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It {vas sponsored by State Rep- resentative Angela Cock- erham, D-Magnolia; and co-Sponsored by State Rep- resentatives Debra Gibbs, ~-Jackson, and Greg Hollo- v~ajr Sr D-Hazlehurst. : Th~ new law, which takes effect on July 1, 2018, will a~6.W a portion of Highway 24 to be named "The Anne Moody Memorial Highway" in'Wilkinson County in southwest Mississippi. Cockerham said she HONORING ANNE MOODY -- A portion of Miss. was "so proud" they could Hwy. 24, from the Hwy. 61/24 intersection in Wood- get 'this done. Speaking of ville to the Amite-Wilkinson County line at Cent- Moody, she said: "At a very reville, is being named the Anne Moody Memorial early age, Anne Moody took upon herself a movement that would change the State bf'Mississippi and America. Sh& was motivated by her owr/i internal spirit, fueled b~/God." : "Warden Jody Bradley of W~flklnson County Correc- ~i0nal Facility, Woodville, ~aid 'the recognition makes him proud to say he's from Mississippi. It was his fa- cility that spearheaded the project to have the highway named in Moody's honor. "It's a tribute to how Mis- sissippians can come togeth- er, across party lines at the local, county and state level to honor a unique individual who did the right thing at a difficult time," Bradley said. "Thesupport this project has garhered from all who have been-lnade aware is an ex- Highway. Governor Phil Bryant signed the new law which allows for the designation. Anne Moody History Project members, displaying House Bill 1153 which Gov. Bryant signed, are pictured from left to right: Ruby Dixon, Emma Taplin and LaVern Taylor. i Photo Submitted by Roscoe Barnes, III son. "It is a blessing for the State of Mississippi to be able to recognize one who has had such a profound impact upon our nation," Cockerham said of Moody. "When we travel the Anne Moody Memorial Highway, let fls remember the past and think about how we will now shape our tomorrow." The section of Highway 24 that will bear Moody~s name will begin at its intersection with U.S. Highway 61 in Woodville, and extend east to the Amite County line in Centreville. It is a distance of 13 miles, only a few miles from the Louisiana state line. The Anne Moody Memo- rial Highway signs will be erected and maintained along the highway by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The idea for the bill to honor Moody began with the Anne Moody History Proj- ect (AMHP), a community service project created in March, 2017, by the staff of WCCF. AMHFs mission is to am$1e of what America is all aboht ." l~oody wrote Coming of Age: ~n Mississippi, a classic autobiography that was first published in 1968. She was bern and raised in Centrev- file. She died in 2015 at the age of 74. She had been liv- ing in Gloster, which is only a few miles from Centreville. Moody became a civil rights activist while attending Tou- galoo: College in the early 1960s. She participated in a number of famous dem- onstrations, including the Wqo.tworth's Sit-in in Jack- Fight At At the Monday, April 2, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors an announcement was made that the county was tak- ing steps to apply for grant money for overlay work on two roads. Lynette Smith West of the Southwest Mississippi Plan- ning and Development Dis- trict, said she has placed an advertisement in The Wood- ville Republican for a public hearing to discuss the proj- ect for the overlay of Martin Luther King Street in the First District and Gaylord Street in the Fifth District. The county will apply for fimding from a Community Development Block Grant. The public hearing will be held in the Wilkinson Coun- ty Courthouse on Wednes- day, April 11, at 10 a.m. In other business County Administrator Bruce Lewis presented a number of items at the meeting as follows~ Announced that all county employees are eli- gible for a 20% discount off their personal cell service if they have it with C-Spire. "C-Spire gives govern- ment employees this dis- count on their personal cell bill," said Lewis. Announced that Field Health Systems CEO Chad Netterville sent an email to request that the supervi- sors vote to re-appoint Lee Dixon of Woodville for a five- year term on the hospital's governing board. Dixon was promote and help preserve first appointed in January, the legacy of Moody, accord- 2016, to fill an unexpired pe- ing to member Lavern Tay- sition on the board. lor. "We felt that something On motion by Supervisor should be done to honor her Wil Seal and a second by memory" she said. In June, 2017, AMHP members asked the Wilkin- son County Board of Su- pervisors for a resolution authorizing the highway to be named in Moody's honor. The board approved the