Archives for December 2012

Hospital annexation case

A judge heard two days of testimony this week on a proposal that the city of Oxford annex 160 acres of land where a new 300-million dollar hospital will be located. Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi wants to build on the site located south of Mississippi Highway 6. There has been objection filed to the annexation and attorneys have been given 30 days to submit final briefs in the case.

Moment of silence

Mississippi’s governor is calling for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 this morning in remembrance of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 9:30 is when the shootings occurred one week ago today.Phil Bryant’s proclamation also calls on places of worship and government buildings to ring bells 26 times — in honor of the 26 people killed .

Weather mentor retiring

A Leflore County native known as the mentor of weather forecasters is retiring. Charles Wax created and taught the first course of Mississippi State University’s nationally-recognized broadcast meteorology program in 1979. He has taught it every year since. Wax has also served as climatologist for the state of Mississippi for nearly 30 years.

Ready or Not survey

Mississippi scores near the top of a national survey looking at public health and emergency preparedness. The nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their annual “Ready or Not?” report on Wednesday. Mississippi ranked second, behind only Maryland.

Entergy rate increase

Mississippi customers of Entergy Corporation will see their bills go up to pay for higher natural gas prices and the recent purchase of a Jackson power plant. A residential customer using one-thousand kilowatt hours per month will pay another eight-dollars-29-cents a month. The Public Service Commission approved the rate increase Wednesday.

Grenada Lake lease

The Grenada County Board of Supervisors has selected University of Mississippi Medical Center’s proposal for the long-term lease of Grenada Lake Medical Center. The decision was made Tuesday. The county and UMC expect to complete the lease transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2013. It will be subject to approval from the state College Board.

Harden election dates

Governor Phil Bryant has scheduled the election dates to replace the late State Senator Alice Harden. Voters in Hinds County will select her successor on February 5th. If no candidate wins a majority, a runoff will be held February 26th. Harden, a Democrat from Jackson, died earlier this month.

New Oxford chief

Oxford is getting a new police chief to replace Mike Martin, who is retiring. The mayor and the board of aldermen have decided to hire Joey East, currently the assistant chief. East is the son of Lafayette County Sheriff F.D. “Buddy” East. He’ll take over the police department on February 1st.

Redistricting with new company

The Grenada County Board of Supervisors seems to be much happier with the new consulting firm that’s working on redistricting than the former one. That was the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State, which–according to the Grenada Star–the supervisors said took too long to come up with maps that turned out to be inaccurate. Now, working with Slaughter and Associates of Oxford, there’s word the redrawing of boundary lines could be done by the end of the year.

Electors vote

It’s official: Mississippi went to Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential election. On Monday, the state’s six members of the Electoral College met at the capitol Monday and all voted Romney. Similar meetings and votes were held around the country in a process that formalized Democrat Barack Obama’s re-election as president.