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MAIS Direc- tor Les Triplett, left, presented Coach Hurst with a plaque to commemorate this historic event. -- Submitted Photo CA'S BILL HURST NOW HOLDS STATE'S FOOTBALL WIN RECORD Centreville Academy Head Football Coach Bill Hurst became the win- ningest coach in Mississippi school football history -- in both public and pri- vate schools -- with a total of 347 victories as his CA Ti- gers defeated the Parklane Academy Pioneers 36-17 on Friday night, September 13, in McComb. After the game MAIS Director Les Triplett pre- sented Hurst with a plaque commemorating his his- toric accomplishment. Fans from both sides of the field gave Hurst a much-de- served standing ovation at Parklane's field aider the game. With Friday night's vic- tory Coach Hurst has an overall record of 347-101, which broke the mark held by Jim Drewery who coached at Kossuth, Booneville and Tishomingo from 1958-2009. Hurst has won all of his games at Centreville Acad- emy and captured eight state titles at the school where he started his coaching career in 1973. "It means a lot to me," Hurst said. '%Vith the way the kids love me and ap- preciate me as much as they do, they wanted to make sure to make it a special night for me. They went out and played hard from the get-go." Former Vanderbilt Player "Tip" McKenzie Now Off Alcorn Team Former~ Vanderbilt foot- ball player Jabo- rian McK- enzie, who was facing a number of rape charges, was allowed on the team and played for Alcorn State in a game earlier this month. He has since been removed from the ASU roster less than a day meter his presence on the team attracted national attention. Alcorn State released a statement on Thursday, night, September 12, from President M. Christopher Brown II say- ing McKenzie has been re- moved from the team "until further notice." "Alcorn failed to suffident- ly examine the allegations against McKenzie before al- lowing him to participate in our football program," Brown said in the statement. "In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an er- ror in judgement." Alcorn State Coach Jay Hopson said former Vander- bilt player Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie was allowed to play football for the Braves because he believed the fi~shman is "100 percent innocent" of the rape charges he faces in Nash- ville, Tennessee. McKenzie, 19, and three other former Vanderbilt play- ers are charged with raping an unconscious female Vanderbilt student at a campus dormitory in June of this year. The four were dismissed from Vander- bilt University on June 29. "If I ever find anything or if I can get any proof that he is guilty, he will be suspended from our football team," Hop- son told The Associated Press on Thursday, September 12. 'TYom everything I've gotten, from every resource, this kid is 100 percent innocent." McKenzie, who is from Woodville, returned three kickoffs for 80 yards and caught one pass against Mis- sissippi State on Saturday, September 7, in a 51-7 loss. The story of McKenzie playing at Alcorn State was first reported by The Nashville Pest. Hopson said he is aware that McKenzie had an Octo- ber 16 court date in Nashville for discussions in the case. The coach said he cleared McKenzie's arrival with the school's athletic director and president. Hopson, who declined to make McKenzie available for an interview with the AP, said the player enrolled at the school a couple of weeks ago. 'WCe]l just let the process take care of itself," Hopson said. "And let the whole world figure out that this kid, from everything that I know, that this kid did absolutely noth- ing. So like I said, if somebody can tell me or show me where he did something, then I may sing a different song. But right now, from everything I know, everything that's been shown to me through numer- ous phone calls and talking to many people involved in this case, I can't find anything that says this kid is guilty." McKenzie was indicted August 9 on five counts of aggravated rape along with Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; defensive back Bran- don Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Ca- li along with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. According to Nashville po- lice, the four men are charged with raping the unconscious woman inside Vandenbur~'s room at Gillette House dormi- tory early on June 23. Uni- versity officials checking the dorm's surveillance in the hallways on an unrelated mat- ter noticed the fouFs behavior and notified the Vanderbflt Univemity Police Department the night of June 25. Campus police contacted Nashville's sex crimes unit June 26. BOS Changes Health Insurance Carrier, Results In Huge Savings At their Monday, Septem- ber 16, meeting the Wilkin- son County Board of Super- visors unanimously voted to change employee health plan insurance carriers which result in better coverages, lower out of pocket expenses and in most cases -- lower costs to county employees. County Administrator Bruce Lewis stated that he and county health plan ad- ministrater KaU~ma Hunter had spent hours working on renewal offers for an October 1, 2013, inception date. The two county officials met with the current carrier, Southern Benefit Services, and two representatives making offers for coverage from United Healthcare -- The SouthGroup Insurance Ser~ices of Hattiesburg and Jerry Junkin and Ed Foley of Natchez. "We currently have a self~fimded employee health benefit plan which cost an estimated $750,000 this past year," Administrator Lewis reported to the board on Monday. "Their offer for an annual renewal will cost a total of $898,360 or about $148,000 more than last year. Of the estimated cost of $750,000, the county's share is $543,597 and the employee share is $122,471." Only fifil time employees can participate in the coun- ty's health insurance benefit plan. Lewis continued, "Under the current plan the monthly cost for an employee only was $888.87. They have a $500 deductible, an 80% co- insurance clause for the next $5,000 in expenses Which means higher costs for the insured. They also have a $1,000 out of pocket limit." Lewis said he wouldn't recor~mend renewing the current plan because it costs more and covers less. "Of the two other offers, both from United HealthCare from two different agents, the main difference is that the SouthGreup quoted a $1,000 deductible and 100% coinsur- ance after the deductible is met with no additional out of pocket expense. The Junkin/ Foley offer quoted a lower deductible of $250 but with a 90% coinsurance clause and $2,500 out of pocket expense. I believe that the offer from SouthGroup is the best be- cause of lower costs to the county and a much better, qualified support staff at this agency." When asked by Supervi- sor Kenyon Jackson which offer Ms. Hunter thought was best, she responded, "I think the