Headlines – 8/27/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Panolian : August 27, 2002

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Changes, support needed now


BATESVILLE – "If this hospital is going to make a go of it, we’ve got to have some changes," said Richard Manning, administrator of Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

"People in a position of helping others make decisions about health care will determine whether we have health care on a local basis," Manning said, "or whether we must bring someone in from the outside to run it."

With that simple, yet powerful statement, Manning summed up what he believes is the root of the hospital’s financial difficulties.

"If we can’t get some things going in the near future," he said, "the county and city will have to make some choices about the hospital’s future."

Tri-Lakes Medical Center is co-owned by Panola County and by the City of Batesville. The county owns 60 percent and the city owns 40 percent.

"One of the biggest problems the hospital faces," Manning said, "is that local doctors are not utilizing the hospital to the degree they should be."

Tri-Lakes Medical Center, a 70-bed facility, opened in April of 2001, a mere 16 months ago.

The $20,511,824 medical facility is 110,000 square feet in size and sits at the southeast corner of Interstate 55 and Highway 6 East in Batesville.

Funding for the medical center was secured with revenue bonds.

Manning said the hospital’s financial difficulties began appearing over the past several months.

"We lost four doctors this year," Manning said. "After that, we really noticed the affect financially."

City Promotions
Three City of Batesville employees recently received promotions. William Wilson (left) was promoted from the job of assistant gas superintendent to superintendent of the gas department. He will also serve as the designated operator. He replaces Buddy Douglas, who retired.

Todd Pittman, formerly a welder for the city, will now serve as the assistant gas superintendent.

John McCollum (right) was promoted to building inspector for the city. He formerly served as the city’s fire inspector.

County sits on earthquake fault


BATESVILLE – Little is known about the White River Fault Zone, but you can bet that Panola County Civil Defense and E-911 Director Son Hudson will make certain Panola Countians learn what is known about it.

Hudson has been working with three earthquake experts from The University of Mississippi, learning as much as he can about the quakes that have occurred along the White River Fault Zone.

ND opens season with 35-0 shutout


ROSSVILLE – The North Delta Green Wave football season got off to a great start when they shutout Rossville Rebels 35-0 in the season opener, Friday, August 23.

North Delta rushed for 312 yards and had 19 passing yards. Rossville was held to a negative 21 yards rushing and had 54 passing yards.

A large crowd traveled the one and a half hour drive to see the Green Wave take the field for the first game of the 2002 season.

The Green Wave team came out with a lot of energy even though it was hot and muggy. The ground was wet from the rain that Rossville had a few hours earlier, but that didn’t affect the Green Wave players. The Green Wave took the field with all new white uniforms with green numbers and green helmets.