Redistricting plan hits stumbling block
Where do you draw the line? That is the question the Board of Supervisors is being asked to answer following the 2010 U.S. Census.
Supervisors hosted Chris Watson of Bridges and Watson for a review of a proposed redistricting plan at their meeting on March 31. Watson said it is a lengthy process.
“We’ve been back and forth correcting population imbalances and trying to achieve various goals,” Watson said.
Watson said a public meeting had been held prior to the census data being released.
“We didn’t know then how far out of balance the districts were,” Watson said.
Census data indicates that several districts vary by more than the 10 percent allowed by law, making it necessary to redraw district lines.
Watson said achieving an equal number of residents as well as keeping the current incumbents in their districts and drawing compact and regularly shaped areas were the goals.
Forum: State poised for greatness
The national perception of Mississippi may be that the state is still largely rural, still mired in poverty and chronically undereducated, but a handful of companies new to the Mid-South wants to help change that perception.
Dr. Rao Mulpuri, CEO of Soladigm, a Silicon Valley-based company opening its first manufacturing plant in Olive Branch, chose Mississippi for its proximity to Memphis’ transportation hub and the state’s business-friendly culture.
“We found Mississippi focused on manufacturing,” Dr. Mulpuri said at last week’s regional economic forum at Gold Strike Casino. “Governor Barbour ‘gets it,’ and Mississippi is the most cohesive, from the city to county to state level.”
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Future bright for Tunica Humane Society
Phase One of a four-phase project is now underway at 4500 Fox Island Rd. west of Tunica, the new home of the Horseshoe Humane Society shelter.
Local Humane Society officials and volunteers broke ground at the site last Wednesday and plan to occupy their new facility by August 1 this year.
The first phases of construction will ready the building’s 7500 square foot interior and two-acre fenced area. Exterior improvements will come later, executive director Sandy Williams said, as more funds are raised.
When complete, the shelter will house up to 100 dogs, some of which will likely be permanent residents, Williams said. One added amenity is an area for cats, which has not been possible at the present outdoor location. The building will also contain office and storage space, areas for quarantine, and space for veterinary procedures. One important component is a visiting room for potential adoptive families to get acquainted with the shelter dogs and cats.
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