Thursday, September 2, 2010
Letters To The Editor — Fire at Feathers’ home
To: Sheriff Kenny Dickerson
On Friday, Aug. 13, a little before 6 a.m., Ladaryl Odum (Marshall-9) was headed south on Hwy. 311 when he saw a house on fire on Joyner Rd. Odum radioed dispatch about the fire, which set in motion the Mt. Pleasant and Cayce Fire Departments.
At this time, Odum was able to get to the front door and check to see if anyone was at home, and by this time, the fire was starting to get pretty intense. After beating on the door several times, he finally got the attention of the homeowners and assisted them by getting them out of the house.
If not for the quick action taken by Ladaryl Odum, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Feathers would probably not have made it out of their house. I would personally like to commend Odum by going above and beyond the call of duty to place his life on the line to help save this family.
All too often, the little things go unnoticed by the men and women who help to serve our community. It is truly an honor and privilege to work with the men and women of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Slayden/Mt. Pleasant Fire Department
We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and concern for our parents during the loss of their home on Aug. 13. A very special thank you to officer L. Odum for rescuing them from the fire. Thanks also to the other responding officers and Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. May God richly bless each of you as we continue to give him all honor and glory. Thanks again.
The children, grandchildren and great-grandboys of Bro. and Peggy Feathers
Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly at the time our house was burning. Our earthly house is gone, but we did not lose our eternal home or our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. God has a plan in all of this, and He will reveal it in His time. Thank each one of you for all of your prayers, love and support. We appreciate everything you have done and continue to do for us.
Anyone passing Hill Crest Cemetery lately will have noticed the repair activity at the main gate. Long overdue, this activity is the result of a few very persistent ladies of Holly Springs. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
Before finishing the job, however, it might be a good idea to consider how the job will be completed, and how the gate will be used. I have heard people say that this gate and the gates on Center Street should be closed to vehicular traffic. It would be a shame to ban such traffic. These gates are wide enough for cars and are attractive and convenient entrance points for people wishing to visit the graves of loved ones. Only large trucks should be required to use the more utilitarian Maury Street service gate.
If we are worried about gate damage, there is an easy solution. Six-inch diameter pipes, seven feet long should be filled with concrete, painted black, and buried four feet in the ground (with three feet above ground) in line with each side of each gate (both inside and outside the gates). Anyone unable to successfully navigate the gate opening would damage nothing but his own vehicle, and would not be likely to ever repeat the experience.
Finally, I should like to suggest doing away with the iron arch over the main gate. This arch was not original to the gate, and is probably not more than about 20 years old. Its method of attachment marks it as a jerry-rigged afterthought. It should also be noted that if the arch had not been in place when the truck hit the west gate tower, the east tower would not have needed repair. It was the arch that pulled the east tower out of alignment when the west tower was hit.
The arch should be replaced with a Mississippi State Historical Marker set somewhere near the main gate.
Very truly yours,
Response to complaint:
In a recent article you stated there is an ethics complaint lodged against the county, i.e. Chuck Thomas and John Garrison are being investigated for having a “material financial interest” in handling their respective position of Marshall County Coroner.
I’m not sure I understand the reason for this complaint.
Does the position of coroner pay enough to eliminate the need for additional income to support a family?
If not a practicing physician, what better choice for coroner than someone affiliated with a reputable funeral home?
Does this county have a dedicated facility (a county morgue) to handle the issues involved with human demise? ...or is it left to the discretion of the coroner? Decisions often must be made at a moment’s notice and facilities/supplies must be available at all times. Automobile accidents, heart attacks and drug overdoses do not make appointments.
According to Thomas’ statement, all Mississippi counties handle these issues as he did. Are they being investigated? Are these two men being singled out? What about the practices of our current coroner?
Did our Board of Supervisors make any decisions as to whether it would constitute a conflict of interest? …or be in the greater good of this county for these elected officials to handle each situation to the best of their abilities?
Is there a specific procedure in place for this? Surely our supervisors saw fit to address this need when Thomas took office! …and to monitor his actions!
Did Thomas deal exclusively with Holly Springs Funeral Home during this period? …or did he also use other facilities (Brittenum)? …and what other facility did Mr. Garrison use?
Was this complaint lodged by a citizen who felt he/she had been unfairly treated (by both coroners?)? …by the Board of Supervisors who may now feel we taxpayers were overcharged? …by the IRS who is investigating everyone’s taxes to help pay for the stimulus? …by a rival funeral home? …or by someone trying to discredit these gentlemen for future political elections?
Will someone please be man (or woman) enough to step up and voice your complaint in person? It is very difficult to take an anonymous complaint seriously.
It doesn’t seem that our Ethics Commission is overly concerned (or prompt) in addressing this issue since they waited seven years (statute of limitations?) to lodge a complaint against Thomas and three years against Garrison.
Lots of questions...
Coroner is not an easy job - certainly not one many people can handle. Marshall County has been fortunate that both these gentlemen were honest, dedicated men who handled a heart-rending job with dignity and compassion for the paltry sum we paid them.
I personally would like to thank them for a job well done.
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