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Those closest to Mindy say there is no denying that much of her short life was filled with mental illness, alcoholism and substance abuse.
"I'm just like everyone else I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again" says Mindy in file footage from our Fox 17 archives.
But in all her brokenness, her friends say Mindy had a heart full of love.
"She had a way of reaching out and touching people no matter what she was going through that is one reason I've admired her" says Herndon.
Herndon was one of Mindy's closest friends.
Ty says he'll never forget the day they met back in 1996.
"This lady come running down hall, blonde hair bouncing, gave me a hug and said guess what we are gonna be friends for life and we have been friends for life."
Ty says that is how he will remember his dear friend.
Nashville socialite Brent Young says he too will focus on the way she once lived, not the way she died.
"Mindy did not take her life. It was the disease and illness she coped with on a daily basis. That is what took her life" says Young.
Brent has shared a lot with Mindy - even her darkness.
He chatted with me by phone from a long term recovery program, where he is pulling his own life back together.
Brent says he talked to Mindy just last week when she was actually offering him words of encouragement. "That is how she was. She was always thinking of others." says Young.
Despite the haunting details of her death. Mindy's friends want people to know she was a good person.
"She always wanted to help everyone else but in the end Mindy could not help herself"
As they mourn they say they find peace knowing that heaven now has ten thousand and one.
"She was an angel, an angel to me and those that knew her well"
Tuesday, February 19 2013, 03:53 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.