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Adam Lyons (from left) presents a Wounded Warrior Project shirt and hat to AutoZone's Tim Hamby and Terrell Hudson in recognition of the store's donation to the organization.
Adam Lyons (from left) presents a Wounded Warrior Project shirt and hat to AutoZone's Tim Hamby and Terrell Hudson in recognition of the store's donation to the organization.
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County will privatize trash collection
by Jebb Johnston
May 28, 2015 | 12 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trying to overcome a growing deficit in the funding of garbage collection, the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to privatize residential garbage collection. In a special meeting, supervisors approved a contract with Waste Connections at a cost of $5.98 monthly per household. The board had one other proposal from Alabama-based Arrow Disposal Service at a cost of $7.25 monthly per household or $8.25 monthly if trash carts were supplied to homes. Waste Connections’ proposal does not include carts. The company is set to begin collecting county garbage July 1. It already holds a contract for waste disposal with the county and manages the transfer station. In negotiations, the company agreed to take the last loads of the day directly to the landfill in Walnut rather than the county transfer station, which will yield further cost savings for the county through a lower tipping fee. Currently more than $800,000 in the hole on garbage collection, the county is dealing with failing garbage trucks and expects to lose the inmate labor to man the trucks. The county had bids in hand for new garbage trucks before choosing to privatize. “Right now, this is a better deal for the county,” said Third District Supervisor Tim Mitchell. Board President Lowell Hinton said he believes it will lead to a more professional service for county residents. The inmate labor has sometimes led to complaints. Representatives of Waste Connections said they offer the advantages of already having a team in place locally and the ability to easily pull backup trucks from surrounding areas if needed. Even with the expected cost savings to the county, the budget is still a concern. The county currently levies 4 mills for sanitation, and it was unclear as numbers were crunched during the meeting if an increase to the maximum allowed 6 mills would fully cover the cost of the contract for residential garbage collection and the existing contract for waste disposal and management of the transfer station. That is something the county will have to address in the upcoming budget process, Mitchell said. The contract includes a maximum 2 percent consumer price index adjustment annually. The company will offer jobs to the county employees who are involved in garbage collection. Waste Connections will use a smaller truck on secondary roads to help limit deterioration of county roads, and the company will offer an electronics recycling station free for county residents. The county has an estimated 8,450 households served by garbage collection. The board also received a brief update on the pending bond sale for the Crossroads Regional Park expansion. The preliminary projections are that the sale will yield about $5.5 million. The sale is expected to be complete early next week. Bids for the project are in hand, but the county has not awarded the contract.
Wounded Warrior Project receives local donation
by Steve Beavers
May 28, 2015 | 4 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adam Lyons (from left) presents a Wounded Warrior Project shirt and hat to AutoZone's Tim Hamby and Terrell Hudson in recognition of the store's donation to the organization.
Adam Lyons (from left) presents a Wounded Warrior Project shirt and hat to AutoZone's Tim Hamby and Terrell Hudson in recognition of the store's donation to the organization.
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Adam Lyons knows the importance of the Wounded Warrior Project. So does AutoZone. Lyons, a veteran of the United States Army, received a $1,000 donation on behalf of the veterans service organization from AutoZone during a brief ceremony on Wednesday. "It is an honor to be able to do this," said AutoZone District Manager Terrell Hudson. "We didn't plan it this way, but everything fell in place with it being around Memorial Day." AutoZone districts select a pair of charities to donate to every year. The Wounded Warrior Project and the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center were the two local charities to benefit this year. Corinth AutoZone Assistant Manager Tim Hamby came up with the idea of donating to Wounded Warrior. "Our company donates a certain amount each year to a charity and since I serve in the National Guard, I thought Wounded Warrior would be a good one this year," said Hamby, a First Sergeant with the Army National Guard in Booneville. Lyons, 26, and his wife, Nichole, appreciate the act of kindness. "It's a rough time when you find out you can't do what you are used to doing," said Adam Lyons. "Wounded Warriors helped me through the transition period when I got out of the military and it's a great organization." Lyons, who lives in Kossuth, spent eight years in the Army out of high school. He was wounded numerous times while in Iraq and Afghanistan, including being stabbed twice and blown up three times. "It (Wounded Warrior Project) really does work," said Nichole Lyons. "It would have been impossible without their help." John Rhodes, Commander, 66th Troop Command, Mississippi Army National Guard and American Legion Post 6 Commander Tommy Watson were also on hand for the ceremony. "I am tickled to be here," said Watson. "The American Legion is the face of veterans around here and it is our responsibly to look for guys who need assistance." Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a charity and veterans service organization which offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. WWP's vision is to "foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history" as it works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members, help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
District plans facility upgrades
by Jebb Johnston
May 28, 2015 | 4 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With school out, the Corinth School District plans to make some facility upgrades and do some sprucing up during the summer. A briefing on these projects before the district’s board of trustees also included talk of beginning to look toward a new baseball facility. The new softball complex on Proper Street was designed to eventually incorporate baseball. “We have a schematic drawing that shows the placement of the softball field and the baseball field,” said Superintendent Lee Childress. “We don’t have the detailed plans to go to bid with.” The facility already has a locker room for baseball, and weight room equipment has been ordered that will serve for both softball and baseball. The planned upcoming work includes renovation of the Corinth High School restrooms. The district recently solicited bids for the project, which will include new fixtures and hand-washing stations. A number of the electronic sensors in the stations no longer work. New carpeting is planned for the CHS auditorium, which will require removal of the seats. The auditorium will also see some sound and lighting improvements. The tennis courts will get new fencing, and the light poles will be sandblasted and painted. The district has a new landscaping plan for CHS that will include more monkey grass and less flowers in some areas for a greener, cleaner look, Childress said. The river birch trees will get some cleanup, and some new additions will include green velvet boxwood and some additional oakleaf hydrangeas. Shrubs planted in the parking lot islands that did not grow well will be removed and replaced with pine straw. At the middle school, the crepe myrtles growing close to the building between the window bays will be removed, and some Natchez crape myrtles will be planted between the building and the sidewalk that goes from the historic part of the school to the fifth- and sixth-grade rooms. The district is also looking at some painting and getting bids on new camera systems for the high school and middle school. The district is also getting ready for budget preparation with a public hearing to be held on July 9 during a regular meeting and adoption of the budget scheduled for a special meeting on July 21.
Death notices for Friday, May 29, 2015
May 28, 2015 | 185 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Earl Case Funeral services for Milton Earl Case are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial with Military Honors in Henry Cemetery. Mr. Case died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at home.
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