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"It just sounded like things were just flying everywhere and it was just big crashes," says storm victim Deeana Massie. "I looked out the window and it was just all black and I seen stuff flying everywhere."
Deeana Massie rode out the storm at home with her brother and sisters. Their house wasn't badly damaged, but the same can't be said of the family's barn. They consider it a total loss.
"The barn is down," says storm victim Shelia Cato. "There's trees down all over the place. So it's just devastating to see, but this is the 2nd time I've been through this on this hill over here."
Dozens of trees were downed, many of them already cleared away by members of the county highway department. This job will take some time. A single-wide mobile home is among the casualties, smashed like a toy by the tornado with winds of between 86-110mph. The only good news is neighbors say no one was living there. Pennie Sloan lives next door. The storm blew out the back of a workshop at her house.
"I couldn't believe it," says Sloan. "I was just happy it didn't hit the houses and stuff cause I have kids."
In neighboring Williamson County, lightning from the storm did minor damage to a couple of rooms at Fairview Middle School. None of the kids were hurt. The children in the affected classrooms were moved to the high school for a few hours as a precaution. The damage is easily in the tens of thousands of dollars, but residents say this storm didn't take anything that can't be replaced. This tornado actually first touched down in Humphreys County before going into Houston County and continuing East into Vanleer. It affected Humphreys and Hickman Counties as well.
Monday, March 18 2013, 10:42 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.