Alcorn State University names alumna Felecia M. Nave next president

In a unanimous decision, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees named Felecia M. Nave the next president of Alcorn State University on Wednesday. Nave, a 1996 graduate of Alcorn State with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, is currently Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo in Ohio. Nave will take the reins at Alcorn State on July 1. “Dr. Nave has many years of experience as a leader in higher education,” said Trustee Shane Hooper, in a news release. “Through positions of progressive responsibility, Dr. Nave has provided leadership in every facet of the university, including academic program offerings, research activity, budget management, fundraising activities and student services, including recruitment, financial aid and student success.

Prosecutor’s actions in Flowers case ‘troubles’ Supreme Court justices

By all accounts, U.S. Supreme Court justices were mostly in agreement Wednesday when they heard arguments in a Mississippi death row case. Though the case before the justices isn’t about guilt or innocence, but rather whether the prosecutor wrongly dismissed black jurors, most seemed – in the words of the Washington Post – “deeply troubled” by the actions of the prosecutor, District Attorney Doug Evans. Even Justice Clarence Thomas, known for not asking questions, interrupted three years of silence during oral arguments. Several media outlets that were present Wednesday reported that the justices seemed likely to rule in favor of Curtis Flowers – on death row for the 1996 slayings of Bertha Tardy, Carmen Rigby, Robert Golden and Derrick Stewart. According to a report in the Clarion Ledger:
After six trials for the same crime, a death-row inmate from Mississippi reached the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday and appeared headed for yet another chance. 
The justices spent an hour debating whether Curtis Flowers’ conviction in 2010 for the execution-style murders of four people in Winona, Miss., was tainted by a prosecutor’s rejection of potential black jurors.

New York Times: Hip-Hop artists give the Supreme Court a primer on rap music

Four years ago, a group of hip-hop artists took their free speech argument to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of a Mississippi rapper who was suspended from school over lyrics he posted online. The Clarion Ledger reported in 2015: They’re standing up for Taylor Bell, who four years ago was a Mississippi high school student in the Itawamba School District. He was disciplined for posting a rap song with explicit lyrics about some coaches alleged to have acted inappropriately toward female students. In their brief, the rappers urge the justices to hear an appeal from Bell. The high court declined to hear the case.

Full 2019 Mississippi candidate list

The following is a complete list of candidates who qualified to compete in the 2019 primary and general elections, provided by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office.

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Robert Foster

Tate Reeves

Bill Waller, Jr.

Michael Brown

William Bond Compton, Jr.

Jim Hood

Robert J. Ray

Robert Shuler Smith

Gregory Wash

Phillip “Bucket” West

Velesha P. Williams

Albert Wilson

David R. Singletary

Lieutenant Governor

Delbert Hosemann

Shane Quick

Jay Hughes

Secretary of State

Sam Britton

Michael Watson

Johnny DuPree

Maryra Hodges Hunt


Eugene S. "Buck" Clarke

David McRae

Addie Lee Green

Attorney General

Mark Baker

Lynn Fitch 

Andy Taggart 

Jennifer Riley Collins


Shad White


Insurance Commissioner

Mike Chaney

Robert E. Amos

Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce

Andy Gipson 

Rickey L. Cole

Transportation Commissioner Northern

Trey Bowman

John Caldwell

A. Hathcock

Jeremy A. Martin

Geoffrey O. Yoste

Joe T. “Joey” Grist

Transportation Commissioner Central

Butch Lee

Ricky Pennington, Jr.

