4/28 Tornado

State approves $17 million in disaster relief

Lawmakers in a special session May 8 quickly approved $17 million in state disaster assistance after April 28 deadly tornadoes.
Gov. Phil Bryant called lawmakers into special session at 1 p.m. Thursday, and the measure had passed unanimously by 4 … Read more

Ongoing donation dos and don’ts

Submitted by Linda Breazeale, PIO for Winston EMA

Volunteers managing the donation center at the Louisville Coliseum are reporting excesses and shortages.
There is an abundance of bottled water, dental items and clothing.
Donors are asked to focus efforts on … Read more

There are many reasons for a letter from FEMA

PEARL, Miss. – Everyone receives a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after applying for disaster assistance. It explains FEMA’s decision, what to do next if you disagree with FEMA’s decision, and how grant money should be spent if … Read more

10 die in Winston County

From staff and press reports

The EF-4 tornado that ripped through Winston County on April 28 claimed the lives of 10 Winston Countians.
The last victim, Tyler Tucker, 8, was found … Read more

Memorial services planned

From staff reports

The City of Louisville and Winston County will sponsor a Memorial Service on May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Louisville High School Football stadium.
“This will be a time of healing,” said Louisville Alderwoman Frances Ball.
The … Read more

Temporary hospital under construction in Louisville

Mayor Will Hill and Gov. Bryant inspect one of the modular units for the hospital as workers begin constructing the units together.

From staff and press reports

On April 28, as doctors, nurses and other staff at Winston Medical Center continued to keep patients safe and save lives, the Winston Medical Center building and adjacent medical clinics were hit hard by the … Read more

Extension helps shelters become child friendly

Four-year-old Mairah Haynes enjoys activities provided by Shandra Hurd, a Mississippi State University Extension Service staff member with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, on May 1, 2014. Haynes and her family relocated to the American Red Cross Shelter at First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, following the April 28 tornado. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)    

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.
Louise … Read more