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Headlines – 7/22/2003

Panolian Headlines: July 22, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 7/22/03  issue of The Panolian


Shake Up at Tri-Lakes …
Administrator Resigns; New One Hired
    
Dr. Bob Corkern (l) is the new administrator of Tri-Lakes Medical Center and Ray Shoemaker has been tapped to fill the new post of chief operation’s officer.
 
    
BY KATE B DICKSON
EDITOR

A shake-up at Tri-Lakes Medical Center has a new administrator in place and plans have been unveiled that are designed to beef up patient care while putting the hospital on secure financial footing.

Though his resignation has not reached the effective date, Richard Manning has stepped down as administrator and has been replaced by Dr. Bob Corkern.

Dr. Corkern told The Panolian Monday afternoon that his appointment was made at last week’s hospital board meeting. He said it was at that meeting that Manning’s resignation was accepted.

Manning could not be reached for comment by press time.

A new position at Tri-Lakes – chief operation’s officer – has been filled by Ray Shoemaker, Dr. Corkern said. Shoemaker has been over Tri-Lakes Senior Care where Bonnie Moore has been appointed nurse manager.

    


City, SPSD Join Hands
to Support School Supply Plan
    
BY JASON C MATTOX
SENIOR STAFF WRITER

A joint effort between the South Panola School District and the City of Batesville will provide supplies for the upcoming school year by the bus-load.

"The city has asked that the district allow use of a school bus for the project," South Panola School District Board of Trustees President Lygunnah Bean said. "The bus will be parked and serve as a drop off point for people wishing to donate to the cause."

Bean said if this was solely a school district project he would not favor it, but he believes with both the district and the city on board, the project should run smoothly.

School Board and Assistant City Attorney Colmon Mitchell told the school board during its last meeting that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted in favor of the project.

School board member Sarah Dell Gray said her concern is who will be present at the bus for collection of school supplies and, in some cases, money.
    


Settlement Conference an Alternative to Trials
    
BY JASON C MATTOX
SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Some attorneys and their clients with cases in Panola County Chancery Court will have an alternative to actually going through a trial process.

That alternative to a court appearance will be settlement conferences which will allow attorneys for both sides of a dispute to resolve matters in an out of court environment.

Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr., who was elected to the office in 2002, will champion an effort he hopes will speed along the court’s proceedings.

"The Judge wants the chance to meet with the attorneys to see if their problems can be worked out without the matter having to go to court," Panola County Chancery Clerk Sally Fisher said.
    


 
   

City Library Busy Place
    
New Batesville librarian Barbara Evans (right) looks on as library assistant Brooks Caldwell finishes checking in some returns. Evans replaces Mollie Gillespie who is returning to Jackson.
    
BY KATE B DICKSON
EDITOR

An "astounding" number of books and materials were checked out of First Regional Library facilities last year with Batesville topping the list of "highest usability."

In Batesville, the library is on target to serve about 100,000 customers during the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

That’s according to Catherine Nathan, assistant director of public services for the regional library.

Nathan made the comments during her presentation Tuesday to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

She was seeking from the city a $9,000 budgeting increase in the upcoming fiscal year – to $158,000.

Nathan said all of the city’s money goes into funding at the local level.

The board voted unanimously to fund the request.

Earlier this week, county supervisors took a similar request, for a total of $285,000 – under advisement. Included is a request for an increase of $32,000.

Nathan told city officials that local head librarian, Mollie Gillespie, is stepping down and will be replaced by Barbara Evans, the head librarian now in Sardis. Gillespie said she is returning to Jackson.
    


Board Nixes Builder’s Plea for More Money
PSC Sought Funds on Civic Center Job
    
Despite recent heavy rains, the contractor on the Civic Center project won’t get an additional $55,933 as requested.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen recently decided not to grant the request siding with the recommendation of architect Girault W. Jones not to do so.

PSC Corporation of Ridgeland, Miss., sought more money saying that excessive rain has caused time delays and increased overhead and labor costs.

PSC was awarded the contract based upon a bid of $7,979,000, according to records at City Hall.

Jones, of Jones-Zander, Ltd. in Grenada, said construction contracts are set up to allow for extensions of time when rainfall is over and above what’s normal for that time of year.

PSC has been requesting, or not requesting, these extensions each month, Jones said in a letter to Mayor Bobby Baker, adding that he will make a recommendation at the end of the project if a change in the contract time is needed.