Thursday, January 3, 2008
Planning for new term
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County’s local delegation - representatives Jack Gadd, Tommy Woods and Kelvin Buck and senator-elect Bill Stone - joined the board of supervisors in December to discuss legislative needs for the 2008 session.
Robbery suspect cornered, captured
By SUE WATSON
A suspect charged with armed robbery of the Citizens Bank of Barton was taken into custody Friday after a long standoff in Shelby County, Tenn., according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Elected officials noted for statewide leadership
By SUE WATSON
A number of elected local officials have contributed to state professional associations and activities over the years, something people like circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter and justice court judge Ernest Cunningham say is a thing of pride for the community.
Reception applauds outgoing officials
By SUE WATSON
A crowd of well-wishers said goodbye and thank you to four outgoing elected officials last week.
Job fair February 19
The Marshall-Benton Area Job Fair continues to recruit employers for the February 19 event in Holly Springs.
Anyone who is an employer with jobs or who knows of an employer with job opportunities is asked to register with the Governor’s Job Fair Network. Booth fees cost only $125 and include lunch, breakfast snacks and conveniences.
The fair in Holly Springs will be the fourth for the two counties and will kick off Gov. Haley Barbour’s job fair season for 2008.
Last year the job fair offered 235 jobs the day of the fair. Job seekers and employees have the opportunity to meet face to face.
“The job fair speaks for itself,” said Joe Bucker, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network. “If employers are not getting the applicants they need at these fairs, they won’t come back. They come back every year.”
The network served 1,000 employers and took 19,000 applications statewide last year.
Anyone who knows of an employer who has jobs, please contact the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at 662-252-2943 or the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 662-838-8127.
State oaths January 8; inauguration January 15
The 2008 session of the Mississippi Legislature begins officially at noon January 8 with the taking of the oath of office.
The second order of business will be to select the speaker of the House, who will determine committee assignments in the next few weeks.
Gov. Haley Barbour, the 63rd governor of Mississippi, will be inaugurated for a second term in Jackson at 11 a.m. on January 15.
United Blood Services issues urgent appeal for blood donations
United Blood Services announces it is extending its center hours due to an urgent appeal for blood donations.
Hours of operation are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood provider, is conveniently located at 4326 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo. Donors may call 842-8871 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make a convenient appointment to donate or to find a blood mobile in your area.
“Our blood drive schedule was very light during the last part of December because colleges and high schools were on winter break, and employers who sponsor blood drives were short-staffed as people took time off to enjoy the holidays,” said Harry Brown, executive director of United Blood Services.
“Many people have surgery scheduled after the first of the year. Now that the holidays have passed, the surgery schedule is full and the blood center shelves are not.
“These patients are relying on volunteer blood donors to help them return to health and to their homes and families,” Brown said.
Volunteer donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
“We encourage people to donate blood this week, to take advantage of the opportunity to give a gift that will make a real difference in someone’s life. The priceless gift of life costs nothing but about an hour of your time,” Brown said.
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