Headlines Cont. – 10/6/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 6, 2006

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – October 6, 2006


Disgruntled detainee gets no satisfaction
By Jason C. Mattox

City leaders in Sardis were asked to refund a bond and attorney’s fees to a resident who claims he was wrongly detained over the July 4 weekend.

Bobby Osborne asked aldermen at their October 3 meeting to refund money he was out for those fees as a result of an aggravated assault charge.

"I am out $3,500, because of all this," he said. "I am not wanting to sue the city, but I am hoping we can settle this in a friendly manner.

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"The $3,500 I am out really took away from my children," he said.

Police Chief Mike Davis explained the matter is still set to go before the grand jury.

"The charges have not been dropped," he said. "The grand jury will meet in Sardis this month and (assistant district attorney) Robert Kelly will make the decision on whether to prosecute.

"You should have the results by November," Davis added.

Ward 1 Alderman Joseph "JoJo" Still asked if the city could legally refund the money.

"I just don’t think we can legally write you a check," Mayor Alvis "Rusty" Dye said.

Osborne said if he sued the city he would be able to recoup the funds.

"I don’t really want to go that route, I was hoping we can settle this matter like gentlemen," he said
City Attorney Tommy Shuler told aldermen the city could not legally return the money.

"If you do that one time, you are going to open up and entire can of worms," Shuler said.

No action was taken.

In other board business:
Aldermen adopted a resolution to allow a five year ad valorem tax exemption for Skipper Marine.
Board members were informed of two vacancies on the housing authority board
A $9,000 budget item for the Sardis Public Library was disbursed.
Expanded service offers help for patients with kidney stones
By Rupert Howell

Tri-Lakes Medical Center is now offering the latest treatment for kidney stones according to the facility’s management.

Did you know you’re living in the "Stone Belt?"

Whether you do or not, you need to know that Tri-Lakes Medical Center is now offering Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), or shock wave treatment for kidney stones.

What makes our area the Stone Belt?

Urologist Dr. Denis Yalkut says the answer is probably multi-faceted and may include: climate, heat, learned behavior and genetics.

Pain from kidney stones in a male has been compared to pain associated with childbirth (although no one can document this who is qualified to make the comparison).

Tri-Lakes began offering the non-invasive procedure Tuesday, October 3 according to Director of Surgical Services Michelle Gentry.

Gentry added that the entire procedure should take less than four hours and is "the first of many new procedures to be offered at Tri-Lakes."

Tri-Lakes CEO Ray Shoemaker estimated that the facility was referring up to 100 patients annually to other facilities such as those in Oxford and Southaven. These patients can now be treated locally.

Dr. Yalkut said the patient-friendly procedure is economical if it works, explaining that due to different types of kidney stones, "it doesn’t always work."

Due to the "patient friendly" nature of the procedure and the severity of the symptoms of kidney stones, it is a logical first step.

Yalkut served his residency at the University Medical Center in Jackson before becoming assistant professor of urology at the University of Kentucky. He noted that the local medical center now offers full service urology treatments with the local facility offering the procedure each Tuesday and Thursday.

He says other methods of removing kidney stones can also be used, including laparoscopy (small holes through the abdomen) and endoscopy which uses natural channels of the body without cuts.


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