty-three counties of North Mississippi, in essence deputizing the citizen-members to collect cell coverage data. Several months and tens of thousands of speed tests later, the PSC submitted their results on November 26th. Presley also personally communicated to FCC representatives the need for a more effective challenge process as the carriers' data on average seemed to be so vastly misrepresented that even the army of volunteers could not properly document all the flaws. In fact, few states other than Mississippi even attempted the complicated challenge process. On Friday, the FCC announced that it is suspending the challenge process entirely so that it can investigate whether the carriers violated the FCC's own mapping rules by submitting false data.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this investigation is past due. Tests run by our Task Force members, my staff, and many I ran myself proved to me that much of the data submitted by certain phone carriers is wrong. On a broader scale, this seriously reinforces my belief that the basic maps consumers are given when they go to buy a phone are also wrong! We plan to aid in this investigation any way possible," Presley said. "I am immediately forwarding all documentation collected by my office of coverage gaps to the FCC to aid in their investigation."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winston County Forestry Association Closes out 2018 on Festive Note

(l to r)Michael Burt, Stevie Herrington, Dave Godwin, Harry Tabor, Brady Dabbs, Berlin Edwards, Joe Morgan, Alan Lovorn, Billy Lipsey, Jim McAdory
The Winston County Forestry Association (WCFA) hosted their last meeting on December 4th. The keynote speaker of the evening was Dr. John Kushla, MSU Extension Forestry Specialist, who educated the group on Christmas tree production in Mississippi, and the Southeast. 

The program was not just about how to grow the proper variety for Christmas Tree production, but it also incorporated many of the Christmas traditions that find their origin within the forestry sphere. To mention just a few, how and where the burning of the Yule log originated, how Christmas Wreaths began, Mistletoe meaning, to why we actually decorate the Christmas tree.

Not only did the night’s program bring to light many questions surrounding future profitability options for Winston County Landowners, but also the past traditions of the season at hand. It was a very educational experience for all attendees, as well an overall enjoyable evening for the WCFA members.

The night’s program, also ended on a note of growth for the Association with several new members joining. The WCFA purpose for being is to educate Winston landowners that want to better manage their property, as well as network with other landowners that may experience similar situations, problems, or solutions to problems. Not only does being a member of Associations like WCFA bring the latest researched based information to the forest manager, make available Extension Specialist, industry leaders in land management, but a close bond and network with friends and neighbors many times is the best reason for being a member of WCFA.

We were especially glad Mr. Brady Dabbs, Forester for Mississippi Forest Commission was in attendance to give updates on programs, and services for Winston Landowners. Also, we could not have an association without current paying members, and new members joining.

On behalf of the MSU Extension Office in Winston County, a sincere thank you to the WCFA for hosting this meeting, and congratulations on a successful ending to 2018. We look forward to the continued growth of not only the WCFA, but greater forestry production for Winston County. If you’d like to join WCFA, or want more information, just give the Winston County Extension office a call, 662-773-3091. Merry CHRISTmas!

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

ECCC Basketball Teams Split on Road Trip to Coahoma

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors outscored the Coahoma Lady Tigers by 20 in the final two periods to overcome a halftime deficit and grab a win, while the ECCC Warriors lost a heartbreaker to the Coahoma Tigers on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in MACJC non-division action at the Pinnacle on the Coahoma campus in Clarksdale Saturday, Dec. 8.

Trailing 27-22 at the half, the ECCC Lady Warriors won the second half 42-22 and took a 64-49 win over Coahoma to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Coahoma women fell to 4-6. The Lady Warriors also defeated the Lady Tigers back on Nov. 20 by a score of 75-62.
Freshman forward Timia Dora of Louisville came off the bench to score 12 points and grab five rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors. She was the only East Central player in double digits as 11 Lady Warriors got into the scoring column.
East Central outrebounded the Lady Tigers by 15 and had seven blocked shots in the game.

In the men’s action, Coahoma’s Dequan Morris hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with two Warrior defenders on him as the buzzer sounded to give the Tigers a 69-67 win over East Central. The game was tight throughout with Coahoma holding a one-point lead at the half, 33-32.

East Central’s Roti Ware of Morton had another big night for the Warriors with 25 points and eight rebounds. The sophomore guard was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line where he is shooting nearly 99 percent on the season. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) added 17 points for the Warriors.

