Thursday, August 24, 2006
Local News Briefs
Steering committee formed to focus on growth, schools
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors and the board of trustees of the county school district met with the Industrial Development Authority board recently to discuss a comprehensive plan for education, in light of the new growth taking place in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
IDA executive director Bill Renick said the main outcome of the meeting was the formation of a steering committee.
“The steering committee is hopefully going to recommend that a consultant be brought in to help develop the plan,” Renick said.
With new growth in the northern districts of Marshall County, particularly industrial and residential growth in and around the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park and the Byhalia area, leadership has to make plans for education, including the location and construction of new schools, Renick said.
Anyone interested in sharing ideas should contact the steering committee members - Renick, county school superintendent Don Randolph or Larry Hall.
Elderly man dies in fire Monday night at Potts Camp
A house fire claimed the life of an elderly Potts Camp man, Monday night, according to J.J. Pruitt, chief of the Potts Camp Fire Department.
The victim, 89-year-old Russell Hill of 30 Mulberry Street, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:32 p.m., Aug. 21, by Marshall County Coroner John Garrison.
The alarm call came at 8:08 p.m., Pruitt said, with Potts Camp Fire Department providing three trucks, Waterford Fire Department providing one truck and Holly Springs Fire Department bringing two trucks.
Approximately 40 firefighters answered the call and the fire was brought under control after about an hour and a half, Pruitt said.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Tuesday by Lt. Tracy Jeffries with Marshall County and the district fire investigator for the state.
State fire investigators are called in to assist anytime there is a death in a structure fire, Jeffries said.
Firefighters remained until about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday fighting blaze-ups, Pruitt said.
“The fire was real difficult to get under control,” Pruitt said. “The fire gutted the house, the house fell in on the back side, and the house is considered a total loss.”
Pruitt said the structure was an old wood-frame style house estimated by community members to be about 60 years old.
There were a number of other occupants in the home who escaped from the burning structure, Jeffries said.
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