WCBI News at Ten - July 4, 2019

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WCBI News at Ten - July 4, 2019

WCBI News at Ten - July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of july and thank you for joining us... the independence day celebration in starkville has been packed with food and whole lot of fun all evening.

A large crowd enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show... and our tyler hull was out there with them..

He joins us live from the starkville sportsplex with the latest... that's right scott the threat of bad weather didn't scare off these eager residents to see a beautiful sight.

The city of starkville lit up tonight with dozens of beautiful colors and the sounds of loud booms and bags echoed throughout the night executive park director gerry logan says that this is the event in starkville "this is our largest annua event.

The main fireworks show in the city of starkville" an eighties cover band known as "th spasmatics" entertained thousands of people at ballard park for tupelo's annual fourth of july celebration.

The park was full of people, along with games for kids, food trucks and booths, and even some political candidates who were working the crowd for the event, known as the "al america city family picnic in the park."

Tupelo's fourth of july celebration is the largest throughout northeast mississippi.

The 33 rd annual event wrapped up with a fireworks show.

A marine corps veteran continues his weeklong campout inside the mall at barnes crossing, raising money to help wounded vets..

Scott burns who was injured during his time in the marines more than 20 years ago, is raising money for "purple hear homes."

The group helps remodel homes of wounded veterans to make them handicapped accessible.

Burns says celebrating the fourth of july during his fundraiser is a huge honor.

"so much, we turn thing political, that don't need to be political and the fourth of july is one of those things that really doesn't need to be about politics, it's about sacrifices made long before we ever came around and we're able to do this event because of sacrifices many have made before us."

Burns will be collecting donations through saturday evening.

You can also donate online.

Just visit our website wcbi dot com.

First look stinger first look thursday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Friday: highs in the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s at times can be expected during peak heating.

There is a continuing 30% chance of pop- up showers and storms. the 4th of july hasn't always been a cause for celebration in one mississippi city.

For nearly a hundred years the holiday was a sore subject.

But the wounds began to heal after world war 2 and the celebration is now back on their calendar of events..

Courtney ann jackson has an independence day history lesson from vicksburg.

The sounds of cannons echo through the vicksburg military park.

A reminder of what took place and ended here 156 years ago today.

"47 days of no in and out running out of food, people living in caves which they dug for safety's sake."

It was july 4th, 1863 that confederate general john c.

Pemberton surrendered to union general ulysses s.

Grant---marking anything but a day for celebration in this city.

"for about 80 years, vicksbur did not celebrate the 4th.

People often ask why and it's because you don't celebrate pillage and plunder and terrorism and that's what happened."

But after wwii-a visit by general dwight eisenhower was cause for celebration for the first time in decades.

"he made a speech on th fourth of july.

And it was greatly received.

Now, they didn't completely give up you might say.

They called it the carnival of the confederacy."

Those celebrations fizzled out until a boost from the country's bicentennial.

Fast forward to 2019 and the city goes all out to celebrate.

"and it's just gotten bigge and bigger.

And the big celebration is tonight in front of the depot museum."

"we really celebrate it and w really understand it and we move forward with the understanding of how important it is to celebrate our nation's birthday and independence.

This is what this is about."

In vicksburg-courtney ann jackson wcbi news even today vicksburg still shows physical scars from the siege... damage from cannonballs fired 156 years ago can still be seen at the old courthouse... at another historic setting, some old fashioned "politickin' shared the stage with traditional 4th of july celebrations... and both drew a big crowd... allie martin has more from the grounds of the old jay sent ur courthouse.

Every year, tim prewitt and his family make the drive from tupelo to the old courthouse, named after the battle of san jacinto in texas.

But don't pronounce it that way.

"jacinto, if you say it jacinto you're obviously from out of town."

The jacinto fourth of july festival began forty years ago, and has become known for its political speeches.

Candidates for local, state and federal offices are given a few minutes to talk to the crowd from a flatbed trailer.

