Tuesday May 22,
Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 123
Citizens don’t want bridge open or repaired
• Corinth, Mississippi • 18 pages • 1 section
Jail’s finances concern board
BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
County supervisors hear requests to improve roads on a daily basis. On Monday, the Board of Supervisors received a rare request for the opposite: not to fix a dilapidated bridge that has been closed for years on County Road 346 and to leave the road closed. Residents have noticed the surveying of property happening in the area, and a few attended the meeting to voice a request that the bridge not be fixed. District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms said funds are in hand for a bridge replacement project, and the county is looking at moving forward with plans. Samuel Wigginton said the community has enjoyed the lessened traffic and a safer environment for children since the bridge went out of use about eight years ago. He said it is also costing the county less to maintain the narrow road since it gets less traffic. “The community has been extremely thankful that it has been closed,” said Matthew Wigginton. “It had become almost like a race track in the area. It was dangerous to the people, dangerous to the children. It was not uncommon for mailboxes to be run over on a weekly basis.” County Road 346 is located northeast of Jacinto. The board took no action on the request. In other business affecting the 2nd district, Nelms is transferring a 1999 Sterling truck and trailer to the 1st district with $10,000 of the funds going toward repayment of the 2nd district’s debt to the 4th district. Nelms said he is making an effort to pay off the debt to the 4th district, even though it dates back to Danny Crotts’ time on the board. In a previous meeting, 4th district supervisor Gary Ross asked that the 2nd district begin to pay off the debt. Apparently only $10,000 was previously repaid on the $60,000 loan, which was made when the 2nd district could not pay salaries or bills.
BY JEBB JOHNSTON email@example.com
Photos by Amy Mercer
Kossuth High School baseball has hit mania level as the Aggies’ state championship game has been postponed to 4 p.m. Wednesday due to expected bad weather in the Jackson area. Kossuth tied the series vs. Southeast Lauderdale at 1-1 with a 9-3 victory on Saturday. Anna and Skylar Threadgill, wife and daughter of KHS Baseball Coach Daniel Threadgill, wish the team good luck with a send-off ceremony at the school last Thursday. Kossuth fan Jeff Bobo excites the crowd during Saturday’s game, while KHS senior Austin Emerson drums up support for the Aggies. The final game to determine the 3A state champ was first scheduled for Monday. Related photo, Page 2.
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors hopes to see more black ink on the ledger for the new regional jail facility. Irb Benjamin, consultant for the regional jail project, met with the board Monday to discuss concerns about the jail finances. “As we look here each month, even though it has gotten better, we’re still in the red,” said Board President Lowell Hinton. “We are concerned.” A breakdown of the numbers since September shows only one month, January, had a net profit. The most recent month, April, had total expenses of $385,686 and revenue of $362,650, for a net loss of $23,036. The toughest month was November, with a net loss of $195,980. But Benjamin assured the board that the start-up months are often bumpy due to unanticipated expenses, and the numbers will turn around with some management tweaks. “The fact that your cash flow appears a little jumbled up on the front end, that’s to be expected,” he said. “It happens to most every project. The important thing is we’ve got a 20-year contract to carry us with the cash flow and the inmates out there.” Cash flow is running about $380,000 monthly, including payments from the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the housing of state inmates. “During the course of the last six to eight months, we’ve been steadily incurring one-time expenditures that have kept your costs up,” said Benjamin. “Those one-time cost items have pretty much diminished. From this phase forward, you’re just maintaining your numbers and managing expense costs.” He said the project was made more complicated by some of the logistical challenges of combining different law enforcement agencies into a single facility. Also, inmates did not move to the facility as early as anticipated, and that Please see FINANCES | 2
Magnolia auxiliary honors volunteers BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnolia Regional Health Center Auxiliary recently held its annual meeting to honor volunteers who have attained milestones in their accumulated hours of service. “MRHC’s Auxiliary are better known as the ‘pink ladies’ or ‘khaki gents’ but to me they are ladies and gentlemen that exemplify the meaning of true volunteerism,” said Renee Bullard, MRHC Auxiliary Liaison. “It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to work with these outstanding volunteers.” Auxiliary member Barbara Wayne said Auxiliary members are willing to give their time to others in the community. They provide at least four hours a week to provide care and assistance at the hospital. What’s in it for the volunteers? Wayne said each volunteer receives personal goodwill from those they serve and the respect of the hospital staff. Also, they enjoy being with
