Thursday, January 3, 2008
Local News Briefs
Registration deadline nears for county leadership class
Leadership Marshall County 2008 begins with an overnight retreat January 24-25.
This is the fourth session of Leadership Marshall, which trains today’s leaders to become visionaries for the future of the area.
Class enrollment is set for about 30, with the enrollment deadline of January 15.
Participation in these classes has historically been diverse, including local elected officials, school administrators, business and corporate leaders and staff, bankers and individuals taking advantage of self-improvement and networking opportunities.
Monthly meetings will be rotated around the county. Those dates are February 28, March 20, April 17, May 15, with graduation June 19.
To sign up for Leadership Marshall County class, contact Sarah Sawyer in Byhalia at 662-838-8127.
In Holly Springs, contact Janet Jolley at 662-252-3541 or Susan Jordan at 662-252-2943.
Swearing-in ceremony Thursday for elected officials
All Marshall County elected officials are scheduled to take the oath of office Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the courthouse, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
Supreme Court Justice Chuck Easley will officiate.
The public is invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Newly-elected officials will serve four-year terms, through December 2011.
Marshall unemployment stands at 8.5; Benton’s 10.6
As the months drop off for 2007, so does the unemployment rate for November. Once again, Mississippi’s unemployment rate continues to drop, recording 5.7 for the month.
It showed improvement over the 5.9 percent in October and the September rate of 6.1 percent, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced.
Thirty counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate of 5.7, with Rankin County recording the lowest rate in November at 3.7 percent, followed by Jones, Lafayette and Lamar counties at 4.0 percent. Clay and Jefferson counties posted the highest rates at 13.9 and 11.6, while only a handful of counties continue to post double-digit jobless rates.
Marshall County’s unemployment rate for November 2007 was 8.5, up slightly from the 8.3 for the previous month.
Benton County’s unemployment rate was 10.6, down from the 10.8 in October 2007.
Marshall County ranked 74th of the state’s 82 counties, while Benton County ranked 79th.
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