Thursday, September 27, 2012
Letter to The Editor
Let’s band together
Last week’s edition posted a letter regarding the high utilities bills in Holly Springs. Our bills have been running $700 plus for a few months now, with nothing changing on our part.
When you cannot afford to keep on your lights, there is a serious issue. I have looked and found a link to Jim Hood’s website. For those of you who do not know, he is the attorney general of the state of Mississippi.
Maybe if we all download the complaint form, fill it out and send it in, he will recognize there is a major problem with our city (which would not only just be at the utility department). There should be an investigation by someone other than those who get fed from our taxes and our bills paid in the city.
Someone needs to ask the serious questions to people above those in office here, as they are not willing to help the common person. I will say there is a super nice lady at the utility department (well, she is one of many) who would be willing to help, if allowed to do so.
She is very sympathetic and I can see why, especially if she lives in Holly Springs and has the outrageous bills everyone else seems to have!
It is such a pity that the economy is the way it is anyway. We certainly do not need to be price gouged by anyone. It would also be nice to know if certain businesses and certain people in town have ever gotten caught up on their utility bills, which date back years for some.
Our home is a modest one, not large by any stretch of the imagination. It is a very hard pill to swallow knowing that we have to give $700 plus a month for utilities that I swear we are not using.
It’s totally insane and not right. I have talked to people who live in other areas around here and their bills are nowhere close to what ours run here in town.
Here is the website if anyone is interested http://agjimhood.com/index.php/sections/consumer/complaints.
There is another link, http://agjimhood.com/index.php/contact, that you can fill out your email address, subject of your email, department which you need to receive the email and then space for you to type in your concerns.
I urge everyone who has an issue with anything related to our city government, utility department, etc., to get on one of those links and voice your concerns!
Preaching to the choir really does not do any good, but to make you feel better, you got it off of your chest. We need to band together and get to the bottom of this issue immediately before we are all begging on the street for food.
Thanks to everyone
Thank you for this opportunity to be able to publicly show our appreciation to all the sponsors, supporters, volunteers and the Town of Byhalia for the successful Sounds of Summer Music and Arts Festival. The weather broke that afternoon and it turned into a beautiful night at the Byhalia Walking Park.
We appreciate all of the vendors, attendees and participants. The bands that performed were a big hit with Papa Don McMinn & 3rd Generation, Prayznmor, Eddie Smith Band and the Davide House Band entertaining everyone.
In thanking, it is important to remember all who gave of their time, funds and service but it is difficult to remember everyone, as it takes so many people to make an event happen. The “behind the scenes” people know what it takes and it doesn’t just happen.
I wish to thank all the banner sponsors, with a special thanks to Northcentral EPA for the music, Citizens Bank for the Kids’ Zone, D & H Electric, Denise Stacks at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab, Rural Metro, Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, Byhalia Police Chief Gary Looney and officers.
Special thanks to Chamber president Leah Grant for chairing the event, coordinating the bands, the concessions and the many details involved. Thanks to Robyn Turner and Angie Turner for heading up the Kids’ Zone. It was bigger and better this year. The volunteers from the First Baptist Church in Byhalia, Fellowship Baptist and Byhalia United Methodist Church set up games in the Kids’ Zone. Also Blue Bird Acres for bringing their fainting goats for everyone to enjoy and learn more about this unique breed of goats.
New Chamber member A & J Waterslide and Bounce supplied endless fun for the children and a few adults with their slide and bounces.
Thanks to Janice Woods and Faye Woods for chairing the art and crafts vendors, and Mayor Malone, Teresa Turner, Helen Rayford, Renee Colburn and MUS cross country coach Joe Tyler and the Byhalia Police for organizing the 5K Family Walk/Run.
Thank you to Bill Kinkade, Clista Ash and Tassie Cox for working the beverage tent; Gene and Jan Sisk for helping with the sponsor tent and sky lanterns; Montie Hamblen and Laura Hamblen for the Kids’ Parade; Nathan Bien for coordinating the cornhole tournament; and Subs Etc. for providing gift certificates for the winners.
The Byhalia Lions Club pitched in as always, donating the stage for the band and helped with the admission gate. The Byhalia FFA was a huge help in the Kids’ Zone and with the launching of the sky lanterns along with the attending adults. Byhalia Middle School principal Landon Pollard and fianceť Becky, along with Chris and Jessica Smalley, brought smiles to the kids at the tattoo and hair spraying table in the Kids’ Zone.
Donations from the event were made to American Diabetes Association, Byhalia FFA and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. We appreciate the support and efforts of the many involved.
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