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Youth Court taps into resources to help heal families, community
Every month, Tunica County’s Youth Court designee Henry Hargrow reports the last month’s activity, bringing the Board of Supervisors and the public up to date. He offers the total number of referrals – 32 in April, 80 total thus far in 2016 – and the underlying cause of each referral, ranging from truancy to assault.
But working with youth isn’t a numbers game. The lives of real people are involved, and Hargrow cares. Last month, he asked supervisors to see and hear beyond the numbers to the families he tries to help.
“Our young people are in trouble,” Hargrow told the Board on May 2. “Some serious stuff is happening.”
Hargrow and his co-workers try to intercept youth in their first brush with the law and redirect them onto a more productive path. They don’t deal solely with the kids but also work to hold the families accountable, in order to help the child.
Referrals to Youth Court, a division of Chancery Court, most often come from the schools, from the Sheriff’s Office, or from parents. Hargrow is the initial contact for most families when there is an issue regarding a juvenile. He serves as the administrator for the court, setting hearing dates, handling paperwork and working directly with the families.
Although Hargrow has been on the job for two years, longtime referee (or judge) Bard Selden retired at the end of 2015. Local attorney Joe Dulaney, who had served as the Youth Court defender since 1998, stepped in as judge. Tom Tucker III replaced Dulaney as the new defender. Lindsay Jones continues as Youth Court prosecutor but now also is the Child Support Master in Tunica County.
Town greenlights remote read meters
Town of Tunica aldermen accepted the bid of Southern Pipe & Supply on May 3 for a new system of remote read meters that promises to streamline municipal water billing. The town now moves to the next phase of seeking proposals for installation of the system.
Town officials began discussions about automated meter reading nearly a decade ago, as other municipalities began using the new technology.
“The best advantage ... is taking out human error in transposing numbers, as well as misreads such as leaving out a digit, on the meter readings,” Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker said this week. “This will save the town a tremendous amount of man hours.
Co. must replace floodplain manager
County officials couldn’t have foreseen in early March that a vacancy in the planning department would negatively impact its potential to receive funding from the state to solve an ongoing flooding problem along Verner Road.
But county leaders learned at a meeting with state emergency management officials this week that being “out of compliance” could jeopardize that funding.
“You do have some time – 60 to 90 days,” Jana Henderson with MEMA’s Office of Mitigation said Monday. “(But) somebody has to be in place to apply for this grant.”
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