Headlines – 4/8/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 2003

The Panolian Headlines: April 8, 2003

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Official: Tri-Lakes Ambulance Operating Despite Manpower Loss
Ambulance service from Tri-Lakes Medical Center was shut down for 24 hours on Monday due to a lack of qualified personnel. Ambulance service should be back up and running today.

A Tri-Lakes Medical Center paramedic told county supervisors there was no hospital ambulance service operating Monday but hospital officials say otherwise.

According to paramedic Gracie Grant, there were not enough emergency workers available to man the ambulance service.

However, Tri-Lakes Administrator Richard Manning told The Panolian Monday afternoon the hospital’s ambulance service was operating.
But Grant told a different story.

"When I leave today, you will have no ambulance," Grant told the Panola County Board of Supervisors during a meeting at the Panola County Courthouse in Sardis.

"The reason I am coming to the supervisors is because the hospital board will not meet until later in the month, and this issue is getting nowhere right now," she said.

Grant told the board she had worked over 24 hours straight to make sure the county had ambulance service overnight Sunday.

"I can’t work 36 hours straight," she said.

Grant said one reason the hospital has a shortage of paramedics is due to lower pay than in the surrounding areas.

Supervisors Closer to Hiring Manager Over County Roads

The Panola County Board of Supervisors is right on track to hire a new road manager following its "first Monday" meeting.

County Administrator/Interim Road Manager David Chandler, who told the board last month he will resign the post when a new manager is hired, told supervisors there were eight applicants for the position.

Chandler is a candidate for chancery clerk.

"My suggestion would be that we narrow the field down to three or four before interviewing," Chandler said.

The new road manager will be more accurately described as the road department manager, Chandler added.

Explaining the statement, Chandler said there are some mandated changes coming to the road department that will require the new manager not being out with the crews working.

Civic Center Colors
Aldermen Hudson Still (l) and Bobbie Pounders hold up a display of interior seating, wall and flooring colors for the new Civic Center now under construction off Highway 6 East. The colors feature hues of tan and green and, according to architect Girault Jones, standing, there are "no Ole Miss or Mississippi State colors." The seating sections will be in alternating colors. The center will seat just over 3,000 people.

Permanent Home For Sardis/Como Boys, Girls Club
The Sardis/Como Boys and Girls Club has a permanent home following a recent meeting of the Sardis Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Boys and Girls Club representative Mike Dorr told the board the club wanted use of the northwest corner and the boiler room on the bottom floor and the Northwest quadrant on the second floor of the old Sardis High School Building.

"We have a tentative agreement drawn up," Dorr said. "It just needs the board’s approval."

Mayor Richard Darby, looking at the plans, asked if two rooms could be removed from the request.

"The rooms on the second floor," he said. "One was a teacher’s lounge and one was a storage room. Can those be cut out?"

Dorr explained the club had planned to used those rooms as an office and reception area.