Flu, pneumonia claim child of former TA coach
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2015-2016 flu season.
The victim was 13 year old Cheyenne Hicks of Leland, Miss. Hicks was the daughter of Jimmy and Jarae Hicks, also of Leland.Jimmy Hicks served as the head football coach at Tunica Academy for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Hicks is survived by her parents and sisters, Carley Nicole Hicks, Carson Layla Hicks, Bella Reese Hicks, and Sophie Lynn Hicks, all of Leland; her grandmother, Debra Thompson of Daphne, Alabama; her grandparents, Danny and Cindy Gentry of Memphis, Tennessee; grandparents, James and Patt Hicks of Oakland, Tennessee; her grandmother, Cindy Payne of Southaven, Mississippi, and her birth father, Justin Payne of Millington, Tennessee.
A celebration of Hick’s life was held on Tuesday Feb. 23 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland, Miss. with Dr. Steve Huber and Dr. Gary Crowell officiating. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.
Jones, Center committed to helping community
Region One Mental Health Center’s Tunica office has a new county coordinator therapist who also happens to be a familiar face. Lela Jones, who was born and raised in Tunica, transitioned into the therapist position about a month ago after working for the center for almost a decade as case manager and program coordinator.
In her new role, Jones said she can focus more intensely on the work she wants to do in the community.
“It’s given me the opportunity to serve. My focus is community social worker,” she said. “I’m in a position to look beyond race. I look beyond sexuality, culture, economic status. It doesn’t matter.”
Mississippi honors fallen officer
Pegram seated as District 5 supervisor
The February 11, 2016 meeting of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors began with a quiet announcement by Board president James Dunn: “The Board will recognize Mr. Billy Pegram based upon the order of Judge Lackey....We will recognize Mr. Pegram’s votes.”
The announcement ended weeks of controversy surrounding the District 5 supervisor position. Pegram defeated incumbent McKinley Daley in the general election on November 3, 2015, but an order by Special Circuit Judge Henry Lackey just before the general election clouded the issue. The Board voted December 28, 2015 to seat Daley as a “carry over” supervisor, and Daley had been attending meetings and casting votes since new terms started in January. Pegram, however, had also attended the same meetings and cast votes, but the question of whether those votes were recorded also is clouded.
Later, after supervisors exited Executive Session, Board attorney John Perry announced that the Board had voted to authorize him to send a letter to the Mississippi Attorney General regarding pay and reimbursement to Mr. Pegram during the month of January. Pegram had asked to be reimbursed for expenses related to a training session for supervisors that he attended.
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