Thursday, June 9, 2005
Local News Briefs
reelected; Byhalia, Potts Camp pick aldermen
In Potts Camp, Mayor Jimmie Collins was re-elected to a third term. In Byhalia, Mayor O.R. Scooter Dempsey was unopposed.
The vote totals released Tuesday night follow. The top five vote-getters in the Byhalia and Potts Camp alderman races are elected.
Town of Byhalia
unemployment drops to 8.0; Benton at 8.7
The 6.3 percent April unadjusted rate was down from 7.0 in March but 1.2 points higher than Aprils 5.1 percent a year ago.
Twenty-seven counties reported unemployment rates equal or less than Mississippis rate with DeSoto holding the lowest rate of 4.1, followed by Rankin County with 4.2 percent.
Only eight counties posted double-digit unemployment rates, with Jefferson taking the lead at 12.5 percent and Noxubee and Issaquena counties following close behind at 11.4 percent and 11.0 percent.
Marshall Countys rate was 8.0, down from 8.5 in March. Benton Countys was 8.7, down from 9.9.
Area meeting June 16 in Holly Springs
The presentation will be made in Holly Springs at City Hall on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m.
The meetings, which are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the CREATE Foundation, are designed to educate elected officials, community organizations, the business sector and the public about the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area initiative. The presentations will provide an overview, cover key findings from a study examining the potential economic benefits of the heritage area and highlight strategies for developing the area.
There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. Contact Ken Bain at 662-287-4006. Visit www.mshills.org.
(662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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