It was the second straight loss for the Warriors after starting the season a perfect 6-0. Coahoma improved to 4-6. East Central defeated the Tigers 75-67 in Decatur back on Nov. 20.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors will close out 2018 by facing Delgado in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before taking a break for the Christmas holidays.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Presley Kicks Off “Mississippi First” Tour to Reverse Alarming Trend of Out-of-State Utility Contracts

Citing alarming numbers that show the state’s largest utilities spent 70% of $810 million in operations and maintenance work with out-of-state companies, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is inviting Mississippi businesses to attend an event in Tupelo to begin reversing that trend and plans to tour North Mississippi to out “Mississippi First.”

In 2017, Presley passed the Hire Mississippi rule that requires the state’s largest public utilities to give extra notice, attention, and support for Mississippi businesses looking to bid on public utility projects. Hire Mississippi requires the largest utilities to give notice to each company on their Hire Mississippi Supplier List when any job is available for bid that a Mississippi company is qualified to perform. The program requires each business to sign up and provide certain information.

Kicking off his “Mississippi First” tour on December 13th in Tupelo, Presley will host a sign-up summit at the BancorpSouth Conference Center where businesses can sign-up for the Hire Mississippi program and learn how to take advantage of business opportunities offered throughout the state. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, starting on Monday, January 7th, Presley will hold “Mississippi First-Hire Mississippi” sign-up meetings in each county with the first wave to be in New Albany, Amory, Mayhew, Sardis and Pontotoc starting on January 7th and each subsequent Monday.

“I am sick and tired of seeing out-of-state companies on construction sites in Mississippi when I know that Mississippians are footing the bill for those projects. I have zero doubt that MISSISSIPPI companies could be doing that at least some of that work, if they were given the chance. It’s past time that we put Mississippi businesses first and that is what the Hire Mississippi program does,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “Hire Mississippi allows Mississippi businesses to get a bite at the apple and be considered first for contracts that they are qualified to do. I’m kicking off this “Mississippi First” tour to do just that, put Mississippi businesses first. If we don’t look out for Mississippi businesses and workers, no one else will.”

Presley says that Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Entergy, Mississippi Power and Spire Gas will have representatives and sign-up tables at the BancorpSouth Conference Center to talk face to face with local contractors and businesses and sign them up or each company’s Hire Mississippi Supplier List on the spot.

“This is a causal event, but one where I want every business owner to leave there signed up for the Hire Mississippi Supplier List and with knowledge about the program.”

 The event will start at 11:30 and be finished by 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. To register your business for this event, please email Lauren Ann Cobb at

2018-19 East Central Community College Gospel Choir

The East Central Community College Gospel Choir recently presented its fall concert on the campus in Decatur. The group also presents a Black History Month performance each February, and performs on other occasions around the college’s five-county district. Members include (front row, from left) Asiana Evans of Vossburg, Alicia Nollie of Carthage, Tatyanna Staten of Walnut Grove, Darquasia Bailey of Lena, LaDarrius Brown of Lena, Demarius Brown of Newton, Javarrius Richmond of Walnut Grove, Ty’keshia Fulton of Forest, Quatavia Alexander of Carthage, Shekelia McNichols of Newton, Tashonni Ware of Lena, Miriam Patrick of Forest, and Gospel Choir sponsor Brenda K. Johnson of Newton; (second row, from left) Celeeka Roby of Carthage, Aeriol Staten of Lake, Restoria Graffenread of Forest, Ja’Quala Patrick of Union, Jamarcus Hannah of Carthage, Vishaun Lockett of Forest, Kelsy Parrott of Lena, Tykeia Hathorn of Louisville, Khamiya Walker of Morton, Janeka Hampton of Philadelphia, Allison Butler of Forest, and Sabrina Boyd of Meridian; and (back row, from left) Ameia Carter of Forest, Marquita Washington of Morton, Miracle Eichelberger of Philadelphia, Payton Baxstrum of Philadelphia, Joya Horne of Philadelphia, Keona Wilson of Philadelphia, Traveon Wingo of Philadelphia, Garry Lloyd of Morton, Cadedra Wilder of Carthage, Tanaya Carter of Philadelphia, Alexis Hunt of Forest, Kourtney Keys of Philadelphia, Kiara Miley of Forest, Alison York of Forest, and Tamera Young of Forest. (EC Photo)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Christmas Parade Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Louisville Christmas Parade Winners!

East Louisville Baptist Church - First Place

Co-Med Adult Day Care - Second Place

Louisville Elementary - Third Place

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Drop First Games of Season at Gulf Coast

The East Central Community College basketball teams opened MACJC South Division play Dec. 3 with a couple of tough road losses to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the Weathers-Wentzell Center on the MGCCC campus in Perkinston.

