February 3, 2011
Tagert elected transportation commmissioner
Mike Tagert of Starkville was the winner in Tuesday’s special election for Northern District transportation commissioner.
Unofficial results show Tagert received approximately 53 percent of the vote over the 33-county district. His runoff opponent was John M.M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit.
Turnout was low – with just under 40,000 voting districtwide.
Tagert, who carried 23 of the 33 counties, will fill the seat left vacant with the November 1, 2010, death of Bill Minor of Holly Springs. He will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term.
The Northern District election commissioner position will be on the ballot in state elections this year, with the winner serving a four-year term.
In Marshall County Tuesday, the turnout was extremely low. Caldwell was the leading vote getter. He received 615 votes, according to unofficial totals, to Tagert’s 379.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information in a number of burglaries and in the possible arson of hay stored in a barn, said sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Suspects are being sought in the possible arson of 320 round bales of hay in a barn at Blackwater Creek Ranch at 2034 Blackwater Road, the sheriff said. An estimated $16,000 worth of hay was destroyed in a fire January 23 that was reported around 9:30 p.m.
Direct deposit revisited
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry sent a letter to city employees who are paid weekly to take the pulse of whether they want direct deposit of their payroll checks.
He informed the board of alderman of his poll at a meeting in January.
Schools plan for make-up days
Although the boards of trustees for the school districts may have not yet acted, administrators are crafting plans for scheduling make-up days for those missed due to snow.
Don Randolph, superintendent of the Marshall County School District, said all the schools so far have six snow days to make up. H.W. Byers school has two additional days to make up for when the school was closed at the beginning of the school year to check on equipment in the cafeteria.
Brown remembers Powerhouse
With renewed interest in restoration of the historic police station and Powerhouse on East Falconer by Holly Springs Main Street, John Dabney Brown tells some of the uses of the structures he remembers.
Brown, 91, served as alderman and mayor for 32 years - mayor from 1985-1989, and alderman-at-large before then. He also served as fire chief at times, rotating with Bob Fant, and as interim police chief and interim manager of the utility department.
Field Trial Hall of Fame ceremonies set for February 12 in Grand Junction
Little did anyone realize in February 1991, that the small structure being dedicated as a museum for bird dogs in Grand Junction, Tennessee, would grow and prosper to such an extent that it is today a spacious, modern facility, and a destination for sporting dog fans from across the continent.
Police investigate assaults, shoplifting
Holly Springs police officers responded to 91 calls for the week ending January 30, up from 71 calls the prior week, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Calls included the following – miscellaneous, 46; disturbances, 6; assaults, 4; alarms, 10; funerals, 9; burglaries, 2; accidents, 3; fights, 3; medical assists, 1; domestics, 4 and 911 hangups, 3.
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