State’s presidential primaries March 8
Mississippians return to the polls March 8 for primary elections for federal offices and to elect members to county election commissions and levee boards. Races for the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals will also be on the ballot.
Candidates qualifying for the Democratic primary are: for President, Hillary Clinton, Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders; and for U.S. House, 2nd District, Bennie G. Thompson.
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FSB staff surprises co-worker with big gift
Mondays are days that few look forward to, but for one First Security Bank employee, Monday, Feb. 8 was a good day.
Just after 9 a.m., the staff of First Security Bank in Tunica gathered outside their branch to surprise their friend and co-worker Rosetta Simmons with a handicapped accessible van. Simmons said the van will be used to provide transportation for her six year granddaughter, Zakyia Island, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
First Security Vice President Kerry Temple said the effort was three months in the making and involved Simmons’ classmate, Chris Hudson.
Hudson, who now resides in Crenshaw, said he first acquired the van for his 15 year old son, who also has cerebral palsy. As his son grew, the physical strain of getting him in and out of a vehicle became increasingly difficult on him and his wife. He found a van and bought a manual ramp that attaches to the side of a vehicle or can be taken out to provide wheelchair accessibility for a building if necessary.
2016 flu strain impacting mostly young to middle aged adults
JACKSON, Miss. – Although Mississippi has seen low activity so far this flu season, other parts of the country are seeing severe respiratory illness among young to middle-aged adults who have been diagnosed with flu in recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most reported cases of severe illness and death occurred in unvaccinated individuals.
The CDC has identified the 2009 H1N1 flu strain as the virus currently in circulation this flu season. This same strain caused severe illness and deaths in Mississippi, especially in young adults, during the 2013-2014 flu season.
Circuit judge ends long ordeal over county board seat
After an hour and a half hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Special Senior Status Judge Henry Lackey ruled that a special election will not be held and declared Independent candidate William E. Pegram the “duly elected” supervisor of Beat 5. Pegram was the winner of the general election held in November 2015, but was not sworn in along with other county officials on Dec. 29.
The hearing was the culmination of an issue that began in early 2015 when the Democratic Executive Committee was called on to certify candidates for the August 2015 primary. The committee ruled that candidate Craig Jones, who was seeking the office of Beat 5 supervisor, did not meet residency requirements. Jones appealed their decision to the Circuit Court. Judge Lackey ruled that Jones should be included on the August ballot.
Following brief remarks from attorneys representing the various parties at the hearing on Feb. 2, Judge Lackey asked about the DEC’s decision not to put Jones on the primary ballot.
James K. Littleton, who served as the attorney for the DEC at the hearing after previous attorney Kenneth Grigsby filed a motion to withdraw as the DEC’s attorney, said there was some miscommunication between members.
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