people and contributing to the community. “Volunteers want to be connected to the people of our community and enjoy spending time with them,” she said. “They want to be part of the service that improves the health of the people in our region.” Auxiliary volunteers are honored yearly for their first 100 hours of service, then in 500-hour increments. Magnolia CEO Rick Napper paid tribute to the Auxiliary’s contributions. “For the thousands of hours put into their job, the Magnolia Regional Health Center’s Medical Auxiliary goes unrecognized for their hard work and dedication to our facility and patients,” said Napper. “We, as an organization, value their willingness to volunteer and give of their free time.” Auxiliary Service Awards for 2011-12: (100 Hours) Annette Griffin, Pat Newcomb, Gay Null and Ruth Ann Phillips; (500 Hours) Judy Fos-
ter, Peggy Osborn and Alice Prater; (1,000 Hours) Sandra Blackburn, Barbara Gray, JoAnn McDonald, Margaret Orem, Jannice Shadburn and Wanda Works; (1,500 Hours) Joyce DuQuette, Margaret Maness, Loretta Newton, Barbara Wayne; (2,000 Hours) Mary Coleman, Tommie Rafidi and Katheryn Samples; (2,500 Hours) Louella McDonald and Donna Orlick; (3,000 Hours) Charlotte Icardi; (3,500 Hours) Betty Smith; (4,000 Hours) Ruth Cook and Peggy Treadway; (4,500 Hours) Burlene Whirley; (5,000 Hours) Marilyn Easter; (6,000 Hours) Betty Hauser and Minnie Ulmer. The Auxiliary also elected officers for the year. They are: President, Lorettta Newton; President Elect, Linda Garrett; First Vice President, Joyce DuQuette and Dorothy Duncan; Second Vice President, Peggy Treadway; Secretary, Donna Orlich; and Treasurer, Pat Please see VOLUNTEERS | 2
Index Stocks........7 Classified......14 Comics...... 11 Wisdom...... 10
Weather........5 Obituaries........ 3 Opinion........4 Sports........8
Newly elected MRHC Auxiliary officers are (seated) Joyce DuQuette, Linda Garrett and Loretta Newton; (standing) Betty Smith, Pat Fowler, Donna Orlich and Peggy Treadway.
On this day in history 150 years ago Beauregard’s plan to attack north and east of Corinth is called off due to the inability of Gen. Van Dorn to get his troops into position. Van Dorn reports: “I have been delayed by bad management and stupidity of officers. I am sick with disappointment.”
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Things to do today Dollars for Dough
Grantham at 284-7498.
Papa John’s is hosting a “Dollars for Dough” today. Twenty percent of proceeds go toward Alcorn Central Elementary School. The classroom that raises the most money for their grade gets a free pizza party on Thursday, May 24.
Art show Several paintings by Dogwood Plantation resident Alice Prussia are on display at Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, 507 Cruise St., through May 31. A reception will be held Thursday, May 24 at the gallery from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Call 665-0520 for more information. On the web: corinthartistguild.com.
Senior activities The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry hosts a Wii sports class for senior adults on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. There is no cost to participate. Call the church office at 286-6638 to register or Kimberly
webpage at http://www. sam.usace.army.mil/ TennTom/GenInfo.html.
The Alcorn Welcome Center is observing Music Month in May. They will be displaying literature and have giveaways during the month. Stop in and pick up a Blues Trail map, blues museum literature for the state, music festival dates and more. The Welcome Center also has the Calendar of Events insert/brochure for Corinth which includes contact information for the Corinth Symphony Orchestra, Crossroads Arena, Corinth Theatre-Arts Crossroads Playhouse, Pickin’ on the Square and other general information.
A museum dedicated to the Battle of Shiloh and area veterans is now open next to Shiloh National Military Park. It is located at the intersection of state Route 22 and Route 142 in Shiloh, across from Ed Shaw’s Restaurant. The Shiloh Battlefield & World War II Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call Larry DeBerry at 731-926-0360.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bay Springs Site Office announces Old Bridge Beach and Piney Grove Beach are open for the season. The summer hours of operation will be daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For questions regarding recreational opportunities including camping contact the Operations Manger’s Office at 662-423-1287 or the
From now through June, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville will sponsor a free Zumba class at the Westside Community Center every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before the class begins -- no one will be allowed to enter after the class starts. For more information, contact Sergio Warren at 720-5432 or sergio.warren@bmhcc. org; or Susan Henson at 212-2745 or email@example.com.
Photo by Amy Mercer
Team spirit Kossuth High School baseball fan Anna Kate Gaines shows support for player Heath Wood during Thursday’s first state championship game in Jackson. The Aggies play for the 3-A state title Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Eighth-grade students improve science scores Staff reports
Daily Corinthian Pet of the Week The Daily Corinthian Pet of the Week is a female heeler shepherd mix named Cleo, who is around 1 to 2 years old and one of the best behaved dogs at the Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter. She is good on the leash and very laid back. She is a terrific dog who needs some love and a good home. For information about any adoptions, call the Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter at 662-284-5800.
