| By Jason C. Mattox
The topic of cable service to Tri-Lakes Medical Center was discussed again briefly during Thursday morning’s meeting of the Batesville Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Ward 4 Alderman Bobbie Jean Pounders, who also works at the hospital as a physician recruiter, said she had spoken with Cable One representative Pete Peden about the matter again in recent weeks.
Cable One is the city’s contracted service to provide cable television to customers inside the city limits.
"We’ve been wanting it at the hospital, but he says he can’t get an easement to bring the lines to our side of the road," Pounders said. "This issue is a real sore thumb for me."
Ward 1 Alderman Bill Dugger said the company should be providing service to the hospital.
"It’s bad enough to have to be in the hospital, but when you’re in a room and really have nothing to watch, that makes it worse," he said.
Dugger suggested having Peden appear before the board to discuss the issue further.
"This is not an exclusive contract, we can always go out and find someone else who would be interested in providing service to all of the people in the city limits," he said.
Pounders said at one time the city had a commitment with Cable One for them to come across I-55, and now that has been put on the back burner.
"We had a commitment from him when all the houses started popping up in Hunter’s Trace Subdivision and all the other development started happening, but he has pushed us down the ladder so they can focus on the cable phone service they want to install.
"I don’t think I can listen to him talk about something that is going to put more money in his pocket when he isn’t providing our entire area with services he already offers," Pounders added.
The board asked for Peden to be contacted and put on the agenda for an upcoming meeting.
| In other board business:
|| Aldermen approved the delivery of a letter to the Panola County Circuit Clerk asking for a judgement against Jimmy Boyles to be removed as all funds due have been paid and the property cleaned.
|| Two sponsorship bids for the Batesville Civic Center were accepted. Heafner Motors and Hallmark Ford paid $3,500 for signs inside the facility and time on the center’s electronic message center.