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LDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Volume 189 USPS 462-260 50’ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, August 22, 2013 Number 16 Mission Mississippi Brings Cross To Woodville ousing soners BRINGS WORD OF GOD TO WOODVILLE -- Mission Mississippi, a non-denominational Christian-based organization founded in Jackson in 1993, is currently visiting all 82 coun- ties in 82 days, stopping in Woodville on Wednesday, August 14. The Woodville Baptist Church hosted the group for a program that night at 6:30 p.m. -- Submitted Photo Ambitious Undertaking Of Bringing God's Word To 82 Counties What began as a non-de- nominational religious rally in Jackson twenty years ago has grown into a task of tak- ing God's word to all 82 coun- ties in Mississippi -- and all in just 82 days. Lee Paris, organizer and CEO of Mission Mississippi, says he and several friends held a ministry in Missis- sippi Memorial Stadium in 1993. The humble beginning has grown to become Mis- sion Mississippi, a statewide non-denominational minis- try with chapters in 22 of the state's 82 counties. Paris and the 15 mem- bers of the governing body of Mission Mississippi met several times early in 2013 to decide how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization's founding. '%Ve tossed a number of ideas around before decid- ing to take our ministry to all 82 counties," Paris said. '%Ve are not just about our 82-county excursion, we are an every-day ministry with a message to share with people of all walks of life." '%Ve believe that people can come together across racial lines to meet, get to know each other, build rela- tionships and learn how to serve their community more effectively together through a Christian theme," Paris commented. '%Ve won't build a habitat house, but we will get the people together that carl." Paris listed a number of ways he brings people to- gether as follows: • Prayer breakfast meet- ings at different churches • Picnics after church • Two on two meetings of bi-racial couples having a meal together at a restau- rant • Meeting across racial lines and sharing ideas. '~l~is has been a great journey in my life," said Par- is. "I have met lots of black couples and have built good relationships through com- mon interests. I am taking this message to the entire state." "Our goal is to have a chapter in every county," said Paris in an interview in Woodville last week while he and his wife, Lisa, were on their planned stop in Wilkin- son County, which included both Woodville and Centrev- ille. Mission Mississippi has been joined in this enormous effort by Lester Walls of Ridgeland, who is associated with the Fellowship of Chris- tian Athletes. "We are taking a specially designed lighted cross to all counties," said Paris. '~l~e journey to all counties in the state kickedoff in Jackson on Wednesday, August 14. 'WIr. Walls is coordinating with us, and he is contacting schools in each county as we visit to recruit student ath- letes to carry the cross from town to town," Paris stated. "These student-athletes run or walk while carrying a small cross in their county -- similar to athletes carry- ing the Olympic torch across America." Mission Mississippi cel- ebrates their time in each county with a non-denomi- national ministry. While in WoodviUe the Mission Mis- sissippi ministry was hosted by the Woodville Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday of last week. Paris said that the theme of this ministry trip is to Follow The Cross...follow it in your own lffe...follow it in your own community...and to literally follow the cross back to Jackson in Memorial Sta- dium on Sunday, October 27, at 5 p.m. for the closing cer- emony of this epic journey." For more on this orga- nization and it's goals, visit www.missionmississippi.org. Wilkinson County School District Principals Report Opening Day Of School Went Well With the exception of a power outage at the MLK Career and Technol- ogy Center, all principals reported that the opening day for students of the Wilkinson County public school system went very smoothly. None of the principals attending the Wednesday, August 14, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Education reported any ma- jor problems. Ougrett Brumfield, prin- cipal at Wilkinson County High School, stated, "It went very well. It was a great day." Lester Walls of Ridge- land was recognized by the board, and he reported that he was a representative of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was in the county as part of a group which was traveling to every county in the state while bringing God's word." Walls, a former pro foot- ball player with the Oak- land Raiders, said he was a former teacher and coach and was now a preacher and prison chaplain. "I want to bless our young people by ministering to students. We are a non- denominational group, and we don't see the color of your skin," said Walls. "I want our kids to grow up and be successful." He requested and re- ceived permission for sev- eral of the WCHS student- athletes to participate in carrying a cross from Wood- ville to Centreville as part of a program to travel to all 82 counties in Mississippi in just 82 days. The student volunteers were to run from Woodville to Centreville on Thursday morning, August 15, while carrying a small cross. County Forester Charles Wellborn gave his annual timber management report to the board members. The