Local News Notebook

Eupora man sentenced for child porn possession

OXFORD — A Eupora man will serve 10 years in prison along with five years of supervised release for having child pornography, a federal official said.
On Monday, United States Senior District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. sentenced Timothy Rudolph Diaz, 51, of Eupora, for possession of child pornography in Oxford, Acting U.S. Mississippi Northern District Attorney William C. Martin said in a statement issued Tuesday. A jury convicted Diaz after a two-day trial in February on a one-count indictment charging him with violation of Title 18, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2256(8)(A), for knowingly possessing a computer containing images of child pornography, federal officials said.
Diaz has remained in federal custody since his conviction and returned there pending Bureau of Prisons facility assignment. Clay Joyner and Clyde McGee – assistant U.S. attorneys – prosecuted the case, Martin said.
— SDN Staff Reports

State unemployment climbs; county’s drops

The state’s unemployment rate rose just under half a point in July while Oktibbeha County’s dropped slightly, according to state statistics.
Figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Wednesday show 11.5 percent of Mississippians were unemployed in July, up 0.4 percent over June’s 11.1 percent. This equates to about 152,300 people. The state’s unemployment rate was 10.4 percent in July 2009.
The county’s unemployment rate went below June’s 12 percent to 11.9 percent for July. The most recent rate equals about 2,400 people.
The county to continues to have the lowest unemployment rate when compared to surrounding counties. The rates of the other counties, from lowest to highest are: Lowndes, 13.1 percent; Choctaw, 13.5 percent; Clay, 20.4 percent, Winston, 20.8 percent and Noxubee, 22.4 percent. Figures were released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
For July, only 21 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 11.5 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of July at 6.9 percent followed by Lamar County at 8.0 percent.
Twenty-four counties reported rates greater than or equal to 15.0 percent with four counties reporting rates greater than 20.0 percent.
Holmes County had the highest unemployment rate for July at 22.7 percent followed by Noxubee County at 22.4 percent.
— From Staff and Wire Reports