Thursday, January 8, 2009
Legislature faces money matters
By BARRY BURLESON
The Legislature reconvened in Jackson Tuesday for a new session with budget concerns headlining the agenda.
Sales tax revenues have taken a tumble, Sen. Bill Stone said, and that will mean hard choices in the budgeting process.
“Some 4,600 state agency jobs that have been open for more than two months are frozen in a move that is expected to save more than $79 million,” he said.
John Wayne on horseback
By LINDA JONES
“I like to be on the road most days by 8:30 (a.m.) or so.”
John Wayne Haynes, 55, is moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But he’s not using a U-Haul to move his belongings.
John Wayne, as he’s called by most folks, is moving pretty much the same way the “real” John Wayne might have moved – on horseback with a pack horse coming along behind him.
Board retains personnel
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors dealt with a light agenda Monday to open the new year.
First up was board appointments for 2009.
The following were unanimously reappointed to their positions – Larry Hall, county administrator and road manager; Kent Smith, board attorney and public defender; Susie Hill, comptroller; Elliott and Britt, county engineering firm; Stacey Norman, E-911 coordinator; Monet Autry, justice court clerk; Conway Moore, zoning commissioner; Etherlene Jones, veterans coordinator; Hugh Hollowell, fire coordinator and emergency management coordinator; Kay Brownlee, inventory clerk; Terry Jackson, purchase clerk; Renea Reed, receiving clerk; and Tracy Jeffries, arson investigator. The arson investigator is a joint appointment between the board of supervisors and the sheriff, which Kenny Dickerson also approved.
New Rescue 7 boosts life-saving efforts
By BARRY BURLESON
They’re on call 24-7. They must be ready every second. Their top goal is to save lives. And they must have the proper tools to do their jobs.
For the Holly Springs Fire Department, a new Rescue 7 vehicle has greatly boosted that effort.
“With the old vehicle, we couldn’t carry some of our necessary equipment,” said chief Kenny Holbrook. “Now we can get all the equipment to the scene in a short time frame. That’s the biggest benefit. It’s just a big tool box on wheels.”
Police investigate burglaries
The Holly Springs Police Department is investigating some recent burglaries.
A commercial burglary was reported in the 300 block of South Maury on Tuesday, Dec. 30. A 27-inch Sanyo color television was stolen.
Still time to join leadership class
Leadership Marshall 2009 kicks off in just two weeks but there’s still time to participate.
Organizers of the program urge businesses, industries and elected officials to select employees to enroll in the program. Individuals who are retired or who want to hone their leadership skills are also invited to enroll.
Byhalia police go to 21 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 21 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – two alarm calls, one disturbance, one domestic call, three escorts, two animal-related calls, two assists, three medical assistance calls, one fire and six miscellaneous calls.
Byhalia police also made eight arrests during the week.
Ole Miss chancellor announces retirement
Some University of Mississippi employees wept Tuesday morning when their chancellor of 14 years, Robert C. Khayat, told them of his plans to retire June 30.
“Having reached the ripe old age of 70-plus, it is time for me to retire,” Khayat said. “I do so with a heart filled with gratitude to the thousands of people who support our university. I leave with an abiding affection for the people and the school, and with confidence that this university will continue to provide the quality programs so vital to our state and region.”
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