Gulf Coast’s LaRaymond Spivery hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime where the Bulldogs eventually picked up an 83-80 win over the East Central Warriors in the men’s game. It was East Central’s first loss of the season as the Warriors fell to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in South Division play. Gulf Coast improved to 7-1 and 1-0.

The Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs won the opener over the East Central Lady Warriors 78-69. It was also the Lady Warriors first loss of the season as they fell to 6-1 overall and 0-1 division play. It was the first MACJC South Division win for the Lady Bulldogs since the 2016-17 season as they improved to 3-3 and 1-0.

In the men’s action, East Central led 67-60 with less than a minute to play in regulation before a furious comeback by Gulf Coast gave Spivery a chance to tie the game 71-71 at the buzzer.

East Central twice held three-point leads in the extra period before Gulf Coast put the game away in the final seconds hitting four straight free throws, including two courtesy of a technical foul.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware out of Morton once again came up big for the East Central Warriors with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) added 15 points, six assists, and four steals. Freshman forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County had 13 points and seven rebounds.

In the women’s action that kicked off the basketball doubleheader, the Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs used a 13-2 first period run to erase a six-point deficit and grab a lead it would never relinquish in the nine-point win. The Lady Warriors managed to close the gap to four points in the final period before Gulf Coast pulled away.

The East Central Lady Warriors shot just 37 percent from the floor and 24 percent from beyond the three-point line in the loss.

The Lady Warriors were led by 15 points from sophomore guard Feria Mays of Kosciusko. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville had 13 pints and a team-leading seven rebounds, while freshman forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson, Murrah) chipped in 12 points.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors will play Coahoma in Clarksdale on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Delgado in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before taking a break for the Christmas holidays.

30th Year Anniversary World AIDS Day

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Charles Edward Clifton, Jr.
February 11, 1959 - August 15, 2004

As we commemorate the 30th Year Anniversary of World AIDS Day, on December 1, 2018, Charles E. Clifton, Jr. is remembered as one of the National leaders in the field. Were he here today, he would be speaking someplace making people aware of the disease; how to prevent it and how to take care of those that have the disease. Charles made significant contributions as a health advocate for nearly 15 years before his death at age 45 on August 15, 2004. Charles has roots in Louisville, MS as he is the son of the late Claudell Hughes-Weaver, grandson of the late Betsy Ann Eichelberger and nephew to this writer.

Charles became an activist in AIDS programs while living in San Francisco in 1991. He received a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from San Francisco State University in 1993, master’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1994 and another master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 2002. Charles became the first person to serve simultaneously as executive director and editor of Test Positively Aware Network (TPAN). He became the first African American editor of the internationally distributed HIV/AIDS journals, “Positively Aware” and “Positively Aware en EspaƱol”. He held those positions until his unexpected death of a pulmonary embolism after returning from the XV International AIDS Conference, 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Charles worked tirelessly locally and nationally increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS until his death. For his many contributions, affiliations with various organizations, achievements in health and treatment education and HIV/AIDS awareness and his work particularly among gay men of color, he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

World AIDS Day 2018 had as its theme “Know Your Status”. Understanding the importance of knowing one’s status is of the utmost importance. Nonetheless, barriers to education and testing remain a problem in many countries. World AIDS Day was set aside in 1988 by the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention, United Nations agencies along with governments and civil organizations worldwide. Each year World AIDS Day has a different theme but awareness is the basic principle. It takes place every year on December 1.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away. Money continues to be raised to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. However, AIDS related deaths have been reduced by more than 51% since it peaked in 2004. It is reported that 20 million people now have access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Regrettably, around 7000 young women aged 15-24 years acquire HIV, according to World AIDS Day reports.

Many people have died unnecessarily because they did not know their status and therefore, were not treated. The reasons are believed to be stereotypical prejudices which cause people to be embarrassed or to deny. World AIDS Day is designed to increase awareness about the disease. The intent is to provide information and offer education.

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has the ambitious goal of diagnosing 90 percent of those who are HIV/AIDS positive; providing antiviral therapy (ART) to 90 percent, and achieving viral suppression of 90 percent, otherwise known as 90-90-90, by 2020. In order for this to happen, people who have unprotected sex must be tested. The agency reports that great advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. One in four people living with HIV/AIDS knows their status.

In 2018, UNAIDS reports the known cases of people living with HIV in 2017 without children:
  • East and Southern Africa; 19.6 million.
  • Western and Central Africa; 6.1 million.
  • Asia and Pacific; 2.2 million.
  • Western/Central Europe and North America; 2.2 million.
  • Latin America; 1.8 million.
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia; 1.4 million.
  • Caribbean; 310,000
  • The Middle East and North Africa; 220,000.
“Know Your Status” by being tested in private at home, the local department of health, or in the doctor’s office. The Federal Drug Administration website offers a database of testing sites and a detailed list of approved HIV test kits.

