Headlines – 7/6/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Panolian Headlines: July 6, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 7/6/04  issue of The Panolian

Cutie Pet-ootie 
Coee Cates Carver and Boo (who was named cutest pet) participated in the annual Fourth of July Children’s Parade sponsored by the Panola Partnership and the Panola County Humane Society.

Cable Loss Channels Anger
     for Customers
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


Customers were lined up out the door at the local Cable One office last week wanting to know what happened to their programming.

According to a release from Cable One, the outage was created when fiber optic cable was fractured by a farm tractor near Crum Road in Coahoma County.

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"From what we have heard, the tractor got stuck in the mud and destroyed the pedestal that housed the cable as it tried to free itself," a Cable One representative told The Panolian.

"Though the fiber lines are clearly marked, the ‘buried cable’ signs are so common that most people don’t really pay attention to them," he said. "Workers operating machinery around these marked areas should use extra caution when they are digging or bush hogging because they might be held liable for any damages they cause."

Local Nat’l Guard
     Readying for Iraq
By Fredrick Cosby Jr.
Contributing Writer

BATESVILLE – They will leave as courageous men and women and return as heroes. The 2nd and 198th squadrons of the Mississippi Army National Guard has been activated to deploy overseas between July 25 and Aug 1.

The 2nd and 198th are part of the 155th Brigade based out of Tupelo. This includes Batesville, Senatobia, Oxford, and Cleveland.

"This will probably be one of the biggest deployments Mississippi has ever seen," SFC John Ard of the Army National Guard said. "The activation includes squadrons as far north as Hernando and as far south as Winona.

"Approximately 4,000 personnel will be mobilized," he said. This will affect an estimated 49 communities in North Mississippi."

The squadrons will attend summer camp July 10-17 at Camp Shelby.

"We really haven’t received an actual deployment date," PFC Clifton Jackson of the 2nd and 198th, a newly reported recruit from the Batesville area said. "Hopefully we will hear something concrete at Camp Shelby."

"It’s something that we have to do," he said. "I knew it would come around sooner or later."

"We just have to do what we have to do to protect freedom for our children and the future of the democracy," added Jackson.

Also, as previously stated, 49 communities will be affected by the mobilization. Many of the men and women from these communities will deploy and temporarily leave their civilian occupations.

"I personally feel that the real heroes are the men and women left back home to hold everything together," Ard said. "When any squadron of the Army National Guard deploys, it leaves a void in the homes of these soldiers."

"Many wives are left to take care of the homes and things their husbands are accustomed to handling," he said.

"They have to hold everything together themselves and they still have to sit down and write letters and send care packages to the soldiers to help lift their spirits," Ard added. "They are the real heroes."

It is rumored that the 2nd and 198th will be patrolling North of Baghdad. The squadrons will be deployed for approximately 18 months.


A Case of the Blues
World famous blues musicians played to a large crowd Saturday at the Blues Festival in Sardis.

DHS Lives On
Court Order Allows Agency to Operate    
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


A court ruling handed down Wednesday will allow the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) to continue its operations.

During a special session called by Gov. Haley Barbour (costing $49,336 according to published reports) to consider reauthorization of the agency, the Senate and House failed to reach a consensus.

"DHS was going to continue one way or another," Rep. Warner McBride said. "We knew going in that we would either reauthorize it or the governor would run it by executive order."

The last time the office was run by executive order was during former Gov. Kirk Fordice’s final term in office.

With the House and Senate adjourning the session without an agreement, DHS was left with no authority to issue food stamps or remove children from abusive homes.

It was at the request of Attorney General Jim Hood that a Hinds County Chancery Judge ordered the department to operate as usual.

Barbour had already indicated he would run the office by executive order to make certain the agency could continue providing services to the people of Mississippi.

In a statement released to the press, Barbour said he would operate DHS by executive order as long as he felt it was necessary. Legislators have the option of pulling the agency from the governor’s rule when they meet again in January 2005.

McBride said the biggest dispute between members of the Senate and House was whether or not to include language regarding Medicaid to the reauthorization of DHS.