September 23, 2010
Former school worker guilty of embezzlement
State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a demand against Denise Gleeton, former secretary for the Intermediate School in Holly Springs. Gleeton pled guilty August 5 to embezzlement of $7,735.47.
During school years 2007-2009, $4,673.75 of activity funds was collected and receipted by Gleeton but was not deposited into the activity fund’s bank account.
“This guilty plea is a result of a joint effort by school officials and agents in our office,” Pickering said. “This account was made up of money from fund-raisers and in some cases, individual contributions by parents. These accounts must have the same checks and balances as any other school account to ensure that this money is spent on the appropriate purposes and is in the best interest of the students.”
Gleeton was hired as a school clerk in Holly Springs in 1995 and served as a secretary to several principals for approximately 15 years. She resigned on July 23, 2009. Gleeton has been sentenced to five years probation.
The total exceptions of funds equals $7,735.47, with $4,673.75 representing funds embezzled, $724.72 in interest expense and $2,337 in investigative expense.
White Oak Festival just few weeks away
The 29th annual White Oak Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, in downtown Byhalia from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entertainment will feature the Memphis Road Dawgs, the Merit Koch Band and more. There will be arts and crafts booths, food vendors, several contests and lots of fun activities.
To reserve booth space or for more information on the annual festival, contact Janice Wagg with the Byhalia Sports Association, 901-246-8843.
Byhalia police officers respond to 37 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 37 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 6; miscellaneous, 6; escorts, 7; disturbances, 2; animal-related calls, 2; motor vehicle accidents, 1; fires, 2; medical calls, 11.
Byhalia police officers made six arrests during the past week.
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