Thursday, February 19, 2009
Board revisiting issue with haulers
By SUE WATSON
While the Legislature is considering raising the weight limits for haulers from 84,000 pounds to 88,000, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors is considering either taking haulers who have damaged roads to court for compensation and/or requiring haulers to post bond before going into the field.
The measures would affect miners and wood cutters in particular.
Longtime city leader dies at 84
Memorial services for former Holly Springs Utility Department general manager Thomas Boone Jr. were held Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Boone died Valentine’s Day and was 84.
He was born and reared in Holly Springs, youngest son of the late Catherine and Thomas Boone Sr. He played football at Holly Springs High School and at Hinds Junior College before serving as a flight trainer in World War II.
Fire razes house
By SUE WATSON
Five fire departments responded to a fire at 278 South Red Banks Road Thursday at 4:34 p.m. The house was a total loss, according to Tracy Jeffries, fire investigator with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Jeffries said Kevin Clements had come home from work, put some food in the oven and was resting when he was awakened by the lights and television going off. He went outside to check the breaker box after the lights went out and when he reentered the house it was full of smoke, he said.
TVA says customers can expect savings
TVA announces a second consecutive decrease in its quarterly fuel cost adjustment for billing periods beginning April 1.
Because the fuel cost adjustment is a per kilowatt-hour charge, amounts that consumers will save depend on the amount of energy they use. While savings will vary across the Tennessee Valley, residential consumers can expect a decrease that ranges from about $4 to $9 in their monthly power bills. Retail billing periods for TVA power distributors also vary, so some April bills will include March usage at the lower rate.
Leadership program in place at Byhalia
By SUE WATSON
Students in the fifth through eighth grades at Byhalia Middle School are clamoring to be nominated for a new leadership program started last year at the school.
The group is named T.R.I.B.E. Leadership Council, which stands for Teaching Responsibility and Ingegrity By Example.
The Tribe is a community service group and the Leadership Council is chosen among students in that group who show leadership potential, said Kerry Reid, principal at the middle school.
Police respond to burglaries
Holly Springs police officers investigated several reports of burglary and an auto theft for the week ending February 17, according to chief Robert Pearson.
A 1995 dark green Infiniti 130 was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Woodward on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The vehicle’s owner said it was last seen Monday, Feb. 9, around 11 p.m. Tuesday morning he awoke and noticed the car missing.
Byhalia police go to 28 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 28 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 6; motor vehicle accidents, 4; disturbances, 1; thefts, 1; escorts, 2; animal-related calls, 1; juvenile-related calls, 1; assists, 1; medical assistance, 3; fires, 1; miscellaneous calls, 7.
Byhalia police officers also made seven arrests during the past week.
Childers announces open house
Congressman Travis Childers will hold an open house at the Hernando District Office on Thursday, Feb. 19, for residents of DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Tate, and additional surrounding counties.
Constituents will have the opportunity to talk with the congressman and members of his staff, including Ella Jean Whalen, field representative in the Hernando office.
The open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The office is located on the east side of courthouse square, 2564 Hwy. 51 S., Hernando.
One dies in accident
By BARRY BURLESON
A Massachusetts woman was killed early Sunday morning in an accident on Highway 72 in Marshall County.
Coroner James Richard Anderson and Sgt. Leslie White with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said Renee J. Poirier, 22, of Lunenburg, Mass., was driving a 1994 Lexus eastbound that left the highway and struck a tree. Anderson said she was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident happened 100 yards west of Lake Hill Road, a few miles from the Tennessee line, at about 3:49 a.m. The accident remains under investigation.
Officials attend conference
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, alderman Russell Johnson and city clerk Belinda McDonald recently attended the Mississippi Municipal League’s 2009 Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson.
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