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Mayor Will Undergo Bypass Surgery


By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Mayor Bill Norris often calls City Hall to check on how things are going. Tuesday morning he did it from a hospital bed.

Norris was admitted to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford Saturday after an apparent heart attack earlier in the day

“He’s doing really well,” said his daughter, Jennifer McMinn. “He’s talking, he’s eating, he’s himself, talking and joking around.”

The mayor had been working in the cemetery on Saturday when he began to experience tightness in his chest and pain in his left arm. He drove himself to the hospital in Oxford, McMinn said.

Monday Norris underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure that is used to examine blood flow to the heart and test how well the heart is pumping.

He is scheduled for triple bypass surgery “probably this week,” said City Clerk Vivian Snider after talking with the mayor Tuesday. “He seemed in good spirits.”

Alderman-at-Large Lance Clement will serve as interim mayor until Norris is well enough to return to work. Clement’s first official act was to preside at a special called meeting of the Board of Aldermen Monday.

“Mayor Norris and his family are in our thoughts and prayers,” Clement said. “We hope for a speedy recovery.”

“Until his return, I will handle the responsibilities of the Mayor’s office for the City of Water Valley and can be reached through City Hall,” Clement added.  “I will be glad to speak with any citizens who have questions.”

Norris has served as Mayor since July of 2005 and previously served as Alderman of Ward 4 and two terms as Alderman-at-Large.

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