Headlines Cont. – 7/18/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – July 18, 2006


Blood drive set for Friday at Tri-Lakes
United Blood Services will hold an emergency blood drive this Friday, July 21 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

Tri-Lakes marketing director Michelle Sanders said that the state’s blood supply is running low, especially type O.

Those willing to donate should come to the front lobby of Tri-Lakes located at the intersection of Highways 6 and I-55 next to Wal-Mart.

Concert at The Eureka will benefit SP cheerleaders
A concert to benefit the South Panola High School Competition Cheerleaders will be held on Saturday, August 19 at The Eureka. The Lighthorse Harry Band will perform music from the ’60s and ’70s. This benefit is to assist with financing the cheerleaders’ February 2007 trip to national competition in Orlando, Florida. Special guests will be cheerleader coach Tammy Wilkinson, SPHS head football coach Ricky Woods, and the "Voices of the Tigers," Judge George C. Carlson, Bob Norris, and Steve Wingert.

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For information and reserved seating, call Serena Morrow at 609-9777.

Grant could finance new police station for Sardis
By Jason C. Mattox

A new police station could be built in Sardis if the city receives a grant for which it has applied, according to Mayor Alvis "Rusty" Dye.

Dye said the city is very optimistic that it will receive a $150,000 grant to pay for construction of the new PD.

Dye admitted the $150,000 grant the city is hoping for might not complete the project, but it would more than get it started.

"That money could get the building up and more," he said. "We will probably use city workers to complete the inside of the building.

"One thing we have to keep in mind is that we don’t have to move next week," he said. "If it is going to take us some time to get the building completed, we can keep the PD where it is until the new one is ready."

Police Chief Mike Davis said the building would be approximately 3,000 square feet, more than double the space in the existing building.

The new facility means the PD will move from its location behind City Hall and the First Baptist Church, and out to property near the city limits on Highway 315 East.

"The new PD will be out there with the city shop," Davis said. "That location will allow us to grow if we need additional space in the future."

Dye said the city expects to hear about its grant application soon.

"We feel confident we will receive the funds," he said. "We hope to find out in the next few weeks."


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