Nats standup bridge the rain caused some folks to leave a little bit early but most people in the crowd had made up their mind about the candidates.

People come here every year to see old friends, make new ones, enjoy the fellowship and celebrate the nation's birthday.

"my grandfather was mayor o rienzi, so we understood this was a political event as well, really what it seemed like to me was a big family reunion, a lot of people getting back together and spending time together."

"i love patriotic celebration as a veteran and proud american, i love to get together with other people who are crazy about the red, white and blue and i love the opportunity to meet all these candidates, and love the opportunity to interact with people in all these communities.

" many of the political speakers took time to thank veterans and first responders in the crowd.

In jacinto, allie martin, wcbi news .

The event is considered the second largest political speaking event, behind the neshoba county fair.

The fourth of july festival means a lot of work for members of a corinth church.

Every year,.

Strickland baptist church sets up a food booth at the jacinto independence day festival.

The church sells ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks to hungry festival goers.

All money raised helps the church's youth ministry with its missions work and other special projects through the year.

"i like we get to come out here have fun selling the things we need to sell and earning money for our youth funds."

Volunteers at the church food booth say ice cream was the most popular item on the menu today... stinger thursday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Friday: highs in the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s at times can be expected during peak heating.

There is a continuing 30% chance of pop- up showers and storms. friday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Saturday: we're going to keep the rain chance at 30% but that may need to be adjusted up a bit in later forecasts, especially for the evening hours.

Highs will be in the mid 90s in many spots with heat indices in the low 100s.

Lows in the 70s hang around saturday night, along with the chance of a few storms. sunday: rain and storm chances go up to around 50%.

This may keep highs mainly in the low 90s and heat index values in the upper 90s but it all depends on how many storms manage to pop up.

Next week: fairly standard summer weather is going to remain in place across the region.

A safe bet keeps the rain chance in the 30-40% range each day.

Highs in the low to mid 90s and high humidity mean afternoon heat indices may climb into the 100?-105?

Each day.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram friday: highs in the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the low 100s at times can be expected during peak heating.

There is a continuing 30% chance of pop- up showers and storms. friday night: variably cloudy, warm, and muggy.

Lows in the low to mid 70s.

Saturday: we're going to keep the rain chance at 30% but that may need to be adjusted up a bit in later forecasts, especially for the evening hours.

Highs will be in the mid 90s in many spots with heat indices in the low 100s.

Lows in the 70s hang around saturday night, along with the chance of a few storms. sunday: rain and storm chances go up to around 50%.

This may keep highs mainly in the low 90s and heat index values in the upper 90s but it all depends on how many storms manage to pop up.

Next week: fairly standard summer weather is going to remain in place across the region.

A safe bet keeps the rain chance in the 30-40% range each day.

Highs in the low to mid 90s and high humidity mean afternoon heat indices may climb into the 100?-105?

Each day.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger sumertime is grillin' time... but you want to be sure to play it safe... we have a few tips when we come the start of the school year is soon just around the corner.

If you're packing your kids lunch, we have a few tips for you tonight in our health talk with baptist.

Hi.

I'm libby walker, the morrison director of food and nutrition services at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

Tonight i want to talk to you about how to pack a safe school lunch for your child.

Bacteria that cause foodborne illness, commonly known as food poisoning, grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees fahrenheit.

In just two hours, these microorganisms can multiply to dangerous levels, which can cause foodborne illness.

Follow these tips to make sure the lunches and snacks you pack for your child are safe.

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Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.

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Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water.

Blot dry with a paper towel before packing them in your child's lunch.

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Select an insulated lunch box or bag with enough room for two cold sources to keep the food inside safe.

Make sure it is easy to clean both inside and out.

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If the lunch/snack contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources.

A frozen juice box or bottle of water can be used along with a frozen ice pack.

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If packing a hot lunch like soup, use an insulated container such as a thermos.

Fill the thermos with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty and then put in the ping hot food.

And-- be careful if you're firing up the grill.

