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Supervisors Shuffle Labor Between Beats

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – Supervisors shuffled road department employees during the “first Monday” meeting held March 7 in Coffeeville.

    District Four Supervisor George Suggs received board approval to shift Leslie Doubleday from District Three to his district. The move comes after James Allen retired after working two decades in District Four. Doubleday will earn $1,950 per month, plus benefits.

    “You are getting a good man,” District Three Supervisor M.H. “Butch” Surrette said about the transfer. Suggs also received approval to re-hire Tommie Marion part-time at $1,000 per month.

    In District Five, supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman received board approval to hire John Fox full-time and move Tim Little from part-time to full-time. Both will earn $1,950 per month, plus benefits. Tillman noted the hirings were prompted by the retirement of Buddy Wright.

    Other matters discussed during the meeting included:

    • Heard from Mississippi State University Service Northeast District Head Dr. Bill Herndon on filling the extension service’s county director position. Dr. Herndon first approached supervisors last December, asking for input about the position, which was vacated following the retirement of longtime county agent Steve Cummings.

    “My request is to hear what you would like to see on filling the vacant county director position,” Dr. Herndon told county officials.

    Dr. Herndon offered several suggestions for supervisors, including determining whether the new county agent is required to live in Yalobusha County and if agriculture experience is required. He requested a board order from supervisors stating their recommendations before the position is formally opened for applicants.

    “We want you to be partners in this,” Dr. Herndon reiterated.

    Dr. Herndon also told supervisors that interim county director, Pamela Redwine, will go back to her regular position as area agent, working in 11 counties doing nutrition and food safety programming.

    “She will be going back and doing that in a full-time basis,” Dr. Herndon told supervisors, adding that she has juggled her schedule while serving as the county’s interim county director and area agent.

    Redwine was also praised by supervisors for juggling positions.

    “She is doing a good job,” District One Supervisor Tommy Vaughn said.

    • Agreed to take bids for clipping approximately 105 acres of county-owned land located adjacent to Windsor Foods north of Oakland. Bidders will be required to submit an offer that requires the entire acreage to be clipped twice per year.

    • Approved three applications from logging companies to exceed the posted weight limit while hauling timber on county roads. Fly Timber Company’s application was approved to haul on County Road 27 in District Four. Jimmy Kendall’s application on County Road 153 was also approved in District Four. An application in District One for Lovorn Logging was also approved on County Road 212.

    • Denied a request from Rosalyn Wright to release a hold on her car tag stemming from a past due garbage bill.

    • Approved corrected homesteads for 2010 tax status submitted by Tax Assessor/Collector Linda Shuffield for disability status. The corrections were for Barbara and Raymond Watkins, John L. and Claraline Garner and John S. Davis.

    • Approved the claims.

    • Scheduled a recessed meeting for March 21.

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