SouthGroup is best for a better support staff to assist with claims and ques- tions, and because they offer four premium tiers." The annual estimated cost of the SouthGroup of- fer for the coming year is $435,486.24. Lewis stated, "By making this change in health insur- ance providers, the county is putting the cost burden for claims on the insurance company and will no longer be a 'Self-Insured Plan' with the burden on us. The coun- ty stands to save between $250,000 and $500,000 per year. That's a lot of savings." On motion by Supervi- sor Jennings Nettles and a second by Supervisor Wil Seal, the beard voted 5-0 to approve SeuthGroup as the new county health plan administrator with United HealthCare and to approve the county's share of each employee's monthly premi- um at $534.47. Only employees current- ly insured by the county's health plan will be moved to the new insurance plan. Any employee wishing to be included in the county em- ployee health plan will be allowed to sign up in Decem- ber, 2013, for coverage begin- ning January, 2014. In addition to present- ing the county with an offer for health insurance, South- Group also quoted the county on term life insurance. Cur- rently the county pays for a $10,000 life insurance policy for all county employees at a cost of $6.30 per month per employee. The SouthGroup offer is for $15,000 term life policies for county employees at a cost of $5.61 per employee per month. On motion by Jackson and second by Hol- lins, the beard unanimous- ly approved the offer from SouthGroup for life insur- ance policies for the county employees at the lower cost for more coverage. The board, on motion by Jackson and second by Supervisor Richard Hollins, voted 5-0 to approve an ap- plication for a $15,000 grant from the Mississippi DEQ. Funds will be used for illegal dump cleanup in the county. Architect Belinda Stew- art of Eupera visited the county last week to inspect the Wilkinson County Court- house roof and heating sys- tem and to make recommen- dations to the supervisors of her findings. Administrator Lewis gave each supervisor a detailed report of what needed im- mediate attention for the courthouse which totaled $420,000 for restoration, masonry repair, metal res- toration, roof replacement, window restoration, partial courtroom restoration and minimal interior repairs, general site improvements and non building costs, fees and expenses. "Of this cost Ms. Stew- art has estimated that she could receive a grant in the amount of $336,000," Lewis stated. "And, the county's match would be $84,000." After a short discussion a motion was made by Nettles followed by a second by Hol- lins and a unanimous vote to proceed with the application for the courthouse repairs, renovations and replace- ments. Administrator Lewis said that the county had received a tort lawsuit in which Glo- ria Williams is suing several hospitals including Field Me- morial Community Hospital for medical malpractice al- legations. Wilkinson County is included in the suit. "We shouldn't have any- thing to worry about," said Lewis. "FMCH's insurance carrier will respond to the suit and will defend the county." Mr. Lewis reported that the application for a Small Municipal Grant for over- lay of a number of roads in the Rolling Hills Subdivi- sion near Centre~le in the First District was submitted. The county has been asked to pass a resolution stating that the matching hinds in the amount of $60,000 are available. "Supervisor Seal has this money in his account," said Lewis. On motion by Seal and second by Jackson, the beard approved the resolu- tion for Board President Bill Banksten's signature. Administrator Lewis said he was in receipt of a request from Wood~]le Attorney Da- vid N. Wilkerson asking if a road leading into Wilkinson County from West Feliciana Parish, La was a public road or not. (Continued on Page 2) The final deadline for spon- sors to get their names on festi- val souvenirs and printed ma- terials is Mon September 23. Official Festival T-shirts are on sale at the Main Street Mar- ket for $20 plus tax. Check out the t-shirts on www.deerand- The next two festival meet- in~ will be Tuesday, Septem- ber 24, and Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m beth days, at the Wilkinson County Mu- seunl. The Woodville/Wilk- inson County Main Street Association, Inc has been awarded a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Com- mission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27 mil- lion in grants the Commis- sion will award in 2013-2014 and will be used to present the sixth annual Woedville Deer & Wildlife Festival on October 12, 2013. The Wild Game Cook Off, the Festi- vars signature event which showcases the culinary arts, is growing in popularity and participation. The Festival's juried art show and sale, "Art Under The Oaks," will showcase local and regional artists who will compete for cash prizes. Musical artists Veal Brothers Gospel, Don- nell Sullivan, and Allison Collins Band will also ap- pear at this year's Festival. The inaugural festival, held in October, 2008, received Mississippi Main Street's "Best Special Event" Award in June of 2009. "The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the com- munities across Mississippi," stated Sallye Killebrew, In- terim Executive Director at MAC. "This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organiza- tions to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development." Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Asso- ciation, Inc a 501(c)(3) non- profit volunteer organization, hosts the promotional event to bring more visitors to the community to help all lo- cal businesses. Main Street is also rehabilitating Polk's Meat Market building for a Children's Art gallery/Imcal Artist display area/downtown visitors' information center. The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organiza- tions; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mis- sissippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mis- sissippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Commu- nity Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in commu- nity life and in arts educa- tion. For more information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Susan IAles, 601.359.6031 or CURRENT AND FORMER SUPERIN- TENDENTS HONORED ~ Current Wilkinson County Superintendent of Education Timothy T. Scott, far right, and four former superinten- dents were honored at the Wednes- day, September 11, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Educa- tion, and each was presented with a portrait which will be displayed in the school district's central of- rice building. Former superinten- dents pictured above, from left, are Bernard Waites, Emmer Wells and Mildred McGhee. Also honored but not pictured was former Superin- tendent Charles Johnson. -- Photo Submitted