Headlines – 7/27/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Panolian Headlines: July 27, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 7/27/04  issue of The Panolian
Chancellor to Head Cold Case Unit
Officials from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced today the full implementation of a unit to handle unsolved homicide cases. The Cold Case Unit (CCU) will be a function of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI). Traditionally, each local law enforcement agency has handled its own cold cases. This new unit will accept cases from police and sheriff’s departments in Mississippi.

"What we are offering is to ease the administrative burden on the cities and counties. Often it is difficult for many departments to obligate the amount of resources that is needed on old cases due to financial and staffing limitations. We are offering to review and reorganize those old cases for these departments in a standardized format," said Commissioner of Public Safety Rusty Fortenberry.

SP Students Compete at Conference
Front Row L to R: Donald Downs, Advisor, Anna Newcomb
Second Row: Chris Downs, Tavis Turner
Third Row: Michael Dettor, Cindy Woolfolk
Fourth Row: Sarah Shroads, Brooke Redd, Lacy Jaudon
Fifth Row: Tiffany Dettor, Kellie Sturdivant
Last Row: Matt Downs, Wade Cosby, Leighton Province
Not Pictured: Samantha Rapp
Technology education students from South Panola High School attended the 26th Annual National Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in Nashville, Tennessee, June 20-24, 2004. They joined approximately 4,500 other conference attendees from across the nation who gathered to participate in national level skill competitions, special interest sessions, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections.

The awards ceremony affords the top ten finalists in each category of competitive events the opportunity to receive national recognition. There was a one-day Education Fair held during the conference at which sponsors of the conference and exhibitors displayed the latest innovations in technology education.

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"The national conference is the highlight of the school year for students enrolled in technology education courses, providing high school and middle school students with the unique opportunity to compete on the national level in more than sixty competitive events," said TSA chapter advisor, Donald Downs, who teaches Technology Discovery at South Panola High School.

South Panola TSA had 14 students to compete at the national level this year.

Leighton Province and Cindy Woolfolk placed 5th in the nation in problem solving. Samantha Rapp received her Gold Achievement Pin, and she was inducted into the TSA Technology Honor Society. Donald Downs received TSA Advisor of the Year for the State of Mississippi.

TSA is a 170,000-member association of middle and high school students who are or have been enrolled in technology education courses. Its goal is to promote technological leadership and personal growth through student participation in challenging technological competitions that include problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. There are more than 1700 TSA chapters in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

It’s A Hard-Knock Life
In a unique series of performances set to begin July 29, a cast of hard-working local children will bring the lively tale of Annie Jr. to life at the Panola Playhouse in Sardis.

Some of the cast members who were busy rehearsing on Tuesday night were (front, from left) Katherine Dixon of Sardis (Annie), Tori Sowell of Coldwater, Caroline Kidder of Senatobia, Sarah Ashton Baker of Batesville, (back, from left) Laura Lea Williams of Senatobia (Miss Hannigan), Courtney Massey of Senatobia, and Savannah Martin of Como.

Showtime on the July 29-31 performances is 7:30 p.m., capped by an Aug. 1 matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Real Endorsement
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

The Mississippi Association of REALTORS representatives met in Batesville to congratulate Justice George Carlson on his endorsement by their association.

REALTORS are the largest service organization in the state and welcome the opportunity to endorse Justice Carlson for the upcoming Supreme Court election.

Justice Carlson now serves as Supreme Court Judge Northern District.

Attending the ceremony (l to r) are Quentin Whitwell, MAR attorney; Jimmy Wilson, Lafayette County; Lynette Magee, Desoto County; Justice Carlson; Nell Foshee, Panola County; Tony Jones, Desoto County; and Jesse Davis, Lafayette County.

Boys & Girls Club
     to Celebrate Saturday
Boys & Girls Clubs of Batesville has joined a national effort to establish National Kids Day as an "official day" on our nation’s calendar.

In Batesville, National Kids Day will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31–with thousands of parents and kids participating.

As the campaign builds, with the goal of adding National Kids Day to the national calendar by 2006. Mississippi officials are being encouraged to support the effort.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kids Peace created National Kids Day (NKD created in 2001 to foster stronger relationships between adults and children by educating them on the importance and value of spending such meaningful time together. All families experience the pressures of contemporary life, regardless of their economic status, ethnicity, culture background or location. These pressures directly affect the amount of positive, quality time they are able to devote to their children.