In this week’s headlines:
• Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, which recently closed, won’t go unused, says Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher. The former prison, which was run by a Utah-based private contractor, could be a facility for programs that help former inmates re-enter their communities, Fisher said.
• Teach for America is looking to rebound from some significant losses: 60 fewer teachers this year than last year and $4 million less in state funding. Teach for America Mississippi says the state’s cutback didn’t cause the staff reduction, but unless the organization finds other sources of funding, staff and training could be affected in upcoming years. This could severely impact schools in places like the Mississippi Delta that rely on Teach for America-trained classroom personnel.
• Congratulations to Mississippi Today’s Rick Cleveland. The sports columnist was selected for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Joining him are former high school football legend Marcus Dupree, former Jackson State baseball coach Bob Braddy, Sr., late Ole Miss basketball great Eugenia Conner, former Alcorn State University defensive back and Baltimore Ravens defensive back coach Leslie Frazier, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Jay Powell. Their official induction ceremony will be August 2017.