Marcus L. Wallace

Willie L. Simmons

Transportation Commissioner Southern

Tom King

Tony Smith

Chad Toney


Public Service Commissioner Central

Brent Bailey

Nic Lott

Dorothy “Dot” Benford

Ryan Brown

Bruce Burton

De’Keither A. Stamps

Public Service Commissioner Northern


Brandon Presley

Public Service Commissioner Southern

Dane Maxwell

Perry Parker

Kelvin Schulz

Sugar Stallings

Connie Moran

District Attorney

John Weddle, District 1

Joel Smith, District  2

Ben Creekmore, District 3

Steven S. Kilgore, District  8

Kassie Coleman, District 10

Lin Carter, District 12

Joey Norton, District 14

Hal Kittrell, District 15

Anthony J. Buckley, District 18

Angel Myers McIlrath, District 19

John K. “Bubba” Bramlett, District  20

John Weddle, District 1

Joel Smith, District  2

Ben Creekmore, District 3

Steven S. Kilgore, District  8

Kassie Coleman, District 10

Lin Carter, District 12

Joey Norton, District 14

Hal Kittrell, District 15

Anthony J. Buckley, District 18

Angel Myers McIlrath, District 19

John K. “Bubba” Bramlett, District  20

DeCarlo Hood, District 12

State Senate

State Senate District 1

Murry Haslip

Michael W. McLendon

Chris Massey


State Senate District 2

David Parker

Lee A. Jackson

State Senate District 3

Kathy L. Chism

Jeffrey Mitchell

Jeff Olson

Kevin Walls

Tim Tucker

State Senate District 4

Rita Potts Parks

Lamar Walker

Greg Ward


State Senate District 5

Mario P. Barnes

Patrick Eaton

Mel Greenhaw

Daniel H. Sparks

Steve Eaton

State Senate District 6

Chad McMahan


State Senate District 7


Hob Bryan

State Senate District 8

Stephen Scott Griffin

Benjamin A. Suber

Beth Luther Waldo

Steve Whitten

Mark Hancock

Kegan Coleman

Kathryn York

State Senate District 9

Nicole Akins Boyd

Kevin W. Frye

State Senate District 10

Neil S. Whaley

Alicia Blanks

Michael Cathey

Andre’ R. De’Berry

Carlton E. Smith

State Senate District 11


Robert L. Jackson

Kimberlyn Seals

Clara DavisDawkins

State Senate District 12


Derrick T. Simmons

Paul D. Pecou

State Senate District 13


Carl Brinkley

Mark S. Buckner Sr.

Sarita M. Simmons

Tony G. Anderson

Charles Modley

State Senate District 14

Lydia Graves Chassaniol

State Senate District 15

Gary Jackson


State Senate District 16


Angela Turner Ford

State Senate District 17

Charles "Chuck" A. Younger

Dewanna Belton

Danny Bedwell

State Senate District 18

Jenifer Branning


State Senate District 19

Kevin Blackwell

Dianne Black

State Senate District 20

Josh Harkins


Danny Bedwell

State Senate District 21


Barbara Blackmon

State Senate District 22

Hayes Dent

Dwayne Self

Joseph C. Thomas

Ruffin Smith

Vince “Bigg” V Roberts

Colton Thornton

Earl Scales

State Senate District 23

Briggs Hopson


State Senate District 24


David Jordan

State Senate District 25

Walter Michel


State Senate District 26


John Horhn

Marcus A. Williams

State Senate District 27


Hillman Terome Frazier

Marvin Hightower

State Senate District 28


Sollie B. Norwood

State Senate District 29


David Blount

State Senate District 30

Dean Kirby


State Senate District 31

Hampton Gardner

Tyler McCaughn

Mike Marlow

State Senate District 32


Sampson Jackson II

Tavarris K. Cross Sr.

State Senate District 33

Erle E. "Bubby" Johnston

Jeff Tate


State Senate District 34

Steven L. Wade

Juan Barnett

Deborah Denard Delgado

State Senate District 35

Chris Caughman

Cheramie Kay Mitchell


State Senate District 36


Albert Butler

Tyler K. Doss

State Senate District 37

Milt Burris

Scott Carnegie

Morgan Halford Poore

Melanie Sojourner

Kevin B. Wells

William E. Godfrey

State Senate District 38


Tammy Witherspoon

Kelvin E. Butler

State Senate District 39

Beth Brown

Josh Davis

Sally Doty


State Senate District 40

Angela Burks Hill

Thomas Lehr

State Senate District 41

Joey Fillingane


State Senate District 42

Chris McDaniel


State Senate District 43

Dennis DeBar, Jr.


State Senate District 44

John A. Polk


State Senate District 45

Chris Johnson

Blake Nobles


State Senate District 46

Blaine LaFontaine

Philip Moran


State Senate District 47

Joseph M. "Mike" Seymour

T. Switzer


State Senate District 48

Jason Boyd

Mike Thompson

Gary Fredericks

Deborah Jeanne Dawkins

State Senate District 49

Joel R. Carter, Jr.