Experts say you should grill ten feet away from a building and never leave the grill unattended.

Never add lighter fluid to hot coals.

Do not use gasoline or kerosene to light the coals.

If using propane, check for leaks.

State farm insurance reports that grills cause 96 million dollars in property damage each year and result in nearly 17 thousand emergency room visits.

Stinger the high school football tour continues with stop number eleven.

More on the baldwyn bearcats after the break.

Thanks for tuning in.

I'm chris bolton.

The next stop on the high school football tour checks in with the baldwyn bearcats.

A team that is continuously working to rebuild after losing lots of experience.

Baldwyn is stop #11 on the high school football tour.

The baldwyn bearcats have always been riddled with success.

After losing lots of experience, 2018 was the first time the bearcats didn't see a division championship now after being reclassified to 1a the bearcats hope to be the team to beat once again michael gray, head coach: " think the biggest thing is dropping down to 1a you have so many region games that you don't have as many non-division games.

So that will help us going forward."

Mark rowan, senior rb/lb: "even though we're goin down there's still no reason to look down on any 1a team.

We still gotta stay humble.

That's what messed us up last year.

We weren't humble enough.

So we just have to go out there and even though it's a new division we still have to go out there and do our thing."

As the bearcats continue to rebuild the experience they've lost in recent years coach gray continues to be impressed by the work ethic his team brings to practice every day.

Gray: "we had a really goo spring.

They pushed each other in the weight room.

When they're here they're pushing each other to get better every day.

With a young team that's what you want to see because it will pay off eventually if they continue to work hard."

Joseph harper, junior mlb/c: "last year was my first yea starting out.

Now i know where to go and what to do this year.

This building as a whole team because we were a young team.

It's just helping us grow."

Even though the rebuilding process is normal for most teams, after last season this baldwyn team feels as though it's playing with a chip on its shoulders.

Rowan: "that 3-8 season las year you know we had some inexperienced players.

Nobody wants to go 3-8.

So, that's basically the goal.

To have a better record than last year."

After not making an appearance in the division championships after five straight of course another goal is to get back to that bearcat tradition.

Gray: "they got their feeling hurt last year.

We fought a lot of injuries early and we were not as athletic and skilled as we have been in the past.

That was just graduation and injuries takes care of that.

I think they got a little upset last year the way they finished the season so i think that's a shot in the arm they'll take with them."

Rowan: "a lot of people don' know we've picked up this summer and how hard we have worked.

So we just have to go out there and prove all the haters wrong."

Baldwyn will begin to prove the haters wrong with its first match-up against kossuth on august 23rd.

With the bearcats on the high school football tour, courtney robb wcbi sports.

ááábillboardááá for those keeping track at home, go to our twitter and facebook accounts at wcbiendzone to see the schedule... and if you miss any stops along the way you can always go watch them on our website at wcbi.com hail state hoops continues to rack up the wins on its international tour..using a combined 61 points and 29 boards from jessika carter and rickea jackson to defeat taipei 93 to 85.

5-star freshman rickea jackson continues to ball scoring 33 points 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

Mississippi state will face slovakia tomorrow at 10:30am....a victory will put msu atop of pool c.

On a somber note, 3 emcc football players were involved in a car accident yesterday causing one young man to lose his life.

Emcc athletics released a tweet confirming that 2019 gulfport high graduate zae crain passed away in the crash.

Jeremiah braziel and keon moore were in the one vehicle accident with crain.

Moore has been released from the hospital while braziel is last last reported in a jackson hospital the three were traveling home to the gulf coast to spend the 4th of july.

Tanglefoot trail could soon be in a nationally recognized hall of fame, but its needs the community's help.

The trail is one of only three in the country nominated for the rails to trails conservancy hall of fame.

The winner will be chosen by the public.

To vote for tanglefoot you can do so by logging on to rails to trails dot org.

You can vote as many times as you want.

Voting ends on july the 10th.

To vote, go to the link on the screen or to our website at w-c-b-i dot com.

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