Fire unit to get grant

WASHINGTON - The Holly Springs Fire Department has been awarded $426,600 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran said the funds were made available as part of FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

AFG grants aim to enhance firefighters' response capabilities to fires and other hazards. The grants enable fire departments and emergency organizations to fund or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs and buy equipment and response vehicles.


Bust yields 22 pounds of pot

HOUSTON - NEMS Narcotics and the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department arrested one and discovered more than 20 pounds of marijuana on a house call last week in the Thorn Community.

Authorities received information the CR 221 home was receiving suspicious shipments and obtained a warrant to search the house. There they found a box containing the marijuana in the home. Police say the marijuana was received in a shipping box by Juan Juarez, but the box was addressed in the name of Peter Johnson.

Police said the marijuana with a street value of $35,000 was wrapped in several layers of plastic. Juarez was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana, more than a kilo. He was arraigned last Wednesday and bond was set at $100,000. Juarez remained in the county jail and was expected to be released to representatives from the Department of Immigration.

Daily Journal, Chickasaw Journal

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