State Senate District 50

Scott DeLano

Dixie Newman

Burton Swoope


State Senate District 51

Doug Adams

Jeremy England

Gary Wayne Lennep

Butch Loper


State Senate District 51

Brice Wiggins


State House of Representatives

State House of Representatives

Lester E. "Bubba" Carpenter, District 1

Nick Bain, District 2

William Tracy Arnold, District 3

Joseph F. "Jody" Steverson, District 4

Mike Duncan, District 6

Dana Criswell, District 6

Steve Hopkins, District 7

Wanda Jennings, District 7

Kimberly Remak, District 7

Trey Lamar, District 8

Robert "Robby" Gray, Jr., District 10

Kelly Morris, District 10

Brady Williamson, District 10

Clay Deweese, District 12

Steve Massengill, District 13

Sam J. Creekmore, IV, District 14

Robbins Ellis Rogers, District 14

Mac Huddleston, District 15

Shane Aguirre, District 17

Jerry R. Turner, District 18

Randy P. Boyd, District 19

Peggy Schumpert Hussey, District 19

Chris Brown, District 20

Donnie Bell, District 21

Thomas "Tommy" Futral, District 22

Charles Jim Beckett, District 23

Jeff Hale, District 24

Randy Denton, District 25

Dan Eubanks, District 25

Jerry Darnell, District 28

I. Harris, Jr., District 28

Joey Hood, District 35

William "Billy" Tabb, District 35

Gary A. Chism, District 37

Dana Underwood McLean, District 39

Jeffrey C. "Jeff" Smith, District 39

Ashley Henley, District 40

Francis J. Miller, District 40

Charlie Roberts, District 40

Loyd B. "Rob" Roberson, District 43

Scott Bounds, District 44

Karl Oliver, District 46

Dana A. Gwin, District 48

Jason White, District 48

Bill Kinkade, District 52

Vince Mangold, District 53

Kevin Ford, District 54

Philip Gunn, District 56

Bruce Bartley, District 58

Joel Bomgar, District 58

Brent Powell, District 59

Fred D. Shanks, District 60

Sheila G. Maulding, District 61

Gene Newman, District 61

Michael Sartor, District 61

Randall Stephens, District 61

Tom Weathersby, District 62

Bill Denny, District 64

Amile Wilson, District 64

Jon Pond, District 68

Johnny Black , District 73

Jill Ford, District 73

Lee Yancey, District 74

Vance Cox, District 75

Price Wallace, District 77

Randal "Randy" Rushing, District 78

Mark K. Tullos, District 79

Stephen A. "Steve" Horne, District 81

Billy Adam Calvert, District 83

Greg Snowden, District 83

William E. Shirley, Jr., District 84

Troy Smith, District 84

Shane Barnett, District 86

William E. "Billy" Andrews, III, District 87

Trey Harvison, District 87

Ricardo Mussiett, District 87

Joseph "Bubba" Tubb, District 87

Christopher S. Hodge, District 88

Ramona Q. Blackledge, District 88

Gary Staples, District 88

Donnie Scoggin, District 89

Noah L. Sanford, District 90

Becky Currie, District 92

Timmy Ladner, District 93

Nancy Depreo, District 95

Jay McKnight, District 95

Robert Dambrino, District 95

Patricia H. Willis, District 95

Sam C. Mims, V, District 97

Bill Pigott, District 99

Ken Morgan, District 100

Gary L. Grist, District 101

Kent McCarty, District 101

Steven Utroska, District 101

Daniel Waide, District 101

Andrew Waites, District 101

Missy Warren McGee, District 102

Larry Byrd, District 104

Matt Brewer , District 105

Dale Goodin, District 105

Roun S. McNeal, District 105

John Glen Corley, District 106

Greg Holcomb, District 106

Jansen Owen, District 106

Ben Winston, District 106

Doug McLeod, District 107

Stacey Hobgood Wilkes, District 108

Manly Barton, District 109

Joshua Hardy, District 109

Charles Busby, District 111

John O. Read, District 112

Henry "Hank" Zuber, III, District 113

Kenenth A. Fountain, District 114

Jeffrey S. "Jeff" Guice, District 114

Richard "Rich" H. Westfall, District 114

Randall H. Patterson, District 115

Casey Eure, District 116

Kevin W. Felsher, District 117

Greg Haney, District 118

John McCay, District 118

Richard Bennett, District 120

Carolyn Crawford, District 121

Brent Anderson, District 122

Janis Triplett Patterson, House District 3

Jimmy Wayne Russell, House District 3

John Faulkner, House District 5

Carl Robinson, House District 5

Jacqueline Simon, House District 5

Zelda Hill, House District 7

Theresa Gillespie Isom, House District 7

Cedric “Bam Bam” Burnett, House District 9

Christopher Thomas, House District 9

Marilyn L. Young, House District 9

Amanda Campbell, House District 10

Bobby E. Dailey, House District 10

Nolan Webb, House District 10

Lataisha Jackson, House District 11

Tiffany Kilpatrick, House District 12

Pamela J. Denham, House District 13

Pat Montgomery, House District 15

Rickey W. Thompson, House District 16

Cathy Grace, House District 17

Jon Lancaster, House District 22

Harold D. Harris, House District 25

Orlando W. Paden, House District 26

Kenneth Walker, House District 27

Matt Williams, House District 28

Abe Marshall Hudson Jr., House District 29

Anthony Pierre Jackson, House District 29

Robert Earl Huddleston, House District 30

Tracey T. Rosebud, House District 30

Otis L. Anthony, House District 31

Jeanette Knighten-Washington, House District 31

Tavarris K. Cross Sr., House District 32