The 2018 Presidential Proclamation was issued by Donald J. Trump on November 13, 2018 which stated, “With American leadership, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has shifted from crisis toward control. Hope and life are prospering where death and despair once prevailed. A generation that could have been lost is instead thriving and building a brighter future. For the first time in modern history, we have the ability to sustainably control an epidemic, despite the absence of a vaccine or cure, and create a future of flourishing, stable communities in the United States and around the globe.” He urged all Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and American people to join him in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mt. Sinai Congratulates Members On State Championships

l to r: Devean Turner, Donovan Turner, Derius Jay Hopkins and Kristen Hopkins
Congratulations to the Nanih Wayia Warriors (1A) and Louisville High School WildCats (4A) for bringing home the Gold this weekend! 

Two sets of brothers from Nanih Waiya Attendance Center and Louisville High School are all members of  Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.

Nanih Waiya Attendance Center:
Devean Turner, Fullback
Donovan Turner, Quarterback

Louisville High School:
Derius Jay Hopkins, Defensive Tackle
Kristen Hopkins, Middle Linebacker

Team Managers, Mitchell Turner and Braxton Edmond, are also members of Mt. Sinai.

Mt. Sinai is proud of these young Christian men.

Submitted by: Charles Hampton

Sunday, December 2, 2018

ECCC Student-Athletes Honored at Fall Sports Awards Banquet

Several East Central Community College student-athletes received honors during the college’s 2018 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Nov. 29 in Mabry Cafeteria on the campus in Decatur.

East Central Community College football players honored at the 2018 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur include (front row, from left) sophomore quarterback Mario Asagunla of Hillcrest Christian High School in Jackson, Luke 2:52 Award; sophomore offensive lineman Ethan McMullan of Newton County, Scholar-Athlete Award and MACJC First Team All-State Offense; sophomore defensive back Keonte’ Daniels of Noxapater, MACJC First Team All-State Defense and NJCAA First Team All-Region 23; and sophomore linebacker V.J. Swanier of Pass Christian, Defensive Captain Award; and (back row, from left) sophomore offensive lineman Connor Breland of Union, Most Improved Offensive Player Award; sophomore running back James Smith III of Velma Jackson in Canton, Offensive Captain Award; sophomore linebacker Kendrick Abney of Sylva Bay Academy and Heidelberg, Most Improved Defensive Player Award; freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery of Thurgood Marshall in Dayton, Ohio, MACJC First Team All-State Offense; and freshman defensive lineman Alvin Dempsey III of Port St. Joe, Fla., MACJC First-Team All-State Defense. (EC Photo)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Joshua Jolly Graduates Officer Training Class

Officer Jolly and Lt. Colonel Thomas Tuggle
Director of the Mississippi Law
Enforcement Officers Training Academy
 On Wednesday November 28, 2018 Officer Joshua Jolly of the Louisville Police Department graduated from the basic police officer training class.
MLEOTA’s Basic Law Enforcement Officer Training consists of a twelve (12) week course of instruction offered to new full-time, sworn officers of municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies.

According to the Mississippi Minimum Standards Training Act, the courses offered are a well-rounded program of instruction in practical police knowledge. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have received training in a wide range of law enforcement programs. Each student will receive an opportunity to certify in many basic police skills such as firearms, defensive driving. Qualified staff members and associate instructors from local, state, and federal agencies teach classes in their areas of expertise. Students may receive college credit upon successful completion of the twelve (12) week basic training.

The curriculum is challenging; the purpose being to make each student aware of his or her individual abilities and to teach the student how to work with other officers to achieve specific training goals. MLEOTA stresses cleanliness, neat appearance, courtesy, cooperation, and responsible actions in a disciplined atmosphere. Dress codes in the applications are mailed for each designated school. The applicant must begin preparing mentally for a challenging academic program consisting of nine weekly tests and a final exam. The applicants should prepare physically for a demanding physical conditioning and defensive tactics training program. History has shown that students who have poor reading and writing skills and students who are more than 20 pounds overweight have great difficulty in this program unless they begin early to prepare themselves. BLEOST requires basic students pass academics, driving, firearms, physical training, and defensive tactics.

Chief Claiborne, Officer Jolly, Mayor Hill 
and retired assistant Chief Andy Taylor.