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Sometimes, when a local legend is told from one generation to the next, the story changes. Facts become opinions, characters become more than they ever truly were – eventually the story becomes a tale of fiction and folklore.

It was Lacey Kathleen Stringer Mills’ quest to determine her heritage that led her to the reality that she is a relative of Newton “Newt” Knight.

Eighty-four year old Florence Knight Blaylock and her sister Dorothy Knight Marsh are among the descendants of Newt (Newton) Knight who are looking forward to the release of the movie The Free State of Jones this week.

City of Laurel officials on Tuesday decided to delay any action regarding one of the city’s major industry’s request for a tax exemption.

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He still holds the record for career hits at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Now, he holds the job of head baseball coach at West Jones - the place where, for a nervous young boy, it all began.

When HGTV airs season one of ‘Home Town’ sometime early next year, there’s a very good chance viewers from Jones County will see plenty of familiar faces and places.

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