Headlines – 6/8/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Panolian Headlines: June 8, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 6/8/04  issue of The Panolian

Hospital Discussions Continue
City, County Hear Information in Executive Session
(front, l to r) Supervisor president Jerry Perkins and District One Supervisor James Birge discussed a few matters about the sale of Tri-Lakes Medical Center with consultant J.C. Burns (back).
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

With one week remaining before bidders on Tri-Lakes Medical Center are set in stone, representatives of the Batesville City Board and the Panola County Board of Supervisors met to further discuss the five submitted bids.

The city and county are both owners of the facility.

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J.C. Burns, consultant for the owners, asked the supervisors, who were in their first Monday meeting at the Panola County Courthouse in Sardis, to consider discussing the proposals in an executive session.

"I believe there are financial elements of the bidders and the owners that do not need to be divulged to the public at this point," Burns said.

David Vance, a concerned citizen, asked why the county and city leaders would be moving into another discussion before the time for bidders to withdraw has passed.

"There is one week remaining for bidders to withdraw and you are already going to analyze the bids," he said. "That doesn’t sound right to me."

Vance pointed out that during the June 1 meeting with the Batesville Board of Aldermen, Burns had said it could take one or two months before the bids would be properly condensed and analyzed.

Resident Wants Junkyard
     Cleaned Up
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

One Panola County resident is tired of his neighbor junking up the neighborhood.

Thomas Russell told the Board of Supervisors on Monday that he felt like something needed to be done to one of his neighbors on Floyd’s Island near Sardis, who stores mass amounts of junk on his property.

"We have been trying to get the health department to do something about it," Russell said. "Once they come down, he will clean it up a little and stop.

"There is just too much junk and trash on the property," he said. "In some places it is spilling off his property onto other people’s.

"The place is so packed up with junk that it spills over into my yard," Russell continued. "Myself and the other people on Floyd’s Island want something done about it before it gets to be more out of control."


Get Your Own Snowcone
The blistering summer heat has compelled people to get cool the best way they know how. These customers from Sno Biz Shave Ice chose to share a snow cone to beat the summer heat.

Partnership Names Military Man
     as New Chief Exec.

Panola Partnership’s Executive Board President, Leonard Morris, announced that Blair Jernigan has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Jernigan comes to the Partnership with significant experience in finance, economic development, public relations and project management.

He gained his experience while working with companies such as Merrill Lynch, Mississippi Research and Development Center, Deposit Guaranty Bank, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Entergy.

Most recently, Jernigan directed a project for the U.S. Air Force. The giant C-17 project represents a $1.9 billion investment by the Air Force and Air National Guard in the state.

Jernigan is no stranger to Panola County. He grew up in Memphis spending a great deal of his weekends at Sardis Lake.

"We liked this area so much that my mother and father built a home at Lespedeza Point on the lake. By joining the Partnership, and moving to Batesville I have returned home to Panola County."

The new CEO attended undergraduate school at Ole Miss and later received his masters degree in business from Mississippi College. He also attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is recognized by the National Development Council as a Financial Professional.

When asked about the opportunities for Panola County he stated that in the next five years he sees tremendous potential for growth in this area.

He believes the greatest resource is people and their commitment to maintain the quality of life that exists.

Jernigan is a very patriotic individual who believes in a commitment to serve his country.

Brigadier General Jernigan is a member of the Mississippi National Guard. He and his wife Dale have two sons, Brian 24 and Eric, 19.