Jackson schools get longer to meet standards Associated Press
JACKSON — A panel has given the Jackson city school system until Nov. 1 to comply with state rules on special education. The Mississippi De-
partment of Education had asked the state accreditation commission to revoke Jackson’s approval, in part because violations have lingered for years with little improvement until recent
months. However, the commission ruled Monday that Mississippi’s second-largest public school system could have five more months to fix accreditation violations.
Jonathan Enzor, Superintendent, Carroll Little, Owner
Eighth-grade students in Tennessee scored higher in science than they did two years prior, according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. About 28 percent of students in Tennessee scored at or above proficient in science in 2009, compared to nearly 31 percent in 2011, while the average scale score went up from 148 to 150. Tennessee ranks 32nd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in NAEP science results. Education commissioner Kevin Huffman said the upward trend was encouraging, since Tennessee’s new accountability model now measures science
benchmarks, rather than math and reading only. “I’m pleased with the direction our science scores are going,” Huffman said. “We certainly still have room for improvement, but we should all be proud of the gains our students are making.” Economically disadvantaged students in Tennessee also made big gains over their 2009 scores, jumping from an average scale score of 133 in 2009 to 139 in 2011. Emily Barton, assistant commissioner for curriculum and instruction for the Tennessee Department of Education, said the science gains show the state is headed in the right direction. “It is critically important for our students to have a strong background
in science education,” Barton said. “Through Race to the Top, we’ve invested a lot of money into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, so we’re glad to see our efforts paying off.” Students in Tennessee took NAEP between January and March of 2011. A representative sample of students from schools across the state is chosen to take a portion of the test. Because the same test is administered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, NAEP is a way to accurately compare academic progress across the nation. For more information on NAEP scores in Tennessee and across the country, visit http://nces. ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
accumulate for facility needs. “Every month, they put about $4,200 out of the revenue stream into the depreciation account,” said Benjamin. “They will do that until that account gets to be $500,000. That’s about 10 years. The purpose of this depreciation account is so that this jail never has to come back to the county for monies to do repair and renovations or retrofitting the facility. When the kitchen and air conditioning units goes out, this pool of revenue is there to cover those costs.” In the 13 years that he has worked with jail facilities, it has never been
necessary to ask a county government to dip into the general fund to pay for any jail needs, Benjamin said. The county is guaranteed monthly payment for 240 state inmates, whether that many are present or not. In the latest reported month, the county is billing the state $266,494.14 for those housed in the regional jail; $36,360 for work center inmates; and $33,725 for state inmates housed in the county jail. The Corinth Police Department pays $30,000 monthly to the county for the housing of city inmates.
the hospital); Escort volunteers (who distribute mail and flowers to patient rooms and assist ER staff by signing in patients); Craft volunteers (women who meet monthly to make hand-made items for sale in the hospital Gift Shop); and more. Proceeds from the Gift Shop fund the Auxil-
iary’s Scholarship Program, which gives grants of $850 per semester to eligible students going into the healthcare professions. The deadline to apply at the hospital front desk for this year’s Auxiliary Scholarship is May 31. For more information about the scholarship call 286-2272.
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resulted in running three jail facilities for a time, he said. Benjamin projects the facility will operate in the black within 18 months. Sheriff Charles Rinehart said it was anticipated during planning of the facility that it would take a couple of years to operate in the black. For now, “What we will do is reevaluate the staffing patterns, look at what we’re doing, where the cash flow is going,” the consultant said. The county has a reserve fund of about $800,000 for the jail, and a depreciation fund will
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Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club welcomes Jonathan Enzor as the golf course Superintendent. With 14 years experience, he holds a degree from MS State in Golf and Sports Turf Management. Previously, Jonathan held a Superintendent’s position at a golf course that was chosen number 1 public golf course in the state of Tennessee for seven years! He has extremely high expectations for course conditioning at Shiloh Ridge. Welcome Jonathan!
3303 Shiloh Ridge Road, Historic Corinth, MS 662-2 286-8 8000
Fowler. Organized in 1965, the MRHC Auxiliary continues to adapt its service to the needs of a growing health care facility. Auxiliary volunteers include desk volunteers (who give directions and room info to visitors as they enter
Correction The Tishomingo County Class of 2012 graduation is 8 p.m. Thursday in the school gym.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Deaths Sammy Darwin
IUKA — Sammy Darwin died Monday, May 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cutshall Funeral Home - Iuka.