Solomon Curtis Osborne, House District 32

Thomas U. “Tommy” Reynolds, House District 33

Kevin Horan, House District 34

Jimmy L. Davidson, House District 36

Tyler K. Doss, House District 36

Karl Gibbs, House District 36

Cheikh Taylor, House District 38

Lisa Wynn, House District 38

Hester Jackson McCray, House District 40

Kabir Karriem, House District 41

Dirk T. Dickson, House District 42

Carl L. Mickens, House District 42

Michael Ted Evans, House District 45

Bryant Clark, House District 47

Willie L. Bailey, House District 49

John W. Hines, Sr., House District 50

Earth L. Robinson, House District 50

Rufus E. Straughter, House District 51

Rita Wilkinson Goss, House District 53

Oscar Denton, House District 55

Vicki Slater, House District 56

Edward Blackmon Jr., House District 57

Michquel McCullough, House District 57

Deborah Butler Dixon, House District 63

Stephanie Foster, House District 63

Machelle Shelby Kyles, House District 63

Shanda M. Yates, House District 64

Chris Bell, House District 65

Jarvis Dortch, House District 66

Earle S. Banks, House District 67

Jordon Hillhouse, House District 68

Lonnie Holmes, House District 68

Natarsha Lindsey, House District 68

Zakiya Summers, House District 68

Cassandra Welchlin, House District 68

Alyce Griffin Clarke, House District 69

William R. “Bo” Brown, House District 70

Tammy Cotton, House District 70

Kathy Sykes, House District 70

Edelia J. Carthan, House District 71

Ronnie Crudup, Jr., House District 71

Shabaka Keshun Harrison, House District 71

Stephanie Skipper, House District 71

Debra Gibbs, House District 72

Felicia Tripp House, District 72

Gayle Walsh Massey, House District 73

Jason McCarty, House District 74

Tom Miles, House District 75

Gregory L. Holloway Sr., House District 76

Joe C. Bradford, House District 78

Omeria Scott, House District 80

Charles C. Young Jr., House District 82

Jeffery Harness, House District 85

R. Easterling, House District 90

Bob Evans, House District 91

Robert L. Johnson III, House District 94

Aisha A. Sanders, House District 96

Ben Thompson, House District 97

Tasha Dillon, House District 98

Daryl L. Porter, Jr., House District 98

Brandon Terrion Rue, House District 102

Edward Hargrove, Jr., House District 103

Percy W. Watson, House District 103

Matthew Daves, House District 105

Jeramey Anderson, House District 110

Felix O. Gines, House District 115

Inez M. Kelleher, House District 117

Sonya Williams Barnes, House District 119

Jeffrey Hulum III, House District 119

Wendy McDonald, House District 122

Vicky Rose State House District 37

Josh Hawkins, State House District 10

Steve Holland, State House District 16

Troy D. Brown, Sr. State House District 32

Thomas McMillin “T-Mac” Howard, State House District 32

Toris Williams, State House District 32

Jessica Lofton Lewis, State House District t 36

Keith Dewayne Phillips, State House District 55

Gregory T. Riley, State House District 67

Roy May, State House District  84

Angela Cockerham, State House District  96

Mitch Ellerby, State House District  110

Tony Lawrence, State House District  114

Colorlines: Kiese Laymon wins Andrew Carnegie Medal, to give prize money to young Mississippians

Colorlines: The American Library Association honored “Heavy: An American Memoir”—Kiese Laymon’s account of growing up Black in Mississippi—with its Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction January 27. The author and professor announced on Twitter that he will donate the $5,000 prize money to youth in his home state. Read the Colorlines article and see Kiese Laymon’s Tweet here. In its news release, the ALA says the awards (Rebecca Makka was the announced winner of the fiction award) serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading. “It was an incredible year of reading and discussing the best books of 2018 alongside the dedicated and insightful readers on the committee.

Sun Herald: These are the 7 people who will help decide how the BP oil spill money is spent

The Sun Herald is reporting that “an advisory board that will oversee spending of BP oil spill recovery money is now set.” Read the complete story by the Sun Herald here. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ appointees:
Jerry Levens of Long Beach, retired partner at CPA firm Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre
Mark Cumbest of Cumbest Bluff, owner of Cumbest Realty
Gov. Phil Bryant’s appointees:
Ashley Edwards of Biloxi, president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Business Council
Moses Feagin, vice president and CFO of Mississippi Power
Becky Montgomery Jenner of Pass Christian, Workforce Development & Education Manager at Mississippi Power
Speaker Philip Gunn’s appointees:
Greg Cronin of Ocean Springs, president and CEO of Charter Bank
Jim Simpson of Gulfport, attorney for Long Beach city and school district and former state representative
Lawmakers in a special session last year determined that the Gulf Coast will get 75 percent of the settlement funds.