re- quest with unanimous sup- port and submitted the reso- lution to Cockerham. "This is a major milestone" said AMHP member Ruby Dixon. '~It's hard to believe, but it finally happened. We're so happy that Anne Moody is receiving this honor." AMHP member Emma Taplin shared Dixon's sen- timents. She noted: "It's a Supervisor Bubba McNabb, a vote of 4-0 approved the matter. Supervisor Richard Hollins was absent because he is recovering from inju- ries and subsequent surgery and could not attend this week's meeting. Updated the board on the county's plans to do work on one area of the Millbrook Road and two areas on the Ford's Creek Road in the Second and Fourth Districts. The matching htnding is coming from the USDA Natural Resource Conserva- tion Service. The county has been granted an extension to July 1, 2018, to complete the great feeling being part of projects. this project and keeping "I am acquiring the rights- Anne Moody's legacy alive by having a street named for her, a day to celebrate her birthday, and a highway named in her honor." WCCF is operated by Management & Training Corporation of Utah. of-way on the three areas, and we are advertising for bids," said Lewis. Announced that he met with Patricia Lozon with Air Evac Service. "She is still trying to get the county to purchase air medical transport coverage in the county for just county employees or for all residents of the county," said Lewis. "I told her we don't have mon- ey in the budget for this year, I but we want to look at this service as we prepare for the new budget which will start on October 1, 2018." "I am working with her to see what kind of pricing she can give us now that Air Evac and AMR ground am- bulance service are owned by the same company. I want to see what kind of com- bined coverage package they can offer for ground and air transport service. I'm wait- ing on a proposal from her." Announced that a ser- vice technician was coming to the county to assess what is wrong with the county's track hoe and the Fourth District motor grader. "We need to see if they can be re- paired and how much it will cost," said Lewis. Announced that the final bridge of the 24 mandated for closing by State Aid and the Federal Highway Com- mission was being closed on Monday. The bridge is locat- ed on Lover's Lane Road in the Second District. "It will be closed by the end of the day," said Lewis. "This is the last bridge that the county has been ordered to close." On motion by Supervi- sor McNabb and a second by Supervisor Jenn Nettles, the board voted 4-0 to adver- tise for a bridge replacement project on the L Leake Road in the Third District. "This bridge is on the north end of the L Leake Read near its intersection with the Dry Fork and Will Floyd Roads," said McNabb Announced that he had received a letter from Mer- chant McIntyre Co of Wash- ington, D.C offering the firm's services to the county in applying for grants for in- frastructure in the company. "I will look into this before we do anything," said Lewis. "They state that their ser- vice is free, but I know that they have some way to make money for providing this ser- vice to the county." The. county opened the lone bid they received for a bridge replacement project on the Millbrook Road in the Second District, Announced that the Lov- er's Lane Read bridge closed on Monday is mandated for replacement. Lewis said, "I am work- ing with our assistant en- gineer, Hayden Kaiser, on moving this bridge about a road width from its present location to get away from a small creek that enters the main branch. We need to get away from this location due to erosion problems. If we move the bridge and lower the road level, we can install a 10-foot diameter culvert to replace the bridge." He continued, "This will be quicker and less costly to the county. I will be trying to get a couple of quotes on this revised project." Announced that county employee Marlin Reid and Asst. Engineer Kaiser were scheduled to meet in Nat- chez with Adams County Emergency Management of- ficials for training on how to update Wilkinson County's E911 computer system and to properly enter all the re- quired data. Brought up a recurring problem with illegal dump- ing on the Lower Woodville Road at the location of the old Woodville dump. "People are continuing to illegally dump at this site. Our solid waste enforce- ment officer recently visited the site and found papers at the site which identified seven different individuals. The interesting thing is that two of them are paying for county solid waste service at their homes. We are going to interview these two people to find out why they are il- legally dumping when they have pickup service." Charles Grant, repre- senting Communication Specialists from Vicksburg, was present at the board meeting to help the county obtain new communication equipment. "I suggest that the county join the MsWin which is the name of the statewide wireless commu- nication system. There are two towers located in this county to handle your com- munication needs. You can join for free," said Grant. "All you need to do is buy new radio equipment or have your current radios updated to use this network free of charge." The board was asked to get together a list of needs including portable radios, extra batteries, mobile units for vehicles and base sta- tions for offices. "Once you get this to me I can get you a quote," said Grant. Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr opened the bid which was from Randle, Inc a company from Pasca- goula. The bid for the bridge, which will be an all-steel structure, was submitted at $167,203.62, and for side rails of $6,800.00 for a total of $174,003.62. On recommendation of County Administrator Lew- is, the board voted to take the bid offer under advise- ment 'so the county's engi- neer can examine the offer and make sure it meets bid specifications. On motion by Nettles and second by McNabb, the board unanimously voted to approve the administrator's recommendation. (Continued on Page 3) A fight between inmates at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility locat- ed on U.S. Hwy. 61 north of Woodville, resulted in three prisoners being transport- ed to hospitals for treat- ment. iThe news release from Management and Training Corporation Public Infor- n~tion Officer Issa Arnetta w~s very vague and pro- vid#d little specific informa- tiom . According to the news re- lease the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility is in- vestigating a fight that hap- pened in one of the facility's housing units. The incident began at ap- proximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and in- volved a number of inmates. WCCF Corrections of- ricers quickly responded to the altercation, and the situation was under control within a few minutes. Two inmates were trans- ported by ambulance to a regional hospital to be treated for their injuries. One was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Cen- ter in Jackson for treatment of his injuries. None of the injuries are life-threatening, the release reported. The facility has been placed on lock down, and the cause of the incident is under investigation. No names of the inmates involved are being released. i Natchez, Mississippi, re- mains unaffected and open for business even as con- cerns for the river's expected crests rise. Travelers with plans to visit the area in the days and weeks during ris- ing .river levels should pro- ceed as normal and contact their hotel with any specific c0ncerns. . The city is located on a 200:foot bluff above the riv- er, and as a result does not .hi.'~prically flood when the river rises. All restaurants, l~o~els and shops downtown continue operating within normal business hours. Sil- ver Street and the Under- the-Hill Historic District, which are located beneath the bluff, are seeing some water on the street, but businesses are not in dan- ger of flooding and remain open. According to the Associ- ated Press, rain in the upper Mississippi Valley causes the river to rise and increase in velocity. It was projected to reach 17 feet at a key New Orleans gauge at the height of the flood and have a speed of 1.25 million cubic feet per second. Those forecasts triggered a decision to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway for only the 12th time since it was completed in 1931. Opening the roughly mile- and-a-half long structure of concrete bays and wooden timbers diverts some of the river's flow. For up-to-date informa- tion, travelers can call (601) 446-6345, email infoCohSs- or visit www. CANDIDATE MAKES SECOND TRIP TO WOODVILLE -- Third Dis- trict Congressional candidate Whit Hughes, right, made his second cam- paign trip to Wilkinson County on Monday, April 2, when he stopped to visit with a number of local resi- dents. Hughes, right, is shown list- ing his plans to work hard for the residents of this area of the state. On Monday he was just starting a visit to all 24 counties comprising Missis- sippi's Third Congressional District in a matter of 48 hours. Woodville was the second stop on this cam- paign swing. Hughes, who is running as a Republican in the June 5, 2018, primary election, stated that he is a first-time candidate who is experi- enced in business, is a conservative and a fighter for the rights of others. Pictured from left to right are as follows: Wil Seal, Russell Fry, Jerry Foster and Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis