The Dispatch: EMCC names new president

The Dispatch: East Mississippi Community College has announced its new president. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president of economic and community development at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, will assume the position early next year, according to an EMCC news release issued Wednesday afternoon. Read the complete Dispatch article here.

President to honor Elvis Presley in Medal of Freedom ceremony

President Donald Trump will honor Elvis Presley and six other noteworthy individuals tonight with the Medal of Freedom. Read the USA Today story on the recipients here, along with vintage photos of the King of Rock and Roll. “Tupelo is the soul of Elvis. It really is,” actress Allyson Adams, daughter of late Academy Award-nominated actor Nick Adams, is quoted saying in a Mississippi Today article last year. https://mississippitoday.org/2017/06/10/elvis-may-have-left-tupelo-but-his-soul-stayed-there/

Political scientist Fletcher McClellan said to NPR: “This is a fascinating way to find out what is important to a president.”

Listening sessions kick off Alcorn State’s presidential search

The Mississippi board of trustees want to hear from the campus community what qualities and qualifications they want in the next president of Alcorn State University. The state board of trustees have scheduled listening sessions Tuesday, Oct. 2 on the ASU campus. Former ASU president Al Rankins was appointed to oversee Mississippi’s college board earlier this summer – becoming the first African American to be named Commissioner of Higher Learning for the state. Dr. Donzell Lee is currently serving as the interim president.

Two police officers killed in the line of duty in Brookhaven

Two Mississippi police officers were killed Saturday morning in Brookhaven. Officials say James White, 35, and Zach Moak, 31, were killed after answering a call of gunshots fired. They were killed in an exchange of gunfire that also left the suspect wounded. Gov. Phil Bryant later tweeted: “Let us all pray just now for the family and loved ones of these fallen heroes. May the Good Lord hold them in his everlasting arms.”

Read the complete story as reported by the Clarion Ledger  here.