Coming Up on Newsleader 9 Morning

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Here are some of the stories we're following today.

Residents in Tennessee are bracing for the worst.  In fact, many have evacuated because of rising flood waters. The Mississippi River threatens to crest at 48 feet, just shy of the record, set by a devastating 1937 flood. It's expected to reach its peak Tuesday in the Memphis area.

The twisters that clobbered the South about a week-and-a-half ago killed hundreds, wiped out homes and also left emotional wreckage. As reality sets in, experts say some of them will experience grief, anger, anxiety and helplessness in the coming months. That's why a small army of therapists has been sent to hard-hit areas throughout Alabama. They've set up shop in mental health centers and emergency shelters.

It's graduation time in the area. Auburn University is holding commencement for the first time in decades, outside at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn High School Graduate and Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will give the address. Meanwhile, Columbus State's graduation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center. Synovus President and CEO Kessel Stelling, Jr. is giving the keynote address.

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