Funeral services for Marie Adams, 86, of Corinth, are set for 11 a.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial at Pisgah Cemetery. Mrs. Adams died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at MS Care Center. Born Feb. 1, 1926, she was a LPN and worked for the Methodist Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Columbus Hospital. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Rienzi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Adams; her parents, Fred and Sarah Russell Davis; five brothers, Frank Morris, Gene Davis, Cleatus Davis, Leland Davis and Vewin Davis; and three sisters, Nelda Chaney, Minnie Mae Morrow and Earlene Grimes. Survivors include three sons, James Wilson (Linda) of Hawkensville, Ga., Jackie Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., and Larry Wilson (Teresa) of Jackson, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Hopper of Kossuth, and Mildred Powers of Corinth. Bro. Kenney McGill will officiate. Visitation is today from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Zoey Rayne Brown
A graveside service for Zoey Rayne Brown, infant daughter of Joseph D. and Megan Howard Brown of
Corinth, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hinkle Cemetery. Zoey died Friday, May 18, 2012, at LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born May 15, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Alex Ray Howard and J.B. Brown; and her great-grandparents, Will D. and Louise Fulcher. Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Alexandria Tucker and Chelsea Hill; her grandmothers, Geraldine Price of Corinth and Linda Howard of Ripley; and her great-grandparents, Pam and Johnny Smith of Corinth, and Alex and Sandy Howard of Corinth. Bro. Mike Snyder will officiate.
Funeral services for James M. Pannell, 79, of Corinth, are set for 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Forest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth. Mr. Pannell died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at MS Care Center in Corinth. Born May 29, 1932, he was a former Ripley resident, a member of First Apostolic Church and a retired factory worker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Mavis James Pannell, and one sister, Sue Rainey. Survivors include his wife, Annie Spillers Pannell of Corinth; one daughter, Patricia Taylor (Wally) of Blue Mountain; two sons, Dennis Pannell (Tracy) of Ripley and William Pannell (Tammy) of Kossuth; four sisters, Evie Sue Smith, Mazelle Thrasher, Dale Thrasher and Edith Hancock; and one brother, James Leroy Pannell. Bro. Dwight Massengill and Bro. Omega Hall will officiate. Visitation was Monday evening.
Marcella S. Pearson
Marcella S. Pearson, 91, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at her home. She was a native of Milwaukee and retired from Siemen’s Mfg. Company. Mrs. Pearson moved to Corinth in 2006 to be with her daughter. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and an avid bowler. She was a member of the The Gutter Girls, Thursday morning coffee league and was an active bowler until March of this year. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Pearson will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. James Catholic Church with Father Rich Smith Pearson officiating. Visitation is from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church. Services will follow later at Max Sass and Sons Funeral Home with burial in the Forrest Hill Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Pearson. Survivors include one daughter, Judith Nelson (George) of Corinth; four grandchildren, Kim Drews of Cudahy, Wis., Roger Jussila (Cinday) of Waukesha, Wis., Joseph Struck III (Amy) of Rhinelaner, Wis., and April McClendon of Corinth; great-grandchildren: Stacy Mills of Pensacola, Fla., Chad Holl and Curtis Drews of Milwaukee, Nathan Jussila, Mitchell Jussila, Amber Jussila, Brandon Jussila of Waukesha, Wis., Isabell Howell of New York, Abbigail Struck of Rhineland, Wis., and Allison McClendon of Corinth; great-great-grandchildren: Chloe Mills of Pensacola, Fla., and Elijah Holl and Madison Drews of Milwaukee. McPeters Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences: mcpetersfuneraldirectors. com
Student awards Several Michie School fourth through eighth grade students were recently treated to an academic reception. The purpose of the reception was to recognize their achievements throughout the year. Criteria for awards included, but were not limited to, grade point averages and writing assessments. Congratulations to these accomplished individuals.
Woodmen launch shoe campaign BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
Putting a new pair of shoes on a needy child’s feet is only a click away. The Modern Woodmen of America have launched a campaign on its Facebook page to provide shoes to needy children. The organization will donate $1 (up to $10,000) for each new fan on the page for Shoes That Fit until the end of the year. “This campaign ties closely to the mission of Modern Woodmen — to improve quality of life for members and communities,” said Jonathan Marsh, a Modern Woodmen representative in Corinth. “As a fraternal financial services organization, our members across the country work to improve communities and help people.
Marsh said donating to Shoes That Fit is an online version of the Modern Woodmen’s fraternal programs. Shoes That Fit is a nationwide organization which donates new shoes to schoolchildren in need. To date the organization has provided over a million new pairs of shoes and clothing items to schoolchildren in need across the U.S. In addition to helping young students, it also encourages people to get involved and volunteer at the local level. Modern Woodmen of America members coordinate fraternal programs throughout the country. Their fraternal assistance reached $26 million last year. The organization’s fan page is at www.facebook.
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com/modernwoodmen. “Like” the page or click on “Shoes That Fit” at the top to learn more about the campaign and view complete details. Local Modern Wood-
men representative Marsh has an office at 710 Cruise Street. For more information contact Marsh at 662-665-7904 or jonathan.marsh@ mwarep.org. J7NÂ<H;;Ã?DL;IJ?D= <?N;:Ã?D9EC; I H;J?H;C;DJÃFB7DD?D=