February 12, 2009
There was a lot of commotion Friday around 2 p.m. on Highway 7 South, down from the Sports Corral.
A controlled burn of grass and brush behind a mobile home in Lillie Cove was picked up by high winds, which transferred the fire to the little white house on the hill, according to Rodney Crane, assistant fire chief of the Holly Springs Fire Department. From there the fire spread to the hillside near the Sports Corral, he said.
Law enforcement serves 38 warrants
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from Benton and Tippah County, and other city, federal and state law enforcement personnel participated in a massive round-up Friday, Feb. 6, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Thirty-eight suspects were arrested and face drug-related, burglary or grand larceny charges.
officials not running for reelection
• Carrington 30 years in Byhalia
“I am an official Byhalian! I was born here and have lived here all my life,” Bob Carrington said proudly.
Carrington, who first became a Byhalia alderman in July 1969, is retiring from political life this year.
“The Legislature said that no bankers, etc., could be aldermen, so I filled someone’s unexpired term,” he said about his start in public service. “I served as an elected alderman the first time until June 1985.”
Carrington has served as Byhalia alderman for a total of 30 years.
• Collins 28 years in Potts Camp
Jimmie Collins has many fond memories from his 28 years in public office but the best come from the Potts Camp Town Park.
“My special interest has always been the park,” Collins said. “I’ve seen a lot of kids grow up there.”
He has served three terms or 12 years as mayor, and he will not seek reelection this year. Prior to that, he was an alderman for 16 years.
He related a story told to him by a parent about a child who came to the park and told his mother he wanted a hamburger. But the child changed his mind when he did not see Collins at the concession stand.
Tax picture not gloomy, Byrd says
The state of 2008 tax revenue collections in Marshall County looks good so far, according to tax collector Betty Byrd.
She reported on December and January tax collections to the board of supervisors February 2.
Presenting the tax collection data for 2007 as compared to 2008, Byrd is pleased.
“Friday (January 30) we handled 1,198 collections,” she said. “You think we weren’t rolling.”
Year 2008 transactions for December and January came to 18,981, up 192 over transactions for the same period last year, Byrd said. In terms of dollars collected, $14 million in taxes were collected this year as opposed to $11 million for the same period last year. Total 2008 revenues collected for December/January were up by $2.6 million over activity last year ending in January.
Police investigate burglaries
Holly Springs police officers responded to four burglary calls for the week ending February 9, according to chief Robert Pearson.
A work site was reported burglarized Monday, Feb. 2, in the 500 block of J.M. Ash Drive. Taken from the site were a Ramset nail gun, two DeWalt cordless drills, a DeWalt four and a half angle grinder, a Bostitch nail gun and air compressor, a Craftsman air compressor, one 28-foot extension ladder and two 100-foot extension cords.
Duncan says ID theft on rise
The best protection against identity theft is prevention.
“Watch your accounts,” Lynn Duncan said. “Monitor your credit activity.”
Duncan, a certified ID theft risk management specialist, was the guest speaker Thursday at the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She is a managing partner with ID Theft Solutions of America.
City talks bypass, Chalmers, more
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen is supporting Mayor Andre’ DeBerry’s push to get $2,500,000 for completion of the north Holly Springs bypass road.
DeBerry reported to the board that he had been to Jackson to meet with legislative leaders about the important need for the funding.
“The investment in the future development and prosperity of the region is contingent upon successful completion of this project,” stated a resolution drafted by DeBerry in hopes of the board’s endorsement.
It includes 2.5 miles of paving (from Highway 78 to Highway 311), plus access to 350 acres of developable industrial and commercial land.
Byhalia police go to 35 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 35 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 7; motor vehicle accidents, 1; disturbances, 1; escorts, 1; animal-related calls, 1; juvenile-related calls, 1; assistance, 7; medical assistance, 5; fires, 1; miscellaneous calls, 10.
Town of Byhalia police officers made two arrests during the past week.
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