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.
Supervisors approve new jobs, purchases
County jobs dominated discussion at the January 28 county Board meeting, and this week, road department issues were the primary topic, as supervisors moved through first of the month department reports and other business.
As Board president James Dunn moved down the agenda, he asked supervisors to appoint Alec Clark as director of Emergency Management. District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson immediately commented that he didn’t believe it was in the county’s best interests to “take on salaries we don’t have to,” since current EMS director Randy Stewart is paid out of the Sheriff’s Department budget. Stewart also serves as TCSO Chief Deputy.
“I see no reason to change,” Johnson said. “We have a 15 year employee who knows how to get things done.”
Dunn responded, “We are the only county where SO2 holds down both positions. The Attorney General says it is not a conflict but shared that there are major concerns.”
Sunset over Beaverdam
A recent sunset over storied Beaver Dam Lake in Tunica County was captured in all its glory at the end of a day of duck hunting. The private lake was made famous by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham and remains a premier spot for waterfowling.
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