Mississippi Forestry Com- mission has a long-range management plan for the timber growing on school sections in Wilkinson Coun- ty. Wellborn reported that in the coming year the Forestry Commission is recommend- ing services on school 16th Section lands as follows: Timber Sales • Section 30 TIN-R1E -- 58 acres, regeneration • Section 30 T1N-R1E -- 41 acres, thinning • S ction 16 T3N-R1E -- 68 acrds, thinning • Section 17 T2N-RIE -- 40 acres, thinning • Section 18 T2N-R1E -- 49 acres, thinning • Section 15 T3N-RlW-- 67 acres, thinning Estimated Revenue -- $281,773 Estimated Cost -- $20,125 Prescribed Burning • Section 22 TIN-R3W-- 71 acres, site preparation burn • Section 16 T3N-RIE- 94 acres, site preparation burn Estimated cost- $4,125 Boundary Line • Section 27 T4N-R1E -- four miles • Section 16 T2N-R2W, four miles • Section 26 TIN-R2W, four miles Estimated cost -- $3,240 Herbicide Work • Section 30 T4N-R3W-- 33 acres Estimated cost -- $2,640 Planting • Section 30 T4N-R3W, 33 acres • Section 14 T3N-R4W, 66 acres Estimated cost-- $15,807 On recommendation of the county forester, the board voted to accept the low bid of Herbicide Plus for herbicide spraying on Sec- tion 17, T2N-R1E at a cost of $51.41 per acre on 66 acres, and on Section 27 T4N-R1E at a cost of $71.85 per acre on 81 acres. The school board voted to accept a donation from Wettlin Treppendahl, Jr., and from Wettlin Treppen- dahl, III in the amount of $1,000. The donation was made in lieu of solicitations for donations during the school year of 2013-2014. On motion by board mem- ber Johnny Smallwood and second by board member Linda Boyd, the board voted unanimously to accept the donation and to inform the schools principals to refrain from soliciting donations from Treppendahl's Super Foods in lieu of their gener- ous donation which is to be divided between the schools in the district. Superintendent Timo- thy T. Scott presented the board with a long list of broken and outdated equip- ment which he requested that they vote to allow him to remove from the school district's list of fixed assets. This request met unani- mous approval following a motion by Smallwood and second by Boyd. (Continued on Page 10) After a hiatus of over 10 years the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Monday, August 19, to au- thorize Board Attorney Bruce Lewis to draw up a written agreement which would al- low the Town of Woodville to house their prisoners in the Wilkinson County Jail. The motion to allow this action was made by Super- visor Kenyon Jackson and seconded by Supervisor Jen- nings Nettles with a target date of October 1, 2013, pend- ing agreement between the two government entities and signed documents in place. Supervisor Jackson said, "I think this is a good idea to allow the Town of Woodville to house their prisoners in the county jail." Board Attorney Lewis re- ported that he had met with Mayor Gary D'Aquilla and with Wilkinson County Sher- iffs Department Office Man- ger Patricia Delaney about the matter. Attorney Lewis reported that Sheriff Jackson had expressed several concerns about taking in Woodville prisoners as follows: • Who will pay any medi- cal costs relating to prisoners of the Town of Woodville? • Who will be liable re- lating to Town of Woodville prisoners? • Who will be respens~ble for any transpertation of Town of Woodvflle prisoners? Sheriff Jackson was not present at Monday's meeting d therefore not available to ~rl . . . provide additional comment. Attomey Lewis said he felt that he could draft a writ- ten agreement which would be agreeable to both sides and address the sheriffs concerns. Attorney Lewis said that the'4"_lF~wn of Woodville cur- rently houses their prisoners in the Amite County Jail in Liberty at a cost of $25/day. "Sheriff Jackson has ten- tatively agreed to accept this daffy fee amount," said Attor- ney Lewis. The Town of Woodville formerly used the Wilkinson County Jail for many years to house their prisoners. Back in late 2001 the town was pay- ing the county a monthly fee of $1,200 for housing prison- ers and was also paying the salaries of a full time and a part time radio dispatcher at the sheriffs office because the WCSO handled radio traffic for the town. This relation- ship with the county cost the town an estimated $35,000 to $40,000 per year. This all ended back in Sep- tember, 2001, while Robert Morgan was president of the Board of Supervisors and Reg- inald L. Jackson was sheriiE. The Woodville Board of Alder- men received a demand letter from the then Board Attorney Ron Senko representing the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors advising the town to pay the county at a rate of $110,000 per year for hous- ing city prisoners. The town counter-offered with an pay- ment total of $70,000, but the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the lower offer. The fi- nal written notification from the county to the town gave the Woodville officials less than a week to agree to the $110,000 payment or remove Woedville's prisoners from the county jail. The town re- spondecl to the demand letter by voting on September 24, 2001, to take their prisoners out of the county jail and quit paying any fees or salaries to the county. The Woodville board voted to reject the ceun- ty's demand and effective on October 1, 2001, terminated all payments to the county. Woodvflle moved their prison- ers from the county facility to the jail in the Town of Cont- reville. When the