Late Thursday outbreak update from the AP

Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 290 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.


Roundup of coverage, photos from deadly storms

Links to storm coverage of the deadly severe weather that has plagued Mississippi for two days.

Former DJ publisher quits Tupelo schools post

Citing weakness in the culture and leadership of the district’s Central Office, former Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal publisher Billy Crews resigned Thursday after less than four months as chief operating officer for the Tupelo school system.

Crews emailed all district employees early Thursday morning to tell them he intended to leave the position he had held since Jan. 1. After meeting with interim Superintendent David Meadows on Thursday morning, Crews made his resignation immediate.

Marks newspaper sold

The century-old Quitman County Democrat has been sold to new owners in Batesville. Mrs. J.B. Fleming, longtime editor and publisher, made the announcement in the April 14 edition of the weekly newspaper.

New owners are Bill and Carol Knight. The sale was completed April 1.

Carol Knight is a former staffer at The Panolian. Bill Knight is employed as an accounting manager for Stringer International in Clarksdale.

“Bill and Carol are talented, hard-working people,” Fleming said in making the announcement. “We are in perfect agreement that this newspaper shall continue the tradition of community journalism and service. Every person who walks through the door will be treated with dignity and courtesy.”

Mrs. Fleming has been the sole owner of the newspaper since the death of her husband, John Fleming, in 2009.