Decembery 7, 2006
Local News Briefs
Holly Springs police seek donations for food drive
The Holly Springs Police Department will be accepting donations for its Christmas Season Food and Toy Drive at 440 N. Memphis Street through December 20.
The department’s goal is to fill as many food and toy baskets as possible for distribution to less fortunate families.
Donated, non-perishable food items and toys may be left in the boxes on the second floor of the police headquarters between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monetary donations will be accepted so that a ham or turkey may be included in each basket.
The police department urges pastors to call 662-252-2122 with information pertaining to families who may need a little extra assistance through the holidays. Police officers will deliver the baskets Dec. 21-22.
Special election Tuesday for Snow Lake mayor, alderman
A special election will be held next Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Snow Lake for mayor and one alderman.
Candidates for mayor are Laurie S. Pierpont and Walter F. Walls. Candidates for alderman are William R. Bledsoe and Robert E. Shears.
Voting will take place from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. at the Snow Lake Shores Community Center. Absentee ballots are now available at the office of the municipal clerk.
The special election follows the recent resignations of Snow Lake Mayor Morris Blake and Alderman Emily Koen over a conflict concerning the alleged release of the chief of police, Joy Cocke, and the hire of her replacement, Flake Farmer.
Unemployment rate down in state, Marshall, Benton
Mississippi’s unemployment rate decreased slightly from September’s rate of 6.8 percent to 6.6 percent in October, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced.
“Most counties reported unemployment rates that were similar to or lower than amounts in September, except areas affected by local layoffs,” said Wayne Gasson, chief of Labor Market Information. “Employment gains in certain manufacturing industries and in professional and business services contributed to overall improvement for the state.”
Thirty-four counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate with DeSoto and Lafayette counties at 4.0 percent and Lamar and Rankin counties at 4.1 percent, posting the lowest rates.
Clay County posted the highest unemployment rate at 15.7 percent with Noxubee and Jefferson counties close behind at 12.5 percent.
Marshall’s rate was 9.9, down from 10.4 in September. Benton’s was 11.1, down from 11.2 the previous month.
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