Contreville jail closed several years later, housing of the Woodville pris- oners then moved to Amite County. Prisoners under the custody of the Town of Wood- ville have been housed outside of the county for a majority of the 12-year span from 2001 to date. Woodville officials said that according to their records the final demand letter from the county in September, 2001, was the last official written correspondence the town re- ceived regarding the housing of WoodviUe prisoners in the county jail anti] Wilkinson County Board Attorney Lewis approached Woedvi]]e Mayor Gary D'Aquilla and Woodvflle Police Chief Jessie W. Stewart several weeks ago with an of- fer to work out the differences between the two governing bodies. Board Attorney/County Administrator Lewis gave a number ofreperts as follows: • Announced that he was meei£ng with Amite County Board Attorney Reggie Jones later this week about a county road use ordinance and plan. • Announced that he had been contacted by the City of Natchez asking the county to join them in a recycling plan to meet DEQ regulations. Lew- is announced he would look into the pros and cons of this matter and report back to the board at a later meeting. • Informed the board that he had been contacted by state officials about the feasibility of forming a statewide insur- ance plan for county vehicles for liability and property dam- age coverages. Lewis said he would work with county book- keeper Katrina Hunter on this item. • Roperted to the beard that the county was fighting a lawsuit with Easter Prat- er in which she is suing the county for overtime pay and civil rights violations for her firing as deputy justice court clerk. Prater was employed for a time period as both deputy justice court clerk and radio dispatcher for the Wilkinson County Sheriffs Department. Lewis said that to date the county's share of the attorney's fees to represent the county in the suit was $7,635.03. (Continued on Page 9) Late last week one of the former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape entered a not guilty plea and waived the right to ap- pear at his arraignment. Jaborian "Tip" McKen- zie, 19, of Woodville, along with three other ex-players, allegedly raped an uncon- scious student at a Vander- bilt University dormitory in Nashville, Tennessee, in June. Also charged are 20-year- old Brandon Vandenburg of Indio, California; 19-year- old Cory Batey of Nash- ville; and 19-year-old Bran- don Banks of Brandywine, Maryland. McKenzie, a Trinity Episcopal School of Natchez alumnus, and Banks are currently free on bond. Authorities say the in- vestigation of the June 23 incident at the Gillette House dormitory is ongoing. The players were dis- missed from the Commo- dore football team June 23 and kicked off campus. McKenzie's plea was en- tered on Tuesday, August 13, at the criminal court in Nashville. Arraignment for all four was scheduled for Wednesday, August 21. On Miss. Hwy On Saturday, August 17, at approximately 9:23 p.m., troopers with the Missis- sippi Highway Safety Pa- trol responded to a single vehicle collision involving a fatality to a pedestrian on Mississippi Highway 48 near the Jerusalem Road in Amite County. A 2007 Chevrolet pickup, driven by William M. San- difer, 33, of 2827 Pearlie Dr. NW, Brookhaven MS, was west bound on Hwy. 48 when the collision took place. A pedestrian was walk- ing in the right edge of the west bound lane of the highway when the passen- ger side mirror of the Chev- rolet struck the pedestrian in the head. He was pro- nounced dead at the scene by Amite County Coroner Cam Sharp. The driver of the pick- up, nor a passenger, Wylie H. Heathcock, 44, of 1846 Hunters Road, Bogue Chit- to, were injured in the col- lision. The cause of the colli- sion is still under investi- gation. The name of the pedestri- an has not been released at this time because his next of kin has not been notified. The victim is thought to be from Central America. Gloster Police Officer Placed On Leave After Stun-Gun Death A Gloster police officer has been placed on admin- istrative leave while an in- vestigation proceeds into the death of a man he shot with a taser gun on Monday night of last week. Gloster officials have stat- ed that Officer Terry Boss fired his stun-gun at a suspect while investigating the stab- bing of a woman that night. Authorities said 33-year- old Lucious Gaultney died at Field Memorial Commu- nity Hospital in Centrevflle shortly after the stun gun incident. Boss was placed on ad- ministrative leave Tuesday, August 13, pending an inves- tigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Gloster Mayor Billy John- son commented, "This is something that is done any time a fatality happens." Johnson said Boss went to aid fellow Officer Zshakira Beverly at a trailer following the report of a stabbing dur- ing a domestic dispute. Investigators said Gault- ney allegedly stabbed his wife, Lakendra Gaultney, several times with a knife be- fore fleeing the scene on foot. Officer Boss located the suspect a short time later. When Gaultney refused to surrender and lunged at Boss, the officer fired his stun gun. Boss put Gaultuey in his vehicle and transported him to the trailer where medical personnel were tending to the injured woman. Lakendra Gaultuey was taken to a Baton Rouge, La., hospital where she was re- ported in good condition the following day. An autopsy was being conducted but as of late last week the official cause of death was not announced.