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  • Vol. 117, No. 260 Corinth, Mississippi 16 pages One Section

    ThursdayOct. 31, 2013

    50 centsToday75

    T-stormsTonight

    52

    Index On this day in history 150 years agoA new Union attempt to shell Fort Sumter into submission en-

    ters the third day. Though the fort is a mere pile of rubble, Con-federate defenders continue to hold out. The Confederate Naval Academy opens classes for 52 midshipmen aboard the CSS Pat-rick Henry at Drewrys Bluff, Vir.

    Stocks........8 Classified......13 Comics........7 State........5

    Weather........9 Obituaries........6 Opinion........4 Sports......10

    100% chance of rain

    Distracted drivers should be aware of their surroundings come this Friday.

    Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers will be on the look out for drivers who are driv-ing carelessly due to being distracted by cell phones, DVD players, GPS equipment, etc., according to MHP Public Affairs Offi cer, Trooper Ray Hall.

    We are going to have troopers on the road

    Troopersto targetdistrated area drivers

    BY JOSEPH MILLERjmiller@dailycorinthian.com

    Fire offi cials spent Wednesday morning examining the damage at two neighboring businesses hit by fi re the night before.

    Yellow tape sealed the scene at Ti-nas Treasures, 202 Highway 72 East, and neighboring Brileys as members of the Corinth Fire Department and a state fi re marshal investigated the

    scene at the former Howell Home Center property.

    Fire Chief Billy Lucky Briggs said it was too soon to speculate as to what caused the fi re, which was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The smoke and fi re damage is extensive in the sprawling building, which remained standing.

    When the fi rst fi re truck arrived, We had heavy smoke coming from

    the building, pretty much everywhere in the building, said Briggs.

    In addition to everyone on duty, the department called in off-duty fi remen and also any available vol-unteers from the county fi re depart-ments.

    Firemen faced a challenge of pin-pointing where to start and also of

    Cause of massive blaze goes under investigation

    BY JEBB JOHNSTONjjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

    A local optometrist has his eyes on the James Brown-lee Optometrist of the Year award.

    Dr. Michael Weeden has been a resident of Corinth for over 20 years and owns the Corinth Eye Clinic. He has been named a fi nalist for the James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association. The MOA presents the award an-nually to recognize signifi cant contributions to the profes-sion of optometry and the general public.

    It is a great honor for me to be a fi nalist for this award, said Weeden. A lot of my col-leagues, along with everybody else, is probably more deserv-ing of this selection than me but, I am excited about the opportunity.

    Weedens career resume and his volunteer work helps make for a strong case for this award. He serves on the MOA Executive Board, is a past member of the Board

    of Directors, and has served on several MOA commit-tees throughout his career. He is also president of MOA Northern Society and recent-ly created a newsletter, MOA Happenings, for society members. He is active in the American Optometric Asso-ciation and has participated in the AOA legislative, third party, and advocacy confer-

    ence for the last two years.This is a nomination deal

    by your colleagues who sub-mit folks whom they feel is doing something above and beyond the call of duty, Weeden explained. An awards committee looks at the submissions and then sends us a notifi cation with a

    Optometrist comes up for major awardBY JOSEPH MILLER

    jmiller@dailycorinthian.com

    SELMER, Tenn. A suspicious package sent to McNairy County Judge Van McMahans pri-vate offi ce on Wednesday afternoon prompted a quick response from law enforcement.

    The package was sent to his offi ce through the mail, but an examination of the package by of-fi cials discovered it contained only ink pens.

    Suspiciouspackage causes brief scare

    BY JEFF YORKFor the Daily Corinthian

    Tracy Lawrence has Corinth in his headlights.

    The country music artist, one of the most recognizable voices in the industry, is performing at the Crossroads Arena on Saturday.

    The Mink Brothers Band along with Kirk Chism and the Lost Highway are also scheduled to be part of the 7 p.m. concert.

    With such hits as Paint Me A Birmingham, Time Marches

    Country star Lawrencecoming to Crossroads Arena

    BY STEVE BEAVERSsbeavers@dailycorinthian.com

    Staff photo by Joseph Miller

    Jean Meeks (left) gets an eye exam from Dr. Michael Weeden at the Corinth Eye Clinic.

    Submitted photo

    Tracy Lawrence will be appearing in Corinth for the first time on Saturday at the Crossroads Arena.

    Staff photo by Steve Beavers

    Tinas Treasures (above) and Brileys suffered extensive damage from a Tuesday night fire.

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    intense heat. Tinas Trea-sures is a large space fi lled with items from different vendors in somewhat of a fl ea market style.

    We tried making ac-cess through the front, but you couldnt. It was too hot, said Briggs.

    The heat was held in and intensifi ed by the metal of the structure, which does not have a sprinkler system.

    We ended up cutting holes and making access to the fi re when we found out where it was actually at, said the chief.

    The fi re was deemed

    under control at about 9:30 p.m., and fi remen worked the scene until about 1:30 a.m. Several people gathered outside the business Wednesday morning as the investiga-tion continued. Through the broken windows could be seen the sooty antiques, collectibles and

    other fare not destroyed by the fi re. Brileys, a wholesale store, appeared to have mainly smoke damage in its retail space.

    Briggs expressed thanks to the county volunteer fi remen who joined the effort.

    It was a tremendous help, he said.

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    This package received by the law office of Mc-Nairy County General Sessions Judge Van Mc-Mahan was examined by law enforcement Wednesday after the judges secretary be-came concerned it might contain dangerous mate-rial.

    Staff photo by Steve Beavers

    The investigation into the cause of a fire that damaged two Corinth businesses will continue for some time, according to Corinth Fire Chief Lucky Briggs.

    Staff photo by Steve Beavers

    A chair removed from Tinas Treasures sat outside the business following a fire that heavily damaged the building.

    Selmer Police Depart-ment Lt. Roger Rickman said the Jackson Police De-partments Bomb Squad was called to inspect the package later Wednesday afternoon. Rickman said the package arrived ad-dressed to McMahan with-out a return address. The offi cer was doubtful there was anything dangerous in the package.

    We are going to err on the side of caution and

    check out the package, Rickman said. We are not going to take any chances.

    The package was sent to McMahans Law Offi ce at 109 West Court Ave. in Selmer. McMahan is the McNairy County General Sessions Judge and also is a private practice attorney.

    McMahans secretary was alarmed because there was no return address on the package and thought there was something mov-ing and making noise in-side the envelope.

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  • Local/RegionDaily Corinthian 3AThursday, October 31, 2013

    Today inhistory

    Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2013. There are 61 days left in the year.

    Todays Highlight:

    On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Refor-mation in Germany.

    On this date:

    In 1795, English poet John Keats was born in London.

    In 1864, Nevada be-came the 36th state.

    In 1887, Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek was born in Zhe-jiang Province.

    In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

    In 1938, the day after his War of the Worlds broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed deep regret but also bewilder-ment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.

    In 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of s