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.
Former deputy injured in pursuit of suspect
A law enforcement officer with Tunica ties is recovering from injuries at an area hospital after being shot by an armed robbery suspect in Clarksdale, Miss. on Feb. 15.
Derrick Couch, a corporal with the Clarksdale Police Department, sustained a gunshot wound to the eye during an altercation on Leflore Street in Clarksdale. Couch was immediately taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment. He lost the eye, but his condition has been improving each day.
Couch served as a deputy with The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Clarksdale Police Department around five years ago.
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